American Teenaged Racer, with The Amelia Connections, Scores Big

American Teenaged Racer, with The Amelia Connections, Scores BigAmerican Austin Kimberly scored a British FF win at the Trac Mon Circuit in Wales (Photo: Keith Kimberly)

Amelia Island, FL – American teenager Austin Kimberly scored his first victory in the 2013 Avon Tyres National FF1600 Championship season at the 2.1 mile Anglesey road racing circuit in Wales (UK) May 12, 2013. After qualifying third, the young American racer led every lap of the 25.1 mile championship race for 1600cc Formula Ford racers.

A go-kart racer since the age of nine, Austin opened the British Racing Sports Car Club’s 2013 national Formula Ford Championship season with two podium appearances in the first two races of the 14-race national championship. Recently, Austin stood on the podium’s top step in just his third race.

The British National Formula Ford Championship is the nursery of World Champions. Emerson Fittipaldi, Ayrton Senna and Jenson Button all have Formula Ford Championships on their resumes.

In 2013 Austin joined forces with UK-based Cliff Dempsey Racing, a premier team in Britain’s ultra-competitive junior formula ranks. His Ray Formula Ford carries red, white and blue American livery and the internationally-recognized blue and white insignia of The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Austin’s grandmother Joan Kimberly is a senior volunteer of The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in charge of volunteer relations, executive, staff and VIP lodging. She’s also her fast grandson’s biggest fan. Now in his senior year of high school, Austin traveled to England with his parents when his father Captain Keith Kimberly was assigned to liaison duty with the Royal Navy.

“‘The Amelia’ is often called ‘the racer’s concours’,” said Bill Warner, Founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “It’s right and appropriate that we support one of our own, especially in a series with the international stature of the Avon Tyre National Formula Ford Championship. Besides, our Amelia Concours logo looks great on Austin’s racecar with its star spangled red, white and blue American livery.”

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Golf Tournament benefits Micah’s Place

Golf Tournament benefits Micah’s PlacePictured are Elaine Coats, Board President of Micah’s Place; Kellie Culbreth, with the Palace Saloon; and Shandra Riffey, Executive Director of Micah’s Place.

Fernandina Beach, FL – Micah’s Place is so grateful to the Sheffield Family and all the staff at the Palace Saloon and Amelia River for all the dedication and support in helping us to raise funds through their sponsorship of the 4th Annual Black and White Gala and Golf Classic that was held on April 20 and 21. This generous donation of $10,000 will help so many of our women and children who need assistance through our programs and services.

Micah’s Place cherishes our partnership with the Sheffield Family and all their staff that work so hard to help raise funds for our programs and services, and help us to continue our mission of ending domestic violence one relationship at a time.

Micah’s Place would like to thank all the sponsors, donors and volunteers. Because of their generosity, we had a very rewarding and fun-filled event.

Micah’s Place is a Certified Domestic Violence Center and the only one serving Nassau County, Florida. The mission is to provide prevention and intervention services to victims of domestic violence and to provide education within the community to affect change in behavior and attitudes relating to domestic violence. Micah’s Place offers safe, confidential shelter, advocacy, a 24-hour toll-free hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, and support groups to victims of domestic violence. All services are free and confidential. For more information, please visit or call 904-491-6364.

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Country Rocks Fernandina Beach

Country Rocks Fernandina BeachCountry Rocks the Beach, presented by Budweiser, will be the largest county music concert Amelia Island and Nassau County has ever seen!

The concert benefits over 40 non-profit organizations in the region, by selling admission tickets, at a total amount of $105,000.

The event is free for members of our military!

Fernandina Beach will be center stage of the inaugural concert held June 22nd, 2013. For the first time in Nassau County’s history, major country superstars will be entertaining thousands of fans! Craig Morgan, Dustin Lynch and The Lacs will be headlining this years event and will be accompanied by up and comers; Lauren Elise, Aaron Taylor, Rion Paige and Jamie Davis.

