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Dear Readers, MAGAZINE
Here we are in the middle of summer and we are still being defined by risk: health care workers tirelessly against Covid-19, employees praying to have a job next week, restaurants and small business owners trying to reinvent their business plan to keep their doors open. Now on top of the pandemic we have protesters who have decided now is the time to cry out for injustice. Do not get me wrong everyone has a right to speak their mind and state their cause, however what happen to social distancing and putting our health first for our fellow man or WOMAN. Can’t we do both? I want to share with you, lyrics from a song, that I believe is fitting for our nation right now. It is called “Good Vibes”, by Rebelution, a reggae rock band. “Good vibes, We’re bringing only good vibes, People walking around talking down on others, You can’t know yourself without knowing about the other, And I know, That ain’t the right way to go… I’ve got a hunch that we don’t want to diss, Let’s move away from hate and prejudice, The racist man yeah he’s full of it, Let’s learn about the culture opposite now, Don’t judge a book by the cover, People take a look at the world and discover, That beauty is the word that I think of, When I see the different colors of skin, And I’ll rejoice and sing for them…” Take the time to listen to the full song and I pray that our Nation continues to move forward. The past is history & the future is present… let us all try and remember that. Every day comes with new information, new questions, and new life altering decisions we must make. In this issue we feature a local woman that I have been friends with since middle school. I know firsthand her passion in helping others and how big her heart is. She is someone that personifies courage and resilience despite personal and professional costs. Back in April, Ashleigh Chambers did not think twice about leaving Osceola County for New York to help during their pandemic. You can read about Osceola County’s very own “Hometown Hero” on pages 20-21. I am proud to call her a longtime friend & after reading her interview I hope you all are proud also! Please stay safe our there & we will see ya'll in September!
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OSCEOLA COUNTY CANDIDATES
IT’S ALMOST THE MOST IMPORTANT TIME OF THE YEAR – THE TIME TO MAKE YOUR VOICE COUNT. ELECTION TIME! WE’VE SAT DOWN WITH SOME OF THIS YEAR’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS CANDIDATES TO LEARN WHAT MAKES THEM THE BEST CHOICE – AND HOW THEY CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE OUR HOME THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE WORK AND PLAY.
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DEPARTMENTS HEALTH COPING DURING COVID
EATING AND EXERCISING FOR A HEALTHY SUMMER
LIFE & WORK VOTE OSCEOLA
MEET SOME OF OUR CANDIDATES AND OTHER VOTING INFORMATION
MEET OSCEOLA'S HOMETOWN HERO
HOW TO BORROW SMART FOR COLLEGE
HOME & STYLE FRESH FROM FLORIDA RECIPES
WHICH REQUIRES LESS ENERGY? AC FAN ON OR OFF?
5 TIPS FOR CREATING A LOW MAINTENANCE HOME
During and after a disaster, it is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during and after a disaster. Everyone reacts differently, and your own feelings will change over time. Notice and accept how you feel. Taking care of your emotional health during an emergency will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your family. Self-care during an emergency will help your long-term healing. People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment plans during an emergency and monitor for any new symptoms. Additional information can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSAexternal icon) website.
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• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. • People with deafness or hearing loss can u se their preferred relay service to call 1-800-985-5990.
Take the following steps to cope with a disaster:
• Take care of your body– Try to eat healthy well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Learn more about wellness strategiesexternal icon for mental health. • Connect with others– Share your c oncerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy
relationships and build a strong support system. • Take breaks– Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Try taking in deep breaths. Try to do activities you usually enjoy. • Stay informed– When you feel that you are missing information, you may become more stressed or nervous. Watch, listen to, or read the news for updates from officials. Be aware that there may be rumors during a crisis, especially on social media. Always check your sources and turn to reliable sources of information like your local government authorities. • Avoid too much exposure to news– Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do enjoyable activities and return to normal life as much as possible and check for updates between breaks. • Seek help when needed– If distress impacts activities of your daily life for several days or weeks, talk to a clergy member, counselor, or doctor, or contact the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800-985-5990.
If you experience these feelings or be haviors for several days in a row and are unable to carry out normal responsibilities because of them, seek professional help. Article provided by
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Look out for these common signs of distress:
• Feelings of feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry, numbness, or frustration • Changes in appetite, energy, and activity levels • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions • Difficulty sleeping or nightmares • Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes • Worsening of chronic health problems • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
7 Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy This Summer Summer is the best time to adopt healthy heart habits that can range from increasing Omega-3 fatty acids by grilling fish to socializing to reduce stress. Take advantage of the wonderful Michigan weather to keep your heart healthy this summer, and for seasons to come, by adopting these lifestyle tips that researchers suggest improve heart health.
1. Enjoy Outdoor Workouts Early-morning workouts are a wonderful way to get the exercise you need for optimal heart health while enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of the season. Whether it’s brisk walking, running, or biking, “green exercise” — physical activity in natural settings — has truly remarkable health benefits, ranging from lower blood pressure and a healthier heart rate to brighter moods and improved sleep.
2. Grill ‘Er Up – With Fish Eating oily fish — such as salmon, tuna, or herring — twice a week, as recommended by the American Heart Association, cuts risk for fatal heart disease by 36%! Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and low in calories, grilled fish is an easy, delicious choice for summer cookouts. Toss a few skewers of cubed vegetables on the grill as well and you’ll have a perfect summer cookout to enjoy with family and friends.
3. Eat Healthy Fats, NOT Trans Fats We need fats in our diet, including saturated, polyunsaturated and unsaturated fats. One fat we don’t need is trans fat, which is known to increase your risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke over a lifetime. This is because trans fat clogs your arteries by raising your bad cholesterol levels (LDL) and lowering your good cholesterol levels (HDL). By cutting them from your diet, you improve the blood flow throughout your body. So, what are trans fats? They are industry-produced fats often used in packaged baked goods, snack foods, margarines and fried fast foods to add flavor and texture.
4. Fruits, Vegetables and Healthy Arteries There’s no better time in Florida to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables, preferably locally grown. Get out to a local farmer’s market for your best bet on heart-healthy
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produce. Research shows that these foods contain different classes of phytonutrients, natural components in plants that may reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Many fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants and ultimately can help reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances on inner walls of arteries. The American Heart Association recommends at least 4.5 cups per day of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy lifestyle that can help you avoid risks for heart disease and stroke.
5. Hydrate! Drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity, or any time you’re out in the sun, to avoid dehydration. For low-calorie flavor, add slices of your favorite fruits such as melon, oranges, berries or even cucumber or mint to a pitcher of water and refrigerate for two hours. Not only does that prevent dehydration, but it can also help you maintain a healthy weight, according to a new study of nearly 10,000 people. The researchers found that people who are inadequately hydrated are more likely to be overweight than those who drank ample water and ate fruits and veggies with high water content.
6. Socialize Research shows that people who socialize, exchange thoughts, share worries and enjoy a good laugh with friends enjoy lower stress levels and tend to stay more relaxed. So take advantage of summer to socialize with your favorite friends and family members, whether it’s for a day at the beach, cycling trails, or a backyard bbq for a “chillin’ and grillin’” session.
7. But…Get Enough Sleep Don’t get so carried away with the socializing that you neglect your sleep! Sleep is an essential part of keeping your heart healthy. If you don’t sleep enough, you may be at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease no matter your age or other health habits. One study looking at 3,000 adults over the age of 45 found that those who slept fewer than six hours per night were about twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack as people who slept six to eight hours per night. Researchers believe sleeping too little causes disruptions in underlying health conditions and biological processes, including blood pressure and inflammation.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN WORKOUT Circuits can be a great way to work out without any special equipment
TO BUILD YOUR CIRCUIT, CHOOSE 3-4 EXERCISES FROM EACH CATEGORY: Alternate cardio and strength exercises in short bursts of 30 seconds for up to 3 minutes, then repeat the circuit two to three times. CARDIO EXERCISES – Jumping Jacks – Squat Jumps – Jogging or Marching in Place – Stair-Climbing or Step-Ups – High Knees – Mountain Climbers – Star Jumps – Burpees STRENGTHENING AND STABILITY EXERCISES – Plank and Side Plank – Pushups – Sit-Ups or Crunches – Hip Lift or Bridge Postition – Tricep Dips on a Chair – Lunges – Squats or Chair Position – Wall Sits Learn more ways to add activity to your routine at
heart.org/HealthyForGood EAT SMART
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OSCEOLA COUNTY CANDIDATES
IT’S ALMOST THE MOST IMPORTANT TIME OF THE YEAR – THE TIME TO MAKE YOUR VOICE COUNT. ELECTION TIME! WE’VE SAT DOWN WITH SOME OF THIS YEAR’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS CANDIDATES TO LEARN WHAT MAKES THEM THE BEST CHOICE – AND HOW THEY CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE OUR HOME THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE WORK AND PLAY.
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ALAN APTE Judge Apte is a lifelong Floridian and has given back to our community by serving on the Boys and Girls Club of Osceola County board of directors, member of the Silver Spurs Rodeo, volunteering at Give Kids the World, and coaching our youth in soccer. In 1993, Judge Apte received his Juris Doctorate law degree from the Nova University Shepard Broad Law Center and Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry with Minors in Computer Science and Fine Art from the University of Miami. His family has been part of the fabric of Florida for over hundred years. He is who is today because of his parents, Stanley,
and Laura. They were born during the Great Depression into blue collar families. Judge Apteâ€™s parents were the first in their families to graduate college and receive post graduate degrees. Stanley received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Florida and Juris Doctorate law degree from New York University. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corp and U.S. Air Force during Korea and Vietnam and was a well-respected lawyer for over 60 years. Laura received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Miami and Masterâ€™s in Education from Barry University. She taught for 30 years in elementary, junior high, and high school. Laura was a staunch feminist who believed in the equality of sexes. She instilled all these traits in him. They both instilled in him from a young age that education and hard work is the
secret to success and independence, to always give back to the community, to treat everyone with respect and fairness, to never go back on your word, and that all you need to make a deal is a handshake. These are the traits that make Judge Apte a judge that we need to keep in our community.
