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    Adoptable pets at the St. Johns County Pet Center

    02-26-2015

    CAT OF THE WEEK
    Hi there! My name is Cricket. I’m a 2 year old female Dilute Calico cat looking for a new home. I was brought here to the Pet Center to find a new family to take me in. I’m super sweet and loving and I enjoy nothing more than ...
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    02-26-2015

    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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    What’s this?

    02-26-2015

    Every week we publish a mystery photo related to the Beaches. Do you know what this is?
    Email your answer to kelly@opcfla.com by Tuesday at 5 p.m. We’ll throw all the correct answers in a hat and choose the winner with a random drawing. If we ...
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    Movers&Shakers

      Stellers Gallery joins chamber PVB Division

      02-26-2015

      The Ponte Vedra Beach Division of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting at Stellers Gallery on Feb. 18. The gallery is located at 240 A1A N., Suite 13 in Ponte Vedra. Their vision is to place quality works, increasing the ...
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      Community News

        PVHS students take top honors at county science fair

        02-26-2015

        Charis Wang and Cassia Wang, both of Ponte Vedra High School, won top honors as the Best Overall in the Senior Division of the 2015 St. Johns County Science Fair held last week.
        Their winning project was "The Prevalence of Beta Lactamase Gense in Oral Streptococcus Species in a Healthy Population: Molecular Analysis by Polymerase Chain Reaction." Aisha Kothari of Gamble Rogers Middle School won Best Overall in the Junior Division with "What Contact Solution Best Sterilizes Contact Lenses." Approximately 100 science projects represented by 120 participants were involved in the science ...
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        Bag Lady Luncheon raises $20K for CCPVB

        02-26-2015

        The Friends for the Arts, an affinity group of the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, held its annual Bag Lady Luncheon last week at the Sawgrass Beach Club.
        Community members and local retailers donated more than 150 bags for the event, which raised more than $20,000 for the Friends’ mission of supporting the Cultural Center. "It’s so much fun planning an event when you have such great help," said Becky Jewett, who chaired the event. She said her committee helped execute the event. The Friends’ mission is to support and enahance the Cultural Center’s art education, ...
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        SHORT TAKES

        02-26-2015

        Learn Bridge in a Day
        The Jacksonville School of Bridge is holding a Learn Bridge in a Day
        event Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at 3353 Washburn Rd. in Jacksonville. An introductory 5 hour program designed to teach the basics of beginning bridge, the basic mechanics of duplicate bridge, scoring, how to open the bidding, respond to an opening bid and overcall. For more information or to register, call Trella at (904) 859-8381 or email lbiad@gmail.com. SHORT TAKES continues on Page 30 Continued from 7 2015 Beaches Family Walk and Fun Festival The fourth annual Beaches Family ...
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        IN REMEMBRANCE

        02-26-2015

        Paulette Newcomer
        Paulette Marie Camille Isabelle Cliquet-Pleyel Newcomer found eternal peace February 17, 2015. Her great, great, great grandfather was Ignace Pleyel, the composer of the Marseillase, the French national anthem. She was born in ...
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        St. Augustine Distillery gin wins gold at spirits competition

        The Recorder 02-26-2015

        St. Augustine Distillery’s New World Gin took home a gold medal at the Second Annual American Craft Spirits Association Competition, hosted in Austin, Texas.
        "Our approach has always been to make the highest quality spirits using as much locally-sourced ingredients as possible," Philip McDaniel, cofounder and CEO of St. Augustine Distillery, said in a news release. "We’re thrilled that the judges agree." McDaniel was on hand in Texas to accept the award. More than 300 entries were submitted from over 200 craft spirits distilleries from across the country. This was the first ...
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        Annual tournament supports Beaches cancer center

        Kelly H. McDermott 02-26-2015

        The Recorder
        Chilly temperatures are hardly enough to keep golfers in Ponte Vedra off of the courses, and certainly not when they’re motivated by a good cause. One group of golfers came together recently, donning their cold-weather gear, to ...
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        Davidson Realty welcomes new agent

        02-26-2015

        Davidson Realty, Inc., a leader in Jacksonville and St. Augustine residential real estate, recently welcomed Christine Sullivan to its team of realtors. Sullivan brings to Davidson a passion for helping people and a lifelong interest in real ...
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        Estate-sized lots available in Palencia’s Costa Del Sol

