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• After serving for eight years as the regional director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Diantha Grant has a new job. She is the new executive director of the St. Johns River City Band. “I’ll have my coming out party at the band’s Taste the Music fundraiser Thursday night at the Aetna Building,” said Grant. With Grant taking over the executive director duties, Music Director Michael Davis said he will now be able to focus on conducting the band.

• The Downtown Council is already planning a networking event at one of the Jacksonville Barracudas home games this season. Also, City Council member and former Council president, Kevin Hyde is scheduled to speak at the group’s next breakfast meeting Sept. 29 at 7:30 a.m. at River City Brewing Co.

• A local company will start providing national TV coverage. PRC Digital Media has built a new studio that will allow live feeds to satellite networks that have on-air talent in Jacksonville. The service will debut when ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser is in Jacksonville for the Nov. 20 Monday Night Football game between the Jags and the New York Giants. Kornheiser, who does color during the games, will also appear on ESPN’s live pre-game show. Ray Hays, PRC president, said that the facility will also be used by CNN and MSNBC.

• The Twisted Martini at the Landing has debuted a new libation called the blueberry muffin martini. Twisted is also going to unveil a new food and martini menu by the end of the month.

• The University of Florida will officially unveil its Proton Therapy Institute at Shands next month. There’s an Oct. 13 dedication ceremony planned for 11 a.m.

• City Council receptionist Sherma Sylvester has moved over to the Tax Collector’s Office in the Yates building on Forsyth Street. They’ll use a temp until a full-time replacement can be found.

• Three big commercial real estate deals are working their way through the Council process and they’re big enough that Council President Michael Corrigan has called a rare joint meeting of several Council committees to look over the bills. Four committees will meet Thursday at 1:30 to go over the Barnett Building, Landing and Haverty’s legislation. Representatives from the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission will also be on hand.

• Edward Waters College is celebrating its 140th anniversary this year and the formal gathering is Oct. 6. There’s an 11 a.m. program in the Milne Auditorium on the EWC campus. Former State Sen. and EWC alum Betty Holzendorf will deliver the Founders’ Day address. There are a host of other activities throughout the week.

• Engineering and planning firm Edwards and Kelcey has moved its North Florida operation to the St. Joe Building on Riverside Avenue.

• The Marko Group has been selected to design the 2007 Jacksonville Film and Television Production Guide. The annual guide lists locations, companies and people who provide goods and services to the local film and television industry. Last year —according to the Film and Television Office — film, television digital production was responsible for adding more than $68 million into the local economy.

• Digital Video Arts, in conjunction with St. Augustine-based WaveForm Productions, has completed production on an hour-long video the Florida Department of Health will use to educate Floridians about how to prepare and react to a possible bird flu outbreak.

• The big new theater at River City Marketplace near the airport is holding a VIP lunch and tour Wednesday. It’s called Hollywood Theaters and it’s the first big theater on the Northside. There will be 14 screens.

• The new Downtown This Week is out and the cover story is about who and what is at the top of several Downtown office towers. The magazine is free and available all over Downtown.

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