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Local Woman Sets Goal for Olympic Boxing Gold

Local Woman Sets Goal for Olympic Boxing Gold

JACKSONVILLE BEACH -  A Jacksonville Beach female boxer has her eyes set on the Summer Olympic Games next year in London, England.  "I should be competing for the United States. That's the plan. USA team number one!" says 32 year old Ishika "Isis" Lay. She wants to be one of three U-S women to head to London next year where, for the first time, women's boxing will be an Olympic event. 

Lay is getting ready for an October tournament in Ohio.  If she wins in her 132 pound weight class, then she'll go to the Olympic Box-offs in February. A win there will send her to the Games.

"People who know me know I'm an intelligent woman and wonder why boxing of all sports," says Lay.  She says amateur boxing is more like an art.  "You don't have three months to prepare for a fight like in the pros.  It's alot more challenging."

Police Department Sergeant named Atlantic Beach Employee of the Quarter

Police Department Sergeant named Atlantic Beach  Employee of the Quarter

Sergeant Lenny Jevic was named the City of Atlantic Beach Employee of the Quarter for the 2011 2nd quarter. 

After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Sgt. Jevic began his career with the City of Atlantic Beach in 2000 when he was hired as a Police Dispatcher.  He transferred to the Animal Control Division for a short time while he attended the Police Academy and was then hired as a Police Officer in 2004.

Author Patti Callahan Henry at The BookMark

New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry will be at The BookMark to discuss and sign copies of her new book “Coming Up for Air” for a special afternoon event on Thursday, August 25 at 3 pm.

Painter Finishes a Piece Each Day for Entire Year

Painter Finishes a Piece Each Day for Entire Year

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- You may have heard the old cliche: "Idle hands are the devil's playground." If that's true, then Jacksonville artist Kelly Hennessey had nothing to worry about during the last year.

"I remember in the beginning thinking 'Why am I doing this'," she said, laughing.

She has been toiling in her dining room/studio since August 2010, when she got a sudden urge. "I wanted to do something that I wasn't comfortable with," she said, looking for a challenge.

So she decided she would finish one painting every day for a year; each painting done on a small tile. "It takes hours, some of these."

You can click here to see a full range of all her tiles on her blog.

American Heart Association-First Coast Market Names Local Executive to Lead Go Red For Women Mission

American Heart Association-First Coast Market Names Local Executive to Lead Go Red For Women Mission

 

The American Heart Association-First Coast Market has named local business and community leader Joyce Kramzer as the chair for the 2011- 2012 Go Red For Women (GRFW) Mission.

Joyce Kramzer is Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida’s (BCBSF) Senior Vice President, Health Business Operations.  In this role, Kramzer has primary accountability for the business strategies and operations of delivery system, service, senior markets, and IT. In her dual role as the GRFW chair and AHA-First Coast Market Board of Directors Chair, Kramzer brings excellent businesses acumen and a sense of social responsibility.  
 

The following will strategically support Kramzer in furthering the GRFW mission of educating women of their unique and clearly defined risks of cardiovascular disease and stroke:

SHOW SOME heART A Charitable Event in Downtown Jax

SHOW SOME heART  A Charitable Event in Downtown Jax

Show some heART will be held at LIT, a premiere nightclub in Downtown Jacksonville, on July 30, 2011 from 7pm until 10pm.  There is an admission fee of $10.00 a person at the door.  Noone under 21 years of age will be allowed.  This is a gathering for dog lovers to come, enjoy cocktails, view amazing canine artwork from local artists.   Artwork will be available for sale.  There will also be a silent auction.  Proceeds benefit G.R.E.A.T. , Golden Retriever Rescue, which is a 501 (C) (3) non profit organization.  Goodies for the dogs, gift certificates, cocktails, and much more will be given out.  So all of you fellow dog lovers make plans for this wonderful event.  For more information visit www.greatrescue.org .

 

 

Fletcher High School Teacher Works on Third Album

Fletcher High School Teacher Works on Third Album

Julie Durden is a singer song-writer from the Jacksonville Beach area. She is currently working on her third album titled "Life Is My Church".