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Provided by Susan Johnson Council of Aging Artistic pursuits can be powerful activities for older adults. For many, the creative arts have been a lifelong passion while others dont begin to follow their artistic dreams until later in life, when they have the leisure time to do so. Situations aside, accessing the inner artist can contribute substantially to the overall quality of life for the elder community. The process of creating art can be engaging, appealing and extremely rewarding. For an older population, creativity in the arts can enhance communication and socialization, ease stress and the pain of loss, and provide a sense of empowerment. Linda Hammons is a local artist and art instructor who teaches older students at Council On Agings River House and understands the importance of the creative process. So many people are very timid begin to paint more. The change in how they feel about themselves is just amazing to see. And I see it all the time! In fact, one of Hammons experience led to my discovery that older adults absolutely LOVE the is exciting and liberating for them. Samples of her art shown above: Beet Red and Mystical Point . As humans, we all love to express ourselves in creative ways! And our delight in discovery does not deteriorate as we age. The only question is, How do we honor this creativity in ourselves and acknowledge it in others? The answer could be as easy as offering encouragement and providing creative opportunities. Art and music require trying and testing, evaluating and trying again. The process itself is so rewarding that every attempt is fun even they cant draw a straight line. She laughs. Who says you need to be able to draw a straight line to create art? Art is all about expressing what YOU see. Once students realize that lines can be crooked and apples can be blue, they begin to relax, have fun and get in touch with the more humorous side of being creative! Gene Cohen, MD, Ph.D is the director of the Center on Aging, Health & Humanities at George Washington University we age. Barbara Bagan, PhD, ATR-BC and professor of expressive arts therapy at Ottawa University in Phoenix AZ., enhanced playfulness and humor, a greater sense of self control and reduced feelings of anxiety and depression. At Council on Aging we are always looking for ways to provide opportunities that allow our older residents to experience the joys of life-long learning and creativity. Whether it is dance lessons, painting classes, choral groups, writing classes, or digital photography, we are here to support you in your lifelong passion or encourage you to explore a new one. For more information on these and other Beaches News Journal Legacy A Penny for Your Thoughts Whats Inside The This Month Pain & Posture PRSRT SDT US POSTAGE PAID ST. AUGUSTINE, FL What Can Va catioins Teach You about In vesting Fusilli with Wild Asparagus City Hall Update Under God a Tutorial July 2014 Dont Make $100,00 Mistake on Civic Association -Parking Survey Results & Suggestions News Journal St.Au St.AugustineBeaches the St. Augustine Beach City Commission took the following actions: 1. Discussed with County Commissioner Rachael Bennett what might be done to make the beach accessible to nonfour-wheel drive vehicles. The citys public works director is to discuss possible options with county staff persons. permit for the Eastern to adopt the changes to the city charter. Some of the changes will be on the ballot general election. transfer money for various purposes in the police departments budget. the renewal of an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation to reimburse the city for maintaining the landscaping along State Road A1A from Pope Road to Owens Avenue. Art Studio Group and the St. Johns Cultural Council to work out their issues concerning air conditioning and sound the former city hall that the Art Studio Group leases from the Cultural Council. request for proposals for a new telephone system. regulations and directed that the staff obtain St. Augustines noise regulations Royal St. Augustine, one of St. Johns County premiere Johns Business Network Charity Golf Tournament on open to men, women and mixed foursomes with prizes counseling, emergency safe shelter, rape crisis response agency serving victims of domestic and sexual abuse in St. Johns County. The outing, designed for golf enthusiasts features a Hole in the Wall, lunch provided by Neds Southside Grill, Golf and a charitable deduction What a Great Deal! This is the most fun and bestvalue tournament in North East Florida. Lots of sponsorship opportunities are available that include signage. This tournament is a great way to promote your business while supporting a great cause. Current Sponsors include: Sponsors include the following: Ocean Grove RV, Pop-a-lock, Meehans, Rulan, St. Johns Business Network, Flagler Hospital, Tanner Martinez, Anciet City Accounting, Matanzas GEO, GE Sales & Marketing, Five Star Pizza, Morris, Big Fat Coupon Book, Memory Hopkins, Tims Wine Market, Craig Funeral Home, Kresge, Platt & Abare, Casa Maria and Cantina Louie. to abused women, men and their minor children. Other support services available to shelter residents crisis hotline, individual and group Happy Independence Day! The Art of Aging


