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THE CREEKLINESM SERVING THE NORTHWEST ST. JOHNS COUNTY COMMUNITY SINCE 2001 Visit our online edition at www.thecreekline.com MEMBER OF THE RT PUBLISHING GROUP OF COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS What’s InsidePage 3 Whats New Page 4 From the CommissionerPage 5 School District Journal Page 6 The Sheriff Reports Your Vote Counts Page 8 New elementary schoolPage 10 Constitution Page 12 Register for Relay Page 15 Helping Hands Page 17 Adventure in patriotismPage 20 CHS Happenings Page 21 BTHS Fashion Academy Page 23 Newcomers mystery Page 25 FCMS Happenings Page 28 Garden Club Page 31 Nease Sports Page 33 Sports in Brief Page 35 Faith News Page 36 Fishing Report Gardening Page 38 Middle school running clubs Volume 11, Issue 12December 2011The CreekLine12443 San Jose Boulevard, Ste. 403 Jacksonville,FL 32223Presorted Standard US Postage Paid Callahan, FL 32011 Permit No.4 Don’t ENVY our MEMBERS ...Be ONE! SHOP SPA ME THIS HOLIDAY SEASON... MEMBERSHIP is the GIFT that keeps on GIVING!!(purchase a membership and receive a FREE massage) A Med Spa by to May 2010 Reserve YOUR Appointment 904.824-9804www.SpaMeOnline.com Fifty men and women waited patiently in anticipation of possibly the most important event of their lifetimes as friends and family “ lled the auditorium along with the “ fth grade classes of Cunningham Creek Elementary School. The event was the third annual Naturalization Ceremony held at the school. The new United He may not be on the United States Olympic cycling team or cycling the mountain routes of the Tour de France„yet! But 12-year-old Hans Vandenberg is well on his way, having taken up road cycling at age 10. On October 29 he won “ rst place in at the Florida State Road Race Championships riding for the Velobrew Cycling Club in the Junior 10-12 category with two laps and a time of 0:40:34.528. His time bested the second place winner by .409 of a second. In the time trial he broke the state record for 12-year-olds with a time of 15:07 for the 10K distance. This past June, Vandenberg participated in the Cycling National Championships, which are held once a year, typically bringing the best young cyclists from throughout the country together. At the National Championships awards are given in three di erent events for each age category: Road Race, CriOn November 19, JCP CARES collected more than $21,000 worth of food and cash donations to help the hungry in St. Johns County, setting a new record for the food drive this year! With help from the St. Johns Rotary Club, bags were dropped o at more than 7,000 homes in NW St. Johns County. The food was then picked up, counted and sorted. Wards Creek Elementary, Liberty Pines Academy, Fruit Cove Middle School and Julington Creek Elementary participated in the food drive as well. The food that CCE welcomes new citizens at annual Naturalization CeremonyBy Karl KennellYoung cyclist peddles his way to championships By Karl KennellMany thanks to the communityJCP CARES holds major food driveBy Contributing Writer Kathy Bravo, President and Founder, JCP CARES Wards Creek Elementary Safety Patrol members more than doubled what they collected for the food drive last year Fifth grade teacher Kris Burkes with her students Hans Vandenberg (on right) prepares to race.terium and Time Trials. Medals are awarded to the top “ ve in each event. He placed “ fth in the Road Race, second in the Time Trial and second in the Criterium in the 10-12 year old age group. His prowess in cycling has drawn the attention of the National Pathways program for States citizens came from around the world, including a total of “ ve active military and military dependents. The ceremony began by Principal Allen Anderson offering opening remarks followed by USCIS Immigration Services O cer Troy Ferrill welcoming the awaiting new citizens. The Naval Air Station of Jacksonville Honor Guard presented the colors and the national anthem was led by fourth grader Lexi Skipper. Nineteen student ambassadors took turns at the podium giving a description of each of the countries being represented by the new citizens. Student ambassadors Kayla Ahren, Ciera Atkinson, Libby Brown, Trevor Carter, Olivia Creamer, Jake Del Signore, Chloe DuTremble, Raffaella Funnell, Brandon Good, Hassan Gulaid, Jailyn Hopkins, Robert Jones, Jake Schneider, Emily Sikes, Carsyn Turrentine, Dan Williams, Emma Wood, Claire Yelvington and Herbert Steigelman each took their turn describing what made each new citizens country of origin