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World War II Jets Send Sky-High Message: GEICO Skytypers to Debut at NAS Jacksonville Air Show

World War II Jets Send a Sky-High Message: GEICO Skytypers to Debut New Flight Demonstration at 2018 NAS Jacksonville Air Show

The World-Famous GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team will roar into Jacksonville later this month to wow crowds with an entirely new flight demonstration at the 2018 Air Show (October 27-28). The squadron of aircraft will participate in a full weekend of jaw-dropping exhibitions showcasing both civilian and military aviators. The ’s famous provide the grand finale, but the entire weekend is jam-packed with talented teams and champion pilots from across the country.     For Flight Lead Larry Arken, skytyping is the family business and something he’s been doing his entire life. His father, retired Naval Aviator Mort Arken, established …

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Finding Home: Military Relocation and Retirement on the First Coast

USS Klakring family_US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marcus L. Stanley

It’s moving season. Each summer, approximately 200,000 military families relocate from their current duty station to their next set of orders. May 15-August 31 is peak PCS (Permanent Change of Station) season, with 65% of military moves occurring during this timeframe. The local impact is huge. Northeast Florida’s military presence is the third largest in the country, with area military installations like Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Naval Aviation Depot Jacksonville, Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island, and Camp Blanding Joint Training Center. Each year, thousands of military families relocate to our area. …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: ‘In The Heights’ at Players By The Sea Theatre

Over the years, Jacksonville Beach’s Players by the Sea community theatre has presented a number of outstanding summer musicals. This year’s selection, staged during July 20 – August 12, 2018 is noteworthy in many ways. In 2008, “” was nominated for 13 Tony awards and won 4, including Best Musical and Best Original Score; in 2009, it was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Award for drama. The play presents a slice of life story in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. The community is ethnically diverse, with Hispanics being the largest group. The music and lyrics were …

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Jacksonville’s Military Heritage: 10 Fascinating Things You Should Know

The Maple Leaf Ship just before it hit the mine off the coast of Mandarin in Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville boasts a long and varied military history. Here are some of the most interesting highlights:   The Southernmost Battle of the Revolutionary War Was Fought in NE Florida. The Battle of Thomas Creek occurred near Yulee on May 17, 1777, when the Patriots faced off against the Loyalists, Brits, and Creek Indians. The Patriots lost.   Camp Milton Was an Important Confederate Military Base. Built to block Union forces from getting to the supply and railway center in Baldwin, Camp Milton on Jacksonville’s Westside was built in 1864 and served as Florida’s strongest Confederate field fortification. There’s a Civil …

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PHOTOS: Solar-Powered Spacesuit, BlessYourHeartCrew Collaborative Exhibition

Solar Powered Space Suit, FSCJ Kent Campus Gallery, Bless Your Heart Crew, Photo by Cristina Danielle O'Connor

The #BlessYourHeartCrew unveiled their collaborative exhibition called SolarPoweredSpaceSuit September 19 at FSCJ Kent Campus Gallery featuring artists , , , , , and . Checkout the show in room E112A, it’s open Monday-Thursday 10am-3pm. Here’s a sneak peak from photographer Cristina Danielle O’Connor:

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Honor & Duty: A Look at the History of the Military in Jacksonville, Florida

U.S. NAVY Sailors depart on USS Simpson decommissioning, US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker

Heading south in a 1972 Monte Carlo bought with his last $500, Bill Spann caught a glimpse of the Jacksonville skyline as he made his way down I-95 to his new home at Naval Station Mayport. “I thought, ‘How did I never know about this before?’ I fell in love with the city that day,” says Spann. When Spann received his duty orders, people asked if he had an admiral in his family or someone to pull the strings for such a desirable station. “I just got lucky. Jacksonville has long been the most requested duty station in the Navy,” …

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Creative Spaces: Michael and Christie Leach of Bee Friends Farm

Christie and Michael Leach of Bee Friends Farm

When he was sixteen years old, an employer advised beekeeper to quit his job every five years. “Incidentally, that’s what’s happened,” says Leach. Yet the bee business seems to stick. These days, he’s on his third year of the honey product development side of with his wife, Christie, and their three children. Bee Friends produces over a dozen unique varieties of honey. Their most commonly harvested products include gallberry honey, a berry native to Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, and wildflower honey. Over time, Christie has developed and perfected Bee Friends Farm’s spreadable creamed honey flavors, including Chocolate (destined for …

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Friday night happening at The Arc Jacksonville

Ask anyone who attends Club Arc, and you’ll quickly find it’s a regular Friday night happening at The Arc Jacksonville. “I get excited about it every week!” said Eric W., a faithful Club Arc attendee who enjoys dancing and playing Bingo with friends at Club Arc. Club Arc is open every Friday in two locations, at 4401 Wesconnett Boulevard on the Westside and at the new Arc Jacksonville Village off Hodges Boulevard. Club Arc is for adults 18 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  It provides a social environment perfect for fun activities and an exciting place to …

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The Jacksonville Cannons, Professional Ultimate Frisbee Makes it to Jacksonville

Jacksonville Cannons, Professional Ultimate Frisbee Makes it to Jacksonville

After winning three weeks in a row at home, The Cannons are now 4-3 Jacksonville — Last Saturday, the beat The Atlanta Hustle 26-22 increasing their overall record to 4-3. The Cannons now sit only one game out of the playoffs and control their own destiny, as the first place Raleigh Flyers come to town this Saturday – 6pm at . The team is represented through the , otherwise known as the AUDL. Although the franchise was bought nearly three years ago, The AUDL South Division was not set for expansion until this year. For those who don’t know much about the sport of , the …

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FREE PARKING – Centuries of History in Ortega’s Parks

  The is known for its giant oak trees, waterfront views, and historic homes. Nestled between the St. Johns and Ortega rivers, the area was designated as a US historic district in 2004. The peninsula is a mostly residential area with abundant green spaces and a wealth of parks. On any given weekend, you can see Ortega residents and tourists riding bikes, tossing a frisbee, walking their dogs, or playing flag football in one of these green spaces: 4021 Ortega Blvd A gilded iron entryway introduces this park, named after , president of the Ortega Company and the resident responsible …

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