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  • 19 May 2008 6:42 PM | CPNA Administrator (Administrator)

    This time last year, our newsletter featured an article on the Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR). This process of reassessing the Growth Management Plan, is required by the State of Florida, and is completed every 7 years.

    The purpose of EAR is to identify new goals and policies that the City will need over the next 20 years and to review existing goals and policies to see if they are still relevant.

    The EAR was completed and the Final EAR Report is available on the City's Growth Management site. Within it you can read about growth plans for everything from Transportation to Recreation.

    You can view the original article by visiting our Newsletter Archive and viewing the May/June 2007 Newsletter.

  • 15 May 2008 9:00 AM | CPNA Administrator (Administrator)

    TYPE OF CRIME:  Vehicle Burglaries

    LOCATION:  South College Park area

    INFORMATION:  Since April 30, 2008 there have been twelve reports of vehicle burglaries in the south College Park area. Eleven of the twelve vehicles were entered by force. The days these vehicle burglaries are taking place vary. The majority of the vehicle burglaries occurred between 11 p.m.-6 a.m. The items that are being targeted include any and all valuables.
    To assure that you or your neighbors are not the next victims, please adhere to the following:
    - Be alert to your surroundings
    - Secure all vehicle doors and windows
    - Use reliable anti-theft devices (i.e. car alarm, The “Club”, etc.)
    - Remove valuables from inside the vehicle (wallets, cell phones, CD’s, identification, stereo faceplates, etc.)
    - Activate the car alarm, if your vehicle has one
    - Report any suspicious activity or person(s)
    - Check the area where you will be walking for suspicious persons or cars
    - If you witness a vehicle burglary in progress, do not risk physical harm: call the police immediately
    Call 911 immediately to report any suspicious activity or person(s).

  • 12 May 2008 11:01 PM | CPNA Administrator (Administrator)

    By Daniel and Nicolas Ford

    We were some of the first ones to arrive at Loch Haven Park Saturday morning. And that was that awesome. We got right on the jumpy house with no line, and no tickets needed. Mom said the District sponsored it, whatever that is. We jumped for a while, until Daniel noticed a strange looking police truck with a robot.

    We talked with the bomb squad, and he showed us a robot they use to remove bad things. And they even have a big suit to protect them. Next to that was a police dog, we can’t remember his name, but he didn’t speak English. He sure was big though. And don’t forget the fire trucks and even a garbage truck. Oh look the jumpy house is open again.

    We were right in the middle of making our pet rocks at the Science Center booth, when the DJ announced it was time for lunch. The rocks will have to wait until we get our fill of yummy hot dogs and burgers cooked up by firemen.

    We grabbed our bags and went to all the booths. We played some mini golf at the Dubsdread course; got some seeds from Robert Bowden at the Leu Gardens (dad says he wasn’t the coach though). We even learned about keeping our waters clean, heard stories from the library, and then the best thing, free ice cream.

    We got to meet some political candidates like judges, Congress and school board. We can’t vote for a while, but we did give some tips to mom and dad on who we liked. Then it was time to cut a ribbon. Commissioner Stuart, Diamond and Mayor Dyer invited us and all the kids to help dedicate the new park. We love parks.

    It all wrapped up with the DJ playing lots of games with kids. Neither of us was very good at hula-hooping, but we did better at the soccer contest with the Orlando Sharks. We all had a great time and were really tired from all the activities. So we packed up our pet rocks, new plant from the city and headed back home. Thanks Commissioner Stuart and Mayor Dyer. It was a great picnic.

  • 12 May 2008 5:13 PM | CPNA Administrator (Administrator)

    Orlando Ballet is a non-profit organization and has extended a discount offer to all CPNA Members. CPNA members and guests are being offered a 20% discount just for being members, visitors, or friends of members of CPNA. Everyone can order whatever performance or seating they would like, regardless of what anyone else in CPNA does or doesn't do.

