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i a-.............Ce b t----
r Celebrating ....

our 10th year!

Best Coverage with over
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Volume 10, Issue 4

Visit our online edition at www.thecreekline.com

April 2010

CHS Athletic Booster Club presents

A Knight To Remember
By Contributing Writer Lonnie Wright,Vice President, CHS Athletic Booster Club
banners listing the many gener-
ous sponsors that made the night
a success. As you checked in and
mingled with friends over cock-
Stails, photos were taken by Fleeting
S Moments Photography, so attend-
ees could remember the night for
years to come. All throughout the
evening a nostalgic slide show con-
tinuously ran of all the sports mo-
ments by Creekside athletes during
the year. During a wonderful sit
down dinner of chicken or London
broil, potatoes, rice, vegetables and
chocolate cake, attendees were en-
tertained by dancers from A Social
Affair Dance Studio. Throughout
Knight to Remember committee: Vicky Mostellar, Stephanie Grew, Kathy the evening, music was provided by
Chasteen, Kate Flint, Dana Miller, Tracie Ecker, Deanna Young, Lori Wil- DJ Chris Brinkley of Purple Bud-
liams, Misty Frost and Tina Northcut. Front: Lonnie Wright, Louis Collins dha DJ Services.
and Scott Ecker. After dinner, auctioneer Eric
On Saturday, March 6, the as School Board Representative Frank, cross county and track
Creekside High School Athletic Beverly Slough. Grand Sponsor coach at CHS, did a masterful job
Booster Club held its second an- for the second year in a row was during the live auction. Items in-
nual fundraising gala, "A Knight To Beau Monde Spalon. The evening cluded "A Year of Beauty" donated
Remember." The event was held at consisted of dinner, dancing, silent by Beau Monde Spalon, a celebrity
the Renaissance Resort Hotel at the auction, live auction, cash drawing golf tournament donated by The
World Golf Village, with over 250 and most importantly, a good time Rick Wilkins Foundation, boxing
CHS Knight Athletic Booster Club by all. gloves autographed by Evander
members, coaches and school ad- The ballroom was beauti- Holifield, a year's paid initiation fee
ministrators in attendance. Special fully adorned with custom flower and summer of boating from Aqua
guest for the evening included new arrangements, graciously donated Direct Boat Club and a reserved
interim Creekside High School by Curly Willow. The walls were parking space at Creekside High
Principal Randy Johnson, as well decorated with velvet and tapestry Knight to Remember cont. on pg. 4

Dog Day Afternoon a

huge success!
By Contributing Writer Kathy Bravo, President and Founder, JCP CARES

More than
$3,000 was raised
for Goliath and
BeBe's World, a
no-kill animal
shelter in St.
Johns County
that fosters the
pets as opposed
to caging them
prior to adop-
tion. Hundreds
of people from as
far as Jacksonville
Beach and St.
Augustine came
out to Plantation
Park in Julington
Creek on Sunday,
March 14 to enjoy the wonderful
weather as well as have a great day
with their pets.
The event featured pet
adoptions as well as dog washes,
pet-i-cures provided by Groom-
ingdales, pet photos provided by
Shangrila Dogs, dog massages
provided by Four Paws and More
and an obstacle course, etc. for the
lucky pooches that attended. Of-
ficer Mullenix from the St. Johns
County Sheriff's Office's K-9 divi-
sion came out with his dog, Kobe
and did an impressive demonstra-

tion for the crowd.
Food was provided by the
Bartram Trail Rotary Club and of
course the primary food for the
day was hot dogs! The event was
sponsored by Greenbriar Animal
Hospital and Wild Birds Unlim-
JCP CARES would also like to
thank all the volunteers as well as
the following companies for donat-
ing, helping and participating in
this event: Pawsitive Life Magazine,

JCP CARES continued on page 4


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Botball team enjoys "redemption" year What's Inside
t ....Page 3 What's New

by Kristie Yang
lations FL-GA
Regional Botball
Champions," read
the Nease marquee '
on March 15.
After spending a
grueling 10 hours
at the regional
Botball competi-
tion on March 13
at the University
of North Florida
(UNF), the seven-
member Nease
Botball team took
UNF Professor D
first place in the UNF Professor D
Steve Goodgam
seeding category, Matt Thompson
the double elimina-
tion category, the documentation
category and the overall category
for a clean sweep of the competi-
tion. The members of the team,
Matt Thompson, Jeffrey Hsu, Na-
than Sauder, Quinn Carlson, Ryon

'r. Charles Winton and KIPR (Botball) E
ie with the Nease team (Utkarsh Pand
, Nathan Sauder, Quinn Carlson and R
Hendry, Utkarsh Pandey and Will
Rolke, gave a one word summation
of this Botball season: redemption.
Botball is a national robotics
competition in which teams must
collectively design, build, program

and document
a robot within
a six week time
period. At the
regional com-
petition, teams
compete in two
categories: the
seeding round
and the double
round. In the
seeding round,
the teams'
robots go un-
Of'opposed onto
executive Director the game board
ey, Jeffrey Hsu,
�yon Hendry) to try to gain
as many points
as possible, as well as to show the
abilities of their robots. Follow-
ing the seeding round, the teams
compete against each other in the
double elimination round-try-
Nease Botball continued on page 34

Page 4 From the Commissioner
Page 5 The Sheriff Reports
Page 6 School District Journal
Page 9 MABII update
Page 11 Encore!
Page 12 Cascades lap wraps
Page 14 Fashion Update
Page 17 Meet the SJSA
Page 19 Wards Creek track team
Page 20 Cub Scouts visit
Page 22 Home Improvement Guide
Page 27 DCE Odyssey of the Mind
Page 30 Purposeful Parenting
Page 31 Faith News
Page 33 First responder diary
Page 36 Summer Camp Guide
Page 38 BTHS Sports
Page 39 CHS Sports
Page 41 Creeks Cobras
Page 43 Jacksonville Sharks

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The Music of Pink Floyd - May 8

Cirque de la Symphonie - May 22

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Baptist Medical Center South celebrates fifth birthday

Baptist Medical Center
South celebrated the fifth an-
niversary of its opening as
Jacksonville's first hospital of the
21st century by inviting all of
the babies who were born at the
hospital during the inaugural year
to a birthday party. The birth-
day party was held on Saturday,
February 27, for all the children
born at Baptist South in 2005.
More than 900 children and their
families were invited. Almost 350
people attended the party.
Each child received a com-
memorative birthday T-shirt to
wear for a group photo. Everyone
enjoyed cake, cupcakes, a balloon
artist and participated in a color-
ing contest, with the completed
art being displayed in the hos-
pital's main lobby. The children

and their
toured the
unit to
see where
they were
born. The
for many of
the chil-
dren was a I '
tour of an
and a Life
Flight heli-
copter. "Inaugural babies":
South opened on February 16,

born at baptist South are growing up!
2005, as the first fully digital,
paperless hospital in Northeast

ogy. This
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ment is
with a
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ment at
South that
nature, art
and patient and family comfort.

The first year, the hospital
had 900 deliveries. In 2009,
Baptist South opened a 14-bed
Newborn Intensive Care Unit
that is an extension of the service
at Wolfson Children's Hospital,
allowing babies as young as 32
weeks to be delivered there.
When it opened, patients
in southern Duval County and
northern St. Johns County im-
mediately flocked to this full-ser-
vice hospital, located at Interstate
95 and Old St. Augustine Road.
"Baptist South's popular-
ity exceeded all expectations,
resulting in tremendous growth
in a short amount of time," says
Administrator Ron Robinson. "It
was obvious there was an unfilled
need in our community that
Baptist South is meeting."

www.thecreekline.corn April 2010 � The CreekLine, Page 3

Community Happenings

The Northwest/Northeast free adn
Business Councils of the St. Johns of St. Au
County Chamber of Commerce Runner
will hold a joint luncheon on informa
Thursday, April 22 beginning at Augusti
11:30 a.m. at Donovan's Irish Pub, 5K, ple;
located at 7440 US Highway 1 www.ep
North. The cost of the luncheon is
$15 (prepay only). For additional Th,
information, please visit www.sjc- County
chamber.com/nwbc. (NWSJ'
The annual Epic Flower ning at
and Garden Expo will be held on Trail Br:
Saturday, April 17 from 9:00 a.m. 60 Davi
to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 18 the entr
from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Plantati
the St. Johns County Agricultural tend the
Center (located near the intersec- meeting
tion of Interstate 95 and State tion, plh
Road 16) in St. Augustine. Grow- presider
ers, nurseries and vendors from 703-914
all around Florida offer a variety
of flowering plants and gardening The
accessories. Gardening lectures Toastm
will be held throughout the day first and
in addition to a standard flower month i
show and a quilt show. Unique and p.m. at
beautiful arts and crafts will also 1950 Co
be available. Tickets are $5 and are tional ir
good for both days (children under website
12 admitted free). Free parking is freetoasi
available. For additional informa-
tion, please call 829-3295 or visit We
www.epiccommunityservices.org. on the

A Taste of St. Augustine will
be held on Saturday, April 24 from
12 noon to 8:00 p.m. at the St.
Augustine Amphitheatre. Thirty
of St. Augustine's finest restaurants
will offer samples of their signa-
ture dishes. A live music festival
is included in the admission cost 2010
of $5. Taste tickets are $1.00 with I
restaurants charging between one KEYN
and five tickets for the samples.
The Race to the Taste 5K Run/
Walk will begin at 4:30 p.m. at
Anastasia State Park and finish dur-
ing the 14th annual A Taste of St.
Augustine inside the St. Augustine
Amphitheatre. Runners will enjoy

mission for two to A Taste
ugustine and the exclusive
s Village. For additional
tion for A Taste of St.
ne or the Race to the Taste
ase call 829-3295 or visit

e Northwest St. Johns
Community Coalition
CCC) meets the fourth
ay of every month begin-
6:30 p.m. at the Bartram
anch Library, located at
s Pond Boulevard near
ance to Julington Creek
on. All are welcome to at-
ese important, informative
;s. For additional informa-
ease contact NWSJCCC
it Phyllis Abbatiello at

eWorld Golf Village
asters Club meets on the
Third Tuesdays of each
from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30
Hancock Bank, located at
county Road 210. For addi-
iformation, please visit our
at http://worldgolfvillage.

Our goal is to educate our mem-
bers on teaching our children the
history of America, patriotism and
making sure indoctrination is not
happening in our schools. Do you
know what is in your children's So-
cial Studies textbook? We are in the
process of learning how textbooks
are adopted for our neighborhood
schools. On Tuesday, April 13 at
11:00 a.m., we will be meeting
at Mandarin Park's playground,
located at 14780 Mandarin Road.
For more information, please con-
tact wethemoms@yahoo.com.

The Rotary Club of Bartram
Trail is proud to announce their
second annual poker tournament,
to be held on Saturday, June 5
at the St. Johns Greyhound Park
starting at 4:00 p.m. The cost of
entry is $150 and a portion of the
proceeds will benefit projects in
our community. We would like
to thank all of the guests who
have visited our club. The club
is actively seeking new members
and meets every Thursday at 7:30
a.m. at Westminster Woods on
State Road 13 for breakfast and
fellowship. If Rotary sounds like
something you are interested in, we

The Moms meets monthly invite you to come see what we are
all about! Please visit our website at
irst Tuesday of each month. www.bartramtrailrotary.org.
www~bartramtrailro tary org.

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Plant Clinics at the Bartram
Trail Library! St. Johns County
Master gardeners will be on hand
to answer your plant and lawn
questions on Thursday, April 15
from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon
and Saturday, April 24 from 10:00
a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Bartram
Trail Branch 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.

Mill Creek Elementary School
will host a community yard sale on
Saturday, April 24 from 9:00 a.m.
to 12:00 noon. There are sure to
be lots of great deals on everything
from kids' toys to household items.
The event is a fundraiser for the
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From the


By Contributing Writer Ron Sanchez,
County Commissioner, District 2

With the Southern Exposure
Music and Heritage Festival a huge
success and Harvest of Hope the
same weekend, the Recreation
and Parks Department Cultural
Division won't get much time to
rest up before they join in to help
the Hastings Rotary Club put on
the Hastings Potato and Cabbage
Festival on May 8. Of course all
of this is while the St. Augustine
Amphitheatre is in full swing.
Some great acts have already hit the
stage and had great performances.
Coming soon will be Ringo Starr
and I am hearing names like San-
tana, Neil Young and lots of others
in the future. Call 209-3750 for
further information.
The Hastings Potato and
Cabbage Festival is celebrating 99
years and will feature things like
the farmers market, live entertain-
ment, children's activities, Hastings
art and history exhibit plus lots of
great food. It will be held at the
Recreation Field and City Hall in
Hastings on May 8. See you there!
The St. Johns County Rec-
reation and Parks Department
is a very active service to our
community. They look after the
beach programs, boat ramps, the
amphitheatre, all of our parks and
the many activities that occur in
recreation for our children, adults
and even people like me, just a
little older than middle age.(?) (Ok!
Us old folks!) I know they do a
great job for you and I am proud of
them. I am not going to mention
Troy Blevins, the director's name,
because he'd like that too much.
I would like to tell you some-
thing that I believe is a first for
St. Johns County. The Northeast
Florida Regional Council (NE-
FRC) gave out annual awards to

departments from seven counties
in their section and we won three
of those awards. Yes, you guessed
it! One went to the Recreation
and Parks Department - Cultural
Events Division.
The excellence in economic
development and tourism award
was awarded to the St. Johns
County Cultural Events Division.
This division manages the highly
successful St. Augustine Amphi-
theatre and other cultural facili-
ties throughout St. Johns County.
Since the renovated Amphitheatre
opened in August 2007, 84 major
concerts have been held with more
than 163,000 tickets sold. Addi-
tionally, it has hosted 160 non-
for-profit events with an estimated
attendance of 200,000 during the
two-year period and approximately
70 percent of concert attend-
ees came from outside St. Johns
The St. Johns County Public
Works Department was awarded
the environmental stewardship
excellence award for its biodiesel
fuel program. In 2005, St. Johns
County initiated a project to
process recycled waste vegetable oil
into biodiesel fuel for use in county
equipment. Within one year, the
first small quantities of biodiesel
had been produced and success-
fully tested in select equipment.
The potential for savings in fuel
cost and for positive environmental
impacts appeared substantial. The
Public Works Department is now
capable of producing over 35,000
gallons per year or approximately
20 percent of the county's total
diesel fuel consumption. Benefits
of the biodiesel program include
reduced fuel costs for the county,
as well as significant reductions in

local sewage overflows due to less
commercial disposal of fats, oils
and grease.
St. Johns County Housing and
Community Services were present-
ed the affordable housing excel-
lence award by the NEFRC. This
award recognized the efforts of
the department and more specifi-
cally of staff member Dana Moore,
administrator of Homeownership
Programs. Moore was recognized
for her effort and approach towards
the use of the county's credit coun-
seling resources and funds to assist
individuals in saving their homes
from foreclosure.
Our Health Department has
also been doing well in a competi-
tive field. Dawn C. Allicock, M.D.,
M.P.H., director/health officer
of the St. Johns County Health
Department is pleased to announce
that St. Johns County is ranked as
one of the top two healthiest coun-
ties in Florida. St. Johns County's
health ranking is based on the
2010 County Health Rankings
report, released on February 17,
2010 and produced by the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation and the
University of Wisconsin Popula-
tion Health Institute. It is a collec-
tion of 50 health reports-one per
state that reflects the overall health
of counties in every state across the
For Floridians, this report pro-
vides a county-by-county snapshot
of how multiple factors can influ-
ence their health. For St. Johns
County, this report helps identify
factors that impact its residents
and also illustrates how St. Johns
County compares to other counties
in the state. Health happens where
we live, learn, work and play. Much
of what influences how healthy we
are and how long we live happens
outside the doctor's office.
Each county received two
overall health rankings: one for
health outcomes and one for
health factors. The term "health
outcomes" represents how healthy
a county is while the term "health
factors" is what influences the
health of the county. Following is

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the overall health ranking summary
for St. Johns County:
Health Factors: first out of 67
Health Outcomes: second out
of 67 counties
St. Johns County Health
Department offers a variety of
services to the public. For more
information on current programs

Knight to Remember cont. from pg. 1
School for the 2010-2011 school
year. Over 140 items were available
to the highest bidder during the si-
lent auction. The festivities for the
evening concluded with a drawing
for a cash prize of $1000, which
was won by Maria Petow.
This year's event was expertly
coordinated by director of fund-
raising for the Creekside High
School Athletic Booster Club,
Dana Miller, who was assisted
and supported by a hardworking
committee. This year's event set a
record with $26,000 being raised

JCP CARES cont. from pg. 1
Pet Supplies, Paws and Claws Pet
Sitting, Cynthia L. Enuton, author
of Angel in a Fur Coat, Doga
Dog, Cowboy Clown, Kis Jewelry,
Grout Plus, Nanak's Landscaping,

and services, please call 825-5055
during normal business hours or
visit www.StJohnsCHD.org.
I would also like to take a mo-
ment to thank Commissioner Ste-
venson for her article on the bud-
get process which was published
last month in The CreekLine. That
is a very difficult thing to explain
and I think she did a great job.

after expenses for all athletic pro-
grams at the school.
The booster club would like to
thank all volunteers for the many
hours dedicated to the success of
this event. We would also like to
thank Beau Monde Spalon for be-
ing the Grand Sponsor of our event
for the second consecutive year, as
well as the many other sponsors
who graciously donated items to
make this event a success. Finally,
to the parents at Creekside High
School, thanks for attending and
making this a fun and successful
event that hopefully will continue
for years to come. Go Knights!

