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The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
December 29, 2005
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Available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Additional Physical Form:
Also available on optical disc from Ethnic newswatch.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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University of Florida
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Table of Contents
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Your Physical

Fitness Like

You Do Your

Page 11


is the Key

to Uplifting

Our Race

,Page 4

Boys Choir of Harlem Faces
Eviction by City of New York
The world-renown Boys Choir o1
Harlem, struggling under millions of
dollars of debts and allegations that
its founder ignored reports of sexual.
abuse, is being evicted by the city.
The choir has been asked to leave
the public school where it practices
for free by Jan. 31, 2006. The Boys
Choir also provided some instruction at the school, called the Choir
Academy of Harlem, as part of a 12-year collaboration with the
Department of Education.
The choir failed to fulfill a 2004 agreement to find a new chief execu-
tive to replace founder Walter Turnbull, said department attorney
Michael Best in a letter last week. Turnbull was demoted to artistic direc-
tor after an investigation concluded he did not act on reports that ar.
Tn, ec was sexually abusing a student.
Turbull has continued to run the organization, the attorney said.
The department also said the choir staff failed to report to the school
when expected apparently because the staff was not being paid.

Race Discrimination Alleged in
Post-Katrina Renting to Evacuees
A fair-housing watchdog has accused five apartment complexes in
Texas, Florida and Alabama of discriminating against Hurricane Katrina
evacuees who are black. The complaints filed with the U.S. Department:
of Housing and Urban Development were based on a telephone survey)
by the National Fair Housing Alliance.
The group said white callers posing as hurricane victims were treateci
more favorably than black applicants in 66 percent of its inquiries
NFHA president Shanna Smith said the organization used linguistic pro-
filing to choose its testers, saying the test makes the race of the caller
"pretty clear."
The recently released report said blacks were less frequently told about:
available apartments, didn't have phone messages returned as promptly
and generally had a more difficult time getting information from agents
The complaints against three apartment complexes in Dallas, one in
Birmingham, Ala., and one in Gainesville, Fla., also ranged from whites
receiving lower rates to apartment agents informing black callers of no
availability, moments after telling white callers that units were available.
Complaints also include allegations include allegations that agents men-
tioned specific income requirement for black callers but not for whites.
Landlords who are found guilty of discriminating against applicants can
face fines up to $11,000 per complaint, said Bryan Greene, HUD's direc-
tor of policy for the office of fair housing.

Image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Considered for City Official Logo
SEATTLE- Two Metropolitan King County Councilmembers say there
will never be a better time to replace the imperial crown that has been the
logo for King County, Washington with the image of the county's name-
sake, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A proposed ordinance establishing the likeness of the slain civil rights
leader as the official symbol of King County, along with a plan fo:
phased implementation, was put before the Council for consideration at
its ne.t rnierin2 onl Inllu.lirji I'
The cirrertr oflkil lol o 'Io kirg Count, is a c rou n inside t',-o circles
The pr,'p,,'ed ,-tdiar ice e. would direct the E 'ec tiie to design a ire.. logo
in tWe l te'e. of Dr K'ng along v. th graphic standard:, guidehnes and
procJtdure. t.,r u ing itr
Th.' pr p,.'..al i l. 11- ,r c'.. lng st iocks of lenerhead, e n\.elopes and Ibusi-
ness ,. rd- tI hec depleted hefire neV. sticks are ordered .3ddIng no Ilk re-
menit I' ,., i' le ~Oi,.,rl,. [Fr -till ditrhble ritnTs as ehlcIles .rd sgtrage.
the I, ,i 1. Ii .. il. Il r 1Ie e timiated replacenent costs of 5~i (11111 to be
sp re.,,l I ,,,,l I. r ,1 i. ',ears
The prr ..p.. .,.1 ,,, r nJ',e ..titld ptoblih the use of the ne'. logo ,r pur-
POSt ,I I Ii.liri .l lt. 1L' ,I ,l illtll'ti I .II donj o[lS oilther lthan to tile (0111-
ty ant It I nipli.. ei ( ih.rltahle campaignn. or to adJi\erte or promote
COmllTir I l <' ctit ,.,r iiI liitldie L iods. or set k es.

National Park Service

Mlay Save King Center

Th. I ,. 11d II ili h Kiing (. it i -lll I \tni tlI i icurrentilll \teilt hng In optio
to sell ili o.ie -I tlii N. it, n ll I'jik 'ct' ice in order to pre.ser'.e iis luttuile
and iL I c. ii, dir: n ilJik r'' tI ..l"
\,. L t il ni' i lii, \11|.iiii,. li'tril -(. ,n.i tt tin ithe salc oiild inc1 i de
building, Ilie \li n:'ii i \'. nIIuc Cnpl. x. id the nI.edaib, binrh Ihoine of
the Rel- r lo.in ii llicy King It. ...InchatL jli. poinIt '.'. .1 ii lL'Mort edal ung.
with tll-'r i-Il cie t. t,. p.i, Iill, .t te cil '. il hirt'lS and1 n rla..
IIi i i.t1 dIlc .il, the K in't --iat.t:c i .ilko pursLi]ing ile s'.al f tini',
ofM Njnki L utler King Ir's ipi.tr' -, v.cill as \% ido'd. Coietua ScoLtt Kin's
Vin (1 I I, hI.,i-C'
S lie0' h itl,,'iticirlle ti ot ihe pi'sibl:e .,le mait de b, lthe Kilr _'
nepie'.. Is.i.c Ne....n rI- r ni. v.ho has replaced Marin Luther King Ill
as pic-idrdetr and ln-it C e \ecuii. officer. Martin King said lie '% ill spend
more tiTie rtaitng are of his im, iiier. '. .ho suffered a stroke in Augusit.
The changes, .ic':'tdin t- the newspaper. signal that (hairuan Dei.ter
Scoin King ti no,. t1irn l', n cti ,riltr,.i of the King Cente tfollo 1in11tg a po'.er
strugi-.le % ili lii.s older brother.

Club Baron
Celebrates Year
of Success with
Members and
Guests at
Annual Holiday
Page 9

Blueprint for
Outlines a 20
Year Plan for
Complete Racial
Page 5

Volume 19 No. 50 Jacksonville. Florida December 29 January 11, 2006

-A Season with a Reason for Celebration

Stanlojp Classmates Michael Stewart. (harlie Kennebrew, Lincaa ue
and Whitey Viashington enjoy multi-class festivities.

Award winning Iyracikis Tonya Smart enlightens participants at
Jacksonville's 24th Kwanzaa Celebration at E\\C.


