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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



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

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'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.

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Jacksonville CNG station for entire public on its way, prompting forecasts for revolution in local truck fuel
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:47:25 +0000

The rush to make Jacksonville one of the leading players in the natural gas industry took another step Wednesday, when work began on a publicly accessible compressed-natural-gas station.

The groundbreaking ceremony at the Southside Industrial Park for Champion Brands beer distributor, which owns the property, and Trillium CNG promised plenty of fuel for Champion trucks when the station becomes operational in October.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Architectural proposal for use of Jacksonville Shipyards unveiled by architect, Jaguars owner Shad Khan has not signed off
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:23:48 +0000

Renderings unveiled of what the Shipyards property in downtown Jacksonville could look like at a builders conference in Orlando have created a stir that something might be progressing with the property soon.

But those close to the proposed revamp of the property say there’s still a lot of work to do before the city moves forward.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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Morris Publishing Group clears debt; bounces back from tumultuous period
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:39:18 +0000

Morris Communications Co. is bouncing back after a tumultuous period during which the newspaper industry was gripped by both an economic downturn and technological disruption, the chairman and CEO of the family-owned media company said Monday.

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Coasta Concordia arrives in Genoa, Italy after moved by Crowley subsidiary
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:51:32 +0000

It was mission accomplished for Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Corp. over the weekend as the famed wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia finally arrived in the port of Genoa, Italy.

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Gas prices dropped another 5 cents in the last week
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:50:17 +0000

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.

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AFC Championship: Patriots vs Broncos

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 	Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks fans celebrate in the streets after the 2013 NFC Championship football game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

NFC Championship: 49ers vs Seahawks

 	Civil rights demonstrators, led by Dr Martin Luther King (5th R), civil rights activist Ralph Abernathy (5th L), John Lewis (3rd L) and other civil and religious leaders, make their way from Selma to Montgomery on March 22, 1965 in Alabama, on the third leg of the Selma to Montgomery marches. The Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights ended three weeks and represented the political and emotional peak of the modern civil rights movement. The first march took place on March 07, 1965 (Blood

Reflections of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Soledad OBrien, Key Speaker, at the 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast that took place January 17, 2014 at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center in Jacksonville. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Duckworth)

27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 20: U.S President Barack Obama (L) takes the oath of office from U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (R) as first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) holds the bible and daughter Malia (C) and Sasha looks on in the Blue Room of the White House January 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden were officially sworn in a day before the ceremonial inaugural swearing-in. (Photo by Larry Downing-Pool/Getty Images)

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First Coast feasting with Circus elephants

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Courthouse preparations underway for Dunn trial

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Storm leaves major damage at North Main Baptist Church

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 15: Audi shows off their RS6 during the media preview at the North American International Auto Show on January 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The auto show will be open to the public January 19-27. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Photos from the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

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Stars on Red Carpet at Golden Globes 2014

 A view of houses and an area covered by ash after the village hit by ash and mud from eruption of Mount Sinabung on January 12, 2014 in Sigarang Garang, Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The number of displaced people has increased to around 25,000 in Western Indonesia as Mount Sinabung continues to spew ash and smoke after a series of several eruptions since September. Eleven deaths have now been recorded as a result of the eruptions with hundreds more falling ill. Officials expect the

Mount Sinabung erupts in Indonesia

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