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page 10Puzzles A Florida NewsLine Publicationpage 5Q & A with School Board Member Lori Hershey Q A Photos courtesy Kelly DelaneyAtlantic Coast High School art students worked on the Wyland Challenge. APRIL 2018 Volume 6 Issue 2page 2 Take 5page 7 Get to Know... Russell SweetYoung artists create winning mural for Atlantic Coast High SchoolBy Angela Higginbotham Young artists cont. on pg. 7 904-724-7211 | | Free Estimates DAVID GRAY OFFERS HOMEOWNERS MORE POWER Electrical Repairs Hanging Fixtures Home Automation Landscape Lighting Pool/Spa Power Supply Remodeling Wiring Surge Protection SAVE $20*FIRST USE OF DAVID GRAY ELECTRICAL SERVICES EC13006161 | *Coupon cannot be combined with other offers. Other restrictions may apply. Please present at time of service. Code SNSG-18 A visit to 9A Baymeadows Regional ParkBy Elaine Omann mail@floridanewsline.comIf legislation introduced by District 11 Council Member Danny Becton is passed, 9A Baymeadows Regional Park will get a new name: Fort Family Regional Park at Baymeadows. Upon the bills passage, the city and Perim-eter Realty, a subsidiary of Fort Family Investments, will enter into an agree-ment where the company agrees to pay $100,000 to the city annually for 10 years, for enhancements and improve-ments to the park. is money is not intended for routine maintenance. Finding the park requires winding through the neighborhood between the Baymead-ows and Gateway exits on the east side of Interstate 295. ere are no visible direction signs until one comes to the entrance. Upon en-tering the park there are many options for park use, includ-ing a soccer eld, courts, covered picnic areas, trails, and a lake with a paved trail that follows the edge. At this time the water lilies are ready to bloom in the picturesque lake. Recently, new tennis courts and pick-leball courts have opened. ese courts are attracting people from even outside the Southside neighborhood. e courts, which can be reserved at the desk, in-clude a viewing stand and close proxim-ity to the restrooms, vending machines, and parking. Pickleball is drawing people from all over the city. e sport is increasing in popularity, and at this time, more than one thousand Jacksonvillians have joined in the sport and are members of the USA Pickleball Association. ose play-ing at the rst permanent courts built would like to see additional courts added to meet the demand. Across the road from the courts a lake is visible and it follows the edge of the park to the open area where covered picnic areas are located. ree young men who were shing claim there are large-mouth bass in the fresh water. ey had found the infor-mation and location of the park on a shing website ( jacksonville-shingspots/9a-baymead-ows-regional-park) which also states that bream are found in the water and that it is a good place to bring children to sh. e picnic area is large and open. Two technician teams from the Northside of the city had parked their vans and were enjoying a game of hoops and an evening with food after work. is park is large and has facilities that can accommodate a large group.Photos courtesy Elaine OmannNew pickleball courts have opened. Technician teams enjoying a game of hoops and an evening with food after work at the picnic area. A one-year-old was celebrating his birthday with family and friends near the playground.e open elds are marked for soccer and other types of games that can be played by local teams and neighbors. When not in use for team sports, resi-dents can be seen playing and running with their dogs. People are respectful of this park and regular visitors say it is safe, clean, and friendly for park users. In the back area where there are swings and equipment for children, a one-yearold was celebrating his birthday with family and friends. Grandma, who lives out of state and found the park online, selected the park because of the variety of activities available. Visit for updated information on the legislation to change the name of the park and the resultant additional annual funding. Art students at Atlantic Coast High School recently placed rst in the high school division of the Wyland Challenge. e prize awarded Atlantic Coast High School $1000 for art supplies. e win wasnt the rst success story for Atlantic Coast; they have participated for the Wyland mural challenge for the past ve years. Four years ago, their mural placed third nationally. e same mural was later entered into Adventure Landings mural contest where it won the top prize. I am very proud of these students for creating such beautiful murals for everyone to enjoy. We cur-rently have ve murals hanging on campus, said Atlantic Coast High School art teacher Kelly Delaney. About 20 students worked on the Wyland Challenge winning mural,


