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‘No permission needed’ to cleanup anytime at parks

‘No permission needed’ to cleanup anytime at parks

Riverside Avondale Preservation’s park and coastal cleanup the morning of September 18 removed 61 garbage bags of litter and other refuse, though the 5 Points volunteers and RAP director Shannon Blankenship, site captain, accounted for roughly half the haul. They collected 31 garbage bags, but there was more interesting refuse not appropriate for a trash […]

Defoor hosts virtual town hall on crime, drainage woes

Defoor hosts virtual town hall on crime, drainage woes

Community policing and shared intelligence keys to mitigating criminal activity Jacksonville City Councilwoman Randy Defoor hosted a virtual town hall meeting with a few dozen constituents on September 9 to discuss two timely neighborhood concerns, recent crime trends and flooding during storm season. “We have a lot of heavy issues to discuss this time,” said […]

RAP celebrates neighborhood’s best with annual awards

RAP celebrates neighborhood’s best with annual awards

Two homes, an animal hospital, a new coffee shop, and park flower beds were among the honorees during the Riverside Avondale Preservation awards that were presented virtually during the nonprofit’s annual meeting Feb. 18. More than 70 residents tuned in on Zoom to attend RAP’s first virtual annual meeting Feb. 18. Speaking at the event […]

The Way We Were: Wayne W. Wood

The Way We Were: Wayne W. Wood

Many years before Wayne W. Wood, 74, became a noted historian, author, and the founder of Riverside Avondale Preservation, he was just a kid from Belle Glade in South Florida visiting grandparents Guy D. and Elma T. Wood during the summers in Riverside. That was decades before he would run a successful optometry business in […]

Riverside Avondale Preservation awards, gala venue announced

Riverside Avondale Preservation awards, gala venue announced

It was standing room only at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd when a crowd of 200 attended the Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) annual meeting Feb. 20, which featured a change in board leadership, a list of annual preservation award winners and the beginning of a history series taught by RAP Founder Wayne Wood. […]

Riverside Preservation recognizes great designs, service, with annual awards

Riverside Preservation recognizes great designs, service, with annual awards

During its annual meeting, Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) members recognized the diligent work, careful design and craftsmanship of both homeowners and construction professionals with RAP’s Design Awards, as well as presented its Service Awards in acknowledgement of acts of service and philanthropy by individuals, businesses and organizations. Here is a list of the award winners […]

Budget approved for 5 Points Concept Plan

Budget approved for  5 Points Concept Plan

The 5 Points Concept Plan, in the pipeline since 2013, is about to become a reality.  Bill number 2019-0505, a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) bill that contains provisions for the 5 Points improvements, was unanimously passed by City Council Sept. 24 and work is slated to begin in January.  District 14 Councilwoman Randy DeFoor, with […]

Pest control expert shares tips on fighting Formosan termites

When reports of termite swarms and infestations are made, thoughts naturally turn toward older, wood-framed structures as sites for drywood termite nests. But when it comes to that nasty import, the Formosan subterranean termite, homeowners of all construction types beware. Formosan termites need and thrive on moisture, which can be found in and around any […]

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