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Thursday Briefing: African-American Read-In, Shakespeare In the Park, Leading Ladies, Art League Gig

| February 22, 2018

On Thursday Feb. 15th, members of the post and Auxiliary interviewed eight FPC Juniors to be considered for the week long leadership program to be held in Tallahassee this summer. Both the Boys and Girls State Programs are comprehensive one-week Leadership course in state and local government development to offer youth a better perspective to the practical operation of government and to show that the individual is responsible for the character and success of Government. Delegates who are selected to attend this program will ‘learn by doing’ as they progress through the various phases of Government. Above, the Girls State candidates, from left, Karen Smith, Karenna Weber, selected as the alternate, Anne Laurie Joseph, selected as the Flagler Palm Coast High Girls State Delegate, Judith Hennenlotter, Girls State Chairperson, Gabrielle Wong and Rose Marie Del Bene. Below, the boys and their selectors with, from left, Joe Leahy, Chairman of Boys State Post 115, Trent Orr, Brock Underberg, Hank Mangles, Finance Officer, Tyler Perry, Pete Young, Commander of the Sons of American Legion, and Omer Smith, past Department Commander. FPC students not pictured but also interviewed include Liam Dineen and James Mrnacaj.

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Today: Partly cloudy. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 80s inland…in the upper 70s coast. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. East winds 5 to 10 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.
Drought Index111
The OED’s Word of the Day: funambulate, v..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“Moral standards of yesterday to many individuals are no standard for today unless supported by the so-called ‘intellectuals.’ I sincerely believe that partial education throughout the world is far worse than none at all, if we only educate the mind without the soul…. turn that man loose upon the world [who has] no power higher than his own, he is a monstrosity, he is but halfway educated, and is more dangerous than though he were not educated at all. You can stick a public school and a university in the middle of every block of every city in America and you will never keep America from rotting morally by mere intellectual education. During the past few years the intellectual properties have been knocked out from under the theories of men. Even the average university professor is willing to listen to the voice of the preacher. [In place of the Bible] we substituted reason, rationalism, mind culture, science worship, the working power of government, Freudianism, naturalism, humanism, behaviorism, positivism, materialism, and idealism. [This is the work of] so-called intellectuals. Thousands of these ‘intellectuals’ have publicly stated that morality is relative – that there is no normal or absolute standard.”

–Billy Graham, cited in Richard Hofstadter’s “Anti-Intellectualism in American Life” (1963).


Severgnini’s America | Louis XIV’s vainglory | Unknown Kerouac | Swearing | Galileo’s heresy | Lincoln on Foreigners | Spinoza’s science | Hartley’s real change | Chesterton on public opinion | Music saves lives | 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


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.

Common Ground: The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce’s latest Common Ground breakfast features a discussion of local transportation issues and planning, with Flagler County Engineer Faith Alkhatib, who will lead a discussion about transportation’s impact on the local economy, tourism and the safety and wellbeing of residents and visitors, along with Lois Bollenback from the River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization and Alison Stettner from the Florida Department of Transportation. 8 to 9:15 a.m. at the Grand Haven Golf Club, 500 Riverside Drive, Palm Coast. The cost is $25 for pre-registrants, $30 the day of the event for chamber members. Guests can attend for $35. Contact Gretchen Smith by email. ​Registration begins at 7:30 Breakfast starts promptly at 8.

In Court: A status hearing is scheduled in the felony case against former Elections Supervisor Kimberle Weeks, who faces five third-degree felony charges of allegedly illegally recording or transmitting conversations. At 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 402 before Circuit Judge Margaret Hudson.

Vacation rentals: House Bill 773 is scheduled to be heard by the House Government Accountability Committee at 9 a.m. and Senate Bill 1400 is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee at 2 p.m.. Both bills attempt to preempt local government regulation of vacation rentals in residential areas.

African-American Read-In: School Board member Colleen Conklin at Belle Terre Elementary's African-American Read-In last year. (© FlaglerLive)Belle Terre Elementary hosts its annual African American Read-In from 9 to 11 a.m. at the school. The event draws on numerous community and civic leaders who will read to classes from kindergarten through sixth grade and speak about their work and experiences. The school is looking for volunteers: contact LaToya Lockhart.

Town Hall Meeting: Flagler County School Board member Andy Dance and County Commissioner Nate McLaughlin, both of whom are running for re-election this year, host a town hall meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Hidden Trails Community Center, 6108 Mahogany Blvd., Bunnell.

The Flagler Beach City Commission meets at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. Commissioners are expected to consider approving a change Order to the contract with Quentin Hampton Associates for additional construction inspection services for the city’s sewer plant’s phase II project. Commissioners will also consider a request for a Special Exception Application to convert a single family house into a private school at 1011 S. Daytona Avenue. The applicant is LL Property Holdings LLC. This item was continued from the January 25 and February 8 meetings.

Governor Scott has ordered the execution of Eric Branch at 6 p.m. at the Florida state prison at Starke. Branch was sentenced to death in 1994 after being convicted of killing Susan Morris. This would be the 27th execution ordered by Scott, a record for a Florida governor.

The Palm Coast Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The committee will hear a presentation on the Birds of a Feather fest just passed, and discuss the removal and replacement of trees along Palm Coast Parkway.

Indivisible Postcard Writing Event at Fair Trade Cafe, 160 Cypress Pt Pkwy, Bldg D, Unit 103, Palm Coast: Meet with your fellow Indivisible members to write postcards to Get Out The Vote for Progressive candidates across the Country or to our Representatives. Please confirm here 24 hours in advance to allow for preparations. Postcards and stamps provided, donations to pay for stamps encouraged. If you have plain postcards and postcard stamps-feel free to bring, but not necessary. Coffee, tea, smoothies, pastries and limited lunch items are available for purchase from Fair Trade. They are giving this space to us free so we strongly encourage you purchasing items from them. This is a non profit business-all employees are volunteers, everything they make-even tips go to their mission fund.

Shakespeare In the Park: macbeth shakespeare A co-production of City Repertory Theatre and the Palm Coast Arts Foundation: Join both as they present the Foundation’s first Shakespeare in the Park with Macbeth, Friday at 6 p.m. (opening night $50 PCAF members or CRT subscribers), $75 for the general public (includes two drinks, tickets and appetizers); Friday and Saturday, $25/$30, 7 p.m. start, and Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Students with ID get in for $10. Call 386/225-4394 or go here to book tickets.

leading ladiesThe Flagler Palm Coast High Thespians present “Leading ladies,” by Ken Ludwig, at 7 p.m. at the Flagler Auditorium on Thursday and Friday, and both 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students, not including an Auditorium ticketing fee. Buy tickets online at

The Florida Agricultural Museum’s Farm Swap and Music Jam, which will take place every Thursday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., with farm fresh fruits and veggie arts, crafts, ready to eat stuff an d local musicians. Vendors sign up here:

Flagler County Art League Celebration: As part of its 40th anniversary celebration, the Flagler County Art League hosts a panel discussion with artists Peter Cereta, Judy Barnewolt-Jones, Audrey Rosen, Trish Vevera and Weldon Ryan for a lively discussion, moderated by Judi Wormeck, about inspiration, motivation and more. Flagler County Art League, City Marketplace, 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Suite 207 C. Refreshments and conversation at 6:30. Presentation at 7 p.m. Open to the public. No charge. Call 386.986.4668 or visit

Liberal Arts and Higher Education Day at Flagler College, part of the celebration of the inauguration of Dr. Joseph G. Joyner as the fourth president of Flagler College, with a keynote address at 7 p.m., “Diversity in a Democracy: What Can We Learn from Socrates?” in Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine, by Dr. Georgia Nugent, the Senior Fellow at The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), president emerita of Kenyon College and former interim president of The College of Wooster. Dr. Nugent has been a strong advocate for the continuing importance, power, and vitality of the liberal arts in the 21st century. Her speech will focus on how Socrates, the ancient Greek philosopher, can offer us insight into moving forward in an increasing complex world.

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:

  • Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 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.

Note: today is the Flagler Class 25 Application Deadline at the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce. $385 for members, $535 for non-members. Call the Chamber at 386-437-0106.

