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New UF Health Jacksonville center to help epilepsy patients

In June, UF Health Jacksonville will open a new center to provide advanced care for epilepsy patients.At the facility’s Epilepsy Wellness Center, patients will receive memory and stress-management assessments. They will be evaluated on such things as how well they remember to take medications and how accurately they document their seizures, according to UF Health.If they have difficulty in the assessments, they will receive counseling and training.“Epilepsy is a […]

'It's hard enough to be old': Certification program builds the LGBT elder-friendly business community

For Tricia Russell, a 61-year-old transgender woman from St. Augustine, even a simple shopping excursion was harrowing.As she transitioned from a man named Patrick to a woman named Tricia, clothing store employees either eyed her suspiciously or closely followed her as she walked around. At a grocery store’s customer service counter, an employee reacted to her masculine voice in a feminine body by relocating to a back room. She was harassed by some members of law enforcement. […]

Borland Groover partners with large health care company with 'buying power'

Borland Groover, a large gastroenterology practice headquartered in Jacksonville, has agreed to a partnership with United Surgical Partners International (USPI) that will result in the two companies jointly owning the Jacksonville Center for Endoscopy-Southside and the Jacksonville Center for Endoscopy-Riverside.The new partnership combines medical experience of Borland Groover’s physicians and staff with USPI’s experience in providing management and support services […]

Electric utilities seeing the numbers they need to switch on more solar

The route to Coral Farms Solar Energy Center runs down a two-lane country road, turns at a weather-beaten sign advertising “Corn and Hay Sales,” and ambles down an unpaved road past a house with a tractor in the yard. There is the huge field filled with 330,000 gleaming solar panels.The opening in January of the Coral Farms solar farm, located 18 miles from Palatka, and another Florida Power & Light solar center straddling the Putnam-Alachua county line makes Putnam County home to […]

6 more names added to Jacksonville Veteran's Memorial Wall

For a brief moment, they stood shoulder to shoulder and stared at the wall, looking for the names of the newly added. Turning toward each other, these women, a widowed wife and a mother-in-law, strangers united in grief, embraced before each walking on her separate way. Off in the distance, tears welled in the eyes of a friend of a fallen serviceman whose name was also added to the long list of Jacksonville’s military dead.Loved ones, active service members, those who long ago left […]

Call Box: Man buried alive helped launch Cedar Hills Shopping Center

Dear Call Box: When the Cedar Hills Shopping Center opened, there was some sort of promotion involving a man buried alive. I remember you could talk to him, but I can’t recall if he was above or below ground or in a chamber. Can you give me some details and also some information about the center?P.D., WestsideDear P.D.: “Buried Alive” would be enough to bring anyone to the opening of a new shopping center. A tabloid editor’s dream. […]

Veterans Calendar

MONDAY, Memorial Day Veterans Memorial Wall Ceremony: 8 a.m., Veterans Memorial Wall, between EverBank Field and Baseball Grounds, 1145 E. Adams St. Honoring Jacksonville’s fallen heroes. Music by The 13th Army band and Jacksonville Children’s Chorus. Parking is free. Patriotic attire suggested.30th annual Memorial Day Riverfest: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Historic Spring Park, Green Cove Springs. Opening ceremony includes veterans tribute and aerial flyover, arts and crafts, food […]

Hurricane season on the minds of Jacksonville Home and Garden Show visitors

The start of hurricane season June 1 and memories of Hurricane Irma’s devastation last year were on the minds of many people  filling the aisles Sunday at the Jacksonville Home & Garden Show.As rain from Subtropical Storm Alberto came down outside, they were looking for ways to better protect their homes against future storms. Other visitors sought out the landscaping and gardening displays, home improvement booths, outdoor furniture and accessories including hot tubs offered […]

Subtropical Storm Alberto brings rain, wind gusts to Northeast Florida

Rain from Subtropical Storm Alberto will slack off some for Memorial Day but meteorologists still forecast scattered showers in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia for the holiday Monday.Alberto remains miles west of Jacksonville but it dumped about a 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches of rain on the region Sunday, said Andrew Kennedy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.”It’s going to get drier through the rest of [Sunday] evening. We’re expecting […]

Wastewater plants need EPA oversight, group argues

State officials repeatedly downplayed violations of pollution permits at Northeast Florida wastewater treatment plants that affect the St. Johns River, a whistle-blower group is telling the federal government.Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take over enforcement of permit rules at a half-dozen facilities in Duval, Clay and Putnam counties.In letters to EPA, the group points to stacks of old reports […]