LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Summer Parties That SizzleYou’ll likely host a party or two this summer, and you want it to be an event guests remember. From dinner parties and backyard barbecues to an easy Sunday morning get-together, the most important thing at the end of the day is that you, along with your guests, have a really great time. Why entertain otherwise?“Creating a seamless summer party is all about preparation,” says Nate Berkus, noted interior designer and artistic advisor to LG Studio. “I always tell people the most important thing is that everyone, including the host, is enjoying themselves. Make sure you brew coffee ahead of time, set out a pitcher of lemonade and decorate with a bouquet of fresh flowers. Don’t over-complicate anything from food to decor, and everything else will fall into place.”1. Be preparedYou don’t want to be sweating the small details once the party gets started. Have your food and beverage options ready to go before guests even step in the door. Bake pastries ahead of time, brew coffee and order in from your favorite restaurant, and set it all up on the kitchen counter or island. Put silverware and glassware out, buffet-style; it’s so much easier than trying to coordinate a sit-down dinner. Plus, your guests can help themselves so you get to mingle and enjoy yourself as well.You’ll immediately elevate a summer beverage like lemonade by adding lavender or berries, and serving it in a chic glass pitcher. “I love to create a signature cocktail at any party I host – it just feels special,” Berkus says. “Set up a bar cart in the corner with other drink options, linen napkins and gold stirrers and let guests refill as they need.”2. Simplify the menuThe secret to any great party is choosing menu items that you can prepare ahead and that will totally wow your guests.“I don’t cook but luckily I have great friends – and a husband – who do,” Berkus says. “My good friend Athena Calderone of Eyeswoon makes this amazing Spinach and Goat Cheese Frittata that’s perfect to serve any size group – from two to 10. It’s truly the perfect entree for a Sunday brunch. I’m sharing the recipe because you’re going to want to try it.”When you’re in the kitchen, make sure you’ve got the right tools and equipment – dependable appliances are a must.“The new line of appliances from LG Studio that I helped design combines the highest quality in design with the best of the best in terms of functionality,” Berkus says. “It features a timeless, pro-style design that you’ll love today and 10 years from now, along with flexible performance.”For example, the new double wall oven from LG Studio can help you cook like a pro in your own home with features like an exclusive four-mode ”true convection” technology for even heat distribution and even cooking on every rack, along with a gliding rack system that extends over the open oven door for easy and safe access to food.3. Style seamlesslyPick a color scheme and stick to it, then mix in neutral and wovens with things like napkin rings and small vases to create interesting texture that won’t overpower your guests. Floral arrangements or touches of greenery are a great nod to summer and will dress up any table.“I love blushes and naturals for summer parties; it feels really fresh and inviting,” Berkus says. “As far as greenery goes, I’m loving potted succulents and air plants. They create unexpected moments, and are a talking point. Green branches in vases are another great way to add height and color.”4. Repurpose the things you loveYou want your party decor to be on-point, but every party has a budget.“I always tell people to use what they already have,” Berkus says. “Pull things from around your house, like vases, trays, ceramics bowls, etc. They’ll look great whether repurposed for the buffet table, or incorporated into the tablescape.”If it’s an outdoor party, think about using your favorite lamps, throw pillows or even a rug outside to elevate the decor and really set the scene for your gathering.These few simple steps are the key to creating a beautiful, seamless summer gathering that your guests will talk about for months to come. And the most important thing to remember is to enjoy the moment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSSummer Gatherings Previous articleArrest made in South Apopka Drive-By ShootingNext articleLANGD Board Meeting attracts record crowd Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! 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. Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter
Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! TAGSHistory ChannelJimmy Hoffa Previous articleErrol Golf Course a hit on social mediaNext articleStand Up For Your Health at Your Desk Job Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate 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 On this day in history: July 31st, 1975From The History Channel On July 31, 1975, James Riddle Hoffa, one of the most influential American labor leaders of the 20th century, disappears in Detroit, Michigan, never to be heard from again. Though he is popularly believed to have been the victim of a Mafia hit, conclusive evidence was never found, and Hoffa’s death remains shrouded in mystery to this day. Born in 1913 to a poor coal miner in Brazil, Indiana, Jimmy Hoffa proved a natural leader in his youth. At the age of 20, he helped organize a labor strike in Detroit, and remained an advocate for