What’s happening on the island . . .

By Gerry Clare
Roving Reporter
November 21, 2017 5:00 p.m.

Amelia Island Fernandina Beach Yulee Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Gateway Center, held ribbon cutting for newly redesigned facility.

Ribbon Cutting at the Chamber

Friday morning started with the ribbon cutting and open house at the Amelia Island Fernandina Beach Yulee Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Gateway Center. Members and the public witnessed the new open space with conference rooms, offices, a refreshment center and equipment set up for the new Business Resource Innovation Center while networking and munching on breakfast treats. This center is especially useful to small businesses for meetings or remote use when their offices are unavailable or they are on the road. (See the pictures)

Saturday brought 200 motorcycles to the island; the Farmer’s Market; bicycles; old cars meeting at the new Eight Flags Motorsports building on 8th Street (formerly H&H), the Rendezvous Film Festival, and the Peck Gym Friends of the Library Book Sale among Continue reading

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Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens One of Three Local Museums to Participate in Museum Store Sunday

Media Release
November 21, 2017 4:00 p.m.

Media Release:  Jacksonville, Fla.
November 18, 2017 1:00 p.m.
Every year consumers kick off their holiday shopping during Thanksgiving weekend, starting with Black Friday and continuing through Cyber Monday. Now there’s one more great shopping day sandwiched in between, Museum Store Sunday. The Museum Store Association (MSA) is launching this exciting international annual event and shopping campaign, taking place on Sunday, November 26. More than 600 museums – from three continents, ten countries, and all 50 states – are slated to participate in Museum Store Sunday with Continue reading

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Nassau County is the Cover of the 2018 FAC Calendar!

Press Release
Nassau County Manager’s Office
Submitted by Sabrina Robinson
November 21, 2017 3:00 p.m.

NASSAU COUNTY, FL – Today, the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) announced the county photos selected to be featured in their 2018 FAC Calendar: Bodies of Water. Nassau County will be featured as the front cover. This year’s theme was chosen by our members in the month of July and a photo submission contest was held until mid-September. The Calendar is provided complimentary to Florida’s commissioners and senior county staff and is a small thank you to our members and corporate partners.

Egans Creek Greenway
Photo by Mark Delfs

“Florida provides a diverse, natural environment unique to only itself, with 1,200 miles of coastline and countless streams, lakes, and marshes. This year’s theme recognizes that our state’s natural beauty is the reason we have chosen to make Florida our home and Continue reading

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Fundamentals of Photography Workshop

Press Release
Michael Spicer
November 21, 2017 1:32 p.m.

You have a digital camera. You know how to turn your camera on, have played with the basic functions and settings, but aren’t really sure how to use it yet. This workshop includes an overview of your camera functions, photographic theory, an introduction to light and composition, a photo challenge, and a short guided shooting tour designed to help you to take better photos and apply what you’ve learned.

The workshop is scheduled for Saturday December 2nd 2017 from 9am until noon in downtown Fernandina Beach and is taught by environmental fine art photographer Continue reading

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Nassau Humane Society opens second resale store

Media Release
Nassau Humane Society
November 21, 2017 7:46 a.m.

A ribbon cutting marks the grand opening of the NHS Second Chance Closet.

The Nassau Humane Society’s second resale store, NHS Second Chance Closet, is officially open for business. The Closet features women’s and men’s clothing, jewelry, hats, purses and more. It’s just a few steps down the sidewalk from NHS’s Second Continue reading

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Rayonier Advanced Materials Completes Acquisition of Tembec

Media Release
November 20, 2017 2:15 p.m.

“This is wonderful news for our employees, vendors, customers and communities,” said Paul Boynton, CEO of Rayonier Advanced Materials.  “In addition to doubling the size of our company, this acquisition positions us to grow and invest more in our businesses, driving economic opportunity in the communities we serve.  After working with the Tembec team for several months, it’s clear that we’re not only a good strategic fit but a great cultural fit, too.  We’re excited to welcome Tembec’s employees to our team and eager to grow together, as one company.”  Paul Boynton, CEO

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. & MONTREAL–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 20, 2017– Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (NYSE:RYAM) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Tembec Inc., combining two complementary high purity cellulose businesses and diversifying its product offerings with integrated forest products, paper, paperboard and newsprint businesses. The combined company, which will operate under the name Rayonier Advanced Materials, will be a stronger, more diversified global leader in its core businesses with an expanded international footprint that further positions it to serve the larger customer base with the highest quality products and services. In addition, the combined company offers enhanced new product development capabilities, a broader and more versatile asset base, and the financial strength to invest back into its businesses for Continue reading

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Empty Bowls

Evelyn C. McDonald
Arts & Culture Reporter
November 20 2017 1:38 p.m.

It’s easy to have misconceptions about Barnabas and its role in our community. It’s easy to believe the only crisis people face is one they brought on themselves. Life doesn’t work that way. A crisis can present itself to any of us without our having any part in causing it.

Hurricane Irma was an example of such a crisis. For many of us, it was an inconvenience Continue reading

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Corps awards contract for U.S. Naval Station Kings Bay dredging and Fernandina Beach renourishment

Amanda D. Parker
Public Affairs Specialist
Corporate Communication Office
US Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District
November 20, 2017 1:04 p.m.

Previous beach re-nourishment staging. File Photo.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District awarded a $32,859,630.00 contract to the Dutra Group for the next scheduled maintenance dredging of U.S. Naval Station Kings Bay and sand placement at Fernandina Beach. Sand will be placed on critically eroded portions of Fernandina Beach in areas not routinely renourished. Using sand dredged from the Kings Bay Entrance Channel on Fernandina Beach will result in an overall cost savings of approximately $13.5 million.

Sponsored by the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay and the City of Continue reading

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Cats Angels 2018 Calendars for sale

Cats Angels
Press Release
Submitted by Evelyn C. McDonald
November 19, 2017 20:29 p.m.

The cute feline pictured here is Audrey, the winner of the 2018 Cats Angels photo contest and is the cover of the new calendar. The 2018 Purrfect Cats of Cats Angels calendar has been redesigned for 2018 but still features the furry faces of Cats Angels kitties that were Continue reading

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Postponed Patriot’s Day Luncheon a success

Navy Seal Foundation
Amelia Island Charity Group
aicgnsf.org
CONTACT: Carol Carter
904.261.9193

November 19, 2017 1:00 p.m.

Members of the Rose Quartet, L-R,  Shemayah Preliou, soprano saxophone; Samantha Maltagliati, tenor saxophone; John Brown, alto saxophone; and Brandon DeVane, baritone saxophone. The Rose Quartet may be booked by contacting Tyler Odom, Fernandina Beach High School Band Director.

The Rose Quartet proudly wears Navy SEAL Foundation hats, one of the perks of providing music for the foundation’s annual Patriot Day Ladies Luncheon held at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.

The Patriot Day Luncheon was originally scheduled for September 11, Patriot Day, but Hurricane Irma had other plans for that Monday. Despite the postponement, the luncheon was declared a success, with music, door prizes, lasagna, and keynote speaker U.S. Navy Petty Officer Emily Feeks. She is a Gold Star Wife who lost her husband in Afghanistan in 2012. The luncheon added over $4,000 to help fund the many support programs for the Continue reading

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