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The Sheriff

S Reports

By Contributing Writer David B. Shoar,
St. Johns County Sheriff

Civilian Law Enforcement Academy

This month, I would like to
tell you about our Civilian Law
Enforcement Academy at the St.
Johns County Sheriff's Office. This
academy began nearly five years
ago and has been well received. To
date nearly 200 of our citizens have
taken the class and the most recent
academy, the 13th, began early last
month (March 2). The academy
meets once a week for 11 weeks
and for three hours a night.
Participants in the Civilian
Law Enforcement Academy will
gain an insider's perspective on law
enforcement and how the criminal
justice system works. It is designed
to provide the public with a work-
ing knowledge of their Sheriff's
Office's mission, operation, poli-
cies and personnel and we hope
it will nurture mutual trust and
cooperation between the Sheriff's
Office and the citizens of St. Johns
The curriculum, modified
from the one currently offered
to achieve law enforcement of-

ficer certification, is presented by
qualified instructors and includes
such topics as communications,
jail procedure and tour, narcotics
operations and criminal investiga-
tion, patrol and K-9 operations,
crime prevention training, use of
force and defensive tactics. Citi-
zens will also participate in driving
maneuvers at the driving track and
firearms operation at the shooting
Citizen Police Academies rep-
resent a vital part of community-
oriented policing and helps get the
public involved by making them a
part of the law enforcement family.
The academy provides a productive
outlet for the mutual sharing of
information and concerns in order
to further the common goals of our
community and the Sheriff's Of-
fice. Upon successful completion
of the academy, each graduate will
attend a graduation ceremony and
receive a certificate of training.
This program has been very
successful locally with many par-

Commissioner Quinn's visit with

Sergeant Miner
By Karl Kennell
In our February issue, we in-
troduced you to St. Johns County
Commissioner Ray Quinn. On the
day we chatted with him, he was
about to fly out of MacDill Air
Force Base in Tampa to Fort Hood
in Texas. He was accompanying
the Florida Employer Support for
the Guard and reserve (ESGR)
Committee, of which Quinn has
been a member since 1999. ESGR
is a Department of Defense funded
agency dedicated to supporting
employers. Twice a year ESGR
enables employers to visit military
installations to learn about their
employees' role serving their
nation. During the trip, Com-
missioner Quinn would meet up
with Sergeant Mark Miner, whose
seat on the Commission Quinn is
filling while Miner serves his tour
of duty.
Commissioner Quinn shared,
"I was honored to accompany
those employers."
"Boss Lift" was the name given
to the journey, which included
39 employers from across the
state to Ft. Hood, Texas, where
they observed Florida National
Guard soldiers preparing for their
Middle East mission. There they
observed convoy operations train-
ing, including mock attacks on the
convoys and reacting to live fire.
Additionally the ESGR members
were shown training in urban areas
to include riot control, extracting
terrorists from urban areas and
community relations techniques in
building harmony.
The group of employers
was amazed at the technological

advances made in training today's
Quinn said, "A look at the
latest simulation replicating real
world scenarios was simply as-
Commissioner Quinn de-
scribed his visit with Sergeant Min-
er thusly, "The absolute highlight
of the trip for me was a visit with
our own Sergeant Mark Miner. I
found him filled with enthusiasm
for his upcoming mission. On
Saturday evening, I had dinner
with Sergeant Miner and the other
soldiers in their dining facility."
He continued, "I heard high
praise from Sergeant Miner's supe-
riors and learned he had received
accolades for his performance in a
recent training mission. His role
is in planning and execution of
tactical operations. As all are aware,
he is an enthusiastic and dynamic
personality here at home and pres-
ents that same demeanor wearing
the Army green."
Commissioner Quinn finished
by describing the visit to Ft. Hood
as an exciting but chilly trip with
wind chill factors of 16 degrees
during the entire weekend, much
to everyone's dismay-but not the
"They are so focused on their
mission they seem oblivious to the
cold," Quinn observed.
Commissioner Quinn con-
cluded his report by saying, "I left
Mark knowing that he is confident
in his role as a soldier and will
excel. Our county can be proud of
this citizen soldier and patriot."
We wholeheartedly agree.

Thursday, April 15 I

ticipants from all walks of life and
from all areas of the county. Be-
cause we are limited on class space
for the academy, I urge anyone
interested in attending the Civil-
ian Law Enforcement Academy to
please contact SGT Bonnie Mc-
Cullough at 810-6631 or by e-mail
at bmccullough@co.st-johns.fl.us.
The next class to sign up is sched-
uled to begin on August 2, 2010.
I look forward to your par-
ticipation and please feel free to
contact me by e-mail at dshoar@
sjso.org anytime. Thank you for
your attention.

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District Journal

By Contributing Writer Beverly Slough,
Chariman, St. Johns County School Board

This session of the Florida Leg-
islature has been exceptionally inter-
esting, especially in regard to issues
that affect education. The Florida
Senate has passed out three bills that
will dramatically impact the way
that we educate our children.
The one that has generated the
most conversation and controversy
is Senate Bill 6. This bill requires
that 50 percent of a teacher's
evaluation be based upon student
achievement, measured by learning
gains on the FCAT or end of course
exams. It also eliminates tenure and
disallows additional pay for years
of service and advanced degrees.
The bill passed out of the Senate on
mostly party lines, with only four
Republicans voting against it. The
companion bill in the House has
been heard and passed in com-
mittee and is headed to the House
floor. The bill is progressing rapidly
through the House as well and I
expect it to pass. The bill takes away
local control from school districts
by prescribing how compensation
is structured, essentially eliminating
the collective bargaining process
that is guaranteed in Florida's Con-
stitution. When it passes, I expect
lawsuits to be filed against it.
The bill requires that end of
course exams be developed for every
course not tested by FCAT. The
proponents of the bill have stated
that the Florida Department of
Education will develop these exams,
with funding coming from federal
Race to the Top Funds. On March
29, it was learned that Florida is not
among the states selected to receive
these funds. The question now be-
comes how the development of the
exams will happen and what will be
the funding source. At this writing,
no solutions have been advanced.

Senate Bill 4 adds more re-
quirements for high school gradu-
ation. Students will have to pass
algebra II, biology and either chem-
istry or physics, phased in over three
years. The bill requires the develop-
ment of end of course exams, which
will replace FCAT. The goal is to
raise the bar for high school learn-
ing and it provides a dual track: one
for college-bound students and one
for students going directly to the
workforce. The graduation require-
ments are modified for the second
Finally, Senate Bill 2 is a request
to put the Class Size Amendment
back on the ballot for the November
elections, asking that voters "right
size class size." The amendment
would keep class sizes at the school
average under which we have oper-
ated for the last two years, with hard
caps on how many extra students
would be allowed at each level. I am
a strong proponent of this bill and
the amendment. If the current law
stays in effect, whenever the 19th
child enrolls in a kindergarten class,
we will immediately have to provide
an additional teacher and another
teaching space. If we are able to
stay at the school average with a
hard cap of no more than three
additional students in that kinder-
garten classroom, we will be able
to benefit from the small classes we
currently enjoy and avoid disrup-
tion in children's lives. Because the
Senate seeks to place the item on
the ballot, 60 percent of the Senate
and 60 percent of the House must
give approval. Then the voters must
approve the item by 60 percent.
It appears that state funding
for education will be level or just
slightly reduced. This is being ac-
complished by radically reducing

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other areas of the budget. The rea-
son that education funds are being
supported is that provisions of the
federal stimulus dollars require that
education funding be maintained
at the 2007-2008 levels. If the state
budget were to cut funding below
these levels, the state would not
get the second half of the stimulus
dollars next year and would have to
repay the money already received
(and spent!) this year.
My biggest concern is for the
following year's budget when stimu-
lus dollars dry up and the needs of
all the other areas of government
are continuing to suffer. From

everything I can learn in Tallahas-
see, the Legislature has not yet
developed a plan to deal with the
"funding cliff" that will occur when
the stimulus dollars stop. From the
rate of economic recovery we are
currently seeing, I seriously doubt
that Florida's economy will have re-
bounded enough to cover the large
budget hole.
All in all, this year's legislative
session has been among the worst,
if not the worst that Florida has
experienced in decades. St. Johns
County School District will be deal-
ing with the fallout from decisions
made in Tallahassee for months, if
not years, to come.
On a local note, you may have
read that our school board has ac-
cepted a mediated agreement with
the mothers of two students at Web-
ster School. In their lawsuit, these
parents alleged that we had harmed
their children when "In God We
Still Trust" by the country group,
Diamond Rio, was included in a
program that was being rehearsed.
As soon as Dr. Joyner learned of the
complaint, the song was removed

from the program and no longer
practiced. Nonetheless, the parents
filed a lawsuit against the district.
Motions were heard in federal court
before a judge who was hostile to
our position. We lost every motion
heard in his court. Finally, he sent
the parties to mediation. An agree-
ment was reached for the district to
pay $140,000 (covered by Florida
School Boards Insurance Trust,
our liability carrier). The board
agreed to the settlement because of
our negative experience in court.
Had we appealed the matter, we
would have had additional exposure
to attorney's fees in the range of
$500,000. While no one on our
board supports paying the settle-
ment, the potential for far greater fi-
nancial exposure left us little choice.
Again, our liability carrier will pay
the settlement. Our only financial
impact is the premium that we pay
the carrier, which we pay anyway.
As always, thank you for your
commitment to public education. If
I may serve you in any way, please
contact me at

Local travel agent completes
cruise industry training program

Local travel professional from
CruiseOne, Denise Terkosky, has
recently completed the Elite Cruise
Counselor program with Cruise
Lines International Association
(CLIA), the official trade organiza-
tion of the North American cruise
industry. Fewer than six agents in
NE Florida and only 300 agents
have achieved this level of certifica-
tion in all of North America.
This comprehensive program
provides agents with essential cruise
product knowledge and sales skills.
Agents earn credits upon completion
of course exams, ship inspections
and cruise experience.
"In addition to learning how to
manage our business more effective-
ly," said Terkosky, "training pro-
grams such as those offered by CLIA
bring us up to date with the cruise
industry which, in turn, allow us
to serve our clients better. After all,
our customers are our most valuable

asset and with so many choices avail-
able, we want to be sure to match
vacationers with the right cruise."
Terkosky continued, "This in-
volves understanding the customer's
needs, being knowledgeable of cruise
products and being able to con-
vey the exceptional value of cruise
vacations. We want travelers to feel
confident - and excited - about the
choices they make, particularly if
they are first-time cruisers or simply
seeking a new adventure." Terkosky
also added that "using a travel agent
is no more expensive than booking
online. Agents have the same access
as the cruise lines direct."
CruiseOne is one of nearly
16,000 travel agencies and agents
affiliated with CLIA, which provides
high-quality cruise sales and market-
ing related educational programs to
its affiliates and keeps travel agents
informed of the latest information
about the cruise industry.

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Postal Food Drive coming May 8

By Karl Kennell
The National Letter Carri-
ers Food Drive is approaching. It
is a spring ritual looked forward
to by all of us who appreciate the
quality of life here in NW St. Johns
County. It has become another
tradition by which we help those
less fortunate. This year's efforts are
being made by the National Asso-
ciation of Letter Carriers (NALC)
Branch 53 to be sure the non-per-
ishable food goods collected will
make their way into the cupboards
of those in need right here in our
Most mail in St. Johns County
is picked up and delivered by the
St. Augustine Post Office. How-
ever, mail to and from the zip
code 32259 is collected from the
Baymeadows Station in Jackson-
ville. Over the years, food collected
went to Jacksonville. Since great
efforts have been made to make
32259 identified as St. Johns, it

is only logical that the collections
of food should be redistributed in
this area. Bob Henning, president
of Local 53 of the NALC has been
making efforts to accomplish just
He said, "We are working
diligently to ensure that all the
food collected in that area stays in
St. Johns County"
He explained that mail service
in 32259 is provided by contract
carriers working out of Jacksonville
and that adds to the task of making
the changes needed.
Last year nationwide, the
letter carriers collected 73 mil-
lion pounds of food and NALC
is expecting this year to be the
best collection ever. Leading up
to the Saturday, May 8 collection,
both city and rural carriers will be
delivering postcards to remind cus-
tomer of the food drive one week
ahead. Publix has again generously

On a recent drive through Jul-
ington Creek Plantation, I felt like I
was driving down Interstate 95. "For
Sale" signs the size of billboards were
displayed in such a large number
of lawns that I expected to see a
South of the Border or Ron Jon Surf
Shop sign mixed in among them. I
also got the feeling that there was a
pool builders' convention going on
as it seemed that every third home
seemed to have a sign touting vari-
ous pool companies. As you might
have guessed from my ramblings
above, I have noticed a few problems
with signs here at JCP and have
decided to use a little of this month's
column to remind everyone abut the
rules governing signs here.
Rule number one: Only For
Sale and for Rent Signs are permit-
ted according to the Declaration of
Covenants and Restrictions. Signs
that are part of seasonal decora-
tive displays are also allowed. Signs
advertising your pool, renovation
or spa contractor are taboo and
also sure to invite the scorn of your
Rule number two: The POA
adopted a standard for rent/sale sign
a couple of years ago. The approved
sign consists of an inverted black
"L" or shepherd's hook that serves to
display a one foot by one foot sign
indicating the that the property is
for rent or sale. Hung beneath that
sign by s-hooks you can provide
further information on smaller signs.
The standard is illustrated below:


Hang with
"S" Hooks

Black Metal
4' tall with a
14" arm at the top

If you have any questions about
the sign standard (or anything else),
please call us at 880-8796.
Moving on to an old favorite,
vandalism has been on the rise over
the past month. It seems that there
has been a rash of damage to monu-
ment signs and I just want to let you
know that the board of directors
and the St. Johns County Sheriff's
Department have been working
together to increase the number of

patrols in JCP. There has also been
an increase in people driving off the
road and tearing up the turf. All of
this destruction ends up costing the
homeowners collectively as members
of the Property Owners Associa-
tion pay for vandalism repairs to the
common areas from their annual as-
sessment. Rest assured that any one
caught vandalizing POA property
will be required to make full restitu-

donated paper bags into which to
place your donations. The bags will
be delivered to your home two days
prior to the May 8 pick-up. It is
requested that you place your non-
perishable items into the bags and
place them in or near your mailbox
for the carrier to pick-up.
It is only fitting that our
donations be passed along to our
neighbors who maybe could use
a bit of a helping hand. Groups
such as JCP CARES and Christ's
Cupboard at Celebration Lutheran
Church on Roberts Road are
always working to hold out that
helping hand. Even if you can only
contribute one can or package of
food, every item helps. It is not
that hard when you watch out for
those BOGO deals at your local
grocery store.
Henning wants to pass along
just how his member letter carriers
of NALC appreciate the caring of
our area. He said, "We thank you
for your generosity in these tough
economic times."

up after their pets. It is not difficult
to walk with a plastic bag so that you
can clean up after Rover while you
have him out on a walk. I also must
remind you that both cats and dogs
are required to be on a leash when
they are off of their owner's property.
One final reminder, MAY Man-
agement Services has moved to a
new location closer to the POA. We
are now located at 1637 Race Track
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St. Johns County hires new director of Health and Human Services

St. Johns services agency.
County is During her work in Seattle,
pleased to Thomas oversaw 67 fund sources
announce and nearly 100 programs, includ-
Vennerria ing Headstart, child care, domes-
Lucas Thom- tic violence, energy assistance,
as has been emergency shelter and assistance,
hired as the food banks, affordable housing,
new director mental health and case manage-
'v0 " of the Health ment programs. Her department
and Human also managed more than 1,100
Services Department. Thomas has contracts with nonprofits, business
more than 20 years experience collaborators and other govern-
working in the public sector in a ment agencies.
variety of positions, including 13 Thomas's formal education
years as the director of the City includes a masters in Business
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versity, as well as several leadership
programs. Thomas will be relocat-
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Orlando area, where she currently
County Administrator Michael
Wanchick is very pleased to add
Thomas to the county's profes-
sional staff.
"St. Johns County is fortunate
to recruit someone of this cali-
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excellent skill set and experience in
both social services and business
management to St. Johns County.

