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Archive for November, 2012

Lincolnville carolers entertain community

November 30, 2012 | By More
Lincolnville carolers entertain community

Beginning Sunday, December 2, Historic City News local reporters have learned that neighbors and friends will join together to spread Christmas cheer through traditional holiday caroling for those in need in the Lincolnville community.

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Archbishop Wenski leads Mass for visiting bishops

November 30, 2012 | By More
Archbishop Wenski leads Mass for visiting bishops

The Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski, Archbishop of Miami, will be the principal celebrant and homilist when the heads of the seven Catholic dioceses of the State of Florida celebrate the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Sunday, December 2 at the Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine.

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Save now on 2013 beach driving pass

November 30, 2012 | By More
Save now on 2013 beach driving pass

Historic City News readers are invited to visit the St Johns County Pier, Tax Collector’s offices or the County Recreation and Parks Office, now through February 28, to purchase a pre-season beach driving pass and save $10.

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St Johns County curbside tax drop-off Friday

November 29, 2012 | By More
St Johns County curbside tax drop-off Friday

Dennis W Hollingsworth CFC wants to advise all Historic City News taxpayers that between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Friday, November 30, the main office of the St Johns County Tax Collector, located at 4030 Lewis Speedway in St Augustine, will offer a curbside tax payment service.

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Beach commission selects Chief Hardwick

November 29, 2012 | By More
Beach commission selects Chief Hardwick

St Augustine Beach is one step closer to replacing former Chief of Police Richard Hedges today after commissioners unanimously selected 41-year-old Robert A Hardwick from a field of five finalist candidates for the position during a short, special meeting last night.

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Republican Party makes hurricane relief donation

November 29, 2012 | By More
Republican Party makes hurricane relief donation

Underwritten by a pledge match guarantee from Ponte Vedra Beach resident Douglas Worth, State Committeewoman Becky Reichenberg informed Historic City News that the Republican Party of St Johns County has donates an $800 check towards relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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Balskus to be promoted in St Augustine Friday

November 29, 2012 | By More
Balskus to be promoted in St Augustine Friday

Brigadier General Joseph G Balskus will surrender command of the Florida Air National Guard tomorrow afternoon; receiving a promotion to the rank of Major General and a transfer to Washington DC to continue his service as the Military Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff.

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St Augustine children can get call from Santa

November 29, 2012 | By More
St Augustine children can get call from Santa

The North Pole Telephone Company has reported to Historic City News in St Augustine that parents and guardians of local children, under the age of eight, can sign up now to have Santa call their child at home this Christmas season.

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Sheriff seeks ID of Crescent Beach homicide victim

November 28, 2012 | By More
Sheriff seeks ID of Crescent Beach homicide victim

Community Affairs Corporal Catherine Payne is asking Historic City News readers for help in identifying human remains discovered by the St Johns County Sheriff’s Office a mile north of the Crescent Beach ramp — over 27 years ago.

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11th Annual Surf Illumination at Beach Pier

November 28, 2012 | By More
11th Annual Surf Illumination at Beach Pier

Civic Association President Robert Samuels has invited all Historic City News readers to enjoy the lighting of the St Augustine Beach Christmas tree this Saturday, December 1st at the St Johns County Pier Park.

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St Augustine Beach – who will be chief

November 28, 2012 | By More
St Augustine Beach – who will be chief

The top contenders for the position of Chief of Police have spent the last two nights politicking the community at a reception Monday night and then responding to 30-minute public interviews last night; tonight, the St Augustine Beach City Commission will select one to administer the beleaguered local law enforcement agency.

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British Nightwatch will impact traffic Saturday

November 28, 2012 | By More
British Nightwatch will impact traffic Saturday

Saturday evening, starting at 7:30 p.m., the British Nightwatch parade in downtown St Augustine will result in traffic delays and heavier than normal congestion along the parade route, according to an alert received by Historic City News this week.

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Prescribed burn tomorrow at Guana Lake

November 28, 2012 | By More
Prescribed burn tomorrow at Guana Lake

The Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve advises local Historic City News readers that tomorrow, weather permitting, 42-acres of the coastal strand and scrub between Guana Lake and South A1A will be part of a controlled burn; located between the south beach access lot and Environmental Education Center.

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St Augustine Christmas Parade

November 28, 2012 | By More
St Augustine Christmas Parade

The City of St Augustine announced to Historic City News that on Saturday, the 58th Annual Christmas Parade will necessitate the closing of some streets and detours of traffic to accommodate reindeer and Christmas Elvis in his Smart Car.

