Public Safety Academy – Application Deadline Approaching

first_img Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Previous articleHouse of Cards renewed for season 5, showrunner exitsNext articleSala’s Hawaiian Slurp Shack Now Open Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The City of Apopka is now accepting applications for the 2016 Apopka Citizen Public Safety Academy.  This popular program will host twenty to twenty-five individuals and starts on February 25, 2016.The classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for eight weeks.This is a great opportunity for members of the community to learn more about the Apopka Police Department and the Apopka Fire Department.The Apopka Citizen Public Safety Academy application can be picked up at the Police Department.  Interested parties can email [email protected] to request an application via email.You can download an application using this link. Apopka Citizen Public Safety Academy ApplicationApplicants must provide a notarized Affidavit of Good Moral Character and a signed the Volunteer Waiver.The completed application must be returned to the Apopka Police Department, 112 East Sixth Street.  The front desk is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.The application deadline is next Friday, February 5th.If anyone has any questions, please contact Officer Cynthia Hall, at 407-703-1771 ext. 245 Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

Looking back

first_img‘Family-friendly’ communities”These ideas may seem unrelated to a sad anniversary,” Bower said. “But they have been shown to contribute to a community being ‘family-friendly.’ Communities that are characterized by these attitudes and behaviors help promote resilience in the face of tragedy.”While anniversary remembrances can resurrect old feelings of pain and confusion,” he said, “they also offer a way to channel pain and confusion into a sense of control over the events in our lives and a hope for a brighter future.” By Merritt MelanconUniversity of GeorgiaWe’ve gotten on with our lives after the Sept. 11 attacks. The thoughts and feelings we suppressed to do that, though, haven’t gone.As the Pentagon and World Trade Center tragedies’ first anniversary approaches, prepare for some of those post-attack feelings’ and fears’ resurrection, says University of Georgia human development specialist Don Bower.”Anniversaries of tragedies often dredge up painful memories,” said Bower, an associate professor with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “Feelings of sadness, isolation, anger, lack of meaning and despair are common, especially if our grieving hasn’t resulted in some sense of resolution.”Forum for sharingAnniversary rituals can help us cope with anticipated grief, Bower said, by providing some structure for our remembrances and a forum in which to share our thoughts with our friends and neighbors.As families and communities consider memorials, Bower said, remember a couple of things that may help promote healing. Recognize that not everyone will experience the same emotions around the anniversary. Although its stages are universal, grief is experienced individually and personally. Understand that others may not share your particular feelings around this tragedy.Not everyone will want to recognize this kind of anniversary. Some will think it’s important to “move on” or that focusing on painful events of the past only makes recovery harder. Write a note of thanks to the public safety professionals such as firefighters, police and EMTs for all they do to protect your community.Donate blood (or money) at a community blood drive.Plant a tree in remembrance of someone special.Volunteer to share your time and talents with a community youth-serving organization.Organize a block party to bring your neighbors closer together.Beautify the landscape in a public area.Visit a senior friend and encourage her or him to reminisce.Respond to everyday affronts such as road rage with forgiveness and courtesy.Speak up when you see other people being demeaned or taken advantage of. Variety of ritualsFor these reasons, Bower says, community remembrances around 9/11 should provide a variety of rituals. Make the “celebration” activities compatible with the moods of your family.Expect TV to be saturated with video images from that time, which can trigger more distress for children and others who may be on edge emotionally. Consider limiting how much of this your family should see.Many communities choose to become active participants in helping heal emotional scars. One of the best ways to do this is to get involved in community service that overpowers the anger and sadness with productive contributions.Positive examplesThese are especially effective when adults and youth work together. Some examples:last_img read more

Binghamton University Basketball players read to children at Johnson City Elementary School

first_img“When I was a kid, we had some older guy come in and help us. So me as an older guy coming in here to help and teach them to be successful just like I is very important,” said Freshman Shooting Guard Lorenzo “Brenton” Mills. They were split into four groups and read a book to the children. The players then answered the students’ questions. Members of the basketball team says it feels good to come out and build relationships with the community. One of the players sang happy birthday to a student who had a birthday in January. The players met with 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students at Johnson City Elementary School to talk about how and why they use reading in their everyday lives. After they finished reading, the basketball players introduced themselves to the students and told them what they’re studying at Binghamton University. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Binghamton University Men’s Basketball Team spent time Monday morning reading to children in our community.last_img read more

