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    Mini pigs find hog heaven in Ponte Vedra

    07-24-2014

    Poppleton and Priscilla the mini-pigs have become the unofficial pet mascots of Ponte Vedra, taking social media by storm and enjoying celebrity at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and beyond. Melissa Nicholson, the mini-pigs’ owner, dresses and pampers ...
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    Adoptable pets at the St. Johns County Pet Center

    07-24-2014

    CAT OF THE WEEK
    Hello!! My name is Lily. I am a 5 year old, spayed female short hair cat. I was brought to the SJC Pet Center as a stray. I am a very sweet and loving pet who loves to be held and shown affection. Please visit me at the SJC Pet ...
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    Send us your news

    07-24-2014

    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?

    07-24-2014

    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

      Sidney Cardel’s celebrates new apparel line

      The Recorder 07-24-2014

      On July 19, Sidney Cardel’s launched a new line of classic women’s island style apparel from Island Company. The line includes items like tunics, linen pants, beach cover ups and dresses. The locally-owned store celebrated the launch with a ...
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      Community News

        Nocatee adds 2 neighborhoods, amenity park

        The Recorder 07-24-2014

        The PARC Group is adding two new Nocatee neighborhoods, expanding to meet the ongoing demand for new homes in the nation’s third best-selling master-planned community.
        Addison Park will be Nocatee’s newest Town Center neighborhood, located ...
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        FWA meeting focuses on POV

        The Recorder 07-24-2014

        It’s not surprising so many new writers are confused when it comes to choosing a point of view for their stories. Author and writing craft coach Vicki Taylor will answer the many questions about POV in her workshop, "Point of View: Who’s Going to Tell Your Story," at the FWA Ponte Vedra Writers meeting Saturday, July 26, 10:30 a.m. at the Ponte Vedra Library.
        In her talk, Vicki will discuss the differences in POV, and demonstrate the best ways to select the correct viewpoint and the correct POV character. After a career in the corporate world, Vicki penned 12 novels and novellas. ...
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        SHORT TAKES

        07-24-2014

        Free ‘Movies by the Bay’
        Ripley’s St. Augustine Attractions and St. Augustine Municipal Marina present the free summer movie series "Movies by the Bay." Movies will run each Wednesday night from June 11-August 13 at 8:30 p.m. at the city marina, located just behind Bayfront Mini Golf. Guests should bring chairs or blankets for seating, and the schedule might change due to inclement weather. Ripley’s Red Train Tours will offer a complimentary shuttle from the garage at the Visitor Information Center on Castillo Drive; pick-ups begin at 7:30 p.m. at the train depot and run every ...
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        Fleet Landing residents try virtual bowling

        The Recorder 07-24-2014

        Fleet Landing residents participated in the National Senior League’s Virtual Bowling Week to support Alzheimer’s and dementia research throughout July 13-19.
        Wii Bowlers and participants were asked to donate $5 to help support the cause. ...
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        IN REMEMBRANCE

        07-24-2014

        Barbara Bradley Sterling
        On July 8th, after 96 wonderful years, Barbara Bradley Sterling
        peacefully left us to be with the Lord in her Jacksonville Beach, FL home, surrounded by many loved ones. She was born on Jan. 21st, 1918 in Romeo, ...
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        Politics in St. Johns offers face time with candidates

        The Recorder 07-24-2014

        Participating candidates
        US Congress-District 6 David Cox State Senate-District 6 Derek Hankerson John Thrasher Attorney General Pam Bondi Campaign State Representative-District 17 Ronald "Doc" Renuart Campaign Rebecca S. Sharp Circuit Judge-7th ...
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        Swim school teaches all ages, skills joy of swimming

        Carrie Resch 07-24-2014

        The Recorder
        The coaches at Planet Swim Aquatics in Ponte Vedra Beach share a love of swimming and try to impart that on the community. They think that everyone should at least learn how to swim, especially living in Florida, and they believe ...
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        Historic steam locomotive to visit St. Marys

