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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.

Tom Trout: The Man, The Sign

Tom Trout: The Man, The Sign

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If Interstate 95 is the artery that feeds Jacksonville, then at the Bowden exit Tom Trout has added some heart.

"I kinda snoop around the office every now and then," the 84-year-old retired business owner said.

Once a week he makes a trip to the office his son now operates. "I'm just letting my presence be felt," he said.

He does still have a job though.

Once a week, it's his responsibility to come up with a new phrase for the sign that towers over the building and is seen by thousands each day from the interstate.

"I'm up to 1,615 sayings I think," Trout said.

He keeps a notebook of catchy phrases that have been collected since he put the sign up back in 1983. "My motivation each day is trying to change someone's life for the better."

Past sayings include:

Ken's Top 10 Travel Mistakes To Avoid

Ken's Top 10 Travel Mistakes To Avoid

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- This summer, if you're planning to travel, don't make the mistakes that can cost you money.

Here are my top 10 travel mistakes to avoid and ways to put more money in your pocket.

Number 10: Failing to inspect your rental car before taking the keys; at that point you are liable for every scratch and dent.

This mistake is easy to avoid. Find someone to inspect the vehicle before you accept it. Note any damage and get them to sign off. Some rental companies have started a program to take pre-rental pictures of their cars.

Number Nine: Failing to buy travel insurance

If you're going on a cruise, spend a few extra bucks for cancellation insurance. There are two types of policies, primary and secondary. Primary covers you from the first penny, and secondary kicks in after your own private insurance, like homeowners, has paid out.

Belk Charity Event and a Good Reason to Go Shopping!

Belk Spring Charity Sale - Belk will hold its annual Spring Charity Sale this Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. to benefit local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the company’s 16-state market area.

A $5 charitable donation gains customers admission to a private sale with merchandise discounts ranging from an extra 20 to 70 percent off on items throughout the store, including special savings on rarely discounted brands. Customers will also receive $5 off their first purchase of $5 or more at the event, and Belk cardholders will receive double Rewards points (and Belk Elite cardholders, triple Rewards points) for card purchases.

Belk Charity Event and a Good Reason to Go Shopping!

Belk Spring Charity Sale - Belk will hold its annual Spring Charity Sale this Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. to benefit local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the company’s 16-state market area.

A $5 charitable donation gains customers admission to a private sale with merchandise discounts ranging from an extra 20 to 70 percent off on items throughout the store, including special savings on rarely discounted brands. Customers will also receive $5 off their first purchase of $5 or more at the event, and Belk cardholders will receive double Rewards points (and Belk Elite cardholders, triple Rewards points) for card purchases.

Update: Local Salon Ceases Brazilian Blowouts Due to Health Risks

Update: Local Salon Ceases Brazilian Blowouts Due to Health Risks

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Hair salons across the country are being warned about smoothing and straightening products potentially containing formaldehyde.

The Brazilian Blowout and other brands of smoothing treatments were first questioned in October 2010, when employees at an Oregon salon reported difficulty breathing, nose bleeds and eye irritation when using the products.

Health officials in Oregon tested Brazilian Blowout and other brands and found trace levels of formaldehyde in the air at several salons, and significant amounts in the product itself.

Health alerts were issued in several states.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a nation-wide hazard alert and said it is "responding to complaints and referrals about possible exposure to formaldehyde."