City Raises Contention Over Ethics Bill

City Raises Contention Over Ethics Bill

The Jacksonville Ethics Commission has issued a statement opposing a state bill containing amendments that it says would result in “reducing anti-corruption efforts of all local ethics commission in the State of Florida.” The bill in question – Senate Bill 7014 – was passed on Feb. 1 with amendments added “last minute,” the statement continued, […]

Historic Firsts for Miss Wolfson Competition

Historic Firsts for Miss Wolfson Competition

Sofia West was all smiles as she was crowned Miss Wolfson 2024 during the “Saturday Night Fever”-themed annual pageant at Samuel Wolfson School for Advanced Studies on Jan. 27. The competition was the closest ever in the pageant’s history, as there was a tie for first runner-up between Ella Hutsell and Skye Mason-Raper, with both […]

Record-Breaking Crowd for Ortega River Run

Record-Breaking Crowd for Ortega River Run

A record-breaking crowd cheered on nearly 1,700 runners during the 46th Annual W.W. Gay Ortega River Run Feb. 10. The run was anchored at Episcopal School of Jacksonville’s St. Mark’s Campus, whose financial aid efforts were also the beneficiary of the event. Face painting, balloon art, a game truck, sweets, giveaways and more were all […]

Preservationists Honored by RAP

Preservationists Honored by RAP

Riverside residents and supporters of Riverside Avondale Preservation gathered for the organization’s Annual Meeting and Preservation Awards Feb. 15 at Riverside Church at Park and King. Celebrating 50 years of community and projects, the awards honored individuals, organizations and businesses within the historic district that exemplify outstanding achievement in historic preservation and the welcoming and […]

In Memoriam: Hooshang Harvesf, Ph.D.

In Memoriam: Hooshang Harvesf, Ph.D.

The Avondale community learned of the passing of Hooshang Harvest, Ph.D. on Saturday, Feb. 3, in Jacksonville, Florida, his hometown outside of his native country of ancient Persia. He was predeceased by his father, mother and brother, Dr. Keikhosrow Harvesf, M.D., a local pediatrician, whom he followed to North Florida back in the 1960s. He […]

Olympian Speaks on Mental Health for High-Achieving Children

Olympian Speaks on Mental Health for High-Achieving Children

Olympic gold medalist Samantha Arsenault Livingstone visited the Bolles Upper School San Jose Campus Jan. 24-25 for a series of presentations centered on mental health, the dangers of perfectionism and finding balance for high-achieving kids. The world-renowned swimmer is a high-performance consultant, speaker and mental health activist. Livingstone founded Livingstone High Performance (LHP) in response […]

Choate Raises the Bar(ettes) at Fashion Weeks

Choate Raises the Bar(ettes) at Fashion Weeks

Local hairstylist Melody Choate had a hair-raising triumph last month as she was chosen to join the expert stylists on the Odete DaSilva Hair Team, which works with the Global Fashion Collective. The international team consists of only 18 stylists from around the world that work backstage to prep models for the most iconic Fashion […]

The Way We Were: Joan Dismore

The Way We Were: Joan Dismore

Joan Dismore has lived a life abundant in love and experience. “It’s a lot of life to cover since I’m the big 9-0,” she said. “When I look back, I never probably could have imagined all the things that I was able to do,” Dismore said. “I had a lot of different experiences.” Dismore’s mother […]

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