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Weekend Briefing: Richlin Ryan’s ‘Encode,’ Thomas Binkley Sentencing, Palm Coast Interviews, ‘Florida Is A Land Remembered’

| March 8, 2019

'Strong Not Angry' by Richlin Ryan, the Palm Coast artist whose latest exhibit opens at the Yvonne Scarlet-Golden Cultural and Educational Center in Daytona Beach tonight. See details below. (© Richlin Ryan)

‘Strong Not Angry’ by Richlin Ryan, the Palm Coast artist whose latest exhibit opens at the Yvonne Scarlet-Golden Cultural and Educational Center in Daytona Beach tonight. See details below. (© Richlin Ryan)

Weekend: Mostly sunny and warmer, in the 70s Friday, in the 80s Saturday and Sunday, getting a bit cloudier Sunday, lows in the 50s Friday, in the 60s Saturday and Sunday nights. 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: 166
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: Mirandizeplay.
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

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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.

Free For All Fridays: Hosts David Ayres and Brian McMillan welcome Rep. Paul Renner for a legislative update, Flagler Beach Fire Department Capt. Steve Cox, and Sheriff Rick Staly, starting a little after 9 a.m. with a commentary by FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam.

Thomas Binkley immediately after hearing the verdict before noon today in Flagler County Circuit Court. (c FlaglerLive)Friday, in Court: Thomas Binkley, 62, formerly of Bunnell, is sentenced at 9 a.m. by Circuit Judge Terence Perkins in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. A jury in late January found Binkley guilty on two counts of molesting girls ages 6 and 8 when he was living under their parents’ roof. He faces what would amount to a life prison sentence.

Friday: The Palm Coast City Council meets in special session as part of its city manager search, 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The meeting will feature lengthy presentations by each of the four candidates in turn, and questions from the council.

Friday: The Bunnell Canvassing Board meets at 2 p.m. to evaluate a provisional ballot in the race for city commission pitting Jan Reeger against Daisy Henry. Reeger is ahead by two votes. If the provisional ballot goes to Henry and orders a machine recount in the City Commissioner Special Election and/or any other race before 2:30 p.m. the Flagler County Canvassing Board will meet at 3 p.m. to conduct the recount at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 1769 E. Moody Boulevard, Building 2, Suite 101 in Bunnell. The recount will be open to the public. Candidates, representatives, committees of the current election as well as the public are encouraged to attend and observe.

Friday: richlin ryanYvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural & Educational Center in Daytona Beach is hosting “Encode,” an art exhibition dedicated to Woman’s Month. This art show features the art of Palm Coast’s Richlin Burnett-Ryan. Her works are a collection of colorful mixed media expressionist paintings of her heroes and sheroes depicted on board and canvas. Displayed will be 35 to 40 works full of energy. “I hope these images engage dialog and inspire the young people that walk through the halls of the YSG daily,” Says Burnett-Ryan, who also curated the show. The show is from March 8th to May 10 with the reception on March 8th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the YSG, 1000 Vine Street, Daytona Beach. There is no cost for admission to this venue. Contact (386)671-5780.

Friday: Movies in the Park: “Despicable Me,” at 7:45 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center. The movie begins at dusk and admission is free. A different family feature is shown on the big screen in the stage area at the main entrance to the park. We remind all movie goers to bring blankets, chairs, picnic baskets, bug spray and make plans to come early with your family, friends and neighbors.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie,” at the Flagler Playhouse. “The Glass Menagerie” is a memory play, its action drawn from the memories of the narrator, Tom Wingfield. The play is set in St. Louis in 1937. He is an aspiring poet who toils in a shoe warehouse to support his mother, Amanda, and his sister, Laura. Mr. Wingfield, Tom and Laura’s father, ran off years ago and, except for one postcard, has not been heard from since. The play is strongly autobiographical. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. The Flagler Playhouse, 301 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell. Call the box office at 386-586-0773 or visit the website for tickets here.

