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Coronavirus Makes Orlando library suspends home delivery

Orlando Library Suspends Home Delivery

Here at YourFloridaHaven and Smarter Senior Seminar Series works hard to keep you updated about all that’s new and critical to YOU!

Today we learned the following and wanted you to know right away, especially if you a bibliophile like we are!

LIBRARY SUSPENDS HOME DELIVERY
The library suspended home delivery service after Thursday afternoon, March 26. As a result, some requested materials were not processed for delivery. We apologize for the inconvenience.

While the library regrets having to make this difficult decision, we must do our part in following Orange County, Florida Government’s directive to halt all non-essential services and to protect the health and well-being of our staff.

If you have a question about the status of an item you placed on hold, the best indicator is that if it has been checked out to you, it is in route to be delivered. If the item has not been checked out to you, delivery for that item has been suspended.

At this time, you can continue placing new requests online and once the library resumes normal business, the new and suspended requests will be processed and delivered.

During this time, our call center is closed. If you need any assistance, please Any person requiring special accommodations to participate in any class or program due to a disability may arrange for accommodations by contacting the location at which the event is held at least seven days prior to the event.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone at 407-835-7323 or by writing to: 101 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL 32801.

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Coronavirus Scam Alert for Seniors

Hello Everyone! This Coronavirus Scam alert is coming straight from the World Health Organization.

The Scam

Beware of criminals pretending to be WHO

Criminals are disguising themselves as WHO to steal money or sensitive information.  If you are contacted by a person or organization that appears to be from WHO, verify their authenticity before responding.

The World Health Organization will:

  • never ask for your username or password to access safety information
  • never email attachments you didn’t ask for
  • never ask you to visit a link outside of www.who.int 
  • never charge money to apply for a job, register for a conference, or reserve a hotel
  • never conduct lotteries or offer prizes, grants, certificates or funding through email.

 

The only call for donations WHO has issued is the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which is linked to below.  Any other appeal for funding or donations that appears to be from WHO is a scam.  

 

Beware that criminals use email, websites, phone calls, text messages, and even fax messages for their scams.

You can verify if communication is legit by contacting WHO directly.

 

Phishing: malicious emails appearing to be from WHO

WHO is aware of suspicious email messages attempting to take advantage of the COVID-19 emergency. This fraudulent action is called phishing.
 
These “Phishing” emails appear to be from WHO, and will ask you to:
  • give sensitive information, such as usernames or passwords
  • click a malicious link
  • open a malicious attachment.
 
Using this method, criminals can install malware or steal sensitive information.

How to prevent phishing:

  1. Verify the sender by checking their email address.  

    Make sure the sender has an email address such as ‘person@who.int’ If there is anything other than ‘who.int’ after the ‘@’ symbol, this sender is not from WHO.  

    For example, WHO does not send email from addresses ending in ‘@who.com’ , ‘@who.org’ or ‘@who-safety.org’.


  2. Check the link before you click.  

    Make sure the link starts with ‘https://www.who.int’.  Better still, navigate to the WHO website directly, by typing ‘https://www.who.int’ into your browser.


  3. Be careful when providing personal information. 

    Always consider why someone wants your information and if it is appropriate. There is no reason someone would need your username & password to access public information.


  4. Do not rush or feel under pressure. 

    Cybercriminals use emergencies such as 2019-nCov to get people to make decisions quickly. Always take time to think about a request for your personal information, and whether the request is appropriate.


  5. If you gave sensitive information, don’t panic.  

    If you believe you have given data such as your username or passwords to cybercriminals, immediately change your credentials on each site where you have used them.


  6. If you see a scam, report it.  

    If you see a scam, tell us about it.  
 

What Do You Need?

During this hard time, we know we are dealing with something we have never dealt with before. We also know Seniors, and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk.

Please leave us a message to let us know… How can we help you?

Contact Me

St. Patricks Day How Did Corned Beef and Cabbage Become the Meal of the Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Why do Irish Americans love corned beef and cabbage so much? Here’s the story behind the traditional recipe.

