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| May 28, 2015

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Even though its lease isn;t up until 2017, F.A.O. Schwartz announced it is closing its iconic store on Fifth Avenue in New York, after 145 years. Toys R Us, the Walmart of toy stores, bought F.A.O. Schwartz in 2009. The company claims to be looking for a store elsewhere, but has no deal yet. The story here. (© FlaglerLive)

Today’s weather: partly cloudy, High 82, low 71. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is Low. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 509
The weather in Pleven, Bulgaria: high 69, low 54. Details.
The OED’s Word of the Day: abactor, n..
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Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

In Flagler and Palm Coast:

Note: all government meetings noticed below are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

flagler beach city commission logoThe Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. City Hall. The commission will take up changes to its mixed-use or combined-use ordinance, which regulates the mixing of residential and commercial space in certain areas of the city. The full agenda and back-up are here.

palm coast city logoThe Palm Coast Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. in the council conference room at city offices, City Marketplace. The committee will further discuss and consider approval of the Healing of the Wounded Spirit Memorial at Heroes Park. The homeowners at 84 Brookside Lane will receive a beautification award. The agenda is here.

flagler county commission government logoTown hall meeting on County Road 302 construction: Flagler County engineering staff and a representative of Halifax Paving will attend Commissioner Nate McLaughlin’s town hall meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hidden Trails Park at 6108 Mahogany Blvd. County Road 302 will be closed between State Road 100 and County Road 302 from June 8 through Aug. 17. A detour will take motorists further west on State Road 100 to its direct connection to County Road 305. The $2 million project is being 100 percent funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. Flagler County School Board member Andy Dance and Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jeffrey Hoffman will also be in attendance to answer questions and address concerns.

Buddy Taylor Middle School holds its 8th grade promotion ceremony in the Flagler Palm Coast High School 800 Gym, 9 a.m.

Belle Terre Elementary Kindergarten End of Year Graduation and Concert, in the school cafeteria, 9:15 a.m.

Think Flagler First Luncheon: Join the Flagler County Chamber and the Flagler County Department of Economic Opportunity for the bi-monthly Think Flagler First luncheon. This event will feature SCORE Chapter 87 President Tom Hellman and special guests to celebrate the local chapter’s 50th anniversary. 11:45 a.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Blvd., Palm Coast.

Flagler Palm Coast High School Class of 2015 Graduation, at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, 7 p.m.

Grandparents as parents, a meeting for those who bear that responsibility past their normal parenting years, at the Government Services Building, Rooms 3A and B, 5:30 p.m.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will visit the 125th Fighter Wing in Jacksonville at 12:30 p.m.: Stoltenberg’s visit coincides with the 125FW’s deployment to eastern Europe in support of “Operation Atlantic Resolve” that has spanned from the Netherlands to Bulgaria. The Wing currently has 12 F-15 Eagle fighter jets and approximately 200 Airmen in Bulgaria as a part of a Theatre Security Package where they are conducting training alongside NATO allies to strengthen interoperability and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe.

Local News Recap:

An arbitrator ruled on Wednesday that Chris Ragazzo, a Flagler County Sheriff’s sergeant fired in 2013 for conducting unauthorized searches on police databases, must be restored to his position and rank, with 180 days’ back pay. The arbitrator found in a split decision that Ragazzo had erred, but so had the sheriff, by not providing Ragazzo due process.

Judge Michael Orfinger will decide by Monday “whether short-term vacation rental owners in Flagler County need more time to submit their applications that would allow for more people to lodge under the same roof,” the News-Journal reports. Steve Milo, the plaintiff in the case, is contesting county government’s new regulation, which brings down the maximum number of people in a vacation rental home from 14 to 10 between now and 2021.

The Palm Coast City Council issued its list of two dozen roads to be resurfaced this year, among them a 4-mile stretch of the southern portion of Old Kings Road, from just south of Palm Coast Parkway to Town Center Boulevard.

No lifeguards or red flags at most Flagler County beaches: “If you’re looking to swim near an open lifeguard tower in Flagler County, your best bet is in Flagler Beach,” News 13’s Jason Wheeler reports. “The stretch of sand between 9th Street North and 9th Street South is the only area protected by lifeguards.. […] A spokesperson for Flagler County tells us there are no current plans to offer lifeguards or a warning flag system outside of those found in Flagler Beach.” The county contributes around $80,000 to Flagler Beach’s lifeguard staffing.

