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    Adoptable pets at the St. Johns County Pet Center

    07-02-2015

    CAT OF THE WEEK
    Hi there! My name is Lilly, and I’m a 6-year-old female brown tabby who is looking for a new forever family. I was given up because my parents could no longer care for me. I love to get tons of attention, and nothing makes me ...
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    07-02-2015

    We welcome submissions of photos, stories, columns and letters to the editor. Let us know what’s happening, whether you’re in Ponte Vedra, the Beaches, St. Augustine or Jacksonville. If you have hard copies of photos you want us to feature, feel ...
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    Movers&Shakers

      Berkshire Hathaway supports Gabriel House of Care

      07-02-2015

      The real estate professionals at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty recently whipped up a smorgasbord of picnic-style fare and hosted a dinner to guests at the Gabriel House of Care. The Realtors came to the Gabriel House to ...
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      Community News

        Special session: 20 additional productive days for Florida

        07-02-2015

        This month, the Florida Legislature returned for a Special Session to complete our work on the state budget.
        Our time spent in Tallahassee was productive and gave us the opportunity to accomplish our goals of passing a balanced budget, providing ...
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        Legislators should look to reduce cost of health care

        07-02-2015

        The Supreme Court of the United States last week released their opinion in the King v. Burwell case concerning a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and ruled that subsidies will continue to be available in all states, not just those with state-based exchanges. The vote was 6-3.
        The Court considered two possible scenarios in its decision: adhere to the strict reading of the law that subsidies may only be available in exchanges established by the state, or rule in favor of the intent of the law for universal availability of subsidies in all states and all ...
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        Rick Scott visits First Coast on state tour

        Jordan E. Ferrell 07-02-2015

        Special to the Recorder
        Florida Governor Rick Scott made the sixth stop on his 12-hour "Keep Florida Working" tax cut victory tour on Monday, June 22 at the Mudville Grille in Jacksonville, Fla. A large crowd packed into the sports bar off of ...
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        Retailers continue expansion into Nocatee territory

        Kelly H. McDermott 07-02-2015

        Ponte Vedra Recorder
        Nocatee, the nation’s third-bestselling master-planned community, continues its steady growth in both residential and retail expansion. The community is adding a variety of new commercial outlets, including wellknown ...
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        SHORT TAKE

        07-02-2015

        ‘Visual Melodies in Unrestrained Colors’ at Cultural Center Annex Gallery
        The artwork of Anthony Whiting will be on display at the Cultural Center Annex Gallery located at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall through July 17. The exhibition, entitled "Visual Melodies in Unrestrained Colors," opened June 5. For hours of operation, call the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s box office at (904) 209-0399. The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is located at 1050 A1A N. in Ponte Vedra Beach. All works can be purchased through the Cultural Center at PVB.
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        HEAL Surf Camp 2015

        Carrie Resch 07-02-2015

        The Recorder
        It’s something that many of us take for granted. A day at the beach surfing, kayaking, sailing in a catamaran. For parents of children with autism, it can be difficult—if not impossible— to take their children out on their own ...
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        Summer travel plans with Fido? Be prepared with 5 tips

        07-02-2015

        (BPT) — Did you know 30 million people travel with their pets each year? Whether by plane, train or automobile, if you’re planning an upcoming trip with your furry family member, it’s important to plan ahead to ensure you both stay safe and ...
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        Secrets to better summer fuel economy

        07-02-2015

        (BPT) — Summer is peak travel season for most Americans. Those hoping to spend less on fuel and more on fun can find ways to stretch their travel budgets with better vehicle care and use.
        One hotly (pun intended) debated topic during summer driving season is whether it is more fuel efficient to use the air conditioner or roll down the windows and catch the breeze to stay cool. To settle the AC versus windows question, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee compared the performance of a Ford Explorer and a Toyota Corolla. It’s probably no surprise that fuel ...
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        Celebrate with fireworks, movies and much more

        Carrie Resch 07-02-2015

        The Recorder
        Grab your bug spray and your family or friends and head out to celebrate the nation’s independence! There are many opportunities to celebrate and view fireworks on the First Coast, plus a few special promotions, such as $4 entry to ...
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        There’s plenty of summer fun for adults

        Carrie Resch 07-02-2015

        The Recorder
        Kids shouldn’t have all the fun! Grab a friend or your significant other for some adult-only entertainment this summer. Whether it’s for date night, girls’ night, guys’ night, to entertain a visiting friend or family member, or ...
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        Keep everyone safe from heat-related illness

        07-02-2015

        (BPT) — Enjoying fun in the sun is one of the great pastimes of summer.
        But heat-related illnesses can seriously cool off your summer fun, so it’s important to protect yourself from sun and hot weather while you’re outdoors this season. Normally, the body cools itself by sweating, but when the weather is particularly hot and humid, you may not sweat enough to keep yourself cool. When one’s body temperature increases too much, heat-related illnesses can occur. These range from minor irritations like heat rash or cramps, to potentially deadly conditions like heat exhaustion and ...
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        Golf carts: The new car on the block

        Kimberly Eaton 07-02-2015

        Special to the Recorder
        If you see a speed limit sign for 35 MPH or less, it’s quite possible you may see a golf cart riding down the road beside you. Many Floridians are taking advantage of the state’s accommodation to allow Low Speed Vehicles (also known as LSVs or street-legal golf carts) on the roads. For man, it’s a convenient and fun way to travel short distances. Currently, the Department of Motor Vehicles requires several upgrades to standard golf carts in order to be approved for street-legal use, including a special windshield, turn signals, brake lights, seat belts, ...
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        FirstLight HomeCare expands services

        07-02-2015

        FirstLight HomeCare of the First Coast has expanded its services and is now offering both companion and personal care services to local seniors, new mothers, people recovering from surgery and adults with disabilities.
        In addition to offering ...
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        Fireworks use and safety statistics both increase for the better

        William A. Weimer 07-02-2015

        Vice President of Phantom Fireworks
        While the fireworks-related injury numbers are down by approximately nine percent and use of consumer fireworks is up by more than 59 percent over the last two decades, it is still vital that consumers use the utmost caution with fireworks. Consumer fireworks are truly safer today than ever before, and today’s smarter buying public uses the products carefully and with good common sense, resulting in more use of consumer fireworks and fewer injuries. Americans understand the importance of buying consumer fireworks only from licensed dealers and to ...
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        Sounds like summer at Nocatee Farmers Market

        07-02-2015

        The June 20 Nocatee Farmers Market offered attendees a special melodic treat with a free summer concert from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The family-friendly offering included performances by local reggae-rock band Sidereal. The band has headlined several ...
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        Local business helps Ponte Vedra chill out

        Kelly H. McDermott 07-02-2015

        The Recorder
        First Coast residents have a variety of interesting ways of cooling off during the summer. If you’ve ever felt the relief of sticking your head in your freezer after being outside in the heat, you might be interested in a new local ...
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        ‘The Shell Game’at Johnny’s Oyster Bar

        By Leigh Cort 07-02-2015

        Special to The Recorder
        When I perused the daily board at Johnny’s Oyster Bar about Copps Island, Blue Point and Louisiana oysters being served atop the cool white marble bar, I knew that something delicious was happening on the second floor ...
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        Holiday hours and services for Independence Day

        07-02-2015

        The Ponte Vedra Recorder will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. Our offices will open at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 6, when we will resume normal hours.
        County hours — All departments of the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners, St. Johns County Administrative offices, and the Pet Center will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Branches of the Public Library will be closed July 3 and 4. The Pet Center will resume normal business hours on Saturday, July 4. All other offices will resume standard business hours on ...
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        Hey Coach! What are you up to now?

