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Local chamber music group announces overseas trip

Local chamber music group announces overseas trip

Directors of the San Marco Chamber Music Society Eric and Ellen Olson along with Nick Curry, UNF’s Professor of Cello, performed for an appreciative audience gathered April 8 at 6000 On the River. The well-attended concert, hosted by Marjorie Broward and Sue and Bill Rust to benefit the group, was capped with a surprise. “We […]

Seniors soar in restored biplane

Seniors soar in restored biplane

Threatening weather didn’t prevent Charlie Stratmann from taking to the skies April 9 from First Coast Flight Center at Herlong Recreational Airport. Stratmann, 89, was a passenger on a restored 1940 Boeing Stearman biplane, courtesy of the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation (AADF), a volunteer-based nonprofit dedicated to honoring seniors and United States military veterans living in […]

Popular Riverside dog park a ‘victim of own success’

Popular Riverside dog park a ‘victim of own success’

Although the turnout wasn’t what organizers had hoped for on April 14, the eight who showed up to clear the John Gorrie Dog Park of trash, rocks and dog droppings were treated to coffee and bagels, courtesy of Edie Williams, a State Farm insurance agent on Park Street. Williams has agreed to sponsor the monthly […]

Despite wind and rain, volunteers build playground at Winston Family YMCA

Despite wind and rain, volunteers build playground at Winston Family YMCA

Organizers of a community project to build a new playground at the Winston Family YMCA, 221 Riverside Ave., were undeterred April 21, despite wind and rain nearly all day long. In just six hours, about 100 volunteers from Foresters Financial™, the Winston Family YMCA and the national non-profit KaBOOM! created the new playspace, which will […]

Do Something

Do Something

School shootings rouse a variety of reactions from prayers to protests. In Jacksonville, thanks to one young woman, a high school is reaching out to victims through the power of the pen. Episcopal School students befriend Parkland students through pen pal mission It was Aristotle who said “good habits formed at youth make all the […]

San Marco teen crowned Miss Bishop Kenny

San Marco teen crowned Miss Bishop Kenny

San Marco resident Grace Isaac, 17, was crowned Miss Bishop Kenny 2018-2019. The daughter of Brett and Michelle Isaac, she attended Hendricks Avenue Elementary School, Assumption Catholic School, and is now a junior at Bishop Kenny High School, where she is vice president of the Interact Club and a member of the Anchor Club. She […]

Batter up! Youth baseball has never been better

Batter up! Youth baseball has never been better

Baseball and softball are in full swing throughout the region this spring, and in at least two local leagues the number of players taking part has shown a marked increase. Hendricks Avenue Baseball commissioner Jon Yost says this season, which kicked off in late February and concludes on Memorial Day weekend, has seen more participants […]

Gathering at the river, local pastor baptizes by immersion

Gathering at the river, local pastor baptizes by immersion

In keeping with biblical scripture and historical practices, Father Matthew Rusch of Holy Trinity Anglican Church waded into the chilly waters of the Ortega River at Seminole Park on the Saturday morning before Easter to perform the sacrament of baptism for Michael Martin. Around 50 church members, neighbors and passersby gathered to celebrate the event […]