The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the students for Leadership Nassau Class 20.
Attendees include: Violet Boerescu - Coldwell Banker The Amelia Group, Chris Bouton- SunTrust Bank, Melanie Brubaker - Amelia River Cruises and Charters, Rachel "Rae" Crews - WestRock, Leland Edwards - First Federal Bank, Marjanna Garvin - Rayonier Advanced Materials, Andrew Godek - Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Jennifer Gregory - Southeastern Bank, Jeffery Little - Nassau County Board of County Commissioners, Kyle Malucci - Town of Hilliard, Elizabeth O'Quinn - Residence Inn Amelia Island, Ta'Nasha "Tee" Parker - Nassau County Economic Development Board, Wayne Peterson - Rayonier Advanced Materials, Catherine Savage - Family Support Services of North Florida, Barbara Stewart - Locals' Cocktail Lounge & Sadler Ranch, Patricia Truex Stewart - Castle Group, Lauren Taylor - Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare, Kristina Vickers - LignoTech Florida, Casee Walley - The Main Street America Group, and Tim Williams - Nassau Count Property Appraiser.
Leadership Nassau assists in the development of community leaders by providing participants from diverse backgrounds with an understanding of the problems and issues facing the community. The program fosters the development of leadership skills and techniques in an environment that encourages the establishment of new relationships and communication networks between participants.
The class begins with team building activities. Additional sessions include Economic Development, Education, Justice and Law Enforcement, Government, Environment, Health Issues/Social Concerns, Arts and Culture and a Regional Issues Day. "The Leadership Nassau program gave me the knowledge I needed to better understand and serve my community. There is so much to learn and experience in the program, whether you've lived here for one year or forty," said Joshua Whitfield, Amelia Island Museum of History, Leadership Nassau Class 19 graduate.
For more information on Leadership Nassau, please contact the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce at email@example.com or (904) 261-3248.
Emergency Need for All Blood Types
National blood shortages are impacting blood centers across the country, and locally LifeSouth Community Blood Centers also faces emergency need for all blood types.
Summer months take a toll on the blood supply, and this year has been especially difficult here in Duval County and across the country. Hospitals rely on LifeSouth and LifeSouth blood donors to make sure blood is available before it is needed. All blood types are necessary, and donors are asked to donate now to ensure local hospitals have the blood needed to help patients suffering from traumas, cancers and chronic illnesses.
First time donors are always welcome and encouraged to give blood donation a try. All donor receive a thank you gift, and a mini-physical, including blood pressure, temperature, iron level and a cholesterol screen.
LifeSouth is also seeking business partners on the First Coast to host blood drives and save local lives. LifeSouth works with businesses and organizations of all sizes and across multiple industries. LifeSouth makes hosting a blood drive simple and fun with onsite recruiting, themed blood drives, digital and printed media, and support throughout the process. A blood drive is a great addition to any event and could satisfy community service hours and wellness program initiatives.
Donors must be at least 17 or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is needed. LifeSouth's donor center in Jacksonville, FL is located at 7840 Baymeadows Way. LifeSouth's bloodmobiles will also be out at many locations in coming days (see below for schedule of upcoming blood drives). For additional information about donation or to find a blood mobile drive near you, call LifeSouth toll-free at 888-795-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org. Appointments can also be made online and walk-ins are always welcome.
The Northeast FL Regional Council is looking for community input on resiliency. The interactive R2ET platform - an innovative map tool that allows users to determine if a specific resource (or multiple resources) will be exposed to coastal flooding. In the top right corner of the page, you will also find a "Regional Survey" link that will take you to a survey that will help us gauge community support, concerns, and interest in programs related to resilience.
The types of flooding presented are FEMA flood hazard zones, storm surge for evacuation planning, depth of flood at defined storm occurrence intervals, and sea level rise at defined water levels. The flood layers can be overlaid on a variety of data to graphically analyze where specific vulnerabilities occur – from critical facilities and population density to low income/minority populations and wildlife.
