Community briefs 2/15/18

Clay Today
Posted 2/14/18

Young Artists Music Competition applications being acceptedORANGE PARK – Students with an ear for music are invited to participate in the Concert on the Green Young Artists Music Competition …

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Community briefs 2/15/18


Young Artists Music Competition applications being accepted

ORANGE PARK – Students with an ear for music are invited to participate in the Concert on the Green Young Artists Music Competition for the chance at a $1,000 scholarship. Winners will also perform as a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony during the annual Memorial Day weekend festival event on May 27 on the campus of St. Johns Country Day School.

The competition is for students in grades 6-12 who reside in or attend a school in Clay County. The application deadline is April 14.

Vocalists and instrumentalists are eligible for the competition. And new this year, Concert on the Green is hosting the inaugural Outstanding Jazz Musician Award. The first round of the competition will take place on April 21. Concerto Competition contestant finalists will perform in front of a live audience on April 23 for the final judging. All winners, including the Jazz Competition winner, will be announced on April 23. All finalists will receive an award or a scholarship.

The contest grand prizes are $1,000 scholarships which may be awarded to the first place vocalist, first place instrumentalist and first place jazz musician.

The Concerto Competition scholarships are named after Howard Tappan, a chorus teacher for 30 years, and one of the founders of Concert on the Green, who was a Minister of Music at Penney Farms Retirement Center.

The new Jazz Competition scholarship is named after Dr. Bill Prince, Professor Emeritus of the School of Music at the University of North Florida. Prince is an internationally known jazz educator, composer and performer. These scholarships are supported by Penney Farms Memorial Church Commemorative Fund and Oxley-Heard Inc.

A 31-year tradition in Clay County, Concert on the Green has awarded over $350,000 in scholarships to Clay County students and county schools since its inception. For more information and to apply, go to

Free hunter safety classes available

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in nine counties, including Clay, in March.

Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them.

All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An adult must accompany children younger than 16 at all times.

Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course and have a hunting license to hunt unsupervised. The FWC course satisfies hunter-safety training requirements for all other states and Canadian provinces.

Clay County classes will be held on March 1 from 6-9 p.m. in Keystone Heights and March 3 from 8 a.m. until completion in) Graham. A second class will be March 8 from 6-9 p.m. in Orange Park and March 10 from 8 a.m. until completion in Graham. A third class will be held March 15 from 6-9 p.m. on Fleming Island and March 17 from 8 a.m. until completion in Graham. Clay County students who miss the classes here, can take a class on March 8 from 6-9 p.m. and March 10 from 8:30 a.m. until noon in Jacksonville.

Students will receive the specific locations for their classes when they complete their class registrations. Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Lake City at (386) 758-0525

Coastal Specialists launches Coastal Psychiatry

ORANGE PARK – Coastal Specialists recently added the new practice of Coastal Psychiatry and has hired a board-certified psychiatrist to lead the office.

Anika Forbes comes to Coastal Psychiatry after serving as medical director of Outpatient Behavioral Health at Memorial Hospital and the Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Unit of the Senior Pavilion Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville.

Forbes holds a doctorate from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California, and is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She had a fellowship in pain management from the Harvard-Cambridge Health Alliance Geriatric Psychiatry. Forbes completed her residency in psychiatry at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.

“Dr. Anika Forbes’ deep compassion, understanding and commitment will benefit the patients under our multispecialty umbrella,” said Chief Executive Officer Bridget Roberts. “We are excited to offer this specialty to our Orange Park community.”

Forbes’ office will see Coastal Spine and Pain Center patients at 1560 Kingsley Ave., Suite 2 in Orange Park.

Youth Institute seeks high school applicants for science camp

GAINESVILLE – Florida high school students have the opportunity to experience college life at the University of Florida while learning how the agricultural, natural and life sciences impact their families and communities around the world.

Rising high school juniors and seniors can now apply for the Florida Youth Institute, a week-long summer program sponsored by the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and The World Food Prize Foundation.

“The most impactful parts of FYI for me were the talks that we had with professionals in science fields,” said previous participant and current UF animal sciences freshman Cole Hersom. “Through FYI, you get to learn more about the jobs and importance of these professionals’ work. It’s great for seeing what fields of study in the sciences pique your interests.”

FYI participants will take part in hands-on activities and demonstrations, indoor and outdoor laboratories and campus facilities, examine issues in agriculture, life sciences and natural resources and reflect on worldwide challenges such as food security.

Applications to FYI can be found on the UF Center for Precollegiate Education and Training website and are due Feb. 28. Cost of attendance to the program is $350 per participant. Applicants will have the opportunity to select one of the two camp weeks, July 15-20 or July 22-27.

Scruby joins Jacksonville law firm

JACKSONVILLE – Former Clay County Attorney Mark Scruby has joined the government and regulatory department of a law firm in Jacksonville.

Prior to joining the law firm Rogers Towers, Scruby served 27 years as county attorney for Clay County. His areas of expertise include land use and zoning, public employment and labor relations, solid waste management, public finance, local government revenues, state and federal constitutional law, and public records and sunshine law. He also has experience in litigation, administrative hearings, and appellate proceedings. Scruby earned his Juris Doctor from The University of Florida, with honors.

Rogers Towers, P.A., founded in 1905, has offices in in Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine, Amelia Island and Fort Lauderdale.

Students invited to ‘Explore England’

ORANGE PARK – Students interested in studying overseas will get the chance to meet representatives from four universities from the United Kingdom at an information session and mini fair on Feb. 20 at St. Johns Country Day School.

The program will increase awareness of the opportunities available overseas. Representatives from Northumbria University, Newcastle University, Keele University and Manchester University will answer questions and discuss higher education in England. The event is open to the public and takes place from 6-8 p.m. in the Heinrich Learning Resource Center, 3100 Doctors Lake Dr.

Constitution Revision Commission coming to Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE – Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission invites all interested Floridians to attend and participate in a public hearing at the University of North Florida Adam W. Herbert University Center as 12000 Alumni Dr. on Feb. 20.

The public hearing will be held from 1-7 p.m. Individuals who fill out an appearance form by 7 p.m. will be given an opportunity to speak before the CRC.

The state appoints a new CRC every 20 years to review the Florida Constitution. This is one of many public hearings that will be held by the CRC starting in 2018. Visit for more information.

To see all commission and public proposals, go online at


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