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Miracle Children Bring Extra Thanks to Local Publix Store

Miracle Children Bring Extra Thanks to Local Publix Store

Jennifer and Dave Edwards are proud parents of 2 healthy twin boys, Jack and Luke.  At 16 weeks into their pregnancy, doctors told the parents-to-be that one of their babies had no amniotic fluid and to prepare for the worst. At just 19 weeks, Jennifer started having contractions and was immediately admitted into the hospital.  She made it to 32 weeks and delivered the two boys at Wolfson Children’s Hospital on September 7, 2007. Jack and Luke each weighed a little over 2 lbs. and were able to go home after 8 weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).The boys were transported and treated with equipment that was purchased by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, with funds raised by their corporate sponsors such as Publix.

St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) Outstanding Business Partners of the Year

St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) Outstanding Business Partners of the Year

Hydro Aluminum and the National Safety Commission were recognized as the 2010-2011 St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) Outstanding Business Partners of the Year at the 24th Annual Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards (CBRA) held last Thursday in Tampa. The event was hosted by the Florida Department of Education in partnership with the Florida Education Foundation and highlighted contributions of the honorees selected from each school district.

Comcast to Sell Skype Box for Video Calls

Comcast to Sell Skype Box for Video Calls

Comcast subscribers: In the future, believing that the TV is talking to you might not be a sign of insanity. You may be getting a Skype video call.

Comcast, the country's largest cable company, is set to announce Tuesday that it plans to bring Skype calls to TV sets later this year.

High Honors for Ad Agency

At the American Advertising Federation’s National ADDY competition, one small multicultural agency truly shined. Playing in the big leagues, Brunet-García Advertising won three gold and one silver national awards – the most of any agency in Florida and the Caribbean. Only one other multicultural/Hispanic agency received an award at the national level. The winners were selected from 1,382 entries from a full range of advertising agencies around the country.

BG received Gold ADDY awards for the Block x Block Illustrations, the Players by the Sea “The Full Monty” poster and the Players by the Sea poster series. A Silver ADDY was also awarded for the Players by the Sea building design.

Tourism Up in St. Johns County

Tourism Up in St. Johns County

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Tourism experts are cautiously optimistic heading into the 2011-2012 travel season.

From January through May, visitation was up six percent over the same time period in 2010. 

According to the St. Johns County Visitors and Convention Bureau (VCB), the area saw an increase in visitors last year as well, with 3.4 million visitors spending at least one night in the county during 2010-2011.

On average, those people stayed 5 days.  They spent $634 million, including $38 million in sales tax and $5.6 million in bed taxes, according to the VCB.

Those hotel and motel bed taxes are used to pay for the bureau and their marketing campaigns, which are designed to bring more people to the area.

According to the VCB, they are trying new advertising this summer to try to keep people coming back.

$10,000 Donation to St. Johns Fire Rescue

$10,000 Donation to St. Johns Fire Rescue

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is awarding much needed equipment to the St. Johns Fire Rescue. The Fire Department benefits with 17 Wyse Thin Clients & LCD displays worth $10,614. These state-of-the-art desktops will allow for cutting edge training to take place in every St. Johns Fire Rescue fire station, replacing out dated technology and allowing for economical and consistent training throughout the county. More important, the time saved will increase the efficiency of existing manpower. Since 2005, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has donated more than $1 million to public safety entities in the state of Florida.

Fla. Home Inspectors Must Now Have State License

Fla. Home Inspectors Must Now Have State License

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Home inspector Dave Sorge was on the job today with another home inspection to complete. 

Five years ago when he started "Inspect -it 1st," his industry was unregulated and tainted by shoddy home inspections. "The free market weeded out those guys that don't belong," he said. 

And a new law that makes every inspector get a state license, will make it even more difficult for a bad inspector to remain in business, he said.  "Is licensing really the cure for substandard performance? We'll see," he said. 

But the grandfathering of longtime inspectors, Sorge said, allows inspectors to be licensed with the most minimum qualifications.

"You could conceivably get a home inspector who has never performed a home inspection yet is qualified and licensed," said Sorge.