The Regional Resilience Exposure Tool (R2ET) is intended to function as a base-line resource for citizens, businesses, and governmental actors to kickstart conversations about sea level rise and emergency preparedness. Utilizing this tool, as well as other community engagement resources offered by the Northeast Florida Regional Council, local communities will be able to have better-informed conversations about building a resilient future.
Click the link below to take a quick survey:
Help Support Nassau County Public School Students with Donations of School Supplies
Barnabas Center will be coordinating the annual GoKids! School Supply collection drive in partnership with the Nassau County Public Schools and WestRock. This donation drive provides schools with supplies to distribute to students in need for the upcoming school year. All school supplies may be donated, including backpacks, notebooks, paper, glue sticks, crayons, #2 pencils, scissors, pocket folders, etc.
Donations can be dropped off at any of the following locations in Fernandina Beach and Yulee:
Barnabas will collect and distribute donated supplies to schools in Nassau County. Monetary donations are also accepted and may be sent to Barnabas Center, 1303 Jasmine Street, Suite 101, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Please note that the donation is designated to GoKids! Last year, 1,560 pounds of school supplies were divided among all 13 schools in Nassau County.
For more information about Barnabas' programs, please visit www.BarnabasNassau.org.
Join the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce and the Fernandina Beach Fire Department on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 for Hot Topics: Hands-Only CPR Training from 8:30-9:30 A.M. at the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101-G, Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Hands-Only CPR is a public awareness campaign to encourage more people to act when they see a teen or adult suddenly collapse. The Hands-Only CPR course is under an hour long and will not meet requirements if you need certification for your job - but it just might help you save a life! For more information about Fernandina Beach Fire Department CPR instruction, call (904) 310-3153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hot Topics workshops are free for Chamber of Commerce members and $25.00 for prospective members. For more information, CLICK HERE or call (904) 261-3248.
The 2020 season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival (www.aicmf.com) will present music lovers with a dazzling range of world-renowned artists typically seen in New York, London or Chicago. From the opening performance in January with European superstar violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter to its closing Season Finale Celebration in April with acclaimed violin virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman, the 10 concerts of the Festival’s 19th season are packed with a stunning array of star power.
In addition to violin greats Mutter and Zukerman, Festival-goers will thrill to the music of violin superstar Itzhak Perlman, bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, dynamic pianist Valentina Lisitsa, virtuoso cellist Lynn Harrell and the internationally acclaimed Dover Quartet. This truly will be a season to remember.
Tickets for the 2020 season will go on sale this September for Festival donors and in October for the general public at www.aicmf.com or by calling 904-261-1779.
Christopher Rex, the Festival’s artistic and general director, said: “Our 2020 schedule clearly reflects our growth into one of the nation’s premier classical music festivals. The ability to grace our stages with such internationally renowned artists is testimony to the strong, abiding support of our valued contributors, ticket-buyers and volunteers. We extend our sincere thanks to our many friends and, we invite you to take part in what will be our greatest season.”
Highlights of the Festival’s 2020 season include:
Anne-Sophie Mutter—January 24
Anne-Sophie Mutter is universally considered one of the greatest violinists of modern times. For more than 40 years, the four-time Grammy winner has been a fixture as a soloist in all of the world’s most important concert halls. Her appearance at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival will mark one of her few U.S. appearances in 2020.
Ricky Skaggs—February 9
This Grammy-winning singer and composer is a bluegrass and country music legend. Ricky Skaggs has been inducted into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame, the International Bluegrass Music’s Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Dover Quartet—February 16 and April 17
The Dover Quartet, our quartet-in-residence, is one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The first-ever quartet-in-residence for the Kennedy Center, the Dover also is quartet-in-residence for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Chamber Music Northwest, Artosphere and Peoples’ Symphony in New York. The quartet will be joined by Roberto Diaz, viola, and Christopher Rex, cello, on February 16.
