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Florida Gov. Scott Presents Shine Awards to Nine Reading and English Educators

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — During today’s Cabinet meeting, Fla. Governor Rick Scott recognized nine outstanding educators for their contributions to education with the Governor’s Shine Awards. Governor Rick Scott said, “This week, as a part of our 2015-2016 ‘KEEP FLORIDA WORKING’ budget, we announced a record level proposal of K-12 funding for Florida’s public schools.” He continued, “The budget highlighted an investment of $7,176 per pupil, which is the highest ever in state history. This record funding, along with the exemplary efforts of our teachers, will equip our students with the foundation for success in college or careers. Our teachers do an outstanding job preparing our students for future careers.” In conjunction with 2015 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!, which is being recognized January 26 – 30, Governor Scott honored teachers who specialize in the fields of reading and English language arts. Each year, Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! brings together education leaders and volunteers to promote the importance of literacy. This year’s theme, “Reading Accelerates Success,” connects the value of literacy with careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). ◾Donna Born, Okaloosa County, Meigs Middle School – In Donna Born’s reading classroom at Meigs Middle School in Shalimar, FL, student-led interactive activities are all around. After 32 years of teaching in the Okaloosa County School District, the success of Born’s readers remains her top priority. Her creative approach to teaching readers has garnered her the title of Florida’s Middle School Reading Teacher of the Year. Believing each student has the potential to achieve success, Born’s hope is that her students gain confidence and realize the unlimited possibilities that are achievable. ◾Paul Caswell, Orange County, Windy Ridge K-8 School – Paul Caswell, in his 24th year of teaching, is a first grade teacher at Windy Ridge K-8 School in Orlando. Caswell holds an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement. In addition to classroom duties, he has served as a technology coordinator, media specialist and an instructional support teacher working with testing, and exceptional student education services compliance. A recipient of the 2013 Florida Elementary Reading Teacher of the Year award, Caswell has taught colleagues various reading strategies including reading analysis and Literacy SMART Centers. ◾John Fuller, Alachua County, MYcroSchool – John began as a fifth grade teacher and has since transitioned to teaching at MYcroSchool, a charter high school in Gainesville. Over the last four years, Fuller has been named Employee of the Year twice and has helped update the English curriculum. Fuller has also worked with the Florida Department of Education in training teachers on how to implement the new Florida Standards during the Summer Institutes of 2013 at various sites around the state. • Pam Garrett, Leon County, Leon High School – With more than three decades of teaching experience in Florida under her belt, Pam Garrett says she knew she wanted to be a teacher since the second grade. Her love for reading and writing has inspired her students to think outside the box and find their own passions. In her classroom, she and her students strive to dig into a literary work to find the author’s true meaning and to examine his or her writing techniques. Garrett, who has taught English and journalism, is a National Board Certified teacher and a former Teacher of the Year. • Paul Holimon, Collier County, Oakridge Middle School – Paul Holimon has taught high school English, writing, creative writing, Latin, intensive reading, AP language & composition and advanced communications methodology for a decade. After four years supporting teachers and shaping policy as a district coordinator of secondary literacy and president of the Council of Language Arts Supervisors, he has returned to the classroom at Oak Ridge Middle School, where he is passionately encouraging his students to use curiosity as a catalyst to explore the world from new perspectives. • Erica McDowell, Hernando County, District Reading Coach– Erica McDowell serves as literacy coach for the Hernando County School District and has been impacting student learning for more than 18 years in the district. McDowell has always had a passion for reading and works to help all students gain a love of reading and to be life-long learners. McDowell’s goal as a literacy coach is to maximize student learning and help students reach their full academic potential. McDowell believes that education goes beyond the school walls and that education is most enhanced when businesses, families and community members participate in the process. • Anjanette McGregor, Lake County, Tavares High School – Anjanette McGregor entered the teaching profession 11 years ago. She began her teaching career in Monroe County and then relocated to Lake County where she teaches high school intensive reading and English language arts. She works diligently to keep all teachers abreast on the new standards, including innovative ways to implement those standards to increase student engagement and success. McGregor is currently working on a community education project that will focus on the intricacies of education policy with the goal of increasing parental and community involvement. • Sandra Misciasci, Hillsborough County, Newsome High School – An 11-year veteran of Hillsborough County Schools, Sandra Misciasci teaches Intensive Reading at Newsome High School in Lithia, FL. Misciasci is a passionate teacher who works tirelessly to reach all of her students. Misciasci was recognized as 2013-2014 State of Florida Reading Teacher of the Year, and has served as district trainer for Hillsborough County. • Natasha Murphy, Marion County, West Port High– Natasha Murphy has been a Marion County teacher for 12 years. She is currently teaching 10th grade remedial reading at West Port High School in Ocala, Fla. Her greatest joy as a teacher is turning reluctant readers into passionate learners. She seeks to unlock her students’ ultimate literacy potential. She gets her students excited about reading and is committed to turning hesitant readers into lovers of literacy.

