This Week @ RAM

This Saturday, the weather is supposed to be PERFECT for both the market AND Saturday night's movie. It will be a great day for visiting our artists and vendors, listening to some great music, and checking out the Antique Cars that will be showcased at the market!

And, we have a special celebrity on our Crossroads Stage, the one-man blues band, Mr. Delta Dave Johnson! You've just gotta see him, man, he's smooooth!

Also, I want to encourage you to "Think Pink @ RAM" this week, and wear pink in support of finding a cure for breast cancer. There will be a few special booths at RAM to provide related info and services.

Basketball Team to Bounce into Town Soon

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Several semi-pro basketball teams have set up shop in the River City, only to disappear after a short time. A new team is aiming to change that record.

We've had the Jacksonville Jam, The Jacksonville Slam, The Floridians, and the Jacksonville Stingrays.

The owner of a new team, that is yet to be named, is hoping for about 5,000 people to come out to each home game.

Fifteen home games will be played at the Veterans Memorial Arena starting in early December.

The new owner is no stranger to this area. He is local attorney Ron Sholes, who already owns the pub next door to the arena.

"We're confident there are basketball fans here in Jacksonville," said Sholes.

The new team doesn't have a name yet, but Sholes said give them about 10 days to come up with one.

Locals might remember past basketball teams like the Jacksonville Jam.

Communities in Schools of Jacksonville Helps Students Stomp Out Drugs

Over 400 students from St. Clair Evans Academy (SCEA) along with the SCEA Team Up Court and cheerleaders, Raines High School’s Marching Band, Northwestern Middle School’s Marching Band and members of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office  will be marching in the Stomp Out Drugs Parade, part of a national event that promotes a drug-free society. 

Visitors are invited to celebrate the season with family fun throughout Florida

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Florida State Parks is hosting a variety of fall festivals full of family fun this month. From Halloween alternatives to seasonal celebrations, Florida’s award-winning state parks are hosting events for all interests.

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is just around the corner and many consumers may not realize how scary this ghoulish night might really be for their personal safety, their property…or their pocketbooks.

Jacksonville Couple Chosen for First Times Square New Year's Wedding

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- How many guests make for a "full house" at a wedding? One local couple will have about a million.

Bethany Philips and Geoffrey Dubie, who live in Jacksonville,  met in Iraq while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.  They live in Jacksonville.

They entered a contest to be the first people ever married in a ceremony at Times Square on New Year's Eve.

After looking through nearly 2,000 entries, Get Married Media chose Philips and Dubie to say "I do" as the ball drops with the world watching.

Philips, originally from Georgia, is heading to Florida State College Jacksonville to study nursing, and Dubie, from North Carolina, is studying at Jacksonville University.

The couple chose Jacksonville to start their life together after their service in the military.

Air Show at NAS Jacksonville this Weekend

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Folks living along the river south of downtown will notice the sky is a bit more full than usual this weekend.

The 2010 NAS Jax Air Show is Saturday and Sunday, featuring, as always, the famous Blue Angels.

Gates open at 9 a.m. each day, and the action gets underway at 10 with flight demonstrations, aerobatics, a jet-powered truck and plenty of good old noise.

Drivers can enter at the NAS Jacksonville main gate on U.S. 17. 

Parking and admission are free, and there will be aircraft on display, merchandise and concessions and a Kid's Zone -- also free.

There will be five hours of speed and spins leading up to the Blue Angels at 3 p.m. The Air Show website has a complete lineup of aircraft and performers scheduled for the weekend.

Everyone attending will have to pass through a metal detector.