2 News Journal Todd Logsdon General Manager Email: Cliff Logsdon 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 e-mailed to or the editor at All articles, news, ads, or other information submit ted 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 in order to appear in the following months issue. Matters concerning advertising should be referred The Beaches News Journals acceptance of advertis ing, articles, advertising, or other information does not constitute endorsement and is the responsibility of the submitter. It is agreed that the Beaches News Journal and its staff be held liable for information provided herein by or emails listed, that may have the potential to constitue fraud or other violation of law including copywriting infringements. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising or information that does not meet the publica tions standards. The Beaches News Journal is published by an ernment, St. Augustine Beach community development, management company or Homeowners Association. City of St. Augustine Beach Mayor Andrea Samuels City Manager Max Royle City of St. Augustine Beach News Journal St.AugustineBeaches St. Augustine Crescent Beach ATLANTIC OCEAN St. Augustine Beach St. Augustine Shores CBR, CIPS, e-Pro, GRI, ITI, WCR Direct: 386-931-9464 Danny & Jeanie Carter J 904-471-1023 In-House Repairs While We dont need a change! We need to keep Political Advertisment paid for and approved by Ron Sanchez Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Johns, (St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach. For more information like us on Facebook. If you or someone you know is being abused, please call our hotline at St. Johns Business Network is an organization of businesses in St. Johns County that support each other and build community awareness of their member businesses. The group promotes business activity and local interaction in St. Johns County through shared contacts and advocacy. They are an organization of producers that roll up their sleeves and work to better the community. When you elect to take Social Security, you want to create a strategy coordinating your social but couples also need to avoid a common mistake. Almost everyone thinks of it as their own earnings what they receive. Instead, make the decision as a couple. Consider a hypothetical situation. The husband, the higher earner, believes hes going to die relatively early and the wife thinks shell live a long time. So and the wife delays. Thats exactly opposite of the scenario that should happen. the Social Security Administration calls delayed retirement credits. And in the event of a spouses death, the surviving spouse can take the higher of effectively hes shortchanged his wifes survivor so if need be the wife can claim the highest possible spouses lives. Thats the key that most people miss. Dont Make A $100,000 Mistake can help get the most money. Say a husband plans since he did make that initial claim, his wife, at her In one hypothetical file and suspend wife taking spousal payouts while they wait. Another use of a restricted application: Say a When he turns his full retirement age, the husband can tell the Social Security Administration changes his mind, he can switch over to his own application must be at least full retirement age. If First Florida Insurance will help you put together a strategy that helps you decide when First Florida will provide a personalized four page report for free on the best way to maximize Call 808-8600, click on www. one of First Floridas friendly agents. By Jane Tucker, First Florida Insurance David Hanleys Lawn Maintenance Personal Service No Job Too Big Or Too Small Cell (904) 501-3976 (904) 824-6564 LLC: L09000017989


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5 by Bill Jones, President Message Civic Association Location: St. Johns County Pier Park St. Augustine Beach 350 A1A Beach Boulevard (904) 347-8007 Dinner At 6 p.m. Concert At 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Pier Park Come spend Wednesdays at the Beach Shop the Market in the Morning Concert in the evening in between enjoy the Pier and the Beach! venders including Farm Produce, Arts & Crafts, and other various venders to choose from. Suggestions & More Questions The results are nearly compiled in the Civic Associations recent survey on parking and completed online and over a hundred hard copies that were completed a couple of things seems evident. The residents and users of the the St Johns County Pier Park want more parking in and around Pier Park and most people want the parking lot used for those visiting and using the facilities at the park. Several citizens have shared with both the city and county. We will of course the community has a voice in the what unfolds. I greatly appreciate the good communication we have had with both our Mayor Andrea Samuels, Police Chief Robert Hardwick, Public Works Director Joe Howell from