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| June 8, 2015

flagler entertainers of the year 2015

Deniasha Antoine and Darvin Barthellemy of Flagler Palm Coast High School are trhe 2015 Entertainers of the Year in the senior division. They were crowned at Thursday’s Spotlight on Youth Talent show at the Flagler Auditorium. (Cheryl Massaro)

Today’s weather: partly cloudy, high 85, low 71. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is Low. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 527
The weather in Mercury, Nevada: high 97, low 68. Details.
The OED’s Word of the Day: plum, v.
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.


Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

In Flagler and Palm Coast:

Note: all government meetings noticed below are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

bunnell logoThe Bunnell City Commission holds a fair housing workshop to discuss the complaint procedure for fair housing violations. That’s not to suggest that there have been violations, necessarily: In order to apply for the federal Community Development Block Grant grant for the Southside Sewer Rehabilitation project, the city is required to hold a Fair Housing Workshop. A representative from Fred Fox Enterprises will be at the meeting to facilitate it, starting at 6:45 p.m. and scheduled to go for no more than 15 minutes (suggesting its pro-forma approach), at City Hall chambers, 201 W. Moody Boulevard/S. Forsyth Street, Bunnell.

The Bunnell City Commission meets at 7 p.m. Mayor Catherine Robinson will be designated the Voting Delegate for the Annual Conference of the Florida League of Cities. Jerry Jones is expected to be appointed to the Planning and Zoning Board. The commission is also expected to discuss and possibly approve a new deferred compensation plan for its employees. Topmost on the agenda, however, is the discussion and likely approval of the federal Community Development Block Grant application. The grant dollars would be used to perform the Southside Sewer Rehabilitation project. It is a $700,000 grant. The project also involves the rehabilitation of two lift station pumps, the replacement of 6100 feet of gravity sewer, the replacement of 1250 linear feet of four inch force main, and the construction of a 35,000 gallon flow equalization tank at the waste water treatment facility. The replacement of the 6100 feet of sewer directly benefits 77 households. The balance of the items indirectly benefits the entire city. The commission is also to approve spending $50,000 in local, taxpayer dollars to match the federal grant. The full agenda is available here.

Flagler County’s Land Acquisition Committee, which advises the county commission on how to spend tax-payer approved dollars on sensitive land preservation, was scheduled to meet today at 3:30 p.m. The meeting has been cancelled.

flagler county library friends logoFlagler County Public Library Board holds its monthly meeting at the main library’s Doug Cisney Room at 4:30 p.m. The committee is scheduled to discuss the library’s three-year “Long Range Plan” and make appropriate decisions. It is also expected to discuss the evaluation process of Library Director Holley Albanese, and to discuss parking matters at the library. The public is welcome.

The Flagler County Education Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Flagler County school district, holds its annual meeting and 25th Anniversary Dinner at the Hammock Dunes Club, where new officers will be inducted. Garry Lubi, a former chamber president, a current Daytona State trustee and a vice president at Ameris Bank, will be the foundation’s new president. By invitation only, 6:30 p.m.

Linda Provencher. (© FlaglerLive)

Linda Provencher. (© FlaglerLive)

Flagler Beach Mayor Linda Provencher hosts a town hall meeting at 5 p.m. at the City Hall Commission Chambers in Flagler Beach.

Closure note: Matanzas Parkway Bridge at I-95 is closed for the I-95 interchange project and will remain closed until Aug. 9. Detour will be via Old Kings Road. Details here.

Local News Recap:

Budget deal: After months of federal negotiations and proposals floated by Gov. Rick Scott, the House and the Senate, lawmakers on Saturday reached tentative agreements on how much money should flow to hospitals and other medical providers that care for large numbers of low-income patients. On education, the lead House and Senate negotiators conceded that they are unlikely to reach Gov. Rick Scott’s goal of record funding for public schools on a per-student basis. While Scott’s goal of $7,176 a head was already a long shot, there was still a possibility that the Legislature could top the old high-water mark of $7,126 in the 2007-08 school year.

The Flagler Beach family whose house burned down May 8 has a home: “Virtual Homes Realty in Palm Coast found the three-bedroom house for the family of Jessica Johnson and James Ghormley and their three children, according to property manager Jacqueline Iacovelli, and negotiated with the home’s owner for a lower rental price. The 1,235-square-foot home also has two bathrooms and a large backyard,” the News-Journal reports. (Story pay-wall protected.)

