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    Wednesday, November 15, 2017
    Sanford, FL – On November 10, 2017, Wharton-Smith’s Commercial Division celebrated the traditional topping out of Seminole County Public Schools’ (SCPS) new Millennium Middle School being built adjacent to SCPS’ Midway Elementary School off S.R. 46 in Midway.   More than 350 subcontractors, team members, members of the SCPS Board, and Superintendent Dr. Walt Griffin were in attendance to ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 15, 2017
    Altamonte Springs, FL (November 15, 2017) – Small Group Team Building has launched a new affordable service providing team building and team bonding programs aimed at groups of 6-40 people. These professionally facilitated programs help workmates break down barriers, avoid conflicts, enhance communication and build strong teams.   We use play-based activities that offer unique challenges ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 15, 2017
    ORLANDO, Nov. 15, 2017 – For the sixth consecutive year, a computer programming team from UCF has advanced to compete in the top collegiate programming contest in the world, to be held next April in China.Computer science majors Timothy Buzzelli, Eric Ly and Alex Coleman won the southeast regional championship last weekend at the Association of Computing Machinery's International Collegiate ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 15, 2017
    Sanford, FL – November 6, 2017 – Wharton-Smith, Inc., one of Central Florida’s largest locally based general contractors, was recently selected as the design-builder for improvements to Brevard County Schools’ Cocoa High School. The $10 million project consists of a campus-wide facility renewal, a 12-classroom building addition, and renovations to an existing building. The project will infuse ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 15, 2017
    Daytona Beach, Fla. (November 14, 2017) –The Volusia County Business Incubator Powered by UCF Business Incubation Program will host a client showcase from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, in its facility at Daytona Beach International Airport, 601 Innovation Way, Daytona Beach.  The free showcase will introduce nearly two dozen early-stage companies and include the presentation of the Entrepreneur ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    Feedspot recognizes Fisher Phillips for contributing to workplace health and safety ORLANDO (November 14, 2017) – The Fisher Phillips Workplace Safety and Health Law blog has been named as one of the best on the internet, according to Feedspot’s “Top 75 Health and Safety Blogs” ranking. Of the thousands of health and safety blogs reviewed, Fisher Philips was ranked 18th by Feedspot’s group of ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    New Clients and Service Expansion Spur Addition to Leadership Team   SANFORD, Fla. (Nov. 15, 2017) -- Next Horizon Networking & Technology is proud to announce Davia Moss has joined the company as Vice President of Operations and Client Services. Moss, a Seminole County native, brings more than 20 years of professional experience the new position.   As Vice President of Operations ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    Abacus Accounting, LLC is proud to announce that we are a drop site for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.   As a veteran owned business, we are always looking for ways to give back to the community and this is a great one to support.  www.toysfortots.org 
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    Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    Seminole Co. (November 14, 2017) Seminole County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspect accused of firing dozens of rounds along a local roadway, striking multiple cars and forcing closure of the road.  No one was injured.Just before 11 a.m. Monday, witnesses reported shots coming from a vehicle parked at the intersection of Oklahoma Street and County Road 426. Five vehicles nearby were struck. A ...read more
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    Friday, November 10, 2017
    – Replacement drug Xtampza ER is FDA approved and created specifically to prevent misuse –  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Nov. 8, 2017 – Florida Blue, the leading health insurer in Florida, today announced it will no longer cover OxyContin in its commercial lines of business* starting Jan. 1, 2018.  As a replacement, Xtampza ER will be covered as the preferred long-acting oxycodone product. Xtampza ER is ...read more
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    Thursday, November 09, 2017
    ORLANDO, Nov. 9, 2017 – On the fifth anniversary of UCF’s campaign to become a smoke-free campus, the university’s smoke-free committee says positive strides have been made toward the goal – but there’s still work to do to encourage more faculty, staff and students to quit the habit.Because every semester there are new people on campus, there needs to be constant emphasis not only on the policy ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    By Joan McCain For three decades I earned a living in a creative profession. After college I worked for ad agencies and public relations firms writing promotional material—pithy one-liners, spiffy radio commercials, charming TV spots, moving corporate videos that appealed in Aristotle fashion to ethos, pathos and logos. Today, I teach others how to prepare for this kind of career. To my ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    Orlando, FL – Almost daily you hear stories about a company’s computer system being taken over by ransomware, computer viruses, or other IT issues. Businesses hope they never have to deal with these devastating situations, but without preventative measures and continual monitoring, it’s bound to happen. Intersection Technology Solutions (ITS), a Seminole County information technology support ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    Join us on November 16, 2017 for YAPPY HOUR at the Higgins House 420 S. Oak Avenue Sanford Florida 32771 5pm-8pm.Admission is $5.00.  There will be refreshments and Fabulous Raffles and Silent Auction items.   The proceeds will benefits the animals and the shelter with was damaged during Hurricane Irma.  Pet Rescue By Judy is a 501c NO KILL SHELTER that receives no government ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    TALLAHASSEE, FL – November 03, 2017 – Attorney Timothy M. Cerio, of counsel in GrayRobinson’s Tallahassee law firm office, has been appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott to the State University System Board of Governors. Cerio’s term runs from October 27, 2017 to January 6, 2024. Cerio succeeds Richard A. Beard III.   The Board of Governors oversees the operation and management of ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 8, 2017) — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel LLP today announced Emery H. Rosenbluth Jr. recently received an inaugural Pro Bono Merit Award from the Ninth Judicial Circuit in honor of his commitment to the community. Honorees were nominated by local pro bono organizations for the award.  Rosenbluth joined Broad and Cassel two years ago, bringing with him nearly five decades ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 07, 2017
    (ORLANDO, Florida) – A new national survey by Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children found that 90 percent of Americans think parents should be able to stay with their child during treatment of a life-threatening injury or condition. It’s a policy that the hospital has had in place for years, but experts say this is still not the norm among pediatric trauma centers.     “It’s a ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 07, 2017
    Every 42 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack. Each minute, another person in the country dies from a heart disease-related condition. For both men and women, heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, killing 25 percent of all people.   Most people are not aware how easy it can be to protect heart health.  One needs to make small lifestyle changes to ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 07, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla.(Nov. 7, 2017) – Seminole State College's Board of Trustees has hired AGB Search to assist with the search for the third president. As Seminole State begins the search for its next president, members of the College community, partners and the community at large are welcome to follow the process. The calendar is an estimated timeline for the president search. The timeline will be ...read more
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    Monday, November 06, 2017
    Steven Lommerse, Seminole County 4-H member from the “Teens in Action 4-H Club” is serving as the Florida 4-H State Council President. During 4-H University at the University of Florida, Steven was elected by his peers to serve as the 2017-2018 Florida 4-H State Council President. Steven’s reason for wanting to commit his senior year to the Florida 4-H Youth Development Program, “Over half of my ...read more
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    Monday, November 06, 2017
    The College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts will present “The House of Bernarda Alba” Nov. 10-19. SANFORD, Fla.(Nov. 6, 2017) – The Center for Fine and Performing Arts at Seminole State College of Florida continues its 2017-18 cultural arts season with a theater production of “The House of Bernarda Alba,” offered in English and for the first time ever, entirely in Spanish. The play is ...read more
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    Friday, November 03, 2017
    Life Line Screening will be performing a day of preventive health screenings at J. Douglas Williams YMCA on Saturday, December 9, 2017.  This collaboration helps bring important health tests to our community at an affordable price.   The tests look for signs of disease that can lead to stroke, heart attack or bone fracture.  Life Line Screening scans for potential health problems related to: ...read more
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    Thursday, November 02, 2017
    Enrollment now open for MBA in Luxury Brand Management Program at Seminole State  SANFORD, Fla. (November 2, 2017) – Registration is now open for an internationally recognized MBA program available at Seminole State. Through the College’s partnership with IPAG Business School in France, students can earn an MBA in Luxury Brand Management from one of the world’s leading business schools ...read more
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    Thursday, November 02, 2017
    The grant, in partnership with Victim Service Center of Central Florida, supports bystander education and training for students.Heathrow, Fla. (Nov. 2, 2017) – The Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida has received a $25,000 grant in partnership with the Victim Service Center (VSC) of Central Florida. The grant, provided by the Westgate Resorts Foundation, is funding the endeavor ...read more
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    Thursday, November 02, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 2, 2017) — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel LLP today announced it has been named among the 2018 “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 saw seven national and numerous ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 01, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (Nov. 1, 2017) – Seminole State College of Florida’s online Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees in Business Administration and Information Systems Technology have been recognized as two of the top programs nationally. The programs are ranked in the Top 20 and Top 25 respectively among such programs at colleges and universities.Online Associate in Science degree in Business ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 01, 2017
    Duke Energy is hosting an event for our members.   Hope you are able to attend.    We are proud to be a Trustee member of the chamber and would like to extend the invitation for you to join a business forum to hear from our business community partners.  We look forward to the opportunity to learn about what’s important to your business and what you need from your energy company.    We are ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 01, 2017
    By Jim Clark UCF Forum columnistWithin just a few days after recent Hurricane Irma, the emails began arriving: A student in Key West would miss my history class because her family home had been destroyed and she was helping them relocate. Another student needed to drive to Atlanta to pick up her grandmother who fled from South Florida to avoid the approaching storm.When Hurricane Maria struck ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 31, 2017
    Lake Mary, Fla (October 31, 2017) – Once again, Hylant’s Andria Herr will take the stage to raise money for children who have suffered from abuse, neglect or abandonment. She needs your help. Herr will be competing on November 11 in the first ever all-star edition of Dance, Dream & Inspire, an annual fundraiser for Community Based Care of Central Florida. When she participated in 2014, she came ...read more
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    Monday, October 30, 2017
    ORLANDO, Oct. 30, 2017 – More than 2.8 million older Americans visit emergency rooms for fall-related injuries each year, but UCF Assistant Professor Helen Huang hopes those numbers can be reduced with the help of a new $1.5 million research grant she received to find new approaches for predicting fall risk and creating balance-training programs.Huang secured the National Institutes of Health R01 ...read more
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    Monday, October 30, 2017
    Longwood, FL - éClat Law LLP is proud to announce that Christina Alvarez, Esq. has joined the firm as Partner and Head of the firm's Family Services practice. Ms. Alvarez's Family Services practice includes work in the areas of Dissolution of Marriage, Custody and Visitation, Paternity, Probate, and Guardianship.  éClat Law is very excited to have Ms. Alvarez join our team. As we continue to ...read more
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    Monday, October 30, 2017
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (October 30, 2017)-- Seminole County’s Veterans Services Division, along with partners, held the sixth annual Veterans Stand Down event at the Florida Department of Health-Seminole on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Throughout the day, 60 homeless or near-homeless veterans were provided services including: health and dental care, mental health evaluations, legal advice, ...read more
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    Friday, October 27, 2017
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL – October 27, 2017- Seminole County announces the return of regular rates at the County’s Landfill and Transfer Station, which will resume on Monday, November 13. Currently, a flat rate of $4/trailer or truck load is in effect at the Landfill and Transfer Station, which was implemented after Hurricane Irma. The regular rate of $33.17/ton will be reinstated on November ...read more
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    Thursday, October 26, 2017
    Daylight Saving Time Ends and Seminole County Government returns to Eastern Standard Time Water Restrictions on November 5, 2017.  Residential customers with odd street addresses may irrigate on Saturdays.Residential customers with even street addresses may irrigate on Sundays.Non-residential customers may irrigate on Fridays.Reclaimed water customers may irrigate two (2) times per week year ...read more
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    Thursday, October 26, 2017
    Sanford, FL – October 27, 2017 – Wharton-Smith, Inc., one of Central Florida’s largest locally based general contractors recently received the prestigious Eagle Award bestowed by the Central Florida Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractor’s (ABC) Excellence in Construction Awards program on three projects: Innovation Middle School and Windermere High School for Orange County Public Schools ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    (Sanford, Fla.) October 23, 2017 – Since 1996, The Foundation has kept the arts alive in Seminole County Public Schools with the annual event Arts Alive in Seminole! Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital has signed on as presenting sponsor for the fourth consecutive year. “Arts Alive in Seminole is unlike any other gala in the community,” stated Karen Frenier, president of Orlando Health South ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    Fitness Xperts of Altamonte Springs is excited to announce new fitness programs happening now!  In addition to their already- established daily fitness programs, Fitness Xperts has created 4 new power-packed programs.  You don’t have to be a member at their gym to take advantage of these popular classes.  For changes to the schedule, please visit the Fitness Xperts website, at ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 24, 2017
    Be Our Guest! Wellness 101 - Get Your Life Back!!My passion to help others heal their minds and bodies has shown me we (including me) know very little about natural ways to stay healthy. BUT Not anymore! Attend this Wellness 101 & listen to Missi Mitchell, with over 10 years experience training and educating on various ways to heal through natural methods. ~What we don’t know about nutrition could ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 24, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla. - [Oct. 24, 2017] — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel LLP today announced the addition of two new attorneys to the Orlando office: Marissa Johnson and Cassie Coolidge.  Johnson joins the Construction Law and Litigation Practice Group as an associate. Prior to joining the firm, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Carlos E. Mendoza in the United States District Court, Middle ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 24, 2017
    ORLANDO, Oct. 24, 2017 -- University of Central Florida President John C. Hitt announced today that he will retire, concluding a remarkable 25-year tenure that has seen UCF become one of America’s greatest higher education success stories and one of the state’s most valuable and innovative partners.  His retirement will be effective June 30, 2018.  “I’ve never felt better about the future of ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 24, 2017
    Open House at The Retreat! We have worked so hard to grow and create a group of people that can truly aid in supporting your healing journey! We are so excited to be teaming up! Talk with our talented practitioners with essential oil give away, chair massage, acupuncture, and stimulating conversation over refreshments and hors'doeurves!The Retreat is a safe healing experience for Marriage & ...read more
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    Monday, October 23, 2017
    ORLANDO, October 23, 2017 – Collaborations of the digital and humanities worlds will be presented at an international gathering Nov. 3-4at the University of Central Florida to look at new ways of teaching and research in an age when many say the printed word is no longer the main medium for education and its distribution.The conference for the annual Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology ...read more
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    Friday, October 20, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (Oct. 20, 2017) – Seminole State College of Florida presented this year’s Community Pathfinder Award to Seminole County Commissioner Brenda Carey during the College’s Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Oct. 16.   The Community Pathfinder Award recognizes those who strive to make a difference at Seminole State and in the community.   A longtime College supporter, Carey, received ...read more
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    Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Sanford, FL – September 15, 2017 – Wharton-Smith, Inc., one of Central Florida’s largest locally based general contractors, joined with the City of Orlando, Tavistock Development Company, and Lake Nona community members on September 7 to celebrate and officially break ground on two new parks for the city’s fastest growing region in Southeast Orlando.   The parks are the culmination of 10 ...read more
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    Thursday, October 19, 2017
    By Barbara E. ThompsonUCF Forum columnistThroughout my lifetime, I have been a seeker of purpose and meaning.I was a questioning child, always asking my parents and teachers: “Why?”My fourth grade teacher once shared with my mom that every answer she provided was immediately followed by yet another question.I have come to believe this is part of my very nature, my person, as the questions continue ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 18, 2017
    MultiCARE Physicians Direct Primary Care (DPC) will hold its Grand Opening on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 11AM to 3PM, in Downtown Lake Mary, next to Lake Mary Elementary School. This Health and Wellness Extravaganza will feature local health and wellness vendors and it will be open to the residents of Lake Mary and its surrounding communities.  Admission is free. The event will include ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    Altamonte Springs, FL-– October 17, 2017- The European Union (EU) has invited 12 water policy leaders from across the United States to participate in a Water Management Summit this October. Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine is the only Floridian and elected official invited to the summit. The summit will explore EU policy, EU-US technology and showcase the innovative water management ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County & Greater Apopka is thrilled to be hosting the second annual dinner and auction at a private hangar at the Sanford Airport. The venue is elaborately decorated and ready to host the best party in Central Florida!Raise the Roof is a distinctly unique and casual dinner event that celebrates our mission to build strength, stability and self-reliance through ...read more
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    Monday, October 16, 2017
    The funding will meet critical needs for up to 1,000 military family members affected by the 2017 Hurricane Season  SAN ANTONIO, October 16, 2017 – The Walmart Foundation is committing $500,000 to Operation Homefront’s Critical Financial Assistance program to help meet the unique and urgent needs of military families affected by the 2017 hurricane season.  The funding will support the financial ...read more
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    Monday, October 16, 2017
    Longwood, Fla. (October 16, 2017) — For many years, the Seminole County Tax Collector’s office in west Seminole County has needed to be replaced.Less than a year into his term, Joel Greenberg has made it a reality.Scrapping the ill-advised plan to construct a new building, Greenberg will open a new location in west Seminole County in leased space on Monday, October 23, 2017. “The former office was ...read more
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    Thursday, October 12, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (October 12, 2017) – After a national search, Jeffery Gibbs has been named dean of the Oviedo Campus at Seminole State College of Florida. As dean, Gibbs will be responsible for leading all initiatives related to the operations of the Oviedo campus, including academic programming, student services and facilities. Since joining Seminole State in August 2017, Gibbs has already been ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 11, 2017
    On December 6th, from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at Bahama Breeze, we will be hosting The CIO Exchange.  This invitation only event will give you the opportunity to share and learn from others about cloud strategy, best practices, common pitfalls to avoid and much more!   Please join us for a casual get together where you will have the opportunity to meet with other high-level CIO's. Our goal is to foster ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 11, 2017
    By Lisa RoneyUCF Forum columnistSometimes a particular season takes on a character of its own. Often we don’t notice until years or decades later that phenomena such as Freedom Summer (1964) and the Summer of Love (1967)—though they also may be traced to identifiable human causes—seemed simply to emerge out of the air.Today, I write after a horrible few weeks of destruction and death that has ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 11, 2017
    Two community developers will use funds to create affordable housing for hundreds of residents   Orlando, Fl., Oct. 5, 2017 – JPMorgan Chase announced today that it has awarded a total of $5 million to the Florida Community Loan Fund and New Jersey Community Capital to increase affordable housing in Central Florida.   The three-year investment will allow both organizations to develop ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 11, 2017
    Superior Smiles in Dentistry Today  Mark A. Falco DMD, MS & Danielle Gomez CRDH announcing a thirty-minute program at your location for any Central Florida community Business or Health Service organization.  Oral health impacts overall health.  Understanding good oral hygiene can keep your employees healthier and more productive. The program features Oral Health wellness and prevention ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 11, 2017
    Copacabana Cuban Cafe offers a unique dining experience combining exquisite traditional Cuban dishes and specialty drinks in a fun, entertaining, service oriented atmosphere. We introduced authentic Cuban food to Lake County, FL over 8 years ago and continue to serve our community as a family owned & operated business. We’re proud to be the three time winner of “Best Ethnic Restaurant” in the ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 11, 2017
    Associated Builders and Contractors recognizes best in construction ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2017) — Window Interiors, a leading specialty subcontractor, has been recognized yet again by the Central Florida Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors for its outstanding work. Each year, ABC Central Florida awards excellent projects by its members with an Eagle Award. ...read more
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    Monday, October 09, 2017
    “Our magazine company is dedicated to helping young people like me turn our lives around and stay off the streets. Your $75 subscription will help me support my two young babies.”   “Hi, Grandma. Hey, Grandpa. I’m in trouble, but please don’t tell anyone. Please. The cops arrested me and I didn’t do anything. I need $1,000 to post bail. I need you to send me money.”   So goes the ...read more
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    Monday, October 09, 2017
    Winter Springs, FL. – The Arbor School of Central Florida is honored to have been selected as one of six local nonprofits to be recognized by this year’s Concours Live Event being held on Nov. 18th at the Orlando Sanford International Airport. Each nonprofit will receive a portion of their referred ticket sales and each nonprofit will attend the event to help share their cause with the show ...read more
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    Monday, October 09, 2017
    Seminole Science Charter School is contributing to our community by beautifying Ronald Reagan Boulevard!  Honor Society students and parents rolled up their sleeves on Saturday morning and cleaned up trash along our one-mile stretch of road as part of the Seminole County Adopt-a-Road project. Be sure to look for our signs the next time you are traveling along Ronald Reagan Blvd; our section is ...read more
