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Beaches News Journal 1965 A1A SOUTH #180 ST AUGUSTINE, FL 32080-6509 News Journal St.Au Lessons The Whole is Great er Than the Sum of it Parts Whats Inside The This Month Muscle Myths PRSRT SDT US POSTAGE PAID ST. AUGUSTINE, FL PERMIT #132 NEWS FOR AND ABOUT RESIDENTS OF THE ST. AUGUSTINE BEACHES AREA How Should Investment Decision? Minestrone Vegetale Domestic & Dating Violence City Hall Update Of Facts and Opinions St.AugustineBeaches October 2013 Homeowners At its September 9, 2013 regular meeting, the St. Augustine Beach City Commission took the following actions: 1. Accepted the proposal from the Florida League of Cities Florida Municipal Insurance Trust to provide workers compensation insurance for Fiscal Year 2014, which begins on October 1, 2013. reading two ordinances: The tax levy of 2.3992 mills for Fiscal Year 2014, which is the same level of millage the city has levied for the less than the rolled-back millage of 2.5443 mills, which is the level of millage that will bring in the same amount of revenue that 2.3992 mills provided to the city in Fiscal Year 2013. The second ordinance adopts the FY 14 budget. Both ordinances will have another public hearing on September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in city hall. of 2nd Avenue south of F Street; the second regulates the parking of storage trailers on a persons private property. 4. Approved two proclamations: as International Day of Peace; the second to declare September 15-21 as Child Safety Week. 5. Passed two to adopt job position descriptions for the Police Departments administrative assistant and executive assistant; the second to have the citys department heads by August 20th of each year do the annual work performance reviews of their employees. 6. Approved the contract with Fireworks by Santore for the citys annual 7. Adopted three budget resolutions The St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches VCB recently presented a check for $5,000 to support the work of Home Again St. Johns using funds from VCB partner dues and not bed tax dollars. This is the third consecutive year that the VCB has made a donation to Home Again St. Johns. In addition, the Oct. 10 Top Chef Cook-off, an event that is part of the Flavors of second consecutive year. The mission of Home Again St. Johns is to promote and foster support in the community to resolve issues related to homelessness in St. Johns County, Fla., compassionately and effectively. "Home Again St. Johns provides services essential to improving the quality of life for the most vulnerable residents in St. Johns County," said Richard Goldman, executive director of the VCB. "By helping more people make the transition from homelessness to healthy, productive citizens, the entire county becomes stronger economically and our standard of living improves. (Continued on page 14 ) Home Again St. Johns Receives Donation We are thrilled to be opening our next location in St. Augustine Beach, said Jeff Jabot, Partner, Salt Life Restaurant Group. We have been working on this location for nearly two years now and we know this is the ideal location for Salt Life Food Shack. The new restaurant is being built at 321 A1A Beach Boulevard, across the street from the St. Augustine Pier. The two-story open air space will offer ocean views, seating. Unlike other locations, this Salt Life Food Shack will feature a rooftop bar a design element sure to draw in locals and visitors alike. and we felt the rooftop bar with dining and ocean views was just the thing, said Greg Saig, Managing Partner, Salt Life Restaurant Group. St. Augustine is no stranger to the Salt Life. Recently, the signature Caliche Poke Bowl took home the prize of best entre in St Augustines Taste of the Beach contest held in May. It is described as Straight from wishbones (continued page 2) Beaches Salt Life Food Shack


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal October 2013 2 Marian Johns (904) 501-4149Referral Agentmarianjohns@ymail.comReferral Realty, Inc. I can connect you with the most reputable brokers nationwide in order to help you with all your real estate needs. Call me today! Buy, List or Rent through me and you will help donate to the Donna Foundation to help provide local breast cancer patients with financial support.Buying or Selling Investment Property Rental Property Buying or Selling Investment Property Rental Property The Friends of Anastasia Island Branch Library will be holding the Fall Book Sale on October 10, 11 and 12, 2013. The times are Thursday, October 10: 10 am to 8 pm; Friday, October 11: 10 am to 6 pm; Saturday, October 12: 10 am to 5 pm. Approximately 10,000 books/items will be available. Books include like-new hardcover bestsellers with dust jackets at $1 each. Most other books are priced at $1 each. Mass market paperbacks are priced at $.50 each. Children's books are priced from $.25 to $1 each. Videocassettes (VHS) are priced at $.25 each. Audio cassettes are priced at $.25 each. Music CD's are $1 each. DVD's are $2 each. Speciallypriced items include sets of books, books by local authors or about St Augustine/Florida, and like-new coffee-table titles from $2 to $100 each. On Saturday, prices will be reduced by 50%. A grocery include specially priced items). Inventory is comprised of about 90% donations from the community, and 10% from library discards. These books have been sorted by volunteers who select books for special pricing. No commercial consignor has scanned our inventory since the last sale. A small collection of books is available on an on-going basis in the library for a $2 donation. Library staff selects books for the collection. Donations are accepted throughout the year. Especially needed are children's Proceeds from the book sale are used for the library to purchase items on its wish list. The wish list includes the summer Florida Library Youth Program (FLYP) for children, adult/children/ teen book collections and programs as well as specialized equipment (e.g., movie screen, furniture) needed to implement targeted programs. The proceeds supplement funds from the county. With continuing cuts in the county budget, the money raised is critical to provide ongoing quality programs and materials. Anastasia Island Library Fall Book Sale The Oldest City Detachment 383 of the Marine Corps League will be meeting on October 1, 2013 at 1900 (7:00 pm) at the Elks Lodge on A1A. Please contact Walter Mosher at 904-315-0392 or email me at Also the Oldest City Unit Marine Corps League Woman's Auxiliary will also meet on October 1, 2013 at 1900 (7:00 pm) at the Elks Lodge on A1A. If you would like to attend their meeting please contact Ellen Maguire, President of MCLA at or call or call 904-315-6870. Attention Marines News Journal 1965 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 32080 #180 Todd Logsdon General Manager (904) 505-0301 Email: Cliff Logsdon Publisher/Editor (904) 607-1410 Email: Online at The function of the Beaches News Journal is to serve the Neighborhoods of the St. Augustine Beaches area. First priority will be given to reporting news and activities of beaches residents and organizations, as well as news and events that directly affect the St. Augustine Beaches community. Second priority will be given to articles of general interest as space permits. Articles or information may be sent to the Beaches News Journal, 1965 A1A South #180, St. Augustine Beach, Florida 32080-6509. Information may also be e-mailed to or the editor at All articles, news, ads, or other information submitted to the News Journal are subject to editing. Publishing of submitted letters and information is at the discretion of the publisher. Views and opinions expressed are those of the writer and do not express the viewpoint of the publisher or editorial staff of the News Journal. All ads submitted for publication in the Beaches News Journal should be received by the 15th of the month in order to appear in the following months issue. Matters concerning advertising should be referred to the General Manager or mailed to 1965 A1A South #180, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080-6509. The Beaches News Journals acceptance of ad vertising, articles, advertising, or other information does not constitute endorsement. Nor will the Beaches News Journal and its staff be held liable for information provided herein by submitters, including websites and/ or emails listed, that may have the potential to constitue fraud or other violation of law. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising or information that does not meet the publications standards. The Beaches News Journal is published by an Augustine Beach community development, management company or Homeowners Association. City of St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Beaches News Journal Mayor S. Gary Snodgrass City Manager Max Royle City of St. Augustine Beach News Journal St.AugustineBeaches in Playa Jaco fresh tuna seasoned with Caliches secret marinade. Served with steamed spinach over sticky rice. Finished with diced avocados, green onions and sesame seeds. Other menu favorites include fresh rolled sushi, mix and match tacos, various seafood dishes, burgers, skirt steak and more. With pricing favorably ranging from $5 $18, the casual yet trendy space offers a carefully crafted eclectic menu catering to all tastes. The Shack not only brings great food, but a great appreciation for the Salt Life way and everyone who loves the sound of surf, sand in their shoes and beautiful seas. Many St. Augustine residents are familiar with this phrase, and more importantly, adhere to the beach lifestyle. Salt Life Food Shack of St. Augustine is the third of its kind, expected to open in 2011, followed by the Coral Springs location in 2012. Each location is locally owned and operated by local partners. All are deeply committed to the local communities they serve. There are currently plans to open additional locations in ideal coastal communities throughout the coast of Florida and eventually on the West Coast. To learn more about Salt Life Food Shack or to view the full menu, visit SaltLife Salt Life Food Shack (continued from page 1) Saturday, October 12th at 2:00 P.M. Sara Fenwick, aka The Monarch Midwife, will us how we can help keep them from declining further. Learn how you can provide the perfect environment to attract Monarchs to your property. Everyone is invited to attend weather conditions essential for survival. It will be held at the Southeast Branch Library, 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL 32086. for the Backyard Enthusiast


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal October 2013 3 NEW LISTING Top Producer For Watson Watson Realty Corp. St. Augustine Beach Elaine Wallace Call Elaine at (904) 347-5439 3175-1 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach Broker/Associate, PA 2008 Best Real Estate Agency Choose Watson. Get More. TOP PRODUCER St. Augustines Elaine Wallace, has obtained a level of achievement in real estate few agents reach. Whether buying or selling let Elaine put her professional experience to work for YOU! SEA COLONY GORGEOUS! 464 Ocean Grove Circle. materials. Windows are hurricane resistant to 125 MPH. Kitchen w/ granite, SS appliances and more. In beautiful gated community with pool, clubhouse and private access to the ocean. Perfect upscale beach house! $1,190,000 PANORAMIC VIEWS OF THE OCEAN! 716 Ocean Palm Way. 4 BR/5 BA European style home w/upgrades--great architectural features, high end windows & doors, coquina shell concrete walkway, privacy wall and driveway. Premium lighting. Quality cabinets w/stone countertops and Viking appliances. Tumbled Travertine $1,997,000 OCEAN VIEWS! 437 Ocean Grove Cir. Beautiful 4BR/4.5BA home on a street of Old Florida style homes. Ocean views from 2nd/3rd and tower roomtake your elevator to all levels. Chefs to ceiling make this home perfect for you and your guests. In Sea Colony gated cmty. $1,199,000 The WOW House!!! 312 S Forest Dune Dr. Spacious 5BR/4.5BA home in the gated community of Sea Colony. Chefs kitchen with all the bells and whistles & large bkfst room. Elevator takes you to all 3 levels of Maintenance-free decking on front counters, stainless steel appliances, much more to see. $1,365,000 REMARKABLE ISLAND ESTATE! 413 Night Hawk Ln. Beautiful custom home w/new roof, boasts 4,950 sf of living area w/5BR/5.5BA, multiple decks & 4 car garage-A/C & wkshp. Screened Patio and Pool. Separate guest qtrs perfect for visitors, 25x20 bonus/ media room, 2 full kitchens (Stainless stroll to St. Aug beach! $739,000 DIRECT OCEAN FRONT CONDO! 8550 A1A South, Unit 259. Recently remodeled 2BR/2.5BAnew Lennox 2 Ton A/C and air handler with 10 year warranty. New paint, carpet, balcony and much more. Completely furnished and located in a complex with 4 heated pools, tennis, racquetball, playground, and boat storage. Great investment property for the discriminating condo buyer! $369,900 GREAT LOTS FOR SALE NEW CONSTRUCTION. 353 Ocean Forest Drive. Open living spaces in this 4BR/3.5BA home in Anastasia Dunes. Gourmet kitchen features large island and is open to the Dining Room. Large bonus space under the housegreat for boat or beach toys. Side entry oversized garage with extra storage to help keep your dream home organized. $749,900 SALT RUN ESTATE. 953 Lew Blvd. 5BR/4.5BA waterfront estate with private entry. Old World Charm with all the amenitiesChefs kitchen, fp, beveled glass French doors, pool and Jacuzzi, patio w/beadboard ceiling and to dawn lighting lets you truly enjoy this paradise estate. $1,975,000 PRIVATE SETTING IN SEA COLONY. 916 Ocean Palm Way. This pristine 5BR/5.5BA home will impress and inspire the most discerning vistas from each deck and every room create a sense of tranquility and calm. Gourmet kitchen, Bonus Room, patio with pool and spa--everything you need to relax and entertain. $1,395,000 BEACH COTTAGE ON TWO LOTS! 315 B Street. 3BR/1.5BA on 2 lots w/old majestic oaks. Remodeled eat-in kitchen w/ granite. Enjoy the "salt life" on an amazing street. Beautiful backyard surrounded by oaks. B Street is one of the nicest streets at the beach. Short walk to the Ocean. A great buy! Sold "as is". $259,000 GREAT LOCATION. 224 Boulevard Des Pins If you want to walk to the beach and shopping this house is for you. Great starter home. with a Florida Room and FP to keep you cozy. 2 YR heat pump and AC and updated stainless steel appliance. Updated kitchen. Large lot for pets and children. A FP to keep you cozy. Two year heat pump and a/c and updated appliancesThis home has been well kept by the owner. $237,000 CUSTOM HOME IN SEA COLONY. 240 N. Forest Dune Dr. This 3BR/4BA beautiful home has everything you desire-plantation shutters, custom pool, two gas fps for the cool winter evenings, upscale gorgeous bath & large walk in closets. & kit sweep. Three porches to listen to the Ocean sounds as you enjoy the peace and quiet on the preserves. $925,000 NEW LISTING NEW PRICE NEW LISTING ADORABLE COTTAGE IN SEAGROVE. 488 High Tide Drive. Lovely 3BR/2BA cottage w/Chefs kitchengranite and 42 upper cabinets w/crown moulding. Two covered patiosone is screened in. Seagrove community has Clubhouse, pool, boat ramp, Town Center with Library. Just minutes from the Ocean. $289,000


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal October 2013 4 News From Around St. Johns County St. Augustine Crescent Beach ATLANTIC OCEAN St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Shores Sertoma 2013 Compassion 5K Race October 29th 11 a.m. at Sawgrass Marriott Ponte Vedra Resort, advanced tickets only, com. Fashions from Stein Mart at the Beaches. Plus come say hello to our local Sheriff, David Shoar. Some of our models include: Mary Baer and Richard Nunn of WJCT. Rhiannon and Natalie of the, Jewels, Jacksonville Giants, Haeli, of the Sunbeams, Jacksonville Suns plus a host of other models from Vicars landing ladies football players wives. Runway to Safety Fashion Show Thursday, October 3, 2013, 7:00pm Downtown St. Augustine in the Plaza de la Constitucion, as we honor survivors of Domestic Violence and the women, men and children who were murdered House has been hosting this vigil for 4 years, providing a way for domestic violence survivors, family members and friends together as a community of individuals dedicated to the mission of eliminating domestic violence. The Silent Witness exhibit that will be displayed is made of red, life size silhouettes each representing a person who once lived, worked, had neighbors, friends, additional information on this DVAM event please call Kim at 904-808-9984. men, their minor children. Other support services available to shelter residents and non residents include a 24-hour crisis hotline, individual and group counseling, forensic / medical rape exams, and County including, Hastings, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Johns, St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach. If you or someone you know is being abused, please call our hotline at (904) 824-1555. Domestic Violence Awareness Sertoma of St. Augustine presents the 2013 Compassion 5K on Saturday, November 9th 2013. The race starts at 0800 next to 49 Shores Blvd. with same day registration beginning at 0700. Pre registration ends on October 30th and on line registration is available at There will be an awards ceremony following the race. Custom made medals will be awarded cash prize. For all registered participants there will be a post race prize drawing as part of the race day activities. Vendors that will be on site for this years event will be Cold Cow, Smoothie King, Starbucks, Enterade USA LLC, Thompson's Chiropractic, Papa Johns Pizza and Powell Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. The goal of the Compassion 5K is to raise local families that are currently living with a major health crisis, many of which are life threatening. With the help of the Sertoma of St. Augustine, many local businesses and community volunteers, the Compassion 5K is able to help these families manage their crises during their greatest time of need. All proceeds from the race are used to help community members in St. Johns County. If you need additional information please contact me at 904.806.2730. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when St. Johns County provides seasonal lifeguard towers in addition to career response from St. Johns County Fire Rescue (SJCFR), the SJCFR/lifeguard team responded to approximately 7,200 calls for emergency service on County beaches. Most notably, there were zero drowning accidents. Averaging a response rate of 71 events daily, responses included 180 calls to help swimmers in distress, 156 calls for medical attention, 49 calls for missing persons, 44 calls for traumatic injury, 47 calls for vessel assistance, and 4 staff to assist citizens (6,719). Roughly 18 lifeguard towers cover 42 miles of St. Johns County coastline during the spring/summer beachgoer season. Approximately 50 seasonal personnel, enhanced by career Although lifeguard towers will no longer be staffed as of September 3, mobile truck patrols through the various beach zones will continue until mid-September 2013. Beach patrons are reminded to utilize the 911 system for any emergency occurring on St. Johns County beaches. These emergencies will continue to receive a SJCFR response throughout the year. St. Johns County Fire Rescue's Summer Season Response Statistics St. Johns County achieved an improved Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule 2013. Communities like St. Johns County with well-enforced, up-to-date building codes and an active enforcement program demonstrate better loss experience, and insurance rates lowering insurance costs provides an incentive for communities to rigorously enforce their building codes especially as they relate to windstorms, tornadoes and hurricane damage. Safer buildings means less damage and lower insured losses from catastrophes. The ISO BCEGS program is an advisory insurance underwriting information and rating tool that evaluates communities on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 representing exemplary enforcement of a model building code or local building code demonstrating equivalency in effect in a particular community and how the community enforces its building codes, with special emphasis on mitigation of losses from natural hazards. within that time period, and ISO is made aware of this, a reevaluation will be scheduled. May Lower Insurance Rates St. Johns River State College offers non-credit courses to prepare students for the 12:00 p.m. on the following dates: Palatka campus Saturday, October 12 St. Augustine campus Saturday, November 9 Orange Park campus Saturday, December 14 The registration fee for each course is $25.00. Students may register for one or several courses. For more information, call SJR States Open Campus at (386) 312-4211 or visit the website at to download a registration form. SJR State Offers Reviews for Teaching Students 2013 Taste of the Beach Award Winning Chowder Fries Now Serving Dinner on the Deck Valid SundayThursday only 50 % OFF Any Bottle of Wine With Any $30 Food Purchase Not valid with any other specials,coupons or allyou-can-eat items. Please present when ordering. 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St. Augustine Beaches News Journal October 2013 5 MICHAEL A. DAGOSTINO, O.D. ELIZABETH K. MCLEOD, M.D. MEDICARE PARTICIPANTS ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS 1400 U.S. Highway 1 South 829-2286 TODD P. THOMPSON, M.D. PAUL W. HUND, III, M.D. N. PATRICK HALE, M.D. Best Vision Center 10 Years WE ACCEPT MEDICARE, BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD, UNITED, CIGNA, AND MOST MAJOR MEDICAL HEALTH PLANS. TODD HOCKETT, O.D. 319 West Town Place, World Golf Village 940-9200 RUSSELL W. NELLIGAN, M.D.* *Cornea Specialist City Charter Review Update John's County Library will have their bookmobile at the site, with videos, video games and books. Master Gardeners from the St John's County Extension Service will oversee making a caring for plants, garden ecology ,composting and water collection and management.. Garden fun will be Saturday at 9 AM and Wednesday at 3PM. Get ready to get dirty. This will be a participatory program and preregistration is appreciated. There is no charge. Contact or call 904-814-8557 for more Information. St. Augustine Beach Kids Garden Begins First Kids Season Resident Jane Bozzone brings Salem, her l5-year-old yellow Lab to the City Manager's licensed. The fee is $3 for a male and spayed female, and $5 for an unspayed female. The On August 28, 2013, the St. Augustine Beach charter review committee held its second meeting and decided the following concerning the charter: not to recommend any changes to the citys commission/manager form of government; to replace the details of the citys boundaries that are now in the charter with a simple reference that the change how the citys mayor is elected, which is each year by the members of the city commission; when a vacancy occurs on the commission because of illness or other reason for the commission to select or hold a special election; to use language from the model city charter for powers of the city. The committees facilitator, Ms. Marilyn Crotty, will research language concerning the following: the holding of emergency meetings by the commission and appropriate notice of such meetings to the public; the commission adopting its own rules and procedures; and residency requirements for commissioners. These matters were further discussed at the committees September 25 meeting, along with the following topics: term limits for commissioners; when commissioners are commissioner; duties and powers of the city manager, and whether the manager should the positions of city clerk and city attorney. The public is invited to attend the committee meetings. Also, citizens can submit suggestions for changes to the city charter to the deputy city clerk, Ms. Cathy Benson, at cbenson@; by telephone: 471-2122; or by regular mail: 2200 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080. Ms. Bonnie Miller, Building Department Administrative Assistant, receives a plaque from Mayor Snodgrass to mark her 15 years of employment with the City. Ms. Miller initially was hired as the Departments secretary in 1998. In addition to assisting the Director of Planning and Zoning on daily administrative matters and long range planning issues, she provides staff support for the citys Planning and Zoning Board, and its Tree Committee. Bonnie Miller Receives Service Award City Hall Update 8. Approved a letter to the County Administrator to support the county obtaining community development block grant funds for various projects. 9. Approved an amendment to the contract between the city and a civil Engineering Group, for additional work done by the consultant on the 2nd Avenue drainage project. 10. Adopted the position descriptions and performance evaluations for the police chief and the city manager. 11. Discussed a proposed ordinance to allow by permit golf carts to be driven in the city. Because of questions, the city attorney will work on a new draft of the ordinance, which will be on the agenda the commissions October 7th meeting, as will a proposed ordinance to regulate the sale of vehicles on private property. 12. Approved the mayor signing an interlocal agreement with the county and area cities for the new intergovernmental radio system. 13. Discussed at length the proposed Courtyard by Marriott Inn, which is to be built on the west side of A1A Beach Boulevard between 5th and 7th Streets. The original planned unit development authorization for the Inn will expire on October 6, 2013. An ordinance to extend the authorization may be discussed by the commission at its September 23rd special meeting and later at its October 7th regular meeting. The commission next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 7. 2013 at 7 p.m. in the commission meeting room at city hall. The public is invited to attend.


