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MOSH Employee Gets One-in-a-Million Atlantis Experience

MOSH Employee Gets One-in-a-Million Atlantis Experience

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- To say Heather Smith lights up when talking about outer space would be a cosmic understatement.

"I love my job," she said with a huge smile, "I absolutely love my job."

It makes sense. She holds the universe in her hands at the MOSH planetarium. Smith is one of four employees there that run the shows.

There are so many buttons and knobs at her console, she can squint real hard and pretend it's her real dream job.

"This is my mission control, exactly," she said.

If it's not obvious, the NASA stickers and shuttle mission patches that cover her laptop should help.

She says she's wanted to work at NASA forever, but it became more of a mission 8 years ago.

"The Columbia accident in 2003. The day that happened, that Saturday, I figured out that should never happen again, ever," she said.

"So I completely dedicated myself to learning more about NASA and letting people know about it."

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hosts 4th of July Bash on Riverdeck

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hosts 4th of July Bash on Riverdeck

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront’s Annual 4th of July Bash on Monday, July 4th from 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. is a perfect opportunity for the entire family to come out and rock the night away with a front-row seat to Jacksonville’s fireworks spectacular. The event will feature Spanky the Band, one of Jacksonville’s premiere rock bands, with food and beverages bountifully available. Hyatt guests can purchase tickets for $10 and non-guests can purchase tickets for $20 at the door.

Affair In The Square

Affair In The Square

If you live in San Marco and are looking for seomthing to do that's light on the ppockets and in good taste, come out to the Affair In The Square!!

It's the ULTIMATE Happy Hour that lasts for 3 hours!! Affair in the Square happens every third Thursday of the month during the spring and summer in San Marco’s shopping district. The square is located at 1790 San Marco boulevard and runs from 6:00 pm through 9:00 pm.There will be live music performers, vendors, wine tastings, local artists, face painting for the kids and more. The nice weather couldn’t be more complimentary to spending an evening out with the family, enjoying the live music entertainment and sampling some great food and wine offerings. Don't miss out, becuase it's sure to be a great expericen for everyone!! See you there!!

Who's Behind Effort To Save High School Sports?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Golfing is one of the high school sports in jeopardy, but not if Mike Lynch can help it.

"We can't let this happen, this is silly," said Lynch.

A dozen varsity and middle school programs are targeted to be cut in Duval County Public Schools to save an estimated $500,000. The school board started its budget cutting mission needing to slash $91 million from the budget.  

Now, several groups headed by sports advocates like Lynch are organizing to solicit money from private donors to keep the sports.

Lynch heads the NF-PGA Northern chapter. He and Boots Farley of the North Florida Junior Golf Foundation created a non-profit group to raise the money to save high school golf.

"We have had situations in the past and we came through; we will take care of this," said Farley.

High Honors for Ad Agency

At the American Advertising Federation’s National ADDY competition, one small multicultural agency truly shined. Playing in the big leagues, Brunet-García Advertising won three gold and one silver national awards – the most of any agency in Florida and the Caribbean. Only one other multicultural/Hispanic agency received an award at the national level. The winners were selected from 1,382 entries from a full range of advertising agencies around the country.

BG received Gold ADDY awards for the Block x Block Illustrations, the Players by the Sea “The Full Monty” poster and the Players by the Sea poster series. A Silver ADDY was also awarded for the Players by the Sea building design.

Dozens to Become Naturalized Americans for Flag Day

Dozens to Become Naturalized Americans for Flag Day

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The United States will gain 50 new citizens locally as the nation celebrates Flag Day.

Flag Day is held every June 14 to celebrate the 1777 adoption of the U.S. flag.

At the Museum of Science and History Tuesday, 50 candidates will swear allegiance to the flag and become naturalized citizens.

The 50 newest Americans hail from 27 countries across the globe.

It's just one of thousands of ceremonies across the nation Tuesday.

In 2010, more than 619,000 people became naturalized Americans.

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Phyisicans at St. Vincent's Medical Center are warning people about the health effects of the smoke from recent wildfires.  Doctors say they are seeing a rise in the number of patients complaining about irritation from smoke.

Pulmonologist Dr. Thomas Szwed, who works at St. Vincent's Medical Center, says people exercising outdoors may feel the effects.