Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill

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Life at its best, thanks to Ohio company

Life at its best, thanks to Ohio company

The first phase of the Memorial Park restoration and renovation project was underway in November with cleaning of the park’s centerpiece, the statue Life. The project was in the very capable hands of McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory, Inc., one of only three major companies in the United States that do this kind of work, according […]

Historic Districts to get EV Charging Stations

In order to attract visitors who drive electric cars to San Marco, the San Marco Merchants Association was awarded a grant by JEA and the North Florida Transportation Organization (TPO) to have an electric vehicle (EV) charging station installed near San Marco Square. Across the river, residents in the new 220 Riverside and Brooklyn Station […]

Family Promise milestone more than a number

Family Promise milestone more than a number

During its nine-year charter Family Promise of Jacksonville – one of more than 185 affiliates nationwide – has served almost 100,000 meals and provided more than 40,000 nights of shelter through 16 host congregations. Those numbers are meaningful only when you talk to some of the 122 families (144 adults and 235 children) who today […]

Forgotten treasures fund healthier lives

Forgotten treasures fund healthier lives

  Who would have thought after paying decades worth of storage fees, so many treasures from one of Florida’s wealthiest families would surface and eventually benefit the foundations they created to help those in need? The Jacksonville-based Alfred I. duPont Foundation had been paying storage bills for a unit in Tallahassee, but it wasn’t until […]

Avondale river access beginning to look like a park

Avondale river access beginning to look like a park

Six months after hundreds of residents in Avondale became riled about, then embroiled in, the threat of losing city-owned property to private citizens, the issue seems to have come to an agreeable resolution. Shortly after legislation proposed to close a 60- by 435-foot right-of-way from Richmond Street to the St. Johns River was withdrawn in […]

Mayo, St. Vincent’s cancer collaboration not the first

New plan brings Mayo Clinic programs to Riverside When Mayo Clinic and St. Vincent’s HealthCare announced early in October a collaboration to bring Mayo Clinic’s nationally ranked cancer services to patients in a newly built medical suite on the campus of St. Vincent’s Riverside, it was not the first time the two health care giants […]

Arts center celebrates 10 years serving community’s children

Arts center celebrates 10 years serving community’s children

Residents with long memories will recall A Little Walk Through the Woods, a locally written and produced play with a new twist on an old theme. Ten years ago, Little Red Riding Hood took a brave journey to raise funds for a new community program. The play, written by Jeff Hess and starring his wife […]

Hogans Creek, Confederate Park cleanup a daunting task

Hogans Creek, Confederate Park cleanup a daunting task

Groundwork Jacksonville engages youth for revitalization Although Confederate Park was the first Jacksonville city park to include a playground, it’s not a place where children can enjoy the outdoors today. Situated along Hogans Creek, the park desperately needs tender loving care. When garbage was used to fill in Hogans Creek’s marsh areas in preparation for […]