Fernandina Beach, FL - Nassau County Businesswomen are invited to join the Eight Flags Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) January 11th at 5:30 pm for a presentation entitled Reach to Retention; Create a Great Customer Experience.
Starting at 5:30 pm at Fernandina Beach Golf Club on Bill Melton Road in Fernandina Beach, the chapter will host Tracey Phillips, Founder and CEO of Promotional Presence LLC. Her expertise is in helping businesses increase their brand awareness and grow their revenues.
Phillips teaches that developing community relationships is the cornerstone of growing Promotional Presence. She will share how to develop these integral relationships by applying the new Reach to Retention Program™ and how this culture creates a foundation for success in business. This is a win-win program for both business and community.
The Eight Flags Chapter President, Lillie Marie Rogers, shares an inspirational quote by Robert Louis Stevenson, “Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." We will learn how to apply this in our businesses in January.
The local ABWA chapter just celebrated its 52 year anniversary of helping women succeed in business in Nassau County. Each monthly meeting provides Professional Development speakers who impart the motivation and skills needed to create success in today’s business world. In addition, there is time to network with women from variety of businesses, skill sets, and experience. The organization meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm, beginning with networking, a light meal, and followed by a program starting at 6 pm. Please visit www.abwaeightflags.org to learn more and to register for the meeting.
The mission of the American Businesswomen’s Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Presents American Soprano Renée Fleming on Friday, January 14th
Amelia Island, FL — Renée Fleming, one of the most highly acclaimed singers of our time, renowned for her performances on the stages of the world’s great opera houses and concert halls, is performing on Amelia Island on Friday January 14th. In addition, on January 13th Ms. Fleming will host Music & The Mind, an insightful discussion that explores the intersection of health and the arts. Ms. Fleming will take the stage in concert on Friday, January 14th at 7:30 p.m. at The First Baptist Church, Fernandina Beach. The Music and The Mind discussion (which is a free event but does require a reservation) is on Thursday, January 13th at 5 p.m. at the Courtyard/Springhill Suites, Amelia Island. For tickets and more information visit AICMF.org or call 904.261.1779.
MORE ABOUT RENÉE FLEMING
Honored with four Grammy® awards and the US National Medal of Arts, Renée has sung for momentous occasions from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II. In 2014, she brought her voice to a vast new audience as the first classical artist ever to sing The Star-Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl. In 2008 Renée was the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala. In October, Decca released Renée’s latest album, Voice of Nature: The Anthropocene, with Yannick Nézet-Seguin as pianist. A collection of Romantic-era songs and specially commissioned world premieres, the album focuses on nature as both inspiration and victim of human life. Renée has starred in and hosted an array of television broadcasts, including The Met: Live in HD and Live from Lincoln Center. During the pandemic, her performances on digital platforms included streamed concerts for the Metropolitan Opera, the Kennedy Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In 2019, Renée starred in the London premiere of The Light in the Piazza, later bringing the acclaimed production to Los Angeles and Chicago. Renée earned a Tony nomination for the 2018 Broadway production of Carousel. She is the Artistic Advisor to the Kennedy Center and the Advisor for Special Projects at the LA Opera. Renée also leads SongStudio at Carnegie Hall, and she is Co-Director of the Aspen Opera Center and VocalArts. Her other awards include the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, and France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. For more information visit reneefleming.com.
MORE ABOUT MUSIC AND THE MIND
In 2016, Renée Fleming was appointed Artistic Advisor for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Seeking to champion the work being done nationally—both in the medical community and within the arts world—at the intersection of health and the arts, Renée has spearheaded the first ongoing collaboration between America’s national cultural center and its largest health research institute, the National Institutes of Health. Inspired by this work, Renée has created a presentation called Music and the Mind, exploring the power of music as it relates to health and the brain. Topics include childhood development, music therapy, and cognitive neuroscience. Renée has presented Music and the Mind in more than 45 cities around the world, from Boston to Beijing, delivering the prestigious Compton Lecture at MIT, and earning Research America’s Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion. In 2020, Renée launched Music and Mind LIVE, a weekly web show exploring the connections between arts, human health, and the brain, amassing nearly 700,000 views from 70 countries. Guests included US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the NIH, bestselling author Deepak Chopra, MD, and Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. For the Amelia Island presentation, Ms. Fleming will be joined by Dr. Regis Haid, President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, former Emory School of Medicine Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Nicolas Krawiecki, renowned interventional neuroradiologist, Dr. Ajay Wakhloo, and Olivia Hoblit, founder of the Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation. For more information visit: Music and The Mind.
December 24, 2021
Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 20, 2021 – North Florida Land Trust has acquired more than 252 acres on nine islands in the Intracoastal Waterway just north of J. Turner Butler Blvd. in Jacksonville Beach which has been named the River Branch Islands Preserve. The River Branch Foundation donated the money to allow the nonprofit land conservation organization to purchase the remaining lands in Phase II of the project to conserve the islands that were in danger of development. In July of this year, NFLT purchased 28 acres in Phase I of the project.