special. A chuckle ran through the audience when student ambassador Steigelman “ nished his talk about India by quoting the lowest available round-trip air fare on an international carrier for a visit to India by name. Nereida Liberty DiDeo, mother of 11 year-old triplets who attended Cunningham Creek Elementary gave an emotional and inspirational speech about her familys journey to was collected was divided between Betty Gri n House and Celebration Lutherans Christs Cupboard Food Pantry. JCP CARES also had a number of business partners for this initiative including McDonalds, Publix, Martino Tire, VyStar Credit Union, The CreekLine, PinchA-Penny Pool Service, The UPS Store, The Champions Golf Club, Julington Creek Chiropractic and Wellness Center and Lisa Martinelli with Watson Realty. Most volunteers for this project are local students needing service hours for school. This project provides them a way to see what a di erence they can make in their community. More Naturalization cont. on pg. 13 Cyclist cont on pg. 14 Food drive cont on page 6 BUSINESS Y o u r Your I n c r e a s e Increasein 2012!Contact us today and ask about our 2012 discount plans!Linda Gaylg@rtpublishinginc.com

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Page 2, The CreekLine • December 2011 • www.thecreekline.com of St. Augustine 904.825.0540 www.oastaug.com 3055 CR210W, Suite 110, St. Johns, FL 32259 One Orthopaedic Place, St. Augustine, FL 32086 LET OUR SPORTS MEDICINE TEAM Keep you in the game!JAMES GRIMES, MD JOHN STARK, MD SPECIALIZING IN THE TREATMENT OF SPORTS RELATED INJURIES: FOOT/ANKLE SPRAINS & FRACTURES NECK & BACK INJURIES SHOULDER SEPARATIONS & DISLOCATIONS ELBOW LIGAMENT & TENDON INJURIES HIP INJURIES & GROIN PULLS KNEE CARTILAGE & LIGAMENT TEARS COLLARBONE FRACTURES BURNERS & STINGERS FOR THE TREATMENT OF: No Appointment RequiredSt. Johns Location Clinic Hours: St. Augustine Location Clinic Hours:ALBERT VOLK, MD SINA KASRAEIAN, MD KURTIS HORT, MD ANDREA TRESCOT, MD BRIAN HAYCOOK, MD BETH PEARCE, DPM 5 pm to 9 pm Monday Friday 9 am to 2 pm Saturday 5 pm to 10 pm Monday Friday 9 am to 7 pm Saturday | |

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www.thecreekline.com • December 2011 • The CreekLine, Page 3 What’s NewCommunity HappeningsDo you have community or club news you would like included in The CreeekLine? Then contact Martie Thompson at: editor@rtpublishinginc.com or 886-4919. At RT Publishing we welcome Letters to the Editor. We request they be no more than 250 words. All letters must include writers name, address, and telephone number. Only the name will be published. E-mail to editor@ rtpublishinginc.com. Anonymously sent letters will not be published.Letters to the Editor policy Share the season with holiday recipes that please the palate, without breaking the bank. Visit us in-store and online for easy, affordable recipes and entertaining tips that will save you money and time so you can focus on celebrating with friends and family. With this coupon receivevalid at whole foods market jacksonville only. not valid with any other offer or tm discount card. not redeemable for cash or gift cards. limit one coupon per customer. no copies, duplications or facsimiles will be accepted. PLU 30675 VALID Through December 31, 2011 I-95 I-295 San Jos e Blvd any $50 purchase $10 offwww.whol e f oodsm ar k et.com10601 SAN JOSE BLD 904-288-1100 RT Publishing, Inc. The CreekLine The Ocean Breeze Mandarin NewsLine Players JournalPublisher Rebecca Taus publisher@rtpublishinginc.comEditor Martie Thompson editor@rtpublishinginc.comAdvertising Sales, Linda Gay lg@rtpublishinginc.comAdvertising Sales, Josh Allen ja@rtpublishinginc.comGraphic Design, Brittany Lehmangraphics@rtpublishinginc.com RT Publishing, Inc. 12443 San Jose Boulevard Suite 403 Jacksonville, FL 32223 Ph: 904-886-4919 The CreekLine Community Newspaper is a free monthly publication distributed via bulk mail to homes and businesses in NW St. Johns County. Submission of articles and photographs are received by mail or email, although email to editor@rtpublishinginc.com is preferred. The writers’ opinions do not necessarily reect the opinion of RT Publishing, Inc. Advertising Rates are available by request. RT Publishing, Inc. is not responsible for advertisement content or accuracy of information provided by its advertisers. Nor does RT Publishing, Inc. endorse any of the products or services included in this publication. RT Publishing, Inc. reserves the right to refuse advertisement or copy from any advertiser. All rights are reserved and no portion of this publication may be copied without the express written consent of the publisher. 