To learn more about Judge Alan Apte please go to www.reelectjudgeapte.com and Vote for him now or on August 18th.
Hello, my name is
MIKE FISHER I am running for Osceola County Sheriff. I have been a resident of Kissimmee for the last 40 years. After retiring from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office as a Captain in 2017, I still have a passion to continue to serve this great county and its diverse citizens. From the age of 19, I have dedicated my entire life to serving Osceola County. I have over 29 years of proven leadership and comprehensive Law Enforcement experience at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. I know firsthand what it takes to keep our county and your family safe. I want to bring back pride to the Sheriff’s Office through full transparency, professionalism and most importantly the concept of service. I want to build an agency that understands its core mission of law enforcement by utilizing proven policing concepts, strong community partnerships and providing our deputies with the best training possible. In doing these things, it is my vision to make the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office the best trained, equipped and performing Sheriff’s Office in the state of Florida.
I was born in Peoria, Illinois into a blue-collar family. I lived in East Peoria until I was 12. My parents, Clarence (Butch) and Sandy Fisher moved myself, my brother, Tim, and my sister, Madie, to Kissimmee in 1980. I grew up in Buena Ventura Lakes (BVL) and went to a private Christian School. I met my wife-to-be in school, Rachel Haselden Fisher, and we have been married for over 33 years. Rachel and I have three children. Our daughter, Colette, and our two sons, Jared & Jordan. We have two beautiful daughter in-laws, Lauren Fisher and Brittney Fisher and we have 6 wonderful grandchildren. We have always lived in and raised our children in Osceola County. We have been planted into Osceola County for over 40 years and our roots run deep and wide. It is our goal to serve and care for Osceola County because this is where we intend to live, stay and continue to watch our family expand and grow. Right here in this community. As a young man I had a life-long love of law enforcement which began with my Uncle, Paul Fisher. He was
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the first of the Fisher Family to join the law enforcement ranks. Since that time, law enforcement has proudly become a family calling. Today I have 10 family members who have been or currently are law enforcement officers. My brother Tim retired from the Kissimmee Police Department and my two sons currently work as Detectives at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. I also have two nephews in law enforcement here in Central Florida. Public service has been taught and lived by example in our family. Keeping the citizens of Osceola County safe is not just a job for me, it has been my personal mission for three decades. I have the experience and leadership ability to bring much needed cultural transformation to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and I will re-establish legitimacy and trust with our community by being an engaged and accessible leader. I look forward to being your next Osceola County Sheriff and I respectfully ask for your vote on or before August 18th.
A PROVEN LEADER WHO CAN CREATE CULTURAL TRANSFORMATION Over 30 Years of Comprehensive Law Enforcement and Corporate Security
Keeping the people of Osceola County safe is not just a job for me, it has been my personal mission for three
decades. I have the experience and leadership ability to 29 Years with the Osceola County
bring much needed cultural transformation to the
Sheriff's Office, Retired as Captain
Osceola County Sheriff's Offic and I will re-establish legitimacy and trust within our community by being an
3 Years as Senior Manager, Universal Orlando Security Investigations Department
engaged and accessible leader. I respectfully ask for your vote to be your next Osceola County Sheriff on or before August 18th.
12 Years of Law Enforcement Supervision and Management Experience
Graduate, University of Louisville Southern Police Institute's Command Officer's School
Graduate, Florida Sheriff's Association Commander's Academy
Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Club, Kissimmee
"Mike Fisher has an unwavering commitment to the needs of the
"The Central Florida Hotel and Lodging
community, intiatives that ensure our resident's voices are heard,
Association has complete confidence in
and improved communications between the Osceola County
Mike Fisher's commitment to serving as a
Sheriff's Officee and our neighborhoods. We look forward to the
"Tourism Champion" in Osceola County."
policies he will fully develop and bring forward to engage all our Hispanic community as the next Sheriff of Oscola County."
Central Florida Hotel Lodging Association
Hispanic Political Action Committee Paid for and Approved by Mike Fisher Democratic Candidate for Osceola County Sheriff
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Voters can request their mail ballot online at www.voteosceola.com or by calling the elections office at 407-742-6000. Vote by Mail ballots are sent out about a month ahead of each election and must be in our office no later than 7pm on Election Day. The most important things to know about mail ballots is that you must sign your mail ballot envelope and that we will be comparing that signature against the one on file. If you think your signature has changed, it is time to update your record! H H H H H H H H
Considering the current health crisis, Supervisor of Elections Mary Jane Arrington would like to encourage voters to take advantage of either Vote by Mail or Early Voting this election cycle. These voting methods can help reduce the number of people at a particular polling location at any one time.