Mayor Pe ton poses outside at the Prime Osborne Christmas part Neshell Sott Kianna Bell and Keshell BroRwn read selections at the
with some vern inpoilant citizens awaiting toys.; -:". M ali 'ai Washingtoti~ i.ds_ oundation Holiday Party

Councili'oman Gwen Yates and husband Alhin at the City Hall Serious Jaguar Fans David Robinson' Robert Billups II, and Chad
Holiday Party. Hendricks knoi hon to s;oi their team spirit. FMP Phe,,
As the official 2(.1n5 liholda sea- sion in our Lt. For a complete '.ill. Children are feted for being As we enter into 2006. let us not
son comes to a close, we pay a spe- month. calendars are filled % ith cel- "good" throughout the year and forget the good times and act\ cities
cial salute to the many festivities ebrations and events surrounding adults make the extra effort to be commemorated during our holiday.
that make the month of December the "reason for the season", signal- "cheer'" in expressions and actions season and continue the positi\ity
such a \\ell anticipated festtie occa- ing a tinte Ifr fellowship and good as \we gate to the less fortunate. celebrated throuuolio.t tice holidays.

December 29 January 11, 2006

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Bob Johnson Joins Forces to Create Investment

Megahouse of African-American Professionals

Bob Johnson
Robert L. Johnson. founder and
chairman of Black Entertainment
Television, has teamed up with the
Carlyle Group to launch a private-
equirN firm that plans to raise a
$500 million-plus buyout fund.
The joint venture, which is
Johnson's first attempt in the pri-
vate equity field, has received an
unspecified amount of seed capital
from Carlyle. which \ill have up
to a 20 percent stake as a general

partner, said Johnson. He will own
the remaining 80 percent and plans
to use the money to build an
investment team comprised of
African-American professionals.
Johnson hasn't chosen a name for
the firm or the fund, but has said
the firm will operate as a sub-
sidiary of RLJ Cos.. which
Johnson founded in 2001. and
which houses his other asset man-
agement arms, such as a hedge
fund of funds.
While Carlyle won't participate in
the fundraising. it has agreed to co-
invest in certain deals that are
sourced b, Johnson and are too
large for his fund to do alone.
Carl le will also adt ise on deal
sourcing. Johnson will start
fundraising in the first quarter of
2006. he said.
African-Americans have had a
somewhat limited role in managing
wealth in the United States, he
said, and his hope is that his firm
will be a step to change that.
Johnson will target state pension

funds and corporate pension funds,
which are looking to diversify their
portfolio investments, he said.
"State pension funds are often
backed by minority workers: fire-
men and teachers...," said Johnson.
"This is an opportunity for a
minority team to manage the
wealth of the nation."
The fund will invest between $10
million and S40 million in media.
business services aind financial
companies, he said. adding that the
target companies don't haxe to be
ninorit -o\'ned. The firm i 1in the
process of hiring i'.o iniesmnent
professionals and lhopes to ha'.e
seen to I(l people total, said
Carl le said it ie'. s the agree-
ment as jn opportiuntx to e\pa.nd
its deal loe\.
Johnson FEntertainmint-rt elei iion tol
Viaconi in 20111 in a $3 billion
deal. He is also on the ho.ad of
Hilton Hotels. Lor.e's Cos.. IGMC
and Stra er Ediucation Inc.

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Financial Knowledge Gap Widens Among Minorities

Nearly 60 percent of adult
Americans do not have an IRA or
other investment products, like
stocks, bonds, and mutual funds,
and many don't have life insurance,
according to a new survey. The sur-
vey revealed a savings gap and a
knowledge gap. Many Americans
do not utilize financial tools to help
them save for the future. Over 7 in
10 Americans earning less than
$75,000 annually have never
owned investment products (71%)
or an IRA (71%), and only 54%
have ever had life insurance. This
savings gap is due in part to a
knowledge gap: the vast majority of
Americans without investment and
insurance tools do not know enough
about them or do not know how to
acquire them, and do not have con-
tact with professionals who have
this information.
In addition to the savings gap,

there is a knowledge gap that
extends beyond a lack of financial
literacy. The survey revealed that
many Americans without invest-
ment and insurance tools have
never even been contacted about
them and do not know the profes-
sionals who can help them build a
stronger financial foundation.
Statistical videnceincludes:
1) 89% of Americans without life
insurance do not know anyone who
sells it, and 80% have never been
contacted about it
2) Among Americans without an
IRA, 85% do not know anyone who
sells them and 88% have never
been contacted about them
3) 90% of adults who do not own
investment products like stocks,
bonds, or mutual funds do not know
anyone who sells them, and 86%
have never been contacted about

The survey shows that these sav-
ings and knowledge gaps are even
wider among minorities. African
Americans are half as likely as
white respondents to own an IRA or
other investment products: nearly
40 percent of white adults own an
IRA or other investment products,
while just 20 percent of African
Americans and 27 percent of
Hispanics utilize an IRA and 26
percent of African Americans and
Hispanics use investment products.
Two-thirds of whites have life
insurance compared to roughly half
of African American and Hispanic


Duval County Health Department
The Florida Department of Health seeks applicants for the Direc-
tor's position for the Duval County Health Department, Jacksonville,
Florida. Annual salary is $150,000 plus benefits. Minimum qualifi-
cations: A licensed or license-eligible physician (M.D./D.O.) in the
State of Florida and a Master's in Public Health (MPH) degree plus:
five years progressively responsible experience in public health prac-
tice (with management responsibilities in two or more areas of public
health desired), experience in academic medicine (including education
and research), and five or more years of supervisory experience.
Other desired skills/experience include: community-based research,
public speaking, working with elected officials and the media, quality
improvement, financial and human resource management, and ex-
perience in bioterrorism and disaster response. Demonstrated knowl-
edge and experience with the core and essential public health services,
including assessment, assurance and policy, proven professional writ-
ing skills and successful grant writing is highly desirable. Please
apply on-line at https://iobs.myflorida.com. Refer to requisition
number 64000377. Closing date: January 31, 2006. Questions should
be addressed to Lona Gibson of the Department of Health at 850-245-
4242 or email: Lona Gibson@doh.state.fl.us

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Shown above are honorees (top) BBBS CEO Warren Grymes with
Little Sister Rachel and Big Sister Dwaynetta Harris and (bottom)
Joshua honoring his Big Brother of the Year Leroy Anderson.

BBBS Honors Big Brother

and Big Sister of the Year

During the recent Annual Holiday
Party, Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Northeast Florida announced the
Big Brother and Big Sister of the
Year 2005 recipients. The awards
are designed to honor outstanding
service to both the Little Brother
and Sister and to the BBBSNEFL
mission of providing one to one
mentoring. The winners are nomi-
nated by letters of recommendation
from their respective Little
Brothers and Sisters in the
Traditional One to One mentoring
"This year's winners are truly rep-
resentative of how powerful an
effect mentoring can have on both
participants", says Warren Grymes,
CEO. "We are very fortunate to
have these volunteers in our pro-
"Big Brother of the Year, Leroy
Anderson and Little Brother Joshua
have been matched for 6 years.
When asked why he felt Leroy
deserved to be the Big Brother of
the Year, Joshua replied, "I think
Leroy deserves to be Big Brother of
the Year because even after a seri-
ous motorcycle accident, he contin-
ued to call me. He is a strong role
model, who encourages me to be
the best I can be!"
Big Sister of the Year, Dwaynetta
Harris and Little Sister Rachel have
been matched for two years. During
that time, their relationship has cre-

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ated a strong bond that follows
Rachel where ever she goes. Rachel
believes that "Netta" should be Big
Sister of the Year because "when
ever I need her, no matter what it is,
she is there for me!"

