FSCJ Center for Lifelong Learning Classes announced for fall 2014

Submitted Press Release
August 28, 2014 4:24 p.m.

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Registration for the Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) Center for Lifelong Learning Fall 2014 classes is now open. The fall term classes cover a variety of subjects including languages, computers, cameras, monsters, history and soup. Classes will be held at the Amelia Island Plantation, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center.

The registration fee for most classes is $50, with the exception of How to Use a Digital Camera and iPad Basics, which are $40 each. Costs of materials, (books, etc.) vary by class. To register and pay for classes, click here.

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Pet Therapy in Fernandina Beach . . .

Submitted by Gerry Clare
Roving Reporter

August 28, 2014 4:07 p.m.

As I was visiting friends at Quality Health last week, I was met with a happy scene on the porch. Susan Haney and “Jingles” were meeting Renata and John Sharp  and there were smiles all around.  As I entered the building, I was met by Mary Ann Howat and “Whiskers” in the hall, who mentioned that this pet therapy program was a regular happening and being run by Dickie Anderson, who had started a similar program years ago with a friend. At that time she took her own pets, “Ogie” and “Mac” to visit.

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Susan Haney and “Jingles” meet with Renata and John Sharp

It was so obvious that many of the residents in wheelchairs were delighted by the visits.  Their faces lit up and petting and tail waving were the hit of the day.  The volunteers walk Continue reading

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Amelia Island Blues Festival 2014 headliners

Press Release Submitted by
Amelia Island Blues Festival
Submitted by Jeff Malone
August 28, 2014 3:25 p.m.

Blues Festival - ArtistThe Amelia Island Blues Festival returns back to the ocean breezes of Main Beach on September 12th and 13th for two great days of music. Four award winning artist are set to headline this years event. Curtis Salgado, winner of the 2010 Blues Music Award effortlessly mixes blues, funk and R&B with a delivery that is raw and heartfelt.

Grammy Award and Blues Music Award Nominee, John Primer, a Chicago blues
legend, is one of the finest performers of Chicago Blues today. Samantha Fish won the 2012 Blues Music Award for “Best New Artist Debut” for her album, “Runaway”.

Bernard Allison’s acclaimed career has included decades of performing the Blues. Bernard plays the same smokin’ six string guitar style as his late father, blues legend Luther Allison. “We are very excited to have all of these world-class blues artist at our 4th annual event” adds Jeff Continue reading

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Science First grows assets – More jobs for Nassau County

Press Release submitted by
Science First
www.sciencefirst.com
August 28, 2014 6:52 a.m.

Science First Logo“Science First, a Yulee manufacturer of science education equipment and other products, announces the acquisition of some assets of The Science Source of Waldoboro, Maine, a manufacturer of similar equipment, from Anania and Associates, a Maine-based investment company”

Nancy Bell, President of Science First, is pleased to announce that on August 4, 2014, her Continue reading

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Nassau County Primary Election recap – Kelley-Spicer celebrate

Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger
August 27, 2014 5:21 p.m.

Nassau County Commissioner Steve Kelley and future Commissioner George Spicer gathered supporters at the Kelley Pest Control warehouse to wait election results and both candidates had reason to celebrate.  Having garnered 54% of the vote, Kelley representing District 2, will face write-in candidate Eugene Edward Alley in November’s general election.

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Commissioner Steve Kelley and his wife Bernice celebrate his primary win with friends. (L)
George Spicer, District 4, pictured with his wife celebrate his victory.

Spicer, District 4, narrowly defeated incumbent Barry Holloway with 48% of the vote, a Continue reading

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PAB subcommittee concludes meetings on Port Master Plan

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
August 27, 2014 3:31 p.m.

