News Briefs for the Week of Sept. 22-28, 2022


Arnold elected to County Commission

St. Johns County Commissioner Sarah Arnold has been elected following the withdrawal of write-in candidate Graham McGee.

Arnold is the incumbent, having been originally appointed to the District 2 seat by Gov. Ron DeSantis. She received 50.93% of the vote in the Aug. 23 primary election, defeating challengers Nelson “Davy” Cline, Johnny Coe Counts, Chuck Labanowski and LaShawnda L. Pinkney.

The District 4 seat remains on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. Republican candidate Krista Keating-Joseph will face write-in candidate Michael C. Lanza.

Palm Valley Market every Tuesday

The Palm Valley Market is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday at 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.

Seafood is topic for chef’s presentation

Celebrity Chef Warren Caterson will present “Seafood 101: Cooking Finfish and Shellfish for Two at Home” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd.

An online RSVP is required. To RSVP, go to or call 904-827-6950 for assistance.

In this presentation, the chef shares dozens of kitchen tips, cooking hints and humorous anecdotes about the joys and challenges of cooking seafood for two.

Caterson will answer such questions as: Should I buy my seafood fresh or frozen? My fish seems to always come out dry; is there a fix? What’s the best way to cook fish? What’s the difference between farm-raised and wild-caught fish, and is one better than the other? Why are fish like tilapia so widely available and inexpensive? Can I use canned oysters or clams in place of fresh? Is it okay to serve red wine with seafood? And many more.

The presentation will end with a seafood cooking demonstration, preparing a healthy seafood entrée that anyone can replicate in their own home in less than 10 minutes.

Builders Care to build 20 ramps in seven weeks

Beginning Oct. 3, Builders Care will kick off its second annual Ramp-O-Rama to help elderly and disabled homeowners across Northeast Florida gain safe access to their homes.

Last year, Builders Care and volunteers built 10 ramps across Jacksonville in one day. This year, they will build 20 ramps over seven weeks, although there is still substantial need for additional ramps in the community.

For those interested in volunteering or donating, contact Krissy Barkas at 904-727-3443.

Ramp build dates: Oct. 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 21, 24, 25, 27 and Nov. 1, 2, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16 and 18.

Builders Care is the nonprofit arm of the Northeast Florida Builders Association. It is a faith-based nonprofit construction contractor, and its mission is to provide affordable to no-cost construction services to the elderly, disabled, veterans and other nonprofits in Northeast Florida with the kindred purpose of building a better habitat for all. It combines purchased and donated material with volunteer and professional labor to provide cost effective construction to those in need.

— Compiled by Shaun Ryan


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