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  • 04/23/2018 06:06 AM

    LIVE RADAR: More rain falls in Orlando area

    Another round of rain is falling in the Orlando area Monday.

    "We are pinpointing an unsettled pattern across Central Florida, leading to off-and-on rain chances for the next couple of days," News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. "Sea breeze action will be a focal point for more scattered showers."

    Expect a chance for a couple of embedded thunderstorms. Rain will be the greatest threat, with a chance of some localized flooding for the next several days.

    Rain chances stand at 70 percent on Monday, with a high of 85 degrees. The average high on this date in Orlando is 84.

    [WATCH : Live radar in video player above]

    There's a 50 percent chance of rain on Tuesday, and a 10 percent chance on Wednesday and Thursday.

    [WATCH: Troy Bridges' pinpoint forecast in video below]

    Highs will be in the mid-80s all week.

    Orlando received 0.04 inches of rain on Sunday, putting the yearly rain deficit at 5.19 inches.

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    Bring your rain gear today! The #BusStop Forecast gets a D! pic.twitter.com/lMeqKmUdQb

    -- Troy Bridges (@TroyNews6) April 23, 2018

    Watch News 6 for updates.


  • 04/23/2018 11:38 AM

    WATCH LIVE: Vice president swears in NASA's new administrator

    Rep. Jim Bridenstine will be sworn in as NASA's 13th administrator Monday afternoon after the Senate confirmed his nomination by one vote last week.

    Vice President Mike Pence will swear in the Republican congressional representative from Oklahoma at 2:30 p.m. Monday at NASA headquarters in Washington. News 6 will carry the ceremony live on ClickOrlando.com.

    President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. space agency was contested by lawmakers who said he did not have the science background or experience in space to lead NASA.

    While in Congress, Bridenstine held positions on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. Bridenstine is a pilot in the U.S. Navy Reserve and the former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium.

    "I look forward to working with the outstanding team at NASA to achieve the President's vision for American leadership in space," Bridenstine said in a statement shortly after the Senate vote.

    The last NASA administrator Charles Bolden, nominated by President Barack Obama, left the top position at NASA in January 2017, the day of Trump's inauguration. Bolden, a former NASA astronaut and Navy combat pilot, worked in several NASA departments before becoming administrator in 2009.

    Robert Lightfoot Jr. has been serving as NASA's acting administrator since Jan. 30, 2017. Last month, Lightfoot announced he would retire on April 30, which put into question who would lead the agency. Trump nominated Bridenstine in September and his confirmation was at a stalemate before his confirmation last week.

    Bridenstine was confirmed Thursday after Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) changed his vote to yes at the last minute. The vote was 50-49.

    Sen. Bill Nelson took the Senate floor on Wednesday opposing the president's pick.

    "Congressman Bridenstine's recent public service career does not instill great confidence about his ability to bring people together," Nelson said. "His record of behavior in the Congress is as divisive as any in Washington, including his attacks on members of this body from his own party."

    Nelson said he didn't hold anything against Bridenstine as a person, but "the administrator must be a leader who has the ability to bring us together to unite scientists and engineers and commercial space interests and policymakers and the public on a shared vision for future space exploration."

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who previously said he was concerned about Trump's nomination of Bridenstine, voted for him on Thursday saying he though Trump deserved to have the officials he wants in top government posts.

    Officials with Space Florida, the state-funded department leading Florida's commercial aerospace growth, have said they supported Trump's nomination of Bridenstine all along.

    "He's shown great enthusiasm and knowledge on commercial space issues and that's very important to us," said Dale Ketcham, Space Florida's vice president of government and external relations.


  • 04/23/2018 02:16 PM

    All charges dropped against golfer accused of raping teen

    All charges against a man accused of sexually assaulting a teen in Osceola County have been dropped.

    Craig Kearney, a professional golfer from the United Kingdom, was accused of giving a teenage girl enough wine to make her black out and then having sex with her, according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.

    The 17-year-old victim said the attack happened in August, but she did not report it until January. Kearney was charged in early February.

    The case was closed, however, with a filing of "no information" just two weeks after Kearney was arrested. All charges against Kearney were then dropped.

    Kearney was listed on the PGA Europro tour in 2013, but his current status as a player is unclear.


  • 04/23/2018 02:15 PM

    Bone fragments found in Sebastian, police say

    A person using a metal detector found human bone fragments Sunday evening, and now authorities are trying to determine where the bones came from and how old they are, according to the Sebastian Police Department.

