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CBS12's Extraordinary People: The King's Academy Varsity Cheerleaders five time Florida State Champions


If you know an extraordinary person or extraordinary people making a positive difference in South Florida, email Michele Wright at mwright@cbs12.com, tweet her HERE or submit your nomination on-line below. We'd love to hear about it.

2 PBC Guidance Counselors to Be Honored by the First Lady


First Lady Michelle Obama will honor 46 of the nation's best guidance counselors from 30 states and the Palm Beach Post reports the only two from Florida are Isabell Parrado from Okeeheelee Middle in Greenacres and Herele Oakley from Crystal Lakes ...

New trial starts today in 2010 murders of two Greenacres Circle K clerks


For more than four years and through two trials, he's been accused — with a co-defendant — of a horrible crime: The cold-hearted execution of two Greenacres Circle K convenience store clerks during a robbery that netted just $71. But as his third trial ...

Being re-tried in 2010 murders, makeup is helping Florida man with facial tattoos put his best face forward


(CNN) — A Florida man accused of double murder is getting a little help putting his best face forward. Robert Alverez is being re-tried for the 2010 murders of two convenience store clerks in Greenacres, Florida. Alvarez has several tattoos on his face ...

Former Pitt commitment becomes WVU’s 4th offensive line pledge for 2015


The 6-foot-5, 296 pounder holds offers from Michigan State, Arkansas, Arizona State, Minnesota, Miami and Louisville and recently became a standby target of Florida ...
three-star receiver Tavares Martin from Greenacres, Fla. West Virginia’s class ...

Thomas R. Torrisi, 75


GREENACRES, FL: Thomas R. Torrisi, better known to all his family and friends as "Babe," died January 18, 2015, in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 75 years old. He was born in Lawrence, Mass., and raised in Andover, Mass., the only son of the late Thomas and ...

American Dance Competition 2014 Finalists Join Florida Youth Dance Gala Lineup


The nine returning dance schools from the first FLORIDA YOUTH DANCE GALA include Boca Ballet School of Boca Raton, the School of Ballet Arts in Greenacres, Jupiter's Paris Ballet & Dance, the Florida School for Dance Education in Palm Beach Gardens ...

Greenacres revising Ponce Inlet plans


Greenacres revising Ponce Inlet plans Greenacres founders Louis and Louise Nippert donated property in Florida to the nonprofit organization, which wants to develop a marine-education center there. Check out this story on cincinnati.com: http://cin.ci/1BAL7ce

Florida Man Asleep At Intersection Wakes Up, Leads Cops On Chase: Police


The Palm Beach Post (http://bit.ly/1pSZyQK ) reports that 21-year-old Joslet Jean-Charles was asleep behind the wheel of a 2003 Ford Taurus at a busy intersection in Greenacres, Florida, about 9:30 p.m. Thursday. When a patrol car pulled in front of Jean ...

Joslet Jean-Charles: Suspect falls asleep at Greenacres intersection, flees police


GREENACRES, Fla. (AP) -- A sleeping driver awakened by police at a Florida intersection led authorities on a chase before being arrested in a gated community. The Palm Beach Post reports that 21-year-old Joslet Jean-Charles was asleep behind the wheel of a ...




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Two years of community college free for responsible students in GREENACRES

The President unveiled a new proposal: Make two years of community college free for responsible students across America.

In our growing global economy, Americans need to have more knowledge and more skills to compete -- by 2020, an estimated 35 percent of job openings will require at least a bachelor's degree, and 30 percent will require some college or an associate's degree. Students should be able to get the knowledge and the skills they need without taking on decades' worth of student debt.


The numbers:

If all 50 states choose to implement the President's new community college proposal, it could:

  • Save a full-time community college student $3,800 in tuition per year on average
  • Benefit roughly 9 million students each year

Under President Obama's new proposal, students would be able to earn the first half of a bachelor's degree, or earn the technical skills needed in the workforce -- all at no cost to them.


The requirements:

  • What students have to do: Students must attend community college at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make steady progress toward completing their program.
  • What community colleges have to do: Community colleges will be expected to offer programs that are either 1) academic programs that fully transfer credits to local public four-year colleges and universities, or 2) occupational training programs with high graduation rates and lead to in-demand degrees and certificates. Community colleges must also adopt promising and evidence-based institutional reforms to improve student outcomes.
  • What the federal government has to do: Federal funding will cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college. Participating states will be expected to contribute the remaining funds necessary to eliminate the tuition for eligible students.

Expanding technical training programs:

President Obama also proposed the new American Technical Training Fund, which will expand innovative, high-quality technical training programs across the country. Specifically, the fund will award programs that:

  • Have strong employer partnerships and include work-based learning opportunities
  • Provide accelerated training
  • Accommodate part-time work

Read the full fact sheet on the President's proposal here.

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Avoiding cyberbullyng in GREENACRES

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.

Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.

Why Cyberbullying is Different

Kids who are being cyberbullied are often bullied in person as well. Additionally, kids who are cyberbullied have a harder time getting away from the behavior.

  • Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and reach a kid even when he or she is alone. It can happen any time of the day or night.
  • Cyberbullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source.
  • Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages, texts, and pictures is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent.

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Effects of Cyberbullying

Cell phones and computers themselves are not to blame for cyberbullying. Social media sites can be used for positive activities, like connecting kids with friends and family, helping students with school, and for entertainment. But these tools can also be used to hurt other people. Whether done in person or through technology, the effects of bullying are similar.

Kids who are cyberbullied are more likely to:

  • Use alcohol and drugs
  • Skip school
  • Experience in-person bullying
  • Be unwilling to attend school
  • Receive poor grades
  • Have lower self-esteem
  • Have more health problems

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Frequency of Cyberbullying

The 2010-2011 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics) indicates that 9% of students in grades 6–12 experienced cyberbullying.

The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey finds that 15% of high school students (grades 9-12) were electronically bullied in the past year.

Research on cyberbullying is growing. However, because kids’ technology use changes rapidly, it is difficult to design surveys that accurately capture trends.

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In GREENACRES: Understanding Links Between Smoking & Weight

Maybe you quit smoking to do something good for your health, and now you’ve noticed the pounds adding up on the scale. Or maybe one of the reasons you’re not quite ready to quit is that you’re afraid of gaining weight.

Here are some of the reasons why some people gain weight when they quit:

  • Smoking lowers your appetite.
    Smoking cigarettes makes you feel less hungry. So, when you quit smoking, you might feel hungrier and then eat more than you used to eat.  
  • Smoking increases your metabolism.
    Smoking cigarettes increases your metabolism, so you burn more calories. So when you stop smoking, you may burn fewer calories which can lead to weight gain. 
  • Eating can be a substitute for smoking.
    Smoking gave you something to do with your hands and something to put in your mouth. For a lot of people, food replaces cigarettes. And the more you reach for food, the more likely it is that you will gain weight.
  • Eating may soothe the feelings that smoking used to soothe.
    Maybe smoking was your go-to when you were feeling bad. When you stop smoking, you may find that you turn to eating to feel better or to deal with stress—but this can backfire and result in weight gain.

The good news is that you can take charge of your weight even while quitting smoking. Check out Forever Free for more info about smoking and weight.

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