Neighborhood News

Art Center, Art League promote opportunities for artists of all levels

Art Center, Art League promote opportunities for artists of all levels

It was standing room only for over 200 visitors at the Dec. 1 Open House at the Murray Hill Art Center, where recent works by students were on exhibit and instructors gave demonstrations. The Center on Kerle Street is part of the Art League of Jacksonville and offers classes and workshops for all ages and […]

Centenarian’s birthday deemed best party of her lifetime

Riverside resident Maxine Meritt Kroll is always on the go. For a woman who recently celebrated her centennial birthday, she can leave others much younger in her dust. “If you want to get on her dance card you need to try two or three weeks in advance,” said Bill Schmidt, a longtime friend who, with […]

Beaver Street Fisheries unveils mural in Railyard District

Beaver Street Fisheries unveils mural in Railyard District

The massive mural on the face of a warehouse facing Beaver Street was not quite completed in time for its reception Nov. 16, 2018, but the art community assembled to toast the international artist, Alessandro Battisti (aka Etnik), and view the work in progress. Etnik, of Italian and Swedish heritage, arrived in Jacksonville Nov. 8 […]

Cardiologist returns to health through ancient exercise

Cardiologist returns to health through ancient exercise

If your New Year’s resolution to get in shape means hitting the gym hard – and you’re dreading it – consider an ancient, graceful form of exercise that will keep you coming back for more.  On a typical day, Dr. Sonya Lefever of Ortega strums a pipa, wards off monkeys, grasps a bird’s tail, and […]

City Council adopts North San Marco Neighborhood Action Plan

City Council adopts North San Marco Neighborhood Action Plan

With unanimous support of the City Council’s Land Use and Zoning Committee, the City Planning and Development Department, the San Marco Preservation Society and the San Marco community at large, the Jacksonville City Council approved Ordinance 2018-264, a North San Marco Neighborhood Action Plan, on Dec. 11 by a vote of 19-0. The North San […]

Downtown Dwellers to raise money for Southbank mural

Downtown Dwellers to raise money for Southbank mural

The idea to spruce up the “Little Gray House” came when Peninsula residents Sandra Fradd and Susan Strauss took a stroll on the Southbank Riverwalk last spring. Fradd and Strauss, both organizers of The Downtown Dwellers, took a hard look at the small gray public restroom that also houses an office for the Southbank’s private […]

City to clean up Linden Avenue dump site

City to clean up Linden Avenue dump site

The Millers Creek Eco-Restoration project is not the only ecological clean-up operation going on in St. Nicholas. Very soon the City of Jacksonville plans to commence with a Remedial Action Plan to remove contaminated soils from an old dump site in the 1600 block of Linden Avenue. Located on 1.24 acres of land at the […]

Working together to preserve neighborhood histories for the future

Working together to preserve neighborhood histories for the future

As many Jacksonville neighborhoods continue to grow and change, there are some communities that strive to protect their rich histories – embracing the future while preserving the past. Although each of the communities is distinctively different, they share the common goal of preservation, planning, and sustainability.  Through the creation of Jacksonville Urban Neighborhood Coalition (JUNC), […]