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| July 25, 2016

Mozart completed his 40th symphony, the one in G minor, the one you know, the one most often quoted, 228 years ago today. See Leonard Bernstein's complete interpretation below, in a performance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Mozart completed his 40th symphony, the one in G minor 228 years ago today. See Leonard Bernstein’s complete interpretation below, in a performance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Weekend: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning…then chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 90s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the mid 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 453.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: obliviality, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


joan rivers sex“It’s been so long since I’ve had sex I’ve forgotten who ties who up.

–Joan Rivers.

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 Plantation Bay Utility Customers Community meets at 6 p.m. at Club de Bonmont, 300 Plantation Bay Drive, Ormond Beach.

Local News Recap:

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

2016 Election Interviews

Supervisor of Elections


Kaiti Lenhart
Kimble Medley
Abra Seay

Sheriff


Jim Manfre (D)
Don Fleming (R)
Larry Jones (D)
John Lamb (R)
Jerry O'Gara(R)
Rick Staly (R)
Mark Whisenant (R)
Chris Yates (R)
Thomas Dougherty (I)

Palm Coast City Council


Robert Cuff (Dist. 1)
Troy DuBose (Dist. 1)
Sims Jones (Dist. 1)
Art McGovern Jr. (Dist. 1)
Nick Klufas (Dist. 3)
Anita Moeder (Dist. 3)
Pam Richardson (Dist. 3)
John Brady (Mayor)
Milissa Holland (Mayor)
Dennis McDonald (Mayor)
Ron Radford (Mayor)

Flagler School Board


Colleen Conklin (Dist. 3)
Jason Sands (Dist. 3)
Paul Anderson (Dist. 5)
Maria Barbosa (Dist. 5)
Sharon Demers (Dist. 5)
Myra Middleton-Valentine (Dist. 5)

Flagler County Commission


Charlie Ericksen (Dist. 1)
Ken Mazzie (Dist. 1)
Daniel Potter (Dist. 1)
Jason France (Dist. 3)
Dave Sullivan (Dist. 3)
Denise Calderwood (Dis. 5)
Donald O'Brien (Dist. 5)

Frank Meeker, County Commission Workhorse and Tenacious Optimist, Is Dead at 61: Frank Meeker, who spent the last 10 years as a workhorse of the Palm Coast City Council, then the Flagler County Commission, died this morning after a rapid deterioration from cancer. He was 61.

Anna Pehota Is Found Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder in Husband’s Killing and Sentenced to Life: The expectation from several people in the courtroom, in informal conversations when the court was in recess, was that it would be a lengthy deliberation. It wasn’t. The jury had a verdict in 90 minutes, including a break jurors took late in the morning. They had gone into their deliberation room at 11 a.m.

Bunnell’s Dalton Edwards Charged With 2 Counts of DUI Manslaughter in Deaths of 2 Women in Flagler Estates Crash: Edwards survived despite critical injuries and burns after his vehicle caught fire. He had a long and difficult recovery, spending almost two weeks in the hospital. But the crash killed two people: Katie Stecker, 19, of St. Augustine, who was riding with Edwards in a red Ford pick-up truck–they had bee partying nearby–and Victoria Sutton, 20, of Hastings, Fla., who was driving alone in a Chevy Trailblazer.

6 People Rescued From Tugboat on Fire in Ocean Off Marineland: The six individuals took to a life raft after the tugboat caught fire, for reasons unknown at the moment, immediately next to a barge registered to Express Marine Inc.

At City Rep’s Theater Workshop for Teens, Homer’s Odyssey Navigates Scylla and Charybdis of Bad Habits: The ancient Greek epic, which tells the story of the hero Odysseus and his 10-year journey back home after the Trojan War, “is the kind of show that meets the criteria for what we want to do in the summer workshop,” John Sbordone says. “We work on the process of acting rather than the performance. Process is our key word. We try to help the students see when they are using clichés.

66-Year-Old Man Seriously Hurt in Single-Vehicle Wreck on Old Kings Road: The man was driving a Nissan pick-up truck south on Old Kings. A Florida Highway Patrol trooper at the scene said that for unknown reasons, he veered off and slammed into a tree, striking it head on. The pick-up was totaled. “They seem to think it was a medical condition,” the trooper said.

