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Tree recycling program

(St. John County, Fla.) – St. Johns County is hosting its Annual Christmas “Treecycling” Program for those who wish to recycle Christmas trees after the holiday. Residents are encouraged to bring Christmas trees Monday, December 30th to Sunday, January 5th between...

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Codes vs Compassion

by: Fr. Nicholas A. Marziani, Jr., D.Min ~ Pastor Emeritus, St. James Church Dr. Arthur Kleinman has an unusual academic assignment at Harvard Medical School. He is a professor of medical anthropology as well as psychiatry, and also an author who wrote an intriguing...

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Why rent when you can buy

by: Diane Vespucci ~ Re/Max 100 Realty Stop paying your landlord’s mortgage! Your landlord can afford the mortgage because he has someone who pays for it – you. Yes, you – and not only do you pay for it, you also make him/her a nice profit. Why not pay your own...

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Should I refinance?

by: Gaye Jones ~ AnnieMac Home Mortgage Although it may take a little time and effort on your part, the savings or influx of cash may be worth it. Here are five reasons to consider refinancing your primary, vacation home or rental property. Refinance to shorten the...

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Going green

(St. Augustine Beach, Fla.) - The City of St. Augustine Beach is going green! Single-use plastics have long lifespans, impacting local habitats and natural areas, and are not easily recyclable. Eliminating the use of these products decreases litter on our streets and...

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Travel Club to meet Wednesday, January 8

The next Travel Club will be held Wednesday, January 8, 2020 @ 3:00 P.M. at the Southeast Branch, Public Library, US1 South at SR 206. The subject of presentation will be: HISTORICAL TOUR OF WALES. A historical journey of Wales from the Neolithic Era to the 21st...

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Are Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency taxable?

by:Jessie Feldman, J.D., LL.M. ~ Jackson Law Group What is Cryptocurrency? Cryptocurrency is a virtual currency or representation of money or value. However, it is not legal tender of any government. Cryptocurrency is similar to the U.S. dollar in that it can be used...

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Windows 7 vs Windows 10

Possibly the subtitle of this article should be “You vs Windows 10”. The fact is that we don’t like change. This is especially true if others have had problems with the change in front of us.

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Temple Bet Yam’s Annual Card Party

Temple Bet Yam of St Augustine is holding its ever popular annual card party at beautiful Hammock Dunes Club, 30 Avenue Royale, Palm Coast, FL, on January 23, 2020. Join your favorite game - Mahjong, Bridge, Rummy Cube, Canasta, Hand Knee and Foot, and more. Enjoy...

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SAA to meet Tuesday, January 7

(St. Augustine, Fla.) - On Tuesday, January 7th, the monthly meetings of the St. Augustine Archaeological Association will be held. A talk will be given by Andrea White titled The Oldest City: A Year in Review. The year 2019 was a busy year for the City of St....

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Monthly rainfall update shows typically dry November

(Palatka, Fla.) - Although November rainfall was average or below-average across much of the St. Johns River Water Management District, groundwater in the Floridan aquifer system remained in the normal to high range for much of the 18-county region. A full report...

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Beach Blast Off into 2020

Kick off 2020 in seaside style at this special St. Augustine Beach event! Beach Blast Off has been voted the No. 1 Family New Year’s Event in Florida.

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Apathy

by: Max Royle ~ City of St. Augustine Beach It’s an enduring question: Why don’t you, Mr. and Ms. Citizen, pay more attention to what we, your humble public servants, are doing on your behalf in City Government World? It seems that we hear from you or see you at city...

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Baby, it’s cold outside

by: Fr. Nicholas A. Marziani, Jr., D.Min ~ Pastor Emeritus, St. James Church Well, now among the other things to fight about during the Christmas Season in our cockeyed society we have to add Frank Loesser’s 1944 hit song, allegedly another example of a guy hitting on...

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Mother May I? Not without a PERMIT!

by: Diane Vespucci ~ Re/Max 100 Realty There’s nothing worse than having your heart set on buying a home only to realize there is space that haven’t been properly permitted….. Oh wait! There is something worse: Buying that property and then finding out. It can be a...

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Veterans win big with new changes to VA Loans in 2020

by: Gaye Jones ~ AnnieMac Home Mortgage In June of this year a new bill was signed to give more back to our Veterans. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 which will go into effect on January 1, 2020 offers Veterans a few big wins when purchasing a home...

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Time for Some New Year’s Financial Resolutions

by: Edward Jones Have you thought about your New Year’s resolutions for 2020? When many of us make these promises, we focus on ways we can improve some form of our health. We vow to get more physically healthy by going to the gym, or we promise to improve our mental...

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IRS Audit Rate Has Dropped Steeply Since 2010

by: Andrew Jackson, J.D., LL.M. ~ Jackson Law Group Are you concerned about being audited by the IRS? An IRS audit takes place when the Internal Revenue Service chooses to review a taxpayer’s accounts to verify that tax laws are being followed. As a preliminary...

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Holiday Gift Giving: what to give someone who has everything

by: Holly Guyton ~ Defining Moments For many of us, the holidays can be a bit stressful thinking about what we can get for that special person who has everything. So, we put it off, waiting for that “eureka moment” that will magically divulge the perfect gift for our...

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So you want to cut the wire

Since my article about Streaming (in July of this year) I have been asked several times about how one would go about “cutting the wire”. This is the term used when folks get rid of their cable provider for TV entertainment.

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