Over 1,000 toys donated for Wolfson Children's Hospital Christmas in July

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Last week's Christmas in July toy drive saw over 1,000 new and unwrapped toys delivered to replenish the stock at Wolfson Children's Hospital.

The toy drive was the first time the children's hospital has held a Christmas in July drive.  People dropped off the toys through the circular driveway in the front entrance.

New toys collected through the drive will restock the hospital's playroms and teen room, and help hospitalized children celebrate birthdays and other special occasions.

With over 1,000 toys donated the hospital will be able to entertain babies through older teens. The hospital estimates the toys are worth at least $20,000.  Online donations to the Virtual Toy Drive held up to July 25 totaled more than $4,900, and the hospital received an additional $285 in on-site cash and gift card donations.

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FCN's Steve Smith to give weather talk at MOSH

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- First Coast News Meteorologist Steve Smith will be speaking at the Museum of Science & History on Thursday night as part of MOSH's After Dark program.

This week's program is titled Speaking of Weather with First Coast News and will last from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Steve will be giving attendees a behind-the-scenes look at weather forecasting and news production. The presentation will take place in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium.

Afterward, a special program on hurricane preparedness will take place in the JEA Science Theater.

Admission is $5 per person for the general public and free for MOSH members, teachers and students with an ID.

To register call 904-396-MOSH, ext. 219 or register online. Registration is encouraged since space is limited.

Teacher arrested on charges of sexual battery on a child

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A teacher at Windy Hill Elementary School has been arrested on charges of sexual battery on a child.

Christopher Robert Bacca, 26, was arrested on Tuesday and is facing suspension without pay pending termination, which is what Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals will be recommending, according to Jill Johnson with Duval County Public Schools (DCPS).

Bacca began working for the school district in 2008 when he was hired as a fourth grade teacher at Long Branch Elementary School. He transferred to Windy Hill Elementary School in January 2010 and was a Duval County Teacher of the Year candidate in 2012, as well as Windy Hill's Teacher of the Year.

Wolson Children's Hospital hosting 'Christmas in July' toy drive

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wolfson Children's Hospital will collect toys as part of their "Christmas in July" toy drive Wednesday, July 25.

People wishing to donate toys may drop them off between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Helping to collect the toys will be children of former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell and retired Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Tony Boselli.  Also taking place in the toy collecting will be a volunteer army of holiday elves, a summertime Santa and Wolfie the hospital mascot.

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Young Breast Cancer Survivors Group Receives Final Investing In You Grant

Young Breast Cancer Survivors Group Receives Final Investing In You Grant

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – The Young Survivors Group at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville will be able to continue to help young breast cancer survivors thanks to a recent $1,000 grant won through Community First Credit Union’s Investing in You contest. The grant will help secure a location for monthly meetings, provide educational materials and fund outreach efforts for the Young Survivors Group.

Skyway ridership rises over last six months

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More people have been riding the Skyway than ever in the six months since it became free.  Now, the JTA board has to decide whether to keep it that way.

According to Clinton Forbes, Director of Mass Transit for JTA, the ridership numbers have consistently been sixty percent higher than they were when the system cost fifty cents per ride.

"For transit, that is huge and so I think our customers and the community has, has recognized and now appreciate what a great community benefit the Skyway has become," said Forbes.

Forbes said he has heard from many people who have used the system for the first time since it became free.  He said projections show that ridership would go back down if fares were reinstated.  

Movie lovers flock to see Dark Knight one day after shooting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Movie goers were flocking the area theaters to see the Dark Knight Rises Saturday, despite the Colorado theater shooting just one day earlier.

Employees at the San Marco Theater said even their matinee showing of the movie was crowded with more than a hundred people buying tickets.

The small theater can only show one movie at a time, so if Batman fans had stayed home, it would have been a big financial blow. 

People at the theater said they did have some concerns about going to the movie so soon after the tragedy in Colorado. 

"I think everybody had that thought going through their head a little bit," explained Michael Lefevre, who saw the 3:15 p.m. showing.   "There were some jokes we could hear someone saying when we walked out. Someone said, 'At least we didn't get shot,' but that's in poor taste and if you thought that way about everything you'd probably never leave the house."