Christiania Piano Trio—February 23
The trio is composed of violinist David Coucheron, concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO); Christopher Rex, the Festival’s artistic and general director and retired principal cellist of the ASO; and Julie Coucheron, an acclaimed pianist who tours internationally.
Pamela Frank and Peter Serkin—March 1
Violinist Pamela Frank performs regularly as a recitalist with many of today's foremost orchestras. Recipient of a coveted Avery Fisher Prize, she also is professor of violin at the Curtis Institute of Music. Pianist Peter Serkin is admired equally for his performances of established repertoire and as a consummate interpreter of contemporary music. He is a founding member of the acclaimed Tashi Quartet.
Itzhak Perlman—March 19
Violinist Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. He has appeared with every major orchestra and in recitals and festivals around the world. His recordings have garnered 15 Grammy Awards, and in 2008 he was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the recording arts.
Valentina Lisitsa--March 31
With more than 83 million YouTube views, piano virtuoso Valentina Lisitsa is one of the most watched classical musicians on the internet. An Amelia Island favorite, Valentina is at ease with a vast repertoire, ranging from Bach and Mozart to Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Bernstein. Her orchestral repertoire includes more than 40 concertos.
Lynn Harrell with Elizabeth Pridgen—April 5
Known as the “Dean of American Cellists,” Lynn Harrell has been revered as one of the world’s greatest cellists for over 50 years. The Grammy-winner’s discography of more than 70 recordings includes collaboration with such eminent musicians as Itzhak Perlman, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Zubin Mehta. Pianist Elizabeth Pridgen is a distinguished soloist and chamber musician. Artistic Director of the Atlanta Chamber Players, she performs regularly at festivals in the U.S. and Europe.
Zukerman Trio—April 26
With a celebrated career spanning five decades, Pinchas Zukerman reigns as one of today's most sought-after and versatile musicians as a violin and viola soloist, conductor, and chamber musician. He launched his trio in 2013, and since then, the ensemble has traveled around the globe and performed at such major festivals as Ravinia, the BBC Proms, Edinburgh, Verbier, and Bravo! Vail.
Spring Institute, the Festival’s premier training program for young artists will occur in early June 2020.
For complete information about the Festival’s 2020 season, visit us at www.aicmf.com and on Facebook.
Cars & Coffee at the Concours allows individuals with vintage, special interest and collectible vehicles to gather on the same show field used to display vehicles entered in the following day’s prestigious Concours d’Elegance.
With growth year after year, the event now includes over 450 vehicles and thousands of spectators. Coffee and donuts are available to enjoy. Manufacturers celebrate their heritage with designated car corrals and invite the public to enjoy an up-close look at their newest vehicles. For the past three years Automobile Magazine has used the venue to announce their Automobile All-Star award winners.
Automobile Magazine revealed the Automobile All-Star Award winners at Cars & Coffee at the Concours in 2019.
Building on last year's success, The Amelia continues to enhance Cars & Coffee at the Concours for 2020. Paul Teutul Jr, from American Chopper and Paul Jr. Designs, will be on hand to present two "Chairman's Choice" awards designed and built by Paul himself. Rod Emory of Emory Motorsports will present the "Outlaw" award to the vehicle that best evokes Emory's "outlaw" builds. Pixar's Jay Ward will select a new "Pixar Pick." Popular YouTubers will be on hand to document the event and meet with entrants. Celebrated drivers will mingle with the crowd, stopping for photos and to chat with attendees.
Along with the wide variety of vehicles welcome, Cars & Coffee at the Concours will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Nissan Z car and the the arrival of the new C8 Chevrolet Corvette with focused car corrals. Owners of Nissan/Datsun Z cars and Chevrolet Corvettes of any year are invited to apply to be included in these special celebrations.
Left to Right: The Amelia's Chris Brewer and Brian Webber congratulate Chairman's Choice winner Buzz St. John who holds the award created by Paul Teutul Jr. of American Chopper and Paul Jr. Designs. Thanks to the team at Miscellaneous Sheet Metal in Jacksonville, Florida for creating the trophy's center logo.