Goodbye News-Journal: “This morning, for the first time in 15,695 days – that’s 43 years — I awoke without a newspaper on my driveway,” writes Rick de Yampert.

In Florida and in State Government:

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

The Florida delegation to the Democratic National Convention will hold a breakfast, with speakers expected to include former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Broward County congresswoman. The convention will formally begin later in the day, with speakers expected to include First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. (Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m., Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St., Philadelphia. Convention session expected to begin at 3 p.m., Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia.)

The Social Services Estimating Conference will discuss a formula known as FMAP, which determines the amount of federal matching funds Florida receives for the Medicaid program. (1:30 p.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

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

July 27: Heritage Crossroads: Miles of History meet at 3 p.m. in the Government Services Building, 1769 East Moody Boulevard, Building 2, Bunnell, in the 3rd Floor Conference Room. Sisco Deen of the Flagler County Historical Society will speak. The public is invited. For information call 386/439-5003.
July 28: Flagler County School Board’s District Strategic Plan Steering Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. in the third-floor main conference room of the Government Services Building in Bunnell.
July 30: Solar Plunge to benefit the Flagler Beach National Flight Academy Scholarship. Registration will be $10 per person and includes a t-shirt and goody bag. Late registration will be from 7:30- 8:30 a.m. in Veterans Park followed by The Plunge at 8:45 a.m. After the Plunge enjoy music in the park and light refreshments.
Aug. 10: School resumes for all students in the Flagler County School District, two weeks earlier than last year, but with a new calendar that enables students to complete their coursework ahead of high-stakes exams, that ends quarters more logically with holidays, and that restores a full week’s holiday around Thanksgiving, Nov. 21-25. See details here.
Aug. 11: Flagler Votes Hob Nob, the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce’s pre-election event for voters to meet candidates, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Flagler County Association of Realtors’ building, 4101 E Moody Blvd in Bunnell. Participating candidates must pay $150 a table for their space, but it’s otherwise free to attend. As part of their free admission, attendees will enjoy light snacks, great conversation and a ticket to vote in an electronic “straw poll,” the results of which will be revealed at the end of the evening. Beer, wine and water will be available for nominal cash donations.
Aug. 19: The latest pre-trial hearing in the case of Florida v. Kimberle Weeks, continued from July 22, is scheduled for 3 p.m. before Circuit Judge Margaret Hudson in Courtroom 402 at the Flagler County Courthouse. Weeks now faces nine third-degree felony counts, down from 12, stemming from allegations that she illegally recorded various individuals in her capacity as supervisor of elections and in her private life. Weeks resigned that post in January 2015.
fyo-open-house-fliveSept. 7: The Flagler Youth Orchestra holds its open house for all new or prospective students who’d like to join the county’s largest (and free) music program. The open house is at the Indian Trails Middle School cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. Any Flagler student, including homes chooled students, in grades 3-12, are eligible to enroll (must be 8 years old by Sept. 1, 2016.) Students may elect to play violin, viola, cello or doublebass. One-hour classes are held at Indian Trails Middle School Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3 to 6 p.m., with students enrolled in the hour block appropriate to their skill level and schedule. The first class for first-time students is Sept. 19. (Auditions for returning students start on Aug. 22, the first class for returning students is Aug. 31.)
Sept. 10: African Art: Ancient Egypt to the Contemporary World, a pair of presentations by Bertrand Green, former chairman of African American studies at Lehman College, City University of New York. The first session is from 10 a.m. to noon, the second session from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn, Palm Coast. $20 for PCAF members, $25 for general admission. Call 386/225-4394 or email pcaf@cfl.rr.com to reserve your seat.

The Day’s Best Reads:

 

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 July 15 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):

Road and Interstate Construction:

Cultural Coda:

Leonard Bernstein Conducts the Boston Symphony in Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor

Today is the 228th anniversary of Mozart’s completing the 40th Symphony, in 1788.

Previous Codas:

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