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    Friday, October 06, 2017
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (October 6, 2017)—Seminole County Office of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have established a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to assist individuals impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The DRC is tentatively scheduled to open Thursday, October 12.  SERVICES OFFERED: • FEMA Assistance • Operation Blue Roof (US Army Corps of ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 04, 2017
    November 4th to 5th@ Lake Mills Park1301 Tropical AvenueOviedo, FLLearn to camp in a fun, family-oriented event.  Great Camping Activities:  Tent Pitching Assistance, Fire Safety, Cast Iron Cooking, Star Gazing, Nature Program, Cook S'mores over a Campfire, and much more!  Dinner, Smores and Breakfast will be provided.Families must have a child under 12 to participate.Call 407-665-2190 for more ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 04, 2017
    We will be hosting our 3rd annual Masks & Martinis Ball on October 20th, at beautiful Heathrow Country Club.  The price of a ticket includes a delicious meal, fantastic entertainment and both a silent and live auction.  This year, we are excited to announce that Amy Alysa and Soul Operation are back as our entertainment, (check them out on NSB's The Garlic's website or FB)!  Also, Ladybird Academy ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 04, 2017
    By Christal Peterson UCF Forum columnist It all started with a hammer. Actually, it all started with THE hammer. In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans leaving nothing but endless flooding, destroyed homes, lost lives and displaced families throughout the United States. A year later, 10 graduate students from UCF’s DeVos Sports Business Management program, director Richard ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 03, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (Oct. 3, 2017) – A night of opera music, an art gallery exhibit featuring “Spacescape” imagery from the Hubble Telescope, and a theater production of “The House of Bernarda Alba,” a play featuring a performance entirely in Spanish, are among the highlights of the 2017-18 cultural arts season presented by Seminole State College of Florida’s Center for Fine and Performing ...read more
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    Monday, October 02, 2017
    ORLANDO, Oct. 2 – Shannon Lindsey, new director of the UCF Art Gallery, views the university venue as a place to experiment – where process, content and form come together to educate and inspire viewers from all backgrounds.With this goal in mind, she plans to strive for interaction and collaboration between different areas of study at the university and community institutions to partner in ...read more
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    Monday, October 02, 2017
    OCTOBER IS ADOPT A SHELTER PET MONTH CAT ADOPTIONS ARE ALL $10 AND DOG ADOPTIONS ARE $20 FOR ALL OF OCTOBER! We’re so excited to be joining the @ASPCA’s #FindYourFido campaign for Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! Please visit Seminole County Animal Services and join us in finding homes for all the “Fido’s & Felines” near you. All Dog adoptions are only $20 and all Cat adoptions are $10. People from ...read more
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    Monday, October 02, 2017
    Longwood, FL,  Looking for a creative idea for a girls night out, or want to make a custom sign to show off your family monogram?   Think you don’t have the patience or talent to personally make that unique sign you’ve seen on Pinterest?  Well think again.  This and That Studio in Longwood offers individuals, couples, groups, and businesses an opportunity to take the idea you have and turn it ...read more
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    Monday, October 02, 2017
    What: “The Fine Art of Employment Law: From Compliance to the Courtroom” Fisher Phillips, a nationally regarded labor and employment law firm, will present an interactive seminar that will educate attendees on how to avoid the mistakes employers make that expose them to liability.   Who: This day-long summit will be hosted by attorneys from Fisher Phillips. This event is targeted at anyone ...read more
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    Monday, October 02, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 2, 2017) – Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel LLP today announced it has received recognition as a 2017 Leading Real Estate Law Firm by Multi-Housing News. The firm was listed among the top 20 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 global private ...read more
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    Friday, September 29, 2017
    Bank Also Provides Storm-Related Reimbursements to Employees  ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 18, 2017) – Acting on its commitment to aid in the recovery from Hurricane Irma, Axiom Bank N.A. today announced that it has donated a total of $25,000 to three food banks and the state’s official disaster relief fund.  The four recipients are Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, based in Orlando; Feeding ...read more
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    Friday, September 29, 2017
    Contact: Ken Cristol, Cristol Marketing Company 407-774-2515 (Authorized agency for Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction)   Roger B. Kennedy Construction named among OBJ’s Golden 100 for the 10th year   ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2017) -- For the 10th year, Roger B. Kennedy Construction was named among Orlando Business Journal’s 2017 Golden 100 top privately-held ...read more
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    Thursday, September 28, 2017
    (Sanford, FL) – Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is excited to announce that it has received a $15 million Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) Grant. The award will be paid out over five years with the district receiving approximately $6.2 million in year one. These funds will allow SCPS to implement ePathways for Elementary Schools: Small Steps to Big Careers, a project that establishes ...read more
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    Thursday, September 28, 2017
    The company initially donated $250,000 to Florida Disaster Fund; additional $750,000 invested in United Way agencies, local community agencies and Duke Energy’s Energy Neighbor Fund.Funds will help assist communities during recovery activities. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – To assist its communities, customers and neighbors devastated by Hurricane Irma, Duke Energy today increased its contribution to ...read more
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    Thursday, September 28, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (Sept. 28, 2017) – Seminole State College of Florida’s 2017-18 Speaker Series will include two nationally known presenters and best-selling authors, Naomi Wolf and Michael Kimmel. The series kicks off in October at the College’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.  Naomi Wolf, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m., Concert Hall (building G)   The College will host feminist and best-selling author Naomi Wolf on ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 27, 2017
    By Fernando Rivera UCF Forum columnist I am a disaster researcher. I study the social processes by which communities work in building resilience to emergency events, particularly natural disasters. But earlier this month when the possibility of Hurricane Irma striking Central Florida was becoming real, I also became part of the unfolding event. Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 27, 2017
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (September 27, 2017)-- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA and the Seminole County Office of Emergency Management will open an Operation Blue Roof service center inside the Seminole County Central Branch Library, located at 215 North Oxford Road, Casselberry, beginning tomorrow, Thursday, September 28. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., seven days per ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    ANFORD, Fla. (Sept. 26, 2017) – To assist college students relocating to Central Florida from areas hardest hit by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Seminole State College of Florida will waive out-of-state tuition. Under this plan, students from Houston, Texas; Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have been displaced by these storms but wish to continue their education at Seminole State ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    Seminole Co.- (September 26, 2017) – Seminole County deputies are releasing a photo of a possible suspect vehicle connected to a string of tire and rim thefts and attempted thefts on the east side of the county.The investigation began on September 17, when deputies were called to investigate the theft of tires and rims at the Hunter’s Reserve Apartment complex located on S.R. 434 near McCulloch ...read more
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    Monday, September 25, 2017
    The UF/IFAS Extension, Seminole County will be offering a six week course to those interested in becoming Master Gardeners starting in January. The deadline for applications is October 30th, 2017 and interviews for prospective Master Gardeners will take place the second week of November. Master Gardeners are volunteers who have received roughly 70 hours of training and in their first year give ...read more
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    Monday, September 25, 2017
    Sanford, FL, September 25, 2017 – Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) announced today in conjunction with one of its airlines, Interjet, to support relief efforts following the recent earthquakes in Mexico. The Airport is accepting donations of canned food, clothing and toiletries thru this Friday, September 29. If you wish to donate please bring items to the collection location inside ...read more
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    Monday, September 25, 2017
    During the event, Central Florida Regional Hospital was presented with the Foundation Board of Directors' top honor, the Corporate Champion Award.HEATHROW, Fla. (Sept. 25, 2017) – The Foundation for Seminole State College celebrated $1.87 million in scholarships and program support for the College and its students – including nearly $800,000 in scholarships awarded directly to students – during ...read more
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    Thursday, September 21, 2017
    Orlando to host Central Florida K-12 students on Thursday, Nov. 9 withspecial 10:30 a.m. start against Greenville ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears will host their second-ever School Day Game on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center. All Central Florida K-12 schools are invited to spend the morning with Orlando’s professional ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2017) – Seminole State College of Florida’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is currently assisting Seminole County businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma with both state and federal disaster loan programs.Programs include:Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program allows eligible small businesses with two to 100 employees to apply for short-term, ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    Altamonte Springs, FL - Walking Saloon Pictures teamed up with CHEP, A Brambles Company, at their 2017 Connect Live conference in Orlando, FL. The team produced videos for their speaker presentations and industry panel discussions. Along with the presentations, a series of interviews were conducted for marketing material. Following the conference, Walking Saloon Pictures will be in post-production ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    Now located within Orlando Magic corporate office ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced today that the team’s executive offices have relocated to the RDV Sportsplex, located at 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., Orlando, FL 32810. The Solar Bears executive offices will now be located on the second floor of the RDV Sportsplex within the corporate offices of the Orlando Magic. The team ...read more
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    Monday, September 18, 2017
    100% of the proceeds of each Pink Ribbon Bagel® sold in participating Orlando area Panera Bread bakery-cafes will benefit Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center. Orlando, FL- Panera Bread is joining the fight against breast cancer by baking its signature Pink Ribbon Bagels this Breast Cancer Awareness month. For the entire month of October, a portion of the proceeds from all Pink Ribbon Bagel ...read more
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    Monday, September 18, 2017
    What:“Workplace Violence: Do You Know What Your Legal Liability Is As An Employer?”The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year. Many episodes go unreported. The cost of workplace violence is estimated in the billions each year, including poor morale and legal fees and awards. ...read more
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    Monday, September 18, 2017
    Seminole Co.- (September 18, 2017) – Seminole County deputies have arrested two suspects for stealing downed power lines while power was out in an Altamonte Springs neighborhood.The investigation began on September 16, when a resident reported two suspects on his property on Academy Drive without permission, cutting downed power lines. The pole supporting the lines snapped in half during Hurricane ...read more
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    Monday, September 18, 2017
    Orlando, FL – September 18, 2017 – Moore Stephens Lovelace (MSL), a regional certified public accounting and advisory services firm, was recently selected as one of the 2017 Orlando Sentinel Top 100 Companies. The list was created by the Orlando Sentinel and Best Companies Group. This award program identifies, recognizes and honors the best places of employment in Central Florida, reviewing the ...read more
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    Saturday, September 16, 2017
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (Saturday, September 16, 2017, 3:45p.m.)- FEMA Individual Assistance has been approved for Seminole County. Individual Assistance from FEMA may be able to provide qualifying residents impacted by Hurricane Irma with financial assistance to help return their homes to a livable condition. FEMA provides assistance for other disaster-caused expenses including medical and dental, ...read more
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    Friday, September 15, 2017
    By Adam MeyerUCF Forum columnistFormer New York Yankee great Yogi Berra was once quoted as saying: “If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.”About seven years ago I began a journey of living more intentionally in my spiritual relationship with God, as a person, as a husband, as a father and as a colleague in the workplace. I believe we can easily get lost going through ...read more
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    Thursday, September 14, 2017
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Sept. 11, 2017 – Pat Geraghty, CEO of Florida Blue, the leading health insurer in Florida, today announced that the company will donate $1 million to support relief and recovery efforts across the state in the wake of Hurricane Irma.   “The devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma – from the Keys and south Florida, up our beautiful west coast, and on north to Tallahassee and ...read more
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    Thursday, September 14, 2017
    Free bilingual help line available to those affected by Hurricane Irma   Florida Blue, in partnership with New Directions Behavioral Health, is offering emotional support to individuals and loved ones affected by Hurricane Irma. The companies are providing community access to specially trained behavioral health counselors via a 24-hour, toll-free help line: 800-843-6514.   Licensed ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 06, 2017
    By Joan McCain UCF Forum columnist For 30 days this summer, when I was between semesters and my college-age children were taking classes and living in dorms, I spent seven hours a day purging my home. Every closet, cabinet, drawer, and corner of my garage was attacked with laser focus. I filled close to 40 trash bags, made eight trips to The Salvation Army, and took two loads of petrified ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 06, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 6, 2017) — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel LLP today announced 13 of the firm’s Orlando attorneys have been included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018. In total, 45 of the firm’s attorneys from six offices across the state were recognized.  Additionally, two Orlando attorneys were named a “Lawyer of the Year,” a designation held by only one attorney in each region for ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 05, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (Sept. 5, 2017) – Seminole State College of Florida is one of only five Florida colleges and universities 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. This is the fourth consecutive year that Seminole State has been named as a HEED Award recipient. ...read more
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    Thursday, August 31, 2017
    Sanford, FL, August 30, 2017 – Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) and Allegiant announce the start today of scheduled, nonstop, low-fare service between Orlando Sanford and Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT) in Mississippi. Gulfport-Biloxi is one of over 70 nonstop destinations for Allegiant from Orlando Sanford, more than any airline from any airport in Central ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 30, 2017
    By Jim Clark UCF Forum columnist As students flood the campus to begin the new school year, there is one group that offers a unique—and welcome—point of view to discussions of war and peace: veterans who have experienced firsthand the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, seen the rising tensions in South Korea, or served on ships dispatched to the latest world hotspots. When wars are discussed in ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 30, 2017
    Company launching customer campaign, gives Central Florida customers opportunity to contribute to relief efforts  ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 30, 2017 – Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed up to $20 million in support of relief efforts in response to the severe weather impacting the Gulf region. This includes $10 million focused on support of American Red Cross shelters and $2 million in ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 29, 2017
    Single-game tickets go on-sale on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced revisions to the team’s 2017-18 regular season schedule released earlier this summer. As a result of the necessary revisions, the dates for 10 home games and one away game have changed. Additionally, single-game tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.Fans will ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 29, 2017
    Women’s Empowerment Club at RLMS is Thriving   Longwood, FL: The Girl’s Unity Club, a Rock Lake Middle School homeroom club with a focus on women’s empowerment is in search of local women leaders to come in and share their experiences / insight with the students. Since the club’s inception during the 2016-2017 school year, we have witnessed the club grow from 22, seventh grade girls to ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 29, 2017
    Newly Established Club at RLMS Seeks to Teach our Boys How to Act Like Men   Longwood, FL: The S.E.A.L. team, a Rock Lake Middle School homeroom club with a focus on service, ethics, awareness, and leadership is in search of local community and business leaders to come in and share their experiences / insight with the young men who are a part of the club. The club is in its inaugural year ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 29, 2017
    Seminole Co. Fla., (Aug. 28, 2017)-The Seminole County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) Aviation Section was recently presented with national accreditation from the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s (ALEA) Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC).  Sergeant Steve Farris, Chief Pilot, was presented with the accreditation at the ALEA Annual Exposition held in Reno, Nevada on July 28, ...read more
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    Friday, August 25, 2017
    Leading Florida Health Insurer Scores Perfect 100 on Disability Equality Index  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – For numerous initiatives enabling people with disabilities to join its workforce and easily access information, Florida Blue, the leading health insurer in Florida, was named 2017 Employer of the Year for businesses with fewer than 100,000 employees by the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN), ...read more
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    Thursday, August 24, 2017
    The Board of County Commissioners of Seminole County, Florida under the leadership of Chairman John Horan, yesterday learned the unprecedented results of the Seminole Action Board's year-long strategy to reduce chronic and family homelessness in the County. The Board, co-chaired by John Hillenmeyer and Wendy Brandon and created one year ago to lead a government and business partnership for new ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 23, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (Aug. 23, 2017) – A night of opera music, an art gallery exhibit featuring “Spacescape” imagery from the Hubble Telescope, and a theater production of “The House of Bernarda Alba,” a play featuring a performance entirely in Spanish are among the highlights of the 2017-18 cultural arts season presented by Seminole State College of Florida’s Center for Fine and Performing ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 23, 2017
    By Manoj Chopra UCF Forum columnist As an immigrant born in Delhi, India, I must stress that the United States has provided me with the opportunity to achieve most of my dreams. It has never questioned what I look like, where I was from or what I wanted to achieve. In turn, I made a pact with it – to work hard and make my contribution to it. To play by the rules and treat everyone with ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 23, 2017
    (CASSELBERRY, Fla.) South Seminole Middle School has been named a Nationally Certified Magnet School by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the national association for magnet and theme-based schools. South Seminole Middle School was among the first 55 schools located in 12 states (AL, CA, CT, FL, LA, MD, NC, NV, SC, TN, TX, and WI) to successfully complete an approximately nine month evaluation ...read more
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    Monday, August 21, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (Aug. 21, 2017) – Dr. E. Ann McGee announced today that she will be stepping down as president of Seminole State College of Florida effective July 31, 2018. Dr. McGee has been president of the College since 1996 and is only the second president in the College’s 52-year history.   Over the last 21 years, under Dr. McGee’s leadership, Seminole State has grown from a single-campus ...read more
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    Friday, August 18, 2017
    Orlando, FL – August 18, 2017 – Moore Stephens Lovelace (MSL), a regional certified public accounting and advisory services firm, is pleased to announce that Bill Blend, CPA, CFE, has been appointed Treasurer of the Executive Committee of the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Blend is a Shareholder and a member of MSL’s Governmental Practice Group. He is the Firm's Shareholder in ...read more
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    Friday, August 18, 2017
    Seminole Co. – (August 18, 2017) Seminole County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Longwood man and charged him with attempted murder and arson in connection with domestic violence involving a 94-year-old victim. The investigation began Thursday afternoon when the victim called 911 to report she’d been battered.Deputies responded to the victim’s home where they found her lying in the living room.  ...read more
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    Friday, August 18, 2017
    The UCF Forum opinion series on Wednesday will begin its sixth year of columnists sharing their commentary on social issues, ethics, life lessons, personal observations, world affairs and other topics.Nine columnists – faculty, staff and one student – will take turns offering their thoughts in the weekly series for the next 12 months.They will replace the current batch of writers who for the past ...read more
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    Thursday, August 17, 2017
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContinuing to Build Character and Faith in Youth in Sanford Seminole Leagues Names New DirectorSANFORD, Fla, August 17, 2017 – Seminole Leagues, a Faith-based community sports league sponsored by Holy Cross Lutheran Academy, in Sanford, Florida welcomes new director, Scott Yebba. Betty Hoyer, Director of Education at Holy Cross Lutheran Academy, announces that Mr.Yebba ...read more
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    Thursday, August 17, 2017
    Sanford, FL – August 16, 2017 – President and CEO of Wharton-Smith recently announced the promotion of three key leadership team members to Executive Vice President – Darin Crafton, Tim Smith and Pat Hewitt. As Executive Vice President, each will be responsible for the strategic growth and oversight of operations within the company.   Darin Crafton, Executive Vice President of ...read more
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    Thursday, August 17, 2017
    Celebrates Dedication of New Sanford Home for Single Mom and Kids   Sanford, FL – June 14, 2017 – Building communities with our hands and our hearts is not just a slogan for Wharton-Smith, but words the company stands by. This past week, team members from Wharton-Smith’s Commercial Division partnered with local builders and Habitat for Humanity of Seminole-Apopka (HFHSA) to make one ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    Contact: Ken Cristol, Cristol Marketing Company 407-774-2515 (PHOTO ATTACHED)(Authorized agency for Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction)  Roger B. Kennedy Construction collected and donated $8,525 in cash plus school supplies for “Tools 4 Seminole Schools”   ALTAMONTE SPRINGS & SANFORD, Fla. (August 16, 2017) – On August 15, Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    Local winner honored at national educational child care provider’s annual conference  Longwood-Lake Mary, FL (Grassroots Newswire) 8-15-2017 – Ted and Hilda Cockram, owners of Kiddie Academy of Longwood-Lake Mary, located at 905 Longwood Hills Road, recently received the 2016 Life Essentials®, Franchisee of the Year award at Kiddie Academy’s® Annual Conference this month. Hundreds of franchisees ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    Mandel Named Lawyer of the Year in Litigation – Labor and Employment ORLANDO (August 16, 2017) – Fisher Phillips announced today that Jeffrey E, Mandel, Regional Managing Partner, andBenton N. Wood, Partner, have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018®. Mandel, who has been named to the list for more than 15 years, has also been named Lawyer of the Year in ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Families in Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood will soon have greater access to affordable, quality pediatric health care through a new primary care practice in the area. Orange Blossom Pediatrics will open its doors on August 14, 2017 at the corner of Parramore St. and Amelia Ave. on the campus of the OCPS’ new Academic Center for Excellence (ACE).     The practice is a ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 15, 2017
