LYMMO Orange Line Service Expands into North Quarter District in Downtown Orlando

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Keeping Orlando moving continues to be a priority for the City of Orlando. By providing multi-modal forms of transportation, the city offers those who live, work and play in Orlando options for getting around.

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AT RISK FOR METROWEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON SITE RELIEF PROJECT

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NOTICE
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AT RISK FOR
METROWEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON SITE RELIEF PROJECT
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

The School Board of Orange County, Florida announces that Construction Management at Risk Services are required for the project listed below.

PROJECT AND NUMBER:        Construction Management at Risk Services for Metrowest Elementary School On-Site Relief Project,         RFQ #15CM08.

SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED:        Construction Management at Risk Services for Metrowest Elementary School On-Site Relief Project

PRE-SUBMITTAL MEETING:        April 23, 2015, 10:00 a.m., 6501 Magic Way, Orlando, FL, Building100A.  Attendance is not mandatory.

OCPS CONTACT:            Ed Ames, Senior Manager

PROPOSALS ARE TO BE SENT TO:

Orange County Public Schools
Facilities & Construction Contracting
6501 Magic Way, Bldg. 100 B
Orlando, FL 32809

PROPOSAL DUE DATE:            May 12, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

Requirements:  Interested firms are required to comply with all requirements of the Request for Qualification (RFQ).  A copy of the RFQ and any and all clarifications issued shall be obtained from our web site http://www.ocps.net/op/contract/.  Copies of the RFQ may also be picked up at the above address (during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) or upon written request will be mailed to interested firms.  Written requests for a copy of the RFQ must be faxed to (407) 317-3752.   Furthermore, all Notices concerning this solicitation and award shall be posted to the aforementioned web site.  These Notices shall include, but are not limited to short list meeting dates and times, presentation meeting dates and times, intended decision and decision information.

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The School Board of Orange County, Florida, does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other reason prohibited by law. The following individuals at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center, 445 W. Amelia Street, Orlando, Florida 32801, attend to compliance matters: ADA Coordinator & Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Supervisor: Carianne Reggio; Section 504 Coordinator: Latonia Green; Title IX Coordinator: Matthew Fitzpatrick. (407.317.3200).

Case No.: 15-DR-1164-02D-G

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NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.:  15-DR-1164-02D-G

YANELIS CASTILLO,
Petitioner
and
KENNETH J. GUEVARA
Respondent

TO: KENNETH J. GUEVARA
2320 SW 11TH TERRA,
MIAMI, FL 33135

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Dissolution of Marriage has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on YANELIS CASTILLO,  whose address is 3497 PREMIER DRIVE, CASSELBERRY, FL 32707 on or before MAY 7, 2015, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court at SEMINOLE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 301 N. PARK AVE., SANFORD, FL, 32771 before service on  the Petitioner  or immediately thereafter.  If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Petition.
The action is asking the Court to decide how the following real or personal property should be divided: NONE
Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office.  You may review these documents upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Court’s office notified of our current address.  (You may file Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.)  Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk’s office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information.  Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings.
Dated  April 2, 2015
MARYANNE MORSE,
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT

I-4 Ultimate project Town Hall Meetings

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05.05.2015 Town Hall PresentationsResidents from Lake Mann, Ivey Lane, Ivey On The Lake, Carver Shores, Richmond Heights, Richmond Estates, Holden Heights, Lake Richmond, Johnson Village, and Washington Shores are encouraged to attend a town hall presentation Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the Dr. J.R. Smith Center, 1723 Bruton Boulevard, Orlando, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On the table will be the I-4 Ultimate project and transportation alternatives available during construction.

Commissioner Samuel B. Ings, District 6, and representatives from the City of Orlando, I-4 Ultimate, SunRail, reThink and 511  Transportation partners will be on hand to answer questions and share information.

For more information, contact Oneka Burnett-Balthazar or Kerry Blackshear Sr. at 407-246-4477 or via email at onekaburnettbalthazar@cityoforlando.net, or kerryblackshear@cityoforlando.net.

 

MetroWest residents are encouraged to attend their Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at the MetroWest Country Club, 2100 South Hiawassee Road, Orlando, FL 32835 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Commissioner Samuel B. Ings, District 6, and representatives from the City of Orlando, I-4 Ultimate, SunRail, reThink and 511  Transportation partners will be on hand there, as well, to answer questions and share information.

