Native playwright brings 'Bully' play to town

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- From the time he was a little kid, Lee Kaplan wanted to be an actor. But when the Jacksonville native returns to town this week, it's to bring his own story center stage.

Kaplan, now a professional actor in New York, wrote the autobiographical play, "Bully" about his experiences at A local middle school.

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Real ways to help you find a job and other resources

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Shawntray from the Westside asked the On Your Side team a question.

He said he recently lost his job as a security guard because he was sick and can't find work. Shawntray said he lost his home and he's afraid he'll lose his car. He wants help.

Shawntray, here is what you do:

1) Get your hands on a phone in the area of Northeast Florida and dial the United Way's 211. It is a referral source that will refer you to places for emergency financial assistance, food, shelter and clothing and a lot of other service.

2) Call the company that you make car payments and explain your situation. Ask if some payments can be deferred.

3) Go to a place like WorkSource Florida. They have offices across the region They will help you or anyone looking for work Find a job. Call 904-356-JOBS for more information.

Suspicious package found to be not harmful

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a suspicious package around 10:15 Tuesday morning.

The focus of the department's investigation appeared to focus on the Southbank Riverwalk in front of the Lady St. Johns riverboat in San Marco.

According to JSO Public Information Officer Shannon Hartley, officers were dispatched to the area at 8:32 a.m. The Bomb Squad examined the package and determined there was nothing harmful in it.

A parking lot leading up to the riverboat boarding area was blocked off to all traffic.

A few people were standing outside a small cafe watching the activity.

Several squad cars responded along with a special tactical utility vehicle the department uses when responding to suspicious items or potential explosives.

Duval County Emergency Management officials also responded.

When is a 'lifetime warranty' lifetime?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Attebery's grew up in a generation of handshakes and kept promises; they've lived in their Avondale home 50 years and they try to keep it in shape.

May 1982 they invested in a texture coating to protect the walls of their two story home and around the window sills.

But now the coating that was suppose to last indefinitely is cracking, it is peeling; coming apart.

"I have a thick file inside,' Shirley Attebery said. "Trying to resolve this."

They purchased the product and service from a Sears contractor back then and was impressed with the selling point or written promise.

"We were pleased when it was applied," Attebery said. 

The clause that sealed the deal was simple, "We'll guarantee your home's exterior against chipping, flaking and peeling... as long as you own your home." 

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City proposes plan for St. Johns River cleanup

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Cleanup will soon begin on the St. Johns River thanks to a plan proposed by the city. It comes two years after it was supposed to be released.

Earlier this month tests showed toxins were below the harmful level for recreational exposure but about the threshold for drinking water.

According to the Florida Times Union, it's still unclear how the city will fund the work.  There are construction projects that will cost at least $300 million dollars.

Public Works Director Jim Robinson wrote a letter to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in September. He said the city is committed to making improvements to the health of the St. Johns river and its tributaries and will meet state-imposed water pollution reduction goals for 2015 and 2023.

On Your Side: Checking an Officer's identification

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- First Coast News got an email from Joyce who said someone disguised as a police officer came to her door, demanding $6,000. She was afraid and eventually gave it to the man.

Captain Joe Bucci, with the Clay County Sheriff's Office, gave tangible information on how you can confirm whether or not someone that comes to your door is an Official Law Enforcement Officer.

According to Bucci:

1) Ask to see a badge and department identification. It'll have a photo with it.

2) Call the dispatch center when the person gives you a badge number to confirm who they are.

3) Ask for a supervisor with dispatch to triple check.

4) When in doubt, if you're not sure, take their information and confirm it inside your home while they wait outside.








New Valve Replacement Therapy Offers Alternative to Open Heart Surgery

JACKSONVILLE, FLA - A revolutionary new heart treatment is offering new hope to patients considered ineligible for open heart surgery or at great risk of suffering serious surgical complications.

Known as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), the minimally invasive procedure is now being used to treat patients suffering from severe aortic valve stenosis. One of the most common valve disease disorders, aortic stenosis typically results from aging, as calcium or scarring narrows and hardens the heart’s aortic valve. As blood flow through the valve becomes constricted, individuals may experience chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting and palpitations. For those with severe aortic stenosis, the condition can lead to congestive heart failure and even death.