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Wednesday Briefing: Fire Police Heroes, Charter Review, Walk To School Day, Einstein’s Socialism

| October 4, 2017

From Palm Coast Volunteer Fire and Rescue: 'The Palm Coast Fire Police were recently honored by the Flagler County Sheriff's Office & Sheriff Rick Staly. The Palm Coast Fire Police assist with traffic control at motor vehicle crashes, fire scenes and emergency incidents. This selfless group of volunteers respond to over a thousand calls for service a year. We appreciate their commitment and dedication.' From left, Fire Chief Michael Beadle, Lt. Rick Stevens, Vinny DeVita, Robert Hudak, Jack Ogden, Felix Lucas Ramos, Captain Steve Garnes, and Sheriff Rick Staly. (Facebook)

From Palm Coast Volunteer Fire and Rescue: ‘The Palm Coast Fire Police were recently honored by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office & Sheriff Rick Staly. The Palm Coast Fire Police assist with traffic control at motor vehicle crashes, fire scenes and emergency incidents. This selfless group of volunteers respond to over a thousand calls for service a year. We appreciate their commitment and dedication.’ From left, Fire Chief Michael Beadle, Lt. Rick Stevens, Vinny DeVita, Robert Hudak, Jack Ogden, Felix Lucas Ramos, Captain Steve Garnes, and Sheriff Rick Staly. (Facebook)

Today: Breezy. Partly cloudy with chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. Northeast winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the mid 70s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent. Details here.
Today’s document from the National Archives and the Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Drought Index 25.
The OED’s Word of the Day: pingle, n.1.
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


einstein socialism“The crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation for his future career. ¶ I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals.”

–Albert Einstein, from “Why Socialism?” in Monthly Review, May 1949.

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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.

Today is Rymfire Elementary Walk To School Day: be on the lookout, be careful. Rymfire is at 1425 Rymfire Dr, Palm Coast.

The Palm Coast Code Enforcement Board meets at 10 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center.

Old Kings Elementary School Advisory Council meeting at 4 p.m., school’s media center. PTO meeting to follow.

palm coast city logoThe second of four public workshops on a review of the Palm Coast City Charter is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Indian Trails Middle School cafeteria, 5505 Belle Terre Parkway . The workshop is open to the public, and public input will be sought, but only to a limited extent.

Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times: See the costumes of Award-winning TV series Downton Abbey. Displayed inside the Grand Ballroom Gallery, The Lightner Museum will hold an exquisite exhibition of 36 costumes and accessories, some of which are being restored and seen for the very first time as part of the exhibition. For more information, call 904-824-2874 or visit http://lightnermuseum.org. Location: 75 King Street, St. Augustine. Complement your visit to ​Dressing Downton with an elegant afternoon English tea and a screening of the film Gosford Park, a British mystery about the lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at an English country home in 1932 as they investigate a murder. For more information, call 904-679-5736 or visit www.historiccoastculture.com/event/afternoon-tea-film-corazon. Location: 36 Granada Street, St. Augustine. Opens today, through January 7.

Announcements:

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.

STATE CONTRACTING DISCUSSED: The state Office of Supplier Diversity will host an event to help small-business owners better understand and seek state and local government contracts. (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., Agency for Health Care Administration, Building 3, 2727 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee.)

JUSTICES WEIGH MIAMI-DADE, VOLUSIA DEATH CASES: The Florida Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in three cases, including appeals in death-penalty cases from Miami-Dade and Volusia counties. The Miami-Dade appeal was filed on behalf of Rafael Andres, who was sentenced to death in the 2005 murder of Ivette Farinas. The Volusia appeal was filed on behalf of James Guzman, who was sentenced to death in the 1991 murder of David Colvin. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)

CONSTITUTION PANELS MEET: Three committees of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission are scheduled to meet. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Ethics and Elections Committee, 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol. Also, 10 a.m., Legislative Committee, 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol. Also, 2 p.m., Executive Committee, 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

PAROLE ISSUES DISCUSSED: The Florida Commission on Offender Review is scheduled to meet and discuss numerous parole cases related to crimes committed in the 1970s and 1980s. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., 4070 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)

`BAKER ACT’ FOR MINORS AT ISSUE: The Task Force on Involuntary Examination of Minors will discuss issues related to the use of the state’s Baker Act for minors. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., Department of Children and Families, 1317 Winewood Blvd., Building 6, Tallahassee. Call-in number: 1-888-670-3525. Code: 9592874884)

NEW ATTORNEYS SWORN IN: The Florida Supreme Court will hold a ceremony to swear in new attorneys. Chief Justice Jorge Labarga is expected to administer the oath. (Wednesday, 2:30 p.m., Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)

