Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill

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

Recovered COVID-19 patients donate blood to assist critically ill at Baptist

On April 20, Baptist Health began accepting plasma donations from recovered Coronavirus patients to use in the treatment of current COVID-19 patients. The plasma from recovered patients contains antibodies, or proteins in the blood, that can attack the virus and lessen its severity.  The trial is a partnership with Mayo Clinic and LifeSouth Community Blood […]

Half-cent sales tax to improve public schools on ballot in November

Lovingly referring to it as “the half-cent investment referendum,” At-Large Group 4 City Councilman Matt Carlucci said he is “very pleased,” the Jacksonville City Council and Mayor Lenny Curry are behind having it placed before voters on the November 3, 2020 ballot. “The bottom line is great cities have great schools,” said Carlucci. “We are […]

Willow Branch canal to see improvements

Willow Branch canal to see improvements

The City of Jacksonville has begun a program to rehabilitate Willow Branch canal that will hopefully finish by this fall. Construction is one of the few industries that haven’t been held up with the Coronavirus closures, and neighbors say the City is moving forward with replacing the bulkhead and plans to plant new trees. The […]

Ortega Point utility project taking shape

Ortega Point utility project taking shape

Heart Utilities of Jax crews were hard at work April 29, installing historic-style “acorn” street lights as part of a neighborhood-driven project to underground utilities in Ortega Point North. The subcontractor for the JEA is making progress in phases, as work to install new electric conduit, transformers, cables and manholes continues. Construction crews have remained […]

Connecting By Caring Campaign: A creative look at the Paying it Forward principle

Connecting By Caring Campaign: A creative look at the Paying it Forward principle

It’s no secret the Coronavirus crisis and its economic fallout has thrown everyone for a loop. Many small businesses within Jacksonville’s historic districts are struggling. Unfortunately, a few may not survive.

Mayor to allow gradual opening of nonessential businesses

Mayor to allow gradual opening of nonessential businesses

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is eager to take the next step to get his city “gradually and cautiously” back to work. During a ZOOM press conference April 28, Curry announced that he is amending his executive order to allow Jacksonville’s beaches to be open all day starting on Monday, May 4. He is also repealing […]

Ortega Park construction moving forward

Ortega Park construction moving forward

Work is plowing forward at what was once known as Roosevelt Square. Rebranded as Ortega Park, the square is located at the intersection of San Juan Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard and once housed the Roosevelt Square Mall.  RLH construction is currently working on completing drainage improvements, pavement upgrades and additional traffic round-abouts on the property, […]

Ascension to open vascular center, expects fewer COVID-19 cases

Ascension to open vascular center, expects fewer COVID-19 cases

Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside had two great pieces of news to share in mid-April: The completion and upcoming opening of a brand-new, $55 million center for heart patients, and what hospital officials believe to be a falling off of new Coronavirus infections. Ascension completed construction of its new, $55-million Delores Barr Weaver Heart and Vascular […]