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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Local Chef’s Cookbook Goes National

Local Chef’s Cookbook Goes National

Florida’s Embassy in D.C. partners with local bookstore In February, the Florida House on Capitol Hill Book Club, along with San Marco Books and More, hosted Chef Kenny Gilbert for a broadcast about his cookbook “Southern Cooking, Global Flavors.” In the book, Gilbert offers up 10 iconic Southern dishes, followed by twists with international variations […]

Making a Splash

Making a Splash

After three years, the Friendship Fountain along downtown’s Southbank has finally reopened. The city unveiled the updated, state-of-the-art entertainment fountain during the Sip and Stroll on Feb. 15. The 500,000-gallon fountain features a programmed light and water show with the river and city skyline as its backdrop. “When you picture Jacksonville in your mind, it’s […]

10 Artists Receive Art Ventures Grants

10 Artists Receive Art Ventures Grants

Ten Northeast Florida artists recently received grants of $5,000 each as part of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida’s Art Ventures initiative, now in its 34th year. The awards provide a springboard for the artists to advance their artistic practices, pursue new projects and bring their work to new audiences. “I hope this year’s Art […]

Championing a Legacy

Championing a Legacy

How one man’s impact inspired a timeless tribute Leon Barrett studied, played football and graduated from then-named Robert E. Lee High School in 1961. Just five years later, upon graduating from University of Georgia – with a little help from his former Lee football coach – he, his wife and one-month-old baby returned to his […]

Local Collector’s Works on Display at MOCA

Local Collector’s Works on Display at MOCA

MOCA Jacksonville opened A Walk on the Wild Side: ‘70s New York in the Norman E. Fisher Collection at MOCA Jacksonville on Jan. 18. The exhibition explores the dynamic culture of New York in the 1970s that spurred a decade of collaboration and innovation between artists working in a variety of genres. It features a […]

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