FSCJ 2017 Author Series Welcomes Dr. Temple Grandin

FSCJ Media Release


Join Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) for the annual Author Series Learning Community Event featuring Dr. Temple Grandin, author of “Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism.” This learning community celebrates and supports the unique talents of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Dr. Grandin will visit FSCJ on March 14, 2017, and is scheduled to speak at both FSCJ Kent and South Campuses.

Dr. Grandin, considered the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world, has been featured on National Public Radio as well as major television programs such as ABC’s Primetime Live and 20/20. Her fascinating story has also been the subject of a 2010 film. In “Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism,” Dr. Grandin explores a variety of topics related to autism, including animal behavior, religion and visual thought, among others.

Dr. Grandin’s presentation will help increase awareness and understanding of autism. The events are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit fscj.edu/author-series.

WHERE: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Florida State College at Jacksonville- Kent Campus, Room F128
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
3939 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32205

Florida State College at Jacksonville-Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts 7 – 8:30 p.m.
11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

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Smokeless Tobacco Use Remains a Problem Tobacco Free Nassau and Tobacco Free Florida are raising awareness

Florida Dept of Health
Contact: Communications Office

February 20, 2017 1:00 p.m.

Tobacco Free Nassau and the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program are raising awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco – like chew and dip – during Through with Chew Week. This national public awareness campaign was created to reduce the use of smokeless tobacco among young people, and Tobacco Free Florida aims to help combat this deadly addiction. Through with Chew Week takes place Feb. 19-25, with the Great American Spit Out – a day when smokeless tobacco users join together to quit – on Feb. 23.

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NACDAC Awarded Certificate of Excellence

Media Release
Nassau Alcohol Crime
Drug Abatement Coalition
Submitted by Mary Pitcher

February 20,2017 10:00 a.m.

Nassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition (NACDAC) was awarded the Certificate of Excellence Award from Lutheran Services Florida Health Systems for providing outstanding prevention services in Nassau County.

Pictured left to right are: Stephanie Basey, Gretchen Pesante, Karyn
London, Diane Hall, Susan Woodford, Kerrie Albert, Deborah Babin and Emma

The award recognizes NACDAC’s efforts for exemplary service and commitment to the community’s most vulnerable populations. “Substance abuse directly impacts our quality of life by breaking down individuals, families and communities” said Susan Woodford, NACDAC Executive Director. “NACDAC works to create safe and healthy communities and places prevention efforts as a priority.”

As one of 55 community prevention coalitions throughout the State of Florida, NACDAC is committed to making our county a safe, drug-free Continue reading

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“J J Cooper” opens on Centre Street

Press Release
Submitted by Jake Michaelis

February 20, 2017 8:10 a.m.

JJ Cooper is a new, premier men’s store located at 216 Centre Street in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. The concept for the store began as a friendship between like-minded people with a common visions and a goal for the niche open in the market downtown for menswear.

John and Lori “Cooper” Lecker, owners of lori+lulu and Pearl, joined forces with Jake and Betsy Michaelis, to discuss the possibility of opening a men’s store. “The more we talked about the store, the more we discovered that we all had the same ideas,” says Lori. “We then formed a partnership and collaborated on Continue reading

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Amelia Island revealed . . .

Submitted by Dotty Heritage
February 19, 2017 1:00 a.m.

“Loch Ness of Amelia” Photo courtesy of Dotty Heritage

Editor’s Note: What looks like Loch Ness is actually a palm tree floating in the tide. We thank Dotty for sending us this “fun” photo.

Dotty and her family moved to Fernandina Beach from New Jersey in 1996. Dotty enjoys taking pictures of the beach, nature, wildlife and lighthouses. She loves to take pictures of things that make her smile.

Dotty is a member of The Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch as a permitted volunteer. She is also an Ambassador of the St. John River Ferry and National Park Service. She feels it is a privilege to live in paradise right here on Amelia Island.

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Sunrise Rotary’s “Wine and Food Tasting Event” to support local organizations

Press Release
Sunrise Rotary
Submitted by Peggy Albrecht

February 18, 2017 3:00 p.m.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recently announced the recipients of proceeds from their upcoming Wine and Food Tasting Event. This is the fifth year of this popular night, which will feature six Mediterranean wines and food from ten local restaurants. Craft beer and spirits will also be offered. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, March 4th at the Atlantic Recreation Center located at 2500 Atlantic Avenue. Tickets are $75 per person and are available for purchase on line at www.rotarywineevent.com. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with tastings offered throughout the evening.

