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Florida star
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Title:
Florida star
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Florida star news
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
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English
Publisher:
The Florida Star Pub. Co.
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Jacksonville Fla
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weekly
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Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
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Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
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"Florida's statewide black weekly."
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Publisher: Eric O. Simpson, Feb. 14, 1981- .

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By Cristin Wilson When Joenisha Lang stood up during announcements she shocked everyone at Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship with what she had to say. But everyone agreed what she said made sense. Eight year old Lang told the pastor that she wanted to take all of the money that her parents would have spent on her for Christmas and donate it to the church. She told her mama she didnt want toys,Ž said Reverend Kenneth Adkins pastor of Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship. The reason Lang and so many others were concerned was because it looked as if the church was about to loose their building just weeks before Christmas. According to Adkins, the church had been faithfully paying rent. However they didnt learn that their building was being foreclosed on by the bank until they read it in the newspaper. Adkins said the news came as a shock since they had paid rent for the past 17 months but the owner had stopped making payments to bank. Adkins said Joenisha was the inspiration behind their bold move to cancel Christmas. If she can do it we can do it. We decided to cancel Christmas,Ž said Adkins. After getting in contact with the bank; Adkins learned that property was being put up for sale during an auction. The pastor said he knew it wouldnt be easy for his 300 members to raise the $30,000 that was needed but he said there was nothing impossible for his God. Before he knew it, checks starting coming in. Some bigger than others, but Adkins said it was obvious that God was on their side. Renee Blackshear has attended the church for the past year. She said she had no problem with scaling back her gift giving this year in order to make a donation to the church. I always wanted them to understand the real meaning of Christmas,Ž said Blackshear. The church has started five businesses which employs 22 ex-offenders. Their goal is to make sure that those who have made mistakes have a second chance. Adkins said it hasnt been easy but when he reflects on the ordeal hes reminded of a popular bible verseƒwhich says all things work out to the good of those who love the Lord. Just in time for Christmas, Greater Dimensions just closed on their building. There were some moms who refused to buy their daughters dolls that were not of color and therefore had to search for Black dolls. Now the Black Barbie dolls has evolved over the years to reflect the real diversity of little girls and many dolls will turn Barbies hair from straight to curly for the holiday season. So, members of a hair group in Columbus, Georgia have decided to give Barbie a DIY natural hair makeover. Barbie Doll history is progressing from the 50s and much work has and still is being done to reflect the real diversity of little girls. The Georgia group is giving about 40 African American Barbie Dolls a total hair makeover and giving them as a Christmas gift to girls living at the Booker T. Washington public housing complex in Columbus. The Jacksonvilles Sheriff Office reported that seven men have been arrested under a state racketeering law. The law allows prosecution of gang members who appear to be part of a criminal enterprise that show a pattern of crimes. The men above appear to be tied to ongoing violence in a Jacksonville Northwest community. They are suspected members of the Grand ParkŽ gang that received the name from the neighborhood where an 18-month investigation showed a patten of crimes and therefore punishable under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly known as RICO. The seven men above have a history of arrests for drug and gun crimes. The RICO law allows prosecutors to bundle the actions together and point to them as proof of a criminal racket. The men were charged Thursday and Friday under the conspiracy law. Arrest records of the seven go back as far as 2005 and include drug, firearm, aggravated assault, auto theft and other charges. The investigations conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office found each of them committed acts and was a member of the Grand Park gang. The investigation connected these seven men with certain crimes. Under RICO, the charges carry much stiffer penalties than those crimes that are considered as street-level crimes. President Obama took a stand for Americans and called Speaker Boehner and Leader Reid to let them know Americans had suffered more than enough. He continued to reinterate that it is important that 160 million working Americans not be forced to be hit with a holiday tax hike on January 1, 2012. After much debate and a continuous effort not to cooperate with the other party based solely on political parties, no matter how much damage the country and its citizens suffered, an agreement was made by both. Congressman and civil rights icon, John Lewis of Georgia and Congresswoman Corrine Brown of Florida, both went on the floor of the House to admonish their Republican colleagues for blocking a payroll tax-cut compromise that would extend unemployment and current tax cuts until February. But until Thursday, it appeared their voices were not heard. But on Thursday, House Speaker Boehner (R) announced an agreement to extend the payroll tax cut for two months. Earlier, House Republicans had agreed to vote against the two-month extension passed by the Senate to allow time for further negotiations. The deal also includes the addition of legislative language to ease the administrative burden on small businesses. 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PAGE A-2 THESTAR DECEMBER 24, 2011 OPINIONS OWNER/PUBLISHER CLARA JACKSON McLAUGHLIN MANAGEMENT LONZIE LEATH, RINETTA M. FEFIE SALES & MARKETING G. ABRAMS, DENNIS WADE, DAN EVANS OFFICE/ACCOUNTS MANAGER SHIQUITA WILSON LAYOUT EDITOR MAY E. FORD CRIME &JUSTICE KEVIN KIM CARIBBEAN NEWS/SPECIAL LAYOUT ARTHIA NIXONInvestigative Reporter : Lonzie Leath Reporters/Photographers : Marsha Phelts, Laurence Greene, F. M. Powell, III, Michael Phelts, Richard McLaughlin, Andrea F. K. 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Opinions expressed by columnists in this newspaper do not necessarily represent the policy of this paper.MEMBERSHIPS: Florida Press Association National Newspaper Association National Newspaper Publishers Association Amalgamated Publisher, Inc. Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce First Coast African American Chamber of Commerce THEFLORIDA STAR THE GEORGIA STAR DESIGN AND WEB SITE PARTNER ALLEN PROCTOR AROUND THE TOWNŽ FRANCES BRADLEY, VOLUME BURKES SPECIAL SECTIONS TIA AYELE SPORTS EDITOR MIKE BONTS COLUMNS YOLANDA KNUCKLE GEORGIA MARKETING ANGELA FAVORS MORRELL DISTRIBUTION HERMAN ROBINSON, DAVID SCOTT National Newspaper Publishers Association Why Wait?LET THE POST OFFICE DELIVER THE FLORIDA or GEORGIA STAR TO YOUI want a One Year Subscription to The Florida or Georgia Star!Please donate 10% of my paid Subscription to the non-profit organization listed below. 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A small portion of the position is clerical and help-desk support while most duties will be information technology project oriented. Associates degree plus three to five years related experience and/or training. Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals and technical procedures. Must be able to compose routine reports and correspondence.To apply send your resume to : Pilot Corporation of America Attn: Human Resources Dept. 3855 Regent Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32224 (No walk-ins or phone call please!) INVITATION TO BID Dont Be Fooled By Republican Infighting. A Political Call To ActionBy Cheryl A. Williams Jacksonville, FloridaThe former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has drawn scorn from many Americans for his remarks about the poor and child labor. But, political insiders believe that these and other statements are a part of a comprehensive Republican strategy. At a dinner in Iowa earlier this month Mr. Gingrich stated, really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and nobody around them who works.Ž He stated further, so they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of I do this and you give me cash... unless it's illegal.Ž Mr. Gingrich further asserts that putting the poorest children to work cleaning schools can teach them responsibility and work ethics. He also alluded in his statement that poor communities aspire to be pimps, prostitutes and drug dealers. As of press time Mr. Gingrich is still sticking to his guns. This denigrating statement about, really poor in really poor neighborhoods,Ž is enraging and vile. It is insulting to the millions of financially challenged people who struggle to make ends meet with true dignity and integrity. These statements were made with respect to poor black children. That being said, I also believe that these statements are a call to action to the African American community. Brothers and Sisters it is Wake Up Time. This statement is just one of many disrespectful and marginalizing statements made throughout American history about the poor. The ranks of which are overwhelmingly African American. Dont be fooled by the focus on Newt Gingrich. Apparently, Mr. Gingrich felt confident that his constituency had no problem with his rhetoric, he would face no constancy back lash. The concern of several political insiders (who wishes to remain anonymous) is that Newt is a Republican scare tactic strategy. That Mr. Gingrich would be the worst case option of a Republican Presidential candidate. They assert that the strategy is to appeal to independent voters by presenting a kinder gentler Republican Presidential candidate. (As the lesser of two evils.) My sources cite the recent appearance of Mitt Romney on David Letterman, is a public relations ploy to humanize the initial Republican Presidential candidate nominee front runner. This is a game of good cop/ bad cop. The strategy may be working. Newt Gingrich is no longer the front runner. According to the latest CBS News Poll, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are tied at the top of the Republican pack to win their party's presidential nomination, each with 20 percent of GOP primary voters' support. Dont be played. If you are enraged about Newts statementsbecome involved. Contact the political party of your choice, volunteer and make a difference. We welcome your comments so write us. Take action. Each week, until the final election, we will comment on the political issues at hand. Our intent is to empower and inspire you to be the change you want to see. Until next week Take Action. ________________________________________________________________________ Cheryl Williams is Community Organizer, Community Advocate, Public Relations Consultant, Film Maker and Lobbyist who resides in Jacksonville, Florida Archer Western Contractors, Ltd.Invitation to Bid City of St. Augustine, FL Bid ID PW2012-02 Avenida Menendez Seawall Project, St. Augustine, FL Bid Due Date (Subcontractors/Suppliers): January 12th, 2012 (BEFORE NOON) Fax Quotes to (813) 849-7582 Archer Western Contractors, Ltd. is soliciting quotes from qualified WBE/MBE suppliers/subcon tractors for the following scopes of work: maintenance of traffic, erosion control, demolition, landscaping, irrigation, site drainage, site water & sewer, site electrical, lighting, curb & gutter, concrete sidewalks, pavement milling, asphalt paving, pavement markings, architectural precast concrete, aluminum railings, reinforcing steel placement, concrete finishing and seagrass planting, and others not specifically mentioned. Plans can be viewed in our plan room at: Archer Western 4343 Anchor Plaza Pkwy Suite 155, Tampa, FL 33634 or go to our online plan room at the following link: https://sharepoint.walshgroup.com/jobsites/fl/regional/bids/default.aspx Username: awflsubs@awflsubs.com Password: Archer1$ Quotes will be evaluated on scope, price, experience, financial condition and other pertinent factors. EOEM/F

