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Community Briefs 11/24/22

Posted 11/22/22

Pulte collecting Shoeboxes of Love at Green Cove Springs, MiddleburgCLAY COUNTY – The Northeast Florida Division of PulteGroup, one of the nation’s leading home builders, is collecting …

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Community Briefs 11/24/22


Pulte collecting Shoeboxes of Love at Green Cove Springs, Middleburg
CLAY COUNTY – The Northeast Florida Division of PulteGroup, one of the nation’s leading home builders, is collecting donations in support of City Rescue Mission’s Shoeboxes of Love project.
Through Dec. 15, Pulte is collecting shoeboxes filled with personal care and toiletry items at the following Pulte Homes and Del Webb sales offices in Northeast Florida, including the main offices at Bradley Creek subdivision at 2308 Bradley Park Dr. in Green Cove Springs and at Double Branch at 3495 Kindlewood Dr. in Middleburg.
The Pulte Homes and Del Webb sales offices are open daily.
The Shoeboxes of Love project is a boxed kit filled with personal care and toiletry items that will be distributed at City Rescue Mission’s emergency shelter. Donors are asked to wrap the box with a blanket and indicate on each box whether it is for a man, a woman, or a child (boy or girl). Donations are also being accepted at City Rescue Mission at 426 S. McDuff Ave., Jacksonville.
For more information about PulteGroup in Northeast Florida, visit

Seaton’s Lunchtime Holiday Concert coming to Shepherd’s Center
ORANGE PARK – Craig Seaton’s holiday concert, an annual event at the Shepherd’s Center of Orange Park, will be on Nov. 21 at 12:30 p.m.
It is a free community event that’s held in the Family Life Center of the Orange Park United Methodist Church, 2105 Park Ave., and is sponsored by Broadus-
Raines Funeral Home.
The main auditorium can be accessed off Reed Street.
For more information, visit

Rockin’ for Stockins to benefit the Agency for Life Transformation
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Boogerville Hideout will host its “Rockin’ for Stockins” show on Dec. 4 from noon to 6 p.m. at 6043 U.S. Highway 17. Proceeds will benefit the Agency for Life Transformations. The first 100 children will receive a gift bag, T-shirt, dinner voucher and toys. In addition to a visit from Santa Claus, there will be a Santa’s workshop, bounce house, pony rides and face painting. The Paul Wayne Experience and DCL will perform, and some children will receive a guitar from Wayne’s Rising Star Guitars for Kids foundation. For more information, visit

Chili cookoff to bring the heat to Shane’s fight against leukemia
FLEMING ISLAND – Clay County first responders and veterans groups will their secret recipes for chili at a special cookoff planned for Dec. 18 from 2-4 p.m. at Whitey’s Fish Camp, 2032 County Road 220, on Fleming Island. Proceeds will benefit Shane, a boy who’s fighting leukemia. The cost is $10 a taster.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Fire Rescue, Emergency Management, Schools District and the Schools District, Green Cove Springs and Orange Park police departments to join with Waymaker GIs and Operation Barnabas to support the fundraiser.

BCC to conduct public workshop ahead of Impact Fee vote
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Board of County Commissioners of Clay County will hold a workshop to discuss Impact Fees on Monday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at the BCC Meeting Room, fourth floor, Clay County Administration Building, 477 Houston Str.
All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard at the meeting. Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, a person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the meeting of the Board or any subsequent meeting to which the Board has continued its deliberations is advised that such person will need a record of all proceedings and may need to ensure that a verbatim record of all proceeding is made, which must include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
According to the Americans With Disabilities Act, any person needing a special accommodation to participate in this matter should contact the Clay County ADA Coordinator by mail at P.O. Box 1366, Green Cove Springs, 32043, or by calling (904) 269-6376, no later than three days before the meeting for which this notice has been given. Hearing-impaired persons can access the foregoing telephone number by contacting the Florida Relay Service at (800) 955-8770 for voice or (800) 955-8771 for TDD.

Veterans get free race at Autobahn Indoor Speedway in November
JACKSONVILLE – All active military and veterans will be able to enjoy a complimentary race during November at the Autobahn Indoor Speedway and Events at 6601 Executive Park Ct. in Jacksonville.
The karting and gaming facility is making the offer because “We didn’t think one day was enough for our heroes, so we decided to make the free race available all month,” said managing partner David Larson.
Riders must have a valid military ID card, and the offer isn’t available on Friday, Nov. 25.
For more information, call (904) 425-5005.

Volunteers needed for Green Cove Springs Christmas Parade
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Green Cove Springs Business League is looking for volunteers to help with this year’s Christmas Parade on Dec. 3.
The annual event will start at 6 p.m. at Houston Street on Orange Avenue and end on Walnut Street.
The parade is billed as the largest nighttime parade in Northeast Florida and the second-largest event (to the Clay County Agriculture Fair) in the county.
This year’s theme is Super Heroes.
To volunteer or for more information, visit

Fleming Island Garden Club offers Environmental Studies Scholarship
FLEMING ISLAND – The Garden Club of Fleming Island wishes to assist a graduating student of Fleming Island High who plans on pursuing a career in environmental studies, forestry, horticulture, agriculture, marine sciences or a related field a $500 scholarship.
The graduating student must have at least a 3.0 GPA and have chosen a college to attend. Interested students should contact their guidance counselor for the application form. The deadline is April 15.

