Thursday, May 28, 2009

Calling all Artists

CALL TO ARTISTS:
SIDEWALK INLAYS

Sarasota, FL:  The City of Sarasota is issuing a Call to Artists for unique sidewalk inlays for the Downtown Sarasota Historic District.  The inlays will replace dozens of 16 x 16 grey tiles along the Main Street sidewalk. 

Selected local professional artists will be paid $250 to create a one of a kind 16 x 16 inlay.  Preferred materials include but are not limited to: stoneware ceramic, granite, stainless steel, synthetics, or alternative materials with specifications proving adequate durability with no sharp edges or slick surfaces. 

Applications and supporting documents for the Call to Artists are available on-line. Proposals must include: two (2) jpeg files of the proposed design: 72dpi and 300 dpi drawings must be to scale; a detailed description of the materials to be used to produce the inlay; the dimensional thickness of the inlay when completed. 

The deadline for submissions is July 28, 2009.  Interested professional artists shall reside in Sarasota County or Manatee County. 

This initial Call to Artists will replace 32 of the 97 grey tiles along Main Street.  The Public Art Committee will announce future Call to Artists to swap out the remaining grey tiles, giving downtown Sarasota a unique sense of place.  “We want people to know they are in a special area of downtown,” said Ernie Ritz, downtown business owner who proposed the inlay project.  “By seeing these wonderful creations, they will know they are in a special place.”  Last month, the U.S. Department of the Interior acknowledged the area is distinctive by placing the Downtown Sarasota Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. 

All submissions will be reviewed by the Public Art Committee during its regular meeting August 12th in the Commission Chambers at City Hall.  It is anticipated the 32 designs selected will be installed on S. Main Street in September or October beginning at Sarasota News & Books and moving north.


Jan Thornburg

City of Sarasota

Public Information Officer

941-954-2613

941-650-9693 (Cell)

941-954-4113 (Fax)

County Planning holds workshop

Sarasota County Planning Services invites you to attend a workshop about proposed amendments to the county’s comprehensive plan. The workshop will take place from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, in the first floor training room at the Sarasota County Administration Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Drafts of the amendments will be available at the workshop.

These amendments involve:

  • Transportation Plan – identifying significant local roads, reviewing adopted levels of service for roadways, adding new policies for transit services and recognizing the two scenic highways in the county.

·         Future Land Use Plan – adding new policies about nonconforming residential densities and amending policies regarding densities in the Light Office and Neighborhood Commercial Center designations.

·         Future Land Use Map – expanding the boundaries of the Englewood Town Center.

Staff involved with these changes will be present to answer your questions. We hope to see you there and please forward this message along to your friends and acquaintances who may have an interest in these changes.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Meet Here! Play Here!


MEET HERE!  PLAY HERE!  Sarasota County – Something for everyone!

MEET HERE!  PLAY HERE!  Sarasota County – Something for everyone!, is an initiative of Sarasota County government to inform the public of the many great events, activities and things to do for free or at little cost, here in your community.

Summer is here, and so are hundreds of opportunities to have fun in the sun! For example; in June you can attend a beach run or learn how to get prepared for hurricane season. To find about more information on these and the many other events taking place in June check out the calendar of events at http://www.sarasotafl.org. With so many events to choose from, you are sure to find something to enjoy!

Now is a great time to rediscover your Sarasota community. Become revitalized, rejuvenated and inspired by an enduring spirit of engagement and involvement. Sarasota County is the best place to live, learn, work and play! We are proud to provide you these opportunities and invite you to participate in the following upcoming featured events taking place during the month of June:

 

Tuesday, June 2

What: Kids' Summer Beach Runs at Siesta Key Beach

When: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (Weekly)

Where: Siesta Key Beach - Main Pavilion, 948 Beach Rd.

Description: This is a one mile fun run for kids of all ages. Weekly registration held at 5:30 p.m. with race time at 6:30 p.m. Runs will take place every Tuesday evening from June 2 to August 18. The runs are a great opportunity for families to get exercise and have lots of fun at this beautiful beach. Registration is held on-site, and participants will receive a ribbon with every run. T-shirts are earned after four runs are completed. There is a 1 time, $1 registration fee.

Contact for public: For more information contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask about Kids' Summer Beach Runs at Siesta Key Beach or go to http://www.parksonline.scgov.net for more info.