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JACKSONVILLE, FL BELL William Bill,Ž 88, died December 17, 2011. BESSETTE Charles, died December 14, 2011. BORDERS Edgar Lawrence, 63, died December 14, 2011. CLARK, Coach Charles Chuck,Ž 50, died December 13, 2011. COLLINS, Clark Mark, died December 13, 2011. CONWAY Myrtice Elizabeth, 72, died December 15, 2011. CREWS Wesley Donald, 31, died December 17, 2011. CRIBBS Alton, 63, died December 14, 2011. DANIELS Elder Anthony V., died December 14, 2011. DEMPSEY Anthony, died December 14, 2011. DORSEY, Dorothy Marie, 90, died December 14, 2011. ESTES James Richard, 54, died December 14, 2011. FARNELL Ray Glenn, 64, died December 14, 2011. FULLER Edward, died December 13, 2011. FULLER Muriel C., 86, died December 14, 2011. GOOLSBY Ladeirder, died December 17, 2011. GOWENS Clara Sue Johnson, 47, died December 12, 2011. HAYES Mark, died December 12, 2011. HEAD Doris M., 84, died December 19, 2011. HILDEBRAND Bishop Richard A., 95, died December 12, 2011. JACKSON Van Este, 47, died December 16, 2011. JONES, Patrick James, 24, died December 13, 2011. KENT, John Henderson, Sr., 82, died December 13, 2011. KIRBY, Shirley Jean Andrews, 64, died December 17, 2011. KOBUS Joseph J., 72, died December 12, 2011. LEWIS, George E., 96, died December 13, 2011. LUCZYNSKI Beatrice, died December 15, 2011. MUSE Dottie Ruth, 68, died December 14, 2011. PARKER, Eloise, 86, died December 15, 2011. POWLESS Camden Popeye Ray, 3 months, died December 13, 2011. REDDICK Clara Louise, 89, died December 13, 2011. ROBINSON, Felice Nicole, 29, died December 15, 2011. ROMERO, Venancio, died December 11, 2011. SIMMONS, Sadie Carlton, 80, died December 13, 2011. SOTO Flora, died December 13, 2011. STOUT Edward, Jr., 69, died December 15, 2011. WILLIAMS, Jeffrey, died December 14, 2011. WOODALL Scott L., 41, 2011. ~*~GEORGIA DEATHS DAMPIER Melba Ree Tetstone, 79, died December 13, 2011. LANGSHAW Charles Gould, 86, died December 16, 2011. MASSEY Della C., died December 18, 2011. GULDEMOND Joan S., 82, died December 13, 2011. Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church 201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475 Rev. Pearce Edwing, Sr. Sunday Worship Service . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m. Church School . . . . . . . . . 8:30 p.m. Wednesday Glory HourŽ Bible Study . . . . . . .10:00 a.m. Jehovah JirehŽ Bible Study . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. 2nd & 4th Thursday Young at Heart Ministry . . .10:00 a.m. Friday Joy Explosion Ministry . . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. The Church DirectoryCome and Worship With UsŽ New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208Sunday School ƒ..............ƒƒƒƒƒƒ..9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Intercessory Prayer...............ƒ..10:45 a.m. Morning Worship ......................11:00 a.m. Youth Church 2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary) Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ................ 7:00 p.m. Elder Arnitt Jones, Acting Pastor Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus (904) 764-5727 Church GREATER EL-BETHEL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCHThe Church Where Everybody Is SomebodyŽBishop Lorenzo Hall., Pastor Street Address: 723 W. 4th St. Jacksonville, Florida 32209 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3575, Jacksonville, Florida 32206Church Telephone: (904) 359-0661 Home: (904) 358-8932 Cell: 710-1586Sunday School.......................................................................................9:30 a.m. Morning Worship.................................................................................11:00 a.m. Tuesday................................................Prayer Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m. Thursday...............................................................................Joy Night,7:00 p.m.Email: Gospell75@aol.com Website: Greaterelbethel.org Faith In Our CommunitySchedule of Events and ServicesPAGE A-3 THE STAR DECEMBER 24, 2011 Tune In To WCGL AM RadioForIMPACT IMPACTTuesday and Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.AtWCGL1360.comThe Florida Star and Impact Striving To Make A Difference! Clara McLaughlin Host Yvonne Brooks Co-Host CHURCH DEATH NOTICES DEATH NOTICES Central Metropolitan C.M.E. 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PAGE A-4THE STARDECEMBER 24, 2011 Talk of the Town! Talk of the Town! by Frances Bradley by Frances Bradley Volume Burks, Photographer Volume Burks, Photographer Sights and SitesMayors Holiday Open HouseE kaabo (pronounced eh-kah-bow). Welcome. The Artist Series Brings a Taste of Cuba to Jacksonville.I remember when Cuba was a popular Caribbean destination favored by my mothers peers as much as, if not more than, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, etc. Then, politics got in the way and trips for long weekends to the exotic island nation, a mere 90 miles from the southern tip of Florida, came to a halt. Recently, The Artist Series, a cultural program sponsored by Florida State College at Jacksonville, brought a taste of Cuba to Jacksonville when it presented the Kings of Salsa at the Times Union Center for Performing Arts. The Kings of Salsa is a show that presents, through dance and music, a blend of Cubas folkloric culture with a high energy style of dance and music which links to the countrys African and Spanish heritage. Throughout the show one sees the unmistakable movement of salsa and rumba, along with contemporary dance which incorporates ballet, hip hop, and a few moves that were reminiscent of Michael Jackson.Roclan Gonzalez Chavez ,Choreographer and Artistic Director for the Kings of Salsa show, features as a singer and dancer throughout the production alongside his eight dancers, described as the cream of the crop of Cubas classically trained dancers, and eight musicians. Well known in Cuba, Chavez directs choreography for the Cuban TV Ballet. Additionally, he has choreographed for the Cuban National Music Awards and videos for popular Cuban bands. This is the productions first tour in the U. S. In press releases about the Kings of Salsa, Roclan Chavez emphasizes the fusion of young and modern dance with the cultural dance of Cuba, so I asked him, in a telephone interview, about the influence of hip-hop on modern Cuban dance styles. Modestly proclaiming his English as not so goodŽ, the dance master fluently responded, Hip hop is niceƒbut not that rich in Cuba. I concentrate on my style. Hip-hop is [like] fashion. Its not good to follow fashion.Ž Obviously, this King of Salsa considers the hip-hop genre of dance and music, thats been around since the 1970s, as something of a fad. Clearly, The Artist Series is not a fad. In its 46 th year presenting Broadway, offBroadway, concert, and family entertainment to Jacksonville, the current season includes, International Dance, International Opera, and the Concert & Variety Series. Originally developed as a vehicle for making the arts more accessible to students, The Artist Series has broadened its focus after making its debut at Florida Junior College, now FSCJ, and has become the primary source for national and international professional productions in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The 2011-2012 season, which ends in May, has loads of performances remaining which include the hit Broadway musical, Wicked The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz January 4-22; I Have a Dream (school performances), February 16; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater February 28; and Bill Cosby April 29. To view The Artist Series full calendar of events and for ticket information visit their website at www.artistseriesjax.org The Seven Days of KwanzaaDecember 26 Umoja (oo-mo-jah) … Unity To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race. December 27 Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-goo-lee-ah) … (Self-Determination) To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves. December 28 Ujima (oo-jee-mah) … Collective Work and Responsibility To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers and sisters problems our problems and to solve them together. December 29 Ujamaa (oo-jah-mah) … Cooperative Economics To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together. December 30 Nia (nee-ah) … Purpose To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. December 31 Kuumba (koo-oom-bah) … Creativity To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. January 1 Imani (ee-mah-nee) … Faith To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.Karenga, Ph.D., Maulenga Ron. Kwanzaa A Celebration of Family Community and Culture 2008, Los Angeles: University of Sankore Press. Official KwanzaaWebsite.org 1999. 12 Dec. 2008 Mayor's Holiday Carolers George Clawson, a professional clown, and Ron Adams (L-R) Rep. Mia Jones, Lashonda Holloway, Legislative Aide, Carlottra Guyton-Slaton, and Daphne Colbert Cherry Shaw and Lawsikia Hodges Ephraim and Victoria Bryant-Riggins

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DECEMBER 24, 2011 THE STAR LOCAL HNQTKFC UGEVKQP B Sandy Neal, Freelance Writer/Photographer for The Florida Star Photos courtesy of Derek Blanks R&B Songstress Lalah Hathaway graced the stage at the Ritz Theater Saturday and gave the people more than what they expected. She has a new sound with the birth of her sixth album Where It All BeginsŽ which is in stores now. Lalah has reconnected with her roots and has come up with an album that is passionate and fresh. Born to the late Donny Hathaway, whom she gives credit for her inspiration, yet she says she has her own sound and style and wh en you hear the CD, you will be able to hear the passion and grace that this CD delivers to her fans. When Hathaway was asked, Do you feel pressure from the music industry to carry on your fathers legacy? She quickly answered, No, I am my own person and I do not let anyone pressure meŽ and that is very evident in her new song Strong WomanŽ, it is sassy yet classy and tells the tale of men who take their women for granted. On this new album Where It All BeginsŽ, she brought on some of the best writers to co-write such as Terrence Lilly. Errol Cooney, Rich King, Eddie Serrano, Lee Hutson Jr., Andre Harris, Vidal Davis, James Day, and Ernest Green just to name a few. This album also has upbeat songs such as If You Want ToŽ for the nightclubs and for those who like to shake things up a bit. A fan favorite Im Coming BackŽ it has been rearranged, she says, People all over the world love this songŽ which she has added talented vocalist Rachelle Ferrell. Fans can follow Lalah Hathaway on twitter @lalahhathaway and Facebook www.facebook.com/LalahHathaway To hear her new single If You Want ToŽ please visit www.lalahhathaway.com WCGL-1360 32nd Anniversary Ncncj"Jcvjcyc {‰Yjgtg"Kv"Cnn"Dgikpu“ Worship Without Words The Supreme 7 Deborah Maiden, President/CEO-WCGL Soul Seekers Audience view Mighty Clouds of Joy Vashawn Mitchell Eunice Wright Helen Miller Audience view Audience view If you really wish to receive the maximal joy and praise to lead you into the holiday sprit, there is no better way than to attend the annual celebration of WCGL, AM1360, where Christ gets lifted. The 32nd Annual celebration of the station was held at Paxon Revival Center and featured such artists as Joe Ligon/The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Vashawn Mitchell, The Soul Seekers, Helen Miller, Eunice Wright, Supreme 7 and Worship Without Words. The performers gave their all and the audience knew and felt it. One cannot forget the fact that they are receiving the blessing prior to the holidays of an event provided by theRadio Station of the Year Medium Market. This was the 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Award and definitely not the first time that WCGL received this prestigious award. WCGL-AM 1360, is led by Deborah Maiden. It has been serving Jacksonville and the surrounding communities since 1979 and is the second oldest media in Jacksonville led and owned by an African American. It features gospel music, and services. It also serves the community by providing information for the community through talk shows and church and community news.

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NIGHTLY SYNCHRONIZED CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHT SHOWS on Saturday, December 24, 2011, at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For additional information call 904.353.1188. NIGHTLY SYNCHRONIZED CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHT SHOWS this Sunday, December 25, 2011, at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.353.1188 for more information. SCREAM TOUR: Tuesday, December 27, 2011, at the Times Union Center for Performing Arts, 300 W. Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.633.611 for additional information. DOWNTOWN TOP TO BOTTOM WALKING TOUR, Tuesday, December 27, 2011, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information call 904.353.1188. COSMIC CONCERTS on Friday, December 30, 201, at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH), 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207. Call 904.396.MOSH for mor information. JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE meeting will be: January 19, 4 p.m. at the Ed Ball Building, 8th Floor, Conference Room 851, 214 N. Hogan Street. Contact: Dave Roman, 630-7306, or droman@coj.net RYDAS 4 RIGHTEOUSNESS CHRISTIAN MOTORCYCLE MINISTRY JACKSONVILLE CHAPTER teamed up with Colon Cancer Alliance, and will host a Colon Cancer Charity Event weekend from March 23, 2012 March 25, 2012. This includes a Charity Walk, Motorcycle Ride and Bike Blessing. Please Contact Ruth-President of Rydas 4 Righteousness Jax, at 904-674-4339 or r4r.ruth@gmail.com Community ActivitiesPAGE B 2THE STAR DECEMBER 24, 2011 Teaching Children To Accept Others (StatePoint) The world is changing and parents need to make sure their children are prepared to succeed in an increasingly globalized economy, say experts. The United States is often regarded as a melting pot, a place for people of different backgrounds to come together and ultimately grow alike. But the truth is that from language to food to religious practice, unique cultural traditions are all around us. We must not try to erase differences but rather respect them, even celebrate them,Ž says Rajiv Malhotra, author of the new book, Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western UniversalismŽ (HarperCollins Publishers). Malhotra believes we can look to India as an example of a distinct society that peacefully integrates many diverse people. Alongside reading, writing and arithmetic, cultural diversity should be at the forefront of your childrens lesson plan. But dont just encourage tolerance. Go a step further. Tolerance is a patronizing posture,Ž says Malhotra, We need to learn to respect, even appreciate and not merely tolerate religious and cultural differences.Ž Here are some tips to teach children to respect one another as they become citizens of the world: € Absorbing the nuances of a second language is easiest when one is young, so sign your kids up for a language class at an early age. Better yet, learn along with them. € Pack your bags and take a trip. Dust off your passport or keep it domestic. Even within the United States, there is great opportunity to be exposed to new cultural experiences. € Think differently. There are fundamental differences between the Western worldview and the Eastern worldview, say scholars. People from different countries have different traditions, religious customs and histories that shape their thinking. Being accepting of others means opening your mind to the idea that there are different approaches to resolving the problems impacting our complex world. € Read a book. You dont need to be a globetrotter to learn about other cultures. Your local librarian can help you find age-appropriate books that will introduce children to other cultures and allow them to explore them deeply. For example, India has a rich history and culture that goes beyond the Western embrace of spicy foods, yoga and meditation. € Encourage friendships. Enroll your children in activities, camps and programs that foster relationships with kids of all religious, racial and economic backgrounds. € Engage in a substantive dialogue with others that explores new ideas about the world beyond your backyard. Question your values and be open to seeing the merit in the ideas of others,Ž suggests Malhotra, who founded the Infinity Foundation to encourage better East-West relations. For more information about his new book visit www.beingdifferentbook.com. € Host a potluck. Invite your friends over and have them bring dishes featuring their family recipes. You may find your circle of friends is more culturally diverse than you thought! By investing the time to teach these lessons, you can contribute toward making schools and communities a safer place for your kids. ***** ULYSSES W. WATKINS JR., MDHEALTH NOTESTHUMB SUCKING GENERAL INFORMATION DEFINITION: Placing the finger or thumb on the roof of te mouth behing the teeth and sucking with lips and teeth closed. Thumb sucking is common and a behavior, not a disorder. BODY PARTS INVOLVED: Mouth; teeth; tongue; phartnx; finger or thumb. SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED: Children of both sexes up to age 12, but most common in young children. SIGNS & SYMPTOMS: Sucking of the thumb (most likely to occur before going to sleep, watching TV, or when hungary, ill or tired). CAUSES: Thumb sucking is one of the first coordinated acts that an infant can do brings comfort, pleasures and satisfies a need for extra sucking. Thumb sucking that persists beyond infancy (particulary into preschool years) might suggest a situational disorder. RISK INCREASES WITH Addition of a new baby brother r sister in the family. *Infant senses a withdrawal of parents interest or attention. HOW TO PREVENT Thumb sucking is normal and does not cause serious damage until the permanent teeth begin cutting through gums at age 6 or 7. Most children have outgrown the habit by this age. If not, parents should work with the child to change the habit for the sake of appearance and dental health. *Provide other comfortmechanisms early in infancy, such as pacifiers if you desire. WHAT TO EXPECT DIAGNOSTIC MEASURES Your own observation of symptoms. *Medical history and physical exam by a doctor of dentist (some times). APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE Home care. *Doctors or dentist treatment (sometimes). *Psychotherapy or counseling (prolonged or excessive thumb-sucking only). POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS: Protruding front teeth. Thumb sucking may but enough pressure on front teeth to move them forward eventually. PROBABLE OUTCOME: In most cases, the habit is given up spontaneously, especially if it has not become an issue between parents and child. HOW TO TREAT GENERAL MEASURES No treatment or action is usually necessary. Methods such as punish ment, shaming and reminders are usually of no avail. Others meth ods also are not particularly successful (mittens, bad-tasting sub stances on the thumb, elbow splints, etc) and may cause additional trauma. *For a child over 6 or 7 who sucks the fingers or thumbs: Give the child estra attention. Observe if conflicts or anxiety-producing situations provoke sucking. Help the child explore other solutions to stress. If the child decides to try to stop sucking, help the child set goals. Give rewards for any progress toward the goal. Reward is not a bribe, but something earned through effort. MEDICATION: Medicine is usually not necessary for this disorder. ACTIVITY: No restrictions. DIET: No special diet. CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF Your child wishes to stop and behavior-modification efforts (rewards for progress) have not solved the problem. The dentist may fit a training device in the childs mouththe prevent the thumb from touching the roof of the mouth. The child becomes intolerant of the training device or it loosens. *The sucking behavior does not diminish in 6 months, despite treatment. Health Notes Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area Marriage These Daysƒ Ask Deanna!Happily married? The number of Americans who describe their marriage as very happyŽ dropped by almost 10 percent over the past 33 years. Help! The number of therapists in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) jumped from 237 in 1960 to 24,000 in 2007. What Marge Simpson could have told you but scientists went ahead and proved anyway: The further down the totem pole a man is at his job, the less likely he is to help out around the house. No permission required: The average age of consent to marry without parental permission in the United States is 18. In New Hampshire, girls as young as 13 can marry (with their parents permission). Hoping to click: About 23 million of us use a computer to find a soul mate. Mousing Around: In 2003, the Ashley Madison Agency, a website for married people looking to have an affair, had 50,000 members; in 2007 it has more than 1.2 million. The bad news: The New York Times recently reported that were a nation of singles … 51 percent of American women live without a spouse! The good news: Its not true. The figure included females ages 15 to 17, most of whom still live with their parents and are too young to legally marry anyway. Whew! The ehŽ news: The actual number is about 48 percent … still high, but not a sign that the institution of marriage is dead.

