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AAUW makes their mark on Equal Pay Day in Flagler County

Also in Your Town: Calvary Christian Center prepares to launch at Matanzas High School.
by: Paige Wilson Community Editor

Mary Ann Clark, Public Policy director for American Association of University Women Flagler announced she would step down from AAUW Flagler’s Board; but, not before her final “swan song.” Through her efforts, AAUW Flagler emphasized the importance of Equal Pay Day 2019 through a series of events, beginning with a proclamation presented by the Flagler County Commission on March 18.

Clark diligently worked with city and county officials to secure proclamations from the city of Palm Coast, the city of Bunnell and the city of Flagler Beach. Each proclamation recognized April 2, as Equal Pay Day — the date women’s salaries finally equal the salaries earned by men in 2018. The final celebration, the branch’s annual “Un-Happy Hour,” was held at High Jacker’s restaurant. In addition to its co-presidents Susan Baird and Theresa Owen, the event was attended by AAUW Florida President Patricia Ross, Flagler County Commissioner Charlie Ericksen and newly elected Bunnell City Commissioner Jan Reeger.


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Calvary shares acts of kindness

Calvary Christian Center dream team members Anderson Bunn, Emalee Christy, Karen Plummer, Sun Hui Dudey, Lawson Thompson provided lunch for Palm Coast firefighters. Courtesy photo

A group of 101 people from Calvary's Dream Team went around Flagler County to conduct “Random Acts of Kindness” on Saturday, April 6. Calvary Christian Center is a new church in Flagler County, launching Easter Sunday at 6 p.m. in Matanzas High School.

This past Saturday, the church’s dream team was at 10 different locations serving the community in unique ways: Free face painting and balloon animals at Wadsworth Park and the Indian Trails Sports Complex; providing a free lunch to the Palm Coast firefighters at Stations 23 and 24 and the Flagler County's Sheriff's Department; to grilling free hotdogs at Holland Park; to paying for people's laundry and providing refreshments at the Palm Coast Coin Laundry; to feeding the homeless; to joining the Tears Foundation Rock and Walk event. They reached over 700 people through these acts, according to a press release.


FCAL brings the ‘Animal Kingdom’ to life

Hanneke Jevons, formerly of the Art Department at Flagler Palm Coast High School, won Best of Show at the recent "Animal Kingdom" judged art show at the Flagler County Art League Gallery. Courtesy photo

The Flagler County Art League recently hosted an "Animal Kingdom" themed art show. Work ranged from sculpture, 2Dwork, to graphite, to mixed media and even a quilt done by a group of artists.

A representative from the Humane Society was present to make attendees aware of the great work they do for animals. The top winners were: of the show were: Diana Mier Patterson, First of show; Hanneke Jevons, Best of Show; Emma Fleischer, Third of Show; and Liz Monaco, Second of Show. Jevons was formerly of the arts department at Flagler Palm Coast High School.


Palm Coast band releases EP

“Home Is Where,” a Palm Coast band, released its EP titled ‘Our Mouths to Smile’ on March 23 on bandcamp. Courtesy photo by Nicole Kubizne

“Home Is Where,” a Palm Coast band, released its EP titled ‘Our Mouths to Smile’ on March 23 on bandcamp. Recorded in St. Augustine with Cole Helman, the EP consists of five melodic punk rock songs about many different subjects like World War I and spending rent money on Bob Dylan bootlegs. Before recording the EP, the band took these songs on an East Coast/Midwest tour in the fall 2018 with “The Ned” — another homegrown band, which “Home is Where” guitarist Trace George and drummer Joe Gardella are also in.

Home Is Where became a band in 2017 and is made up of Gardella, George, Brandon MacDonald as the lead singer, playing harmonica and singing saw, and Connor “Fat Slaps” O’Brien on bass.

Home Is Where’s EP can be found at


Roadrunners run 5K

Erica Cerasi and Rymfire Coach Rob Cerasi with Rymfire 5K winners Peyton Cerasi and RJ Cerasi. Courtesy photo

Nearly 70 Rymfire Elementary School runners completed the school's 13th-annual 5K on Saturday, April 6. All students who finished the 5K race received medals and a ticket for free admission to Marineland. The 5K was organized by Coach Robert Cerasi, who initiated the program years ago. He uses the spring training program that leads up to the 5K to also teach students about setting personal goals, staying healthy and more, following the school's mission of its flagship Program for Medical Sciences/Health and Fitness.

This particular 5K had a special meaning for Coach Cerasi's own family. Peyton Cerasi, his daughter, won first place for the girls running and his son, RJ Cerasi, won first place for boys, as well as overall for the entire race. So, RJ and Peyton not only get to visit Marineland, but they won a chance for a free touch and feed session with the Marineland dolphins.

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