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Weekend Briefing: Bus Driver Appreciation, Early Voting Begins, Clergy Politics, Lincoln Day Dinner, DSC Enrollment Day

| August 17, 2018

bus driver appreciation

It’s bus driver appreciation day in Flagler schools. Show them love. (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 1986)

Weekend: Partly cloudy, hot, chance of showers at 30 percent throughout, nights partly cloudy, lows in the 70s. 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: 107
The OED’s Word of the Day: refection, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

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“People who don’t even read this newspaper claim we are biased, liars and “fake news.” Yet we do this for you — our readers. We’ve done this since 1850, five years before the city of Kokomo was incorporated.”

–From a Kokomo, Indiana, Tribune editorial, Aug. 16, 2018.

Previously:

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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.

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Free For All Fridays on WNZF: Host David Ayres welcomes members of the new Flagler Tiger Bay Club and Palm Coast Council member Nick Klufas, among others, and will discuss the Palm Coast Observer’s primary endorsements with Observer Editor Brian McMillan, starting a little after at 9 a.m.

Friday: The Flagler County School District serves an appreciation breakfast for its bus drivers, among the district’s lowest-paid employees, at 8:30 a.m. at Buddy Taylor Middle School’s cafeteria. The district is looking for new bus drivers.

Friday: Lunch N’ Lecture Series, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE. This month: “Senior Crime” with Sgt. Michael Lutz of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. The lecture and lunch are free, but pre-registration is required (while space available) by 11 a.m. Aug. 15: www.palmcoastgov.com/register. More info: 386-986-2323.

Friday Football: Flagler Palm Coast High School v. Atlantic High, at FPC’s stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday: Sen. John Cronyn, the Texas Republican, is the featured speaker at Flagler County Republicans’ Lincoln Day Dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Hammock Beach Resort. Tickets are $100 until July 11, then $175 per person.

Saturday: dsc daytona state college logoEnrollment Day at Daytona State College, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the college’s Daytona Beach Campus. The day gives students an opportunity to join the Falcon community and complete everything from admission to registration. Students start by completing a Daytona State application, then meet with an Admissions Advisor and Financial Aid Counselor, take an assessment test (if applicable), meet with an Academic Advisor, and then lock in their schedule. The Daytona State Financial Aid Office will be open to assist with college education financing and will provide assistance to complete the federal financial aid application (FAFSA). Academic Advisors will also be available to talk about unique academic programs such as Quanta-Honors College which offers an alternative to regular college classes for highly motivated students. For more information about the Enrollment Saturday event, e-mail Admissions@DaytonaState.edu or call (386) 506-4471.

Saturday: Matanzas High’s Cross Country Pancake Classic, 7 a.m. at the Matanzas track.

Saturday: Yoga on the Beach at Jungle Hut Park: Unroll your mat on the beach with Melissa Byram of Meditation Mama Yoga for an hour of yoga bliss! Join us for a fun and relaxing experience on the beach culminating in an extended savasana with delicious lemongrass essential oil cold cloths! All experience levels welcome! $10 drop in fee, bring your mat, towel, and water, we’ll bring the rest. 10 a.m. at Jungle Hut Park, 125 Jungle Hut Rd, Palm Coast.

Primary election early voting in Flagler County at three locations: Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway N.W., Palm Coast; Palm Coast Community Center at the corner of Clubhouse Drive and Palm Coast Parkway, 305 Palm Coast Parkway; and Supervisor of Elections Office in the Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Boulevard, Building 2, Suite 101, Bunnell.

merill shapiroSunday: Rabbi Merrill Shapiro, Immediate Past President of the National Board of Trustees of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and chairman of the FlaglerLive board of directors, leads a discussion about “Preventing or Permitting Clergy and Houses of Worship Endorsements of Partisan Political Candidates” as part of an Adult Education event at Congregation B’nai Torah, 403 North Nova Road, Ormond Beach, at 2:30 p.m. This event is open to the public, all are welcome. There is no charge and no advance arrangements need be made. For further information call 386-672-1174.

Through Aug. 17: Florida Department of Health in Flagler is offering free back-to-school immunizations July 30 through August 17. Parents and guardians are asked to bring their child’s immunization record, insurance card, and a photo ID. The clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary. The DOH-Flagler is located at 301 Dr, Carter Blvd. in Bunnell. For more information, call 386-437-7350, ext. 7095 or write Gretchen Smith gretchen.smith@flhealth.gov. Click on the flier to the right for a larger view of it.

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

  • Saturday: Panera, 5880 State Road 100, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday: St Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Parkway, 9 a.m. to 1 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, June 25-26
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, June 25
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, June 25
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, June 25
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, June 25
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, June 25
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, June 25
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.

