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A Jacksonville woman is hoping to unite the community and offset some of the negative environmental effects of food production by creating small community farms.

A Northeast Florida nonprofit, The Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida, awarded her $5,000 this month to begin the project.


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Norman Studios, an old silent film studio in Arlington, has been named a national landmark by the National Park Service.

It’s the second ever to be designated in Jacksonville and one of about 2,500 in the nation.


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A mixed-income apartment complex was unveiled Wednesday in the historic neighborhood of Springfield.

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An injured Navy veteran from Jacksonville competed against other military veterans for $50,000 before a national audience.

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After outraged business owners and Riverside residents spoke out against a proposed bill that would alter the process of applying for a mixed-use development in the Jacksonville neighborhood, the City Council member who introduced it is looking to quell concerns with a substitute bill.

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RV City, with its rows of tailgaters near EverBank Field, was already filling up Tuesday in anticipation of Saturday’s annual match-up between the University of Florida and the University of Georgia.

The messages to fans from event organizers and city officials are arrive early be patient.

Chief Leonard Propper with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office urges fans to take advantage of the five-hour window between when they can park their car and when they can get inside the stadium.

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Greenscape of Jacksonville teamed up with TD Bank on Wednesday to plant fruit trees in an eastside Jacksonville neighborhood.


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Saturday marks the anniversary of last year's sinking of El Faro. 

The cargo ship lost power and drifted into the path of Hurricane Joaquin, sinking off the coast of the Bahamas October 1, 2015, taking the lives of all 33 crewmembers on board. 

Merchant Marine Chief Steward Lauren (who didn’t 

want to give her last name) says for her, the sinking of El Faro was a reality check.

Faith Matters: The Role Of Faith, Religion In Philanthropy

Sep 12, 2016

A recent study in the Chronicle of Philanthropy shows that religious Americans give more to charity than nonreligious people. 

In this episode of Faith Matters,  hosts Kyle Reese and Nancy Broner explore the role of faith and religion in philanthropy.

 

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What do a hip-hop artist, a Haitian storyteller, an accordion player, a boat builder, culinary artist and an herbalist all have in common? They’re this year’s folk masters selected by the Florida Folklife Council, which is part of the state’s Division of Historical Resources.

And that hip-hop artist is Jacksonville’s Mal Jones.

  

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WJCT’s quarterly program Community Thread started a conversation about the politics of arts education this month.

The program reflected a national debate over whether science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, programs should include the arts, or what’s called a “STEAM” approach.


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The Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida is teaming up with local nonprofit Water Me Green to launch its new Springfield Project.

The project is designed to get more teens involved in the community and learn about sustainability. It will launch on Aug. 15 on Woodland Acres.

First Coast Connect: Christmas In July

Jul 22, 2016
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The Enchanted Christmas Village will be hosting its Christmas in July community event at 10 a.m. this Saturday on The Keeler Property, 17255 Normandy Blvd.

Santa, Mrs.  and his head elf will be making an appearance for pictures, along with fun Christmas activities for the kids and local food truck options.

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The Chamblin bookstore will be celebrating its 40th anniversary Saturday at its uptown location, 215 N. Laura St., beginning at 7 p.m.

Laura Street will be closed for the celebration.

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A 10-mile stretch of Duval County beach between the St. Johns River and St. Johns County is slated for renourishment this summer.  Sand lost to erosion will be replaced with sand dredged up from the ocean floor. 

The project has the Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol scrambling to find and relocate as many sea turtle nests as possible before the eggs get buried too deep.  


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