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VOL. 25 NO. 4                                                                                 APRIL 2024

      Barber’s Edge – Giving Back To The Community

                                My name is Joseph Alfano,      I never had any                                Today, along with myself, we now have 10 really great
                              also known as “Joe the Barber.”   thought or plan to have                    guys at the shop. Mike, Johnn, Gio, Roy, Rich, Jay, Jere,
                              I was born in Passaic and spent   my own shop. Fate had                      Dave and Tommy, these are the guys that really make it
                              my younger years in Clifton,   a different plan. Now
                              N.J. In 1985 we moved here to   married and progressing
                              Florida. Growing up with my   in my craft, my wife
                              mom, a hair stylist, and being   Jennifer  took notice,
                              around the industry, at age 15   and with her consistent
                              I started to find a real interest   encouragement, in 2015
                              in cutting hair also. For me to   Barber’s Edge was born.
      practice, and in support, many friends and family members   Opening the doors with four chairs and four fantastic
      joined me in our family home garage subjecting themselves   employees, we began to grow and it wasn’t long before we
      to what would jokingly become some of the “worst haircuts   learned of a real community need in which we could serve,
      of their lives.” In 2008 I did go to barber school, got my   and so our team headed out on a regular basis to the Place
      license, and went on to work in the field.        of Hope providing children’s haircuts at no charge.
                          The 10th Annual

                          Live Like Jake 5K Run/Walk

                          Saturday, April 27                                                               Barber’s Edge – Giving Back To The Community on page 4

      Registration 6:15 a.m., Race                      childhood drowning prevention. Since its inaugural race
                                                        in 2015, the foundation, partnering with other drowning
      7:30 a.m., Downtown Abacoa                        prevention agencies and instructors, has made remarkable
                                                        strides, including the 2020 opening of its indoor heated pool
      Please Join Us As We Celebrate 10 Years Of        facility dedicated exclusively to year-round infant swimming
      5K Fun!                                           resource (ISR) instruction, which has led to over 1,000
                                                        babies and children learning lifesaving skills. The foundation
         Live Like Jake, the local foundation created in the memory   has also provided more than 3,600 ISR scholarships in 41
      of Jake Roarke Morrison, is marking major milestones during   different states; 12 grants to support ISR instructor training;
      its 10th Annual Live Like Jake 5K in downtown Abacoa,   financially assisted hundreds of families with critical care
      Jupiter, on April 27. Registration is now open online at:   treatments and funeral expenses following a drowning;  distributed thousands of drowning prevention outreach
         Following the 2013 tragic drowning of their 2-year-old   materials each year; reached over 100,000 households during
      son, Keri Morrison and her husband Roarke created the
      Live Like Jake Foundation in 2014 to raise awareness for   The 10th Annual Live Like Jake 5K on page 6
                                  April 2 – Pascua Florida Day

                                    Pascua Florida Day      It usually falls on the April 2, however, when it falls
                                  is celebrated as a state   on a Saturday or Sunday, the governor may declare either
                                  day here in Florida. It   the preceding Friday or following Monday as the state day.
                                  is the anniversary of the   According to the 2007 Florida Senate Statutes, the Governor
                                  discovery of Florida in   of Florida may annually issue a proclamation designating
      1513 and commemorates the sighting of Florida by Spanish   April 2 as the state day and designating the week of March
      explorer Ponce de León who searched for gold and the   27 to April 2 as “Pascua Florida Week” calling upon public
      Fountain of Youth. He named the land “Pascua Florida.”  schools and citizens of Florida to observe the same as a
                                                                                 patriotic occasion. According
                                                                                 to the Florida Department of
                                                                                 Education, Pascua Florida
                                                                                 Day is not a school holiday.

                                                                                  April 2 – Pascua Florida
                                                                                  Day on page 6
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