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Jax Art Walk Celebrates 10 Years of Culture Downtown

Nov 6, 2013
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Thousands of First Coast residents look forward to the first Wednesday of every month for Jacksonville's Art Walk, a collaborative art market that spans 15 blocks of the downtown area and includes more than 50 venues and hundreds of local artists.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the signature event, which attracts more than 6,000 guests every month to Hemming Plaza to see artists, businesses and entrepreneurs present their work to the community.

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Jacksonville officials say this year’s Week of Valor won’t be a financial burden to the city and they’re confident last year’s problems won’t happen again.

On Tuesday, Mayor Alvin Brown announced the schedule of events that culminate with the Jaguars Military Appreciation Day game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Nov. 17.

The city lost about $700,000 last year when plans for a basketball game between Florida and Georgetown on an aircraft carrier went awry, but with no such game on the schedule this year officials expect things to go much smoother. 

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Despite recent headlines, Duval County Public Schools officials say this week that violent incidents at school are actually on the decline.

Violent incidents on campus are down 46 percent over a six-year period, according to district statistics.

London, Forrest High School, and the Florida National Guard are in the headlines today.

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It may have been a blowout loss for the Jaguars, but local business officials are hoping their trip to London for the Jags Oct. 27 game against the 49ers will lead to new jobs and increased tourism in Jacksonville.

Mayor Alvin Brown joined officials from Jax Chamber and Visit Jacksonville for an economic development mission to L0ndon aligned with the Jaguars visit.

Mayor Brown said the four year commitment to the London games will give Jacksonville more international exposure.

JAX USA President Jerry Mallot said at least economic deals could be on the horizon.

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Jacksonville’s new Downtown Investment Authority is kicking off a series of community meetings this week. They want the public input on a new plan for the city's Urban Core.

The meetings are a chance for residents to speak out about what they think are the most important issues related to downtown development — whether that means housing, streetscape improvements, parks and recreation, business recruitment, or all of the above.

The First Coast has one of the largest Arab American communities in the country. In today's Voices of the First Coast interview, WJCT’s Melissa Ross speaks with Syrian American physician Dr. Yazan Khatib.

In collaboration with the program Arab American Stories, which is airing on WJCT TV on Friday's at 6:30 p.m., WJCT is interviewing Arab Americans in Jacksonville.

Hear more entries in our Voices of the First Coast series at WJCT OnDemand.

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The Jacksonville Civic Council is tackling the city’s most pressing issues, from pension reform to downtown development, in order to bring business advice and perspective to public policies.

Council executive director Jeanne Miller said the future of the First Coast looks bright because of those efforts.

The group, formed in 2010, is composed of about 65 local CEO’s who have been extraordinarily successful in their careers, building businesses and giving back to the community. Together, they employ more than 10,000 people in Jacksonville.

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The First Coast has one of the largest Arab American communities in the country. In today's Voices of the First Coast interview, WJCT’s Melissa Ross speaks with Syrian American Jacksonville resident George Mackoul.

In collaboration with the program Arab American Stories, which is airing on WJCT TV on Friday's at 6:30 p.m., WJCT is interviewing Arab Americans in Jacksonville.

Hear more entries in our Voices of the First Coast series at WJCT OnDemand.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Sightings of giant tiger prawn are growing more numerous along the coastlines of Duval and St. Johns Counties.

The prawns, also known as Black or Asian Tiger Shrimp, can grow longer than a foot and weigh as much as a pound-and-a-half.

The fact that the shrimp aren’t native to the U.S. concerns ecologists, according to Carli Segelson with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The First Coast has one of the largest Arab American communities in the country. In today's Voices of the First Coast interview, WJCT’s Melissa Ross speaks with Jeanette Bajalia, CEO of the financial services firm A Woman’s Worth.

In collaboration with the program Arab American Stories, which is airing on WJCT TV on Friday's at 6:30 p.m., WJCT is interviewing Arab Americans in Jacksonville.

Funding for “Arab American Stories – A National Dialogue” was provided through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Detroit Public Television.

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The First Coast has one of the largest Arab American communities in the country. In today's Voices of the First Coast interview, WJCT’s Melissa Ross speaks with Ronie Rukab.

In collaboration with the program Arab American Stories, which is airing on WJCT TV on Friday's at 6:30 p.m., WJCT is interviewing Arab Americans in Jacksonville.

Funding for “Arab American Stories – A National Dialogue” was provided through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Detroit Public Television.

Support also provided by Farah and Farah and A Woman’s Worth.

The First Coast has one of the largest Arab American communities in the country. In today's Voices of the First Coast interview, WJCT’s Melissa Ross speaks with Rev. Dr. Nicholas and Dr. Roxanne Louh.

In collaboration with the program Arab American Stories, which is airing on WJCT TV on Friday's at 6:30 p.m., WJCT is interviewing Arab Americans in Jacksonville.

Funding for “Arab American Stories – A National Dialogue” was provided through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Detroit Public Television.

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The First Coast has one of the largest Arab American communities in the country. In today's Voices of the First Coast interview, WJCT’s Melissa Ross speaks with local pediatrician Dr. Naela Osman-Chahlavi.

In collaboration with the program Arab American Stories, which is airing on WJCT TV on Friday's at 6:30 p.m., WJCT is interviewing Arab Americans in Jacksonville.

Funding for “Arab American Stories – A National Dialogue” was provided through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Detroit Public Television.

Farah & Farah

The First Coast has one of the largest Arab American communities in the country. In today's Voices of the First Coast interview, WJCT’s Melissa Ross speaks with attorneys Eddie and Chuck Farah. 

