Monthly Archives: August 2015 (page 12)

Free Safety Assessments, Modifications For Elderly In St. Johns County

Senior Citizens in St. Johns County may be eligible for free safety renovations to their homes.

Through the St. Johns County Falls Prevention Coalition, residents 65 or older can call for a free safety assessment and then receive modifications, like grab bars for bathrooms to lower their risk of falling.

According to the National Council on Aging, falling down is the leading cause of death from injury among Florida’s senior citizens.

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First Read: Rep. Brown Fights Proposal To Change District 5

Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown went to federal court Thursday to try to block a proposal that would radically redraw her district, just days before a special legislative session is set to begin. St. Johns County police arrested a pawn shop owner Thursday night after deputies seized thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen items in a raid last month. Mourners in Ferguson, Mo. marked one year since police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown with a moment of silence on Sunday, gathering in remembrance and protest of the shooting.

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FDOT Prepares To Open I-95 Atlantic Boulevard Off-Ramp At Overland Bridge

Florida Department of Transportation crews are putting the finishing touches on a new off-ramp connecting the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 to Atlantic Boulevard near downtown.

DOT spokesman Ron Tittle says the plan is to open the new ramp to traffic on Monday unless crews can get everything done earlier.

“It looks like, weather permitting, because they’ve got to put striping down tonight. They’re grooving and painting and adding some asphalt in there right now,” Tittle said. “So it could be, if the weather cooperates, that we could have that open by 6 a.m. Saturday.”

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Free Backpacks, Bounce Houses At Regency Square Mall To Promote Health Insurance For Kids

Along with tax-free clothing, the Regency Square Mall is also where parents can find free backpacks and information about health insurance Saturday.

Regency is partnering with Get Covered America to throw the back-to-school insurance-info event. Get Covered America spokesman Milton Batquez says insured kids are more successful.

“When kids don’t have insurance it’s usually because their parents don’t have insurance,” Batquez said. “And when kids have health insurance we find that they are more prepared for school, more studious and more ready to tackle the school year.”

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Putnam Co. Holding Adoption After Animal-Hoarding Case Draws National Attention

A highly publicized animal-hoarding case in Palatka is having some positive effects for other homeless animals in the area.

Last month, Putnam County Animal Control seized around 80 animals at once, including 54 dogs and more than a dozen cats.

First Coast No More Homeless Pets spokeswoman Nicole Brose says help has poured in from across the county.

“Chow Rescue of Central New York, which is fantastic, they came and took 10 of the dogs,” said Brose. “SAFE animal shelter in St. Augustine took I believe 5, Flagler Humane Society actually took a mother and her puppies.”

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Jacksonville Zoo To Host Experts For Shark Festival

Researchers and experts will speak at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ North Florida Shark Festival this weekend.

The speakers will discuss research and efforts to save the animals worldwide.

During an appearance on WJCT’s “First Coast Connect,” one of the events speakers, Peggy Sloan, talked about her research and misconceptions about sharks. Sloan is the executive director of the North Carolina Aquarium.

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