Halo Keepers brings smiles to young cancer fighters

Halo Keepers brings smiles to young cancer fighters

Halo Keepers volunteers make wigs of soft yarn for children battling cancer at Nemours Children’s Hospital. More »

Art League of Jacksonville offers affordable art lessons

Art League of Jacksonville offers affordable art lessons

Providing affordable art lessons and promoting interaction, collaboration and exhibition opportunities for community members, the Art League has made a positive difference in many lives. More »

Ocean Palms sisters place fifth globally in robotics competition

Ocean Palms sisters place fifth globally in robotics competition

Fifth grader Morgan Gavazzi and her younger sister, second grader Lily, finished fifth in the world at the 2016-2017 Wonder League Robotics Competition. More »

Festive Cupcake Run raises $29,000 to benefit Girls on the Run

Festive Cupcake Run raises $29,000 to benefit Girls on the Run

More than 1700 runners participated in the third annual Cupcake Run 5k and 1 Mile Cake Walk fun run at the St. Johns Town Center. More »

Alhambra’s “DreamGirls” an entertaining sojourn back in time

Alhambra’s “DreamGirls” an entertaining sojourn back in time

DreamGirls follows the tumultuous rise of three Chicago friends, Effie, Deena and Lorrell, from backup singers to headliners in the 1960s and 1970s. More »

 

This ‘n That: Working from home is bliss but stuff intervenes

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By Mims Cushing
mail@floridanewsline.com

The first thing my son did when he started working full time from home was to get Brodie, a dog. He and I believe leaving a dog alone at home for eight hours is cruel. I feel like shouting “Bravo!” when I see on “Bark Post” that a dog has torn up pillows and eaten shoes out of sheer boredom, having been left home alone all day. My favorite show was a dog who chewed up his master’s Playboy. And incidentally do look at “Bark Post” on the internet if you love dogs and need a lift.

Alhambra’s “DreamGirls” an entertaining sojourn back in time

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By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

“DreamGirls,” now being performed at Alhambra Theatre and Dining, is probably most familiar from the critically acclaimed 2006 film, but the iconic musical actually started life on Broadway in 1981. The show follows the tumultuous rise of three Chicago friends, Effie, Deena and Lorrell, from backup singers to headliners in the 1960s and 1970s. The musical, while not completely sung through, hardly keeps still, sparkling with energy and momentum from one song number to the next.

Halo Keepers brings smiles to young cancer fighters

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By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

Founded in 2016, Halo Keepers has already made a huge impact in its short time for many children going through the unimaginable. The nonprofit charity is dedicated to enhancing the lives of children battling cancer by providing the comfort of a soft wig. The organization started when a few volunteers gave their time to make wigs for children at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville. The community support grew rapidly within St. Johns County/Jacksonville through networking and today, Halo Keepers has approximately 650 members. Dedicated volunteers have mailed at least 350 wigs to cancer-stricken children in many states and countries all over the world.

Get to Know … Briant Becote

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By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Briant Becote is a busy man. In addition to being a husband and father, he is a naval aviator and small business owner. Originally from Rhode Island, he wanted to be a sound engineer, but he attended the University of Rhode Island to be near a girlfriend at the time. He ended up without the girlfriend but with master’s degrees in organizational psychology and computer science — since the school did not offer a degree in sound engineering.

Ocean Palms sisters place fifth globally in robotics competition

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By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Fifth grader Morgan Gavazzi and her younger sister, second grader Lily, were recently notified that their efforts with Wonder Workshop robots Dot and Dash earned them a fifth place finish in the world at the 2016-2017 Wonder League Robotics Competition for the nine – 12 year old age bracket. Coached by Ocean Palms Elementary’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) teacher, Lauren Wade, “The Sis Squad” as the Gavazzi sisters are known, spent Tuesday afternoons after school since September preparing for the competition.