        The Recorder 07-24-2014

        Railfans from around the southeast are expected to descend on St. Marys, Ga., in early October to ride the St. Marys Steam Express.
        On Oct. 4, 5, 11 and 12, the 1930 saddle team steamer Lehigh Valley #126 will take passengers through the scenic ...
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        Thursday, July 24

        07-24-2014

        Politics in St. Johns
        The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Ponte Vedra Recorder and Hilton Garden Inn to host an evening candidate "Meet & Greet" reception which will provide an opportunity for citizens to meet and talk oneon-one with candidates seeking public office Thursday, July 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 45 PGA Tour Blvd. in Ponte Vedra Beach. There is no cost to attend. Appetizers will be provided and there will be a cash bar. This event is open to Chamber members, guests and the general public. Pre-registration is encouraged. Register ...
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        Sunday, July 27

        07-24-2014

        Summer Movie Classics
        "Gremlins" is showing at the Florida Theatre July 27 at 2 p.m. as part of the theatre’s Summer Movie Classics
        series every Sunday through August 31. The cost is $7.50 per person. The Florida Theatre is located at 128 E. Forsyth St. in downtown Jacksonville. For more information, call (904) 355-5661 or visit floridatheatre.com for a complete schedule. Practice with Purpose at Big Fish Yoga Practice with Purpose is an all-level yoga class offered on Sundays from 4-5 p.m. at Big Fish Power Yoga. The fee for the class is a $5 cash donation that goes to the charity that Big ...
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        Saturday, July 26

        07-24-2014

        Katz 4 Keeps Adoptions/Open House
        Katz 4 Keeps is having an adoption event/open house on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, June 27 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Katz 4 Keeps, 935B A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach (next to Sherwin Williams) and at Petco, 950 Marsh Landing Pkwy., in Jacksonville Beach. For more information, call (904) 834-3223 or visit katz4keeps. com. Caribbean Calypso Night The 6th annual Caribbean Calypso Night benefitting Caring Hands Caring Community is July 26 from 6-10 p.m. at the Lightner Museum, 75 King St. in St. Augustine. Tickets are $55. For more information, call (904) ...
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        Friday, July 25

        07-24-2014

        "33 Variations" at The Cummer
        The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and The 5 & Dime present "33 Variations," a play about Ludwig van Beethoven and the 33 variations he wrote on a waltz composed by Anton Diabelli. The play will be performed from July 18-July 27 at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave. For more information or tickets, call (904) 356-6857 or visit www.cummer.org. MOSH $5 Fridays Every Friday, come to MOSH to enjoy $5 admission and extended hours. The museum will be open late every Friday until 8 p.m. (Note: Additional discounts or coupons are not permitted.) ...
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        Thursday, July 31

        07-24-2014

        Trout Creek Exploration Kayak Trip
        The St. Johns County Recreation and Parks Department is hosting a guided kayak tour of Trout Creek from 9-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 31. Launching from the Trout Creek Community Center and Boat Ramp, 6795 Collier Road, St Augustine, FL 32092, the trip will provide participants with the opportunity to spend the day exploring the urban wilderness environment, learning about the local history, and discovering the flora and fauna from St. Johns County Naturalist AyoLane Halusky. The fee for this guided trip is $20 per person for St. Johns County residents ...
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        Monday, July 28

        07-24-2014

        Jaguars Night Practice at Bartram HS
        The Jacksonville Jaguars have teamed up with St. Johns County for a special, first of its kind, Jaguars Night Practice on Monday, July 28 at Bartram High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine Pkwy. in St. Johns. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the practice starts at 6:20 p.m. The family-friendly event will feature Jaxson de Ville, the ROAR Cheerleaders, and a family fun zone including face painting, football toss and photo opportunities. Alumni autographs will be available prior to practice and player autograph opportunities will be after practice. A zero tolerance ...
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        Tuesday, July 29

