TRC Staffing Services Lends a Hand to the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund

TRC Staffing Services Lends a Hand to the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, an organization dedicated to supporting families that are tackling childhood cancer, recently won a grant from TRC Staffing Services of Jacksonville that awarded the nonprofit 40 hours of free, temporary staffing support. The Jay Fund is the first of 12 organizations in the 2013 – 2014 cycle to receive the grant through the Helping Hands Grant program – an initiative aimed at supporting local nonprofits struggling to meet staffing needs within tight timetables and even tighter budgets.

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Residents will have to bear the heat a little longer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The dog days of summer have turned Mount Carmel Gardens into a hotbed of complaints.

"It is getting bad," said Paul Makowski.

The tenants of the high rise are mostly seniors and the disabled. John Duggan said he finds it much cooler outside in the shade than inside his apartment.

"They say they're working on it," said Duggan, "But a lot of people have doubts."

The complex is privately owned but receives HUD rental subsidy.

"You call and yeah its going to get fixed, when is anybody doing anything?" asked Donna Clabough.

It is a question everyone is asking. Kenny Dockswell uses a fan in his apartment but said he's paying for air conditioning service, not a fan.

Rayne Perrywinkle tries to regain custody of daughters

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Rayne Perrywinkle sat nervously in a Duval County courtroom waiting; she's trying to regain custody of her two daughters, ages six and four.

Perrywinkle, 45, dressed in black, remained stoic as the judge asked questions about the welfare of the children.

"Are the children set for school?" asked Judge Gooding. 

At one point, the judge expressed condolences, but there was no reunification. Instead, Perrywinkle was ordered to drug court under heavy security for screening.

"We'll see what that reveals," said the judge.

The screen was ordered after an attorney told the court that it has been reported that Perrywinkle had used prescription medication that was not hers.

Attorney Patty Parker was at the hearing. Parker represents the children.

Concerns raised after San Marco flooding

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Flooding frustration. Some people in the San Marco Square area say it's a fact of life. Others say it's a concern, especially when you get pictures of flooding during a multimillion dollar renovation project.

"The streets were up to your ankles in certain places a little higher," said Mariah Back, who works in the square.

"Where the roads dip in," Tristen Cash, who also works in the square, said. "It was just standing water. It was just flooded."

At the Pizza Palace in San Marco Square is where you'll find freshly made pies and employee Cash. As the rain fell Sunday, she grew concerned.

"How am I going to get home?" she said Monday, with a laugh.

The pizza shop sits near the heart of the square and the $5 million construction project.

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Your guide to First Coast 4th of July celebrations

Firework displays and events scheduled to celebrate the 4th of July holiday across the First Coast. Here's a list of the festivities:

Columbia County celebrates 4th of July

Clay County celebrates the 4th of July

Fernandina Beach celebrates 4th of July

Flagler County celebrates 4th of July

Neighborhood networking site taking off in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The first of its kind private social networking site for neighborhoods only is starting to take off in Jacksonville.

It is called nextdoor.com, and it started last year in San Francisco.

Co-founder and CEO Nirav Tolia thought there should be an easier way for neighbors to connect.

He said, "Services like Facebook have shown us the value of connecting online with our friends and family. Why isn't there a service that helps us connect with people right out our front door?"

The idea behind nextdoor.com is that neighbors can first connect online, then face to face.

Some neighborhoods have planned parties. Others help each other find lost pets, share contact information and even find a babysitter or orthodontist.

"We know that when neighbors start talking, good things happen," Tolia said.

San Marco Police Blotter - May 2013

No police reports at this time.