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Post Date:01/14/2020 10:15 AM

OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 14, 2020) – The City of Ocala will host a retirement celebration for Councilwoman Mary Sue Rich Friday, Jan. 31, 6 p.m. at the Hilton Ocala. Rich was a council member for District 2 since November 1995 and served the community for over two decades. She officially retired in December 2019.

The community is welcome to attend, and tickets are available to purchase through Eventbrite. All proceeds will go to the Mary Sue Rich Scholarship Fund at the College of Central Florida to help future generations become leaders within our community. For anyone unable to attend the dinner, donations can be made to the scholarship fund through the same ticketing service. Reception tickets are $15 per person. Semi-formal attire is requested.

As an Ocala native, Mary Sue Rich has seen the city grow and change throughout the years, and her involvement in helping others has always been a primary goal in her personal and professional life. She has been a driving force behind the Racial Harmony Task Force, which sponsors One Ocala/One America, a weeklong celebration that highlights the diversity within the city of Ocala. Each year during the annual UNITY breakfast, the Mary Sue Rich Diversity Award is given out to those who have distinguished themselves by promoting racial harmony or cultural awareness in the community. It encompasses the values that Mrs. Rich preaches in her everyday life. Continue reading

OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2020) – City of Ocala business offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There will be no residential collection for sanitation, yard waste or recycling routes Monday, Jan. 20.

Residential sanitation collection regularly scheduled for Monday, Jan. 20 through Thursday, Jan. 23 will experience a one-day delay and will be collected Tuesday, Jan. 21 through Friday, Jan. 24.

Waste Pro recycling collection for City of Ocala residents regularly scheduled for Monday, Jan. 20 through Thursday, Jan. 23 will experience a one-day delay and will be collected Tuesday, Jan. 21 through Friday, Jan. 24.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Residential Sanitation Department at 352-351-6697.

(NAPSI)—People with low vision have blind spots that can make it difficult or impossible to drive, read or see faces. These impairments cannot be corrected by surgery or glasses. What’s more, too many are blind to the realization that much can be done to improve their quality of life.

What Can Be Done

In fact, low vision rehabilitation services help people make the most of the vision they have. The first step is to get an eye exam by an ophthalmologist, a physician who specializes in medical and surgical eye care.

Who Can Help

An ophthalmologist can determine the full extent of vision loss and exact location of blind spots. Either the ophthalmologist or a low vision specialist can then determine the best techniques and devices that can help you get around your individual challenges. Continue reading

(NAPSI)—Research shows that most older adults want to live in their homes and communities for as long as possible. Most homes, however, were not built to support the mobility, sensory and cognitive changes that often accompany aging.

Fortunately, older adults and caregivers can make simple updates such as clearing clutter from the floor, improving lighting and removing rugs to help prevent falls—all of which can make homes meet the changing mobility, sensory and cognitive needs of the older adults who live in them. Other changes such as installing a stair lift or renovating a bathroom are more complex and require outside assistance.

Many older adults who need to modify their homes don’t know where to turn for advice or assistance—or even what modifications they may need. That’s where the Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration for Community Living, comes in. It connects older adults and caregivers across the country to Area Agencies on Aging and other resources—that can help determine what needs to be done, how to find a contractor to do it and look for ways to pay for it all—that can help ensure their homes meet their evolving needs.

To that end, the Eldercare locator created a brochure, “Modifying Your Home for Healthy Aging.” For a free copy and further advice, call (800) 677-1116 or visit the Eldercare Locator at eldercare.acl.gov.

The Special Investigations Unit along with deputies from the Street Crimes Unit conducted phase one of Operation Bassville Park. The operational focus was to target known drug areas and dealers in an attempt to stem the flow of illegal narcotics in the designated area. As a result of the operation, detectives were able to arrest two known drug dealers from the area. An additional illegal narcotics arrest was made from the area for a total of three arrests. Listed below are the arrested parties, what they were charged with, and the circumstances for the arrest.

