Children surprised with late gift after returning to school

Children surprised with late gift after returning to school

Imagine a playground in such bad shape it fell apart when it was moved to make way for building construction. For over a year, students at Morning Star Catholic School didn’t have swings or a slide or other playground equipment on which to play and expend their energy. “The old playground was over by the […]

Community gives back to neighborhood parks

Other than libraries, there’s probably nothing about which more passion is sparked and more discussion created than public parks. Whether it’s turning a “passive” greenspace into a specialty park – such as a dog park, a community garden, or a destination playground – or simply attempting to maintain access to or through a park, residents […]

From mediocre to magnificent, pipe organ swells in praise

From mediocre to magnificent, pipe organ swells in praise

Aficionados of pipe organ music will have an opportunity to hear the results of a transformation to the pipe organ at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, which also underwent renovations over the past year. The organ renovation was one of many projects identified by the parish’s Strategic Planning Committee, which launched a $2 million capital campaign […]

Local artists, musicians support old classmate in honoring son’s memory

Local artists, musicians support old classmate in honoring son’s memory

There’s a lot to be said about not forgetting one’s roots. For Tom Townsend, who grew up on Woodmere Drive, the lifelong friendships made with residents of Riverside, Avondale and Ortega proved there’s truth to the adage. Townsend’s father was a Jacksonville pediatrician, and his mother taught a short time at West Riverside. With brother, […]

Heart patient runs ‘Green Monster’ after surgery

Heart patient runs ‘Green Monster’ after surgery

Donald Edwards, a Fairfax Manor resident since October 2013, is a little bit chagrinned about his time running the 2018 Gate River Run. He ran the 15K in 1:40:52, placing 3,527 out of 5,752 men and said it wasn’t his best time by far, but he can be excused. In December 2017, Edwards underwent a […]

Workshop helps dispel rumors about historic renovations process

When Rick Pariani and his wife, Susan Painter, bought their 1927 two-story home on Avondale Avenue in early 2017, they had some ideas for renovating the 2,200-square-foot structure. Despite hearing the process for getting a Certificate of Approval (COA) from the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission (JHPC) was tricky at best, contentious and expensive worst case, […]

Concert raises funds to help feed the hungry in Florida

Concert raises funds to help feed the hungry in Florida

Critically-acclaimed concert pianists Michelle Chen Kuo and son Christopher Kuo performed a two piano recital for the benefit of Feeding Northeast Florida March 10 at Friday Musicale. The musicians are currently on a benefit tour for nonprofit organizations across the country, with more than 30 engagements in 19 states across the United States. Their most […]

Caroline Kennedy ends Forum season with elegance

Caroline Kennedy ends Forum season with elegance

The Florida Forum’s 2017-2018 season ended on a positive note for the Women’s Board, which was able to pay the last installment of a $4-million, five-year pledge to help Wolfson Children’s Hospital become a Pediatric Surgery Center of Distinction, including a professorship in pediatric surgery. The Forum’s final speaker was Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President […]