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DONATE TOYS Grand Haven needed a new toy donation box for Project Share, and Operations Manager Barry Klopstosky created an elaborate Santaâ€™s house. Project Share is sponsored by the Flagler Beach Rotary, Palm Coast Rotary, and the Flagler County Rotary, and provides new toys for area children in need. Residents can drop off new toys at the box, located at the Grand Haven Village Center.
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in Grand Haven, and LaMay in The Hammock. The three artists have different artistic styles that blend effortlessly, in part under the direction of Anastasio’s wife, Aureila. After the men had hung the show, Aurelia Anastasio walked through and said two words: “something’s wrong.” “We had to rehang half the show,” Tom Anastasio said. “(Tom) looked at me, and I looked at him, and my first instinct was to throw her out,” Beaulieu laughed. “But I did what she asked.” “She was born with it (talent), she can put together things that you just can’t believe,” Tom Anastasio said. “She is an artist herself.” All three men have been artists their entire lives. Beaulieu was a creative director, and owner of a design firm in Boston, for 42 years. Anastasio had his own commercial art company, and became a professor of art at Sacred Heart
University and the University of Connecticut, which allowed him to travel and lecture across Europe. LaMay, who has his own gallery in The Hammock, combined being an artist and working for the federal government, after graduating from the York Academy of Arts, in York, Pennsylvania. Beaulieu and Anastasio described the show, as the “marriage of three totally different styles.” “When we were putting it together, I didn’t want a lot of pieces by different artists doing the same genre,” Beaulieu said. “I am what a lot of people call a realist, or representational painter,” Beaulieu said. His landscapes are of places as near as your own backyard, and, in one commissioned piece, is someone’s backyard, looking out to the Intracoastal. They are places you want to stay and enjoy for a while. Anastasio refers to his art as Mystical Fusionism. He imple-
ments various media and creates a fine art that seems familiar. Anastasio’s art is shown at museums throughout the country. His Martian Landscape, the first Martian Landscape made for art, is on display at NASA in Titusville. He has two studios, one in Palm Coast, and another in Connecticut. Art LaMay opened his gallery in The Hammock about eight years ago. He is best known for his paintings of birds. “I am a naturalist. I’ve always been interested in wildlife,” LaMay said. Artoberfest will be on display through the end of 2016, and Anastasio and Beaulieu are already considering what to do next. “There is a lot of potential for the future,” Beaulieu said. “This was a good marriage of Boston, New York, and Pennsylvania artists. I think that psychology, made it work.”
When is a realty office more than a realty office? In the case of Berkshire Hathaway in European Village, the answer is: When it is also an art gallery. Artoberfest, an art show featuring more than 70 pieces of fine art created by three well-known artists, had its grand opening of reception on Oct. 1. The three artists, whose works are on display are Tom Anastasio, Paul Beaulieu, and Art LaMay. “It’s been very successful” Anastasio said. “Opening night we had somewhere in the vicinity of 500-600 people. We had people from Jacksonville all the way down to Orlando that came up for it. I don’t think they’ve had an art show that big in Palm Coast, outside of sidewalk shows.” The display is open during Berkshire Hathaway’s office hours. A small sandwich board directs visitors to European Village intothe show, hung throughout the two-story office space. “Victoria (Reiber) extended the invitation to do something in her gallery, to increase traffic, and support the arts,” Beaulieu said. The curved staircase, just inside the main entrance, the open feeling, and the natural light, made it a perfect venue, which is no surprise considering that was the original purpose of the space. “It was a gallery, years ago, when it first opened in the hotel lobby,” Beaulieu said. Beaulieu and Anastasio live
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PATIENCE IN THE GARDEN The magnitude of the destruction Hurricane Matthew left in his wake, is going to take time and patience to clean up. JACQUE ESTES COMMUNITY EDITOR
Like a toddler throwing a tantrum, Hurricane Matthew threw his own fit, downing trees, bending others, and pushing the salt water up and onto the lawns near the Intracoastal Waterway. “The magnitude of the devastation, and the number of trees that have fallen, and the amount of cleanup that has to be done, is huge,” Grand Haven horticulturist Louise Leister said. Leister has spent the past couple of years cleaning out overgrown areas and bringing a fresh new look to the community. All that work was undone by Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 7. The cleanup began the next day, and there is still much to do. “From the day of the storm we had 4 C’s land clearing company, who, with 40 men or better, worked two-and-a-half weeks, all day, every day,” Leister said. “They were here Saturday morning, after the storm, because the roads were impassable in a good portion of Grand Haven. They were clearing the roads and sidewalks. We hired cranes to move some of the 80-foot pines that were leaning right down the center over someone’s house.”
