Early morning fire alarm brings firefighters to residential structure fire

Fernandina Beach Fire Department
Press Release
Ty Silcox, Chief
October 12, 2019

An early morning fire alarm response is quickly changed to a residential structure fire at 2796 Racheal Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL.

22 firefighters were called to the scene of the early morning fire.

At 8:42 AM, multiple units from Fernandina Beach Fire Department and Nassau County Fire Rescue responded to the early morning fire that resulted in significant damage to the structure and contents. A fire alarm was received from the residence and units responded to find moderate smoke emitting from the roof and eves of the home and the residents outside of the structure.

The fire caused significant damage to the structure and contents.

Firefighters entered the structure with hand lines and made their way to the fire where they encountered heavy smoke and fire conditions in the upstairs area of the residence that had spread to the attic and adjacent rooms. Firefighters searched the residence for occupants while others worked to extinguish the fire.

The fire was brought under control within an hour after arrival of the first fire units. It took 22 firefighters 2 hours to completely extinguish the fire due to the location of the fire within the residence. No occupants or firefighters were injured due to the fire. The cause of the fire is undetermined Continue reading

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Nassau County & Keep Nassau Beautiful to hold Household Hazardous Waste Event and Food Collection Drive for Barnabas

Nassau County Insider
October 12, 2019

Nassau County and Keep Nassau Beautiful will host a Household Hazardous Waste Event and Food Collection Drive for Barnabas on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 86200 Gene Lassere Blvd, Yulee, FL.

This event is for collection of materials that should not be thrown in the regular trash. Examples include:

-Paint, paint thinners, solvents
-Aerosol cans
-Household cleaners
-Pool chemicals
-Fertilizers and pesticides
-Propane tanks
-Radiator fluid, oil filters, oil/lubricants (used)
-Fluorescent bulbs
-Electronic devices such as computers, camcorders, power tools, keyboards, radios, televisions, desk and mobile phones, and more!


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FSCJ to Host Blocktoberfest 2019

October 12, 2019

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) invites you to the ninth annual Blocktoberfest printing extravaganza, October 23-25, 2019.

Blocktoberfest is a printmaking event that features the production of large-scale block prints using a steamroller for the printing process. Students and faculty from FSCJ and the University of North Florida (UNF) will collaborate to ink and print the woodcuts.

This year, FSCJ will be exhibiting prints from the campus fine art printmaking press called Trident Editions, selected student works  from FSCJ and UNF, as well as prints from UNF graduate and master printer James Allan. James was an assistant at FSCJ and PrintStudioJax and has his own fine art press in Corpus Christi, Texas. James will also be demonstrating woodcut techniques, producing Continue reading

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FDOT Road & Lane Closures

Nassau County

I-95 (FIN 431958-1-52-01)
Daytime lane closures from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday southbound near the Nassau County line and Georgia State line for Gateway sign and guardrail construction.

I-95 from Florida State Line to Georgia exit 22 (Horsestamp Church Road)
Daytime lane closures for GDOT resurfacing project.

Barnwell Road at State Road A1A (FIN 210712-4-52-01)
Nighttime lane closures Sunday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., weeknights Continue reading

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African American film studio featured in Jacksonville Library exhibit and programs

October 11, 2019


Norman Studios Traveling Exhibit  is on display at the Main Jacksonville Main Library in the 4thfloor  Atrium from September through December.

Programs:  As part of the Exhibit, Norman Studios Silent Film Museum, Inc., is hosting a series of speakers showcasing the various roles Norman Silent Film Studios will play In Arlington.  This week’s program features presentations by well-known Arlington activists.

Date and Time:  The 90- minute program for Saturday, October 12, is at 2:00PM, in the 4th floor Map Room.

Opening:  Audience will receive Greetings and a summary of Council Member Joyce Morgan ‘s  Arlington initiatives.    

The speakers will emphasize the contributions their organizations have made to Arlington and what needs to be done to galvanize revitalization in the community.

Dr. Joy Hervey has used her degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University Teachers College in a life devoted to supporting churches and organizations working for children, youth, and families in underserved communities.  As a Fulbright Scholar, she studied education reforms  in Ghana, West Africa.  Currently she serves as CEO of Revitalize Arlington, Inc. and Co-Chair and   Arlington 20/20 www.arlington2020jax.org, associated with Impact Church.    Topic:      

Lad Hawkins, a 50-year resident and activist of Arlington, founded the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens. He has served as president of the Greater Arlington Civic Council (GACC) for over 10 years. He has been deeply involved in most of Arlington’s planning and development, including the current Old Arlington CRA.  [email protected]

Dr. Jesse Hingson is Professor of History and Chair of the Division of Social Sciences at Jacksonville University.  He specializes primarily in the histories of Argentina and Peru, and his work has been supported by grants from Fulbright, Rotary International, and the United States Department of Education. He will discuss The JaxApp Project          [email protected]

Rita Reagan, founding member of NSSFM, will lead a brief discussion of Film as a Catalyst for Arlington Revitalization.

Please note that if you have any questions,  you can contact Laura Minor (630-1944) or John Wilson (630-2043) at the Library or Rita Reagan 796-0706.

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