Community Spirit

Murray Hill Neighborhood Says Door Mail Delivery Threatened

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Murray Hill residents have always had door mail delivery, but recently some residents said they have been threatened by the Post Office to put up curbside boxes.

Ann  Langham moved into a Royal Avenue house three weeks ago. Shortly after that, she got a handwritten note on her JEA bill from her letter carrier, saying as a new resident, she would have no mail service unless she put up a curbside mailbox.

"We haven't received any mail since then; it's almost like a threat, 'If you don't put up a curbside mailbox, you are not getting any mail,'" said Langham. "That is not fair, not fair. We should not have to spend money, dig a hole in our yard, and set up a curbside mailbox. This house has always had door delivery."

The Murray Hill Preservation Association wants it to stay that way in the 104-year-old neighborhood.

Faces of the First Coast 2011 Go Red For Women Casting Call

The American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women” movement is calling on women and men who live in the region to submit their heart health stories for the 2011 “Faces of the First Coast” casting call. If chosen, applicants will become representatives of the local public awareness campaign beginning in the spring of 2011. In addition, local winners will be eligible for submission to the American Heart Association’s national “Go Red For Women” casting call. Members of the “Faces of the First Coast” work to bring the dangers, signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease to our community. They represent, exemplify and advocate for the mission of Go Red For Women through education and awareness.

Wounded Warrior Project Announces Scholarship

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is proud to announce a $1,000 scholarship and essay contest for high school seniors. The scholarship is open to public, private, and home schooled students in the Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. John’s Counties in Florida.

Students are being asked to submit a 500 word essay answering the question, “Why is it important to honor our Veterans?” Deadline for the essay is February 21, 2011.  A panel of judges will then honor the top essay from each county with a $1,000 scholarship award which winners can use at any college, technical school or university nationwide.

Help Make Hubbard House Home for the Holidays

While many celebrate the blessings of the holiday season with their families, other families are living with the terrors of domestic violence. The Hubbard House domestic violence emergency shelter will be home to more than 80 women, children and men looking for safety over the holidays. For those who have been affected by domestic violence, holiday joy is often more of a wish than a reality. Hubbard House relies on the generosity of the community to help make the holidays a little easier for families who have experienced violence in their home. There are several different holiday donation opportunities that the community can take part in to lend a hand and make someone’s holiday season brighter.

The Blood Alliance Debuts Smart Phone App

The Blood Alliance, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, with operations in Northeast Florida, and regions of Georgia and South Carolina, is one of the first community blood banks in the nation to introduce a smart phone App.  Blood banks throughout the country often struggle with low blood donor participation. Of the 60% of healthy Americans who can donate, only 5% do.  The Blood Alliance is reaching out to younger donors with hopes that its new App, coupled with a high school iPad™ promotion, will make committing to donate a whole lot easier and more convenient!

Jacksonville Journey Oversight Committee Public Meeting Notice

The Jacksonville Journey Oversight Committee


  • November 18, 2010, 4:00 pm
  • December 16, 2010, 4:00 pm
  • January 20, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • February 17, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • March 17, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • April 21, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • May 19, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • June 16, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • July 21, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • August 18, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • September 15, 2011, 4:00 pm

The Salvation Army Desperately Seeking Turkey Donations

The Salvation Army has issued a call to residents of the First Coast to remember the needs of the less fortunate this Thanksgiving. The Salvation Army is making a plea for immediate donations of turkeys to supplement the Thanksgiving Food Boxes and Thanksgiving Homeless Meal on November 25.  The Salvation Army is accepting turkeys purchased from local supermarkets or cash donations to purchase turkeys.