Starting Point Is One of Only 20 Selected for A National Project on Trauma, Racism, and Resilience-Oriented Care
The Only Provider in Florida Chosen
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare (SPBH) is one of only 20 providers nationally – and the only one in Florida – chosen to participate in the Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Equity Call to Action Community of Practice, sponsored by the National Council for Behavioral Health. This project will provide training to SPBH staff from a national team of experts to help them provide more informed treatment to individuals affected by trauma and/or systemic racism.
“Because there are a limited number of slots available for this training, Starting Point faced a very competitive process to become approved,” said CEO Dr. Laureen Pagel. “This recognition reflects the commitment we have to providing care to clients with the latest approaches. We know that trauma can often be intergenerational, and it can also be the result of lifelong systemic racism. Knowing how to identify and treat these issues will help our clients during their therapy. It also educates and informs our own staff, so they can identify these issues in their own lives.”
Once the 12-session training is complete, Starting Point’s mental health professionals will have a completed plan to educate staff on the effects of trauma, micro-aggressions, inequity, and systemic racism for the individuals they serve.
“This is a 12-month learning collaborative focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion,” Dr. Pagel said. “I am very proud that this has been an effort driven by our own staff. Our Diversity Steering Committee completed this competitive application process and will be the core implementation team. This is a very exciting opportunity for our organization.”
“Trauma-informed, resilience-oriented care asks not, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ but, ‘What happened to you?’ and ‘What’s strong with you?’, “ she said.
Six new decorated model homes by Dream Finders Homes, Lennar and Richmond American Homes Coming Soon
NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2020) – GreenPointe Developers, LLC, Dream Finders Homes, Lennar and Richmond American Homes recently celebrated the start of construction on six new model homes at Tributary, North Florida’s best new master-planned community.
“We anticipate high demand for our distinctive home designs from our premier builder team at Tributary,” said GreenPointe’s North Florida Regional President Mike Taylor. “Our community will offer a wonderful environment with a convenient location, miles of scenic nature trails, direct access to the river and exceptional amenities. We look forward to welcoming future homeowners to North Florida’s most exciting new community.”
Dream Finders Homes, Lennar and Richmond American Homes at Tributary are offering a distinctive collection of award-winning home designs ranging in size and style to meet the needs and lifestyle of today’s homebuyers. The Tributary model home village will feature six model homes, two from each builder, showcasing open concept designs, innovative features and flexible spaces for family living and entertainment.
The Tributary builders are offering more than 30 floor plans that include one- and two-story single-family homes ranging in size from approximately 1,600 square feet to more than 3,200 square feet. Many of the neighborhood’s home sites will feature preserve or lake views. Homes at Tributary are priced from the $200s and pre-sales are underway. Tributary’s model home village will open in early 2021.
Spanning 1,550 acres, Tributary’s prime location amongst the natural waterways and majestic evergreen forests truly complement the community’s mantra of Exploring More. Tributary residents will enjoy private on-site amenities including The Lookout, a lakefront resident clubhouse with a resort-inspired pool and relaxation areas. Workout warriors will appreciate the state-of-the-art fitness studio while the younger crowd will delight in the Adventure Zone tot-lot and array of sports courts. The community’s furry friends will adore Pawsome Park.
Tributary’s neighborhoods will include family friendly pocket parks, while miles of scenic nature trails will provide quick access to the community’s amenities as well as The Landing kayak and canoe park, the neighboring protected sanctuary of Four Creeks State Forest and the new Tributary Regional Park, currently under construction. Tributary Regional Park will include baseball and multi-purpose fields, a kayak launch, concessions, and multi-purpose trails. Tributary will always have an adventure waiting to be taken.
Tributary is within the Nassau County Public School District and zoned for A-rated schools that are among the best in Florida.
Tributary is 1.6 miles west of Interstate-95. The community’s location is two exits north of the Jacksonville International Airport and River City Marketplace, a regional shopping, dining and entertainment destination. The historic town of Fernandina and the beautiful beaches of Amelia Island are located east of Tributary on Scenic A1A/SR 200. Tributary is near dining, shopping, recreation, medical centers, services and more.
For more information about Tributary and the community’s builder team, visit www.TributaryLiving.com or call 904.299.6124.
First Port City Bank Partners With Fernandina Beach High School, Providing Our Local Community AI Based Camera Technology
Fernandina Beach, Florida— 10/06/2020 — First Port City Bank (FPCB), Fernandina Beach, Florida, is pleased to announce its partnership with Fernandina Beach High School to provide the community with its first Artificial Intelligent (AI) Pixellot Camera System. Pixellot is a global leader in AI-based, fully automated, broadcast-quality, video production systems for high schools and is part of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
Now, you never have to miss a Fernandina Beach High School Sports game that is on the football field or in the gymnasium. Watch some sports events LIVE from the comforts of your home or if traveling, stream through your mobile device. You never have to miss a game.