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It may be the most talent demanding medium in all of show business while simultaneously requiring the strictest of mental and artistic discipline, attention to detail, sacrifice and dedication. This art form is called theater and because it is performed in front of a live audience there is no room for second takes, blowing lines, missing cues or errors similar in nature. Writing and directing for theater is no joke as well. It can be a daunting task to formulate a script that not only flows with logical continuity but will grab the attention of the audience and keep them enthralled for two hours. Patricia Cuffie-Jones has mastered not only the craft of writing, directing and producing entertaining and inspiring plays, she has created a company with her husband Eric called Diverge Entertainment to further her artistic efforts on a grander scale not only in the LA theater market but on a national level as well. Cuffie-Jones latest play Loves HolidayŽ just concluded a successful run last weekend at the beautiful J.E.T. Studios Theatre in North Hollywood, CA. The play centered on four generations of The Taylor family from the 1930s, 60s, 90 have to present. The played featured some known working actors from TV and film to serve as a testament that CuffieJones has pull, support and love amongst the right people. Putting plays together and running her own company is a plate full. Where does CuffieJones get the strength and how difficult is it? Cuffie-Jones smiles saying, I get the strength from God and my husband. Thats how Im able to do this. With the support and love from my husband, allowing me to take time to do this, being able to call on great talent, friends in the industry to help me put this out. Its definitely a team effort and my company Diverge Entertainment is like a movement. My goal is just to take urban theater to a new level and to bring back the feel of warmth and share stories that Black writers have been doing for years. I feel like I have a voice and I have an opportunity to share it with the world.Ž In describing her plays what does Cuffie-Jones focus on? She reflects, I focus on honesty, something that is going to inspire people, touch their hearts and warm their souls. My goal is just to show people life in a different light. So hopefully they see a mirror reflection of who they are; what theyre going through and maybe through that reflection they also see a way out. or be inspired so they can get through it. I believe that there is power in live theater. Its something like no other type of entertainment and I really hope to make a difference in someones life through the form of the arts.Ž What is Cuffie-Jones take on the age old industry stigma of stage actors (particularly New York Broadway) vs. TV and film actors regarding skill and talent and should young actors pursue both or which is the best mix? She responds, I think every actor should get into theatre. Theres a rawness in theater that is like no other form of entertainment. I dont think one is better than the other. Its all about truth and honesty and a lot of people are able to do that in film and in television but there is something about live theater that is very significant and has really help get a lot of actors on a different level, get their careers going. So I think its something that everyone should try to take on a little bit. But in general, its just about having to find the honesty in the moment, finding the connection in the story. If you are able to do that even if youre not doing theater, youre able to do something special. But I will always have a heart for theater and I think that it is just a great opportunity for anybody to be a part of.Ž PAGE B-6 THESTAR DECEMBER 24, 2011 ENTERTAINMENT Patricia Cuffie-Jones Artistically Carving Her Signature Niche In Theater!By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net and Facebook Photo by Eric Jones

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DECEMBER 24, 2011THE STARPR 1 P P R R E E P P R R A A P P Y Y o o u u t t h h S S e e c c t t i i o o n n Benjamin Coy Simmons, III, a choral student at Lavilla School of the Arts was selected to serve as a Page to Senator Audrey Gibson for a week during the upcoming legislative session. Every year, each member of the Florida Senate may select up to two Pages to sponsor during the 60-day regular session. Senator Gibson has followed Benjamins academic progress since he was a third grader at Biscayne Elementary School and she was pleased to recommend him for the program. Benjamin says he is honored to have been selectedŽ and he thanked Senator Gibson for the opportunity and for what she does for the citizens of Jacksonville.Ž This is a banner year for Benjamin in academics and in his vocal talent. Benjamin is an A/B Honor Roll student at Lavilla School of the Arts. He recently performed in LaVillas Fall Musical, an acapella presentation entitled, Shout.Ž He competed and secured a position in the All State Chorus and will join thirteen other Lavilla students for competitions in Tampa in January, 2012. In addition he won a position with the All State Thespians and will participate in Regional Competitions in Jacksonville this month. BenjieŽ is a self proclaimed star in the making. Follow him on Twitter:@Benjies_Music; Facebook: Benjie; Youtube: Benjiemusic and Visit:benjiemusic.blogspot.com. Benjamin is also active in church activities being recently elected as Vice President of the Young Peoples Division (YPD) at New Bethel AMEC, Tyler St. in Jacksonville and as Recording Secretary of the East Conference YPD covering AME churches in Duval, Columbia and Alachua Counties. Benjamin is the son of Benjamin II and Inger Hall Simmons; the grandson of Dr. Brenda Robinson Simmons and Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Hall. He is the greatgrandson of Mr. and Mrs. Roxwell Robinson. BENJAMIN COY SIMMONS, III GOES TO TALLAHASSEE

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DECEMBER 24, 2011PREP RAP PR 2 FAMU Named One of Most Affordable Colleges by JET Magazine TALLAHASSEE, Fla. … Florida A&M University (FAMU) continues to receive national recognition for its outstanding achievements. This year alone the historically black university has been named one of the top 100 national universities by Washington Monthly Magazine one of the Best Colleges in the nation by Forbes Magazine a Top Green College in America by The Princeton Review and ranked the No. 1 public historically black college or university by U.S. News and World Report. What is FAMUs latest feat? FAMU was named one of Jet Magazines most affordable colleges in the nation. An education is the key to changing ones socioeconomic status,Ž said Vice President for Student Affairs William Hudson Jr. It is important that we do not price out students who want a quality education. An education is truly something that no one can take from you.Ž With the rise of college tuition all around the nation, students often cannot afford the fees associated with attending college. Other public schools highlighted in the magazine included the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, the University of Florida and the University of Virginia. Its beneficial to students that FAMU be affordable because we hope to earn our degree without a lot of debt to go with it,Ž said Markia Butler, a senior journalism student from Jacksonville, Fla. Being more affordable is really Excellence with Caring.Ž Resolve To Stay Connected To Friends And Family In The New Year (StatePoint) Despite round-the-clock access to text messaging, email and social networking sites, meaningful connections sometimes seem harder to come by than ever these days. While it is easy to let all your friends and family know about your new promotion or engagement with a status update online, dont forget the importance of personal correspondence in todays digital age. This year, resolve to connect better with your close friends and family. Here are some tips to help you keep in touch: € Start the year off right by wishing your loved ones health and happiness with New Year cards. Consider personalizing the cards with photos of you and your family. € Make appointments for important phone calls that are easy to put off. If you have an actual appointment, you cant and wont forget to give Mom and Dad a call. Better yet, make it a standing weekly ritual you will all look forward to each week. € Want to tell a friend whats new? Send a note on personalized stationery. You will really brighten the day of your recipient with a card sent in the mail,Ž advises Mariam Naficy, CEO of Minted.com, an online stationery store. € Throw a party. Nothing beats good old fashioned face-to-face communication. So gather all your loved ones together for a party at your house. There will be time enough to make meaningful conversation, and complete your duties as host. € For the really important milestones like birth announcements and engagements, youll want to let your friends hear about it directly from you. Sites like www.minted.com have the tools youll need to personalize your announcements. Life is short. So whether you want to create or improve your connections with family and friends, there is no better time than the present to get started. (c) Monkey Business Fotolia.com

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DECEMBER 24, 2011THE STARPR 4 P P R R E E P P R R A A P P Y Y o o u u t t h h S S e e c c t t i i o o n n ANDREW ROBINSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MID-YEAR READING CELEBRATION RAISNG THE BAR AND SETTING A NEW STANDARD FOR EXCELLENCEAndrew Robinson Elementary School hosted their First Annual MidYear Reading Extravaganza on December 14, 2011 to highlight the schools top readers as well as educate and motivate students and parents on the importance of reading. Duval County Public Schools Superintendent, Ed Pratt-Daniels issues a Million Word Challenge each year for all students in the county. Andrew Robinson Elementary School has taken on this challenge and already has a student who has surpassed the Million Word goaland its only December! Students at Andrew Robinson Elementary School are reading all the timeBEFORE school, DURING school, AFTER school, and at home! The excitement about literacy is obvious and contagious! The Reading Extravaganza served two purposeseducation on the importance of reading for families and celebration for the students who have met their mid-year reading goals. Parents were required to attend the celebration in order for students to participate. With over 250 signed volunteers, the event added more than 600 volunteer hours to the schools total for the year. Students were given BINGO cards to complete as they visited the literacy activities sponsored by each grade level, and those meeting their reading goals were invited to the outdoor VIP party that consisted of massive bounce houses. In addition to the indoor and outdoor activities, the top readers for the school received a grand round of applause as Principal Crystal Lewis recognized them during the live broadcast of the schools morning show. To the surprise of many, all of the top readers at Andrew Robinson Elementary were boys! They are leading the way to excellence and have affectionately been named KING READERS.Ž Each young man received a crown, Kindle(e-reader) and Amazon gift card to download electronic books. This very elite group of gentlemen will form the official Kindle Klub.Ž They have a dedicated time on Thursday to learn the ins and outs of operating their electronic readers and download books. The top reader for each grade level received a leveled library to encourage daily reading at home, with some students receiving bookcases as well. George Oke, Andrew Robinson Elementary Schools Top Reader, received a Kindle, $50 Amazon gift card to download books, a special reading chair, pajamas and slippers, and a royal crown to complete his King ReaderŽ package. George has read 1,280,315 words this school year! Other top readers include Qadir Shahid (649,849 words), Nicholas Joyner (638,703 words), Mandela Lee (631,553 words), and Recardo Harris (564,888 words). The top grade level readers were Mrs. Lusters Pre-K Class, Mrs, K. Thomas Kindergarten Class, Jemari Davis (1st grade), Hannah Williams (2nd grade), Nicholas Joyner (3rd grade), Daniel Freeman (4th grade), and George Oke (5th grade). The Reading Extravaganza at Andrew Robinson Elementary School was a success due to the overwhelming support from the school staff and community partners! The grant writing process for an event like the Reading Extravaganza would have taken at least six months. However, with the immediate support of community partners and school staff, the donations were collected in less than one month. The support of this event speaks volumes to the students and parents at Andrew Robinson Elementary School. The Kindle and Amazon Gift card sponsors include: Crystal Lewis, Principal; Regina Thomas, Math Coach; Rebecca Brown, Cafeteria Manager; Andrew Robinson Clerical Staff; Real Men Wear P.I.N.K. Mentoring Program; JSO Robbery Unit; Communities in Schools; GCA Services Group; Fidelity National Financial; Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida; Majestic Pictures, LLC. The Personal Library Sponsors include Beth Webb, Rigby; Pam Picray, Andrew Robinson Media Specialist; Zabrina Smith, Andrew Robinson Reading Coach; Crystal Lewis, Principal; Bartram Springs Elementary School PTA. Andrew Robinson Elementary School is shattering the stereotype for Title 1 Schools. Our students are readers! Our teachers are readers! Our parents are readers! Our community supports reading, and A.R.E. is the place to BE!

