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DCF program will send 1,600 Florida foster children home for Christmas

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More than 1,600 Florida foster children will get to spend Christmas with their families, the Department of Children and Families announced Wednesday. DCF’s “Home for the Holidays” initiative accelerates adoption paperwork and visitation requests so children can spend time with their adoptive or biological families over the holidays. “Time with family around the holidays is the best gift we can give to our children, including those in foster care,” DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said. “An important part of our mission…

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Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay finds creative take on fundraising

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A GoFundMe page created to raise money for the Guardian Ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay created in late October is still less than half way to its goal. Of the $3,000 targeted to help fund various services through the program, the page has raised just $1,150 as of late Friday afternoon. This being despite some pretty compelling marketing. Norm Bungard, a 74 year old volunteer with the organization, jumped from a perfectly good airplane to raise awareness, and money,…

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DCF program sends Florida foster children “Home for the Holidays”

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Nearly 1,400 Florida children in foster care will spend Thanksgiving with their families and loved ones as part of a Department of Children and Families initiative. The “Home for the Holidays” initiative, announced by DCF Secretary Mike Carroll Wednesday, will reunite 1,025 children with siblings, parents and extended family for Thanksgiving. “We often take for granted the family and friends around the Thanksgiving dinner table. For children in care, the opportunity to be reunited with family or adopted into a…

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Kendrick Meek tells Watermark his stance on LGBT issues

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With another election year upon us, television campaigns and newspaper ads for politicians running for various positions have flooded our daily lives. While Florida faces many issues important to all residents, Watermark wants to focus on specific LGBT issues. Congressman Kendrick Meek, Democratic candidate for the United States Senate took a few minutes to speak with Watermark to discuss some of the tough issues that are important to our readers. Here are his answers to questions pertinent to Florida’s LGBT…

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Tiger Bay: 2010 legislative preview with Rep. Ed Hooper and Rep. Rick Kriseman

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If space aliens were to land in our fair State and seek to ascertain the burning issues of import to our society by examining the recent acts of our Legislature, they would come to understand that we, as Floridians, care very deeply about young men wearing droopy pants which expose the tops of their boxers. They would also determine that we take grave offense to those who would display metallic replicas of bull reproductive organs on the backs of their…

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Sunday’s editorial pages

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Miami Herald – Healthcare fix hurts small business: Lawmakers are racing to complete a bill that improves the nation’s healthcare system before the momentum for reform runs out. The need for this legislation is clear, as is the need to move quickly. But reform should not place an unfair burden on one of the most vital and endangered sectors of our economy — small business. Orlando Sentinel – It’s time to get NASA’s groove back: Today it’s hard to imagine…

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