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Check us out Online! mayportmirror.com 20th Annual Lighting Of The Giving Tree Season Of Giving Comes To MayportDozens of Navy Exchange patrons gathered around the large ornament-decked tree in the lobby of the main Navy Exchange (NEX) Mayport on Nov. 21 to watch the lighting of the Giving Tree and enjoy performances by children from the off-base Child Development Center. Santa Claus joined NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall and Navy Exchange (NEX) Mayport General Manager Bill Hockenbury in lighting the tree before heading back to the North Pole. This is the 20th year that the NEX has hosted the Giving Tree program in conjunction with the Mayport USO. This year is especially important, according to Mayport USO Director Pam Coates. This years donations have been slow in com ing to the center for their annual food and toy drive, but the need is still great. -Photo by Paige GnannA young girl looks at all the ornaments displayed on the Giving Tree at the NEX. Each ornament represents a young boy or girl from Mayport whose parents need help with putting a present under their Christmas tree this year. The Giving Tree program is held in conjunction with Mayport USO and runs through Dec. 17.Holiday Activities Planned For DecemberNaval Station Mayport is on the look out for Santa Claus with several special appear ances already scheduled in December. Santa was able to join NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall, Navy Exchange (NEX) Mayport General Manager Bill Hockenbury and dozens of patrons at the 20th annual Lighting of the Giving Tree on Nov. 21 at the main NEX. He is also set to visit the main NEX on a regular basis starting Dec. 7 to talk with the young girls and boys about their wish lists for Christmas, as well as take photos with the tots. For more information about dates and times, see the ad on page 9. Bring the whole family out from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to the Sea Otter Pavilion on Dec. 5 for NS Mayports annual Magical Christmas. Make sure to bring a camera to get pictures with Santa. While you are there, enjoy music by the Navy Band Southeast Dixieland Jazz, as well as performances by the children from the Child Development Centers and Youth Activity Center. There will also be games, prizes, crafts, Polar Express train rides and sweet treats for everyone. For more informa tion, call 270-5228. MWR is also sponsoring its Jingle Bell 5k/10k run on Dec. 10 starting at 8:10 a.m. in front of the new Mayport Fitness Center. Each runner will get a jingle bell for their shoe and a shirt. For more information, call 270-5452. Dont forget to sign you kids up for this years Kids Christmas Bingo on Dec. 15 at Beachside Bingo, beside Mayport Bowl. The event is open to chil dren ages 2-15. Children ages 2-9 must be accompanied by an adult guardian. Each person requires a ticket. The cost is $10 per person, including Bingo, hot dogs,chips, soda, cookies and prize draw ing. Prizes will be awarded to both children and adults. Every child will go home with a holi day goodie bag. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., games start at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at ITT and at Beachside Bingo during regular Bingo hours only. For more information, call 270-7204 or 270-5145. See Giving Tree, Page 9HSMWSL Holds Change Of CommandCmdr. George J. Austin assumed command of Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School Atlantic (HSMWSL) Nov. 22, relieving Cmdr. Raymond B. Marsh III during a change of command ceremony held on board NS Mayport. Capt. Glenn C. Doyle, Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, was guest speaker at the event. The HSM Weapons School serves as the Atlantic Fleets center of tactical excellence for training and evaluation of Maritime Strike combat helicopter aircrews. The command is responsible for ensuring that todays Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, Atlantic squad rons and detachments deploy with the most comprehensive and up to date training avail able. Additionally, the Weapons School is charged with progress--Photo by Lt. Justin CooperCmdr. George J. Austin, incoming commanding officer of Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School Atlantic salutes Capt. Glenn C. Doyle, Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet as outgoing CO Cmdr. Raymond B. Marsh III stands at his side. Austin assumed command on Nov. 22 during a change of command ceremony at Ocean Breeze Conference Center. See HSMWSL, Page 7 Public Works will con duct a complete water outage in the Bennett Shores West housing area from 10 p.m. pm Dec. 4 to 6 a.m. on Dec. 5. Residents should expect noise in the vicinity of Everglades Court and Eversole Avenue, England and Everglades streets; and also Essex Avenue and Everglades Street due to the construction. A boil water notice will be issued for 48 hours following restoration of water, and is expected to be cleared on Dec. 7. The work is being con ducted to replace mul tiple fire hydrants and valves in need of repair to ensure resident safety. If there are any questions or concerns please con tact the housing office at (904)270-5738.Boil Water Notice For Dec. 5-7

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2 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 28, 2013 Command Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Jerome Cayangyang Roman Catholic Mass Sunday 9 a.m. Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. Holy Day of Obligation (call chapel for schedule) Confessions: before & after mass or upon request CCD, RCIA & Adult Ed: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Baptisms 3rd Sunday of month 10:30 a.m. Catholic Youth Group 2nd & 4th Sunday 11:30 a.m-1 p.m. Protestant Worship Sunday 10:30 a.m. Sunday school 9:15 a.m. Choir: Wednesday 7 p.m. Baptism: For information, contact your chaplain Womens Bible Study Wednesday 9:30 a.m. Protestant Youth Group 1st Friday Youth Quak Trip 6:30 p.m. 2nd & 4th Friday at Chapel 5-8:30 p.m. PWOC 2nd Saturday 9:30 a.m. PMOC 3rd Saturday Prayer Breakfast 9 a.m. MOPS 1st & 3rd Thursday, 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 270-5212. The Mirror The Mirror The Mirror For students anticipat ing graduation in June 2014, Sunday, December 1st marks the first day they can go online to complete the applica tion for the Bright Futures Scholarships and other state loans and grants. Go to www.FloridaStudent FinancialAid.org, select State Grants, Scholarships & Applications and then select Apply Here. The completion of the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application gives the Florida Department of Education permission to evaluate the students high school transcript and test scores for eligibility for state scholarships and grants. General eligibility requirements include the following: Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eli gible non-citizen. Pursue an undergrad uate degree at an eligible Florida postsecondary institution. Begin using the scholarship funds within TWO years of high school graduation (Unless enlist directly in the military after high school gradua tion. Then the TWO-year period begins upon date of separation from active duty.). The requirement is a change to the eligibility requirements which previously allowed three years for reinstatement! Have not been found guilty or have pled no contest to a felony charge. Be enrolled for at least six non-remedial semes ter credit hours. NOTE: Last years requirement of sub mitting an error-free Free Application for Federal Student Aid has been rescinded by the Legislature. The online Florida Financial Aid Application is a self-reported docu ment. The student can use his transcript from last June at the end of his junior year to complete the application. All information will