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Mayor Alvin Brown hosted a celebration of the city's summer jobs programs. Also pictured are Matt Galnor, representing the JAX Chamber; Kent Brumfield, JEA fleet services manager; David Nechvatal, JEA water meter services manager; and Christopher...
Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Jul. 23, 201412:00 PM EST

City notes: Students, companies take part in summer jobs celebration

by: David Chapman

Mayor Alvin Brown hosted an event Tuesday to congratulate students for participating in his summer jobs program this year. In all, 575 students received job training and work experience.

He also met with representatives from companies and organizations that participated by providing Jacksonville youth with work experience. Some of the representatives on hand Tuesday were Matt Galnor, representing the JAX Chamber; Kent Brumfield, JEA fleet services manager; David Nechvatal, JEA water meter services manager; and Christopher Macklin, JTA Connexion.

The program is part of Brown’s Youth Initiative launched in January to increase summer job opportunities, develop youth leaders and expand efforts to keep first-time juvenile misdemeanor offenders out of the criminal justice system.

Eat Up Downtown returns Aug. 11-24

The Eat Up Downtown promotion is back this summer from Aug. 11-24 with almost 20 eateries and options available.

Each restaurant has created a special multicourse menu for the promotion, which costs $15, $25 or $35 depending on the venue. Participating restaurants include Basil Thai & Sushi, Café Nola, Indochine, Olio and the Wine Cellar.

Also included this year is Foxy Lady Cruises, which is offering dinner cruises Aug. 15-16 for $50 per person.

Reservations are not required.

For a full list of vendors and menus, visit

Sekine appointed to SottoPelle advisory board

Dr. Kenneth Sekine has been appointed to the SottoPelle advisory board, a newly named team comprising outstanding medical and business professionals. The board will help advance SottoPelle’s mission to bring the importance of quality bioidentical pellet therapy to the mainstream.

The board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist has been practicing in Jacksonville since 1981 and will assist the SottoPelle medical and management team.

SottoPelle provides bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to men and women worldwide.

Dailey earns award from Reinhold Foundation

Jacksonville Children’s Chorus Executive Director Darren Dailey hasn’t confined his skills locally in Jacksonville.

He’s been invited to conduct and advise children’s choral groups across the U.S. during his time in Jacksonville and has been recognized for his dedication to music education.

Dailey received the 2014 Celebrate Clay Extraordinary Director Award from the Reinhold Foundation. The award recognizes Dailey for an innovative approach to growing the Jacksonville Foundation and comes with a $5,000 donation.

According to a news release, Dailey accomplished the growth by offering multiple rehearsal locations across Jacksonville, which has been emulated across the country.

The chorus’ mission is to provide-choral music education to children with diverse backgrounds. It has five choruses. For more information, visit

Learn about Northeast Florida's past 

The Jacksonville Public Library will present “Fantastic Archaeology: Florida Frauds, Myths and Mysteries,” an educational talk about the misuse and misinterpretation of Northeast Florida’s past.

The talk will be at 7 p.m. July 31 at the Regency Square Branch Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd.

The event will be presented by Emily Jane Murray, the public archaeology coordinator with the Florida Public Archaeology Network, Northeast Region, and is part of the library’s adult summer reading programs.

It is free and open to the public.

Sen. Rob Bradley appointed to state corrections council

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed state Sen. Rob Bradley to the Florida Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision.

Bradley, of Fleming Island, is an attorney and represents District 7 comprising Alachua, Bradford and Clay counties. His term began Friday and ends June 30.

The council consists of seven members and has the secretary of corrections, who serves as chair, and the rest coming via gubernatorial appointment. It meets at least twice a year.

Fresh Market to hire 80-85 employees

The Fresh Market Inc. scheduled a career open house from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel to hire about 80-85 employees for its new Riverside Avenue store.

Candidates interested in applying for a position must apply online at with keyword 196 before attending the open house. Candidates who meet the required qualifications will be invited to schedule an appointment with The Fresh Market’s hiring team. Available positions include assistant deli managers, assistant grocery specialist, assistant front end managers, assistant produce managers, bakers, bulk specialist, gift/floral specialist, grocery specialist, meat cutters and seafood specialist. For more information about the company, visit

Sister Cities Association to host Mandela event

The city and Jacksonville Sister Cities Association will honor the life of Nelson Mandela by sponsoring a fundraising banquet in support of health programs for citizens of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in South Africa.

The event is 6-8 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. The cost is $75 per person.

Benson Fihla, mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, will be the keynote speaker and a delegation from the municipality, representatives of the South African Embassy in Washington, D.C., and local officials will attend.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or email [email protected].

Quinton White receives city environmental award

Quinton White, Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute executive director, has won a city award for his decades of work for the St. Johns River.

White is the winner of the Christi P. Veleta Environmental Award, given annually by the city’s Environmental Protection Board.

The award recognizes someone who has shown long-term environmental stewardship and superior environmental initiative, and promoted education and outreach.

White is a marine science professor and spent nearly four decades at JU.

Veleta worked for the city for more than 30 years, working closely with the board for environmental education, awareness and action.

“I consider Christi Veleta a very dear friend, and it’s especially significant to me to win an award named after her,” White said in a news release. “She worked for decades on environmental issues for the city, and you could always count on her to give it her all.”

White’s achievements include the institute, along with education and research on a variety of St. Johns River issues like near-shore reef environments, manatee preservation and water resource and pollution studies.

White will be presented the award Aug. 15 at the Environmental Protection Board Symposium.



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