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Call (904) 766-8834 or Send it to: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Cant Get to the Store Have The Star Delivered Editorial...............................1 Church..........................2 Youth News...............................3 Talk of the Town...........................4 Columns..............................5 Crime and Justice........................6 Local-Florida................................7 Local-Georgia........................8 Sports........................9 Community.....................10 Classified...............11 Business........ ............................12 .... 12 I N S I D ESee Inside Church Talk of the Town Local Florida-Georgia Sports Community MISSINGCHILDREN SEE Crime & Justice INSIDE: Obama Wows TigerSee Page 9, Sports Cheerleader Tryouts Lakers Mourn Giants UpdatesPresident Hits A High Note With Georgia PreschoolersPOLITICIANSINCOURT NAGIN:NOTGUILTY JACKSONS:GUILTY Wednesday was certainly a busy day in court for some high ranking politicians. Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin is pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him. Nagin, who rose to national fame after Hurricane Katrina has been indicted on 21 counts of conspiracy, bribery, honest-services wire fraud and filing false federal income tax returns. Meanwhile, ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and his wife Sandra Lee Sandi Jackson pleaded guilty to federal charges in regards to them using campaign funds for personal expenses. Some of the funds were used on Michael Jackson memorabilia and jewelry. An estimated $750,000 was allegedly used by Jackson for personal items from 2005 to 2012. Jacksons father, civil rights icon Jesse Jackson was in court as he wiped tears. He will be sentenced on June 28 and could face up to five years in prison. Jacksons wife Sandi was charged with failure to declare more than $600,000 in income from 2005 to 2011 from campaign funds. Her sentence is set to begin July 1 and she could face up to three years in prison. "I'm sorry I let everybody down," he said as he left court. The Jacksons are the parents of two young children. By Arthia Nixon Florida/Georgia Star When I looked at Jonahs face, his eye was swollen... and it was bleeding. I was just scared to death, Jessica Bennett says of her 18 month-old son after he was allegedly slapped on an Atlanta-bound flight last week. Jonah, a mixed child adopted by a white couple was said to have started crying as a result of plane changing altitude when Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, told Bennett shut that n****r baby up. The mother, pictured above, claims Hundley repeated the slur before striking the child aboard the Delta flight. Since the incident, the Idaho man has turned himself in to local police and was charged with assault. He was the president of an aircraft parts manufacturer but it was confirmed that is no longer with the company. It is uncertain if he was fired or submitted a resignation. Bennett says her son has been traumatized and has noticed that he is apprehensive towards strangers since returning home to Minnesota. The incident was allegedly seen by numerous witnesses including an air marshall. Bennett added that Hundley appeared drunk. Last week, President Barack Obama proposed working with states like Georgia to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America. On his visit to Decatur, he went to see firsthand how the programs put in place are making a difference in the lives of the youngest citizens. Study after study shows that the earlier a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road. But heres the thing,he said. We are not doing enough to give all of our kids that chance. The kids we saw today that I had a chance to spend time with in Mary's classroom, they're some of the lucky ones -because fewer than 3 in 10 four-year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program. The President said that most middle-class parents cant afford a few hundred bucks a week for private preschool. And for the poor children who need it the most, he added, the lack of access to a great preschool education can have an impact on their entire lives. And we all pay a price for that. And as I said, this is not speculation,he repeated. Study after study shows the achievement gap starts off very young. Kids who, when they go into kindergarten, their first day, if they already have a lot fewer vocabulary words, they dont know their numbers and their shapes and have the capacity for focus, they're going to be behind that first day. And it's very hard for them to catch up over time. President Obama visited College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, where 200 children are spending full days in classrooms staffed by highly qualified teachers who focus on interactive learning, math, writing, and storytelling -the kind of program the President said offers "good bang for your educational buck."Black baby slapped and called n-word on plane by white manSidney Lanier Bridge Cancer Awareness Walk A Hit In Brunsiwck PAGE 8 Vivian Calhoun Dies In Sleep Respected Jacksonville church first lady Vivian Smith Calhoun died in her sleep on February 15, family confirmed. The wife of Rev. Joe Calhoun was known for her service in her lifetime to several local Baptist churches including Mt. Vernon Missionary, Hisband, Hopper and New Bethlehem Missionary. She last worship at Greater New Mt Lilla where she continued her faith and service. Ray Nagin Sandi and Jessie Jackson, Jr Cosby Coming To JacksonvilleThe legendary Bill Cosby will be in town for Mayor Alvin Browns Education Summit on February 28, 2013 at the Florida Theater. The Opening Act for Dr. Cosby will be a performance by four Duval County Public School Drum Lines. The schools that will participate are: Duncan U. Fletcher High School, First Coast High School, Jean Ribault Middle School and William M. Raines High School
The Jacksonville Chapter of Jack and Jill Biannual Les Beautillion Militaire event is featuring (9) young men on March 23, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. The Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Mr. Ken Jefferson of Channel 4 News. To purchase tickets, please contact: Cassandra Barlow at email@example.com or (904) 504-8089. The Womens Center of Jacksonville presents the third annual 2013 Speaker Series -Women, Words and Wisdom. The Speaker Series will feature three dynamic women: March 5, Emilly Retherford Lisska, April 2, Jennifer K. Wesely, Ph.D. and May 7, Madeline Scales-Taylor. All of the lectures will be held at Theatre Jacksonville in San Marco. Each event will begin with a reception at 5:30 pm with the featured speaker, and at 6:30 pm, the lecture with a question and answer session to follow. Ticket prices are $90 for the series and $35 for a single speaker. Emily Retherford Lisska starts the series during Womens History Month on Tuesday, March 5 with a fascinating discussion on women in Jacksonville who were pioneers in the towns founding years; On Tuesday, April 2nd Dr. Jennifer Wesely will focus on two of the most marginalized groups of women in our society today, homeless women and sex workers; The 2013 Speaker Series concludes on Tuesday, May7th with Madeline Scales-Taylor Ms. ScalesTaylor career spanned 37 years and included work in the nonprofit sector, human resources training, marketing and community relations. Since retirement Ms. Scales-Taylor has made many discoveries and observations about lifes everchanging status. As part of the baby boomer generation, Ms. Scales-Taylor is changing the definition of retirement. Join her as she shares how retirement can impact women as we transform the me generation into the we generation. For ticket information go to www.womenscenterofjax.org or call (904) 722-3000 x 0. Ticket prices are $90 for the series and $35 for a single lecture. 