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    Jacksonville National Cemetery Volunteers Are Placing Thousands Of American Flags On Graves For The Memorial Day Observance.




    Thousands of American flags are being placed on graves at the Jacksonville National Cemetery to honor fallen members of the armed forces. The headstones are in formation marking the final resting places for men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces.

    According to official records.  The cemetery near the northern border of Duval County grows by nearly 50 new gravesites each week, adding to the 12,500 veterans who have been buried there since the first burial in 2009. Every year, people from all over our area head to the cemetery on the Northside and plant flags at each and grave to make sure the fallen aren't forgotten.

    Volunteers do this every year for Memorial Day and then again at Christmas, when they place wreaths at every headstone. There is a group of volunteers called the Jacksonville Ladies who have been there from the start. They offer condolences to loved ones when they are present and stand as silent witnesses to honor the deceased when no one else is there.

    The “Jacksonville Ladies” started meeting in November 2008 and were present for the first interments that began on January 7, 2009. This non-profit Volunteer program shadows the Arlington Ladies, a Volunteer group of military w...   [Read More]




    Hyperion Brewing Company Is Now Open




    Hyperion Brewing Company held its grand opening at their new location on Main Street in Historic Springfield last Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. 

    The Owner and CEO Alexandra McKeown said they originally looked at Murray Hill and Springfield because they were not served by a brewery and ended up choosing the Springfield area. She said that the company’s business model would focus on being a local community gathering place.

    Along with Ms. McKeown at the opening were co-owners and investors Steve & Sheree Schussman, City Councilman Reggie Gaffney and Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Executive Director Christina Parrish-Stone.

    Hyperion will be Jacksonville’s first nano-brewery, a brewery making smaller batches of craft beer . She said that the brewery will produce small batches that will allow them to serve a high variety and wanted the customers to dictate what they wanted brewed. Visit them at 1740 Main Street North.

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    New Five Year Contract Extension Keeping The Annual Florida- Georgia Game In Jacksonville Almost Finalized




    On Tuesday, The city council will be voting to approve a new five-year deal to host the Florida-Georgia football game. The new 5 year contract includes a $2.7 million guaranteed payout to both universities.

    The new five-year contract will guarantee over $2.75 million in incentives over the life of the contract and  will also give each school a $125,000 signing bonus” and $250,000 for the yearly October meeting before the game. The added benefits are part of the city’s effort to keep the rivalry game in Jacksonville, a long-time tradition that city officials estimate delivers an annual $30 million economic impact.

    The Gators and Bulldogs will also get a increase of $10,000 to their travel and lodging raising their overall totals from $50,000 to $60,000. Georgia will also receive up to $350,000 from the city for air travel to the game. Both schools will receive full ticket revenue, which will be split evenly, and will not have to pay Everbank Field. To play the event there. The city will  also cover the cost of game-day operations and has the rights to operate concessions.

    The new contract will also require the city to give its “best effort” to install two signs inside EverBank Field tha...   [Read More]




    Opening Weekend At Daily's Place Scheduled For May 27th With Their First Show




    Daily's Place is a new state-of-the-art, multi-use complex adjacent to EverBank Field housing a 5,500-person capacity amphitheater and 94,000-square foot covered flex field that is slated to open at the end of May.

    The state-of-the-art amphitheater has been designed with both audience and performers in mind. Audience sight lines, sound and video technology have been given every consideration to ensure an outstanding event experience for attendees.  The back-of-house artist building is designed to provide artists with the best possible environment to support their performance. The back-of-house space includes multiple artist dressing rooms, artist lounges, a VIP guest meet and greet space, laundry and dining facilities.

    Daily’s Place will be fully integrated into EverBank Field.  At the ground level, the new south end zone field super-tunnel will lead to a brand new central bar connected to the amphitheater entrance.  The existing Bud Light Party Zone and Field’s Auto Terrace Suite areas will now be linked to the amphitheater’s elevated seating decks via access bridges at each level.

    There first shows at the new amphitheater are listed below with the dates.

    May 27th:  TED...   [Read More]




    Jaguars First Round Draft Pick Leonard Fournette Signs Rookie Contract




    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Jaguars RB and fourth overall selection Leonard Fournette from Louisiana State University became the fifth member of the team’s 2017 draft class to sign his rookie contract, the club announced today.

    “Throughout this whole process you still have to go out there and work hard, but the only thing about it is you are working for money now,” said Fournette after signing his rookie contract. “Your mindset doesn’t have to change. Money is money, but at the end of the day, you come here to win. You come here to get better, to make the team better and make the whole foundation better. That is my main focus.”

