Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Collierville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK People Comments (1) In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Press Release Service Comments are closed. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET [Episcopal Peace Fellowship press release] The Rev. Bob Davidson of Loveland, Colorado, is the new chair of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s 21 member National Executive Council.Davidson, an associate rector at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Estes Park, Colorado, is a hospice chaplain and social worker in the northern Colorado area. Davidson served as the convener of the Colorado EPF Chapter from 2010 -2015.“We are pleased to welcome Bob to EPF’s leadership. Bob’s father, the late-Bishop William Davidson of the Diocese of Ohio was NEC chair from 1986-1989 – that’s a wonderful EPF Family Circle,” said the Rev. Allison Liles, EPF’s executive director.“I am a member and chair of the NEC of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship because I rely on EPF to challenge me at a global level with its prophetic witness in the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, efforts to curb gun violence, abolishing the death penalty and empowering young adults to become peacemakers. It is the constant feeding from the presence of EPF in so many peace initiatives that compels me to live out my baptismal covenant of striving for justice and peace among all people, and respecting the dignity of every human being.Davidson earned a master’s degree from the University of Kentucky in 1978; since 1981 he has served his whole ordained ministry in the Diocese of Colorado since 1981. Davidson has served as a Deputy to General Convention seven times beginning when he was eighteen in 1970 in Houston, Texas.The Episcopal Peace Fellowship has championed peace,The Episcopal Peace Fellowship has championed peace, nonviolence and social justice issues since its founding on Armistice Day in 1939. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET July 20, 2016 at 8:18 pm Congratulations to Bob Davidson! I last saw him in Washington, DC,during a peace march from the National Cathedral to the White House when George W. Bush was President. 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In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Posted Jan 3, 2017 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Obituary, Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Tampa, FL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Press Release Service Submit an Event Listing Rector Belleville, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group People Rector Knoxville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET RIP: Dixie Ann Smith Hutchinson, lay leader Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Events Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Albany, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Shreveport, LA Submit a Press Release Rector Bath, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Smithfield, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Tags Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC [Episcopal News Service] Dixie Ann Smith Hutchinson died peacefully Nov. 30, 2016, at her home in Louisville, Colorado. Dixie had been diagnosed with cancer in January of 2016 and was under the care of hospice. Dixie was born in San Jose, California, graduated high school in Newport Beach, attended the University of Colorado, and lived in Dallas, Texas, for 60 years. In 2010 she moved to Louisville where she remained until her death.Dixie referred to herself a professional volunteer. Her family helped found Episcopal churches in Santa Rosa and Newport Beach, California, After she moved to Dallas, she was active in the diocese as diocesan altar guild directress, served on the Commission on Ministry, Executive Council, Episcopal Church Women’s Board and the Bishop Mason Center Board; three-time General Convention deputy, and two-time alternate. She was privileged to vote for Women’s Ordination to the Priesthood in 1976. More opportunities to serve followed: Council for the Development of Ministry; Executive Council of the Episcopal Church; the boards of Episcopal Relief and Development, Hispanic Scholarship Trust Fund and Church Deployment; trustee of Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, University of the South and the Church Pension Fund. In 1985 she was honored by Seabury-Western Theological Seminary with their Distinguished Christian Service Award. She was elected president of the Province of the Southwest of the Episcopal Church, the first layperson to serve in that office.She was a co-founder and sustainer of AD HOC, a group of laity and clergy formed to help support Bishop Donis D. Patterson (Dallas) in his move toward full inclusion of women in the ordained ministry. She also convened “Gathering,” a group seeking to serve Christ in all persons and which provided a place to discuss and contemplate the Episcopal Church across the country. Eventually, the group took the name of Via Media Dallas and merged with the church-wide group, Via Media USA.After moving to Louisville, she attended St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boulder where she was a lay reader, a lay Eucharistic Minister, and assisted with homeless outreach.She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas S. Hutchinson, six months short of their 50th wedding anniversary in 2001. They had two children, Kathy Fox (Steve), and Dixon Hutchinson (Jenny Paddock), three grandchildren, Carter Fox (Rhiannon), Jason Fox (K.D). Fox and two great-grandchildren, Simon and Elliot Fox. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine St., Boulder. The Rt. Rev. Sam B Hulsey will preach.In lieu of flowers, the family will be grateful for memorials to one of the following: St. John’s Episcopal Church, Boulder, or Planned Parenthood of Boulder, 2525 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, Colorado, 80302. 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Previous articleMighty Realty Celebrates 10 Years of Service to ApopkaNext articleOrange County Impact Fees Benefit Community Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Please enter your comment! 6 COMMENTS June 6, 2016 at 6:26 pm Jay Gervasi There is nothing about that court decision that affects insurance rates — period. Shame on the reporters and the newspaper for printing such ipse dixit. They say it, you lap it up with no vetting at all? The court decision says claimants’ lawyers get a reasonable fee — deducted from the proceeds of recovery, NOT paid by industry. Before parroting such drivel as you have done here, read the decision… ask some questions… do a little homework. It’s called journalism, guys. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply June 6, 2016 at 3:29 pm This is more spin by big business. The benefits have not changed and therefore, the rates should not change. The only time the Insurance company has to pay the claimant’s attorney, is when it is found that the insurance company wrongfully denied benefits. If carriers would simply stop wrongfully denying benefits, they wouldn’t have to worry about attorneys fees at all. Employers should demand no rate increase and demand better adjusting from their insurance carriers. Jane-Robin Wender June 6, 2016 at 6:51 pm Why would insurance rates go up by protecting the constitutional rights of the families of injured workers? Unless, of course, those families were being exploited by unscrupulous insurance companies, right?Jay Fishman, the CEO of Traveler’s insurance (one of the largest workers’ comp insurance companies) got paid $25.488 Million last year. I am pretty sure his lawyers are paid pretty well; and I am pretty sure, we all know why he wants the families of inured workers to not be able to afford to pay for good lawyers too. Because it cuts into the $2,000,000 a month he pays himself. How does this increase the costs to employers or insurance companies? The injured workers pay a percentage of their cash benefits to their lawyers. This is called a “contingent fee.” It may cost the worker a little more to get a lawyer, but there is nothing about this that will increase costs to employers or insurance companies. Those entities are not paying the legal fees of the workers’ lawyers, right? Unless, of course, you are tacitly admitting that unrepresented injured workers have been getting shortchanged by employers and insurance carriers, and now that more lawyers will be willing to help those workers, less shortchanging by insurance carriers will result in higher premiums. Is that what you mean? Please enter your name here L.T. King June 6, 2016 at 4:22 pm June 6, 2016 at 4:05 pm The business leaders are obscuring the truth. The reason costs had decreased in Florida is that the fee schedule deterred lawyers from taking cases, which placed large numbers of injured workers at the mercy of insurance companies. That allowed the companies to cheat the workers out of benefits, which, of course, cut costs. The Florida Supreme Court decision was based on the unconstitutionality of a law that essentially prevented one side of the cases from getting lawyers. Which is a perfectly appropriate decision, unless you think it is fair to have a system in which working people have to face insurance company lawyers, without lawyers of their own. I can see why business interests liked that. Who would,’t want to save money by using an unfair advantage to cheat the other side? Bob Bollinger Florida businesses are complaining about a proposed increase in the cost of workers compensation insurance.The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has just asked the state to consider a rate hike that would increase the cost of workers’ compensation insurance to employers by 17%.The council submitted its filing to the Office of Insurance Regulation last week. If approved, it would take effect August 1st.According to the NCCI’s news release the increase would cost Florida business owners $623 million annually and make Florida the most expensive state in the southeast part of the country.NCCI blames the proposed increase on a Florida Supreme Court decision, Castellanos v. Next Door Company, which struck down Florida’s workers compensation law’s legal fee schedule as unconstitutional.The schedule capped how much lawyers could make to the following; 20 percent of the first $5,000; 15 percent of the next $5,000 and 10 percent of the remaining amount of benefits they helped secure.Business groups reacted.The Florida Chamber of Commerce published this statement; “With job creators facing a 17.1 percent workers’ compensation rate increase, the Florida Chamber of Commerce today encourages the Florida Legislature to put small businesses and injured workers before personal injury trial lawyers through whatever means necessary.”“We’ve led efforts for more than 10 years to help lower workers compensation rates by almost 60 percent, and now that personal injury trial lawyers and an activist court are forcing rates to likely skyrocket, we’re not about to back down,” said Mark Wilson, the Chamber’s president and CEO.