Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, recently honored, by the Federation of Families of Central Florida with the inaugural “Champion of Children’s Mental Health” award. Presented during the organization’s second Annual Black Tie Gala, the Federation of Families of Central Florida honored five community champions who advocate and support children’s mental health across our community. Continue reading
Orange County Government invites residents to its second annual United Way 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, November 22, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the West Orange Trail – Chapin Station located at 501 Crown Point Cross Road, Winter Garden, FL 34787. All proceeds will benefit Heart of Florida United Way, Central Florida’s most comprehensive health and human services charity and the largest regional provider of funds to critical health and human services programs. Continue reading
ORLANDO MAGIC THIS WEEK
10 Things You Should Know
- Magic To Hold Open Practice Tonight
- The Magic will host a free public open practice on Monday, October 20 at Amway Center (doors open at 5:30 p.m., practice starts at 6:30 p.m.). Tickets are required for the event, but can be downloaded for FREE by going to www.orlandomagic.com/openpractice.
- Preseason coming to a close
- The Orlando Magic will play their final two preseason games this week as they host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, October 22 before taking on the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, October 24 at Amway Center. Both games are slated to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Magic will open up the regular season on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans next Tuesday, October 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET and will hold their home opener against the Washington Wizards on Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m.
- NBA Cares Week of Service
- As part of NBA Cares Week, the Orlando Magic will participate in two community service projects – Hoops for Troops “Commitment to Service” volunteer initiative at The Mustard Seed Furniture and Clothing Bank (12 Mustard Seed Lane, Orlando, 32810) on Tuesday, October 21 from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Habitat for Humanity Home Dedication (6112 Rhythm Blvd., Orlando, 32808) on Thursday, October 23 from 2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. NBA Cares Week events are being led by players, legends, coaches, and executives in an effort to give back to the community in the areas of education, health and wellness and hands-on service.
- Pink In The Paint
- The Orlando Magic and Florida Hospital have come together to host the 2nd Annual Pink in the Paint Breast Cancer Awareness Night this Wednesday, October 22 vs. the Houston Rockets at the Amway Center. During this monumental night, selected Central Florida breast cancer survivors will be hosted as special guest honorees. Support the cause, support the Orlando Magic, and bring hope and healing to thousands of our friends and neighbors on one special night. Buy your ticket today and receive one commemorative t-shirt with your purchase, starting as low as $15. To purchase your ticket, contact Jimmy Missouri at 407-916-2954 or visit www.orlandomagic.com/pink-paint.
- Magic announce LaVoz 1440 AM as new flagship Spanish radio station
- The Orlando Magic have announced that La Voz 1440 AM will serve as the team’s new flagship home for Spanish radio broadcasts. Joey Colon will continue to serve as the voice of the Magic in Spanish, handling game play-by-play, pre-game, halftime and post-game analysis. He will also host a weekly call-in show titled “Inside Magic en Espanol” every Thursday from 6-7 pm on La Voz 1440 AM. During this show, Colon will discuss all the latest information about the Orlando Magic and the NBA, interact with callers, conduct giveaways and provide a source for Magic news in Spanish. Colon begins his 17th season as the team’s Spanish play-by-play announcer.
- The return of Dante andGalante
- Magic Gameday with Dante and Galante will officially return this week on Wednesday, October 22 prior to Magic’s preseason matchup with the Houston Rockets. The show will air exclusively on OrlandoMagic.com and the Orlando Magic mobile app. More information on the return of the show will be provided this week.
- Magic Rewind No. 1 – October 13 at Charlotte Hornets
- Al Jefferson scored a game-high 20 points, while Jannero Pargo scored all 16 of his points during the fourth quarter, as Charlotte edged Orlando, 99-97, in a preseason game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 14 points for the Hornets. Ben Gordon led the Magic with 17 points in 19 minutes off the bench, while Elfrid Payton and Tobias Harris each chipped in with 14 points. Charlotte jumped out to a 36-26 lead after the first quarter. Orlando responded during the third quarter, outscoring the Hornets, 28-16, and led 78-73 heading into the final stanza. During the fourth quarter, Pargo exploded, going 6-of-10 from the field, including 2-of-4 from three-point range. The Magic had a chance to tie in the waning seconds, but a jumper by Payton was off the mark.
