‘Giving Tuesday’ a charitable antidote to holiday indulgences

After enjoying a Thanksgiving meal with family and friends, and perhaps satisfying your holiday shopping itch by taking advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, consider being charitable toward others by participating in Giving Tuesday, which takes place Nov. 27, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Now in its seventh year, the movement was started in […]

Murray Hill Library name enhanced in honor of late advocate

Practically on the eve of its 50th anniversary, the Murray Hill Library will be renamed the Bill Brinton Murray Hill Branch Library in honor of the late William Brinton, an Avondale attorney who spearheaded an effort in 2014 to create an independent library district and was the founder of three Friends of the Library organizations […]

Art students create glass poppies to commemorate World War I

Art students create glass poppies  to commemorate World War I

Although the wearing of poppies in honor of America’s war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day, in Europe they are worn for Remembrance Day, Nov. 11, which is also Veterans Day in the United States. In honor of U.S. veterans, while continuing to remember the Floridians who lost their lives fighting in World War […]

City, residents, businesses grapple with short-term rental issues

“Who is my neighbor?” is a question more and more residents are asking as they see adjacent property owners open their homes to short-stay rentals. The question becomes pertinent when paying guests next door behave in a disorderly or unsafe manner, disrupting the normally placid residential environment, and the affected residents don’t know how to […]

Free helmets ensure students can bike to school safely

Free helmets ensure students can bike to school safely

For children between the ages of five and 14, biking related injuries account annually for more emergency room visits than any other sport. Unfortunately, only 45 percent of children under 14 report wearing a bike helmet “usually.” In preparation for National Walk/Bike to School Day, Hendricks Avenue Elementary PTA Health and Wellness Committee Co-Chair Erin […]

Annual Cardboard City opens eyes, hearts about homelessness

The statistics are sobering no matter which one you read: Every public school in Duval County has at least one homeless student. More than 3,300 students are homeless. Nearly 40 percent of the homeless in the United States are families. One out of four of the homeless is a child. To raise awareness of the […]

Ad hoc council committee hopes new legislation will clear up rezoning issues

When is a planned unit development, known as a PUD at City Hall, not a planned unit development? For many residents opposed to certain property changes, the term is synonymous with circumvention of existing zoning codes. PUDs are often used by property owners to deviate from zoning criteria such as landscape buffers and parking requirements, […]

When community comes together, students are the winners

When community comes together, students are the winners

The public elementary schools in Jacksonville’s historic neighborhoods enjoy a longstanding history of community involvement that spells success for their youngest students now and throughout their lives. At many Duval County public elementary schools, three parent groups – the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), Student Advisory Committee (SAC) and “Friends” of the school, a fundraising arm – […]