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Mayor-Elect Brown Reappoints Laquidara as General Counsel

Mayor-elect Alvin Brown today announced his intention to reappoint Cindy A. Laquidara to the position of General Counsel.  Her reappointment, which is subject to City Council approval, will be effective on July 1, 2011.

Testimony To Teaching

Testimony To Teaching

Never Would Have Made It Without You…
Never would have made it, never could have made it,
without you. I would have lost it all, but now I see how
you were there for me.” Marvin Sapp


The graduation ceremony at Andrew Robinson Elementary
was comparable to the commencement service of a College/University.
This was the intent of Crystal Lewis Principal of ARE; from the model
of “College Preparation” that was a motto of the year for all grades.
Incorporating a frame of mind for college, academic performance and
future acceptance in college. The level of academic performance and
ownership of learning; the “NOW” No Opportunity Wasted initiative.
Learning is continuous and no opportunity is wasted to provide
instruction. The prominence of the graduation ceremony inspired the
fifth grade students, parents, family members and friends to continue

Who's Behind Effort To Save High School Sports?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Golfing is one of the high school sports in jeopardy, but not if Mike Lynch can help it.

"We can't let this happen, this is silly," said Lynch.

A dozen varsity and middle school programs are targeted to be cut in Duval County Public Schools to save an estimated $500,000. The school board started its budget cutting mission needing to slash $91 million from the budget.  

Now, several groups headed by sports advocates like Lynch are organizing to solicit money from private donors to keep the sports.

Lynch heads the NF-PGA Northern chapter. He and Boots Farley of the North Florida Junior Golf Foundation created a non-profit group to raise the money to save high school golf.

"We have had situations in the past and we came through; we will take care of this," said Farley.

High Honors for Ad Agency

At the American Advertising Federation’s National ADDY competition, one small multicultural agency truly shined. Playing in the big leagues, Brunet-García Advertising won three gold and one silver national awards – the most of any agency in Florida and the Caribbean. Only one other multicultural/Hispanic agency received an award at the national level. The winners were selected from 1,382 entries from a full range of advertising agencies around the country.

BG received Gold ADDY awards for the Block x Block Illustrations, the Players by the Sea “The Full Monty” poster and the Players by the Sea poster series. A Silver ADDY was also awarded for the Players by the Sea building design.

High Honors for Ad Agency

At the American Advertising Federation’s National ADDY competition, one small multicultural agency truly shined. Playing in the big leagues, Brunet-García Advertising won three gold and one silver national awards – the most of any agency in Florida and the Caribbean. Only one other multicultural/Hispanic agency received an award at the national level. The winners were selected from 1,382 entries from a full range of advertising agencies around the country.

BG received Gold ADDY awards for the Block x Block Illustrations, the Players by the Sea “The Full Monty” poster and the Players by the Sea poster series. A Silver ADDY was also awarded for the Players by the Sea building design.

Divorced Fathers Celebrate Fathers Day

Divorced Fathers Celebrate Fathers Day

Divorced Fathers Celebrate Fathers Day

The actions of divorce force men to start over, starting a new beginning,
and rebuilding of relationships with children, renewing a father’s spirituality,
and the redirection of personal priorities in life. No matter what cultural
background, maturity range, salary scale or religious conviction, divorce
can be overwhelming, demeaning, financially draining (especially if you
are proving child support and or alimony), and a emotional roller coaster
that never seems to end. In Matthew 6:33 states, “..seek ye first the
kingdom of God, and his righteousness..”, when searching for direction
through this challenging time. The best guide is the reading of the Bible
and seeking understanding of the Word. Reading and interpretation can
refocus your life, redirect your spirituality in scripture and provides comfort
and solace.

Dozens to Become Naturalized Americans for Flag Day

Dozens to Become Naturalized Americans for Flag Day

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The United States will gain 50 new citizens locally as the nation celebrates Flag Day.

Flag Day is held every June 14 to celebrate the 1777 adoption of the U.S. flag.

At the Museum of Science and History Tuesday, 50 candidates will swear allegiance to the flag and become naturalized citizens.

The 50 newest Americans hail from 27 countries across the globe.

It's just one of thousands of ceremonies across the nation Tuesday.

In 2010, more than 619,000 people became naturalized Americans.