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal October 2013 6 by Bill Jones, President S. Gary Snodgrass, Mayor City of St. Augustine Beach, FL Message from the Mayor St. Augustine Beach Civic Association Professional Packing, Shipping & Mailing Service Center (904)460-0022 With Safe ShipYou Have Options For info & directions please see Tell advertisers and contributors you saw them in the Beaches News Journal The Haunting at the Art Studio The Art Studio of St. Augustine Beach by Jan Heusdens The Truth Will Set You Free... and then some. My comments last month about the bit of attention and some less than polite remarks. While deemed controversial by some, I stand by the information put forth. I am also pleased that the City of St Augustine Beach did receive funding for the Beach Blast Off festival. Thank you to City Event Coordinator Michael Cunningham for representing the City so eloquently. My comments were not a condemnation of the entire Tourism Development Commission. Many of us in the community have legitimate concerns about the Category II grant funding process. Organizations like the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival, the annual Easter Parade and the St Augustine Art Association have been shut out of the process. These organizations and others helped create the historic, quaint and charming character that make our community a place people want to visit. I encourage each of you to learn more about the process that is leaving what is best about our community out of the grant process. Season 11 of the Music by the Sea Concert Series drew record numbers. The concert series was made possible by our sponsors TD Bank, Longstreet Auto, Petros Estate & Retirement Planning and a grant from the St Johns Coundt TDC. Special thanks go out to Will Smith and the staff at Parks & Recreation and the St Augustine Beach Police for all of their help and support. Planning has already begun for season 12 which will include a few surprises. Look for the new schedule in mid January on our website at Civic Association members received tips on how to avoid internet scams at the September 10th meeting. Corporal Diana Bryant of the St Johns County Sheriffs Department reminded members especially senior citizens that they should never respond to emails or phone solicitations that ask for personal information. Corporal Bryant advised the group to err on the side of caution. "If you have any doubt about who you are talking to do not share personal or the call to your bank or credit card company to insure that you are talking to someone you actually have a business relationship with." If you have questions about scams feel free to email Corporal Bryant at dbryant@sjso. org Finally we remind you to save the date of December 7th. It's our annual Surf Illumination celebration. The annual event features live holiday entertainment, delicious food and the lighting of the tree and holiday lights at the St Johns County Pier Park. The event starts at 3 pm and the switch will be thrown by the Mayor at 6pm. Details on this event and on becoming a member can be found at On the Eve of October the 25th at 7:00 PM The Art Studio at St. Johns County Pier Park will open its doors for "The Haunting.........! All attending are invited annual Halloween party. Prizes will be awarded for the most frightening, and most artistic, etc. Judges, Wim Heusdens and Chuck Willoughby will award prizes in each category. Don't be too afraid to attend. Come with your friends to meet local artists and haunted spirits. The evening will Island and dancing to live music provided by The Island Duet, a local acoustic duo. A cash wine bar will be available with complimentary small bites of food and sweet table. Tickets for the event are $15/ per person for advance sales and $20 at the with the price of admission. Please contact Jodi Hunter for advance ticket sales at 904.268.2351. Proceeds of the fundraising evening project, the renovation of a vintage coquina building to house a working clay and sculpture studio. The Art Studio, a County Pier Park at 370 A1A Beach Blvd in St. Augustine Beach. Please visit for studio/gallery hours, class schedules, activities and membership information. Everyone is invited to become a member. Starting in early October, the fall season kicks off at Shores UMC. All activities are family-friendly. Local author and performer, Lee Weaver will present his original production "The Secret" on Saturday, October 5th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. Then the pumpkins arrive on Saturday, October 12th and the Pumpkin Patch opens on Sunday, October 13th. The Pumpkin Patch will be open on weekends from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Stop by to buy a pumpkin or just to take your fall photos. The annual Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 26th from 3 to 6 p.m. The festival will feature games, a jump house, food, and face painting. There will be a costume contest for children at 4:30 p.m. and a doughnut eating contest for middleschoolers and high-schoolers at 5 p.m. Hot dogs, chips, desserts, and drinks will be served. Everything is FREE! Shores United Methodist Church is located at 724 Shores Blvd, between Hartley Elementary and the Shores Golf Course. For more information on these events, call the church at 797-4416. Rev. Randy Strickland is pastor. Shores United Methodist Church Fall Family Activities Greetings fellow citizens! Here are some comments about important developments within our City: Fiscal Year 2014 CITY BUDGET to September 30th. With its two major funds, General and Road/Bridge, the Citys annual budget is approximately $8 million. These two general operations including law enforcement, building and zoning, solid waste collection, projects and authorized purchases. As outlined in last months column, budget preparations began in June when City department heads provide schedules of proposed expenditures for the coming year including suggested capital projects or other infrastructure improvements. The County Property Appraiser provides information about the assessed value of privately owned real estate in the City. Estimates from the State of projected revenues from such sources as the half-cent sales tax and State shared revenues and other sources are then determined. The end result is that a draft balanced budget of projected revenues and projected expenses is developed by City administration and submitted in late July to the City Commission. By State law, the City must have a balanced budget. the City Commission reviews the proposed draft budget including such elements as requests for capital projects, purchase of equipment or sanitation vehicle, employee salary increases potential initiatives and budget issues may be made at that time. The Commission determines the level of property tax millage which is sent to the County Property Tax Appraiser who puts it on a notice that is sent to property owners. in early September with a second session later in that month so that the budget can be formally year. The amount of property tax owners pay is determined by two factors: the assessed property value as determined by the County Property Tax Appraiser and the level of millage the City will levy. The Citys current millage rate for the past several years has been 2.3992 mills or $2.3992 for each $1,000 of the assessed property value. At its second budget related hearing held in early September the Commission voted to retain the current 2.3992 millage rate for FY 2014. The proposed budget delays certain Hall and the replacement of equipment that can be safely maintained, postpones other non urgent expenditures and allocates modest funds from the undesignated general funds account for unplanned or unexpected developments. The proposed budget enables the City to ensure public safety, pursue important infrastructure improvements, grant modest employee cost of living and merit salary adjustments and keep the City moving forward. held September 23. By the time this letter reaches citizens, my expectation is that the Commission will have adopted the proposed budget and retained the current millage rate, holding taxes at their current rate for the fourth consecutive year. The budget is fair, reasonable, affordable and, as required by State law, balanced. We value your inputs and ideas for making our City a better community. For all of us, its the place we call home. Best regards, S. Gary Snodgrass, Mayor


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal October 2013 7 By Max Royle St. Augustine Beach City Manager Financial Focus Information Provided By Edward Jones LESSONS 4108 A1A South St. Augustine, FL 32080 904 460 1200 Member SIPC MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING Well Consult with an Expert You. Connie Reep Financial Advisor Ben Reep Financial Advisor While markets and lifestyles may change, its likely your long-term so important to take advantage of our free portfolio review at least once every year. Together, well assess how changes in your career, aspirations and goals can impact your investments and discuss whether adjustments are necessary to help keep you on track to where you to be long-term. To Help You Create an Investment Strategy, How Should Your Risk Tolerance advisor today to schedule your free review. Among the pleasures that come from living for a fair number of years in one location and forming a strong attachment to it are the people you come to know and the enduring vividness of their personalities. The passing of time adds depth and color to your recollection of them. In this essay. Ill highlight three citizens of our little corner of the Florida paradise, and will describe an aspect of them that made them memorable and me grateful for the opportunity to have known them. 1. Saying Goodbye. Rudy White was one of St. Augustine Beachs pioneering founders. He and a small group of other residents of what was in the late 1950s an unincorporated area of Anastasia Island decided to create an identity for that area by making it a municipality. The reasons were eminently practical: to promote tourism and to get revenue from such sources as tobacco and alcohol taxes to pay for the most basic of services: street lighting, law enforcement, and trash collection. Between 1960 and 1985, Rudy was a jack and planning director. Often, when he wasnt an employee, he was on the city commission and in 