Weekend and Christmas Day: Dry throughout but rather warm Friday and Saturday with highs in the lower 80s, cooling to the 70s Sunday and the 60s on Christmas day. Nights will be in the 50s throughout. Details here.
Today’s document from the National Archives and the Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
The OED’s Word of the Day: lown, n., adj., and adv..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.
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“Men, otherwise decent citizens, reacted in the ugly spirit of a Saturday night drunkard beating his wife. […] The strange physical fury generated by the women’s struggle for the vote was the most unsettling phenomenon of the Liberal era.”
–Barbara Tuchman, from “The Proud Tower” (1962). [Click on the image or the link to buy the book.]
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 Sheriff’s daily incident reports and jail bookings are posted here.
Schools are closed for students until Monday, Jan. 8.
Closures: The Flagler County courthouse is closed Dec. 25 and Dec. 26, and again on Jan. 1, The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office is closed Friday and Monday, Flagler Beach city offices are closed Dec. 22 and Dec. 25, as well as Dec. 29 and Jan. 2, most government offices are closed either Friday and Monday or Monday and Tuesday, reopening Dec. 27, and closing Monday, Jan. 1. All government meetings normally scheduled for the last week of the month have been cancelled.
The Daily Briefing is taking its Christmas break. It will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Holiday trash pick-up in Palm Coast: There will be no pickups by Waste Pro on Monday, Dec. 25, or Monday, Jan. 1. For both holidays, garbage, yard trash and recycling schedules will be moved out one day, with the routes being done Tuesday through Saturday. For example, the Monday schedule will be picked up on Tuesday, the Tuesday schedule will be picked up on Wednesday, and so on. Normal daily schedules will resume on Monday, Jan. 8. For any issues regarding Waste Pro service, please contact Palm Coast Customer Service at 386-986-2360.
Scenic A1A Pride: These people have heart: they’re holding their monthly meeting at 9 a.m. Friday at the Hammock Community Center, 79 Mala Compra Road, but a presentation by Jeff Stuart of the Sheriff’s Office, on the sheriff’s priorities for the Hammock, has been rescheduled to the January 26 meeting. The board will discuss its January elections.
Dec. 27: A meeting of the Compassionate Friends is held at the Vitas Office at 4 North Old Kings Road (across from Kentucky Fried Chicken) in Palm Coast. The meeting, always the fourth Wednesday of the month, begins at 4:30 p.m. Please note the early starting time. The Compassionate Friends, a nonprofit self-help bereavement support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child. The meeting is open to all parents, grandparents, and siblings over age 18 who has suffered the loss of a child of any age. For more information, call John Brady at 610-428-3139. To learn more about The Compassionate Friends, visit their national website at www.compassionatefriends.org.
Dec. 30-31: The TNT Art and Craft Festival in Flagler Beach: Located directly across the Atlantic Ocean, just steps away from the Beach. The Flagler Beach Art and Craft Festival is a laid back venue filled with some of the nation’s best Artist and Crafters, including jewelry, ceramics, stained glass, photography, handmade soaps and freshly made Kettle corn. All crafts are made in the USA! This Festival will offer something for everyone. Sat. 10 – 5, Sun. 10 – 4.
Dec. 30: “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I Am Home for the Holidays,” the annual show at the Flagler Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. When the family arrives home to celebrate the holidays, Steve is thrown together with all his dysfunctional family members in a riotous celebration of the holiday season. We all get to attend holiday dinner at Grandma’s where, if you’re under 55, you’re allowed to sit at the children’s table; thirty five over-fed people and one toilet. Adult $39.95, Youth $29.95.
Dec. 31: The Jacksonville Symphony presents its New Year’s Eve Orchestral Lunacy concert, with a performance at 9 p.m. and an after-party, with Timothy Hankewich, Guest Conductor, and Tomáš Kubínek, Guest Performer, a comic genius, virtuoso vaudevillian, and all-around charmer who gives audiences an utterly joyous experience they’ll remember for a lifetime. With appearances in over 30 countries and a professional career spanning 3 decades, Mr. Kubínek has won the hearts of thousands in theaters, opera houses, television specials, on Broadway, and at international festivals of culture. Transcending categorization, his work leaves audiences clutching their sides with laughter and breathless. Standard Admission $30.00, Standard with Reserved Seating $50.00, Premium with VIP Lounge and Food Stations $100.00, not including after-party tickets. Tickets here.
Dec. 31: Beach Blast Off in Celebration of New Year’s Eve: visitors will experience live music, food and drink, and brilliant fireworks over the Atlantic Ocean. The Kids’ Zone features face painting, rides, and rock climbing wall. Food vendors, a beer and wine tent, champagne and live stream of Times Square festivities will add to the fun. Location: St. Augustine Beach Pier. For more information, call (904) 669-5670 or visit www.sabevents.com/beach-blast-off.