Headlining the concert is country music star Craig Morgan who served 12 years in the Army and is still in the Army Reserve. Craig will also be donating over $15,000 in concert tickets to active duty military in the Jacksonville and South Georgia region. Throughout Craig’s wildly successful career, he has produced the hit songs, to name a few, “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “This ‘Ole Boy,” “Bonfire,” and the most recent “More Trucks Than Cars.”

Dustin LynchDustin Lynch, the singer of smash hits “Cowboys and Angels,” “She Cranks My Tractor,” and “Wild In Your Smile” brings an interesting, yet exciting bit of news to the event. Dustin will be coming back to his family’s hometown! Labeled as the next George Strait is one of country music’s hottest young stars. Amelia island is excited to welcome him and his family back home!

The 2013 Country Rocks The Beach Benefit Concert is not only presenting a one of a kind event to North Florida and South Georgia, but they’re reach to non-profit organizations is second to none. In the first year of the event, Country Rocks the Beach and its Circle of Friends, will donate $105,000 to the non profit organizations, youth associations and foundations of North Florida and South Georgia. Some of the foundations benefitting are; Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida, First Coast No More Homeless Pets, ARK of Nassau, Yulee Pop Warner and Little League, Wesconnect Youth Association, Barnabus. 40 total organizations have been the beneficiaries of Country Rocks the Beach.

Country Rocks the Beach will be on June 22nd, 2013. The gates will open at 3:00 PM with Lauren Elise kicking off the music fest at 3:30. Craig Morgan will be the headline and last act of the night at 9:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased for $30, $35 and $40 at outlets; Red Otter, Gone Gorgeous, Elizabeth’s Trading Company, Murray’s Grille, Salon EllaPar, Callahan BBQ, Hour of Bliss Massage Studio or Callie Kay’s General Store. Tickets may also be purchased on Ticket Master.

Here is the lineup:
Gates open at 3 pm.
Lauren Elise will perform at 3:30 pm
Aaron Taylor will perform at 4:30 pm
Jamie Davis/Rion Page will perform at 5:30 pm
The LACS will perform at 6:30 pm
Dustin Lynch will perform at 8:00 pm
Craig Morgan will perform at 9:30 pm

If you are interested in getting involved as a circle of friend member or a chance to get front row tickets and backstage passes, contact Kyle Roosen at (603) 660-6199 or

Non-profit groups benefitting from the concert include:
Big Brothers Big Sisters, Chamber Music Festival, MGA, 8 Flags Playscapes, Hilliard HS, West Nassau HS, Boys & Girls Club North Florida, Habitat For Hummanity, First Coast HS, CC casa Program, Camden House, Mathews House, Yulee HS, Safe Animal Shelter, Barnabas, Cats Angels, Chamber of Commerce, Yulee Hornets, camden church, Camden County Family/Children Services, Miracle League of Camden County, Ark of Nassau, Nassau Bowling center, Communty theater, callahan little league, Wesconnect Youth Association, Journey Church, Ben Burns Foundation, Callahan Youth Soccer, Grand Park Athletic Assoc., Hilliard Little League, Callahan Pop Warner, yulee little league, No More Homeless pets, Callahan Boy Scouts, and Fernandina Little League.

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How easily we sometimes forget the times we’re living in

Beware of what's in your car's glove box

Beware of what's in your car's glove box

We had guests from Palm Beach at the Inn over the weekend. This was already their 3rd stay in a year and we are fast becoming good friends. Friday and Saturday night were spent in their company with an unspecified number of bottles of exquisite Champagne, Wine and a bottle of 12 year old Trinidadian rum that went ad fundum in no time flat. No harm done…we were on the beach 20 feet in front of the Inn and only had to cross the street to get safely home.

As the magnificent moon came up in the East (yes I know technically this incorrect), and dozen of pictures were taken and uploaded onto respective Facebook pages, James all at once said loud more to himself than anyone else: “Why do I let everyone know that I’m not home right now?”

And that was yet another moment of clarity on how we have embraced online transparency to the point where we actually invite mishap and mayhem with consequences beyond our consideration. Think for example insurance. How long do you think it will be before insurance company decline theft claims that happened when you posted on your Facebook profile or Twitter account, that you are not at home?

Here are some other pointers on where to be careful with what you do and don’t do that invites mishap and mayhem.

