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Mandatory Family Time

story by JEN THORNTON Last week, my youngest daughter planned on attending the SwampCon cosplay convention in Gainesville. This week, she had tickets to see her favorite Broadway musical, Hamilton. Now both of those events—along with hundreds of others in Jacksonville—have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. The CDC recommends cancelling any gatherings expected to have 50 people or more, for the next eight weeks. None of us, including (and especially) our political leaders, were prepared for a pandemic of such frightening proportions. On the bright side, we live in Florida, and researchers believe high temperatures and high …

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Dog Days

story by DAVI THE DACHSHUND If all this talk of COVID-19 has taught me anything, it’s how often my mom touches her face without thinking about it. But as is so often the case when it comes to humans, there are more questions than answers. Namely, “Why are you stockpiling toilet paper?” Whatever the answer to that riddle, my mom and I have been listening to the experts and practicing social distancing and self-isolation. Days typically spent raiding the farmer’s market for local treats, or visiting the neighborhood coffeehouse for a double-shot puppucino, are now passed pacing around the house …

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Love in the Time of COVID-19

story by GEORGIO VALENTINO If you’re reading this in hard copy, you’ve taken an unnecessary risk. (But thanks for the dedication!) You’ve ventured out of the house and touched stuff. Now wash your hands forthwith! With soap and warm water. For at least 20 seconds. And if you’re reading at home, on your phone or tablet, go ahead and wash your hands anyway. COVID-19 is real, and it’s in Northeast Florida. Take heed, armchair individualists! It’s not about whether you can survive the virus. No, you are responsible for transmitting or not transmitting it to others, including loved ones to …

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Reset Your Intentions

story by COURTNEY STRINGFELLOW Since moving back to Jacksonville in mid-November, I’ve only managed to spend the weekend at my apartment a handful of times. That means I haven’t completely sorted through my belongings and created a space reflective of my lifestyle and passions. As someone who only ever has time to work, eat, sleep and repeat, COVID-19 has given me an excuse to cancel plans, stay in and get productive. My first undertaking was getting items out of boxes and creating a space for them. I hung a couple pieces of art in my main area—you don’t need to …

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From Broadway to the Bold City

HAMILTON 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, Times-Union Center, Moran Theater, 300 Water St., Downtown, fscjartistseries.org, $99-$399. 300 Water St.Jacksonville, FL 32202 View larger map story by COURTNEY STRINGFELLOW For many, learning about the United States’ founding fathers was part of growing up in the public school system. Nothing special, it was just another topic to study. Even for those students who were fortunate to receive more than a superficial lesson, interest often ended at the classroom door. That was until 2015, when Lin-Manuel Miranda disrupted Broadway with a musical six years in the making. Hamilton has changed the way theatre …

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A Resilient Effort

story by MALLORY HOPKINS After seven years, the City of Jacksonville is finally getting a Chief Resiliency Officer (CRO) to coordinate efforts to mitigate climate change and rising sea levels. City Councilmember Matt Carlucci made the announcement at a Feb. 27 meeting of the Special Committee on Resiliency.The path to getting a CRO was not without its hurdles, but Carlucci says the city is now in the implementation stage. Jacksonville will include $300,000 in next year’s budget for the CRO and one or two staff members. The budget will be presented on Oct. 1, after the end of the fiscal …

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Vote for Change

BACKPAGE EDITORIAL FOLIO WEEKLY welcomes Backpage submissions. They should be 1,200 words or fewer and on a topic of local interest and/or concern. Send your submissions to [email protected]. Opinions expressed on the Backpage are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Folio Weekly. story by ALEXANDRA PLAZAS ROCHA Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, imposing a ban on abortion referrals as well as a military transgender ban, failing to pass gun safety laws, and seeking to repeal the Affordable Care Act are some of the harmful policies that the administration of President Donald Trump has implemented in …

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Oral Solutions

story by SHELTON HULL The black box on my doorstep had come up from Gainesville, land of Tim Tebow, Tom Petty and the iconic “Gainesville Green,” which was the strain of choice for two generations of stoners in Northeast Florida. The package had been mailed a couple days earlier by one John Montague, the CEO of Maku, which is a leading figure of the (literally) growing cannabis scene in Alachua County. Like all savvy cannabisseurs, Montague has been reading this column for a while now, and he thought I might be interested in hearing about what his company is working …

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Learning the Trade

story by DAVI THE DACHSHUND Inside a classroom at Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology, students are greeted by their instructor—and a ferret named Joey. The teacher’s pet is really a pet, and afternoon snacks are gobbled not by the students but by guinea pigs. It’s all part of the veterinary assistant program, an initiative supported by Duval County Schools Career and Technical Education, where the standard curriculum is supplemented with special academic courses and instruction in a small-animal lab.The indoor lab is full of rabbits, gerbils, turtles and snakes, and then there’s an outdoor space for goats, chickens and …

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Live + Local Music

Live Music VenuesAMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINASALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St. Davis Turner March 11 & 17. Tracie Mattox March 12. Ciaran Sontag March 13. Joe King, Sam McDonald March 14. Shawn Layne, Michele Anders March 15. Soulo Lyon March 16SJ BREWING, 463646 S.R. 200, Yulee Jory Lyle March 14SLIDERS, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave 7 Street Band March 13. Alan & Terry, Milltown Road March 14. Shawn Layne, Paul Ivey March 15. Pili Pili every Wed. Tad Jennings every Thur. Joe & Josh every Sun. Mark O’Quinn every Mon.The SURF, 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. Hupp Huppman March 11. Sam McDonald March …

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