Below is a list of all the colleges that the Cambridge Class of 2019 (50 students) got accepted into this past year! 55 students qualify for the AICE Diploma (27 of them were juniors at the time-our current seniors); which equates to roughly $1,375,000 in scholarship for Florida Academic Scholars! Read below to see the list.
Winter Haven Concierge & Customer Service Representative
Part-time Position – up to 30-Hours Per Week
401 Ave B NW, Winter Haven
Chamber 1st Floor Lobby
The primary focus of this job is to provide exemplary customer service to the residents, visitors and businesses in Winter Haven. This includes but is not limited to answering phone and internet inquiries, addressing walk-in guests questions and doing research to assist the customers. This position may include diversified administrative/secretarial duties to the Chamber and to a more limited extent, our tenants Main Street Winter Haven and WHEDC.
Pay rate (hourly) : $10 per hour
Skills & Educational Requirements:
High School diploma required. Exceptional interpersonal skills and positive attitude are essential. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills. Must be proficient with computer skills including but not limited to Word, Excel and the ability to find information online quickly. Must be detail oriented, organized and a self-starter. A true love of the Winter Haven community is a big plus!
Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Job Opening" in the subject line.
The Lunz Group is seeking a self-motivated and detail-oriented individual that thrives in a creative and collaborative setting to join our team in our Lakeland Office. We are in search of a Marketing Coordinator to provide creative support services for the Marketing team as well as other team members, as necessary. This person will be responsible for completing a variety of tasks from proposal coordination to project specific assistance. The ideal person would be collaborative, creative, task-oriented, organized and motivated individual who thrives in a creative environment. A degree in Marketing, Advertising/ Public Relations, and/or Graphic Design is preferred.
Responsibilities of Marketing Coordinator:
Qualification of Marketing Coordinator:
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
- Knowledge in Adobe Suite, specifically InDesign and Photoshop
- Knowledge and skills for working with Dell Computers
- Graphic Design experience
- Experience using WordPress
- Prioritizes tasks and manages time adequately
- Ability to learn quickly and follow instructions
- Observant, self-motivated with a certain amount of follow-through
Beyond responsibilities and qualifications, it is fundamental that this candidate has the ability to collaborate, communicate and solve problems, as well as have a strong customer focus.
If you are interested in this position, please send your resume to email@example.com.
Built on four core values – Communication, Collaboration, Composition and Sustainability – The Lunz Group is a values driven, design-forward, client-centered firm. We believe in adding value to the built environment for our clients and our communities. We provide a high level of service and the solutions are consistent, well designed, and sustainable. We strive to innovate through our design process, managing the unknowns and planning for tomorrow.
Cornerstone Hospice is already putting to good use two grants from the GiveWell Community Foundation. Last spring, Cornerstone received a $5,000 Empower Polk grant from the GiveWell Community Foundation to purchase two CADD® pumps to be used to train Cornerstone nurses to assist with the care of patients experiencing pain. The device provides safe and accurate medication delivery.
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Announces Event Details for a Fun-Filled Holiday Season With Brick or Treat and Holidays Presented by Hallmark Channel
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort kicks off the festivities in October with Brick or Treat and a spirted lineup of LEGO® festivities. The kid-friendly Halloween event will feature brand-new themed entertainment, more candy than ever before and ghoulish treats. In honor of LEGOLAND® Pirate Island Hotel opening in spring 2020, kids (ages 2-12) who come dressed as pirates for the first weekend of Brick or Treat will receive a complimentary ticket to visit the theme park before the end of year.
On Thursday, August 22, 2019 CareerSource Polk will celebrate workforce achievement with its Annual Meeting and Best Places to Work Awards Breakfast at the RP Funding Center from 8:00am to 9:30am (Doors will open at 7:15a). This year’s event theme is THE CSPN DRAFT with a key focus on three of the primary barriers facing our workforce: Transportation, Childcare and Affordable Workforce housing as well as successful recruiting and retention of a workforce in times of extremely low unemployment. CareerSource Polk is pleased to have Regal Lakeland as the leading sponsor of this event.
