Visitors are invited to celebrate the season with family fun throughout Florida

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Florida State Parks is hosting a variety of fall festivals full of family fun this month. From Halloween alternatives to seasonal celebrations, Florida’s award-winning state parks are hosting events for all interests.

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is just around the corner and many consumers may not realize how scary this ghoulish night might really be for their personal safety, their property…or their pocketbooks.

Bullies Beware: Elementary School Club Aims to Make Bullies into Buddies

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One Southside elementary school is educating students about something increasingly important at an after-school club.

It's not math or science; it's how to deal with bullies.

Susan Beauchamp, a counselor at Twin Lakes Academy Elementary, dedicates several afternoons a week to meet with about 150 students.

They talk about bullying, drugs, and other topics third, fourth and fifth graders now find themselves facing.
It's the club's inaugural year. From the first day, it was a hit.

"Response was absolutely overwhelming," Susan Beauchamp said. "I thought maybe 25 or 20 people. I got close to 150."

Beauchamp teaches the kids through workbooks, peer counseling and the arts. They incorporate music and dance for a little fun.

But it's not all fun and games. The kids in the group say they all worry about being a victim of bullying.

Episcopal's Concussion Care Program Athletic Department Priority

As the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee reviews a bill to create concussion standards for high school athletes (H.R. 6172 Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act of 2010), Episcopal High School is at the forefront of ensuring the safety of its students on the playing field, especially of those in contact sports.

Air Show at NAS Jacksonville this Weekend

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Folks living along the river south of downtown will notice the sky is a bit more full than usual this weekend.

The 2010 NAS Jax Air Show is Saturday and Sunday, featuring, as always, the famous Blue Angels.

Gates open at 9 a.m. each day, and the action gets underway at 10 with flight demonstrations, aerobatics, a jet-powered truck and plenty of good old noise.

Drivers can enter at the NAS Jacksonville main gate on U.S. 17. 

Parking and admission are free, and there will be aircraft on display, merchandise and concessions and a Kid's Zone -- also free.

There will be five hours of speed and spins leading up to the Blue Angels at 3 p.m. The Air Show website has a complete lineup of aircraft and performers scheduled for the weekend.

Everyone attending will have to pass through a metal detector.

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Wolfson Children's Hospital Implements Visitation Precautions as Flu Season Begins

Now that flu season has begun, Wolfson Children’s Hospital has implemented visitation precautions effective October 1, 2010, through March 31, 2011. During this timeframe, children age 5 and under will not be able to visit patients in the hospital. Parents and legal guardians are welcome to be with their hospitalized child at any time.