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The Oviedo Police Department, in community partnership with the Oviedo Optimist Club, will be offering a Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class for females ages 14 and up on Thursday, March 10, 17, 31 and April 7, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Oviedo Police C.O.P.S. and Volunteer Center at Oviedo Marketplace Mall. The class is designed for women of all ages. All classes must be attended to complete the 14-hour program. The classes teach risk awareness, risk recognition, risk reduction and risk avoidance. The objective of the course is to develop and enhance options for self-defense in the event a woman is attacked. The course includes presentations, discussions and the actual use of specific self-defense options. The cost is $25 per person. More about R.A.D. Systems is available on the program website at For more information on the R.A.D. Program or to register for the upcoming class or to be placed on a notification list for future Oviedo classes, contact the instructor, Cpl. Kim Mojica, at or call at 407-971-5707.

Kari Langsenkamp, a resident of Longwood and a junior at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, was listed on the honor roll.

Robyn Gardner, a senior International Business in Finance major, of Longwood was listed on the fall semester Dean's List at Bryant University.

Nicholas Lai of Longwood and Daniel Mongiove of Winter Springs made the Dean's List for fall 2010 at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Habitat Seminole’s second ReStore, a 7,400-square-foot retail store, opened last week in the Sam’s Plaza in Casselberry. The ReStore needs the community’s support with donations. All proceeds from the ReStore go toward building Habitat houses in Seminole County. The wish list includes building materials, doors, functioning appliances, electronics, sinks, countertops, cabinets, lighting, furniture, mirrors and artwork. They do not accept clothing, toys and paint.

Seminole County Public Schools has 67 School-Related Employees of the Year. Out of this group of outstanding support personnel, three have been chosen as finalists for the 2011 Seminole County School-Related Employee of the Year. Nathaniel Perkins is a security guard at Crooms Academy of Informational Technology, where he has worked 10 of his 29 years in the school district. Debra Skipper has been in the district for four years, and this year in her position as a paraprofessional instructional assistant, she represents Eastbrook Elementary. Debbi Pegel is a secretary at Stenstrom Elementary, where she has been for 23 of her 26 years in the district. These three finalists, along with all the other School-Related Employees of the Year, will be honored at the annual recognition program at Lyman High School on Tuesday, May 3. The program will begin at 6 p.m., and the district winner’s name will be revealed that evening.

Hagerty High School junior Heidi Rossow received honorable mentions in the Ninth Annual Sanford’s Historic Buildings and Architecture Student Art Contest for her mixed media piece “Main Street”. Tess Valone is her teacher. Rossow credits her extremely creative family for always encouraging her in art. Rossow belongs to the National Art Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society and plays Varsity Volleyball. She is taking Honors Portfolio class this year and will enroll in Advanced Placement Studio Art next year. She is interested in interior design and architecture as a career.

On Saturday, Jan. 22, the Department of Florida, Military Order of the Purple Heart, honored the parents and family of Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller of Oviedo with a special plaque that commemorates the service and sacrifice of their son at the All Faiths Memorial Park in Casselberry. Staff Sgt. Miller, a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Jan. 25, 2008 and was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, on Oct. 6, 2010, for heroism and valor. Attendees at the ceremony included members of the Special Operations Command, Florida Governor Rick Scott and his wife, and numerous local and state government officials.

Would you like a chance to be in concert performing for your community at 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19? The Oviedo Recreation and Parks Department is looking for local bands to participate in a Jazz Festival at Riverside Park, 1600 Lockwood Blvd. Space is limited for this event. Prizes will be awarded to our most talented bands. Demo tape for approval must be submitted prior to registering. Registration dates are through Feb. 14. For more information and questions, please call Jenette McKinney at 407-971-5591 or e-mail

Become a global family! Host families are needed for exchange students in the 2011-2012 school year. Take this opportunity to bring the world to your family and community as well as to plant seeds of curiosity and compassion for people worldwide. Develop lifelong bonds and embark on the journey today. Contact Betsy at 321-277-7198 or visit

The Military Retired Officer Wives Club of Central Florida meets the third Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. September through May, for lunch and mutual interests at the Elks Club at 12 N. Primrose Drive. Active duty wives are also welcome to attend. For information contact Marty Harrison at 407-886-1922 or Ellen Paul at 407-696-4809.

Sanford-based Wildlife Solutions, the area leader in nuisance wildlife removal, is offering the Venomous Snake Guide, free of charge to Florida residents and businesses. For more information on how to obtain a free copy of the Venomous Snake Guide, contact Wildlife Solutions at 1-800-2-GO-WILD or visit

Sushi Pop Seafood and Chops is the newest addition to the Oviedo restaurant scene. It is located at 310 W. Mitchell Hammock Road, which is impossible to miss thanks to the bright, pink neon sign that draws you in before you even walk through the door. Check out our new website at to view menus, photos and get directions. To make a reservation, call 407-542-5975.

Compendium Software Systems, LLC based in Sanford, has launched a new online commercial driving simulator and testing program that uses behavior-tracking technology to improve the safety of the nation’s commercial fleet drivers. To learn more, visit

Winter Springs-based Greensleeves LLC, which designs energy efficient air conditioning and heating systems for commercial buildings that reduce energy costs by 30 percent to 50 percent, recently completed a contract by NASA to design, engineer and install a geothermal borefield at NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Call 407-278-7507 for more information.