Before his kids head back to school, Joey Fatone, member of the world-famous musical group *NSYNC and popular TV host, visited THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD with his two daughters, Briahna (18) and Kloey (9), to experience the ultimate Unikitty-themed weekend full of rainbows, positivity and theme park thrills. The second-time visitors and huge LEGOLAND® Florida Resort fans flew on Emmet’s Triple Decker Couch, soared to Cloud Cuckoo Land and battled DUPLO® aliens inside the theme park’s newest and largest expansion. Fatone’s family was welcomed into THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD by the star of THE LEGO® MOVIE™ films and youngest daughter’s favorite theme park character, Unikitty, before they reveled in each detail of the newest addition to the resort built for kids.
“All my little one wanted to do this summer is to go to Legoland, and I finally got some time off to come and enjoy,” said Fatone. “Can’t wait for Pirate Island Hotel opening next year.” To keep the fun going Joey and his daughters enjoyed the ultimate slumber party just steps away at LEGOLAND® Hotel.
Polk State College will welcome students back to its campuses and centers across Polk County today, and faculty and staff are looking forward to a successful 2019-2020 academic year. Enrollment is up 1 percent from last fall as of Thursday, August 15, and the College continues to see increased retention, specifically for full-time freshmen.
“This is particularly exciting as we continue to enhance services for all students to ensure they persist on their paths to degrees, certifications, and employment,” Polk State President Angela Garcia Falconetti said. “We continue to be innovative and forward thinking through programs such as the First Year Experience, implementing strategies proven to increase student retention and completion.”
Guest blogger: Carolyn Johnson
Your Corporate Income Tax refund is on the way!
In a meeting of the Florida Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) today, state economists announced that Corporate Income Tax collections increased significantly during the last fiscal year, triggering a refund for corporate income tax payers.
Winter Haven Based 3B Medical, Inc. Announces Entry on the Inc 5000 list of America's fastest growing companies
Inc. magazine today revealed that 3B Medical joined the Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.
SPCA Florida is once again participating in Clear the Shelters Event on Saturday August 17th, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Locations include, SPCA Florida Campus, Orlando Cat Café, and Petco Lakeland. SPCA Florida will offer a reduced adoption fee at all locations. Cats, kittens and dog’s adoption fees are $40 for this event and two kittens can be adopted for $60.00. All pets are fully vetted, vaccinated and microchipped. SPCA has a great variety of cats, dogs and kittens in all sizes and colors.
The Winter Haven Public Education Partnership partners with the Learning Resource Center to run programming at their tutoring center on Ave R in Northeast Winter Haven. The gains in student learning were incredible!
Central Florida Health Care has been selected as a State Farm Neighborhood Assist® Top 200 Finalist and needs your votes!
Central Florida Health Care (CFHC) is excited to announce that they have been chosen as a top finalist nationally for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program. If awarded, CFHC plans to use this $25,000 grant to feed children in the local community who suffer from food insecurity. They can’t do it without you! They need your help by voting for them starting August 14, 2019 at 12 am ET. U.S. residents who are 18 and older with a valid email address can vote at https://www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2023334.
Congratulations to Everett Whitehead on being awarded Large Business of the Quarter! With 65 years of experience, local contractor Everett Whitehead & Son, Inc. has formed strong professional partnerships based on integrity, ingenuity and reliability. These characteristics, along with a deep-rooted ties to the Winter Haven Community have enabled Whitehead Construction to become one of the most recognized and respected names in contracting.
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and Frontier Airlines Surprise Passengers With Free Theme Park Admission and Flight Vouchers
The school year is rapidly approaching but 230 lucky passengers on a Frontier Airlines “Fun Flight” from Philadelphia International Airport to Orlando International Airport now have the chance to squeeze in one last vacation after a surprise giveaway from the family-friendly airline and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, the premier multi-day theme park destination built for kids and home to the all-new THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD.
Wauchula State Bank, celebrating 90 years as a locally owned community bank, awarded $500 scholarships to deserving seniors graduating from and Avon Park High School, Lake Placid High School and Sebring High School. Selection was based upon leadership, academic achievement, extracurricular activities, financial need, and letters of recommendation. The Avon Park High scholarship went to Robert "Bo" Deen, a lifelong resident of Avon Park who graduated with a 3.1 unweighted grade point average (GPA). He plans to major in engineering at the University of South Florida, focusing on the agriculture and science departments of engineering.