Blueprint Plan Predicts Complete
By John Bracey One way our community is
Within 20 years, Jacksonville will already addressing race relations is
achieve racial harmony. People of through Study Circles, a program
different races and ethnicities will coordinated by the Jacksonville
share trust, understanding, appreci- Human Rights Commission
ation of their differences and new (JHRC). Study Circles are small
relationships. groups of diverse people different
Could this be our future? It could, races, religions and gender who
if our community realizes the vision agree to meet and discuss personal
of Blueprint for Prosperity, a long- perspectives on their cultural and
term plan to raise income for Duval ethnic differences. Charlene Taylor
County's residents and improve our Hill, executive director of JHRC, is
quality of life. Blueprint addresses a Blueprint advocate but said she
numerous community issues, cannot predict how soon our city
including racial opportunity and could achieve racial harmony.
harmony. Residents are invited to "The more we get people at all lev-
participate in the process by offer- els to participate in dialogue, the
ing their feedback on the Blueprint more likely we are to achieve the
draft through the end of January. desired goal of racial harmony," she
The draft plan includes strategies said. "Study Circles are a wonderful
that task families, businesses, the way for us to start that dialogue."
legal system, the political process, Blueprint for Prosperity is a part-
schools and churches to make a tan- nership among the City of P
gible difference in race relations. It Jacksonville, the Jacksonville
asks our community to provide role Regional Chamber of Commerce
models for young minority males, and WorkSource. The plan is close
to invest in northwest Jacksonville's to the implementation stage. But
infrastructure, to create social and there's still time through the end of
business interaction between differ- January for public input. It's easy to
ent races that will result in trust, find and review the Blueprint draft.
understanding and new relation- Just visit www.blueprintforprosper-
ships. It even asks us to "eliminate ity.com and click on "Draft
racism in Duval County." Blueprint" and then "Draft Plan."
"There has to be vision and reality To give feedback, click on "Citizen
governing this process for it to Input." You can also call 924-1100,
work," said John Speights, a minor- extension 238 or 250 to request a
ity business owner, who's partici- draft and feedback form.
pated in Blueprint's series of com- "This has to be a plan we can all
munity input meetings. "It has to get behind," said Jarik Conrad,
address the issues that got us in this executive director of Blueprint for
sorry place to begin with." Prosperity. "Until we get the com-
Speights, a drywall and painting munity's input, we can't get to the
subcontractor who lives in north- 'how' of Blueprint. We have to fig-
west Jacksonville, said he is so pas- ure out 'what' we want to be before
sionate about improving race rela- we can get there."
tions that he worked with human Harold Wilson, an Arlington resi-
resources consultants to understand dent and Navy retiree who attended
how these differences factored into several of the recent Blueprint conm-
successful business relationships. munity meetings, agreed that the

Former Secretary of Education

Discusses Policy/Reform
Dr. Rod Paige, former Secretary of Education, will be
speaking about "Educational Policies and School Reform" at
7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the University Center on the
University of North Florida campus. This lecture is part of the
Robinson Eminent Scholar Lecture Series, sponsored by the College of
Education and Human Services. Tickets for this free lecture can be
ordered online at www.unf.edu. Click on the Spring 2006 Lectures link.

Duval County Health Department

The Florida Department of Health seeks applicants for the Direc-
tor's position for the Duval County Health Department, Jacksonville,
Florida. Annual salary is $150,000 plus benefits. Minimum qualifi-
cations: A licensed or license-eligible physician (M.D./D.O.) in the
State of Florida and a Master's in Public Health (MPH) degree plus:
five years progressively responsible experience in public health prac-
tice (with management responsibilities in two or more areas of public
health desired), experience in academic medicine (including education
and research), and five or more years of supervisory experience.
Other desired skills/experience include: community-based research,
public speaking, working with elected officials and the media, quality
improvement, financial and human resource management, and ex-
perience in bioterrorism and disaster response. Demonstrated knowl-
edge and experience with the core and essential public health services,
including assessment, assurance and policy, proven professional writ-
ing skills and successful grant writing is highly desirable. Please
apply on-line at https://iobs.myflorida.com. Refer to requisition
number 64000377. Closing date: January 31, 2006. Questions should
be addressed to Lona Gibson of the Department of Health at 850-245-
4242 or e-mail: Lona Gibson@doh.state.fl.us


plan could make a difference but it
needs support from residents.
"It's like voting. If you don't par-
ticipate, then whatever comes down
the line is what you get," said "This
is about our entire community, so
you really have to look at what all
of us can get from it, not just
'What's in it for me?"'
Blueprint also addresses educa-
tion, economic development and
The plan's implementation
involves establishing a common

Racial Harmony in Jax by 2026
reflects our community's desires.
Wilson said it wasn't so long ago
That Jacksonville showed how pas-
sionate it can be.
"Look at the Superbowl," he said.
"All of the sudden, we had a focus
that we all jumped on. We need to
do the same with Blueprint. We
really need to come together on this
for it to work."
In addition to reviewing the draft
and using and submitting the feed-

-R 'ed to attend a series of community
; -: back form, residents are also invit-

meetings in late January.
Jan. 23, 2006 6 8 p.m.
FCCJ South Campus 11901
Beach Blvd. Wilson Bldg.
Jan. 24, 2006 6 8 p.m.
FCCJ North Campus 4501
Capper Road -Auditorium
direction and collaboration among Jan. 26, 2006 6 8 p.m.
public, private and community FCCJ Kent Campus 3939
organizations, Conrad said. The Roosevelt Blvd. Auditorium
ext step is capitalizing on their Jan.30,2006 6 8 p.m.
expertise to create meaningful Jacksonville Beach Church of
change, Conrad said. But input now Christ, 422 5th Ave. N.
rom as many residents as possible Jan. 31, 2006 6 8 p.m.
an ensure that Blueprint's direction City Hall, 117 W. Duval St.,

Upgrade IMPSA #1 and #2 Drives
Talleyrand Marine Terminal
JAXPORT Project No. T2006-06
JAXPORT Contract No. E-1194

January 2, 2006
Sealed bids wilt be received by the Jacksonville Port Authority until
2:00 PM. local time, February 2, 2006, at which time they shall be
opened in the Public Meeting Room of the Port Central Office
Building. 2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville. Florida, for
Upgrade IMPSA #1 and #2 Drives.
All bids must be submitted in accordance with specifications and
drawings for Contract No. E-1194, wtjucte may be examined in, or
obtained from the Procurement and Contract Services Department
of the Jacksonville Port Authority, located on the third floor of the
Port Central Office Building, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville,
Florida 32206, (Please telephone 904/630-3018 for information.)

