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Tania Ortega-Cowan

When Indian River County resident John Engle made a 2-year commitment in Haiti to work with a small organization supporting education, he had no idea that he would end up staying for 20 years and dedicate his life to the Haitian people.  

JE: I’m John Engle, director of Haiti Partners.

Engle co-founded the nonprofit in Vero Beach in 2009.

JE: Our major focus is schools. We specifically articulate our mission as helping Haitians change Haiti through education.

(Haitian children singing)

Tania Ortega-Cowan

Here along the Treasure Coast, we’re quite familiar with power loss due to storms and hurricanes. It’s just a given that if the winds pick up and blow vegetation onto the lines, or lightning strikes, that we could very well lose power.

FPL – that stands for Florida Power & Light – is on a mission to change that. They’re currently in the middle of a 3-year pilot program to eliminate poles and overhead wires and replace them with underground cables.

We dropped in to see their latest installment in Jensen Beach on the NE corners of Indian Drive and Indian Court.

On Monday, we celebrated Veterans Day, honoring those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

The first one was in 1919 and was originally called Armistice Day. That’s because World War I was formally ended by Armistice with Germany at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Thus, 11-11 being the chosen date. The day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Tania Ortega-Cowan

We rely on technology to do just about everything. So much in fact, that you might think jobs in fiber optics, IT, electrical engineering and such would all be taken and hard to come by.

Turns out, not so!

NCK: The state of the work force – the technical work force – in emerging technical fields is pretty dire nationwide. And of course, lasers and fiber optics is one of those emerging techs where we feel a huge shortage – a huge need – of qualified personnel.

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Treasure Coast Happenings

The Atlantic Coastal Orchestra featuring musical director and conductor David Amado along with Cindy Roden are Mike’s guests this week on Treasure Coast Happenings.  Together they are discussing upcoming shows including the appearances in Vero Beach, Stuart, and the Palm Beaches, and each performance will feature the music of Beethoven, Devorak, and Rachmaninoff.  They will also look ahead into the 2020 season.

Pace Center for girls combines education and life skills

Nov 28, 2019

Join Mike this week as he introduces you to Adrienne Huggins and Manny Rubio of PACE Center for girls. Pace Center for girls is a safe and supportive academic and counseling program for 11 to 17 year old's. Pace combines education and life skills along with counseling to help girls face their past and look forward to the future.

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Caroll Spinney, the actor and puppeteer who portrayed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street over five decades, died Sunday at age 85.

The Sesame Workshop said Spinney had died at home in Connecticut, and that he had long lived with dystonia, a disorder that causes involuntary muscle contractions.

In Glacier Bay, Alaska, mountains rush up farther and faster from the shoreline than almost anywhere else on the planet. Humpback whales, halibut and sea otters ply the waters that lap rocky, pine-crowned islands, and you can stick a bare hook in the water and pull out dinner about as fast as it takes to say so.

This is the place 31-year-old Laura Marcus chose for her Arete Project. Or just maybe, this place chose her.

The FBI is investigating the shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday as an act of terror.

Rachel Rojas, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Jacksonville Field Office, said in a news briefing Sunday that investigators are working with "the presumption that this was an act of terrorism."

Doing so, she said, "allows us to take advantage of investigative techniques that can help us more quickly identify and then eliminate any additional threats to the rest of our community."

There is currently no evidence of such a threat, she added.

Updated at 12:05 p.m. ET

The fast-rising rapper Juice WRLD has died at age 21 after a medical emergency at Chicago's Midway Airport. TMZ first reported the death, saying that witnesses saw him having a seizure after disembarking from a private plane.

The Cook County medical examiner's office confirmed his death to NPR, saying that the autopsy for Juice WRLD — whose real name was Jarad Anthony Higgins — will most likely take place on Monday.

A fire broke out at a factory in India's capital New Delhi early on Sunday morning. At least 43 people have been reported dead.

Many of the victims were asleep in beds in the factory, resting between shifts, when the fire began.

Investigators say the blaze was sparked by an electrical short circuit. Most of the deaths were caused by people inhaling poisonous gases in the cramped factory, The Associated Press reports.


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