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From friends to Eagle Scouts: Strong bond leads to celebrating top rank together

Ethan Lopez, Lucian Slayden, Gavin Lavallee and Nash Kersting are friends and were all able to earn the rank of Eagle Scout together.
It has been a busy time for Ponte Vedra Beach Troop 288, which recently had four from the troop earn the rank of eagle scout from Scouting America.
Top: Bison leg bone. Middle row, from left: Whale inner ear bone; two-inch shark's tooth; tooth, possibly from a horse. Bottom row, from left: Teeth from various ancient animals; round object appears to the eye to be a fossilized lizard; top of a jar which may have washed ashore from a Spanish ship.
Dave Tyler wandered down the Solana Road public beach access ramp to water’s edge to do what he did on a regular basis: gather the sharks’ teeth that had washed up on the shore. This day turned …
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Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard opens in Ponte Vedra

Pictured from left are Jenny Mclaughlin, Scott Mclaughlin, Ice Guy, Richard Mclaughlin and Shane Mclaughlin.

Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard threw a party Friday, June 7, for its grand opening at 840 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, and attracted a large crowd of revelers, all seeking a cool treat on …

Florida Man Games to return in March 2025

Pete Melfi, center, is the event organizer and founder of The Florida Man Games.

Just when the world thought Floridians couldn’t get any wilder, they have. The Florida Man Games will return March 1, 2025. This irreverent competition, where the state’s most unruly residents …

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Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard will host a grand opening at 840 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, on Friday, June 7.
The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital has announced Randy DeFoor and Maxine McBride as co-chairs of the 2024-25 Florida Forum Speaker Series.
Colorado State University’s (CSU) tropical weather and climate researchers, long known for their annual hurricane forecasts, are calling for the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season to be “extremely active.”
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) challenged its employees with a simulated Category 4 hurricane during the company’s annual storm drill in May.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service are predicting above-normal hurricane activity in the Atlantic this year, but what that will mean for residents of the First Coast is anyone’s guess.
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To The Editor: There has been much discussion about the recent settlement involving the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and its impact on consumers seeking to buy or sell a home. As we …
At the Coastal Friends monthly luncheon on June 5, held at Marsh Landing Country Club, the existing executive board and committee chairs were thanked for their service as they transitioned out of …
NOCATEE HAPPENINGS

Innovative strategies took center stage at Circle of Creation event

Attendees participate in the group scenario session of the event.

The link in Nocatee hosted the second event of its Circle of Creation The Expansion Project initiative on May 8.

COA Center at UF Health Nocatee announces June schedule

The following programs will be held in June at COA Center at UF Health Nocatee, 351 Town Plaza Ave., Suite 205, Ponte Vedra.

Churchmen luncheon for May

Pictured at The Churchmen May luncheon at Marsh Landing are, from left, Paul Nevin, secretary; Rich Reilly, Vice Chair; Tim Deegan, meteorologist; John Ekdahl, chair; and Peter Karpen, treasurer.

ONE OF US
One of Us: Johnattan Hernandez
Johnattan Hernandez is the new executive chef at TPC Sawgrass.
Sarah DePasquale combined her love of horses growing up and her career as a bartender to begin Unbridled Bar, which is a horse trailer turned mobile bar business.
Michael and Carla Resetar opened ScanManFL in 2022 and are now serving an important need in the community.
Dr. Melissa Johnson has decades of experience as a veterinarian in the local community, but the Ponte Vedra Beach resident is about to embark on a new adventure as she is preparing to open Sunrise Vet at Sawgrass thanks to a partnership with Sawgrass Pet Resort.
Dr. Stephanie Pearce recently joined the staff at Nemours Children’s Health, Jacksonville, where she is director of sports medicine.
Travon Walker is from Thomaston, Georgia but also calls Jacksonville and Northeast Florida home since being drafted No. 1 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Kelly Punancy is the owner of Pouring Grace and Bubbles, which offers a mobile bar and pancake bar options that people can use at events or parties.
SPORTS

Landrum Middle School baseball team wins title

The Landrum Varsity Baseball Team, from left: back row, Coach Aviv Blasbalg, Cooper Mayer, Brian James, Coach Andrew Benton, Camden Maddox, Davidson O’Donnell, Max Howard, Chase England, Jackson Miller, Max Hydell; front row, Ryan Broughton, Noah Weinroth, Dylan Augusta, Charlie Westrip, Nate Mohan, Michael Stehl

Coach Andrew Benton, assisted by Coach Aviv Blasbalg, led the Landrum Middle School baseball team to a win in the 2024 SJMSAA title this year 6-2.

Local 8U lacrosse team wins tournament

The 8U Jaws Black Tip team with the Championship Banner.

The Ponte Vedra Lacrosse 8U Jaws Black Tip team emerged victorious in the 8U division at the Sunshine State Summer Kick-Off Lacrosse Tournament held on May 18-19 in Wellington, Florida.

Sporting JAX to host soccer watch party series

Sporting JAX, the group bringing professional men’s and women’s USL soccer to Northeast Florida, will host six “Summer of Soccer” watch parties across the First Coast community.

Sixteen students named to JAGA scholarships

The Jacksonville Area Golf Association awarded its latest college scholarship recipients at a banquet on May 21 at Deerwood Country Club.

The Jacksonville Area Golf Association announced its 16 new college scholarship recipients for 2024 at a banquet on May 21 at Deerwood Country Club.

Competition highlights Nease spring scrimmage

Rising junior Enrique Ordonez (No. 21) looks to break free during the Nease Green and Gold game on May 16.

Football is played in the fall but the foundation for the next season is made during the offseason and that includes spring practice, which for Nease High culminated with the green and gold game on May 16.

IN THE ARTS
First Coast Cultural Center plans Artists’ Salon
First Coast Cultural Center artist members are invited to submit artwork and participate in the upcoming Artists’ Salon exhibit.
The FSCJ Artist Series will present Next Stop Broadway, a weeklong musical theater program, June 10-14.
A children’s book can be more than just an avenue for children to let their imagination run wild, but it can also have a message in the words that the entire family can take away.
Pianist Hyunsoon Whang will join the Florida Chamber Music Project (FCMP) for the final concert of the 2023-24 season on June 2.
Obituaries

Marilyn Dell Rossie

Marilyn Dell Rossier, 89, of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, peacefully departed this life on June 4th, 2024. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Rossier. Born in Paterson, NJ, Marilyn was a …

Mary Lee (Messinese) Weeks

Mary Lee (Messinese) Weeks passed away peacefully on May 14, 2024.

Michael “Mike” Anthony Brewer

Michael “Mike” Anthony Brewer passed away on Friday, May 24, 2024, at the age of 69.

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Can you recognize the 4 Ps of a scam?
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Universities and colleges that need to fill seats start offering a helping hand to student-parents
The Hechinger Report discusses what is being done at colleges to help student-parents meet insurmountable obstacles in the pursuit of their degrees.
Quantum computers are like kaleidoscopes − why unusual metaphors help illustrate science and technology
Quantum computing is like Forrest Gump ’s box of chocolates : You never know what you’re gonna get. Quantum phenomena – the behavior of matter and energy at the atomic and subatomic …
This state is expanding college access, but are students actually prepared to earn a degree?
Chalkbeat examines what Indiana is doing to help its students not only make it to college, but through college successfully.