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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Feb. 18, 201512:00 PM EST

City notes: Comedian Lewis Black coming to University of North Florida


Comedian and author Lewis Black is coming to the University of North Florida as part of his “The Rant is Due: Part Deux” tour.

Black will be there for a 7:30 p.m. March 12 appearance at the school’s Lazzara Performance Hall.

Black has been a regular on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

Tickets are available online and range from $58-$85, with discounts for UNF students and faculty who have a valid Osprey1Card.

For ticket information, call the UNF box office at (904) 620-2878.


RealSense tax preparation event draws 250 families

More than 250 families filed their tax returns for free Saturday at several RealSense sites.

United Way of Northeast Florida’s RealSense volunteer tax preparers helped participants receive a maximum refund, directing them to Earned Income Tax Credits and other deductions clients might not have been aware they could receive.

“Ensuring that eligible families receive the Earned Income Tax Credit can make a big difference in their lives and financial situations,” said Deborah Pierson, RealSense volunteer chair and Bank of America vice president of business and community engagement.

The WalMart Foundation provided a grant that helped residents file their taxes online at computer stations that offered access to


Jacksonville University, Mote Marine Laboratory partner

Jacksonville University and Mote Marine Laboratory have joined for a new education-focused program.

JU President Tim Cost and Mote President and CEO Michael Crosby signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in marine research and education. The agreement provides for partnerships in teaching, mentoring, undergraduate and graduate research, joint research and sharing education facilities and infrastructure.

Areas of research include climate change, ecotoxicology, marine fisheries biology and ecology, ocean technology and marine and freshwater aquaculture.

Mote is an independent, nonprofit marine research institution and operates six campuses throughout Southwest Florida, including its 10.5-acre home base in Sarasota. JU science programs are bolstered by the Marine Science Research Institute along the St. Johns River.


Turpin promoted to vice president at 121 Financial Credit Union

Randy Turpin has been promoted to vice president of branch operations for 121 Financial Credit Union.

He’ll be responsible for the overall management of the credit union’s 14 branches. Turpin had been branch operations director.

A 14-year veteran of the banking industry, Turpin spent his first 10 years in commercial and community banking for companies like SunTrust, AmSouth and Atlantic Coast banks.

Established in 1935, 121 Financial has more than 40,000 members and offers full banking and loan services.


Hugh Greene to receive Junior Achievement award

Baptist Health President and CEO Hugh Greene will receive the 17th Annual Baker Award during Junior Achievement of North Florida’s Hall of Fame 2015 ceremony.

The Thompson S. Baker Solid as a Rock Award is presented to an individual who exemplifies financial education, workforce preparation or entrepreneurship. It recognizes those who have dedicated themselves to improving the community though leadership, hands-on involvement and philanthropic deeds. The namesake award is in honor of the founder of Florida Rock Industries.

Previous recipients include Shad Khan, Gary Chartrand, Luther and Blanche Coggin, Bill and Eloise Gay, David Stein and Pete Carpenter.

The ceremony is noon-1:30 p.m. Friday at the University of North Florida’s Herbert University Center. Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti will serve as the keynote speaker.

For more information, visit


Jonathan Lee promoted at The LBA Group

The LBA Group has promoted Jonathan Lee to tax manager.

Lee joined the organization in December 2012 as a staff accountant and has eight years of tax and accounting experience.

He earned his bachelor’s of business administration in accounting from Georgia Southern.

The LBA Group provides accounting, consulting and wealth advisory services to closely held businesses, professional practices, not-for-profits and high net-worth individuals.


City offering free tax assistance for veterans

Qualified Jacksonville veterans can receive free help with their tax preparation at City Hall.

An IRS-certified volunteer from will be at City Hall from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday through June 20.

Eligible veterans must have made $60,000 or less in 2014 to qualify for the service.

Veterans need basic computer skills to input information, an email address, photo identification, Social Security cards, income information, adjusted gross income from 2013 returns and bank account information for refunds.

Joint filings require both spouses to be present. Appointments can be made at (904) 630-3680.


Silver Airways adds another weekday flight from JIA to Fort Lauderdale

Silver Airways is offering more routes within Florida and between the state and the Bahamas, including one in Jacksonville.

Among the additions is another flight between Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville, up from three to four flights per day weekdays.




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