be verified when the district uploads his first semester grades and courses in January of 2014. See the attached Bright Futures update for additional informa tion on the Bright Futures Application. Some SAT/ ACT score require ments increased for stu dents graduating this year. Community service requirements increased last year for all three Bright Futures award lev els. If a student wants to qualify for 7TH SEMESTER eligibility, he needs to make sure that his GPA, test scores, and volunteer hours have been input into the dis tricts computer system. Volunteer hours, espe cially, should be turned in NO LATER than January 10, 2014 to determine 7th semester eligibility. Encourage the student to return to guidance the week of January 20th to ask for a copy of a com puter print-out showing that his volunteer hours are indeed in the com puter system. THESE JANUARY DEADLINES ARE ONLY FOR THOSE STUDENTS TRYING TO QUALIFY FOR A 7TH SEMESTER AWARD. REMEMBER: If a stu dent qualifies for an award at 7th semester AND graduates in June, he cannot lose the award even if his GPA falls below the requirements for that award. However, if he increases his GPA between January and graduation, he can earn a higher award. In past years, students went to www.flvs.org to check their Bright Futures GPA. This information is now found on www. flvc.org. This website, Florida Virtual Campus for Students, is Floridas official online one-stopshop in transitioning students from middle school through college. AND IT IS THE ONLY PLACE STUDENTS AND PARENTS CAN CHECK THE STUDENTS BRIGHT FUTURES GPA!!! It is not the GPA on the report card nor is it found on the transcript. You must go to www.flvc.org to find this important information. 7th semester informa tion should appear on the website mid-February. While there, check to make sure that SAT or ACT scores are in the States system. If they are not, the student should check with his counselor to make sure the quali fying score is in the dis tricts system. It will then be transmitted to Bright Futures in late January/ early February with his 7th semester grades and volunteer hours. If not, he has several weeks to resolve the problem with SAT or ACT. The State no longer sends acceptance let ters by mail. Learn how to create a PIN (Personal Identification Number) online at www.FloridaStudent FinancialAid.org Students MUST monitor their award status online. This is the STUDENTS RESPONSIBILITY! Funding for the scholarship does not begin until the fall term following high school graduation. Scholarship recipients are not eligible for funding during the summer term immediately following high school graduation. The academic year begins in the fall and ends in the summer. By going online to www.FloridaStudent FinancialAid.org, you can check on the current year award amounts for each of the three Bright Futures Scholarships. For additional finan cial aid information, each DCPS high school will hold a Financial Aid Night in either December or January. Or you can attend the Financial Aid Night I will sponsor on Jan. 30, 6:30 pm at the USO on Mayport Rd. Monies available to mili tary dependents will also be provided at this event designed for military families. Judy Cromartie is the School Liaison Officer for NS Mayport. If you have questions about this arti cle or concerns about an educational issue impact ing your child, she can be reached via email at judith.cromartie@navy. mil or by phone at (904) 270-6289 X1305 [office] or (904) 993-5860 [cell]. Or you can schedule a meeting with her in her office in Building One.Bright Futures Online Application Opens Dec. 1Judy Cromartie School Liaison Officer In the shadow of Veterans Day, one event forever changed the way siblings serve in the United States Armed Forces. On Nov. 13, 1942, the warship USS Juneau (CL 52) was sunk following the Battle of Guadalcanal. Among the crew were the five Sullivan brothers, George (28), Francis (27), Joseph (24), Madison (23) and Albert (20). I first came to appreciate the story of the Sullivan broth ers while serving a congregation in Columbia, South Carolina. The local American Legion was preparing for their Annual Veterans Day celebra tion and asked if I could incorporate the story of the Sullivans into my remarks. In those days before internet search engines and YouTube videos, most people would begin an endeavor like this with a trip to the local library, but I had a spe cial resource. In my congregation was an indi vidual named Wally, who had enlisted with his father in Marine Corps in 1942. His active duty spanned 40 years hold ing every enlisted rank, Warrant Officer, and completed his service as a Marine Captain. His service began with the Guadalcanal Campaign and he knew the story of The Fighting Sullivan Brothers better than anyone. What started as a cup of coffee became a regular routine over the next three years and a lifelong friendship. The Navy has a unique way of remembering acts of heroism, valor, and courage. In the naming of ships we are given both a legacy to strive for and a story to share. When I first arrived in Mayport, I saw the shamrock plaque, which adorns the superstructure of the USS The Sullivans (DD 537). On the morn ing of Nov. 13 I sent an email to CH Buster Williams who is serving as the Ships Chaplain, NOV Anniversary of the Fighting Sullivan broth ers lost on USS Juneau. He responded that eve ning they gathered for a simple service of remem brance on the flight deck. The ships bell is tolled five times, and the let ter that had been written to their parents, Thomas and Alletta Sullivan, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt is read, and five Sailors bring covers and throw them into the sea. Seventy-one years after their loss, the Sullivans are remembered once more and the heritage of their service is passed on to another crew. St. Paul writes in Philippians 1:3, I thank my God every time I remember you. If we were to look at stories behind the name on every ship, committed those stories to memory, and honoring their sacrifices, perhaps one day we will gather with others to tell their story to another generation. May all of these stories be a source of encouragement and blessing to all.Chaplain Tom Bingol CNSL Ministry Center The Importance of Remembering Our Heritage GPA (NOTE: GPAs are not rounded) Florida Academic Scholars Florida Medallion Scholars Gold Seal Vocational 3.5 weighted GPA using the credits listed below: 4 English (3 with substantial writing) 4 Mathematics (Algebra I level and above) 3 Natural Science (2 with substantial lab) 3 Social Science 2 World Language** (sequential, in the same language) 16 Credits of college prep academic Courses Weighting for more challenging, higher level courses is prescribed by law as .50 per course per year. 3.0 weighted GPA using the credits listed below: 4 English (3 with substantial writing) 4 Mathematics (Algebra I level and above) 3 Natural Science (2 with substantial lab) 3 Social Science 2 World Language** (sequential, in the same language) 16 Credits of college prep academic Courses Weighting for more challenging, higher level courses is prescribed by law as .50 per course per year. 3.0 weighted GPA using the 16 core credits listed below for a 4-year diploma and a 3.5 UNWGPA in a minimum of 3 Career and Technical Education credits in one vocational program: 4 English 4 Mathematics include Alg I 3 Natural Science (2 with lab) 3 Social Science (US Hist, Am Govt, Wrld Hist, Econ) 1 Fine OR Identified Pract. Art OR .5 credit in each 1 PE (to include HOPE) 16 Credits Plus a minimum of 3 Career and Technical Education credits in one vocational program VOLUNTEER HOURS Florida Academic Scholars Florida Medallion Scholars Gold Seal Vocational 100 hours 75 hours 30 hours