To watch live sports, simply go to www.nfhsnetwork.com via a web browser or download the mobile app on Apple or Google Play. Search by State, then School.
“We are excited to partner with Fernandina Beach High School on this project,” said Durand Childers, president of First Port City Bank’s Florida Banking Division. “Like this project, we are also creative, providing out-of-the-box, customized financial solutions that focus on putting our community first. We are blessed to be able to share this advanced technology with our community”.
UF Health Jacksonville and the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast cut the ribbon Oct. 2, 2020 on a new joint project in the heart of Wildlight in Nassau County. The building is a combination rehabilitation facility and fitness center that will bring the latest innovations in healthy living to a rapidly growing part of Northeast Florida.
“Residents of Wildlight and the communities around it now have access to the most advanced health care and rehabilitative services possible, all alongside a fantastic YMCA that offers the most complete and innovative fitness resources possible,” said Leon Haley, CEO of UF Health Jacksonville and dean of the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville.
UF Health Rehabilitation – Wildlight offers occupational, physical and speech therapy to patients of all ages. Sessions are 45 minutes long and offered by highly trained, licensed therapists.
You can watch the ribbon-cutting ceremony on UF Health Jacksonville’s Facebook page.
Call 904.427.8300 to make an appointment. Visit Wildlight.UFHealthJax.org/rehabilitation for more information.
Skinner Bros. Realty is expanding in Nassau County with the completion of its second multi-tenant retail complex in Wildlight. The new mixed-use retail and restaurant space will continue to transform the master-planned community’s central Village Center, with new tenants slated to open winter 2021.
“The pandemic has maximized Wildlight’s need for more convenient access to service retail,” said Chet Skinner, vice president of Skinner Bros. Realty. “As Nassau County continues to grow at an impressive rate, especially in the area near Interstate 95, there is increased demand for services that retain homebuyers. Our newest retail complex strengthens the appeal of the Wildlight market by providing access to additional amenities and everyday services that area locals desire close to home.”
Skinner Bros. Realty began construction on the commercial complex located at 40 Homegrown Way in early 2020 and finished development in September 2020. The new mixed-use building is an extension of The Village Center’s first multi-tenant complex that opened early last year, adding 11,670 square feet of additional retail and restaurant space. It is designed to capture the inspiration of an open-air market with spaces that flow into each other, including an outdoor courtyard and covered dining area.
Skinner Bros. Realty leased the building’s available space to four tenants that will begin buildout this fall and join a cohesive mix of hospitality and lifestyle services at The Village Center. Family-owned restaurant Anejo Cocina Mexicana will bring fresh, from-scratch dishes and an upbeat atmosphere to the area, expanding from its current Ponte Vedra Beach location and new planned location in the Brooklyn neighborhood near downtown Jacksonville. Hana Sushi & Asian is a fast-casual service concept that will offer Asian fusion cuisine and sushi, blending fresh ingredients with exotic flavors.
Additional tenants confirmed to open at the site include DEP Nail Salon, a luxury salon that will offer nail, eyelash extension and waxing services, and Firehouse Subs, a locally founded fast-casual restaurant chain that will bring hot specialty subs and more. They’ll join Royal Amelia Dance Academy, Great Clip’s, Cold Stone Creamery and Tasty’s Fresh Burgers and Fries, all of which opened last year at The Village Center.
“We’re very pleased to continue working with the talented Skinner Bros. Realty team to further define Wildlight as an ideal place to live, work and play,” said Chris Corr, president of Raydient Places + Properties. “Their deep understanding of North Florida’s real estate market has helped us ensure the community remains a safe and quality investment for residents and future homebuyers by providing the conveniences of an established town with a rich mixture of amenities at The Village Center and beyond.”
In addition to the new multi-tenant complex, Wildlight recently began development on its second neighborhood, Forest Park. The growing neighborhood will bring more than desirable homes to the master-planned community by nationally recognized builders Mattamy Homes and Riverside Homes. Yulee KinderCare and St. Clare Early Learning Center also opened in Wildlight this summer, providing additional early education and faith-based learning opportunities for the area. The UF Health Rehabilitation – Wildlight center is slated to open in October 2020, which will offer residents a new style of healthy living.
For more information about Wildlight, please visit www.wildlight.com.
