FDOT spending $60 million on neighborhood real estate

FDOT spending $60 million on neighborhood real estate

By Susanna P. Barton               The state Department of Transportation is spending $60 million on neighborhood real estate as it clears the path for the $384 million Overland Bridge replacement project.             The state’s local shopping spree means demolition for many area homes and relocation for some area churches and businesses — including The […]

Group forms to birddog Mellow Mushroom plans

Group forms to birddog Mellow Mushroom plans

  By Susanna P. Barton               A group of Avondale neighbors and business owners have formed a new partnership called “We Love Avondale LLC.” The group intends to keep an eye on Mellow Mushroom’s rezoning application process and its plans for a 220-seat restaurant in the Shoppes of Avondale.             “We won’t be in […]

Bishop to lead City Council

District 2 Councilman Bill Bishop, a longtime local architect and resident of the Clifton area near St. Nicholas, will be the next president of the Jacksonville City Council. Bishop formerly was the council’s vice president. In his new role, he succeeds Group 3 At-Large Councilman Stephen Joost. Next year’s vice president will be District 13 […]

Nonprofit groups, churches offer local camp experiences for area youth

By Susanna P. Barton Many local churches, nonprofit organizations and community groups are planning summer workshops as an outreach to neighborhood families. With costs that are often far less than for-profit operations, these venues provide fun resources for children in a setting close to home. For the second consecutive summer, Girls Inc. of Jacksonville is […]

Trip tales: Residents share ideas for fun summer vacation destinations

By Beth Mixson   Summer is here — but it’s not too late to plan a vacation that will create lasting memories of fun and adventure for your family. One of the blessings of living in the United States is the diversity of our country offers something fun for every age. A favorite vacation destination […]

Avondale organ donor receives ‘angel of hope’ award

By Susanna P. Barton   Avondale resident Terry Dennis received a life honor last month. The Gabriel House of Care at Mayo Clinic gave Dennis its first annual Christopher Mark Gregory Angel of Hope Award for his organ donation advocacy. But Dennis makes one point very clear: While the award is an exhilarating recognition, Dennis […]

Pizza Palace closes Riverside store

By Susanna P. Barton The Pizza Palace on Margaret Street quickly and quietly closed last month following news that a national retailer would be taking over the space. Pizza Palace owner Elias Demetree said he is grateful to the Riverside/Avondale area for supporting his store over the years and is “actively looking” for another neighborhood […]

Garden Club presents check to Riverkeeper

Garden Club presents check to Riverkeeper

The Garden Club of Jacksonville planted a little “seed money” with the St. Johns Riverkeeper last month. During their end-of-the-year council meeting last month, Garden Club leaders presented the Riverkeeper with a $1,500 donation. The organization is one of the groups the club supports through civic outreach programs each year.

Children’s chorus headed to Ireland

The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus will be performing in Ireland this June as part of its first international tour. The young singers, many of them local residents, will spend six nights and seven days traveling throughout Ireland. Some of their stops include Dublin, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny and Wicklow. The choir will perform with […]