2013-2013 Universal Funding Budget Workshop, February 21, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Housing and Community Development Division, Ed Ball Bldg., 214 N. Hogan St., 1st Fl Training Rm, Jacksonville, FL Free Veterans Career Counseling Sessions, February 21, 2013 at 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. City Hall St. James Building, Suite 120, 117 West Duval Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202. The City of Jacksonvilles Military Affairs, Veteran and Disabled Services (MAVDS) department will host free career and employment counseling seminars for veterans and active duty military within one year of transition, as part of the citys commitment to assisting veterans in securing employment. The session will be provided by Incepture, Inc., a leading staffing and managed solutions company in Jacksonville and a member of the City of Jacksonville/Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition (JMVC) Jobs for Vets initiative. 2013 Jacksonville Resource and Career Fair, February 22, 2013, Ramada Conference Center, 3130 Hartley Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257. Over 250 companies have attended the Support Our Troops Resource and career fairs since April, 2012 to outreach and promote employment & educational opportunities to veterans, active duty and military spouses. Dailys 2013 Ortega River Run February 23, 2013 at 8 a.m. 10:45 a.m. St. Mark's Episcopal Day School, 4114 Oxford Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32210 Building/Rebuilding Your Credit, February 23, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. to noon. Main Library, Room G-4, Conference Center Level, 303 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202. Get techniques to build your credit or increase your credit score. DRIVE4COPD 300, February 23, 2013, Daytona International Speedway, 1801 West International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114. 2013 Daytona International Speedway Discounted Military Appreciation Tickets Now Available! S heriff's February 2013 Meritorious Awards Ceremony, February 28, 2013 at 9 a.m. Police Memorial Building, 501 E. Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Patrol Assembly Hall Northeast Florida Hate Crimes Working Group, February 28, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 921 North Davis Street, Conference Center Building E., Jacksonville, Florida 32209. The Victim's Assistance Advisory Council invites you to attend the Northeast Florida Hate Crimes Working Group meeting on Feb. 28 and the panel discussion titled "On Common Ground: Understanding Bias-Motivated Crimes." Mayor Brown's Education Summit Day One Bill Cosby Performance, February 28, 2013, Florida Theatre. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Event at 6 p.m. Drumline competition at 6:15 p.m. Performance by Dr. Bill Cosby at 7 p.m., $25 at the Florida Theatre box office, *hours M-F, 9-5 through show time *other service fees may apply on ticketmaster.com. The Opening Act for Dr. Cosby will be a performance by five Duval County Public School Drum Lines. The schools that will participate are: Duncan U. Fletcher High School First Coast High School Highlands Middle School Jean Ribault Middle School William M. Raines High School JSO's Semi-Annual Retirement Celebration (Spring 2013) March 12, 2013 at 9 a.m. Police Memorial Building, 501 E. Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Patrol Assembly Hall. Mayor's Walk for Senior Wellness, March 16, 2013. Calling all Duval County seniors ages 60 and over to join the City of Jacksonville for a 1.5-mile walk around the Sports Complex area to promote active lifestyles for seniors. Managing Your Money in Tough Times March 19, 2013 at 6 7:30 p.m. Southeast Regional Library, Community Room B, 10599 Deerwood Park Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32256. One of our most requested workshops is back! Learn how to make those tough decisions for spending and get tips for reducing expenses. LAW OFFICEPAGE 10THESTAR FEBRUARY 23, 2013 Investigative Reporter : Lonzie Leath Reporters/Photographers : Marsha Phelts, Laurence Greene, Michael Phelts, Richard McLaughlin, Andrea F. K. 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The book, along with a custom portrait of Rosa Parks, was sent to President and Mrs. Obama. The portrait is from a photo by Mark Kerrin, which Mrs. Parks personally selected for the cover of her book. Mark Kerrin is currently a Consultant, Adjunct Professor, and completing his Dissertation in IT November 2013. Ironically, with all the discussion on firearms, school security, and the stand your ground law Mark Kerrin has been involved directly in all three. He received a commendation from the Director of the FBI for a case involving the Duval County School board Camera systems as an enhanced means of surveillance in schools, is a Florida State Certified Firearms Instructor, and in 2007 had to protect his family using the Stand Your Ground Law. Most information associates Mr. Kerrin only with bodyguard work or security. As a consultant, he advises the private and government sectors on Emergency Management, Biometrics, and Integrated Systems (Systems Engineering). 