Media Contact: Jonathan Poyner 941-861-9853, jpoyner@scgov.net

 

 

Wednesday, June 3

What: Free Emergency Preparedness Conference for People with Disabilities

When: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Sudakoff Center at New College 5700 N. Tamiami Trail

Who should attend: People with Disabilities and Senior Citizens, their Families and Caregivers, Organizations that provide services to People with Disabilities, State and Local Government, Local Businesses

Description: Experts from local, private and government agencies will discuss what to expect – and not expect – during the time surrounding a disaster or emergency situation. Participants will learn how to be proactive, not reactive, to emergencies: preparation can make the difference before, during and after a disaster. This free conference will feature speakers and panelists experienced in emergency management, exhibitors, lunch and personal disaster survival plans! You must register in advance.

Contact for public: For more information contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask about the Free Emergency Preparedness Conference for People with Disabilities.

To register: Contact the Suncoast Center for Independent Living, Inc., Fruitville Rd, Suite 101, Sarasota, 941-351-9545 or www.scil4u.org

Media Contact: Suncoast Center for Independent Living, Inc., 941-351-9545

 

Thursday, June 4

What: Birding for Beginners on the South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve

When: 7:30 -10 a.m.

Where: South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve

Description: Explore South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve with enthusiastic birder, Nancy Edmondson, Environmental Specialist with Sarasota County Natural Resources in search of the summer resident birds. Beginning birders will learn basic clues and investigative tips for finding and identifying birds in the wild or in your garden. Binoculars are a must to bring!

Contact for public: Register on-line at www.scgov.net. Click Calendar of Events on the left. Click the 'All Events' drop down list, choose 'Nature Walks' and click 'go'. On the bottom of each nature walk is an area that states 'Click here for registration.' Space for this walk is limited to 12 (for an optimal birding experience!). If you are experiencing problems with on-line registration, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for Natural Resources.

Media Contact: Deborah Zeilman dzeilman@scgov.net 941-861-6222.

 

 

Thursday, June 18

What: Termites!

When: 2 – 4 p.m.

Where: Shamrock Park & Nature Center Classroom, 3900 Shamrock Drive, Venice, FL 34293

Description: If you live long enough in Florida, you will probably have termites in your home. Dr. Fred Santana, Entomologist will discuss basic termite biology and behavior, their impact on homes, various approaches that are available to control termites and steps the homeowner can take to discourage their presence. This is a two-hour class.

Contact for public: For more information, please call 941-486-2706 or go tohttp://www.parksonline.scgov.net (Activity #6032.201) for more info.

Media Contact: Ed Wolfenbarger. ewolfenb@scgov.net 941-486-2706

 

 

Wednesday, June 24

What: Summertime Wildflowers

When: 9 -11 a.m.

Where: Manasota Scrub Preserve, 2695 Bridge St., Englewood

Description: Enjoy an easy walk at Englewood’s Manasota Scrub Preserve, Wednesday, June 24, from 9-11 a.m.  Amateur botanists and Florida Native Plant Society members Denny Girard & Al Squires will share with other plant enthusiasts the summertime wildflowers. Who knows? There may be an unscheduled discovery of a new species!

Contact for public: Register on-line at www.scgov.net. Click Calendar of Events on the left. Click the 'All Events' drop down list, choose 'Nature Walks' and click 'go'. On the bottom of each nature walk is an area that states 'Click here for registration.' Space for this walk is limited to 12 (for an optimal birding experience!). If you are experiencing problems with on-line registration, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for Natural Resources.

Media Contact: Deborah Zeilman dzeilman@scgov.net 941-861-6222

 

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Calling all ham radio operators

Are there any ham radio operators in Lake Sarasota? The county's emergency services people would like to get their names, call signals, and email addresses to build an emergency network.

Send the above info to Scott Montgomery of the county's Emergency Services.

