March 9, 2012
- City News
Join me on Saturday, March 17, for the seventh
annual Mayor's Neighborhood & Community Summit.
Each year this Summit brings together
neighborhood, arts and cultural, civic,
community and faith-based leaders and volunteers
to learn and share best practices for community
building and civic engagement.
It is important to me to keep you informed,
connected and involved in our City. The Summit
will provide an opportunity to learn more about
City programs and resources, share best
practices and trends and receive information
that will help guide your organization to make a
greater positive impact in our community.
Our program offers opportunities to meet City
elected officials and staff, while networking
with your peers who share a passion for
sustaining strong neighborhoods and creating a
vibrant, engaged community. Bringing together
involved neighborhood and community leaders for
a day of learning, exchanging and networking is
what makes this Summit a "must attend" event.
I look forward to seeing you at the Summit.
Together, we will keep our City on course for an
even better tomorrow.
for City Election to be Mailed in Late March
The City of
Orlando's general election will take place on
April 3, 2012. There will be an election for
Mayor and for Commissioner in Districts 1, 2, 4
and 6. You can check out the list of candidates
and information about their campaign finances on
the City of Orlando's election page at
On March 22,
2012, the Supervisor of Elections will mail out
a sample ballot and a notice of polling place
location to all registered voters in the City.
Please note that because of redistricting, you
may be in a new district and a new polling place
so be sure to look for your sample ballot
postcard. You can also go online and check your
polling place by
clicking here or
In addition to
the traditional method of voting at the polls on
election day, you may also vote early or by mail
You can vote early at the Orange County
Supervisor of Elections office located at 119
West Kaley Street in Orlando beginning on
Monday, March 26, 2012 and running through
Sunday, April 1, 2012. Hours of operation are
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(for in office absentee voting).
- You can also
vote by mail by ordering an absentee ballot.
Order one by calling 407.836.2070 or
clicking here. The last day to order an
absentee ballot is March 28, 2012 at 5 p.m.
Please note that your ballot must be received by
the Supervisor of Elections office by 7 p.m. on
election day, April 3, 2012.
No matter how you
choose to do it, just be sure to VOTE on April
Preventing Crime Using
Landscape and Home Design
What are you doing
to make your home safe and less inviting to
criminals? The Orlando Police Department (OPD)
encourages you to utilize Crime Prevention
Through Environmental Design or "CPTED," in
addition to participating in Neighborhood Watch.
CPTED uses easy and inexpensive techniques to
make your home harder to break into, increases
the natural surveillance of your home and
property by your neighbors and from the street
and creates a higher risk of criminals being
detected and caught in the act of committing a
crime. OPD's Community Involvement Section has
trained officers to help you implement CPTED. To
learn more about CPTED and other crime
prevention services offered by OPD's Community
Involvement Section, call 407.246.2461.
Last Chance to Register
for Tomorrow's FREE Neighborhood Leadership
Topic: Roadmap to Success in Your
Date and Time: Saturday,
March 10, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Orange County Internal
Operations Center I, 450 East South Street,
immediately west of the Channel 9 TV Station.
Description: This workshop will focus on
best practices of successful neighborhood
organizations. We will go through a process of
configuring an organization budget and
setting/re-evaluating goals for the
organization. We will also discuss how to
establish a plan to get more residents involved
in improving the neighborhood.
eventbrite.com/event/2670354101 or call
Register for Mayor
Dyer's Neighborhood and Community Summit
Dyer's Neighborhood and Community Summit is
being held on Saturday, March 17, from 7:30 a.m.
to 2:15 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel at the
entrance to Universal Orlando (5780 Major
Boulevard). Registration is $10 and includes a
continental breakfast and lunch.
for details and online registration. This is a
great opportunity to learn about the resources
and services offered by the City and the
community. Come to learn and share with your
fellow neighborhood leaders and volunteers.
Interested in Attending
the Florida Neighborhood Conference in
The City of
Orlando's Neighborhood Relations Team is
considering chartering a bus to Pensacola to
attend the Florida Neighborhood Conference July
12-14. The conference allows residents to attend
workshops and meet other neighborhood leaders
from across Florida who share a passion for
better neighborhoods. The conference
registration fee is $50, conference hotel room
per night is $103 plus tax and the bus ride is
free. If you are interested in attending and
joining us on the bus, please
to take a two question survey. More information
about the conference will be available soon.
information, please contact Susan Harris at
407.246.2779 or Susan.Harris@CityofOrlando.net.
events, photographs, best practices and
processes that are working in your neighborhood
with other neighborhood organizations throughout
the City. Contact Cindy Light with the Office of
Communications and Neighborhood Relations at
City of Orlando Announces
Partnership with Goodwill Industries of Central
On Wednesday, Mayor
Dyer joined CEO and President of Goodwill
Industries of Central Florida, William Oakley,
to announce a new partnership with Goodwill
Industries to help local job seekers. Through
the effort, workers who are registered with the
City of Orlando's BLUEPRINT Employment Office
are eligible to receive free information and
referral services from Goodwill to help them
resolve personal and lifestyle issues. In
addition, Goodwill will be providing important
‘employability' skills training and access to a
network of critical social services – which are
often needed to get better paying jobs.
