Fernandina Beach High School Senior, Reggina Alexander, has been awarded the Tipping the Scale Scholarship by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation. This award is in recognition of her hard work and successful completion of her internship with Baptist Nassau.
A Boys & Girls Club member since she was 6 years old, Reggina has enjoyed coming to Boys & Girls Clubs for over 12 years and considers the other Club members and staff her “second family” she visits after school. She was involved with a lot of other offerings including flag football and dance groups, but when she became a teenager, she joined the Tipping the Scale program. This internship program, in conjunction with Baptist Health, offers teens a mentor in the hospital and a stipend for their work. Upon completion of the program, students are then able to apply for the scholarship in their senior year.
“The advice I would give to other teens considering this program is don’t miss out! This was a very big life-changing decision where I got advice as well as new ideas on life, had fun, and got to be involved with my mentors at the hospital.”
In addition to her hard work which earned her this award, Reggina is the current Fernandina Beach High School record holder in the 100-meter dash, and was involved in the AVID (advancement via individual determination) program. Reggina is headed to Tallahassee Community College where she will major in Psychology in Science. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County wish Reggina the best and know she encourage and inspire other young members to join the Tipping the Scale program.
For more information on Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County please visit bgcnassau.org.
Millennium Physician Group Begins Rapid COVID-19 Testing Either in Your Car or at Your Office
Millennium Physician Group (MPG) is now offering Rapid COVID-19 testing in northeast Florida at either their primary care offices or in your place of business.
Be proactive by keeping your staff safe with MPG onsite testing; if you have an office staff of 10 or more, an MPG clinician will come to your location to test your employees. Tests are considered self-pay and cost only $150/person. Call our dedicated COVID Response Coordinator, Cristy Coste at 904-329-7673 or email her at email@example.com to set up your testing site.
Patients who feel sick can always connect directly with a Provider via Telehealth by also calling our direct COVID Response number: 904-329-7673. Once a patient is triaged and the Provider feels a COVID-19 test is needed, the patient can then drive up to one of our rapid testing sites to be tested without having to leave their car. The test results are returned within 20 minutes.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, patients are more wary about office visits, which is why Telehealth and testing onsite curbside is a perfect option to staying safe. You don’t have to be a Millennium patient to be tested.
Other partnerships available:
About Millennium Physician Group
Millennium Physician Group is one of the largest comprehensive primary care practices in Florida with more than 130 locations and over 500 healthcare physicians and advanced providers. With corporate headquarters in Fort Myers, Florida, Millennium Physician Group consists of primary care offices, specialty offices, outpatient labs and imaging centers. We maintain a strong commitment to high quality care with state-of-the-art technology combined with a friendly family atmosphere. Visit Millennium Physician Group online at www.MillenniumPhysician.com to learn more about our physicians, locations and services.
Complimentary Webinar Presented by Community Hospice & Palliative Care
Want to know more about advance directives and advance care planning? Learn what goes into creating a living will and health care surrogate and “walk through” the Honoring Choices Florida document by attending our free webinar.
Wed., Aug. 19, 10 - 11 a.m.
Thurs., Aug. 27, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Click to register for August 19th Webinar: Advance Care Planning Registration
Click to register for August 27th Webinar: Advance Care Planning Registration
For more information on advance care planning visit HonoringChoicesFl.com or call 904.407.7024
The 2020 Census is for Everyone
Shaping Your Future
The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.
Think of your morning commute: Census results influence highway planning and construction, as well as grants for buses, subways, and other public transit systems.
Or think of your local schools: Census results help determine how money is allocated for the Head Start program and for grants that support teachers and special education.
The list goes on, including programs to support rural areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse, to prepare for wildfires, and to provide housing assistance for older adults.
Curious about what other programs are impacted by census data? Download this report to see a full list.
The Florida Department of Health-Nassau is offering free Back-to-School COVID-19 testing for all youth ages 5-17. This is a drive-through diagnostic testing event. Please bring a youth or parent/guardian photo ID. 100 tests are available on a first come, first served bases. In the event of rain, the status of testing will be announced on Nassau EM’s Facebook page. For more information, call (904) 875-6100.
August 15, 9:30-11:00am
Journey Church (95707 Amelia Concourse, 32034)
August 17, 9:30-11:00am
Hilliard Middle-Senior High (1 Flashes Ave., 32046)
August 20, 9:30-11:00am
Journey Church (95707 Amelia Concourse, 32034)
Other testing opportunities include:
Bishop Estévez Will Bless and Dedicate St. Clare Early Learning Center in Yulee
The first few years of a child’s life are some of the most formative, and the Diocese of St. Augustine is working hard to provide young children with the best education possible with St. Clare Early Learning Center.
St. Clare will officially open on Monday, August 10. And while school districts across Florida struggle to find ways to protect faculty and students from COVID-19, the diocese’s early learning centers have remained open throughout the pandemic, providing parents a safe place for their children to stay while they return to work.
Bishop Felipe Estévez of the Diocese of St. Augustine will bless and dedicate the building on August 22, at 10 a.m. Several dignitaries will be on hand for the ceremony. The early learning center is located at 307 Franciscan Way in Yulee (32097), in Wildlight, a master-planned community by Raydient Places + Properties in Nassau County near I-95 and A1A. It is the ninth early learning center built by the diocese in recent years. The diocese owns and operates five early learning centers, and four centers are parish-based.
“We are so excited to bring a Catholic early learning center to Nassau county, especially to the new Wildlight community, as our first step,” said Deacon Scott Conway, superintendent of Catholic schools of the Diocese of St. Augustine.
