Neighborhood News

Saving manatees one paddle stroke at a time

Saving manatees one paddle stroke at a time

The first annual Timucuan Paddleboard Race, held Aug. 5, raised $1,260 to support the new critical care manatee facility at the Jacksonville Zoo.  From a crowd of 40 to 50, 21 paddleboarders launched from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on to the Ortega River to paddle approximately two miles, turning at Ortega Island. Winners included David […]

Friday Musicale director has big visions for venue

Friday Musicale director has big visions for venue

Inside the elegant, white-columned, 1930s Colonial Revival-style building of Friday Musicale’s Riverside auditorium, a second-story, climate-controlled storage room is filled with rows and rows of tables lined end to end. Covered with white tablecloths, the items beneath are donations and artifacts of the nonprofit – some dating back to its establishment in 1890. They wait […]

High school dedicated for students with special needs

High school dedicated for students with special needs

Nine days after students returned to Morning Star School Aug. 9 to a brand new building, the Archbishop Joseph P. Hurley Building was blessed and dedicated in a morning ceremony Aug. 18. Thanks to the parents, organizations, corporations and Morning Star’s “Circle of Friends” who supported the “Building a Brighter Future” capital campaign, the Class […]

Halloween block party, parade casting wide net

Halloween block party, parade casting wide net

Perhaps riding on the coattails of its very successful centennial celebration a year ago, the Murray Hill Preservation Association is rolling out another event MHPA President Jason Tetlak calls “Jacksonville’s largest Halloween party.” Murray Hill-O-Ween was announced Aug. 5 but interest was sparked much earlier. “Some groups have already signed up to participate in the […]

Jacksonville media institution sold

The Florida Times-Union, a daily newspaper serving Northeast Florida for 134 years, was sold by Morris Com-munications Co. Aug. 9 to GateHouse Media, a division of New York-based New Media Investment Group. The Times-Union, with a daily circulation of nearly 45,000 and a Sunday circulation of more than 68,000, was one of 11 dailies Morris […]

Waterfront project provides retail and restaurant growth along the Marina Mile

San Marco’s Hightide Burrito Co. has announced plans to open a second location and serve up its infamous “Beach Mex” cuisine to the riverfront along Lakeside Drive, just south of the Roosevelt Mall. Hightide Burrito owner Alejandro (Alex) Juarez is planning to open next spring 2018 at the Sadler Point Retail Building on Lakeside Drive. […]

Differing outcomes for historic homes

Differing outcomes for historic homes

A 90-year-old Frame Vernacular style home on Algonquin Avenue in the Ortega Historic District was not able to meet at least four of seven criteria necessary for local landmark designation and thus save it from demolition. Although the City of Jacksonville Planning and Development Department found the two-story house at 2939 Algonquin Ave. met the […]

The Way We Were: Betty Swenson Bergmark

The Way We Were: Betty Swenson Bergmark

She gazed from her 8th floor balcony at the clear blue sky and the calm St. Johns River, remembering a turbulent time long ago when she danced as bombs dropped from the dark London skies.  “I was still a teenager when I began dancing professionally for the Royal Carl Rosa Ballet in London,” recalled Betty […]