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Updated 10:50 a.m. Dec. 14, to correct the number of trees donated by Lowe's.
Every year, Hollar and Greene sells Christmas trees to raise money for the Santa Run, a Christmas party now in its 32nd year and run by the Flagler County Professional Firefighters. But this year, someone stole some of trees.
When word reached Lowe’s in Palm Coast, Store Manager Adam Millus and Pro Specialist Tom Delabio decided to do donate 10 replacement trees.
“When something like this happens that will impact families at this time of year, it’s the least we can do to step up and do something that can make a difference in someone’s life,” Millus said.
He said Lowe’s gives him a lot of freedom to help community causes. Some of the past projects include installing 100 mailboxes in Bunnell, helping with Habitat for Humanity and other smaller projects such as donating supplies for a play or other event.
“We lead our teams with purpose, and when you lead with purpose, it’s about the people, it’s about the community, it’s about being part of something bigger,” Millus said. “When we look at our community, Lowe’s isn’t the most important thing. The people are the most important thing. It’s just how we view things.”
In addition to Lowe's helping out, an anonymous donor gave $1,000 to help purchase toys.
"It was very heartwarming to see that people stand up and help out when they see a cause that needs help," said Steve Palmer, president of the firefighters organization.
The Santa Run begins with a parade at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17, at the corner of Water Oak and Mahogany. It proceeds to County Road 305 and ends at Hollar and Greene, 3258 CR 305. Music, games and free refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m., and each child gets to talk with Santa and receive a present.
Other businesses and organizations that make the event possible are Flagler West Community Church, Westside Baptist Church, Fraser’s Mini Storage, Grace Tablernacle Ministries and A&S Hardward.
— Brian McMillan
Creekside at Grand Haven Commercial approved
A development order for Creekside at Grand Haven Commercial was approved by the city on Dec. 6. The six-acre retail/office project is is located at the northeast corner of Colbert Lane and Waterfront Park Road. The project has a common architectural theme and is comprises five detached one-story buildings ranging in size from 1,200 to 8,400 square feet.
Advanced Air and Heat acquires Palm Coast Heating and Air Conditioning
Advanced Air and Heat, which is headquartered in Edgewater, has acquired Palm Coast Heating and Air Conditioning as it expands services into Flagler County.
Doug Jahn, who founded the Palm Coast company in 1990, and will continue to lead the day-to-day operations of the newly formed Northeast Region for Advanced Air and Heat. Call 446-5123.
Palm Coast doctor participates in spirituality study
Dr. Chiamaka Iheme, a Florida Hospital Flagler family medicine physician in Palm Coast, recently participated in a study called “Faith in Practice,” which examines spirituality in physician practices.
The study was conducted by Adventist Health System in collaboration with the Duke University and included Adventist Health facilities in four states. The 520 physicians who participated are of varying faiths, some with no religious affiliation.
“As doctors, our job is to care for patients,” Iheme said. “Sometimes that means stepping outside of what is seen as conventional medicine and meeting the patients right where their needs lead us. If those needs are spiritual, we should be willing, able and equipped to care for them; otherwise I believe we could leave a critical gap in care.”
Results from the study are expected to be released in 2017.
McDonald’s among six renovation permits
McDonald’s at 5190 State Road 100 was issued a permit last week by the city of Palm Coast for $25,000 of interior renovations, to be performed by Southland Construction. It was one of two renovation permits granted, with four more in the application stage.
Take 5 Oil Change, at 1060 Palm Coast Parkway NW, was issued a city permit for $73,000 of interior renovations by CBH General Contracting.
Four businesses applied for permits for interior renovations: Massage Envy, 250 Palm Coast Parkway NE, Unit 210, $221,000; Chambery Family Funeral Home, 14 Palm Harbor Village Way, $46,000; Netpique, 9 Florida Park Drive, $207,000; and Cora Health, 50 Plaza Drive, Unit 104, $20,000.
Real Estate corner
— Fourteen permits were issued last week by the city of Palm Coast for single-family homes to be built. The prices range from $177,000 to $450,000, with five of the homes by Seagate and four by Florida Green Construction.