Texting and driving PSA: A group of Matanzas High School students backed by a coalition of local businesses and government agencies unveiled a video public service announcement on the dangers of texting and driving in what may be the first of a series of such announcements. The idea was the brainchild of Palm Coast attorney Michael Chiumento, whose firm represents numerous clients involved in wrecks resulting from distracted driving.

Palm Coast man allegedly exports his crack business to Bunnell: Tyrone Patterson, a 37-year-old resident of Palm Coast’s R-section who was charged with child abuse in March–he was upset over a messy house–and had previously had numerous drug charges against him dropped, is at the Flagler County jail on $720,000 bond and facing numerous charges of trafficking cocaine, growing marijuana, and battering an individual. He is alleged to have operated a crack and marijuana distribution house in Bunnell.

Portuguese consulate now open in Palm Coast: “This decision was based on the fact that Orlando had a limited response to the needs of such an extensive Portuguese Community in the state of Florida,” The News-Journal reports. “On the other hand, Palm Coast is showing significant demographic growth. There are more than 5,000 Portuguese citizens in Palm Coast.” (Story paywall-protected)

Jason Wheeler of Channel 13 features Access Flagler, the monthly fair for the poor.

The Observer’s Shanna Fortier has a slide show on Thursday’s Spotlight on Flagler Youth at the auditorium.

Judge William Parsons Is Resigning to Join Cobb Cole Firm in Daytona: The two-time chief judge of the 7th Judicial Circuit, which includes all of Flagler County, will be “of counsel,” which means he’ll be neither a partner nor an associate at the firm.

(© FlaglerLive)

(© FlaglerLive)

In Court:

Judge J. David Walsh hears pleas in several felony cases this morning starting at 8:30 in Courtroom 401. At 1:30 p.m. he hears a plea from John Richard Hrabovsky, accused of tax evasion. County Judge Melissa Moore Stens is in juvenile proceedings much of the day. Judge Michael Orfinger holds non-jury trials in civil cases.

In State Government:

Note: Most proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel.

Legislature: The Florida House and Senate are expected to hold a floor session at 1 p.m.

The State Child Abuse Death Review Committee will meet as it seeks ways to reduce child-abuse deaths. (9 a.m., Embassy Suites USF, 3705 Spectrum Blvd., Tampa.)

Beyond:

President Obama is in Germany for a Group of 7 meeting on continuing sanctions against Russia and controlling greenhouse gases.

Mexico’s mid-term election results are expected today, with the governing party expected to retain control of the 500-seat lower house of Congress and a majority of the governorships.

The Senate debates the Pentagon budget.

Severe weather is expected today from the Southern plains to the Northeast.

PR Releases:

Summer Basketball Skill Development Camp at Flagler Palm Coast High School Gymnasium: The program is set for Monday through Friday, June 22 – July 24, with High School Players Clinics Monday/Wednesday/Friday noon to 3 p.m., Elementary and Middle School Players Tuesday/Thursday/Friday, noon to 3 p.m. The cost is $150 for the entire camp, including 15 sessions and a camp shirt. Registration is at FPC, Building 100, on June 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, Coach Michael Steward, (386) 473-2372.

Yogi & Boo-Boo. Click on the image for larger view. (Nature Scapes)

Yogi & Boo-Boo. (Nature Scapes)

