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Ocean Palms Elementary recognizes volunteers
04/20/2021 7:39am

Ocean Palms Elementary recognizes volunteersNews StaffTue, 04/20/2021 - 08:39 am Ysabel Jack was named Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year. photo submitted Dr. Lucy Miller was named Adult Volunteer of the Year. photo submitted Mark Tolton was named Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year. photo submitted In recognition of volunteers, Ocean Palms Elementary School awarded three individuals Volunteer of the Year awards. These individuals included Ysabel Jack Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year, Dr. Lucy Miller Adult Volunteer of the Year and Mark Tolton Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year.Ysabel Jack, formerly a student ambassador at Ocean Palms, has continued to support the program at the school by helping the current student ambassadors with projects. Additionally, she hosted a Junior British Tea Party event as a PTO fundraiser and worked as a mentor to students at the school with higher social needs.Dr. Lucy Miller is also no stranger as a volunteer, serving on the SAC committee, as a PTO event co-chair, and pretty much everywhere else help is needed. However, she is best known for her co-creation of the schools science lab. From raising funds, to hands-on lessons, to bringing her love of STEM to the school, she achieved all of this and more with the schools unique science lab.Mark Tolton, yet another special volunteer, has been described as magical and lends a caring hand to the pre-kindergarten students at the school. He helps provide individualized tutoring to the students, which enhances their learning and builds their confidence.

Girl Scouts help clean up park
04/19/2021 8:34am

Girl Scouts help clean up parkNews StaffMon, 04/19/2021 - 09:34 am photo submitted Girl Scout Troop 2278 partnered with Beaches Go Green to clean up Sunshine Park.

Club works to brighten future for surfers
04/19/2021 8:29am

Club works to brighten future for surfersNews StaffMon, 04/19/2021 - 09:29 am By Liza Mitchell, Contributor A new grassroots organization is creating a buzz in Northeast Florida surf culture. Modeled after popular international surf clubs, the Florida Board Riders Club is exactly what it claims to be a hive mind of salt-conscious surf enthusiasts coming together to do good things in and out of the water.Concentrated into a more localized community is the Jacksonville Board Riders Club comprised of surfers representing Jacksonville, Neptune and Atlantic beaches, Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine, and Space Coast.Each unit builds from the rich history and legacy of Florida surfing, hosting various mission-aligned events, including contests, charitable drives, beach cleanups, ocean conservation education, water safety training,surf movie nights and more.Surfing has grown so big so fast, which is cool. But I think at this time we need to pump some blood into the heart of the culture, which are the local surf communities, said founder and Executive Director Dane Jefferys.For Jefferys,the future is local.He established the Florida Board Riders to generate fresh interest in the established surf community and keep the seasoned riders connected in a bold new way. Competing clubs have also formed inFernandina Beach,Jacksonville,Ponte Vedra Beach,St. Augustineand theSpace Coast. Membership in theJacksonvilleclub is increasing with nearly 200 members.Our mission is to brighten the future for the next generation of surfers through outreach and events, Jefferys said. We have all different ages from 10 and under all the way up to 50 and over. Its a great way to bring everybody in the community together for a day on the beach.Sharing time and experience with the groms not only offers encouragement during competitions, the older, more seasoned surfers inspire the younger members to remain on the right path.We produce training sessions for the kids so we have coaches that we work with that help out the next generation of kids. We also work with the local Boys & Girls Club and with the local non-profit Surfear NEGRA, said Jefferys. Were the networking arm.Surfing isnt required to be a member. Another feature ofboardriderclub is community outreach, and local members provide lessons and equipment to children who wouldnt otherwise have the opportunity to pursue the sport.Jefferys said the club plans to partner this summer with the Special Olympics.We want to do more. Weve worked with the First Coast Surfrider and done a few beach cleanups and we work with the Keepers of the Coast down in St. Augustine. We have so much we want to do with limited resources, he said. Were giving back through the sport of surfing.To be a part of the Jacksonville Board Riders, registration is available throughliveheats.com, which helps track membership, and send out email invites to such club events as beach clean-ups. Members pay an annual $50 dues which helps offset associated costs but as a 501-C-3, the organization relies on in-kind donations and community support to fulfill its mission.Surf clubs originated in Australian where theyve become part of the surf culture. Initially founded as a life-saving headquarters, the groups helped grow the sport of surfing into the cultural monolith it is today, said Jefferys.They have full-on restaurants for theboard riders clubs, brick and mortar venues where kids come after school. They can put their stuff there and go surf. Its just a good environment for people to positively enjoy the sport of surfing, he said.As a well-known fixture in the surf industry, Jefferys, 34, grew up in the water where he fostered lifelong friendships.Surfing in contests was like one big family here in North Florida. Wed all travel together and I made lifelong friends through it, he said.One of those friends was Matt Gray, who lost his life in a tragic accident on April 15, 2007. To help memorialize his legacy, friends established an annual surf contest that brings out the best local talent and creates something positive out of a traumatic event.When our friend Matt passed away, surfing was the only release to cope with the loss. Coming together for that contest was the best way to bring everyone together.For 13 years weve been raising money and to date, weve sent over 20 kids through the first year of college and raised over $25,000, said Jefferys. This year, we have scholarships for three kids Dylan Dreibelbis, Tyler Wagner and Eden Lange, who lives in St. Augustine but surfed in our event. 13 years later, were still getting together one week out of the year and sharing stories.The 2021Matt Gray Memorialpresented three scholarships in the amount of $1,500 to Eden Lange in opens womens surfing,Dylan Dreibelbisin 15-19 surfing and Tyler Wagner in 15-19 skating.The 2020-2021 Florida Board Riders Competition series stacked the lineup with club members from all across the Sunshine State in a team format surf contest. Each club is represented by the best surfers in all age groups from their respective area.In February,the Florida clubs had their first two competitions, pitting club against club in a total points system, with spectators and club members on the beach rooting for their hometown team.As many as six teams are in the water at once, competing in one-hour heats per age group.The positive energy and camaraderie on the beach makes everybody a winner, as new friendships are forged and old ones are reignited, said mitch Kauffman. As the weather warms up, these events are going to transcend traditional competition, and turn into something that everyone looks forward to.The third series was held March 20 at the Mayport Poles with high seas, strong winds and heavyweight talent. The Jacksonville Board Riders will participate in the Retro Fin Challenge Saturday, April 24,presented by Sunrise Surf Shop.Other future events include Talk Story events designed to introduce some of the most accomplished surfers coming out of Jacksonville including Asher Nolan and Tristan, Cody and Evan Thompson. This fall, they will launch a new series focused on mental health and substance abuse.All those guys are professional surfers so they can give the kids the guidance and tools they need to be successful, said Jeffereys. Bringing everything full circle, the Florida Board Riders hope to not only foster the next generation of surfers in the state, but also support local businesses and better connect surfers to the communities they surf in.For donation and sponsorship information, visitwww.floridaboardriders.com.