Friday: “Legends in Concert,” 7:30 p.m. at the Flagler Auditorium, 5500 East Hwy 100, Palm Coast, call 386-437-7547.



Saturday: Yoga on the Beach from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at Old Salt Park, 200 16th Road in the Hammock. Call 904/514-3598. Every Saturday.

Saturday: What Do Our State Representatives Do In Tallahassee, Anyway? All are welcome to learn how to follow your representatives and the Florida Legislature… online. Myra Smith, Legislative Liaison for the Democratic Women’s Club of Flagler County, will demonstrate how to navigate the Florida Senate and House websites at the group’s monthly meeting. The Meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. and the speaker at 10 a.m. Location is Fair Trade Café, 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Building D, Unit 103, Palm Coast.

Saturday: AAUW Flagler Celebrates Women’s History Month, 11 a.m. at Pine Lakes Golf CLub, 400 Pine Lakes Pkwy, Palm Coast. The meeting is with with Robert Sprouse and future historians from the Flagler Institute of Integrated Investigations, i3 Academy at Flagler Palm Coast High School for its monthly General Meeting, in the main dining room of Pine Lakes Golf Club. The i3 Academy empowers students by providing for ownership of learning with an untethered learning atmosphere. Mr. Sprouse and his World History class have unleashed their investigative experience and collaborative efforts to capture personal accounts of the Women’s Rights Movement. To date, 30 women from across Florida have provided humbling interviews. Once complete, this three-year project, including audio, will be archived at the State Library and Archives in Tallahassee. Lunch is available for $17 per person. For reservations and menu options, please contact Sally Smeaton by email: shsmeaton@gmail.com by March 6, 2019.

Saturday: Palm Coast Historical Society Speaker Series: Patrick Smith Jr. presents “Florida Is A Land Remembered” at 10 a.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. Smith is a professional media producer who will show video records of his father Patrick Smith who wrote “A Land Remembered” to tell the story of how the author researched his subject for over two years before he could write his now famous book. This FREE program is made available through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council. Light refreshments served at 9:30 am. All are welcome.

Sunday: Captain’s BBQ Bing’s Landing Protest: Opponents of the proposed expansion of Captain’s BBQ at Bing’s Landing, the county park, again hold their Sunday protest outside of Bing’s from 2 to 4 p.m. in the lead-up to a fund-raiser at the Hammock Community Center on March 26.

COMMUNITY INPUT SOUGHT ON HEALTH ISSUES (closes March 15): Flagler county residents are being asked to speak up and voice their opinion on a variety of health-related topics through an online survey. The input from the community will be used to create health improvement plans to address community concerns and improve quality of life. The survey is online here countyhealthsurvey.com and is available in English and Spanish. Results of the survey provide the foundation of Community Health Needs Assessments, which are a collection of data used to inform communities and develop goals to improve health outcomes. Once the assessments are complete, they will be used to create three-year Community Health Improvement Plans for both Volusia and Flagler counties. The assessments are being conducted in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health in Flagler and Volusia counties, Flagler Cares, local hospitals and Volusia and Flagler county government. Residents, employers and community partners are encouraged to share this link and ask others to take the survey as well. The survey will close February 28, 2019. Please take the survey here.

big red bus scheduleBlood Donations: The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations this week (schedule your donation by going to the website and entering a Palm Coast zip code, then locating one of the venues below):

  • Sunday: Two Camino Office Complex, Hammock Dunes, 85 Avenue de la Mer, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday: Epic Theaters, 1185 Central Avenue, Palm Coast, 1 to 6 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, May 2-3
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, May 2
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, May 2
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, May 2
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, May 2
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, May 2
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, May 2
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.

