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| February 7, 2018

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A record number of participants – 72 – turned out last week for the Skywarn Storm Spotter class that was hosted by Flagler County Emergency Management at the Emergency Operations Center. Angie Enyedi, assistant warning and coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, taught the class to Flagler County residents eager to become part of the county’s volunteer storm spotter team. Flagler County has been hosting Skywarn Storm Spotter classes in coordination with the National Weather Service since 1995, with more than 2,000 residents getting trained in that time span, according to Emergency Management Technician Bob Pickering, who’s organized 51 classes. Flagler County was the first county in Florida to be certified as “Storm Ready” when the Storm Ready Program began in 1999. The criteria for certification includes both training and the flow of information to the National Weather Service. (Flagler County)

Today: Partly cloudy. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. West 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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Today’s jail bookings.

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“Music shapes more characters and saves more lives than does wisdom.”

–Alain, or Emile Chartier, from “Propos” (1960)

Previously:

Knausgaard’s Autumn | Dworkin’s intercourse | Religion’s subversiveness | Malcolm X | Dead bodies | 17th Century Nature | Imperfect mother | One’s stupidity | Third World | Tramps’ necessity | Stock market folly | Sunrise on America | Migrants through time | Mother tongues | Roth on age | Baudrillard’s reality | Madame de Sévigné’s fever | Public opinion | Wealth and art | Pascal’s world | Wheelies | Knausgaard on writing | Bach’s grace | Suffragette fury | Donna Tartt | Regrettable intercourse | Glory’s obscenity | Atheism v. Bach | Describing music | Dostoevsky’s truth | Clemenceau on artists | Henry Cabot Lodge | John Lennon | Homesteaders | Cakes and discrimination | Civil liberties | Nuance in America | Careless supremacy | Orange sentence | Ephemeral present | E.O. Wilson on atheism | Ponce de Leon | Bill Kristol’s liberalism | Life’s evening | Male friendships | Solzhenitsyn’s power | Voltaire on tolerance | McMurtry on Hemingway | Under arrest | LBJ’s white trash | Lewd plant names | Nabokov’s trains | Mass shootings

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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.

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

The Flagler County Airport Advisory Board meets at 4 p.m. on the third floor at Airport Corporate Center, 120 Airport Road, Palm Coast.

PTO Meetings: The Rymfire Elementary PTO meets in the school’s media center at 5:30 p.m., the Old Kings Elementary PTO meets in that school’s media center at 5 p.m.

The Palm Coast Democratic Club hosts its weekly Blue Bag Forum at noon in the Democratic Party office at 2 Office Park Dr., Suite D. Everyone invited! Come and voice your ideas, concerns and recommendations.

meet the candidates 2018 electionA forum introducing candidates for the Flagler County School Board in the 2018 election is hosted by Flagler County Republicans at Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Avenue, Palm Coast, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and the event starting at 6. Confirmed participants include Andy Dance, Trevor Tucker, Janet McDonald, John Fischer and Paul Anderson.

An F/A-18C Super Hornet like the ones used in bombing runs on a range in the Ocala National Forest. (Shawn J. Stewart/US Navy)

An F/A-18C Super Hornet like the ones used in bombing runs on a range in the Ocala National Forest. Click on the image for larger view. (Shawn J. Stewart/US Navy)

Live and inert bombing: Navy training schedules indicate that live and inert bombing will take place at the Pinecastle Range Complex located in the Ocala National Forest, which may rattle windows in Palm Coast and Flagler County. The schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday: from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Live and Inert
  • Thursday: from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Live and Inert
  • Friday: from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Live and Inert
  • Saturday: from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Live and Inert
  • Sunday: from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Live and Inert

During bombing periods wildlife may be temporarily displaced. Use extra caution when driving through the Ocala National forest and surrounding areas. Secure any items around your residence that could attract wildlife. Always be mindful of larger animals including black bears and practice bearwise measures.
The telephone number for noise complaints is 1-800-874-5059, Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville, Fla.

big red bus scheduleBlood Donations: The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations this week:

  • Wednesday: Palm Coast Data, Building 3, 2 Commerce Boulevard, Palm Coast, From 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Chick-Fil-A, 1000 Palm Coast Parkway, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday: Epic Theaters, Palm Coast, 1185 Central Ave., noon to 6 p.m.

