March 15, 2018 at 2:04 pm 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. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Decision Apopka 2018Apopka City Commission Candidate Feature: Seat #2 Leroy BellLeroy Bell is a firebrand.He is outspoken and candid. He shoots from the hip, speaks his mind and lets the chips fall where they may.And chips often fall.In the span of a four-minute public comment at a November 15th, 2017 City Council meeting, Bell had harsh words for Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer, his wife, a city commissioner, the Apopka Police Department, the Apopka Fire Department, the Apopka Historical Society, and The Apopka Voice.Leroy BellBut now Bell would like to sit in Seat #2 of that same City Council.Bell is running against incumbent City Commissioner Diane Velazquez, the commissioner he had harsh words for in November, as well as challengers Alice Nolan and Alicia Koutsoulieris. And although he is brash at times in his approach, his reason for running is clear in his mind. “It came from an early age,” said Bell. I watched my father serving something bigger than himself. My father was a police officer, mechanic, pastor and community leader. I took that path. Growing up around people with a voice, and nobody listening to them. My father was the type of guy to give a voice to the voiceless. That’s what I want to be. I’m willing to serve for something bigger than myself like my father. I want to bring something to the City Council that hasn’t been there for years, and that’s the voice of the community. More than anything I want to bring the voiceless out of the shadows.” Bell was once a supporter of the administration that he now criticizes. In his viewpoint, they have not been transparent, and they have not delivered on their promises. “When this administration came in, you can say I was one of the people that drank the Kool-Aid. We took them out in the community, and they spoke with passion about things that need to be done in certain parts of the city that wasn’t done in other parts of the city. But once they were elected, they didn’t keep their word. I take people at their word, that’s why I’m high on integrity. I’ve helped plenty of people get elected. But once on the dais, they seem to be forgetful.” Bell is clearly a proponent of integrity. In fact, he named it as the most significant issue facing Apopka going forward. He believes trust can shape a future of security and prosperity. “Integrity is what keeps citizens engaged. Trust. When you gain trust, then different things begin to happen. You see the risk with first responders go down, especially with police officers. Pride comes up, cost and risks go down. When you gain trust, you get things done, and you get the things the people of this community want.”Bell wants to spearhead the idea of Apopka’s citizens taking the reins of government and becoming a much more significant voice in the future. “We the citizens have no say-so in this debacle they call a budget. We’re the citizens. We pay taxes. We should have a say-so in which direction the government is going or how fast it’s getting there. The City Council goes line by line through their budget. And then they pick this or that to add or cut… but if you had a citizen at the table they would be held accountable. It takes citizens to run the government. Not the politicians, the people.” Despite a 2017-18 Fiscal Budget at just under $125 million, and reserves in the general fund, Bell sees the City of Apopka as out of money. “We are in a deficit, not a surplus. We’re broke. They had to borrow money to balance the budget. Where is the money going? People say the budget is balanced. The mayor said at the State of the City address that we have reserves above 20%, but then we have commissioners that aren’t his rubber stamp say were at 18%, so they don’t know where the budget is at. I don’t know where the budget is at and half the folks in the community don’t know, so where’s the money? What is the actual bottom line of the budget right now?” Bell would like to see a more substantial reserve, and his plan has community support according to his conversations with them. “I think our reserves need to be at 25%, and plenty of people in the community agree with that. Most people keep a reserve of three house payments. That’s what the City should do. If the City doesn’t have the respect for the reserves to keep three months of expenses, it should explain why they need to put their hands on the reserves. You can’t just go using the reserves like it’s your slush fund. The roof at the amphitheater would’ve been fixed by now if they didn’t mess up the reserve.” His approach to getting reserves to that amount is to go through the budget with a fine tooth comb and finding unnecessary spending. “We would go through every line of the budget and streamline it. There are duplicate services we can end. We can cut the mayor’s salary in half. We can stop doing so many studies. If you meet with the community, you don’t have to hire a consulting firm.” Like many others, Bell is in favor