received a national award in June for helping people with
Parkinson’s disease improve their lives through a proven
program of boxing training. It fits right in with the city’s
goal of keeping its residents healthy. “The addition of the
Rock Steady Boxing Program into our fitness offerings is yet
another indication of our support” of that goal, says Sherman
Conrad, the city’s parks and recreation director.
HERE ARE THE 17 MOST RECENT HONORS:
One of the Top 50 Safest Cities to Raise a Child. Criteria
not only included crime; it also took graduation rates and the
number of sex offenders per capita into account. Cities were
ranked by Safewise, a home security company.
Ranked 10th Best City for Retirement in the U.S. The ranking
by Best Life’s editors included 250 cities. Among the criteria
were the percentage of population age 65 and up, average
annual precipitation, violent crime rate, cultural institutions,
local tax rate and costs of housing for people in the $50,000 to
$75,000 earning range.
25th Safest College Town. Safewise, the home security company,
looked at college towns in 28 states and more than 50
colleges and universities. The study looked at violent crime
and property crime per 1,000 people.
Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful and Port St. Lucie Police
Department honored by Keep Florida Beautiful. Keep Port
St. Lucie Beautiful was honored for its involvement with the
Buddy Bench program. Buddy Benches, made from bottle >>
Students, above, enjoy collecting and sorting plastic bottle caps and lids
which are eventually recycled into attractive “Buddy Benches.” A completed
Buddy Bench offering students a comfortable place to rest is made
of 200 pounds of plastic bottle caps.
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