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Fall Festival a fun community event
By Karl Kennell
Field of Dreams breaks
ground in NW St. Johns
De Santapola, Wally Edwards, Phyllis Morley, Sheliah
Drewienkowski, Anne Grix, Kit Robinson,
Drew Drewienkowski, Martha Edwards, Roy Albert,
Fab Durnin, Sal Santapola and John Morley.
This fall marks the fourth
edition of the annual San Juan del
Rio Catholic Church and School
Fall Festival. On Friday through
Sunday, November 5 through 7,
the grounds of the church at 1718
State Road 13 in Switzerland will
burst into a carnival of fall fun and
festivities. The neighbors of NW
St. Johns County are welcomed to
enjoy amusement rides, midway
games provided by the school, jail-
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filled with won-
derful fall items.
the festival on
all three days
Walker being featured on Sunday,
November 7. Saturday, November
6 there will be a special dinner.
Each year festival attendance
has grown. The estimates for this
year's festival put attendance at
over 5,000. That makes this com-
munity event one of, if not the
largest event, in NW St. Johns
County. This size and popularity is
a long way from the beginning.
The San Juan del Rio Fall Fes-
tival evolved out of a simple parish
25, many gathered to
dedicate the Clyde E.
Lassen State Veterans'
Nursing Home, located
at 4650 State Road 16
in World Golf Village
(WGV). The home
is named in honor of
the late Clyde Everett
United States Navy.
Lassen received the
Medal of Honor on
June 19, 1968 from
President Johnson for
heroic actions in the
Republic of Vietnam, Leigh DeVa
where he served as Veterans S
a helicopter pilot.
He was born in Ft. Myers and
entered the Navy here in Jackson-
ville. He retired from the Navy as
picnic. In the summer of 2001, one
year after the founding of Knights
of Columbus Switzerland Council
No. 12664 at San Juan del Rio
Catholic Church, parishioner and
member of the Knights of Colum-
bus Sal Santapola chaired the first
Knight parish picnic at Marywood
Retreat Center. There was music,
games, swimming and a raffle
along with the outdoor cookout.
That very first picnic drew over
500 attendees. Each succeeding
year the picnic grew in attendance,
not only because of the growth in
the parish but also because more
and more of the community were
coming to join in the fun.
As the picnic grew it was
also was outgrowing the available
grounds at Marywood Retreat. The
popularity among the community
also contributed to discussions on
how to carry the successful event
forward. Discussions about hav-
ing a bazaar or festival bounced
around. In 2007, Santapola
presented the idea of a three-day
Fall Festival to the church's parish
council and pastor. Agreement on
the concept was unanimous. Santa-
Fall Festival cont. on page 28
Mike Grubbs (founding member); Jeff Betros (major contributor); Brian
Eccelston (NW Fields Supervisor, SJC Parks and Recreation); Tommy
Mulligan (major contributor); Keith Martin founding member); Chuck
Forcier (founding member/CAA); Dale Vaughn (Superintendent of Fields,
SJC Parks and Recreation); Jamie Mackey (Bartram Trail Rotary Club); Rick
Thompson (CAA Soccer, major contributor); Troy Blevins (Director, SJC
Parks and Recreation).
"If you build it they will
come." The famous line from
the Kevin Costner film Field of
Dreams has been the rallying cry
for nearly two years for a group
of volunteers in St. Johns County
and on September 10 the group
officially broke ground on a brand
new handicapped accessible ath-
The new Field of Dreams will
be built at Aberdeen Park in NW
St Johns County. This complex
will include a custom designed
baseball/softball field with a special
cushioned synthetic turf to help
prevent injuries. It will be on a
completely flat surface to eliminate
any barriers to wheelchair bound
or visually impaired youth athletes.
The entire infield will be covered
with a green protected surface and
base lines and bases will be painted
white. The field will look exactly
like a grass Little League field.
Field of Dreams cont. on page 6
Page 3 What's New
Page 4 Your Vote Counts
Page 5 The Sheriff Reports
Page 6 School District Journal
Page 7 From the Commissioner
Page 10 Cheaponomics
Page 11 JC Light Parade
Page 14 *Election Section*
Page 18 Eagle Scout Considine
Page 19 JCP CARES
Page 21 Nease Happenings
Page 23 Liberty Pines events
Page 25 Fashion Update
Page 27 Get Lucky!
Page 29 Faith News
Page 30 Gardening
JCE Gingerbread Man
Page 33 CHS Sports Roundup
Page 34 Creeks Clash
Page 35 St. Johns Striders
is also named in his
Of those welcom-
ing the new veterans'
home there is no group
more dedicated to
supporting the facility
and its residents than
the Veterans Support
Group ofWorld Golf
Village. Formed just
a few months ago by
residents of WGV,
the group is made up
of former members
of the United States
Armed Forces and their
ane thanking Todd Oakes, president of the friends, most of whom
support Group, along with members Robert live in the Cascades
and Jerry Shagam. live in the Cascades
community. This is an
Commander in 1982 and passed informal mixture of sincere and
away in 1994. The guided missile
destroyer USS Lassen (DDG-82) WGV cont. on page 5
WGV community group supports
new veterans nursing home
By Karl Kennell
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The Rotary Club of Bartram
Trail will be hosting their second
annual Fruit Cove Pub Crawl on
Saturday, November 6. The cost
is $30. To purchase tickets or to
request further information, please
contact Jamie Mackey at 535-
8411. The club continues to meet
every Thursday morning at 7:30 at
Westminster Woods on Julington
Creek. We encourage you to come
and join us for breakfast and fel-
The NW St. Johns County
Republican Club meets on the
fourth Tuesday of each month at
6:30 p.m. at the St. Johns County
Northwest Annex multipurpose
room located at Flora Branch
Boulevard and Race Track Road.
This month's meeting will be held
on Tuesday, October 26. All are in-
vited. For more information, please
call Brian lannucci, president, at
The Garden Club of Swit-
zerland will have their monthly
meeting on Thursday, October14
at 10:00 a.m. at the Bartram Trail
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Branch Library. Al Abbatiello will
speak on the William Bartram
Scenic Highway. All who are
interested in learning more about
our community or sharing their
insights are welcome. We will be
planning our 50th anniversary
celebration and look forward to
everyone's ideas! The Garden Club
is collecting food for a local food
bank again this year. The club
is open to anyone interested in
gardening or becoming a member.
For more information, please call
Carolyn Kellihan at 287-0483.
The Northwest St. Johns
County Community Coalition
(NWSJCCC) meets the fourth
Thursday of every month begin-
ning at 6:30 p.m. at the Bartram
Trail Branch Library, located at
60 Davis Pond Boulevard near
the entrance to Julington Creek
Plantation. All are welcome to at-
tend these important, informative
meetings. For additional informa-
tion, please contact NWSJCCC
president Phyllis Abbatiello at
Plant Clinic at the Bartram
Trail Library! St. Johns County
Master gardeners will be on hand
to answer your plant and lawn
questions on Thursday, October 21
from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at
the Bartram Trial Library located
at 60 Davis Pond at the entrance
to Julington Creek Plantation. We
will accept small soil samples from
your vegetable, lawn or shrub areas
for free pH testing.
The United States Coast
Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-7
meets the first Thursday of every
month 7:30 p.m. at the St. Au-
gustine Yacht Club near the St.
Augustine Lighthouse. The flotilla
is always looking for new members,
particularly those who own aircraft,
boats and have radio equipment
and skills. If you are interested,
please contact Vic Aquino at 460-
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leading squad, who won the
SJMSAA Countywide Kickoff
cheer competition on August 14.
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sibly) FL#493, St. Augustine has
a weekly meeting at 9:00 a.m. on
Wednesday at the Old Colee Cove
Volunteer Fire Station, located
at 9105 County Road 13 North
(south of Buddy Boys Grocery
Store). Weigh in starts at 8:30 a.m.
We are a National Weight Loss
Organization, fees are low and we
have lots of fun, contests and in-
spiring programs. All are welcome;
come and join us! For more infor-
mation, please contact Sara Weaver
at 940-7528 or Bobbi Culbreth at
Vessel Safety Checks are
offered at the Vilano Boat Ramp
starting at 12:00 noon on the
second Sunday of each month.
For more information, please
visit www.safetyseal.net, a website
devoted exclusively to the Ves-
sel Safety Check (VSC) program,
co-sponsored by the United States
Coast Guard Auxiliary and the
United States Power Squadrons.
The MOMS Club of St. Au-
gustine North invites moms and
their children living in the 32092
or 32095 zip codes including the
County Road 210 corridor to see
what all the excitement is about!
We meet once a month to plan
our activities for the month ahead
and our meetings and activities
are during the day, when at-home
mothers need support most. Of
course, children are welcome at
all of our meetings and activities.
Activities are scheduled for almost
every weekday of the month and
moms may attend as few or as
many activities as they like. Some
of the activities we have planned
are trips to the zoo, beach and pool
days, story time at the library and
playgroups at members' homes
and local parks. If you have any
questions or would like to get more
information to join, please e-mail
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The 2010 annual Charity
Golf Tournament for Children
with Autism will be held at Ci-
marrone Golf Club on Monday,
November 8. The shotgun start
begins at 8:30 a.m. This will be
an 18 hole, four-person best ball
tournament. There will be a chance
to win great prizes including a
putting contest, closest to the pin
challenge and other raffles. Lunch
and an award ceremony will follow
the round of golf. This charity
event will benefit the students and
families of The Jericho School, a
non-profit school for children with
autism and other developmental
disabilities. The Jericho School has
been providing quality services to
families in Florida since 1995. For
additional information, please visit
www.thejerichoschoool.org or call
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Your Vote Counts!
By Contributing Writer Penny Halyburton,
St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections
The August Primary has come
and gone with a very dismal turnout
of 23.78 percent. Although we try
to make it fairly easy to vote by
offering choices in casting a ballot,
only 32,736 of St. Johns County's
137,663 eligible voters turned out
to vote in the primary. To those of
you who took the time to exercise
your right to vote, my staff, poll
workers and I sincerely thank you
for taking advantage of your right
Miss Creekside High
Good luck in the
Miss Senior High
pageant on Saturday,
October 16 in the
Lazarra Theatre, UNF.
With love and best
wishes from your
family & friends
to vote! You truly make our jobs
In preparation for the No-
vember General Election, we are
optimistic that more people will
care about voting and that you will
want to be an informed voter by
doing your homework. The ballot is
lengthy. It is two-sided remember
to vote both sides. In addition to the
many contests on the ballot, includ-
ing several judicial contests, there
are six amendments, a nonbinding
statewide advisory referendum and
school district referendum. I encour-
age you to read and study the com-
plete text prior to voting because
only the summaries are printed on
the ballot. A good website on the
amendments is: www.flamend-
ments.org. You will find the school
district referendum on our website:
www.sjcvotes.us. For information on
the Justices of the Supreme Court
www.flcourts.org are helpful.
Sample ballots are available on
our website: www.sjcvotes.us. Just
go to your precinct number/ polling
location. You will find the ballot
unique to your residence address.
For those who haven't requested an
absentee ballot, look for your sam-
ple ballot in the mail the week of
October 11. The sample ballot you
receive in the mail is also unique to
your residence address and precinct.
Study the sample ballot and use it as
a reference when voting; it will help
expedite the process. Do not vote
and return the sample ballot we
cannot count them! If you would
like to vote an absentee ballot you
may request one by calling 823-
Please visit our website for
candidate biographies (provided by
candidates) and campaign treasures
reports. Also check out the "voter
lookup" option to verify your resi-
dence address and polling location.
If the address we have on file is
incorrect, call us at 823-2238 prior
to voting. If you wait until Election
Day (November 2) to vote, you are
required to vote in the precinct of
your legal residence.
The "Responsibility" is now
in your hands and the "Choice" is
yours! How will you vote?
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Chamber Ambassadors donate
to benefit foster children
Kathleen Bernard is passion-
ate about her work as a guardian ad
litem for foster children.
Marty Lewis was in an audience
of business people when Bernard
told how the thing most wanted by
these foster children is their own
pillow. They need something of
their own; something to hold on
to because they have nothing. She
said these kids, through no fault of
their own, are separated from their
families and sent, often for their
own protection, to live with foster
Lewis is ending his third term as
Community Outreach Chair of the
St. Johns County Chamber of Com-
merce Ambassadors. He approached
Bernard and asked if the Ambas-
sadors could help gather needed
items for these children. Bernard
was thrilled and came to speak at
an Ambassador meeting. The group
agreed to help.
At the annual fiscal year-end
gathering of the Ambassadors all of
the collected goods were assembled
in preparation to be delivered. The
needed collected items ranged from
tag-a-long suitcases and backpacks
to the much valued pillows and
clothing. The following day in-
coming Ambassador Chair Carly
Saffer delivered the goods to the
governing agency, The St. Johns
County Health and Human Services
Department. The goods were gladly
received and the Ambassadors had
completed another successful proj-
To join the Chamber or find
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gram call the Chamber at 829-5681.
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By Contributing Writer David B. Shoar,
St. Johns County Sheriff
Halloween safety and 10th
annual Horror Zone opening
Later this month many of our
children will be taking part in the
age-old custom of "trick or treat-
ing" on Halloween. Our goal at the
St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is
that this event is an enjoyable ad-
venture for everyone and I would
like to pass along some safety tips.
Children should only be al-
lowed to trick or treat at homes or
businesses they are familiar with.
They should trick or treat while it's
still light outside or they should
carry a flashlight so they can see
and be seen easily. Parents, make
sure that your child's costume
including masks and wigs are
flame resistant; they should also be
light in color and clearly visible to
motorists. Avoid costumes that are
oversize and high-heeled shoes that
can cause a child to trip. The cos-
tumes should have reflective strips.
Children should be reminded
to only cross streets at the corners
and never cross between parked
cars. Young children should never
be allowed to go out alone and
older children should only go out
with small groups. Make sure you
set a time when they should be
home and know the route your
children will be taking. Tell your
family on which streets you'll be
trick or treating. Let your children
know not to cut through back
alleys and fields. Make sure they
know to stay in populated places
and don't go off the beaten path.
Stay in well lighted areas.
Children always want to help
with the pumpkin carving. Small
children shouldn't be allowed to
use a sharp knife to cut the top
or the face. There are many kits
available that come with tiny saws
that work better then knives and
are much safer, although you can
be cut by them as well. It's best to
let the kids clean out the pumpkin
and draw a face on it, which you
can carve for them.
If you will be out driving on
Halloween, please take extra time
and watch for children darting
in and out from between parked
cars. Watch for children walking
on roadways, medians and curbs.
Enter and exit driveways and alleys
very carefully. And always watch
for children in dark clothing.
Feed your children a spooky
Halloween dinner and instruct
them not to eat any treats until
an adult can examine them. Also
remind your child to never go into
the home of a stranger or get into
their car. Make Halloween a fun,
safe and happy time for your chil-
dren in hopes that they will carry
on the tradition that you taught
them and remember; if you see
suspicious activity please call the
Sheriff's Office or your local law
enforcement agency and report it.
I would also like to let you
know that our Community Polic-
ing Deputies are putting the final
touches on our annual Horror
Zone haunted house. This is the
10th annual Horror Zone and is
expected to be the best one yet.
Again this year it will be held at the
old Mikees building in the Food
Lion Shopping Plaza, 2497 U.S.
Highway 1 South. It will be open
between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
on the last three weekends of Oc-
tober (Friday through Sunday). For
additional information and a sneak
preview, you can check out their
website at www.horror-zone.net.
Personally, I think this is one of the
finest haunted houses in this area
and you will not want to miss it!
