Dear Call Box: I'm looking for a free paper shredding event.
Dear E.D.: Lots of Jacksonville residents have confidential information that they need to shred judging by the queries we get concerning this subject. This is one of Call Box’s most popular questions.
And we’ve got good news. There are two free events coming up Thursday in conjunction with the annual America Recycles Day. The city and Keep Jacksonville Beautiful are teaming with several shredding companies to put them on.
One is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bank of America parking lot at 301 Third St. in Neptune Beach.
The other is from noon to 5 p.m. at Jacksonville's Metropolitan Park at 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd.
In addition to shredding materials, both sites will collect recycled items, such as office, arts and crafts and school supplies, said Tia Ford, city spokeswoman.
The events are only for Duval County residents. Commercial and business recyclables, as well as liquids and household hazardous waste, will not be accepted. Other than cellphones and chargers, no electronic waste will be accepted. Residents may take those items to the city's Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 2675 Commonwealth Ave., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. For more information call (904) 387-8847.
Dear Call Box: There used to be a small newsstand in Five Points. I remember that if you had a magazine or newspaper that you couldn’t find anywhere else in Jacksonville that you could find it there. I was just wondering when it closed and what happened to the owner.
Dear W.L.: The Five Points News Center closed in July 2010 after 64 years as a Jacksonville institution. It occupied a cinder block building at 1060 Park St.
The newsstand wasn’t making enough money to justify keeping it open, said owner Roy Reeves in a 2010 Times-Union story.
"The internet killed it, plus the recession," he said.
His father, also named Roy Reeves, founded the small New York-style newsstand in 1946 with his brother, William Reeves. It was thought to be among the oldest continually operating businesses in historic Five Points, according to a 1997 Times-Union story.
The stand opened with a $50 stock of magazines. By the 1980s, its hours were 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and it carried more than 1,000 different magazines, newspapers and many paperback books. It also sold maps and street guides.
The shop doubled in size in its first 40 years of operation. By 1990, it was Jacksonville’s last true newsstand.
The younger Reeves, who worked at the newsstand in the late 1950s and early 1960s, bought it from his father in 1990 to keep it in the family, he told the Times-Union.
"Everybody read back then," he said in a 2010 story. "Even the kids read newspapers. I still want to hold a newspaper in my hands. But now, people just want to sit on the internet."
In December 1994 the newsstand opened a second location in Jacksonville Beach. In 1996 it opened a third store in Mandarin. A fourth store came in 1999 on Laura Street. All have closed.
The elder Reeves died in 1997 at age 76 after a lengthy illness. In his 1997 obit, other shop owners said he was liked and respected by neighboring merchants.
The younger Reeves briefly reopened the newstand as a barbecue spot called Der-B-Q, but it is no longer in operation. At one point, the younger Reeves also owned the Derby House restaurant next door. But in 2011, Roy and Louise Reeves shut down the Derby House, and it was bought by other owners who renovated it into Derby on Park.
Memories: In a recent Call Box column, a reader wanted to know if Jacksonville was ever known as Cowford because there were several spots in the St. Johns River where cattle forded the water at its narrowest points. Ray Howard called to say that his father-in-law, who was born in 1898, told him that he recalled seeing cattle in the river near the present-day Acosta Bridge and McCoys Creek area as late as 1913-15.
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