downtrodden workers for the rest of his life. Hoffa’s charisma and talents as a local organizer quickly got him noticed by the Teamsters and carried him upward through its ranks. Then a small but rapidly growing union, the Teamsters organized truckers across the country, and through the use of strikes, boycotts and some more powerful though less legal methods of protest, won contract demands on behalf of workers.Hoffa became president of the Teamsters in 1957, when its former leader was imprisoned for bribery. As chief, Hoffa was lauded for his tireless work to expand the union, and for his unflagging devotion to even the organization’s least powerful members. His caring and approachability were captured in one of the more well-known quotes attributed to him: “You got a problem? Call me. Just pick up the phone.” Hoffa’s dedication to the worker and his electrifying public speeches made him wildly popular, both among his fellow workers and the politicians and businessmen with whom he negotiated. Yet, for all the battles he fought and won on behalf of American drivers, he also had a dark side. In Hoffa’s time, many Teamster leaders partnered with the Mafia in racketeering, extortion and embezzlement. Hoffa himself had relationships with high-ranking mobsters, and was the target of several government investigations throughout the 1960s. In 1967, he was convicted of bribery and sentenced to 15 years in prison. While in jail, Hoffa never ceded his office, and when Richard Nixon commuted his sentence in 1971, he was poised to make a comeback. Released on condition of not participating in union activities for 10 years, Hoffa was planning to fight the restriction in court when he disappeared on July 31, 1975, from the parking lot of a restaurant in Detroit, not far from where he got his start as a labor organizer. Several conspiracy theories have been floated about Hoffa’s disappearance and the location of his remains, but the truth remains unknown. For more information on this day in history, go here . Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply
Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSFlorida HospitalHomelessness Previous articleCentral Florida mourns the death of OPD Lieutenant Debra ClaytonNext articleBe careful what you pray for… Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply January 14, 2017 at 6:28 pm Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Why Florida Hospital is committed to ending chronic homelessnessBy Eddie Soler/ From Florida HospitalThis evening, when you retreat to the comforts of your home, more than half a million people across our country will find no such refuge.They’ll ride buses throughout the night not to reach a destination, but to ensure their safety. They’ll fight off mosquitoes in their makeshift tents. They’ll curl up on park benches and pray it doesn’t rain.Ignoring the homeless is immoral. It also guarantees a continuation of the vicious cycle that costs hospitals and our communities millions of dollars each year.No matter how excellent the care we provide, if our patients don’t have a home, they will continue to return to our hospitals.‘Housing First’In 2014, Central Florida leaders launched a campaign to end chronic homelessness by transitioning to the Housing First model, in which the chronically homeless are provided a home, wrap-around services, and case managers.This program intrigued us at Florida Hospital for both moral and financial reasons. After much evaluation, we donated $6 million toward the Housing First initiative.The figure pales in comparison to the uncompensated care we provide the homeless, as we found when we identified 100 homeless Central Floridians who most frequently used our emergency department from March 2014 to April 2015. Combined, their total hospital charges were $14.8 million.By using a Housing First approach, we can ensure that medical care for this population is coordinated and delivered in an appropriate setting.Importantly, once a person has a permanent home, he or she can qualify for Medicaid. So when that person does come to the hospital—and hopefully for an appropriate reason—we can be reimbursed.The $6 million will be spent over three years. Roughly $1.5 million has been spent so far, and we’re already seeing results.About 120 people now have homes. An additional 46 people have been assigned case managers and are receiving services in advance of being given homes. Though it’s still early, we’re seeing notable savings in the emergency department as well.Answering a Need—and a CallingFlorida Hospital is not in the housing business, and yet we consider our homeless initiative a model of care and an extension of our mission.It wasn’t long after our $6 million donation that Wayne Densch Charities, which for decades operated a transitional housing community in Central Florida, donated the development to Florida Hospital. We, in turn, partnered with Ability Housing, a nonprofit that provides affordable and supportive housing to the homeless, to transform the community into permanent housing.Hospitals have much to gain by ending chronic homelessness. What role will your organization play, and where do you begin?Track the impact of homelessness on your hospital. How many homeless patients do you treat? What is the cost?Educate community and business leaders about the impact of homelessness in your community.Leverage your role in the community and build partnerships with organizations that have shared goals.There is a cost benefit to ending chronic homelessness. Moreover, as a faith-based organization, we believe it’s what we’re called to do as a way to restore peace, hope, and dignity.Housing is healing.For more information, go here.Eddie Soler is chief financial officer, Adventist Health System–Florida Division, Orlando. Mama Mia 1 COMMENT Sadness of boy in the city Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear So what happens if Medicaid is axed? Will the hospital still try to house the needy homeless people that all too frequently have to access the ER because of their illnesses if the federal healthcare program for the poor is done away with? Just curious………. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
