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For Undocumented Citizens, a Different Kind of Vaccine Anxiety

There has been a lot of debate over the COVID-19 vaccine. Is it safe or potentially dangerous? Will it last, or will we have to come back each year for more vaccines? Will there be any side effects or none at all? There are a lot of questions to be asked, but are we asking all the right ones? One question, in particular, has many people living in America wondering: If I get the vaccine, will I get deported? Undocumented immigrants do not feel safe in many situations. A worldwide pandemic only adds more uncertainty to the list. They worry …

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Artists you need to know: Sola Fide!

Arms adorned with tattoos, colorful pins decorating trendy jackets, slick pairs of shades to tie everything together — these guys look like they were born to be in a band. The members of SolaFide! (pronounced sol-a-fee-deh, so-la-fee-day, or really anything but so-la-fyde, as they’ve become accustomed to letting you know) have been making music since before they graduated high school, splitting off into duos and recording instrumental demos until the final lineup of Joseph Arns (vocals), Chase Barrett (bass), Devon VonBalson (drums) and Jonas Miller (lead guitar) was solidified. The group is just coming off the release of their sophomore …

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Keep It in the Family

Riverside United debuts a new mural that celebrates soccer and Jacksonville.  Funded by its own members and celebrating the sport and neighborhood they love, Riverside United Soccer Club unveiled a new 53-foot-long mural painted by Jason Tetlak. Riverside United, which plays weekly at Memorial Park and Riverfront Plaza (former site of The Jacksonville Landing), has been a neighborhood staple for eight years.  “The mural was a way to commemorate the club’s presence in the neighborhood over the last eight-plus years,” said Riverside United founding member Joey Simons. “Soccer murals are big in other countries in South America and Europe and …

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Come Here Often?

You’ve heard of work from home, now get ready for Mike Vannucci’s work-from-beach lifestyle. For the last 16 years Mike Vannucci’s life has been by the shore—never confined in a room, instead only surrounded by open skies and white sand. Before 2005, Vannucci’s work consisted of roofing houses and putting up dry wall. When his back started to disagree with the profession, he set out to look for a side job. It was when his friend brought up the idea of buying a beach business that inspired him—even after his friend changed his mind. “I’m like, man, that sounds like …

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Gas tax, mayoral race and Jaguars analyzed in new UNF poll

The UNF Poll shows that residents are opposed to paying more at the pump, but would support individual projects within the mayor’s proposed gas tax. The UNF Public Opinion Research Lab released the results of a new poll conducted from May 11 to May 16, 2021. The poll, which was released on May 18, asked respondents about the gas tax, local officials, the 2023 mayoral race and the Jaguars. The poll shows that 58% of respondents opposed the Mayor’s proposed gas tax, which would be used to fund infrastructure projects across the city. However, respondents favored some of the infrastructure projects without …

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Dear Dumbs

Help me! An old bat keeps calling me fat. Question: Dear Dumbs, I love the podcast. It’s my go to. I was wondering if you can help me here. I have a problem with my mother. She’s 82 years old. Almost every time we talk she talks about how she hates fat people and mentions how other family members are so fit. The problem is that I’m fat and I feel like she’s taking shots at me. Am I overreacting? Is she passive-aggressive? Should I say something? Trinity, Orange Park Response: SHARI: Oh boy, Trinity. I feel your pain. Overreacting? …

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In Conversation with Conduit

The singer-songwriter is searching for meaning from the void. The name Conduit conjures something. It’s a mode of transportation. A vessel, as much cosmic as it is engineered.  On her Only Human EP, Conduit stands in all white against a grassy background, her pink hair like a flame on her head. Perhaps here to deliver us, perhaps here to take. Conduits often flow both ways. Below is a condensed interview between John Aloszka and Conduit:  So what’s the story behind the name Conduit? So it’s kind of spiritual; I’m a spiritual person. I don’t know if you believe in energy. It also has …

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Where do we go from here?

Omarosa Manigault Newman A week after the Capitol Riot, I packed my bags and prepared to travel to was to Washington, D.C. for my 7th inauguration. Unlike previous inaugurations, everything had changed. With the county sluggish from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the events of January 6th made our path forward more precarious.  As I arrived at JAX and said goodbye to my husband, I had no idea what I would encounter in the next 10 days. The first sign that things had changed was at the gate of my JAX to DCA flight. Stationed at the entrance to …

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Eating Away Again in Margaritaville

  John M. Phillips A wise city planner once said, you can never have enough places to dine on the water. A city with a river, ocean and intracoastal waterway should have many options. Lighthouse Grille was a landmark as one reached “the ditch” and then it was ditched for condos. A few less than ideal places came and went at the Landing from American Cafe to Hooters. Neither saw updates in decades. That same bullseye (and need of some renovation) is now on the River City Brewing. There are certainly lesser known waterways with good food- namely Julington Creek and …

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Dear Dumbs: Polyamorous Son

DEAR DUMBS, I’m a single mother to a 14 year old boy. I do my best to answer all his questions, however there are many I can’t handle. For example: He hasn’t had a girlfriend. Still too young for that. However he informed me that a lot of girls think that he’s nice and helpful. He says he loves every one of them and because of that, he believes he won’t be able to love only one girl when he gets older. What are your thoughts? VICTORIA, JACKSONVILLE BEACH  Reply:  TERRY: That sounds about right. SHARI: Victoria, you have yourself a …

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