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Conservation nonprofit gains land, wins federal funds

Conservation nonprofit gains land, wins federal funds

After ending 2017 with donations of hundreds of acres, the North Florida Land Trust ushered in the new year with the announcement it had been chosen for $3.56 million in federal funding. Following year-end acquisitions of nearly 1,000 acres from generous donors, the Land Trust was chosen to receive the Regional Conservation Partnership Program award […]

Two bills under consideration affect parking, sidewalks

Two proposed ordinances currently before City Council’s Transportation, Energy and Utilities Committee would affect parking spaces for bikes, motorcycles and cars, and the size of sidewalks. Under Ordinance 2017-806, on-street parking spaces for motorcycles would be required to be 7-feet long and 4-feet wide (the current rule is 5 x 10 feet). On-street parallel parking […]

Patrons robbed at gunpoint at Avondale restaurant

An armed robbery took place again at The Brick, a restaurant in The Shoppes of Avondale. The first robbery, Oct. 17, 2017, targeted two employees who were leaving the restaurant after it closed. A little more than three months later, after exiting the restaurant Jan. 24, patrons were accosted by a gun-toting purse snatcher.  While […]

Avondale resident pushes back against Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission

It’s tough to make changes to buildings in a historic neighborhood, as Avondale resident Virginia Harris well knows. In November 2017, Harris was turned down by the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission (JHPC) when she submitted an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) to build a two-story addition onto her 1909 one-story home on the […]

For the love of children

For the love of children

There’s no doubt Tanya and Andy Hardaker love children. Their hearts are big enough, in fact, to open them to double the size of their biological family (one son and two daughters) with another son and two more daughters – a sibling set of three. If six youngsters were not enough to love, the Fishweir […]

Initial project snafu teaches Eagle Scout big lesson

Initial project snafu teaches Eagle Scout big lesson

Although an unexpected hitch derailed his first final project, San Marco’s Parker Joyce was able to begin again, learning valuable business lessons on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. Prior to his 18th birthday, Joyce, a senior at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, earned the Boy Scouts’ coveted Eagle Scout rank and admission into […]

Teen singers perform for Pope at Vatican

Teen singers perform  for Pope at Vatican

Teenagers from Jacksonville helped Pope Francis ring in the new year when members of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus Touring Choir (JCC) joined with the Upper School Chorale and Honors Chorale from the Episcopal School of Jacksonville to perform during the Papal Mass at the Vatican Jan.1. Jacksonville’s historic neighborhoods were well-represented in both choral organizations […]

The Way We Were : Bob & Barbara Swindell

The Way We Were : Bob & Barbara Swindell

Bob Swindell says that his and Barbara’s love story is the “greatest one ever told.”  “We’ve been married 57 years, 5 months, 26 days and 2½ hours,” he announced, glancing at his watch during an interview at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 13, 2018.  With a steel-trap memory, tempered and honed by deep affection for his […]