 

Announcements:

Interested in volunteering as an usher at the Flagler Playhouse? Volunteer ushers are a vital part of the Flagler Playhouse family. Whether seating a young person about to enjoy their first live theatre performance or helping a family of six find seats during opening night excitement, ushers ensure that the Flagler Playhouse patrons enjoy the very best experience possible during their time with us. They are also responsible for serving concessions during intermission. Ushers are needed for all performances. Ushers should arrive 1 to 2 hours before show times and should expect to remain through intermission with two staying throughout the entire performance. Ushering is a two to four hour time commitment per performance. If you’re interested, leave a message at the box office, 386-586-0773.

Flagler Chamber Welcomes Chiumento, Dwyer, Hertel, Grant & Kistemaker, as its newest Benefactor Member: Benefactors are the highest level of the Flagler Chamber’s membership structure, and, in this capacity, Chiumento, Dwyer, Hertel, Grant & Kistemaker, PL joins four other benefactors: Florida Hospital Flagler, Hammock Beach Resort, S.E. Cline Construction, Inc. and VyStar Credit Union. “Our benefactors make it possible for us to expand and promote the value-added benefits, products and services that the Chamber offers,” said Jorge Gutierrez, president of the Flagler County Chamber. “In exchange for their investment, benefactors receive a customized package of benefits that include top-level promotion and recognition at events and programs. Chiumento, Dwyer, Hertel, Grant & Kistemaker, PL has been an outstanding partner over the years, and Michael Chiumento III served as Chairman of the Flagler County Chamber board of directors in 2010. We are delighted to welcome them to this distinguished and generous group of Chamber supporters.” Michael Chiumento III, Managing Partner states, “Becoming a Benefactor Partner reflects our law firm’s 45-year commitment to support the Chamber’s important work for the local business community. We look forward to working with the Chamber to help our businesses in Flagler County continue to thrive and grow.”

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.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA LICENSES AT ISSUE: The Florida Department of Health will hold a hearing about a proposed rule dealing with the application process for new medical-marijuana licenses. The hearing involves one license earmarked for a black farmer who was a member of litigation dealing with federal discriminatory lending practices and four other licenses for applicants seeking entry into the state’s highly restricted medical marijuana market. The Legislature ordered the new licenses following the passage of a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana in Florida. (Friday, 9 a.m., Florida Department of Health, 4025 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee.)

JUDGE WEIGHS EDUCATION AMENDMENT: Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper will hold a hearing in a dispute about a proposed constitutional amendment that calls for changes in the state’s education system. The League of Women Voters of Florida filed the lawsuit to try to keep the amendment off the November ballot. The amendment was placed on the ballot by the state Constitution Revision Commission and includes three different issues. It would impose an eight-year term limit on school board members. It would require “civic literacy” to be promoted in public schools. And it would allow charter schools to be authorized by entities other than local school boards, which now make those decisions. The lawsuit targets the charter-school part of the proposal and alleges that the ballot wording is misleading. (Friday, 9:30 a.m., Leon County Courthouse, 301 South Monroe St., Tallahassee.)

JOBS NUMBERS RELEASED: The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity will release July unemployment figures. (Friday, 10 a.m.)

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS DUE: State candidates and political committees face a Friday deadline for filing reports showing finance activity through Aug. 10.

EARLY VOTING HELD STATEWIDE: Early voting for the Aug. 28 primary elections will be held throughout the state, after starting earlier in the week in some counties.

 

