News in brief for the week of May 26 to June 1, 2022

Learn how to craft satisfying story endings

Award-winning author Ken Pelham will explain the importance of delivering a strong ending in his presentation “Big Finish!” Writing the Story Climax” at the Saturday, May 28 meeting of the FWA Ponte Vedra Writers Group, 10 a.m. at the Ponte Vedra Branch Library.

Pelham, a Central Florida author, will share his secrets for creating the best and most effective ending for the story the writer is telling, share strategies of great storytellers and how to put them to work for writers today. today.

Pelham has won numerous awards for her short stories, novels and non-fiction. In October, his short story, “The Medusa Jump,” won silver at the Royal Palm Literary Awards, and his non-fiction book, “Gumshoes, Fangs, Rockets & Spies: How Literary Genres Evolve and Change Our World “, won the gold medal. RPLA for the story.

The Ponte Vedra Writers Group is part of the Florida Writers Association, a statewide nonprofit organization with nearly 1,500 members dedicated to supporting aspiring and published writers in all genres. The May 28 meeting is free and open to members and non-members. For more information on FWA, visit

“Fashion For Action” to benefit the Betty Griffin Center

Local models and influential men, women and their children will showcase fashion from the Betty Griffin Thrift Shoppes at the second annual ‘Fashion for Action’ fundraising event from 6-8pm on Friday, June 3 at Crosswater Hall in Nocatee , 245 Nocatee Center Promenade in Ponte Vedra beach.

All proceeds will go to the Betty Griffin Center, which provides shelter and support for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse in St. Johns County.

“This very fun event helps fund our mission, and we hope it inspires more people to shop at our Betty Griffin Thrift Shoppes, which further helps us help the survivors we serve,” Kelly said. Franklin, CEO of the Betty Griffin Center. “Our models are all local volunteers who will model unique finds at our thrift stores.”

Tickets for the event are $30 per person and can be purchased on at

For more information, see the special event page on or email the Betty Griffin Center’s Director of Development, Kenlie Kubart, at [email protected]

Health screenings in Ponte Vedra

Area residents can learn more about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other serious chronic diseases through screenings by Life Line Screening. The Presbyterian Church of Ponte Vedra will host this event on June 3 at 4510 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. Six times are proposed.

Projections can verify:

  • The level of plaque buildup in the arteries, linked to the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and overall vascular health.
  • HDL and LDL cholesterol levels
  • Diabetes risk
  • Bone density as a possible osteoporosis risk
  • Kidney and thyroid function, and more

A free parking is available.

Pricing starts at $159, but consultants will create a package that’s right for you based on age and risk factors. Call 1-877-237-1354 or visit Pre-registration is required.

Election Supervisor launches new website ahead of election season

The St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections launched a new website May 16 with a focus on transparency, simplified navigation and efficient service delivery. Located at, the site is designed to help residents, voters, candidates, and elected officials quickly access relevant and timely information on a variety of election-related topics.

The main data-driven navigation flows are described to provide the essential information points that website visitors have historically accessed. Key drop-down links, including Elections, Voters, Voter Education, Current Elected Officials, and Candidates, have been designed to provide convenient access to frequently searched information and documents with just a few clicks.

St. Johns County Elections Supervisor Vicky Oakes began the overhaul process in January, knowing that key audiences of residents and voters continue to rely on convenient electronic and digital information channels. The four-month design process involved an in-house design team and input from communications and web design professionals as well as St. Johns County residents and constituents. The new website is part of the Election Supervisor’s evolving communications program which also includes a new newsletter, new social media platforms and additional community outreach.

Newcomers Alumnae unveils its new name

Newcomers Alumnae, an all-girls social club that accepts new members throughout the year, will install new leaders at the next monthly luncheon, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on June 1 at the Marsh Landing Country Club. Newcomers Alumnae will also unveil their new name, which was voted on unanimously at the May luncheon.

Marsh Landing Country Club is located at 25655 Marsh Landing Parkway, Ponte Vedra Beach.

The cost to attend the luncheon is $23 and reservations should be made by contacting [email protected] as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

Saint-Augustin rehabilitates a sanitary sewer manhole

Rehabilitation of sanitary sewer manholes will take place throughout the city of St. Augustine through September 30. The rehabilitations are part of the city’s gravity sanitary sewer entry and infiltration program. This work is an ongoing effort by the city to prevent the deterioration or failure of vulnerable infrastructure, as well as to prevent groundwater and soil from entering the sanitary sewer collection system.

Properties in affected areas are being notified with door hangers. For maps and details of the specific areas affected, go to

Questions can be directed to the Public Works Department at 904-825-1040 or by email at [email protected]

St. Augustine Mobility Fee Takes Effect

St. Augustine’s mobility fee went into effect May 17.

The one-time fee is imposed for any new residential or non-residential development and redevelopment activity that requires planning permission, results in increased use of existing property, and impacts the city’s transportation infrastructure.

The city’s mobility plan consists of four separate plans that include parking and shuttle alternatives, improvements for pedestrians and cyclists that will help reduce car traffic and congestion in the city center and comprehensive recommendations design of streets to improve the quality of life and living conditions of residents. .

Answers to frequently asked questions and additional materials are available on the city’s website at

Questions about mobility fees and the plan can be directed to Planning and Construction Manager Amy Skinner at 904-825-4320.

Sulzbacher honors Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville with award

The Sulzbacher Beaches Health Center, a health facility operated in Jacksonville Beach by Sulzbacher, honored the Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville on May 5 with the “2022 Beaches Healthy Hero” award at Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant. The award was presented as part of Fiesta on the Beach, a fundraising event to benefit the health center.

The award was established in 2011 to annually honor and recognize individuals, organizations or agencies that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to improving the health and well-being of the beach community.

For many years, the Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville shared its expertise with Sulzbacher as medical services expanded to meet the needs of the community.

Taco & Tequila Festival Tickets On Sale Now

The second annual Jacksonville Taco & Tequila Festival will be a two-day event this year at Riverside Park next to the historic 5 Points. The festival will take place September 24-25 and will feature Mexican cuisine from more than 20 restaurants and food trucks, as well as tequila stations, artisan margaritas, local makers, games, live music and more. .

This year’s entertainment will include musicians and bands in the blues, reggae and electronic genres. The headliners and line-up will be announced on June 1.

The festival can be enjoyed with a general admission pass, but there will also be a limited number of VIP sampling experiences and tequila available for purchase. The festival is a fundraiser for several non-profit organizations in Jacksonville to benefit the arts, community enrichment and education.

For tickets and more information, go to Prices range from $20 to $250.

INK! organizes an event for school employees

INK! (Investing in Children) will be hosting its School Employee Community Appreciation Event from 4-8 p.m. on June 11 for all St. Johns School District staff and their families. The festivities will take place at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5840 State Road 207, Elkton.

According to INK! General Manager Donna Lueders, local individuals and businesses help fund the family activity day and musical entertainment.

Jordan Fletcher, a former St. Johns County resident, Bartram Trail High School graduate and Nashville-based country music artist, will headline the musical portion of the event. Opening acts include St. Augustine High School graduate and Nashville-based country artist Davis Loose, as well as Dean Winter and the Heat playing country and American favorites.

The event is open to all St. Johns County school employees, school administrators and support staff from the 45 public schools in the district. Lueders said nearly 6,000 employees are invited to the festivities.

— Compiled by Shaun Ryan

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