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

  • Thursday: Tom Gibbs Chevrolet, 5850 East Hway 100, palm Coast, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: CVS Pharmacy, 1 Old Kings Road, at Palm Coast Parkway, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: Epic Theaters, Town Center, Palm Coast, from noon to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jail Bookings and Last 24 Hours' Incidents in Flagler, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Bunnell

flagler beach bunnell palm coast sheriff's police reports
Jail Bookings, March 14-15
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, March 14
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, March 14
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, March 14
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, March 14
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, March 14
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, March 14
Previous and archived reports
Sources: Flagler County Sheriff's Office, Flagler Beach Police Department, Bunnell Police Department. This is Flagler County's only comprehensive, one-stop compilation of all local law enforcement's daily day and night shift commanders' reports.



Ongoing this morning, the great African-American Read-In at Belle Terre Elementary. Here’s what it looked like in Ms. Ajayi’s third grade class around 10 this morning, as Cheryl Tristam of the Flagler Youth Orchestra, with an accompanist, read “The Bat Boy and His Violin.”


WNZF Logo (small)David Lydon to host ‘Veterans on Point’ radio show: Flagler County Veterans Services officer, David Lydon, will host a WNZF radio talk show called “Veterans on Point.” “Lydon is the perfect host for this local radio talk show with his vast knowledge, his network of local veterans organizations, and his position with the county,” said David Ayres, general manager of Flagler Broadcasting. “Plus, he is still actively serving in the United States Air Force Reserves.” The first program will air at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 4. The radio show is designed to give local veterans a voice – and a listen – to many issues and challenges that veterans and their families face, including information about the Veterans Administration and special events. Guests to the program will include local, regional and national entities that focus on Flagler County’s veteran community. “This is a first for me,” said Lydon, who has been a guest on the Free-for-All Friday WNZF radio program. Lydon holds the rank of major as part-time United States Air Force Reserve squadron commander, 927th Security Forces Squadron, at MacDill Air Force Base. Additionally, he is president of the Military Officers Association of America, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8696, and the American Legion Post 115. The program will air 9:30 to 10 a.m. Sunday mornings on 1550 AM and 106.3 FM. It will also stream live at, as well as on Google Play and Amazon Echo.

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.

PAROLE CASES HEARD IN DUVAL: The Florida Commission on Offender Review will take up parole cases during a meeting in Duval County. (Thursday, 9 a.m., Jacksonville Beach City Council room, 11 North Third St., Jacksonville Beach.)

SUPREME COURT RELEASES OPINIONS: The Florida Supreme Court is expected to release its weekly opinions. (Thursday, 11 a.m.)