Bid and contract bonding are required. The mandatory JSEB/MBE
Participation Goal established for this project is 10%.
Louis Naranjo
Director of Procurement and Contract Services
Jacksonville Port Authority




District 8
Thu'rday, December 29th, 2005
6:30 P. at
Clanzel Brown Community Center
4575 Moncrief Road




Supervisor of Elections, Jerry Holland, and

his staff, will make the presentation.

This meeting is open to the public, and interested parties are welcome to attend

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Six Diseases You Can't Afford to Ignore aI, kr Aa

It's a fact: Some diseases affect
African-Americans more than oth-
ers. While they aren't the only ill-
nesses you should be watching out
for, they should be at the top of
your list. Here are six serious
health problems that African-
Americans are most likely to
encounter, plus when and how to
look out for them -- because
knowledge is the first step to living
better and longer.
Heart disease refers to coronary
artery disease (CAD), which
occurs when plaque builds up
inside the coronary arteries. The
plaque buildup, called atheroscle-
rosis, makes the arteries harden
and become narrower, so that less
blood -- and oxygen -- gets to the
heart. Heart disease is the leading
cause of death for men and women
in America.
Blood pressure is the force of
blood pushing against the blood

vessels. If blood pressure is high,
the heart must work harder than it
should to pump blood through the
HIV (human immunodeficiency
virus) and AIDS (acquired immune
deficiency syndrome) are immune
system disorders that impair and
then disable the body's ability to
defend itself against infection.
HIV/AIDS is spread through expo-
sure to infected bodily fluids, such
as blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid,
vaginal fluid or breast milk. No
cure exists for either. HIV/AIDS is
the number one cause of death in
African-American women age 25
to 34, and the third leading cause
of death for African-American men
age 25 to 34. African-Americans
are 12 percent of the U.S. popula-
tion, yet we make up 54% of new
HIV infections each year. Blacks
also are 10 times more likely to die
of AIDS than white Americans.

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the
colon or rectum. The colon is the
part of the large intestine that
extends to the rectum. This form of
cancer afflicts both sexes.
Prostate cancer is cancer of the
prostate gland, which is a part of
the male reproductive system. The
prostate is located in front of the
rectum and under the bladder; it
contributes to the production of
seminal fluid, which contains
sperm. Cancer of the prostate is the
second most common type of can-
cer in American men.
Breast cancer is an uncontrolled
division of cells (cancer) in breast
tissue. Cancer cells can spread to
other parts of the body in the
bloodstream or the lymphatic sys-
tem. Breast cancer occurs primari-
ly in women, but can also occur in
men. Black women die from breast
cancer more than women in other

Approach Your Physical Fitness

Like You Do Your Finances

The motivation for getting in
shape is often the example of the
celebrities on television. The toned
arms, tight abs and great skin have
become requisites for most
Hollywood and entertainment

5 Steps to Physical Fitness:
Customize & Personalize Your
Fitness Regime: Whether you
choose low impact aerobics, an at
home workout, strength training,
yoga or a combination of all of the
above, customize yotu workout by
balancing w-hat you need to do
(exercises ;ou don't like doing)
with what you want to do (exercis-
es that you like doing).
Develop a Nutrition Plan and Not
Jusi a Diet: Aside from eating
nutritious meals, it's important to
realize that "cheating" happens-
but should be monitored. Be care-
ful about combining food and
Do Your Research: Ask yourself,
your trainer, and'or your physician
as many questions as possible. It's
key to know \our own body type
and to realize that not eterv fitness
trend and concept w\ill work the
same for everyone.
Aim for long term success: It's
not alwa.\s about the occasion.
Proms. weddings, birthdays and
other personal milestones should
not dictate )our fitness regime
They can serve as benchmarks for
your progress however the overall
goal is self-improvement.
Actualize financial goals along
with your Otness goals. The old
adage says, "When lou look good,
you feel good." Being physically
and mentally fit affects everyone's
earning potential. not just athletes
and performers. The boost in self
esteem can be one of the biggest
income generating tools 3ou can
ever acquire.

Former Ambassador to Botswana Horace G Dawson, Jr.; Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY); Dr.
Gladys Gary Vaughn, National President of The Links, Incorporated; Linda Zango-Haley, President,
Greater New York Chapter of The Links, Inc.; Dr. Juel Shannon Smith, Chair, Education Across the Miles
(a Links signature project); Link Marcella Maxwell, and Dr. Gwendolyn Lee, National Vice President.

United Nations Association Honors The Links

The United Nations Association of
New York (UNA-NY) recently
honored The Links, Incorporated,
for their efforts to help improve the
lives of thousands of men, women
and children across the globe. The
World Health Organization is close-
ly aligned with The Links for the
Safe Motherhood Initiative. As
active participants in the Maama
Kit Campaign, Links chapters have
purchased thousands of "Maama
Kits" to help alleviate the problem
of neonatal mortality.
During the 1980s, Links chapters
contributed financially towards the

building of water wells throughout
the African continent. In the 1990s,
The Links sponsored The Uganda
Tour of Light, and the making of
quilts for the children of Aids vic-
tims in Ghana. Links chapters have
participated in other international
programs, such as the Refugee
Resettlement: Rwanda, Liberia, and
Haiti and Rwanda School-In-A-
Box. Through the contributions of
chapters and friends, books, educa-
tional supplies, and shoes (project
"Heart and Sole") were also sent
This commitment continues under

the organization's current program
theme: "Touching Tomorrow
Today, Globally." Under The
Links' signature program
"Education Across the Miles,"
chapters have donated approxi-
mately $400,000 towards the build-
ing of 31 schools in townships of
South Africa and Nigeria. This pro-
gram operates today in partnership
with International Federation for
Self-Help (IFESH). Earlier this
year, The Links' Nassau, Bahamas
chapter built a million dollar shelter
for women and children in Nassau
in response to local needs.

Arterial Leg Disease May Be More

Common in African-Americans

Missy Elliott, D'Angelo, and Mary J. Blige have all been trained by fit-
ness guru Mark Jenkins.

insiders and are not courtesy of
their stylist. For the hard bodies that
set them apart from the pack, many
turn to celebrity trainers and fitness
experts like Mark Jenkins who
believe that fitness initiatives
should be aligned with all other
long term goals.
Mark is the author of The Jump
Off: 60 Days To A Hip Hop Hard
Body and is personally responsible
for the physical reinventions of
celebrities like Mary J. Blige, Sean
"Diddy" Combs, Missy Elliott,
D'Angelo and Brandy. He's found
that when you equate physical fit-
ness with one's personal financial
bottom line, commitment becomes
more realistic.
"The diet approach doesn't really
work with most of my high profile
clients. You've got to show them
how it's a part of their economic
plan. You make better decisions if
you're getting more nutrients,
you're gonna have more energy so
you can work harder and make
more money and have more
longevity, and be more successful"
says Mark.

