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Merchants, preservationists discuss transportation solution

Merchants, preservationists discuss transportation solution

It was a chance to learn about a new transportation proposal as well as to get to know each other better when board members from the San Marco Preservation Society and the San Marco Merchants Association gathered at the Epping Forest home of SMMA President Robert Harris and his wife, Paola, for barbecue Aug. 2. […]

New Riverside Avondale Preservation director welcomed by community

New Riverside Avondale Preservation director welcomed by community

Although Riverside Avondale Preservation’s new executive director officially began his duties June 12, Warren Jones was formally welcomed to the community at a reception Aug. 8 at the Riverside home of RAP Founder Wayne Wood and Lana Shuttleworth. Wood kicked off the evening by welcoming Jones as the 14th executive director for RAP. Past directors […]

Cummer disguises construction fence, piques interest in permanent collections

Cummer disguises construction fence, piques interest in permanent collections

In anticipation of a multi-year construction project on property which formerly contained the Woman’s Club of Jacksonville, the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens commissioned three local artists to collaborate on a 1,480-square-foot mural to disguise the construction fence – and to pique the interest of passers-by about its collections inside the museum. The mural, […]

RAP ReLEAF project underway

Replenishing the tree canopy in Riverside, Avondale and other neighborhoods in District 14 is underway, thanks to a coordinated effort by Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) and 25 volunteers. From mid-May through early July, the volunteers and 200 survey respondents identified over 500 potential locations where residents want new trees in residential public right of way […]

IBERIABANK closes Ortega branch; two remain in Northeast Florida

IBERIABANK closes Ortega branch;  two remain in Northeast Florida

A bank building constructed for Florida Bank in 2008 at the onset of the last economic recession, then acquired by Iberiabank Corp. in 2015, has closed its doors to customers at 4211 San Juan Ave. as of Aug. 28. “Like many banks, IBERIABANK continues to adjust its model as we work to meet the changing […]

Navy conducting water testing in Venetia area wells for possible contamination

Navy conducting water testing in Venetia area wells for possible contamination

Residents in the Venetia neighborhood and the Timuquana Country Club were put on alert by the U.S. Navy after Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense (DOD) issued a report that NAS Jacksonville has groundwater polluted from decades of chemicals used during firefighting training on the base. Two years ago, the DOD tested […]

Willowbranch Library offering honor system book sale

Willowbranch Library offering honor system book sale

The Friends of Willowbranch have recently created an honor system book sale section near the DVD collection at the Willowbranch Library, 2875 Park St., according to Roxanne Henkle, president of the library friends’ group.  After a number of successful pop-up book sales, selling children’s books and mystery and thrillers, a great idea came from the […]

In Memoriam: Vincent J. Kerr, DVM – December 2, 1937 to August 6, 2018

In Memoriam: Vincent J. Kerr, DVM – December 2, 1937 to August 6, 2018

Vincent J. Kerr, a longtime Jacksonville veterinarian and a pioneer in the field passed away August 6, 2018, in hospice care at St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside. Dr. Kerr grew up in New Jersey, where he worked in greenhouses during high school before entering Cornell University to earn a Bachelor of Science in agriculture. “At […]

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