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City Offering Free Swimming Lessons for Youth

From the ocean to rivers, swimming pools to ponds, water has a substantial presence throughout Jacksonville and its communities. With such easy access, water-related education and awareness are important in keeping citizens safe. As Healthy and Safe Swimming Week (May 23 – 29) concludes, and Memorial Day weekend begins, Mayor Lenny Curry and Councilman Garrett Dennis hosted a news conference today to announ ...

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State Says Bye Bye to Old School Food Stamp Policies

By Margie Menzel About 300,000 Floridians who qualified for food stamps now face a work requirement that went into effect Jan. 1--- and the possibility of at least temporarily losing benefits if they don’t meet the guidelines. As of the first of the year, able-bodied, childless adults ages 18 to 49 were required to work, get job training or volunteer 20 hours a week to receive food stamps through what is fo ...

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Bold City (FL) Links Celebrate New Members

The Bold City (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated expanded their circle of friendship in a festive ceremony welcoming Jeanine Ferguson, Atty. Brenda Ezell and Barabara English into their chapter. Held at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront surrounded by a bevy of white roses, the 23 year old chapter gathered to honor the industrious women into their sisterhood culminating a four month process of education and ...

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Shared Meals with the Homeless Focus of Celebrity’s Server Fundraiser

Local celebrities mixed their talents and served food to the homeless for the 22nd annual Clara White Mission's Annual "Miracle on Ashley Street Celebrity Servers" fundraiser. Each year, the Clara White Mission (CWM) organizes community leaders to join their efforts to prepare and serve lunch under the big tent on Ashley St. This year’s event spotlighted CWM’s urban farm and the new Beaver Street Veteran’s ...

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Malcolm X Festival Promotes Heritage, Education and Peace in the Hood

Hundreds of families, vendors and friends of the Kemetic Empire/Sankofa Initiative outreach trekked to Simonds Johnson Park for the 2nd annual Malcolm X Festival. Located at the intersection of 12th Street and Moncrief Rd. in northwest Jacksonville, the park was packed with community activist, city leaders, families and friends proclaiming “by any means necessary” that the Northside community is an emerging ...

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Program Students Receive Shirts and Books to Excel

The 5000 Role Model of Excellence program held its inaugural summit at the FSCJ Downtown Campus last weekend with the theme, “The Making of a King Transforming Boys into Men”. Over 600 young men were dressed in white long sleeve shirts which were donated to the Role Model of Excellence Program in addition to thousands in scholarships. Students were also presented with a surprise signature class ring the fir ...

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Sickle Cell Association Continues Fight and Education with Annual Banquet

A celebration of support for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Northeast Florida Chapter was held this weekend at St. Paul A.M.E. Church. Nearly two hundred friends and well-wishers of families with Sickle Cell Anemia gathered to honor those who work to make the organization a community success. President Ben Greene, whose daughter’s heroic struggle with Sickle Cell adorns the scholarship name, “warned ...

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AKA’s Mobilize to Beautify Youth Playground

Alpha Kappa Alpha’s 1908 Playground Mobilization Day was held last weekend at Mt. Herman Exceptional Student Center. OOver 45 members of the Gamma Rho Omeg Chapter participated in the beautification of the playground area located on Francis Street, yards from the sorority’s historic house on 8th street. Playground Mobilization Days are a part of a global campaign, started by the first sorority for African-A ...

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Free Workshop Helps to Break the Chain of Homestead Loss in the Black Community

by Jeanine Ferguson Did you know that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 80% of land owned by Black Americans has been lost since 1910? The major contributing factor to this tragedy is not having a will in place at death. Many homeowners don't realize that if they die intestate (passaway without a will), their property may not go to their heirs. When a homeowner dies without a will, the stat ...

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Gretel and Gertie Dance Students Honor Legacy with Ritz Exhibit

The premier opening exhibit of the Gretel and Gertie Dance School honoring founders Mrs. Ernestine B.R. Cox and. Pricilla Jones, was presented by former students and the Jacksonville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Former students of the prestigious local dance school planned and implemented a memorable Sunday afternoon remembering the fine art of dance at The Ritz Theatre and Museum. Dancers performed ...

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