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Marketing VP of Southwest Airlines set to speak at Chamber's annual meeting

Marketing VP of Southwest Airlines set to speak at Chamber's annual meeting

Lakeland, FL -- The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will host its annual meeting at The Lakeland Center next week, on Feb. 3. The Thursday night meeting is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The event is to celebrate a great Chamber year with fellow members and guests. The Keynote Speaker is Dave Ridley, who will share how Southwest Airlines built its award-winning culture for outstanding customer service and fun. Dave serves as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Revenue Management for Southwest and is responsible for building and maintaining their brand reputation and position as the industry’s top airline.

Bring your boarding pass to Destination: Lakeland! and fasten your seatbelts for a exciting evening of fun with the Chamber and Southwest Airlines.

Sponsors for the event include AT&T, Publix, Wtson Clinic, RIS, and Gray Robinson law Firm.

For more information, call 863-688-8551, ext. 233. To register for the meeting, click here.

Citrus industry seeks to reduce Statin stigma

Citrus industry seeks to reduce Statin stigma

Bartow, FL -- Grapefruit growers have taken a big hit over the years, as millions of patients taking popular statin drugs to lower their cholesterol have been told to stay away from the citrus fruit because it does not interact well with the medicines.

The problem, they say, is that people taking other types of drugs and over-the-counter remedies may also assume that the same warning applies to them and unnecessarily forgo the fruit. 

According to the website About.com, "Although there are known drug interactions with statin medications, there is also another non-drug interaction that can have detrimental effects on your cholesterol lowering therapy: grapefruit. Although eating fruit may seem harmless, drinking a glass of grapefruit juice or eating a grapefruit around the time you take your statin may be deadly."

"Grapefruit contains the compound bergamottin, which interacts with certain enzyme systems in the body, such as cytochrome P-450 and P-glycoprotein. These enzyme systems are responsible for breaking down statins, as well as other drugs, into more usable chemicals."

Verizon: Long-term evolution in Winter Haven and other local neighborhoods?

Verizon: Long-term evolution in Winter Haven and other local neighborhoods?

Winter Haven, FL -- Verizon Wireless LTE will soon take their new wireless technology to a total of 140 markets across the country, one of them being Winter Haven.

Back in October, Verizon announed the first 38 markets that were going to get 4G LTE, now they're revealing another 49 markets to get the wireless technology.  

 As of now, the additional 49 markets willl be live sometime in the next few months.

The only markets coming to Florida include: 

  • Gainesville, Florida
  • Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida
  • Pensacola, Florida
  • Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida
  • Tallahassee, Florida
  • Charity project to renovate Dream Village today

    Charity project to renovate Dream Village today

    Davenport, Florida -- Honeywell and Rebuilding Together of Polk County will lead a community service project at the Sunshine Foundation's Dream Village, a center for disabled children and families, today in Davenport. The project is scheduled from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    The Dream Village sits on 22 acres full of themed cottages and natural landscape, providing an escape for families who can trade in the hospital for a "fairy-tale setting," as the website boasts.

    Honeywell donated more than $10,000 in materials and more than 60 Honeywell employees will volunteer their time to refurbish the community center today. Renovations include painting the windmill cottage and cleaning and painting exterior chimneys of nine cottages in the village. The team will also make necessary repairs to the playground and lay sod throughout the grounds.