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Fighting the Big C

story by DAVI My friend Rosie was recently diagnosed with cancer. When asked what else she has, I answered: “She has a joyful spirit, a friendly disposition, and an appetite for adventure.” I may not be an expert, but I know that pets, like people, are more than a diagnosis and oh-so-much-more than a set of symptoms. Nobody wants to hear the “c-word,” but unfortunately, cancer is the second leading cause of death in older animals. One in four dogs is diagnosed with canine cancer. First Coast News Anchor Jeannie Blaylock understands and has launched an early detection effort aimed …

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Puff, Puff? Passed!

story by SHELTON HULL The last two governors of Florida were Charlie Crist and Rick Scott. Both were extremely divisive, controversial figures–and that is putting it mildly. The 12 years they spent in office from 2007-2019 did a lot to help define Florida as the “50/50” state we are today. Of course, neither would ever own the fact publicly, but even their strongest advocates (namely, themselves) would probably admit it off the record. The beneficiary of all this turned out to be the current governor, Ron DeSantis, who defeated some very strong competition and claimed a fairly surprising win in …

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No News Is Bad News

story by A.G. GANCARSKI Not long ago on Twitter, some regional politicians and media types ended up discussing an all-too-familiar topic: the inability of local newspapers to cover politics with the detail and depth that was once the standard. Then, an AP article castigated GateHouse Media—the New York-based publisher that owns The Florida Times-Union, St. Augustine Record and many other Florida media properties—as one of the industry’s worst offenders, a venture-capital behemoth that buys out papers, eviscerates them of assets to create illusory profits at the expense of institutional equity, and then … That’s the big question: What happens next? …

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Walls Come Tumbling Down

BACKPAGE EDITORIAL FOLIO WEEKLY welcomes Backpage submissions. They should be 1,200 words or fewer and on a topic of local interest or concern. Send 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 WELLS TODD All across the country, Confederate statues are being removed from public spaces. City councils, churches, civic organizations and individuals are working together to end the honoring of those that committed treason so that slavery could be maintained. In fact, the movement has become international in scope: from the U.S. to …

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First They Came for the Artists

story by ED SLAVIN & GEORGIO VALENTINO Jennifer, a Stage-4 cancer patient, was sitting with her cat on a leash in the courtyard of St. Augustine’s Lightner Museum and City Hall. Then she got sick. When St. Augustine police arrived on the scene, without even performing a wellness check, officers seized her bottle of green tea, claiming it smelled like vodka. We’ll never know. They poured it out on the spot, thus destroying the “evidence,” and transported her to jail, where a Breathalyzer test revealed a blood-alcohol level of … zero. Jennifer remained incarcerated for 36 hours. Then she walked …

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Tyler Hammond, Tyrone Thornhill and Josh Andrews, True West, Players by the Sea, Written by Sam Shepard, Directed by Brian Niece, Photos by Bradley Akers, Jacksonville Beach, Florida

‘True West’ at Players by the Sea – A Dark Comedy with a Domestic Clash of Personalities

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW  Jacksonville Beach’s Players by the Sea opened True West, the fifth play of the current season, on March 15, 2019, which runs through March 31. The production is staged in the intimate Studio Stage theatre. The theatre is located at 106 6th Street North in . For reservations call 904-249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.   Playwright Sam Shepard (1943  – 2017) was notably successful as both a writer and actor; he received a Pultitzer for Buried Child in 1979. True West debuted in 1980, and was nominated for the Pulitzer in 1983. Many well-known actors have appeared in the …

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GastroFest 2019, Jacksonville, Florida, Friendship Fountain, MOSH, Museum of Science and History

GastroFest + MOSH: It’s All About the Food

GastroFest, which takes place on Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Friendship Fountain and The Museum of Science and History (MOSH), remains committed to their goal of giving the First Coast a food-oriented festival. “People come to GastroFest because they love food,” says GastroJax Executive Director Erin Thursby. She helped found the organization which runs Jacksonville’s annual premier food festival— GastroFest—in 2014. “We’re very selective about our restaurants, food trucks, and marketplace vendors. Even if they’re selling t-shirts or candles, they need to be food or beverage oriented.” She points to Hopcloth who is back at …

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What will happen to our neighborhood schools?

Rather than ​increasing the funding for ​vouchers to subsidize private tuition, I would prefer DeSantis and our Florida Congress use the public money to fund more Community schools (which is a neighborhood school that also offers a bunch of services to the community). The majority of Florida students attend the free neighborhood and magnet schools. Let’s make those schools great! IF parents choose to send their kids to private schools, then please let them seek scholarships from private donors if they can’t afford the tuition. If DeSantis and the Congress are going to continue to give tax credits to various …

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MOSH, Museum of Science & History, Site wide from above, Downtown Jacksonville, Florida, Southbank, Riverwalk

MOSH 2.0 – Museum of Science & History to Transform Southbank Riverfront Through Renovation and Expansion

Strategic upgrades and enhancements will significantly increase Museum’s capacity to serve Northeast Florida residents and visitors Leaders from the today announced plans to renovate and expand the Museum’s campus and capacity. The proposed changes are projected to more than double the number of people the Museum can serve annually, from 229,239 in 2017 to an estimated 468,000 by 2023, while positioning the institution as a public gathering space for lifelong learning and experiential education. Plans include an expansion of the Museum’s total square footage from 77,000 square feet to 120,000 square feet; reorienting the Museum’s entryway toward the St. Johns …

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Affordable Marijuana Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, Dr, Rene Puildo

Local Doctor Offers Compassionate Care at Affordable Marijuana Clinic

Jacksonville’s Affordable Marijuana License Clinic is working to ensure qualified patients have access to the alternative treatment. As part of an integrated, multidisciplinary medical marijuana clinic network, clinic staff is expertly trained in the use of medical marijuana for the treatment of approved conditions. The clinic offers individualized patient-oriented care with a holistic approach to the use of medical marijuana, with a focus on pain and symptom management and disease-specific treatment for glaucoma, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, cancer, PTSD, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and other forms of chronic pain. Dr. Rene Pulido is committed to making medical …

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WJCT Launches New “What It’s Like” in Jacksonville Podcast—and It’s Amazing

To Listen Is to Understand Imagine how different a place the world might be if we took the time to listen with empathy and authenticity. Stories build understanding and reveal commonalities in an age of division. Since 2003, the independently funded organization StoryCorps has collected and archived 75,000 facilitated interviews with over 150,000 participants across the country (not including 150,000 additional interviews recorded and shared via the StoryCorps App). Archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, they compose the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered. StoryCorps aims to eventually impact every American life.    …

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Rheaume Crenshaw, Christine Dwyer and Steven Good in the National Tour of Waitress Credit Philicia Endelman

Sweet as Pie – ‘Waitress’ Makes a Spunky Girls Night Out

Sweet and sassy with a side of spunk, Waitress is the perfect girls night out. This celebration of love, friendship, and second chances will delight and amuse you from beginning to end. Based on the 2007 movie written by Adrienne Shelley, Waitress is the story of talented baker Jenna, who mentally escapes from her abusive marriage to low-life Earl and her small town existence by baking delicious pies at Joe’s Pie Diner. She finds meaning in her work and in her friendships with fellow waitresses Becky and Dawn. The women all dream of a better life and meaningful relationships. When …

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Yes, the River Knows

RHYTHM FOR THE RIVER: AN ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFIT SHOW 6 p.m. Thursday, March 14, Colonial Oak Music Park, St. Augustine, colonialquarter.com, $5-$20 suggested donation Colonial Oak Music Park33 Saint George St.St. Augustine, FL 32084 View larger map story by GEORGIO VALENTINO St. Augustine is a conflicted place, frustratingly conservative and refreshingly cosmopolitan–even bohemian–all at the same time. Why? The Ancient City benefits (and suffers) from layer upon layer of historical complexity. Founded by Spaniards, conquered by the British, then back to Spain again, and now frequented by tourists from around the world, it is also home to a deep-rooted Cracker culture …

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Greetings from Estes Park

story by MARC WISDOM Just outside the gates of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, about 90 minutes from Denver, is a sleepy mountain town of about 6,000 people. Almost deserted in the winter, it comes alive in the spring and summer, swelling to host thousands of visitors a day—the overflow of the national park’s annual tourist load of more than 5 million souls. The town is Estes Park, and I recently had the privilege of staying in this picturesque, friendly burg for thee days. It’s the type of postcard-perfect town you see in the movies. There’s a main street lined …

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Pesto Change-O

story by CHEF BILL THOMPSON “There was a farmer had a sauce and pestowas its name-oh, P-E-S-T-O, P-E-S-T-O, P-E-S-T-O. And pesto was its name-oh.” Bet you can guess the topic of this week’s column: children’s songs. No, not really. The subject is pesto, because I’m in kind of a pesto mood. I’ve been using pesto quite a bit lately as I continue to play with a new concept for my restaurant. Speaking of my restaurant, things are finally starting to move along. Watch this space for more. And now back to pesto. I read this quotation in some foodie publication: …

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Fish, Family & Old Florida

Whitey’s Fish Camp2032 County Road 220Fleming Island, FL 32003 View larger map story by JANET HARPER Fish camps have a long and storied history all along the East Coast. By most accounts, they sprung up in the early 20th century when fishers would set up camp, go fishing, drink and tell stories, then cook up their fresh catch over a campfire. From there, the definition gets murkier. Fish camps evolved to include places where you could buy bait and tackle, ice and gasoline, rent out a fishing boat, camp out along the water, or sample great seafood with a great …

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A Good Cop

story by DAVI He protected his community for nearly seven years, and now a heroic dog is being remembered for his dedicated service. K9 Cygan, a retired member of the Clay County Police Department, made a name for himself on the force. With his tracking, drug detection and recovery skills, he found missing persons, hunted down criminals and sheltered law enforcement from danger in the line of duty. His patrol partner and longtime friend, Detective Matt Lowery, shares his story.   DOGGED DEVOTION Davi: Tell me about Cygan. Detective Lowery: Cygan was a German Shepherd/Dutch Shepherd mix from Poland. He …

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The Green Vote

story by SHELTON HULL The first–and perhaps last–round of local elections are less than a week away, and for any of you cannabisseurs out there who may be wondering if these contests will have any impact on the status of medical marijuana in Jacksonville, the short answer is: nope. Like most cities in Florida, ours will be taking its cues on the subject from Tallahassee, where the new governor is moving forward with plans to allow patients to smoke the pot (if properly licensed, of course). That will directly benefit the city’s thousands of medical card-holders, as well as the …

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Tallahassee Turf War

story by A.G. GANCARSKI People of a certain age (read: older than you, if you’re in the target demographic of our advertisers) recall when Jacksonville and Northeast Florida dominated the state. That was some decades back. And while we aren’t going to grow like Orlando and Tampa and Miami—at least not yet—we actually are well-positioned to win appropriations battles in Tallahassee. Even if we don’t have any huge asks this year, compared to some others. It’s worth noting that both budget chairs, Travis Cummings in the House and Rob Bradley in the Senate, are from Clay County. This can help …

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Failing Grade

BACKPAGE EDITORIAL FOLIO WEEKLY welcomes Backpage submissions. They should be 1,200 words or fewer and on a topic of local interest or concern. Send 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 CHRIS GUERRIERI I wonder if Ronald J. Harnek, president of Seaside School Consortium Inc.’s governing board, will threaten to sue me like he did Duval County School Board Superintendent Diana Greene. Dr. Greene recently recommended that her school board not allow the Seaside Charter enterprise to expand. She cited Seaside’s error-filled application …

