Ride the Beaches Trolley FREE on Sunday, April 17

The Beaches Trolley, a year?round service running between Atlantic Beach and Jacksonville Beach, including Neptune Beach, will be FREE on Sunday, April 17 in honor of the official Opening of the Beaches for summer fun. The Beaches Trolley will run from 5:46 a.m. to 12:43 a.m. Its route covers approximately five miles with nearly 40 stops in each direction including the Atlantic Village Shopping Center, Hugenot Park, Jacksonville Beach City Hall and the South Beach Regional Shopping Center. Hop on or off at any stop without paying a thing, and leave traffic and parking hassles behind!

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Get in to the Swing of Summer with JTA’s Summer Youth Pass

Summertime means Jacksonville Suns baseball, and JTA can get you there! Your JTA Summer Youth Pass is the ticket to unlimited rides on the bus and Skyway and FREE admission to Jacksonville Suns home games. Purchase a Summer Youth Pass for $30 for the month of June and receive July for FREE. Add the month of August for just $15 more. You must purchase your Summer Youth Pass by June 30, and it’s only for those 18 years and younger.

For more information, call (904) 630?3100, visit www.jtafla.com, or find us on Facebook!

Local Coalition Targets Crime, Homelessness & Education

Local Coalition Targets Crime, Homelessness & Education

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More than 2,000 leaders from 25 churches met in downtown Jacksonville Monday night with a message: "We want to do our part to make the city better."
    
They're asking our elected officials to do the same.
    
It's a program called I-CARE, the Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment, which represents 21 congregations from 11 denominations in Jacksonville, Florida.

This year it voted to focus on homelessness, education and neighborhood crime.

They invited both mayoral candidates as well as someone from the state attorney's office, mayor's office, and public defender's office to discuss issues like homelessness and neighborhood crime.

Alvin Brown was there to answer questions, but Mike Hogan's campaign said he couldn't make it.

Downs Tosses Six Shutout Innings in First Start

Downs Tosses Six Shutout Innings in First Start

A four-run ninth inning propelled the Huntsville Stars (3-2) to a 4-1 victory over the Jacksonville Suns (2-3) on Monday afternoon at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

The Suns led 1-0 going into the ninth, before the Stars struck for four runs off of Jacksonville reliever Peter Andrelczyk (1-1), who took the loss. Huntsville reliever Michael Fiers (1-0) earned the victory while Roque Mercedes worked a perfect ninth to earn the save as Huntsville takes the series three games to two.

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HabiJax Celebrates ‘A Brush with Kindness’ Housing Repair Program

On April 15, HabiJax will celebrate the completion of 20 homes through a new housing repair program, aimed at providing exterior painting, landscaping, and minor repair services to low-income homeowners in need.  All the homes are located in the New Town Success Zone, an area just west of downtown Jacksonville.

Find out why MWKF is more than just an afterschool program!

The MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation will be celebrating its 15 year anniversary on Friday, April 15, 2011 with an Open House Celebration for the community. Come out and meet the staff and students of MWKF and take a tour of the facility and programs. In 1997, MWKF served youth in the Jacksonville area, by offering FREE tennis lessons to local Boys & Girls Clubs. MWKF’s flagship program- the TnT (Tennis-n-Tutoring) afterschool program began in one small classroom in the Emmett Reed Community Center with just 25 students. In 2008, with supporters from the community, the MaliVai Washington Youth Center was built- a 9,400 square foot facility complete with classrooms, media center/computer room, kitchen, teen room, fitness center, library, administrative offices and community rooms. Today, the program has grown to more than 160 students in Kindergarten- high school. MWKF also offers several programs and events to the community at large.

Jaguars host ‘Evening with the Coaches’

The Jaguars will host an Evening with the Coaches on Tuesday, April 12th.  Fans will have the opportunity to hear from Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter and Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker, and will also get a preview of April’s NFL Draft from Director of Player Personnel Terry McDonough.