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Fla. Gov. Rick Scott and Florida CEO Chester Spellman award six Floridians with Champion of Service Award

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — During today’s Florida Cabinet meeting, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman awarded six Floridians with the Champion of Service Award, Florida’s only statewide volunteer recognition. Governor Scott said, “Today’s Champion of Service recipients serve Florida’s children, the elderly, and students with the upmost compassion and dedication. I applaud them for their volunteer work to improve and help the families in their communities, and I am honored to present these individuals with the Champion of Service Award.” “It is an honor to recognize six outstanding volunteers today who serve Floridians of all backgrounds, from students to seniors,” said Chester W. Spellman, CEO of Volunteer Florida. “These Floridians have demonstrated a tireless commitment to serving their communities — and our state — and Volunteer Florida is proud to recognize them for their service.” Sue Callaham – St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum Sue Callaham has provided nearly 900 hours of volunteer service over the last year at the historic St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum. The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum is dedicated to discovering, preserving, and presenting the story of the nation’s oldest port. As a volunteer leader, Sue plays a large part in increasing both civic and visitor engagement at the Light Station, launching the Lighthouse’s camp for at-risk youth and personally managing the camp. Sue’s enthusiasm and initiative are invaluable as the Lighthouse and Museum continues to provide educational opportunities for students, lead preservation efforts, and provide a positive economic impact to the community. Allen Gerrell – Mission San Luis Allen Gerrell, an Air Force Veteran, is a volunteer leader with the historic Mission San Luis in Leon County. Allen spent a year hand-building a historically accurate field cannon carriage, complete with cradle and functioning adjustable artillery range apparatus. It will be put into active service in February 2015. This item is invaluable as an educational component for the public. Allen volunteered a total of 508 hours in 2014, the highest number of hours among Mission San Luis’ nearly 200 active volunteers. Coralene Parker – Clanzel T. Brown Community Center A lifelong volunteer, Coralene Parker, has been instrumental in organizing volunteer efforts initiatives at the Clanzel T. Brown Community Center in Jacksonville. She is widely known in the community for her enthusiasm, positive attitude, leadership abilities, and hard work. Coralene works with RSVP, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation for people over 55. RSVP volunteers provide hundreds of community services through non-profit agencies, schools, and other programs, from reading to disadvantaged students to working at hospitals, environmental agencies, law enforcement offices, and more. Ernest Sims, Jr., and Alice Sims – Capital City Christian Cruisers Capital City Christian Cruisers (CCCC) is a component of The WAY (Winning America’s Youth) Ministries of Tallahassee, Inc., a community-based youth organization dedicated to meeting the spiritual, social and physical needs of young people and their families. Launched in 1994 with one member, CCCC now serves over 75 young people annually. Since 1994, over 1600 athletes have participated in the club and over 400 athletes have competed at the Amateur Athletic Union Track and Field Junior Olympics. Alice and Ernest Sims have given countless hours to the community by providing youth mentorship, chaplaincy services, behavioral modification workshops, and employment and economic development assistance. Alice and Ernest emphasize confidence-building, positive peer relations, conflict resolution, and family enrichment. Joseph Taylor – Franklin’s Promise Coalition Joseph Taylor serves as Executive Director of Franklin’s Promise Coalition, which connects service providers, churches, institutions, and volunteers to improve the quality of life for Franklin County residents. Franklin’s Promise streamlines and improves access to positive youth development and critical emergency management services. A native Floridian, Joseph served for 15 years in the civil service within the Moral, Welfare and Recreation Departments of the U.S. Air Force. His volunteer efforts have extended to the Apalachicola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Alliance for Local Arts, the Historic Apalachicola Business Association, the Franklin County Tourist Development Council, and many more organizations. As Executive Director of Franklin’s Promise Coalition, Joe serves on the National Institute of Health’s Deepwater Horizon Steering Committee and as the community organizer for Bridges to Circles Franklin, a national poverty reduction initiative. The Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award honors individuals and groups for their outstanding volunteer efforts. For more information about the Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Awards, click here: http://www.volunteerflorida.org/volunteer/awards-recognitions/champion-of-service-award/ .

