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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Around the Region

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Got something you'd like to share about your community? Send news-related tips to Times-Union suburban writer Jim Schoettler at jim.schoettler@jacksonville.com or (904) 359-4385.

AMELIA ISLAND

NOON TALK FOCUSES ON CUMBERLAND HISTORY

Cumberland Island National Seashore Superintendent Fred Boyles will deliver a presentation on Cumberland's rich history during The Amelia Island Museum of History's brown bag lunch Wednesday at noon. The island has been home to Timucuans, Spanish missions, Revolutionary War hero Nathaniel Greene, the Carnegies, and is now maintained by the National Park Service. For more information, contact (904) 261-7378, ext 102, or gray@ameliamuseu.org. For more about the museum, go to www.ameliamuseum.org.

ORANGE PARK

ROAD IMPROVEMENTS BEING PROPOSED

State transportation officials are proposing improvements for six miles of Blanding Boulevard between County 218 and Old Jennings Road, and building an interchange at Branan Field-Chaffee Road. The improvements include widening the existing roadway from four to six lanes, adding bike lanes, curb and gutter, lighting, upgrading traffic signals and installing signalized crosswalks. A 4:30 p.m. open house and 6:30 p.m. public hearing on the improvements will be held Thursday at the Thrasher Horne Conference Center in Orange Park. For more, call (386) 758-3722 or email james.driggersjr@dot.state.fl.us.

BEACHES

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Beaches Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps members are participating in Habitat for Humanity International's annual AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon. The event highlights the need for affordable housing in communities while celebrating AmeriCorps members' service with Habitat. More than 400 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps alumni from 37 states are involved. "I am proud of these young men and women who are taking part in this year's Build-a-Thon because they are committed to making sure everyone has a decent place to live," said Beaches Habitat President Ralph Marcello. …

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