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Tuesday is final chance to register for November election

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tuesday is the final day to register to vote ahead of the November election.  Many Supervisor of Elections offices will have extended hours to help accommodate the last minute rush.

"We see this always in a Presidential cycle," explained Jerry Holland, Supervisor of Elections for Duval County.    "We'll probably have between 30 and 40,000 people that will have registered in the last 30 or 40 days and so, it's exciting to see this many people get involved in it."

Extended Hours:

Duval County-open until 7:30 p.m.

St. Johns County-open until 7:00 p.m.

Clay County-open until 5:00 p.m.

According to Holland, voters do not need to bring identification to register, but they will need a photo I.D. on Election Day.  As of Monday, the number of voters registered reflected a more conservative population than in the 2008 election cycle.

Shop at San Marco Square this weekend, fight breast cancer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- By shopping or eating in San Marco Square this weekend, you can help fight breast cancer.

Participating restaurants and shops will be donating a percentage of all sales on Oct. 19-20 to The Donna Foundation, which cares for women living with breast cancer.

The following establishments are set to participate:

For the Bruce: Friends rally for former basketball coach

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As an assistant basketball coach at Bishop Kenny High School, Bruce Kujawa was a mentor for many young men.  Now those same people are helping Bruce in his time of need.

Kujawa was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1999.  Because there is no cure for this disease, Bruce's health has been deteriorating the last few years.

Alan Helquist is a former Bishop Kenny basketball player who started a foundation to assist Bruce in his fight against MS.  This foundation has raised nearly $10,000.

Earlier this week, Alan and Casey White walked from Gainesville to Jacksonville to raise money for Bruce.  Their journey started at the 50-yard line at Florida Field and finished at the Mudville Grille in St. Nicholas where many of Bruce's friends gathered for a celebration on Saturday afternoon.

Blessing of the Animals to take place this weekend

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- This Sunday, pets will have the chance to be blessed at the annual "Blessing of the Animals" at All Saints Episcopal Church.

The blessings will take place in the San Marco church's courtyard at 6 p.m. on October 7.

Animals of all shapes and size and their owners are invited to attend the special gathering.

Pets must be on leashes or in kennels to receive a blessing from church leaders. Admission is free.

The special service is in addition to the regular 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services taking place Sunday.

Fr. Tom Deppe, rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, plans to bring his dogs, Pete and new puppy Andy, to the blessing.  His dogs are named after Peter and Andrew, among the first disciples to be called by Jesus in the Gospel of Mark.

Deppe said, "Pets are like family to our parishioners, and this service recognizes that.

Free admission Saturday at MOSH for Smithsonian Museum Day

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Museum of Science & History will offer free admission Saturday, September 29 in honor of Smithsonian Museum Day.

This Saturday, MOSH will participate in Museum Day Live!, an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine.  The event offers free admission to museums across the country.  It is designed to mimic the free admission offered each day by Smithsonian Museums.

Guests can print a ticket valid for free admission for two at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.

To mark the occasion, MOSH will present a special day of programming.

Pizza chain raises money to send kids of fallen soldiers to camp

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For those fortunate enough to have experienced summer camp as a child, you know those memories last a lifetime. A local restaurant is trying to bring those memories to children who might need it a little more than the average.

Local take and bake pizza chain, Papa Murphy's Pizza, has partnered with, "Friends Never Forget," to raise money to send children of fallen heroes to summer camp to create those lifelong memories.

Wednesday, September 19, Papa Murphy's Pizza will donate 30% of all sales from any one of their four Jacksonville locations to Friends Never Forget to cover camp costs, travel expenses, lodging and meals for children of fallen heroes.

Bond set at $250,000 for driver of van that killed sleeping teen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The 51-year-old Jacksonville man who was arrested for the death of Wolfson High senior, JaNay Jackson, made his first appearance Saturday in court.

Ismet Sijamhodzic bond was set at $250,000 during the hearing.

Seventeen-year-old Jackson was killed the night of August 28 by a van driven by Sijamhodzic, which smashed into her bedroom while she was sleeping.

Sijamhodzic was taken into custody Friday evening and now faces one charge of vehicular homicide.

Police reports show Sijamhodzic had two anti-depressants in his system at the time of the crash, including Xanax.

He also told police he had not slept for three days before the accident.

The JSO report says Sijamhodzic did not appear to stop or try to swerve at the stop sign on Kennerly Road.

Sijamhodzic's van crashed through a barrier wall and then into Jackson's bedroom where she was sleeping.