—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

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

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June 26: Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins hosts a "business town hall" meeting for Flagler Beach businesses to, in his words, "unify businesses to have a strong voice" and "combine marketing efforts." The meeting is at 3 p.m. at Key West Eats, 1112 South Oceanshore Boulevard, Flagler Beach.
June 26: A meeting of Facing Grief Together, formerly known as Compassionate Friends, is scheduled at the Vitas Office at 4 North Old Kings Road (across from Kentucky Fried Chicken) in Palm Coast. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Facing Grief Together, 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 Facing Grief Together, visit their national website at www.compassionatefriends.org.
June 27: The Palm Coast Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The committee will discuss climat change and sea level rise.
June 27: The Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 105 South Second Street. The commission will get the annual update from the Flagler County Health Department's Gretchen Smith, and will consider a resolution providing for a temporary limited exception to the prohibition against signs being placed within public rights of way within designated areas of the city uniquely impacted by the SR A1A project. The commission will also discuss amendments to its murals ordinance, and an ordinance increasing Municipal Business Tax rates by not more than five percent.
June 27: pabloAnother unveiling of the latest turtle sculpture to be added to the Turtle Trail: "PABLO" has been a work in progress this school year by the Flagler Palm Coast High School art club in collaboration with students from Old Kings Elementary School, the Marine Sciences flagship school for Flagler County. It will be unveiled at 1 p.m. at Old Kings Elementary School, 301 Old Kings Road South. Pablo's sponsor is Palm Coast Arts Foundation Trustee G. Lindsey Florence.
June 28: The Scenic A1A PRIDE Committee meets at 9 a.m. at the Hammock Community Center, 79 Mala Compra Rd. off A1A. See the full agenda here.
June 28: The Flagler County School Board meets in a special session to financially close out the year at 9 a.m. at the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
June 28: Urban Surf 4 Kids Surf Camp, starting at 9 a.m., South 6th Street on the Beach.
June 28: "Opry Reunion" debuts. This family style variety show features cast members of Daytona Opry, Downtown Opry and a few new entertainers. Linda Cole, Firecrackers, Michael Leone (Elvis), Eddie Davis, Kaitlyn Kent and Michele Marie will return. Each show will also feature a special guest or two. Bring your family to this high energy variety show, similar to the shows in Branson and Myrtle Beach. This show features classic standards from Gospel, Country, R&B, Motown & much more. Opry Reunion is at Oceanside Inn 1909 South Atlantic Avenue in Daytona Beach Shores. Showtime is 8 PM and doors open at 7:30 PM. Reserved tickets are $20. A VIP table (comfortably seats 8) is $150. Call (386) 307-0922 for ticket information.
June 29: First Aid and CPR/AED 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Fire Station 25, 1250 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast. This class is a seven-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 registration required by 9 a.m. June 27. Register at www.parksandrec.fun/adults. More info: 386-986-2300 and cprcertification@palmcoastgov.com.
June 29-20: Jr. Lifeguard Camp, 8 a.m-12p.m. at Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive. The Junior Lifeguard Camp offers step-by-step lifeguarding skill development. Learn water safety, lifeguard rescues, and First Aid CPR/AED in a weekend camp. Class attendees will receive a CPR mask, Red Cross whistle and T-shirt. For ages 11-15 years. $70/session. Registration required at www.parksandrec.fun/camps. More info: 386-986-2323.
June 29: trish vevera"Transitions: The Art of Trish Vevera, Past and Present," opens at Berkshire Hathaway with a free reception at 6 p.m. The show is curated by Paul Beaulieu and Thomas Anastasio. At 101 Palm Coast Parkway, European Village. Vevera is the reigning Flagler County Artist of the Year.
July 1: Nar-Anon offers hope and help for families and friends of addicts. Every Monday, 6 p.m., St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, Palm Coast, Fellowship Hall Entrance. See the website, www.nar-anon.org, or call (800) 477-6291.
July 2: The Flagler Beach Planning and Architecture (or PAR) Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St. The board will consider a new ordinance relating to the protection of gopher tortoises, with new regulations applicable during development activities.
July 3: Fireworks in the Park: Kick off your Independence Day celebration one day early July 3. Pack your picnic basket and bring your blanket and chairs to watch the free colorful display at Central Park at Town Center, 975 Central Ave, beginning at 9 p.m. Entertainment and food vendors will begin at 6 p.m. A patriotic ceremony starts at 7 p.m.
July 5: First Friday Garden and Butterfly Walk at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., 10 a.m. Join a ranger at 10am 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.
July 5-7: midsummer madness"A Midsummer Night's Madness," a summer workshop production at Palm Coast's City Repertory Theatre. Tickets are $15, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Book here.
July 6: 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.
July 6: World Cup Finals Watch Party: The women's soccer World Cup is here again. Join fellow residents at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, as they watch the finals match to see which country is crowned the best in the world July 7. There will be snacks, giveaways and activities for kids. The event costs $1 per person. The final's kickoff is 11 a.m.
July 8: Nar-Anon offers hope and help for families and friends of addicts. Every Monday, 6 p.m., St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, 303 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, Palm Coast, Fellowship Hall Entrance. See the website, www.nar-anon.org, or call (800) 477-6291.


For events beyond this date, see the fuller Coming Days here.
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Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

Here’s a summary of the latest city developments as of Aug. 3, 2018, with a link to the full week in review here.

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2 Responses for “Weekend Briefing: Bus Driver Appreciation, Early Voting Begins, Clergy Politics, Lincoln Day Dinner, DSC Enrollment Day”

  1. Anonymous says:

    The only way to appreciate your bus drivers is to pay them much more ! What you pay is an joke for such an important and stressful job . You do realize this driver sits with his/her back to 60 kids ! And drives a vehicle threw the streets of this crazy town .

  2. Bus Driver says:

    As a Bus Driver for Flagler Public Schools for 10 years I am completely convinced that the School Board does not care enough for bus drivers and aides. The School Board do not listen to us or pay what we deserve. We are responsible for the student’s lives AM and PM and we do that in not ideal conditions. We need to pay close attention to the road, the crazy traffic, the discipline of the students, their compliance to the bus rules, and also the students’ well being and issues with the parents. We do it anyway and are very proud of it because we care for the students. But we are paid just cents and to get a little raise our Union needs to go through a difficult process with the Board. At the beginning of the school year, during the in-service, the first thing we hear is how important we are. Just words lost in the air… And by the way, no one never invited me to this appreciation breakfast, not to mention that at 8:30 on a Friday morning most of the drivers and aides are still rolling and not able to go attend any event.

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