St. Nicholas children meet St. Nick at annual holiday bash

St. Nicholas children meet  St. Nick at annual holiday bash

For the third year in a row, local businesses brought holiday spirit to families living in the St. Nicholas neighborhood. On Dec. 14, excited children and their parents began lining up at St. Nicholas Train Station well before Santa’s 5:30 p.m. arrival to enjoy Jolly Christmas at St. Nick’s. In addition to sharing their Christmas […]

Republican Women honor Public Defender Charlie Cofer

Republican Women honor Public Defender Charlie Cofer

The Republican Women’s Club of Duval Federated, led by its president, Sharon Light, held its monthly luncheon Dec. 14 at San Jose Country Club. Special guests included Mayor Lenny Curry, who gave the keynote remarks, Sheriff Mike Williams, The Honorable Charlie Cofer, several city council members, with appearances by Santa Claus and The Grinch. After […]

Warm weather draws large crowds to Christmas in Avondale

Warm weather draws large crowds to Christmas in Avondale

From one end of the Shoppes of Avondale to the other, the annual Christmas in Avondale event held Dec. 2 was anchored by music. At the south end, in front of the Avondale Gift Boutique, students from Ortega Elementary School’s Steel Drum Band performed under the direction of Shaun Bennett, music instructor. Three blocks north, […]

Local agencies, businesses make holidays merry for others

Local agencies, businesses make holidays merry for others

From the very youngest who need a head start and a helping hand to seniors who may face the holidays alone, local businesses and agencies did their part to make the holidays brighter for those who are often forgotten. The children at the Early Learning Center at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in […]

5 Points merchants shut down Lomax for good cause

5 Points merchants shut down Lomax for good cause

Elsa and Anna, from the movie, “Frozen,” weren’t the only cold characters as they posed for photos with shivering children at the first annual Christmas on Lomax Block Party and Toy Drive Dec. 9 in Historic 5 Points. One block of Lomax, between Oak and Park Streets was closed for the party, which included a […]

Local road race remains strong, impacts community

Local road race remains strong, impacts community

A passionate committee recently met to plan, strategize, and organize the game plan for this year’s 6th Annual Mt. Acosta Classic, a major fundraiser for the Jared Bynum Scholarship Foundation. The Feb. 17 bicycle road race and running event will have rubber hitting the road in tandem with runners on the same course as cyclists. […]

Ortega Point property owners to decide on utility conversion

Ortega property owners from Grand Avenue north to Ortega Boulevard, which swings around the point south to Manitou Avenue, met with the Jacksonville Energy Authority late last year to discuss a proposed project to convert the existing overhead utility service underground. The JEA conversion program focuses on undergrounding overhead electric, telephone, cable television, communication or […]

State legislation threatens local control over trees

The planting of three bald cypress trees at Nathan Krestul Park last month turned into a call for action to defeat state legislation that would abolish tree mitigation laws and funds that pay for trees to be planted on public property. The gathering Dec. 11 on San Jose Boulevard celebrated the new, improved website, JaxDigsTrees.com, […]