May 25, 2012
- City News
This Monday is Memorial Day, a national
holiday to remember our soldiers who died
serving their country. Over the past decade, the
number of fallen soldiers has unfortunately
grown, making this holiday significant to a new
generation of Americans.
In Orlando, my Veterans Advisory Council
recognizes our veterans in many ways, including
our Veterans Day Parade, our POW-MIA memorial
ceremony and other events throughout the year.
Their hard work and dedication ensures the
veterans of Central Florida are recognized. I
appreciate the time they give to serve their
We should always remember the soldiers
Memorial Day honors. If you know a family that
has lost a relative in service in any war, take
a moment to recognize their sacrifice to our
county. If you know a veteran or someone
currently in the military, thank them for their
service to our country.
Memorial Day Holiday Notice
City offices will be closed on Monday, May 28,
in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
Garbage, yard waste and recycling
will be picked up as normal for those residents
with Monday collection.
Bike to Work Day
Today, Mayor Buddy
Dyer celebrated National Bike to Work Day by
leading hundreds of bicyclists from Dartmouth
Park in College Park to City Hall in Downtown
Orlando. The City of Orlando has been a
designated bike friendly community since 2000
and is home to more than 280 miles of bike
trails, signaled routes and lanes.
Harbor House of Central
Florida Offers Free Support Group Sessions
Join Harbor House
of Central Florida’s domestic abuse advocates
and learn how you can support your family member
or friend in a domestic abuse situation.
Beginning May 30, Harbor House will offer
free support group
sessions for friends and family
of survivors of abuse. Sessions will be held at
Heart of Florida United Way (1940 Traylor
Boulevard Orlando, FL 32804) on the second and
fourth Wednesday of every month from 6 to 7:30
p.m. For more information, contact Jean Wilson
at 407.506.7858 or JWilson@HarborHouseFL.com.
Here are two
practices every association should use to
increase member involvement:
Consistency: Scheduling your association
meeting on the same day of the month or
quarter is a great way to ensure that
everyone in the neighborhood knows when and
where their association meetings are. Try to
make everyone feel included whether they
attend meetings or not.
- Agendas and
Minutes: Printing agendas and minutes are
very important in making people feel
included in the meeting. Agendas let
everyone know the order of business which
keeps the group focused and on task.
Providing printed meeting minutes keeps
everyone up to speed on the association’s
previous decisions and can help prevent back
tracking. Consider posting your meeting
minutes in the member section of your
organization’s web page.
Topic: Is Your
Neighborhood Prepared for an Emergency
Date and Time: Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m. - 12
Location: Orange County Internal Operations
Center I, 450 East South Street, immediately
west of Channel 9 TV Station
Are you prepared
for a natural or man-made disaster? Are your
neighborhood residents prepared to potentially
take care of one another for the first 72 hours
following a major community disaster? This
workshop will provide basic guidelines to help
you be better prepared and the tools necessary
for your neighborhood to put together a
Neighborhood Emergency Response Plan (NERP).
visit eventbrite.com/event/2671068237or call the
Orange County Neighborhood Preservation and
Revitalization Division at 407.836.0035.
Conference Early Registration Ends May 31
The 16th Annual
Florida Neighborhoods Conference is being held
in Pensacola, Florida, from July 12 to 14. For
more information or to register,
The conference registration fee is only $50
until May 31; starting June 1 registration is
$85. To take advantage of the conference hotel
rate of $103 per night you need to make hotel
reservations no later than May 28. If you have
any questions or want more information, please
contact Susan Harris at 407.246.2779 or
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
Amway Center Named
Facility of the Year
Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and
SportsBusiness Daily named the City of Orlando’s
Amway Center, “Facility of the Year” at the
prestigious Sports Business Awards in New York
City, which annually recognizes excellence and
outstanding achievement in the business of
Opened in the fall of 2010, The Amway Center was
designed to reflect the character of the Central
Florida community, meet the goals of the users
and build on the legacy of sports and
entertainment in Orlando.
"To have the Amway Center recognized as the
“Sports Facility of the Year” is a testament to
the vision, tireless support and triumphant
spirit of the Orlando community,” said Orlando
Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Receiving this coveted award
is not only incredibly gratifying but further
proof that teamwork makes it all possible."
For more information about the Amway Center,
Orlando Cares' Path
Finders program has been so successful that we're doubling in size for our
summer sessions. That means that WE NEED YOU! We are actively recruiting
volunteer Career Coaches for Path Finders, our student career exploration
program. Volunteers who have a job that they'd like to share with a student at
Memorial or Howard Middle School are needed. Volunteers will be required to
fulfill a one-hour shadowing experience and two class sessions. Available class
session dates and times are listed below.
- Memorial Middle
- July 9:
- July 16:
- July 23:
- Howard Middle
- July 10:
- July 17:
- July 24:
Click here or call us at 407.246.3507 to learn more!
Not quite the right
volunteer opportunity for you? Many more volunteer opportunities are available.
OrlandoCares.net and get involved today!
Did You Know?
City of Orlando Oath of
The City of
Orlando will hold an Oath of Office Ceremony for
Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 1 Commissioner-Elect
Jim Gray, District 2 Commissioner Tony Ortiz,
District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan and
District 6 Commissioner Samuel B. Ings on
Friday, June 1. The ceremony will take place at
10 a.m. at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
located at 401 West Livingston Street. Parking
will be available in lot 1 on West Livingston
Street next to Bob Carr between Hughey Avenue
and Parramore Avenue.
for more information.
National Historic Preservation Month “Discover
America's Hidden Gems” and the start of the City
of Orlando's 2013 Historic Preservation Board
Calendar photo competition. The Historic
Preservation Board is seeking photographs of the
Lake Adair-Lake Concord Historic Residential
district for the 2013 calendar.
For more information,
400 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801