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Friendship Fountain Reopens on the Southbank

Friendship Fountain Reopens on the Southbank

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After falling into disrepair and not operating for years, the Friendship Fountain, reopened Saturday morning.

Several hundred were on hand at the dedication hosted by Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton today.  The fountain is 46 years old and new pumps, pipes, a new lighting system, and new sound system were added at a cost of $3.1 million.

"It was important that we make strategic investments in our downtown area. It has enormous potential and we have to be ready for the post-recession era," said Peyton. 

Peyton made the decision 18 months ago to make the investment in tough times and despite opposition, and the city council voted to repair the fountain.  "I am proud to be here today."

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

Anti-violence Program Offers At-Risk Youth and Families Safe Activities on Friday and Saturday Night

 

The City of Jacksonville’s Recreation and Community Services Department (JaxParks), in partnership with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, local media and nonprofit and community-based organizations, announces the return of JaxParks Summer Night Lights (JaxSNL). This is the second summer for the anti-violence program that targets at-risk youth. This year, JaxSNL will be offered in eight neighborhoods designated as high crime areas by The Jacksonville Journey.  The program will run eight consecutive Friday and Saturday nights, beginning June 24.

High Tides at Huguenot Memorial Park May Impact Weekend Access

Huguenot Memorial Park visitors are advised to call the park office at (905) 251-3335 or visit www.jaxparks.com before visiting the park over the weekend to determine current tidal conditions expected during peak hours.

City of Jacksonville Pools to Open Following Drain-Lid Recall

City of Jacksonville Pools to Open Following Drain-Lid Recall

MORE: Which drains are recalled?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The city of Jacksonville will open its 33 swimming pools, after a delay due to a nationwide drain-cover recall. 

The city of Jacksonville received updated information from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding their pool drain covers.

Since city pools have a gravity system, not a direct suction system, the city's 33 pools are exempt from the recall.

Cecil Aquatic Center will open today. The other 32 pools will open Saturday.

City Pools Open Saturday

City Pools Open Saturday

The City of Jacksonville’s Recreation and Community Services Department (JaxParks) will open pools for the start of the summer swim season this Saturday, June 4. The Cecil Aquatic Center will reopen today.

Last weekend, the opening of the city’s public pools was postponed due to a nationwide manufacturer recall on drain covers currently installed at the pools. After careful evaluation based on information from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), city officials have confirmed that the city pools’ drain covers are exempt from this recall. According to the CPSC the city’s 33 pools are exempt because each are equipped with a gravity feed drainage system.

Small Business and Social Networking

Small Business and Social Networking

Small Business and Social Networking

What You Need To Know: Social Networking/ Social Marketing is booming in small business and for the entrepreneurial. Blogs are covering multiple genres in business and marketing. Technology is a new tool for not only personal contact, but also for business contacts. Now is the time for small business owners to explore the business options on several social networks. It does not take a technology degree; a degree in computer engineering, nor a marketing degree it's as simple as networking and gaining a basic understanding of using networking tools online.