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Police Chase Man Carrying Gun Around SchoolPolice shot at a man and missed during a chase after he was spotted carrying a gun near a high school. At about 1:55 p.m., someone had told an officer, who was working at the school, that a man was standing on the corner with a gun. Police and employees of the school tried to talk to 19-year-old Jerome Anthony Ingram, but he started to run. Ingram kept running when ordered to stop by the police and police started chasing after him, but drivers started yelling that he had a gun. As Ingram jumped over a chain link fence near the school, he dropped the gun and fell near a phone box. He picked his gun back up and hid behind the phone box and police say he appeared to be positioning himself to start shooting. In response, an officer fired a single shot, hitting the phone box instead of Ingram. Police were eventually able to arrest Ingram and recover the weapon, which happened to be a Daisy BB gun. Ingram was charged with aggravated assault against a police officer and resisting arrest without violence. According to reports, Ingram was not eligible for bond.Two Arrested for MurderTwo men were arrested for the death of 23-yearold Dominique Deandre Starks. Starks had gone to an apartment complex at around 11:30 p.m. with two other men, Darren Jamal Jackson, 19, and Terrell Kraige Giles, 20, to meet with a drug dealer. The men were in a Cadillac and the 22-year-old dealer got into the backseat. The men had planned to rob the dealer during the drug deal. While the dealer was showing Jackson some marijuana, Starks got out of the vehicle from the front seat and opened the back door to the seat where the driver was seated. Starks pulled out a gun and pointed it at the dealer, but the dealer pulled out a gun and shot him first. Jackson and Giles got out of the vehicle and fled the scene. The dealer stayed and called 911. The dealer knew Jackson and found Giles on Starks Facebook page. Jackson and Giles were tracked down and arrested for second-degree murder and armed robbery charges. C&J1 C M Y K Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia Star DECEMBER 24 2011THE STARC&J 1 As an African American newspaper, we basically report on offenses committed by African Americans. Please note that in our observations, weekly reports show that African Americans DO NOT commit the largest percentage of criminal offenses in this ar ea. Two Men Arrested After Chase Two men were arrested after leading police on a chase. Police were going after a Ford pickup truck that would not stop for a traffic law violation at an intersection. During the pursuit, the driver turned off the headlights to evade the police, but the chase did not stop. The driver then drove on the opposite side of the road while dodging oncoming traffic. A roadblock was created by other police cars and the truck rammed into one of them. The block successfully stopped the vehicle, but the passenger decided to flee on foot. The driver, Daniel Scandizzo, 24, was arrested. Deputies chased after the passenger, Alfonso Pope, 26, and stunned him with a Taser for not cooperating. The truck was searched and police found a loaded .357 handgun and bags of marijuana, totaling up to more than 225 grams. Both are being held without bond. Jerome Ingram Darren Jackson Darren Jackson Daniel Scandizzo Terrell Giles

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DECEMBER 24 2011THE STARC&J 2 SSSHH! From Actual Police ReportsDid You Hear About?... Did You Hear About?... EDITORS NOTE: All suspects are deemed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. The Sheriffs Office reports are a matter of public record. The Star seeks to educate in the hope of keeping our community safe. Christmas Tree Safety Tips The holiday season is a joyful time for reunions and spending time with friends and family. It is also, unfortunately, a time when we see an increase in house fires, fueled in part by holiday decorations, candles and Christmas trees. Fires caused by candles, for instance, increase fourfold during the holidays. Here are some tips to keep safe: € Select a fresh Christmas tree that is kept in water at all times. Needles on fresh trees should be green and should not fall off easily. Don't put your tree up too early or leave it up longer than two weeks. Dried out Christmas trees can ignite easily and boost a fire by spreading it rapidly to nearby combustible materials. € Place your Christmas tree in a safe place, away from heat sources such as a fireplace or heat vent. € Avoid using candles. If you do use candles, ensure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. € Do not leave lit candles unattended, never put candles on a Christmas tree and never leave the house with candles burning. Place candles away from vents or flammable materials. Your Safety Call, Write, Email, or Fax to us titled: CONNECTION $10 -3 Lines of text only (Total 18 words) With PICTURE included $25. Contact G @ 904-766-8834 or Email G@thefloridastar.com send all correspondents to P.O. Box 40629 Jacksonville, FL 32203 Four Believed to beThree men and a woman were arrested, who were believed to be gang members responsible for multiple car break-ins. Police say these four individuals are believed to be members of the Felony Lane Gang,Ž who are responsible for numerous smash and grabŽ style crimes in many states. They are said to target places such as health clubs, parks, churches, or day care centers. Their main targets are women, who are more likely to leave valuables such as their purses in their vehicles. The gang members drove around in a rental cars and the male members committed the burglaries in the parking lots. The female members then use stolen identification and checkbooks to write fraudulent checks at banks. Also when they go to the banks, they try to use the drive up lane that is the furthest away from the bank teller window, so they wouldnt be able to make out their faces in comparison with the identification sent through the transport tubes. An off-duty officer had noticed two suspicious vehicles in a parking lot and requested for another officer to check for any suspicious activity. The officer watched the woman in one of the vehicles performing a drive up bank transaction and backup was called. Police then were able to arrests the four burglars in the two vehicles. Police arrested Darryl Dixon Jr., 25; Nicholas S. Ferguson, 31; Melvin D. Ferrell, 26; and Alisa B. Freeman, 41. They were all charged with conspiracy to commit a financial crime. Freeman was also additionally charged with identity theft and being a fugitive from justice. Reports say the four members committed over 60 burglaries since 2010. More than $100,000 worth of stolen checks and other valuables were reported. The rented vehicles that were used were towed and returned to their owner. Darryl Dixon Nicholas Ferguson Melvin Ferrell Alisa Freeman

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Man Accused of Throwing Body Waste at Girlfriend Officers were dispatched to a call from a 19-year-old victim. When police arrived, the victim explained that she had gotten into an argument with her 24-year-old boyfriend Christopher MauriceRaphael. She said during the argument, Raphael started throwing body waste at her. He also reportedly beat her with his hands as well with a bed board. He then broke the front window of the home and her car. Raphael was arrested and charged with aggravated battery, battery and criminal mischief. He is being held in lieu of $26,000 bond. Man Cries While Robbing Another Rashod L. Noble, 21, was riding a bike and called out to a man who was at a parking lot of an apartment complex. The man ignored him, so Noble confronted him with a small black handgun. He told the man he didnt want to do this and told him to set the box he was carrying down and put whatever he had in his pockets on top of it, including his keys and cellphone. He even told him to remove his pants. The victim reported that Noble seemed to be crying during the robbery and asked if he was married and had children like he was. When the man replied that he did, he demanded his wedding ring. A woman who saw them, ran past them and up the stairs to call 911. Noble took all the victims belongings and fled in his Jaguar. Police spotted the stolen vehicle the next day and Noble led them on a chase totaling the car. Noble was arrested for armed carjacking and of aggravated assault with a firearm. DECEMBER 24, 2011THE STARC&J 3Bizarre Crimes Bizarre Crimeswho, what, when...huh? Other Unusual Crimes Across the Nation Man Goes to Jail on His Birthday with His Brother Roosevelt Smoaks II was arrested on his 27th birthday with his brother, Denzell Smoaks, 20, after leading police on a chase. Police tried to pull over a white Monte Carlo, which the two brothers were in, for failing to stop properly. A chase ensued, but was temporarily halted after the Monte Carlo ran a stop sign and a red light. Police were able to locate the vehicle after a witness reported seeing a pistol being tossed out of a driving vehicle. The Monte Carlo was found abandoned and Denzell was found in a yard close by. He told the police he was robbed, but instead police searched him and found text messages about a drug deal on his phone and $500 in his pockets. Roosevelt was found at another yard and $1,147 was found in his pockets. Crack cocaine was found in the vehicle, which Roosevelt admit to being his. Both brothers were arrested on charges of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy, and resisting arrest. Angry Woman Throws Food at McDonalds Workers A middle school teacher was arrested for throwing food at workers at a McDonalds a drive-thru. Simone Paolercio, 39, had ordered about $20 worth of food and got into a dispute with the worker at the drivethru, Jessica Balderas, over two hashbrowns. Paolercio was reported to have become irritated and wanted a refund. The manager tried talking with Paolercio and told her that he could not give her a refund and she started to throw all the food that she ordered through the drive-thru window. She admitted chucking the food through the window. Investigators say that some of the food hit Balderas in the face and chest, which Paolercio denied, but when provided with surveillance video, she had nothing to say. When confronted by police, Paolercio fled and drove away. Police were able to track her down to her residence where she was arrested. She is facing a misdemeanor battery charge. Paolercio worked as a sixth grade teacher since 2004. She is a geography teacher with a history degree and a Master Degree in Education. Paolercios husband did not take the allegations lightly and said that he will never step in a McDonalds again and that a lawsuit will be coming.Ž Mother Shoots Son During Argument St. Louis, MOTwanna Washington, 30, and her 16-year old son were visiting relatives and family. During the gathering, Washington got into an argument with her son. The verbal altercation then became physical and a handgun that Washington had went off, hitting her son. He was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. He was reported being in stable condition. Washington was arrested for second degree assault and armed criminal action. She was held on $25,000 bail. Man Kills His Ex and Her Brother in Front of Their Children St. Louis, MOMelvin Patton, 26, reportedly barged into a home while masked and started shooting at the adults. Inside the home was Keneka Elliott, 24; her brother, Julius Elliott, 29; and a friend named Regina Jones. Just before the shooting, Patton and Kenekas 4-yearold son held onto his mother and cried, Daddy please dont kill Mommy!Ž Patton replied, Shut upŽ and started firing. Patton was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree murder for the slaying of Keneka Elliott and her brother Julius Elliott. He is also being charged with assault in injuring Regina Jones. The jury are considering burglary, child endangerment, and armed criminal action crimes. None of the children at the scene were hurt. Patton is expected to be sentenced a life prison term. Simone Paolercio Roosevelt Smoaks II Denzell Smoaks

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DECEMBER 24, 2011THE STARC&J 4 PAGE B4 C M Y K Criminal Line-Up Criminal Line-Up Citizens with tips are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. You can remain anonymous and become eligible for a reward. ON THE LOOKOUT MISSINGCHILDREN Armed RobberyPolice responded to the Kangaroo Store in reference to an armed robbery. Investigation revealed an unknown suspect entered the store and pointed a gun at the clerk behind the register demanding money. The suspect dumped the money into a royal blue duffle bag and also stole cigarettes before fleeing the store. The suspect is described as a possible black male, 15-20 years old, approximately 56Ž tall, wearing a dark jacket with a hood. Anyone with any information about the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS or email at rewards@fccrimestoppers.com. You will remain anonymous and receive a possible reward if your tip leads to an arrest. Name: Charles Pryor Offense: Lewd Assault/Sexual Battery Victim Under 16 Name: Johnny Ward Offense: Credit Card Fraud Name: Donald Harrison Offense: Pass Title on Stolen Vehicle Name: Alexis Shamil Wilson Age: 15 Weight: 120 lbs Last seen: 12/06/11 Name: Natwanda Leikya Baker Age: 16 Weight: 130 lbs Last seen: 11/24/11 Name: Collien Jackson Age: 15 Weight: 130 lbs Last seen: 12/02/11 Name: Khaniya Margarett Roberts Age: 10 Weight: 100 lbs Last seen: 12/03/11 Name: Isaiah Josh Watts Age: 15 Weight: 145 lbs Last seen: 12/02/11 € Get your story to the public. € Help reduce crime. € Expose your talents. Starting: January 6th 2012 Contact: (904) 437-0309 Email: stvtvshow@yahoo.com www.STVUYT.com Be Useful, Never Giving In. Get Involved Today MOSTWANTED