Cochran solid for Wisconsin

first_imgIn his second season at Wisconsin, sophomore defender AJ Cochran has played every minute in the defense this fall. In addition to his defensive duties, Cochran has also scored one goal for UW in 2012.[/media-credit]Three years ago, when AJ Cochran heard of Wisconsin, he fell in love almost immediately. The Big Ten atmosphere, the 40,000-plus students, the social scene and excellence in academics all appealed to the then high school senior. While still in pursuit of finding the university where he would like to play collegiate soccer, a simple, small shove of guidance from his sister made all of the difference.“[Wisconsin] was an awesome and unreal campus, from what my sister told me,” Cochran said. “I was like, ‘I’m definitely going to go check this place out.’”And once he made that decision, the game was just about over for competing schools, as it took Cochran just 30 minutes to decide Madison was the place for him. It also helped that now head coach John Trask had made a very similar decision.Trask began his recruitment of Cochran while he was head coach at Illinois-Chicago. One year later, once he became UW’s head coach, the idea of Cochran as a Badger was a perfect fit for everyone involved.“It became a win-win-win all the way around because academically and socially [Cochran] was crying out for an institution like this,” Trask recalled. “Once I got to [Wisconsin], it was pretty much a done deal for his family and him to commit to us, knowing that we were building something.”What Trask was building was a notable soccer program at Wisconsin, something that hadn’t been seen in awhile. The Badgers had not finished above .500 in Big Ten play since 2006, and Trask was looking for a defensive centerfold. Cochran was his man.And ever since, Cochran has been a key piece in the puzzle for a Wisconsin team that has made steady improvement.The 2010 Gatorade Player of the Year from Missouri started for much of his freshman season, logging over 1,600 minutes, more than any other Badger freshman. His consistent play throughout the conference schedule made him an obvious pick to the Big Ten All-Freshman team.The Badgers finished his freshman season with a conference record of 4-2 and a surprising tie for second place. This season, Cochran is the only Badger to play every minute of all 13 matches.Throughout his career, Cochran has tallied just two career goals, but as a defender, it isn’t often Cochran’s name stands out in the scorebook. However, he does stand out in a completely different way: his physical makeup and athleticism.Standing 6-foot-3, Cochran is taller than many other players, which immediately separates him from competitors and his 200-pound frame complements his height, making him more of a mountain for opposing forwards to get around than a skinny cedar tree.Add a 30-plus inch vertical leap, and he becomes one difficult matchup opponents need to plan for, even though he is relegated to the defensive side of the field for most of the game.“AJ is just a big defender. He is able to win 50/50 balls, air balls, everything that comes to the back,” fellow defender Paul Yonga said. “His confidence in the back allows him to know that he is going to win every ball in the back [of the field]. All that put together makes him a great defender.”What separates Cochran even more is his approach to the game. Facing a big bull is one thing, but when that big bull is out to get you is a completely different story. When he steps onto the pitch, Cochran is a big bull.“I know a lot of my teammates probably don’t like to practice against me because when I step across the lines, I think you have to have a different attitude,” Cochran said. “I will be your best friend off the field, but once you get on the field, it’s a eat or be eaten mentality for me.”It’s that mentality that makes Cochran a boost to the Badgers offense and a strategy problem for opponents. Now having played more than 10 games in the Big Ten, Trask has noticed that opponents are scheming to keep the Badgers’ leaper close to the ground.Whether it is fouling, holding, tripping him or just getting in the way, Trask knows that teams aim to take Cochran out of the offensive equation. Sometimes, however, his aggressiveness is too much to contain.“You see times where the goalkeeper doesn’t even touch the ball, and you hear ‘AJ’s ball,’” Trask said. “I have not seen too many other collegiate players who have that mindset of ‘If it’s in the air, it’s mine.’”His leaping ability is clearly important to his effectiveness, and helps him stand out among the best defenders in the Big Ten. Trask, however, thinks Cochran is one of the best defenders in the nation, and it is not too lofty of a claim.Cochran has competed for the United States throughout his amateur years in Argentina, Chile and Northern Ireland as a member of the U-18 and U-20 national teams.His travels and opportunity to represent his home country were “unreal” in his words, but in the end, he still could not get Wisconsin off his mind.“It is a lot different than college, because you are obviously representing your country,” Cochran said. “But going all around the world to play the sport you love, and then coming back here to a campus and school you love to play for, the two kind of go together.”Sort of like Cochran and Trask. Trask also spent some time with the U.S. national team this summer as an assistant coach, and that bond among others is a common ground they share that few other players and coaches can match.Their strong relationship has continued to grow, and the program Trask mentioned in his recruitment is starting to take full shape.“At times I wish we were a little bit further along for AJ’s sake,” Trask said of his program’s status and Cochran’s potential. “He has been a big part of why we think the program is going in the right direction.”Follow Sean on Twitterlast_img read more

