Community briefs 6/28/18

Clay Today
Posted 6/27/18

Garbage pickup will happen on the 4th

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Environmental Services officials remind residents that garbage collection will be business as usual on Independence …

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Community briefs 6/28/18

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Garbage pickup will happen on the 4th

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County Environmental Services officials remind residents that garbage collection will be business as usual on Independence Day.

According to a press release, on July 4, Advanced Disposal Services will collect residential wastes and recyclables as usual. Residents are reminded to place their materials at the curb before 6 a.m. to ensure pickup.

In observance of the July 4th holiday, Rosemary Hill Solid Waste Management Facility will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m.

Wreaths Across America gearing up for holidays

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – It is time to begin talking about the annual Wreaths Across America program called “Christmas in July.”

Each year, family members of fallen military members lay wreaths on gravesites as a symbol that the servicemember is not forgotten during such a special time of year. The largest Wreaths Across America event takes place at the Keystone Heights city cemetery and is spearheaded by Joan Jones and Harry Keenan.

Donors are asked to use the codes, FLKHMG and FLO-217 to ensure their donations are earmarked for the Clay County event. Otherwise, without the codes, their donations go to the national nonprofit’s pool of funds used to purchase wreath all over the U.S.

This year, donors can get one wreath for $15, but if they buy two for $30, the nonprofit throws in a third wreath for free.

In the past three years, the Keystone Heights event has grown so large that there have been more wreaths than there are military veterans buried in the city cemetery. Jones and Keenan donated the wreaths to cemeteries at Middleburg United Methodist Church and at least two other locations in Clay County.

This year, the Wreaths Across America ceremony will be held Dec. 15 at noon, but volunteers are also needed. The event begins at 9 a.m. with the unpacking of the wreaths and transporting them carefully to the cemetery for placing after the ceremony.

Jones said 2018 will mark the seventh year of decorating the cemetery. The event, which draws up to 300 guests, includes guest speakers, songs for both military and others, laying of individual military branches, and finished with the laying of the wreaths on veterans’ graves until they are all covered.

Jones asks that donors make out their checks to “Wreaths Across America,” P.O. BOX 25, Keystone Heights, Fla 32656 to the attention of her or Keenan. Donations should be mailed to Joan Jones, 6030 Blueberry Hill Rd., Keystone Heights, Fla. 32656.

For more information, call Jones at (904) 894-8411 or Keenan at (904) 465-1812.

Citizens invited to become informed about hurricane season

MIDDLEBURG – Clay County officials are reaching out and trying to get more citizens interested in hurricane preparedness during 2018.

Clay County Emergency Management is holding a Hurricane Irma Citizen Recovery Meeting on July 12 at the Middleburg High School Cafeteria at 3750 County Rd. 220 from 6-8 p.m.

Officials will discuss the availability of upcoming programs that can potentially assist Clay County residents whose homes were substantially damaged by Hurricane Irma, particularly those which have repetitive or severe, repetitive flood losses.

According to a statement from Emergency Management, there are approximately 250 Clay County homes that are considered substantially damaged and cannot legally rebuild unless they elevate their home to the new flood standards. The assumption is that many residences will either need assistance with elevation or will be seeking assistance with property acquisition.

State and FEMA officials will also be on hand to discuss the upcoming programs that could assist these and possible future devastated homeowners.

Agency representatives will discuss such topics as program eligibility, program capabilities, match requirements, program requirement, the application process, periods of performance and program restrictions.

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