—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive


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

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March 19: Flagler Beach Mayor Linda Provencher holds a town hall meeting at City Hall at 5:30 p.m., an open, informal forum to discuss concerns and questions you may have regarding Flagler Beach.
March 20: Food Truck Tuesday 5-8 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave, Palm Coast. Purchase and enjoy delicious cuisine available from food trucks situated along Park Street next to Central Park. Live entertainment from Luvu. Beer and wine sold by Cork and Pint. More info: or call 386-986-2323.
March 20: Johann sebastian bachGreat Organists at Stetson series, Boyd Jones, organ. Jones is University Organist and Price Professor of Organ at Stetson. On the eve of Johann Sebastian Bach’s 333rd birthday (on March 31), Jones presents a program of Bach organ works. In addition, Jones will be joined by Webb Wiggins, Stetson graduate and recently retired Oberlin Professor of Harpsichord, in a work for two harpsichords by Bach’s eldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. Contact: 386-822-8950. This is a free concert.
March 20: Identity Protection 101. Mr. Gilpin is executive director of the National Crime Stop Program, which focuses on identity theft, the fastest growing crime in America. With your credit affecting your ability to get insurance, interest rates and even potential employment, it’s vital that you understand how to protect yourself from the crime that happens every three seconds. Key topics will include financial, tax and credit-card fraud as well as wireless pick-pocketing and how to get your free credit report. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Daytona State College's Advanced Technology College's multi-purpose room, 1770 Technology Blvd., Daytona Beach (located ½-mile north of LPGA Blvd. off Williamson Blvd.) The free event is part of Daytona State College Foundation’s Wisdom in Senior Education (WISE) program.
March 21: Holden House Museum Open House. This year is the centennial of the end of World War I, and also the centennial anniversary of the Holden House Museum in Bunnell. Located at: 204 East Moody Blvd in Bunnell, Fl. (386-437-0600).Flagler County Historical representatives will be on hand to tell local history, stories and answer questions, in conjunction with Flagler Reads Together, the an annual event that celebrates reading through a single book read in common by participants. This year's book is “The Alice Network,” by Kate Quinn, the story of women spies during the two world wars.
March 21: Coffee Series sponsored by Florida Hospital Flagler, 9-10 a.m. at Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Ave. Enjoy your morning coffee while listening to professionals discuss informational topics at the new Coffee Series sponsored by Florida Hospital Flagler! This month: “Alzheimer Support Group” with Nicole Cella from Amedisys Home Health. Pre-registration is required (while space available) by 9 a.m. March 19: More info: 386-986-2323.
March 22: Common Ground Breakfast hosted by the Flagler Chamber of Commerce, featuring a trio of county government directors talking about development: Matt Dunn on tourism, Helga van Eckert on economic development, Roy Sieger on the county airport, starting at 8 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn. $25 with pre-registration for chamber members, $30 at the door, $35 for everyone else.
March 22: Stetson Great Guitarists Extravaganza: Andrew Zohn, guitar, and the 220 Duo (Adam Larison and Andrew Stroud, guitars). Andrew Zohn is recognized internationally for his work as a performer, instructor, and composer. Zohn’s program will include Manuel Ponce’s Quatro Piezas, Radames Gnattali’s Toccate em ritmo de samba and his arrangements of four classic rock songs. His be followed by Duo 220, hailed for their extraordinary technique and musicianship. They will perform a mixture of standards and lesser-known works in the guitar duo repertoire. 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd, DeLand. Contact: 386-822-8950. This is a free concert.
March 22: The Florida Agricultural Museum's Farm Swap and Music Jam, from 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., with farm fresh fruits and veggie arts, crafts, ready to eat stuff and local musicians.
March 23: Community Center Grand Re-Opening, 5-7 p.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. Opening ceremony, tours and refreshments. More info: 386-986-2323.
March 23: Flagler Reads Together: Nancy Duke-Burkhead, professor at Daytona Beach College, will discuss “Roles of Women during WWI” in a 2 p.m. presentation at the Doug Cisney Reading Room at the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy. Flagler Reads Together is an annual event that celebrates reading through a single book read in common by participants. This year's book is “The Alice Network,” by Kate Quinn, the story of women spies during the two world wars.
March 23: AARP Driver Safety Program 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the City of Palm Coast’s Frieda Zamba Pool Classroom, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. The nation's first and largest classroom course for motorists ages 50 and older. This one-day course identifies ways that older drivers can compensate for the physical changes that occur as they age and helps older drivers update their driving knowledge and skills. Fees are $20/session ($15/session for AARP members). To register, contact AARP representative Karen Zimmerman at 386-585-4116.
March 23-25: 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 For more information, call Frieda Zamba Pool at 386-986-4741.
