Today: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 80s inland…in the upper 70s coast. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.
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: musha, int..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.
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- Fact-Checking the Knaves
- Palm Coast Construction and Development
- Local Road and Interstate Construction
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“You don’t go to America. You go back, even if it’s only your first trip. Our brain is so full of American information that the country offers a never-ending sequence of déjá vu sensations. Every panorama looks as though you’ve already seen it. You feel as if everything you do, you’ve done before. America’s sheer familiarity is unsettling. Only the noises sound as if they are really new. They’re different, American noises.”
–From Beppe Severgnini’s “Ciao, America!” (1995).
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.
In Court: Charles Rushing Griffen, the man involved in a masked robbery at the Shell station on Clubhouse Drive in Palm Coast in December, appears before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig at 9 a.m. for a possible plea. He faces a first-degree felonies for the charges of armed robbery and attempted armed robbery, and three additional felonies, including possession of a gun by a convicted felon.
The Flagler County Technical Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room of the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
The Tourist Development Council meets at 10 a.m. in board chambers at Government Services Building, Bunnell.
Collective Bargaining Contract Negotiations Between Flagler County Professional Firefighters Association and Flagler County Commission Management Representatives, 1 p.m. in the administrative conference room, third floor, Government Services Building, Bunnell. The meeting is open to the public.
The Palm Coast Planning & Land Development board meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The board is discussing Grand Landings, a subdivision master plan at Sawmill Creek within Palm Coast Park, and flooding issues. The full agenda is here.
Bunnell Elementary’s School Advisory Council meets at 6 p.m. in the school’s media center.
Citizenship Ceremony: Flagler College and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will hold a Naturalization Ceremony at noon in the Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada Street, St. Augustine, opposite the Lightner Museum, for approximately 50 individuals as part of the college’s Inaugural Week for new President Dr. Joseph G. Joyner. Joyner, who is the fourth president in the history of the college, began work in July 2017. His inauguration on Feb. 24 is being celebrated with a week of activities centered around the theme of “Citizenship in a Diverse Democracy.” As part of that week, the Naturalization Ceremony will involve approximately 50 people taking the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America, thereby completing the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. The ceremony will take place at noon and is open to the public. Dr. Joyner will give the welcome address, and naturalized citizen and Associate Professor of Education Edwidge Bryant will give the keynote address. Naturalized citizen and Flagler Head Men’s Soccer Coach John Lynch will offer closing remarks, and the Flagler College Chamber Choir led by Assistant Professor Kip Taisey will perform the national anthem.
Gordon Lightfoot in Concert at the Peabody Auditorium, Daytona Beach, 8 p.m.. Tickets range from $33 to $48. The Peabody Auditorium is at 600 Auditorium Boulevard, Daytona Beach. Reach the box office from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Fruday and Saturdays from 10 to 2 at 386/671-3462. Details and tickets here.
Suicide Prevention: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Florida Chapters, Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition, Florida Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention, and Florida Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council hold a press conference at 11 a.m. on the 22nd Floor of the Capitol in Tallahassee to bring awareness to suicide prevention. In 2016, there were 3,122 suicides and 1,292 homicides in Florida. Every year in Florida and in the U.S. there are twice as many suicides as homicides. The press conference will feature Thomas Joiner is a leading expert on suicide and the Robert O. Lawton Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, and John Bryant, Assistant Secretary for Substance Abuse and Mental Health at the Florida Department of Children and Families. For more information regarding the press conference, contact Judy Broward at [email protected] or call 352-213-6308.
Coffee Talk: “Digestive Health and Importance of GI Screening” with Dr. Joseph McKinley and Pam Grantham, ARNP, from Florida Hospital Flagler, part of the Coffee Series, at Palm Coast City Hall Community Wing, 160 Lake Ave., 9 a.m.
Ribbon-cutting: Watson Reality hosts a ribbon-cutting at its office at 5055 N. Oceanshore Blvd. in the Hammock from 4 to 6 p.m.
Birthday: Palm Coast City Council member Steven Nobile, born in 1961, is 57.
Live and inert bombing: Navy training schedules indicate that live and inert bombing will take place at the Pinecastle Range Complex located in the Ocala National Forest, which may rattle windows in Palm Coast and Flagler County. The schedule is as follows:
- Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Inert
- Wednesday: 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m., Inert
- Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Inert
During bombing periods wildlife may be temporarily displaced. Use extra caution when driving through the Ocala National forest and surrounding areas. Secure any items around your residence that could attract wildlife. Always be mindful of larger animals including black bears and practice bearwise measures. The telephone number for noise complaints is 1-800-874-5059, Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville, Fla.
Note: today is the Flagler Class 25 Application Deadline at the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce. $385 for members, $535 for non-members. Call the Chamber at 386-437-0106.
Blood Donations: The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations this week:
- Thursday: Tom Gibbs Chevrolet, 5850 East Hway 100, palm Coast, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Thursday: CVS Pharmacy, 1 Old Kings Road, at Palm Coast Parkway, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.