Early Voting will be held August 3-16 for the Primary Election. This year we are adding yet another Early Voting location. This one will be at the new Tax Collectorâ€™s office in Campbell City. This brings our total to 8 locations! These will all be open for 14 days from 9am7pm. For a full list of Early Voting sites you can visit www.voteosceola.com or call the elections office. Supervisor Arrington wants all Osceola County voters to feel comfortable casting a ballot whether itâ€™s from their own home or inside a polling location. Please note- the following precautions are being taken in order to help keep our voters and election workers safe:
Rooms and equipment will be sanitized throughout the day Voting booths will be spread out as much as possible A hand sanitizing station will be located at the entrance Workers will be wearing masks Voters will be asked to sign in with a disposable cotton swab rather than a stylus Disposable secrecy sleeves will be used Pens will be sanitized between uses Social distancing will be encouraged
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ARE YOU ELECTION READY? Supervisor of Elections Mary Jane Arrington would like to remind you that you can choose between
3 METHODS OF VOTING
Be sure to check your voter status before Election Day so you can be election ready!
2020 Election Dates: Primary Election August 18, 2020
Early Voting - August 3-16 Book closing - July 20
November 3, 2020
FLORIDA IS A CLOSED PRIMARY STATE
Early Voting - October 19 - November 1 Book closing - October 5
If you wish to vote in a partisan primary, you must be registered with that particular party affiliation.
Call 407-742-6000 or visit www.voteosceola.com for more information
Sheriff Russ Gibson was elected to the Office of Sheriff on November 8, 2016. He began his law enforcement career in 1985 at the Brookfield Township Police Department in Ohio. There, he worked for two years as a Reserve Deputy before moving to Osceola County, predominating his 33 years of public service. Sheriff Gibson began working at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office on January 12, 1987, where he held assignments as Field Training Officer and Sergeant in the Corrections Department—supervising the booking, classifications, security, and release of inmates– and such Divisions as Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Judicial Services, and Community Services. Sheriff Gibson was also an instructor at the Technical Education Center Osceola (TECO). As a member of the Criminal Investigations Division, Sheriff Gibson worked in the Violent Crimes Unit as a homicide detective, investigating heinous murders, suspicious deaths, and suicides. He was fortunate enough to solve every investigation assigned to
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him as lead detective, including some cold cases. Sheriff Gibson’s expertise; however, lay in his position as a persons and sex crimes detective, solving sensitive cases involving elderly abuse, sex crimes, crimes against children, and cyber-crimes. Before retiring to seek the Office of Sheriff, he was the Sergeant over the School Resource Officer Program (SRO), supervising SROs designated to the west and south sides of Osceola County’s unincorporated schools and all 55 crossing-guards, as well as safeguarding Osceola’s children, our most precious resources.
two granddaughters. Weekly, Sheriff Gibson participates in delivering Meals on Wheels to Osceola’s local senior citizens. As Osceola County’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer, Sheriff Gibson is responsible for a budget of approximately $82 million and over 800 employees. He is committed to keeping the residents, businesses, and visitors of Osceola County safe by demonstrating a sense of compassion and fairness to all of our diverse communities.
Sheriff Gibson is a board member of the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange (CFIX), Board of Trustees of the Criminal Justice Academy at Osceola Technical College, Osceola County Investigative Bureau (OCIB), Metropolitan Bureau of Investigations (MBI), Osceola Council on Aging, Park Place Behavioral Center, St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Future Dreamers & Achievers, and he is a member of the Florida Sheriff’s Association and serves as Commissioner for the Law EnforceSheriff Gibson has been married to ment Accreditation Commission. Gibson his wife, Scarlet, for over 23 years and has a son, two daughters, and
Sheriff Russ Gibson Keeps His Promises Reduced overall crime by 19.63%. Hired 38 more School Resource Officers (SRO) to assign an SRO in every public school. Implemented a competitive pay scale to recruit and retain the most talented personnel. Built stronger community partnerships between the Sheriffâ€™s Office and Osceola County. Implemented the first body worn camera program. Implemented a Narcan Program to combat the opioid crisis plaguing our country. Implemented a Therapy Dog Program to comfort victims of crime. (K9 Murphy and K9 Callie). Secured a westside command center to increase safety and security in the tourist corridor. Created a grant program and been awarded approximately $1.2 million in grant funds. Implemented new youth programs: radKids, Camp K.I.N.D., Youth Citizens Academy, Gaming Trailer, Bridging the G.A.A.P.
Continue to Grow the Sheriffâ€™s Office and Ensure Safety in Osceola County. Continue our Commitment to Combating the Illegal Drug Epidemic Plaguing our Nation. Continue Investing in our Youth and Building Stronger Community Partnerships.
