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Weekend Briefing: A Fitting Festival for Princess Place, Soccer Fall Classic, A Nobel for Tunisia, Godspell

| October 9, 2015

Last weekend.

Last weekend.

Today: high in low-80s, low in lower 70s. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is low. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 184.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: eyesome, adj..
The Live Community Calendar
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. Many can be heard or seen live through each agency’s website.

Friday: Free For All Friday on WNZF, guests include Carl Laundrie, the former county government spokesman who’ll now talks up the Creekside Festival, Gail Wadsworth, the clerk of court who’ll talk about a newly formed Republican organization in the county, and Maia McGuire of the University of Florida, who’ll talk about the dangers of microplastics in the oceans, all starting with a commentary by FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam.

Friday Saturday and Sunday: “Godspell” at the City Repertory Theatre in Palm Coast. Last weekend for the musical. See details.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Cowart Ranch and Farms’s 4th Annual Maze Dayz, 5 to 10 p.m., 8185 W. Highway 100, Bunnell.

Friday: Ribbon-cutting and grand opening of the new office of Designs Unparallel, Esquire Publications, & Precious Hearts Foundation, Inc. Lakeview Plaza (55 Plaza Dr., Ste. D6 Palm Coast), 4 to 6 p.m.

Friday: Live at European Village: Indie Pop, Linda Long on Center Stage, 7 to 10 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: Creekside Festival, the annual fund-raiser for the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce, at the Princess Place Preserve.

Saturday and Sunday: PDA Fall Classic Soccer Tournament at Indian Trails Sports Complex, 8 a.m-6 p.m.

Saturday: The Women’s Missionary Society of First Church has scheduled the monthly food giveaway for Oct. 10, 1-3 p.m., at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast. For more information, call Jeroline D. McCarthy, 386-446-5759.

flying heron FCAL show

Joan Mangano’s ‘Flying Heron.’ Click on the image for larger view.

Saturday Evening with Artists at the Flagler County Art League: This is the League’s signature event, an open-themed art show where Flagler artists show off their best work, their newest work, their most recent forays into other mediums or their latest artistic exuberances. The exhibit’s popularity has a traditionally high rate of artist participation and creativity. Judge for the show is artist/sculptor Harry Messersmith. City Marketplace, 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Suite 207C, Palm Coast. 386-986-4668.

Saturday: Fun Coast Down Syndrome Association‘s 10th Annual Buddy Walk, 10 a.m. at the Flagler County Airport.

Saturday: “Steering Youth Forward” Fundraiser for the Flagler County Fair and Youth Show in April, 2016, 3 to 5 p.m. at The Icehouse Business Center, (810 N. State Street, US1, Bunnell.

Saturday: Live at European Village: Kevon Re’mon’te on Center Stage, 7 to 10 p.m.

Sunday: Pink Army Breast Cancer 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk starting at Florida Hospital Flagler, 7:45 a.m. Register here.

Sunday: Flagler County Corvette Club’s Corvettes at the Beach, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Veterans Park in Flagler Beach

Local News Recap:

Palm Coast community mourns death of 7-year-old: Kymora Christian, 7, was killed in a collision with an SUV at a bus stop Wednesday morning. “hose close to the family remember her as a smart and loving little girl who enjoyed singing and dancing,” the News-Journal reports, as a memorial appeared by roadside. (Story paywall-protected.)

Flagler County receives $22.7M property claim from vacation-rental homeowners in Hammock: Some 35 local owners of vacation rental properties claim they lost an average of $650,000 in value, the News-Journal reports. (Story paywall-protected.)

A Ben Carson Reading Room at Old Kings Elementary: What’s the School Board Smoking? None of the board members objected during a presentation that took all of seven minutes. Most thought it a grand idea. Only Colleen Conklin cautioned: “I just wish it wasn’t tied with someone running for president,” she said. “That is my only hesitation because I don’t like the feeling that we would be engaging in any way to politicize the donation at all.”

Flagler County Republican Club ‘back in business,’ leadership says: “I want people to know that we are the Big Tent Republicans, and welcome all registered Republicans to join with us,” Flagler County Republican Club President Wesley Priest said in the news release. “We follow the Party rules and support the Republican Party, representing all Republicans. The Republican Party of Florida agrees, and we have now been rechartered. We are happy to be back and anxious to help the Flagler Republican Party and its Republican candidates win the next election.”

Florida Lawmakers Consider Dumping Property Tax and More Than Doubling Sales Tax: If the state eliminated all property taxes, committee records indicate the state’s sales tax would have to go from 6 percent to 12.72 percent to cover existing state, local, school and special district expenses.

