Articles

Don’t Kitnap

Don’t Kitnap

Kitten crisis continues to grow Local animals shelters are battling a kitten crisis and asking for the public’s help. From January 1 to June 4, 2019, both shelters in Jacksonville – the Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) and Animal Care & Protective Services (ACPS) – have received 2,078 underage kittens. The last six weeks have been […]

Monique Burr Foundation honors restaurateur

Monique Burr Foundation honors restaurateur

For the 17th year, Roy Yamaguchi, owner of Roy’s Restaurant in Jacksonville Beach, has opened the doors of his restaurant and the parking lot as well to supporters of the Monique Burr Foundation. As a special “thank you” for all he has done to bolster the organization, Yamaguchi was presented with the Foundation’s highest honor, […]

Evening of Taste guests wowed by new venue

Evening of Taste guests wowed by new venue

Doubling last year’s attendance, more than 200 guests dined on luscious hors d’oeuvres as they mingled at Gary McCalla’s sumptuous Granada estate during the Children’s Home Society’s fundraiser, an Evening of Taste, April 26. Jay Southerland and Alicia Burst co-chaired the event, which raised $73,000 through the efforts of a silent auction, live auction, wine […]

Bill to regulate short term vacation rentals to be withdrawn

Just one day after introducing to the Land Use and Zoning (LUZ) Committee a bill to regulate short term vacation rentals, citing “a lack of time” District 14 Councilman Jim Love requested June 5 that his proposed bill be withdrawn, with the recommendation that the new City Council take up the issue. On June 11, […]

Opposition shown at second community meeting for proposed self-storage facility in Murray Hill

Opposition shown at second community meeting for proposed self-storage facility in Murray Hill

Residents, business owners, some supporters and a number of sign-carrying detractors gathered June 3 at Fishweir Brewing Company to hear from the developers of a self-storage facility proposed for the Jones College property in Murray Hill.

Biggest Finfest ever raises funds for nonprofit

Biggest Finfest ever raises funds for nonprofit

Finfest was large and loud this year as more than 350 supporters “raised the roof” along with significant funds at Timuquana Country Club May 18 during Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center’s annual benefit event. Event chairs were Matt and Seana McAfee of Ortega, and program emcee was Katie Jeffries, traffic anchor for Good Morning Jacksonville. […]

Essence of the Forties surrounds McGala

Essence of the Forties surrounds McGala

The smooth, jazzy atmosphere of 1940s supper clubs such as the Copacabana, Coconut Grove and El Morocco set the tone for the 27th Annual McGala, to benefit Ronald McDonald House in San Marco. “By choosing the supper club, which is the place where people in the Forties got together to celebrate life, we’ve come together […]

Root Ball a celebration of trees on Derby Day

Root Ball a celebration of trees on Derby Day

With graceful Live Oak trees surrounding its new event venue at Bowing Oaks Plantation, the 2019 Root Ball simply exuded Southern charm. Cheryl and Jim Efstathion’s plantation was the perfect locale to celebrate trees, said Event Co-Chair Robin Patton. Bowties and bodacious bonnets adorned the more than 250 guests who gathered to take part in […]

Eagle Scout project morphs into school-wide effort

Eagle Scout project morphs into  school-wide effort

The students at John N.C. Stockton Elementary School are happier in the mornings before school thanks to some colorful benches they can sit on while waiting for class to begin.  Throughout the past school year, parents, grandparents, students, and Boy Scouts have made many benches, but the project began last summer when Boy Scout and […]