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Friendship Fountain Gets New Seal

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There is a new 8,700-lb. seal in place at Jacksonville's Friendship Fountain.

This morning, construction crews used a crane to put it in place. 
The seal is an exact duplicate of one that used to be at Friendship Fountain, but the designer said wear and tear forced the city to purchase a new one.

It has several names of those involved with the initial construction of the fountain in 1965.

Construction at Friendship Fountain is expected to be completed on June 18.

JHNSA Makes Presentation to Governor Scott, State of Florida

JHNSA Makes Presentation to Governor Scott, State of Florida

The Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association made a presentation to Florida Governor Rick Scott for the State of Florida on Friday evening, April 15, at The Jacksonville Landing in Downtown Jacksonville, honoring Governor Scott’s Naval service.

What's Going on this Weekend?

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Yea! The weekend is here, let's give you a look at some of the events happening on the First Coast.

Tonight, there is another free movie at the the Treaty Oak in downtown Jacksonville. It's Neverending Story. The movie starts at 8 p.m. 

Tomorrow, the Bell River Community on the southside is hosting a garage sale from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Twenty families in the neighborhood are selling their things.

At the World Golf Hall of Fame there is an Easter Festival. It starts at 9 a.m.

Or how about some roller derby? The Jacksonville Rollergirls are taking on the Knoxville Hard Knox at 5:30 p.m. at the UNF Arena.

Are you Ready for Record Store Day?

Check out Lewis Turner's blog entry on Turner Loose: "Hey! What About Vinyl? Pants? Music?"

Tomorrow is Record Store Day, the annual celebration of the country's great record shops.

Head to one of them, and you'll likely find several exclusive releases, mainly 7-inches and special-edition vinyl albums. For a complete list of participating stores, head to the official site.

Jerry West runs DJ's Record Store on the Westside, at the corner of McDuff and Edison.

He's been open since 1968, and if you're looking for a nostalgic visit during you Record Store Day celebration, West's store is probably the place to be.

"There's not many more stores like this, not like it used to be," he said.

He's got a collection of nearly 9,000 vinyl records, he even sells 8-track tapes and old turntables.

WorkSource Offers Free Tax Prep Help

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The WorkSource Gateway office is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today with free tax help.

It's called Tax Blitz Day at the office at 5000-2 Norwood Avenue in Jacksonville. Dozens of volunteers will help prepare taxes for free.

Organizers ask that you bring Social Security Cards and tax documents for everyone on your return.   

Most everyone qualifies for this free service provided by IRS-trained volunteers. Gateway is hosting the last few days of tax preparation serving low- to moderate-income families (with total household of $49,000 or less).

Mailing your taxes? Observe Posted Retail Service Hours and Collection Times

Mailing your taxes? Observe Posted Retail Service Hours and Collection Times

This year most taxpayers will file electronically. In years past the taxday crowds and traffic jams that formed around many Post Offices prompted the Postal Service to extend collection times to ensure all taxpayers could get the postmark needed to prove the returns were mailed before the deadline. However, the increasing popularity of the internet has largely replaced hardcopy returns with electronic alternatives, making these additional (and costly) extra services unnecessary.

Mailing your taxes? Observe Posted Retail Service Hours and Collection Times

Mailing your taxes? Observe Posted Retail Service Hours and Collection Times

This year most taxpayers will file electronically. In years past the taxday crowds and traffic jams that formed around many Post Offices prompted the Postal Service to extend collection times to ensure all taxpayers could get the postmark needed to prove the returns were mailed before the deadline. However, the increasing popularity of the internet has largely replaced hardcopy returns with electronic alternatives, making these additional (and costly) extra services unnecessary.