of slow, managed growth. And his thoughts on how to slow and control it begin from the ground up. “We are a fast-growing community, and there’s nothing wrong with that. What I want is managed growth. Growing something that is simple into something complex. But before we grow, we need to get the roads fixed. We need to lay the foundation first. You can kill a town by bringing in too many businesses. What the people want is to manage the growth so that progress doesn’t outpace their salaries.”And when it comes to jobs, salary, and training the next generation of workforce, Bell believes that lies in the current and future business owners of Apopka. “You have to have good players in business, and we have great businesses in Apopka. So we need to partner with them. We need to get employment up. We start there. We get businesses to start pilot programs to hire and train the kids in their industry. That gives the next generation careers not just jobs. And when we do bring new business into Apopka, we make sure they are good stewards. Make sure they pay a living wage. Make sure they have healthcare for their employees. Then when homes start getting built, people can afford them.”He also believes that building the roads of today’s Apopka will pay dividends in the future, and protect the budget reserves he wants to establish. “Before we grow let’s get some sustainable infrastructure in place. This is where I can cut some more money in future budgets. You can put a Band-Aid on a problem instead of fixing it, and somewhere down the line, you’ve got to come back, and spend more of the reserve, because it wasn’t in the budget. It’s a lot of wasteful spending, and that’s where slowing growth and making sure you do it the right way is how you responsibly manage growth.” Bell’s first crusade into local causes came over 20 years ago after he moved back to Apopka, and it would shape his attitude about community advocacy forever. “In 1997 when I returned to Apopka, I noticed the dump was wide open right next to my mother’s house. You could see all the trash and birds and rodents… and there was a bad smell, and it seemed no one was doing anything about it. So my wife and I… and a local physician started fighting against the dump. Finally, we got them to close one of them early, but then we found out a lot is going on down there. Just in that area, you probably had 200 people die in the last 10 years from various respiratory causes. They have all kind of toxic places around there like medical waste, and you have the Apopka Wastewater Facility down there. It might be better, but sometimes people can’t come outside because of the smell. It’s sad to see you can’t do anything. Your hands are tied. So that’s where I got my passion. That’s where the spark plug comes from. In fights like that where people’s lives are on the line.” And despite his passion for the South Apopka community, Bell says he would be a commissioner for everyone. “I see myself as a champion for all of Apopka. My call is for all people. I just left the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – Dreamers) meeting at the Hope CommUnity Center. I’m a champion for that. I speak out for the farmworkers. I’m for anybody that doesn’t have a voice. I guess I’m just crazy and loud enough that I’m not afraid to speak up.” And it is that loud, crazy, fearless description that Bell attributes to himself that is unusual for a would-be city commissioner where a diplomatic approach is often the norm for governance, but Bell is confident he can work with anyone on City Council or staff for the betterment of the community. “I can get along with anybody, especially for a common cause. We as people should be able to agree on some things, but some things we won’t. But we can always agree to disagree and come together. The blueprint of the City of Apopka starts with the citizens at the top, the City Council in the middle, then the administration at the bottom. I think the city would be much better off if they started using that blueprint rather than the citizens at the bottom, the City Council in the middle, and the administration at the top. So yes I would work well with anybody. I was a 12-year veteran of the US Army. I worked with 5,000 men at one time that was in my command. I can get along with people, but to get along with me best is to get along and do what the citizens are saying.” If elected, only time will only tell if Bell could transition from outspoken advocate to consensus-building commissioner, but at the end of the day, he is far more focused on the substance of his issues, than the tone he sets or the feathers he may ruffle. “I’m a servant. I want to serve the people; I just don’t show up for photo-ops. I’m a person that is concrete and tangible. I’m direct. I’m not abstract. I’m somebody you can touch. And that’s the way I’m running my campaign.” 1 COMMENT Please enter your comment! Barbara McLeod This is the man that came in the Apopka museum and started screaming at the volunteers in the mayor‘s wife! I have nothing good to say about this man. I’m so glad he did not get elected! 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Howard Lake | 20 June 2004 | News Vicky Delderfield has joined Henshaws Society for Blind People in Manchester as Marketing and Communications Manager.Vicky will be responsible for growing Henshaws’ brand and profile across the North of England and ensuring consistency throughout all communications activity.She joins Henshaws from the UK’s largest adult Hospice, St Ann’s, where she worked as Marketing Co-ordinator for 18 months. Advertisement 27 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Community fundraising Individual giving Recruitment / people AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. New Marketing and Communications Manager at Henshaws Society
