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America’s newest citizens celebrate World Refugee Day in San Marco

America’s newest citizens celebrate World Refugee Day in San Marco

When the World Refugee Day Committee and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requested to use Theatre Jacksonville as its venue for its naturalization ceremony June 13, Michelle Kindy, the theatre’s general manager, did not hesitate to say yes.  “From a personal perspective, I became a citizen in 2007, so I have been […]

Maple Leaf divers visit artifacts in Tallahassee

Maple Leaf divers visit  artifacts in Tallahassee

No matter what else they have done, a few Jacksonville men will most certainly always be known locally as “the Maple Leaf divers,” thanks to their exploits 35 years ago when they recovered thousands of Civil War artifacts from a watery grave in the St. Johns River off Mandarin Point. Twenty-four years later they were […]

Wiffle golf tournament challenges even best golfer

Wiffle golf tournament challenges even best golfer

To ensure all residents have access to justice, the law office of Pajcic & Pajcic held its annual fundraiser to support Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA), which offers civil legal support to those who cannot afford an attorney for matters ranging from fair housing to employment and much more.  Challenging even the best duffer, the […]

Keep Jacksonville Beautiful cleanup volunteers make city sparkle

Keep Jacksonville Beautiful cleanup volunteers make city sparkle

If the St. Johns River’s creeks and tributaries and the city’s parks shine a little brighter these days, it is thanks to the more than 420 volunteers who picked up litter as part of the City of Jacksonville and Keep Jacksonville Beautiful’s 24th Annual Cleanup Day March 16. “We are pleased by the turnout of […]

Annual tree planting in Boone Park provides shade for future generations

Annual tree planting in Boone Park provides shade for future generations

Planting a tree should be on everyone’s bucket list, according to Joe Anderson, forester for the Jacksonville Energy Authority, and 21 families apparently agreed when they signed up to plant 23 trees in Boone Park South (the 10-acre portion of the 28-acre park between St. Johns Avenue and Herschel Street) on Feb. 9. Although this […]

PAYING IT FORWARD

PAYING IT FORWARD

It all started about six months ago on a simple walk to work. Matthew Lindsay, an employee of Taverna, was enjoying great weather as he made his way from his apartment behind Bold Bean Coffee Roasters to his job in San Marco Square when he became dismayed by the copious forms of litter dotting the […]

Prosthetic leg doesn’t deter marathon runner

Prosthetic leg doesn’t deter marathon runner

Kelly Luckett doesn’t believe in letting an impairment keep her sidelined. Despite having lost her right leg in an accident with a lawnmower when she was two years old, Luckett has run 35 marathons, including 13 consecutive Boston Marathons, as well as 10 ultramarathons (distances from 50K to 100K), and also 95 races of distances […]

Throwback to Sixties raises funds for land trust

Throwback to Sixties raises funds for land trust

There was music in the air and flowers everywhere at Wayne Wood and Lana Shuttleworth’s historic Riverside home for the epic gathering of Wayne Woodstock 2.0. There were good vibrations all around at the private party with over 500 people. The festival was a great way to counter the negativity of world events and political […]

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