KAREN LEÓN

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Stepmothers Face Challenges Raising Stepdaughters in Blended Families

In our society divorce, remarriage and blended families are becoming more and more commonplace. Unfortunately, the already daunting task of merging two households is further complicated by the negative bias toward the stepmother/stepdaughter relationship. Regardless of the aspirations of most stepmothers to simply love their stepdaughters and take an active role in their lives, from a tender age… Read More

The Positive Influence and Rewards of being a Stepmother

Maritza Lastra is currently reading  the novel "Stepmonster" by Wednesday Martin, Ph.D. "This novel is a must read because it provides a true insight into the lives and experiences of so many blended families" Mrs. Lastra stated. (Photo/Karen León)

In the article “Stepmothers Face Challenges Raising Stepdaughters in Blended Families” Maritza Lastra of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., shared her personal experience raising her stepdaughter for twenty-two years. Mrs. Lastra’s stepdaughter Bianca Lastra recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla. “This was a big accomplishment for Bianca because she did not… Read More

Kendall’s JD Krew Walk To Cure Diabetes

St. Petersburg – Kendall Browning of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., and her JD Krew participate in the 2014 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes on April 12, held at Fort De Soto Park to raise money to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). It is important for people to be aware of the impact that… Read More

NYPD Retired Officer Still Going Strong

Samuel Perez of Lutz, Fla., retired from the New York City Police Department after 20 years of honorable and distinguished service. Perez held numerous ranks within the police department and was directly involved with 9/11 Ground Zero recovery efforts. Upon retirement he temporarily left law enforcement, and worked in different aspects of the private sector. Eventually,… Read More

Embracing A Child With Down Syndrome

La’Mena Faye Costa was born in Spring Hill, Fla., 5-years-ago. To her mother’s surprise, La’Mena was born with Down syndrome and her family was not aware of it until the moment she was born.  Her mother, Stephanie Hartt, decided to embrace the situation and remain positive while giving her Down syndrome child a loving and… Read More

Facilitating the High School Transition

Sunlake High School located in Land O’ Lakes, Fla., facilitates the Curriculum Fair Event on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.  The event transitions students to the upcoming 2014 – 2015 school year course selections. This is important because it orientates incoming freshmen with information that prepares them for the transition into high school. Although the event targets… Read More