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The Church DirectoryCome and Worship With Us Faith In Our CommunitySchedule of Events and ServicesPAGE 2 THE STAR FEBRUARY 23, 2013 CHURCH DEATH NOTICES DEATH NOTICES ANNOUNCEMENTS Listings are due the Tuesday before the next issue. Email submissions preferred. Send to: Info@TheFloridaStar.com Come join Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall, Sr.everyWednesday and Thursday from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at The Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church, located at 723 W. 4th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209. SWEETFIELD MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, 1365 Harrison St., Jacksonville, Fl. 32206, Dr. Richard .R. Russ -Pastor. Come and celebrate with us the resurrection of our Lord and Savior at 7pm Nightly, March 27,28, & 29 2013. Our guest speaker will be Rev.Walter ScottPastor of Friendship Baptist Church of Waycross, Ga.following our Sunday Morning Sunrise Service 6am; Church School 9:30am; Morning Worship 11:00am; followed by our Easter Exercise after morning worship. For more info concerning this and future events, please contact Sis. Nicolla Mack (904) 226-6437 HOPE CHAPEL MINISTRIES Pastor and Founder, Dr. Pastor Jeannette C. Holmes-Vann will celebrate her 40th year as a Minister of the Gospel, for 12 great days starting March 2nd thru the 24th. Saturday, March 2nd Grand Opening, A Royal Garden Party at 10am; Tuesday, March 5th One Amazing Woman at 5pm; Saturday, March 9th at 10am; Sunday, March 10th 40th Ruby Jubilee (Thanksgiving Services) at 11am; Wednesday, March 13 VIP Night, Extreme Makeover Life Edition, at 6pm; Friday, March 15th HCM Choir at the Main Sanctuary You Were There at 7pm; Saturday, March 16th The 40 Minis Tree Planting Celebration & Ceremony at 10am; Sunday, March 17th The Queens Jubilee Ruby Celebration (Red Carpet) at 12Noon; Tuesday, March 19th A Rainbow of Influence You Touched Our Lives at 7pm; Thursday, March 21st, Transformations: The Effect of 40 years of Ministry at 7pm; Saturday, March 23rd Childrens Gala A Day with Our Queen at 12Noon; Sunday, March 24th, Closing Celebration Raising Our Level of Commitment at 12Noon. For more info, call 904-924-2000. Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church 201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475 Rev. Pearce Edwing, Sr. Sunday Church School . . . . . . . . . 8:30 a.m. Worship Service . . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.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. 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 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 Leath Host Yvonne Brooks Co-Host Central Metropolitan C.M.E. Church4611 North Pearl St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Ofc (904) 354-7426 Fax (904) 354-0934Rev. 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We are now offering Live Streaming of Funeral and Visitation Services.3031 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209Visit us atWWW.CLPAGEMORTUARY.COM Carla L. Page, LFDIC Ask Us About OurALPHONSO WEST MORTUARY, INC.4409 Soutel Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32208 Tel: (904) 766-9671 Fax: (904) 766-2354 DIRECTORSDeborah West Alphonso West Jacqueline Y. Bartley If there had been a death in your family yesterday, what would you be doing today?FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED Since 1988Pre-Need Fore-Thought Funeral Planning ProgramIm sorry to have to tell you this... Are You Saved? Ministry Oriented? Love to Ride Motorcycles? Love to Have Fun?Well, if all of the answers are yes, thenRydas 4 Righteousness Motorcycle Ministryis for you!!! Give us a call today to find out what you are missing.Contact Ruth(President) @ 904-674-4339 ELDER LEE HARRIS CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF SERVICE TO MT. OLIVE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIESElder Lee E. Harris is the current pastor of Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church and will celebrate 20 years of service to the church, families and the surrounding communities commencing February 24, 2013. Through faith in God, Pastor Harris accepted the leadership as shepherd to the flock and began his pastorate at Mt. Olive on September 4, 1992 and continues to be a good captain at the helm. Elder Harris has labored many hours establishing new ministries and reinstating others. Many new committees have been established under his leadership. Elder Harris has also been instrumental in directing the church in becoming incorporated. In addition to all of the many long, productive hours he dedicate to the Church, he also is involved in numerous other religious and community activities that Mt. Olive and many other churches have benefited from. Some of these activities include: 1) Past Southern Regional Vice President-National Primitive Baptist Convention USA (1998-2012); 2) President, Jacksonville Inter-Denominational Ministerial Alliance; 3) Assisted in the establishment of the Myrtle Avenue Neighborhood Association; 4) Past Member, Board of Directions, Religious Managers Association (RCMA); 5) Chairman, Board of/Director, Community Alliance Development Corp. Inc.; 6) Member, African American Ministers /Leadership Council, a National Organization of People For the American Way Foundation; 7) Past member, Board of Directors FAMU Institute on Urban Policy and Commerce; 8) Past First Vice President, Florida State Primitive Baptist Convention; 9) Past Camp Commission Chairman, Florida State Primitive Baptist Convention; 10) Past Chairman, Jacksonville Weed and Seed; 11) Vice Chairman of The Jacksonville Childrens Commission; 12) Pastor, Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church Tallahassee, Florida (1984-1992); 13) Pastor, Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church, Madison, Florida (19811984); Elder Lee Harris has also provided leadership in developing several publications at Mt. Olive as follows: 1) Program, Policies and Procedures Handbook; 2) Members Orientation Handbook; 3) Pastors Class, New Membership Handbook Elder Harris was educated in the public schools of Maryland and he attended Maryland State College majoring in Psychology. He studied further at The Southern Baptist Seminary External Division, Tallahassee Bible Institute, The Ambassador College, and Rutgers Graduate School of Business. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education in 1994 and is currently studying for a Masters in Leadership and Management. Elder Lee E. Harris was named recipient of the FBI Community Leadership Award by the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation for the year 2000. Elder Harris, Pastor, Leader, Volunteer and Veteran, has served in the Unites States Army, trained as a Military Police, joined the Special Security Unit of the Army Security Agency, in 1966 spent one tour in the Republic of Vietnam as a support Unit to 11th Armored Calvary and is now proud to be a part of the NABVETS (National Association of Black Veterans) of Jacksonville. Pastor Harris is married to Betty Harris and has one daughter Paula and one granddaughter Ashanti. They have numerous god children and are recent god parents of Selena Joy Robinson and Alex Jordan. Through Pastor Harris leadership, spiritual guidance and humble servitude, the church membership continues to grow after several years. This blessed occasion will commence all day February 24, 2013: Sunday School at 9:30 A. M.; 11:00 A.M. Worship (Black History Program) and will climax at 5:00 P.M. with a special Guest Speaker Elder Dr. Ernest Ferrell of the Saint Mary Primitive Church, Tallahassee, Florida and invited guest gospel Recording Artist Troy Sneed of Jacksonville, Florida. For Further information, please contact the church at (904) 355-0015, Deacon Birnett Gee at (904) 768-7308 or iris Woods at (904) 655-5305.