        02-26-2015

        Roadway and utility construction has begun on the final phase of estatesized homesites in the master-planned community of Palencia. With sites ranging from 90-140 feet wide and 180350 feet deep, the Costa del Sol neighborhood contains some of the most beautiful and expansive residential lots in the St. Johns County area.
        Many of Costa del Sol’s 62 estate homesites are nestled within a majestic oak hammock with stunning, mature trees and have beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the community’s award-winning golf course, including numerous water-to-golf view lots that are ...
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        Solar panels help power homes at Madiera at St. Augustine

        02-26-2015

        Homeowners at Madeira at St. Augustine can look forward to energy savings as a result of one of Madeira’s standard features—solar panels.
        "We are proud to be the only homebuilder in Northeast Florida to include solar panels in our new ...
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        Pablo Creek Reserve to sell out of developer lots

        02-26-2015

        Only five homesites remain in Pablo Creek Reserve, the luxury home community located off San Pablo Road near the Intracoastal Waterway.
        All five sites are lakefront estatesized lots, with prices ranging from $280,000-300,000. The community currently has 107 residents, with 33 custom homes under construction and 11 homes in the administrative review board process. Home prices begin at $869,900. The PARC Group is the neighborhood’s developer. "Home buyers are very attracted to the location," Roger O’Steen, chairman of The PARC Group, said in a news release.. "In the last six weeks, ...
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        NEFAR 2015 Kick Off Social brings local Realtors together

        02-26-2015

        Photos by Susan Griffin/ The Recorder

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        Debby Craggs joins RE/MAX Unlimited

        02-26-2015

        RE/MAX Unlimited announced that Realtor Debby Craggs has joined the growing real estate firm in their St. Augustine office. Craggs brings to the office more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience. She has been listing and selling ...
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        New homebuyers’checklist to ID costly repairs

        02-26-2015

        When you’re about to buy a house, it’s easy to get excited about its great location, spacious floor plan or beautifully decorated interior. Yet the old saying, "beauty’s only skin deep" can apply to any home, especially if you’re ...
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        What to look for in a new garage door

        02-26-2015

        At first thought, the dead of winter may not seem to be the optimum time to replace your garage door. In fact, quite the opposite is true: frigid temperatures and brisk winds readily prove the need to upgrade your garage door from an older ...
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        8 ways first-time homebuyers can make themselves mortgage-ready

        02-26-2015

        It’s rare to get something right the very first time you try it, but when it comes to buying your first home, a lack of knowledge and experience can lead to costly mistakes. One in four first-time homebuyers say they are completely unfamiliar ...
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        Millennials: How to make your home ownership dreams a reality

        BPT 02-26-2015

        Owning a home is part of the American Dream, yet standards on income, credit and debt are making it tougher to buy a home than it was 10 years ago. Even though requirements are relaxing, only three out of five borrowers get approved.
        While ...
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        Busting first-time homebuyer myths

        02-26-2015

        When buying a first home, most people are making one of the biggest purchases of their lives. Without home buying experience, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction.
        "Buying a first home can be exciting and stressful for most young buyers, ...
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        Expert tips to make your new house feel like home

        02-26-2015

        You know that moving into a new home can be one of life’s biggest stressors-the packing, the paperwork, the unpacking and of course finding the nearest coffee shop. Making your new house feel like your home can help alleviate some of this stress ...
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        Add a signature style to your home

        02-26-2015

        To satisfy homeowners seeking to add a signature style to their indoor living spaces, more and more design professionals and builders are going back to basics and rediscovering the versatility, durability and good looks of cypress.
        "There’s really nothing quite like it," says Hal Mitchell of the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association, www.CypressInfo.org. "It’s an exceptional wood that offers variety and lasting performance to any home, anywhere. And for interior applications, as paneling, millwork, cabinetry, or flooring, cypress delivers a unique look that complements ...
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        6 steps for choosing the best remodeling contractor

        02-26-2015

        A remodeling project is one of the most invigorating lifestyle changes a homeowner can make. However, trusting a contractor with both your home and your money can feel overwhelming. Spare your time, money and sanity by following these steps for ...
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        Horse standing in a church pew

        Sheila Weinstein 02-26-2015

        Columnist
        I’ve been going through a rough patch lately. It goes by the name of Arthritis. I wasn’t lucky enough to have family to watch as they aged. My parents died when I was in my 30s. The rest of my family, aunts, uncles, grandmothers ...
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        Show me the money

        Harry Pappas 02-26-2015

        Columnist
        (Ring ring) "Ms. Jones, it’s your financial advisor, Jack. I am calling to let you know that I am no longer working for ABC brokerage firm. As of this morning, I am now employed by XYZ and, of course, I would like you to transfer ...
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        I’d love to teach the world to quilt...

