Join the Fight Against Superbugs

Join the Fight Against SuperbugsCan you imagine a world where antibiotics didn’t work anymore? You shouldn’t have to. But over the past few decades, they’ve been losing their punch. Bacterial strains that are resistant to many types of antibiotics are called superbugs. Sadly, our excessive use of antibiotics is partly to blame. A new video from NIH, Fighting Superbugs, can help you learn more about what you can do to help win this battle.

Superbugs infect over 2 million people across the U.S. each year and kill more than 23,000. Common forms of superbugs include types of tuberculosis, staph infections like MRSA, and gonorrhea.

You can help in the fight against superbugs. First, there’s prevention. Try not to spread infectious bacteria. Wash your hands often. Promote healthy bacteria in your body through exercise and healthy eating.

Your second line of defense is using antibiotics properly. Don’t ask for antibiotics if your doctor doesn’t recommend them—they should only be taken when necessary. Be sure to take them exactly as directed and finish all your medication, even if you feel better.

We can win this fight with prevention, proper antibiotic use, and research. NIH is doing its part by supporting studies of new antibiotics. To learn more about what you can do, watch the video.

Article and video by NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D.
Managing Editor: Vicki Contie
Contributors: Vicki Contie, Alan Defibaugh (illustrations), Christen Sandoval, Carol Torgan, Samantha Watters, and Harrison Wein

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Amelia Island Book Festival Announces Steve Berry as 2016 Honorary Chairman

Amelia Island Book Festival Announces Steve Berry as 2016 Honorary ChairmanAmelia Island, FL – With a new format and new venues, there are exciting changes in store for attendees at the upcoming 15th Annual Amelia Island Book Festival, biggest of which is Steve Berry as honorary festival chairman. With more than 15 international best sellers, Berry’s books have been translated into 40 languages with 19 million copies in 51 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists.

“I’ve been coming to Amelia Island and its many book festivals for a long time. This year I’m honored to serve in an advisory role and work with the board to make this the best event in the history of the festival,” said Berry.

Berry is no stranger to Nassau County. In 2005, he was awarded the Stellar Award for his outstanding contributions to literacy by the Amelia Island Book Festival.

History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Berry will appear in Nassau County at several events throughout the three-day Festival slated for Thursday, February 18 through Saturday, February 20, 2016, along with several other New York Times best-selling headliners.

“His guidance in crafting our offerings and helping to entice other well-known authors to appear at our Festival has been invaluable,” said 2015-2016 Festival Chairperson Raffaela Marie Fenn. “He and Elizabeth have graciously offered to run their Master Writers Workshop to help us raise money for our literacy program, Authors in Schools. Replacing our usual Writers’ Workshop this year, the intense four-hour offering has been a huge boon to other communities. We are so very grateful for their generosity.”

With this year’s captivating theme, An Amelia Island Encounter—Action, Thrills and Mystery, the Festival takes on an exciting new format. Residents and visitors alike will have plenty of new attractions and new venues to revel in.

All proceeds from ticketed events go to support the Authors in Schools program, which for more than 11 years has been bringing an author to each school in the county, and buying those authors’ books for the students to create a memorable, engaging, full-circle experience highlighting the importance of the written word.

“We invite everyone to be a part of this endeavor, to support the Authors in Schools Program, as well as all the opportunities for the entire community and our visitors to celebrate life-long learning through books,” says 2015-2016 Festival Vice Chair Shiela Fountain.

Mark your calendars, check out the website www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org, and stay tuned for more exciting news and improvements.

The Amelia Island Book Festival is a not for profit 501(c)3 Corporation seeking to open up the world for people of all ages by promoting and celebrating literacy through books. With a mission to promote life-long learning though fostering an appreciation for books, we provide quality events featuring authors in engaging venues.

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Local Edward Jones Office Accepting Supplies for Nassau County Schools

Local Edward Jones Office Accepting Supplies for Nassau County SchoolsNassau County, FL – Brian Henning, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Fernandina Beach/Yulee, is supporting the teachers and students of Nassau County by using his office as a drop-off location for a school supplies drive.

Local residents and businesses may help by bringing in items to the Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“As our world becomes more global, competition within our younger generations continues to rise, emphasizing the importance of a quality education,” said Henning. “We’re proud to support the academic development of young minds in this community through this school supply donation program.