1964-65 and 1968-70 served as the mayor. I met Rudy shortly after Id been hired as city manager in 1989. In his late 60s, he was short, stocky, and balding. With his thick shoulders and brawny forearms, he exuded raw physical strength. I imagined him when younger to have been a scrapper: someone quick to take offense and not at all hesitant to He was originally from Tennessee and I was originally from Massachusetts. For whatever reasons, perhaps my Yankeeness or because he thought I was a somewhat young (age 49), Northern interloper with sealskin carpet bags from my last job, which was in Alaska, Rudy initially didnt like me. He was gruff and seemed poised to catch me in a mistake that would justify his questioning my into serious decline. But his days of wielding the city commissioners in 1989 were Yankees from careers in the military or corporate America. In time, Rudy and I did adjust to each other. He would call or visit me at city hall to tell me his opinions about issues and to offer advice, some of which I found useful. Then, in 1991, after I hadnt seen or heard from him for several weeks, he called to tell me in a weak voice that he was very ill and wanted to say goodbye. He told others this news as well, not, I think, to get sympathy, but because he wanted to have peace as he approached the end of his life. He did this in a simple and effective way: by apologizing, making amends, with the persons with whom he had had differences, some of them apparently very strongly felt, over many years. By doing this, allies in his transition from this life to whatever was to come after it. 2. Enjoy Your Walk Harry Knoll, short, slender, white-haired, was 71 in November 1994 when he applied to serve on the citys planning board. His background was classic American blue collar: left school after the 8th during the Great Depression; served in the Army in Europe in World War II; worked post-war for 31 years at the hot, gritty job of steel manufacturing at Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania; retired with his wife to Florida because, as he wrote on the planning board application, he needed some sunshine away from the rain, snow, hail and sleet. Harry served on the board until 1998, when illness forced him to resign. What makes Harry unique isnt his service on the planning board, but his crusade for as mundane a public improvement as you can imagine: a sidewalk. Walking, not golf, gardening or taking cruises, was Harrys retirement passion, and he and his wife loved to walk on the beach. But they lived on Sabor de Sal, east of the Oasis Restaurant, which had no access to the beach. The nearest access was Ocean Trace Road with its lumpy/bumpy, sidewalkless shoulders. Harry decided that something had to be done. So calmly, methodically, he became a committee of one to get a sidewalk built along Ocean Trace Road. Beginning in 1995, through 1996 and into 1997, at commission meeting after commission meeting, there was Harry asking when and why not and again when would that sidewalk be built. The commissioners listened respectfully and shared his concern, but there were other projects to do, other demands to be met. But Harry persisted, his resolve strengthened by the most powerful force a citizen can have when dealing with a bureaucracy: strong, relentless patience. Finally, in the summer of 1998, the sidewalk was built. To commemorate it and Harry, the city had him put the imprint of his walking shoes on a block of soft concrete and with a stick etch the words Enjoy Your Walk: above the imprints. The block was then put into the ground at the corner of Sabor de Sal and Ocean Trace Road. A metal plaque on it reads: (continued on page 12) As an investor, how much risk can you tolerate? Its an important question because the answer can help you make the right investment choices. Before you know your risk tolerance, understand the nature of investment risk the risk of losing principal. This risk is especially prevalent when you invest in stocks, because stock prices will always guarantees about performance. Of course, a decline in value does not mean you need to sell; you can always hold on to the stock with the hope that its value will bounce back. And this can certainly happen, but again no guarantees. How you respond to this type of investment risk will tell you a great deal about your own risk tolerance. Of course, no one, whether he or she has a high tolerance for risk or a low one, particularly likes to see declines. But people do react differently. If youre the sort of person investment mix and can focus on the long term and the potential for a recovery, you may well have a higher tolerance for risk. your losses (even if, at this point, theyre just paper losses), becoming despondent about reaching your goals, and questioning whether you should be investing at all, then you may have a low tolerance for risk. This self-knowledge of your own risk tolerance should help inform your investment decisions to a point. Even if you determine you have a high tolerance for risk, you almost certainly should not load up your portfolio exclusively with stocks. If the stock market enters a prolonged slump, you could face h eavy losses that may take many years to overcome, causing you to lose discover you dont have much tolerance for risk, you wont want to invest only in supposedly safe vehicles, such as periods when rates on CDs and similar instruments are low, as has been the case in recent years, your interest payments from these investments may not even keep time, you could end up losing purchasing power, which, over the long term, can be just as big a risk as market declines. Ultimately, then, youll probably want to let your risk tolerance guide your investment choices but not dictate them with an iron hand. So, if you believe you are highly tolerant of risk, you might have a somewhat higher percentage of stocks in your portfolio than if you felt yourself to be highly risk-averse but in any bonds, government securities, CDs and other investments. While this type of protect against loss, it can help reduce the effects of volatility on your portfolio. By knowing your own risk tolerance, an d the role it can play in your choices, you can help yourself create an effective, suitable investment strategy one that you can live with for a long time and that can help you avoid the biggest risk of all: not reaching your long-term goals.


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal October 2013 8 St. Augustine Beaches Advisory Committee Ann Palmquist, Vice-Chair Spiritually Speaking By Fr. Nicholas A. Marziani, D. Min. St. James Church Services of Holy Eucharist Saturdays 4:30 pm St. Augustine House of Prayer 34 Ocean Avenue St. Augustine, FL 32084 Call for more info: 904-460-0535 Of Facts and Opinions Pastor, St. James Church, a Catholic Community of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts Phone: 904-236-6243 Fax: 904-239-5505 Email: 107 A 11th Street St. Augustine, FL 32080 3175-1 A1A South Call Laura 904.669.5677 Laura Radford Novotny, PA Broker-Associate Were back in full swing now as far as schools and training institutes are concerned in our land, summer diversions and excursions quite in the rear view mirror. For the next nine months in some cases, longer mega-money and mega-hours will be spent by students, parents, teachers, administrators, and taxpayers alike in pursuit of that thing we call getting an education. From pre-K through Ph.D., the sheer magnitude of this enterprise staggers the mind, when you really think about it. So you would also think that few things could be clearer in terms of what our objectives are than such an endeavor. Well, no, not really. You see, dear reader, we are really challenged as a society Opinions abound, but consensus eludes us. In point of fact, we have a crisis a crisis of facts and opinions, and the crucial difference between them. Dr. William Jeynes, a senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton and professor at California State UniversityLong Beach, has decried what he calls defactualization, the tendency in some societies to suppress or outright deny very real facts as they truly exist, and to substitute subjective opinion in their place. This is bad enough when politicians and business leaders engage in such practices, but when young minds are bent to satisfy the wayward agendas of their elders, its truly horrendous. According to Dr. Jeynes, In thousands of public schools in the U.S. and Europe, defactualization is expanding exponentially . Opinions count, but not to the place in which they change undeniable facts. One thinks immediately of countries like Iran, where the leadership has told the naked lie that the Holocaust never occurred. Closer to home, Dr. Jeynes asserts, Many Westerners are increasingly denying biological and historical facts. Polls are demonstrating more and more that especially young people are utterly ignorant of things that we all used to take for granted; and beyond ignorance, they and their deluded elders will freely opine about such things and manufacture a new reality to suit their current tastes. I can remember my world history/civics teacher in junior high school back in the mid-60s (we didnt have so-called middle schools back then, as many of you will recall) telling us that in the Soviet Union of the day history books were essentially in loose leaf binders all the better to accommodate the retrobe in the interest of the Communist Party then in power. Recently Russian president Vladimir Putin took some major heat for writing in an op-ed column in a major American paper that U.S. President Obama was out of line in asserting that we Americans were an exceptional people. The sad thing here is that modern America seems to be taking the lead in dragging the West into a pit of depravity as regards the institution of marriage, and a host of other basic life issues. We virtually provide, without cost, the potential raw and rank material for al-Qaeda recruitment posters. No, Mr. Putin, until recently we HAVE been a most exceptional people, when we still feared God and obeyed his commandments. Why, oh, why, then do we insist on cutting off the branch that supports us? Something to ponder as we will all especially have to answer to a Higher Power for the ways in which we set up our youth for eventual failure. And as a recent ancient bishop of Hippo in north Africa put it, thats not just