Choosing a director is one of the
most important decisions we make,
and I am confident she will provide
excellent integrated services to the
members of our community who
need it most."
The County Administrator's
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What's New cont. from page 3
Mill Creek Elementary PTA. It
will be held at the school which is
located at 3750 International Golf
Parkway, just east of State Road 16.
It is open to the public. Donations
of items will be accepted at the
school starting April 1 or for those
who would like to sell their own
items, spaces are available for rent
for $30. Items that don't sell will be
donated to charity. More informa-
tion is available at www.MCEPTA.

Please join us to learn more
about Fair Tax. If this law is en-
acted it will affect everybody. Do
away with the IRS, no more filing
tax forms. The next free monthly
meeting program will be presented
by Paul Livingston on "The Em-
bedded Tax." in St. Augustine on
Saturday, April 17 at 10:15 a.m. at
Gander Mountain, located at 550
Prime Outlet Mall, in St. Augus-

The inaugural Butch Har-
mon 2010 Charity Invitational
Golf Tournament will be held at
The Palencia Club on May 9 and
10. Butch Harmon will be at the
event; he is considered "America's
Greatest Golf Teacher," according
to Golf Digest and is the teaching
instructor to Phil Mickelson, Nick
Watney, Adam Scott, 2009 Open
Championship winner Stewart
Cink and LPGA Tour star Natalie
Gulbis. Proceeds from the event
will benefit HabiJax, Habitat for
Humanity of St. Augustine/St.
Johns County and MissionWay
Church. Levels of sponsorship
vary; please call 208-6632 or visit
for more information.

The NW St Johns County
Democratic Club will be holding
its April meeting on Tuesday, April
13, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Han-
cock Bank on County Road 210.
The guest speaker will be Samuel
Hart, vice president of the North-
east Florida Chapter of the ACLU.
Additionally, the St. Johns County

Democratic Party is holding its an-
nual fundraiser on Saturday, May 1
at the St. Augustine Rod and Gun
Club, located just north of the St.
Augustine Airport. There will be
outdoor field day events, includ-
ing games, live music vendors and
service organizations from 9:00
a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Hotdogs,
snacks and drinks will be available.
Admission is free. Then, begin-
ning at 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.,
there will be indoor events includ-
ing dinner (pulled pork, barbeque
chicken and all the trimmings)
at 5:00 p.m. Democratic candi-
dates for the United States Senate,
United States House District 7,
Governor, Chief Financial Of-
ficer, Attorney General, Secretary
of Agriculture and Florida State
House Districts 18 and 19 have
been invited. The cost of a ticket is
$25; tickets are available by calling
825-2336 or 825-3604.

United States Coast Guard
Auxiliary Flotilla 14-7 meets the
first Thursday of every month 7:30
p.m. at the St. Augustine Yacht
Club near the St. Augustine Light-
house. 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 460-0243.

The Landon High School
class of 1965 will hold their 45th
reunion on April 30, May 1 and
2 at the Renaissance Resort at the
World Golf Village. For room res-
ervations, reference Landon High
School for room rates (toll free 1-
888-740-7020). For questions and
more information, please contact
John Rose at 536-8652 or Beckie
Paille Adcox at 616-9812.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sen-
sibly) #FL493, St. Augustine has
a weekly meeting at 9:00 a.m. on
Wednesday at the Old Colee Cove
Volunteer Station, located at 9105
County Road 13 North (south of
Buddy Boys Grocery Store). Weigh
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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 Bou-
levard and Race Track Road. This
month's meeting will be held on
Tuesday, April 20. All are invited.
For more information, please call
Brian lannucci, president, at 708-

The St. Johns County School
District Administration Building
located at 40 Orange Street in St.
Augustine turns 100 years old later
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formed to coordinate a celebration
and other activities to commemo-
rate this important milestone. The
district is also seeking individuals
who may have worked or attended
school in the building and any
memorabilia they may have. If
you or someone you know would
be interested in serving on this
committee, please contact Margie
Davidson, Director of Community
Relations, at davidsm@stjohns.
kl2.fl.us or 547-7517.

Join the horses and volunteers
of Diamonds in the Rough Farm
as we celebrate the arrival of spring.
Did you miss our last open house?
Well now's the perfect time to visit
DRFarm, where retired horses are
given homes for life and horses in
need of rescue get a second chance.
An Open House is scheduled for
Saturday, April 17 from 11:00 a.m.
to 3:00 p.m. The farm is rarely
open to the public, so don't miss
this chance to meet the residents
and hear about the amazing path
each one's life has taken. By partici-
pating in this event, you can learn
more about St. Johns County's
only equine welfare charity and
show your support for the farm's
mission. Food, drink and gift items
will be available. A $5 donation
for admission/car is requested.
Diamonds in the Rough Farm
is located at 4411 Rues Landing
Road in the World Golf Village
area. For additional information,
please contact 347-6542 or visit

The Newcomers of North St.
Johns will meet on Tuesday, April
20 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Johns
Golf and Country Club. There will
be an Italian luncheon served, con-
sisting of a tomato and mozzarella
salad and choice of either tradi-
tional chicken picatta or eggplant
parmesan, along with fettuccini
alfredo and stuffed zucchini with
ratatouille. For dessert, cannolis


will be served. The Sassy Tappers,
a performing tap dance troupe that
has entertained and delighted audi-
ences of all ages in North Florida
and South Georgia since 2002, will
be performing. Under the direction
of choreographer Patty Zipperer,
Sassy Tappers prove that women
over 50 still have feet that can fly
over a dance floor. The cost to
attend is $22; reservations need to
be received by April 15, 2010. For
more information, please contact
Lee Granato at 217-0873.

St. Francis House will spon-
sor the seventh annual Nite at
the Races on Saturday, April 24
with a Post Time of 7:30 p.m. An
exciting evening is planned at the
Elks Lodge on A1A South in St.
Augustine to support the St. Fran-
cis House Capital Building Fund.
Participants can wager on each race
and can personalize their involve-
ment by naming their horse and
stable. This will be a memorable
evening: in addition to participat-
ing in each race, delectable food
from local restaurants, which is
included in the cost of admission,
will be featured. Please visit the
St. Francis House website at www.
stfrancisshelter.org for additional
details and to make reservations.

Are you feeling a bit isolated?
Would you like the opportunity to
make friends for both your child
and yourself? Looking for activity
and outing ideas? The MOMS
Club (Moms Offering Moms
Support) of Fruit Cove may be
just what you've been searching
for! We have many playgroups for
babies all the way up to preschool.
We offer a wide range of monthly
activities for children, do charitable
work for the community and even
have a once-monthly social event
just for Moms. If you live within
the 32259 zip code and would like
more information, please e-mail us
at fruitcovemoms@yahoo.com.

Teen Na+ional Poetry Month Poetry/

Haiku Confest and Teen Open Mic Night

Thursday, April 29 @ 6:00 PM

In honor of National Poeiry Monih the Bartram Trail Branch is
having a Teen Poeiry/Haiku Contest. Teens, turn in your poem
or haiku between Thursday, April I and Saturday, April 24!

Peer pressure keeps kids safe

on the road
Mothers Against Brain Injury,
Inc. (MABII) launches its third
annual Teen Safe Driving Contest
with the Allstate Foundation this
month, asking students in Nassau,
Duval, St. Johns and Clay counties
to submit public service announce-
ments (PSA) made for teens by
teens encouraging safe driving prac-
tices. This year, the winning PSA
will be selected from participants
in more schools than ever before
with the winning school receiving
$2,500 and each student partici-
pant taking home $500.
The deadline for the PSA en-
tries will be April 20 and they will
be posted on the www.firstcoast-
teens.com website for public voting
from April 25 through May 5.
"During the time the winning
PSA ran on First Coast News in
rotation last year, we had no fatali-
ties due to unsafe driving practices
from the schools who participated
in the contest," said Tracy Porter,
executive director and founder of
MABII. "We'd like to think that
our contest helped get the message
out to teenagers and ultimately
saved lives."
In its third year, the Teen Safe
Driving PSA Contest asks students
to produce a 20 second public
service announcement that speaks
directly to teenagers. According to
Allstate, who awarded MABII the
Allstate Teen Safe Driving Grant
for the third year in a row, Jackson-
ville ranks third out of 50 major
metropolitan cities in the United
States with the highest incidence of
fatal teen auto accidents. Teenagers
possess the least developed driving
skills and are notoriously unrespon-
sive to extrinsic safety measures;

however, teenagers are highly sensi-
tive to peer pressure. What better
way to get the message out to teens
than through the teens themselves?
Schools across four counties
have been asked to participate,
making the 2010 contest the big-
gest one yet. Presently, 12 schools
(Douglas Anderson, Duncan
Fletcher, Frank H. Peterson, Man-
darin, Sandalwood, Terry Parker,
Middleburg, Nease, Bartram Trail,
Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine, St.
Johns Technical and Yulee) have
confirmed their participation with
over 1300 students being involved:
"This is a great opportunity
for the school and any teen with a
video camera to win big money and
most importantly, save lives," said

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April is Water Conservation Month
By Contributing Writer Teresa H. Monson, St. Johns River Water Management District

Since her own son was The St. Johns River Water
critically injured in an accident in Management District's Govern-
2004, resulting in a traumatic brain ing Board approved a proclama-
injury, Porter has been waging a tion designating April as Water
war against unsafe driving practices Conservation Month to encourage
and the trauma that comes for the awareness about the importance of
families of accident victims. Porter water conservation.
formed Mothers Against Brain "Water conservation is a criti-
Injury as a way to provide hope cal strategy in meeting the current
and reassurance to families suffer- and future water supply needs of
ing the same fate. The MABII Tote our state," said Susan Hughes,
Bag program has provided more chairwoman of the district's
than 4,800 families of victims with governing board. "The district has
comfort, help and information in been committed to water con-
a time when they are most vulner- servation for many years and the
able. It was only through her own district's support of Water Conser-
experience that Porter realized that ovation Month for the past 12 years
families arrive at hospitals without has helped bring awareness to the
anything else but their concern for importance of conservation."
their loved one. Her tote bags pro- In March 2009, the district
vide essentials for long stays at hos- expanded watering restrictions
pitals in addition to information, to help ensure that water used
compassion and the knowledge that for irrigation is used efficiently.
someone who has been through the The restrictions include limit-
trauma before is thinking of them. ing irrigation to one day a week

during Eastern Standard Time
and two days per week during
daylight saving time. On March 8,
the governing board held its third
workshop to discuss concepts
to improve public supply water
conservation by making changes
to agency rules.
Other district conservation
initiatives include:
* Permit conditions that require
all permit holders to use water
* The development of water use
efficiency goals for public water
supply, commercial/industrial/
institutional self-supply and
agricultural processes
* Water conservation rule
changes to make permitting
and other district programs
more effective at reducing
water demand
* District education programs
such as The Great Water Odys-

sey, which teaches the impor-
tance of efficient water use to
adults and children and Florida
Water Star, which outlines
criteria for making existing and
new homes and commercial
buildings water-efficient inside
and out
* An annual water conservation
public awareness campaign
* Partnering in the Conserve
Florida Project, a statewide
effort to assist public water
supply utilities in the develop-
ment of water conservation
plans and programs
* Cost-share funding with local
governments, water supply
utilities and other entities on
innovative water conservation
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William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway
monthly update
By Contributing Writer Al Abbatiello, alabbat@bellsouth.net

April 20, 2010 is the date! The
date our completed Master Plan
goes to the Board of County Com-
missioners for review and accep-
tance. We anticipate the commis-
sion will be receptive of the plan.
With the commission's acceptance
the Scenic Highway Management
Council can begin implementa-
tion. Come join us for the excite-
ment. The meeting starts at 9:00
a.m. and can be seen in person or
streaming video via the county's
government TV channel.
The highpoint of the March
meeting was seeing the emergence
of our website design as presented
by our consultant. From what
we've seen this promises to be an
extraordinary, interactive site to
include lots of history surrounding
the highway, William Bartram, In-
dians and commerce along the St.
Johns River long before highways
even existed in St. Johns County.
The website will feature Face-
book and Twitter social networking
capability that promises to bring
the public greater awareness of the
many natural resources and history
of this wonderful place called St.
Johns County. Remember too, St.

Augustine and this county will
be hosting thousands of world
travelers to the 450th celebration
of the founding of the City of St.
We're also communicat-
ing with other William Bartram
Associations, both regional and
Atlantic Coast, dedicated to the
travels and discoveries of William
Bartram. Obviously, we're getting
more national attention as an area
rich in history and scenic beauty.
Fruit Cove, Switzerland and Or-
angedale are historic Florida venues
about which we all have more to
learn. Greater local and national
recognition and understanding of
Bartram's travels and discoveries in
St. Johns County can bring greater
prosperity and recognition to our
area. See for yourself what we have
to offer - the Master Plan can be
seen at: www.glatting.com/william-
The March 11 meeting also
brought us greater awareness of
FPLs (Florida Power and Light)
policies on maintaining their power
lines to ensure delivery of electri-
cal power to area residents. FPL
was invited to attend this meeting

to discuss tree trimming policies
but we also learned much more
about their role in maintain our
living standards. FPLs Tim Wilson
discussed FPLs concerns related
to trees and underbrush along the
power line right-of-way.
Other companies also main-
tain facilities along State Road 13
(telephone and cable television) but
there is no coordination between
these companies related to tree
trimming along the Scenic High-
way. The result has been ecological
chaos. To resolve this issue we've
asked St. Johns County to convene
a meeting of all entities involved in
keeping the highway scenic. We'll
keep you posted.
The sixth annual Bartram Bash
Earth Day Celebration is scheduled
for April 17 at Alpine Groves Park.
All are welcome; a free lunch will
be served, compliments of William
Bartram Scenic Highway Manage-
ment Council and the Northwest
St. Johns County Community Co-
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Continuing his focus on
strengthening Florida's economy
during a site visit to Clay County
in late March, Governor Charlie
Crist announced the First Coast
Outer Beltway project competitive
bidding process will move forward.
The First Coast Outer Beltway
project is expected to create thou-
sands of jobs when construction
begins. The $1.8 billion project
will be competitively bid as a
Public Private Partnership (PPP)
opportunity for private sector busi-
"After decades of discussion,
it is exciting that this project will
enter a new phase," said Gov-
ernor Crist. "Connecting busi-
nesses and regions through better
infrastructure ensures that goods
are transported more quickly and
consumers can have access to more
businesses. The Department of
Transportation has set the pace
for the next generation of Florida

transportation improvement proj-
ects, improving the quality of life
for the residents and visitors."
The First Coast Outer Beltway
is formed by the St. Johns River
Crossing and Branan Field-Chaffee
Road (State Road 23) around the
Jacksonville metropolitan area.
The beltway will provide a direct
connection, outside of the Inter-
state-295 loop, between Interstate-
95 and Interstate-10 at minimal
cost to the Florida Department of
Transportation or the state. The
beltway will also open new
avenues for moving commercial
traffic to the Cecil Field area
without adding congestion to
existing roadways and provide
additional capacity across the St.
Johns River. When the construc-
tion commences, the $1.8 billion
improvements project will be the
largest infrastructure project ever
undertaken by the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation.

By using a PPP and innovative
contracting solutions, the project
will be built years earlier than with
traditional contracting methods.
The awarded contractors) will
serve as the concessionaire to
design, build, finance, operate and
maintain the beltway. The Florida
Department of Transportation is
currently engaging private con-
tractors in a competitive bidding
The Governor was joined
at the event by FDOT Secretary
Stephanie C. Kopelousos; Coun-
cilman Richard Clark, president
of the Jacksonville City Council;
Commissioner Travis Cummings of
the Clay County Commission; and
Commissioner Ron Sanchez of the
St. Johns County Commission.

