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Volume 11, Issue 7

Visit our online edition at www.thecreekline.com

July 2011

Transition program for rising 6th grade girls at FCMS

Passages celebrates 10 year anniversary
By Contributing Writer Denise Lewis

Passages participants from 2009 show off their silly sides!

This year marks the 10th
year that the Passages program
(sponsored by Girl Scouts of
Gateway Council) at FCMS has
helped the rising sixth grade
girls transition to middle school.
What began as a one-time
service project for a troop of
girl scouts has blossomed into a
huge and very popular program
in many area middle schools.
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due to the positive impact it has
had on girls who have attended
it. Similar programs are now in
operation throughout the state
of Florida in Alachua, Baker,
Clay and Duval County middle
schools. This year the program
at FCMS will have over 160
participants while the first girls
to complete Passages back in
2001 will turn 21.
Transitioning from the
familiar confines of elemen-
tary school to middle school is
often stressful for adolescents.
The comfortable surroundings,
routines and staff members
are gone, replaced by new and

unfamiliar hall-
ways, schedules
and activities.
But thanks to
Passages, ris-
ing sixth grade
girls at FCMS
can look forward
to their first day
of middle school
with anticipation
and confidence
instead of appre-
is a two-day
workshop which
orientates incom-
ing sixth grade girls to middle
school. Through this program,
the girls become familiar with
every aspect of their new school
and schedule, which, in turn,
lessens their anxiety and in-
creases confidence in their new
routine. Girls who have partici-
pated in the program have come
away with high praise for it.
Last year's participant,
Sophia S., said, " I liked this
program because it taught me
how to organize my time bet-
ter by knowing when certain
breaks are, where classes are

Passages cont. on pg. 26

Fifth graders at CCE find

their wings at graduation
By Karl Kennell
opened for them
as they transi-
tion into middle
The pledge
of allegiance was
led by the stu-

Excitement tempered with
anticipation could be seen in
the eyes of each student as they
filed into the Bartram Trail High
School Auditorium on June 8,
2011. Brothers and sisters joined
with proud parents to witness
the impending milestone in
the lives of their siblings and
children. It definitely was a big
day for the fifth grade classes
of Cunningham Creek Elemen-
tary School (CCE). It was a day
of transition. Principal Allen
Anderson put it succinctly in
his opening remarks, "They
are about to have lots of doors

JCP CARES helps to roll out the red carpet
By Contributing Writer Kathy Bravo, Founder and President, JCP CARES

ington Creek
Active Resi-
dents Engaged
in Service,
recently col-
lected more
than 130
formal dresses
as well as

tuxedo shirts,
shoes, purses,
jewelry and
accessories, all
in an effort to
help Camp I
am Special with their summer
Gala Nights.
Camp I am Special is
held at the Marywood Retreat
Center and is for children
and young adults with devel-
opmental disabilities. There
are eight-week long summer
camping sessions and the Gala

Nights will be held each week
on the last night of camp.
JCP CARES was on hand
for the first Gala Night held
on June 9. The campers had a
wonderful time as they were
brought from their cabins to
the center in a beautiful black
stretch limousine. They then

walked the
"red car-
pet" with
taking their
pictures and
came into the
center where
served the
they had
prepared for
the evening
as well as
fun drinks in
fancy cham-
pagne flutes.
The campers then danced the
night away to tunes played by
a great DJ.
Thank you to everyone
who donated their time and
clothing to help make this such
a special occasion for some
very special members of our

dent winner of
the "Judy Murphy
Award," which is a
special recognition
at CCE in honor
of teacher Judy
Murphy, who left
a special influence
on the students
of CCE. Follow-
ing the pledge,
fifth grade teach-
ers Hollie Vidales, Kris Burkes,
Kasey Baker, Kelly Vaughn,
Heidy Weaver, Sharon McClurg
and Cristin Rudi escorted and
introduced their graduating
classes of 2011 to the stage, pre-
senting each with an envelope
emblazoned with the school's
Cardinal mascot logo containing
all of their 2011 certificates of
Graduating fifth grader
Daniella Sinofsky began the
awards ceremony with a very
moving introduction titled
"Reflections." This was followed
CCE graduation cont. on pg. 25

What's Inside

Page 3 What's New
Page 4 The Sheriff Reports
Page 5 School District Journal
Page 6 From the Commissioner
Page 9 Teen financial workshop
Page 10 Encore!
Page 12 Tribute
Page 13 New Eagle Scout
Page 14NEW! Senior NewsLine
Page 16JCE flea market
Page 17 Movie Review
Page 18The Lifestyle Guru
Page 20Summer Camp Guide
Page 22 Visit Lightner Museum
Page 23 Fishing Report
Page 25 Faith News
Purposeful Parenting
Page 28 JCB Sharks win
Page 29 Bozos soccer team
Page 30 CHS wrestlers
Page 31 Fury lacrosse

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Community Happenings

Passages summer work- at the s
shops, sponsored by Girl Scouts of San
of Gateway Council, will be held This bl(
at Fruit Cove Middle School Knights
for three sessions this summer. land Cc
Passages two-day workshops Blood t
are designed to give rising begin a
middle school girls the confi- until 2:
dence to make the transition, 24 at th
by introducing them to their Catholi(
new school before classes begin. 1714 St
In Passages, they'll learn how land. M
to make new friends, navigate online 2
the halls, get organized, learn com or
time management, talk about Pat Poll
peer pressure and issues im- diandpa
portant to them and hone their in dona
study skills. Workshop dates are Donate
August 3 and 4; August 8 and
9; and August 10 and 11 from The
9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each County
day. The cost is $40 per girl. tion (NA
Financial aid is available for Thursda
those who qualify and girls do 6:30 p.r
not need to be members of Girl Branch
Scouts to register. For ques- Davis P
tions or to register for Passages, entrance
please call (877) 764-5237 or Plantati
visit girlscouts-gateway.org. attend 1
Volunteers are needed at informal
Trout Creek Park Pavilion! A Phyllis
volunteer Meals-on-Wheels
driver is needed for a route in Adt
the Fruit Cove area on Friday and old
mornings. To volunteer or for tend th
more information, please call crochet
Ginny Draper at 209-3686 or Trail Br
email her at gdraper@stjohn- day, Jul
scoa.com. Trout Creek Park Pa- and Mo
vilion is located at 6795 Collier p.m. un
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editor@rtpublishinginc.com or 886-4919.

emi-annual Blood Drive Oats chapter meets at 7:00 p.m.
Juan Del Rio Church. on July 19 at the St. Augustine
ood drive is sponsored by Beach City Hall, located at 2200
s of Columbus Switzer- AlA South. A featured confer-
ouncil No. 12664 and The ence speaker, Michael Bowles,
Alliance. Appointments will share a portion of his
t 7:30 a.m. and continue presentation on Native Orchids.
00 p.m. on Sunday, July Other members who attended
ie San Juan Del Rio
c Church Parish Hall at
ate Road 13 in Switzer-
/ake your appointment
at www.thebloodalliance.
contact Brother Knight
lizzi at 524-3010 or san-
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e Northwest St. Johns
Community Coali-
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ay, July 28 beginning at
m. at the Bartram Trail
Library, located at 60
Pond Boulevard near the
ce to Julington Creek
ion. All are welcome to
these important, infor-
meetings. For additional
nation, please contact
Abbatiello at 703-9142.

ults and teens age 14
der are invited to at-
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group at the Bartram
ranch Library on Thurs-
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*nday, July 31 from 6:00
[til 8:00 p.m. The group
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patients at area hospi-
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Can't come to any of the
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at the Reference Desk
library and crochet the
in your spare time. Drop
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library hours. For ad-
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the FNPS Conference will share
highlights, including legal status
of native plants and ecosystems.
There will also be a small native
plant sale. This program is free,
open to the public and includes
prizes of native plants. For more
information, please visit www.
fnps.org or call 687-9450.

The 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 Lighthouse.

The flotilla is always looking
for new members, particularly
those who own aircraft, boats
and have radio equipment and
skills. If you are interested,
please contact Vic Aquino at

The Friends of Bartram
Trail Library will present ACT
and SAT preparation classes at
the library. The SAT class will
begin at 5:00 p.m. and the ACT
class will begin at 6:30 p.m. All
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even for transportation. Bicycle
safety is always on my mind
but even more so in light of two
fatal accidents in recent months
on the same stretch of county
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Florida. Unfortunately our state
leads the nation in bicycle fatal-
ities. In 2009, according to the
National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, there were 630
bike riders killed nationwide
and 107 in Florida. This is the
latest year for which statistic are
available, but Florida was also
first in cyclist deaths in 2007
and 2008.
When it comes to bicycles,
keeping kids safe is a huge con-
cern. It is estimated that every
week nationwide 2700 children
suffer serious head injuries and
two die in accidents involving
bike riding. Most child related
bike injuries, however, do not
involve motor vehicles. They are
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that properly worn bike helmets
can reduce the risk of serious
brain and head injury by 88
We recommend all riders
wear helmets. Parents could
be good role models by wear-
ing them too. When choosing
a helmet make sure it meets
safety standards issued by the
Consumer Product Safety Com-
mission. Helmet size should be
determined using a tape mea-
sure. Pads and straps should be
adjusted so fit is level and snug.
The helmet should be worn two
finger widths above the head
and not pulled forward over the
forehead or tilted back on the
crown. Next make sure the bike
is the right size. When sitting
on the seat with hands on the
handlebar the rider should be
able to place the balls of both
feet on the ground.
The rules and laws of the
road regarding bicycling apply
to cyclists, as well as motorists.
That means riders have the same
responsibilities as motorists and
each has rules when encounter-
ing the other.
Ride single file in a bicycle
lane or on the right side of the
roadway with traffic. Riding
against the traffic on the left
side of the road is not only
illegal, but a motorist about
to make a right turn on to a
roadway will only be looking
for traffic to the left. Over 70
percent of car-bicycle accidents
occur at intersections, includ-
ing driveways. Before riding
into traffic a cyclist should stop,

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over the shoulder.
When riding on a street
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responsibility to observe all
traffic laws including using
hand signals. State law requires
having at least one hand on the
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In the area of prevention, we will
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Motorists need to be alert
for bicycle riders and under-
stand the law permits the use
of bikes on our roadways as
vehicles. Slow down and pass
safely with at least three feet
clearance between the rider and
the side of your vehicle. Watch
carefully for kids on bikes when
driving in residential neighbor-
There is a page on our web-
site at www.sjso.org regarding
bicycle laws, rules and safety.
Just click on the Community
Affairs icon and then scroll
I ask all St. Johns county
residents to assist our office
in promoting bicycle safety
by discussing safe bike riding
with your children and know-
ing the rights of cyclists on the
roadway. I hope and pray we
will have no more bicycle riders
killed or seriously injured in St.
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District Journal

By Contributing Writer Beverly Slough, St. Johns County School Board,
District 1

FCAT results are in and
once again our students per-
formed to the highest levels. Of
the 18 areas of measurement, St.
Johns County students scored
first or second in the state in 14
of them. In addition, in the very
first statewide end of course
exam in algebra 1, our students
also achieved number one status
in the state. We expect school
grades to arrive sometime in
July. I am so proud of and
pleased with the hard work of
our teachers to prepare our chil-
dren well and of the students
for their focus and achievement.
Thank you, parents, for provid-
ing the structure at home that
allows your children to soar.
As one school year ends
and another is just on the
horizon, principals and district
personnel are hard at work on
the preparations that will result
in another successful year in
2011-12. We are very fortunate
that due to foresight and prepa-
ration, we do not have to lay
off personnel or cut programs to
meet budget for next year. We
are the first district in the state
to ratify a teaching contract
for the coming year. As al-
ways, our union representatives
worked very collaboratively
with management as each line
of the contract was examined in
regard to language and working
conditions. Your School Board
was honored to ratify that con-
tract at the June board meet-
ing. Due to budget constraints,
the contract contains no raises
or step increases, though both
sides agreed to reopen financial
negotiations after the Legisla-
tive session ends in March.
To meet the requirements of
Senate Bill 736 and the federal
Race to the Top Grant, each
district is required to develop
a new researched based evalu-
ation instrument for teachers.
Our district has chosen the mod-
el of Robert Marzano. The legis-
lation also requires that teachers
receive training on the chosen
model. To meet that require-
ment and also to give teachers
an opportunity to earn a small
amount of additional compen-
sation, the district is providing
two paid days of training over
the summer so that teachers
will be well aware of the way in
which their work will be evalu-
ated. All principals, assistant
principals and instructional
literacy coaches received four
days of training in the process. I
believe the Marzano model will
provide a structure that will al-
low our teachers to be evaluated
fairly and accurately and will
also provide support in any area
that needs improvement.
The new legislation requires
that 50 percent of both admin-
istrators' and teachers' evalua-
tions be calculated on student
achievement, based on FCAT,
end of course exams and other
measures. Our state Department
of Education has determined
that the calculation will be
based on student learning gains
rather than proficiency. Profi-
ciency can be equated to the
numerical rank of students on
FCAT (levels 1 through 5), while
learning gains are based on the
amount of actual increase the

student attains. Deputy Superin-
tendent Pam Stewart is serv-
ing on a statewide Race to the
Top committee that has been
charged with determining the
method by which the learning
gains will be calculated. They
have concluded that work and
the formula was approved by
Education Commissioner Eric
Smith in June. More detail will
be provided to parents as it
becomes available.
Both Dr. Joyner and I are
serving on a statewide Race
to the Top committee charged
with rewriting the standards by
which principals, other educa-
tional leaders and teachers will
be held accountable. We have
been working with a wide-
ranging committee composed
of teachers, assistant principals,
principals, superintendents,
state college and university
teacher preparation staff and a
school board member to revise
and rewrite the standards. Our
work will be available for public
comment prior to being sent to
the State Board of Education
for final approval and adop-

tion. Currently, we have been
working with principal/leader
standards. When these are com-
plete, we will turn our attention
to teacher standards.
As we move forward in
addressing the growing over-
crowding in some of our
schools, we will need to exam-
ine how best to equalize the
student populations in all our
schools. Durbin Creek Elementa-
ry and Fruit Cove Middle School
are experiencing very rapid
growth and overcrowding, while
other schools in our district are
under populated. In the coming
months, the School Board will
be addressing these needs and
exploring the best solutions. In
all likelihood, a combination of
construction and rezoning will
be necessary to balance student
numbers. Ample opportunity for
public input will be provided as
we address the issue.
As always, thank you for
your commitment to public
education. If I may serve you in
any way, please do not hesitate
to contact me at sloughb@
stjohns.kl 2.fl.us.

