Sprockets Saves the Day

I own two Sondors electric bikes, shipped from California and one of them had a rear flat tire where the 700 watts motor hub is located. After several days of frustration trying to get the flat fixed, Sprockets Bike Shop in St Augstine, FL came to the rescue. Lets get to know them a bit.

Operation New Hope and the Mandelas Come to St Augustine

St. Augustine branch of Operation New Hope, which officials said will help former prisoners find living-wage employment.
Dr. Makaziwe Mandela, a daughter of late South African leader Nelson Mandela, spoke on Friday next to the future office at the St. Paul Development Center at 83 Washington St., attended by a crowd of visitors and officials who have worked for a couple of years to make the project happen, this event was followed by a reception at the Lightner Museum.
“Without unity — unity as a community, unity as a neighborhood, unity as a society, you can never actually enjoy or experience social justice in this country or anywhere in the world,” she said.
Dr. Mandela and her daughter, Tukwini, were in Northeast Florida as part of Nelson Mandela International Day Jax events. His birthday is celebrated worldwide on July 18.
Based in Jacksonville, Operation New Hope wants to open a St. Augustine branch for its Ready4Work program before the end of the year, said Curtis Hazel, the nonprofit’s community engagement director.
The organization is focused on fighting recidivism by helping people gain the skills they need to get and maintain jobs that will provide good quality of life.

United Way at Art ‘n Motion

United Way had its annual meeting at Art ‘n Motion on July 18th.  The value of the work done by United Way of St. Johns County is greater than you may imagine.  This event was to highlight their driving impact, bridging boundaries, and accelerating advocacy in extraordinary ways. The event was attended by donors, workers and supporters.

July 4th Fireworks in St Augustine

If the crowds, heat or traffic stopped you from coming down to see the July 4th fireworks in St Augustine, do not worry here it is for you to watch from the comfort of home.

Eli Talks About St Johns River Life

David Eli Grimes talks about St Johns River Life. He tells us why and what it is about and where you can engage with his product.

Local Tea Party Supports Republican Teens

On Tuesday the local St Augustine Tea Party had their regular meeting at diner Village Inn on US1. They invited the Republican High School Club to their meeting to discuss an issue over a question on a school test that has created a sort of a backlash. The students were there to explain the whole series of events concerning this issue.

Beyond Parkland

A inter-generational meeting took place at the Galimore Center in St Augustine. The topic was about guns, violence, mental health and schools. Also what measures has St Johns County Schools taken since the incident in Parkland a year ago. See highlights,

Folio’s Best of St Augustine

Last month, when we announced Folio Weekly’s Best of Saint Augustine, our expectations were modest. After all, although we’re old hands at Best of Jax (with 17 annual readers’ polls under our belts), this was our very first St. Augustine-centric poll. But you, readers of influence, made it an affair to remember. A whopping 73,688 votes were cast across 250 categories, from Best Auto Body Shop to Best Urgent Care Clinic, from Best Art Gallery to Best Wine Bar. That, folks, is the same can-do spirit that forged the Ancient City four-and-a-half centuries ago—and rebuilt it time and again after each dastardly pirate raid. The results are in and, without further ado, this is the Best of Saint Augustine 2019. First Coast.TV got a chance to check out the party.

Vilano and Two Hotels

Vilano has a lot things there and a lot of things coming its way, among the things coming its way are two hotels. A Hyatt and a Holiday Express.

Both buildings will be along Vilano Road, right across the street from one another. Facing the north will stand a three-story Florida vernacular-style Holiday Inn Express with 50 rooms. Facing south will be an art deco-style Hyatt Place hotel with 121 rooms, underground parking and a rooftop bar.

The developer, Farid Ashdji, calls the area one of the “best kept secrets in Florida.” He originally bought one of the properties in 1990 for the location and laid-back beach environment. Watch the video as the town breaks ground, celebrates and gets ready.

Democrats Talk About Second Chances

The St Johns Democratic Party Holiday Lunch was held at the Milano Room at Amici’s in St Augustine. The full attendance event had several speakers under the theme of “Second Chances and Moving Forward Voting and Other Opportunities for Ex-Felons”.
The speakers were Nancy O’Byrne (Compassion in Action), Gary Farris (Second Chances Voter Registration), Tom Cushman (Criminal Defense Attorney) and Emmett Tatter (Former Felon). The information given was a real eye opener on the things that need to change in the system.