Family Promise continues helping homeless families back on their feet

Good News Notes: “Affordable housing can be a challenge to find in Gainesville. Family Promise of Gainesville held a wellness fair Friday to celebrate families they have helped. When Shanti Broadie moved from Pennsylvania to Gainesville, she had housing set up. But after just one month, she was looking again. “I was basically homeless,” said…

‘Balloon Buddies’ Bring Big Joy to Residents of Discovery Village at Boynton Beach

Good News Notes: “Residents of area senior living community Discovery Village At Boynton Beach have recently begun receiving some very special deliveries: ‘Balloon Buddies,’ courtesy of South Florida balloon artist Lenor Ryan. Ryan, through the national ‘Adopt a Grandparent’ program, now aims to handcraft and personally deliver a buddy to each of the 57 residents of the…

Baby born in Florida from embryo frozen for 15 years

Good News Notes: “A Gadsden County couple gave birth to a healthy baby boy after adopting an embryo that had been frozen for 15 years. Noah was donated to an adoption agency as an embryo, which is the stage before becoming a fetus. After struggling with fertility issues, Amanda and Jeremy Lewand decided to adopt…

97-Year-Old Veteran’s Dream To Keep Pledge For Uniform Fulfilled

Good News Notes: “It’s been more than 75 years since Dunedin resident Joseph Hall wore a Navy uniform, but he’s never forgotten the pride and sense of camaraderie he felt when he donned those dress blues the first time. Just 17 years old when he enlisted in 1941, Hall developed a close friendship with the…

Going for Green—Sellers Can See Upside in Sustainable Home Features

Good News Notes: “For many luxury buyers, having a home that’s designed for sustainability has long seemed nice in theory, but also connoted austere, crunchy aesthetics, plus the added expense of installing green technology. Between the rapid rise of electric cars as a status symbol; a growing number of developers turning out high-design green buildings;…

Love at the Rental Car Counter

Good News Notes: “A close friend of Nicholas Rowe’s once told him, ‘You’re going to fall in love with the girl who shuts you up.’ Chalk one up for that friend. ‘Everyone thinks I’m funny, but Jess has a lot of sass, and getting her to laugh was very much a challenge,’ Mr. Rowe said….

Brevard County nonprofit helps save lives with heart screenings

Good News Notes: “  The Brevard County nonprofit organization Who We Play For is doing its part one heart screening at a time, helping save lives like that of now 15-year-old Gavin Idone of Cocoa Beach. Lena Idone described the moment last year when her teenage son, a health surfer, was diagnosed with a heart…