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From the

Commissioner's Desk
By Contributing Writer Cyndi Stevenson,
County Commissioner, District 1

Transportation choices and
your budget:
People adopt various strate-
gies to save money these days.
Car pools, van pools, bicycling,
walking combining trips and
telecommuting help take a bite
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and ideas for you to consider.
The American Automobile
Association (AAA) notes that
the cost of a 100 mile daily
commute is about $56 a day!
This seems high but is in line
with the 51 cents per mile plus
parking and tolls allowed by the
IRS for business mileage. People
join carpools for many reasons,
but mostly to save money. In
addition to the cost of operating
a car, gas taxes and other taxes
are spent to build and maintain
roadways. Those taxes affect
your pocketbook too. Since gas
taxes are not sufficient to main-
tain our existing roads or build
new ones they are subsidized by
other sources including impact
fees, sales tax and property
In order to reduce conges-
tion and optimize the use of
our road capacity, North Florida
TPO (Transportation Planning
Organizations) helps support car
pools, van pools and people who
bike or walk to work with four
emergency rides home a year.

Why provide emergency rides? solution for the community.

People are often afraid to try al-
ternative transportation because
they might get stranded due to
weather or the need to get home
in case of illness or family emer-
gency. For information on the
Emergency Ride Home Program,
to register an existing carpool or
find carpool member visit their
website at www.northfloridatpo.
com and select "Cool to Pool."
Car pools can also help
parents get children to school,
sports and activities. Families
who live within walking dis-
tance of school may not have
school bus service but have dif-
ferent options, including orga-
nizing a "walking school bus."
Ideas to help parents organize
walking groups are available on-
line at www.walkingschoolbus.
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school. Organize your walking
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be even more costly, especially
when right of way is constrained
or elevated ramps and flyovers
are needed. Currently, gas taxes
pay only a fraction of the cost
to build roadways in Northeast
Florida. When improvements
lag, our roadways become con-
gested and less safe. Planning
communities so that ride shar-
ing, transit, bicycling and walk-
ing are practical options can
make living in our communities
more practical and affordable.
Communities need to consider
supporting well planned con-
nectivity for cars, bicyclist and
walkers especially if they want
to keep their roads smaller, save
money and reduce congestion.
On a local level, the county
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establish park and ride locations
to help people who "pool" have
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family if you could get by with
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St. Johns County budget up-

friends as you start a new rently under discussion is near St. Johns County is midway
'ol year. US Highway 1 and Race Track in the budget process for 2012.
In addition to the personal Road. The preliminary budget shows
of operating cars, building Transportation is just one another $37 million decrease in
roads costs nearly $2 mil- of the challenges our growing 2012.
dollars a mile for each lane county and regions faces. How The County Administrator's
ew construction. In some ar- we grow and use our resources tentative budget show that the
we are running out of room including our roadways will county can absorb $25 million
dd lanes to reduce conges- contribute to how our commu- without major changes in ser-
. In other areas a wider nity and families survive, thrive vices, but after five years of fall-
Is is simply not the right and compete in coming years. ing revenue, we cannot continue
to provide services at the current
level without some millage rate
iess increase. To offset the loss of
property tax revenues from tax
exemptions granted by the state
r'A W OtQITDI and compounded by falling
property values, Administra-
1 V Ition is proposing an increase in
BUSINESS SALES * MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS village rate of 1/2 to 3/4 mills.
Even at this higher village rate,
|U*I Ct s u as ul the county will have a reduction
in total property taxes from last
year. Like the village strategy
adopted a couple of years ago,
this increase would stabilize
the county budget for the next
two years. Hopefully by then,
the right fa ly property values will settle and
our continued moderate rate of
growth will help us grow out of
u g ot ea si e r. this steady budget decline.
The county portion of prop-
erty taxes, about 41 percent of
ted to your family's health through every stage county wide property taxes, are
downn to the 2006 levels and our
ulington Creek for more than 13 years and is population has increased about
vith a medical home. 20 percent since then. General
fund revenues are down to 2005
-.,I We are in better shape than
most counties in the state who
11 have already faced many of
, these hard decisions. Our gas tax
and 1/2 cent sales tax revenues
.-. .- .-. . ....,-,.-ht.-.,-, pledged to repay long term
bonds have almost recovered to
the 2005 levels. Those revenues
I remained ample to cover debt
service. Additionally, we are not
plagued with the unfunded pen-
sion obligations that face Jack-
sonville. Yet we still face this
millage rate decision. Between
past bond issues and falling rev-
enues, borrowing our way out of
DaJ-- Mthis downturn is not an option.
Fyc , Budget cutting and streamlining
. o.Sihas gotten us through much of
an economic downturn which
has been longer and deeper than
*r anyone expected. The board has
been cutting spending since the
2006 election cycle when voters
sent several new board members
to the Commission who under-

stood that the budget had to be
The county's portions of
property taxes support services
that directly affect our safety,
quality of life, home values and
local economy. The Administra-
tor's budget workshop presenta-
tion for the 2012 and previous
years is available on line. After
reviewing the presentation,
please provide any comments
and input online or by call-
ing the number in the phone
number online presentation.
Responding in this way helps
assure that all comments and
recommendations are considered
by the County Commission-
ers and considered by staff and
To look at the County Bud-
get at the household level, check
out "The Budget in Brief' pre-
pared by the Office of Manage-
ment and Budget. It is available
on line at www.sjcfl.us with
copies for each year from 2007
to 2011. Because this document
brings the county budget to the
household level it has very use-
ful information. Another chart
in this document shows the mill-
age rates charged by the county
since 2002 and shows that the
county has a history of cutting
millage rates when property
values allowed for it.
In August, you should re-
ceive a Truth in Millage notice
(TRIM) from the Property Ap-
praiser. This will show how the
appraiser's valuation, combined
with the tentative budget set by
the Board of County Commis-
sioners as well as School Board
and other taxing authorities,
affects your property tax bill.
This notice will have informa-
tion for how you can follow up
on valuation or the millage rates
At the county, we continue
to work through the cost shifts
and changes from last legislative
sessions and the tax valuation
roles are not yet finalized. If you
would like a presentation on the
county budget or other county
related issues, please call me. I
frequently make presentations
and can help arrange speakers
on topics of interest to our com-
Thank you for the privi-
lege of serving this community.
Please call me at 209-0301 if I
may be of assistance.

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Taxing Issues

By Contributing Writer Dennis W. Hollingsworth,
CFC, St. Johns County Tax Collector

Tax certificate sale a success

The Tax Collector's Office
is pleased to announce that
an all time collection rate of
99.995 percent with revenue
totaling $347,531,913 has been
achieved for the 2010 Tax Year.
The original number of cer-
tificates advertised on May 10,
2011 was 7700 with a face value
of $18,278,901.72. Payments
totaling $5,412,984.72 were
collected by the deadline date of
May 31, 2011.

What's New cont. from pg. 3

classes will be held on Monday.
The class dates are: August 29,
September 12, September 19,
September 26 and October 3,
2011. Registration is required
and class size is limited. Reg-
istration closes on August 15,
2011. A donation of $25 for
each class series a student takes
is requested. Please register via
email to btbfol@yahoo.com
and include the student's name,
grade and class selection (ACT
or SAT).

Plant Clinic at the Bartram
Trail Library! St. Johns County
Master gardeners will be on
hand to answer your plant and
lawn questions on Saturday,
July 16 and Thursday, July 21
from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
at the Bartram Trial Library
located at 60 Davis Pond at the
entrance to Julington Creek
Plantation. We will accept small
soil samples from your vegeta-
ble, lawn or shrub areas for free
pH testing.

Are you a teen who likes to
read? Do you like to talk about
the books you've read? Then
come to the Teen Summer Book
Club at the Bartram Trail Branch
Library! The club will meet on
Thursday, July 28 at 6:00 p.m.
Light refreshments are provided
by the Friends of the Library.

Native plant class meets
on Thursday, July 21, from
2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the
St. Johns County Windstorm
Training Center, located at 3111
Agricultural Drive in St. Augus-
tine. Gail Compton, columnist
and naturalist, will teach about
native hummingbird attractors;
Renee Stambaugh, native plant
consultant, will offer landscap-
ing tips; and Beverly Fleming,
Florida Master Naturalist In-
structor, will speak about using
natives for color. Feel free to
stay afterwards for the Energy
Efficiency Education Series fea-
turing Green Roofs. The event is
free and open to the public. This
month only, seating is limited
so reserve your space by calling

On June 1, 2011, the 2011
Delinquent Tax Certificate Sale
was conducted via online auc-
tion in conjunction with Rea-
lauction.com. The number of
certificates sold was 4,822 with
a face value of $11,085,041.82.
Prior to the actual Certificate
Sale, property owners are al-
lowed to pay up to the last
minute; also, the tax collector's
office elects not to sell certifi-
cates on parcels in bankrupt-

The MOMS Club of St.
Augustine North invites moms
and their children living in
the 32092 or 32095 zip codes
including the County Road 210
corridor to see what all the
excitement is about! We meet
once a month to plan our ac-
tivities for the month ahead and
our meetings and activities are
during the day, when at-home
mothers need support most. Of
course, children are welcome at
all of our meetings and activi-
ties. Activities are scheduled for
almost every weekday of the
month and moms may attend
as few or as many activities as
they like. Some of the activities
we have planned are trips to
the zoo, beach and pool days,
story time at the library and
playgroups at members' homes
and local parks. If you have any
questions or would like to get
more information to join, please
e-mail Holly at sanmoms@
gmail.com or check out our
website at website at http://san-

The St. Augustine Bal-
let will hold auditions for their
winter production of The St.
Augustine Nutcracker on Sat-
urday, August 27 at 8:30 a.m.
Auditions will take place at
Abella's School of Dance locat-
ed at 1765 Tree Boulevard in St.
Augustine. All dancers age eight
(by December 1) and up are in-
vited to audition in proper ballet
attire (black leotard, pink tights
with hair pulled back in a bun
for females and black pants and
a white shirt for males). Audi-
tions for all female solos will be
done on pointe. Dancers must
currently be studying ballet. A
non-refundable $25 audition
fee will be charged. This fee will
then be deducted from the $150
performance fee for the show.
Dancers are asked to bring a
photo and be prepared to fill out
an application before audition-
ing. Rehearsals will be held
each Saturday until the perfor-
mances on December 17 and 18
at Flagler College Auditorium.
Dancers who cannot commit to
the rehearsal schedule should
not attend the audition. If you
have any questions, please call

cies, other litigations or known
unusable parcels. Therefore, the
remaining 0.0050 percent or
$1,780,875.18 of uncollected
taxes is for properties that
didn't sell.
We are pleased to have
collection rates reach this level.
It is a testament to the strong
partnership and trust forged be-
tween business owners, property
owners and your Tax Collector's
staff. As for the outstanding
balance of property taxes, the
county is collecting 18 percent
interest on those delinquent
bills, which translates to addi-
tional revenue for government
Our office is committed
to serving the residents of St.
Johns County and will diligently
continue to promote the highest
quality of public service.

810-5670. For more info about
Saint Augustine Ballet visit their
website at www.saintaugustine-

The MOMS Club of Fruit
Cove (for families within the
32259 zip code) invites moms
and kids to join us for weekly
activities, play groups, Moms'
night out, family events and
much more! Please visit www.
momscluboffruitcove.com or
send an e-mail to fruitcov-
emoms@yahoo.com for more

La Leche League provides
information and encourage-

ment to all mothers who
are breastfeeding or want to
breastfeed their babies. We of-
fer mother-to-mother support,
encouragement, information
and education to breastfeed-
ing and expectant mothers at
several meetings each month.
Pregnant women, mothers and
babies are always welcome! The
Jacksonville group meets the
first Wednesday of each month
at 7:00 p.m. Please call a leader
for directions to the meeting
location: Elisabeth, 534-6999;
Laura, 994-1896; or Pat, 371-
2730. For additional informa-
tion or help, please go to our
website at www.lllflorida.com.
All meetings are free.

