Local Organizations Discuss Refugee Resettlement, Prepare For Syrians

Two boys celebrate in the airport after officially entering the U.S. as registered refugees. The process of how refugees are screened for entry into the U.S. has generated new interest in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis and the Paris terror attacks. Photo courtesy of Catholic Charities of Jacksonville.

Recent world news about Syria and Rick Scott’s statement to block the relocation of 425 Syrian refugees has led refugee resettlement to become a more high-profile issue. Refugees experience an extensive screening process when coming to the U.S. After coming through the state department, resettlement organizations are available to help refugees get assimilated into society.

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Behind The Brewing Battle Over Solar In the Sunshine State

Solar panels installed by ECS Solar Energy Systems provide Pearl Country Store with  about 30 percent of its electricity. (Lindsay Alexander/WUFT News)

Alachua County Commissioner Mike Byerly said he paid about $20,000 to install a solar power system for his home near Micanopy, Florida. He said his family wanted to reduce its carbon footprint, and it was a good financial investment because he no longer pays power bills. His home is completely …

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In The News: Local Charter School Emphasizing Environmental Awareness; Multimillion-Dollar Cellphone Lot Opens At Orlando Airport; Lawsuit Against Plantation Christmas Display Stalled; Longtime Syrian Refugees Face Resentment From Community

Local Charter School Building Strong Minds, Bodies – Founded a decade ago, the Healthy Learning Academy is a charter school that teaches math, science, reading and social studies like very other public school in the district. However, it also places an emphasis on physical well-being and environmentalism — an emphasis …

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