the City as well as County Commissioner Rachael Bennett and Billy Zeits from Beach Services. Hopefully this good communication will lead to a cooperative effort on a long term plan for the area. One issue that has come to forefront are the volleyball courts at Pier Park. Our survey shows that most people want the courts to remain at Pier Park. The volleyball community has been vocal and has raised several questions that really deserve an answer. In a conversation with local resident and volleyball enthusiast Jim Luteran I learned that the volleyball community rakes and grades all of the courts. Local volleyballers have also paid for nets and other equipment at Pier Park. The courts are used regularly by people of all ages. One has to ask why the courts dont get the same kind of attention as baseball and softball about being shut out of night time volleyball allegedly because of sea turtle nesting. According to Mr. Luteran the county engaged the services of MUSCO Lighting to install lights at Pier Park that were sea turtle and Eco-friendly. Currently the lights allegedly confuse hatchlings. Luteran says there is no good reason why the lights at the volleyball courts should not stay on until 11 pm. According to Luteran research that shows turtles avoid areas like beach by the Pier because its a man made beach and turtles instinctively know the difference. So the questions of the day seems to be do turtles have more rights to use our Pier Park more than residents and tourists? And are policy decisions being made about lighting with inaccurate or incomplete data?. Luteran has asked MUSCO and others for data so that an informed and accurate discussion can occur. I think most people love turtles, dolphins and even the infamous beach mouse. With that being said it certainly seems that are a lot of restrictions on people at Pier Park Are the rules to strict? Are they based on the complete body of data available? When you look at the amount of shoreline in our county, Pier Park is a very small area. If you do the math and Mr. Luteran has, the area near Pier Park equates to less than four tenths of one percent of the entire shoreline in St Johns County. Music by the Sea Continues each Wednesday night at the Pier Pavilion. Our second theme night come to the beach for our 1st Annual Parrot Head Night. Its an evening of beach music, Tommy Bahama shirts and fun. Fore more info please visit our website at Phone: 904-236-6243 Professional Packing, Shipping & Mailing Service Center (904)460-0022 With Safe ShipYou Have Options For info & directions please see I thought that we should have a conversation about the Pier Park and some of our roads in our city. This is just to help with some questions that I had recently been asked. The Pier Park is located within the City of St. Augustine Beach, however it is owned and operated by St. Johns County. Certain facilities at the park are also owned by the county. These facilities are the volleyball courts, pavilion, visitor information center, the newly renovated and of course, the pier itself. Maintaining these improvements are paid for through the county budget. Events that take place at the pavilion must be approved by the county through the Parks and Recreation Department. Any short or long term planning concerning the park is entirely the County's responsibility. Ocean Trace Road and A Street provide vehicular access to the beach. Both of these access roads are in the City of St. Augustine, however they are owned by St. Johns County. Again maintenance and repairs of these roads are paid for through the county budget. The City of St. Augustine Beach does not manage the access to the beach. Decisions in regard to vehicular access are made by the St. Johns County Beach Management division. The City of St. Augustine Beach has active inter local agreements with St. Johns County that help some of the pier area. Examples of the cooperative efforts can be seen in the renovation of the County restrooms and building of new restrooms at Splash Park. We provided the supervision for the design and construction for these facilities. The county help complete this much needed addition to the pier park. The city provided and built all the electrical improvements at the palm area of the median walk with funds from the Tourist Development Council. This was paid from monies granted for upgrading our Nights of Lights in St. Augustine Beach. St. Augustine Beach and St. Johns County have a unique partnership. Both entities are working to preserve our natural resources and enhance our lifestyle with better amenities and easy access to you to understand that we as a city do not own the Pier Park but that we can negotiate to work with the county and have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future. The St. Augustine Travel Club, which meets regularly each month at the Southeast Branch Public Library, will take a vacation break for the months of July and August and will return to its regular schedule in September. An announcement of our upcoming topic will be published in the August issue of the local papers. Have a fun and safe summer.


