The annual painting of the paw prints on Bay Street is 7:30-9 a.m. Saturday, with an after-party from 9 a.m. to noon.
The public is invited to help paint the 263 paw prints along Bay Street, from the Main Street bridge to EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Roar cheerleaders, the D-Line and Jaxson de Ville will appear at the event. Meet at the Shipyards to participate held by the JAX Chamber's Downtown Council.
Eight named to local board for juvenile diabetes foundation
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation announced the appointment of eight new members to the North Florida Chapter board. They are:
• Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill, College of Nursing, University of Florida
• Leslie Burkhalter, Underwood Jewelers
• Stacy Ellison, communications professional
• Darlene Ledet, Black Knight Financial Services
• George Perrin, University of Florida
• Kasey Repass, Parent to a Child with Type 1 diabetes
• Pat Schoenberg, Medtronic
• Bob Wall, GuideWell Health
Greg Carroll, human resources sourcing manager for Accenture, is the new president. His daughter, now 18, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 6.
The North Florida chapter was formed in 1993 and has established an impressive track record in patient education programs, support groups, public awareness and advocacy. Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults — approximately 80 people per day — are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the U.S.
Lillaney named chief information officer for Acosta Sales & Marketing
Acosta Sales & Marketing named Dilip Lillaney as its chief information officer, making him responsible for all information technology operations for the company.
He previously served as Procter & Gamble’s information technology associate director and chief information officer for Global Family Care.
Lillaney received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Bombay, India, and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.
He served as a board member and treasurer for The INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati, a nonprofit with a mission to expose high school students to careers in information technology.
FirstLight HomeCare celebrates grand opening at chamber event
FirstLight HomeCare of the First Coast celebrated its grand opening July 22 with a cocktail reception at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Held in conjunction with the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly After Hours reception, the event was attended by 120 local residents, business leaders and community partners.
In addition to meal preparation, light housekeeping and transportation to shopping, errands and medical appointments, FirstLight caregivers provide assistance with bathing and hygiene, dressing, mobility and more.
“Whether it’s driving a senior to the salon or a doctor’s appointment, or doing the laundry for a new mother just home from the hospital, or helping someone who’s just had surgery with bathing and dressing, FirstLight caregivers help people enjoy a better quality of life,” FirstLight HomeCare owner Jennifer Logue told attendees.
With offices in Palencia, FirstLight HomeCare of the First Coast serves residents of St. Johns and Duval counties. For more information, call (904) 770-3220 or visit firstcoast.firstlighthomecare.com.
Hopkins named regional director for Catholic Charities
The Jacksonville Regional Office of Catholic Charities has hired Lauren Weedon Hopkins as the regional director.
A graduate of Washington and Lee University, Hopkins has been the director of development at the YMCA since October 2012.
Before that, she was the associate director at Dreams Come True for five years.
Groundbreaking set for St. John Paul II Mission Church
Bishop Felipe J. Estévez of the Diocese of St. Augustine will attend the groundbreaking of St. John Paul II Mission Church at 11 a.m. Aug. 8.
The ceremony will be at 127 Stonemason Way, a 35-acre site donated by the Davis family near Valley Ridge Boulevard in Nocatee.
The groundbreaking is for a 12,000-square-foot building that will serve as a temporary worship space until the mission can afford to build a church.
The space also includes a lobby, commercial kitchen, administrative offices, conference rooms, and a large multipurpose area with a stage. The project is expected to cost $4 million and be completed in the spring.
St. John Paul II is a mission church of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ponte Vedra Beach. A mission is a congregation too small or too new to be established as a separate parish. Mission churches are usually administered to by a priest or priests of a nearby parish as designated by the bishop.
Bishop Estévez appointed Father Edward Shaner to serve at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish as a parochial vicar in March 2014 and he is overseeing the new mission in Nocatee.
Sauer Inc. of Jacksonville was awarded the contract to build the new multipurpose building and Kasper Architecture of Jacksonville is providing design services for the project.
Kirk takes over as new Army Corps commander
Col. Jason A. Kirk assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District from Col. Alan M. Dodd this month.
Kirk is a 1993 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering.
Brig. Gen. C. David Turner, commander of the Corps’ South Atlantic Division, said Kirk’s experience has having prepared him well to command one of the busiest districts in the Corps of Engineers.
“Standing here as the new commander and district engineer of the Jacksonville District, I look forward to continuing the incredibly important work to support national security, protect water resources — particularly the Everglades — and coordinate and cooperate successfully with our many military, federal, state and local customers and stakeholders across Florida, the Antilles and beyond,” Kirk said after assuming command.
Turner officiated at the ceremony. Lt. Col. Mark Himes, Jacksonville District deputy commander, served as the master of ceremonies.
Tim Murphy, the district’s senior civilian and deputy engineer for programs and project management, assisted with the passing of the district colors, which symbolized the transfer of authority from the outgoing to the incoming commander.
Clagnaz joins Baptist’s Adult Behavioral Health Services
Dr. Peter J. Clagnaz has been hired as medical director of Adult Behavioral Health Services for Baptist Health.
He has more than 30 years of experience leading behavioral health care organizations.
Clagnaz earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, N.Y.
He completed an internship in internal medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, as well as residencies in internal medicine and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, Wis.
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