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Title: The Beaches leader
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Language: English
Publisher: Beaches Leader
Place of Publication: Jacksonville Beach Fla
Publication Date: December 26, 2007
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Midweek Edition December 26, 2007


Vol. 45, No. 54 Serving the communities of Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Mayport an

Under construction


Id Ponte Vedra Beach since 1963


Construction signs and heavy equipment block the driveway of Angie's Subs earlier this month
along Beach Boulevard. Crews are installing drainage pipes in the right of way.

The Jacksonville Port
Authority will receive approx-
imately $490,000 to use
towards the replacement or
rehabilitation of the St. Johns
River ferry, according to offi-
Congressman Ander
Crenshaw, a member of the
House Committee on
Appropriations, secured sever-
al million dollars for local
transportation entities as part
of the Omnibus Bill, accord-
ing to a press release.'
"For many years, I have
worked with local officials to
obtain federal funds for the
Mayport Ferry. This year's leg-
islation provides nearly half a
million dollars to assist with
vessel replacement and reha-
bilitation," he said in a press
Nancy Rubin, Director of
Communications for JPA, said
that although it will be a cou-
ple of years before JPA consid-
ers replacing the ferry, the
money could be used toward a
new or used vessel.
S A new ferry vessel would
cost approximately $12 mil-
lion, but a used vessel would
cost between $6 million and
$7 million, Rubin said.
"A half a million [dollars]
might be a nice down pay-
ment on a used vessel," said

Kwanzaa fest
open to all
tomorrow in JB
A Beaches Kwanzaa
Community Celebration will
be held December 27 from 6:30
to 8 p.m. at Jacksonville Beach
Elementary School and it is free
and open to all.
SFruit donations are requested
for a display. Dr. Eddie Collins,
a retired sociology professor,
will speak.
African attire is preferred but
not required
The school is located at 315
10th St. S. in Jacksonville
Persons or groups interested
in participating in the program
should contact Brenda Frinks
at 904-563-5324 or
The Celebration of Family,
Community and African
American Culture will be spon-
sored by P. R. I. D. E. Pablo
Renewal In Duval East.
Kwanzaa was created in 1966
to preserve, continually revital-
ize and promote African
American culture.

Penman Road completion

waiting on Beach Blvd. work

It's a familiar scene at the
Beaches that is finally draw-
ing to a close.
The McCormick drawbridge
that for years has halted traf-
fic in and out of Jacksonville
Beach to allow boats to pass
through the Intracoastal
Waterway will be removed in
a few months to make way for
the southern span of a new
fixed bridge at Beach
JTA project manager Wendy
Morrow Thursday said the
drawbridge will be removed
by mid to late March when

the northern span of the new
bridge is completed.
"We will be shifting [east-
bound] traffic to the northern
span by late February," she
said, explaining that west-
bound traffic will be shifted to
the northern span once a con-
necting road is built. "When
we shift the traffic we will
remove the drawbridge and
build the new span in its
place. In a couple more
months people won't have to
wait for the drawbridge to
Morrow said the contractor
.ran into minor delays caused
by two weeks of steady rain-
fall in November and issues

See-BRIDGE, A-30-

ty the opportunity to share their input
on a master plan for the tract of land
that spans between Fletcher High
School, Fletcher Middle School and San
Pablo Elementary, according to Beaches
School Board Representative Nancy
Joanna Rodriguez, a consultant with
Designworks Architects, has held seven
focus group meetings between the three

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schools, according to Broner, who said
this meeting will be the last chance the
community has to share thoughts
before Rodriguez composes a draft of
the plan.
"I'd really like to capture some of the
broader input from the Beaches area
schools," Broner said, adding that most
of the input so far has primarily been
from the parents, principals and teach-

Opinion .....................4
Police Beat..................7
Sports ....................10
Weather ..................2...

Crews continue working on
the north span of the new
Beach Boulevard bridge. The
span is slated to open in late

eoney fr JB police chief pens holiday tale

ferry buying 2.. by LIZA MITCHELL

A community meeting to discuss a
master plan for three Beaches schools
will be held in January, according to
school board officials.
The meeting will be held on Jan. 14 at
5 p.m. at Fletcher High School and will
give members of the Beaches communi-


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The cover illustration for "Santa's Super Rescue" and all accompanying pictures are
by Fletcher High School graduate Morgan Wilson who agreed to create the cover for
Thomason's book after she was recommended by one of her former teachers at the

vvmirwinus, Iornet nests, nying
dogs and a young trio of super
heroes are not the makings of a tra-
ditional Christmas caper.
Butwhen your grandfather is the
chief of police, anything is possible.
Jacksonville Beach Police Chief
Bruce Thomason parlayed thieves,
daring rescues and precarious situa-
tions into a holiday keepsake for
his daughter Holli and her family.
"Santa's Super Rescue! & How
Beezle T. Claus Tried to Steal
Christmas" is a story Thomason
penned for his three grandchildren.
The Jfonchen children, Cole,
who turns 12 on Dec. 29, Tori, turn-
ing 11 New Year's Day and Austin,
8, all figure pimonnently ifii'fthe
story. They help to save a kid-
napped Santa Claus using extraor-
dinary super powers and return the
presents hijacked by Santa's evil sec-
ond cousin Beezle T. Claus.
Thomason said he wanted to do
something special-for his grandchil-
dren and decided to write abook.
His wife of 18 years Jackie served as
editor and creative director.
"Jackie and I had been talking
about what we could get the kids for

Chief Thomason

Christmas. They get a lot of video
games and that sort. of thing so we
wanted to do something a little dif-
ferent," he said.
"I thought, 'hmm, why not write
them a Christmas story?' Once I sat
down and started putting ideas on
paper in just kind of flowed."
Before he found his calling in
police work, Thomason said he
loved to write. He was recognized
for his abilities in high school but
joined the police force after a, stint
as a dispatcher to pay for college,


From Santa's Super Rescue

...So on Christmas Eve, fferkidnapping Sntan ad stealing his
sleigh, Beezie T. and is g,~' went back to each home where
Santa had delivered toys. They sneaked inside, stole the toys, and
left a ransom note. The note'said: "Parents if you ever want to
see your kids' toys, put a $100 bill in an envelope and leave it in
the mailbox. Don't call the police They won't believe you anyway!
Have a nice day! A-HA-HA!" The note was signed, "Beezle T.
Claus, Evil SeconCousin of anta Claus."
excepted from Santa's Super Rescue

ers from the three schools involved.
Rodriguez will gather more informa-
tion at the January meeting and then
bring back a draft of the plan most like-
ly in March, according to Broner.
The final plan will offer various solu-
tions to address aging facilities and
overcrowding for the 62 acres of land off
of Seagate Avenue-that house the three
schools, Broner has previously said.


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will include Fletcher Middle and San Pablo Elementary schools

Beaches get chance to weigh

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Got chocolate?

Research tells us fourteen out of
any ten individuals likes choco-
Sandra Boynton
For those 14 who do like choco-
late, an upcoming event in Ponte
Vedra Beach may have everything
you'd ever want in a confection.
The seventh annual "Chocolates
of the World Gala and Dessert
Competition" is being held Feb. 8 at
the Sawgrass Marriott Resort.
Promoters say the event-will be
"the experience of a chocolate
lover's lifetime."
This year, there will be several new

chocolate artists in a cornpe- 4-
tition for prizes in three cat- .T
egories: best station, pres-
entation and taste.
And here's the fun part:
the competition is
judged by those who
The festivities begin
at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75
each, and proceeds benefit the
International Visitor Corps ol
For information, call 346-
3942 or visit the organization's
web site (

A shot of prevention is worth a pint ofcure

A shot of prevention is worth a pint of cure

The holiday season frequently provides the opportunity
to drink more than usual, which can cause the onset of a
hangover headache.
. The National Headache Foundation offers the following
tips to help avoid or lessen the suffering associated with
hangover headaches:
If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
Try to sip your drink slowly. Mixed drinks will probably
have less effect than straight alcohol. Avoid red wine,.
which contains naturally occurring chemicals called con-
geners, which may play a role in causing headaches.
Congeners are more common in red than white wine.
Reduce the number of alcoholic beverages you consume.
Eat some honey, a good source of fructose, a sugar that
helps the body metabolize alcohol. Fructose is rich in vita-
min B6 and can reduce hangover symptoms. Two table-
spoons of honey on a cracker or piece of toast, before or
after drinking, may prevent a hangover. Tomato juice
also provides fructose, and the sugar in fruit and fruit
juices may reduce some symptoms of hangover.

Drink fluids containing minerals and salts to get relief
from the dehydration caused by alcohol consumption. A
cup of broth or bouillon, for example, will replace fluid
and will not cause nausea. Sports drinks or water also
may be helpful.
Drink a cup of coffee as soon as you wake up the morn-
ing after, because caffeine may help alleviate headache
symptoms and decrease the duration of pain. The caffeine
acts as a vasoconstrictor and eases the dilated blood ves-
Take ibuprofen, which is typically less irritating to the
stomach than aspirin and can also ease the pain of hang-
over headache.
Alternate non-alcoholic beverages with alcoholic bev-
erages. Drinking one non-alcoholic beverage between
each alcoholic beverage reduces overall alcohol consump-
tion and helps replenish fluids.
Eat greasy food before consuming alcohol. These
foods help line the intestines, causing alcohol absorption
to take longer.

Bored out of your gourd? Try this on for size

Grab your gourd and come on down crafting-of gourds.
to the annual show of the Florida Gourds can be used to make
Gourd Society. -items such as bottles, bowls,

...,,,The, show, which will feature a "Iron
SGourd" competition and a gourd hat
parade, among other events, is sched-
uled Feb. 23, 24 and 25 at the East
Palatka Fairgrounds.
The Florida Gourd Society actual-
ly, the Lambda Chapter of the
American Gourd Society is a non-
profit "group of Floridians interested
in growing and crafting gourds,"
according to the group's web site
The national society, founded in 1937, has 4,000
members in 21 state chapters. It promotes education
of those interested in the culture, uses, history and

,17ata, stringed instruments,
drums, .spons,,: ladles, ,;bidr W;
houses and artworks.-;.i. .-.,, -
Although gourd is the fleshy
fruit of the plant family
Cucurbitacea, or the dried shell
of the fruit, the word took On a
slang meaning in nineteenth-
century United States, accord-
ing to the Oxford English

Dictionary, which defines that
usage as follows: "The head or
mind; now freq. in phr. out of
(one's) gourd."

Run with

the sticks

The second annual Fletcher
lacrosse "Run With The Sticks"
5K run will be held Saturday
January 5 at 9 a.m.
The run will be held on the
beach where Atlantic Boulevard
and the ocean meet. Runners
participating in the "down and
back" course will head south
then return to the start. The reg-
istration fee for the event is $30.
Each participant will receive a T-
shirt and run medallion.
Proceeds from the run will go
to help fund the. lacrosse pro-
gram at Fletcher High School.
The Fletcher lacrosse program
is growing at a dynamic pace -
last season the program was the
second most-attended sport
behind football.
During the past two years a
very dedicated group of kids, vol-
unteer coaches and enthusiastic
parents has grown the program
From a club to a sanctioned sport
with Varsity Boys, JV Boys and
Varsity Girls teams.
This year the team must raise
enough funds;. to provide uni-
form helmets:for the boys, and
home and away uniforms for all
three teams. Corporate sponsor-
ships are also available.
For more information or regis-
tration forms contact Galen
Trussell at 249-5077 or email at

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The Beaches Leader/Ponte Vedra Leader

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December 26. 2007

The Beaches Leader/Ponte Vedra Leader

PV High envisioned

as student magnet

From literature to physics, from U.S. history
to statistics, Ponte Vedra High plans to offer a
comprehensive slate of Advanced Placement
(AP) courses when it opens next year, school
officials said Wednesday.
Vice Principal Lisa Kunze, speaking to parents
and students on an advisory committee, cau-
tioned that those plans are dependent on the
amount of student interest.
"I tell [students], 'go get 20 of your friends to
sign up for a class.' That would be the best way
to guarantee a class being offered," she said.
Principal Craig Speziale also noted that not
every AP course can be offered in the school's
first year. For example, enough students must
complete Chinese I and II in order for AP
Chinese to be offered, he said.
Speziale and Kunze announced the school's
registration process is scheduled to begin March
10, with assemblies being held at Nease High
School for those who are moving to Ponte Vedra
High School.
The school is being built off County Road 210
about one mile west of the Intracoastal
Waterway, between Davis Park and the Nocatee
The school's attendance zone is Ponte Vedra
Beach and the area west of the waterway as far
as the school site.
For the first year, the school will house only
grades nine, 10 and 11. Ponte Vedra Beach 11th

graders now attending Nease High will spend
their senior year at Nease.
Letters to incoming students will be mailed
March 17, with recommendations of classes for
students to take based on their school records
and test scores.
Current sophomores will register March 31
through April 1, and current freshman will reg-
ister April 3 and April 4, according to plans.
Registration for Landrum Middle School's cur-
rent eighth graders will be held at Landrum
April 8 and April 10.
AP courses, which can provide college credit if
a student passes the corresponding AP exam,
will be part of the attraction of the new school,
Speziale said.
He said he is confident the school will quick-
ly emerge as an academic attraction.
AP courses that may be offered at Ponte Vedra
High School are art history, studio art, biology,
calculus AB and calculus BC, chemistry, and
Chinese language and culture.
Also, English language, English literature,
human geography, Latin, macroeconomics,
physics B, psychology, Spanish, statistics, U.S.
government, U.S. history, and world history.
The new school will operate on a blended
schedule, offering 90-minute block classes that
run for one semester, as, well as yearlong 45-
minute classes.
"In a year or so, this school will be such that
people will be falling over themselves to get in,"
Speziale said.

Updates lead to outage

A program to improve electric service in
Ponte Vedra Beach had an unexpected, ironic
consequence last Thursday when power was
cut to about 1,000 customers.
A contractor for Beaches Energy Services
"inadvertently dug into the. . old existing
cable," Don Ouchley, director for the
Jacksonville Beach utility department, said in a
telephone interview.
Power went out around 8:15 a.m., and
Ouchley said it was out for "one hour and two
minutes" for mostly residential customers in
the Sawgrass Players Club area west of State
Road A1A.

The work, which was taking place in Cypress
Creek, is one of those on the utility's capital
improvement projects list, Ouchley said.
The existing cable "is direct buried and it's at
the end of its life," he said. The project in
Cypress Creek and other areas will "replace
that cable and put it in conduit."
Ouchley said it is ironic that a project meant
to improve reliability should cause a power
"In the end, with the new cable putting it in
conduit, it will make it more reliable, and eas-
ier to replace if you do have something hap-

Police chief writes for children


"I started as a dispatcher at 20. I was not
sworn and when I worked that first eight-hour
shift I knew that's what I wanted to do the rest
of my life," he said. "I've been doing that since
April 1, 1967. I was an April fool but I have
never regretted a minute of it! It's been a-WYfi
rewarding career." ,
As Police Chief, Thomason said he writes the'
promotional exams for the department, creating
scenarios as true to life as possible for the offi-
cers to evaluate their supervisory and manageri-
al skills.
"That's always something I've enjoyed doing,"
he said.
Writing this book for his grandchildren was a
labor of love. Jackie helped throughout the
month-long process.
She helped edit 13 chapters of material with a
critical eye.
S"I had really outstanding assistance from my
wife," Thomason said. "I put her in there as edi-
tor because she talked about something that I
had never really thought about before. She said
words have rhythm, like music."
As he wrote, Thomason said he realized that
she was "exactly right" and every time he
changed a word or a sentence it was to improve
the rhythm, although Jackie still says it reads
"like a cop would write."
Thomason assigned each child a different
super power. Cole is the strongest boy in the
Tori has the gift of super speed and can run
faster than a jet plane. And Austin can fly as fast
as a rocket.
All are shown on the'cover of the book along
with the children's two dogs Maggie, a black and
white terrier, and Herbie, a miniature pinscher.
"The dogs love to go for rides on Austin's
back," he said. "I include them in the story too.
The dogs have a role to play."
Morgan Wilson, a graduate of Fletcher High
School, agreed to illustrate the book after
Thomason approached her with the idea.
Police Cmdr. Pat Dooley's wife Kathy, a
teacher at Fletcher High School, asked around
and a former teacher remembered Wilson's art
work and suggested her for the book.
"She is a very accomplished cartoonist,"
Thomason said, noting that the cover design
mirrors a comic book with a 25 cent price in the
upper left hand comer.
Upon closer inspection, Thomason said he
realized that the price also reflects the date of
Dec. 25, 2007.
"It's a great detail," he said. "She took pictures
of the kids and she created the images."
Thomason said the children's parents David
and Holli do not know what he has been doing.
"Holli just knows it is some kind of a sur-
prise," he said. "I asked her the other day if she
had figured it out and she said they have talked
about this every day and they have no idea what
we are doing."
The story centers around the jealousy of

Beezle T. Claus and the dastardly deeds he com-
mits, all in the name of destroying Christmas.
"He always wanted to be the real Santa but he
was too lazy to do all of the work that as
involved and he got over the years more and
maore(disgtA'd' ovefitthe To e showered on
Santa;' Th6mason said.'"
"'When Santa was picked as the most favorite
elf of all time, he decided that he couldn't take
it any more. His plot was on Christmas Eve to
kidnap Santa and go back to all of the houses
where Santa had left toys and steal all of the toys
and leave a ransom note."
Beezle T. enlists the services of three elves
Spike, Tiny and Gumball Goober to carry out his
evil plot.
"Holli will recognize this because when the
kids do something silly she will say 'you bunch
of goobers,'" Thomason said.
Beezle T. recruits the unlikely trinity into his
gang because he knows with their limited intel-
lect they will follow any order given.
, From there, Thomason's story unfolds. Santa
is kidnapped and thrown into the trunk of his
own sleigh. Toys are snatched from tree and
tree, house after house until they arrive at the
Honchen residence.
After being spotted by Austin, they kidnap
him too and throw him in the trunk with Santa.
Wilson's elves are shown only as looming
shadows. Thomason" said the young artist need-
ed no direction to create the perfect image to
accompany each chapter.
."They are based solely on her interpretations
of what each chapter was about," Thomason
As the tale develops, Austin is able to break
free but he promises to return with his super sib-
lings and rescue Santa.
The Super Honchen kids follow a trail of star-
dust left by Santa, still held captive in his own
sleigh all the way to Topson, Maine where their
Navy father was stationed for the last four years
before coming to NAS Jax.
Tori runs the entire distance while Cole rides
on the back of his younger brother Austin, a dog
under each arm, until they reach their destina-
tion: Santa.
The kids put their powers to the test, Santa is
saved and the presents are returned to the good
boy and girls before the first light on Christmas
"You have the magic involved with time when
you can do all of this stuff in one night,"
Thomason said.
On Christmas, Thomason said he plans to dis-
tribute a copy of his book to his daughter, son-
in-law and three grandchildren. He has all of the
illustrations stored on his thumb drive that he
will screen as he reads the story aloud to his
"And as Santa flew into the air, leaving a trail
of stardust behind him, he called to them "I love
you too! Ho, Ho, Ho, M-e-r-r-y Christmas, Super
Honchens ... It's a Merry Christmas, indeed!"

