Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill

All the latest news relevant to the Riverside, Avondale, Ortega and Murray Hill areas.

Avondale teen represents Sea Cadets in India

For two summers, Sea Cadet Chief Petty Officer Vivian Dees of Avondale served as a United States host for international Sea Cadets traveling here, but now it’s her turn to leave the country. Dees, a member of NAS Jacksonville’s historic F.D. Roosevelt Naval Sea Cadet Squadron, is one of only three cadets selected to represent […]

Riverside church celebrates 90 years of Lutheran heritage

Riverside church celebrates 90 years of Lutheran heritage

While not yet its centennial, nine decades of serving the Lord and the community is worthy of celebration for members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Riverside. A 90th Anniversary 1926 Garden Party is planned for Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Ortega River Club, formerly the German-American Club, a long-time social gathering place for Trinity members. […]

Never Too Old: Ortega woman flies ‘friendly skies’ for 50-plus years

Never Too Old: Ortega woman flies ‘friendly skies’ for 50-plus years

Never Too Old takes a look at senior residents who think out of the box or step out of their comfort zone. If you know someone who has a similar story to share, send information to editor@residentnews.net Mary Dudley Childress sees nothing unusual about the longevity of her 53-year career as an international flight attendant […]

Flappers in force at annual RAP ball

Flappers in force at annual RAP ball

There’s no better way to celebrate the Roaring Twenties than at the 5th Annual Bootleggers’ Ball, presented by Riverside Avondale Preservation and sponsored by Riverside Dental. Guys and dolls all spiffed up in ragtime garb posed next to Clementine, a Model A owned by Al Heyn, member of the First Coast Region Model A Restorers […]

Local men harness the power of pink to eradicate breast cancer

Why would men – real men – wear pink? One reason may be in honor or memory of a loved one. This month 29 leaders in the community are wearing pink to help raise awareness about breast cancer – and other cancers – and to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Here’s a look […]

Long-awaited park opens to yips and yelps of joy

Long-awaited park opens to yips and yelps of joy

Contrary to the dreary weather, which threatened the Jan. 22, 2016 groundbreaking, The John Gorrie Dog Park at Riverside Park officially opened on a sunny day nearly eight months later to loud cheers of “Open the park” from owners of dozens of dogs of all sizes. During the Sept. 17 ceremony in the acre-and-a-half park, […]

Sanctuary director leaves nonprofit in good hands

Sanctuary director leaves nonprofit in good hands

The Sanctuary on 8th Street’s annual Shindig, this year themed Heart and Soul, was a special one for Executive Director Vicky Watkins. After 15 years of putting her own heart and soul into making a difference in the lives of Springfield children, Watkins is turning over the reins later this month to Rick Cartlidge, program […]

Work begins on second phase to restore Memorial Park

Work begins on second phase to restore Memorial Park

The Memorial Park Association, in collaboration with the City of Jacksonville, began construction in Memorial Park Sept. 26 in Phase 2 of the capital improvement effort to restore the park in Riverside. This phase will be managed by the CMS Group, LLC. Work will be done primarily in the green of the center oval, to […]