Riverside Avondale Preservation

RAP Home Tour makes a comeback, Garden Tour on the horizon

RAP Home Tour makes a comeback, Garden Tour on the horizon

The annual neighborhood Home Tour, brought to the neighborhoods by Riverside Avondale Preservation or RAP, was in full swing as it returned to action after a brief hiatus, to celebrate its 46th installment. Spring delivers beautiful gardens, blooming plants, manicured landscapes, and happy residents; due to the mild temps, coupled with sunshine and blue skies. […]

Neighbors await demo news eight months after destructive fire

Neighbors await demo news eight months after destructive fire

Caroline Kendall woke to smoke and flames outside her bedroom window about 3 a.m. on August 3, 2021. She and her husband Mark Kendall still live with a charred, two-story house next door at 1829 Powell Pl. that looks like the remnants of a bombed-out home. The Jacksonville Fire-Rescue Department found the historic 2608-square-foot two-story […]

RAP hosts annual meeting, presents awards to community stewards

RAP hosts annual meeting, presents awards to community stewards

The local neighborhood preservation and advocacy group, Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP), welcomed guests and award winners to Riverside Church at Park and King, formerly known as the Riverside Baptist Church, Feb. 17, for its annual meeting. The historic structure and courtyards set the perfect backdrop the evening festivities, where a collective of passionate locals rallied […]

For the Love of a Neighborhood: Wayne Wood

For the Love of a Neighborhood: Wayne Wood

You may not know it, but if you’ve ever wandered through Riverside on a Saturday morning, you’ve no doubt appreciated the work of Dr. Wayne Wood. Wood, nicknamed the “Mayor of Riverside,” is one of the leading founders of Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP), an organization responsible for the salvation of many of the area’s beloved […]

Scouts to the rescue, Troop 2 helps save Luminaria

Scouts to the rescue, Troop 2 helps save Luminaria

Boy Scouts Troop 2 of St. Johns Presbyterian Church saved the 2021 Luminaria event by helping to bag thousands of bags of sand. The annual Luminaria hosted by Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) had originally been scheduled for December 19 but had to be moved up a week to avoid conflicting with a Jaguars home game. […]

Riverside resident continues family legacy of military service

Riverside resident continues family legacy of military service

Riverside resident Kevin Kuzel comes from a long line of family serving in the military. Everyone in his family from his generation back to his grandparents on his mother’s side served, including his uncles who served during World War II on both his parents’ sides. “My grandmother actually signed up with my mother to serve,” […]

The Way We Were: Dr. Iris Eisenberg

The Way We Were: Dr. Iris Eisenberg

It takes a special kind of woman to devote her life to the care of the community and its patients, remain a lifelong learner to be certain to stay at the top of her chosen field, and through it all maintain a sense of humor and a zest for life and living. Dr. Iris Eisenberg […]

Riverside and Avondale to Remain In Same Council District

A proposal to separate Riverside and Avondale and place the neighborhoods in different City Council districts has been shot down. It all stems from a meeting in early October between council members Randy DeFoor, Reggie Gaffney, Ju’Coby Pittman, Randy White, and Aaron Bowman. The meeting was originally called for Pittman and White to try and […]

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