About Skinner Bros. Realty
Skinner Bros. Realty Company, established in January 1999, is a developer, investor, owner and manager of retail, office and mixed-use properties. The firm specializes in acquisition, planning, permitting, development and marketing of real estate as well as the representation of individual and corporate clients in the search for premier business locations.
Wildlight is envisioned as a new town inspired by a character, culture and pattern of living that we call “Florida Lowcountry,” where play is a part of every day and the natural world is a natural part of life. The plan for Wildlight includes a mix of homes, townhomes and rental apartments together with shops and restaurants, a new elementary school and a system of trails and pathways intended to make it healthy and walkable and connect it all together. Our Phase 1 plan is flexible and currently designed for about 1,000 homes across about 260 acres plus nearly 350 acres of permanently preserved open space. Wildlight will offer comfortable and friendly Florida Lowcountry living 20 miles north of Jacksonville, just east of Interstate 95 on A1A, with easy access to both Amelia Island and the Jacksonville International Airport. Wildlight is being created by Raydient Places + Properties, a taxable subsidiary of Rayonier Inc., a real estate investment trust. For more information please visit Wildlight.com.
Kinetico CGC Water Treatment is celebrating its 50th Anniversary!
Celebrate Client Appreciation Day with Kinetico CGC Water Treatment on Saturday, September 26th from 10 AM - 5 PM. There will be hourly prize drawings, special guest appearances, special deals, music and so much more! For more information, call (904) 544-6242.
The past few months have been devastating for the theater industry, but B&B Theatres is committed to continuing to provide guests with exceptional entertainment experiences through unparalleled service at best in class facilities.
As we wait for a pandemic resolution and for Hollywood to resume scheduled releases of new films, we are thrilled to be able to still offer guests great onscreen options.
The flyer below outlines our circuitwide programming options. While not all are available in every market, we are doing all we can to offer our communities fun and enjoyable films during this unprecedented time.
We believe in the power of the movies to bring joy, offer relief and escape, to inspire and uplift. We appreciate your support during this challenging time in our industry's history.
White Oak Conservation has started construction on a new 2,500-acre home for Asian elephants. Most of these elephants previously traveled throughout the United States with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® until they were retired in 2016.
Thirty elephants will be released in the northeastern Florida refuge, owned by philanthropists Mark and Kimbra Walter, as soon as it is ready. The first arrivals are expected in 2021. (Photos of some of the elephants can be accessed here and a video rendering of the new habitat can be found on YouTube. Credit: White Oak Conservation)
“Elephants are majestic and intelligent animals, and they are in dire need,” Kimbra Walter said. “For too long, humans have decimated the native habitats, poached, and removed these animals from their natural home.”
Mark Walter added, “Our family is committed to improving the lives of individual elephants and ensuring the survival of elephants in the wild.”
Within White Oak Conservation’s 17,000 acres, nine interlinked areas will be opened for the elephants. The area will include a variety of vegetation and habitat types for the elephants to choose from, including wetlands, meadows, and woods.
The spacious habitats will give the elephants room to wander, exercise and forage. White Oak’s philosophy is to accommodate natural behavior and social bonds as closely as possible. Family groups will be together, with calves and their mothers and siblings in the same areas as grandmothers wherever possible.
Eleven waterholes will be built, each wide and deep enough for the elephants to splash and frolic in. Three barns will be built within the complex specifically to suit the elephants’ needs. These facilities will be easily accessible to the elephants and equipped with high-tech veterinary equipment.
White Oak has recruited an expert team to design the habitat and to care for the elephants. Nick Newby, who has managed elephants since 2003, leads the team. He is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Elephant Taxon Advisory Group and is an instructor in the AZA’s Principles of Elephant Management program.
“AZA strongly supports White Oak Conservation’s efforts on behalf of elephants,” said Dan Ashe, President and CEO of AZA. “By providing these elephants the space to explore, to interact with one another, and to engage in natural behaviors, they are being given a key element in animal welfare and wellness — choice.”
Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, supports the move to the new location and has provided food, care, and expertise throughout the transition. Feld Entertainment has been committed to the care and conservation of the endangered Asian elephant since the company was founded in 1967.
In 1995, that commitment was expanded through the founding of the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation® in Polk County, Fla. After the removal of the elephants from the show in 2016, the company continued to care for all the elephants located at the Center and also worked with other conservation organizations to share years of knowledge and expertise to help save this endangered species for future generations.
“We are proud of our partnership with White Oak to transfer the elephants in our care to their facility to further expand their endangered species conservation efforts,” said Kenneth Feld, Chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment. “White Oak is one of the world’s most well-respected conservation organizations, and we know their dedicated staff will continue to care for these magnificent elephants for years to come.”
Nineteen of the elephants were born in the United States.