    The Ballet will be at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre on Friday, May 16th at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 17th at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 18th at 2 p.m.
    There's also a Family Series performance on Saturday morning, May 16th.The Family Series is ballet in under an hour. Perfect for those new to ballet who want to sample this art form, children whose attention span is too short for a full-length performance, those with busy schedules who can't fit in a full-length performance, and the elderly who may not wish to sit for long periods or be away from home/care-givers for the time required for a full-length performance. One price for all seats in the house for the Family Series.

    Below are the flyers with information for ordering tickets and the various seating prices available.

    Orders can be placed with the Box Office by phone. Numbers are on the order forms. Hope to see you there!

  • 06 May 2008 7:57 PM | CPNA Administrator (Administrator)

    The April meeting minutes were approved at the May 5th meeting. If you missed the April meeting, you can view the minutes by accessing our Meeting Minutes Archive.

    The Treasurer's Report for the month of April was also presented at the May meeting. You can view it on the Budget Archive page.

  • 04 May 2008 9:26 AM | CPNA Administrator (Administrator)

    College Park Neighborhood Association
    Monthly Meeting
    Agenda – May 5, 2008 – 7:00 PM
    College Park Community Center

    Call to order, opening remarks and visitor welcome -- David Rose, President

    Commissioner’s Corner --  City Commissioner Robert Stuart
       - Various issues including Dubsdread golf course update

    Guest speaker --  Orange County Commissioners Segal
      - Crime on the Edges of College Park

    Guest speaker -- School Board Member Anne Geiger

    Approval of last meeting’s minutes -- Miles Hardy

    Treasurer’s report -- Monarcha Marcet (including checking account update)

    President’s Report -- David Rose

    Old Business
     Adrian La Sala -- Website update 

     Bob Carr/Jim Pruett --Edgewater Drive Vision Taskforce update
     (May meeting are 8th 3:30pm at City Hall and the 22nd 7:00pm at Edgewater  High School Media Center)
    New Business & Committee Reports 
    Question and answer session

  • 01 May 2008 9:49 AM | CPNA Administrator (Administrator)

    The Edgewater Drive Vision Task Force is an advisory board to the City of Orlando Administration that is exploring many aspects of Edgewater drive. The board is made up of citizens that have the ultimate goal of providing a clear vision for the future of Edgewater drive.

    There are several resources on the City of Orlando's site:

    • The Main Page
      This is the central point for information about the Task Force.
    • Preamble
      This document introduces the task force.
    • Members
      See who is on the board.
    • Meetings
      This page provides the Agendas and Minutes of meetings. Reading through the minutes is a great way to get caught up on what is going on.
    • Survey
      Be sure to let your voice be heard! There is a survey soliciting input from the community.

    While this process has been going on since late 2007, there are still a few meetings left. These have been added to our Calendar.

    We hope to see you at the meetings!

  • 28 Apr 2008 2:41 PM | CPNA Administrator (Administrator)

    By Miles S. Hardy, Princeton/Smith Corridor Committee Chair

    Twenty years ago the College Park Neighborhood Association was born. It came into being as a neighborhood response to a new road, the Silver Star re-alignment, which threatened to change the quiet residential nature of Princeton and Smith streets. Today we know this road as the continuation of Princeton Street past Orange Blossom Trail. On our Association's 20th anniversary it is ironic that we once again find ourselves concerned about the potential impact upon our community resulting from development just beyond our western border.

    Nearly a year ago the City approved permits and zoning for a 24-hour Super Wal-Mart at the Princeton Street and John Young Parkway intersection. This spurred the formation of the Princeton/Smith Corridor Committee. The Committee had humble beginnings. Ten residents met in a garage one evening and shared their concerns for College Park.

    The following mission statement was established:

    1. Enforce the current speed limits and the current restrictions prohibiting large trucks from intruding the corridor. 
    2. Establish a system to monitor traffic within the corridor.
    3. Develop a plan involving citizens and the city to protect the corridor in the future.

