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.

Cities for Life 2018

Cities for Life is observed on November 30th each year.  It is a worldwide movement to abolish the death penalty.  It began in Italy with the Community of Sant’ Egidio.  The Community’s Cornerstones are the Gospel, Friendship & Service to the Poor and a Commitment to Justice.  The Community of Sant’ Egidio was successful in abolishing the death penalty in Italy and have since been involved in efforts to end the death penalty in other countries.  Each year on November 30th, about 2, 000 cities in more than 80 countries celebrate the International Day of Cities for Life.  Most churches that take part do so by turning on all their lights and ringing the church bells at 7:30 pm.  Some parishes will have a holy hour or prayer service to coincide with the lights and ringing the bells. Here in St Augustine it was held The Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios on 102 San Marco Ave at 6:30pm.

The aim is also to make use of symbolic monuments and squares to hold educational and artistic events aimed at raising public awareness. All cities taking part in the initiative make their major monuments available as “living logos”, which “speak” with the help of special illuminations, thus becoming symbols of a commitment to hold a dialogue with the population aimed at achieving a world without the death penalty.

Night Market at St Augustine Amphitheater & ROWITA

First Coast.TV went wandering through the Night Market at St Augustine Amphitheater, checking it out, now that it has become so popular. We also ran into an interesting ROWITA fundraiser.

“Vote! St Johns County” Music Dance Video

This music video is a bipartisan effort to get the vote out in St Johns County. We want to thank the dancers and the “West St Augustine Groove Elite Stars” dancers and their director & coach Felicia Verdell. Lovely cameos by Nancy Shaver, John Reardon, Alexius Fergunson, Diane Scheriff, Marcy Baird, Joseph Naftzinger, and Alberto Colon. Coordination and support by Jeanette Jones, Felicia Proia, Pat & Joe Chiapetta. Thanks to Jorge Rivera and First Coast.TV for filming, editing and audio. Music by DJ Mazik “Kiki Do You Love Me”

Pecha Kucha / Volume 11

Pecha Kucha Night was back in the Nation’s Oldest City! As temperatures drop and the veil grows thin, people gathered to explore life’s Magic & Mystery on the Front Porch Stage of the St Augustine Amphitheatre. Everyone came for an evening of ideas and community amongst the trees this fall at the Amphitheatre. Talks began at 7pm.

Remember to Vote and Know Your Ballot

A message from the St Johns Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes about the oncoming election of November 6, 2018.

St Augustine Lighthouse 144 Years Later

An anniversary celebration took place on Saturday, October 13 from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. featuring Meet-the-Lighthouse-Keeper photos, a cake cutting at 2 P.M., games on the front lawn, and self-guided tours of the historic tower and Museum exhibits. The celebration will launch a year-long observation culminating with the 145th anniversary on October 15, 2019.

Perfect for Awesomeness!

Launch Party for Perfect for Awesomeness! was on October 6th 2018. We spoke with Kyle Goodwin and his project on a beautiful awesome day.

Candidate Forum & Voter Registration Drive

All candidates from the Florida House contested races in the greater Jacksonville area will be presenting on the panel.  Also have Aaron Bean and Billie Bussard running for Florida Senate District 4 and Ges Selmont running for US House District 4 on the program!
Don’t miss your chance to hear from and meet the candidates! 
Meeting at:
Havana Jax Cafe
2578 Atlantic Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32207
5:30pm -8:00pm

The following candidates have confirmed their spot on our panel:
Ges Selmont – US House Representative District 4 (D)
Aaron Bean – State Senate District 4 (R)
Billie Bussard – State Senate District 4 (D)
Cord Byrd – State House Representative District 11 (R)
Nathcelly Rohrbaugh – State House Representative District 11 (D)
Clay Yarborough – State House Representative District 12 (R)
Timothy Yost – State House Representative District 12 (D)
Wyman Duggan – State House Representative District 15 (R)
Tracye Polson – State House Representative District 15 (D)
Jason Fischer – State House Representative District 16 (R)
Ken Organes – State House Representative District 16 (D)

 

 

A Film by Derek Hankerson

Gullah Geechee Corridor & the East Coast Greenways documentary features the rich culture of African Americans in St. John’s County, Florida while highlighting three cycling trails known as Rails to Trails, the SEA Island Loop, and the East Coat Greenways.  The national release of the full-length film is scheduled for October 2018 during Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Month.  An exclusive showing occurred on September 27th at the St Augustine Lighthouse at 6:00pm. Derek Hankerson the writer, producer and director of the film introduced the film to a packed house. After the film there was a question and answer session.