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Tuesday Briefing: Bring Your A Game Camp, Food Truck Tuesdays, Bernie Loses the Halo, Grandma in the Attic

| May 24, 2016

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Fourteen years under construction, Brooklyn Bridge opened 133 years ago today. (The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, NYPL)

Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 60s. Southeast winds 5 mph. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 88.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: nugatory, 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.

Palm Coast City Council: No meeting scheduled today. The next scheduled workshop takes place next Tuesday, May 31.

Flagler County’s Centennial Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. in the 3rd floor conference room of the Government Services Building, Bunnell. The committee will discuss a presentation to be made before the school board and discuss its budget.

“Moving Into Your Daughter’s Attic – Housing Options as You Age,” a free luncheon seminar at Florida Hospital Flagler’s Classroom from 3 to 5 p.m. This fun, educational and interactive seminar features real-life examples of the concerns and choices facing seniors who can no longer live safely alone. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of living with family, bringing caregivers into your home, and moving into communal care. This program is sponsored by Florida Hospital Flagler and the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation. It is part of the ongoing Community Open Forum series of lectures. Make your reservation by calling 386-586-4440.

NAACP Summer program presentation: This evening’s meeting of the Flagler Branch of the NAACP, starting at 6 p.m., features a special presentation regarding the free summer program, “Bring Your ‘A Game’ Camp,” a motivational program for a successful middle to high school transition. Special attention will focus on “Understanding Who You Are,’’ “I Am Responsible, Respectful,” “Where Am I Going?,” “Bringing Your ‘A Game,’ ” “It Takes A Village,’’ and “School Success.” At the African American Cultural Society, 4422 U.S. 1 North, Palm Coast.

Food Truck Tuesdays, originally scheduled for last week, when it was cancelled because of rain, is this evening starting at 5 p.m. in Palm Coast’s Central Park. Proceeds for today’s edition will go to Flagler Sheriff’s PAL, and PAL will provide fun entertainment for the whole family, with DJ Vern, K-9 and Motorcycle Unit demonstrations, the Mobile Command Unit, the SWAT truck, Mounted Posse, children’s fingerprinting, and the Bicycle Unit.

Local News Recap:

Updated jail bookings and day and night shift incident summary reports are available here.

Ex-Traffic Homicide Prosecutor Ray Lee Smith Joins Flagler Bench as Family Law Judge: Smith, 43, a Ponte Vedra Beach resident, presides over family law cases in Division 47 and fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge J. David Walsh earlier this year.

Former Shooting Victim Philip Haire Back in Jail on Assault Charge: In March, Haire was among three men arrested and charged with two felonies after reports of a shooting spree on Belle Terre Parkway and Brookside Lane in Palm Coast. That case is still pending.

6 Local Unions Show Electoral Power as 16 Candidates For School Board, Palm Coast and County Match Mettle: Sixteen candidates turned out Thursday evening for the first election forum hosted by the United Public Employees of Flagler County at the Hilton Garden Inn in Palm Coast. And all 16 lined up along sets of table, facing an audience of about 100 and taking questions sometimes addressed to all 16, sometimes addressed to candidates in particular races.

Live Briefs:


In Florida and in State Government:

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

A welcome reception with state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater will be held as part of Gov. Rick Scott’s “Degrees to Jobs Summit,” which will focus on higher-education and workforce issues. (6 p.m., Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, 5601 Universal Blvd., Orlando.)

Florida competitiveness: Jesse Panuccio, former executive director of the state Department of Economic Opportunity, and Sal Nuzzo, vice president of policy for the James Madison Institute, will take part in a panel discussion about Florida’s economic competitiveness. The event will be hosted by the Charles Koch Institute. (6:30 p.m., Grand Bohemian Hotel, 325 South Orange Ave., Orlando.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

In Coming Days in Palm Coast and Flagler:

May 25: Flagler Democratic Community Spaghetti Dinner includes salad and garlic bread; Take-Out or Sit-Down; dessert auction fundraiser; Sponsored by Democratic Executive Committee; $10.00 per person. Reserve advance tickets by calling 386-864-1510. At the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE, starting at 6 p.m.
May 26: Graduation ceremonies for Flagler Palm Coast High School and Matanzas High School seniors are scheduled in the same venue this year, at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. The Matanzas ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. (doors open at 3:30 p.m.), the FPC ceremony at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). The Ocean Center is at 101 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach.
May 26: Flagler County Commissioner Nate McLaughlin hosts a town hall meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Hidden Trails Community Center, 6108 Mahogany Blvd. Bunnell.
May 28-29: Flagler Palm Coast High School Class of 1996’s 20-Year Reunion. The event combines a fundraising event for the Josh Crews Writing Project through the Education Foundation and two events, one for the graduates and a family picnic. A dinner for alumni and guests at Oceanside Country Club is planned for Saturday and a family picnic is planned for Sunday at Herschel King Park. Graduates are asked to provide gift certificates, goods and products or a donation to be part of a silent auction towards the Writing Project and to register for the celebrations. For more information go to or call Magda at 386-986-9300 or Carl Laundrie III at 386/237-4845.
May 30: Flagler County hosts a Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m., in front of the Government Services Building at 1769 East Moody Blvd., Bunnell. The ceremony features Army Major Thomas K. Hall, the Senior Army Instructor and Rifle Team Coach at Matanzas High School. Major Hall served as the Secretary of the General Staff for the Assistant Commandant of the US Army Command and General Staff College. He was a Battery Commander in the 1st Battalion 77th Field Artillery which was in direct support of the 194th Armor Brigade.
May 31: Entrepreneur Night at Sunsetters Riverfront, 115 Main St., Daytona Beach. Join over 150 entrepreneurs, startup founders, investors, and supporters of entrepreneurs. Expect a terrific atmosphere, complimentary appetizers, cash bar, fast pitched sessions, peer-to-peer connections, conversations, networking, entertainment, and surprises. 5:30 p.m.
June 1: Flagler County Emergency Management makes a presentation at the inaugural “Hurricane Preparedness Breakfast” being hosted by Flagler Volunteer Services. The breakfast will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. June 1 at the Hilton Garden Inn.
June 2: The Flagler County Young Republicans Club host a forum featuring the six Republican candidates running for sheriff in the Aug. 30 primary. The forum is at the Hilton garden Inn, 55 Town Center Blvd., Palm Coast, at 6 p.m. It features Don Fleming, John Lamb, Jerry O’Gara, Rick Staly, Mark Whisenant and Christopher Yates.
flagler county democratic executive committeeJune 4: Flagler County’s Democratic Executive Committee holds a potluck picnic at Hershel King Park at 1000 Grady Prather Jr. Cove in Palm Coast starting at noon, with honorary guest James Canfield, first mayor of Palm Coast. Plenty of children’s activities, a dunk tank, ice cream truck, and a chance to meet Democratic candidates. Free admission includes hot dogs, baked beans and coleslaw.
June 7: A 1:30 p.m. hearing is scheduled in the case of Anna Pehota, accused of second-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband on Sept. 23, 2015, in the Hammock. Her trial was scheduled for April 18, but her attorney, Ray Warren, was granted a delay so he could explore Pehota’s memory issues, which could play a deciding role in the handling of her case. The results of that inquiry are to be the subject of this hearing.
June 8: The Public Safety Coordinating Council meets at 8:45 a.m. at the Emergency Operations Center in the Government Services complex, behind the Government Services Building.
June 14: Dr. Bill Mefford, Faith Outreach Specialist for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, leads a discussion entitled “Religion and Partisan Politics Don’t Mix,” hosted by the All Flagler Democratic Club at 7 p.m. at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 US 1 North, Palm Coast. Call 386-447-7030 for best directions. This program is free, open to the public, all are welcome, no advance arrangements are necessary.
June 16: The fourth annual commemoration of the largest mass arrest of Rabbis in U.S. History, an event that took place in St. Augustine on June 18, 1964, will be held on Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m. in the Gamache-Koger Theater in the Ringhaver Student Center at 48 Sevilla Street in St. Augustine on the campus of Flagler College. The 90-minute event will include the reading of the letter written by the Rabbis in the Flagler County Jail and a video of the forum held with the surviving rabbis who gathered in St. Augustine in June, 2014. This event is free, all are welcome, no advance arrangements are necessary. Call (904) 819-6365 for best directions.
July 20: The Flagler League of Cities, a gathering of the county’s mayors, meets at noon at Flagler Beach City Hall.

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Fact-Checking the Knaves:

Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

The following is an update of ongoing permitting, construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through May 11:

Summer Camps:

Florida Agricultural Museum Summer Camps: Become a junior farmer at the Florida Agricultural Museum this summer! Junior farmers will learn about farm life, forestry, and Florida history. Participate in arts & crafts, farm animal care, Florida fauna/flora education, fun and games. Sessions are all 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $175 per session and are as follows:
1st) June 7-9
2nd) June 14-16
3rd) June 21-23
4th) June 28-30
5th) July 5-7
6th) July 12-14

Road and Interstate Construction:

Paving operations to begin Sunday May 22 on Interstate 4 near Deltona and DeBary: Paving operations will require nightly lane closures on Interstate 4 (I-4) near Deltona and DeBary beginning Sunday, May 22. Westbound single lane closures will occur from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m., while eastbound single lane closures will occur between 7:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. The contractor may close two lanes at a time between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. The contractor, Ranger Construction Industries, Inc. will begin with a deep milling operation in the westbound lanes near the Saxon Boulevard entrance ramps to I-4 westbound. That work will occur Sunday and Monday nights, May 22 and 23. Milling and resurfacing of the westbound lanes to the St. John’s River Bridge will continue the remainder of the week. Additionally, the contractor will close the entrance ramp from Dirksen Drive to I-4 westbound on Wednesday, May 25, from 11 p.m. – 6 a.m. to remove barrier wall. The work is part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) resurfacing project on I-4 from the east end of the St. John’s River Bridge to Saxon Boulevard.

Cultural Coda:

John Field: Nocturne No. 10 in E Minor

The Irish pianist Finghin Collins plays one of the superbly understated nocturnes by John Field, the late-classical Irish composer who wrote plenty of works for piano and orchestra and piano solo but is remembered, when remembered at all, almost exclusively for his nocturnes. You may have to close your eyes to this one: Collins’s piano-playing is unbearably affected, like a selfie in motion. But the execution is better controlled.

John Field – Nocturne No. 10 in E Minor from Finghin Collins on Vimeo.

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