What’s in Your Glove Box

A friend of a friend left their car in the long-term parking at San Jose while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car’s registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to the people’s home in Pebble Beach and robbed it. So I guess if we are going to leave the car in long-term parking, we should not leave the registration/insurance cards in it, nor your remote garage door opener. This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.

Global Positioning System

A while ago a friend told me that someone she knew had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house.

The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.

Something to consider if you have a GPS – don’t put your home address in it… Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.

Cell Phones

I never thought of this…….This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her cell phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen. 20 minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says’I received your text asking about our pin number and I’ve replied a little while ago.’ When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text ‘hubby’ in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.


a. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc….

b. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.

c. Also, when you’re being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don’t reach them, be very careful about going places to meet ‘family and friends’ who text you.

And while you’re at it, check occasionally which private pictures and videos you want to keep on your phone and if you buy something on your cell phone make sure there is no private financial information left on it.

Making arrangements for mail pick up and newspaper delivery halt when going on vacation is 20th century. We’re dealing with a completely new set of electronic and digital dangers these days.

Really, All I wanted Was of Roll of Stamps!

USPS roll of stamps ordered online

Some Things Are Better Bought the Old Fashioned Way

With the advance of the Internet life may have exponentially become easier or more convenient for many, for some of us however this is hardly true as the following showcases. I needed a roll of stamps.

That’s how I usually mail  stuff, as I explained to someone who was consulting with me in my office and asked for a bit more time.

I really didn’t have any extra time on that particular day, because unfortunately I had to stop off at the Post Office and pick up some stamps. Well, my client obviously was more computer savvy than I, as he gave me what seemed to be the perfect modern day solution as he directed me to the USPS Website. I can order and even pay for the stamps online and save myself a trip, he said.

Not a bad idea, I thought, as it would certainly save me a trip, gas, time and money. So after he left I went to my computer and looked up the USPS web site, and my client was right: Everything I needed from the post office I could order  online. Quickly I found the listing for a roll of stamps, and put it in the cart, assuming that all I needed to do was go to check out and wait for arrival of the stamps. I was about to put in my  credit card information when an inconvenient yet anticipated phone call came in. It was one that I had to take,  and so I put my ordering needs on hold while I took the call.

Because of irregular things that happen in my life on a regular basis it seems, I didn’t return to  the USPS website for about a week, always aware that I needed to return to my business and order my stamps soon.

Finally I am back at my desk, opening the USPS website again. This time, because the website or my computer intuitively knew that this was not my first time on this site, I was requested to fill out a form  to establish my account with USPS. So I spent 15 minutes giving  my personal information. When finished, I was instructed to log off and log back on with my  newly developed password and user name.

And here things went horribly wrong. I give them what I thought was my newly established user name and they inform me that someone already has that name, and  would I please accept their suggestion of a username (Keitl35). Sounds ok to  me, but my subconscious tells me that I will never spontaneously remember that name, so I asked  for a simpler one. They inform me that for this account I am now registered with this name, and if I want a new name, I have to open a new account. Oh well, in that case we’ll use that one.

By this time I’ve gotten a little confused, so I can’t remember which password I used. So they give me a secret question that only I know the answer to, but the answer that I remember does not fit the question they are supplying me. So I go onto chat and explain I haven’t got the right question for my secret answer.

They tell me to just start a new account and fill out the information again… while I explain once again that all I want is a roll of stamps. They tell me that they’ll be glad  to help me, I just need to take the 15 minutes to fill out the forms.

Once again  I go to the homepage and order a roll of stamps. They ask for my credit card number, but this time when I give them the information, it will not go through. The website apologizes and informs me that they are having trouble, and would I please return later? Because I try to be a patient man, I tried three additional times to register my card, and am told each time that the  card is not acceptable. I close the web site.

But then while I am at my desk working on a personality test for a client this strange feeling wells up inside of me, and a stern voice in my head says: “You’d better make sure your credit card is erased from the USPS website and they don’t charge you for your  order.” (This happened to me once before, when suddenly unrecognized charges appeared on my card, and it took weeks to get them removed).

