Kids Eat Free on Halloween at The Loop

Kids that come to The Loop in costume on Halloween (October 31st) in costume get to eat for free!

One free kids meal per adult entrée purchase. Offer valid at all Jacksonville, First Coast locations.

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Pumpkin Pulp Is No Treat for Your Plumbing

The trick to keeping pumpkin pulp and seeds from causing plumbing problems is as easy as pie.

“Instead of carving your jack-o’-lantern in or by the kitchen sink, try a newspaper,” said Randy Brague of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Jacksonville shop. “You need to be cautious when removing and disposing of the pumpkin’s sticky substance.”

When pumpkin pulp goes down the kitchen sink drain, the orange substance hardens and sticks to the pipes. Pumpkin carvers can end up with clogged drains and broken garbage disposals if they aren’t careful – especially when it’s cleanup time.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing recommends wrapping all the cut pieces and seeds in the newspaper and throwing them away. For those who recycle, put the remnants in a compost pile. Pulp and seeds are great for cooking as well.

Free Scary Face Pancakes October 29 at IHOP Restaurants in Florida

No Tricks – Just Treats As Kids 12 And Under Celebrate Halloween A Little Early

IHOP restaurants in Florida will celebrate Halloween a little early this year, offering kids 12 and under a free Scary Face Pancake as part of a national No Tricks – Just Treats program designed to provide kids with a safe and fun Halloween event.  The “design-your-own” Scary Face Pancake includes an oversized signature buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini OREO® cookies and candy corn on the side to allow kids to create their own Halloween hotcake. 

WHEN:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

WHERE:

Participating IHOP restaurants nationwide.

WHY:

Jacksonville Weekly Gas Price Update

Average retail gasoline prices in Jacksonville have fallen 1.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.75/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.81/g, according to gasoline price website JacksonvilleGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Jacksonville during the past week, prices yesterday were 8.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 12.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 10.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 13.8 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

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Publix Tricky Treatsville is Sat., 10/30 from 4-7pm

Publix is hosting a safe trick or treating event for the kids on Saturday, October 30, from 4-7 pm.  There will be a place in front of the store to trick or treat, but that's not the only place.  Each department in the store will be giving away candy for the kids!  Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  Happy Halloween!

Parents Search for Missing 13 year old: Arkayla Burt

Name:  Arkayla Burt

Last Seen:  Thursday, October 21, 2010 leaving Northwestern Middle School

Arkayla has braces and is light skinned. She is 5’2, 119 pounds. She takes medication for seizures.

If seen, please contact: JSO (630-0500) Report #842277

Basketball Team to Bounce into Town Soon

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Several semi-pro basketball teams have set up shop in the River City, only to disappear after a short time. A new team is aiming to change that record.

We've had the Jacksonville Jam, The Jacksonville Slam, The Floridians, and the Jacksonville Stingrays.

The owner of a new team, that is yet to be named, is hoping for about 5,000 people to come out to each home game.

Fifteen home games will be played at the Veterans Memorial Arena starting in early December.

The new owner is no stranger to this area. He is local attorney Ron Sholes, who already owns the pub next door to the arena.

"We're confident there are basketball fans here in Jacksonville," said Sholes.

The new team doesn't have a name yet, but Sholes said give them about 10 days to come up with one.

Locals might remember past basketball teams like the Jacksonville Jam.