I'm not a sponge exactly, but I find that something I look at is a great opportunity for ideas. – Martha Stewart
We have been stuck on 1.7 for much longer than anyone had envisioned. There has been no new news on Bukkit and many rumors about it being done for good. However, there may be some light coming over the horizon to end our long darkness. The Sponge community is making fast progress toward a replacement API with many of the old Bukkit plug-in projects on-board to support it. The ETA is not set yet, but one of the leads hopes to have something available for plug-in authors to work with sometime in November. For the curious you can see the Sponge FAQ and kept an eye on the Sponge Forum for updates.
Oh, and by the way, the winners for the Moments in Minecraft creative contest are...
1st - Lightningwolf24
2nd - TE_Gamer
3rd - cxh98 and gabeismae
Thanks to all who participated.