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The Jacksonville Semper
Fidelis Society (JSFS) is comprised
of United States Marines and Navy
Corpsmen, Chaplains and Sur-
geons who have served with Fleet
Marines. We have members from
all wars and conflicts from WWII
to Iraq and Afghanistan. Join us
for camaraderie at our monthly
meeting to be held on Thursday,
October 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the
Piccadilly Cafeteria (Regency)
located at 200 Monument Road in
Jacksonville. The guest speaker will
be Paul Hackenberry of the Secret
Service presidential detail. Please
call Sharon Leahy at 545-0635 for
The Bartram Trail Newcom-
ers and Women's Club will hold
I their November meeting on Tues-
0 day, November 9 at the Ramada
Inn Mandarin at 9:30 a.m. The
meeting is open to everyone. We
invite you to join us for breakfast
and to hear our featured speakers:
WGV continued from page 1
dedicated veterans and non-veter-
ans who feel a special connection
with, and respect for, those who
have served our country as well as
some members who may them-
selves become residents of the
new home in the not too distant
This group has charged
forward into their mission. Upon
talking with the management of
the home, a short list of needs
was compiled-a list of items that
would help make the new home
more like a real home for the resi-
dent veterans. From that list the
Veterans Support Group commit-
ted to providing two new com-
puters with peripheral equipment,
monitors and printers. The dona-
tion of the computers recently
took place with Veterans Support
Group President Todd Oakes and
members Robert Bouchard and
Jerry Shagam delivering them to
the new home. This donation was
funded by the generous contri-
butions of the members, fellow
neighbors and supportive business
entities. This donation will ben-
efit the residents of the home who
still have the capacity and desire
to stay in touch with the world. It
will allow them to stay abreast of
local developments, email friends
and family and possibly discover
interesting educational and enter-
Also in conjunction with the
Veterans Support Group, the Cas-
cades Knitting and Crochet Club
has been knitting "lap wraps" for
recovering veterans that they send
to an organization in Virginia
which sponsors that endeavor. As
the Lassen Home becomes occu-
pied, the ladies plan to make the
Lassen residents the beneficiaries
of the club's handiwork.
The list of items the group
has compiled has many items
which most of us take for granted
in our personal lives, items which
will not be present at the Lassen
Nursing Home unless donated by
groups like the Veterans Support
Group and not without consider-
able local support and contribu-
tions. A thorough wish list has
been provided to the group by
therapy aide supervisor for the
home Leigh DeVane, CTRS, AD.
To learn more about the
Veterans Support Group and how
you may help, please contact the
group's president Todd Oakes at
940-9722. He will welcome you
into helping those who have lived
Kim Brumfield from the Betty
Griffin House and Deputy Joe
Bowen from the St. Johns County
Sheriff's Office. The breakfast buf-
fet will be served for $11 a person.
A check must be mailed by Tues-
day, November 2nd to secure your
reservation. Please call Fran Albert
at 230-6010 for more information.
The Bartram Trail Newcomers and
Women's Club meets the second
Tuesday of every month. You're
welcome to visit three events/activ-
ities then we ask that you pay your
membership dues and join as a
member. In addition to the month-
ly meetings, the club has a wide
variety of interest groups. There are
various card groups, bowling, golf,
recipe exchange, special event out-
ings, game day, bunko, Mah Jongg,
book clubs, movie and lunch and
community volunteer projects.
For membership information or to
receive a newsletter, please contact
Vice President of Membership
Ellen Brenner at 287-2676 (email:
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and now need your support and
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By Contributing Writer Beverly Slough,
Chariman, St. Johns County School Board
November 2 is, potentially, the
most important election in terms
of education in our state and in
St. Johns County in many years. I
have written extensively about the
class size amendment and how very
costly, both in terms of money and
the impact that it has on instruc-
tional decisions, the full implemen-
tation is. The amendment, passed
in 2002, requires that no class in
grades pre-kindergarten through
three have more than 18 students,
grades four through eight may have
no more than 22 children and core
subjects in high school are limited
to no more than 25 students.
This year, for the first time,
we have had to deal with the full
implementation of the amendment.
It is not an exaggeration to say
that the majority of attention and
energy this fall has been focused
on meeting the class size require-
ments because the Department of
Education has stated that missing
the goals will result in a penalty of
one-half the base student allocation
or about $2700, for each student
in each class that is over the limit.
Further, if only one section of one
course fails to meet the mandates,
the entire school district is deemed
out of compliance.
On November 2, all of us
have the opportunity to modify,
not repeal, the class size amend-
ment. Amendment 8 on the ballot
will allow the calculation of class
size to return to the school average
instead of the strict class by class
requirement we now face. For the
past two years, we have enjoyed this
flexibility. The benefit is that we
would not be required to hire a new
teacher, find a new space and split
a kindergarten class (for example)
just because one new child enrolls
in our schools.
The additional benefit is the
reduction in cost. It is extremely
expensive to hire teachers, provide
teaching spaces and purchase addi-
tional things like teachers' editions
for the new teachers. If the require-
ments were returned to the school
average, much of this expense could
A third benefit applies more
to our middle and high school
students. Because of the demands
of the class by class compliance, we
have had to replace elective teachers
with core academic teachers, thus
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I urge you to examine the amend-
ment carefully. I hope you will join
me in voting yes on Amendment 8.
A second major issue on the
ballot on November 2 is a referen-
dum that our school district has
placed there for the voters' con-
sideration. It will apply only to St.
Johns County, not statewide. Over
the last two years, the Legislature
has shifted 0.5 mils of the tax levy
that was limited to capital outlay
purposes (construction and mainte-
nance) to the general fund in order
to balance the state budget. They
allowed the School Board, by super
majority, to levy 0.25 mils of that
money each of the last two years to
partially replace the funds that have
been lost. In addition to the lower
capital levy, the money generated
by that levy has dropped dramati-
cally with the 23 percent reduction
in housing values in our county.
The combination of these two
events has resulted in a 40 percent
drop in the revenue that our district
has to build new schools and main-
tain the properties that we have. To
further compound the effect of the
reduced funding, our district is one
of the few in our state to continue
to grow. In fact, we expected about
700 new students this year and we
have already welcomed approxi-
mately 1100 extra in the first five
weeks of school. Currently, we do
not have the cash to build even one
new school. In fact, we just sold
bonds to fund the construction of
a new school in the Palencia area to
relieve the extreme overcrowding at
Mill Creek Elementary.
In addition to the demands
for new schools due to growth,
we have an investment of almost
$750,000,000 in our current prop-
erties. Just as with your own home,
it is essential that we maintain these
facilities to maximize their life. The
referendum we have placed on the
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the levy of 0.5 mils for four years
to partially off-set the impact of
the dramatic drop in our capital
budget. All of the money generated
will be devoted to maintenance and
construction of facilities. The finan-
cial impact to the homeowner will
be an additional $25 per $100,000
of taxable value.
Dr. Joyner has scheduled sev-
eral town hall meetings to address
these issues in greater detail and
to answer questions that you may
have. The dates and locations are as
follows: October 7 at Switzerland
Point Middle School; October
18 at Landrum Middle School;
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Field of Dreams cont. from pg. 1
"We are so excited to finally
be able to break ground on this
unique baseball field," said Keith
Martin, one of the founding mem-
bers of the group. "We have over
1500 youth special needs athletes
in the county who can benefit from
Field of Dreams is becoming
a reality based on a strong col-
laboration between local volunteers
and the St. Johns County Depart-
ment of Parks and Recreation. The
volunteers have raised all the funds
to build the field through private
donations. The county generously
donated the land to build the field
at Aberdeen Park.
There will be two separate di-
visions of play at Field of Dreams.
The Miracle division is for children
who are severely challenged and are
in need of the use of the "buddy
system." The Challenger division
is made up of children who are
handicapped but have the abil-
ity and desire to play competitive
The league will fall under the
gustine High School. Each meeting
will begin with light refreshments
at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meet-
ing at 7:00 p.m. In addition, Dr.
Joyner has scheduled meetings at
each of our schools to discuss the
issue. Please contact the school of
your choice for specific dates and
times. I urge you to attend one of
the presentations so that you may
thoroughly understand the issue
and ask any questions that you may
have. Then I hope you'll join me in
voting yes on the referendum.
Thank you, as always, for your
support of public education. If I
may serve you in any way, please
contact me at
Creeks Athletics Association (CAA)
"This is such a wonderful gift
for our county to have a field of
this type for our children," said
Chuck Forcier, president of CAA
and a founding member of Field
of Dreams. "We can't wait to add
the Field of Dreams League to our
Forcier added that once the
field is built they will need parents
of children involved in this league
to take over.
"The league needs to be run
just like any of the other sports
leagues. They will need a board
of directors and tons of volun-
teers and coaches. CAA and the
county will do all they can to get
the league up and running, but
ultimately the parents and volun-
teers will need to make the league
Anyone interested in volun-
teering, coaching and/or becoming
an operational board member of
the league should contact Chuck
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By Contributing Writer Ron Sanchez,
County Commissioner, District 2
What has St. Johns County
done to attract commercial business?
First let me comment that when
I arrived in 2006 high real estate
prices, high impact fees and the per-
mitting process was all in place and
certainly was business unfriendly.
Our tax base was 11 percent com-
mercial and 89 percent residential. It
had been that way for a long time.
The only way to bring your
residential taxes down would be to
increase the commercial base. Out
county has set out to solve this prob-
lem and we have been working very
hard to do so. Our board has set our
number on goal as "economic devel-
opment." Our board has taken the
following steps to help change the
"unfriendly" reputation we had:
* Initiated a study to document
the benefits of agriculture to our
Initiated a second study to identi-
fy those sectors of the agriculture
community having the highest
potential for growth.
Executed a new contract with the
St Augustine St. Johns Chamber
of Commerce and Corner-
stone Economic Development
Partnership to retain and recruit
Initiated a study to examine
impact fees and the cost of
development within the county
compared to other areas.
Amended our transportation
concurrency regulations to bring
them in line with system de-
mands and community growth.
Reorganized and refocused the
TDC/VCB to ensure they were
producing the type of return on
investment they are funded to
Added a fourth cent to the bed
tax to help increase our tourist
Commissioned a study with the
UNF to examine local govern-
ments throughout the State with
similar characteristics as ours to
determine what ahs and has not
Started a study to target indus-
tries and best practices for our
What these initiatives all have
in common is they are an attempt to
expand the county's economic base
in an efficient and focused manner
which will take the burden offprop-
erty taxes and resident related fees.
A recent letter to the editor in
some local newspapers criticized Con-
gressman John Mica, County Admin-
istrator Mike Wanchick, Nick Sacia
with the Chamber of Commerce
and me for making statements at a
meeting that Congressman Mica had
requested. I can tell you now when
the Congressman asks for a meeting
to help with any problem our county
has, I will be there! Our statements
were very accurate and this was a
meeting that many people attended
such as Joe Joyner from the School
District, St. Augustine Beach, City
of St. Augustine, Airport Authority,
Port and Waterway, FIND and many
others from taxing districts and con-
cerned residents of our county.
We even got blamed for crashing
the economy. Sorry, Mike Wanchick
and I were not here during those
days. We have been working to fix
Mentioned also was a recent ap-
proval of a development that had 7/."
new homes. He failed to mention tha
is also had a million square feet of
industrial and hundreds of thousands
square feet of business. By the way,
the 700 homes came from another
section of land they agreed to change
from residential to industrial. This is
simply a transfer, not an addition of
homes. I think it was a great decision
for our county.
Another topic was Amendment
4. This is something that I know
this person supports. I can warn you
now that if Amendment 4 passes, it
will make all of our work to attract
commercial development for nothing.
Business will not even come to our
state much less our county.
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The St. Johns County Cham-
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new president. Wendland was
selected by the Chamber's execu-
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succeeding Isabelle Rodriguez, who
served as interim president after
former president Robin Burchfield
stepped down in July.
"We are very enthusiastic
about our selection and believe
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experience to his new role," said
Jill Atwood, chair of the St. Johns
County Chamber of Commerce.
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and direction will help us grow the
Chamber's membership and pres-
ence in the community."
Wendland's background is
in the business and economic
development industries and he
brings 20 years of experience to the
position, including his experience
serving as executive director of
the Jacksonville Economic De-
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During his tenure at the JEDC, he
worked closely with the Jackson-
ville Regional Chamber of Com-
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as the Jacksonville Mayor's office
and City Council. After moving
to the private sector, he remained
involved in economic development
as a member of the Clay County
Chamber of Commerce, serving as
chairman of its Economic Devel-
opment Advisory Board and later
as chair of the Chamber's Finance
Wendland earned his
bachelor's degree with a major in
accounting and a minor in finance
from Jacksonville University. He
is CPA and past participant of the
Leadership Jacksonville program.
He has resided in St. Johns County
for eight years.
"I am excited about leading
the Chamber and look forward to
getting to know everyone in St.
Johns County," Wendland said.
"St. Johns County has always been
a great place to live and I believe
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Summer is ended but your
William Bartram Scenic Highway
Corridor Management Council
is starting on another dynamic
and productive new year. We
met on September 9 with a full
agenda, including a presentation
and discussion by Karen Harvey, a
local author, of her new book, St.
Augustine Enters The Twenty-First
Century (a truly delightful book).
Harvey will be at the upcoming
Old Settlers Reunion on November
6 at Alpine Groves Park where she
will discuss her book and do book
Beverly Fleming made a
presentation on current planning
for the Old Settlers Reunion. She
produced a flyer (draft copy) de-
scribing the events planned for this
event. Hint there's going to be
lots of fun things to see/do. Every-
thing will be related to old fash-
ioned fun things enjoyed by early
settlers. This can be a real learning
experience for old and young, so
please mark your calendar for this
St. Johns County Parks
Department has already installed
a horseshoe pit as the first of our
planned activities. Want to know
more? Come to our next meeting
or go to our website (www.bar-
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Planning for our Scenic High-
way newsletter took a step forward
with a committee report on mem-
bership categories and involvement
in future planning. Categories
will eventually be posted on the
newsletter to make its debut soon.
Our thanks to Claire Fioriti, Katy
Stuart and Beverly Fleming for
their work-a job well done.
Debrah Miller, our Florida
Department of Transportation
(FDOT) Scenic Highway coordi-
nator gave an update on the "side-
walk" FDOT is having installed
along State Road 13. This is to
accommodate the school children
living in Remington Forest and
eliminating school bus transporta-
tion for these same children. The
school district gets no state money
for busing children living closer
than two miles from their school
and this led the district to ask for
the sidewalk to be built. Have an
opinion? Call FDOT!
The WBS&HH Management
council approved membership in
The Bartram Trail Conference.
Membership in this Conference
gives us regional recognition as a
scenic highway. We recently told
our story" in an article printed in
their quarterly newsletter The
The Bartram Trail Conference
was established in 1976 to locate
and mark William Bartram's route
of his journey the Appalachian
Mountains to Florida. There is
worldwide interest in Bartram's
travels and discoveries and both
our organizations are working to
promote interest in developing in-
terpretive material and recreational
trails along Mr. Bartram's route
through Florida, Georgia, Alabama
Want to get involved? Visit
the website and "sign-up." Of
course, you can simply send me
an e-mail and we can get started.
Contact me at alabbat@bellsouth.
net. You will be glad you did.
As before, visit www.glat-
htm to see our recently completed
(99 percent) Master Plan that
is intended to preserve, protect,
maintain and enhance the scenic
highways intrinsic values for future
Our next meeting will be
on October 10, 6:30 p.m. at the
County Annex on Flora Branch
Boulevard. See you then.
Robert Kelsey, M.D.
Board Certified Cardiology and Internal Medicine
San Juan del Rio Fall Festival
/ November 5,6,7, 2010
Varitey of Entertainment all 3 days!
Randy "Elvis" Walker appearing on Sunday,.
Midway Games Giant Raffle
JCJ Amusement Rides
I* $7,500 in Cash Prizes
Country Store Caf6 San Juan
Reverse Draw Steak Dinner
All proceeds from the Festival will be given to our Church for the growing needs of our Parish & School.
INC. 1718-State Road 13, St. Johns, Fl 32259 3 miles south of Race Track Road.
For additional information call: 287-3382
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October is Fire Safety Month-
Are you prepared?
