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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.

Ripley’s Three Dimensional Mural Complete

Ripley’s Three Dimensional Mural Complete

Ripley’s new Visitor Center on State Road 16 is now home to the area’s first Three-Dimensional painting!  The artwork, located at 340 SR 16, depicts a red train crashing through the side of the building.  Artist Benjamin Enzfelder and assistant Alex Ray spent weeks researching the Three Dimensional process before beginning the project. It entailed photographing the site from numerous angles at eye level, charting shadows from the sun and creating a graphic chart accordingly. 

HelpFourPaws Announces Director of Social Media

HelpFourPaws Announces Director of Social Media

HelpFourPaws, a multi-modal animal transport rescue organization, announced Monday it has named a new Director of Social Media. Teresa Brabham has recently become the Director of Social Media. She is currently enrolled at Flagler College studying Communication with an interest in Public Relations and Advertising. Teresa is originally from Spring Hill, Florida which is located 35 minutes north of Tampa, where her parents and two dogs still live. She has a great interest in Not for Profit P.R. and is excited to work with HelpFourPaws Organization and their cause.

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.

St. Johns County Tourism Featured at Special Event

The second annual State of the Tourism Industry Report for St. Johns County will be presented at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 13 at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort.  This special event will feature a review of last year's tourism performance presented by the Visitors and Convention Bureau and the Ypartnership advertising agency, a presentation by one of the world's leading tourism experts, and the announcement of 2011's tourism employees of the year.

$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.