an opinion, thats a FACT! Prayerful regards, Fr. Nick October, the harvest month, is time to share the bounty from our gardens and remember: The whole is greater than the sum of its The sum of six starter plants produced enough cucumbers to necessitate learning how to make pickles. October is also time to have fun and since October 2010, the inaugural year, fall has been ushered in with a visit to the Sykes and Cooper corn maze in Elkton, Florida. With over 50 years of farming experience, Sykes and Cooper Farms now offers their newest addition Agritainment! Agritainment combines a 9-acre corn maze full of cornfusing twists and turns, live entertainment including Jack, the loudest hee-hawing donkey around and some more good ol family fun. The 2013 maze dates and times run from October 5 through November 3 on Fridays, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; and Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You dont want to miss it this year! With a ton of new and exciting things to do, including a Spookley the Square Pumpkin kiddie maze and some yummy new treats, you are sure to have an a-MAZE-ing time at Sykes and Cooper Farms! Visit or phone 904-6921370. Agriculture continues to play a pivotal role in our fair citys and in all of St. Johns Countys economic turnaround. The Economic Development of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Industries in St. Johns County, Floridaa Sponsored Project Report to the Board of County Commissioners of St. Johns County, Floridaprovides data. The economic impact has been $1,240,000,000 (thats a b as in billion) from agricultural endeavors, said Jerry Cameron, Assistant County Administrator. Go to: http:// impact, in a word, is amazing! The combination St. Johns County Home & Garden Show and the Datil Pepper Festival are October 5 and 6 at the St. Johns County Extension 16), Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Attendance is expected to top last years 1,000 plus, and with cash prizes being offered, the Datil Pepper CookOff Contest, vendors offering garden-related items and Master Gardeners available to answer your questions, you wont want to miss this show. On October 17 the new class of Master Gardeners will graduate, having completed extensive training. They have agreed to continuing education classes and to give back to their each subsequent year. Kudos to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), St. Johns County, the MG program In response to Jane West inquiring if something could be done to enhance the corner of A1A and Pope Road, Mayor Snodgrass requested the BAC incorporated suggestions from other BAC members to include Florida Friendly landscape principles. This plan visualizes how one of the gateways to this fair city could look. This excellent plan now moves forward for input from the commission and DOT. Way to go, Tanya! Way to go, BAC! Thanks to Jane West for taking the time to voice concerns and for asking the what if question. Harvest time, when the chaff is blown from the wheat, is a perfect time to tell ghost stories. the shivers and goose bumps begin. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving, is a short story about a lean and lanky Connecticut schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane. Ichabod, an outsider, sees marriage to Katrina Van Tassel as a way to the heart of her fathers extravagant wealth. However, at a party, Ichabod must compete with Abraham Brom Bones Van Brunt, the towns rowdy, and proposes. When Katrina rejects Ichabods proposal, he leaves dejected, and starts for home. We can almost see Ichabod as he mounts the borrowed, old, tired plow horse and embarks on the ride of his life. Facts get befuddled, but we are told how a large pumpkin morphs into an ominous jack-o-lantern whose menacing eyes glow from a The poet Ogden Nash may have shared an idea in his inspired traditional Scottish prayer: From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties, And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!In this most beautiful city by the sea, we ask the same. The Sculpture Garden concerts offer music in the park from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. the second Sunday of the month. Go to or phone 829-0873. The Sculpture Garden is a remarkable collection of sculptural works all donated by the artists. This incredible public art project is an offshoot of Thomas Glovers sculpture in front of City Hall. In saying goodbye to Barbara Doris Ellis, we remember an extraordinary lady. Barbara was seated in 2004 as a commissioner in this beautiful city. She was instrumental in helping to create and organize the St. Augustine Beach Blast Off, an annual New Years Eve event. She played an essential part in the arts by enhancing support for the idea of Art in Public Places. The Thomas rich life of the sea and moves beyond the norm to the extraordinary. The same can be said in describing Barbara. She will be missed in this most beautiful city by the sea. OCEAN FRONT LOT $440,000 Beautiful direct ocean front home site located just south of Summer Haven and Marineland. Bring your own builder and time frame to create a stunning seaside retreat and Maritime Estates. 74w x 256 +/7069 Oceanshore Blvd. N. 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HARC (Hagerstown Area Religious Council) and TORCH club.. Rabbi Ras kind graduated from Boston University and then attended Columbia University where he studied philosophy and compar ative religion. He also took coursework at three Divinity Schools, Boston University, Union Theological Seminary (NYC) and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He was ordained at Hebrew Union Col lege, New York and later served on pulpits in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida.. Rabbi Raskind also served for two years as part-time Jew ish Chaplain at the V.A. fa cility in Mar tinsburg, West Virginia The instal lation cer emony will be conducted by Rabbi Stephen H. Pinsky, Rabbi Emeri tus of Temple Beth Torah in Wellington, Florida. Immediately prior to his installa tion at Temple Beth Torah in 1996,Rabbi St. Augustine Beaches News Journal October 2013 11 St. Johns County Sheriffs Corner By David Shoar, St. Johns County Sheriff Domestic & Dating Violence TEMPLE BY THE SEA 2055 Wildwood Drive, St. AugustineServices: First & Third Friday Evenings of the Month at 7:30 p.m.Rabbi Mark N. Goldman A Reform T emple Bet YamReach The Beach By U.S. MAIL! The Beaches News Journal reaches thousands of homes in the Beaches area by U.S. Mail. Rabbi Fred Raskind Ask Mow? Answering Questions About Homeowner Lawn Equipment. Featuring Mow, St. Augustine Power House Spokesperson. Hello readers and welcome to another edition of Ask Mow. A monthly publication dedicated to answering questions about Consumer Lawn Equipment. Featuring Mow St Augustine Power House spokes person. Thats right. Leaf Blowers. Rather you want to get one tuned up or purchase a new one we have you covered. We are an Echo, Stihl and Shindaiwa dealer. Blowers starting at $149. And lets not forget about the Chain Saws. At the Power House we stock two types of Chain Saws. Good saws and really good saws. Choosing the right saw for the right job is the key. If your application is maintaining your property then I would recommend going with an entry level $200 saw. Echo has a good saw in this price range backed by a 5 year warranty. If Im making a bigger backyard, I would look at a really good $300 to $400 saw. If Im considering more than that, Im calling in a Professional Arborist company. Why not pay a professional, let them pull the proper permits and let them haul off the debris. Our county allows for some curb side debris pick up, but Im sure there are limits. A few things the Power House recommends. First make sure they are licensed and insured. Second, know who and how many of their employees will be at your house to perform the work and most important, hold back some funds until the work has been completed. The best information I have found is through the building department. There is a list of what you can and cannot cut down. It is a pretty extensive list, the beach is considered a Tree City so be careful what you cut down. Forgiveness is an tree that was removed without the proper permission. Thats all the time we have this month, so until next month, remember St Augustine Power House is located at 125 Pope Road. Visit us at www.staugpowerhouse. com and if you have any questions for Mow call 904-461-0310 or email him askmow@ Rabbi Fred Raskind will be installed as the new spiritual leader of Temple Bet Yam in St Augustine, on Sunday, October 13th, at 3:00 PM. The congregation invites the public to join them for the ceremony and reception.. Rabbi Raskind moved to St. Augustine on August 23rd. Before coming to Temple Bet Yam, he served as Rabbi of Congrega tion B'nai Abraham in Hagerstown Mary land for ten years. Within that community he was active in the Interfaith Coalition, Temple Bet Yam Installs Rabbit Fred Raskind You are invited to a celebration of Broadway music when the Temple Bet Yam Choir presents, Give My Regards to Broadway: A Salute to Jewish Composers. The perfor mance took place at Temple Bet Yam on September 28th. Along with the music and mayhem, guests enjoyed a wine/cheese/dessert intermission. Temple Bet Yam is lo cated at 2055 Wildwood Drive in St Augustine, close to SR207 and I95. Temple Bet Yam Salutes a Decade of Jewish Composers October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It was designated by the U.S. Congress in 1989 in an effort to end violence against women and their children and domestic abuse in general. From the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Nationally an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year with the majority going for direct medical and mental health services. Domestic violence is a pattern of controlling behaviors, violence or threats of violence, that one person uses to establish power over an intimate partner in order to control that partners actions and activities. Domestic violence is not a disagreement, a marital spat, or an anger management problem. It is however abusive, disrespectful, and hurtful behaviors that one intimate partner chooses to use against the other partner. In St. Johns County, over the past two calendar years, there have been 1650 reported cases of domestic violence. Nearly ten murders