Weekly MINI Crossword Puzzles

Weekly MINI Crossword Puzzles

Weekly Civics Education Crossword Puzzles are now available on our website!   Have fun, come play! Discover what you know about your government and notable American women. Play this Puzzle NOW! Each puzzle has only 8 questions and the puzzle will change every week, so you can keep on playing. Puzzles are from our LWVPBC Civics Education crossword puzzle booklets. U.S. Citizenship Test Palm Beach Country Government Florida Grade 7 Textbook Notable American Women

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Fixing the Everglades

by Kathy Panko Environmental Issues Group – 02/15/2021 The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), approved by Congress in the year 2000, included 68 components to be completed in 20 to 30 years at a cost of $7.8 billion. The plan includes constructing reservoirs, removing levees, filling canals and building necessary structures. The aim was to restore something like the natural flow of water in what’s left of the Everglades while assuring water supply and flood protection for about a third of Floridians. Two decades later, the state and federal governments have spent $6.2 billion and completed just one project. Replumbing the Everglades is now expected to continue most of this century and cost more than $16 billion.  CERP is the largest environmental restoration project ever – covering an area the size of New Jersey.   Though named the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, the project covered only part of the Everglades,

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Sun shines on Palm Beach County with new solar co-op

By SCOTT LUXOR SUN SENTINEL CORRESPONDENT JAN 29, 2021 AT 12:21 PM Click HERE to go to the SunSentinel article. Palm Beach County is launching another solar co-op for 2021. The nonprofit’s goal, like those in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, is to bring homeowners together to find effective solar installers who will work with fair and transparent financing for their work. Solar United Neighbors, which created solar co-ops in Broward County and around the state, helps homeowners get in the act of searching for proper and ethical installer companies who will both follow through on the promises, as well as not overcharge for their services. Palm Beach County has had two such co-ops before. The first one was in 2017. The next one was in 2018. And now a third one planned to start in January. Diane Marks, who is chairwoman of the Solar Co-op Issue Group for the League of Women Voters of

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What to Expect Under the Biden Administration

by Kathy Panko   What can we expect from President-elect Joe Biden as he puts climate change on center stage?  First of all, it is expected that Biden will re-enter the U.S. into the Paris (Climate) Agreement, the global pact established five years ago among 195 nations to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Upon rejoining, the U.S. will likely be expected to provide a climate target (updated from the Obama administration) and a concrete plan to reduce domestic emissions from the power and energy sector. This move could bring the U.S. back into the accord as early as this month.    The U.S. is the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind China, and is seen as key in the global effort to reduce the effects of climate change.  Of the 195 countries that signed the agreement, 189 countries officially adopted the accord, and no other country besides

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Business Spotlight: Emergency Info Plan, LLC

Business Spotlight: Emergency Info Plan, LLC

By: Jalynsey Brown On Monday, 1/11/2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County member, John Pastore. Pastore is the owner of Emergency Info Plan, LLC; an amazing tool that is helping users become prepared in the event of an emergency. Pastore explained how this business came about, after the sudden and unexpected passing of his wife in 2017. Pastore mentions how he and his wife were in different states at the time of her medical emergency and how he was not made aware of what had happened, how to reach her, which hospital she was being transported to, and so on. He also mentions how his wife was also unable to tell first responders’ pertinent medical information about herself, which may have saved her life. Pastore wants to ensure that others are educated and prepared to avoid this from happening to them,

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The Healthcare Committee Helps Save Lives

The Healthcare Committee Helps Save Lives

The Healthcare Committee is reopening their program to show families how to be better prepared for emergencies by using www.EmergencyInfoPlan.com This site now educates both iPhone and Android phone users on how to alert 911 and important contacts of an emergency and to provide vital medical information at the scene to those who come to your aid. The unique phone sticker program has been expanded to also include Emergency Alert Stickers for cars and homes to tell first responders to check your phone for medical information and emergency contacts. Our healthcare committee member, John Pastore, was inspired by his own personal tragedy to develop the website www.EmergencyInfoPlan.com Everyone seems to carry a mobile phone today. It’s obvious that mobile phones are the device of choice to alert 911, to provide vital information to first responders and to notify contacts. Most people think they are prepared, but when they take the

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Palm Beach County Solar Co-op Launches Jan. 14

Palm Beach County Solar Co-op Launches Jan. 14

Local League of Women Voters Partners with Solar United Neighbors to Virtually Launch Palm Beach County Solar Co-op on Jan. 14  New Co-Op Offers Affordable Rooftop Solar (West Palm Beach, FL – December __, 2020) The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (LWVPBC) is partnering with Solar United Neighbors (SUN) to launch the Palm Beach County Solar Co-op on January 14 to help Palm Beach County residents go solar. Other nonprofit partners on the co-op include the City of Boca Raton, City of Boynton Beach, Climate Reality Project Boca Raton Chapter, City of Delray Beach, Elders Climate Action, Sierra Club, Southeast Alliance for Clean Energy and South Florida Regional Planning Council Clean Cities Coalition. “The co-op will enable Palm Beach County homeowners and business owners to join the growing community of people saving money by harnessing solar power,” said Laura Tellez, South Florida program coordinator for SUN. “Together, we’re

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Voting Rights Legislation 2021

by Linda Geller-Schwartz Co-Chair Voting Rights Coalition Now that a reformist administration is on the verge of being inaugurated in D.C., we can anticipate that some of the most urgent changes in national voting laws will have a chance of being implemented.  During the last Congress, two bills, H.R. 1, For the People’s Act and H.R.4, The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act were passed by the House of Representatives, but never taken up for consideration in the Senate.  With some modifications to address the problems that occurred during the 2020 Election, we know that both bills will be re-introduced during the 117th Congress. H.R.1, For the People Act is comprehensive voting legislation that would, inter alia, make voting easier and more accessible; lower barriers to running for office by addressing the problem of money in politics; and require independent redistricting commissions.   The Brennan Center calls it “historic legislation that

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High-School Students BEE-coming Civic Education Superstars

High-School Students BEE-coming Civic Education Superstars

By Christene Campbell-Gabor   This year’s Government Bee Contest was conducted via Instagram due to COVID-19. Lori Dool, Palm Beach County School District Secondary School Social Studies Program Planner and the Co-Vice Chair of our Civics Education Committee, worked with a committee from the sponsoring bodies to make it happen. Thank you, Lori.   In the preliminary round, five civic questions were posted daily during the week of October 26.  Participating students responded and winners were listed on a leaderboard. In the final round, which was held on November 2 the day before the national elections, the leading students were given a specific time frame to submit their responses to 10 civic questions. It was an exciting competition for all 21 students who participated. There was even a tiebreaker question in the finals.    Congratulations to all of the winners. Winning students and their teachers were awarded monetary prizes. We

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Holiday Gift Ideas

The Everglades Handbook: Understanding the Ecosystem, Fourth Edition By Thomas E. Lodge Reviewed By Kathy Panko             What a great idea for holiday gift-giving!  The Third Edition of The Everglades Handbook is completely revised, updated, and now with color photographs and illustrations in every chapter. The book provides a breadth and depth of information on the entire ecosystem of the Everglades that cannot be found anywhere else. Written by Thomas Lodge, one of the most respected authorities on the Everglades and one of its most ardent protectors, the book is an updated, expanded, and comprehensive explanation of what the Everglades is, how it has been changed, and the restoration needed to bring back ecological functions and safeguard sustainable future uses of the region by people. The expanded and updated cover in the third edition includes: – St. Lucie/Indian River estuary – Kissimmee headwaters, including the

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