Physical appearance is directly
related to self esteem asserts
Jenkins. "When I trained Johnny
Cochran, he would say it makes a
difference in the way people per-
ceive him when he was wearing a
suit and it's fitting him right."
Understanding the links between
physical fitness, self esteem, and
wealth building are key compo-
nents to any overall plan for self

African-Americans are more like-
ly to have problems with circulation
in their legs due to hardening of the
arteries, or atherosclerosis, accord-
ing to a national study of more than
15,000 adults.
Arterial leg disease was diagnosed
in 4.4 percent in African-American
women, 3.1 percent of African-
American men, 3.2 percent of white
women and 2.3 percent of white
men in the study in the latest issue
of American Journal of Preventive
The researchers, also found that
cigarette smoking was the single
most important risk factor for arte-
rial leg disease.
Advanced cases of arterial leg dis-
ease can lead to amputation of the

foot or leg, according to Zheng, an
epidemiologist at the Division of
Heart Disease and Stroke
Prevention, Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
In the study, arterial leg disease
was diagnosed by measuring rest-
ing blood pressure in the ankle and
the arm, and determining the ratio
between them, called the resting
ankle-brachial index. The condition
was diagnosed when the ratio was
less than or equal to 0.9.
The condition was associated with
hypertension, diabetes, and higher
concentrations of total cholesterol,
triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and
lower concentrations of HDL
(good) cholesterol.
The higher rate of arterial leg dis-

ease in African-Americans may be
due to the higher prevalence of dia-
betes and hypertension in this pop-
ulation, according to the
The same risk factors for other car-
diovascular diseases -- such as
smoking, high blood pressure, dia-
betes, and high cholesterol levels --
are associated with arterial leg dis-
ease regardless of age, gender or
racial and ethnic background. The
presence of arterial leg disease'may
predict other cardiovascular prob-
People with early arterial disease
may not have any symptoms. But if
not treated properly, arterial leg dis-
ease can lead to pain or cramping in
the legs, especially during exercise.

Hospice Offers Camp for Grieving Youth

To help children cope with the loss
of a loved one, Community
Hospice of Northeast Florida will
offer Camp Healing Powers
January 13-15 (ages six-11) and
February 3-5 (ages 12-16).
Camp Healing Powers is a thera-
peutic camp experience for children
ages six to 16 who are grieving the
death of a loved one, regardless of
whether or not his or her loved one
had been a patient of Community
Hospice. Designed by bereavement
specialists, the camp creates a safe

and secure environment where
young people can remember those
who have died, acknowledge sad-
ness and pain and begin taking
steps toward reconciliation and
renewal through age-appropriate
activities. The camps will be held at
the Marywood Retreat Center in St.
Johns County, three miles south of
the Julington Creek Bridge.
Eligibility requirements:
Children must be between the
ages of six and 16.
- The death must have occurred at

least 90 days prior to camp atten-
A pre-camp assessment is
required for all camp attendees.
Applications for the January 13-15
camp must be received by January
4. The deadline for receiving appli-
cations for the February 3-5 camp is
January 25.
A $20 deposit is required but is
returned upon completion of camp.
The cost of Camp Healing Powers,
including housing, meals, activities
and curriculum, is funded entirely

by private donations.
The camp will offer young people
the opportunity to come together
for a fun weekend in a caring envi-
ronment where they learn they are
not alone in their grief. They make
new friends, share life experiences
and memories, celebrate their loved
ones and become stronger individu-
To schedule an appointment for a
camp assessment, call Child
Bereavement Specialist Vickie
Smith at 904.407.7197.



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Many African-Americans raised
in Black communities in the United
States have probably heard of
watch h Night Services." the gath-
ering of the faithful in church on
New Year's Eve.
The service usually begins any-
where from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and
ends at midnight with the entrance
of the New Year. Some folks come
to church first, before going to out
to celebrate. For others, church is
the onrl New Year's Ee event.
Most people have probably
assumed that Watch Night \was just
a standard Christian religious sern-
ice made a bit more Afro centric
because that's what happens when
elements of Christianity become
linked w ith the Black Church Still.
it seemed that predominately White
Christian churches did not include
Watch Night ser ices on their cal-
endars. but focused instead on
Chnstmas Eve programs. In fact,

there have been instances where
clergy in mainline denominations
wondered aloud about the propr-
etN of linking religious ser ices
with a secular holiday like New
Year's E\e. However. there is a rea-
son for the importance of Ne\
Year's EBe services in African
American congregations.
The Watch Night Seivices in
Black conmunnities that we cele-
biate today\ can be traced back to
gatherings on Decembei 31, 1862.
also kno\,n as "Freedom's F\e."
On that night. Blacks came togeth-
er in churches and private homes
all across the nation, anxiously
awaiting news that the
Emancipation Pioclaniation actual-
ly had become law. Then, at the
stroke of midrught, it \\as Janiuai
I. 1863. and all slaes in the
Confederate States were declared
legal\ free. When the news was
lecei\ed. there were prayers.

shouts and songs of jo. as people
tell to then knees and thanked God.
Black folks have gathered in
churches annually on New Year's
Eve ceei since, pransing God for
bringing us safely through another
It's been 143 years since that first

Baptist Ministers Conference Hosting MLK Activities

The Baptist Ministers Conference
of Duval will hold their 8th annual
celebration of the life of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., culminating with
the 7th Annual Prayer Breakfast.
The theme for this year's annual
event held over a four day period is
"A Hoistic Vision for a Fractured
The celebration kicks off on
Thursday, January 12th at 7 p.m. at

St. Johns Missionary Baptist
Church, 1920 Mound Street in
Orange Park. On January 13th,
services will be held at 1st
Missionary Baptist Church, 20
South 9th St., in Fernandina Beach.
The Annual Prayer Breakfast will
be held on Saturday, January 14th at
8 :00 a.m. at Phillipian Multi-
Purpose Center, 7540 New Kings
Road. The celebration will con-

clude on Monday, January 16th at 7
p.m. at 1st New Zion Missionary
Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel Drive.
Speaking for the final celebration
occasion will be the Baptist
Ministers Conference President and
church host, Rev. James Sampson.
For more information about the
celebration or to purchase a ticket
for the Prayer Breakfast, call 765-

Freedom's EBe and many of us
wete nevet taught the African
American history of Watch Night.
but tradition still brings us together
at this time ever\ \ear to celebrate
"how we got over" BE BI.FSSFD

New Year's

Eve at B.B.I.C.
Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church will be led by pastor
Rudolph McKissick, Jr. for it's
New Year's Eve Service beginning
at 7 p.m. The theme for the spirit
filled event will be "A Faithful Fix
for 2006". The event will feature
Bethel's combined choirs in the
main sanctuary

Watchnicht Services

Greater Macedonia Baptist
Greater Macedonia will be holding New Year's Eve Worship beginning
at 9 p.m. on Saturday, December 31st, and New Year's Day Service at 10