    4-H is a youth education program which provides youth ages 5-18 the opportunity to learn life skills while exploring projects such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), leadership, healthy living, and citizenship/leadership. You can become a member of 4-H by joining a Community 4-H Club, participating in a short term Special Interest Program, participating as an independent ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 15, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla. – (August 15, 2017) – From July 31 through August 10, Shepherd’s Hope, in partnership withNemours Children’s Health System, hosted clinics on six dates for 18 hours with 40 clinicians providing 445 local uninsured and underinsured children free back-to-school physicals, an increase of 30% over the number provided in 2016 and an all-time high for the annual initiative.Over the past ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 15, 2017
    4-H is a youth education program which provides youth ages 5-18 the opportunity to learn life skills while exploring projects such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), leadership, healthy living, and citizenship/leadership. You can become a member of 4-H by joining a Community 4-H Club, participating in a short term Special Interest Program, participating as an independent ...read more
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    Monday, August 14, 2017
    The Orlando Solar Bears Stick to Reading program is back for the 2017-18 season!The Solar Bears want to encourage elementary school students (K-5th grade) to increase their reading and language skills by providing them with an incentive to read.For participating school classrooms, students who read a minimum of 600 minutes (10 hours) and have their progress verified by a teacher will receive ...read more
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    Thursday, August 10, 2017
    Altamonte Springs, Fla. (8/10/17) – Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka is pleased to welcome William A. Finfrock, President of FINFROCK as Chairman of the Board.  Bill has served on the Board of Directors since March 2013, participating on our finance committee and as treasurer. FINFROCK has contributed $650,500.00 and has assisted in building 10 houses.    Bill succeeds ...read more
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    Thursday, August 10, 2017
    Meals on Wheels, Etc. recently received a $50,000 grant through the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund. The grant will support Nutritious Meals for the Disadvantaged Seniors program in Seminole County.   Established in 1990, through the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, local nonprofits with child and youth education programs, child abuse ...read more
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    Thursday, August 10, 2017
    Contact: Kim HerbineRDV SPORTSPLEX ICE DENkherbine@rdvsportsplex.com407-916-2666  For Immediate Release     RDV Sportsplex Ice Den & Disney On Ice Team Up for Double the Deals!  Maitland, Fla., August 10, 2017 – Save on Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream tickets and public skating at RDV Sportsplex Ice Den this September!Mention RDV Sportsplex Ice Den when you call 866-248-8740 and choose ...read more
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    Thursday, August 10, 2017
    RLANDO, Aug. 10, 2017 – UCF senior Branden Hall hopes that one day Zeek St. Cloud finds his true purpose in life – but he knows that’s going to take thousands of years.Hall, who is majoring in creative writing and advertising/public relations, and his brother Horacio are enabling Zeek on his journey, and recently received an offer of help from Charlotte Hornets basketball player Johnny O’Bryant ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 09, 2017
    (SANFORD, FL) – Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) and our web-partner Solodev are proud to announce that the newly redesigned SCPS website: www.SCPS.us, launched in January 2017, has won a Golden Image Award in the Digital Tools Category at the 60th Anniversary of the Florida Public Relations Association’s (FPRA’s) Golden Image Awards Banquet held at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 08, 2017
    Five suspects arrested after burglarizing west Seminole businessesSeminole Co. – (August 8, 2017) Seminole County deputies arrested five suspects who burglarized multiple businesses and charged them with burglary and resisting arrest. The investigation began August 8 at approximately 1:40 a.m. when a deputy on proactive patrol noticed a suspicious vehicle near the intersection of S. Hunt Club ...read more
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    Monday, August 07, 2017
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (AUGUST 7, 2017)- On Saturday August 12, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Seminole County Animal Services along with TEARS of  Seminole County will have adoptable pets at Mastro Subaru.   Mastro Subaru will pay half of the adoption fee for any pet adopted during this event.                                 All new pets will go home with a goody ...read more
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    Monday, August 07, 2017
    Contact: Ken Cristol, Cristol Marketing Company 407-774-2515 (Authorized agency for Roger B. Kennedy Construction)  For tenth year, Roger B. Kennedy Construction is named among OBJ’s 2017 Golden 100 top privately-held companies     ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- For the tenth year, Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction has been named among Orlando Business Journal’s 2017 Golden 100 ...read more
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    Monday, August 07, 2017
    WHO:                                       Hosted by Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College WHAT:                                     #SolarEclipse2017 Observing Event                                                The Great American Eclipse of 2017 will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous United States since 1979. Although the Orlando area is not in the line of ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 02, 2017
    Surety Bank would like to announce we are giving back to the community.  The new branch at 3001 W. lake Mary Blvd. has a state of the art conference room available at NO COST.   The conference center can accommodate 10-12 and features a 65” 4K Television with built in Chrome Cast, Microsoft TV, and of course FREE WIFI is provided.  A catering Buffett table will accommodate your next lunch and ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 02, 2017
    By Meg Scharf UCF Forum columnists What will this week’s UCF graduates take with them when then leave campus? Many will leave with a sense of accomplishment and a road map to success in the “real world.” Perhaps they leave with an appreciation for learning, knowing that commencement starts the next step in continuous lifelong learning. And perhaps they leave with a group of extraordinary ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 02, 2017
    Seminole, Co. – (August 2, 2017) Seminole County Sheriff’s Investigators are asking the public for help identifying two burglary suspects.  The investigation began on July 8 at approximately 2:35 a.m. Deputies responded to the AT&T Wireless store located at 5938 Red Bug Lake Road in unincorporated Winter Springs.  Upon arrival, deputies observed broken glass and the front door shattered. ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 02, 2017
    Curcumin Formula Shows Promise in Early Research ORLANDO, FL (July 25, 2017) – Attaching curcumin, a component of the common spice turmeric, to nanoparticles can be used to target and destroy treatment-resistant neuroblastoma tumor cells, according to a new study recently published online in Nanoscale. The study, conducted in partnership by researchers at Nemours Children’s Hospital and the ...read more
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    Monday, July 31, 2017
    New budget focuses on long-overdue improvements in customer service and technology  Sanford, FL (July 31, 2017) – Joel M. Greenberg submitted his first budget to the Florida Department of Revenue as tax collector today with a focus on technology and customer service enhancements, which have long been ignored.  “We will offer the best customer service of any tax collector in Florida,” Greenberg ...read more
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    Monday, July 31, 2017
    Sanford, FL: Athletic Apex was recently voted the #1 Health Club in Orlando, by Orlando Magazine, as well as nominated for a Business of the Year award for Seminole County. aving been open for less than a year in Seminole County, Athletic Apex is proud to receive such awards and nominations. With a passion for the community and a desire to serve its members, Athletic Apex provides the only ...read more
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    Friday, July 28, 2017
    (Sanford, Fla.) July 28, 2017 – Changing lives. That’s what the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, is doing with its $50,000 investment in Seminole County’s Take Stock in Children (TSIC) program. A Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools program, TSIC Seminole provides low-income, atrisk students with the resources, mentoring and advocacy needed to graduate high ...read more
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    Friday, July 28, 2017
    Dedicated training facility at Casselberry Walmart is one of only 200 to be built in U.S.  Casselberry, Fla., July 27, 2017 – Walmart opened its first training academy today in Casselberry at 1239 State Road 436. Academies are a dedicated facility located in, or adjacent to, a Walmart Supercenter where hourly supervisors and department managers will receive two weeks of hands-on training that ...read more
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    Friday, July 28, 2017
    Seminole County,  FL  - July 28, 2017 – Seminole County Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 100 block of Meadowlark Drive in the unincorporated area of Altamonte Springs at 2:35a.m. this morning.  Two (2) residents were reported to have exited the home and they reported one (1) resident was still inside.  An Altamonte Springs Law Enforcement Officer attempted to assist by breaking a ...read more
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    Thursday, July 27, 2017
    Jason’s Deli welcomes General Manager Ron Passanisi, and Ron welcomes you to Jason’s Deli on West Lake Mary at the Rinehart/Greenwood intersection. Ron was the former general manager for Jason’s Deli in Boynton Beach and his leadership earned Ron the Jason’s Deli “2016 Deli Man of the Year” award.   “We’re here to serve our community, customers and each other as Team Lake Mary,” Ron said. ...read more
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    Thursday, July 27, 2017
    For Immediate Release Contact: Ken Cristol, Cristol Marketing Company 407-774-2515(Authorized agency for Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction)   Roger B. Kennedy Construction breaks ground for Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa’s $20 million Building 60   ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (July 25, 2017) – Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction brokeground for Westgate ...read more
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    Thursday, July 27, 2017
    Pack Light and Stay Fashionable – with Travel Magic  Travel Magic has arrived at Rich Hippie in Altamonte Springs.  Their new line of ANIMAPOP Italian Clothing creates the perfect wardrobe.  These reversible printed dresses and capris are wrinkle proof, no ironing needed, washable and extremely travel friendly.  Each dress comes with its own printed 20cm x 8cm fancy bag that the dress folds up ...read more
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    Thursday, July 27, 2017
    The Florida Blue Foundation currently has approximately $4.3 million for funding grants focused on improving consumer health and advancing innovation and promoting new solutions in the health care system.  The Foundation’s Improve Consumer Health program focuses on healthy lifestyles to promote better health for families and communities. It has approximately $2.4 million for funding awareness and ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    Proposes 10 policy actions to address major barriers to U.S. manufacturing growth, help recapture an estimated $300 billion in production of consumer goods, and create an estimated 1.5 million U.S. jobs  ORLANDO, Fla. – July 26, 2017 – Walmart today convened a broad group of individuals and organizations representing government, business, and non-governmental organizations from across the country ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    The Christian Sharing Center, Inc. is the proud recipient of a $50,000 grant through the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund. The grant will support: LifeBuilder program; designed to help stabilize homeless families. Together, with funds from United Way and other funders, these dollars will utilized to support homeless families locally. The goal of the LifeBuilder program is ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    Do you need guidance with cash flow management?Do you feel like you're juggling cash to survive?Would you like to learn to do easy cash projections to know what your cash flow will look like in the future?Do you feel like not managing your cash flow is preventing you from growing your business?What you will learn in this seminar: Manage & Improve Cash Flow Prepare & Understand Cash Flow ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    ORLANDO (July 26, 2017) – Fisher Phillips announces today that the firm has been recognized for its strong dedication to the support and advancement of women by inclusion on both Working Mother magazine’s 2017 list of the 50 “Best Law Firms for Women” and Law360’s “Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys,” which both recognize U.S. firms implementing best practices in retaining and promoting women ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    By Emma Gisclair UCF Forum columnist When I was 4 years old, I demanded my mom teach me to read so I could read my own books instead of being read to. At 9, my best friend introduced me to Harry Potter. I devoured the four released books, then wrote a letter to author J.K. Rowling informing her that I had decided to be a writer because of her. It was the beginning of a dream that has guided my ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 25, 2017
    Seminole Co. – (July 25, 2017) – Seminole County Sheriff’s Investigators are asking the public for help identifying a residential burglary suspect.  The investigation began on July 23 when deputies responded to a residence on Northridge Drive in unincorporated Longwood.  Upon arrival, deputies spoke to the victim who provided images of a suspect who walked into her screened in pool/patio. Once ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 25, 2017
    Contact: Ken Cristol, Cristol Marketing Company 407-774-2515(Authorized agency for Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction)  Roger B. Kennedy Construction breaks ground for Griffin Farm at Midtown town center buildings A&B  ORLANDO, Fla. (July 25, 2017) – Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction broke ground for Griffin Farm at Midtown town center buildings A&B, Lake ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 25, 2017
    Seminole State among top performers in Florida College SystemSANFORD, Fla. (July 25, 2017) – Seminole State College of Florida has gone gold, achieving the highest level for performance funding in the Florida College System (FCS). The College also will receive $3.06 million in additional funding, up from $1.08 million last year. The State Board of Education recognized Seminole State for its ...read more
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    Monday, July 24, 2017
    (SANFORD, Fla.) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is pleased to announce its partnership with Code To The Future, the nation’s leading Computer Science program for magnet and theme-based schools. Our very own Altamonte and Pine Crest Elementary Schools have been selected to become the first Computer Science Immersion Schools in Florida. Students at these schools will have the opportunity to ...read more
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    Friday, July 21, 2017
    Seminole Science Charter School Kindergarten Readiness Week has been so successful already! The students are learning where everything in SSCS is located, they are getting to know their classmates and learning SSCS procedures as they have a great time! Ms. Pollack and Ms. Courtney are teaching the kindergarteners what it means to be a Seminole Science School student and all the wonders SSCS has ...read more
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    Friday, July 21, 2017
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (July 21, 2017)- Seminole County Fire Department recently received a Certificate of Appreciation from the American Red Cross of Central Florida for its ongoing support of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, a national initiative designed to reduce death and injuries from home fires. Sherri Monroe, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Greater Orlando, honored Seminole ...read more
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    Thursday, July 20, 2017
    Contact:  Ken Cristol, Cristol Marketing Company, 407-774-2515 (Authorized agency for Roger B. Kennedy Construction)  Roger B. Kennedy Construction ranks as 12th largest Florida-based General Building Contractor, 81st largest among Southeast’s Top Contractors  ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (July 20, 2017) – Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction has been ranked as the 12th largest ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    A team of three University of Central Florida students earned the title of national champions Wednesday and finished 13th in the world in an elite computer programming contest known as the “Battle of the Brains.” In the competition at the Association of Computing Machinery’s International Collegiate Programming Contest in Rapid City, SD, the UCF trio beat teams such as the University of ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    For Immediate Release    Contact:  Ken Cristol, Cristol Marketing Company, 407-774-2515(Authorized agency for Roger B. Kennedy Construction) Roger B. Kennedy Construction starts $8 million Assisted Living Facility in Tallahassee ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (July 19, 2017)– Roger B. Kennedy Construction broke ground July 10 for the Tapestry Tallahassee Walden assisted living andmemory care ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 18, 2017
     PSI High (Problem Solving Incubator) program at Lyman, Lake Mary, & Seminole High Schools.  This stems from our submission to the Project XQ SuperSchool competition.  https://xqsuperschool.org/   Rolling-out RAVE Panic Button App for Teachers & Staff. The panic button app provides real-time collaboration in the event of an emergency situation on-campus to on-site administrators, ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 18, 2017
    (SANFORD, FL) – Wilson Elementary is proud to unveil its new STEAM Center on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. The STEAM Center is a collaborative learning space emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) programs. The existing media center was renovated over the summer by a dedicated group of staff members and local volunteers to provide Wilson Elementary ...read more
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    Monday, July 17, 2017
    New degree in nursing (BSN) for Spring 2018 will help to mitigate Central Florida’s nursing shortage  SANFORD, Fla. (July 17, 2017) – More highly trained, qualified nurses will join the Central Florida workforce by 2020 as a result of today’s State Board of Education approval of Seminole State College of Florida’s proposal for a new Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN). The College will ...read more
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    Monday, July 17, 2017
    Florida-based summit gathers women leaders in the climate control industry FORT LAUDERDALE — Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioningis pleased one of its female leaders recently attended the Bryant Women in HVAC Conference.     Kristy Moist was one of dozens of women from across the heating and cooling brand who attended the three-day conference in Florida last week. The event is part of the ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 12, 2017 — Many economically disadvantaged Central Florida families often face an impossible choice: either food or shelter.  In fact, according to a recent study, 70 percent of area households said they had to choose between buying food or paying their mortgage or rent at least once during the previous year.  Many of those families rely on Second Harvest Food Bank’s local ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    By Yolanda Hood UCF Forum columnist Goodbyes are never fun, except when they are. Even if you haven’t read Gone with the Wind or watched the movie, everyone knows Rhett Butler’s famously delivered line as he says goodbye and shuts the door on his relationship with Scarlett O’Hara: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!” When I was a young girl I would watch The Lawrence Welk Show with my ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 11, 2017
    Pathways to Home Initiative Will Reach up to 125 Families During Next Year   ORLANDO, Fla., July 7, 2017 – Pathways to Home, a collaborative effort to eliminate child homelessness, is expanding from Seminole County to Orange and Osceola counties – more than doubling its capacity to help vulnerable families.   According to 2017 estimates, on any single day in Central Florida there are 1,572 ...read more
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    Monday, July 10, 2017
    Florida Blue is hiring more than 100 seasonal contractors in its Lake Mary office for the upcoming open enrollment season. These positions will provide telephone health plan sales and sales support beginning in August and September and continuing until mid-December.  Ideal candidates will have their 2-40 or 2-15 Florida state health insurance license, however Florida Blue also is hiring trainees ...read more
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    Friday, July 07, 2017
    TALLAHASSEE, FL – July 7, 2017 – GrayRobinson announced today Dr. Kim McDougal, former chief of staff to Florida Governor Rick Scott, is joining its government relations team as a senior director of government affairs in Tallahassee. McDougal brings extensive experience and knowledge regarding both policy and budget issues impacting Florida, and will advise and lobby for clients in all sectors ...read more
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    Thursday, July 06, 2017
    Certified public accounting and advisory professionals specialize in diverse industry and service capabilities   Orlando, FL, July 5, 2017 –WithumSmith+Brown, PC (Withum), the nationally ranked Top-30 public accounting and advisory firm, has announced the promotion of nine senior managers to the position of partner. Adrienne Anderson of Parkland, FL and Ray Bastin of Orlando, both of whom ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 05, 2017
    Sanford, Fla. (July 5, 2017) — Individuals who wish to apply for or renew a Florida concealed weapon license will save $5 beginning Saturday, July 1. Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam worked with the Florida Legislature to bring the application fee down from $60 to $55 and the renewal fee down from $50 to $45. Active law enforcement officers, correctional officers and correctional ...read more
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    Monday, July 03, 2017
    Allgood Financial is pleased to announce an amazing opportunity for insurance agents throughout central Florida who are licensed for Life and Annuities products. They are hosting a free training in IULs, combined with a free baseball game, at Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium on Thursday, July 20th.    ____________________________________________ Allgood Financial is proud to take a very ...read more
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    Thursday, June 29, 2017
    Martha Miller was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, when the Lake Mary and Seminole County Regional Chamber merged to become the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Martha was presiding over an unpredicted growth surge that helped turn the Regional Chamber into a powerhouse community action while she also mentored and oversaw the Ambassadors.   Martha passed away ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    (Sanford, FL) - Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is pleased to announce that we are an "A"-rated district according to the Florida Department of Education's (FDOE) 2017 school grades released today (June 28, 2017). "A lot of hard, focused work has yielded great results for our students and schools.  Our amazing teachers continue to stay focused on the Florida standards while delivering ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    Available beginning July 31 at Shepherd’s Hope locations in Orange and Seminole counties  Orlando, Fla. (June 28, 2017) – Back-to- school physicals are a summertime ritual for school-aged children and their families. But, for the estimated 27,000 children in Orange and Seminole counties who are uninsured, this annual rite of passage can be out of reach. For the fourth consecutive year,Shepherd’s ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    By Germayne Graham UCF Forum columnist When your time to lead comes, what practices will define your leadership? There are many models, theories and aspirational frameworks that define and describe leadership. I am drawn to the observed behaviors and practices of identified leaders during times of change or big movements. Over time, these practices and behaviors become attached to speeches, ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 27, 2017
    U.S. News & World Report Unveils 2017-2018 Rankings  Orlando, FL (June 27, 2017) – U.S. News & World Report has ranked Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in its 2017-2018 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published online today. It is the only hospital in Orlando to be given this designation.  The hospital was ranked in five pediatric specialties:  ·         #21 in diabetes and ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 27, 2017
    HEATHROW, Fla. (June 27, 2017) – AT&T is investing in students at Seminole State College of Florida to prepare them for success in the future. On June 22, AT&T made a $25,000 donation to the Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida Inc. The donation will be used to support first-generation, at-risk students; Adult Education tutoring and the College’s One More Class initiative, which ...read more
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    Sunday, June 25, 2017