Also, if you're an operator, please note this from one ham radio operator:

My information that I have from ACS data is that the communications frequency to be used will be

Alpha Numeric : SAR-1

Frequency: 146.730 Mhz

Offset: minus

Tone: PL100.00 tone



Monday, May 18, 2009

Fruitville 210 BIZ Exchange Tuesday

Interested in helping the area's business community? Here's one way: 

Annual BIZ Exchange hosted by Fruitville 210 Community Alliance:   

This will be an opportunity to meet & Support F210 local Businesses.  
We want all F210 Businesses to be promoted around our F210 Neighborhood.
Keep your TAX dollars in the Sarasota County tax base!
BE LOYAL - BUY LOCAL


          Tuesday - MAY 19th 6:30 - 8:00pm EVENT:          
6:30 - Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Pres/CEO Steve Queior will address the meeting.
6:45 - 7:45  - BIZ Exchange / card exchange & networking
7:45 - 8:00  - Clean-up - we MUST be out by 8:00pm Library closes!!

      Location: Fruitville Library - 100 Couburn Road     

PLEASE bring your Neighbor with you Tuesday Night!


Thank you, Karen Heffner
Board Secretary/Treasurer
Fruitville 210 Community Alliance
www.Fruitville210.org 

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Neighborhood Business Directory is Here


The Lake Sarasota Business Directories are done. Who knew there were so many talented and enterprising folks here? 

The attractive Directories look will be distributed throughout the community by volunteers very soon.

If you can't wait for your copy, you can call Sandy at 321-5582 to arrange to pick up your copy. You might even be able to arrange to pick up some for your neighbors.




Saturday, May 16, 2009

Report from Chairman Bill

Residents of Lake Sarasota:
 
We had a very interesting and informative meeting Tuesday evening.
 
The meeting was attended by a high ranking officer from the sheriff's department.  Captain Pelfery attended and took the time to explain some of the things that his office is doing to help decrease crime in Lake Sarasota.
 
The 2 biggest problems we have are vehicle burglaries and home burglaries.  Captain Pelfery strongly suggests that we do not leave our cars unlocked and that we do not leave anything visible in our cars.  When thieves see something they can steal and sell, it only takes them a few seconds to break into our cars and steal our possessions.  He also stressed the importance of keeping our garage doors closed when we are not in the garage.  OPEN GARAGE DOORS ARE AN INVITATION TO BURGLARS!!!
 
Captain Pelfery commited to having an officer at our next meeting, (June 9th) to listen to our concerns and explain what the sheriff's department is doing about them.  PLEASE TRY AND ATTEND!
 
We had a treasury report given by Ellie Himes.
 
We selected 3. new homes for the Yard Of The Month Program.  Please take the time to nominate homes that you feel deserve the award.  You can nominate a yard by calling Renee Pitts at 371-3988 or emailing her at JPitts9710@aol.com
 
The change to the Mauna Loa entrance to Lake Sarasota will be made soon.  We will be getting a divider that we hope will help prevent accidents at the corner.  Our flag pole will be moved back to the next median.
 
The pump at Lakeview Park will not be turned on until the "rainy season" begins.  This is due to the fact that some residents on the lake complained to the county that the level of water in their lake would go down significantly when the pump is turned on.  We believe this is not true, but the county will still not allow the pump to be turned on until the rains start.
 
The Lake Sarasota Business Directory is done and will be distributed shortly.  It is well done and will clearly be helpful to residents needing services provided by their neighbors. PLEASE USE THE DIRECTORY AND SUPPORT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESSES!
 
As you can tell, many important topics were discussed at our meeting.
 
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO ATTEND OUR NEXT MEETING ON JUNE 9TH, 2009.
 
Bill Pitts
President
Lake Sarasota Community Group

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Developer will pay for Mauna Loa Entrance

Excellent News: Word arrived today that HealthSouth Corporation, which is building an addition to its Rehabilitation Facility on the north side of Bee Ridge Rd., has offered to pay the cost of installing an embellished median at the entrance on Mauna Loa.

The entrance is being reconfigured to satisfy traffic requirements due to the upgrade of the HealthSouth facility. Work is expected to begin soon.

This generous gesture would not have been possible without the intervention of Sarasota Neighborhood Services, which confirmed the offer this evening, and to whose dedicated staff we now owe yet another debt of thanks.

In addition, Neighborhood Services confirms that Lake Sarasota still has $2132.84 in grant funds. These need to be used by Sept. 30,  on projects that meet grant guidelines. If you have ideas, send them along or come to our next meeting on June 9. 