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Florida Gov. Scott Announces Highest Per-Student K-12 Education Funding as Part of ‘KEEP FLORIDA WORKING’ Budget

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced his proposed K-12 per-pupil funding in the 2015-2016 “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” budget of $7,176, which is the highest ever in Florida’s history. The Governor’s 2015-2016 “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” budget also includes $19.75 billion in total K-12 education funding, which is the highest level for the second year in a row, exceeding the $18.9 billion that was provided in fiscal year 2014-2015. Governor Scott said, “Our historic funding proposal of $7,176 per student will provide our schools the resources for our students to have the very best opportunity to succeed because we know the workers and leaders of tomorrow are in our classrooms today.” He added, “We are also continuing our historic investments in total funding, which this year will stand at $19.75 billion, the highest in state history. These record investments will continue to equip our students for the jobs of tomorrow, and help us on our path to be the number one destination for jobs.” Governor Scott’s “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” Recommended Budget includes: ◾Historic per pupil funding of $7,176, which is $50 higher than the previous record of $7,126 in fiscal year 2007-2008. ◾A total increase of $842.5 million in funding for K-12 public schools. ◾$19.75 billion in total funding for K-12 public schools, which is the highest funding level in history, exceeding $18.9 billion which was provided in fiscal year 2014-2015. ◾$11.04 billion in state contribution for K-12 public schools – the highest ever, for the third year in a row.

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ARMCO – ACES Risk Management names Phil McCall as new Chief Operating Officer

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — Florida’s ARMCO – ACES Risk Management, a leading provider of web-based audit technology for the financial services industry, has announced it has hired seasoned mortgage quality control expert Phil McCall as c…

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Margate CRA releases Request for Qualifications to develop the 36 acre City Center site

MARGATE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — The Margate Community Redevelopment Agency (MCRA) is seeking qualified developers to develop all or a portion of a 36 acre future City Center site. Since 2003, the MCRA has engaged in assembling the properties surrou…

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Invention of the Year: The Original Selfie Stick Under Threat of Cyber Attack by Asian Counterfeiters

MIAMI, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — The inventor of the original ‘selfie stick’ for smartphones and GoPro cameras, Wayne Fromm, is setting the record straight and is furious at all the misreporting of the invention’s origin. It was named ‘invention of th…

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Florida’s Spodak Dental Group Expands Hours for Flexible Service Times and Dental Emergencies; Now Open On Saturdays

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — Spodak Dental Group is now open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is accepting current and future patients who are interested in routine, preventative and emergency dental care. Spodak Dental Group is a ful…

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Top Orlando Travel Destination this Holiday: Stetson hat maker’s Florida home opens for ‘Christmas Spectacular!’

ORLANDO, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — The 1886 Victorian mansion of famed hat maker John B. Stetson is now open for its Christmas Spectacular! tours through January 15, 2015. Named ‘Florida’s most popular attraction’ by Trip Advisor, the Mansion’s Christ…

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OpenClose’s end-to-end LOS will streamline Pacific Union’s wholesale lending operations across the enterprise

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — OpenClose, an enterprise-class end-to-end loan origination system (LOS) provider, announced that Pacific Union Financial, LLC signed with the company to implement its multi-channel, 100 percent browser-based …

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Elite Invisalign Provider Spodak Dental Group Offers Holiday Special to Florida Residents

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — This holiday season, give the gift of a healthy, straight smile. Invisalign(R) takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created personally for each patient. Spodak D…

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Boxer Noemi Bosques lands world title fight against Chantel Cordova at Florida State Fairgrounds

TAMPA, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — Noemi Bosques has dreamed about fighting for a world title since her father laced on her first boxing gloves at the tender age of three. On December 13 at the Florida State Fairgrounds, the St. Petersburg native will h…

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A Dozen DeLand Florida Merchants Collaborate for the 2014 Stetson Mansion Christmas Spectacular

DELAND, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — A dozen local DeLand elves have contributed to the holiday celebration of ‘Florida’s Most Popular Attraction’ this year. Trip Advisor gave the Stetson Mansion the singular designation in May. Florida’s first luxury es…

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Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Receives 2014 NonProfit PR Grant

WILLISTON, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc., is pleased to announce it is one of 10 recipients for 2014 of Neotrope’s annual J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant award. With this commitment, Neotrope will provide public…

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Florida’s Most Popular Attraction, ‘Christmas Spectacular!’ Opens at the Historic Stetson Mansion Nov. 15

DELAND, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — Designer decorations from around the world embellish the historic Stetson Mansion for 2 months starting November 15, 2014. Named ‘Florida’s most popular attraction’ by Tripadvisor, the mansion endeavors to outdo all o…

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Dr. Tiffany Peterson of Spodak Dental Group Wins Ken Ellingsworth Community Service Award for 2014

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — The Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce celebrated business excellence and leadership at this year’s Luminary Gala ‘Dazzle Delray – Awarding the Stars in Our Town,’ held at the Delray Beach Marriott on Octo…

