Local News

First Perfect Attendance Awards and Best in Class Attendance Award ceremonies

By Carma Henry First Perfect Attendance Awards and Best in Class Attendance Award ceremonies Students and parents celebrate Perfect Attendance and Best in Class Attendance Awards. The inaugural Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Perfect Attendance Awards ceremony was one of several ends of the school year celebrations recognizing students for their outstanding achievements. The Perfect Attendance Awards, sponsored by the Student Services Department, honored students with cumulative perfect attendance in elementary (grades K-5), middle (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12). Nearly 200 students qualified for this recognition, including 19 elementary school students, 148 middle school students, and 22 high school students. Students were presented with a custom medallion and a congratulatory gift bag provided by event sponsors, including Children Services Council, Winn Dixie and Dave & Buster’s. Parents of students being honored were also recognized with a certificate honoring their support of excellent school attendance. One parent was twice recognized with two children – one in elementary school and one in middle school – qualifying for the award. In addition to the Perfect Attendance Award by school levels, a Best in Class Attendance Award was presented for the best cumulative attendance from kindergarten through 12th grade, while continuously enrolled in BCPS. Stoneman Douglas High School student, …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Education

NSU Oceanographic Students Start Crowdsourcing Project to Fund New Coral Reef Nurseries

By jdonzelli FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – For nearly five decades, Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center has been a leader in marine research and education. The center focuses on several aspects of marine life – from coral reefs to invertebrates to sharks to deep-sea life, all with the common goal of understanding the nature of the marine realm and learning from the ocean’s living classroom. NSU’s Oceanographic Center is home to several research arms – the Center of Excellence in Coral Reef Ecosystems Research, the Guy Harvey Research Institute, the Save Our Seas Shark Centre, the Broward County, Florida Sea Turtle Conservation Program and the National Coral Reef Institute. All of these are involved in tremendous work in helping explore, understand and preserve the world’s marine environments. To help with the costs associated with coral reef restoration, and to expand the program, the students themselves have started an online crowdsourcing campaign. The goal is to reach $10,000 by July 22nd – the campaign started on June 8th. The idea is to reach out to as many interested people as possible who are concerned with the ocean’s coral reefs and want to help preserve them, but didn’t know where to …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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Religion

Turnaround: How dying churches can find new life

By Bob Smietana (RNS) Watching a church that you love shut down is hard. But a merger can get a church out of survival mode and focused on the future. The post Turnaround: How dying churches can find new life appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Education

Our new tobacco-free policy will take effect come 2015, but we're #MakingWaves r...

By Florida Atlantic University Our new tobacco-free policy will take effect come 2015, but we’re #MakingWaves right now! Learn more at: Timeline PhotosCongratulations to COE Associate Dean Don Torok who was awarded “Champion Member of the Year” at the recent Tobacco Free Partnership of Broward County’s Breakfast of Champions Awards Ceremony! Dr. Torok lead the efforts that will make FAU a tobacco free campus by Jan. 2015. …read more Source: FAU Facebook feed     ...
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Christian

The Twentieth Chapter: Confessing Our Weakness in the Miseries of Life

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK THREE: INTERNAL CONSOLATIONThe Twentieth Chapter: Confessing Our Weakness in the Miseries of Life The Disciple I WILL bring witness against myself to my injustice, and to You, O Lord, I will confess my weakness. Often it is a small thing that makes me downcast and sad. I propose to act bravely, but when even a small temptation comes I find myself in great straits. Sometimes it is the merest trifle which gives rise to grievous temptations. When I think myself somewhat safe and when I am not expecting it, I frequently find myself almost overcome by a slight wind. Look, therefore, Lord, at my lowliness and frailty which You know so well. Have mercy on me and snatch me out of the mire that I may not be caught in it and may not remain forever utterly despondent. That I am so prone to fall and so weak in resisting my passions oppresses me frequently and confounds me in Your sight. While I do not fully consent to them, still their …read more Source: Imitate Christ     ...
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Local News

Wasserman Schultz marks Juneteenth

By By Anthony Man U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, marked Juneteenth — also known as Emancipation Day — on Thursday. …read more Source: Broward Politics     ...
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Christian

