Obviously Neo was special. I never could understand how some people can neglect their four legged friends. I have an idea that Neo is going to be greatly missed by his family. Thank you officer Rehn for your dedicated service to our community. God bless you and your family, Chaz Please enter your comment! That would have made Neo almost 14 and a half years old, and that is pretty old for a big dog, as they usually don’t live as long as smaller dogs. I have sure had my share of German Shepherd dogs over the years. I love the shepherds as they are so smart and loyal. I have had a husky/shepherd mix, a pure-breed shepherd, collie/shepherd mixes, other mixed shepherds, and I loved them every one, and each was so unique in their ways from the others, but the shepherds have the common hip problem, that always seems to affect them in their older years, and it is heartbreaking. I won’t attempt to spell it, but it starts with a “D”….I remember seeing Neo do some K9 demonstrations, and I remember him riding in the Apopka Christmas parade, in the police car with his name on the side of the car. Dogs are considered a senior citizen at 8 years of age. My little boy will be 8 this November. All dogs have a relatively short life span, and it is heartbreaking when they pass away, or when you have to say a final goodbye to them, and put them to sleep. Just remember, all dogs go to heaven…… TAGSApopka Police DepartmentNEO Previous articleGroup Flood Insurance: How It WorksNext articleIn search of inspiration… Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 charles towne Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia October 29, 2017 at 9:37 am 2 COMMENTS October 29, 2017 at 12:41 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply From the Apopka Police DepartmentRetired Apopka Police Department K-9 Neo passed this week after a long life of service to the community. Neo, an energetic and dedicated Belgian Malinois, joined the force as a 16-month-old pup in 2004. He spent a 10-year career with Apopka police Officer Paul Rehn before retiring from duty in 2014.Afterward, Rehn adopted the canine and cared for him as a family pet until his death on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Rehn retired in 2016. During his service to the Apopka Police Department, Neo was instrumental in apprehending countless burglary, robbery, and other violent felony suspects.When Neo and Officer Rehn arrived on crime scenes, fellow officers were confident in a successful outcome. Neo was adeptly trained to find illicit narcotics. He is credited with notable drug busts, including the discovery of 8 kilograms, or more than 17 pounds, of heroin on an airplane in a joint investigation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Neo located 408 pounds of marijuana in a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigations and also discovered 2,800 pounds of marijuana in another local case.Neo loved being out in the public, providing demonstrations at local schools, churches, and community events within the City of Apopka. He will be forever remembered and cherished as an honored member of the Apopka Police Department. Reply Reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014
LET’S TALK ABOUT IT with Rod Love and Greg Jackson will feature Alan Abramowitz, Executive Director of the Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program. Abromowitz leads over 10,000 volunteers in what is widely considered Florida’s most effective advocacy initiative, reaching over 25,000 children, and has received numerous awards andAlan Abramowitzrecognition. Abramowitz will discuss the Guardian ad Litem Program as it stands ready to protect some of Florida’s most precious assets — children.*****Let’s Talk About It, now on its 9th episode, is an edgy new radio program that has a distinct “Apopka” tone to it despite airing in Winter Garden.Rod LoveHosts Rod Love and Greg Jackson are well-known figures in Apopka. Love is a local businessman and the co-chair of the Apopka Task Force against Violence. He is a consistent speaker at Apopka City Council meetings. Jackson is a local attorney, columnist for The Apopka Voice, and ran for the Florida Legislature in 2016 for District 45, which includes a part of Apopka. Now airing its third episode tonight, the co-hosts have shown a willingness to take on any issue their callers wish to discuss. Nothing is off the table.The show airs on WOKB 1680AM on Mondays from 7-8 PM. You may also stream it online here.Let’s Talk About It describes itself as a show in search of results-oriented solutions. It tackles important subjects such as crime in urban communities, jobs, business growth, relationship with the police, transitioning from a mom and pop proprietorship to mom and pop incorporation and a whole lot of other action initiatives that affect the quality of life of individuals and families are the major focus. Its goal is to develop an understanding of the everyday needs and issues of people and assist in empowering them with the necessary information or motivation towards addressing such needs, all with the support of professionals or experts who will be the show’s guests.Greg Jackson Let’s Talk About It has an interactive style of information sharing that is both entertaining and educational. It acts as a vehicle for civic and faith-based organizations, small businesses and everyday citizens to be able to work together to foster a progressive development of communities’ interactivity with one another.To join the conversation tonight, call Let’s Talk About It at 407-894-1680. TAGSGreg JacksonLet’s Talk About ItRod Love Previous articleAAA offers Tow-to-Go program on Thanksgiving weekendNext articleThe strange story of turkey tails speaks volumes about our globalized food system Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 4 COMMENTS Decision Apopka 2018Koutsoulieris is the 10th and final