Check out the December 2013 event calendar to find the best holiday and non-holiday themed events in Jacksonville
Per the Florida Times-Union, April M. Laymon, a music teacher at Beauclerc Elementary School, was named the Florida Music Educators Association's 2014 Music Educator of the Year. Laymon focuses on early and middle childhood music education, and was a finalist for Duval County Teacher of the Year in 2007.
It's been mostly a season of downs for the Jaguars and their fans. While expectations were quite low entering the season due in part to a roster-rebuilding purge, it was hard to imagine it being this bad.
But this bad it has been, indeed. Through five games, the Jaguars are 0-5. The club's stat sheet is competitive only with the team's generally considered the worst of all time, including the 1976 Buccaneers.
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The Jaguars opponent this week -- the Broncos -- are on quite a different path. Led by Peyton "Like a fine wine" Manning, the Broncos have scored an average of 46 points per page -- an average nearly as high as the Jaguars' season points total (51).
But that didn't lead Manning to downplay his opponent (well, at least not to the media). "We're playing a good NFL football team," Manning said, of the 0-5 Jaguars. With less than a week to go to gameday, the Jaguars are listed as 28-point underdogs. That's the highest points spread in NFL history, folks...
The game is Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 4:05 EDT at Sports-Authority Field at Mile High. It will be broadcast locally on CBS.
Looking to get out of town for the weekend? Take a trip to St. Augustine and see what the city has to offer. While you're there, make sure to check out Castillo de San Marco - the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States.
Former Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell will be inducted into the club's Pride of the Jaguars (basically a team Hall of Fame), according to local sports blogger Alfie Crow.
Brunell played for the Jaguars from 1995 to 2003, leading the club to four straight playoff appearances in the late-90s. Brunell joins former running back Fred Taylor along with left tackle Tony Boselli.
Update: The Jaguars have made this official. Brunell will be inducted Dec. 15 game against Buffalo.
Looking for something to this weekend? Make plans to travel around the Matthews Bridge...it was damaged earlier in the week by a passing ship, and may be out of commission for months.
- Check out a Jaguars game. The Jaguars are 0-3 and widely considered the worst team in the NFL...but the gameday experience sure is fun!
- Check out the Riverside Arts Market
- Grab a cup of coffee and meet somebody. Bold Bean Coffee in Riverside recently announced that they would go "WiFi-free" on weekends. Stop by, have some coffee and a conversation.
- Catch a movie. Films showing this weekend locally include Clouldy with a Chance of Meatballs II, Don Jon, Riddick and Insidious: Chapter II.
Enjoy your labor-day weekend, Jacksonville. Recent studies suggesting Americans are overworked indicate it's a much-needed break from the grind of working.
As an addition to the Jacksonville's Famous Residents series, check out the latest addition: A. Philip Randolph. You may recognize his name from A. Philip Randolph Blvd., but do you know the contributions of the man? Randolph was an influential labor and civil rights leader, and a Jacksonville native.
The first storms of "hurricane season" typically form by mid-August. While it appears we may get through August this year without one, the threat of one in the near future is very likely.
While Jacksonville is rarely hit by hurricanes, it's always a good idea to be prepared. Check out this guide for preparing for hurricane season.
At some point a few years ago, the city of Jacksonville ceased the distribution of blue curbside recycling bins. But now, the city is once again distributing them freely. To request your bin, call 630-CITY (2489) or make your request at COJ.net.
The city's recycling program has also greatly expanded recently. Click here to read more about Jacksonville's curbside recycling program.
After an offseason activity level equivalent to a near top-to-bottom redesign, the Jaguars are finally close to kicking off the 2013 NFL season. The Jags open the preseason on August 9 at EverBank Field, where they'll take on the Miami Dolphins.
The offseason may be ending, but major question marks remain. Who will be the Jaguars starting quarterback, Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne? Will Maurice Jones-Drew be close to 100 percent for the start of the regular season?
These questions will likely be answered sometime during August, probably toward the end of the Jaguars preseason.