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Harbor House of Central FL presents : Men of Courage

On September 4, 2014 at 8:30 am, Harbor House will hold its 2nd Annual Men of Courage Breakfast at the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Orlando. This year, their goal is to engage 250-300 executive men to join the fight against domestic abuse.

Verizon returns as their sponsor again this year as well as WKMG Local 6, Healthy Advocate, and the Doubletree. The keynote speaker is Norbert “Bert” J. Alicea, Vice President, EAP+Work/Life Services for Health Advocate, the largest EAP in the United States. Bert Alicea is a Licensed Psychologist with over 25 years of experience in the EAP field. Bert is a premier trainer in the Employee Assistance field, specializing in the management of difficult workplace situations.

This year, Harbor House is adding a one-hour session immediately following the breakfast for Human Resource professionals on domestic violence, workplace safety, and EAP’s. This program has been pre-approved for CE credits from the HR Certification Institute and will provide 12 free CEU’s required for SHRM.

For information on this event, please contact  Development Coordinator Shirley Draper at sdraper@harborhousefl.com or call (407) 886-2244.
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Predator/Offender Searches & Alerts
Florida Department of Law Enforcement offers resources

The F.D.L.E. database contains public record information on offenders classified as sexual predators and sexual offenders under Florida law because of a conviction for a sex-related crime and/or a specified crime against children. This information is made available to interested citizens to help them educate themselves about the possible presence of such offenders in their local communities. The placement of information about an offender in the F.D.L.E.database is not intended to indicate that any judgment has been made about the level of risk a particular offender may present to others. This information is made available to assist interested persons in forming their own risk assessments based on the offender's personal circumstances and conviction history. Click HERE to get to the main page.

You can use the F.D.L.E. web site to subscribe for an e-mail alert in the event that an offender or predator moves close to any address in Florida you choose to monitor. For example, your home, workplace, school, daycare, etc.You can also subscribe to receive an e-mail alert in the event that the offender or predator reports updated address information in the registry. To get started, click HERE
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G R A F I TT I

We do not care about persons who paint graffiti on a sanctioned wall with the owner's permission. However, we detest cowards who paint property without consent. That changes the classification from art to vandalism. However, the vandals will still try to justify what they do by claiming it's free expression. They often try to vilify those who oppose them by labeling them oppressors of that free expression. Meanwhile, those same vandals cause hundreds of dollars in damage, drive a businesses customers away and lower property values.
 
We often ask if a graffiti goon would still call it "art" if it was their property being defaced without permission.

Graffiti can also have a more serious meaning due to being gang related. Gangs can use graffiti to mark territory,advertise drug sales, mourn deceased members, announce alliances and issue threats. All the more reason to report and remove it immediately.

If you see tagging in progress dial 9 1 1

For recent graffiti in Orlando report it to (407) 254-GRAF (4723) or click HERE

For recent Orange County graffiti dial 3 1 1. You may also report it on the free app OCFL 311

M.O.S.T. strongly advises you to remove tags immediately after they get documented by law enforcement. We feel it is bad advice for anyone to advise you to leave the tags up a week or two to prevent retaliation. Letting tags remain sends a message of tolerance, lowers the property value for both you and your neighbors and can drive away your customers or potential property buyers. Not to mention that each day you look at the tag is a reminder of how your property was violated. Who needs that kind of aggravation ?

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