March 23-24: jacksonville symphony logoLegends: Diana Ross, Billie Holiday, Beyoncé and More at the Jacksonville Symphony, under the direction of Nathan Aspinall, with N’Kenge, Guest Vocalist: She’s sung for Presidents, at the EMMYs, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. N’Kenge returns to the Symphony to bring you the songs of African-American greats including Billie Holiday, Diana Ross, Leontyne Price, Beyoncé and more. Don’t miss this celebrated singer who was recently nominated as Best Lead Actress in a Musical for Elton John’s Aida. Both nights at 8 p.m., tickets starting at $19, 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.
March 23-25: The News-Journal's 29th annual Spring Home Show at the Ocean Center. The event provides guests with a variety of exhibitors to help jump start home improvements. Enjoy trendy presentations on stage daily; browse cool art in the Arts and Crafts Zone; and bring the kids for face painting, bounce house and more. You are sure to find something to spark inspiration for your next project. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is available for $5 in the parking garage and surrounding lots.
March 23: Great Guitarists at Stetson series: Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation” (NPR), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. Vieaux will perform classical and contemporary guitar music that spans the globe, including selections from his 2015 Grammy Award-winning album, Play. His program includes Giuliani’s Grand Overture, Op. 61; Bach’s Prelude, Fugue, & Allegro, BWV 998; Albéniz’s Capricho Catalán, Rumores de la Caleta, and Torre Bermeja; Bellinati’s Jongo; Henze’s Drei Tentos from Kammermusik; Metheny’s Last Train Home; Jobim’s A Felicidade; Ellington’s In a Sentimental Mood; and Merlín’s Suite del Recuerdo. 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall 421 N. Woodland Blvd, DeLand. Contact: 386-822-8950. This is a free concert.
March 24: Master Gardner P.M. Reddy shares a visual account of his visit to the monrach butterfly sanctuary in Mexico and explains why the butterflies have been in perilous decline in a special presentation of the Palm Coast Arts Foundation's Garden Party and Luncheon, 11 a.m. at the Palm Coast Arts Foundation, at 1500 Central Avenue, Palm Coast, in Town Center. $35 for foundation members, $40 for non-members, includes catered lunch and a glass of wine. Call 386/225-4394 or go here to book tickets.
March 24: First Aid and CPR/AED, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Palm Coast Fire Station 25, 1250 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast. This class is a 7-hour course (one hour for lunch) designed to meet OSHA regulations and teach administering CPR to children and adults, using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), using a mask or barrier device, assisting with bleeding, broken bones. $50/person with pre-registration required by 9 a.m. March 22. Sign up at More info: or 386-986-2300.
March 24: lewis blackLewis Black at the Peabody Auditorium, 8 p.m. Critically and popularly acclaimed as a stand-up comic, actor and author, Lewis Black is famous for his passionate comedy style complete with cathartic releases of anger, disillusionment, frustration, irritation, and ridicule of cultural phenomena. His compelling points about absurdity of our world cause audience members to laugh themselves into puddles of incontinence. Tickets are $35 to $45. At the Peabody Auditorium, 600 Auditorium Boulevard, Daytona Beach. Call 386/671-3462 or book tickets here.
March 25: The Stetson Brass Ensembles, directed by David Schmidt, will be performing Early One Morning by Percy Grainger and the Centennial Fanfare by John Zdechlik. The Horn Ensemble will be guest conducted by Mike Vermillion and will perform the Fanfare from La Peri by Paul Dukas and Hanoverian Suite by Christopher Gough. The Trombone Ensemble will be performing Lyric Piece by Michael Hennagin and Excursions by David Wilborn. Also, appearing on the concert will be the Trumpet Ensemble directed by Tom Macklin and the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble directed by Ryan Sorenson. 3 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd, DeLand. Contact: 386-822-8950. This is a free concert.
March 26: Live Like Cameron Golf Tournament at Grand Haven, 9 a.m. shotgun start, $100 per player, $360 per foursome, $25 for lunch, to register, call Mark Bialkoski at 386/864-4192 or email Live Like Cameron is a non-profit established in 2017 in memory of Cameron Fulling, who died of brain cancer before his 10th birthday. The goal of the non-profit is to given financial assistance to local families with children diagnosed with cancer.
March 26: The African-American Entrepreneurs Club meets at the African American Cultural Center, 4422 North U.S. Highway 1, Palm Coast, at 6 p.m., with guest speaker Janice Robinson-Celeste, founder and editor in chief of Successful Black Parenting Magazine and a former professor at Hofstra University. The cost is $10 for members, $20 for guests, $5 for students. Call Leslie Giscombe at 386/246-8699 for information, and see the full flyer here.
March 27: melissa moore-stens R. Lee smith judges forumThe Flagler Palm Coast Forum, a non-partisan civic discussion group, hosts a political forum featuring the judges running for election or re-election in the Seventh Judicial Circuit, which includes Flagler, Volusia, Putnam and St. Johns counties. Two judges in the circuit sit permanently in Flagler: Circuit Judge R. Lee Smith and County Judge Melissa Moore-Stens. Both are up for retention. Other judges are also running, but any judge in the circuit may cycle into Flagler at one point or another. Moore-Stens and Smith, pictured here, will be at the forum, as will be the following candidates and judges: Judge Elizabeth Blackburn, Judge Leah Case, Judge Christopher France, and Judge Mary Jolley. Each judge will address the forum. That segment will be followed by a question and answer period. The forum is at the Hilton Garden Inn, Palm Coast, with a social half hour starting at 6 p.m. and the forum itself starting at 6 p.m. It is free and open to all. For additional information call host and organizer Ed Fuller at 859/285-0585 or by email at