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By Cristin Wilson When Joenisha Lang stood up during announcements she shocked everyone at Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship with what she had to say. But everyone agreed what she said made sense. Eight year old Lang told the pastor that she wanted to take all of the money that her parents would have spent on her for Christmas and donate it to the church. She told her mama she didnt want toys, said Reverend Kenneth Adkins pastor of Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship. The reason Lang and so many others were concerned was because it looked as if the church was about to loose their building just weeks before Christmas. According to Adkins, the church had been faithfully paying rent. However they didnt learn that their building was being foreclosed on by the bank until they read it in the newspaper. Adkins said the news came as a shock since they had paid rent for the past 17 months but the owner had stopped making payments to bank. Adkins said Joenisha was the inspiration behind their bold move to cancel Christmas. If she can do it we can do it. We decided to cancel Christmas, said Adkins. After getting in contact with the bank; Adkins learned that property was being put up for sale during an auction. The pastor said he knew it wouldnt be easy for his 300 members to raise the $30,000 that was needed but he said there was nothing impossible for his God. Before he knew it, checks starting coming in. Some bigger than others, but Adkins said it was obvious that God was on their side. Renee Blackshear has attended the church for the past year. She said she had no problem with scaling back her gift giving this year in order to make a donation to the church. I always wanted them to understand the real meaning of Christmas, said Blackshear. The church has started five businesses which employs 22 ex-offenders. Their goal is to make sure that those who have made mistakes have a second chance. Adkins said it hasnt been easy but when he reflects on the ordeal hes reminded of a popular bible versewhich says all things work out to the good of those who love the Lord. Just in time for Christmas, Greater Dimensions just closed on their building. There were some moms who refused to buy their daughters dolls that were not of color and therefore had to search for Black dolls. Now the Black Barbie dolls has evolved over the years to reflect the real diversity of little girls and many dolls will turn Barbies hair from straight to curly for the holiday season. So, members of a hair group in Columbus, Georgia have decided to give Barbie a DIY natural hair makeover. Barbie Doll history is progressing from the 50s and much work has and still is being done to reflect the real diversity of little girls. The Georgia group is giving about 40 African American Barbie Dolls a total hair makeover and giving them as a Christmas gift to girls living at the Booker T. Washington public housing complex in Columbus. The Jacksonvilles Sheriff Office reported that seven men have been arrested under a state racketeering law. The law allows prosecution of gang members who appear to be part of a criminal enterprise that show a pattern of crimes. The men above appear to be tied to ongoing violence in a Jacksonville Northwest community. They are suspected members of the Grand Park gang that received the name from the neighborhood where an 18-month investigation showed a patten of crimes and therefore punishable under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly known as RICO. The seven men above have a history of arrests for drug and gun crimes. The RICO law allows prosecutors to bundle the actions together and point to them as proof of a criminal racket. The men were charged Thursday and Friday under the conspiracy law. Arrest records of the seven go back as far as 2005 and include drug, firearm, aggravated assault, auto theft and other charges. The investigations conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office found each of them committed acts and was a member of the Grand Park gang. The investigation connected these seven men with certain crimes. Under RICO, the charges carry much stiffer penalties than those crimes that are considered as street-level crimes. President Obama took a stand for Americans and called Speaker Boehner and Leader Reid to let them know Americans had suffered more than enough. He continued to reinterate that it is important that 160 million working Americans not be forced to be hit with a holiday tax hike on January 1, 2012. After much debate and a continuous effort not to cooperate with the other party based solely on political parties, no matter how much damage the country and its citizens suffered, an agreement was made by both. Congressman and civil rights icon, John Lewis of Georgia and Congresswoman Corrine Brown of Florida, both went on the floor of the House to admonish their Republican colleagues for blocking a payroll tax-cut compromise that would extend unemployment and current tax cuts until February. But until Thursday, it appeared their voices were not heard. But on Thursday, House Speaker Boehner (R) announced an agreement to extend the payroll tax cut for two months. Earlier, House Republicans had agreed to vote against the two-month extension passed by the Senate to allow time for further negotiations. The deal also includes the addition of legislative language to ease the administrative burden on small businesses. Those emergency benefits make it possible for the unemployed to get unemployment checks for up to 99 weeks of benefits in total. 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Cant Get to the Store Have The Star Delivered Vjg"Hnqtkfc"Uvct R0"Q0"Dqz"6284; Lcemuqpxknng."HN"54425 Vjg"Hnqtkfc"Uvct. Vjg"Igqtikc"Uvct# Korcev"Tcfkq CO3582 *;26+"988/::56 UKPEG"3;73 Uvcpfqhh"Gpfu/"Vcz"Ewv Citggogpv"Ocfg"hqt"Cogtkecpu Dec. 20, 2011 Mayor Alvin Brown led the way as kayakers and paddle-boarders took to the river Tuesday morning. A group of more than two dozen people paddled out as part of the mayor's announcement that the city was increasing the number of river access points for small watercraft. Jacksonville has 125 square miles of navigable waterways. The mayor said those waterways create a valuable engine for recreation and tourism. "We are trying to make it easier for people to stay active and enjoy our city's natural resources. Increasing access is a positive step for Jacksonville's future," said the mayor. "This is a quality-of-life initiative that will benefit residents and visitors." The newly-designated sites include shoreline launches, boat ramps and docks. 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A small portion of the position is clerical and help-desk support while most duties will be information technology project oriented. Associates degree plus three to five years related experience and/or training. Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals and technical procedures. Must be able to compose routine reports and correspondence.To apply send your resume to : Pilot Corporation of America Attn: Human Resources Dept. 3855 Regent Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32224 (No walk-ins or phone call please!) INVITATION TO BID Dont Be Fooled By Republican Infighting. A Political Call To ActionBy Cheryl A. Williams Jacksonville, FloridaThe former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has drawn scorn from many Americans for his remarks about the poor and child labor. But, political insiders believe that these and other statements are a part of a comprehensive Republican strategy. At a dinner in Iowa earlier this month Mr. Gingrich stated, really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and nobody around them who works. He stated further, so they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of I do this and you give me cash... unless it's illegal. Mr. Gingrich further asserts that putting the poorest children to work cleaning schools can teach them responsibility and work ethics. He also alluded in his statement that poor communities aspire to be pimps, prostitutes and drug dealers. As of press time Mr. Gingrich is still sticking to his guns. This denigrating statement about, really poor in really poor neighborhoods, is enraging and vile. It is insulting to the millions of financially challenged people who struggle to make ends meet with true dignity and integrity. These statements were made with respect to poor black children. That being said, I also believe that these statements are a call to action to the African American community. Brothers and Sisters it is Wake Up Time. This statement is just one of many disrespectful and marginalizing statements made throughout American history about the poor. The ranks of which are overwhelmingly African American. Dont be fooled by the focus on Newt Gingrich. Apparently, Mr. Gingrich felt confident that his constituency had no problem with his rhetoric, he would face no constancy back lash. The concern of several political insiders (who wishes to remain anonymous) is that Newt is a Republican scare tactic strategy. That Mr. Gingrich would be the worst case option of a Republican Presidential candidate. They assert that the strategy is to appeal to independent voters by presenting a kinder gentler Republican Presidential candidate. (As the lesser of two evils.) My sources cite the recent appearance of Mitt Romney on David Letterman, is a public relations ploy to humanize the initial Republican Presidential candidate nominee front runner. This is a game of good cop/ bad cop. The strategy may be working. Newt Gingrich is no longer the front runner. According to the latest CBS News Poll, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are tied at the top of the Republican pack to win their party's presidential nomination, each with 20 percent of GOP primary voters' support. Dont be played. If you are enraged about Newts statementsbecome involved. Contact the political party of your choice, volunteer and make a difference. We welcome your comments so write us. Take action. Each week, until the final election, we will comment on the political issues at hand. Our intent is to empower and inspire you to be the change you want to see. Until next week Take Action. ________________________________________________________________________ Cheryl Williams is Community Organizer, Community Advocate, Public Relations Consultant, Film Maker and Lobbyist who resides in Jacksonville, Florida Archer Western Contractors, Ltd.Invitation to Bid City of St. Augustine, FL Bid ID PW2012-02 Avenida Menendez Seawall Project, St. Augustine, FL Bid Due Date (Subcontractors/Suppliers): January 12th, 2012 (BEFORE NOON) Fax Quotes to (813) 849-7582 Archer Western Contractors, Ltd. is soliciting quotes from qualified WBE/MBE suppliers/subcon tractors for the following scopes of work: maintenance of traffic, erosion control, demolition, landscaping, irrigation, site drainage, site water & sewer, site electrical, lighting, curb & gutter, concrete sidewalks, pavement milling, asphalt paving, pavement markings, architectural precast concrete, aluminum railings, reinforcing steel placement, concrete finishing and seagrass planting, and others not specifically mentioned. 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JACKSONVILLE, FL BELL, William Bill, 88, died December 17, 2011. BESSETTE, Charles, died December 14, 2011. BORDERS, Edgar Lawrence, 63, died December 14, 2011. CLARK, Coach Charles Chuck, 50, died December 13, 2011. COLLINS, Clark Mark, died December 13, 2011. CONWAY, Myrtice Elizabeth, 72, died December 15, 2011. CREWS, Wesley Donald, 31, died December 17, 2011. CRIBBS Alton, 63, died December 14, 2011. DANIELS Elder Anthony V., died December 14, 2011. DEMPSEY, Anthony, died December 14, 2011. DORSEY, Dorothy Marie, 90, died December 14, 2011. ESTES, James Richard, 54, died December 14, 2011. FARNELL, Ray Glenn, 64, died December 14, 2011. FULLER, Edward, died December 13, 2011. FULLER, Muriel C., 86, died December 14, 2011. GOOLSBY, Ladeirder, died December 17, 2011. GOWENS, Clara Sue Johnson, 47, died December 12, 2011. HAYES, Mark, died December 12, 2011. HEAD, Doris M., 84, died December 19, 2011. HILDEBRAND Bishop Richard A., 95, died December 12, 2011. JACKSON, Van Este, 47, died December 16, 2011. JONES, Patrick James, 24, died December 13, 2011. KENT, John Henderson, Sr., 82, died December 13, 2011. KIRBY, Shirley Jean Andrews, 64, died December 17, 2011. KOBUS, Joseph J., 72, died December 12, 2011. LEWIS, George E., 96, died December 13, 2011. LUCZYNSKI Beatrice, died December 15, 2011. MUSE, Dottie Ruth, 68, died December 14, 2011. PARKER, Eloise, 86, died December 15, 2011. POWLESS, Camden Popeye Ray, 3 months, died December 13, 2011. REDDICK Clara Louise, 89, died December 13, 2011. ROBINSON, Felice Nicole, 29, died December 15, 2011. ROMERO, Venancio, died December 11, 2011. SIMMONS, Sadie Carlton, 80, died December 13, 2011. SOTO, Flora, died December 13, 2011. STOUT, Edward, Jr., 69, died December 15, 2011. WILLIAMS, Jeffrey, died December 14, 2011. WOODALL, Scott L., 41, 2011. ~*~GEORGIA DEATHS DAMPIER, Melba Ree Tetstone, 79, died December 13, 2011. LANGSHAW, Charles Gould, 86, died December 16, 2011. MASSEY, Della C., died December 18, 2011. GULDEMOND, Joan S., 82, died December 13, 2011. Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church 201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475 Rev. Pearce Edwing, Sr. Sunday Worship Service . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m. Church School . . . . . . . . . 8:30 p.m. Wednesday Glory Hour Bible Study . . . . . . .10:00 a.m. Jehovah Jireh Bible Study . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. 2nd & 4th Thursday Young at Heart Ministry . . .10:00 a.m. Friday Joy Explosion Ministry . . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. The Church DirectoryCome and Worship With Us New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208Sunday School ................9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Intercessory Prayer.................10:45 a.m. Morning Worship ......................11:00 a.m. Youth Church 2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary) Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ................ 7:00 p.m. Elder Arnitt Jones, Acting Pastor Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus (904) 764-5727 Church GREATER EL-BETHEL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCHThe Church Where Everybody Is SomebodyBishop Lorenzo Hall., Pastor Street Address: 723 W. 4th St. Jacksonville, Florida 32209 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3575, Jacksonville, Florida 32206Church Telephone: (904) 359-0661 Home: (904) 358-8932 Cell: 710-1586Sunday School.......................................................................................9:30 a.m. Morning Worship.................................................................................11:00 a.m. Tuesday................................................Prayer Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m. Thursday...............................................................................Joy Night,7:00 p.m.Email: Gospell75@aol.com Website: Greaterelbethel.org Faith In Our CommunitySchedule of Events and ServicesPAGE A-3 THE STAR DECEMBER 24, 2011 Tune In To WCGL AM RadioForIMPACT IMPACTTuesday and Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.AtWCGL1360.comThe Florida Star and Impact Striving To Make A Difference! Clara McLaughlin Host Yvonne Brooks Co-Host CHURCH DEATH NOTICES DEATH NOTICES Central Metropolitan C.M.E. Church4611 North Pearl St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Ofc (904) 354-7426 Fax (904) 354-0934Rev. Marquise Hardrick, Pastor ~ Worship Service ~Sun Church School 9:30a.m. Sun Morning Worship -10:45 a.m. Tues Eve Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Wed Bible Study 12 Noon Wed Feeding Ministry 2:00 p.m. ANNOUNCEMENTS Lion of the Tribe of Judah Ministries, Inc. PASTOR Dr. Sirretta Williams (Temporary services held) 623 Beechwood St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Sunday School.......10:00 a.m. ~ Sunday Worship .......11:00 a.m. Every 5th Sunday Friends and Family Day Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Direct Phone: 904.866.7047 Office Phone: 904.356.4226 Seeing Beyond The Lifestyle To Save A Life Website: www.lottojm.com Listings are due the Tuesday before the next issue. Email submissions preferred. Send to: Info@TheFloridaStar.com Rev. Marquise & Mrs. Deedra Hardrick Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Mathew 28:19-20 Complete Funeral ............................ $3,595.00(includes Service and Standard Casket)* Full Funeral w/Viewing Followed by Cremation .......................$2,195.00 Direct Cremation ................................ $795.00 We Offer Prearranged FuneralsPrices Subject to Change==========================================================3031 Moncrief Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 353-4434 (904) 354-6642 (904) 353-4437 Fax 877-4CLPAGE Tollfree www.CLPageMortuary.com C. L. Page Mortuary C. L. Page Mortuary Carla L. Page, L.F.D. 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Se Habla Espanol FIRST CHURCH located at 91 Old Kings Road North in Palm Coast, is "Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." First Church will focus on "The Beloved Community," inviting diverse people of various ethnicities to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy during the service at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on January 15. Everyone is welcome to celebrate diversity because "Martin focused on people coming together," said the Rev. Dr. Gillard S. Glover, Pastor of First Church. The service will be amid an illustrated sermon, special music, liturgical dance, facilitated discussion and a fellowship reception. First Church can be reached at 386-446-5759. Being Useful Not Giving In Stop The Violence Use Your Talents, Inc.Founder: GERNADO "Bring Me to your Church or Organization Ministry Music Mentoring Great for youth and young adults ( Honorarium or Donations required.) Contact: 904-437-0309 or email gernado@yahoo.com