Meeting set on retail addition in NB

Several variances for a pro-
posed office and retail develop-
ment in the Penman Plaza
shopping center will be dis-
cussed at a Neptune Beach City
Council meeting January 7.
Penman Plaza Associates,
Ltd. have requested nine vari-
ances for an approximately

100,00 square foot proposed
development at the site of a
vacant movie theater.
The applicants are proposing
,the demolition of the theater
and the addition of 46,500
square feet of office and retail
space, according to
Community Development
Director Amanda Askew.

The variance requests are
"common" according to
Askew, who said that some of
the requests are contingent on
one another, which is why
there are so many.
The meeting will begin at 6
p.m. at City Hall, 116 First

New traffic patterns for bridge

>- BRIDGE, from A-1
with the bridge pilings.
"There were some problems
with the materials that they
use to drive the pilings in,"
she said. "They've addressed
that and they are just finish-
ing things up."
Construction of the north
span began in June with an
estimated completion time of
500 days. It was tentatively
scheduled to open at the end
of the year.
Morrow said construction
of the southern span will
begin once traffic is diverted
to the north span which will
operate as a four-lane road-
way with two lanes of traffic
going each way. Once both
spans are open, there will be
three lanes of westbound traf-
fic on the north span and
three lanes of eastbound traf-
fic on the south span, with
each span also boa'tih' an
emergency breakdown lane.
During the year that all traffic
is on the north span, while
the south span is being built,
there will be no emergency
lane available, Morrow said.
The south span is slated for
completion in the third quar-
ter of 2009.
"That is the original date,"
she said. "It hasn't changed at
all. We are still on schedule as
far as the completion of the
entire project."
The projected opening date
for the newly realigned por-
tion of Penman Road, howev-
er, remains undetermined as
crews work to install drainage
lines along the Beach
Boulevard right of way.
Originally, city crews said the
work would be done in early
December and that the new
Penman Road would be open.
The city's construction proj-
ect manager, Junior Lilly, said
the road work associated with
the widening of Beach
Boulevard is pushing back the
completion date. No details
were available on the project-
ed completion date.
The Penman Road project
corrects the jog between the
northern and southern legs of
the roadway at the existing
traffic light at thq Beach
Boulevard and Penman Road
"Our contractor was sup-
posed to be done in October
but he finished ahead of his
own schedule," he said.
"Everything is done except for
the area right at Beach
Boulevard and we are holding
off on that."
Lilly said Superior
Contracting, which is com-
pleting the Beach Boulevard
widening project from San
Pablo Road to Penman Road,
must complete the installa-
tion of a 13-foot deep storm
drain line directly in the right
of way before the new section
of road can open to traffic.
"Once that deep line is in
and up to grade, we will go in
and finish the paving, the
new entry wall and the land-
scaping," he said. "If I put
that stuff in now, it is going to
damage what we've already
done. I'm not going to install
$100,000 worth of stuff just
to have it damaged."
The realignment will allow
vehicles to cross at a signal-
ized intersection at Beach
Boulevard and Penman Road.
The existing traffic signal at
15th Street and Beach
Boulevard will be eliminated

by the state Department of
Transportation to help
improve traffic flow by allow-
ing a longer turning lane for
vehicles heading east on
Beach and turning north onto
Penman Road.
A new left turn signal must
also be in place before
Penman Road South can open
for business and a rounded
concrete wall will be installed
to direct motorists to the city
amenities including the
police station, athletic fields,
dog park and golf course
located on Penman Road#
The ongoing widening of
Beach Boulevard from San
Pablo Road to Penman Road
will not, be finished by the
time the northern span of the
new bridge is open, according
to Mike Miller, director of
etMeli'f tfrift Sa TAyh "
M' le."Milie' ,d 'the '. widening


effort to six lane Beach
Boulevard from FCCJ South
campus to Hodges and San
Pablo Road to Penman Road is
on track to finish concurrent-
ly with the bridge replace-
The widening west of the
Intracoastal Waterway from
FCCJ to Hodges is approxi-
mately 96 percent complete
according to Mike Goldman
of the FDOT.
Goldman said he expects
the project will be complete
by the end of February.
Miller said he did not have
a projected start date for the
eastern portion of the project.
"It is all part of the same
bridge program. We won't fin-
ish the widening until *the
bridge is done," Morrow said.
"It will all come together at
the end."
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Letters to the editor:

Help fight DOT plan

To the editor:
I am a very concerned resi-
dent of Courtney South Beach.
The Department of
Transportation has decided to
remove the stoplight and pedes-
trian crossing at 36th Ave. S.
and move it to 37th Ave. S.
They want to build a raised
median that would not allow a
northbound turn onto A1A
from 36th Ave. S. or a. pedestri-
an crossing. They propose to
build an access road to
Jacksonville Drive where we
would have to take a left across
two lanes of westbound traffic
(with no stoplight) to go north-
bound on A1A at the proposed
light. The proposed plan will
put us all in danger. We all must
protest this design change. It is
anti-pedestrian and anti-local
access. The State contends there

is plenty of room for westbound
traffic on Jacksonville Drive to
slow down or stop to allow us to
exit. They obviously haven't
driven around here!!
We need to keep our access to
the beach and A1A. There is a
reason why there is a light there
now. Removing it will not solve
the traffic problem at this inter-
section. No one is arguing
against a light at 37th
(Jacksonville Drive) as well. All
three lights (36th, 37th, and the
shopping center) need to be
synchronized. This is a very
busy intersection. Please help
me fight DOT. Call, write, email'
and reference the number in the
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Pam Nielsen
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City suffers without the symphony

To the editor: Symphony. The adversarial pos-
.-My 40 years as a Jacksonville ture of the symphony board
resident has been the realiza- and musicians is regrettable. All
tion of many improvements should be working to improve
that helped lift our city into the the musical expertise of the
-top-ranks-of the nation's mid- .symphony and building a
sized cities. broad-based financial support.
These improvements include If the symphony folds or is
the city-county consolidated reduced to a semi-professional
government, elimination of orchestra, the entire city,
road tolls, the Convention including the city as a choice
Center, River Walk, City hall, for new businesses and new cit-
Times Union Center for izens, and particularly its cul-
Performing Arts, Greater tural and educational institu-
Jacksonville Plan, Central tions will greatly suffer. Once
Library and the football team. this flagship symphony is gone,
Each of these was accom- it will never be possible- to res-
plished because of the vision, urrect a comparable or better
intelligent planning, and symphony.
aggressive hard work on the I beg the leaders of our com-
part of the. individual citizens, munity to recognize the gravity
civic minded business leaders, of this situation and to step up
and brave political and civic to the bat in the tradition of
leaders. past visionaries.
The same formula is needed
to resolve the current crisis with James Dwight Johnson
our flagship cultural institu- Neptune Beach
tion, the Jacksonville

Put freight on the railroads, not roads

To the editor:
It is becoming increasingly
difficult to get to work in the
morning and just as difficult to
get home to see friends and
family. Commuters are not the
only ones to blame for highway
congestion, though. The
amount of freight being
shipped on our highways causes
far more congestion that cars
do. Since we are importing and
shipping more and more goods
across the country, congestion
problems are only going to get
We can relieve crowded high-
ways from this additional traffic
if railroads haul a larger percent-
age of our nation's freight load.
We need more capacity, not less.
Some in Congress think that we
should reregulate the railroads
so that a few big companies get
cheaper transportation prices.
What they don't realize is that
reregulating the railroads would
mean less rail capacity, which
would hurt businesses and con-
sumers. I hope my neighbors
will encourage our elected offi-
cials to support increased rail.
,It is becoming increasingly

difficult to get to work in the
morning and just as difficult to
get home to see friends and
family. Commuters are not the
only ones to blame for highway
congestion, though. The
amount of freight being
shipped on our highways causes
far more congestion that cars
do. Since we are importing and
shipping more and more goods
across the country, congestion
problems are only going to get
We can relieve crowded high-
ways from this additional traffic
if railroads haul a larger percent-
age of our nation's freight load.
We need more capacity, not less.
Some in Congress think that we
should reregulate the railroads
so that a few big companies get
cheaper transportation prices.
What they don't realize is that
reregulating the railroads would
mean less rail capacity, which
would hurt businesses and con-
sumers. I hope my neighbors
will encourage our elected offi-
cials to support increased rail.

Edward Pettit



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' and si... s of )...home

Smells and sights of home

tlantic Beach at winter is
my favorite time of year.
Te smell of Confederate
jasmine, honeysuckle and sea
salt wafts over me as I make
the familiar turn onto East
Coast Drive, Ocean Boulevard
or Beach Avenue headed home
to 7th Street. At Christmas, the
city dresses to the nines.
Christmas-lights and green gar-
land flank the old town center
and it's the kind of place where
a person can still see real stars.
When I can't sleep in the big
city where I now live, I don't
count sheep. Instead, I remem-
ber and count the houses of
my youth the ones I used to
drive past on my purple beach
I can still smell the greasy
hash browns at Silver's
Drugstore emanating from
Ellen's kitchen and I often won-
dered if the pills in their bottles
tasted better because of her. I
can see the stickers on the front
door at Hixson's surf shop
where my two older sisters,
Kathy and Susie, once worked
and Pete's Bar, which managed
to lure even early morning visi-
tors, smelled stale and smoky
like a proper bar should. When
I can't sleep, my mind in
Atlanta often wanders to the
sating sights, sounds and smells
of Atlantic Beach, Florida and
somewhere between 1st and
7th streets I usually fall asleep.
Atlantic Beach is the place my
immigrant mother chose to call
her home when she moved to
this country from Ireland more
than 40 years ago and after I
traveled to Ireland this summer,
I could finally see why she
chose this town to call home.
There is a real verisimilitude
between the two places. There
are characters here with a multi-
tude of accents and our own
Irish pub to grab a pint in. It
even has an ocean, dark and
brooding, though usually more
placid and certainly warmer.

l l,



The grass might be greener in
Ireland but the weather here is a
slam dunk.
Each time I come home at
Christmas I notice subtle
changes a new restaurant, a
chain store, a boutique gallery
or a yoga joint. Some of the
changes are less palatable than
others. Gone are the days of the
greasy spoon diners of the likes
of the Breakfast Nook and
Famous Amos, the Atlantic
Beach Sandwich Shop, the duel-
ing movie theaters, Royal Palm
and Neptune and even our own
big box store that went by the
name of Pic N' Save. Now,
Tappin Book Mine, Shorelines,
Ragtime and Pete's Bar in
Neptune Beach are the muse-
Ums' I visit when I am home.
Even some of that South Florida
style architecture can be seen
cropping up in the larger homes
in north Atlantic Beach but the
houses I love. to see most at
Christmas are the ones that
have soldiered countless
Nor'easters, near misses from
hurricanes, that have walls that
could sit you down and tell you
the story of this beach town the
way some old timer would do. I
suppose in many ways I am a
Peter Pan girl never really want-
ing to grow up and why would I

when I grew up in a place like
A friend in Atlanta asked me
recently to describe the town of
my youth and I likened it to a
New England village Jacking in
the Florida glitz or homogeny in
the architecture found south of
"It is a magical place where
people still sit on balconies and
patios, where old school teach-
ers drop in for a hello, where the
folks ride their bikes into town
center to eat seafood or pizza
and sip beers at the local brew
pub. Everything is in stumbling
distance from home," I joked. I
almost left the ocean out of my
description because I have taken
her for granted all these years
but she is a mysterious dark
body of water- not menacing
just mysterious and a constant
friend who has weathered all
the storms of my youth. That
ocean has listened to 'me cry
through cancer and over
breakups with past beaus and
she's been privy to my greatest
triumphs and successes too.
John Ed Pearce once said that
"home is a place you grow up
wanting to leave, and grow old
wanting to get back to." When I
come here I am coning home
not just to a place but to a beach
town that has given me so
much poetry as a writer I will
always feel indebted to her. My
mother used to say that if.God
ever walked the earth again it
would be here in Atlantic Beach,
Florida and no matter the insta-
bilities that life brings there is
such stability in coming to the
home I was born and raised in.
I have spent every one of my 30
Christmas' on earth here and
what a wonderful Christmas gift
our mother and Atlantic Beach
brings to us each and every year.
Shannon Alderman is a free-
lance writer in Atlanta and is a
publicist for Fox Sports and

More letters to the editor:

Tax reform will hurt the schools

To the editor:
We would like to take this
opportunity to let the citizens
of Jacksonville know about a
property tax reform amend-
ment that you will be asked to
vote on January 29, 2008, and
its potential impact to Duval
County Public School (DCPS)
The proposed amendment-
will provide the average
Florida homeowner with only
about $20 per month in relief
but result in devastating cuts
to public education, costing
local governments over $9 bil-
lion and Florida's public school
system nearly $3 billion over
five years.
To put this in perspective for
what this would mean for the
Duval County School District,

a vote yes would have a five-
year impact, equaling a pro-
jected loss of $74 million for
our schools. Unlike munici-
palities, school boards cannot
charge fees to make up for the
lost revenue.
If this referendum passes,
the school board could lose
$53.5 million cumulative in
operating, which is equivalent
to DCPS textbooks allocation
($12.4 million), Teacher Lead
($250 per teacher or $2.2 mil-
lion), Reading Enrichment
Program ($5 million),
Supplemental Academic
Instruction ($33.9 million);
and $20.5 million in capital,
which is equivalent to con-
struction of 82 classrooms.
Florida is currently facing
additional budget cuts to local

governments and public
schools. The addition of this
amendment would cause us to
face a loss to important pro-
grams and initiatives that are
ongoing in promoting teach-
ing and learning at our
Duval County Public
Schools are opposing this
amendment and urge voters to
do the same when they head
to the polls on January 29,

