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With state-mandated digital learning requirements looming but funding uncertain, St. Johns County school officials are launching a pilot program that can be funded in-house.
“This will have an impact on the district as a whole and by the third year will impact about 7.5 percent of all the children in it,” Superintendent Joe Joyner said of the pilot program.
That will be enough for a sampling, he said, “to let us see what’s working and what’s not working.”
After driving into a sinkhole on Charlotte Street a couple of weeks before Christmas, things were looking pretty rough for Ralph Gearhart and his wife, Vanessa.
But members of the community have come forward to help after reading about their plight in The St. Augustine Record and online at staugustine.com.
Members of the Cathedral Parish conference of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul read about how Gearhart’s truck was rendered inoperable and how the city of St. Augustine’s insurance company denied liability.
Yes, The Scene went missing over the holidays; chalk it up to the vagaries of the holidays, the ravages of family gathering, and post-holiday deadlines converging in a perfect storm of... well, you get the idea.
But we're back now, just in time for a bumper crop of shows opening across South Florida.
Here's what's playing on the scene this weekend:
opens Anthony and Cleopatra
at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach. This is their co-production with London's Royal Shakespeare Company and New York's Public Theatre.
The Wick Theatre
presents 42nd Street
through February 9, 2014.
Island City Stage
opens Secrets of the Trade
at Empire Stage, through February 9.
The Spoon River Anthology
is revived at The Plaza Theatre
, this weekend only.
The Theatre at Arts Garage
presents The Hummingbird Wars, through February 2.
you still haven't missed...
Broward Stage Door Theatre
offers the musical 9 to 5
through January 19. It’s enough to drive you crazy. If you let it.
is back for another season of dinner, music, and outrageous original comedy at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
, Thursdays through Saturdays, with some Sunday matinees.
The National Tour of The Wizard of Oz
is playing at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts
through January 19th.
The Gershwhin's Porgy and Bess
plays at The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
last chance to see...
winds pu its run at the Waterfront Playhouse
, through January 11.
Palm Beach Dramaworks
finishes its critically acclaimed The Lion in Winter
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
is presented by Curtain Call Productions
at the Jensen Beach Performing Arts Center, this weekend only.
Down In Front Theater Company
at the Sunrise Soref JCC, through Feb 2.
plays at the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre
through March 1.
Sol Children's Theatre
offers Peter Pan
through January 26.
Hey Everyone! I'm Andie Arthur, executive director of the South Florida Theatre League and I'm back with Off Stage Conversations, where I take a look at what's being talked about in the national and international theatre communities.
Sometimes I feel that I share so many stories about diversity and gender parity that I'm becoming a crank. But it is one of the biggest topics that needs to be addressed both in our local theatre community and within our national theatre community and I feel that South Florida ought to be a major participant the conversation, particularly given our greater local community. And we're not really participating in the discussion at all. Either internally or with the national community. So I'm going to keep posting these articles.
The LA Times reports on a diversity discussion within the Los Angeles theatre community, noting that the majority of the panel was white artistic directors and specifically talking about how money relates to these conversations.
Holly Derr writes about the same panel for HowlRound, noting that a lot of the problem stems from assuming that white straight men are the default. One thing that Derr points out that I appreciated is how to address that not everyone comes to the discussion from an intersectional space.
"Stop apologizing for needing money." On rethinking how non-profits ask for money.
Or perhaps, stop asking for money all together.
Need for Leaders in DC
The Washington Post has a piece on how many of DC's major cultural institutions are going through a transition period or are looking for new top level leadership. I think the situation is something for South Florida to watch as we approach our own time of transition as many of our founding artistic and managing directors reach retirement age.
The Guardian writes on arts buzzwords and how we can transform them in 2014.
Do you have something to share about your community outside Jacksonville? Send news-related tips to Scott Butler at email@example.com or (904) 359-4566.
Baxley says new bill would give residents recourse
SEC hoops is worth a look. I know this is football-crazy country, but the battle between Florida and Kentucky could be fun.
Shut out all night at the Golden Globes, the historical drama “12 Years a Slave” eked out the night’s top honor, best film drama, and the con-artist caper “American Hustle” landed a leading three awards, including best film comedy.
David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” had the better night overall, winning acting awards for Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.
Best picture was the only award for “12 Years a Slave,” which came in with seven nominations, tied for the most with “American Hustle.”
Awards were otherwise spread around.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA | Just as she was starting to show glimpses of returning to form, Venus Williams was let down by her serve and her concentration at crucial times and lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Ekaterina Makarova on day one of the Australian Open.
The No. 22nd-seeded Makarova upset Serena Williams in the fourth round in Melbourne in 2012, but was outplayed in the first set against the elder of the Williams sisters on Monday, dropping serve three times.