DSCN3101At 4:30 p.m. on August 26, 2014, Chair Len Kreger gaveled to a close the third and final meeting of the Fernandina Beach Planning Advisory Board (PAB) Subcommittee meeting.  The PAB formed this subcommittee to consider public input on the draft Port Master Plan submitted by the Ocean Highway and Port Authority (OHPA) for inclusion as an appendix to the Port Element of the city’s Comprehensive Plan.  Kreger informed Tuesday’s audience of about 30 people that the full PAB and the subcommittee combined had taken almost 8 hours of public input on the Port Master Plan and that over a thousand pages of documents and comments had been compiled.  He said that at the end of this final meeting, the Subcommittee would have done its job.  He explained that all comments collected will be turned over to the OHPA for consideration at their September 10 meeting.  He expressed the hope that the OHPA would come back to the city with a revised Master Plan after considering the input received. Continue reading

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Memorial Service for Father Neil Gray to be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

August 27, 2014 10:00 a.m.

The Rev. Neil Irvin Gray
1918 – 2014

A memorial service to celebrate and give thanks for Father Gray’s life and ministry will be held Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Fernandina Beach, Florida

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St Peter’s Episcopal Church
Photo courtesy of Florida Memory Project

The Rev. Neil Irvin Gray, “Father Neil,” pastor, mentor and friend to thousands of parishioners and students in northeast Florida for seven decades, died in the peace
of God at the age of 95.

Born in Tyrone, Pennsylvania on July13, 1918, to James Edward Gray and Alma Rency Knudson, Neil knew in high school that despite his interest in engineering, he wanted to serve the church.

The first in his family to go to college, after attending Bard College he graduated with a degree in Philosophy from the University of Virginia and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He attended General Seminary in New York, was ordained in Pennsylvania in 1943 and married Elizabeth Continue reading

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Nassau County election final results – Holloway out – Spicer in – Kelley faces write in candidate in November

Registered Voters: 55,166
Ballots Cast: 11,103
Voter Turnout: 20.13%
Precincts Completely Reported: 16 / 16
Vote By Mail: Partially Reported
Early Voting: Completely Reported
Election Day: Completely Reported
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS
Choice Percent Votes
Ander Crenshaw (REP) 75.54% 5,950
Ryman Shoaf (REP) 23.69% 1,866
OVER VOTES (REP) 0% 0
UNDER VOTES (REP) 0.77% 61
7,877
GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR – REPUBLICAN
Choice Percent Votes
Yinka Abosede Adeshina (REP) 0.77% 61
Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder (REP) 5.67% 447
Rick Scott (REP) 90.49% 7,128
OVER VOTES (REP) 0.13% 10
UNDER VOTES (REP) 2.93% 231
7,877
COUNTY COMMISSIONER DIST 2
Choice Percent Votes
Mike Boyle (REP) 42.8% 3,371
Steve Kelley (REP) 54.09% 4,261
OVER VOTES (REP) 0.04% 3
UNDER VOTES (REP) 3.07% 242
7,877
COUNTY COMMISSIONER DIST 4 UPC
Choice Percent Votes
Barry V. Holloway (REP) 46.31% 5,142
George V. Spicer (REP) 47.97% 5,326
OVER VOTES (REP) 0.05% 5
UNDER VOTES (REP) 5.67% 630
11,103
GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR – DEMOCRATIC
Choice Percent Votes
Charlie Crist (DEM) 56.74% 1,393
Nan H. Rich (DEM) 39.51% 970
OVER VOTES (DEM) 0.45% 11
UNDER VOTES (DEM) 3.3% 81
2,455
ATTORNEY GENERAL
Choice Percent Votes
George Sheldon (DEM) 54.54% 1,339
Perry E. Thurston (DEM) 34.46% 846
OVER VOTES (DEM) 0.08% 2
UNDER VOTES (DEM) 10.92% 268
2,455
CIRCUIT JUDGE, 4TH CIRCUIT
Choice Percent Votes
Anthony Paul Penoso (NON) 19.99% 2,219
Michael “Mike” Sharrit (NON) 71.04% 7,888
OVER VOTES (NON) 0.05% 5
UNDER VOTES (NON) 8.93% 991
11,103
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Primary Election  8/26/2014
Registered Voters: 55,166
Ballots Cast: 6,157
Voter Turnout: 11.16%
Precincts Completely Reported: 0 / 16
Vote By Mail: Partially Reported
Early Voting: Completely Reported
Election Day: Not Reported