Help the Baiata Bird Sanctuary Win a $25,000 Prize: One of the jewels of Flaglar County is the Baiata Bird Sanctuary. Tucked away in the Oaks along with Nature Scapes and Salvo Art, the sanctuary is located in Bunnell, Florida. It is a great place to visit with your family as well as alone. And best of all, admission is completely free. If you live too far away to visit, please enjoy our web site, www.palmcoastbirds.com. Without having to own a bird, visitors can watch some exotic birds in an almost natural habitat. For those considering getting a bird, the Sanctuary gives the opportunity to see several different kinds of birds. Visitors can even get up close and, if one of the volunteers is on site, the curious can ask questions and learn more.The Baiata Bird Sanctuary is named after Mary-Lou Baiata, the long-time owner of Nature Scapes and the birds before her passing in the summer of 2014. The Sanctuary is a Florida non-profit organization and a 501 C corporation designed to help rehabilitate and rehome abused or neglected parrots. The sanctuary provides a safe haven for the pet birds of Flagler County and surrounding counties that need help. The non-profit officially started on August 7, 2014 with six parrots and those same six are flourishing under the daily and watchful care of volunteers. In most cases, original owners gave up the birds because they could no longer care for them. Some were moving to assisted living centers or nursing homes. More recently, the sanctuary has been offered several additional birds. Because of space limitations, these birds never came to the sanctuary, but were immediately adopted by our volunteers. The $25,000 prize from Wells Fargo will enable us to take in more birds. To do this, we need to build a new, concrete structure to house the birds properly, protecting them from the weather elements such as heavy rain, heat, and cold. This structure would have a large deck, so that we can wheel the birds out into the sunlight on nice days for our visitors to enjoy. Currently, the birds reside in a rickety old porch at night. Carpenter ants have destroyed some of the wood and the porch is hard to heat and cool. They are rolled outside each day but there is no protection from the elements. Building a new structure has been our long term goal since inception. Please vote daily and as often as possible for our sanctuary project: https://wellsfargoworks.com/project?x=us-en_viewentriesandvote_14708

Flagler County Spotlight on Youth Talent Show, 2015, Award winners:

*Senior Entertainer of the Year: Grades 9th -12th*
Deniasha Antoine & Darvin Barthellemy (FPC)
Singing & Playing “Almost is Never Enough” by
Ariana Grande & Nathan Sykes.
1st Runner-Up: Caitlin Eriser: (FPC)
Singing “Lost in the Brass” from “Band Geeks” Musical.
2nd Runner-Up: Crayton McBride: (MHS)
Singing & Performing “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables’ from “Les Miserable”.
**Middle School Entertainer of the Year: Grades 6th -8th**
Eric Dangerfield (ITMS)
Singing & Playing Guitar to “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
1st Runner-Up: Olivia Boston (BES)
Singing: “Halo” By Beyonce
2nd Runner-Up: Lexi Vergerano(BTMS)
Singing “When I Was Your Man” (Female Version) By Bruno Mars
***Elementary Entertainer of the Year: K-5th***
Jada Guarino (BTES)
Singing “At Last” by Etta James
1st Runner-Up: Raylinna Giaccone & Brina Rivera (OKES)
Singing: “I’m Wide Awake” by Kati Perry
2nd Runner-Up: Edwina Mezo (BES)
Singing “it a Hard Knock Life” from Annie
Congratulations to these VERY Talented Flagler County Youth, and all participants making the 2015 Spotlight Talent Show,  
the best show yet, and helping to Raise Money for the G.W. Carver Foundation. 

More Reality House Clients Earn American Culinary Federation Certifications: SMA Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. (SMA) is pleased to announce that four more Reality House clients, inmates serving the remaining part of their jail sentence, have successfully completed the written and practical exams for their American Culinary Federation Certification and have earned their culinary certifications, bringing the total to 18 certifications in less than a year and a half. Reality House’s culinary arts vocational curriculum was designed and is overseen by the University of Florida. Instruction is provided by Chef Kirk Kief, CEC, CPC. The Tomoka Correctional Institute and the Department of Correction’s assistance and support has been invaluable to the continued success of this program. Reality House is a component of the Residential Services Division of Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare. The program is licensed as a Level II Residential Facility by the Department of Children and Families and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF) as a Therapeutic Community (TC) for Criminal Justice. The Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) recognized Reality House as a “Best Practice” in 2001, and CARF designated Reality House as an “Exemplary Program” in 2007. They provide inmates nearing end of their sentence with substance abuse treatment, vocational training, and job placement assistance as they prepare to re-enter the community. Reality House includes 145 treatment beds and 28 work release beds. It is the only addictions treatment program of its kind in Florida housing inmates offered in a freestanding environment, outside the walls of a prison. Milieu therapy and social learning theory provide the clinical foundations for the clients’ recovery process. Duration of the residential phase of the program is nine to twelve months depending upon client’s clinical progress and criminal justice status.