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Four Seasons Christmas Trees helps decorate Stetson Mansion’s 2014 ‘Christmas Spectacular!’ near Orlando

DELAND, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — It snowed inside the Stetson Mansion this week thanks to a tree flocking company in Central Florida. ‘Four Seasons Christmas Trees has helped transform our reception parlor into a frozen forest,’ said owner JT Thompso…

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Announced at 2014 ADA Dental Meeting, Spodak Dental Group Wins National Dental Office Design Competition

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — Florida’s Spodak Dental Group wins the Dental Office Design of the Year for a Group Practice from the 15th Annual Dental Office Design Competition. The winners were selected from more than 40 entries nationwide …

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Naples Florida Residents can Support Teddy Bears for Deployed Military Members

NAPLES, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — Southwest Florida NAPA Auto Care Centers is adding to their Veterans Day tribute this year by sponsoring 40 Teddy Bears to be given to deployed military through Teddy Bears for the Troops, Inc. They are also inviting …

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This Halloween, Spodak Dental Group wants to help you earn cash for your candy and support our troops

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — This Halloween, Spodak Dental Group wants to help you earn cash for your candy and support our troops. All trick-or-treaters are encouraged to bring their excess unopened and uneaten candy to the office and rece…

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Art of quilting plus artistic talents of various Orlando designers featured at 2014 Stetson Mansion ‘Christmas Spectacular!’

DELAND, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — The Quilt Shop of DeLand and the Quilting Guild of the Villages will be partnering with the 1886 Stetson Mansion for a unique holiday quilting event Nov. 15 thru Jan. 15, 2015. The combination of quilting with the art…

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Earth Conscious Apps announces release of Landscape Lighting Toolkit for Android and iOS

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — Earth Conscious Apps today announced the release of ‘Landscape Lighting Toolkit’ for Android and iOS mobile devices. Landscape Lighting Toolkit is a collection of electrical calculators and tutorials that assist …

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Stetson Mansion Christmas Spectacular 2014: named Florida’s Most Popular Attraction

DELAND, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — The holiday season is coming up soon and if you are in need of a sure-fire way to get in the holiday spirit, plan to experience ‘The Stetson Mansion Christmas Spectacular.’ Over-the-top designer decorations from aroun…

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Local Auto Care Group, known as Southwest Florida NAPA Auto Care Centers, Honor Veterans

NAPLES, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — Southwest Florida NAPA Auto Care Centers plan to honor local veterans this Veterans’ Day, November 11, by providing free oil changes at their seven (7) Naples, North Naples and Bonita Springs, Fla., NAPA Auto Care Cen…

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Local Auto Care Group, known as Southwest Florida NAPA Auto Care Centers, Honor Veterans

NAPLES, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — Southwest Florida NAPA Auto Care Centers plan to honor local veterans this Veterans’ Day, November 11, by providing free oil changes at their seven (7) Naples, North Naples and Bonita Springs, Fla., NAPA Auto Care Cen…

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OpenClose Reports Banner Year: growth is the result of its recent development of a correspondent lending module

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — OpenClose, an enterprise-class end-to-end loan origination system (LOS) provider, announced that it is adding technical staff to effectively manage a growing demand for its browser-based LOS platform, LenderA…

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OpenClose Reports Banner Year: growth is the result of its recent development of a correspondent lending module

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — OpenClose, an enterprise-class end-to-end loan origination system (LOS) provider, announced that it is adding technical staff to effectively manage a growing demand for its browser-based LOS platform, LenderA…

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Bible Life Church donates 3 mobile homes on its property to East Naples Golden Gate Fire Control and Rescue District

NAPLES, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — The Bible Life Church in Florida is donating three mobile homes on its property to the East Naples/Golden Gate Fire Control and Rescue District. It’s a win-win partnership and the fire department has already used the …

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Bible Life Church donates mobile homes on its property to East Naples Golden Gate Fire Control and Rescue District

NAPLES, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — The Bible Life Church in Florida is donating three mobile homes on its property to the East Naples/Golden Gate Fire Control and Rescue District. It’s a win-win partnership and the fire department has already used the …

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ACES-Kroll Factual Data integration streamlines mortgage trade re-verification process

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — ARMCO – ACES Risk Management, a leading provider of web-based audit technology for the financial services industry, has announced the seamless integration of its loan auditing platform with independent data ver…

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ACES-Kroll Factual Data integration streamlines mortgage trade re-verification process

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — ARMCO – ACES Risk Management, a leading provider of web-based audit technology for the financial services industry, has announced the seamless integration of its loan auditing platform with independent data ver…

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