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Archive for March, 2012

Sunday activities in St Augustine

March 31, 2012 | By | Comments More
Sunday activities in St Augustine

Spring Member Show Stop in the St. Augustine Art Association Gallery to see this wonderful exhibit of Association member’s art. The open media, open subject works will be juried for awards and will be on display through April 21.

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Legislators address Economic Development Council

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Legislators address Economic Development Council

St Johns County Chamber of Commerce Communications Manager Beau Phillips announced to Historic City News that Senator John Thrasher, Representative Bill Proctor and Florida Chamber of Commerce Vice President Brad Swanson would be the speakers for the Economic Development Council Quarterly Breakfast.

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St Augustine Youth Services says wear a blue ribbon

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St Augustine Youth Services says wear a blue ribbon

Alison Johnson reminds Historic City News readers in St Augustine and St Johns County that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month; since 1989, thousands of people nationwide wear the blue ribbon in April to create awareness of the need to keep kids safe and families strong.

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State Park events earn national acceptance

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State Park events earn national acceptance

Fort Mose Historic State Park recently received confirmation that three of the park’s events have been accepted into the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom; according to an announcement received by Historic City News local news desk on Friday.

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Editorial: The cheese stands alone

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Editorial: The cheese stands alone

As recounted in the 1820’s German nursery rhyme, after the rat takes the cheese, the cheese stands alone.

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Mariotti’s relocation to West King Street

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Mariotti’s relocation to West King Street

When Nello Joseph Mariotti moved to St Augustine in 1956, he founded one of the city’s most recognized businesses; with a name familiar to anyone who drives past their location on South Ponce de Leon Boulevard — Mariotti’s Laundry and Dry Cleaners.

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Apply now to serve on St Johns County boards

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Apply now to serve on St Johns County boards

Administrative Assistant Melissa Lundquist reported to Historic City News that she is currently providing applications to residents of St Johns County who would be willing to serve in one of three vacancies on two volunteer advisory boards.

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Hydrant flow testing north of King Street

March 30, 2012 | By | Comments More
Hydrant flow testing north of King Street

Chief Mike Arnold of the St Augustine Fire Department announced to local Historic City News reporters that firefighters would continue flow testing fire hydrants north of King Street next week. Hydrants in the downtown historical area will be tested from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. with the remainder of the area being tested starting at […]

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Chamber of Commerce April events

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Chamber of Commerce April events

The St Johns County Chamber of Commerce informed Historic City News today that they hold nearly 150 events each year for the business professionals in St Augustine and St Johns County.

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New Businesses through 3/25/2012

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New Businesses through 3/25/2012

The information contained in this report is taken from sources deemed reliable; the accuracy and completeness of which Historic City News does not control and cannot guarantee. The original public records are on file with the St. Johns County Tax Collector and should be consulted before taking any action.

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FDOT road repairs and maintenance report

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FDOT road repairs and maintenance report

Laurie Sanderson reported the following St. Augustine and St. Johns County locations to Historic City News where the Florida Department of Transportation will be conducting roadwork that is expected to have an impact on driving, beginning this morning and continuing through the coming week.

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Guest Column: e-commerce scams

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Guest Column: e-commerce scams

Here is an example of an advertisement placed on a popular e-commerce classified site: “For Sale: 2005 Denali Yukon. Excellent condition. 46,000 miles. Must sacrifice as I am being deployed to Afghanistan next month. Will deliver anywhere in Southeast United States.”

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Expansion of resident parking plan tabled

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Expansion of resident parking plan tabled

St Augustine City Commissioners decided Monday night to table a proposal that would have affected three parking spaces along Water Street that are part of a controversial “Resident Parking” program managed by the City.

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Emergency beacon recovered by local Civil Air Patrol

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Emergency beacon recovered by local Civil Air Patrol

Lieutenant Dennis Maloney in St Augustine told Historic City News reporters that the local Civil Air Patrol squadron was called out recently to assist in locating a rogue distress radio beacon; said to be signaling from somewhere near SR-16 and Ponce de Leon Boulevard.

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Archaeology month at Cathedral Parish School

March 29, 2012 | By | Comments More
Archaeology month at Cathedral Parish School

Raphael Cosme reported to Historic City News that on Friday, March 23rd, the Cathedral Parish School held a Florida Archaeology Month Celebration that included a presentation by distinguished researcher Dr. Kathleen Deagan.

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Did 18th century Girl Scouts sell cookies, too?

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Did 18th century Girl Scouts sell cookies, too?

