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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. […]

Pokémon GO takes historic neighborhoods by storm

Pokémon GO takes historic neighborhoods by storm

They can be seen in Riverside Park, Whatley Park in San Marco or wandering the streets of St. Nicholas or Murray Hill. Teens, undeterred by summer heat, trek along the sidewalks in 5 Points or San Marco Square or along St. Johns bulkhead in Riverfront Park, heads down, smartphones in hand, as they search for […]

Riverside institution closes its doors

Riverside institution closes its doors

The breakfast bunch. The round table. The tuna girls. Lawyers, doctors, politicians, retired folks, Riverside Presbyterian Day School parents and faculty, YMCA regulars, relatives, police officers. All who frequented Richard’s Sandwich Shoppe in 5 Points celebrated owner Richard Abboud’s retirement while lamenting the passing of an institution customers likened to “Cheers” – a place where […]

Abandoned bicycles serve good purpose for new lives

Abandoned bicycles serve good purpose for new lives

Officers in the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s Zone 4 Walking Beat know firsthand crime often occurs when someone lacks gainful employment. They also know getting and keeping a job depends on having reliable transportation to a bus stop or to the workplace. If you don’t have a car, a bicycle can be the next best thing. […]

‘Dirt’ fisherman searches for treasure among trash

‘Dirt’ fisherman searches for treasure among trash

It took 50 years, but Chip Kirkpatrick, a former Boy Scout at Lakeshore Methodist Church, finally found his uniform kerchief slide. Kirkpatrick had lost it at his very first Scout meeting in 1964. He found it five decades later buried in four inches of mud on the church grounds. He also found a toy gun […]

Homeless feeding ministry in need of saving

Homeless feeding ministry in need of saving

Lead volunteers retiring after 16 years On April 30, when Murray Hill United Methodist Church members Larry and Jane Dixon retire from the Kester Kitchen Feeding Ministry, hundreds of homeless in the Murray Hill community may find it hard to locate their next free meal. After 16 years, the couple is retiring from their work […]

New group crosses beautiful barrier to unite riverfront residents

New group crosses beautiful barrier to unite riverfront residents

Though the river is considered by some to be Jacksonville’s “great divide,” for Sandra Fradd and Dorothy Merrick, the St. Johns is a means to bring together residents living in downtown condominiums and apartment buildings. It began 10 years ago when Merrick moved to Jacksonville and, in her words, “became completely engaged with living in […]