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Naval Station Mayport Projects Recognized By American Concrete Institute ChapterProjects at Naval Station Mayport were recognized by the American Concrete Institute, Florida First Coast Chapter Nov. 14 in Jacksonville at the chap ters 2013 annual awards banquet. The awards recog nized constructions with a Significant Concrete Structure. Two of the seven proj ects receiving an award were Navy structures aboard Naval Station (NS) Mayport the Wharf Charlie (C-1) Improvements project and the Mayport Fitness Center were recognized. A Significant Concrete Structure is a concrete structure in which con crete is used in a unique or innovative way and/or concrete is used because of its advantages over other materials with con sideration to aesthet ics, durability, cost and scheduling flexibility. Wharf Charlie is a general purpose berth ing wharf originally con structed in 1952. The berth is one of two pri mary deep draft berths at Mayport. When construc tion began the existing bulkhead was 57 years old and exhibited signs of severe corrosion and par tial failure. The Wharf is considered a Significant Concrete Structure because precast/pre stressed marine con crete products and spe cifically designed marine and flowable grout mixes were used to enhance the durability of the concrete structure. The contractor devel oped a new marine mix designed to enhance the structures durability, increase its propensity to protect it from the severe environment, and overall sustainability. The mix design exceeded the compressive strength require ments while retaining a high resistance to chor lide ion penetration and possible subsequent steel corrosion. Having the opportunity to work on a unique, durable and lasting mis sion related construc tion effort is rare, said NS Mayport Public Works Department Construction Engineering Technician Joann Mason of the Wharf Charlie construc tion effort. I am honored to be a part the NAVFAC Southeast Mayport team as a contributing member on this historical first a double deck wharf devel opment. The NS Mayport Fitness Center included a 100,000-square-foot addition and renovation project that required the design and construction of a one-story indoor pool addition. The gym cen tralizes all desired fitness programs in one facil ity on base. It has 18,000 plus square-feet of weight training and cardio area, a cycling studio, two championship-sized basket ball courts, two racquet ball courts, three group exercise rooms, a fam ily fitness room, and the 10 lane 50-meter indoor pool. The renovated facility also includes locker rooms, offices, a child care area and a sauna. A significant amount of concrete was used constructing the 50-meter indoor pool and renovating the now 100,000-square-foot facil ity, said Mason. The fitness center will support Navy training requirements and offer multiple opportuni ties for self-directed and group led physical fit ness options. The cen ters facility spaces were designed to serve multi ple purposes, and include systems that extend the buildings service life far beyond traditional proj ects. The ACI asks for nomi nations each year to showcase the best projects that display concrete structures that are unique and innovative. -U.S. Navy photo/releasedRepresentatives from the U.S. Navy and its contractor partners were recognized by the American Concrete Institute at its Annual Awards Banquet Nov. 14. Two projects located onboard Naval Station Mayport include the Wharf Charlie (C-1) Improvements and the Mayport Fitness Center. Pictured from the left are Ross Adolph, Vulcan Materials; Joann Mason, NAVFAC Southeast/PWD Mayport; Tony Landry, Orion Marine (Sr. PM); Mate Tate, Orion Marine (PM); Shane McCreery, Orion Marine (QC); Alvin Lopez, Orion Marine (Site Superintendent); and JT Walker, Vulcan Materials (QC). THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 28, 2013 3

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4 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 28, 2013 USS The Sullivans Honors Fallen Brothers The guided-mis sile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) held a memorial ceremony to honor the 71st anniver sary of the sinking of USS Juneau (CL-52), Nov. 13. The sinking of Juneau resulted in the loss of the five Sullivan brothers for whom the destroy ers DDG 68 and former DD-537 are named 700 other Sailors also per ished as a result of the sinking. The ships crew mus tered on the flight deck as Communications Officer Ensign Michael Fleck read the memorial service script. Juneau successfully avoided two [torpedoes], but the third struck her. There was an explosion and the ship broke in two, sinking in 20 seconds. George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and Albert were lost said Fleck. The ships bell chimed once at each mention of a Sullivan brothers name. Commanding Officer Cmdr. Samuel de Castro read President Roosevelts letter to Mrs. Alleta Sullivan, mother of the five brothers. The Navy Department has informed me of the expressed desire of your sons to serve on the same ship. I am sure that we all take pride in knowing they fought side by side. As one of your sons wrote, we will make a team together that cant be beat. It is this spirit which in the end must triumph. The ceremony con tinued with the pre sentation of white cov ers. Three seamen, one gunners mate, and one boatswains mate were selected to represent each of the Sullivan brothers and their rates. As the boatswains mate piped, each of the five stepped forward, dropped a cover over the side and saluted. It was during the bat tle of Guadalcanal on November 13, 1942, that George (28), Francis (27), Joseph (24), Madison (23), and Albert Sullivan (20) lost their lives. At about 11 a.m. that day, Juneau crossed paths with a Japanese submarine that fired three torpedoes at USS San Francisco. One torpedo passed San Francisco and struck Juneau on the port side, resulting in a catastrophic explosion and sinking. The brothers insisted that they serve in the U.S. Navy together despite the Navys wartime policy to separate family members, which is why the ship adopted the motto, We Stick Together! The Sullivans is deployed in support of maritime security opera tions and theater securi ty cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.-Photos by Lt.j.g. Sean MenezesSailors hold Dixie Cups with the names of each of the five Sullivan brothers who died with the sinking of USS Juneau on Nov. 13, 1942 during a memorial service held on board USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) on Nov. 13, 2013. A Sailor is piped as she goes to throw a Dixie Cup hat overboard representing one of the five Sullivans brothers. The ships bell and life preserver used in the memorial ceremony. The crew gathers on the flight deck during a memorial in remembrance of the five Sullivan brothers killed during World War II. The ship was named in their honor.

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THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 28, 2013 5 Cmdr. Samuel de Castro, commanding officer of USS The Sullivans, speaks to the crew about the sacrifice the five brothers made and how their legacy lives on in the U.S. Navy today. Sailors from USS The Sullivans hold Dixie Cup hats with the name of each Sullivan brother and a shamrock depicting their Irish American heritage. USS The Sullivans was named after the five Sullivan brothers who died after the Battle of Guadacanal during World War II. A Sailor aboard USS The Sullivans throws a Dixie Cap over board during a memorial ceremony in honor of the Sullivans brothers who died in 1942. The Sullivans is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Cmdr. Samuel de Castro reads President Roosevelts letter to Mrs. Alleta Sullivan, mother of the five brothers. Dixie Cups with the names of the Sullivan brothers, George (28), Francis (27), Joseph (24), Madison (23), and Albert Sullivan (20), who died after the sinking of USS Juneau during World War II.

