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Community invited to play doctor with robotic surgical system

Community invited to play doctor with robotic surgical system

Former patients and members of the community had an opportunity to try a machine that is only accessible to top surgeons when Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville hosted an interactive, hands-on robotic surgery experience June 3 in the lobby of the hospital. The robotics experience was also available to community members, former pediatric patients and their […]

Nemours/Wolfson welcome new endowed chair of pediatric surgery

Nemours/Wolfson welcome new endowed chair of pediatric surgery

By holding a reception June 10 on the Kid’s Walk that connects Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, the Women’s Board at Wolfson Children’s Hospital selected the perfect kind of symbolism to welcome Dr. Robert W. Letton Jr. into his new role as both the Albert H. Wilkinson, Jr., M.D. Endowed Professorship in […]

Marina service project freshens up Sanctuary on 8th grounds

Marina service project freshens up Sanctuary on 8th grounds

More than two dozen people gave up a Saturday morning June 8 to spruce up the grounds at the Sanctuary on 8th Street before the nonprofit’s summer camp began the following Monday.             The community service project was initiated by The Marina at Ortega Landing, an IGY Marinas property, and included patching holes on the […]

New legislation to alleviate flooding inspired by San Jose development

For many residents of the historic districts, the devastation experienced from Hurricane Irma’s floodwaters was a wake-up call also heard by City of Jacksonville officials and Council representatives.             Members of the Storm Resiliency and Infrastructure Development Review Committee, an ad hoc advisory group established by Mayor Lenny Curry and City Council President Aaron Bowman, […]

Riverside sailor earns top honors at boot camp

Riverside sailor earns top honors at boot camp

Master Chief Petty Officer Kevin Harris of the Bishop Kenny Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) said he was “not surprised” to hear Seaman Steven McAdams of Riverside had received Top Sailor laurels from Recruit Training Command (RTC) Division 216 earning the Navy Club of the United States Military Excellence Award during a ceremony […]

Ortega resident trains to be naval aviator

Ortega resident trains to be naval aviator

Bolles alumnus currently based in Corpus Christi Six years ago, a young Ortega man committed to the United States Naval Academy during the Bolles School’s annual college athletic commitment ceremony. A member of the Bolles boys’ crew team, Michael Pentaleri said he would also row for the men’s crew at the USNA.             Now the […]

EVAC youth ‘changing the game’

EVAC youth ‘changing the game’

Lee students to present in Brazil When 20 male freshmen began a leadership class at Robert E. Lee High School in 2015, one of Amy Donofrio’s first lessons to the class was on Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.” The class embraced the lesson and thus began EVAC, which is “cave” spelled backwards, to signify their […]

Neighborhood show allows for close encounters between residents and pets

Neighborhood show allows for close encounters between residents and pets

A tortoise, a bearded dragon and an American Miniature Horse were just a few of the pets that took part in Mike and Sharon Leonard’s annual neighborhood pet show May 18. More than 100 friends and neighbors gathered in the front yard of the Leonards’ Colonial Manor home to show off their pets in what […]