Movies in the Park is host-
ing a free showing of Tangled
on Saturday, July 30 beginning
at 7:00 p.m. at Doctor's Village
in St. Johns. Grab the kids, a
comfy blanket and some lawn

chairs and enjoy an evening
full of free family entertain-
ment. Before the show, parents
can enjoy live music by Charlie
Walker, while kids bounce away
in the inflatables, then cool
down with some Kool Real Ital-
ian Ice. For additional informa-
tion, please visit www.moviesin-

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fun, contests and inspiring pro-
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Approximately three months backward)!
ago, an agile and healthy fe- In my experience, unfortu-
male resident from Grovewood nately, there seems to be an epi-
went for her (usual) walk head- demic of uncaring, irresponsible
ing south along Flora Branch cyclists (of all ages and genders)
Boulevard. She has made this in that particular area. We've
pleasant journey countless times been provided with wonderful
during her 13 years of owner- sidewalks-they are neither bi-
ship/residency. In fact, until the cycle trails nor roadways-they
death of her dog companion, are sideWALKS built for pedes-
they would walk over a mile trians and animals.
daily along the sidewalks in the From a young age and into
area. On this particular after- my early 30s I was an avid
noon an inattentive teenage boy cyclist. I was also taught at a
(he was looking backward while young age that there are rules
cycling forward) ran into her. of conduct while biking:
His handle bars caught under Pedestrians have the right of
her breast; his pedal cut into way
her leg. Down she fell onto the Always slow down when ap-
concrete! preaching pedestrians and/or
I've experienced several animals
"close calls" while walking my Always give adequate warning
24 pound dog along the very of your approach (i.e. state
same pathways. I've managed to loudly "cycle on your right-
be "just quick enough" to step or left," whichever appropri-
aside while reeling my dog's ate or sound your bell/horn
lease in. I've learned to con- several times as you slowly
stantly look over my shoulder approach.)
while praying no one is coming Sincerely Yours,
toward me (while I'm looking Katherine Houston

Please note that the events
surrounding the CHS boys'
track relay team's performance
at regional competition which
appeared in the CHS Sports
Roundup column in the June
2011 issue of The CreekLine
merely reflected the impression
of the writer and due to a
reporting and editing error was
not based in fact. We apologize
for any inconvenience this may
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Julington Creek Plantation CDD report
By Contributing Writer Sam Lansdale, Supervisor, Julington Creek Plantation Community Development District

Are you aware of the new-
est paradigm? The new home
industry is marketing their
communities as "No CDD Fees."
Those signs are all over North
Florida. I am glad we have the
lowest CDD taxes in the area,
but remaining the lowest is
crucial since we compete with

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other communities to maintain
our home values. The days
of providing ever increasing
services and raising CDD taxes
every year are over. More than
likely there will never be anoth-
er CDD formed and that is why
we must adapt to the market.
It is my strong opinion that
the JCP CDD Board of Supervi-
sors should adopt a measurable
plan to reduce expenses, evalu-
ate the organizational structure/
staffing to operate more effi-
ciently and also fund a capital
reserve account to ensure the
facilities will be properly main-
tained in perpetuity; all without
raising taxes.
Since the CDD does not
perform frequent surveys to
investigate what level of service
the residents want, one can
only use participation as a
judge of interest. If there is little
participation in an area, it may
not be wanted and if there is
high participation, the residents
may want more of that activ-
ity. I am opposed to throwing
money at something that is not
being used, without a plan of
how to evaluate if the fund-
ing of that service is effective.

Some departments will always
run at a loss but most can likely
operate revenue neutral. For
those revenue neutral depart-
ments, I feel the Board of
Supervisors should decide how
much each department should
be subsidized, then from that
point departments should raise,
let's say, 10 percent above its
At the last meeting, the
District Manager presented a
budget that is approximately
the same as 2011, but with no
increase in the capital reserve
account. However, we have
the opportunity to fund the
capital reserve account without
a reduction in any line item
or reducing staff, salaries or
benefits, assuming there are not
significant losses in the 2011
budget. I propose the CDD place
a freeze on hiring until the 2011
year end. Even though positions
are already funded through the
end of 2011, the cost savings
from attrition could be trans-
ferred to the 2012 budget. With
the organizational structure
modified to accommodate the
changes, some increases given
in pay to the existing staff for




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their new responsibilities, we
could potentially place an ad-
ditional $86,250 in the capital C
reserve account without any tax Character
increase or cuts.
From my perspective, I do is doing
not believe the management of what
your CDD is pursuing expense
reductions as aggressively as
they could or should. No one right
has yet convinced me that we
can't do better towards provid- when
ing the high level of services
our residents desire, but at less nobody '
cost. Not reducing operating
expenses to the degree pos- looking.
sible will only put pressure on
the CDD to continue to raise
annual taxes. I don't want -J.C. Watts, Jr.
that. If you don't, I urge you to
convey your thoughts on this
matter and any matter, to your
Board of Supervisors. Their e- . J- on
mails are as follows: kminnis@
jcpcdd.org, nkannatt@jcpcdd.atio
org, cklein@jcpcdd.org, bpinck-
et@jcpcdd.org and slansdale@
The next JCP CDD meetings
will take place on July 12, 2011
and August 16, 2011 at 6:00
p.m. at the JCP CDD Recreationa
Center. Feel free to contact
me day or night via e-mail or
phone (509-4902 or SLans-
This article is my opin-
ion and in no way constitutes
nor implies District opinion,
endorsement, sponsorship or
viewpoint. S t d
Editor's Note: The CreekLine is ap- Juy1 t*s
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approached us and offered to write
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William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway update
By Contributing Writer AI Abbatiello, alabbat@bellsouth.net

In my June article I an-
nounced the council was taking
the summer off; however while
we've "relaxed" a bit to sip some
lemonade on the back porch and
an occasional trip to the beach,
we're still focused on how best
to execute our Master Plan.
We meet again in Septem-
ber-time and date to be an-
nounced in the August issue of
The CreekLine-and I must say
we need help and invite you to
join our organization this year.
As you may recall, the Mas-
ter Plan for the preservation and
development of our Scenic and
Historic Highway was completed
a few months ago. We're now
focusing on building our organi-
zation with various committees
to complete the tasks outlined
in the plan and volunteers are

needed. The biggest need is for
people familiar with fundrais-
ing that will help bring the
plans to life. We're a 501 (C) (3)
non-profit, charitable organiza-
tion and funds raised qualify as
charitable donations.
We welcome anyone will-
ing to share some of their time
to help the Bartram Scenic and
Historic Highway Management
Council keep this area scenic
and historic. The scenic beauty
you're accustomed to seeing
isn't all there is to the William
Bartram Scenic Highway. St.
Johns County history is com-
plete with Indian history and
occupation by "foreign" pow-
ers such as Spain and England
complete with forts and Spanish
missions along the shores of the
mighty St. Johns River.

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live in a very scenic and historic
area once settled by Indians,
Spanish and English "pioneers"
and our goal is to bring this his-
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William Bartram Scenic and
Historic Highway "speakers" will
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In an effort to both be con-
venient for our citizens and to
help reduce costs to the Sher-
iffs Office, St. Johns County
Sheriff David Shoar announced
the implementation of "Online
Reporting" for select incidents.
"The challenge of this
endeavor," Shoar said, "is to
maximize efficiencies and effec-
tiveness, and at the same time,
not sacrifice public safety or the
quality of life our community
Sheriff Shoar directed his
management team to discover
options that will allow for more
discretionary patrol time and
to give additional flexibility in
how deputies are deployed. One
of those options was Online Re-
porting, which allows citizens to
file and receive a copy of a re-
port without leaving their home.
The types of reports that can
be generated online are limited
to low level crimes where no
evidence or suspect information
exists, thus saving thousands of
tax dollars each year.
At the present time you will
be able to file online reports
for lost property, vandalism,

thefts of not more than $300,
identity theft, vehicle burglar-
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With over 3,100 reports of these
types of calls over the past year
we could anticipate a significant
savings if some of these cases
were reported online, according
to Shoar. It is important to note
that all online reports will be
reviewed and approved by a law
enforcement supervisor.
Sheriff Shoar stressed that
online reporting is simply an
option our citizens may utilize
to assist them in documenting a
crime and is not mandatory. He
added, "As always our deputies
will continue to respond and
meet with any citizen for any
reason when they are request-
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Notes from the Pacetti Bay Middle School

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

Summer is nearly half over
for teachers and students. The
highlight of my summer so far
has been meeting teachers from
school at Panera to talk about
the 2011-2012 Sunshine State
Young Readers titles. The one
creating the most discussion
is Out of My Mind by Sharon
Draper. This is not a surprise.
We all want a happy ending
and that is not what you get in
this book. It is a very realistic
story of someone trapped inside
an "uncooperative body." It is a
very powerful book and I have
said before every teacher needs
to read it. Students are drawn to
it that relate to it through some-
one they know, either in their
families or through friendships.
I found this true with Cynthia
Lord's book Rules also. The
main protagonist in Rules has
a brother with autism. Rules is
about the family dynamics, Out
of my Mind is more the personal
struggles of the protagonist in
the school environment. I can't
wait to hear what the students
have to say about it.
I am reading The Prince
of Fenway Park by Julianna
Baggott. Though this is on the
new list I didn't have a chance
to read it when it came around
in the box from the SSYRA

committee for me to read. I feel
certain I would have put it back
and not read it because I am re-
ally struggling to read it. I have
several copies in the house and
conveniently keep losing them.
After meeting with our group of
teachers I decided I needed to
follow Meg Ryan's plan and be
more disciplined. So I have been
making myself read several
chapters each day. I actually am
getting into it now that I know
what the curse is and I see how
smart Oscar is at outsmarting all
of the "Cursed Creatures." I of
course am rooting for him!
The Strange Case of Origami
Yoda is going to be the book
the teachers have a hard time
reading and the students love!
I have had so many students
tell me this is the book to read.
On the other hand, the teach-
ers just struggle through or at
least the ones who have read
it so far. The one teacher who
enjoyed it was Beth Verez. I had
warned her and once again she
surprised me and loved it. We
had the same thing happen with
a book from an earlier list, The
Entertainer and the Dybbeck; I
struggled with it and she loved
it. Mrs. Verez went on to read it
aloud to her students who also
loved it. Back to The Strange

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I think he is going to be seri-
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Susan Stevens Crummel. The
author and illustrator team for
this book are childhood family
friends of mine. I am convinced
that Janet Stevens, the illustra-
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she does. If you have children
between the ages of four and
12, I would be surprised if they
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By Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville University

Last year at this time I was
berating the community for its
tendency to discontinue all the
regular series of musical pro-
grams for the summer. Yes - of
course there is plenty going
on, especially wonderful arts
oriented camp programs for the
younger generation. But what
about the older community
who thrive on the inspiration of
music and other regularly pre-
sented theatrical performances?
Well- last year after reading
the article, Henson Markham,
Jacksonville's gem of a musical
entrepreneur, decided to gamble
and present two pilot "Sum-
mer Music Festival" concerts at
Friday Musicale, to gauge the
interest of the public for per-
formances during the summer
months. These two concerts,
staged in August, were attended
by capacity "standing room
only" audiences!
Based on that experience,
Henson, the current president of
Friday Musicale, is scheduling a
total of six concerts this sum-
mer. Four of these are under-
written by a Blue Cross Blue
Shield grant. Friday Musicale is
one of five organizations receiv-
ing awards underwritten by
them and the Cultural Council
of Greater Jacksonville, to focus
on art education, appreciation
and awareness, as well as to
promote multicultural aware-
ness and diversity.
The grant received by Fri-
day Musicale will fund a four
concert Summer Music Festival
featuring accomplished young
musicians performing classical
and jazz music. Directing the
series will be renowned musi-
cians and educators Michael

Mastronicola and Timothy Ed-
wards. Soloists will include 18
talented young musicians from
the Jacksonville area. The con-
certs are scheduled on Friday,
July 29 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday,
July 31 at 6:00 p.m., Friday,
August 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun-
day, August 7 at 6:00 p.m. and
will include works by Mozart,
Brahms and Milhaud.
In addition to the Summer
Music Festival, Friday Musi-
cale will present two additional
concerts featuring professional
artists. On Thursday, July 21
at 7:30 p.m., a performance by
renowned cellist Victor Menke
Huls is scheduled and on Fri-
day, August 19 at 7:30 p.m., a
concert by dual pianists Michael
Mastronicola and Gregg Spiess
will be featured. Bobb Robinson,
baritone, will join Mastronicola
in performing songs by Timothy
As always, all concerts
presented by Friday Musicale at
their beautiful facility on Oak
Street in Riverside are free and
open to the public. What a won-
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By Contributing Writer Tracy Porter, Founder, Mothers Against Brain Injury, Inc.