Island Grille Opened where Blue Used to Be: The new restaurant takes up where the old favorite used to be in Flagler Beach. The prodigal chef is none other than Gary Maresca, whose gastronomy had seasoned Blue with its endless shades of creativity. The gastronomy has returned in a trifold of a menu, amplified by its breakfast offerings for the first time in the building and a full bar.

Flagler Beach author Bodil Haheim, who escaped a life of physical and mental abuse in Norway, is profiled by Shana Fortier in the Observer. “If one person can come through it, then there’s a lot of hope for a lot of people with problems in their lives,” she told Fortier in an interview at the BeachHouse Beanery in Flagler Beach.

In Court:

Circuit Judge J. David Walsh holds drug court at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 401 followed by probation violation hearings. Judge Melissa Moore-Stens is in pre-trail and probation violation hearings starting at 9 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 401.

The Florida Supreme Court releases opinions at 11 a.m.

In State Government:

Note: Most proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel.

The Enterprise Florida Board of Directors meets at 8:15 a.m., Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Dr., Tampa.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District will hold a workshop on a draft 2015 regional water-supply plan. (4:30 p.m., district headquarters, 2379 Broad St., Brooksville.

Six Central Florida lawmakers are expected to take part in a panel discussion about issues such as the political clout of Hispanics in the state Capitol. The lawmakers are Sen. Darren Soto, D-Orlando; Rep. John Cortes, D-Kissimmee; Rep. Victor Torres, D-Orlando; Rep. Rene Plasencia, R-Orlando; Rep. Bob Cortes, R-Altamonte Springs; and Rep. David Santiago, R-Deltona. (6 p.m., Barry University School of Law, 1650 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando.)

The state Acquisition and Restoration Council, which works on land-acquisition and management issues, will hold a regional public hearing in Osceola County. (6 p.m., Osceola County Commission chamber, 1 Courthouse Square, Kissimmee.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida


President Obama in Miami: The president visits the National Hurricane Center for a tour as the hurricane season’s predictions are announced. “NOAA predicts 6-11 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 3-6 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 0-2 major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or higher) for the 2015 hurricane season. They also project a 70 percent likelihood that it will be below average,” the Palm Beach Post reports.

One more for president: George Pataki, the former Republican governor of New York, is joining the race for the 2016 presidency.

PR Releases:

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s website provides easy access to valuable information to assist the public and local governments before, during and after severe storm events. Hurricane season officially begins June 1. The District’s web pages ( include links to flood statements and warnings, river stage and flooding data, and local government emergency contacts. Links to the National Weather Service, Florida Division of Emergency Management and the U.S. Geological Survey’s interactive map of current conditions in the state are also available via the website. Florida’s many waterways and extensive coastline make the state especially vulnerable to floods. When hurricanes and other storms bring high volumes of rain in short periods of time, flooding can result. Partnerships between the public and government entities are necessary to minimize flooding impacts, protect personal property and assist flood victims during and after storms. Local governments are the primary entities responsible for emergency responses during storms, such as implementing state-of-emergency declarations, evacuations and rescue efforts during flood-related disasters. The District works closely with local governments year-round to develop improved flood management plans and to help communities establish and implement strategies to deal with floods once they occur. In the event of a tropical storm or hurricane, the District assists local governments by issuing emergency orders that allow for the pumping of water to alleviate flooding when public health and safety are at risk. The District also issues emergency orders to authorize repair, replacement or restoration of public and private property.

