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8th Annual Team Hope Walk & 5K Fun Run For Huntington's Disease on April 14th

8th Annual Team Hope Walk & 5K Fun Run For Huntington's Disease on April 14th

This year’s Team Hope Walk & 5K Fun Run will be held on Saturday, April 14th beginning at 1:00PM at The Jacksonville Landing.

There will be raffles, live entertainment and Kid Zone, hosted by Mike and Tera Barz from Fox 30 Action News. Come join us  for a 1-mile walk & 5K fun run down the scenic St. Johns North River Walk .

Council Passes Bill to Monitor Big Spending, Considers Library Cuts

Council Passes Bill to Monitor Big Spending, Considers Library Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There was a swath of red in council chambers Tuesday night, worn in protest to the proposed deep cuts to library funding.
    
The city's Finance Committee recommended reducing the library's $39 million dollar by about $3.5 million.
    
Library staffers, volunteers and patrons said the resulting cuts in services would reduce the quality of life in Jacksonville and remove a vital resource for job seekers.

"Our libraries are the place where anybody who does not have a computer at home, the libraries are the only place where there's free access to computers," said a member of the Friends of Murray Hill Library.

A final vote on the matter is expected later this month.

Affair In The Square

Affair In The Square

If you live in San Marco and are looking for seomthing to do that's light on the ppockets and in good taste, come out to the Affair In The Square!!

It's the ULTIMATE Happy Hour that lasts for 3 hours!! Affair in the Square happens every third Thursday of the month during the spring and summer in San Marco’s shopping district. The square is located at 1790 San Marco boulevard and runs from 6:00 pm through 9:00 pm.There will be live music performers, vendors, wine tastings, local artists, face painting for the kids and more. The nice weather couldn’t be more complimentary to spending an evening out with the family, enjoying the live music entertainment and sampling some great food and wine offerings. Don't miss out, becuase it's sure to be a great expericen for everyone!! See you there!!

High Tides at Huguenot Memorial Park May Impact Weekend Access

Huguenot Memorial Park visitors are advised to call the park office at (905) 251-3335 or visit www.jaxparks.com before visiting the park over the weekend to determine current tidal conditions expected during peak hours.

Old Fire Station No. 5 Added to List of Endangered Historic Sites

Old Fire Station No. 5 Added to List of Endangered Historic Sites

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announced their 2011 11 Most Endangered Historic Sites list at the Annual Statewide Preservation Conference, in Central Florida, on May 19, 2011. The sites are not ranked in any particular order.

 

Fire Station # 5, Jacksonville

Fire Station #5 is the oldest and most recognized historic building on Riverside Avenue in downtown Jacksonville’s Brooklyn neighborhood.  It was designed by Robert Lee Sevil in 1910. The land on which the building stands was sold by the city to Fidelity National Financial, Inc. in 2009.  The building is currently vacant, unmaintained, and has been the target of repeated vandalism.  Some city officials are in support of the preservation of the building but are concerned over costs for relocation and rehabilitation. The site is added to the 2011 list due to the potential for demolition caused by redevelopment pressure.

 

Are You Being Targeted? Where you are Most Likely to get Ticketed

Are You Being Targeted? Where you are Most Likely to get Ticketed

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "I just came outside, and I saw a parking ticket," said Keenan Williams, a Jacksonville resident.

Hundreds of parking citations are written daily in Jacksonville by 10 full-time parking enforcement specialists patrolling the city.

"There's no one area that is worse than others. There are some that are more frequent, but none that are worse," said Robert Carle, city parking enforcement director, whose crew is tasked with ticketing downtown, Riverside, and San Marco metered parking equally. "They're looking to turn over parking, and achieve compliance."

But numbers from 2010 show that's not really true. There are areas where vehicles are ticketed more frequently than others - and none of them are downtown. The top four most ticketed spots in Jacksonville are all hospitals.

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Students at Fletcher Middle Participate in the Opening of the Beaches Parade

Four students from Fletcher Middle School participated in the Opening of the Beaches Parade with Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA). The girls were asked to participate by the FOJA beach committee.

In addition to walking the dogs and hyping the crowd during the parade, the girls designed posters, flyers and decorations for the float. The theme was “Rock Star” and they gave the dogs names such as “Mick Wagger” and “Elvis Pawsley.” The girls continued volunteering at FOJA’s adoption event after the parade. Four of the dogs found potential homes thanks to students’ efforts.

This project began in December during a service-learning lesson in the classroom. During a unit on research and communication, the students studied and discussed pet overpopulation.