What exactly is Traumatic
Brain Injury (TBI)? Sometimes
referred to in the news as "head
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age to the brain resulting from
external mechanical force, such
as rapid acceleration or decel-
eration, impact, blast waves
or penetration by a projectile.
Shaken Baby Syndrome is also
considered a TBI. Brain function
is temporarily or permanently
impaired and structural damage
may or may not be detectable
with current technology. TBI is
one of two subsets of acquired
brain injury (brain damage that
occurs after birth); the other
subset is non-traumatic brain
injury, which does not involve
external mechanical force
(examples include stroke, tumor
and infection).
Brain injuries can be clas-
sified into mild, moderate and
severe categories. The Glasgow
Coma Scale (GCS), the most
commonly used system for clas-
sifying TBI severity, grades a
person's level of consciousness
at the time of injury or within
the golden hour following the
injury, on a scale of 3 through
15 based on verbal, motor and
eye-opening reactions to stimuli.
It is generally agreed that a TBI
with a GCS of 13 or above is
mild, 9 to 12 is moderate and 8
or below is severe. The severity
of the injury is not a defining

measure of the outcome. No two
brain injuries are alike.
How does one sustain a
Traumatic Brain Injury? The
most common causes of TBI
include falls, violence, transpor-
tation accidents and sports. In
the United States, falls account
for 28 percent of all TBI, motor
vehicle crashes about 20 per-
cent, being struck by an object
is around 19 percent, violence
11 percent and bicycle accidents
3 percent. It is estimated that
somewhere between 1.6 and 3.8
million traumatic brain injuries
are a result of sports and rec-
reation activities in the United
States each year. For children
aged two to four, falls are the
most common cause of TBI,
while in older children bicycle
and auto accidents compete with
falls for this position. Gunshots
and blast injuries from explo-
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which is the leading cause of
death and disability in war
zones. TBI is considered the sig-
nature injury of the wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan.
How often do Traumatic
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Helping Hands update

By Contributing Writer Jackie Valyou
Helping Hands of St. Johns
will meet on Friday, July 29th at
11:00 a.m. at Faith Community
Church Community Center. This
month's project will be to pro-
vide children from Crookshank
Elementary in St. Augustine
with a new outfit for the first
day of school. The group's goal
is to outfit as many children
as possible with a new pair of
sneakers, shirt, pants, underwear
and socks. Anyone in the com-
munity who is interested in sup-
plying all or part of the outfit
may contact jacqphil@aol.com
for gender and sizes of the child.
Clothing will be distributed
through the guidance counselor.
Helping Hands relies solely on
donations of goods and services
and does not accept money.
In June, the group held a
food drive to benefit Christ's
Cupboard Food Bank. "Snacks
for Summer" was the theme and
the food bank was most grateful
for the food donations. Healthy
snacks, juice boxes, crackers,
cookies and other staples were
donated. Youth Helping Hands
also helped with the project.
Several members of Helping
Hands aided the food bank on
May 14 when the food bank
received the postal workers food
drive food.
The group also instituted its
first Swap 'Til You Drop feature.
Members brought items in good,
usable condition and swapped
them for something they could

use and what was left was do-
nated to Goodwill. Swap parties
are the craze across the country.
If you are interested in attending
the meeting and would like to
swap contact jacqphil@aol.com.
Helping Hands members had
a great time on June 14 at Trout
Creek Senior Center. They coor-
dinated a Father's Day Barbeque,
had an old fashioned picnic and
gave all the seniors goody bags
to celebrate. This is the third
year the group has cooked and
visited with the seniors.
Sew Much Comfort con-
tinues to benefit from Helping
Hands in retrofitting clothing
for the military wounded in the
war. This part of Helping Hands
meets at 10:00 a.m. on the
meeting day and on the second
Friday of the month at 10:00
a.m. Contact gsusanb@hotmail.
com if you want to be part of
this very worthwhile endeavor.
Youth Helping Hands will be
taking a break for the summer
and resume in September.
Helping Hands meets the
last Friday of each month at
11:00 a.m. at Faith Community
Church Community Center on
County Road 210 next to Cimar-
rone. There are no dues, officers
or stress. Members come when
they can and do what they can.
The group's goal is to do a small
project each month to benefit
those in need in the community.
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A tribute to the champion of St. Johns County
By Contributing Writer Phyllis Abbatiello, President, NWSJCC

On June 3, 2011 St. Johns
County lost a dedicated cham-
pion of the county-Louise
Thrower passed away suddenly
leaving all of us with a hole in
our hearts.
Louise and Bill Thrower
were married for nearly 45
years the love they shared was
undeniable. They loved Fruit

Cove and the wooded scenic
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developed with little thought
of the "health, safety, welfare"
of county residents. It was a
bedroom community to Duval
rather than remaining a beauti-
ful rural area of St. Johns. This
was when Louise began her

fight to preserve the area. She
was a founder of the Northwest
St. Johns County Coalition.
Louise was a staunch activist for
all St. Johns.
She frequently challenged
the Board of County Commis-
sioners and staff when their
planning seemed contrary to the
best interests of the county. This
was when she wore her activist
gear - navy blue skirt, blouse
and blue bow in her soft white
hair. Louise spoke with a clear
crisp voice and occasional bit
of sarcasm, particularly when
she had all the proof needed to
prove the BCC wrong.
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asked for her help to preserve
their neighborhoods and envi-
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San Juan Del Rio Catho-
lic School welcomes Principal
Lou Perira for the 2011-2012
academic year. He comes to
the school with a distinguished
career of many years of service
both with the Diocese of St. Au-
gustine and other local schools.
His professional teaching career
began at his own grade school
alma mater, St. Paul's Catholic
School in Jacksonville Beach.
After five years of teaching
math and science in the middle
school his career took him to
Bishop Kenney High School
where he was a member of the
science department and as-
sistant coach of the basketball

The St. Johns County Public
Library System is pleased to an-
nounce its "Novel Destinations"
adult summer reading contest.
In an effort to encourage adults
to read, they are asked to write
reviews about books they have
read for a chance to win prizes.
The more books that are read
and reviews that are written,
the better the odds are to win a
Adult readers will have
an opportunity to win a grand
prize of a $140 Visa gift card.
Prizes also will be awarded at
each branch for first and sec-

program. He later left to become
head coach of the basketball
team at Fernandina Beach High
School. In 2002 he returned to
the Diocese of St. Augustine
by accepting the challenge to
help Principal David Yazdiya
of Bishop John Snyder open
the Diocese's third high school.
There over nine years he served
in many different capacities
with his last being vice princi-
"I am absolutely humbled
and honored to receive this op-
portunity to serve the students
and parents of SJDR Catholic
School," he said of his new com-
mission. SJDR is a kindergarten

ond place. Review forms can be
picked up at any library branch
or from the bookmobile. Com-
plete contest rules and details
can be found here.
This year makes the second
year of the county-wide adult
summer reading program. The
program runs through August
5. The summer reading contest
is sponsored by the St. Johns
County Public Library and the
Friends of the Library. For more
information, please visit the St.
Johns County Public Library
System website at www.sjcpls.
org or contact your local branch.

located on
the campus
of San Juan
del Rio
Church and
has re-
ceived recognition as an excep-
tional school in NW St. Johns
County. Pereira looks forward
to fulfilling the mission of the
school by helping the students
develop academically, socially,
physically to build a solid
foundation of skills which are
needed to be successful as they
transition into high school and
beyond, as well as their journey
to grow their faith.
"I already feel at home, as
everyone I have met has been
very welcoming," he contin-
ued. He noted that the school
is growing in leaps and bounds
and reflected on the challenges
to expand the programs and
facilities to accommodate the
future. He invites parents of
students and those considering
enrolling their children to stop
by the school office this sum-
mer to allow him to introduce
himself. The first day of school
is just around the corner and
things will be off and running.
Now is the time to get to know
the new principal at the helm of
SJDR School.

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The St Johns Golf and Country Club's Ladies B-1 and C
tennis teams each won their divisions this season! The B-1
ladies includes: Julie Martin, Caroline Windholz, Tracy Yuro,
Kelli Bushman, Cathy French, Kim Aguayo, Kristi Arns, (not
pictured: Jen Angel, Susan Asher, Min McClintock and
Missy Nevin). The C team includes: Kristi Swor, Stephanie
Olsen, Nina Strickland, Nancy Scranton, Christie Ginter,
Judy Underwood, Amy Smith, Ann Tiefenhaler, Kim Lofer-
ski, Buffie Fletcher, Lauri Thomas (not pictured: Heather
Newmans, Min McClintock, Melissa Thomson)

William "Will" Harris was recently awarded the honor of Eagle Scout,
the highest honor a Boy Scout can earn. Harris is a member of Troop
875 and his Eagle Scout project was to build a Prayer Garden for the
Village Church, Chartered Organization for the troop. This Prayer Garden
provides a place for not only the members of the Village Church to pray,
but also the entire World Golf Village community. Harris is the first Eagle
Scout from Troop 875 which was formed in 2008. "Will is one of the first
scouts that joined our troop when it was initially chartered and I am
very proud of Will, as I am all my Scouts," said Scout Master Jeff Tillman.


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Local resident who "shouldn't be alive"
celebrates 107th birthday
By Martie Thompson

Westminster Woods resi-
dent Nina Johnson will turn 107
this July, but according to her,
she was born a premature baby
back in 1904. Weighing just a
little over two pounds, the mid-
wife who delivered her did not
expect her to live. Her mother,
however, had other ideas. The
tiny baby was wrapped in cot-
ton, tucked in a shoebox and
fed with a medicine dropper.
Growing up in Ohio, John-
son proved to be a very intel-
ligent child who skipped first
and second grad because she
had easily learned to read at
home. She credits her mother,
a first generation Irish, who
was a teacher and loved music
and laughter. Her father was a
first generation Scotsman who
was thrifty, hard working and
artistically talented. He and
Johnson's oldest brother built
the home where they lived and
to her understanding, the house
is still in use to this day.
Johnson is somewhat of a
walking history book. She has
rivridl recr'nller'tion nof ovenrthins

from the flu epidemic of World
War I, to gas lights, lack of
running water in the house and
taking baths on Saturday nights
in the kitchen.
She recalls meeting her
husband-to-be, Remus John-
son, who was a "real Southern
gentleman" in North Carolina.
The young couple made a living
driving around in a Model T
Ford, selling eggs door-to-door,
but the depression proved the
end of this business.
As the Johnsons began their

pride in her two young children.
She spent the child-rearing
years of her life working in re-
tail and helping out in the com-
munity, where she started a Girl
Scout troop in the coal mining
neighborhood where they lived.
She says she always wished
she could have been a nurse,
so at age 56, she passed the
Practical Nurse training course
in Pennsylvania. She was the
oldest person to ever complete
the course and she subsequently
spent eight years in nursing.
Eventually, the Johnsons
retired to Ocean Pines, Mary-
land to be close to their daugh-
ter. They enjoyed their golden
years together singing in the
choir at church, painting and
volunteering. Remus Johnson
passed away in 1991 after 59
years of marriage.
Nowadavs Johnson lives

alone and prepares two me
a day for herself. She trave
around the Westminster Wo
campus on her tricycle, enj
ing the trees, birds and pon


and does her own grocery
shopping. Although her vision
is dim, she finds that she can
still enjoy reading with the help
of an electronic reader. She still
has her electronic typewriter
which she uses to answer her

als (NewsUSA) - Aging grace-
ls fully can be difficult as there
goods are many health-related condi-
oy- tions that must be monitored
id and treated. There is a wealth of
information about high blood
pressure, heart disease and
osteoporosis. But what about
conditions people don't like
to talk about, such as pain or
According to the American
Gastroenterological Association,
older adults are five times more
likely than younger adults to re-
port problems with constipation.
And according to the Centers
for Disease Control and Preven-
tion, it is estimated that pain af-
fects 53 million Americans. The
annual cost of chronic pain in
the United States is estimated to
S be $100 billion, including health
care expenses, lost income and
lost productivity.
"Persistent pain and consti-
pation are concerns for many
aging baby boomers," said Dan-
iel Perry, president and CEO of
the Alliance for Aging Research.
"They can prevent a person
from enjoying the routine ac-
tivities that make life rich and
fulfilling, such as driving, shop-
ping or even hugging a child or
While pain can affect any-
one regardless of gender, race
or economic status, some people
have difficulty getting adequate
pain care. It is important that
people who suffer from pain,
and their loved ones, speak with
their health care provider and
take an active role in managing
their pain. People who suffer
from pain have a right to appro-
priate assessment and treatment.


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mail. Her daughter and son-
in-law are neighbors of hers at
Westminster Woods.
And Johnson's advice for
longevity? "Don't put things
off! Do them now."

In addition to persistent
pain, constipation is a condition
often associated with aging and
is caused by a number of fac-
tors, including poor diet, lack of
exercise or not drinking enough
water. Two effective ways to
relieve constipation are to eat
foods high in fiber and to drink
adequate amounts of water each
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advice on the advancing science
behind aging research, visit

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Groundbreaking celebration of new
Southwood Village Homes

On Wednesday May 11,
Westminster Woods on Jul-
ington Creek celebrated the
groundbreaking of their new
Southwood villa homes.
The Southwood Village

neighborhood will feature a to-
tal of 47 two-bedroom/two bath
with den (or third bedroom)
villa homes. Each home also has
a two car garage. Southwood
will be built in three phases

with expected completion of
Phase 1 by the end of this year.
Phase 1 will include 14 villa
homes, a new clubhouse and
lap pool as well as a marketing
welcome center and two model
villa homes. The builder is R.D.
Westminster Woods sits on
86 acres on beautiful Julington
Creek. The Southwood neigh-
borhood will offer gated access
to the Bartram Walk shopping
area featuring restaurants,
shops, Shannon's Irish Pub and
is near tennis, golf, grocery,
banking and churches.
Residents of Westminster
Woods enjoy a very wide vari-
ety of activities and services in-
cluding a state-of-the-art fitness
center, massage therapy, a full
service beauty salon, transpor-
tation to shopping and medical
appointments, country store, a
huge library, computer center,
boutique, a museum, art and
painting classes etc. The conve-
nient location offers easy access
to downtown Jacksonville, St.
Augustine and the airport and is
just 15 minutes from Naval Air
Station Jacksonville.
Westminster Woods on
Julington Creek is part of the
family of Westminster Com-
munities of Florida. They are a
church related, not-for-profit
community service organiza-
tion dedicated and committed
to providing services to older
adults and persons with special


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Research study: Brisk walks
improve the memory

Exercise is good for every-
one, but recent research indi-
cates it has special benefits for
older people. In a study funded
by the National Institute on Ag-
ing, 120 people ages 55 to 80
were divided into two groups,
with half instructed to walk for
40 minutes a day three times a
week. The other half did exer-
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Brock Martin, vice president with Atlantic Coast Bank, presents the
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Second grade students at Julington Creek Elementary implement
their math skills by having an annual Flea Market. Second graders
use their great imaginations to determine a good or service to sell
to students and teachers in other grade levels. Upon entering a sec-
ond grade classroom, each child/teacher receives a fake dollar bill to
make their purchases. They receive fake money in change that they
can continue to spend. All items that they purchase are theirs to
keep. It is an amazing learning experience for all that are involved!
Rian Mahalaris, Jenna Karli Goodwin, Principal Michael Story, Ben
Davis, Calvin Hansen are shown enjoying the flea market.