Betty Burney
Chairman, Duval County
School Board

Ed Pratt-Dannals
Superintendent, Duval
County School District

Bicyclists do not have the right of way on the road

To the editor:
In your "The Leader's
Opinion" on Wednesday,
December 19 you stated
"Pedestrians and bikers have
the right of way..." I have to
disagree based on the "Rules
of the Road" handbook issued
by the Department of Motor
Vehicles. You can obtain a
copy at the local drivers
license office. In there you
will find a section on opera-
tion of bicycles. According to
that information as long as a
person is riding on a bicycle
they are operating a vehicle

and must obey all traffic
rules, signs, traffic lights, etc.
They are not considered a
pedestrian unless they dis-
mount from the bike. There
are a lot of bikers who think
they have the right of way
and run stop signs on a regu-
lar basis. To verify this just go
to First Street in Neptune
Beach where there is a stop
sign at about every intersec-
tion and watch the .bikers go
charging through with no
regard for other vehicular
What is appalling is that

many of these bikers are
decked out in fancy riding
gear like they belong to clubs
but they still ignore the Rules
of the Road.
Also, for your information,
in the Senior Safety driver
classes presented by AARP
they make a point that,
"There is no right of way law
in the State of Florida."
Courtesy and common sense
should be the rule of the day
to anyone using the roads,
streets, etc. any where.
Donald R. Jordan
Neptune Beach


spirit gives


gift to area

T literally thousands of lights
synched to holiday tunes
Jlbroadcast via FM radio to
passing cars and snow'flur-
ries on the half hour beginning
at 6:30 p.m. And then there is
the outdoor showing of
Rudolph the Red Nosed
Reindeer movie.
Sounds like something out of
Disney World, doesn't it?
The spectacular light show is a
lot closer to home, though.
Mike Peck's home on 6th
Avenue South in Jacksonville
Beach, a few blocks west of 3rd
Street, is ablaze for the holidays
and will remain brightly lit
through Jan. 1.
Peck, a fulltime handyman,
spent nearly four weeks string-
ing lights, hooking up computer
synchronization and snow
machines, using a homemade
sump pump refill system. He
said once he begins work on the
lights, it becomes much like an
obsession and consumes his
attention and energy.
All the work is worth it, he
says, when children stop and
gape in awe and families return
with their friends to show off
the technical wizardry.
Peck has been putting up hol-
iday light shows;,for years, first
at his mother's home on 14th
Avenue South and now at his
own 6th Avenue South resi-
He has invested a lot of time
in the project. He has also
invested a fair amount of
money approximately $6,000
- not including the $600-$800
impact on his monthly electric
His enthusiasm is contagious
and many visitors to the home
park in a lot across the street
and stare at the display. Some
even drop a dollar or two in a
small can that has a sign over it
thanking everyone for any gift
to defray the costs of the over-
budget project.
Peck says he was a little reluc-
tant to accept donations but he
eventually decided to as costs
Part of the reason that costs
mounted is that he had to
replace the projector used for
the movie, as well as a few other
items that thieves stole from
him a month ago.
While he and his neighbors
were at work during the day, a
thief or thieves broke into his
home and stole from him, but
not before making drinks and
hanging around the house.
That brazen criminal act was
discouraging, Peck said, but it
was not enough to dissuade. him
from spending weeks on lad-
ders, stringing lights and hours
more making sure his breaker
box was pushed to capacity.
The Grinch was not able to
steal his Christmas spirit, he
said, and he said he already has
plans to make next year's show
even bigger.
Next year's show might
include lasers, he said, but he
acknowledged any expansion
will require getting more power
from the electric company as he
has reached maximum load.
So do his neighbors appreci-
ate the effort?
"They love it," he said,
acknowledging that traffic can
get a little heavy at times. He
said one day .if traffic grows,
police might be needed.
For now, though, police fre-
quently patrol the area and
some of the officers have
expressed enthusiasm for the
show, he said.
In fact, when police respond-
ed to his call. after the break-in,
Peck said the officers were gen-
uinely.upset for him.
So all the time, the money
and the work why do it?
"Just because it is something
nice for families and that's

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Never too old

for St. Nick

This is the time of the
year that I have to
remember, even
though my teenagers are
really young adults, they
are also still little babies.
Point in case was the
recent celebration of St.
Nick's Day earlier this
Apparently, this was at
one time some religious
holiday, but in our house,
it meant a way to get a
few things like a small toy
and a bit of candy to help
you get cranked up for the
real season of receiving -
Christmas Day.
When I was a kid, this
little "give me stuff" holi-
day was also something
we counted off on the cal-
endars and lived for dur-
ing the before-Christmas
My mom was terrific
about stuff like this. She
never missed a thing, and
even during those years
when Christmas often.
meant just a couple of
gifts under the tree, she
managed to fill the stock-
ings for St. Nicholas Eve.
Here's wht I reimernber
about that: ;.
Scrambling to beat my
brothers out of bed just in
case some of their candy
spilled over into my stock-
ing; always finding some-
thing unexpected like my
first very own bottle of
fingernail polish; the
smell of a huge breakfast
cooking in the kitchen as
we ate candy canes and
threw tree ornaments at
each other; and all the
hair tape (remember that
stuff?) that I received
every holiday because it
took me almost 40 years
to embrace my naturally
curly hair.
Well, there you have it.
This is the stuff memories
are made of, and I almost
forgot this year.
It's not so much that I
forgot; it's that I thought
my 14- and 17-year-old
didn't care about stuff like
this anymore. What kind
of fool am I?
When I called my son
while he was working and
casually mentioned some-
thing about St. Nick not
coming this year, he
shouted, "What? Mom, he
has to come.
"We kind of look for-
ward to it, and besides
that, I need some socks,
some of those orange
candy slices, and car fresh-
Shows you what I know.
My daughter pretty
much responded in the
same fashion, and that is
what had me shopping at
9 p.m. on St. Nick's Eve
when I wanted to be
curled up by the fire and
drinking hot buttered
I got the socks and the
candy and new playing
cards and some shoelaces -
well, she needed new.
shoelaces and incense for
their funky bedrooms and
some leftover candy from
another holiday that they
forgot to eat.
Come on, at least they
got their stockings filled.
On St. Nick's Day when
it was still dark out and I
wanted to be in bed, they
flew from their own warm
beds to the fireplace just
like the movies and my
big, tall hulking kids
opened their stockings
and did it with pure
hearts, the smiles of the
babies I remembered.


Fletcher High's Mock Trial
Team is conducting fundrais-
ers in order to travel to
Orlando for the state finals in
early April.
"We've raised every dime to
go down there since Day 1 in
1991," Fletcher law teacher
Ed Lange said of the process
that took his tami first to
Tallahassee and now to
The Senators represent
Jacksonville's 4th Judicial
Circuit. They were champi-
ons in 1997 and runners-up
by one point the next year.
Fletcher finished third in
Last year was the 15th for
the state mock trial. The
Senators have been there 13
"We're pretty solid," said
Lange. "We've won the state
once, came in 10th in the
nation that year in Nashville.
The following year we lost by
one point to Miami."
The Fletcher team consists
of three returning seniors and
three seniors with two years'
experience. A school can take
eight to state, but only six
"We're all just trying to
work together to get Fletcher
another state champi-
onship," said senior Josh
Byatt, who joined teammates
Sydney Hanson and Mandy
Russo Dec. 12 in Lange's
courtroom classroom.
Hanson, in her second year
as a member of the mock trial
team, hopes to pursue a law
career at the University of
"It's amazing. It's one of
the best things. I've ever
done, i 'sh. id of- 'h: f pr.-'-
i i] i , ] ,.,',v th n ; r- ,;n-!

gram. "It's definitely the
favorite thing I've done at
Fletcher. I've learned so much
from it, and I love it.
"You end up giving up
three months of your life
because it's so intense and
you work so hard for it. At
the same time, you wouldn't
want it any other way. None
of us would."
Hansbn's role last year was
that of double attorney, with
two sides to each case.
"You never know, until
about an hour before your
case, which side you're going
to play," she said.
Lines in school plays are
scripted, said Lange, but can't
be in mock trial.
"This is so unlike that," he
said. "It's important for both
the witness and attorney to
know the questions, the wit-
ness statements. We just keep
switching so that, when we
get to Orlando, everyone
knowsteveryone's role so well
that they can change up."
Russo also is in the pro-
gram for a second year.
"Until Coach Lange's class,
I really didn't have any idea
about the legal system and
how the court works," Russo
said. "He was the first to
introduce me to law," she
said. "Then he had tryouts
for mock trial, and I tried out.
I got on the team, and since
then I love it."
An attorney for the defense
and witness for the plaintiff
last year, Russo also plans a
law career at Florida.
"They like to talk about the
Brainbrawl, but this is the
only really intellectual team
we have at Fletcher," said

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photo by CHUCK ADAMS-
Fletcher seniors Sydney Hanson (standing) Mandy Russo (holding last year's third-place trophy)
anpi Josh Byatt att !qkinrg-fqryvarlltgtrayejing:-p-pripjq. j April fofteitte's high-gchool mock

Over 100 Fletcher High School choral students recently performed in the Disney Candlelight Processional at EPCOT on Dec. 14. Students from two other Florida
High Schools, the Disney orchestra and staff choir, and the Voices of Liberty joined celebrity guest narrator Andie MacDowell in the musical presentation. High
School choirs were selected by videotaped audition in September. The day after the performance (shown in picture), the students enjoyed a day at the Magic
Kingdom before returning to Neptune Beach.

Locals take leadership

spots on 1st Coast MPO

The First Coast MPO has
elected its executive team
for 2008 that includes
Richard Brown, Mayor of .
Neptune Beach, as chair-
Jacksonville City Council .
Member Art Graham was '.
elected as vice chairman
and St. Johns
Commissioner Tom Manual
as treasurer.
Brown had been vice
chairman and replaces _
Commissioner Jim Brown
Higginbotham from Nassau
The First Coast MPO is an independent regional trans-
portation planning agency for Duval and most of St.
Johns, Clay and Nassau Counties, encompassing an area
of over 1,000 square miles with a population of 1.2 mil-
The First Coast MPO Board is comprised of elected
officials and transportation agency representatives.
They meet monthly to discuss issues and make
informed decisions about future transportation projects,
initiatives and improvements, thus providing leadership
for a continuous and comprehensive transportation
planning process.
Currently, the MPO has 15 voting members and five
non-voting/ex officio members. For more information
access the web site at



Eli Phillips, a member
of Troop 40 in
Ja6ksonville Beach,
was recognized Dec.
16 at a special court
of honor for achieving
scouting highest
honor, Eagle Scout. A
sophomore at Fletcher
High School, Phillips
earned 25 merit
badges and served
his troop in a variety
of leadership roles. He
also completed a
major community
service project by
painting the dugouts
at Wingate Park in
Jacksonville Beach.
Phillips is a member.
of the boys swim team
at Fletcher and main-
tains a grade-point
average of 3.68 in
honors and Advanced
Placement classes.

The Beaches Leader/Ponte Vedra Leader Page 7

December 26, 2007


Strategic Sites, a commercial
real estate firm headquartered
in Jacksonville Beach, has been
hired to market and sell The
Overlook V, a 30,000-square-
foot, Class A office condomini-
um project located on A1A in
South Ponte Vedra Beach. The
facility was designed by Ponte
Vedra-based Powers Design
and developed by McLeod
Development Group.
* *
Diners who are celebrating
and eating out during this hol-
iday season will see that Ruby
Tuesday is undergoing one of
the largest and fastest remodel-
ing programs in the restaurant
industry. Gone are the arti-
facts and memorabilia from
the more Tiffany-
style lamps either. It's all being
replaced with a more contem-
porary and sophisticated
design. Nationwide the cost
of the redesign is $75 million.
Although Ruby Tuesday is
based in Maryville, TN (just
south of Knoxville) they have
more restaurants in Florida
than any other state (90+).
There are 12 Ruby Tuesday
restaurants in the greater
Jacksonville, Florida area,
including one in south
Jacksonville Beach.' The
restaurants will stay "open for
business" as all of'the work is
completed overnight. The cost
per-restaurant is $100,000.
* *
The Cornerstone division of
the Jacksonville& Regional
Chamber of Commerce pre-
sented Haskell with the
Cornerstone Chair Award at its
fourth quarterly luncheon in
2007. Based in Jacksonville,
Haskell is among the nation's
design-build firms. During
Haskell's 40-year history, they
have been responsible for
some of the largest construc-
tion projects in Jacksonville,
including the AT&T building,

Jacksonville Municipal
Stadium, the Bank of America
complex, Fidelity National
Financial, Blue Cross and Blue
Shield, the St. Joe office build-
ings, Baptist South and the
first design-build school build-
ings for Duval County. They
also built the SeaWalk Pavilion
in Jacksonville Beach.

The Beaches Division of the
Jacksonville Chamber of
Commerce moved into new
office space last week. Located
in Jacksonville Beach at 1300
Marsh Landing Parkway, Suite
108, the new office is situated
just west of the Hampton Inn,
facing J. Turner Butler. An
open house is planned in late

McLean has
Net work _. ,
Realty's Ponte
Vedra office as a
sales associate.

Sandifer has
joined the
Ponte Vedra
office of
S Prudential
SNetwork Realty.

The Small Business
Development Center at the
University of North Florida
(SBDC at UNF) will offer the
following workshops:

How to S-T-A-R-T-U-P Your
Own Business on January 24, 6
p.m. to 9 p.m. and February
19, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost:
$40 in advance or $50 day of
workshop. This workshop pro-
vides an overview of the seven

basic requirements for business
STARTUP. A business startup
kit for Duval and surrounding
counties is included in the
workshop fee.

Tax Facts on January 15, 6
p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost:
$40 in advance or $50 day of
This workshop explains the
tax implications of various
business structures, what is
and is not deductible, electron-
ic filing, payroll taxes, and
more. This workshop is co-
sponsored by the Internal
Revenue Service

Roundtable on January 17,
7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. New
Roundtable Series! Cost:
$195 price includes series of
six roundtables

*Grant Writing for
Nonprofits on January 28, 9
a.m. to noon. Cost will be $60
per person. Learn the essential
steps of writing effective grant
proposals as a component of
creating sustainability for the
*Business Plan Basics on
January 31 from 6 p.m. to 8
Dollars and Sense:
Recordkeeping Essentials on
February 5, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost will be $40 in advance or
$50 at the door.
Where's the Money? And
How Do I Get It? on February
12, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost:
$40 in advance or $50 day of

InterACTIVE Business
Planning will be February 21,
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
To register or for more infor-
mation on any of the follow-
ing workshops call 904-620-
2476 or log on to


Employees at Baptist Medical Center Beaches applaud last
week after administrator Mark Slyter, right, announces that
Baptist Health achieved recognition as a Magnet Health Care
System, an international quality designation given by less than
five percent of hospitals in the country. The distinction comes
after more than three years of extensive documentation and
evaluation of Baptist Health's clinical care and work environ-
ment at its five hospitals plus Baptist Home Health Care. The
American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary-of the
American Nurses Association that awards Magnet Status,
looked at nearly 100 criteria in evaluating care at Baptist.
Researchers report that Magnet hospitals enjoy better patient
outcomes, including lower mortality rates and higher patient sat-
isfaction. Likewise, nurses at Magnet hospitals report higher
morale and perceive the care being given by their institutions as
better. The appraisers conducted a comprehensive review of
Baptist Medical Centers (Downtown, South, Beaches and
Nassau), Wolfson Children's Hospital and Baptist Home Health
Care over five days in the fall, meeting with more than 1,000
nurses, physicians, employees in other disciplines, executive
leadership, community members, and board members.

Drug discount card is available

now to many Florida families

, loiis. Albert Lee, 2s&lwas
greater ,9~gessionjJm}pp
than 20 grams of cannabiland
possession of cocaine on Dec.
18 in the 1000 block of Cornell
Lane, according to a police
* *
A concrete bench that was
donated to the city of Atlantic
Beach by a group of residents
was reported stolen on Dec. 18
from the 19th Street end zone,
according to a police report.
The bench had "19th Street"
titled in glass across the top
and was purchased by the
neighborhood, according to
the report. The petit theft is a

Auto burglary was reported
Dec. 21 in the 800 block of 2nd
Avenue S. The victim returned
to find the driver's window
smashed and his belongings
scattered on the ground
around the vehicle. Nothing
was missing. Damage to the
window was estimated at $100.
* *
Assault was reported Dec. 17
in the 700 block of 4th Avenue
S. The suspect yelled threats at
the victim from a vehicle while
driving back and forth in front
of her apartment. The victim
told police that she later
observed the suspect walking
near her residence and became
concerned for her safety. Police
made contact with the suspect
who said the incident
stemmed from a confrontation
a day earlier with the victim's
boyfriend. He admitted that
the two had exchanged words,
police said.
* *
A threat was reported Dec.
20 in the 4200 block of Ponte
Vedra Boulevard. The victim
told police that his doorbell
rang and a handwritten note
was found on a torn piece of
paper towel. The note said the
suspect was watching the vic-
tim and alluded to having been
at his residence before.
* *
Residential burglary was
reported Dec. 20 in the 3300
block of Ocean Drive S. Fishing
rods and reels valued at $5,000
were stolen from a storage unit
on a rental property.

Residential burglary was
reported Dec. 20 in the 600
block of 16th Avenue N. The
suspects entered the victim's
home while she was out of
town and stole three laptop
computers and several video
game systems. The loss was
estimated at over $2,000.