harry potter fiction seminar stetsonWhat Harry Potter can tell us about ourselves: If you’ve ever read the Harry Potter series of books or seen the movies, then you may have wondered at the “sorting hat” — a pointed, weathered wizard’s hat used to place the Hogwarts students into the correct residence. You may even have wondered into which house the hat would have sorted you. “Research shows that fiction may be a primary source for peoples’ beliefs about their world,” said Laura Crysel, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at Stetson University, “but psychologists have largely overlooked the key role it may play in understanding social psychological processes.” In other words, fiction may simulate and explain our personal and social world, and influence our perceptions of it. Crysel and her co-authors pursued that line of questioning in their recent research, “Harry Potter and the Measures of Personality,” due to appear in the journal Personality and Individual Differences this fall. “The Harry Potter book series may be valuable through its ability to teach readers about their own personalities,” said Crysel. “If people can relate to and see themselves in characters who epitomize certain qualities, can fiction reflect real underlying personality dimensions?” Crysel, whose research focuses on the Dark Triad traits of narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy, believes that storytelling and fiction helps us understand more about our social world and ourselves. “Literature and movies are littered with these dark characters,” said Crysel. “Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter books, Darth Vader in Star Wars, and Macbeth in Shakespeare’s play,” are all examples of characters that exhibit Dark Triad traits. In her research, Crysel applied the Dark Triad traits as well as Schadenfreude (happiness at another’s misfortune) and the Big Five personality traits, to the different Hogwarts School communities or houses created by J.K. Rowling in her famous Harry Potter series. “I wondered if the different measures of personality fit those sorted into each of the Hogwarts houses,” said Crysel. That is, extraverted and brave Gryffindors; agreeable and loyal Hufflepuffs; clever and witty Ravenclaws; and manipulative, ends-justifies-the-means Slytherins. To test that, Crysel and her co-authors asked fans from online Harry Potter groups which house Rowling’s online sorting quiz assigned them, and then looked to see if their personalities fit the above traits. Researchers recruited participants from Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook, with cooperation from the Harry Potter Alliance/Portkey Fan Convention, who had already taken the sorting quiz on the Pottermore website. “To our knowledge, ours is the first empirical test of whether group-based traits in a popular work of fiction accurately reflect actual personality trait differences,” said Crysel. Fortunately, the Hogwarts house traits are reasonably similar to empirically established personality constructs, such as the Big Five traits, need for cognition, and the Dark Triad traits, according to Crysel. “We compared people’s house-placement results from Pottermore’s sorting quiz to their scores on these established constructs,” said Crysel. The results? “For the most part, our hypotheses were supported,” said Crysel. “We found that Rowling’s sorting quiz taps into some of the traits that personality psychologists measure.” Not surprisingly, Slytherins scored highest in Dark Triad Trait measures, and Ravenclaws (known for wit and learning) had a positive association with a need for cognition. There was no correlation between Gryffindors (known for bravery) and extraversion or openness; and no correlation between Hufflepuffs (known for loyalty) and the need to belong.

Latinos and Immigrants Express Anger at Attorney General Pam Bondi for Recklessly Using her Position to Affect Thousands of Floridian families: On May 26, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans denied the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request for an emergency stay on an injunction that temporarily blocked President Obama’s Executive Action to stop the deportation of those who came to the country at a very young age or who are parents of U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents. The injunction from a federal judge in Texas came after 26 states, including Florida, sued Obama for using his executive power to remedy the inaction of Congress on immigration. Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi signed onto the lawsuit in December to delay DAPA and the expansion of DACA. The ruling meant that both programs will continue to be on hold, keeping immigrants and their families in the shadows while damaging our local, state, and national economies. “Although not a surprise, this ruling still hurts. It’s infuriating to see anti-immigrant elected officials, like our very own Attorney General, use this lawsuit to deny life-changing relief to thousands of families in Florida. These are families who help key industries flourish, including agriculture that puts food on our tables,” says Maria Rodriguez, Executive Director for the Florida Immigrant Coalition. “Why would Pam Bondi waste our tax dollars, essentially going out of her way, to declare deportation war on our immigrant families? Bondi is misusing her position for personal political posturing, and we hold her accountable for destroying lives and hurting our economy. Florida deserves better.” Through Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which were to be implemented between February and May, the Administration would have stopped the deportation of nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants in the country. Approximately 253,000 Floridians could benefit from this relief, and the state could make $102 million of increased tax revenues over the course of 5 years. Today, the life of thousands of Floridians remains unnecessarily in the shadows. “Pam Bondi’s decision to join the lawsuit has very concrete consequences in my life. It is not only taking away my opportunity to work, drive, and contribute to this country, but her decisions are putting me at risk of ending up in a wheelchair for the rest of my days,” says Mauro Kennedy, an undocumented father and business owner who came to this country 14 years ago, and is now in urgent need of a hip replacement surgery but is not allowed to even pay health insurance due to his immigration status. “My only hope was DAPA so I could travel to get a surgery. But we are not going to back out. We fought for this, and we are not going to let them take it away. This is the fight of our lives.” Despite the slow movement of the anti-immigrant lawsuit through the court system, support for immigrant families and the deferred action programs has been building. Nearly 1,500 Floridians have signed a petition asking Pam Bondi to withdraw Florida from the lawsuit. Tampa and North Miami joined an amicus briefs and the City of Kissimmee passed a Resolution in support of relief for Florida’s families, while Miami-Dade County is in process of drafting theirs.

Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports:

The latest look of the future Palm Coast City Hall at Town Center. Click on the image for larger view.

The latest look of the future Palm Coast City Hall at Town Center. Click on the image for larger view.

The following is an update of ongoing construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through May 20:

Island Walk Shopping Center (Former Palm Harbor Shopping Center), 80 percent done: A 3rd Grease Interceptor has been installed behind the new buildings on the west end of the project. Three sewer wyes have been installed to serve the Grease Interceptors.

Palm Coast Parkway Six-Laning is 76 percent done: Widening on the north side of the parkway continues. Landscape irrigation work continues. Fence installation on north side of bridge is complete. Fire hydrant at Florida Park Drive has been relocated. Hydrants installed at Palm Coast
Parkway on water main heading North and East. Contractor continues with dig locates in areas of tie in points for the new 12″ and 16″ water mains.

Royal Palms Parkway Improvements, 96 percent done: Finished remainder of paving. Grading for sod at roadway edge. Sodding at Rickenbacker and seeding on south side of Royal Palms.

Holland Park, 18 percent done: Demolition of remainder of park roadway.

Palm Coast City Hall at Town Center, 47 percent done: Installation of drywall of interior walls has begun. Mechanical duct work installation and electrical conduit rough-in and fire sprinkler piping continues. Installation of exterior windows and exterior wall trim has begun. See ongoing images of construction here.

Shops at Pine Lakes Convenience Store, 65 percent done: The package Pump Station has been set and plumbing continues. Contractor has installed the Force main into the existing manhole on Wynnfield Drive. The road lane closure for the manhole core to install the force main was completed
and the road has been repaired.

In the Press, In the News:

Florida primary looking like a bad gamble for much of GOP: “By awarding all of the state’s 99 GOP delegates to the primary winner, the state is dangling a significant prize in front of White House hopefuls. But with two native sons in the race, the high-stakes nature of the contest is also providing an excuse to skip the most expensive primary state and spend their money elsewhere. Scott Walker, who leads the early national polls, on Tuesday became the first to tip his hand, saying that he might cede the Sunshine State to Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, two Floridians seen to be the Wisconsin governor’s top rivals who don’t have the option of not playing in their home state. […] Not only is there precedent for skipping Florida, as Iowa caucus winners Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum did in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Next year’s “SEC” primary, scheduled two weeks ahead of Florida on March 1, gives conservative candidates an opportunity to stockpile delegates in a number of Southern states, thus reducing the importance of winning Florida.” From Politico.

F.C.C. Chief Seeks Broadband Plan to Aid the Poor: “For 30 years, the federal government has helped millions of low-income Americans pay their phone bills, saying that telephone service is critical to summoning medical help, seeking work and, ultimately, climbing out of poverty. Now, the nation’s top communications regulator will propose offering those same people subsidized access to broadband Internet. On Thursday, that regulator, Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will circulate a plan to his fellow commissioners suggesting sweeping changes to a $1.7 billion subsidy program charged with ensuring that all Americans have affordable access to advanced telecommunications services, according to senior agency officials. The effort is the F.C.C.’s strongest recognition yet that high-speed Internet access is as essential to economic well-being as good transportation and telephone service. Mr. Wheeler will propose potentially giving recipients a choice of phone service, Internet service or a mix of both, the officials said. He will also suggest new measures to curb fraud, a source of criticism in recent years.” From The Times.

Judge clears way for medical marijuana in Florida: Florida regulators said they expect to provide access to a limited strain of non-euphoric marijuana for medical purposes by the end of the year after a Tallahassee judge on Wednesday dismissed the final challenge to the long-awaited rule. The Florida Department of Health, which developed the rule, is expected to start accepting applications within three weeks from eligible growers for the strain of marijuana that is low in euphoria-inducing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and high in cannabadiol, or CBD. Growers could start selling to eligible patients who are put on a state-run “compassionate use registry’’ within months. […] Legislators had intended for the medical strain of cannabis to be available to Floridians by January of this year but regulators had their first rule rejected, and then faced a series of legal challenges. On Wednesday, they offered patients new hope. […] The ruling by Administrative Law Judge W. David Watkins came after two days of testimony and more than a year after the Legislature had passed the law. The rule challenge was brought by Baywood Nurseries of Apopka whose owners, Raymond Hogshead and Heather Zabinofsky, alleged that the rule proposed by the state were unfair and vague. Watkins is the same judge who tossed out DOH’s first attempt at a rule last year, prompting the agency’s Office of Compassionate Use to hold a rulemaking workshop involving a handpicked panel of advisors from various parts of the industry.” From the Miami Herald.

Road and Interstate Construction:

road-constructionPalm Coast: Palm Coast Parkway between Cypress Point Parkway and Florida Park Drive. IMPACTS: Lane shifts and closures will occur and this may cause traffic congestion on this already busy roadway. Most construction work will occur between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. though weather and unforeseen issues may adjust the schedules. This project will be complete by December 2015.”

Sections Royal Palms Parkway will be closed for construction between Belle Terre and just past Rymfire Drive. The lane closures will occur Wednesday, May 27th through Friday, May 29th between 9am and 3pm. Both lanes will be open each evening.

Matanzas Parkway Bridge at I-95 Matanazas Parkway at the I-95 bridge will close on June 5 at 7 p.m. for the I-95 interchange project and will remain closed until Aug. 9. Detour will be via Old Kings Road. Details here.

Volusia: I-4 Widening from SR 44 to east of I-95, Monday and Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Eastbound/Westbound shoulder closing. Sunday through Thursday, Eastbound and Westbound lane closures as needed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday, 9:00 p.m. – 5:30 a.m. EB road closure between Canal St./SR 44 and I-95 with detour at US 92 exit ramp.Motorists should be aware of traffic shifts near Canal St./SR 44.

Traffic will be detoured at State Road (SR) 44/Canal Street, for reconstruction work May 12-14: The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing project support to Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) to replace the current crossing surface. Motorists will encounter detours beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, and ending at 6 a.m. Thursday, May 14. The SR 44/Canal Street detours are: Eastbound SR 44/Canal Street: North on North Myrtle Avenue, East on Washington Street, South on US 1/North Dixie Parkway. Westbound SR 44/Canal Street: North on US 1/North Dixie Parkway, West on Washington Street, South on North Myrtle Avenue, West on SR 44/Canal Street. For the most up-to-date information on road and lane closures, go to and click on ‘Lane Closures.’

The public is invited to learn more about the I-4 Ultimate project during a public information open house, and how the project is transforming Altamonte Springs, Longwood and Maitland, as well as the entire 21-mile corridor. The open house is scheduled Thursday, May 28, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the RDV Sportsplex – Magic Gym, located at 8701 Maitland Summit Boulevard.

In Coming Days:

Students at Belle Terre Elementary School and Flagler County teacher of year, Edward Wolff, will showcase their Growing Energy garden to classmates, parents, school and city officials on Friday, May 29. The Growing Energy garden allows students to explore electrical, solar and wind energy concepts and apply them to their everyday lives. Students will demonstrate how the energy garden works including the new installation of solar panels, a weather station, water recovery station and wind turbine. Edward Wolff was awarded an FPL teacher grant for the third year in a row, which has helped fund and expand his students Growing Energy garden. The goal of the FPL grants is to increase students’ interest in STEM careers. (10 a.m., Belle Terre Elementary.)

any-alysia-pcafPalm Coast Arts Foundation Concert and Fund-Raiser, May 29, 7 p.m. at the Grand Club at Pine Lakes Golf Club: Vocalist Amy Alysia is a performer who works tirelessly to claim her place as one of the premier vocalists in central Florida. Always known for her soulful, heartfelt ballads, impressive vocal range & unique approach to a song leaves her audience wanting more. Amy entertains her audience with Smooth & Jazz Standards, R&B & Soul and isn’t afraid to diversify her song selections. Tickets are $15 for arts foundation members, $20 for non-members. To buy, call 386/263-2991 or visit the foundation’s website here.