Flagler Chamber Seeks Applicants for Leadership Flagler’s 23rd Class: The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for Leadership Flagler, a program that nurtures and engages the leadership skills of potential and current community leaders. Now in its 23rd year, the three-month program provides insight about Flagler County’s operations, attributes, issues and opportunities, while inspiring participants to take active roles as stewards of and advocates for positive change within the community. Ten to 15 candidates representing Flagler County’s diverse professional community are selected to participate each year. An alumni council of Leadership Flagler graduates oversees the program, selects participants and develops curriculum. Starting in late August, classes meet Wednesday mornings from 8:30 a.m. until noon with sessions on business, government, health and human services, art and culture, education, agriculture and growth management. Class members are expected to comply with the program’s attendance policy, and to complete a group community service project prior to graduation. Past Leadership Flagler Classes have supported literacy programs like the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Flagler County and Josh Crews Writing Project, and Youth Leadership Flagler, a program created by Leadership Flagler 20 now in its third year of inspiring future leaders at the high school level. As a special incentive this year, the Chamber is offering an early bird tuition rate of $350 before July 31 for current members and $500 for future members. These rates will increase by $100 for participants that sign up after July 31. If you are an aspiring leader, don’t miss this once a year opportunity! Simply complete the application for Leadership Flagler 23 and return it to the Chamber before the deadline Friday, July 31. Leadership Flagler is one of nearly 700 programs nationwide devoted to shaping high-profile community leaders. Since its start in 1993, Leadership Flagler has graduated more than 230 professionals. For more information, call Rebecca DeLorenzo or Gretchen Smith at 386.437.0106.

Leadership Flagler Application, Class of 2015

Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports:

The latest look of the future Palm Coast City Hall at Town Center. Click on the image for larger view.

The latest look of the future Palm Coast City Hall at Town Center. Click on the image for larger view.

The following is an update of ongoing construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through June 5:

Island Walk Shopping Center (Former Palm Harbor Shopping Center), 80 percent done: A 3rd Grease Interceptor has been installed behind the new buildings on the west end of the project. Three sewer wyes have been installed to serve the Grease Interceptors.

Palm Coast Parkway Six-Laning is 77 percent done: Widening on the north side of the parkway continues. Landscape irrigation work continues. Contractor dug up road at night on 5/28/15 to locate obstacles and clear the path for the 12″ water tie from Cypress Point Pkwy into the new 16″ water main on Boulder Rock Drive. The new 16″ coming from the west to Old Kings Rd is being prepared for tie in of the 12″ direct bury crossing of Old Kings
road to the median of Wendy’s, some of this work will be done at night.

Royal Palms Parkway Improvements, 97 percent done: Substantial Completion walkthrough 6-3.Rymfire intersection raised median 95%.

Holland Park, 18 percent done: Rough grading of site.

Palm Coast City Hall at Town Center, 51 percent done: Installation of drywall of interior walls, mechanical duct work installation, electrical conduit rough-in and fire sprinkler piping continues. Installation of exterior windows and exterior wall trim continues. Grading and layout for parking area has begun. See ongoing images of construction here.

Shops at Pine Lakes Convenience Store, 65 percent done: The package Pump Station has been set and plumbing continues. Contractor has installed the Force main into the existing manhole on Wynnfield Drive. The road lane closure for the manhole core to install the force main was completed
and the road has been repaired.

Walmart Addition, 30 percent done: Construction of new addition continues.

Missing Pets: Harley was found

Harley the is a 75-pound dog who broke away from its owner at Linear Park on May 28, was found alive and taken to the vet over the weekend.

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In the Press, In the News:

SEAL Team 6: A Secret History of Quiet Killings and Blurred Lines: The New York Times on Sunday published a 9,000-word account, disturbing in many regards, about the Navy SEALS’ Team 6, the special operations’ most elite force–and the corps responsible for the assassination of Osama bin laden–tracing back its history and its current use, or overuse, through more deployments than it was trained for, using tactics that blur the lines between legality and vigilantism. “While fighting grinding wars of attrition in Afghanistan and Iraq, Team 6 performed missions elsewhere that blurred the traditional lines between soldier and spy. The team’s sniper unit was remade to carry out clandestine intelligence operations, and the SEALs joined Central Intelligence Agency operatives in an initiative called the Omega Program, which offered greater latitude in hunting adversaries. Team 6 has successfully carried out thousands of dangerous raids that military leaders credit with weakening militant networks, but its activities have also spurred recurring concerns about excessive killing and civilian deaths. Afghan villagers and a British commander accused SEALs of indiscriminately killing men in one hamlet; in 2009, team members joined C.I.A. and Afghan paramilitary forces in a raid that left a group of youths dead and inflamed tensions between Afghan and NATO officials. Even an American hostage freed in a dramatic rescue has questioned why the SEALs killed all his captors. When suspicions have been raised about misconduct, outside oversight has been limited. Joint Special Operations Command, which oversees SEAL Team 6 missions, conducted its own inquiries into more than a half-dozen episodes, but seldom referred them to Navy investigators. “JSOC investigates JSOC, and that’s part of the problem,” said one former senior military officer experienced in special operations, who like many others interviewed for this article spoke on the condition of anonymity because Team 6’s activities are classified. Even the military’s civilian overseers do not regularly examine the unit’s operations. “This is an area where Congress notoriously doesn’t want to know too much,” said Harold Koh, the State Department’s former top legal adviser, who provided guidance to the Obama administration on clandestine war.” From The Times.

Abortions Declining in Nearly All States: “Explanations vary. Abortion-rights advocates attribute it to expanded access to effective contraceptives and a drop in unintended pregnancies. Some foes of abortion say there has been a shift in societal attitudes, with more choosing to carry their pregnancies to term. everal of the states that have been most aggressive in passing antiabortion laws — including Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, and Oklahoma — have seen their abortion numbers drop by more than 15 percent since 2010. But more liberal states such as New York, Washington, and Oregon also had declines of that magnitude, even as they maintained unrestricted access to abortion. Nationwide, the survey showed a decrease in abortions of about 12 percent since 2010 [and nearly 10 percent in Florida]. […] [F]ive of the six states with the biggest declines — Hawaii at 30 percent, New Mexico at 24 percent, Nevada at 22 percent, and Rhode Island and Connecticut — have passed no recent laws to restrict abortion. Advocates for abortion rights said the figures demonstrate that restrictive laws are not needed to reduce the number of abortions significantly. That can be achieved, they said, by helping more women obtain affordable, effective contraception, including long-lasting options such as IUDs and hormonal implants.” From AP.

More seniors are being buried by housing debt: “Of all the financial threats facing Americans of retirement age — outliving savings, falling for scams, paying for long-term care — housing isn’t supposed to be one. But after a home-price collapse, the worst recession since the 1930s and some calamitous decisions to turn homes into cash machines, millions of them are straining to make house payments. The consequences can be severe. Retirees who use retirement money to pay housing costs can face disaster if their health deteriorates or their savings run short. They’re more likely to need help from the government, charities or their children. Or they must keep working deep into retirement. […] The Baby Boom generation was already facing a retirement crunch: Over the past two decades, employers have largely eliminated traditional pensions, forcing workers to manage their retirement savings. Many Boomers didn’t save enough, invested badly or raided their retirement accounts. […] he Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office for Older Americans says 30% of homeowners 65 and older (6.5 million people) were paying a mortgage in 2013, up from 22% in 2001. Federal Reserve numbers show the share of people 75 and older carrying home loans jumped from 8% in 2001 to 21% in 2011. What’s more, the median mortgage held by Americans 65 and older has more than doubled since 2001 — to $88,000 from $43,400, the financial protection bureau says. In markets hit hardest by the housing bust, a substantial share of older Americans are stuck with mortgages that exceed their home’s value. In Atlanta, it’s 23% of homeowners 50 and older, according to the real-estate research firm Zillow. In Las Vegas, it’s 26%. In the worst cases, hundreds of thousands of older Americans have lost homes to foreclosure.” From USA Today.