    Allgood Financial is pleased to announce that Collette Rance has joined the team and will serve as Agency Chief for the new branch office in Seminole County.   ____________________________________________ Collette Rance is the newest agent to join Allgood Financial, and the company’s very first Agency Chief. According to the company’s COO, Don Carlson, “Collette has years of experience in ...read more
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    Friday, June 23, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla. (June 23, 2017) — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel LLP today announced Firm Chairman C. David Brown, II, and Partner Robert Alfert, Jr., have been recognized by their peers for their legal expertise in Florida Trend Magazine’s Florida Legal Elite 2017 published in July. In total, nine of the firm’s attorneys were honored this year.  Chairman Brown was inducted into the Florida ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (June 21, 2017)— Seminole County’s investment income reported a 237% increase during its first full month under a new investment policy as compared to the same month last year. In May 2016, interest earned on investments totaled $128,738. In May 2017, interest earned on investments increased to $433,851 for the month. The new investment policy, instituted on April 10, ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    By Ali P. Gordon UCF Forum columnist I love college sports. I’ve got the Knights, Yellow Jackets, Tar Heels, Hoyas, Maroon Tigers – you name it. If I can catch a game, I will. My brother-in-law, who’s from New England, recently schooled me about lacrosse, so now on top of college football, basketball, baseball and volleyball, I’m hooked on that, too. And if it’s any indication of my level of ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    Altamonte Springs, Fla. (6/20/17) – Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County & Greater Apopka is pleased to welcome back The Coca-Cola Company as a house sponsor for 2 homes at the Juniper Bend project in Apopka, FL.  Eric Bennett, General Manager, signing the agreement for their fifth sponsorship with the affiliate said “We really enjoy participating as a sponsor with Habitat.  Our employees not ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    We often hear of how teenagers and young children are constantly surrounded by technology, but what about those who have no access to technology at home? Think about how many homework assignments are now done using computers, the internet or even apps. Lack of access to these technologies can be crippling to these children’s education. Thanks in part to a $20,250 Community Services Agency grant ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    Had a good laugh lately? Laughter connects people, eases trouble and makes the day brighter. It releases stress, activates learning, burns calories and supports memory. In short, laughter is good for you. Why is laughter so beneficial? Here are seven reasons:Laughter triggers feel-good chemicals. Bursting into laughter stimulates endorphins. This releases dopamine in the brain, which promotes ...read more
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    Monday, June 19, 2017
    Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel LLP today announced eight of the firm’s Orlando attorneys have been named to the 2017 Florida Super Lawyers list. Additionally, one attorney was honored among the 2017 Rising Stars by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine, which publishes its annual list in July. All told, the 2017 issue recognizes 47 firm attorneys as either Super Lawyers or Rising Stars.  Super ...read more
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    Monday, June 19, 2017
    ORLANDO, June 19, 2017 – Lanlan Kuang’s research this summer is mixing the old with the new. And by “old,” we mean ancient.   Kuang is a UCF assistant professor of philosophy and one of a select group of international scholars with access to the Dunhuang Mogao Caves along the Silk Road in China. The nearly 500 caves are the largest and most complete treasure repository of Buddhist art, murals ...read more
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    Monday, June 19, 2017
    (Orlando, FL) – Nemours Children’s Primary Care has completed a project to expand its practice in Lake Nona.  The practice, located at 9145 Narcoossee Road in Orlando, now contains four additional exam rooms, bringing the total to 13, as well as a more spacious waiting area, additional workspace for pediatricians and staff, and a new check out desk for faster visits and a better patient ...read more
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    Friday, June 16, 2017
    Increased collaboration to benefit 12,300 Florida Blue members in four Central Florida counties   ORLANDO – June 13, 2017 – Florida Blue and Primary Partners, a network of Central Florida primary care and specialty physicians, are implementing an accountable care program that aims to improve the quality and efficiency of care through a more coordinated patient-centered approach.   The overall ...read more
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    Thursday, June 15, 2017
    Johnathon Gerber, owner of Party People Events proudly displays three awards he was awarded at FLOAT, an International Convention for Balloon Professionals, held in St Louis, Missouri.   The FLOAT Excellence in Event Decor Awards that Party People Events received were for Best Entrance Decor, Best Sculpture and Best Overall Event Décor.   The award for Best Entrance Décor was for a ...read more
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    Thursday, June 15, 2017
    INDIANAPOLIS, June 1, 2017 —In recognition of unwavering customer service and a dedicated commitment to excellence, Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems is honored to present a Medal of Excellence award to Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioningof Longwood, Florida. Bryant, a leading supplier of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a ...read more
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    Thursday, June 15, 2017
     OVIEDO, Fla. (June 15, 2017) – Twenty students from Hagerty, Lake Howell, Lyman, Oviedo, Seminole and Trinity Prep high schools gained hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through the Solar Survival: Engineering Technology Summer Program at Seminole State College of Florida June 5-8.  The program, held at the College’s Oviedo Campus, featured a project-based ...read more
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    Thursday, June 15, 2017
    Altamonte Springs, Fl (June 15, 2017) – For the third consecutive year, local builders stepped up to build a home for a local family with Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County & Greater Apopka during Habitat for Humanity’s Home Builders Blitz 2017, June 5-9.  Professional contractors and suppliers provided the labor, funding and materials to help a single mother of 3 build strength, stability ...read more
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    Thursday, June 15, 2017
    A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive July 18, 2017, to examine specific aspects of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office to include policies and procedures, operations, and support services.  Since the agency is already internationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), it must ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    By Nathan Vink UCF Forum columnist The wallpaper on my computer is of a remote and beautiful place in the Utah desert. The different shades of red and orange seem endless when I stare at the picture’s detail. It’s a special place to me, and while I didn’t take the picture, I’ve stood at the same exact point numerous times. Most of those visits blend together, but two times – separated by seven ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    Volunteers completed $325,000 of work for AEC Cares projectOrlando  ORLANDO, Fla. (June 14, 2017) — Window Interiors, a leading specialty contractor, recently joined more than 100 volunteers to complete $325,000 of renovations for the Coalition of the Homeless of Central Florida—all in just one day.  The effort was part of AEC Cares projectOrlando. Each year, AEC Cares brings together ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 13, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (June 13, 2017) – Seminole State College of Florida enhances the educational, economic, and cultural vitality of the region by providing exemplary learning opportunities for a diverse community. This mission embraces the general public through enrichment and quality of life programming and production of lifelong learning and cultural events to include fine arts, theater, speaker ...read more
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    Monday, June 12, 2017
    Seminole State College of Florida's Student Government Association (SGA) and UNITY Gay-Straight Alliance held a remembrance ceremony Monday, June 12, to honor the 49 people who lost their lives at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.   Seminole State student Luis S. Vielma, 22, was one of the people killed.   Vielma graduated Cum Laude in Summer 2014 with an Associate in Arts degree and was ...read more
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    Monday, June 12, 2017
    What better way to start the summer than adopting a buddy to hang out with! On Saturday June 17, 2017 from 10 am until 3 pm Seminole County Animal Services along with TEARS of Seminole County will have animals offsite at Mastro Subaru for Adoption. Mastro Subaru 4113 South Orlando Dr (Hwy 17-92) Sanford Adoptions are half price during this event. All new pets will go home with a goody ...read more
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    Monday, June 12, 2017
    (SANFORD, FL) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is pleased to announce that Wicklow Elementary has been selected to represent SCPS and partner with the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in the Disney Musicals in Schools program. As stated on their website, “Disney Musicals in Schools is an outreach initiative of Dr. Phillips Center that develops sustainable musical theatre programs ...read more
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    Friday, June 09, 2017
    Whole Foods Market Altamonte Springs is supporting Meals on Wheels, Etc. By shopping on June 22, Whole Foods Market will donate 5% of your net purchases to provide meals to homebound seniors in Seminole County. Can’t make it in? Order groceries online and have them delivered through Instacart on that day. www.Delivery.WFM.com
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    Thursday, June 08, 2017
    (SANFORD, FL) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is pleased to announce that the district’s students performed extremely well based upon today’s release of the Florida Department of Education’s (FDOE’s) 2017 Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) & End-ofCourse (EOC) Exam scores. The following is the ranking of SCPS in the 17 largest Florida Districts, followed by the ranking in Central ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 07, 2017
    Online PR News – 06-June-2017 – Sanford, FL – Next Horizon was among the first round of 2017 Florida Companies to Watch finalists recently announced by GrowFL. The awards event - now in its seventh year - honors 50 select second-stage companies from throughout the state of Florida for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and broadening new ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 07, 2017
    Imagine going to any public event and a fight breaks out over saving seats. This was just the case recently in Memphis, TN, at the Arlington High School graduation ceremony held at a church. The embarrassing story and video went national. It seems one family was saving seats for someone, but when another family tried to sit in them there were angry words and fists flying before security stepped ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 07, 2017
    First time in more than a decade all Seminole County tax certificates sold   Sanford, FL (June 7, 2017) – In his first tax certificate auction at Seminole County Tax Collector, Joel M. Greenberg sold 100 percent of all available tax certificates   The 2017 auction realized a $300,000 increase in sales for a total of $8.4 million taxes paid by outside investors.   “This was a tremendous ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 06, 2017
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (June 6, 2017) — Seminole County’s Local State of Emergency requiring the Countywide Burn Ban expired at 12:00AM overnight, following 69 consecutive days of the order. Recent rains caused the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KDBI) to fall below 500 and the Fire Danger Index to fall to a level allowing the Ban to be lifted. Currently, the KDBI reading for Seminole County is ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 06, 2017
    Cole Engineering Services, Inc. (CESI) has acquired the Defense Products and Services Division of StackFrame, LLC, a small business providing technical capabilities in the areas of information technology, digital security, and software development. StackFrame is widely known in the modeling, simulation, and gaming community for delivering innovative and cutting-edge solutions to difficult ...read more
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    Monday, June 05, 2017
    Grants awarded to 17 local nonprofits for hunger relief programs across Florida  ORLANDO, Fla. (June 5, 2017) — As part of Walmart’s commitment to fight hunger in Florida, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation today announced more than $940,000 in grants to 17 nonprofits from across the state for hunger relief programs.  *Editor’s Note: See addendum for complete list of grantees.  “Walmart is ...read more
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    Friday, June 02, 2017
    Seminole Co. – (June 2, 2017) – On May 31, City County Investigative Bureau (CCIB) agents arrested Michael Logan for Destroying Evidence and Jerry Kendall for Cultivation of Marijuana and Destroying Evidence.  The investigation began when the Sheriff’s Office Alert helicopter was conducting routine patrols in the area of 2385 Wildwood Trail in Geneva. Flight crew members noticed the cannabis ...read more
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    Thursday, June 01, 2017
    On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will see nature's most wondrous spectacle — a total eclipse of the Sun. It is a scene of unimaginable beauty; the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky.   To celebrate this phenomenon Orlando Science Center will host 5 pop up locations around Orlando to ...read more
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    Thursday, June 01, 2017
    Lauren Miller of J. Wayne Miller Company is in search of a new Tenant for a 3,900 SF space available for lease in Altamonte Springs. The property is located approximately ¾ of a mile from the State Road 434 and 436 intersection and has a CG zoning, which allows for a multitude of uses. Current Tenants are Orkin Pest Control, Wall to Wall Flooring, Martial Arts Center for Health and 212 ...read more
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    Thursday, June 01, 2017
    Allgood Financial is proud to announce the launch of a brand new website that provides dozens of tools, articles, videos and more – all designed to help visitors understand the options available to them, and to allow them to make informed decisions about their financial future.   ____________________________________________ Allgood Financial launched their new website on Friday, and encourages ...read more
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    Thursday, June 01, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (June 1, 2017) – Seminole State College of Florida now has two General Motors (GM) World Class Technicians (WCT) as part of its faculty. Automotive professors Jim Cokos and Carlos Vasquez recently achieved this elite status, joining the ranks of only 1,256 other technicians in the nation and only 27 technicians in Florida.  To achieve GM World Class status, a technician must be ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 31, 2017
    Sanford, FL – May 22, 2017 – With “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” playing in the background, Seminole County Commissioners, representatives from the Tourist Development Council, project team members, and community guests joined together on May 17 to cut the ribbon on the redeveloped Soldiers Creek Park, a state-of-the-art recreational facility designed specifically for women’s fast-pitch softball ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 31, 2017
    We are pleased to announce that we are launching a Detention Deputy Sponsorship Program! This program will cover tuition and expenses for successful applicants to attend the full-time corrections enforcement academy at Seminole State College that will take place from August to December of 2017. Selection will be made through a competitive process. To qualify, candidates must have a college degree ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 31, 2017
    In 2016 Seminole County Animal Services  challenged Orange County Animal Services and Osceola County Animal Services to come together in the first ever Hot Summer Shelter Challenge! This was a challenge to boost outcome numbers from the last year in adoptions, rescue transfers and pets being reclaimed by their owners. Since Seminole County was the overall winner in 2016 we decided we needed to ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 31, 2017
    Sanford- Starting June 1, animal lovers will have a new way to visit the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens throughout the summer with "Choo Choo to the Zoo." SunRail, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, the City of Sanford and the Sanford Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) have partnered to offer a seamless transit experience to and from the Sanford SunRail station, the Zoo, and ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 31, 2017
    Toward the end of an old favorite film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), a newspaper reporter tells Jimmy Stewart’s character, "This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." In that case, the printed legend created a much-admired local hero because the myth was more compelling, exciting and interesting than the truth. Besides, while the legend was simple, the ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 30, 2017
    Firm Also Ranked Among the Best for Labor & Employment Law ORLANDO (MAY 30, 2017) – Fisher Phillips announced that 43 attorneys nationwide are featured in Chambers USA 2017. In Orlando, Regional Managing Partner Jeffrey Mandel is recognized in Chambers USA 2017 as a top attorney for his work in Labor and Employment Law. In addition, the firm is ranked as one of the top labor and employment law ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 30, 2017
    Sanford, FL (May 30, 2017) - Jahi, a greater one-horned rhino, will soon leave the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens for a new home at The Wilds in Ohio. Jahi's move is a recommendation of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP). The Wilds is a fellow AZA-accredited zoo."The Central Florida Zoo has been home to Jahi since he was two years old. We've watched him ...read more
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    Monday, May 29, 2017
    Lake Mary, Fla, (May 29, 2017) - Kal Gohill, CEO of getTREAD mobile tire service, was recently selected as a finalist to pitch his startup business at the SCORE BizFest2017 and was awarded second place! getTREAD is a revolutionary mobile tire shop on wheels for busy people and businesses who need quality tire service. getTREAD installs/balances/rotates your tires on-site and DOESN’T INTERRUPT ...read more
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    Friday, May 26, 2017
    Hurricane preparedness is a commitment Duke Energy takes very seriously through long-term strategic planning. The company has spent more than $2.4 billion since 2004 maintaining and strengthening its Florida power delivery system, including inspecting and replacing poles and trimming vegetation and trees.  In 2016, more than 103,000 wood distribution poles were inspected, 82,000 were treated ...read more
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    Friday, May 26, 2017
     Company also highlights FY2017 local impact on associates and communities across the state ORLANDO, Fla., May 23, 2017— The world’s largest retailer today announced its statewide growth and investment plans for the state of Florida, which will result in an economic impact well over $450 million. The plan will expand the company’s more than 375 facility footprint in Florida and build on the ...read more
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    Friday, May 26, 2017
    Project is part of the retailer’s investment in serving today’s customers  CASSELBERRY, Fla. – May 26, 2017 – The Walmart Supercenter remodel at 1239 State Road 436 is complete – and, in addition to the physical changes inside, customers now have access to Online Grocery Pickup.  For the first time, Casselberry residents will be able to order Walmart groceries online and pick them up without ...read more
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    Friday, May 26, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (May 26, 2017) – In celebration of National Trauma Awareness Month, Central Florida Regional Hospital hosted an event on May 17 to celebrate its former patients who were given a second chance at life.  At the event, trauma survivors gathered with the medical teams that cared for them to construct a 20-foot-long puzzle commemorating their survival.  Since receiving its designation ...read more
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    Friday, May 26, 2017
    Surety Banks commitment to the community continues to show through their recent partnership with The Hyder Gallery Center for Fine Art located at 144 W. Crystal lake Ave, suite 1000 in Lake Mary, Fl.  The Hyder Gallery has provided (15) pieces of art to be displayed within the customer facing areas of the bank.  This allows for an extension on the visibility of the art pieces for the gallery while ...read more
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    Friday, May 26, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla. (May 26, 2017) — Florida-based law firm Broad and Cassel LLP has once again received recognition by prominent legal guide Chambers USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers. In total, the 2017 edition highlights 24 Broad and Cassel attorneys as leaders in their respective fields, while the firm is listed as among the best in seven statewide practice areas.  Among the firm’s ...read more
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    Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Head Coach Christa Teno inducted into NJCAA Women’s Golf Hall of Fame  SANFORD, FLA. (May 25, 2017) –The Seminole State College of Florida women’s golf team shot 306-296-304-299 to finish runner-up at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NCJAA) Women’s Golf Championship at the Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, Georgia.  All five Seminole State players placed within the top 20. ...read more
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    Thursday, May 25, 2017
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (May 25, 2017)- Seminole County Historical Commission along with Seminole County will unveil a new historical site marker dedicated to the Winwood community in East Altamonte Springs on June 2. Remarks will be delivered by Seminole County Board of County Commissioners District 3 Commissioner Lee Constantine. The unincorporated community of Winwood is a historic African- ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    By Rich SloaneUCF Forum columnistI’ve had lots of minor scrapes and bumps in my 73 years, but nothing of consequence in the way of health-related problems, certainly nothing that needed surgery – excluding having tonsils taken out at the tender age of 5 and a few skin cancer excisions later in life. I was fortunate.Then it happened.Two hips decided to go south on me about the same time, and for ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 23, 2017
    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.   Plan ahead: Ensure your employees’ contact information is up to date. Have a plan in place to communicate after the storm passes, e.g. set up a telephone number with a recorded ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 23, 2017
    Seminole Co. – (May 23, 2017) – Seminole County Sheriff’s Investigators are asking the public for help identifying a burglary suspect.  On May 20 at approximately 3:49 a.m. deputies responded to the Publix Liquor store located at 870 Village Oak Lane in unincorporated Sanford.  Upon arrival, they spoke with employees who indicated a man used a brick to break the glass to the front door of the ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 23, 2017
    Oviedo, FLA (5/20/17) – Intersection Technology Solutions’ Managing Director, Erica Martinez-Rose helped build homes during Habitat for Humanity Seminole County & Greater Apopka’s Women Build Week. On Saturday, Martinez-Rose and her team, Out Making Rain, led by Wendy Sellers of BlackRain Partners, volunteered their time installing drywall on the 4 remaining townhomes at the Magnolia Place ...read more
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    Monday, May 22, 2017
    ORLANDO (May 22, 2017) – Fisher Phillips has been named the top labor and employment law firm in the United States in a survey of readers of Corporate Counsel magazine. The law firm was ranked first for labor and employment law on the 2017 “Best of Corporate Counsel” list based on more than 1,500 votes. Readers cast ballots in 55 categories. Voting was conducted via online ballot and limited to ...read more
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    Friday, May 19, 2017
    (SANFORD, FL) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is pleased to announce the district ranks 1st out of Florida’s 17 largest school districts in 2017 3rd Grade Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) English Language Arts (ELA) test scores. SCPS also ranked 1st out of all Central Florida School districts. The percent of 3rd Grade SCPS students scoring 3 and above on the 2017 FSA ELA exam was 68%. The ...read more
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    Thursday, May 18, 2017
    Altamonte Springs, Fla. (5/16/17) – Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County & Greater Apopka is pleased to welcome Mullinax Ford as a house sponsor for its Juniper Bend project in Apopka, FL.  President Jerry Mullinax, signing the agreement for their sponsorship with the affiliate said, "It is part of the Mullinax Ford brand to be active in the community. We are excited to partner with Habitat ...read more
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    Thursday, May 18, 2017
    Lake Mary, FL (May 18, 2017) – The City of Lake Mary and Orlando Health announced today plans to bring a new emergency room and medical pavilion to the community. The $42 million, 30-acre project will be part of a medical complex located in the city of Lake Mary on the northwest corner of Manderley Run and Rinehart Road. “We are excited to partner with Orlando Health’s new development,” said Lake ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 17, 2017
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contact:  Kelley Shawkelley.shaw@hylant.com904-520-6964  Jacksonville Chamber Health CouncilHosts GuideWell Innovation Center Tour, Panel Discussion and Reception  JACKSONVILLE, Florida, May 17, 2017 – The Jacksonville Chamber Health Council is hosting a panel discussion, reception and private tour of the Guidewell Innovation Center at Lake Nona on Thursday, June 1 ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 17, 2017