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in a fire? Fire Safety Month was
established in memory of the Great
Chicago Fire of 1871. This myste-
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more than 300 hundred individu-
als and leveling four square miles of
Today in October, we remind
ourselves about the importance of
fire safety in our home, workplace
and outdoors. In the United States,
fires are the fifth leading cause of
unintentional injury deaths. Each
family should have a plan in case of
a fire. Here are some ways you can
keep your family prepared.
* Draw a floor plan with at least
two ways to escape every room.
Test smoke detectors; replace
their batteries every six months.
Ensure your fire extinguishers
are functioning and accessible.
Teach family to "Stop, drop,
and roll" if clothes ignite.
* Don't waste time searching for
valuables; just get out!
Practice sounding a family fire
alarm yelling, pounding and
Test windows and doors to
ensure they open enough to
Designate a safe meeting place
outside the house.
Practice staying low to the
ground for escape.
Conduct fire drills with entire
Firehouse Subs restaurants will
be educating the community dur-
ing Fire Safety Month. Throughout
October restaurants will be filled
with fire safety medallions which
will adorn the walls as a tribute to
hometown heroes. You too can be
a part of this national event. By
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and air units, but the financial
engine that's responsible for keep-
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neglected. You can change that!
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to do the trick.
We had the great good fortune
to meet with Laura Lancaster, vice
president of the Mandarin branch
Finding the right family
doctor just got easier.
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of VyStar Credit Union, right here
on San Jose Boulevard. For full
disclosure, we've known Lancaster
for some time and can attest to the
fact that she's one of the nicest and
best financially informed people
you'll ever meet. We spoke with
her because the downturn in the
economy has affected virtually
everyone and VyStar has developed
a series of programs, some online,
to address the problems you may
be facing. Although VyStar won't
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give you a full Money Makeover.
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your savings and decrease your
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you will have reached the Personal
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includes 16 free "Modules" for
everything from identity theft to
repaying your student loans. This
site even gives you the informa-
tion via podcasts which you can
download. You do not need to
be a member, nor do you have
to leave home; these are available
24/7 and are easily understandable.
Our recommendation is that you
start with the Money Management
Module; it begins with goals which
are undoubtedly the single most
important ingredient for financial
Lancaster has her set of
Golden Rules of Personal Finance,
which include, but are not limited
1. Set goals
2. Get organized
3. Cut wasteful spending
4. Build a budget
5. Save money
...and there are modules for
all of the above.
Lancaster stresses that you
need to have the discipline to
succeed. Much like a diet and in
the same way, it's not what you
want but rather it's what you need.
There are no quick fixes; this is the
long-term solution for what ails
Laura Lancaster, vice president,
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your financial woes. VyStar also
believes that you can't begin too
early to build your credit, learn
about money and begin to save, so
they've developed opportunities for
all ages: Kids' Club for members
age 12 and under, VyTeen accounts
for 13 to 17 year olds and Bravo
accounts and Achieve accounts for
18 to 25 year olds.
As a credit union, VyStar
participates in www.balancepro.
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you are assisted in improving your
credit from top to bottom. This
is a complete program and it's
free. You are helped every step of
the way to get your credit back to
where it ought to be.
Something relatively new at
VyStar is the "change machine."
Got change? Just pour in your all
of your coins and get back cold,
hard cash. Rush over and check
under the couch cushions; the
holidays are approaching. This
service is free to members and costs
5 percent to non-members.
This month we've introduced
a selection of vehicles available
to members and non-members
alike. Next month we'll explore the
opportunities available to VyStar
members (membership cost is $5),
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Enjoy the fall festivals!
By Joy Hartley
There are lots of fun things to
do on the First Coast this time of
year and I have put out my radar
for our family's social calendar.
If you have not visited the
Riverside Arts Market, put it on
your agenda to swing down there
on a Saturday morning. Go to their
com on Friday afternoon and view
the music lineup for the next day.
We ran down there a couple of
weekends ago and heard a fabulous
concert by "Strings on Fire," an
acoustical group that really was on
fire! Of course the weather is great
right now for this venue with nice
breezes coming off the river. The
vendors are all top quality crafts-
men, the veggies are fresh and
affordable and we even saw some
Psychic Reading going on!
The 33rd annual Micanopy
Fall Harvest Festival is a must-see
happening! This year's event is
scheduled for Saturday, October 30
and Sunday, October 31. The town
of Micanopy lies 12 miles south of
Gainesville which means you can
be there in just over an hour from
ole zip code 32259.
Many local artists, crafters
and musicians from all over the
southeast that participate in the
fair. Besides the 200 displays, the
main stage plays host to a variety
of good-time music each day of
the event. There is something for
everyone to enjoy. Take my advice:
wear good walking shoes, so that
you won't miss an inch of this well
planned event. Visit their website
I have heard of something fun
out there that we have not seen; it's
the Hay Days in St. Marys, Geor-
gia. Seems that for years in mid-
October more than 300 scarecrows
line the street in downtown St.
Marys. Visitors enjoy strolling the
city's downtown historic district for
this annual celebration. You can eat
at local restaurants and spend the
night at a local motel or bed and
breakfast. Regular guests attend
this lighthearted theme party year
Also being a member of the
Julington Creek Navy, the annual
Holiday Light Parade is on the
horizon for us boaters. The deco-
rating competition is tough so we
must get in the creative mode soon.
The parade is December 4 at 7:00
p.m. Besides the boat decorating
competition, homeowners on the
creek are also invited to decorate
for their own cash prize awards.
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Yellow flashing lights mean that
the school bus is preparing to stop.
Motorist should slow down and be
ready to stop their vehicles.
Red flashing lights and an extend-
ed stop arm indicate that the school
bus has stopped and children are
boarding or exiting.
On a two-lane road, all vehicles in
both directions must stop.
On a divided highway with a
raised median, unpaved space or a
physical barrier of at least five feet,
vehicles traveling in the opposite
direction are not required to stop.
On a divided highway where
no median or barrier exists, all
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The Julington Creek Prop
is gearing up to host its an
"Christmas on the Creek"
boat parade. The show is
just for fun, with the
best decorated boat
getting a $300 prize,
while second place gets
$200 and third place
$100. Not to be ignored,
homeowners on the Creek
are in on the fun too, as th
best decorated docks win f
second-place awards too.
The parade is schedule
7:00 p.m. on Saturday, De
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the community are urged to
get creative and make plans
to join the fun.
The Prop Club is
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boaters who meet at
7:00 p.m. the second
Saturday of each month
at the Marina at Julington
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Can you imagine stepping
off of a plane in a foreign coun-
try, alone, waiting to meet your
new family? What about walking
down the halls of a high school, a
flood of unfamiliar words floating
around you? For many students
across the globe, these scenarios are
An increasing number of
students are involved in foreign
exchange programs. Some of the
more well-known programs, such
as Rotary International and EF
(Education First), are particularly
popular in St. Johns County. Both
programs offer opportunities
for students to travel to foreign
countries and stay with up to four
host families. The program lengths
range from three weeks to one year.
So what makes a person decide
to leave their family, friends and
school to move to another country?
Erin Harty, a junior at Creek-
side who is currently spending the
year in Denmark with Rotary, says
it has always been her dream to
travel with an exchange program.
"I love to travel and the idea of
learning a new language and
new way of life sounded like
fun. It's something I've always
wanted to do," she shared.
As to why she chose Den-
mark, Harty said she chose
the country because she "liter-
ally knew nothing about it."
I also spoke to Tina
Berntsen, a temporary
Creekside junior from
who traveled here with
EF Berntsen says she has
always felt "something
special about the USA. I
guess that's because most
of the music, movies
and TV shows we see are
For Berntsen, traveling to
the United States is the "best
way to really learn about both
the culture and the language." Tir
Norwegians begin studying
English in the second grade.
For Harty, the language barrier
is a bit more extensive.
"The language barrier was my
biggest fear," she told me. "But I
soon learned that it was a silly fear.
Almost everyone speaks English
here [in Denmark] so when in
doubt I can always speak my native
Still, it's important to immerse
"Learning Danish is challeng-
ing. There are many stages to learn-
ing a language. I do a lot of talking
with my 12-year-old host brother.
We joke around in Danish and he
isn't afraid to correct me. One day,
Everybody Gets It.
Everybody Reads It.
I tried to ask if I could get some-
thing and instead I asked if I could
bite him. Needless to say he will
not let me forget it. But by making
that mistake I learned something!
So in my own way, I am learning.
That's all that really matters," says
Berntsen likes to talk about
the major differences between the
schools in Norway and the schools
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"The schools here are much
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"Also, we rarely use pen and paper
to take notes in Norway most
students use laptops."
According to Harty, Danish
schools are very different, as well.
"In Denmark, instead of
switching classrooms for each pe-
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Despite differences in culture
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agree on the importance of travel.
"There are so many good
things about it. You learn about a
new culture, you learn the lan-
guage, you become more indepen-
dent and you make new friends,"
In Harty's view, "It is impor-
tant to travel at any age, but as a
young adult I feel like you notice
a lot more. As a kid you are able
to adapt and see things in a new
way. You are still developing your
opinions of the world and deciding
what kind of person you want to
become. You can learn how to re-
act in different situations and how
to depend on yourself more than
others. By traveling and experienc-
ing the best and worst of multiple
ways of life you can make yourself
a better person."
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Notes from Pacetti Bay Media
By Contributing Writer Lynn Johnson, NBCT, Library Media Specialist,
Pacetti Bay Middle School
Lots of new releases have come
out just recently and there are more
to come. We can't keep Mockingjay
by Suzanne Collins on the shelves.
The third book from Haddix of the
Missing series, Sabatoged is in now
too. Students are giving it mixed
reviews. Haddix also wrote the
final book in the 39 Clues series,
Into the Gauntlet. Student response
to this book is disappointment.
The ending was abrupt. Students
feel that the series could have
continued a little longer. This was
the first series written by multiple
authors and also is interactive
through the web. Students that en-
joy Cornelia Funke's fantasy books
will be enthralled with her latest
book, Reckless. It is the first one in
what will be a series for sure.
Releases for October will
include the 9th Ranger's Appren-
tice Book, Halt's Peril by John
Flanagan; The Heroes of Olympus,
Book 1: The Lost Hero by Rick
Riordan; and Forge by Laurie
Halse Anderson. Students remind
me every day that the new Diary
of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
by Jeff Kinney is coming out and
I have to remind them that it will
not be out until November 9.
"Find a Book, Florida" helps
students locate books. Students
now have an additional reading
resource to help them find exciting
new books tailored to their own
interests or school assignments.
The free online search tool, dubbed
"Find a Book, Florida," allows
users to build custom reading lists
based on each student's individual
interests from a growing database
of fiction and nonfiction titles.
The database also allows students
to locate books that best comple-
ment their reading ability. Using
Lexile measures, the standard
for matching readers with books,
"Find a Book, Florida" aims to
make it easier for students and
families to select the right books
and then locate these selections
at their local public library. Since
the program's inception in Florida
this summer, "Find a Book" has
scored more than 40,000 unique
visits to the site, each averaging
nearly 10 minutes in a book search.
This joint project between the
Florida Departments of Education
and State and Lexile-developer
MetaMetrics aims to encour-
age students to consistently read
throughout the year. To use this
resource today, visit www.fldoe.org
I would like to extend a
special thank you to all the parent
volunteers that have helped both
with the Scholastic Book Fair and
with the Media Center. Keeping
the Media Center up and running
while we went through the inter-
view process looking for the best
candidate for the job was actually
less of a challenge than I antici-
pated. Parents did an amazing job
stepping in and helping out. Our
new media aide at PBMS is Karin
Gowens. Please join me in welcom-
ing her to Pacetti Bay!
Our next fundraiser, an online
Barnes and Noble Book Fair, will
take place in December. Stay tuned
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addition of Dr. Sina Kasraeian to
its team of surgeons. Dr. Kasraeian
returns to his home in Northeast
Florida after recently completing
his Orthopaedic residency at the
University of Southern California
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his fellowship in arthroscopy and
sports medicine at Southern Cali-
fornia Orthopedic Institute.
Dr. Kasraeian, who graduated
from the University of Florida,
completed his medical training at
the University of Southern Cali-
fornia Keck School of Medicine,
where he was a member as well as
president of his chapter of Alpha
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society recognizing the top medical
students in each class.
During residency at USC he
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Medical Center, one of the top
trauma centers in the country. Dr.
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and extensive training in arthros-
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associations, he is a member of the
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and an associate member of the
American College of Surgeons.
In addition, Dr. Kasraeian's
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Western Orthopaedic Association's
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St. Johns County Tillman Ridge
and Stratton Road transfer stations
are reduced on Saturdays only. The
new Saturday hours will be from
7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., a three-
hour reduction of the previous
schedule. The Monday through
Friday hours of operation will
remain 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
This reduction will contribute
to operational efficiencies with
minimal disruption in service.
Trends show very little use by
residents in the afternoons at either
transfer station. The two St. Johns
County transfer stations, operated
by the Solid Waste Management
Division, continue to offer many
great services. St. Johns County
residents may bring all household
garbage, hazardous waste and white
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Meet your local candidates
In advance of the general elec-
tion to be held on Tuesday, No-
vember 2, The CreekLine invited
each of the candidates for Heritage
Landing CDD (Seat 4), Julington
Creek Plantation CDD (Seats 1,
3 and 4), Marshall Creek CDD
(Seat 1), Circuit Judge, Circuit 7
(Groups 5 and 10), Florida At-
torney General, Florida Governor,
United States Representative and
United States Senator to submit a
statement for this special election
The content of the statements
was left up to each candidate;
the only stipulation was that the
statement could exceed 250 words.
No editing of the statements took
place. Each statement is printed
in its entirety, as submitted by the
in 2004 and residing here full
time since the middle of 2009, I
continue to coach business people
and present seminars on managing
business "by the Book." Thank
you for your vote.
Virginia Moore, Candidate for
Heritage Landing CDD, Seat 4
My husband and I have lived
at 2310 Bluegill Court for the past
five years and I immediately took
a keen interest in our Community
Development District, attending
most all the CDD monthly meet-
After skipping the 12th grade
I went on to college for a degree
in business. Afterwards, I married
and we started our family, having
two children. When they both
were in school I commenced my
working career, taking the Civil
Elmer O. Bley, Candidate for Service Exam, scoring the secor
Heritage Landing CDD, Seat I highest score on record. I went
I am seeking to be elected to work at Little Rock AFB in final
Seat 4 on the Board of Supervisors and in contracting division. Aft
of the Heritage Landing CDD. a few years of on the job training
I have been serving on the CDD and attending a multitude of cc
board since December 2009. tracing schools across the USA
My goal as a board member including a session at West Poir
is to do my best to see that the became a Contracting Officer.
CDD continues to be managed ter 17 years I was offered the Ch
and maintained in an efficient and of the Architectural/Engineerin
professional way that will make Contracting Branch with the A
the Amenity Center, its programs Corp of Engineers, where I wor
and properties the enhancement for 13 years, was a contracting
to this community that it is es- officer with unlimited authority
sential in preserving values in the and retired as Deputy Director
community in the years to come. the Contracting Division, havir
My greatest desire would be to 30 years of government service
see the CDD property properly contracting and finance.
maintained in the years to come Managing the annual finan
without ever having to increase the cost of countless needs, services
amounts collected until after the and contracts of the CDD is a
bonds are retired in 2036. Given tremendous responsibility and i
the years to go, this desire is prob- first and foremost consideration
ably impossible to achieve, but would be making decisions and
we will not come close if sound seeking cost cutting measures tl
maintenance is not continued, would be in the best interest of
With professional designa- homeowners. My many years of
tions in law and accounting from training and experience in cont
the state of Maryland, I have been negotiations, covering all facets
active in the business world in the construction and services, will b
Baltimore area for over 50 years, an invaluable asset as a Heritage
including over 20 years as the chief Landing CDD board member.
financial officer of a major Mary-
land bank holding company and Sam Lansdale, Candidate for
CEO of its real estate subsidiary. Julington Creek Plantation
Having purchased our house here CDD, Seat 1
Beliefs and platform: (1) JCP
is a family oriented community
and our family activities should
be given priority. (2) The CDD
duties and responsibilities should
remain limited and not grow over
time. (3) We are taxed enough; a
lower level of service is preferred
to higher taxes or fees. (4) The
CDD budget should be easier to
read and more detailed to increase
Education: Master of Busi-
ness Administration (MBA) and
Bachelor of Science in Building
Experience: Current Project
Administrator for a local civil engi-
neering company, former Deputy
Director of Public Works and
Utilities for City of St. Augustine,
Current JCP HOA Architectural
Review committee member, ISA
Certified Arborist. Contact infor-
mation: Please call 509-4902 or
Tony Timbol, Candidate for
Julington Creek Plantation
CDD, Seat 1
Local government works best
when informed citizens politely
and courteously work together
applying common sense for the
common good. Having lived in
Julington Creek Plantation (JCP)
since 1995, my family and I have
seen fellow citizens work diligently
to improve everyone's standard of
living. JCP is a premier communi-
ty with amenities delivered for one
of the lowest assessment fees levied
area wide. This is evidence of the
professional, competent work of
prior and current CDD board
members and the staff of JCP.
