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The Need for Speed

Live out your childhood Hot Wheels fantasies with the North Florida Go Karting Club. The need for speed can be found beyond video games and television here in Jacksonville.  Not intended to be a secret, Jacksonville has a 0.5-mile asphalt go-kart racing track with a 1,000-ft straightaway. Free and open to the public 7 to 7 every day, the North Florida Kart Club hosts regional and national races each year on the grounds.  “It’s true to racing, it’s go as fast as you want, but there’s definitely rules,” said the North Florida Kart Club’s secretary treasurer, Rob Hindery.   When …

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Dear Dumbs: Dog House Dilemma

Dear Dumbs: I think you guys are so fun and funny and I have a quick question. I’m getting married in August. I can only hope our relationship is half as fun as yours. Anyway, we bought a house and will be moving in September. My issue is that I want a dog when we move in and when I bring it up I can tell she’s hesitant. Is there anyway I can get her excited about the possibility of having a little friend? Archie Jacksonville Beach REPLY TERRY: I hate to say it, but I believe I have a …

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Family Portrait

The family behind FotoTechnika has never lost focus on their passion: film. Life has a funny way of showing people clues to their possible futures. Call it destiny, fate or just coincidence, one’s life calling will make itself known to a person at some point. Some people are born knowing what it is, others will miss the clues throughout their lives and won’t grasp their destiny until later in life.  For the owners of FotoTechnika, life always left breadcrumbs to help them find their destiny. John Howard, who owns FotoTechnika with his wife Saundra, was given a clue about his …

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Celebration of Life

Artis Gilmore on his storied basketball careeer, growing up during Jim Crow and the death of his daughter. You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. At 7-foot-2 with size 18 feet, basketball legend Artis Gilmore has a stride that stands for itself. His footsteps are as light as air as he nods gracefully under each doorway. His presence is silent yet palpable. Gilmore was born in 1948 in the small town of Chipley on the Florida panhandle. He grew up poor, living in a three-room house with dirt floors that …

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First Toilet Paper, Now People?

For local restaurants, recovery includes coming to terms with a new service economy.  “It’s devastating because we want to be busy but we just don’t have the manpower to stay open later and get the food out fast enough,” said owner and operator Mary Jane Culhane. Culhane own’s Culhane’s Irish Pubs located in Atlantic Beach and Southside and 5 Sisters Spirit Vodka based in Atlantic Beach. She, among many other restaurant owners in the Jacksonville area, are facing a major shortage in staff.  Culhane has been making an effort to hire more staff for the past six months, spending lots …

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Daddy’s Here for You

After his “Dirty Daddy” book was released to acclaim, Bob Saget is now hitting the road with a stop at the Florida Theatre. Bob Saget’s first words to me were, “So Carole Baskin killed her husband?” It was clearly a statement more than a question. Even though I was just a guy from Folio Weekly calling to do an interview for his upcoming performance at the Florida Theatre on July 18, he had done his homework. If you have ever had the chance to listen to his podcast, “Bob Saget’s Here’s For You,” you know he is a great interviewer …

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Dear Dumbs: At what point should I take my wedding ring off after a divorce?

Dear Dumbs: I love your podcast. It’s funny, informative and inspiring to say the least. I’ve been married for four years. My wife and I have recently had some issues which has led to us making a mutual decision to invoke a trial separation. We’re using it as a time to take a step back to see what’s really important to us. At least that’s what I thought. It’s been two weeks now and my wife posted some pictures of herself on Facebook of a night where she was out with her friends having fun. Nothing unusual about that. However, …

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An Emerald Unearthed

As downtown development moves from fantasy to reality, Groundwork Jacksonville is increasing park space and connecting neighborhoods.  The Emerald Trail broke ground earlier this month with an ecological restoration project at McCoys Creek. The greenway will link 16 neighborhoods in the urban core with about 30 miles of bicycle/pedestrian trails. Groundwork Jacksonville raised private funds to build the trail’s masterplan in collaboration with the community and PATH Foundation. City Council adopted the plan in 2019, and last month they voted to double the gas tax and allocate $132 million in construction funds to the Emerald Trail. This took a cut …

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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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