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Tuesday Briefing: Halloween Chill, Cultural Arts Grants, Maria Howell Plea, FEMA Deadline, Twain and Money

| October 31, 2017

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You know the drill.

Today: Sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Warmer. Clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s. North winds 5 mph. 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.
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The OED’s Word of the Day: fedifragous, adj. (and n.).
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Today’s jail bookings.

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“Gravestone epitaphs tell, often in the words of the deceased, how they lived, sometimes how they died, and what people thought of them — or what they thought of themselves. They offer enough material to interest, touch and amuse the living for a long time, if not forever. But then, nothing in this world is forever. DAVID STOUT He served his country faithfully 48 years and was much beloved and respected by all who knew him. — Ichabod Crane (the real one, not Washington Irving’s skittish schoolmaster), a hero of the War of 1812, who is buried on Staten Island. Faithful to the cause of Prohibition: “She hath done what she could.” — Carry Nation, buried in Belton, Mo. Stephen and time Are now both even: Stephen beat time Now time’s beat Stephen. — A music teacher from Cornwall, England. Quoth the Raven nevermore. — Edgar Allan Poe, buried in Baltimore. Called back. — Emily Dickinson, buried in West Amherst, Mass. Beloved father. — Bela Lugosi, buried in Culver City, Calif. My trip is ended. Send my samples home. — Thomas W. Campbell, a traveling salesman, buried in Burlington, Iowa. Better than anyone else he told the truth about his time. He was a professional. He wrote honestly and well. — The writer John O’Hara, who was denied the critical acclaim he thought he deserved, buried in Princeton Cemetery. I came into this world Without my consent And left in the same manner.”

–From “Reflections for Halloween: Messages From the Grave, if Not Beyond It,” The New York Times, Oct. 30, 1994.

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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.

In Court: Maria Howell, the 20-year-old Palm Coast woman accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl, is scheduled for a possible plea before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse.

The Palm Coast City Council meets in workshop at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The council will discuss this year’s round of cultural arts grants, totaling around $30,000 and being distributed among the 11 organizations that usually get the awards every year.

hall of terrorSee ‘Carrie’ and ‘Children of the Corn’ at Stephen King-themed Hall of Terror: Palm Coast Fire Department invites everyone to the 16th annual Hall of Terror. Admission is free. Doors creak open at Fire Station 21, 9 Corporate Drive, Palm Coast, from 7-10 p.m. This haunted house and show, with volunteer characters (many of whom are firefighters and other City employees), is recommended for ages 10 and older. No young children, please. The Hall of Terror is the longest-running Halloween attraction in the area, and this year it’s filled with the Stephen King stories that keep you on-edge! Enjoy theme-park quality scares that are absolutely free. For more information about Hall of Terror, call the Fire Department at 386-986-2300.

Halloween in Flagler County schools: “Star Wars Reads” Day at Rymfire Elementary, with a Kindergarten Halloween Parade at 9:25 a.m. in the school’s hallways. Belle Terre Elementary has a Character Costume Walk at 9:30 a.m. on the outdoor stage.

Halloween Movie Night: A family-friendly Halloween movie will be paying at the Portuguese American Cultural Center at 7 p.m. Admission is $3. Costumes are encouraged! Concessions are available for purchase. 1200 Palm Harbor Pkwy, Palm Coast. Call Emily at 386-338-8752.

Blood Donations: The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations this week:

  • Wednesday: Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Avenue, Town Center, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: Sandvik, 1 Commerce Boulevard, Palm Coast, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday: St Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church and Christian Day School, 303 Palm Coast Parkway NE, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Farmers’ Market at European Village, 101 Palm Harbor Parkway, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 6: Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Announcements:

Deadline Extended to Register for Federal Disaster Assistance in Florida: Floridians impacted by Hurricane Irma have until Nov. 24 to apply for federal disaster assistance that may cover temporary housing, essential home repairs and serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. Disaster assistance is available to eligible individuals and households in the 48 disaster-designated counties with storm-related damages between Sept. 4 through Oct. 18, 2017. Damage resulting from Hurricane Irma and its aftermath after the closing date will not be covered by the disaster declaration. To date, more than 2.5 million people have applied for assistance. Hurricane survivors should register for assistance even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled. Applying for disaster assistance is a two-step process that ensures consideration for all FEMA programs and the U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans. First, register with FEMA. Then complete and return the SBA loan application, if referred to the SBA. The quickest way to apply for federal assistance is online at www.disasterassistance.gov. Survivors may also apply by phone at 800-621-3362 (Voice, 711 or VRS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Due to high demand, lines may be busy during the day. Try calling in the morning or evening when call volume may be lower. The FEMA Helpline numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (ET), seven days a week until further notice. FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.

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.

EVERGLADES RESERVOIR DISCUSSED: The South Florida Water Management District will hold a meeting to discuss a plan to build a reservoir in the Everglades Agricultural Area, south of Lake Okeechobee. The project has been a priority of Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., South Florida Water Management District headquarters, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach.)

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION AT ISSUE: The state Office of Insurance Consumer Advocate’s Emergency Medical Transportation Working Group is scheduled to meet. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., Hermitage Centre, 1801 Hermitage Blvd., Tallahassee.)

ETHICS PANEL DISCUSSES LEGISLATION: The Legislative Committee of the Florida Commission on Ethics is scheduled to meet. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., 325 John Knox Road, Tallahassee.)

CONSTITUTION PANEL TAKES UP EDUCATION ISSUES: The Education Committee of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission will meet. (Tuesday, 1 p.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:

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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.
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