Crescendo Amelia will provide the music with their 13-piece band and vocalist performing jazz, big band and pop songs. There will be both silent Continue reading

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Alachua Street Rail Crossing: A brief history

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
February 13, 2017 1:00 a.m.


Alachua Street currently dead ends at the railroad tracks that run along Front Street.

There have been many attempts by many Fernandina Beach City Commissions over the years to open Alachua Street to vehicular and pedestrian traffic between Second and Front Streets. Many local citizens have claimed that at one time the street had been open, but recent research in City Archives indicates  that other than officially sanctioned temporary openings during some Shrimp Fests, any travel across the railroad tracks on Alachua Street over the past 40 years was done at the risk of the travelers.

There was a moment in time when the city had permission from the railroad to open the crossing and had both engineering and funding to support construction. However, political tides turned, and by 2013, the moment had disappeared.

From 1975 to 2013, many commissioners either personally supported or served on commissions that supported opening the Alachua rail crossing. The list includes:

  • Charles Albert
  • Lewis “Red” Bean
  • Jeffrey Bunch
  • Grace Butler
  • Eric Childers
  • John Crow
  • Dale Dees
  • Arlene Filkoff
  • Joe Gerrity
  • Thomas Goolsby
  • Greg Haddock
  • Mike Lamb
  • Bill Leeper
  • Bruce Malcolm
  • Bill Melton
  • Franz Mitchell
  • J.C. Mottayaw
  • Tim Poynter
  • Don “Beano” Roberts
  • Greg Roland
  • Ronnie Sapp
  • Milt Shirley
  • Ben Sorenson
  • Susan Steger
  • Ken Walker

The current Fernandina Beach City Commission is again focused on this issue. However, city elections will occur in November. It remains to be seen whether elected officials and the public will remain interested in opening Alachua Street to Front Street.

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FSCJ danceWORKS to Present 20th Annual Spring Dance Concert

FSCJ Media Release


Florida State College at Jacksonville’s (FSCJ) student dance company, danceWORKS, will celebrate 20 years at its annual Spring Dance Concert on March 9 and 10, 2017.

Produced by FSCJ Dance Repertory Company Director Professor Rebecca R. Levy, the concert will showcase athletic, dynamic and thought-provoking performances by danceWORKS students as well as notable alumni guests including Kimberly Collins, Kavin Grant and Tanesha Payne.

The Spring Dance Concert will also feature a variety of choreographic works from faculty members Rebecca R. Levy, Paige Ricci and Talani Torres; and new work by local choreographers Ellie Potts Barrett and DeWitt Cooper.

The event is open to the public. Tickets cost $10 ($5 in advance with an FSCJ student ID). To purchase tickets, visit the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts box office or call (904) 646-2222.

WHEN: Thursday, March 9 – Friday, March 10, 2017, from 7:30 – 9 p.m.

WHERE: Florida State College at Jacksonville-South Campus
Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts
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Nassau County Building Department now offering Online Permitting/Inspection Requests

Media Release
Nassau County Manager’s Office

February 18, 2017 9:00 a.m.

The Nassau County Building Department began utilizing software today that allows contractors to submit a permitting/inspection request online. Previously, the only way to request an inspection was to call the Building Department and make a request by telephone. By utilizing the website, contractors can now make requests quickly and conveniently. Inspection results are available the following day.

To locate the inspection page online, visit www.nassaucountyfl.com and select Building Department from the drop down menu under “Departments”. Once on the Building Department page, select “Permitting/Inspection Request” on the left side of the screen. Here you can also Continue reading

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March is Take Stock in Children Month

Press Release
Contact Dee Torre Kaufman

February 17, 2017 1:00 p.m.

The Nassau County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Fernandina Beach will proclaim March 2017 as “Take Stock in Children Month” in recognition of their 20 years of service to Nassau County students. The celebration begins with the annual Light Up a Life Gala on March 2 from 6-9 pm at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.

Take Stock in Children is a non-profit student mentoring and scholarship program that helps academically qualified low-income students break the cycle of poverty and reach their highest potential through higher education. Take Stock helps students stay in school, get better grades and, ultimately, succeed in college.

In its 20 years of service to Nassau County students, over 500 young people have Continue reading

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