12/16/21 @ 11:40 a.m. - The Nassau County Department of Health issued the attached Press Release today regarding a new drug prevention website launched by the County Response to Opioids/Substance Within Nassau (C.R.O.W.N.). This new site is designed to provide residents with the resources they need regarding substance abuse.
The website can be found at www.nassaufldrugprevention.org. If you have any questions, please contact Amber Lee at (904) 557-9164 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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12/16/21 @ 11:15 a.m. - Nassau County Parks and Recreation’s first Breakfast with Santa event will take place this Saturday, December 18, 2021, in the outdoor courtyard directly behind the Callahan Multi-Use Facility located at 543350 US 1, Callahan FL 32011 from 9am – 11am.
This family friendly event will be highlighted by free pancake breakfast from 9am – 10am (while supplies last). Also during that time frame, children can write a letter to Santa and present it to the big man himself at a picture meet and greet. There will also be an optional gift exchange with Santa beginning at 10:15am. If your child wishes to participate, bring one wrapped gift per child. (Boys should bring a boy gift and girls should bring a girl gift) Santa will then hand out a different boy/girl gift to them during the exchange.
Nassau County’s Toys for Tots program will be using another part of the complex, so there will be signage guiding you to the proper parking locations. Please view the below map for a quick guide to the event/parking layout. We look forward to seeing many of you at the event on Saturday.
If you have any questions, please contact Parks & Rec Director, Jay Robertson, at (904) 530-6120 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
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FERNANDINA BEACH, FL (December 13, 2021) – Boys and Girls Clubs of Nassau County congratulates our November 2021 Youths of the Month. Roberts Learning & Achievement Center member Daniel Falcon Gomez and Miller Freedom Center member Dylan Hrivnak are our latest members to receive this recognition.
Daniel Falcon Gomez is an eight-year-old in the 3rd grade at Emma Love Hardee Elementary. Daniel became a member at Roberts Learning and Achievement Center in June of this year. His favorite kind of music is Mexican and the music of Columbian singer/songwriter Camilo Echeverry. Among Daniel’s other favorite things are the color blue and books about Optimus Prime. He enjoys running and soccer and his favorite athlete is footballer Diego Lainez.
Dylan Hrivnak is 10 years old and in the 5th grade at Wildlight Elementary. Dylan’s favorite programs at Miller Freedom Center are technology lab and he loves the S.T.E.M. program. His favorite color is black! Dylan enjoys classical music, Harry Potter books and football. Math is definitely his favorite subject in school. Dylan loves attending Miller Club and participates in all available activities. He is always respectful of others and very willing to help.
For more information on Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County please visit bgcnassau.org.
Barnabas Center Nassau
December 16, 2021
Did you know the Barnabas Center teams up with FIT (Families in Transition) Program Director Mollie Cressey to provide items for homeless students in need in Nassau County schools?
The FIT Program identifies homeless students in Nassau County schools, enrolls them in the FIT program, and works with parents, teachers and community partners to help ensure access to school and community services, which hopefully will increase these students’ overall success.
“I would like to thank Barnabas for the generous donation of a bike to one of our FIT families,” Cressey said. “The middle school student’s mother asked for a bicycle for her son who was riding her bike to school. Also, he had only one set of clothing to wear to school, which she was washing every night. She was concerned her son may be bullied because he wore the same clothes every day.”
When Barnabas staff spoke with Cressey, they quickly located a bicycle for the boy. She picked it up and delivered it to the family the same day!
“The student was thrilled to have a new bike and said he was very grateful to Barnabas,” Cressey said. “Through other donations to FIT, we also dropped off clothes for him, and jackets and sleeping bags for the family. Thank you, Barnabas, for showing such love and support to our wonderful community.”
Helping this young man with a bike lead FIT to contact Barnabas about a 11th grader in the program who needed a bike for transportation to his new job. Again, Barnabas provided a bike. The need for bikes for children became evident. Barnabas developed a pilot program “Junior Bikes for Barnabas” to meet this need for the older children enrolled in the FIT program. Junior Bikes for Barnabas will be a sister program to Bikes for Barnabas which is a service providing bikes to adults needing transportation to and from work.
If you know of a Nassau County Public Schools student whose family has lost housing, or who is living with someone other than a parent or court-ordered guardian, FIT may be able to help provide transportation, clothing, resources, and services. Contact Cressey at (904) 277-9021. To learn more about Barnabas, visit BarnabasNassau.org or call (904) 261-7000.
Barnabas Mission: Providing help and hope to individuals and families in need throughout Nassau County to improve their stability, health and well-being.
Barnabas Vision: Every individual has an opportunity to lead a healthy and productive life, thereby strengthening our entire community.
FERNANDINA BEACH, FL (December 16, 2021) – As part of the Youth for Success Program at Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County, the teen members developed a community holiday gift collection project to benefit the assisted living and memory care unit of Osprey Village in Fernandina Beach.
With financial assistance from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation and donations from the community, teens were able to collect and deliver items in time for the holidays. A friendly competition was held among the teens to see who could bring in the most donations with Lamont Spence leading the way along with Ashley & Natalie Little and Destiny Ward.