        Bonnie Talley 02-26-2015

        Quilt Lady
        "...In perfect harmony; I’d love for all the World to be, as lovely as could be." I’m certainly teaching as many people as possible about the simplicity of Hawaiian quilting. After giving my lecture one more time about the History ...
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        Mackenzie medals herself

        Mims Cushing 02-26-2015

        Columnist
        When my granddaughter Mackenzie was five, 13 years ago, on a crisp fall morning, before she left for preschool, she medalled herself. During breakfast, her mom asked, "Mackenzie, are you wearing that medal to school?" It was a big, ...
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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

            Sunday, March 1

            02-26-2015

            JSYO Festival of Strings
            Youth string students from the area will perform alongside the strings of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra Philharmonic with ensembles from Lavilla School of the Arts and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. The concert takes place Sunday, March 1 at 5 p.m. at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 30 Water St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $5. For more information, call (904) 354-5547 or visit www.jaxsymphony.org. ‘A Taste of Bridal Bliss’ The fifth annual wedding event for brides and grooms, "A Taste of Bridal Bliss", is Sunday, March 1 at One ...
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            Thursday, Feb. 26

            02-26-2015

            Duval County School System Talk
            An informational talk on the Duval County School System with Duval County Public School Superintendent, Dr. Nikolai Vitti and Trey Csar, President of The Jacksonville Public Education Fund will take place Thursday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Nocatee Crosswater Hall, 245 Nocatee Center Way in Ponte Vedra. For more information, call (904) 924-6863. Musical Madness for Kids at PV Library Musical Madness for Kids: Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s Woodwind Quintet is Thursday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte ...
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            Friday, Feb. 27

            02-26-2015

            Travel Training Program
            The Council on Aging announces a Travel Training program designed to assist seniors in learning to ride the Sunshine Bus. If you are curious about expanding your transportation options or you would like to increase your confidence as a bus rider, let one of our trained volunteers assist you in navigating routes, reading time tables and making transfers. If you are interested, please contact the Mobility Manager at the Council on Aging, (904) 315-6505, or email Katie Arnold at karnold@stjohnscoa.com. MOSH $5 Fridays Every Friday, come to MOSH to enjoy $5 admission ...
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            Saturday, Feb. 28

            02-26-2015

            Katz 4 Keeps Adoptions/Open House
            Katz 4 Keeps is having an adoption event/open house on Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 1 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Katz 4 Keeps, 935B A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach (next to Sherwin Williams). For more information, call (904) 8343223 or email katz4keeps.com. Learn Bridge in a Day The Jacksonville School of Bridge is holding a Learn Bridge in a Day event Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at 3353 Washburn Rd. in Jacksonville. An introductory 5 hour program designed to teach the basics of beginning bridge, the basic mechanics of duplicate bridge, ...
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            Thursday, March 5

            02-26-2015

            Moneywise Financial Literacy Class
            A 5-week session in personal finance will be offered at the Players Senior Center from 10:3011:30 Thursdays beginning Thursday, March 5 and running through April 9 (no class April 2). This complimentary course is offered as a community service and grant funded by St. Johns County. A Credit Counselor will help you make a roadmap to financial peace. In addition, you will learn the importance of credit reports, repairing your credit and goal-setting for success. Class size is limited. Please call Darlene or Jonathan at (904) 280-3233 to reserve your place. ...
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            Monday, March 2

            02-26-2015

            From Memories to Manuscript
            Learn simple steps to write your biography Mondays from 10 a.m.-noon at the Players Senior Center, 175 Landrum Lane in Ponte Vedra Beach. Three two-hour sessions will take place Feb. 23 and March 2 and 9. By the end of the course, you will have written one or more sections of a memoir and gained the skills to further develop a project of any chosen length. The cost is$20 for the entire course with proceeds donated to the Players Senor Center. Space is limited; reserve your spot early. Call (904) 280-3233 for more information or to reserve your spot. Adult Tap Class ...
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            Tuesday, March 3

            02-26-2015

            Sunset Rotary Club Weekly Meeting
            The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset meets Tuesdays from 6-7:30 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. That Singles Thing Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church hosts That Singles Thing, a weekly Tuesday night gathering of single adults who are committed to encouraging each other in their faith with God. Meetings are from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday ...
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            Wednesday, March 4

            02-26-2015

            Civil War Discussion Group Meeting
            The monthly meeting of the "Understanding The Civil War" Discussion Group will be held on Wednesday, March 4 at 1 p.m. at the Watson Realty Sales Office, 3175 A1A S. in St. Augustine (just south of ACE Hardware.) For more information, email Charlie Smith at: smithc32@bellsouth.net. 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 ...
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