Walking paths had to be closed because of the debris left behind by Hurricane Matthew.
Some of the hardest-hit areas were the trails that wind through the area, especially those in Wild Oaks and the Crossings. These are the areas Leister has the cleanup teams focusing on. There are some who don’t appreciate the danger the damage on the paths present. The day before Thanksgiving, Leister was replacing a yellow caution tape that had been stretched across a path that needed to be closed for safety reasons. “The trails in Wild Oaks have been closed since the hurricane,” Leister said. “We are working on moving the big trees laying across the path, some are 20 inches wide in diameter, and getting the large machines down the narrow paths to pick up the debris and restore it to a usable path.” What’s on the ground isn’t the biggest concern. Leister pointed out a red cedar that had uprooted, but not fallen to the ground. “Look up,” she said. “That tree is held up by a simple pine tree. People don’t tend to look up,” Leister said. “That’s why this trail
is closed. If the wind blows and that tree comes down, it will kill somebody.” Leister said the work has been non-stop since the storm, as trees have been moved off from and away from houses and roadways. WHAT HOMEOWNERS CAN DO
If anything positive might be said about the hurricane, it would be the time of year. “Things are starting to go dormant, so they’re not stressed for pushing tons of growth on fragile roots that might have been damaged,” Leister said. “The trees that were pushed, but haven’t toppled, will have a chance to root, because during the colder months, they are growing roots rather than tons of foliage.” “There’s wind damage and stress to the landscape. We had a lot of rain over a short period of time after not having any rain,” Leister said. “The most important thing they can do is to let stuff come back naturally, trim lightly, but give it time to come around on its own.”
Residents are encouraged to refrain from doing any aggressive landscaping, and definitely don’t fertilize. “Allow the stuff to come back slowly, and naturally, on its own,” Leister said. “If you fertilize, you are forcing a lot of growth, and if the plant is stressed, it’s going to die from that push of growth.” No one knows how long the turf by the ICW was underwater due to tidal surge, but it, too, should be allowed to recover on its own. BEFORE SOMEONE WORKS ON YOUR TREES
There are only a few certified arborists in the area, but Leister said, being patient and waiting for one to work on your trees, is worth the wait. “Certified arborist means they are certified by International Society of Aboriculture,” she said. “They are trained how to cut, pruning cuts, disease, how to climb, insects, tree health, and how a tree grows. If you have someone come out and cut a branch off, and they don’t cut it right, they will destroy the tree; it is going to rot out and become a danger.” Some palms had their tops twisted out. If they are still securely rooted, Leister recommends leaving it, saying it may be June before they can see if it will survive, because it takes that long to send out the next growing points.
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Romeo and Juliet are expecting The bald eagles survived the storm and started a family. JACQUE ESTES COMMUNITY EDITOR
Carol Ogden ended her tennis game at Grand Haven and headed over to check on Romeo and Juliet. As most every resident of Grand Haven seems to know, Romeo and Juliet are the bald eagles that nest in a longleaf pine tree in Wild Oaks. Ogden, a photographer who specializes in wildlife and birds, evacuated for Hurricane Matthew, but as soon as she returned home, she headed to the park with her camera. “I was worried about them,”
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Ogden admitted. “I shot a picture of the nest and posted it on Facebook.” The feathered couple did not evacuate during the storm. “They hunkered down in that nest,” said Grand Haven horticulturist Louise Leister. On Friday, Nov. 11, Juliet laid an egg, followed by a second on Nov. 14. The activity, including Romeo checking out the first egg, was captured by the three, high-definition live-stream cameras. The nest has been active for decades, very likely before Grand Haven was built. West Virginia residents John and Mary Lu MacCorkle and their daughter and son-in-law, Katherine and Mike Mullins, celebrated Thanksgiving in the MacCorkles’ Grand Haven Home, and checked on the birds before they left. “When we come to Grand Haven, we always check on the eagles,” John MacCorkle said. The webcam allows viewing of the eagles, and soon the hatchlings, 24 hours a day. An infrared light that, according to the website, cannot be seen by the birds or humans, allows for nighttime viewing. To watch the birds live, visit nefleaglecam.org/
