Oviedo in the News
January 24, 2020
Recognition of citizen contributions to the shop with a cop program
At its January 21, 2020, City Council meeting, the Oviedo City Council recognized Mr. Greg Wittmer, Mr. Tom Arthur, Mr. Scott Nickerson, Mr. Marshall Mathews, Mr. Ryan Garrett, Mr. Rick Copeland, and Mr. Al Franks for their generous contributions and support every year to the City’s Shop with a Cop program through the Christmas Bike of Central Florida program.
The Oviedo Police Department annually participates in a Nationally recognized Christmas Program called “Shop with a Cop”. The Program began in Oviedo in 2012 when the Police Department’s Community Relations Unit fundraised approximately $6,000 through silent auctions and money donations to help elementary and middle school-aged children in the City receive an uplifting holiday season. The children selected for the program are children whose parents are facing financial hardships at home and cannot afford to provide gifts or clothes during Christmas time. During the fundraising stage, the Community Relations Unit began a partnership with the Christmas Bike Program of Central Florida.
The Christmas Bike Program’s mission is to raise money to purchase brand new bikes, helmets, and locks for children in need. All their fundraising efforts go to purchasing the bikes for the children. The program is a volunteer program. Mr. Wittmer, Mr. Arthur, Mr. Nickerson, Mr. Mathews, Mr. Garrett, Mr. Copeland, and Mr. Franks donate countless hours to ensure children who need bikes receive a bike on Christmas morning. Their reward is seeing the smiling faces of the children receiving the bikes.
The Christmas Bike program fundraising efforts consist of hosting annual golf tournaments and hosting Poker nights at local restaurants. Through these efforts, they have donated over 6,750 bikes in Central Florida. During the eight (8) year partnership with the City’s Shop with a Cop program, they have donated approximately 212 bikes to Oviedo children.
Charter Review Committee Applications
To provide for the preservation of the general health, welfare, and safety of the inhabitants of the City of Oviedo, the City is accepting applications to serve on its 2020 Citizen Charter Review Committee.
The Committee’s purpose will be to study the existing City Charter and make recommendations to the City Council for revisions, which will improve the operational efficiencies of the City government.
Applicants must be a resident of the City of Oviedo and a registered voter. | Application Form: http://ow.ly/FBnI50y28SL
Completed application forms shall be received by the City Clerk’s Office no later close of business(5:00 PM) on Monday, February 10, 2020. Forms must be signed and dropped off at 400 Alexandria Boulevard, Oviedo, FL 32765, or sent via email to email@example.com. Any questions, call 407-971-5500.
The Chief’s Corner
National Weather Awareness Week January 27-31
In Florida, we tend to focus on hurricane season as the primary weather concern in Florida. People often don’t put much thought toward other weather concerns in Florida. I encourage all citizens to visit the floridadisaster.org/SWAW website to become more familiar with Florida’s weather dangers. I will focus on three weather dangers. Lightning strikes are among the top yearly weather-related killers in the United States. Florida is the lightning strike capital of North America with an average of 1.2 million cloud-to-ground strikes each year. No other state has more strikes per square mile than Florida. Florida averages 7 fatalities per year (7 of the 20 nationwide deaths). Lightning strikes have been documented more than 25 miles from the thunderstorm cloud it originated from. What can you do when thunderstorms approach? Avoid outdoor activities as if your life depends on it, because it does. Watch for darkening clouds in the sky. At the first sounds of thunder or a storm approaching, head inside and stay away from windows. Remember, the most dangerous place to be is in an open area. Standing under trees is also very dangerous.
Thunderstorms and Tornadoes: Florida is the thunderstorm capital of the United States averaging over 70-100 thunderstorm days per year. These storms bring with them lightning, hail, gusty winds, heavy rains that can cause flooding, and tornadoes. Florida is ranked the number 4 state in the nation for tornadoes and number 2 when factoring in tornadoes per square mile. Those persons with weather radios will get notice when severe storms are approaching or the conditions are ripe for tornadoes to form, or when a tornado is spotted. This is done to give people time to move to a place of safety. "When severe thunderstorms threaten your location, go to an interior room on the lowest floor of your building and stay away from windows. If time permits, move vehicles into garages to prevent hail or wind damage. When in vehicles, avoid driving into severe storms; pull over and wait for the storm to pass."
If a tornado warning was issued, would you know what to do? Would you have a plan? One such plan is:
- GET IN (Get into a sturdy building and put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.)
- GET DOWN (Get as low in the building as possible, preferably not an upper floor.)
- COVER UP (Flying and falling debris are the number one killer. Use pillows, blankets, helmets, etc. to cover up and protect yourself.)
If caught in the open with no shelter, get as low as possible and cover your head.
A significant population of Oviedo enjoys heading for the beach and swimming when weather permits. An unseen danger at Florida beaches are rip currents. Since 1995, rip currents have accounted for more than 300 drownings along Florida’s Gulf and Atlantic beaches. In fact, rip currents kill more people in Florida in an average year than hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning combined. When tides come in, they often create what amounts to an underwater ditch and sandbar near shore. As the water recedes out over the sandbar, it is breached in places where the water focuses its out direction in a small area. This can create an up to 8 feet per second current. This is faster than an Olympic swimmer can swim. If you find yourself caught in a rip current, don’t panic and don’t fight the current. Swim in a direction parallel to the shoreline either toward your left or right. Just remembering the simple phrase “Don’t fight...Swim left or right” could save your life. When free of the current, swim at an angle back toward shore.
Stay safe and aware, and educate yourself on the weather dangers you may be confronted with.
Dale Coleman, Chief of Police
Oviedo-Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce Business Spotlight
Oviedo Pet Resort LLC has constructed a wonderful state-of-the-art resort that will cater to all pet personalities, offering boarding, daycare, pool play, grooming and training. Their guiding principles are to provide a safe environment, individualized pet care, overall wellness and education.
Striving to be the pet resort of choice, whether you board your pet with them, put your pet in daycare, or have your pet pampered by Kristie and her team “As the Tail Wags” in their grooming salon, you can rest assured that your pets will be loved and cared for in a safe and enriched environment.
The soft opening starts February 15, 2020, and the Grand Opening is planned for February 29, 2020. Reservations will open January 15, 2020. Be on the lookout for great opening specials.
Oviedo Pet Resort LLC is conveniently located at 2079 Winter Springs Boulevard in Oviedo, next to Publix on West Broadway Street / SR 426.
Visit Oviedo Pet Resort LLC at https://oviedopetresort.com/ or visit Oviedo Pet Resort – Home | Facebook to learn more.
Bear sightings are common in Seminole County, and all Oviedo residents should be prepared!
AVOID ATTRACTING BEARS!
- Garbage, pet foods, barbecue grills, and anything that smells like food attracts bears.
- Don't leave your garbage can outside. Store trash and recyclables in bear-resistant containers or in a secure area until morning of pickup.
- Feed pets inside or bring in bowls after your pets are finished eating.
- Remove bird and wildlife feeders. Store pet or livestock feed indoors or in bear-resistant containers.
- Protect your garden, compost pile, or livestock with electric fencing.
- Clean meat smokers and grills with bleach or a degreasing agent.
- If bears are rewarded with food (garbage, pet food, etc.) at your house, they will come back.
IF YOU SEE A BEAR
- Remain calm, DO NOT run or play dead. Back away slowly and speak in a calm, assertive voice.
- Make sure that you are in a safe area and that the bear has an escape route, then make some noise to scare the bear away.
- Secure the attractants that are bringing the bear to your neighborhood.
Report a Bear Sighting to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
SENIOR ACTIVITIES (50+)
The Recreation and Parks Department and Northland Oviedo have joined together to offer Friday Afternoon Game Time. Every Friday, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., seniors are welcome to come hangout and socialize at the Northland Oviedo office, 1205 City View Center, Suite #1005, Oviedo, FL 32765. Dates are subject to change at any given time.