during that same time were reported to Law Enforcement Agencies in the county. Here are some signs of domestic violence if your partner is doing any of these or other unwanted behaviors: Hurting you physically, slapping, hair pulling, strangling, hitting, kicking, twisting your arms, or intentionally injuring you in any way. Using your children against you, calling you names or hurting you emotionally. Harming your pets, or acting with extreme jealousy and possessiveness. Isolating you from family and friends or threatening to commit suicide or to kill you. Also controlling your money, withholding medical help or even stalking you. Here are some safety tips from the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Identify a safe place to go if an argument occursavoid rooms with no exits or rooms with weapons. Calls for assistance should be made from phones in safe locations. If someone is threatening you or your children, take the threat seriously. Keep important items in a bag with someone you trust to include ID cards, keys, cell phone, money, medicine, visas or passports, birth habits and travel routes. Also, establish a code word so that family, trusted friends, teachers, or coworkers know when to call for House or the Safety Shelter of St. Johns County, Inc., is working to end domestic and sexual violence. They can assist if you are in immediate danger and need safe housing. temporary, and permanent injunctions for protection against the abuser. They also have a Batterers Intervention Program that can help the abuser. They have a 24-hour Crisis Hotline of 824-1555. In addition, if you are a victim of domestic violence, or you know someone that is, please contact your local law enforcement agency or 911. You may also get additional information on Domestic Violence on our website at Lets combat domestic violence together. Also, follow the St. and Twitter. Please feel free to contact me if you have a topic you would like to see addressed in this column. My email address is Pinsky served as the Regional Director of the Midwest Council of the Union for Reform Judaism.. He earned his BA from Franklin and Marshall College. his Mas ter of Arts in Hebrew Letters (MHL) from Hebrew Union College, and was ordained in 1971. He served congregations in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota and Florida.. In 1996 Rabbi Pinsky was awarded the Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion celebrating his 25th anniversary of rabbinic service. Temple Bet Yam is a Reform congre gation, located at 2055 Wildwood Drive in St. Augustine. For more information, call 819-1875 or visit the Temple's web site at


12 St. Augustine Beaches News Journal October 2013 Fresh, Local Seafood Prepared the Way You Like it! Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday 7:30am-10:30am Lunch & Dinner: 7 Days 11am-9:00pm Early Bird Specials: M-F 3:30pm-5:30pm St. Augustines Best Casual Oceanfront Restaurant GRILLED, FRIED, STEAMED, BROILED, SAUTEED or BLACKENED (904) 471-8700 45 Cubbedge Rd. Crescent Beach Open For BREAKFAST Saturday & Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Join Us For and more! The Ancient City Lions Club hosted their 1st Annual Golf Tournament recently at the St. Augustine Shores Golf Club, 707 Shores Blvd. in St. Augustine! A putting contest and BBQ lunch followed the tournament which all agreed Taking top honors for Overall Win was Team PC Boys, (top left-pictured from left: David Simmons, Jerry Weaver, Nick Minnicuzzi and Tim Drummond). Other winners included Sam Harrell (youngest winner), pictured below, Donna Catrambone, Chris Bowles and Erika Cook (closest to pin) pictured below. All proceeds from the event go to support the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind as well as other Lions charities. With over 1.3 million members, Lions Clubs International is the worlds largest service club organization. The Ancient City Lions Club supports approximately ten area nonFlorida School for the Deaf and Blind. Meetings are held twice each month at noon at Le Pavillon Restaurant, 45 San Marco Avenue in downtown St. Augustine. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 26th. Anyone interested in attending should email ancientcitylions@gmail. com or call (904) 461-0448 for more information. Lions Clubs...were ready to help! Lions Golf is a First! Article and Photos by Susan Johnson In Honor of Harry Knoll, October 1998. Enjoy Your Walk. Im certain many people have since then. A year or so later, Harry died from lung cancer. 3. Call the Question, Mr. Mayor! With his booming laugh, height (over 6 feet) and no hesitation in stating his opinions, John Rowland was an imposing man. When you met him, you understood how he was able to rise from the humble position of bus driver in St. Louis to the International Presidency of the Amalgamated Transit Union. Likely his years of negotiating on behalf of his unions members with hardheaded management types toughened him. He wasnt interested in excuses; he expected solutions to problems and hed back to the fullest the person who proposed them. He served on the city commission from 1991 to 2001; was the citys mayor in 1993 and its vice mayor from 1999 to 2001. For a city manager, John was a joy to work with. He had no hidden agendas, no fault, and he was forgiving of mistakes IF the person who made them took responsibility. You always knew where you stood with him. When I did well, he told me; when I did never at a public meeting. He had high ethical standards and expected others to have the same until they proved otherwise. Ethical lapses he wouldnt forgive. He also had a threshold of patience. Yes, he believed at commission meetings there should be ample time for discussion with the public of the issues; but always there came a point when, if the discussion had gone on too long in Johns opinion, hed barked from his seat at the dais: Call the question, Mr. Mayor! meaning enough jawboning. Time for a vote and to move on to the next topic. walk the residual effects of the stroke he had had several years before. During his other health problems, none of which weakened his commitment to serve the city. But, eventually, aging did take its toll and John resigned from the commission in June 2001. I know it pained him to do so, because this proud man wept when he told me in his home of his decision. Giving up wasnt in Johns nature. Four months later, he passed away at age 80. So what lessons do these three men have for us? In Rudys case, its that despite his rough edges, he had wisdom worthy of a philosopher. He took the long view in the short time before his death by forgiving those with whom he had had differences, and seeking their forgiveness in return. By doing this, he made better his life and the lives of others. What Harry teaches us is win. All it takes is a calm, not angry, not accusatory, repeating of a request until the Powers That Are simply have no choice but to say yes. With John Rowland, the lesson is that he could have let his physical ailments make him a reclusive, bitter old man, but he didnt. Almost to the very end of his life he served on the commission, doing what he could to make his city a better place. Youll see, I hope, the thread linking the three men: LESSONS (continued from page 7) St. Johns County is proud to partner with Home-Steps in the upcoming First Annual Girls Basketball Charity Tournament scheduled for 9 a.m. 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, and Sunday October 27. Tournaments will be held at 555 King Street, and the Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval Street. achieve the dream of home ownership, Home-Steps is pleased to host this exciting, team oriented event that helps local residents become aware of substantial purchase assistance with teams competing in a 3x3 double elimination format. For registration information and to learn more about Home-Steps, please visit www. or contact Latasha Looper at 904.553.2234. Home-Steps can also be liked on Facebook and followed on Twitter. St. Johns County Supports Home-Steps First Annual Girls Basketball Charity Tournament


Greece is one of the few countries in the world where folk music and dance are as alive today as they were in ancient times. At the 16th Annual Greek Festival, October-11-13th, you can hear and see the stories of the islands, the mountains and the villages of Greece translated into music and dance. Francis Field, 29 Castillo Drive, will be transformed into a virtual Greek village with all its vibrant sights and sounds. Hosted by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, festival hours are Friday, from 4-9 p.m., Saturday, 11a.m. 9 p.m. and Sunday, 12 5 p.m The festival is proud to present The Hellenic Band who will perform live all weekend in the main tent. Interpreting the Greek culture through dance will be the Nisiotes, and Asteria Greek dancers. You can also learn the beau tiful steps of Greek dance by participat ing in the free dance lessons. In addition to the great entertainment, plan to dine on delicious Greek foods, pastries, and beverages. The parishioners of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church have been busy preparing pans of mouthwatering pastitsio (maca roni with a delicious meat sauce topped with a crema), and dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves). The Grill will serve up sou vlaki (pork and chicken shishkabobs), gyros and kid friendly fare The village will also have a Cafenio where you can en joy steaming Greek coffee with your favorite Greek pastries from the bakery. Stop by the Taverna for a classic glass of Greek wine or a cold beer. The Agora (or marketplace) will delight the shop per with jewelry, apparel, cookbooks, and art. You at the Bakaliko (Greek grocer). Unique pastas, chees es and coffees are some of the items that will be avail able. The village bookstore will have a large selec tion of reading material on the Orthodox faith, icons and other unique items for purchase. And if you are bringing the younger ones with you, stop by the Kids Center for games, rides and more! There is something for every age at the 16h Annual Greek Festival. Admis sion is $3.00 for adults and free for those 12 and under. Free admission for active military and their immediate family with ID. For more information call (904) 829-0504 or visit St. Augustine Beaches News Journal October 2013 13 We Cover The Beaches The St. Augustine Beaches News Journal is distributed monthly by U.S. Mail to the largest neighbor hoods and more! Hammock Palms Woodland Estates Call (904) 607-1410 For Advertising Information ALLSTAR INC. Electrical Contractors FULL SERVICE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Family Owned Over 30 Years Experience FREE ESTIMATES Call for Discounts & Specials Trouble shooting Circuits Check Mobile Homes TV, Cable, Phone Wiring New Construction Ceiling Fans Repairs Generators Installed Pool & Pond Wiring Service Changes & Upgrades Decreased Power Problems Washer/Dryer Receptacles Indoor/Outdoor Wiring Surge Protection 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SEVICE 904-460-1001 CALL! WE DO IT ALL!! 