Community “Happenings” for Riverside, Avondale, Ortega and Murray Hill

This page includes local events and celebrations that the specific neighborhoods have going on throughout the month of the publication date. Keep an eye out for what’s going on in your neck of the woods.

McDuff Avenue traffic concerns resident

McDuff Avenue traffic concerns resident

Called the Death Corner by nearby resident David deForrest, the intersection of Riverside and McDuff Avenues has seen more than its share of fender benders or worse, as long as deForrest has lived there. Fortunately for those involved, there have been no deaths on Death Corner. “No one has actually been killed or gets hurt. […]

Jacksonville honors patriots, fallen heroes

Jacksonville honors patriots, fallen heroes

The attack on the consulate in Benghazi was a tragedy for Americans, from service members to the staff of the State Department and others serving abroad. It was an unnecessary loss of life, compounded by a lack of response for support for those serving on foreign soil. The lives of four people were lost on […]

Appeal filed against Planning Commission approval of restaurant

An Avondale resident has filed an appeal with City Council against the Planning Commission’s Aug. 18 decision to approve a 120-seat restaurant in the 5,470-square-foot space formerly occupied by the retail store Cowford Traders. Alicia Grant, who lives on Riverside Avenue behind the Shoppes of Avondale, filed the appeal the first week in September and […]

Avondale teen represents Sea Cadets in India

For two summers, Sea Cadet Chief Petty Officer Vivian Dees of Avondale served as a United States host for international Sea Cadets traveling here, but now it’s her turn to leave the country. Dees, a member of NAS Jacksonville’s historic F.D. Roosevelt Naval Sea Cadet Squadron, is one of only three cadets selected to represent […]

Riverside church celebrates 90 years of Lutheran heritage

Riverside church celebrates 90 years of Lutheran heritage

While not yet its centennial, nine decades of serving the Lord and the community is worthy of celebration for members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Riverside. A 90th Anniversary 1926 Garden Party is planned for Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Ortega River Club, formerly the German-American Club, a long-time social gathering place for Trinity members. […]

Never Too Old: Ortega woman flies ‘friendly skies’ for 50-plus years

Never Too Old: Ortega woman flies ‘friendly skies’ for 50-plus years

Never Too Old takes a look at senior residents who think out of the box or step out of their comfort zone. If you know someone who has a similar story to share, send information to [email protected] Mary Dudley Childress sees nothing unusual about the longevity of her 53-year career as an international flight attendant […]

Flappers in force at annual RAP ball

Flappers in force at annual RAP ball

There’s no better way to celebrate the Roaring Twenties than at the 5th Annual Bootleggers’ Ball, presented by Riverside Avondale Preservation and sponsored by Riverside Dental. Guys and dolls all spiffed up in ragtime garb posed next to Clementine, a Model A owned by Al Heyn, member of the First Coast Region Model A Restorers […]

Local men harness the power of pink to eradicate breast cancer

Why would men – real men – wear pink? One reason may be in honor or memory of a loved one. This month 29 leaders in the community are wearing pink to help raise awareness about breast cancer – and other cancers – and to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Here’s a look […]

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