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Activists from Houston who came on the Abolition Movement bus stand at the Capitol after the march — the group includes students from Univ. of Houston, the ACLU, the New Black Panther Party, the S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, Amnesty International, Workers World Party, KPFT Pacifica Radio’s The Prison Show staff, and the family of death row prisoner Howard Guidry.Photo: Mahsa ShahruAustin, Texas — They chanted, “Executions? Shut ‘em down! Racist courts? Shut ‘em down! Lying cops? Shut ‘em down! Sleeping lawyers? Shut ‘em down! The death penalty? Shut it down! The whole damn system? Shut it down!”Close to 500 death-row families, exonerees, friends and activists rallied at the Capitol and marched through downtown Austin Nov. 3 for the 13th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty.Mark Clements kicked off the march by instructing the crowd that when he said, “Death row,” they were to respond, “Hell no!” Clements was arrested at the age of 16, brutalized by Chicago police, and spent 28 years in prison before finally being released for a crime he didn’t commit.Chants echoed off the Capitol and downtown buildings, while signs and banners were held high. Shujaa Graham, Albert Burrell and Ron Keine, three death-row exonerees with Witness to Innocence, led the march, along with Clements and former Black Panther Lawrence Hayes, who spent almost 20 years on New York’s death row.“We let [Texas] Gov. Rick Perry and every Texas legislator know that the movement to end capital punishment is building, and support [for the death penalty] is dwindling,” said Joanne Gavin, who traveled on the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement’s bus from Houston.Sarilda Routier, mother-in-law of Darlie Routier, was surrounded by Darlie Routier’s family as she explained how her daughter-in-law is innocent but remains on death row. Her moving words brought a stunned silence to the hundreds present and tears to many eyes in the crowd.Barbara Lewis, mother of former Delaware death-row prisoner Robert Gattis, spoke about hope and continuing the struggle “even if you are not rich, you are not educated, and you are not white. Never stop fighting!” Gattis’ 1992 death sentence was commuted this year from death to life in prison without parole.Other speakers included Nick Been, of Kids against the Death Penalty, who is also Jeff Wood’s nephew. Wood was sent to death row under the law of parties, despite the fact that he had killed no one. He wasn’t even in the store when the shooting incident he was convicted of took place. Wood’s sister, Terri Been, spoke, as did the sister of Louis Castro Perez, Delia Perez-Meyer, of the Texas Moratorium Network.Marilyn Shankle-Grant spoke for her young son, Paul Storey, and Roderick Reed spoke for his innocent brother, Rodney Reed, an African-American man who was framed for the rape and murder of a white woman, despite evidence pointing to her fiancé, a white policeman who is now in prison for sexually assaulting another woman. Reed’s mother, Sandra Reed, and friend Caitlin Adams were also present. A banner for another innocent man, Rob Wills, was held by his supporters.When death-row families and exonerees were asked to come to the stage, more than 25 people — mothers, grandfathers, spouses, aunts, uncles, daughters, nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters — came forward, as well as several death-row exonerees.“The determination of these people is what inspires and motivates us to continue fighting executions in this racist state of Texas, which has carried out 489 legal lynchings since 1982, well over one-third of the 1,300 executions in this country,” said Pat Hartwell, of the Abolition Movement in Houston.The rally was chaired by Lily Hughes, the national chair of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, and was organized by her organization, along with the Texas Moratorium Network in Austin, the Abolition Movement in Houston, and Kids Against the Death Penalty, which is based in San Antonio.The spirit of the day was framed by Clements, who said, “This government is corrupt! Why in the world is Rick Perry still in office and Rodney Reed still in prison? Gov. Perry needs to be served a pink slip now!