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Oviedo Historical Society’s New Home

Commentary: Oviedo Historical Society's New Home

A feature of every Central Florida Matters is a 3-minute commentary presented by a voice that matters on an issue that voice believes matters.

The voice you’ll hear is that of Mimi Bruce, president of the Oviedo Historical Society commenting on the history and future of the Society.
Feature length – 03:35

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Dallari: Mid-Term Update

Bob Dallari: Mid-Term Update

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At the mid-point of Bob Dallari’s second year as chairman of Seminole County’s Board of County Commission, we visit for a review on key issues facing the commission. Hear his comments regarding a commissioner’s recent suggestion to lower the millage rate on property taxes…the prospects of voter approval of state constitutional Amendment-4/Hometown Democracy…the progress of hiring a new county manager…his assessment of county-related issues addressed by the recently adjourned state legislature… his view of possible amendments to the boundaries affecting the use and development of the county’s east side rural lands… the progress on the Yankee Lake Regional Water Treatment facility… the Central Florida Commuter Rail system – known as Sun Rail, and the possibilities of extending or sun-setting a 1cent sales. Feature length – 26:23
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Eslinger: One-on-One

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Since the county’s founding by the Florida Legislature in 1913, there have been 9 sheriffs serving Seminole County Florida in that role. At age 53, Donald F. Eslinger is the 9th Sheriff. He has served 19 consecutive years as sheriff, ranking him as the 4th most tenured currently seated sheriff in Florida’s 67 counties. Feature length – 30:20
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On Being…Homeless in Seminole County, part-2: The People

Part 2: On Being...Homeless in Seminole County -- The People

Meet 3 local homeless men in an undisclosed camp in Seminole County, Fl. Accompanied by outreach specialists known as the HOPE Team of Sanford, hear these men’s perspective on being homeless. We’ll talk with the head of HOPE’s outreach initiative as she toils to offer pride and hope to the homeless. Feature length – 50:12

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Central Florida Matters #14

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Hear the stories of 3 local men now homeless in Seminole County and the attention provided to them by the Sanford HOPE Team. Listen to a one-on-one conversation with Seminole County Sheriff, Donald F. Eslinger. Get a mid-term update on pressing county issues from Bob Dallari, Chairman of the Seminole County Board of County Commissioners. And hear commentary from Mimi Bruce, president of the Oviedo, Florida Historical Society, on the occasion the society’s recent occupancy of their new home. These are the issues and voices featured in a traditional radio-style format in this complete version of Central Florida Matters, posted on line 5/27/2010. Feature length – 01:57:48


(Presented and hosted by Stephen McKenney Steck)

Are We Failing Our Children?

Are We Failing Our Children?

Hear the Orange County Florida League of Women Voter’s May 5, 2010 Hot Topics’ Luncheon program featuring the remarks of Lawton “Bud” Chiles, president of the Lawton Chiles Foundation on the subject of “Are We Failing Our Children?” and their campaign known as Worst to First, an initiative to raise Florida’s ranking in the state’s investment in children’s education, health, and social well being, compared to the investments of other states. Also, Deirdre Macnab, league member and president of the Florida League of Women Voter’s provides a status report regarding the Fair Districts Florida state constitutional amendment on the ballot for voter consideration in November. And league member, Marc Lovett, co-chair of its Social Policy Committee provides a report regarding the activities of the committee. Feature Length — 55:17


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Commentary: Rescue of Nadia Bloom

A feature of every Central Florida Matters is a 3-minute commentary presented by a voice that matters on an issue that voice believes matters.

The voice you’ll hear is that of Winter Springs, Florida resident Cade Resnick, a local mental health counselor commenting on community issues surrounding the rescue of Nadia Bloom. Feature length – 03:41
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Merit Pay – The Teachers’ View

Merit Pay - The Teachers' View

From tenure to seniority to FCAT, there are many concerns for teachers in Florida.  Gay Parker former president of the Seminole Education Association discusses the teachers’ position on these contentious issues in a One-on-One interview, Ms. Parker explains teachers’ alarm over recent legislative proposals. Feature length – 14:58
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On Being…Homeless in Seminole County: The Problem & the Players, part-1

Part 1: On Being..Homeless in Seminole County -- The Problem & the Players

In part-1 of a new feature titled “On Being…Homeless in Seminole County,” we talk with Cathy Jackson, executive director of the Homeless Services Network (HSN) of Central Florida. In a wide-ranging interview she defines the homeless problem in Seminole County and identifies other institutional players at work addressing the dilemma of homelessness. Feature length – 23:49
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Heavenly Hoofs: Riding for the Disabled

Heavenly Hoofs: Riding for the Disabled

Heavenly Hoofs provides children with disabilities an opportunity to ride horses. In Kissimmee, Florida, this non-profit offers horseback riding as a form of physical and spiritual therapy for those with special needs. Listen to the children and meet the instructors and volunteers who work to share “the spirit of the horse” with kids in need. length – 17:36
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