Monday, November 21, 2011

Mayor Brown Encourages Participation in Dec. 5 Ultimate Tealgate Party Events


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    Contact: Angela Spears, (904) 630-1977,




Game-day activities to take place downtown prior to Jaguars' Monday Night Football game on Dec. 5



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Nov. 21, 2011Mayor Alvin Brown joined Touchdown Jacksonville Team Teal Commissioner Tony Boselli and Chair of Game Day Experience Lenny Curry in announcing the Ultimate TEALgate Party for the Jacksonville Jaguars Monday Night Football game on Dec. 5


Mayor Brown has proclaimed Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 as "Ultimate TEALgate Day" in support of the Jacksonville Jaguars' Monday Night Football game against the San Diego Chargers. To create a fun environment for all to enjoy, the Jaguars and others will host festivities at various locations throughout downtown.


In addition to hosting an exciting football game that evening, the Jaguars will hold a special game-day experience for fans before kickoff.  The pregame events will combine the enthusiasm of a pep rally with interactive activities for the whole family.


"The Jaguars are a crucial part of our city's identity. We are fortunate to have an NFL franchise because it puts Jacksonville on a national stage," said Mayor Brown. "The Ultimate TEALgate Party is a great way to celebrate our team for all that it gives to our community."


Since the Dec. 5 Jaguars game will be televised nationally, the mayor's proclamation urges Jaguars fans to fill EverBank Field to demonstrate their enthusiasm for this game and show the national audience how Jaguars fans feel about the team.  


Free live entertainment, special deals and family-friendly activities will be taking place at the stadium before the game and all Jaguars supporters, ticket holders or not, are invited to be a part of the fun. Live entertainment will be in the Pepsi Plaza with a Dave Matthews Tribute band, Jaguars D-Line and an appearance by Jaxon de Ville. The ESPN Monday Night Football Countdown to Kickoff show will be displayed on an LED screen.  A complete listing of activities can be found at


Those attending the game are encouraged to show their support for the Jaguars by wearing the color teal.  Tickets to the game are still available and can be purchased by calling (904) 633-2000 or logging onto



Friday, November 18, 2011

Gingerbread Extravaganza

Gingerbread Extravaganza is

November 30th through December 22nd


             This event is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit…

The Historical Society's Gingerbread Extravaganza


The city's most creative holiday event, the Gingerbread Extravaganza, opens Wednesday, November 30 at Jacksonville Historical Society headquarters, Old St. Andrew's. The three week Extravaganza showcases traditional gingerbread houses along with other gingerbread creations built by area chefs, architects, school groups and individuals.


"You'll see the most amazing gingerbread creations at this show," said Historical Society Executive Director Emily Lisska.  "The Extravaganza presents a gingerbread wonderland.  Past shows have even included the stadium, Times Square, and grand carousels. Visitors can engage in a scavenger hunt to add to the fun."


Dozens of entries are expected for this year's Extravaganza including at least six entries featuring local historic buildings, all created from gingerbread and confection. The Carnegie Library and the city's oldest house, the Richard House, are among the creations.   Other entries include storybook, fantasy, traditional and religious themes and, of course, the holiday theme reigns throughout the show. 


The adjoining Merrill Museum House is dressed for the holidays and offers a look at Jacksonville life a century ago. The Extravaganza's gift shop showcases area history with Jacksonville themed Christmas ornaments and, in some cases, local history books no longer in print or in short supply. Another show highlight is a video featuring Jacksonville Christmases past.


The Extravaganza, sponsored by the Jacksonville Historical Society, is in its fourth year at the society's Old St. Andrew's, 317 A. Philip Randolph Boulevard, immediately across from the Veteran's Memorial Arena. 


The Extravaganza runs November 30 through December 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily except Sunday, with a requested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children. Parking is free.  For information or large group scheduling, phone, 665-0064 or visit www.


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I know that Thanksgiving is not this weekend, but it will be here before we get to see you again so I just want to share my THANKS now.


These past few weeks the Community Giving Tent has been hosting local non profits that are collecting items for the people and pets they serve. And it's been inspiring at times to see people share what they have with these groups! It reminds me just how lucky we are to have something to share - and for that I am thankful. 


Over the past year, many of our vendors have helped not only RAM, but the local community in MANY ways. Because of the generosity of RAM food vendors and farmer/growers, many homeless people have had good food to eat, and even an opportunity to help out and make a few dollars to support themselves. And our artists have donated numerous items and their time to help many local causes, including RAM - and for that I am thankful.