Where money grows on trees: investors are plunking their money on forests: “Why the lush returns? For one, timber prices are on the up, making the land used to grow trees more valuable too. Though an irregular source of income (your average tree needs 30-odd years to grow), timber sales alone account for returns of around 2-4% a year, according to MSCI, an equity-index firm. But the root of the forestry boom is overwhelming demand from investors who want to get their hands on land, says Mark Weedon, MSCI’s head of alternative investments. Most private forests belong to wealthy families who want safe places to store their capital, alternative sources of income as interest rates remain low and who (especially since the financial crisis) prize assets they can touch and sniff over paper promises. Forests also enjoy overgrown tax breaks: their owners pay no capital-gains tax for growing timber and no income tax for selling it. Like farmland, forests allow owners to pass on wealth without paying inheritance tax. All this has created a market in which a growing number of buyers chases a limited supply (less than half of Britain’s 3m hectares, or 7.4m acres, of forest are “investment grade”, and most rarely changes hands). Thanks to the growing renewable-energy market and the subsidies that come with it, smart investors are now getting even more bang for their bark.” From The Economist.

Road and Interstate Construction:

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Matanzas Woods Parkway closed Friday: Matanzas Woods Parkway is closed until early August for construction of the Interstate 95 interchange. The portion of Matanzas Woods Parkway that spans I-95 will be reconstructed to accommodate four single-lane ramps for on and off access to the interstate. Other improvements include the widening of the interstate to accommodate new acceleration and deceleration lanes, wet detention ponds adjacent to the roadway, sidewalks, lighting, overhead signs and landscaping. Project details are available and regularly updated at http://www.matanzas95interchange.com. The detour map is available here.

Lane closure for Palm Coast Parkway June 8-12: The lane closures along Palm Coast Parkway and Boulder Rock Drive are set for 8 p.m. Monday, June 8, to 7 a.m. Friday, June 12. The northbound thru lane on Boulder Rock Drive from Palm Coast Parkway will be closed and traffic will be shifted into the southbound lane of Boulder Rock Drive. Additionally there will be only one left turn lane open from Palm Coast Parkway eastbound onto Boulder Rock Drive. A uniformed law enforcement officer will be on-site to direct traffic into the southbound lane on to Boulder Rock Drive. The existing two left turn lanes from Boulder Rock Drive will modified to allow one thru lane and one left turn lane. Motorists are encouraged to watch for flaggers and work zone signs. The lane closure is required in order for the contractor to install a water main across Boulder Rock Drive.

Palm Coast Parkway between Cypress Point Parkway and Florida Park Drive. IMPACTS: Lane shifts and closures will occur and this may cause traffic congestion on this already busy roadway. Most construction work will occur between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. though weather and unforeseen issues may adjust the schedules. This project will be complete by December 2015.”

Volusia: I-4 Widening from SR 44 to east of I-95, Monday and Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Eastbound/Westbound shoulder closing. Sunday through Thursday, Eastbound and Westbound lane closures as needed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday, 9:00 p.m. – 5:30 a.m. EB road closure between Canal St./SR 44 and I-95 with detour at US 92 exit ramp.Motorists should be aware of traffic shifts near Canal St./SR 44.

In Coming Days:

June 10: The Elks Lodge of Palm Coast will be hosting the bicycle riders of the “Brotherhood Ride” as they complete the 6th leg of their nine-day bicycle ride across Florida. This year The Brotherhood Riders will be riding in honor of 10 Fallen Florida First Responders (Police, Fire, EMS). The ride is held each year to raise awareness and to support the families of these heroes. The Palm Coast Elks will be providing sleeping quarters and meals for the 40-some riders, all of whom are active or retired police and fire fighters. The Elks along with other local organization and local political leaders will be present to welcome the rider on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 at 4:30 pm. For further information please contact Palm Coast Elks at secretary@elks2709.com or Brotherhood Ride at http://www.brotherhoodride.com/

June 11, Eau Gallie River dredging project: The St. Johns River Water Management District will host a meeting in Melbourne to provide the public with an update on the status of the Eau Gallie River dredging project. The 6 p.m. meeting will be held at Melbourne City Hall, 900 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. The District, in coordination with the city of Melbourne, plans to remove at least 625,000 cubic yards (about 41,000 dump truck loads) of muck soils from the main stem of the 3.9-mile-long Eau Gallie River, as well as the southern branch of the river known as Elbow Creek. Dredging is expected to improve navigation and water quality. Construction of a dredge material management area — a location to deposit and dewater dredged materials — will begin later this year and is expected to be completed by spring 2016. Dredging is scheduled to begin immediately after construction of the containment area and will be completed by the end of 2017. Officials with the District, the city of Melbourne and Taylor Engineering will present information on dredging plans and project scheduling. Additional project partners are Brevard County, Florida Inland Navigation District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

