Nonprofit's mission is 'Enroll America' in Obamacare

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Affordable Health Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare is the law. If you're now uninsured, you must have health insurance by 2014. That said, the program's deadlines, the various plans and who is eligible have left many confused.

"There is a lot of people who don't understand what their options are," said Tony Penna.

Penna, a former insurance executive is with Enroll America, a privately funded nonprofit that is trying to spread the word about the Affordable Care Act.

"The biggest challenge is how many people in Duval, Clay Nassau and St. Johns who don't have insurance," said Penna, "There about 300,000 people."

Enroll America staffers are now knocking on doors, making calls to spread the word out.

"About 39 percent of the people in Florida who are eligible for insurance think that the law has been repealed," he said, "It has not been repealed."

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Local truckers unaware of rolling protest in D.C.

JACKSONVILLE,Fla. -- At the truck stops near Baldwin and U.S. 301 it was exceptionally busy. Truckers leaving Interstate 10 to buy much needed fuel or to take a break from the road.

Trey Hervey, a six year veteran, was on the way to North Carolina and needed a break.

"I'm not an Independent," said Hervey. "But I want to be."

Hervey loves to talk about the industry and its challenges, but when it came to the rolling protest in the nation's capital he had no knowledge.

"I don't know anything about it," he said.

And at this truck stop, a microcosm of a tight knit community, few trucks knew what was taking place near Washington D.C.

The rolling protest was to challenge the Obama administration and Congressional leaders over the government shutdown. It was to be a strong statement about America's frustration with its government.

Mortgage reduction for underwater homeowners

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Life is good for John and Sharon Fisher, but they would be first to tell you that it would be better if they had a break on their mortgage.

"We have a very high interest rate," said Fisher, "but we've never missed a payment, we've never been late."

The Fishers are retired, on a fixed income, and they say sometimes the $1,200 a month payment becomes a struggle.

"We love our home," said Fisher, "We can't sell it and we don't want to sell it."   

They can't sell because when the economy tanked, foreclosures went up and home values went down.

"We've lost almost $100,000 in the place," he said. 

The Fishers are hoping the state's newest program will help; they've  applied to the Florida's Principal Reduction Program.

"Before I Die" notes cover entrance of local business

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A business in the Avondale shopping district is turning heads and making people think about their lives.

The owner of Gottahaveit in the 3700 block of St. Johns Ave. is taking part in the "Before I Die" movement.

"I just thought it was a really cool idea," said Iva Keyworth.

Keyworth stumbled upon the international community art movement while surfing the web recently.

The movement started in 2011 after a New Orleans woman lost someone close to hear.

So she started a "Before I Die" wall to help others realize just how precious life can be.

Now, other walls and installments of the project have spread all over the world as a way for people to share the things they want to do and accomplish before it's too late.

Keyworth told First Coast News she connected with the idea because of something tragic that happened to her husband.

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Typewriter business may have market cornered

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If a TV breaks, typically it's easiest to buy a new one.

If the printer won't print, it seems most times folks will toss it and get a new one.

We live in a time where people are quick to update new technology with newer, and throw out the broken stuff. But Bill Pridgen slows down and fixes it.

"You gotta make it work," Pridgen said. "I got machines from all over the country to fix."


"And I actually stay busy most of the time," Pridgen said.

If you were wondering where all the typewriters have gone, you need look no farther than inside the McDavid Typewriter Service shop.

Wall-to-wall and from floor to ceiling typewriters representing every decade all the way back to the 1890s are stored.

Most of them waiting their turn on Pridgen's workshop repair table for paying customers.

"And most of our customers have been the same ones we've had for years."

Real ways to help you find a job and other resources

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Shawntray from the Westside asked the On Your Side team a question.

He said he recently lost his job as a security guard because he was sick and can't find work. Shawntray said he lost his home and he's afraid he'll lose his car. He wants help.

Shawntray, here is what you do:

1) Get your hands on a phone in the area of Northeast Florida and dial the United Way's 211. It is a referral source that will refer you to places for emergency financial assistance, food, shelter and clothing and a lot of other service.

2) Call the company that you make car payments and explain your situation. Ask if some payments can be deferred.

3) Go to a place like WorkSource Florida. They have offices across the region They will help you or anyone looking for work Find a job. Call 904-356-JOBS for more information.

Overgrown sidewalk concerns Lakeshore neighbors

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A viewer said part of the sidewalk along Park Street at Stimson Street is so overgrown that you have to walk in the street. The viewer worries about the safety of children at a nearby elementary school.

After FCN's David Williams called the city, spokesperson Debbie Delgado said a public works crew is now scheduled to trim the overgrowth by the end of this week.