Opening February 12 at Amelia Community Theatre - “Those Who Fall in Love Like Anchors Dropped upon the Ocean Floor”
Amelia Community Theatre
Submitted by Linda McClane
February 8, 2021
“Someone in love, they can wait….forever.” This simple statement sets the stage for Amelia Community Theatre’s next production, “Those Who Fall in Love like Anchors Dropped upon the Ocean Floor.”
Award-winning Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer has written a “once upon a time” love story about love and time, reminding us that “love is elastic and can add years to your life.”
Four actors take the audience on a time-looping journey with stops and rewinds at a Parisian watch shop, an Appalachian snowfield, a Russian submarine, and an ordinary restaurant, the scene for an awkward first date.
The cast includes Wendy Gilvey, M.K. Larsen, Nicholas Marquardt, and Ron Price. They play characters getting to know each other while hunting rabbits in the snow, and characters who don’t quite connect on a blind date. One love story features two women on a Russian submarine in the Cold War, and one poignant tale involves a shopkeeper waiting for a woman to return for the watch she left with him to repair.
The show is co-directed by ACT’s Executive Director Tener Wade and Lisa Howard-Welch, who directed last season’s “Leading Ladies.”
Director Howard-Welch has enjoyed the collaborative directing approach and says, “The show’s themes are pretty clear – love is pretty obvious. All kinds. Young, second chance, unrequited, serendipitous, and even spontaneous love. But, also time. All of the events within this play are at the mercy of time and at certain points in the play could go either way… find love, or find a broken heart.”
Director Wade admires Kruckemeyer’s intriguing titles and intriguing dialogue in his plays. “I’m very excited for audiences to watch the characters in this play fall in love. This show is a wonderful reminder about how love can bend the laws of time. This is a fantastic modern show where everyone onstage is telling unique stories and encouraging the audience to come along for the ride.”
Performances, both in-person and livestreamed, are at 8 p.m. on February 12-13, 18-20, 25-27 and at 2 p.m. on February 14 and 21 at 207 Cedar Street. The show is rated PG-13 for adult language. In-person tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students through college. Masks are required for in-person attendance, with limited, socially-distanced assigned seating for each party. Livestream tickets are $15 for an individual, $30 for a household of 2-4 people, and $90 for a group of 5-10. Call the ACT Box Office at (904) 261-6749 or purchase online at AmeliaCommunityTheatre.org. Box office hours are 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Nassau County Health Department Continues to Increase Numbers of Vaccinations Administered
Nassau County Insider
February 8, 2021
On Friday, February 5th, 350 individuals received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination at an event held at the Yulee Ballpark/Gymnasium. Included are some photos from that vaccination event. A big thank you to the OMNI Amelia Island Plantation for providing the County with two golf carts to shuttle individuals to/from the parking area to the vaccination site on Friday.
Out of the 975 doses received last week from the State of Florida, 620 doses were administered at a vaccination event held at the Yulee Middle School on Saturday, February 6th. All other doses were administered through appointments at the Nassau County Department of Health and/or Closed Points of Dispensing (PODs).
As of Sunday, February 7th, a total of 10,978 vaccinations have been administered. That includes 8,131 individuals who have received their first dose, as well as 2,847 individuals who have received their second dose. Vaccination information is updated by the State daily and can be located on their website.
The State supplied 975 additional vaccines late last week and a randomized drawing from the wait list was done early last Friday morning. If you are registered through OneNassau utilizing the EventBrite system, please check your email to see if you have received anything. You will use this email to “claim your ticket” and will then be directed to contact Emergency Management at (904) 548-0900 to schedule your appointment. If you do not receive an email, it means that your name was not drawn this this time, however your name will remain on the list for all future drawings until you have received your vaccination.
FERNANDINA BEACH, FL (February 3, 2021) – The Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation is proud to announce the election of three new members: Sarah Edwards, Penny Glackin, and Pastor Darryl Bellar. This expansion of the Board will enhance diversity, provide new insights, and increase our ability to serve the children of Nassau County.
Sarah Edwards has most recently been working as a consultant with the Nassau Economic Development Board to update their Strategic Plan. Her previous experience includes several positions with The Coca-Cola Company spanning 1993-2018.
Penny Glackin joins the Board after most recently working with Take Stock in Children as the College Success Coach for over six years. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, Penny is on the School Advisory Council at Fernandina Beach High School, a licensed foster parent, and an avid photographer. Watch for her photos on our Instagram and Facebook pages.
Pastor Darryl Bellar is a Fernandina Beach High School alumnus (’83) and has been back in the area as Lead Pastor of The Journey Church since 2007. Pastor Darryl has been married for over 30 years, has two daughters and two grandchildren.
We welcome these new Board members and look forward to our continuing growth to reach all children who need us most in Nassau County.
For more information on Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County please visit bgcnassau.org.
Nassau County Boys & Girls Clubs Foundation Wins National Award for Seventh Time
For the 7th year in a row, Charity Navigator has recognized the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation with its Four-Star Award.
Charity Navigator, launched in 2001, is a charity assessment organization that evaluates charitable organizations in the United States. Its stated goal is “to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace in which givers and the charities they support work in tandem to overcome the nation’s and the world’s most persistent challenges.”
In addition to the top four-star rating, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation is among the select few organizations to receive a “perfect” or 100-percent rating for transparency and accountability.
Charity Navigator bases its ratings on analysis of a charity’s financial accountability, transparency and how the funds it receives are used. Our administrative and fundraising costs are lean, which means almost all donations to the Foundation, the fundraising arm of the two local Clubs, directly support the outstanding programs offered to Nassau County Club members.
For more information about what the Nassau County Clubs have to offer local youth and to help with the Boys & Girls Clubs mission, visit us at www.bgcnassau.org or call 904-261-8666.
Keep Nassau Beautiful Celebrates Florida Arbor Day by Distributing 500 Trees to Nassau County Residents
Nassau County, Florida, February 3, 2021 – Florida Arbor Day is celebrated annually on the third Friday in January. In 2021 Keep Nassau Beautiful (KNB) celebrated the day with their second annual Adopt-A-Tree project. During the inaugural event in 2020 KNB distributed more than 340 free trees to Nassau County residents. The goal for the 2021 project was increased to distribute 500 free trees to Nassau County residents. Residents responded enthusiastically and reserved all 500 trees in advance!
To ensure the safety of participants and volunteers KNB utilized an on-line educational program and tree species reservation process. Residents were asked to view a video recorded by Rebecca Jordi, former Nassau County Extension Director and certified arborist, to learn about proper planting and maintenance of trees in the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone for Nassau County. UF/IFAS Tree Specification Sheets were provided via an on-line link for the initial seven species of trees available through the event. After viewing the educational video and the tree specification sheets residents used an on-line form to reserve their preferred species of one or two trees from those available at the time of their reservation. Residents had the option of picking up their trees from three locations in Nassau County on subsequent Saturdays in January. More than 40 volunteers assisted in the three drive-through events held in Fernandina Beach, Callahan, and Yulee. The volunteers provided 180 hours of service to load trees into vehicles for safe travel to their new homes in Nassau County.
Liberty Landscape Supply of Fernandina Beach sourced the seven species of trees, cared for them until their scheduled distribution date, and delivered the trees to each of the three distribution locations. Many residents commented on the quality of the trees noting their size and health as superb.
“Keep Nassau Beautiful is fortunate again this year to have the support of Rayonier, Rayonier Advanced Materials, Liberty Landscape Supply, Florida Department of Transportation, Nassau County Board of County Commissioners, Fernandina Beach City Commissioners, the Callahan Masonic Lodge, individual donors, and our many hearty volunteers,” said Kelley McCarter, KNB Board Member and Adopt-A-Tree Project Chair.
With on-going support from the community for an annual Florida Arbor Day event, Keep Nassau Beautiful plans to continue the Adopt-A-Tree project in 2022 to help off-set the loss of trees in Nassau County due to development, weather events, and age. If you would like to learn more, donate, or to register for notification of the next Adopt-A-Tree event, visit https://keepnassaubeautiful.org/programs/planting-nassaus-future/ or 904-261-0165.
Take Stock in Children
Robin C. Lentz, Executive Director
February 3, 2021
Take Stock in Children of Nassau County (TSICN) is excited to announce they are hosting a virtual gala Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 7 in the evening. The “Home Grown Virtual Gala” is inspired by Take Stock’s desire to support and showcase local businesses in Nassau County and feature talented and deserving Take Stock Nassau students, while keeping our guests safe as they participate from home. Ticketed guests will pick up a three-course meal from the popular Lagniappe Restaurant and tune in to the program live-streamed from Amelia Community Theatre. The event will be hosted by the talented John Drew and guests will be entertained by dazzling performances from Take Stock students. The gala will include an online auction to bid on fun excursions, unique art and jewelry, and gift certificates to local restaurants and shops.
TSICN is a nonprofit organization working to stop the cycle of poverty for low-income students. TSICN provides mentors and scholarships to academically promising students. The program begins in middle school, continues through high school, and supports students in college and career. Public and private donations help qualified Nassau County students achieve their dreams for a better future through their own hard work and Take Stock’s support.
“Take Stock in Children Nassau County is focused on changing the lives of talented, deserving local students and helping them achieve their dreams. We hope you will join us for this fun event and make a difference for these talented students,” says Chair of the Board of Directors, Regina Lee.
Help celebrate March as “Take Stock in Children” month by purchasing tickets to the virtual gala at www.takestocknassau.org. Your investment stays local and builds the rigorous standards of success for TSICN students.