Hurricane Season is 19 days away: Prep Guides


Hurricane Season is almost here. It's time to prepare - here a couple of places to start:

Hurricane Prep Guide (Sun Sentinel)



County will train volunteers May 19th

Good Afternoon: the Sarasota County Health Department will be conducting a faith-based and neighborhood volunteer training on May 19 at 3:30 in the EOC.  This is training about being a volunteer in our community.

If there are any questions, please contact:

Jamie P. Mahadeo

 

Human Services Business Professional

Sarasota County Health and Human Services

2200 Ringling Boulevard, Suite 2001

Sarasota, FL  34237

 

(941) 861-2563

 

jmahadeo@scgov.net

Update: 58 Confirmed Cases of Swine Flu in Florida

For Immediate Release:
May  13 , 2009 

 

Contact: DOH Communications Office   850-245-4111


www.doh.state.fl.us  

1-800- 775-8039  

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 May  13, 2009        11:15 a.m.     

All four Department of Health laboratories have received testing supplies from the Centers for Disease Control and now can test samples to confirm H1N1 Swine Flu. This testing capability allows the Department to expedite results as we no longer need to send probable cases to CDC laboratories.

Florida has 58 confirmed cases in the following counties: one in Osceola, Alachua, Indian River, Marion, Clay, Collier, Lake, Manatee,  Flagler,  Seminole, Okeechobee, and Duval, two in OrangeBrevard and Sarasota, 3 in Pinellas, 7 in Lee, 8 in Hillsborough, and 11 in Dade and Broward each.       

New confirmed cases:    

Broward: a 14 year-old female

Dade:  a 10 year-old female

 We have 3 probables in the following counties:    

 Palm Beach has one probable and Okaloosa has 2.   

CDC no longer recommends that communities with a laboratory confirmed case of influenza A H1N1 consider adopting school dismissal or childcare closure measures. 

 A public health emergency was declared by the State Surgeon General. 

 A toll free information line has been established for Swine Flu information. The number is 1-800- 775 8039

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 Samples are being received by Florida Department of Health Laboratories for analysis from physicians and hospitals across the state.   

 The Department of Health continues enhanced surveillance and outreach to physicians, hospitals and other health care professionals. The surveillance system, consisting of sentinel physicians reporting influenza activity, DOH laboratories receiving specimens from physicians and hospitals and our ability to monitor emergency room cases and over- the-counter drug sales is fully operational. We have activated our response plan and are ready to respond to any cases of swine flu if it should occur.   

 Department of Health continues its enhanced surveillance with a network of Sentinel Physician Providers.  These providers send selected samples of laboratory specimens to state laboratories for testing if they have patients with influenza like illness (ILI).  These physicians also continue to report weekly ILI cases to the Department of Health.

 Anti-virals have been pre-positioned to areas of potential need.  We have over one half million individual courses.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported  896 confirmed cases of novel influenza in  the  United States with two deaths.  

The World Health Organization (WHO) alert level remains at Phase 5.  The declaration of a Phase 5 is a strong signal that the pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication, and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short. 

 Participation in Centers for Disease Control and other national conference calls will continue.  

 

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The State Surgeon General provided these recommendations: 
  
 People with respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community. 
   

 §         Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.  

 §         Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  

 §         Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.  

 People experiencing cough, fever and fatigue, possibly along with diarrhea and vomiting, should contact their physician. 
  
 If you think you have influenza, please call your health care provider and discuss whether you need to be seen in their office, emergency department or stay home.

 

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

High Points of May 12 General LSCG Meeting

Highlights of the May 12th meeting include:

Mike Pelfrey of the Sheriff's Office listened to concerns about speeding, break ins, and narcotics dealing. He recommended that garage doors be closed and locked at all times; that cars be parked inside garages, and that GPS systems and garage door openers not be visible from outside the vehicle. 

He noted that motorcyclists now can incur fines of $1,000 for doing wheelies. The higher fine is one reason they go faster - to avoid having their plates read.

Anyone who spots a UPS, Fed-EX or other truck speeding is encouraged to get the truck number and report it to the Sheriff. With the number, usually visible on the side of the vehicle, they can track down the actual driver. Mike said he or another member of the department will return to our meeting next month (June 9).

Ted offered a superb report noting a consistent pattern of break-ins to autos and houses on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, especially between 6 - 8 pm and 10 am to noon. He is hoping more people will volunteer for Citizens Patrol at those peak times.

