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Snapshot: While in Florida, be sure to catch this fishing musuem

author/angler Izaak Walton, and some guy named Ted Williams, who played baseball. The museum is just outside Fort Lauderdale along I-95 in Dania Beach, Fla., where it shares a lakeside location with a Bass Pro Shops store, a Divers Direct and Bass ...

Community Happenings April 25

May 9: Bonnie Samuelson of Audubon Florida will conduct a Coastal Bird Stewardship ...
16 Ferry Road, S.E. in Fort Walton Beach. Visitors can tour the building and speak with advocates about their work with survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Buzzworthy events for April 24-30

Many Northwest Florida high school bands will perform. Admission is free. Musical Echoes 2015: Musical Echoes Flute Festival 2015 will take place at The Landing, 139 Brooks St., in downtown Fort Walton Beach starting Friday and continuing through Sunday.

Gulf Coast VA gets 80 new housing vouchers for homeless vets from Gulfport to Fort Walton Beach

The VA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is spending more than $417,000 on the vouchers, which were distributed to public housing authorities in Gulfport, Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The Gulfport ...

This Northwest Florida hospice just got $9K more for its programs

FORT WALTON BEACH — Covenant Hospice now has $9,514 extra to help provide compassionate care for people with terminal illnesses. Lee Subaru presented the check following the dealership’s 2014 Share the Love campaign. The initiative allowed each person ...

Gulf Coast VA gets 80 new housing vouchers for homeless vets

and Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The Gulfport housing authority received 20, adding to the 152 vouchers already available for the Gulfport-Biloxi area. Eric Oleson, the VA's homeless-program manager for the Gulf Coast, said all of the 152 ...

Christopher C. Day

Christopher C. Day, 34, of Belfast passed away on Monday, April 20, 2015, at his home. He was born on January 10, 1981, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. the son of Robert and Lynn (Vigue) Day. Chris graduated from Belfast Area High School Class of 1999 and ...

Engagements: Nia Maxwell & Hunter Livingston

Mrs. Mickie Whitfield of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, takes pleasure in announcing the engagement of her daughter, Miss Nia Kole Maxwell to Mr. Hunter Andrew Livingston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott and Diane Livingston of Pensacola, Florida. Hunter and Nia ...

Florida hit by storms in 20 of 27 slow seasons

But history has shown that Florida, the most storm battered state in the nation, has taken some hard hits during slow seasons. Among them: 1917: A Category 3 hurricane struck near Fort Walton Beach, damaging boats, homes and crops and killing five people ...

Winning Fantasy 5 Ticket sold in Ft. Walton Beach

The Florida Lottery said Monday that the winning tickets were sold in Hialeah, Miami and Fort Walton Beach. Another 279 tickets matched four numbers to win $114 each and 8,513 tickets matched three numbers for $10 each. Some 85,883 tickets won a Quick Pick ...

Securing an Adoption: Can parents challenge the adoption, and regain custody?

Adoptive parents are invariably concerned that the biological parents of children they adopt will come forward later and challenge the adoption.  Those who adopt a child want security, and confidence …

Battle of the Best Field Day in conjuction with Military Family Appreciation Day- Fort Walton beach Landing 5/9/15

This event is part of the festivities at The Landing on Military Family Appreciation Weekend - Saturday, May 9. Recruit your own team - or let us fix you up with one.  Either way, come down to the Lan…

Outdoor Wedding in Fort Walton Beach Florida

This week’s Real Wedding features Mary-Martha and Nathan’s outdoor wedding celebration on the beautiful bay of Fort Walton Beach, FL. This location holds a special, and very interesting, meaning to th…

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Lady Jags Beat Escambia; Tate Over Fort Walton Beach

SOFTBALL West Florida, 7, Escambia 3 The West Florida Jaguars beat Escambia 7-3 in a rain-shortened game Friday. Jibrasha Moore was 1-3 with homer and 2 RBI; Kristin Gunter was 1-2; Emily Loring 1-…

Tate baseball dodges scare against Fort Walton Beach

After 6.5 innings, it seemed that the Tate Aggies would be shocked by Fort Walton Beach on Friday night. But Tate quickly turned it’s momentum up and plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh to e…

Carpenter Fort Walton Beach (FL) – Fort Walton Beach Carpenters

Carpenter Fort Walton Beach (FL) Lending helping hands when you need masterpieces built in Fort Walton Beach (FL). Papa’s Carpenter Specialists in Fort Walton Beach, Florida work with, builds and fi…

Financing a Florida Adoption

Tens of thousands of children are adopted every year in the United States.  Expenses can widely vary, depending on whether the adoption is by a relative or nonrelative, domestic or foreign, contested …

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Schools and libraries with Wi-Fi in FORT WALTON BEACH FLORIDA ?

