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.

New YMCA opens in Brooklyn to serve diverse community

New YMCA opens in Brooklyn to serve diverse community

The Winston Family YMCA opened its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 26 to much applause from nearly 500 well-wishers, supporters and members, many of whom sported “I survived Yates” T-shirts, poking fun at maintenance issues at the aging Yates Family YMCA. The new $21 million flagship branch replaces the Yates Y, which served the […]

Many development projects proposed for Historic District

Many development projects proposed for Historic District

Plans are in the works for a vacant lot at the corner of Stockton and College Streets to be developed into two multi-story live/work units. At its Aug. 18 meeting, the Planning Commission approved two applications submitted by Hunter Hayden, of Hayden Hawk Investment Group, who wants to subdivide a 72×117-foot lot into two 36×117-foot […]

New liquor store to open near Naval Air Station Jacksonville

New liquor store to open near Naval Air Station Jacksonville

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits is planning to open a new two-story store later this year at 6313 Roosevelt Blvd., in the Target Plaza next to Naval Air Station Jacksonville. It will replace the current building a mile north in the Venetia Village retail center. More than 8,000 square feet of retail space is under […]

If these Walls Could Talk : Four sisters re-live childhood, youth in Avondale home

If these Walls Could Talk : Four sisters re-live childhood, youth in Avondale home

If the 80-year-old Ward family home at 4236 St. Johns Avenue could talk, it might have a lot to say about the six sisters who grew up within its walls. Built in 1937 for William “Buck” Ward and Ruth Burt Ward – classmates at Robert E. Lee High School, the two-story brick house was home […]

Revolutionary War coin found in Old Ortega yard

Revolutionary War coin found in Old Ortega yard

Chip Kirkpatrick is still digging up history in Old Ortega. His latest find includes a gold-plated, silver-colored Victorian-era coin purse, or flapper’s purse, popular from the late 1800s to the 1920s. Using his metal detecting skills, a curiosity for finding lost objects and a passion for uncovering the past, Kirkpatrick unearthed the purse from four […]

Local Republican women honor federation’s oldest member

Arlington resident Dr. Marian Hall, 103, was doubly honored by a Who’s Who list of local Republican leaders who gathered at the Lexington Hotel Aug. 11 to wish her a happy birthday and to acknowledge her as the oldest living member of the National Republican Women’s Federation. Hall received a certificate from the National Federation […]

Avondale woman goes to the dogs

Avondale woman goes to the dogs

Soft-hearted doesn’t begin to describe Avondale resident Rebekah Harp. A Special Education teacher at W.E. Cherry Elementary in Clay County, Harp has an affinity for special-needs dogs and kids. Harp did not go out of her way to get these dogs. Someone would tell her about an abused or abandoned dog and she would spring […]

Residents dive in overseas to learn ‘le français’

Residents dive in overseas to learn ‘le français’

Imagine sightseeing onboard a three-story high mechanical elephant, as it lumbers along, trumpeting loudly and spewing water from its flailing trunk at passersby,  Residents from Jacksonville experienced the heartbeat of French lifestyle in just such a Jules Verne-type of fanciful way, thanks to an opportunity to attend a language immersion program developed with Jacksonville’s sister […]