- Retired FHP Chief Derek D. Barrs - Sheriff John Mina, Orange County - Retired Pasco County Sheriff Bob White
Elected to Osceola County Sheriff in November 2016.
- Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist Olga Tanon
Over 33 Years Law Enforcement experience.
Serving on the Boards for: Osceola Council on Aging, Central Florida Intelligence Exchange (CFIX) , Board of Trustees of the Criminal Justice Academy at Osceola Technical College, Park Place Behavioral Center, St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, Future Dreamers & Achievers, Osceola County Investigative Bureau (OCIB), Metropolitan Bureau of Investigations (MBI), and serving as Commissioner for the Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.
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h g u o r o b r a c S Katrina OSCEOLA
is a lifelong Osceola County resident. She has dedicated 32 years of her life to public service and she is very well respected in the community. Katrina has worked and trained in almost every area of the OCPAO office and the field. She also served as the Chief of staff for two years prior to being elected as the Osceola County Property Appraiser. Katrina Scarborough was elected Property Appraiser in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 and 2016.Katrina is an
Property Appraiserâ€™s Association of Florida, and Florida Association of Cadastral Mappers. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Community Vision serving as the President. Katrina is also on the Board of Directors for the Osceola Council on Aging, and Christmas for the Kids. She is also a past board member of the Osceola County Historical Society and the Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her four sons: Timothy, Chase, Ty, and Caden and her granddaughter Skylar.
Key Points: 3 30 years of experience 3 Most qualified for the position 3 Created the Homestead Fraud Detection
3 Created the Community Outreach Program
exemplary leader in the community and the Osceola County Property Appraiser Office. She leads a successful team of 56 employees who are responsible for producing the tax roll for Osceola County. Katrina gives willingly of her time to the community through volunteerism, sponsorships, and serving on various non-profit boards. Katrina is a Certified Florida Appraiser, Certified Cadastralist of Florida, and Master Cadastralist of Florida. She is a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers, Florida Chapter of International Association of Assessing Officers,
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3 Helped improve technology for more fair
and accurate property assessments
3 Upgraded the Property Appraiserâ€™s website
to better facilitate services to our citizens
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4 Since elected, Katrina has returned over $3.5 million in taxpayer funds from running a fiscally responsible operation 4 Established the Property Tax Fraud, Investigation & Recovery Program which has recovered and returned $366,836 to local taxing authorities 4 Instituted overall technology upgrades such as Homestead Exemption online filing, TPP online filing, website upgrades, new technology in ESRI GIS Data & Maps 4 Instituted Spanish support for the office including customer service, the website, and public-facing materials 4 Created Community Outreach department in 2017 to make a better effort to reach out to the public
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Awarded the “Certificate of Excellence for Assessment Administration” by the International Association of Assessing Officers in 2010, recertified in 2016 Awarded the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award by ESRI in 2015 Awarded the Past President’s Award by the Property Appraisers’ Association of Florida in 2017 Awarded the Bob Walden Award by the Property Appraisers’ Association of Florida in 2017 for her continued dedication and outstanding service to the organization Selected as IAAO’s Member Map of the Month for October 2017
4 Certified Florida Appraiser 4 Certified Cadastralist of Florida 4 Master Cadastralist of Florida
4 Osceola County Historical Society, Past Member of the Board of Directors, President 2015-2016 4 Osceola Council on Aging, Current Member of the Board of Directors, President 2016 4 Christmas for the Kids Osceola, Current Member of the Board of Directors 4 Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce, Past Member of the Board of Directors, Current Organizational Member 4 St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce, Current Organizational Member 4 Property Appraiser’s Association of Florida, Current Member, President 2016-2017 4 International Association of Assessing Officers, Current Member 4 Florida Chapter of International Association of Assessing Officers, Current Member 4 Florida Association of Cadastral Mappers, Current Member Political advertisement paid for and approved by Katrina Scarborojugh, Democrat for Osceola County Property Appraiser.
ENSURING AND SECURING YOUR VOTE
Is your voter registration up-to-date? Do you know where your polling place is located? The November 6th midterm elections are just around the corner. To ensure you can vote and vote with conﬁdence, here are a few best practices. Most importantly, for reliable information on voting, go to trusted sources—contact your state or local election ofﬁce.
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Verify Your Registration: Ensure you are registered to vote with your current address and personal information. To do this, check your state or local election office’s website or call them well in advance of Election Day. Know Where to Vote: To verify where you vote or obtain forms to vote by mail, check your state or local election office’s website or call them. Do the same thing if you are notified your voting location has changed. Have the Right Identification: Each state has rules about identification to vote in person or by mail. To check what identification you may need, check your state or local election office’s website or call them. Know Your Ballot: Many state and local election officers provide a sample ballot and/or ballot pamphlet before Election Day. Familiarize yourself with it before voting. To see if your state has sample ballots and/or ballot pamphlets, check your state or local election office’s website or call them.
