Around the region-Jan.12


Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 11, 2010 at 11:02 p.m.

COMMUNITY

Nonprofit organization to deliver free produce

Farm Share Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Homestead, will deliver tractor-trailer loads of fresh cantaloupe, watermelon, mango, tomatoes and eggplants to three locations in North Central Florida today. The distribution is free to residents living in eight surrounding counties.

The times and locations for the food drop-offs are:

Bradford County Fair Grounds, 2300 N. Temple Ave., Starke, 8 a.m.

Bronson Town Hall, 660 E. Hathaway Ave., Bronson, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 310 S.W. Fifth St., Chiefland, 11 a.m. to noon.

Farm Share feeds the hungry throughout Florida by distributing tractor-trailer loads of fresh produce donated by farmers as well as USDA commodities.

"We expect this load to provide fresh produce to more than 2,000 families," said Bill Brown of The Children's Table.

For more information on Farm Share, go to www.FarmShare.org.

Staff report

Local weather report off after equipment fails

The Weather Channel's "Local on the 8s" local weather report on Cox Cable was off over the weekend because of equipment failure for the second time in less than a year.

Cox Communications installed new equipment shipped from The Weather Channel on Monday afternoon to return service that had been out since Friday when the channel's equipment failed, said Mike Giampietro, vice president and general manager of Cox Central Florida.

"It's kind of a bad piece of luck to have it fail during unusual weather and people are more attuned to local weather than they would be," he said.

Since the equipment belongs to the Weather Channel, Giampietro said Cox officials would be talking to Weather Channel officials to come up with a more immediate response to future equipment problems.

Anthony Clark

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

UF names founding chair of new department

The University of Florida has named the founding chair of a new department of environmental and global health, the university announced Monday.Dr. Gregory Gray comes to UF from the University of Iowa, where he established and directed the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases.

At UF, Gray will direct the newly established department in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. The department will educate public health students and conduct research in areas such as toxicology, air pollution and veterinary public health.

Gray's research interests include the epidemiology of animal-to-human and human-to-animal disease transmission. He has led research projects in foreign countries such as Mongolia, where he received the country's highest honor for a non-citizen, the Peace Medal, for his research.

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