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The Pensacola Symphony closes its season this Saturday, April 29,  at 7:30 p.m.  The program includes music of Leonard Bernstein and Richard Danielpour, and will end with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.  Music Director Peter Rubardt and UWF professor Dr. Hedi Salanki stopped by the WUWF studios to share some thoughts on the performance.

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April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month and in part two of our series “Dave Dunwoody visited Escambia County’s child advocacy center.

Located on 12th Avenue, Gulf Coast Kid’s House features professionals and resources for the intervention, investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases, under its kid-friendly roof.

“We’ve got such a competent team here in the building; they’ve all been doing this a very long time,” said Executive Director Stacy Kostevicki.

During fiscal year 2016, Gulf Coast Kid’s House served more than 3,600 children.

University of West Florida

A professor at the University Of West Florida is the new Alzheimer’s Association Ambassador for the Florida Panhandle. "I had never been involved in political advocacy before and it sounded like a good opportunity." said Dr. Daniel Durkin, an assistant professor of Social Work at UWF with a specialty in Gerontology.  

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With a spate of arrests and convictions on child abuse and child sexual assault charges in the Pensacola area the past few weeks, there are concerns about how the grownups can step in and offer more protection.

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, and this is part one of a three-part series entitled “Suffer the Little Children."

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In 2007, Baptist Health Care teamed with renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews to establish the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze. This month, the institute is marking its ten year anniversary while also looking ahead to its next ten.

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Seventeen graduating University of West Florida graphic design students will showcase their work at “Ellipsis.” The exhibition is scheduled for April 25-30 at the Pensacola Museum of Art.

University of West Florida

Almost four months after taking office, Martha Saunders was installed as the University of West Florida’s sixth president on Friday, as part of the school’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Dr. Saunders was named to succeed Judy Bense, by a unanimous vote of the UWF Board of Trustees last September, and confirmed by the state Board of Governors two months later.

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Press Release from the University of West Florida:

The University of West Florida formally installed Dr. Martha Saunders as its sixth president during the inauguration ceremony held on April 21 at the UWF Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

“The inauguration of a new president is really a celebration of the university she serves,” Saunders said.

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The 47th annual Earth Day Celebration is taking place Saturday. Locally, there will be a number of events, including the Earth Day Pensacola Festival, and cleanups in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. And, added to the mix for 2017 is the March for Science.

Again this year, the theme for the Earth Day Pensacola Festival is “Energy, Transportation & Sustainability.”

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

The University of West Florida’s second annual spring football game is set for Saturday morning at Pen Air Field on campus.

This time it’s different. When drills began last month, the Argonauts were going through a spring session after a regular season, their inaugural, in 2016.

“I think it’s gone well, and we’ve put ourselves in a position where I feel like every day we’re learning something, every day we’re getting better,” said UWF Head Coach Pete Shinnick.

City of Gulf Breeze

After nearly a quarter century on the job, Buz Eddy is stepping down as Gulf Breeze City Manager.

Eddy first announced his retirement in January, effective May 1.

“It had partly to do with age, and I just decided that this would be a good time. I’m 62 and a half, and kind of a good time to transition from the driver’s seat to another role for the city,” said Eddy.

Looking back, he says what stands out most for him is the culture – not City Hall, but the community as a whole in both good times and bad.

Dave Dunwoody: Congressman, you’re holding another “Open Gaetz” session in Escambia County this week.

U.S. Navy

Training flights involving the T-45 Goshawk are resuming aboard NAS Pensacola and elsewhere, after being grounded over concerns about their oxygen systems.

There is this caveat: the flights must remain below 10,000 feet in altitude, where the oxygen system isn’t needed. Normally, T-45 pilots train at altitudes of about 14,000 feet. Air crew will also wear a modified mask that circumvents the On Board Oxygen Generator System (OBOGS).

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An open house was held recently at the Islam Dawah Center and mosque in downtown Pensacola, where most of the members now wear, or have worn, the uniform of this nation.

On a sunny, warm early spring Saturday the Center on Barrancas Avenue was a flurry of activity. Among those greeting visitors was Ronald Jacobs, an inactive president of the center and a retired Navy Senior Chief. His 24 years’ service included duty at Corry Station. Jacobs says there was little if any thought about Islam during his time in the Navy.

About 250 job seekers came to Pensacola State College Thursday morning, to get information about the jobs which will be available in construction of the new bridge over Pensacola Bay.

CareerSource EscaRosa and Skanska USA Civil Southeast hosted the three-hour “information session” in areas such as hiring needs, application procedures, and available subcontracting opportunities.

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