    Police said a person using a metal detector on a vacant field along U.S. Route 1 at about 6 p.m. found the bone fragments and some other items and brought them to the Sebastian police station. The Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that the bones came from a human.

    The field where the bones were found belongs to the city of Sebastian and is currently under construction as part of an expansion to the adjacent city of Sebastian cemetery, according to a news release.

    "At this time, we do not have any idea whether the bones are very old or recent or a manner of death," Sebastian Police Chief Michelle Morris said. "It will likely take some time before we have any details on what we have. It is not likely that the remains are from the cemetery, based on the location of the discovery, even though it is adjacent to the cemetery."

    Officials said that searches are being conducted in the area.

    Anyone with information about the bones is asked to call Detective Todd Finnegan at 772-589-5233 ext. 8521 or call Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 800-273-8477.


  • 04/23/2018 02:07 PM

    Lake County students won't receive report cards via mail anymore

    Lake County Schools is moving its report card system into the digital world.

    School district officials announced Monday students and parents will no longer receive printed report cards in the mail. The district is moving to an online system through the Skyward Family Access program, officials said.

    Parents can enroll in the program by downloading a form online at www.lake.k12.fl.us/FamilyAccess. The website will also show students' attendance records, assignments and test scores.

    Families without a computer or printer at home can access the program through a mobile app on their smart phone.

    Anyone who wants a hard copy of their report cards to pin to the refrigerator can got to the school and have one printed, according to the news release.

    Lake County officials estimate the new program will save the school district $35,000 a year.


  • 04/23/2018 02:01 PM

    Man shot in leg in Orange County, deputies say

    A 20-year-old man was shot Monday in Orange County, deputies said.

    Two people were taken into custody in connection with the shooting, which was reported on Inkwood Court near Hiawassee Road.

    The victim suffered a non-life-threatening injury to his leg and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, deputies said.

    No other details have been released.


  • 04/23/2018 12:57 PM

    Hearing held for man accused of killing Kissimmee police officers

    A hearing was held Monday afternoon for a man accused of shooting and killing two Kissimmee Police Department officers.

    The brief status hearing was held for Everett Miller, who is accused of killing Sgt. Sam Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter in August. Miller faces two counts of first-degree murder, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting without violence.

    The judge made sure the state and defense were on the same page in regard to Miller's upcoming trial.

    The hearing was held in Osceola County, but Miller was recently transferred to the Orange County Jail amid a use of force investigation. Hope Hicka, a spokeswoman for the Osceola County Jail, said the incident happened on April 1 and staff members felt an internal review was needed.

    Miller's log from the Osceola County Jail show that on April 2, staff members received a tip that Miller was "planning on harming staff when the chance arose."

    "Everett Miller was involved in use of force that is currently under an internal investigation. Because it is an ongoing (investigation), I cannot make a statement about it at this time. However, I can confirm that he was moved to Orange County due to the investigation," Hicka said.

    Earlier that same day, Miller told employees that they were treating him "like a zoo animal," according to the record. During that interaction, an officer removed Miller from the medical bay and sent him to have private counseling, the report said.


  • 04/10/2018 01:12 PM

    What to do -- and what not to do -- when driving in the rain

    With rain drenching the Orlando area on Tuesday, News 6 Traffic Safety Expert Trooper Steve Montiero shared several tips about driving in downpours.

    Montiero said drivers should turn their headlights on, but not use their hazard lights.

    "It's illegal to drive with your hazards on," he said. "Other drivers will think that your vehicle is stopped, creating a potential danger."

    He also said drivers should not use cruise control and should slow down, keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them.

    "Distractions we need to eliminate include visual, manual and cognitive," Montiero said.

    He said it's crucial when driving in the rain that motorists don't take their eyes off the road or hands off the steering wheel. Also, he said the only focus should be on driving, so don't let other thoughts distract you.


  • 04/23/2018 01:10 PM

    Passenger removed from Miami to Chicago flight used racial slurs, officials say

    Police repeatedly used a stun gun as they struggled to remove an American Airlines passenger accused of touching a female passenger without her permission.

    Witnesses told News 6 partner WPLG Jacob Garcia, 28, had been rude to a couple on board the flight from Miami to Chicago. They said after he was moved to a different seat by flight attendants, he began using racial slurs.

    A Miami-Dade police report says the flight crew told officers they tried to move Garcia, of Chicago, to another seat, but he continued to be unruly, screaming and insulting the woman and her boyfriend.