St. Thomas Missionary Baptist
The St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church, 5863 Moncrief Road, Ernie
L. Murray, Pastor, invites the community to join them for Watchnight
Services beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday, December 31st.
New Year's Day Services will begin with Sunday School at 9 a.m. on
Sunday, January 1, 2006. Morning Service at 11 a.m., and the Holy Lord's
Supper at 4 p.m. Pastor Murray will bring the message: "And, I Give You
A New Thing." The public is invited to all services at St. Thomas
Missionary Baptist, "the Church that reaches up to God, and out to Man."
Southside C.O.GI.C.
Southside Church of God in Christ (COGIC), Bishop Edward Robinson,
Pastor; 2179 Emerson Street; invites you to spend New Year's Eve at
Southside COGIC as they bring in the New Year with Praise. Southside
COGIC will host its first annual New Year's Musical, beginning at 12:30
a.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2006.
Mosaic Church
MOSAIC Church, 450 Busch Drive, invites all to "Come ring in the
New Year with prayer and praise at New Year's Eve Worship at 10:30 p.m.
on Saturday, December 31, 2005. MOSAIC Church will also host a
Christmas Eve "Gathering" at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 24th. The
whole family is invited.
First AME of Palm Coast
On New Year's Eve, Saturday, December 31st, a Ministry Expo will
begin at 8 p.m., followed by a FREE delicious dinner at 8:30 p.m. A New
Year's Concert featuring "New Destiny", the ministers of music and spe-
cial friends, will begin at 10 p.m. New Year's Worship and Welcoming in
the New Year will begin at 11 p.m.
Worship Service and celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation will
begin at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2006. A reception will follow.
For directions or information, please call (386)446-5759.

Seeking the.m. Mo g
lostfor Christ
-Matthew28:19--20 I ,

8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
STuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30-7 p.m.

Pastor Landon Williams, Sr.
The doors of Macedonia are ahvays open to you and your family. If we may be ol'any assistance to
you in your spiritual walk. please contact us at 764-925" or via email at GreaterMac@'daol.com.

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

Weekly Services

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel

Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.mn.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Coehaein. HlyComnin nI stI undy. t 450Iim

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

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IBaptist Church
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(904) 768-8800 FBa(904) 764-3800

Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper
4th Sunday Training Ministry
Tuesday 7-30 p.m.
Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
Wednesday- 12 Noon
Noon Day Worship
Thursday 4:00 p.m.
Bible Study

Pastor Ernie Murray, Sr.
Welcomes You!


The History of Watchnight Services

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St. Thomas Seniors Hold Festive Holiday Luncheon

Frankin Webb, Sis. Mary Felton, Evelyn Jennings, Virginia
Hammonds, Jean Dubignon, Gwen Scott and Linda Mitchell.

Mattie Williams and Lison Hutchins

Pastor Ernie Murray addresses the guests.
Pastor Ernie Murray addresses the guests.

Drewnell Davis, Rose Smith, Canethia Pastola Clayton and Uerdell Copeland.

Barbara Fayson

Ania Berry shows off her cuddling tech-

The experienced seniors of St.
Thomas Missionary Baptist Church
held their annual Christmas
Luncheon in the spirit of the season

on the church grounds. Complete
with delicious food, the spirit of the
Word, Christmas carols and holiday
readings, the much anticipated pro-

gram is a highlight of the season.
The program was presided over by
Mary Smith who guided the event
from start to finish beginning with a

group selection of "O Come All Ye
Faithful", followed by a scripture
reading by Helen Bruce and invoca-
tion by Frances Denson. The festive

mid day program was concluded
with words of appreciation by it's
coordinators Barbara Fayson and
Wilhelmina Ebron and participants

departed with gifts in hand follow-
ing the benediction by St. Thomas'
Pastor, Ernie. L. Murrary, Sr.
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with Master Chef
Joyce White

When you light the candles, set the table, and bring out a few special
dishes, you are smack dab in the middle of a party: yours. And to help you
prepare the food with ease for your festive gathering, whether for two or
twenty, I've come up with an elegant but rustic menu.
An avocado dip starts the party served on rounds of delicious chewy
breads, such as ciabatta or sour dough, that are now available in many
supermarkets. If desired, set out a bowl of caper-rolled anchovies or baby
shrimp for a topping.
I discovered the main dish in the South of France more than 30 years
ago: chicken smothered in 40 cloves of garlic! During the cooking the gar-
lic in this dish turns creamy and mild and the chicken is subtly flavored
and delicious.
For sides, consider down home corn pudding, and a bowl of collard
greens, or steamed broccoli or sauteed spinach.
Something chocolate is always right for holiday gathering. Several
wonderful recipes for chocolate cakes, candy and pies are featured in my
cookbooks, both "Soul Food" and "Brown Sugar "

1 or two chile peppers, such as
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small clove garlic, chopped
2 ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 fully ripe large avocados, mashed
Assorted country breads
Cut the chile peppers in half
lengthwise, discard the seeds, and
chop the peppers finely. In a medi-
um bowl, combine the peppers,
onion, garlic, tomatoes, lemon juice
and salt.
Peel the avocado and press
through a sieve or mash with the
back of a spoon until smooth. Stir
into the bowl with the other ingredi-
ents and mix well.
Cut the bread into slices, toast or
warm in the oven, and pass along
with the salsa. Makes about 3 cups
for 6 to 8 servings.

4 pound chicken parts, legs, thighs,
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
20 to 40 cloves, peeled
4 tbsp olive or grapeseed oil
1 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary or
1 1/2 tsp. dried herb, crushed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 cup dry white wine, dry white
vermouth or chicken broth
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
If desired, trim away any excess

skin and fat from the chicken parts.
Rinse the chicken with cold, run-
ning water, drain and pat real dry
with paper toweling. Season the
chicken with the salt and pepper.

Rinse the garlic and pat dry with
paper toweling and set aside.
Heat half of the oil in a large heavy
wide Dutch oven or a heavy wide
saucepan or skillet over medium
high heat until quite hot. Working in
batches, fry a few pieces of chicken
at a time until golden brown, turn-
ing over to brown evenly, for about
5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a
Continue browning the chicken
until all is done, adding the remain-
ing oil as needed, and transferring
to the plate when browned.
Reduce the heat under the pan
to medium low. Add the garlic
cloves, rosemary and parsley.
Saute, stirring, for 3 or 4 minutes.

Party Food is Good Any Time of Year

Remove the pan from the heat.
Scoop out half of the garlic cloves
and set aside. Spread the remaining
over the bottom of the pan, and top
with chicken parts. Scatter the
remaining half of garlic on top of
the chicken. Pour over 1/2 cup of
the wine or vermouth or broth.
Cover the pan with a tight fitting
lid, reinforcing with a layer of foil,
crimped to seal the edges.
Set the pan of chicken on the
lower oven rack and bake for 45 to
50 minutes, or until the chicken is
tender and the juices run golden,
basting the chicken a couple times
with juices in the pan, and using
tongs, turn over the chicken.
When ready to serve. Transfer
the chicken to a warm platter and
keep warm. Set the pan over medi-
um heat. Place the garlic in the pan
into a small sieve and mash back
into the pan. Stir in the remaining
wine, vermouth or broth.
Bring the pan to a boil, stirring
briskly. Cook for about 5 minutes,
or until the sauce is slightly thick-
Pour the sauce into a gravy bowl
and pass with the chicken. Makes 4
generous servings.

