10/14/21 @ 8:30 a.m. - In case you missed it! The Nassau County Department of Health issued a Press Release last week regarding an enhanced WIC benefit that increases vegetable and fruit vouchers for a period of three months. See Press Release for full details.
For more information on enrollment and eligibility for the WIC Program, call the Nassau County WIC Office at (904) 875-6111.
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Nassau County Council on Aging
By Communication Director
October 13, 2021
Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) will benefit from some Buckeye volunteerism when Seaman Corporation, headquartered in Wooster, Ohio, travels to Amelia Island for its annual corporate meeting, Oct. 26. Volunteers will work on landscaping projects at 1901 Island Walk Way in Fernandina Beach, and make holiday wreaths for local seniors. Several wreaths will also be included in NCCOA’s “A Glimpse of Tuscany” Silent Auction, Dec. 4-11.
The local community is invited to participate in the wreath-making project. All supplies will be furnished by Seaman Corporation. If you’re interested in helping make wreaths for local seniors, contact Margo Morlock, Volunteer Manager, 904-775-5490, or firstname.lastname@example.org, by Wednesday, Oct. 20.
Seaman Corporation encourages associates to volunteer and offers volunteer time off during the year. To support this initiative and also promote team building during the annual meeting, the company reached out to the United Way of Northeast Florida in the host community for volunteer options. Seaman Corporation selected NCCOA since the agency offered a good mix of activities for the group.
“We are thankful to be selected for volunteer support from Seaman Corporation, and are looking forward to hosting their associates on our beautiful island,” said Janice Ancrum, NCCOA President & CEO.
Raymond Pace, Vice-President/GM for Industrial Fabrics at Seaman Corporation, said, “While we routinely give back in our own communities, having our team together in Nassau County offers a unique opportunity and we’re proud to support NCCOA while we are here.”
Seaman Corporation is known worldwide for the production of high-value, high-performance fabrics. With additional manufacturing in Bristol, Tennessee, these innovative, high- performance coated fabrics can be found in a number of markets, including geomembrane liners, architectural structures, truck tarps, military fabrics and roofing membranes. Seaman Corporation is committed to superior customer service and satisfaction.
Nassau County Chamber of Commerce Partnering with Florida Chamber of Commerce for Campaign School and Community Leadership Training Program
Nassau County, FL (October 14, 2021) Have you ever wondered how people get elected to local office or how to volunteer to help with a political campaign? Perhaps you are considering running for office yourself but don't know where to start. The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Florida Institute for Political Leadership, an initiative by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, to host 'Campaign School & Community Leadership Training'.
This three-part training is free, open to everyone, and non-partisan. Participants are welcome to attend any or all days offered. Each session will include presentations by state and local political experts, university professors, elected officials, and community leaders. This event is highly recommended for candidates, and anyone interested in running for local or state office, serving their community, or managing campaigns.
The first session, Preparing to Run, is scheduled for Tuesday, November 16, 2021, from 5:30-8:00 PM; the second session, Organizing Your Campaign, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 5:30-8:00 PM; the third and final session, Running Your Campaign, is scheduled for Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 5:30-8:00 PM.
To register online, please visit www.FIPL.org/register. For more information, call (850) 688-8940 or click here.
The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan organization with a mission to promote and maintain a healthy business environment and quality of life for Nassau County.
10/12/21 @ 5:30 p.m. - If you received your COVID-19 Vaccine in the State of Florida and need a replacement card, you can obtain one from the Yulee Health Department located at 86014 Pages Dairy Road. Please note that you will be required to present a photo ID.
The Nassau County Department of Health has issued the attached FAQs further explaining how to get a replacement card. If you have any further questions, contact the Nassau County Department of Health at (904) 875-6110, Option 1.
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10/12/21 @ 2:00 p.m. - At the October 11, 2021 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution No. 2021-192 proclaiming the week of October 17 through October 23rd as Breast Cancer Awareness Week in Nassau County, Florida, and declaring Wednesday, October 20, 2021 as "Pink Day".
The American Cancer Society estimated that in 2021, approximately 281,500 new cases of invasive breast cancer would be diagnoses in women in the United States, along with 49,290 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. And although breast cancer in men is rare, it is estimated that 2,650 men would also be diagnosed in 2021.
Breast cancer awareness educates men and women about the importance of early detection. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining and the American Cancer Society contributes this change to earlier detection and improved treatment.
Nassau County resident and breast cancer survivor, Renee Stoffel, was in attendance to accept the Resolution. Several friends and co-workers were also in attendance to show their support.
On Wednesday, October 20th, all Nassau County residents are encouraged to wear pink on Pink Day to promote breast cancer awareness and remind everyone of the value of early detection.
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10/12/21 @ 11:15 a.m. - Author and folklorist, Christopher Balzano, has been documenting the unexplained since 1944. Join him at the Fernandina Beach Library Branch on Thursday, October 21st at 6pm, as he discusses his latest novel, Haunted Florida Love Stories.
If you have any questions, please contact the Library at (904) 530-6500.
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Event sponsored by the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library and the Fairbanks House.
Sabrina Robertson Public Information Officer
October 12, 2021
Grant is part of more than $62.6 million given to first responder organizations across the U.S. by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation
The past year and a half have been difficult for many, impacting first responders and communities across the country. As we continue to battle health crises and natural disasters, front-line heroes constantly expose themselves to dangerous situations, creating a need for updated lifesaving equipment.
