Commentary

This past week, I spoke to another group about online child safety. While many parents are all too aware of the risks children face online and with Internet connected smart devices, our children are still being victimized at an alarming rate.

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photo by Kevin King

Ashwini Kucknoor, assistant professor of microbiology, has received a Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program (NHARP) Grant for the 2014-15 academic year.

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Trinity United Methodist presented Children’s Miracle Network with a $10,000 check Wednesday, June 18, at Christus Outpatient Pavillion in Beaumont.

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When I’m asked about the consummate flower for summer, I always think “bougainvillea.” The vibrant colors that you can find at our local garden centers are the first attraction. The other things that are fabulous about them is their heat tolerance and low need for watering.

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There are miles upon miles of great hiking trails within a short run from Beaumont, and they offer cheap entertainment for the entire family, especially the kids that are out of school for the summer. Hiking is not only good exercise, but adventure in the form of being outdoors.

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A great story wrapped in a plain brown wrapper is what you’ll get with Clint Eastwood’s film version of the great Broadway hit of “Jersey Boys.” The jukebox musical based on the lives of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons interweaves their greatest hits with the highs and lows of the group members. Along the way, it won multiple Tonys and is still playing to packed houses on Broadway and the many road tours traveling the country.

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Sailors stationed in and around Southeast Texas donated their time to assist the Southeast Texas Food Bank during their quarterly community service day Friday, June 13.

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photo courtesy of Lamar University

Thirty-six students from 17 schools visited Lamar University and Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth and St. Mary on June 13 and 14 as part of the 11th annual Nightingale Experience.

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Nineteen Beaumont Independent School District graduates were awarded scholarships totaling $25,000 through the Ben Rogers/Lamar University/BISD “I Have A Dream” Program Wednesday, June 11, at a banquet held in the BISD boardroom. Graduates received trophies along with their scholarships, as family and friends proudly observed.

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Julie McDaniel

Orange Community Players’ circle of life has always revolved around its talented and committed volunteers like Julie McDaniel, who has volunteered with OCP for the last six years. McDaniel helps with props, paints the marquee to help advertise productions or as McDaniel says does “whatever they need,” which includes hairdos.

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