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If I Call Crimestoppers, am I Really Anonymous?

If I Call Crimestoppers, am I Really Anonymous?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  First Coast Crimestoppers has taken in more than 2,530 tips this year.

"The shooting the other night, 11 people that's crazy. We've gotten some calls on that," said Wyllie Hodges, the executive director of the local chapter.

Hodges said six calls have come in so far on Tuesday's bloody rampage in Brooklyn, all with information on who the shooters are.

He also guarantees the anonymity of those callers; even he doesn't know who they are.

"You are anonymous, 100 percent anonymous. Don't know who you are, don't want to know who you are. If you try to tell us who you are, we don't take it," said Hodges.

ONE by ONE Campaign to Transform the Future of Education in Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund and the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announce the opening of a thought-provoking new exhibition that aims to transform the way our community looks at education.

Skip Suiting Up on Miracle Jeans Day

Skip Suiting Up on Miracle Jeans Day


Jacksonville, FL (August 30, 2011)-  It’s time to pull your favorite pair of blue jeans out of the closet and go casual for kids!  Miracle Jeans Day is coming up on September 14, 2011, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is hoping you will join us in making miracles happen in the lives of First Coast children.  All donations from participants will benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which purchases critically needed medical equipment and Child Life resources for the pediatric programs of Shands Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital. 


“Miracle Jeans Day” was created by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as a fun way to get companies involved with their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Participating organizations encourage employees to purchase a sticker, button or a pin for $5, $10 or $20, giving them the privilege to wear jeans to work on Wednesday, September 14.


City Animal Shelter Needs Community Support to Win $100K, Offers $20 Adoptions

City Animal Shelter Needs Community Support to Win $100K, Offers $20 Adoptions

Thanks to more than 8,700 local animal lovers who voted for Animal Care & Protective Services (ACPS) during an online qualifying phase earlier this year, the city has won a spot in the 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge, competing for grants from ASPCA totaling $300,000, including a top prize of $100,000.

The 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters and their communities aiming to get more animals adopted or returned to their homes than ever before. Taking place from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31, ACPS will compete to find homes for more cats and dogs than it did during the same time period in 2011. Competing against 49 other shelters, ACPS’ goal is to save at least 300 more animals than last year.

State Farm Now Accepting Applications for Youth Advisory Board Members

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is seeking Board Members to serve through 2013.

“Being on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board has allowed me to share my passion for service-learning with other highly motivated young people, and helped develop me as an individual,” said Erin Drake, a current Board member. “It’s enlightening to see a corporation that realizes the power youth can bring in creating long-lasting change.”

Hundreds Greet Jacksonville Sharks at JIA

Hundreds Greet Jacksonville Sharks at JIA

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sharks are back in the River City as ArenaBowl XXIV champions. The team landed at the Jacksonville International Airport around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Hundreds of fans waited to greet them at the gate and erupted in cheers and applause when the team came into the terminal shortly before midnight.   

Jacksonville Sharks Head Coach Les Moss tells First Coast News he was blown away by the show of support. "This is great," said Moss. "This is great for Jacksonville and obviously our franchise. These fans are the best in the league."   

STRIKE A CHORD contest to fight homelessness

A great idea, and a chance to get your band out there more.

‘STRIKE A CHORD’ contest offers bands and musicians an opportunity to compete for cash, prizes and recognition by coming up with the accompanying music to the provided lyrics. Musicians are being encouraged to get involved and help fight homelessness.

Choose your favorite song lyrics, and create the accompanying music with your musical talent.READ MORE @