In all, 40 residents of Osprey Village received boxes that teens stuffed and wrapped, with an additional “grab bag” of additional items that were donated and couldn’t fit into the boxes. The teens delivered the items and visited with the residents as part of a field trip on December 15.
Community service and respect are major components of the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs members. We are very proud of our teen members and look forward to making this an annual event. Teens that participated include: Demi Pollard, Ashley Little, Natalie Little, Lucas Summer, Lamont Spence, Destiny Ward, and Keniya Dixon. Teen program assistant Carol Hays helped coordinate the project and the field trip.
For more information on Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County please visit bgcnassau.org.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) received a $3,181,791.70 Florida Job Growth Grant from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and Enterprise Florida to support the Nassau County Transportation Education Institute. Governor Ron DeSantis and DEO Secretary Dane Eagle visited FSCJ’s Nassau Center on Thursday, December 16, 2021, to announce the grant award which will allow the College to establish a designated truck driving training facility at the Nassau Center.
Although there is a rapidly growing demand for drivers in Nassau County and surrounding areas, until now, there have been no state colleges that offer workforce certification training in Nassau County for these jobs. FSCJ has had a Commercial Vehicle Driving training program at its Cecil Center since 2007, and this grant will help FSCJ expand its offerings and support of workforce needs.
“Thanks to the Governor’s leadership, Florida continues to create and drive economic opportunities geared to advance business and our workforce at a critical time in our history,” said FSCJ District Board of Trustees Chair Mike Bell. “We appreciate Governor DeSantis for recognizing this need and providing the grant support that will help establish this first-of-its-kind workforce training resource right here in Nassau County that will prepare individuals to step into and excel in essential roles.”
By the end of the three-year project period, the goal is that 463 students will have enrolled in training programs and the Nassau County Transportation Education Institute, thanks to the acquisition of enduring equipment and sustained training components. These program graduates will also have a continued return on investment through their economic, workforce and social impact in the community over the next decade.
“Knowing that our area is among the best for logistics infrastructure thanks to our proximity to deep-water ports, major interstates, railroads and an international airport, we are excited to help expand the opportunities and outlook for the logistics and transportation industry,” said College President John Avendano, Ph.D. “With the support of our strategic partnerships across Nassau County and this significant grant, the Nassau County Transportation Education Institute will allow job training and placement opportunities for our students and will boost the economic future of this great community.”
For information on FSCJ’s Commercial Vehicle Driving Career Certificate program, visit fscj.edu/academics/areas-of-study/imc/commercial-vehicle-driving-cc.
Known as “the community’s college,” Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) exists to provide valuable, high-quality learning opportunities to anyone with the desire to enhance themselves through the pursuit of higher education. Serving more than 45,000 students and awarding nearly 7,000 degrees and certificates on an annual basis, the College plays a significant role in supplying the region’s employers with a highly skilled, educated workforce.
Nassau County Supervisor of Elections
December 15, 2021
Nassau County, FL, 12/14/21- Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Janet H. Adkins donated various historical voting equipment to the Amelia Island Museum of History this week. The equipment consisted of an ivotronic machine used in the early 2000s, several punch-card voting machines, and most interestingly, metal ballot canisters believed to date back to the 1800s. The metal ballot canisters appeared to have been used to transport ballots from each precinct and included a leather strap for someone to carry them over their shoulder.
“Protecting election integrity, past and present, remains a top priority for our office. Gifting this historical voting equipment to the museum is a small way we can do our part in preserving Nassau County history.” – Janet H. Adkins, Nassau County Supervisor of Elections.
These historical voting systems have been housed in the records room at the Supervisor of Elections office and are considered to be items of historical value. The public can now enjoy these pieces of Nassau County history during museum hours.
The Amelia Island Museum of History is open Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sundays: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m and can be contacted at 904-261-7378.
For any questions or concerns regarding this donation or election-related concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact 904-491-7500 or info@VoteNassauFL.gov.
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Provides Weekly Reemployment Assistance Update - December 14
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.
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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.
FERNANDINA BEACH, FL - Amelia River Cruises has announced the release of its new winter cruise schedule, featuring Cumberland Island and Beach Creek Tours. Each tour will be run daily, six days per week, all winter long. As Amelia River Cruises' sightseeing tours commonly sell out, reservations are strongly recommended.
"This is the best time of the year to take a Beach Creek Tour," said Kimberly Schwerdtfeger, Marketing Director of Amelia River Cruises. "Our local snowbirds, the white pelicans, are back for the winter season and we always look for them on our way to Cumberland Island, GA. We cruise up a quiet creek past ancient oaks and marshes to look for wild horses, dolphins, birds and other wildlife, getting as close as we can to the historic ruins of the Dungeness mansion. The cooler temperatures keep the bugs away and bring the wildlife out to play."
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*Cruises require a minimum of 10 passengers to sail
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All cruises through 2022 are live on the website and available for purchase. Family Friendly Sunset Tours, Adult Twilight BYOB Cruises and Sunday tours will be back on the schedule in March. Adult Sunday Funday BYOB Cruises and Shrimping Eco Tours will return in June.
Gift cards, t-shirts or tickets for future cruises can be purchased online anytime. Visit www.ameliarivercruises.com or call (904) 261-9972 for assistance.
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