candidate to qualifyThe field is set for the 2018 Apopka elections.Alicia Koutsoulieris became the fourth and final candidate to qualify for the Seat #2 City Commission election along with incumbent Commissioner Diane Velazquez, and Apopka residents Leroy Bell and Alice Nolan.She was the 10th candidate to file during the qualifying week, which began on January 2nd and ended today at noon.Koutsoulieris is a relative-unknown in Apopka politics, having never run for office, and only moving to Apopka two years ago. She has lived in Central Florida since she was five years old, and graduated from the University of Central Florida, holding a BA in Political Science (2009) and a BA in History (2010). She is presently pursuing a Masters Degree in Political Science.Alicia KoutsoulierisKoutsoulieris is involved with many community organizations, with a number of volunteer leadership roles; including, The League of Women Voters, The American Red Cross – Mid-Florida Chapter, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Amnesty International, an International Delegate for Inter-faith Peace Builders, United Nations Association of Greater Orlando, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Central Florida.There are also four candidates running for Seat#1 – Suzanne Kidd, Gene Knight, Theresa Mott and Alexander Smith. The seat is currently held by six-term Commissioner Billie Dean, who announced his retirement in 2017.In the race for Apopka Mayor, incumbent Joe Kilsheimer and Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson will go head-to-head after both candidates announced their intentions to run back in March of 2017, and no other challengers emerged.The Apopka city election will be held on March 13th, 2018. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 I think I may have found the answer to my own question. Looks like there may be a Mayoral Debate on January 31, 2018. Apopka City Hall No reason for it to get dirty Please enter your comment! January 9, 2018 at 1:16 pm I hope it doesn’t get dirty. Good luck to all candidates. Please enter your name here Michael Heaton Reply Reply Michael Heaton January 9, 2018 at 11:31 pm TAGSDecision Apopka 2018 Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleSecond Harvest delivers a Christmas miracle Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply January 9, 2018 at 3:01 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gene Knight Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Jack Martin January 10, 2018 at 9:39 am Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom I wonder if there will be any debates or symposiums with a moderator?
Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom National Donate Life MonthFrom Florida Hospital NewsNearly 115,000 people are waiting for a transplant in the United States. One person dies every 20 minutes waiting for an organ and another person is added to the waitlist every 10 minutes, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing.There’s a significant organ scarcity.To help encourage organ donation and honor those who have saved lives through it, Florida Hospital is hosting a series of events to kick off National Donate Life Month. Among the initiatives:Gr8ToDon8 Run: Florida Hospital partners with TransLife to host the 9th annual run on Saturday to celebrate those who have donated an organ as well as those who have received the gift of one. Part of the proceeds will support local transplant initiatives such as the Bartch Transplant House at Florida Hospital Orlando.10th Annual Transplant Reunion: Florida Hospital hosts its traditional reunion picnic in which patients, physicians, staff, friends, and families gather together to celebrate “the gift of life.” More than 380 transplant patients are slated to attend Sunday’s event at Florida Hospital Orlando.Pinwheel Tree: Pinwheels are used by TransLife to symbolize the power of transforming obstacles into opportunities. This year a pinwheel tree will rotate through local hospitals to remind the community about the importance of organ donation and encourage registration to become donors. The tree will be assembled by patients during the 10th Annual Transplant Reunion.The latest report from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients reflects Florida Hospital’s national standings. Among the highlights of Florida Hospital’s programs:Sixth-largest heart transplant program, by volume.The liver program has one of the best outcomes with the second-best survival rate.The lung program has the No. 1 transplant rate. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 TAGSFlorida HospitalNational Donate Life Month Previous articleDyer endorses Robbinson in Orange County School Board Chair raceNext articleVote now in The Apopka Voice Reader’s Poll – Seat #2 Runoff Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
So nice that there is a Rock Springs River Clean Up scheduled for this July. I know they always drag a lot of trash out of there, but you won’t see me there, because I watched tv news and saw the big cottonmouth water moccasins that keep coming to this one yard over in Seminole County, and that is enough to keep me from that activity…..LOL!! I noticed Martha Sugarlaski even looking down under the table on the news setting, after the man was shown catching them and their mouths were flying open, and their mouths were just about as big as my hand’s palms when I make a snake mouth motion with my hands……yikes! We went over to the lake behind Northcrest off of 441 once, and was half way around the lake, and then everywhere I looked was big water moccasins on the bank, and that was the first and last time I went over there! TAGSOrange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonWekiva River Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleApopka participating in National Donut Day Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here 1 COMMENT Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. June 2, 2017 at 7:55 pm From Orange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonAccording to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, “there are approximately 3.6 million miles of streams in the United States; 1.1 million are at least five miles in length. Only 12,709 miles are protected by the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act.” Meanwhile, Florida has 25,949 miles of river. 