Voting has started for an online competition in which the Jacksonville Humane Society is trying to win a $25,000 award.
To vote, go to jaxhumane.org and click on the “Bark the Vote” icon. Voters can vote only once day until Aug. 31 and must have a Facebook account to vote.
The Community Engagement Award is part of the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge in which 49 shelters across the country are competing, according to a news release.
To be considered for a $25,000 Community Engagement Award, a shelter must finish in the top three of the online voting competition.
Two Folio Weekly readers alerted us to this amusing sign taped to a barricade over a pothole on Oak Street in Riverside Aug. 21.
The sign reads," This pothole has been here almost one year! But we are putting a swimming pool in the stadium?"
“I thought it was pretty funny, so I thought I would share,” wrote Kelly White, a senior account executive at The McCormick Agency. Her office is near the pothole.
John Winkler, president of Concerned Taxpayers of Duval County, also emailed photos of sign he happened to see. He said it was coincidental that First Coast News’ Ken Amaro showed up with a photojournalist at the same time.
“It is the beginning of the great revolt to restore core services and end the circus subsidies — pitchforks and torches cannot be far behind,” he wrote.
Read Folio Weekly’s cover story about the taxpayers' investment in EverBank Field here.
The bill to award a lease for the old National Guard Armory to the Sons of Confederate Veterans has been withdrawn after several City Council members questioned the ability of the group to raise money for renovations Dec. 10.
City officials estimated repairs to the 98-year-old structure would cost about $9 million.
A lease of the structure had hit a fevered pitch in the past few weeks after a coalition of arts groups also expressed interest in the dilapidated building for an arts center.
The armory was built during World War I and used for military purposes until 1973. Several city offices used the building, but it has been vacant since 2000.
The bill’s sponsor, Councilwoman Kimberly Daniels, withdrew the bill at a meeting on Dec. 10, but she can refile it at any time. If the measure had failed in a vote by the City Council, it could not have been considered again for another year.
Here is Republican freshman Rep. Curt Clawson, who so graciously stepped in for the Republican rep who was busted with the cocaine a few months back, holding forth during a hearing at which he was clearly not paying attention. Comedy ensues.
Here’s how Newsday described it:
A freshman congressman’s minute-long speech may be one of the most embarrassing in Capitol Hill history.
Rep. Curt Clawson (R-Fla.) spoke directly to two U.S. government officials during a congressional hearing on Thursday, explaining his familiarity with their country – which he mistakenly believed was India.
Clawson continued speaking about his hopes for the future of India while Nisha Biswal, State Department assistant secretary of State for South and Central Asian affairs, and Arun Kumar, who holds multiple titles in the Department of Commerce, stared in disbelief.
“I am familiar with your country. I love your country,” the congressman continued, addressing the Indian-Americans. “I’m hopeful with the new change in regime that the future and the land of promise and the land of opportunity of India can finally become so.”
View the whole thing, in all its glory, here.