See where your school is consolidated

School District plans to save

money over the summer

The St. Johns County
School District will imple-
ment the following operational
strategies to save money during
the upcoming summer months.
These strategies helped produce
energy savings of more than
$800,000 during the summer of
Four-Day Workweek: Begin-
ning on Monday, June 13, the
school district will operate a
four-day workweek, Monday
through Thursday. All facilities
will function in an energy con-
servation mode Friday through
Sunday. Summer activities will
be designed within the Monday
through Thursday workweek
and will be completed by Au-
gust 4. The district will return to
the normal five-day workweek
beginning on Monday, August
One-Week Shutdown: All
schools and district offices will
be closed during the week of
July 18 through 21 and will
reopen on Monday, July 25.
School Consolidation:
Beginning on Monday, June 20,
the school district will oper-
ate from six high schools and
one middle school serving as
regional centers. All other facili-
ties will function in an energy
conservation mode except dur-
ing the time the facility is being
cleaned and prepared for the
new school year.
Each regional high school
will serve as the operation

center for the schools that
have been assigned to that site.
School administrative teams
will work in designated areas of
the high school. Maintenance
managers and custodial staff
will work at the schools in their
region on a rotating basis. Dis-
trict communication with school
staff will be done at the regional
site for that school.
Summer academic pro-
grams, camps and extended
school year services will be
planned, developed and com-
municated by each school.
Camps and other activities will
operate at the regional high
school and will be coordinated
by administrators at all schools
in the region. Staff will return
to their regular school site on
Monday, August 1.
Following is a list of assign-
ments for each NW St. Johns
County high school:
Bartram Trail: Switzerland
Point, Liberty Pines, Timber-
lin Creek and Hickory Creek
Creekside: Fruit Cove, Durbin
Creek, Julington Creek, Cun-
ningham Creek
Nease: Pacetti Bay, Wards
Creek, Mill Creek
By restricting building
operations in all district facili-
ties during the summer, energy
consumption at each site can be
reduced. This will require cen-
tralization of summer activities
in buildings where the lowest
energy consumption will occur.

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7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 6
at the St. Johns River
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Timberlin Creek Elementary (TCE) Principal Cathy Hutchins is
pleased to receive a fundraising check from Michelle Clenden-
ing, whose company, 2 Teach Inc., offered Summertime Learning
Workbooks for parents. TCE received a check in the amount of
$768 which represents 40 percent of the profit from the sales.

Medical Alliance awards

academic scholarships
Creekside High
School, will
Study pre-
medicine at the
University of
Central Florida
Each year,
the St. Johns
County Medical
Alliance, in con-
,. junction with the
St. Johns County
Medical Society,
O offers academic
scholarships to
graduating St.
Ainsley Warmuth, Medical Alliance member with Jacob Johns County

The St. Johns County Medi-
cal Alliance recently awarded
academic scholarships to three
graduating St. Johns County high
school seniors pursuing an edu-
cation in medicine. Three $1,000
scholarships were awarded to the
following students:
Emma Domingoes, from
Nease High School, will study
pre-medicine at Davidson College
in Davidson, North Carolina
Hunter Green, from St. Au-
gustine High School, will study
pre-medicine at Samford Univer-
sity in Birmingham, Alabama.
Jacob Sambursky, from

high school
seniors pursuing an education in
pre-medicine, nursing or allied
health. Scholarship applicants are
evaluated on academic ability,
school involvement and commu-
nity service.
The St. Johns County Medical
Alliance represents spouses of St.
Johns County physicians. Its pur-
pose is to promote health educa-
tion, identify and address health-
care needs and issues, participate
in health-related legislation and
provide college scholarships to
St. Johns County students. For
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Movie Review
X-Men: First Class
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn. Starring: James McAvoy, Kevin Bacon, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose
Byrne and many others. Review by T.G. Stanton

Rating: Great Movie, May See It Again (54 out of 5)
This month's review belongs is war throughout time, the mu- tribula
to the recently released X-Men: tant populations seem to have a muta
First Class, an Action-Comic groups with opposite goals. mutant
Book film, packed with action Kevin Bacon depicts Sebastian Cerebr
and special effects. Shaw; he plays this movie's as well
The movie begins in Europe villain, a megalomaniac that of the
with the discoveries of special begins with the testing perpe- be wor
abilities during World War II. treated by the Germans to unlock McAvc
As time moves on Professor X, the powers of hidden mutants. playful
starring James McAvoy, be- He is also able to absorb energy many
comes a specialist in genetic and has great plans to rule or ined w
mutations. Michael Fassbender destroy the world. He of course peccab
delivers the character of Mag- has his own team of mutants as aMic
neto and Jennifer Lawrence and they are at cross-purposes the rag
plays Mystique, both charac- with the X-Men. Magne
ters tortured from childhood. The movie has great special charac
They and Nicholas Hoult, who effects throughout and is one of normal
portrays Beast, are a part of the the best prequel movies to date. ing cra
team that is brought together This movie answers many ques- out ho'
by CIA agent Dr. MacTaggerte, tions regarding the X-Men, their them w
played by Rose Byrne. As there development, their trials and helps s

tions to live and excel as
nt. The fact that it was a
t in the CIA who develops
o was a fascinating twist,
as the manufacturing
helmet that will one day
rn by Magneto. James
oy brings new range and
lness to Professor X that
would have never imag-
hile holding on to his im-
le loyalty and honor, just
hael Fassbender delivers
;e and wounds that create
to. So many of the other
ters just want to lead a
[ existence in a world go-
azy and the movie brings
w their mutations make
who they are and who
ave the future.

Humanity, throughout its
history, has been in pursuit
of answers to the most
compelling questions of life.
Theories have come and
gone, but questions seem
to remain.

We at Cross Creek believe there is an answer to these
questions - the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

You may have your own questions. We welcome them
and invite you to a conversation as we examine who
Jesus is and what is his good news.

Join us and new Senior Pastor Paul Kalfa at
10:30 am on Sundays for the main service. To learn
more about Paul and his wife Lisa visit us
at www.crosscreekchurch.us.

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The Lifestyle Guru

Bored this summer? Go to cooking school!
By Donna Keathley

I-I -I-Area foodies are suiting up
and going back to school. Out
S~e 0 06@ there on the food radar screen,
cooking schools are the latest
soup dejour! This puts train-
ing "hands on" to cook like a
.....chef in their own home. Can't
N ,roll sushi? Roll your eyes at the
thought of doing a mousse - get
tain the class room. The closest
cooking lab is just around the
corner from you and you didn't
even know it!
Employers are gathering up
their office crews and challeng-
ing them to cook together for
a team-work exercise - along
with some healthy camarade-
rie and competition. Women's
clubs are booking their monthly
C lo M S *meetings in the kitchens for a
fun hands-on outing. Brownie
troops are experiencing the art
STATION RENTAL NOW of cooking for the firsttime.
"Girls night out" has moved
AVAILABLE from the bars to the sink-
prepping a great aperitif and
drink menu while they have a
fun evening together. Even phy-
sicians and dietary specialists
are suggesting cooking school
S programs to their patients to
teach them lifestyle changes in
their diet after being diagnosed
with disorders like diabetes or
heart disease.
2 0 6 5A friend of mine opened
The Cooking School over in
Palatka several years ago; with
*Da PhD in nutrition and years of
expertise in hospital kitchens,
* ** -she had the vision of a health-
related operation. But when the
telephone rang with so many
other fun requests she just went
with the flow. She ran the show
Robert KelseyM .D . by herself so she let the public
� ~teach her what they wanted; the
Board Certified Cardiology and Internal Medicine flexibility was there so she was
off and running in all kinds of
Whole Foods has a Life-
style Center complete with a
P i specialist. Myra Jean Haslam
runs the show and is the contact
* 52 Tu,,scan \Vi'* Suite 203 for fun and creative activities

Robert Kelsey, M.D.

St. Augustine, FL 32092


in her store's kitchen.
They have a complete
birthday party menu for
children, ranging from
a Gross-Out Cooking
Party to a Tea for Tots
event. I joined in one of
their Lunch and Learn .
classes a few Fridays ago
and really had fun. The
attendance was almost
capacity with several of
the gals being "regulars"
for this event. Chef An-
drew was both interest- Cooking
ing and entertaining as
he whipped up a scallop delight
for the group. We learned how
to lighten up a cream sauce
by using up veggies already in
your crisper and also neat tips
on seasonings. I plan on do-
ing more of the noon classes to
shake up my menus this sum-
mer. Call Myra Jean at Whole
Foods San Jose Boulevard loca-
tion; the number is 288-1111.
Aprons Cooking School
was born over at Publix on San
Jose Boulevard. The school was
designed to give the custom-
ers a kitchen in which to learn,
practice and have fun with
food. I spoke with resident chef,
Patrick Walley, just the other
day; he shared the school's
summer schedule with me and
emphasized that they loved
to do customized classes. The
school chefs are also available
to customers shopping in the
gourmet cooking area of the
store, making recommendations
on items stocked in the store for
purchase. For more information
about Aprons, call 262-4187.
Andrea Rosenblatt over on
US Highway 1 opened her kitch-
en up to the public several years
ago calling it A Chefs Cooking
School. This was her dream to
reality experience, after gradu-
ating from the First Coast Tech's
Culinary School. Along with
teaching customized classes in
her facility, she also has an eve-

ning event called the Chefs Ta-
ble Dinner which is open to the
public. Her dining area seats a
maximum of 16 people who can
watch their gourmet meal being
cooked right in from of them by
the cooking school's staff. Some
hands on fun is experienced
too, like the sushi rolling event.
The food is served family style
and the dress for the evening is
casual. So you could take your
own crowd if you will, for a
great weekend experience. Call
Andrea at 827-1350.
After experiencing just
one cooking class and writ-
ing this article, I have certainly
expanded my horizons! Words
like Gardemanger, Oaxacan and
Fondant are now in my reper-
toire! Enjoy the recipe below,
it won rave reviews at our last
dinner party!
Bon Appetit!

The Claremont Hotel Salad

Chop 1 medium head cabbage,
3 large cucumbers and 1
large onion.
Add 3 grated carrots and 4
cloves of garlic, sliced.
Mix dressing: 1 1/2 cups white
vinegar, 5 tablespoons Wes-
son oil, 3/4 cup water, 1 cup
sugar, 2 1/2 tablespoons salt.
Pour over veggies.
Chill at least 24 hours - 48 is

SPMS s onsors a dream

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The Switzerland Point Middle School Dreams Come True Club, which raises
funds for children battling a life-threatening illness, is pleased to announce
that we helped make a "dream come true" for a former student, Hannah Lee.
We are thrilled that we were able to contribute $4,000 to Hannah's Hawai-
ian Dream through our fundraisers. One hundred percent of the money
raised goes directly to sponsoring the dream and we earned funds through
selling Krispy Kreme Doughnut Cards and coffee, Domino's Pizza Cards,
Dreamsicles and the annual SPMS Student Talent Show. We appreciate the
support of our amazing club members and our school community for help-
ing to make this happen! A special thankyou goes to the Publix and Winn
Dixie stores located on County Road 210 for their help with our party needs!

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H altyS ie H altyC ide

On May 27, 13 contestants
performed for Creekside Idol.
Renowned musicians and
vocalists, Tommy Bledsoe and
Frankie Urzetta, awarded fresh-
man Sarah Schreck the title
"2011 Creekside Idol." Schreck
accompanied herself on the
piano as she created and sang
an original arrangement of
"Rainbow Connection" and
"Somewhere Over the Rain-
bow." Congratulations, Sarah!

Student Op-Ed

High school sports and

budget cuts
By Jonathan Roach, BTHS Student

What would you do if you
knew that your school board
could not pay for sports or any
extracurricular activities during
your senior year of high school?
Right now the Duval County
School Board is facing a $97
million shortfall in its budget
and it needs to be lower to meet
there budget and sports is one
of the potential cuts that might
be made.
There are over 15,000 stu-
dents who participate in sports
and other extracurricular activi-
ties and cutting these would just
be devastating to many young
kids across the city of Jackson-
ville. What are they going to
do when they can't play sports
and have no reason to try hard
in school? Some people might
argue that sports are the biggest
reason why kids even stay in
school. Sports and academics go
together in many ways. Sports
show kids how to work hard
and realize that what you put in
to something equals what you
get out from it.
Now I am a student/athlete
at Bartram Trail High School
and I know how much sports
matter in schools. To be honest,

I don't know where I would be
if I didn't play sports. I know for
sure I wouldn't be going to col-
lege this fall because I wouldn't
have received the athletic schol-
arship I was offered this spring
if I didn't play football. My
grades would definitely be lower
and who knows what paths I
might have taken with my life
if I didn't play football. I've
made great friends from playing
sports and great relationships
that I might not have had if I
didn't play sports. I've learned
great life lessons that I will use
the rest of my life. My coaches
have helped me to learn to say
no to peer pressure that exists
outside of the playing fields.
Without sports I can hon-
estly say that the numbers of
high school dropouts will in-
crease and the number of crimes
in Jacksonville will increase.
With more time on young kids'
hands after school, the likeli-
hood of crimes and dropouts
will vastly increase. For some
young men, all they need is a
little push through high school
from their coaches to reach their
full potential. The effects of
this would not only affect the

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families of student/athletes, but
would affect thousands across
North Florida.
This would be a tragedy for
everyone in North Florida so
please, find a way to fix this so
we don't lose high school sports
in Jacksonville.

