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Tony Crawford Reflects on Lomi Lomi Massage

Tony Crawford Reflect on Lomi Lomi MassageOver my 20 years as an L.M.T., I have come across many therapists who aren’t familiar with the art of Lomi Lomi Massage. It is not a well known modality, and it is taught in very few schools throughout the country. I had never heard of it in my first ten years of practice. Then, I discovered a Lomi Lomi workshop.

Other than having the courage to initially sign up for massage school, taking that workshop was the second most important career choice I have made. It was a true game changer. This work has changed the way I think about Massage. It has helped my client’s well-being tremendously. It has increased my business, and, more importantly, it has changed the way I think as I proceed with my life’s journey.

Lomi is performed using your forearms much more so than in Swedish Massage. It is using your body weight to your advantage. This allows long flowing motions that will relax both your body and your mind.

What is Lomi?
If you think of massage as a powerful form of healing, then Lomi must be considered one of the most profound forms of massage. These are bold words, but true. Lomi Lomi loosely translated means to knead, or to rub. It is an ancient form of Hawaiian bodywork that was considered by some to be a rite of passage for the villagers, performed by kahunas and elders. Each community had its own style and form of Lomi. At the end of the day it was still about healing, healing the body, healing the mind, and healing the spirit. I have found it to be a form of cleansing, and through your work and your presence, you can facilitate healing, allowing your client to let go of both physical pain, as well as emotional pain.

We have all learned in school the typical sequence of Swedish massage. Most therapists been trained to work from body part to body part. We finish the back then move on to an arm or leg, rarely going back to the part already worked. Your client can “guess” what’s next, when it is time to turn over, and when you are done. This keeps their conscious mind working in a logical pattern, following your moves and keeping track of your work. It feels great, but are they really relaxing and letting go? Is any emotional healing taking place?

Lomi works on a different and deeper level. Lomi works the whole body as one and not just as individual parts. Lomi is best described as a “rhythmic dance around the body.” It works from the neck, down the back, and down the legs, then back up and over to the other side. This sequence is repeated as needed stopping along the way and concentrating on a leg, a back or arm as the practitioner feels is needed, then going back to the “dance.”

The great part about Lomi is that as you work the muscle structure becomes warm and loose and deep work becomes so much easier on you and less painful to your client. An example I often use with my students is that a muscle is like a stick of butter. Take a stick of butter out of the refrigerator. Try putting your finger in it, you can’t. Rub that butter for a few minutes and your finger goes deeper and deeper. Massage, any massage, is no different than that stick of butter. Lomi has a special way of warming and caring for each muscle so deeper work can be performed easily, painlessly, and as needed.

Lomi is performed on a clean table using no sheet on the table itself. I have heard gasps of astonishment from some therapists when they heard of this practice. The reason, however, is rather simple. While your client is in the supine position you have complete and easy access to working their back without interference of a sheet. A “run” can be performed by going up the body from the feet, continuing to the hip, and transversing under the back. Or, while standing at your client’s head, you can place your hands under the shoulders and work down to the sacrum area and “lift” and pull your hands back towards the head along the vertebral groove. These are some of the most appreciated runs by my clients. Often as you work a back in this manner you will hear them release pent up emotions. The power of this work is astonishing.

There is a powerful healing process that is inherent in Lomi. A very wise lady told me once that “when you are born, your life is like an empty bowl. As we age and go through life that bowl gets full of stones, issues if you will: life experiences, loves, losses, hurts, and sorrows, all of the common emotions we share as humans. Lomi facilitates a way of throwing some of the stones out of that bowl. It can help clear the body and mind of some negative experiences as well as help to remember a joyous time or person who has touched us in a special way”.

As I said earlier, standard Swedish massage engages the conscious mind. The dance of Lomi and the unpredictability of where the practitioner is going next shuts down the conscious mind and allows the subconscious to surface. I have found this to be one of the more intriguing parts of the work. Once a client relaxes and stops thinking about what you are going to work on next two things usually occur: total relaxation and, more importantly, deep healing can be experienced.

Our bodies are memory banks of past emotions and experiences. We hold these thoughts in our muscles, in our cells, and right down to our DNA. In many ways we are our past, and we are our ancestors to whom we share a common bond. Lomi provides a safe and healing space, should the client allow for these emotions to surface. You, as a practitioner, are creating and holding a safe and caring space for your client, being totally present and supporting them in their healing process. —Powerful and meaningful work.

I have been an L.M.T. since 1996. I was graduated from the Swedish Institute of Massage and have been practicing in Florida for the past 17 years. I have studied and advanced my Lomi training through Sacred Lomi. I have taught and practiced Lomi throughout the United States and abroad. I am currently associated with the Massage program at FSCJ in Jacksonville and work and live on Amelia Island. If I can be of any assistance with information concerning Lomi, please contact me at craw2240@bellsouth.net, or by calling my cell at: (904) 557-8350.

Tony Crawford L.M.T.
Florida License #MA 0027867

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Get Active to Celebrate Older Americans Month

Get Active to Celebrate Older Americans MonthPhysical activity supports healthy aging and May is Older Americans Month. Here are some ideas to help get you moving:

Water Aerobics
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things older adults can do for their health and independence. It can help prevent, delay, or manage many of the health problems that can come with age such as heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Regular physical activity can also help keep thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp. It can reduce the risk of depression and may help improve sleep. Some activities such as Tai Chi can help improve balance. If you are not getting regular physical activity, this month, designated as Older Americans Month by the Department of Health and Human Services, is a perfect time to start.

