Neighborhood News

District 3 school board candidate files suit

District 3 school board candidate files suit

By Susanna P. Barton   District 3 School Board candidate Jack Daniels has filed a lawsuit against Jerry Holland, supervisor of elections for Duval County, alleging signatures on the petitions of fellow candidates Ashley Smith-Juarez and Andrew Cordek were not properly verified. When reached by phone in mid-July, Holland said the city filed a motion to […]

School supporters re-launch nonprofit

School supporters re-launch nonprofit

A group of parents, alumni and faculty has relaunched The Friends of Hendricks, a non-profit organization that helps support the school’s efforts. The group’s mission is to increase the available funding to provide for additional resources required to ensure exemplary education for the students of Hendricks Avenue Elementary School. It differs from the PTA in both how […]

Either oar: City studies kayak options

By Susanna P. Barton The city continues to weigh its options for a kayak launch in the San Marco/San Jose area. The most recent idea to surface designating a site at Lake Marco, where kayakers and boaters could enter in still waters and paddle out to the St. Johns via the small channel under River […]

City named top arts destination

Residents here have known this for a long time, but now the rest of the country is clued in: Jacksonville is a pretty incredible arts destination. Readers of AmericanStyle magazine ranked Jacksonville 15th on its list of top arts destinations in the country among big cities with populations of 500,000 or greater. Jacksonville was also […]

School grades reveal improvement at Fishweir, Spring Park

The Florida Department of Education has released the 2012 school grades for Duval County Public Schools. Despite the anticipated decrease in school grades, Duval County Public Schools was the only school district in the state to increase the number of “A” schools and decrease the number of “F” schools. “A decrease in school grades was expected because of the increased rigor,” […]

Community garden interest budding

By Susanna P. Barton   Plans for a community garden at the old Willowbranch Branch Rose Garden Park are beginning to take root. After years of discussion and planning, Riverside Avondale Preservation’s “Green Team” committee has met with city officials and gauged local interest in the garden — which would start with 20-25 garden plots, […]

Neighborhood survey targets Riverside/Avondale, San Marco to rid streets of visual pollution

Neighborhood survey targets Riverside/Avondale, San Marco to rid streets of visual pollution

By Steve DiMattia   A dead tree. A rusted fire hydrant. A cracked sidewalk. Graffiti on a road sign. You may travel Riverside/Avondale daily and not necessarily notice these signs of degradation among all of the otherwise historic beauty of the neighborhood – “we get used to ugly,” the saying goes. But for 150 City […]

Open water swimmer glides forward

Open water swimmer glides forward

By Susanna P. Barton   When Riverside resident Jim Alabiso reflects on the recent “Up the River” 12-mile swim for the St. Johns, he says he’s so pleased has to pick his jaw up off the floor. “We had 42 volunteers and 100 supporters and sponsors, it’s just incredible,” Alabiso said last month in the […]