TAGSValentines Day Previous articleDashcam videos show drowsy driving is far worse than reportedNext articleSmith draws on a diverse background in service to Apopka Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Lisa Bitel, Professor of History & Religion, University of Southern California and first published on theconversation.comOn Feb. 14, sweethearts of all ages will exchange cards, flowers, candy, and more lavish gifts in the name of St. Valentine. But as a historian of Christianity, I can tell you that at the root of our modern holiday is a beautiful fiction. St. Valentine was no lover or patron of love.Valentine’s Day, in fact, originated as a liturgical feast to celebrate the decapitation of a third-century Christian martyr, or perhaps two. So, how did we get from beheading to betrothing on Valentine’s Day?Early origins of St. ValentineAncient sources reveal that there were several St. Valentines who died on Feb. 14. Two of them were executed during the reign of Roman Emperor Claudius Gothicus in 269-270 A.D., at a time when persecution of Christians was common.How do we know this? Because, an order of Belgian monks spent three centuries collecting evidence for the lives of saints from manuscript archives around the known world.They were called Bollandists after Jean Bolland, a Jesuit scholar who began publishing the massive 68-folio volumes of “Acta Sanctorum,” or “Lives of the Saints,” beginning in 1643.Since then, successive generations of monks continued the work until the last volume was published in 1940. The Brothers dug up every scrap of information about every saint on the liturgical calendar and printed the texts arranged according to the saint’s feast day.The Valentine martyrsThe volume encompassing Feb. 14 contains the stories of a handful of “Valentini,” including the earliest three of whom died in the third century.St. Valentine blessing an epileptic. Wellcome Images, CC BYThe earliest Valentinus is said to have died in Africa, along with 24 soldiers. Unfortunately, even the Bollandists could not find any more information about him. As the monks knew, sometimes all that the saints left behind was a name and day of death.We know only a little more about the other two Valentines.According to a late medieval legend reprinted in the “Acta,” which was accompanied by Bollandist critique about its historical value, a Roman priest named Valentinus was arrested during the reign of Emperor Gothicus and put into the custody of an aristocrat named Asterius.As the story goes, Asterius made the mistake of letting the preacher talk. Father Valentinus went on and on about Christ leading pagans out of the shadow of darkness and into the light of truth and salvation. Asterius made a bargain with Valentinus: If the Christian could cure Asterius’s foster-daughter of blindness, he would convert. Valentinus put his hands over the girl’s eyes and chanted:“Lord Jesus Christ, en-lighten your handmaid, because you are God, the True Light.”Easy as that. The child could see, according to the medieval legend. Asterius and his whole family were baptized. Unfortunately, when Emperor Gothicus heard the news, he ordered them all to be executed. But Valentinus was the only one to be beheaded. A pious widow, though, made off with his body and had it buried at the site of his martyrdom on the Via Flaminia, the ancient highway stretching from Rome to present-day Rimini. Later, a chapel was built over the saint’s remains.St. Valentine was not a romanticThe third third-century Valentinus was a bishop of Terni in the province of Umbria, Italy.St. Valentine kneeling. David Teniers IIIAccording to his equally dodgy legend, Terni’s bishop got into a situation like the other Valentinus by debating a potential convert and afterward healing his son. The rest of story is quite similar as well: He too, was beheaded on the orders of Emperor Gothicus and his body buried along the Via Flaminia.It is likely, as the Bollandists suggested, that there weren’t actually two decapitated Valentines, but that two different versions of one saint’s legend appeared in both Rome and Terni.Nonetheless, African, Roman or Umbrian, none of the Valentines seems to have been a romantic.Indeed, medieval legends, repeated in modern media, had St. Valentine performing Christian marriage rituals or passing notes between Christian lovers jailed by Gothicus. Still other stories romantically involved him with the blind girl whom he allegedly healed. Yet none of these medieval tales had any basis in third-century history, as the Bollandists pointed out.St. Valentine baptizing St. Lucilla. Jacopo Bassano (Jacopo da Ponte)In any case, historical veracity did not count for much with medieval Christians. What they cared about were stories of miracles and martyrdoms, and the physical remains or relics of the saint. To be sure, many different churches and monasteries around medieval Europe claimed to have bits of a St. Valentinus’ skull in their treasuries.Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome, for example, still displays a whole skull. According to the Bollandists, other churches across Europe also claim to own slivers and bits of one or the other St. Valentinus’ body: For example, San Anton Church in Madrid, Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin, the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Prague, Saint Mary’s Assumption in Chelmno, Poland, as well as churches in Malta, Birmingham, Glasgow, and on the Greek isle of Lesbos, among others.For believers, relics of the martyrs signified the saints’ continuing their invisible presence among communities of pious Christians. In 11th-century Brittany, for instance, one bishop used what was purported to be Valentine’s head to halt fires, prevent epidemics, and cure all sorts of illnesses, including demonic possession.As far as we know, though, the saint’s bones did nothing special for lovers.Unlikely pagan originsMany scholars have deconstructed Valentine and his day in books, articles and blog postings. Some suggest that the modern holiday is a Christian cover-up of the more ancient Roman celebration of Lupercalia in mid-February.Lupercalia originated as a ritual in a rural masculine cult involving the sacrifice of goats and dogs and evolved later into an urban carnival. During the festivities half-naked young men ran through the streets of Rome, streaking people with thongs cut from the skins of newly killed goats. Pregnant women thought it brought them healthy babies. In 496 A.D., however, Pope Gelasius supposedly denounced the rowdy festival.Still, there is no evidence that the pope purposely replaced Lupercalia with the more sedate cult of the martyred St. Valentine or any other Christian celebration.Chaucer and the love birdsThe love connection probably appeared more than a thousand years after the martyrs’ death, when Geoffrey Chaucer, author of “The Canterbury Tales” decreed the February feast of St. Valentinus to the mating of birds. He wrote in his “Parlement of Foules”:“For this was on seynt Volantynys day. Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.”It seems that, in Chaucer’s day, English birds paired off to produce eggs in February. Soon, nature-minded European nobility began sending love notes during bird-mating season. For example, the French Duke of Orléans, who spent some years as a prisoner in the Tower of London, wrote to his wife in February 1415 that he was “already sick of love” (by which he meant lovesick.) And he called her his “very gentle Valentine.”English audiences embraced the idea of February mating. Shakespeare’s lovestruck Ophelia spoke of herself as Hamlet’s Valentine.In the following centuries, Englishmen and women began using Feb. 14 as an excuse to pen verses to their love objects. Industrialization made it easier with mass-produced illustrated cards adorned with smarmy poetry. Then along came Cadbury, Hershey’s, and other chocolate manufacturers marketing sweets for one’s sweetheart on Valentine’s Day.Valentine’s Day chocolates. GillianVann/Shutterstock.comToday, shops everywhere in England and the U.S. decorate their windows with hearts and banners proclaiming the annual Day of Love. Merchants stock their shelves with candy, jewelry and Cupid-related trinkets begging “Be My Valentine.” For most lovers, this request does not require beheading.Invisible ValentinesIt seems that the erstwhile saint behind the holiday of love remains as elusive as love itself. Still, as St. Augustine, the great fifth-century theologian and philosopher argued in his treatise on “Faith in Invisible Things,” someone does not have to be standing before our eyes for us to love them.And much like love itself, St. Valentine and his reputation as the patron saint of love are not matters of verifiable history, but of faith. Please enter your comment! 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 The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter
Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 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 Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Apopka Burglary Report: Week Ending – 3/3/2018The Apopka Burglary Report for the week ending March 3rd shows 15 burglaries reported in the City of Apopka.Three burglaries at businesses were reported in the 100 block of S PARK AVE, and the 1700 BLOCK of ROCK SPRINGS RD (two incidents reported).Four burglaries were reported at residences in the 200 BLOCK of HAAS RD, the 1700 BLOCK of WATERBEACH CT, the 100 BLOCK E THRUSH ST, and the 400 BLOCK of DREAM LAKE DREight vehicle burglaries were reported in the 1500 BLOCK of DANISCO PL (two incidents reported), the 1000 BLOCK of PIEDMONT OAKS CT, the 900 BLOCK of ROCK CREEK ST, the 800 BLOCK of ROCK CREEK ST, the 200 block of W 1ST ST, the 500 BLOCK of SPARROW CT, and the 1400 block of S ORANGE BLOSSOM TRLChief Michael McKinley of the Apopka Police Department tells us that many vehicle burglaries could have been prevented if everyone remembers to do just two things:Remove all valuables from your vehicleLock your car doorsThe breakdown of the burglaries reported to the Apopka Police Department last week:3 – Business4 – Residential8 – Vehicle Please enter your name here TAGSApopka Burglary ReportApopka Police DepartmentBusiness Burglary ReportResidential Burglary ReportVehicle Burglary Report Previous articleNolan responds to lawsuit allegationsNext articleCollaborative Effort Moves Florida Hurricane Recovery Forward Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear
Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply What do you think Orange County should look like in 30 years? More public transportation? Rural preservation? More housing density? Smarter Growth? Now is your chance to make your voice heard.From the Orange County NewsroomOrange County is introducing Vision 2050, a new comprehensive plan for smart, thriving and healthy growth in our region. This initiative will guide how and where growth will occur over the next three decades.Beginning in December 2020 and extending into 2021, the Orange County Planning Division will host three separate series of virtual town hall meetings aimed at informing the public about the Vision 2050 initiative and gathering invaluable public input.Click on the video below to hear Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings introduce this initiative:Additionally, the Planning Department has launched three online visioning surveys: (1) Your Vision and Evaluation of the Current Plan, (2) Your Policy Priorities and Your Neighborhood and (3) Planning Priorities that can be accessed at ocfl.net/Vision2050.The community’s engagement in this critical planning process will help Orange County shape its plan for how the Central Florida Region will grow.Virtual Town Hall DatesSouth Market Area: Mon., Dec. 14, 2020 at 6 p.m. – RegisterNorthwest Market Area: Wed., Dec. 16, 2020 at 6 p.m. – RegisterCore Market Area: Mon., Jan. 11, 2021 at 6 p.m. – RegisterEast Market Area: Wed., Jan. 13, 2021 at 6 p.m. – RegisterRural East Market Area: Thur., Jan. 14, 2021 at 6 p.m. – RegisterSouthwest Market Area: Wed., Jan. 20, 2021 at 6 p.m. – RegisterTo register for any of the town hall meetings or participate in any of the three online surveys, visit: ocfl.net/Vision2050Overview of Vision 2050During the initial virtual town hall series, Planning Division staff will provide an overview of the countywide Vision 2050 framework and describe the tools used to reflect the unique characteristics and diversity of each Market Area outlined by the Planning Division.This Plan includes a public engagement process focusing on environmental preservation, community character and public spaces as guiding principles for future development.The Vision 2050 will be implemented through the adoption of a new Land Development Code – the Orange Code—which will focus on placemaking standards and context-based regulations. This type of Form-Based Code relies on development characteristics that are desired rather than what communities seek to avoid. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here If you are interested in discussing Vision 2050 further with their Planning Department, please contact [email protected] To learn more about Vision 2050, visit: ocfl.net/Vision2050 The Anatomy of Fear TAGSFeedbackMarket AreasMayor Jerry DemingsOrange County GovernmentSurveysVideosVirtual Town HallVision 2050 Previous articleThe 3 P’s of burnoutNext articleAdventHealth answers COVID-19 vaccine Frequently Asked Questions Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Orange County Market Areas Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear TAGSAPD Officer Quinton NeddApopka Police DepartmentFlorida LegislatureHonoringOfficer of the YearRookie of the YearState Representative Kamia Brown Previous articleProtect yourself and the environment with Lake Apopka Natural Gas DistrictNext article407 Day returns so you can better support local restaurants Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 From the Office of Rep. Kamia BrownDuring the legislative session on Thursday April 1st, Officer Quinton Nedd of the Apopka Police Department was recognized on the floor as the Officer of the Day. He was invited by Representative Kamia Brown of the 45th District, which includes parts of Apopka.Rep. Kamia Brown and APD Officer Quinton Nedd.“It is important that we recognize the importance of community policing, and an officer who exemplifies great police work and great work in our community of Apopka,” said Brown. “Those he protects and serves love and appreciate everything that he does for their community and are grateful to have such an outstanding officer on their police force.” On the floor, House Speaker Chris Sprowls had the following to say: “Both Rookie of the Year and Officer of the Year, Officers Nedd’s dedication to service and his community shines through his positivity and his job approach. He routinely offers to help with his fellow team members, has volunteered for every learning opportunity, and has become such a fixture in his community that, when he is reassigned to a different zone, the officer who replaced him is routinely asked ‘Where is Officer Nedd?’”Nedd, in 2020 alone, responded to or assisted with over 1,800 documented events. His positive demeanor and the strong community and professional bonds he makes are some of many reasons he was awarded the APD’s Rookie of the Year and Office of the Year. On top of his service as a police officer, he has served his country in the U.S. Army in operation Iraqi Freedom.Congratulations Officer Nedd! Apopka thanks you for your service! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 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.