Employment Office serves many people, but it
focuses on those who are homeless, ex-offenders
and Parramore residents.
through the BLUEPRINT Employment Office, workers
will receive a voucher from Goodwill for a free
set of work clothes. Any candidates who are
pursuing work through the BLUEPRINT Employment
Office may receive free services through
Part of the new
partnership also involves "Mayor Dyer's
Clothesline: The Right Fit," a month-long
clothing drive that will provide job seekers
with free apparel that's suitable for job
collected during the drive will also assist
Goodwill in filling its retail stores. Monies
earned from selling donated goods support the
Agency's programs that are provided free of
Clothesline: The Right Fit" kicked
at City Hall, CNL Bank and Balfour Beatty for
one week, with donations being collected at the
City Hall Rotunda, at the City/CNL parking
bridge and the Balfour Beatty Downtown office.
After the first week, collection locations will
move among the offices of local partners
including Wells Fargo, SunTrust and OUC for the
next three weeks.
Volunteers Needed for
Project Homeless Connect
Homeless Connect is the Homeless Services
Network's (HSN) outreach to the homeless in
Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties. It is a
one day event offering more than 50 services
that are critically needed by homeless persons
in one convenient location.
include emergency shelter and transitional
housing, mental health and substance abuse
services, employment resources, food stamp
assistance, Florida ID cards and birth
certificates via IDignity, legal services,
medical care, showers, haircuts, food, clothing
and much more.
HSN will be
holding the 6th Annual Project Homeless Connect
in Downtown Orlando on Friday, March 23, at First
Baptist Church of Orlando (3000 S. John Young
Parkway). Transportation to and from the event
will be provided for clients via shuttle from
various locations in Downtown Orlando and Orange
In 2010, Project
Homeless Connect served over 1,000 clients in
In order to make this event a success,
volunteers are needed. If you would like to
volunteer, please complete the
information, contact 407.893.0133 extension 107.
Did You Know?
Families, Parks and
Recreation Introduce Teen Dragon Boating Program
Parks and Recreation is thrilled to announce the
start of its new Teen Dragon Boating Program.
Dragon Boating originated in China more than
2,000 years ago and is the world's fastest
growing water sport. The Teen Dragon Boating
program is comprised of sports practice, where
the teens can gain strength and endurance as
well as paddling practice, where the teens will
take to the water on beautiful Lake Fairview to
work together in unison. This recreational
activity promotes health and wellness while
teaching its participants the importance of
communication skills, and working together. This
unique experience creates a team spirit unlike
any other. Listed below are dates for upcoming
- Session 1:
February 1 – March 8
- Session 2: March 14 – April 19
- Session 3: April 25 – May 30
- Session 4: June 6 – July 11
- Session 5: July 18 – August 22
No experience is
necessary. To participate, you must be a high
school student and know how to swim. For more
information, please contact Jacqueline Williams
Mayor in the
Feed Store Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting
On Saturday, Mayor
Dyer joined the Palmer Family to celebrate the
grand re-opening of the Palmer Feed Store. The
Palmer Feed Store, established in the Parramore
neighborhood in 1947, was damaged by fire in
2011 causing the store to close.
Mayor Dyer welcomed AMEC, one of the world's
leading engineering, project management and
consultancy companies, to Downtown Orlando on
Thursday. AMEC will employ nearly 60
professionals at the new Downtown Orlando
On Thursday, Mayor Dyer kicked off this
year's City Academy, a chance for citizens to
get informed and involved in City government.
Throughout the ten-week program, participating
citizens will be taken on a backstage tour of
the City Beautiful, highlighting some of the
services, activities and opportunities the City
of Orlando have to offer.
Burr & Forman
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Mayor Dyer welcomed Burr & Forman to its new
location in the SunTrust building in Downtown
Orlando on Thursday. Burr & Forman's attorneys
serve clients in an array of industries
including alternative and renewable energy in
addition to participating in numerous charities
and contributing to events and associations that
serve the people of Central Florida.
Florida Presents "Voice For Equality Award"
Also on Thursday, Mayor Dyer joined District
4 City Commissioner Patty Sheehan to receive the
"Voice For Equality" Award presented by Equality
Florida for their work and leadership in the
passage of Central Florida's first Domestic
and Community Summit
Annual Plant Sale
at Leu Gardens
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400 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801