Recognizing this need, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation® continues to be a valuable resource for first responders across the nation and recently approved a $48,978 grant to Nassau County Fire Rescue. The funding was applied toward the purchase of a connector boat with accessories, as well as an inflatable water boat with motor, trailer, and water rescue gear, both of which will be used to ensure greater lifesaving capabilities for first responders in the community. The County received both boats on Friday, October 1, 2021.
“We are so thankful for the support from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and our local Firehouse Subs restaurants in Fernandina Beach and Wildlight”, said Nassau County Fire Chief, Brady Rigdon. “By providing these boats, our first responders will be able to efficiently execute water training efforts and will have additional marine response units available for emergencies on the water to help the residents of Nassau County during emergency situations, especially during the upcoming holiday season”.
During the most recent grant cycle, the Foundation awarded 126 grants to public safety organizations nationwide. The 126 grants totaling nearly $2.7 million were given to organizations in need of critical lifesaving equipment and resources.
To donate or to learn more about Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, visit www.FirehouseSubsFoundation.org.
ABOUT FIREHOUSE SUBS PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION
In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the 501(c)(3), non-profit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The charity provides lifesaving equipment, prevention education, scholarships and continued education, and disaster relief for first responders and public safety organizations, as well as support for members of the military. Since inception, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has awarded more than $62.5 million to hometown heroes in 49 states and Puerto Rico.
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is honored to be listed as a four-star nonprofit organization, the highest designation, by Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. Grant allocations are made possible thanks to the overwhelming support of Firehouse Subs restaurants and generous donors. More than 70% of the funds raised for the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation come from the generosity of Firehouse Subs guests and the restaurant brand. Please consider supporting a Firehouse Subs restaurant near you!
Nassau County Council on Aging
By Liz Dunn
October 11, 2021
Join Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) as we collect gifts for Nassau County seniors to help make their holidays a little brighter. In the midst of COVID-19, many seniors have been without family and friends for the past two years…and could use some good cheer!
Please drop off new, unwrapped gifts at the Janice Ancrum Senior Life Center, 1901 Island Walk Way in Fernandina Beach no later than Friday, December 3. Suggested items include: Non-slip socks or slippers; blankets/throws; calendars; bath robes; bath towels/wash cloths; dish towels; pill organizers; toiletry items; liquid soap; tissues; toilet paper; hand sanitizer; Q-tips; face wipes; brushes/combs; nail files; postage stamps; battery-operated candles/flashlights; batteries (all sizes); first aid kits; coloring books for seniors, colored pencils, jigsaw puzzles, large-print playing cards/word searches; and gift cards from Publix, Harris Teeter, Winn-Dixie, Walmart and/or Target.
Monetary donations are also appreciated. Make your check payable to Nassau County Council on Aging and specify “Santas for Seniors” in the memo section. You may mail your check to NCCOA, 1901 Island Walk Way, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.
If you would like to take part in our volunteer gift wrapping party in mid-December or if you have any questions, please contact Margo Morlock, NCCOA Volunteer Manager, at 904-775-5490 or email@example.com.
Barnabas Center Earns National Recognition for Efforts to Reduce Number of Patients with Uncontrolled Blood Pressure
The American Heart Association and American Medical Association celebrate Barnabas Center for commitment to prioritizing blood pressure control
Barnabas Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA) for their commitment to helping improve blood pressure (BP) control rates among the patient populations they serve, earning Gold+ level recognition as part of the 2021 Target: BP™ Recognition Program.
The Gold+ award recognizes practices that have demonstrated a commitment to measurement accuracy and have 70 percent or more of their adult patient population with high BP controlled.
Hypertension (high BP) is a leading risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, and preventable death in the U.S. In addition, there are 121.5 million U.S. adults living with high BP and less than half of those people have their BP under control  – making both diagnosing and effectively managing hypertension critical. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that heart disease and stroke continue to kill more people in the U.S. than other causes.
“High blood pressure is a leading risk factor of heart disease and stroke that can often be prevented or managed if diagnosed and treated properly,” said Michele VandenBossche, Barnabas Health Services Manager. “Addressing blood pressure management is key for better cardiovascular health – and critical today since heart disease and strokes continue to be a leading cause of death for Americans.”
Target: BP is a national collaboration between the AHA and the AMA aimed at reducing the number of Americans who suffer from heart attacks and strokes each year by urging physician practices, health systems and patients to prioritize BP control. The initiative aims to help health care organizations improve blood pressure control rates through use of AMA MAP BP™ evidence-based protocols and recognizes Barnabas Center committed to improving blood pressure control.
The Target: BP Recognition Program celebrates physician practices and health systems, who treat patients with hypertension, for achieving BP control rates at or above 70 percent within the populations they serve. These achievements will ultimately lead to a reduction in the number of Americans who suffer heart attacks and strokes.
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The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the Barnabas Center. The grant will support Barnabas with the purchase of much-needed dental supplies.
The Barnabas dental program provides affordable dental services for low to moderate income adults without health insurance. Services include exams, extractions, cleanings and more. Barnabas provides help and hope to individuals and families in need in Nassau County to improve their stability, health, and well-being. For more information about Barnabas’ programs, visit www.BarnabasNassau.org.
For more information about Delta Dental Community Care Foundation, visit the company website at https://www.deltadentalins.com/about/community/philanthropy/.
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