From the Palm Beach Post:
JUPITER — Lauren Sullivan, known for her dedication to helping seniors, her quirky craft skills and her passion for the outdoors, died from cancer Jan. 28, seven weeks before her wedding. The Jupiter resident was 26.
An Ocala native, Sullivan was the founding executive director of the Pearl Mae Foundation. The nonprofit, based at Indiantown Road and Whitney Drive, provides food and assistance for low-income seniors. It also offers scholarships to health-care and law-enforcement students.
“She exuded warmth, care and loving. We had a chat on my front door when she dropped off food. She was dedicated to helping people,” said Elaine Holtsberg, 80, remembering when Sullivan brought a bag of groceries to her Jupiter home several months ago.
A graduate of the University of South Florida, Sullivan was appointed to the top spot at the foundation in 2016. Being the boss did not stop her from getting into the nitty-gritty of fundraising and food distribution, said Debra Finnel, who was to be her mother-in-law.
The foundation is named after Finnel’s grandmother, who was a missionary along with her husband.
“We were attached at the hip. I moved back to Jupiter because of Lauren,” said Thomsen.
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'APOCALYPTIC': Extent of Hurricane Dorian’s Damage Emerges in the Bahamas, Rescue Efforts Underway
The “apocalyptic” damage inflicted on the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian began to emerge Wednesday; with rescue crews arriving after the powerful storm stalled over the island chain for nearly 40 years.
“Hurricane Dorian carved a path of destruction through the Bahamas and relief officials on Tuesday were preparing for a humanitarian crisis after one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the islands killed at least five people, with the scale of the disaster as yet unknown,” reports Reuters.
“Right now there are just a lot of unknowns,” Parliament member Iram Lewis said. “We need help.”
“We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history,” said Prime Minister Hubert Minnis.
“The devastation is unlike anything that we’ve ever seen before,” added the National Security Minister. “We’re beginning to get on the ground, get our people in the right places. We have a lot of work in the days and weeks and months ahead.”
“The U.S. may be getting a little bit lucky with respect to Hurricane Dorian, but please don’t let down your guard. As it heads up the coast, lots of very bad and unpredictable things can happen! On the other hand, the Bahamas have been devastated. We are sending crews to help!” posted the President on social media.
“It’s total devastation. It’s decimated. Apocalyptic,” said Lia Head-Rigby, who helps run a local hurricane relief group https://t.co/YO7Ioju0Me @Rachel_Lynn_A reports on #HurricaneDorian in #TheSift
— WORLD (@WNGdotorg) September 4, 2019
Disney is donating more that $1 million to the Bahamas for Dorian relief. #Chedline pic.twitter.com/ZMM73dgahc
— Cheddar News ? (@cheddar) September 4, 2019
The storm is currently moving northwest off the Florida coast and could strike North Carolina by midnight.
Read the full report at Reuters.
'TOO LATE TO LEAVE': Hurricane Michael Could Strengthen to CAT 5, Landfall in Hours
Hurricane Michael is gathering strength and picking up steam as it heads towards the coast of Florida’s panhandle Wednesday; potentially becoming a Category 5 storm as it makes landfall later today.
“As powerhouse Michael, a Category 4 hurricane, hurtled closer to the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, the supercharged storm had maximum sustained winds of 150 mph – just seven miles shy of a Category 5,” warned USA Today.
“It’s our first storm (forecast) to be on top of us,” said one longtime resident. “We’ve had a number of them come into the Gulf, and either come to the left or the right of us. But never on top of us.”
“The time to evacuate coastal areas has come and gone,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott. “If you are in an inland county you might have one more chance to evacuate, but only if local officials say it is safe.”