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PAGE A-4 THE STAR DECEMBER 24, 2011 Talk of the Town! Talk of the Town! by Frances Bradley by Frances Bradley Volume Burks, Photographer Volume Burks, Photographer Sights and SitesMayors Holiday Open HouseE kaabo (pronounced eh-kah-bow). Welcome. The Artist Series Brings a Taste of Cuba to Jacksonville.I remember when Cuba was a popular Caribbean destination favored by my mothers peers as much as, if not more than, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, etc. Then, politics got in the way and trips for long weekends to the exotic island nation, a mere 90 miles from the southern tip of Florida, came to a halt. Recently, The Artist Series, a cultural program sponsored by Florida State College at Jacksonville, brought a taste of Cuba to Jacksonville when it presented the Kings of Salsa at the Times Union Center for Performing Arts. The Kings of Salsa is a show that presents, through dance and music, a blend of Cubas folkloric culture with a high energy style of dance and music which links to the countrys African and Spanish heritage. Throughout the show one sees the unmistakable movement of salsa and rumba, along with contemporary dance which incorporates ballet, hip hop, and a few moves that were reminiscent of Michael Jackson.Roclan Gonzalez Chavez ,Choreographer and Artistic Director for the Kings of Salsa show, features as a singer and dancer throughout the production alongside his eight dancers, described as the cream of the crop of Cubas classically trained dancers, and eight musicians. Well known in Cuba, Chavez directs choreography for the Cuban TV Ballet. Additionally, he has choreographed for the Cuban National Music Awards and videos for popular Cuban bands. This is the productions first tour in the U. S. In press releases about the Kings of Salsa, Roclan Chavez emphasizes the fusion of young and modern dance with the cultural dance of Cuba, so I asked him, in a telephone interview, about the influence of hip-hop on modern Cuban dance styles. Modestly proclaiming his English as not so good, the dance master fluently responded, Hip hop is nicebut not that rich in Cuba. I concentrate on my style. Hip-hop is [like] fashion. Its not good to follow fashion. Obviously, this King of Salsa considers the hip-hop genre of dance and music, thats been around since the 1970s, as something of a fad. Clearly, The Artist Series is not a fad. In its 46 th year presenting Broadway, offBroadway, concert, and family entertainment to Jacksonville, the current season includes, International Dance, International Opera, and the Concert & Variety Series. Originally developed as a vehicle for making the arts more accessible to students, The Artist Series has broadened its focus after making its debut at Florida Junior College, now FSCJ, and has become the primary source for national and international professional productions in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The 2011-2012 season, which ends in May, has loads of performances remaining which include the hit Broadway musical, Wicked The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz January 4-22; I Have a Dream (school performances), February 16; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, February 28; and Bill Cosby April 29. To view The Artist Series full calendar of events and for ticket information visit their website at www.artistseriesjax.org The Seven Days of KwanzaaDecember 26 Umoja (oo-mo-jah) Unity To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race. December 27 Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-goo-lee-ah) (Self-Determination) To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves. December 28 Ujima (oo-jee-mah) Collective Work and Responsibility To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers and sisters problems our problems and to solve them together. December 29 Ujamaa (oo-jah-mah) Cooperative Economics To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together. December 30 Nia (nee-ah) Purpose To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. December 31 Kuumba (koo-oom-bah) Creativity To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. January 1 Imani (ee-mah-nee) Faith To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.Karenga, Ph.D., Maulenga Ron. Kwanzaa A Celebration of Family Community and Culture 2008, Los Angeles: University of Sankore Press. Official KwanzaaWebsite.org 1999. 12 Dec. 2008 Mayor's Holiday Carolers George Clawson, a professional clown, and Ron Adams (L-R) Rep. Mia Jones, Lashonda Holloway, Legislative Aide, Carlottra Guyton-Slaton, and Daphne Colbert Cherry Shaw and Lawsikia Hodges Ephraim and Victoria Bryant-Riggins

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DECEMBER 24, 2011 THE STAR LOCAL HNQTKFCUGEVKQP B Sandy Neal, Freelance Writer/Photographer for The Florida Star Photos courtesy of Derek Blanks R&B Songstress Lalah Hathaway graced the stage at the Ritz Theater Saturday and gave the people more than what they expected. She has a new sound with the birth of her sixth album Where It All Begins which is in stores now. Lalah has reconnected with her roots and has come up with an album that is passionate and fresh. Born to the late Donny Hathaway, whom she gives credit for her inspiration, yet she says she has her own sound and style and when you hear the CD, you will be able to hear the passion and grace that this CD delivers to her fans. When Hathaway was asked, Do you feel pressure from the music industry to carry on your fathers legacy? She quickly answered, No, I am my own person and I do not let anyone pressure me and that is very evident in her new song Strong Woman, it is sassy yet classy and tells the tale of men who take their women for granted. On this new album Where It All Begins, she brought on some of the best writers to co-write such as Terrence Lilly. Errol Cooney, Rich King, Eddie Serrano, Lee Hutson Jr., Andre Harris, Vidal Davis, James Day, and Ernest Green just to name a few. This album also has upbeat songs such as If You Want To for the nightclubs and for those who like to shake things up a bit. A fan favorite Im Coming Back it has been rearranged, she says, People all over the world love this song which she has added talented vocalist Rachelle Ferrell. Fans can follow Lalah Hathaway on twitter @lalahhathaway and Facebook www.facebook.com/LalahHathaway To hear her new single If You Want To please visit www.lalahhathaway.com WCGL-1360 32nd Anniversary Ncncj"Jcvjcyc {Yjgtg"Kv"Cnn"Dgikpu Worship Without Words The Supreme 7 Deborah Maiden, President/CEO-WCGL Soul Seekers Audience view Mighty Clouds of Joy Vashawn Mitchell Eunice Wright Helen Miller Audience view Audience view If you really wish to receive the maximal joy and praise to lead you into the holiday sprit, there is no better way than to attend the annual celebration of WCGL, AM1360, where Christ gets lifted. The 32nd Annual celebration of the station was held at Paxon Revival Center and featured such artists as Joe Ligon/The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Vashawn Mitchell, The Soul Seekers, Helen Miller, Eunice Wright, Supreme 7 and Worship Without Words. The performers gave their all and the audience knew and felt it. One cannot forget the fact that they are receiving the blessing prior to the holidays of an event provided by theRadio Station of the Year Medium Market. This was the 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Award and definitely not the first time that WCGL received this prestigious award. WCGL-AM 1360, is led by Deborah Maiden. It has been serving Jacksonville and the surrounding communities since 1979 and is the second oldest media in Jacksonville led and owned by an African American. It features gospel music, and services. It also serves the community by providing information for the community through talk shows and church and community news.

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NIGHTLY SYNCHRONIZED CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHT SHOWS on Saturday, December 24, 2011, at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For additional information call 904.353.1188. NIGHTLY SYNCHRONIZED CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHT SHOWS this Sunday, December 25, 2011, at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.353.1188 for more information. SCREAM TOUR: Tuesday, December 27, 2011, at the Times Union Center for Performing Arts, 300 W. Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.633.611 for additional information. DOWNTOWN TOP TO BOTTOM WALKING TOUR, Tuesday, December 27, 2011, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information call 904.353.1188. COSMIC CONCERTS on Friday, December 30, 201, at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH), 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207. Call 904.396.MOSH for mor information. JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE meeting will be: January 19, 4 p.m. at the Ed Ball Building, 8th Floor, Conference Room 851, 214 N. Hogan Street. Contact: Dave Roman, 630-7306, or droman@coj.net RYDAS 4 RIGHTEOUSNESS CHRISTIAN MOTORCYCLE MINISTRY JACKSONVILLE CHAPTER teamed up with Colon Cancer Alliance, and will host a Colon Cancer Charity Event weekend from March 23, 2012 March 25, 2012. This includes a Charity Walk, Motorcycle Ride and Bike Blessing. Please Contact Ruth-President of Rydas 4 Righteousness Jax, at 904-674-4339 or r4r.ruth@gmail.com Community ActivitiesPAGE B 2 THE STAR DECEMBER 24, 2011 Teaching Children To Accept Others (StatePoint) The world is changing and parents need to make sure their children are prepared to succeed in an increasingly globalized economy, say experts. The United States is often regarded as a melting pot, a place for people of different backgrounds to come together and ultimately grow alike. But the truth is that from language to food to religious practice, unique cultural traditions are all around us. We must not try to erase differences but rather respect them, even celebrate them, says Rajiv Malhotra, author of the new book, Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism (HarperCollins Publishers). Malhotra believes we can look to India as an example of a distinct society that peacefully integrates many diverse people. Alongside reading, writing and arithmetic, cultural diversity should be at the forefront of your childrens lesson plan. But dont just encourage tolerance. Go a step further. Tolerance is a patronizing posture, says Malhotra, We need to learn to respect, even appreciate and not merely tolerate religious and cultural differences. Here are some tips to teach children to respect one another as they become citizens of the world: Absorbing the nuances of a second language is easiest when one is young, so sign your kids up for a language class at an early age. Better yet, learn along with them. Pack your bags and take a trip. Dust off your passport or keep it domestic. Even within the United States, there is great opportunity to be exposed to new cultural experiences. Think differently. There are fundamental differences between the Western worldview and the Eastern worldview, say scholars. People from different countries have different traditions, religious customs and histories that shape their thinking. Being accepting of others means opening your mind to the idea that there are different approaches to resolving the problems impacting our complex world. Read a book. You dont need to be a globetrotter to learn about other cultures. Your local librarian can help you find age-appropriate books that will introduce children to other cultures and allow them to explore them deeply. For example, India has a rich history and culture that goes beyond the Western embrace of spicy foods, yoga and meditation. Encourage friendships. Enroll your children in activities, camps and programs that foster relationships with kids of all religious, racial and economic backgrounds. Engage in a substantive dialogue with others that explores new ideas about the world beyond your backyard. Question your values and be open to seeing the merit in the ideas of others, suggests Malhotra, who founded the Infinity Foundation to encourage better East-West relations. For more information about his new book visit www.beingdifferentbook.com. Host a potluck. Invite your friends over and have them bring dishes featuring their family recipes. You may find your circle of friends is more culturally diverse than you thought! By investing the time to teach these lessons, you can contribute toward making schools and communities a safer place for your kids. ***** ULYSSES W. WATKINS JR., MDHEALTH NOTESTHUMB SUCKING GENERAL INFORMATION DEFINITION: Placing the finger or thumb on the roof of te mouth behing the teeth and sucking with lips and teeth closed. Thumb sucking is common and a behavior, not a disorder. BODY PARTS INVOLVED: Mouth; teeth; tongue; phartnx; finger or thumb. SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED: Children of both sexes up to age 12, but most common in young children. SIGNS & SYMPTOMS: Sucking of the thumb (most likely to occur before going to sleep, watching TV, or when hungary, ill or tired). CAUSES: Thumb sucking is one of the first coordinated acts that an infant can do brings comfort, pleasures and satisfies a need for extra sucking. Thumb sucking that persists beyond infancy (particulary into preschool years) might suggest a situational disorder. RISK INCREASES WITH Addition of a new baby brother r sister in the family. *Infant senses a withdrawal of parents interest or attention. HOW TO PREVENT Thumb sucking is normal and does not cause serious damage until the permanent teeth begin cutting through gums at age 6 or 7. Most children have outgrown the habit by this age. If not, parents should work with the child to change the habit for the sake of appearance and dental health. *Provide other comfortmechanisms early in infancy, such as pacifiers if you desire. WHAT TO EXPECT DIAGNOSTIC MEASURES Your own observation of symptoms. *Medical history and physical exam by a doctor of dentist (some times). APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE Home care. *Doctors or dentist treatment (sometimes). *Psychotherapy or counseling (prolonged or excessive thumb-sucking only). POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS: Protruding front teeth. Thumb sucking may but enough pressure on front teeth to move them forward eventually. PROBABLE OUTCOME: In most cases, the habit is given up spontaneously, especially if it has not become an issue between parents and child. HOW TO TREAT GENERAL MEASURES No treatment or action is usually necessary. Methods such as punish ment, shaming and reminders are usually of no avail. Others meth ods also are not particularly successful (mittens, bad-tasting sub stances on the thumb, elbow splints, etc) and may cause additional trauma. *For a child over 6 or 7 who sucks the fingers or thumbs: Give the child estra attention. Observe if conflicts or anxiety-producing situations provoke sucking. Help the child explore other solutions to stress. If the child decides to try to stop sucking, help the child set goals. Give rewards for any progress toward the goal. Reward is not a bribe, but something earned through effort. MEDICATION: Medicine is usually not necessary for this disorder. ACTIVITY: No restrictions. DIET: No special diet. CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF Your child wishes to stop and behavior-modification efforts (rewards for progress) have not solved the problem. The dentist may fit a training device in the childs mouththe prevent the thumb from touching the roof of the mouth. The child becomes intolerant of the training device or it loosens. *The sucking behavior does not diminish in 6 months, despite treatment. Health Notes Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area Marriage These Days Ask Deanna!Happily married? The number of Americans who describe their marriage as very happy dropped by almost 10 percent over the past 33 years. Help! The number of therapists in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) jumped from 237 in 1960 to 24,000 in 2007. What Marge Simpson could have told you but scientists went ahead and proved anyway: The further down the totem pole a man is at his job, the less likely he is to help out around the house. No permission required: The average age of consent to marry without parental permission in the United States is 18. In New Hampshire, girls as young as 13 can marry (with their parents permission). Hoping to click: About 23 million of us use a computer to find a soul mate. Mousing Around: In 2003, the Ashley Madison Agency, a website for married people looking to have an affair, had 50,000 members; in 2007 it has more than 1.2 million. The bad news: The New York Times recently reported that were a nation of singles 51 percent of American women live without a spouse! The good news: Its not true. The figure included females ages 15 to 17, most of whom still live with their parents and are too young to legally marry anyway. Whew! The eh news: The actual number is about 48 percent still high, but not a sign that the institution of marriage is dead.

