School Bus Safety Week in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- This week is school bus safety week in Florida.

The state has launched a new website to help educate parents, kids and drivers about school bus safety laws.  And the theme for the week-'Stop on Red, Kids Ahead'-reminds drivers they must stop when a school bus flashes its red lights and extends its stop arms.

The riskiest part of the school bus ride to school is getting on and off the bus, according to Duval County Schools.

"This week is an excellent time to teach and reiterate to students and parents simple measures they can take while going to and from the bus stop, getting on and off the bus, and riding the bus," said Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals.  "It also gives us a chance to thank and honor the professionals who devote themselves to transporting our most precious cargo."

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Main Street Bridge Closed for Hours Following Armored Truck Crash

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Main Street bridge was closed for three hours on Sunday due to an overturned truck on the bridge.

A Brink's truck overturned on the bridge around 10:30 a.m. and spilled diesel fuel on the bridge. The fire department cleaned that up to make it safe to reopen the bridge.

Two Brink's employees were transported to the hospital. The driver of the truck was wearing a seatbelt, but another employee was in the back of the truck and got tossed around during the accident. None of the injuries are life threatening.

Police are investigating the cause of the accident.  It appears that the truck veered up on the curb of the bridge, hit one of the metal support beams, went up the beam a few feet and then overturned in the middle of the road. The right front of the truck was severely damaged and the right wheel came off the truck.

The bridge reopened at 1:35 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

 

Jaguars trade safety Anthony Smith to Green Bay; sign cornerback Chevis Jackson

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Green Bay Packers finalized a trade today with safety Anthony Smith going to the Packers in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.  In addition, the Jaguars signed third-year cornerback Chevis Jackson.

Firehouse Subs Introduces New Life-Saving Pickle Bucket

Renowned for hearty, oversized portions and piping hot subs, Firehouse Subs unveiled their new pickle bucket, showcasing Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The Foundation raises money throughout the restaurant chain to support fire fighters, police and EMS. All 395 restaurants sell their recycled pickle buckets for $2 a piece. Proceeds benefit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which gives back to public safety entities in communities, served by Firehouse Subs.

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CPK: Have you tried it?

The first Northeast Florida California Pizza Kitchen location opened at the St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville, FL. The 5,300 square foot restaurant is located near Barnes and Noble, at the intersection of Midtown Parkway and River City Drive. Hours of operation will be Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Keeping Critters out of Your Home

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- They can cause the kind of damage that can lead to costly home repairs. They are the four-legged critters looking for a place to stay warm.

"There are rodents, squirrels and raccoons always around this time of year looking for nesting sites," said Jeff Saylor.

Saylor, with Arrow Exterminators, said those nesting sites are in First Coast homes.

Saylor the entry points are easy to find; just look near the air conditioning systems.

"Service lines are easy access points for rodents to get into your home," said Saylor.

He said another weak spot is the soffit, the area under the eaves of the roof. 

"Rats can get through an area the size of a quarter, mice can get through about the size of a dime," he said.

Even a tree near your home can become an access point.

Saylor's advice is pay attention to the surroundings.

Upcoming Duval County School District Fall Festivals List

To help promote family and community involvement, the following DCPS' elementary schools will be hosting Fall Festivals.

When and Where: 

Friday, October 15, 2010
Jacksonville Heights Elementary, 4 to 7 p.m., 7750 Tempest St. S., Jacksonville, FL 32244, 904-573-1120.  Proceeds will benefit the Safety Patrol.

West Riverside Elementary, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., 2801 Herschel St., Jacksonville, FL 32205. Fun for the whole family, featuring games, food, prizes and a silent auction. All activities require tickets that can be purchased from the school's front office.

Saturday, October 16, 2010
Seabreeze Elementary, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1400 Seabreeze Ave., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. "Howl's & Haystacks" event with obstacle courses, huge slides, carnival foods and games, face painting, classroom booths and more! Bring your family, friends & neighbors… and come in costume, if you dare!