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St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival Coming May 2021!

The inaugural St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival is coming May 2021! Happening at the legendary World Golf Village, this is a showcase of culinary, beverage, and history. Experience culinary excellence, world-class cocktails, live music, epicurean masterclasses, and...

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First Coast Opera Adds to Leadership Team

First Coast Opera, northeast Florida’s professional opera company, has welcomed Adina Diehl, as its first Administrative Director. A Jacksonville native, Diehl most recently served as Professor of Voice and Opera at The University of North Florida. For this...

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INK! receives $20,600 funding

INK! receives $20,600 funding for computers, supplies, equipment, and transportation from Rotary Clubs in St. Johns County, Fla. Local Rotary Clubs and Rotary International Foundation empower Rotarians to advance regional, domestic and world understanding, goodwill,...

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Dreaming about a Vacation Home or Condo?

by: Gaye Jones ~ AnnieMac Home Mortgage With the changes in the tax laws and rising standard deductions, many are finding that their primary home isn’t the great tax advantage that it used to be. If you’re looking for tax advantages, you might consider a 2nd home,...

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Out With the Old In the New Year

The City of St. Augustine is offering the opportunity to get rid of the old in the new year by recycling certain items during its annual Sustainable St. Augustine Recycling Event from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6.There are two drop-off recycling sites:...

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Saint Augustine Film Festival GOES VIRTUAL

The Saint Augustine Film Festival is going virtual in 2021. The 11th annual event will screen 129 films online from January 14-24, 2021. Originally scheduled for January 14-17 in St. Augustine venues, festival organizers have chosen a different option during the...

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Time for a New Year’s Financial Resolution

Many of us probably felt that 2020 lasted a very long time. But now that 2021 is upon us, we can make a fresh start – and one way to do that is to make some New Year’s resolutions. Of course, you can make these resolutions for all parts of your life – physical,...

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Feeling Off?

by: Jocelyn Babcock PT, DPT ~ First Coast Rehabilitation Your balance system is much like a choir: a combination of vision, proprioception (your sense of where your limbs are in space) and the vestibular system (information from the inner ear). Information from your...

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Fool me Once…

by: Steven Aldrich ~ First Coast Computer Services It is a well known fact that there are “sucker lists” which contain the contact info of folks who have fallen for an online scam. These lists are sold and resold to wanna-be-scammers. If you have fallen victim to a...

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Music by the Sea to open with a salute to talented women

by: Bill Jones ~ St. Augustine Beach Civic Association As we embark on Season 18 of Music by the Sea, the Saint Augustine Beach Civic Association will open the season with something new and unique. It our first ever Women’s’ Talent Showcase! Join us on Wednesday May...

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Irony of ironies

by: Fr. Nicholas A. Marziani, Jr., D.Min ~ Pastor Emeritus, St. James Church It doesn’t get crazier than this. I’m still amazed at the juxtaposition of two major developments in our world lately that would have us attempt to move in opposite directions simultaneously....

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Don’t let fears drive your investment choices

by: Contributed by Edward Jones First, the coronavirus rocked the financial markets. Then, oil prices dropped more than 20 percent after a breakdown in OPEC production discussions. Not surprisingly, the markets took another nosedive. Yet, despite these events, this...

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Sunshine Bus Company social distancing policy

The safety of our riders and employees is a top priority for the Sunshine Bus Company. In accordance with the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations for restricting public gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Sunshine Bus Company is implementing a Social Distancing Policy restricting the number of occupants to 10 per vehicle, including the driver, and requiring patrons to maintain a six-foot distance from other passengers.

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Will rates go to zero?

by: Gaye Jones ~ AnnieMac Home Mortgage I’ve had several calls, asking if mortgage rates are going to zero? The answer is no, the Fed rate only effects rates that are tied to the prime rate (think HELOC’s, some credit cards, business loans)! The drop in the Fed rate...

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St. Augustine Distillery creates hand sanitizer in response to COVID-19 outbreak

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and severe shortages of commercial hand sanitizer, the St. Augustine Distillery is using alcohol from its distillery to make their own branded hand sanitizer. The sanitizer includes a percentage of proof ethanol, used to produce the distillery’s local spirits, which is also the active ingredient in commercial hand sanitizer.

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COVID-19, information & updates

(St. Johns Coutny, Fla ) – In an effort to provide readers up to date and accurate information, the St. Augustine & the Beaches News Journal would like to suggest the following sources for information on closures, event postponements and cancelations. For local...

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How to protect yourself ~ From the CDC

Know How it Spreads. There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

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Worst practices

by: Max Royle, City Manager ~ City of St. Augustine Beach Time for the fourth installment in our series of worst public management practices. Today we’ll highlight two. 1, Management by Broom. Here’s the scenario: A newly-hired city manager decides that personnel at...

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Love letters straight from the heart

by: Fr. Nicholas A. Marziani, Jr., D.Min ~ Pastor Emeritus, St. James Church Valentine’s Day is, of course, now in the rear view mirror, with perhaps just cards and credit card charges for romantic dinners and expensive chocolates to remind us of the occasion. But...

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