In June 2013, I joined the President in Mooresville, NC, to launch ConnectED – an initiative to close the technology gap in our schools and bring high-speed Internet to 99 percent of America’s students within five years. This vision – that all students should have access to world-class digital learning – is well on its way to becoming a reality.

Thanks to the leadership of the President and the FCC, the resources are in place to meet the President’s connectivity goal. In addition, various private-sector partners are making over $2 billion worth of resources available to students, teachers, and schools. These include tablets, mobile broadband, software, and online teacher professional development courses from top universities. Fewer than 40 percent of public schools currently have the high-speed Internet needed to support modern digital learning.

But now we have the resources to solve this problem. We just need help from our nation’s superintendents and school technology chiefs.

Last year, the FCC approved the first major update to the E-Rate program since it was created in 1997. E-Rate (also known as the Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries) makes it more affordable for schools and libraries to connect to high-speed Internet – with the goal of making the gigabit speeds we see in cities like Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Chattanooga, Tennessee the norm in schools across the country.

These updates have unlocked funding to support internal Wi-Fi network upgrades in schools and libraries this year for the first time since 2012. Wi-Fi is important because no matter how fast the Internet connection is to a school, students can’t take full advantage of it without a robust wireless network within the school.

To secure E-rate support for Wi-Fi, schools and libraries must submit a form describing their project needs to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). USAC then posts the request for competitive bidding. The Department of Education has prepared an Infrastructure Guide to help district leaders navigate the many decisions required to deliver cutting-edge connectivity to students. That said, schools and libraries have the final say when they submit an application to USAC for approval.

Bringing our schools up to speed is a major priority, and E-rate provides an opportunity to make doing so much more affordable. For all of the superintendents and technology officers: If you haven’t yet done so, get your requests submitted by February 26, 2015, and your applications in before March 26, 2015 (requests must be up for 28 days before a school can choose a vendor). Your students, your community, and your country will thank you for bringing our classrooms into the 21st century. [20]


The Guardian and a warning to FORT WALTON BEACH FLORIDA: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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People help people. Gods do not help people

HealthDay news image Organ transplants have saved more than two million years of life in the United States over a period of 25 years, new research shows.But fewer than half the people who needed a transplant in this period they received, according to a report in the online edition of the January 28 issue of the journalSurgery JAMA ."The critical shortage of donors continues to affect this field. Just 47.9 percent of patients on the waiting list during the 25 years of the study underwent a transplant. The need is increasing, and therefore the Organ donation should increase, "wrote Dr. Abbas Rana, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and colleagues. The researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 530,000 people receiving organ transplants between 1987 and 2012, and nearly 580,000 people who signed up for the waiting list but never received a transplant. In that period, transplants saved 2.2 million life years, with an average of just over four years saved for each person who received a transplant from a living body, the study authors noted in a news release from the journal . The number of years saved by type of organ transplant life were: kidney, 1.3 million years; liver, more than 460,000; heart, almost 270,000; lung, about 65,000: pancreas and kidney, nearly 80,000; pancreas, just under 15,000, and intestines, around 4,500. One expert noted the relevance of the findings. "This study highlights the importance of organ donation, and shows that solid organ transplants save lives. One organ donor can have an impact on up to 50 lives," said Dr. Kareem Abu-Elmagd, director of the Center for transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. "The field of transplantation continues to seek ways to save more lives," said Abu-Elmagd. "For example, the program of ex vivo perfusion of organs of the Cleveland Clinic has been studying perfusion technology to better preserve organs donated." Powered by infusion, a machine pumps oxygen and nutrients to the donated enriched to prevent damage or deterioration of the body prior to transplant into a patient waiting, according to the Cleveland Clinic organ solution. Baylor researchers suggested a direct solution. "We call for greater support of transplantation and solid organ donation, valuable efforts have an impressive record of achievements and tremendous potential to do even more good for humanity in the future," concluded the authors. HealthDay, translated by HispaniCare

SOURCES: Kareem Abu-Elmagd, MD, Ph.D., director, Cleveland Clinic´s Transplant Center, Ohio; JAMA Surgery , news release, Jan. 28, 2015



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