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Page 4 | SouthsideNewsLine April 2018 around town Apr.S S M T W T F 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Call (904) 886-4919 for rates and information.Your ad will reach 26,000+ fans & potential customers!GET YOUR AD SEEN by thousands of fans in our Spectators Guideto THE PLAYERS Championship. rfn rtfbrfnnPonte Vedra May 8th to 13th, 2018 Ponte Vedra Ponte Vedra Ponte Vedra CHAMPIONSHIPSpectators GuideSpectators Guide HURRY!! Advertising deadline is April the date!May 8 13 THE PLAYERS Championship TPC Sawgrass May 12 HAWKEs Dine on the Wild Side 5 p.m. 9 p.m. St. Augustine Alligator Farm Tickets available April 15; May 12 Waves of Gray 5K Brain Cancer Awareness Walk 8 a.m. May 24 27 Jacksonville Jazz Festival http://jacksonvillejazzfest.comApril 2Southside Newcomers Club First Monday Coee 10 a.m. Mimis Cafe in St Johns Town Center April 3Honeybee Quilt Guild 6:30 p.m. Mandarin Presbyterian Church, 11844 Mandarin Road (Repeats first Tuesday of each month)April 5National Stuttering Association meeting 6 p.m. 8 p.m. Southeast Regional Library, Room D, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd. or (904) 247-6892 April 6Deerwood Rotary Club meeting 7:30 a.m. (Repeating event on Fridays) Deerwood Country Club 10239 Golf Club Drive Deerwoodrotary.orgApril 7Florida Sisters in Crime writers/readers group 10 a.m. 1 p.m. Southeast Regional Library, Room B, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd. UNF womens tennis vs. Kennesaw State 12 p.m. UNF Tennis ComplexApril 9South Council of Jax Chamber luncheon 11:30 a.m. networking/12 p.m lunch and program DeerCreek Country Club, 7816 McLaurin Road N. Sierra Club meeting 6:30 p.m. social/7 p.m. meeting Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 2001 University Blvd. W. 11Medtronic Leaders Toastmasters Club 12 p.m. 1 p.m. Nelson Auditorium, 6621 Charing St., 32216 Southside Business Mens Club weekly lunch meeting 12 p.m. 1:30 p.m. San Jose Country Club Registration required; April 12American Legion Post 372 general assembly 6 p.m. meet and greet / 7 p.m. meeting Mandarin/St. Johns Elks Lodge, 4280 Oldfield Crossing Drive (904) 297-8344 or www.mandarinpost372.orgApril 14Toast of Jax Toastmasters meeting 7:30 a.m. 9:15 a.m. Bahai Community Center of Jacksonville, 5034 Greenland Road (Repeating event on Saturdays) April 16All Star Quilt Guild 9:45 a.m. First Christian Church, 11924 San Jose Blvd. or (904) 502-5254April 18River City Womens Club luncheon featuring installation of new oicers 10:30 a.m. Ramada Inn Mandarin, 3130 Hartley Road RSVP to Florence, (904) 262-8719April 19Laughs for Charity presented by Rotary Club of Mandarin 6 p.m. cocktails and hors doeuvres / 7:30 p.m. show The Comedy Zone inside Ramada Inn Mandarin (904) 268-5522 or to register Southside Writers group 6 p.m. 8 p.m. Southeast Regional Library, Room E, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd. (904) 996-0325April 20Deerwood Toastmasters Club 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Southeast Regional Library, Room B, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd. Deerwoodtm.toastmastersclubs.orgApril 21Italian Language and Culture meetup group 10 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Southeast Regional Library, Room B, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd. (904) 996-0325 Duck Race Making a Splash for Autism 9:30 a.m. gate opens/race at 10:30 a.m. Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Blvd. https://jaxduckrace.orgApril 24How to STARTUP Your Own Business sponsored by Small Business Development Center 6 p.m. 9 p.m. Adam W. Herbert University Center, Bldg. 43 at UNF $40; or (904) 620-2476April 26Knitting Chicas 1 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Southeast Regional Library, Room F, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd. (904) 996-0325April 28Introduction to Coding class 2:30 p.m. 4 p.m. Southeast Regional Library, E-Classroom, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd. nbeardsley@coj.netApril 29UNF baseball vs. Stetson 1:05 p.m. Harmon Baseball Stadium; $5 for adults


April 2018 SouthsideNewsLine | Page 5 e value of community papers continues to grow, with new ways to serve readers and strengthen their communities. Over 150 million people are informed and entertained by their community paper every week. Built on everything localstories, community events, business news, people, places and local advertiserswe know rsthand the value of community. Daily newspapers cant claim to be local all the time, but we are committed to o ering that value to our readers and advertisers.The difference between your local daily newspaper and your local community paper The value of free community papers is growing while daily newspapers are failing Call to advertise in Southside NewsLine Circulation Audit by Proud Member of Q A with Jacksonville City Council Member Tommy Hazouri (At Large District 3)Duval County Local Government ( Sheris Oice: Sheri Mike Williams, (904) 630-2120 Patrol Zone 3: Assistant Chief J.G. Short, (904) 