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Tribalwide clean eating challenge kicks off holiday season

The holiday season usually ends with resolutions to live a healthier year. Even though these resolutions don’t usually begin until January, the Hollywood Clinic got a head start with the Clean Eating 21 Day Challenge to prepare people for healthier lifestyles. The challenge started the week of Oct. 30 and ended

Lee Zepeda named Executive Director of Administration

In a memo sent out Nov. 1, Chairman Marcellus W. Osceola Jr. welcomed Lee Zepeda as the new Executive Director of Administration for the Tribe. In this position, Zepeda will oversee the Center for Student Success and Services, Boys and Girls Club, the Hollywood preschool, recreation, community culture and Office

Toy drive sets out to help children

Santa isn’t the only one delivering presents this year. In an effort to spread cheer for the holidays, President Mitchell Cypress is hosting the third annual toy drive to benefit hospitalized children and those who were impacted by Hurricane Irma. The toy drive will be held Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.

Veterans Day celebrated across reservations

Every year, people around the U.S. gather on Nov. 11 to honor and celebrate the veterans of the U.S. military. The federal holiday was originally celebrated as Armistice Day and was created by President Woodrow Wilson on Nov. 11, 1919. Now, 98 years later, the Tribe continues to join in

Big Cypress First Baptist Church celebrates 65 years

BIG CYPRESS — The early days of Big Cypress First Baptist Church could have never predicted the impact the church would have on the community. A small gathering that once convened at the Big Cypress Day School is now a large following that, 65 years after the church’s beginning, has

Fighting off flu season

Flu season began Oct. 1 and officials urge people to vaccinate themselves and their children. Last year’s flu season took a large toll, hospitalizing nearly 600,000 people according to Dan Jernigan, director of the Influenza Division in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control,

Meet your coach: Personal trainer Ingrid Pickering

Achieving a healthy body and mind can be a tedious task, but with the help of personal trainers, that journey can be a little easier. Ingrid “Liz” Pickering, a personal trainer in Big Cypress, has been helping people accomplish their fitness and health goals for six years. After realizing her passion

FGCU gives Tribal students college preview

FORT MYERS — College life became a close reach on Oct. 17 for students from Pemayetv Emahacv Charter School, Ahfachkee and other local schools attended by Tribal students, as they received a grand tour of Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. The students, ranging from upper-middle schoolers to high school seniors,

Towering Hard Rock project starts to rise

HOLLYWOOD — When people hear ‘Hollywood,’ they might first think of the city in California, but the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida plans to change that. In an official announcement event on Oct. 25, Hard Rock International Chairman and Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen announced that the

Everglades City tries to transform disaster into triumph

Hurricane Irma’s devastating blow on Everglades City did not keep the small town down for long. Only weeks after destruction hit, the city’s historical society plans to rebuild a town that’s better than ever. Marya Repko, president of Everglades Society for Historic Preservation, explained that a 4-foot storm surge left numerous