6 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!! Credit Cards Accepted In early May of this year, a long-time St. Augustine Beach resident, Emmett W. Pacetti, its planning board, later as a commissioner its mayor. Alaska, and applying for the position of St. Augustine Beach city manager. He was the city commissioner in charge of personnel, and therefore of vetting manager candidates. At that time, the city, though it had a manager, police chief and other department heads, also had a rather unique hybrid system with the mayor and each commissioner having both legislative and administrative responsibilities. After an election, the commissioners would decide amongst themselves who was to have oversight of which city functions and departments. Thus, thered be a commissioner far as my employment prospects with the city were concerned, the commission had taken personnel oversight away from the mayor at that time, Pete Dodson, because of his abusive treatment of some employees, especially the man whom I replaced as city manager. Emmett had a rather high-pitched, reedy voice. From its sound on the telephone, I pictured him as a typical Florida retiree: greyhaired, wearing a colorful Hawaiian shirt, light colored pants, white shoes, and having a set of golf clubs in the trunk of his new Cadillac. My only correct assumptions were the grey hair and the Caddy, though the latter wasnt new or even fairly new, but true to Emmetts paid for and perfectly suited for transportation Street in St. Augustines historic district, and for chauffeuring his real estate business clients. He didnt play golf, and I never saw him wearing a colorful Hawaiian shirt or white shoes. The chemistry that develops between persons can be a mystery. On the surface, Emmett and each with very different life experiences: he, long time married, the father of four, from one of St. Augustines oldest families and thus unmarried, the father of no one, and for many years an unsettled sojourner through life. Yet, oddly, these differences didnt matter in the I was employed by the city a bond of mutual that made us an effective team. Most curious, we shared the same sense of humor, and could make each other laugh, not by telling jokes, but by a unique, back-and-forth bantering about each other, and about people and events in the citys political life. I have to wonder how many city managers and their elected bosses can joke the way Emmett and I did for so many years. His leadership style wasnt a loud, bullying, in-your-face, my-way-or-thehighway style, nor was it meant to draw the spotlight to him, but was like the man himself: linked to Emmetts core of integrity, and that made him an extremely effective leader, because there was no deviousness about him, no hidden agendas. He knew who he was, and was comfortable with himself. He saw needs and problems in the city, and calmly proposed, with no equivocating, actions and solutions. He seemed to have a strong awareness of what was important and what wasnt in the citys political life, and thus wouldnt let himself be distracted by those minor crises du jour that drove others to paroxysms of drama. (Chicken Little would have had a hard time convincing Now and then, though, there was a he took personal responsibility for a solution, let the political cards fall where they may. it was apparent that such reliance was no longer feasible. Many of the volunteers more property to protect as new subdivisions and commercial structures were built. Emmetts proposed solution for this critical public safety need was for the city to contract with the county to have its professional, opposition and a packed meeting room in the former city hall with citizens who insisted Marsh Creek Country Club Lots New remodeled condo has beautiful ocean views from the balcony. Condo condo in building an elevator. Great ocean views and sold furnished with new adorable furnishings. 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7 A Penny for Your Thoughts Spiritually Speaking Under God a Tutorial Pastor, St. James Church, a Catholic Community of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter Church Services of Holy Conducting Services at Gate House Watch of St. Augustine Home watch services for snowbirds and other absentee homeowners We worry about your unattended home so you dont have to! Licensed & Insured 904-770-7939 folks. For some its the food: cookouts, grilling down with lots of ice-cold liquids. For others, loud explosions followed by a million falling stars. The spirit of the Fourth is summed up in the oohs and aahs of appreciation after each blast. St. Augustine Beach is a great place to celebrate our nations birthday, so gather your family and friends and let the party begin. time to pause and remember. After the sight and sound of the red glare has faded, some walked Omaha Beach and felt the stillness of American Cemetery in Normandy, I can say that the spirit of the day carries a strong message from those who died and their service. Closer to home, the history of St. Augustine people and the services they gave to make this community a place to call home. People stepped leaders and good neighbors. Our city has been enriched with the skills, talents and collective have pitched their ideas, shared their time and treasure and enriched the city exponentially. When people have gotten involved, spoken up, shared their ideas and stepped forward to outstanding. One such example of leadership is found in the folks who shared the idea of having a community garden, and worked to make it grow. The following is a brief update. At the squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, Calabria was the mural winner and is doing the art. We are nearing the end of another successful gardening season in our bit of Eden. Weve harvested lots of string beans, peas, collards, kale, summer squash, cucumbers, potatoes and herbs. The children planted and coral honeysuckle along