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Facebook good neighbor by funding financially strapped police annex.


Facebook is funding the police annex near it’s campus for the next three years. What would ordinarily be a local story has Officer Facebook: 34-year-old Mary Ferguson is the Facebook Cop in Menlo Park whose $194,000 salary and benefits are paid for by the tech giantblown up into a national story for us living in Menlo Park. Because of our wealth some in the media have taken a sinister view suggesting Facebooks good neighbor policy will some how buy privilege with Menlo Park police. Try drivnin g drunk through the neighborhood and see how much privilege you receive.
Meet Mary Ferguson, AKA the Facebook Cop, whose position was created through public-private partnership between tony Menlo Park and the social media giant.
Over the next three years, Facebook agreed to pay $600,000 to the town, where the company also happens to be headquartered.
Ferguson, 34, who’s paid $194,000 in salary and benefits per year for her services, keeps an eye on the internet behavior of potentially unruly kids by using an online persona that hides her true identity.
Ferguson’s primary duties apart from patrolling Facebook include keeping children in school, working with juvenile offenders, and helping large area businesses equip themselves for natural disasters, campus shootings or other violent crimes, reports the Wall Street Journal.
‘Mary is a pro-active police officer who enjoys working with kids,’ Commander Dave Bertini told NBC Bay Area in March, when the force first accepted the funds. ‘Her passion and enthusiasm for truancy abatement will drive the department’s program in a successful direction for the youth of Menlo Park.’
While many residents of the well-off tech town appear happy with the unusual corporate partnerships, some people see a conflict of interest.
Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller supports the partnership.
‘Facebook moved into a part of town that was blighted, that was hurting,’ Mueller told the WSJ. ‘One of the first things we’re seeing is this public safety net coming down to protect everyone.’
Mueller brushed off suggestions that the tech giant is acting solely out of self interest.
‘Anyone who has the perception that Facebook is trying to protect themselves really doesn’t understand the situation,’ he told the WSJ. ‘That place is a fortress—they don’t need the Menlo Park Police to protect them.’
Some experts have their doubts.
‘That raises some potential conflicts that, if I was the chief, I am not sure I’d want to wrestle with,’ University of South Carolina criminal justice professor Geoffrey Alpert told the WSJ.
Alpert said he worries about skewed loyalties. ‘What do you tell your officers about how to treat people who work at Facebook?’ he wondered.
For it’s part, Facebook has called the $600,000 donation a no-strings-attached gift.
‘We just identified a need in the community,’ Facebook spokesperson Genevieve Grdina told the WSJ. ‘It’s not the “Facebook officer”; it’s the officer for the whole community.’

by Menlo Park C1N staff

the Wall Street Journal and Guardian contributed to this story.

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Who is Sky Guy


A graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Tom Vilot is an artist and self-taught software engineer. He has been part of numerous group shows and participated in Boulder’s jurried “Open Studios” two years.
After working in the software industry for almost twenty years, Mr. Vilot decided it was time to merge his two passions: astronomy and kids.
Being the quintessential “kid magnet,” Mr. Vilot has been volunteering at the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, CO., in their K-12 outreach program.
Mr. Vilot studied acting for two years.
He launched, a series of short videos answering the many questions he has received from kids while volunteering at Fiske. The project is an abrupt change from his past, throwing himself into a completely new industry and learning all new tools. Once again, he is rapidly teaching himself. This time it is video, lighting, sound, editing and animation.

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Renewed Control For Drunken students




drunk studentsDisturbing and dangerously drunk, at 1:30 this morning, Flagler students residing on Almeria Street were rampaging down Riberia screaming, pounding on cars, crashing through yards and waking up the working people, elderly and children. Every Friday and Saturday night we dread these kinds of disturbances.


Saragossa Street Resident and University of North Florida Professor Jason Mauro ignited discussion Monday night in comments before the City Commission. It’s time for some predictability and stability to be enforced, said Mauro. The commission’s public comment period seldom draws commission response, but this and two other comments were brought to discussion immediately by Commissioner Leanna Freeman – the other two, bridge openings and getting earlier publication of commission agendas. These are very specific concerns we should discuss while the speakers are still here, Freeman said. Mauro’s concerns, often brought to the commission over recent years, were answered by Vice Mayor Nancy Sikes-Kline – chairing in the absence of Mayor Joe Boles – and City Manager John Regan. Regan promised a report at the May 12 meeting on how Miami and Gainesville are addressing student concerns at the Universities of Florida and Miami.



Source: The St. Augustine Report

“Kill Your Darlings” Is Full of Oddities


“Full of Oddities”

“Hotshots” looks at a movie!

