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Children’s Winter Camp coming to Apopka

first_img NAOMI Kids is having a Winter Break Camp beginning December 19th and running through December 30th. The camp is from 730AM until 5PM Monday through Friday. The $85 weekly fee includes free lunch, two snacks, weekly field trips, a Christmas party, educational and recreational activities.Payment plans are available.All of NAOMI’s services are provided with the well being of today’s children in mind. Some of its services are free, while others are provided with a small fee. NAOMI encourages you to contact them regardless of your ability to pay and they will work with you as best as they can.NAOMI stands for Never Alone Overcoming Many Issues. A non-profit organization providing free to low cost services to children.NAOMI’s Vision is “To protect the minds of Children”. They are passionate about doing everything we can to assist parents in providing emotionally, financially, and educationally.  For some, it’s impossible to imagine a world outside of their community but for NAOMI, they are focused on children.Their services range from family friendly events, referrals, to free emergency childcare, and much more. For more information, go here. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSNAOMI’s Kids Previous articlePolitical Economics 101: The realities of fundraisingNext articleHow to Buy a Ring Like a Pro Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more

Seniors Urged To Check Medicare Plan During Open Enrollment Period

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Seniors should check to make sure they’re not spending more money than necessary on their Medicare plan before the current open enrollment period ends, Long Island-based experts say.Medicare open enrollment runs Oct. 15 through Dec 7, but because the issue of so complicated and there are many new changes, seniors would be wise to review their plans before the window closes.“I hope they at least check their plan and see if they have the right options,” said Gracemarie Horan-Luce, CEO of Port Jefferson-based Senior Health Plan Specialists, a company that guides seniors in New York, New Jersey, and Florida through the process. “My tag line is, ‘Are you Medicareless?’ Some people go in once and they don’t check. Some people spend a lot of money that they don’t have to.”Trained counselors are also offered for free by local government officials this time of year to assist Medicare enrollees in reviewing their coverage to make informed decisions.“People don’t realize how much they need us,” Horan-Luce said. “Whether you’re a kid or your a recipient — a person 65 and older — it’s very confusing and complex. It is a process that you have to plan for.“Your whole life, everyone’s chosen your insurance and now that your a senior … there’s 30 options — 10 supplements, 29 drug plans, and 30 managed cares,” she continued. “And a husband and wife are on separate plans, because you’re an individual now. … I know where to put you and guide you, but for someone it’s overwhelming not to be with your spouse that you’ve been married to for 50 years. But it goes by your health, so … if someone’s sick, the other doesn’t have to pay extra.”For more information, visit seniorhealthplanspecialists.com or contact the Nassau or Suffolk Office of the Aging to find out when a seminar is happening near you.last_img read more