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homeowners in danger of foreclosure

Scott Dunn, owner and opera-
tor of Loss Mitigation Solutions
of Jacksonville and an agent with
Keller Williams of Jacksonville
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fied Distressed Property Expert�
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foreclosure avoidance, with a par-
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education accumulated by Dunn
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residents and communities.
Short sales allow the distressed
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and even bankruptcy. More and
more lenders are willing to con-
sider short sales because they are
much less costly than foreclosures.
Today, more than 13 percent
of homeowners are delinquent on
their mortgage or in the foreclosure
process. This is occurring across all
price ranges and the fastest-grow-
ing category of homes in foreclo-
sure is the luxury home market.
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designation is a valuable and
recognizable certification that adds
credibility to my already successful
business. It is so rewarding to be
able to work with homeowners and
lenders on complicated short sales
and to provide solutions that have
a positive outcome for all parties."
Alex Charfen, co-founder and
CEO of the Distressed Property
Institute in Austin, Texas, said
that agents such as Dunn with the
CDPE Designation have valuable
perspective on the market and
training in short sales that can offer

homeowners real alternatives to
foreclosure, which can be devastat-
ing to credit ratings.
"These experts better un-
derstand market conditions than
the average agent, and can help
sellers through the complications
of foreclosure avoidance. Our goal
is to help as many homeowners as
possible, by educating as many real
estate professionals as possible,"
Charfen said. "Scott Dunn has
demonstrated a commitment to the
struggling homeowners, and will
provide much-needed assistance in
stabilizing the community."

Welcome back, Alhambra
By Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville University

How great it is in this day and
age, to see something brought back
to life after it appeared that it was
closing its doors! The Alhambra
Theatre and Dining as it is now
called, had been an institution in
the community for many years. Yes
- the atmosphere was getting tired
and the food left something to be
desired, but it still held a unique
place in the hearts of many. It was
hard to believe it would no longer
be with us!
And then along came Craig
Smith. Not part of the theater
community, but a successful busi-
nessman, Smith had been a lover of
the Alhambra since boyhood. He
had been taken to enjoy its offer-
ings on special occasions and main-
tained many happy memories. He
couldn't bear to observe its demise.
So with the help of his business
partners and others, he stepped
in and took over the monumental
task of restoring this icon. His
enthusiasm is certainly contagious
and what he has achieved in a few
short months is amazing. The
interior and exterior have been
completely renovated, but still have
maintained the charm and tradi-
tion of the past. With comfort-
able new chairs, an attractive new
lounge/ bar/ theatre library which
features a beautiful two sided fire-
place, the Alhambra welcomes you
as you enter. (Even the rest rooms
have been completely restored!)
What about the food? Chef
Matthew Medure, noted for his
exclusive Jacksonville restaurant
"Matthews" and for the wonder-
ful new "Gourmet Take Away" in
San Marco, has been appointed
executive chef. He is approaching

the challenge in a unique way. He
will feature a different menu for
each production, consistent with
its theme. I can't wait to try it!
None of this will amount to
much if the performances do not
maintain their excellence. Hooray
for the fact that Tod Booth is stay-
ing on as creative director. For the
first time, the Alhambra sponsored
an open casting call for cameo
children's roles in its first new pro-
duction "High School Musical."
Over 100 young artists showed up!
The result was excellent.
The next production, "42nd
Street," a musical version of the
film of the same name, will be pre-
sented through April 25. It will be
followed by a complete change of
pace, a comedy entitled "The For-
eigner," which will run from April
28 to June 13. Then for the whole
family, a production of Rogers
and Hammerstein's musical clas-
sic, "Cinderella" from June 16 to
August 8. Later in the year, you can
look for a wide range of offerings,
including the romantic comedy
"Aurora's Crossing" and musical
stage versions of "The Wedding
Singer," "The King and I" and "It's
a Wonderful Life."
Tickets and further infor-
mation for all of the above are
available at 641-1212 or at www.
alhambrajax.com. Special group
sales are also available and where
else can you arrange for private
events for fund raising, weddings
or other gatherings? The Alhambra
Theatre and Dining is located at
12000 Beach Boulevard. It has its
own excellent parking. Let's sup-
port this great new revival. Hope to
see you there.

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The "Grinch" visits Julington Creek Elementary
Contributed by Ingrid Griffin, Technology Instructor, Julington Creek Elementary

The Grinch learning karate moves with Declan Farrell and Moses Giles.

On March 2, students in
Elizabeth Sturney's third grade class
were surprised with a visit from the
Grinch. His visit to the school was
in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday and
the annual Read Across America
The Grinch arrived at JCE

full of spirit stirring up trouble,
but also reading to the students.
He visited Sturney's classroom and
shared the story The Cat In the
Hat with the help of Sofia lovino.
The students were delighted with
his narration and antics during
the story. The Grinch also visited


Cynthia West's kindergarten class
(a sibling of Sturney's students is in
her class). Laughter could be heard
in the classroom as the Grinch
entertained the all the students.
When the Grinch entered
West's kindergarten class, led
by Anna, the students' faces lit
up! With permission from West,
the students went up in pairs to
have their pictures taken with the
Grinch. While some preferred
to stand beside their teacher and
watch from the back, others were
ready hugs from the Grinch and
some even tried to show him some
karate moves! The Grinch even
showed them some of his favorite
yoga moves. Of course the Grinch
could not leave without handing
out signed pictures of himself as
souvenirs of his visit!
Here are some quotes from
Sturney's third grade students:
"It was cool and fun." - Evan
"He was funny when he
messed up my teacher's hair and he
made funny noises when he read
us the book. He made us laugh
and was funny when he took the
picture." - Lauren
"The Grinch came in unex-
pected and sat on Sogol's desk and
wagged his tail us, it was really
funny! He read us The Cat In the
Hat. We took a picture with him
and he tried to scare us and it was
funny!" - Brandon

Group participates in Lap Wrap
project for military

A group of women from I he
Cascades community in World
Golf Village has undertaken to
knit and crochet "lap wraps" for
wounded, recovering military
personnel to make the soldiers
comfortable and feel appreciated
for the sacrifice they have made for
us all. The group, known as the
Cascades Knitting and Crochet
Club, came upon an article that
expressed the origin and need for
these items, which are basically
squares of knitted material (overall,
45 inches by 45 inches) that could
be used especially as a lap covering
for wounded, recuperating military
men and women.
The women have donated
their time, materials and the ship-
ping costs to send the lap wraps
to USA Cares, an organization
which in turn mails the lap wraps
to military hospitals. The club is
grateful that they have also received
donations of knitting yarns and
shipping costs from residents of

The Cascades and other benevolent
The group will continue to
produce these items-each of
which is different from the oth-
ers-as time and supplies allow. To
further their efforts and facilitate
collection of donated yarns, David-
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convenient for the public to donate
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important) and make a worthwhile
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Once the veterans' rehab cen-
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DECA students score well at CDC in Orlando
By Contributing Writer Kelsey Johnson

On the weekend of March 4,
24 Bartram Trail DECA members
traveled to Orlando for the 2010
State Career Development Con-
ference (CDC). DECA, short for
Distributive Education Clubs of
America, is an organization dedi-
cated to marketing and entrepre-
neurial education. It is associated
with the VyStar Academy of Busi-
ness and Finance at BTHS.
To qualify for the State CDC,
a student must place first in their
testing area in the district evalua-
tion, which took place in late No-
vember. There are many different
areas of testing that encompass
individual and team events, such
as retail marketing, principles of
finance, and sports and entertain-
ment marketing team decision
making. Several students also at-
tended the State CDC as members
of the BTHS Quiz Bowl team,

which competed against other
schools answering trivia questions
based on knowledge of finance,
business, and marketing. The team
finished with a record of two wins
and two losses, their best place-
ment in three years.
While at State CDC, delegates
competed against students from
schools all across Florida. The
testing consisted of two parts and
took place across two to three days.
Students completed a 100 question
test about their area of functional
expertise. They then participated
in a role play, where they received a
situation and took on a role to ful-
fill certain performance indicators.
Students presented their situation
and solution to a judge who scored
them. The final score that students
received is based on both their test
and role play score.
General assembly with over

1,600 DECA members also con-
tributed to the CDC experience.
At these general meetings, delegates
heard the state officers speak and
also heard the candidates for the
next year's state officers. Bartram
Trail sophomore and DECA Presi-
dent Trent Register campaigned
for the office of vice president of
Florida DECA. He was elected,
meaning that he will represent the
northern Florida district at various
DECA functions for the next year.
Six Bartram students placed
high enough in their testing areas
to qualify for ICDC (International
Career Development Conference),
which takes place in Louisville,
Kentucky in late April. To qualify
for ICDC, a student must place
fifth or higher in their testing area.
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people competing, so it is a notable
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Here's a little fashion "class"

In the world of fashion, St.
Johns County has its own fashion
and interior design academy at Bar-
tram Trail High School. Students
have to apply every year to be in
the academy, which has four levels
of classes. Their mission statement
reads like this: "The Academy of
Design and Construction strives to
provide a relevant curriculum com-
bined with industry exposure via
business partners thereby allowing
students to gain knowledge, confi-
dence, relationships and a sense of
community." So, how could I not
resist meeting these local "fashioni-
I have enjoyed hanging out
with these delightful, talented la-
dies on several occasions. We have
witnessed good fashion, correct
construction, attention to details
and sewing on good fabrics. But
the other day we hit Nirvana! We
took a little bus trip "up town" to
visit the Atelier of Linda Cunning-
To give you a little bio of Cun-
ningham, she is a Jacksonville girl
who has had the gift of designing
since the age of 10. She graduated
from Florida State University in
fashion design and came home
to put her talents to work for the
lucky ladies of Jacksonville. For
those of you who remember Phelps
Fabrics of Jacksonville, she started
designing gowns for clients there
just after graduating from FSU
and then launched her own design
studio in San Marco just a few
years later.
Cunningham specializes in
couture evening gowns and mother
of the bride and groom attire. Her
collection shows during fashion
week in New York City and can
be found in boutiques across the

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BTHS Academy students learn
Linda Cunningham.

country and also at her second
location in Houston, Texas.
The BTHS fashion class was
given a private tour of the entire
operation by Cunningham, as she
shared step-by-step how to make
couture garments from start to
finish. We then were allowed to
"shop" the garments and witness
first hand her talents and origi-
nality. There was much "oohing
and aahing" as we went through
the racks of unbelievable dresses.
We were also allowed to wander
through her fall 2010 collection
which was shown in New York last
month during Fashion Week.
Then Cunningham gave the
class a "Project Runway" expe-
rience. We all gathered in the
sunshine around little tables in her
courtyard with drawing paper and
colored pencils in hand as we heard
the challenges. There were seven in
all: here are two black be-jeweled
buckles, design a garment using
them; take these seven rhinestone
buttons use them on any garment
you chose. Here is a cocktail dress
from the spring collection - make
a sister garment; oh, here is a
spectacular pair of shoes-make
me something to wear them with.
Then there was a great looking belt

many things about fashion from designer

with a multi-colored stone buckle
to work with. A futuristic outfit
was requested, but the most off
the wall challenge was to make an
airline attendant uniform; the only
requirement was to include a skirt.
In one hour's time you would
not believe the sketches! But I
knew these girls had it in them, be-
cause I witnessed their paper dress
designs last fall.
The judging was tough! They
came through with peacock feath-
ers, aluminum trims and red, white
and blue uniforms for the airline
attendants. Seven different winners
took home wonderful fashionista
gifts as the day's mementos.

At the end of the day Cun-
ningham challenged the students
to pursue their dreams, to always
carry a sketch book and head into
the fashion world with vigor.
Wow, what a mentor who
has walked the walk and made it
happen! And hats off to those gals
at the Fashion Academy who are
going to wear her shoes!
And that, my Fashionable
Florida Friends (FFFs), is really
fashion as it is happening on the
First Coast!

Local spalon receives 2010 Best of Jacksonville
Award for second year in a row

For the second consecu-
tive year, Beau Monde Spalon
has been selected for the 2010
Best of Jacksonville Award in
the Manicurists and Pedicurists
category by the United States
Commerce Association (USCA).
The USCA "Best of Local
Business" award program rec-
ognizes outstanding local busi-
nesses throughout the country.
Each year, the USCA identifies

companies that they believe have
achieved exceptional marketing
success in their local community
and business category. These are
local companies that enhance the
positive image of small business
through service to their custom-
ers and community.
Nationwide, only 1 in
70 (1.4 percent) 2009 award
recipients qualified as two-time
award winners. Various sources

of information were gathered and
analyzed to choose the winners in
each category. The 2010 USCA
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by third parties. Various sources
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Thursday, April 29 @ 6:00 PM

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furn in your poem or haiku between Thursday, April 1
and Sadurday, April 24!

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For the second year in a row,
students in the eighth grade "Mu-
sic as History" program at Swit-
zerland Point Middle School were
given the opportunity to partici-
pate in an Elvis art contest spon-
sored by the "I'll Remember You
Elvis" Fan Club of Jacksonville.
The winning piece will receive a
cash award along with a sponsor-
ship by the club to enter the Elvis
Fan Art Competition in Memphis,
Tennessee during Elvis week.
The Music as History program
is a year-long project that teaches
the students events in American
History (from the Civil War
through the 1990s) using music
as its guide. The project describes
a period of history using lyrics,
images and props. Musical styles
and performers expose students
to significant events and changes
in American history. The genres
of music are usually associated
with decades and major cultural

Tracy Duncan, who leads the
history program and is the presi-
dent of the fan club, thought that
last year could not be topped, but
was thrilled with the nearly 100
pieces of art that were submitted
by the students. The wide variety
of art included paintings, draw-
ings, pictures, cakes, hand carved
tables, guitars, 3-D, scrapbooks,
jewelry and clothes (even a full
size jacket made from Duct tape).
"Something new this year was
how many performance entries we
received," Duncan shared. "We
had songs written about Elvis,
singing and band performances
and even a student-choreographed
Duncan continued, "This was
a voluntary project used as an ex-
tension to the history program and
there were no rules except to have
a connection with Elvis Presley.
Elvis was the subject of one of our
50s lessons and I was thrilled to
see their creative interpretations of
him and his musi-
cal legacy."
Several pieces
will be displayed
at the Second
Saturday Art Walk
at Bartram Walk
on April 11 and
the "Art Attack"
St. Johns County
Student art show
on May 1 at the
St. Augustine
Amphitheatre. In
addition, all the
art pieces will be
displayed and open
to the public in the
meeting room at
the Bartram Trail
Branch Library on
May 15 from 10:00
a.m. until 6:00

Project SOS Comedy and Cuisine committee members Dr. Pam Mullar-
key, Founder/CEO Project SOS; Carolyn Clark; Gail Cassala; Sharon Hawes,
chairperson; Diane Newman, board member; Julie McKellop

Project SOS held their third
annual Comedy and Cuisine Din-
ner Club event and auction on
Saturday, March 20 at the Saw-
grass Marriott. All proceeds will
benefit students in area middle
schools and high schools with
health programs, mentoring clubs
and Life Skills classes taught by

Ivis with art
Duncan concluded, "I am
truly overwhelmed by the scope
of the students' creativity. Music
is such an important part of a
teen's life. It has been wonderful to
expose the students to how music
has been influenced by history, as
well as how history has been af-
fected by our music."

young adult role models on staff
with SOS.
Over 400 supporters attend-
ed the event and shared lots of
laughs as they listened to national
comedian Jeff Allen talk about
marriage and raising children.
Over $100,000 was raised to
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Auction items included a
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Project SOS began in Ponte
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tion youth to make healthy life
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By Joy Hartley

Spring Break 2010!
Since the ripe old ages of six
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Our house turns into a whirling
dervish of activities crammed into
just a few days time. The "crew"
has our traditional things we do
each year and we are surprised that
even though they are in their teens
they still treasure some of these
activities. Simply picnicking and
hiking or biking at Ravine Gardens
is always a winner, just so long as
the food is good!
The same with our Washing-
ton Oaks State Park run. Everyone
loves to eat lunch under the oak
trees on the Intracoastal Waterway.
Of course the highlight of the park
is the walking tour of the formal
gardens which are maintained by
some fabulous docents. The rose
garden is worth driving there alone
to see!
Marineland is right down the
road and is always a must see and
if the weather permits you can end
the afternoon with a swim in the

