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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 […]

Batman therapy, needle-nosed pliers, and a ‘club’ no one wants to join

Batman therapy, needle-nosed pliers, and a ‘club’ no one wants to join

Survivor describes journey to health after cancer diagnosis Sometime last year, I began losing my sense of smell. It was very gradual, which makes the timing hard to pinpoint. Someone would comment that something smelled good, and I would automatically agree, but doubt myself. I would spray cologne or air freshener and found that I […]

Neighbor lauds care in which tree company saves birds

Neighbor lauds care in which tree company saves birds

It started with a decaying water oak in my neighbor’s backyard, one I kept a suspicious eye on each hurricane season. The old wily fella was falling apart, and I’d been told that older men have issues with trees—that they want to clear them out without provocation. Not this time. When I heard my neighbor […]

Dentists provide emergency care while waiting to open in May

Dentists provide emergency care while waiting to open in May

Avondale dentist Dr. James Schumacher used to joke that he would love to have a “drive-through” dental service in order to make things easier for his patients. Little did he know his light-hearted levity would one day come close to reality. Schumacher, along with several other dentists in Jacksonville’s historic districts, has closed his office […]

Residents find creative ways to connect after closures

Residents find creative ways to connect after closures

There’s the old cliché: “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb,” but in 2020, the reverse was true.  Thanks to the spread of COVID-19, an unknown form of a known family of viruses that has sickened people throughout the world, Jacksonville residents have been advised by Mayor Lenny Curry to […]

Camera trapping the coolest animal you’ve never heard of

Camera trapping the coolest animal you’ve never heard of

Lakewood resident seeks to save endangered okapi in Africa Okapi. That’s “the coolest animal you never heard of,” according to Lucas Meers, a Lakewood man who hunts the mammal in the Congo. He longs to trap and shoot them—with a camera, that is. The okapi is the cultural symbol of the Democratic Republic of the […]

Horticulturist saves rare orchid from extinction

Horticulturist saves rare orchid from extinction

Thanks to Houston Snead, a Riverside resident and horticulturist at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (JZG), together with Lisa Hassell, an environmental specialist from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, a rare flowering plant, may be saved from extinction. Snead and Hassell did a comprehensive survey in the state of Florida of the […]

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