FEBRUARY 23, 2013THE STARPAGE 3 One Sunday at Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Lil Meechie was doing his usual "acting up" bit during the morning worship hour. Mother Lawrence was during her best to maintain some sense of order from the Mother's pew on the side but was losing the battle. Finally, she gave up and looked up to the Rev. Dr Lawrence sitting in the pulpit, he then motioned for the choir to keep singing, walked over and picked the little fellow up and walked sternly up the aisle on his way out. Just before reaching the safety of the foyer, Lil Meechie called loudly to the congregation, "PRAY FOR ME! PRAY FOR ME! ItstimetosubmityourMagnetapplication forDuvalCountyPublicSchools.MagnetapplicationsaredueFebruary28,2013.Submityourapplicationbymail,inperson oronlineatwww.duvalchoice.com Thechoiceisallyours. KVU"NKVVNG"OGGEJKG OGFKECKF"GZRCPUKQP"EQWNF"JKV""QRRQUKVKQPTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, February 21, 2013.........Gov. Rick Scott dropped a bombshell Wednesday when he announced support for a Medicaid expansion. But a day later, it remained unclear whether the idea would get through the Republican-dominated Legislature. House GOP leaders appear to have the strongest reservations, with Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, and Appropriations Chairman Seth McKeel, R-Lakeland, publicly expressing doubts about the wisdom of the expansion. I remain skeptical that thats in the best interests of the state," McKeel said Thursday morning. Weatherford, during an appearance before the Florida Retail Federation and in a television interview, also repeatedly used the word "skeptical." Pointing to broader federal budget and debt problems, he questioned whether Washington would make good on a promise to pay billions of dollars for the expansion. "We're talking about a federal government that is not able to pay its bills,'' Weatherford said during an appearance on the show, "Florida Face to Face." Some Senate Republicans indicated they might be more willing to go along with Scott, who said he would support expanding Medicaid eligibility for three years and then revisiting the issue. The federal government is slated to pay all of the expansion costs for the first three years, before the state has to pick up a portion of the tab. "I support the governor, and I think the Senate has an open mind on it,'' said Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater. He later added, "I think we give it a shot and see how it works." Senate Health Policy Chairman Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, pointed to the possibility that a Medicaid expansion could help "safety net" hospitals that serve large numbers of low-income and uninsured people. More Medicaid coverage would produce additional revenues for hospitals, helping offset other types of funding cuts. But Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, posted a Twitter message that expressed opposition to Scott's stance. "Disappointed to read (Scott's) comments on Medicaid expansion,'' Brandes wrote. "A blank federal check isn't the answer, we need real reform." Scott, who anchored his political career on opposing President Obama's efforts to revamp the health-care system, drew national headlines for his announcement that he would support going ahead with the Medicaid expansion. Hundreds of thousands of Floridians would become newly eligible for the government-run health program, with the federal government paying 100 percent of the costs from 2014 through 2016 and later paying 90 percent. C C u t s B y S a n d y S p e c i a l s $ 2 5 0 0 M o n d a y s & T u e s d a y s S h a m p o o / S e t R o l l e r S e t F l a t I r o n $ 6 0 0 0 R e l a x e r w i t h a F R E E c u t Call to make an Appt at 904.673.0837
PAGE 4THE STARFEBRUARY 23, 2013 Celebrating African-American History Month Talk of the Town! by Frances Bradley/ Photos by Volume Burks E kaabo (eh-kah-bow). Welcome.Theannual Ritz Chamber Players In Remembrance of the DreamConcert honored Cyrus M. Jollivette retiring Florida Blue Senior Vice-President for Federal Government Relations, and immediate past Chairperson of the Ritz Chamber Music Society, Inc.s Board of Directors. Citing the important influence of his close relationship with his grandfather, Jollivettes retirement to Washington, D. C. puts him closer to his grandchildren who live in Virginia. Prior to joining Florida Blue in 2002, Mr. Jollivette had a distinguished career in university administration and government relations. He held a number of senior executive positions, including leading public affairs, government relations, university advancement and corporate secretary functions (internal audit and trustee relations) at the University of Miami. He also served as managing editor of The Miami Times, a company founded by his family and still in publication 90 years later. Mr. Jollivettes grandfather taught him that, Service is the price one pays for the space one occupies. Throughout his career, Jollivette has been active in community and civic organizations. He is a life trustee of the Council for Educational Change, has served as a director of the Alliance for Advancing Non-profit Health Care, chairman of the Florida Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, director of Enterprise Florida, and a member and past chairperson of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, a mayoral appointment. Coincidentally, event planner Gaynelle Adams-Jackson was in town attending planning meetings for the national convention of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH), which will be in Jacksonville October 2-6, 2013, and was able to attend the performance. The evenings program presented compositions by Antonin Dvorak, Adolphus Hailstork, Johannes Brahms, and Ludwig van Beethoven. The Adolphus Hailstork composition, Songs of Love and Justice for Soprano and Piano, was brilliantly performed by RCP soprano, Alison Buchanan and pianist, Terrance Wilson Hailstork, a graduate of Howard University and the Manhattan School of Music, composed the piece to texts by Martin Luther King, Jr. on a commission honoring the 125thAnniversary of Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. In its eleventh year, Terrance Patterson Founder and Artistic Director of the Ritz Chamber Players announced that all performances for the 2012-2013 season are free to the public furthering their mission to increase the visibility and accessibility of exceptional classical music for everyone in the community. Although the performances are ticketless, RCP asks that attendees complete an online reservation for planning purposes. New this year is the Ritz Chamber Players Membership Club, which, for an annual fee of $60/year for an individual and $100/year for a couple, provides members with premium seating in Jacoby Symphony Hall, invitations to events, and backstage access to meet and greet the musicians following the performance. From my personal perspective and taking a page from President Obamas fundraising book, we in the community can support RCP, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, by giving whatever we can afford, whether its $5 or $60 or $1,000. For concert schedules and more information visit RCPs website at www.ritzchamberplayers.org. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa! (Through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault)! In the February 2nd edition of TALK OF THE TOWN! Patricia Harley who is taking an OLLI French conversation class, was inadvertently identified as Betty Harley. Sil vous plat accepter mes humbles excuses, Mme. Harley. Jusqu ce que nous nous revoyons! (Please accept my humble apology. Mrs. Harley. Until we meet again)! Lets hope the Google Translator is correct. LOL. T.C. and Ruby Newman, Martha Barrett, and Terrance Patterson Cyrus Jollivette, Humanitarian Award Honoree Sharon Robinson-Banks, Terrance Patterson, Chevarra Orrin, Cyrus Jollivette, Gaynelle Adams-Jackson, and Roslyn Burrough Barbara and Ron Breaker at RCP's concert Ritz Chamber Players, l-r, Kelly HallTompkins and Orlando Wells, violins, and Richard Brice, viola Alison Buchanan, Soprano and Terrence Wilson, Piano Martha Barrett, RCP Chair introducing Cyrus Jollivette, Humanitarian Award Honoree
FEBRUARY 23, 2013 THE STAR PAGE 5 ENTERTAINMENT Girls Inc. Hosts Annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday to Celebrate Positive Impact of FathersJACKSONVILLE, FL Fathers and daughters across the First Coast are invited to attend the fifth annual Spring Daddy Daughter Dance hosted by Girls Inc. of Jacksonville. The event will be held this Saturday from 5:30 9:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront with proceeds supporting Girls Inc. to help them empower local, at-risk girls. The festivities include dinner, music, professional photography, a silent auction and raffle prizes that will make for an exciting night hosted by the Girls Inc. Board of Directors. CEO of Girls Inc. Beth Hughes Clark said the event is held in honor of girls and their fathers, or special men in their lives, to celebrate the positive impact that relationship can have as girls grow into women. Some of the girls we serve dont have a strong father figure to guide them as they grow up, Clark said. The Daddy Daughter Dance is an opportunity for fathers throughout our community to spend quality time with their daughters, while supporting Girls Inc. in our vital mission. What: Fifth Annual Spring Daddy Daughter Dance hosted by Girls Inc. Who: Up to 900 dads and daughters expected to attend When: Saturday, Feb. 23 | 5:30 9:30 p.m. Where: Hyatt Regency Riverfront | 225 E Coastline Dr. | 32202 Why: To honor girls and their fathers, or special men in their lives, and celebrate the positive impact of that relationshipJacksonville Jazz Festival 2013 Mayor Alvin Brown announces 2013 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Performers and Activities Mayor Alvin Brown announced today an exciting lineup of activities for the 2013 Jacksonville Jazz Festival. The annual tradition will be held on Thursday, May 23 to Sunday, May 26. The Jazz Festival is a signature event for our city and a reason for each of us to be proud, said Mayor Alvin Brown. Its an opportunity for friends and families to get together and see our Downtown at its best, and my administration is proud to present a lineup of world class entertainment at no cost for general admission. Some of this years confirmed performers include BWB featuring Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown, Euge Groove, Gerald Albright, Gregory Porter, Poncho Sanchez, and the Yellowjackets. Additional performers and festival details will continue to be announced in the coming months through the festivals Facebook page (Facebook.com/JacksonvilleJazzFestival), Twitter (Twitter.com/JaxJazzFest) and JaxJazzFest.com. This years festival will continue the tradition of jazz in Jacksonville with a variety of jazz genres on three stages and featured activities in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. Special components include Art in the Heart Downtown, an art show and sale, the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition presented by Keyboard Connection Pianos & Organs, Youth Jazz Talent Showcase, jazz brunch, exhibits and displays. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is free and open to the public unless otherwise listed. VIP seating options are available at www.JaxJazzFest.com. Mayor Brown also unveiled the 2013 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Commemorative Poster. The poster, titled Jax Beat Jumpin', was created by local designer and illustrator, Mike Barnhart. A design professional for 30 years, Barnharts creative range has serviced everything from Fortune 500 companies to local non-for-profit businesses. His work has been acknowledged by The American Advertising Federation with numerous ADDY Awards covering a span of 20 years. His design and illustrations have been featured in publications such as Communication Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, Graphic Design USA, Graphis Annual, American Corporate Identity and The Art Directors Club of New York. He has also contributed work to other local events including Earth Day Jacksonville, VegFest, Riverside Arts Market, Arts Mania and The Jacksonville Film Festival. Barnhart is also the artist credited with the 1996 Jacksonville Jazz Festival poster design that featured a woman entertainer for the first time in the history of the collection. Posters are available for purchase online at JaxJazzFest.com. Updated festival information will be posted on the official Jacksonville Jazz Festival website and social pages as details are available. (904) 630-3690, JaxJazzFest.com www.coj.net
