Out and About

Plucky giant chicken finds new roost in Riverside

Plucky giant chicken finds new roost in Riverside

Snacker has a new home, her fourth in the past seven years, but this one is her forever home. The giant orange chicken recently flew the coop from Hemming Park, where she has been on display since April 2016, staring at park visitors and passers-by from between her scrawny chicken legs when she wasn’t gawking […]

Repainting Murray Hill one blank wall at a time

Repainting Murray Hill one blank wall at a time

If Jason Tetlak has his way, Murray Hill will become known as a fun, creative place to live and work. A graphic designer, former elementary school art teacher, and member of the Murray Hill Preservation Association board, Tetlak has big plans for the historic community. As coordinator for the MHPA-sponsored mural project, Tetlak began procuring […]

For the love of laughter

For the love of laughter

Barbara Anderson of San Marco loves to make people laugh. For her it is not just a hobby or a pleasant thing to do, it’s her passion. Anderson joined Gator Clowns in 1998 to provide an outlet for her mirth-making. Gator Clowns of Jacksonville is the oldest, active Clown Alley in North America, according to […]

Home from Capitol Hill

Home from Capitol Hill

It is an unheard-of breach of protocol to interrupt a congressman who has the floor at the U.S. House of Representatives while in the middle of closing arguments for a bill. When proceedings were halted July 8, 2016 so the entire U.S. Congress – Democrats and Republicans alike – could give Rep. Ander Crenshaw a […]

If These Walls Could Talk – Sweet Home Jacksonville

If These Walls Could Talk – Sweet Home Jacksonville

To look at the early 1900s graceful Prairie and Queen Anne architecture of Ed and Ruth Brown’s house nestled in a row of distinguished historic homes, you would not suspect the walls once rang with the rock ‘n roll reverberations of local bands Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers. This sweet home is not in […]

Volunteers tackle post-Matthew debris on Northbank

Volunteers tackle post-Matthew debris on Northbank

Rising Tides, the St. Johns Riverkeeper young professionals group, took a break from its typical monthly McCoys Creek cleanups in October to spend two weekends removing debris that washed ashore along the Northbank Riverwalk during Hurricane Matthew. Typically, McCoys Creek cleanups result in a stack of old tires and dozens of garbage bags full of […]

Find your perfect pumpkin

Find your perfect pumpkin

For more than 20 years, youth at Ortega United Methodist Church have hosted a pumpkin patch, providing area residents with fall décor and photo opportunities. This year they hope to break a record in sales, bringing in two full truckloads of pumpkins in all sizes. The first load, weighing 43,000 lbs., was delivered Sept. 24. […]

Crated ducks, geese find new home in Duck Pond

Crated ducks, geese find new home in Duck Pond

A new flock of waterfowl inhabit the Colonial Manor’s Duck Pond, thanks to the benevolence of Robin Ashourian of Waterman Road and her son, Justin. While shopping at the Beaver Street Farmer’s Market, the Ashourians, both avowed animal lovers, spotted six white ducks and two geese crammed into tiny crates baking in the hot sun. […]