Northwest set to gain fire station in new year

Northwest set to gain fire station in new year

St. Johns County plans to open its newest fire station — Station 19 on Veterans Parkway near the corner of Race Track Road. More »

A trip to France with three Mandarin connections

A trip to France with three Mandarin connections

The Arpens\\\\\\\' recent trip to France included three stops that were strongly connected to Mandarin\\\\\\\'s history. More »

Horseplay provides hippotherapy for kids

Horseplay provides hippotherapy for kids

Hippotherapy uses a horse’s movements as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment. More »

Get to Know … Donald Bowden

Get to Know … Donald Bowden

Donald Bowden, sometimes better known as Mandarin’s Frog Man, is the originator of the concrete frogs that are all over Mandarin — and in many other states and countries now as well. More »

 

Northwest set to gain fire station in new year

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline..com

WIth population growth comes the need for additional county services and in early 2020, St. Johns County plans to open its newest fire station — Station 19 on Veterans Parkway near the corner of Race Track Road.

Get to Know … AyoLane Halusky

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

It’s really no surprise that AyoLane Halusky is a St. Johns County Naturalist; his parents were both people in the natural world. His father, Joe Halusky, was a Marine Extension Agent for IFAS/UF and his mother, Marilyn, was a Duval County Extension Agent for 4-H. The family was always out in nature. Halusky grew up in Fruit Cove and attended Julington Creek Elementary for kindergarten through sixth grade and then Nease for seventh through 12th grade. He graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a bachelor of fine arts degree specializing in metalsmithing. He said his personal mission is to build kinship with the Earth, which motivates deep connection with the local environment, sensitizing people to take on an active role in creating positive life journeys and communities. He is single and lives in Elkton.

Horseplay provides hippotherapy for kids

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Vicky Carregal had worked as a physical therapist specializing in pediatrics for more than 10 years when she was exposed to hippotherapy, which uses a horse’s movements as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment. She said she started using this newfound knowledge with three or four children that were already patients of hers and found they started seeing expedited progress: the children became stronger and more mobile.

Get to Know … Chris Schiavo

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Making the move with his family to Nocatee from Los Angeles was not the first time that Chris Schiavo followed his heart. He was born and raised in Atlantic City, N.J. before the casinos came to town. He lived with his parents above the family’s grocery store. Eventually he moved away to Philadelphia to go to the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a degree in communications. He held various jobs in media, including working for a small market television station, before following his heart and moving to Los Angeles to try his hand in the entertainment industry. He lived there for nearly 30 years.

A trip to France with three Mandarin connections

By Sandy Arpen
mail@floridanewsline.com

In May, my husband Tracey Arpen and I were fortunate to make a three week journey to France. We included three stops that were strongly connected to Mandarin’s history.