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Easter: A season of revival for area churches

Easter: A season of revival for area churches

Churches are celebrating the resurrection this Easter season, but they are celebrating something else – a revival. Churches of all denominations have seen their membership and attendance decline in the last decade because younger generations are less inclined to identify with established religion. And that was before the pandemic shutdown group activities. As we emerge […]

Local organizations launch campaigns to support Ukraine

Local organizations launch campaigns to support Ukraine

Local charities and organizations in Jacksonville have joined the global rally to support the people of Ukraine. Since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine in February, millions of Ukrainians have fled the country with little more than whatever they could carry — or, in some cases, nothing at all — seeking safety […]

HISTORY in pen & ink: Jacksonville’s Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

HISTORY in pen & ink: Jacksonville’s Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had a problem many writers can relate to at one point or another in their career: He could not figure out the title for the story he was working on. After writing a working title down in a strong, confident hand, Doyle eventually struck it out with his pen, scrawling another […]

Space: The Duval Frontier

Space: The Duval Frontier

Leaders are vying for a piece of the astronomical economic pie It’s a sight as Floridian as an alligator: a massive rocket steaming away on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, ready to depart on another journey into the vast darkness of space. We’ve all cheered the triumph of a successful launch, and felt the […]

Wolfson NICU – 50 Years

Wolfson NICU – 50 Years

New tower features world-class technology In the five decades since Wolfson Children’s Hospital opened its first dedicated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, technology and medical interventions have advanced so remarkably that premature infants are surviving at much lower birth weights than would have been possible in its early years. With the opening this year of the […]

RAP hosts annual meeting, presents awards to community stewards

RAP hosts annual meeting, presents awards to community stewards

The local neighborhood preservation and advocacy group, Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP), welcomed guests and award winners to Riverside Church at Park and King, formerly known as the Riverside Baptist Church, Feb. 17, for its annual meeting. The historic structure and courtyards set the perfect backdrop the evening festivities, where a collective of passionate locals rallied […]

Artist Walk inches closer to completion

Artist Walk inches closer to completion

City Council gavels another 5-million investment The City of Jacksonville is investing $8.8 million in the Artist Walk streetscape project with an adjoining skate park where the preliminary groundwork is underway east of Riverside Park in the Five Points neighborhood. Shannon Blankenship, director of the Riverside Arts Market (RAM), anticipates a significant increase in vendor […]

Industry experts predict housing market maintains strength into 2022

Industry experts predict housing market maintains strength into 2022

Local real estate professionals are solidly in agreement that the home-buying frenzy in the past two to three years will continue, albeit at a slowing pace, throughout 2022. The pandemic’s obvious side effects coupled with low mortgage rates and office workers moving from in-office to remote work have created a perfect storm for the housing […]