Spring has sprung! Although you could be forgiven for thinking it sprung up last month in February (and for about a week in January and a couple randomly humid days in December), March marks the beginning of new life and new opportunities for both young and old. I’m excited to get out into the community, attend various festivals and cookouts, and truly appreciate all this city has to offer before the regrettable heat of summer descends upon us. We have a story detailing some ways you can travel and enjoy this weather on page 21! Speaking of new opportunities, a new legislative session is underway and it is a big one. A crop of newly minted representatives are ready and willing to make their mark in Tallahassee, and we’ve gota few ideas to help them do just that. Budgetary concerns are always on the horizon, and while we are optimistic about revenue streams for community service programs, it doesn’t hurt to call your congressperson! Our own Mr. Clark goes more in depth on page 10.
The tides of cash from our state’s and nation’s capitol may ebb and flow, but one things that remains consistent is the tireless work of volunteers—human and otherwise! While our two-legged helpers are always there to lend an assistive hand to those in need, be it by delivering meals, building a ramp, or just socializing with our clients, there are some four-legged friends out there who also provide care and support in their own ways. We’ve got you covered on both fronts, and we encourage you to volunteer if you have the time, or benefit from the efforts of a volunteer if you so need.
And of course, how could we not talk about our cover stars? It’s Neil Giraldo Pat Benatar! While I am quite proud of myself for that rhyme, my own lyrical skills pale in comparison to the famous songstress’s. With such hits as “Love Is a Battlefield,” “We Belong,” and of course “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” Benatar defined pop rock and female empowerment for a generation. We were extremely fortunate to chat with her and her husband of 35 years about all things music and otherwise, so get “All Fired Up” for our interview on page 32. I hope you enjoy this issue. If you did—and even if you don’t—I’d love to hear from you at (850) 432-1475. And don’t forget, Coming of Age TV airs Monday through Friday on Cox Channel 4. You can also view episodes at youtube.com/coawfla.
Until next time—enjoy life, you’ve earned it!