Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FIVE CHEERS; Garbagemen Win

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FIVE CHEERS; Garbagemen Win

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Those men in the orange shirts. You've seen them on TV, singing their hit tune, Trash Day Blues. Now, the local trashmen, who are actual solid waste employees, are back from a two-month tour of award shows, says the city of Jacksonville.

That's right, the men who sing their 30-second spot about trash pickup day have been honored nationally with The City-County Communications and Marketing Associations' Savvy Award. The Florida Public Relations Association also honored the team with a Golden Image Award.

To the singing garbagemen, our local celebrities, well done. It's a great campaign, and the song, though it annoyingly sticks in your head, is getting well-deserved praise.

HELPING OTHERS

Few groups have done as much for charity, for as long, as the First Coast Car Council.

During a recent show, the council raised almost $20,000 for Jacksonville's Ronald McDonald House, the Times-Union's community section River City News reports.

And that's just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. The council's Web site says it has donated $217,000 to the charity in the past seven years -- and its total donations, to all charities, have exceeded $670,000 over 16 years.

That is a lot of giving. Groups such as the council, a coalition of 19 local car clubs, make Jack- sonville a better place to work, live and raise a family.

Also, special recognition goes to San Marco resident Mark Pass.

When he won a raffle for a free car at the show, he gave it back to the club with instructions to sell it and add the proceeds to Ronald McDonald House.

REMEMBERING THE PAST

Good news for future generations: At least $90,000 was raised at the Beaches Area Historical Society gala, according to Shorelines. About $25,000 will go toward a new museum, the rest for operating expenses.

The 12,500-square-foot museum is expected to open in early spring at Pablo Historical Park in Jacksonville Beach. A $2.25 million building, it will feature exhibit halls and space for archives, research and educational programs. …

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