Editor's Note:
Are you interested in reading what
other youth in our community think
about a number of timely topics? Be
sure to check out www.thecreekline.
corn and visit our "Students' News
and Views" page. Presently posted are
a variety of op-eds and policy briefs

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The school bus routes for
the 2011-2012 school year for
the St. Johns County School
District were approved by the
School Board at their May 10
Four new bus routes are
being added for next school
year to accommodate growth in
the Durbin Creek Elementary,

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Lee's AP Government class from
Bartram Trail High School. Teachers,
if your students would like to submit
material for publication on our web-
site, please contact Martie Thompson,
Editor, at editor@rtpublishinginc.

PVPV/Rawlings Elementary
and Fruit Cove Middle School
areas, as well as an increase
in the number of special needs
The routes are available
online at www.stjohns.kl2.fl.us/
depts/hr/transp/approved/. Per-
sons without access to comput-
ers may visit any of the county
public library locations, and
staff will assist them in locating
the website.
During July, postcards will
be sent home to parents of all
potential bus riders giving them
the bus stop, times and bus
number for their students.

CCE sponsors a dream

Students at Cunningham Creek Elementary found all sorts of creative
ways to raise money to help Thomas, a six-year-old boy, see his Dream
Come True. From hosting a Crazy Hat Day and a talent show to selling
900 Lucky Charm Grams with lollipops on St. Patrick's Day, students
collected $1,200.91 throughout the year. This money was presented to
Thomas during a ceremony in June and will help send him and his fam-
ily on a Disney Cruise in September through Dreams Come True, an or-
ganization that helps children battling life-threatening illnesses. Special
thanks to CCE parent Jill Schmidt and the Julington Creek Village Publix
for donating cakes to feed 225 students at the Dreams Come True
celebration ceremony. Pictured, Cassia, Katie, Becca and Karissa present
Thomas with a cruise gift bucket and check.

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Character Counts at Julington Creek!
By Contributing Writer Dian McLeod, Second Grade Teacher, Julington Creek Elementary

JCE second graders Benjamin Model, Gentry Grimes, Maui Wilhelm,
Sierra Decker, Tarun Kuchipudi and Hannah Zaiter.

In keeping with Julington
Creek Elementary School's
2010-2011 School Improve-
ment Plan, the second grade
classes of Candace Boldin,

Paula Cervone and Dian
McLeod meet twice a month
to learn about the character
pillar for the month.
Our Character Counts

program is called "A Circle
of Friends." We discuss the
characteristics of the pillar,
watch a movie that supports
that pillar, complete a hands-
on activity and have a related
snack. We believe that the
Character Counts program
makes a positive difference
in the children's behavior.
For a culminating
activity this year, we decided
to have a luncheon where
each child brought a home-
made dish to share. All of
the recipes were gathered
and composed into a Circle
of Friends Cookbook. Each
child will receive a cookbook
and a Circle of Friends pin
to commemorate this year's
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second graders for all of their
hard work!

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Liberty Pines Academy
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During the month of May, the fourth graders at Liberty Pines Academy
teamed up with the Jacksonville USO and collected military supplies for
soldiers overseas. The 139 LPA students collected supplies to fill 22 boxes
and five full shopping bags. The fourth graders added letters of encour-
agement to show their support before packaging them up themselves.
On Wednesday, May 25, Jim Bury, the director of the USO in Jacksonville,
visited Liberty Pines Academy to pick up the supplies and speak to the
students about their freedoms and liberties. Students received an "Until
They Come Home" pin, which they wore proudly. Bury and the USO shipped
all items to Afghanistan for soldiers abroad. Liberty Pines Academy will
continue this project through the 2011-2012 school year and hope to team
with the Jacksonville USO for their next supply collection.

The Twisters Boys U-10 boys' team won the Jacksonville Coerver Cup tourna-
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game in pool play. Based on the team's records and goal differential, the
team went to the playoffs as the first place team. The team won the playoff
game and headed into the finals. The tournament was a 5 v. 5 format and
presented new challenges and formations for the team. The boys played
a great championship game and took home the trophy and medals. Each
player on the team scored and assisted on goals in the tournament. It was
a true team effort. Through each of the five games, the boys showed their
skills, hustle and sportsmanship. Coach Oscar Aguilar, Coach David Wolf and
Assistant Coach Michael Williams helped train the boys for this tournament
and were all proud of the team's play and spirit. Congratulations Twisters!
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middle and high school as part
of the Take Stock in Children
(TSIC) Program. Mentors meet
with students in order to help
them acquire skills to transition
into college and a future career.
Take Stock in Children is an
innovative state-wide organiza-
tion that strives to "break the
cycle of poverty one child at
a time by offering guidance,
scholarship, mentors and hope.:'
TSIC has achieved success in
increasing high school gradu-
ation rates and expanding col-
lege enrollment opportunities
for qualified students. Mentors
meet with their student starting

in seventh grade and continue
to meet through 12th grade.
"My mentor is great. Every
time I see her she is very open
about what we talk about. She
is supportive and caring of me
and it always makes me happy
when I see her," said a student
from Switzerland Point Middle
School about her mentor.
TSIC is looking for mentors
that have a desire to positively
influence a student's life as they
move through grade school and
into college. It takes time and
dedication, but the experience
is rewarding for each party
involved. Many students say
they enjoy their mentor because
they can talk about anything
from academics to what it is like
growing up.

"My mentor helps me
through school and also helps
me with everyday life lessons.
He has been an amazing mentor
and teacher to me;' said another
student from Pedro Menendez
High School about his mentor.
Mentors find the experi-
ence equally rewarding. "I know
first-hand that mentoring does
make a difference and mentors
can significantly and positively
impact young lives;' stated
Shelley Whitman, a TSIC men-
tor who has been in St. Johns
County since 1992.
For more information re-
garding the Take Stock in Chil-
dren program or to become a
mentor, please contact SJCEF's
Program Coordinator Marci
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A visit to The Lightner is a mixture

of delights!
By Donna Keathley

Spotlight on Students

Kevin McKernan, son of
Debby and Jerry McKernan and
a sophomore varsity midfielder
at Creekside High School, has
been selected to represent the
Southeast in the 2011 National
Lacrosse Classic to be held in
Germantown, Maryland in July
2011. The National Lacrosse
Classic brings 500 high school
underclassmen lacrosse players
from throughout the country to
one venue, where 20 regional
teams will compete to become
the 2011 USA champion and
earn the chance to compete for
an international championship
against Canada.

The National Society of
High School Scholars (NSHSS)
has announced that Nease High
School student Kayla R. Norton
has been selected for member-
ship. The Society recognizes top
scholars and invites only those
students who have achieved
academic excellence. The an-
nouncement was made by
NSHSS founder and chairman
Claes Nobel, a senior member
of the family that established

the Nobel Prize. Membership in
NSHSS entitles qualified stu-
dents to enjoy a wide variety of
benefits, including scholarship
opportunities and academic
competitions. Founded in 2002,
NSHSS encourages members
of the organization to apply
their unique talents, vision and
potential for the betterment
of themselves and the world.
Currently there are more than
530,000 Society members in
over 160 countries.

The Bartram Bears Booster
Athletic Club presented two
$1000 scholarship awards at
Bartram Trail Senior Night
on May 31 to two outstand-
ing athletes who have also
been outstanding students. All
candidates were asked to write
an essay, resume and interview
with the selection committee.
The winners were Libby Crowe
and Ed Pottenger. Crowe played
on the Bartram Trail varsity
softball team for four years and
is attending Princeton in the
fall. Pottenger played on the
Bartram Trail football team for
four years, was on the weight-
lifting team and ran track and is
attending FSU in the fall. Con-
gratulations to our outstanding
student athletes!

It's a trilogy; what began as
a luxury spa and hotel experi-
ence in downtown St. Augustine
has evolved into a multi-fac-
eted jewel! When you visit The
Lightner Museum, there is so
much going on it's hard to zone
into just one area of interest.
Originally the building
was The Alcazar Hotel, which
opened in February of 1889 as
a casino and bath facility for
the class of society who usually
traveled to the great watering
places of Europe. A casino in
those days was not an estab-
lishment of gambling games; it
was a dancing suite of rooms or
party area.
A spa of the 1800s was a
place to visit and been seen, not
exactly for the benefit of health.
The men's only facilities includ-
ed a steam room, a hydrother-
apy room, a Turkish bath room
and a Russian bath room-com-
plete with an ice cold plunge
pool right outside of the door.
The ladies had a lounging room
where they spent their after-
noons while the hubby "spaed."
Their area was furnished with
long chaise-like lounges where
they took their tea while they
read, did their needle work or
visited. They spent the remain-
der of the afternoon getting
ready for the grand evening's
The evening dining and
dancing took place on the third
floor in a circular room with
a great opening in the middle
which overlooked a giant pool-
filled basement. The architecture

in this space
is more than
grand with the
arches filled
with elaborate
custom mold-
The pool
area is now a
wonderful place
to lunch. The
Caf6 Alcazar
has great food
and live music
daily; for more
call them at
825-9948. After
eating you
can browse through the many
antique shoppers in the pool area
and entry area of the museum.
These rooms still exist
today; the marble steam bath
"stadium" seats are there for
the public's viewing, along with
most of the plumbing and pip-
ing which filled the spa rooms
with water. Posters depicting the
rooms in use in their day are
placed appropriately throughout
the museum. The architecture
is a tour on its own, with miles
of beautiful plaster ceiling and
floor moldings; the tiled floors
are exquisite.
The collections displayed
in museum are pieces from
Otto Lightner's own collection
of eclectic Victorian artifacts.
Tiffany-style windows and
lamps complete one entire
room; another space is com-
pletely stuffed with cut-glass
objects, hand painted porcelain
art pieces as large as life fill

an entire hall-way. There is a
musical instrument room which
comes alive with docents hold-
ing instructional educational
seminars each day. A great
Renaissance Revival piano holds
court on the second floor.
For the horticulture lover,
the gardens in the center court
area are an art in themselves.
Many brides marry there, stand-
ing on the famous stone cov-
ered bridge. These gardens are a
great "photo op" area! Tourists
go away with many great shots
of their visit to St. Augustine
and these gardens are on the
top of the list.
Director Bob Harper and
curator Barry Myers maintain
the Lightner Museum, which is
open seven days a week, from
9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. With
a valid driver's license or I.D.
proving you are a St. Johns
County resident, entry is free.
The pool area is now a beauti-
ful place to lunch; The Cafe
Alcazar is open from 11:00 a.m.
until 3:00 p.m. daily, with live
musical performances to enjoy
during your meal.
The city of St. Augus-
tine makes your visit easy by
providing ample parking right
across from the museum on
Granada Street. These lots are
metered with a single pay sta-
tion which vends out parking
for up to four hours for a maxi-
mum of $6, taking both credit
cards and cash. The paid slots
are enforced Mondays through
Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until
5:00 p.m., while evenings after
5:00 p.m. and Sundays these
parking spaces are free.
Bob Harper invites you to
visit this little gem of a place
in downtown St. Augustine and
remember, its air conditioned!

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Conservation helps lessen

drought impact
By Contributing Writer Teresa H. Mons
St. Johns River Water Management Di;
With severe drought condi-
tions and wildfires occurring
across Florida, the St. Johns
River Water Management Dis-
trict's Governing Board recently
commended homeowners, busi-
nesses and industry for practic-
ing year-round water conser-
vation, thereby reducing the
potential for drought impacts to
drinking water supplies.
Rainfall is currently be-
tween seven and 24 inches
below normal for the past 12
months in northeast and east-
central Florida. Despite recent
isolated rains, most of the
region is experiencing moderate
to severe drought conditions.
Current groundwater levels in
some areas of the Floridan aqui-
fer are approaching record lows
set in the 2000-2001 drought.
Lake levels also are experienc-
ing declines in many areas.
District staff members regu-
larly monitor rainfall, lake and
well levels and updated infor-
mation is presented monthly to
the Governing Board.
"While the data paints a
rather grim picture of our cur-
rent hydrologic conditions, the
good news is that district-wide
irrigation restrictions and more
efficient water use by the public
are helping to protect our water
resources from harm, as well as
delay - perhaps avoid - wa-
ter shortages,"' said Governing
Board Chairman Leonard Wood.
"We recognize the seriousness
of drought conditions on water
supplies and making an extra
effort to conserve water now
may avoid more short-term
irrigation restrictions to deal
with drought impacts, should
the traditional rainy season be

The district has the statuto-
ry responsibility of implement-
ing water shortage restrictions
when water supplies are inad-
equate to meet needs, though
water supply utilities may enact
additional restrictions for their
customers when their facili-
ties cannot meet peak demand
periods. At this time, no water
supply utilities have reported
problems accessing water sup-
plies under the current hydro-
logic conditions.
Local government watering
restriction ordinances and en-
forcement efforts, and utilities'
conservation programs have
also been instrumental in mini-
mizing the drought's impacts on
water supplies, Wood pointed
During daylight saving time
(second Sunday in March until
the first Sunday in November),
irrigation is limited to no more
than two days per week on
scheduled days.
* Residential irrigation is
allowed on Wednesday and
Saturday at addresses that end
in an odd number or have no
* Residential irrigation is
allowed on Thursday and Sun-
day at addresses that end in an
even number.
* Nonresidential irriga-
tion is allowed on Tuesday and
* Irrigation is prohibited be-
tween 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Visit www.floridaswater.
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information about the district's
watering restrictions and excep-
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Free workshops teach

gardening to children

For the second summer in
a row, elementary-aged chil-
dren are invited to pre-register
for free, hands-on gardening
workshops at their local St.
Johns County Public Library
branch. The free, educational
workshops will be held at St.
Johns County Public Library
branches and are presented by
members of the Garden Club
of St. Augustine and spon-
sored by the Garden Club of St.
Augustine and the Friends of
the Library groups of each St.
Johns County Public Library

