Today’s weather: afternoon and evening thunderstorms, high 87, low 72. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is Low. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 527
The weather in Oran, Algeria (Camus’ old digs): high 79, low 65. Details.
The OED’s Word of the Day: plum, v.
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Note: all government meetings noticed below are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.
The Palm Coast City Council meets in workshop at 9 a.m. at its City Marketplace conference room: The council will discuss conducting a traffic study on Florida Park Drive, where traffic in a funnel-like narrow roadway with no room to grow on either side has been a recurring problem for residents along the way. The matter has returned to the fore largely because it’s been first-year Councilwoman Heidi Shipley’s principal issue. See the scope of the study here. The council, following on the county commission’s passing a resolution opposing fracking and offshore drilling, will also hear a presentation on both matters. And the council will hear a presentation on the city’s long-term financing planning. The full agenda is here.
The Flagler County Planning and Land Development Board meets at 6 p.m. at the commission chambers at the Government Services Building in Bunnell. The meeting was due to take on a rezoning application from Sea Ray in Flagler Beach, and likely draw broad interest, but that segment of the meeting has been rescheduled to the July 14 meeting because of a noticing error. The board still has an uncontroversial rezoning matter–from planned unit development to agriculture–regarding a 9-acre parcel along John Anderson Highway.
The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board meets at 11:15 a.m., or upon completion of earlier committee meetings, district headquarters, 4049 Reid St., Palatka. The agendas of committee and regular meetings are here.
Historical Flagler County Bus Trip: Visit historic and interesting Flagler County sites with Bill Ryan as your guide on Tuesday, June 9. The bus leaves at 10 a.m. from the parking lot of the Holden House, 204 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell, and returns at 2:30 p.m. The cost is $15 which does not include lunch at Bull Creek Fish Camp. To make reservations or for more information call 386-439-5003.
Documentary Matinee for Young Adults: The Oval Office’s Evolution Over the Years, at the Flagler County Public Library in Palm Coast: The President of the United States, who heads the executive branch, holds the position that most embodies the aspirations of the American people. This documentary offers a perspective on how the Oval Office has evolved over the past 200 years through stories about the 43 men who have served as Commander-in-Chief. It concentrates on the ebbs and flows of presidential power and responsibilities as each leader deals with the events, expectations and challenges of his time. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent/adult, and the parent/adult must remain with the child(ren) during the program. Due to space restrictions and safety regulations, no carriages or strollers are allowed in the program. Doors open one-half hour prior to the start of the movie. (Library Meeting Room, 1:30 p.m. Note, this is Part 3 of the series.)
Closure note: Matanzas Parkway Bridge at I-95 is closed for the I-95 interchange project and will remain closed until Aug. 9. Detour will be via Old Kings Road. Details here.
Major “Active Assailant” Exercise Planned at FPC Thursday: Flagler County Emergency Management is coordinating a large-scale exercise with all relevant local agencies, with an “active assailant” at Flaglker Palm Coast High School as the trigger.
Flagler Sheriff Manfre Submits Largest Budget Request Increase in 10 Years: Additional staffing at the new jail, money for 10 new patrol vehicles, a 5 percent across-the-board raise and state-required retirement contributions accounting for the bulk of the increase. “There’s probably going to be an increase, I’m not sure it’s going to be $2.5 million,” Commission Chairman Frank Meeker said Monday. “I know there’s negotiations going on between the county administrator and the sheriff.” Meeker said those negotiations will continue, along with the commission, until the budget is approved in September. The county is considering a 2.5 percent increase for county employees, including sheriff’s employees and those of other constitutional officers, such as the tax collector’s and the property appraiser’s.
The new shopping center planned for SR100 and Belle Terre: The News Journal writes about the future Shoppes at Palm Coast, “which would include a 24-pump Gate gas station and convenience store, Aldi grocery store, Tractor Supply Company location and two yet-to-be-determined restaurants, is planned for the southeast corner of S.R. 100 and Belle Terre Boulevard.” (Paywall-protected).
Paid Parking in Flagler Beach: The Palm Coast Observer asks 23 people their opinion, “12 of the 23 people said they would come less frequently or not come at all; four others also said they would go to Ormond Beach instead.”
