Community Briefs 3/9/17

Clay Today
Posted 3/8/17

Clay County Golf Classic scholarship applications due March 20GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County high school seniors have until March 20 to apply for scholarships through the Clay County Golf …

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Community Briefs 3/9/17


Clay County Golf Classic scholarship applications due March 20
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County high school seniors have until March 20 to apply for scholarships through the Clay County Golf Classic presented by Coastal Spine & Pain Center.
Any senior graduating from a Clay County high school is eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients will receive a four-year scholarship to the college of their choice and each recipient is eligible for a maximum of up to $8,000 in scholarship awards. Community college attendees receive $1,600 annually and four-year college students receive $2,000 annually.
Scholarships may also be used for students attending trade and vocational schools after high school graduation. Requirements for retaining the scholarship are based on maintaining a 2.5 GPA and enrolling in 12 credit hours per semester.
Applications are available at and in guidance counselor offices in Clay County high schools. Since 1991, the “Classic” has awarded 424 scholarships for nearly $640,000 to students graduating from Clay County high schools.
Sponsorships are available, which include entry to the tournament and help provide scholarships to Clay County high school students with need. Player entries are also available. The player entry fee is $225 and includes all golf and cart fees for tournament rounds, a practice round at each course (carts additional), prizes, tournament favors, breakfast on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. Prizes include first, second, and third place gift certificates totaling $300 per day per flight for the low 18-hole daily scores in each flight (gross and net when applicable) for each of the two rounds (based on 8 players per flight).
The 2017 tournament will be held Sept. 23-24 at Magnolia Point Golf and Country Club and Eagle Harbor Golf Club, respectively. Player positions are limited and are filled on a first come first served basis.
The Clay County Golf Classic is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. More information is available at or by contacting Patrick Fields at (904) 269-1069.

New credit union branch in works
FLEMING ISLAND – Community First Credit Union will build a new branch on a parcel it owns at 2004 East West Parkway on Fleming Island.
The current retail branch location at 1545 County Rd. 220 will be open until moving to the new, free-standing location in the fall. The branch is adjacent to the Island Walk North shopping center near The Fresh Market’s planned location.
The construction is the next location of the credit union’s Branch Transformation Project, the institution’s most aggressive and comprehensive branch and facilities upgrade and update in its history which seeks to align physical branch locations with modern banking needs and customer uses. The Fleming Island Branch will be free-standing on a corner parcel allowing for more parking as well as a full-service drive-thru and drive-up ATM.
“The Fleming Island area has grown rapidly,” said John Hirabayashi, chief executive officer and president of Community First. “The new branch will provide conveniences not available in our current location while offering our members an enhanced experience in modern, in-person banking.”
The Fleming Island branch will adopt the organization’s new color scheme, interior layout and technology improvements seen in the first two transformed locations, the new Riverside Branch and the recently completed Arlington branch.
Construction is expected to commence in spring of this year and is scheduled to open in late 2017. The new branch will be 3,360 square feet and total construction cost is still being estimated.

No foolin’ – dentists to offer free services on April 1
FLEMING ISLAND – Clay County residents who cannot afford dental insurance have a chance to get free dental care on April 1.
The dentists at Island Walk Dental Care, located at 1647 County Rd. 220, Suite 101 on Fleming Island are providing the free services in celebration of the practice’s fifth anniversary.
Dentists Renata Folstein, Renee Schulte and the team at Island Walk Dental Care will be improving the oral health of the community as part of Free Dentistry Day, a day dedicated to providing free dental care to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 108 million Americans do not have dental insurance.
“We understand that many people in our community and across the nation haven’t been to the dentist for a long period of time. Some don’t understand the importance of dental health, but more often than not, they don’t have the financial means,” Folstein said. “This event is a great opportunity for us to share our time and resources with those less fortunate and give back to the community.”
There is increasing evidence that links oral health to overall health and well-being. The signs and symptoms of over 100 medical conditions, including diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Lou Gehrig’s disease and oral cancer may first be detected through traditional oral examinations.
“Dental health is a vital part of a person’s overall health,” Schulte said. “Through this event, we hope to educate patients on the importance of dental health and encourage them to adopt an ongoing oral care regimen.”
During Free Dentistry Day, extractions will be provided per patient on April 1, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Patients will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (904) 278-6229 or visit

Orange Park woman claims first $1 million prize
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Lottery announces that Oanh Tran, 39, of Orange Park, claimed a $1 million prize in the $10,000,000 World Class Cash Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. She chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $748,000.00.
Tran purchased her winning ticket from Kangaroo Express, at 8496 Blanding Blvd. in Jacksonville. She said this was the first $10,000,000 World Class Cash ticket she bought since the game launched on Feb. 28. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The $25 game, $10,000,000 World Class Cash, launched on Feb. 28 and features more than $549 million in total cash prizes, including two top prizes of $10 million and 46 prizes of $1 million! Overall odds of winning are one-in-2.89.
Scratch-Off games are approximately 65 percent of Florida Lottery ticket sales and generated more than $734 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund in fiscal year 2015-16.

Free tutor training scheduled
ORANGE PARK – Want to help someone change their life? Become a reading tutor with the Clay County Literacy Coalition.
Join CCLS’ mission to empower adults with literacy skills needed to participate in society. Sign up for the Coalition’s March 25 Tutor Training provided by the Florida Literacy Coalition and instructed by Jesse James, a certified tutor trainer with Florida Literacy Coalition.
The training runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be held in the Adult Education center on the West Campus of Orange Park High School, 2306 Kingsley Ave. in Room 1924. Attendees are asked to bring a bag lunch.
For more info, call (904) 336-4458 or email to register.

Vietnam Veterans holding scholarship competition
FLEMING ISLAND – High school seniors planning to go to college or other types of accredited training after high school have a chance to earn a $500 scholarship.
The Clay County Chapter No. 1059 of the Vietnam Veterans of America is accepting application until April 15.
Students will compete for the scholarship by writing a 500-word essay based on an interview with a Vietnam-era veteran or write a historical perspective about the Vietnam war with a complete bibliography.
The competition is open to public, private and homeschool students, as well as students attending the Florida Youth Challenge Academy. Entries will be judged on originality, grammar and spelling.
For more information, contact J.D. Weisenburger at (904) 553-0079 or email him at


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