I am running for CDD Seat
1 to build on this tradition and
make a contribution to the quality
of life and amenities for my JCP
neighbors. My goals include:
1. Build on successful past
and current policies of operation
empowering staff to enhance rev-
enue and lower costs with a quality
service consumer orientation. By
providing clear policy direction
and avoiding micro-management,
I believe the staff can further lever-
age its talent, energy and innova-
2. Improve communications
between the CDD and the com-
munity. With my background in
business communications, I hope
to make more accessible informa-
tion about the CDD, its workings
and the impacts of its decisions.
This will reduce misinformation
and helps us as a community work
together and when needed sacrifice
For my professional creden-
tials, visit this link: www.davidcon-
ment_team.aspx. For my candidate
website, please visit http://jcpcdd-
Nina A. Kannatt Gapinski,
Candidate for Julington Creek
Plantation CDD, Seat 3
My name is Nina A. Kannatt
- Gapinski and I am running for
the CDD Board of Supervisors,
Seat 3. It is important that the
CDD board make common sense
decisions that are fiscally responsi-
ble while also striving to maintain
appropriate levels of services.
I live in Julington Creek
Plantation with my husband, Mat-
thew Gapinski and three children:
Andrew (14), Anna (9) and David
(7). I am an attorney focusing on
special education law and I teach
Business Law at the Art Institute
My family uses the JCP recre-
ation facilities daily, which puts me
in a unique position to continu-
ously observe and interact with
members, facility employees and
also be aware of the many activi-
ties at our Recreation Center. Our
community consists of a broad
spectrum of individuals who have
many different interests. We need
to continue to offer a variety of ac-
tivities that appeal to all segments
of our community.
I have closely followed CDD
board operations since I moved
to Julington Creek Plantation in
October 2000. I have attended
numerous meetings and provided
input where appropriate. I believe
that it is important that we ensure
the continued success of our com-
munity. This will help us remain
a premier community and keep
our property values strong despite
economic situations, such as the
Julington Creek Plantation is
a great place to live and I want to
help keep it that way! I am excited
to offer my experience and talent
to face our future challenges.
Delbert Dosch, Candidate for
Julington Creek Plantation
CDD, Seat 3
Did not respond.
Catherine Klein, Candidate for
Julington Creek Plantation
CDD, Seat 4
I began volunteering for St.
Johns County schools in 2005 to
support a great education for my
children. I am running for election
to the Julington Creek Planta-
tion CDD Board of Supervisors
because I want to support CDD
recreational facilities and programs
as another important resource in
As a former employee at the
Plantation Club, I saw the variety
of activities offered and feel that
our CDD has built facilities that
have something for everyone. I
am frequently on the tennis courts
or in the gym and know that
many residents go to the Planta-
tion Club almost daily. We now
have multiple locations that offer
convenient access to athletic and
social activities we enjoy and that
have enhanced the sense of com-
munity we sought when we moved
to Julington Creek Plantation.
I want to be on the JCP CDD
Board of Supervisors to be an
advocate for what has been created
and to help make good decisions
about maintaining and enhanc-
ing CDD facilities for our current
and future needs. I am confident
that my previous management and
budgeting experience will make
me an effective board member.
Both our schools and our CDD
facilities contribute to the value
of our homes and make Julington
Creek Plantation a great place to
live. I offer my commitment to
support excellent facilities and a
program of activities that is fiscally
responsible and representative of
what residents want.
April Spears, Candidate for
Julington Creek Plantation
CDD, Seat 4
I am a busy mom with three
beautiful kids. They are 11, 9 and
3. We moved to Julington Creek
Plantation 10 years ago. We have
loved it here ever since. I have had
several leadership roles in com-
munity groups over the past 10
years, including: I was secretary
of the Moms Club for several
years, on the personal committee
at Fruit Cove Baptist Church and
homeroom mom and involved
with the PTO at Julington Creek
Elementary School. I also have a
strong background in risk manage-
ment and insurance. My degree
is in Risk Management from the
college of business at Florida State
I am not a politician. I am
simply a neighbor and a friend
that cares about our community.
JCP is a great community and I
love being involved in making sure
it remains the best in our area.
I have been a supervisor on the
CDD board for eight years.
Being involved in the new rec-
reation facility from the beginning
discussions until the grand open-
ing has been an amazing experi-
ence. Making sure that the needs
of everyone in the community are
met has been and continues to be a
top priority. Being fiscally respon-
sible is always very important. I
live here too and I want to make
sure every dollar is spent wisely
and only when necessary. I look
forward to being a part of making
sure the new recreation center and
all the duties of the CDD continue
to run smoothly and efficiently in
Kirk Kemmish, Candidate for
Marshall Creek CDD, Seat 1
Palencia is a wonderful com-
munity with great promise. I
want to represent all our residents
and help turn today's reality into
yesterday's promise. For most of us
the world is a lot different today
compared to when we decided
to buy or build in Palencia. No
one can change economic real-
ity, but leadership must rethink
the CDD's role, plan and deliver
new opportunities to re-energize
the community we all sought. We
face real challenges today, making
November's election critical.
I have community experience
in challenging economic times,
serving as board chair of Sycamore
Hills, an Indiana Nicklaus golf
community of comparable size
to Palencia. I took over as chair
following a chapter 11 filing by
the developer and reorganized
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Local candidates cont from pg. 14
the board to bring on appropriate
skills during a difficult economic
period in the 1990s.
I have vast business experi-
ence, having managed operating
companies for two Fortune 500
companies, owned my own small
business, served as president of a
corporate council and currently
serve as managing partner of my
own company here in Florida.
Cost control and improve-
ment are second nature to me.
I understand development and
construction, having constructed
numerous new plants on three
continents and yes, even six new
houses. I helped create a regional
economic development partner-
ship and know how to attract busi-
ness, an important need from US
Highway I to Market Street.
I care about our Palencia and
believe I can help our community
Chris Stanley, Candidate for
Marshall Creek CDD Seat 1
My name is Chris Stanley
and I am running for Marshall
Creek CDD Supervisor Seat 1 this
November. My wife and I have
three children and have been living
in Palencia for nearly six years. We
have established a great quality of
life through the many friends and
neighbors we have come to know
in our community. Our desire
to generate long term benefits
throughout Palencia is the reason
for my campaign. My platform is
simple and revolves around bring-
ing more family and residential
involvement to the CDD board
and community as a whole.
First, I am interested in el-
evating the service and profession-
alism of our current amenity offer-
ings. We also have an immediate
focus on successfully opening
the new community center next
year. I hope to positively impact
our relationship with our partner
CDD to ensure that this happens.
Finally, I will bring new ideas to
the board and the community
for creating additional revenue
opportunities, effective and
conservative budget management
and management of some of our
legacy expenses such as the current
swim and fitness center. Our resi-
dents are rich with knowledge and
resources and I hope to collabo-
rate with many of them through
encouraging more active involve-
ment in our board processes.
Thank you for taking a mo-
ment to review a couple of my
ideas. I know that I can make a
positive impact on the decisions
affecting our community and look
forward to getting started. For
more details on my platform, you
can email me at bsxrep@yahoo.
Dennis Craig, Candidate for
Circuit Judge, Group 5, 7th
My qualifications include a
broad range of legal, personal and
community service experience. I
have practiced law for 24 years.
My legal experience includes civil,
criminal (prosecution and defense)
bankruptcy, tax litigation, estate
and family law. I've practiced
in state and federal courts and
appellate courts. I have a success-
ful marriage of 17 years with five
children including a child with
special needs. I've been involved in
community service with charitable
and non-profit organizations and
volunteered as a youth coach.
Please look on my website for
a detailed list of my experience
which makes me a highly qualified
candidate in this race.
A judge holds a public trust
and should be devoted to public
service. Our society is governed
by the constitution and laws. The
legal system is necessary to address
wrongs and resolve disputes. It is
the judge's role to safeguard our
constitution, laws and rights. It's
important to be aware of the im-
pact each decision a judge makes
on an individual.
I've had the privilege for the
last 12 years to work for the State
Attorney's Office in the Seventh
Judicial Circuit. This job provides
a unique opportunity in public
service. I've had the honor to work
with great people in the public
sector and to work on cases and
trials that have had significant
impact for victims, witnesses, law
enforcement, defendants and the
community as a whole. I would
like to continue working in public
service as a judge and ask for your
vote on November 2.
Joe Horrox, Candidate for
Circuit Judge, Group 5, 7th
There are three fundamental
reasons which make me the best
qualified to fulfill the duties of
this judicial position: experience,
proven ethical integrity and con-
I have been practicing Florida
law for 23 years, compared to just
13 years of my opponent. Florida
law experience is important be-
cause the role of a Florida circuit
judge is to apply Florida law, not
another state's law. Moreover, at
least 90% of my experience has
been in civil law and approxi-
mately 89% of the circuit court
caseload consists of civil cases.
My opponent has never handled
a Florida civil case. My varied and
vast Florida law experience will
enable me to immediately take on
the huge caseload, which is the
highest in our circuit (approxi-
mately 3400 cases per judge.)
I am presently the chairperson
of this circuit's grievance commit-
tee "A." We recommend disciplin-
ary proceedings against attorneys
who have violated our ethical
rules. The Florida Bar would not
have placed me in this position if
it did not view me as an attorney
who maintains the highest ethical
standards at all times. Clearly, the
highest degree of ethics is also
important for judges.
I believe we all have a per-
sonal responsibility to read the
U.S. Constitution, understand
its contents and recognize it as
the supreme law of our land, the
greatest legal document in the his-
tory of our great nation. If elected,
I pledge to follow the law, protect
and defend the Constitution,
thereby fulfilling my small role in
our state system of government.
Scott DuPont, Candidate for
Circuit Judge, Group 10, 7th
I believe that being a good
judge is about character, honesty,
integrity, common sense, and
representing the values of the
community. As a candidate who
is a seventh generation Floridian,
born and raised right here in our
district, I believe I best represent
the values of the community and
can uphold these high moral
Local candidates cont on pg. 17
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Secure Our Borders Now
Ihe No Amnesty for Illegal Aliens
Mica Cut Government Spending
Pla No Tax Increases
Make Government Work NOT Grow
Working for You!
Record of Accomplishment...
Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award
Tax Fighter Award-NationalTax Limitation Committee
Friend of the Coast Award-American Shore and
Beach Preservation Association
Guardian of Small Business-NFIB Award
Spirit of Enterprise Award-U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Thomas Jefferson Award for Legislative Service
Jaycees, Statewide Good Government Award
Outstanding Young Men in America
Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award
L. Mendel Rivers Award
-Non-Commissioned Officers Association
Legislator of the Year National Award
Vietnam Veterans of America
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Local candidates cont from pg. 16
I fully understand that the
purpose of the judicial branch is to
follow the law and not to create it
by legislating from the bench. As
the circuit court judge, I will fol-
low the law, and I will not legislate
from the bench.
Becoming a judge is a calling
and I know I am called to serve the
public in this capacity and I will
do it well.
Don Holmes, Candidate for
Circuit Judge, Group 10, 7th
The factor which separates me
from my opponent is "experience."
For 34 years I have practiced law
in a wide variety of roles. I have
served as a prosecutor and have
been in charge of all prosecutions
in Putnam County while person-
ally trying more than 140 jury
trials. In private practice, I have
represented thousands of clients,
from private citizens to govern-
ments to businesses in almost any
type of legal matter that could
come before a Circuit Judge.
My experience is important,
not just because of what I have
learned about law, but because
it provides a track record for the
voter to look at in deciding what
kind of judge I would be. It is
one thing to promise to be hon-
est, hard working, fair and to use
common sense in your approach to
solving problems. It is another to
have a track record which backs up
My track record has resulted
in my candidacy being endorsed
by every sheriff in the Circuit and
by police and firefighter groups, as
well as by the only two newspapers
in the Circuit which have made an
My experience has also taught
me the importance of making
sure that every person leaves the
courtroom believing that the judge
listened and tried to understand
"their" side; treated them with re-
spect; and then made the decision
that the law required. A Circuit
Judge should not "make law" but
should apply the law made by
those we elect to do so.
Pam Bondi, Republican Can-
didate for Florida Attorney
If I am honored to serve as
Florida's next Attorney General,
my top priorities will be protect-
ing the citizens and consumers
from crime and fraud; defending
the Constitution by standing up
against the federal government's
unconstitutional health care man-
date; and working to protect the
jobs and economy in our state.
As a two-decade career
prosecutor, I have the experience
necessary to protect Florida's con-
sumers, families and businesses.
As a political outsider, I can bring
fresh perspectives and approach
necessary to make a real difference
in our state.
I have spent my entire career
standing up for victims and work-
ing to combat crime. As attorney
general, I will continue that fight
by stepping up efforts to combat
mortgage fraud, put pill mills out
of business and address the grow-
ing gang problems in our state.
With a struggling economy
and more than a million people
out of jobs in Florida, finding ways
to protect our economy is essen-
tial. I am a fiscal conservative who
believes in limited government and
lower taxes and I have the court-
room tested experience it takes to
defend the citizens and consumers
of this state against all types of
I also believe that the fed-
eral health care law will not only
devastate our economy but is an
unconstitutional mandate and
an absolute abuse of government
power. I am ready on day one to
stand up against the federal health
care law and protect the rights of
the citizens of Florida.
Dan Gelber, Democratic Can-
didate for Florida Attorney
As Attorney General, I will
protect everyday Floridians from
those that will harm them and
restore accountability to a state
government that has lost its way.
As a long-time federal prosecutor,
I convicted corrupt public of-
ficials, gangs and scam artists. As
former United States Senator Sam
Nunn's chief counsel, I directed
This experience has prepared me
to attack our many public safety
Pill mills are popping up
on every street corner, gangs are
terrorizing our neighborhoods,
child predators are targeting our
children and scam artists are prey-
ing upon our seniors. And due to
a lack of oversight in Tallahassee,
there has been a wave of public
corruption in recent years that
is destroying Floridians' faith in
government. As Attorney General,
I will work aggressively with our
law enforcement community to
keep our streets safe and clean up
Several initiatives that I will
institute as Attorney General to
better protect Floridians include
the creation of a Public Corrup-
tion Strike Force to scrutinize
state government, and an Invest-
ment Fraud Unit to protect our
seniors and savers from economic
predators. I will also maximize law
enforcement resources to better
fight fraud, shut down pill mills
and go after sexual predators and
These are very serious chal-
lenges that require substantive so-
lutions, not the same-old partisan
sound bites. We need real leader-
ship for a change. As a federal
prosecutor for nearly a decade, I
protected Floridians and I will do
so as your next Attorney General.
John Mica, Republican Candi-
date for United States Repre-
sentative, Florida District 7
With the serious challenges
our nation faces, your partici-
pation at this critical time will
certainly count in helping to
determine America's future. In the
past our country has survived dif-
ficult times and weak leadership.
However, throughout our history
and through the strength, determi-
nation and courage of the Ameri-
can people we have brought our
country back from perilous times.