“The Florida Chamber will lead the charge to ensure small businesses aren’t crushed under the weight of increased workers’ comp rates, and that workers’ have access to quality health care so they can return quickly back to work,” he added.The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) released the following statement attributed to its General Counsel Tammy Perdue; “Today’s ruling on the Castellanos vs. Next Door Company case by the Florida Supreme Court declaring the mandatory fee schedule under the workers’ compensation law unconstitutional is a significant blow to Florida employers. It will certainly trigger a substantial and hefty rate increase for which employers have not prepared or budgeted. We also know from history that this will spark an avalanche of increased and unbridled litigation that will continue to be a leading cost driver to the system in the future and a major disruption to the economic success we have worked so many years to achieve.We call on our elected leaders to immediately act and respond to this ruling in a way that protects our economy and continues to ensure Florida businesses, as well as their employees, have a workers’ compensation system they can rely on to provide expedient care and adequate resources.” The Anatomy of Fear Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sandy Buffart Take away an attorney’s right to get paid to protect you, and go the way of the VA system. That turned out super great. (sarcasm)If injured workers had access to quality healthcare from decent employers, no one would need to hire lawyers. As long as there is scum sucking money grubbing employers who screw its employers over, there will always be trial lawyers making money off of it but at least someone is protecting them. And businesses don’t pay the fees, the injured workers do, by choice. Because it’s better than what they get otherwise, which is left jobless and in pain. Dumbasses. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply June 6, 2016 at 4:51 pm Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply Matt Belcher Reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11
August 30, 2016 at 10:16 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Mama Mia OCPS District 7 Candidate Feature: Isadora DeanAt her core, Isadora Dean is a teacher.The 42-year educator taught a generation of students, and after seeing them move on to careers as police officers, firefighters, doctors, attorneys, pastors, engineers, accountants, administrators, principals, motivational speakers, authors, and professional football players, Dean is ready to move on to her next career – school board member.Isadora DeanDean is running for the Orange County Public School Board District 7 seat against incumbent Christine Moore, and fellow challengers Matthew Fitzpatrick and Laura Rounds. District 7 has over 100,000 voters and includes all of Apopka, where her husband Billie Dean is Vice Mayor, and a City Commissioner for the past 22 years.And if she is elected, Dean’s primary focus will be the same as it was for 42 years – the students.“I’m running for a seat on the school board to promote policies and fiscal integrity for our future – our children. I have seen, first hand, what a good education can do. I was there when it worked better.”Dean wants a return to those days, and her immediate concern is the loss in quality teachers.“Many OCPS students have fallen by the wayside because of our obsession with testing. Teachers are leaving the teaching profession in droves, and support professionals receive low pay and disrespect… and parents have little or no voice. It’s time for change. It’s time to involve parents, teachers, students and the community…This is not about me, it is about our students! My top priority would be to put the education of children first, by getting back to some of the basics, of making literacy a priority.And according to Dean, it’s her experience in teaching, and focus on students that separate her from the other candidates.“I am the best candidate in this race because of my 42 years of teaching experience in Orange County’s public education system. As both an educator and a parent of children who attended Orange County’s public and private schools, I always put students first. I have a plethora of experience teaching in middle and high schools, teaching home economics, life management skills at Apopka Middle and Apopka High and intensive reading at Ocoee High and Acceleration Academy West. I was also Lead Teacher with the Even Start Family Literacy Program, where I conducted and coordinated parent involvement/literary workshops, playtimes for parents and their pre-school aged children, GED and ESOL classes and conducted home visits and served as Migrant Advocate. I have worked in some capacity in many areas of district 7—- Winter Garden, Apopka, Ocoee, and Tildenville.”If elected, she would also strive to bring accountability to the school board in terms of keeping parents informed and with a tight budget.“It is the board’s responsibility to maintain certain standards such as engaging parents and community in key issues and keeping them informed in a timely manner. Just as teachers are held accountable for the academic performance of students, then school board members should also be held accountable for students’ academic performance. They should support the superintendent in improving student achievement… however, they are not employees of the superintendent. Actually, the board and the superintendent are our employees.”Dean has heard the voices of the parents calling for a mandate for recess, and she wants them to know she will be an advocate for them.“Recess benefits children physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually and if elected I will actively lead the push for a minimum of 20 minutes of mandated daily recess.”She would also like to see more challenges for students who may not be college-bound.“I really would love to see vocational education back into our local schools. I think we do a good job with our college-bound students, but tend to ignore the average and below average students. Vocational/technical/trade programs in local schools, expand middle school sports, mentoring, and parental involvement would help these students a great deal.”And when it involves teacher evaluations like the Marzano System, Dean remains fiercely loyal to her fellow educators.