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It may be the most talent demanding medium in all of show business while simultaneously requiring the strictest of mental and artistic discipline, attention to detail, sacrifice and dedication. This art form is called theater and because it is performed in front of a live audience there is no room for second takes, blowing lines, missing cues or errors similar in nature. Writing and directing for theater is no joke as well. It can be a daunting task to formulate a script that not only flows with logical continuity but will grab the attention of the audience and keep them enthralled for two hours. Patricia Cuffie-Jones has mastered not only the craft of writing, directing and producing entertaining and inspiring plays, she has created a company with her husband Eric called Diverge Entertainment to further her artistic efforts on a grander scale not only in the LA theater market but on a national level as well. Cuffie-Jones latest play Loves Holiday just concluded a successful run last weekend at the beautiful J.E.T. Studios Theatre in North Hollywood, CA. The play centered on four generations of The Taylor family from the 1930s, 60s, 90 have to present. The played featured some known working actors from TV and film to serve as a testament that CuffieJones has pull, support and love amongst the right people. Putting plays together and running her own company is a plate full. Where does CuffieJones get the strength and how difficult is it? Cuffie-Jones smiles saying, I get the strength from God and my husband. Thats how Im able to do this. With the support and love from my husband, allowing me to take time to do this, being able to call on great talent, friends in the industry to help me put this out. Its definitely a team effort and my company Diverge Entertainment is like a movement. My goal is just to take urban theater to a new level and to bring back the feel of warmth and share stories that Black writers have been doing for years. I feel like I have a voice and I have an opportunity to share it with the world. In describing her plays what does Cuffie-Jones focus on? She reflects, I focus on honesty, something that is going to inspire people, touch their hearts and warm their souls. My goal is just to show people life in a different light. So hopefully they see a mirror reflection of who they are; what theyre going through and maybe through that reflection they also see a way out. or be inspired so they can get through it. I believe that there is power in live theater. Its something like no other type of entertainment and I really hope to make a difference in someones life through the form of the arts. What is Cuffie-Jones take on the age old industry stigma of stage actors (particularly New York Broadway) vs. TV and film actors regarding skill and talent and should young actors pursue both or which is the best mix? She responds, I think every actor should get into theatre. Theres a rawness in theater that is like no other form of entertainment. I dont think one is better than the other. Its all about truth and honesty and a lot of people are able to do that in film and in television but there is something about live theater that is very significant and has really help get a lot of actors on a different level, get their careers going. So I think its something that everyone should try to take on a little bit. But in general, its just about having to find the honesty in the moment, finding the connection in the story. If you are able to do that even if youre not doing theater, youre able to do something special. But I will always have a heart for theater and I think that it is just a great opportunity for anybody to be a part of. PAGE B-6 THESTAR DECEMBER 24, 2011ENTERTAINMENT Patricia Cuffie-JonesArtistically Carving Her Signature Niche In Theater!By Rych McCain, feedbackrych@sbcglobal.net and Facebook Photo by Eric Jones

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DECEMBER 24, 2011 THE STAR PR 1 P P R R E E P P R R A A P P Y Y o o u u t t h h S S e e c c t t i i o o n n Benjamin Coy Simmons, III, a choral student at Lavilla School of the Arts was selected to serve as a Page to Senator Audrey Gibson for a week during the upcoming legislative session. Every year, each member of the Florida Senate may select up to two Pages to sponsor during the 60-day regular session. Senator Gibson has followed Benjamins academic progress since he was a third grader at Biscayne Elementary School and she was pleased to recommend him for the program. Benjamin says he is honored to have been selected and he thanked Senator Gibson for the opportunity and for what she does for the citizens of Jacksonville. This is a banner year for Benjamin in academics and in his vocal talent. Benjamin is an A/B Honor Roll student at Lavilla School of the Arts. He recently performed in LaVillas Fall Musical, an acapella presentation entitled, Shout. He competed and secured a position in the All State Chorus and will join thirteen other Lavilla students for competitions in Tampa in January, 2012. In addition he won a position with the All State Thespians and will participate in Regional Competitions in Jacksonville this month. Benjie is a self proclaimed star in the making. Follow him on Twitter:@Benjies_Music; Facebook: Benjie; Youtube: Benjiemusic and Visit:benjiemusic.blogspot.com. Benjamin is also active in church activities being recently elected as Vice President of the Young Peoples Division (YPD) at New Bethel AMEC, Tyler St. in Jacksonville and as Recording Secretary of the East Conference YPD covering AME churches in Duval, Columbia and Alachua Counties. Benjamin is the son of Benjamin II and Inger Hall Simmons; the grandson of Dr. Brenda Robinson Simmons and Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Hall. He is the greatgrandson of Mr. and Mrs. Roxwell Robinson. BENJAMIN COY SIMMONS, III GOES TO TALLAHASSEE

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DECEMBER 24, 2011 PREP RAP PR 2 FAMU Named One of Most Affordable Colleges by JET Magazine TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida A&M University (FAMU) continues to receive national recognition for its outstanding achievements. This year alone the historically black university has been named one of the top 100 national universities by Washington Monthly Magazine, one of the Best Colleges in the nation by Forbes Magazine, a Top Green College in America by The Princeton Review and ranked the No. 1 public historically black college or university by U.S. News and World Report. What is FAMUs latest feat? FAMU was named one of Jet Magazines most affordable colleges in the nation. An education is the key to changing ones socioeconomic status, said Vice President for Student Affairs William Hudson Jr. It is important that we do not price out students who want a quality education. An education is truly something that no one can take from you. With the rise of college tuition all around the nation, students often cannot afford the fees associated with attending college. Other public schools highlighted in the magazine included the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, the University of Florida and the University of Virginia. Its beneficial to students that FAMU be affordable because we hope to earn our degree without a lot of debt to go with it, said Markia Butler, a senior journalism student from Jacksonville, Fla. Being more affordable is really Excellence with Caring. Resolve To Stay Connected To Friends And Family In The New Year (StatePoint) Despite round-the-clock access to text messaging, email and social networking sites, meaningful connections sometimes seem harder to come by than ever these days. While it is easy to let all your friends and family know about your new promotion or engagement with a status update online, dont forget the importance of personal correspondence in todays digital age. This year, resolve to connect better with your close friends and family. Here are some tips to help you keep in touch: Start the year off right by wishing your loved ones health and happiness with New Year cards. Consider personalizing the cards with photos of you and your family. Make appointments for important phone calls that are easy to put off. If you have an actual appointment, you cant and wont forget to give Mom and Dad a call. Better yet, make it a standing weekly ritual you will all look forward to each week. Want to tell a friend whats new? Send a note on personalized stationery. You will really brighten the day of your recipient with a card sent in the mail, advises Mariam Naficy, CEO of Minted.com, an online stationery store. Throw a party. Nothing beats good old fashioned face-to-face communication. So gather all your loved ones together for a party at your house. There will be time enough to make meaningful conversation, and complete your duties as host. For the really important milestones like birth announcements and engagements, youll want to let your friends hear about it directly from you. Sites like www.minted.com have the tools youll need to personalize your announcements. Life is short. So whether you want to create or improve your connections with family and friends, there is no better time than the present to get started. (c) Monkey Business Fotolia.com

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DECEMBER 24, 2011 THE STAR PR 4 P P R R E E P P R R A A P P Y Y o o u u t t h h S S e e c c t t i i o o n n ANDREW ROBINSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MID-YEAR READING CELEBRATION RAISNG THE BAR AND SETTING A NEW STANDARD FOR EXCELLENCEAndrew Robinson Elementary School hosted their First Annual MidYear Reading Extravaganza on December 14, 2011 to highlight the schools top readers as well as educate and motivate students and parents on the importance of reading. Duval County Public Schools Superintendent, Ed Pratt-Daniels issues a Million Word Challenge each year for all students in the county. Andrew Robinson Elementary School has taken on this challenge and already has a student who has surpassed the Million Word goaland its only December! Students at Andrew Robinson Elementary School are reading all the timeBEFORE school, DURING school, AFTER school, and at home! The excitement about literacy is obvious and contagious! The Reading Extravaganza served two purposeseducation on the importance of reading for families and celebration for the students who have met their mid-year reading goals. Parents were required to attend the celebration in order for students to participate. With over 250 signed volunteers, the event added more than 600 volunteer hours to the schools total for the year. Students were given BINGO cards to complete as they visited the literacy activities sponsored by each grade level, and those meeting their reading goals were invited to the outdoor VIP party that consisted of massive bounce houses. In addition to the indoor and outdoor activities, the top readers for the school received a grand round of applause as Principal Crystal Lewis recognized them during the live broadcast of the schools morning show. To the surprise of many, all of the top readers at Andrew Robinson Elementary were boys! They are leading the way to excellence and have affectionately been named KING READERS. Each young man received a crown, Kindle(e-reader) and Amazon gift card to download electronic books. This very elite group of gentlemen will form the official Kindle Klub. They have a dedicated time on Thursday to learn the ins and outs of operating their electronic readers and download books. The top reader for each grade level received a leveled library to encourage daily reading at home, with some students receiving bookcases as well. George Oke, Andrew Robinson Elementary Schools Top Reader, received a Kindle, $50 Amazon gift card to download books, a special reading chair, pajamas and slippers, and a royal crown to complete his King Reader package. George has read 1,280,315 words this school year! Other top readers include Qadir Shahid (649,849 words), Nicholas Joyner (638,703 words), Mandela Lee (631,553 words), and Recardo Harris (564,888 words). The top grade level readers were Mrs. Lusters Pre-K Class, Mrs, K. Thomas Kindergarten Class, Jemari Davis (1st grade), Hannah Williams (2nd grade), Nicholas Joyner (3rd grade), Daniel Freeman (4th grade), and George Oke (5th grade). The Reading Extravaganza at Andrew Robinson Elementary School was a success due to the overwhelming support from the school staff and community partners! The grant writing process for an event like the Reading Extravaganza would have taken at least six months. However, with the immediate support of community partners and school staff, the donations were collected in less than one month. The support of this event speaks volumes to the students and parents at Andrew Robinson Elementary School. The Kindle and Amazon Gift card sponsors include: Crystal Lewis, Principal; Regina Thomas, Math Coach; Rebecca Brown, Cafeteria Manager; Andrew Robinson Clerical Staff; Real Men Wear P.I.N.K. Mentoring Program; JSO Robbery Unit; Communities in Schools; GCA Services Group; Fidelity National Financial; Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida; Majestic Pictures, LLC. The Personal Library Sponsors include Beth Webb, Rigby; Pam Picray, Andrew Robinson Media Specialist; Zabrina Smith, Andrew Robinson Reading Coach; Crystal Lewis, Principal; Bartram Springs Elementary School PTA. Andrew Robinson Elementary School is shattering the stereotype for Title 1 Schools. Our students are readers! Our teachers are readers! Our parents are readers! Our community supports reading, and A.R.E. is the place to BE!