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For some after dinner activity
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Easter Sunday is a given as far
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Evening of the Arts and other Pacetti Bay
Wildcat news!
By Contributing Writer Mindy Gooden

The annual Pacetti Bay
Middle School Evening of the
Arts will be held on Tuesday, April
13. The theme this year is "Pacetti
Bay Cafe." Evening of the Arts
celebrates our students and their
Artistic and Musical accomplish-
ments. This year in addition to art
projects, interactive stations and
musical entertainment we will be
hosting an open mic for interpre-
tive readings and poetry!
Our teachers and staff will
once again be creating wonderful
pieces of art for us to bid on and
the Scholastic Book Fair will again
be open in the Media Center for
your convenience.
School Box Supply Kits will be
pre-sold in May to incoming sixth
graders from Wards Creek and Mill
Creek along with returning seventh
and eighth grade students. The
supply kits provide a one-stop shop
for grade specific school supply
needs. The supply kits will be wait-
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home room the first day of school.
Thank you to all the wonder-
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volunteers who made the Mardi
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success! It truly was a PTSO (Par-
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Last but definitely not least
- thank you to our awesome volun-
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dance. Ms. DeMaio (art teacher)
and her wonderful student art club
and student dance committees.
Storie Gilchrist, Courtney Scherer,
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for our PTSO projects. Thanks to
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PTSO meetings are held the
first Wednesday of each month
at 3:30 p.m. in the school Media
Center. Join us and get involved
with our school - we always have
many volunteer opportunities
and parent input is both valuable
and necessary to help the PTSO
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SJSA: Proud past, grand future

By Karl Kennell
Recently young aspiring foot-
ball players and cheerleaders made
their way to the big field house at
Plantation Park, each one of them
eagerly coming to sign-up and
participate in what has become a
kind of rite of passage here in NW
St. Johns County. It all began 15
years ago in 1995 when Ray Dever,
Rocky Bishop, Earl Newman and
George Chappas started four youth
football teams as the St. Johns
Sports Association (SJSA).
The first hurdle they faced was
receiving a special waiver from Pop
Warner Jacksonville for teams to
play with fewer than the mini-
mum number of players. Many
of us remember those days before
our neighborhood grew up with
the addition of many new young
families. It was before all the new
schools, new parks and many of
the great amenities we now enjoy.
Prior to the opening of Plantation
Park practices were held at Mills
Field and the games were played
behind Julington Creek Elemen-
tary School. In those days, the
boundaries of SJSA ranged from
Julington Creek south to County
Road 207 and east from the St.
Johns River to U.S. Highway 1.
With the excellence of the
young players, it did not take long
to find the champion spirit. In

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1997, Coach Bishop fielded the
first undefeated team with the
first City Champion team being
coached by Chappas, Bishop and
Newman. Multiple city cham-
pionships have followed in both
football and cheerleading.
The league grew to 23 teams
and 15 cheer squads. In 2001, it
became part of Creeks Athletic
Association. Three years ago in
2007, the number of players,
cheerleaders and popularity of Pop
Warner Football here in the area
had grown so large that it was split
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League (CFL). Today SJSA fields
11 football teams and seven cheer
squads. Last year there were over
450 participants.
On sign-up Saturday, we had
the privilege to chat about the old
and the new. Dave Levy, who has
been with SJSA since its second
year in 1996 and new SJSA presi-
dent Ray Barata reminisced about
the great years parents have had
watching their children grow in the
league and discussing the bright
future the league is headed toward.
SJSA has become a fundamental
piece of our community for the
participants and families. It is a
reflection of the quality of life we
enjoy and the volunteer spirit that
helps drive it.
SJSA maintains its close ties
with Bartram Trail High School,
to which many participants have
gone, then on to college and
returning home to volunteer as
coaches for a new crop of athletes.
That is a relationship which is
ongoing and will continue into the
future. The league's coaching phi-
losophy is centered on coaches that
are dedicated to teaching their en-
tire team how to play football and
how to cheer competitively, yet still
practicing fair play and integrity
while showing their competency.
This shines brightly as participants
go on to high school, showing their
prowess on championship football
teams and cheer squads.
Barata said, "Our mission is
to provide a fun and safe football
and cheer experience to any child
within our community who wished
He concluded by stating,
"Having kids in the program
myself, I am committed to the
unique bond created with parents,
participants and our neighbors
that is centered on a sense of deep
pride of living in the best place in
northeast Florida."
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Each year, more than 1,300
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energy and talent to planning,
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At Creekside High School, the
biggest club on campus is easily the
Hispanic Honor Society (HHS).
With well over 150 students, the
group is still growing; a new batch
of students will be inducted in May.
The society, made up of students
with proficiency for learning Span-
ish, devotes itself to service projects
Within that group, there are
about 15 students who were chosen
to attend two competitions: the
fourth annual Northeast Florida
World Language Festival and the
Florida State Spanish Conference.
Both require preparation and team
The World Language Festival,
which took place on March 13,
was a great success, says Mrs. Vil-
ladoniga, sponsor for HHS. The
competition, which was held at
Orange Park High School, consisted
of a series of events including a
poster contest, individual projects,
declamation (poetry), impromptu
speaking (students choose a card

with a topic on it and must speak
for a minute about that given topic
- in Spanish, of course), brain brawl
(Hispanic trivia) and the Amazing
International Race (a huge obstacle
course set up in the school stadium).
With about 30 schools competing,
the event was both exciting and
nerve-wracking. There was hardly a
minute of downtime. By the end of
the day, the results were in.
Almost every CHS student
received either a Superior or Excel-
lent in their selected category and
the group placed third and received
bronze medals for their work in the
race. Villadoniga was more than
"I was very excited," she shared.
"We competed in almost every event
and these were the best results we've
ever had."
Villadoniga, however, is no
stranger to these competitions; this
will be the fifth team she takes to the
Florida State Spanish Conference.
Villadoniga believes that preparation
is the key.

"We practice every week, but
pretty soon we'll have to start dou-
bling-up," she explains.
The event, which will take place
in Orlando on April 15 through
17, will host more than 50 schools,
all competing in three areas: im-
promptu speaking, declamation and
dramatic presentation. In addition
to that, there is a scholarship compe-
tition for seniors at the conference.
With weekly meetings well
underway, transportation arrange-
ments made and pronunciation
being practiced, students are getting
more and more excited each day. Be
sure to say good luck to the Creek-
side High School Hispanic Honor
Society academic team!
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of the National Honor Society who
were inducted on March 16! It was a
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BTHS Dance Team wins national
competition for third year
Contributed by Belinda Smith, Bartram Trail High School

It's a three-peat for the Bar-
tram Trail High School Dance
Team! Under the direction of
Coach Patty Adams, the team won
their third straight NDA National
Championship in Large Varsity
Hip Hop, a first in NDA history.
With a score of 9.88, they had the
highest score of any team in any
category during this year's competi-
tion. The competition was held
at Hard Rock Live in Orlando on
March 6 and 7 with well over 100
family, friends and fans traveling to
Orlando to support the team.
The NDA Dance Nationals
is the ultimate venue for dancers
to see how they compare to teams
across the country. Just receiving
a bid to this event is an honor. In
addition to the national title, they
received the Innovative Choreogra-
phy award, Superior Showmanship
award and Best Overall award.
Bartram Trail Dance (BTDT)
is considered a "Powerhouse Pro-
gram" at the National level and was
featured in a special segment on
Varsity TV. Teams from across the
country study BTDT tapes all year
and are influenced by their style. It
is apparent that Bartram has set the
tone for hip hop at NDA Nation-
als. The ultimate compliment is
hearing from other teams that they

would be honored to come in sec-
ond place to Bartram Trail. Adams
started the team in 2000 just prior
to the opening of Bartram Trail
High School. In its 10 years of
existence, the team has placed in
the top five in six of those years. In
addition to this year's NDA record
breaking three-peat in Hip Hop,
last year was a record breaking high
score of 9.96 in any category.
Adams says, "This team truly
learned that in order to be success-
ful, they had to work harder than
they ever thought they could."
For the past three years, they
have lost 50 percent of the team
due to graduation and transfers.
While many have said it would
be a "rebuilding" year, BTDT has
learned there is no such thing.
In addition to being cham-
pions on the dance floor, they are
champions in their community.
This team has learned how to
put their priorities in order: faith,
family, school, service, team. They
prove it in many ways throughout
the year. They serve their com-
munity by raising money for ALS
research and the American Cancer
Society. They volunteer their time
by feeding the homeless. These
student athletes learned that prac-
ticing and training before and after

school and on weekends requires
major time management skills.
They do all of this and still make
their grades and advanced course-
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They respect and admire their
competitors. In January, when
they won state, the team that took
second place was as happy for
Bartram as they would have been
for themselves due to the relation-
ship that BTDT has built with
them. At nationals, Bartram Dance
hugged and gave the second place
team a standing ovation. It took a
significant amount of discipline to
contain their joy knowing they just
won a third national title and yet
understood the second place team
deserved their moment of glory.
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By Contributing Writer Nicola Parimucha
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tion, hosted by Bartram Trail High
School. Both our boys' and girls'
teams won the elementary cham-
pionship trophies for first place.
Timberlin Creek and Ocean Palms
Elementary schools came second
and third respectively in both the
boys' and girls' divisions. The com-
petition was fierce; some events had
50 or more students from eight local
elementary schools contending for
the prize medals.

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our awesome team of 140 students
(from grades kindergarten through
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the boys' relay team.
On Thursday, March 25 during
a school wide televised ceremony,
Principal Don Campbell presented
the huge first place trophies to the
boys' and girls' teams and congratu-
lated each athlete on their outstand-
ing effort.
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On Saturday, March 20, mem-
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hosted an Expo Booth at the 18th
annual St. Augustine Lighthouse
Festival. All during the day, they
met folks, answered questions and
handed out literature on boating

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member of the Auxiliary,
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those who are "kids at
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Inspired by a web search that
provided details about a pro-
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Marlene Patterson, along with
the other second grade teachers at
Cunningham Creek Elementary,
organized the sending of post
cards to injured soldiers. Their first
step was to contact Office Max,
one of CCE's business partners.
Together they went to work. Of-
fice Max donated the materials to
make oversized post cards and the
children did the rest. They wrote
and illustrated about the things
they know best with thoughts of
bringing joy to those who need it
the most.
While explaining the planned
activity to Office Max employee
Glenn Cross, a fascinating story
emerged. CCE students were
planning to send the handmade
post cards to soldiers at the United
States Military Hospital in Land-
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at which Cross' relative was recov-
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By Contributing Writer Betsy Beckham, Nease NJROTC Panther Navy Support Group

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celebrated their 17th annual Navy
Ball. The stage was set at the
Renaissance Resort at the World
Golf Village and the theme was
"Sail Away on Moonlit Seas." The
Nease Panther Navy Parent Support
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lous job in coordinating, decorating
and taking pictures to make this
night memorable for the cadets,
administration and guests. Cadets
looked outstanding in their service
dress blues and the young ladies in
their ballroom gowns. There were
237 in attendance.

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Captain Robert E. Young and
Karen Young; Lieutenant Peter C.
Mitalas and Emily Mitalas; Kyle
Dresback, principal; Gunnery Ser-
geant Duane Hanson and Michelle
Hanson; and Battalion Commander
Brendon Gregory and Jillian Hoxie.
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alas from the United States Navy
graduated from Allen D. Nease
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from the United States Naval Acad-
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executed by senior members of the
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Freshman: Count Mark Mengel
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Plant this, not that
By Contributing Writer Master Gardener Camille Hunter with Duval
County Extension, University of Florida/IFAS

Walking into a garden center
in spring is an awesome experience
for novice and master gardener
alike. The racks of beautiful flower-
ing plants are so intoxicating. Plant
retailers know blooming plants are
very appealing and they work hard
to provide plenty of them. Unfor-
tunately, many a head has been
turned by the beauty of a flower
that is fleeting, leaving behind an
unattractive plant or one that takes
over your yard or one that just
fades away. This kind of misfortune
can be avoided by using the same
tactic we use at the supermarket to
avoid impulse buying - the shop-
ping list.
Start with a little research.
Look at the place that will be
home to your purchases. Note
the size of the area, the amount of

sun and shade, whether the site is
mostly wet or mostly dry. Consider
whether you want annuals or pe-
rennials, what flower color, mature
size and bloom season. A library,
book store or online search can
help you uncover desirable plants
to fit your conditions. Remember,
not everything offered at garden
centers will fill your requirements
so do your research and ask ques-
To get you started, here is a
short list of plants to avoid and
substitutes that get rave reviews.
SPass on greenhouse-bred,
hybrid tea roses. Yes, they have
beautiful flowers, but many
are ridiculously needy and
look awful when not bloom-
ing. Instead, search out shrub
roses. The antique varieties are

dependable bloomers and need
little, if any, care.
* If you are a northern trans-
plant, move on from the lilacs,
forsythia and tulips you loved
back home. They need winter
cold to induce flowering and
though we just had a cold
winter, it is not normally cold
enough. Instead, plant beauti-
ful crape myrtle trees, colorful
azalea shrubs and giant amaryl-
lis bulbs, all of which flower
dependably every year.
* Bearded iris is another heart-
breaker. In theory they grow
here. In reality, they struggle
and often just fade away. Loui-
siana iris, however, are gorgeous
and all they need is plenty of
water. They are usually sold
as pond and bog plants but
they also do well in ordinary
* If you are looking for a flower-
ing vine avoid Japanese Honey-

suckle. It has lovely
white blooms but it
pops up everywhere
and will drive you
crazy. Plant Con-
federate Jasmine
jasminoides) instead,
a fast-growing, ver-
satile evergreen vine
that bears very fra-
grant white flowers.
SNeed a flowering
ground cover in full
sun? Don't be se- Hibiscu
duced by Wedelia. It but usuU
is a handsome plant bloome
with lots of yellow
flowers but it takes about four
feet of concrete to stop it from
marching across your yard.
Beach Sunflower (Helianthus
debilis) is a better-behaved
choice-a sun-loving, spread-
ing perennial that also produces
pretty yellow flowers.

Shrubs may freeze back in winter
ally grow back and are dependable
For plant information on-
line, www.floridata.com is a great
resource. Enter a plant name in the
search box, for example "wede-
lia" or enter a plant type, such as
"ground cover." Then click on a
plant name to bring up its profile.
Happy hunting!

