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FEMA buy-out a gift for St. Nicholas woman who lost everything

FEMA buy-out a gift for St. Nicholas woman who lost everything

Amended Feb. 12, 2018 Bonnie Arnold said she never expected to get such a wonderful gift in such a disagreeable way. Last September Hurricane Irma destroyed her Reed Avenue home and her business, Bonnie’s Floral Designs. “The water was up to the windowsills,” she said. The river water, infused with sewage from a failed JEA […]

Property owner to take developer to court over proposed Southbank high-rise

The owner of the former Aetna building is continuing to fight the proposed development by Ventures Development on the adjacent vacant property on the Southbank. GV-IP Jacksonville Owner LLC is asking the Circuit Court to review a decision by the Downtown Development Review Board that granted several deviations to the plan to build a 13-story […]

Truck route ordinance would deter neighborhood cut-throughs

Truck drivers could soon be getting designated routes through Jacksonville to help them navigate the city while avoiding unnecessary trips down residential streets. District 5 Councilwoman Lori Boyer, who represents San Marco, said designated truck routes are common in most large cities, but this will be a first for Jacksonville. Ordinance 2017-807 would establish 52 […]

Mural artist’s unique style began as classroom teaching aid

Mural artist’s unique style began as classroom teaching aid

Businesses in two of Jacksonville’s historic districts are spreading a message of love, thanks to the unique style of contemporary street artist – and second-grade teacher – Christopher Sweeney. The Vero Beach resident was first engaged by Murray Hill Preservation Society to add another mural to its growing collection. Sweeney came to Jacksonville in 2017 […]

Morning Star School classroom named after former student

Morning Star School classroom named after former student

At Morning Star School, bright futures are forged with love and care for some of Jacksonville’s most deserving children. The family of one of those children has never forgotten the warmth, concern and great start given to Sharon Cascone Ray, one of the first students of Morning Star back in 1956 when it was founded […]

Chance to shoot old schoolhouse brings out volunteers

Chance to shoot old schoolhouse brings out volunteers

Public School No. 4, also known as Annie Lytle Elementary School in Riverside, has long held an attraction for artists…graffiti artists, primarily, but local photographers were invited to the site to legally shoot photos inside and out…after first volunteering two hours of clean-up time. Gathering on Jan. 6, a couple dozen people came with shovels, […]

Local man thrives as Special Olympic athlete, mentor to others

As the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, kick off this month, local athletes are returning from Special Olympics state competitions in Orlando, Florida. One Westside young man, Greg Myers, has been a Special Olympics athlete for the past eight years and plays point guard on the Duval County Special Olympics basketball team. […]

Neighborhood café celebrates major milestone, family business

Neighborhood café celebrates major milestone, family business

In May 1998, Tony Jarvis opened the Cool Moose Café with the goal to deliver friendly service, excellent food and coffee to the Riverside neighborhood, and to share his love for the Red Sox and iconic moose (the namesake) throughout the café by way of décor and collectibles. Two decades later, the family-run business has […]