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'Hi $5 for Reading' supports Jacksonville libraries' summer reading programs

Five dollars can erase the so-called summer slide for a Jacksonville child.That’s why the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation’s funding appeal for city libraries’ six-week summer reading program for children and youth is called Hi $5 for Reading. Each $5 donated will provide materials and activities to help students retain over the summer the educational gains they made during the previous school year.About $50,000 will serve 10,000 students from early June to late July at […]

Mobile food pantry brings oasis to Northwest food desert

A bounty of fresh produce and meat along with pantry staples including peanut butter, cereal, rice and bread were an oasis Tuesday amid a food desert in a Northwest Jacksonville neighborhood where more than a few families, seniors and veterans struggle to put a healthy meal on the table.Residents walked or hitched rides with neighbors to pick out free groceries from a Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL) mobile food pantry in the parking lot of KIPP Jacksonville Schools, 2525 W. 1st St. […]

Vestcor pushes toward 600 apartments in downtown

Vestcor is poised to cement its status as downtown’s most active developer.Mayor Lenny Curry’s budget review committee gave the go-ahead Monday for a proposed agreement with Vestcor for a 133-unit apartment building called Lofts at Jefferson Station.The Downtown Investment Authority will file legislation with City Council for the $3.4 million in financial incentives. If the council approves, Vestcor would break ground in late summer for the construction, which will bring the […]

City sues council member Katrina Brown over loan for sauce plant

The city of Jacksonville is suing City Council member Katrina Brown for $346,000 that a barbecue sauce manufacturing business co-owned by Brown still owes the city, according to a suit filed this month in state court.The suit contends Brown is legally accountable for paying off a loan the city gave to Cowealth, a business co-owned by Brown and her mother, for a barbecue sauce plant that failed to produce any of the 56 jobs it pledged to create in exchange for city assistance. […]

One of Us: Sears family celebrates 100 years of Northeast Florida dentistry

In 1918, Andy Sears, an Oregon native who had served as an Army dentist during World War I, moved to Jacksonville and established a practice downtown.His sons, Wally and Don Sears, would later graduate from dental school and join his practice, Wally in 1962 and Don in 1965.Andy Sears became quite renowned for pioneering a hydrocolloid impression technique for inlays and fixed bridges. He first published, under the byline A.W. Sears, an article describing the technique in […]

Clay offers active shooter preparedness training

Clay County along with the Northeast Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association is offering a free Active Shooter Preparedness Program for restaurant and hotel staff.It will be 8-11 a.m. June 6 at the Holiday Inn and Suites Orange Park, 620 Wells Road, Orange Park. The registration deadline is June 5.The Clay County Sheriff’s Office will present the training focusing on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s recommended Run, Hide or Fight action steps to be […]

Navy ships sent elsewhere for repairs leads to salvo from politicians

From routine maintenance to engine overhauls, plenty of companies in Northeast Florida are ready to offer the necessary services when the military needs work done. So when that work goes elsewhere, it’s no surprise politicians get involved.It starts when a hot topic — say, ship repair — drops on the plate of a senator or congressman. But then the process often plays out like a game of tag: Here’s a letter from Florida. Tag, you’re it. Now it’s your turn to send a letter […]

UNF: 'Pioneer' female engineering students design water system for Guatemalan village

Collecting water for cooking, cleaning and other household chores used to be an all-day affair for the women of La Esperanza, a rural village of about 1,000 people in the highlands area of Guatemala.But the University of North Florida’s first all-female senior civil engineering team designed a new water distribution system for the community, which was built by local workers and began operations this spring. The system not only benefited an entire community and freed hours of time for […]

Jacksonville police investigating deadly shootout

Jacksonville police say a man died after being shot in an apparent shootout late Saturday in a Northwest neighborhood where a barrage of bullets struck several homes and cars leaving neighbors scared.The victim died at UF Health Jacksonville after being brought in with at least one gunshot wound about 12:15 a.m. Sunday by three people in a car with several bullet holes in it. Police detained the three for questioning, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.Late Sunday, the […]