March 27: Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Atlantic Coast chapter: Public Money for Private Schools: Colleen Conklin,Flagler County School Board member and director of dual enrollment at Embry-Riddle will discuss “Public Money for Private Schools: How the State of Florida siphons tax dollars from public schools to fund CHOICE options owned by private corporations and religious entities” 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Flagler County Public Library Main Branch, 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy NW, Palm Coast. This meeting is open to the public, all are welcome. There is no charge and no advance arrangements need be made. For further information call 804-914-4460.
March 27: David Sholtz: Florida’s New Deal Governor, Prof. Todd C. Richardson, J.D. In the depths of the Great Depression, Florida elected an unconventional candidate as governor. David Sholtz was a resident of Daytona Beach who campaigned with hopeful optimism during a time of despair. Brooklyn-born of Russian Jewish immigrant parents, Sholtz surprised the state’s political establishment to become the 26th governor. Tackling Florida’s problems with cheerful confidence, Sholtz’s story is one of hope tempered with the social and political realities of the time during a turbulent period in our state’s history. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Daytona State College's Advanced Technology College's multi-purpose room, 1770 Technology Blvd., Daytona Beach (located ½-mile north of LPGA Blvd. off Williamson Blvd.) The free event is part of Daytona State College Foundation’s Wisdom in Senior Education (WISE) program.
March 28: william-schwarzWilliam G. Schwarz, who faces two counts of DUI manslaughter and two counts of vehicular hmomicide in the death of Kathleen J. Boos of Palm Coast and Carl W. Boos in a crash on State Road A1A in March 2016, is scheduled for docket sounding, the last step before trial absent a plea, at 1:30 p.m. before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse.
March 28: Flagler Reads Together: The Flagler Book Club gathers to discuss this year's selection at 3:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the county public library, 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy. Flagler Reads Together is an annual event that celebrates reading through a single book read in common by participants. This year's book is “The Alice Network,” by Kate Quinn, the story of women spies during the two world wars.
March 28: A meeting of the Compassionate Friends is scheduled at the Vitas Office at 4 North Old Kings Road (across from Kentucky Fried Chicken) in Palm Coast. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. The Compassionate Friends, a nonprofit self-help bereavement support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child. The meeting is open to all parents, grandparents, and siblings over age 18 who has suffered the loss of a child of any age. For more information, call John Brady at 610-428- 3139. To learn more about The Compassionate Friends, visit their national website at
March 28: Roscolusa 2018: The 7th annual singer-songwriters festival will showcase the talent of Nashville, TN on Ponte Vedra’s beaches for this one-night musical event you won’t forget. Hear original work by these singer-songwriters and hear the stories behind their songs penned for and performed by popular artists such as Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw. Along with performances this event will have delicious local Jacksonville food trucks, a “teen zone” and a play area for children. Location: Nocatee, Village Lake Drive, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081. For more information, visit
March 29: The Florida Agricultural Museum's Farm Swap and Music Jam, from 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., with farm fresh fruits and veggie arts, crafts, ready to eat stuff and local musicians.
March 31: Flagler Reads Together holds its final event of the month featuring Tom Schmidt, a history professor at Florida State College in Jacksonville. He and his wife recently toured two battlefields of World War I in France, including the Somme and Verdun. He has taken some beautiful and touching pictures of the battlefields and will be presenting them along with some background history of the area and battles. 2 p.m. in the Doug Cisney Reading Room at the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy. Flagler Reads Together is an annual event that celebrates reading through a single book read in common by participants. This year's book is “The Alice Network,” by Kate Quinn, the story of women spies during the two world wars.
March 31: flagler humane societyFlagler Humane Society hosts a Spay-Ghetti dinner with dancing, a silent auction and a raffle starting at 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge at 53 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, tickets are $35. It's a fund-raiser. Buy tickets here.
March 31: Egg’Stravaganza 10 a.m. at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast. A community egg hunt for children through age 10. Fun includes magic shows, balloon art, carnival games, face-painting, trackless train, refreshments and pictures with the Easter Bunny. More info: 386-986-2323.

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Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

Here’s a summary of the latest city developments as of Feb. 16, 2018, with a link to the full week in review here.

Road and Interstate Construction:

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Swinging Bach

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