828-5463 Property Appraiser: Jerry Holland,; (904) 630-2011 Supervisor of Elections: Mike Hogan,, (904) 630-1414 Tax Collector: Michael Corrigan,, (904) 630-1916 Clerk of Court: Ronnie Fussell, (904) 255-2000 Jacksonville City Council District 11: Danny Becton,, (904) 630-1383 At Large, District 3: Tommy Hazouri,, (904) 630-1396 Duval County School Board (www.du District 7: Lori Hershey,, (904) 390-2375 State of Florida Elected Oicials State House District 12: Representative Clay Yarborough, (904) 723-5300 State House District 16: Representative Jason Fischer, (850) 717-5016 State Senate District 4: Senator Aaron Bean, (904) 346-5039 Federal Elected Oicials U.S. Congress District 4: Representative John Rutherford, (202) 225-2501 U.S. Senate: Senator Bill Nelson, (202) 224-5274 Senator Marco Rubio, (202) 224-3041 FYI Contact Numbers with Duval School Board Member, District 7, Lori Hershey Q A NON-DRUG TREATMENTBIOFEEDBACK ASSOCIATESof Northeast Florida904.646.0054 www.biofeedbackassociates.comMost Insurances AcceptedUse Neurofeedback to diagnose and treat: Depression Anxiety Cognitive Decline ADD/ADHD Migraine/Tension Headaches Autism Asperger Syndrome Closed Head Injuries Sleep Disorders Hypertension Toxic Exposures Addictions Q: What is the latest information on the superintendent search?A: We have nished with all 10 of the community meeting that were held to help develop the ideal candidate prole. e search rm will be advertising for the position and we will have a superin-tendent in place by July. Q: Did you learn anything interesting during these community meetings?A: We met with a large variety of com-munity groups and the same values came up every time. Trustworthiness was at the top of everyones list. Ad-ditionally, the ability to build relation-ships, the ability to bring the communi-ty together and being student centered were mentioned by all groups, as well as an emphasis on the importance of experience.Q: Will there be any other opportunity for the public to be involved in the search?A: When we have narrowed the search to the top three or four candidates, there will be an opportunity for the public to observe the interview process. Additionally, a focus group has been formed that consists of three mem-bers from each district for a total of 21 members. One member from each district must be a Duval County Public Schools employee. is group will get to interview the top three for four candi-dates and give a recommendation to the school board.Q: Do you have any thoughts on the recently passed state budget as it relates to education?A: e governor has 15 days to sign the budget and as of today (March 15) we are in the middle of this period. If the bill becomes law, 47 cents per student is the amount increase for Duval County, which equates to about $60,000 total. We do not feel this is sucient.Q: What insight can you give on the school safety bill as it pertains to Duval County?A: ere are some concerning things about HB 7026. Some parts of the bill are only funded for one year, so sustain-ability will be dicult. Also, regarding the funding to harden our schools, the approximately $196 million is a onetime funding that is set up as a grant and all 67 counties in the state will have to apply for it. ere is recurring funding for school resource ocers, but its not as great of an amount as that set aside to arm teachers. If a school district decides to arm district employees (in-cluding teachers), they will be trained by the Sheris Oce but in the event of an incident, the school is liable, not the Sheris Oce. And the indi-vidual gets a one-time stipend of $500 for participating. At our March meet-ing, the school board passed a resolution 6 1 that we would secure our schools with school resource ocers rather than district employees.Q: What can you share as to the safety precautions already in place in Duval County Public Schools?A: We have a safety plan in place and we do regular Code Red drills at all of our schools. Recently, our school board chair and Superintendent Willis met with Sheri Williams to review our plans and he said they were good plans. We have school resource ocers in each middle and high school and mental health counselors in all middle schools. We are also evaluating all schools in the district for safety and some schools will receive additional fencing and security cameras where warranted. We take the security of our students and every threat we learn of very seriously.Q: How can our readers contact you?A: ey can email me at HersheyL@ or call me at (904) 316-3609.Q: The potential sale of JEA is still a big topic of conversation. Do you have any updates?A: I think this question to sell has created angst among employees and citizens. e City Council has the nal authority on whether JEA is sold and so far we havent really been told anything outside of the original JEA presenta-tion. We have a select committee that is under the auspices of the council president that is looking at whether to sell or not to sell. is committee will be in existence until June 30. So we have a short window to study this. Council members can ask questions, but we dont have the expertise to make a decision at this point.Q: How do you expect to get more information?A; ere are so many issues to look at, including the valuation of the proper-ties, the water and sewer component, the fact the Clay and St. Johns counties have the right of rst refusal for por-tions of JEA in the event of a sale. We need to study all these items and despite $100,000 that will come from the DuPont Foundation for this purpose, I think it will cost in excess of $1 million to thoroughly study. We dont have this money. Q: So what do you think are the next steps?A: is is a topic of conversation that is not going away, but I dont think any decision will be made anytime soon. is is probably the biggest decision to be made by the City Council in many years. JEA could probably be sold for a premium in todays market, but is there a deal out there that we cant refuse? One that would be in the best inter-ests of the citizens of Jacksonville and the taxpayers? We want to protect our employees, our income ($116 million in lieu of taxes that we currently receive from JEA) and most importantly the service we receive from JEA.Q: Do you have any Southside updates?A: On the recreation side, we are excited that there is a new tennis facility opened at 9A Regional Park. is facility includes both clay and pickleball courts and we hope that community members will enjoy using them.Q: Are there any statistics coming in on the eectiveness of the six-month pilot opioid program that the city is participating in?A: We have had tremendous response to this program. Overdoses and deaths from overdoses are trending downward and we are moving away from residen-tial treatment to outpatient and peer specialties. As of March 15, the program was expanded to the Southside loca-tion of St. Vincents, in addition to the Riverside location. At the end of May, the pilot program will conclude, but we intend for it to continue with existing funding. Soon, new funding sources, both public and private, will be needed.Q: What is the best way for our readers to contact you?A: ey can email me at THazouri@coj. net or call (904) 630-1396.


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If you are puzzled about something going on in Southside or wondering about whatever hap-pened on a topic from a previous issue, email your question to us at editor@ by the fth of the month and we will do our best to track down the information for you. While we will do our best to answer all the questions we receive, we may not be able to answer all questions received each month. Also, due to publication scheduling, the time it takes to research answers may vary. So, let us hear from you. What questions would you like answered to satisfy your curiosity?Hospital to add more patient roomsMemorial Hospital is growing and will soon be able to accommodate more pa-tients. In April, the hospital will begin a $13 million expansion project of new patient rooms on the fth oor of its West Tower. e 27,688 square foot unit will house 36 additional patient beds for medical/ surgical patients, bringing Memorial Hospitals total number of licensed beds to 454. e ve oor-West Tower was built in 2009. Since then, the hospital has utilized four of the ve oors for patients. e fth oor was built as shell space, designed and designated for future expansion. In addition to the expansion, new jobs will be created to care for the additional number of patients. Construction will begin in April with the new rooms scheduled to open by the end of the year. is project coin-cides with the hospitals current emer-gency room expansion project. Visit construction for more information.Rotarys Laughs for Charity to benefit Mandarin Museume Rotary Club of Mandarin will host its annual fundraiser, Laughs for Charity, on April 19 at the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road. is years event will benet Mandarin Museum & Historical Society. Funds from this years event will be used by the society for future expansion, which will include housing artifacts recently recovered from the Civil War Union transport ship Maple Leaf that was sunk by Con-federate forces in the St. Johns River near Mandarin. e evening will start at 6 p.m. with a reception and silent auction. e com-edy show will begin at 7:30 p.m. featur-ing headliner Frank Del Pizzo. Tickets are $65 each and corporate sponsor-ships are available. Contact Jim Register at (904) 268-5522 or jim@jimregister. com for tickets and more information.UNF ranked a 2018 Top, Most Aordable MilitaryFriendly Online Collegee University of North Florida has been named a 2018 Top and Most Af-fordable Military-Friendly Online Col-lege by SR Education Group, a leading education research publisher. SR Education Group evaluated more than 500 accredited colleges across the country