Community Spirit

Miracle Children Bring Extra Thanks to Local Publix Store

Miracle Children Bring Extra Thanks to Local Publix Store

Jennifer and Dave Edwards are proud parents of 2 healthy twin boys, Jack and Luke.  At 16 weeks into their pregnancy, doctors told the parents-to-be that one of their babies had no amniotic fluid and to prepare for the worst. At just 19 weeks, Jennifer started having contractions and was immediately admitted into the hospital.  She made it to 32 weeks and delivered the two boys at Wolfson Children’s Hospital on September 7, 2007. Jack and Luke each weighed a little over 2 lbs. and were able to go home after 8 weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).The boys were transported and treated with equipment that was purchased by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, with funds raised by their corporate sponsors such as Publix.

Ken Jeong Suits Up in New "Stayin' Alive" Video

FOR AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION’S HANDS-ONLY CPR CAMPAIGN

American Heart Association works with Crowdrise.com to raise awareness and funding 

  Ken Jeong combines his comedic prowess with his medical training in a new Hands-Only CPR video from the American Heart Association that uses the disco hit “Stayin’ Alive” to help people remember what to do in a sudden cardiac arrest. The video can be viewed at crowdrise.com/HandsOnlyCPR.

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.

Ms. Senior Clay County and Ms. Assisted Living Facility of Clay County Pageant

The Ms. Senior Clay County and Ms. Assisted Living Facility of Clay County event will be held this Thursday, June 16 at 6:30pm at St. Giles Presbyterian Church. The church is located at the corner of Blanding Boulevard and Foxridge Road in Clay County.

Putnam County Desperate For Volunteer Firefighters

PALATKA, Fla. -- With the wildfires burning across the First Coast, county fire services need more volunteers to help out on the ground and act as support.

Shannon Tilton is a volunteer firefigher in Putnam County. She's been active since 1997 and says volunteering can lead to a new career, or just be a great way to help out the community.

"Putnam County paid for my fire school and they also paid for my EMT training, I'm now EMT certified."

She says typically the volunteer staff are the first to get picked when there are openings within the full-time fire department.

Right now, she says they are worn so thin because of all the wildfires as well as the standard house calls and medical emergencies.

Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a terrifying five minutes for one First Coast family after being carjacked in a Krystal drive-thru.

"I thought 'he's going to kill me. This is really happening. He's going to kill me,'" said Kelli Broadfoot.

Just after placing her order at the drive-thru, police said James Johnson forced his way into Kelli Broadfoot's truck- and she didn't waste any time fighting back.

"I'm hitting him and kicking him, and he's hitting and kicking and pushing," she said.

Johnson said Broadfoot hit her in the face several times, before forcing her out of the car, and speeding off with 13-month-old Lindsey still in the truck.

"When she hit the ground, she bounced right back up (and screamed) 'My baby!' It was not good," said witness Ben Kelly.

He was in the drive-thru line right behind Broadfoot and witnessed the whole thing.

Clay County H. S. Alumni Raising Money for New Track

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Alumni from one Clay County high school plan to help their alma mater raise money to purchase a new athletic track.

Next week, as members of the Orange Park High School Class of 1981 gather for their 30-year reunion, they're planning to hold a car wash to help the school raise money for the track. 

But they won't be alone.  The car wash will be multi-generational, pairing the class of '81 with current students and others who graduated in between.

This isn't the first time these classmates have stepped up for their school.

Back in 1981, they garnered media attention after staging a school-day walkout to garner support for teachers' salaries.

If you want to help support the school, bring your dirty car to Orange Park High School, located at 2300 Kingsley Avenue, starting at 10:30am on Saturday, June 11.