Neighborhood News

Developer appeals Historic Preservation Commission ruling

Developer appeals Historic Preservation Commission ruling

Builder/remodeler John Wells, owner of Classic American Building and Remodeling, Inc. is appealing a March 22 decision by the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission to save a house at 1423 Rensselaer Ave. in Avondale from demolition. After the Planning and Development Department denied John Wells’ request to demolish the (at minimum) 86-year-old, 477-square-foot house, the builder/remodeler […]

New playground coming for Murray Hill children

New playground coming for Murray Hill children

Thanks to the efforts of a few Murray Hill residents who petitioned District 14 Councilman Jim Love for “equal time” when it comes to playgrounds, parents with young children will now have a safe, close place to take their youngsters. For the past 10 years, Nathan and Candace White have lived a block from Four […]

Former Riverside grammar school sold for taxes again

Former Riverside grammar school sold for taxes again

Once again, the Annie Lytle Elementary School on Gilmore and Chelsea Streets has been acquired in a tax certificate auction. The building was purchased for $106,800 in back taxes, according to the Duval County Clerk of the Courts, who was not able to divulge the name of the buyer. The historic school, which is surrounded […]

Handling of JSYO business leaves donors, students puzzled

Handling of JSYO business leaves donors, students puzzled

For more than two decades, Scott Gregg, 51, has lifted the baton for thousands of young musicians – 2,250 to be exact – as principal conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. Despite accolades from his students, Maestro Gregg, as he is called, was notified of his release from the JSYO just prior to his […]

A Century to be Celebrated

A Century to be Celebrated

When Jacksonville University President Tim Cost received his diploma in 1981 from President Frances Bartlett Kinne, he most likely didn’t think he would have to recall the words she whispered to him 36 years ago, but the 100-year-old educator challenged his memory May 23 at her birthday celebration. “Do well?” he responded. “I told you […]

Retired DA principal continues to feel love from the community

Although Jackie Cornelius officially retired as principal of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts with great fanfare in April, she was still feeling the love from the city and her former school in May. On May 9, the Jacksonville City Council adopted Resolution 2017-338-A, honoring and commending Cornelius, a San Marco resident, for her 47 […]

DA honors Helen Lane for three decades of giving

DA honors Helen Lane for three decades of giving

With hoopla and much fanfare, the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Foundation honored Helen Lane’s three decades of giving to the school when it held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the Helen Murchison Lane Art Gallery at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts May 22. Duval County Public School board members and city officials […]

Morning Star School welcomes two major donors for new high school campaign

Morning Star School welcomes two major donors for new high school campaign

Two new major donors have joined the Morning Star Circle of Friends with $100,000 donations. Mary Pat and David Kulik, of Marsh Landing, will name the new high school wing while Patty and Rick Jones, of Mandarin, have naming rights for the new middle school wing. Morning Star School, a Catholic special education school, is […]