oering online degrees using factors important to military students, with only 60 colleges making the 2018 Top Military-Friendly Online Colleges list. UNF was also highlighted as a Top 25 military-friendly college committed to aordability, ranking No. 6 in the country on the 2018 Most Aordable Military-Friendly Online College list. Colleges were required to oer at least 10 fully online degrees to be considered for the Military-Friendly Online Col-lege rankings. All accredited schools that met this requirement were evaluated based on four key factors for military support in online education: military culture, online support, nancial aid and exibility. SR Education Group used government data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Aairs GI Bill Comparison Tool to evaluate schools in these four categories and manually researched annual tuition rates of online programs oered by all schools on the military-friendly list. is latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including U.S. News & World Reports 2018 Best Online Bachelors Program, Kiplingers Personal Finances Best College Value of 2018, 2018 Best in the South-east by Princeton Review, 2018 Best Regional University by U.S. News & World Report, 2018 Best Colleges by College Factual and the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity magazine, to name a few. Southside Newcomers Club members were treated to the creative skills of guest Sharon Sharp who instructed them in construction of a spring wreath. Pictured with their cre-ations are Sharon Sharp, Paula Horning, Margo Parker, and Bette Ward. 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April 2018 SouthsideNewsLine | Page 7 Get to Know . .By Elaine Omann travel pantry raiders gardening LifeRuell SweetGet to Know . .Interested in being featured? Email Martie Thompson at Photo courtesy Elaine Omann Russell Sweet 904-641-8385 Mandarin Location~6595 Columbia Court Outdoor Lakeside Easter Worship at 6:30 am, 10:00 am on Sunday 4/1/18 Baymeadows/Southside Location~7860 Southside Blvd. Easter Vigil Worship 5:30 pm on Saturday 3/31/18 Easter Worship 8:30 am and 10:45 am on Sunday 4/1/18 Visit for Palm Sunday and other Lenten Service s Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church 7860 Southside Blvd (904) 641-8385 Community Yard Sale Saturday April 21st 7am to 1pmAll proceeds benet missions Donated items accepted April 2 20 rf nn tn but there were ve main artists who put in more time to make certain the mural was perfect. e Wyland Challenge theme is conservation and environment, so typically each mural is inspired by water. When designing our mural, we try to incorporate the things that are in our own area in and around Jacksonville, Delaney said. e Atlantic Coast art students are now anticipating the 2018 Vans Challenge. e winner of this challenge will bring $75,000 back for their school. Close up of the Atlantic Coast High School mural. Young artists cont. from pg. 1Russell Sweet is currently a hair-dresser at a cool salon called Foiled Rotten, located in the Baymeadows Shopping Center on the same side as Publix. He is self-employed, rents his chair from the owner, and sets his hours based on his customers and followings. Sweet is married with a daughter and grandchildre grandchil-dren. He and his family live on the Southside and have been part of the community for a long time.1. What brought you into the business as a hairdresser?I began my career as a hairdresser by default. I had been working for years in manual labor types of jobs, work-ing in the heat, the cold, and doing the heavy lifting. At one point I had enough of this work and wanted to be a barber. About this time a schol-arship became available for training as a hairdresser and I accepted it and became board and state certied. inking over my choices and suc-cesses, I see the creative-thinking part of me, my ne motor skills, and the problem-solving decisions integrated into my work and my hobbies or interests inuenced me. Working in skilled labor and a self-taught kind of guy, I carry that practice into today in everything I do.2. What other experience do you have that is unique?ere was a time when I was also a lead guitar player for a major rock and roll band. I played in upscale venues. I still play the guitar but not as much and not in venues. Music and the experi-ences in the rock genre shows up in some of my images and designs.3. What are your other hobbies and interests?I spend much of my time between two dierent types of hobbies or crafts: I work in leather and wood. I am selftaught and have learned everything from YouTube videos and experimenta-tion. It takes a lot of studying and then you just need to do it and see what happens. I design, create products, and make my own tools. My products are unique and one of a kind in design, color, and materials. For example, much of the wood I have found in my yard or the parking areas, fallen limbs and trees from storms, and