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Police Chase Man Carrying Gun Around SchoolPolice shot at a man and missed during a chase after he was spotted carrying a gun near a high school. At about 1:55 p.m., someone had told an officer, who was working at the school, that a man was standing on the corner with a gun. Police and employees of the school tried to talk to 19-year-old Jerome Anthony Ingram, but he started to run. Ingram kept running when ordered to stop by the police and police started chasing after him, but drivers started yelling that he had a gun. As Ingram jumped over a chain link fence near the school, he dropped the gun and fell near a phone box. He picked his gun back up and hid behind the phone box and police say he appeared to be positioning himself to start shooting. In response, an officer fired a single shot, hitting the phone box instead of Ingram. Police were eventually able to arrest Ingram and recover the weapon, which happened to be a Daisy BB gun. Ingram was charged with aggravated assault against a police officer and resisting arrest without violence. According to reports, Ingram was not eligible for bond.Two Arrested for MurderTwo men were arrested for the death of 23-yearold Dominique Deandre Starks. Starks had gone to an apartment complex at around 11:30 p.m. with two other men, Darren Jamal Jackson, 19, and Terrell Kraige Giles, 20, to meet with a drug dealer. The men were in a Cadillac and the 22-year-old dealer got into the backseat. The men had planned to rob the dealer during the drug deal. While the dealer was showing Jackson some marijuana, Starks got out of the vehicle from the front seat and opened the back door to the seat where the driver was seated. Starks pulled out a gun and pointed it at the dealer, but the dealer pulled out a gun and shot him first. Jackson and Giles got out of the vehicle and fled the scene. The dealer stayed and called 911. The dealer knew Jackson and found Giles on Starks Facebook page. Jackson and Giles were tracked down and arrested for second-degree murder and armed robbery charges. C&J1 C M Y K Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia StarDECEMBER 24 2011 THE STAR C&J 1 As an African American newspaper, we basically report on offenses committed by African Americans. Please note that in our observations, weekly reports show that African Americans DO NOT commit the largest percentage of criminal offenses in this area. Two Men Arrested After Chase Two men were arrested after leading police on a chase. Police were going after a Ford pickup truck that would not stop for a traffic law violation at an intersection. During the pursuit, the driver turned off the headlights to evade the police, but the chase did not stop. The driver then drove on the opposite side of the road while dodging oncoming traffic. A roadblock was created by other police cars and the truck rammed into one of them. The block successfully stopped the vehicle, but the passenger decided to flee on foot. The driver, Daniel Scandizzo, 24, was arrested. Deputies chased after the passenger, Alfonso Pope, 26, and stunned him with a Taser for not cooperating. The truck was searched and police found a loaded .357 handgun and bags of marijuana, totaling up to more than 225 grams. Both are being held without bond. Jerome Ingram Darren Jackson Darren Jackson Daniel Scandizzo Terrell Giles

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DECEMBER 24 2011 THE STAR C&J 2 SSSHH! From Actual Police ReportsDid You Hear About?... Did You Hear About?... EDITORS NOTE: All suspects are deemed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. The Sheriffs Office reports are a matter of public record. The Star seeks to educate in the hope of keeping our community safe. Christmas Tree Safety Tips The holiday season is a joyful time for reunions and spending time with friends and family. It is also, unfortunately, a time when we see an increase in house fires, fueled in part by holiday decorations, candles and Christmas trees. Fires caused by candles, for instance, increase fourfold during the holidays. Here are some tips to keep safe: Select a fresh Christmas tree that is kept in water at all times. Needles on fresh trees should be green and should not fall off easily. Don't put your tree up too early or leave it up longer than two weeks. Dried out Christmas trees can ignite easily and boost a fire by spreading it rapidly to nearby combustible materials. Place your Christmas tree in a safe place, away from heat sources such as a fireplace or heat vent. Avoid using candles. If you do use candles, ensure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Do not leave lit candles unattended, never put candles on a Christmas tree and never leave the house with candles burning. Place candles away from vents or flammable materials. Your Safety Call, Write, Email, or Fax to us titled: CONNECTION $10 -3 Lines of text only (Total 18 words) With PICTURE included $25. Contact G @ 904-766-8834 or Email G@thefloridastar.com send all correspondents to P.O. Box 40629 Jacksonville, FL 32203 Four Believed to beThree men and a woman were arrested, who were believed to be gang members responsible for multiple car break-ins. Police say these four individuals are believed to be members of the Felony Lane Gang, who are responsible for numerous smash and grab style crimes in many states. They are said to target places such as health clubs, parks, churches, or day care centers. Their main targets are women, who are more likely to leave valuables such as their purses in their vehicles. The gang members drove around in a rental cars and the male members committed the burglaries in the parking lots. The female members then use stolen identification and checkbooks to write fraudulent checks at banks. Also when they go to the banks, they try to use the drive up lane that is the furthest away from the bank teller window, so they wouldnt be able to make out their faces in comparison with the identification sent through the transport tubes. An off-duty officer had noticed two suspicious vehicles in a parking lot and requested for another officer to check for any suspicious activity. The officer watched the woman in one of the vehicles performing a drive up bank transaction and backup was called. Police then were able to arrests the four burglars in the two vehicles. Police arrested Darryl Dixon Jr., 25; Nicholas S. Ferguson, 31; Melvin D. Ferrell, 26; and Alisa B. Freeman, 41. They were all charged with conspiracy to commit a financial crime. Freeman was also additionally charged with identity theft and being a fugitive from justice. Reports say the four members committed over 60 burglaries since 2010. More than $100,000 worth of stolen checks and other valuables were reported. The rented vehicles that were used were towed and returned to their owner. Darryl Dixon Nicholas Ferguson Melvin Ferrell Alisa Freeman

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Man Accused of Throwing Body Waste at Girlfriend Officers were dispatched to a call from a 19-year-old victim. When police arrived, the victim explained that she had gotten into an argument with her 24-year-old boyfriend Christopher MauriceRaphael. She said during the argument, Raphael started throwing body waste at her. He also reportedly beat her with his hands as well with a bed board. He then broke the front window of the home and her car. Raphael was arrested and charged with aggravated battery, battery and criminal mischief. He is being held in lieu of $26,000 bond. Man Cries While Robbing Another Rashod L. Noble, 21, was riding a bike and called out to a man who was at a parking lot of an apartment complex. The man ignored him, so Noble confronted him with a small black handgun. He told the man he didnt want to do this and told him to set the box he was carrying down and put whatever he had in his pockets on top of it, including his keys and cellphone. He even told him to remove his pants. The victim reported that Noble seemed to be crying during the robbery and asked if he was married and had children like he was. When the man replied that he did, he demanded his wedding ring. A woman who saw them, ran past them and up the stairs to call 911. Noble took all the victims belongings and fled in his Jaguar. Police spotted the stolen vehicle the next day and Noble led them on a chase totaling the car. Noble was arrested for armed carjacking and of aggravated assault with a firearm. DECEMBER 24, 2011 THE STAR C&J 3Bizarre Crimes Bizarre Crimeswho, what, when...huh? Other Unusual Crimes Across the Nation Man Goes to Jail on His Birthday with His Brother Roosevelt Smoaks II was arrested on his 27th birthday with his brother, Denzell Smoaks, 20, after leading police on a chase. Police tried to pull over a white Monte Carlo, which the two brothers were in, for failing to stop properly. A chase ensued, but was temporarily halted after the Monte Carlo ran a stop sign and a red light. Police were able to locate the vehicle after a witness reported seeing a pistol being tossed out of a driving vehicle. The Monte Carlo was found abandoned and Denzell was found in a yard close by. He told the police he was robbed, but instead police searched him and found text messages about a drug deal on his phone and $500 in his pockets. Roosevelt was found at another yard and $1,147 was found in his pockets. Crack cocaine was found in the vehicle, which Roosevelt admit to being his. Both brothers were arrested on charges of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy, and resisting arrest. Angry Woman Throws Food at McDonalds Workers A middle school teacher was arrested for throwing food at workers at a McDonalds a drive-thru. Simone Paolercio, 39, had ordered about $20 worth of food and got into a dispute with the worker at the drivethru, Jessica Balderas, over two hashbrowns. Paolercio was reported to have become irritated and wanted a refund. The manager tried talking with Paolercio and told her that he could not give her a refund and she started to throw all the food that she ordered through the drive-thru window. She admitted chucking the food through the window. Investigators say that some of the food hit Balderas in the face and chest, which Paolercio denied, but when provided with surveillance video, she had nothing to say. When confronted by police, Paolercio fled and drove away. Police were able to track her down to her residence where she was arrested. She is facing a misdemeanor battery charge. Paolercio worked as a sixth grade teacher since 2004. She is a geography teacher with a history degree and a Master Degree in Education. Paolercios husband did not take the allegations lightly and said that he will never step in a McDonalds again and that a lawsuit will be coming. Mother Shoots Son During Argument St. Louis, MOTwanna Washington, 30, and her 16-year old son were visiting relatives and family. During the gathering, Washington got into an argument with her son. The verbal altercation then became physical and a handgun that Washington had went off, hitting her son. He was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. He was reported being in stable condition. Washington was arrested for second degree assault and armed criminal action. She was held on $25,000 bail. Man Kills His Ex and Her Brother in Front of Their Children St. Louis, MOMelvin Patton, 26, reportedly barged into a home while masked and started shooting at the adults. Inside the home was Keneka Elliott, 24; her brother, Julius Elliott, 29; and a friend named Regina Jones. Just before the shooting, Patton and Kenekas 4-yearold son held onto his mother and cried, Daddy please dont kill Mommy! Patton replied, Shut up and started firing. Patton was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree murder for the slaying of Keneka Elliott and her brother Julius Elliott. He is also being charged with assault in injuring Regina Jones. The jury are considering burglary, child endangerment, and armed criminal action crimes. None of the children at the scene were hurt. Patton is expected to be sentenced a life prison term. Simone Paolercio Roosevelt Smoaks II Denzell Smoaks

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DECEMBER 24, 2011 THE STAR C&J 4 PAGE B4 C M Y K Criminal Line-Up Criminal Line-Up Citizens with tips are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. You can remain anonymous and become eligible for a reward. ON THE LOOKOUT MISSINGCHILDREN Armed RobberyPolice responded to the Kangaroo Store in reference to an armed robbery. Investigation revealed an unknown suspect entered the store and pointed a gun at the clerk behind the register demanding money. The suspect dumped the money into a royal blue duffle bag and also stole cigarettes before fleeing the store. The suspect is described as a possible black male, 15-20 years old, approximately 5 tall, wearing a dark jacket with a hood. Anyone with any information about the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS or email at rewards@fccrimestoppers.com. You will remain anonymous and receive a possible reward if your tip leads to an arrest. Name: Charles Pryor Offense: Lewd Assault/Sexual Battery Victim Under 16 Name: Johnny Ward Offense: Credit Card Fraud Name: Donald Harrison Offense: Pass Title on Stolen Vehicle Name: Alexis Shamil Wilson Age: 15 Weight: 120 lbs Last seen: 12/06/11 Name: Natwanda Leikya Baker Age: 16 Weight: 130 lbs Last seen: 11/24/11 Name: Collien Jackson Age: 15 Weight: 130 lbs Last seen: 12/02/11 Name: Khaniya Margarett Roberts Age: 10 Weight: 100 lbs Last seen: 12/03/11 Name: Isaiah Josh Watts Age: 15 Weight: 145 lbs Last seen: 12/02/11 Get your story to the public. Help reduce crime. Expose your talents. Starting: January 6th 2012 Contact: (904) 437-0309 Email: stvtvshow@yahoo.com www.STVUYT.com Be Useful, Never Giving In. Get Involved Today MOSTWANTED