So once again I go to the website and go on chat, telling the chat operator of my fears that my card could be charged. As always very helpful she explains how to look up my account and check to see if there are any charges. You see my dilemma? No one, including myself, can find my account because it has two different passwords. And really all I wanted is a roll of stamps.

I think I’ll just have go to the post office after all. And I guess I have to watch my CC real close for the next few days.

Federal Deficit Ballooning Out of Control – or Is It?

Federal deficits are shrinking says Goldman Sachs

Federal deficits are shrinking says Goldman Sachs

America’s budget deficit is ballooning out of control, right?

As it happens, while Congress and certain pundits scream that we need to cut government spending to the point where we can drown the executive branch in a bathtub, analysts are discovering something surprising: the U.S. government budget deficit this year and next appears to be shrinking.  The Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs has issued a report which lowered fiscal 2013’s estimated red ink from $900 billion to $775 billion, or about 4.8% of total U.S. economic output.

How did this happen? Spending is down as a result of the sequestration ($85 billion this year) and prior spending cuts, plus tax revenues are up 12% over last year, the report tells us.  It says that the deficit may come in even smaller than currently anticipated, due to the higher payroll taxes that are only now starting to be counted on the government’s balance sheet.  If the economy grows faster than expected, that, too, could bring in higher-than-anticipated revenues.  Goldman now projects the budget deficit to fall to just 2.7% of economic output by the 2015 fiscal year, which many economists believe is a sustainable level.

Interestingly, some global economists are not happy about this optimistic budget news.  Senior members of the International Monetary Fund are criticizing Washington policymakers for imposing too much budget austerity, too soon, arguing that it is preventing the unemployment rate from coming down more quickly.

Meanwhile, one of the most influential arguments for bringing the overall deficit down before it reaches 90% of American GDP has taken a serious hit to its credibility.  In an astonishing development, three professors from the University of Massachusetts have looked over spreadsheet data behind a highly influential book published by professors Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff, which purports to show that throughout history, nations have typically foundered when their debt level reached certain thresholds.  The UMass professors found that in their calculations, Reinhart and Rogoff inadvertently omitted data for three countries: Australia (1946-1950), New Zealand (1946-1949) and Canada (1946-1950).  An embarrassing coding error in the spreadsheet also excluded other data from five countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada and Denmark.

When the missing information was correctly included, it painted a very different picture of the dangers of high government debt levels.  In the original report, whenever countries reached overall government levels of 90%, they experienced negative GDP growth–essentially, a recession–in aggregate over the countries studied.  With the new data, countries crossing that threshold, in aggregate, actually experienced 2.2% positive growth levels.

This revisionist view is actually being confirmed in the real world.  Japan has the highest debt-to-GDP ratio in the world, well beyond the supposed collapse threshold, and its interest rates have remained stubbornly low (as, to be fair, has its economic growth).  Southern European countries that have embraced austerity–like Greece, Spain and Portugal–have endured multiple recessions, the opposite of what the original (flawed) Reinhart/Rogoff data suggested.  The United States, which opted for a stimulus approach to the 2008 meltdown, is recovering faster than any developed country in the world.

Getting the economy healthy accomplishes two things: it lowers the budget deficits by bringing in more tax revenues, and it further lowers the debt-to-GDP ratio by expanding the GDP number in the equation.  Nobody argues that America can’t keep piling up debt forever.  But it seems clear, from the data on the ground and from the corrected data in the influential report, that the stimulus efforts after the Great Recession weren’t quite the terrible decision that they are sometimes made out to be. What is not always so clear is how to cut through the political hyperbole – from both sides – and drill down to the facts of the matter.


Boys and Girls Club Recognizes Rotary Amelia Island Sunrise

Boys and Girls Club Recognizes Rotary Amelia Island SunriseAmelia Island, FL – Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recognized by the Boys and Girls Clubs Amelia Island, FL. On April 12th, 2013, the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise was presented with a plaque from Bill Gower, president of the Nassau County Boys and Girls Clubs Foundation, for their support. The Sunrise Club obtained a matching grant from Rotary District 6970 to implement the In Search of Me Café program into the new teen room at the Roberts Learning & Achievement Center (Fernandina Beach Boys and Girls Club).

