Neighborhood News

All the latest news from the neighborhoods in our coverage areas.

Sidewalks and signals part of Safe Route to Schools upgrades

By Lara Patangan Resident Community News While traffic patterns continue to evolve with the redevelopment of San Marco Square, the Overland Bridge Project and the tentative construction of the East San Marco development, pedestrian safety for neighborhood school children remains a driving focus as components of the Safe Route to Schools initiative are implemented into […]

Residents to make pre-emptive strike at anticipated traffic

By Lara Patangan Resident Community News In the 20 seconds it takes Shane Sheffield, a resident of Marco Place, to go outside to get his morning newspaper six cars whiz by, cutting through his otherwise quiet neighborhood. It’s an ongoing problem; one that he is concerned will be exacerbated by the planned East San Marco […]

Washington Post releases annual high school rankings

Three local schools rank in the top 15 For 16 years The Washington Post has ranked the nation’s high schools based on the academic challenges they provide to the students. This year 10 Duval County high schools made its annual America’s Most Challenging High Schools list, including Stanton College Prep, which ranked 7th in the […]

Fair winds of change at Cultural Council

By Susan D. Brandenburg Resident Community News When it comes to powerful Jacksonville advocates of the arts and culture, two names rise to the top repeatedly: Robert Arleigh White and Tony Allegretti. Each of these men is an icon of the arts community, each having taken major leadership roles in promoting and enhancing creativity on […]

Local artists get opportunity to enhance Downtown garage

May 26 deadline to submit proposals Springing off the success of last year’s “garage makeover,” the City of Jacksonville’s The Art in Public Places program, along with the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and the Office of Public Parking announced last month a state-wide call to artists for the Water Street Parking Garage Enhancement Project. […]

Local HAPPENINGS for May 2014

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Sat., May 3, noon, Riverside Park, 753 Park Street Join the overnight celebration as track walkers keep the light moving. For more information, visit relayforlife.org 3rd Annual RAP Bootlegger Ball Sat., May 3, 7 p.m., 1100 Stockton Street Flappers, food, and fun, including a casino room, entertainment, raffle, silent […]

Cold case solved five years later

Cold case solved five years later

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office recently announced a break-through in a rape case that is nearly five years old. Thanks to DNA profiling, three suspects were arrested for kidnapping and sexual battery. On Oct. 9, 2009, suspects Stanley Armitage (then 15), Martin King (also 15) and Rakeem Mitchner (19 at the time of the incident) kidnapped […]

Local actor in Broadway musical national tour

Avondale resident Mark Poppleton has a role in the national tour of the Broadway musical, The Addams Family! Poppleton plays Mal Beineke, the father of Wednesday Addam’s normal boyfriend, in the one-night show presented by the FSCJ Artist Series on Friday, May 2 at the Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater. “If your kids don’t know the […]