SOLAR ECLIPSE MONDAY AUG. 21 — PROTECT YOUR PETS!

Between 2 and 3 PM, Monday, August 21, a near total eclipse will occur in central Florida.  It is very important that you keep pets indoors during this time.  If they stare toward the sun, they will still likely incur injury to their eyes, even during the peak of the eclipse.

And people too–use caution! Only look at the sun with genuine protective glasses designed for that purpose.  BEWARE–there are many fake sunglasses being peddled, and they WILL NOT provide sufficient protection.

 

 

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Utility Scams — be informed and vigilant!

Hi, Neighbors –

We want to make sure you’re aware of some common utility scams making their way around town as of late. The first is a door-to-door scam with someone posing as an OUC employee requesting access to homes to conduct water quality tests. Please keep in mind that an OUC representative will never request unscheduled access to a home without an appointment. And, OUC employees always carry proper OUC identification, wear uniforms, and drive OUC-marked vehicles.

The second is a phone scam where an individual claiming to be from OUC threatens disconnection unless an immediate payment is made over the phone. OUC will never request personal information like social security numbers, credit card numbers or banking information over the phone or email.

If you receive a suspicious home visit, call, email or any other communication from someone claiming to be from OUC to request personal information or home access, we strongly encourage you not to respond. If you question the legitimacy of a communication or visit, please contact OUC directly at 407-423-9018 (Orlando/Orange County) or 407-957-7373 (St. Cloud/Osceola County). For more on common utility scams, visit ouc.com/scams.

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THERE WILL BE TRASH PICKUP ON JULY 4!

There have been numerous inquiries about whether or not the city of Orlando will pick up trash this Tuesday, July 4.  Tuesday is the new trash pickup day in effect now, but many have wondered about July 4, being a holiday.  The city has sent out notices that there WILL be trash pickup on July 4, so it is recommended that homeowners put out their trash Monday evening, July 3, like normal.

 

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National Night Out – August 2017

The 34th Annual National Night Out celebration is rapidly approaching across the country. This year’s celebration is scheduled for August 1st, 2017, between the evening hours of 4:00pm-8:00pm.

 The Orange County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit would like to be a part of bringing communities together and helping to raise awareness via the “See Something, Say Something” strategy. We welcome communities who will stand in solidarity on August 1st against crime with active events to share and promote with fellow residents.
This years annual event is given the theme- “Making Time for Ridding Crime”. There is an informational meeting scheduled for 7:00pm on July 20th, at the central operations building of the Sheriff’s Office located at 2500 W. Colonial Drive. Please review the attached documents for information on how to RSVP for the Sheriff’s Office attendance at your event, and if interested entering the community contest for best organized event planned for August. Please know that the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place contest winners will be visited personally by Sheriff Jerry Demings and his senior staff on that evening. Either way please RSVP and join us and the community at large for a fabulous time with fellow residents and law enforcement. Master Deputy Stanley Murray Crime Prevention Unit Orange County Sheriff’s Office Please click on the attached documents to learn more!
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NEW GARBAGE/RECYCLE BIN SCHEDULE COMING!

Although Fairway Cove and a few other Orlando communities have already been participating in the Pilot program to pick up both Trash and Recycle bins once a week, the schedule is changing in June, 2017.

Starting June 26, 2017, Garbage pickup will be changed to Tuesdays (meaning it’s recommended that FC residents put out their black garbage bins for pickup Monday evenings).  Recycle bin pickup will be changed to Fridays (so bins should be placed at the curb on Thursday evenings).  Lawn debris pickup will stay the same.

Since this is breaking news, please confirm this schedule if you have any doubts by calling the Orlando Solid Waste Division at 407-246-2314 or visit cityoforlando.net/solidwaste or cityoforlando.net/weeklyrecycling.  Mike Carroll is the Solid Waste Division Manager.

 

 

 

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22nd Annual Orange County Community Conference

Orange County Government NPRD Staff
Orange County Neighborhood Preservation & Revitalization

We are inviting you to the best conference in Orange County, our Community Conference! It is a fun day filled with informative workshops, exhibitors, awards, and so much more. Join us on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 7:30am to 2:00pm. Registration is only $15! Don’t delay, register today!

More Information at www.ocfl.net/CommunityConference

 

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Free trees for your home provided by the city of Orlando

Neighborhood Relations Supervisor Cindy Light, City of Orlando Office of Communications & Neighborhood Relations AGENCY
As a part of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s One Person, One Tree initiative, the City of Orlando, OUC and the Florida Forest Service are providing more FREE trees to Orlando residents. Residents can order up to two free trees for each household.

The trees offered this season are:
Live Oak
Red Maple
Yaupon Holly (new)
Chickasaw Plum (new)

Visit arborday.org/cityoforlando and order your FREE tree in four easy steps:

Enter your address.
Outline your home in the grey box.
Choose the tree you want.
Drag the green dot where you will plant your tree.

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CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN

From Master Deputy Stanley Murray from Orange County Sheriff’s Office

The NHTSA National Click It or Ticket campaign starts Monday, May 22, 2017, and runs through Sunday June 4, 2017. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office embraces this important traffic safety effort for adult drivers and passengers with also acknowledging children onboard. Nationwide law enforcement take a united stand with conducting zero-tolerance regarding the use of seatbelt and child safety seat restraint practices during this campaign. The nationwide goal is to reduce the severity of traffic crash injuries and deaths contributed to non-safety belt use. Currently in Orange County, 51% of all fatal and seriously injured victims involved in a traffic crash are NOT BELTED. Your help is needed in this effort to reduce injury or death on our local roadways.

Please encourage to teen and young adult drivers the importance of following seatbelt and child seat safety laws while also being cognizant of traffic control devices on roadways.

Master Deputy Stanley Murray
Orange County Sheriff’s Office
Crime Prevention Unit

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Veranda Park Farmer’s Market Saturdays

Every Saturday, Veranda Park is pleased to host a Farmer’s Market from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Location: 2121 S. Hiawassee Road

Amenities: Fresh Produce, Live Music, Food, Local Vendors

Website: www.VerandaParkFarmersMarket.com

 

 

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Severe Drought – Help Conserve Water!

Hi, Neighbors –

You may not realize it, but Central Florida’s severe drought conditions have prompted a Water Shortage Warning from the St. John’s River Water Management District (SJRWMD). Now is a good time to ensure you and your family do your part to conserve this precious resource.

As outdoor irrigation accounts for more than half of your water usage, it’s especially important to follow these guidelines set by the SJRWMD, which OUC follows.

From March through November, water your lawn or garden ONLY on these days:
• Odd-Numbered or No Address: Wednesday/Saturday
• Even-Numbered Address: Thursday/Sunday
• Non-Residential Address: Tuesday/Friday

Remember to water only when necessary and before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. to limit evaporation.

For a complete list, visit www.sjrwmd.com/wateringrestrictions/.

Everyday tips to help keep your water usage in check include:
• Avoid washing your car unless necessary
• Cover your pool or spa to reduce evaporation
• Clean driveways/sidewalks with a broom instead of a hose
• Take shorter showers – 5 minutes or less
• Wash only full loads in dishwashers and clothes washers
• Check for faucet or pipe leaks and make repairs promptly

To learn more about water-saving tips, visit www.ouc.com/waterconservation.

Now, let’s hope those summer showers get here sooner than later!

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