The club’s involvement with the Fernandina Beach Boys and Girls Club began five years ago, when the newly formed Sunrise Rotary Club was looking for a local charity to support. In the past five years, the club has provided funds for the construction of an outside shelter, sponsored annual Christmas parties for both Boys and Girls Clubs, conducted quarterly award celebrations rewarding students for good grades and study habits, provided a flat screen television, projector, stove, wireless internet connection, and other projects.

Most recently the club sponsored the In Search of Me Café curriculum to be implemented in the Fernandina Beach Boys and Girls Club’s teen room, sponsored by the Jaguars Foundation. In Search of Me Café is a comprehensive, interactive, media-rich life skills learning program that helps today’s teens address problems, communicate thoughts and ideas in a like-minded social network, and seek outside help in finding solutions to issues such as bullying, peer pressure, self esteem, substance abuse, underage drinking and more.

The two Boys and Girls Clubs in Nassau County serve over 350 kids, along with their families and siblings. The Clubs almost never close, servicing children throughout the year. They are open every day from 2pm to 7pm, during the school year and from 8am to 7pm during school breaks. Over 30% of their kids achieved AB Honor Roll in school.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information about the club or to attend a morning breakfast meeting, please go to

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Deb Cottle Shares Transition Tips at Fifi’s

Deb Cottle Shares Transition Tips at Fifi'sAmelia Island, FL – Ladies are invited to join Deb Cottle, motivational speaker, transition coach, and author, on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm at Fifi’s (1853 S. 8th Street) to learn how to move through transitions more easily and effortlessly.

Treats will be served, and please bring your own beach chair. The event is free, but an RSVP is requested no later than Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by calling (904) 277-4430.

Deb’s interactive and inspiring workshops help women worldwide obtain more confidence in moving their businesses forward. After twenty five years in the advertising & television production industry in Chicago, Deb and her husband moved to Amelia Island to raise their son, Connor.

Deb Cottle is the co-author of both Success Simplified with Dr. Stephen Covey, and Roadmap to Success with Dr. Deepak Chopra. Deb also produced the inspirational audio series titled Music & Motivation CD (Volume One).

Also, in production is the WOMEN WITH GUTS! DVD documentary series, featuring Denise Brown, domestic violence prevention expert, and sister of Nicole Brown Simpson. Deb’s interactive and inspiring workshops help women worldwide obtain more confidence in moving their businesses forward.

Fifi’s Fine Resale Apparel is a nationally recognized resale store that offers quality merchandise at great prices with exceptional service. Buy, sell, and trade now available at Fifi’s.

For information about resale shopping or guidelines on consignment, please contact Jessica Miller, Owner, at (904) 277-4430 or

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Fernandina Beach Memorial Day Activities for 2013

Fernandina Beach Memorial Day Activities for 2013The Veterans of Nassau County display of flags will welcome guests visiting Amelia Island for Memorial Day. The flags will be placed at the Shave Bridge on Friday, May 24 as is traditional for this holiday, and removed on Tuesday, May 28. This display of flags is led by the Vietnam Vets, and is supported by all of the veteran organizations of Nassau County. It is very impressive to see all of these flags blowing in the breeze when approaching the island as one comes over the bridge. (Help is always needed putting up and removing the flags. Meet at the bridge, Friday, the 24th, at 3:30 PM. Time for removing the flags on the 28th is 3:00 at the bridge.)

Monday, May 27, 11 a.m. is the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the foot of Centre Street, the site of the War Memorial. This year’s ceremony is conducted by the Byrd-Wallace Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4351.

Fort Clinch State Park will host a Memorial Day weekend program on Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. This program will honor the men and women of WWII. There is an admission fee to the park.

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2013 Amelia Island Jazz Festival Headliners Announced

2013 Amelia Island Jazz Festival Headliners AnnouncedAmelia Island, FL – Best selling jazz-fusion alto saxophonist Mindi Abair and popular swing masters, The Royal Crown Revue, are set to headline the 2013 Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival, it was announced by Artistic Director DeMerle at the Festival’s recent Big Band Bash.

A hugely successful performer who has sold over 500,000 albums as a solo artist, Abair will appear on Saturday, October 12, at the Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation. The Royal Crown Revue, who are often credited with leading the swing music revival of the 1990’s, will perform on Friday, October 11, also at the Omni. Both shows will take place in the Resort’s tented pavilion area.

“We are very excited to have booked these world class artists as headliners for this year,” said DeMerle, “and Fernandina Beach can definitely look forward to some spectacular musicianship.”

The Festival, which will run from October 6-13, will kick off a full week of musical events on the 6th with a Dixieland Jazz Brunch, featuring DeMerle’s Spare Rib Six with vocalist Bonnie Eisele, at David’s Restaurant. That afternoon, the annual free Amelia Park concert will present the TGIF US Navy Brass Band from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Additional events will include Jazz At The Movies on Tuesday, October 8, featuring the inspirational documentary, “Chops”, Red White and Blues Night with the sensational blues aggregation, DieDra and the Ruff Pro Band, on Wednesday, and Latin Jazz Night with the hot dance group, El Niño and the Latin Jazz Knights, on Thursday, October 10, plus a traditional closing event: the Smooth Jazz Brunch featuring AIJF all-stars with Mike Levine and special guest saxophonist Jesse Jones Jr. in the Sunrise Cafe at the Omni on Sunday 10/13. Additionally, Jazz In The Schools programs, clinics, jam sessions and more will take place before and during festival week.

Mindi AbairOne of the most recognizable jazz horn players in the US, Abair is also well known for being the featured saxophonist on American Idol for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Over the past 2 years she has toured the US with Aerosmith as their only saxophonist since 1973, sat in for a night with Bruce Springsteen at the famed Beacon Theater and even taken the saxophone chair over for 2 shows with Paul Shaffer and the Late Show with David Letterman. As a solo artist, she has carved out her own brand as “the rocker of the jazz world,” and she adds a refreshingly unique voice to an exciting new generation of crossover artists. According to JAZZIZ Magazine: “Mindi Abair is #1 for her original sound, perfect melodies, grooves and overall sense of fun.”

The Royal Crown Revue (RCR) was founded in 1989 in Los Angeles, CA, by Mark Stern, Eddie Nichols and Mando Dorame out of their love of Rockabilly, Punk, Jazz, Blues, Soul and other styles of roots oriented music. After releasing its first album on BYO Records, the band signed with Warner Bros. Currently, RCR’s lineup is led by singer Nichols, tenor saxophonist/arranger/writer Mando Dorama, and drummer Daniel Glass. The band continues to play to capacity crowds in Australia, Europe and the US. RCR has also made numerous film, television, radio and print appearances, including THE MASK, LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN, THE TODAY SHOW, and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. The group has recorded and performed live with Bette Midler and composed the original theme for the WB Network’s 1999 television season as well.

A not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation, the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival distributes proceeds toward a scholarship program to fund college educations for aspiring jazz musicians. Tickets are available online at or can be purchased at The UPS Store, on Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach, and the AIFBY Chamber of Commerce – Gateway to Amelia at A1A and Amelia Parkway.

For more information, please contact the Festival Hotline at (904) 504-4772.

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Jazzercise Celebrates National Fitness Month

Jazzercise Celebrates National Fitness MonthYulee, FL – Fitness should not be a chore. In fact, it can and should be fun! Kids learned this valuable life lesson and got to channel their inner Bieber during the Junior Jazzercise “Kids Get Fit” program at Yulee Elementary School.

In honor of National Fitness Month in May, Jennifer Bradsher, certified Jazzercise Instructor, taught over 500 Yulee Elementary School students the Junior Jazzercise program in an effort to raise awareness about childhood obesity and educate children in the community on the importance of health and fitness. These local classes are part of a global effort to teach children the importance of establishing healthy habits at an early age that last a lifetime.

The Junior Jazzercise Kids Get Fit program was designed to get children moving and teach them that getting fit can be fun. Children learned easy-to-follow dance steps and fun fitness games, all set to the music of today’s popular artists.

