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Florida D.A.R.E. Training Program Certifies 17 New Officers

Posted on January 26, 2015 by in Florida, Hometown, Training

DOT January 5-16 2015 Ft. Myers Operations Center

The D.A.R.E. Mission: “Teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives”. The Florida D.A.R.E. Training Program held the first D.A.R.E. officer training of the year. It was again held at the FDLE Fort Myers Operation Center January 5-16, 2015. A total of nineteen police officers and deputy sheriffs from Florida, […]

Collier County student gets new wheelchair

Posted on December 30, 2014 by in Florida, Hometown, News, Spotlight

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BY STEPHANIE SUSSKIND  DECEMBER 19, 2014 View Original Article COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- In this season of giving, a Collier County boy is getting the most meaningful gift of all, independence. The 10-year-old was using a broken wheelchair because insurance wouldn’t pay for a new one. But now, thanks to the generous hearts and wallets of a group […]

Teen Talk – Teens and School Safety

Posted on November 16, 2014 by in Florida, Hometown, School Safety

Teen Talk – Teens and School Safety

From www.wtxl.com. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – This week’s “Teen Talk” is focused on advice for parents and teaching safety to teens in the school setting. WTXL contributor and family therapist Jane Marks: Schools typically should be places where both teachers and students feel safe. By and large, most of our schools in this country are doing a […]

Outlook for states’ pot legalization measures goes from solid to shaky

Posted on November 1, 2014 by in Alaska, Drug Legalization and Student Drug Use, Florida, Hometown, Oregon

Mothers and others who oppose marijuana legalization

Mothers and others who oppose marijuana legalization in Oregon talk to reporters. (Gosia Wozniacka / Associated Press). From Los Angeles Times. With pot sold openly to any adult who wants it in Colorado and Washington state, marijuana advocates were hoping restrictions in other states would fall like dominoes this election season, opening the way for […]

Professors speak on medical marijuana legalization panel on Friday, offer blunt opinions

Posted on October 29, 2014 by in Drug Legalization and Student Drug Use, Florida, Hometown

Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

From The Independent Florida Alligator. College professors butted heads over the medical marijuana issue during a discussion on the topic at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Friday. Carl Hart, an associate professor of psychology at Columbia University, debated with Harvard University professor Bertha Madras at the marijuana legalization panel hosted by the […]

GPD promotes safety at community event

Posted on October 16, 2014 by in Community Safety, Florida, Hometown

Mike Denmark

Gainesville Police School Resource Officer and K-9 Handler Mike Denmark meets 1-year-old Brody Joyce at the Gainesville Police Department on Wednesday during the Celebrate Safe Communities event. From The Independent Florida Alligator. Residents participated in an evening of live demonstrations, giveaways and tours at Gainesville Police headquarters Wednesday as a part of Celebrate Safe Communities. […]

Survey: Most thing medical marijuana will lead to legalization of recreational use

Posted on October 15, 2014 by in Drug Legalization and Student Drug Use, Florida, Hometown

Medical Marijuana Dispensary

From WPTV. TAMPA — Recent survey results show that Floridians seemed to have been paying attention when residents in Colorado and Washington voted to approve the medicinal and, later, the recreational use of marijuana. Sixty-six percent of those who responded to the annual Sunshine State Survey, conducted by the University of South Florida, said they […]

Collier County celebrate 2nd annual safe communities event

Posted on October 12, 2014 by in Community Safety, Florida, Hometown

Collier County 2nd annual safe communities event

COLLIER COUNTY, FL – It was a night filled with food, games and education.  This week Collier County celebrates its second Annual Safe Communities event. From www.nbc-2.com. On Thursday, families in Golden Gate Estates and North Naples came out to support their local law enforcement and asked questions on how they can help keep their community safe. […]

Commentary from Florida’s Representative to the National D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy Board

Posted on October 8, 2014 by in Drug Legalization and Student Drug Use, Florida, Hometown, Spotlight, Youth Advocacy Board Alumni

Mariana DiMercurio, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board Florida Representative

By Mariana DiMercurio, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Florida Representative. Most teenagers don’t smoke pot, but if Amendment 2 passes in Florida, you can expect to see more young people getting high throughout our state. I care enough about my peers that I am not willing to sit back and watch as voters conduct a dangerous experiment […]

Students to host PeaceJam conference against violence and bullying

Posted on September 30, 2014 by in Bullying, Florida, Hometown

PeaceJam Southeast Conference

Participants at an anti-bullying rally hosted by PeaceJam Southeast Conference last year raise their hands in support of a speaker on the steps of the Old Capitol. (Photo: Michael Schwarz/Special to the Democrat ). From Tallahassee Democrat. For the sixth year in a row, the struggle for peace in schools will continue with student-centered discussions […]