    Fournette, 6-0, 228, appeared in 32 games with 24 starts during his three-year career in Baton Rouge. During his tenure with the Tigers, Fournette totaled 3,830 career rushing yards (fourth in school history) on 616 carries (6.2 rush avg.) and scored 42 TDs (40 rushing, one receiving, one kick return). Fournette set or tied 23 different school records during his career at LSU, including eight single-season records, five single-game records, seven bowl records and three career records.

    When asked about his goals for the remainder of the offseason progr...   [Read More]



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    Goo Goo Dolls to bring acoustic show to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall




    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL--(Monday, February 3, 2014) — The Goo Goo dolls will hit the road in April for a spring acoustic tour called The Otis Midnight Sessions. The group will perform at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Thursday, April 17 at 8:00PM.

    The shows will be performed in a “Story Tellers” format that enables the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band to dig deep into an extensive song catalog spanning their nearly 30-year history. It also offers a rare opportunity for fans to see them perform in more intimate settings than the Goos normally visit on their many live treks. 

    Tickets for this seated show will go on sale this Friday, February 7 at 10AM. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Amphitheatre box offices, findmytix.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets.

     

    SHOW:   Goo Goo Dolls  – The Otis Midnight Sessions – An evening of Acoustic Music with special guests Run River North. 

    DATE:          Thursday, April 17, 2014 TIME:           Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm TICKET PRICE: 1st Ten Rows - $65.00; All remaining rows...   [Read More]




    Cher & Cyndi Lauper Planning To Visit Jacksonville On May 14th




    JACKSONVILLE, FL (JANUARY 30) – Cher has just announced Cyndi Lauper as support for her “Dressed To Kill Tour”.  Tickets for all dates are on sale now, and for complete “Dressed To Kill” tour details and ticket information, please visit www.cher.com.

    Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award winning artist and New York Times Best Selling author Cyndi Lauper has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move.  A true renaissance woman with 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million, Lauper continues to reach new heights as a career artist. 

    In 2013, Cyndi became the first solo woman to win the Tony Award for Best Original Score for Kinky Boots, itself a Tony Award Winner for Best New Musical.  In addition, Cyndi marked the 30th anniversary of her debut smash hit album, She's So Unusual, with a celebratory world tour, she also released her New York Times Best Selling autobiography – Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir – published by Simon & Schuster, and continued her philanthropic work through the True Colors Fund.

    For more information, please visit: http://...   [Read More]




    MÖTLEY CRÜE ANNOUNCES THE FINAL TOUR- IN jACKSONVILLE OCTOBER 19




    Los Angeles, CA (January 28, 2014) – After more than three decades together, iconic rock ‘n roll band MÖTLEY CRÜE announced today The Final Tour and the band’s ultimate retirement. The announcement was solidified when the band signed a formal Cessation Of Touring Agreement, effective at the end of 2015, in front of global media in Los Angeles today. Celebrating the announcement of The Final Tour, the band will perform on ABC’s "Jimmy Kimmel Live" TONIGHT and will appear on "CBS This Morning" TOMORROW MORNING.

     

    With over 80 million albums sold, MÖTLEY CRÜE has sold out countless tours across the globe and spawned more than 2,500 MÖTLEY CRÜE branded items sold in over 30 countries. MÖTLEY CRÜE has proven they know how to make a lasting impression and this tour will be no different.  Fans can expect to hear the catalogue of their chart- topping hits and look forward to mind-blowing, unparalleled live production. “When it comes to putting together a new show we always push the envelope and that’s part of Motley Crue’s legacy,” explains Nikki Sixx (bass). “As far as letting on to what we’...   [Read More]




    Rodney Atkins at Mavericks Recap




    Jacksonville FL - On January 25, 2014, Mavericks hosted Rodney Atkins who performed in front of lots of his fans. Braving the cold weather, many people came out to see this performer. Before the country singer went on to perform, two opening acts took the stage to get the crowd warmed up:  Rose Falcon and Frankie Ballad. 

           

    Each of them was great in their performances. Frankie Ballad got the crowd going with his hits, “Bunch of Girls” and his newest song “Helluva Ride”. Frankie also played a cover of John Mellencamp’s song “Ain’t That America”.  Personally, I liked his music; he had some great songs and was no stranger to Mavericks as he performed there last year. He also has a new album that will be released next month.  As for Rose Falcon, she is new to country music and is also Rodney Atkins’ wife.  An interesting fact is that if you were an Inspector Gadget movie fan back in 2003, she played a song for the second Inspector Gadget movie. That was the first time she was introduced as a pop singer. Now that she’s a country singer and starting over, it seems she’s ready for a country music career.