exchang-ing with friends and neighbors. e leather products I develop include the tools I used in making items and I cre-ate what I need specically for my use. e stains, the polish, and many of the materials are one of a kind that I make rather than purchase.4. Do you sell your work and how do you market? What would you like to do with your craftwork?Most of my product I show to people in the shop or friends and family, which results in sales. e idea of mass producing is not something I want to do. I pay attention to detail in my work and I will take time to explain to people who are interested how I create pieces. If they like pieces and want to buy them, I can make these more personal to their specications. I would like to jury into shows where quality work and craftsmanship are required to be ac-cepted. At some point I will accomplish this goal, but it takes making sucient product, building a set up for booths and displays, as well as high entry fees, promotional pieces, and time. I have a few venues in mind that I would like to consider.5. Many changes have occurred in the hairdressing business. What have you noticed the most?ere are more options and loyalty does not dictate where people go to receive services. I like to build my customer base and schedule time when they are available and I can meet their time. Color has become a key design and permanents seem to have gone away, with more people wanting an easy care hairdo. Laws and practices now allow for more transitions with clients, which makes it possible to dene a business by setting hours, developing followings, or advancing in particular areas of the eld. Wood found in the area is used to make unique pieces.


Page 8 | SouthsideNewsLine April 2018 Spotlighting Poetry: Poet Talk and Spoken Word ClubBy Kaylee Burke Old Fashioned Family Fun E x p l o r e f o r T r e a s u r e s E n j o y F u n F o o d s S A I N T A U G U S T I N E LOTS OF OUTSIDE VENDORS O P E N S A T & S U N 9 A M P h 9 0 4 8 2 4 4 2 1 0 500 BOOTHS UNDER ROOF Located 5 miles South of the Outlet Malls on I 95 at Exit 311 Since its creation in April 1996, National Poetry Month has become the No. 1 literary celebration in the world. Its a great time to focus on the important role poetry plays in our society and to exercise the poetry muscle you might not even know you have. Southeast Regional Library is a wonderful resource for exploring poetry in many ways. Check out the li-brarys vast collection of poetry books or take part in a related program such as a Poetry Talk with Nathan B. Brooken on April 19 from 7 p.m. 8 p.m. Brooken will discuss his writing process and his collection of poems titled For My Beautiful Black Sister, which was inspired and written in honor of his mother and the other women who guided him through child-hood. Teens are welcome to take part in Southeasts Spoken Word Club, where they can collaborate, write, share, speak and listen to poetry. is unique club opportunity, held on April 10 from 5 p.m. 6 p.m., provides passionate teens a platform to practice and present their original written and spoken poetry. Spring has sprung, and that means warmer weather and the sounds of birds chirping. School age children are invited to Maker Monday on April 16 at 7 p.m. to create a welcoming bird feeder for the feathery friends in their yard. Maker Monday is a program that encourages kids to explore the world around them through experimentation and creative, hands-on activities. e Great Decisions series continues this month on April 12 and 26 from 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m. On April 12 Gordon Adams will lead a discussion on U.S. Global Engagement and the Military, focusing on the rapidly evolving global power balance and the role and level of engagement the United States has on its military. Join Sean Jacobs on April 26 for an exploration of South Africas democracy. How-to Tuesdays, held on the third Tuesday of each month, give adults a chance to learn a new skill or discover an unfamiliar resource. Aprils How-to Tuesday is happening on April 17 from 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m. and will focus on creating with 3D pens. ere will also be guided demonstrations on how to use the librarys downloadable resources. Pro Bono Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, ree Rivers Legal Services, and the Jacksonville Public Library have part-nered together to proudly bring Lawyers in Libraries to the community. ese workshops feature local attorneys who can provide guidance on a variety of topics. On April 23 from 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m., learn about living and nal wills, medical directives, and powers of attorney so you can make informed decisions for you and your family. Find information about additional upcoming events for Southeast Branch Library at or call (904) 996-0325. Photo courtesy Jacksonville Public LibraryJPL Library Associate Kim Smith with Keller Williams real estate