Today: Partly cloudy with chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Lows in the mid 70s. Chance of rain 40 percent. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 70s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.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.
Drought Index: 101
The OED’s Word of the Day: smeech, n..
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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.
Staffers for Sen. Marco Rubio hold mobile office hours from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Flagler Beach’s George Wickline Senior Center, 800 S. Daytona Avenue, Flagler Beach.
The Flagler County Commission meets at 9 a.m. at the Government Services Building, Bunnell. The sheriff is requesting authority to spend $13,930 out of the agency’s law enforcement trust fund (made up of money and assets seized in drug cases) on “MorphoTrack,” the Mobile Fingerprint Tracking System. Commissioners are expected to approve the $47,000 bill for the testing that Engineering Systems Inc. conducted at the Sheriff’s Operations Center. They will consider appointing Reginald Kirven to the Library Board of Trustees. The county commission is also scheduled for a 1 p.m. workshop at the Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bldg. 3 (behind the Government Services Building), Bunnell.
The Bunnell Charter Review Committee meets at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 201 West Moody Boulevard, Bunnell.
Free legal clinics: This evening: Family and civil law: The Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller in partnership with the Flagler County Bar Association present a three part series of legal clinics free of charge. Come out and speak to attorneys who are knowledgeable in their respective field of law for free, at the Kim C. Hammond Justice Center–the Flagler County courthouse–in the 1st floor jury assembly room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd. Building #1, Bunnell, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Flagler Youth Orchestra holds an Open House at the Indian Trails Middle School cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. ahead of its 14th season for all new students enrolling or those interested in enrolling in the Flagler County School District’s largest music program, in which some 400 students are expected to participate. (You can enroll easily here.) Students meet Mondays and Wednesdays in one-hour sessions at Indian Trails Middle School, with classes scheduled between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., based on family preferences. Students may choose to play violin, viola, cello or bass. The program is free. Students who can;t afford an instrument may receive a scholarship instrument. For questions or enrollment, call FYO Director Cheryl Tristam at 386/503-3808 or write her by email here.
National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program (Pre-K & Kindergarten children), at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy, 4:30 p.m. The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office and Palm Coast Parks & Recreation are partnering in the program. No actual firearms will be used. Free but please pre-register at www.parksandrec.fun/youth. More info: 386-986-2323. The NRA’s Marion Hammer developed the controversial program in 1988 as gun-safety education, but there’s little evidence of the program’s efficacy as much more than a plug for the NRA, though it’s offered in numerous school districts and other settings.
Flagler County Supervisor of Elections Kaiti Lenhart speaks to the Flagler County Republican Club about the upcoming General Election and the Constitutional and local amendments up for consideration, Palm Coast Community Center, 6 p.m.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission meets at 8:30 a.m. for the first of two days in the fifth of seven sets of two-day meetings, with such meetings scheduled every month through November. he Florida Channel will be broadcasting the meeting and will be streaming it live here. You may submit your public comments here.
Blood Donations: The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations this week (schedule your donation by going to the website and entering a Palm Coast zip code, then locating one of the venues below):
- Wednesday: The Windsor Assisted Living, 50 Town Court, Palm Coast, 1 to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday: Sea My Home Realty, 4750 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell, 1 to 6 p.m.
- Friday: Planet Fitness, 7 Old Kings Road North, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Sunday: Bealls, 1210 Palm Coast Parkway, noon 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
Intensive five-day animal control officer course starts Oct. 1: The School of Emergency Services at Daytona State College announces a 40-hour certification course beginning Oct. 1 for people who love animals and want to become animal control officers. The course, approved by the Florida Animal Control Association, emphasizes protection, care and humane law enforcement, and promotes the peaceful co-existence between animals and Florida residents. Classes meet daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1, through Friday, Oct. 5 at Daytona State’s Advanced Technology College, 1770 N. Technology Blvd. The course fee is $475 and includes all class materials and books, as well as a state licensing examination fee. To register or for more information, contact Robin Davis, (386) 506-4141 or [email protected].
KIdCare Insurance Sign-up Day: Halifax Health – Healthy Communities, in collaboration with several key community partners, will present the Florida KidCare Enrollment Event and Family Health Fair on Saturday, September 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Volusia Mall, 1700 West International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach. Families with children who are in need of health insurance coverage are encouraged to attend this free event to learn more about Florida KidCare, the State of Florida’s health insurance program that covers children ages 0 through 18 years of age. Most families who enroll do not have to pay for the coverage, while many pay only $15 to $20 per month. Full pay options are also available. On-site application assistance will be available at the event for eligible families applying for and renewing Florida KidCare coverage. “In Volusia and Flagler counties, an estimated 6,800 children have no health insurance coverage. Many parents do not realize that their children are eligible for KidCare coverage and that’s why we are hosting this event – to educate families on the no-cost to affordable options available to them,” explains Steven Parris, community health and outreach supervisor for Halifax Health – Healthy Communities. Those seeking to enroll in the Florida KidCare program should bring copies of the following:
· Social Security numbers (or document numbers for any legal immigrants who need insurance);
· employer and income information for their family (i.e. pay stubs, W-2 forms, or wage and tax statements);
· policy numbers for any current health insurance; and
· information about any job-related health insurance available to their family.
In addition, several community organizations will be in attendance to provide information on healthcare-related programs and services available to local families, including the Florida Department of Health – Volusia County, Florida Department of Children and Families, the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia, Azalea Health, The Volusia Flagler Family YMCA and the United Way of Volusia and Flagler Counties, among others. These participating organizations will be on-hand to provide immunizations, developmental screenings for young children, blood pressure checks, and information about the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Free vision screening will be provided by the DeLand Lions Club. Members of Halifax Health Medical Center’s pediatric team will also be in attendance to provide information on the hospital’s services for children and infants. The Florida KidCare Enrollment Event and Family Health Fair will also feature fun, family-friendly activities, including music and dance, giveaways, games and more. For more information about this free event, call 386.425.7920.
Florida Hospital Flagler has named anesthesiologist Dr. Glenn Zimmet as physician of the quarter: Zimmet currently serves as Florida Hospital Flagler’s department chair for anesthesiology and was nominated by his peers. “Dr. Zimmet is collaborative, values everyone on the health care team and respects their contribution to the patient’s care. He treats everyone with respect and courtesy. He is a friend to everyone and often goes above and beyond to make someone’s day,” a colleague wrote in a nomination. “Patients love his bedside manner and humor. He puts them at ease at one of the most stressful times of their life,” another colleague wrote in a nomination of Zimmet. “He is engaged in all aspects of our hospital, from patient care, to employee wellness, and serves as an ambassador in our community.”
SPANISH LANGUAGE BALLOTS DEBATED: U.S. District Judge Mark Walker will hold a hearing in a lawsuit filed by several groups seeking to require that Spanish-language ballots and election materials be available in 32 counties for the Nov. 6 general election. The 32 counties are Alachua, Bay, Brevard, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Hernando, Highlands, Indian River, Jackson, Lake, Leon, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Monroe, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Pasco, Putnam, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Sumter, Taylor and Wakulla. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., United States Courthouse, 111 North Adams St., Tallahassee.)
JUDGE HEARS CHALLENGE TO CRC PROPOSALS: Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers will hear arguments in a lawsuit that seeks to prevent six proposed constitutional amendments from going on the November ballot. Plaintiffs, including former Florida Supreme Court Justice Harry Lee Anstead, filed the case Aug. 14 in the Supreme Court, but justices transferred it to the circuit court. The lawsuit challenges six proposals placed on the ballot by the state Constitution Revision Commission and is based on arguments that the commission improperly tied together unrelated issues in single ballot proposals. The case alleges that the proposals violate voters’ First Amendment rights and raises the specter of voters having conflicting views of issues in the same ballot proposal — for example, on a ballot proposal that combines a ban on offshore oil drilling with a ban on vaping or using electronic cigarettes in workplaces. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., Leon County Courthouse, 301 South Monroe St., Tallahassee.)
‘OPERATION CLEANSWEEP” DISCUSSED: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will discuss the “Operation Cleansweep” program, which is focused on collection of pesticide and fertilizer containers that can contaminate groundwater. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Joseph P. D’Alessandro Building, 2295 Victoria Ave., Fort Myers.)
EDUCATION AMENDMENT DEBATED: The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in a fight about whether a proposed education constitutional amendment should go on the November ballot. The proposed amendment, placed on the ballot by the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, would impose eight-year term limits on school board members and would require the promotion of “civic literacy” in public schools. But a provision that drew a legal challenge from the League of Women Voters of Florida would allow the state to operate and control public schools “not established by the school board,” wording that opponents said would lead to the expansion of charter schools. Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper this month sided with the League of Women Voters, ruling that the proposal should not go before voters because of misleading wording. The state quickly appealed Cooper’s ruling to the 1st District Court of Appeal, which then passed it to the Supreme Court. The arguments will be held in South Florida because justices will be in the region for an educational seminar for judges. (Wednesday, 2 p.m., 4th District Court of Appeal, 110 South Tamarind Ave., West Palm Beach.)
COURT WEIGHS VICTIMS’ RIGHTS MEASURE: The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in a legal battle about a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at expanding the rights of crime victims. Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers rejected the proposed constitutional amendment, which would expand rights for crime victims, raise the retirement age for judges and change the way laws and rules are interpreted in judicial proceedings. Gievers, siding with challengers including the League of Women Voters of Florida, focused on issues involving victims’ rights and said the ballot title and summary — the wording that voters see when they go to the polls — would not meet legal requirements to “fully, fairly and accurately” inform voters about the purpose of the proposed amendment. The Florida Constitution Revision Commission this spring placed the amendment on the November ballot. The proposal has become commonly known as “Marsy’s Law,” as its attempts to expand victims’ rights are part of a broader national effort. That effort stems from the 1983 death of a California woman, Marsy Nicholas, who was stalked and killed by an ex-boyfriend. But Gievers ruled, in part, that the ballot title and summary would not adequately explain to voters how the proposed constitutional amendment would affect the rights of people accused of crimes. (Wednesday, 2 p.m., 4th District Court of Appeal, 110 South Tamarind Ave., West Palm Beach.)
—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
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