Nassau County School District
Submitted by Brent Lemmond
April 20. 2021
While most Nassau County students were enjoying their spring break, it was all business for the 51 Future Business Leader of America (FBLA) students that had earned a spot in the state competition. When the conference ended, Nassau County was well-represented at the awards ceremony. Leading the way was the Public Service Announcement Team from West Nassau High School (WNHS). Team members Destiny Armstrong, Ashton Bacon, and Lacey Libby built upon the success of their district competition win, they took first place and qualified to compete this summer in the national competition.
Students from the Hilliard Middle/Senior High (HMSHS) chapter and the NTCC (Bean Center) chapter also placed. HMSHS 8th grader Aiden Johnson placed 4th in the Digital Citizenship – Middle Level event. Tristan Rodenberry (HMSHS, 11th grade) placed 5th in the Computer Applications event. Logan Douglas, a WNHS senior and NTCC Entrepreneurship student, placed 5th in E-Business.
FBLA chapter advisors from Nassau County schools work hard to coach students, providing leadership and technical skills to prepare students for success after high school. Faith Sims (WNHS), Paul Mizenko (HMSH), and Brian Simmons (NTCC) sponsored this year’s crop of champions.
For more information on this story or any of the Nassau County School District’s Career Education Programs, contact:
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 21, 2021) Meridian Waste, an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, announces the winners of the second annual 2021 Earth Day-themed children’s coloring contest, “Brightening the World.”
The “Brightening the World” coloring contest introduces the concept of Earth Day and how environmental services and proper waste disposal play a significant role in the health and safety of communities throughout the U.S. and the world. The concept of being clean and green is at the forefront of our culture as essential workers, including environmental services workers, keep communities healthy by collecting and following the proper methods of disposing and processing solid wastes and recyclables.
Contest entrants downloaded coloring sheets from the Meridian Waste website and created artwork using any non-electronic medium.
The contest was open to all children across the country within the designated age categories, and there was no requirement to be a customer of Meridian Waste. Entries were submitted from many states, including Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
In the age category from five to seven years old, the winner is Siddharth Pradeep of Princeton, N.J., and in the age category from eight to 10 years old, the winner is Lily Behe of Webster, N.Y.
“When we developed the coloring contest in late 2019, we never imagined the experience would be a pandemic activity. And now, two contests later, we have given children a stimulating, creative outlet to look forward to,” said Wally Hall, CEO of Meridian Waste. “It’s been our pleasure to offer the contest to all children across the United States. This year’s winners come from outside of our current operating footprint. However, we believe it is our responsibility to help educate and inform children about the role everyone has in protecting our environment.”
The two young artists’ work is displayed at MeridianWaste.com/EarthDayWinners. They both won a grand prize, including a custom Meridian Waste truck plaque to display at home and having their artwork printed on a t-shirt and displayed on the Meridian Waste website.
The contest efforts emphasize Meridian Waste’s commitment to a clean and green community by reinforcing the simple joys of children coloring while utilizing technology to save paper and postage with the electronic downloads of the coloring sheets uploading of the artists’ submissions.
March 25, 2021
Although the 64th annual Adrian Awards Gala had to be held virtually last night, the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) once again celebrated the tourism industry in style, honoring the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (AICVB) with one Silver Award and two Bronze Awards. The focus of this year’s Adrian Awards was on best practices, innovation and community in categories related to work done in response to the coronavirus crisis. The three awards won by the AICVB were for marketing initiatives that reflect this challenging new tourism landscape, including an augmented reality portal, the “Tourism Gives” program, and the “Moments” campaign.
“To have our marketing team’s work again recognized as some of the best in the world is particularly meaningful this year,” said Gil Langley, President and CEO of the Amelia Island CVB. “Slashed budgets and unprecedented blows to global travel required us to dramatically alter our marketing strategy, with award-winning efforts to rally our community to help sustain our most vital industry and workforce, and appeal to an entirely new reality for travelers.”
During the 2020 Adrian Awards ceremony, the AICVB received a Silver Award in Digital Marketing for its Augmented Reality (AR) portal. The AR portal is an extension of the 2019 Augmented Reality mobile app program that enables visitors to experience a collection of custom-designed, three-dimensional animations they can bring to life at key locations around the island and through the Amelia Island Visitors Guide.
The AICVB also won a Bronze Award for the “Tourism Gives” campaign (crisis communications), and the “Moments” campaign (integrated marketing). Created in April 2020, Tourism Gives was designed to provide support for the destination’s vital hospitality industry which has been devastated by the pandemic. It grew from efforts to provide the most meaningful assistance possible to local employees and businesses directly impacted by the dramatic drop in travel. The Moments campaign utilized pre-existing assets from the award-winning “Come Make Memories” campaign, and focused on digital advertising.
All winning entries will be accessible in the Adrian Awards Winners Gallery online at www.AdrianAwards.com. Visit the site for more information on the event and competition.
About Amelia Island
Northeast Florida’s coastal treasure, Amelia Island is a barrier island rich in colorful history and breath-taking natural beauty. Amelia Island offers long, beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, and pristine waters. Upscale resorts with world-class spas, championship golf and exclusive dining blend effortlessly with a captivating collection of bed and breakfast inns and historic districts. The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a vibrant Victorian seaport village, and now a charming downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions, and eateries. Forget the everyday getaway; come make memories on Amelia Island. For visitor information and online planning, visit AmeliaIsland.com.
The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners and is the industry’s leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. The association provides hotel professionals and their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue through programs such as the Marketing Strategy Conference, Adrian Awards, and HSMAI ROC. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is a membership organization comprising more than 5,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. Connect with HSMAI at hsmai.org, HSMAI Facebook, HSMAI Twitter, and HSMAI YouTube.
CENTURY 21 John T. Ferreira & Son, Inc. Receives 2020 President's Award for Commitment to Quality Service and Productivity
Amelia Island, Fla. (Grassroots Newswire) March 23, 2021 In recognition of its outstanding sales production and commitment to quality service, Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently honored CENTURY 21 John T. Ferreira & Son, Inc. with the 2020 CENTURY 21(r) President's Award. The annual award is bestowed upon those independent CENTURY 21(r) offices that earn the CENTURY 21 CENTURION(r) award and the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Pinnacle award in the same calendar year.
The CENTURION Award is presented to CENTURY 21 offices that achieve or surpass sales production of $2,520,000 or 445 closed transaction sides within a calendar year.
The CENTURY 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Award is presented to those independent offices that receive satisfaction surveys for at least 50 percent of their consumers surveyed from January 1 -- December 31, with a survey score of 95 percent or better for two consecutive years.
"We are thrilled to recognize the work of CENTURY 21 John T. Ferreira & Son, Inc. for this momentous achievement," said Michael Miedler, president and chief executive officer, Century 21 Real Estate LLC, "This is an outstanding honor since only a small percentage of C21(r) franchisees in the United States receive this award."
CENTURY 21 John T. Ferreira & Son, Inc. is a full-service brokerage located at 500 Centre Street in Amelia Island.
About CENTURY 21 John T. Ferreira & Son, Inc.
CENTURY 21 John T. Ferreira & Son, Inc. is an independently owned and operated franchise affiliate of Century 21 Real Estate LLC (century21.com), franchisor of the iconic CENTURY 21(r) brand. Century 21 Real Estate LLC is comprised of approximately 13,000 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 84 countries and territories worldwide with more than 146,000 independent sales professionals. Century 21 Real Estate has numerous websites to help answer specific consumer needs. They are century21.com, century21Global.com, commercial.century21.com, century21.com/finehomes, and century21espanol.com.
(c)2021 Century 21 Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. CENTURY 21(r), the CENTURY 21 Logo and C21(r) are registered service marks owned by Century 21 Real Estate LLC. Century 21 Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each office is independently owned and operated.
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare
Laureen Pagel, Ph.D., CEO
March 19, 2021
On March 9th, the Plantation Ladies Association of Amelia Island honored Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare as their designated March Charity with an award in the amount of $1,250. The beneficiary of this award is selected by the Plantation Ladies and identified as a well-deserving nonprofit organization that is making an impact in Nassau County, FL.
“We are humbled and honored by this award from the Plantation Ladies,” says Laureen Pagel, CEO at Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare. “As the guest speaker at the March 9th luncheon, I was able to meet the incredible group of women that make up this organization. They are dedicated community members making a big impact. It was a great pleasure to represent Starting Point and we are always thrilled to inspire new behavioral health advocates.”