If Necessary, Request a Provisional Ballot at the Polling Place: A provisional ballot is used when a voter’s registration status or eligibility is unclear. If you choose to vote in person on election day and are not on the registration list, and you believe you are eligible and registered to vote, you can request a provisional ballot. It will be counted if eligibility is confirmed after the election. Ask for Help: If you need help or have questions while voting, ask a poll worker. If you need assistance in voting due to disability or illiteracy, you also have the right to bring someone with you to help you to cast your vote (subject to certain rules). Confirm Your Selections: After completing your ballot, but before casting it, confirm your vote selections are correct.
Check the Results: Remember that Election Day results are unofficial and it may take a few days or weeks for official results to become available. For the most accurate results, check your state or local election office’s website or call them. Check Your Provisional and/or Mail Ballot: After elections, voters may have the option to check whether provisional ballots or mail ballots were counted. Some states also allow voters who cast a provisional ballot to provide missing information to ensure their ballot is counted. To do this, check your state or local election office’s website or call them.
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When times are tough, heroes emerge. We all know someone who is making a difference right now as we live through unprecedented times. In this issue of OWM, we are highlighting one of Osceola’s Hometown Heroes, who was on the front lines helping the fight against COVID-19.
AC: 21 days. Although there was an opportunity to stay longer, I knew by day 21 my journey was over.
Meet Ashleigh Chambers,
OWM: Can you give us an idea what your shift was like?
OWM: What made you decide to go to New York City during this pandemic?
AC: I was assigned to work nights. That was an adjustment. I had not worked night shift in 10 years. I had to report down to the buses from my hotel room by 5:45pm every night. I would sit on the bus before we left to FaceTime my husband and kids (had to get my time in with them when I could). From the hotel we were transported to our assigned hospital. I worked 12-hour shifts. 7pm through 7am. No days off once I started. I ended up working 15 shifts in a row (I was there a week prior to starting my shifts for orientation/paperwork etc.). I did not think I would be able to handle it physically. I never thought about the mental aspect until I started. Overall, I felt like I handled the shifts the best I could and surprisingly felt physically AND mentally stable throughout my entire stay.
she is a licensed Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), that traveled NYC to care for COVID-19 patients. This being possibly one of the most challenging things she would ever be faced with. When she saw a social media post, that a company was seeking nurses to work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in NYC, Chambers knew what she had to do.
AC: The only way I can describe it was that there was a calling in my heart to go. It wasn’t a difficult decision. I knew I needed to go. OWM: Did you have to commit to a certain amount of time? AC: I had to commit to 21 days. OWM: How long did you stay?
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OWM Which hospital where you to assigned to? AC: It was a small public hospital in the Bronx.
OWM Did you feel you contributed to the relief of the healthcare workers that had been working through the hardest part of this Virus?
purpose in life. It’s not work to me. I love what I do. For me, it is a blessing that I can help others on a daily basis. OWM What do you feel we as individuals can do to help our families be safe during this time?
AC: Absolutely. It was a huge sigh of relief for those nurses to see fresh faces who were there to help them. After I arrived, I spoke with some of them who had been there almost a month before me. They were incredibly grateful but also very tired. A lot of them would say “If only we had you guys 2 weeks ago.”.
AC: As a medical professional, I am abiding by the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Florida Department of Health. To be safe during these uncertain times I believe it is best to follow these guidelines. There is still so much we do not know about this disease therefore I feel that it is in the best interest of our families to abide by these guidelines.
OWM What did you see was the number one thing the medical staff could do for patients coming in with symptoms? AC: This is a hard question to answer. I don’t think there is just one thing. It’s a combination of being the patients advocate all while trying to keep them calm and reassure them that we were there to help and comfort them. OWM Being a young mother of two how did you handle leaving your husband and children? AC: I had a picture hanging by my mirror that the boys colored for me so that I could look at it every day to remind me to keep pushing through. I would also be in contact with my husband frequently via text and FaceTime to get me through. Overall, it was tough, but I had to keep reminding myself of why I was there. You need to have mental toughness to keep going. I would like to add that I could not have done it without the support of my husband. His encouragement gave me strength to do what I needed to do. On top of that he was Mr. Mom the entire 21 days I was gone. He is just the greatest! I am so blessed.
OWM If you had one thing to tell people about COVID-19 what would that be? AC: I think an important thing to remind people about this pandemic is that there is hope. I think it is important to remember that this time will pass. Eventually, our healthcare professionals will have more knowledge and understanding about this new and mysterious disease we call COVID-19. With that said, the hope is that the outcomes will be less severe in those patients who are most susceptible to this disease. It will be better one day.