RAM volunteers are always great, but this year they have been even more outstanding! More people are donating their time to help make RAM a fun and great place to spend a Saturday - and for that I am thankful.


We've been fortunate to have the support of some SUPER groups and businesses like the City of Jacksonville, The Florida Times Union, WJCT, WJXT,  MacTech Pro, The Crowne Plaza, U Store It, BikeJax, Regions Bank, and Traditions Realty. Through their support we have been able to try new projects and maintain a quality Market - and for that I'm thankful.


And, I have been lucky enough to work with some of the most dedicated people, and am part of a fantastic team that sees the vision and does whatever it takes to keep us moving forward in a positive direction - and for that I'm thankful.


It's easy to get caught up in the daily rat race and forget to see all the good things that surround us. Luckily we have Thanksgiving once a year to remind us to stop and answer the question "What are YOU thankful for?"



Come out to RAM this Saturday and share in the gratitude!


See you there!



This Week on the River Stage....
     ZachTremblay    BuddySchool   UnderhillRose         

10:30 - 11:50am: Zach Tremblay (Alt-Singer, Songwriter)


12:15 - 1:00pm: Buddy Sherwood School of          

                            Dance (Children's Dance) 


1:30 - 3:30pmUnderhill Rose (Americana) 


For more information, visit our website at: 


"GoLologoGOLO" and "Shop Small"

on Black Saturday,           Nov. 26th!  

Last year, the GoLo movment was started in our area, with shops in Riverside, Avondale, San Marco, Downtown, 5 Points, Murray Hill, and Springfield all participating.
The idea was to encourage people to shop locally, and by doing so support local small businesses and the local economy. (Not to mention the added benefit of getting unique quality items!)
This year, you may be hearing "Shop Small" - a similar idea that  American Express is marketing. (Yep, we are an area of trendsetters!)
So, what's it all about? Well, it's simple - after you've gotten up at O'dark thirty to beat the mad rush on Black Friday, and you've visited all the malls, BigMarts, and chain stores to buy the same old stuff everyone is buying, go home and de-stress, then on Saturday visit your local merchants, and RAM, of course.
Buy something creative and unique. Buy something hand made by local artisans, or grown by local growers. Buy something from the cool little place on the corner - the only one of it's kind in the entire world. Buy something REAL, that's one of a kind. Buy something SPECIAL! 
On Saturday, Nov. 26th, RAM will be the best place to GOLO. And, we won't charge you to come and look, or to park. AND, there is great entertainment all day!
Why go anywhere else?  Just GOLO!
For more info about where you can GOLO visit:



RAM: The BEST Place to be on a Saturday! 


Want to do something fun while helping make RAM the Best Place to be on a Saturday? VOLUNTEER!


We always need a variety of help throughout the day on Saturdays, as well as on RAM event committees and in the office.


So, GIVE a little bit of YOURSELF, and join the

RAM Volunteer Nation!



Groups, Clubs, and Individuals are welcome!


For more information 

Email Torrie



Only 5 more RAM-Days before Christmas!



This Week at the Community Giving Tent @ RAM


PLEASE bring items to RAM for the following groups who will be collecting this Saturday: 


Boys & Girls Club
City Rescue Mission
  • Sheets and pillowcases
  • Socks
  • Canned Goods

Visit our website for a list of participating non-profits and their Wish Lists.


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You Want To Know 



YOU can be one of the first official RAM-Fan VIPs! Memberships are available starting THIS Saturday. It's a great way to show your support for RAM AND get special offers and opportunities for an entire year!


SANTA IS COMING TO RAM starting Nov. 26th! Photos with people and pets will be available. All proceeds benefit the Springfield Animal Care And Rescue Club.


Looking for a particular RAM vendor?

Do you want to know which artists will be at RAM this week? The roster will be posted on the RAM website each Friday. Go to the Vendor Highlights Page for the listing.



ALL KINDS of Entertainment!

Every week there are some superb, and often award-winning performers at our "in-Market" stage areas. Magicians, jugglers, and entertainers of all kinds come to RAM for YOU! Find out who will be here this week -

 You won't want to miss out on ALL the fun!




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Jacksonville, FL  32204

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

BIG NEWS: Mayor Brown to Present Government Reform Legislation to City Council Today at 1:30 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        Contact: Angela Spears, (904) 630-1977,





JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  Nov. 8, 2011 Mayor Alvin Brown will present his Government Reform Legislation to City Council today.


WHO:             Mayor Alvin Brown

                        Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Hyde


WHEN:          Tuesday, Nov. 8

                        1:30 p.m.       


