News Briefs for the week of Sept. 14-20, 2023


Explore the beach at GTM Research Reserve

The public is invited to join volunteers at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM) for a beach exploration from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. They can collect seashells, search for shark teeth and learn about coastal wildlife at the event.

Meet at the GTM Research Reserve Visitor Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach.

To sign up, go to

Palm Valley Market every Tuesday

The Palm Valley Market is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday inside the Palm Valley Community Center, 148 Canal Road. The market offers fresh produce, baked goods, local honey, tea, seasonal treats, soap, jewelry, plants and more.

Program to help those grieving after a loss

Understanding Grief: A Program for The Newly Bereaved will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Stephen R. Chapman Family Community Campus, 1355 U.S. 1 South, St. Augustine. Understanding Grief is designed to help people learn that healing is possible after the death of a loved one and there are effective ways to cope with grief and loss.

The presentation will help attendees identify normal responses to loss, identify coping skills that may be helpful and understand the importance of self-care while in the grieving process.

Understanding Grief is designed to be most helpful for those who have experienced a loss within the last 90 days and are at least 18 years old. Register by calling 904-407-7001, or go to for more information.

Community Hospice & Palliative Care foundation launches new brand

The Foundation of Community Hospice & Palliative Care has announced the launch of its new brand, name, website, social media channels and the inspiring "#IAmTheFoundation" campaign.

Formerly known as Community Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation, The Foundation of Community Hospice & Palliative Care now embodies its commitment to fostering a sense of community, compassion, and empowerment through its new brand.

With a renewed focus on delivering exceptional care, the foundation aims to positively impact the lives of those in need. Its new website,, was designed to provide visitors an informative and user-friendly experience. It serves as a comprehensive resource, offering valuable insights into the foundation's programs, services and impact stories. 

The foundation raises funds to support the mission of Community Hospice & Palliative Care. With a focus on enhancing the quality of life for patients, Community Hospice & Palliative Care offers a wide range of programs and services to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those in their care. 

For more information about The Foundation of Community Hospice & Palliative Care, its new brand, website, social media channels and the "#IAmTheFoundation" campaign, go to or contact the foundation at Foundation@comm​​m.

— Compiled by Shaun Ryan