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Learn Family Life Skills With FFSCThe following class es and activities are offered by the Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) and are free of charge. Pre-registration is required and childcare is not available. For more information about the classes or to register call 270-6600, ext. 1701. FFSC is located in Building One on Massey Avenue. Nov. 25, 9 a.m.noon, Resume Writing Workshop FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 1616 Nov. 25, Anger Management Workshop, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 What does anger do for you? Communicate for you? Keep people at a safe distance from you? Keep you in charge? For many people, anger serves many uses, but all too often, it is at a high cost, anger can effect ones relationship, career and friendship. If you would like to break out of the get angry/get even syndrome, come to this class. Participants learn how anger and judgment are related, about irra tional beliefs and faulty self-talk, what E + R = O means, and the roles of stress and forgiveness in anger. Managing your anger group is recom mended as well. Nov. 26, 10 a.m.-noon, Active Parenting Ages 5-12 FFSC Building 1, Room 607 The program is based on Dr. Michael Popkin, PH.D ACTIVE PARENTING NOW 6 classes. This program is designed to assist you and your family put into practice the skills learned in the class. Specific parenting skills that are dis cussed as well as some of the challenges that are faced by all families include understanding yourself and your child, the four goals of misbe havior, building courage and character in your child, and encourag ing and listening to your child. Each week a differ ent topic is thoroughly covered via discussion, video vignettes, and handbook information. Participation in all 6 ses sions is required. Nov. 26, 9-11:30 a.m., Salary and Negotiations FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 1616 Nov. 27, 9 a.m.-noon, Part 1: Organizing Your Job Search & Networking FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Nov. 27, 1:30-3 p.m., Part 2: Targeting Your Resume FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Nov. 28, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO Parents and children together meet to share parenting concerns, ideas, and fun! The group invites professionals to address specific areas of concern such as nutrition, toilet training, etc. We even take field trips sev eral times a year to local parks, museums and playgrounds. This group is designed for moms new to the area or moms who want their child to inter act with other children their childs age. All chil dren age four and below are invited to attend. Dec. 2, New Dads Class, 1-3:30 p.m., USO This program is designed for new Dads and Moms. The program will address, investigate, and discuss issues facing fathers in todays weird world. The attendees will look at being a father in the military, on care of newborns and toddlers and how to grow with your child and become the Dad you really want to be. The program will increase the participants knowledge about child development and will also address relationship changes that accompany the birth of a child. Dec. 2, Relationship Communication 1-3 p.m., FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 Whether youve been dating for 6 months or married for 20 years, effective communica tion is critical to keeping your relationship happy, healthy and strong. Come learn new techniques which will help you build on the strengths of your relationship and learn to identify barriers to effective communica tion. Class is held every month from 3-hour class. Couples are encouraged but not required to attend class together. Dec. 2-6, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Transition GPS Retiree Workshop FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 1616 Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-noon, Active Parenting FFSC Building 1, Room 702 Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-noon, Part 1: Organizing Your Job Search & Networking FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Dec. 4, 1:30-3 p.m., Part 2: Targeting Your Resume FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Dec. 4, 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Stress Management Wellness Center Stress is a normal part of everyones life. It can be energizing and a fac tor in motivating us. But too much stress, without relief, can have debili tating effects. This pro gram is designed to pro vide participants with an understanding of what stress is and how it affects them. The class also helps participants begin to look at their own lives and development way to cope with stress and make life style changes. Dec. 4, 10:30-11:30 a.m., How To Survive The Holidays FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 719 Dec. 4, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Command Liaison Bldg. 1, Room 1615 Dec. 5, 10-11 a.m., Healthy You, Healthy Family FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607 Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-noon, Tottle Tyme Playgroup USO Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m., Christmas Party for IA Children, USO Dec. 6, 8 a.m.-noon, Point of Contact Bldg. 1, Room 1615 Dec. 6, 1-3 p.m., Data Collection Coordinator Bldg. 1, Room 1615 Dec. 9, Anger Management Workshop, FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 Dec. 10, 1-3 p.m., PFM Forum FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 719 Dec. 11, 9-11 a.m., Car Buying Strategies FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 702 Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-noon, Part 1: Organizing Your Job Search & Networking FFSC Bldg. 1, Room 607Important Info About Your Drinking WaterNov. 19, 2013 Drinking Water Problem CorrectedCustomers of the NS Mayport Water Distribution Utility were notified earlier this month of a problem with the drinking water; specifically Disinfectant Byproducts (DBPs) above the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL). We are pleased to report that the corrective actions taken to minimize levels of the DBPs, specifically the Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs), have been success ful and the NS Mayport water quality again meets or exceeds all federal, state, and local drinking water regulations. The standard for TTHMs is 80 micrograms per liter (g/L) and the highest reading for TTHMs was 59.09 g/L. Haloacetic Acids (HAA5s) have remained in compliance with regulatory limits, with a reading for HAA5s of 18.46 g/L, well below the MCL of 60 g/L. We will continue to routinely monitor for the pres ence of these drinking water contaminants. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience. You may contact Lt.j.g. Stephen Baker at 904-2703152 with any comments or questions. Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly. You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail. State Public Water System ID#: 2160734 Date distributed: 26 Nov 2013 6 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 28, 2013

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Hypnotist Teaches Dangers Of Drinking, Driving When a safety stand down is announced, most military members think about death by PowerPoint and the message going in one ear and out the other. The com mand at Naval Station Mayport approached the safety stand down before the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend in a differ ent way, by using a little Magic. Retired Marine Master Sergeant Bryan McDaniel, who is a hyp notherapist and a mem ber of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, was a guest speaker at a safety pre sentation at the Mayport Naval Station Chapel November 20. According to McDaniel using hyp notism and humor can entertain and hold the audiences attention to stress the underlying theme which is to not Drink and Drive. The message is dont drink and drive, my method is a little more effective and interactive among the service mem bers, he said. They see their peers on stage and it is not a standard PowerPoint presentation where they are involved in a task but the audience takes a much more active involvement in the pre sentation. McDaniel started the show by asking for open-minded volunteers to be part of his routine. Fifteen Sailors approached the stage fully aware they would be hypnotized but not aware of what they were about to do. He assured them they would be perfectly safe. With soothing music in the background, he spoke to them softly, asking the volunteers to close their eyes and imagine them selves in a vast emptiness. While he spoke, the Navy