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Jacksonville's Tree Steakhouse changes name May 1

Jacksonville’s iconic Tree Steakhouse will change its name to ChopHouse Thirteen on May 1.Officials at the classic steakhouse that has been at 11362 San Jose Blvd. for decades say the name change “marks the latest chapter in continued improvements to the longtime fixture in the Jacksonville community.” It also will be closing Monday for renovations and plans to reopen May 1.“The Tree is growing, and we’re excited to share these latest changes with our […]

Jacksonville City Councilman: Mayor's staffer threatened retaliation for Berkman criticism

A Jacksonville City Council member said Brian Hughes, Mayor Lenny Curry’s chief of staff and the interim leader of the Downtown Investment Authority, threatened retaliation against him after he criticized an incentive-rich deal to redevelop downtown’s vacant Berkman 2 property, which faces an uncertain future after a Mississippi development firm backed out of the deal last week.In a Times-Union story about $11 million in financial judgments against companies tied to the […]

4 Duval teachers honored for excellence

Four veteran public school teachers for Duval County were surprised in their classrooms Monday as each received the 2019 Gladys Prior Award for Career Teaching Excellence.The winners are Amy Glendenning, Seabreeze Elementary School; Mary Phillips, Duncan Fletcher Middle School; Kevin Sullivan, Edward White High School; and Terry Woodlief, Central Riverside Elementary School. Together they have a combination of more than 120 years of teaching experience.Each received a $15, […]

Good News: MDA awards Mayo docs ALS grants

The Muscular Dystrophy Association, in preparation for ALS Awareness Month in May, announced that it is awarding grants of about $2 million to be used for research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.Eight grants will be awarded, two of which will go to local researchers from Mayo Clinic.Tania Gendron will receive a research grant in the amount of $285,000. Gendron’s research identifies blood and spinal fluid biomarkers that may […]

Waste Management pays $3 billion for Ponte Vedra-based Advanced Disposal

NEW YORK — Waste Management is pushing into the eastern U.S. by paying $3 billion for its smaller rival, Advanced Disposal Services.The country’s largest collector of trash and recycling said Monday that it will pay $33.15 per share for Advanced Disposal, a 22 percent premium for the stock. It is also taking on $1.9 billion of the company’s debt.Waste Management Inc., based in Houston, has about 21 million customers. The deal will add more than 3 million residential and […]

Today in Jacksonville History: April 15, 1913

Haunting and incongruous, the strains of Nearer My God to Thee rang through the Central City Mission, as they had through the lonely reaches of the North Atlantic a year before when the ill-fated RMS Titanic slipped beneath the waves with 1,500 souls.From many churches of the city, men, women and children came to the mission to remember R.J. Bateman, the mission founder, who was among those lost on that terrible night.”As everyone in Jacksonville so distinctly remembers, […]

Call Box: You live in a firehouse?

Dear Call Box: What can you tell me about the building at Adams and Ocean streets downtown?B.G., East ArlingtonDear B.G.: The five shiny brass fire poles are long gone. But there are a few reminders that the building was once a firehouse.The faded red garage doors are a giveaway, even though they’ve housed collectible cars rather than fire engines in recent years. Another clue is the Central Fire Station name at the top of the […]

New CEO: Jacksonville-based national philanthropy to boost profile, giving

In his first career, Michael Murray was a faculty member at various universities, including Notre Dame, where his research topics included 17th-century European philosophy.In his second career, he joined the philanthropic world, where his most recent post was at a Philadelphia-based foundation that supports academic research in the sciences and humanities. Among other things, he managed the expansion of its work beyond North America and Western Europe to Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe […]

Veterans Calendar

MONDAY CareerSource of Northeast Florida Veterans Career Counseling: 8 a.m.-noon, city of Jacksonville Military Affairs and Veterans Office, Suite 175, 117 W. Duval St. Veterans get free help with resume writing, interview skills and job etiquette. (904) 630-3625.American Legion Post 137 Bingo: 7 p.m., American Legion Post 137, 5443 San Juan Ave. Open to the public. (904) 662-2325.TUESDAY American Legion Riders Chapter 88 Motors and Margaritas: 6-9 p.m., Los Loros […]