“The Amelia Island Planation Ladies is a group that strives to learn more about and financially assist non-profits in Nassau County,” says Peg Dalton Kolasa, Out Reach Chair for the Amelia Island Plantation Ladies Association. “For our group, Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare stood out in their compassionate and comprehensive care for those with mental health and substance use disorders. Having Dr. Pagel speak so eloquently about her organization was both fascinating and eye-opening. We are very honored to aid in a small way to this most meaningful work.”
The award was presented at the Plantation Ladies Association of Amelia Island’s March Luncheon hosted at the Golf Club of Amelia Island. Local nonprofits are invited to submit a letter of intent by invitation only. The Plantation Ladies then review all applications and select the designated charity to honor at their quarterly luncheon.
About Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to children, teens and adults in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The non-profit agency serves more than 3,000 individuals each year and has been serving the region for more than 28 years. Starting Point is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information, please visit www.spbh.org.
FASTSIGNS of Fernandina Beach Puts Community First in 2020
(FERNANDINA BEACH, Flo.) March 9, 2021 -- FASTSIGNS® of Fernandina Beach was recently recognized at the 2021 Virtual FASTSIGNS/Signwave International Convention for their contributions to their community as a part of the FASTSIGNS Cares program.
In 2020, they used their business as a platform for positive change. When COVID-19 hit and businesses started shutting down, FASTSIGNS of Fernandina Beach brainstormed what they could produce and offer to help their community. They first focused on acrylics and designed and produced shields in-house before being asked about intubation boxes. Within 24 hours, they designed and produced their first intubation box and donated it to the local hospital. This team was the first (first in Florida & the first FASTSIGNS franchise) to respond and produce intubation boxes.
To further support their community, they replicated a "Sign up the Town" initiative from another FASTSIGNS franchise and sold over $1,000 in healthcare worker appreciation signs. The team took the revenue from the signs and matched it, using it to buy gift certificates to local restaurants that they then delivered to the local hospital to give out to their employees. This showed gratitude to the healthcare workers while simultaneously helping out local restaurants. FASTSIGNS also made and donated a recognition banner for the hospital and a first responder recognition banner from the community to the first responders which was installed over Centre Street. In addition, they donated face shields to the local emergency room and made "Nurses Rock" bracelets that they gifted to the nurses at the hospital.
FASTSIGNS involved the entire community, and the city and county worked with them on the banners donation project. The hospital and medical offices worked together with FASTSIGNS on the design of the acrylic shields and intubation boxes while giving them referrals to other Hospitals in the region as well as one in Louisiana and Minnesota. The community was also involved in supporting fundraising efforts for the hospital and staff, and FASTSIGNS’ team members’ families encouraged and supported all the effort, time and sacrifices it took for these projects while understanding the danger of their loved one being exposed to the virus.
Their efforts enabled them to build a relationship with their local hospital as the "first source" provider for acrylics and signage. The community showed appreciation by contributing to their efforts in fundraising and acknowledging first responders. They were also recognized by the Jacksonville Florida CBS and Fox news stations for their efforts.
“Our team and their family members are all part of the community we serve and we feel fortunate, honored, proud, and humbled by this entire ordeal,” said Eric Webb.
In addition, the team also recognized the 2020 High School seniors with Graduation signs for all the public and private high schools in the county, sold the signs at cost and delivered/installed them in the seniors’ yards at no charge.
FASTSIGNS of Fernandina Beach is located at 1410 E Oak Street, Fernandina Beach. The center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday by appointment only.
Barberitos, a fast-casual burrito restaurant with 50 locations across the Southeast, named Kate and Bobby Wilder as its 2020 Franchisees of the Year Award recipients.
The award was presented at the chain’s annual National Franchisee Convention held virtually Jan. 27.
The Franchisee of the Year Award recognizes a franchisee for overall sales, active participation in its community, creating a positive work team environment, encouraging team members, utilizing the Barberitos App, involvement in Barberitos corporate initiatives, attending Barberitos webinars and meetings, and embodying the Barberitos’ brand.
These characteristics support Barberitos’ mission statement to serve others with a focus on food, community and people. The Wilders’ own four Barberitos’ locations that include the restaurants at 1519 Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach and 463867 State Road 200 in Yulee. They also own restaurants in Jacksonville and St. Marys, Ga.
