Committee on planned unit development zoning roll out first draft legislation

Hoping to usher in the new year with an ordinance that will tighten applications for rezoning to planned unit developments (PUD), John Crescimbeni (Councilmember At-Large), Lori Boyer (District 5) and Bill Gulliford (District 13) discussed a draft of Ordinance 2018-855 at the special committee’s fourth meeting Dec. 7 at City Hall. The impetus of the […]

Jaguars supporters tackle hunger at annual tasting event

Jaguars supporters tackle hunger at annual tasting event

The Taste of the NFL Jacksonville, part of a league-wide initiative of football teams working within their own communities to help tackle hunger, was held Dec. 10 in the U.S. Assure Club.  “The reason why we are here tonight is because hunger is an issue that touches all of our hearts, and especially the hearts […]

Opening night gala celebrates charm of Old Palm Beach

Opening night gala celebrates charm of Old Palm Beach

Arguably the most highly-anticipated social event in Jacksonville, the Women’s Board’s opening night gala for the 42nd Annual Art & Antiques show successfully kicked off the holiday season of giving for The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital.  The show’s theme, A Place in the Sun, featured Lilly Pulitzer-inspired decor with hundreds of guests in […]

Supporters raise awareness of Learn to Read mission

Supporters raise awareness of Learn to Read mission

It’s been nearly 50 years since Learn to Read took on its mission to improve adult literacy in Duval County. To raise a little money and bring awareness to its noble goal, the nonprofit held Learn to Read Cocktails for Literacy at The Grape & Grain Exchange Nov. 30. “We are excited that our 50th […]

Look at New Year’s resolutions with fresh eyes, open heart

Look at New Year’s resolutions with fresh eyes, open heart

Self-improvement goals are high on the list of common New Year’s resolutions, but joining a gym, reading self-help books or taking up a new hobby aren’t the only ways to improve your outlook on the year ahead.  Volunteering not only addresses many resolutions but also makes the community a better place for everyone. Sharing your […]

Career volunteer finds special joy in serving others

Young women today might not understand how a college-educated woman would choose to pursue a career in volunteerism instead of entering the workforce. But for Joan LeChot Shewbrooks, in the 1960s, marriage to a corporate executive meant frequent moves up and down the East Coast, to the Midwest and overseas.  Not only was it difficult […]

Art Center, Art League promote opportunities for artists of all levels

Art Center, Art League promote opportunities for artists of all levels

It was standing room only for over 200 visitors at the Dec. 1 Open House at the Murray Hill Art Center, where recent works by students were on exhibit and instructors gave demonstrations. The Center on Kerle Street is part of the Art League of Jacksonville and offers classes and workshops for all ages and […]

Centenarian’s birthday deemed best party of her lifetime

Riverside resident Maxine Meritt Kroll is always on the go. For a woman who recently celebrated her centennial birthday, she can leave others much younger in her dust. “If you want to get on her dance card you need to try two or three weeks in advance,” said Bill Schmidt, a longtime friend who, with […]

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