Blood Donations: The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations this week:
- Saturday, Dec. 23: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ongoing: the 12th Annual Fantasy Lights Festival at Central Park in Palm Coast’s Town Center, hosted by the Rotary Club of Flagler County: 6:30-9 p.m. each night. Fantasy Lights is a free, self-guided walking tour around Central Park with 40 large animated light displays, festive live and broadcast holiday music, holiday snacks and beverages. A favorite for the kids is Santa’s Village with a collection of elf houses festively painted and nestled among the lights, warm fire to roast marshmallows or create s’mores, and encircling the village is Santa’s Merry Train Ride.
In Florida and in State Government:
Note: Some proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel. Most legislative proceedings can be followed through the Senate or House websites.
JOBS NUMBERS RELEASED: The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is scheduled to release November unemployment numbers. (Friday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m.)
—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
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"Once again, the established press is legitimating pronouncements made by the Church Fathers of the national security state." https://t.co/xFe8bOYjtk
— Jack Davies (@jackoozell) December 22, 2017
In an N.F.L. season marked by President Trump’s attacks on football players who have “taken a knee” during the national anthem, a collaboration with @RetroReport explores the legacy of dissent in sports. https://t.co/k5i4MbP2hM
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) December 22, 2017
Robust Health Insurance Sign-Ups Surprise Supporters And Opponents https://t.co/Cgy0VZuEOk
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) December 22, 2017
The Whiteness of Trump’s Working-Class Supporters: Gary Younge https://t.co/4Dc2H31PKK
— The Nation (@thenation) December 22, 2017
Joseph Conrad fell out of favor long ago. There's the racism, of course, and his obsession with courage and honor. Yet he anticipated our world https://t.co/9VQhUTgWFY
— Arts & Letters Daily (@aldaily) December 22, 2017
Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports
Updates of ongoing permitting, construction and development projects in Palm Coast usually run here, along with a link to the city’s Week in Review. But the Week in Review, under the guise of being modernized, has become flashier and power-point like while becoming less substantive and dumbed down. We may or may not link to it in future. Here’s a summary of the latest developments as of Oct. 6
Click to access Oct-6-2017.pdf
Road and Interstate Construction:
Bach’s Complete Christmas Oratorio BWV 248, Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir & Bach Soloists
This was recorded where Bach wrote it: in Weimar, Germany.
- Angels in Heaven: Chris Rodrigues and the Spoon Lady
- Hindemith: Der Schwanendreher
- Brendel Performs Schubert’s A Major Sonata No. 22, D. 959
- The New York Philharmonic in a 2016 Performance of Dvorak’s New World Symphony
- Alexander Gavrylyuk Plays Bach İtalian Concerto
- Daniel Lozakovich, at 12 Years Old, Performs a Beethoven Violin and Piano Sonata
- Jacquet de la Guerre: Sonata in D minor for Violin and Continuo performed by House of Time
- Evgeni Koroliov Performs Claude Debussy Préludes
- Turkey’s Fazil Say Plays Mozart’s Alla Turca, Then His Own
- Guitarist John Williams at the BBC: The 2016 Documentary
- Sviatoslav Richter Plays Schubert’s Great Piano Sonata No 13 in A major, D 664
- Philip Glass’s Violin Concerto Performed on Sax by Amy Dixon
- Maria João Pires Performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K 453
- When Mickey Mouse Jammed Out Carmen and Other Favorites
- Heinrich von Herzogenberg’s Trio for Piano, Oboe and Horn, Op. 61
- The Sublime Valses Poéticos by Enrique Granados, Performed By Albert Flotats
- Complete Performance of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique: Leonard Bernstein, Orchestre National de France
- Yeol Eum Son Performs Charles Valentin Alkan
- A Crazy Encore by Yuja Wang at Carnegie Hall
- Phillip Sear Performs a Waltz By Neapolitan Composer Franco Alfano
- “Stranger Things” Cello Medley – Nicholas Yee
- Discover the Great Daniil Trifonov
- Afro-Venezuelan Shostakovich
- Bill Murray’s Mark Twain Prize: The Full Monty
- Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major: Robert Levin and the Transylvania Philharmonic
- Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 1, KV 478
- Eleanor Rigby, performed by Sirius Quartet
- Mozart: Tamiri’s aria from Il re pastore: Elina Shimkus & Sinfonietta Riga
- Mariko M on the Cello, Mariko Terashita, violin, Perform Limerock
- Bohuslav Martinu: First Sonata for Flute and Piano
- Andras Schiff Performs All Six of Bach’s French Suites
- Paul Lewis plays Schubert’s Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, Andantino
- 14-Year-Old María Dueñas Fernández Performs Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 at 2017 Competition
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