florida wildlife federationJune 13: At the Florida Wildlife Federation’s 78th Annual Conservation Awards Banquet is to be held at the St. Augustine Rod & Gun Club. Twelve outstanding Florida conservationists will be recognized for their conservation achievements. The Federation’s annual selection of conservation award winners is one of the oldest in the state. Award winners are chosen from nominations made to the Federation’s board of directors based on their accomplishments on behalf of Florida’s fish, wildlife and native habitats. Florida Wildlife Federation is a statewide non-profit organization founded in 1936 to promote the conservation and ethical enjoyment of Florida’s natural resources. The Federation is the exclusive Florida affiliate of National Wildlife Federation. The following individuals and groups will receive wildlife statuettes or etched glass plaques to commemorate the occasion:
Conservationist of the Year: Charles Pattison, Tallahassee; Marine Conservationist of the Year: Quinton White, Jacksonville; Wildlife Conservationist of the Year: Frank Mazzotti, Fort Lauderdale; Forest Conservationist of the Year: Ed Montgomery, Fernandina Beach; Land Conservationist of the Year: Robert Christianson, Gainesville; Public Lands Conservationist: James Burnett, US FWS, Tallahassee; Conservation Educator of the Year: Maia McGuire, St. Augustine;Conservation Organization of the Year: Putnam Blueways & Trails Citizen Support Organization, Palatka; Law Enforcement Officer of the Year: Major Paul Ouellette, FWC, Retired, Lynn Haven; Francis S. Taylor Outdoorsman of the Year: Robert E “Bob” Taylor, Lake Hamilton;2015 Living Green Award: Sarah Boren, US Green Building Council, Atlantic Beach; FWF Conservation Hall of Fame: David J. White, Esq., St. Petersburg. Please contact Diane Hines at dhines@fwfonline.org or Danny Gwynn-Shapiro at dannygs@fwfonline.org for photographs of the Award Winners after the June 13th ceremony.

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George Hanns. (© FlaglerLive)

June 14: Flagler County Democrats Honor George Hanns: Join us on Flag Day from 2 to 5 p.m. at Hijackers Restaurant to recognize the 25 years of service Flagler County Commissioner George Hanns has provided to Flagler County. Children are welcome to come and play in the sand box. There’s no cover, but you have to pay for your food and drink. Hijackers is at 202 Airport Road at the Flagler County Airport.

June 17: “The Art of Selling”, a business seminar, will be offered by the Palm Coast Business Assistance Center from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 17. Registration is now under way. The seminar will be held at City of Palm Coast offices, 160 Cypress Point Pkwy., Suite B106. A $10 early-bird, reduced registration fee is available now through May 31. From June 1 to 17, the registration cost is $15. For enrollment information, contact the Palm Coast BAC at 386-986-2499 or log onto www.PalmCoastBAC.com. Seminar Topics will include: The 7 steps of the sales process, how to improve the odds of making quota, preparation approach and discovery, and so on. The seminar will be taught by Ray Peter, Area Manager of the Florida Small Business Development Center. The Palm Coast BAC is a partnership between the City and the SBDC hosted by the University of Central Florida.

June 19: Sally’s Safe Haven Open House, 103 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell.

free breakfast lunch flagler palm coast 2015Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Flagler County Children Through Seamless Summer Freeding:  The Flagler County Schools, Food & Nutrition Services Department is please to announce that free breakfast and lunch meals will be made available at no charge to all children in the community who are 18 years of age and under. Free meals will be available at the following sites from June 8th – August 14th and closed on July 3rd. Closed site means it’s just for children who are attending camp through the school location. An open site means anyone can come in and have a meal. Menus available online at FlaglerSchools.Nutrislice.com.

