Swim on over to Alhambra for “The Little Mermaid”

Swim on over to Alhambra for “The Little Mermaid”

This summer, Alhambra Theatre and Dining is delighting all ages with an energetic, colorful reenactment of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” More »

Project Renewed Hope brings the light of hope through projects of love

Project Renewed Hope brings the light of hope through projects of love

Lindsey Sima said she started her mission of providing hope by making gift baskets for families with children in the hospital around Christmas 2017. More »

Local seniors soar in WWII biplanes

Local seniors soar in WWII biplanes

Four seniors, all military veterans, recently went for rides in a World War II biplane, courtesy of the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation. More »

Vicar’s Landing scholarship program observes special anniversary

Vicar’s Landing scholarship program observes special anniversary

On May 18, the Vicar’s Landing Member Trust celebrated its 25th year of granting scholarships to Vicar’s Landing employees, continuing a tradition first established in 1994. More »

 

Back in Time with Brett | The King House

By Brett Nolan
mail@floridanewsline.com

High on the bluffs of the mighty St. Johns sits one of Mandarin’s oldest riverfront homes. The William King residence, built in 1873, is an architectural gem. For many Americans back in the day, one of the draws to Florida was the health benefits from the sun. Refugees from up north would move to the Sunshine State hoping to ease the pain of their various ailments, including First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln who came to Jacksonville in 1874 to aid with her arthritis. Long-neglected orange groves lined the shores of the river resulting in many Northerners lured to Mandarin for the warm climate and interest in making a living from cultivating citrus. 

Q & A with St. Johns County School Board Member, District 4, Kelly Barrera

Q: Can you give us a school security update as pertains to the recently concluded legislative session?
A: We are excited that the new school security bill gives us the flexibility to continue to have a combination of trained, armed guards as well as sheriff’s deputies at our schools. Each district is different, and for our district, we feel this is the best way to meet the law and protect our students. As sheriff’s officers are trained, we will continue to hire them and bring them into our schools. We’re grateful to our sheriff to make these school resource officers available to us. The St. Johns County School District has no plans to arm teachers. Every board member has publicly stated that we are not interested in that.

Q & A with Duval County School Board Member, District 7, Lori Hershey

Q: Can you give us an update on the proposed facilities plan?

A: The School Board will vote on the facilities Master Plan at the July 2 meeting. This comprehensive plan addresses our immense backlog in repair needs, as well as calls for school consolidations and the building of two new schools. 

Q & A with Jacksonville City Council Member Matt Schellenberg (District 6)

Q: Can you give us a recycling update for the city of Jacksonville?
A: When I had my last Town Hall meeting on June 3, we discussed this. Most people in the room said they recycled. Unfortunately, about 40 percent of what the city receives is “dirty,” meaning that non-recyclables are included … and all of this goes into the landfill. The city has gone from making $8 million on recycling to spending $4 million on recycling.

Local seniors soar in WWII biplanes

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Four seniors, all military veterans, from HarborChase of Mandarin recently went for rides in a World War II biplane, courtesy of the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, a nonprofit organization established and dedicated to seniors and veterans with a desire to “soar like an eagle.” Additional volunteers and sponsorship were provided by Sports Clips. The special event was held on April 15 at Herlong Airport in Jacksonville.