49.2 miles are designated as wild and scenic which totals to 208 rivers in 40 states and Puerto Rico.The Wild & Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 states, “It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers of the Nation which, with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish, and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and that they and their immediate environments shall be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Congress declares that the established national policy of dams and other construction at appropriate sections of the rivers of the United States needs to be complemented by a policy that would preserve other selected rivers or sections thereof in their free-flowing condition to protect the water quality of such rivers and to fulfill other vital national conservation purposes.” (Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, October 2, 1968)Bryan NelsonThe Wild & Scenic Rivers Act was established by Congress after it was recognized that our Nation’s rivers were in jeopardy due to damage from damming, development and diversion taking place in the 1950s. Rivers that may be designated are classified as wild, scenic or recreational. Wild Rivers are free of impoundments and inaccessible except by trail with unpolluted waters and primitive watersheds or shorelines. Scenic River areas are also free of impoundments with largely primitive shorelines or watersheds. Shorelines along Scenic Rivers are largely undeveloped and accessible by roads. Recreational River Ares are accessible by road or railroad with some development along their shorelines The Act offers protection against construction or dams that could harm the river and water quality.Florida’s own Wekiva River reached designation in October of 2000. The river is a total of 41.6 miles and runs through Orange County, Seminole County, and Lake County. The Wekiva River Basin consists of various ecosystems including rivers, springs, sinkholes, wetland prairies, pine flatwoods and sand pine scrub communities, and so forth. Elevations can range to 35 ft. above sea level and the subtropical climate reaches an annual temperature of around 72 degrees. FIVE ORVS (Outstandingly Remarkable Values) were identified which are: scenic, recreation, wildlife and habitat, historic and cultural and water quality and quantity. The Wekiva River exhibits free flow characteristics which allow for the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act designation. With a population of 2 million people in the tri-county area an increase in human actions, development, and continued population growth called for these protections. National Wild and Scenic Rivers Systems are celebrating 50 years of protecting our rivers. 2018 will mark the 50th year anniversary! WSR50 will include both government and non-governmental river partners.This will include representatives from American Rivers, American Whitewater, River Management Society, National Park Service, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and more. Current development along the Wekiva River is the Wekiva Parkway which adheres to the protection of the Wekiva River system through the Wekiva Parkway and Protection Act developed in 2007 by Orange County. About 130 square miles of watershed run through North Orange County. At Kelly Park here in Orange County, Rock Springs Run flows to the Wekiva River. The free flowing spring is 68 degrees year round. Kelly Park/ Rock Springs are located at 400 E Kelly Park RD Apopka, FL 32712. As Orange County Commissioner I serve on the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council Wekiva River Basin Commission.For the summer season on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, we will host a Rock Springs River Clean Up. More details are soon to follow this article. You may contact my office at 407-836-5850 for more details. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Mama Mia Please enter your comment!
Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 By Scott Shackelford, Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics; Director, Ostrom Workshop Program on Cybersecurity and Internet Governance; Cybersecurity Program Chair, IU-Bloomington, Indiana University. Editor’s Note: This article first published on theconversation.com.Back in November 1988, Robert Tappan Morris, son of the famous cryptographer Robert Morris Sr., was a 20-something graduate student at Cornell who wanted to know how bigthe internet was – that is, how many devices were connected to it. So he wrote a program that would travel from computer to computer and ask each machine to send a signal back to a control server, which would keep count.The program worked well – too well, in fact. Morris had known that if it traveled too fast there might be problems, but the limits he built in weren’t enough to keep the program from clogging up large sections of the internet, both copying itself to new machines and sending those pings back. When he realized what was happening, even his messages warning system administrators about the problem couldn’t get through.His program became the first of a particular type of cyber attack called “distributed denial of service,” in which large numbers of Internet-connected devices, including computers, webcams, and other smart gadgets, are told to send lots of traffic to one particular address, overloading it