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Suspicious activity has parents on heightened alert

Suspicious activity has parents on heightened alert

Two incidents of suspicious activity a few days apart has parents in the neighborhood behind Publix in Navarre on heightened alert. Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office has received two separate reports related to suspicious activity in Navarre whereby a stranger attempted contact with children. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at around 6:15 a.m. a child reportedly was waiting […]

Apps for tots: Can smartphones make baby smarter?

Apps for tots: Can smartphones make baby smarter?

How young is too young for smartphones and tablets? According to some app publishers, learning opportunities from these devices start before children are even potty trained. Hundreds if not thousands of educational phone and tablet apps have flooded the market geared toward toddlers with labels declaring they will teach children letters, numbers, colors and even […]

Healthy eating for kiddos

Healthy eating for kiddos

It’s a time honored struggle: getting children to eat healthy. There is some comfort in knowing that the struggle has been ongoing for generations, yes the struggle IS real. Yet, what is not so comforting is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s report that childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled […]

Take a Kid Fishing

This free kid’s fishing pole giveaway and clinic is staged at Navarre Beach Pier, 8579 Gulf Blvd., Navarre. 8 a.m. First 500 children under 12 receive a free fishing pole, t-shirt and hat. Participants are encouraged to pre-register at fishnavarre.com or if available, day of event. The event includes free bait and fishing instruction.

Local children demand protection for sea turtles

Local children demand protection for sea turtles

On June 16, World Turtle Day, thousands of letters bound in dozens of four- inch thick binders were hand delivered to President Barack Obama and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker demanding legislation to protect endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. And they were all written by children. Among the many handwritten pleas and […]

Summer vacation means child-care stress for many parents

Summer vacation means child-care stress for many parents

Primary and intermediate schools in the Navarre area let out June 1, and for many parents with children ages 5-12, this means finding somebody to look after the little ones. This is even more difficult for the 46 percent of families with both parents working full time according to the Pew Research Center in 2015. […]

FWC fuels fishing fever

FWC fuels fishing fever

Fishing is a big part of Pete Della Ratta’s life. Not only does he enjoy doing it, but he loves educating students about it, whether it’s at various fishing clinics throughout the area in the summer months or taking seventh-graders on a fishing field trip each year. “I love showing students the basics of fishing […]

Playground opens at Holley Ball Park

Playground opens at Holley Ball Park

The construction of a recreational playground to enhance the popular ball field is now complete at Holley Ball Park.  The grand opening was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday. Read the full article in the May 5 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe online.

Autism OdysSea action

Autism OdysSea action

Families with children on the spectrum were able to spend a day by the sea at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station’s Autism OdysSea event. Trained volunteers and students from the station were on hand at learning stations around the Science Station. Activities included touch tanks, fish prints, kayaking and sensory stations. Children were able […]

Andrews Institute Krutches for Kids Drive needs crutches

Andrews Institute Krutches for Kids Drive needs crutches

Helping athletes have success on their road to recovery from an injury is something the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze does well and its latest effort will aid in that recovery process. It’s called the Krutches for Kids Drive and people are asked to donate any gently used crutches that can be given to athletes […]

Our children, our future

Our children, our future

There are more than 500 children in our county waiting to be adopted.  One in every 18 children in our county is or will be abused.  There are more than 550 homeless children in our school district.  43 percent of all adults are functionally illiterate.  The list could go on. We as a county are […]

Kohl has special challenges and needs encouraging family

Kohl has special challenges and needs encouraging family

Kohl is a very sweet young man with some big challenges.  He has Autism and some significant cognitive delays.   His speech is somewhat delayed and he is working on about first and second grade level in most areas although he is enrolled in a 7th grade special class.  He receives weekly language therapy and several […]

Waiting for a real family

Waiting for a real family

There are more than 500 children in temporary foster homes in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties.  They have been abused, neglected or abandoned.  While some may eventually return to their birth families, the rest will need adoptive families. FamiliesFirst Network is a community-based care agency that provides foster care and adoption services for […]