“Marzano stated in his book that there is “No One” Teacher Evaluation Instrument for effective teaching. Also, in my opinion, teacher evaluation should be based on performance, not friendships with administrators or district staff. OCPS needs to focus on the professional growth of teachers and allow teachers to do what they are trained to do – teach. Many teachers are disappointed in a school system where less than 3 percent of great, experienced teachers were rated “highly effective”. Rumors are that administrators were advised to give low ratings. To me…that’s wrong.”While being against standardized testing seems to be a common opinion among students, teachers, parents, administrators, board members and candidates, Dean has a more tempered approach with solutions.“Accountability is important and testing will not go away, however there needs to be balance. First and foremost students are children and it is proven that children process and learn in different ways. Passing a test just to pass for county or state requirements is a great disservice and injustice to our teachers and students and is not an accurate assessment of learning. Student performance should be evaluated throughout the school year rather than relying solely on one test given on one given day. Alternatives forms and multiple measures of assessing performance can and should be utilized, including authentic portfolios of student’s work throughout the year, projects, oral presentations, and interviews and teacher-made tests. All students deserve to engage in authentic and meaningful hands-on learning experiences and need time to process, discuss with their peers, internalize and enjoy learning…not spend valuable time preparing for a test, as it undermines student learning.”Dean announced her intentions to run for District 7 in March, and since that announcement she has gone full force at this goal to be the next OCPS board member. But win, lose or runoff, she will always view this experience as she does most things – a teachable moment. Mrs. Dean you ran a great campaign, just know that, and I wish you had of won, but you know you had fun, and enjoyed the campaign hoopla anyway!!! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply 2 COMMENTS Mama Mia Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear Good Election Day morning, Mrs. Dean! I wish you the very best today in your quest to be elected as the new Orange County Public School Board, District 7 representative. Go Isadora! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 August 30, 2016 at 8:08 am TAGSIsadora DeanOCPS Board District 7 Previous articleWelcome to Apopka Primary Election DayNext articleTropical Storm expected to effect Florida Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Reply 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.
Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Wekiva rallies past Boone 24-20, Apopka stopped by Winter Park 34-27Winter Park 34, Apopka 27The Apopka Blue Darters concluded their playoff run with a 34-27 loss to the #1 seed Winter Park Wildcats. Apopka led 20-13 at the half, and 27-20 midway through the third quarter, but could not answer two third-quarter touchdowns by the Wildcats.The Blue Darters end their season with an 8-4 record, with all four losses coming on one possession games that Apopka had game-winning or game-tying drives stalled in the last minutes of the contests.Wekiva 24, Boone 20The Wekiva Mustangs overcame three first-half interceptions, a blocked field goal attempt, and a 20-7 first-half deficit to rally past the Boone Braves 24-20. Two third-quarter touchdowns by Renardo Green and quarterback Brandon Williams gave Wekiva its first lead of the game at 21-20, and a 34-yard field goal with 3:11 left in the game by senior kicker Oscar Salazar was the difference as the Wekiva defense used three interceptions in the second half to shutout the Braves.The win gives the Mustangs a 10-1 record, its second win in the postseason, and a trip to the Region 1 finals against Winter Park next Friday at Showalter Stadium on the campus of Winter Park High School. The Wildcats are the only team to beat the Mustangs this season. Kickoff is at 7:30. Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 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 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSApopka Blue DartersWekiva Mustangs Previous article2017 Holiday Heroes toy drive beginsNext articleFEMA deadline for hurricane assistance is one week away Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
TAGSOrange County Commissioner Rod LovePine HillsSafe Neighborhoodssouth apopka Previous articleJoin The Apopka Voice team: Sales Associate neededNext articleControlled burn at Wekiwa Springs State Park today Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply A Recap of the Orange County District 2 Safe Neighborhood community meetingBy Orange County Commissioner Rod Love Last week, I had the honor and privilege of hosting a community meeting to bring the three Safe Neighborhoods in District 2, South Apopka, Pine Hills and Lee Road, together for a night of dialogue and exchange of ideas. I am proud to say that the meeting was a great success, with the leaders from each safe neighborhood learning ideas from their counterparts that they, as well as their audience, could take back with them to their neighborhoods. This event would not have been possible without Orange County staff, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), our three District 2 Safe Neighborhood Leaders, and Mr. John D. Byrnes, D.Hum. from the Center for Aggression Management. Also, I would also like to thank Attorney Greg Jackson, Esq. for moderating, Apopka City Commissioner Alexander Smith for attending and speaking, and to my predecessor, Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson, for setting a precedent for such a great program and groups to work with.District 2 Orange County Commissioner Rod LoveFor