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Memorial Park statue
Ashton Elder

The city of Jacksonville funds some maintenance for Riverside’s Memorial Park, but the nonprofit Memorial Park Association fills a large gap.

This weekend, the group is holding its annual lobster bake fundraiser, “Claws for a Cause,” to support its efforts.

Memorial Park Association President Agnes Danciger says “Claws For A Cause” will be hosted by Cool Moose Cafe on Saturday.

All money raised will go to keep up the riverfront park up the road from the cafe.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

The Duval County school district has many programs in place for at-risk youth: mentorships, graduation coaches, reading interventionists, and so on.

But guidance for kids doesn’t always come from the district. One Westside man is taking the matter into his own hands.

 


Shannon Greene / WJCT

More than half of LGBT Jacksonville residents surveyed say they’ve experienced discrimination in the city. That’s according to a new study from the University of North Florida.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

 

Jacksonville will soon become the set of a true-story movie involving a local football mom.

A Hollywood screenwriter was in town Monday afternoon scoping a filming location at EverBank Field.

 


Farryn James

A Jacksonville high school student is hoping to bring attention to the city’s high murder rate with The Golden Shoes Project.  It’s a series of installations of gold-painted shoes meant to commemorate lives lost to violence.           

Stanton High School sophomore Jack Lagoy says the intent is to stop the violence. 

JeffriAnne Wilder

In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women. 

JeffriAnne Wilder founded the Institute for the study of race and ethnic relations at the University of North Florida.

“There are a number of things that happened over the course of my lifetime that have really pushed me even further into examining racial interests,” she says. “So for me as a sociologist, it’s something that’s very interesting, it is always very timely, and I think, given what’s happened in our society since the dawn of our new millennium, is showing us that racial issues are really at the forefront of our nation’s concerns and, unfortunately, social issues.”

Wilder says her parents were born and raised in the South, and many people in her mother’s family were active during the civil rRights movement.

She says being able to see how people in her family tried to overcome barriers during a difficult time period made it easier for her to follow in those footsteps.

“What I would say to younger women, in particular, is to take things step by step and celebrate the everyday successes, to recognize that the long-term impact of change does not happen overnight, to be kind to yourself, and to recognize that failure is a part of growth,” she says. “Visualize what you want to do, and dream big. I think that’s really important for us to do, even the not-so-young women.”


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A University of North Florida study finds a proposed fuel pipeline from South Carolina to Jacksonville would add hundreds of jobs and swell local tax coffers by millions of dollars.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

First there was a giant shark in Hemming Park. Now, a giant human head is taking up residence in the downtown plaza.

The head with a big, gaping mouth, relocated Thursday from the Museum of Science & History in San Marco.  


bike rack near Main Street Bridge
Melanie via Flickr

City planners want to make walking and biking safer and more popular in Jacksonville, and they’re asking the public to help.

Voting sign
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Several Duval County voting precincts are changing polling locations for the March 15 primary election.

Six of Duval’s 199 polling places are relocating.

 

Claudia Garcia

This month, Florida State College at Jacksonville is holding events to help hearing people understand deaf culture.

Seminars called “Deafology 101” kicked off the month.

Their purpose was to expose people of all ages to the deaf community, teach appropriate terminology, and allow hearing people to interact with deaf people by turning off their voices and learning some basic sign language skills.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

 

Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri says he wants to increase the transparency of city contracts. He says the public should be able to follow what happens after the city awards a contractor a project.


Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Book lovers can grab a grocery bag and head to the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library’s book sale this weekend.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

The Jacksonville Housing Authority opened its waiting list Thursday for federally subsidized Section 8 housing vouchers. 

People started lining up at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds at  5 a.m. to sign up for a shot at the federal program that helps low income people pay the rent. Hopefuls are placed into a lottery for a limited number of available vouchers to determine their ranking on the waitlist.

Beatrice Sanchez

In today’s digital world, many kids don’t know how to tell time on an analog clock.

The Boys And Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida tried to help change that today with a time-telling relay race for elementary schoolers.

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