    These are some of the Committee’s accomplishment over the past year:
    The Princeton/Smith Corridor Committee has held regular meetings on the first Wednesday of each month. City Commissioner Robert Stuart, City Transportation Engineering Division Manager Charles Ramdatt and Orlando Police Department Traffic Safety Coordinator Sheryl Bradley have spoken at our meetings.

    The College Park Neighborhood Association has welcomed the Princeton/Smith Corridor Committee into the Association as a standing committee.

    With City Commissioner Stuart's invaluable support, a real-time traffic monitoring system has been permanently installed in the road bed where Reading intersects with Princeton and Smith streets. This system records date, time, speed, and vehicle classification of each motorcycle, car, pick-up truck or semi-truck which passes over its sensors and will transmit the data to the City’s Traffic Monitoring Center. Testing of the system is being conducted at this time.

    New truck signs have been installed at the east and west entrances of the corridor prohibiting trucks with more than two axles.

    In the future, the Orlando Police Department will implement a campaign of 'targeted enforcement' which will use data provided by the Traffic Monitoring System to send officers into the corridor at the optimum day and time to achieve maximized enforcement effectiveness. The Traffic Monitoring System will also identify and quantify any significant changes in the nature of traffic within the corridor.

    Phase Three
    The Corridor Committee is beginning to work on phase three of its mission by collecting ideas and suggestions which will influence drivers:

    • Yard signs and magnetic bumper stickers should encourage local residents to be respectful of their neighbors and aware of children at play.
    • Tinting of the asphalt, to create the illusion of a narrowing roadway, should cause infrequent travelers of the corridor to slow down.
    • Letters to local trucking companies may help reduce truck intrusions.
    • Monitoring the Municipal Planning Board agenda will alert the committee of new developments which could impact traffic on the corridor. The City Council should specifically require new developments to keep their larger trucks out of the corridor as a condition of permit and zoning approval.

    More ideas will be gathered and ultimately a plan for the ongoing maintenance of the corridor will be presented to the City.

    When I undertook this task, I estimated that it would take about two years to accomplish. I think the project is on schedule and has an excellent chance of success.

  • 24 Apr 2008 10:46 PM | CPNA Administrator (Administrator)

    Dear Friends:

    Please join me and my staff for the inaugural City of Orlando District 3 Picnic taking place on Saturday, May 10th from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are holding the picnic in conjunction with the dedication of Orlando’s newest green space, Orlando Cultural Park, located in the Loch Haven area at 530 East Princeton Street.

    This picnic is a way for me to say thanks to all of the active residents of District 3 for their contributions to our community and our City Beautiful. 

    There will be food, entertainment, a disc jockey, bounce house, slide, face painting, presentations by OFD and OPD and fun activities for the whole family. Please come and join us for this event where you can have fun, learn about your City and meet some neighbors at the same time!

    Free Parking will be provided nearby at both the Florida Hospital and Orlando Science Center garages.  Please look for signs directing you to these areas on the day of the event.  If you have any other questions, please feel free to call my office at 407-246-2003. 

    Thanks and I look forward to seeing you on the 10th!


           Robert F. Stuart, Commissioner, District 3
           City of Orlando
           400 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL  32801

  • 24 Apr 2008 4:09 PM | CPNA Administrator (Administrator)

    In early March, three neighborhoods were welcomed into the Orlando Main Streets program: Downtown College Park Partnership, Ivanhoe Village Main Street, and Parramore Village Main Street. The Main Street Program is a City of Orlando revitalization program for neighborhood commercial “main streets.”

    The Downtown College Park Partnership announced the award on their website. We are certain it took a great deal of hard work to get selected and congratulate all the groups on being chosen.

    Our neighbors immediately to our east, the Ivanhoe Village Main Street, are throwing a party on April 26th, 2008 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM to celebrate. The event will be behind Washburn Imports at 1800 N. Orange Avenue, and will feature music, food, and libations.

    As they are immediately on our borders, we will likely benefit from their main street revitalization as well. Please stop by and enjoy the celebration!


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