Senior Lunch N Learn - Thursday, January 30th, at the Gymnasium and Aquatic Facility from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seniors (ages 50+) will enjoy lunch and an afternoon of learning. Our guest speaker will be from The Bemer Group presenting information on Bemer Therapy. Pre-registration is required with payment up to one week prior to class date. Call 407-971-5575 for more information.
GYM & ATHLETICS
- Pickleball (all ages) - Pickleball happens at the Gymnasium and Aquatic Facility on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. This indoor paddle sport combines features of tennis and table tennis. Call 407-971-5565 for more information.
- Adult Basketball (ages 18 and up) - Registration is underway for spring Adult Basketball through February 7th or until full. The season starts February 16th. Call 407-971-5565 for more information.
- Start Smart Baseball (ages 3 to 5) - Registration is underway for Start Smart Baseball through February 21st or until full. This six-week program begins March 3rd. Classes take place on Tuesdays at the Gymnasium and Aquatic Facility. Call 407-971-5565 for more information.
- Youth Flag Football (ages 5-14) - Registration for spring Youth Flag Football begins January 28th and will continue through March 4th or until full. The season begins April 4th. Call 407-971-5565 for more information.
- SNAP Club - Wednesday, February 12th, at the Gymnasium and Aquatic Facility from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This program is designed specifically for those with special needs, teenage and up. Participants must be accompanied by a companion. Activities include games, craft time, potlucks, bingo, and more. Call 407-971-5575 for more information.
- Homeschool Activity Program - Thursday, February 13th, at Riverside Park from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This program is a structured exercise program with a monthly theme for children ages 6 to 13 who are home schooled. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Call 407-971-5575 for more information.
- Family Bingo - Friday, February 21st, at the Center Lake Park Cultural Center. Games start at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited and all players are admitted on a first come, first served basis. Call 407-971-5575 for more information.
- American Red Cross Babysitter Course – Friday, February 17th, at the Gymnasium and Aquatic Facility from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Youth ages 11 to 15 will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to safely give care to children and infants. This is a one-day class and space is limited to 10 participants. Call 407-971-5575 for more information.
- American Red Cross Lifeguard Course - Registration is underway for the next American Red Cross Lifeguard Course, which will be held February 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th. Classes are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants need to be present each day, must be at least 15 years of age, and be able to pass a swim test. Call 407-971-5575 or 407-971-5568 for more information.
- Training Cudas - Training Cudas is our off-season Swim Team. Practices are Tuesday and Thursday evenings through May 2020. Each month has a separate registration. Participants must be a previous Barracuda or Training Cudas swimmer or have passed a swim test. Registration is currently open for February, March, and April. Call 407-971-5575 or 407-971-5568 for more information.
- Water Aerobics (all ages) - Make a splash with Water Aerobics! Deep Aqua Fit is a non-impact, deep water aerobics class that works a variety of muscle groups, as well as the cardiovascular system. The class is held in the deep end of the pool and utilizes buoyancy belts and hand buoys. All equipment is available to use free of charge during the class. Call 407-971-5575 or 407-971-5568 for more information.
cops n cars for kids car show
Bonkerz Comedy Night
Food Truck Thursday
Outdoor Expo & Fitness 5K
Battle of the food Trucks
Movie in the Park
Bonkerz Comedy Night
Bark and Brew
Bonkerz Comedy Night
Oviedo Farmers Market
The next Farmers Market takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 1st, at the Lawton House grounds at 200 W. Broadway Street, Oviedo. Bring the family and browse a delightful selection of local produce, plants, jams, coffee, baked goods, and more!
BIG KAHUNA POOL (november 3, 2019 through March 29, 2020)
- 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Monday, Wednesday, Friday
- 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Monday, Wednesday, Friday
- 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Saturday
- 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Sunday
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City of Oviedo
FUTURE city COUNCIL MEETING DATES
- February 3, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. (CRA Governing Board Meeting)
- February 3, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. (City Council Meeting)
- February 17, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. (City Council Meeting)
- March 2, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. (City Council Meeting)