OWM: Have you always had this desire to help others? AC: I have always had the desire to be in the field of medicine. When people tell me how special it is that I have the ability to help others, I just see it as a part of who I am and my
How to Borrow SMART for
College "It’s no secret college can be expensive, and families are often faced with finding creative ways to cover the costs. Whether borrowing student loans or parent loans has always been part of your family’s plan or it is suddenly being considered due to new financial circumstances, there is good news: several smart strategies can help you save money.
• Automate payments: Automating payments not only gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your bills will be paid on time, every time, but some lenders even offer interest rate reductions alongside this option.
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• Choose a shorter
Some private lenders allow you to customize the length of your repayment term. If it’s in your monthly budget to do so, select a shorter term. While monthly payments will likely be higher, you’ll save in the long run.
• Start early: Consider making monthly payments on the loan while the student is still in school. Payments may be deferred during this time, but the loan may still be accruing interest that will be added to your loan balance. Check with your lender. Use a student loan calculator, like the one from College Ave Student Loans to see how a small monthly amount can make a big difference.
• Go above and beyond: When possible, make additional payments on your loan. Whether you choose to do this monthly or in lump sums after special occasions (e.g. tax refunds and graduation gifts), this can be a good way to get ahead of your repayment schedule and reduce interest charges. Just be sure your lender doesn’t charge a fee for doing so.
• Borrow federal first: Borrow federal student loans in the student’s name first. They offer low fixed interest rates to all borrowers, not just those with excellent credit scores. Plus, they offer special benefits like income-driven repayment and loan forgiveness options not typically offered on private loans
• Shop around: If federal student loans don’t adequately cover college costs, private student loans can fill the gap. Be sure to comparison shop to learn which
lender will offer you a good interest rate, as well as multiple repayment options that fit your family’s budget. When shopping, look for a pre-qualification tool offered on the lender’s site that will share what rates you can expect without a hard check on your credit. There are a number of private student and private parent loan options available at great rates from College Ave Student Loans, which offers streamlined customer service features and cost-saving perks, such as an interest rate reduction when you automate payments and no penalties for additional payments made. Their easy, transparent loan application process offers an instant credit decision, so there is no period of uncertainty. More tips, resources, guides and financial expert advice to help you navigate the financial road to college can be found by visiting, collegeave.com. “The pandemic has created some uncertainty for many families,” says Joe DePaulo, co-founder and CEO of College Ave Student Loans. “However, there are steps you can take now to create a solid plan to cover your upcoming college costs.”
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Florida Guacamole INGREDIENTS
• 2 Florida avocados, pit removed and mashed • 1 Florida tomato, diced small • 2 Florida Key limes, juiced • ¼ red onion, diced small • 2 tablespoon fresh cilantro, roughly chopped • ½ teaspoon cumin • Several dashes hot sauce (optional) • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
PREPARATION Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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Florida Red Snapper with Strawberry & Avocado Salsa INGREDIENTS
• 4 (6-ounce) Florida red snapper fillets • 1 ripe Florida avocado, diced • 2 cups Florida strawberries, finely chopped • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped • ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped • 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lime zest • ¼ teaspoon Florida sugar • 1 tablespoon olive oil • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
PREPARATION Stir jalapeño, avocado, strawberries, onion, cilantro, lime juice, sugar and sea salt together in a bowl. Cover and set aside. Salsa may be made several hours ahead and chilled. When making ahead, add the sugar, salt, and avocado when ready to serve. Preheat stovetop grill pan over high heat. Pat fillets dry, then brush both sides with the oil; sprinkle with the lime zest, salt, and pepper. Lay fillets on grill pan skin side down and cook 4 to 5 minutes on each side, turning once, until cooked through. Transfer fillets skin side up to individual serving plates. Carefully remove skin; top with avocado-strawberry salsa.
Florida Citrus Greek Yogurt Sea Salt Cake INGREDIENTS For Cake: • • • • • • • • • • • •
¼ cup Florida Orange Juice 1 Florida Orange curl, if desired 6 Florida Orange segments, if desired ½ cup Greek yogurt 3 eggs 1 cup sugar 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp. baking powder 2 tsp. Florida Orange zest, grated ⅓ cup vegetable oil 1 tsp. sea salt, medium grain 1 mint sprig, if desired
• ¼ cup Florida Orange Juice • ¾ cup powdered sugar
PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, combine Florida Orange Juice, yogurt, eggs and sugar and mix until smooth. Add flour, baking powder and Florida Orange zest and mix just until combined. Add oil and mix until fully blended. Butter a 9-inch round cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Pour cake batter into the prepared pan. Lightly sprinkle sea salt on top of the cake batter. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cake cool in pan for 8 minutes. Remove cake from pan and place on a wire rack until completely cool. While cake is cooling, prepare glaze by combining Florida Orange Juice and powdered sugar and mixing until smooth. Place cake on a serving plate and drizzle the glaze over top of the cake. Garnish with Florida Orange segments, Florida Orange curl and mint sprig, if desired.
