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Orange County Public Schools to open five new campuses in August

Orange County Public Schools has announced plans to open five new schools in August. Hamlin Elementary School, Hamlin Middle School, and Panther Lake Elementary will open in Winter Garden, Kelly Park K-8 School will open in Apopka, and Stonewyck Elementary will open in Orlando.  The names were proposed by families who live in the new districts. The new schools are being added to ease overcrowding at neighboring campuses, some of which are currently over capacity by hundreds of students. With the addition of the five new facilities, there will be 210 Orange County Public Schools campuses in the district.
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New Citizenship Classes Start In Apopka

A new class of aspiring US citizens will begin learning what it takes to become a citizen this weekend. The Hope Community Center in Apopka has won a $225,000 grant from US Citizenship and Immigration Service covers the cost of paid staff, volunteers and resources to run the citizenship classes.
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Yoseline Rodriguez (left) is going into her fourth year as a camp counselor and Alex Saunders (right) works as the Director of Communications for Hope CommUnity Center.    Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Hope CommUnity Center Summer Camp

This year is the 12th year a summer camp aimed at helping ease the burden on low income and immigrant families in Apopka is serving the community. The three-week camp is one program at Hope CommUnity Center and this year it’s open to families that were not already involved. Alex Saunders and Yoseline Rodriguez join us to talk about the camp and what the Kids Camp offers to kids and their parents.
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

The Lucrative Business of Marketing the AR-15

On Jan. 7, Spike’s Tactical – an Apopka-based gun manufacturer – made headlines after they posted a controversial advertisement across the company’s social media accounts. Pictured in the ad: four heavily tattooed men wearing bulletproof vests, backs turned to the camera. Each man is holding his own semiautomatic rifle as he stares down a group of masked protesters, some of whom are holding makeshift weapons like lead pipes. Behind the protesters, you spot a burning city. In the top right corner, it reads: “NOT TODAY ANTIFA.” Last year, antifa demonstrators – shorthand for “anti-fascist” protesters – grabbed the nation’s attention with their protests of President Donald Trump’s inauguration and the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August. From there, …
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Intersection: Tackling Crime in Pine Hills And Apopka

Apopka and Pine Hills residents are fed up with violent crime. After a spate of shootings last year, faith leaders and others called for a stop to the violence. A task force was formed, and last week they released their report. On Intersection we talk about what the task force found, and what it’s going to take to curb crime in the area.
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