Senior Residents

All the latest news and stories about our neighborhood’s senior residents.

The Way We Were: Carole Poindexter

The Way We Were: Carole Poindexter

Sometimes you don’t have to leave home to make an impact in others’ lives, or succeed in business, breaking a few glass ceilings and motivating folks along the way.  For Colonial Manor resident Carole Poindexter, being a life-long “stayer” – in her family neighborhood, with the same company her entire career, and by increasing dedication […]

The Way We Were: Wayne W. Wood

The Way We Were: Wayne W. Wood

Many years before Wayne W. Wood, 74, became a noted historian, author, and the founder of Riverside Avondale Preservation, he was just a kid from Belle Glade in South Florida visiting grandparents Guy D. and Elma T. Wood during the summers in Riverside. That was decades before he would run a successful optometry business in […]

The Way We Were: Michele Zavon Steinfeld

The Way We Were: Michele Zavon Steinfeld

Michele Zavon Steinfeld’s life is steeped in San Marco history. She was a member of Wolfson High School’s first graduating class in 1966 and assisted her mother in opening the first Shoe Rack on Hendricks Avenue in 1975. She was also a charter member and ambassador for the JCA (Jewish Community Alliance), an organization that […]

Senior grabs chance to help clean community

Senior grabs chance to help clean community

On an average day, Linda Reeds is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed well before sunrise. She doesn’t own a television, so she begins her day by listening to the morning news on National Public Radio. By 7 a.m., she can usually be found riding her purple bicycle on St. Johns Avenue near the Shoppes of Avondale, using […]

The Way We Were: Harry Frisch

The Way We Were: Harry Frisch

At age 96, Harry Frisch rides five days a week from his San Jose home to his office at Beaver Street Fisheries, where he climbs two flights of stairs at least twice a day and maintains a busy schedule of conference calls, luncheons and meetings. He jokes that he plans to take a day off […]

The Way We Were: Ross Kimble Miller

The Way We Were: Ross Kimble Miller

Southern gentleman Kim Miller believes he is “the luckiest person in the world.” Born June 1, 1938, in Lexington, Ky., he and his extended family moved to Jacksonville when he was around 3 years old. “I was so spoiled,” he recalled, noting he was an only child. “My mother’s three sisters and my grandmother moved […]

The Way We Were: Bonnie Nelson Gum

The Way We Were: Bonnie Nelson Gum

Young Bonnie Nelson “couldn’t wait to move to Jacksonville” from Kingsland, Ga., after her high school graduation in 1933 and vowed, “If I ever get there, I’ll never leave.” Born in Italia between Yulee and Callahan in her grandmother’s house, Bonnie recently celebrated her 104th birthday on Sept. 12 with a party, coconut cake, and […]

The Way We Were: The Howell Siblings

The Way We Were: The Howell Siblings

Charles, Sonja, Una and John Howell grew up in what Sonja describes as a homogeneous Ortega neighborhood, but their family history is international, taking place in Brussels, Paris, Sweden, Jacksonville, and New Mexico. At the core of the siblings’ memories, however, is their mother’s Swedish heritage. Sigrid Jonsson Howell, described by family and friends as […]