    Police then asked Garcia to leave Flight 2446, which was waiting to take off from Miami to Chicago, but he refused.

    Passenger videos show police zapping the man as they struggled to get him off the plane. He kept asking why they were removing him.

    [WARNING: Video below includes adult language]

    #AA2246 - from my POV pic.twitter.com/JvLugLLKCs

    -- Jabari Ennis (@PoleVaultDream) April 23, 2018

    "I have to ask, multiple times. Why am I being removed from this plane?" he asked in one of the videos, while being Tased.

    Police said Garcia reached for an officer's handgun at one point and kicked the driver's side rear window of a police vehicle, causing about $150 in damage, WPLG reports.

    When Garcia was carried by law enforcement officers from the aircraft other passengers clapped and cheered.

    Garcia faces disorderly conduct and other charges. Jail records don't list an attorney.

    The plane left an hour late.


  • 04/23/2018 12:44 PM

    Proposed $50M wastewater plant to reduce sewage going into lagoon could mean higher rates

    Brevard County utility officials are considering building a new $50 million wastewater treatment plant in the Indian Harbour Beach area, as well as making tens of millions of dollars in upgrades to aging clay piping throughout the county.

    Both steps are designed to help avoid storm-related sewage discharges into the Indian River Lagoon, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

    But the steps also are likely to mean higher rates for Brevard Utility Services customers.

    Brevard County Utility Services Department Director Jim Helmer earlier this month presented the proposals to county commissioners.

    The County Commission now wants a more detailed report that would also tie in projects being funded by Brevard County's half-percent sales tax targeted for lagoon projects that Brevard voters approved in 2016. Commissioners also want the report to detail what Brevard's cities and towns are doing to address the issue.

    Wastewater capacity needs

    Helmer said the new plant is needed to increase the capacity of the system.

    The current South Beaches Wastewater Treatment Plant in Melbourne Beach is nearing full capacity, and Helmer said the Florida Department Environmental Protection could order the county to add capacity as part of its current operating permit renewal process.

    If the proposed new plant was in operation during and after Hurricane Irma last fall, Helmer believes that "we would have had no sewage discharges" into the Indian River Lagoon.

    Hurricane Irma overtaxed sewer plants in Brevard and elsewhere in Florida.

    Brevard County's utility, alone, discharged 22 million gallons from facilities in the South Beaches, Port St. John and Sykes Creek in the days after the storm. Most of the sewage went into the Anchor Drive canal in Satellite Beach.

    The proposed wastewater treatment plant would be able to handle 6 million gallons a day, which Helmer said "would be very helpful as a long-term solution to sewer issues in the South Beaches service area. Additional capacity would be available for population growth and septic-to-sewer conversions."

    But it's not cheap. Helmer said in addition to the $50 million cost -- which includes about $5 million in engineering and design costs -- $466,000 a year would be needed for the 12 employees who would operate and maintain the plant.

    Assuming the roughly 60,000 customers of Brevard County Utilities pick up the cost of the new plant through higher rates, that would require an 8.5 percent increase in sewer rates to finance the project, Helmer said. That would be an increase of about $4.25 a month for the typical residential sewer customers living in a single-family home.

    "Since the design of the facility would take approximately two years, followed by a three-year construction period, the rate increases could be phased in over multiple years," Helmer said in his report.

    Lining the pipes

    Separately, Helmer said the county is looking at accelerating its efforts to line aging clay piping to further minimize the impact of storm-related discharges into the lagoon.

    That's also an expensive proposition. Helmer said it could require $22.8 million to line all the remaining aging clay pipe in the South Beaches services area; $20 million to $22 million in the Merritt Island service area; and $10 million in Barefoot Bay. Those are the three areas that have the most potential for storm-related discharges into the lagoon due to aging clay piping.

    Helmer presented various potential scenarios to county commissioners.

    Under one proposal, for example, countywide sewer rates would increase by 15 percent, or $7.35 a month, to enable the county to reline all the clay pipes in either the Merritt Island or the South Beaches areas in about four years.

    Barefoot Bay's utility is a separate entity, so its 5,200 customers have their own rate structure, which is higher than other Brevard utility ratepayers. In Barefoot Bay, a 10 percent rate increase would amount to about $11.39 a month, and would generate enough money to reline all the pipes in 25 years.

