New Report Offers Detailed Look at Well-Being of Duval County Children

In an era of diminished public resources, the Jacksonville Children's Commission has a new tool to use as it makes decisions about future  investments and services to the community.

The Map of Child Well-Being in Duval County is part of a groundbreaking study of children in Duval County conducted by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University on behalf of the Children's Commission. The study was funded by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.

Comfort food, Syrian Style

Comfort food, Syrian Style

This story was originally posted @ golojax.com

In a brightly painted building on Main Street, Wafaa & Mike’s Cafe serves delicious Middle Eastern food in a friendly and warm atmosphere. The Cafe’s name itself adds to feeling that you are coming to dine at a friend’s home. In Wafaa & Mike’s Cafe, Springfield has another eatery which is truly a neighborhood gem. On the whole, Middle Eastern cuisine is full of flavorful dishes that are not only tasty, but pleasing to the eye. The food here does not disappoint.

6th Annual Stop Teen Underage Drinking Rally Today in Jacksonville

6th Annual Stop Teen Underage Drinking  Rally Today in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Students from all of Duval county's public high schools are participating in the Stop Teenage Underage Drinking (S.T.U.D.) Rally.

The event addresses issues relating to underage drinking and lifestyle choices that teens face on a daily basis.

The S.T.U.D. Rally begins at 7 A.M. at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium.

Paks Gym Brings Korean Flavor to Springfield

Paks Gym Brings Korean Flavor to Springfield

Paks Gym, which is situated at the Corner of East 7th and Walnut Streets, is bringing some Korean flavor to the Springfield community through its martial arts and exercise programs. Operated by Springfield resident Don Justice, the small gym has become a popular spot for many neighborhood residents and children looking to add some exercise and discipline to their lives.

Don't Miss Rhythm of the Dance

Don't Miss Rhythm of the Dance

Finally Rhythm of the Dance is a reality.  Two hours of dance, music and song richly costumed. representing a whole new concept in Irish entertainment, using the genuine spirit of our national dances, songs and storytelling, while including modern influences like Beat, Jazz and Latin combine to give you Rhythm - Rhythm - Rhythm. Rhythm of the Dance will be in Jacksonville at the Times Union Center’s Moran Theater on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 7:00pm for one performance only!

Fun, Adventure and Sports Available at UNF Summer Camps

The University of North Florida’s Department of Campus Recreation will offer three great camps this summer, including Youth Sports and Fitness Camp, EcoCamp and Soccer Skills Camp with coach Ray Bunch.

Summer camp registration begins Tuesday, March 1. New this year, all registration will be done online. Visit www.unf.edu/recsports/ to register for any of the three summer camps. If you need help registering your child, call the Department of Campus Recreation at (904) 620-2998. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Young Children in Foster Care To Get In-Home Nurse Visits

Family Support Services of North Florida (FSS) is going above and beyond State of Florida standards by now providing in-home visits by a registered nurse to children in foster care, from newborns to age five, in Duval and Nassau counties. The nurse will also provide post-reunification services, conducting home visits up to six months after children are returned to their biological parents.