This election, it is vital to
elect people who are committed
to financial responsibility, indi-
vidual liberty and our free market
system. Most importantly, outra-
geous government spending must
be brought under control. Our
ballooning national debt mort-
gages our children's future. Massive
government takeovers, mandates
and bailouts are strangling private
enterprise. High taxes, bloated
government programs and bailouts
are not the answer. The tax and
spend crowd must be stopped and
common sense returned to help
meet our current challenges.
As a former businessman, I
know that it takes a strong com-
mitment, hard work and sacrifice
to succeed. Having served in office
when we balanced our federal bud-
get and cut spending, I know it
can be accomplished. We can and
we must also enforce our nation's
immigration laws and secure our
To reverse all of the damage
that has been inflicted in less than
two years, everyone must become
engaged. I ask that you not only
vote November 2, but that you
make certain every relative, friend
and concerned American cast their
ballot. Only with your help can
we succeed, as we work together
ensure a bright future for our
country and all Americans.
Heather Beaven, Democratic
Candidate for United States
Representative, Florida Dis-
At a young age, Heather un-
derstood what it meant to serve. As
a freshman in college, she became
a volunteer firefighter. Heather
has volunteered as a rape crisis
counselor, a domestic violence
hotline counselor, a hospice respite
caregiver and a trauma victim's
advocate. Heather is a Navy
veteran and served as a cryptolo-
gist. She and nine other female
sailors were selected by President
Bill Clinton for the Women at Sea
exercise, where they became the
first women to set sail on a combat
vessel: the USS Kincaid, a Spru-
ance class destroyer. When elected,
Heather will be the only female
veteran in Congress.
Heather was also appointed
by Governor Bill Graves, Kansas,
to oversee the state's workforce
training programs, which in-
cluded Veteran's Employment and
Training System, apprenticeship,
migrant seasonal farm workers,
H-1B Visa and Welfare to Work.
Today, Heather is CEO of The
Florida Endowment Foundation
for Florida's Graduates, a statewide
non-profit that helps thousands
of Florida's most at risk students
succeed. In 2008, her programs
delivered a 97% graduation rate.
Heather believes education is
the greatest economic development
tool we have. Young Americans
and young Floridians, specifically,
are at the bottom of nearly every
scale used to measure educational
achievement. We must inspire
progress in our education system.
Heather believes that entrepre-
neurship is our future. We must
refocus our economic development
efforts on entrepreneurs and com-
munity-based businesses. Finally,
providing for those who protect
and serve us is our most sacred
duty. We must ensure our troops
are cared for.
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By Karl Kennell
Eagle Scout Patrick Considine and the kids of the"Garden Gang"of
It is always our pleasure to
introduce to our readers and neigh-
bors an Eagle Scout such as Patrick
Considine (Class of 2010). Out
of every 100 Boy Scouts only four
achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
"Once an Eagle Scout, always an
Eagle Scout." The list of famous
and notable men who are for life
an Eagle Scout is quite impressive.
Considine completed his Eagle
Scout Court of Honor in a joyful
and impressive ceremony with
many Eagle scouts and current
scouts from Troops 287, 382 and
106 in attendance. The Court
of Honor is especially impressive
when men of all ages proudly come
forward to renew their Eagle Scout
promise with the newest members
of this elite group.
Considine's step into manhood
and becoming an Eagle Scout has
not been a short journey. Scout-
ing has been a part of his life since
he went to Camp Blanding at age
five with Troop 106 of Assump-
tion Catholic Church where he
rappelled from the 64 foot train-
ing tower as one of his activities.
In first grade he joined the Cub
Scouts as a Tiger Cub at Christ
the King Catholic Church. The
pinnacle of his scouting career was
when he completed his Board of
Review and became the first Eagle
Scout out of Troop 287 at San Juan
Del Rio Catholic Church.
Not being one to take the easy
road and always looking forward
to how he may do the most good,
Considine chose for his Eagle
Scout project one that would
help improve the lives of those in
most need. Seeing the homeless
mothers with children at the I.M.
Sulzbacher Center in downtown
Jacksonville taking their children
out to play on a playground of bare
ground or in the mud moved him
into action. After making his plan
he solicited the assistance of scouts
from Troops 287 and 106 who
worked side by side with him to
transform the barren grounds into
an inviting landscape. The work
included mulching and sodding
the entire outdoor area around the
center along with planting shrub-
bery and general clean up.
Upon completion of the
project, the mothers and their chil-
dren were beside themselves with
appreciation for the thoughtful
efforts of the scouts and volunteers.
Seeing the new found joy on the
faces of the children as they played
in an environment that was green
and not desolate was amazing. The
efforts so inspired the residents of
the center that they joined in and
worked on the project alongside
of the scouts. A shared pride was
the result of this work collabora-
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Considine related how it was
very rewarding to be involved and
to see the transformation. "It was
special to hear the residents of the
center as they praised the scouts for
caring enough to do this for them."
Patrick Considine is another
young member of the neighbor-
hood who helps make our commu-
nity the special place it is to live.
We expect to hear great things in
the future about this special Eagle
Court of Honor held
By Contributing Writer Janet Tillman, Recording Secretary, Boy Scout
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Boy Scouts of America (BSA)
Troop 875, chartered by the Village
Church at World Golf Village, held
its most recent Court of Honor on
Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 2:00
p.m. at the Village Church. The
event, which is centered on the ac-
complishments of 32 active scouts
in the troop, was very well attended
by the scouts as well as their family
The final tally shows that 134
Merit Badges were awarded as well
as 22 Rank Badges and 13 Special
Awards. Among the more notable
Merit Badges were 10 which are
required for the rank of Eagle and
two of the four available historic
badges. Historic badges are badges
that had been previously retired
but reintroduced for 2010 only in
honor of the BSA Centennial.
Troop 875 also welcomed and
included a young scout who had
just moved to our area prior to his
Troop's Court of Honor.
"We were excited to have Ian
and his family join our troop for
this ceremony. This opportunity for
recognition is about the scout and
our troop is honored to include any
scout deserving of recognition,"
said Scoutmaster JeffTillman.
For more information about
Troop 875, please contact Scout-
master Tillman at BSATroop875@
villagechurchwgv.com or 874-3473.
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JCP CARES makes dreams come
true with room makeover!
By Contributing Writer Kathy Bravo, Founder, JCP CARES
Engaged in Ser-
a little girl's
a room fit for a
Alaina lives in
Hastings and is
currently under Many people donated princes:
pediatric hospice care at home items such as sheers, throw rugs,
through the Community PedsCare etc. to add to the overall look. The
program of Northeast Florida MOMS Club of Fruit Cove do-
Hospice. She has Takayasu disease nated a new ceiling fan and many
along with Lupus, renal disease and gifts to help her celebrate her sixth
mid arotic syndrome. birthday. Due to dietary issues,
Her sixth birthday was in
September and it was her dream to
have her room redone into a "pink
princess room." Thanks to the gen-
erosity of many in the community,
such as Classic Floors and Builder's
First Source, JCP CARES was able
to replace the worn carpeting with
wood laminate flooring as well as
paint and redecorate the entire
room. With the help of a talented
team of graphic design artists, a
hand painted mural covered one
Edible Arrangements at Bartram
Park donated a beautiful "Princess
Bouquet" to help her celebrate the
JCP CARES also installed a
cork board wall for Alaina's older
sister, Krystin, so that she would
have a place to display her many
wonderful drawings. Thank you
so much to everyone that donated
their time and talents to this amaz-
ing project of helping one precious
little girl's dream come true.
Local working mom invests in
By Contributing Writer Hilary Cadigan
In these tough economic times,
many parents are being forced to
work longer hours in order to keep
their jobs and provide for their
children. So, when it comes to their
children's day-to-day activities, par-
ents want more than just daycare.
And for good reason: a recent long-
term study by the National Institute
of Child Health and Development
proves that children who receive
high-quality early education per-
form significantly better academi-
cally, cognitively and behaviorally as
When family childcare fell
through at the last minute, new
mom Laura Pinover-Sadler, then
living in Virginia, went on a frantic
search for a place she felt comfort-
able leaving her six-week-old daugh-
ter, Lauren. It wasn't until she found
The Goddard School, the largest
and best rated preschool franchise in
the country, that she felt satisfied.
"What we do at the Goddard
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JeffTravitz, Goddard's director
of franchise development. "Our
students, ranging from six weeks
old through kindergarten, learn sign
language, computer skills, yoga, and
foreign languages like Spanish and
Mandarin Chinese. Our education
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became a member of Florida's very
first graduating class of Goddard
"I know what it's like to be a
parent with a full-time job," said Pi-
nover-Sadler. "The Goddard School
is the only place I felt comfortable
leaving my own daughter, and now
I strive to maintain that level of
comfort for the parents of St. Johns
County. What we have here is a real
family, a home away from home."
At Pinover-Sadler's school, there
is an exceptionally low rate of staff
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Monotony with a splash
By Brittany Dirks, Nease Student
The days of school pass as
slowly as a tractor on a busy road.
The students have settled in and
the everyday rut of school has been
dusted off in everyone's mind. The
"new school year" excitement has
worn off and the reality that there's
another nine months of the same
process as always is prominent in
A hot topic floating around
campus is homecoming. "What
dress are you wearing?" "Who are
you going with?" "Who asked you?
What'd you say?" These are all
questions that everyone was asking
everyone else in search of juicy gos-
sip. As homecoming approached,
everyone was buzzing around
about dresses, tickets and dates.
The dance itself was a week after
the homecoming game, but for no
other reason than the venue chosen
wasn't available until October 2,
rather than September 25, which
would have been the night after the
Most of this gossip is heard
and discussed during lunch, where
the lines make everyone crazy.
As soon as the bell rings, kids are
rushing to be one of the first in line
to beat the rush of other hungry
people unlucky enough to have
classes farther from the cafeteria
than those in places like the band
room, M-pod and H-pod. "A"
lunch is exceptionally crowded this
year, with far fewer people in "B"
and "C" lunches. In previous years,
they've been distributed more
evenly. Because of this, those with
"A" lunch have even more hectic
lunch lines to deal with. Attempt-
ing to cut lands you a reprimand
from Dean Laverty, the replace-
ment for Dean Winkler who
retired this year.
Another retiree is the old
"Golf Cart Guy," who managed
the parking lot, making sure all the
cars had parking pass decals and
everyone was parked in the ap-
propriate area. There are now two
"Golf Cart Guys" and no one gets
away with parking in Gold when
they should be in Green. But, even
though everyone is in the right
spots, it doesn't mean getting out
of the parking lot to head home is
any easier. Changes have occurred
that not everyone is happy with.
The PSA cops who direct traffic
have decided they are no longer
going to allow people to turn right
from the parking lot onto Ray
Road in order to go down Old
Dixie Highway. This was supposed
to help traffic move faster; how-
ever, it's no easier getting out of the
actual parking space. A smart tip
to not be waiting in your car for a
small chance to get out, is to wait
somewhere inside the school, talk-
ing with friends. This way, there's
more social time and less time
sitting in the car, bored.
The past month has been
monotonous, but with splashes and
dashes and dots of mayhem and
madness (fun and annoying!) mak-
ing life interesting.
BTHS builds on tradition with
It's Hollywood at Bartram! beginning at the end of the s
That's this year's theme for day, the Bear Bash pep rally
Bartram Trail High School's have cheerleading, band and
Homecoming 2010 that takes school spirit pep performance
place during the week beginning Continuing the Hollywc
October 18. Throughout home- theme, the big homecoming
coming week, many events with
a Hollywood theme are planned.
And although it's only 11 years
old, Bartram is already building a
tradition of school spirit among
its students and graduates.
Every day during homecom-
ing week will be a "dress-up day.".
Monday will be Nerd Day. Think h' m
taped glasses, high-water pants m mm
and pocket protectors. Tuesday '"..
will be Red Carpet Day when
the students dress up like their
favorite movie star or celebrity.
Wednesday will be Switch Day,
when the girls will dress like boys
and the more confident boys will
dress as girls. Finally, Thursday
will be Class Color Day/School
Spirit Day. Students will dress
in their assigned class colors:
Freshmen (White), Sophomores
(Black), Juniors (Silver) and Se-
Several special events are
planned for homecoming week.
The carnival on Wednesday night
will include many school spirit
entries and exciting games, featur-
ing Bartram's annual rope burn-
ing contest. Then on Thursday Bci
football game will take place on Bear spirit with current students.
Friday, October 22, when the The festivities will conclude
Bartram Bears hope to "pull the on Saturday night, October 23,
red carpet out from under the with the homecoming dance in
Blue Devils" of Clay High School. the Bartram Courtyard decorated
During halftime, homecoming with glitz and glamour so every-
school floats will parade around the one will feel like a celebrity. It will
will stadium and the Homecoming be a Hollywood night sure to be a
other Court will be crowned. Alumni star-studded extravaganza!
:es. from the previous 10 Bartram Floats, skits, contests ...
ood graduations are invited to watch there will be many opportunities
the game and share the Bartram for students to participate in the
excitement and help determine
which class wins the 2010 Home-
coming trophy. Points will be as-
signed for pep rally performances,
the rope burning contest, carnival
entries, banners and dress-up days'
With homecoming cel-
ebrations like these, Bartram
Trail High School already has a
tradition rich in school spirit and
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New frozen yogurt store tantalizes taste buds
Wild Yo's frozen yogurt is
now open on San Jose Boulevard
just north of the Julington Creek
Bridge in the Fresh Market center.
Whether you are accidentally
healthy, half hearted healthy or
full blown healthy, there is some-
thing for everyone at Wild Yo's!
Their frozen yogurt is creamy and
delicious with all kinds of natu-
ral health benefits for your body.
About half of their selections are
non-fat and they always carry at
least one "no sugar added" selec-
tion at all times. All of their frozen
yogurts carry the Live and Active
Cultures Seal from the National
Yogurt Association and are also
Wild Yo's has 12 amazing
frozen yogurt flavors that change
all the time. Feel free to taste some
frozen yogurt samples before you
make your final choice. Wild Yo's
is self- serve so you will be able to
make your creations as healthy or
as decadent as you wish. There are
over 40 toppings that include syr-
ups, fruits and dry toppings. Here
is the best part: you pay for exactly
what you want, by the ounce!
Wild Yo's mission is to "Make
every member of the family feel as
though the product they select is as
fresh and delicious as it is unique
by their own design." The staff
invites you to come and experience
Wild Yo's as a family fun event, not
just a desert.
As Wild Yo's owner Christina
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You make it Wild!"
How to raise a cheap pet
By Contributing Writer Dr. Peter Veling, Owner, Palencia Pet Clinic
A routine visit with a vet-
erinarian will prevent problems
in young pets. Recently, I have
seen a number of young pets with
problems that could have been
prevented soon after adoption.
Getting a new puppy or kitten is
exciting. They come with respon-
sibility. Puppies and kittens need
vaccinations from the time they are
six to eight weeks old. I have heard
clients say "My aunt said..." or
"The breeder said..."
Anything said by a rela-
tive, friend or breeder should
be checked for accuracy with a
veterinarian. Breeders are kind but
their qualifications are simple: put
a male and a female pet together
at the time when fertile, let them
do what comes naturally and you
are a breeder. Breeders usually care
about the pets they breed but may
or may not have real knowledge. In
contrast, veterinarians go to four
extra years of veterinary school
before the state license exam. Please
ask us questions. Veterinarians are
on your pet's side.
Everybody gets it.
Everybody reads it.
Trying to save money on pet another pet. Four weeks ago, I saw
care by not vaccinating can lead a one year old female, unvaccinated
to disaster. The unvaccinated cat with a severe fever and lethargy
puppy or kitten is a time bomb. after her kittens were weaned. The
Viral diseases are present in many kittens were unvaccinated. The
parks. Feral cats spread viruses. Red entire group was at risk for life-
foxes and stray dogs share the dog's threatening viruses.
diseases. If a virus is contracted the Distemper is a killer viral
puppy or kitten does the suffering, disease of dogs, coyotes and foxes.
