Alzheimer’s Disease One Mile

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Do Your Part To Beat Alzheimer’s Disease One Mile At A Time
By: Kelly Woodard

Make your miles count for Alzheimer’s patients and families in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties and join the Covenant Alzheimer’s Services at the Covenant Walk for Alzheimer’s, Saturday, November 14, at 9:00 am at Seville Square in Downtown Pensacola.
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and affects one in nine people age 65 or older. When you walk or donate, you are helping hundreds in our community access essential care, support and resources.
Formerly called Miles of Memories, the Covenant Walk for Alzheimer’s has helped to provide 90% of Alzheimer’s and dementia programs free of charge to local patients for the past 9 years, thanks to participants and donors alike.
The three-mile Covenant Walk for Alzheimer’s begins at Seville Square located in the heart of Downtown Pensacola. Registration is at 8:00 am, with the Walk starting at 9:00 am. An awards ceremony and after party will commence at 10:00 am.
Registration is free, and includes a three mile walk to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and family-friendly party including food, drinks, music by Crosstown Band, children’s activities, vendors and team awards. Any participant raising at least $10 will receive a t-shirt. Participants are encouraged to raise as much money as possible before and during the race.
Funds raised through the Covenant Walk for Alzheimer’s stay local in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. These funds enable Covenant Alzheimer’s Services, a member of the Covenant Care family, to educate area caregivers and the public on various components of Alzheimer's disease, provide memory screenings, offer support and education groups, respite care, counseling and access to free tracking devices for wandering patients through Project Lifesaver.
Participants and teams can register for FREE at
Make your miles count and participate in the Covenant Walk for Alzheimer’s by registering at or call 850-438-9714.

Speak About Water Preservation

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One of the World’s Leading Conservationist To Speak About Water Preservation
By: Kelly Woodard

Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and daughter of Philippe Cousteau, will be the featured speaker at the Public Square Speakers event at the WSRE Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio on the Pensacola State College campus this Tuesday, November 17
th at 7 pm. Dedicated to advocating the importance of conservation and sustainable management of water in order to preserve a healthy planet, she will speak and then hold a Q&A session.
Cousteau, a National Geographic “emerging explorer,” filmmaker and globally recognized advocate on water issues, has mastered the remarkable storytelling tradition handed down to her and has the unique ability to inspire audiences on the weighty issues of policy, politics and action.
She seeks to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on freshwater resources.
“We all live downstream from one another,” says Alexandra Cousteau. “The one thing we have in common as humans is our need for water, and what we do to that water, we are doing to ourselves.” Cousteau knows that the water cycle drives our life cycle and believes that it is important for people all over the world to understand the importance of their impact on the environment.
“We must all be aware of our so called footprint, and take action to preserve our most precious resource on the planet,” Cousteau added.
As an event for the educational outreach initiative of WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, this Public Square Speakers Event is free. For information on how to reserve a spot, visit Reservations are not required, but are recommended as space is limited.
For more information, visit

Area Schools Put On Temporary Lockdown

Area Schools Put On Temporary Lockdown After Nearby Road Rage Incident
By: Kelly Woodard

Three Pensacola schools were put on lockdown Tuesday after a road rage incident led to an armed altercation on school grounds. Washington High School, Workman Middle School and Holm Elementary School were put on alert as a precautionary measure, although the suspect in question did not attempt to enter any of the schools.
According to police reports, the incident was sparked after two drivers exchanged words in a road rage incident. One of the drivers produced a firearm near the area and pointed it at the other driver. Both the Pensacola Police Department and Escambia County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene where the suspect was taken into custody peacefully.
Deputy Superintendent of Schools, Norm Ross, said that the lockdown was strictly a safety precaution and was lifted when officers cleared the scene.

Ron Fried Named As Covenant Care

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Ron Fried Named As Covenant Care Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer
By: Kelly Woodard

Covenant Care, a family of services including Covenant Hospice, Covenant Alzheimer’s Services, Covenant Palliative Care and Covenant Kids, announced Tuesday that Ron Fried will fill the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer for the organization. In this position, Fried will support the mission of Covenant Care by focusing on growth initiatives that will allow the not-for-profit organization to serve an increased number of patients through a continuum of integrated healthcare services.
Covenant Care serves more than 800 patients daily and is dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate services to patients and loved ones facing a serious illness. According to Jenni Perkins, Director of Marketing & Communications at Covenant Care, Fried comes to Covenant Care from VITAS Healthcare in Miami, where he served as Executive Vice President of Development and Public Affairs.
Fried has over 20 years of experience in policy development and delivery of hospice services. He has served as a leading expert in the growth and development of hospice services and is a prominent and highly-respected leader in the state of Florida and national hospice communities.
Fried served as a technical expert on a hospice payment reform panel and on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ advisory panel in quality. Fried is also the immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
Fried said of his newly appointed position with Covenant Care, “I am thrilled to join Covenant Care, an organization that is dedicated to ensuring high quality care that has long been recognized as a critically important part of the healthcare community in the Northwest Florida and South Alabama regions. Moreover, the organization continues to be actively engaged and valued at the national level as an advocate for improving the quality of life of those facing serious and chronic illnesses. It is rewarding to have the opportunity to be a part of expanding our community’s access to excellent, compassionate care beyond the impressive work that has already been done by Covenant.”
Jeff Mislevy, President and CEO of Covenant Care, said in a press release that Fried is a great choice for the organization adding “Ron has an unparalleled and substantially documented passion for the end-of-life care industry. His accomplishments and impact on hospice care are too significant to quantify. He has the vision and experience required to build innovative programs and the compassion to keep those we serve at the center of his focus.”

Janet Holley

Janet Holley, Escambia County Tax Collector Reopens Warrington Location
By: Kelly Woodard

The new Janet Holley, Escambia County Tax Collector Warrington Office opened for business on Thursday, October 22
nd, at 4051 Barrancas Avenue, Suite A, in the Warrington Shopping Center.
The new 9,500 sq. ft. office will have a staff of 13 and is expected to process approximately 4,500 titles and tag registrations and 1,200 driver licenses monthly.
Holley said of the new location, “We are excited to be returning to the Warrington community.” The previous Warrington location was closed after flooding destroyed the building in April of 2014. While driver license services are by appointment only, walk-in service is available for motor vehicle and vessel registrations and titles, hunting and fishing licenses, property taxes, and business tax receipts. There will also be free parking and a 24-hour drop box.
According to Holley, the previous site was the second largest producer of the four tax collector offices, and the new location will also process concealed weapon license applications for the Department of Agriculture, a service new to the area that will be available in December.
Office hours at the new location will be Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. For information or to make an appointment, visit or call 438
6500 x3252.