Announcements and Briefs:

Fundraising for Alzheimer’s: Realty Executives Oceanside on Feb. 1 held its First Annual Chili Cook-Off and raised $600 for the Alzheimer’s Association to benefit the further care, support, and research efforts for Alzheimer’s. The event was hosted by Realty Executives Oceanside & Andrew Trotter; AWT Property Management. In-House chefs made 10 chili entrees and tickets were $10 to taste and vote for their favorite. Local Celebrity Judges included former Mayor on Netts, Palm Coast Councilman Nicholas Klufas and Restaurateur Rosalba Zapata. The Judges’ 1st Place Winner was ‘Chili Con Carnival’ made by REO’s own Katie James. The People’s Choice Winner was ‘Better Then Candy’s’ made by AWT’s Andrew Trotter. If you would like more information on the Alzheimer’s Association and the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, contact Carly Wille at 904-281-9077 or cwille@alz.org. You can also visit act.alz.org. To join or donate to Realty Executives Oceanside’s team for the Flagler County Walk to End Alzheimer’s visit: http://act.alz.org/goto/RealtyExecutivesOceanside. Fundraising runs through December 2018.

Bunnell Street Paving: Bunnell will be resurfacing a few streets during the hours of 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM beginning Monday, February 5, 2018 through Saturday, February 10, 2018 (weather permitting). The following streets will be impacted by paving crews:

N. Chapel St (from E. Woodland St. to E. Howe St.)
N. Orange St (from E. Howe St to E. Moody Blvd.)
N. Lemon St. (from Howe St. to E. Moody Blvd.)
N. Fig St. (from Howe St. to E. Moody Blvd.)
N. Peach St. (from E. Lambert St. to E. Moody Blvd.)
E. Woodland St. from US 1 to SR 100 W

Access to the roads being worked on will be limited during the vendor’s regular working hours of 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Residents along scheduled streets are asked; to ensure no vehicles, boats, trailers, etc. are left in the roadway during these hours. Prior to the resurfacing, please refrain from placing debris in the roadway for City pickup. Also make sure your sprinklers are turned off from 2:00 am to 7:00 pm. The day after the road is surfaced, these items can return to normal. Questions about this project or the schedule should be directed to the City of Bunnell Public Works Department at 386-437-7515.

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.

SENATE DEMOCRATS GATHER: The Senate Democratic caucus will meet before a floor session. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., 200 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

SENATE TAKES UP BUDGET: The Senate will hold a floor session and take up a proposed budget (SB 2500) for the 2018-2019 fiscal year and related bills. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., Senate chamber, the Capitol.)

HOUSE HOLDS FLOOR SESSION: The House will hold a floor session and take up a proposed 2018-2019 budget (HB 5001) and related bills. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., House chamber, the Capitol.)

OPIOID EPIDEMIC ADDRESSED: The Senate Rules Committee will consider a series of bills, including a proposal (SB 8), filed by Rules Chairwoman Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, that would take steps to combat the opioid epidemic. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

HUNTING RULES ON THE TABLE: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will start a two-day meeting and take up issues such as rule changes for hunting. (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., Florida Public Safety Institute Conference Center, 85 Academy Dr., Havana.)

SUPREME COURT HEARS HAZING CASE: The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in three cases, including an appeal by Dante Martin, a Florida A&M University band member who was sent to prison in the 2011 hazing death of drum major Robert Champion. Martin, who was found guilty of manslaughter, felony hazing resulting in death and two counts of misdemeanor hazing, contends the state’s hazing law is unconstitutional, at least in part because it is overly broad. Champion was injured during a band ritual known as “crossing Bus C,” which involved band members being struck repeatedly as they crossed from the front of a bus to the back. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)

PAROLE CASES HEARD: The Florida Commission on Offender Review will take up numerous parole cases. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Florida Commission on Offender Review, 4070 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)

STONE SPEAKS AT TIGER BAY: Republican operative Roger Stone is scheduled to speak to the Capital Tiger Bay Club. (Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, 505 West Pensacola St., Tallahassee.)

 