The items needed for the school supply drive include: copy paper, hand sanitizer, facial tissues, dry erase markers, index cards, band-aids, pencils, white board cleaner, letter size file folders, ziploc storage bags (quart and gallon size) and 3 prong pocket folders.

The branch address is 95766 Amelia Concourse, Fernandina Beach (before you reach North Hampton).

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. Member SIPC.

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Man Found Dead by early Morning Dog Walker

Man Found Dead by early Morning Dog Walker Fernandina Beach, FL – The Fernandina Beach Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement all responded to a report of a deceased person found by an early morning dog walker in the 2300 block of Sadler Road. The scene has now been examined by investigators and processed for forensic evidence, although no investigative conclusions have been reached and the case is pending additional procedural steps, to include an autopsy scheduled for tomorrow.

The working theory continues to focus on the likelihood that thirty-five year old William Ragsdale was struck while walking near the roadway, although it remains unclear if he was struck by a vehicle, struck by a vehicle mirror or something protruding from the vehicle, or if he simply fell and struck his head on the roadway or curb. Although his shoes were found tied and near the roadway, the victim apparently survived and was able to travel some fifty feet into a nearby parking lot. Foul play has not been ruled out at this time. Ragsdale had been reportedly drinking heavily and may have been walking home from an area bar at the time of this incident.

Investigators would like to hear from those that may have been in the company of William Ragsdale last night or those that may have pertinent information regarding this case. Ragsdale recently gave his local address as 2195 Drury Road in unincorporated Nassau County, although he has reportedly only been in Florida for about four months, having moved to Florida from Dover, DE. Next of kin have been notified of his death.

Fernandina Death and Burial Records Presentation

Fernandina Death and Burial Records PresentationAmelia Island Museum of History’s 3rd on 3rd Presentation, Fernandina Death & Burial Records, with Joshua Goodman, will be held on August 21, 2015, at 6:00 PM in the Peck Auditorium.

Join the museum as special guest Joshua Goodman, an Archives Historian at the State Archives of Florida, will discuss the value of Fernandina’s Death and Burial Records for studying genealogy, and the history of public health in Florida at the turn of the 20th century.

This program is free and open to the public.

The Peck Center’s Willie Mae Ashley Auditorium is located at 516 S 10th Street.

Seating is first-come/first-served. For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102, or gray@ameliamuseum.org.

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Florida Foster Care Discussed at Rotary Sunrise

Florida Foster Care Amelia Island, FL – Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise welcomes Mollie Garrett and Ashanta Albury to discuss Florida Support Services’ Foster Care Program.

Local attorney Mollie Garrett and Florida Support Services counselor of 18 years, Ashanta Albury, visited the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise to discuss the foster care system in Nassau County.

While reconnecting with birth parents is the ultimate goal, perhaps more important, and desperately needed here on Amelia Island is having families available to serve as “respite” or temporary homes for children in need. Ms. Garrett described her personal experiences with fostering children.

Said Mrs. Garrett about her many experiences with FSS, “My husband and I had a desire to have more children and realized the room in our home and our hearts could be used to serve those children with an immediate need. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience.”

Ms. Albury stressed the importance of further strengthening the bonds with the children and the child’s natural family once the foster care need has been fulfilled. This can be achieved by keeping that connection going by becoming an aunt or uncle, godparent, or mentor which benefits all concerned. Ideally this is the best case scenario, and one that FSS strongly encourages and attempts to facilitate.

Of the twenty-three children in the foster care system, only six are with families here in Fernandina. The reminder of the children must go to foster families in Jacksonville.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets weekly at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club at 7:30am. For more information about the club or to attend a breakfast meeting, please contact President, Cindy Jackson, at bijouxamelia@comcast.net, or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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Get Discounts on Business Class Flights to Bangkok

Get Discounts on Business Class Flights to BangkokBangkok, the capital and the most populous city in Thailand, also known as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, is not only a visitors’ paradise, but also renowned to be the centre for the investment boom of Asia in the 1980’s and 1990’s. As such, many multinational houses have located their regional headquarters to Bangkok making it a very important regional force in finance and business. Thus, there is always a never ending search in the reputed search engines for first class flight deals and for discounted business class tickets to Bangkok. It has become one of the most visited tourist spots – not only in Asia, but also around the world.

A very important question, from a tourist’s point of view, might be what to expect when planning a visit to Bangkok. Basically, a visit to Bangkok will be colorfully crowded, exciting, and full of ambience with an abundance of modern shopping malls. Apart from that, with a bit of time in hand, it also serves as a gateway to other important tourist spots like Phuket, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, to mention only a few.

Some tourist attractions in Bangkok can never be ignored. A few are listed below:
1. Grand Palace: If one needs to select one historical tourist spot in Bangkok, this must be it. Built in 1782, the name itself suggests the grandeur of the place as it has enough ammunitions to put the modern monarchs to shame.
2. Wat Pho: Thailand’s first University and treated as the home of pharmacy centuries ago, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, as it is known in the contemporary times, is located immediately to the south of the Grand Palace. Here, one of the biggest statues of Lord Buddha can be found.
3. Wat Traimit, Temple of the Golden Buddha: The East Asiatic society purchased the land around the temple in 1950 with the removal of a plaster statue of Lord Buddha being one of the conditions of the sale. But the statue proved too heavy for the cranes to lift it, and finally the cable broke, dropping the statue. After an overnight rain it was found out that the statue was actually made of 5.5 tons of pure gold and its height was to be 3.5 meters.
4. Wat Suthat: Situated adjacent to the great swing, this is one of the oldest and the most beautiful Buddhist temples in Bangkok. It is famous for its exceptionally interesting wall paintings.
These are only a few places out of many that make Bangkok a famous destination in the world.

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Feeling Low, Change your lifestyle

Feeling Low, Change your lifestyleThere must have been a time when you, or someone you know, was feeling low or down in the dumps. It could have been because of heartbreak, or maybe because you were unable to achieve your goals, because you could not get that job you had an eye for, or even simply for no apparent reason. You probably felt that you are fighting some kind of a battle, and your days were heavy and pointless. If so, that is perfectly okay. There is no rule that says you have to be happy 24/7 and everyone goes through such zombie days. The important thing, however, is to not remain in that state for long. You have to fight it off and regulate your life rather than shutting off everything and everyone and agonizing over it. Yet that does not mean medication and anti-depressants are the only way out.

Talk it out
Your situation demands that you stop bottling up your feelings and share your problems with someone you trust. A close friend, your sibling or parent, a neighbor maybe? Whomever you are comfortable with. While they may not always have suggestions for you to improve your life, opening up to someone will make you feel better.

Stop pressurizing yourself
We tend to pressurize ourselves, a lot. We are never satisfied with the results we get. Of course, one should be ambitious and aspire greatness, but certainly not to the point of making yourself feel worthless. Sit back, relax, and reflect on your life. Remind yourself of every success you have attained and every good thing you have done. Focus on your achievements, not your failures. Be content with yourself.

Exercise
Exercising as little as 30 minutes, three times per week can bring about tremendous improvement. It has been proved through some studies that exercising helps people who have mild or moderate depression. The reason exercise is a great way to feel better is that the activity releases “feel good” chemicals in the brain that improve your mood. Besides, you feel better physically as well which, again, means better emotional well being.

Eat well
It is common knowledge that the kind of food you eat makes a difference to your physical health, but the effects are on your emotional well being too. Yet, when people feel depressed they tend to turn to junk foods. Fatty meals and highly processed carbohydrates cause you to feel sluggish while a balanced diet, low in processed carbs,helps improve your mood.

Sleep well
While this may seem to be a chore to you in this condition, it is important to get enough sleep. Lack of sleep makes anyone feel upbeat and extreme sleep deprivation causes depression. But that also does not mean that you sleep away your days.

Yoga/Meditation
Performing yoga or meditation helps combat stress. It relaxes you and the results last long after the session.

Meet up with people
Cocooning yourself in your room certainly does not help and that is what people usually do when they feel low. Isolation only worsens it rather than helping with recovery.Get out of your house. Indulge in sociable activities. Meet your family. Plan a casual outing for the coming weekend. While you are at it,ladies, pick out your favorite dress, throw in some make up and accessories and doll up. Looking good will definitely make you feel confident about yourself.

Spend time with animals
While it may seem farfetched to some, animals are therapeutic and really smart. They can sense your depression. Having a pet and spendingtime with them lifts up your spirits. Ever wondered why so many dentists have a fish aquarium at their clinics? It is because simply watching fish lowers blood pressure and muscle tension in those about to undergo oral surgery.

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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at ACT

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change at ACTSponsored by The Patio Place, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, is coming to the Amelia Community Theatre!

The book and lyrics are by Joe DiPietro, with music by Jimmy Roberts, and the play will be performed August 13-29, 2015. This production is directed by Toni D’Amico, with Musical Director Shelli D.Long.

This small-cast musical comedy is a celebration of the mating game, what it involves and what it may lead to: dating, love, marriage, in-laws, and children. Presented in a revue style, it pays tribute to those who have found the courage to ask, “What are you doing on Saturday night?” (Adult language and humor.)

Show times:
August 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 – 8:00 pm
August 23 – 2:00 pm

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Pictured – Back row: Walker Davis, Marcus Rau, Jonathan Leonard, Ben Davis
Seated in front: Carol Davis, Sara Austen Muir, Jennifer Paulk, Elizabeth Bricknell

In a series of vignettes, this modern musical comedy presents the American mating game, beginning with dating, and moving on to marriage, in-laws, and children.

Our talented cast of eight play over 40 characters, such as the couple on a blind date, the perennial bridesmaid, the obsessive new parents, and strangers who discover that funerals can be a good place to find love.

The cast includes three actors who have appeared on the ACT stage previously – Jonathan Leonard (Grease), Jennifer Paulk (Hair), and Marcus Rau (The 25th Annual Putnam Co. Spelling Bee). Elizabeth Bricknell, Sara Austen Muir, plus real-life married couple, Carol and Walker Davis, and their son, Ben Davis, are making their ACT debut.

An alternate title for this musical comedy is “Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives, and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.” The show does have adult content and humor.

When I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change premiered in 1995, a woman in the audience shouted out, “This is my life.” The cast knew then they were on to something special!

Tickets:
Adults – $20.00
Students – $10.00 (k-12)

Sponsored by The Patio Place, a new bistro coming to downtown Fernandina Beach in the fall. Owned by ACT actor and volunteer Amy Petroy, the restaurant will feature fresh and healthy cuisine, with locally sourced ingredients and an international flavor. Amy will be providing refreshments for the Opening Night Party of this play serving crepe chocolate rolls and hummus with crepe chips. She will also have a cooking station in the lobby demonstrating the techniques she learned in Brittany, France for preparing authentic crepes using a billig (crepe machine).

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Make Plans Now for the Nassau County Council on Aging Gala

Make Plans Now for the Nassau County Council on Aging GalaFernandina Beach, FL – What 1964 Frank Sinatra song was “the first music ever heard on the Moon” when played on a portable cassette player by Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin after he stepped onto its surface in 1969? If you answered “Fly Me to the Moon,” then you won’t want to miss the Nassau County Council on Aging’s 2015 Gala on Friday, October 2, 2015.

The theme of this year’s event is, as you probably guessed, “Fly Me to the Moon” and the evening promises to enchant guests with celestial surroundings at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation beginning at 6 p.m.

Guests can immortalize their evening at the Paper Moon Photo Booth and then enjoy a superb full-course dinner with wine. Only the Moon and the stars, and those attending the Gala, will know which of the night’s stellar entertainments will be most popular: The incomparable singing of Rick Davis and his playlist of nostalgic songs or the live and silent auctions featuring everything from jewelry to fine art, premier golfing packages to unique gift baskets.

Corporate and individual sponsorships for the Gala are still available. Ranging from the Crescent Moon level at $500 up to the $10,000 Sapphire Moon sponsorship – contributing to the Gala not only affords sponsors numerous promotional opportunities, but assists the NCCOA in providing home-delivered meals, home healthcare, transportation, adult day healthcare and more to Nassau County seniors.

So, mark your calendars now and join us for a memorable night of Moon magic at the Nassau County Council on Aging’s 2015 Gala, Friday, October 2 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Call (904) 261-0701 or visit the Events page of their website at www.nassaucountycoa.org for more information or to make a reservation.

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Getting the Best Deals When You Buy Supplements Online

Getting the Best Deals When You Buy Supplements OnlineCenturies ago, chemists tried coming up with an elixir that would solve all health problems. Of course, they never succeeded and while they have done many more studies to get a permanent solution to health weaknesses, none has really provided an answer.

The Modern Day Elixir
Nevertheless, it seems like herbal extracts are gradually proving to be a lasting solution to most illnesses and even averting aging. Across the globe, supplements manufactured from these extracts are proving crucial in dealing with myriad health problems that seem to defy technological solutions.

Herbal extracts are useful in making supplements sold online. Neulife offers the most credible source of these nutrients because it has a wide variety of product range. From Primrose Oil, Korean Ginseng, Green Tea, Silymarin Milk to Grape Seed, there are so many products and each comes with its own range of health benefits.

Getting the Best Deal
Well, with the popularity of these extracts in the contemporary world, you will get thousands of manufacturers, which means you have to be cautious when shopping. More importantly, if you are looking for supplies you need a source that will give you the most affordable deal.

What should you consider? Here are some ideas:

1. Check Reputation
The best online store for herbal extracts has a solid background, which you can confirm by talking to other users or by reading reviews. When you buy from such established and credible stores you have an assurance of multiple bargains and discounts because such a store already has its own network.

2. Availability of Bargains and Deals
Before you make any order, compare as many online stores as possible to ensure you pick the one that comes with deals that are most irresistible. You should sign up for deals and discounts and if they are offering coupons for their supplements make sure you get as many as possible. The fact that these products are most effective when used consistently means you need constant supply. Such deals save you a lot of money.

3. Wide Range of Products
If you are able to get a herbal extract retailer who stocks a wide range of products, then you are in for a good deal. These stores help you to get everything under one roof and the beauty of it is that you get even more discounts when you shop for multiple products. If you have a big order of myriad supplements, you are in luck because the discounts will be amazing.

4. Customer Service
One way of ensuring you clinch a bargain when making your purchase is by getting the right information on products that you need. With an excellent customer service through calls, email and chat, you have a cornucopia of information to relay on. Perhaps you are not sure about some ingredients on some products, these experts will help you by providing every single detail you need to get you a fantastic deal.

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Townies Pizzeria Amelia Island Recycles Bicycles and Creates Art

Townies Pizzeria Amelia Island Recycles Bicycles and Creates ArtFernandina Beach, FL – Townies Pizzeria announces a “Bike Wall” community outreach. Coordinated by popular local artist Lamar Miles, a bicycle wall has been created at the Amelia Island restaurant. Recycle your bicycle and eat dinner on the locally owned pizzeria.

(If you are not familiar with Lamar Mile’s artwork, visit Townies and check out the murals he has already painting at the Pizzeria.)

Townies is dedicated to providing great food and fresh food that is prepared to order. They make their own sauces and dough daily from fresh ingredients. Using fresh local produce, you will taste the difference!

Remove the chain and bring your bicycle to Townies, located at 819 TJ Courson Road (the old Kentucky Fried Chicken building).

Your bicycle will become part of a permanent art wall at the restaurant!

To thank those donating bicycles Townies will offer a free 18″ cheese with two toppings and a two liter soda. Bicycles need to be in good shaped to be used as art.

The locally owned pizzeria is about fun and good pizza and is committed to community projects.

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Friends of the Library Receives Gift for Local History Section

Friends of the Library Receives Challenge Gift for Local History SectionFernandina Beach, FL – With Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL) approaching its fundraising goal for library improvements, an anonymous benefactor has donated $5,000 of the $35,000 needed to sponsor the local history section. This gift includes a challenge to other local history buffs to join him and cover the remaining $30,000 needed to purchase furniture and collection additions, says Dee Torre, Friends of the Library Campaign Chair.

According to Torre, most rooms and special sections in the ‘new’ library have already been sponsored or ‘named’ by donors or in memory of their loved ones. “Local history is important in our community and is one of only two areas left without a ‘name.’ We are excited that this individual has started this effort to sponsor ‘Friends of Local History’ section.”

Currently, the local history section features books, periodicals and other documents relevant to past and current people and events in Nassau County, nearby Georgia, and Florida as a whole. “In addition to physical publications, we need a designated computer and databases so people can access the many other resources that are available online. Tables, shelving and comfortable work and study areas are also greatly needed,” says Nassau County Assistant Library Director, Janet Loveless. “With additional funds we can add special collections and resources not already available in our community, thus giving patrons free access to local history six days a week.”

The first phase of furniture and equipment purchased with FOL funds is now on order and should arrive soon and we anticipate other orders this fall, Torre said. “We are thrilled to be so close to reaching our goal of a well-equipped library. Thanks to amazing generosity from the community, FOL has raised $1,020,000 of the $1.2 million it promised several years ago to match City and County contributions to this library improvement project.”

To donate to “Friends of Local History” or learn more about naming opportunities, call 904-321-6529 or visit fernandinafol.org, where you can make a donation online, join FOL, renew your membership, purchase event tickets and volunteer.

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Mid-Summer 2015 Update from Nassau’s Property Appraiser

Mid-Summer 2015 Update from Nassau's Property AppraiserNassau County, FL – “Thank you again for the opportunity you have given me to serve as your Property Appraiser. It truly is an honor and a privilege. For the third year in row we have reduced our expenses by cutting waste, cross training staff, outsourcing work, and embracing technology. We will continue to look for ways to improve our efficiency, save tax dollars, and offer the very best in customer service. I want to thank the other Constitutional Officers; Supervisor of Elections, Vicki Cannon; Tax Collector, John Drew, and Sheriff Bill Leeper for working with us on inter-local agreements which result in the sharing of staff and resources that have helped reduce our expenses and ultimately save tax dollars.

In 2014, we assumed the responsibility of 911 addressing which had previously been handled by the Sheriff’s office. This enabled us to have one unified GIS map for the County and allowed the Sheriff to reduce his staff size without a net increase to our staff. We also implemented an online homestead exemption option. You can now file for homestead exemption from the comfort and convenience of your home or office.

The 2015 assessment roll was recently approved by the Department of Revenue for Nassau County and reflects an increase in the taxable value for a second year in a row. Strong sales activity during 2014 has helped stabilize the local market by reducing inventory and shifting the market from a buyer’s market to a seller’s market in some price ranges. The value increase is directly related to supply and demand economics, historically low interest rates, and increase in new construction.

New construction during 2014 has added over $140 million of building value to the tax roll.

It is the statutory responsibility of the Property Appraiser’s Office to list and appraise all properties within the County to a fair market value every year and to administer property tax exemptions. It is the commitment of this office to execute the duties and responsibilities of the office of Property Appraiser in a fair and equitable manner. Therefore, we have continued to work hard to correct inconsistencies in the way property had been appraised in the past and to try and make sure we are not appraising property for more than it could reasonably sell for in the open market. The market value for 2015 is up by more than 6% compared to 2014, while the taxable value is up more than 5%. This is good news for Nassau County because it helps restore equity to property owners who lost value during the recession. Properties with homestead exemption are protected by the “Save Our Homes” Amendment which caps the amount of increase to the assessed value to no more than 3%, or the consumer price index, whichever is lower. For 2015 the increase is capped at .8%. Also, it should be noted that higher property values do not necessarily mean a tax increase. Local taxing authorities have the option to use the “Roll Back Rate” which would keep taxes at their current level.

During the next few weeks, all property owners will receive their notice of proposed property taxes, also known as the Truth in Millage (TRIM) notice. This notice will give you your 2015 values and list any exemptions you have applied and been approved for. If you believe your property is worth less than the Market Value stated on the notice, please call or email our office to discuss. We will be glad to review and get back with you. It is the goal of this office to be efficient, consistent, and fair with all property owners. I am happy to meet with you personally.

As Property Appraiser I appreciate the opportunity you have given me and I am here to continue serving you to the best of my ability.”

A. Michael Hickox
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Edward Jones Financial Advisor Wins Award for Outstanding Performance

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Wins Award for Outstanding PerformanceBrian P. Henning of Edward Jones recently won the firm’s coveted Zeke McIntyre Pioneer Award, which recognizes new financial advisors who achieve high levels of success early in their careers with the financial services firm. Henning was one of only 247 of the firm’s more than 14,000 financial advisors to receive the award.

Jim Weddle, the firm’s managing partner, said the award is a strong indicator of a financial advisor’s future success.

“We recruit and hire our financial advisors from among the best, so we expect them to do well,” Weddle said. “But to achieve such success early in his career with Edward Jones is outstanding, and I commend Brian for his performance and dedication.”

The award is named after Edward Jones legend Zeke McIntyre, who opened the firm’s first branch office in 1957 in Mexico, Mo.

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. Member SIPC.

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