Neighborhood News

Local church members raise the roof(s) in Honduras

The mountains of western Honduras are both literally and figuratively far from Jacksonville’s Riverside-Avondale-Murray Hill-Ortega neighborhoods. But they are close by in the hearts of members at Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Seven members of Holy Trinity, located at the corner of Eloise and Glendale, traveled to Gracias, Honduras in early August to install roofs on […]

Local developments up for ULI awards

Urban Land Institute is considering nominations of several neighborhood development projects for awards at its inaugural Awards for Excellence program in early October. Awards will be given in the downtown, private sector and public sector categories. Among those local projects up for awards are: The EverBank headquarters relocation from Brooklyn to downtown Jacksonville; San Marco […]

Dames’ museum receives high state designation

Local ladies from the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Florida were on-hand in St. Augustine last month to celebrate a special award from the Florida State Bureau of Historic Preservation. The Colonial Dames own and maintain the historic Ximenez-Fatio House Museum on Aviles Street in St. Augustine’s city […]

TED coming to Riverside

The Riverside-Avondale area received a nod from thinkers across the globe. TED, a nonprofit and international conference that aims to share “Ideas Worth Spreading,” has branched into Northeast Florida with the upcoming TEDxRiversideAvondale event — a first for the area. The daylong event will be held at Riverside’s Friday Musicale venue on Oct. 20. The […]

Society plans historic purchase

Group seeks to replenish funds through membership, fund push By Susanna P. Barton Resident Community News The Jacksonville Historical Society, which warehouses many archived collections from the city’s Historic District, is under contract to purchase two 19th century buildings near Everbank Field. The group’s acquisition of the old St. Luke’s Hospital and the Florida Casket […]

Original Deluxe Cleaners building to house Snap Fitness

New facility has historic feel By Steve DiMattia Resident Community News Pressed pants are about to give way to bench presses at the old Deluxe Cleaners. Six years after starching its last shirt, owner Anthony Saleeba has rented part of the location to Snap Fitness and the site is currently undergoing a total build-out. All […]

New superintendent for DCPS

After a nationwide search, the Duval County School board tapped Dr. Nikolai Vitti for the position of Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools. Board members, who voted for Vitti 5-2, shared their announcement in late September. “I am honored by the school board’s decision and deeply respect the transparent process by which I was selected,” […]

City Council passes budget

In a unanimous late September vote, the Jacksonville City Council approved Mayor Alvin Brown’s $945 million budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The vote sealed the fate of the Jacksonville Public Library system, which now is expected to close all but five facilities on Sundays and reduce hours during the week in order operate in […]