All SABNJ Articles

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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Spring cleaning

by: Diane Vespucci ~ Re/Max 100 Realty I found myself in a garden center the other day. Spring has sprung and with it is my annual chagrin at the state of my grass, or rather what should be grass but what, in reality, has descended into a tangle of weeds. Colorful...

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The legs of a loan

by: Gaye Jones ~ AnnieMac Home Mortgage When I first got into the business over 30 years ago, we used to say that a loan was like a table with 4 legs. If one leg was weak the table could still stand, the 4 legs were credit history, assets, income and debts. But after...

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What does end of ‘Stretch IRA’ mean to you?

Contributed by Edward Jones If your IRA is big enough to help you pay for retirement with enough left over to leave to your heirs, you’ll want to pay close attention to some recently enacted legislation – because it could have a big impact on your estate plans. Here’s...

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Lawn care advice Joshua Ore, Buds Pest Control

Hot days and rainy evenings may make for a relaxing Florida summer, but these weather patterns are also conducive to pests that will wreak havoc on your lawn! However, there are some signs that you can catch early to keep your lawn green all summer. One insect that is...

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Music by the Sea welcomes new sponsors!

by: Bill Jones ~ St. Augustine Beach Civic Association The 18th season of the iconic Music by the Sea Concerts is just few months away. The series will again be held on Wednesday evenings beginning in late May and running though August. Sponsorship sales are going...

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Tax season scams recognizing the telltale signs

Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams. Scammers use the regular mail, telephone, or email to set up individuals, businesses, payroll and tax professionals.

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THE PLAYERS annouces lineup of military appreciation initiatives Complimentary admission for military and discounted admission for veterans; Weeklong lineup of events include Job Fair, Operation Shower, Military Appreciation Day and hospitality access

(Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) – THE PLAYERS Championship, which returns to TPC Sawgrass March 10-15, has a long-standing commitment to hosting and honoring men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. The 2020 tournament will once again offer a strong lineup...

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Sanderson to present at SAAA, March 3

(St. Augustine, Fla.) - On Tuesday, March 3rd, the monthly meeting of the St. Augustine Archaeological Association will be held. A talk will be given by Rachel L. Sanderson titled, Cemeteries, Documents, and Technology: Bringing Everyday Life in Colonial Florida to a...

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