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Weather: Partly cloudy. Not as cool with highs in the lower 80s. Southeast winds around 5 mph. Friday Night: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. Southeast winds around 5 mph. See the daily weather briefing from the National Weather Service in Jacksonville here.
Today at a Glance:
In Court: Three sentencings are scheduled for today. At 8:30, Gabriella and her brother Nicholas Alo are sentenced on various charges resulting from the assault of a juvenile and of a Flagler Beach woman who came to the juvenile’s aid last January. (“Brother and Sister Face Several Felony Charges in Beating and Hit-and-Run at Wickline Park.”) It’s likely to be a long hearing. Both have tendered open pleas, leaving it to the judge to decide their punishment. That means potentially many witnesses will take the stand to sway Circuit Judge Terence Perkins’s decision, though the State Attorney’s Office is recommending five years in prison and 10 years on probation for Nicholas. Gabriella faces much more serious charges, two of them second degree felonies, one of them a first degree felony, with combined maximum exposure to 65 years in prison. The state had originally recommended 15 years in prison followed by 15 on probation, but struck that off the plea deal. At 1:30 p.m., Brenan Hill is sentenced to life in prison on a second degree murder conviction. That’s a foregone conclusion. Hill was tried and found guilty by a jury last September (“Jury Finds Brenan Hill Guilty In Murder of Savannah Gonzalez, and Faces 25 Years to Life in Prison.”) Perkins has little discretion in the matter, though the defense has filed several motions–for a new trial, and to strike two of the three counts against Hill on double jeopardy grounds.
Free For All Fridays with Host David Ayres, an hour-long public affairs radio show featuring local newsmakers, personalities, public health updates and the occasional surprise guest, starts a little after 9 a.m. after FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam’s Reality Check. See previous podcasts here. Today, on holiday despair, depression and suicide, and what to do about it, plus a few words from Bill Butler about Fantasy Lights in Town Center. On WNZF at 94.9 FM and 1550 AM.
The Blue 24 Forum, a discussion group organized by local Democrats, meets at 12:15 p.m. at the conference room behind the Beverly Beach Town Hall, 2735 North Oceanshore Boulevard, Beverly Beach. It normally meets at the Palm Coast Community Center, but will be meeting at Beverly Beach through Aug. 11. Come and add your voice to local, state and national political issues.
First Friday in Flagler Beach, the monthly festival of music, food and leisure, is scheduled for this evening at Downtown’s Veterans Park, 105 South 2nd Street, from 5 to 9 p.m. Featured tonight: Christmas music by Flagler school choirs. The event is overseen by the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency and run by Laverne M. Shank Jr. and Surf 97.3
Rotary’s Fantasy Lights Festival in Palm Coast’s Town Center: Nightly from 6 to 9 p.m. at Palm Coast’s Central Park, with 55 lighted displays you can enjoy with a leisurely stroll around the pond in the park. Admission to Fantasy Lights is free, but donations to support Rotary’s service work are gladly accepted. Holiday music will pipe through the speaker system throughout the park, Santa’s Village, which has several elf houses for the kids to explore, will be open, with Santa’s Merry Train Ride nightly (weather permitting), and Santa will be there every Sunday night until Christmas, plus snow on weekends! On certain nights, live musical performances will be held on the stage.
In Coming Days:
Dec. 2: Daytona State College is hosting a special early enrollment day on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Daytona Beach Campus to help new students with enrollment, class registration, financial aid and academic advising. Spring Semester classes begin January 16 and early registration offers the best chance for the broadest range of courses. Students can call 386-506-3642 or register for an enrollment appointment time at DaytonaState.edu/Enrollment-
Dec. 23: Culmination of toy drive for Toys for Tots at AW Custom Kitchens, European Village, starting at 11 a.m. A drawing for all eligible participants will take place at 2 p.m. Anyone who will have donated toys for the drive will have a chance to win various items, including a 65-inch 4K Smart TV, an Apple iPad, a pair of Apple Air Pods, and gift cards from the co-sponsors of the event. Fifty such cards have been donated. With proof of a voucher, donors also will receive a free hot dog, a free drink, a free popcorn, a free cotton candy, and a free snow cone. There will be a variety of fun things to do such as a bouncy house for children in thanks to the community for its generosity. See details here.
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