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REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS
Choice Percent Votes
Ander Crenshaw (REP) 79.43% 3,347
Ryman Shoaf (REP) 19.65% 828
OVER VOTES (REP) 0% 0
UNDER VOTES (REP) 0.93% 39
4,214
GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR – REPUBLICAN
Choice Percent Votes
Yinka Abosede Adeshina (REP) 0.62% 26
Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder (REP) 5.39% 227
Rick Scott (REP) 90.75% 3,824
OVER VOTES (REP) 0.19% 8
UNDER VOTES (REP) 3.06% 129
4,214
COUNTY COMMISSIONER DIST 2
Choice Percent Votes
Mike Boyle (REP) 44.02% 1,855
Steve Kelley (REP) 52.56% 2,215
OVER VOTES (REP) 0.05% 2
UNDER VOTES (REP) 3.37% 142
4,214
COUNTY COMMISSIONER DIST 4 UPC
Choice Percent Votes
Barry V. Holloway (REP) 47.93% 2,951
George V. Spicer (REP) 45.53% 2,803
OVER VOTES (REP) 0.05% 3
UNDER VOTES (REP) 6.5% 400
6,157
GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR – DEMOCRATIC
Choice Percent Votes
Charlie Crist (DEM) 56.92% 847
Nan H. Rich (DEM) 39.25% 584
OVER VOTES (DEM) 0.67% 10
UNDER VOTES (DEM) 3.16% 47
1,488
ATTORNEY GENERAL
Choice Percent Votes
George Sheldon (DEM) 55.51% 826
Perry E. Thurston (DEM) 33.53% 499
OVER VOTES (DEM) 0.07% 1
UNDER VOTES (DEM) 10.89% 162
1,488
CIRCUIT JUDGE, 4TH CIRCUIT
Choice Percent Votes
Anthony Paul Penoso (NON) 20.64% 1,271
Michael “Mike” Sharrit (NON) 69.82% 4,299
OVER VOTES (NON) 0.05% 3
UNDER VOTES (NON) 9.49% 584
6,157
AMENDMENT NO. 1 TOWN OF CALLAHAN
Choice Percent Votes
Yes (NON) 65% 65
No (NON) 32% 32
OVER VOTES (NON) 0% 0
UNDER VOTES (NON) 3% 3
100
AMENDMENT NO. 2 TOWN OF CALLAHAN
Choice Percent Votes
Yes (NON) 50% 50
No (NON) 47% 47
OVER VOTES (NON) 0% 0
UNDER VOTES (NON) 3% 3
100
AMENDMENT NO. 3 TOWN OF CALLAHAN
Choice Percent Votes
Yes (NON) 58% 58
No (NON) 37% 37
OVER VOTES (NON) 0% 0
UNDER VOTES (NON) 5% 5
100
AMENDMENT NO. 4 TOWN OF CALLAHAN
Choice Percent Votes
Yes (NON) 68% 68
No (NON) 28% 28
OVER VOTES (NON) 0% 0
UNDER VOTES (NON) 4% 4
100
AMENDMENT NO. 5 TOWN OF CALLAHAN
Choice Percent Votes
Yes (NON) 28% 28
No (NON) 70% 70
OVER VOTES (NON) 0% 0
UNDER VOTES (NON) 2% 2
100
AMENDMENT NO. 6 TOWN OF CALLAHAN
Choice Percent Votes
Yes (NON) 25% 25
No (NON) 73% 73
OVER VOTES (NON) 0% 0
UNDER VOTES (NON) 2% 2
100
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Nassau County Deputies solve theft ring on west side of county

Nassau County Sheriff’s Office
Press Release
Submitted by Sheriff Bill Leeper

August 26, 2014 3:40 p.m.

Sheriff Bill Leeper announced that Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Detectives have solved and made arrests in a major theft ring on the west side of Nassau County.

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Top Row L- R: Melissa Rush Berkley, 32; Clinton Wayne Lee, Jr., 45;
William Cleve Hash, 47; Bottom Row L – R; Quency Allen Kendall, 36; Leroy Shane Lee, 32; Steven Dane Fletcher, 43.

Over the past several months several items have been stolen from residences in and Continue reading

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