County Court Judge Melissa Moore-Stens holds traffic arraignments in the morning and arraigments for other misdemeanor charges in the afternoon, Courtroom 403. Circuit Judge J. David Walsh holds drug-related hearings in the morning and motions to terminate probation and a sentencing in the afternoon. Courtroom 401. Judge Michael Orfinger is in a domestic relations jury trial in the morning and afternoon, Courtroom 301.
Note: Most proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel.
The House Health Innovation Subcommittee will meet at noon.
The state Revenue Estimating Conference will hold what is known as an “impact” conference to consider the financial impacts of bills proposed in the special legislative session. (9 a.m.)
The Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care will meet to consider applications for Gold Seal Award designations for nursing homes. (9 a.m., Marriott Tampa Airport)
Protests scheduled today in the wake of the latest video of police abuse, this time at a Texas pool party. See the video below.
Dennis Hastert, the former Speaker of the House, is arraigned today, charged with evading laws in a scheme of hush payments to a man Hastert is alleged to have sexually abused when Hastert was a high school teacher.
Women’s World Cup: Today it’s France v. England (1 p.m., FoxSports1), Spain v. Costa Rica (4 p.m. FoxSports1), Colombia v. Mexico (4 p.m. Fox) and Brazil v. South Korea (7 p.m. Fox).
Swimming lessons and lifeguard classes available at Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool: The summer swimming season is under way – and it’s so important in Florida for every member of the family to learn to swim. The City of Palm Coast offers a full lineup of swimming lessons at Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool, 339 Parkview Drive. All classes are taught under the supervision of a Red Cross-certified swim instructor. In addition, the City is offering an American Red Cross Lifeguard class at the City pool from Saturday through Tuesday, June 13-16, and space is still available in the class. Class hours vary each day. The sessions will offer the most current training in lifeguarding, first aid, CPR for the professional rescuer, and AED (automated external defibrillator) for youths, ages 15 and older. Fees are $160. For more info, call 386-986-4741 or register online: www.palmcoastgov.com/register. For swimming lessons, registration is now open, and the City is offering $5 off one session of lessons if registration is completed online at: www.palmcoastgov.com/register. Use the code SWIM15 to receive the discount. (Prices for each session shown below.) Class size is limited, so register soon. The first two sessions are under way, with three sessions still available. Learn to Swim swimming lessons are available for all ages and levels. A Learn to Swim program flier with a full description of each class is available at: www.palmcoastgov.com/pool. The schedule of classes that still have openings is as follows:
Session 3 – Monday through Thursday*, June 15-25
Parent and Child 5:30-6 p.m. $30
Learn to Swim Level 3 6:15-7 p.m. $55
Session 4 – Monday through Thursday*, July 6-16
Water Babies* 9:30-10 a.m. (*Monday-Wednesday) $30
Parent and Child 9:30-10 a.m. $30
Learn to Swim Level 1 10-10:30 a.m. $45
Learn to Swim Level 2 10:30-11 a.m. $45
Learn to Swim Level 3 11:15 a.m.-Noon $55
Session 5 – Monday through Thursday*, July 20-30
Water Babies* 9:30-10 a.m. (*Monday-Wednesday) $30
Parent and Child 9:30-10 a.m. $30
Learn to Swim Level 1 10-10:30 a.m. $45
Learn to Swim Level 2 10:30-11 a.m. $45
Learn to Swim Level 3 10:30-11:15 a.m. $55
Private lessons are also available, with instruction tailored to the skill level of the participant, from beginner to advanced level. Semi-private lessons are available for two students of similar skill level per instructor. Those lessons are arranged by appointment only. The fees are: $25 for a private 30-minute lesson and $20 per student for a semi-private 30-minute lesson. For more information, call the pool at 386-986-4741.
Summer Basketball Skill Development Camp at Flagler Palm Coast High School Gymnasium: The program is set for Monday through Friday, June 22 – July 24, with High School Players Clinics Monday/Wednesday/Friday noon to 3 p.m., Elementary and Middle School Players Tuesday/Thursday/Friday, noon to 3 p.m. The cost is $150 for the entire camp, including 15 sessions and a camp shirt. Registration is at FPC, Building 100, on June 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, Coach Michael Steward, (386) 473-2372.