PAGE 6 THE STAR FEBRUARY 23, 2013 Crime and Justice Crime and JusticeA Publication of the Florida Star and Georgia Star 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. Citizens with tips are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. You can remain anonymous and become eligible for a reward. MISSINGCHILDREN Name: Barry Leonard Prince Age: 16 Weight: 180 lbs Last seen: 1/30/13 Name: Jihari T. Golston Age: 17 Weight: 130 lbs Last seen: 1/16/13 Name: Rose Lott Age: 15 Weight: 110 lbs Last seen: 1/21/13 Name: Martise Pointer Age: 17 Weight: 150 lbs Last seen: 12/05/13MOSTWANTED Name: Michael Addison Offense: Resisting Officer w/Violence Name: Willie J. Anderson Offense: Grand Theft, Gross Fraud, Grand Theft Motor Vehicle Name: Gary L. Bartley Offense: Armed Burglary Safety in the WorkplaceWhat Employers Can Do :Develop clear safety policies and procedures In developing an office security plan, invite input from employees through meetings or a survey. You can also get assistance with your plan from Community Crime Prevention/SAFE or RECAP. Set a procedure for handling phone threats such as personnel threats, bomb threats, harassing phone calls. Have an evacuation policy with one floor monitor for each floor or work area to assist with fires, bomb threats, or possible dangerous intruders in the building. Report all suspicious incidents to security or the police department by calling 911. Make police reports on all thefts or break-ins. This helps the police and your security service establish crime patterns. Limited Access Maintain good office traffic control with signs limiting public access to work areas. A sign may state that visitors or delivery people must check in at the front desk. Passes or name tags could be issued to authorized visitors and/or a sign-in sheet used. Request that staff receiving visitors come to the front desk to escort them. Block passage to inner offices or work areas by a locked gate or inner door. Provide an automatic bell, buzzer, or other noise-making device to signal the opening of this entry door or gate. Inspect your office building inside and outside to make sure it is well-lit with no dark stairwells or areas that would invite crime. Consider using a spot in your office that could be made into a safe room that would contain a telephone and locks on the inside. A staff person who is in jeopardy could retreat to this room to call 911. What Employees Can Do : Be alert for strangers in the building. Immediately notify the proper person or security personnel if your notice suspicious individuals loitering around the lobby, waiting areas, or private offices. Assure proper identification of visitors or delivery people before admitting them to the work/office area. Watch out for people posing as repairman, delivery, etc. Never release equipment or files in exchange for an official-looking receipt until you verify the name, location, and phone number of their company. Trust your instincts and if you feel problems may occur, have a prearranged signal to contact either security or the office manager to assist you. Always pay attention to detail. Make a mental note of each person who arrives. It will aid security or the police department if a problem should happen. Dealing with hostile/angry clients React and respond to the client in a calm but firm manner. Rehearse ahead of time what youd say or do in these situations. If you anticipate problems with a client, let co-workers know ahead of time. Dont tolerate abusive behavior If you feel you may be in jeopardy, leave the area, go somewhere safe and call 911 and notify your security department. Your Safety Man Tries to Burn Down Trailer Police responded to a home in response to a domestic dispute. Randy Lee Lisenby, 44, was reportedly involved in an argument with a woman inside the house. She wanted him out of her house because of his drug use. He escalated the confrontation by grabbing a bottle of lighter fluid, and started splashing it around the west side exit door. The woman's two toddler children were standing nearby and were splashed by the fluid. He said he was going to burn down the trailer and the woman took the children to the neighbor. Meanwhile, Lisenby burned blankets and a rug in the children's bedroom. He barricaded himself in the trailer when police arrived. He stated that he was going to burn down the trailer and die inside. He was seen lighting paper inside the trailer where he had splashed the lighter fluid earlier. Police tried to convince him to come out and he eventually did. The County Fire Investigator and State Fire Marshall responded to further the arson investigation and the Child Protective Services was notified of this incident. Lisenby was arrested and charged with 2 counts of child abuse, 1 count of aggravated assault, and 1 count of felony arson. Randy Lisenby 16-Year-Old Turns Self In Detectives assigned to the robbery/homicide unit say the suspect, identified as 16-year-old Kwuashawn Wyche, turned himself in. Detectives say they were able to identify Wyche through numerous tips received into the Sheriffs Office and through Crime Stoppers. They were able to provide media coverage of the robbery, which provided video and audio for the public to analyze. In the video two black males can be seen with their faces covered. The clerk was forced to put money in a backpack and both suspects were armed. It all happened around 9:35 p.m. at a convenience store. According to detectives the two suspects entered the store. One of the suspects ordered one of the store clerks at gunpoint to lay face down on the ground at the entrance of the store. The clerk complied. This suspect remained with this clerk as the other acted as a lookout at the entrance of the establishment. The clerk was not only demanded money, but also cigarettes. According to detectives, several people recognized the suspect through his voice and mannerisms. Wyche was arrested and charged with armed robbery.The investigation continues. The second suspect in this armed robbery has not yet been identified. Kwuashawn Wyche Three Armed Robbers Arrested Police have apprehended three suspects in connection with an overnight robbery. At approximately 11:30 p.m., the three suspects, Deandre Gray, 20, Jacarius Hannah, 18, and Avery Jamal Jones-Neal, 19, hid behind parked cars in the parking lot of a discount store. When the clerk came outside of the business to go to his car, all three suspects ambushed him and took his keys, cellular phone, and laptop computer. After taking the victims belongings, the suspects fled the area on foot. Police arrived on scene a short time later and began to set a perimeter around the immediate area. K-9 Units tracked the suspects scent to a nearby neighborhood. Further investigation led deputies to all three suspects hiding at a local IHOP restaurant. All three were arrested and charged with strong arm robbery and transported to the Pinellas County Jail. They are also being held on $10,000 bond. Recovered Stolen Items Leads to Arrest Investigators have solved a residential burglary where several items were reported missing from a home. Police say several rings, including the victims engagement ring, a handgun, some clothing items and birth control pills were taken from the home during the burglary. Police on scene found that the windows of the back door were smashed in and was the way the suspect entered the home. A few days later, a neighbor of the victim contacted police and advised a gun had been located on his property. Police took the gun into custody and verified it matched the stolen gun. The stolen rings were located at a shop where they were pawned. As a side note, the engagement ring of the victim was stolen months earlier and recovered by investigators, only to have it stolen once more and recovered again. According to investigators, at this time, there appears to be no connection to the two separate cases of theft. Investigators were able to track down a suspect, Brennon Jeffrey Lawrence, 21. Lawrence was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal mischief, and grand theft of a firearm. Deandre Gray Brennon Lawrence JacariusHannah Avery Jones-Neal
