McDonald's Set to Hire More than 1,500 Employees in Florida

McDonald's Set to Hire More than 1,500 Employees in Florida

McDonald’s and its franchisees are looking to hire more than 200 new crew and restaurant management positions at it’s northeast Florida area restaurants on April 19.

Local United Way Announces 2010-2011 Turnaround Campaign Results of more than $25 million

Local United Way Announces 2010-2011  Turnaround Campaign Results of more than $25 million

United Way of Northeast Florida announced today 2010-2011 Annual Campaign results of over $25 million – a turnaround campaign with a three percent increase over the previous year. This marks a significant improvement in giving since the economic downturn began in 2008.  These strong results will help address the human service needs across our community including United Way’s focus on keeping more than 10,000 students on track to high school graduation.

First Florida Credit Union Receives National Awards

First Florida Credit Union’s efforts in providing financial literacy programs were recognized with two Merit Awards at CUNA’s Marketing and Business Development Council’s 18th annual conference held March 16-19 in Las Vegas, NV.

“We are extremely proud of the recognition, as helping people build financial strength through hands-on educational programs is a core service which we provide,” said First Florida’s Senior Vice President Michelle Troha.

Holiday Donations by Publix Customers Totals Over $100,000

Holiday Donations by Publix Customers Totals Over $100,000

The Salvation Army of NE Florida has been awarded a check for a whopping $100,169 from Publix Supermarkets for its hunger-serving programs. The donation will be presented to The Salvation Army by Dwaine Stevens, Media and Community Relations Manager for Publix, Jacksonville Division, at a luncheon at Metropolitan Park on Thursday, April 21.  The funds were donated at the holidays by Publix customers in an ongoing drive to support charities fighting hunger in the community.

Neiman Marcus is Coming to Jacksonville

The glamour, attitude and hype of the fashion world comes to Jacksonville April 7th when Neiman Marcus Orlando stages Runway to Dignity 2011 to benefit Dignity U Wear.  The event by the upscale retailer will feature spring fashions by some of today’s most notable designers, including Escada, Dolce Gabbana, and Roberto Cavalli, among others.

Runway to Dignity will create a high fashion environment under the stars with a clear tent overlooking the St. Johns River, directly in front of The Florida Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Event co-chairs, Nan Coyle, Sallyn Pajcic and Jeanne Ward, promise a special evening, with both a pre-show and post-show reception, flowing champagne, great music and extraordinary fashions.

Uptick in NE Florida Pending Condominium Sales

The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors’ monthly indicators report showed that pending condo-townhouse sales in Northeast Florida were up 40.3  percent in February 2011 over the previous year and 45.7 percent in January 2011 as compared to January 2010.

Jacksonville Landing Turns Green for St. Patrick's Day

Jacksonville Landing Turns Green for St. Patrick's Day

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A leprechaun appeared at the Landing this morning to help get the city ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, and he helped turn the water green.

As the holiday had its official launch, the fountain in the courtyard began spewing green water, which will continue through the weekend as events are planned for each day.

At today's launch, the leprechaun read a proclamation, which was drowned out by the nearby bagpiper.

Thursday, bagpipers from Jacksonville Pipes and Drums will roam about the Landing as happy hour gets underway at 4 p.m., featuring, of course, green beer.

Live music takes the stage beginning at 7 and lasting until midnight.

Contests include hourly drawings for cash for anyone wearing green and there will be a green bikini contest at 9 p.m.