    Contact:  Ken Cristol, Cristol Marketing Company, 407-774-2515    (Authorized agency for Roger B. Kennedy Construction)  ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (May 17, 2017) – Roger B. Kennedy Construction was named for the fifth consecutive year among Orlando Business Journal’s 2017 “Fast 50” fastest-growing companies.  The actual rankings will be released at the annual ceremonies to be held on June 9.  ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 17, 2017
    By Carolyn MassiahUCF Forum columnistI have found that the beach is one of the most relaxing places to visit.Fortunately, I live in the great state of Florida where I am able to visit a beach on either coast on just about any day of the year. So it was that I found myself recently walking along one of our east coast beaches when I began to watch the waves leave and return to the shore again and ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 16, 2017
    Nearly 100 individuals served at first partnership event  Sanford, FL (May 16, 2017) – In an effort to help disadvantaged individuals move toward self-sufficiency, Seminole County Tax Collector Joel M. Greenberg has partnered with IDignity to assist in securing the proper identification to obtain a Florida identification card.  The first partnership event was held May 10, with nearly 100 ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 16, 2017
    Seminole Co. – (May 16, 2017) – Seminole County Sheriff’s Investigators are asking the public for help identifying residential burglary suspects.  The investigation began on May 9 when deputies responded a residence on North Street in unincorporated Longwood.  Upon arrival, deputies spoke to the victim who indicated a man came to his door and said he needed to discuss a wall in the backyard that ...read more
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    Thursday, May 11, 2017
    By Michael Preston UCF Forum columnist What would it take to create a more learning-efficient campus? What elements must we have, what culture must we extend to promote a more responsive campus to bolster student success? The answer may be in the seemingly unrelated work of Australian architect and zoo director David Hancocks. In his 2002 book, A Different Nature, Hancocks explored the paradox ...read more
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    Thursday, May 11, 2017
    Altamonte Springs, Fla. (5/11/17) – Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County & Greater Apopka is pleased to welcome J. Raymond Construction as a house sponsor for its Magnolia Place project in Longwood, FL.  President John Sofarelli, Sr., signing the agreement for their sponsorship with the affiliate said “We are excited to partner with Habitat for Humanity and give back to our community as a ...read more
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    Thursday, May 11, 2017
    The Ortiz partners bring more than 50 years of combined experience in “Corporate America,” small business ownership and senior management in accounting, finance and management roles.   Brandy is an advanced user in QuickBooks proficiency, has a Financial Operations Specialist Certification (Summa Cum Laude), Financial Operations Certification (Summa Cum Laude), A.A. Degree (Summa Cum Laude) and ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (May 10, 2017) —Seminole County remains under a State of Local Emergency with a Countywide Burn Ban. Today marks the 43rd consecutive day of the Burn Ban; the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KDBI) reading currently measures 594, which is considered “extreme”. In 2017 to date, these unusually dry conditions have been factors for brush fires that have burned nearly 500 total acres ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 09, 2017
    Stetson University will host Glenda Lucas from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) on Thursday June 1, 2017 at 6:00pm. The event will be held at Stetson University’s Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center located at 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL 32723. Learn more about the GMAT exam as well as the graduate business programs offered at Stetson University. Attendees will be ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 09, 2017
    Seminole Co. – (May 9, 2017), On May 8 at approximately 11:40 p.m., Seminole County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Tires Plus located at 860 Sun Drive in unincorporated Lake Mary, for a report of suspicious activity.  Upon arrival, deputies discovered two suspects, later identified as Stephen Dionne and Shawn Hultquist, removed tires from inside the gated storage area of the business and loaded ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 09, 2017
    Seminole Co. – (May 9, 2017) – Today, the Seminole County Board of County Commissioners presented a proclamation recognizing the week of May 7-13, 2017, as National Correctional Professionals Week.  In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation designating “National Correctional Officers Week” during the month of May.  The week has since been recognized as National Correctional ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 09, 2017
    ORLANDO, FL – Tuesday, May 9, 2017 – Earl M. Crittenden, Jr., of counsel attorney in GrayRobinson’s Orlando law firm office, was selected to serve as Chairman of the onePULSE Foundation Board of Trustees.   In a press conference held last week in front of Pulse Nightclub on Orange Avenue, Barbara Poma, owner of the nightclub introduced Crittenden and the prestigious Board of Trustees for the ...read more
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    Monday, May 08, 2017
    Sanford, FL (DATE) - A great horned owl living at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is recovering well after his eye surgery which took place two weeks ago. The owl, named Hal, is an Animal Ambassador, appearing in educational outreaches and programs at the Zoo, including shows and summer camps. The surgery was performed in partnership with the Zoo's veterinary and keeper teams and Dr. ...read more
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    Monday, May 08, 2017
    ORLANDO, May 8, 2017 – When UCF librarian Kristine Shrauger first looked for books that reflected her interracial family – she is white and her adopted daughter is from Ethiopia – she found the shelves were sparse.She also discovered that other parents of diverse families thought the same thing, whether their families were interracial, both parents were the same gender, the parents were of ...read more
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    Thursday, May 04, 2017
    ORLANDO, May 4, 2017 – A team of University of Central Florida students who designed a solar-powered art sculpture celebrated this week after the Orlando Utilities Commission and Tavistock Development selected its project to be built in the innovative, master-designed Lake Nona community later this year. Four teams of senior-level undergraduate students in mechanical engineering, electrical and ...read more
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    Thursday, May 04, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla. (May 4, 2017) – The risks to Florida health care providers from enforcement activity is at an all-time high. But, how do providers develop and maintain a culture of compliance? It starts at the top, according to attorneys at Broad and Cassel.  During the firm’s Third Annual Orlando Health Care Forum, attorneys from the Health Law Practice Group alongside local and national leaders ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 03, 2017
    ECHL team will continue play at Amway Center for 2017-18 season Orlando, FL - The Orlando Magic and DeVos family will purchase the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL, CEO Alex Martins announced today. They will continue to play in the Amway Center for the 2017-18 season. "We are thrilled to purchase the Solar Bears, giving the team the opportunity to continue to play in Orlando," said Orlando Magic ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 03, 2017
    By Ali GordonUCF Forum columnistSeveral of society’s next grand challenges relate to the production of electrical energy.In the United States, fossil fuels continue to be the largest production source of electricity. Over the past 30 years or so, the fossil fuels of natural gas, petroleum and coal have annually accounted for approximately 70 percent of our electricity production, nuclear power ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 03, 2017
    Seminole State College of Florida awarded more than 2,000 degrees and certificates this spring and highlighted program achievements and student success inside and outside the classroom.SANFORD, Fla. (May 3, 2017) – Seminole State College of Florida awarded more than 2,000 degrees and certificates, including more than 100 bachelor’s degrees, in the Spring 2017 Collegewide Commencement Tuesday night ...read more
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    Monday, May 01, 2017
    Effective May 1, 2017, Portal Solutions, an information technology consulting firm based in Bethesda, MD, joined its practice with WithumSmith+Brown, PC (Withum), a regional CPA and consulting firm with 14 offices, 900 staff members and annual revenue of $140M, ranking in the top 30 firms in the country. Portal Solutions will remain at their locations in the Woodmont Triangle neighborhood of ...read more
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    Friday, April 28, 2017
    Seminole Co. – (April 28, 2017) – Seminole County Sheriff's investigators need the public's help identifying two residential burglary suspects.  The investigation began on April 27 at approximately 11:50 a.m., when deputies responded to the 100 block of Lake Blvd. in unincorporated Sanford in reference to an attempted burglary to an occupied residence. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the victim ...read more
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    Thursday, April 27, 2017
    Sheila and Michael Kramer, owners of the Lake Mary Life Publishing family of magazines, recently announced a partnership with The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando (JCC) in Maitland to launch J Life, a new lifestyle publication for and about Orlando’s vibrant Jewish community.   This joint venture will be guided by a community advisory board made up of a diverse group ...read more
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    Thursday, April 27, 2017
    SANFORD, FLA. (April 27, 2017) – Seminole State’s Athletics Department gathered to celebrate the successes of the 2016-17 season at its annual end-of-the-year banquet on April 25.Following heartfelt words of inspiration from guest speaker, John Weir, director of the Mental Golf Academy, coaches and staff prepared to hand out individual awards and celebrate season highlights.The women’s golf team ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 26, 2017 – Raising funds for food pantries and pet shelters; educating classmates and the community about autism; assisting disabled and elderly neighbors – these are just some of the ways Central Florida students are selflessly serving their families, schools and communities. Since 1984, Walt Disney World Resort has celebrated local students who serve as role models ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    By Germayne GrahamUCF Forum columnistI was cleaning up the house one day and stumbled across a homemade Mother’s Day card that one of my children made for me. It was so beautifully written in scribbles with crayons and decorated with glitter and sparkles.Before I knew it, I was sifting through cards from over the years that I had collected from my family. The cards were a great reminder of how ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    Accounting Simplified is pleased to announce and welcome Denise Pope as Vice President of Business Development.  Denise will be responsible for developing new business opportunities and creating customized solutions to customer needs.   Denise has been part of the Central Florida community for over 25 years, moving to Orlando with the American Automobile Association (AAA) in 1989 to open ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (April 25, 2017) —Seminole County remains under a State of Local Emergency with a Countywide Burn Ban for the 28th consecutive day; the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KDBI) reading currently measures 554, which is considered “Very High” with a likelihood of an increasing due to forecasted dry conditions. Governor Rick Scott also declared a State of Emergency for Florida on ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    SANFORD, FLA. (April 25, 2017) – Seminole State College of Florida’s women’s golf team won its fourth straight National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 8 State Championship Sunday, April 23, at the Sugar Mill Country Club in New Smyrna. The No. 2-ranked Raiders finished the one-day tournament shooting 571 for 36 holes, 5-under par. The performance was good enough to come out ...read more
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    Monday, April 24, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (April 24, 2017) – Seminole State students shine again! For the third consecutive year, multiple honors students at Seminole State College of Florida were named winners of one of the nation’s most prestigious and lucrative scholarships.   Gustavo Diaz Galeas and Cathryn “Cate” Kandle were awarded the Jack Kent Cooke (JKC) Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship – worth up to ...read more
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    Friday, April 21, 2017
    Administrative Assistant's Week is April 24th-29th! Remember the person who reminds you of all the details you might forget! They work hard for you and should be recognized for all they do. 
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    Thursday, April 20, 2017
    Sanford, FL – April 18, 2017 – Wharton-Smith, Inc., one of Central Florida’s largest locally based general contractors, joined with Seminole County Public School (SCPS) board members, project team members, students and staff on April 18, 2017, to break ground on the new Millennium Middle School, a Seminole County performing arts magnet school.   Located adjacent to SCPS’ Midway Elementary ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (April 18, 2017) – After a 3 - 1 win over College of Central Florida on Thursday, April 13, The Seminole State College of Florida softball team clinched the No. 1 spot in the Division I Mid-Florida Conference (MFC), for the team’s first-ever regular season conference title.The Raiders (46-7, 19-5 MFC) have shown that they are a force to be reckoned with both defensively and ...read more
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    Monday, April 17, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla. (April 17, 2017) — Matthew Palma, an associate in statewide law firm Broad and Cassel’s Orlando office, will present on the probate process at an upcoming seminar by the National Business Institute (NBI) titled “The Probate Process From Start to Finish.” The event will take place in three separate locations – Tampa, Sarasota and Fort Myers – June 12-14.  Palma is a member of Broad ...read more
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    Monday, April 17, 2017
    (Winter Park, FL) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is proud to share that a 5th Grade student from Eastbrook Elementary, Andy Taylor, has qualified to compete in the National MathCON 2017 Finals. MathCON is a prestigious academic competition hosted by Concept Schools every year in Chicago during April. Approximately 50,000 online participants from across the country competed. Students ...read more
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    Monday, April 17, 2017
    Deals to be made on the spot at daylong event June 28; registration open NOW  BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 17, 2017 – Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is looking for Orlando 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, 2017. Registration has begun at walmart-jump.com; the ...read more
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    Thursday, April 13, 2017
    INSPIRE of Central Florida will be hosting our second annual INSPIRE Golf Classic on May 8, 2017 at Heathrow Golf and Country Club. I invite you to join us in our effort to provide scholarships and learning opportunities for people with disabilities who are enrolled in our programs. The scholarships would also create an opportunity for the more than three thousand individuals with disabilities who ...read more
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    Thursday, April 13, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (April 13, 2017) — Following an exemplary on-field performance, Seminole State College of Florida center fielder Tyler Schmidt has been named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 8/Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Player of the Week for April 3-9.Schmidt, originally of Croswell, Michigan, came through in a big way last week, batting ...read more
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    Thursday, April 13, 2017
    Skyrocketing Real Estate Sale and values and a shortage of homes especially in the affordable range in Seminole County Fl. Seminole County area year to date recorded an increase of home values of 12.3%32762 Geneva 30.7%32773 Sanford 26.2%32765 Oviedo 19.9%32780 Winter Springs 15.8%All the cities are reflected in the images below. Call Gitta Sells and Associates to find out the value of your home. ...read more
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    Thursday, April 13, 2017
    The Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International has awarded District School Board of Seminole County, Florida its Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability. The district was recognized for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending 2016. Sponsored ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    Orlando, FL, April 12, 2017 – WithumSmith+Brown, PC (Withum) has announced its continued commitment to advancing the growth of Orlando’s tech-entrepreneur ecosystem by partnering with Canvs, Starter Studio, FireSpring Fund and the Orlando Tech Association (OTA) over the course of the next two years. The audit, tax and advisory firm is a Visionary Sponsor committed to mentoring early-stage tech ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    Local childcare educational facility completes training process and receives APPLE accreditation  Longwood, FL (Grassroots Newswire) April 10, 2017 -- When entrusting the care of your child to someone else, one craves some form of assurance that they are in good hands. Kiddie Academy® of Longwood-Lake Mary has long provided wary parents with a sterling reputation and unparalleled programs; and, ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    Find your dream home this weekend as Gitta Sells showcases a stunning three-story Lake Mary Townhome in Fountain Parke on Saturday! Four bedrooms includes an extra 1st floor Master or Mother-In-Law Suite. Cool granite, 42" cabinets and stainless steel appliances in the bright open kitchen. This is a picturesque gated community that features lush landscaping, spectacular clubhouse with ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    By Nathan Vink UCF Forum columnist A few weeks ago I stood at Yaki Point on the edge of the Grand Canyon watching the sunset. A cold desert wind rushed up the cliff sides, sucking the last remaining heat from the sandstone below. The rustle of pinyons and junipers gave sound to the silence of the setting sun. I was almost left breathless by the enormity of the space in front of me as I looked ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (April 12, 2017) – As part of the Biology Colloquium Series, the Seminole State College of Florida Environmental Initiative Club and Biology Department will host nationally known speaker Paul Rosalie, as he presents his topic, “Protecting the Wildest Place on Earth: Conservation in the Amazon.” This free event will be held on Wednesday, April 19, from 7 - 9 p.m., in the Fine Arts ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    Seminole Co. Fla., (April 12, 2017) – Yesterday, members of the Seminole County Sheriff's Office participated in the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise awareness for Special Olympics.  Participants carried the torch north along 17/92 to Sanford and completing a nearly 13-mile journey at the Sanford Police Department.  The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grass-roots event for Special ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    Lake Mary office to remain open until 6 p.m. allowing citizens to use tax collector services after work  Sanford, FL (April 12, 2017) – New Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg wants his office to have the highest level of customer service in Florida. To accomplish that goal, a new program will start in May to provide after-hours services at his Lake Mary branch.  Starting May 2, the ...read more
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    Friday, April 07, 2017
    Mark Weller, Level 3 Thermographer at Weller Infrared Services, Inc., has earned a FenestrationMaster® professional certification after fulfilling the requirements of the program administered by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), which offers professionals the latest information in industry standards and practices and validates their knowledge through ...read more
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    Friday, April 07, 2017
    ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla.; April 7, 2017 –  Longwood Mayor Joe Durso joined Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County & Greater Apopka to celebrate the 5th annual Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 with Habitat’s current AmeriCorps service member Cydney Corwin and other AmeriCorps Alumni.  Nationwide, more than 4500 Mayors, Commissioners and community leaders ...read more
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    Friday, April 07, 2017
    (SANFORD, Fla.) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is proud to announce that Superintendent Dr. Walt Griffin and Project ELEVATE Director Jeannette Lukens were recently selected to be profiled in the 2017 edition of Leaders To Learn From, Education Week’s annual special report that spotlights innovative school district leaders around the nation. A profile highlighting their outstanding ...read more
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    Thursday, April 06, 2017
    (SANFORD, Fla.) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 SCPS Community Leadership Academy. The SCPS Community Leadership Academy is the ideal way of learning more about the different facets and goals of SCPS. The academy is a 10-month series that meets once a month and will highlight a variety of different topics including: ePathways & Future-Ready ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 05, 2017
    Silver Spring, Maryland (April 5, 2017) – The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission.  “The Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredits only those zoos and aquariums that meet the highest standards,” said AZA President and CEO Dan Ashe. “By achieving ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 05, 2017
    Dairy Council of Florida and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Partner for Event May 13   WHAT:    Dairy Council of Florida is hosting its fourth annual Gridiron Cooking Challenge, a fun-filled cooking competition for kids in elementary and middle school. Student chefs from the Tampa and Central Florida regions will compete May 13 at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa.   Students from Lecanto Primary ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 05, 2017
    ORLANDO (April 5, 2017) – Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm, has added Allison Osborn as an associate in its Orlando office. Osborn joins the Orlando office after recently relocating to the area from Oklahoma, where she gained significant experience in a wide variety of labor and employment related claims.  At Fisher Phillips, Osborn represents employers in labor and ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 05, 2017
    Simple Investment Tips to Help You Reach Your Retirement Goals   ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL: March 29, 2017 – Author Michael Eastham, CPA, PFS explains the golden rules of reality-based investing in his new book, Common-Sense Income Strategies. He offers a step-by-step plan of action for those looking to build their retirement income. Michael Eastham, Founder and President of Fellowship Financial ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 05, 2017
    ORLANDO (April 5, 2017) – Fisher Phillips announced today its website, www.fisherphillips.com, has won multiple awards for its layout, design, interface and overall functionality. The awards include: best in class in the legal category from Interactive Media Awards (IMA), the Web Marketing Association’s 2016 WebAward for outstanding achievement in web development; the 2016 MarCom award for website ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 04, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (April 4, 2017) - Seminole Towne Center, serving northern Seminole and western Volusia Counties, has welcomed Monster Martial Arts, SoHo and Pure Choice Organics to its popular retail offerings.  “We’re pleased to welcome these new retailers to Seminole Towne Center,” said Larry Scollo, mall manager at Seminole Towne Center. “With fitness, personal health and beauty trends on the ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 04, 2017
    WHAT:             Don’t miss the the KidX Club Easter Eggstravanganza this weekend at Seminole Towne Center, serving northern Seminole and western Volusia Counties.  This special “hoppening” will feature an active day with the bunny. Get in the spring spirit with face painting, balloons, an Easter egg hunt, themed crafts and more! Sponsored by Gymboree.                             Seminole Towne ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 04, 2017
    Orlando, Fla. – March 2, 2017– iHeartMedia Orlando announced today that Bill Reese had been named Vice President of Sales, effective immediately. iHeartMedia Orlando has a strong cross-platform presence, massive consumer reach and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — encompassing radio station brands Rumba 100.3, 101one WJRR, 102.5 WLOQ Radio, Real Radio ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 04, 2017
    A half day of Education and Networking just for you! You won’t get voted off ‘Survivor Island” or be left “Naked and Afraid”, but you WILL leave with information for survival in your professional and personal lives! Presented by The Greater Orlando chapter of IFMA (International Facilities Management Association)WHERE: The Country Club of Orlando 1601 County Club Drive Orlando, FL ...read more
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    Monday, April 03, 2017
    Orlando, FL (April 3, 2017) – Nearly 150 passionate community members and business professionals will come together on Thursday, May 11, 2017, , (insert time), at the Tuscawilla Country Club, 1500 Winter Springs Blvd., Winter Springs 32708 for the It Takes a Village Breakfast. The annual fundraiser hosted by IMPOWER, a mental health and child well-being organization, will directly benefit its ...read more
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    Monday, April 03, 2017