In State Government:

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

The Florida Board of Medicine will take up disciplinary issues involving physicians from across the state, after holding a series of committee meetings Thursday. (Friday, 8 a.m.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

In Coming Days in Palm Coast and Flagler:

Click on the links for more details:

  • Oct. 12: The City of Bunnell will be having a brief, dignified retirement ceremony for 90 American Flags collected in their flag disposal boxes this past summer. Everyone is invited to attend the ceremony in the back yard of the City Public Works Facility at 301 Tolman Street in Bunnell. The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. and will include a brief reading of the proper way to retire a flag, reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag by attendees, followed by a controlled burn of 90 properly folded retired flags.
  • Oct. 14: The Bulow Park Historic Alliance meets at 6 p.m. in the Recreation Hall of the Tomoka State Park. Plans for the October 30 Candlelight Trail Walk and other events will be discussed. For information call 386-437-5338.
  • Starting Oct. 16: 14th Annual October Scare Haunted House to benefit Flagler Habitat, October 16, 17, 18 October 23, 24, 25 and 29, 30 – Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday & Friday, Saturday evenings, 6 to 9 p.m., Atlantis Industrial and Business Park, UNIT 80, 2323 N. State Street, Bunnell.
  • Oct. 17: The Bulow Parks Historic Alliance’s monthly Trail Maintenance Day, to prepare for the October 30 Candlelight Trail Walk. Workers are asked to meet at the Trail head at 9 a.m. wearing gloves, hats, appropriate clothing and carrying bug spray. Water will be provided.For information call 386-437-5338.
  • Oct. 21: Sea Turtle Hospital Grand Opening at Whitney Laboratory 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd, St. Augustine, 10:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.


PR Releases:

Halifax OBGYN Celebrating 26 Years Caring for Women in our Community: “We feel extremely fortunate to be able to provide the best possible care to the women in our community,” said Dr. Pamela Carbiener. “We added a new doctor this past August, and our practice is continuing to grow,” she added. The office will host a 26-year celebration on Wednesday, October 21st at 5:30 pm to welcome their new doctor, Dr. Esquivel and visit with the entire team. The event is open to the public. All past, present and future Halifax OBGYN patients are invited to attend. Founded by Drs. Tom Stavoy and Carl Schwenker in 1988, Halifax OBGYN started as a general OBGYN practice located adjacent to Halifax Health. Growing in size and scope over the next two decades, they built the showcase Twin Lakes Medical Center in Daytona Beach. The location and affiliation with other medical groups in the same facility, has minimized delays and the need to travel to multiple locations for care. Halifax OBGYN Associates is located at 1890 LPGA Blvd, Suite 160 in Daytona Beach.

In the Press, In the News:

Svetlana Alexievich Wins Nobel Prize in Literature: “Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarussian journalist and prose writer, won the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time,” the Swedish Academy announced. Ms. Alexievich, 67, is the 14th woman to win the literature prize. Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, said she had created “a history of emotions — a history of the soul, if you wish.” Ms. Alexievich’s works often blend literature and journalism. She is best known for giving voice to women and men who lived through World War II, the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan that lasted from 1979 to 1989, and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986. “She’s devised a new kind of literary genre,” Ms. Danius said, adding, “It’s a true achievement not only in material but also in form.” Perhaps her most acclaimed book is “War’s Unwomanly Face” (1988), based on interviews with hundreds of women who took part in the Second World War. The book is the first in a grand cycle, “Voices of Utopia,” that depicted life in the Soviet Union from the point of view of ordinary citizens.” From The Times.

Fact-Checking the Knaves:

Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

The following is an update of ongoing construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through Oct. 2:

Palm Coast Parkway Six-Laning is 94 percent done: Contractor has placed the new 6″ reuse main into service and has prepared the old line to grout filled. Work in median continues and landscape along project continues.

Holland Park, 33 percent done: The old sewer system has been removed. Dewatering of wetland area continues. 75% of roadway thru wetland has been excavated and is being backfilled. Extended water line around pavilion 3.

Palm Coast City Hall at Town Center, 94 percent done: Contractor has placed concrete around valve collars and identifying tabs. Wire testing has been completed. Carpet and Tile in (Phase 1) of the project is 95% complete. Furniture installation in Phase 1 first floor 80% complete.

County’s I-95 Interchange Matanzas Woods Reclaim Water, 76 percent done: Retention ponds are being excavated and fill continues for
the ramps.

Palm Harbor Parkway Roadway Extension, 26 percent done: De-mucking continues thru wet areas for new roadway.

North Old Kings Road Extension to Matanzas Woods Parkway: City did not update.

Island Walk Shopping Center Phase 1, 93 percent done: Water mains behind the Island Doctor and Bealls have been chlorinated for 2nd day bacteriological samples.

Old Kings Road Force Main – Master Pump Station, 33 percent done:: All but 1 directional drill has been installed and 9,000 ft. of direct bury pipe has been installed.

Grand Haven Sales Center on Colbert Lane, 36 percent done: Site stormwater has been installed and a construction trailer is on site.

Road and Interstate Construction:

road-constructionPalm Coast:

Flagler County Road 302 is Closed to all but local traffic as repaving began on June 7 and the roadway will be closed to all but local traffic. Others will be required to detour around County Road 302 using State Road 100. The roadway will be closed for 90 days, or until early September.

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.

Cultural Coda:

Mozart: Horowitz plays the Sonata in B flat major K333, 1st movement


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