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Jacksonville Journal

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Jacksonville Journal

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ARLINGTON SERVICE ROAD TO CLOSE STARTING FRIDAY

The Arlington Expressway north service road will be closed for 10 days starting at 9 a.m. Friday while workers connect a new roundabout, according to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

Eastbound service road traffic will be detoured. There will be a temporary turnaround for westbound traffic.

DUVAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR WINS STATE BROGAN AWARD

Duval County's 2007 Teacher of the Year, Patrick Gibbons, has been awarded the Mary Brogan Award. He is the first man and first Duval County public school system teacher to earn the award, according to the school system.

The statewide award is a memorial to Brogan, an educator who died of breast cancer several years ago. Her husband, Frank Brogan, created the award to recognize teachers who work to meet the complex needs of students.

Gibbons, a fifth-grade teacher at Beauclerc Elementary, received the award based on applications received from around the state by the Department of Education. His selection was based on his ability to creatively reach children struggling with reading.

"My goal as an educator is to give students the tools and strategies they need to be successful," Gibbons said. "I never ask students to do as I say, but to do as I do.***When they write, I write."

Gibbons has been teaching for more than 16 years. He previously taught at Long Branch Elementary for 12 years.

FCCJ PROMOTES READING AUG. 12 AT NORTH CAMPUS

Florida Community College at Jacksonville will host its Family Literacy Fair on Saturday, Aug. 12, at its North Campus at 4501 Capper Road.

The fair will feature live performances by celebrity readers, storytelling, age-appropriate reading activities and lists, books and other events.

The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p. …

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