NFLT entered into an agreement with the former landowner in December of last year to purchase all of the lands that made up the nine islands. The nonprofit was given one year to raise the money and perform the due diligence necessary to conserve the lands. However, the owner sold off a small portion of the property before the deadline. NFLT determined that two areas were sold with a collective value of $15K, so the price paid was reduced accordingly.
“We are glad we were able to save these islands and marshlands from development but are disappointed we were not able to conserve the entirety of these environmentally important lands,” said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT. “The marshlands that we were able to save will provide an important buffer to protect surrounding coastlines from flooding, erosion, and storm surge. These marshlands are also an important habitat for wildlife, and we are concerned the portion of the islands that were sold off to private entities will harm the remaining conservation lands. So, we will remain vigilant.”
The islands are made up of salt marsh and tidal creeks that are home to rare species including the federally endangered West Indian manatee and the federally threatened wood stork both of which have been seen within the property boundaries. The wetland habitats are vital to the survival of many species of birds including plovers, warblers, and waterfowl. The use of the property that was split from the original acreage could affect the vegetation that is crucial to these habitats.
NFLT became involved with the project after the Small Group, LLC announced plans to sell the marshlands for $3.9 million to build luxury homes. This led to a significant public outcry to preserve the islands to protect the wildlife and recreational opportunities that they provide. The company and the nonprofit agreed to a lower sale price to allow NFLT to conserve the lands instead.
About North Florida Land Trust
North Florida Land Trust is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to protect the natural resources, historic places and working lands (farms and ranches) throughout north Florida. Founded in 1999, NFLT has preserved tens of thousands of acres of land through donation or purchase of land as well as conservation easements. NFLT is funded largely by private and corporate contributions and works closely with willing landowners and public agencies at all levels of government, not-for-profit partners, and foundations. For more information, visit nflt.org.
City of Fernandina Beach
December 22, 2021
A few years back, the Fernandina Beach Police Department partnered with the Nassau Humane Society to help increase the exposure for dogs and cats that are waiting to be adopted. We usually highlight several animals awaiting adoption but this evening the staff was busy stuffing stockings and wrapping presents. So instead, we all posed with just one of the dogs available for adoption – Igor.
Igor is a 3-year-old, 70-pound American Pit Bull Mix who is very friendly. He seems to be housebroken, loves kids and was not phased by the cats in the shelter lobby. Igor takes treats gently, enjoys car rides, but needs a little bit of leash work. He is heartworm positive but NHS will cover the costs for his treatment. His coat coloring is fawn and white, and he has sweet, soulful brown eyes with a touch of natural mascara. He is available for pre-adoption and is currently waiting for his appointment to be neutered (no one has told him yet). When he goes home with that special person, he will be microchipped and up to date on his shots. Igor’s a special guy — please stop by the Nassau Humane Society and pay him a visit.
Our new friend Igor and other pets available for adoption can be found at: www.nassauhumane.org.
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Provides Weekly Reemployment Assistance Update - December 22
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) issued its weekly Reemployment Assistance updates. Daily updates can be found on the Reemployment Assistance (RA) Claims Dashboard.
Update to the Amount of Reemployment Assistance Benefit Weeks
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The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the state’s economic, workforce, and community development efforts, expediting economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities and promote economic resiliency. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit www.FloridaJobs.org.
12/21/21 @ 11:00 a.m.
The Board of County Commissioners is seeking a volunteer to serve on the Planning & Zoning Board, representing District 2. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone wishing to get involved or learn more about the County's planning process.
The Planning & Zoning Board reviews all requests for rezoning of property, zoning amendments, Comprehensive Plan text amendments, Land Use Map amendments, and amendments to Ordinances that affect the use and development of land. The Board submits written recommendations on these matters and submits them to the Board of County Commissioners for a final determination. The Board also hears appeals where it is alleged that there is an error in a decision made by the Planning Director or staff, as it relates to Zoning Codes or the Comprehensive Plan. The Board also comments on preliminary site plans and serves as the Local Planning Agency for Nassau County.
The Board is made of up 11 members as follows:
Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of the month beginning at 6:00 p.m. Members serve three (3) year terms and are required to file a financial disclosure. Board members are provided a stipend of $75 per meeting and are reimbursed for mileage at rates set by the Federal General Services Administration.
If you reside in District 2 and are interested in serving, please submit a resume to email@example.com by Friday, January 14, 2022. Resumes will be provided to the Board of County Commissioners and will be considered at a Board meeting in late January. If selected, you will be notified in writing and scheduled for an orientation soon thereafter.
If you have any questions about the Planning & Zoning Board, please contact the Planning Department at (904) 530-6300. Additional information can also be found on the Planning Department's webpage.
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JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, December 15, 2021…Gemstone Media, Inc. a multiple Emmy® award winning national video production company with headquarters located in Jacksonville, FL. announced today it is the proud recipient of a 2021 Emmy® Award by the National Academy of Television and Arts & Science (NATAS) for Best Coverage. This is Gemstone Media’s third NATAS Emmy® Award. This new Emmy® is based on their production excellence, creativity and coverage of the 25th Amelia Island’s Concours d’Elegance.
“We are honored that our work and our team is being nationally recognized by the Academy,” says Executive Producer Ray Hays. “Driving Amelia” is a one-hour nationally televised documentary covering the 25th Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, produced by Gemstone Media. This beautiful body of work shot in 4K, artfully illuminates the passion of the human spirit, impacting the viewers on an emotional level.”
“Driving Amelia” is about automobile enthusiasts and owners and the passion that drives them. The documentary includes stories with legendary drivers, the Cannonball Run, and how NASCAR teams used to “bend” the rules. The show featured stories including how pre-war banter gave birth to the Jeep, how a team of children judged the cars, and the experience of driving the Eight-Flags Road Tour.
“Our talented group of directors, producers, script writers, and video crew at Gemstone Media continue to go above and beyond to make the impossible possible,” says CEO George Birnbaum. “We are here to support our clients and celebrate the work of our immensely talented and creative team.”
Gemstone Media Inc. partnered with Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and their Foundation to benefit local charities. Proceeds from the commercial sponsorship of the program benefitted the Foundation which donated approximately $4M to Community Hospice, Spina Bifida, and other local charities.
“Not only do we celebrate these awards internally but also as success stories with our clients. Gemstone Media’s secret sauce is our amazingly talented team. By establishing trust, collaboration, and ongoing communication, we can create and surpass the magic our clients may expect from their production,” says Gemstone Media President Philip Green. “When video is done right, it can have a powerful and lasting effect. Hearts open. Minds change. Creativity thrives.”
Nassau County Council on Aging
By Liz Dunn
December 21, 2021
Have you ever felt like you have too much to do and not enough time to do it all? Too many people need your time and energy, with only one of you to tend to all their needs?
This is the daily life of many caregivers. The emotional stress and physical demands of competing responsibilities often cause caregivers to feel overwhelmed or depressed. Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) can help with the popular Stress-Busting Program for Caregivers, a FREE 9-week evidence-based program developed by the University of Texas Health Science Center and WellMed Charitable Foundation. The program is held at the Janice Ancrum Senior Life Center, 1901 Island Walk Way, Fernandina Beach.
Two series begin in January 2022, and we currently have openings:
Throughout the Stress-Busting Program, caregivers learn about stress and its effects, practice stress management techniques and develop problem-solving skills. A generous grant from the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida allows NCCOA to provide this program, including material, free to caregivers.
Space is limited. For more information and registration, contact Emily Kunzelmann, 904-775-5472 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Jay Kayne
December 20, 2021
Wild Amelia is pleased to announce the availability of its 2022 Nature Calendar. Again this year, the calendar, consisting of 13 nature photographs submitted during the 2021 photo contest, can be downloaded free of charge from the Wild Amelia website (wildamelia.org).
Please note the calendar in its original PDF format may be printed or shared with others in its entirety. However, the file may not be edited and individual photographs may not be used for other purposes without the express permission of the respective photographers.
Additionally, the Wild Amelia board has authorized a new photography project for next year in lieu of the annual photo contest. Named “Views You Can Choose,” the purpose of the new activity is two-fold. First, submissions will include more than just nature photos. They will also include the story behind the pictures, where and when they were taken and fun facts about the subjects. Second, this information, searchable by subject, location and date, will give residents and visitors a better idea when and where they might see specific animal and plant life. Photographers of all skill levels can submit an unlimited number of photographs throughout the year.
The best photograph each month, in terms of content and technical quality, will be acknowledged via social media and published in the 2023 nature calendar. More detailed information will be provided when the website goes live right after the first of year.
Wild Amelia’s mission is to educate residents and visitors about the local bioregion and encourage stewardship of the area’s natural resources through events and programs that educate and entertain while promoting a conservation ethic. For updates on the status of program activities, please visit wildamelia.org and Wild Amelia on Facebook.
Nassau County Insider
December 20, 2021
The Board of County Commissioners hosted a Road Renaming Ceremony today, renaming Nassau Center Road to Steve Kelley Way, in honor of former County Commissioner, Steve Kelley. Approximately 65 people were in attendance for the event. Guest speakers included Tax Collector, John Drew; District One Commissioner, John Martin; County Attorney, Mike Mullin; and family friend, Jackie Osborne. Each shared stories about Steve’s generosity and reflected on all of his wonderful qualities, including his great sense of humor. There were a lot of laughs and tears as we joined together to celebrate his legacy.
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