Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JaxPride, Arts Group, PAL Share Civic Grant

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JaxPride, Arts Group, PAL Share Civic Grant

Article excerpt

An Arlington civic group has gotten into the spirit of holiday

giving.

The Greater Arlington Civic Council voted Thursday to give $600

to local agencies. The group plans to start 1998 by giving

financial assistance to JaxPride, the Arlington Arts Council,

known as Arlington ARCHES, and the Jacksonville Police Athletic

League.

"We feel all of these groups are worthy and they are all good

causes serving greater Arlington," said Barbara Mazer, who was

elected the civic council's president for a second year.

The civic council, made up of representatives from more than 40

neighborhoods in Arlington, awards financial assistance annually

to an agency or group for special projects. Last year, $1,200

was split between the Arlington Volunteer Fire Department, the

Arlington YMCA Justina Road Center and Old Arlington Inc.

This year, $200 will be given to each recipient, civic council

member Carol Schirado said.

Arlington ARCHES, which stands for Arts, Recreation, Culture,

History and Education Society, formed in August. It is made up

of people and groups to promote festivals and other events at

Arlington schools and parks.

The group will work with Jay Wright, Jacksonville University's

dean of the College of Fine Arts, to begin having festivals and

events involving youth.

Mazer hopes the money will be used to get Arlington ARCHES

events promoted and publicized. She said the goal of ARCHES is

to use the cultural and entertainment resources provided by

Jacksonville University as well as to bring activity to the

older Arlington neighborhoods and their schools.

Six months out of the year, the civic council has its regular

meeting in the place that will receive a $200 award -- the

Police Athletic League building at the District 2 Regional Park.

The Jacksonville Police Athletic League is raising money to

build a recreation center at the 144-acre McCormick Road park.

The $200 award will go toward PAL's building fund. PAL

officials are trying to raise $3.6 million and have asked for

help from state and city officials, corporations and civic

groups. …

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