The owner is the one who gets the Distemper causes encephalitis, eye
bill and the guilt. infections, pneumonia or vomiting
What can go wrong? Here is a and diarrhea and death. Once the
partial list. Parvovirus is a vomit- virus is in the dog there is nothing
ing and diarrhea virus that leads to that can be done except support-
pain, dehydration, severe lethargy ive care and wait. Most dogs with
and death. Seeing a parvovirus fulminate Canine Distemper will
puppy groan in pain and then pass die of the disease.
bloody diarrhea is very sad. One of A veterinary vaccine visit costs
the worst days I have had was the little compared to the cost of treat-
day a nine year old, unvaccinated ing these deadly diseases. Make an
Pomeranian died of Parvovirus. He appointment with your veterinar-
was owned by an elderly woman ian as soon as you get a puppy or
who did not vaccinate. She thought kitten. If your pet is not vaccinated
she could protect it by keeping it at get it to a veterinarian today!
home. It was a fatal mistake for the
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back the candy that young trick-
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at this annual event
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team at Krantz Den-
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October at Liberty Pines Academy
By Contributing Writer Stephanie Bradford, Liberty Pines Academy PTO
Please join Liberty Pines
Academy (LPA) in welcoming Dr.
Joyner, Superintendent of Schools
and Bev Slough, School Board
member on Wednesday, October
27 from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Parents and staff are welcome to
meet in the cafeteria where our
distinguished guests will share
the state of the district and fund-
ing challenges. Please mark your
calendars and plan to attend this
LPA has some exciting
fundraisers this year that are sure
to bring in lots of money to our
school to better our students' edu-
cation. The LPA PTO will kick-off
October with more family oriented
fundraisers. Mark your calendars
to come out and join us for the
LPA Night of the Arts (KidzArt
Showcase) on Tuesday, October
19 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
All students from LPA will display
the art they created! There will be
a chance to order a child's artwork
on water bottles, t-shirts, stationary
and more. During this special event
we will also host a Vendor Show.
Another great opportunity for
Did someone mention foot-
ball? LPA PTO will be selling Ga-
tor Bowl tickets from October 26
through November 5. Each ticket is
$20 and $10 from each ticket sold
will go back to LPA. Plus, receive
one free student ticket per adult
ticket purchase for each A/B Honor
Roll student in your family! Join
us for the Liberty Pines Academy
Family Tailgate at the Gator Bowl.
You can purchase your parking
passes through LPA PTO for $20
and meet up with your friends
before and after the game. Please
email email@example.com for more
Want to help your child's class
earn some free books? Join LPA
Kindergarten through seventh grade
classrooms in collecting Sunny D
labels. Each classroom can earn
20 free books for their classroom
library by sending in 20 Sunny D
labels per classroom. Please send in
the entire label from the container
or the entire plastic wrap from the
multi packs. Labels are collected
and submitted each Friday. LPA will
collect Sunny D labels through the
end of November 2010. Remember,
each Sunny D label equals a free
book for our classrooms!
Another easy way to help LPA
is by collecting and sending in
Box Tops. These can be found on
products by Betty Crocker, Hefty,
Avery, Cheerios, Ziploc, Juicy Juice,
Welch's, Hefty and Kleenex to
name a few. Some products offer
Bonus Box Tops. Please send these
in with your student or drop them
off in the front office at LPA.
LPA is introducing some new
clubs this school year. Project SOS
is coming to LPA for sixth through
eighth graders. On October 18, 19,
20, 21, 26 and 27 students can par-
ticipate in Project SOS during PE
and Computer class. On September
16, LPA's Science Olympiad Club
held its first meeting. This is the
first year for this new club at LPA.
The club will meet the second
and fourth Thursday of each
month. Students will meet in Mrs.
Jaffia's room from 3:00 p.m. until
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Written by Laurell K. Hamilton. 356 pages. Published by Berkley
Publishing Group, May 2010.
Review by TG. Stanton
St. Louis is the home of Unit-
ed States Marshall Anita Blake,
who is also a necromancer and
vampire executioner. She is also the
lover of the Master Vampire of the
city, Jean-Claude and is part of his
triumvirate of power. Yet, through
her powers, her own triumvirate
has developed. In the recent past,
the first vampire was killed; she is
also known as the Mother of all
Darkness. Now Anita tries to live
daily life as a normal person; yes,
one with involved relationships
with vampires and were-animals.
Normal daily life does not come
easy, especially as she is also the
leader of several were-groups. In
addition, she is linked as a victim
of multiple strains of lycanthropy
to these groups.
In other cities across the
United States, there is worry that
Jean-Claude and Anita are seeking
too much power, but an unex-
pected visitor, who aims to rule
not only Europe but America,
lets them know that she is a force
to be reckoned with. She is back;
not dead and has possessed the
Vampire Council. One way to fight
her power is for Anita to master
another tiger, one not known to
exist for thousands of years. She
needs to make them part of her
power and bring them into their
own power and that means using
the arduer in the form of sex or
anger. While the Mother of all
Darkness reaches out and touches
them, power is unleashed that leads
to new horrors for Anita and those
she cares for. This leads to new
decisions to be made and alliances
to be forged. Some of these new
friends may just have to realize
that St. Louis is the place with the
power and the alternative is much,
Laurell K. Hamilton has writ-
ten many vampire hunter books
starring Anita Blake. The novels
evolve the characters and emotions
of relationships, as well as dealing
with the powers and weaknesses of
various supernatural beings. Many
of these novels will lead the reader
to read the other and future books.
These are very adult books and
should be limited to adult readers.
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Vickie Henry of St. Augustine
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2010 Nissan Altima courtesy of
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On August 8, 2010 a raffle
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Although Henry was not present
she was called just seconds after
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After last year's vaccine short-
ages, two flu vaccines and extra
shots for kids, the government is
trying to keep things simple this
time. The United States Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) is now getting the word
out about what to expect for the
2010-2011 influenza season.
Vaccine recommended for all
adults: Beginning this year, the
CDC recommends that everyone
ages six months and older get an
annual flu vaccination. This means
that every adult should be vac-
cinated. In the past, while adults
who wanted to reduce their risk
of getting the flu could get the
vaccine, the CDC only specifically
recommended it for children up
to age 19 and for adults in certain
high-risk groups, such as those age
50 or older or at risk for medical
"It's very important to get the
flu vaccine, especially if you have
kids under six months of age," says
Emmanuel Miel Jr., MD, family
physician with Baptist Primary
Care at Deer Park.
One shot is enough for most
people: The 2010-2011 flu vaccine
offers protection against three
different influenza viruses, includ-
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means that most people can return
to their regular routine of getting
one seasonal flu vaccination a year.
Last year, the H 1N 1 and seasonal
flu vaccinations were administered
"The good thing is the H1N1
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Dr. Miel says.
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Pacetti Bay PTSO news
By Contributing Writer Cheryl Kerekes, PBMS PTSO
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It has been a very smooth
and successful transition into the
beginning of another school year
at Pacetti Bay Middle School.
The Pacetti Bay PTSO would
like to thank all of those families
who helped with our membership
drive. All membership proceeds go
directly to Pacetti Bay. Other back-
to-school events included a well-
deserved Welcome Back Breakfast
(thank you Starbucks and IHOP)
on August 18, the PBMS Open
House and our Fall Dance.
Fall is the perfect time for bak-
ing and our PTSO is ready to help
you with our Cookie Dough/Food
Item fundraiser! Our students
will be selling delicious cookie
dough and other items that are
ready to pop into the oven until
October 15. Can't you smell the
cookies already? Be sure to order
plenty, because these cookies are
the perfect snack to serve when
you have guests over during the
holiday season. In conjunction
with the cookie dough, we will
be selling multi-purpose, reusable
bags. You may have seen people in
the community carrying these bags
to the grocery store or to the pool.
They truly are multi-functional
and come in a variety of sizes, pat-
terns and colors. There will also be
insulated bags available. All food
items and bags will be delivered on
Future plans for the 2010-
2011 school year include our staff
Holiday Luncheon in December,
a Spring Dance in March and
an Evening of the Arts in April.
PBMS PTSO will be teaming up
with the Wards Creek Elementary
School PTO and the Mill Creek
Elementary School PTA and their
music and art departments for a
spectacular evening filled with mu-
sic, drama, art and more. Details
will follow soon!
Remember, our meetings are
always held on the first Wednesday
of the month at 3:00 p.m. in the
PBMS Media Center and are al-
ways open to the public. For more
information about what is happen-
ing at Pacetti Bay Middle School,
please visit the website www-pbm.
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The other day while working
in my office, I caught the intro of
"The View." As the three younger
fashion mavens walked out, it hit
me like a brick...it's all about the
pant this year. These three are al-
ways on trend and are true fashion
bellwethers and they all had on the
skinny bottom look. Each gal wore
it differently but, the skinny pant,
the "only" pant to wear this year
because essential trousers with a
fluid leg in refined fabrics are al-
ways a wardrobe basic. My favorite,
the side-sip pant does the right
thing for every figure; it smoothes
and shapes the torso for a perfect
clean silhouette that works well
I refer back to an old universal
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the V.I.P. as I will refer to them in waist.
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shopping for slacks:
* a slight flare at the leg balances
hips making them less curvy
a full leg trouser is great for
avoid pockets like the plague; if
necessary sew them shut
to lengthen legs create the lon-
gest possible line with trousers
for a nice rear view, trousers
should drape the tush and fall
Now back to the skinny leg
thing, whether it be leggings, slim-
leg jeans or an ankle pant.
I was at an all-girls luncheon
last week and being the fashioni-
sta of the group I threw out the
leggings/skinny jean pant subject.
This prompted the group into an
instant hubbub of what to do with
them. I told them we were not
going to be fashion "wonks!" I an-
nounced with great confidence that
we were going to do these looks
right. We all know we have to
reinvent hair dos and makeup and
we can do this too!
First things first: go to a real
women's shop to try these things
on. Don't go to your daughters
shopping mecca. Talk to the
women who work there and know
merchandise. They have seen
how all this slim legged stuff fits
and what works for each differ-
ent size of customer. Take several
different cuts into the fitting room
(kinda like trying on bathing
suits)...I suggest starting with a
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Etiquette by Efizabeth
interest comes first.
New elementary school coming to northern
St. Johns County
The St. Johns County School
Board has approved the sale of
$16 million in Qualified School
Construction Bonds to build an
elementary school in the north
central area of the county. The
bonds will be treated as Certifi-
cates of Participation pursuant to
federal legislation enacted in 2009
The site of Elementary
School "L" will be adjacent to
Palencia Park in the Palencia
community. This area was set
aside for the district as mitigation
for educational impacts during
the permitting process. The site
was acquired through a partial
donation/partial purchase utiliz-
ing school impact fee credits. The
location of Elementary School "L"
will allow for school use of the
adjacent park during school hours
and will provide additional park-
ing for recreational activities after
The school is expected to
serve approximately 700 stu-
dents in kindergarten through
fifth grade. This facility will help
reduce overcrowding at existing
elementary schools and will likely
serve students in the north central
area of the county, both east and
west of US Highway 1.
Elementary School "L"
should be completed and ready
for operation no later than
August 2013. Master planning
of the project will include input
by the St. Johns County Parks
and Recreation Department and
representatives of the Palencia
developer. Professional architec-
tural services will be selected by
the School Board within the next
Ancient City Kids Day promises
to be a fun day for all
Looking for something fun
and free to do with your kids?
The 15th annual Ancient City
Kids Day will be held on Sat-
urday, October 23, 2010 from
11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at
Francis Field on Castillo Drive in
This event, coordinated by
EPIC Community Services and
planned by numerous agencies,
is a day of fun-filled activities for
children and families. The event
is free for the public and will in-
clude over 40 youth service agen-
cies offering carnival style games
and activities, arts and crafts and
contests for the kids and live en-
tertainment all day. Information
about community resources will
be available for parents. The only
cost to the public will be for food
Ancient City Kids Day has
grown to be one of St. Augustine's
largest youth activities, and is a
popular event for the whole fam-
ily. Last year's event brought ap-
proximately 3,000 people out for
the fun. The organizers of Ancient
City Kids Day hope to see as big
a turnout this year as well for the
many fun activities planned.
For more information, please
feel free to contact EPIC Com-
munity Services at 829-2273.
My daughter recently broke up
with her longtime boyfriend. This
is a good thing for my daughter
and she is trying to move on. The
problem is that her boyfriend's
mother has started calling me
trying to see if she can intervene
on his behalf to get them back
together. I have always had a good
relationship with this woman but
now that things have changed I
don't really know how to deal with
her. We were only friends because
our children were dating. What
should I do?
The best thing you can do
is be honest with her and tell
her that you are supporting your
daughter and the decisions she
has made. If you do want to keep
her as a friend, suggest that you
two get together in a few months
after everything has settled down.
Ultimately, your daughter's best
When meeting a group a
people, should women be intro-
duced first? I was at a party and my
friend introduced all the men first.
Is this right?
When in a crowd, the women
should be introduced first. It is also
helpful as you are introducing a
person, to give a tidbit of informa-
tion about that person. "This is
Susie, she works for the governor
and went to FSU." This helps to
start a conversation in the group.
Please send etiquette questions to
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? Organic Lifestyles
By Molly McKinney
It sometimes seems like the
cycle of media is the same: lose five
pounds in five days; death and de-
struction everywhere but here; have
better health in 100 words or less,
etc. But every once in a while you
come across some information that
you didn't know before. It's like
stumbling across a tiny goldmine
of things you didn't know and it
generally brings the delight back
into reading a magazine or watch-
ing the news.
My epiphany concerned
something I feel like I should know
already: indoor pollutants. I've
addressed pollutants such as what's
in your everyday cleaning supplies
before, like chlorine and deter-
gents, but it didn't even occur to
me that something as innocuous as
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A way to get away with the
soft glow of Glade? One hundred
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any paraffin and are supposed to
smell better and last longer anyway.
Printers, especially if you keep
yours in a low-ventilated space, spit
out microscopic irritants, such as
toner, ink and ozone. Dust has the
propensity to house gabillions of
mold, insects and dust mites and
pretty much everything you walk
through during the day in your
shoes gets tracked into the house
when you come in after a long day.
Dusting and vacuuming often, as
well as taking off your contami-
nated shoes the minute you walk in
the door, helps a lot.
The particleboard in cheap
furniture also is a danger, since it
can off-gas formaldehyde (yes, the
stuff they preserve dead people in)
into your organic household. In
some areas, radon might be leaking
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All this keeps pointing in one
direction: pay attention. Remem-
ber that just because something
might say "Greenworks" on the
front of it, that doesn't necessarily
mean it's free of volatile organic
compounds (VOC, the official
name for the carcinogenic mol-
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It sounds like paranoia and
skepticism, but you really can't
trust a container by its cover. You
have to look at the ingredients and
make sure you can pronounce all
the ingredients before taking it
home. My advice? Only use real
products. Use chemicals as a last
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stay in well-ventilated areas. Treat
everything like it's a high school
chemistry project and you're pour-
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The good news is that people
are becoming more aware of the
dangers of our synthetic-addicted
society and the trend is moving
towards demanding that provid-
ers of consumer goods start taking
responsibility for the danger in
which they are placing us. It's our
job too, though, to continue this
trend, not by pointing fingers or
shifting blame, but by simply sup-
porting companies that use organic
Hopefully, as an economist
stated on the news some months
ago, as the demand for organic
materials and food goes up, the
price will start to come down.
He observed that the same thing
happened during the last recession,
in the 1970s: when the economy
goes down, cheap products go up.