Florida’s Morrisroe’s work to be featured at SJRSC’s Palatka campus
PALATKA – University of Florida Professor in the School of Art and Art History Julia Morrisroe’s current project, “Good Life,” will be on display at St. Johns River State College’s Florida School of the Arts Main Gallery on the St. Johns River State College campus in Palatka.
Julia Morrisroe’s current project was developed from an examination into the question of how the “Good Life” is enshrined in public art and commemorative monuments. The question framed a course Morrisroe was teaching that delved into the fraught history regarding confederate monuments, which was brought to national attention by the white nationalist’s attack in Charlottesville, the visit of Richard Spencer to the University of Florida and the removal of a confederate monument from a local county courthouse.
“This research resonates with my long interest in medieval religious iconography and how images are used to embed meaning in culture,” Morrisroe said. “With over 700 monuments still standing in public spaces, I consider how monuments can become vehicles for transformation rather than agents of oppression and tyranny.”
The exhibit runs through Dec. 1.

After-school programs underway at Augusta Savage Museum and Mentoring Center
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Although classes already have started, officials at the Augusta Savage Museum and Mentoring Center are still accepting students for its after-school programs.
Classes include Art Workshop with Barbara Cornett on Thursdays (through Dec. 15), Introduction in Dance by Leslee Bryan on Tuesdays (through May 25), Dress for Success by Felecia Hampshire on Thursdays (through Nov. 10), Reading Tutoring by Cynthia Reese on Wednesdays (through November), Math Tutoring by Lucy Conrad on Tuesdays or Thursdays (through May), Counselor Tammy Rowson on Tuesdays, Dance by La’Farrah Davis on Mondays (through May 25).
More classes may be added to accommodate enrollment.
For required registration forms, visit Center.

Clay Soil and Water Conservation District looking for supervisors
CLAY COUNTY – The Clay Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking people who wish to consider serving as Supervisors effective January 2023.
Supervisors are elected serving two-to-four years each term, but the two unfilled seats shall be appointed by the other three Supervisors according to State Statutes.
After the passing of Senate Bill 1078, the District is seeking anybody who is an eligible voter residing in Clay County and meets one of the following: actively engaged in, or retired after 10 years of being engaged in, agriculture as defined in Florida Statutes 570.02; employed by an agricultural producer; own, lease, or actively employed on land classified as agriculture under Florida Statutes 193.461.

Shred For Good: Challenge Enterprises offers shredding drop-off
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Shred for Good hosts Residential Shred Drop-Off events for the benefit of individuals that don’t have an ongoing need for regular shredding service. During the drop-off events every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon, participants may deposit their sensitive documents in secure and locked bins at 3530 Enterprise Way in Green Cove Springs. The bins are then securely transported to the Shred for Good facility, where it is destroyed.
After a six-month shutdown for the pandemic, Shred for Good rolled out a rebooted Residential Shred Drop Off Program in October 2020. On the first day, 92 households were able to destroy 5,116 pounds of sensitive materials in just two hours. Each one of these events is focused on convenience for the consumer and streamlined processes for the staff.
Residential consumers now follow the signs to the drop zone, complete a short form, donate and drive away without ever having to leave their vehicle. To save even more time, both the form and donation have been made available in advance online.
The average household drops off about 55 pounds and donates $14 a visit. Considering that most drop-off shred sites charge more than $.50 a pound; the Shred for Good’s Residential Shred Drop-Off Program at $.26/pound is a cost-effective alternative for the community it serves.
Business and Commercial Customers please call (904) 252-9786 to schedule a pickup using one of our secure bins.

Thrasher-Horne puts show memorabilia on sale
ORANGE PARK – Signed posters, flyers and banners from recent acts at the Thrasher-Horne Center are on sale at the center’s box office at 483 College Dr. in Orange Park.
The money will go to the Thrasher-Horne Center Annual Fund to provide financial assistance for future programs.
Included in the items are items from Aaron Lewis, comedian Bill Engvall, The Highwaymen, Electric Light Orchestra Experience, LeAnn Rimes, the Oak Ridge Boys, Michael W. Smith, Pete the Cat, Ricky Nelson Remembered and The Young Irelanders.
Items range from $25 to $100, and they can only be picked up at the center.
For more information, call (904) 276-6815 or visit

Clay County looking to fill several job openings
CLAY COUNTY – The Board of County Commissioners is looking for a few good people – make that a lot of good people.
The county posted several job openings, including animal control officer, building inspector, deputy director of engineering, engineering specialist, equipment operator, firefighter/EMT, grants administration analyst, grounds maintenance technician, HVAC technician, kennel attendant, laborer, permit services technician, veterans’ services officer and 4-H young development extension agent (apply through the University of Florida).
For more information, click the Career Opportunities tab on the county’s website,