with so much activity that either the system shuts down or its network connections are completely blocked.As the chair of the integrated Indiana University Cybersecurity Program, I can report that these kinds of attacks are increasingly frequent today. In many ways, Morris’s program, known to history as the “Morris worm,” set the stage for the crucial, and potentially devastating, vulnerabilities in what I and others have called the coming “Internet of Everything.”Unpacking the Morris wormWorms and viruses are similar but different in one key way: A virus needs an external command, from a user or a hacker, to run its program. A worm, by contrast, hits the ground running all on its own. For example, even if you never open your email program, a worm that gets onto your computer might email a copy of itself to everyone in your address book.In an era when few people were concerned about malicious software and nobody had protective software installed, the Morris worm spread quickly. It took 72 hours for researchers at Purdue and Berkeley to halt the worm. In that time, it infected tens of thousands of systems – about 10 percent of the computers then on the internet. Cleaning up the infection cost hundreds or thousands of dollars for each affected machine.In the clamor of media attention about this first event of its kind, confusion was rampant. Some reporters even asked whether people could catch the computer infection. Sadly, many journalists as a whole haven’t gotten much more knowledgeable on the topic in the intervening decades.Robert Tappan Morris, in 2008. Trevor Blackwell/Wikimedia, CC BY-SAMorris wasn’t trying to destroy the internet, but the worm’s widespread effects resulted in him being prosecuted under the then-new Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He was sentenced to three years of probation and a roughly US$10,000 fine. In the late 1990s, though, he became a dot-com millionaire – and is now a professor at MIT.Rising threatsThe internet remains subject to much more frequent – and more crippling – DDoS attacks. With more than 20 billion devices of all types, from refrigerators and cars to fitness trackers, connected to the internet, and millions more being connected weekly, the number of security flaws and vulnerabilities is exploding.In October 2016, a DDoS attack using thousands of hijacked webcams – often used for security or baby monitors – shut down access to a number of important internet services along the eastern U.S. seaboard. That event was the culmination of a series of increasingly damaging attacks using a botnet, or a network of compromised devices, which was controlled by software called Mirai. Today’s internet is much larger, but not much more secure than the internet of 1988.Some things have actually gotten worse. Figuring out who is behind particular attacks is not as easy as waiting for that person to get worried and send out apology notes and warnings, as Morris did in 1988. In some cases – the ones big enough to merit full investigations – it’s possible to identify the culprits. A trio of college students was ultimately found to have created Mirai to gain advantages when playing the “Minecraft” computer game.Fighting DDoS attacksBut technological tools are not enough, and neither are laws and regulations about online activity – including the law under which Morris was charged. The dozens of state and federal cybercrime statutes on the books have not yet seemed to reduce the overall number or severity of attacks, in part because of the global nature of the problem.There are some efforts underway in Congress to allow attack victims in some cases to engage in active defense measures – a notion that comes with a number of downsides, including the risk of escalation – and to require better security for internet-connected devices. But passage is far from assured.Aircraft problems get thoroughly investigated, resulting in public reports and recommendations for the industry to improve performance and safety. NTSB via APThere is cause for hope, though. In the wake of the Morris worm, Carnegie Mellon University established the world’s first Cyber Emergency Response Team, which has been replicated in the federal government and around the world. Some policymakers are talking about establishing a national cybersecurity safety board, to investigate digital weaknesses and issue recommendations, much as the National Transportation Safety Board does with airplane disasters.More organizations are also taking preventative action, adopting best practices in cybersecurity as they build their systems, rather than waiting for a problem to happen and trying to clean up afterward. If more organizations considered cybersecurity as an important element of corporate social responsibility, they – and their staff, customers and business partners – would be safer.In “3001: The Final Odyssey,” science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke envisioned a future where humanity sealed the worst of its weapons in a vault on the moon – which included room for the most malignant computer viruses ever created. Before the next iteration of the Morris worm or Mirai does untold damage to the modern information society, it is up to everyone – governments, companies and individuals alike – to set up rules and programs that support widespread cybersecurity, without waiting another 30 years. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! 