LOCAL FEBRUARY 23, 2013 THE STAR PAGE 7 Florida Mayors education summit seeks to rally community leaders and inspire studentsphotos courtesy of coj.netMayor Alvin Brown will focus on strengthening parents roles in their kids education at his upcoming citywide education summit featuring actor and education activist Dr. Bill Cosby. The summit, a collaborative effort between the Mayors Office and Duval County Public Schools, will be held Feb. 28 and March 1. The initiative will continue the positive momentum in public education engendered by a host of recent successes, including better graduation rates, better school grades and unprecedented community activism. As part of Mayor Browns vision and actions to enhance educational opportunities for Jacksonvilles youth, the summit will bring students, teachers, administrators, elected officials and community partners together in an effort to spur action supporting the summits theme, Increasing Parental Involvement. Learn more Studies show that kids with parents who are involved in their education are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, Mayor Brown said. They also have better attendance records and social skills, and are more likely to graduate and pursue higher education. There are a lot of ideas when it comes to improving education, but increasing parental involvement is a key lever that will truly be a game-changer in Jacksonville. Developed in partnership with Duval County Public Schools, the summits agenda is an energetic and packed two-day program that includes school visits and an evening performance by Dr. Bill Cosby, as well as guest speakers, mini-workshops on topics related to parental involvement and a panel discussion with senior educational leaders. Day 1 involves a heavy emphasis on student engagement, and Day 2 shifts to community and stakeholder visioning about ways to increase parental involvement in Jacksonville schools. Day 2s activities are open to the public, and those interested in participating must register at www.coj.net/edsummit. On Feb. 28, Dr. Cosby will visit with students, teachers, administrators and key education advocates throughout the city, and give a public performance at the Florida Theatre that evening. During the four public high school visits, Dr. Cosby will speak with students about the importance of being a positive role model and will discuss how they can apply their own life lessons in the pursuit of success. He will also join Mayor Brown in working toward the summits $2 million fundraising goal for future local education initiatives. The opening act for Dr. Cosbys evening performance will be a drumline competition featuring five local public schools. Tickets can be purchased through the Florida Theatre Box Office or other online services, including Ticketmaster. This will be an opportunity for our children, parents, educators and community leaders to focus on the importance of education in Jacksonville, said Bill Cosby. I have seen this many, many times before. When everyone in a city pulls together, we get great results. The summits second day will be hosted at the Jacksonville Main Public Library and will focus on the theme of parental involvement. Florida Times-Union Editor Dr. Frank Denton will moderate a morning panel discussion, which will also include Mr. Gary Chartrand, chair of the State Board of Education, several Duval County Public School Board members and other community leaders. Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti will give a special presentation on establishing a parents academy as a means of increasing parental involvement. I am thrilled to be a superintendent in a city that has a mayor who champions public education, said Vitti. There is no doubt that the time is right for an education summit, and I am pleased to be partnering with Mayor Brown on this effort. We have worked hand-in-hand to build, what I think, is an exciting event. At the end of the day, it is the kids who will benefit, not only by seeing Dr. Bill Cosby visit schools, but also by having parents who are more engaged in the academic process. The theme of increasing parental involvement aligns perfectly with our emerging strategic plan. Day 2s afternoon session will feature five mini-workshops designed to explore specific areas of enhancing education in Jacksonville. These workshops will include topics such as mentoring, energizing community and faith-based organizations, building a culture that values and celebrates young women, developing "early early" learning strategies from cradle to preschool, and promoting tools to help parents become more involved. The workshops will conclude with chair and co-chair reports, and then the summit will wrap-up with Mayor Brown issuing a call to action. The mayor has made it a priority to ensure that the summits goal-oriented outcomes are both realistic and measurable. Following the summit, a group of stakeholders and community volunteers will receive periodic progress updates. Since taking office, Mayor Brown has launched innovative initiatives geared at improving education in Jacksonville. They include Learn2Earn, which is a week-long college immersion program for low-to-moderate income students hosted at both the University of North Florida and Jacksonville University, and the Mayors Mentors program, which has trained more than 600 local volunteers to mentor Jacksonvilles youth. BANK OF AMERICA SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSESBeaver Street Enterprise Center, Jacksonvilles nationally acclaimed business incubator, has received a $5,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation in support of its ongoing financial literacy programs that provide guidance and nurturing to start-up companies in the community. These financial literacy programs, which include workshops on Business and Financial Basics, Government Contracting, and more, are scheduled monthly and are open to the general public as well as our tenants at Beaver Street, said Jackie Perry, Executive Director. We are grateful to Bank of America for recognizing the value of our programs to the overall economic growth of Jacksonville. The banks investment in Beaver Street Enterprise