those who are unfamiliar with Orange County’s Safe Neighborhoods Program, the program: Is a tool for revitalizing the County’s older and transitioning communities; assists residents and community stakeholders in reclaiming communities before crime and deterioration create blighted conditions; and partners citizens with the OCSO, Orange County Government, the private sector, community stakeholders, and others to collaboratively preserve and stabilize neighborhoods. Last week’s meeting welcomed leaders and residents from District 2’s Safe Neighborhoods, encouraged discussion for keeping these neighborhoods safe, and collaborated with partners and stakeholders in the community.Mr.Rogers Beckett, District 2 leader for the South Apopka Safe Neighborhood, gave the first presentation of the night. Mr. Beckett is from Apopka and has given a lot of his time to give back to the community. He has been a leader with the South Apopka Safe Neighborhood since 2009, focusing on projects that improve the lives of South Apopka’s residents and connects them with resources that will teach them how to support themselves in the long term. Mr. Beckett opened his presentation with some history about South Apopka. South Apopka’s history dates to the late 1800s and its issues with crime and deterioration began with the increase of unemployment, where South Apopka originally had a crate mill/agricultural economy. Following the creation of the Apopka Coalition to Improve Our Neighborhood in 1991, South Apopka’s safe neighborhood was established in 2000. South Apopka’s core issues include: Lack of public facilities and services; communication with Orange County and OCSO; neglect of private property; trash and debris in public space; speeding; property crimes; and drugs/gunfire. In response to these issues, South Apopka has developed three Action Plan Goals: Connect residents with public services; beautify property; and increase safety. Additionally, South Apopka has developed four strategic plan goals: Create safe neighborhoods; connect the community; enhance economic vitality; and educate and employ the community. Many accomplishments, including landscaping at Wheatley Elementary, street light improvements (MSBU), and coordination with groups to determine needs and provide resources, were mentioned by Mr. Beckett to show the success South Apopka has had in meeting its goals. Despite these many accomplishments, South Apopka still faces a few challenges: The need for a traffic light at the intersection of Cleveland Ave and 13thSt; the John H. Bridges Community Center has an electronic message board installation that has been held up; issues with bureaucratic buy-in for public art in infrastructure; citizen engagement; and the fact that safe neighborhoods are still not known in the community. To conclude his presentation, Mr. Beckett shared some current projects that South Apopka has underway: National Night Out; Yard of the Month; Bridges Community Center bus stop improvements (parklet); advocating for traffic and street improvements; and quarterly community meetings and newsletters.Following South Apopka’s presentation, the floor opened for Ms. Lori Erlacher to share an update from the Lee Road Safe Neighborhood. Ms. Erlacher is an Orlando native and has resided in the Lee Road area for 16 years. During her four year tenure as the Lee Road Safe Neighborhood Vice President, she has implemented several organizational and communication improvements to ensure the group’s long-term health. Ms. Erlacher has served as a tireless advocate for her neighborhood; she has worked with County staff to address areas of commercial blight, advocated for a solar-powered trashcan at a high-volume bus stop, pushed for updated traffic markings throughout the community, and provided resources to neighbors during hurricanes and times of financial crisis. The Lee Road community dates back to the 1950s, where Lee Road was eventually widened from two to six lanes. Lee Road eventually began to experience crime and deterioration, which led to the establishment of the Lee Road Safe Neighborhood in 2000 with the hope of balancing new commercial development with neighborhood stability. According to Ms. Erlacher, then Commissioner Bryan Nelson had Lee Road brainstorm and list the top seven commercial blight issues, to which she was proud to announce that five of the seven have been addressed. Lee Road’s core issues include: Traffic/speeding; beautification; lack of persistent code enforcement; crime prevention; extended stay motels and run-down apartments; neglect of private property; property crime; and drugs, prostitution, and loitering. In response to these issues, Lee Road has implemented the following Action Plan Goals: Traffic calming; sidewalk gaps; tree and landscaping; reduction of trash; parks and green space; street lighting; entranceway signage; code violations; and removing drugs, drug dealers, prostitution, panhandling and loitering. Some of the accomplishments that have resulted from these goals include bike safety events, the decrease of commercial blight, outreach to neighboring motels, and a Half Day Crime Prevention workshop. According to Ms. Erlacher, the challenges currently facing Lee Road are: Citizen engagement; volunteer burnout; bureaucratic roadblocks; lack of County-owned common space; and extended stay motels, apartment complexes, and vacant businesses causing blight. The bureaucratic roadblocks include Public Works and Right of Way restrictions, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Orange County Traffic Engineering (OCTE); and Lynx. Some current ongoing projects that Lee Road is working are: Two Little Free Libraries; Neighborhood cleanups and LYNX trashcans; a pet station; no parking signs for Satel Drive; anti-graffiti coating for utility poles; a community cleanup; Movie Night; Bi-monthly community meetings; and quarterly newsletters.Mr. Kenneth