One Nassau recently issued the following Press Release to notify residents that Publix locations in Fernandina Beach and Yulee have been approved by the Federal Retail Pharmacy to begin administering vaccines later this week. Individuals 65+ can register for an appointment beginning on Wednesday, February 3rd. Here is a link to the Publix registration site.
Residents can also still register for Nassau County’s vaccination wait list at www.onenassau.com. Names will remain on the list until pulled for a vaccination, therefore, you only need to register once. You will be notified via email to claim you appointment when your name is drawn.
If you have any questions, please contact Emergency Management at 904-548-0900.
PUBLIC INFORMATION RELEASE – 02/01/2021 1800 HOURS
CONTACT: DAVE RICHARDSON
PIO NASSAU COUNTY EOC
PODs, or points of dispensing, are community locations in which state and local agencies dispense medical countermeasures, such as vaccine, to the entire affected population during a public health emergency. To aid in rapidly dispensing these medical countermeasures, local public health departments use two types of PODs: open and closed.
Open PODs are run by public health officials and located at large public locations such as arenas or schools. In Nassau County, DOH-Nassau uses 60% of the county’s weekly “firstdose” allocation from the state to provide initial doses of vaccine to the targeted population (i.e. aged 65 years and over) in open PODs. In order to ensure vaccine distribution is equitable among this population, no one is disadvantaged by location or access to technology, and no one has to stand in long lines in inclement weather, random numbers are generated to select registrants from the OneNassau Vaccine Waitlist to make appointments. The Nassau County CoViD-19 Vaccination Plan, posted on the County’s official website, documents this process in detail.
To increase the number of individuals that can physically be vaccinated each week and ensure members of the target population in underserved areas are reached, the remaining 40% of each week’s allocation of vaccine is used in closed PODs. Closed PODs are sites staffed and managed by partner organizations to dispense the medical countermeasures to discrete populations. These partners have entered into formal agreements with the Florida Department of Health to guarantee all storage, handling, security, paperwork, and reporting requirements are met while providing their own licensed medical professionals to administer the vaccine. DOH-Nassau will continue to partner with medical professionals, nongovernmental organizations, civic and faith-based entities that can help identify and reach our underserved, targeted population during this public health emergency.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have long recommended that open and closed PODs can and should be used simultaneously to distribute critical medical countermeasures as rapidly and efficiently as possible during a public health emergency.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (February 2, 2021) – The Fiorentino Group (TFG) today announced that it has named Davis Bean as a principal with the government relations and business development firm.
Bean utilizes his skills in legislative affairs and policy development to create strategies to assist TFG clients with appropriations, agriculture, local governmental matters, economic development and education issues. He also aids in development and implementation of the firm’s strategic marketing activities.
“I am so pleased that Davis is taking the next step in his career as a leader within our firm,” said TFG President and Founder Marty Fiorentino. “He is a smart and talented advocate who has delivered outstanding results for our clients. I look forward to watching him continue to grow as one of Florida’s leading public affairs professionals.”
Bean got his start in politics in Polk County, serving as campaign manager for State Senator Kelli Stargel. Prior to joining TFG, Bean served as the top aide to State Representative Cord Byrd. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Management from the Warrington School of Business at the University of Florida. While at UF, Bean was tapped into Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the State of Florida. Prior to graduation he was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame for outstanding commitment to improving the University of Florida. Recently, Bean was named as a “Rising Star” in Florida politics by Influence Magazine.
About The Fiorentino Group (TFG):
TFG is a full-service government relations and business development firm with offices in Jacksonville and Tallahassee. The firm provides a broad range of consulting services to Fortune 500 companies and other highly regarded organizations looking to influence public policy and create new business opportunities. Founded in 2002, we are distinguished by our unparalleled relationships with decision-makers, our work in complex issues and our more than 50 years of combined experience in state, local and federal government relations. For more information, please visit www.thefiorentinogroup.com.
Below is an important update from Nassau County Emergency Management related to the State’s new COVID-19 Vaccination system:
Our team is aware of, and continuously monitoring, the State of Florida's new ShareCare COVID Vaccine Registration and Scheduling system that was announced late 01/29/21.
Although we are looking forward to the state system being a success, there are indications that it continues to have difficulties that might cause delays and scheduling problems for residents.
Nassau residents in the groups currently targeted for vaccination in the Governor's Executive Order #20-315, should register for the OneNassau Vaccine Waitlist through www.OneNassau.com, even if they decide to register in the statewide system. The systems do not communicate with each other.
Residents who have already registered for the OneNassau Vaccine Waitlist do not need to register again - multiple/duplicate entries are deleted.
Until we are positive that there will be no issues with the new ShareCare system, scheduling for local first doses of CoViD-19 vaccine will continue to be completed through our OneNassau system.
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