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Archive for May, 2010

Letter to Editor: War Dogs

May 31, 2010 | By More
Letter to Editor: War Dogs

Well … here we are, yet another Memorial Day. I’ll be joining friends and comrades at the VFW later on this afternoon. It’ll be sad and happy at the same time.

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Memorial Day 2010

May 31, 2010 | By More
Memorial Day 2010

“On behalf of a grateful nation, I present this flag as a token of our appreciation for the faithful and selfless service of your loved one for this country.”

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St. Johns County: good place for business to invest?

May 30, 2010 | By More
St. Johns County: good place for business to invest?

With more attention than ever on St. Johns County finances, we expect county staff to be scrutinizing every expense.

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Health and Human Services holds summer kickoff

May 29, 2010 | By More
Health and Human Services holds summer kickoff

The St. Johns County Health and Human Services Department will host its Summer Kickoff Event on Friday, June 11th from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

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Why do we need a special day to fly the colors?

May 29, 2010 | By More
Why do we need a special day to fly the colors?

Monday morning at 10:00 a.m., there will be a Memorial Day commemoration service held at Saint Augustine National Cemetery on Marine Street.

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Hertwig named Florida East Coast Railway CEO

May 28, 2010 | By More
Hertwig named Florida East Coast Railway CEO

Florida East Coast Railway announced to local Historic City News reporters that James Hertwig has been named as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company effective July 1, 2010.

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Remember the soldiers who come home too

May 28, 2010 | By More
Remember the soldiers who come home too

This Memorial Day, while honoring the soldiers who have given their lives for our county, let’s also take a moment and thank those who do return.

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Lighthouse Park neighborhood meeting

May 28, 2010 | By More
Lighthouse Park neighborhood meeting

St. Augustine Public Information Coordinator Cathy DuPont informed local Historic City News reporters today that there will be a Lighthouse Park neighborhood meeting at City Hall next week.

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All gator hunters must resubmit applications

May 28, 2010 | By More
All gator hunters must resubmit applications

Records Management Liaison Officer Patsy Heiss notified local Historic City News reporters that due to a coding error with the Florida Wildlife Commission’s contractor, all alligator hunters must resubmit their applications before a random drawing can be conducted and permits issued.

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Free fishing weekends announced

May 28, 2010 | By More
Free fishing weekends announced

Local reporters for Historic City News in St. Augustine received “good news” from Governor Charlie Crist today, announcing two “free fishing weekends” just in time to help draw visitors to St. Johns County’s beautiful beaches.

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Historic City Memories: The Fraternal Orders

May 27, 2010 | By More
Historic City Memories: The Fraternal Orders

St. Augustine and The Fraternal Orders Part five of a series Secret Societies, The Masons By Geoff Dobson

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June is Town Hall month for administrator

May 27, 2010 | By More
June is Town Hall month for administrator

St. Johns County Administrator Michael Wanchick invites all Historic City News readers in St. Johns County to attend one of several local Town Hall meetings scheduled during June.

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County wins energy conservation grant

May 27, 2010 | By More
County wins energy conservation grant

Historic City News local reporters have been informed that St. Johns County has secured a statewide competitive energy conservation grant that will provide $437,902 for two projects.

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Connect names with faces using brain training

May 27, 2010 | By More
Connect names with faces using brain training

Networkers and sales professionals know the importance of being able to recall names and faces, now Historic City News readers have been invited to join the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce when they present their memory training workshop.

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Memorial Day weekend cultural events

May 27, 2010 | By More
Memorial Day weekend cultural events

St. Johns County Cultural Council, the county’s designated local arts agency, periodically reports upcoming cultural events to local Historic City News reporters for the benefit of our readers.

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Acceptance of fee-free debit cards may change

May 27, 2010 | By More
Acceptance of fee-free debit cards may change

John Hirabayashi, CEO and President of Community First Credit Union who counts many St. Johns County employees, including teachers and public safety workers as their members, asked local news reporters at Historic City News to inform our readers of pending legislation Hirabayashi says will adversely impact credit union members.