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the 1900 block of 1st Street N.
A white 1994 Nissan Maxima
valued at $10,000 was stolen
by a friend of the victims who
was helping her move. The
woman told police that she
gave the man her keys to
retrieve some items from her
storage shed. After a half an
hour, she noticed that the man
and her vehicle were missing.
Several items were also missing
from her condominium
including a .40 caliber hand-
gun with a 12-round magazine,
a gun case, two cell phones and
a credit card. The suspect was
described as a white male, 5'3",
135 pounds with a shaved
head, blue eyes, a thin goatee
and frequents the north side of
* *
William Morris Zakarian, 29,
of Jacksonville Beach was
arrested Dec. 20 and charged
with willful child neglect that
does not result in an injury in
an unspecified area of 1st
Avenue South, according to a
police report. Police responded
to a report of a three-year--old
child wandering around the
parking lot of a business alone.
A search did not reveal the
child's parents and the depart-
ment had not received any
calls of a. missing child. The
officer recalled making contact
with the child at a' residence.
He went to the house and
knocked on the door several
times without answer. A neigh-
bor said the mother's boyfriend
was inside. Police knocked
again and a man came to the
door. The child's mother was at

Gloria King Wilson of
Atlantic Beach died December
21. Wilson, 80, was born on
March 4, 1927 to Fuller and
Clara King in Jacksonville.
She was predeceased by her
husband, Julian E. Wilson and
her parents Fuller and Clara
She is survived by her
daughter Mary Fuller
McElveen (Talmadge) and
Grandson, Cody McElveen
and her sister Clara King
Andrew (Walt). She retired in
2005, after working with
Julian E. Jackson, President of
Lil' Champ food stores for
over 35 years.

work and the defendant was
inside with en empty beer cane
and an unopened beer in front-
or him, police reported. Police
also found marijuana inside
while looking for a cell phone
to contact the mother, the
report said.
* *
Paul John Morafates, 18, of
Boca Raton, was arrested Oct.
19 and charged with posses-
sion and sale of a controlled
substance in the 1500 block of
3rd Street S., according to a
police report. Officers observed
several people in the area con-
ducting drug activity, police
reported. Two bags with a total
of 23 grams of marijuana were
found, police said.
* *
Michael Gordon Molter, 20,
of Ponte Vedra Beach was
arrested Dec. 19 and charged
with possession and sale of a
controlled substance in the
1500 block of 3rd Street S.,
according to a police report.
Police found marijuana in the
defendant's glove box.
* *
Grand theft of a motor vehi-
cle was reported Dec. 19 in the
1500 block of 3rd Street S. a
black 2007 Moti Scooter valued
at $2,500 was stolen from the
parking lot of CVS. A witness
observed an unknown male
suspect loading the scooter
into the back of a truck.
* *0
No new reports.
* *
No new reports.

A funeral mass is scheduled
for 11 a.m. Wednesday,
December 26 at St. Paul's
Catholic Church, 224 North
5th St., Jacksonville Beach
with Fr. William Kelly officiat-
ing. Burial will immediately
follow at H. Warren Smith
Cemetery, Jacksonville Beach.
Flowers will be appreciated,
or in lieu of flowers, a dona-
tion in Wilson's name to the
scholarship fund at St. Paul's
Catholic School, Jacksonville
Arrangements by Hardage-
Giddens Funeral Home in
Jacksonville Beach.

Governor Charlie Crist has
announced the launch of Ahe
Florida *DicoLtin DrUg .g
which ivill provide eligblre
Floridians savings on drugs at
over 3,000 participating phar-
macies. A Web site,
www.FloridaDiscountDrugCar, is available to help con-
sumers learn which drugs are
discounted and find participat-
ing pharmacies. Participants
can also choose a mail order
option by calling the Florida
Discount Drug Card help line.
Crist invited all pharmacies
in Florida to participate in the
Florida Discount Drug Card
program. Currently, more
than 3,000 retail pharmacies
have agreed to accept the
Florida Discount Drug Card.
However, additional pharma-
cies can continue to enroll in
the program. If a consumer
learns their pharmacy is not
enrolled in the program, the
pharmacy can enroll by calling
the 24-hour pharmacy help
line at 1-800-361-4542 or TTY
1-866-763-9630. The pharmacy
will be enrolled on a temporary
basis so the consumer's pre-
scription can be filled immedi-
ately. Once the pharmacy signs
a contract, it can permanently
join the program.
Individuals qualify for the
card if they are age 60 and
older and do not have prescrip-
tion drug coverage or if they
are in the Medicare
Prescription Drug Coverage
gap. Individuals, families and
seniors under age 60 may be
eligible if they have an annual
income of less than 300 per-
cent of the Federal Poverty

Level and do not have prescrip-
tion drug coverage. Qualifying
'a !it flf"co 's lorindl-..p..ils
under age 60 are up to $30,'636
for an individual, $41,076 for a
family of two and $61,956 for a
family of four. Income limits
for other family sizes are also
available on the Web site.
To enroll in the program,
applicants who do not have
prescription drug coverage
must provide their name and
contact information as well as
information about family
members. Individuals under
age 60 also must provide quali-
fying income information.
The applicant affirms that the
information provided on the
application is true, complete,
and accurate; no additional
documentation of income, age,
or residency is required..
There is no application fee

for the Florida Discount Drug
Card; however, there is a. ole
time-$ 1,. 0 actiati:on fee a4ded
onto the posted cost of the first
prescription filled only. Crist
also launched a Web site
designed to assist Floridians in
search of health care informa-
tion. The Web site is
Consumers can find informa-
tion on more than 1,600 dis-
eases and conditions, lists of
health care facilities, informa-
tion about insurance, medica-
tions, a variety of consumer
publications and much more.
To apply for the Florida
Discount Drug Card, visit
www.FloridaDiscountDrugCar and complete an online
application or enroll over the
phone by calling 1-866-341-
8894 or TTY 1-866-763-9630.

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photo submitted
Beaches Chapel School K4 student Hannah Tebo does a Christmas craft with her grandmother, during a class Christmas party on
Thursday, Dec. 13, at the school.


photo submitted by DEBRA FLEMING
Nikki Fisher, a nonverbal student at Alden road, performed the part of Marie.

The Alden Road
Exceptional Student -*
Center's assistive technology .
*class, led by teacher Debra '
Fleming, recently performed :
a special version of "The -
Nutcracker Ballet."
The school serves students
with disabilities from all
over Jacksonville, including
the Beaches. Fleming's assis-
tive technology class teaches
students to use technology
for written and verbal com-
munication.All students
who performed in "The phot0
Nutcracker" used wheel- Andy Stew
chairs. The students attend- of the Nut(
ed a recent performance of
"The Nutcracker Ballet" in Jacksonville.
Andy Stewart and Nikki Fisher, who

Warren Anderson, President of the Board of
Directors of the Public Trust Environmental Law
Institute of Florida, received the Bob and Carol
Grimes Environmental Activist Award Friday.
"I was pleased to receive this special award and
honored by the presence at the ceremony of so
many environmental friends who do so much for
our community," Anderson, a local attorney at
the firm Anderson, Howell and Ravis, received the
award for his service to organizations such as the
St. Johns Riverkeeper, Preservation North Florida,
and the Sierra Club, and for co-founding the
Public Trust Environmental Law Institute.
Anderson is active in the Public Trust, which, dur-
ing the past year, has worked to raise community
consciousness about the toxin mercury, initiated
a lawsuit with the Riverkeeper to force JEA to stop
releasing raw sewage into the St. Johns River and
tributaries, and is working on a paddling guide for.
the Intracoastal Waterway.
"Bob Grimes was committed to this area he

nonverbal, performed the
parts of Marie and her
INutcracker Prince. In the
Alden Road version, Marie
and the Erince used commu-
S nication devices to deliver
.. their crucial parts.The ballet
ended with the Prince and
SMarie twirling to the final
S Bsong in their battery pow-
,ered wheelchairs.
SSaid Alden Road Principal
Linda Leonard: "Words can-
not give justice to this excep-
tional performance, you
submitted by DEBRA FLEMING would have to see the excite-
art played the part ment and satisfaction in the
rackerr Prince. students' expressions as they
executed their moves and
manipulated equipment. Thei performance
are was an outstanding work of heart."

was a nature photographer and painter, served
our city on the Environmental Protection Board,
and could identify every bird that flew in our
skies. My message is consistent with his philoso-
phy that Northeast Florida, a place of spectacu-
lar beauty and fascinating cultural history, is our
home, where we have a sense of place. The Public
Trust Environmental Law Institute is focused on
enhancing and protecting the special places with-
in our home we have a duty to save these spe-
cial places for future generations."
The award was given during the Civic
Roundtable's December luncheon at the
Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel, hosted by Duval
Audubon. Carol Grimes and attorney Hugh
Cotney, Director of the Grimes Foundation, pre-
sented the award. The award recognizes leader-
ship in grassroots efforts advocating for environ-
mental protection. The past two winners were
author Bill Belleville (River of Lakes; Losing It All
to Sprawl) and columnist Ron Littlepage.


Third in last

year's contest

Cont. from A-6
"The actual competition is
four days of mental exhaus-
tion. It requires fast thinking,
being able to move. And you
have to know what you're
talking about.
"Not only does it require
that, but you have to be able
to act. Then, when we open
or close, we have to convince
the jury. If we're smart, if
we're fast, it's not going to do
any good if we can't sound.
good saying it."
Byatt emphasized the team
aspect ot the competition.
."It is very much a team
sport. Last year, one of the
reasons we did so well is
because we were one of the
most effective teams at the
tournament. Everything we
did was coordinated, and we
tried to help each other."
Lange has been at Fletcher
since 1981. His four-class law
program averages.35-40 stu-
dents per class.
"It's a popular course,
thanks to the students," he
Teams competing in the
state finals receive a 100-page
packet that outlines the case.
Judging is based on the per-
formances of the various
team members. There are
three attorneys and three wit-
.nesses. Ten is a perfect score.
There are fdur rounds. And
it's the students' show.
Advisors have no role.
"I cannot have any con-
tact," said Lange. "I don't
even look at them. They
don't turn around and look at
me. If they do, I walk out of
the room.
."They're so intent on what
they're doing and so well-pre-
pared that they don't even
need to look at me. And they
know the case so well. We
practice four nights a week
for 3-4 hours a night,
January-March. When we go
down there, they know the
case so well."

Computer classes

open to seniors

iSenior Computer Classes:
The Neptune Beach Senior
Activity Center offers computer
classes for seniors Jan. 8-24.
Beginning Computers is sched-
uled Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., while
Intermediate Computer Class is
scheduled the same days from 1-
3 p.m.
*Introduction to Digital
Cameras: Introduction to
Digital Cameras is scheduled
Wednesday from 11 a.m.-l
p.m. Jan. 9-23. Attendees are
asked to bring their own cam-
eras, fresh batteries, power cords
and instruction manuals.
*Shop Victoriously: An Ebay
class is scheduled Jan. 9-23 from
2-4 p.m. Wednesday. This is a
step-by-step class on the process
of selling an item on Ebay. All
computer classes are $40,
including a textbook. Call the
senior enter at 270-1688 to
reserve aseat.


Acro Jax Trampoline Club
holds Holiday Tumble and
Tramp Camp Dec. 26-28 at
Infinity All Stars Gym, 510
Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach.
Hours each day are 9-11:30
a.m. for junior/senior and 12-
2:30 p.m. for youth. The three-
day cost of the recreational
sports camp for tumblers, acro-
bats and cheerleaders is $60.
For one day it's $30. For infor-
mation or to register, call Brian
Payne at 273-8876.

Adventure Landing, 1944
Beach Blvd., Jacksonville
Beach, has a various activities
this month:
*Gator Bowl Meet and Greet:
On Dec. 26 and 28, from 3-5
p.m., players from the teams
meeting in the Gator Bowl will
be competing at Adventure
Landing in miniature golf,
laser tag and go-karts.
*The 12 Days of Christmas
Dec. 20-31: Each day
Adventure Landing offers a
daily special on attractions in
celebration of the holidays.
*Noon Year's Eve Dec. 31:
From -10 a.m.-2 p.m., kids 12
and under can enjoy an All-U-
Can-Play go-karts, 'miniature
golf and laser tag for only $10
per person. At noon, in cele-
bration of the new year, all
kids can participate in a bal-
loon drop, and all balloons are
filled with prizes.

A Holiday Art Camp and also
an Advanced Arts Workshop
will be held at the Cultural
Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. A
Holiday Arts Camp, for ages 4-
9, runs Dec. 26, 27 and/or Dec.
28 and also Jan. 2, 3 and/or
Jan. 4. Ornaments and pres-
ents will be created. Call 280-
0614 for times and costs.
Holiday Advanced Art
Workshops will be offered for
ages 10-14. 3D with artist Jesse
Nolan will be held held Dec.
26, 27 and/or Dec. 28, while
mixed media with Jo Sinclair
will be offered Jan. 2, 3 and/or
Jan. 4. For information, call
280-0614 or visit

Guana Tolomato Matanzas
National Estuarine Research
Reserve hosts an art class for
children ages 11-14 from 9
a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 28. The class,
to be taught by local artist Jean
Drayovitch, will focus on
beginning drawing of butter-
flies and. marsh scenes.
Students begin the discovery
art class with a short nature
walk. Cost to attend is $45 per
student, payable in advance.
All materials are supplied, but
students need to bring a brown
bag lunch. Call 904-635-0941
to reserve a seat. To contact the
GTMNERR, call 904-823-4500.

Family Fun Day is held
Sunday at the Slammer &
Squire and King & Bear golf
courses at World Golf Village
through December. Family Fun
Day allows families to enjoy
golf together. The program

costs $50 for a twosome or $80
for a family. There will be
monthly family-style tourna-
ments that bring added value.
For information on Family Fun
Day, call 904-940-6088 or visit
Saturday Craft Surprise is
held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. the
first Saturday of each month. A
new and easy craft is offered.
The Beaches Branch Library is
at 600 Third St., Neptune
Beach. Call 241-1141 for infor-

KIDZfACTory Workshop, a
drama workshop for grades K-
3, runs through Jan. 22 at the
Limelight Theatre, 11 Old
Mission Ave., St. Augustine.
Along with the. workshop,
there also will be theatre
games. Tuition is $75. For
information, call 824-1164.

Art Adventures on Second
Saturday are held at the
Cummer Museum..Classes in
painting, printmaking, collage
and construction with ciang-
ing themes are offered.
Youngsters can sign up for one
class or for all of them. Second
Saturday is held from 10 a.m.-
12 p.m., ages 6 to 12. The cost
to members is $10 per class; for
non-members it's $15 per class.

The Beaches Branch Library,
600 N. Third St., Neptune
Beach, offers a variety of chil-
dren's activities. For informa-
tion, call 241-1411.
Children's Programs
*Family Preschool
Storytime, 0-5, Thursdays at
10:30 a.m.
*Toddler Time, 19 months-3
years, Wednesdays at 10:30
*Mother Goose Storytime,
birth-19 months, Wednesdays
at 11 a.m.
*Preschool Storytime, 3-5
without adult, Wednesdays at
11:30 a.m.
*Saturday Craft Surprise.
held first Saturday of each
month from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Ponte Vedra Beach
Branch Library, 101 Library
Blvd., offers classes for young-
sters each Wednesday. The
offerings are, at 9:45 a.m., Just
for Babies; at 10:30 a.m.,
Toddler Story Time; and at 11
a.m., Preschool Story Time.
Call 827-6950 for information.

Seaside Playgarden puppet
shows are held at 4 p.m. the
first Thursday of each month
at Seaside Playgarden, a
Waldorf Initiative, 223 8th
Ave. S., Jacksonville Beach. The
puppet shows, which are
appropriate for children ages 2-
9, are free to the public. For
information on Waldorf educa-
tion and programs available at
Seaside Playgarden, visit or call 247-

c Treat yourself at the /-, c
These bus), days are a trial to our best efforts at fitness anid beauty:
Some professional assistance might be in order. The Leader is ofter-
Ing this feature the Health and Beauty Buffet with ideas and
offers to get you started. Ililtch this feature each Wednesday and
enjoy the ideas we have to share.
Get ready for New Year's Eve Glam!

Christmas is over and it's on to
the next big event: New Year's
Evel This is the night for glamour
so let's get ready! First, your
make-up needs to stay put. Who
wants to run to the bathroom
and reapply when you really
want to stay out on the dance
floor? To that end start with your
foundation. Look for a base'that
has long wearing properties. Next
apply a cream blush and set both
with powder.
For eyes the Audrey Hepburn
look is still very glamorous.
Simply apply a taupe colored eve
shadow to the lid, and then apply
liquid eyeliner very close to the
lid. Start at the inside corner and
stop at the outer most part of the
eye, going up a bit at the very
end. Powder your lashes to thick-
en and then apply several coats
just to the upper lashes. You
might also try false eyelashes or
go get them done at a'salon for a
look that will last. Use a pencil lip
Liner to line and fill in lips. Apply
a wax balm and then lipstick. Do
this several times to layer
For your perfume to last, apply
a moisturizer to decolletage, nape
of neck, wrists and back of knees,
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Nease boys winning state soccer title highlights first half of year

As usual, there were highs and lows, twists
and turns and unexpectedly great per-
formances throughout the first six
months of 2007.
In January, the Fletcher High boys soccer team
earned a berth in the state playoffs for the first
time in three seasons. The team went on to win
the District 1-6A title before falling in the first
round of the regional playoffs.
Maybe the best story, however, was Nease
High's run to its first-ever state championship in
boys soccer.
From our coverage in the Feb. 21 issue:
FORT LAUDERDALE Seven steps. Call it a
recovery program for the Nease boys soccer
team which hadn't advanced past the regional
round of the playoffs in four years.
Panthers head coach Ken Kirsch wrote "Seven
Steps" on a dry-erase board when he met with
his team for the first time in the preseason.
"They didn't know what it was and eventual-
ly I had to tell them it was seven wins from the
district playoffs to the state championship," said
Kirsch, in his first season at Nease. "Seven steps.
They bought into my system.
"I told them at the end of the game today, 'I
suckered you. You bought into the system.'"

