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Uplifting and inspiring stories from around the community.

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 […]

Small-town boy makes good with pen and ink

Small-town boy makes good with pen and ink

It would be more accurate to ask, “Who was your neighbor?” because caricature artist Ken Fallin never looked back after graduating high school in 1966. The Resident caught up with him after a Show and Tell presentation in October at Theatre Jacksonville. The Resident: Where in Jacksonville did you grow up? Fallin: We lived in […]

Threatening weather doesn’t stop concert in the park

Threatening weather doesn’t stop concert in the park

After rainy weather during the Memorial Day weekend forced a reschedule of a concert and picnic in Memorial Park, the threat of similar weather over Labor Day weekend almost conspired to do the same. Fortunately, the skies cleared up long enough for families and supporters of Memorial Park to spread out on the lawn and […]

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 […]