Kill Your Darlings is an odd little movie starring Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg that tells a story about him and other writers of the Beat Generation in 1943 in New York City.

For those of you in the audience who are too young to know and those of you who are old enough but might have forgotten, Ginsberg was an American poet best known for writing “Howl,” a 1956 long poem attacking American values who later in life was associated with Naropa University in Boulder.

The title refers to advice sometimes given to writers to eliminate the parts of their work they are most in love with, because those parts are probably the most self-indulgent, but in the movie it can also refer to an actual murder.

The movie begins when Ginsberg is 19 years old, and he is accepted to Columbia University, where he will meet other writers with whom he will get in and out of trouble, such as William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, and others who didn’t become as famous.

We also see some of Ginsberg’s home life with his father, who was also a poet, and his mother, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, who was a very troubled woman.

Ginsberg becomes friends with Lucien Carr, and through him he meets David at a weird party at David’s apartment, where David says about Ginsberg, “Under the right circumstances, even he might change the world.”

Remember, this was 70 years ago at a time when writers were serious, and they believed that their writing could change the world, which they hoped would be for the better.

If it also made them successful and famous, then that was better, too.

Ginsberg and his fellow writers also have a saying, “First thought, best thought,” which they believe to be performed and useful in their writing, but if you know anything about serious writing, such an idea would probably fall into that category of darlings which should be killed.

The movie is full of disjointed scenes, and the audience might have trouble keeping the story line straight and also keeping track of who all the characters are.

Of course, homosexuality plays a big role in the story, and this was at a time when homosexuality was illegal in numerous places.

Kill Your Darlings is full of many oddities.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

Kill Your Darlings – Movie Trailer


Daniel Radcliffe stars as Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg in this biopic set during the famed poet’s early years at Columbia University, and centering on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr, and fellow Beat author William Burroughs. The year is 1944. Ginsberg (Radcliffe) is a young student at Columbia University when he falls hopelessly under the spell of charismatic classmate Carr (Dane DeHaan). Alongside Carr, Ginsberg manages to strike up friendships with aspiring writers William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) that would cast conformity to the wind, and serve as the foundation of the Beat movement. Meanwhile, an older outsider named David Krammerer falls deeply and madly in love with the impossibly cool Carr. Later, when Krammerer dies under mysterious circumstances, police arrest Kerouac, Burroughs, and Carr as potential suspects, paving the way for an investigation that would have a major impact on the lives of the three emerging artists.

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The Fall 2013 Flagler College Community Lecture Series begins on Sept. 17


The Fall 2013 Flagler College Community Lecture Series will kick off on Sept. 17 with an examination of the art inherent in the Hotel Ponce de Leon.

Flagler College Art Professor Catherine McFarland will discuss the Aesthetic Movement of the 19th century, placing the National Historic Landmark in the historical context of the movement.CatherineMcFarland

The Aesthetic Movement is an art movement supporting the emphasis of aesthetic values more than social-political themes.

“John Ruskin, the art historian, critic and philosopher, was the inspiration for this hugely important movement,” said McFarland. “We teach Ruskin at Flagler College, partly because of his influence on the aesthetics of the old hotel.”

McFarland’s lecture, “The Aesthetic Movement in America,” will feature approximately 60 images, including some pre-Raphaelite paintings, and will include anecdotes about the artists and writers.

Professor McFarland earned an M.A. in Art History from Emory University and a B.A. in Art History from Smith College. She received studio instruction in painting, sculpture, printmaking, design and photography from Atlanta College of Art and has completed post-graduate work at Emory University.

In honor of the 125th anniversary of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, the 2013 Community Lecture Series is focused on “The Hotel Ponce de Leon Deconstructed: Building the Future for Modern America.”

The series features a lineup of historians and scholars discussing Henry Flagler’s vision for St. Augustine, social classes and American politics during the late 19th century, and the influence of art, music and literature during the Gilded Age.

Tickets to the lecture are $5 per person. Active military personnel may attend at no charge. Lectures begin at 10 a.m. in the Flagler Room at Flagler College, 74 King St. The lecture will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a coffee and pastry reception.

This year, thanks to VISIT FLORIDA’s Cultural Heritage and Nature Tourism Grant Program, Flagler College is offering complimentary admission to the fall 2013 Flagler College Community Lecture Series for any St. Johns County tourism employee. Tourism employees interested in attending the lecture will need to present their employee name tag or ID at the lecture series registration table.

Reservations for the lecture series are required due to limited space. Call (904) 819-6282 for reservations or more information. To watch a live stream of these lectures, visit

Source: Flagler College

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Look what a marching band can do!


This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen a marching band do!WVU marching band

West Virginia University Marching Band Armed Forces Salute

Source: West Virginia University


Flagler English professor published in fiction, non-fiction


Flagler College adjunct professor of English William Pewitt has recently been published in both Global Politics Magazine and the annual literary journal, Paper Nautilus.Will

Pewitt’s Global Politics Magazine piece, “Good Luck Versus Worse Luck,” focuses on the U.S. economic situation. The article demonstrates how President Obama’s decisions have improved the economic situation and evaluates what could have been if he had not acted in the ways he did.

“I analyze the statistics that prove how his policies saved us from the abysmal circumstances that could have been,” Pewitt said.

His short story, “Music from a Small Planet,” will be published in Paper Nautilus this spring. The story traces one man’s attempt to understand his wife’s empty-nest-syndrome after their daughter leaves for college.

“The man realizes that-due to his own decisions-he’s pushed both women away from him, and perhaps worse, from each other,” Pewitt explained.

Pewitt currently teaches two creative writing classes at Flagler and received his masters of fine arts in fiction writing from the University of Arizona. Pewitt has published roughly a dozen stories and focuses much of his work on themes of familial responsibility.

Source: Flagler College


National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba – free concert November 4


St. Augustine Amphitheatre Celebrates City’s History and 450th Anniversary with Free Performance by the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba

As part of its first tour of the United States since the Castro Revolution, The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will perform a free, non-ticketed concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 4 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South. The orchestra’s performance will be presented as a gift to the City of St. Augustine and St. Johns County from the University of Florida and its partnering organizations. This classical presentation will signify the launch of a three-year cultural collaboration that will acknowledge the 500th Anniversary of the landing of Juan Ponce de León in 2013; the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act in 2014; and the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration in 2015. For more than 50 years, the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba has been instrumental in introducing Cuban and Latin American music to the international classical music community. The presentation, which will include the Cuban Overture as well as compositions by Beethoven, Gershwin, and Lecuona is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Gates open at 3 p.m. For more information please visit

Source: City of St. Augustine


Voguit to Examine Two-Party System During Community Lecture Series Event


Every election year tells the same story, Republicans and Democrats battle for the right to hold powerful positions in our country with third party candidates often an afterthought. But with nothing in the Constitution or federal laws discussing a two-party system, how did this become the political norm?

“I have looked at presidential elections, congressional elections and gubernatorial elections between 1865 and 1900 and clearly America was voting for Democrats or Republicans,” said Flagler College assistant professor Steve Voguit. “I am intrigued by this tradition since the constitution does not require political parties at all.”

Voguit will address this topic as he continues the 2012 Community Lecture Series on Oct. 23 with a talk on “United Nation, Divided Nation: Patterns in American Politics after the Civil War.”

“I’ll be attempting to show the solidifying of the two-party tradition and the domination of the Democrats and Republicans at the national level,” said Voguit, who was recently included in the Princeton Review’s latest book, “The Best 300 Professors.” “I will also talk briefly about the political conditions of that time like high voter turnout and very close elections for instance as well as the establishment of tradition in our society in general and in this case politically.”

Professor Voguit earned his M.Ed. and B.S. degrees from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. He also completed graduate coursework at the University of Florida, the University of South Florida and Texas State University.

Voguit’s lecture is the second in this year’s lecture series entitled “Reconstruction & Gild: Wealth, Innovation and the Pursuit of Status in Late 19th Century America” which focuses on defining moments in American history during the mid to late 1800s. Speakers will discuss the topic through the lens of their particular discipline.

Tickets are $5 per person for a single lecture, or $15 for four lectures. Active military personnel may attend at no charge. Lectures begin at 10 a.m. in the Flagler Room at Flagler College, 74 King St. Reservations are required, but space is limited. The lecture will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a coffee and pastry reception.

For reservations or more information, call Holly Hill, Assistant Director of College Relations at (904) 819-6282. To watch a live stream of these lectures, visit

Flagler College is an independent, four-year, comprehensive baccalaureate college located in St. Augustine, Fla. The college offers 24 majors, 29 minors and two pre-professional programs, the largest majors being business, education and communication. Small by intent, Flagler College has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, as well as a satellite campus at Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee, Fla. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review regularly feature Flagler as a college that offers quality education at a relatively low cost; tuition is $23,690, including room and board. A relatively young institution (founded in 1968), Flagler College is also noted for the historic beauty of its campus. The main building is Ponce de Leon Hall, built in 1887 as a luxury resort by Henry Flagler, who co-founded the Standard Oil Company with John D. Rockefeller. For more on Flagler College, visit

Source: Flagler College

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