Allied Fiber Enables City of Palm Coast to Support Increased Internet Access and Economic Development: Allied Fiber, the United States’ first open-access, integrated, network-neutral colocation and dark fiber superstructure and the City of Palm Coast, Florida, located on the East Coast of Florida between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, have connected their respective open-access fiber networks. Palm Coast’s FiberNET network now has access through Allied Fiber to the major content distribution centers throughout the state of Florida. The fiber connection will drive job growth and help cable television and Internet providers in the community offer better service and competitive pricing to local businesses and consumers. The City of Palm Coast recently completed construction of a lateral in Bunnell, FL that connects FiberNET to the Allied Fiber route. This ‘on-ramp’ will allow businesses to access multiple service providers, including Joytel, a Jacksonville-based wireless service provider. Providing this access creates a new revenue stream that will help maintain the infrastructure and benefit the local tax base. “The new fiber optic connection to Allied Fiber will enhance our city’s ability to attract new businesses to the area,” said Jim Landon, Manager of the City of Palm Coast. “We’re confident it will help spur economic development and further improve the excellent quality of life enjoyed by our citizens and visitors.” The FiberNET fiber optic network covers more than 50-miles of major roadways in Palm Coast including Palm Coast Parkway, Belle Terre Parkway, in Town Center, along the U.S. 1 corridor, and down State Road 100 into Bunnell. FiberNET also provides service to all City of Palm Coast facilities, Flagler Schools and more than two-dozen businesses. “Our connection with The City of Palm Coast will be a game changing win/win for our country and local residents,” said Hunter Newby, CEO of Allied Fiber. “By creating a competitive market, it will help maintain cost flexibility, enabling an increase in Internet access. It will also stimulate significant economic benefits and bring new jobs to the community, boosting our local and country’s GDP.” FiberNET’s newest customer is the Watchtower Educational Facility in Palm Coast. QCS Telecom, which is owned by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, provided the all-fiber connection for the Palm Coast facility to Miami through the Allied Fiber network. QCS used FiberNET to provide the “last mile” of connectivity.
Help the Baiata Bird Sanctuary Win a $25,000 Prize: One of the jewels of Flaglar County is the Baiata Bird Sanctuary. Tucked away in the Oaks along with Nature Scapes and Salvo Art, the sanctuary is located in Bunnell, Florida. It is a great place to visit with your family as well as alone. And best of all, admission is completely free. If you live too far away to visit, please enjoy our web site, www.palmcoastbirds.com. Without having to own a bird, visitors can watch some exotic birds in an almost natural habitat. For those considering getting a bird, the Sanctuary gives the opportunity to see several different kinds of birds. Visitors can even get up close and, if one of the volunteers is on site, the curious can ask questions and learn more.The Baiata Bird Sanctuary is named after Mary-Lou Baiata, the long-time owner of Nature Scapes and the birds before her passing in the summer of 2014. The Sanctuary is a Florida non-profit organization and a 501 C corporation designed to help rehabilitate and rehome abused or neglected parrots. The sanctuary provides a safe haven for the pet birds of Flagler County and surrounding counties that need help. The non-profit officially started on August 7, 2014 with six parrots and those same six are flourishing under the daily and watchful care of volunteers. In most cases, original owners gave up the birds because they could no longer care for them. Some were moving to assisted living centers or nursing homes. More recently, the sanctuary has been offered several additional birds. Because of space limitations, these birds never came to the sanctuary, but were immediately adopted by our volunteers. The $25,000 prize from Wells Fargo will enable us to take in more birds. To do this, we need to build a new, concrete structure to house the birds properly, protecting them from the weather elements such as heavy rain, heat, and cold. This structure would have a large deck, so that we can wheel the birds out into the sunlight on nice days for our visitors to enjoy. Currently, the birds reside in a rickety old porch at night. Carpenter ants have destroyed some of the wood and the porch is hard to heat and cool. They are rolled outside each day but there is no protection from the elements. Building a new structure has been our long term goal since inception. Please vote daily and as often as possible for our sanctuary project: https://wellsfargoworks.com/project?x=us-en_viewentriesandvote_14708
Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports:
The following is an update of ongoing construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through June 5:
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 77 percent done: Widening on the north side of the parkway continues. Landscape irrigation work continues. Contractor dug up road at night on 5/28/15 to locate obstacles and clear the path for the 12″ water tie from Cypress Point Pkwy into the new 16″ water main on Boulder Rock Drive. The new 16″ coming from the west to Old Kings Rd is being prepared for tie in of the 12″ direct bury crossing of Old Kings
road to the median of Wendy’s, some of this work will be done at night.
