Are you the Mockingjay? Downtown Movie Night will be held March 27 in the city's Downtown Park. The featured presentation will be Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. The free movie starts at 8 p.m. Call 863-965-5545 for more details. Please share this post on your page.
With an eclectic mix of background knowledge and skills, a team of undergraduate and graduate students from Florida Polytechnic University brings home the third place prize in the UHack 2015 competition. This 24-hour hackathon competition, sponsored by the Major League Hacking and the University of Miami’s IEEE organizations on February 21st, brought together over 200 students from universities across Florida and fostered an environment for groups to “hack” together a new project overnight. The theme of this year’s event was “Hack for a better U” and focused on building projects for the benefit of improving one’s lifestyle.
Graduate student Jacob Chen, and undergraduate students James Amodie and Britt Mathis, represented Florida Poly in the competition with their mobile application “Icebreaker”. Written from scratch completely overnight in 24 hours, the mobile application serves as a platform for users to meet new people and help them break the ice and find each other. The idea for the application is very simple: a user opens up the app and clicks on a “Search” button to look for other users in their immediate vicinity. If another user is found in the same area, the application will send a quote to one user, and the author of the quote to the other user. Then it’s up to both users to talk with the people around them to find their quote and author counterpart. The group hopes that the application will be a great way for people to go out and start up conversations which would normally not take place, and encourage their users to meet new people.
Competing with over 20 other groups at the event, the Florida Poly team presented their application to a panel of judges, which included representatives from Microsoft, Nielsen, and other members of local industry. The Icebreaker team placed third overall in the competition with their project, winning a price of $100 worth of Google equipment and 1 month of co-working space at The LAB Miami. When asked about their experience at the hackathon, the team responded overwhelmingly positive. “It gave me a chance to work only on code,” mentioned Britt, “with no other distractions.” The team also plans on continuing development on their application, as well as participating in more hackathon events in the near future.
More than 50 people showed up Sunday to the historic Baynard House for a book signing by local author Beverly June Scott. The city's history has been traced by Scott, and has found its way as the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series. The book, "Auburndale," boasts more than 200 vintage images, covering the city's history from 1882 - 1979. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see the house and to get their copy of the city's history.
As children are given more options to have an online presence, the potential dangers also increase. Safety should remain a top priority. We’re sharing a St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office investigation with you as an example of the potential dangers online.
A 15-year-old Fort Pierce boy was taken from his neighborhood by a man whom he met using an online social media site. The man drove from Orlando last Thursday, February 19, 2015, and located the 15-year-old playing basketball. The man lured the boy into his car and drove to Orlando. Thankfully, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, working with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, located the boy and returned him to his family unharmed yesterday, February 21st.
A PCSO Facebook follower asked that we share the information in hopes of reminding parents of the importance of monitoring their child’s online activities. Local coverage can be viewed at bit.ly/1DK7rzA.
Remember, as adults it is our responsibility to keep children safe and lead them in the right direction. Ensure you are always the leader and not a stranger they befriend online.
As tax season quickly approaches, be wary of random phone calls to either your land-line phone or your cell phone.
A resident alerted Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies to a bogus cell phone call received from a male subject who identified himself as a member of the PCSO. The caller then advised the resident to hold for “PCSO Detective Michael Black,” who then told the resident he was working for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
The resident quickly realized the call was a scam and ended the call. Unfortunately, the phone number had been blocked and the caller was unable to provide a number for detectives to investigate.
This is a common tactic used by thieves to scam victims out of their money. In most cases, an unsuspecting victim will receive a phone call and the person on the other end of the phone introduces himself as a person in a position of authority; a law enforcement officer, a utility service provider, an agent with the IRS, or a Judicial representative. Then, the thief will provide instructions on how to “pay their debt” with prepaid debit cards or other non-traceable payment methods.
Don’t be fooled by thieves.
“Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies do not work for the IRS, and PCSO deputies do not call residents and instruct them to purchase any sort of debit card or money order to pay their taxes, pay off a fine for missed jury duty, an outstanding warrant, missed court date fee, red-light ticket fine, or legal fee,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “And unfortunately, we again have received information that someone is trying to swindle citizens using our agency’s name – don’t be fooled by this thief. No one at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office makes phone calls collecting alleged debts.”
Please be reminded:
* Never give personal information to a stranger.
*If the number of a call is “unavailable,” or “private,” be suspicious the caller may be deliberating using technology to prevent the number from being detected in an effort to conceal their true identity.
* Be suspicious of phone calls from people attempting to collect a “debt.” Legitimate service providers do not accept payment via prepaid cards.
* If the caller claims to be with an organization you are familiar, contact that organization directly and check your account. If a number is provided or a number shows up on a caller ID, be suspicious and use the organization’s officially listed number.
*Green Dot Corporation has its own tips for how to avoid fraud, and they discourage consumers from ever handing over a prepaid card number to anyone.
* Seniors are considered easy prey to thieves, help keep elderly family members protected and prepared by informing them about this type of scam.
* Contact Law Enforcement if you receive suspicious “debt collecting” calls.
The IRS provides additional information about a variety of tax scams at www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Completes-the-Dirty-Dozen-Tax-Scams-for-2015.
The teens are back with another fun, super deluxe CRAFT EVENT at the ACL this Saturday, Feb. 21st!
Come dream of a summer day by the beach while making
"Under the Sea" crafts to fight the winter doldrums!
We will be making:
Tissue-paper Fish Collages
Googly-Eyed Crabs, and
Decorate-your-own Flip Flop Cookies
Join the fun Saturday, Feb. 21st, any time between 11:00 and 12:30!