Angels shake off rough start, beat Astros to extend win streak to 4

first_imgMeanwhile, the Angels’ lineup went to work. After Simmons’ fifth home run of the season in the third inning, the Angels got a pair of runs in the fourth inning against left-hander Framber Valdez (3-6). Upton and Pujols hit back-to-back doubles. Pujols came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Smith, tying the score at 3-3.Valdez allowed four runs in the fifth inning as the Angels pulled away for good. The key hit: a bases-loaded single by Pujols that drove in a pair of runs.Pujols’ double was the 643rd of his career, matching Honus Wagner for eighth place on the all-time list. No player has driven in more runs against the Astros in his career than Pujols’ 160.A win Tuesday would give the Angels five in a row for the first time since April. They have momentum, and perhaps a returning superstar, to lean on.“I would never call a July series critical,” Ausmus said, “but we’re chasing them so it’s probably more important for us than it is for them.” PreviousANAHEIM, CA – JULY 15: Albert Pujols #5, Justin Upton #8, David Fletcher #6 and Michael Hermosillo celebrate a 9-6 win over the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 15, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)The Angels’ Albert Pujols drives in two runs with a single during the fifth inning of Monday’s game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium. Pujols went 3 for 4 with three RBIs in the team’s 9-6 comeback victory. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 15: Griffin Canning #47 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the second inning against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 15, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Griffin Canning throws to the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman (2) is high-fived in the dugout after scoring on a bases-loaded walk to Josh Reddick during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 15: Griffin Canning #47 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 15, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 15: Griffin Canning #47 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim covers the plate as Myles Straw #26 of the Houston Astros scores as the result of a wild pitch in the second inning of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 15, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Myles Straw, bottom, scores on a wild pitch by Angels starting pitcher Griffin Canning, top, during the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels catcher Kevan Smith, right, talks to starting pitcher Griffin Canning during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Astros starting pitcher Josh James throws to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani prepares to bat against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 15: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim lost his helmet swinging at a pitch in the first inning against Houston Astrosat Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 15, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel (10) catches the throw to first base on a ground out by Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons (2) during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman (2) drives in a run with a single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 15: Luis Rengifo #4 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Tony Kemp #18 of the Houston Astros hop off the bag after Kemp was forced out at second base in the thrid inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 15, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 15: Robinson Chirinos #28 of the Houston Astros stands at home plate as Shohei Ohtani #17 congratulates Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for his home run in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 15, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols drives in two runs with a single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani slides home safely ahead of the throw to Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos after a single by Albert Pujols during the fifth inning of Monday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout jokes with teammates in the dugout before the start of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Angels manager Brad Ausmus high-fives a member of his team before a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Kevan Smith drives in a run with a double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, scores past Houston Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos after a double by Kevan Smith and a throwing error by Astros second baseman Jose Altuve during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 15: Kevan Smith #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim embraces Hansel Robles #57 after the final out against the Houston Astros for a 9-6 win at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 15, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 15: Albert Pujols #5, Justin Upton #8, David Fletcher #6 and Michael Hermosillo celebrate a 9-6 win over the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 15, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)The Angels’ Albert Pujols drives in two runs with a single during the fifth inning of Monday’s game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium. Pujols went 3 for 4 with three RBIs in the team’s 9-6 comeback victory. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 23The Angels’ Albert Pujols drives in two runs with a single during the fifth inning of Monday’s game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium. Pujols went 3 for 4 with three RBIs in the team’s 9-6 comeback victory. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandANAHEIM — The count was full, the bases were loaded and Griffin Canning needed to throw a strike to Josh Reddick. The rookie right-hander reared back and fired a fastball over the plate. The Angels’ catcher, Kevan Smith, caught the ball somewhere above the height of Reddick’s chin and below the ridge of his nose. Reddick walked to first base with the easiest RBI a man can collect.Unfortunately for Canning, the worst start of his brief major league career only got worse.Fortunately for the Angels, it didn’t matter.Trailing 3-0 in the second inning, the Angels scored seven unanswered runs en route to a 9-6 victory over the Houston Astros before an announced crowd of 35,431 at Angel Stadium. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “It was just one of those games where early on you just want to help pick up your teammate,” said Angels pitcher Taylor Cole, who relieved Canning with one out in the second inning. “I’ve been in those situations as a starter.”Without the services of Mike Trout, who is nursing a strained right calf muscle, the Angels won their fourth consecutive game since the All-Star break. At 49-46, they’re three games above .500 for the first time all season, and 10 games behind the first-place Astros (59-36) in the American League West.Albert Pujols went 3 for 4 with three RBIs. David Fletcher and Justin Upton each had two hits, and Smith drove in three runs. Andrelton Simmons, batting second in place of the injured Trout, hit a solo home run to kickstart the Angels’ come-from-behind rally.Trout will avoid the injured list and could return to the lineup as early as Tuesday. He’s hit eight home runs in nine July games.“He did most of the damage as of late, but everybody else has been putting up good at-bats,” Simmons said. “Even though we missed him a bit today, we kept putting together good at-bats.”center_img Canning functioned as an “opener” on a day the Angels weren’t planning to use one. He needed two pitches to retire the first two hitters, George Springer and Jose Altuve. He fell behind the next hitter, Alex Bregman, 2-and-1, then threw a pair of borderline pitches that umpire Jim Reynolds called balls. Bregman took his base.On a 1-and-1 count to Yordan Alvarez, Canning threw three pitches off the outside corner to the left-handed slugger – another walk. The next batter, Yuli Gurriel, also drew a five-pitch walk, loading the bases for Reddick. Reddick saw six pitches and swung at one. Two were curveballs in the dirt. Ball four missed a foot high. Canning then struck out Robinson Chirinos to end the first inning.Canning also struck out Tony Kemp to begin the second inning before he completely unraveled.Myles Straw walked. Springer dumped a single into right field. Straw went to third base, then scored on a wild pitch. Altuve walked. Both runners moved up on another wild pitch, then Bregman singled home Springer. With the score 3-0, Manager Brad Ausmus mercifully removed Canning, ending the shortest start of his career after 1⅓ innings.“Obviously I’m not just gonna look past it,” Canning said. “I don’t think I need to panic. I’ll watch the videos. I don’t think there was anything mechanical at all. I’m not gonna feel sorry for myself, just gonna keep working.”Canning’s final line was historically bad. No Angels pitcher had ever walked six batters and thrown four wild pitches in a game. No major league pitcher since at least 1908 threw four wild pitches, walked six, and recorded four outs or fewer.Control has always been an asset for Canning, a second-round draft pick out of UCLA and a former standout at Santa Margarita High. He said he’d endured such an extreme bout of wildness “maybe once before.”“Griffin, he’s going to be a horse for us for a long time,” Cole said. “Everybody is going to go through ups and downs in baseball. You have to learn from those one way or another. He’s a very mature person for his age and being up in the big leagues. I’m excited to see him play in the big leagues for a long time.”Cole (1-1) warmed up quickly and induced a double play groundout to end the second inning and hold the deficit at 3-0. He tossed 3⅓ scoreless innings of relief. Cam Bedrosian worked around a hit and a walk in a scoreless seventh inning. Hansel Robles pitched a scoreless ninth to record his 14th save.The only runs the Angels’ bullpen allowed came on home runs by Springer – one against Justin Anderson in the sixth inning and another against Ty Buttrey in the eighth.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more