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Edgar Winter Band to Headline Shrimp Festival on May 2nd

The Edgar Winter Band to Headline Shrimp Festival on May 2ndThe Edgar Winter Band will be headlining Saturday’s entertainment at 4:30 pm, on May 2, 2015, at the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, Florida. With hits like “Frankenstein” and the popular “Free Ride”, front man Edgar Winter was a child prodigy who achieved international success early on. Edgar has found an audience in every major entertainment medium – music, film and television. A prolific writer, Edgar’s music encompasses many different genres, including rock, jazz, blues, and pop.

This special Saturday afternoon concert is being co-sponsored by the Amelia Island Blues Festival, the Northeast Florida Blues Society, and RockTenn.

With over 20 albums and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom, and his live shows consistently receive rave reviews. His music is always evolving and he is a master at stretching his skill and imagination to produce amazing results. Edgar Winter_BW-600He continues to thrill audiences with his performances, always remaining on the cutting edge of music and style. Edgar is now at the very top of his game, and his future looks even brighter than his past.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, presented by Publix, will be held May 1 -3, 2015, in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. Admission is free. Enjoy nearly 400 arts and craft booths, antiques, food vendors, wild caught shrimp, a Kids Fun Zone, scores of pirates, contests and so much more.

Saturday’s performances will also include the Fernandina Beach Highs School Jazz Ensemble at 9:30 am. This will be their final Shrimp Festival performance under the direction of longtime FBHS Band Director Johnnie Robinson, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Bryan Mayer Trailer Wrap Picture 1-7-151:00 pm brings CMT Country Music Artist Bryan Mayer to the waterfront stage. He was nominated by his fans for the 2014 Carolina Music Awards for Best Male Country Artist and Music Video of the Year. Bryan is a 6’ 7” North Carolina native, and if you’re looking to add a new and promising Country voice and talent to your playlist, look no further than Country music’s future BIG MAN, Bryan Mayer.

Dominic Gaudious returns to the Shrimp Festival again this year performing a short set, at 4:00 pm, just before the Edgar Winters Band takes the stage. His passion in the contemplative world of Classical/World Beat music, Dominic works mainly with six and twelve-string acoustic guitars and exotic instruments such as the Australian Didgeridoo.

For more information about the festival, or to see Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s complete line-up of entertainment, visit www.ShrimpFestival.com.

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RockTenn and Fernandina Beach Fire Department Partnership

RockTenn and Fernandina Beach Fire Department PartnershipDuring RockTenn’s Fernandina Beach mill’s recent outage, the Fernandina Beach Fire Department (FBFD) conducted high‐angle and confined‐space rescue training onsite at the mill. A high‐angle rescue is used in situations where rescuers are totally dependent upon ropes to get themselves and the victim to safe ground.

To show their appreciation, the RockTenn mill donated $10,000 worth of high‐angle and confined‐space rescue equipment to the fire department, including harnesses, helmets, pulley systems, carabineers, flashlights, and gloves. The mill also donated an additional $10,000 to the City of Fernandina Beach.

“FBFD would like to thank RockTenn, Colin Campbell, and Tom Sweetser for assisting our department in obtaining the specialized equipment and certified training so that we may provide high‐angle and confined‐space rescue services not only to RockTenn but the numerous other industrial facilities on the island or anywhere in the City that may require the need for this type of technical rescue,” said Jason Higginbotham, Deputy Fire Chief. “We greatly appreciate and value the superb working relationship between us and RockTenn, and look forward to many more years of working and training together.”

“We enjoy giving back to the community,” said Tom Sweetser, General Manager of the RockTenn mill. “This is our way of thanking the City and the Fire Department for their commitment and assistance.”

“We have a long‐standing relationship with the FBFD,” said Colin Campbell, the mill’s safety manager. “We appreciate their ongoing service and are glad that we are able to give back and support the department that in turn supports the community.”

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Hola Cuban Cafe Hosts Egg Hunt in Fernandina

Hola Cuban Cafe Hosts Egg Hunt in FernandinaHola Cuban Cafe is hosting the 2nd Annual Downtown Fernandina Egg Hunt on Saturday April 4th starting at noon until all the eggs are found!

Hola Cuban Cafe has hidden eggs holding prizes from their restaurant and other wonderful shops in several downtown businesses! Where are the eggs? Come by Hola Cuban Cafe

on Saturday at noon for a list of clues which will lead you to the participating businesses and search for the eggs hidden, within. While you are there, check out what these fine businesses have to offer!

So, put your thinking caps on, SHOP LOCAL and have some fun! Hunt begins at noon till… well, till you find them!

Hola Cuban Cafe is located at 117 Centre Street (N. 2nd Street, behind the Palace Saloon). For more information call (904) 321-0163.

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2nd Annual Nassau County Government Day

2nd Annual Nassau County Government DayNassau County, FL – The Property Appraiser’s Office, in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Office and other county departments, will host the 2nd Annual Nassau County Government Day on Saturday, April 4th featuring a charity softball game to help raise awareness and money for some great organizations.

Last year’s event drew over 250 people and raised $1,600 for charity. This second annual event will include refreshments sponsored by the Farm Bureau and Coca-Cola, bounce house, and activities for kids, an Easter egg hunt for ages 2-8 years old, and many other exciting activities.

The event will be free to attend with small donations suggested.

Date: Saturday, April 4th, 2015
Place: Yulee Sports Complex, 86142 Goodbread Rd.
Event Time: 3:00pm
Easter Egg Hunt: 3:30pm
Game Time: 4:00pm

Coming off the success of last year’s event when the Property Appraiser’s Office defeated the Tax Collector’s Office to remain undefeated, Property Appraiser Mike Hickox and Sheriff Bill Leeper feel this is a great way to continue to assist those in need. “Many businesses and community leaders have stepped up to support this event,” said Hickox. “I’m proud that our government agencies can come together for a great cause.”

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Katie Ride for Life, United Way, and the James Page Scholarship Fund will all be beneficiaries from the event’s proceeds.

Nassau County Government Day will feature a softball game between the Property Appraiser’s Office and Sheriff’s Office. Other county officials will serve in various roles, such as Commissioner Pat Edwards as umpire, Tax Collector John Drew, Commissioner Junior Boatright, and Judge Foster serving as announcers, and Senator Aaron Bean serving as emcee and throwing out the first pitch.

The Easter egg hunt is being coordinated by members of the Nassau County School Board and will feature 1,000 eggs with prizes inside. Children are invited to bring their own basket and attend.

For more information, contact Justin Taylor at 904-491-7304 or jtaylor@nassauflpa.com.

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Rotary Annual Wine Event A Huge Success

Rotary Annual Wine Event A HUGE SuccessOn Saturday, March 7th, the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise held the 3rd Annual International Wine Tasting fundraiser event at the Amelia Island Museum and Amelia Community Theatre.

The overwhelmingly successful event featured a VIP event with a variety of wines paired with food selections provided by Horizons restaurant.

The main event also included a silent and live auction of several items. All the wine was provided by Wines by Steve.

Auction items were all donated and proceeds for the event will benefit the Arts Alive! organization, which provides equipment and instruction for the arts to elementary and middle school children in Nassau County.

An award will be made later in 2015 to Arts Alive! by the Rotary Club for the proceeds.

The event continues to grow bigger than the previous year and the club looks forward to continuing the popular event next year!

Pictured here are Mike Cipriano, Mark Cutshaw, president of the Rotary Club, Erin Cutshaw, Bob Lindberg, Jane Lindberg, president of Arts Alive!, and Joan Cipriano.

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 contact president, Mark Cutshaw, at mcutshaw@fpuc.com or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com. Find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ameliaislandrotary) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/airotary).

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RM Sotheby’s Auction Breaks $60 Million at Amelia Island

RM Southeby's Auction Breaks $60 Million at Amelia IslandAmelia Island, FL – RM Sotheby’s, the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, is delighted to announce spectacular results for its 17th annual Amelia Island sale. The auction, which represented the first RM Sotheby’s event since RM Auctions and Sotheby’s formed a strategic partnership in February, achieved total sales of $60,360,050, besting the company’s record 2014 Amelia Island performance by 67 percent.

Photo: 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet brings $6,380,000 to set a new auction record for the model and become the most valuable car sold during the 2015 Amelia Island week (credit: Darin Schnabel (c) 2015 courtesy RM Sotheby’s)

This result represents not only the highest total ever for a sale held during the Amelia Island week, but also exceeds the combined total of all other auctions this week, reaffirming RM Sotheby’s clear market leadership. The incredible 98 percent sell-through rate, which includes 13 individual million-dollar-plus results, is a testament to RM’s reputation for offering best-of-category automobiles.

Taking top sale honors of the day and of the entire Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance week was the 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet, chassis no. 1945 SA, achieving a very strong $6,380,000 to comfortably set a new world record for the model at auction. Significantly, proceeds from car’s sale will benefit the consignor’s charity for the education of children.

“We were thrilled to present as significant a car as the 400 Superamerica here at Amelia Island”, said Gord Duff, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “Both the importance of the car and the success of RM Sotheby’s international team in uniting collectors with the world’s finest automobiles is reflected in its result. The outstanding sale total is a sign of the ever-expanding market for blue-chip collector cars, with bidders hailing from no fewer than 22 countries, of which 22 percent were new to RM Sotheby’s.”

Providing further proof of Ferrari’s domination at the top of the market, additional lots garnering strong prices included the genuine 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider, realizing $3,300,000; a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4, bringing a record $495,000, and the time warp 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, dubbed “the Condo Find”, achieving a fantastic $770,000.

Some of the most electric moments of the auction were brought about by the record sales of late model and emerging collectibles. Notable highlights included the exceedingly rare, six-speed manual 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB, which nearly tripled its pre-sale estimate at $682,000, smashing the previous auction record for the model. A pair of Ferrari 512 models also exceeded expectations, with the 1995 F512 M selling for $462,000 and the 1980 512 BB garnering $418,000.

Ferrari wasn’t the only high performing marque of the sale, with prices for fantastic Porsche 911s continuing to rise. Amongst numerous examples, a 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring sold for $891,000, a 1988 911 Turbo ‘Slant Nose’ Cabriolet for $363,000, and a 1979 911 Turbo brought $253,000. Japanese collectibles also continue to make waves in the collector car market, with the much-talked-about 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 surpassing its estimate to bring a record-breaking $253,000.

Ocean Front Lawn at RM Sotheby's 2015 Amelia IslandPhoto: Interested bidders view cars on the Ocean Front Lawn at RM Sotheby’s 2015 Amelia Island Preview (credit: Darin Schnabel (c) 2015 courtesy RM Sotheby’s)

Demonstrating the diversity of the offering and RM Sotheby’s expertise across all segments of the market, additional top lots included elegant coachbuilt classics, racing greats of both the Pre-war and modern periods, and highly desirable sports cars of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

RM Sotheby’s – Amelia Island Million-Dollar-Plus Sales:

1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet (Chassis 1945 SA)
$6,380,000.00

1955 Jaguar D-Type (Chassis XKD 530)
$3,675,000.00

1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider (Chassis 15417)
$3,300,000.00

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500/540 K Cabriolet A (Chassis 105384)
$3,025,000.00

1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider (Chassis 10814313)
$2,420,000.00

1938 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Cabriolet (Chassis 57710)
$2,337,500.00

1971 Lamborghini Miura SV (Chassis 4884)
$2,310,000.00

1988 Jaguar XJR-9 (Chassis TWR-J12C-388)
$2,145,000.00

1967 Shelby 427 ‘Semi-Competition’ Cobra (Chassis CSX 3045)
$2,117,500.00

1953 Ferrari 212 Europa Coupe (Chassis 0287 EU)
$1,550,000.00

1930 Duesenberg Model J ‘Sweep Panel’ Dual-Cowl Phaeton (Chassis 2336)
$1,155,000.00

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Cabriolet (Chassis 188.013.6500077)
$1,100,000.00

1955 Austin-Healey 100S (Chassis AHS-3504)
$1,012,000.00

2007 Ferrari 599 GTB crosses the auction podiumPhoto: The six-speed manual 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB crosses the auction podium to roars from the crowd as it reaches a record price of $682,000, nearly tripling its pre-sale estimate (credit: Darin Schnabel (c) 2015 courtesy RM Sotheby’s)

RM Sotheby’s continues its 2015 calendar in Fort Worth, Texas, May 2 with the presentation of the Andrews Collection. The most significant private car collection ever offered at a single-vendor sale, the Andrews Collection auction will present 78 of the world’s finest automobiles along with an eclectic assortment of memorabilia. Later that month (May 23), RM Sotheby’s returns to Lake Como, Italy, for its biennial sale during the celebrated Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

To view full results from RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale or for additional information on upcoming events, please visit www.rmauctions.com or call (519) 352-4575.

Results are listed in USD and are inclusive of 10 percent buyer’s premium for automotive lots and 15 percent for non-automotive lots. Please note that results include sales that occurred immediately following the auction.

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Edward Jones Named by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers 2015

Edward Jones Named by Forbes as one of America's Best Employers 2015Fernandina Beach, FL – In its first-ever ranking of best employers, Forbes magazine rated Edward Jones the highest-ranking financial-services firm out of the list of 500 companies spanning 27 industries in the magazine’s “America’s Best Employers 2015” edition, according to the three Fernandina Beach Edward Jones financial advisors.

The firm’s overall ranking was No. 24 out of the 500 companies on the list.

More than 20,000 American workers at 3,500 large companies and non-profit institutions were polled online and asked how likely they would recommend their employers to others and how likely they would recommend other employers within their industries.

“We are proud of our associates and honored that their feedback has ranked us on the Forbes list of 500 best employers as highest among financial services firms,” said Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle. “Edward Jones strives to be a best place for our associates to work and for our clients to receive help accomplishing their life-long financial goals. Our work is extremely satisfying – working together in partnership to make a difference to our clients and each other.”

This is the second prestigious ranking Edward Jones recently received. Earlier in March, FORTUNE magazine named the firm No. 6 on its “100 Best Companies to Work For 2015” list. That was Edward Jones’ 16th appearance on the list.

Edward Jones also appears on Forbes magazine’s largest private companies list, which is based on net revenues. The firm ranked No. 65 with, at the time of the ranking in 2014, $5.72 billion in net revenue. Today, the firm’s net revenues are $6.3 billion.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015, is headquartered in St. Louis. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com.

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Cottontail Tea Party at Ritz Carlton Amelia Island

Cottontail Tea Party at Ritz Carlton Amelia IslandHere are couple ideas for you to celebrate Easter at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island with the little ones in your life:

Cottontail Tea Party
Join the Easter Bunny and the springtime fairies for stories, afternoon tea, petite sandwiches, sweets and a complimentary souvenir photo. Reservations required.
Date: Saturday, April 4
Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Place: Courtyard and Lobby Lounge
Price: $50 for ages 6 and up, $15 children 5 and under, includes service charge

Easter Garden Brunch
Enjoy a spectacular Easter Brunch with an elaborate culinary presentation of brunch favorites, Champagne toast and live music. Children will enjoy cookie decorating and holiday-inspired games. Reservations requested.
$105 per adult | $45 children 5-12, includes service charge
Date: Sunday, April 5
Time: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Place: The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
Price: $105 per person, $45 children 5-12, includes service charge

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Grand Theft Suspect Arrested

Grand Theft Suspect ArrestedPaul Voisinet left his beach bag unattended for a few minutes as he walked back to his car for a moment. As he was returning to his spot on the beach he observed an individual entering a white car with a bag that looked strikingly familiar. He quickly confirmed that his own bag was now missing from where he had left it and he attempted to confront the man that was now leaving the beach parking lot in a white Impala with NC tags.

The suspect opted to quickly flee the area of Main Beach, driving in a reckless manner while a radio broadcast alerted officers and sheriff’s deputies throughout the County that a crime had just occurred.

Nassau County Deputy Chauncey Mason located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. The victim’s bag was observed in plain view and the suspect, Jamie Lee Call, was subsequently arrested for the grand theft.

During the course of inventory and investigation, multiple credit cards and identification cards were located, which immediately raised additional suspicion. A search of the names through multiple databases revealed that multiple victims existed, to include burglaries in Jacksonville, Yulee, and St. Mary’s, GA.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the St. Mary’s Police Department are both conducting related investigations from within their jurisdiction as a result of this arrest, and additional charges are also pending for the theft in Yulee.

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April 1, 2015 Brown Bag Lunch

April 1, 2015 Brown Bag LunchThe next Brown Bag Lunch will include a presentation, “How Nassau County Came to Be.”

Speaker Tom Raymond will be at the Amelia Island Museum of History, at noon, on April 1, 2015.

He will discuss the origins of Nassau County, with historical background to put its dividing lines into context.

Mr. Raymond will also provide a brief thumbnail sketch of the 66 counties in the State of Florida.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information contact Gray at (904) 261-7378 ext 102.

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What Love Means to Children Between 4 and 8 Years Old

What Love Means to Children Between 4 and 8 Years OldHere is a fun Sunday piece for you to enjoy regarding what love means to children between the ages of 4 and 8 years old.

The touching words come from the mouths of babes… the original author is unknown.

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, “What does love mean?” The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined.

“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore… so my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.”
Rebecca- age 8

“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.”
Billy – age 4

“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.”
Karl – age 5

“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.”
Chrissy – age 6

“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.”
Terri – age 4

“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.”
Danny – age 7

“Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that.

They look gross when they kiss.”
Emily – age 8

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.”
Bobby – age 7

“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.”
Nikka – age 6

“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.”
Noelle – age 7

“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.”
Tommy – age 6

“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.”
Cindy – age 8

“My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.”
Clare – age 6

“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.”
Elaine-age 5

“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.”
Chris – age 7

“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.”
Mary Ann – age 4

“I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.”
Lauren – age 4

“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.”
Karen – age 7

“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.”
Mark – age 6

“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.”
Jessica – age 8

And the final one…

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.

Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,

“Nothing, I just helped him cry.”

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Micah’s Place Hires New Chief Executive Officer

Micah's Place Hires New Chief Executive OfficerMicah’s Place, the only nonprofit and Certified Domestic Violence Center in Nassau County, Florida, has announced the selection of Heather Woody Jones as its new Chief Executive Officer. She is replacing Executive Director Shandra Riffey, who departed in November.

Ms. Jones has served the organization for the last seven years in several ways, including Director of Finance and Interim Executive Director; she brings experience in non-profit management and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence. Her passion for her work is evident. She strongly believes that everyone has the right to a safe, healthy, happy home and is honored to be selected to lead Micah’s Place and continue to engage the community to end domestic violence.

Commenting on Ms. Jones’ selection, Board of Director President Robert Fisher said, “Micah’s Place is fortunate to have someone of Heather Jones’ energy, skill and dedication leading the organization. She has a deep sense of commitment and compassion to the participants we serve. The Board is excited to have someone of her caliber leading the outstanding staff at Micah’s Place.”

Micah’s Place is the only Certified Domestic Violence Center serving Nassau County, Florida. Our mission is to provide prevention and intervention services to victims of domestic violence; and to provide education within our community to effect change in behavior and attitudes relating to domestic violence. We offer safe, confidential shelter, advocacy, a 24-hour toll-free hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, and support groups to victims of domestic violence. All of our services are free and confidential.

If you are currently experiencing emotional, physical, psychological, economical, verbal, or any other kind of abuse, we can help you. Please call (800) 500-1119 or (904) 225-9979.

For more information, please visit www.micahsplace.org or call our administration office at (904) 491-6364.

If you would like to donate gently used items to our Purple Dove Resale Center, please call (904) 261-5227.

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Police Captain David Bishop Graduates from FBI in Quantico

Police Captain David Bishop Graduates from FBI in QuanticoFernandina Beach, FL – Police Captain David Bishop Graduates from Prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA

Among the two-hundred-twenty (220) law enforcement officers that graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia on March 20th, Fernandina Beach Police Captain David Bishop became the first city officer to complete the program in more than a decade. The 259th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from across the United States, and also included members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 24 international countries, six military organizations and five federal civilian organizations.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 10 weeks of advanced operational, investigative, management, leadership and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals in leadership roles within their agencies. On average, these officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.

The graduating officers were represented by the class spokesperson, Joshua Lamb, Sergeant First Class with the Georgia Department of Public Safety, in Atlanta, Georgia. A total number of 48,118 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in July 1935. Of this number, approximately 16,683 are still active in law enforcement. FBI Director James Comey was the principal speaker at the ceremony.

Captain Bishop has served the City of Fernandina Beach Police Department since 1990. He was the department officer of the year in both 1993 and 2003. While at the FBI Academy he took a full educational load, in addition to the many group activities, and earned 17 college credits from the University of Virginia. He cites the many evening lectures and the powerful relationship opportunities as “impactful and beneficial,” and looks forward to applying these lessons learned to his routine duties now that he has completed this important training.

Captain Bishop also earned his “yellow brick” for successfully completing the Yellow Brick Road Physical Challenge.

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College Goal Sunday 2015 Award Scholarships to Nassau County Students

College Goal Sunday 2015 Award Scholarships to Nassau County StudentsJacksonville, FL – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), the University of North Florida (UNF) and College Goal Sunday 2015 awarded scholarships to nine local Nassau County high school seniors who attended the recent College Goal Sunday at the FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center in February 2015.

High school seniors and their families who attended College Goal Sunday received assistance in applying for Pell Grants by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

During the event, high school seniors entered a drawing for their chance to win scholarship money for college. FSCJ awarded three $1,000 scholarships, UNF awarded five $1,000 scholarships and College Goal Sunday 2015 awarded one $250 scholarship.

Florida State College at Jacksonville

West Nassau High School
Alexis Coen
Kelly Hygema

Hilliard Middle-Senior High School
Nicholas Quinones

University of North Florida

Hilliard Middle-Senior High School
Catherine King

Fernandina Beach High School
Mary Elizabeth Clark
Theodore White

Yulee High School
Zachary McCue
Jeremy Tromblay

College Goal Sunday 2015

Yulee High School
Jeremy Tromblay

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Rough Landing at Fernandina’s Airport

Rough Landing at Fernandina's AirportFernandina Beach, FL – Fernandina Beach Police Officers and Fire-Rescue personnel responded to the east end of runway #13 at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport recently in response to a plane crash.

The plane, pictured, was located approximately ten yards off the runway resting on its undercarriage with no landing gear exposed.

The pilot and only occupant, Christine Mouterde-Bak of New York, New York was inside the cockpit, where she was found to be conscious, but complaining of back pain. She was transported to Nassau Baptist ER by Fire-Rescue.

Preliminary investigation is focused on the plane’s landing gear, which apparently was not deployed. The plane reportedly struck the runway and skipped twice before sliding off the end of the runway.

Investigators from the FAA are currently investigating the incident.

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