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Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Christmas 2019By S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate, Hamilton CollegeIf you are one of those people who will settle in this evening with a hot cup of apple cider to watch a holiday movie, you are not alone. Holiday movies have become firmly embedded in Americans’ winter celebrations.The New York Times reports a massive increase in new holiday movies this year. Disney, Netflix, Lifetime and Hallmark are now in direct competition for viewers’ attention, with both new releases and reruns of the classics.Holiday movies are so popular not simply because they are “escapes,” as my research on the relation between religion and cinema argues. Rather, these films offer viewers a glimpse into the world as it is could be.Christmas movies as a reflectionThis is particularly true with Christmas movies.In his 2016 book “Christmas as Religion,” the religious studies scholar Christopher Deacy states that Christmas movies act as a “barometer of how we might want to live and how we might see and measure ourselves.”These movies offer a variety of portraits of everyday life while affirming ethical values and social mores along the way.The 1946 classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” – about a man who longs to travel but remains stuck in his childhood town – represent visions of a community in which every citizen is a vital component.Another movie commonly replayed this time of year is 2005’s “The Family Stone” which portrays the clashes of a mostly average family but shows viewers that quarrels can be worked through and harmony is possible.The 2003 British holiday film “Love Actually,” which follows the lives of eight couples in London, brings to viewers the perennial theme of romance and the trials of relationships.Holiday films create alternate realities that provide us solace.DGLimages/ShutterstockMovie watching as a ritual practiceAs holiday movies bring viewers into a fictional world, people are able to work through their own fears and desires about self-worth and relationships. Such movies can provide solace, reaffirmation and sometimes even courage to continue working through difficult situations. The movies offer hope in believing it all might turn out alright in the end.When people see some part of their own lives unfold on screen, the act of viewing operates in a fashion that’s strikingly similar to how a religious ritual works.As anthropologist Bobby Alexander explains, rituals are actions that transform people’s everyday lives. Rituals can open up “ordinary life to an ultimate reality or some transcendent being or force,” he writes in the collection “Anthropology of Religion.”For example, for Jews and Christians, ritually observing the Sabbath day by sharing meals with family and not working connects them with the creation of the world. Prayer rituals in the Muslim, Christian and Jewish traditions connect those praying with their God, as well as with their fellow believers.Holiday movies do something similar, except that the “transcendent force” they make viewers feel is not about God or another supreme being. Instead, this force is more secular: It’s the power of family, true love, the meaning of home or the reconciliation of relationships.Movies create an idealized worldTake the case of the 1942 musical “Holiday Inn.” It was one of the first movies – after the silent era’s various versions of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” – where the plot used Christmas as a backdrop, telling the story of a group of entertainers who have gathered at a country inn.In reality, it was a deeply secular film about romantic interests, couched in a desire to sing and dance. When it was released, the United States had been fully involved in the World War II for a year and national spirits were not high.A still from the film, ‘White Christmas.Classic Film/Flickr, CC BY-NCThe movie hasn’t endured as a classic. But Bing Crosby’s song “White Christmas,” which appeared in it, quickly became etched in the holiday consciousness of many Americans, and a 1954 film called “White Christmas” became better known.As historian Penne Restad puts it in her 1995 book “Christmas in America,” Crosby’s crooning offers the “quintessential expression” of the holidays, a world which “has no dark side” – one in which “war is forgotten.”In subsequent Christmas movies, the main plots have not been set in the context of war, yet there is nonetheless often a battle: that of overcoming a materialistic, gift-buying and gift-giving kind of holiday.Movies like “Jingle all the Way,” “Deck the Halls” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” center around the idea that the true meaning of Christmas is not in rampant consumerism but in goodwill and family love.Dr. Seuss’s famously grouchy Grinch thinks he can ruin Christmas by taking all the gifts away. But as the people gather together, giftless, they join hands and sing while the narrator tells viewers, “Christmas came anyway.”A scene from the 1966 TV movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”“All’s right with the world”Though Christmas is a Christian holiday, most holiday films are not religious in the traditional sense. There is hardly ever a mention of Jesus or the biblical setting of his birth.As media studies scholar John Mundy writes in a 2008 essay, “Christmas and the Movies,” “Hollywood movies continue to construct Christmas as an alternative reality.”These movies create on-screen worlds that kindle positive emotions while offering a few laughs.“A Christmas Story,” from 1983, waxes nostalgic for childhood holidays when life seemed simpler and the desire for a Red Ryder air rifle was the most important thing in the world. The plot of 2003’s “Elf” centers on the quest to reunite with a lost father.In the end, as the narrator says late in “A Christmas Story” – after the family has overcome a serious of risible mishaps, the presents have been unwrapped and they’ve gathered for Christmas goose – these are times when “all’s right with the world.”S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Cinema and Media Studies, by special appointment, Hamilton College. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. TAGSChristmas 2019Christmas MoviesThe Conversation Previous articleWildlife Conservation Bill would bring millions to FloridaNext articleSwallowed by an anaconda? Do not panic! Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! 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TAGSCOVID-19Eviction Diversion ProgramGrantsIndividual and Family AssistanceNews ConferenceOrange County GovernmentPPERapid TestingSmall BusinessesStatistics Previous article‘Together Apart: Holidays at Heart’ campaign supports Orange Co. seniors’ mental health this holiday seasonNext articleAmy Grant, Vince Gill to hold drive-in benefit Christmas concert for COVID research through AdventHealth Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Orange County COVID-19 snapshot from November 9 – November 22, 2020, as reported on Monday, November 23 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. From the Orange County NewsroomThe Orange County news conference on Monday, November 22, revealed a rising COVID positivity percentage in the last two weeks, and updated assistance programs from grants to training, free PPE to Eviction Diversion deadlines.INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILIES GRANTS REOPENS TOMORROWThe application portal for residents to apply for $1,000 grants will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at 8 a.m., with a capacity of 15,000 users. Once in the portal, residents will have adequate time to complete their application.The program now allows other adult members of the same household to apply for financial assistance. That means, new applicants who reside at the same household address as a previously approved applicant can now also apply for the $1,000 grant program — whether you are a roommate or another adult family member living at the same address.It is important to note that you:Must meet eligibility criteria and provide all required documents for the programAre not eligible if you already received the CARES Act for Individual and Families $1,000 grantFor a list of required documents, eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCares.PPE FOR SMALL BUSINESSESOrange County Government is standing ready once again to give away free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to small businesses located in Orange County to help them adhere to CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.The giveaway will take place December 1 through December 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the following locations:Downey Park – 10107 Flowers Avenue, Orlando, FL 32825Cypress Grove Park – 290 Holden Avenue, Orlando, FL 32839West Orange Park – 150 Windermere Road, Winter Garden, FL 34787Orange County small businesses are required to pre-register at ocfl.net/PPE before visiting a pick up location. Small businesses must have fewer than 40 employees. RAPID TESTINGOrange County Health Services is seeing an influx of testing before the Thanksgiving holiday. Residents are asked to be patient as wait times may be more than 60 minutes at Barnett Park, as well as the state-run testing site located at the Orange County Convention Center.Both testing sites will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, and reopen Friday, November 26, 2020 at 9 a.m.Visit ocfl.net/Testing and click on #1 on the map for more details.EVICTION DIVERSIONOrange County’s Eviction Diversion Program provides relief to tenants in imminent danger of eviction who have experienced a loss or reduction of income due to the pandemic. Since August, the program has helped 1,960 families stay in their homes, which equates to more than $5.8 million.The program will close to new applicants on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. It is important to note, residents and landlords with applications that have pending items will have until Thursday, December 24, 2020, to submit any outstanding documents.Visit ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion for a full list of eligibility criteria and required documents.SHORT-TERM TRAININGOrange County Government is partnering with CareerSource Central Florida and Valencia College to offer a variety of short-term, vocational training courses at the Orange County Convention Center, beginning next week, Monday, November 30, 2020. Residents can apply for tuition assistance through CareerSource Central Florida’s “Help is Here” grant program.To qualify, individuals must be at least 18 years old, a resident of Orange County and able to verify that they have lost their job or suffered reduced wages because of COVID-19.For more information, visit CareerSourceCentralFlorida.com/HelpIsHere.THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYResidents are urged to continue to follow CDC guidelines and practice good hand hygiene during the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.Visit the CDC’s website for recommendations on how to keep yourself, and your family, safe while celebrating Thanksgiving. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate 5 stories that shaped Apopka’s news week:OC Commissioner Christine Moore shares her top 5 things she loves about our District 2Join Dr. Anthony Fauci and Rep. Val Demings this monthApopka: You have a ‘right to know’, reminds Orange Co. Clerk of Court during Sunshine WeekUpdating Breaking News: Fatal crash on State Road 44 in Volusia County kills two Apopka womenOC announces vaccine eligibility for ages 40+, online help for mental health, free transportation expanded and more The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! TAGSapopkaICYMIIn Case You Missed ItnewsTop StoriesWeek in Review Previous articleCity of Apopka announces Summer Camps 2021; UF/IFAS Extension Orange Co. 4-H / S.T.E.M. Summer Camp registration now openNext articleApple vs. Samsung SmartPhones: A Comparison for Identifying the Better One Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter People enjoying beautiful Kelly Park in Apopka You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.