Royal Palms Parkway Improvements, 97 percent done: Substantial Completion walkthrough 6-3.Rymfire intersection raised median 95%.
Holland Park, 18 percent done: Rough grading of site.
Palm Coast City Hall at Town Center, 51 percent done: Installation of drywall of interior walls, mechanical duct work installation, electrical conduit rough-in and fire sprinkler piping continues. Installation of exterior windows and exterior wall trim continues. Grading and layout for parking area 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.
Walmart Addition, 30 percent done: Construction of new addition continues.
Kalief Browder, Held at Rikers Island for 3 Years Without Trial, Commits Suicide: Kalief Browder was sent to Rikers Island when he was 16 years old, accused of stealing a backpack. Though he never stood trial or was found guilty of any crime, he spent three years at the New York City jail complex, nearly two of them in solitary confinement. In October 2014, after he was written about in The New Yorker, his case became a symbol of what many saw as a broken criminal justice system. Mayor Bill de Blasio cited the article this spring when he announced an effort to clear the backlogs in state courts and reduce the inmate population at Rikers. For a while, it appeared Mr. Browder was putting his life back together: He earned a G.E.D. and started community college. But he continued to struggle with life after Rikers. On Saturday, he committed suicide at his parents’ home in the Bronx. Jennifer Gonnerman, the author of the article in The New Yorker, said in an interview on Monday that it appeared he was never able to recover from the years he spent locked alone in a cell for 23 hours a day.” From The Times.
- Before the Law: A boy was accused of taking a backpack. The courts took the next three years of his life. (The New Yorker)
Trove Seized in Syria Raid Opens Window on ISIS: “The information harvested from the laptops, cellphones and other materials recovered from the raid on May 16 has already helped the United States identify, locate and carry out an airstrike against another Islamic State leader in eastern Syria, on May 31. American officials expressed confidence that an influential lieutenant, Abu Hamid, was killed in the attack, but the Islamic State, which remains resilient, has not yet confirmed his death. New insights yielded by the seized trove — four to seven terabytes of data, according to one official — include how the organization’s shadowy leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, operates and tries to avoid being tracked by coalition forces. […] The raid on the multistory residence of Abu Sayyaf, described by American officials as the group’s top financial officer, illustrates that American intelligence on Islamic State leaders is improving. At least one informant deep inside the group played a crucial role in helping track Abu Sayyaf, said a senior military official who was briefed on plans for the raid. […] Since the raid, senior administration officials and top military officers have dropped only broad hints about the value of the materials that were scooped up in the predawn operation, which was carried out after weeks of surveillance from satellite imagery, drone reconnaissance and electronic eavesdropping, American officials said.” From The Times.
Fight for Amendment 1 money for Everglades turns nasty: “Two weeks after losing its campaign to persuade the South Florida Water Management District to spend $700 million on land south of Lake Okeechobee for a reservoir, the Everglades Trust launched a new campaign that has some insiders scratching their heads. Among the tactics of the environmental lobby’s new campaign: negative mailers sent last week attacking lawmakers who the Trust claims aren’t supporting its cause and digital ads on Facebook encouraging supporters to call lawmakers to urge them to buy land. More mailers and ads are expected during the next two weeks as Florida lawmakers try to craft a state budget in a special session. […] But the engineers and officials responsible for restoring the Everglades say Plan B already exists. It’s Plan A — the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, or CERP, the same plan for a reservoir south of the lake that Barley says is the motivation for her campaign. District officials say they have the land they need for now, despite pressure from Barley and other activists, who want Florida lawmakers to give a district a slice of the $750 million Amendment 1 pie now so it can buy more land. An overwhelming 75 percent of Florida voters last fall approved Amendment 1, which sets aside money from documentary stamp taxes on real estate sales — expected to be as much as $750 million this year — for environmental water and land conservation and acquisition. The 20-year law is supposed to take effect July 1, but lawmakers failed to settle the details of how that money is to be spent during the regular legislative session that ended May 1.” From the Palm Beach Post.
