Nemours Asks Community How to Spend $500,000 to Help Kids

Nemours Children’s Hospital, today unveiled a specially designed facebook poll that will enable the community to decide how to best use a $500,000 grant to enhance care for children at the hospital, which opens in the fall of 2012.  The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation of Winter Park, Florida provided the generous grant to Nemours without any restrictions, in turn, Nemours is asking the community to decide how to best use the funds to further elevate the care available to children in the Central Florida community. 

Buying Colored Contacts Outside a Doctor's Office Could be Dangerous

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Color contacts are used to give you a different look. Say - Blue eyes when your eyes are brown. But if you don't get them from a doctor and use them correctly, you could do serious damage to your eye. And one local store had the lenses on the shevles.

A local Optician contacted First Coast News after one of his patients saw the lenses at a gas station.

"She had noticed a teenager purchasing contacts at a gas station. And she said hey, is this legal? It doesn't seem legal," said Vice Cottone, an Optician.

In Florida it's a felony to sell contact lenses without a prescription.

Cottone thought it was so serious, he went out to the gas station himself.

"Went out there and checked it out, and sure enough they were selling contact lenses at a gas station," he said.  

Skip Suiting Up on Miracle Jeans Day

Skip Suiting Up on Miracle Jeans Day


Jacksonville, FL (August 30, 2011)-  It’s time to pull your favorite pair of blue jeans out of the closet and go casual for kids!  Miracle Jeans Day is coming up on September 14, 2011, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is hoping you will join us in making miracles happen in the lives of First Coast children.  All donations from participants will benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which purchases critically needed medical equipment and Child Life resources for the pediatric programs of Shands Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital. 


“Miracle Jeans Day” was created by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as a fun way to get companies involved with their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Participating organizations encourage employees to purchase a sticker, button or a pin for $5, $10 or $20, giving them the privilege to wear jeans to work on Wednesday, September 14.


Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Northeast Florida/ Southeast Georgia Officially Launches New

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Northeast Florida/ Southeast Georgia Officially Launches New

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Northeast Florida/ Southeast Georgia Officially Launches New Website


The New Website was unveiled today at

Winn-Dixie Recalls Mislabeled Baked Goods

Winn-Dixie Recalls Mislabeled Baked Goods

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Winn-Dixie stores announced a voluntary recall of some baked goods, saying they weren't labeled for eggs or wheat.

According to a release from the store, the "Winn-Dixie Lemon Bar" cakes, "Winn-Dixie Chocolate Cherry Bar" cakes and "Winn-Dixie Bakery Iced Cinnamon Rolls - 6 Pack"  weren't labeled properly, creating a problem for customers with egg and wheat allergies and those who are gluten intolerant.

A customer complaint led to an internal investigation of the matter, Winn-Dixie explained, and prompted the recall.

Products affected by the recall were sold in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, and now Winn-Dixie said it's working with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Food and Drug Administration and the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network to fix the problem.

Mosquitoes are Here, Five People Infected With West Nile Virus

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County Health Department confirmed three new human cases of West Nile Virus Tuesday, bringing this year's total to five.  There's concern more people will get sick.

Englewood resident Natasha Calhoun keeps her five children inside most of the evening.  She said, "We barely, we don't come outside."  They only go for a short walk each evening.

Dr. Bob Harmon, the director of the Duval County Health Department, said five cases so far this year is a high number.  He added, "And they're the only cases in Florida, so we're on high alert."