The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 21, 2010

Agency Awaits Council Nod for Senior Housing; the Nonprofit Focuses on Affordable Living for Families in Its Mission to Rebuild the Norwood Community
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Jacksonville's Norwood neighborhood could see its first large-scale, new construction project in decades now that the City Council has indicated it will approve plans to convert an abandoned school into senior housing. The...
Atlantic Coast Federal Corp. Trying Again to Sell Shares
Byline: Mark Basch In December 2007, Atlantic Coast Federal Corp. called off plans for a secondary stock offering because the faltering mortgage market had depressed the market for banking stocks. Now, 2 1/2 years later, the bank stock market...
Beaches' Graham on PSC Short List; If He's Chosen, the City Council Post Would Have to Be Filled a Third Time since August
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER For the third time since August, the Jacksonville City Council's Beaches representative could change. Councilman Art Graham, who was appointed to the position in February, is one of eight candidates Gov. Charlie Christ...
Brantley Aims to Keep Junkyards Hidden; Laws Are in the Beginning Stages of Development
Byline: MIKE MORRISON One man's trash may be another man's treasure, but sometimes junk is just junk. The Brantley County Commission has decided that no matter how treasured, collections of rusting cars that result in eyesores and lower neighbors'...
EDNA L. SAFFY 1935-2010; Human Rights Activist Founded NOW Chapters She Was a Long-Time, Very Active Supporter of Women's Liberation
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Edna L. Saffy was such a leader in the women's rights movement that she told a reporter in 1985 that she wanted to see the wording of the Declaration of Independence changed to read, "All people are created equal ..." ...
FIVE CHEERS; A Super Student
One of the great joys in the underpaid profession of teaching is to see one of your students blossom. So Joanne Ragans, a retired teacher, sent this e-mail after reading about Reuben Brigety II, a Sandalwood grad with a resume that won't quit. He...
Global Equipment Strategy Puts City Company on Map; Nationwide Received Kudos from Government for Helping Increase Exports
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Ed Kostenski built a major Jacksonville-based company from the ground up by moving from one region of the world to another as global winds have shifted. Employees of his company, Nationwide Equipment Co., find heavy equipment...
High-Risk Insurance Pools to Cover Chronically Ill Starting July 1; but Analysts Warn That Federal Officials Should Take Heed of Florida's Experience with Similar Coverage
Byline: JEREMY COX If the federal government's plan to offer moderately priced, last-resort health insurance to Americans with chronic illnesses sounds familiar to Floridians, it is. The high-risk insurance pools, one of the key elements of the...
JEA Considers Plans for Nuclear Plant; but Some People Question Feasibility of Such Plans
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Bracing to someday face big carbon taxes for operating coal-burning power plants, JEA could spend $2 billion to buy a piece of a nuclear plant. Managers at the Jacksonville-owned utility say they have no deals yet, or...
Mayoral Candidates' Rhetoric Makes Peyton Look like a Star
Byline: PHIL FRETZ Mayor John Peyton is looking better every day. In fact, if the city charter allowed third terms, I probably would be pushing him to run for re-election. Not that I'm totally thrilled with the direction of city government...
Missed Connections: We All Make Them
There is a personals section on Craigslist specifically devoted to people who miss their chance: a chance to reach out and make a connection with another person. Whether it is a long gaze and a smile on the street, or standing in line behind someone...
Neighbors Find 2 Children Dead in Pool; They Found the Boy, 6, and Girl, 3, Saturday Night When They Returned Home
Byline: ROGER BULL Father's Day is supposed to be a time to celebrate the joy of family. But for one Arlington family, it was a time to mourn a tragic loss. Two children in the family, ages 3 and 6, drowned Saturday night in a next-door neighbor's...
Profiles; Meet the Aspiring Ms. Seniors
Byline: TRACY JONES To fill the void of events celebrating senior women on the First Coast, A Seasoned Affair created the Ms. Senior Jacksonville Pageant for women older than 60. The women will compete in interview, talent, evening wear and a "philosophy...
Restaurant Inspections
Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation says every public food service establishment - including vendors, caterers and restaurants - is inspected twice a year. Follow-up visits are made if results warrant. The department calls...
Romney Praises Young Republicans, Campaign Worker
Byline: DAVID HUNT For the moment, the spotlight shifted from Mitt Romney to Peret Pass. Pass, a 21-year-old campaign worker for state Sen. John Thrasher, has become more of a rising star in Florida's Republican ranks. Recently she was named...
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SOCCER MEETS "THE SOUP" E! Network's "The Soup" hilariously skewers pop culture TV on a weekly basis. Last week, it added the World Cup to its lineup. The viewer poll on the show last week asked: Do you have World Cup fever? While all three...
Veterinarian Reminds Owners to Help Pets Beat Summer Heat; Dogs Can Easily Get Ovearheated, Especially While at the Beach, Park or If Left in a Car for Too Long
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER It's a tragedy that veterinarian Jack Sturrock has seen too many times. A dog and its owner visit the beach for an oceanside romp on a hot summer day. The dog gets overheated and drinks the saltwater, then suddenly collapses....
Youth Can Play All Night Long at City Summer Night Lights; Program Offers Free Supervised Activities for Children at Five Parks through Aug. 7
Byline: JAMES CANNON The biggest complaint city officials hear from parents and children during the summer months is there is nothing to do in the evenings. To counter boredom and the subsequent crime that comes along with unsupervised youths...
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