Dwyer with the Pine Hills Safe Neighborhood Partnership was the final speaker for the presentation. Mr. Dwyer moved to Pine Hills in 1999 and became involved in the community almost immediately. He became the founding member of the Pine Hills Safe Neighborhood Alliance in 2000 and joined the Pine Hills Community Council that same year. He started his three terms as the President of the Pine Hills Community Council in 2005. Between the 1950s-1980s, Pine Hills was known as a middle class suburb. However, the Pine Hills area began to decline between the 1980s and 1990s due to two factors: Crime and the economy. Like its counterparts, the Pine Hills Safe Neighborhood Partnership was established in 2000. Today, Pine Hills is well-known for its cultural diversity and vision for revitalization. Pine Hills’s core issues include: Perception of crime; lack of persistent code enforcement; property crimes; rundown/vacant homes and yards; the need for community policing; speeding/street parking; and drugs and gun fire. In response, Pine Hills has established the following Action Plan Goals: Traffic calming; jaywalking; school zone safety; trees and landscaping; trash; parks and public space; streetlights; community identification for signage; and support for business growth and development. Pine Hills has experienced several accomplishments, most notably the establishments of its support of community groups and initiatives. This includes: The Pine Hills Task Force; Pine Hills Road Bike/Pedestrian Plan; Lynx Bus Transit Center; Pine Hills Seniors community garden; landscaping/signs for neighborhoods; and development planning. The challenges facing Pine Hills are: The difficulty to support business development within the Safe Neighborhood structure; difficulty finding a Safe Neighborhood mandate among all Pine Hills groups; citizen engagement; volunteer burnout; communication and outreach; and apartment management and residents. Current projects that Pine Hills has underway includes: Five St.ART Something traffic box art projects; Challenge Day ay Evan’s High School; replacing gateway signs; paving the median on Hastings Street; new sidewalks/speed humps/streetlights on Rogers Babson Road; quarterly community meetings; and social media outreach.Those in attendance also heard from Mr. John Byrnes, D.Hum. founder of the Center for Aggression Management 24 years ago (headquartered in Winter Park). Mr. Byrnes is a successful businessman, author and lecturer who became interested in the subject of aggression management after concluding that there were no comprehensive training programs dedicated to preventing aggression in the workplace. He authored the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool, now being utilized by Behavior Intervention Teams on over 177 college and university campuses to assess the risk of violence. Mr. Byrnes developed the Critical Aggression Prevention System (CAPS), which now allows employers to achieve the highest form of Evidence-based Best Practices. To put this system into context, Mr. Byrnes explained the concept of the “Moment of Commitment.” The “Moment of Commitment” is one’s decision to utilize a weapon in a situation. In most cases, there is not enough response time for help in these situations. This is where CAPS comes in, where it attempts to get in front of this very decision and thus prevent the “Moment of Commitment.” Part of this system relies on the use of human based indicators or behaviors for tracking aggressive behavior. For more information, residents can go to www.agressionmanagement.com.Once again, I would like to thank everyone who had attended and participated in making this meeting happen. Those who would like to share or view a recording of the meeting may do so on my District 2 Facebook Page. Residents who are looking to establish a Safe Neighborhood in the future should keep in mind that, as suggested by the efforts in District 2’s Safe Neighborhoods: All Safe Neighborhoods are selected and approved by the Orange County Board of County Commissioners; each Safe Neighborhood completes all organizational process and develops a strategic neighborhood plan (action plan); and each Safe Neighborhood is given all allocation of funds to use for crime prevention, public safety, and beautification projects.Given the success and dialogue that came out of this event, I encourage you to attend our upcoming Town Hall Forum on “Engaging Men, Advancing Women”, hosted by myself and City of Apopka Commissioner Alexander Smith. This Town Hall Forum will focus on the consequences for the behavior of children, including increased chances for aggression and incarceration, that can occur if they grow up without active mothers and fathers. For more information, please see our flyer (below). 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Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Grizzly bear photo by John Thomas on Unsplash November 5, 2020 at 6:09 pm Reply November 1, 2020 at 2:43 pm NH, to me those two black bears epitomized self confidence, which has unlimited power when it is coupled with faith in the Father. All things are possible for those that love God. We are only limited by our own doubts and fears. God bless the both of you, Chaz November 5, 2020 at 10:46 am Reply November 1, 2020 at 9:03 am Love this story! Another example of what can be accomplished by those who don’t know it’s impossible so they just go ahead and do it! Or maybe, it illustrates that with the Lord on your side, there is nothing that can’ t be done no matter how fearsome the opposition seems! EJA Reply Reply Dear Jimmie, I believe that the great wonder, the great miracle is what God is doing in you and I right now! He is our god, and more than that, He is our friend. Praise Him even as He blesses us, Amen EJA, thanks so very much. Blessings to you and your wonderful lady my friend, Chaz Reply November 1, 2020 at 1:44 pm charles towne November 1, 2020 at 2:36 pm Reply Charles Towne November 1, 2020 at 10:15 am Incredible, on-the-edge of your seat story!! I felt I was hiding in that log pile also.What comes to my mind right now is “with God, ALL things are possible!” Just look at David and Goliath and that outcome….and there was only one David.The other verse that comes to mind is….”if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you CAN move mountains.” Thank you, Lord, for moving mountains….all honor and glory go to you!!God bless you, Chuck! November 1, 2020 at 1:50 pm Nh Charles Towne CSG, I love when all the comments reinforce the power of the story, Chaz Mike McFadden EdG 22 COMMENTS Charles Towne November 1, 2020 at 2:43 pm Thanks another GOOD ONE! Perseverance at its best…plus a big dash of faith! Love this! So appreciated right now as we’re headed into the forest…. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Charles Towne Charles Towne Charles Towne EdG, thanks so very much my dear friend, Chaz Jimmie Waller November 5, 2020 at 6:15 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply November 4, 2020 at 8:30 pm Charles Towne Reply I love a good story and could picture you telling this one around a campfire. Just as it should be!!! Reply November 1, 2020 at 10:23 am November 1, 2020 at 2:38 pm There is something about a story well told that is powerful, A friend InspirationBy Charles Towne In rage and fury, Old Scoria attacked. His intent was nothing less than murder.The following incident happened in the Shoshone River country of western Wyoming and powerfully illustrates the black bear’s unwillingness to surrender a kill, even against incredible odds.The region where the encounter took place remains one of the most primitive areas in the United States, unspoiled and almost inaccessible to the average person. It was in this rugged wilderness sometime in 1948 that three hunters came upon the spoor of an enormous grizzly.The tracks measured over eighteen inches in length. The grizzly that had left the tracks was obviously a king of grizzlies and would more than likely weigh far in excess of athousand pounds. This particular bear had left his mark upon the land before as he had proven to be a stock killer extraordinaire. One rancher discovered seven of his purebred steers dead, all with their necks broken with the swipe of a grizzly’s paw.A professional hunter was hired. His orders? “Kill that damn grizzly, no matter the cost!”The professional hunter failed miserably, as did everyone else that went up against “Old Scoria”. The grizzly was so named because the Scoria creek flows through the area where most of his depredations took place.Others tried to kill the Scoria creek grizzly; all to no avail. Dogs were brought in to track the gigantic bear, but also failed. Baited traps were set, to no avail. Men rode the area, rifle at the ready, hoping to earn the large bounty that had been placed on Old Scoria’s scalp; but none of them proved up to the task.Les Bowman, a Cody Wyoming outfitter, put out his first bait in 1948 hoping to lure in this bear of all bears. For a week the bait, a dead horse, lay there ripening in the summer sun. It wasn’t touched. Then one night when it was black as the devil’s heart, the entire rear end was clawed out of the carcass and eaten.The next night the bear didn’t show, but on the next two nights the rotten carcass was ravaged until all that remained were pieces of hide and bits of bone. Old Scoria gorged himself on that dead horse without ever being seen.It was obvious that this bear was one clever grizzly.Les Bowman baited the area for the next six years without ever setting eyes on the huge bear. Three other hunters did see Old Scoria, but to little advantage as he was always out of rifle range.By 1954, Bowman had racked up such an expense to the bears account that he determined that, if it was his last earthly act, he was going to bring the big boy down. But what’s that old saying, “…the best laid plans of mice and men”?Bowman set up his next bait 200 yards from a natural logjam on Scoria creek. The spring floods had piled huge pines and cottonwoods in a jackstraw heap and it was here that Bowman would wait for the king grizzly.On the third day, Bowman and another hunter cautiously approached the logjam and began glassing the area for bears. They were disappointed to discover that the “bait”, a horseweighing over a thousand pounds, had been dragged nearly 150 yards farther away.Now a 200-yard shot is not difficult for a good marksman, but 350 yards is reaching some.As the two hunters settled in to watch the distant carcass, they were not exactly happy when two large black bears showed up to the bait. Bowman was not after blacks, so the two men just watched. The two blackies didn’t fight over the carcass; they just gorged onit. The way those two bears were scarfing down that ripe horse meat it would be gone in two nights, and another year would be gone before Bowman would have another chance at what he had come to consider ‘his’ bear.Dusk was rapidly approaching making any shot iffy, when suddenly both black bears suddenly jerked to attention. Their focus was up the creek in the deep timber. Through hisbinoculars, Bowman could see the muscles of each of the black bears stiffen and their ears point as they stood tense and immobile, staring intently. Bowman later said, “I knew just as surely as we lay there watching what was happening. The blacks had detected a grizzlycoming to the kill, and I just knew, without understanding why, that it was Old Scoria.”In heart-stopping fascination the hunters watched as suddenly, from the edge of the timber, lumbered the biggest bear either had ever seen. He was enormous to the point of being incredible. The immense bear headed straight for the kill. The grizzly had only gone a short distance when he detected the blacks at what he considered “his” kill. He reared up to his full height and let out an awesome bellow that seemed to shake the earth.It is an interesting phenomenon that occurs at times like this, when man seems to shrink to insignificant proportions.With that blood-chilling roar hardly out of his mouth, the great beast dropped down to all fours and charged down on the two blacks. Grizzly bears frequently kill black bears and devour them. It is a well-known and documented fact that black bears invariablyrun from grizzlies. They know that they are outmatched in every way, and so they run for their lives. But, as the two men watched, an incredible thing happened. At the grizzly’s first bounding leaps, both black bears also began moving; but not away. With ears laid back flat against their heads, a sure sign of an attack in and of itself, and snouts curled, they ran directly at the more horrible bear, not away from him! The air seemed to vibrate with the sounds of the fight as the combatants roared and snarled and tore into each other, their heavy bodies smashing into trees. The bloody battle was savage, fast, and obviously to the death. The bears moved into the timber in this fight of all fights. All that the two men could see was the tops of trees swaying as the raging bears crashed into them. They watched in spellbound fascination as trees, four and five inches in diameter, were violently crushed to the ground as the bears fought tooth and claw. Terrifying sounds continued as the battle raged over an area roughly an acre in extent.The fight raged for what seemed like hours to the two men, but probably lasted only about thirty minutes. Then, quite suddenly it was over, and all sound ceased and through their binoculars, the two men saw the great grizzly climbing up the nearby cliffs.Now those cliffs are hundreds of feet high and almost impossible to climb, very much like the walls of the Grand Canyon; but the grizzly dragged himself upward. Bit by bit, sometimes sliding backward, and then after a brief rest, continuing. Yard by yard he moved upward. Occasionally the bear would turn his great head and gaze downward in the direction of the battle ground before proceeding onward. Old Scoria, impossible as it may seem, dragged himself nearly straight up that cliff… until finally, he lumbered over a top ledge and lay down out of sight.The next day the two hunters visited the location of the fight. It looked as though it had been plowed. All the brush and trees had been leveled. Bushes had been ripped out of the ground. Blood was everywhere and chunks of hide and flesh were scattered all over the place. The black bears had quit the area, perhaps to recover, but who knows.The cattle depredations ceased and the Scoria Creek grizzly was never seen again. Perhaps his bones are still there, high up on that cliff face, a fitting resting spot for a king. Old Scoria, remarkably, had been bested… completely fought out… by two black bears!AN OUTDOORSMAN’S PRAYERDear Lord God, what puny little creatures we humans are! I am humbled at your awesome power. I look upon your works and am humbled, and in awe. You are mighty and full of power and glory… and yet, man seems to believe that he is in control when, in reality, he has no control. We are here and then we are gone, blown away as so much fine dust. Help me, oh mighty God, mighty Creator, help me to be that which you designed me to be. Help me to bring you all honor and glory. In Jesus’ most holy name I ask it. AmenAuthor’s Note: The above account, illustrating the unpredictability and ferocity of the black bear, has been borrowed from the out-of-print book, BEAR! By Clyde Ormond.Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. Reply November 5, 2020 at 12:23 pm Dear Friend, Glad you enjoyed it, Bless you, Chaz November 1, 2020 at 2:29 pm Ahh Mikey, old lad; tis never too late among friends, may the Lords light shine upon you, and may Hi-s spirit always be with ye, Chaz CSG TAGSBEAR!Black BearsCharles TowneClyde OrmondCourageGrizzly BearsNatureOld Scoriawildlife Previous articleWhen Life Seems UnfairNext articleEverything coming this month to Hulu Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Faith me sweet dotter, I have an idea I will be telling stories for a long time yet! Less you and yours mutely, Daddy November 1, 2020 at 9:38 am November 4, 2020 at 5:19 pm The Anatomy of Fear November 1, 2020 at 12:46 pm November 1, 2020 at 8:22 am Charles Towne Richard, your comment makes it all the more obvious that the word can’t is over used. What a wonderful God we serve. Chaz A bit late reading this one but thoroughly enjoyed it. Reply November 5, 2020 at 9:58 am November 5, 2020 at 4:14 pm a friend Reply Reply Wow , what a captivating story. But even more captivating is the Pray of the writer sharing it. Please enter your comment! November 5, 2020 at 10:20 am Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Don, Praise God pal. We have no idea what adventure await us in the future with Jesus! Love you man, Chuck Reply Charles Towne WOW, this one had me on edge! When you mentioned We have unlimited power when it is coupled with faith in the Father, I would have been praying for legs that could run FAST! I would not have wanted to face either of the black bears or the grizzly. That was probably the death of all three bears. I always look forward to your nature stories, and the prayers you finish with! A good story, well told is a wonderful thing. Thank you. Reply Faith Dear Friend, Glad you enjoyed it, Bless you, Chaz That was supposed to be: Love you and yours muchly, instead of, less you and yours mutely. Darned computer thinks it knows better. Love you, Daddy Reply Reply Reply Reply Reply Richard Reply Charles Towne Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Don Young Please enter your name here Charles Towne Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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