For local parents, educators childhood obesity is not easy hurdle

By Ashley Wermick |

According to The Associated Press, one in three American children are now obese or overweight.

In response to that statistic, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced the “Let’s Move” campaign last week, which aims to eliminate childhood obesity in a generation. The campaign will make school lunches healthier, educate parents on healthy eating habits and encourage 60 minutes of physical activity daily.

Restaurant Review: The Gourmet Hut

By Desiree Hahn |

Visit the Gourmet Hut for an exquisite outing and enjoy a pleasurable meal consisting of a variety of meal options including bagels, sandwiches and salads. Enjoy a scrumptious sandwich to order or try a Breakfast Burrito from the all day breakfast menu.

I recommend the Avocado Delight, at only $4.95, it’s a delicious meal including an avocado sandwich, a side of tortilla chips and choice from variety of hummus dips. Meals are reasonably priced, averaging about $5 to $6 per meal.

Carmelo’s to open restaurant

By Emily Hoover |

The most convenient store in downtown St. Augustine just got a little more convenient.

Carmelo’s owner Joe Tringali has owned the corner Shell for 20 years. He is adding Carmelo’s Pizzeria to the bistro and gas station, ideally on March 21.

Flavors adds some flavor

By Liliana Cerquozzi |
Photo by Phil Sunkel

Walking into a low lit room filled with paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling and Christmas lights hanging from the walls, Flavors Eatery has the right ambiance for a night filled with Indie-acoustic sounds.

Sitting at a small table next to the stage set up in the corner, I watch two musicians doing what they love. Mandy Sloan, a 20-year-old musician, plays acoustic guitar and adds her raspy vocals to her set. Sloan plays her own music well as some well-known favorites such as Coldplay’s “Yellow.”

Farmers market vendor squeezes all-natural ingredients into lemonade

By Erica Andrew |
Photos by Mary Elizabeth Fair

The farmers market that takes place Wednesdays at the St. Johns County Pier and Saturdays at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre gives students, locals and tourists a chance to sample what St. Augustine has to offer- including a vendor serving all-natural lemonade.

The Sister Shack, a vendor at the farmers markets, makes lemonade, Italian ice, and smoothies from all natural products. Unlike the many lemonade brands that use corn syrup and additives, the Sister Shack boasts their use of fresh fruit and raw natural sugar.

New Leaf: Eco-friendly dining hall

By Lauren Belcher |
Illustration by Charis Harper

Around mid-January, I got an e-mail about the dining hall introducing a new vegetarian station.

I was excited that the college would make such a big transition, so I decided to check it out. Now, I am an employee of ARAMARK, but I work at Bugg’s Bistro, not the dining hall. I have no prior knowledge of what they do over there, other than my time as a freshman when I lived on campus.

Flagler grows ‘greener’ with Hunger Initiative

By Caroline Young |
Photo by Matthew Boyle

PHOTO CAPTION: Chuck Riffenburg created the proposal for a Flagler College Hunger Initiative. The initiative will grow food for the hungry and homeless in St. Augustine.

Riffenburg is First Chair of Student Government Association’s Green Committee. Along with friend Joshua Currie, Riffenburg created the Flagler College Hunger Initiative. He is also an intern for CitySprout and is helping build the garden boxes in Lincolnville.

Students to plant vermicompost bin on-campus

By Caroline Young |
Photo by Matthew Boyle

PHOTO CAPTION: Students are working on a system that will turn waste from Bugg’s Bistro into a soil amendment.

Ideas and projects are sprouting up all over campus, with one common goal: make Flagler “greener.” Student Government Association recently approved four environmental science students’ final class project, which is a fully functioning on-campus vermicomposting system.