    Shepherd’s Hope Holding Inspirational Fundraiser to Support Free Medical Services Orlando, Fla. (March 8, 2017) - More than 450 philanthropic-minded business professionals and passionate community members will come together on Thursday, April 13th at the Sebastian K Ballroom at Rosen Shingle Creek for the Call to Hope Breakfast, an annual fundraiser hosted by Shepherd’s Hope, a faith-based ...read more
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    Monday, April 03, 2017
    New policy ensures public trust and transparency, preventing government servants from profiting from the auction process  Sanford, FL (April 3, 2017) – As a candidate for tax collector, Joel Greenberg promised to clean up the tax certificate auction process.  Now that taxes are delinquent, Greenberg is fulfilling his promise.  As of April 1, 2017, new policies are in place to ensure that no one ...read more
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    Monday, April 03, 2017
    What: 2nd Annual Kids House Child Abuse Prevention Month Press ConferenceWho: The Conference is being hosted by Kids House , Wayne Densch Children’s Advocacy CenterWhen: Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 9:30am – 11am Program/Speakers begins at 10am Where: Fort Mellon Park, 600 E. 1st Street, Sanford, FL 32771Why: Each day in every community in America, children are victimized physically, sexually and ...read more
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    Thursday, March 30, 2017
    Supporting Local Non-Profits  Firefly & Lilies, a beautiful boutique in the Longwood/Altamonte Springs area helps support local non-profit organizations each month through their giveback program.  During the month of March, Pam presented $400.00 to Habitat for Humanity Women Build Program.  Owner, Pam Leete, has 25 years of retail experience bringing to our area a place where women can come to ...read more
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    Thursday, March 30, 2017
    Single Show Sponsorship: You choose the show you want to sponsor. Annual Sponsorships also available. Please contact Michele Holley at pmpromos@pmgraphix.net. SHOW SPONSORSHIPS: GOLD Sponsor$100.00Company name on all printed materials. Excluding tickets due to space.Mentions on all social media week of event (plugging your business and your sponsorship of #supportlocalmusic). PLATINUM ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    By Meg Scharf UCF Forum columnist Do I have enough friends? Listening to a recent TEDx lecture made me pause and think about it. It caught my interest, so now I must really begin to ask myself, is this true, do I have enough friends? Yes, I’ll confirm it: I think I actually do have enough friends. The TEDx presentation was on NPR one weekend afternoon. It was given by Robin Dunbar, an ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    International Adoption Net is seeking a home for teenaged sisters Deborah and Shayna from Bulgaria. IAN's Florida director, Angela, who also serves as their waiting child advocate, fell in love with these girls after reading their story. Despite a hard start in life, these girls are driven and have high aspirations in life that they actively seek to fulfill. Deborah, 16, wants to be a lawyer or ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (March 29, 2017) — Today, Seminole County Fire Department and Seminole County Office of Emergency Management enacted a countywide Burn Ban in accordance with County Code, Section. 85.24:   When dry weather conditions result in a Keetch Byran Drought Index reading at 500 or higher, a prohibition on all open burning in Seminole County, as defined in Section 85.26 of this ...read more
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    Monday, March 27, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (March 27, 2017) – The Seminole State College of Florida Speaker Series will host world-renowned astrophysicist, Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, as he presents the topic, “Reach for the Stars, No Matter What the Odds.” This free event will be held on Wednesday, April 5, from 7 - 9 p.m. in the Fine Arts Concert Hall (building G) at the College’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.   Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, a ...read more
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    Friday, March 24, 2017
    Jump-starting today with some awesome news: we’ve officially surpassed 100 million users! This means that in just seven months, we’ve added 10 million registered users and couldn’t be more excited to welcome everyone to the family!    But, it’s not just our listeners that are growing, it’s also our features! In January we launchediHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster – ...read more
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    Friday, March 24, 2017
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL, March 24, 2017 – Central Florida Regional Hospital announced today its purchase of 28 acres on International Parkway in Seminole County.The size of the property provides ample room for future development.  Central Florida Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Wendy Brandon said that the land was purchased with the future in mind. “The growth of services at Central Florida ...read more
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    Friday, March 24, 2017
    PM Graphix started as a “concert/band promotion” company back in 1999 when we were PM Graphix Plus.  We did a lot of printing for musicians and promotion, band logos, etc.. but it just was not fulfilling at the time. So we decided to steer in a different direction and go full force with PM Graphix, dropping the ‘Plus’, and opened our Printing and Graphic Design company in January of 2000. Now 17 ...read more
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    Thursday, March 23, 2017
    Longwood, Fla (March 22, 2017) - At this year’s Bike Week, Longwood’s Big Tony Starita showcased his chops in building the best custom choppers. His motorcycle won first place in the Extreme Custom Chopper in the 2017 Bike Week’s Boardwalk show. This prize is the result of Starita’s hard work and best quality craftsmanship in creating custom choppers. Starita’s passion for motorcycles and ...read more
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    Thursday, March 23, 2017
    Central Florida Bail Bond Agency Provides Tips on Recognizing Phone Scams 33rd Street Bail Bonds wants consumers to be aware that criminals are using various types of phone scams to steal money and personal information.  Russ Pacala, owner of 33rd Street Bail Bonds, states, “Criminals are becoming more and more savvy on ways of stealing money and information from people.  The newest scam just ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 22, 2017
    By Amanda Osorio UCF Forum columnist I’ve always been a fan of movies. And not just watching them, but also analyzing them: who the director was, why they shot a scene a certain way, who produced it, the making of the film, who starred in it and why, the ratings, reviews and more. To me, the beauty of movies is to escape our everyday life and transport us into a new reality. From this ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 22, 2017
    Forest Hill, MD | March 2017 – Andreia Muller of The Flower Studio in Altamonte Springs, Fl has been recognized by the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD®) as a candidate to successfully complete their bid to become a Certified Floral Designer as bestowed by AIFD. Andreia passed AIFD’s online Professional Floral Design Evaluation (PFDE) exam following their successful completion of a ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 22, 2017
    Seminole Co. – (March 22, 2017) – On March 21 at approximately 3:54 p.m., Seminole County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Red Bug Lake Road and S.R. 436 in Casselberry in reference to an urgent disturbance call.  Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the victim who stated he was travelling west on Red Bug Lake Road near Eagle Circle when a passenger in a silver Ford Focus pointed a gun at ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 21, 2017
    Central Florida Bail Bonds Office Educates Consumers About Heroin Addiction 33rd Street Bail Bonds in Orlando, Florida publishes an online article to educate consumers about the rise of heroin addiction in Florida.  This article discusses the reasoning behind the increase of heroin use.  Various points made in the article include: Reliance on heroin to ease chronic pain that prescription ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 21, 2017
    ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (March 21, 2017)– Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction was showcased in a two-page article in the March 13 issue of ENR Southeast magazine, the construction industry’s leading publication. Citing the firm as a prime example of “Orlando’s robust activity” in its annual City Scoop Orlando feature, the Firm In Focus section spotlighted Kennedy’s newest ...read more
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    Monday, March 20, 2017
    Maitland, Fla. – RDV Sportsplex Ice Den has not one, but two all-girls hockey teams in its 2017 Winter House League Season. All-girls hockey teams are not unheard of in travel hockey, but to have one team, let alone two, in one rink’s house league program is even more rare. One team is in the Peewee Division (ages 12 and under) and one team in the Bantam Division (ages 12-17). Both teams are led ...read more
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    Monday, March 20, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla. (March 20, 2017) — Establishing and maintaining a culture of compliance is critical to the success of today’s health care organizations. That’s why 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 board compliance oversight at the third annual Broad and Cassel ...read more
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    Friday, March 17, 2017
    ComForCare Home Care Greater Orlando is pleased to welcome our newest team member, Cheryl Fox, RN. Cheryl joins our team as Director of Business Development. She has resided in the Central Florida area her entire life and has over 20 years of experience in the medical field. As a Registered Nurse, her areas of clinical focus have been in Lymphedema Management, Wound Care, Diabetes, Multiple ...read more
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    Thursday, March 16, 2017
    The New Name Illustrates Strength of Services and Aligns with Company Mission to Fully Assist Customers Through Construction Restorations and Renovations   Altamonte Springs, FL – March 10, 2017 – Today Guardian Contractors Network announced that it has changed its company name to Ascendant Contracting Group. The name change will further illustrate the strength of their superior ...read more
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    Thursday, March 16, 2017
    ORLANDO, Florida, March 16, 2017 — Hylant, one of the nation’s largest privately owned insurance brokerage firms, announced today a newly reorganized leadership team for its Orlando office in support of its commitment to excellence and strategic growth.  Brian Boone has been appointed President, responsible for overseeing associate development and business growth for the Orlando office. Most ...read more
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    Thursday, March 16, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla., March 8, 2017 – Walmart today is announcing that more than 850,000 Walmart associates in the U.S., including more than 64,000 in Florida, will receive a share of more than $157 million in cash bonuses based on their stores’ performance in the fourth quarter. The bonuses, along with an annual pay raise, will be included in their March 9 paycheck.  Walmart associates can earn ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 15, 2017
    By Carolyn MassiahUCF Forum columnistI looked at my calendar recently and realized that spring is rapidly approaching. Each year at this time, I’m like millions of others who undertake the task of spring cleaning our homes.We wash our windows. We dust in places guests will never see. We turn mattresses and change out bed sets. If we are truly committed to spring cleaning, we decide to tackle the ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 14, 2017
    Seminole Co. – (March 14, 2017) – Recently, Seminole County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Smith was presented with the 2017 BLR Aerospace Safety Award. The awards presentation was held in Dallas and hosted by the Helicopter Association International. Deputy Smith was recognized for his outstanding achievements in promoting safety in the helicopter industry.Deputy Smith has been a pilot since 1992. He ...read more
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    Monday, March 13, 2017
    Seminole County Public Schools still lead Florida in STEM career readiness, according to an index compiled from Fall 2016 course enrollment figures for chemistry, physics, precalculus and calculus.  The enrollment figures were supplied by the Florida Department of Education. Chemistry, physics, precalculus and calculus are the high school courses listed by the American Society for Engineering ...read more
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    Friday, March 10, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (March 10, 2017) – Seminole Towne Center, serving northern Seminole and western Volusia Counties, will hop into spring with the arrival of the Easter Bunny on Saturday, March 25. Families are invited to enjoy Seminole Towne Center’s annual lineup of traditional and unique seasonal celebrations including the Easter Bunny Photo Experience includingKidX Club’s Breakfast with the Bunny ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 08, 2017
      Join Seminole County Animal Services, Pet Alliance and local rescue groups for the 14th annual Pet Adopt-a-Thon & Vaccine Clinic.  Saturday March 25 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Located on the beautiful grounds of the Criminal Justice Center 101 Eslinger Way and 17-92 in Sanford We have a full day of activities planned and your dog is welcome to join you, on leash, for the fun. (No flexi ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 08, 2017
    Altamonte Springs, FL, 3/08/2017 –Ric Cieslak,  the chairman of the Altamonte Council of the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce has rebranded his practice to Chief Growth Officers as Owner and CFO.  Mr. Cieslak has an extensive professional background as a CEO, COO and CFO to large companies in Central Florida and he will use that expertise to lead Chief Growth Officers which is a ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 08, 2017
    Orlando, FL: A new District of Colonial Life is having their official Grand Opening Ceremony on Thursday March 16th, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at 1612 N Orange Ave, Orlando FL 32804. There will be giveaway prizes, light appetizers, and drinks provided. Bring your colleagues and friends because this event will also be a great networking opportunity. With decades of experience in the employee ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 08, 2017
    Subcontractor expands services in commercial construction industry ORLANDO, Fla. (March 8, 2017) - Window Interiors, a top specialty subcontractor, acquired Division Ten Specialties Incorporated (www.division-ten.com), a subcontractor that provides commercial specialty items and finishing accessories. Window Interiors is now offering Division Ten's services in the Orlando and Tampa markets and ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 08, 2017
    It will be at 3001 W. Lake Mary Blvd., a 4,500-square-foot space previously occupied by Seacoast Bank. Surety’s existing branches are in West DeLand and Daytona Beach. The bank has a total of 31 employees company wide.“We look forward to making lasting connections throughout the community,” said CEO Ryan James in a prepared statement. “This new branch is part of our strategic initiative to expand ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 07, 2017
    Boys & Girls Clubs representatives nationwide meet with government leaders to champion the needs of today’s youth during National Day of AdvocacyAltamonte Springs, FL, 2/23/2017 – Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida Board volunteer Ric Cieslak attended The Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s fourth annual National Day of Advocacy in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Feb. 13 to Wednesday, Feb. 15. ...read more
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    Monday, March 06, 2017
    For Immediate ReleaseContact:  Ken Cristol, Cristol Marketing Company, 407-774-2515    (Authorized agency for Roger B. Kennedy Construction)   Roger B. Kennedy Construction starts Unicorp’s $65M Drake Midtown Apartments in Lake Mary LAKE MARY, Fla. (March 6, 2017)– Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction broke ground for the Drake Midtown Apartments, Lake Mary, valued in excess ...read more
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    Monday, March 06, 2017
    (SANFORD, Fla.) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) will hold Kindergarten Registration for the upcoming 2017-2018 School Year beginning on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. On that date, all SCPS Elementary Schools will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to accept registrations in their front office. After that date (4/4), families can register their future SCPS Kindergartners at their zoned Elementary School ...read more
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    Friday, March 03, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (March 3, 2017) – Do you have a beautiful baby?  Does your child enjoy being in front of an audience?  Do YOU want to be discovered?  Sunburst Model Search and Beauty Pageant will be presenting its Winter Princess Pageant at Seminole Towne Center, serving northern Seminole and western Volusia Counties, on Saturday, March 18, at 11 a.m.  During the event, contestants will compete for ...read more
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    Friday, March 03, 2017
    (SANFORD, Fla.) On Friday, March 3rd, Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) named its 2018 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Emily Sless of Highlands Elementary! As part of this prestigious award, Mrs. Sless 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 Foundation for SCPS. Plus, ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 01, 2017
    Seminole Co. – (March 1, 2017) – Seminole County Sheriff’s investigators need the public’s help identifying a suspect wanted for attempting to cash a fraudulent check using a fake driver’s license. On January 24 at approximately 5:45 p.m., the suspect entered the Chase Bank located at 5403 Deep Lake Drive in, unincorporated Oviedo, and attempted to cash a $3,180 fraudulent check from a California ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 01, 2017
    Carl von Clausewitz, the great theorist of war, said: “War is not merely an act of policy but a true political instrument, a continuation of political intercourse, carried on with other means.” What he meant was that even in the time of war, there are other kinds of dialogue happening, and war is not an act that happens because of the failure of dialogue, but is just another component in it. This ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 01, 2017
    - Learn our favorite foods that will give you all-day energy and fat-burning that LASTS.   - Learn what common “health” foods are total KRYPTONITE and will sap your energy instead of boost it up.   - Get information on Nutrition Response Testing and how to unlock your body's potential to overcome health challenges naturally, with no side effects.   Try Dr. Janelle's tasty Steak ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    (SANFORD, Fla) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) will be hosting a School Safety & Security Town Hall Meeting, in conjunction with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), on Thursday, March 9th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Lyman High School (Auditorium) to inform parents on School Safety in SCPS. This meeting will feature a distinguished panel of speakers that includes SCPS ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    New Seminole County Program Provides Transportation Information for DMV Customers  Sanford, FL (February 28, 2017) – As Central Florida transforms its transportation network, Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg is ensuring customers at two branch locations have the information they need to navigate the region efficiently.  During March, the Florida Department of Transportation will set ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    Sanford, FL – February 27, 2017  – Wharton-Smith, Inc., one of Central Florida’s largest locally based general contractors, was recently selected as Construction Manager for the renovation and transformation of Brevard County’s Space Coast Stadium into a state-of-the-art all turf multi-sport facility that will host United States Specialty Sports Association, Inc. (USSSA) prestigious events for ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    Seminole Co. – (February 26, 2017), On Sunday at approximately 4:20 a.m., Seminole County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 3000 block of Pine Ave, in unincorporated Sanford, for a report of a residential burglary. Upon arrival, deputies spoke to the victim, who indicated that he heard someone trying to make entry into his home and moments later saw a suspicious black pick-up truck driving away. ...read more
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    Monday, February 27, 2017
    CASSELBERRY, FL- SALT LAKE CITY– Casselberry Elementary announced today the school has been named as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC). This recognition comes because the school has achieved outstanding results in school and student outcomes, by implementing The Leader in Me process with fidelity. It is also because of the extraordinary impact the school is having ...read more
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    Monday, February 27, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (February 27, 2017) –Seminole Towne Center, serving northern Seminole and western Volusia Counties, will host the Summer Camp and Adventure Expo presented by the Orlando Sentinel on Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Kids of all ages and their families will have the opportunity to plan summer outings and explore a free showcase of unique destinations and experiences all under ...read more
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    Monday, February 27, 2017
    SEMINOLE COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT Announces return to Daylight Saving Time Water Restrictions on March 12, 2017 Residential customers with odd street addresses irrigate on Wednesday and Saturday Residential customers with even street addresses irrigate on Thursday and Sunday Non-residential customers irrigate on Tuesday and Friday Reclaimed water customers may irrigate two ...read more
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    Monday, February 27, 2017
    ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in Florida of the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for economic injury resulting from the Orlando attack on June 12, 2016.  The deadline to apply for a working capital disaster loan is March 23, ...read more
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    Monday, February 27, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (Feb. 27, 2017) – The Seminole State College of Florida nursing program has been ranked as the best in the nation by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.The ranking is based on the passage rate for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) exam for the April – September 2016 time period.Out of the 1,946 nursing programs nationwide, Seminole State ranked first. ...read more
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    Sunday, February 26, 2017
    Last Friday, Allgood Financial hosted a reception to mark the opening of their new office in downtown DeLand.  The reception was open to the public, and dozensof friends, colleagues, and members of the local community were in attendance.   ____________________________________________ Downtown DeLand is always a great place to spend a few hours, especially on a Friday night, when Artisan Alley ...read more
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    Thursday, February 23, 2017
    Seminole State College of Florida softball player Cameryn Strother has been named this week’s statewide National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 8/Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Player of the Week. The sophomore outfielder and Virginia native received the honor for the week of Feb.13-20, for her many contributions on the field with a batting average of ...read more
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    Thursday, February 23, 2017
    International Adoption Net's first family adopting from Bulgaria just returned from their meeting and committment trip to the country where they met their soon-to-be daughters, ages 16, 14 and 12. To say the trip was a success is an understatement!  The prospective adoptive parents traveled from Iowa to Bulgaria in early February to meet the teenaged sibling set of three they accepted the ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 22, 2017
    Altamonte Springs, Fla. (2/20/17) – Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County & Greater Apopka is pleased to welcome DynaFire as a house sponsor for its Magnolia Place project in Longwood, FL.  CEO Ken Hoffmann, signing the agreement for their second sponsorship with the affiliate said “We are excited to help another local family become homeowners”. The Magnolia Place project is a part of ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 22, 2017
    Thanks to the generosity of many supporters, the Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida’s annual Dream Gala raised $360,000 for student scholarships, faculty programs and areas of greatest need at the College. The gala was held at Orlando Marriott Lake Mary on Feb. 18. “Sky of Dreams” was the theme of the evening, a fitting name to describe how throughout its 33 years, the Dream Gala ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 22, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2017) — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced the addition of Aleas Koos as an associate in the Real Estate Practice Group.  Koos joins the firm’s Orlando office after previously serving as a real estate associate at Akerman. While there, she was involved in a variety of negotiations tied to real estate purchase and sale agreements, easements, right of way ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 22, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2017) – Construction of Seminole State College of Florida’s new Student Services Center on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus has reached a milestone. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, students, faculty and staff gathered at the construction site as crews from Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI), raised the final beam into place as part of a Topping Out ceremony marking the highest point of ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 21, 2017
    It is with great enthusiasm that ePathways announces the next Internship Expo to be held Tuesday, April 11th, at NOAH's Event Venue in Lake Mary.  This event will connect students to employers interested in hosting interns this summer and/or fall.  Our goal is to increase our employer partnerships for spring to maximize learning opportunities for students.   SCPS ePathways is actively seeking 150 ...read more
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    Monday, February 20, 2017