Center and its financial literacy program is just one of the ways we are supporting education and workforce development organizations in our community and improving local economies across the country, said Greg Smith, Northeast Florida market president, Bank of America. Among the many upcoming programs at Beaver Street Enterprise Center that will greatly improve the financial literacy of attendees while being conveniently affordable due to support from Bank of America and other actively involved community partners are the following: How to Use QuickBooks (Intermediate Level) March 6, 2013 10 a.m. to 12 noon $15.00 Introduction to QuickBooks April 3, 2013 10 a.m. to 12 noon $15.00 How to do business with Government Panel Discussion April 18, 2013 9 a.m. to 12 noon $15.00 Non-Profit Start Up 101 April 19, 2013 1 to 3 p.m. $40 (purchase four or more workshops in the Non-Profit Series and the cost is only $30 per workshop) Bank of America recognizes that local businesses, jobs and education play a critical role in advancing economic development, and we continue to look for ways to support innovative programs like Beaver Street Enterprise Center that help entrepreneurs connect with business success, Smith added. Thanks to far-sighted funders like Bank of America, Beaver Street Enterprise Center continues to be able to help small businesses in Jacksonville thrive and grow, said Perry. For more information on becoming a tenant at our business incubator or attending our informative financial literacy sessions, please contact us at 904-265-4700. Jacksonville Puts Education in the Spotlight
PAGE8 THESTAR FEBRUARY23, 2013 An estimated 2500 participants took part in this years Annual Sidney Lanier Bridge Walk. Certified by the USTA as "the toughest 5K in Georgia" the Bridge Run attracts top athletes from throughout the southeast. Many others, including families and seniors, also register to walk the course. The race features a Fire Fighters Challenge which begins at 7:30 a.m. There is no entry fee for Fire Fighter teams. All proceeds benefit Southeast Georgia Health Systems Cancer Programs. Photos by Betty McKenzie Estimated 2,500 Participants Walk For Cancer In Annual Sidney Lanier Bridge Walk New Heights On Horizon For Wings Of Faith Grads Wings of Faith Bible College saw yet another set of graduates. Certificates of Biblical Studies were awarded to Emma Lee Brown, Henry Eugene Curry and Michael J.Lawson, Sr. while a Bachelor of Biblical Studies was earned by Hannah Elder and Bachelor of Counseling by Michelle N. WilliamsJackson. Bachelors of Theology graduates were Linda Emily Ruthland Gibson, Debora F. Johnson and Catina J. Lumpkin. Elizabeth Regina Attical, Vanassa D. Booker, Neal S. Dawson, Mary Fleming and Cheryl Elaine Knight were awarded Masters of Divinity. Gervin L. Robertson Sr. received a Master of Counseling, Thelma Milledge Williams a Master of Theological Studies and Mamie Johnson Atkins and Cynthia Fells, Master of Christian Education. Doctorate of Divinity graduates were Janice E. H. Early, Marshall Jackson Sr., Melvin McCluster, William T. Moore, Alonzo K. Scott and Doctorate of Philosophy was earned by Jermaine V. Moore Sr. 2008 Wings of Faith Bible College, Inc founded by Dr. Vincent T. Williams. Wings of Faith alumnus Evangelist Dr. Evelyn Turrentine-Agee returned to her alma mater for a Scholarship benefit concert for the institution. The college is a fully accredited member of the NABC (National Association of Biblical Counseling) and Branch College of Faith Bible College of Baltimore, MDDr. J. Otis Bivens, President. It was established in 2008 by Dr. Vincent Williams. There will be an open registration on February 25, 2013 at 6:00PM for the semester which begins on March 4, 2013. For more information call 912-399-7538. Photos by Angela Favors-Morrell
GIANTSNOWAT26 1 Bahama All-Pro Show shown no mercy by Jacksonvilles unstoppable team FEBRUARY 23, 2013 THESTAR PAGE9by Seth Dolan The Jacksonville Giants defeated the Bahama All-Pro Show 155115. Jermaine Bell led the both teams in scoring and rebounding with 37 points and 19 rebounds. Tony Hooper recorded a doubledouble as well with 26 points and 16 assists to go along with a team leading 5 steals. A good win this afternoon, we got off to a slow start but our starters came out in the second quarter and put us on track. We have done a great job all season long and are on our way to securing the #1 seed in the playoffs and a bye to the Final Four, Head Coach Kevin Waters said after the game. The Giants have defeated the Bahama All-Pro Show for the 4th time in as many meetings this season. With this win, the Giants have won 18 straight and improve to 261. For the 5th consecutive week, the Giants are ranked atop the ABA Power Rankings. The Giants will next play Sunday Feb. 24th against the Fayetteville Flight at 5pm in Veterans Memorial arena, the teams last regular season game at VMA this season. A March 1 or 2 game is being planned for UNF Arena. Check the website for updates. Jacksonville will be hosting the ABA Final Four and Finals. Games will be played in April at the UNF Arena and Veterans Memorial Arena.Tiger Tees Off With ObamaTiger Woods and Presdident Obama teed off in Florida last weekend as teammates in a friendly game of gold. Jim Crane, owner of the Houston Astros and the golf resort where Obama stayed and former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk played against the pair. The game was a private affair and up to press time, no photos were released to the media. Meanwhile, Tiger has commented on the game telling Sports Illustrated and Golf Magazine: Hes an avid golfer, and so am I. Hes just a wonderful person to be around. And we won... Hes an avid golfer, and so am I. Lakers Mourn Loss Of OwnerAfter spending 18 months undergoing cancer treatment and receiving visits from former members of the LALakers, Jerry Buss has died of kidney failure. He was 80. Since 1979, he had owned the LALakers and saw the team win 10 championships. "The NBA has lost a visionary owner whose influence on our league is incalculable and will be felt for decades to come," NBA commissioner David Stern said. "More importantly, we have lost a dear and valued friend." Photo: Buss with Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher in 2010. (AP) Tryouts For Jacksonville Suns Cheerleading Squad The Jacksonville Suns cheerleading squad is looking for a few good women. The Sunbeams will be auditioning at Bailey's Powerhouse Gym on 7500 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32216 on Tuesday February 26, 2013 @ 7:30pm. Women are asked to arrive with Please arrive with performance-ready hair and makeup, jazz shorts or jazz pants and dance or tennis shoes. For more information Sarah Foster at (904) 358-2846 x106 or SarahF@jaxsuns.com