Christian Homeschooling Families Lead Fight Against ‘Common Core’ Standards

By Garrett Haley As states across the country grapple with the controversial ‘Common Core’ educational guidelines, many Christian homeschooling families and organizations are leading the charge against the standards, asserting that they threaten parents’ rights to educate their children. Several states—including Texas, Virginia, Indiana, Oklahoma, and, most recently, Louisiana—have all taken steps to partially or completely opt out of the Common Core curriculum. The nationalized Common Core standards would require schools to meet certain learning benchmarks at each grade level, but some educators and lawmakers are skeptical about the program. “We’re very alarmed about choice and local control of curriculum being taken away from our parents and educators,” Louisiana Governor Billy Jindal stated in a recent press conference. In addition to educators and lawmakers, many Christian homeschooling families and homeschooling organizations have expressed opposition to Common Core. BJU Press, a leading publisher of Christian homeschooling materials, strongly condemned the motive behind the new standards. “BJU Press is adamantly opposed to federal direction or involvement in the content or methods of the educational system, whether directly or indirectly,” the company stated in an article on Common Core. According to a report published this week by the Associated Press, homeschooling parents were instrumental in supporting legislation …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Local News

Former Broward Commissioner Hugh Anderson dies at 79

By By Lisa J. Huriash , Sun Sentinel Hugh Anderson, a former Broward County commissioner, lobbyist, and a founding member of the Boys Club of Broward County , died at a Fort Lauderdale nursing home Wednesday morning from complications of pulmonary disease. …read more Source: Broward Politics     ...
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Religion

Iraq’s Unique Place in the Sunni-Shia Divide

By Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project An ongoing and intensifying conflict has fallen along sectarian lines in Iraq, one of only a handful of countries that has more Shia Muslims than Sunnis. A Fact Tank post analyzes the divide between the two sects. …read more Source: Pew Research Center     ...
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Religion

Israelis sway in hopeful prayer for missing teens

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan (Israelis take part in a mass prayer at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City, for the return of three teenagers who were abducted June 15, 2014. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun) Seated at a table beneath a blazing sun, Orthodox Jewish young men swayed in prayer on Wednesday for the safe return of three teens whose disappearance Israel blames on Hamas Islamists. “The idea here is to unite and pray that with God’s help we will get good news,” Liad Oryan, 34, tells a reporter, after shutting a book of psalms as he completed his course of worship. Oryan cited religious duty and social solidarity as his motives for holding vigil alongside other young men taking turns outside the home of missing youth Naftali Fraenkel, 16, a dual U.S.-Israeli national, in Nof Ayalon, a town outside Jerusalem. Fraenkel disappeared along with Eyal Yifrah, 19, and Gil-Ad Shaer, 16, near a religious seminary at a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank. Israel says they were abducted by Hamas. While those outside the Fraenkel home on Wednesday were Orthodox just as the families of the missing teens, many non-religious or secular Israelis have also joined in support for the teens’ relatives, bridging an otherwise …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Religion

U.S. nuns sue disruptive strip club near their Chicago-area convent

By Mary Wisniewski (A general view of the city of Chicago, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young) A group of Chicago-area nuns is suing a strip club behind their convent, complaining of noise, glaring neon lights, fist fights and heaps of litter that include empty whiskey bottles and used condoms. The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo said Illinois mandates a 1,000-foot (300-meter) buffer zone between adult entertainment venues and places of worship or schools. The suit, filed on Friday in Cook County, also names the village of Stone Park, where the strip club is located. The $3 million Club Allure opened last September across the back fence of the convent, which has three chapels, a home for retired sisters, and a house for young women thinking about becoming nuns, the nuns’ lawyers said. “The Sisters have every right to pray and work peacefully without disruption from a strip club in their backyard,” Peter Breen, the lawyer for the nuns, said in a statement. A representative for the club was not immediately available for comment. Stone Park attorney Dean Krone said on Tuesday that the 1,000-foot limit applies to most of the state, but a one-mile (1.6 km) restriction applies to suburban Cook County, which includes Stone Park. He said the …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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