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CECI offers public thank you for year-end giving

The Children’s Education Center of the Islands has a lot to be thankful for in this new year. The year of 2020 has brought a lot of change, growth and evolution for the organization. Despite the coronavirus and its repercussions, the center’s efforts to enhance its nature-based educational ...

Rotary Happenings: Rotarians hear from BIG ARTS executive director

Since its inception in 1979, BIG ARTS — the Barrier Island Group for the Arts — has provided our community with entertainment, education and quality programs for all of our community members. Just last year, BIG ARTS underwent a huge renovation creating a magnificent gathering place for all ...

Safe at Sea: Buying a pontoon?

With the New Year underway, there has been a wealth of articles entitled, “The Best (fill in the blank) of 2020” or “The Most Popular (again, fill in the blank) of the Year.” BoatTest.com, likewise, ran a two-part article about its most widely-read features of 2020. Over the next couple ...

Faces on Faith: For Jews, Earth Day is — at least — 1,800 years old

After Chanukah, the next special occasion in the Jewish year is Tu B’Shevat, the birthday of the trees. This year Tu B’Shevat corresponds to Jan. 28. It is first and foremost a holiday to remind us of our responsibility to care for the environment. In the United States we began ...

Shell Shocked: Getting older

What’s that expression — getting older isn’t for sissies? Whoever coined that term was right on. No matter what age you’re at you’re still getting older. Some of us remember various milestones of aging. For example, getting that draft card way back when that you had to carry around ...

In The Garden: Leaf color, pattern makes the rattlesnake plant a favorite

Calathea lancifolia (rattlesnake plant) is a species of plant in the Marantaceae family and is a native to Brazil. This particular Calathea is one of several dozen different cultivars of Calatheas, or prayer plants as they are sometimes commonly known as. This type of plant comes in a wide ...

Recipe of the Week: Steamed Red Snapper with Salsa Verde

Health professionals consider steam cooking one of the best methods for cooking vegetables and fish. When food is cooked at a very gentle temperature, there is very little lost of vitamins and minerals and the taste and flavor remains unchanged, therefore requiring very little additional ...

Poetic License: ‘The Ultimate Metaphor’

Death is a free and easy metaphor: Poets, like cowards, die a thousand times For Beauty, Truth and Love Forevermore. Quick exit language gets them through the door, Collects an ode that’s owed them for their rhymes As Death becomes their severance metaphor. Their body of work in ...

Fight disinformation to save our democracy

The recent presidential election may have been unique in American history. We had an election in which the accuracy of the result in one key state was disputed (Bush vs. Gore, 2000); an election that was so close it was settled by Congress, with disastrous consequences, especially for Black ...

Safe at Sea: Know your knots

Virtually every boater relies on “knowing his/her knots,” and an excellent captain also wants the crew to know them, as well. The principle of a good marine knot is that: - It is easy to use. - It is easy to untie. - It holds fast. Knot typing is part of the practice of marlinspike ...