3rd annual Comic Con will be out of this world

3rd annual Comic Con will be out of this world

The highly anticipated third annual Comic Con will be held at the Bartram Trail Library Branch on June 3, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. More »

Mandarin Oaks bids farewell to retiring leader

Mandarin Oaks bids farewell to retiring leader

While students race out of Mandarin Oaks for the beginning of summer break, the school will be extending a bittersweet farewell this year as Principal Patricia Carson retires. More »

Turtle Terrace opens at PVPV Rawlings

Turtle Terrace opens at PVPV Rawlings

PVPV Rawlings Elementary School officially opened the Kathleen Furness Turtle Terrace, complete with picnic tables and a colorful mosaic of clay sea turtles crafted by the students. More »

Leaving a legacy: Atlantic Coast High School principal retires

Leaving a legacy: Atlantic Coast High School principal retires

Looking back at the school she helped establish, long time educator and principal of Atlantic Coast High School, Debra Lynch, will pass on her legacy to a new principal in June. More »

 

St. Johns County offers free “Reach the Beach” shuttle service

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By NewsLine Staff
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St. Johns County is offering a free shuttle service to Mickler’s Beachfront Park and the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following weekends this summer:

Get to Know … Diane Machaby

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By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

Florida native Diane Machaby grew up in Daytona Beach. She moved to the Jacksonville area in 1988 and in 2008, she made Nocatee her home. Machaby proudly spent her time as a stay at home mom before serving more than 20 years in the nonprofit field. Passionate about serving others and making the community better, Diane worked with the Keep Jax Beautiful Commission and Habitat for Humanity (Habijax). Later, she transferred to Habitat for Humanity in St. Augustine, where she served as executive director for more than a decade. In 2014, Machaby started work with Home Again St. Johns to help the homeless, primarily in St. Johns County.

Get to Know … Joani Maskell

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By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

Originally from Long Island, N.Y., Joani Maskell first became an entrepreneur at only 11 years old when she began teaching swimming lessons. Maskell is a mother of two. She and her husband, Cliff, have enjoyed living in Mandarin for more than 30 years. After attending graduate school at the University of Florida, Maskell worked as a special education teacher for four years and a large portion of her career was spent with Delta Airlines.

Get to Know … Michelle Clark

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By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Like many people, Michelle Clark and her husband Jim moved with their three sons to St. Johns County due to the excellent schools. Fast forward 15 years and Clark has been awarded a major honor by the St. Johns County School District and Florida Department of Education: Outstanding Adult Volunteer for the county and Region II Outstanding Adult Volunteer, making her one of the top five adult school volunteers in the state of Florida.

Get to Know … Roy Blanco

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By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

Born and raised in Jacksonville, Roy Blanco is a simple guy who values family most of all. A graduate of Jacksonville University with a degree in business, Blanco spent his early career in the corporate world working for UPS and in the insurance field, before joining his in-laws in the family business: pizza. Today, he says he loves his work in the pizza business. Renna’s Pizza has four locations around Jacksonville, including the Southside, and is a popular favorite among many. Blanco’s wife, Franchesca, is a kindergarten teacher. They have three children, aged 13, nine and five years old.