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Stormi Named Pup of the Month by SMART Animal Rescue; Making Headway with Her Recovery

Stormi Named Pup of the Month by SMART Animal Rescue; Making Headway with Her Recovery

Stormi is a newer addition to the SMART family, one who has suffered terribly with medical issues due to being dumped in a rural area and left to fend for herself. Stormi was diagnosed with demodectic mange, secondary skin infections, ear infections, open bleeding wounds from itching, roundworms, hookworms, and fluid in her abdomen and lungs. Despite these horrible conditions and being dumped, this pup is incredibly full of love. East Coast Animal Hospital is taking care of Stormi's treatments, but the road to recovery is long and expensive. Stormi was left on the side of the road in terrible…
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Seniors Helping Seniors: How One Organization is Bringing Compassionate Care to Seniors in Flagler County

Seniors Helping Seniors: How One Organization is Bringing Compassionate Care to Seniors in Flagler County

Seniors Helping Seniors is an organization that spans the globe, and has 260 locations. The organization hires able bodied mature adults to take the role of care giver for seniors who need assistance. We met with Mike Walters, with Seniors Helping Seniors, and one of his clients, Charles and Betty Duckworth to see what kind of impact this organization is making in Flagler County. Betty spoke, sharing how Seniors Helping Seniors has improved their quality of life, "Well, it has made my life a lot better. First we was with Sandcastle, that's another agency, and some days they would call…
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Who Cracked My Egg? LLC Rise Above the Violence Start Summer Program to Work with Flagler County Youth

Who Cracked My Egg? LLC Rise Above the Violence Start Summer Program to Work with Flagler County Youth

Carmen Gray's foundation, LLC Rise Above the Violence, was founded shortly after the loss of her son to gun violence right here in Palm Coast just a few short years ago in 2019. After the loss of her son, Carmen started her foundation to help ensure that this tragedy never happened to another family again. "His death triggered a lot of emotional trauma that, honestly, Flagler County really just didn't have the tool to deal with, especially with the kids, and I felt it was my responsibility in some way to not leave him without a safety net. So I…
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Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa Provides Valuable First-Hand Experience; Shares Best Practices in Gaining Talent Through Hospitality Program Internship

Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa Provides Valuable First-Hand Experience; Shares Best Practices in Gaining Talent Through Hospitality Program Internship

Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa, an oceanfront luxury resort just south of St. Augustine, announces its internship program with Florida State University’s Dedman School of Hospitality as a successful way to gain hospitality talent while providing hands-on experience for driven students. Presenting a 13-week, paid internship with on-the-job training including all aspects of food, beverage and catering sales, Hammock Beach  Golf Resort & Spa tasks resort leadership with providing guidance and education. Assigned a project to complete throughout the duration of the summer, the Hammock Beach interns gain invaluable insight into what his or her hospitality career could look…
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Melissa Fulling, Founder of Live Like Cameron, Chosen as Flagler County’s Positive Person of the Month

Melissa Fulling, Founder of Live Like Cameron, Chosen as Flagler County’s Positive Person of the Month

Melissa Fulling is the founder of Live Like Cameron here in Flagler County. Many know her as a positive person always bringing hope and positivity wherever she goes. Positive vibes were not always easy for her however, as she has suffered one of life's hardest tragedies, the loss of a child.  Read about Melissa's story below. How does it feel to be nominated as a positive person in the community? It feels great, but I don't really feel deserving of that; honestly, but it feels great. I feel like the kids deserve that more than me, they keep me going.…
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SMART’s Pup of the Month Nelly Faces Long Road to Recovery After Long Life of Neglect

SMART’s Pup of the Month Nelly Faces Long Road to Recovery After Long Life of Neglect

Meet Nelly, a sweet dog who was brought to a vet office for euthanasia due to severe skin issues and a mass on her back. The Shores Animal Hospital chose to reach out to SMART before euthanizing, to see if this dog could be helped. Since SMART has become involved, Nelly is now receiving treatment for her skin, and working towards a surgery to remove the mass on her back. Sarah VanHeusen stepped up to be a temporary foster for Nelly, making sure she is getting the care she needs to recover until a more permanent foster was found. For…
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Local Comic Cristy B Brings Funny to Flagler with Grand Opening of Her First Club in Palm Coast

Local Comic Cristy B Brings Funny to Flagler with Grand Opening of Her First Club in Palm Coast

  Comedian Cristy B, owner of Cristy B Comedy, opened her very first comedy club today in Palm Coast. The comedy club formerly known as Madcaps Comedy Club, in City Market Place, is now under the new ownership of Cristy B, with shows every Friday and Saturday. Not only does the club offer two sets of shows two days a week, but Cristy plans to host comedy classes and multiple open mic night opportunities. Booking the club for events is also on the horizon for the new Cristy B Comedy Club. Cristy B's grand opening brought out a large crowd…
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Flagler Schools Volunteer Vivian Mazzoni Chosen as the Positive Person of the Month for April

Flagler Schools Volunteer Vivian Mazzoni Chosen as the Positive Person of the Month for April

How does it feel to be nominated? Vivian Mazzoni explained, "I was so surprised, honored and wow, someone actually recognized what I'm doing and they appreciate it!" Vivian continued on, tearing up, "It feels great, being new here and still trying to get to know people and then someone saw you, it's amazing. I mean I am tearing up." Vivian Mazzoni is a new Palm Coast/Flagler County resident, having only lived here around 1.5 - 2 years. She spends her time volunteering for Flagler Schools, mostly at Wadsworth, where her granddaughter attends, but also in other elementary schools, and at…
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Stories From Another Lifetime; Tuscan Garden Resident Bernadette Shares Her Story with Junior Editor

Stories From Another Lifetime; Tuscan Garden Resident Bernadette Shares Her Story with Junior Editor

Meet Bernadette, a resident at Tuscan Gardens Assisted Living Facility. Bernadette is an engaging, happy and caring woman who agreed to share her story with me. Bernadette was a teacher. She taught elementary school for 37 years. When Bernadette was little her and her friends played school together, that was when she knew she wanted to be a teacher. She taught in Kingston, New York. She said, "I started teaching the first grade; all the kids wear respectful and nice but when I started teaching sixth grade and they were not that interested in learning so I had to do…
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How One Woman’s Tragic Loss Birthed an Organization; Providing Trauma Relief to Young Adults in Flagler County

How One Woman’s Tragic Loss Birthed an Organization; Providing Trauma Relief to Young Adults in Flagler County

Carmen Gray is a Flagler County and Palm Coast resident, an author, and the founder of LLC Rise Above the Violence. Carmen is a mother who suffered the ultimate loss, the death of her son to gun violence right here in Palm Coast. Carmen's son, Curtis Gray, was tragically murdered in 2019. Instead of falling apart in her grief, she rose up and started an organization in her son's honor. Long Live Curtis, Rise Above the Violence  is an organization that helps provide young adults and families with trauma relief. Curtis is fondly remembered for his leadership role and influence…
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