Life

The Houseguest

I came across this story that got me thinking… A mysterious letter A small family, known as the Harts, living in an average suburban community, received an unusual letter from an unknown distant relative. The letter stated that within the next several weeks they were planning to visit and were appreciative (nice way of saying expectant) of their willingness to provide accommodations. There was no contact information, only a black and white photograph with the grainy picture of an old man. You can only imagine their apprehension, confusion and curiosity. The Harts were a young couple, married less than ten […]

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Does Your Business Employ Noncompete Agreements? You Need to Know About a New Federal Rule

The Good News provides a monthly column with important content having to do with topics from the legal community. This month features a conversation with Paul Lopez, COO, Tripp Scott. Florida employers, and those of 45 other states and the District of Columbia, have routinely made use of noncompete agreements (noncompetes), non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and non-solicit agreements (non-solicits) in employee contracts to protect their business interests. These agreements, grouped in Sunshine State statutory law as “restrictive covenants,” have been permitted here with various restraints on time and scope.  But in April the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a U.S. government agency, […]

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Healthy Reunification is the Heart of Foster Care

It was 30 years ago this April that God used an ad in the Buffalo News to change our lives. My wife Linda and I saw an ad reading, “House Parents, Wanted” – 1,371 miles away from our home in Buffalo. We sold our house, sold our cars, left comfortable jobs, and took off on a new, half-time life adventure. What really made that ad stand out to us was a verse our pastor had shared a few years prior, James 1:22, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”  We set out […]

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Students Recognized with Step Up For Students Rising Star Awards

Living Water Christian Academy celebrated the remarkable achievements of three exceptional students, Khloe Deraco, Ava Gunter, and Lucas Torres recently. These bright stars have been nominated and chosen to shine brilliantly at the prestigious Step Up For Students Rising Star Awards Ceremony! Khloe stands out for her incredible growth in reading, Ava’s heart of gold and exemplary character make her dazzle, and Lucas shines with his outstanding prowess in mathematics! Their dedication, hard work, and talent have earned them this well-deserved recognition. Dr. Amanda Torres, Principal, said, “We are immensely proud of their accomplishments and the positive impact they’ve made […]

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From Local Student to Global Scholar:  The Transformative Power of a Christian Education

Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) has a distinguished track record of fostering international scholars, exemplified by its continued success in prestigious global scholarship programs. In the last seven years alone, PBA alumni have received 17 Fulbright awards. This year, three exceptional graduates — Brody Eldridge, Niang Thang and Kyla Gates — earned the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) award. Their achievements will enable them to serve as cultural ambassadors in various countries during the 2024-25 academic year. Additionally, Dr. Ariel Viale, a professor of finance at PBA, received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to conduct research and teach in […]

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Graduation Season Reminds Us Time Marches On

It’s that time again…Graduation season. The close of another school year and time marches on. If you were on social media at all during the last month, your feed is flooded with caps and gowns but also it seems moments of reminiscence from all parents. There has been many a lament for time moving too quickly.   Take stock As I feel those same feelings, I am forcing myself to remember a few things. First, am I taking stock of the time that I have left. Whether this is preschool graduation, or you are looking at the college season, we […]

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2024 Vacation Bible School Guide

Churches throughout South Florida have planned spectacular Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs for children in the community to learn about godly virtues through creative, fun activities, such as games, Bible study, adventure times, movies, music and more. Check with your home church to see what they have planned or choose from the following VBS dates, times and locations listed in order of camp date.   Grace Church Boca VBS 600 West Camino Real, Boca Raton June 3 – 7, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. graceboca.org/grace-kids   Living Water Community Church VBS 1501 Riverland Rd, Fort Lauderdale, June 10 – 14 […]

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2024 Summer Camp Guide

Memories are made and friendships forged during the carefree days of summer camp. It’s a wonderful way to provide educational enrichment in a fun-filled environment, can build character and independence and may lead to spiritual development. Here are a few local offerings listed geographically from south to north.   Trench Warrior/ King of the South Team Camps St. Thomas University, 16401 NW 37th Ave, Miami Gardens High School June 13, 7am-5pm 754-308-5578 Southatlanticfca.org   CMCP Summer Camps Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory, 500 E. Chaminade Drive, Hollywood Baseball Camp Entering 3rd – 9th Grade 1.Camper: $225; 2 Campers: $425 ; 3 Campers: […]

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Perfectly Imperfect

My mom never uttered empty words — she spoke life and truth everywhere she went. She was a consistent example, full of true wisdom, and had a unique ability to make me smile.  But she could also be…irritably on time…showing up 15 minutes early and then ask me why I was late. Frankly, she didn’t suffer fools very well either, often being impatient when people’s minds didn’t move at the speed of hers. I also always wondered why, with all of her reading and knowledge, her superior intellect, and creative brilliance, she wasn’t as generous as she could have been […]

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Own A Small Business? You Need to Know About the Corporate Transparency Act

The Good News provides a monthly column with important content having to do with topics from the legal community. This month features a conversation with Marianna Seiler DeJager, director with Tripp Scott. ——————————– Do you own a small business – that is not a sole proprietorship – in Florida or anywhere else in the US (or its territories)? You almost certainly need to know about – and comply with – the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), a new federal law that took effect January 1 of this year, despite a recent successful – but limited – court challenge.   Bill Davell […]

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