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

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May 23: The Flagler Chamber's Common Ground Breakfast features a 2019 Legislative Update with Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Paul Renner at the Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Dr., Palm Coast, Checkin begins at 7:30, breakfast starts promptly at 8.
May 23: Flagler Lifeline, a volunteer committee and Flagler Cares affiliate established to broaden conversation and awareness of suicide, will host a public town hall event at 6 p.m.  at the Flagler County Association of Realtors building, 4101 East Moody Blvd. in Bunnell. The Town Hall will feature presentations by mental health experts, suicide survivors and others who have been touched by suicide, and will be facilitated by Colleen Conklin, the long-time school board member and one of Flagler Lifeline’s founders. For the past several years Conklin has hosted periodic events, including electronic town halls, to bring awareness to bullying and suicide prevention. The May 23 town hall, like Flagler Lifeline's emergence, is partly a result of Flagler County's place in 2017 as the county with the leading suicide rate in the state, proportional to its population. See the background story here.
May 23: The Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 105 South Second Street. Commissioners will consider making the city a member of the American Flood Coalition.
May 23: The Palm Coast Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. An agenda had not been posted online as of May 18.
May 23: The Wadsworth Elementary School Advisory Council and PTO meet at 6 p.m. in the school’s media center.
May 23: Palm Coast Artist and 2011 Flagler County Artist of the Year Weldon Ryan hosts a meet and great at the Bronze Kingdom African Art Gallery, 3201 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wine and cheese, 15 percent off on all of Weldon's works.
May 23-26: "Southern Fried Funeral," a play at the Daytona Playhouse, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Adults $20, Seniors 55 and up, $18, Youths 18 and under $8. Address: 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach, or see directions here. Buy tickets online here. Box office: 386-255-2431.
May 24: Flagler County Emergency Management chief Jonathan Lord hosts a media roundtable at noon on the upcoming hurricane season, at the Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bldg. 3 (behind the Government Services Building), Bunnell.
May 24: Butterfly Walk at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., 10 a.m. Join a ranger at 2 p.m. for a walk through our historical gardens. Learn about the history of our park while exploring the beauty of the formal gardens, with an emphasis on butterflies. The walk is approximately 1 hour. Please bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Meet in the garden parking lot. Garden walk included with park entry. No registration required.
May 25: Pool Safety Day at Palm Coast's Freeda Zamba pool, 339 Parkview Drive, open to all ages, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is designed to teach the importance and seriousness of safety, but while having fun and participating in activities that children will remember. Florida is one of two states that lead the nation with at least 21 fatal child drownings last summer, according to a report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and USA Swimming Foundation. About ten people die every day from unintentional drowning and of these, two will be children age 14 or younger, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fee is $1 for seniors and youth age 17 and under. It is $2 for adults.
May 27: Memorial Day, 8 a.m. start time at Heroes Memorial Park, 2860 Palm Coast Pkwy. The City of Palm Coast welcomes the community to share a meaningful Memorial Day tribute to those who have lost their lives while serving their country. U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, who represents District 6, will speak. Rain Location: Fire Station 21 at 9 Corporate Drive Free and no registration required. More info: 386-986-2300.
May 28: The Flagler County Opioid Task Force meets at 6 p.m. in the first-floor conference room at the Government Services Building
May 29: The Blue Power 2020 forum, hosted by Mike Cocchiola, who heads the Flagler County Democratic Party, meets at 12:30 p.m. at the Democrats' office, 2 Office Park Drive, Suite D, all welcome. The weekly forum is intended to discuss local, state and national issues and to develop action plans to influence policy.
May 30: Flagler Palm Coast High School and Matanzas High School hold graduation ceremonies at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center. Matanzas High School’s ceremony begins at 4 p.m. and Flagler Palm Coast High School’s starts at 7. Doors to the Ocean Center open one hour before the start of each ceremony. The student procession begins approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Tickets for the ceremonies are free. However, both schools have a 10-ticket limit per student. There may be opportunities for additional tickets. Students will be notified and information is located on each school’s website. Parking passes are also available for pre-purchase. Parking is $5. security measures instituted last year will be in place this year. Please take note and be prepared before you head to the Ocean Center. There will be security checks before ticket holders are allowed entry into the ceremony. Watch livestreams of the ceremonies: Matanzas here, and FPC here.
May 31-June 1, 2 and 8: American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class – May 31-June 2 and June 8, Friday 5-6:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. The American Red Cross Lifeguarding course provides entry-level knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. For ages 15 and up. Cost is $200 (includes CPR mask and certification fee). Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/aquatics. More info: 386-986-4741.
June 1: The Palm Coast Arts Foundation hosts its First Saturday Creative Bazaar, an arts and crafts flea market. at 1500 Central Avenue in Town center. Arts foundation members and other vendors will have booths of goods for sale. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
June 1: 2nd Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Golf Benefit for Homeless Animals: Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a local group of business professionals coming together to raise money for the Halifax Humane Society. Join us for 18-holes of premiere golf at the legendary LPGA International Golf Club. Shot gun start at 8 a.m. Registration at 7. 1000 Champions Drive Daytona Beach. To download entry form, visit https://www.halifaxhumanesociety.org/events/index and then scroll down to the golf outing listing. Hole Sponsorship $100. Single Player $125. Lunch Provided. For more information contact Gus Schutt (386) 233-5302.
June 4: Daytona Tortugas Youth Baseball Clinic, 8:30 a.m-12 p.m. at Indian Trails Sports Complex, 5455 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast. The Daytona Tortugas will be teaching kids, ages 7-13, skills to improve their ball game in this coed baseball clinic. Grab your glove and bat and learn from the pros! Participants will receive a free ticket to a Daytona Tortugas game. $37/person. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
June 4: The Hammock Community Association meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Hammock Community Center on MalaCompra Road, with County Attorney Al Hadeed as speaker, who will present a History of the Hammock Part II.
June 5: palm coast democratic clubThe Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the Democrats' office, 2 Office Park Drive, Suite D. Come and join other progressive Democrats to discuss local, state and national issues, and propose actions to influence elected leaders. The Forum is open and informal and all opinions and ideas are welcomed. This is your opportunity to meet and lend your voice and knowledge to people who share your values. For more information, contact Mike Cocchiola, palmcoastdemocraticclub@gmail.com. The Blue Power forum meets every Wednesday.
For events beyond this date, see the fuller Coming Days here.
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