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Christmas in Southwest Florida

Christmas in Southwest Florida is a special time of year.  Lights carefully wrapped around palm trees grace many streets. Big holiday displays welcome visitors to the many gated communities. Here are a few of the many events that you can participate in to help get you in the holiday spirit. Snow will be blowing at […]

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West Palm Beach ballroom dancers bring top honors to Florida

Dance students from Fred Astaire Dance Studio in West Palm Beach brought top honors to Florida by winning national titles at the 2008 Fred Astaire National DanceSport Championships. The competition took place at the Hilton Walt Disney World Resort October 22–26.                 Wendy Widjaja, of Palm Beach Gardens, […]

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A positive result for a ‘problem pregnancy’

This December, little Kingston will celebrate her first Christmas. A year ago, however, Kingston’s mother Elizabeth was having a less-than-ideal holiday. She first suspected she was pregnant on New Year’s Eve, an unplanned surprise that left her in a quandary. Elizabeth wanted to carry her baby to term, but she was concerned: How would she […]

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Man from small town makes eternal difference

Here is a Man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was 30, and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.                 He never wrote […]

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Sending love and peace to holiday shoppers

Mixing faith with business can be tricky. But at the Pak Mail shop at Town Centre Mall, owners Jim and Terri Blewett have found a way to do it.                 At this one-stop shop, customers can get their Christmas packages packed and shipped –and they can also get […]

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Florida voters approve Marriage Amendment

The Florida Division of Elections reported that the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment (Amendment 2) received more than the 60 percent vote required to pass constitutional amendments. Since 2006, all state constitutional amendments in Florida must pass by at least 60 percent of the vote.                 Amendment 2 defines […]

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Pro-life ministries make their mark in South Florida

Pro-life advocates might be discouraged that three anti-abortion measures were soundly defeated in South Dakota, California and Colorado during the national elections, but at least they have something to smile about in Florida. Abortions have decreased in the state by 3.8 percent according to the 2007 Florida Vital Statistics Annual Report. “That translates to 3,632 […]

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House of Hope walks the walk for teens in need

On Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, House of Hope, South Florida will present its first Teens Walk for Teens Walk-A-Thon in Central Park, located at 9151 NW Second St. in Plantation. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the walk commencing at 10 a.m.                 More than 1,000 parents and […]

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A living Christmas tradition

The Living Christmas Tree, a production of music and drama, will be the highlight of the holiday season for many residents of Southwest Florida.                 This decades-old tradition is presented by First Baptist Church of Naples and is widely attended by both church members and area locals. “The […]

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Extraordinary voices showcased at local children’s opera

How sweet the sound. The sound of 22 children ranging in age from 11 to 19 singing opera.                 Yes, that’s right. Children ages 11 to 19 are actually singing opera and will be performing Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.” As in Engelbert, the German composer, not the […]

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