Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beach Shorts

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beach Shorts

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The Players Community Senior Center has started a new weight-loss competition to encourage people to lose weight.

The 12-week program has a $39 entry fee, free personal coaching, free health and nutritional information, a free metabolism test and prize money awarded to first- and second-place finishers.

The program meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday, beginning today at 175 Landrum Lane.

Cash prizes will be awarded to those who lose the biggest percentage of weight and inches. The program advises proper nutrition, wise food choices and encourages exercise. Each person receives personalized weekly one-on-one coaching.

Each week, participants weigh in, consult with the coaches, learn secrets to successful weight loss, choose various options and encourage each other.

For more information and to pre-register, call (888) 700-7810.


Lynn Thompson, president of a Neptune Beach writing and editing firm, has been appointed chairwoman of the Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission.

"This is a very exciting time for Keep Jacksonville Beautiful," Thompson said. "We've been putting together several initiatives that will soon be launched, culminating years of work."

Thompson is a past vice chairwoman of Keep Florida Beautiful and has been chairing its Public Relations and Education Committee.

The new vice-chairwoman is Susan Harrell, executive director of JaxPride. The outgoing chairwoman is Anna Dooley, executive director of Greenscape of Jacksonville, and the outgoing vice-chairwoman is longtime Environmental Protection Board member Barbara Broward.

Keep Jacksonville Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. For more information, visit and search for "KJB."


The Beaches Emergency Assistance Center has issued a plea for supplies for its food bank.

Donations can be taken directly to BEAM at 850 Sixth Ave. S. in Jacksonville Beach, 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

BEAM is specifically looking for: canned meat or pasta, jelly, pasta noodles, canned fruit, powdered milk, soup, instant rice or potatoes and diapers and baby wipes.


A grief support group for children ages 5 to 9 who need help coping with losing a loved one is being offered this summer at the Beaches Resource Center.

Two resource center therapists will facilitate the group and the free counseling for the next six weeks on Thursday mornings. Group size is limited to 10 children.

To sign up or get more information about the time, call Audrey or Kollen at the Beaches Resource Center at 270-8200. …

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