        07-02-2015

        When I came back to Ponte Vedra last year after 11 years in New York City, I was dismayed about the appearance of my condo development.
        The buildings looked shabby! We needed new roofs, paint, pressure washing, black top, etc. Having dealt ...
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        Readers share lessons life has taught them

        Neil Rosenthal 07-02-2015

        Special to the Recorder
        A month ago, I invited readers to write about the lessons life has taught them. Of the many email replies I received — lots of which were from people in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s — I will reprint as many as ...
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        Christmas in July

        Bonnie Talley 07-02-2015

        Quiltlady
        Seems like summer is in full swing when it hits July. These very warm days might be spent working on your "Nut Cracker" Christmas wall-hanging. This project was started in January with a new block being posted in the first week of every ...
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        Chris Evert to speak at MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation

        Sarah Kirkwood 07-02-2015

        Community Submission
        The MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation announced last week that former World No. 1 Chris Evert will be the featured speaker at this year’s Current/Sherman Group of Merrill Lynch Champions for Children Gala. "Chris’ ...
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        Local philanthropist donates land for a PACE field

        Stephanie Harden 07-02-2015

        Community Submission
        PACE Center for Girls, Jacksonville, received a generous property donation for the girls who attend to have a "green space to soak up the sun, play in with their school mates, and be a kid", according to donor, Andrus Healy. Healy is a member of the PACE Jacksonville Board of Directors. His years of service and numerous donations to the organization have inspired many others to become PACE Ambassadors and advocate on behalf of the statewide organization. Healy explained his decision to donate the land when he stated, "I’m glad I could help provide that space with ...
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        SHORT TAKES

        07-02-2015

        Sideshow Performers at Ripley’s St. Augustine
        Ripley’s St. Augustine is proud to welcome America’s favorite sideshow couple, Captain Stab-Tuggo and Maybelle, on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. The Captain and Maybelle have been friends of Ripley’s for several years and perform a number of amazing sideshow feats, including the human blockhead, sword swallowing, fire breathing, weightlifting with their eyes and much more. Performances will be free to the public and will take place in front of Ripley’s at 19 San Marco Ave in St. Augustine at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on July 3 ...
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        Going home, back to the sea

        07-02-2015

        Turtle lovers from near and far arrived at Fernandina’s main beach long before the scheduled time for the turtle release. But that was okay — we had time to check out the shells and chat with others who had come to watch three rehabilitated ...
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          The Ponte Vedra Recorder has been the essential source of community news and information for Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville Beaches residents and businesses since 1969. Owned by Osteen Publishing Company, The Ponte Vedra Recorder makes finding and sharing community news, events and accomplishments its mission. This weekly newspaper publishes every Thursday via both paid subscriptions and rack locations throughout Ponte Vedra and the Beaches. For interested advertisers, The Ponte Vedra Recorder’s deadline to reserve advertising space, including classified advertisements, is 5 p.m. ...
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          Upcoming Events

            Friday, July 3

            07-02-2015

            First Friday Cosmic Concerts
            Experience total-sensory entertainment as laser lights, high-def images and digital sound collide to create a Cosmic Concert! The Bryan-Gooding Planetarium rocks with Cosmic Concert laser light shows at 5, 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Tickets are available at www.moshplanetarium. org or at the door. Tickets are $5 per person per show; laser glasses cost $1. ‘Southern Exposure’ at MOCA "Southern Exposure" portraits of a changing landscape is currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. The exhibition opened May 16 and runs through Aug. 30. MOCA is ...
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            Saturday, July 4

            07-02-2015

            City of Jacksonville Beach Fireworks
            The City of Jacksonville Beach in conjunction with the Duval County Tourist Development Council will be hosting a fireworks display at Jacksonville Beach. Fireworks will be shot from the Jacksonville Beach Pier beginning at 9 p.m. The pier is located at 503 1st St. N. in Jacksonville Beach. For more information, call (904) 247-6100 or visit www.jacksonvillebeach.org. Fireworks Over the Matanzas At 6 p.m., "The All Star Orchestra" will play a two hour show at Plaza de Constitución. The concert is free; bring lawn chairs for seating. The fireworks ...
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            Sunday, July 5

            07-02-2015

            Summer Movie Classic Series
            The Regions Bank Summer Movie Classic Series
            at the Florida Theatre features five box office hits and cult classics back on the big screen. The series begins June 28 and runs through July 26. Movies screen on Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $7.50. On Sunday, July 5, "Born on the Fourth of July" will be shown. The Florida Theatre is located at 128 E. Forsyth St. in Jacksonville. For more information, visit www. floridatheatre.com. Tickets are available for purchase online or at the box office. Depression Support Group A Depression/Bipolar Support Group meets Sundays ...
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            Thursday, July 2

            07-02-2015

            Concerts in the Plaza
            The 25th season of Concerts in the Plaza, a free musical entertainment summer concert series, began Thursday, May 28 and continues every Thursday through Sept. 3. The concerts, featuring an array of musical genres such as Jazz, Folk, Blues and Rock, take place from 7-9 p.m. at Plaza de la Constitución, 22 Cathedral Place in St. Augustine. Ancient City Brass Band will be the featured performers on July 2. Attendees should bring lounge chairs for seating. Picnic dinners are popular but alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Concerts in the Plaza
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            Wednesday, July 8

            07-02-2015

            PV Professionals Networking Group
            The Ponte Vedra Professionals Networking Group meets every Wednesday from noon-1 p.m. at Mulligans, 43 PGA Tour Blvd. in Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information, call Gloria at (904) 635-6103, visit www.pvpng.com, or email pontevedrapng@gmail.com. Ponte Vedra Toastmasters Make this the year to develop your speaking and leadership abilities! The Ponte Vedra Toastmasters Club offers opportunities for improving your communication skills. PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME! Join us every Wednesday at The Players Community Center at 175 Landrum Lane, Ponte Vedra Beach. The ...
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            Thursday, July 9

            07-02-2015

            Concerts in the Plaza
            The 25th season of Concerts in the Plaza, a free musical entertainment summer concert series, began Thursday, May 28 and continues every Thursday through Sept. 3. The concerts, featuring an array of musical genres such as Jazz, Folk, Blues and Rock, take place from 7-9 p.m. at Plaza de la Constitución, 22 Cathedral Place in St. Augustine. Ancient City Slickers will be the featured performers on July 9. Attendees should bring lounge chairs for seating. Picnic dinners are popular but alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Concerts in the Plaza
            is made possible by support ...
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            Monday, July 6

            07-02-2015

            Life Enrichment Group
            The Life Enrichment Group
            is a program designed for those with memory changes who like to stay active mentally, physically and socially while allowing caregivers and loved ones some free time for themselves. This program is offered weekdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Ashford Court, 1700 The Greens Way in Jacksonville Beach. For more information, call (904) 5688174, or email life_enrichmentgroup@yahoo. com. Caregiver Support Group The Players Caregiver Support Group meets every Monday 12:00-1:00 p.m. at The Players Senior Center, 175 Landrum Lane in Ponte Vedra Beach. ...
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            Tuesday, July 7

            07-02-2015

            Sunset Rotary Club Weekly Meeting
            The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset meets Tuesdays from 6-7:15 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn. Community leaders are welcome to attend. For more information, call Club President Kathleen Floryan at (904) 687-5146 or email kathfloryan@gmail.com. To register to attend, go to www.meetup.com/Ponte-Vedra-Beach-Rotary-Sunset. Habitat for Humanity Volunteers Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine/St. Johns County needs volunteers to help build homes throughout the community. No skill is necessary. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older to participate. ...
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            Friday, April 24

            toni foy 04-23-2015

            BFAS & RFAA Benefit Concert The Beaches Fine Arts Series and the Riverside Fine Arts Association are collaborating for a special event featuring jazz singer, Rene Marie, who will be performing a tribute to Eartha Kitt, iconic singer and activist on Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Lazzarra Hall, UNF FIne Arts Center, 11852 University of North Florida Dr. in Jacksonville. General admission tickets are $30; VIP tickets are $50 and include a VIP reception before the concert from 6-7 p.m. with appetizers, beverages, an appearance by Rene and her band and reserved seating at the concert. For ...
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