    Seminole Co. (Feb. 20, 2017) – On Saturday, members of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Aviation Unit teamed up with the Seminole County Fire Department to rescue two men after their boat capsized on Lake Harney.At approximately 11:15 a.m., dispatchers received a 911 call from a boater who indicated that he and a friend were in the water and holding on to their capsized boat. He stated ...read more
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    Monday, February 20, 2017
    University Earns Honor Among Private Institutions with 10,000 Students or MoreST. LEO, FL – Saint Leo University has earned the 2017 Military Spouse Friendly School® designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur® and STEM Jobs ℠ resources.  Saint Leo ranked fifth in the nation among private institutions with 10,000 students or more.  The annual companion ...read more
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    Monday, February 20, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla. – As Nemours Children’s Health System continues to experience higher patient volumes across its operations in five states, it is expanding its leadership team in three key areas.  Tony Sudler has been named Chief Development Officer for Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Marti Coley Eubanks was promoted to Director of Government Relations for Nemours in Florida, and Josh Wilson ...read more
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    Monday, February 20, 2017
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hugh Durden, Chairman of the Alfred I. duPont Testamentary Trust, today announced the election of a new trustee.   Thomas G. Kuntz is now one of the six trustees who provide financial stewardship of this Trust, one of America’s most generous supporters of pediatric healthcare. The Trust’s primary beneficiary is The Nemours Foundation.   Mr. Kuntz retired on December 31, 2013 ...read more
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    Friday, February 17, 2017
    CareNow Urgent Care has announced that it will open its first Orlando-area clinic on February 7, 2017, in Winter Springs. CareNow Urgent Care is part of HCA, one of the nation’s largest healthcare facility management companies, and affiliated with HCA’s North Florida Division.  The clinic, CareNow Urgent Care-Winter Springs, will be part of a network of clinics in Orlando and in several other ...read more
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    Friday, February 17, 2017
    ORLANDO, Feb. 16, 2017 – UCF Celebrates the Arts – the university’s annual showcase of student and faculty presentations – will return April 7-14 to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando.The eight days of music, performances and visual displays, which are open to the public for free, will feature a production of the musical Oklahoma!, concerts, student-created plays ...read more
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    Friday, February 17, 2017
    Allgood Financial announces the opening of their new office in downtown DeLand, and invites all Chamber members to help celebrate.  On Friday, February 24th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, they will be hosting a “soft opening celebration” at their new office, located at 114 East New York Avenue, in DeLand.     Allgood Financial is seeing some big changes in 2017.  In January, they joined the ...read more
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    Thursday, February 16, 2017
    At MoreTClinics™® we provide only the highest quality Hormone Therapy, supplements and nutraceutical products. These products CANNOT  be found in the health food store around the corner or on the web where you buy vitamins. Our service expertise is exceptional, customer service is extraordinary (which is not typical for the medical space) and our products are prescription grade ...read more
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    Thursday, February 16, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Feb. 16, 2017 – International law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP has expanded its Corporate & Securities Practice with the addition of Richard M. Caron, who has been named Of Counsel in the Orlando office. With broad-based experience in real estate, Richard has specific expertise in the resort and hospitality industries. He advises clients on the strategic planning, financing, ...read more
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    Thursday, February 16, 2017
    Altamonte Springs, Fla. (2/13/17) – Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County & Greater Apopka is pleased to welcome Sonny’s BBQ as a house sponsor for its Magnolia Place project in Longwood, FL.  On Thursday, CEO Robert Yarmuth, along with Montana Coleman, Public Relations & Events Manager signed the agreement for their third sponsorship with the affiliate. The Magnolia Place project is a part ...read more
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    Thursday, February 16, 2017
    On Friday, February 17, 2017, Robert Ortiz, CPA, was honored to be invited by Professor Lonny Butcher, the Director of the Office of Professional Development and an Instructor at UCF’s College of Business, to be a speaker at UCF on the Employer Panel for students pursuing careers in Accounting & Corporate Finance. Students that attended now have a clear understanding of the career opportunities ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    Leadership and Life Skills Inspire Young Students to be 21st Century Leaders with The Leader in Me Process WINTER SPRINGS, FL- SALT LAKE CITY–Highlands Elementary is proud to announce that the school has been named as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC). This recognition comes because the school has achieved outstanding results in school and student outcomes, by ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    (TALLAHASSEE, FL) “Assessment is a priority issue for Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS). Almost daily, we hear from students, families and educators about excessive testing.  We have carried these messages for over a year to Tallahassee, so I am happy to be in the capitol again, today, discussing assessment with Chairman Diaz and Senator Flores.   Assessment is the backbone of ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    Four student-leaders from Seminole State College of Florida’s Environmental Initiative Clubs presented research projects at The National Council for Science and the Environment’s (NCSE) 17th National Conference & Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23-26.Each students’ project focused on the conference theme, “Integrating Environment & Health”:Michael ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    Altamonte Springs, FL -  Here's the honest truth - nobody wants to watch a commercial. They just don't. And to get real, neither do you. What people want is a real story about real people. That's what gets people to watch and share films online. What we produce are called Company Culture Films. A film of your company/brand telling the organic and real story of what really goes on behind the ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    Second Lake Mary location to be open in March  Sanford, FL (February 10, 2017) – With a commitment to serving the residents of Seminole County and Central Florida, Joel Greenberg, Seminole County Tax Collector, has signed a lease to open a second location in Lake Mary.  The new office will provide much-needed relief for Lake Mary-area residents frustrated with the current office’s lack of ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    FERN PARK, Jan 9th, 2016. Rhythm of the Dance comes to Orlando Live Events on Friday, February 24th , and Saturday, February, 25th. This two-hour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of talent derived from all areas of Irish life, including three tenors and a full cast of dancers. The show is an inspiring epic, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. For Seminole ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    By Nathan Vink UCF Forum columnist I spent nearly a year of my life walking within the borders of what is now designated as the Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah. I covered hundreds of miles hiking across plateaus, climbing into canyons, and scrambling up cliff walls as a wilderness educator, guide and recreationist. I stumbled upon countless Native American artifacts and sites, ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    Share the Love this February and adopt you new fur-ever friend. On Saturday February 18, 2017 Mastro Subaru in Sanford will be hosting a Pet Adoption Event with T.E.A.R.S. of Seminole County and Seminole County Animal Services. Come to Mastro Subaru and meet some great adoptable dogs and cats from Seminole County Animal Services. If you find the pet of your dreams at this event Mastro Subaru ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    FSBDC’s Advisory Board Council Program Called InvaluableOrlando, FL – The entrepreneurial life has its challenges. They are only multiplied when you relocate yourself and your business from Pennsylvania to Lake Mary, FL. But that’s exactly what Keith Lorenz, founder and owner of Summer Solutions Inc., did in 2013.  While searching for local assistance and learning the local business landscape, he ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 14, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2017) — Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced the addition of James A. Lovegren in Orlando as of counsel in the Real Estate Practice Group. Lovegren brings a broad-based real estate law background and nearly 30 years of experience in the real estate industry.  His practice focuses on real estate transactional matters, including retail, office and warehouse ...read more
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    Monday, February 13, 2017
    Nonprofit Reaches 49,670 People with Job Training and Placement Programs                                ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 13, 2017) – Goodwill Industries of Central Florida marked a record year in 2016, providing 49,670 individuals with resources and training to help them find meaningful work – a 16 percent increase from 2015. Additionally, the nonprofit placed more than 8,500 Central Floridians ...read more
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    Monday, February 13, 2017
    The Seminole State College of Florida Forensics Team (speech/debate) took home seven awards in the Florida College Systems Activities Association (FCSAA) Forensics Championship at Florida State College of Jacksonville on Feb. 2-4.   The team, which included students Rodrigo Alcala, Eliza Benedick, Sebastian Hernandez, Shemuwel Russ, Yithrow Russ and Meredith Slack, placed third in both ...read more
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    Monday, February 13, 2017
    Sanford, FL, Feb 13, 2017 – Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) and Surinam Airways announce scheduled nonstop service beginning April 3 between SFB and Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) in Aruba.  The flights will also include direct service from/to Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport (PBM) in Paramaribo, Suriname. The service will initially operate weekly with a Monday ...read more
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    Monday, February 13, 2017
    Seminole Co., (February 13, 2017) – The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is investigating the theft of 19 lower assembly units from boat motors that occurred over the past several weeks at two boat storage facilities located in unoccupied Oviedo.  The assembly units are the lower part of an outboard engine which house the driveshaft that turns the propeller.  Each unit weights between 70 ...read more
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    Thursday, February 09, 2017
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (February 9, 2017)- Yesterday, February 8, 2017, Seminole County was granted conditional approval from the Florida Communities Trust (FCT) Board to transfer the recreational development requirements from the Jetta Point property in the Oviedo/Winter Springs area to the former Rolling Hills Golf Club property. The original Grant Award Agreement for the Jetta Point Park ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 08, 2017
    Maitland, Fla (10th January, 2017) – Dr Amena Alicia Humphrey graduated with her AAS in Physical Therapy from NYU in 2000. She has been employed at Florida Hospital for the past 16 years, and is a certified Lymphedema Therapist and a Wound Care Specialist.  Dr. Humphrey has pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Rollins College, then pursued a Masters of Science degree in Mental ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 08, 2017
    Palmer Natural Health is celebrating our 12th Anniversary as one of Central Florida's largest holistic health care clinics and we're inviting the community to join us for a FUN & Healthy Pampering Party at our location in Historic Longwood. We're serving healthy chocolate & snacks, offering complimentary chair massage and nutrition scans and giving out info about weight loss programs and healthy ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 08, 2017
    Join Palmer Natural Health for a night of Healthy Family Fun at Weston Park Apartments in Longwood, FL.   We’ll be serving healthy, organic food from Wild Hare Market, giving free chair massage as well as nutrition scans. Brings your kids for arts, crafts, games and music.Wednesday, Feb 15 from 6 - 8 pm at Weston Park Apartments Clubhouse at 100 Myrtle St, Longwood, FL 32750. Call ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 07, 2017
    If you would like to help a local high school student by donating your time, expertise, or just a monetary donation, please consider the Lake Brantley High School Debate Team, sponsored by Dan Smith. 407-746-3594 Dan_Smith@scps.k12.fl.us This club receives no additional monetary support from SCPS and exists solely on minor contributions from SAC, dividend volunteer support, and community ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 07, 2017
    Lake Mary, FL – Twenty teen girls began a pilot program at the Northwest Branch Library in Lake Mary last week that pairs peer-to-peer mentorship with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) based programming. Due to receiving a generous Sparks Ignition Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Seminole County Public Library was able to fund this brand new ten week ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 07, 2017
    The Orlando Business Journal (OBJ) is holding a Smart Reader Seminar at their offices on February 24, 2017.  We want to help you read the OBJ with an eye for business and to provide you with the market intelligence and analysis you need.  Get ready for an eye-opening tour of Orlando Business Journal. We're not just a newspaper, we are Central Florida's premier source for business news and sales ...read more
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    Monday, February 06, 2017
    WHAT:       To celebrate Heart Month, Central Florida Regional Hospital will host an educational event on Feb. 18, focusing on heart health. Cardiac experts will cover a variety of topics, including heart disease warning signs, atrial fibrillation therapies, heart smart nutrition and more. Breakfast will also be served.      To register for this free event, call 1-800-445-3392.   WHEN:       ...read more
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    Monday, February 06, 2017
    Oviedo Medical Center, Central Florida’s newest hospital, welcomed its FIRST baby on Friday, Feb. 3 at 5:52 p.m. Baby Robert is weighing a healthy 8 pounds, 12 ounces. Orlando couple Alex and Bobby are thrilled to welcome their new son. Dr. Deborah Spiers delivered the baby.   Oviedo Medical Center’s new Memorable Beginnings Mother/Baby Unit offers six LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery and ...read more
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    Monday, February 06, 2017
    ORLANDO, Feb. 6, 2016 – Educational workshops for aspiring and veteran filmmakers and an exhibition of 14 student films will be sponsored by UCF’s College of Arts & Humanities as part of the seventh annual Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford on Feb. 9-12.This is the third year of the university and festival’s growing partnership, which this year also begins WUCF TV’s involvement as the ...read more
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    Friday, February 03, 2017
    For Immediate Release                 January 31, 2017        Contact:  Ken Cristol, Cristol Marketing Co., 407-774-2515     (Authorized agency for Roger B. Kennedy Construction)  Roger B. Kennedy Construction starts $26 million of apartments   ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (January 31, 2017) – Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Construction broke ground for $26 million of apartments for ...read more
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    Friday, February 03, 2017
    Seminole Co. Fla., (Feb. 3, 2017) – On Thursday, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Crimes Against Children (CAC) Unit arrested Naiele Santa Ana Olivas, 29, of Lake Mary, on three counts of child neglect after traveling to California and leaving three children home alone for several days.During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Olivas left Florida to go to California ...read more
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    Thursday, February 02, 2017
    Tint World® Longwood and Mobile Empire Detailing Collaborate To Offer Free Car Care WorkshopTwo Leading Automotive Service Providers Will Educate Orlando-Area Consumers On Proper Car Care                                                                                                                                                                                                  LONGWOOD, FL and ...read more
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    Thursday, February 02, 2017
    As noted on The UCF College of Business Administration Instagram, “Brandy Ortiz is putting her schooling to work and is a partner at Ortiz CPA & Company Complete Business Solutions. Made possible through hard work and dedication, Brandy got to "The One!"”The UCF College of Business Administration is committed to helping students write their success story in business, per Dean Paul Jarley, PhD, of ...read more
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    Thursday, February 02, 2017
    Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service ORLANDO, FL – Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.  This is the third year in a row that Scott’s Air has been awarded ...read more
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    Thursday, February 02, 2017
    Sanford, FL, February 2, 2017 –Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) was named No. 1 Readers’ Choice for “Airport Experience” in the February 2017 issue of Orlando Style Magazine.Remarked Diane Crews, Airport President and CEO, “Thank you, Orlando Style! At Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) the passenger experience is one of our top priorities. Your Readers’ Choice acknowledgement ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 01, 2017
    By James Smith UCF Forum columnist Even though they have the best of intentions, about this time of year many people start setting aside their New Year’s resolutions – if they haven’t already. Do you have any left or have they all been abandoned for another try in 2018? For me, there are the usual resolutions of losing weight, eating better, spending more time with the family, helping others ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 01, 2017
    The new year brought 20 new members to the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce!  Thank you to these companies that have decided to start the new year by investing into our chamber. Please welcome all these remarkable new members to the chamber!   • Smile Design Studio • Silver Lion, LLC • Right at Home of Longwood/Lake Mary • More T Clinics • AXA Advisors • Brewer Reality ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 01, 2017
    Graduates of Seminole State College of Florida's Nursing Program have another reason to celebrate. They are ranked first in Central Florida with a 99.4 percent pass rate on their licensure exams.   The Board of Nursing just released the results of the annual 2016 National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rates for Florida and Seminole State College earned the top spot among other ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 31, 2017
    Seminole Co. (January 31, 2017)  – On January 30, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) arrested Dylan Usma, 19, Ryan A. Aheran, 21, and Delano Diaz, 18, from Orlando, for their involvement in a burglary that occurred at an unoccupied residence in Fern Park.At approximately 12:15 p.m., a sergeant conducting proactive patrols in the area, noticed a suspicious red Honda CRV with the front door ...read more
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    Monday, January 30, 2017
    OVIEDO, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2017) – Oviedo Medical Center, an HCA North Florida facility, has opened its doors as a 64-bed acute care hospital. Located at 8300 Red Bug Lake Road in Oviedo, the facility has been under construction for the past year and has transformed from a freestanding emergency department into an acute care hospital. In addition to 24/7 emergency care, the hospital brings a full ...read more
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    Monday, January 30, 2017
    Seminole County Fire Department’s next Citizens Fire Academy begins on March 1, 2017. 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 Fire Department needs to respond to our citizens' emergencies every day. The target audience is all Seminole County residents. The nine week course will ...read more
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    Monday, January 30, 2017
    (SANFORD, Fla.) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is pleased to announce its 2018 Teacher of the Year Finalists & Grade-Level Winners:   Emily Sless, 4th Grade Teacher, Highlands Elementary Emily Sless is a product of SCPS, and has been teaching with the district for 15 years. When you enter Mrs. Sless’ classroom, you are sure to find students engaged whether working in cooperative ...read more
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    Friday, January 27, 2017
    Solar shades will optimize comfort in buildings in new $60 million facility ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2017) - With 100 courts and buildings situated on 64 acres, the $60 million United States Tennis Association National Campus represents a new kind of elite training facility in the world of sports. Window Interiors was proud to join with construction companies around Florida and across the country ...read more
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    Friday, January 27, 2017
    President Dr. E. Ann McGee delivered the ceremonial first pitch(Editor’s note: links to download photos and video of Raiders baseball first pitch and opening day are located at the end of this news release)SANFORD, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2017) – Seminole State College of Florida’s baseball and softball teams are ready for spring play. With the season opener today, coaches and staff are confident that the ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 25, 2017
    By Meg ScharfUCF Forum columnistBenjamin Franklin is famous as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and helping to draft the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Franklin was a Renaissance man. Besides his career as a diplomat, public servant and accomplished printer, he is credited with discoveries about electricity and inventing bifocals, among other things.How did he ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 24, 2017
      (Sanford, Fla.) January 23, 2017 – Concentrating in school can be difficult for students, but especially those struggling with chronic behavioral and mental health conditions. Although support for students with challenges like these are in place throughout Seminole County Public Schools, sometimes it’s necessary to think outside the box on how to provide additional care.  Thanks to a $10,000 ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 24, 2017
    Orlando, FL (January 24, 2017) – IBERIABANK, a 129-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, is pleased to announce the addition of Leigh Ann Horton, CPA and Douglas E. Starcher, P.A. to the Central Florida Advisory Board. Local community and business leaders currently serving on the advisory board include Chairman, Randy O. Burden; Dennis Buhring; John O. Burden, Sr.; James P. Caruso; Tracy ...read more
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    Monday, January 23, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2017) – Seminole State College of Florida’s baseball and softball teams are preparing for spring play. With the season opener this week, coaches and staff are confident that the influence of upperclassmen players and lineup flexibility will contribute most to a successful 2017 season.  Baseball Season PreviewThe Raiders baseball team finished sixth in the Mid-Florida ...read more
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    Monday, January 23, 2017
    Next KidX Club Social Scheduled for February 7 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 ...read more
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    Thursday, January 19, 2017
    It is with great pleasure that the National High School Athletic Coaches Association announces the advancement of Jerri Kelly from Lake Brantley High School as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national Athletic Director of the year. Eight finalists from across the nation will be honored during The National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet which will take place ...read more
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    Thursday, January 19, 2017
    Becc Lester is no stranger to community relations. With a diverse background of music, theater, television, nursing and education, Becc has always been in the public eye. She has been with the Orlando Science Charter Schools since 2008 as a parent looking for a different type of educational system for her son, Seth. She fell in love with the school and soon became part of the team. She moved ...read more
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    Thursday, January 19, 2017
    KISSIMMEE, Fla. – (Jan. 19, 2017) – Emergency physicians in training from the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine will use their skills on a national stage this week as they staff the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. The doctors are completing their residencies in Emergency Medicine at Osceola Regional Medical Center.  During the inauguration, three ER residents and ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 18, 2017
    By Amanda Osorio UCF Forum columnist I am watching beautiful, empowering African American women being celebrated on a BET show called Black Girls Rock! The audience is full of African Americans celebrating their accomplishments, and network CEO Debra Lee and first lady Michelle Obama come out onstage to address these successful women. I am watching with the feeling of awe and empowerment for ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 18, 2017
    It is with great pleasure that the National High School Athletic Coaches Association announces the advancement of Jay Getty from Hagerty High School as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year in the sport of Cross Country - Girls. Eight finalists from across the nation will be honored during The National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 17, 2017