Unfortunately, the cheap products
are what's killing us. We need to
continue the movement, be aware
of what's going on and demand
that just because something is good
for you doesn't mean it has to be
expensive. It's our right as humans
on this earth to have access to its
resources, instead of something
Stand up for yourself and
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and live auction on Saturday,
October 23, from 7:00 p.m. until
11:00 p.m. at the St. Johns County
Golf and Country Club located on
County Road 210. Admission is
$25 per person and $50 per ticket
to enter the drawing. There will be
20 cash prizes awarded in addition
to a live auction for the following
* Homecoming package: Seats in
the press box, admission to the
game, food and butler service
Front row reserved parking
space on campus for a BTHS
student for the 2011-2012
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sion for the whole family to all
regular season games held at
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of the varsity football coaching
staff for a select game during
the 2011 season, including
coaching "gear," sideline atten-
dance at the game and more!
A cash bar will be serving
wine and beer, with DJ entertain-
ment provided while we draw the
winning tickets. The live auction
will be held from 8:00 p.m. to 8:30
p.m. In all, 20 winning tickets for
cash prizes in the reverse draw will
be pulled. The grand prize will be
For reverse draw and admis-
sion tickets or more information,
please contact Cathy Thomson at
237-2440. Winner(s) need not be
present to win. Complete rules can
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By Jay Moore
Q. I would to know the value
of a dish and box. I believe they are
Chinese Qing Dynasty cloisonne,
but I am not sure about that. -
A. Cloisonne is decorated met-
alwork made by soldering wires to
a metal form creating cells that are
filled with enamel before the piece
is fired in a kiln. It was especially
popular in China, Japan, France
and Russia. Probably originating
in the Byzantine Empire, cloisonne
reached China in the 13th or
14th century. You are sort of right
when you say it's Qing Dynasty
(the last ruling dynasty), but it
is big time span, 1644 to 1912.
Chinese cloisonne was a popular
import between 1900 and 1920.
Although fine pieces were exported
to America, the bulk of Chinese
cloisonne sent over was small and
inexpensive. Smoking sets are com-
This Chinese set is decorated
with dragons and a cloud back-
ground. It is damaged and would
sell for less than $15, if you could
find a buyer. In excellent condition
the two pieces would
retail for about $35.
Q. I have an old
canister set made in the
shape of burlap bags in
excellent condition. It
was made and marked
by McCoy pottery and
probably dates from
the 1930s. I would like
to know its value. P.B.,
Coy Sanitary Stoneware in 1910
to make utilitarian wares. He
branched into art pottery in the
mid '20s. The name was changed
in 1933 to Nelson McCoy Pottery.
It's Nelson McCoy pottery that we
mostly encounter, including more
than 200 cookie jar designs. The
firm changed hands many times
after 1967 and closed in 1990.
This canister set was made
when Lancaster Colony Corp.
owned the company, as evidenced
by the "LCC" mark below Mc-
Coy's familiar mark. It was made
between 1974 and 1980. It would
retail for around $35. If one of the
large jars is marked "cookies," the
set would sell for around $45.
Have a question about
antiques? Send a detailed descrip-
tion and at least one sharp pho-
tograph; scans are fine as long as
they are clear
will not be
mean a delay
of several months for answers to be
published. Write to Jay Moore c/o
The CreekLine, 12443 San Jose
Boulevard, Suite 403, Jacksonville,
FL 32223. Sorry, no personal
Helping Hands update
By Contributing Writer Jackie Valyou
Helping Hands is a non-de-
nominational group that meets
the last Friday of the month (with
the exception of November and
December) to do a small project
to benefit the community. Meet-
ings are held at Faith Community
Church Community Center at
12:00 noon. Anyone is welcome
and the group numbers over 150.
There are no dues, officers or stress.
Members come when they can and
do what they can. The group relies
solely on donations of goods and
services from the community.
For more information, please
Helping Hands of St. Johns
County recently decorated 48 trees
that were donated to Community
Hospice. The beautiful trees will
be given to families to brighten the
holiday season. This is the third
year the group has had a Christmas
in September decorating project.
Over 150 trees have been donated
and decorated over past 3 years.
The group's next project will
be coordinating a Halloween Party
for residents of Westminster Woods
on October 29. Members will
make favors at 12:00 noon at Faith
Community Church Community
Center and then several will go
and visit, play bingo and decorate
pumpkins with the residents.
In November, Helping Hands
will be having their annual Thanks-
giving Dinner Basket project for
the food bank. Anyone wishing to
donate items for the baskets, like
canned items or peanut butter,
macaroni and cheese or traditional
Thanksgiving food, may contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off
at 1180 Stonehedge Trail in St.
Johns Golf and Country Club. The
group is fortunate to have 30 tur-
key gift cards donated so families
can pick up their own turkey. They
are most grateful to this anony-
mous benefactor. Gift baskets will
be made up on November 19 at
12:00 noon at Faith Community
Church Community Center on
County Road 210.
The group will also be taking
part in the Holiday Vendor Fair
on November 16 at St. Johns Golf
and Country Club. This event will
be from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
at the Clubhouse. There will be
wrapped shoeboxes for anyone to
take and fill for those in need. This
year's focus for the holidays will be
a Shoebox Christmas. Shoeboxes
will be filled with mittens, hats,
small toys, toiletries, socks and
other appropriate items. People
who take them will be encour-
aged to fill a box for a child, senior
citizen, homeless person or veteran
of their choice (any age or gen-
der) and return it by December
6 to St. Johns Golf and Country
Club. Boxes should be marked for
whom they are intended (i.e. 10
year old boy, homeless man etc.)
Anyone taking a box will be given
a raffle ticket at the Holiday Fair
for fabulous prizes. These shoe-
boxes will be going to St. Francis
House, Sulzbacher Center, the new
Veterans Home on State Road 16
and the Homeless Coalition in St.
Augustine. Contact soccyl998@
yahoo.com for more information.
Fall Festival cont. from pg. 1
pola and his wife De pulled togeth-
er a committee of 20 volunteers
who over seven months planned
and prepared the first Fall Festival.
The inaugural festival was held
over Veterans Day weekend and
featured as a highlight the raffling
of a brand new Ford car. Needless
to say it was a grand success.
Work for this year's edition
of the festival began last May.
Santapola credits the volunteers for
making the festival such a suc-
cess. Throughout the year and in
particular the months leading up
to the festival, the volunteers seek
sponsors for non-revenue expenses,
solicit donations for the silent auc-
tion, develop the raffle program,
design a theme for the event t-shirt
and plan all the little details of such
a large event.
You know the efforts of all
these volunteers are greatly appreci-
ated when Santapola says, "The
festival takes a lot of work, time
and effort. But when it is all said
and done, we all can honestly say it
is one of the most rewarding feel-
ings anyone can ask for."
If you have not yet been to
a San Juan Del Rio Fall Festival
make this year the one! You surely
will discover a great time and see a
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River of Life UMC is turning
orange with our River of Pump-
kins pumpkin patch! The patch
will be open from 10:00 a.m. until
dark daily through Halloween. Pre-
schools, scouts and playgroups are
welcome to schedule a group field
trip. Don't miss this opportunity
to get prepared for Fall! Also, the
church's annual Family Fall Festival
will be held on Saturday, October
23 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
It will be a great time for the entire
family. There will be food, fun, en-
tertainment, pumpkins and much
more! For more information, please
call 230-2955 or visit the website
Fun, food, crafts, games, a
pumpkin patch, hay rides, a raffle
and lots of entertainment- that's
what you'll find at the annual Har-
vest Festival at Our Lady of Good
Counsel on Sunday, October 24
from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The
church is located at 5950 State
Road 16, just one mile west of
International Golf Parkway/Pacetti
Road. The featured entertainment
will be Prince Pele's Polynesian
Revue from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
There will be something for the
whole family and lots of surprises.
Save room for the Italian Dinner
from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Come
join us for a fun filled afternoon!
St. Francis in-the-Field
Episcopal Church is offering a
parents' morning out program
for the 2010 2011 school year.
If your children) are between 12
months and five years old they
can be enrolled in our program.
The program runs on Wednesdays
from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon.
The children are taught different
prayers, bible verses and do this
while having lots of fun. The goal
of the program is to help develop
and increase their Christian beliefs
while giving parents a few chil-
dren-free hours. The staff has been
highly trained and this program is
accredited with the state of Florida
and their standards of care.
Please consider having your
little one(s) participate in this
terrific program! Please contact
the church at 615-2130 for more
Like getting dressed up? Enjoy
racking your brain with friends and
family? Have we got the opportu-
nity for you! On Saturday, October
23 at 6:00 p.m. the Nicaragua
Mission Project team is hosting
a Trivia Night to raise funds to
continue the work with Young Life
(Vida Joven) building relationships
and sharing the Good News with
youth in the city of Estalli. As the
date is close to Halloween, come
By Allie Olsen
There's an app for that!
MUSM! CU L8R @ *$. 143!
Can you make out this text? It
reads: Miss you so much! See you
later at Starbucks. I love you!
Deciphering texts and instant
messages can be like cracking
Hammurabi's code. All the acro-
nyms are helpful when you know
how to use them, but are utter
confusion if you can't translate and
Emails aren't exempt either. As
messages are transmitted through
two inch by three inch screens and
teeny-tiny keyboards, people of
895 Palm Valley Rd (1 mile east of US1)
Children's Ages 3 & Up to Adult
Open Minds -Open Doors
The People of the
United Methodist Church
Blended Worship 9:30 a.m.
Contemporary Worship 11:00 a.m.
Nursery Care at all services.
Youth Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.
children's Sunday School 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.
all ages are resorting to acronyms.
Perhaps you've read LOL (laugh
out loud), BRB (be right back)
or OTOH (on the other hand) in
an email and stared, clueless, at
the screen before figuring out the
meaning through context.
My hubby has been a com-
puter student and then program-
mer for our whole marriage, so
changes in technology are constant
here. We used 143 (I love you!)
and other beeper codes back in
high school (remember those
days?!). As his time on the com-
puter increased, it was completely
natural to segue to IMs and texts,
adding LOL, UCM (you call me)
and so many others to our messag-
ing vocabulary. ROTFLOL (rolling
on the floor laughing out loud) was
the upgrade when something was
*really* funny. These quick phrases
made it easy to share a thought
and saved quite a few strokes on
the keyboard! So is ROTFLMAO
something even funnier still? No,
when I saw that one (rolling on
dressed in your favorite costume.
Team prizes will be awarded for
best themed table. Tickets may be
purchased for a table of eight team
members or individually. Din-
ner will be available for purchase.
Items for silent auction will also be
displayed for bidding. The event
will be held at Geneva Presbyterian
Church Fellowship Hall, located at
1755 State Road 13. For questions,
please call Kent or Kris Wehm-
eier at 230-3653 or email Kris at
San Juan del Rio Catholic
Church and School will host their
fourth annual Fall Festival on Fri-
day, Saturday and Sunday, Novem-
ber 5, 6 and 7 at the church, lo-
cated on State Road 13, three miles
south of Race Track Road. The
community is invited to attend and
enjoy a variety of entertainment
all three days, food, refreshments,
$7,500 in cash prizes, the Cafe San
Juan, a country store and a reverse
draw steak dinner on Saturday
night. Randy "Elvis" Walker will be
appearing on Sunday! Join us for
fun and fellowship! All proceeds
will be given to our church for the
growing needs of our parish and
school. For additional information,
please contact Sal Santapola at
the floor laughing my *** off), I
realized there is a side of messaging
that is crass. And believe me, it gets
It is important to remember
the meaning of the words behind
these abbreviations and to train our
children to be careful in choosing
their words-spoken and typed. A
glance through your child's cell or
iPod text history (yes, you can text
through an iTouch app) may be
helpful in instructing them to use
Let me be clear; this is not a
witch-hunt! As a parent, it is your
responsibility to teach and train
your children-youngsters and
teens. When looking at texts and
emails, remember that they may
innocently be using phrases that
are unkind or inappropriate. But
we should also be aware that our
little angels may be using texts to
say things they would never say
aloud or to hide true intentions!
"Let the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
Join us this October as we celebrate Fall at the River ofPumpkins.
The pumpkin patch will be open daily from 10:00a.m. until dark.
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Saturday, October23, 2010
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will be provided FREE of charge!
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be acceptable in your sight, O
Lord, my rock and my redeemer."
-Psalm 19:14 This passage from
the Bible reminds us that our
words are important to the Lord
and need to be carefully chosen. It
also points out that what is done
seemingly in secret-meditations
of our heart-is known by Him.
Let's teach our children to carefully
choose their words, thoughts and
texts! Let's seek to please our Maker
and be honoring to our friends and
Boundaries in messaging are
appropriate. A Jacksonville father
decided not to allow his son to
have unlimited texting because he
felt it was an avenue that could
lead to trouble. Another parent sits
down with her children periodi-
cally and reads through messages
together. My mom always said, "If
your house were burning down, I'd
run through the fire to go in and
rescue you!" Meaning, she would
take the heat I gave her for looking
at my messages if through that she
could help me make better deci-
sions and see areas of sin. Are you
willing to be a parent instead of a
buddy? It may be time to ask your
daughter to sit down at the table
with you and show you her texts.
When we talked about this
topic, my hubby laughingly said,
"If you wouldn't say it in front
of your grandma or your pastor,
you shouldn't be texting it!" Our
children know that exclaiming,
"Oh my God!" is irreverent. They
shouldn't take the Lord's name
in vain. So it follows that OMG
would be inappropriate to text to
express surprise or excitement.
Ephesians 4:29 certainly
applies. "Let no corrupting talk
come out of your mouths, but only
such as is good for building up, as
fits the occasion, that it may give
grace to those who hear." Whether
instant messaging, texting, email-
ing or doing any other app-let's
remind our children if you don't
have something nice to say, don't
say anything at all!
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Stop fighting with your lawn
By Contributing Writer Master Gardener Camille Hunter with Duval County Extension, University of Florida/IFAS
Have you ever wondered why
we all have lawns when grass is so
demanding to maintain? Weeds,
drought, bugs and diseases must
all be kept at bay or there goes the
lawn! There are good reasons why
we have so much grass.
In the form of sod, grass
is the quickest to install,
the least expensive and
the most common way to
cover the ground. Nor-
mal landscaping for new
homes is usually one or
two trees, shrubs around
the foundation and grass
covering the rest of the
I once saw a model
home with a pond and
ground cover in front of
the home instead of grass. After the
house sold, the new owners kept
the pond but replaced the ground
cover with grass. They thought
the pond was great but the ground
cover didn't look right to them.
Truth is, we don't like the main-
tenance, but grass is what we are
used to and grass is what we want.
As a ground cover, grass works
pretty well in sunny areas if prop-
erly maintained. You can walk on it,
kids can play on it and it looks nice
and green. But grass does not toler-
ate drought, it is easily overrun with
weeds in wet areas and thins out
and weakens when grown in shade.
If you have grass that is strug-
gling in places, give up the fight
and replace the grass with some-
thing that works better. Start with
shady places under trees. Install nent structures can be planted with
mulch three to four inches deep to ground cover or shrubs that prefer
the drip line, staying away from the shade. Holly fern, ivy, impatiens,
trunk. Mulch is attractive, greatly hydrangea, Japanese fatsia, ma-
benefits the tree and requires no honia and many gingers are a few
maintenance except periodically examples.
Put plants that can
handle drought in hot,
dry areas that are hard
to keep watered. Blue
Y plumbago, juniper, suc-
culents, hollies, olean-
der, bougainvillea and
Indian hawthorne are
.i good choices. All plants
including these need
to be watered regularly
the first season they are
top dressing to keep it looking
good. It is not a good idea to put
new plants there as tree roots will
prohibit digging and new plants
may not be able to compete with
the tree for water and nutrients.
Please do not consider remov-
ing a tree for the sake of the lawn.
Not only is tree removal expensive,
tree canopy makes your lawn cool
and inviting and adds to the value
of your home. Lawns can be cre-
ated instantly by laying sod but
mature trees are not so easily ac-
quired. It may be possible to allow
more light to the lawn by removing
lower branches, but consult a certi-
fied tree arborist before doing any
Other places that are in the
shade of buildings or other perma-
SDamp areas are
usually low areas and it
may be possible to fill these in and
lay new sod. Otherwise, look for
plants that tolerate damp soil, like
daylilies, ginger lily, crinum lily,
some ferns and Louisiana iris for
If you are fighting to keep your
lawn looking good, call a truce and
consider alternatives. Mulch is easy
and is appropriate almost anywhere
in the landscape. Lay weed-block
fabric before mulching to keep
out weeds while allowing water to
penetrate. Asiatic jasmine is a ver-
satile, good looking ground cover
that will grow almost anywhere.
