Neighborhood News

Local chamber music group announces overseas trip

Local chamber music group announces overseas trip

Directors of the San Marco Chamber Music Society Eric and Ellen Olson along with Nick Curry, UNF’s Professor of Cello, performed for an appreciative audience gathered April 8 at 6000 On the River. The well-attended concert, hosted by Marjorie Broward and Sue and Bill Rust to benefit the group, was capped with a surprise. “We […]

Seniors soar in restored biplane

Seniors soar in restored biplane

Threatening weather didn’t prevent Charlie Stratmann from taking to the skies April 9 from First Coast Flight Center at Herlong Recreational Airport. Stratmann, 89, was a passenger on a restored 1940 Boeing Stearman biplane, courtesy of the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation (AADF), a volunteer-based nonprofit dedicated to honoring seniors and United States military veterans living in […]

Popular Riverside dog park a ‘victim of own success’

Popular Riverside dog park a ‘victim of own success’

Although the turnout wasn’t what organizers had hoped for on April 14, the eight who showed up to clear the John Gorrie Dog Park of trash, rocks and dog droppings were treated to coffee and bagels, courtesy of Edie Williams, a State Farm insurance agent on Park Street. Williams has agreed to sponsor the monthly […]

Despite wind and rain, volunteers build playground at Winston Family YMCA

Despite wind and rain, volunteers build playground at Winston Family YMCA

Organizers of a community project to build a new playground at the Winston Family YMCA, 221 Riverside Ave., were undeterred April 21, despite wind and rain nearly all day long. In just six hours, about 100 volunteers from Foresters Financial™, the Winston Family YMCA and the national non-profit KaBOOM! created the new playspace, which will […]

Nemours launches first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign

Nemours launches first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign

After 30 years of quietly offering quality medical care to children in the Jacksonville community, leaders at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care in San Marco feel it’s time to spill the beans about what may be one of Northeast Florida’s “best kept secrets.” To bring a greater understanding of the internationally recognized health-care system’s mission and […]

Hit-Free Zones launch at Wolfson Children’s Hospital and other organizations

Hit-Free Zones launch at Wolfson Children’s Hospital and other organizations

“Not in our four walls.” That’s the stance being taken by administration and staff at Wolfson Children’s Hospital when acts of corporal punishment, violence or abuse are observed within the San Marco-based medical center. Michael D. Aubin, hospital president, announced April 5 the facility would launch a Hit-Free Zone initiative, promoting a welcoming, safe and […]

Increasing number, length of trains spoil neighborhood ambiance

Increasing number, length of trains spoil neighborhood ambiance

Whether you find train horns nostalgic and soothing versus annoying and disruptive seems to be a function of distance. Those who grew up in more rural areas or who remember a time when Jacksonville’s population was much less dense and trains were shorter and ran less frequently recall the melancholy and yet reassuring sound of […]

RAP reLEAF: Replenish the tree canopy

RAP reLEAF:  Replenish the tree canopy

Did you know the right tree planted in the right place can add value to property, provide much needed shade and comfort, promote walkability, filter pollution, absorb storm water runoff, and help to create a welcoming feeling in the neighborhood? “Riverside and Avondale’s tree canopy, a distinct and much valued characteristic of our historic community, […]