Michael J. Fox turns 54, and Kicks Off the Tour de Fox: Sam Fox — ultra athlete and Michael J. Fox Foundation staffer–on June 2 kicked off the Tour de Fox, “a three month, 14,000-mile journey across the United States and into Canada to unite the Parkinson’s community and to raise $1 million for vital research. [[[. A former college athlete and lover of the outdoors, Sam’s motivation for Tour de Fox started with his mother, Lucy, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s fifteen years ago. Beginning in 2011, he has taken on several athletic feats to raise more than $400,000 for The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s research efforts.” Watch (and visit the Foundation to donate):
Road and Interstate Construction:
Matanzas Woods Parkway closed Friday: Matanzas Woods Parkway is closed until early August for construction of the Interstate 95 interchange. The portion of Matanzas Woods Parkway that spans I-95 will be reconstructed to accommodate four single-lane ramps for on and off access to the interstate. Other improvements include the widening of the interstate to accommodate new acceleration and deceleration lanes, wet detention ponds adjacent to the roadway, sidewalks, lighting, overhead signs and landscaping. Project details are available and regularly updated at http://www.matanzas95interchange.com. The detour map is available here.
Lane closure for Palm Coast Parkway June 8-12: The lane closures along Palm Coast Parkway and Boulder Rock Drive are set for 8 p.m. Monday, June 8, to 7 a.m. Friday, June 12. The northbound thru lane on Boulder Rock Drive from Palm Coast Parkway will be closed and traffic will be shifted into the southbound lane of Boulder Rock Drive. Additionally there will be only one left turn lane open from Palm Coast Parkway eastbound onto Boulder Rock Drive. A uniformed law enforcement officer will be on-site to direct traffic into the southbound lane on to Boulder Rock Drive. The existing two left turn lanes from Boulder Rock Drive will modified to allow one thru lane and one left turn lane. Motorists are encouraged to watch for flaggers and work zone signs. The lane closure is required in order for the contractor to install a water main across Boulder Rock Drive.
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.”
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.
- Palm Coast Parkway Project Website
- Florida Department of Transportation Road Project List
- County Road 304 Project Map and Description
June 10: The Elks Lodge of Palm Coast will be hosting the bicycle riders of the “Brotherhood Ride” as they complete the 6th leg of their nine-day bicycle ride across Florida. This year The Brotherhood Riders will be riding in honor of 10 Fallen Florida First Responders (Police, Fire, EMS). The ride is held each year to raise awareness and to support the families of these heroes. The Palm Coast Elks will be providing sleeping quarters and meals for the 40-some riders, all of whom are active or retired police and fire fighters. The Elks along with other local organization and local political leaders will be present to welcome the rider on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 at 4:30 pm. For further information please contact Palm Coast Elks at [email protected] or Brotherhood Ride at http://www.brotherhoodride.com/
June 11, Eau Gallie River dredging project: The St. Johns River Water Management District will host a meeting in Melbourne to provide the public with an update on the status of the Eau Gallie River dredging project. The 6 p.m. meeting will be held at Melbourne City Hall, 900 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. The District, in coordination with the city of Melbourne, plans to remove at least 625,000 cubic yards (about 41,000 dump truck loads) of muck soils from the main stem of the 3.9-mile-long Eau Gallie River, as well as the southern branch of the river known as Elbow Creek. Dredging is expected to improve navigation and water quality. Construction of a dredge material management area — a location to deposit and dewater dredged materials — will begin later this year and is expected to be completed by spring 2016. Dredging is scheduled to begin immediately after construction of the containment area and will be completed by the end of 2017. Officials with the District, the city of Melbourne and Taylor Engineering will present information on dredging plans and project scheduling. Additional project partners are Brevard County, Florida Inland Navigation District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
June 13: At the Florida Wildlife Federation’s 78th Annual Conservation Awards Banquet is to be held at the St. Augustine Rod & Gun Club. Twelve outstanding Florida conservationists will be recognized for their conservation achievements. The Federation’s annual selection of conservation award winners is one of the oldest in the state. Award winners are chosen from nominations made to the Federation’s board of directors based on their accomplishments on behalf of Florida’s fish, wildlife and native habitats. Florida Wildlife Federation is a statewide non-profit organization founded in 1936 to promote the conservation and ethical enjoyment of Florida’s natural resources. The Federation is the exclusive Florida affiliate of National Wildlife Federation. The following individuals and groups will receive wildlife statuettes or etched glass plaques to commemorate the occasion:
Conservationist of the Year: Charles Pattison, Tallahassee; Marine Conservationist of the Year: Quinton White, Jacksonville; Wildlife Conservationist of the Year: Frank Mazzotti, Fort Lauderdale; Forest Conservationist of the Year: Ed Montgomery, Fernandina Beach; Land Conservationist of the Year: Robert Christianson, Gainesville; Public Lands Conservationist: James Burnett, US FWS, Tallahassee; Conservation Educator of the Year: Maia McGuire, St. Augustine;Conservation Organization of the Year: Putnam Blueways & Trails Citizen Support Organization, Palatka; Law Enforcement Officer of the Year: Major Paul Ouellette, FWC, Retired, Lynn Haven; Francis S. Taylor Outdoorsman of the Year: Robert E “Bob” Taylor, Lake Hamilton;2015 Living Green Award: Sarah Boren, US Green Building Council, Atlantic Beach; FWF Conservation Hall of Fame: David J. White, Esq., St. Petersburg. Please contact Diane Hines at [email protected] or Danny Gwynn-Shapiro at [email protected] for photographs of the Award Winners after the June 13th ceremony.