volunteers grew more and more tired. Eventually, the magician had complete control over them. Next McDaniel com manded his volunteers to think back to when they were five years old, then to dress up in their favorite costumes and go trick or treating, gather ing candy from mem bers of the audience. He randomly gave them costumes of the Village People and had them sing the song Y.M.C.A. Although the acts were amusing, the hypnother apist did not forget the main focus of the presentation. In his final act, he hypnotized the Sailors to make them think they were at a party get ting drunk. After 2 quick drinks, the Sailors were intoxicated. When the party was over, the volunteers had to decide who was going to drive them home. One of the Sailors volunteered to drive home and had one other passage in the make shift car with him. After driving for a short time, the driver slammed on the brakes, killing the passenger. McDaniel wanted to make sure the audience would not forget this scenario. He hoped to get his point across to his audience, and make them realize the conse quences of driving under the influence. He used this act to show what could happen if people act irresponsibly behind the wheel. Unfortunately, this seems to happen too often. You need to make the right decisions before you go drinking, McDaniels said. I developed this presentation so service members can enjoy themselves but also get a powerful message, Dont Drink and Drive. -Photo by Paige GnannNaval Station Mayport holds a safety standdown with a twist as members of the command, including Engineman 1st Class Bryan Pentlin, are hypnotised by retired Marine Master Sgt. Bryan McDaniel, a hypnotherapist and member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians on Nov. 20. McDaniel used hypnotism and humor to reinforce his message of dont drink and drive.ing and ensuring the future combat success of all East Coast Helicopte Maritime Strike aircraft. During his 15-month tour as commanding offi cer, Marsh made immediate and enduring readi ness improvements for deploying combat air crews. His direction and leadership pushed the Weapons Schools per sonnel to grow and excel professionally. He focused their talents and expertise to provide unprecedented levels of training and support for fleet operators. His next assign ment will be as the Air Operations Officer on board USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), homeported in Norfolk, Va. A native of West Deptford, New Jersey, Austin enlisted in the Navy in January 1990 and served as a Machinist Mate (Nuclear) until his selection to the United States Naval Academy. He graduated from the Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and received his commission in 1996. He also holds a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Developmental Test Pilot designation. He brings extensive fleet experience from flying tours on the East and West Coast, he has completed multiple WESTPAC and 5th Fleet deployments, MH-60R and MH-60S Seahawk Helicopter developmen tal testing and evaluation, as well as an Individual Augmentee tour with Task Force Raptor in Baghdad, Iraq supporting a Special Forces team. He also brings overseas staff experience from a tour at EUCOM Headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.From Page 1Weaps THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 28, 2013 7

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I have 60 more families on my list this year than I did last year, she said. We need non perishable food and money dona tions are great since we give our family gift cards to pay for their turkey or ham. The Giving Tree is a special military commu nity outreach program designed to extend holiday warmth to special children in need throughout the Mayport military community. Decorated with handmade orna ments by the children at the CDC, attached to each ornament is the age, gen der, clothing size and toy wish for a NS Mayport child. NEX patrons are asked to enhance the Christmas holiday and makes dreams come true for these children with gifts of toys and/or cloth ing. The way it works is simple. Individuals choose a handmade ornament off of the Giving Tree and register their name at the Flower Shop counter. Next, purchase and/ or make a gift for a child who is represented by the ornament on the Giving Tree. Then return your unwrapped gifts and ornament to a Flower Shop associate within seven days. This program will end on Dec. 17. Please make sure to return your gifts and the ornament no later than the Dec. 17 deadline. For more information about Giving Tree, see an associate in the Flower Shop. To donate food to Mayport USO, call 2463481.Mayport Ships Aid CVN 77 COMPTUEX The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2 departed Norfolk to begin Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX)Nov. 20. COMPTUEX is a series of training exer cises designed to certify the carrier strike group deployment-ready by testing its ability to react to real-world scenarios and perform as an integral unit. USS Philippine Sea and USS Roosevelt are also participating in the training exercises. Commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic (CSFTL) is evaluating CSG2 on how they per form during simulated surface and sub-surface threats and ship move ments such as transiting a strait in hostile waters. CSFTL will evaluate our ability to perform all the different mission sets, said Cmdr. Andrew Walton, the Operations officer of USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). This includes every thing from counter-piracy to maritime interdiction operations and strike warfare. Throughout COMPTUEX, fictitious geopolitical scenarios are used to replicate realworld circumstances that could be encountered during deployment. We immerse ourselves in this synthetic world from the second we pull lines over and get under way, said Cmdr. Walton. This acts as a represen tation of what well see throughout our deploy ment, such as failed states, acts of piracy, and counter-terrorism opera tions. We expect that throughout the event, therell be airborne, sur face and even sub-surface forces out there that will be testing us. CSG 2 combines George H.W. Bush, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 during the exercise. All ships and their crews and the embarked air wing will play a vital role Our role during this COMPTUEX will be similar to previous underways, said Lt. j.g. Jared Good, a pilot in Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9. We will continue to provide support foraAnti-terror ism force protection, and such things as vertical replenishment and manoverboard drills. CSG 2 is conducting its final pre-deployment evaluation to ensure safe and effective coordination with the strike group to achieve mission readiness and the ability to work alongside international allies in the execution of the Navys maritime strategy. -Photos by Paige GnannNS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall talks with children from the Mayport Child Development Center after they perform during the annual Lighting of the Giving Tree at the Navy Exchange Mayport on Nov. 21.From Page 1Giving Tree Quartermaster Seaman Matthew Alvarico signals to the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) from the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) during a replenishment-at-sea. Gettysburg is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR.-Photos by MC2 Donald R. White Jr.Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Hyun Park, assigned to the Swamp Foxes of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74, inventories parts aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). Children from NS Mayport Child Development Center perform Christmas songs during the 20th annual Lighting of the Giving Tree on Nov. 21. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 28, 2013 9

