Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Powell Place Home's Yard Named Most River-Friendly

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Powell Place Home's Yard Named Most River-Friendly

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Byline: Cindy Holifield

Mell Bridges and Gregory Curry of 1855 Powell Place in Jacksonville have received the Outstanding River Friendly Yard Award.

Riverside Avondale Preservation, St. Johns Riverkeeper and the Ixia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society issue the award to a home or business in the Riverside/Avondale neighborhoods that adheres to environmentally-friendly landscaping and maintenance practices, based on the University of Florida's Florida Yards and Neighborhoods principles.

The award recognizes the efforts of community members to create a river-friendly yard or landscape and reduce the impact on the health of local waterways and the natural environment by using low-maintenance native plants, preventing stormwater runoff and minimizing the use of irrigation, fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.

Here's more good news:

- Neil Amato has won the seventh annual Datil Pepper Eating Contest. He also won in 2015 and 2016. This year, he ate 61 of the chocolate-covered peppers from Hot Shot Bakery. The competition was open to contestants who enjoy hot foods and think they can eat more peppers than anyone else.

- Beauclerc Elementary School students have been busy collecting art supplies and colorful bags for local children who need a good distraction.

Moises Ramos, the school's art teacher, started the project several years ago and continued that tradition this year. On April 6, the bags, decorated by students in the after-school art program, were delivered to Wolfson's Children's Hospital. The bags held art supplies collected by Beauclerc and AT&T. In addition, each bag contained a teddy bear donated by volunteer Brenda Rountree.

- Wish For Our Heroes raised $30,000 recently to be used in granting wishes for needy active military. Most wish requests come from Jacksonville Naval Air Station and Mayport Naval Station. Funds were raised during the Wish For Our Heroes golf tournament through Swisher International, the major sponsor donating $15,000, and the balance from hole sponsors, a silent auction, entry fees and a putting contest. For more information or to donate, go to wish4ourheroes. …

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