June 14: Flagler County Democrats Honor George Hanns: Join us on Flag Day from 2 to 5 p.m. at Hijackers Restaurant to recognize the 25 years of service Flagler County Commissioner George Hanns has provided to Flagler County. Children are welcome to come and play in the sand box. There’s no cover, but you have to pay for your food and drink. Hijackers is at 202 Airport Road at the Flagler County Airport.
June 17: “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 www.PalmCoastBAC.com. 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.
June 19: Sally’s Safe Haven Open House, 103 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell.
Free 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 FlaglerSchools.Nutrislice.com.
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, [email protected]
June 23: The Estate Planning Council of the Fun Coast Host ‘Understanding Hospice Care in Our Community’ Event: The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Express, LPGA Daytona Beach, located at 137 Automall Circle, Daytona Beach from 8 to 10 a.m. The event will host a panel with representatives from all five local hospice care providers who will educate attendees on what Hospice is, the services offered, when a client would qualify for hospice, how the referral system works with hospice, and what insurance/Medicare/Medicaid covers (and doesn’t cover). Attorney Scott Selis, President of the Estate Planning Council of the Fun Coast, will be the moderator and panel participants from Florida Hospital Hospice Care, Haven Hospice, Gentiva Hospice, Halifax Health Hospice, and VITAS Healthcare will participate. The panelist will give a brief summary of the services and programs they offer above and beyond the standard level of care, and how they work with families and patients. Guests are welcome, attendees do not need to be EPCFC members. Attendees who RSVP are invited to submit questions that will be asked to each panel member. If time permits there will also be a question and answer session. Cost is $20, payable at the door. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by calling Kimberly Selis at 386-445-8900, extension 22, or emailing her at [email protected]. The Estate Planning Council of the Fun Coast is an interdisciplinary organization for professionals involved in estate planning. They strive to foster understanding of the proper relationship between the functions of the life underwriter, trust officer, attorney, accountant, financial planner, and any other party or parties having to do with estate planning, and to encourage co-operation of persons acting under those disciplines. The president is Scott Selis and they can be reached at 386-453-5934. For more information, visit http://www.epcfuncoast.org.
June 24, Veterans Pancake Breakfast: Meet with fellow Veterans and chat over breakfast, Wednesday, June 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Princeton Village, 100 Magnolia Trace Way, Palm Coast. To confirm your attendance or for more information call Laura Zublionis 386-206-9730.