Growing up Irish in America meant two things. Attending mass was done on both St. Patrick’s Day itself and the Sunday before the holiday. When St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated on a Monday, you still went to mass on Sunday.

The other was eating a traditional meal with family.

Visit Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day just 10 years ago and you’d see few places or families eating corned beef. Traditional meals for the holiday are usually a dish of bacon or ham with potatoes or Irish Stew with vegetables and homemade soda bread.

Corned Beef Meets St. Patrick’s Day

How did corned beef and cabbage become the meal associated with St. Patrick’s Day?

Answering that require a trip back in time to early 1900’s New York City.

During the time of the Irish immigration to the U.S., the first generation of Irish-Americans were in search of the comforting tastes of their homeland. Irish immigrants were too poor to afford the high price of pork and bacon products.

Instead, they turned to the cheapest cut of meat available: beef brisket. Given that New York City was a melting pot for immigrants from around the world, rather than boil the beef, the Irish adopted cooking methods from other cultures.

Brining was a technique of the Eastern Europeans, which is a way of salt-curing meat. And the corn? Well, “corned” has nothing to do with corn but instead refers to the corn-sized salt crystals used during the brining process.

Corned beef is sometimes referred to as “pickled beef,” as you are quite literally pickling brisket with this particular brining process. The corned beef was paired with cabbage, as it was one of the cheapest vegetables available to the Irish immigrants.

A recipe for ‘Corned Beef and Cabbage’ from IrishCentral.com

New York City corned beef and cabbage recipe

Ingredients:

One 3-pound corned beef brisket (uncooked), in brine
16 cups cold water
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
4 whole allspice berries
2 whole cloves
½ large head green cabbage (about 2 pounds), cut into 8 thick wedges
8 small new potatoes (about 1¼ pounds), halved
Freshly ground black pepper

Method:

Preheat the oven to 300°F.

Place the corned beef in a colander in the sink and rinse well under cold running water.

Place the corned beef in a large Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid; add the water, bay leaves, peppercorns, allspice, and cloves. Bring to a boil, uncovered, and skim off any scum that rises to the surface. Cover and transfer pan to the oven, and braise until very tender, about 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Transfer the corned beef to a cutting board and cover tightly with foil to keep warm. Add the cabbage and potatoes to the cooking liquid and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender about 20 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cabbage to a large platter. Slice the corned beef across the grain of the meat into thin slices. Lay the slices over the cabbage and surround it with the potatoes. Ladle some of the hot cooking liquid over the corned beef and season with pepper. Serve immediately with mustard or horseradish sauce.

An Irish Blessing:

May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door

March 2020 Newsletter Smarter Senior Seminar Series Downsizing Made Easy Orlando Public Library

March Newsletter

Help End Senior Hunger in Orlando – Volunteer Opportunities

As more and more adults are reaching retirement (SENIORS) age—giving back to the Community especially to this Group is needed more than ever to HELP end senior hunger.

The SENIORS First of ORLANDO ( Meals on Wheels ) Program located at 5395 L.B. McLeod Road to help end senior hunger in Orlando offers great opportunities for the following to VOLUNTEER: Individuals, Church Groups, Fraternal Organizations, Small Businesses along with Corporate Companies.

1) Did you know that over 1000 meals both HOT & COLD are delivered to SENIORS Monday thru Friday every week of the year to help end senior hunger?

2) Did you also know that there are over another 1000 Seniors currently on the waiting list and more are added monthly?

I personally have been delivering HOT & COLD MEALS for Seniors First to help end senior hunger since mid January of this year. I have a set route that on every Friday morning I pick up 10-12 meals and deliver. It takes me all of an hour an half to deliver these much appreciated meals to the Senior Population. They are so thankful that I am taking out a part of my day to HELP provide them with a nourishing meal and to partake in some social interaction which most are deprived of on a daily basis. We become the eyes and ears to insure that they are being taken care of.

You can contact me at mike@yourfloridahaven.com and I will share how you can get involved. Not only do I volunteer for SENIORS FIRST I assist in getting more people involved. I hope you’ll join me to help end senior hunger.

