Christian Recording Artist Eva Pike To Record Music Video At Florida Baptist Children’s Homes

On Friday, October 15, 2010, up and coming Christian recording artist Eva Kroon Pike will be recording her music video “Grace That Chose Me” at Huguenot Park and also at Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. Her video will feature adoptive families and also foster children living at Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. 

“Grace That Chose Me” is a song about adoption. Eva has chosen adoption as her platform, since she herself was adopted at 10 weeks of age. The music video will also feature Eva with her adopted mother. She has chosen Florida Baptist Children’s Homes as her charity of choice.

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Florida Blue Centers Offer Free Small Biz Tax Credit Seminars

Helping small business owners start or continue to keep offering health insurance benefits to their employees, the Jacksonville Florida Blue center and H & R Block tax professionals are hosting two FREE seminars to help employers understand and take advantage of a new federal tax credit created by health care reform law.

St. Johns County Schools Welcome Fewer Restrictions With Amendment 8

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. --  When there are more than 18 students in a classroom at Ketterlinus Elementary in St. Augustine, two teachers will team up in the room.

State guidelines allow 18 students per teacher in elementary schools, 22 in middle schools.  

St. Johns Superintendent Joseph Joyner says the constant balancing act from those hard class size caps has been a burden on school districts.

"All of the decisions and I would call those unintended consequences, have not been necessarily good for kids.  So our first objection is on an instructional, student level," said Joyner.

He says he would welcome new flexibility offered by Amendment 8, which is on the ballot November 2nd.

"I think smaller classes are good but I don't think teachers like children moved out of their classroom after they've formed relationships," said Joyner.

Animal Emergency Hospital of St. Johns Open House Oct. 9

Animal Emergency Hospital of St. Johns is having an open house on Oct 9th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Pony rides, silent auctions, give a ways, food, pet information, vaccines etc etc.

All proceeds go to the St. Augustine Hhumane Society. 2505 Old Moultrie Rd. St. Aug.

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Little Gator Bowl Pop Warner Youth Championships Oct 31

October 31, 2010, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at EverBank Field. Admission is free.

Jinglebells ProAm December 7th, 2010

The Monique Burr Foundation for Children is hosting its annual Jinglebells ProAm golf tournament
on Tuesday, December 7th, at The Golf Club at South Hampton in St. Augustine.

St. Johns County Sheriff's Employees Get Extra $1,000

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The men and women of the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office received something that many people haven't seen in years, a $1,000 bonus. 

It was Sheriff David Shoar's decision. 

Sgt. Chuck Mulligan, a spokesman for the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said there was some extra money in the personnel fund because staff had found ways to scrimp and save over the year.

"At the end of the fiscal cycle, [the financial staff] had been so lean with our budget, there was some money left over at the end of the budget cycle," Mulligan said. 

St. Johns County Sheriff's employees have not received pay raises in two years and probably won't for another two years.  Also, empty positions from retirements and departures have not been filled.

From office personnel to deputies on the street, everybody who works for the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office received that extra $1,000.