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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. […]

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 […]