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Living Now Summer Kids Get A Ticket To Ride Tom Sawyer Camp is more than just a camp you can drop your kids to. It’s a camp that picks up your kids and brings them home. By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Friday, May 3, 2013 | 4:31 pm 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Tom Sawyer Camp is the summer camp.With other camps, you drop off your kids, they do fun activities, you pick them up after, then listen to them regale you with their adventures.Tom Sawyer has all those, and more. But what sets Tom Sawyer Camp apart from the others is not only its fun activities that are uniquely Tom Sawyer, but the fact that the camp pick the kids up and brings them home after.It is much more convenient for the parents for sure, but for the kids? Half the fun is getting on the van.Satisfied parents Cindy and Bill Wenzlau say, “What I say to everybody who is trying to decide on their summer plans â€“ simplify your life and send your kids to Tom Sawyer. Because they pick up your kids. Half the fun is getting on the van. They love it. Itâ€™s like a whole different group, itâ€™s their van group, and their van parties and the fun things that they do on the van. And then they get to camp and they have their special group at camp and then the kids get dropped off. And yes, they have to take their shoes and socks off and get hosed down before they come in but itâ€™s the easiest way to get the most out of your summer.”Steve Wagner, another Tom Sawyer parent adds, “”The fact that they get picked up and delivered at the front door is an immense positive thing for us parents. But more importantly, itâ€™s a positive part of the camp for the kids. I think they enjoy the van ride almost as much, or as much as arriving at the camp itself or on their way home.”The van is not just a means to transport the kids, but also a vehicle to forge lasting friendships.Kirsten, a mother of 12-year old campers says her kids “certainly talk a lot about their activities but I think, also as important, the van rides and the van parties and the friendships that they made.”Even if parents are willing to bring their kids to school, the van ride is much more inviting to the kids, as Sarah, a mother of an 8-year old camper, attests: “My schedule permitted me to drive her if she wanted and I said, ‘Can I drive you to camp, thatâ€™d be fine if you want me.” (Daughter replies:) ‘Oh no, I gotta be on the bus Mom thatâ€™s where all my friends are.’”With all the fun and friends in the world, parents are naturally concerned first and foremost, of the safety of their child. Tom Sawyer prides itself with its trained staff and safety regulations.Susan McDonell, Tom Sawyer parent, says, “I think the scariest part of being a parent is safety issues with our children and that was probably one of the most important things. Putting our little one out on the bus at three years old was something I wouldnâ€™t thought Iâ€™d feel comfortable doing.”But soon after, McDonell’s fears were allayed after understanding the interview process the camp makes. She says, “they do a group interview, they do a lot of reference checking, they do an extensive amount of training especially when it comes to the bus issue.”McDonell adds, “You really want to know that those staff members have good driving records and have experienced driving those vans. So I have to say that Tom Sawyer really enforces the safety and as a parent I can feel good going on my day after my child has gotten on the bus and know that Iâ€™m not gonna see him for several hours. I donâ€™t worry.”Tom Sawyer Camp is located at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Arroyo Seco, with offices at 707 West Woodbury Rd, #F Altadena. To find out more about the camp and how you can have your kids picked up and brought home from camp, visit http://www.tomsawyercamps.com or cal (626)794-1156. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
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A well-known car park in Strabane is set to be closed on an overnight basis following an alarming level of anti-social behaviour in the area.It’s understood that Dock Street car park in the town has been subject to boy racers for the past number of years with Councillors now approving to install an overnight barrier system there.Discussions are currently underway with a view of establishing the barrier in the coming weeks.Local Cllr Patsy Kelly is confident that the move will curb the anti-social activity:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/patsyantisfgfgfocial.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Google+ Pinterest Anti-social activity results in nightly closure of Strabane car park Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – November 7, 2017 WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Facebook Previous articleShane Duffy and Ciaran Clarke on Ireland making it difficult for teamsNext articleHave your say on “County Donegal Book of Honour, The Great War 1914-1918” News Highland Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows