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St. Johns County Sheriff Elected as Florida Sheriff’s Association Treasurer

St. Johns County Sheriff  Elected as Florida Sheriff’s Association Treasurer

This week, St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar was elected as the Florida Sheriff’s Association Treasurer for the upcoming fiscal year. He was installed at the closing ceremonies Tuesday evening of the annual summer conference of the FSA.

American Heart Association-First Coast Market Names Local Executive to Lead Go Red For Women Mission

American Heart Association-First Coast Market Names Local Executive to Lead Go Red For Women Mission

 

The American Heart Association-First Coast Market has named local business and community leader Joyce Kramzer as the chair for the 2011- 2012 Go Red For Women (GRFW) Mission.

Joyce Kramzer is Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida’s (BCBSF) Senior Vice President, Health Business Operations.  In this role, Kramzer has primary accountability for the business strategies and operations of delivery system, service, senior markets, and IT. In her dual role as the GRFW chair and AHA-First Coast Market Board of Directors Chair, Kramzer brings excellent businesses acumen and a sense of social responsibility.  
 

The following will strategically support Kramzer in furthering the GRFW mission of educating women of their unique and clearly defined risks of cardiovascular disease and stroke:

Mayo Clinic Doctor Chases Storms On Vacation

Mayo Clinic Doctor Chases Storms On Vacation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- You won't find the typical degrees, certificates and awards on the walls of Dr. Jason Persoff's Mayo Clinic office. He's a fully certified hospitalist, but he chooses to decorate his office walls with monkeys, mainly the stuffed variety courtesy of his four-year-old daughter.

He does have the obligatory stack of doctor books and manuals on a case against the wall. But there's one book in there that doesn't belong with the others.

"Ah, yeah, the book on storms," Persoff said, "That's an old book given to me by a nurse, it's still very useful."

Persoff says storms have always fascinated him. He grew up on the east side of the Rockies where many strong storms are born. Now he takes two weeks of vacation each May to chase the strongest storms in the Midwest.

"The best vacation for me is stormy weather," he said laughing.

Who's Behind Effort To Save High School Sports?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Golfing is one of the high school sports in jeopardy, but not if Mike Lynch can help it.

"We can't let this happen, this is silly," said Lynch.

A dozen varsity and middle school programs are targeted to be cut in Duval County Public Schools to save an estimated $500,000. The school board started its budget cutting mission needing to slash $91 million from the budget.  

Now, several groups headed by sports advocates like Lynch are organizing to solicit money from private donors to keep the sports.

Lynch heads the NF-PGA Northern chapter. He and Boots Farley of the North Florida Junior Golf Foundation created a non-profit group to raise the money to save high school golf.

"We have had situations in the past and we came through; we will take care of this," said Farley.

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.

Abraham Bell Selected to Play in 2011 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

The First Tee of St. Johns County Participant Abraham Bell was selected as one of seventy participants representing 47 chapters of The First Tee to play in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an official Champions Tour event that will be conducted July 8-10 and televised nationally on Golf Channel.

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Phyisicans at St. Vincent's Medical Center are warning people about the health effects of the smoke from recent wildfires.  Doctors say they are seeing a rise in the number of patients complaining about irritation from smoke.

Pulmonologist Dr. Thomas Szwed, who works at St. Vincent's Medical Center, says people exercising outdoors may feel the effects.