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Meet Your Neighbors: Joe and Winnie Pedalino

Joe and Winnie Pedalino may be retired, but they never quit working.

The couple, who live just north of the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, have volunteered for nearly 11 years at the educational and sea turtle rescue center, a place they think of as a second home.

And they love that others think of the center that way, too.

After 9/11, Winnie says she noticed an increase in visitors to the center.

“People felt more… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 1, 2010 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Grant could could boost support at Gumbo Limbo

By Steve Plunkett

Educational field trips to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in coastal Boca Raton may continue despite the school district’s budget having no money for them.

In June, Palm Beach County School Superintendent Art Johnson advised Boca Raton City Manager Leif Ahnell that ‘’we will no longer be able to fiscally support our Gumbo Limbo personnel.’’

That didn’t sit well with the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, which helps operate the nature center in… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 1, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A Coastal Star: Highland Beach's activities expert

By Scott Simmons

She was born in Cuba. She grew up in Puerto Rico. And she lived in New York.

But now, Highland Beach is home to Martha Pando, who delights in her position as library assistant at the town’s library.

“I love the people who come in,” Pando says. “Our director is a visionary, and each staff member has his or her expertise. But the patrons make it a treat.”

Her job is a source of relaxation for Pando, who had a… Continue

Added by Scott Simmons on September 1, 2010 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

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