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Drama company puts new twist on old fairy tale

Drama company puts new twist on old fairy tale

In an adaptation of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, playwright Jeff Hess of Avondale takes the bears on a family vacation to the Caribbean, where they encounter “a pesky intruder, a trio of zealous designers, a capricious TV judge, and a bumbling animal researcher.” “It’s fairy tale meets reality TV – all G-rated, of course, […]

Miracle babies beat odds, now college bound

Miracle babies beat odds, now college bound

Born prematurely at 28 weeks the day before Thanksgiving in 1997, Ortega triplets Jake, Caroline and Robert Still graduated from The Episcopal School of Jacksonville last month having beaten the early odds of survival nearly 20 years ago. “They truly are our miracle babies, born on Nov. 26, 1997 at just over 2.5 lbs.,” said […]

The Way We Were: Ron and Diane Cohen

The Way We Were: Ron and Diane Cohen

When Ronald Stuart Cohen was born at St. Vincent’s Hospital in 1946 the total bill for the delivery and five days’ stay for him and his mother, Rose Lena, was $70.20. His father, Benjamin, paid $50 then and $20.20 later. Ron still has the receipt. Ron grew up with his brother Martin on Belote Place […]

The Way We Were: Anis Ira Daley and Barney Daley

The Way We Were: Anis Ira Daley and Barney Daley

When Dr. Gordon H. Ira Sr., bought a parcel on the Black Creek in the 1950s, his daughter, Anis Ira Daley, an Ortega resident, never dreamed five generations of her family would still enjoy the rustic retreat more than 60 years later. Even compared to a hang-gliding trip in New Zealand and a fly-fishing trip […]

Neighbors spearhead Largo Well Park makeover

Neighbors spearhead Largo Well Park makeover

San Marco’s 92-year-old Largo Well Park, home to many a neighborhood Easter egg hunt and other informal community gatherings over the years, is in dire need of a makeover. Plants in the park are overgrown and scraggly. The irrigation system is on the fritz and the artesian well, which sits in the center of the […]

San Marco residents preview Jackson Square plans

San Marco residents preview Jackson Square plans

Parking, security, and the density of the as-yet unplanned second phase of a new Jackson Square development were a few of the concerns posed by San Marco residents during a town hall meeting May 22 at Preservation Hall. Chance Partners Judd Bobilin of Orlando and Jeff Rosen of San Jose were on hand to answer […]

Developer appeals Historic Preservation Commission ruling

Developer appeals Historic Preservation Commission ruling

Builder/remodeler John Wells, owner of Classic American Building and Remodeling, Inc. is appealing a March 22 decision by the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission to save a house at 1423 Rensselaer Ave. in Avondale from demolition. After the Planning and Development Department denied John Wells’ request to demolish the (at minimum) 86-year-old, 477-square-foot house, the builder/remodeler […]

New playground coming for Murray Hill children

New playground coming for Murray Hill children

Thanks to the efforts of a few Murray Hill residents who petitioned District 14 Councilman Jim Love for “equal time” when it comes to playgrounds, parents with young children will now have a safe, close place to take their youngsters. For the past 10 years, Nathan and Candace White have lived a block from Four […]