Apopka non-profit bringing awareness to sickle-cellBy Adele DoctorSeptember is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month and the Chanell Wright Foundation is helping local patients in need of treatment. The organization was founded after Tony and Chiquita Wright lost their seven year old daughter Chanell due to complications from sickle cell in 2011. The Wrights were all too familiar with the daily challenges parents face when a young child is diagnosed with a life threatening disease. Their only hope was that their child would be cured. Unfortunately, Chanell lost her battle before she could receive the lifesaving treatment she needed. “We decided to start a non-profit organization that could help other parents who are going through the same thing we did with our daughter”, said Chiquita Wright.Now years later, the 501(c) 3 has raised enough money to start a program to help parents afford a treatment to help their children through crisis situations. Tony and Chiquita knew that the majority of children diagnosed with sickle cell suffer with frequent pain crisis. Some require monthly blood transfusion. However, the consequences of an increased transfusion regiment can cause iron overload. The current process for checking iron levels is by using a ferriscan machine. This test is costly and seldom covered by insurance. But what they didn’t know was that most patients can’t afford the $300 co-pay so they end up having to undergo a painful biopsy. The Chanell Wright Foundation raises funds to pay the cost for local patients who can’t afford the test. Their goal is to double or even triple to amount of patients they can help by providing this service.“One of the main needs in the community is awareness”, said Tony Wright. The organization sponsors a monthly outreach luncheon program to inform patients and their families of resources and treatments available to them. During the luncheon they provide a presentation from a medical specialist along with a Q & A session where the parents can get professional answers to questions they have about the latest treatments and the risks involved. Through this program The Chanell Wright Foundation has been able to expand its services to include patients from 3 neighboring cities (Vero, Melbourne and Tampa). To date they have served over 720 patients and their families.The organization raises funds through annual golf tournaments, fashion shows, kickball tournaments, sponsors and donations. To donate or learn more about The Chanell Wright Foundation visit www.chanellwrightfoundation.org or call (407) 703-3366.Adele Doctor is the President of the Chanell Wright Foundation. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here TAGSChanell Wright FoundationSickle Cell anemia Previous articleParking Ordinance Committee to hear from the publicNext articleOn This Day: First Presidential Debate Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 TAGSsuper bowlWings Previous articleWomen wanted for drugging and robbing 3 menNext articleFive Super Bowl commercials to remember and a preview of two for tomorrow Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Mama Mia Reply An alternative to restaurant wings Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here This is a simple recipe for wings that you can put together in a flash for your Super Bowl audience at home.Ingredients:12 to 14 chicken wing pieces4 Tbsp Bacon Infused Olive Oil from Olive VitalityMemphis Bbq Rub from Savory Spice for seasoningSavory Spice’s Hickory Smoked Sea Salt to tasteDash of ghost pepper sea salt (For Those Looking For Heat)Directions:Place wing pieces in a large bowl and toss in Bacon Infused Olive Oil. Add a few pinches of salt to season. Add a generous coating of Memphis Bbq rub.Pre-heat oven to 350 and bake the wings for 30 to 45 minutes or until the juices run clear. For charring, turn the oven temperature to 450 degrees and bake until the skin reaches the desired crispiness.Yields: 4 servings February 5, 2017 at 7:07 pm I have heard of ghost peppers just had not heard of ghost pepper sea salt. My husband likes tabasco on a lot of foods, my daddy on the other hand, always preferred Texas Pete. He ate it on so many things like saltine crackers and sardines together, eggs, and oyster stew, to name a few…. If I ate that kind of stuff, I would die from heartburn and indigestion! My daddy used to grow hot peppers and string them up and hang them up to dry on a long piece of twine to “cure”, and make his own hot stuff. I hate hot stuff like that, can’t handle it!! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 1 COMMENT Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter March 28, 2018 at 7:59 pm TAGSDietHealthy Eating Previous articleThe First 100 Days – Part Three: How Mayor Nelson will start his first termNext articleBaby bust: 5 charts show how expensive it is to have kids in the US today Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Here are 6 Simple Ways You Can Eat to Help Our Planet ThriveBy Sara SiskindAdd more plant-based protein into your diet. Industrial farmed meat has a higher impact on the environment than any other food group. For a healthier and more environmentally friendly protein, try beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds instead. Lentil soup is an excellent source of protein and fiber and is simple to make. I also top my homemade salads with Setton Farm Pistachios and Pistachio Chewy Bites, which are filled with heart healthy fats and protein to keep your energy levels up throughout the day. Another thing I like to do is add tahini to my roasted vegetables to turn a side dish into a meal.Eat foods that are grown locally (or at least made in the U.S.A.) Eating locally grown food is possibly the best way to lower your carbon footprint when it comes to consuming food. An added bonus to eating locally grown crops means that the food is typically fresher and perhaps even taste better compared to foods that are shipped across the globe.Look for foods with the least amount of packaging. Have you noticed that some of your foods come in large boxes or wrapped in plastic? Yes, this might keep your food fresh and protected, however the excess packaging only ends up in landfills and adds more pollution to our land. Try buying produce that is not in a package.Eat foods when they are raw and in season. Chomping down on celery and carrots is not only the best way to get all the hydration and nutrients that these veggies contain, but it also saves energy that otherwise would have been used by power cooking appliances. Eating seasonally also means eating locally and you already know the benefits of that!Cook once, eat twice! Not only does this save you time, it also saves the planet by using less energy. Although you might need to reheat the food, the overall time and power energy saved is tremendous!Stay clear of plastic water bottles. Bottled water doesn’t necessarily mean its cleaner or better for you than tap water. Look for a filter system to install in your kitchen sink or even a water pitcher filter will work well. The less plastic bottles we use, the cleaner our planet can be. Luckily there are several insulated and safe reusable water bottles on the market to choose from such as Hydro Flask, S’well, or Klean Kanteen.Sara Siskind is a Certified Nutritional Health Counselor and the founder of Hands On Healthy, cooking classes for adults, families and teens based in New York. Sara has dedicated her career to educating clients on how food and lifestyle choices affect health, and how to make the right choices to look and feel your best each day. www.sarasiskind.com Reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Mama Mia Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Maybe I’ll just chew on some kudzu, and save some major money, lose some weight, and save the planet from invasive noxious vines….tee hee hee……. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom 1 COMMENT
Please enter your comment! From the APD NewsApopka Police Officer of the Quarter – 1stQuarter 2018Drug bust highlights Christopher Clutter’s claim to Officer of the QuarterThis award is presented on a quarterly basis to the officer who demonstrates superior initiative, determination, and thoroughness in the performance of their duties. The officer is chosen by the supervisors of the department.Officer Christopher Clutter has shown tremendous growth in his work knowledge even though he brings with him several years of experience from other agencies. This shows his desire to work narcotics-related crimes and often works cooperatively with other officers to conduct traffic stops looking for narcotics and other offenses.Chief Mike McKinley and Officer Christopher Clutter.In March of 2018, Officer Clutter received a tip of possible narcotics trafficking being conducted at a local apartment complex. On his own initiative, Clutter began surveillance on the suspected apartment and had another officer standing by for a takedown if needed. Clutter discovered an occupied vehicle parked in front of the target apartment with a strong odor of cannabis coming from it. The resident of the apartment exited carrying a white garbage bag and delivered it to the four occupants of the vehicle. The vehicle left the complex and a traffic stop was conducted. During the stop, probable cause was established for a search which revealed large amounts of illegal narcotics in the white bag and $14,832.00 packaged in rubber-banded bundles on the occupants.The illegal drugs were packaged in vacuum sealed containers clearly measured for resale. The diligence of Clutter shows his dedication to remove illegal narcotics from the community in which he lives and is an example of his outstanding performance in team-oriented accomplishments. His actions bring great credit to himself, displays the pride he has in serving the citizens of Apopka, and reflect his desire to fulfill the Mission Statement of the Apopka Police Department.Apopka Communications Technician of the Quarter – 1stQuarter 2018Cooper provides calm, compassionate and exemplary pre-arrivals to aid a pregnant motherThis award is presented on a quarterly basis to the dispatcher who demonstrates superior initiative, determination, and thoroughness in the performance of their duties. The dispatcher is chosen by the director of the division.Chief McKinley and Traci Cooper.On February 1st, Apopka Communications Technician Traci Cooper provided calm, compassionate and exemplary pre-arrivals to a pregnant mother and eventually, her newborn baby. Apopka Fire Department commended Traci for her knowledge and professionalism during this call and advised that she was a huge asset to the patient prior to the ambulance arrival.Note: The Apopka Police Department would like to give a special thanks to Panera Bread, Dunkin Donuts and Publix Supermarkets for providing breakfast for our staff this morning. Without these community partnerships, our jobs would be impossible. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom 1 COMMENT Mama Mia Congratulations to you both! Outstanding! #Apopka Proud…. Now when are the general employees of the COA quarterly awards coming up? Please enter your name here Reply May 3, 2018 at 2:30 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSApopka Police Department Previous articleApopka chamber sponsoring Morning Mingle next weekNext articleApopka Police Department hires seven new officers Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here
Scam Alert: Residential burglaries tied to “distraction scam” From the Orange County Sheriff’s OfficeAccording to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, there have been multiple distraction-scam burglaries to residences throughout the central Florida region.There have been 10 cases since March so far within Orange County, occurring county-wide and during daytime hours. The elderly are targeted.Here’s what happens: a suspect knocks on the victim’s door posing as a county employee, landscaper, or some kind of laborer seeking permission to inspect the victim’s yard.The victim allows access to the property and both the suspect and the victim are outside in the yard for approximately 20 minutes.During this time, the suspect is on his phone/radio/walkie-talkie, possibly communicating with a second suspect that is inside of the residence stealing property.When the suspect leaves, the victim realizes that property is missing from within the residence.Please be aware of any suspicious laborers asking to do some form of yard work in your backyard. Ask for credentials if someone claims to work for the county or a lawn-maintenance company.Make sure to always lock your residence and notify the authorities of any suspicious behavior.There have been different suspect descriptions, but the majority of the descriptions are of a White or Hispanic male, late 20s/early 30s, dark hair and dark eyes, 5’4”-5’8” tall, approximately 180 lbs. The suspect vehicle descriptions include a white pick-up truck, a white (possibly Nissan) SUV, a silver station wagon, and a tan 4-door sedan (Nissan or Honda Accord). In the most recent case, the suspect was missing some teeth on the upper and lower portions of his mouth.There is a Crimeline reward for any information. Call 800-423-8477. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! TAGSOrange County Sheriff’s OfficeScam Alert Previous articleApopka CRA still making simplistic movesNext articleOrange County School District and Classroom Teachers Association sign tentative agreement Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
I am not laughing, nor am I crying either. Reply Reply October 22, 2017 at 9:42 am charles towne Hi Charles, loved the story and all the comments. Like Mama Mia, I had also heard it is good to make noise so you don’t sneak up on wildlife unawares, which is what we have always done. But, I guess going forward we will try your method of just sitting still and not jabbering like monkeys, so we can start seeing how the animals act when they think we are not around. If any bears sneak up on us, you can bet I’ll be saying my prayers! Thanks again. October 23, 2017 at 10:42 am charles towne October 22, 2017 at 2:43 pm Laugh like an idiot and the world will likely think you are an idiot… but at least they will think you are a happy idiot. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 October 25, 2017 at 9:17 am Reply Reply The Anatomy of Fear Dear N.H., Thanks for your comment. Aren’t we blessed when we so love and appreciate our animal friends? Blessings to you and yours, Chaz Mama Mia charles towne Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. Reply 17 COMMENTS October 22, 2017 at 10:18 am October 22, 2017 at 1:15 pm Really? Retarded monkeys????? I don’t compare myself, in any way, to a retarded monkey, at all. It is you, who ventures down deep into the big swamp where “normal folks” don’t go, so you said…..LOL. My understanding about hiking in the bear areas is to make some noise, because the last thing you want to do is come around a bend, and surprise a bear. I don’t want to end up on the bear’s daily menu. Blessing to you too sir……. November 21, 2017 at 8:49 pm Please enter your name here October 22, 2017 at 2:40 pm Photo by Hans Veth on Unsplash Please enter your comment! InspirationBy Charles Towne As a wildlife photographer I have utilized all sorts of blinds. “Anything that works” is my motto.In order to get the video footage I want there are those times that I have set up in the middle of a stream with a few interesting results such as having a red winged black bird build its nest in one corner of the blind, and being visited by great blue herons and alligators, to having a cottonmouth water moccasin swim through the blind and pause for a rest on my foot. Disconcerting? I would say so.The British refer to the blind as a, ‘hide’ and that is probably a better name, for after all it is your object to, ‘hide’, or ‘conceal’ yourself from your subject animal.Almost anything can be turned into a blind. A clump of bushes to conceal yourself with a good field of view at the front is nice.Here in Florida one of my favorite blinds is constructed of palm fronds. I cut the long stem from the palm frond and jam the resulting shortened stem with its palmate leaf into the ground, thus forming a nice wall from which to take my photos. The neat thing about this arrangement is that the entire blind is bio-degradable.I have used a tree stand but prefer to be on the ground for several reasons not the least of which is, if you decide to fall you don’t have near as far to go, and photos taken from a tree stand have, well, sort of an, ‘up there’ appearance that is not really all that natural..Some people of necessity use what are known as ‘hi hides’, blinds that are raised above the ground far enough to keep one from large creatures with sharp and pointy claws and teeth such as tigers, and the other members of the big cat family.But, as you are aware we don’t have tigers here and as I have already indicated, I prefer to shoot from the ground.Yes, draw me crazy with black and blue highlights, but if it is at all possible I am going to shoot from ground level, the lower being the better. Photos of any animal are more impressive from that low angle.Not long ago I dug a pit blind near a well used bear trail. A pit blind being exactly what the word indicates is nothing more than a hole in the ground large enough to hold yours truly and the necessities of the day. And in case you are wondering said pit is roughly in the shape of a shallow grave. (Wimps have even been known to sit on a cushion bought along for the purpose.) Shooting from such a pit enables you to aim and shoot the camera from the lowest of all practical angles.On the day in question I had set my video camera on its tripod and settled myself comfortably on my wimp cushion and so began my vigil.That is one of the things wildlife photographers do quite well is wait.I usually bring a book along, something that will inspire me in some way, and I always carry a notepad and several pens for I find that sitting and waiting is also conducive to creative writing.I had been sitting there for perhaps half an hour when something caused me to look up, and there, coming toward me was a smallish bear, little more than a hundred and fifty to two hundred pounds, what we refer to as a, “long yearling.”Now there is an interesting phenomenon that occurs when a bear is walking toward you and it is this, the closer it gets the larger it appears! This rule can be applied to any beasty that possesses large sharp and pointies!When the bear was about fifty feet from me it paused, laid down, and began eating acorns and I stopped holding my breath.About half an hour passed with the bear completely unaware of my presence as she lay on the ground gobbling acorns while I filmed her.Quite suddenly the missy bear lifted her head and stared down the trail. It was obvious my visitor was nervous when she jumped to her feet and continued to stare in the direction of whatever she had heard or smelled.By this time my curiosity was definitely aroused and I was also staring down that trail trying to see what was coming.And then I saw it, another bear! A big bear was coming down the trail.The small bear had stood her ground but when she saw that larger bear she decided that she should be someplace else, and she ran.The only problem was the large bear was walking toward the smaller bear and when the smaller bear ran she ran straight at me. I ducked down and the bear ran right over the top of my hole and seeing as I was in my hole that meant that the bear ran right over me, knocking my camera over in the process.Now there are a couple of things one could do in similar circumstances.You could lie in the bottom of your grave-like hole and suck your thumb. Or (2) You might thank the good Lord for taking care of old men, children and foolish wildlife photographers.I opted to thank the good Lord.There are times I would like to ask our Dear Lord God if there was ever a time during some of my escapades if he was ever tempted to laugh when he looked down and saw me in such a situation as that described above, AN OUTDOORSMAN’S PRAYERDear Lord, thank you for giving us the ability to laugh, especially at ourselves. Please walk with me, and help me to always be able to see you as a loving God. How often have you saved me from mayhem Lord? Praise you, and thank you for protecting me at all times, especially when I travel. Thank you for protecting my family from any harm that might befall them. You are always there, watching over us, and right now I ask for you to inspire me, keep me; protect me. I love you Lord, and I praise you. Holy, Holy, Holy, is your name in all the earth. In our blessed Lord Jesus’ name I ask it, Amen Reply Mama Mia Reply More and more, as I listen to some folks expound their senseless gibberish, I am reminded of those times I responded with a knee jerk reaction. Looking back I now realize that I would have been so much better off, and probably would have had more friends, if I had just kept my big yap shut. Come to think on it, praise God, I guess an old dog can learn new tricks! Chaz October 22, 2017 at 3:38 pm Reply charles towne Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate October 25, 2017 at 6:50 am Were