—-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 25: Last day of school in the Flagler County district, and an early-release day.
May 25: The Scenic A1A Pride Committee meets at 9 a.m. at the Hammock Community Center, 79 Mala Compra Road. Committee chairman Dennis Clark will discuss targeting commercial growth in the Hammock, and the committee will review membership goals, local projects and committee reports. The public is welcome. For information call 386-225-8812 or email ScenicA1A@gmail.com.
May 25-27: American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class to achieve certification as a lifeguard or to become a swim instructor at Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool at 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. The Lifeguard Certification Class on Friday is from 4-8 p.m., and the Saturday and Sunday classes from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The purpose is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the 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. Participants must be age 15 or older. The $300 fee includes books, CPR mask and certification fee. Class size is limited, so register early at www.palmcoastgov.com/register. For more information, call Frieda Zamba Pool at 386-986-4741.
May 26: Luncheon at the Holden House, hosted by the Flagler County Historical Society, starting at noon, 204 E Moody Blvd, Bunnell, with a history tralk at 1 p.m. and museum and annex tours at 1:30 to 2 p.m. Sisco Deen, the historian and genealogist, with speak on the history of Bunnell, and historian Bill Ryan will speak on the Flagler area's plantation system in the 17th through the 19th centuries. RSVP to Randy Jaye so the organizers can know how much food and drinks to buy: Call or Text: 407-497-5755, or Email: randyjaye@gmail.com.
May 26: Join the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra as we celebrate Memorial Day and honor those in the U.S. military who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our freedom. Hear your favorite patriotic songs from the Star-Spangled Banner to themes of great branches of our military. It promises to be one of the most inspiring events of the season. Nathan Aspinall, Associate Conductor. 8 p.m., at Jacoby Symphony Hall, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water Street, Suite 200, Jacksonville. Ticket Office: 904-354-5547, or go here for tickets online, and check out the Jacksonville Symphony's 2018-19 guide.
May 28: Memorial Day: government offices, schools and banks are closed.
May 28: Memorial Day Ceremony, 8 a.m. at Heroes Memorial Park, 2860 Palm Coast Pkwy., Palm Coast, a tribute to those who have lost their lives while serving their country. Rain location: Fire Station 21, 9 Corporate Drive, Palm Coast. More info: 386-986-2300.
May 29: Graduation ceremonies for Matanzas and Flagler Palm Coast High Schools at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. Matanzas is at 3 p.m., FPC at 7 p.m.
May 31:
Jim Tager

Jim Tager. (Flagler Chamber)

Common Ground Breakfast hosted by the Flagler Chamber of Commerce focuses on education in Flagler, with panelists Jim Tager, the school superintendent, Tom LoBasso, President of Daytona State College, and Renee Stauffacher, Director of Flagler Technical Institute, starting with registration at 7:30 and breakfast at 8 a.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Blvd
Palm Coast. Members can preregister for $25, Guests & future members can attend for $35. The chamber is no longer accepting walkups. To pre-register, send an email to Heather Edwards at the chamber, at heather@flaglerchamber.org.
May 31: Flagler County Commissioner Nate McLaughlin and School Board member Andy Dance, both of whom are running for re-election, hold a town hall meeting at Hidden Trails Community Center, 6108 Mahogany Blvd. in Daytona North, also known as the Mondex, at 6 p.m.
June 1: william-schwarzWilliam G. Schwarz, the 54-year-old man facing two DUI manslaughter charges in the death of Kathleen J. Boos, 66, and her brother-in-law Carl Boos, 67, in march 2016, is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. Schwarz agreed to a plea at the 11th hour on April 16, just before his trial was set to begin.
June 1: Flagler Volunteer Services hosts a Hurricane Preparedness Breakfast and Information Fair at 8 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Blvd, Palm Coast, with speakers from a variety of different State and Local Agencies sharing information on being prepared as well as a panel discussion. Tickets are $20 including breakfast and disaster preparedness bag. Call the office to get your tickets: 386-597-2950 or email flaglervolunteer@cfl.rr.com. Email at judyfvs@cfl.rr.com.
June 1: First Friday Garden Walk at Washington Oaks Garden State Park at 10 a.m. Join a Ranger on the first Friday of the month at 10 a.m. for a walk through our historical gardens. Learn about the history of our park while exploring the beauty of the formal gardens. 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. Call 386-446-6783 for more information.
June 4: The Flagler County Commission holds a budget workshops in preparation for the 2018-19 budget, 1 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Building 3, Bunnell.
June 5: Chess on the Porch (and backgammon, if you insist): The Humidor at European Village hosts an open chess evening starting at 6 p.m. Anyone and everyone welcome. Bring your chessboard if you have one. Last month a 14 year old went undefeated. Come teach him a lesson. Great beer and wine, plus cigars. 101 Palm Harbor Pkwy, Palm Coast.
June 6: Emergency responders and PTSD: Nearly two years since the Pulse tragedy, 90.7 WMFE, ProPublica and the Orlando Public Library are hosting an event examining the impact of PTSD in the community. The event, held at the library’s Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center, will dive into the way PTSD affects first responders and their families, as well as how the city’s police and fire departments handle the disorder in their ranks and whether Florida’s new bill providing disability benefits for impacted first responders goes far enough to remedy the immense needs. 101 E Central Blvd, Orlando.

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