Captain David's Fishing Report

By Captain David Lifka
Depending on a variety of
factors mostly weather related,
July is the beginning of the
annual shrimp migration up
the St. Johns River. Although
impossible to predict the length
and quality of the run each
year, now through the end of
September are usually the most
productive months with the
shrimp getting larger as the sea-
son progresses. Last year may
have been one of the best years
ever in our area, with an abun-
dance of shrimp to be caught

in the St. Johns and Julington
Creek well in to November.
Shrimping can be done at
both day and night, although
daytime shrimping requires a
boat and night time shrimping
does not. A cast net will be your
weapon of choice regardless of
when you shrimp.
During daylight hours
shrimp leave the shallow waters
where they spent the night and
travel the channel edges of the
river. When looking for these

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day time concentrations, try
areas around creek mouths,
channel markers, where other
boats are or use your fish finder.
Remember to tie extra rope to
your cast net as you will prob-
ably be in 10 to 25 feet of water
with a moving current. Duct
taping your net on both sides
just above the weights will also
help your net blossom in the
deeper water.
As the sun begins to set the
shrimp will leave the deeper
water and head to shallows to
feed and spend the night. This
is when you would chose an
area from a dock or boat in just
a few feet of water for your
night time shrimping. After
baiting the area with a mixture
of fish meal (available at feed
and hardware stores) and flour
made into balls, give the shrimp
a half hour or so to show. A
lantern will be handy to have
as both a shrimp attractor and
light source. Old Shands Bridge
(Pier) in Orangedale (east side)
and Green Cove (west side) and
County Dock Mandarin all pro-
vide public access for shrimp-
Fishing Report: Enough
shrimp showing up in Juling-
ton Creek and the river for bait.
With the shrimp, croakers and
yellowmouth trout are starting
to show in deeper holes. Stay in
the shade and fish the creeks for
Whether you catch one,
none or some, the family time
and memories spent fishing will
last a lifetime.

Members of the Garden
Club of St. Augustine will host
make-and-take workshops
teaching children about being
"nature detectives," gardening
and growing, flower arranging
and more. The workshops are
science-oriented, but also will
encourage children to create
their own gardens and appreci-
ate nature.
Contact your local branch
for more information and
to sign up for the gardening
workshops. Children who can-
not make the date of the local
branch's workshop or if those
workshops are full, can call an-
other branch library and sign
up for that branch's workshop.
Below is the schedule:
Saturday, July 16 - Ponte
Vedra Beach Branch Library,
Friday, July 22 - Bartram
Trail Branch Library, 827-
Thursday, August 3 - Hast-
ings Branch Library, 827-
Saturday, August 6 - Anas-
tasia Island Branch Library,
Tuesday, August 16 - Main

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St. Johns County schools are tops again!

School grades released in
late June show the St. Johns
County School District has
maintained its ranking as the
number one district in the state
for the third year in a row. St.
Johns County Schools had 22
"A" schools and 2 "B" schools.
Fifteen elementary schools, all
seven middle schools and the
district's only K-8 school all
received "As" this year.
The district earned a total of
594 points, 18 points ahead of
the second-ranked district.
"I continue to be amazed by
the commitment of our students,
teachers and school adminis-
trators, particularly given the
fact that this level of perfor-
mance was achieved with the

new more rigorous FCAT 2.0
in place;' said Superintendent
Dr. Joseph Joyner. "St. Johns
County Schools' grades and its
top ranking in the state is an
indication of everyone's hard
work. Even with this outstand-
ing performance, conversations
are already focused on how to
become even better.'"
Thirteen other elementary
schools retained their "A" status,
including Cunningham Creek El-
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visit e-baptisthealth.com/volunteersouth

SMedical Center South
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Valley/ Rawlings Elementary, ai Yo
South Woods Elementary and works
Wards Creek Elementary.
"Once again, I am very Week
proud of the work that has been Train
accomplished in our district.
Everyone works so hard and it's
gratifying to see that translate
into excellent marks;' he added. U -d e
High school grades are
expected to be released in L duso f

Fruit Cove Betty Griffin House Thrift

Shoppe is relocating

On July 1, 2011 the Betty
Griffin House Thrift Shoppe
located in Fruit Cove relocated
just down the road to 455 State
Road 13 in the Julington Square
Shopping Plaza near the Food
Lion. There will be a grand
opening ceremony on Thursday
September 29th, details will be
available soon.
We would like to take a mo-
ment to thank the community
for your support of our Thrift
Shoppe. We have some very

loyal customers and it is always
a pleasure and an honor to have
you shop with us. It is patrons
such as yourselves to whom we
owe the success of our retail
establishment. Our sincere ap-
preciation of your patronage
into our new space cannot be
overstated. We want to assure
you that we will continue to do
all we can to make your shop-
ping experience as pleasurable
as possible.
Betty Griffin House is now

in its 21st year and is the only
provider of services to victims
of domestic and sexual abuse
in St. Johns County. We are
working to eliminate domestic
violence and rape in our com-
munity. For more information
or to make an investment in our
future generation for preven-
tion, please visit our website at
If you or someone you
know is being abused, please
call our hotline at 824-1555.

Friends of the Bartram Trail Library update

For over 25 years, the
Bartram Trail Friends of the
Library have worked to ensure
your library has enjoyed extra
books and items your tax dol-
lars do not cover. The Friends
have purchased everything
from a sign on State Road 13
to rugs, file cabinets, color
printers, lamps, an awning over
the book drops and many more
items. A few months ago our

project was to re-upholster all
the chairs in the library.
The Friends also cover the
cost of all the children's and
youth programs and many of
the adult programs.
During our annual elec-
tions at our May meeting, the
following were elected to the
board of directors:
President - Nancy Tanzler
Vice President - Maureen

Secretary - Terry Donnal
Treasurer - Young McQueen
The Friends meet bi-
monthly, beginning in Janu-
ary, on the second Tuesday of
each month at 6:00 p.m. in the
library. Also, please join us on
the second Saturday of each
month from 9:30 a.m. to noon
for our book sale!

Area high school students to perform

Hairspray at the Wilson Center

Several local high school
students, including teens from
Bartram Trail and Creekside
High School, are participat-
ing in the Summer Musical
Theatre Experience (SMTE) of
Jacksonville's production of the
Broadway musical Hairspray at
FSCJ's Nathan Wilson Center
for the Arts.
SMTE, sponsored by The
Artist Series and in conjunction

with FSCJ, will present five per-
formances under the direction
of Kristen Livingston, on July
29 and 30 and August 5 and 6
at 8:00 p.m. each evening and
a matinee on August 7 at 2:00
p.m. at the Wilson Center.
Tickets may be purchased
by calling the box office at
646-2222, Monday through
Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to

4-H Program seeks volunteer

The St. Johns County 4-H
Youth Development Program is
seeking caring adult volunteers
interested in making a posi-
tive difference in the lives of
youth in St. Johns County. 4-H
volunteers are needed to lead
4-H clubs/projects, assist with
fundraising efforts, coordinate
4-H events, assist with general
office duties and help out with
program marketing as well as
variety of other tasks.
There will be a 4-H Vol-
unteer Orientation Luncheon

on Saturday, July 23 from
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the
St. Johns County Windstorm
Mitigation Building, located at
3111 Agricultural Center Drive
in St. Augustine. If interested in
attending, you must RSVP by
July 21 to the St. Johns County
4-H Office via phone or email
(209-0430 or cgrotz@sjcfl.us).
4-H Volunteers have the
flexibility to determine the
amount of time, location and
subject area they prefer. Volun-
teers receive assistance of the

4:00 p.m. or online at www.
artistseriesjax.org. Ticket prices
vary for adults, seniors, military
personnel, students and chil-
dren under the age of 12. Group
ticket prices are also available.
For more information,
please call the ticket office
during office hours or visit the
Summer Musical Theatre Expe-
rience Facebook page.

4-H office, including training,
office support and resource
materials. 4-H volunteers
promote youth learning leader-
ship, citizenship and a variety
of life skills that enable them to
become capable and caring citi-
zens through "learn by doing"
The mission of the 4-H Pro-
gram is to create a supportive
environment for diverse youth
and adults to reach their fullest

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Purposeful Parenting

Summer safety
By Allie Olsen

Hometown Nazareth Vaca-
tion Bible School (VBS) will
be held at River of Life UMC
from 6:15 p.m. until 8:45 p.m.
during the week of July 24
through 28, 2011. Registration
will be available on-line at
our website (www.rolumc.com)
beginning on June 27. There
is a fee of $10.00 per child /
$20.00 family. We cannot wait
to share this exciting time with
your families! Come and learn
more about Jesus! For more
information, please contact the

In early August of 2009... a
group of highly skilled and ded-
icated Navy reservists responded
to the call and mobilized to
Landstuhl Regional Medical
Center (LRMC), Germany as a
members of Navy Expedition
Medical Unit (NEMU) 10 from
August 2009 to July 2010. We
knew, as the nine Navy groups
before us, that our patients at
LRMC would be counting on
us...and we would not let them
Our patients would come
to us tattered and torn with
various types of injuries and
illnesses. Although we were not
down range and "in the mix,"
we did contribute by providing
care to wounded warriors that
came to LRMC. They were ever
present in our thoughts and not
once did we forget that they are
the reason we do what we do.
As Navy Reservists, we
worked alongside of other
service members from different
branches of the military (Air
force and Army) as well as civil-
ians to provide the best quality
care we could give our ill and
wounded. Although we came
from different backgrounds and
military services, they earned

church office at 230-2955.

Pastor Casey Neely and
his family will be arriving in
NW St. Johns County in July
to begin serving at River of
Life UMC. Pastor Neely's first
Sunday at River of Life will be
July 3, 2011. Prior to his ap-
pointment here, Pastor Neely
served in Fort Myers Shores,
Florida at Grace United Meth-
odist Church. River of Life
UMC is located at 2600 Race
Track Road.

our respect and gratitude as we
performed our duties.
Our thoughts would often
drift back to our homes and
families and to what they had
to do while we were away.
Though the task of taking care
of the home front could some-
times be difficult... our families
would complete this with an
unwavering determination and
would help put our minds at
ease. We cannot describe our
feelings and gratitude to our
spouses and families for doing
what they needed to do while
we performed our duty for our
Regardless of how daunting
the task of taking care of the
home and family could be... our
spouses and families did us all
proud. Our families, regardless
of how difficult our separation
was to them, would always let
us know how much they loved
us and how proud they were
that we were taking care of
those who helping to keep our
country free in their time of
need. We will never forget and
always appreciate our families
for allowing us the opportunity
to serve our country in such a
meaningful way.

St Francis Each of us who are mobi-
St Francis lized has our own experiences)
In-The-Field during our time of deploy-
Episcopal Church ment. I can only speak from my
895 Palm Valley Rd (1 mile east of US1) perspective, but it could be a
615-2130 hardship to be away from your
family for any length of time.
Summer As it is with any long deploy-
Sn S Sc * ment... our emotions would
Sunday Services sometimes get the better of us.
10:00am But even then we knew that we
Children's Chapel and Nursery Available would soon see our homes and
__________________ families again.
Even upon our arrival
BILEV back to the United States, my
thoughts would be of how hon-
Develop your Bible knowledge ored I was to serve my country
using free correspondence in the way that we did. I also
course. Please provide your appreciated those who thanked
us for our service and would tell
mail address to receive course. them that they, and our patients,
Write or call today were well worth it and that we
Bible Study were privileged to give care to
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Summer is in full swing
and our children are having
a blast! Pool mornings, beach
days, family visits and extra
time with friends make for
happy kids and great summer
memories. With homework
and early bedtimes in the past,
it's possible to focus so much
on fun that children become
careless. Right now, in the
middle of summer diversions,
is the perfect time for a family
refresher on summer safety.
In all honesty, I would usu-

serve and continue to serve our
country...especially the ones
who have served in harm's way.
I believe that I can honestly say
that our duty at LRMC was a
cornerstone of our naval careers
and that most of us felt as if it
was a spiritual experience to
provide care to our wounded
warriors. I look forward to con-
tinuing to serve our country in
the Navy Reserve and to serve
alongside those who continue to
answer the call.