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The cost per person is $55 and tables of eight to ten are welcome. Interested parties should contact Florie Adiutori, at 904-543-1086 or mail payment by October 12 to: Florie Adiutori 24492 Harbour View Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. Runway for Safety Fashion Show OULTRIE CREEK M NURSING & REHAB CENTER ...your bridge between the Hospital & Home Moultrie Creek Nursing & Rehabilitation Center prides itself in providing home-like amenities during your stay. A personalized plan of care teaches and educates you for continued improvement after returning home. Gingie MacQueen, Admission Director 904-864-1051 On October 24th Temple Bet Yam of St. Augustine will hold its annual Brunch and Card Party at Panama Hattie's at St Augustine Beach. The event will start at 10:00 AM with mimosa's and a continental breakfast. A delicious lunch will be served at noon. The event will end at 2:00 PM. Guests are invited to bring their Mahjong sets, cards, or favorite board game. Tables can be formed there or prearranged. Tickets are $28.00. For more information please e-mail Terre Wallach at Temple Bet Yam to Hold Annual Brunch/Card Party at Panama Hatties


St. Augustine Beaches News Journal October 2013 14 Residential/Commercial Prompt, Reliable Service Licensed & Insured Call Us At 794-7001 By Rob Stanborough PT, DPT, MHSc, MTC, CMTPT, FAAOMPT First Coast Rehabilitation (904) 829-3411 Almost all of us get to the point in our lives where those extra pounds start creeping up on us and eventually get our attention when we find Since exercise is most often the first thing we attempt in trying to lose weight, I would like to dispel some exercise and muscle myths False: It is true you might feel fatigue and lifting heavy weights or doing high repetitions, If you feel soreness 1-2 days after your work2. I am too old and/or too out of shape to start exercising with high weights, performing low repeti bound produce results of increased tone and moderate resistance exercises such as walking and resis False: Although success rests solely on prefer not to eat alone, go to the movies alone, I can address, these are the ones I most com you plan to start or modify an exercise routine, Rob Stanborough is a physical therapist, president and co-owner of First Coast Rehabili tation. He is co-author of Myofascial Manipula tion: Theory & Application, 3 rd ed by Proed Inc. Muscle Myths Home Again St. Johns is beginning a fundraising campaign, 1000 Friends For Ho me Again, for development of the One Stop Home Again Facility the community so desperately needs. Diane Quick, the newly hired Director of Development stated: Our hope is that if 1000 of our friends contribute $100 each to the campaign, Home Again St. Johns will have the means construction on the One Stop Home Again facility. Thus far, Home Again St. Johns has secured 13.5 acres of mostly undeveloped land located at 1850 State Road 207 to be the location of the One Stop Center. Currently, a parking lot and two modular buildings utilize less than 10% of the property. These facilities house Salvation Army Social Services, Food Pantry and the Home Again Phase One, targeted to begin in late 2013, is to complete the infrastructure of a paved road and utilities; build a large multi-use dining hall and commercial kitchen and two housing structures with multiple living environments. to bring access of their services on campus. These participating agencies will include healthcare services, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence services, technical service training, basic education, job placement and homeless prevention services. The site will continue to be the location of Salvation Army Social Services. St. Francis House, the only homeless shelter in St. Johns County, will be responsible for building and providing housing services on campus. Since November 2010, Dining with Dignity, the very successful homeless meal facilitated and coordinated by Home Again St. Johns, has involved over thirty faith-based and other community groups; each has taken total responsibility to provide a hot meal one night each month. At this time, the meal is being served outdoors in downtown St. Augustine with an additional meal would be the permanent home for the dining hall and kitchen for these volunteer groups and this vital service. Several businesses in the area of construction have offered their services when the time comes to build. While Phase One, on the open market, would cost in excess of $1.5 Million to build, facilitating the contribution of materials and manpower should greatly reduce this cost. Getting to this point has been a true community effort, said David Hoak, the Executive Director of Home Again St. Johns. Without the private sector, there is no community incentive to remedy the problem. There's too much work behind the scenes for volunteers to do alone. It's time for the rest of the private sector to become part of the solution. Major support has come from the St. Johns County Visitor and Convention Bureau in the form of a direct contribution of funds and in 2012, they designated Home Again as the recipient of the very successful First Annual Top Chef Cook-Off fundraiser. The St. Augustine Rotary Club and Sunrise Rotary Club have annually The City of St. Augustine Night of Lights Mayors Gala in 2012 and have been selected as the of small contributions from individuals to keep the effort going. The One Stop Campus is being developed to be the right place for homeless in St. Johns County to connect with and receive the services they need, said Hoak. A brief initial assessment of new arrivals will be done and immediate needs of food, a place to sleep, shower and laundry will be met. Continuous engagement would guide these individuals as they stabilize to an indepth evaluation and development an individualized service plan to return to stable participation in the community that is best suited for them. The wide range of agencies supporting this campus will involve many community volunteers. Those receiving service will be included wherever possible in doing work to support the campus. In cooperation with St. Francis House, two residents of their program have already been employed part-time in maintaining the current operation. Home Again St. Johns began in 2008 as an initiative of local business and community leaders to address the issues of homelessness. With the help of United Way of St. Johns County this effort grew to a point in October 2011 that it became appropriate to incorporate. The agency The success of the 1000 Friends for Home Again fund development campaign is crucial to Home Again and the community at this time, said Quick. To contribute to the 1000 Friends For Home Again Campaign, please send your check today to Home Again St. Johns, 1850 SR 207, St. Augustine, 32086, visit the website at or to contact Home Again St. Johns, please call (904)881-1167. Home Again Needs 1000 Friends Home Again St. Johns Executive Director, David Hoak, showing Diane Quick, newly hired Director of Development, the location where the One Stop Center will be built. This makes our destination even more attractive to visitors and potential residents alike." The mission of the VCB is to market all of St. Johns County to prospective visitors primarily for overnight stays. For more information on events, activities, holiday getaways and vacation opportunities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at, become a (continued from page 1) Home Again St. Johns Receives Donation


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St. Augustine Beaches News Journal October 2013 16 In December of 1896 two boys were riding their bicycles along Anastasia beach when they stumbled upon the remains of an enormous creature, half buried in the sand. Word of their mysterious discovery spread like wildfire and within a few days "it" was the main attraction of that holiday season. Onlookers, including fishermen and journalists, thought they could detect tentacles, maybe an eye, possibly a head or a mouth! Conspicuously missing were any signs of bone structure or cartilage and no trace of internal organs. Careful examination of the decomposing blob was conducted by Dr DeWitt Webb, local physician, naturalist and founder of the St. Augustine Scientific, Literary and Historical Society. Dr Webb made numerous photographs of the deceased monster, and even sent a good-sized tissue sample to a natural history museum in Washington DC (which would later become the Smithsonian). The badly mangled bio-mass was estimated to weigh over seven tons; dragging the carcass up the beach proved unsuccessful. After several months, storms and tidal surge eventually carried The Glob out to sea. Debate raged on for a hundred years; shark, whale, squid, octupus, alien from outer space?? Using the original tissue sample a positive identity was finally made in the 1990's with the use of DNA analysis. The verdict? Pure collagen from a species of whale. (Which doesn't prove that Sea Monsters DON'T exist.) WHAT IS THIS? MONSTROUS CEPHALOPOD CANNOT BE IDENTIFIED good-sized tissue sample to a natural history museum in Washington DC (which would later become the Smithsonian). The badly mangled bio-mass was estimated to weigh over seven tons; dragging the carcass up the beach proved unsuccessful. After several months, storms and tidal surge eventually carried The Glob out to sea. Debate raged on for a hundred years; shark, whale, squid, octupus, alien from outer space?? Using the CANNOT BE IDENTIFIED of bone structure or cartilage and no trace of internal organs. CANNOT BE IDENTIFIED CANNOT BE IDENTIFIED