St Augustine will play host to 45 members of the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council who have been selected and trained to participate in a 1740’s “San Agustin Reenactment Encampment” taking place from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Saturday in the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum located at 29 St George Street.

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12-minute verdict convicts child molester

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12-minute verdict convicts child molester

Historic City News has learned that George Robert Lightkep, Jr. was convicted by a St Johns County jury today on two charges that he committed sexual battery on a person less than 12 years-old; the jury required only 12 minutes of deliberation.

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Three bidders qualify to run Spanish Quarter

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Three bidders qualify to run Spanish Quarter

St Augustine spent about thirty years, using public and private funds, to restore the colonial Spanish period buildings along and adjoining the north end of St George Street in order to attract heritage tourism to our 400 plus year-old city — part of the area remains vibrant and part remains silent.

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Cultural Council exec attends festival seminar

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Cultural Council exec attends festival seminar

The executive director of the St Johns County Cultural Council, Andy Witt, attended this morning, along with Historic City News and other media organizations, to learn more about the success of the annual shrimp festival in Fernandina Beach at a seminar sponsored by the Southeast Festivals and Events Association.

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Author Tim Madigan talks about hospice

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Author Tim Madigan talks about hospice

Historic City News was notified that our readers are invited to attend when Tim Madigan, an award-winning newspaper journalist and author, appears at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind on March 30th.

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Instant 450th Commemoration – just add money

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Instant 450th Commemoration – just add money

During the Monday night meeting of the St Augustine City Commission, Historic City News reporters heard more of the same news from the commissioners — the 450th is long on ideas and short on cash to accomplish them.

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Sheriff watching gas consumption closely

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Sheriff watching gas consumption closely

The largest fleet of county-owned vehicles reported to Historic City News is the St Johns County Sheriff’s Office; whose deputies depend on their patrol vehicles to deliver critical public safety services — from one end of the county to the other.

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Wrigley remembered at Inaugural Velo Fest

March 27, 2012 | By | Comments More
Wrigley remembered at Inaugural Velo Fest

Heather Neville reported to Historic City News that Velo Fest Community Initiative would hold a 2-day cycling festival that includes a parade, a pro race, a touring ride, and a memorial ride for Bryan Wrigley; the 23-year-old University of St Augustine student that was killed by a hit-and-run driver last year.

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Fill-er-up — that’ll be $1,400 please

March 27, 2012 | By | Comments More
Fill-er-up — that’ll be $1,400 please

When Historic City News readers pull up to the pumps this week, they are paying just over $4.00 per gallon for branded unleaded gasoline; depending on the vehicle, that might mean $40 – $60 per tankful — but, how would you like to hear $1,400 instead?

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Meeting announces Phase II of Riberia reconstruction

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Meeting announces Phase II of Riberia reconstruction

Historic City News readers in downtown St Augustine will want to attend Thursday, March 29th, when a public meeting regarding the Riberia Street improvement project has been scheduled, according to the City’s Public Affairs Director, Paul Williamson.

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Canadian homebuilder acquires 100 sites at Nocatee

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Canadian homebuilder acquires 100 sites at Nocatee

Canadian homebuilder, Mattamy Homes, recently acquired 100 new-home sites at Kelly Pointe at Nocatee in St Johns County saying it will begin construction of two model homes immediately.

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Lightkep capital felony trial begins Thursday

March 26, 2012 | By | Comments More
Lightkep capital felony trial begins Thursday

Public Affairs Director Klare Ly, from the Office of State Attorney RJ Larizza, reported to Historic City News that at 9:00 a.m. Thursday and Friday, March 29 and 30th, George Robert Lightkep, Jr., will face capital felony charges of sexual battery on a child less than 12 years-old.

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Congress looking for ways to save the post office

March 26, 2012 | By | Comments More
Congress looking for ways to save the post office

The days of the “penny postcard” are gone forever; but, as Congress begins work this week on trying to recapitalize the US Postal Service, some Historic City News readers are asking, “Why should they?”

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Prayer may return to St Augustine schools

March 26, 2012 | By | Comments More
Prayer may return to St Augustine schools

Historic City News learned that Governor Rick Scott signed SB 98 into law Friday — allowing school districts to implement policies letting students of all grade levels deliver “inspirational messages” at official school assemblies and events.

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Espinosa forms District 6 exploratory committee

March 26, 2012 | By | Comments More
Espinosa forms District 6 exploratory committee

A week shy of his 67th birthday, J Raul Espinosa of St Augustine announced to Historic City News that he has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run for the US Congress in the newly created Sixth Congressional District, which includes Saint Johns, Flagler, Volusia and Putnam counties.

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