BRICKBATS & BOUQUETS

BOUQUETS TO MURRAY HILL PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION’S MURAL PROJECT Lee High School art teacher Anne Jacques and some of her students recently gave the side of Murray Hill Theater a creative makeover with a new, colorful mural. The project was part of the Murray Hill Preservation Association’s Mural Project (MHPA), a public art initiative, which features local businesses joining forces with the MHPA to beautify the area and promote art in public places. Neighborhood business Craft Paint Supplies provided materials to create the mural, which was designed by NYC mural artist Jon Burgerman.

BOUQUETS TO MAYOR CURRY On July 6, Mayor Lenny Curry toured Northwest Jacksonville’s Fairway Oaks neighborhood, where residents are pointing the finger at HabiJax for building shoddy homes that are now experiencing perpetual problems. Residents have repeatedly complained about termites, mold, cracked slabs, and even sinking. Curry initially thought the problems stemmed from a lack of maintenance rather than poor construction, but after spending two hours walking through the neighborhood with residents and inspecting the buildings, the mayor now promises that he’s seeking solutions.

BOUQUETS TO NAVAL AIR STATION JACKSONVILLE On June 28, for the second year in a row, Naval Air Station Jacksonville held a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month celebration at River Cove Catering & Conference Center on base. Speakers included city of Jacksonville Councilman Aaron Bowman, a retired Navy captain, who spoke about diversity in the American workplace, and how locally we are working toward that goal, along with NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Howard Wanamaker and LCDR Ephraim Ragasa, Navy Entomology Center for Excellence.

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