“Junior Jazzercise is a personal commitment and passion of mine, and I have always recognized the importance of promoting kids fitness,” said Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett. “Since our first Kids Get Fit event with the President’s Council on Fitness and Sports and Arnold Schwarzenegger to today’s focus on healthy kids and Let’s Move with Michelle Obama, Junior Jazzercise and Kids Get Fit have an important place in our communities.”

Based on sound principles of exercise and dance physiology, Junior Jazzercise offers a high-energy workout with an emphasis on physical fitness. Trained instructors teach children that being healthy and fit can be fun through current dance moves, games & activities, and discussion about basic nutrition. Children who participate in Junior Jazzercise develop a strong sense of accomplishment and build a better self image through their participation in the program. A non-competitive atmosphere allows them to have fun and work together.

About Jazzercise
Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. She has advanced the business opportunities of women and men in the fitness industry by growing her program into an international franchise business that today, hosts a network of 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries.

The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing movements, has positively affected millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall “feel good” factor.

Classes for adults are offered locally in Fernandina Beach. For more information about Jazzercise, contact Jennifer Bradsher at 904-583-5244. For worldwide class information, go to or call (800) FIT-IS-IT.

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Get Your Memorial Day Groceries at the Farmers Market

Get Your Memorial Day Groceries at the Farmers MarketThe Fernandina Beach farmers’ market always has delightful treats year ’round, and holidays like the Memorial Day weekend are no exceptions for the Market Place. Tempt your family and guests with traditional pies from Karen Miller, our featured vendor of the week. Karen uses nearly two quarts of filling in each traditional, family sized pie. Smaller pies are available for only $5.00. Her sweet potato pie is so light and creamy you will be wondering why she doesn’t charge more money! (Seriously!)

Olive My Pickle returns with barrels full of their fresh olives and pickles, Rose returns with An Un-Believable Egg Rolls and Gabriel Arnold entertains with the soothing sounds of the saxophone.

All of this in addition to the weekly treats brought to us by chefs of local restaurants who prepare cookies, cheese spreads, cajun delights and more. We have family owned farms, neighboring our community, who are working seven days a week in order to bring you fresh vegetables, fruits and cut flowers. You will impressed by our bakers, the early risers of the market, and the artisan breads and sweet breakfast treats they create, and then there are also those talented artists who hand craft soy candles and organic soaps.

You must see this market for yourself! The Fernandina Beach Market Place is located on N. 7th Street, where the fernandina farmers’ market has been located for years. We are open each Saturday, rain or shine, from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM, and our now pet friendly, too.

For more information about our vendors and a recipe for Blueberry Cole Slaw visit, find us on facebook or call (904) 557-8229.

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ManipulationJacksonville, FL – From the writing team that brought you Indisputable Proof, named one of the “Best Fiction Books of 2012” by the Miami Examiner, comes their latest thriller, Manipulation (Suspense Publishing $2.99). Authors Gary Williams and Vicky Knerly take readers on a suspense-filled journey, exposing the darkness that lurks within the human soul.

On a Sunday morning, Florida couple James and Bethany Fenner discover they have won the $161-million state lottery. The middle-aged city auditor and his 31-year-old trophy wife dream of exquisite homes, high-performance cars, and lavish vacations. In order to collect, they must first make the three-hour drive from Jacksonville to the state capital in Tallahassee. Fearful that someone might rob them of the winning ticket, they tell no one and hire 29-year-old limousine driver, Riley Lake, to chauffeur them across the state in style. Lake, however, harbors a secret that he’s hidden since his childhood; a secret that will soon be exposed.

As Jacksonville Detective Kay Larsen investigates a series of gruesome murders where the female victims overdose from a powerful hallucinogen, the clues begin to mount against Riley Lake. When she discovers Lake is driving the Fenners, Larsen fears for the couple’s safety.

For the Fenners and Riley Lake, the journey will take them down a dark road fraught with sex, greed, and murder. Only when Detective Larsen digs deeper into Riley Lake’s past will a disturbing question arise: Who is the hunter and who is the prey?