    Helmer said his staff "would continue to prioritize the lining program within the limitations of any additional revenue received" to ensure "that we get the most for our money."

    Debating how to pay for it

    Helmer's report gave county commissioners options to consider on what the needs are to avoid additional sewage spills into the lagoon. It was not a recommendation on what projects to pursue or whether to increase rates.

    County Commissioner Curt Smith said, while a rate increase is not ideal, "if we're going to fix this, the money has to come from somewhere. It's something that needs to be done."

    But some commissioners would rather the money come from somewhere other than a rate increase -- like the half-percent special sales tax now in effect for Indian River Lagoon restoration projects, or the county's 5 percent Tourist Development Tax on hotel rooms and other short-term rentals, which can be used for lagoon-related projects under legislation approved this year by the Florida Legislature.

    County Commission Vice Chair Kristine Isnardi has said she would like to see commissioners consider using money from the half-percent lagoon sales tax that exceeds the amount expected to be collected.

    Nearly $44 million was collected from the tax during 2017, compared with the initial estimate that $34 million would be raised. In all, the latest estimates project that the special lagoon sales tax will raise $486 million over a 10-year period.

    "I don't think it's fair all of a sudden to bump everybody's rates up 15 percent," when there was a surplus in the money collected from the lagoon sales tax, Isnardi said.

    Commissioner John Tobia said he supports Isnardi's proposal as "a fair and moderate" compromise to address sewage going into the lagoon without another fee increase -- something Tobia said he would "absolutely, utterly and totally not" support.

    "I figured it was a no-brainer," Tobia said in reference to Isnardi's proposal, which did not get the support of the other three commissioners at an April 10 discussion of the projects in the lagoon sales tax spending plan.

    Tobia also would like to redirect money from the Tourist Development Tax that now is used for tourism-related capital projects to projects directly benefiting the lagoon.

    County Commission Chair Rita Pritchett said she believes the county needs "to get more aggressive with the failing infrastructure," but she believes that should be paid by the utility's customers through user fees.

    The issue also came up briefly at Friday's meeting of the advisory Save Our Indian River Lagoon Citizen Oversight Committee.

    Satellite Beach City Manager Courtney Barker, who is a member of the committee, said the sewage discharges represent a "very emotional" issue with the public.

    Barker said she thought it was a good idea for County Commissioner Jim Barfield to suggest that county staff compile a comprehensive report on the efforts by the county's Utilities Services Department, the county's Natural Resources Management Department that coordinates projects funded by the lagoon sales tax, and Brevard's cities and towns to address sewage issues.

    Barker said she believes there is a misconception in the community that the lagoon sales tax is not being used to address sewage-related issues.

    But committee member John Byron of Cocoa Beach said there is a limit the public needs to understand in how much of a role the committee has.

    "It's not the responsibility of this committee to solve storm-related sewage issues," said Byron, who is a retired commanding officer for the Naval Ordnance Test Unit at Cape Canaveral. "It would be misleading for the public to think this is the place to come" to lobby for more money for sewage infrastructure projects.

    The proper venue for that, Byron said, is the County Commission.

    Helmer said there is no timetable for scheduling a public hearing as part of the process of seeking a rate increase to pay for the new wastewater treatment plant and perform the piping repairs. That will be up to the county commissioners.

    In his report to county commissioners, Helmer noted that "staff recognizes the (County Commission) may have alternate funding options it may wish to consider" for some of the new projects, but that "those are outside the scope of this report."

    The County Commission in 2013 approved a 10-year, $134 million program for other improvements to aging infrastructure coordinated by the Utility Services Department.

    Helmer said that plan included five years of rate increases: 9 percent in 2014, 6 percent in 2015, and 5 percent in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Future rate increases under that plan would be tied to increases in the Consumer Price Index.


Garage Sale

HILLS OF LAKE MARY

COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY April 28th. 8AM - 1PM

Members please log into our website for more information


Damage at School Bus Stops

The Board of Directors has been contacted regarding the damage caused by the parking of vehicles at the school bus drop off and pick up area.

Please be mindful of parking at the bus stop to not encroach on neighboring lawns near the roadway which causes damage to sprinkler systems as well as respecting the private property of our homeowners.

We would not want request the only option available to move the bus stop from the interior of the community to the front entrance on Route 46A which will pose a safety risk to the children.

Thank you for your cooperation respecting our neighbors property.