Editor's Note: To see the complete
story, including original poetry sub-
mitted by LT Lawrence A. Creamer LT/
NC/USN-RC to accompany his reflec-
tions, please visit our website, www.

the community
to your
House of Worship
-a, _

CCE graduation cont. from pg. 1

by teachers calling forward their
students for recognition in 15
separate areas of achievement
and success. The success of the
programs at CCE was demon-
strated not only by the number
of students receiving awards,
but also by the way each of
award recipients came forward
with a glowing pride which
beamed that success.
It is not only a success
based on the principles of
responsibility, trustworthiness,
citizenship, fairness and caring,
but also on the efforts of CCE to
teach personal leadership. Using
the "8 Habits of Highly Effec-
tive People" by Steven Covey,
they teach proactivity, putting
first things first and seeking
first to understand and then to
be understood. CCE then sends
out into the future these fifth
graders very well prepared.
During their time at the school
they have developed the per-
sonal leadership and social skills
they will need as they transition
from spending their days learn-
ing with others in a small group
to moving from class to class in
middle school.
Our congratulations not
only go out to these students as
they leave their CCE nest, finally
finding their wings, but also to
the teachers who have instilled
in them the confidence to fly
into the future. They surely will
always remember proudly being
a "Cardinal" at Cunningham
Elementary School!

ally gloss over an article like
this. I mean, I've been parent-
ing forever. I have six kids who
have never broken a bone. Do I
need a basic safety lesson?
Yes, yes I do. A few weeks
ago our family had an accident
that reminded me of the impor-
tance of safety.
What was your most recent
fnmilv disaster? Sunburns or

reviewed at age-appropriate
When Ben severed a tendon
and fractured his toe at the
beach, Ben's friends wisely
carried him straight to me. I
have never been so grateful for
the well-stocked first-aid kit
we keep in the van! We were
able to clean the wound, glob
on antibiotic ointment to keep

jellyfish stings? A kitchen fire? the gauze pads from sticking
A lost child for three... five... 20 and minimize infection and
minutes? Maybe a bike accident then tape with enough pressure
resulting in stitches or broken to reduce bleeding until we
resultinghecould get to the fire station and
bones? Whatever the trauma, urgent care center then ortho-
being prepared can make the urgent care center then ortho-
being prepared can make the
difference between panic and pe dic surgeon.
desperation and managing the No matter how prepared
chaos in a careful, orderly way. you or your children are, crazy
on i c m or a accidents (like a shovel slip-
One of the most important ping from the hand and result-
things for children to know is ing in surgery!) can catch us
that it is always okay to come ing in surgery!) cancatch us
straight to you. We've taught by surprise. 2 Corinthians 12:9
our children to stop, take a offers comfort. Jesus said, "My
our children to stop, take a grace is sufficient for you, for
deep breath, think and pray my power is made perfect in
and come straight to Mom my power is made perfect in
and come straight to Mom. weakness.' Ask God for guid-
Having a clear head in an ur- ance while doing what you can
gent matter is crucial! ance while doing what you can
gent matter is crucial! and getting to help. The wis-
Of course, most summer dorm of knowing who to turn to
safety issues are relatively can help keep your family safe
benign. Remembering sunblock this summer!
when surfing, staying hydrated For Summer Safety Details,
in the Florida heat... these are
easy when friends are looking including Red rossFirst Aid
out for each other. Being aware recommendations, St Johns
of rip currents and always current ardsjellyfish andrip
using the buddy system when tions and safety reommenr Sda-
in the water, knowing how to and Stranger Safety
treat a sting and who to trust suggestions, please visit www.
(stranger safety) should be gracefullmom.com.

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The St. Johns County Health
Department and the Florida De-
partment of Health (DOH) cau-
tion citizens that wildfire smoke
is a respiratory irritant that can
cause scratchy throat or irri-
tated eyes and nose. Smoke can
also worsen conditions such as
asthma and other chronic respi-
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quality reports, news cov-
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related to smoke.
* Use common sense when
outside conditions are
smoky. Avoid prolonged out-
door activities. It is especially
important to limit time spent
outdoors for children and
persons with existing medi-
cal conditions.
* Stay indoors and run your
air conditioner, if you have
one. Keep the fresh air intake
closed and the filter clean
to prevent bringing addi-
tional smoke inside. For best

The St. Augustine Humane
Society has launched its newest
awareness program to sup-
port the non-profit's mission to
prevent pet overpopulation with
affordable spay neuter programs
and to eliminate the relinquish-
ment of pets to shelters. Ac-
cording to Carolyn Smith, St.
Augustine Humane Society's
operations director, the orga-
nization has launched, "Aban-
doned to Adored;' an ongoing
educational exercise that takes
participants on the journey of a
shelter dog.
Working with the St. Johns
County Animal Control Pet
Center, an abandoned pet will
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results, run the air condi-
tioning with re-circulated
air. Note: If you do not have
an air conditioner, staying
inside with the windows
closed may be dangerous in
extremely hot weather. In
these cases, seek alternative
* Help keep particle levels
lower inside. When smoke
levels are high, try to avoid
using anything that burns,
such as wood fireplaces, gas
logs, gas stoves and even
candles. Do not vacuum,
which stirs up particles al-
ready inside your home.
* Also do not smoke tobacco.
* Follow your doctor's advice
about taking medicines and
following your asthma man-
agement plan if you have
asthma or other lung disease.
Call your doctor if your
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For additional information,
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being selected, medically reha-
bilitated, professionally trained
and groomed and pampered as
a finishing touch. Then, the pet
is sent on a pet supply shopping
spree with volunteers before it
is placed in a perfectly matched
and loving home.
Individuals and families
who wish to participate in this
adoption program can learn
more online and register at
www.staugustinehumanes society.
dored.html. By submitting the
application, participants agree
to be interviewed for selection
and to have stories and photos
released to the media. For more
information, call 829-2737 or
email info@staughumane.org.
"We are honored to have so
many volunteers in the commu-
nity who work with us to imple-
ment programs like 'Abandoned
to Adored. Our thanks go out
to the St. Johns County Animal
Control Pet Center where some-
one will adopt a deserving new
pet while participating in a fun
community activity," said Smith.


National MS Society North Florida Chapter

announces local scholarship recipients
The National MS Society not received a post-secondary Hoffman is a member of
North Florida Chapter an- education. the National Honor Society
ounces Grace Hoffman of Hoffman, a senior at Allen and National French Honor
Ponte Vedra and Joshua Dopson D. Nease High School, lives with Society. She also volunteers as
of Jacksonville as two of its her mother who has lived with a camp counselor, a lifeguard
2011 scholarship recipients. The MS for 13 years. and a four-year member of the

annual MS Scholarship Program
helps students affected by Mul-
tiple Sclerosis pursue a college
or technical school education.
The program is open to students
living with MS, students with
parents living with MS and
anyone living with MS that has

Passages cont. from pg. 1


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"My mom has taught me a
lot;' Hoffman said. "One of the
most important things is that no
matter what is in your way it
should never stop you. She has
always encouraged me to go for
something I want and not let
anything discourage me."

scout to attend. For registration
forms, please contact program
facilitator Kerry Hale via e-mail
at 5hale@comcast.net.
To check for programs in
other locations, please call the
Girl Scouts of America liaison
Sonya Gazdik at 388-4653 or
check online at www.girlscouts-
gateway.org. To inquire about
a similar, one-day program
for incoming boys, call Fruit
Cove Middle School regarding
"Journey" at 819-7880 or visit
the FCMS website at www.fcs.

swim team. She plans to attend
Florida State University where
she will continue swimming and
study either American history or
Dopson is a senior at Robert
E. Lee High School. His mother
also has MS.
"My mom's faith has al-
ways inspired me;' said Dop-
son. "I always wanted to go
to college and make my mom
proud; winning this scholarship
inspired me even more to be the
best I can be."
This year, 439 new awards
and 200 renewals totaling
$1,194,350 were presented
nationwide. Scholarships are
awarded based on academic
excellence, financial need and
extracurricular and volunteer
For more information about
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2012-13 call 1-800-344-4867
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By Contributing Writer Master Gardener Camille Hunter with Duval County
Extension, University of Florida/IFAS

It's tough to maintain a
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As soon as you step outside,
the hot, merciless sun attacks.
Because I love gardening but
despise sweating, I have learned
a few tricks over the years to
reduce the time I spend roasting
under my straw hat.
Perhaps the Golden Rule of
working less, growing more is
putting the right plant in the
right place. If a plant needs sun,
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trees and shrubs too close to
the house. Give a plant what it
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simplifying one's yard. Certainly
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tive plants grow well in sand,
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some are not. Bottom line, if
you are not sure of a plant's
needs, check it out before you
plant it.
Think carefully about citrus
trees before bringing them into
your yard. They are sensitive
to cold and should be planted
on the warmer south or east
side of your home. Even so,
plan on protecting citrus the
first few winters. As they grow
and develop a vigorous root
system they will fare better in
cold weather. Even so, you take
a chance on losing your tree
when you plant citrus in North
Florida, especially in cooler
Trick number two of grow-
ing more, working less is avoid-
ing fussy plants that need a lot
of care. Hybrid tea roses are
first on that list. Most require
a lot of regular maintenance to
keep them looking good and
blooming well. Also pass on
large shrubs like Eleagnus that
need constant pruning to keep
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to the Bozos, who
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Celebrate the summer safely

The days are getting hotter
and school is out, which point
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The bad news is that our St.
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news is that each of us can
make a difference and reduce
our impact upon the river by
adopting a River Friendly life-
style. Rain barrels and cisterns
are one way to conserve and
help protect our water resources.
By collecting and using rain-
water to water plants or wash
our cars, we can prevent the
over pumping of groundwater
and help protect our aquifers,
springs, wetlands and river (20
percent to 30 percent of the
flow of the St. Johns is from
springs). Capturing rainwater
also reduces stormwater runoff
that can carry fertilizers and
harmful chemicals into the river
and its tributaries.
What is a rain barrel or
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rainwater harvesting container
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typically hold 50 to 75 gallons
of water. However, you can pur-
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or underground storage tanks,
often referred to as cisterns. You
can see an example of both a
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the Whole Foods in Mandarin.
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You can position the barrel
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Rain is naturally soft water and
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Congratulations to Creek-
side High School wrestling team
members Ryan Baker, Gage
Preston, Aaron Galang and
Brian and Brenden McLaughlin
for being selected in this year's
Team Florida Army National
Guard (Team Fang) National
Wrestling Team.
The past three years, the
Florida Army National Guard
has hosted student athletes from
all across the state of Florida to
participate in a national level
scholastic wrestling competi-
tion in Orlando. This event is a
collaborative effort between the
AAU Wrestling and ESPN and is
a four day tournament held at
the Wide World of Sports at the
end of June.
The Florida Army National
Guard realizes the inherent role
of corporate stewardship and
they are very pleased to an-
nounce that five of CHS student
athletes have been solicited to
be a part of this year's Team
Florida Army National Guard
Wrestling Team (Team Fang).
This decision was presented and

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decided by a panel of coaches
throughout Northern Florida
as well as three senior non-
commissioned officers from the
Florida Army National Guard.
These student athletes were con-
sidered based on academic per-
formance, community standing,
performance and conduct in and
out of the arena of competition.
All of these areas give credit to
these students and their internal
drive and suggest that they have
the ability to live and operate
by a certain set of self imposed
morals that complement the
Florida Army National Guard.
Following the tournament
at the onset of next academic
school year, the St. Johns
County School Superintendent,
Dr. Joseph Joyner, will be noti-
fied and an official award of
recognition will be presented to
Creekside Head Wrestling Coach
Rick Marabell for his resolve.
This action will also intended
to solidify Creekside's efforts
as being one of the best up and
coming athletic programs in
North Florida.

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Oysters in Apalachicola
By Contributing Travel Writer Debi Lander, www.bylandersea.com

The maritime town of
Apalachicola, on the Florida
panhandle, 80 miles southwest
of Tallahassee, produces 90 per-
cent of the oysters consumed
in the our state and 10 per-
cent of the national bounty.
Pretty amazing for a mere
population of 11,500.
Apalachicola sits within
Franklin County which pro-
motes the tag-line "A Natu-
ral Escape" and it's spot-on
as evidenced by bear cross- .
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and building codes limiting
all structures to no more Phc
than three stories. Beaches
are never crowded. While relax-
ing at this seafood lover's haven
on the banks of the Apalachic-
ola Bay, I toured two oystering
plants and learned the difficul-
ties of harvesting and handling
the succulent mollusks.
Oystermen (and women)
typically work in pairs and ven-
ture into the bay to make their
first catch around dawn. They
manipulate 40-pound tongs to
scrape along the bottom and
heft the masses to the surface.
By law, the rough looking shells
must measure three inches
minimum or go back in the sea.
In the early afternoon they hope
to harvest enough to make a
profitable return to shore.
Relationships are everything
in the industry and most oyster-
men sell to a specific supplier
on a regular basis. When the
oysters leave the dock, they
must be opened or shucked by
hand. No machine exists to do
this job; however, a motor-
ized drill pops a small hole in
the shell thereby helping the
shucker's knife pry the halves
apart. The workers perform this
tedious, messy and difficult job
at their own station, along-
side their fellow shuckers. The
operation is deafening and the

strenuous job causes many to
eventually suffer from carpal
tunnel syndrome.
Shuckers remove the trans-

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lucent glob of oyster meat and
drop the empty shells onto a
conveyor belt that runs below
the shucking stations. The belt
runs to outside the building
where the shells are dumped
onto an ever-growing pile. The
buckets (150-200 oysters per 10
pound pail) of cleaned oysters
are weighed and the shucker is
credited for the grueling ef-
fort. The oysters are then rinsed
and other employees take over,
cleaning, scanning and remov-
ing pieces of the shell and
preparing for shipment.
At the Leavins plant the
oysters go into a bubbling cold
water bath that spews foam like
a witch's cauldron. The oysters
rise to the top and are scooped
out and transferred for final in-
spection and shell removal. The
processed oysters are then slid
into restaurant-supply buckets
that are individually labeled
with harvest location, date pro-
cessed and expiration date.
At Leavins, oysters are
also flash frozen with liquid
nitrogen gas to maximize shelf
life. Some are even frozen in
individual compartments-like
on half shell-and once thawed;
the oysters will appear and taste
just as fresh as the day they
were caught.
ing the delicacy
is one of life's
special culinary
pleasures and in
Florida we are
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