Nease art students win awards
By Contributing Writer Donna Mancini,Vice President, Nease IB Booster Club

Five Nease High School
students won awards at the fifth
annual All County High School
Art Show:
Alex Zastera, first place, Drawing
Color, King and I
Allison Perna, first place, Draw-
ing Black and White, Self
Luke Williams, second place,
Drawing Color, Man with
Many Thoughts
Sierra Hostetter, second place,
Clay, Majolica Vase
Erin Ray, third place, Mixed
Media, Dancing.
In all, 24 Nease students have
artwork displayed in the show. Za-
stera, Williams and Ray are among
members of the International Bac-
calaureate (IB) Art class.
Winners were selected by local
artists and art experts, Jan Miller
and Kurt Bowman, from over
200 entries. Art work categories
included drawing, painting, digital
art, photography, ceramics/pot-
tery, jewelry, sculpture and mixed

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Street in
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Artwork by Alex Zastera for the St. Augustine Sister
Cities Association cultural exchange art contest.

the end of March.
Additionally, Kathryn Hill
and Zastera, both IB Art students,
were selected winners of the St.
Augustine Sister Cities Associa-
tion cultural exchange art contest.
The contest submissions depicted

historical, social, cultural and
esthetic importance of St. Augus-
tine. Their winning artwork will be
displayed in St. Augustine's sister
city ofAviles, Spain, for one year,
after which it will tour Florida as a
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I Organic Lifestyles

By Molly McKinney

When you think of the or-
ganic movement, emphasis seems
to be on saving Mother Earth,
protecting the rainforests and stay-
ing green, all of which conjure up
the connotation that being organic
means saving plant life. But there's
one very important component
that's often missing in the popular
movement to save the world: the
animals. If we don't take care of
the food chain, the food chain
won't take care of us. It's easy to
overlook since the most we come
in contact with animals are our
domestic pets and whatever we see
at the zoo. The thought of sav-
ing a specific type of grass for one
species of herd animals somewhere
distant in Africa doesn't normally
have us reaching for a wallets for
However, recent research has
shown that our impacts on the
earth and the subsequent negative
domino-effect it's having on our
animal life as well as plant life is
eventually going to come around
to us and hit humans hard. Much
of our basis of living, such as con-
sumer goods, food and even our
climate, depends on animals such
as fish, horses, cows, etc. If the cur-
rent trends continue and animal
habitat is further lost, we could
be facing major scale-backs in our
What does this all have to do

with the herd of animals in Africa?
There's a theory called the but-
terfly effect, where literally, "a but-
terfly who bats its wings in Florida
causes a tsunami in China." Basi-
cally, small, seemingly innocuous
events on one side of the world can
have devastating effects on the op-
posite side of the globe before we
even realize what happened.
So, for instance, let's say we
Americans decide to get rid of
all the cicadas that come around
every seven years because they are
annoying. When they emerge, we
spray them all and ensure they
won't come back ever again. Con-
sequently, every seven years we do
not have the benefit of the insects
aerating and rotating the earth
under our crops, which causes
them to suffer. In addition, the
birds and rodents that feed on the
feast of nymphs when they emerge
no longer have this periodic food
supply and turn to our crops and
earthworms, slowly depleting those
sources. While this particular ex-
ample will take several decades to
start noticing, eventually the im-
pact will be felt and the seemingly
innocent act of destroying a pest
will take its toll. Other deleterious
interventions with the food chain
can have more immediate and dire
consequences for us.
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We all must learn to live together
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Professional pet sitting is an
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Pet sitters also provide important
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An EPIC Celebration of Spring
Flower & Garden Expo is here!
Did this past cold winter get seminars during the lecture series
your yard brown and down? Mark and the Garden Club of St. Augus-
your calendars for the upcoming tine will be presenting their annual
15th annual Flower and Garden Flower and Horticulture show with
Expo to be held on Saturday, April the theme of "Yesterday, Today and
17 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tomorrow." Also, the beautiful
and Sunday, April 18 from 10:00 quilt show sponsored by the Piece
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the St. Johns Makers Guild will be returning to
County Agricultural Center. the Expo. Food and beverages will
A popular event in northeast be available for purchase both days.
Florida, the Flower and Garden Tickets are $5 for a two-day
Expo will delight gardeners of all pass and children under 11 admit-
ages with growers, nurseries and ted free. There is plenty of free
artisans from around the state parking on site. Be sure to hold on
offering shoppers every item to to your entry pass for free admis-
make your garden all it can be! sion to EPIC's
This year's show features a variety "A Taste of St. Augustine" on
of vendors bringing a wide array Saturday, April 24.
of horticulture including tomato, To get to the Flower and Gar-
pepper, eggplant starters, olive den Expo, from Interstate 95, take
trees, African violets, anthuriums exit #318 and head west on State
(the "love flower"), bamboo, Road 16. Then take an immediate
colorful flowering plants, butter- left on County Road 208, followed
fly plants, native plants and more by the next left on Agricultural
plus gardening accessories and art. Drive to the end of road: 3125
Everything needed to restart and Agricultural Center Drive.
enhance gardens will be available at Proceeds from the Expo will
the Expo. benefit EPIC Community Services,
Gardening experts such as gar- serving St. Johns County families
dening authors Tom MacCubbin for 37 years. For additional infor-
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S. a movie that teaches a lesson about
that pillar, complete a hands on ac-
tivity and have a related snack. We
believe that the Character Counts!
program makes a positive differ-
ence in the children's behavior.
In March, the second grade
classes viewed a video entitled "The
Six Pillars of Character: Trustwor-
thiness, featuring the Popcorn Park
Puppets." This video shows how
honesty, integrity and other aspects
of being a trustworthy person lead
to good friendships and positive
interpersonal relationships. The
Rebecca Trimmer, currently an intern at Julington Creek, with some of students then broke into smaller
the second grade students, groups and the children created
In keeping with the St. Johns Paula Cervone, Candace Boldin a medallion writing and drawing
County School District and Jul- and Dian McLeod meet monthly about what trustworthy means to
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Q. Please tell me about my
china orb. It is marked "To Com-
memorate the Crowning of Queen
Elizabeth the Second, June 2,
1953" and on the bottom "Min-
ton, Made in England, Limited
Issue of 600 of which this is No.
117."- P.S., Orangedale

A. The famous pottery was
founded by Thomas Minton in
Stoke-On-Trent in 1793. Minton
bone china became very popular
during the Victorian period after
the firm displayed its products at
a large exhibition in London in
1851. Minton won the commis-

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sion to make The Queen's Vase for
the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth
II in 1953. The factory seized the
opportunity and made many sou-
venirs. Minton was bought out by
Royal Doulton in 1968. It would
retail for about $70.

Q. My husband inherited this
Charles Lindberg ashtray from his
grandmother. The airplane is an
ashtray sitting on a round top em-
bossed with a map, with a cigarette
and a match holder. The legs are
shaped like a propeller. I would like
to know more about it, includ-
ing its -
- C.P.,

It has
to do

berg, who flew to fame when he
made the first solo transatlantic
flight from New York to Paris
in May 1927. This smoke stand
portrays a map of the Pacific
Ocean. The map appears to show
the early transpacific routes used
by the Clipper flying-boat airliners
operated by Pan American Airways
beginning in 1935, inaugurated by
the airline's founder Juan Trippe. I
cannot identify the manufacturer.
It may have been used in Pan Am
offices or sold as a commemorative
item. It is a unique piece of Ameri-
can aviation history and would
retail for around $900.

Have a question about antiques?
Send a detailed description and at
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are fine as long as they are clear
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will not be returned so no S.A.S.E.
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of several months for answers to
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Submitted by Jackie Valyou
Helping Hands of St. Johns
County will be meeting on Friday,
April 30 at 12:00 noon at Faith
Community Church Community
Center, located on County Road
210 West next to Cimarrone. The
group will be assembling Mothers
Day Baskets for the women at the
Betty Griffin House (a shelter for
abused and battered women). This
is the third year Helping Hands
has made the day a little brighter
for the women in transitional
housing. This year Winn Dixie has
donated pretty pink tote bags that
will be filled with new clothes and
cosmetics. Donations of new cloth-
ing, especially pajamas, slippers,
robes and nightgowns would be
appreciated. For further informa-
tion. please contact MsSue27@aol.
On April 25, several members
will be coordinating an afternoon
bingo party for Nielsen Organ
Transplant Foundation at the
Mayo Clinic for organ transplant
survivors and their families. April is
Donate Life Month for organ do-
nation and the group would like to
encourage everyone to become an
organ donor through either their
driver's license or online at www.
Helping Hands members
recently held a garage sale with
proceeds benefiting the makeover
room they are doing for a one year
old disabled girl and her 13 year
old sister in St. Johns County.
They wish to thank everyone who
generously donated merchandise
for the sale which was held at Faith
Community Church. The group
also made several Easter Baskets
which were sent to the Mandarin
Food Bank for the children.
Helping Hands meets the last

Friday of the month at Faith Com-
munity Church Community Cen-
ter. The group is not affiliated with
the church and is non-denomina-
tional. Anyone is welcome to join.
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

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while animals take in oxygen and
produce carbon dioxide provid-
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Having a variety of plants in the
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Keep up those water changes.
Small water changes twice a week
will remove nitrates from the wa-
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DCE fourth graders win regional Odyssey of
the Mind
By Contributing Writer Jeralyn Forcier

On Saturday, February 27
six teams ranging from second to
fifth grade from Durbin Creek
Elementary School competed in
the regional Odyssey of the Mind

tournament in a variety of divi-
sions. Congratulations goes out to
the fourth grade team who placed
first in their division and will now
advance to the state competition at

the University of Central Florida in
Orlando on April 10.
The winning Durbin Creek
"Lunch Bunch" team members
include Alex Bilbrey, Chase Rocker,
Ryan Campbell, Abigail Pelger,
Alexis Coullias, Jake Forcier, Bailey
McLaren and coaches Kristin
Rocker and Robin Campbell.
Part drama festival, part sci-
ence fair, the Odyssey of the Mind
is an international educational
program that provides creative
problem-solving opportunities for
students ranging from kindergarten
through college age. Students apply
their creativity to solving problems
that range from building mechani-
cal devices or delicate structures
that bear unlikely amounts of
weight, to presenting their own
interpretation of scientific prin-
ciples or literary classics in the
form of skits and other imaginative

The Zone Cheer All-Stars
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the 2010 National Cheer
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13 and 14. Coaches Jes-
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thrilled with how well
the team performed,
especially considering
this is their first year!
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(ARA) - Avocado and harvest Sense: Whether you prefer
gold bring back memories of the scented candles, dim lighting or
70s-but what colors will spring cozy rugs to accent your home,
and summer of 2010 bring to our stimulating all the senses is a key
homes? style component in 2010. Com-
"As the economy continues prised of soft colors, the sense
to work its way out of a recession, trend will swaddle and soothe the
there will be less spending on new soul. It engages all five senses as it
items and more repurposing of ex- mixes textures, scents and patterns
isting items throughout the home," throughout the home. This trend
says Donna Schroeder of spray also focuses on the details, allowing
paint manufacturer Krylon. "A you to make a statement with even
great way to breathe new life into the smallest elements. Colors in the
these old objects is with spray paint sense palette include Pacific Purple,
in one of the year's hottest colors." Morning Mist, Hyacinth, Celery,
Nature, collections, senses Jade and Sand.
and symbols will be the drivers for Nurture: As concern for the
paint trends in 2010, says Schro- environment continues to play a
eder. These main drivers are in- large role in home design and dec-
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to blend into the other to create a toward smaller spaces. They're also
cohesive look and feel throughout buying less and repurposing more.
your space. The four stylish color To complement this eco-conscious-
themes found in the 2010 trend ness and the shrinking of carbon
palette are: footprints, indoor design and decor

Two-day-a-week watering restrictions resume
By Contributing Writer Teresa H. Monson, St. Johns River Water Management District

Coinciding with the return to
daylight saving time on Sunday,
March 14, landscape irrigation is
now allowed up to two days a week
after 4:00 p.m. and before 10:00
a.m. across the 18 counties within
the St. Johns River Water Manage-
ment District. Under the restric-
tions adopted in March 2009,
landscape irrigation is limited to
two days a week during daylight
saving time and one day a week
during Eastern Standard Time,
which resumes November 7, 2010.
The restrictions were put in
place to ensure the efficient use of
water for lawn and landscape ir-
rigation. Among the most impor-
tant ways to help meet Florida's
water supply needs for today and
the future is through conservation.
Watering wisely promotes healthier
lawns and landscapes and conserves
Florida's water resources.
The district and local govern-
ments with ordinances implement-
ing the district's rule can enforce
the restrictions. Thirty-six local
governments in northeast and cen-

tral Florida have enacted ordinanc-
es implementing the district's rule,
and the list of those local govern-
ments is available on the district's
website at www.floridaswater.
Subject to certain exceptions,
landscape irrigation is now limited
to the following days:
SWednesday and Saturday for
residential landscape irrigation at
addresses that end in an odd num-
ber or have no address
* Thursday and Sunday for
residential landscape irrigation
at addresses that end in an even
* Tuesday and Friday for nonresi-
dential landscape irrigation
Other components of the
restrictions include:
* No irrigation is allowed be-
tween 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
* Irrigation is limited to 34 inch
of water per irrigation zone and
to no more than one hour per
irrigation zone on each day that
irrigation occurs.

The landscape irrigation re-
strictions apply to water withdrawn
from ground or surface water, from
a private well or pump or from a
public or private water utility. The
use of reclaimed water is not lim-
ited unless a local government has
adopted a landscape irrigation ordi-
nance that restricts the reclaimed
water use of its customers.
The restrictions apply to all
landscape irrigation not currently
regulated by a consumptive use
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and wonder of the environment
into your home with colors found
in natural elements. Colors in
the nurture palette include Fern,
Meringue, Terra Cotta, River Rock,
Mountain View and Cloud.
Symbol: A love of architectural
shapes and details from the past
help fuel the trend of symbols in
2010. Moody and complex colors
are integral to this palette, allowing
design elements from yesteryear to

resurface in modern-day homes.
Look for accents with a historical
look and feel to complement the
dramatic hues and elegant feel of
this trend. Spray paint colors in
the symbol palette include Al-
mond, Cherry Red, Navy, Ivy Leaf,
Leather Brown and Castle Rock.
Sojourn: The beauty and won-
der from across the world can be a
great place to derive inspiration for
your home. By combining mean-
ingful objects from your personal
travels with rich, globally inspired

colors you can showcase your be-
longings as a masterful collection.
This trend allows you to tell a story
of your past travels and experiences
through your home decor. Col-
ors in the sojourn palette include
Bahama Sea, Burgundy, Peek-a-boo
Blue, Blonde Shimmer, Niagara
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Seek safety when purchasing energy-efficient
home appliances

(ARA) - Have government or
manufacturer rebate programs en-
ticed you to purchase a new home
appliance, like a clothes washer
or refrigerator? Or are you simply
in the market to upgrade? Before
purchasing any major appliance,
it's important to consider all your
options before you make a final
According to an October 2009
survey commissioned by Under-
writers Laboratories (UL), a leading
independent safety testing organiza-
tion, one in five homeowners who
are involved in purchasing deci-
sions independently reported they
are likely to buy a large household
appliance in the new year. That
number increased to one in four
upon hearing that states may offer
cash back for purchasing an energy-
efficient appliance during 2010.
"As today's appliance technol-
ogy continues to advance, it is
now, more than ever, critical to

consider safety when purchasing tions strangely-be suspicious. This
these items," says Simin Zhou, vice is a likely indicator to replace the
president and general manager, UL's problem appliance or at least have it
Appliances, HVAC/R and Compo- inspected by a licensed technician.
nents business unit. "Energy effi- 4. Follow preventative mainte-
ciency is an important attribute, but nance measures: Lack of preventa-
family safety also needs to be part of tive maintenance is a contributing
the decision-making process." factor to some appliance malfunc-
Five tips can be used to help as- tions and fires. Simple ways to keep
sess whether your current appliances your appliances in peak perfor-
are safe for continued use and help mance include never overloading
you to make smart decisions when the clothes washer; periodically re-
purchasing new appliances: moving debris from the dishwasher
1. Read the owners' manual or filter; and immediately unplugging
users' guide: These resources pro- the vacuum cleaner and dislodging
vide essential information to keep items that should not have been
you safe. picked up.
2. Only use as intended: Using 5. Look for safety certification:
appliances for activities other than Safety certifications, such as the UL
what they are designed for can pose Mark, confirm a product has been
serious risks. The clothes dryer tested and certified to meet the
should only be used for fabrics and highest standard in safety.
an oven should not be used to heat To learn more about 2010
the home. state rebate programs, and to find
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To compile the findings and
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last quarter of 2009. According to
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1. Shaker style kitchen design
2. Maple and alder cabinetry
3. Quartz countertops
4. Pull-down/pull-out kitchen
5. Polished chrome finishes
6. Under-counter refrigerator
7. Dishwasher drawers for small
8. Marble vanity tops
9. Integrated sink tops, drop-in
sinks, vessel sinks and pedestal
10. Bronze and stainless steel

Making a big statement
throughout the kitchen in 2010 is
the addition of functional drawer
appliances. One such example,
which has been specified by nearly
a third of NKBA's kitchen de-
signers, is modern refrigeration
technology. Turning convenience
into a luxury, under-counter refrig-
erated drawers feature adjustable
horizontal and vertical dividers to
keep frequently used items close
at hand. Perfect for the ultimate
entertainer, refrigerated drawers are
quite roomy, typically tall enough
to store a two liter bottle and wide
enough to hold items such as serv-
ing trays and pizza boxes.
If you're tired of running the
dishwasher when it's only half-full,
consider installing a dishwasher
drawer. Because it's independently
operated, you can wash small loads
as economically as large ones. Plus,
the extra flexibility to run cycles si-
multaneously with your traditional
dishwasher makes clean-up quicker
and easier, explaining why nearly
a third of designers are incorporat-
ing this new trend into kitchens,
as well.
Another popular element to
include in the kitchen in 2010 is
a pull-down or pull-out faucet.

