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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Youth Art Contest

Hubbard House announced September 20th the launch of its first-ever Domestic Violence Awareness Month Youth Art Contest in an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence among youth.

The contest, open to youth ages 5-12 living in Northeast Florida, runs from Sept. 20 through Oct. 21 and highlights Hubbard House’s newest prevention program WAVE (Working Against Violence Every day, Everywhere, Every time). The program teaches youth healthy relationship skills before abuse occurs, how to identify and prevent bullying and helps them gain a better understanding of how violence affects their lives.

Sneak Peak at New Pirate Museum

Out the outside, it looks like a generic warehouse.

Inside this as-yet-undisclosed location in St. Augustine, pirate museum props are overflowing the shelves and peeking out of boxes. 

Pat Croce opened a squeaky door at the warehouse and said, "This is our secret bunker." He smiled a wry smile.

"I had to rent 6,000 feet to put all this paraphernalia and items we shipped up from Key West. Where was I going to put it? The museum's not ready for it"

Shelves are lined with trunks, real and fake swords, and rusty lanterns.

An unfinished mural of a pirate ship stretches across one wall of the warehouse.

The museum's creative director creates clouds and waves with every stroke of a paint brush.

Another man cleaned a cannon on the floor.

Croce bounced around the warehouse showing off the items inside and explaining how they will be used in his museum.

New Blood Perks Up Florida Panther Population

USA Today - By the early 1990s there were only 20 to 25 Florida panthers left out of what was once a large and thriving population – and those that remained were sickly and inbred, destined for extinction within 20 years, experts estimated. So in 1995 conservation managers moved eight wild-caught female pumas from Texas to the area – a reintroduction so successful that between 1995 and 2008 a total of 424 panther births have been documented.

Inspirational Purple Heart Monument Dedication Scheduled at Heroes Park

In recognition of our military men and women who've been wounded in armed combat, the City of Palm Coast has partnered with the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter #808 to dedicate an inspirational monument in Heroes Park.

8th Annual Buddy Walk Benefitting The Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville

The Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville is excited to announce the 8th Annual Buddy Walk will take place this Saturday, October 2, 2010 at the Jacksonville Beach Pavilion.  The 1-mile walk is the largest fundraiser of the year for the DSAJ and the local chapter’s goal is to raise $150,000.  Brand new this year is the 5K run, which will immediately precede the walk @ 8am.

The GhostHunters Are on the Case Again!

Members of that hit TV show on the Sy-Fy Network will again be leading a paranormal investigation Friday September 24 through the Castle Warden in the Nation's Oldest City.  It will part of two investigations in two nights at two different Ripley's museums, as TAPS also travels to the Ripley's in Orlando the following night.