Bunnell Elementary – Closed Site: 800 East Howe Street Bunnell, Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Lunch from  11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Imagine School – Open Site:  775 Town Center Blvd Palm Coast,  Breakfast from 9 to 9:30 a.m., lunch 12:30 p.m. 
Versie Lee Mitchell Community Center – Open Site: 405 E Drain Street,  Bunnell, Breakfast, 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., Lunch, 12:30 p.m.
Wadsworth Elementary School – Open Site: 4550 Belle Terre Parkway Palm Coast, Breakfast, 8 a.m to 9:45 a.m. , Lunch, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Reverse Church – Open Site: 4601 East Moody Blvd. Bunnell, Breakfast, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information call or email Amy Holstein, Food Service S Specialist for Flagler County Schools, 386-437-7526 x1305 or by email, HolsteinA@flaglerschools.com

June 24, Veterans Pancake Breakfast: Meet with fellow Veterans and chat over breakfast, Wednesday, June 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Princeton Village, 100 Magnolia Trace Way, Palm Coast. To confirm your attendance or for more information call Laura Zublionis 386-206-9730.

Registration opens for 2015 Palm Coast & the Flagler Beaches Senior Games: Active older adults can now sign up for the second annual Palm Coast & the Flagler Beaches Senior Games – offering competition in 14 sports. The Senior Games, presented by Florida Hospital Flagler Health Partners, Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, will be held Sept. 12 to 19. The Seniors Games are open to men and women ages 50 and up. Registration is $15 and includes a T-shirt and participation in one sports event; participation in each additional sports event is $5. Competition is offered in eight different age categories. “The tradition of the Senior Games is to offer fun, fellowship, fitness and competition, and that is a perfect match for Palm Coast and our surrounding community with our area’s emphasis on active lifestyle and recreation,” said Palm Coast Director of Parks & Recreation Luanne Santangelo. “Please join us in making our second annual Palm Coast & the Flagler Beaches Senior Games even bigger and better than last year’s.” To register, visit www.palmcoastgov.com/seniorgames for the registration form. Mail the form with payment to Palm Coast Parks & Recreation, attn.: Senior Games Coordinator Ginger Parnell, 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE, Palm Coast, FL 32137. Or drop it off Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE, or email it to gparnell@palmcoastgov.com. Checks should be payable to: City of Palm Coast. Eleven of the 14 sports being offered in the local Senior Games this year are sanctioned by the Florida Sports Foundation, with the Palm Coast & the Flagler Beaches Senior Games serving as a qualifier for the Florida Senior Games State Championships.

This year’s Palm Coast & the Flagler Beaches Senior Games sanctioned events are:
· Archery: Sept. 19; at Indian Trails Middle School fields, 5505 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast
· 5K Road Race: Sept. 12; at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE, Palm Coast
· Basketball: Date to be announced; at Flagler Palm Coast High School 5500 E. State Road 100, Palm Coast
· Horseshoes: Sept. 16; at Old Dixie Community Park on North Old Dixie Highway, Bunnell
· Softball: Sept. 12-19; at Flagler County Ball Fields, 2298 Sawgrass Road, Bunnell
· Pickleball: Sept. 17; at Belle Terre Park Tennis Center, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast
· Tennis: Sept. 14-15; at Palm Coast Tennis Center, 1290 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast
· Table Tennis: Date to be announced; at Flagler Palm Coast High School, 5500 E. State Road 100, Palm Coast
· Indoor Volleyball: Date to be announced; at Flagler Palm Coast High School, 5500 E. State Road 100, Palm Coast
· Golf: Sept. 16; at Palm Harbor Golf Club, at 20 Palm Harbor Drive, Palm Coast
· Cycling: Sept. 13; at Wadsworth Park, 101-145 Connecticut Ave., Flagler Beach

Additional, non-sanctioned events in the competition include:
· Ballroom Dancing: Sept. 13; at Matanzas High School Pirate Theater, 3535 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast (Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Swing, Rumba and Cha Cha)
· Powerlifting (Ages 18+): Sept. 12; at Matanzas High School Field House, 3535 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast
· Golf Croquet: Sept. 12; at Ralph Carter Park, 1385 Rymfire Drive, Palm Coast

For more information, visit www.palmcoastgov.com/seniorgames or call Palm Coast Parks & Recreation at 386-986-2323.

Blood Donations Needed

big-red-busBlood donations are urgently needed. Patients in our local hospitals are in need of blood transfusions, and the need for blood does not take a holiday. That’s why OneBlood is asking people to donate immediately.

Big Red Bus schedule in Flagler-Palm Coast:

None provided so far this month.

Cultural Coda:

The Great Jorge Luis Borges Reads “The Art of Poetry” (Two Videos, With Subtitles)

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