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  1. From CDC https://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbreaks/eggs-12-19/index.html “As of December 17, 2019, a total of seven people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from five states. A list of the states and the number of cases in each can be found on the Map of Reported Cases page. Listeria specimens from ill people were collected from April 10, 2017, to November 12, 2019. Ill people range in age from less than 1 to 82 years, with a median age of 75. Seventy-one percent of ill people are male. Of six ill people with information available, four hospitalizations have been reported. One death has been reported from Texas. One illness was reported in a newborn who was infected with Listeria while the mother was pregnant, but the newborn survived. Investigation of the Outbreak Epidemiologic and laboratory evidenceindicates that bulk hard-boiled eggs produced by Almark Foods of Gainesville, Georgia, are a likely source of this outbreak. In interviews, ill people answered questions about the foods they ate and other exposuresin the month before they became ill. Of the five people for whom information was available, four (80%) reported eating products containing eggs. Three of these people reported eating hard-boiled eggs in deli salads purchased from grocery stores and in salads eaten at restaurants. In the PulseNet database, CDC noted two environmental samples from February 2019 that are closely related genetically to bacteria from ill people in this outbreak. FDA reports that these samples were taken during a routine inspection of the Almark Foods facility. These results provide additional evidence that people in this outbreak got sick from eating hard-boiled eggs produced by Almark Foods. Investigators are continuing to collect records from grocery stores and restaurants where ill people reported eating hard-boiled eggs. Investigations are ongoing to determine and document the distribution and production chain, as well as the source of hard-boiled eggs to the locations reported by ill people. CDC is concerned that bulk, fresh hard-boiled eggs produced by Almark Foods of Gainesville, Georgia, are contaminated with Listeria and have made people sick. These products were packaged in plastic pails for use nationwide by food service operators. The investigation is ongoing to determine the source of contamination and if additional products are linked to illness. CDC will provide updates when more information is available.”
  2. From FDA https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm634230.htm “The recalled products – California-grown conventional and organic avocados -- were packed at Henry Avocado’s packing facility in California and distributed in Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin. All shipments from the packing facility are subject to the recall (Henry Avocado did not begin packing there until late January 2019). Avocados imported from Mexico and distributed by Henry Avocado are not subject to the recall and may continue to be sold and consumed. Henry Avocado is contacting all affected customers to confirm that the recalled products are immediately removed from store shelves. For conventional products purchased at retail, consumers can identify the recalled products by the “Bravocado” stickers. Henry Avocado organic products do not carry the “Bravocado” label on the sticker. Instead those products are labeled “organic” and include “California” on the sticker. Retailers can identify Henry Avocado organic products by the bar code on the stickers. Consumers who have purchased any recalled avocados are urged not to consume them, but to discard them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with further questions may contact Henry Avocado at (760) 745-6632, Ext 132 or visit www.henryavocado.com/media”
  3. “Free November SAT Registration and CSS Profile Fee Waiver for Hurricane Irma-Impacted Students To support students and families affected by Hurricane Irma, the College Board will offer a free November SAT registration and a CSS Profile fee waiver. We understand this is a difficult time for those who are struggling as a result of the storm. We hope this measure can ease some worry for students and ensure their college-going plans are minimally affected during storm recovery efforts. The free November SAT registration and CSS Profile fee waiver are for students who are experiencing hardship and/or displacement due to the hurricane and are in an area designated by FEMA. Please scroll down for the list of FEMA counties. Students who are registered for the November SAT should call Customer Service to receive a refund of their registration and late fee. Students can register and contact Customer Service through October 25. To reach Customer Service, please call 866-756-7346. For the CSS Profile fee waiver, students should go to cssprofile.org, complete their application, and the system will automatically apply eligibility rules. To reach CSS Profile Customer Service, please call 844-202-0524. Florida Counties Designated by FEMA Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, Volusia Puerto Rico Municipios Designated by FEMA Canovanas, Culebra, Loiza, Vieques U.S. Virgin Islands Designated by FEMA St. John, St. Thomas†https://pages.collegeboard.org/announcement-for-hurricane-impacted-students-educators
  4. Any advice? We are moving from one warm, temperate area in the southwest to another warm temperate area in the southeast! And there they have grass, trees, and beaches! Lucky us. :) How is the housing market? We lean toward renting because we don't know how long we'll be there. Are there homeschool groups you'd recommend there? Anything I should prepare now for our homeschool registration with the district? Anyone know a good Taikwondo dojang in that area? Thanks!