    IIA brings 150 jobs to the city with multimillion-dollar capital investment  The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the internal audit profession’s most widely recognized advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications, expanded its global headquarters in Lake Mary, bringing an additional 150 jobs to the city and making a multimillion-dollar capital investment. The ...read more
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    Saturday, January 14, 2017
    (SANFORD, FL) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) will host a Teacher Job Fair on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Lake Howell High School located at 4200 Dike Road, Winter Park, FL 32792.  School Administrators from each school site will be interviewing and offering teacher contracts for instructional critical shortage areas for the 2017-2018 school year on the ...read more
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    Friday, January 13, 2017
    ORLANDO, FL –– Attorney and lobbyist Christopher T. Dawson, associate in GrayRobinson’s Orlando law firm office, was re-appointed as overall chair for Florida Miracle’s Central Florida Dance Marathon. Dawson is also founder of Central Florida’s Dance Marathon, bringing the first-ever Dance Marathon event to Central Florida which took place June 4, 2016. He has been involved with the charity ...read more
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    Friday, January 13, 2017
    ORLANDO, FL –– GrayRobinson, P.A., announced that attorney David Oliver has joined the firm as a shareholder in the litigation practice group.   A pioneer in the development of a contingency fee approach to business litigation, Oliver will oversee the launch of a new business contingency litigation practice at GrayRobinson.   “David has a well-deserved reputation as among the very first ...read more
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    Friday, January 13, 2017
    Happy New Year! As you know, the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl is headed to Orlando for the first time ever on Sunday, January 29 at Camping World Stadium. The Pro Bowl is more than a matchup of the NFL’s biggest stars. It’s a weeklong celebration that unites and inspires the entire community through various interactive activities, events and other unique experiences. There will be youth football clinics, ...read more
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    Thursday, January 12, 2017
    ORLANDO, Jan. 12, 2016 – One year ago the Florida Legislature established a ground-breaking opportunity for higher-education institutions in the state to transform the lives of students with intellectual disabilities through innovative programs and services focused on education and career paths.Today, those students are learning about careers in nursing, greenhouse propagation, welding and other ...read more
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    Thursday, January 12, 2017
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (January 12, 2016) – Leadership Seminole is thrilled to announce the selection of Dawn Kraus as the organization’s new President, effective January 3, 2017. Ms. Kraus will be charged with continuing to develop the organization’s alumni base, foster relationships with current and new community organizations, engage key leaders, build the annual Leadership Seminole class, and ...read more
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    Thursday, January 12, 2017
    HEATHROW, Fla. (Jan. 12, 2017) – Seminole State College of Florida’s Career Development Center (CDC) is seeking businesses to participate in  a career fair on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 4-7 p.m. at the College’s Heathrow Campus.   The event is designed for students and other job seekers to find employment/internship opportunities and explore potential career paths. It will feature employers from ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 11, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2017) – Seminole State College of Florida students have more opportunity than ever to earn real-world job experience as the Career Development Center’s (CDC) Job Shadow Program picks up momentum. The Job Shadow Program, which began in Fall 2014, offers students and recent graduates an opportunity to explore careers, experience a professional work environment, network with ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 10, 2017
    Rhythm of the Dance is an international critically acclaimed dance theatre world tour troupe is coming to Orlando Live Events! Presented by the National Dance Company of Ireland, this two-hour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of Irish talent. The show is an inspiring epic, reliving a wealth of Irish talent. Using modern art forms of dance and music, this richly costumed show ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 10, 2017
    Saint Leo University was named as providing two of the best online programs in United States, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs edition, which was released today.   Specifically, Saint Leo University was ranked high in the Best Online Programs for bachelor’s degrees (tied for 59th) and was named to the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans list (tied ...read more
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    Monday, January 09, 2017
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  (January 9, 2017) Contact: Ken Cristol, Cristol Marketing Company 407-774-2515(Authorized agency for Roger B. Kennedy Construction)   Roger B. Kennedy Construction collected a truckload of toys for the 2016 U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots Program   ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Altamonte Springs-based Roger B. Kennedy Constructioncollected and donated a truckload of toys for ...read more
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    Monday, January 09, 2017
    Come to the 7th Annual Seminole County Gardening EXPO.  Featuring Hydroponic, vegetable, and butterfly demonstration gardens; butterfly encounter and children's activities. Our featured speakers are the renowned gardening experts Tom McCubbin and Dr. Patrick Bohlen, plus "How-To Clinics" and "Ask the Expert" opportunities. Over 35 gardening related vendors offering plants, artwork, products, and ...read more
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    Friday, January 06, 2017
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (January 6, 2016) - Beginning Sunday, January 8, all Seminole County Library Branches will be open seven days per week for the first time since 2008. All Branches will operate Mondays-Thursdays, from 9:00AM until 8:00PM, Fridays and Saturdays, 9:00AM-5:00PM and on Sundays, 1:00-5:00PM. The Seminole County Board of County Commissioners voted to reinstate the full week of ...read more
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    Friday, January 06, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. – (December 13, 2016) – In an effort to fight the leading cause of cancer deaths, Central Florida Regional Hospital recently introduced advanced technology for early detection of lung cancer. The SPiNView® Thoracic Navigation System allows physicians to pinpoint and biopsy lung nodules that previously were not visible or accessible.Most lung cancer cases are not detected until ...read more
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    Friday, January 06, 2017
    WHAT:                       On Jan. 14, Oviedo Medical Center will unveil its brand-new 64-bed hospital. During the past year of construction, the facility has transformed from a freestanding emergency department into an acute care facility. It is slated to open in late January.  In addition to 24/7 emergency care, the hospital will bring a full range of healthcare services to east Seminole ...read more
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    Thursday, January 05, 2017
    Sanford, FL – January 5, 2017 – Wharton-Smith, Inc., one of Central Florida’s largest locally based general contractors, was recently selected as Construction Manager for the Seminole County Public Schools’ new Millennium Middle School project. Located on State Road 46, just east of Sanford, and adjacent to Midway Elementary School, the new school campus will consist of 222,400 square feet and ...read more
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    Thursday, January 05, 2017
    SANFORD, Fla. (Jan. 5, 2017) – Looking for space for your startup or want more room for your growing business? Seminole State College of Florida’s Center for Business Development is seeking local business clients for its Business Incubation Center.  The Business Incubation Center, which began as the Seminole Technology Business Incubation Center in the 1990s, provides a supportive environment for ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 04, 2017
    (SANFORD, FL) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is proud to announce the launching of our new district website, www.SCPS.us.  The new SCPS website offers upgraded features such as: Responsive Design for efficient use on all computers, tablets, and mobile devices User-friendly and easy-to-use navigation Sortable Calendars Numerous ways to stay connected through social media, the latest ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 04, 2017
    Lauren Miller of J. Wayne Miller Company secured a 2,200 SF office and warehouse location in Winter Park for an undisclosed medical software, devices and consulting company for a 3 year term.Lauren is the Realtor and client advisor for the 34 year old family-owned commercial real estate company and will help find homes for businesses. The J. Wayne Miller Company also owns several buildings, ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 03, 2017
    Seminole Co. Fla., (January 3, 2017) - Today, Dennis M. Lemma becomes the 10th sheriff of Seminole County.  Sheriff Don Eslinger administered the oath of office to Sheriff Lemma during a private ceremony.  As Chief Law Enforcement Officer, Sheriff Lemma will direct the agency’s enforcement, investigative, correctional, juvenile and support services, leading a work force of more than 1,300 ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 03, 2017
    ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 3, 2017) – Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel today announced Stacey Prince-Troutman has been named a partner in the firm’s Orlando office, effective Jan. 1.  Prince-Troutman is a member of the firm’s Estate Planning and Trusts Practice Group. Since joining the firm in 2004, her practice has focused on probate, trusts and estates, and transfer tax controversy matters for a ...read more
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    Saturday, December 31, 2016
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (December 31, 2016) — Today, Seminole County Fire Department and Seminole County Office of Emergency Management enacted a countywide Burn Ban in accordance with County Code, Section. 85.24:   When dry weather conditions result in a Keetch Byran Drought Index reading at 500 or higher, such reading operates as an automatic prohibition on open burning except for burning done ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 27, 2016
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (December 27, 2016)- All Unincorporated Seminole County residents, regardless of service level, may place live Christmas trees at the curb for collection on the following Wednesdays:Wednesday, December 28, 2016Wednesday, January 4, 2017Wednesday, January 11, 2017Wednesday, January 18, 2017Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Christmas trees should be placed at the curbside no later ...read more
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    Saturday, December 24, 2016
    Seminole Co. (Dec. 24, 2016) – The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) today announced the arrest of 45 subjects in a series of coordinated holiday safety operations designed to stop retail theft, economic crime, and prevent burglaries.  The operations took place over the past month in various commercial and residential areas across the county.During the commercial operations, deputies ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 21, 2016
    By Germayne GrahamUCF Forum columnistI lost my cousin to a tragic suicide death 23 years ago and my heart has never forgotten the pain that I felt following this loss.Usually around the anniversary of his death I start to feel sad, anxious, uneasy or just a little “off.” At first I didn’t immediately relate the feelings that I was experiencing to the memory of my heart. Now that I am aware, I can ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 21, 2016
    SANFORD, FLA – Dec. 21, 2016 – Stumped, trying to get those last minute gifts?  In the spirit of the holiday season, the Seminole County Office of Emergency Management would like to offer some gift suggestions ideal for the person who has “everything”. Every home can use a weather radio.  This is a very practical gift that can be invaluable to residents when hazardous weather approaches.  The ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 20, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (Dec. 20, 2016) –  Seminole State College of Florida is once again among the top 20 producers of two-year degrees in the nation, according to Community College Week’s Top 100 list.The rankings, published this fall, place Seminole State at No. 16 in the nation for graduating students who earn Associate in Arts (A.A.)/liberal arts degrees.Although that number is down one spot from the ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 20, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL –– Attorney Jason W. Searl, shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Orlando law firm office, was selected as a member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Task Force Implementation and Review Committee. The Florida Chamber has received hundreds of recommendations and feedback on what Florida must get right to become more competitive. The Implementation and Review Committee ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 20, 2016
    ORLANDO, FL –– Attorney Jenny Kim Sullivan, of counsel 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 community to benefit from the ...read more
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    Friday, December 16, 2016
    Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan provided the keynote addressSANFORD, Fla. (Dec 16, 2016) – Seminole State College of Florida awarded 2,069 degrees and certificates, including more than 100 bachelor’s degrees, during the Fall 2016 Collegewide Commencement on Dec. 14 at the University of Central Florida’s CFE Arena.In her address, Seminole State President Dr. E. Ann McGee noted significant ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 14, 2016
    Tim Donahoe AIFD and Kit Whigham are co-owners of this downtown Sanford store. The siblings’ parents moved to Sanford in 1956 because they heard “it is paradise down here” and opened the shop in historic Sanford.   Stop by and visit their Christmas showroom at 209 E. Commercial St. Sanford, Fl 32771 407-322-1822  
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    Wednesday, December 14, 2016
    Did you know that reducing employee tobacco use may increase productivity and lessen health care costs to your business? Studies have shown that employees who use tobacco have a significant financial impact on businesses. Employers may spend above $6,000 per smoking employee, per year. These extra expenses are due to increased healthcare costs, sick days, and loss of productivity. Tobacco Free ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 14, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. Dec. 14, 2016 - Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today begins new nonstop flights between Orlando, Florida via the Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) and San Juan, Puerto Rico. To celebrate, the company known for its exceptional travel deals, is offering one-way fares on the new route for as low as $69.*"We're excited to offer San Juan residents these flights to Orlando," said Jude ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 14, 2016
    Altamonte Springs, FL - Walking Saloon Pictures teamed up early this November with TrueNorth Avionics at the 2016 NBAA Conference in Orlando, FL. The team produced a video for two days on the trade show floor highlighting their time in Orlando and telling the TrueNorth story. The shoot took place at the Orange County Convention Center. You can watch the video here:https://vimeo.com/194085642 Visit ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 14, 2016
    (SANFORD, Fla.) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is proud to announce the 2018 Teacher of the Year (TOY) Semi-Finalists:  Elementary School Name Title Bentley Elementary Christin Rivera 1st Grade Teacher Crystal Lake Elementary Susan Rutherford 2nd Grade Teacher Highlands Elementary Emily Sless 4th Grade Teacher Lake Mary Elementary Jayme Skillman ESE Teacher Partin ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 13, 2016
    Dr. Sheila L. Scott, Acupuncture Physician or Pure Acupuncture & Natural Medicine has recently opened a new office in Winter Garden, Florida. Her practice is accepting new patients for acupuncture, chiropractic & nutrition. She also practices in Lake Mary. 13640 West Colonial Drive, Suite 130-H, Winter Garden, Fl. 34787 Phone 407-682-4454
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    Tuesday, December 13, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (Dec 13, 2016) – On any given day, the combination of college classwork, homework and tests can be overwhelming for any student.   So for a college student with Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, attending college can be an even more challenging feat.   However, for Seminole State College of Florida student Antonio Hernandez Pumarejo, Asperger’s didn’t stop him ...read more
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    Monday, December 12, 2016
    Nearly $37 million raised nationally during seven-week campaign helps fund critical medical care for local kids  ORLANDO, Fla. [Dec. 12, 2016] —  Local Walmart and Sam's Club associates, customers and members recently wrapped up a seven-week campaign, collecting more than $430,000 on behalf of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. It was part of a national campaign for Children’s Miracle Network ...read more
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    Monday, December 12, 2016
    ORLANDO, Dec. 12, 2016 – You’d think that after a half century the Grinch would remember his lesson.But every year since the December 1966 television special How the Grinch Stole Christmas! first appeared, the animated green curmudgeon returns to his old tricks of sabotaging the holiday once again.“Basic human nature does not change,” said Jo Anne Adams, an expert animator and instructor in UCF’s ...read more
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    Monday, December 12, 2016
    Seminole State College’s Advisory Board CouncilSets Stage for Company’s Success  Orlando, FL – Bob Saldutti is your quintessential small business owner. About 15 years ago, he founded Harvest Express and has built it to almost $1 million in annual revenues. He’s in the business of manufacturing and delivering fresh produce like salads, cut fruit, carrot & celery sticks to non-grocery retailers in ...read more
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    Friday, December 09, 2016
    “Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation” ranks Foundation for Seminole Co. Public Schools among the top 20 in the nation for three consecutive years.  (Dec. 7, 2016) – The nation’s only annual study and ranking of K-12 education foundations -- “Stepping Up: The Nation’s Top K-12 Education Foundations 2016” -- has ranked Foundation for Seminole Co. Public Schools ...read more
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    Friday, December 09, 2016
    (SANFORD, FL) After increased efforts were made to evaluate students for Gifted Services, Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) has identified and expanded its gifted services/talent development across the district. SCPS’s commitment to equitable access for gifted education opportunities has been the focus of the Gifted/Talent Development Elementary Initiative (G/TD Initiative) and Project ...read more
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    Friday, December 09, 2016
    SANFORD, Fla. (Dec. 9, 2016) – The District Board of Trustees for Seminole State College of Florida on Monday approved agreements that allow for the construction of a second building at the College’s Altamonte Springs Campus. Under the approved Ground Lease and Space Lease agreements, Orlando Health Realty, LLC, the developer for the building, will lease the land from Seminole State and construct ...read more
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    Thursday, December 08, 2016
    On The 12th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave To Me………… Well that’s how the song goes but Seminole County Animal Services is going to give you some fantastic opportunities. Introducing the 12 Days of Petmas!!!! Plus 2 extra days as our gift to you! From December 9th through December 24 we have so many wonderful offers to pet lover and owners we need to list them.All dog and cat adoptions are ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 07, 2016
    By Nathan VinkUCF Forum columnistTechnology 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
    Waxing the City, Altamonte Springs, providing facial and body waxing for both men and women, is holding a one-day sale for chamber members on Saturday (12/17/2016 from 9am-5pm)   ·       Buy $100 in gift cards, get $50 gift card free                                                             OR ·        Buy $75 in gift cards get $25 gift card free   Not able to make it to the studio on ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 07, 2016
    Seminole Co. (Dec. 7, 2016) – Today, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) announced that patrol deputies, corrections and other parts of the agency will now carry Naloxone/Narcan® nasal spray, which is an “opioid antagonist” that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.The Narcan® nasal spray delivery system is simple to use and will provide first responders with effective opioid ...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 nine children’s ...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 Tuesday, January ...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
    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 identifying ...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, Seminole State was ...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 on title ...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 13th 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 competition.  The ...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; financial ...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 Dex Media before ...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 5th Annual Withum Week of Caring.   November 23, 2016 - WithumSmith+Brown, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, conducted its 5th Annual “Withum Week of Caring”, sending everyone in their organization out into their communities to volunteer ...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 across the ...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 ...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 ...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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    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 non-profit. ...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 Wednesdays and ...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 is to ...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/191805916/2a93736378 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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    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
    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 Presents ...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 ...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 2017” events. The week-long ...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 County ...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 ...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 33rd 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.) 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 funding into ...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 Honolulu, Hawaii, will ...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 each ...read more
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    Friday, November 11, 2016
    Victory Media names university to its 2017 list for service to student-veteransSAINT LEO, FL ​– Saint Leo University has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs, and Military Spouse. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, ...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, ...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 MJW, ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 09, 2016
    By Carolyn MassiahUCF Forum columnistSave 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, you ...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 Levenson of ...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 at Milwee ...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 cafetorium, the ...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 Pleasant Hill Road near ...read more
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    Monday, November 07, 2016
    Orlando Based Bail Bond Agency Educates Consumers About Charges For False Verification and Representation 33rd 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, ...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, from 6 to ...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 located at West ...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
    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 to ...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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    Wednesday, November 02, 2016
    By Gerrod Lambrecht UCF Forum columnistTuesday, 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 polling data ...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 rankings for six practice ...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 Litigation Practice. At the same ...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 School category, ...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 event opened with ...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 dedicated ...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 Individual ...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
    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 ...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
    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 violence,” said ...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 for meticulous ...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 Florida programs, ...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
    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
    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, won ...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 ...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, GoodGuides participant ...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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    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 understand there needs to be a new ...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 one-half of 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 been consistently ...read more
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