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FDOT ready to install new crosswalk at ‘the point’

FDOT ready  to install new crosswalk at ‘the point’

By Susanna P. Barton
Resident Community News

The Florida Department of Transportation will install a new, much anticipated pedestrian crosswalk this month at “the point”—the dodgy southern intersection of old San Jose Boulevard and Hendricks Avenue at Southside United Methodist Church.
FDOT officials said they will be issuing a work order to upgrade the pedestrian crosswalk signing and pavement markings. They anticipated the work to be complete within nine weeks of mid-March.
Spokesman Mike Goldman shared an overhead view of the crossing with more specifics of the crossing upgrade. Some of the most visual elements of the plan will be the new fluorescent yellow pedestrian crossing signs with downward pointing arrows. The first pair of signs will be placed where cars begin to veer off Hendricks Avenue to the right onto San Jose Boulevard. Another pair of signs will flank the newly striped crossing. Additionally, two more bright yellow signs will indicate it is “the state law to stop” when pedestrians are in the crosswalk.
The crossing will be hard to miss. That’s just what representatives from San Marco Preservation Society (SMPS) were hoping for when they approached FDOT about the idea late last year. Valerie Feinberg, an SMPS leader and local mother who has been involved in the neighborhood’s Safe Routes to School initiatives, helped lead the charge. Her son’s bike was struck by car in the crosswalk last year. While unhurt, her son and his experience helped bring the danger home.
District 5 City Councilwoman Lori Boyer said there is some discussion about installing a similar crossing at the south end of old San Jose Boulevard where the road feeds into State Road 13 (or San Jose Boulevard). Like the northern crossing, the southern crossing—near Watson Martial Arts—also is difficult for pedestrians and bicyclists to pass.

Community mourns Regan, loss of innocence

Community mourns Regan, loss of innocence

This
time last year, the community gathered at Episcopal High School to
celebrate a project near and dear to the heart of Head of School Dale
Regan — the dedication of Parks and Lastinger halls. In a sad turn of
events, the community will again convene between the two buildings to
memorialize Regan, who lost her life on March 6.

The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on March 9 in Campion Courtyard, a pristine setting between the two halls.

Regan, who has worked at Episcopal since 1978 and served as its
Head of School for the past six years, was killed in her office this
week by former Spanish teacher Shane Schumerth. Schumerth had been
terminated earlier in the day for “failing to meet the expectations of
the school.” A statement from Episcopal said Schumerth was repeatedly
counseled for “issues associated with attendance and a lack of
timeliness in complying with the requirements of the position.” After
being fired, Schumerth returned to the school with an AK-47 hidden in a
guitar case and shot Regan multiple times in her office before killing
himself.

No students or faculty were hurt, although the school was on
lockdown for more than an hour before students were able to leave. The
school has been closed since Tuesday and is expected to reopen at the
end of spring break on March 19.

The event has been described as one of the worst tragedies in recent history to affect the community on such a level.

Regan leaves a rich legacy in the field of education and in the
community. This summer, she was named an EVE Award for Education winner
by The Florida Times-Union. She came to Episcopal as a teacher from
Sandalwood High School in 1978 and moved into the Head of School
position after many years of teaching English.

Through social media sources and other local outlets, many in the
community have expressed their love and appreciation for Regan —
recalling her smile, the way she remembered all students and for the way
she modeled professionalism, good citizenship, faith and integrity.
According to her obituary, she attended neighborhood schools Landon
Middle School and Wolfson High School before attending Florida State
University and the University of North Florida, where she received her
master’s degree. She is survived by two sons, John and Duke, as well as a
sister, Denise Hunt and her parents, Allen and Charlotte Duke.

The family requests donations be made to the Dale D. Regan Memorial Fund at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville.