Community Spirit

When Funk Is Good

When Funk Is Good

The two (2) day 2011 Funk Fest started off Funky with performances by MC Hammer which got the over 6,000 in attendance in the mood to groove and dance. The excitement in Metropolitan Park was electric in the cool evening air. Mother Nature cooperated perfectly setting up the atmosphere as if in perfect preparation for a Funk-filled partying atmosphere for Earth Wind and Fire.

First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to Host Census Rep

The First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FCHCC) is hosting a data services specialist from the Census Bureau at its May professional networking meeting. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss Hispanic population trends reported in the 2010 Census. The Census reported that Hispanics account for 56 percent of the nation’s growth over the past decade, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Florida has seen dramatic increases as well.

Mayoral candidate, Alvin Brown, will be attending the event to speak to guests and participate in a meet and greet.

The event will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2011, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, 225 East Coastline Dr., and is free and open to the public. Visit for tickets or for more information.

16 Foster Children Get Forever Families in Group Ceremony

16 Foster Children Get Forever Families in Group Ceremony

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Crystal Tyler has been waiting for this day for three years.

With family and friends surrounding her, Judge David Gooding announced that 10-year-old Rashad was officially her son and the court room erupted with applause.

"I am so ready to be his mama," she told the judge in front of a room full of soon-to-be new mothers and fathers.

Sixteen foster children in all were adopted today in a large ceremony at the Duval County Courthouse. "Adoptions are always heartwarming and exciting," Gooding said.

"But this ceremony will be particularly special for the new mothers, what better way to celebrate mothers day."

Tyler was Rashad's foster parent several years ago. But when she took a job with the state, she said she had to give up her fostering license - and Rashad.

1st Latin Triangle Cinco de Mayo Celebration Downtown

1st Latin Triangle Cinco de Mayo Celebration Downtown

Victory is sweet and well-worth celebrating, even when (or especially when) it's someone else's. Well there you go, all the excuse you need to come downtown to this little section of DT now lovingly refered to as the Latin Triangle. It's not a historical Latin District, it's a futuristic one. And it's really sort of a Latin parallelogram or trapezoid.

Local Red Cross Sends a Total of 12 Volunteers

The Northeast Florida Chapter is sending William Russ to Clinton, MS this afternoon. He will be in a leadership position, helping to run the overall operation. His deployment will make a total of twelve volunteers sent from this chapter since last Thursday.

Mother’s Day Comes Early at Adoption Ceremony for 16 Local Foster Children

The Honorable David Gooding will preside over the adoptions of 16 foster children (ages 8 months through 17 years) by 12 adoptive families in the special Mother’s Day adoption ceremony today, May 5. Two sibling groups will be adopted; a group of four siblings and a group of two.

Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, May 3

Northeast Florida Children’s Mental Health Coalition celebrates National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 3 with the launch of Healthy Minds. Healthy Spirits. The program is a month-long initiative to increase awareness of child mental health among faith-based leaders such as youth ministers, Sunday School teachers, and other lay church leaders.