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Art can save us

Art can save us

By Marcia HodgsonResident Community News Fashionistas often draw inspiration from world events, and this year has been no different. With the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, 2020’s newest fashion statement, the face mask, was born. As COVID-19 spread across the nation, medical experts strongly espoused the wearing of facial coverings as the best way to […]

New construction abounds in Murray Hill

New construction abounds in Murray Hill

Construction is well underway for two developments that will change the landscape of Murray Hill. A new retail storage complex is starting to take shape on land located on Plymouth Street that is near Edgewood Avenue South, which was once occupied by the Jones College Edgewood campus. The three-story, 97,000-square-foot building will eventually house 788 […]

Community Foundation fund helps compensate nonprofits for COVID-19 costs

Thanks to The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida’s Respond/Adapt/Recover Fund, 117 local nonprofit organizations received a total of nearly $1.2 million to help offset the costs they incurred trying to re-open and continue serving clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants, which ranged from $500 to $50,000, helped cover agencies’ purchases of personal protective equipment, […]

Unofficial groundbreaking takes place on East San Marco site

Unofficial groundbreaking takes place on East San Marco site

A collective sign of relief went through the San Marco community in January when a sign was posted on the corner of Atlantic Boulevard and Hendricks Avenue that read:  Coming soon, PUBLIX. While Eric Davidson, a spokesman for developer Regency Centers claims an official groundbreaking ceremony may be coming soon, residents found it encouraging to […]

Carlucci casts hat into 2023 Mayor’s race

Carlucci casts hat into 2023 Mayor’s race

Although the next Mayor’s race is two years away, Matt Carlucci has already cast his hat into the ring. The Group 4 At-Large Councilman, who has lived in San Marco all his life, announced his bid to replace term-limited Mayor Lenny Curry Jan. 14. He is the first candidate to declare his intention to go […]

Forecast murky for nonprofit sector in unsettled times

Forecast murky for nonprofit sector in unsettled times

Northeast Florida’s nonprofit organizations have found it hard to regain their footing from nearly a year filled with major disruptions caused by COVID-19. The continuing slow roll-out of Coronavirus vaccines, rocky economy, and transfer to a new regime in Washington, have made it difficult for organizations within the sector to “catch their breath” as they […]

For the love of music, education

For the love of music, education

When the onset of COVID-19 forced the international performers to cancel their visits to Jacksonville to perform at Riverside’s Friday Musicale, the nonprofit decided to it needed to pivot, to do something different. “Our venue depends on a Cultural Council grant and venue rentals for weddings and social affairs to maintain the facility and programs, […]

‘Flying nun’ replaces protective covering over historic church windows

‘Flying nun’ replaces protective covering over historic church windows

The colors of the stained-glass windows at Riverside Presbyterian Church are shining more vibrantly these days thanks to the work of Sister Diane Couture and the St. Joseph Ministries’ Architectural Stained-Glass Studio. Sister Diane is lovingly referred to as “the flying nun,” by Jane Miller, who oversees the project for Riverside Presbyterian’s property and maintenance […]

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