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The Beacon has a new home: ReadMyBeacon.com

We are proud to announce that, after many arduous hours on Dreamweaver, a team of students has designed a new site for the Beacon.

Visit the new Web page at www.ReadMyBeacon.com.

After you check it out, send us an e-mail: Beacon@pba.edu. Let us know what you think of our new clothes.

All new Beacon content will appear on ReadMyBeacon. In the fall, it will be the place to go for news, features, opinion, sports and photo essays.

We’re excited about the opportunity to serve the school in a more contemporary format, so if you have suggestions about online features you’d like to see on ReadMyBeacon, leave us a comment and let us know.

Although the Beacon Blog won’t be updated anymore, we would like to thank everyone for making this fantastic experiment a great success.

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Happy April Fools Day!

On page 8 of our March 29 issue, we’ve played a little prank on PBA. Where you would normally find a photo essay and the Looks page, you instead have three Onion-esque takes on PBA life. These stories are fictional labors of love, each written to bring a smile to your face. Read through, leave us comments and let us know what you think. Each story is listed below in its entirety with some pretty amazing artwork (if we do say so ourselves). Continue reading

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Cancer cluster affects animals

By Kristina Webb
Copy Editor

Acreage resident Gail Bass never expected what she saw from her window about five months ago.

The creature perched on her bird feeder looked like a squirrel, but it was covered in tumors.

“It was strange because I noticed the one and it kept getting worse,” Bass said.

Photo courtesy of Gail Bass

The tumors covering the squirrel varied in size, and the number of tumors increased over the next three months. Then, Bass said, the cold snap came and she hasn’t seen the squirrels since.

The Acreage, a pastoral community in western Palm Beach County, is the focus of a state investigation into whether or not a pediatric cancer cluster exists in the area.

Bass wonders if there is something making animals in The Acreage sick.

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Jupiter drug treatment center seeks funding

By Ashley Duchesneau
Contributing Writer

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports there were 300 drug overdoses in 2008, one every 27 hours. Seeking to address that problem, Jupiter officials have approved plans for a $3.8 million substance abuse treatment facility.

With approvals in hand, SRS Development Company LLC now seeks funding for the center to help those suffering with alcohol and drug addiction as well as mood disorders. The planned facility is an expansion of Jupiter Counseling at River Place and Transformations at Jupiter Counseling.

The facility will provide detoxification services for illicit drugs, prescription medications and alcohol dependency.

Planners say the community now has no facilities to help people facing serious problems of drug addiction and mental health issues.

“We’re responding to increasing demand for alcohol and other drug treatment services, close to home,” said Sarah Sacks, CEO of SRS Development Company. Sacks is a licensed clinical social worker who is also a certified addiction professional.

Alcoholism and drug addiction need to be treated with dignity and respect, said Sacks. “These are individuals that are suffering with no treatment available.”

Some people needing treatment cannot find facilities that will accept their insurance, Sacks said.

She is committed to providing quality treatment at a reasonable cost utilizing insurance.

The proposed site for the center is 1.4 acres off Indiantown Road and Center Street.

The initial phase of the project will be a 10,000-square foot building to house a 30-bed inpatient medical detox facility with comprehensive screening for mental health issues.

SRS obtained a Small Business Administration loan, and seeks other funding as well.

“The need for additional funding is still very much a reality,” said Sacks, “and I sincerely believe the people of Jupiter are committed to being a part of the solution.”

“The Town of Jupiter has gone far too long without having this essential kind of facility,” said Dr. Philippe Martineau, a psychiatrist practicing in Jupiter. “We simply cannot let that situation remain. Sarah has been on the front lines in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction right in our community. We are grateful for her tireless efforts to shepherd this project through.”

“Treatment really does work,” said Sacks. “We’re pleased to offer a place – right here in Jupiter – where people can receive safe, quality treatment.”

For more information about the planned substance abuse facility, call (561) 575-2020.

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Families seek federal assistance for cancer cluster

By Kristina Webb
Copy Editor

A map covered the wall of a guest bedroom on the first floor of Jennifer Dunsford’s house.

Although not updated since December, the map looked as though it had a horrible case of the chicken pox. Blue, red and yellow dots were scattered across the expanse, representing different types of cancer diagnosed in The Acreage, a rural community in western Palm Beach County.

“We are bombarded,” Dunsford said, adding the cause may come from an abundance of factors surrounding her neighborhood, also home to several Palm Beach Atlantic University students.
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How great is our God

By Michele Kappas
Contributing Writer

Psalm 46:1-4: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.”

Jan. 12 is a day that Haitians will never forget as their foundation was literally shaken. Before the earthquake, 80 percent of the population lived below the poverty line. The devastation surrounding this country is unfathomable, and one can only cringe at the increase in death and destruction.

But on Feb. 12 things started to change.

Photo by Amanda Ulik

For many around the world this weekend kicked off the celebration of Mardi Gras, a huge event in Haiti. On the one month anniversary of the quake, President Rene Preval stated on national television he was canceling Mardi Gras and called Haiti to three days of fasting and prayer to God.

This statement shocked many in Haiti, a nation with many practitioners of voodoo. Preval spent time praying himself from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in a church for those three days. Continue reading

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‘Secret Life’ character lacks ‘Grace’

By Chris Hernandez
Opinion Editor

“The Secret Life of the American Teenager” is a show on ABC Family that chronicles the life of Amy Juergens, portrayed by Shailene Woodley.

Amy, a teenager who gets pregnant in high school, must learn how to deal with being a mother at 16. Apart from the show’s main story line, the series is full of sub plots that revolve around teenagers dealing with sex.

One of these teenagers is Grace Bowman, played by Megan Parks. During the span of the show, Grace has gossiped about everyone, physically fought over guys, blamed her sexual sin for the death of her father and attempted to become an example for an abstinence club.

I forgot to mention the fact that Grace is the show’s token “Christian” character.
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