Junior Residents

All the latest news and stories about our neighborhood’s junior residents.

Boy Scout builds outdoor classroom to earn Eagle rank

Boy Scout builds outdoor classroom to earn Eagle rank

Hendricks Avenue Elementary School has a beautiful and useful outdoor classroom thanks to Boy Scout Christian Floyd, who designed, planned, and led the project to create the space as part of earning the rank of Eagle Scout.  Floyd, a resident of St. Nicholas Park, is a member of Troop 35 at Southside United Methodist Church, […]

New female Boy Scout troop inaugurated in Ortega

New female Boy Scout troop inaugurated in Ortega

Scouts BSA Troop 465, a new girls-only Boy Scout troop, enjoyed a welcome aboard ceremony Feb. 11 when Boy Scout Troop 522 presented the girls with their own troop flag and a U.S. flag. The troop’s charter organization will be Ortega United Methodist Church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd. Scoutmaster is Sean Deese and assistant scoutmaster is […]

New Little League season evokes nostalgic thoughts from former players

New Little League season evokes nostalgic thoughts from former players

At the inaugural game of the Navy Ortega Lakeshore (NOL) Little League, a field full of boys looked upward in wide-eyed wonder as the season opener started with the Blue Angels roaring overhead, leaving trails of blue and gold smoke across the sky. The year was 1960, and the game took place at Blue Angel […]

Fishweir students make holidays better for rural community

Fishweir students make holidays better for rural community

With the idea of “children helping children,” students from Fishweir Elementary School collect canned goods to donate to Grace United Methodist Church in Lawtey, which provides weekend food boxes for 25 children in 10 families at Lawtey Community Elementary School through a program called Feed My Sheep. Fishweir Elementary also has a semi-annual tradition of […]

Ancestors give Scout reasons for Eagle project

Ancestors give Scout reasons for Eagle project

Granada resident Karsen Newman had more than one special reason for choosing to rejuvenate a local park as his Eagle Scout project. “I have grown up going to Granada Park my entire life, spending lots of time playing and enjoying it,” said Newman, a senior at Bishop Kenny High School and member of Boy Scout […]

Outward Bound teaches lifelong lessons for two young women

Outward Bound teaches lifelong lessons for two young women

What do smart young women do when their female elders challenge them to take on the experience of a lifetime? In Marley Barton’s and Olivia Farah’s cases, they accept the challenge and come out of it with confidence, lasting friendships and a lot of memories. Farah, a sophomore at Bishop Kenny High School, was initially […]

Jefferson demonstrates how Declaration of Independence was written

Jefferson demonstrates how Declaration of Independence was written

More than 1,300 fifth-grade students from 18 public and private elementary schools in Duval County attended the annual historical character performance hosted and sponsored by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Florida (NSCDA-FL) and funded by Wells Fargo and The Roger L. and Rochelle S. Main Charitable. The […]

Love for grandmother motivates Boy Scout Eagle project

Love for grandmother motivates Boy Scout Eagle project

Nick Snyder, a Boy Scout with Troop 906, can thank his grandmother for his Eagle Scout project. Snyder’s grandmother, Lois Schwinger, has a long-standing relationship of volunteering for Ronald McDonald House and he wanted to do something to benefit them.  Snyder enjoys woodworking and has created several other projects in the past, and proposed corn […]