That system delivered the Nease boys their
first-ever state championship with Saturday's 1-
0 victory over Fernandina Beach on a sun-
splashed Lockhart Stadium field. The lone goal
was A.J. Nelson's left-footed blast almost 34
minutes into the first half.
"Joe McKinley had a transition and he just
played a pinpoint ball," said Nelson. "He really
threaded the needle and I got through, took one
touch, and volleyed it in."
As the calendar turned from winter sports to
spring, the were some terrific performances from
Beaches area athletes and teams. In early April,
Fletcher's Marki Lyon won the 1,600-meter race
at ,the prestigious Chandra Cheesborough
Invitational track meet, while teammate Megan
Bary placed second in the 3,200.
Fletcher High won the Gateway Conference
title with a thrilling, extra-innings victory over
Sandalwood in the championship game.
From our coverage in the April 18 issue:
The ground ball ate Patrick Braswell up in
more ways than one.
First, it played with his mind. Secondly, it cost
his team'two seventh-inning runs.
Braswell, however, would not let the fielding
error beat him Friday night.
The senior second baseman redeemed himself

on the pitching mound with two scoreless
innings of relief in Fletcher's 11-10 triumph in
the Gateway Conference championship game at
Jacksonville University.
The top-seeded Senators (16-6) broke a 10-10
tie in the home ninth after junior Sean Brown
doubled in senior B.J. Chandler from first withe
the winning run.
Braswell, who faced eight batters, gave up an
infield single and struck out three, earned the
win, his first of the season.
"I knew I shouldn't have messed up in the
field. I took all my anger out by pitching,"
Braswell said after the extra-innings game.
"We've come up short in other championship
games this year, but we came back this time. We
gave it all we had."'
In tennis, Nease's Taylor Crosby won the dis-
trict title in girls singles, while Fletcher's Jun
Condez won the district boys singles crown.
May saw arrival of The Players Championship
on a refurbished Sawgrass Stadium Course and
taking place during the fifth month of the year
for the first time ever. The move from March to
May enabled construction of a grandiose new
clubhouse as centerpiece, and a re-tooling of
many holes.
Phil Mickelson overtook Sean O'Hair in the

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final round of The Players to win his first crystal
trophy at the PGA Tour's unofficial fifth major.
From our coverage in the May 16 issue:
Armed with renewed confidence after a few
weeks of work with anew swing coach, Phil
Mickelson clearly looked like a champion as he
wound his way through Sawgrass on Sunday.
A shot off the lead entering the final round of
The Players, Mickelson issued an early statement
to playing partner and tournament leader Sean
O'Hair with birdies on the first and second
holes. Another birdie on the par-4 seventh
served notice that Mickeslon wasn't going away.
Lefty engineered an almost flawless final
round, a bogey on 18 the lone exception, en
route to claiming his first Players title and the
most significant victory of his career outside a
pair of Masters wins and a PGA Championship.
"I think, as I look back on my career after I
stop playing, I'll look back on this tournament
victory in the same light as the majors," he said.
That Mickelson was able to tame wild tenden-
cies off the tee is a credit to swing guru Butch
Harmon, who began working with Lefty less
than a month ago. Results have been dramatic.
Third place at the Byron Nelson, another third
at the Wachovia Championship and Sunday's
victory on a difficult TPC Sawgrass course.

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assist with the fight against cancer

Exercise to Quit Smoking
Research suggests that as
little as five minutes of
exercise can help curb
cravings for cigarettes.
According to a review of
multiple studies by the jour-
nal Addiction, simply taking.
a five minute walk, or doing
stretches can help ease the
desire to smoke. Longer peri-
ods of exercise were not to
have an additional benefit
with regards to smoking ces-
The review also showed
that no only did exercise curb
an immediate craving, but
also showed that it increased
the time until a craving
The journal's lead author,
Dr. Adrien Taylor of the
University of Exeter in
England stated, "If a drug
revealed the same effects it
would immediately be mar-
keted as a valuable aid to
help people quit smoking or
cut down."
The article did not suggest
an exact mechanism for why
exercise reduced cravings, but
Dr. Taylor felt that it was not
merely a distraction phenom-
enon, especially given the
fact that there was such a


prolonged period of time
until the cravings returned.
Taylor also pointed out that
exercise reduced stress,
improved mood, and it may
release chemicals that over-
rides the brain's desire for

Smoking linked to arthritis
s if there was not
enough research
already to show a
plethora of reasons not to
smoke, a recent Mayo Clinic
study found smokers were
three times more likely than
non-smokers to develop carti-
lage.loss of the knee.

It is believed that smoking
may speed cartilage loss by
heightening inflammation or
by that elevated CO levels
may impair cartilage nutri-
tion, making it' more likely to
sustain injury or damage.
Fight cancer with exercise

New research has shown
that exercise can play
a significant role in
the fight against cancer.
Specifically, exercise was
shown to reduce the risks of
cancer returning in someone
who had previously been
diagnosed and treated for
colon cancer.
The latest results show that
patients previously treated for
colon cancer were about half
as likely to die or have their
tumors return if they partici-
pated in a regular exercise
activity when compared to
those who rarely exercised.
The study included 832
people who were still alive
one year after undergoing
surgery followed by
chemotherapy to treat colon
After nearly two years,
those who exercised the
equivalent of "moderate-
paced" walking an hour a
day, six days a week were 49

percent less likely to have a
recurrence or die, compared
with those who rarely exer-
Other forms of exercise
such as jogging a few times a
week or playing tennis were
also of benefit.
Exercise has been shown in
the past to reduce the risk of
colon cancer from ever devel-
oping, and now this research
shows that it can directly
affect survival after diagnosis
and treatment. Exercise has
been shown as well to reduce
the risk of the development
of ovarian cancer, and from
prostate cancer.

This column is written to dis-
cuss issues regarding sports,
medicine, and safety. It is not
intended to serve as a replace-
ment for treatment by your reg-
ular doctor. It is only designed
to offer guidelines on the pre-
vention, recignition, and care of
injuries and illness. Specific
concerns "Should be discussed
with yourphysician. Mail your
questions do Gregory Smith, MD
- Sportsmedicine, 1250 S.
18th Street, Suite,204,
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.

Still some good events left before calendar turns

W ith Christmas now
past and the
Jacksonville Bank
Marathon behind us it makes
you realize that the Gate
River Run will be here before
you know it. Seems like only
yesterday that we were run-
ning the 2007 30th anniver-
sary Gate River Run.
Soon we will be saying '
"hello" to a new year and
"adios" to an old one. Sad
that a year only lasts one year
before it is put to rest, it still
seems so very young.
Am I the only one who
feels melancholic about the
end of a year? Is it because :
deep downrinside I know I
only have a finite number of
them in my personal bank?
Or is it the "better the devil -I
know" theory that reminds
me: Sure, maybe it wasn't
exactly great, but wait 'til you
see what's coming up.
And what is coming up?
Nothing too marvelous as far
as I can see, no wait, I take it
back, the final year of
President George W. Bush.
Reminds me of the old adver-
tisement, "How do you spell
Last Sunday we had the
Jacksonville Bank Marathon,
which went off really well.
Without a hitch, as they say.
One thing that made the race
easier for the organizers was
the pre-setting of the water
along the course.
Loads of five-gallon jugs of
water were stored at the aid
stations in secured Smart
Boxes. All race volunteers at
the water stops had to do as
the race unfolded was pull
the water and cups out of the
rented mini storage units.
Smart move those Smart
Boxes and one that organiz-
ers of February's National
Breast Cancer Marathon in
Jax Beach would do well to
The winning time of 2

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decent (wish I could do it)
but not extraordinary. Fact is,
unless a race organizer is will-
ing to put up a pile of prize
money, that is the sort of per-
formance that you can pretty
well expect.
And since I mentioned the
National Breast Cancer
Marathon, or the Donna
Hicken (Deegan) Marathon,
as it is known locally, it will
be very interesting to see

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what sort of performances
that race's $60,000 purse will
produce. That sort of dough
should cough up a sub-2:15
winning time. We shall see.
It's not over 'til the fat lady
sings, as they say, and 2007 is.
set to go out with a bang, not
a whimper. Three very fine
running events line up to
entertain local runners right
up to the end.
On December. 22nd, it was
"on-on" with the annual
Christmas Hash. Yes, it is a
fun-filled, low-key, hash
hounds run complete with a
"hare" and his "trail." Oh,
and of course there is prodi-
gious drinking of beer along
the way and anyone who
tries to be competitive or
even thinks about running
fast risks being flogged.
This one is always sheer,
unadulterated fun.
Is it the last gasp of The
Last Gasp, or isn't it? For a
few years now I have told
you that the Jacksonville
Track Club's cross-country
race, The Last Gasp, was
going belly up. But like a
dogged, tenacious prize fight-
er who doesn't know when
the final bell has rung, this
race keeps coming out slug-

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Plaudits to race director,
.Herb Taskett, now in his 19th
year with the event, for keep-
ing it going. He has done a
great, unselfish, job.
The Last Gasp is
Jacksonville's only genuine
cross-country race. Held at
Jacksonville University the 5K
race was once a 5-miler. Over
the years a good deal of JU's
campus has been sold as
development for, guess what?
condominiums. This includes
the golf course, which is a
large part of the Gasp's
Fortunately, the JTC has
been allowed use of the

grounds this year. Next year
it could be a different story.
To make a long, nearly sad
story short: Be there for this
year's Last Gasp, for it could
be the end of Jacksonville's
only true cross-country race.
The race takes place on
Sunday, December 30th at 2
p.m. For no more than $20
($15 if you move now) you
will get a great run, a nice
custom sweatshirt, a cool
post-race party and a lot of
fun and rare camaraderie.
Call Herb at 725-9308 for all
the news.
The Vystar Gator Bowl 5K
kicks offs at 2 p.m. at the .
Jacksonville Landing. down-

town. As usual, the race will
precede the Gator Bowl
Parade and follow the same
route as the parade.
The race is a Jacksonville
Grand Prix event and is usu-
ally very competitive. A big
post race bash takes place
inside the Landing after-
One very nice new addition
to this year's race is called
"Run For A Child."
For a $10 donation, any
participant can wear the
name of a patient in the
Wolfson Children's Hospital.
All of the money raised will
go to the hospital where no
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Municipal Stadium. Garrard will lead the Jaguars into battle
in the final game of the regular season Sunday at Houston.
The playoffs begin Jan. 5 with the AFC wild card game.

Give the Gift of Life this
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To find out how you can donate blood or how
your organization can host a blood drive, contact
The Blood Alliance at 353-8263, or visit our
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Images of 2007

ABOVE: Georgia Tech's
Antonio Lewis (89) races for a
touchdown against West
Virginia in the Gator Bowl.
LEFT: Nease High's Paige
DePriest goes up for a block
during girls volleyball action.

Nease swimmer Kristen Gerkens explodes from the starting blocks in a backstroke race.

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Deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday

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football Contest
The Beaches Leader
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1. New England at N.Y. Giants
2. Jacksonville at Houston
3. Dallas at Washington
4. New Orleans at Chicago
5. Carolina at Tampa Bay
6. Detroit at Green Bay
7. Tennessee at Indianapolis
8. Minnesota at Denver
9. San Diego at Oakland
10. Kansas City at N.Y. Jets

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Residents of Pablo Towers worked with the Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach Fraternal Order of Police for
the Third Annual Operation Barbie Doll project. The project began two years ago and the residents of Pablo
Towers helped clean, dress and fix the Barbie dolls' hair. The dolls were donated to B.E.A.M. and Helping
Hands Ministry for distribution to Beaches children in need.


Thursday, Dec. 27

Beaches Kiwanis: The Kiwanis
Club of Jacksonville Beaches meets
at 12 p.m. at Selva Marina Country
Club, Atlantic Beach. The speaker
will be recently retired U.S. Customs
Agent Tom Meier. The cost to non-
members is $15. For information,
call club president Neil Powell at
343-3571 or visit www.beacheskiwa-

Friday, Dec. 28

Kayak Tours: The GTM Research
Reserve offers six kayak tours bridg-
ing the New Year. Tours take place
from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 28 and
29 and Jan. 5, 9, 10 and 14. Cost of
each tour is $45 per person. The
tours are appropriate for age 12 and
up. Reservations must be made in
advance. Call the Ripple Effect
Ecotours at 904-347-1565 to reserve
a space. For information and addi-
tional tour dates, go to www.ripple-

Thursday,. Jan. 3

Beaches Kiwanis: The Kiwanis
Club of Jacksonville. Beaches meets
at p12 p:m. at'Selva-Marina Counitr
Club. The speaker will be
announced.. The cost to non-mem-
bers is $15. For information, call
club president Neil Powell at 343-
3571 or visit

FRA Branch 290 General
Fleet Reserve Association Branch
290 holds its monthly General
Assembly meeting at 8 p.m. at the
Branch Home, 390 Mayport Road,
Atlantic Beach. All members and
prospective members are invited to
attend. New members are always
Stroke and Osteoporosis
People living in and around
Neptune Beach can be screened to
reduce their risk of having a stroke.
Life Line Screening will be at the
Watson Reality Corporation, 1117
Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, with
appointments beginning at 9 a.m.
The complete screening package
includes a new Heart Rhythm
screening that checks for irregular
heartbeat, a major risk factor for

stroke. A Wellness Package with
Heart Rhythm costs $149. All five
screenings take 60-90 minutes to
complete. For information regarding
the screenings or to schedule an
appointment, call 1-888-754-1464.
Pre-registration is required.

Storm Path Photography: The
photography of Robert Storm-Burks
will be on display at the Guana
Tolomato Matanzas National
Estuarine Research Reserve from Jan.
7 through March 31. An ecologist
and marine biologist, Burks has pho-
tographed magical moments,
moods and behaviors of creatures in
more than 28 countries around the
world. Burks' -photography will be
available for purchase through the
Friends of the GTMNERR in the
Research Reserve's Nature Store. A
"Meet the Artist" reception will be
held from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 25 at the
Environmental Education Center.
Reservations are required. Call 904
823-4500 for information or to
make a reservation..

Friday, Jan. 4

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: The
January: Brown Bag Lunch Lecture-
on -"Right \vhales" hy E.rankl"
Gromling begins at 12 p.m. in the
GTM Research Reserve
Environmental Education Center's
auditorium. Gromling's book,
"Frank's Whales," is available for
purchase in the Friends of the
Reserve Nature Store. Bring lunches
and questions. There is no cost to
attend the lecture. Call 904-823-
4500 f6r information.

Tuesday, Jan. 8

D.A.R.: The Ponte Vedra Chapter
of the Daughters of the American
Revolution meets at 10:45 a.m. at
Marsh Landing Country Club,
25655 Marsh Landing Parkway. Rick
Edwards will talk about Northeast
Florida Sea Shells.

Jacksonville Beaches Woman's
Club: The Jacksonville Beaches
Woman's Club meets at 10 a.m. in
the small meeting room at Selva
Marina Country Club. There will be
a social half hour to start. Lunch is
served at 12 p.m., with a cost of $16.
The program will be on
International Affairs. Reservations

are necessary. Call Betty at 223-
Parenting Enrichment Series:
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Parents [BEEP] presents "Yes! Post-
Secondary Education Can Be Your
Future" from 7-8:45 p.m. in the
Fletcher High School Media Center.
The session, which is free of charge,
will include a discussion about pro-
grams at FCCJ and UNF that. serve
students with disabilities.

Thursday, Jan. 10

Beaches Kiwanis: The Kiwanis
Club of Jacksonville Beaches meets
at 12 p.m. at Selva Marina Country
Club. The speaker will be Capt. Greg
Streeter, who will talk about the
Utah Beach Normandy Landing.
The cost to non-members is $15. For
information, call club president Neil
Powell at 343-3571 or visit

Friday, Jan. 11

Talent Explosion: Talent
Explosion, presented by the
Oceanside Rotary Club, takes the
stage of FCCJ's Nathan H. Wilson
SCenter-for-the Arts-at-8 p.m, The 10
Finalists were selectedin on-line .ot-
ing by viewers Who watched a' 2-5
minute video of their talent, then
paid $1 for The money
went to Oceanside Rotary Charities,
Inc. The winner of the on-stage
competition, chosen by a panel of
judges who will award points based
on their assessment of each finalist's
performance, will receive $2,500.
The runner-up will get $1,500, while
the third-place finisher will receive

Saturday, Jan. 12

Atlantic Beach Tree
Conservation: The Atlantic Beach
Tree Conservation Board presents
Florida Arbor Day and Adopt-A-Tree
Community Clinic from 1-4 p.m. at
Donner Park Community Center,
2072 George St. Early Piety, a
Specialty Tree Surgeons certified
arborist, will give demonstrations
and answer questions. Rick Carper,
Atlantic Beach's director of public
works, and city planner Erika Hall
will lead discussions. For informa-
tion, call Hall at 270-1605 or e-mail
her at



Officers of the Republican Club of the Beaches collected at an annual Christmas party held at the
Sevilla Clubhouse. The toys were donated to Hubbard House. From left Ed Raube, Rosalie Scarborough,
Scott Chestnut, Rick Knight and Nellie Lynch.



