Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Around the Region

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Around the Region

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Do you have something to share about your community outside Jacksonville? Send news-related tips to Scott Butler at scott.butler@jacksonville.com or (904) 359-4566.

1 BEACHES

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB SCIENCE FAIR

Matthew Gulley took first place, and Veronica Allen placed second in the inaugural Beaches Boys and Girls Club Science Fair. Matthew's project investigated whether breath mints actually cooled off anything, and Veronica's project showed how water flows to plants.

2 JACKSONVILLE BEACH

CITY COUNCIL LOOKING TO IMPROVE DOWNTOWN

The City Council has voted 6-1 to hire a consultant, Responsible Hospitality Institute of California, to help develop a plan to improve the downtown area. The firm will be paid up to $19,000 for its work. The goal is to improve the quality of life and bolster the local economy by attracting more people to the area.

3 FLEMING ISLAND

GARDEN CLUB TALKSSPRING PLANNING

The Garden Club of Fleming Island will be led in a discussion of spring planning by president Joy Elrod. Meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Fleming Island Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd. For more, GardenclubFlemingIsland.org.

4 CLAY

ROAD CLOSURES FOR THE WEEK

Florida 23 will have 24-hour lane closures on the northbound frontage road (Challenger Drive) for resurfacing. Old Jennings Road lane closures will be 8 p.m.-5:30 a.m. for resurfacing at the new frontage roads. U.S. 17 from Wells Road to the Duval County line will have lane closures 7 p.m.-5:30 a.m. for utility construction. Eastbound Wells Road west of U.S. 17 will remain closed until Friday for an adjacent project.

5 CLAY

'BARKIN' BINGO

A "Barkin' Bingo" fundraiser for the Clay County Humane Society will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Senor Wings, 700 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park. The goal is to raise $2,000 for a new surgery table. Previous bingos have raised $1,647.

6 NASSAU

MISS HEART OF THE USA

Nassau County's 2014 Miss Heart of the USA pageant is 2 p. …

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