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Today's News

  • Will there be peace in Gaza before Jan. 20?

    Our ally Israel is dependent on American aid. What if we threatened them with the cancellation of aid if they don’t do what we want? Is that a possibility? Would they withdraw from Gaza and work toward a peace agreement?

    Will Israel then, after not being chastised for its highly suspect excuse to attack the Palestinians in Gaza become the stalking horse that makes it possible for America to come to her aid? Will Israel become the vehicle for another war – a war with a country four or five times larger than an Iraq that we cannot manage?

  • House ransacked, jewelry and handgun missing

    Staff Report

    After a 10-day trip to New York, a Timberwood family returned home Jan. 3 and discovered approximately $12,000 worth of jewelry, electronics and a handgun was missing. The house on S.W. 35th Lane was in disarray and there was an empty space where the 54-in. flat screen Samsung television had been.

  • 'Cher' and 'Marilyn' rocked in the New Year

    Hello Readers: Palm Cay really knows how to bring in the New Year! Wow! What a party was at the Oasis. From the moment the doors opened, guests were welcomed by Ada Murowski, who assigned them an escort to their table.

    Carl Edgerton, Eric Neuberger, Charlie McAleese, and Charlie Boyle all looked smashing in white tux shirts, perfectly tied red bow ties, black trousers – and the final touch, a white linen napkin adorned the left arm. How very elegant.

  • Pass the bread and nurture faith

    One of the greatest gifts the church has to offer is the gift of community, belonging and nurturing faith together. From the very beginning, Jesus’ disciples have been known as those who lived in relationship with one another praying, teaching and fellowship to the breaking of the bread.

    We continue that tradition by gathering regularly with other disciples around the table at church and in our homes. Discipleship is learned through participation in a community.

  • Punny things happen in church

    The marathon holiday season starts with getting stuffed at Thanksgiving, continues with buying presents and decorating which culminates with Christmas, then ends with the New Year’s celebration. With the holidays now over, our waistlines are bulging, not our wallets, and our lives have returned to “normal.”

    Pleasant memories linger on of parties, celebrations, and attending church or temple. By now we have returned those gifts that don’t fit or are the wrong color and have stored the things we will “re-gift.”

  • Breaking the sound barrier

    Their goal is to make the world of silence a little easier for their clients and loved ones. Citrus Hearing Impaired Program Services (CHIPS), which opened a branch in Marion County off State Road 200 in May 2008, offers a variety of services to the deaf, hearing impaired, and speech impaired.

    The nonprofit organization provides interpreting, education, referral services and advocacy to its clients. “There is a need” for these types of services in Marion County, said Maryjo Lawson, CHIPS program manager.

  • Keeping your new puppy healthy

    Did you get a new puppy for Christmas? Is it a little daunting to try to think of all the things that you need to do for your new pet? Well here is a short list that will go a long way toward keeping your little one healthy and happy.

  • Friends present a Hospice Fashion Show

    Friends of Freedom Public Library invite Corridor residents to the annual meeting Saturday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. in the library meeting room, because we are going to have a fashion show.

    The immediate business, voting in the new officers, will be attended to first as required in the by-laws. Candidates will be presented to the membership: Patricia (Pat) Babski, president; Kermit Clark, vice president; Joan Richards, secretary; Janet Wise, treasurer. After nominations are heard and accepted from the floor, voting will proceed.

  • Lean on us for medical equipment

    Dominick Viscardi, head of the Medical Equipment Loan Program, pointed out to me that a recent item in this column omitted an important part of the article he wrote. To show the extent of the program, here is a list of the equipment on loan and in use by Oak Run residents as of Nov. 20, 2008:

  • Happy 2009 or is it 5769?

    Here it is, another New Year, and for most of us we are glad the old one has passed into history. Gone is the craziness of the holiday season and its excesses. We are left with the stark reality of the times and how we will  manage our lives in the coming year.

    In the Jewish tradition the whole celebration of a New Year is completely different from the secular one. There is no kissing of strangers at midnight or the wearing of funny hats. Nobody gets so drunk as to need designated drivers and nobody has hangovers the next day.