Families

Mom's Mission to Ban Cell Phone Use in Cars

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A local tine mother is pushing for new state laws after her daughter was killed in a bus crash.
Police reports show the driver of the other vehicle was distracted by his cell phone.

Elissa Schee said she struggles to make sense of her daughter's sudden death.

"I never in a million years imagined that I would send her to school that morning and she would never come home."

In 2008, Schee's 13-year-old daughter, Margay Schee, was on her school bus in Marion County.  As kids were getting off the bus to go home, it was hit by a semi.

Both vehicles caught fire. Schee said witnesses frantically tried to pull the 21 students out.

"There was a white picket fence all the kids were lined up on that fence. But not Margay, and I knew that Margay was in trouble," she said. 

Oktoberfest Celebration at Marineland Oct. 16th

Marineland's Dolphin Conservation Center will host an Oktoberfest celebration with live music, food, and beverages from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. on Saturday, October 16th.  

Everyone is invited to enjoy the festivities in the newly christened Neptune Park, in which a 7 foot tall marble statue of Neptune occupies center stage. 

The local classic rock band known as "Kings Highway" will provide musical entertainment.  Woody's Bar-B-Q of Cobblestone Village in St. Augustine and JT's Seafood Shack of Palm Coast will be offering food from their menus. 

General admission to view the dolphins in their habitat will be half off regular prices throughout the day!  Bikers are welcome.
 
For information or reservations for interactive programs with dolphins, call (904) 471-1111 Extension 116 or visit www.marineland.net.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Holds Last Free Boating Safety Class of 2010 on Nov 13

The Coast Guard Auxiliary in Green Cove Springs in concert with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office will hold its last FREE Boating Safety Class for 2010 on Saturday, November 13th from 9:00AM to 4:00PM at its base of operations off State Rd 16E in the Reynolds Industrial Center, 910 Roland Avenue.

This course satisfies Florida’s mandatory requirement that to operate a vessel powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or greater (including PWC’s), a person who was born on or after January 1, 1988, must have completed a boater education course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) or passed an approved equivalency exam. 

Those born before 1/1/1988 can also benefit from the valuable information imparted by the Auxiliary’s knowledgeable instructors. 

City Encourages Participation in "Teal Monday" Events, Offers Free Parking at Select Facilities

Mayor John Peyton has proclaimed Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 as “Teal Monday” in support of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Monday Night Football game against divisional rivals, the Tennessee Titans. To create a fun environment for all to enjoy, the Jaguars and others will host festivities at various locations throughout downtown. 

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.

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.