Tricia Woolfenden

Tricia is a dedicated NPR listener and has been for many years. When she moved to South Florida (from Grand Rapids, MI) in 2009, one of her first priorities was programming the local NPR affiliate (WLRN) into her car stereo’s audio presets.

Tricia received a Bachelors degree in journalism from Central Michigan University and immediately went to work as an arts and entertainment reporter for the Grand Rapids Press. She worked in the newsroom for about 6 years.

A changing economic climate – and brutal winters – drove Tricia to Boca Raton in 2009. She worked in marketing, public relations, and SEO before returning to her writer roots on a full-time basis in March 2012. She enjoys books, art, nature, and outdoor activities and is grateful for the world-class birding opportunities (and people watching) available in South Florida. 

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Salome at Palm Beach Opera
4:01 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

'Horrifically Beautiful' And Bloody 'Salome' Comes To Palm Beach Opera

Blood, lust, incest, and revenge are on the bill at Salome at Palm Beach Opera.
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Incest. Psychosis. Sexual taboo. Murder. A make-out session involving a severed head. Salome isn't the typical night at the opera. Likewise, the production at Palm Beach Opera this weekend is something of a departure for the South Florida cultural institution. 

"For us, German repertoire is not so often done," said Scott Guzielek, Palm Beach Opera director of artistic operations. "It's a great way for our audience to be exposed to a different style of music."

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Climate Change and Coral Reefs
7:01 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Climate Change Could Ruin Snorkeling And Fishing In Florida

Ocean warming and acidification are causing a decline in Florida's coral reefs, which are popular with fish and humans alike.
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The future of some of Florida's smallest and most seldom seen inhabitants is under threat from climate change, and that could spell big trouble further up the food chain, scientists say. South Florida's coral and algae populations are declining as ocean temperatures rise and there's an economic factor to consider, according to researchers who study the coastal underwater ecosystems. 

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South Florida Science Museum
1:00 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

U.S. Lags In Science & Tech Education, While Science Fairs Boom In Palm Beach County

The engineering competition at the South Florida Science Museum aims to get kids interested in science and tech jobs.
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At the recent WLRN/Miami Herald-sponsored Town Hall on Session 2013 panelist Sen. Jack Latvala mentioned the need to focus on science and technology education to better prepare Florida's kids for a tech-centric global job market. It's a point echoed by Lew Crampton who serves as president and chief executive officer for the South Florida Science Museum.

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Conservation Lands May Go Up For Sale
8:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

State Conservation Lands That Are Home To Endangered Bird Could Be On The Chopping Block

The South Florida Water Management District is assessing lands that are in the endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow's breeding range.
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A state agency is considering designating large tracts of state-owned lands as "surplus," including sections that are home to a near-extinct bird endemic to Florida. Surplus lands can be made available for public sale or trade, or used in ways that differ from their original intention as conservation lands.

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Environmental Issues in Session 2013
8:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

High-Stake Environmental Issues Before The Florida Legislature in 2013

A number of bills before the 2013 Session hold interest for Florida's environmental groups.
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The Florida Legislative Session 2013 is in full swing, and environmental groups are worried about a number of  bills before lawmakers. Organizations like Audubon of Florida are focused on proposed measures that would impact environmental funding, wildlife protection, water quality and land use and conservation.  

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Climate Change In Florida Schools
11:02 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Florida Not Among States Expected To Teach Students About Climate Change

Florida isn't on the list of 26 states expected to adopt new science education standards that include lessons on climate change.
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More than two dozen states are expected to adopt new national science education standards that include teaching children as young as elementary school about the effects of climate change. Florida was not among the 26 states that helped to "provide leadership" during the development stage of the Next Generation Science Standards, and it is unclear if it is among the roughly 15 states "that have indicated they may accept them," according to Inside Climate News

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Science
7:02 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Tragic Sinkhole In Tampa Sheds Light On Florida's Geological Predicament

Sinkholes can cause substantial property damage and threaten water supplies.
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The news last week of a Hillsborough County man who disappeared into a sinkhole that opened up beneath his bedroom has sparked a renewed national interest in the Florida sinkhole phenomenon.

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Human Trafficking in Broward
7:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Here's How – And Why – One South Florida Woman Is Training To Climb Mount Everest

Jill Taylor, Tina Yeager, Jen Klaassens, and Debbie Dingle will tackle Mt. Everest to raise awareness of human trafficking in South Florida.
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For tourists visiting Fort Lauderdale, a stroll across the massive 17th Street Causeway Bridge affords a rare panorama of bustling Port Everglades and the city-block-sized cruise ships that navigate the waters leading out to the Atlantic Ocean. For Jen Klaassens, it's an invaluable training ground.

"I go up and down the 17th Street Causeway Bridge and back and forth," Klaassens said. 

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Humidity and Worker Productivity
7:31 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Humidity Will Worsen With Climate Change And With It, Worker Productivity

As temperatures around the country rise, worker productivity will take a dive.
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Anyone who has tried to tend a garden or walk the dog in the height of a South Florida summer understands the energy-zapping qualities of a heat and humidity combo. A recently released study reports that climate change will mean an increase in those sticky, sweaty days.

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Florida Property Insurance Rates
7:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

How Will The Florida Legislature Tackle Property Insurance Rates? Good Question, Says Senator

Property insurance costs are high and on the rise in Florida.
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Getting a handle on property insurance rates is a top priority in the upcoming Florida Legislature 2013 regular session, but it's no easy task, according to popular consensus at Monday night's Town Hall session hosted by WLRN and the Miami Herald

"The legislature is in a terrible box," said Mary Ellen Klas, the capital bureau chief for the Miami Herald and a panelist at Monday's event. "This is one of the tough issues they have to grapple with."

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Politics
1:57 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

WLRN Town Hall Tackles The State's Tough Issues Before The Legislature's 2013 Session

Attendees at Monday night's Town Hall session came prepared with hundreds of questions on everything from healthcare to gun control.
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Education, voting reform, property insurance, and political transparency were among the topics covered during Monday night's Town Hall event on Session 2013 of the Florida Legislature hosted by WLRN and the Miami Herald.  The second annual forum marks the beginning of WLRN's coverage of Session 2013, which convenes March 5 and continues through May 3.

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Town Hall 2013 Environmental Issues
11:07 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Environment Back On The Table This Legislative Session, Says Senate Majority Leader

Wildlife viewing is popular with Florida residents and tourists, making Everglades restoration and environmental protection a matter of economic concern.
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Tough economic times put environmental issues on the Florida Legislature's back burner in recent years, but this session should be different, according to Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater), who sat on the panel at Monday night's Town Hall Session 2013 hosted by WLRN and the Miami Herald

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Power2give in Broward
7:02 am
Tue February 26, 2013

ArtServe And Other Broward Arts Groups Go Digital For Fundraising

The auditorium at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale is about due for an AV upgrade and they're turning to online donations to help get there.

The audio/visual set-up at ArtServe, an "arts incubator" in Fort Lauderdale, could use an upgrade. To get there, the organization needs equipment like XLR cables and a 12-channel mixer, plus permits and the manpower to install the gear. In total, it's expected to require nearly $7,500 in funds. 

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