The Florida Ballet celebrates 40th anniversary

The Florida Ballet celebrates 40th anniversary

Founded in 1978, the original purpose of The Florida Ballet was to bring dance and performances to the greater Jacksonville area, but teaching was soon implemented. More »

High school bands enjoy friendly rivalry

High school bands enjoy friendly rivalry

Although the schools are long-standing football foes, the rivalry between the two superior-rated bands takes on a different tune. More »

Landrum cheerleaders personify school and community spirit

Landrum cheerleaders personify school and community spirit

For the 25 girls who are members of the Landrum Middle School cheer team, a busy balance of cheering, fundraising, and community service requires time management skills. More »

Back in Time with Brett: Historic Plummer’s Cove Cemetery

Back in Time with Brett: Historic Plummer’s Cove Cemetery

In use by 1860, this cemetery was the early burial grounds for many of Mandarin’s pioneer families including the Bowdens, Hartleys, Bradys, Flynns, and Wantons. More »

 

Local artist presents treasured End of Watch portrait to K-9’s handler

By NewsLine Staff
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Local artist Joan Carver said she was heartbroken when she heard the devastating news of K-9 Officer Fang being shot and killed as he approached a carjacker on Sept. 30. She knew exactly what she wanted to do to try to ease the grief of Fang’s handler and partner, JSO Officer Matt Hererra: paint a 16” by 20” oil portrait of Fang for him.

River Garden presents 36 Quilts of Valor recognizing veterans

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On Monday Nov. 12, 2018, River Garden recognized 36 veterans with Quilts of Valor. The gift quilts were presented with an official certificate and with a custom label affixed, a small token of appreciation given to those who defended our country. Quilts of Valor is a non-profit foundation and was originally started by Katherine Roberts of Seaford, Del. in 2003. The initiative has now spread across the United States and internationally. To date, more than 207,000 quilts have been awarded to veterans in recognition of their service, commitment and sacrifice.

Doubles for Dreams tennis tournament to benefit Dreams Come True

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The first Doubles for Dreams Tennis Tournament to benefit the Dreams Come True organization is being held at Julington Creek Tennis Center starting Nov. 30, 2018. Adult tennis players of all skill levels are invited to find a partner and sign up for this special event to help raise money for children who are battling life-threatening illnesses.  

The Florida Ballet celebrates 40th anniversary

By Angela Higginbotham
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Known for outstanding Nutcracker performances in Jacksonville, The Florida Ballet is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Founded in 1978, the original purpose of The Florida Ballet was to bring dance and performances to the greater Jacksonville area strictly as a performance company. Due to the recession and not enough funding, other ideas were introduced to help the ballet thrive. Teaching was soon implemented and The Florida Ballet became a perfect place for ballet instruction.

Get to Know … Colman and Rachel Brodsky

By Angela Higginbotham
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Colman and Rachel Brodsky grew up on opposite sides of the world. Colman is a Jacksonville native, while Rachel’s childhood was spent primarily in Japan while her family lived on a military base. The two met through work and have been married for 11 years. Colman has spent his career in the insurance industry and is currently chief operating officer for Harden Insurance. Rachel is a busy mother, strong community advocate and PTA president. Together, the Brodskys will chair the upcoming 26th annual River Garden Gala. They have three children, Alex, Ansley, and Ashton and enjoy living in Julington Creek.