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Auto Skills Center November Special: Coolant flush $40 and free antifreeze check. 270-5392 Dec. Special: 10% off deluxe oil change. 270-5392 Dec. 3-13: Free Pre-Leave Vehicle Inspection at the Auto Skills Center. Dec. 3-13 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Before you head home on leave, stop by the Auto Skills Center for a vehicle inspection. Call ahead for an appointment. 270-5392 Tire Special: Buy four tires and receive free rotation on those tires for life (must show receipt to receive rotation). 2705392 Beachside Bingo Wednesdays: Lunchtime Bingo Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Beachside Bingo. Two $500 payouts every week. Buy two, get one free. Still only $13.00 per pack. 270-7204 Nov. 29: Black Friday at Beachside Bingo. 6:30 p.m. Join us on Black Friday for spe cials, double payouts and more. 270-7204 Dec. 15: Kids Christmas Bingo 12:30 p.m. at Beachside Bingo. $10 per person (includes bingo, hot dogs, soda, cook ies, and prize drawing). Special appearance by Santa. 270-7204 or 270-5145 Castaways Lounge Every Weekday: Castaways After Work, At Ease: Stop into Castaways every MondayFriday from 4-6 p.m. for our great nightly specials! Enjoy Margarita Monday, Tuesdays Pint Glass Night, Around-theWorld Wednesday, BOGO Thursday and Five Dollar Friday! Plus, Last Buck Bottles on the 14th and last day of every month! 270-7205 Every Thursday: Trivia on Tap. 6 p.m. at Castaways. Test your general trivia knowledge! the winning team of four takes home awesome prizes! 2707205 Every Sunday: NFL Sunday Ticket. Every Sunday at Noon at Castaways. Watch you favorite NFL team on one of Castaways 9 flat-screens. Drink specials throughout the day and oppor tunity to win prizes every Sunday. 270-7205 Focsle Lounge CPO Club Every Tuesday: All Khaki Wings and Trivia Night. 3-7 p.m. every Tuesday at Focsle CPO Club with 40-cent wings, drink specials and all-you-candrink soft drinks for $1. Trivia begins at 5:30 p.m. All Khakis welcome (Chief Petty Officers, Officers and their guests). Chicken Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Focsle Lounge. Enjoy a twopiece fried chicken plate with two sides for only $7.00. 2705431 Dec. 11: All-Hands Steak Night. 4-7 p.m. at Focsle CPO Club. For tickets, call (904) 2705940 x1228. Nov. 29: Black Friday Shopping. Van departs Liberty Center at 11 p.m. on Nov. 28; transportation only. Dec. 3: Mall Trip: Town Center. Van departs Liberty Center at 4 p.m; transportation only. Dec. 5: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans. Van Departs 6:30 p.m. at Liberty Center. Cost $15. Dec. 7: USO PAL Day in St. Augustine. Van Departs 8 a.m. at Liberty Center. Free; transporta tion only. Dec. 9: Liberty Programmer Meeting. 4 p.m. at the Liberty Center. This is a chance to tell the programmer what you want on YOUR Liberty Calendar. Free Food! Stop by and bring your ideas! Dec. 11: Chess Tournament. 6 p.m. at Liberty Center. Dec. 15: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills. Van Departs 11 a.m. at Liberty Center. Cost $15. Dec. 16: Mall Trip: Town Center. Van departs Liberty Center at 4 p.m; transportation only. Dec. 18: Help Feed the Homeless. Van departs 2:30 p.m. Sign up deadline Dec. 17. Dec. 19: Billiards Tournament. 6 p.m. -Photo by Sarah BarthelemyA Sailor tries to ride a tricycle down a course while wearing drunk goggles during the Tipsy Turvy Turkey Derby sponsored by MWR and CSADD.-Photo by AC2 Shavon ArmstrongSailors try to hit targets while wearing the drunk goggles during the derby at Sea Otter Pavilion. 10 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 28, 2013

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Intramural SportsDec. 10: Jingle Bell 5K/10K Run 8:10 a.m. in front of the gym. Dec. 14: Army Navy Football Party. Free tailgating. Flag football behind the gym. 12:30 p.m. Mayport vs. Army. 1 p.m. Mayport Gold vs. Army. Army vs. Navy College Football Game at 3 p.m. at Beachside Community Center. 2705451. Mayport Bowling Center Friday Nights: Xtreme Bowling. 8-11 p.m. every Friday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Saturday Nights: Xtreme Bowling. 8-11 p.m. every Saturday at Mayport Bowling Center. $10 include 2 hours of black light bowling, shoe rental, prizes and dazzling laser light show. 270-5377 Sunday Nights: Bowling Family Fun Night. 4-7 p.m. at Mayport Bowling Center. Cost is $10 per person and includes your choice of a lb hamburger or a hot dog with fries and a soda, All-You-Can Bowl with shoes, music videos, light show and colored headpin bowling for prizes. 270-5377 Nov. 29: Day After Thanksgiving Bowling Specials. 3 different spe cials, all day at Mayport Bowling Center. Daytime Special: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 2 hours of Red Pin Bowling, plus a lb. burger or hot dog with chips and a soda $11. Evening Special: 5-8 p.m. 2 hours of Red Pin Bowling, plus one item of Fast Lanes Grille Menu and a soda $13. Late Night Special: 8-11 p.m. 2 hours of Xtreme Bowling, music videos, awesome laser light show, and special drink specials $10. 2705377 Windy Harbor Golf Club Wednesdays: Military Appreciation Day every Wednesday at Windy Harbor Golf Club.18 Holes and a Cart Only $15. Offer open to DOD, active duty, retired, and military dependents (Must provide proper ID) Basketball sea son is in full swing as USS Vicksburg took on COMUSNAVSO (C4F) in a close game on Nov. 21. Vicksburgs FC2 Derek Webb lead the team to a 59-52 victory scoring 18 points followed by YNSN Christopher Jordan with 14 points. C4F YNSN Rickey Grays high scor ing game with 20 points wasnt enough to pull out the win. On Court 1 the squad rons went head to head as the HSM-46 Grandmasters took on the HSM-40 Airwolves. The game stayed close in the first half with the Grandmasters holding a 9-point lead. In the sec ond half Grandmasters opened up their game with a final 60-40 victory. Other scores this week: Oct. 18 USCG Sector Jax 51 Hu City Hue Slayers 47 Vicksburg 56 Harbor Ops Wolverines 26 HSL-48 Vipers 51 Marines Semper Go Hard 49 Oct. 19 HSL-48 Vipers 67 COMUSNAVSO 59 Vicksburg 43 HSM-46 Grandmasters 45 Oct. 20 HSM 48 Vipers 53 Airwolves 22 Air Ops 45 Harbor Ops Wolverines 43 USCG Sector Jax 49 Marines Semper Go Hard 46 Games are played Monday thru Thursday 1700 and 1815 for Intramural play and 1130 Monday thru Thursday for Greybeard (30 and Older). This is a Captains Cup league for Active Duty only. For more information on how you can get your team involved contact Rita Hammerstad at 904270-7719. Basketball Season At MWR-Photo by AC2 Shavon ArmstrongMembers of USS Vicksburgs basketball team go up against COMUSNAVSO during a game on Nov. 21 at Mayport Fitness Center basketball courts. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 28, 2013 11

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12 THE MIRROR, NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 28, 2013 Troops Can Send Satellite Radio MessagesThe Joint Hometown News Service, part of the Defense Media Activity here, is partnering this year with SiriusXM Radio to enable service mem bers worldwide to send holiday greetings to loved ones back home. Military members any where can call a toll-free number, 888-776-2790, to record a holiday message for airing on the satellite radio network. For 30 years, holiday greetings have been col lected by Joint Hometown News Service teams that travel overseas and bring messages back to air on stateside radio and television stations. While this years team already has returned home, its not too late for service mem bers to participate by calling the toll-free number or DSN 312-733-4660 said the programs direc tor. Even in the world today with social media and service members able to Skype from any where, theres still some thing special about turning on the radio and hearing a family member who cannot be home for the holidays, said Rick Blackburn, director of the Joint Hometown News Service. This is a great opportunity for our folks and is a reminder to the American public that our men and women serve around the world, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, he said. Soldiers can call SiriusXM around the clock and leave a 15-sec ond greeting. They will be prompted by a recorded message to provide their name, rank, duty loca tion, hometown and then a short greeting to friends or family. Our goal is to get as many military members on the air for the holidays as possible, Blackburn said. So far this year, 2,658 holiday greetings have been collected. A Joint Hometown News Service team traveled to Alaska, Japan, Korea and Guam. Additional greetings were also collected from troops in Afghanistan and Europe by American Forces Network broad casters. With Defense Department budget cuts, teams are not able to travel as much as they used to, and the Joint Hometown News Service appreciates others pitch ing in to help with holi day greetings, said Amy Natasha Schleper, JHNS broadcast chief. With other outlets willing to pitch in and shoot for us, were able to really get a good number of holiday greetings, as well as a better mix of locations, Schleper said. Its a lot of extra work for them, she said. We hope they know the families at home appreciate their efforts. Every video greeting is turned into a radio greet ing as well, Schleper said. SiriusXM Radio is another avenue we are using to collect and dis tribute important holiday greetings, Blackburn said. SiriusXM has more than 25 million subscribers