St. Johns County vaccinating Florida residents 16 years of age and older
03/31/2021 7:58am

St. Johns County vaccinating Florida residents 16 years of age and olderNews StaffWed, 03/31/2021 - 08:58 am St. Johns County is now accepting COVID-19 vaccination appointment preregistrations for people who are 16 years of age and older to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Qualifying individuals who are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine may register for an appointment by visitingsjcvaccineappointment.sjcfl.us.Those who register will receive an automated phone call from 904-295-3711 with an assigned appointment date and time. Individuals who choose to decline the appointment will remain registered, and will receive a subsequent phone call with an alternative appointment. Upon arrival at the vaccination site, appointment holders will be required to provide identification and proof of Florida residency. Individuals under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The appointment registration system is only for individuals who are receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.Call 904-295-3711 for more information or to request assistance with registration.

Religion Briefs
03/12/2021 8:55am

Religion BriefsNews StaffFri, 03/12/2021 - 09:55 am To submit items for Religion Briefs, email halbeachesleader.com. Car-B-CueThe First Baptist Church of Jacksonville Beach is preparing for the Cadillac Kings to arrive in town for an afternoon of barbecue and fun Saturday, March 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bar-B-Que by Buzzards will have a smoker onsite, and will serve a variety of smoked meats and side dishes for $12 per plate. There will also be a car show. For more information, contact Norm Dize at 904-338-1562 or officefbcjaxbeach.com.Ladies Bible StudyThe Ladies Bible Study of Church of Our Savior is having a study on Elijah with Phyllis Shirer. The study is held Fridays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the sanctuary on the ground floor, and runs through May. The cost for the workbook and videos is $24. Child care is not available.St. Pauls Catholic ChurchPublic Masses at St. Pauls Catholic Church in Jacksonville Beach are held at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Saturdays 8 and 10 a.m., noon, and 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Sundays and 8 a.m. weekdays. Services are held in the gym. Bring your own chair or blanket. Masks are required for entry and are not provided by the parish. When the gym reaches capacity, it will be closed. St. Pauls Catholic Church is located at 435 1st Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach. Visit www.stpaulsjaxbeach.org for more information.Lenten and Easter ServicesBethlehem Lutheran Church, 1423 8th Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach, has Lenten and Easter services upcoming.Midweek Lenten worship services are set for noon and 7 p.m. March 17 and 24.Palm Sunday with Holy Communion will be March 28, and Maundy Thursday with Holy Communion will be at 7 p.m. April 1. Good Friday services will be at noon and 7 p.m. April 2.Easter Sunday with Holy Communion will be April 4 with sunrise worship at 7 a.m., and traditional worship at 9 and 11 a.m.Visit blcjaxbeach.org or call 249-5418 for information.Live Streaming ServicesPalms Presbyterian Church has live streaming of Sunday 11 a.m. worship services. You can watch and worship any time, day or night. You can also watch past services. Visit www.palmschurch.org/live. For information about Palms, call 904-246-6427 or visit www.palmschurch.org.WCCMThe World Community for Christian Meditation in Neptune Beach is closed until further notice. Find resources from The World Community for Christian Meditation at acontemplativepath-wccm.org. Visit www.wccmneptunebeach.org for information.Celebrate RecoveryCelebrate Recovery meetings:Chets Creek Nocatee, 225 Gospel Dr., Ponte Vedra, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., 904-755-8434.The Church at Chets Creek, 4420 Hodges Blvd., Jacksonville, Mondays at 6 p.m., 904-234-7964.Ft. Caroline Baptist Church, 11428 McCormick Road, Jacksonville, Fridays at 6 p.m., 904-708-0017.Impact Church, 8985 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville, Tuesdays at 6 p.m., 904-504-9914.Visit www.celebraterecoveryjacksonville.com for updates.Torah and TeaTorah & Tea, a class for ladies, meets Thursdays at 9 a.m. at Chabad the Beaches, 521 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. Join fellow Jewish women for camaraderie, hot tea and refreshments. There is no fee. The group is led by Leah Kurinsky. To join, email lkurinskygmail.com, or call or text 904-504-0451. Visit www.ChabadBeaches.com for more information.

Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

(904) 359-4111

1 Riverside Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32202   Directions

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Folio Weekly
Folio Weekly

(904) 260-9770

9456 Philips Hwy #11
Jacksonville, FL 32256   Directions

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Hola Noticias
Hola Noticias

(904) 683-2198

9831 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32246   Directions

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WJAX-TV 47 - CBS and WFOX-TV 30 - FOX
WJAX-TV 47 - CBS and WFOX-TV 30 - FOX

(904) 996-0400

11700 Central Pkwy
Jacksonville, FL 32224   Directions

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WJCT-TV
WJCT-TV

(904) 353-7770

100 Festival Park Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32202   Directions

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WJCT News 89.9 Achieves Record Audience Share in January 2021
03/05/2021 11:32am

Media Contact:Neily BrarenPromotion & Marketing Associate, WJCT904.318.2633 nbrarenwjct.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WJCT News 89.9 Achieves Record Audience Share in January 2021Improvement follows programming and identity changes introduced in July 2020 Jacksonville, Fla. March 5, 2021 WJCT Public Media announced today that its flagship FM station, WJCT News 89.9, achieved a record share of the radio listening audience ...

WJCT Public Media to Rebrand WJCT-TV as Jax PBS
02/10/2021 4:00am

Media Contact:Neily BrarenPromotion & Marketing Associate, WJCT904.318.2633 nbrarenwjct.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WJCT Public Media to Rebrand WJCT-TV as Jax PBSNew name to appear on-air on February 24, 2021 Jacksonville, Fla. Feb. 10, 2021 WJCT Public Media announced today that WJCT-TV will be rebranded as Jax PBS, effective February 24, 2021. As WJCT continues to move toward production ...

WJCT Public Media to Host Community Conversation in Connection with PBS’ “The Black Church”
02/03/2021 3:45pm

Media Contact:Neily BrarenPromotion & Marketing Associate, WJCT904.318.2633 nbrarenwjct.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WJCT Public Media to Host Community Conversation in Connection with PBS The Black ChurchSupport provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Jacksonville, Fla. Feb. 2, 2021 WJCT Public Media today announced it will host a community conversation and launch an interactive initiative in connection with The ...

WJCT Public Media Launches the 2021 PBS Kids Writers Contest
01/04/2021 4:00pm

Media Contact:Neily BrarenPromotion & Marketing Associate, WJCT904.318.2633 nbrarenwjct.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WJCT Public Media Launches the 2021 PBS Kids Writers ContestEntries will be accepted January 1 through March 15, 2021 January 4, 2020 Jacksonville, Fla. WJCT Public Media today announced the launch of the 2021 WJCT PBS Kids Writers Contest. The organization will accept entries from January ...

WJXT-TV 4
WJXT-TV 4

(904) 399-4000

4 Broadcast Pl
Jacksonville, FL 32207   Directions

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WJXX-TV 25 - ABC and WTLV-TV 12 - NBC
WJXX-TV 25 - ABC and WTLV-TV 12 - NBC

(904) 354-1212

1070 E Adams St
Jacksonville, FL 32202   Directions

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Breaking: 4-year-old Jacksonville boy dead after sustaining severe head injuries in foster home
04/23/2021 12:29pm

The childs death is being investigated as a murder, according to the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office. Three other siblings were removed from the foster home.

List: Free food events across the First Coast
04/23/2021 12:12pm

Recipients will receive fresh produce and non-perishable canned goods.

Jacksonville man charged with murder after deadly gas station shooting
04/23/2021 12:10pm

The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office arrested 24-year-old Peter Knox last week after a man was shot and killed at a gas station on 103rd Street April 12.

Cuteness alert! Photos released of new penguin chick at Jacksonville Zoo
04/23/2021 11:54am

The chick hatched on March 25 to parents Oreo and Kowalski. The zoo says this is their fourth successful hatchling.

3, 2, 1, liftoff! SpaceX launch lights up the sky on the First Coast
04/23/2021 11:53am

First Coast News viewers were able to capture photos of the stunning display. Here are some of our favorites.

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