Florida Passion Fruit and Orange Margarita INGREDIENTS
2 ounces freshly squeezed Florida orange juice 4 ounces passion fruit juice 6 ounces tequila 2 ounces orange liqueur 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons fresh-cracked sea salt
PREPARATION Prepare the glass by running a lime wedge around the rim. Invert glass, and twist rim in salt. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Pour passion fruit juice, tequila, orange liqueur, orange and lime juices, and vanilla extract in cocktail shaker. Shake the mix vigorously, 50 times or more. Pour into glass; serve chilled.
WHICH REQUIRES LESS ENERGY?
AC FAN ON or IN AUTO? During the hot weather, using your air conditioning can be your biggest monthly electrical charge. So, it’s normal that you’re checking for ways to consume less energy. That can entail using an energy-efficient AC setting or even stepping up to an ENERGY STAR®-rated unit through air conditioner installation.
(and disadvantages) when it comes to your home’s comfort. Here’s why.
Modifying your air conditioning’s fan setting is an additional way you can save money. Your air conditioner works with a fan to deliver the cool air it creates. You control this fan at your thermostat by changing it to “auto,” which signifies the fan will only work when the air conditioner is operating. Or you can set it to “on,” which means it will operate all the time.
It’s also advantageous if one of your loved ones deals with allergies, asthma or other respiratory illnesses. That’s because the air is consistently being dispersed and filtrated. On the flip side, you may have to install new air filters more frequently. Having the fan on all day can also make your energy bills more expensive. It could also cause the fan to wear out sooner and need air conditioning repair.
Does putting your AC on “fan” save energy? This isn’t always the case. Typically, using your air conditioner’s fan all day is going to make your energy bill slightly higher. But it also offers a few advantages
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Air Conditioner Fan Set to “On” Having your air conditioner’s fan operate continuously can better equalize your family’s comfort. This is good if you have a two-story home, since spaces upstairs can be warmer. It’s also ideal if you have problems with unbalanced cooling on account of hot and cold rooms.
Your residence may also seem muggier. Air conditioning helps control humidity by clearing water from the air. But if the fan is continually running, it’s harder for moisture to drip from the condenser outside.
Air Conditioner Fan Set to “Auto”
allowing you to monitor and change temperature settings while away.
This is the best energy-efficient setting, as the fan will only work when your air conditioner does. It’s ideal if your residence always feels cool, whichever room you’re in. There are a few disadvantages to using the auto setting. You might have hot and cold spots in your house and reduced air quality. This is due to the fact air isn’t always moving or being continuously filtrated.
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On the flip side, you’ll use less energy and won’t have to get a new air filter as often. Both are savings that can build up throughout the year, so you’ll have to consider what’s right for your household. If you’re running into home comfort issues during the summer, Osceola Air can help. We install a large range of energy-efficient air conditioners that can keep your home more pleasant while also helping you save more on cooling costs. Many also work with the latest smart home technology,
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LOW-MAINTENANCE HOME Because most people are spending more time at home than usual, ensuring your living spaces are clean and uncluttered can make being home more comfortable and enjoyable. However, not everyone has the time, or desire, to devote to constant maintenance. A shift toward less work around the house just takes some prep work and smart tools.
Organize and declutter. Working
our way around stacks of things you do not use frequently, or need at all, can make it difficult to keep your home tidy. Cut back on the clutter by sorting items into categories such as things you use often, those you rarely use and things you do not need any longer. Donate what you do not need then work on organizing the rest. Invest in drawers, shelves, and storage bins to ensure everything has a place, and only leave out the items you use frequently.
Automate your cleaning. You can
simplify your chores by putting technology to work for you. One example is an all-in-one robotic vacuum cleaner and floor mop that keep floors clean, so you don’t have to think about it, such as the Deebot T5 from Ecovacs. Its patented OZMO Mopping System allows it to vacuum and mop simultaneously, removing up to 99% of bacteria without any harsh chemicals. It smartly maps your home with laser technology, and the automatic carpet detection feature avoids carpet
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when mopping to keep it from getting wet. You can even schedule cleanings from your phone.
Manage paper. It can be easy to allow mail, magazines, and other paper to pile up. To help manage the influx, create an “inbox” in a convenient location and put mail and paperwork there all week. Designate one day each week to sort, take action, shred and dispose of mail and other paper you’ve collected.
Create a labeling system. The hassle of finding and remembering where you put extra linens, wading through a cluttered spice rack, or locating the hammer can be unnecessary stressors. Consider investing in a label maker to help make it easier to keep organized and find the things you are looking for when you need them.
Use time wisely. Devoting a small amount of time to daily maintenance is key. If a task takes just a few minutes to do – like scheduling your robot vacuum to clean or putting dishes in the dishwasher – do it as needed. Then, every day, spend 10-15 minutes tidying up and putting things away so they do not pile up and lead to more time-consuming chores. A low-maintenance home can free your time for more living. Find more ideas for less maintenance at ecovacs.com.
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