Contact Francine Burruezo at 407-529-4817 or via email at fburruezo@metrowestgolf.com for more information.

 

 

 

Rosie Jacobs

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Rosie Jacobs
Rosie Jacobs

Rosie Jacobs, 74, passed away on Monday, April 13, 2015.  A service of Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2-15, 1:00 PM, at the Fountain of Living Waters, 2200 Silver Star Road, Orlando.

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Funeral services provided by:
POSTELL’S MORTUARY
811 N. POWER DRIVE
Orlando, FL 32818

Construction Management at Risk Services for Metrowest Elementary School On-Site Relief Project, RFQ #15CM08

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NOTICE

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AT RISK FOR METROWEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON SITE RELIEF PROJECT PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

 

The School Board of Orange County, Florida announces that Construction Management at Risk Services are required for the project listed below.

 

PROJECT AND NUMBER:                        Construction Management at Risk Services for Metrowest Elementary School On-Site Relief Project,  RFQ #15CM08.

SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED:                        Construction Management at Risk Services for Metrowest Elementary School On-Site Relief Project

PRE-SUBMITTAL MEETING:                        April 23, 2015, 10:00 a.m., 6501 Magic Way, Orlando, FL, Building100A. Attendance is not mandatory.

OCPS CONTACT:                                                     Ed Ames, Senior Manager

PROPOSALS ARE TO BE SENT TO:                         Orange County Public Schools

Facilities & Construction Contracting

6501 Magic Way, Bldg. 100 B

Orlando, FL 32809

PROPOSAL DUE DATE:                                                    May 12, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

 

Requirements: Interested firms are required to comply with all requirements of the Request for Qualification (RFQ). A copy of the RFQ and any and all clarifications issued shall be obtained from our web site http://www.ocps.net/op/contract/. Copies of the RFQ may also be picked up at the above address (during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) or upon written request will be mailed to interested firms. Written requests for a copy of the RFQ must be faxed to (407) 317-3752.   Furthermore, all Notices concerning this solicitation and award shall be posted to the aforementioned web site. These Notices shall include, but are not limited to short list meeting dates and times, presentation meeting dates and times, intended decision and decision information.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity: The School Board of Orange County, Florida, does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other reason prohibited by law. The following individuals at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center, 445 W. Amelia Street, Orlando, Florida 32801, attend to compliance matters: ADA Coordinator & Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Supervisor: Carianne Reggio; Section 504 Coordinator: Latonia Green; Title IX Coordinator: Matthew Fitzpatrick. (407.317.3200).

 

Rappin’ with Sandy B: Black Girls Rock

Dear Sandy B: Recently I watched the “Black Girls Rock” Program.  As I was watching it, I kept thinking to myself, “is this program meant for girls or late night TV”? I was thinking this because too many of the host and performers looked like they were trying to bare it all. Boobs were popping out all over the place and Fantasia’s split in the front of her dress was so high I was praying she would stop squatting and just stand up and sing before something under her dress was no longer private. I thought this program was mainly for the girls and presenting outing women in various fields that they might be inspired to be like. I keep wondering if I’m just too old fashion and expected that those involved in the program would at least be dressed presentable for the occasion.  They are role models whether they plan to be or not. Please let me know your thoughts about my concerns.                               

Marla                                                         Orlando

Dear Marla: I’m with you girlfriend. I thought some of the boob displays should be saved for late night shows. This was billed as a family show which started at 8:00 pm. Some of the teens watching might have thought about how they might imitate what they saw one day. I realize that our busty sisters have to deal with a lot, but “them others” need take a look in the mirror and the program that they signed on for. I was mostly disappointed in Beverly Bonds, the creator of the show. She let it all hang out. Next the sister in the gold leather suit, with her chest showing to her waistline. She better realize that she is no Jennifer Lopez. Even J.Lo wouldn’t wear that mess to a family show. If I could have gotten to the stage, I would have snatched Fantasia off. She damned near showed all of her “business”, plus had the nerve to sing a gospel song. Scarier, the audience roared for her. Our First Lady was fabulous, and showed what a role model for our girls should look like. Way to go Michelle.

Dear Sandy B: My neighbor lets her dog out every day without a lease and the first place he goes in right to my yard to relieve himself. I have spoken to her on several occasions about this and she just smiles at me and says she will take care of it. It is hard to get mad at her because she is always so pleasant. I am so frustrated because I don’t know what to do and I can’t even cuss out such a pleasant lady.

