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On September 15, 2022, Orlando Health unveiled plans to reimagine South Seminole Hospital, located in the heart of downtown Longwood. The campus will be redesigned as a healthcare hub, anchored by a new free-standing emergency department (FSED).

Plans call for the FSED to be built and ready to serve the community in the summer of 2024, concurrent with the closure of Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital and the opening of the new Orlando Health Lake Mary Hospital.

Leaders at Orlando Health and officials with the City of Longwood are collaborating to create a destination for residents that complements the redesigned Reiter Park. The current campus is envisioned to include a 15-acre town center for the City of Longwood comprising a high-quality mix of multi-family residential, retail and office uses. Orlando Health will continue to work hand-in-hand with residents to create a space that complements the charm and heritage of the downtown historic district.

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Longwood Police Department

Several 911 calls had Longwood Police Department personnel searching for a vehicle on Highway 17-92 yesterday during rush hour traffic. The calls were for a vehicle full of people that were pointing guns out the window, aiming and shooting at people. It was unknown what they were shooting.

Upon stopping the vehicle, what officers found was a car full of young kids (all but the driver were 10, 11, and 12) aiming what turned out to be Orbeez gel BB guns at strangers, shooting projectiles at them from the vehicle.

It is known as the Orbeez challenge, where the popular gel beads are frozen and loaded into a toy gun, then shot at people while driving around.

Can you tell the difference between the two pictured guns from a moving vehicle??? Did you recognize the gun on the left is a toy and the one on the right is a firearm???

In addition to injuries and property damage caused by the Orbeez, the trend could also insight fear or panic since some of the gel guns could be mistaken for an actual firearm.

Law enforcement agencies across the country are warning members of their communities of the challenge's potential dangers. Parents if you have these toy guns in your home please have serious conversations about the dangers of utilizing them outside of the intended use on a controlled range. Calls like yesterday could have a serious outcome —- serious injury, fatalities, property damage and criminal charges have all been reported by police agencies across the nation.

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The Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Alzheimer’s Association have partnered to create the ALZ STARS program, a joint initiative to bring increased awareness of dementia and the resources available to Floridians. Learn more below:

Seminole County residents are encouraged to register for emergency alerts through Alert Seminole, Seminole County’s emergency notification and warning system. Residents can sign up to receive emergency alerts via text, e-mail, or voice call about a variety of potential public safety and environmental hazards, including:

  1. Significant weather events, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and severe thunderstorms
  2. Evacuations
  3. Shelter-in-place orders
  4. Emergency shelter information
  5. Highly disruptive road closures
  6. Boil water notices and other safety concerns

Participating residents will receive time-sensitive messages specific to their specified home or business location within Seminole County. Residents can unsubscribe to alerts at any time through their account.