Lockdown: These 4 players are looking to make a name for Syracuse’s defense

first_img Comments Published on February 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Lelan Rogers hopes he doesn’t have to coach a single game this year. In fact, the Syracuse defensive coordinator doesn’t even want to. ‘If I don’t have to coach, we’re probably a much better off team,’ he said. ‘That means our guys are coaching themselves and having fun, and they’re doing what they should be doing.’ Last year, the defense executed Rogers’ schemes flawlessly, holding opponents to 7.4 goals per game, the lowest mark in the country. That meant very little in-game work for Rogers while his defense controlled games. And this year, he expects nothing less. That Orange unit only lost one starting defender from a year ago, and a likely replacement has already been found. Senior Tom Guadagnolo, who was named a captain at the start of the season, looks to fill that role. Also returning for the Orange are fellow seniors John Lade and Joel White, stalwarts in the Syracuse lineup since they joined the team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The final piece of the defense is sophomore Brian Megill, who became the first freshman defender to start every game of his rookie year since head coach John Desko took over the team. Each defender brings his individual strengths and personalities to the group both on and off the field. And together, they make up one of the most feared units in the country. In Desko’s mind, the Orange has held the reputation of an attacking, high-scoring team for much of the program’s history. But this unit has helped bring defense back into the picture. The head coach said the backline was the strength of this team entering the season. And if this group continues along the pace it set last year, opponents will have more to worry about than SU’s high-powered attack. ‘I think that for years, a lot of people — because of our high-scoring offense and the style of ball that we play — associate Syracuse with offense,’ Desko said at SU’s media day Jan. 13. ‘But I think our strength really the last couple years has been with our defense.’ The star and the cover guy SU’s long-stick midfielder White was awestruck the first time he saw Lade play. All he could think was, ‘Wow. Wow, we need this kid.’ The two first crossed paths playing together on the U.S. under-19 team. White was fresh off a national championship victory in his first year at Syracuse. Lade just finished his freshman year at Villanova and planned to transfer to a more prominent lacrosse school. That’s where White stepped in. SU had lost two senior defenders, and he thought Lade could be the solution. White called Desko, telling his coach he found someone to play defense. The coaching staff wasn’t sure about Lade’s 5-foot-10 stature at first, but White assured them he would make up for it with the way he played. Before the summer was over, the coaches made an offer to Lade, and he jumped at the opportunity. ‘They’re the greatest program ever,’ Lade said. ‘You can’t ask for anything better than to play for Syracuse lacrosse in your career.’ Since then, the defender has started all 30 games he’s played for the Orange. His job is to shut down the opponent’s best dodging attack. And his teammates say there’s no one better at it. ‘Lade’s probably the best cover guy in the country,’ senior goalie John Galloway said. ‘I think there’s not one guy that could take him one-on-one confidently. Nine times out of 10, John’s going to stop anybody in the country.’ But he’s not the only Syracuse defender known for his cover skills. His recruiter, White, takes on the job of stopping the opponent’s best midfielder, and his talents have earned him countless awards through his time at SU. He was a first-team All-American last year and became the first defensive specialist to win the Lt. Donald C. MacLaughlin Jr. Award as the nation’s best midfielder. He is known to yell out whatever pops into his head throughout a game, not only to throw off the other team’s offense but also to keep his unit loose. Still, his teammates say it’s his talent and work ethic that set him above the rest. ‘Joel’s the workhorse of the team,’ Guadagnolo said. ‘He’s 100 miles an hour, and that’s his only speed.’ The youngster and the player-coach After the 2009 season, the graduation of Sid Smith left a giant hole in the Syracuse backline. A heated position battle ensued for the starting job. Guadagnolo and then-freshman Megill were among the top contenders. But before the season even began, Guadagnolo got sick with appendicitis. Megill took advantage of the opportunity. He earned a starting role by the end of the preseason and never relinquished it. ‘He’s a big guy,’ White said. ‘He’s not afraid to hit anybody. He’s going to come across the crease and let you know that he’s there.’ Megill’s 6-foot-2, 232-pound frame gives the sophomore the size to be the Orange’s physical presence. He said he played defense in every sport in high school, and it’s the contact that drew him to that side of the ball in the first place. ‘Hitting people,’ Megill said of the appeal of his position. ‘I get to slash them, take the ball away.’ As Megill thrived in the starting lineup last year, Guadagnolo was relegated to coming off the bench, mostly in man-down situations. This year, the graduation of Matt Tierney created another hole in the Syracuse backline. Desko has not declared Guadagnolo the starter at this point, but most of his Orange teammates think he will take the spot. ‘He’s probably the hungriest of all,’ Rogers said of Guadagnolo. ‘He’s been so close. … Put yourself in that situation. That’s going to motivate the hell out of me. I’m not going to let anyone beat me out. This is my last year.’ That drive, added with what his teammates say are the best stick skills on the team, has given him an edge over his competition. But Rogers sees another advantage. Guadagnolo knows the system inside and out. Rogers likened him to having another coach on the field. ‘He may not be as big, he may not be as fast, but he knows the advantage he can get by being smarter and by being a coach,’ Rogers said. ‘And you need players on the field that coach when they’re out there.’ Sum of the parts The SU defense is as close off the field as it is on it. They play video games together, grab food when they have time and lead the typical college life by one another’s sides. White and Guadagnolo, the team’s co-captains, are the loudest of the group, while Lade and Megill are more soft-spoken. On the field, each of their individual skills provides some necessity for the unit as a whole. ‘We have a good balance of a guy that’s going to hit, guy that’s going to cover, guy that’s going to try to pick off passes,’ White said. ‘It works out very well.’ Rogers likes the fact that he has one of the most experienced groups in the country at his disposal. After all, it should lead to less work for him in games. Three seniors, plus a sophomore who started every game a year ago, comprise a formidable Orange backline. And Rogers sees the connection those four have made with one another, something he said makes a difference on the field. ‘As a coach, you embrace it,’ Rogers said. ‘It’s like a family at home. … You develop these bonds and relationships that go a lot further, and you’re willing to fight and scratch and kick a lot harder when you’re a really close-knit group of guys.’ [email protected]last_img read more