In collaboration with the program Arab American Stories, which is airing on WJCT TV on Friday's at 6:30 p.m., WJCT is interviewing Arab Americans in Jacksonville.

Funding for “Arab American Stories – A National Dialogue” was provided through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Detroit Public Television.

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A new model in elder care is making its debut on the First Coast. Brooks Rehabilitation says its new “Green House Residences” in Bartram Park are the first of their kind in the state.

The two new assisted living homes were designed based on the Green House model, developed by Dr. Bill Thomas, a Harvard-trained geriatrician.

Sama Beg is manager of Healthcare Innovations at Brooks and says the idea is that the facilities shouldn’t feel like an institution.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars continued their winless streak Sunday at Everbank Field with a 24-6 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

The game marked the latest double-digit loss for the team, who have yet to score a touchdown at home.

The Jaguars aren't the only team without a win; both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants are 0-6. The Giants play tonight and the Buccaneers had a bye two weeks ago.

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You can dance, you can jive, you can do a lot on the First Coast this weekend, from taking in a Broadway show, to running for a great cause, to partaking in (yes, more) German cuisine and beer.

Friday, October 18 - Saturday, October 19 — See that girl, watch those scenes, you can dig the Broadway smash Mamma Mia! at the Times-Union Center. More info at ArtistSeriesJax.org.

New traffic pattern for gameday Sunday, Mayor Brown trying to make events easier to launch, and emergency highway call boxes being removed from state highways are in the headlines today.

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown  has filed legislation to make it easier for organizers to plan and promote events in the city.

The bill, which will be introduced to the city council on Oct. 22, would modify insurance regulations, allow for faster approval of permits and give further discretion to city officials to streamline the process.

The city's risk management division recently met with community stakeholders who talked about their concerns with the city's insurance code requirements being cost-prohibitive and burdensome.

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The city of Jacksonville is hosting a free career counseling seminar this afternoon for military veterans who are looking for work in the civilian job market.

Ken Johnson is the Senior Policy Advisor to the Mayor for Military Affairs.

He says even though it’s called a seminar, there’s a lot of one-on-one counseling that takes place as well.

 "What they need to do is come in and sit down and talk with somebody who can walk them through things they need to know.  If they have a resume, bring it.  We’ll critique it," he said.

KaBOOM! and Community Build Dream Playground in JAX

Oct 16, 2013

KaBOOM!, a national non-profit organization, is teaming with health insurance company Humana to build a multi-generational dream playground Oct. 19 in Jacksonville for children who need it most.  According to the CDC, childhood obesity rates have tripled since 1980. At that rate, more than 86 percent of adults will be overweight or obese by 2030. KaBOOM! project manager Lauren Allen is trying to change that. Allen said children need to play actively every day; at home, in schools and in their community.

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State transportation officials say a partial opening of the Mathews Bridge in the coming days is not off the table.

Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Goldman said work is continuing around the clock to repair the span that was damaged last month after being struck by a ship, with the first stage of repairs is nearly complete.

When finished, it will allow the heavy equipment needed to make permanent repairs.

If possible, there will be two lanes of traffic heading into downtown in the mornings and two lanes heading to Arlington in the afternoon.   

Free Music This Weekend At Tree Hill Nature Center

Oct 11, 2013
Tree Hill Nature Center

Jacksonville’s Tree Hill Nature Center will be hosting the Music on the Hill Community Festival at the Joseph A. Strasser Amphitheater Saturday, Oct. 12.

The event will feature live animal shows, crafts, food, and live musical performances from artists like the Boathouse Cello Choir and the First Coast Clarinet Society.

Mark Mummaw, director of Tree Hill, said the event will help promote environmental awareness throughout the community with live entertainment and hands-on, educational programs.

Jax Farmers Market Celebrates 75 Years With Weekend Events

Oct 11, 2013
Patrick Donges / WJCT

Florida’s oldest public market, The Jacksonville Farmers Market, is celebrating its 75th year in business this weekend with fresh food, fun and live entertainment.

Commuters and concertgoers on the First Coast have two new free sources of information available on their smartphones.

On Thursday the St. Augustine Amplitheatre announced the release of a new app available on both Apple devices and Android phones.  

The app, developed and donated by New York City-based NY App Sales LLC to St. Johns County Cultural Events Division, provides info including venue events listings, links to direct ticketing and music from artists performing at the amplitheatre.

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Newly released foreclosure data shows some good news, and some not so good news from the Jacksonville metro area.

RealtyTrac released data this week for both the month of September as well as the third quarter of 2013.

On the plus side, Jacksonville fell from having the highest foreclosure rate in August among cities with 200,000 or more people — to the 5th highest rate in September. 

RealtyTrac Vice President Daren Blomquist says it was just a matter of time before the market started to improve.

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Spanish may not be heard as much in Jacksonville compared to some other Florida cities.

Local families are trying to keep the language alive, but many find it can be a struggle to pass it down to the next generation.

Two-year-old Isabella already speaks Spanish and English. Both of her parents were born and raised in Colombia, but she was born in the United States. Her first word was “papa,” which means “dad" in Spanish.

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Emergency repairs on the Mathews Bridge have been ongoing for about a week but it's not yet been determined if the bridge can partially open next week.

Plans are to open two lanes and allow westbound traffic in the morning and eastbound in the afternoon.

Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Goldman says after the emergency repairs are completed they will still need to check if the bridge is safe.

Jacksonville Visitor Gives Hope In Sinai

Oct 9, 2013

Fady Mcshut has taken advantage of learning opportunities in Jacksonville.

He came here as part of a delegation of Egyptian visitors sponsored locally by GlobalJax through the International Visitor Leadership Program.  

Mcshut chose to intern with the Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI) to learn how to build a better community in his home country of Egypt.

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