Use these options and the others
above to eliminate problem areas
and both you and your lawn will
be much happier.
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cafetorium oven. As you might guess, when
the class came to collect him from the oven,
he was gone, leaving a trail of gingerbread
crumbles behind. After much searching in
the office and around the school, the children
were reconciled that he was definitely gone
and they returned back to their classroom.
To their surprise, a few of the class moms
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Nease Sports Roundup
Nease teams set their sights high r" "
By David Varga, Nease Student
The fall season is already in
full swing this year. Nease High
School athletes have been rolling
through their seasons in many
sports. The track team has put
together many impressive results.
The swim team has been in full tilt
with many of their athletes rolling
over the competition.
The varsity football team has
had a good start to the season, hop
ing to capitalize on their success
later on in the season in order to
move through the finals and poten-
tially capture the state champion-
Along the same lines, the
boys' golf team has gotten off to
a good start. Although they have
not managed to put all the aspects
together they hope to as the season
progresses. They have a lot of new
talent and just haven't figured out
how to put it together yet. With a
new coach this year the team has
not yet been performing at their
According to head coach Bill
Rodish, "The regular season is not
the important part; as long as we
can figure it all out and put it all
together by November when it re-
ally matters we should be good."
The girls' volleyball team
has epitomized the meaning of
domination so far this year. They
have rolled through any competi-
tion that has been thrown at them.
So far this year they have defeated
many quality opponents from their
area. Not only have they imposed
their dominance on local teams but
also on ones from Georgia. They
will continue to try to prove their
supremacy in the coming months
of competition against some very
good teams across the state. If they
can keep on the roll that they have
been on, there is no reason why
they cannot achieve their goals.
According to one of the play-
ers, Kamryn Sherman, "As long as
we can stick to our game plan and
not get ahead of ourselves, we can
manage to put together another
good season and win the state
It is obvious that Nease teams
have been on a roll and have very
high expectations for their seasons.
There is only one more thing miss-
ing and that is the support of the
loving fans, so come on out and let
the players know you are there and
fill the stands so you can witness
history in the making as many
teams attempt to win the state
Koi Joy The pleasures of water gardening
By Contributing Writer Dale Whaley
In this column, we talk a lot
about pH and the importance of
keeping your water buffered. Fish
can handle a rising of the pH but if
it drops suddenly, called a pH crash,
you can lose the fish in your pond
very quickly. This is the second
most common cause of reduction of
fish inventory in most ponds.
Last month we talked about
how this can prevented by keeping
your water buffered with baking
soda and other common products
for the purpose of keeping the KH
at sufficient levels to buffer pH
A good line of defense to pre-
vent a pH crash is the introduction
of a pH pill. It seems a little strange
that the pH pill maintains KH
levels but DW is getting confused
so let's forget all the initials for the
purpose of this discussion and just
refer to the pH puck as It. It is a
puck of chalky material you place in
your pond or aquarium that slowly
dissolves. As It dissolves, It releases
calcium, magnesium and gypsum.
An added benefit from It, is gypsum
is also a great water clarifier.
It can be easily made at home.
It is composed entirely of plaster of
Paris easily purchased at your hard-
ware store. But, do some homework
when shopping for the plaster of
Paris and read the label. The plaster
of Paris must be pure plaster of
Paris and not containing any added
ingredients such as hardener and
stabilizers that might be harmful to
your pond. The product contents
should have only C.A.S. limestone
and C.A.S. Gypsum only!
Before mixing read the cautions
listed on the bag. Do not breathe
the dust or get the dust in your
eyes. Mix the plaster of Paris with
regular tap water. For an aquarium,
we used small plastic molds like
left over butter containers. Pour the
puck two to three inches in diam-
eter and about one inch thick.
Koi ponds require a larger
puck. A deposable pie tin works
well. For our pond of 3500 gallons,
we use two pucks the pie tin size.
The plaster will set or harden
in about ten minutes or so if mixed
properly. Do not use the pill until
it is totally dry. It can be harmful to
the fish if it is not completely cured.
When cured it should feel dry and
chalky not slick and cold. When
placed in the water it is natural for
the puck to release trapped bubbles
and if using the pie tin size, don't
worry if it breaks.
The placement of the puck
is extremely important for it to
dissolve properly. It must be placed
in the main flow of water. A good
place is in the skimmer or hung in a
waterfall. For an aquarium, a good
place is in the filter hanging on the
back. Depending on the sizes, you
may need to use more than one.
Email me with questions.
[i7 l BTHS Sports Roundup
Southwest locally Cross country team ready to run
Down the competition
By Jared Freitas, BTHS Student
It is 6:30 in the morning and
the air is heavy with the humidity.
Everywhere there is movement.
Legs pumping, muscles flex-
ing, sweat running. Similar to an
African watering hole, all different
species gather here, flaunting their
unique colors and sharing space
with friends and enemies. Soon
enough though it will be decided
who are the lions and who are the
prey. As the clock ticks closer to
eight, the anticipation builds, the
action slows and the participants
are herded like a pack of gazelle to
the starting line. A sudden crack
emanates through the clearing and
swiftly the herd disperses and the
space is empty. Such is the nature
Cross country does not fall
into the traditional definition of a
team sport, where team members
all work with each other at once to
attain victory. Instead the finishing
places of the top seven runners are
added cumulatively, with the victo-
rious team having the lowest score.
After missing the state competition
last year and losing star runner Eric
Ochoa to college, many would not
expect much from Bartram Trail
this year; however, if you asked
anyone familiar with the team that
would not be the case.
If one word describes the year
for Bartram Trail, it is optimistic.
Whatever the team may have lost
from Ochoa's absence has been
made up with youth and depth.
Expectations are high for
many of the runners, including
junior Brexton Simonsen, who
said, "I am not the captain, but I
believe that as a team we can make
it to regions this fall and be in the
top four teams."
Junior Chris Popiel agreed
with Simonsen, saying, "If we step
up this year, then competing in the
state meet is a real possibility."
With cross country more than
other sports, what a team does dur-
ing the offseason matters almost
as much as what is done during
the season. Training begins at the
beginning of summer and con-
tinues until the season concludes
in November. It takes discipline
to stick with something for this
long period; however, this is not a
problem for Bartram.
"There really are no differences
in training this year because coach
has a proven method for success,"
Popiel said. "All we need to do now
is believe in that method and suc-
cess will follow."
Proven is an excellent way to
describe the training program of
Bartram Trail's distance running
coach, Paul Nowicki. After many
years of coaching for Wolfson
High School, Coach Nowicki has
brought relevancy to Bartram's
cross country and track and field
programs in his time there. This
year though is a unique time for
his team, due to the intra-squad
"Our team has good senior
leadership and is very young with
a lot of depth, as there are 11 to 12
people competing for the top seven
positions," Nowicki said about his
team. Despite all of the optimism
though, in order for Bartram to
be successful they have to deliver,
which is best summed up by No-
wicki, who said, "We just have to
do the best we can with what we
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CHS Sports Roundup
By Grant Piper
Baseball is America's pastime
and soccer is the world's most
popular sport but here in America,
in the suburbs and the farm towns
of the US of A, American football
is the sport. Football is back at
Creekside and Friday nights are no
longer devoid of life.
The football season came
to Creekside with much fanfare
this year; after coming out of a
6-6 season last year, the school
and the team had hopes that this
year would be the year to chase
down the elusive winning season.
Rumors started flying immediately
and everyone heard whispers of a
good team at Creekside.
The rumors proved to be
right, at least for the season's
pre-season win against Episcopal
Eagles. Creekside played well and
I saw the team that we all wanted
on the field. We passed, we ran, we
scored and beat a team who had
defeated us the season before. But
this was just the Kickoff Classic, an fell behind badly in the fourth and
Creekside played its first of-
ficial game away at Middleburg
High and came back with an
embarrassing 31-0 loss. We didn't
execute, we didn't block, didn't
defend and we couldn't even score.
Naturally the mood of the school
the week after was a deflated one
in comparison to the week before
but it was only week one and it was
away. Creekside's away record is
Week two was at home, the
very first home game and the stu-
dents came out in force to watch
the Knights take on the Mandarin
Mustangs, a team we had roughed
up the year before. The game was
exciting, lead changes were promi-
nent and it was good Friday night
football, but it was also the night
that we discovered that Creekside
runs out of gas in the third quarter.
After struggling to maintain the
lead for the entire game Creekside
ended up losing 41-28. The 2010
Knights football team is the first
team to go 0-2 in their first two
Week three was a disaster.
Creekside traveled away to St.
Augustine High, a team that has
competed for the state title more
than once and got their clocks
cleaned. In a horrendous pounding
the Knights limped away proudly
carrying a 52-0 loss. Don't worry
though, St. Augustine beat Bartram
too and stands undefeated; they are
the favorite to win the district.
We are still waiting for our
good team to bust out and lead us
to a 7-5 season or better. As of now
Creekside is 0-3 and has allowed
124 points against (roughly 18
TDs) and only managed to put up
28 points. In other words for every
TD we score we can expect to al-
low four in return. Still waiting on
those Knights and still waiting on
that winning season.
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Lauren Martinelli, Alie Smith, Kelsey Sweatt, Taylor Allen. Kneeling: Lauryn
Markis, Kennedy Albertson, Kamdyn Kvistad, Blaire Register, Savannah
Parker. Front: Reedy Davenport, Lexie Schivley.
After an unbelievable season
for the Julington Creek 10u Jax Fu-
sion fast pitch travel ball team, the
team put the icing on the cake by
winning the 2010 USSSA National
World Series. This team has won
17 tournaments this season includ-
ing two state titles and of course
the World Series.
The team, completely made up
of girls with 1999 birthdates and
two girls with as young as 2000
birthdates, has taken on the world
in their battle to be the best and
they succeeded. With an amazing
defense and bats just as hot, the
team was an almost impossible
team to beat. The pitching was
just as outstanding as everything
else. Teamwork is what the coach
preaches time and time again; if
the bats were down one game, the
defense was up and vice-versa.
The amazing cast of talent for
this team makes it hard to believe
these girls are nine and 10 years
old. During the season Fusion had
three different girls clear the fence
with out of the park homeruns and
a couple girls had multiple OTFs.
To name each player for certain
accomplishments this season would
take too much room in the column
and they all had so many tremen-
dous things to talk about it would
take all day.
The World Series teams, who
came from all over the country,
had their hands full when playing
this team out ofJulington Creek!
This team went undefeated in this
World Series and gave every team
they played something to try to
combat, but to no avail; Jax Fusion
couldn't be stopped!
Congratulations to the Creeks
Clash U12 boys'white team
Kudos to the Creeks Clash U12 boys'white team, who attended the
First Coast Labor Day Shootout on September 5 and 6 and won
their division! The boys won all four of their games and captured the
championship. Pictured are (back): Coach Fernando Duffoo, Joshua
Kroetz, Cameron Brown, Matthew Neeley, Kyle Griffith, CotyTuggle,
Coach Emile Therrien. (Front) Tyler Long, Emile Therrien, Gabriel Ne-
gron, Alexander Lorne, Wolfgang Hiler, Casey White.
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Creeks Clash U12 boys'
soccer team wins tournament
By Contributing Writer Alison Golan
Bottom: Zach Morris, Taylor Sweet, Jared Plotkin, Pavan Ramachandria,
Matt Clark, Nick Deal. Top: Coach Jim Clark, Michael Golan, Garrison
Turnage, Alexander Wajsman, Jake Zona, Noah Wentzel, Coach Charlie
Bentivenga and Brandon Davis. Not pictured: Arya Salehi.
The Creeks Clash U12 boys'
blue soccer team had one goal
in mind as they headed into the
18th annual First Coast Labor
Day Shootout held September 4
through 6 in Jacksonville. Their
mission: win the tournament. After
placing second in four tournaments
last year, this team was no stranger
to winning soccer games. But
winning a tournament had eluded
them-twice losing in overtime
during tie-breaking, penalty kick
At the Labor Day Shootout, all
of that changed. The boys played
hard, winning all three of their
pool play games in the Gold Divi-
sion-the highest division in their
age group. On Sunday, Creeks
Clash played the championship
game with their longtime rival,
Westside Eagles. The two teams
didn't disappoint, as spectators
were treated to a nail-biter. In the
end, Creeks Clash came out on top
with a score of 2-1.
Clash kept the pressure on
each of their opponents, scoring 11
goals in the tournament. Forwards
Matt Clark, Pavan Ramachandria,
Brandon Davis, Garrison Turnage
and Arya Salehi led the offensive
effort. Mid-fielders Jake Zona,
Zach Morris, Nick Deal and Noah
Wentzel worked skillfully with the
forwards and defenders on a pos-
session style game, expertly moving
the ball up the field to score.
Defenders Alexander Wajsman,
Michael Golan, and Taylor Sweet
were in perfect sync with goal
keeper Jared Plotkin to allow only
five goals the entire tournament.
Congratulations to head
Coach Charlie Bentivenga, as-
sistant coach Jim Clark and the
Creeks Clash U12 boys' blue team
for a job well done!
Swimming in the genes?
By Contributing Writer Teena Burchianti
Chlorine pools, 1 ii- .
and oceans; it doesn't '
matter to one family a.
long as they get to swi..ii'
Lukas Burchianti, a 12
year old Switzerland P.I '!Fr
Middle School seventh
grader, swims for the
Julington Creek Log-
gerheads, a year-roun .
competitive swim tea'i'
summer vacation in
Michigan, he tried so!ii -
thing new. His uncle,
Marty Spees, a former Western Ken-
tucky University swimmer, asked
Burchianti to join him on a 1.5
mile open water lake swim in Novi,
Michigan on August 15, 2010.
Burchianti jumped at the
chance to swim with his uncle.
Spees finished first in the 40-49 age
group at 35 minutes, 22 seconds.
Burchianti took second in the 39
years and under age group at 45
minutes, 10 seconds. There were
a lot of surprised adult swimmers
when the 12 year old swam by!
Burchianti is back in the pool
for the short course season, but will
remember this special family swim.
Nease Representatives of Youth
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High School in the
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All adoptions at the Pet Center are $60, which includes neutering/spaying, rabies vaccinations and shots.
The Pet Center is located at 130 N. Stratton Road, just off US- 1 between County Road 2 10 and International
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St. Johns Striders Track Club
sanctioned by AAU
By Karl Kennell
Joining the array of sports
available to our children here in
NW St. Johns is a new sport. Just
as we have Little League baseball,
Pop Warner football, soccer and
lacrosse, we now have added to
the group amateur track.
Established this year, the St.
Johns Striders Track Club has
started burning up the track
and field. It is a club exclu-
sively for children ages seven
through 16 that competes in
all of the traditional track and
field events. It is sanctioned by
the Amateur Athletic Union
(AAU) as a non-profit club in
the St. Johns area.
Response from young
athletes has been phenomenal
with over 32 young track and
field competitors participating.
The events range from sprints,
distant running, hurdles, shot
put, long jump, high jump
and more. Five coaches with
several years of experience from
high school, college and even
Olympic experience train and
encourage these young athletes
in their quest for the best time or
travels and also
against some of
the best athletes
in this age range
across the state
and country. In
early August, the
club had the plea-
sure of having six
fully qualify for
the United States
Olympics held at
The team was
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composed of Jaden Fowl-
ers (100M/200M), Jordan
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Mary Sieredzinski (long jump,
triple jump), Bryan Rivera
jump), Kevin Pierre-Louis
(long jump) and Hannah
Coach Ricky Fields is
looking forward to the neigh-
borhood coming out to the
club's meets to cheer the young
athletes on. To learn more
about the St. Johns Striders
drop an email to Coach Fields
at email@example.com. We'll
be seeing you at the track!
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