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.

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July Calendar of Events Now Available

The July 2012 calendar of downtown events is a helpful listing of fun and educational events happening in downtown Jacksonville. Print your copy today!

July 2012 Downtown Events Calendar (PDF)


 

Problem properties in Springfield

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's a house four family members call their worst nightmare. And it's not even theirs.

Meet the Palmer family: Robby, Shannon and their two kids Dakota and Kylee.  They love their home in historic Springfield. "It's just peaceful, this is a lovely, peaceful block," Shannon said.

They're crazy about the area, except for four looming, vacant properties right next door, that are driving them crazy. Homes they say, have been literally falling apart.

Shannon said, "I can't tell you how many times in the middle of the night, we're awakened.  Just the flap, flap, flap noise, you're heart's beating, you're waiting. It's going to come off and I hope it doesn't land in my children's bedroom."

Duval property values drop third year in a row

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  -- The trend continues in Duval County with property values for tax purposes dropping for the third year in a row. 

Last month Property Appraiser Jim Overton certified the property value as being  $43.9 billion or 4.4% less than last year.

"We are almost back to 2002 prices in terms of real estate," said Overton who noted city hall stands to collect roughly $20 million less in property taxes.

The trend marks the third year where residential and commercial values dropped.

"I think next year will be better," said Overton who believes the bottom may be near.

Later this month, Mayor Alvin Brown will outline his spending plans for the upcoming year.  Brown has said he has no intentions to raise property taxes to cover the shortfall in revenue.

 

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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.

Debby shuts down roadways, causes sinkholes

First Coast News is compiling a list of all the streets and roadways underwater, closed or otherwise affected by what is now Tropical Depression Debby.

Officials are still assessing the situation from overnight, and drivers are encouraged to use extra caution and not drive through flooded areas.

Here is a list of roadways affected at this time:

FHP traffic information page

Florida Department of Transportation traffic information

Per JSO (For more information about Jacksonville area road closings, check JSO's Twitter account):

Duval County :

Imeson Road and Pritchard Road.

Man injured in police-involved shooting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  A man is in critical, but stable condition after being shot by an officer early Sunday morning.

According to Chief Tom Hackney, with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, around 2 a.m. Sunday, JSO received a call about an attempted suicide in the historic Springfield area.

Two officers responded to the call in the 100 block of East 5th St.

According to Chief Hackney, an acquaintance of the man called 911 saying he was armed with a knife and threatening to kill himself. Once on the scene, the officers noted the man was standing on the porch with a handgun.

"They gave instructions for that subject to drop the handgun. The subject raised the gun at them, actually took two steps towards them, raised the gun. One of the two officers fired one time," said Hackney.

The man was shot in the chest. Chief Hackney said he was transported to a local hospital.