on two services operating in the United States: Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio. The holiday greet ings will be aired on SiriusXMs Holiday Traditions channel through Jan. 1.Fed Voting Program Looks To Build On SuccessesThe Federal Voting Assistance Program hopes to build on the success of the 2012 election cycle in next years mid-term elections, said Matt Boehmer, the new director of the program. Boehmer testified about the voting assistance program before the House Committee on Administration Nov. 20. Voting is the fundamental right of those living in a democracy, the director said. He spoke about the improvements Congress put in place to make voting in federal elections eas ier and more accessible. These steps are part of the Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act for 1986 amended by passage of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act signed into law in 2009. The Federal Voting Assistance Program aims to promote awareness of the right to vote and eliminate barriers to voting. In 2012, FVAP made great strides to improve processes, programs and tools, he said. The office launched an aggres sive communications plan to promote the awareness of the offices resources including an upcoming revamp of its web site. Our post-election data revealed that when service members used our resources, they are more likely to return their ballots, Boehmer told lawmakers. Data also shows that the office must do more to raise awareness of these tools, he said. It is my personal goal ... to ensure that we accomplish this, Boehmer said. In 2014, the office is devel oping new public service announcements aimed at overseas citizens and military spouses. We are providing custom ized digital toolkits to our voting assistance officers, election officials, advocacy organizations and overseas companies with large numbers of U.S. citizens, Boehmer said. The office is reaching out to younger voters via social media and mobile devices, he said. Military members regis ter to vote at a rate equal to or greater than the general pop ulation, Boehmer said. But registration isnt the end of the story. Service members are an especially mobile population. Keeping up-to-date contact information on file at the elec tion office is an on-going chal lenge. The office is working on ini tiatives to automate address updates and inform service members to notify their election officials of any new addresses.Pentagon Beefs Up Contractor Info Security Requirements An amendment published Nov. 18 to the Defense Federal Acquisition Supplement will require defense con tractors to incorporate established informa tion security standards on their unclassified networks and to report cyber-intrusion incidents that result in the loss of unclassified controlled technical information from these networks. The amendment will apply to all new contracts that will use or gener ate technical informa tion, said Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technolo gy and logistics, in a statement issued today. Defense contractors throughout the depart ments supply chain have been targeted by cyber criminals attempt ing to steal unclassified technical data, Kendall said, calling the amend ment an essential step to ensure that this valuable information is protected. We cannot continue to give our potential adver saries the benefits in time and money they obtain by stealing this type of information, he added. Kendall said this is a one of many signifi cant follow on actions to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagels Oct. 10 memo directing actions to pro tect DOD unclassified controlled technical information from cyber intru sions and minimize the consequences associated with loss of this informa tion. Protection of techni cal information is a high priority for the depart ment and is critical to preserving the intellec tual property and com petitive capabilities of our national industrial base, the undersecre tary said. This informa tion, while unclassified, is comprised of data con cerning defense systems requirements, concepts of operations, technologies, designs, engineering, production and manufactur ing capabilities.

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No sooner did I drop my husband off at the airport, than I felt the tickle at the back of my throat. He was off on a Navy trip to Bahrain for a couple of weeks, leaving me in charge of the house, the bills, the kids, the dog, the trash, the leaves, our sons college applications, our daughters inevitable fashion crises, and my own mental and physical well-being. So, this was the last thing I needed. By the time I got home from the airport, the tickle had upgraded to a fullblown head cold. One of those throat-itching, eyewatering, lung-wheez ing, phlegm-thickening, mucus-dripping, sinusfilling afflictions; that compels you to guzzle cold medicine and bury yourself under the covers, because youre going to be totally useless. But being useless was not an option. Before the three-o-clock mid dle school pick up, I had to walk the dog, have a mammogram, shop for groceries, iron my sons dress shirts, start my col umn, return a few emails, walk the dog again, get something out for dinner, and try to take a shower and look human. Head cold or no head cold, I had to be firing on all pistons. I decided to make one minor adjustment to my jam-packed schedule that might ease the pain of functioning while sick: Id take five minutes and throw some chicken soup on the stove before heading out to my 9:30 am mammogram appoint ment. In a flash, I had onions and carrots chopped and sauting in a pan, along side my old Revereware soup pot which was sim mering with chicken and spices. Next, I plopped four ribs of celery on the cutting board and began slicing. I was coming to the end of the bunch when, shshshwing! There it was the very tip of my thumb lay ing neatly on the edge of the cutting board. The next few seconds were a slow-motion con trolled panic. I watched my uncut hand reach for the sev ered cap of flesh and place it back on the tip of my thumb, albeit crooked, and unravel multiple sheets of paper towels to wrap my bleed ing appendage. I flicked the stove off, grabbed my purse, and jumped into my minivan, mumbling to myself, its gonna be fine, its gonna be fine, its gonna be fine. Hi, Im here for a mammogram [nervous laughter] ... youre never going to believe this [nervous laughter] ... I just cut the tip of my thumb clean off, I jabbered to the lady behind the base clinic check in desk. Despite a convincing look of utter apathy, the woman directed me to a nurse who preliminarily wrapped my thumb and told me the doctor would take a look right after my mammo gram. As the adage goes, you learn something new every day, and on this particular day, I learned that its nearly impossible to unhook your own bra strap with one hand. Somehow, I was able to get the task done like some kind of awk ward high school boy on prom night, just before the technician came in to squash my bits and pieces between two glass plates. After several pain fully humiliating imag es were procured, I was free to dress and head back across the clinic to see about my bleeding thumb. With only one of the three hooks of my bra strap precariously fas tened, I waited for the nurse, then the doctor, then the nurse again, then the doctor again, before my thumb was finally treated, and I was released to go wait all over again for a tetanus shot at immunizations and for medication in the phar macy. Four hours after enter ing the clinic doors, I left with a bandaid on my arm, wilted mammories, a thumb that looked more like a chicken drumstick, and a completely neglected To Do list. Despite the chaos, I felt compelled to finish my chicken soup, needing it now more than ever. At dinnertime, I ladled the hot soothing elixir into bowls, careful not to slosh any broth onto my ban dages, and placed them on the table with a box of oyster crackers. The kids and I sat in silence, inhaling the salty steam, blowing gently on spoonfuls. I cant believe you made this soup with all that craziness going on today, Mom, my mid dle schooler said with a compassionate slurp. Mmmm, she mumbled with her mouth full, its still really good, Mom. Yes, it certainly is. Get more wit and observa tions from Lisa at her blog, The Meat and Potatoes of Life, www. themeatandpotatoesofli fe.comFrom Soup To Nuts, And Back AgainLisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist -SubmittedLisa Smith Molinari holds a soup spoon with her bandage thumb after cutting the tip of it off while making the soup.Wednesday, Nov. 27 Chabad @ the Beaches is gearing up for our largest Chanukah event ever as Chabad takes