CF100: 2016 04 10 – BETA Center & Earth Day

Each week the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this  week’s 100-word responses here. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday edition while the on-line comments are available a day or two before.


What was the biggest story of the week?

The BETA Center provided love, support, and education for pregnant teens for 44 years. Now their doors are closing. The decision is financial but other factors are also at play. Better information for young people means our region has seen a drop in teen pregnancy. Additionally, society is more accepting. These young women have more options and more services available. Still, the closing leaves a void that others (that’s us) will need to fill. One option is to stop the attacks on women and reproductive services coming out of Tallahassee. Information and services improve lives and sometimes even save them.d.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

It’s April! Central Florida is celebrating Earth Day! Winter Park holds its “Earth Day in the Park” today, Sunday, April 10 (Central Park, 11:00am-3:00pm). Orlando’s offering, the 11th Annual “Central Florida Earth Day” with over 20,000 attendees and 250+ exhibitors, takes place April 23 (Lake Eola, 10:00am-6:00pm). Casselberry wraps up the month with their “Earth Fest” on Saturday, April 30th (Secret Lake Park until 8pm). Florida’s water issues, climate change, and other environmental challenges mean every day must be Earth Day. Still, these festivities allow us to meet others who share our concerns, learn from one another, and unite in action.


The series focuses on state and local news.

Read the Sentinel’s introduction to the series

Read my first post on the series.

My posts related to this can be found using the categories in the right sidebar. Click either Central Florida or Current Events.

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