3 cups fresh corn kernels (about 3

ears) or frozen corn kernels, thawed
3 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons sugar, more if
3/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/8 cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg or
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Generously butter a 2-quart shallow
baking dish and set aside.
Place 3/4 cup of the corn in the
blender and whirl until pureed.
In a large bowl, combine the
pureed corn, the remaining corn

kernels, the flour, sugar, salt, black
pepper and cayenne pepper and mix
well. Cut the butter into small
pieces and stir into the mixture.
Place the eggs into a medium bowl
and beat vigorously until they are
light and foamy. Add the beaten
eggs and the milk to the corn mix-

ture, stirring well.
Pour the pudding into the baking
dish. Sprinkle top with the nutmeg.
Set the dish into a large roasting
pan, pour in enough water to reach
about one-quarter of the way up the
sides of the baking dish.
Carefully set the roasting pan (with

the baking dish inside it) in the hot
oven on the middle shelf.
Bake the pudding for 40 to 45
minutes or until a knife inserted in
the center comes out clean.
Remove from the oven, let set a
few minutes, and serve hot. Serves
6 or more.


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Signature Gala Ball
The Fifth Annual Signature Gala,
Jacksonville's premiere holiday
affair, will be held on Friday, Dec.
30 at the Hyatt Regency
Jacksonville Riverfront. Once
again, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity are host-
ing the formal ball. The event will
be held from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and
features the band Elite. Tickets can
be purchased by calling 904-768-
1964, email: signaturegalajax@hot-
mail.com, or see any member of the
sponsoring organizations. All pro-
ceeds will benefit these organiza-
tions' educational, community and
youth programs.

New Year's
Mystery Party
Dave & Busters Restaurant will
be hosting a New Year's Mystery
Party. The annual celebration fea-
tures a three act interactive comedy
mystery dinner theatre, power
cards, dancing, hors d' ouvres,
champagne toast and more.
Festivities begin on December 31st
at 8:00 p.m. Audience members
will have a chance to solve a crime
and win a prize. Tickets are limited.
For more information call 296-

Kwanzaa at the Ritz
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum invites the Jacksonville
community to celebrate Kwanzaa
December 30, 2005 beginning at 6
p.m.. The occasion will be cele-
brating "Nia" the 5th day of the
week-long celebration where you
will have the opportunity to witness
the lighting of the mishumaa saba
(the seven candles), the pouring of
libation and the cultural unity of
this community wide celebration.
The celebration will incorporate
song, dance, musical performance,
African drumming and poetry per-
formance by members of the com-
munity. Visitors are encouraged to
bring fresh fruit in the African har-
vest celebration tradition. Kwanzaa
at the Ritz is free to the public. For
more information call 632-5555.

New Year's Eve
Party at The Place
There will be a New Year's Eve
Party featuring live entertainment
and a DJ spinning soulful old
school and stepping sounds of
2005. Festivities will kick off at 9
p.m. on December 31st at The
Place, located at 1754 N. Main
Street. Ticket price include horsd'
oeuvres, party favors, door prizes,
midnight champagne toast and a

Free Services Offered at Wellness Center
Struggling with HIV/AIDS, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease,
stroke, cancer, and other serious health problems? The Wellness Center
of Optimum Health and Well-Being, Inc. can help you. Certified
Specialists work with you to help manage your health through counseling,
education, fitness, and, nutrition. Membership applications are accepted
daily, year round. Must be referred by a physician and services are free.
Located at 2998 Edison Avenue. For more information,call Mr. Walter
Morrison or Dr. Valveta Turner, 904 389-3952.

Register Early for Annual MLK Parade
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Foundation, Incorporated, of
Jacksonville, Florida will start 2006 with a full weekend of MLK Holiday
Celebration activities. The MLK Parade and the accompanying citywide
activities are planned as acts of joy, celebration, reflection, and introspec-
tion. This years Parade Theme is "Celebrating The Mothers of the
Movement" and the parade route will be through Downtown Jacksonville
on Monday, January 16, 2006 beginning at 10:00a.m. Register on-line
at www.mlkfdn.com or Fax at 904-807-6359.

Do you know an

Unsung Hero?

Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.

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breakfast buffet. For more informa-
tion or to purchase tickets, call 751-
2304 or 598-1255.

New Year's Eve
at the Landing
The Landing will begin live enter-
tainment at 12 noon with Hipp
Street. Go Ask Alice will begin
playing immediately following the
Annual Gator Bowl's Pep Rally at
approximately 6:30 p.m. The
evening will be headlined by the
band A1A North at 10:00 p.m. The
annual New Year's fireworks show
will begin promptly at midnight. All
Landing restaurants will observe
extended hours this evening till
2:00 a.m. For more information, or
a complete list of events and enter-
tainment, please call (904) 353-
1188 or visit www.jacksonville-

Laugh in the New
Year with ImprovJax
Enjoy a night ofimprov and stand-
up comedy, live music, a cham-
pagne toast at midnight and fire-
works on the St. Johns River all on
New Year's Eve! The show begins
at 8 p.m. Improv Jacksonville is
located next to the Nine West Shoe
Store in The Jacksonville Landing
at 2 Independent Drive. For more
information or to buy tickets visit
www.improvjacksonville.com or
call (904) 535-0670.

Sew Perfect with
Marndarin Club
All area ladies are invited to
attend the Mandarin Christian
Women's Club January Luncheon
"Sew Perfect" on January 3, 2006
at the Ramada Inn in Mandarin.
The luncheon will be held from
12:00 1:30 p.m. Doors open at
11:30 a.m. Reservations for Lunch
& FREE Nursery can be made by
calling Patsy at 287-2427or Mary at
880-2792 or email pbkwjk@bell-

Spring Garden Class
Preparation for your spring gar-
dens...both plants & vegetables"
will be held on January 5, 2006 at

the Duval County Extension Office,
1010 N. McDuff Ave. from 10:00
am 1:00 pm. Participants will
learn how to prepare a low mainte-
nance Florida Friendly landscape
and what to do for an enviable
spring vegetable garden in addition
in learning how to calibrate your
sprinklers for watering efficiently.
Call to register 387-8850

Lunch & Learn
Visual Silence
"Visual Silence" Lunch & Learn
will be held on January 6th from
12 p.m. 1 p.m. The free mid day
forum will be facilitated by Teri
Daggat who will discuss her experi-
ence growing up with hearing
impaired parents and the impor-
tance of visual stimuli such as light
and color for alertness and commu-
nication. Bring your lunch, drinks
are provided to the Women's Center
located at 5644 Colcord Avenue.
For more information concerning
the Art & Soul Program or the
Women's Center of Jacksonville,
contact Susan Demato at 904-333-
Club Meeting
The 1st bookclub meeting of 2006
for the P.R.I.D.E. Book Club will be
held at 7:00 pn on January 6, 2006
at the home of Romona Baker. The
book for discussion will be
Lerone Bennett, Jr. The next meet-
ing will be held on Saturday,
February 4, 2006. The book for dis-
cussion will be Manchild In The
Promise Land by Claude Brown.
The meeting will be held at the new
Jacksonville Public Library. For
more information, please e-mail
felicef@bellsouth.net. or call 384-

