Community Briefs 9/20/18

Clay Today
Posted 9/19/18

Supervisor looking for elections workersGREEN COVE SPRINGS – An expected high voter turnout is forcing the Clay County Supervisor of Elections to finds additional poll and elections workers for …

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Community Briefs 9/20/18


Supervisor looking for elections workers

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – An expected high voter turnout is forcing the Clay County Supervisor of Elections to finds additional poll and elections workers for the Nov. 6 General Election.

Elections workers are integral to the election process and ensure voting is run efficiently and fairly. They serve in the precincts on Election Day as either deputies or inspectors and must be a registered voter in Clay County.

Workers’ responsibilities include checking in voters, issuing ballots, monitoring equipment, maintaining order at the precinct and offering any assistance needed. Both positions earn $150 per election.

The Supervisor also needs bilingual Elections Workers who are able to read and write English and Spanish fluently. This is a great opportunity for civic-minded individuals to help their community and take part in the democratic process.

Florida Statute requires Elections Workers complete a training class before each election. On Election Day, they report to their assigned precinct by 6 a.m. to prepare for voting, which begins at 7 a.m. They will stay till polls close at 7 p.m. and every voter has voted. Though it’s a long day, it is a valuable and rewarding role.

To learn more about working at the polls for the 2018 General Election, visit or contact Thunder Nkere at (904) 269-6350.

High school essay contest to commemorate the 14th Amendment

JACKSONVILLE – Students in grades 10-12 in the counties in the Jacksonville Division of the Middle District of Florida – Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Hamilton, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee and Union – are invited to take part in an essay contest.

The contest will commemorate the role of the 14th Amendment that was ratified 150 years ago to ensure no citizen would be denied “Equal Protection of the Laws.”

Congress and the courts have applied this Equal Protection Clause to the right to equal education opportunities. Student essays are required to address how the phrase, “Equal Protection of the Laws,” impacts them as students.

Student Essays must be submitted no later than Noon EST on Oct. 15.

Prizes to the winners of the Essay Contest are made possible by the lawyers and judges of the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida through the Middle District Bench Bar Fund. First place will be awarded $2,000, second place will get $1,000 and third place will be awarded $500 at a ceremony in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the Bryan Simpson United States Courthouse in Jacksonville in November, and at the Federal Bar Association’s Spirit of Giving Luncheon in December.

The First Place Winner will also have the opportunity to shadow a federal judge for a day.

For additional information about the Essay Contest and how to enter visit

Exit Realty expands

FLEMING ISLAND – Local EXIT Realty affiliated offices are expanding by adding new real estate agents.

Michael Howard, Barbara Bednar, Tyra Holmes, Craig Austin and Rebecca Harrelson have joined EXIT Real Estate Gallery at 865 Hibernia Rd. on Fleming Island.

Carl Graham II and Renee Walton have joined EXIT Real Estate Gallery at 1929 Park Ave. in Orange Park.

These EXIT Realty offices are members of EXIT Realty Florida’s rapidly expanding network of independently owned and operated brokerages across the region.

2019 OneJax Humanitarian nominations open

JACKSONVILLE – The OneJax Institute at the University of North Florida is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Humanitarian Awards, which will be presented at a celebration dinner April 11, 2019. Since 1970, these prestigious awards have been the Jacksonville community's way of honoring those who have given generously of themselves and have exhibited the highest personal and professional integrity.

“The input we receive from the community is critical to the selection process,” said Nancy Broner, executive director of OneJax. “The nominations shine a light on the potential Humanitarian Award candidates – deserving people who might not otherwise be recognized for their contributions.”

Nominations are reviewed by a committee of OneJax board members as well as former honorees and are based upon the following criteria: a history of community service through long-term involvement in civic, religious, nonprofit or professional/business organizations, dedication to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups in the Jacksonville area, impeccable personal and professional integrity, sustained commitment to humanitarian ideals, history of placing humanitarian concerns above self-interest and realistic humility about their importance in the world.

There are two award categories open for nominations. The Silver Medallion and the Dr. Gaston Acosta-Rua Young Professionals Award.

Nominations must be submitted on the official nomination form available via the website. The form, along with a written statement detailing how the nominee meets the criteria, must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Sept. 28. Any individual or group may submit a nomination of an individual they think worthy of being named a OneJax Humanitarian.

For more information, visit the OneJax website or call (904) 620-1JAX.

POW film viewing this weekend at “A Gathering in the Pines”

JACKSONVILLE – The film “A Solemn Promise, America’s Missing in Action’’ will headline “A Gathering in the Pines” on Sept. 22 at Cecil Field in Jacksonville, an event being held on conjunction with the National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

Produced by Storyteller Original Films Richard Jellerson, a former Vietnam helicopter pilot and current filmmaker, the timely film honors America’s fallen warriors who are still missing and unaccounted for. There are nearly 82,000 soldiers still missing in action from America’s wars.

The veteran’s councils from Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties came together for this inaugural all-day event to benefit the Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial and Museum.

The 51-minute film tells about America’s ongoing worldwide efforts to locate, identify and return each of America’s fallen warriors to their families for burial with full military honors. The file was produced primarily from Jellerson’s personal funds, although AUSA and American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood, California provided some assistance.

The film is one of three premiers nationwide the weekend of Sept. 21-22 in conjunction with the national observation of POW/MIA Recognition Day. The Pines event has three viewings: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Cecil Field Conference Center, building 333, 13517 Lake Norman St., Jacksonville.

Opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. and feature a missing man flyover by the Dreamland Squadron at 9:15 a.m. and opening remarks from POW/MIA Memorial spokesperson retired Navy Commander Buddy Harris. there will be several former POWs in attendance.

Veterans and military organizations will have displays open all day and food trucks will be available. There will be activities for the kids.

The day will conclude at 4:30 p.m. with a “Hero’s Walk” adjacent to the chapel of The High-Speed Pass which will feature a 21-gun salute to the fallen, taps and benediction.

More information is available at

Penney Farms buildings of yesteryear

PENNEY FARMS – The Penney Farms Historical Society opens its 2018-19 program year with presentations from two of its members.

Betty Thomas and Elspeth Geiger have shared old pictures and information to develop a program entitled, “The Buildings of Penney Farms.”

For those who remember the Penney-Gwinn Farms of the 1920s, it will be a pleasant stroll down memory lane. For newer residents, to the area, it will be a glimpse into the community, as it was then.

This program will be held in the Penney Farms Town Hall, 4100 Clark Ave. at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20. It is free and open to all interested persons. On-street parking is available near the building.


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