Families

Ken Jeong Suits Up in New "Stayin' Alive" Video

FOR AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION’S HANDS-ONLY CPR CAMPAIGN

American Heart Association works with Crowdrise.com to raise awareness and funding 

  Ken Jeong combines his comedic prowess with his medical training in a new Hands-Only CPR video from the American Heart Association that uses the disco hit “Stayin’ Alive” to help people remember what to do in a sudden cardiac arrest. The video can be viewed at crowdrise.com/HandsOnlyCPR.

Father's Day Pet Adoption Specials at Animal Care & Protective Services

Father's Day Pet Adoption Specials at Animal Care & Protective Services

In honor of all the great dads across Jacksonville, the city's Animal Care & Protective Services Division is offering pet adoption specials for male dogs and cats throughout June. All male pets will be available for adoption for only $20, which covers the license fee.  That could mean a savings of up to $80 off regular adoption fees.  All animals adopted from Animal Care & Protective Services have been screened for heartworms, spayed/neutered, microchipped and given an initial checkup and shots, including the rabies vaccine.

License-free Saltwater Fishing Father's Day Weekend

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and one great way to celebrate is by planning a fishing trip off of the waters of Florida.  So if it has been awhile since you last wet a hook, or if it is something you’ve always wanted to try, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has provided a great opportunity to get dads and their families out on the water. You won’t need a saltwater fishing license anywhere in Florida during the weekend of June 18-19.

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Pulmonologist from St. Vincent's Warns of Health Effects from Wildfire Smoke

Phyisicans at St. Vincent's Medical Center are warning people about the health effects of the smoke from recent wildfires.  Doctors say they are seeing a rise in the number of patients complaining about irritation from smoke.

Pulmonologist Dr. Thomas Szwed, who works at St. Vincent's Medical Center, says people exercising outdoors may feel the effects.

Ask-A-Lawyer Project, June 18th

The Jacksonville Bar Association, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, and the Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation (NJCDC) are offering an "Ask-A-Lawyer" event on Saturday, June 18th, 9:00-12:00, at the Faust Temple Church of God in Christ, 3328 Moncrief Road.  Ask-A-Lawyer is one of many free services that will be available to the public during the annual HAND event.

Duval County Public Schools' Provides Breakfast and Lunch This Summer to Children Under 18

Duval County Public Schools will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program during the months of June, July and August.

New Records Released in Case of Foster Parent Licensed Despite Abusive Past

New Records Released in Case of Foster Parent Licensed Despite Abusive Past

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  --  A background check the Department of Children and Families did on one Jacksonville woman before it issued her licenses to operate a day care and be a foster parent did not reveal her abusive past, according to new DCF records.

DCF gave Annette Smith a license to operate a day care in 2001 and one to be a foster parent in 2004. But Smith was convicted of child abuse in 1991, which according to DCF's foster care checklist is a disqualifier.

According to DCF, it did a background check on Smith. Documents  just released from the agency are partially redacted, but a check done by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement only shows Smith's 1992 and 1993 DUI arrests and convictions. DUI is not a disqualifier.