Ritz Amateur Night
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will hold their first
"Amateur Night at the Ritz" of the
new year on Friday, January 6th.
Show time is 7:30 PM and tickets
are $5.50 at the door. Tickets can
be purchased at the Ritz box-office.
For more information, please call

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Matthew Gilbert
Alumni Gala Weekend
All Matthew W. Gilbert Jr.and Sr.
High School students and teachers
are invited to the 8th Annual New
Year Grand Reunion Celebration on
Saturday, January 7, 2006 at the
Hyatt Regency River Walk Hotel
Former Adams Mark), 225 Coast
Line Dr. The event will feature a
semi formal welcome reception on
Friday, January, 6, 2006 from 7:00 -
11:00 p.m. and a gala celebration
on Saturday, January 7th with a
reception at 6:00 p.m., dinner at
7:00p.m. and a Dance/After Party
from 9:00 p.m. until. There will be
no tickets at the door. For more
information, please call Almeyta J.
Lodi at 355-7583 or Vivian W.
Williams at 766-2885.

Spiritual Spoken Word
Spirit of Truth Deliverance
Ministry will present an evening of
spoken word with "Spirit of Truth"
on Saturday, January 7th. The
public is invited to come out and
witness Spiritual Poetry like you've
never heard before. The event is
FREE and will have an open mic.
Poets are encouraged to pre register.
Spoken Word at Spirit of Truth will
be held the first Saturday of each
month from 6 8 p.m. The church is
located at 5354 Verna Blvd (near
Lowe's off Cassat). For more infor-
mation, call 993-0467.

Soul Release Poetry
Soul Release Poetry,
Jacksonville's longest running spo-
ken word poetry event in Northeast
Florida, will be held Saturday
January 7th beginning at 7:30
p.m. at Boomtown Theatre and
Restaurant's. It is located down-
stairs at The Park Building, #140
Monre Street across from
Hemming Plaza (park). The event
features an open mic for poets and
singers, hip hop and R&B by guest
DJs and nationally known spoken
word artists. Admission: $5
(poets/with college or military ID)
and $7 (general audience): For
more information, visit

Rev. Bernice King
Highlights Annual
MLK Luncheon

Foundation will
celebrate the life
of Dr. Martin
Luther King with
their annual MLK
Luncheon on
January 10th at 12 p.m. This years
speaker is Dr. King's daughter, Rev.
Bernice King. The Luncheon will
be held at the BeTheLite
Conference Center. For more infor-
mation or to purchase tickets,ca;;

Harlem Gospel Choir
The Harlem Gospel Choir will be
in concert on Friday, January
13th,at 7:30 p.m. at the Thrasher-
Home Center for the Arts. The
Center is located at 283 College
Drive in Orange Park. For more
information, call 276-6750.

FAMU Alumni Meeting
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
FAMU Alumni Association will
hold it's monthly meeting at the
Highland Branch Library at 10a.m.
on Saturday, January 14th For
more, info please contact 910-7829.

Ritz Chamber Players
The Ritz Chamber Players -will
perform "In Remembrance of the
Dream", a special concert in honor
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
birthday. The concert will be held
on Saturday, January 14th, at 7:30
p.m. in the Terry Theater, of the
Times Union Center. For tickets or
more information, call 354-5547.

MLK Celebration
at M.O.S.H.
The Museum of Science &
History will celebrate the life of
MLK with their annual Martin
Luther King, Jr. Day celebration.
Festivities will kick off on January
16th from 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
For more information, call 396-

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The men of Club Baron (not in order) Sam Watson, Ralph Greene, Randall Malpress, Claude Thompson, Emmett Walker, J.J. Hammond,
Benjamin Mack, Milton Jones, Benjamin Harris, David Manor, George McClellan Vernon King, David Dwight, Havert Thomason, Estaniel
Calizaire, Osnald Calizaire, James Lloyd, Clarence Bostic, James Holloway, Theodore Brown, Oscar Fletcher, James Douglas, Frederick
Sherrard, Alfred Rutland, Lemorris Prier, Charles Thompson and Reginald Robinson.
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Event guests Lydia Wooden, Rita Perry and Charlotte Stewart.

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What began nearly sixty years ago
with the sincere desire of five men
to be of service to their community,
has blossomed into a legacy of tra-
dition and excellence among twen-
ty-seven of Jacksonville's most dis-
tinguished African-American men.
In February of 1946, organizers
J.D. Pauline, J.J. Hammond, R.E.
Maultsby and G.A. McClellan
assembled in the Davis Street home
of T.R. Wilson with combined con-
tributions of $10,000 and created
Club Baron. Guided by the motto
"Clean Minds, Clean Hearts,
Helping Hands", the organized
group (all Pullman Car Porters)
used the mantra to guide their
actions through Christian
These days Club Baron has unoffi-
cially adopted a two facet program,
focusing on community enhance-
ment with youth through religion
and recreation. Their initial project
was to assist in molding character
among youth in their formative
"Because of the increase of juve-
nile problems, we wanted to work
with the children to instill pride as

they grow into respectable young
men and women." Said Baron
President James lolloway, III.
The Barons initiated a program
through the Sunday Schools of their
respective churches and invited the
banner classes to be guests at their
annual outing. In an effort to pro-
mote the positive religious influ-
ence instilled in the youth, young
men from the Parental Home for
Boys were also invited in hopes
they would be inspired by their
interaction with the Sunday School
children. The innovative outings led
the participants to places such as
local parks, beaches, Marineland,
Silver Springs and more. Soon, the
club members found the whole-
some recreation just as rewarding to
themselves as their guests.
In keeping with their original
focus, a Community Action
Committee has been formed and
funded within the organization
whose sole purpose is to actively
involve and serve the youth and
adult community.
In addition to youth, the Barons
also focus on the critical need of
voter registration by aiding and giv-

ing instructions to those who were
registered and did not vote. They
also encouraged the unregistered to
do so. Not always a solo act, the
Barons frequently join forces with
other organizations in city-wide
community service efforts to
improve the quality of life for
Jacksonville citizens.
The Barons are not without a little
fun. Biennially, the men host a free
formal ball for the community. The
Biennial tradition began decades
ago in the Tea Room of the
Richardson Hotel in Downtown
Jacksonville. Traditionally held
waterfront at the Riverside
Women's Club, the well anticipated
event is always well attended and
On the verge of their 60th
Anniversary, the Barons are still
dedicated to the precepts of their
"Service in our community and
guidance to our youth has become
critical in this present day and
time," says Holloway. "Young
blacks are confronted by more dan-
gerous challenges and pressures
than at any other time this century.

We are mandated to intensify our
efforts to work in our community
and service our youth."

Supported by their wives/sweet-
hearts, entrenched with the legacy
of their founders, Club Baron is

destined to continue making a dif-
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