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LET’S GET MIAMI-DADE BACK ON TRACK
 

While the current debate pits rail versus an enhanced bus system for residents of South Dade, there is actually much more at stake for the future of transportation in Miami Dade County. In fact, by approving rail as the preferred mode of transportation for South Dade later this month, the Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) has a timely opportunity to put all of Miami Dade County back on track. As the main sponsor and author of the 2002 People’s Transportation Plan (PTP), let there... Read More »

 
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READ IN THE BOUNDARY WATERS
 

Boy Scouts from Pinecrest’s Troop 457 went on a canoe trek at the Northern Tier High Adventure Canoe Base in the boundary waters between Minnesota and Canada. Troop 457, which recently started new Cub Scout Pack 457 at Palmetto Elementary, is one of the most successful troops in the country. Scouts and their adult advisors canoed for five days, camped in primitive sites and learned about the area. And of course, they brought along a copy... Read More »

 
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SOUTH BEACH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL IS BACK OCTOBER 16-20!
 
Five days of fun! The 6th Annual South Beach Seafood Festival is back to take over Miami in October on the sands of South Beach. This Florida seafood festival kicks off Miami’s globally-recognized stone crab season October 16-20 in the best way that South Beach knows how! South Beach Seafood Festival is not your typical east coast seafood festival, but a high-end experience... Read More »
 
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JONES BEACH LEGAL SETTLEMENT PROVIDES SAFETY FOR ENDANGERED BIRDS
 
Based on a judicial order and settlement entered on August 6, the Piping Plovers that nest annually at Jones Beach State Park in New York will no longer face the risk of predation from feral cat colonies inside the Park’s boundaries. The plover, a small shorebird, is federally protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as a Threatened species in the Atlantic Coast region, and is listed as... Read More »
 
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POSITIVE PEOPLE IN PINECREST – HANNAH SPRINKLE
 

New Westminster Christian graduate Hannah Sprinkle is preparing to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sprinkle plans on majoring in biology. Her goal is to go into research – either researching cancer or genetics. “They are two subjects I find interesting,” she says. She’s been a science enthusiast throughout high school. One summer she participated in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute research program for high school students. Through the program, Sprinkle was part of the research team at the University of Miami for a study on ovarian cancer. At the end of the program, she and her research partner presented a paper on their work. She took what she learned from that research and put together a science... Read More »

 
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POSITIVE PEOPLE IN PINECREST – MICHAELA GONZALEZ
 

Palmetto High rising junior Michaela Gonzalez wants to be a pilot. She recently spent a week at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University studying air and space careers. “We did different types of engineering,” she says. “We got to fly a Cessna 172 with a flight instructor. It was an awesome experience.” She received a scholarship to go to the summer program. In the engineering labs, they created rockets out of balloons, string and straws. “We threaded string through the straw which was connected to the ceiling only for the power of the balloon to go in a straight line,” she says. “Our goal was to put as many paperclips on our balloons and still have it reach the ceiling (my group won)!” The balloons acted as boosters and when they popped the team... Read More »

 
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