First Artist Member Holiday Exhibition

The first Artist Member Holiday Exhibition at
the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50
Executive Way runs to Jan. 12. For information,

Snow and Ice in Forecast

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre will be a
Winter Wonderland through Jan. 6.
Ice Skating: The first real outdoor ice skating
rink in St. Augustine's history will be open daily
from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and each night from 6-10
p.m. It costs $8 to skate and $2 to rent skates.
Call 904-471-1965 to schedule private or group
Theatre: Theatre Saint Augustine presents its
original adaptation of O Henry's "Gift of the
Magi." The presentation runs through Jan. 6.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, with matinees at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Snow: It will snow every night at 9 p.m.
Magic snow can be purchased to throw at one
Sleigh Rides: $10 for adults. and $4 for chil-
dren. Sleighs glide past Southern Red Cedar,
Magnolia and Oak trees adorned in holiday lights
with views of Notina's Pond. *Elf Village: Who
can build the best elf house? Contestants can
showcase an elf house in the elf village. Creative
freedom is encouraged. Houses are 8x10 feet with
a 4-foot door.
Holiday Shopping: Shoppers can meet fea-
tured artisans, browse unique products, pick up
holiday decorations and have fun while complet-
ing a holiday shopping list.
Good tastes and smells: Fire pits for smores,
hot chocolate, apple cider, homemade cookies
and a wide variety of food and holiday treats will
be available throughout "Winter Wonderland."
Community: "Winter Wonderland" will host
free events at 6 p.m. on the following days:
Wednesday-Dec. 26: Kwanza Celebration with
Xhabbo (St. Jbhns County Public Library event)
Thursday-Jan. 3: Mark Allan Magician (St.
Johns County Public Library event)
Winter Wonderland family passes are $60 and
include 10 skating passes. Winter Wonderland is,
sponsored by the Tourist Development Council,
WSOS and St. Johns County Public Library
System. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is at
1340C A1A South.
For information, visit www.staugamphithe- or call 904- 471-1965.

12 Days of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas will be observed
through Dec. 31 at Adventure Landing, 1944
Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach. Each day,
Adventure Landing will offer a daily special on
attractions in celebration of the holidays.

Noon Year's Eve
:I Noon. Year's 'Eve wi- bei celebrated Dee. 31 'at
.Adventure Landing. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., kids-12
and under can enjoy All-U-Can-Play go-karts,
miniature golf and laser tag for $10 per person.
At noon, in celebration of the New Year, all
youngsters can participate in a balloon drop, and
'all balloons are filled with prizes.

New Year's Day Yoga

The third annual New Year's Day Yoga to bene-
fit the Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry
[BEAM] will be held Jan. 1 in the main dining
room of Selva Marina Country Club, 1600 Selva
Marina Dr., Atlantic Beach. The classes are free.
Gentle Yoga is at 10:30 a.m. and Yoga Flow is at
12 p.m. Participants should bring a yoga mat or
beach towel, For more information, contact or Kate at 742-4582.

Free Yoga New Year's Day

Yoga with Joan & Jim offers a free yoga class
from 10-11:15 a.m. New Year's Day at Let's Dance
Studio; 246 Solano Road, Ponte Vedra Beach.
Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat or a
large towel, and all are welcome. There will be
separate classes for beginners and experienced.
For information, call Joan Ryan at 280-4628 or
Jim Ryan at 280-4130, or e-mail them at yoga- or

Holiday Camp Programs

The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National
Estuarine Research Reserve will offer several kids'
and family activities from Dec. 27 through Jan. 3.
Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children 10 to
17, and free for children under 10. Nature hikes
are $3 per vehicle. The center is located at 505
Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. Call 823-
4500 for reservations or information.

Reasons for the Season

Bethel Gallery at Ponte Vedra Presbyterian
Church's art exhibit, titled "Reasons for the
Season," runs through Jan. 6. The church is locat-
ed at 4510 Palm Valley Road in Jacksonville. Call
285-8225 for information.

Holiday Favorites at IMAX

Two holiday favorites, "The Polar Express" and
"Happy Feet," are on the IMAX screen at World
Golf Village. The features run through Jan. 6.
Tickets to both can be purchased at Tickets are $10 for adults, with
discounts for children, military, seniors and stu-
dents. A complete film schedule, as well as addi-
tional ticket information, can be obtained on-
line at or by calling 904-940-
IMAX (4629). Tickets also can be purchased at
the box office.

Teddy Bear Thursdays

Teddy Bear Thursdays are held from 10 a.m.-1
p.m. each Thursday at the Jacksonville Beach
Adventure Landing. Children get to pick out an
"animal skin" from the Teddy Bear Factory, stuff
it and name it. The child's new animal friend also
receives a birth certificate. Kids also get to partic-
ipate 'in coloring activities and ride the Wacky
Worm family roller coaster, all for only $7.99.

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December 26 2007

The Beaches Leader/Ponte Vedra Leader

GUANA PRESERVE Lot, cleared 1/2
acre with 10,000 acre backyard. Giant
oaks and magnolias. Magnolia Hammock
water and sewer. 1257 Neck Rd.
$395,000. (904)285-4545.

Sweeping, panoramic views, 3700sf, lap
pool, cul-de-sac. Modern designers home,
400sf in-law suite, 4000sf decks & cov-
ered patios. First $975,000. MLS#393428.
NEPTUNE BEACH, 3000sqft., 4/2.5, for-
mal living & dining, open floor plan,
screened pool, family neighborhood,
$525,000, 422-0771.
5BR/4BA, Beautiful executive home,
oversized 2 car garage, hot-tub, swimming
pool MLS#393567, $629,900. (904)307-
JAX BEACH, 3BR/2BA, 5 blocks to beach.
Call for details. $329,900. (904)219-1276.
DOLPHIN COVE, 3BR/2BA, built 1981,
1232sf, 8000sf+ lot; 5-10% owner financ-
ing available, $275,000, (904)686-0068.
ATLANTIC BEACH, CUTE 3/2 w/pool, pri-
vacy fence. $400,000, 376 Seminole Rd.,
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al, Ponte Vedra. Cute 3BR/2BA, dock,
fabulous tree cover. $795,000. Broker/
Owner (904)535-9915.
house, large fenced yard, stone fireplace,
new carpet. 2153 Feathejiood Dr. E.
Owner relocating and must sell. Reduced,.
$209,900. (904)280-2728')vr~sg.

4BR/3BA builders custom 'home. 2985sf,
formal office, dining room &n master suite,
beautiful landscaping & pool, Ig scr. lanai.
2.5 car gar. Listen to the obean and walk
to the beach from this quiet cul-de-sac
home in newer neighborhood. Will consid-
er lease purchase. $699,000. 4% co-op.

PONTE VEDRA, TPC Sawgrass, Bermu-
da Court, 2BR/2BA. "$60K renovation:
granite counter tops, new cabinets,
249,900, 655-5990.-... .....
LG 3/2, off Girvin. Pretty home on lake. Lg
screened lanai. $210,000.
4/2, story, lots of space including Florida
room, Ig stone fireplace. Nice lot.
4/2 pool home. One owner, home lovingly
maintained in great location. Great in-
ground pool w/ screened cover. Tons of
upgrades. $284,900.
Brand new- kitchen, flooring, paint, too
much to list. 3/2, 2 car gar. on huge lot.
Parking avail, for boat/ RV. $214,900.
Almost 2000sf, 3/2, w/ formal living, din-
ing, den & lanai. Fenced yard w/ view of
lake. All tile throughout. Just Reduced to
3/2 lovely manufactured home on nice lot.
A steal for the price, won't last at $89,900.

3/2, approx. 1350sf, all remodeled, like
new inside. Must see! Only 175,000.
nImnBtQQf d Co g re u / 0r 0 aojJish t
in sold at short sale, $267,000. Call fo!
Newer home, beautiful 3/2, open plan.
Priced to sell quick at $210,000.
5/3, built in 2004, beautiful spacious
home. Many upgrades. $274,000.
221-1711 OR 241-5501
appointment only. Fenced yard, hot tub,
storage building. All for $360,000.

OCEAN FRONT furnished 2/2, pool con-
sider lease purchase, 463-7343.

PVB, OCEAN Grove, 1BR/1BA,
fireplace, full amenities, beach access. Fi-
nancing available. $129,900. 226-3968.

ST. JOHNS Town Center, 3BR/2BA,
2 parking spaces. Owner (904)879-7130.
2BR/2BA w/bonus room, new carpet,
CH&A, fenced yard. Near ocean and Han-
na Park. 1158 Songbird Lane. $114,900.
280-2728, excellent rental history Iv. msg.
PVB- OCEAN Grove, 2BR/2BA, garage,
beach access, lake view, 1070sf. FSBO,
will sacrifice for $199,500. 904-221-8458.
beach, Rent to own, $175,000.

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we give you access to premier national
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3BR AT Portside Mobile Home Park,
Lot 270. Asking $3500 OBO. Call

1BR balcony, ceramic tile floors, WDHU,
walk-in closet, assigned parking, $875/mo.
($900 w/washer+dryer). Ocean View,
160 7th Ave. N. 993-2555.
4 BLOCKS to ocean, 220 4th St.. S.
$500/mo. 904-891-0606.
ATLANTIC BEACH, 1332 Main St.,
2BR/1.5BA duplex, $750/mo., 891-0606.
428 3RD Ave. S. 2BR/ 1BA, CH/A, fenced
yard, $775/mo. 891-0606.
NEAR DOWNTOWN/ Shands Hospital.
Small, furnished, efficiency apartment.
$425/mo. 307-2841.
NEPTUNE BCH, 227 Magnolia, 2/1, car-
pet/ tile, garage, $975/mo. TDO Manage-
ment. 246-1125.
NEPTUNE BCH. 2150 Florida Blvd.
2BR/1.5BA, renovated 2005, WDHU,.
fenced back yard, credit check, No Cats/
Non-smoking: $800/mo. (904)221-5833.
3BR/ 2.5BA townhouse, 1/2 block from
ocean. Atl Bch. Gar., $1575/md. Call Rich
NEP BCH, EAST OF 3RD! Huge 2/1 du-
plex, top floor, 1200sf, all professional
.-hardwood fdoring, diningroom, livingroom,
WDHU, CH/A, huge fenced yard, parking
for 2-3 cars. Home warranty. Lowest rent
since 1989, $1030/mo.+ 247-3191.
lease, No pets, W/D, $1000/mo, $1000
deposit. 918A 1st Street (between Bay &
Pine): Call 591-1218 or 246-8970.
2/1 townhouse, W/D included, CH&A, ce-
ramic tile, approx. 900sf. 405 14th Ave..
S., Unit C, Jax Bch. No pets. $825/mo,
$825/sec. dep. (904)343-9906.

home, fenced backyard, bonus room, tile
floor downstairs. 1255 Mayport Landing
Dr. $775/mo. +$700/dep. 280-2728 Iv
VERY NICE 3BR 2BA house, Ig.gar., new-
ly renovated. Convenient to Wonderwood
Expwy. 3217 Hampsted Ct.. $1100/mo.
Modern 2BR/1BA, tile, berber, W/D, dish-
washer, : upstairs. $1095/mo. Available
1/1/08. 333-8462, Rlarrigan Properties.

ATL BCH, Courtyards, 2/2, ceramic tile,
WDHU, $825/mo. TDO Management.
JAX BEACH, 1 block to ocean,
3BR/1.5BA townhome, CH&A, patio &
deck, $1350/mo. +$1000/deposit. 520 So.
2nd St., 280-2728 leave message.
JAX BCH, 12th Ave. S. 2BR/ 2.5BA town-
house. NO PETS/ SMOKERS. $995/mo
plus dep. 733-7596.
NORTH JAX Beach, 2BR/1BA upstairs, 1
year lease, ne pets. No W/D hookup,
$800/mo., $800/dep. 329-3 North 14th
Ave. Call 591-1218 or 246-8970.

1.5 blocks to ocean, studio, 1 & 2BR apts.
Pool & laundry room, $590/mo. & up.
241-2781 or 237-0552.

CH/A, WDHU. East of 1st St. $795-
$895/mo. 241-RENT, 733-3730.
1-1/2 BLOCKS to Ocean, 1st Ave. South,
2BR/1BA. $725/mo., 1BR/1BA $600,
Spacious, 1500sf. Built 2003, New carpet
& tile. CH&A, W/D. Easy bike to beach, 95
Dudley St., $950/mo. (904)610-2743.
JAX BCH near ocean 1 & 2BR apts.,
lease, references, $750- $795/mo, 222
4th Ave. So., 221-4134, 703-5518.
FURNISHED 1BR guest house, beautiful
setting, pool, includes all utilities, full kitch-
en w/utensils, laundry room, cable w/all
movie channels, TV w/DVD. Available
now, $225/wk. or $900/mo., 349-3434.
ATLANTIC BEACH off Mayport Rd. 2BR/
1.5BA, CH/A, $750-$800/mo. 294-5622.
ceramic tile floors, CH&A, laundry room,
patio, fenced yard, 1 yr. lease, no pets,
$950/mo. discounted rent, 993-1114,
JAX BEACH, 4 blocks to ocean, clean,
2BR/1BA, CH&A, ceiling fans, dishwash-
er, NO PETS. $760/mo. +$650/sec. dep.
Immediate occupancy. Ref's and credit
check required w/$25 application fee.
614 4th St. N. 254-7644.
NEPTUNE BEACH, 1 block to ocean,
2BR, sun porch, hardwood floors, CH/A,
WDHU. $950/mo. (904)398-0470.
NEPTUNE BCH 2BR/2BA, deck, garage,
includes water, $1250/mo, no dogs,
463-0222, 465-2653
NORTH JAX Beach, 1BR $615/mo., 2BR
$715/mo. 1 block to Ocean. Pool. No
pets. (904)249-5368.
BRAND NEW Townhome 3/2.5, 1 car gar.
11563 Summer Tree Rd., off St. Johns
Bluff: $1200/mo. 860-1690,
2BR TOWNHOUSE, 5 blocks from ocean.
$795/mo. Call John (904)813-9723.
SAWGRASS CC, Northgate, 2BR/2BA,
2100sf., 2 car garage. Fireplace. Water to
golf view. $1800/mo. Call Susan
SOUTH JAX Beach, 2BR/2.5BA, fenced
back yard, tile downstairs, $1150/mo.,

NEPTUNE BEACH, 1 block to ocean,
efficiency. Lease, deposit. $650/mo.
ATLANTIC BEACH small ocean front 1BR
garage apartment. 354-4491.
NEPTUNE BEACH, lower duplex. Walk to
ocean. Nice lare 2BR apartment. WDHU,
large shady deck. $950/mo. & $1250/mo.
No smokers/ pets. 307-2841.
ESPLANADE AT Town Center, 1/1, up-
per, garage parking, $950/mo. TDO Man-
agement. 246-1125.
2BR/1BA APARTMENT, 7th Ave. S.,
2 blocks to ocean $1000/mo. 241-0600.
JAX BEACHFRONT 2BR condo, no lease,
pet negotiable, $1295/mo. avail immed.
2BR, upper duplex. Island kitchen/ dining,
WDHU. No pets/ smokers. $700/mo, 307-
LARGE 1 bedroom. Excellent location. 2
blocks to ocean. Very clean. No Pets.
$675/mo. 642-1214 and 241-1219.

NEPTUNE BCH, near ocean. Nice mod-
em well taken care of 2BR Apt. All amen-
ites, $980/mo. Also 1 BR Apt $775/mo.
ATLANTIC BCH 3BR/2BA home, next to
Russell Park, 5-1/2 blocks to beach, steps
to tennis courts & skate park, double ga-
rage, security system, large front & back
yard, all tile. 562 Vikings Lane. $1395/mo.
1/1, CH/A, ceramic tile floors, very clean.
1/2 block to beach. $800/mo., lyr lease,
sec. dep. $800, credit check. 116 14th
Ave. S. 246-3878.
MOBILE HOMES. $525 to $575, on pri-
vate lots. Near Mayport Naval Station, no
dogs, 333-5579.
ATLANTIC BEACH, 2BR/2.5BA, garage,
WDHU, five blocks to Town Center &
beach, $1200/mo., (904)742-6423.
JAX BEACH, 1 and 2BR apartments near
ocean, CH&A, WDHU. No pets. $725/mo.-
$825/mo. +$400 deposit. 246-3130.

JAX BCH, 708 14th Ave. S., 3BR/ 2BA,
garage, fenced, refrig., stove, oven.
1400/mo. (904)536-4774.
ATLANTIC BEACH, 3/2 w/pool, privacy
fence. $1350/mo., 376 Seminole Rd., 613-
rage, fireplace, pool, yard service, yr.
lease, $1250/mo. 404-290-4919, just ren-
3BR/ 2BA, 2 car gar. 119 37th Ave. S.,
Jax Bch. $1900/mo. (904)536-8268
S. JAX BCH, 4 blocks from ocean,
3BR/1.5BA, CH&A, $1200/mo. Pets limit-
ed to 301bs. 411 S. 10th Ave. 514-4229.
Broker/ Owner.
ICW WEST, marsh front, two story, Cape
Cod brick, 3BR/2BA, deck, hot tub; gor-
geous views; immaculate. $1300/mo. Call
PONTE VEDRA, TPC Sawgrass, Bermll-
da Court, 2BR/2BA. Completely renovat-
ed, $1275/mo., 655-5990.
'ATRIUM-PVB, 3/2, 2car garage, large,
enclosed deck, new kitchen. Furnished/
unfurnished, flexible lease terms.
$1350/mo. Call 285-4772 after 6pm.,
4-BLOCKS TO Ocean. 1BR/1BA, all tile.
$699/mo.+ deposit. 405 Lower 8th Ave.
South. 534-2-120.
SOUTH JAX Beach. 3BR/1.5BA, 6 blocks
to ocean. $1300/mo. 710-5200.
ADORABLE, 3/2, newly renovated home
in Ponte Vedra. Wood floors, fenced yard,
quiet neighborhood. $1295/mo. Lawn
service incl Available 1/1/08. Avail fdo
showing now. Call 476-5071 for an appt.
$875/mo. +deposit, 220-5797.
NEPTUNE BEACH, 4/2, 4 blocks to
beach, close to Jarboe Park. No pets.
$1650/mo. 662-6522.
ICW KERNAN, 3/2, 2 car garage in River
Point. Excellent condition, immaculate,
$1075/mo. 1625 Crabapple Cove, 728-
N. JAX Beach, 3BR/1BA family room, 2
car garage newly remodeled, fenced yard,
great neighborhood. $1200/mo. +deposit.
3BR 2BA, Ig fenced yard in beautiful
Seabreeze. $1300/mo. 247-5334.
PONTE VEDRA/ Palm Valley, beautiful,
large, private, 4BR/3BA, plus bonus room,
2-car garage, w/many amenities.
$1600/mo. 860-1690.

vaulted ceiling, beautiful tile. Bright, open
floor plan. No dogs. $1600/mo. (discounts
avail.). Roommates considered. (404)325-
0820, (404)784-6601.
Palms, gated, 2BR/ 2BA new luxury cqndo
w/ garage. Vaulted ceilings, washer/ dryer,
pool & fitness. Only $1200/mo. (904)472-
PVB COZY gated 1BR, fireplace, pool, fit-
ness, appliances +W/D, $750/mo.,
OCEAN FRONT furnished 2/2, pool con-
sider lease option, 463-7343.
THE PALMS Light, airy, 2nd floor,
2BR/2BA, marsh view screened lanai, fire-
place, cathedral ceilings, W/D, resort
amenities. $950/mo. Available immed.,
Seascape 3/2 w/60' balcony, 7th floor
w/great view, W/D, newly remodeled. No
pets. $2000/mo. 386-5008.
2/2 CONDO, PV Bch, gated w/ amenities.
Call 294-6940.
PONTE VEDRA Summerhouse. New
2BR/2BA. 5 star amenities. Great location!
Bottom floor unit. $890/mo. +deposit. 838-
JARDIN DE Mer, 3BR/2BA, No pets. Ref-
erences required. $1300/mo. 710-3946.
JARDIN DE MER, 3BR/2BA, garage.
$1295/mo. Avail. now. 770-429-9331.
PONTE VEDRA, 2BR/2.5BA condo, FP,
new carpet, W/D, pool, etc. 1092 Sea-
hawk Dr. N. $900/mo. incl. water & sewer,
lyr lease. No pets, 221-6037.
OCEAN VIEW, brand new, 3/2, upgrad-
ded; consider lease option, ocean view
from most rooms. Owner/ Agent, 463-

JAX BEACH, 711 S. 3rd Street, small sin-
gle room office, apx. 12X20, front and
back units available. TDO Management,
LARGE 2 office suite ,v/reception area.
Great location w/high visibility. Call Curtis
at 333-4565 or Chris at 813-9566.
OFFICE SPACE, retail setting, Beach Pla-
za City Center. 242-9000 x222.
NEPTUNE BEACH, on Third St., great
signage, 700sf., negotiable, 993-4011.

OFFICE/ WAREHOUSE/ Retail Space for
lease, 2 locations, Mayport Rd. and Noca-
tee. Free rent. 514-1090.
COMMERCIAL LOT, 50'x125', zoned
industrial. 8th Ave. South, Jax Bch.
$1000/mo. 241-1880.
RETAIL/ OFFICE space for lease. May-
port Road. (904) 514-1090.

FREE CATS and Kittens to approved
homes. Call 242-0224.
PET SITTING: dog walking, cat care,
house sitting. Excellent references. Pre-
cious Paws of Ponte Vedra, 377-6043.

male, 1 female, $400. (904)247-4683.

reservations. Champion pedigree, show
quality. $2000- $4000 233-4545.
BALL PYTHON Snake, adult, beautiful
markings, feeds well, comes with black
stand up 4ft tall Eco-Terrarium, $150. 333-

THE PALMS, 1BR/1BA, near beach, W/D,-"-.
pool, fitness. $850/mo. (904)610-3608. SHIBA INU puppy male, ACA & HC. $300.
-. Call 642-9328.

3BR/1.5BA, IN Mayport. Newly remod-
eled. $900/mo. 334-5421.
TWO GREAT condos completely remod-
eled, over 1100sqft 2BR/2BA with private
patio, loft, fireplace, separate storage
room + laundry room: Lawn Service, pool
privileges, beautiful tle throughout, stain-
less appliances, $895/mo.,. (w/ garage
$950/mo,). Call 887-6033 or 571-6664 or
ATLANTIC BEACH Condo, secluded,
2500sf, quaint area, by golf course,
3BR/3BA. $1200/mo. +deposit.
HODGES/ JTB, 3BR/2BA, fireplace, wood
floors, very quiet. $1300/mo. East Coast
Realty 247-4724.
JAX BEACH Condo, 2BR/2BA, 1.5 blocks
to beach, recently renovated, $1300/mo.,
UNFURNISHED CONDO, immaculate first
floor, 2/2 condo, appliances one year old;
screened lanai. Many amenities,
$1000/mo. Call 285-4772 after 6pm.

BRAND NEW, 3BR/3.5BA, looking over
Intracoastal.. Reasonable rent for a quick
move. (904)955-1357.
J. B. newer 3/2, garage, fireplace, consid-
er lease option, 6 month plus, $1250/mo,
PVB BELLEZA, 2/2, granite, vaulted, new
tile, carpet. Five star amenities. $1000/mo.
ICW, 1BR/1BA condo, $790/mo. Available
now. Wood floors & stainless appliances.
W/D included. (904)537-4714.
1BR/1BA, AVAILABLE 12/20. $850/mo.
water included. South Jax Beach.
EAST OF A1A, Ponte Vedra, 3BR/2.5BA,
1800sf., screened patio. $1350/mo. or
sale $239,900. 651-1096.

Ready for Christmas Non-shedding, kid
friendly. $400. (904)993-2623.
starting at $275. (904)718-2884

HOMELESS PETS for adoption- Cats &
dogs. 246-3600.

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One week, 10/10/08-10/17/08, in a five
star resort, facing The Strip in Las Vegas.
2BR/2BA condo- sleeps six, 17th floor
suite. Located between MGM Grand &
Paris. A bargain at $1000 for the week.
Call 273-2772.

IF YOU are interested in advertising under
this category please call 904-249-9033 or

'PONTE' 'VEDRA, -"'2/2 Ocea l" Grove,
$1050/mo. Top Sell Realty 270-0222.

JAX BCH, Walk to the pier, 608 6th Ave.
N., 3BR/2BA, Fenced, No Pets.
$1200/mo. +deposit, Available 12/17.
Call Bo 294-5781.

painted, carpeted, WDHU, fenced yard.
JAX BCH, 3/1, 2.5 car gar., fenced yard,
$1400/mo. 836 9th Ave. N. 318-0044.

WANTED TO RENT Oceanfront condo,
3BR/2-3BA. yearly lease, needs applian-
ces, W/D, pool, prefer gated. 219-1638.

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JAX BEACH, 2272 S. 2nd St. 2BR/2.5BA,
tri-level, 1 car garage, WDHU, 1.5 blocks
to ocean, Available Feb 2008, $1175/mo.
Call, 249-6585.
VILLAS @ Marsh Landing, large 1/1, la-
nai, gated, fitness, pool, hottub, fireplace,
Pergo floors, garage & water included.
$980/mo., 379-4288.

MOBILE HOME private lot, 2BR/2BA,
CH&A, WDHU, $675/mo: 273-0857

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SEEKING ROOMMATE, Bedroom w/pri-
vate bath, Beach & Kernan. $500/mo. in-
cludes utilities. 534-3732.

JAX BEACH, $550/mo. includes all ameni-
ties, cable & intemet, full privileges, 803-
ROOM IN 3BR/2BA. $500/mo +1/2 until.
Less than 1 mi. from beach. Dog OK
w/dep. Email:

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Pursuant to FL ST 713.585, Auto Lien &
Recovery Experts w/Power of Attorney,
will sell the following vehicles to the high-
est bidder to satisfy lien. All auctions held
with reserve, as is where'is, Cash or Certi-
fied funds. Inspect 1 week prior at lienor
facility. Interested parties call 954-893-
Sale date 01-10-08 @ 10:00 am at Lie-
nors facility.
Auction will occur where each vehicle is
located under License AB0000538. Be ad-
vised that owner or lienholder has a right
to a hearing prior to the scheduled date of
sale by filing with Clerk of Courts. Owner/
Lienholder may recover vehicle without in-
stituting judicial proceedings by posting
bond as per FL Stat 559.917; Net pro-
ceeds in excess of lien amount will be de-
posited with the Clerk of Court.
#DUVE017 lien amt. $7324.15, 2004
GMC PK vin# 1GTEK14T54Z275956
FLN33081-0000 (954)893-0052.
BL 12/26/07

NEED A Math-Tutor? Ii ul:r up hriolugn
Algebra I Lvn Prodaeric.. -.2'8609
DRIvER: DON'T Just start your career.
Start it right! Company sponsored CDL
training in 3 weeks. Must be 21. Have
CDL? Tuition reimbursement! CRST.
nities. Earn up to $200,000 per year. Free
training. All traveling expenses paid. No
Felonies. No Experience OK. (866)271-
AIRLINES ARE Hiring Train for high pay-
ing Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA ap-
proved program. Financial aid if qualified.
Job placement assistance. Call Aviation
Institute of Maintenance (888)349-5387.
ATTEND COLLEGE online from home.
Medical, business, paralegal, computers,
criminal justice. Job placement assis-
tance. Financial aid and computer provid-
ed if qualified. (866)858-2121

WE ARE seeking the right persons for our
infant room and our afternoon pre-school
class. Applicants must enjoy working and
playing with young children, be patient,
possess a sence of humor and have
strong work ethics. While a CDA and exp.
are preferred, they are not necessary, as
long as there is reliability, a willingness to
learn and a positive attitude. If this sounds
like you, then we'd like to meet you. EOE.
Across from Adventure Landing.

Full-time in our Outpatient Clinic. In-
cludes all resident and employee health
care.. Applications available at Fleet Land-
ing Security Gate, One Fleet Landing
Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL; Fax to (904)246-
9447; email to:
EOE/ Drug-Free Workplace.

Lawn service seeks individual to perform
dependable quality work. Excellent pay &
overtime available. Crew Leaders wanted.
Perschel Brothers Services, Inc. 246-
Now hiring experienced painters. 568-
0990 962-2017.
F/T & P/T Cashiers, Assistant Head Cash-
Sier, Carry-out/ Sales Associates. Proctor
Ace Hardware, 870 A1A N., Ponte Vedra
F/T RECEPTIONIST needed for high vol-
ume Vet Clinic. Previous experience in
Vet Clinic preferred. Must possess excel-
lent Customer Service skills.. Competitive
salary, excellent benefits. Fax resume to
246-3064 or call 246-8577 for more info.
Beaches Animal Clinic, 937 Beach Blvd.
Jax Beach.
PALMS PRESCHOOL Assistant Teacher
needed for NAEYC accredited center.
Must be nurturing, energetic & someone
who truly enjoys children. Exp. preferred,
but willing to train the right person. Good
benefits & positive work environment.
EOE. 247-0983.
Leasing, Bookkeeping help wanted. (904)

Fast growing Cleaning Co. having continu-
ous growth. Bonuses, Incentives, Man-
agement opportunities. New home con-
struction, apt. move-out, window cleaning,
residential cleaning. Must have.own trans-
portation. Serious inquiries only. (904)241-
5177 leave message.
Line Cooks needed for high volume intra-
coastal waterway restaurant, top money
working w/great staff, as seen in February
issue of Southern Living Magazine.
National Newspaper Placement Services
(N2PS) is seeking an experienced sales
person to sell print and online advertising.
N2PS, a subsidiary of the Florida Press
Association, sells and services.print and
online advertising for newspapers. Dem-
onstrated success with previous media
sales and an undergraduate degree or
equivalent related experience required.
Online sales experience a plus. Email
your cover letter, resume and salary histo-
ry to: EOE, drug-free work-

Seeking responsible reliable individuals.
Must be bondable. Serious inquiries only.
Leave message at 716-8824.

BEACHES CAR Wash- full time help
needed, Wages negotiable+ tips. Benefits
Avail. Apply in person, 1401 Beach Blvd.

Security Manager position available at a
gated Continuing Care Retirement Com-
munity. Must have 5 years experience in and/ or law enforcement
with a strong managerial background. This
is a 'working securnly position wiln aOdi-
tional responsibilite for hiring. Irarinnq,
scneauling. e3aluaiing and supervising ire
acitiviles ol me security ohrcers on siat'
This is a full time position with excellent
benefits. Applications available at Fleet
Landing Security Gate, One Fleet Landing
Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL 32233. Fax to:
(904)246-9447. EOE/ Drug-free work-
Carpenters wanted; good pay & benefits,
beaches area work, 247-3777.
PLUMBERS & HELPERS needed, valid
DL, benefits & top pay. 246-8330.
ATTN: DRIVER Paid orientation and bo-
nus 36-43 cpm ($1000+ wkly). Excellent
benefits Class A and 3 mos. OTR re-
qquired (800)635-8669.

ERAGE CART. Marsh Landing Country
Club in Ponte Vedra Beach is currently
hiring full & part-time dining room servers
& banquet servers and beverage cart
staff. Excellent benefits offered to full
time employees including 401k, insurance,
vacation days, sick days. Apply in person
at the Marsh Landing Clubhouse Tues-
day- Saturday. Call 285-6514 for direc-

FULL-Time, at a Premier Retirement
Community. Excellent benefit package,
competitive wages, good working environ-
ment. Applications available at Fleet Land-
ing Security Gate, One Fleet Landing
Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL; Fax to (904)246-
9447; email to:
EOE/ Drug-Free Workplace.
Newspaper Placement Services (N2PS) is
seeking an experienced sales person with
managerial experience to lead the sales
team. N2PS, a subsidiary of the Florida
Press Association, sells and services print
and online advertising for newspapers.
Successful account management, proven
leadership skills required and an under-
graduate degree or equivalent related ex-
perience required. Email your cover letter,
resume and salary history to: EOE, drug-free workplace.