Flagler Chamber Seeks Applicants for Leadership Flagler’s 23rd Class: The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for Leadership Flagler, a program that nurtures and engages the leadership skills of potential and current community leaders. Now in its 23rd year, the three-month program provides insight about Flagler County’s operations, attributes, issues and opportunities, while inspiring participants to take active roles as stewards of and advocates for positive change within the community. Ten to 15 candidates representing Flagler County’s diverse professional community are selected to participate each year. An alumni council of Leadership Flagler graduates oversees the program, selects participants and develops curriculum. Starting in late August, classes meet Wednesday mornings from 8:30 a.m. until noon with sessions on business, government, health and human services, art and culture, education, agriculture and growth management. Class members are expected to comply with the program’s attendance policy, and to complete a group community service project prior to graduation. Past Leadership Flagler Classes have supported literacy programs like the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Flagler County and Josh Crews Writing Project, and Youth Leadership Flagler, a program created by Leadership Flagler 20 now in its third year of inspiring future leaders at the high school level. As a special incentive this year, the Chamber is offering an early bird tuition rate of $350 before July 31 for current members and $500 for future members. These rates will increase by $100 for participants that sign up after July 31. If you are an aspiring leader, don’t miss this once a year opportunity! Simply complete the application for Leadership Flagler 23 and return it to the Chamber before the deadline Friday, July 31. Leadership Flagler is one of nearly 700 programs nationwide devoted to shaping high-profile community leaders. Since its start in 1993, Leadership Flagler has graduated more than 230 professionals. For more information, call Rebecca DeLorenzo or Gretchen Smith at 386.437.0106.
Leadership Flagler Application, Class of 2015
Registration opens for 2015 Palm Coast & the Flagler Beaches Senior Games: Active older adults can now sign up for the second annual Palm Coast & the Flagler Beaches Senior Games – offering competition in 14 sports. The Senior Games, presented by Florida Hospital Flagler Health Partners, Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, will be held Sept. 12 to 19. The Seniors Games are open to men and women ages 50 and up. Registration is $15 and includes a T-shirt and participation in one sports event; participation in each additional sports event is $5. Competition is offered in eight different age categories. “The tradition of the Senior Games is to offer fun, fellowship, fitness and competition, and that is a perfect match for Palm Coast and our surrounding community with our area’s emphasis on active lifestyle and recreation,” said Palm Coast Director of Parks & Recreation Luanne Santangelo. “Please join us in making our second annual Palm Coast & the Flagler Beaches Senior Games even bigger and better than last year’s.” To register, visit www.palmcoastgov.com/seniorgames for the registration form. Mail the form with payment to Palm Coast Parks & Recreation, attn.: Senior Games Coordinator Ginger Parnell, 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE, Palm Coast, FL 32137. Or drop it off Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE, or email it to [email protected]. Checks should be payable to: City of Palm Coast. Eleven of the 14 sports being offered in the local Senior Games this year are sanctioned by the Florida Sports Foundation, with the Palm Coast & the Flagler Beaches Senior Games serving as a qualifier for the Florida Senior Games State Championships.
This year’s Palm Coast & the Flagler Beaches Senior Games sanctioned events are:
· Archery: Sept. 19; at Indian Trails Middle School fields, 5505 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast
· 5K Road Race: Sept. 12; at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE, Palm Coast
· Basketball: Date to be announced; at Flagler Palm Coast High School 5500 E. State Road 100, Palm Coast
· Horseshoes: Sept. 16; at Old Dixie Community Park on North Old Dixie Highway, Bunnell
· Softball: Sept. 12-19; at Flagler County Ball Fields, 2298 Sawgrass Road, Bunnell
· Pickleball: Sept. 17; at Belle Terre Park Tennis Center, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast
· Tennis: Sept. 14-15; at Palm Coast Tennis Center, 1290 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast
· Table Tennis: Date to be announced; at Flagler Palm Coast High School, 5500 E. State Road 100, Palm Coast
· Indoor Volleyball: Date to be announced; at Flagler Palm Coast High School, 5500 E. State Road 100, Palm Coast
· Golf: Sept. 16; at Palm Harbor Golf Club, at 20 Palm Harbor Drive, Palm Coast
· Cycling: Sept. 13; at Wadsworth Park, 101-145 Connecticut Ave., Flagler Beach
Additional, non-sanctioned events in the competition include:
· Ballroom Dancing: Sept. 13; at Matanzas High School Pirate Theater, 3535 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast (Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Swing, Rumba and Cha Cha)
· Powerlifting (Ages 18+): Sept. 12; at Matanzas High School Field House, 3535 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast
· Golf Croquet: Sept. 12; at Ralph Carter Park, 1385 Rymfire Drive, Palm Coast
For more information, visit www.palmcoastgov.com/seniorgames or call Palm Coast Parks & Recreation at 386-986-2323.
Blood 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:
None provided so far this month.
The Great Jorge Luis Borges Reads “The Art of Poetry” (Two Videos, With Subtitles)
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