Hugs Across the County assists students living in poverty

Hugs Across the County assists students living in poverty

Hugs Across the County aims to work with school counselors to identify and provide for the basic unmet needs of students — all over St. Johns County. More »

Oldest dance studio glides through time in Switzerland and beyond

Oldest dance studio glides through time in Switzerland and beyond

After enrolling 10 – 15 students by word of mouth, \"Miss Janice\" opened Switzerland Dance School in the back room of the Switzerland Volunteer Fire Department in 1975. More »

Music therapy organization for special needs children expands to Mandarin

Music therapy organization for special needs children expands to Mandarin

By forming Connecting Thru Music, Karen Demuth said her goal is to bring music therapy to as many of the 60 schools Duval County that have dedicated classrooms for children with special needs as possible. More »

Back in Time with Brett: The Losco Winery

Back in Time with Brett: The Losco Winery

The Losco brand attracted customers from all over to come get a taste of the “Pure Scuppernong Grape Wine,” aged finely in wood More »

 

Golf Tips from T Shot Ranch

By Janie C. Farina, LPGA
mail@floridanewsline.com

Home, Home on the Range…

“O give me a home where the buffaloes roam
Where the deer and the antelope play
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day”

~Lyrics by Bill Staines

Field of Dreams looks toward ninth Opening Day

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

“Special things really do happen between the white lines.” So says George Vancore, lead umpire for the Field of Dreams Baseball League, a voluntary organization that provides a safe ADA certified facility where special needs children of all ages (kindergarten through 12th grade) can play baseball for free and be an active part of a thriving athletic association.  

Love Me True Rescue fulfills childhood dream, serves community

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Lifelong animal lover Lisa DiDonato‘s future was influenced greatly by what she saw when volunteering at an animal shelter in her home state of New Jersey. Cats were in cages and a dog that she was particularly attached to had to be euthanized. When the opportunity arose for her to run her own animal shelter, she knew she didn’t want to repeat either of these scenarios.

Society of St. Andrew seeks volunteers passionate about stopping hunger

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested. The Society of St. Andrew is a national non-profit founded in 1979 that takes this biblical principle to heart and mobilizes volunteers to dig up or pick the good vegetables or fruit remaining after harvest and then share it with nearby feeding agencies.

Get to Know … Blake Ingram

By Ken Gillespie
mail@floridanewsline.com

Movie buffs may recall the 1967 James Bond thriller, “You Only Live Twice.” Nancy Sinatra sang the bewitching theme which went on to become a hit: “You only live twice, one life for yourself and one for your dreams.” The song’s lyrics describe our featured resident this month, Blake Ingram. One part of him lives a predictable life, enjoying a stable position as head of First Coast Technical College’s automotive services program in St. Augustine. But his dream life can be summed up by a personal philosophy: “A bird is safe in its nest, but that’s not what wings were designed for.”