Neighborhood News

Artists ‘all strung out’ for musical fundraiser

Local symphony supporters and artists are gearing up for the Jacksonville Symphony Guild’s annual fundraiser,  “All Strung Out.” The Sep. 21 event will be held at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts and will feature the painted violins from the guild’s popular “Music for Your Eyes” project. For the first time ever, a cello […]

St. Vincent’s green team sprouts

  Words like reduce, reuse and recycle are some of the new non-medical buzzwords coming out of St. Vincent’s Riverside. The hospital launched a new recycling program in the cafeterias of St. Catherine Laboure Manor, St. Vincent’s Riverside and St. Vincent’s Southside. The program sprouted in partnership with Stericycle, according to hospital officials. Stericycle role […]

Chabot puts “gardens” in Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Chabot puts “gardens” in Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Ortega Forest resident promotes environmentally sustainable practices By Steve DiMattia Resident Community News Bob Chabot is not from Jacksonville, but by any measure the Ortega Forest resident has blossomed here. And while he is not a Floridian, he has become quite friendly with the natives – both human and vegetative. It is Chabot who puts […]

Mobility fee numbers don’t add up for moratorium extension

Deadline one month away By Steve DiMattia Resident Community News The deadline for the year long moratorium on the 2030 Mobility Plan fee is October 10, 2012 and to date the figures would not justify an extension, according to many – but not all – involved on both sides of the issue. “We don’t have […]

Proposed budget cuts cliffhanger for local libraries

By Susanna P. Barton Resident Community News Next month, the Jacksonville City Council will vote on Mayor Alvin Brown’s proposed $4.6 million budget cut — an event that could mean big changes for neighborhood libraries like Willowbranch, Murray Hill and San Marco. Council members will vote on the budget Sep. 29. Kathy Lussier, assistant director […]

Business owners worry about long term effects of Love’s ordinance

Riverside/Avondale Overlay modification may limit development By Steve DiMattia Resident Community News District 14 Councilman Jim Love’s ordinance modifying the Riverside/Avondale Overlay, which the city council unanimously passed June 24, has quietly gone into effect with little fanfare or public opposition and no community meetings. Ordinance 2012-339 requires all new bars and nightclubs, and new […]

Mellow Mushroom agrees to new site plan

Mellow Mushroom agrees to new site plan

We Love Avondale group says plans still ‘too big’   By Susanna P. Barton Resident Community News Continued summer talks between Mellow Mushroom owners and ruffled neighborhood partnership, We Love Avondale LLC, have yielded a compromise for the Shoppes of Avondale restaurant. But not everyone is satisfied. Mellow Mushroom’s new plans include a monumental concession […]

Get ready to Eat Up Downtown!

Don’t ruin your appetite — save room to support the many restaurants in Downtown Jacksonville next month during Eat Up Downtown. And why not, since Downtown is a key area to the success of the historic neighborhoods to its south. Organizers announced 23 restaurants in Downtown Jacksonville — and several in the San Marco/Southbank area […]