        07-24-2014

        Pawparazzi Gala
        The Pawparazzi Gala
        benefitting First Coast No More Homeless Pets is July 29 from 6-9 p.m.. at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville. The event features a champagne reception, seated gourmet dinner, runway fashion show featuring rescued pets, live music and a silent auction. Individual tickets are $85. FCHMHP is dedicated to ending pet overpopulation and making Duval County a no-kill community. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.fcnmhp.org. Palm Valley Farmers Market The Palm Valley Farmers Market is every Tuesday from 2-6:30 p.m. ...
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        Wednesday, July 30

        07-24-2014

        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 Looking to develop speaking and leadership skills? Ace a job interview? Ignite your career? The Ponte Vedra Toastmasters Club offers opportunities for improving communication and leadership skills. Join us every Wednesday at The Players Community Center at 175 Landrum Lane at 7:30 a.m. The ...
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        Business Profile

        07-24-2014

        Fine dining. An in-house cinema. An on-site spa. Staff that caters to your every need.
        If you think it sounds like a luxury hotel, you may be surprised to know that these are amenities offered to residents at The Windsor, the First Coast’s ...
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        It’s About Time Concierge ribbon cutting

        07-24-2014

        The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for the new local business, It’s About Time Concierge Services on July 8. It’s About Time caters to clients with active personal, professional or social lifestyles. The business ...
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        HELPING PATIENTS‘HEEL’

        Carrie Resch 07-24-2014

        The Recorder
        Pet therapy in hospitals has long been used to help elevate a patient’s mood during their hospital stay. The pet therapy program at Baptist Medical Center Beaches is taking that approach one step further. Besides patient visits, ...
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        Vet tips for keeping your pet out of the ER

        BPT 07-24-2014

        Picture this: It’s late in the evening when you realize that something is very wrong with your dog. Your normal veterinary clinic is closed, but you’re not sure if the problem can wait until tomorrow. You rush your pet to the closest ER and ...
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        Foster families needed for kittens at JHS

        The Recorder 07-24-2014

        Kitten season is here, and local shelters are reaching capacity.
        The Jacksonville Humane Society has issued an urgent plea for members of the community to register as foster parents to help ensure the survival of underage kittens that have been brought to the shelter. JHS will provide training and all supplies foster parents will need. People often find kittens without their mothers and bring them to shelters thinking the kittens have been abandoned, according to JHS. But mother cats often leave their kittens in search of food or to move kittens one at a time to a new location. ...
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        Upcoming events to help local animals

        The Recorder 07-24-2014

        Looking for a way to have a fun night on the town while helping animals? Animal advocate groups in the area rely on donations and volunteers to keep their programs going. Here are a few opportunities to meet up with fellow animal lovers and help your favorite animal rescue organization.
        Yappy Hour ‘Yappy Hour’ benefitting The Friends of St. Johns County Pet Center, is July 24 from 5-7 p.m. at San Sebastian Winery’s The Celler Upstairs. There will be a Pooch Punch and Kitty Cocktails created by the Winery and a raffle for a Winery gift basket. Attendees are encouraged to bring their ...
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        Decoding pet food claims to find the ideal nutrition

        BPT 07-24-2014

        In the United States, 62 million households have at least one pet, including 83 million dogs and 95 million cats. That’s a lot of people who love their pets, and one of the key aspects of caring for a furry family member is providing the right ...
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        Be chill, kitty: A guide to keeping cats calm in the summertime

        StatePoint 07-24-2014

        The majority of pet owners say they have at least one dog or cat with behavioral problems, which easily can be exacerbated by such disruptive things as summer thunderstorms and road trips.
        And unfortunately behavioral issues are the number one ...
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        Don’t forget the annual heartworm checkup