Praise for Manipulation

“Manipulation” is a twisting, turning story exposing the most primal aspects of human behavior. It’s a classic tale of greed and lust, told with a fresh perspective that drives the story at a frenetic pace.. You won’t see the ending coming.. Williams and Knerly have done it again!”
Allison Leotta, author of Speak of the Devil

“Even veteran suspense readers will be kept guessing in Williams’ and Knerly’s gritty new thriller. With more turns than a mountain switchback, Manipulation plunges the reader into the blackest depths of the human soul, showing exactly how far some people are willing to go for sex, love and money.”
Lisa Clark O’Neill, author of Deception

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Over Time You Become What You Think

Life is so much more important than stuff

Life is so much more important than stuff

As the years go by most of us learn that the greatest value in life is not what you have or what you own, but what you have become. Over time you start to realize that it is not what you have, but what you do with what you have that counts. It’s a bit like having your person change its demands to fit the challenges life throws at all of us. As several people in Moore, Oklahoma said in front of the camera after losing their homes to the latest monster tornado: “It doesn’t matter It’s only stuff.”

To get to this awareness it is essential that you work harder on yourself than you work on your job. If you work on your job, you can make a living. If you work on yourself, you can make a life. And then you will automatically own a fortune.

You need to learn from the lessons around you, and you need to hear the stories of the people around you, determining why some stories are good and some are bad, and what you need to do to make your stories good. This can only happen if you let your heart be stirred by words, and these words must help you develop whatever ideas are given to you to make your life a success. The ideas that you carry around in your head sooner or later become behavior. If you harbor the wrong thoughts, you will be carrying out the wrong behavior. If you are harboring good thoughts in your head, you will demonstrate good behavior.

New life needs new ideas. A good life will develop from good ideas. Bad behavior comes from bad ideas, and you determine by the choice of your character what kind of thoughts you are going to hold in your mind and life. If, by your determination, your life needs changing, then your ideas need to change.

One day while in College I lost ten dollars out of my wallet, or I misplaced it, or it was stolen. For two days I was sick about my loss. Today if I lost ten dollars, I wouldn’t be too concerned. What’s the difference? The idea of the importance of ten dollars has changed for me. The importance of an idea can affect how you feel and what you do. If you are harboring a bad idea that is causing you emotional harm, then change its’ importance in your life. Diminish it so it doesn’t affect you.

What ideas are important to you? What do you emphasize in your thinking? Is what you think about, even worry about, as important as you think. Will what you worry about be as important next year, or even six months, or even tomorrow. Can you remember what you worried about yesterday? Is it still cause for worry today?

You are what you think.

New Funding Offers Enrollment Assistance for Obamacare

Enrollment Assistance for ObamacarePress Release – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced new funding to help more uninsured Americans enroll in new health insurance coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act. Approximately $150 million will help community health centers provide in-person enrollment assistance to uninsured individuals across the nation. About 1,200 health centers operate nearly 9,000 service delivery sites nationwide and serve approximately 21 million patients each year.

“Health centers have extensive experience providing eligibility assistance to patients, are providing care in communities across the Nation, and are well-positioned to support enrollment efforts,” Secretary Sebelius said. “Investing in health centers for outreach and enrollment assistance provides one more way the Obama administration is helping consumers understand their options and enroll in affordable coverage.”

With these new funds, health centers will be able to hire new staff, train existing staff, and conduct community outreach events and other educational activities. Health centers will help consumers understand their coverage options, determine their eligibility and enroll in new affordable health insurance options. Community health center staff will provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

This funding opportunity was issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and it complements and aligns with other federal efforts, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service funded navigator program.

This funding announcement is part of the administration’s larger effort to make applying for health insurance as easy as possible. For example, last week, they released a single, streamlined application that was shortened from 21 to 3 pages. They are committed to providing the type of assistance that Americans need to ensure that they have access to affordable health care.

“Health centers work in communities across the country, giving them a unique opportunity to reach the uninsured in their communities and help connect them with the benefits of health insurance coverage under the health care law,” said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, Ph.D, R.N.

While over $8 million of the funding came to Florida, the closest health centers to our community eligible for these funds include Jacksonville’s Duval County Health Department and the Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless.

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, visit

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