Good News: These fuzzy-wuzzy 'patients' get expert medical care
Sat, 05 Sep 2015 00:29:13 +0000
A record 395 patients who had lost some fuzz, some skin or maybe an eye recently were patched up at the Jacksonville Zoo. The patients, you see, were banged-up teddy bears, dinosaurs, flamingos and all sorts of stuffed animals. They were treated by experts from Nemours Children’s Specialty Care at the 25th annual Teddy Bear Affair.
The event helps children feel more comfortable going to the doctor, said Lucas Meers, events and public relations coordinator for the zoo.
TSA warns Jacksonville travelers to leave dangerous items out of carry-on baggage on Labor Day weekend
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:23:25 +0000
It’s the final holiday traveling time of the summer and officials at Jacksonville International Airport are reminding travelers to leave any dangerous devices out of carry-on baggage while boarding flights this Labor Day weekend.
Sari Koshetz, spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration, advised travelers to be aware that officers will be on the lookout for weapons such as guns and knives. But items such as box-cutters, utility tools and small knives will also be confiscated.
JIA's faster, up-to-date baggage screening machines ready to roll next week
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:54:34 +0000
New baggage screening monitors go into use Tuesday at Jacksonville International Airport.
They were ordered to be installed as an upgrade to previous baggage screening machines by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. JIA officials demonstrated the new screening machines Thursday. They cost $19 million to put in place with the TSA paying for 90 percent of the cost. The Jacksonville Aviation Authority is picking up the tab on the remainder.
Jacksonville-based Firehouse Subs to open first 90 restaurants in Canada, expand here
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:51:29 +0000
Firehouse Subs is expanding north of the border and here in its home base of Jacksonville.
The restaurant chain has signed development agreements for its first 90 restaurants in Canada, with the first expected to open in Ontario next month.
Opening all 90 is expected to take 10 years, said Don Fox, chief executive officer of Firehouse America. The development agreements are with area representatives who will open a few restaurants themselves and then work with other franchisees.
“It will mirror what’s been successful for us in the United States,” he said.
Tree Steak House going through changes again, but menu's staying as tasty as ever
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:59:51 +0000
It’s been almost 46 years since Paul Hanson first opened the Tree Steak House. It was up on Arlington Road then, and the tree was a big piece of driftwood they’d found on the beach and put in the lobby.
Now it’s down in Mandarin, with a real tree, a big oak, out in front.
Back in 1969, it was just rib eye, baked potato and the salad bar. No fries, no appetizers, no desserts.
“You could get a 7-ounce steak with potato and salad bar for $3.64,” Hanson said. “And that included tax and a drink.”
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:03:30 +0000
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Volleyball center planned off Baymeadows Road
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:27:06 +0000
Plans are underway for a large volleyball training facility off Baymeadows Road. Mary Andrew, CEO of Jacksonville Junior Volleyball Association, said she has signed a 10-year lease in the Conser Properties building at 8451 Western Way.
The center will be home to the JJVA, but also open for lessons, adult leagues and tournaments.
The group, which last year had 55 teams and 540 players ages 9 to 18, has been based on Philips Industrial Lane, off Philips Highway. But that site wasn’t large enough, she said.
McDonald's to begin all-day breakfast starting in October
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 21:44:51 +0000
McDonald’s will offer breakfast all day starting next month. The company has been testing all-day breakfast in some markets since March. Tuesday, it announced that it will begin it in all of its more than 14,000 U.S. restaurants starting Oct. 6.
The restaurant chain currently stops serving breakfast at 10:30 a.m.
The change will require new equipment, which could range from $500 to $5,000 per restaurant, depending on what it already has, a spokeswoman said.
The company has been facing slumping sales for two years.
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Work Wanted: Young people discovering real work
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 21:33:05 +0000
Labor Day marks the end of summer, and some young workers achieved a milestone over the past few months by starting their first real jobs.
I define “real job” as different from babysitting, raking leaves and other worthy endeavors. A real job means that you leave your home or neighborhood to go to work, you’re scheduled by someone else with little or no input into when you want to work, and you answer to a manager who has the power to discipline or fire you. In other words, real life working conditions.
Anheuser-Busch can plant to add 75 jobs in Jacksonville
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:52:43 +0000
Anheuser-Busch will invest nearly $200 million in its Metal Container Corp. plant on Jacksonville’s Westside, creating approximately 75 new jobs, the company announced Tuesday.
The company revealed in May that Jacksonville was one of three locations in the Southeast competing for the expansion.
But in a Tuesday afternoon press conference led by Gov. Rick Scott, it was made official: The plant on North Ellis Road just north of Commonwealth Avenue would get the investment and the jobs.
Visit Jacksonville snags state award for 'Jax Ale Trail' marketing
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:16:40 +0000
First Coast tourism bureaus were honored by the state this week for their ability to lure more visitors to the area.
Visit Jacksonville, Duval County’s tourism agency, received honors during the Governor’s Conference on Tourism Monday in Tampa. Visit Jacksonville received the “Henry Award For Niche Marketing” for its campaign called the Jax Ale Trail, a news release said. Visit Jacksonville and eight local craft breweries teamed up to provide a tour of the different brew houses in the city.
Big changes to One Spark 2016 mean smaller crowdfunding festival
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 04:02:55 +0000
One Spark organizers say the 2016 crowdfunding festival is going to be significantly smaller and shorter compared to the first three years of the event, which drew large crowds to downtown Jacksonville.
The group’s board members and administrators Monday outlined their new festival plans, which they say also make strides to reduce the money pumped into the event by its main backer, Peter Rummell, local developer and chairman of the One Spark board.
Career Track: Who's on the move on the First Coast
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:15:13 +0000
Life Care Centers of America honored Executive Director Sal Decaria with the President’s Award for the Southeast Division.
The President’s Award recognizes distinguished service in a long-term health care management role.
Jen Phillips was selected as general manager of Trad’s Garden Center. Phillips will oversee retail operations, inventory control, customer service and landscape design work for the business.
Sunday Business Notebook: Land clearing on Beaver Street for expressway
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:53:26 +0000
Last updated at: 9/5/2015 7:22:00 AM ET
Several readers have asked about the large amount of land being cleared on West Beaver Street between Halsema and Otis roads. That’s being done for the First Coast Expressway, which will eventually run from Interstate 95 in St. Johns County all the way up to Beaver Street. The stretch from Blanding Boulevard to I-10 is under construction and expected to be completed next year.
The clearing north of Beaver Street is for the cloverleaf ramps for the extension from I-10 to Beaver. That’s expected to be done in 2018.