Old Fire Station No. 5 Added to List of Endangered Historic Sites

Old Fire Station No. 5 Added to List of Endangered Historic Sites

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announced their 2011 11 Most Endangered Historic Sites list at the Annual Statewide Preservation Conference, in Central Florida, on May 19, 2011. The sites are not ranked in any particular order.


Fire Station # 5, Jacksonville

Fire Station #5 is the oldest and most recognized historic building on Riverside Avenue in downtown Jacksonville’s Brooklyn neighborhood.  It was designed by Robert Lee Sevil in 1910. The land on which the building stands was sold by the city to Fidelity National Financial, Inc. in 2009.  The building is currently vacant, unmaintained, and has been the target of repeated vandalism.  Some city officials are in support of the preservation of the building but are concerned over costs for relocation and rehabilitation. The site is added to the 2011 list due to the potential for demolition caused by redevelopment pressure.


Endeavour Heat Shields Damaged

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Damaged heat shields on the Endeavour's underbelly have NASA engineers concerned about the health of the space shuttle.

The heat shields are designed to protect the craft when it re-enters the extreme temperatures of the earth's atmosphere.

Seven places on the shuttle were damaged during the launch on Monday- though engineers have already cleared 5 of those spots because they don't pose any significant threat.

The astronauts will take a closer look at the 2 remaining places tomorrow- and if those places are enough of a problem, they'll have to do what's called a focused inspection in space.

NASA takes any damage to those heat shields very seriously since they were a contributing factor to the Columbia Shuttle Disaster of 2003 which killed seven astronauts.

VIDEO | SLIDESHOW: Endeavour Launches on Penultimate Shuttle Trip

VIDEO | SLIDESHOW: Endeavour Launches on Penultimate Shuttle Trip

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Endeavour blasted off on NASA's next-to-last shuttle flight, thundering through clouds into orbit Monday morning as the mission commander's wounded wife, Gabrielle Giffords, watched along with an exhilarated crowd estimated in the hundreds of thousands.

NASA is winding down its 30-year-old shuttle program before embarking on something new. The event generated the kind of excitement seldom seen on Florida's Space Coast on such a grand scale - despite a delay of more than two weeks from the original launch date because of an electrical problem.

The shuttle quickly disappeared into the clouds.

"That was four seconds of cool," said Manny Kariotakis, who was visiting from Montreal. The 50-year-old got goosebumps watching the liftoff with thousands along Highway 1 in Titusville.

Just before launching, commander Mark Kelly thanked all the who put hands "on this incredible ship."

Florida’s Diabetes Master Clinician Program Offers Patients Higher Quality of Life

Dr. Edward Shahady, Associate Faculty Member at St. Vincent’s Hospital leads the program locally and statewide; Baptist Primary Care office in Ponte Vedra one of eight clinics recognized as a Center for Diabetes Excellence

Bridging the gap between knowledge and patient performance, the Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP) Foundation Diabetes Master Clinician Program offers physicians an edge on a disease that’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, the leading cause of renal failure (end-stage renal disease), non-traumatic limb amputations and blindness, and the leading contributor to cardiovascular disease.

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Students at Fletcher Middle Participate in the Opening of the Beaches Parade

Four students from Fletcher Middle School participated in the Opening of the Beaches Parade with Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA). The girls were asked to participate by the FOJA beach committee.

In addition to walking the dogs and hyping the crowd during the parade, the girls designed posters, flyers and decorations for the float. The theme was “Rock Star” and they gave the dogs names such as “Mick Wagger” and “Elvis Pawsley.” The girls continued volunteering at FOJA’s adoption event after the parade. Four of the dogs found potential homes thanks to students’ efforts.

This project began in December during a service-learning lesson in the classroom. During a unit on research and communication, the students studied and discussed pet overpopulation.

Mom Knows Best; Children Share Pearls of Wisdom

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Every mother has her words of wisdom. Always wear clean underwear. Act like a lady. Study first, play later. A mixture of practical advice and stern warnings, these verbal pearls are polished by years of repetition. 

But, even when they seem to fall on deaf -- usually teenage -- ears, the maternal messages are received. Today, on Mother's Day, they are especially cherished. See, Mom? We're listening, after all.

Growing up, Stacie Sauers never rolled her eyes at her mother's advice. Well, not that she can recall. "There were things we didn't necessarily agree on, but I've always respected her," Sauers, a Pensacola resident, said of her mother, Charlotte Teston. "She's the best. I learned how to be a good mom and a good person from her."

Florida Uses Twitter to Encourage Families to Adopt Children in Foster Care

Florida Uses Twitter to Encourage Families to Adopt Children in Foster Care

Florida is using Twitter to spread the word that about 850 children in foster care are waiting to be adopted.

Floridians are getting news and information about children in foster care available for adoption, plus support and resources for adoptive families, by following @ExploreAdoption on Twitter.