Community Spirit

Thousands attend Thanksgiving tradition in Neptune Beach

NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- It's like nothing else in America say the hosts of a Thanksgiving Day street party in Neptune Beach.

Thousands packed First Street in Neptune Beach in front of Pete's Bar by 9:30 in the morning.

It has grown into a huge tradition, starting with just a few friends more than 30 years ago.

"Many many years ago my grandfather and great granddad were running the bar, their friends just came out on Thanksgiving, and it grew and grew into the celebration it is today," said Nancy Campbell, whose mother and two brothers run Pete's Bar.

"For lack of a better term it's organic, patron's of Pete's, the community of Neptune Beach, its really their party, and we just stay open to serve them, but we really really have enjoyed it, it is a family tradition now."

It is tradition to dress in Thanksgiving day themed outfits and hats and no telling what you might see.

CarbuX Car Wash Provides More Than 300 Free Car Washes on Veterans Day

CarbuX Car Wash Provides More Than 300 Free Car Washes on Veterans Day

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – CarbuX Car Wash provided veterans and military personnel with 302 free car washes  —complete with red, white and blue soap — on Nov. 11 to honor these men and women for their service. All three CarbuX Car Wash locations offered the free car washes as part of the international Grace for Vets program.

Local Conference Seeks to Nurture Blooming Community Gardens Trend on the First Coast

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Today’s tough economy, combined with an increasing focus on eating healthy and organic foods, have made community gardening one of the hottest trends in urban areas across the country.

Second Harvest North Florida and Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens are working together to nurture that trend in Jacksonville. They are collectively sponsoring the inaugural Northeast Florida Community Gardens Conference on Nov. 3.

Young Breast Cancer Survivors Group Receives Final Investing In You Grant

Young Breast Cancer Survivors Group Receives Final Investing In You Grant

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – The Young Survivors Group at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville will be able to continue to help young breast cancer survivors thanks to a recent $1,000 grant won through Community First Credit Union’s Investing in You contest. The grant will help secure a location for monthly meetings, provide educational materials and fund outreach efforts for the Young Survivors Group.

New Autism Support Group to Launch through Grant from Community First Credit Union

New Autism Support Group to Launch through Grant from Community First Credit Union

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Parents of autistic children will soon have a supportive environment in which to share their feelings, ideas and treatment options, thanks to a $1000 Investing In You grant from Community First Credit Union. The grant will help launch The S.T.A.R. group, named for the benefits the group will bring its members: support, teaching, advocacy and respect.

Camp for Children Coping with Homicide Receives Support from Community First Credit Union

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Community First Credit Union awarded a $1,000 Investing in You grant to Compassionate Families, Inc., to benefit Camp Maddie, its therapeutic camp that provides grief recovery and support services to children affected by homicide. Camp Maddie serves as a living memorial to Maddie Clifton, an eight-year-old Jacksonville girl who was brutally murdered by her young neighbor in 1998.

Summer Daze Beach Clean-Up Series Starts June 29

Summer Daze Beach Clean-Up Series Starts June 29

 

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Keepers of the Coast, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting coastal stewardship and the conservation of coastal habitat, and Volcom are recruiting volunteers for the Summer Daze Beach Clean-Up Series beginning on Friday, June 29th.

This community-wide effort will be held at the Jacksonville Beach Pier, located at 501 1st Street North in Jacksonville Beach from 5pm to 7pm. This four-date series will continue on Thursday, July 5th at five St. Johns County beach locations, and then again on Friday July 13th and 20th back in Jacksonville Beach. The purpose of these clean-up efforts is to restore the coastline following the impacts of tourism and an increase in traffic during the summer time. No pre-registration is required and all participants will be given a bag for trash, a bag of recycling and a bag for cigarette butts.