Food globalization and your health

Food globalization and your health

Problems with tainted food don’t only affect children and adults; pets can be severely impacted also. Pets in the U.S. started getting sick or dying around 2008. According to the FDA website, as of Sept. 30, 2014, it has received approximately 5,000 complaints of illness associated with consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky […]

Mabel Bruno, through good times and bad

Mabel Bruno, through good times and bad

“I’ve had such a great life,” Mabel Bruno said. “It hasn’t always been easy, but I wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything.” Growing up in a family of seven children on a farm outside of Hammondsville, Ohio, Bruno, now a resident of The Beacon in Gulf Breeze, was accustomed to hardship. “It wasn’t always easy […]

Kazoo steals the show at Holley-Navarre Intermediate

Kazoo steals the show at Holley-Navarre Intermediate

The moment Kazoo walked into the cafeteria at Holley-Navarre Intermediate School, the students went crazy, cheering loudly for the mascot of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Kazoo was in town for the team’s Grand Slam Reading Program assembly, kicking off Literacy Week in the process at the school. The Blue Wahoos started the program a year […]

National Influenza Vaccination Week

National Influenza Vaccination Week

During National Influenza Vaccination Week Dec. 6- 12, the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) would like to remind everyone that it is not too late to get a flu shot.  A yearly flu shot is recommended for everyone six months of age and older and is the first and most […]

Snowbirds make pillow cases for a good cause

Snowbirds make pillow cases for a good cause

Irene Gillis, Brenda Rister and Cindy Stillwell had no plans to spend part of their winter vacation doing work on sewing machines. But the work was for a good cause as the three ladies, who are spending their winter at the Santa Rosa RV Resort in Navarre, made 26 pillow cases that will be donated […]

West Navarre Primary Teacher of the Year

West Navarre Primary Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the year is indeed a distinction among teachers. The winners find great honor in the award because they are selected by their peers. In her sixth year at the school, Emily Simon is West Navarre Primary’s award winner this year. “I’m so honored to represent West Navarre Primary. Any one of our teachers […]

Guardian ad Litem program needs voices for children

Guardian ad Litem program needs voices for children

In the state of Florida, when a case of child neglect, abuse or abandonment is reported, the state Department of Children and Families steps in to shelter the child. The shelter may come in the form of a foster home or another family member’s home while the child’s parents are working through their problems. The […]

Holley-Navarre Primary Teacher of the Year

Holley-Navarre Primary Teacher of the Year

In her seventh year of teaching, Thomin is Holley-Navarre Primary’s Teacher of the Year. “I was very surprised and I feel so honored to have that. I’m surrounded by amazing teachers at this school so this is very, very nice,” Thomin said. Thomin exudes passion for her job even when she is talking about it, […]

The man who ruined Halloween

The man who ruined Halloween

If you’ve ever gone trick-or-treating, you have also probably had your parents inspect your Halloween candy. It was the time you dreaded as a kid during Halloween. It was the perfect opportunity for your parents, under the guise of safety, to pick out or “confiscate” their favorite candy bar from your sugary haul; but of […]

Magic lights up West Navarre Primary

Magic lights up West Navarre Primary

More than 500 students, teachers and parents were treated to a magic show Tuesday, Feb. 3, at West Navarre Primary School. “The Pro-Kids Show,” a local favorite, mixed comedy, music, magic and puppets which were all met with thunderous laughter that filled the school’s cafeteria. South Florida resident Scott Humston takes his version of “The […]

Grant will help Y programs for kids with special needs

Grant will help Y programs for kids with special needs

The Betty J. Pullum Family YMCA in Navarre will receive $10,000 as part of its partnership with the National Inclusion Project, which will allow children with disabilities to feel more included and comfortable during after school programs. “This grant will go to funding resources, improvements and training for children with special needs that come to […]