Importance of Senior to Stay Informed

In today’s environment when Seniors and Active Adults are living longer it is imperative that we are able to share or become that RESOURCE outlet. As we all age there are so many options for us to make when we become Active Adults and Seniors. There are options that we need exposure with to safeguard are health, our finances and most of all our legacies. It is my initiative to become that RESOURCE outlet for the senior and ACTIVE ADULT Community.

My desire in becoming that TRUSTED—seniors/ACTIVE ADULT RESOURCE PROFESSIONAL is to network and learn about all the different options available to this growing population. Did you know that over 70% of people 65 or older will need some type of assistance with their daily living activities. Activities like eating, transportation, bathing, laundry, scheduling doctor appointments, shopping, organizing their daily/monthly bills along with their medical bills and social interaction.

By writing a weekly blog it is my intention to reach out to the seniors/ACTIVE ADULT Community and their Caretakers so that they have a Resource outlet to follow weekly. Also available is a website www.yourfloridahaven.com that offers a SENIOR and ACTIVE ADULT RESOURCE tab along with providing upcoming information with SENIOR AND ACTIVE ADULT FAIRS, Expo’s or Senior related Opportunities. It is all about Creating Awareness!

Plan on attending THE FIRST ANNUAL ORLANDO SENIORS RESOURCE FAIR at LAKE EOLA Amphitheater in Downtown ORLANDO on Saturday the 17th of MAY, 2014 from 10:30-1:30. There will be over 30 local providers of Senior Care Info and Services. Music, games, face painting and raffle prizes will be available along with Massages, blood pressure and vital checks. This FAIR is Presented by NEWPORT SENIOR LINK which is a FREE SERVICE available to SENIORS and their CARETAKERS. NEWPORT SENIOR LINK works closely with over 300 Assisted Living and Independent Communities throughout the Central Orlando area Helping with finding the very best home.

BECOME a FOLLOWER and Share my Website at www.yourfloridahaven.com  and my Blog at activerain.com/blogs/1adviser9 for up to date SENIOR RESOURCE INFORMATION.

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Market Pulse January 2020

January marked a second consecutive month of double-digit year-over-year sales increases. Sales improved by more than 16 percent compared to January 2019, while the median price experienced an 8 percent increase. However, the numbers of homes available for purchase in Orlando dropped by nearly 15 percent.

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Police Warn on Abbreviating 2020 Dates on Signatures

Police warn that abbreviating 2020 on legal documents could lead to fraud originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

The police department of a small community in Penobscot County, Maine, on New Year’s Day provided residents with a tip to help against scammers that’s since gone viral.

The East Millinocket Police Department posted on the organization’s Facebook page that people shouldn’t abbreviate the year 2020 on legal or professional documents because it could lead to fraud.

“When signing and dating legal documents, do not use 20 as the year 2020. March 3rd, 2020 being written as 3/3/20 could be modified to 3/3/2017 or 3/3/2018. Protect yourself. Do not abbreviate 2020,” according to the police department’s Facebook post of a meme credited to George E. Moore Law Office, LLC.

Moore posted the meme about 30 minutes before the police department re-posted it. The meme had been shared almost 50,000 times as of Friday afternoon, and the police department’s re-post had been shared more than 5,000 times.

The post by police received almost 200 comments, with mixed responses.

“Gonna call BS on this one unfortunately. Should we not have used ’19’ for the entirety of last year: eg 3/3/19 because someone could alter it to ‘3/3/1991’ (92, 93, 94, through 1998)? Sorry. Sounds like fear mongering here,” wrote Evan Scott Reyne.

(MORE: What to Know About Scams on Job Search Websites)

“Changing 19 to 1999 isn’t the same as changing something from 20 to 2019 or 2021. I know there are a lot of ‘experts’ commenting here but there are also a lot of scammers waiting for an opportunity like this,” wrote Michelle Jones.