Nicholas Bradway was charged with DWLS (Habitual Offender), Flee/Elude, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Fentanyl, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of MDMA, Possession of Hydrocodone, Possession of Suboxone, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Surveillance units observed Bradway driving a silver Acura in the area of operation. Mr. Bradway is known to detectives for illegal narcotics and not having a valid driver’s license. A traffic stop was attempted on Mr. Bradway; however, he refused to stop and fled the area until he crashed into a tree along Carlton Court in Leesburg. Mr. Bradway was secured without incident. Detectives then conducted a search of the car, during which approximately 52 grams of methamphetamine, plastic baggies containing Fentanyl, Cocaine, MDMA, Hydrocodone pills, Suboxone pills, and numerous amounts of Drug Paraphernalia were located. Mr. Bradway had a one-stop-shop of illegal narcotics, which, based on the number of narcotics and packaging material, are indicative of illegal narcotic sales. Continue reading

Experience the 5th Annual Lady Lake Expo with the Lady Lake Chamber as the “Hostess with the Mostess”. Business people came from all over the area to promote their business, give out free gifts, lots of pens, business cards and trinkets like a miniature pen flash light. While people were streaming through, the businesses would ask them questions and introduce themselves to the public. Food trucks were available if you were hungry. Bill Bryan donated a large TV as a door prize.

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OFR Engines 1, 3 and 5, Rescues 1 and 4, Tower 1, Battalion Chief 11, and a Safety Officer were dispatched to the call. Engine 5 arrived on scene within three minutes to find a working structure fire and a burn victim outside the home. The patient advised that a second person was trapped inside.

While Rescue 1 worked with Marion County Fire Rescue in preparing the burn victim for transport, Rescue 4 and Engine 5 crews began fire operations with a search for the victim inside. As crews made their way to the rear of the structure the second patient was located. Unfortunately, the second patient had succumbed to injuries sustained.

The fire was under control within twelve minutes. The burn victim was transported as a trauma alert to UF Health Shands Hospital.

The cause of the fire is unknown. The State Fire Marshal’s office will be leading the investigation.

The Ocala Police Department and Marion County Fire Rescue also responded.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody, Chair of the Statewide Task Force on Opioid Abuse, today in Miami convened the group’s third meeting. The meeting, held at Miami Dade College, focused on the recovery process and innovative programs to promote and sustain long term recovery for Floridians struggling with Opioid Use Disorder.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Today we heard from medical professionals, recovery specialists and a woman who struggled for years to overcome a powerful drug addiction, about how we can better serve those struggling with Opioid Use Disorder. By focusing on recovery and innovating the ways we help those struggling with addiction, we can change lives, heal families and reduce the death and destruction caused by the national opioid crisis in Florida.”

The recovery-themed meeting highlighted barriers to recovery, support systems for patients, Medication Assisted Treatment and effective peer recovery strategies. Task Force members heard from Jacksonville Fire Chief Mark Rowely about an innovative program reducing repeat opioid overdoses in Duval County. Project Save Lives, a partnership between Jacksonville Fire and Rescue and local hospitals, has proven successful in reducing successive trips to the emergency room for survivors of opioid overdoses. More than 70 percent of patients treated at a partnering hospital have enrolled in the program that provides additional engagement and follow-up treatment. Continue reading

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody today filed a petition regarding the Adult Use of Marijuana initiative. The initiative’s ballot summary claims it will permit adults to possess, use and buy marijuana. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Using and possessing the drug is and will still be a crime under federal law. Federal penalties for possessing the Schedule 1 Controlled Substance are and will remain significant.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Facts matter. Before Florida voters are asked to make critical changes to our state constitution, those facts should be made clear. That’s why, by law, any citizen initiative seeking to amend the state constitution must offer voters a summary explaining the legal effect of that amendment—painting a full picture of the important choice voters are asked to make. This initiative suggests to voters that their vote will allow for conduct that will remain illegal with significant penalties.” Continue reading

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody thanks Congress for passing the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act. The TRACED Act, passed by the U.S. Senate Thursday, is designed to reduce the number of illegal robocalls and stop spoofing—the practice of using technology to disguise a caller’s phone number. The Act will now go to President Donald J. Trump for his signature.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Passing this Act is vital step in our fight to stop illegal robocalls and the scams that often accompany them nationwide. We must stop the inundation of robocalls that has been the norm for far too long. This legislation will also give us better tools for going against the practice of spoofing so we can better protect consumers.” Continue reading

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