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Residents protest City’s plan to use park for debris site

  In the wake of Hurricane Irma, another crisis was averted in the early days of clean up when District 5 Councilwoman Lori Boyer thwarted a plan to turn Alexandria Oaks Park into a dump site for storm debris. The park along the FEC railroad tracks between Marco Place and River Oaks Road is popular […]

Regular mammograms caught breast cancer early

Regular mammograms caught breast cancer early

Mammograms were part of Michele Steinfeld’s routine. She started having them annually when she turned 40 and now at age 65, she didn’t think too much about it. So, the phone call from the doctor’s office caught her off guard. There was a little spot. It looked suspicious. She needed a diagnostic mammogram. Then a […]

Local florist determined to start over despite loss of home, business

Local florist determined to start over despite loss of home, business

Long before Irma, Bonnie Arnold worked for about 25 years as a director of nonprofit organizations, with a focus on fundraising. She helped to open three charter schools in Duval County that help students who have dropped out to re-engage their academics. She was one of the founders of PawPrints, the annual painting of the […]

San Marco flooding illustrates best in people during toughest of times

San Marco flooding illustrates best in people during toughest of times

Calmly watching the news about flooding in San Marco around 4 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, River Road resident Sharon Reichert said she wasn’t alarmed until she got up and discovered the St. Johns River flowing into her dining room. “I was watching the flood on TV while it was coming into the house,” she […]

Wolfson Children’s Hospital nurses rally around one of own

Wolfson Children’s Hospital nurses rally around one of own

Shortly before Hurricane Irma was scheduled to come through Northeastern Florida, area hospitals and medical centers required critical care and emergency room staff to report for “lock down” to ensure the safety and well-being of their patients. Anjelique Martinez, a certified nursing assistant in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, arrived home […]

Church, community groups come together for hurricane refuge

Church, community groups come together for hurricane refuge

For several weeks, the congregation of Southside Baptist had been hearing sermons by Pastor Gary Webber on “Love Well,” how Jesus’ followers should love everyone, always. And then Hurricane Irma arrived with the homework — 70 evacuees. For two weeks, the white colonial church at Hendricks Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard did double duty as an […]

Centenarian a trailblazer, may be record holder as well

Centenarian a trailblazer, may be record holder as well

Mada Allen’s eyes were misty as she listened intently to the old familiar words of her Kappa Delta (KD) sorority song. Always think of KD when you hear this melody. We’ll be wishing you goodnight in sleepy harmony. May your days all be bright ones, may your cares all be light ones, Tonight while moonlight […]

Third-grade student sends over $1,500 to Texas Diaper Bank

Third-grade student sends over $1,500 to Texas Diaper Bank

Mattie Sacks, a third-grade student at Hendricks Avenue Elementary School, put her love for baking to philanthropic use last month. The San Marco resident raised more than $750 for the Texas Diaper Bank for Hurricane Harvey relief selling chocolate chip cookies. “She wanted to give to the diaper bank because we have one-year-old twins, and […]