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Tuesday Briefing: Education Foundation Mardi Gras Gala, Palm Coast Progress, Old Kings Musical, Tooth Fairy Day

| February 28, 2017

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Montaigne, the grandest essayist of all times, is 484 today.

Today: Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s inland…around 80 coast. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.
Drought Index is at 335.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: metewand, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


“On the home front, Americans had become inured to the gaze of closed-circuit cameras, the gloved hands of airport guards, and the phalanx of cops and guardsmen in combat gear. Many willingly surrendered liberties for a promise of security. They might not love Big Brother, but the knew he was part of the family now.”.

–Tim Wiener, from Enemies: A History of the FBI

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In Flagler and Palm Coast:

Note: all government meetings noticed below are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Many can be heard or seen live through each agency’s website.

The Sheriff’s daily incident reports and jail bookings are posted here.

Take the Flagler County School Superintendent Survey: The school district is inviting residents, including students and faculty, to fill out this survey, letting school board members know what kind of superintendent you want to replace Jacob Oliva, who is leaving in June. This survey will be live until early March. It takes about 10 minutes. It’s anonymous. Fill it out here.

The Palm Coast City Council meets in workshop at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. Council members will hear the 2016 progress report–which, as usual, has not been posted online in advance of the meeting: unlike other local governments, where presentation documents are made available to the public ahead of time, City Manager Jim Landon withholds those until the time of the meeting. The council will also discuss a series of routine contracts.

The Flagler County Centennial Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center’s Executive Conference Room, Bunnell.

flagler education foundation mardi grasJoin the Flagler County Education Foundation’s 14th annual Mardi Gras gala at Halifax Plantation, 3400 Clubhouse Drive, Ormond Beach, at 6 p.m. This is one of the foundation’s annual fundraisers. Tickets are $100 per person. Click here to register or call today at 386/437.7526 for event details. Get a chance to talk to Joe Rizzo, the new executive director, and learn more about Flagler county schools.

Old Kings Elementary Musical, at the Flagler Auditorium, 7 p.m..

Mostly useless information: On this day in 1983, after having run almost four times as long as the Korean War, where the series’ storylines were set, the 256th and final episode of M*A*S*H aired on CBS, drawing the largest American television audience of all times (a 77 percent share of all televisions turned on). It was a two and a half hour film in which Hawkeye Pierce (Alan Alda) has suffered a nervous breakdown after forcing a woman to smother her crying baby to death so as not to alert an enemy patrol. The show had premiered in 1972, before the end of the Vietnam War. Today also marks the birth anniversary of Michel de Montaigne, the greatest essayist of all times. He was born in 1533. “The most universal quality is diversity,” had had once written. And: ” “If to philosophize is to doubt, as they say, then to play the fool and follow my fancies as I do, is all the more to doubt. For it is for the learners to inquire and dispute, and for the master to decide. My master is the authority of the divine will, which rules us without contradiction and has its place above these vain and human wranglings.” February 28 is also National Tooth Fairy Day.

In Florida and in State Government:

Note: Some proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel. Most legislative proceedings can be followed through the Senate or House websites.

Racial inequality: Senate Minority Leader Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, is expected to take part in a panel discussion at Florida Atlantic University about racial inequality in the country. The event is hosted by the FAU College Democrats Black Caucus and the NAACP. (6:30 p.m., Florida Atlantic University, Student Union House Chambers, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton.)

The Florida Elections Commission meets at 8:30 a.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and the Occasional Beyond:

March 3: It’s the kick-off of the annual Flagler Reads Together, the Friends of the Library’s annual communal reading event that focuses on a single book and encourages everyone in the county to read it. This time it’s as local as it gets: the book is the late Jack Clegg’s “The History of Flagler County,” in conjunction with Flagler County’s centennial celebrations. The month-long Flagler Reads Together kicks off on March 3 at 2 p.m. at the Flagler County Public Library’s main meeting room with a presentation by the Flagler County Historical Society’s Sisco Deen. It’s free.
March 3: Fourth annual Flagler County Job Fair, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Palm Coast Campus of Daytona State College, 3000 Palm Coast Pkwy SE, Building 3. There are more than 40 businesses registered, with more signing up daily, offering over 360 jobs. Last year over 400 job seekers attended the event, which was hosted by the Flagler County Department of Economic Opportunity, CareerSourceFV, Daytona State College and the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce. A full listing of companies is available at www.flaglercountyjobfair.com or by accessing the mobile app by searching the app store for Flagler Volusia Job Fair Plus.
March 3: Flagler Beach’s 10th Annual Pinewood Derby Race, as part of Flagler Beach’s First Friday. Awards will be presented for the fastest and most creative designed cars in the adult and children’s categories. Get your kit and then… Design it, build it, race it. Rules are here, and your registration form is here.
March 4: 13th Annual Stamp and Coin Show and Chinese Auction, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Elk’s Lodge #2709 53 N. Old Kings Road, Palm Coast. Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club, Inc. will hold its 13th Annual Stamp and Coin show This show is open to the general public and everyone interested in stamps and coins. There will be dealers to give free evaluations of your stamp collections and silver and gold coins. Come early and bring your friends. Door prizes every 30 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.,m. and ending at 2:30 p.m. All proceeds from the Chinese Auction support the FCS&CC youth programs. Hugh variety of items to submit bids. The club is a 501(c)(3) non profit and is the only non profit stamp and coin club in Flagler County. Free parking and admission. Visit the web site for more information and contact.
March 4: First of two kayaking trips organized by Flagler County’s Centennial Committee, this one, the Haw Creek paddle, is scheduled for launch at 9 a.m. from Russell Landing County Park. Registrations are needed in advance and registrations for the trip close on February 20th. The registration is $15 and each person registering will get a competition style tee shirt commemorating the County’s Centennial. When kayakers arrive at Bull Creek Park a special lunch will be offered for participants who opt for the $11 lunch. Registration for both trips, instructions and detailed directions can be found on the www.flaglercounty.org website or on facebook at www.facebook.com/FlaglerCountyCentennial. Interested kayakers can contact the committee at centennialcommittee@flaglercounty.org. The second trip is planned for a 9 a.m. launch Saturday April 22 from Longs Landing City Park.
March 7: Bunnell and Flagler Beach hold their municipal elections.
March 10: Flagler Reads Together event (the Friends of the Library’s annual communal reading event that focuses on a single book and encourages everyone in the county to read it: the late Jack Clegg’s “The History of Flagler County,” in conjunction with Flagler County’s centennial celebrations). The March 10 event, at 2 p.m. in the Doug Cisney Room at the Flagler County Public Library on Palm Coast Parkway, is a presentation by Bob Stone addressing the Cattle industry in Florida. Folklorist and media producer Bob Stone’s multi-media presentation explores and celebrates the history and culture of the nation’s oldest cattle ranching state from the colonial period to the 21st century. You will see and hear all aspects of Florida cattle ranching traditions including material culture such as Cracker cow-whips and unique ranch gate designs, swamp cabbage and other foodways, cowboy church and Cracker cowboy funerals, Seminole ranching past and present, occupational skills such as roping and branding, our vibrant rodeo culture, side-splitting cowboy poetry, feisty cow-dogs, and much more.

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March 10-12: 2017 Florida State Scholastic Chess Championship, at the Wyndham Hotel on International Drive in Orlando. This is also the qualifier for the Denker, Barber and National Girls Tournament Champions. This year each of these 3 events are awarding a $5,000 scholarship good for any university or college in the Country to the top finisher in each event. The top finishers will also get qualifying spots in the World Youth Tournament. Online entry and more information are available at www.floridachess.org.
March 11: The Women’s Missionary Society of First Church of Palm Coast, pastored by the Rev. Gillard S. Glover, has scheduled the food giveaway from 1 to 3 p.m. at the church, 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast. For further details, call the church at 386-446-5759.
March 22: The boy Scouts Council holds its Golden Eagle Dinner at 6 p.m. at Hammock Beach Resort, honoring Bob Cuff, now a Palm coast City council member.
March 28: The Flagler Forum, the discussion group organized by Ed Fuller, hosts a panel discussion featuring Flagler County’s local media, including Palm Coast Observer Editor Brian McMillan and FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Palm Coast, at 6:30 p.m.

The Day’s Best Reads:

Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

The following is an update of ongoing permitting, construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through Feb. 24 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):

Road and Interstate Construction:

Cultural Coda:

Cinema Paradiso: The Main Theme

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