 

Flagler Beach Is Open For Business: A1A Construction Update:

FlaglerLive is providing weekly updates to year-long construction on and near State Road A1A in Flagler Beach as the Florida Department of Transportation rebuilds a 1.5-mile segment from South 9th Street to South 22nd Street, and builds a sea wall at the north end of town. These updates are provided through DOT or local officials. If you have any relevant information or images, you’re welcome to email them to the editor here.

Segment 2: South 22nd to South 9th Street: A significant detour on State Road (S.R.) A1A in Flagler Beach is set to start Tuesday, Feb 26, as construction continues on a project to protect the road from erosion and future storm events. The work is part of a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) project to construct improvements along three sections of S.R. A1A in Flagler County. A temporary traffic repair has been in place since the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in late 2016.

 Fast Facts:

  • Southbound traffic on S.R. A1A will be detoured onto a local road, South Central Avenue, between South 7th Street and South 23rd Street.
  • Northbound traffic will remain on S.R. A1A.
  • The detour will be in place throughout the reconstruction.
  • Access to all businesses and homes will be maintained.
  • Access will also be available using side streets.
  • For those with driveways only on S.R. A1A, access will be available from northbound S.R. A1A.

Since this is a popular destination for tourists and visitors, drivers are asked to obey the posted speed limits on both S.R. A1A and Central Avenue, and to be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists in the area. Due to safety concerns, bicyclists and foot traffic are urged to stay in designated, safe areas throughout the project.

Segment 3: North 18th Street to Osprey Drive: The contractor continues to bring in sand and prepare for installation of the new buried seawall. Residents may have noticed the contractor installing forms near North 18th Street. This is not the seawall itself. These forms will be used to guide the drill and form the new concrete shafts of the wall. These shafts will be about 36 feet deep. The contractor is expected to move its drilling equipment onto the work site this week. This movement is likely to require short stoppages of traffic using flagging operations along A1A.

Dune Walkovers:

The contractor will continue to remove dune walkovers as needed to accommodate construction of the buried seawall. The affected dune walkovers include both public and private walkovers between North 18th Street and Osprey Drive. By contract, all affected dune walkovers will be reconstructed once work is complete to their pre-construction condition. The contractor is carefully removing and storing separately the existing materials for each walkover. Photographs also are being taken to document existing conditions and will be used to assist with reconstruction.

 Please note that the walkovers must remain closed during construction for safety reasons.

The project team has announced that reconstruction of the walkovers is tentatively scheduled to begin in fall 2019. This timeframe is based on the current work schedule. Please note the schedule may be affected by weather or unforeseen circumstances.

The contractor has 300 days to complete the work.

Caution! Flagler Beach police and and Sherriff’s deputies are actively monitoring speed and writing tickets. “I got a warning on north section of A1A before construction actually began so I keep to the 25 limit, but still getting tailgated by cars wanting to go faster,” a reader tells us. 

See Also:

The proposed roundabout at the intersection of Old Dixie Highway and U.S. 1 is intended to drastically reduce the number of severe crashes at one of the county's most dangerous intersections. Two other such roundabouts are proposed for other dangerous intersections in Flagler. Click on the image for larger view. (DOT)

The proposed roundabout at the intersection of Old Dixie Highway and U.S. 1 is intended to drastically reduce the number of severe crashes at one of the county’s most dangerous intersections. Two other such roundabouts are proposed for other dangerous intersections in Flagler. Click on the image for larger view.
(DOT)

U.S. 1 and Old Dixie Highway Roundabout Construction Updates:

FlaglerLive is providing weekly updates to the planned 15-month, $4.1 million construction of a roundabout at U.S. 1 and Old Dixie Highway. The project started in late January and is scheduled for completion by spring 2020.

The Florida Department of Transportation will be closing Old Dixie Highway and C.R. 325 at U.S. 1 on Monday night, March 4, from about 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The closure is needed to allow the contractor to make improvements to the crossover at the temporary intersection. U.S. 1 will remain open in both directions.

More details here.

See Also:

Announcements:

None.

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.