Utilized by 85 percent of kitchen
designers, it's an easy way to make
a design statement at the kitchen
sink while increasing functionality.
Granite is the dominant mate-
rial chosen for vanities in current
remodels-used by seven of every
eight designers-however, in 2010
alternative natural materials, like
marble, will continue to grow in
According to NKBA, just un-
der half of bathroom designers uti-
lize marble, as it provides a sophis-
ticated look that's reminiscent of
Roman baths with its regal, refined
detail that exudes a sense of luxury.
Plus, marble countertops provide a
stain-resistant, water-resistant, rug-
ged and durable surface-ideal for
child-friendly bathrooms or homes
with just one bathroom that see a
lot of traffic throughout the day.
NKBA also forecasts that inte-
grated sink tops will be a popular
choice this year, as you can easily
use existing items to achieve this
look. By adding a sink into an an-
tique dresser or chest, designers are
creating one-of-a-kind vanities for
nearly 30 percent of all clients.
Polished chrome finishes are
another bathroom design trend
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trying to stretch their pennies by
making their homes more energy-
efficient. Green homes save money
and help the environment, but if
you have already invested in en-
ergy-efficient appliances, what else
can be done?
Many homeowners don't real-
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a contributor to a home's energy-
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Researchers tested the carpets,
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against three common types of
flooring-laminate, ceramic tile
and engineered hardwood. The
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"Carpeted floors provide
insulative properties in the home,"
says Rick Ramirez, vice president
of sustainability for Shaw Floors.
"In addition to its energy-saving
aspect, the warmth and softness of
carpet create a more comfortable
living environment. Plus, carpet
offers sound dampening benefits,
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dence of the world standing still; the kitchen while Krissy did some
I returned to quite a mess at the organizing in an upper cabinet.
breakfast table! But whatever the The problem was, he didn't agree
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year old. In the past, it's been easy to know, "Is he too young to know
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to keep a kid happy!
Attention spans of little ones
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I may expect my five year old to
play quietly for 15-20 minutes, but
if our little one year old is quiet for
even five minutes I start to wonder
what she is up to! Krissy was being
wise with Landon and had toys
for him right beside her where she
could keep an eye on him while
working a bit on her task.
So if a little one has a full
tummy, clean diaper, had Mommy
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to Mamma but is still pitching a
fit... then what?
Tell the cutie pie what he's do-
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can't talk yet, but they understand a
whole lot more than we give them
credit for. I like to get down on
their eye level or pick them up in
my arms and look them in the eye.
"Landon," she might say, "Mommy
is going to clean off this shelf then

we'll sit together for some play
time! Here, play with your stack-
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Then I'd hurry up and get to a
stopping point with my chore
and keep my word to him about
playing together. Next I'd do a few
more minutes on my cleaning job
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time, we may read a book or share a
snack. The goal is to introduce him
to the concept of playing alone in
small increments, adding time as he
gets older and used to it.
There are some things that
must be done, even when your
adorable little one (and most likely
you!) would rather be playing. It's
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end in a positive way; save the swats
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One closing thought: when my
sister calls, I put everything on hold
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Contact us for more information.
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Celebration Church ofJax S Campus
Services at Bartram Trail H.S.
Phone: (904)-737-1121
Celebration Lutheran Church
810 Roberts Road
Phone: 230-2496
Christ Church UMC
Services at Mill Creek Elem. School
Phone: 669-8766
Christ the Redeemer Church - WGV
Services at Renaissance Resort &
Convention Center
Phone: (904) 940-0943
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Services at Comfort Suites WGV
Phone: 803-2287
Creekside Christian Church
92 Lifespring Way
Phone: 287-2777
Cross Creek Church, PCA
401 Greenbriar Rd.
CrossPoint Church
Services at Mill Creek Elem.
Phone: 230-0316
Edgewater Church
Services @ Pacetti Bay Middle School
Faith Community Church
3450 CR210
Phone: 287-3223
Fruit Cove Baptist Church
501 State Road 13 North
Phone: 287-0996

San Juan del R
Church will present
cert featuring the H
with special guests
Megan Chan and Ji
to be held on Sund
at 2:00 p.m. with a
follow. The program
Broadway and insp
Suggested donation
person or $25 per f
ervations, please cal

St. Patrick's EF
Church will host td
nual "May Day" ev
day, May 1 from 9
1:00 p.m. at the ch
at 1221 State Road
fundraiser, which i
public, will benefit
outreach ministries
children's ministrie
grounds of the chu
will feature art and
home based busine
vegetables and refri
goods sold will be
used. We are currei
for vendors with u
made specialty iten
fresh market items.
information, please
Faunce at gloryb65
or 217-0677. Spac

Geneva Presbyterian Church
1755 State Road 13
Phone: 287-4865
Julington Creek Church of Christ
1630 State Road 13 North
Phone: (904) 230-3332
Liberty Baptist Church
1295 Roberts Road
Mill Creek Baptist Church
6019 State Road 16
Phone: 940-3130
New Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church
7211 County Road 208
Phone: 827-1600
Orangedale Baptist Church
6320 State Road 13 N
Orangedale, FL 32092
Our Lady Good Counsel
Catholic Church
5950 SR 16
Phone: 940-1023
Point of Grace Church
Services at Fruit Cove M.S.
Phone: 568-7642
Providence Bible Church
Services at Outback Crab Shack
Phone: 333-5852
Providence Community Church
Services at Creekside High School
Phone: 891-3633
Radiant Family Church
1515 CR-210, Suite 105
(904) 230-7789
Resurrection PEC BCP1928
163 PalenciaVillage Dr., Ste. 104
Phone: 657-8316

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River of Life UMC
2600 Race Track Road
Phone: 230-2955
Riverdale Community United
Methodist Church
1028 CR 13 South
(904) 824-4050
San Juan Del Rio
Catholic Church
1714 State Road 13
Phone: 287-0519
St. Francis in-the-Field
Episcopal Church
895 Palm Valley Road (CR210)
Phone: 543-0112
St. Patricks Episcopal Church
1221 State Road 13
Phone: 287-2807
St. Johns Community Church
Services at: Fruit Cove Middle Sch.
St. Johns Vineyard
Services at Timberlin Creek Eem.
555 Pine Tree Lane
Phone: 284-3326
Swiss Cove Christian Church
1965 State Road 13
Phone: 287-5795
Switzerland Community Church
2179 State Road 13
Phone: 287-0330
Unity Church for Creative Living
2777 Race Track Road
The Village Church of WGV
4229 Pacetti Road
Phone: 940-6768
Wards Creek Baptist Church
7730 County Road 13 North
Phone: 522-0128

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io Catholic Federation's Shalom Jackson-
t a Spring Con- ville invites you to a Cumberland
Heritage Singers Island tour on Sunday, April 25,
Roger Ridente, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
im Goodell Captain Kevin McCarthy will
ay April 18 offer a narrated history of Amelia
reception to Island, Cumberland Island and
n will feature an added focus on the island's
rational songs. marine wildlife the area's color-
is are $10 per ful history. The cost is $25 for all
family. For res- adults, and $20 for children 12
11 287-0519. and under for individual tickets.
Goodie bags and a drink will be
episcopal provided by Shalom Jacksonville.
he second an- You may bring a bag lunch or
vent on Satur- dine in one of the area's restau-
:00 a.m. until rants following the tour. The boat
lurch, located is handicap accessible, pet-friend-
13. This ly and bathroom-equipped and
s open to the has a shade canopy. Please bring a
St. Patrick's hat if you are sun sensitive. A car
S, the churches caravan will meet at the JCA at
*s and the 10:00 a.m. in the school parking
rch. May Day lot to the right as you enter the
craft vendors, JCA (8505 San Jose Boulevard).
sses, plants, Please RSVP by sending a check
eshments. All to Jacksonville Jewish Federa-
"new" and not tion, 8505 San Jose Boulevard,
ntly looking Jacksonville, FL 32217 or you
nique hand- can register online at jewishjack-
ns, plants or sonville.org. For more informa-
For vendor tion, please contact Isabel Balotin
e contact Glory at 448-5000 x 206 from Monday
i@comcast.net through Thursday.
e is limited.

Faith Corner
By Contributing Writer Rev. Dale William Kaster, Celebration Lutheran Church

Taithi andAWorship


Financial classes scheduled

Financial Peace University, a
13-week life-changing program
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make the right money decisions
will be held beginning April 12
at Geneva Presbyterian Church.
The program, designed by Dave
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they include practical lessons
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April 12 is free.
Geneva Presbyterian Church
is located at 1755 State Road 13,
just north of Roberts Road. For
more information, please call the
church office at 287-4865.

What in the world is going
on? Such a question is an attempt
to make sense out of a senseless
situation. But at times it is a great
question! Things are very busy
at Celebration Lutheran Church
lately and we want to share with
our neighbors what is happening
and to invite them to participate in
our life of faith.
Recently, we have had a num-
ber of neighbors who aren't a part
of our church add their helping
hands to Christ's Cupboard Food
Pantry and, along with that we still
are overwhelmed with the "good
drive-bys" that leave food and
drink for those less fortunate. Due
to the overwhelming need, we are
setting up a new area in the church
for people to come and gather from
our shelves. We hope it will be a
nice change for our visitors. For
the helping hands and the helping
gifts we cannot say "Thank you!"
enough. As we have always said,
please feel free to stop by any time
and we would love to share with
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In the month of May we are
sending a group of 10 volunteers
to do a week's worth of work in a
Zulu village in South Africa. This
will be our pastor's fourth trip and
some of our members' second trip
and we are excited to bring a whole
new group of people to this work.
This year we will be doing some
finishing work on a center that
the village Lutheran church has
built to aid the community as well
as building a playground of sorts
called a sonke. This is comprised
of partially buried tires and balance
beams-all brightly colored-that
help the developmentally delayed
children of the village. If you
would like to know more about
our work, visit www.hhafrica.com/
In the month of March our
church joined the brotherhood of
many different denominations that
use the Stephen Ministry Series.
We have just begun our 50 hours
of training that will prepare the
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have finished that training, our
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anyone, not merely our members.
Installation of our ministers will
be on June 27 and we want all
people of our area to know that we
are here to share the love of Christ
with the hurting.
Finally towards the end of
June our annual Vacation Bible
School will be held for children
with the theme, "Planet Zoom
- Bee Bold. Bee-lieve. Be HIS."
Using bees and bee hives we will be
encouraging the children to play a
big part in God's big world.
We pray that your world is
busy with all good stuff too!

Editor's Note: Faith Corner is
a new monthly feature at The
CreekLine. We invite leaders of all
NW St. Johns County area places
of worship to submit an article for
a future issue. Please email editor@
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Gabby Gator's Fishing News

Joey Bradley and Joseph Pacetti with
Creek: 2 keeper Specks, approximate

Hey Gabby Gator fans, let's
talk about ugly things that you've
pulled out of the water. Every fish-
erman has caught an unexpected
surprise. You feel the familiar tug,
the pole bends and you reel it up
and you think, "At least I was not
skunked today!" only to find, at the
end of that line, an American Eel.
Actually the American Eel is
considered to be a delicacy and
you to can catch one right out of
the St. Johns River. Asian markets

often use it
as sushi. It
tends to be
too bony for
' - American
S n. however. Eels
w. ere a very
food source
for immi-
grants cross-
ing Americas
from Ellis
i fish caught in Trout
ly one pound each Spawn-
ing is still not
well understood but very fascinat-
ing. The fish head to the Sargasso
Sea to spawn. The eggs hatch into
a leaf shape larva that drifts with
the currents. Eels are predators that
feed on insects, crustaceans. Eels are
known to live as long as 43 years.
So watch out, you fisherman of the
St. Johns, you never know what's
on the end of your Ugly Stik.
Gabby Gator's weather: Come on
Catches of the month:

Joey Bradley and Joseph Pacetti:
Two keeper Specks, one pound
Tim Mitchell and Jim Mitchell:
Six keeper specks
Gene Hamon: Two black bass,
four pounds each; one red bass,
six pounds
Don Davis: Six cats off the dock
at Pacetti's Fish Camp, two
pounds each
Gabby Gator's fishing tip: Get a
fishing license.
Gabby Gator's boating safety tip:
Its been a long winter; don't
forget to flush out old gas
and put new in for summer.
Gabby Gator's trivia: What is the
state and world record for an
American Eel?
Please send your answers to
'Til next month, keep it be-
tween the lily pads and catch 'em up!

New frequent golfer program to benefit
neighborhood schools

The Champions Club at
Julington Creek Plantation and

simply fills in the name of their
neighborhood school and the cred-

My wife is a first grade t
in St. Johns County and

sister course Windsor Parke Golf it will be sent to the school. The St. about budget cuts and 1;
Club have a new frequent player Johns County school that generates raises the past couple ye
F I RST COAST program for golf enthusiasts. The the most card sales by the end of Champions Club has al,
Ay A new "Champions Card" program the 2009 - 2010 school year will to support and help our
A le rgI y and A st hm a debuted in March. have the use of The Champions schools, something we h
NW St. Johns County schools Club golf course for an afternoon proud to do for the past
are helping to get the word out this summer to host a fund raising So, if you are a freq
I g about this new program and in golf tournament, with no fees for be sure to check out the
return The Champions Club will use of the golf course! pions Card" and help yc
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W e C a n H e P ons Card" for $49, the customer believe this to be a win - win offer.
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Haitian diary of a first responder
By Contributing Writer John A. Davis III, PMD

This diary is a firsthand ac-
count of my 14 day deployment
to Haiti. I was pleased to deploy
with a Disaster Medical Assistance
Team Florida Four (DMAT FL-4),
which is part of the Department
of Health and Human Services
National Disaster Medical System
(NDMS). The purpose of DMAT
teams is to provide medical care
during a disaster or other events.
My role within the team structure
is to operate as a paramedic. I also
work full time as a lieutenant with
the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue
Department. January 23 (Day 1):
Many meetings! We were given
last minute vaccinations and anti-
malaria treatments. Word is that
conditions on the ground in Haiti
are terrible.
January 24 (Day 2): We de-
ployed on Haiti's only golf course.
A tent city of approximately
50,000 had sprung up. The air
is heavy with smoke and smells
from the burning of trash and the

incineration of bodies. We had
one triage tent and one medical
tent. Our host the 82nd Airborne
Division provides protection as we
provide aid.
January 25 (Day 3): I went
out on a four hour foot patrol. It
was very hilly with difficult terrain.
Gear is very heavy. Treated many
injured. In the evening, I assisted
the main medical treatment tent.
The combination of smoke and
dehydration gave me a terrible
January 26 (Day 4): Treated
dozens of injured on am patrol.
Sanitation conditions are terrible;
trash, debris and human waste
is everywhere. In the evening, I
visited four hospitals and clinics
with the 82nd. Weary doctors and
nurses are doing their best. Many
January 27 (Day 5): At 0230
hours, I was summoned by a sen-
try. Assisted a doctor and delivered
a baby. Amazingly, the woman

wanted to return
to her tent a half
hour after her de-
livery. I worked
in triage for the
* rest of the day.
January 28
(Day 6): Arose
at 0400 hours.
Led a foot patrol.
Temperature is
the mid 90s. I
feel I am in my
element working
with a dedicated
work of profes-
sionals. Returned
to base after our
four mile patrol.
S.. Very tired.
January 29
(Day 7): Today
was the busi-
est. We treated over 100 pediatric
patients, mostly fever, vomiting
and nausea. The phrase "treat and
street" is all too real in Haiti.
January 30 (Day 8): Assigned
to an outreach team. Went by
truck and visited outlying areas.
We treated many patients and
brought back one woman to be
evaluated by the team's surgeon.
January 31 (Day 9): A slower
day today in devoutly catholic
Haiti. Some of the DMAT mem-
bers and many soldiers are becom-
ing sick with nausea, vomiting and
diarrhea. Team visits to outreach
areas had to be canceled. I devel-
oped an irritating cough known as
the "Haitian Hack."
February 1 (Day 10): Arose at
0500 hours and was assigned to the
main medical tent. An Israeli medi-
cal team came by. This gave me an
opportunity to inquire about their
procedures and equipment. This
evening I provided security detail

