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A tip of the hat to Old Cowford, Ball rallies support

A tip of the hat to Old Cowford, Ball rallies support

Donations were really moo-ving on Apr. 27 at Viva Las Cowford, the American Cancer Society’s 18th annual Cowford Ball at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. Patrons rang the slots, boot scoot and boogied at the vintage Vegas-style event April 27. Party proceeds fund patient services, prevention education, early detection and cancer research. Hardworking chairs were Susan and […]

Changes proposed for 50-year-old retail center, apartments

Changes  proposed for  50-year-old retail center, apartments

New vision for high-density residential complex upsets neighbors A couple dozen residents attended a public meeting late in the day on Apr. 29 to share their thoughts about a proposed redevelopment of nearly six acres along St. Johns Avenue in Avondale. At the heart of the issue is a land use amendment that would change […]

American Cancer Society’s annual Cowford Ball a must-attend event

American Cancer Society’s annual Cowford Ball a must-attend event

Generations of dedicated volunteers will make it happen What else but a labor of love could result in more than $6.6 million raised in nearly 20 years for one cause? The American Cancer Society’s (ACS- Duval County) will hold the 18th annual Cowford Ball, Viva Las Cowford, Apr. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Jacksonville […]

Outspoken columnist receives Godbold Award

Outspoken columnist receives Godbold Award

In 2012 Ron Littlepage, environmental gadfly and Op-Ed writer for the Florida Times Union, received an important letter. Chris Buckley, chair of the Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission, wrote, “It is my pleasure to inform you that the Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission has selected you as the recipient of our Annual Jake Godbold Award. This award […]

Downtown literary oasis may issue fresh water again

Downtown literary oasis may issue fresh water again

Jessie Ball duPont Fund announces plan to acquire Haydon Burns Library Its modern architecture fit Jacksonville’s vision as a city on the cusp of change. Built in 1965, two years before Jacksonville voters approved the consolidation of city and county governments, the Haydon Burns Library served Northeast Florida as an oasis of literacy. Now, almost […]

Bolles student number one in Florida swimming

Bolles student number one in Florida swimming

Bolles School sixth grade student and Ortega resident Katherine Baker is the Florida Age Group Champion for the 11-12 Girls in the 100-yard Breaststroke at a meet held last month in Sarasota, with a time of 109.85. Katherine also won second place for her 100-yard Individual Medley with a time of 1:05.55 and placed third […]

School zone speed limits in Ortega not always obeyed

School zone speed limits in Ortega not always obeyed

Councilman Love responds to residents’ complaints Eight o’clock on a school day morning last month found District 14 Councilman Jim Love surveying the traffic speeding through not one, but two, school zones along Baltic Street. Love was responding to complaints about drivers that do not observe the twice-a-day school zone speeds for St. Mark’s Episcopal […]

39th Annual RAP Spring Tour of Homes

39th Annual RAP Spring Tour of Homes

According to Watson Realty Agent Joy Walker and Home Tour Chairperson, this year’s tour includes a home that was on the very first RAP Tour of Homes and has not been on the tour since. There’s also a home where the owner’s mother was a survivor of the Titanic and another one that won the […]