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Edward Waters College administrators are hoping to revitalize and re-establish rapport with its many First Coast-area alumni by hosting an appreciation reception that will become an annual event, according to a school spokesman.

The event is an appreciation reception for alumni and friends of the college set for 4 p.m. Saturday at the Jacksonville Hilton Hotel, 1201 Riverplace Blvd.

Alumni from the years 1925 through 2000 will be honored later that day with a ceremony during halftime of the college's men's basketball game, which begins at 8 p.m. at James Weldon Johnson Middle School, 1840 W. Ninth St..

The alumni and friends are invited to start the evening celebration by taking in the EWC women's basketball game, which begins at 6 p.m., also at James Weldon Johnson. Both games are against Benedict College of Columbia, S.C.

For more information, call 366-2700.

"We estimate that there are about 5,000 alumni living in the Jacksonville area, and we want to start a tradition of honoring them," said EWC spokesman Henry Smith.

"Frankly, we also hope to encourage them to stay involved with the school, serving as role models, mentors and volunteers. Plus, the success many of them have attained is inspirational to our student body. Basically, we want to remind the alumni that just because they graduate, they never leave an institution where we have an open-door policy toward alumni at all times."

-- "Why are Florida's children at risk?" is the topic of a Justice for Juveniles community briefing set for 11 a.m. today at the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, 829 N. Davis St.

Other topics will include Why Florida leads the country in placing children in the adult criminal justice system, tighter state budgets that are prompting funding cuts to prevention and intervention programs and the responsibility of communities to shoulder more program costs. …