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The Way We Were: Betty and Tesch Brundick

The Way We Were: Betty and Tesch Brundick

By Victoria Register-Freeman   Betty Blount Brundick likes to point at the letter B cast in concrete above the front door of her home. Her eyes twinkle when she says,” Tesch married me for the B.” The couple met at Lakeshore Junior High School in seventh grade.  Betty remembers, “My class opened Lakeshore. For part […]

Go-Givers: Mary Swart

Go-Givers: Mary Swart

By Julie Kerns Garmendia   After retirement from Bellsouth’s Human Resources department in 2003, Mary Swart’s years of volunteering meant that her charities just moved higher on her priority list. She refers to husband Michael, a retired colonel of the U.S. Army Reserves who also worked for the U.S. Department of Labor, as her dependable […]

Go-Givers: Kevin Kuzel

Go-Givers: Kevin Kuzel

By Julie Kerns Garmendia   In 2001 Kevin Kuzel, a former U.S. Navy Pilot who heartily calls himself a diehard Texan, moved to Jacksonville from Dallas. His roots in a Dallas historic district neighborhood meant that Commander Kuzel was immediately drawn to the Avondale Riverside area. The Kuzels are currently in the midst of a […]

The sun has come out: Local actress takes school lead in “Annie”

The sun has come out: Local actress takes school lead in “Annie”

Fishweir Elementary School student, Jetti Godwin, scored one of the biggest roles of her acting career last month when she was asked to play Annie in the school’s end-of-the-year production. Godwin, a starlet in the making who began working on her lines in early January, said she was nervous when she came on stage. But […]

Alumni return for reunion party

Alumni return for reunion party

Graduates from the St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School’s Class of 2006 returned to their Ortega alma mater for a reunion party. The gathering commemorated the students’ recent graduation from high school. Held in the school’s new Lori Schiavone Commons, the reunion gathered former teachers and students — many council leaders and team captains at their […]

Fishing for compliments

Fishing for compliments

By Ally Schneider, Lily El Hassan, Brendan Farrell and Abbie Miller   Mrs. Ossi, the 7th grade religion teacher at San Jose Catholic School, suggested to her students that we do a Lenten project at school We all enthusiastically agreed. When it came time to choose the project, everyone poured in their ideas. The number one […]

Students’ creativity brings light to Wolfson patients

Students’ creativity brings light to Wolfson patients

By Morgan McGovern and Erin Corbett   During the Lenten season, the 7th graders at San Jose Catholic School were asked to come up with ideas for a project to give back to the community. Morgan came up with the idea of taking three strips of bandanas and braiding them together into a bracelet.  She thought it […]

Summer’s here, surf’s up: Time for a beach safari

Summer’s here, surf’s up: Time for a beach safari

By Jessica Basham Therriault Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission   Not everyone has a green backyard with bushes and trees. Florida is a peninsula, with the longest coastline of all states in the continental United States. Most of Florida’s nearly 19 million residents live less than 60 miles from the Atlantic Ocean or the […]