“To win this award is a tremendous honor, and we are so thankful for our incredible teams at each location that played such an integral role in us receiving this recognition,” Bobby Wilder said. “Even more so during this difficult year, it has become our passion to make a difference in the community serving our fresh, healthy food and providing firstclass customer service.”
Barberitos is a Southwestern Grille dedicated to serving farmfresh, high-quality food in a fastcasual restaurant environment. Many of the restaurants’ menu items are prepared or cooked in-house daily, including handsmashed guacamole, homemade salsas, fresh-cut vegetables as well as chicken, steak, turkey, pork, tofu, rice and beans.
“Kate and Bobby always believe in the brand and embody everything we value in a franchisee,” Barberitos founder and CEO Downing Barber said. “During 2021, we hope all of our operators can make as big an impact in the community as the Wilders have done.”
For more information about Barberitos, visit www.barberitos.com.
Fernandina Beach Police Department
James Hurley, Chief
February 18, 2021
After a delay of nearly a year due to the global pandemic, members of the Fernandina Beach Police Department were rewarded by the Florida Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation with our agency’s 5th Re-Accreditation Certificate. The latest assessment of our agency took place in December and the full commission met today via Zoom with Chief Jim Hurley, Deputy Chief Mark Foxworth, and Captain Jim Norman for a final presentation and vote, and our acceptance of our most recent certification, which will next expire in 2023. The police department was first accredited in 2005.
Being accredited means that in the delivery of police services, the members of the FBPD practice the elements of 195 standards which are considered as best practices for law enforcement agencies. These standards are set by the commission, which is comprised of police chiefs, sheriffs and criminal court judges as well as city and county managers from throughout Florida. Our own Sheriff Bill Leeper is currently serving on the commission.
Barnabas Center Nassau
Submitted by Alexandra Winsor
February 18, 2020
The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce awarded Barnabas Center the Nonprofit Business of the Year. Wanda Lanier, President and CEO of Barnabas accepted the award on behalf of Barnabas Center.
The purpose of the chamber awards is to highlight individuals and businesses who work hard to provide important services to the Nassau County community. Barnabas extends its appreciation to those who continue to support its mission to provide help and hope to the many people in need in our community, especially throughout the coronavirus crisis.
Maureen Paschke, Barnabas board member, nominated Barnabas Center for the Nonprofit of the Year Award. “Barnabas has been and continues to be a lifeline for vulnerable Nassau residents.” Said Paschke. “As people struggle to maintain their quality of life during this unanticipated and extraordinary national crisis, Barnabas is keeping them afloat as they navigate income loss, health concerns, food insecurity and economic strife.
Barnabas Center is Nassau County’s only comprehensive service organization that addresses critical issues of access to affordable health care, hunger and homeless prevention for individuals and families with incomes at 200 percent or below the Federal Poverty Level. Its programs collectively address the short- and long-term needs of individuals and families in crisis so they can become healthy, productive citizens, thereby strengthening the entire community.
For more information about Barnabas’ programs, please visit our website at www.BarnabasNassau.org.
2/17/21 @ 4:45 p.m.- Nassau County recently won Awards of Excellence from the Northeast Florida Regional Council for two planning related projects. The first project, the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Vision Book, was selected in the Planning & Growth Management category. The Nassau County Conservation Land Acquisition and Management Program was selected in the Environmental Stewardship Category.
Beth Payne, Chief Executive Director for the Northeast Florida Regional Council, attended today's Board of County Commissioner's meeting and presented the County with two plaques. Planning & Zoning Board member, Linda Morris, was invited to accept the award for the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Book. Ms. Morris served on the Western Nassau Heritage Preservation Committee and has been credited with keeping the Committee on task and ensuring they succeeded in their goal of adopting a vision book that will guide the future of western Nassau. Staff members from the Department of Planning & Economic Opportunity were in attendance to accept the award for the Conservation Land Acquisition and Management Program.
Ms. Payne stated, "These awards are showcasing the work that you (the county) are doing now. These innovative, forward thinking, public engagement related activities are valued. Surrounding counties value it as well and it will be immolated across the region".
Thank you Ms. Payne for visiting with us today! And a big thank you to Ms. Morris for all her contributions, as well as to the Planning Department staff, for overseeing the process of these two very large projects.
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