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One Man’s War

One Man’s War

When Hurricane Irma slammed into Jacksonville in September 2017, flooding caused severe property damage to many homes along the St. Johns River, but for one Lakewood family, Irma turned up a treasure-trove of priceless memorabilia. While attempting to salvage items from the water-soaked storage area of his in-law’s condo, William Harrell discovered the weathered, leather-bound […]

MOCA curator showcases contemporary art, lives in historic neighborhood

MOCA curator showcases contemporary art, lives in historic neighborhood

As the new senior curator at MOCA Jacksonville, Ylva Rouse seeks to bring contemporary art from local and international artists to the museum. But at the end of the workday, she transitions from the contemporary to the historical as she makes her way to her Avondale home.  Rouse moved to Jacksonville from New Orleans, where […]

Colonial Manor resident goes from fitness zero to hero

Colonial Manor resident goes from fitness zero to hero

It was never on Rachel Shrader’s bucket list to compete in a triathlon.  The 59-year-old Colonial Manor resident was not a jogger or a cyclist and as a native Floridian, the only swimming she had ever done was to take a dip in the ocean or splash around in a pool. However, on January 6, […]

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 […]

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