- Saturday: Epic Theaters, Town Center, Palm Coast, from noon to 6 p.m.
- Sunday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jail Bookings and Last 24 Hours' Incidents in Flagler, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Bunnell
|Jail Bookings, June 19-22
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, June 21
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, June 21
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, June 21
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, June 21
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, June 21
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, June 21
David Lydon to host ‘Veterans on Point’ radio show: Flagler County Veterans Services officer, David Lydon, will host a WNZF radio talk show called “Veterans on Point.” “Lydon is the perfect host for this local radio talk show with his vast knowledge, his network of local veterans organizations, and his position with the county,” said David Ayres, general manager of Flagler Broadcasting. “Plus, he is still actively serving in the United States Air Force Reserves.” The first program will air at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 4. The radio show is designed to give local veterans a voice – and a listen – to many issues and challenges that veterans and their families face, including information about the Veterans Administration and special events. Guests to the program will include local, regional and national entities that focus on Flagler County’s veteran community. “This is a first for me,” said Lydon, who has been a guest on the Free-for-All Friday WNZF radio program. Lydon holds the rank of major as part-time United States Air Force Reserve squadron commander, 927th Security Forces Squadron, at MacDill Air Force Base. Additionally, he is president of the Military Officers Association of America, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8696, and the American Legion Post 115. The program will air 9:30 to 10 a.m. Sunday mornings on 1550 AM and 106.3 FM. It will also stream live at WNZF.com, as well as on Google Play and Amazon Echo.
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.
SENATE WEIGHS NEEDLE EXCHANGES, GUN BILL: The Senate will hold a floor session and could approve a bill (SB 800), filed by Minority Leader Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, that would expand a pilot needle-and-syringe exchange program to try to prevent the spread of diseases such as HIV. Also, the Senate could vote on a bill (SB 1048), filed by Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, that would help clear the way for people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns at churches. People cannot currently carry guns at churches if schools are on the grounds. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., Senate chamber, the Capitol.)
EARLY CHILDHOOD COURTS PROPOSED: The Senate Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a proposal (SB 1442), filed by Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, that would create the “Early Childhood Court” program, which would address cases involving children under the age of 3. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
INSURANCE ‘PARITY’ ON TABLE: The Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a bill (SB 1422), filed by Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, that would seek to ensure that HMOs and health insurers provide “parity” in benefits for mental health and substance abuse and benefits for medical and surgical care. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)
—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
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Trump promised to “get rid” of the EPA “in almost every form.” In just his first year in office, Pruitt's already made huge strides in that direction.https://t.co/Bvy9tjRBXM
— Friends of the Earth (@foe_us) February 20, 2018
New cartoon: #Parkland students speaking truth to power #Sayfie #FlaPol @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/mfsUOKVS6v
— Andy Marlette (@AndyMarlette) February 20, 2018
New calls to impeach Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after second woman accuses him of sexual harassment https://t.co/gLVjAPXQac pic.twitter.com/qFRS3hzcQU
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) February 20, 2018
IMPROMPTUS | Nationalism on the march, &c. https://t.co/GcZlFWe1Q3 via @JayNordlinger pic.twitter.com/8pRVAb2Uia
— National Review (@NRO) February 20, 2018
Road trip! @ElonMusk’s Tesla Roadster won’t strike Earth anytime soon. New research suggests the vehicle will cruise through space for tens of millions of years https://t.co/ysQbHsYJw0 @SpaceX pic.twitter.com/wALPDVwzZs
— Scientific American (@sciam) February 20, 2018
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Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports
Here’s a summary of the latest city developments as of Feb. 16, 2018, with a link to the full week in review here.
Click to access week-in-review-palm-coast-feb-16-20181.pdf
Road and Interstate Construction:
- Keith Jarrett Standards Trio
- Anoushka Shankar Ensemble
- Jacques Loussier Play Bach Trio: a 2007 Concert
- Abdel Rahman el Bacha Plays Two Nocturnes by Chopin
- Edith Mathis’s Creations
- Sheku Kanneh-Mason: No Woman No Cry, Cello Version
- Viotti’s Violin Concerto No 23 in G Major, Performed by Jennifer Jeon
- Bruckner’s Symphony Nr. 7 at the Lucerne Frestival
- Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in the style of Chopin: Syd R Duke
- Nikolai Kapustin performing Prelude, op. 53, no. 11
- Ray Chen, Sarabande from Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D minor
- It’s A Small World: Ken Kubota and Friends
- Maria Callas: The Mike Wallace Interview
- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Oboe Concerto in B flat major, Wq 164
- The Cranberries: Linger
- Martha Argerich Performs Liszt’s Piano Concerto No 1 in E flat major
- Vivaldi’s Winter in a Wintry Performance By Milan Řehák
- Bach: Musical Offering BWV 1079, Concert des Nations Jordi Savall
- Bach: Sonata for Gamba and Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1029
- Claude Debussy, La fille aux cheveux de lin, from Préludes
- Bach’s Complete Christmas Oratorio BWV 248, Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir & Bach Soloists
- 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
@Billy Graham dead at age 99
Let’s sing in his memory: