HOPE in the NEWS
Christmas in the City Serves More Than 1200
By Steven Ryzewski | SeminoleChronicle.com | December 18, 2013
On the eve of this year's Christmas in the City celebration, Joan Faulkner added one more task for her staff at HOPE Helps, Inc.
After months of planning and organizing, the Oviedo-based organization's CEO was asking for a request of a slightly different nature.
"What I like to do is send out an email to the staff - and say, 'You know, at some point during the event, take a minute to just look around and see what's happening,'" Faulkner said. "So much work does go into it and we're running around ... and it's important to stop and just take a deep breath and go, 'Wow, look what this community is doing.'"
FOOD STAMPS IN SEMINOLE COUNTY
Food stamp funding was cut by $8 billion in the 2014 Farm Bill. This federal food supplement program currently serves 50,000 residents of Seminole county. How do recipients qualify and what is the impact on our community. David Jeczala, community liaison for the Florida Department of Children and Families, discusses the facts and the function of the program. Heidi, a senior citizen from Chuluota FL, talks about her struggle to stretch her budget with help from food pantries. READ THE ARTICLE AND LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE.
The Oviedo Preservation Project hosts 1st ever 5K community party
For the first time in Oviedo history, you can officially run through the past.Hosting the first event of its kind, The Oviedo Preservation Project has combined the elements of a 5K, its well-known cemetery tour and hike, a party and a full-fledged pancake breakfast all in the name of celebrating the area's history and supporting a local cause. READ THE ARTICLE HERE.
Mayor's Cup fuels Oviedo crosstown rivalry
Five days before they meet on the gridiron, they will meet on a different field of battle.
There will be rivalry, there will be cheering and there will probably be a need for plenty of moist towelettes. READ THE ARTICLE HERE.
Locals take up hobby in 'treasure hunting' through thrift stores
Emma Reichert can shop with the best of them. She can look at a rack of clothes, she says, and pick out the most expensive item.
What she won't do, though, is pay full price for it. READ THE ARTICLE HERE.