An Environmental Live Event in St Augustine

On Saturday May 13th St Augustine will have a live event in conjunction with hundreds of other cities across the USA, it is all about the environment and ways for you to make a difference. Watch Aria McKenna tell us all about it.

Davis Park Obelisk Dedication

On a beautiful sunny but windy day, an obelisk created by Warren Clark and inspired by the Spanish constitution of 1812 was dedicated at Davis Park to the residents of Anastasia Island. The obelisk will be adjacent to the two large lions given as a gift to the city by Miki & Wolfgang. Warren Clark’s obelisk was originally created for Compassionate St. Augustine’s OA 450th public art project.

The dedication took place on Sunday, April 30th at 3 PMMusic was provided by local musician, Christian Powers.

Vets 4 Vets a Movement to Help

Vet 4 Vets tries to ensure Veterans are respected and recognized for their service, always receive the benefits and entitlements they were promised and earned. First Coast.TV got a chance to speak to Robert Adelhelm and Fred Blaz to get more details about this movement that is making a difference.

Festival of Chariots 2017

FESTIVAL OF CHARIOTS 2017

Festival of Chariots, or Rathayatra, is an annual event celebrating Indian and Hindu culture. The festival was celebrated in St. Augustine on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It featured two colorful parades, live entertainment, vegetarian food, dancing, art vendors, and more. The Festival of the Chariots, also known as Ratha Yatra, is a timeless festival, originating in the ancient city of Jagannatha Puri in India.  Today, this festival, which celebrates an invitation to the Lord of the Universe to enter our hearts, is held in many major cities across the globe. Here in Florida there are 8 Ratha Yatras (Festival of the Chariots) hosted each year.

Residents and visitors viewed the vibrant Festival of Chariots parade in the downtown area from 10:30 a.m. to noon along King Street, beginning and ending at the Plaza de la Constitucion.

At 1 p.m., a walking procession called Harinam began along St. George Street, with colorfully-garbed participants singing and dancing as they proceed down to Cathedral Place and the Plaza, where a cultural program took place from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

In addition to the parades and other festivities, the festival featured a vegetarian feast highlighting Indian cuisine, music, a dramatic presentation, art vendors, a magic show, face painting, henna tattoos, and much more.

A Veteran, a Memorial Wall, and the Issues

About two decades ago, the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial was built to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. So, Fred Blaz came to First Coast.TV to speak about the issues many veterans have concerning the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Wall’s criteria, especially dealing with bringing a veteran’s name to be on the wall. He also spoke about Sergeant Randall Hansen and his efforts to get his name on the wall.

K9s For Warriors Changing Lives

First Coast.TV went out to Ponte Vedra to check out the K9s for Warriors. We went to learn how this program came to be, and the changes it is making in the lives of many veterans including Brett Simon the President of K9s for Warriors.

www.K9sForWarriors.org

Two Girls and a Green Dream House

Aya & Noor El-Sawa showed their green dream house designs, by bringing a table sized model to Mayor Nancy Shaver. The Mayor Nancy Shaver was very impressed by the details and the positive environmental impact such a house could have on a community. Aya & Noor were accompanied by their proud parents. Aya & Noor have this model home in a competition and are the only ones representing St. Augustine and the state of Florida. to vote for their desin go to Aya design age-grade at: http://wshe.es/T05Y1WsD and Noor’s Design age-grade at: http://wshe.es/BufgYg5f

Panelists Search for Answers and Hope

Compassionate St. Augustine was proud to present “Both Sides Now: Bridging Our Differences in A Divided World,” a panel discussion grounded in civil discourse with Republicans, Democrats and those who cross party lines from St. Johns County. Frank Denton, Florida Times Union Editor-at-Large and Vice President of Journalism for Morris Communications, moderated the panel. At a time when our county, and the world are deeply divided by lines in the sand that represent political affiliations, personal beliefs, and interests, the diverse panelists focused on what each believes should happen for residents to help erase those lines and come together collaboratively, cooperatively, creatively and compassionately for the greater good locally and beyond.

The panelists (in alphabetical order) included Ron Brown, Jerry Cameron, Deltra Long, Kris Phillips, Ron Rawls, Lynn Straughan, Tracy Upchurch, and Doug Wiles.

The Willie Gallimore Center was filled for this event, with local residents eager to have this discussion.

Veterans Treatment Court Comes to St Johns County

A New Veterans Treatment Court designed to focus on military veterans in the criminal justice system will start in St Augustine (St Johns County). Circuit Judge Howard O. McGillin, Jr. will preside over Veterans Treatment Court in the Annex of the Richard O. Watson Judicial Center, 4010 Lewis Speedway, St Augustine.

Veterans Treatment Court is a specialized court for the 7th Judicial Circuit, aimed at helping veterans who face criminal charges and need treatment for mental health, substance abuse, traumatic injuries or PTSD. Defendants who were honorably or generally discharged mat be eligible for the court, which works with the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

Unity March Brings Huge Crowds

St Augustine marched in synchronicity with hundreds of other cities in the U.S. and abroad. A march where hundreds were expected, over two thousand probably marched. The march started on the east side of the Bridge of Lions headed to the Plaza de la Constitucion, where the marchers heard guest speakers, and listened to musicians play folk music.