“As families entrust their children to us, as our mission statement says, ‘[w]e believe in providing programs that truly enhance the emotional, social, physical, spiritual and intellectual growth of young children.’ We are looking forward to continued expansion on this piece of property with a Catholic church, school and parish hall.”
St. Clare will serve children as young as six weeks to 4-year-olds and can accommodate up to 177 children. Catholic school officials expect to draw families from Yulee, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, and even Southern Georgia, including Kings Bay Navy Base, of the Diocese of Savannah. Construction began last fall on the 19,810 square-foot building, and it cost $6.2 million.
“We are proud to welcome St. Clare Early Learning Center to Wildlight and further our commitment to investing in the lives and futures of our community’s children,” said Chris Corr, president of Raydient Places + Properties.
“As the area’s first religion-centered educational system, St. Clare expands upon our current high-quality learning facilities by providing a nurturing environment where students can learn in their faith, values and academics. We look forward to the meaningful and impactful education opportunities that it will bring.”
To learn more about St. Clare Early Learning Center, visit www.stclareelc.org.
VIRTUAL CELEBRATION HONORING FLORIDA ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDS
Keep Florida Beautiful Hosts Virtual Ceremony
A virtual experience celebrating businesses and organizations for their efforts to keep Florida clean, green and beautiful! Keep Florida Beautiful (KFB) recently held its annual Awards Recognition Ceremony to honor its top affiliates and community partners for their environmental efforts. The award winners were instrumental in organizing cleanup events, increasing recycling efforts and hosting beautification projects.
“Like many nonprofits, we have had to think outside of the box because of the pandemic. We are proud of our first-ever virtual awards ceremony. It was an opportunity to recognize affiliates and volunteers across the state. KFB Affiliate leaders found creative ways to keep people engaged in safely picking up litter in communities and along our beaches. Our goal is to keep Florida in a continuous state of eco-improvement. We also work to increase recycling, reduce waste and encourage sustainable practices,” said Elizabeth DeWitt, Keep Florida Beautiful board chair and Florida Beverage Association president.
KFB staff members presented awards in 10 categories. They named TECO Energy Outstanding Business for its effort to help the Tampa Bay community remove 120,000 pounds of invasive plants and clean up 25,000 pounds of litter and debris.
Engaging youth was also a key component of the celebration. KFB gave an award to Danielle Hightower, a Port St. Lucie student, for her leadership in promoting behavior change in litter prevention, recycling and beautification. She recruited her peers to participate in an Adopt-A-Street program and served as a mentor, encouraging others to beautify and keep the community clean.
Keep Florida Beautiful is a state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. It consists of over 40 affiliates from the Panhandle to the Keys that engage with more than 200,000 volunteers. The volunteers work to remove litter from Florida roads and waterways as well as participate in beautification programs and encourage recycling. KFB receives funding from the Florida Department of Transportation’s DRIVE IT HOME – Keep Our Paradise Litter Free Campaign to complete successful events across the state.
2020 Keep Florida Beautiful Award Winners
Outstanding Business - TECO Energy
Outstanding Great American Cleanup, Drive It Home “Trash-Off” - Keep Nassau Beautiful
Outstanding Education Involvement - Keep Charlotte Beautiful
Outstanding Youth Champion - Danielle Hightower
Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer/Agency - Highlands County Code Enforcement
Outstanding Recycling Effort - Keep Sarasota County Beautiful
Outstanding Communication Outreach - Keep Pensacola Beautiful
Adopt-A-Waterway Recognition - Keep Pinellas Beautiful
Adopt-A-Highway Recognition - Keep Panama City Beach Beautiful
Creative Community Partner - The Repurpose Project
As many of you know, child care is extremely beneficial, especially for parents with full-time jobs. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has created an entirely new set of challenges for both parents and child care providers.
While we're still focused on keeping Nassau County open for business, we also understand that parents can't get back to work without a safe, secure and open child care facility.
We are inviting all child care providers to a Zoom conference call to further discuss COVID-19, how it has impacted the childcare industry locally, the ripple effects of these impacts on the local workforce and discuss strategies to help.
We are meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, August 18th at 1:00 PM. If you are interested in attending please contact Nichole Causey at Nichole@NassauCountyFLChamber.com or 904-261-3248 ext 101.
Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library Receive $1,500 Mini Grant from Rayonier Advanced Materials for Purchase of New Documentary DVDs
The Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL) announce the receipt of a $1,500 mini grant from Rayonier Advanced Materials. This grant will allow the purchase of 50 new non-fiction documentary DVDs for the public to enjoy.
The Fernandina Beach Branch Library currently has over 2500 DVDs available to the public, but only a limited number are non-fiction. The grant funds from Rayonier are greatly appreciated and needed, and will provide approximately 50 new non-fiction documentaries to be purchased. The new DVDs will focus on biography, travel, art, culture and science and will be available in October at the library.
“The FOL is grateful to Rayonier for allowing us to support the community at this unsettling time,” said FOL Board President Jody Mackle. “We encourage local residents to take advantage of these wonderful new documentaries this fall.”
For further information of the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library as well as membership information and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.fernandinaFOL.org.
On Thursday, August 6, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-192, which updates requirements for restaurants and lifts travel restrictions from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. As Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance has evolved from learning more about COVID-19, the Executive Order amends previous language related to restaurant employee screening and requires the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) to ensure restaurants implement employee screening protocols based on current CDC guidance.
As a reminder, Florida remains in Phase 2 of reopening under the Governor’s Smart. Safe. Step-by-Step. Plan. Additionally, the order (20-192) lifts the quarantine and shelter in place requirements for people traveling into Florida from the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut). The Florida Chamber will continue to monitor and advise on any updated guidance or rules issued by the Governor or government agencies.
See Executive Order 20-192 below:
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