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EMBRACE YOUR GEEKNESS DAY !!! jULY 13

EMBRACE YOUR GEEKNESS DAY !!! jULY 13

Some people view the term " GEEK"  with a negative composition.  But hey all of us our geeks in our own way, some are just better than others... and richer!!!! A geek is a person who is characterized as highly intelligent and very technicaclly oriented.  They are usually studious, technical, and present themselves in a formal manner.  So embrace your geekness everyone!!!! Spend the day on your computer, tinkering with gadgets, watching Sci-fi films, reading comic books.  It's your day!!!! Stand tell and be proud!

Jacksonville Zoo Goes Green!

The Jacksonville Zoo was recently awarded CleanZone Certification Level 2 from JanPak, the leading supplier of innovative and sustainable cleaning and packaging solutions. The Zoo’s two restaurants, The Trout River Grille and the Palm Plaza Cafe' have converted their disposable food service and packaging to include Compostable and biodegradable portion cups made from a plant-based resin (reducing plastic), cutlery made from 60% corn starch (40% less plastic), and Harvest Fibre meal service plates and containers made from sugar cane starch which eliminates plastic and is biodegradable.

They Aren't Bald -- so Why are They 'Bald' Eagles? | SLIDESHOW

They Aren't Bald -- so Why are They  'Bald' Eagles? | SLIDESHOW

Pictures: Bald eagles

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Funny thing happened today at the Jacksonville zoo ...

And it's perfect for July 4.

A visitor to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens wondered aloud why the bald eagle is called "bald" at all.

The explanation from Jacksonville Zoo Deputy Director of Conservation and Education Dan Maloney?

The explanation from Maloney? "The answer is that from a distance the animals may look like they don't have any feathers on their head. But the word is derived from an Old English term that refers to being white-headed." 

He said it is kind of a coincidence because the word sounds like "bald."

Some accounts spell the old word, "balde."

On our FCN Facebook page, we've been hearing from lots of folks who see bald eagles in the wild around the First Coast.

Over Resident Protests, New Landfill Approved for the Westside

Over Resident Protests, New Landfill Approved for the Westside

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The traffic, the noise, the smell.

A lot of different reasons why Westside neighbors don't want a new landfill in their neighborhood. 

"I've lived there for 15 years. I don't want it. I don't know who in their right mind, just like I said in there, would want a landfill near their house," said Otis Road resident James Diamatta.

He was one of dozens of people in the neighborhood to speak out against the landfill, which he said will decrease his property value, and hurt the environment.

"Who wants to hear 60 dump trucks a day? On top of the traffic, on top of the fact I gotta work at night, it just don't add up," said Diamatta. 

The Council listened to more than an hour of public comment on the bill, which got heated a number of times.

Jacksonville's Water Hogs Let Millions of Gallons Go Down the Drain

Jacksonville's Water Hogs Let Millions of Gallons Go Down the Drain

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The average family uses about 6,000 gallons of water a month.  Each person in the house uses 90 gallons a day, and if you think that's a lot, wait until you see how much the water hogs in the city consume.

"Certainly we do have a set of residential customers that use more than the typical customer here," said JEA spokeswoman Gerri Boyce.

Well, what's typical for families in Jacksonville?

Most households are using about 72,000 gallons of water a year.

The top water hog on our list uses 1,489,949 gallons a year. That's 124,000 gallons a month.

"This takes on a life of its own when you're looking at these type of numbers," she said.

Many of the highest water consumers in Jacksonville live in large homes and gated communities, and none of them agreed to talk on camera about their water usage.

Nearly 50 Warnings Issued so far in Jacksonville for Bad Watering

Nearly 50 Warnings Issued so far in Jacksonville for Bad Watering

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  The city is no longer lenient with those violating water rules.

The city adopted an irrigation ordinance in 2008 in an effort to conserve water. But it wasn't until June 2010 that code enforcers began issuing tickets since the city wanted to give residents time to get accustomed to the rules.

Who's the Biggest Water Hog in Your Neighborhood? JEA Releases List of 50 Biggest Users

"Our rule emulates what the state is doing, to be consistent with the other counties around us and essentially statewide," said Vincent Seibold, chief of the Environmental Quality Division.