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Q: If the city allocated the $200+ million from the failed Lot J deal to another project or idea for our city, what would you like to see that money go toward?

The lower income areas and their housing. I’d like it to help their roads be better and maybe put in a park. I’d like to see the money spent on places where it is really needed and not where it doesn’t need to go. There is a lot of work that needs to be done […]

Murray Hill volunteers put sparkle in park

Murray Hill volunteers put sparkle in park

If the play area and ballfields at Murray Hill Playground shine a little more brightly, it is thanks to a cadre of masked volunteers that turned out Nov. 15 to hold neighborhood cleanup sponsored by the Murray Hill Athletic Association.  Led by Joey Umstead, president of MHAA, and Jose Lazcano, who is actively involved with […]

Gardeners, pollinators, and Boone Park South

Gardeners, pollinators, and Boone Park South

Neighborhood parks are home to many species of local wildlife, including squirrels, bats, river otters, and birds and insects. In 2020, neighborhood parks saw an influx of another species, “people,” as residents on lockdown utilized long walks and bike rides for exercise and fresh air. Pamela Telis, founder of the Friends of Boone Park South, […]

JSO Assistant Chief Jimmy Judge: Serving and protecting in partnership with the community

JSO Assistant Chief Jimmy Judge: Serving and protecting in partnership with the community

In the October edition of The Resident, we asked readers to nominate their favorite community hero, someone who has been going the extra mile to make sure their neighborhood is healthy, safe, and secure. Nominated by the Downtown Dwellers was JSO Assistant Chief James Judge, and he is our winner. He will receive a dinner […]

Community born of tragedy

Community born of tragedy

Ten years ago, Laura Kelly experienced a tragedy that still affects her greatly. She joined the club that nobody ever wants to join. She lost her twin baby girls.  October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Every year, in cities nationwide, folks gather to recognize the many pregnancies that end in miscarriage, stillbirth, […]

Sock give-away is ‘step in the right direction’

Sock give-away is ‘step in the right direction’

Family Promise of Jacksonville received 2,750 pairs of Bombas socks valued at $33,000, sharing 1,750 pairs with four partner agencies. Bombas Socks had donated 50,000 pairs of socks to 25 Family Promise affiliates across the nation as part of its policy to donate a pair for every sock purchased by the public. “We want the […]

San Jose Car Show’s record turnout generates $10,000

San Jose Car Show’s record turnout generates $10,000

Despite a blazing summer sun and an ongoing pandemic, car enthusiasts were ready to show off their shiny customs and classics in record fashion at the San Jose Car & Truck Show at Dupont Station Shopping Center Aug. 15. The fifth annual event, originally scheduled for April 4, had 93 registered vehicles and raised $10,000 […]

Treasure hunt provides seekers with hope during troubled times

Treasure hunt provides seekers with hope during troubled times

Obscure landmarks in Avondale set a course for fun, especially in this time of social distancing, as a team of local artists launched a clever treasure hunt in order to provide a sense of hope during the unsettled time caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Sponsored by FIGMENTJax, a local branch of a worldwide creative nonprofit […]

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