Animal lover, philanthropist honored for work in securing a future for homeless pets

The Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) celebrated the end of the Campaign for a Compassionate Community and honored Linda Berry Stein, campaign chair and major donor with a special ceremony Jan. 15 at the Beach Boulevard facility.   The campaign raised $14.5 million to build the JHS Adoption, Education and Pet Help Center after a fire […]

District 14 City Council candidates share thoughts at public forums

District 14 City Council candidates share thoughts at public forums

One of the most exciting electoral races this spring will be the one for the District 14 City Council seat being sought by five candidates. The incumbent, Jim Love, has served two four-year consecutive terms and, by ordinance, is ineligible to run for a third consecutive term.  The candidates who qualified by obtaining the requisite […]

Street striping bill doesn’t address lack of parking

Residents in the Park Avenue and King Street area and in the Shoppes of Avondale area may be wondering what has happened to the recommendations put forth by the Parking Study Steering Committee (PSSC) earlier this year. According to Kay Ehas, chair of the committee, the striping requires legislation before Public Works Department can proceed […]



While widely known in Jacksonville as the quintessential hometown boy who grew up surrounded by lifelong friends and family in Venetia and Ortega, Bill Schmidt was born in Ocala, Florida where his father was serving as a WWII Army Air Corps Flight Instructor. It was when the war ended that Christine and Gert Schmidt brought […]

JTA proposes fare, route changes

Seniors age 60-plus have ridden Jacksonville Transit Authority buses for free since 1989, but it hasn’t always been that way. Two years prior, when City Ordinance 87-1536 went into effect, a “senior” was defined by the age of 65. Now JTA is proposing to return to that earlier definition and, effective Jan. 1, 2015, will […]

Jax Bridges new program for small business help

By Kate A. Hallock Resident Community News Late last month the JAX Chamber unveiled Jax Bridges, a new program to help small businesses connect with larger companies for mentoring, capital access and contacts in an effort to earn business with established corporations. According to Carlton Robinson, senior director of the Chamber’s entrepreneurial growth division, there […]

Councilwoman Boyer commended for two efforts

By Kate A. Hallock Resident Community News For 10 months Lori Boyer had a standing weekly meeting on her schedule. From August 2013 to May 2014, the 30 members of the Task Force on Consolidate Government chaired by Boyer met in three subcommittees to review the city-county consolidated form of government legislated back in 1968. […]

JTA extends Riverside Avondale Trolley

Thanks to heavy promotion by local merchants and Riverside Avondale Preservation, and support from hundreds of “choice” riders on the first weekend of each month, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority deemed the six-month pilot of the Riverside Avondale Trolley a success. “Ridership has been really good,” said Brad Thoburn, JTA vice president of planning. “It’s an […]

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