- Magic Rewind No. 2 – October 15 vs.Flamengo-Brazil
- Nikola Vučević led six Magic players in double figures with 20 points and 11 rebounds, as Orlando defeated Brazilian-team Flamengo, 106-88, in a preseason game at Amway Center. Aaron Gordon tallied 15 points and nine rebounds for the Magic, while Tobias Harris added 14 points. Marcelinho Macahado led Flamengo with 20 points, including 6-of-12 from three-point range. Orlando shot 53.8 percent from the floor, outrebounded Flamengo, 50-31, and led by as many as 21 points.
- Magic Rewind No. 3 – October 17 vs. Detroit Pistons
- Tobias Harris poured in 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds, as Orlando defeated Detroit, 99-87, in a preseason game at Amway Center. Five Magic players scored in double figures. Nikola Vučević netted 18 points, while Kyle O’Quinn and Aaron Gordon each chipped in with 14 points. Greg Monroe led the Pistons with a game-high 24 points. Orlando held Detroit to just 37.5 percent shooting from the floor and dished out 25 assists. The Magic led from start to finish, jumping out to a 32-21 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.
- Magic Rewind No. 4 – October 18 at Philadelphia76ers
- Andrew Nicholson led all players with 23 points, but Orlando fell to Philadelphia 95-84 in a preseason game at PPL Center in Allentown, PA. Six of the nine Magic players that played in the game scored in double figures, including 14 points each from Kyle O’Quinn and Maurice Harkless. Drew Gordon, the older brother of Magic forward Aaron Gordon, led the way for the 76ers, scoring a team-high 18 points on 6-9 shooting. Philadelphia jumped out to a 62-38 halftime advantage and led for the remainder of the contest.
RUBIO ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO IMPOSE TEMPORARY VISA BAN ON EBOLA AFFECTED COUNTRIES
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today announced plans to introduce legislation to impose common sense travel restrictions by creating a temporary ban on new visas for nationals of the countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Rubio plans to introduce the legislation following the Senate’s return to session in November.
The ban would be put in place immediately, until the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has certified that the Ebola outbreak has been contained. New countries in which the outbreak reaches significant levels would also be subject to this ban. The legislation would exempt individuals who are approved to come to the U.S. for training related to the Ebola outbreak.
“While Ebola’s deadly reach has proven to be a complex and unique international challenge, the many uncertainties surrounding this virus continue to threaten U.S. national security,” said Rubio. “Our biggest priority is ensuring that sufficient safeguards are in place to limit the spread of Ebola, contain it at the source, and protect Americans.
“We must take any and all necessary precautions to contain this virus – and common sense restrictions on travel from countries now confronting this epidemic is an important step,” added Rubio. “The most effective way to combat this deadly virus is to address it at its source. This ban on issuance of visas does not mean we will be completely cutting off the affected countries from the outside world. We must continue to increase our assistance to those countries as they struggle to contain this outbreak. That is, ultimately, the only way we will be able to stop this outbreak and keep Americans safe from this horrible disease.”
The program will feature Schumann’s Violin Concerto, and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique
Next month, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra continues its Classics Series with a concert under the direction of Music Director finalistSteven Jarvi. The program includes Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Wagner’s Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, and the Schumann Violin Concerto, performed by world-renowned violinist Midori. Continue reading
Fifty-seven wildlife conservation projects around the world are receiving much needed funding from the SeaWorld® & Busch Gardens® Conservation Fund this year. Just over $1 million is being distributed among these projects bringing the amount awarded since the Fund was created in 2003, to more than $11 million. Continue reading