  5. Looking for other homeschooling families in the Riverview/South Shore area in FL. This is our first year homeschooling (my 9 year old daughter and I) and we have been having difficulty finding other homeschooling families in our area; everyone seems to be in Pinellas County or Tampa. If anyone out there is more local please let me know. Michelle M.
  6. Just doing some research here; no immediate or pending moves...yet. We have family on both sides trying to get us to move closer to them. When answering, please keep in mind two things. Large family of ten and there MUST be an Orthodox (preferably Greek Orthodox) Church nearby. 1. Where do you personally think is the best place to live in Florida? 2. What is the cost of living there like, compared to the northeast or Pennsylvania? 3. Are you familiar with the Tampa/St. Petersburgh/Spring Hill area? Opinions? 4. Are you familiar with the Jacksonville area? Opinions? 5. Are large reptiles a regular problem (aka, is allowing young children to play in the yard a problem or do they have to be constantly supervised because of this)? 6. Sinkholes...I've been told that this is common all over Florida...true? So if your house goes into one, you're just SOL, right? (apparently, Spring Hill is rampant with this issue) 7. Are there any actual towns in Florida? I'm finding only a ton of gated communities and suburbs. HOA's seem to be the rule (and you all know how I feel about HOA's). 8. If you virtual school, could you tell me about it? 9. Compared to Georgia and South Carolina, do you prefer FL over these two or would you prefer one of the other two?
  7. We are still trying to figure out the first half of our trip. Originally we planned to fly into Orlando and go to the Keys (Islamorada maybe?) But truthfully what really want is the nicest, bluest water available in Florida. We love the southern Caribbean and don't expect to find anything that blue but we want a nice beach. (We went to Cocoa Beach once and were very disappointed in the beach.) So what really is the nicest beach in Florida if you're looking for blue water?
  8. This only applies to Florida students who plan to apply for Bright Futures Scholarships. Not only are the SAT/ACT score requirements changing (you can see them at http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ssfad/bf/ click on eligibility and reward information on the left under What's New), but please note that community service requirements are changing as well... 2011-12 High School Graduates Increase in community service requirement (and hours increase for Florida Academic Scholars) for all three Bright Futures award levels. Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars (FAS), Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS), and Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV) during the 2011-12 academic year, and thereafter, must complete: FAS – 100 hours FMS – 75 hours GSV – 30 hours [*]The Florida Department of Education is required to approve home education community service hours for Bright Futures initial eligibility. [*]A pilot program was created at the University of Florida to provide for a Bright futures cohort of initial students whose program funding will be limited to spring and summer on-campus classes beginning with the 2012-13 academic year. 2011-12 Awardees Students are now required to submit a complete, error-free FAFSA for Bright Futures, Florida Resident Access Grant, and Access to Better Learning and Education Grant initial and renewal eligibility any time prior to disbursement. No FAFSA = No $
  9. We would like to vacation in NW Florida at the beach somewhere but I've never been there and looking at VRBO.com is so overwhelming. We want to stay on the beach or within walking distance but we don't want a busy beach(I grew up near St. Pete Beach and like it quiet). We don't want to stay somewhere with a golf course, restaurants, etc. We want to stay somewhere with mostly homes, fishing villages, and quiet beaches(did I mention we like quiet:001_smile:). We've never been in that area so I don't know where to search. I've heard Destin is nice but all I'm coming up with is resort style condos with golf, etc. Do you have a beach you'd recommend in that area that fits our description? Thanks for you help!
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