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Memorial Day Weekend – three days of fun

May 27, 2010 | By More
Memorial Day Weekend – three days of fun

St. Augustine Visitors and Convention Bureau Communications Director Jay Humphreys reported some great entertainment activities for Historic City News readers this Memorial Day weekend.

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New law further restricts sex offenders

May 27, 2010 | By More
New law further restricts sex offenders

A new law was announced to local reporters at Historic City News that bans sex offenders from going within 300 feet of parks and schools, and from loitering in areas where children play was signed into law and took effect yesterday according to an announcement from the office of Governor Charlie Crist.

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Regan: Proctor will sponsor heritage plan modifications

May 26, 2010 | By More
Regan: Proctor will sponsor heritage plan modifications

Historic City News local reporters were watching Monday night as Chief Operations Officer John Regan told city commissioners that he is working with Florida Representative Bill Proctor to garner support to return management of the heritage program to the city.

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Local honor society wins abundance of accolades

May 26, 2010 | By More
Local honor society wins abundance of accolades

Representatives of the St. Augustine Alpha Xi Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society told local St. Johns County Historic City News reporters that they presented the District Board of Trustees of St. Johns River Community College with awards received by the chapter at recent PTK regional and international conventions.

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Sales Tax Holiday will return this fall

May 26, 2010 | By More
Sales Tax Holiday will return this fall

Local reporters at Historic City News learned that Governor Charlie Crist signed House Bill 483 today, the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday, at a Target store in the Waterford Lakes Town Center in Orlando.

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Keepers of the Coast stage benefit Friday night

May 26, 2010 | By More
Keepers of the Coast stage benefit Friday night

Local reporters from Historic City News have learned that musicians Will Conner and Eric Brigmond will be performing Friday night in a concert to benefit Keepers of the Coast; a local non-profit marine conservation organization.

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Florida beaches may be safe — for now

May 26, 2010 | By More
Florida beaches may be safe — for now

Historic City News reporters were updated this morning by the Office of the Secretary of Defense with predictions that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill could soon reach levels on par with the 250,000 barrels of crude oil lost in the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill.

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Self defense class available for women

May 26, 2010 | By More
Self defense class available for women

Betty Griffin House Community Awareness Coordinator Kim Collins announced to local St. Johns County reporters at Historic City News that today, self-defense is more important than ever.

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City offices closed for Memorial Day

May 26, 2010 | By More
City offices closed for Memorial Day

St. Augustine Public Information Coordinator Cathy DuPont informed local Historic City News reporters today that all offices of the City of St. Augustine will be closed Monday.

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Suspended driver jailed after fighting deputies

May 26, 2010 | By More
Suspended driver jailed after fighting deputies

Public Information Officer Debra Johnson told local St. Johns County reporters with Historic City News that a Palm Coast man who was driving with a suspended license, wound up facing additional charges after he exchanged blows with deputies on Monday night.

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Supervisor introduces new voting machines

May 25, 2010 | By More
Supervisor introduces new voting machines

Supervisor of Elections Penny Halyburton invited Historic City News readers in St. Johns County to attend an Open House on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 to preview St. Johns County’s new DS200 voting equipment.

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Speakers before the Carriage Workshop

May 25, 2010 | By More
Speakers before the Carriage Workshop

Historic City News local reporters listened to 45 minutes of public comment in one and a half minute sound bites in a public workshop with members of the St. Augustine City Commission last night prior to their regular meeting.

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Boles calls publication of draft ordinance premature

May 25, 2010 | By More
Boles calls publication of draft ordinance premature

Local Historic City News reporters were on hand during the City Commission Workshop yesterday afternoon for what could be fairly described as the proverbial hornet’s nest — stirred up over what the mayor described as the “premature” publication of a draft carriage ordinance.

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Connecting the dots of the Underground Railroad

May 24, 2010 | By More
Connecting the dots of the Underground Railroad

State Senator Tony Hill reported to Historic City News that he has recently visited the Bahamas trying to connect-the-dots of the Underground Railroad Network to freedom, a national program under the direction of the National Park Service

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