Cars & Coffee at the Concours is free for spectators. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance views Cars & Coffee at the Concours as a gift to the community, a family-friendly “thank you” for supporting the event and making the award-winning show, now in its 25th year, a reality.
Entering your vehicle involves an application and a small registration fee. The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is now accepting applications for 2020. Visit https://www.ameliaconcours.org/cars-coffee.aspx for more details and updates.
Tickets for the 25th Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance are now available online.
Tickets for special events including The Porsche Driving Experience, Friday and Saturday Seminars and select Concours ticket packages are selling out quickly. Reserve your spot now.
For more info & to purchase tickets visit, https://www.ameliaconcours.org/shop/tickets.
About The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
THE AMELIA is held March 5-8, 2020 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and The Golf Club of Amelia Island. The show’s Foundation has donated over $3.5 million to Community Hospice & Palliative Care, Spina Bifida of Jacksonville and other local and national charities since 1996. To learn more about the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, visit www.ameliaconcours.org.
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Nassau County Road Department Notice of Intent to Begin Construction on Railroad Crossings in Need of Repair
On behalf of CSX, the Nassau County Road Department is issuing a Notice of Intent to Begin Construction on the following railroad crossing due to repairs needed - times and proposed dates as listed:
CR121 in Hilliard, FL – July 11 at 8:00 am to July 15 at 5:00 pm --closed all night. Proposed Detour: US1 to Andrews Road to CR121
Andrews Road in Hilliard, FL – July 15 at 8:00 am to July 20 at 5:00 pm --closed all night. Proposed Detour: US1 to CR121 to Andrews Road
Ingham Road in Hilliard, FL – July 16 at 8:00 am to July 21 at 5:00 pm --closed all night. Proposed Detour: US1 to CR108 to Pine Street to Ingham Road
Pratt Siding Road in Callahan, FL – July 17 at 8:00 am to July 22 at 5:00 pm --closed all night. Proposed Detour: US1 to Henry Smith Road to Old Dixie Hwy to Pratt Siding Road
Dyal Road in Callahan, FL – July 18 at 8:00 am to July 23 at 5:00 pm --closed all night. Proposed Detour: US1 to Henry Smith Road to Old Dixie Hwy to Dyal Road
Braddock Road in Callahan, FL – July 18 at 8:00 am to July 23 at 5:00 pm --closed all night. Citizens on north side of tracks will be contacted concerning detour
Old Dixie Hwy in Callahan, FL – July 22 at 8:00 am to July 27 at 5:00 pm --closed all night. Proposed Detour: Brandies Avenue to River Road to Bypass Road to Old Dixie Hwy
River Road in Callahan, FL – TBD, but not at the same time as Old Dixie Hwy so this road can be used as that detour.
Pickett Street in Callahan, FL – July 23 at 8:00 am to July 28 at 5:00 pm --closed all night. Proposed Detour: US1 to US301 to Pickett Street
Ratliff Road in Callahan, FL – July 25 at 8:00 am to July 30 at 5:00 pm --closed all night. Proposed Detour: US1 to US301 to Thomas Creek Road to Ratliff Road
Please note that any/all dates are subject to change due to weather and/or other conditions. For additional information, please contact Angela D. Nelis at Southern Commercial Development 803-808-3600.
Amelia's Fine Jewelry is having a Christmas in July Sale on Friday, July 26th and Saturday, July 27th. The entire store will be on sale and there will be a drawing for a chance to win a 14k Amelia Island Pendant.
Amelia's Fine Jewelry is located at 317 Centre Street in Downtown Fernandina Beach. For more information, call (904) 277-0665 or visit www.ameliasfinejewelry.com.
Special Florida/Georgia Resident Rates at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is offering 30% off room rates for Florida and Georgia residents during select dates in 2019!
Call 888-261-6161 or CLICK HERE to book your stay today.
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