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.

Riverside Avondale Preservation reveals luminaria plans for lighting up historic district

From one man’s simple idea to raise funds for a community organization, the annual Riverside Avondale Preservation luminaria night tradition has grown into an anticipated – some would say dreaded – neighborhood event. This year the event will be held Sunday, Dec. 17, at dusk. Yes, luminaria night has, over the years, grown into a […]

Promise of solar eclipse brings residents to local parks

With a nickname that promises more sunny days than not, Florida – The Sunshine State – fell down on the job Aug. 21, 2017. At least in Northeast Florida… in Jacksonville…where many pairs of solar glass-clad eyes tried to see the eclipse behind the clouds. Some areas of Jacksonville were, indeed, conducive to viewing the […]

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 […]

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