Cynthia                                                Winter Park

Dear Cynthia:  I know a good cussin’ out might help you get out some of your frustration, but that wouldn’t get that mess off your yard. I’m glad you couldn’t go that way. I know you have to do something or the situation will make you go nuts. I would suggest that you” scoop up the pooh” and put it right in front of her door. After she has to either clean it or step in it enough, I think she might come up with a plan for this mess. I do hope it works before you become a professional “pooper scooper”.                               

Grandma’s Gem:  If you strut too much, you might fall

SandyB can be contacted at:  Rappinsandyb@gmail.com

                                   

Florida Legislators Not Talking to One Another

There are three weeks left in the 2015 Florida Legislative session, and there appears to be an impasse. The experts are predicting this year that a special session will probably be called because the two Houses are not talking to one another. As a result, they will probably not have enough time to agree on a budget.

“The wheeling and dealing between the two chambers of the Florida Legislature has come to a virtual stand-off over the chasm on healthcare funding. We’re simply not speaking to each other right now. That silence is an irresponsible waste of time as the clock ticks down on the second half of the session” says Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami and head of the Miami-Dade delegation.

Prosecutor Apologizes for Sending Innocent Man to Death Row

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[Note: Attorney A.M. “Marty” Stroud III, of Shreveport, was the lead prosecutor in the December 1984 first-degree murder trial of Glenn Ford, who was sentenced to death for the Nov. 5, 1983 death of Shreveport jeweler Isadore Rozeman. Ford was released from prison March 11, 2014, after the state admitted new evidence proving Ford was not the killer. Stroud is responding to an editorial in the March 6 edition of The Times that urged the state to now give Ford justice by not fighting compensation allowed for those wrongfully convicted.]

This is the first, and probably will be the last, time that I have publicly voiced an opinion on any of your editorials. Quite frankly, I believe many of your editorials avoid the hard questions on a current issue in order not to be too controversial. I congratulate you here, though, because you have taken a clear stand on what needs to be done in the name of justice.

Glenn Ford should be completely compensated to every extent possible because of the flaws of a system that effectively destroyed his life. The audacity of the state’s effort to deny Mr. Ford any compensation for the horrors he suffered in the name of Louisiana justice is appalling.

I know of what I speak.

I was at the trial of Glenn Ford from beginning to end. I witnessed the imposition of the death sentence upon him. I believed that justice was done. I had done my job. I was one of the prosecutors and I was proud of what I had done.

The death sentence had illustrated that our community would brook no tolerance for cold-blooded killers. The Old Testament admonishment, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, was alive and well in Caddo Parish. I even received a congratulatory note from one of the state’s witnesses, concluding with the question, “how does it feel to be wearing a black glove?”

Members of the victim’s family profusely thanked the prosecutors and investigators for our efforts. They had received some closure, or so everyone thought. However, due to the hard work and dedication of lawyers working with the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana, along with the efforts of the Caddo Parish district attorney’s and sheriff’s offices, the truth was uncovered.

Glenn Ford was an innocent man. He was released from the hell hole he had endured for the last three decades.

There was no technicality here. Crafty lawyering did not secure the release of a criminal. Mr. Ford spent 30 years of his life in a small, dingy cell. His surroundings were dire. Lighting was poor, heating and cooling were almost non-existent, food bordered on the uneatable. Nobody wanted to be accused of “coddling” a death row inmate.

But Mr. Ford never gave up. He continued the fight for his innocence. And it finally paid off.

Pursuant to the review and investigation of cold homicide cases, investigators uncovered evidence that exonerated Mr. Ford. Indeed, this evidence was so strong that had it been disclosed during of the investigation there would not have been sufficient evidence to even arrest Mr. Ford!

And yet, despite this grave injustice, the state does not accept any responsibility for the damage suffered by one of its citizens. The bureaucratic response appears to be that nobody did anything intentionally wrong, thus the state has no responsibility. This is nonsensical. Explain that position to Mr. Ford and his family. Facts are stubborn things, they do not go away.

At the time this case was tried there was evidence that would have cleared Glenn Ford. The easy and convenient argument is that the prosecutors did not know of such evidence, thus they were absolved of any responsibility for the wrongful conviction.

I can take no comfort in such an argument. As a prosecutor and officer of the court, I had the duty to prosecute fairly. While I could properly strike hard blows, ethically I could not strike foul ones.

Part of my duty was to disclose promptly any exculpatory evidence relating to trial and penalty issues of which I was made aware. My fault was that I was too passive. I did not consider the rumors about the involvement of parties other than Mr. Ford to be credible, especially since the three others who were indicted for the crime were ultimately released for lack of sufficient evidence to proceed to the trial.

Had I been more inquisitive, perhaps the evidence would have come to light years ago. But I wasn’t, and my inaction contributed to the miscarriage of justice in this matter. Based on what we had, I was confident that the right man was being prosecuted and I was not going to commit resources to investigate what I considered to be bogus claims that we had the wrong man.

My mindset was wrong and blinded me to my purpose of seeking justice, rather than obtaining a conviction of a person who I believed to be guilty. I did not hide evidence, I simply did not seriously consider that sufficient information may have been out there that could have led to a different conclusion. And that omission is on me.

Furthermore, my silence at trial undoubtedly contributed to the wrong-headed result.

I did not question the unfairness of Mr. Ford having appointed counsel who had never tried a criminal jury case much less a capital one. It never concerned me that the defense had insufficient funds to hire experts or that defense counsel shut down their firms for substantial periods of time to prepare for trial. These attorneys tried their very best, but they were in the wrong arena. They were excellent attorneys with experience in civil matters. But this did not prepare them for trying to save the life of Mr. Ford.

The jury was all white, Mr. Ford was African-American. Potential African-American jurors were struck with little thought about potential discrimination because at that time a claim of racial discrimination in the selection of jurors could not be successful unless it could be shown that the office had engaged in a pattern of such conduct in other cases.

And I knew this was a very burdensome requirement that had never been met in the jurisprudence of which I was aware. I also participated in placing before the jury dubious testimony from a forensic pathologist that the shooter had to be left handed, even though there was no eye witness to the murder. And yes, Glenn Ford was left handed.

All too late, I learned that the testimony was pure junk science at its evil worst.

In 1984, I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning. To borrow a phrase from Al Pacino in the movie “And Justice for All,” “Winning became everything.”

After the death verdict in the Ford trial, I went out with others and celebrated with a few rounds of drinks. That’s sick. I had been entrusted with the duty to seek the death of a fellow human being, a very solemn task that certainly did not warrant any “celebration.”

In my rebuttal argument during the penalty phase of the trial, I mocked Mr. Ford, stating that this man wanted to stay alive so he could be given the opportunity to prove his innocence. I continued by saying this should be an affront to each of you jurors, for he showed no remorse, only contempt for your verdict.

How totally wrong was I.

I speak only for me and no one else.

I apologize to Glenn Ford for all the misery I have caused him and his family.

I apologize to the family of Mr. Rozeman for giving them the false hope of some closure.

I apologize to the members of the jury for not having all of the story that should have been disclosed to them.

I apologize to the court in not having been more diligent in my duty to ensure that proper disclosures of any exculpatory evidence had been provided to the defense.

Glenn Ford deserves every penny owed to him under the compensation statute. This case is another example of the arbitrariness of the death penalty. I now realize, all too painfully, that as a young 33-year-old prosecutor, I was not capable of making a decision that could have led to the killing of another human being.

No one should be given the ability to impose a sentence of death in any criminal proceeding. We are simply incapable of devising a system that can fairly and impartially impose a sentence of death because we are all fallible human beings.

The clear reality is that the death penalty is an anathema to any society that purports to call itself civilized. It is an abomination that continues to scar the fibers of this society and it will continue to do so until this barbaric penalty is outlawed. Until then, we will live in a land that condones state assisted revenge and that is not justice in any form or fashion.

I end with the hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford. But, I am also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it.

Isis Exposed

Isis Exposed

By Erick Stakelbeck
Regnery Publishing
A Salem Communications Company
300 New Jersey Avenue, Washington DC, 20001
www.Regnery.com
9781621573777, $29.99 www.amazon.com

“Isis Exposed” should be read by anyone who thinks we are winning the war against this terrorist organization. The author reveals a chilling group of terrorists who can be compared to the Nazis of World War II in the actions they have been conducting for many years. They are able to entice people to join them and they are killing people in much the same manner as the Nazis. The difference from other terror groups is they have utilized the internet to recruit to spread their message, and many people around the world have been receptive to their cause. “Isis Exposed” should be the handbook for our politicians to use to defeat Isis.