Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:42:11 +0000
Beaches Business Association, noon, Jacksonville Beach Public Golf Course clubhouse, Penman Road. Speaker: George Matherson, polygraph examiner for post conviction sex offenders. $8, lunch. (904) 476-0607 or bbajax.com.
Arlington Real Estate Networking Group, Jacksonville Real Estate Investors Association, 9-10:30 a.m., Cracker Barrel Restaurant, 438 Commerce Center Drive, Southside Connector, across from Lowe’s. Speaker: David Doyle on “Finding Motivated Sellers and Buyers.” (888) 545-7342 or jaxreia.org.
'Pretty awesome' - Master beer brewers pick Jacksonville for annual conference in 2015
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:01:05 +0000
Jacksonville’s stature as a beer city will get a boost next year when it will host hundreds of brewmasters from around the country.
The Master Brewers Association of the Americas will hold its annual conference here Oct. 7-19, 2015, bringing 500 brewers to the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.
“I think it’s pretty awesome,” said Luch Scremin, co-owner and brewmaster at Engine 15 Brewing Co. in Jacksonville Beach, who was part of the process of luring the group here.
Is Jacksonville a foodie town? 'Top Chef' star's arrival at 220 Riverside a sign of good taste
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:20:02 +0000
He’s won one of television’s top cooking shows.
He’s a successful chef with two Philadelphia restaurants — and a third on the way.
And now Kevin Sbraga is coming to Jacksonville.
Sbraga, winner of the seventh season of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” plans to open the restaurant in the mixed-use development at 220 Riverside Ave. early next year, becoming the project’s first commercial tenant.
Work Wanted: Doing internships the right way
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:21:03 +0000
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 97 percent of large companies will hire interns this year; the organization estimates that about 1.5 million internship positions are filled annually. About 80 percent of college students will have at least one internship before they graduate, but many won’t get full value out of the time they invest. Here’s how to do it right.
It's Your Money: How to save on utilities despite the summer heat
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:42:42 +0000
Does it make sense to conserve on utilities? I think everyone would agree, but it’s amazing how much of a difference smart utility usage can make in our monthly budgets.
Utility costs can consume about 10 percent of our total monthly budget, so we should be paying attention. Yet we have a tendency to see utilities as one of those costs that just is what it is.
Federal government sues La Nopalera, alleges restaurant didn't pay minimum wage -- again
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:00:15 +0000
For the second time since 2011, the federal government filed suit against the owners of two La Nopalera restaurants, claiming the owners didn’t pay its workers minimum wage.
The U.S. Department of Labor filed two suits this year against La Nopalera. In 2011, the department also sued and settled lawsuits against two of the Mexican restaurants, charging its owners took part in a scheme to skirt minimum-wage laws. The owners paid nearly a million dollars to settle that suit.
News anchor Phil Amato leaves First Coast News
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:24:24 +0000
Phil Amato, anchor of two morning shows at First Coast News, has left the station.
Eric Land, president and general manager of First Coast News on WJXX TV-25 and WTLV TV-12, would say only that Amato resigned on Monday. Although Amato had been on the air in the past week, Land said that Amato was not on the air during several newscasts last week.
Family Dollar on New Kings Road to close
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:34:01 +0000
Family Dollar and Dollar Tree, the two chains that are about to become one, are well represented in the Jacksonville area with more than 75 stores between them.
But there’s soon to be one less.
The Family Dollar store at 7310 New Kings Road, at the corner of Soutel Drive in Northwest Jacksonville, will close at the end of August. It’s the only Jacksonville area store that will be among 30 in Florida and about 370 nationwide that the chain is closing in a cost-cutting move.
The decision was made before Dollar Tree’s purchase of Family Dollar was announced.
Career Track: Follow First Coast professionals on the move
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:01:03 +0000
Amber Williams of Lennar Homes Jacksonville was awarded marketing director of the year by the Florida Home Builders Association at its annual Excel Awards ceremony in July.
Williams, a native of Clay County, was recognized for her extensive experience leadership in the industry.
The Sulzbacher Center of Jacksonville hired Kurt D’Aurizio as the new executive chef and kitchen manager.
Every year ... more craft beer
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:52:44 +0000
It just keeps growing. Craft brewers made 18 percent more beer during the first six months of 2014 than they did the first half of last year.
A new report from the Brewers Association said that small and independent craft brewers produced 10.6 million barrels of beer so far this year. That's up from 9 million during the first six months of 2014, which was up from 6.4 million the year before that, 5.5 million the year before that, 4.4 million the year before that ... You get the idea.
Gas prices dropped another 5 cents in the last week
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:50:17 +0000
Last updated at: 8/1/2014 1:23:29 PM ET
Increased supply and falling oil prices have pushed the price of gas down to its lowest level in four months according to the AAA.
The national average price for a gallon of regular gas fell 5 cents to $3.52 in the past week. It dropped from $3.50 to $3.45 in Florida and $3.47 to $3.43 in Georgia.
The average price in Jacksonville Monday was $3.45, down from $3.50 a week ago, $3.60 a month ago and 3.64 a year ago. Prices in Florida ranged from a low average of $3.32 in Orlando and Tampa/St. Petersburg to a high of $3.58 in West Palm Beach/Boca Raton.