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pretty hard.
February 2 (Day 11): News
reached us that teams in Petionville
are to demobilize. I agreed to stay
longer to assist an international
team recovering bodies at the
devastated Hotel Montana. After a
difficult day, my team left. Another
paramedic from Pennsylvania and I
stayed behind.
February 3 (Day 12): Awoke
at 0400 hours then went to provide
force protection for the interna-
tional search team at the rubble
which was once the Hotel Mon-
tana. Between the smell of human
decomposition, the burning of
trash and us, it will take a long
time to clear my sense of smell.
February 4 (Day 13): I didn't
sleep well. We boarded a cattle
truck at 0630 hours to ride out
to the airport. Our plane finally
took off at 1330 hours. When we
arrived in Washington D.C., I was
looking forward to good food, a
hot shower and comfortable bed.
February 5 (Day 14): What a
wonderful night's sleep! My flight
home is not until later with a
layover. I can't wait to get home to
Amy and my two girls. I will arrive
at 1600 hours.
Epilogue: The Haitian experi-
ence will stay with me for the rest
of my life. We operated under very
difficult conditions and an altered
standard of care. This was the first
ever National Disaster Medical
System/DMAT on an international
The camaraderie that exists
when a team gels is like no other
feeling. As with previous missions,
this one was filled with many
bumps in the road.
What impacted me the most
was the courage, stoicism and
friendly spirit of the people of
Haiti. I truly hope that the desper-
ately needed help for the Haitian
people continues long after our
newspapers, movie celebrities and
television reporters have their inter-
est diverted elsewhere.
Every deployment reminds me

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am grateful for the opportunity to
help as many individuals and fami-
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BTHS Happenings
Are block classes returning to
Bartram Trail High School?
By Tyler Shine, BTHS Student

As most students at Bartram
Trail High School are now familiar
with, the block system of classes
was recently eliminated by admin-
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decision, but rather a financial
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clining budget and the urgency
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taught with fewer teachers. This
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twice the amount of time on a
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of students. Though one could
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One of the negatives of not
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that the students in the previously
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the block structure been kept in
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As the month of March ends
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most, FCATs are officially and
completely over! Science? Check!
Math? Check! Reading and writ-
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Next we closes out March and
started the first week of April with
Spring Break. Students returned to
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We here at FCMS are a spir-
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is a clinic to help potential cheer-
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cheer and a dance. For the past
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Rounding out the month of
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AP students go to Driftwood, an
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April 12 through 14. Mrs. Kiefer
and Coach Howard will be coming
with us.
We get another great opportu-
nity to exercise our mental abilities
on April 28 and 29 during HOPS

(Hands On Problem Solving).
HOPS is a competition for teams
of four to six students. Students are
given a set of five "events" to com-
plete, all of which require "outside
the box" thinking and teamwork.
Points are given according to how
well the team completed the event.
The evens are kept very secret so

as to stop any teams from practic-
ing, as many events involve using
your hands. This will involve the
PACE/Pre-AP sixth through eighth
grade classes.
It looks like FCMS is still
going strong even after all the mad-
ness in March! Once again, thanks
to all the teachers, staff and outside
businesses that are always help-
ing to make FCMS a fun middle
school to attend! April is gonna be

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St. Johns County's 2009-2010
School-Related Employee of the
Year. Her selection was announced
at a reception held in mid-March
at First Coast Technical College.
Dennis was selected from among
37 nominees for her exemplary job
performance, dedication, interper-
sonal skills, leadership ability, train-
ing to upgrade skills and contri-
butions to the school and district
Dennis has worked for the
school district for the past 13 years.
She attends to the various medical
needs of the school's Exceptional
Student Education (ESE) students
and medically fragile population
and is a first responder to any
school crisis. Dennis helps train
other staff members in First Aid/
CPR and is always looking for op-
portunities to share her knowledge
and expertise.

The nominating committee
wrote of her selection, "When
looking for a candidate to repre-
sent what is best about our school,
we wanted to find someone who
genuinely cares about each and
every student. We wanted some-
one who always goes above and
beyond. This person should be
well-respected and admired by
school personnel, students, parents
and the community."
They added, "We wanted to
find someone who finds a way to
provide a safe and healthy learning
environment and removes obstacles
that might contribute to academic
difficulties. Was there someone
who contributes toward the aca-
demic success of our students while
addressing the needs of the whole
child? Absolutely! That person is
Patty Dennis."
Dennis's name has been for-
warded to the state where she will
compete at the regional level.

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Notes from the Pacetti Bay Media Center
By Contributing Writer Lynn Johnson, NBCT, Library Media Specialist, Pacetti Bay Middle School

I love spring. It is my favorite
time of year. This spring I was able
to see crocuses in Roanoke, for-
sythia in New York City and lots of
daffodils ready to bloom. Besides
physical signs of spring, I know
spring is here because this is when
new titles hit the shelves.
Our students are really good at
letting me know about new releases
that are part of a sequel. Therefore,
it was not a surprise when they
started stopping by in droves to
let know that Fang (fifth book in
the Maximum Ride series) was out.
Apparently it was also the spring
release date of the publishers and I
hit pay dirt. I have already begun

reading Sharon Draper's newest
book, out of my mind. I am very
intrigued by this book. It is only
the second one I have found that
has a protagonist with Cerebral
Palsy. I highly recommend it. It is
both heartbreaking and uplifting at
the same time.
I found a new book by one
of my favorite authors, Frances
O'Roark Dowell (SSYRA author),
fiz/llug in. Her book Chicken Boy
is very popular with our students.
Which brings me to my question,
before I go on, have you noticed
the trend lately of no capitalization
in titles? This really concerns me.
Students today are texting abbre-

Check out "lucky" May Day with
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By Contributing Writer Bob Gio, Bartram Bears Athletic Boosters

Bartram Bears Athletic Boost-
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Saturday, May 1 from 7:00 p.m.
to 12:00 midnight at the South
Hampton Amenity Center, located
on County Road 210. Everyone is
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each. There will be 20 cash prizes
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Included in the live auction
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the BTHS Class of 2010 gradu-
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viations but when they get into the
business world they are going to
need to write well? Are they going
to be able to capitalize properly?
Back to the great new books
I found. I feel like there was a
treasure trove for boys which is
unusual, the number for girls is
usually much higher. Wes Tooke
is a new author for middle school
students and his book Lucky:
Maris, Mantle and My Best Summer
Ever is just perfect for baseball fans.
Looks like an excellent story about
growing up as well as baseball. I
discovered The Looking Glass Wars
series through the third book: Arch
Enemy by Frank Beddor. This series
looks perfect for the boys reading
The Halo series. I am always on
the lookout for historical fiction
that ties in with our curriculum
and a new series, Boys of Wartime,
has its first book, Daniel at the
Siege ofBoston 1776. I can't wait to
read it. This is the author Laurie
Calkhoven's first fiction book.
March's highlight for story
hour was our read aloud by one of
our children, Emma Lasswell. She
did an amazing reading aloud We're
Going on a Bear Hunt substituting
lion for the bear. We also read the
Caldecott award winning book,
The Lion and the Mouse. The
children created their own story
together since it is told in pictures.
After the reading we creating lions
and lambs to tie in with March
comes in like a lion and goes out
like a lamb. We want to thank
Colton Carter for helping with the

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Bears tennis rocks the court
By Haven Lucas, BTHS Student

One of the other sports tak-
ing control of the courts here at
Bartram Trail is the girls' tennis
team. The girls got off to a "rocky
start," says team member Bailey
Morris, "because a few people were
unable to play in the first couple
of matches." However, the Bears
refused to give in and they have re-
cently been dominating their most
recent competition.
All this winning does not
come easily. The girls' tennis team
practices when ever they get a
chance. The group, however, has
two to three matches a week which
makes scheduling practices a little
difficult sometimes.
"It's unfortunate that this sea-
son we don't have time to practice
as much," explained Morris about
the team's busy schedule.
Practicing is not the only
way the Bartram Trail tennis team
prepares for a game. Another way
the girls help to prepare themselves
is to concentrate on their goals
and keep their mind on the game.
However, not only do they have
to be mentally prepared, but they
must also be physically prepared.
"I try to always get a good
night's sleep before a match," states
Getting a good night's sleep
and concentrating on the match

are good ways to prepare, but
what about getting pumped up
and excited for a match as well?
The Bartram Trail tennis team gets
pumped up by going out and hav-
ing team dinners.
The girls' tennis team also says
a chant before their matches: "We
shout 'B triple T do work' which
stands for Bartram Trail Tennis
Team," Morris continued.
On top of the team's chant,
each team member also has her
own way of pumping herself up.
"I usually jump up and down
at the baseline to help psych myself
up and to get out any pre-game
jitters," shared Morris.
The Bartram Trail girls' tennis
team started out with a rocky start;
however, as the season has pro-
gressed they have been dominating
the courts.
"We will hopefully get to
states," says Morris, who keeps a
positive mind and attitude about
the season and her new teammates.
So please come out and support
our girls' tennis team!
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and break-aways make sure that
there is never a dull moment in
No matter how this season
ends there will be a need for new
blood on the varsity lacrosse team
next year. Out of the 26 players on
the team 14 of them are seniors.
Add four additional juniors to this
and you get an enormous 18 up-
perclassmen on the lacrosse team.
In two years all but eight of the
current players will have graduated
and moved on leaving it up to the
JV team to carry the weight of the
future for CHS lacrosse, a JV team
which consists entirely of freshmen
and sophomores.
On the other side of the sport,
the girls' lacrosse team is having a
stellar season. With an 11-2 record,
the girls have acquired almost a
dozen wins. For eight of these 11
victories there has been no contest
as the CHS girls dominated by 10
points or more. Even more impres-
sive than the girls' ability to win
and keep winning is the girls' lack
of a varsity team. The girls' lacrosse
team is one big team that has a
pretty even spread of students from
all years. They don't dominate by
using experienced seniors but rely
on their own talent which is pulled
from freshmen and seniors alike.
Lacrosse, an ancient sport in a
young school which is developing
in our area with amazing success;
two teams with different spreads
and talents from one school.
Creekside! A brutal sport, a techni-
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VFA flag football Super Bowl Champs honored

Villages Football Association
(VFA) completed its inaugural flag
football season on March 7. Nearly
100 children participated in the
program, which started in Decem-
ber 2009. Practices were held at Pa-
cetti Bay Middle School and Mill
Creek Elementary School, with all
games being held at Pacetti Bay
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program next season to include
participants up to the age of 16
and continue to improve upon the
program offering.
Our congratulations go out
to all of the participants from this
season for a job well done. We
would like to recognize the Super
Bowl participants from each of the
two divisions. In the 7U division,
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the Super Bowl runners-up and
the Panthers were named the Super
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Creeks Cobras win big

Top: Kelsey Chisholm, Sarah Ragland, Maggie Borngesser, Madison
French, Madison Horner. Bottom: Autumn Brown, Samantha Terrano,
Hannah Giangasporo. Not pictured: Lauren Hutzel

Congratulations to the Creeks
Cobras, River City Basketball
League champions in the 14U
girls' division! The Creeks Cobras
roster includes girls from Swiss
Point Middle School and Lib-
erty Pines Academy who came
together to play as a strong team,

demonstrating natural skill and
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Creeks Cobras was the only team
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feated record. Parents and coaches
are proud of the hard work and
effort our girls put into this sea-
son. Next on the agenda will be
the AAU basketball tournaments
this spring, where the Cobras will
compete against some of the best
teams in the area.

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Fruit Cove Middle School celebrates a
great volleyball season!

What an exciting season to be a part of for both players and spectators.
The Fruit Cove volleyball teams had us on the edge of our seats the
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started and most had goals in a
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"We probably won't get
invited back on senior night any
time soon," adds coach Joe Byrns.
"We are starting to get recognized.
I will miss these boys; they are very
Seniors include Eric Bielefeldt,
Jake Bopst, Mike Casey, Matt
Dean, Nick Eden, Ryan Elliott,
Chris McCarron, Steven Rabon,
Pete Sather, Mike Sweeny, Mike
Vinski, Mike Walker and Mitch
The real story was in the
stands however, as the parents
went down memory lane and mar-
veled at just how far the lacrosse
program has come. From humble
beginnings, the Creekside team
has quickly improved to the top
levels of area lacrosse. Creekside
is known across the region as a
good travel team, with fans often
outnumbering the home team and
certainly making more noise than
Mike Sweeny, head cheer-
leader said, "I may even have to
come back and lead cheers next
year. Here we go Creekside! Here
we 6..r

A highlight was the team
trivia-going back to the very first
years, of which many played at
Bartram. Here are a few samples:
Q: What two Knights seniors
gave up promising dishwasher
jobs at a local restaurant to
become standout players?
A: Mike Walker and Mike Vinski
Q: What Knights senior will be
coming back to this field until
2020 to see his little brother
play? (Hint-mom dances on
A: Pete Sather
Q: What three seniors have their
pictures in the paper in nothing
but Speedos? (Looking mighty
fine, says one mom!)
A: Eric Bielefeldt, Mike Walker
and Mike Vinski
Q: What senior scored the over-
time winning goal in his very
first game?
A: Mike Walker
Q: What senior led the team in
goals last year and is the team
artist and named Biscuit?
A: Matt Dean
Q: Which seniors' moms will cry
the most when there babies go
off next year?
A: All of them!

CHS lacrosse senior team members


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Family, fun and football with the Jacksonville Sharks

By Karl Kennell

Football, football and more
football-it is an understatement to
say that football is the favorite sport
of our area. We now have the latest
addition to satisfying our addic-
tion to throwing and running that
pigskin done the field across the
goal line. We have Pop Warner and
college competitions through the
year to build our enthusiasm and
now we have another professional
team preparing to take the field at
the Veterans Memorial Arena in
Jacksonville to quench our thirst for
more football.
Players, coaches and budding
fans have been gathering on the
field at Plantation Park on Race

Track Road in NW St.
Johns County, preparing
to get the game on. They
have been gathered there
to exercise their enthusi-
asm for the game. It is all
because we now have the
Jacksonville Sharks of the
Arena Football League
(AFL) to keep our football
lust satisfied throughout
the spring and the hot
days of summer in the
air-conditioned comfort
of the Veterans Memorial
Recently we dropped
in on open tryouts at
Plantation Park. That day there
were former college players, AFL
veteran players and a few candi-
dates that just felt it was a chance
of a lifetime to play professional
football. The training camp roster
was loaded with AFL veterans and
whittled down ultimately to a 23
member final roster.
Head coach Les Moss com-
mented, "Some of the AFL veteran
players on our roster have been
waiting a year and a half to get back
out on the field."
Arena football has been very
popular over the years with the fans.
However, there has been a hiatus
while the league has risen again like

The Creeks Clash U11 girls'blue team made it to the Region B Final
Four in their first attempt. Over a three-weekend period, the girls
played eight games, going 7-1 with their only loss coming in over-
time penalty kicks to the eventual champion.The girls claimed third
place out of over 26 teams represented in Region B. Great job girls!
Pictured are Julie Bender, Coach TJ Vranicar, Megan Holder, Gillian
Anderson, Maria Fanelli, Hanna Vranicar, Reghan Stanley, Courtney
Jeffers, Sophia Thompson, Natalie Roarke, Shannon Matthaei, Coach
Troy Roarke, Danielle, Earle and MacKenzie King. Not pictured - Coach
Morgan Church.

a Phoenix from the ashes of the old us surely recognize. Of course, the
league. We actually owe our having Orlando Predators rivalry may well
the Jacksonville Sharks to Managing be the most exciting. After all, it will
Director Jeff Bouchy accepting the be between the brothers Bouchy.
suggestion of his brother, who is the At the field the day we visited
owner of the Orlando Predators. with Bouchy, we discussed the fam-
Bouchy explained that it was after ily friendly aspects of arena football.
he visited the Veterans Memorial The game is not only exciting but
Arena with an eye on using it for the whole experience is totally un-
games he realized just what a supe- like like the one you would expe-
rior facility it is. rience in a big stadium. Music,
"It just seemed like a great idea. promotions, halftime contests,
So why not?" he explained, mascots, concessions specials and
The new AFL is fielding 15 the Attack dancers will be keeping
teams. Our interest will undoubt- the excitement going all the time.
edly be in the rivalries that will de- The price of attending a game is
velop among the Florida teams. The also more reachable for a family to
Tampa Bay Storm is a team many of enjoy a great football game and in

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the air-conditioning at that. Bouchy
described the experience as, "like a
KISS concert and football."
As we stood and talked with
Bouchy with his young son Jeff Jr.
by his side, one definitely felt the
enthusiasm he has for Jacksonville,
Arena League Football, the Sharks
and the commitment to making the
whole AFL experience a family fun
Learn more about the Jack-
sonville Sharks by visiting www.
jaxsharks.com. Be sure to make
plans to catch the Sharks vs. Preda-
tors game on April 15. It will be
the beginning of a bit of brotherly
rivalry and surely will be exciting!

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