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When Magdalena Ivanov was a little girl, she wanted to be a dancer, and to touch a palm tree. Both wishes came true. Ivanov moved into Grand Haven with her husband, Alexander and, 2-year-old-daughter, Oksana, last May. The couple operates the Arthur Murray Dance Studio on Cypress Point Parkway, in Palm Coast. To have the dancing career she dreamt of since she was a 7-yearold in Poland, Ivanov had to overcome one problem: She had no rhythm. “They took me out of musical school, where the lady said, ‘Very nice kid, but she really can’t repeat a musical sequence.’” She attended a dancing school for children that taught hip hop and rap, but no ballroom dancing. It was the only thing available in her small town. “For two years, there was no rhythm in me. I persisted, and I guess God gave me the tools and teachers to finally hear it,” Ivanov said. “So now when someone says they can’t dance because they ‘don’t have rhythm,’ I say, ‘We can do that.’” She came to the United States as a Polish amateur championship dancer with her dance partner. The partner decided to stay in New York, but she was dreaming of palm trees. “When we were at the embassy in Poland as younger kids, we
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“The waltz ... is very elegant and royal. I think it’s every woman’s dream to just float away in the waltz.” MAGDALENA IVANOV
Magdalena Ivanov said. “We know what social dancing can do for people; we are living proof.” The couple was at the Firstcoast Classic Dancesport competition, the weekend of Oct. 6, or, how it’s now known, the weekend Hurricane Matthew showed up. “My student (Tim Dobbs from Jacksonville) won the World Master Champion, at the Renaissance Hotel at World Golf Village,” she
said. “The ballroom where the competition was held was also the county shelter, so we had to share it. All of the police and troops were being entertained. They were the best audience ever.” Magdalena Ivanov describes her life in Grand Haven as “a very simple family life.” When not dancing, the family enjoys being outdoors bicycling, or in the pool.
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he top real estate transaction in Grand Haven from Aug. 18 to Oct. 26 has 3,073 square feet of living space. Charles and Helen Larew, of Palm Coast, sold 47 Eastlake Drive to James and Elizabeth Clarke, of White Stone, Virginia, for $425,000. Built in 2005, the house has four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a swimming pool and fireplace. It sold in 2005 for $577,300.
Herbert and Mary Lou Brewer, of Pittsford, New York, sold 27 Egret Drive to Glen Burchett, of Palm Coast, for $280,000. Built in 2001, the house has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,028 square feet.
The top seller has balconies that look down the golf course.
Allen and Elizabeth Webb, of Loxahatchee, sold 20 North Park Lane to Richard and Paula Murdock, of Palm Coast, for $420,000. Built in 2006, the house has three bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 2,866 square feet. Thomas Gannon, of Endicott, New York, sold 5 Sweetwater Court to Bradley and Corrie Myers, of Palm Coast, for $403,000. Built in 2007, the house has three bedrooms, two baths, a swimming pool and 2,732 square feet.
Joseph Culbert and Maria Arias-Culbert, of Staten Island, New York, sold 31 Shinnecock Drive to Sompong and Supattra Banchanurat, of Fairfax, Virginia, for $375,000. Built in 2001, the house has five bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a fireplace and 3,718 square feet. It sold in 2004 for $375,000. Joan Kendzior, of Ormond Beach, sold 53 Waterview Drive N. to Michael and Elizabeth Ryan, of Palm Coast, for $349,000. Built in 2005, the house has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,592 square feet.
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Christopher and Marguerite Dawson, of Palm Coast, sold 19 Pelican Court to Ronald and Susan Ferrara, of Palm Coast, for $305,000. Built in 1997, the house has three bedrooms, two baths, a fireplace and 1,804 square feet. It sold in 2014 for $200,000.
Jean Cronin, of Palm Coast, sold 21 Tanglewood Court to Bradford and Tracey Schaaf, of Palm Coast, for $238,000. Built in 2000, the house has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,829 square feet. Bella Klepper, of Palm Coast, sold 13 Crosstie Court to John and Linda Trama, of Milford, Pennsylvania, for $225,000. Built in 2004, the house has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,945 square feet. It sold in 2014 for $203,000.
WHEN DO YOU WANT IT? by KENNETY HOLT
Edited by Timothy E. Parker
Cheryl Ewen, individually and as trustee, sold 19 Osprey Circle to Kjell and Eva Larsson, of Palm Coast, for $322,500. Built in 2002, the house has three bedrooms, two baths, a fireplace and 1,979 square feet. It sold in 2006 for $445,000.
Maror Co., of Palm Coast, sold 47 St. Andrews Court to Mikhail and Maya Yakubovich, and Eugene Yakubovich, of Arlington Heights, Illinois, for $275,000. Built in 2015, the house has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,200 square feet.
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