Swim on over to Alhambra for “The Little Mermaid”

Swim on over to Alhambra for “The Little Mermaid”

This summer, Alhambra Theatre and Dining is delighting all ages with an energetic, colorful reenactment of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” More »

Project Renewed Hope brings the light of hope through projects of love

Project Renewed Hope brings the light of hope through projects of love

Lindsey Sima said she started her mission of providing hope by making gift baskets for families with children in the hospital around Christmas 2017. More »

Local seniors soar in WWII biplanes

Local seniors soar in WWII biplanes

Four seniors, all military veterans, recently went for rides in a World War II biplane, courtesy of the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation. More »

Vicar’s Landing scholarship program observes special anniversary

Vicar’s Landing scholarship program observes special anniversary

On May 18, the Vicar’s Landing Member Trust celebrated its 25th year of granting scholarships to Vicar’s Landing employees, continuing a tradition first established in 1994. More »

 

Ponte Vedra NewsLine

Q & A with St. Johns County School Board Member, District 4, Kelly Barrera

Q: Can you give us a school security update as pertains to the recently concluded legislative session?
A: We are excited that the new school security bill gives us the flexibility to continue to have a combination of trained, armed guards as well as sheriff’s deputies at our schools. Each district is different, and for our district, we feel this is the best way to meet the law and protect our students. As sheriff’s officers are trained, we will continue to hire them and bring them into our schools. We’re grateful to our sheriff to make these school resource officers available to us. The St. Johns County School District has no plans to arm teachers. Every board member has publicly stated that we are not interested in that.

Vicar’s Landing scholarship program observes special anniversary

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

On May 18, the Vicar’s Landing Member Trust celebrated its 25th year of granting scholarships to Vicar’s Landing employees, continuing a tradition first established in 1994. This year, 88 employees received general awards up to $2,500. Also, 23 Special Scholarships, ranging in value from $1,000 to $3,000, were granted. The special awards are given in addition to the general awards.

Get to Know … Ken Overman

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Ken Overman is a natural storyteller… which is good, since that is his latest business. Over his lifetime, he has been a world traveler with a wide assortment of jobs; he has written four memoirs. He has extensive knowledge of foreign countries and cultures and many more stories than space here will permit. From his upbringing in Southern California, to a tour with the Army in Turkey, to stints with late wife Barbara in Germany, Spain, and Greece, he has, by his own count, visited 106 countries. Twenty-four years ago, he and his family made Ponte Vedra Beach their home. He started his business, BiographyMasters, nine years ago and now helps others write their biographies. He says it’s an honor to have people tell him their life stories.

Q&A with St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes

Q: What can you tell us about your office’s new website?

A: Our new website is now online. We just refreshed it with a new look and I invite people to take a look. It has a more modern format that will allow us to focus on voter registration online and allow voters to keep their information up to date with us at all times. There is an announcement page highlighting timely items on the landing page. 

Q&A with Florida State Representative Cyndi Stevenson, District 17

Q: Can you give us some highlights of the recently concluded legislative session?

A: Education is so important in St. Johns County and I’m pleased that we had an increase in funding of $257.30 per student over last year. This increase includes an additional $13.9 million in flexible funding, an additional $197,000 for safe schools funding and an additional $118,000 for school mental health assistance funding.