consultant Wendy Hughes at Januarys How-to Tuesdays How to Buy a Home. How-to Tuesdays features short presentations on various topics from library sta or members of our community. Ana Shaw, a senior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and part of the creative writing program, has a promising future ahead considering her achieve-ments throughout her four years of high school. Whether it be through her roles as editor-in-chief of Elan (an international student literary magazine), through her spoken word performances in shows such as Coee House, her activism for animal rights, or through her countless hours of out of school math tutor-ing, she embodies the caliber of excellence that Douglas Anderson fosters. In this community of young adults, the demands of intensive academic undertak-ings, although great, only prove to sharpen the artistic pursuits of its students. Similarly, the schools focus on the arts intensies the academic endeavors of its students and conditions them with unique mindsets and problem-solving tools. Shaw will attend the University of Florida beginning this summer as a member of the Honors Program. Douglas Anderson student spotlight: Ana Shaw Photo courtesy Antonio S. Colon Gardening By Master Gardener Lesley Arrandale mail@floridanewsline.comSpring greeningere has been much discussion both here and worldwide about the eects of neonicotinoid chemicals (neonics) on bees and their colonies, and now more studies have shown that these eects are wide-ranging and very damaging. According to the European Food Safety Authority (, not only are honey bees being harmed, but native bees are suering too, which is problematic as they also play an important role in crop production. (ere have been proposals in Europe for a total eld ban of the three most damaging neonics: clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam, which are already subject to restrictions.) Because they are persistent in soil for some years, neonics can be taken up by other plants well after the initially treated crop was harvested, and their effects on bees is therefore not limited to a one-time application. Homeowners have a perfect role here, and that would be to avoid using pesticides that contain neonics. Reading the label is of paramount importance with any chemical, and you will nd that many of the products available for home use do indeed include neonics. e Xerces Society has a useful table of the chemical names of neonics, and some of the products that contain them: https:// Apart from bees, any pollinator species that works the pollen or nectar of owers is potentially at risk, and unfortunately that includes our beloved butteries ( ybvzjgow). e Florida-Friendly Landscaping program advocates the use of Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, when dealing with pests. With spring moving on apace and our landscapes coming to life, its well worth looking again at the nine principles governing the program: Right Plant, Right Place; Water Eciently; Fertilize Appropriately; Mulch; Attract Wildlife; Manage Yard Pests Responsibly; Recycle Yard Waste; Reduce Stormwater Runo; and Protect the Waterfront: https:// Each heading in the article is a link to more detailed information on how to achieve a Florida-Friendly yard and an explanation of why its important to do so. By early to mid-April lawns will have started to green up and at this stage its time to fertilize. e Florida-Friendly website has detailed information about the types of fertilizer and recommended application rates for specic grasses, and is well worth reading before going to the store. Slow release fertilizers are the way to go; they contain some nitrogen that will be available immediately and the remainder is released gradually, allowing your grass to make the best use of the entire product. Without that slow release component, most of the nitrogen would be released during the rst big rain, and be lost in run-o, to the detriment of our waterways and your pocketbook. For more detailed advice, check out https:// If you have weed problems avoid weed and feed products as the best application times for herbicides and fertilizers dont usually coincide (https://tinyurl. com/y8adxd92). Although weed and feed products are covered here http://edis.ifas., it is simpler to apply the fertilizer and herbicide separately to be sure that your application rates are correct for each. And if the weed problem is not across the whole lawn, then a combined product is even less economical. As we move into spring, remember that its usually one of the drier times of year. Vegetable crops need enough irrigation to keep producing well, and newly installed landscape plants cant be ignored if they are to become well established. Trees in particular, if they were planted in recent months, will still need supplemental watering: For those timely tips, the current issue of A New Leaf is available at https://tinyurl. com/y9yfxd89. Happy spring.