ETHICS COMMISSION MEETS: The Florida Commission on Ethics will meet. (Friday, 8:30 a.m., 1st District Court of Appeal, 2000 Drayton Dr., Tallahassee.)

PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM ANALYZED: The Early Learning Programs Estimating Conference will consider the voluntary pre-kindergarten program. (Friday, 9 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

CITRUS FORECAST UPDATED: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is scheduled to release an updated forecast for Florida’s citrus-growing season. (Friday, noon.)

 

—-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 17-19: southern fried funeral"Southern Fried Funeral," a play at the Daytona Playhouse, 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 18: Flagler Pier Fishing Tournament, starting at 6 a.m. at the pier.
May 18: The 2nd Annual Bunnell Bonanza, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's a great family-friendly tradition located in the heart of Bunnell. In its second year, the Bunnell Bonanza will be expanded to a centrally-located venue in the heart of Bunnell at the historic Coquina City Hall. Brought to you by the Flagler County Chamber, the Bunnell Area Council, the City of Bunnell and Yellowstone Landscape.
May 18: Matanzas High School Interact Club's “Rise Up Against Hunger,” in the school's Dining Hall, a food packaging event for the needy starting at 1 p.m.
May 18: First National Kids to Park Day at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. 3rd Saturday of every month. 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. For any questions, please contact the Pier bait shop at 386-517-2436.
May 18: Household Hazardous Waste Clean Out Campaign, City of Flagler Beach Library Parking Lot, 315 S. 7th Street, Flagler Beach,8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May 20: A trial is scheduled to begin, with jury selection on Monday, in the case of Bruce Haughton, the 54-year-old R-Section man who two years ago survived what was alleged to be a double-suicide. Katherine Goddard, 52, who lived at 29 Red Clover Lane in Palm Coast, died. It is an unusual case rich in legally gray areas, with Houghton facing a second degree felony charge of n "negligent manslaughter while assisting in self-murder." The case will be tried before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. See more background here.
May 20: The East Flagler Mosquito Control District board meets at 10 a.m. at the district’s offices, 10 Airport Executive Drive (off Belle Terre Boulevard), Palm Coast.


May 20: Sheriff Rick Staly hosts a ceremony outside of the Flagler County Sheriff's Marine Unit substation at 69 Malacompra Road at 10:30 a.m. to unveil new signage honoring Captain Grady Prather. Prather was a 33-year veteran of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office who headed up the Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit, which he also created. Prather retired on January 31, 2008 and died on Nov. 17, 2009. In 2011, an artificial reef was deployed in Flagler Beach through grants from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation and the St. Augustine Port, Waterway and Beach District. The reef was also named in Prather's honor.
May 20: The Flagler County Commission meets at 5 p.m. at the Government Services Building, Bunnell. The commission is expected to hear a status report on the troubled Plantation Bay utility and will be presented a roughly $10 million spending plan, on borrowed money, to address the utility's problems. The county administrator says the spending plan does not foresee a raise in rates for utility customers. The commission will also discuss where to place the sheriff's operations as the sheriff contends with space issues, both with a too-expensive lease at City Marketplace and with too little space at the courthouse.
May 20: The Buddy Taylor Middle School Advisory Council meets at 5 p.m., the PTO at 6 at the school’s media center.
May 20: The Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club meets at 4:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 8696 47 N. Old Kings Road. From 4:30 - 6 p.m. the time is used for buying, selling and trading stamps and coins. The club meeting starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30. There is a live auction of stamps and coins at the end of the meeting. The club is open for members, the general public, and all who are interested in stamp and coin collecting and investing. Free stamps and coin evaluations at all our meetings. The club is the only non-profit Stamp and Coin Club in Flagler County. For more information please visit the club's web site.
May 21: The Palm Coast City Council meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The council is expected to discuss and possibly approve a final plat for American Village in Palm Coast's P-Section: Hammock Real Estate Development proposes to replat and subdivide approximately 8.9 acres into
45 single family residential lots, 8.01 acres into three multi-family tracts, a stormwater tract and two recreational tracts for a total of 16.91 acres. American Village, a gated community, is located on the south side of Pritchard Drive, approximately one block north of the Pritchard Drive and Prince Michael Lane intersection. See background here.
May 21: The Flagler County Economic Opportunity Advisory Council meets at 9 a.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
May 21: The The Flagler County School Board meets in workshop at 1 p.m. in training room 3 on the third floor of the Government Services Building, Bunnell, and at 6 p.m. in a meeting in board chambers at the GSB. At the workshop, the board will hear a legislative wrap-up from its Tallahassee lobbyist and discuss records confidentiality.
May 21: Flagler Beach's Beach Management Plan Ad-Hoc Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall.
May 21: Daytona State College hosts an Express Enrollment afternoon and evening from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Palm Coast campus, 3000 Palm Coast Parkway.
May 21: 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. Free entertainment is also provided. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the Family Life Center, which is a local organization that provides essential support services to individuals and families to end domestic violence and sexual violence in Flagler County. Support services include shelter, food, clothing, transportation, medical services, employment coaching, education resources, legal service support, counseling, community education, outreach programs, and partnering with other social service and law enforcement agencies to coordinate support services and programs. More info: www.palmcoast.gov.com/foodtruck or call 386-986-2323.
May 22: 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 22: The IB Class of 2019 has its "Baccalaureate Night" at Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church in Flagler Beach, at 7 p.m.
May 22: 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 begins 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 www.compassionatefriends.org.
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.