“Asian elephants are endangered in the wild,” explained Michelle Gadd, Ph.D., who leads the Walters’ global conservation efforts. “Only 30,000 to 50,000 elephants remain in the wild in less than 15% of their historic range. Where they do survive, they continue to be threatened by habitat degradation and fragmentation, conflict with humans, and poaching.”
Walter Conservation is committed to bringing elephant education and awareness to the next generation of conservationists through its world-class educational and training programs, in person and remotely. In 2019, more than 1,600 students visited White Oak and participated in education programming.
“It is exciting to see these elephants transition into their new home while continuing their strong history as ambassadors for their wild cousins,” said Deborah Olson, executive director of the International Elephant Foundation. “White Oak’s commitment to conservation and animal care makes it the perfect forever home for this herd. The International Elephant Foundation looks forward to working with White Oak to improve the quality of life and viability of elephant populations everywhere.”
ABOUT WALTER CONSERVATION AND WHITE OAK
White Oak, which is a part of Walter Conservation, is a one-of-a-kind center for conservation. With 17,000 acres in northeastern Florida, it has long been dedicated to the conservation and care of endangered and threatened species, including rhinoceroses, okapis, bongos, zebras, dama gazelles, and cheetahs.
White Oak partners with wildlife agencies here and abroad. In the United States, White Oak collaborates with federal and state agencies on species recovery and release efforts for Florida panthers, Florida grasshopper sparrows, Mississippi sandhill cranes, and whooping cranes. In addition to native species, eighteen endangered and critically endangered species have a safe haven in spacious, natural enclosures at White Oak.
Through Walter Conservation, the Walter family conserves rare species and wild places around the world. Efforts include improving the quality of life of individual animals, recovering rare species, restoring ecosystems and protecting wilderness areas.
Thus far, their philanthropy supports several areas in North America and Africa, protecting important wild populations of African elephants, rhinos, lions, and many other species. The Walter Conservation approach is to protect and preserve large wild areas, provide wildlife security and management, to collaborate with local residents and host-country governments, and to invest in sustainable enterprises.
Halloween Doors & More Presents a Drive-In Movie Experience: Three Days of Classic Family Movies Benefitting Community PedsCare®
Join us on Oct. 15 through 17, at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds, for something a little different this year! Halloween Doors & More presents a drive-in movie experience with three days, four showings of family favorites. Admission is $25 per car and must be purchased in advance with limited spaces available. Costumes and car decorations encouraged for this his year’s theme, “Safari Life.”
In addition to our drive-in movie experience, come along with us on Oct. 11 through 18 for the Halloween Doors Safari. Families can enjoy this self-guided tour around the community of decorated front doors and yards in support of Halloween Doors & More.
Sign up to get the road map and activity sheet.
For more information or to purchase admissions, sign up for the Safari or become a door decorator, visit HDM.CommunityHospice.com or call 904.886.3883.
Halloween Doors & More raises funds for Community PedsCare, Community Hospice & Palliative Care’s pediatric program, while delivering a memorable experience for First Coast families. Community Hospice & Palliative Care established Community PedsCare in 2000 recognizing the special needs of pediatric patients. Services are delivered in collaboration with Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Nemours Children’s Specialty Care and the University of Florida-Jacksonville. All proceeds from Halloween Doors & More benefit Community PedsCare.
Community PedsCare is a pediatric palliative and hospice program for children with complex life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. This year more than 190 families will receive support services from a care team uniquely skilled to work with our youngest patients. Community PedsCare services are offered at no cost to families and philanthropic support is needed to ensure availability of services.
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Announces A Free Virtual Concert on Sunday, September 20, at 2:00 pm
On Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT the AICMF presents The Christiania Piano Trio in our first Virtual Concert!, The trio will present selected romantic works of Schumann and Mendelssohn. This free concert will be available to view on the Amelia Island TV website (ameliaisland.tv) and the Festival website the (www.aicmf.com). Although you are welcome to watch for free, donations are encouraged to support the AICMF.
Recorded on September 8, 2020, at The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, this concert features violinist David Coucheron, concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO); Christopher Rex, the AICMF’s artistic and general director and retired principal cellist of the ASO; and Julie Coucheron, an acclaimed pianist who tours internationally.
For 19 years, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival has provided an increasingly bright light in the cultural landscape of Northeast Florida. As we anticipate the start of an exciting 20th Anniversary Season in 2021, we are working to continue to provide music to soothe our pandemic tired souls.
Please join us in this opportunity to enjoy beautiful music from The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival to you!
About the AICMF
Now in its 20th season, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is one of the nation’s most respected music festivals. The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For more information, please visit us at www.aicmf.com and Facebook.
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