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Page 10 | SouthsideNewsLine April 2018 PuzzlesAnswers on page 2Puzzles courtesy MetroCreative TravelBy Debi Lander Butterfly Rainforest in Gainesville CLUES ACROSS 1. Chop or cut 4. Green veggie 7. Bar bill 10. Doctors group 11. One who buys and sells securities (slang) 12. Be in debt 13. Lively ballroom dance 15. Singer Charles 16. Polish city 19. Former 21. Dismissing from employment 23. Minerals 24. Plotted 25. Consult 26. After a prayer 27. Agents of ones downfall 30. Leaseholders 34. Supervises ying 35. Voodoo god 36. Alfalfa 3. Elk 4. Muscular weaknesses 5. Geological time 6. Depths of the ocean 7. Burns to the ground 8. Becomes cognizant of 9. Cause to shade 13. US political party 14. Refers to some of a thing 17. Single 18. Type of beer 20. Ancient Iranian people 22. Grocery chain 27. Gridiron league 28. English river 29. __ and cheese 31. Peytons younger brother 32. Long time 33. High schoolers test 37. Respects 38. Organize anew 41. Apply another coat to 45. Witnesses 46. 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A serpentine trail through the aviary passes cascading waterfalls and small bridges over pools with sh and turtles. Enter the main lobby of the museum and the always popular, giant dinosaur skeleton pulls you in. On the left, the Discovery Zone oers fun, hands-on exhibits where kids and adults engage, unknowingly learning scientic principles. My grandsons loved the microscopes. ey put their ngers under the scope and saw the magnication displayed on a TV screen. Nearby, many encased insects or objects were ready for further observation and manipulation. Younger children pretended to navigate a boat model and explore the Gulf of Mexico and its marine life. e curious opened the discovery drawers, while others attempted to assemble archeological pieces like a 3-D puzzle, or looked into a terrarium and an aquarium. e Natural History pathway weaves through a timeline of Floridas history, exploring the various habitats and creatures that thrive in the dierent ecosystems. We strolled through a full-scale mangrove forest and mud at lled with plants, animals, light and sound. e boys ran ahead into the replica of a Florida cave holding (non-living) bats, fossils, minerals, stalactites and stalagmites. But soon, they found the darkened interior a bit creepy! Before entering the Buttery Rainforest, visitors pass several live video cam screens displaying thousands of monarch butteries in Mexico. en, guests approach a kaleidoscope of color that simply wows. A massive glass wall showcases hundreds of spectacular buttery specimens allowing close-up inspection of the colorful wing patterns and designs. Finally, you walk through a series of doorways (to prevent buttery escapes), and enter the magical world of the rainforest. Informative signage tells visitors about the habits and life cycle (metamorphosis) of butteries and moths, known collectively as lepidopterans. Benches are interspersed along the trail so you can sit and leisurely observe. Youll notice that certain plants attract only specic species. e museum also places food around, such as ripe bananas, to entice the hungry creatures. Careful scrutiny reveals tiny birds living near the base of plants and trees. I didnt see these little birds y, but the airspace bursts with a bevy of butteries. If you stand still and are lucky, one might land on your head or sleeve. Daily, at 2 p.m. (more often on busy days) a research student releases newly hatched butteries and answers quesPhotos courtesy Debi LanderAt the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville.tions. When you exit the aviary, you can pass by the lab and see others in various stages of development. e museum is free except for the Buttery Rainforest; its cost is $11 for Florida residents or seniors, and $6 for ages three 17. You cant miss the two gift shops; one lled with everything concerning butteries, and the main gift shop oering science-oriented books, games, puzzles, and toys. eres a caf across the way, and a covered patio with tables and chairs so you can bring your own food. is is a great activity for a rainy day. Visit to read more of local travel writer Debi Landers stories and travel tips.


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