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Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

Here’s a summary of the latest city developments as of March 1, 2019, with a link to the full week in review here.

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Norbert Burgmüller: Duo for clarinet and piano, op. 15

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1 Response for “Weekend Briefing: Richlin Ryan’s ‘Encode,’ Thomas Binkley Sentencing, Palm Coast Interviews, ‘Florida Is A Land Remembered’”

  1. Pogo says:

    @Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay

    Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Edward “Butch” O’Hare. Butch was a fighter pilot who received the Medal of Honor for actions during World War II.

    Butch was born in St. Louis in March 1914. He attended the Western Military Academy in Alton, Illinois, a small suburb of St. Louis, as a teenager. He graduated from there in 1932 and went on to attend the Naval Academy, where he graduated in 1937.

    After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Butch was called into active duty. In his early active years with the Navy, Butch served aboard the USS New Mexico, Saratoga, Enterprise, and Lexington. After attending flight school in Sarasota, Florida, he was assigned to fly off aircraft carriers with Fighter Squadron Three.

    On February 20, 1942, Butch and his wingman were the only aircraft based on the USS Lexington in the air when Japanese bombers were spotted coming in for an attack on the aircraft carrier. His wingman’s gun jammed during the fight, leaving Butch alone to fend off the attack. Butch was credited with shooting down five enemy aircraft alone in the air, with the remaining planes being fought off by the ships gunners. Despite the long odds, Butch’s plane was only hit once and no bombs ever hit the Lexington. For shooting down the five planes, Butch was considered a flying ace. He was promoted to lieutenant commander and received the Medal of Honor from President Roosevelt.

    Later in the fall of 1943, Butch received further distinctions for his combat skills. He was given the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions in battles at Marcus Island and Wake Island. He was also given command of three flight groups on the USS Enterprise.

    In November 1943, Butch and his squadron were called into action for a dangerous night mission. He was shot down by a Japanese fighter and his plane and body were never found. He was declared “Killed in Action” a year later. His mother was presented the Navy Cross and Purple Heart in his honor.

    In 1949, a campaign lead by the Chicago Tribune changed the name of the city’s airport, Orchard Field, to O’Hare Field in honor of Butch. Today it remains known as Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world where millions travel through each year.

    We honor his service.
    https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/57393/veteranoftheday-edward-butch-ohare/

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