The Business Directories are ready - Sandy is going to locate inexpensive door hanger bags to put them in so they can be distributed. Call her if you would like to help get them out to your block.

Those present got updated on the Mauna Loa entrance issue. Instead of spending $3,000 for stamped bricks, it was asked if it might be possible to paint the concrete once the median is in place. 

Regarding the balance of the Lake Sarasota grant money from the county, Laura indicated she will find out both the total that remains, and what time pressures exist for using it.

Ray updated us on the latest with the project to pump water from Lake Sarasota to the canals in Lakeview Park. He noted that water runs out from the lake into Philippi Creek and out into the Gulf - if this water were recaptured, and redirected to the Lake,  its level would rise by a foot over a period of months.

Ray also noted that there is a pipe or culvert that is in disrepair - if it collapses, the entire lake could drain. He was asked to follow up on these concerns and report back.

The Treasury gained $300 from sale of ads in the Business Directory, and $150 from the sale of donated items at the last Garage Sale.

Three new winners were selected for Yard of the Month.

Next meeting: Tuesday, June 9, 7 p.m.


Sheriff Dept. coming to tonight's meeting

A representative from the Sheriff's Office will be on hand at tonight's meeting to field questions about recent upticks in the incidence of crime in the neighborhood - burglaries, suspected drug dealing, etc.

Ted Cover from Citizens Patrol will also talk about recent auto and house break-ins - three on one recent afternoon.

Sandy expects to have the Business Directory all done, and an accounting of costs.

A vote will be necessary on whether to go ahead with plans for stamped brick at the Mauna Loa entrance.


Here is an image of herringbone pattern stamped brick:


It's all happening tonight, Tuesday, May 12, 7 p.m., at Sarasota Baptist, Room 100.

Other items on the agenda:

Park restoration, Yard of the month, Lakeview update, future events (Thanksgiving, Park celebration,) etc.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Storm Drain Marking Program

Several residents of Lake Sarasota took time recently to participate in marking area storm drains.

According to Ray:

This is an ongoing County program that began about 10 years ago to educate the public not to dump near drain openings and pollute the water ways and ultimately the bays. Any one can do it. The County provides everything that is needed.







Read more about the program here and here (scroll down), and if you'd like to get involved, here's how:

To find out more about how YOU can participate in a storm drain marking, contact Julia Burch of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) at 941.955.8085. Or, you can e-mail her at julia@sarasotabay.org.

CHILDREN'S FOUNTAIN REOPENS

Sarasota, FL: The Steigerwaldt-Jockey Children's Fountain, located within Bayfront Park, reopened today following maintenance work on the water filtration system.

The fountain is open daily 10am - 5pm until Memorial Day. On May 25th, extended summer hours will go into effect with the fountain open daily noon - 7pm.

For information call the Children's Fountain hotline: 941-954-4101 ext. 5254.

Jan Thornburg
City of Sarasota
Public Information Officer
941-954-2613
941-650-9693 (Cell)
941-954-4113 (Fax)

Flu update from Sarasota County Emergency Preparedness

Update:

Florida has five confirmed cases; two in Lee , one in Broward, one in Orange County , and one in Pinellas.

The second Lee County confirmation is a 7 year old male who attends Spring Creek Elementary School. The Pinellas County confirmed case is 24 year old male.

Alachua, Lee, Indian River, Okeechobee, and Clay have one probable case each. Palm Beach has two probable cases and Miami Dade has three. Hillsborough County has five probable cases.

A public health emergency was declared by the State Surgeon General.

A toll free information line has been established to address an increasing number of calls from the public requesting Swine Flu information. The number is

1-800-342-3557 and it is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m

Note: The "Swine Flu" is now called the H1N1 Virus:

SitRep #6 Level-3 (Monitoring))

Saturday & Sunday, May 2-3, 2009, 1500 hrs

H1N1 Preparedness

Sarasota County Health and Human Services

 Situation Report

Weekend (Saturday/Sunday – May 2-3, 2009)

o       There are 160 confirmed cases in the United States and one death. (see table below)

o       There are two confirmed cases in the State of Florida and eight counties have 13 probable cases that have been sent to the CDC lab.  Sarasota County does NOT have any probable or confirmed cases at this time. 