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32nd Annual Holiday Regatta of Lights

November 27, 2012 | By More
32nd Annual Holiday Regatta of Lights

Again this year, the St Augustine Yacht Club will play host to a dazzling parade of boats, when the captains and crews of many spectacular and colorfully decorated vessels compete for eighteen trophies along the Matanzas Bay during the 32nd Annual Holiday Regatta of Lights.

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Vote for your favorite license plate format

November 27, 2012 | By More
Vote for your favorite license plate format

Historic City News readers are never short on opinions and they always welcome the opportunity to express them; now through December 14, you can vote for one of four proposed license plate designs under consideration by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

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Shots fired into West Augustine homes

November 27, 2012 | By More
Shots fired into West Augustine homes

Last week while most Historic City News readers were with family and friends observing Thanksgiving, several incidents of gun violence were occurring in St Johns County according to reports received this morning.

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Two years later Scharfschwerdt trial approaching

November 27, 2012 | By More
Two years later Scharfschwerdt trial approaching

Public Affairs Director Klare Ly, informed Historic City News that jury selection has begun in the felony sexual battery trial of former law enforcement officer, James Howard Scharfschwerdt.

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Driver in serious condition after crash into school bus

November 27, 2012 | By More
Driver in serious condition after crash into school bus

Thirty-nine students at Pedro Menendez High School started their day yesterday with an unexpected shock when Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Neil Mariotti tells Historic City News that the school bus they were riding was struck by the driver of an SUV.

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Surfing the social media websites

November 27, 2012 | By More
Surfing the social media websites

Weekday readers of Historic City News in St Augustine are provided an opportunity to share their perspectives, supportive or critical, through our “comment” feature; linking historiccity.com to our facebook page, accessible at historiccitynews.com, and our twitter feed at twitter.com/historiccity

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Renuart convenes local legislative delegation

November 26, 2012 | By More
Renuart convenes local legislative delegation

Returning State Representative, Ronald “Doc” Renuart, announced to Historic City News that the St Johns County Legislative Delegation will hold its organizational meeting and general legislative public hearing on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

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Girlfriend of murder victim now in custody

November 26, 2012 | By More
Girlfriend of murder victim now in custody

Detectives with the St Johns County Sheriff’s Office Robbery/Homicide Section are continuing to investigate a fatal stabbing that occurred last night.

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Local Republican Club Christmas party

November 26, 2012 | By More
Local Republican Club Christmas party

Republican readers of Historic City News are invited to attend the annual Christmas party presented by the Republican Club of Greater St Augustine, held this year at the St Augustine Shrine Club located at 250 Brainard Drive.

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Ghost Bike installed at scene of hit-and-run

November 26, 2012 | By More
Ghost Bike installed at scene of hit-and-run

Historic City News reader, Felicia Regan, attended this weekend’s installation ceremony held in honor of Christian Schroom; when a “ghost bike” was dedicated to his memory to commemorate his tragic death on Anastasia Boulevard, just blocks from his residence.

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Beach to hire new police chief this week

November 26, 2012 | By More
Beach to hire new police chief this week

Historic City News received word that our readers are invited to attend a “meet and greet” with the six top applicants for the position of Chief of Police at 7:00 p.m. tonight; ending a search and outside evaluation of potential replacements for former chief Richard Hedges after his retirement earlier this year.

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Suspects questioned in Ponte Vedra Beach murder

November 26, 2012 | By More
Suspects questioned in Ponte Vedra Beach murder

Community Affairs Corporal Catherine Payne informed Historic City News reporters in St Augustine that the investigation into the murder of a black man in a homeless camp at the north county line near Target has resulted in the questioning of persons of interest in the crime.

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St Augustine myths debunked

November 25, 2012 | By More
St Augustine myths debunked

Scenes from Tuesday’s “Mythbusters: Fact and Fiction” where some of the myths of St Augustine’s history were debunked as part of the Discover First America program produced by the city’s 450th Commemoration this week.

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David Fridell 2012 Employee of the Year

November 25, 2012 | By More
David Fridell 2012 Employee of the Year

The City of St Augustine reported to Historic City News that David Fridell, a utility technician in the Transmission and Distribution Division of the Public Works Department, has been selected as Employee of the Year for 2012.

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Multiple crashes in progress on I-95 northbound

November 25, 2012 | By More
Multiple crashes in progress on I-95 northbound

FHP and the Sheriff’s Office are on scene and investigating multiple crashes on I-95. At this time there are no fatalities.

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Guest Column: Gopher tortoises

November 25, 2012 | By More
Guest Column: Gopher tortoises

Guest Column: Gopher tortoises Susan van Hoek GTM Research Reserve Environmental Educator Marineland, FL According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the gopher tortoise is the only land tortoise native to the United States, east of the Mississippi — its population is rapidly declining; they are listed as “threatened” in Florida and are candidates […]

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