Freedom Boat Club to hold Open House

Freedom Boat Club to hold Open House

WHAT:          Freedom Boat Club will be holding an open house at its main office in Julington Creek Marina


WHEN:          Saturday, March 8, 2014

                       10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


WHERE:       Freedom Boat Club

                       12807 San Jose Boulevard

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Almeida making a splash in business and on the water


    Lisa Almeida, well-known across north Florida by her alter-ego, Lisa the Boatanista, might need a new moniker after the recent business accolades she has received. Call her Lisa the Late Bloomer.

    It is not that Almeida did not achieve a significant amount of success earlier in her professional career: she did. But the former corporate sales and marketing executive is enjoying a new level of success as an entrepreneur in the marine industry.

    In recent weeks, Almeida, co-owner of the Freedom Boat Club franchises in Jacksonville and St. Augustine, has received two major honors:

'Partridge Family' star Dave Madden dies

Dave Madden, who played constantly-agitated band manager Reuben Kincaid on 1970s TV show The Partridge Family, has died, reports TMZ.

He was 82.

TMZ says the actor died of congestive heart and kidney failure Thursday morning after a long illness. He lived in Fruit Cove, Fla. with his wife.

Madden, who was born in Canada, started his career in stand-up comedy. He went on to appear on TV shows including Laugh-In, Love American Style, Happy Days, Starsky & Hutch and Love, American Style. He had a recurring role as a customer in Mel's Diner on Alice.

In 2009, he published a memoir, Reuben on Wry: The Memoirs of Dave Madden.

Get a free, sober ride home tonight

JACKSONVILLE, FLA-- We want you to get the new year started off safely so put this number in your phone, 885-286-9246.

855-286-9246 is the phone number to AAA's Tow-To-Go program.  You don't have to be a AAA member to use the service, it just gets you a safe, free ride home and saves you from driving intoxicated.

"New Year's Eve is the busiest night of the year for the Tow to Go program because so many motorists seem to be more inclined to use a designated driver but don't always have someone willing to be one in their own party during the biggest celebration of the year," said Gerry Gutowski, Sr. Vice President, Automotive Services, AAA–The Auto Club Group. "We prepare our call center teams and tow truck service providers for weeks in advance, so we can manage the increased call volume that's typical of this time of year."

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Bartram Trail hosts "Silent Night" girls basketball game

ST. JOHNS, Fla. -- The Bartram Trail High School girls basketball team hosted it's third annual Silent Night game on Wednesday night.

During a silent night game, students dress in costumes or pajamas and they remain silent until the home team scores 10 points.  Once the 10th point is scored, the crowd goes wild.

The Lady Bears borrowed the idea from Taylor University in Indiana which has hosted a silent night game for a few years.  Each year they host a silent night game, video clips from these games go viral.

Jacksonville’s Boatanista makes a splash and gains national recognition for her efforts

Jacksonville’s Boatanista makes a splash and gains national recognition for her efforts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    

       Jacksonville’s first lady of the waterways, known simply as the Boatanista, has gone national.

      The Boatanista, aka Lisa Almeida, is a familiar personality in northeast Florida, as a result of frequent television, radio and public appearances. And now her expertise and passion for all things boating has attracted much wider attention.

Creeks Outlaws win Super Bowl of Pop Warner

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Outlaws from Julington Creek played a team from California for all the marbles ... the Super Bowl of Pop Warner.

In team form they delivered a shutout, only giving up eight points in the regular season; in the national finals, only six points in three games while scoring 84.

A story book season for the team. Players are still taking it all in.

For the coach Mike Hughes, a dream team with plenty of confidence and backing it up on the field.

Reporter: "What do you hope kids take from this?"

"You know just the experience of a lifetime they need to understand they can do anything," Hughes said.

The Outlaws did everything, a perfect record 17-0. They played like champions and brought home a national championship.