2011. As part of the Food for Fines program, the St. Johns County Library System will accept non-perishable food items in lieu of overdue library “ nes through Thursday, December 22. Patrons may bring one sealed, non-expired, non-perishable food item for each $1 overdue “ ne. This waiver is for library “ nes only and does not include fees for printing, lost items, nor may it be used for credit against future “ nes. All food collected will be given to the Mental Health Food Closet for local distribution. The general public is also encouraged to drop o their contributions at any of our library branches or bookmobile stops. For more information, please visit the Librarys website, www.sjcpls.org or contact Library Administration at 8276925. The Bartram Trail Newcomers and Womens Club will hold their “ rst meeting of the New Year on Tuesday, January 10 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Ramada Inn in Mandarin. The meeting is open to everyone. We invite you to join us for breakfast and an informative program by Mike and Dawn Smock of Cruise Holidays Travel Agency in Fruit Cove. They will give us useful travel tips, demonstrate the most e cient way to pack, explain the new airline regulations and delight us with tales of their own travel adventures. The breakfast bu et will be served for $12 a person. A check must be mailed by Tuesday, January 3 to secure your reservation. Please call Fran Albert at 230-6010 for more information. Need a break from the hectic holiday routine? Tis the season for native plant education! Learn what Florida native plants can do for you. Come all ye faithful to the St. Johns County Agricultural Building Auditorium, located at 3125 Agricultural Center Drive in St. Augustine on Thursday, December 15 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Featured speakers include Beverly Fleming, Florida Master Naturalist Instructor; Gail Compton, nature columnist; and Renee Stambaugh, native plant consultant. This class is free, Whats New Cont on pg 9 Why advertise: top of mind Start the New Year...on a high note! Let us help you start attracting NEW Customers for 2012! The CreekLine Your Community Newspaper904-886-4919www.thecreekline.com Copies of this online ad are not accepted

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Page 4, The CreekLine • December 2011 • www.thecreekline.com From the Commissioner’s DeskBy Contributing Writer Ron Sanchez, County Commissioner, District 2 If the hair is not good Give me a Call! 108 Bartram Oaks WalkLocated inside the Spa and Salon at Bartram Walk. 899-1234 www.hairbycarl.com Carl Slack Wishing You Joy Peace & Good Hair this Holiday Season! The hiring of an attorney is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements. Over 15 Years Legal Experience904-665-0005www.preddylaw.com Offering investment advisory services as a representative of 0156581-00002-00 Prudential Financial Planning Services, a division of Pruco Securities, LLC. 3000 Hartley Road, Suite 7Jacksonville FL 32257904.260.3812 www.reburkecpa.com The CPA Never Underestimate the ValueRobert E. Burke, CPA VARSITY INSURANCE, INC. SICK AND TIRED OF INSURANCE RATE INCREASES? 268-6365www.varsityinsuranceagency.com We have helped insurance consumers make better protection and security choices since 1990. WE LOVE COMPETITION! PUT US IN THE GAME! IT MAY BE TIME FOR A SECOND OPINION.Serving Mandarin Since 1990 In 2004 all government users of the current radio system frequencies currently used were noti“ ed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that they would have to change to a narrow band system. Some counties had already gone to the most popular one used which is the 800MHZ Trunk Simulcast Interoperable system. It is said that the St. Johns County Commission back then was going to wait for federal funding. That never came and no action was taken. Our county was left with the deadline right around the corner and had to make a decision because we were in jeopardy of losing our current frequencies. The federal government needed those frequencies for cell phone companies. Its not that the county didnt need new radio communications for the St. Johns Sheri O ce and Fire Rescue, along with everyone else on our system, but the timing was not economically feasible. Funds were very short. It had been 10 years since our system received any equipment update and some of it was well over 20 years old. If more than one agency was involved