Chanukah to a whole new level this year! Hundreds of people nor mally attend Chabads Chanukah Wonderland. Chabad is hosting a fan tastic Chanukah celebration with a free chanukah delicacies, entertainment and fun fair on at the Ponte Vedra Library from 4:30-6 p.m. culminating with a menorah lighting at 6 p.m. The event will include family entertainment, a fabulous Arts and Crafts Fair and traditional Chanukah food. Children will also have the oppor tunity to get their face painted and enjoy crafts and various fun activi ties. The event will culminate in the lighting of the Beaches largest menorah. The entire community is welcome to join in the festivities. Event is open to the public and there is no charge, donations are always appreciated. Please see www.chanu kahwonderland.com for further details or call the office at 904-543-9301. Saturday, Nov. 30 The City of Jacksonville invites boat captains and crews to register for the 2013 Jacksonville Light Parade. Registration is free; however, it is lim ited to the first 100 ves sels. The Jacksonville Light Parade is a river tradition, during which festively decorated ves sels of all shapes and sizes parade along the St. Johns River through Downtown Jacksonville. The event begins at 7 p.m. and culminates in a fireworks show. Boaters interested in participat ing can visit the website JaxHappenings.com for registration information. Why are we fascinated with monsters and the mysterious? They creep into our dreams and thoughts; we seek out souvenirs and keep our eyes on the horizon for a glimpse of them. Come learn about these mysterious creatures of the deep with a Park Ranger. Join a park ranger at 2 p.m. for a discussion on the different types of shark teeth that can be found on the areas beaches. This pro gram will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. Saturday, Dec. 7 Isle of Faith United Methodist Church will hold Breakfast With Santa at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a pancake break fast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Tickets at the door cost $5 for adults, $3 for children. All proceeds benefit the Dominican Republic Medical Mission Trip in June 2014. Join us at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort for the 40th Anniversary Big Event Gala to join Amelia Island Montessori School in cel ebrating their 40th year educating young minds. All proceeds will go to supporting this non-profit school. This Ruby Jubileethemed event will include dinner, open bar, dancing with a live band, and over 200 live and silent auc tion items. Reservations for tables can be made on the website at: www. ameliaislandmontessori. com or by calling 904261-6610. Tables of 10 are $1000, individual tickets are $125. Space is limited, make reservations today! Join a park ranger at 2 p.m. to learn about the difference between a conch and a whelk, or a cockle and a clam? Discover how to identify many of the frequently found shells that wash up on the Talbot Islands State Parks shores. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. The Florida Department of Environmental Protections Fort Clinch State Park will host a Civil War Jollification event from 7-9 p.m. This program will allow visitors to step back in time and celebrate a Civil War holiday, also called Jollification, complete with crackling fires, carolers, popcorngarland strung trees and candlelight. The Friends of Fort Clinch State Park will offer hot coffee, hot chocolate and cookies to make it the perfect night of festivity. Park entrance fees are waived for this special celebration. Event admission is one canned food item per visitor to be donated to the commu nity through the Barnabas Food Pantry. For addi tional information, con tact the park at (904) 277-7274 or visit www. FloridaStateParks.org. The Florida Department of Environmental Protections Fort Clinch State Park will host a Union Garrison event from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and 9 a.m.-noon on Sunday, Dec. 8. This program will allow visitors to inter act with living historians to experience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with soldiers in period costumes involved in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cook ing and daily activities. Ladies in their dresses will be preparing a Christmas tree and decorating the mantles for the holiday season. Sutlers display their wares, fife players and drummer boys proj ect the sounds of the civil war era. Come join in this unique, family friendly event. Fees include the $6 per vehicle Park entrance fee plus $2 per per son Fort admission. For additional information, contact the park at (904) 277-7274 or visit www. FloridaStateParks.org. Friday, Dec. 13 The Duval County Extension Offices/UF IFAS will be offering a Winter Workshop from 9:30-noon at the Duval County Extension Office, 1010 N McDuff Ave. The cost is $10 to attend. Topics include Repotting Orchids, Winter Garden Tips, and Make and Take Seed Starting. To pre-reg ister, please call Becky at 904-255-7450 or email her at beckyd@coj.net with your name and phone number then mail payment to Winter Workshop, 1010 N McDuff Ave. Jacksonville, Fla., 32254. Make check payable to DCOHAC. Deadline for payment is Tuesday, Dec. 10. Class is limited. Saturday, Dec. 14 Join a Park Ranger at 2 p.m. for a leisurely paced hike to discover the islands natural com munities. Participants are encouraged to bring bug spray and bottled water. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are necessary and the program is free.Out in Town COMMUNITYCALENDAR Holiday Food Baskets And Giving TreeTaking Donations Now Help local service members in need this holiday season. The Mayport and NAS Jacksonville USO centers are in need of food donations for our holiday food basket program to help provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to ser vice members in need as well as toy donations. Stuff The Scion Come Kick off the Holiday Season with the Greater Jacksonville USO as we Stuff the Scions for a good cause. Bring an unwrapped gift Saturday Nov. 23 from noon-2 p.m. to Keith Pierson Toyota Scion @ 6501 Youngerman Circle Jacksonville, Fl 32244. Real Housewives of Miami star and inter national super model Joanna Krupa will be on hand to sign copies of her 2014 calendar for everyone. All gifts will be donated to the Greater Jacksonville USO to be given out to Military Families this holiday sea son. American Legion Post 283 Blood Drive Join American Legion Post 283 on Nov. 24 in supplying much needed blood donations for the holiday season. American Legion Post 283 will be sponsoring a blood drive with The Blood Alliance from 8 a.m.-noon. Post 283 is located at 9459 Fort Caroline Rd, Jacksonville FL. 32225. All donors are welcome and your com munity thanks you. Jacksonville Jaguars Tickets Tickets to the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans game will go on sale Monday, November 25 at NOON at the NAS JAX and MAYPORT USO centers and the OFFCREW build ing at Kings Bay to Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve Personnel on active orders as well as dependents. Military Spouse COMPASS Program COMPASS is a spouseto-spouse mentoring program that introduces participants to all aspects of the military lifestyle. COMPASS offers mili tary spouses the oppor tunity to establish a peer network, acquire knowl edge and develop skills necessary to successfully meet future challenges of military life. Please come join us! Well be sure to make you smile, help you meet other spouses, pro vide you with YUMMY Dinners, and even reim burse you for babysitting fees** (please inquire with a Compass Mentor for more info). Registration IS REQUIRED! Please visit www.gocompass.org to find a Session near you. Jazzland Caf Free Admission Active Duty, Retirees, Reservists, and National Guard members enjoy live jazz music sessions for free every Tuesday night from 6-9 p.m. at the Jazzland Caf located at 1324 University Blvd. North. Jazzland has an authentic mix of local and inter nationally known musi cians, led by a Jazz Trio of great, world class performers. And for you musicians out there, youre invited to partici pate in the jam sessions. For more information, please email: info@jaz zlandcafe.com or call Carole at (904) 240-1009. Recycling Recycling has come to the Greater Jacksonville Area USO. If you have any office paper, shred ded paper, old magazines, and newspapers that you would like to donate, please bring it to either the Mayport or NAS JAX USO Center. This will be a great fundraiser for the USO so please help us fill the bins. THE MIRROR NS MAYPORT, Thursday, November 28, 2013 13

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