the fence. For wildlife, we seem to be attracting an increasing number of birds, including a red-shouldered hawk which hangs out with us. Also, a gopher turtle resides outside the fence. Were looking forward to seeing a diminution in the number of air potatoes as air potato beetles discover the delectable leaves this summer. The next planting season begins in AugustSeptember. New members are welcome to sign up and be assigned a box in July. Evidence of service and giving back can be found in the splendid Sculpture Garden at Lakeside Park. Sculptures were donated to the city by Thomas Glover W., whose passion was art in public places. Marianne Lerbs, also a creative sculptor, has offered music in the park as a gift to St. Augustine Beach and a legacy to her late husband, Thomas. The list of folks who have left their proper way to recognize these contributions is being investigated. A fountain at Lakeside Park in Lake Anhinga has been suggested as a living legacy. Because of expenses, the cost might be shared by family, friends, and the City, as a memorial for public servants, and citizens who have contributed outstanding service to our fair city. Great changes in the works for our city have been compared to undergoing a facelift collective memories, along with the new City Charter, will serve as a guide. Your BAC will continue to serve as an advisory committee, listening to citizens suggestions of how to improve, maintain and move and in our neighborhoods will continue to play an essential role. Your suggestions and assistance are always welcome as our city faces opportunities and challenges. The question, Can one person make a faced down four Chinese army tanks. Seeking comments from students, reporters showed an iconic photo of the event and were met with puzzled responses and a case of collective Ironically, the smallest Chinese coin bears an image of Tiananmen Square, thus giving even the poorest citizen a medal commemorating the events of the day. Celebrating the Fourth of July includes remembering why. Whats on your bucket list? was asked in a movie of the same name. Two additional questions posed, asked about a life well lived: the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined brought joy to others? In the most beautiful city by the sea, joy is boundless, so be sure to share your joy and make a little history. "St. James church will be suspending its usual Saturday afternoon Mass two dates the church may possibly hold a lay-led service of Solemn Evensong." Somehow in the increasingly hi storically-uniformed consciousness of the body politic, it has become fashionable to relegate the two offending words of our national Pledge of Allegiance cited above to the ash heap. So I thought with the Fourth of July coming up it would be a good time, along with gathering at Pier Park to watch Under God came to be in our Pledge. The most common complaint against the inclusion of the words Under God into the Pledge is that it is a Johnny-come-lately kind of thing, only coming into existence by Congressional Resolution (some would nearly four years old at the time, and I seem to remember a country that admittedly miserable race relations and strident McCarthyism aside, both of which I was personally unaware seemed to be at peace the Knights of Columbus later that summer by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who signed the Resolution into law, the man who would subsequently warn the nation of a developing military-industrial complex (not words [under God] will remind Americans that despite our great physical strength we must remain humble. Hmm. Over ten years beforehand, just as we were offering our nations lifeblood against Nazi aggression, the U.S. Supreme Court had already struck down an earlier ruling requiring public school students to say the Pledge at all (which falls under the gee, it seemed like a Anyway, the unvarnished truth of the matter is that one of the earliest uses of the phrase under God on these shores may be discerned even today up there in Beantown, where an etched stone inscription above the entrance of the Harvard Law School Library bears the Latin words, NON SVB HOMINE SED SVB DOE ET LEGE (Not Good ol Harvard, who knew? Probably one of the most famous precedents for use of the phrase, however, goes back to Abraham Lincoln, who spontaneously inserted the words under God while he delivered his masterpiece speech, the Gettysburg Address, delivered I wont discuss here the equally famous words endowed by their Creator found in although thats certainly and obviously Lincoln seems to have been swept up into deep emotion and spiritual sensitivity when he delivered his moving oratory and tribute to the fallen of that horrible battle (I remember being moved as a young Boy Scout on a trip to the battle site by the clear sense of its savagery, well preserved by the Divine Inspiration he inserted the words under God into the speech, and later at the request of Colonel Alexander Bliss he wrote, signed and dated by his own hand to this day at the White House. Recent court challenges by atheist groups and individuals to the under God phrase have not met with success, including up in Massachusetts, where both a lower court and the state Supreme Judicial Court drove back the attempt to remove the phrase from their jurisdictions schools. We have a phrase of our own here in St. Johns County Character Counts. While it is technically possible to possess requisite character for successful selfgovernment without reference to God, the prudential judgment of most responsible sectors of our society seem to think otherwise. Even Rock Star Pope Francis by his own example represents that mode of thinking, even if he gives certain atheists a pass in his speeches. Let us please keep these things in mind along with the fun and frolic of this years Fourth Celebration. God bless and love you all, Fr. 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