in an emergency and attempting to reach the communication center, they were all out of luck. A perfect example was the “ re recently at the BP station and storage facility on State Road 16. Seven units were in service and none could communicate with the communication center or each other. In September 2011, our board passed a small increase in the millage to start covering this item with the FCC. This put in place a funding source for the system and provided compliance with the federal government whose “ nes and other things were to start in January of 2013. This was a tough but much needed step towards an emergency communications improvement that was long over due. Over three years ago, Assistant County Administrator Jerry Cameron started researching the system the county was interested in using. No stone was left unturned and after a while he had become a walking reference book on the radio system. He then came to the Board of County Commissioners for approval on hiring RCC Consultants, Inc. to come up with the answers we would need to proceed. They did an excellent job and made a presentation to the board on August 16, 2011. During a recent County Commission meeting, Chief Prevatt brought the board up to date. He covered the procurement process, site identi“ cation, site development work and tower locations. Our Land Management Department examined property within the search areas to identify suitable parcels. Seven of the towers could be built on existing county-owned parcels and four additional parcels have been purchased. Because site selection is very precise in order for the towers to function as needed, the towers must go in the locations selected. It is because of this preciseness that Our NW St. Johns County Community is welcome to come out and kick o 2012 in seaside style at the sixth annual Beach Blast O New Years Eve event! Enjoy a blast of ” avor, ice sculptures and “ reworks when several of St. Augustines favorite restaurants serve up chili for tasting with celebrity judges including St. Augustine Beach City Mayor Rich OBrien; St. Johns County Commissioner Chair Ken Bryan; St. Augustine Beach Civic Association President Robert Samuels and our very own local news journalist from Channel 12, Jessica Clark. The Chili Cook-o is from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. David Bearl of the First Coast Technical Institute will wowŽ the crowd with his chainsaw artistic ice carving from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Our new entertainment stage this year will showcase the best of St. Augustine music and dance talent. Food vendors will o er a variety festival foodƒyou wont leave hungry! The Beer Garden Comfort ZoneŽ this year will o er two 80Ž ” at screens to sit back and enjoy the football games. The wine and champagne will be ” owing next door in the Chill ZoneŽ tent. The Kids Zone will be bigger and better than ever with huge in” atable courses, challenging games and activities. The Kids Zone o ers unlimited play for $10. Warm or cold outside, our local celebrities will be sitting in the dunk tank to see if Beach Blast O 2012 to be held on New Years EveBy Contributing Writer Jennifer Sauvage, Chairperson, Beach Blast Off 2012you have the skills to dunk them in icy water! Outside the Kids Zone will be more to do with a carnival ride, face painting, clowns, bungee jumping, pony rides and more. After things cool o from the chili the “ reworks begin at 8:30 p.m. This display will delight visitors and help usher in the New Year. The Beach Blast O takes place at the St. Johns County Fishing Pier and Pavilion, located at 350 A1A Beach Boulevard in St. Augustine Beach and admission is free. For up-todate information please friend us on Facebook at Beach Blast O 2012 or visit our website at www.beachblasto .com or contact chairperson, Steve Cupolo at steve@thepremierproperties. com (cell 669-1824) or Jennifer Sauvage at aliette@aol.com (cell 540-0610). Volunteers are still needed! Please email Bob Samuels at robanniemls@bellsouth. net for volunteer opportunities.New communication system coming sooncommunity meetings concerning the locations are unnecessary and will not take place. A Request for Proposals for site work was issued on October 28, 2011. Site development is to be completed by March 31, 2012 in order to provide the vendor with developed-ready sites for tower construction. The towers will be comparable to the county-owned tower on Palm Valley Road. Most will be 250 feet tall. The towers will be hardened to withstand 155 m.p.h. winds. They will be designed to support additional commercial carriers and the county will lease space for that purpose. This will be a new income source for our county when the system is complete. A Request for Proposals to locate a contractor to install the towers went out in July 2011. We had three vendors submit proposals by the deadline. The Evaluation Committee ranked the proposals on November 3, 2011. The proposals will be brought before the Board of County Commissioners at the December 6, 2011 meeting. Share your news!editor@thecreekline.com