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It’s Time for a Woman to Be Mayor of Jacksonville

story by TERRY D. BORK The time to elect a new mayor is just around corner. Now is the time to elect a woman to run City Hall! Lenny Curry has been in office for four years, and his governing style has been nothing but bullying and vindictive. As Ron Littlepage once wrote in the Florida Times-Union, “[Curry] doesn’t take kindly to being challenged.” Another Times-Union columnist, Nate Monroe, stated that Curry has been “thin-skinned and suspicious.” Curry’s bullying style is epitomized in his appointment of Brian Hughes as his chief of staff. Regarding Hughes, Ron Littlepage wrote that he …

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The Big Boom

story by SCOTT GAILLARD Never before has so much been spent to accomplish so little for so few. The city is about to blow more than $60 million to create nothing. The concert venue at Metropolitan Park has already been dismantled and the City Hall Annex was imploded for nearly $5 million. Next up is the demolition of the former Duval County Courthouse on Bay Street for $3 million, then more than $37 million to remove a ramp to the Hart Bridge. Another $18 million is designated for eliminating The Jacksonville Landing. Development by wrecking ball is the new motif. …

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Live + Local Music

LIVE MUSIC VENUES AMELIA ISLAND, FERNANDINA The GREEN TURTLE Tavern, 14 S. Third St. Jim Geiger & Tony Merz every Mon. LOCALS, 869 Sadler Rd. DJ SKO March 17 The SALTY PELICAN, 12 N. Front St. Davis Turner March 14. Jimmy Beats March 15. The Chelsea Michelle Duo March 16. Greg Lyons March 17 SJ BREWING CO., 463646 S.R. 200, Ste. 13, Yulee Sam McDonald, Josh McGowan March 16 SLIDERS Seaside Grill, 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. Pili Pili March 13. Tad Jennings March 14. Hupp, Radio Love March 15. The Firewater Tent Revival March 16. Backbeat Blvd. March 17. Mark …

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Not So Marvelous

story by DAN HUDAK We’ve all been there. You’re going out to dinner, looking forward to the entrée. But you’re so hungry, you get an appetizer … and it’s just OK. I mean, it satiates, but it’s not impressive by any means. With many looking forward to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s main course—a little movie called Avengers: Endgame, debuting April 26—Captain Marvel is that mediocre appetizer. It’s an origin story told in a convoluted way, with a bland performance by star Brie Larson. She’s first known as Vers, a Kree warrior who still has a lot to learn from her …

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Maiesha McQueen, Christine Dwyer and Jessie Shelton in the Tour of Waitress Credit Philicia Endelman

Lead Actress Christine Dwyer Chats About ‘Waitress’ the Slice-of-Life Musical Coming to Jacksonville March 12-17

Musical theatre often serves as a portal to fantastical worlds where time moves seamlessly forward and back. Supernatural and human worlds coexist and the suspension of disbelief has a starring role. The magic of “Waitress” is the reality in which its set. In this “slice-of-life” musical, Christine Dwyer plays the role of Jenna, a waitress in a small town diner who crafts such creative pies as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie” that mirror her life. When she’s dismayed to learn she’s pregnant, she receives the unconditional love and support from her friends that …

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One Toe’s in the Funny Bone at Orange Park Community Theatre

Orange Park Community Theatre just opened One Toe in the Grave, a comedy by Jack Sharkey. You may have previously seen a Sharkey play and not realized it, as he wrote under four pseudonyms as well as his own name. He didn’t start writing for stage until in his thirties, but by the time he passed, he had over eighty published comedies, musicals, and thrillers. That the audience was laughing pretty much throughout the show is a testament not only to the cast, but to Sharkey’s wit. Jason Kingsley () is the treasurer for Murdock and Moran (M&M), a company …

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