Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Journal

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Journal

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THANKSGIVING DAY CLOSINGS

Most non-emergency Northeast Florida government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving.

Only express mail will be delivered. There will be no regular home delivery. Jacksonville Transportation Authority buses will operate on a normal Sunday schedule.

Financial markets, banks and savings and loans will be closed Thursday.

Public libraries in Duval, St. Johns, Nassau and Clay counties will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Baker and Putnam counties' will close on Thursday and reopen on Monday.

The Jacksonville Zoo, the Museum of Science and History and the Maritime Museum will be closed Thursday.

There will not be regular solid-waste collection in Duval County and most outlying areas Thursday. Areas with Thursday collections will receive service on Saturday. Landfills will be closed Thursday but will maintain normal operating hours on Friday and Saturday. Orange Park will reschedule Thanksgiving Day trash collection for Tuesday.

If planning to visit a government office not listed here, calling ahead is suggested.

NOMINATE THOSE WHO HELP DURING HOLIDAYS

Do you know someone who should be recognized for helping out during the holidays? Maybe it's an elementary school student who has been saving his or her allowance to buy gifts for needy children. Or someone who is leading a food basket drive.

The Times-Union plans to publish a series of features about people who lend a hand during the holidays.

To nominate someone, please send the person's name, what he or she does, who benefits from their efforts and how long they've been doing it to Metro Editor Marilyn Young at marilyn.young@jacksonville.com. You can also fax nominations to Young at (904) 359-4478. Please also include your phone number.

LEGAL AID STARTS ADVOCACY FOR DEAF

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid has launched the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Legal Advocacy Program for people in Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties.

"So many deaf people in our community don't pursue justice because access to the legal system is too difficult," said Michael Figgins, legal aid executive director. …

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