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    Jack Johnson is coming to St. Augustine




    St. Augustine, FL (January 27, 2014) – Jack Johnson announced a summer headline tour in support of his sixth studio album, From Here To Now To You, which debuted #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, Johnson's fourth chart topping album to date. The tour will make its only Florida appearance at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 with special guest ALO.

     

    The public on-sale will be this Friday, January 31 at 10 AM. There are a maximum of 4 tickets per household on this event. No Ticket Transfers are available on this show. This show will be paperless entry for all Standing Pit, 100 and 200 sections and will require the credit card used to purchase the tickets for entry. This show will have a seated general admission 300 section.

      

    Jack Johnson's From Here To Now To You tour continues to pave the way in green touring practices and community engagement initiatives. Greening actions include fueling tour vehicles with sustainable biodiesel, offering eco-friendly tour merchandise, sourcing local food from local farms, and promoting ride share programs and mass transit in addition to engaging venues and fans to eliminate single-use plastics, recycle, use water refill stations and...   [Read More]



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    5 Common Obstacles & How You Can Overcome Them




    If you’re like most people, you have likely run into your fair share of obstacles due to work and other responsibilities that have prevented you from exercising as much as you would like to…Hey, it happens!

    Even on days that you have your workouts scheduled in your calendar it seems that unexpected obstacles and extra responsibilities just seem to pop up, right? So how do you make sure that you don’t get derailed by these obstacles? It’s important to find a healthy balance between your everyday responsibilities and the time you dedicate to your well-being and fitness goals.

    Here is a list of common obstacles and how to overcome them to accomplish your goals:

    The Time Crunch – If you’re like most people in the 21st century, time is difficult to come by. Unfortunately, magical pocket watches that can stop time are still not in production (thanks for teasing us, Hollywood).

    The first thing you should address is any extraneous or unhealthy habits you may have, like watching too much television or excessively surfing the internet. I know it’s difficult…but you know deep down it’s totally worth it. It’s just a matter of taking a stand and starting today.

    Don&rsq...   [Read More]




    Record Setting Gator Killed In Mississippi




    Vicksburg Ms - Dustin Brockman of Vicksburg, Miss., ventured with his brother and friend into the Mississippi River by motorboat early Saturday night and emerged with a 727-pound record breaker that was 13 feet, 4.5 inches long.Previous record setting weight was 697.5 pounds. The massive gator took over 2 hours to catch - "We chased him for about two hours", Brockman said. "Then we got a shot on him." They plan on eating the meat and using the skin for a new gun strap. They also plan on getting the massive head mounted. ...   [Read More]




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    Man Bitten By Alligator




    Lake City Fl - Yesterday while repairing his dock, James Tennant, 44, was bitten by a alligator. The Attack happened just after 3pm in about 4 ft of water. James was bitten on his calf and was taken to UF Shands where he under went surgery. Since the attack, FWC issued a permit to a trapper who has since trapped the gator. The alligator turned out to be a little over 8 ft long and weighed in at 150 lbs. It was caught Thursday night and euthanized.We wish James the best with his recovery. Just a reminder, please do not feed alligators or tantalize them. These un-natural human behaviors can turn normal alligators into nuisance alligators which are relocated and sometimes put down. ...   [Read More]




    10 Fun Beach Activities to Keep You Fit and Active This Summer!




    Jacksonville Fl - Summer is almost over and our fitness partner LA Fitness shared this awesome article with us about ways to have fun while still getting fit at the beach. It is time to make your beach outings more fun-and fit-this summer! Adding some activities to your beach days will have you soaking up rays from that beautiful summertime orb in the sky, all while burning some extra calories.

     

    In fact, some of the high-intensity activities are not only fun, they can provide an incredible workout, too!   So get off of your beach towel and grab your friends this summer because it is time to have FUN and stay FIT! To get you warmed up, we will start with some moderate-intensity activities that are perfect for fun in the sun and burning some extra calories. After that, we will give you some higher intensity options that will have you sweating and feeling invigorated at your favorite summertime beaches.   All of the calorie totals are for the following activities are based on 150 pound person doing the specified activity for 1 hour. They are only estimates and are provided to give you a general idea of the calories burned while performing the listed activity.   Sun Bathing - 68 calories/hour - This is only 7 more calories per ...   [Read More]



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