DENVER | Peyton Manning welcomed Wes Welker back into the lineup with a touchdown toss and the Denver Broncos narrowly avoided a repeat of their playoff slip from last year, advancing to the AFC championship game with a 24-17 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
The Broncos (14-3) took a 17-0 lead into the fourth quarter. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers then capitalized on an injury to cornerback Chris Harris Jr. to stage a comeback reminiscent of Baltimore’s shocking win at Denver exactly a year earlier.
TALLAHASSEE | Ian Miller scored 20 as Florida State knocked down a season-high 16 3-pointers en route to an 85-61 Atlantic Coast Conference victory against Maryland Sunday night.
The Seminoles were 16 of 24 from behind the arc after hitting 10 in the previous four games combined. The 16 3-pointers were the third-most in school history and the most by Florida State in ACC play.
Okaro White scored 15, and Aaron Thomas finished with 14 for FSU. Montay Brandon added 13 points and eight rebounds.
Emergency rooms fill with anxious people waiting to see a doctor for broken bones, bleeding gashes, fevers and chills. In Jacksonville, patients wait on average 41 minutes before receiving care in an emergency room, according to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.
UF Health Jacksonville, formerly Shands Jacksonville, has the fifth-longest wait time in the state at 78 minutes.
The federal government calculates wait times from when patients enter the hospital until they are seen by a qualified medical practitioner.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. | Colin Kaepernick raced into the end zone, then pretended to rip open his shirt with both hands imitating Cam Newton’s Superman touchdown celebration.
Three years of frustration had come to a head.
“Just a little shoutout,” Kaepernick said.
“I think you know the answer,” Kaepernick said with a grin.
Kaepernick said he “will never forget” that he was selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, 35 spots behind Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner and the top pick that season.
Cheryl Ruppert has a photo of herself as a young girl, showing her peeking of out of the square window of a kid’s play fort. That was her, she says: A round peg in a square hole.
So when she was asked to participate in a photo project called “Unseen Images, Untold Stories,” she chose that long-ago image to include.
The project is meant to showcase the work of older members of Jacksonville’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. It’s designed to illustrate the often difficult issues they can face, particularly as they get older.
Bill Lazarus will present “Predictions,” a reflection on prognostications and other observations of what lies ahead in the new year, at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, service at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand.
Lazarus is a historian and religio ...
Saturday, Jan. 4
Barberville Family Farm Swap and Market
6 a.m.-12:30 p.m. west of the Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts, three-fourths of a mile west of U.S. Highway 17, on State Road 40, Barberville. Call 386-469-9409.
8 a.m. at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, leaving ...
The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for West Volusia, in effect 4 a.m.-10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3.
Temperatures are predicted to drop to a low of 39 degrees overnight tonight, Thursday, Jan. 2, combining with northwest winds of 15-20 mph, to create wind chill factors between 30 ...
A Deltona man faces charges of attempted homicide and battery after a violent incident late Wednesday, Jan. 1, New Year's night.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office reported that a fight broke out during a party at the home of victim Carlos Farias around 11:30 p.m.
The Sheriff's Office reported that ...
The new year will bring changes to the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce, with new directors and executive committee members to be sworn in during a dinner on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
Pictured, in front, from left, are Jason DiNunno, owner and agent at Rock Financial Group in Deltona; Ed Nos ...
The state will soon begin forwarding the names of suspected noncitizens on the voter rolls to local elections officials, formally kicking off the second version of Gov. Rick Scott's controversial scrubbing program, Secretary of State Ken Detzner said Dec. 31.
"We'll start shortly after the first of ...
Melissa Alfonso and Michael Albert Miller of Deltona welcomed West Volusia's first baby of 2014 at 1:40 a.m. Jan. 1.
Damarys Mikora Miller was ready to come even earlier, when the new year was only about 10 minutes old, her mother said, but the hospital staff urged her not to push until the doctor a ...
The Pierson Town Council will appoint a replacement for the late Billy Carter, who died Dec. 30, a town official said.
Carter, 73, passed away at home that Monday morning, according to a funeral notice. He was a Navy veteran and longtime owner of Carter’s Country Kitchen in Pierson. He had been a ...
A Deltona man, Jonathan G. Rodriguez, 20, is dead after shooting up vehicles, crashing through a security gate at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, blasting his way into the hospital, injuring nurses, and then killing himself, Daytona Beach police reported.
The series of events began a ...
Sometimes Santa's sleigh has flashing blue lights.
On Dec. 23, members of the DeLand Police Department and the DeLand Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association were busy little elves, delivering holiday cheer to more than a dozen DeLand children.
Two programs culminated in one joyous result: bicy ...
The old Denny's restaurant building in DeLand has been demolished to make way for a carwash.
DeLand Planning Director Mike Holmes talked about the project now beginning to take shape on a 1.25-acre outparcel of the Victoria Square Shopping Center.
"They're out of Tennessee. They're going to build a ...
According to posters on Facebook, an 11-year-old boy, Trysten Carey, died Dec. 31, in Lake County.
Sgt. James Vachon of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, however, was able to confirm very little information.
Vachon wrote, “In regards to the case you are asking about, it is still under investi ...