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Today's News

  • Rules are thicker than 'blood'

    After seven years in scheduling we experienced a time period known as “reduction in force.” This means we were losing a shift due to slow car sales.

    A new experience awaited me as we were laid off in sequence of our seniority and called back on an “as-need” basis. For some reason still unknown to me, I was called back and placed in Plant Security as a vacation relief security officer.

  • Despite legislation, property insurance costs rise

    Since the hurricanes of 2004, property insurance in Florida has been in a flux, with significant price increases, major insurance companies dropping policies, and the state-backed Citizens Insurance Company becoming the largest property insurer in the state.

    During a special session last year, legislators thought they had taken steps to secure rate relief when they passed a bill that increased the state’s Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, thus providing major private insurance companies cheaper reinsurance through the state fund.

  • Bolster your health with nutritional supplements

    Life has its challenges. No matter how diligently you engage in diet, mental activity, and exercise you are destined to encounter adverse circumstances. You could consume a toxin in your food. Or you might develop a hernia, or cancer, or fibromyalgia, or etc., etc.

    There are so many evils around us, it’s impossible to predict when one of them will target a specific person. However, all is not negative.

  • The secret of successful aging

    Adapting to a new bodily feeling and letting go of how it used to be is to live in the present. Rather than wanting the old feeling back, when you live in the now you understand that the old feeling is gone and a new feeling is here, and it’s simply a new way of feeling.

    When you adapt to the inevitable changes in life you are more at ease and content. Know that the majority of our problems come from preconceived thoughts. In order to be joyous and peaceful, you must be completely open to a new way of thinking.

  • Troubadours present 'An American Songbook'

    The Troubadours’ spring concert, An American Songbook, will be presented at the Palm Grove Center on Thursday and Friday, April 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets on sale in the Orchid Club lobby March 8, 12, 17, 22 and 31 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Also 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 22. Reserved seats $5, general admission $3.

    The concert will feature music by American composers from Stephen Foster to Richard Rogers and Leonard Bernstein.

    Can’t Help Singing

    Can’t Help Singing is rich in entertainment and love for their neighbors.

  • Conspiracy theories which never hatched

    A skeptic is someone inclined to doubt accepted conclusions. Concerning the endless saga of the President Kennedy assassination we’ve always been skeptical, but for not for the usual reasons.

    Recently Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins released the contents of a safe left behind by Henry Wade, the DA who prosecuted Jack Ruby, who shot Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who killed President Kennedy back in 1963.

  • Social club sailing to the Caribbean

    We all encounter stress, even those of us no longer working for a living or reasonably happy in our personal life. It can be induced in many ways. Most of the time just watching or reading the news can provoke it, especially if it makes you angry or depressed.

    Try to take a “news fast” every once in a while. We all have to do what’s best to reduce our stress level.

    We can’t change the world. Deciding to change something in us is difficult enough. What we can do is to work on our attitude.

  • Intriguing mix of shadowy villains and history

    Steve Berry brings us a chilling treasure hunt based on a true historical treasure stolen by the Nazis at the close of WW II in 1945. The Amber Room was a collection of priceless panels made of Baltic amber and once belonging to the Catherine Palace in Russia.

    The book hovers between fiction and non-fiction with the author in notes at the end pointing out which chapters have absolutely accurate information. The ending, he admits, is his own invention.

  • Columnist at large in the Big Apple

    Greetings from New York, the Big Apple, Gotham City, the place where, according to our administration’s finagling of the EPA, the air is and has been fit to breathe since 9/11/01. Oh yeah? And there’s a bridge for sale here too!

    It was the week before Christmas and tourists in jovial moods were buying goods which used to be beyond their pocketbooks until the Euro and other currencies eclipsed the dollar. At Rockefeller Center a group of Europeans were discussing the air quality as they had been told it was still suspect.

  • 95th Street Road set to open soon

    The road is paved, the lights are in place – and soon motorists will have a new east-west route that intersects State Road 200. Southwest 95th Street Road is expected to open sometime in March.

    Hall Robertson who works with Thad Boyd, the managing partner for the project, said power to the traffic lights was expected to be turned on by the end of last week. And the traffic signals at S.W. 60th Avenue and 95th Street Road, near Freedom Public Library, should be blinking yellow any day now, as well as the lights at S.W. 95th Street Road and S.R 200.