Jerry Melnitzke and Other New Officers of Frank J. Durbin Fourth Degree Assembly 2608 Installed in Ceremony
Faithful Navigator Jerry Melnitzke and other new officers of the Frank J. Durbin Fourth Degree Assembly 2608 were installed into office in a ceremony conducted on Saturday, August 3 in the Quality Inn/EconoLodge Hotel near Legoland.
Meals On Wheels 12th Annual Silent Auction & Dinner Fundraiser September 20 at Lake Ashton Country Club
Sponsorships and individual tickets are now on sale for Meals on Wheels (MOW) of Polk County’s 12th annual Silent Auction & Dinner fundraiser on Friday, September 20 at Lake Ashton Country Club. The “Bringin’ Back the 80s Festival”-themed fundraiser, featuring a silent auction, food by Longhorn Steakhouse and Olive Garden Restaurant and ‘80s music by the Brass Heart Band will begin at 6:00 pm in the main ballroom at Lake Ashton.
Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida, P.A. Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for their Newest Location in Auburndale
Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their newest location at 202 Magnolia Avenue in Auburndale. The event was attended by doctors and staff from Eye Specialists as well as officials from the City of Auburndale and the Chamber of Commerce. This will be the 8th location for Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida to better serve the needs of their patients in the area. Their other locations include Winter Haven, Haines City, Clermont, Lake Wales, Sebring, two Lakeland locations with an additional one opening in 2020.
Grand Knight James Sharak and other knights who will serve Knights of Columbus Council 7091 of Cypress Gardens as officers in the 2019-20 Columbian Year were inducted in an installation ceremony on Saturday, August 3 in the Quality Inn/EconoLodge Hotel near Legoland.
On Sunday July 21st, 2019, the 10km Open Water Swim races of the FINA/CNSG Marathon Swim World Series occurred in Lac St-Jean in Roberval, Canada. Many top swimmers from across the world flew directly from the FINA World Championships held concurrently in South Korea to participate in the race. Dr. Michelle Henne, sports medicine physician at Relevé Sports Medicine, was recruited to represent FINA as the Medical and Doping Delegate.
Interested in a doggie date? SPCA Florida has expanded the days for the Rent A Dog Program to seven days a week. Dogs of all shapes, sizes, and ages will be “rented” (no charge) to those wanting to participate. This allows the dogs to interact with faces and spaces outside of the adoption center and give the dogs more exposure with potential adopters. Families and students who cannot foster or adopt an animal have an opportunity to interact with a dog and plan a fun, safe adventure for their “rented” friend.
Congratulations to Longhorn Steakhouse for being awarded Small Business of the Month! For many years, LongHorn has been an advocate for community involvement. They pride themselves on their ability to partner with the community to continue forward motion, while also creating an incredible dining experience for the community to enjoy every day of the week.
introduction written by Katie Worthington Decker
Homelessness is not an issue unique to Winter Haven or Polk County. Recently there has been a concerted effort to try to tackle the issue, one step at a time. Lakeland's Mayor, Bill Mutz, has called on area communities to work hand-in-hand with Lakeland to learn from each other and come up with solutions to reduce or prevent homelessness in Polk County. Winter Haven's Mayor Brad Dantzler, with the support of the City Commission, have stepped up to the plate.
Earlier this year, the City of Winter Haven commissioned a study by Heart for Winter Haven on homelessness and its causes in our area. The scope of the white paper primarily focused on homelessness amongst families with children in Polk County Public Schools. According to the district approximately 432 students in Winter Haven were self-reported by their families as homeless, which is defined without a permanent home (i.e. literal homelessness, living with a friend or relative in a temporary situation or living in a hotel/motel). It is estimated that the number could be much higher but without self-reporting it can be difficult to measure.
In this post, I have provided the report presented to and adopted by the City commission at their July 22 meeting. Why should the Chamber of Commerce care? As the report eloquently outlines, "stable housing is the basis for stable families, healthy communities and a workforce able to meet the demands of a growing economy." Housing that is affordable and safe for families, young professionals and retirees is and will continue to be paramount to our quality of life. In addition to the study, if you are interested in this subject I would encourage you to visit National Low Income Housing Coalition website with county-level data regarding wage rates and affordability of housing and the United Way of Florida's ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) report.
When it comes to owning a business, things can quickly become a juggling act. Especially when that business consists of two people! Amy Phillips, Owner of Amy Phillips, PPLC, and her full-time legal assistant, have been learning to master the art of juggling as they run Amy’s successful law firm.