o       The situation continues to evolve all over the world. As of 06:00 GMT on 2 May 2009, 15 countries have officially reported 615 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection.

o       Mexico has reported 397 confirmed human cases of infection, including 16 deaths. The 241 rise in cases from Mexico compared to 23:30GMT of 1 May reflects ongoing testing of previously collected specimens.

o       The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (34), China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1), Denmark (1), France (1), Germany (4), Israel (2), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (4), Republic of Korea (1), Spain (13), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (13).

o       SCHHS participated in daily conference call with State DOH and EM at 1330 on Saturday.  There will be no call on Sunday.  No SitRep will be sent out on Sunday unless something urgent occurs. 

o       The State Surgeon General, Ana M. Viamonte Ros, MD, MPH, determined a public health emergency exists in the State of Florida which in essence gives her the authority for the next 60 days to allow transfer of antiviral medications, e.g. Tamiflu and Relenza, to other providers to utilize in the event of spot shortages.

o       According to the manufacturers, there is no shortage of these drugs, there is a distribution chain issue which will be resolved shortly.  CVS pharmacies have their quota of antivirals in their stores. 

o       The FL DOH is meeting next week with the FL Pharmacy Association members to coordinate efforts with the independent pharmacies.

o       The FL DOH & EM are working with ESF 18 (business partners) to communicate the CHD concerns about medication distribution. 

o       The State continues in the community mitigation mode.  SCHHS will follow the CDC’s community mitigation guidance.   This includes recommendation of self-isolation of cases as well as taking measures to reduce transmission of the disease.  SCHHS is strongly urging people who are ill to stay at home and refer to the general safety information listed below. 

o       The Florida Flu Information Line number is 1-800-342-3557.  This is manned by staff from 0800 until 2000 and recorded message for the remaining 24 hours a day/7 days per week.

Next Update (Monday-May 4, 2009)

o       SCHHS and EM will participate in daily conference call with State DOH and EM at 1330 hrs.

o       SCHHS will distribute daily SitRep.

o       SCHHS will monitor news coverage, media calls and new information and determine need for media or Public Information Officer availability and updates.

o       SCHHS will meet with School Board Officials.  The SCHD, School Board and PSAG will follow CDC guidelines for potential school closures and make decisions based on the severity of the case as well as the number of confirmed cases.


UUUUFLU UPDATE FROM EPIDEMIOLOGISTUUUU:  Sarasota County has no ‘suspect’ cases based on the strict application of current case definition.  There is no increase in the number of school health room visits or Emergency Room visits for influenza-like illnesses.

General Safety Message:

o       Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

o       Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

o       Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners can also help.

o       Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

o       Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

o       If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them

CDC/WHO Update:

U.S. Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection
(As of May 2, 2009, 11:00 AM ET)       
States  # of
laboratory
confirmed
cases   Deaths 

Arizona 4              
California      24             
Colorado        2              
Connecticut     1              
Delaware        4              
Florida 2              
Illinois        3              
Indiana 3              
Kansas  2              
Kentucky*       1              
Massachusetts   8              
Michigan        2              
Minnesota       1              
Missouri        1              
Nevada  1              
New Jersey      7              
New York        50             
Ohio    1              
South Carolina  13             
Texas   28      1      
Virginia        2              
TOTAL (21)      160 cases       1 death
International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
See:
 World Health Organization

*Case is resident of KY but currently hospitalized in GA.      

Today the World Health Organization continues the Pandemic Current information from CDC on Influenza phase to a Level 5, which indicates sustained number of confirmed cases from human to human transmission.

 

For more information visit: either or both of these sites:

http://www.who.int/en/

http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/index.htm

A Citizen's Handbook


As a model of what community organizing might be, here's a handbook from Vancouver:


The Citizen's Handbook - Practical assistance for those who want to make a difference 

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Break-in on Hina Drive

A new burglary incident has been reported:

Burglary at 3990 Hina Dr. occuring some time between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Among items stolen was a big screen TV. The house was unoccupied at the time of the burglary. The break-in and burglary was discovered by one of the children on returning home from school. The house was locked and garage door down at the time of the break-in. Either the house did not have a security alarm, or it was not activated.

Citizens Patrol organizer Ted Cover said: "This very serious incident illustrates the audacity of the perpetrators, and the importance of having a working security alarm and setting it on leaving the house."