Taxi Drivers needed to work Beach and
Intercoastal areas, at least 23 yrs. old,
good driving record. Call 249-0360.
OPTOMETRY, West Beaches, Front
desk, customer service, all office aspects.
Friendly personality, ability to multi-task,
bookkeeping, PC, medical office experi-
ence a plus. Fax resume to 221-6504.
Full-time in our Assisted Living Facility.
Experience required, excellent benefits.
Applications' available at Fleet Landing
Security Gate, One Fleet Landing Blvd.,
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233; Fax to
(904)246-9447; Website:
email to: EOE/
Drug-Free Workplace.
CDL-A DRIVERS: Expanding Fleet offer-
ing regional/ OTR runs. Outstanding pay
package. Excellent benefits. Generous
sometime. Lease purchase on '07 Peter-
bilts. National Carriers (888)707-7729
FRONT OFFICE for busy dermatology
practice in Ponte Vedra. Must be comput-
er sawy and know insurance. F/T, exc.
benefits. Fax resume to 904-273-0410.
ALMOST FAMILY Home Companions
w are looking for Home Health Aides,
Homemakers and Sitters!I
We have an immediate need for compas-
sionate, reliable, professional people to
care for our valued clients in the Jackson-
ville, St. Augustine and surrounding areas.
Flexible scheduling and weekly pay!
Health Benefit Plans now available! EOE
Please Contact: Michelle Dabney,
Office: (904)346-3028
Fax: (904)332-1056
TAXI DRIVERS Wanted. Clean driving re-
cord required. Call April, 246-9999.
Full-time in our Assisted Livingat a pre-
mier retirement community. Excellent ben-
efits. Applications available at Fleet Land-
ing Security Gate, One Fleet Landing
Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL; Fax to (904)246-
9447; email to:
EOE/ Drug-Free Workplace.
OUR TOP driver made $71,087 in 2007!
How much did you earn? $.45 per mile?
Make more in 20081 Home most week-
ends! Heartland Express (800)441-4953
Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Ve-
dra Beach is currently hiring full-time ex-
periences line cooks and a part-time PM
dishwasher. Excellent benefits offered to
full time employees including 401k, insur-
ance, vacation days, sick days. Apply in
person, at the Marsh Landing Clubhouse
Tdesday''- Saturday: Call ,285-6514' for

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IF YOU are interested in advertising under'
this category please call 904-249-9033 or
email: classified @

ADVERTISERS IN this category are not
offering jobs. They are offering job-related
services and may charge fees. Readers
are advised to exercise caution before giv-
ing credit card information over the phone
without knowing what specific product or
service they will receive.

shop/ art gallery, must sell. Jonathan,

WARNING: WHILE this newspaper does
not knowingly accept business opportunity
ads which require you to pay a fee to get
information or that refer you to 976-or 900-
phone numbers which will result in sub-
stantial charges to your phone bill, the
newspaper cannot guarantee the validity
of offerings in this classification. If any ad-
vertiser requires you to incur phone serv-
ice charges or pay a fee to learn the na-
ture of the opportunity, please report it to
The Beaches Leader, 249-9033.
ALL CASH candy route Do you earn
$800/day? 30 Machines, Free candy All
for $9,995. (888)629-9968 BO2000033.
Call us: We will not be undersold!
TURN KEY Restaurant, fully equipped,
Southside area. 242-9000 x222.

CAREGIVER AVAIL. Mon-Fri during the.
day. Call Jan, 329-4622.
CERTIFIED CNA/ HHC, available for full
time, unlimited home care. Brenda,
IF YOU are interested in advertising under
this category please call 904-249-9033 or
email: '

$ $ $
Sat., 12/29. Large selection of holiday,
designer and brand names. Sizes jr. 0-
24W. JJ's Clothes Closet, 695 Atlantic
$ $ $
HERITAGE HILL furniture from Office
Depot.: 2 full-size, desks, 2 credenzas,
2 hutches, 2 bookcases, lateral file.
703-6703, 241-5229.
OAKWORKS CLASSIC Clinician Station-
ary Spa Table Great for salon or home
use. $800. (617)852-6586.
METAL ROOFING. Save $$$ buy direct
from manufacturer. 20 colors in stock with
all accessories. Quick turn around! Deliv-
ery available. (352)498-0778 Toll free
(888)393-0335 code 24. www.GulfCoast
TWIN BED, light wood headboard/ foot-
board w/trundle and twin mattresses. Ex-
cellent condition $250. King-size Stearns
& Foster mattress/ boxspring, like new
$400 OBO. Broyhill desk, pine $100.
42" SONY TV, $200; 32" Sharp TV, $100;
Edison Victrola, $350; old LPs, make of-
fer, 247-9542 or 246-6465.
dates 36" TV, $50 249-0622.
LEATHER COUCH, loveseat, chair w/otto-
man, coffee & end table, TV armoire, 32"
TV, stereo, Playstation 2. 285-9138 best
LEAVING FLORIDA, everything must go!
Household, furn., remodeling tools,
RATTAN COUCH $500, rattan/ wood wall
mirror $100, futon couch/ bed $100, porta-
ble Ipod speaker set $100, books, misc di-
amond & sapphire jewelry, kitchen & X-
mas items. Carol 904-372-4297.
HEIRLOOM, ONE of a kind furniture and
mantels made out of reclaimed, recycled
barn beams from the Midwest. 386-6010.
BLACK RUNNING boards, fits 1999 Che-
vy Tahoe 2DR, $50. Queen size head-
board, wicker, very cute, $30. 333-7550.
KENMORE WASHER & Dryer, $65/each;
Hotpoint refrigerator, $125; 641-9667,
9'10" LONGBOARD, Paul Strauch Model,
new cond. 246-1563.
SOFA, THREE sections, excellent condi-
tion; new $3000, sell for $500. 249-0622.
SURF BOARDS: RC Epoixy :9'2"; :$50;
Roger Wood 8'6", $250; Al Merrick, 7' Sa-
shimi, $350; double surf board bag, $45;
USMC golf bag, $125; Rawling golf clubs,
6', $35; children Schwinn bike, 16" tire,
$35; HP scanner, $25; HP all-in-one, $45;
six dining chairs (set), $175. 349-6601.

Locally owned & operated, hand crafted
furniture and accessories. Personalized
pet products.

HEART PINE, tongue & groove flooring
cut from antique Pine timbers. Installation,
stair material. FLORIDA HEARTWOOD
249-8310. Lic. ST-5903.

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eye or whip
5 Boat
10 Store
14 Dog in
"The Thin
15 Boys'
16 Unconscious
17 Chow
18 Beans
19 Shop
window sign
20 Shopper's
22 Cute
24 Amazement
25 up;
26 Like clipped
29 Common
title: abbr.
30 Use an
34 Brinker
of fiction
35 So: Scot.
36 Waiting
37 Alternatives
38 Metal eyelet
40 Holiday

41 Verdi's
43 Fate
44 Mechanical
45 Pole
46 Kept out
of sight
47 Boxed
48 Nut
50 "The Boy
51 Spray
54 Prolonged
58 Title for
59 1 of the 3
61 "...and
giving _,
up the
62 Shopper's
63 Common
spots for
65 Consumes
66 Erie or'
67 From

WE BUY Scrap Gold for Cash! Estate and
old jewelry, Rolexes. 241-1889.
IF YOU are interested in advertising under
this'category please call 904-249-9033 or

to Utah
1 Young
2 Mixed up
3 Word with
crazy or
4 Airport
5 Misrepresent
6 Deposed
7 Border
8 Forest
9 Written
10 Bawled out
11 Western
12 Indication
13 Pain
21 Bristlelike
23 Measure
a suit-
25 Russian
26 "Phooey!"
27 Marx
28 Beginning
29 Famous

31 Little
32 $100
33 on;
35 Last year's
36 Take a
38 Pastimes
39 Stylish
42 Tells
44 Life's
46 Skimpy
47 Mongrel
49 Seashore
50 Cup: Fr.
51 Competent
52 Assam
53 Sit a spell
54 Weapon
55 3/2 = one
56 Reagan &
once: abbr.
57 Review a
60 Yes, in

2004 FLEETWOOD Prowler, Travel Trail-
er,: 33ft'tandem axles, 2 slides, 2 doors,
large bath, 1 owner, very good condition,
$14k OBO, 285-3228, 838-4858.
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I BUY BUSINESSES. No Restaurant PONTIAC GRAND Prix SS, 2000, silver,
or Real Estate. Fast closings. $2000 as is negotiable; DVD stereo sys-
(904)402-5355. tem, 403-9474.

MOVING SALE, Thursday, Friday, Satur-
day. Everything goes. Rain or shine, all
inside 124 Hopkins Sat.

EVERYTHING MUST gol' 12/30 7an
111am. 160 Aruba Lane iThe Island i. Ri
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TIARA AZIMUT Bertram Maritimo, new
and used boats in stock. (904)894-8067.
IF YOU are interested in advertising under
this category please call 904-249-9033 or
email: classified @

ATV, HONDA 650, brand new; only 400
miles. Bright red, has winch. Call

.w/leather interior.' Fully loaded, On-Star
equipped. Very clean and runs great.
51,400 miles. $9500. (904)246-7919.
1996 FORD Bronco, red, 4WD, auto, V-8,
power windows/ locks, remote starter,
runs excellent, 95,000 miles. Only $3200,

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IF YOU are interested in advertising under
this category please call 904-249-9033 or

DRIVER NEEDED for moving company.
Experience helpful. Have phone/ transpor-
tation. 285-2426.
WANTED PART time exp. cleaning per-
son for large busy household. 2 days a
week, 12-15hrs. Duties include, deep
cleaning, laundry, some organizing. Appli-
cant must have local refs, needs to work
quickly & efficiently. Starting salary nego-
tiable. No cleaning companies please.
(904)285-3283 or fax refs to: (904)285-
FREE ROOM in Jax Beach in exchange
for part time caregiving. 610-9047.
Staff at a holistic doctor's office. Re-
sponsibilities will include answering
phones, scheduling appointments and
marketing. Written and verbal communica-
tion skills and computer knowledge are re-
quired. Please fax resume and references'
to (904)246-3778. No phone calls please.
CUSTOMER CONTACT Rep, 12-16 hours
weekly. Late afternoons. Good phone &
computer skills. Fax resume: (904)220-
4111 or e-mail: Mgeorge'

HELP WANTED classifications in this
newspaper are intended to announce gen-
uine current job openings. No fees may be
charged to the prospective employee. Ads
for self-employment or business opportu-
nities appear under the Business Opportu-
nities category. Ads which may require
payment of fees for employment informa-
tion, guidance or training may appear un-
der Job Service. Should any Help Wanted
advertiser ask for a fee or if the'advertiser
is offering a product or service rather than
a job opening, please notify The Beaches
Leader, 249-9033.
COUNTER HELP, afternoons & Saturdays
Ponte Vedra area. Call 285-5644.
LOOKING FOR Part-time promotion in
sales with a premiere health and wellness
company. Generous compensation plan.
Call Kelly,534-2937 for more info.

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PADGETT'S A/C & Heating, Inc. Family
owned and operated. When quality and
customer service are demanded call
588-5222 Financing available.
Free Estimates on replacements. License
CAC1814887. Credit cards accepted.

or Child Care, and more. PVB referen-
ces 534-3732.
AN AMAZINGLY Clean House by Natasha
is expanding. Excellent pnces and
detailed work. Lots of ref's. available
sured. Call Beth (904)472-7286.
HOLIDAY CLEANING, experienced, relia-
ble & references. Call Marsha 246-8077.
BEACHES CLEANING. Residential, Com-
mercial; Move-in/ Move-out and Construc-
tion Cleaning. Weekly, Bi-weekly or
Monthly services provided. Call for free
estimate. 718-5471.
closets. Also sewing, landscaping. Refer-
ences. 221-0801.

IF YOU are interested in advertising under
this category please call 904-249-9033 or

WOOD Fence Installation. 35yrs Experi-
ence. Mick Outdoor Enterprises.
241-7276, 838-9599.

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BEACH BOYS seasoned firewood. Nice
split oak. Small truck $50. Pickup or Deliv-
ery. Penman Road next to Terry's Country
Store. Call 759-1612.

By stack or truckload or cordwood. 907
6th Ave. So.,-Jax Beach (for pickup),
285-6427 or 249-3478 (for delivery).

BEACH BOYS Firewood. Pickup or Deliv-
ery. Ranger Special $75. Call 759-1612.

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Small to medium moves/ any distance/ flat
rates. Garage clean-outs/ trash removal.

Safe roof cleaning. Spotless window
cleaning. Pressure washing. Licensed &
Insured. Call Kevin 994-0045.

IF YOU are interestedin advertising under free estimates, work guaranteed, licensed.
this category please call 904-249-9033 or 610-7768.

applications, house calls, training, repairs,
upgrades, websites, graphics Free phone
tech. 904-249-3034 or email:
callrob @

IF YOU are interested in advertising under
this category please call 904-249-9033 or
email: classified @

Pam 742-7769.
Specializing in "Complete Flowerbed
Cleaning and Lawn care, 246-4238

ENDLESS SUMMER Lawncare. Free esti-
mates. Professional customer service.
Mowing, edging, weeding, trimming- trees,
shrubs. Licensed & insured. Residential &
commercial. CALL US FIRSTI 270-2664.

lawns. Free estimates. 246-0967.
WINSOR LAWN Service, Inc. Competitive
rates. Call Alan. 237-5301.

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RELIABLE INTERIOR/ exterior painting,
pressure washing, drywall, texture, wall
coverings. Licensed, insured, references.
25 years experience. (904)403-7389.
Top-notch work guaranteed. 17yrs. experi-
ence. Painting, trim, carpentry, wood re-
pair, pressure washing. Licensed/ Insured.
Free estimates. 861-9500.

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SBeaches Office (904) 241-5414
Westside Office (904) 786-9827
Cell (904) 714-8400

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this category please call 904-249-9033 or

IF YOU are interested in advertising under
this category please call 904-249-9033 or

NEW POOL special, 15x30. Complete and
chlorine free, only $25,000. Call 568-4112.

IF YOU are interested in advertising under
this category please call 904-249-9033 or
email: classified @

CEDAR SHAKE Siding, Hardi siding,
Award winning homes at beach, insured/
full workers comp..Call for a free estimate.
Atlantic Beach Exteriors 382-7969.

HOME & roof repair & maintenance, com-
mercial property repair, driveway sealant.
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Meridian Fitness can make a

difference in lives, especially for teens

Both the U S Surgeon General's Office and the
B Center for Disease Control have issued statements on
the need for vigor'ou, ictivin forr youth and the health
benefits to adolescents of good nutrition and regular
S exercise But Matt Thorton of Meridian Fitness in
Pont' \ledra points out, our youth are involved in
sedentary pursuits around their computers.
As the owner of Meridian Fitness at 5140 Palm
\alle\ Road, NMatt is dedicating a good part of his
career to help youth be happier and healthier. He
works with teen athletes, and has had significant suc-


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"It's not lust athletes, however," he says. "An\ kid
can improve their stamina and be happier by learning
new habits. If he or she is tired of feeling insecure and
inadequate, it's time to consider our program."
Matt has a program for young people, especially
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With equipment in a plate gym, games and personal, M
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"It's amazing how quickly this age group can realize
changes. Their bodies are vulnerable." Matt says, and that
means the\ can have weight problems and inactivity
problems that get out of hand. Bv the same token, Matt
can guide them to positive improvement in a shorter time
than many adults have experienced.
Matt's devotion to youth comes from a well balanced
background ot education and experience. A graduate of
Georgia Southern University, he played four years of foot-
ball there. He went on to play rugby on the U.S. Rugby
Team and two seasons of Arena Football. He has coached
in Georgia and Florida, and is certified through the
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Expert Meridian Trainer Matt Brueckner training a 16 year old
client who has lost over 301bs!
American Council on Exercise and the International
Fitness Association. He has been conditioning and train-
ing athletes for some time, and is happ\ to see the way it
".. can change their li\.s In this, his "forte", he has vol-'
unteered with kids since e was 17 years old.
Meridian Fitness in Ponte \edra has a lot to offer women
in this community as well. Amanda Pechaver, a nutrition
l .graduate of the Universit\ of North Florida, is carving out
her own special place at this state-of-the-art gym with her
work with women. She is the answer for women who
ae want to train and sculpt their bodies without bulking up.
th "She is creative with her workouts." Matt says, "helping
Si you to stay motivated and enjoy the process." The setting
:h at Meridian is not intimidating as so man\ big gyms can
'l- be. You have one-on-one attention and follow up as you

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Chris Patterson, who has lost over 401bs in 5 month, throwing the
eavy ball with expert trainer and owner of Meridian Fitness
latthew Thornton.
work toward goals that are developed just for you.
"Amanda is very good with women. She helps you stay
lean and trim while improving your overall health."
Any age group can making Meridian Fitness
the place to train and learn. Even those committed to
health and fitness need motivation from time to time.
Perhaps the group workshops for youth, and that includes
children from 7 years of age and up, will be the answer for
\our family in 2008. Parents and children can benefit
from Matt's program at Meridian, and it's always good for
young people to learn "by example."
As Matt's clients relate: "I lost 451bs. in five months with
the Meridian weight loss and fitness program...Thanks
Matt," Mark Goodman says. "I have never felt stronger.
leaner, or HEALTHIER!" says Jeff Rossier. "My trainer NMatt
Thornton and the staff at Meridian have helped me lose
more than 50 Ibs," Chris Patterson says. "I lost 10 pounds
in four weeks, dropped six inches, and decreased my body
fat by 10 percent with the help from my trainer Amanda!"
Alethea Goodman.
See for yourself by calling Matt or Amanda at
at 280-2112, or Matt at 610-7403 and visiting the gym.
Hours are 6 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and
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Cheri Prideaux
(above) assists
her son J.T. in
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bread house Dec.
20 at the Beaches
Branch Library.
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