you in Rock Springs Reserve when this happened? Mama Mia October 26, 2017 at 7:03 pm Reply October 23, 2017 at 3:09 pm Reply Reply Loved your photo and your story of the bear. Always enjoy your writings. charles towne You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Richard Sommerfeld Mama Mia Dear Floretta, Yes, isn’t that an adorable bear cub? Several years ago I had the opportunity to follow a cub for several months and observe him just being a little bear. What a joy. That little guy taught me so much. One time, as I followed him he made a big wandering circle and we ended up back where we had started. I had laid my notepad on the ground and do you know what that wee beastie did? He glanced at me, and wandered over and pooped on my notepad! I have that on film. It just shows t’ go ya that bears have a sense of humor too. God bless you, Chaz Mama Mia, yes, one of my favorite places, back in the big swamp where normal folks never go. Rarely do you see wildlife when hiking, too much noise. You have to sit, and like Papa God says, “be still…” The average person sees little because they can’t just be with nature, always jabbering like a bunch of retarded monkeys. I have an idea you were the wildlife that day! Sad when you think of it, all the beauty we miss in life because we keep jabbering. It in the silences that the magic happens, yes, that is right, it is always true, it is in the silences that the magic happens. God bless you, Chaz Floretta Tapley Laugh, and the whole world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone. Hi Chaz, Just had to drop a note concerning coments, Yes! If you are hiking, make some noise unless you want to observe nature’s denizens. If you are trying to photograph them, silence is the goal! Remember, the good Lord gave you one mouth but two ears! Also as someone who has been in both forests and jungles I can can tell you monkeys make one heck of a racket. They and birds are natures alarm system, so when critters hear a racket, they hide! Hard to get good photos of them then! TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleWhatever happened to acts of kindness?Next articleSay “Hi” to the bad guy … Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR charles towne Mama Mia, did you really take what I said personally? I was speaking, as I usually do in generalities, metaphorically if you will. I imagine all us silly little humans at times act like retarded monkeys. Not you and me of coarse, just the mere mortals among us. Did you by any chance notice that I referred to, “the average person” among us in my answer above? Wildlife photographers go through life cautiously and silently and thus witness things rarely seen. No offense intended. Chaz charles towne Perfect time of the year to reflect on wildlife encounters…everyday our neighborhood has sightings of bears scrambling around for acorns! As always…LOVE it! Thanks for sharing these moments with your readers. NH October 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm October 25, 2017 at 9:30 am LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Linda Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Reply October 23, 2017 at 3:19 pm October 31, 2017 at 7:07 am Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. October 30, 2017 at 5:26 pm Kristin Reply Reply wow! what an education! yes, it is good to just keep our mouths shut and observe so we learn something and especially so we can hear our loving God speak to us! Blessings to you and yours! charles towne Reply Excellent observation Richard, my point exactly! I always liked Teddy Roosevelt’s comment, “Walk softly…” Also, John Muir, the father of our national park system was another one that spent months at a time in the wilderness just being one with God and His creation. I love reasonable folks! It is folks such as yourself, and so many other intelligent people that are such a joy to walk in the wild places with that sustains me. You have a good day now ya hear, Chaz We have hiked all through Rock Springs Reserve. I think the trail was 8 miles. That was the longest 8 miles I have ever hiked. I think we actually got off the trail, at one point. It wasn’t marked very well. We got out there, and were going to join a trail group that hikes the area and other areas weekly. The trail group didn’t show up, as the weather looked like it was going to pour at any minute, and the skies were black. The group didn’t come, except one trail club lady, by herself, who did show up, and we were way on into the woods, when she saw us, and asked us could she join us hiking, so she would not be alone walking through the woods, and we said of course. It was swampy in some places, and at one point my shoes started eating my socks….LOL. I just could not keep my socks up. We saw fresh bear scat, but no bears. I saw wooden tree stands up in the trees, where the hunters stake out the animals. At places it was thick with palmettos. I was getting tired toward the end, and the sun started somewhat setting, and then I saw some old grave sites of people long gone, and then some cow bones and skulls. At this point of my hike, I found some extraordinary energy and picked up the pace incredibly, and soon we were at the end, and I was glad. We went to see wildlife, but did not see any. I guess we made too much noise talking. Reply