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

City notes: Sbraga & Co. restaurant increasing hours

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by: David Chapman

Open less than a week, Brooklyn-based Sbraga & Co. is increasing its hours.

The contemporary restaurant with chef Kevin Sbraga now serves lunch 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, followed by a limited menu 3 to 5 p.m.

Brunch will be 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Dinner is 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For more information, visit sbragadining.com.

 

HabiJax dedicating eight homes Friday

Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville will host a home-dedication ceremony for eight homebuyers at 3 p.m. Friday at 1852 W. Fourth St.

Homebuyers, their families, volunteers and sponsors will attend.

HabiJax has been working to improve the New Town community through partnering in the New Town Success Zone.

The organization committed to a $16 million capital campaign to complete more than 400 homeownership and rehabilitation projects and is on track to meet that goal.

 

Local art history professor wins award

University of North Florida art history professor Debra Murphy received the Southeastern College Art Conference Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Murphy was the inaugural chair of UNF’s Department of Art and Design when it was established in 2004. She teaches a course each semester and taught ancient Roman art and architecture, along with Italian renaissance and baroque art among other topics.

In 2009, she founded UNF’s Italy Summer program that sends students to Italy for six weeks.

Murphy received a doctorate from Boston University and earned a master’s degree in art history from Florida State University.

The conference is a nonprofit that promotes the study and practice of the visual arts in higher education.

 

James Reed joins Franklin Street's Jacksonville office

Franklin Street is expanding its multifamily investment sales division by adding James Reed as senior director. He will be based in the commercial real estate company’s Jacksonville office.

Reed has more than 20 years of experience. He previously was real estate director at the Florida Rock Division of Vulcan Materials, where he negotiated land acquisitions, commercial and industrial leases and marketed and sold surplus real estate.

 

Former President Bill Clinton to keynote health initiative update

Former President Bill Clinton will provide the keynote address Friday for the Northeast Florida Blueprint for Action progress update of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative.

The program of The Clinton Foundation was announced in January 2013 in partnership with the PGA Tour and The Players Championship. The goal has been to establish a community transformation region in the five-county area of Northeast Florida.

Since then, community leaders and national partners have worked to implement the “Bold Actions” program that Northeast Florida residents co-created in a Blueprint for Action.

The health transformation has been launched in five other communities: Coachella Valley in southern California; Central Arkansas; the greater Houston area; Adams County, Miss.; and Knox County, Ill.

 

Teams qualifying for 2016 Curling Nationals in Jacksonville

Curling teams will be competing over the next two months for the right to come to Jacksonville for the USA Curling Nationals.

The city will host the event Feb. 6-13 at Veterans Memorial Arena.

Qualifying is similar to the U.S. Open in golf.

• The top two men’s and women’s teams in the Order of Merit on Dec. 21 will receive invitations.

• Two teams from USA Curling’s high-performance program will also be invited.

• Five spots will be decided in the challenge-round event Jan. 6-10. Men will compete in Madison, Wis., while women will play in Blaine, Minn.

Through the first 12 weeks of the 2015-16 season, the U.S. has three teams ranked in the top 50 worldwide on the men’s side. The women’s side has five teams ranked in the top 60.

Tickets are on sale for the championships at jaxevents.com.

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