WHERE:       City Hall, Council Chambers

                        117 W. Duval St., 1st Floor


Mayor Brown will be available for media questions immediately following the conclusion of the meeting in the atrium of City Hall.








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Thursday, November 03, 2011


Citywide Recycling Event, America Recycles Day, Nov. 15


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                           Contacts:          Jennifer Savage, City of Jacksonville,

(904) 630-3404,


Andrew King, Southland Recycling Services, 

(904) 732-3212,                                              






JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 3, 2011 The City of Jacksonville, Keep Jacksonville Beautiful and Southland Recycling Services will celebrate Keep America Beautiful's second annual America Recycles Day in Jacksonville with a communitywide recycling collection event. In 2010, the partnering agencies collected more than 23,000 pounds of paper, plastic and aluminum products, which is used for the production of new goods instead of going into the landfill. This year, traditional recyclables will be collected along with used cell phones, iPods and chargers, gently worn shoes and teacher supplies.


WHEN:            11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 15


WHERE:         Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St. – 32202

                        Parking: directional signage will be posted. Residents may either pull through the loop to drop    

off materials or they may park in the main parking area, on the west side of the building along Bay Street, and carry materials to the drop off area.


WHAT:            To encourage more residents to recycle and raise the awareness of the importance of recycling, the City of Jacksonville, KJB, the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, and Southland Recycling Services are partnering to hold a communitywide recycling event. Southland Recycling Services will have equipment on site to collect recyclables for processing and to shred paper documents. Additionally, cell phones, iPods and chargers will be collected for donation to Hubbard House for refurbishing or recycling; gently worn shoes will be collected for donation to Soles4Souls, which provides shoes to people in need; the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will collect plastic grocery bags; and the Teacher Supply Depot will be collecting items for Duval County Public Schools, teachers and students.


All materials listed below will be collected at America Recycles Day. Residents are asked to recycle and keep these items, many of which are valuable resources to others, from going to the landfill.




Chipboard (cereal boxes, shoe boxes)

Packing paper

Junk mail




Plastic bottles

Aluminum cans


Mobile shredding materials:

Documents will be immediately shredded on-site at the drop off point and sent to the Southland Recycling Services facility for processing.


Credit card statements

Cancelled checks

Bank statements

Tax records or related information (outside of retention dates)

Computer paper                                    

White office paper                                

Copy paper

Colored office paper

Forms and files

Fax paper



Reusable materials:

Mobile phones/chargers


Gently worn or new shoes

Plastic grocery store bags


Teacher supplies:

Three-ring binders

In/out trays



File folders


Hanging files

Hole punches

Ink pads/stamps


Mouse pads

Note pads

Blank paper (all kinds)

Project folders







Staple removers


Tape dispensers/tape

Wire baskets

Styrofoam (egg cartons, punch outs, meat/vegetable trays, sheets of Styrofoam)

Plastics (film canisters, forks, spoons and knives, Plexiglas, self-sealing bags, Styrofoam, straws)


Miscellaneous items:




Carpet squares

Fabric samples




Pie tins

Promotional items


Shoe boxes

Shoe strings

Student incentives

Telephone wire

Test tubes




Wallpaper books


IMPORTANT: This drop off event is for Jacksonville/Duval County residents only. Commercial/business recyclables will not be accepted. Other than cell phones and chargers, no electronic waste will be accepted at this event. Absolutely no liquids or household hazardous will be accepted at this event. Residents may take those items to the city's Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 2675 Commonwealth Ave. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The facility is closed on Sunday. For more information or to arrange for special handling of unusual material, call (904) 387-8847.


BACKGROUND:  Keep America Beautiful's America Recycles Day is celebrated each year on Nov. 15. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. The celebration focuses on informing and educating; getting neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when they all work together; and making recycling bigger and better 365 days a year. 


America's leading companies and organizations support recycling through sponsorships and partnerships with America Recycles Day 2011. Sponsors include: ALCOA, Waste Management, Anheuser-Busch, LG, Nestle Waters, O-I, PepsiCo, American Chemistry Council, GLAD, Johnson and Johnson, Earth 911 and Disney Friends for Change. Partners include: National Recycling Coalition and the Environmental Protection Agency.  Bank of America is supplying volunteers for Jacksonville's America Recycles Day.


To learn more about America Recycles Day, visit and click on "America Recycles Day." To learn more about Southland Recycling Services please visit For more information about Keep Jacksonville Beautiful, visit the city's website at, keyword search "Keep Jacksonville Beautiful" or call (904) 630-CITY.   



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