PHOTO: A person fills in the date on a document requiring a signature. (STOCK PHOTO/Getty Images)
PHOTO: A person fills in the date on a document requiring a signature. (STOCK PHOTO/Getty Images)

On Friday, the police department updated the post for clarification, writing: “Please understand that we handle scam and fraud calls on a regular basis so we try to provide our small community with tips to avoid potential problems. Of course we understand that all dates can be altered. Criminals are always looking for ways to take advantage of people. This meme provided a tip that we felt has some validity so this is why we shared it. It is not intended as legal advice or a warning, only as a cautionary tip to consider.”

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Celebrate 2020 in Orlando at These Events!

It’s hard to believe the new year is almost year. It’s even harder to believe we are going into a new decade! We certainly are the history-makers of this century so let’s celebrate! Orlando has so many events to ring in the momentous new year in style.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best we’ve found.

Orlando New Year’s Eve Festivities

The Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve 2020 @ EVE Orlando Downtown

December 31, 2019, 9:00 PM – January 1, 2020, 2:30 AM

EVE Orlando
110 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL

From Eventbrite.com: IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN TO DUST OFF YOUR DANCING SHOES FOR THE GREAT GATSBY NYE 2020 AT EVE ORLANDO! Put on your fanciest suits and your glitziest gowns for a night of cocktails, dancing and…

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Light Up I-Drive: New Years Eve Edition at ICON Park

December 31, 2019, 7 PM – January 1, 2020, 2 AM

ICON Park™
8375 International Dr, Orlando, FL

From Eventbrite.com: Orlando’s can’t-miss New Year’s Eve Party. Free park entry, live entertainment, incredible attractions, and VIP package offerings. Read more Read less About this Event The countdown to 2020 will…

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One80 Skytop Lounge NYE Party 2020 | Roaring 20’s | Downtown Orlando Firework 

December 31, 2019, 9 PM – January 1, 2020, 2 AM

One80 Skytop Lounge
400 W Church St, Orlando, FL

From Eventbrite.com: “Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald Time to trade in the City Beautiful for a night in the past! Relive the excitement and flair from the Roaring 20’s and Ring in…

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New Year’s Eve Party on the Piazza 2019 in Orlando

Tuesday, December 31, 8:30 PM

Orlando, FL

From Eventful.com: New Year’s Eve Party on the Piazza 2019 NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY ON THE PIAZZA Join us for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration on the outdoor piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal…

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Orlando New Year’s Eve Celebrations

New Year’s Eve at Old Town

More Info Directions December 31 st, 7 PM – Jan 1, 2020, 7 PM

OLD TOWN KISSIMMEE
5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL

From 407area.com: Ring in the new year at Old Town.

The day long festivities for all ages include live music, entertainment, a car show, and activities. View more


Swing in the New Year at Topgolf

Dec 31, 2019, 9 PM – Jan 1, 2020, 9 PM

Topgolf
9295 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL

From Mycentralfloridafamily.com: Topgolf is celebrating the arrival of 2020 by throwing one of our biggest parties of the year. Enjoy live entertainment, a chef-inspired menu and an unforgettable midnight celebration. Upgrade to…View moreInformation and

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New Year’s Eve Street Party at Sunset Walk

Dec 31, 2019, 7 PM – Jan 1, 2020, 7 PM

Sunset Walk at Margaritaville Resort Orlando
3251 Margaritaville Blvd, Kissimmee, FL

From Mycentralfloridafamily.com: Sunset Walk, Central Florida’s newest hotspot for dining and entertainment is celebrating New Year\’s Eve with a FREE CONCERT starring the Wailers. Bob Marley & the Wailers are an internationally…

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Lake Mary New Years Eve Block Party 2020


Dec 31, 2019, 8 PM – Jan 1, 2020, 8 PM

Liam Fitzpatrick’s Irish Restaurant
Market Promenade Ave, Lake Mary, FL

From Americanhappyhour.com: The Lake Mary New Years Eve Block Party has become the place to be in North Orlando for New Years Eve! 2020 Lake Mary New Years Eve Block party is bigger and better then ever. Including 3 venues…

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