Maple Leaf shipwreck divers continue historical awareness efforts

Maple Leaf shipwreck divers continue historical awareness efforts

Mandarin Museum has materials on display that were recovered from the Maple Leaf, which sank off Mandarin Point more than a century ago. More »

Osprey PALS: Enriching the lives of students

Osprey PALS: Enriching the lives of students

The first Osprey PALS session was “Yes, You Can Paint,” an arts-based painting activity. More »

11th annual St. Johns CARES food drive underway

11th annual St. Johns CARES food drive underway

During the last week of October, a St. Johns CARES grocery bag will be placed on NW St. Johns County mailbox flags; donations will be picked up by 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. More »

Boutique at Vicar’s Landing marks 29th year of giving back to employees

Boutique at Vicar’s Landing marks 29th year of giving back to employees

The highly anticipated Boutique at Vicar’s Landing will hold its 29th annual event on Nov. 14, 2017 More »

“The Addams Family” entertains at Alhambra Theatre and Dining  

“The Addams Family” entertains at Alhambra Theatre and Dining  

They’re creepy and they’re kooky … and audiences will have a spooky good time with Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Uncle Fester and the rest of the family. More »

 

11th annual St. Johns CARES food drive underway

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By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

St. Johns CARES has been working to serve families in the community and throughout the country for the past decade. Standing strong on its mission to “Unite the community through helping others in need,” this year the need throughout the entire country is as great as it’s ever been. Less than one year after Hurricane Matthew struck, residents have been again displaced and many have suffered loss from other hurricanes. Food is, of course, paramount in the recovery from these disasters.

Get to Know … Phil Brown

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By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

Born in Norfolk, Va., Phil Brown and his family moved every few years while his dad served in the United States Navy, including time in the state of Florida and in Jacksonville. Brown followed in his father’s footsteps and served four years in the Navy and was stationed at Mayport. He then majored in Marine Science at Jacksonville University. Upon graduation, Brown decided to transition into full time from his part time employer, United Parcel Service. He spent a total of 30 years with UPS; 24 of those years were in a management position.

Boutique at Vicar’s Landing marks 29th year of giving back to employees

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 Vicar's sale Jennie Veal, Arlene Smith and Phebe Thorne

By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

The highly anticipated Boutique at Vicar’s Landing will hold its 29th annual event on Nov. 14, 2017. Donations, at attractive prices, bring many buyers in for a great cause. Organized and overseen by volunteer residents and associate members of the continuing care retirement center, the Boutique has helped many young students continue their education.

Get to Know… Megan Kennedy

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By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Megan Kennedy is a relatively new resident of Northeast Florida, but she has already made it her home. Kennedy is the executive director of Starling at Nocatee, a senior living, assisted living, and memory care center coming soon to Nocatee.

Maple Leaf shipwreck divers continue historical awareness efforts at Mandarin Museum

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By Angela Higginbotham
angela@floridanewsline.com

Jacksonville native Dr. Keith Holland’s passion for history has always been prevalent, but his interest in underwater shipwrecks was piqued when his brother-in-law made trips to Florida to dive in the springs. In 1980, Holland began his research and began checking off shipwrecks that had been documented and found in the area — but one ship in particular, the Maple Leaf, sank off Mandarin Point more than a century ago and had never been found. Even retrieving official records with information on the vessel proved extremely difficult. With persistence, Holland eventually found the one-inch Maple Leaf file, and he began speaking with others to gain his own conclusion that the Maple Leaf did indeed still remain at the bottom of the St. Johns River.