        StatePoint 07-24-2014

        One of the most fundamental responsibilities of pet ownership is an annual visit to the veterinarian for a heartworm checkup.
        Veterinarian and American Heartworm Society President Dr. Stephen Jones is offering some answers to common questions about this ritual. • My veterinarian is recommending a heartworm test, but my dog was just tested a year ago. Why does he need a test again so soon? Your dog should have an annual heartworm test to determine if he became infected during the previous season. As with many diseases, the earlier heartworm can be diagnosed, the better the ...
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        ‘Frozen’fans fill Ponte Vedra Library

        Shelley Marsh 07-24-2014

        Special to The Recorder
        Fans of the animated Disney movie "Frozen" filled the Ponte Vedra Branch Library during the Friends of the Library presentation "Frozen in July" on Thursday, July 17. Little girls in flowing dresses waited in line for their ...
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        Winn-Dixie asks for help feeding local students

        The Recorder 07-24-2014

        Local food banks, including Feeding Northeast Florida, are preparing for the upcoming school year and the fight against childhood hunger.
        Winn-Dixie has launched the Summer Backpack Hunger Relief Program in all stores to help the one out of four children in Northeast Florida who don’t know where their next meal will come from. Customers are encouraged to donate at any store register now through August 19. Every dollar donated will go directly to regional food banks to help fill backpacks with nutritious, fresh foods, according to a news release. "As a community food provider, no ...
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        Cypress Village celebrates artist-in-residence

        Carol McLeod 07-24-2014

        Community submission
        Cornelia Huggins is a much loved and talented artist. Her works were displayed at a special Art Exhibit on July 12 at Cypress Village. The art show featured a beautiful array of paintings created by Huggins, a Cypress Village ...
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        Winn-Dixie Summer Backpack Hunger Relief Program

        07-24-2014

        The 18 food banks benefitting from Winn-Dixie’s new program include:
        • America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, Inc., Savannah, Ga. • Feeding Northeast Florida, Jacksonville, Fla. • Feeding America Tampa Bay, Tampa, Fla. • Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla. • All Faiths Food Bank, Sarasota, Fla. • Food Bank of Manatee, Bradenton, Fla. • Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Ft. Myers, Fla. • Feeding South Florida, Pembroke Park, Fla. • Treasure Coast Food Bank, Fort Pierce, Fla. • America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend, ...
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        Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices announces backpack challenge

        The Recorder 07-24-2014

        Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty welcomes everyone to support its 15th Annual Backpack Challenge.
        The Northeast Florida real estate firm is collecting backpacks and school supplies for local children at all area Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty offices through Thursday, July 31. "A new backpack filled with school supplies prepares students for a successful school year," Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer said in a news release. "For many children, it boosts their self-esteem ...
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        3 Beaches heart attack survivors celebrate 90

        The Recorder 07-24-2014

        Three Beaches residents — Georgia Heitkemper, Mickey Pittman and Sam Newey — are celebrating their 90th birthdays despite suffering heart attacks earlier in life. They credit the Wilson-Epstein Center for Diagnostic and Rehabilitative Services ...
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        Kingfish week returns to the First Coast

        Pete Lasher 07-24-2014

        U.S.C.G. Lic. Captain
        Last Wednesday, July 16, I was invited to fish as part of the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament’s kickoff. I had the pleasure of fishing off a brand new 2014 Everglades armed with a 300 HP Yamaha by the owner of ...
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        The ospreys have been abandoned

        Mims Cushing 07-24-2014

        Columnist
        It happened after I wrote my column about ospreys a few weeks ago. All of a sudden the male disappeared. I wrote about how each spring ospreys settle into my pine tree with their babies. The male osprey flies to his nest in my yard near ...
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        A relationship needs more than love to survive

        Neil Rosenthal 07-24-2014

        Special to The Recorder
        Dear Neil, My fiance and I are in a 15 month relationship, and we’re planning on getting married 5 months from now. But before we marry, we need some help. First of all, you would think that we have been together long ...
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