How Much and What Kinds of Physical Activity Do You Need?
Someone who is 65 years of age or older and generally fit can essentially follow the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines.

For Important Health Benefits
Older adults need at least:
Jogging 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week and weight training muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
OR
Jogging 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., jogging or running) every week and weight training muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
OR
Walking jogging – an equivalent mix of moderate and vigorous intensity aerobic activity and weight training muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

Older adults need to do two types of physical activity each week to improve health—aerobic (such as walking and water aerobics) and muscle-strengthening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides recommendations, resources, and strength training information specifically designed with older adults in mind on the agency’s Web site.

When older adults are not able to meet the guidelines, they should engage in regular physical activity according to their specific abilities. A health care provider can help match physical activities to abilities. Remember, some physical activity is better than none and adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits. All adults should avoid inactivity.

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Here are the Fundamentals of being an Entrepreneur

Here are the Fundamentals of being an Entrepreneur Want to be an Entrepreneur? Many of the world’s best-known businesses began as simple ideas. A common factor that distinguishes successful entrepreneurs from the rest is that they are passionate about what they do. They pick business ideas and concepts that they are fully interested in and are willing to develop. An entrepreneur needs to be aware of what he or she wants to do and why he or she wants to do it.

Elements of Entrepreneurial Success
• Knowing what you want will enable you to use the resources you have efficiently, and you will be better organized. You need to ask yourself how committed you will be to the venture and who else you want to participate. A good entrepreneur needs to be able to be time efficient and have structured priorities.
• The business world is highly competitive and you should strive to have a fresh and unique approach to your business ideas. Do not hesitate to try out something new as long as it is financially viable. Innovation will give you the capacity to create different products or provide unique services that the market has room for.
• There are various rules and regulations pertaining to business startups that you need to comply with. Make sure that you register your business accordingly and you have all the documentation required as well as aware of the taxes you will require to pay. Complying with stipulated regulations will spare you from the risk of facing legal action or administrative disruption.
• Managing your time properly will enable you to run your business efficiently. You need to comprehend the tasks that you are to carry out and plan appropriately. Maintain a schedule and be as organized as possible while still being able to handle the erratic nature of running a business. Use the resources you have wisely, especially if they are limited.
• Aside from resources such as time, money and staff, you also need to use online resources that provide you with valuable information. Identify people who have similar interests and consider finding a mentor who can motivate and inspire you.
• A mentor who has experience and knowledge can help you understand the challenges that you may face, share ideas and even help you identify lucrative opportunities. Find time to relax and take every opportunity available to help you unwind and rejuvenate.
• An entrepreneur has the advantage of being able to control his or her own destiny. You are responsible for your financial independence and you determine how you will achieve it.

Build a Solid Reputation
Your success and potential for wealth is based on what you are willing to do to ensure that your business stands the test of time. Invest in your growing brand and make the sacrifices you need to make it, especially in the early stages of starting your business.

Your reputation as an entrepreneur builds in various ways, including how you treat your customers. The image and perception of your company will determine whether your customers will return or not. Entrepreneurship is a learning process that will teach you new skills that will aid your success.

Bio
Francis Miller has founded different businesses. In addition, he is a professional writer; see more of his work at TopConsumerReviews.com.

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Fernandina Airport Planning Team Sees Progress at Latest Meeting

Fernandina Airport Planning Team Sees Progress at Latest Meeting

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Fernandina Beach, FL – The City of Fernandina Beach’s Airport Master Plan Technical Advisory Committee moved forward with its third meeting April 9, 2015 in the city commission chambers.

Andrew Holesko, V.P. Program Manager for Passero Associates, made it clear it was time to get to work on solid goals that will achieve the best Master Plan possible. He asked the committee to help by not only identifying “good, reasonable ideas for Fernandina Beach,” but also keeping ideas that are bad for the city out of the plan.

Discussions followed that addressed critical elements including updating the airport with run-up areas on all six ends (as every other airport now has); adding a non-commercial terminal/welcome center; addressing fixed operation needs such as additional hangars; replacing the outdated maintenance building and fuel tanks; and utilizing an FDOT grant to improve fencing and security.

The team also agreed on choosing the Gulfstream G-IV as its critical aircraft. This decision will help improve current operations, as the airport is now using only 28 percent of its capacity. The G-IV is actually quieter than smaller jets and will finally justify a runway extension that has been in the existing Master Plan since the 1960s.

Gulfstream G-IVs have been using the Fernandina airport since their inception, but they aren’t able to take on enough fuel before departure to fly non-stop coast to coast. The runway extension would solve that problem and provide a substantial economic boost to the airport and the city. It would also reduce noise from smaller aircraft using the longer runway, since they would reach higher altitudes before flying over populated areas outside airport boundaries.

The team discussed further economic development with the help of Ken Creveling from Urbanomics, a Florida-based urban and real estate economic consulting firm. Creveling identified three geographical areas on airport property that are ideal for diverse economic development. Opportunities include restaurants, office space and travel-related sales space.

Creveling painted a realistic picture of small-scale development (5,000-80,000 square feet) connected by clean, curbed streets and manicured landscapes. He noted that by using more brick and mortar and less metal, the airport could be home to an attractive and modern business park unrivaled in Nassau County. These new areas can be made more accessible by connecting nearby roads such as Bailey and Jamestown directly to airport property.

A re-branding of the airport and its new amenities is an absolute necessity. The team will continue work on the new economic and development plans that will enhance the airport’s image. The intended results are a cleaner, brighter and more functional space for both locals and visitors – and the long-awaited arrival of more high-wage jobs to Fernandina Beach.

Working on behalf of the City, Passero Associates communicates to the City of Fernandina Beach, its citizens and Municipal Airport stakeholders, the ongoing process of developing a master plan for FHB. This planning process will be periodically reported to the public in the form of meetings to be held in Fernandina Beach. The FHB Communications Plan involves conducting and documenting five public meetings and distributing concise summaries to the public via periodic press releases; email; social media; and a website: http://www.fbfl.us/airportplanningproject

For more information on the planning process, please contact Zach Nelson at (904) 757-6106 or email to FBmasterplan@yahoo.com

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Communicating with Your Doctor Online can be Convenient

Communicating with Your Doctor Online can be ConvenientThe number of doctors going online has increased as the demand for quality and accessible care rises. Patients need to be able to access their doctors with ease by finding them online. With the advent of electronic medical records, it has become increasingly pertinent for doctors to use technology to enhance the care that they give to their patients.

Quality Care for Patients
• The availability of information online is an important factor in the provision of quality care that patients expect and deserve.
• Being able to find the medical information of a patient online from any location and at any time gives a doctor the opportunity to assess the situation before seeing the patient.
• When patients arrive at the hospital, they can be handled efficiently because their medical history is readily available, and proper care can be given without further delay.
• Reducing the amount of time it takes to respond to a patient’s need is another advantage of doctors being available online.
• When care needs to be provided in emergency situations, the patients can rest assured that the hospital will be able to serve them more efficiently.

Using Online Resources for Faster Treatment
Doctors use online resources to monitor the progress of their patients and provide a faster and more reliable diagnosis that forms the basis of treatment. This means that patients are able to get treatment at a faster rate and the doctor is in a better position to make an informed decision.

Online availability of medical personnel and health records ensures that information is available whenever it is needed and reduces the possibilities of leaving out crucial information concerning the patient. The recent HFA guide on DMR’s is a reflection of how digitized medical records improve health care significantly.

Online Medical Records
When your doctor is able to find your medical records online, you can look forward to a better experience that constitutes prompt and effective treatment. Finding a doctor online enables you to get more time dedicated to you because digitization speeds up the entire process and gives the doctor more time to discuss your situation with you.

Considering the fact that health care practitioners are required to handle several patients on a daily basis, technology has made it easier for them to attend to each patient individually through efficient access to information. Your doctor can provide you with prescriptions online and this will help save time and ensure that you get the medication that you need without being physically present at the hospital.

Convenience and Efficiency
If your doctor needs to refer you to a lab for further tests, you can give him the authority to share your medical records to enable you to get quicker and safer care. Trendhunter.com’s views on DMR’s further emphasize the important role that digitized medical records play in helping patients receive the best care possible.

In order for medical records to be monitored efficiently, they need to be kept in one secure and accessible place. Patients who may need to deal with different doctors will benefit from a system that enables all their medical records to be accessed regardless of the time or place.

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Sharing Reliable Health Information

Sharing Reliable Health Information You hear and read health advice all the time—from friends, online sources, radio, TV, and more. How do you know what health information you can trust? The recent issue from NIH News in Health, based on research supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health — the nation’s medical research agency, marks the 10-year anniversary of the monthly newsletter. Every article is carefully reviewed by NIH experts, so you can be confident that the health news you read here is trustworthy.

So far, they’ve written 600 articles on all kinds of topics ranging from healthy eating and physical activity to the microbes within you, personalized medicine, and the hazards of stress.

People love exchanging health information. More than half of adults nationwide say they turn to friends or family for health information or support when facing a serious health issue. People also share health information within their communities—at school, work, places of worship, and various events.

The quality of the health information you get depends on the source. “When looking online for health information, it’s a good idea to start with reputable websites, such as government websites,” says NIH’s Stephanie Dailey, who specializes in sharing health information with older adults. “Government agencies have well-researched information that’s been vetted by expert scientists and doctors.”

“Students and others can be drawn to websites with quirky or ‘amazing’ health stories that may be inaccurate,” says Timothy Keady, who heads the student wellness center at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. “We always try to steer them back toward more appropriate health information that’s based on science. We know that information from NIH, the CDC, and other agencies is going to be accurate.”

Like all the information available from NIH, the stories in NIH News in Health undergo multiple levels of review before you ever see them. Researchers interviewed for each story read and comment on draft articles to make sure they’re correct. NIH health and science experts also review each story before it’s published. The goal is to give you reliable, science-based information so you can make informed decisions about staying healthy and seeking medical care.

It is not just SearchAmelia who shares these stories furnished by NIH. Their articles are shared in many different ways. Teachers in California and elsewhere have shared stories with their students on how sleep affects learning and health (Why You Need a Good Night’s Sleep and How Snoozing Strengthens Memories). A middle school nurse in Texas copies and shares articles with school staff and makes the newsletter available to visiting parents. And the staff of a hospital in Montana says they read the online version and discuss the newsletter’s stories, which ultimately helps to improve their conversations with patients.

Community health clinics, senior centers, libraries, and nonprofit organizations across the country share copies of NIH News in Health with their communities. In Florida, the Franklin County Health Department distributes the newsletter to patients and staff in 2 rural, remote public health clinics. At the Friend Family Health Center in Illinois, NIH News in Health is shared at large neighborhood clinics in the southeast and southwest sides of Chicago.

In the Rocky Mountains, a nonprofit agency has been sharing NIH News in Health with older adults and their caregivers for nearly a decade. “The newsletter regularly offers relevant health information for our seniors. It’s something they really look forward to each month,” says Stephen M. Holland, director of the Upper Arkansas Area Agency on Aging, based in Salida, Colorado. The newsletter is available at the agency’s meal sites. It’s also given to older adults who receive home-delivered meals. “Although some of our participants are active users of the Internet, others for the most part are not computer literate, so they really rely on the printed information,” Holland says.

In rural Oregon, copies of NIH News in Health are distributed to a largely Native American community by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, a tribal organization that provides a range of services, including home health care visits and transportation to medical facilities. “We place the newsletter in our elders’ meal site and in the lobby of the community health clinic, in adult foster care, and next to the pharmacy, so people can read it while waiting for prescriptions,” says community health director Kari Culp. “We’ve found the newsletters to be very informative and much appreciated by our community members and also our medical staff.”

Many people share health information by putting it where people are waiting and where it will be seen. At several colleges and universities, for instance, officials have been placing easy-to-read health information in common bathrooms—an approach sometimes called “stall talk.”

No matter where you gather and read health information, it’s a good idea to discuss what you’ve found with your health care provider. Your provider can help you understand and interpret what you’ve found.

“Being well informed about a condition can be helpful when you visit your doctor,” Dailey says. “You may wish to print out some of the information you find to share with your doctor during your appointment.”

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Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D.
Managing Editor: Vicki Contie
Contributors: Vicki Contie, Alan Defibaugh (illustrations). Special thanks to the many writers and creative talents who have contributed to NIH News in Health over the past decade.

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Ribbon Cutting on the Deck of the Polly L

Ribbon Cutting on the Deck of the Polly LOn the Thursday before the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, the Polly L, a ship owned by Amelia Research and Recovery, will hold a Ribbon Cutting with the Amelia Island – Fernandina Beach – Yulee Chamber of Commerce at noon, April 30, 2015. The Polly L was designed for coastal shipwreck salvage.

This ribbon cutting is the commemoration the 300th anniversary of the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet sinking and in particular the San Miguel.

In 1715, a Spanish fleet of ships filled with treasures, was returning to Spain from the New World. The fleet never made it and were lost in a hurricane off of the Florida coast. This loss was a blow to Spain as the great quantities of treasure, including gold and silver, were being transported home to cover the costs of war.

When Spanish coins and artifacts were discovered on Amelia Island’s beaches, believed to belong to the 180 ton San Miguel, it is no wonder modern salvage companies like Amelia Research and Recovery are interested in the waters off Amelia Island.

According to their website, www.ameliaresearchandrecovery.com, the Polly L will be available during the Shrimp Festival for public tours on May 2nd and May 3rd. After the Festival, the Polly L will sail out to the salvage site and start the diving season in pursuit of the missing ship, San Miguel.

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Celebrity Chef Kenny Gilbert Brings Southern Dining to Fernandina Beach

Celebrity Chef Kenny Gilbert Brings Southern Dining to Fernandina BeachUnderground Kitchen will feature rotating monthly menus showcasing different culinary themes, while also serving as a Culinary Think Tank for local and traveling talent.

Fernandina Beach, FL – Celebrity Chef Kenny Gilbert returns home to the Jacksonville area with the opening of Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, a neighborhood-driven Deep Southern American restaurant. Located on Eighth Street, Underground Kitchen (UK) will offer residents of the Fernandina Beach area, the ideal spot to grab a seasonal, comforting and delicious meal.

With over 20 years of professional culinary experience, Kenny rose to fame in 2010 as one of the fan favorites on season seven of Bravo’s Top Chef. Since then, he has cooked for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Stedman Graham, Samuel L. Jackson and A.J. Calloway, just to name a few. Kenny began his culinary career in Jacksonville when he took a position at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company as an apprentice in the garde manger kitchen of their Amelia Island property. Kenny worked his way up to Chef de Cuisine at the age of 23 at the Ritz, helping to consistently secure the AAA Five Diamond Award for the property during his tenure. He would then set about, cooking in restaurants in Naples, Sea Island, Jupiter and Telluride, before returning to Jacksonville to open Nippers Beach Grill, where Folio Magazine named him Chef of the Year. Next up was Miami, where Kenny served as the Corporate Chef at the James Beard nominated Yardbird Southern Table & Bar and Khong River House. Now back in Jacksonville – third time’s a charm – UK is Kenny’s first solo venture with his wife/partner Anna. In addition to the restaurant, Kenny has a line of spices, Chef Kenny’s Spice Blends, which will also be available for purchase at the restaurant, and at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market.

“I’m excited to be back in the Jacksonville area – besides spending a considerable amount of time working here throughout my career, I am also not far from my family’s roots in St. Augustine which feels good,” said Kenny.

While UK will feature a daily seasonal menu based on the best local produce availability, there will also be weekly specials celebrating a particular region or cuisine from around the world, showcasing Kenny’s diverse international cooking style. Upcoming special themes include: Italian, Asian, Mediterranean, India, Caribbean and Latin Cuisines. In addition to the international specials, UK will also serve as a culinary think tank for traveling, young and visiting chefs from around the country to demonstrate their talent. Unique guest chef dinner events will be offered up on a monthly basis on Mondays, and will be ticketed for an all-inclusive price. “In addition to being excited about my first solo venture, I want to make UK a place for young and talented chefs to come learn and experiment – helping to support developing talent is so important to me as a seasoned chef,” said Kenny.

All of the dishes at UK are intended to be shared, and will come out of the kitchen as they are ready. Menu highlights include: BBQ Alligator Ribs with Carolina Gold Rice Porridge, Citrus Mop, Padron Peppers and Brussels; Magret Duck Tasso Ham with Pickled Pineapple, Anise, Mustard Leaves and Country Bread; and Smothered Organic Chicken and Dumplings with Green Beans, Carrots and Sage. Kenny’s famous Fried Organic Chicken will also be available daily, served with house made Datil Pepper Hot Sauce, Drop Biscuits and Greens. Collards, Hoppin John, Mac and Cheese and Cheese Grits will all be offered as a side, while desserts include: Coca Cola Chocolate Cake with Sour Cream Chocolate Icing and Dried Cherry Preserves; Yam Turnover with Buttermilk Glaze, Blackberries and Cracked Pepper; and Banana Fosters Parfait with Gingersnap Cookies. Seasonal sangria’s and mimosas will be available, as will craft beers, including People’s Pale Ale, I-10 IPA, Kings Street Stout and Jon Boat Coastal Ale from Intuition Ale Works, all by the can. A selection of international and domestic wines will be available by the glass or bottle, as will a rotating list of wines and beers brought in to complement each of the weekly international menu specials.

UK will serve brunch on the weekends, with a live trio band, and will also offer a special BBQ Express lunch on Fridays only, teasing one of Kenny’s next concepts scheduled to open late this summer, Gilbert’s Big Oak BBQ Shack. The BBQ Express Lunch menu will feature items like Deviled Egg Parfait with Tasso Ham Vidalia Onion Jam, Redneck Caviar and Country Bread; Fried Fernandina Beach Shrimp Po Boy with LTO, Charred Jalapeno Tartar Sauce, Organic Leaves and Lemon Dressing; and Meat and Three: Smoked Spare Ribs with Beans, Slaw, Greens and House Garlic Texas Toast. Off-site catering will be available starting in the fall, and will be available for events ranging in size from 25 – 500 guests.

The interior of UK evokes old-fashioned meets modern southern. Throughout the space, antique elements and touches are on display, including enameled cooking pots, milk jugs, old railroad signs, reclaimed wood window pains, burlap curtains and more. The restaurant has three main sections, totaling about 62 seats: The Safe House Lounge, Muscadine Hall and Datil Pepper Park. The Safe House Lounge offers guests a place to relax over a glass of wine and some small bites in the comfort of a love seat or decorative chairs, while Muscadine Hall offers the more traditional table and chair setup. Datil Pepper Park is the outside patio and will be open year-round, with a fire pit and heaters in the winter. The Park will also house a pepper and herb garden, which the restaurant will source from.

Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen will serve dinner Wednesday – Monday, 6PM – 10PM; BBQ Express Lunch on Fridays, 11AM – 2PM; and Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30AM – 2PM. The restaurant will be closed on Tuesdays. UK is located at 510 S. 8th Street, Fernandina Beach, Fl 32034.

Reservations are available via the restaurant’s website, OpenTable, or by calling the restaurant directly at (904) 310-6374.

For more information visit: www.undergroundkitchen.co.

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Career Day Workshop and the Architect Barbie Dream House

Career Day Workshop and the Architect Barbie Dream HouseJacksonville, FL – Inspiring girls at an early age is vital to nurturing their minds and fostering positive habits that will enable them to become influential and successful young leaders. The Architect Barbie Workshop will be held on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at the Haskell Company, 111 Riverside Ave. in Jacksonville, Florida, from 9:00am to 11:00am.

The purpose of the workshop is to give a basic understanding of the architecture profession, the importance of the built environment, the long history of female architects and a glimpse into the design process. Thirty girls between the ages of seven and nine who attend George Washington Carver Elementary School in Jacksonville, FL will have the opportunity to participate in the Barbie Architect Workshop. The workshop is a planning and design exercise that relates to the Barbie brand and fosters a child’s understanding of spatial relationships by asking them to design Architect Barbie’s Dream House.

Ayonna Patterson, Community Advocate for Educational Opportunities for Underprivileged Children, implemented the Barbie Architect Workshop in Chicago, with much success, in 2012. “As a teacher, I think the workshop opened the eyes of the young girls in attendance about the opportunities of a career in architecture,” states Jennifer Schildmeyer, a Chicago public schools teacher whose students participated in the workshop in 2012. “This was especially impactful for the students that would not have otherwise been exposed to the field.”

Organizers and sponsors for the Barbie Architect Workshop include:
-Ayonna Patterson, Community Advocate Educational Opportunities for Underprivileged Children – Organizer
-AIA Jacksonville, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects – Organizer and Sponsor
-George Washington Carver Elementary School – Organizer
-The Haskell Company – Sponsor
-Talaya Waller, LLC – Sponsor

Community members are asked to assist this prestigious and essential workshop by giving monetary donations that will help offset the costs for supplies, transportation and meals. To donate, please contact Ayonna Patterson at 904-885-8212, 904-924-3122 or pattersona1@duvalschools.org.

To learn more about the Barbie Architect Workshop, log on to www.aia.org/about/initiatives/AIAB090027


About Barbie Architect Workshop

For more than 50 years, Barbie has empowered girls to dream big and explore a world without limits. Barbie’s I Can Be… “Architect” encourages a new generation of girls to pursue a career in architecture. Along with introduction of the newest Barbie in 2011, the American Institute of Architects and Mattel began the Architect Barbie Dream House Design Competition. The competition challenged AIA members to design a dream house for an American icon.

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Robbery Suspect Shot by Police after Pursuit

Robbery Suspect Shot by Police after PursuitFernandina Beach Police Press Release: (This article has been updated, please scroll down to read the new information.)

At about 10:41 AM, April 27, 2015, an individual attempted to walk out of the Amelia Island Walmart Store on South 14th Street without paying for a large flat screen television set. The man was approached, confronted and detained by a Walmart Loss Prevention employee. The man turned violent, produced a syringe and threatened to stab the Walmart employee. As the employee backed away the suspect fled the store with the television and entered the driver’s seat of a black truck. The suspect and vehicle description, including tag, were broadcast as an armed robbery in progress while the incident was still occurring.

Fernandina Beach Police Department officers responded to the area and observed the suspect vehicle attempting to leave the area in a reckless manner, fishtailing, weaving in and out of traffic, driving over concrete curbs and grass areas, before fleeing at high speeds. A vehicle pursuit ensued which led through the Loop Restaurant parking lot and then westbound on Bonnieview Road, which is a two-lane residential road posted at 30 MPH, which is currently closed to construction. The suspect barreled through two barricades, knocking the barricades out of the roadway. The suspect’s speed exceeded 80 MPH westbound on Bonnieview Road until the driver realized that the road was a dead-end into the saltmarsh.

The suspect made a U-turn and proceeded eastbound on Bonnieview Road, passing the first police vehicle and almost striking the opening door of the second police vehicle. The suspect attempted to stop or make another U-turn, but instead drove off the gravel roadway into a ditch. At this point officers verbally ordered the suspect to stop, but he refused verbal commands, refused to show his hands, and continued spinning the vehicle tires in an attempt to move the vehicle from the ditch.

During the course of this confrontation the suspect was shot by police and suffered a head wound. The offender was transported to Shands Hospital in Jacksonville and is listed in critical condition. The female passenger was incoherent at the scene and could provide little information about the suspect, the vehicle, or their recent activity. She complained of a shoulder injury as a result of the crash and was treated at Baptist Medical Center Nassau. She was later able to give investigators a statement, claiming that she and the suspect were on “a meth binge.”

Only one police officer fired any shots during this incident and the identity of that officer is not being released at this time. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement responded immediately to handle both the crime scene processing, as well as the investigation into the police use of force.

At 4:15 PM the identity of the suspect was still unknown. He remains in critical condition at Shands Hospital.

Update

Walmart Robbery Suspect a Violent Career Criminal

Walmart Robbery Suspect a Violent Career Criminal The man police say brazenly walked out of an island Walmart store yesterday morning and then resisted detention by the store Loss Prevention Officer and Assistant Store Manager has been identified as a violent career criminal from Brunswick, GA.

Randy Scott Lingelbach, 32 years of age, has been arrested more than twenty times and has been charged with at least sixty-nine criminal offenses, to include 11 drug violations, 9 retail thefts, 3 robbery counts, 3 burglary charges, assault, resisting arrest, criminal conspiracy, tampering with evidence, and many others. The passenger in the vehicle, which has now been reported as stolen to the Brunswick Police Department, has been identified as Laura Rebecca Harden, also of Brunswick, GA. At this time neither has been formally charged with any crime.

The video from several Walmart store cameras show the confrontation with the suspect in the parking lot and will be available to the media at the police station at 3:00 PM today.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is continuing to work the use of force investigation as an independent law enforcement agency, at our request and through an established Mutual Aid Agreement. The Fernandina Beach Police Department will work the armed robbery investigation at the Walmart store and subsequent criminal violations.

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What to do at the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

What to do at the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp FestivalThe 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, presented by Publix, will be held in Fernandina Beach, Florida, May 1 – 3, 2015, with a Pirate Parade at 6:00 PM, on Thursday, April 30th.

There will be a fantastic sidewalk sale in downtown Fernandina Beach, beginning at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 1st, and hosted by the merchants of the Historic Fernandina Business Association. The Shrimp Festival officially opens at 5:30 PM with live musical entertainment by the band DRB.

From 6:00 to 10:00 PM, the expanded Kids Fun Zone will be open at its new location at Central Park, in the 1200 block of Atlantic Avenue. There will be several activities such as a rock climbing wall, Zippy Pets, a giant slide, and a power jump. There will be vendors, an art show, food booths, ponies, puppets and much, much more. Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Show and Ben Mathews JuggleSTUFF will be entertaining kids of all ages with shows held throughout the evening.

From 5:30 to 10:30 PM, the downtown waterfront offers live music, and colorful pirates. Tasty dishes like a low country boil, crab cakes, grilled shrimp, Cajun shrimp, fried shrimp, and other seafood dishes will be cooking in food booths operated by local non-profit charities to satisfy your cravings. Opening ceremonies will be held at 6:30 on the main stage, followed by the popular Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant and the Pirate Parade Awards. After the sun has set you can dance in the street while the band plays familiar songs, and peruse the booths located near the harbor like Action News, Coca Cola, the Shrimp Festival merchandise tent, or check out what the Pirates have displayed in their booth this year. You won’t want to miss taking a tour of the University of Georgia’s “Georgia Bulldog”, a fully operational shrimp boat. But be prepared for mayhem, because at 9:30 the Invasion of the Pirates takes place immediately before the spectacular fireworks show. The party continues until the festival closes at 10:30.

On Saturday morning at 9:00 AM, the Kids Fun Zone and the waterfront vendors are joined by over 350 booths full of fine arts and crafts, and antiques. These additional booths can be found lining all of Centre Street, and a block north and south on every cross road, from the waterfront’s railroad tracks to Eight Street.

At 9:30 the Fernandina Beach High School Jazz Ensemble will take the waterfront stage, and in the Kids Fun Zone, The Pirate in Training (ages 0 to 5) and the Little Pirate Contests (ages 6 and up) begin at 10:00. The dancers from Bean School of Dance with perform at 11:00.

Bring your bearded friends to the waterfront stage at 10:30 and encourage them to enter the 48th Annual Topsy Smith Memorial Beard Contest. At 11:00, Fresh From Florida and Georgia Grown will be offering a Cooking Demonstration by Celebrity Chefs Justin Timineri (Florida) and Holly Chute (Georgia). At noon, beware, for those Fernandina Pirates will invade Amelia Island and storm up Centre Street.

The afternoon brings a new and promising voice in country music to the waterfront’s main stage with Bryan Mayer performing at 1:00 PM. Dominic Gaudious, a passionate artist on both the twelve string guitar and the Australian Didgeridoo, will play a short set at 4:00, just before The Edgar Winter Band takes the stage at 4:30. Co-sponsored by the Amelia Island Blues Festival, the Shrimp Festival Committee, Northeast Florida Blues Society and RockTenn, you will likely recognize Edgar Winter’s hits Free Ride and Frankenstein. This rock and blues legend will play until the festivities end at 6:00 PM on Saturday.

Sunday begins with the Kids Fun Zone, the waterfront, and all of the arts, crafts and antique booths opening at 10:00 AM for your pleasure. In the Fun Zone Pak’s Karate will offer a demonstration at 11:00, or you can Learn to be a Pirate at 3:30 with the Fernandina Pirates Club. Performances continue throughout the weekend by Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Kazoo Show as well as JuggleSTUFF with Ben Mathews.

Sunday’s waterfront entertainment includes Back From the Brink, a bluegrass and country band at 11:00 AM, and local cover group, Decades Band, takes the stage at noon. River activities begin at 1:30 with the Blessing of the Fleet, the Laying of the Wreath and the Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Contest. The party band of the South, The Swingin’ Medallions perform from 2:30 to 3:30, but during their break at 3:30 the Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream Eating Contest takes place, where contestants race each other to finish a variety of ice cream flavors including shrimp ice cream. The Swingin’ Medallions hit the stage again at 4:00 for another exciting set and the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival official closes at 5:00 PM on Sunday.

Admission to the festival is FREE!

Parking is available on Friday at Fernandina Beach High School, 435 Citrona Drive, for only $10.00. This includes a free, air-conditioned shuttle ride to and from the festival from 6:00 to 11:00 PM.

Parking is available at both FBHS and Southside Elementary School, 1112 Jasmine Street, on Saturday and Sunday, for $10.00, shuttle fee included. Saturday shuttle hours are 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM, and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Parking is also available at Buccaneer Field, South 11th Street and Beech Street, for $10.00; this is within walking distance of the festival and the Kids Fun Zone.

For more information please visit ShrimpFestival.com.

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Using Black Hat SEO Techniques Could Ban Your Website in Google Search Engine

Using Black Hat SEO Techniques Could Ban Your Website in Google Search EngineWhy do people go online? They are looking for information and the internet is the most convenient way of getting instant outcome albeit the quality. Nevertheless, the demand for authentic, high quality and very informative content is increasing these days and the search engines like Google adapts to this dynamic changes of the internet users. Hence, it is of importance for internet marketers and website owners to conform to the ways of search engines.

Search Engine Optimization/SEO is the technique widely used by website owners to enhance their organic rankings. But it takes effort, right approach and integrity in utilizing SEO. Yes, there are “illegal” ways of SEO methods and these are called “Black hat SEO techniques.” Doing some of these methods can lead serious repercussion such as harming your search engine ranking or ultimately, getting your website banned. Hence, to ensure you are doing legal on the internet, do only the “white hat techniques”. You can check out Good Monster, a SEO company in Syracuse.

Take a look at some of the black hat SEO techniques that can harm your online presence:

• Cloaking
This is the practice of misleading the search engine via presenting various contents to the search engines like Google and then taking your websites visitors to different website or page than the authentic one after the users clicked the link from the search engine. The consequences of doing this act is lowered organic ranking or total ban from the search engines.

• Duplication of content and stuffing of keywords
One of the SEO techniques is to create high quality contents. After all, many internet users visit the World Wide Web to gathered relevant information. However, it is important your content must be unique. Duplicate content is plagiarism online. Keep in mind that search engines like Google have algorithms, which are always modified, to index original contents only. In line with creating contents, the important keywords (the words that are used by users in their queries) should be spaced evenly. Here, you must avoid stuffing the content with keywords.

• Exchanging links
Exchanging links can give your website lots of links in short amount of time, but with the new link scheme devised by Google, you may end up hurting your ranking. Instead, place emphasis on creating links naturally. The exchanged links are usually irrelevant and in low quality.

• Hidden links and texts
Several web developers utilize specific tags and codes in building website. Some of these are used to remind them about something technical and these are usually invisible to the users that check out the website from the front. Some takes advantage of these hidden texts with the addition of multiple keywords. Even if your intention is to enhance your rankings, you may end up hurting your chances because this violates the ethical techniques in SEO. Although the users will not notice these hidden things, the Google spiders will still be able to identify them and will put negative consequences to your website.

• Purchasing links
It is possible to purchase links and links are essential in rankings. The Penguin Update from Google was created to locate websites offering links for sale and if you tracked down with this, your ranking will surely suffer.

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2015 Shrimp Festival Street and Parking Lot Closures

2015 Shrimp Festival Street and Parking Lot ClosuresPublic Notice: FESTIVAL NOTICE OF STREET & PARKING LOT CLOSURES

EFFECTIVE FOR SHRIMP FESTIVAL: The following street and parking lot closures will be effective this week in order to set up for the Shrimp Festival: City Waterfront Parking Lot A and B will be closed from Midnight, Wednesday, April 29th until Midnight, Sunday, May 3rd. City Waterfront Parking Lots C, and D, the Library Parking Lot and the parking lot at 2nd and Alachua will be closed to unauthorized vehicles from Midnight, Thursday, April 30, 2015 until Midnight, Sunday, May 3rd.

Beginning at 5:00 PM Friday, May 1st, there will be NO PARKING on the streets and public parking lots of the downtown Centre Street Business District (bordered by Ash and Alachua Streets, from 8th Street to the waterfront). This area will remain closed to parking until Midnight, Sunday, May 3rd, in order to finish clean up and street sweeping. Signs will be posted throughout the downtown area and unauthorized cars will be towed.

Any vehicle issued a Festival Parking Permit must fill in the information requested and prominently display the hang tag on the rear view mirror. Vehicles which park improperly, but display a hang tag with no information, will be subject to towing, at owner’s expense. Thank you for your cooperation.

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May 2015 Events at Your AIFBY Chamber of Commerce

May 2015 Events at Your AIFBY Chamber of CommerceFernandina Beach, FL – Here are the great events brought to you in May by the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce:

Wednesday, May 6, 8:30 am • Island Council • The Mustard Seed Café • 833 TJ Courson Rd, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Wednesday, May 6, 5:00 pm • Ribbon Cutting for 15th year Anniversary • Redbones Dog Bakery and Boutique • 809 South 8th St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

*Tuesday, May 12, 8:30 am • Yulee Area Council • Eye Envy Optical and Sunglasses | Yulee • 463867 State Road 200, Suite 4, Yulee, FL • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members*

Thursday, May 14, 5:00 pm • Ribbon Cutting • imortage • 960194 Gateway Blvd, Suite 203, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Tuesday, May 19, 8:30 am • Health Care Council • Amelia Island Health & Wellness • 5422 First Coast Hwy, Amelia Island, FL 32034 • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Wednesday, May 20, 8:30 am • Government Affairs Council • Chamber of Commerce • 961687 Gateway Blvd, Suite 101G, Fernandina Beach, FL

Thursday, May 21, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm • Business After Hours • Littleberry Farm • 95546 Clements Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 • $5 for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Mission Statement
The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based association of Nassau County businesses, professional leaders and individuals working together to provide leadership which will aggressively promote and defend responsible economic growth, employment opportunities, government and excellence in education and quality of life.

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Sunday Observations to Make You Smile

Sunday Observations to Make You SmileThe original author is unknown, but the following ten observations should make you smile this Sunday!

1. I’m not saying let’s go kill all the stupid people. I’m just saying let’s remove all the warning labels and let the problem work itself out.

2. I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People move out of the way much faster now.

3. You can tell a lot about a woman’s mood just by her hands. If they are holding a gun, she’s probably angry.

4. Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers. Now they drink like their fathers.

5. You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone? That’s common sense leaving your body.

6. I don’t like making plans for the day, because then the word “premeditated” gets thrown around in the courtroom.

7. I didn’t make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

8. … and on that note, I decided to change calling the bathroom the “John” and renamed it the “Jim”. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.

9. “Dear paranoid people who check behind shower curtains for murderers. If you find one, what’s your plan?”

10. Everyone has a right to be stupid. Some just abuse the privilege.

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