Families

Family Waits for Nearly a Year for Naval Burial at Sea

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's been almost a year and the Honeycutt family said the Navy has yet to carry out a burial at sea service requested for their brother.

"I don't know if it is appropriate or not. My sister said we killed a terrorist and buried him at sea almost immediately; we've been waiting for almost a year," said David Honeycutt.

Honeycutt knows the Osama bin Laden situation is different, he said, but he and his family are frustrated. "We're just trying to hang on while they fulfill their promise," he said.

His brother, George Honeycutt, died June 25 and three days later there was funeral. The Navy told the family he was eligible for a burial at sea service, but that there was a four-month wait.

The Honeycutts are still waiting.

"My sister has said she sits and thinks about him just still lying-in-state in a cooler waiting for what was to have been done a long time ago," he said.

Adventure Landing Hosting a “Be Water Aware” Water Safety Day

Adventure Landing Hosting a “Be Water Aware” Water Safety Day

Adventure Landing’s Shipwreck Island Waterpark is on a mission to make Northeast Florida “water-aware.”  May has been designated National Water Safety Month by the World Waterpark Association, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and the National Recreation & Parks Association.  As a WWA member, Adventure Landing is taking action to educate the public on how to prevent drownings, recreational water-related injuries and sun damage by offering educational information to the media during National Water Safety Month.

Protect Pets From Heat Stress and Stroke

Like humans, pets are susceptible to overheating. Older dogs, flat-faced dogs, overweight dogs and puppies have the highest risk of heat stroke or heat stress, but owners should make sure that all pets have plenty of cool water and a source of continuous shade when outdoors as temperatures rise across Jacksonville.

Youth Win Immunization PSA Contest

Each year in the United States, we lose 1,070 people to meningitis and 4,590 people to cervical cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). In an effort to spread the word about these vaccine-preventable diseases and raise awareness among teens, Brunet-García Advertising sponsored the Florida Bureau of Immunization’s You Call the Shots public service announcement (PSA) contest; inviting youth ages 11 to 18 to produce and enter a 30-second  PSA highlighting the importance of HPV and meningitis vaccinations.

JaxParks Summer Camp Lineup

The City of Jacksonville Recreation and Community Programming Division (JaxParks) summer camp program registration period will open Tuesday, May 17.  Registration for all camps will be conducted online only unless indicated otherwise. It will remain open until all seats are filled.  Free public online access is available at all Jacksonville Public Libraries.

Jacksonville VisionWalk, May 21st

VisionWalk is the national signature fundraising event of the Foundation Fighting Blindness.  Since its inception in the Spring of 2006, the program has raised over $15 million to fund sight-saving research.  As promising treatments move into critical human studies, the need for research funding is greater than ever before.

Join the tens of thousands of people who have taken important steps toward a cure by participating in a 5K VisionWalk.

Walk Information:

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2011 Location:

University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive
The Coxwell Amphitheater Field
Jacksonville, FL 32224

Best Buddies Inagural Friendship Walk Today!

Best Buddies Inagural Friendship Walk Today!

Best Buddies Jacksonville hosts inaugural Friendship Walk, a Walk-a-Thon and Friendship Festival, featuring carnival-style festivities, delicious food, and entertainment today, April 16th from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the University of North Florida Amphitheater