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Published:Wednesday | June 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

Students from Free Hill Primary and Infant School in St Mary were celebrating last week after winning the local health department's annual health and environment quiz competition.The contest, which featured students from the parish's primary and...

Published:Thursday | June 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

Hyacinth Samuels, the regional coordinator for the North-East Regional Health Authority's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, believes a lack of financial and employment opportunities is helping to create a new generation of unstable young...

Published:Wednesday | June 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

Last week, history lovers and groups of local and international students travelled to the Taino Heritage Camp (THC) at Eden Park in Oracabessa, St Mary, for a one-day festival celebrating Jamaica's rich but relatively unknown indigenous legacy....

Published:Thursday | June 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

PORT MARIA, St Mary:As the National Council on Drug Abuse's substance abuse officer for the parish of St Mary, Erica Barnett-Haughton is quite naturally convinced that the often undeclared exploitation of narcotics such as cannabis and alcohol is...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

PORT MARIA, St Mary:Fifteen patriotic and community-focused citizens from the county of Middlesex were honoured last Thursday at the Anglican Church Hall in Port Maria, St Mary, during a presentation ceremony for the 2017 Governor-General...

Published:Wednesday | May 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

PORT MARIA, St Mary:Politicians and representatives from several government agencies teamed up with local residents in St Mary on Tuesday for the parish Labour Day project, which included the beautification of three historic sites in Port Maria.For...

Published:Thursday | May 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

As vice-president of the parent-teacher association (PTA) at Beecham Hill Primary and Infant School in Flint River, St Mary, Shamar Stona interacts with and observes mothers, fathers, and children on a daily basis.Stona's role in the PTA, coupled...

Published:Thursday | May 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

According to Dalton Slew, senior guidance counsellor at the Oracabessa High School in St Mary, broken families and a lack of free-flowing information between children and their parents are two of the biggest domestic problems facing the parish's...

Published:Wednesday | May 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

Bankers, retailers, and teachers got together last week to take part in an innovative maths project that aimed to improve child numeracy rates in a deep rural community in central St Mary.Last Friday, representatives from Courts, the National...

Published:Wednesday | May 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

As the start of the hurricane season approaches (June 1), St Mary's coordinator for disaster preparedness, Yolande Jankie, said she believes the citizens of her parish could be doing much more to protect themselves from the potential devastation...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

Open graves in the White Hall Cemetery, the dilapidated state of the Westmoreland Bridge, and the efforts to regularise Annotto Bay's transportation centre were among the most pressing issues discussed at the St Mary Municipal Corporation's monthly...

Published:Thursday | May 11, 2017 | 1:18 PMOrantes Moore

Guidance counsellor Maurice Richards is a community-focused member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) who insists that Jamaica has been in moral decline for many years but who fears that the worst is yet to come.Speaking recently from his...

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

ORACABESSA, St Mary:Having spent almost two decades working in the education system, high school English teacher-turned-guidance counsellor Patricia White has observed how instability in the local economy affects the behaviour of the children in her...

Published:Wednesday | May 3, 2017 | 11:54 AMOrantes Moore

PORT MARIA, St Mary:Since 2013, beekeeper Patrick Haywood has noticed a significant upsurge in the number of consumers who understand and appreciate the healing properties of honey.Haywood, who is from Port Maria, St Mary, insists that global demand...

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

PORT MARIA, St Mary:St Mary Health Services concluded its annual Health Month celebrations last week with a drama competition and awards ceremony that aimed to introduce the subject of mental health illness to primary-school students across the...

Published:Friday | April 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

Dozens of students, heritage fans, and local residents packed into the Claude Stuart Park in Port Maria, St Mary, yesterday, for the parish's 13th annual Tacky Day celebrations.The event, hosted by the St Mary Parish Library under the theme 'The...

Published:Tuesday | April 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

PORT MARIA, St Mary:It is very rare in the public sector to find an individual about whom no one has a bad word to say, however, the parish manager of St Mary Health Services, Dr Isaac Brown, falls neatly into this category.Brown is a friendly and...

Published:Thursday | April 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

PORT MARIA, St Mary:Although there is no biblical scripture that directly encourages people to donate blood, the vast majority of Christians agree that giving blood to help, for example, infants and children suffering from cancer, heart problems, or...

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

DOVER, St Mary:Earlier this month, mental health specialists from across St Mary travelled to the north coast district of Dover, close to the parish's border with Portland, for a commemorative community fair to celebrate Health Month and World...

Published:Thursday | April 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

PORT MARIA, St Mary:In recent months, the Northeast Jamaica Conference (NEJC) of Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Churches has come under fire in St Mary from three former members who claim the organisation is flawed, intolerant, and unwilling to...

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

ISLINGTON, St Mary:In a bid to improve numeracy rates and dispel students'anxieties over fractions, digits, and decimal points, educators at Hillside Primary and Infant School in Islington, St Mary, last week launched an innovate one-day exhibition...

Published:Thursday | April 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

HIGHGATE, St Mary:For the last seven years, the Clermont Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church in Highgate, St Mary, has hosted Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) programmes to provide a second chance at education to residents of the community....

Published:Tuesday | April 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

PORT MARIA, St Mary:As the newly elected chairman of the St Mary Parish Development Committee (PDC), Raymond Grant plans to revive a flagging organisation, which is supposed to coordinate and monitor local development, but has been temporarily...

Published:Thursday | March 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

PORT MARIA, St Mary:In the 15 months since Family and Religion last spoke with Imam Mustafa Muwwakkil of the Masjid (mosque) in Port Maria, St Mary, the country has experienced a change of administration, and its most important trading partner has...

Published:Thursday | March 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMOrantes Moore

LUCKY HILL, St Mary:According to youth and gender advocate Tameka Hill, double standards in the Church and the redundant veneration of religious leaders are two of the biggest issues presently facing Christians in Jamaica.As the daughter of a pastor...

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