Child Car Seat Fittings and Education

Car Seat Fitting

The Lake Mary Police Department provides car seat fittings on the first Friday of the month from 9AM to 11AM an the Lake Mary Police Department. Please contact Officer Bianca Gillet at 407-585-1305 or bgillet@lakemaryfl.com if you have questions.

Child Restraint Seat Education Course

The education course on Child Restraint Seats is also offered on the first Friday of the month from 1PM to 3PM at the Lake Mary Police Department. These classes are by appointment only and you must receive a conformation call. Please contact Sgt. Tony Seda at 407-585-1316 to schedule an appointment.

The Lake Mary Police Department is located at 165 East Crystal Lake Avenue, Lake Mary, FL.

 

There are changes to Florida State Statues regarding Child Restraints. Learn about these changes at the education course.

316.613 Child restraint requirements.—


Community Crime Watch

There have been recent reports of crimes in our community. Homeowners should watch out for suspicious or unusual behavior and be vigilant in reporting any unusual activity to the police.

Recently a car was stolen from the driveway of a homeowner during the night. Always make sure your car doors are locked when your car is parked and that you have removed valuables. You should use a car alarm. You may also consider having an ignition kill switch installed that only you will know where it is located. This will hopefully cause enough of a burden to the thief to stop your car from being stolen.

A homeowners has reported that in the early morning hours someone was knocking on a door yelling “I'm hurt let me in”. When the homeowner stated that they were calling the police, the person ran off. This was an attempt to gain entry to the home and the owner would have been in grave danger if they had opened the door. You should never open your door to someone that you don't know and always keep all of your doors and windows locked and secured.

Home bulgaries have also been reported. You should consider installing motion activated lights on the exterior of your home. Lights are the best deterrent to crime.

More information and tips can be found at:

Central Florida Crime Prevention Association

National Crime Prevention Council

Crime Prevention Tips

Online Guide to Crime Prevention


Welcome to the HOLM Web Site

Welcome to our Website for Hills of Lake Mary HOA.

The purpose of this site is to let visitors know who we are and to be an informative resource for both our neighborhood and our local community and provide the homeowners of our community with easy access to our association. The Board of Directors welcomes you and invites you to make comments or suggestions that will help us serve you better.

The Association is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Association Board of Directors meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Lake Mary Events Center on Country Club Road.

The Mission of the HOA is dedicated to preserving and enhansing the quality of life in our neighborhood through outstanding leadership, services, and stewardship of our resources.

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy touring our website.


Register on our site and Join our e-mail List!

Register for access to the Homeowner only area of our website. To Register for membership, click the link on the top left of this page. After your application is reviewed and approved, you will be notified by e-mail.

The Members only area of the website provides access to valuable information and documents for our Association.

Our new Website allows you to join our neighborhood email list. If you would like us to add you to the list, please Register as a Member on our website. Being on the email list allows us to communicate with you on neighborhood issues and alert you to security situations in the neighborhood such as break-ins, robberies and vandalism. We are able to send emails to residents within hours of receiving this information. Our email list can also help reunite many lost pets with their owners!


Keep Our Community Clean

Help us keep our community clean. Clean up after your pets by "Scooping Your Poop". When people don't clean up after their pets, it's unhealthy and inconsiderate.

Put out your trash/recycling no earlier than 5:00 PM the night before the pickup. Trash and Recycling pickup is Thursday, Yard Waste pickup is Friday. Please remove your containers from the curbside promptly after pickup.


Assessment Due

If you haven't already paid, the Annual Assessment, is now past due. Late fees apply. Please contact the Association to arrange payment.


Board Meeting

The next Board Meeting Will be held on Wednesday April 4 2018 at 6:30 p.m.at the Lake Mary Community Building, 140 East Wilbur Avenue (cross street Country Club Road), Lake Mary.


Farmer's Market

At the Farmer's Market you Can Purchase Fresh Produce, large and small, Plants, Pasta, Spices, Assorted Nuts,Juice Plus, Handmade Jewlery, Crafts, Nature’s Select Pet Food, and More!
Held every Saturday from 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM at Central Park (Lake Mary City Hall) Corner of Lake Mary Blvd. & 4th Street


Wine and Food

WineART Wednesday and Food Truck Crave will be held at Lake Mary Central Park adjacent to City Hall on the first Wednesday of each month from 5PM to 9PM. Take a stroll through the sidewalks and the new beer & wine garden lined with displays from local artists. Enjoy a glass of wine and good food while listening to live music.