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Boys & Girls Club of Manatee launches app

Boys & Girls Club of Manatee launches app

Manatee County, FL -- The Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County recently announced the launch of their new app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. 

The app keeps users up-to-date on the latest news and events going on with the Boys & Girls Club. The app free and no registration is required. 

The BCBG Manatee app allows users to:

Braden River High School wins state award

Braden River High School wins state award

Bradenton, FL -- Braden River High School's Engineering Design and Leadership Academy has been named 2012 "International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Senior High School Program of the Year".

Students from the school took first place at the 2011 Florida Technology Student Association State Competition.

The teachers and students in the program will be recognized nationally in March at a conference in California.  They'll be recognized by the state at a conference in November.

Volunteers needed for history fair

Volunteers needed for history fair

Bradenton, FL -- Manatee County's annual History Fair is scheduled for February, but organizers still need volunteers for the event.

Volunteers will judge students, grades 6-12, on their exhibits and performances. To check out last year's submissions, click here.

Judging days are Feb. 11 or 24, while training is scheduled for Jan. 25 or 28.

Traffic app helps holiday shoppers

Before you head out to the mall this year for Christmas shopping keep in mind that you can take a look at what traffic looks like before you get on the highway.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has an app for that.

The Florida 511 app now features traffic camera views that show crashes, congestion and other incidents on all of Florida's interstates and roll roads. The app uses the iPhone's GPS tracking to provide you with traffic information within miles of your location.

Local software to be showcased at tech conference in Long Beach, CA

Local software to be showcased at tech conference in Long Beach, CA

Manatee County—Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, R.B. “Chips” Shore traveled to Long Beach, CA this week, where he will demonstrate the “Manatee Model,” an application developed to attach to court management systems, at the bi-annual Court Technology Conference, the premier showcase for new court technologies.

The “Manatee Model” is the concept envisioned by Shore and developed in conjunction with the Judges of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit that paves the way for a paperless courtroom for judges. With the use of artificial intelligence software developed by Mentis Technology Solutions, known as “aiSmartBench,” the Manatee Model allows judges to quickly and effectively manage cases in electronic format as easily as traditional paper files.

Electric car charging stations coming to Lakewood Ranch

Electric car charging stations coming to Lakewood Ranch

In the largest green-certified master-planned community in the state of Florida, installation is starting on two electric car charging stations in Lakewood Ranch.  Installation of the stations is expected to be complete within the next 30 days at two Lakewood Ranch locations—one at the University Parkway Information Center, and the other at Main Street.

The stations are designed to accommodate all-electric cars, such as the new Ford Focus Electric, Tesla,  and the Nissan Leaf, as well as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, such as the Chevy Volt or the Fisker Karma.  The stations also will be able to re-charge other types of vehicles, such as electric golf carts, neighborhood electric vehicles, and electric scooters and motorcycles.