Texting and Driving Public Service Announcement Unveiling: Chiumento Selis Dwyer, the Palm Coast law firm, has been working with Flagler Sheriff’s PAL, Florida Hospital Flagler, Flagler County Schools, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, Flagler County Fire Rescue and a group of local Matanzas High School students on a “No Texting & Driving Campaign.” Over the past few weeks the group has been working on a No Texting & Driving PSA and will host a PSA Premiere event of this video on Wednesday, June 3rd, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Matanzas High School Pirates Theatre.

flagler county commission government logoFor the Poor, Access Flagler First: The overarching message coming from the many social services agencies that participate in Access Flagler First is that there is help available for those who need it. ElderSource brings a motor home for the every-other-month event, which is held at Cattlemen’s Hall at the Fairgrounds, to provide individual counseling. SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) volunteers provide the “crown jewel” of services offered – advice about all of the insurance options for those who are turning 65. “There is help out there,” said volunteer Vivian Rowe. “We also help people do thing like apply for assistance if they need it. We are willing to do the secretarial work. We don’t make the decisions and we think that everyone who needs help should apply.” Access Flagler First was started four years ago by Janet Nickels, program manager for Flagler County Human Services, and Pastor Charles Silano, of Grace Tabernacle Ministries. About 40 social services agencies have agreed to provide information and assistance. “That says something about all of the social services agencies here in Flagler County,” Nickels said. “There is a need here and they have committed to do this.” TRAIL, which stands for Transitioning youth with disabilities into Real vocational opportunities through Action planning and Individual Learning, was given the spotlight in April. TRAIL is part of the Flagler County School District and serves 18- through 21-year-olds with disabilities who are looking for employment. Nutritious food and “gently used” clothing is given out at each Access Flagler First. “We provide food for about 350 families,” Silano said in April. “This time we had dry goods for them, a whole frozen chicken, bread and fresh vegetables.” The next event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 5. For more information and to access a full list of participants, visit the website.

free breakfast lunch flagler palm coast 2015Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Flagler County Children Through Seamless Summer Freeding:  The Flagler County Schools, Food & Nutrition Services Department is please to announce that free breakfast and lunch meals will be made available at no charge to all children in the community who are 18 years of age and under. Free meals will be available at the following sites from June 8th – August 14th and closed on July 3rd. Closed site means it’s just for children who are attending camp through the school location. An open site means anyone can come in and have a meal. Menus available online at

Bunnell Elementary – Closed Site: 800 East Howe Street Bunnell, Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Lunch from  11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Imagine School – Open Site:  775 Town Center Blvd Palm Coast,  Breakfast from 9 to 9:30 a.m., lunch 12:30 p.m. 
Versie Lee Mitchell Community Center – Open Site: 405 E Drain Street,  Bunnell, Breakfast, 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., Lunch, 12:30 p.m.
Wadsworth Elementary School – Open Site: 4550 Belle Terre Parkway Palm Coast, Breakfast, 8 a.m to 9:45 a.m. , Lunch, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Reverse Church – Open Site: 4601 East Moody Blvd. Bunnell, Breakfast, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information call or email Amy Holstein, Food Service S Specialist for Flagler County Schools, 386-437-7526 x1305 or by email,

“The Art of Selling”, a business seminar, will be offered by the Palm Coast Business Assistance Center from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 17. Registration is now under way. The seminar will be held at City of Palm Coast offices, 160 Cypress Point Pkwy., Suite B106. A $10 early-bird, reduced registration fee is available now through May 31. From June 1 to 17, the registration cost is $15. For enrollment information, contact the Palm Coast BAC at 386-986-2499 or log onto Seminar Topics will include: The 7 steps of the sales process, how to improve the odds of making quota, preparation approach and discovery, and so on. The seminar will be taught by Ray Peter, Area Manager of the Florida Small Business Development Center. The Palm Coast BAC is a partnership between the City and the SBDC hosted by the University of Central Florida.

Blood Donations Needed

big-red-busBlood donations are urgently needed. Patients in our local hospitals are in need of blood transfusions, and the need for blood does not take a holiday. That’s why OneBlood is asking people to donate immediately.

Big Red Bus schedule in Flagler-Palm Coast:

Friday May 29th Zaxby’s, 180 Cypress Edge Drive, Palm Coast
Saturday May 30th Walmart Supercenter, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast
Sunday May 31st Lowe’s, 315 Cypress Edge Drive, Palm Coast

Cultural Coda:

Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838), Septet for Piano, Winds and Strings, Op.25

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