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www.thecreekline.com • December 2011 • The CreekLine, Page 5 School District Journal By Contributing Writer Beverly Slough, St. Johns County School Board i pick paint color. www.pamsatherstudio.com pam sather the right color paint carpet hardwood tile 904.466-0370 watch Pams design segments on First Coast Living11:00 am Dr. Levine is dedicated to your family’s health through every stage of life. He has served Julington Creek for more than 12 years and is ready to provide you with a medical home. Services include: Sports/school physicals Immunizations Well visits for adults and children GYN care Coordination of care for chronic conditions (diabetes, hypertension, etc.) On-site lab for all blood drawsFinding the right family doctor just got easier.Same-day acute appointments 287.2794Baptist Primary Care Julington Creek1400 Bishop Estates Road, St. Johns, FL 32259 Donald J. Levine, MD Board-Certified, Family Practice, along with Carol N. Sims, PA-C 13 p p 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 2 2 2 2 2 2 7 7 7 7 9 9 9 4 4 Have a Happy and Healthy New Year! www.baptistprimarycare.net/levine-md In the season of thanksgiving, celebration and gift giving, I would like to applaud the wonderful education team that consistently provides a quality education for St. Johns Countys children. Because of the focus on each individual student and his/her needs, our county continues to celebrate soaring graduation rates, falling dropout rates and superior performance on state assessments. Our teachers surprise me every day as they dig a little deeper into their bag of gifts to provide our children with innovative, creative lessons that engage them in their learning and cause them to delve deeper in their understanding. Our principals do a noble job in guiding the learning in each of their facilities and in stretching meager dollars to provide students with the tools they need to expand their learning. District sta works so very hard to enable teachers and leaders to keep up with the moving target of state standards and legislation, giving them the ability to meet the ever expanding state mandates and still have the time to teach our children. Finally, the leadership team, Superintendent Joyner and the School Board who keep their eyes on the prize, provide the wisdom and leadership that allows our district to expand to the next level of excellence. Thank you to parents and community partners who provide the support, both in terms of time and resources, which helps to bridge the gap in support of our schools. I am grateful to the entire organization for providing the very best for our children. Our success would not be possible without any portion. Last month, I addressed the upcoming changes to FCAT cut scores. In November, the State Board of Education received the work of two statewide committees, both of which recommended increasing the cut scores in all grade levels except 10th grade reading. The cut scores in this area require a student to perform at the 80th percentile to be pro“ cient in reading. It has long been recognized by education leaders that the scores are inappropriate. Despite all this, the State Board rejected the work of the groups because they said they were composed of too many K-12 school employees. The actual composition of the team was representatives from superintendents, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Council of 100 and other business leaders, as well as a representative from Foundation for Excellence in Education, Jeb Bushs education foundation. The State Board is now requiring a new group with strong membership from colleges and universities. In my opinion, this new committee is unnecessary. Education professionals have thoroughly studied the issue and wish to bring the 10th grade cut scores in line with the rest of the requirements. To raise these scores further is to ensure the failure of more of our students, even though they are performing well in the classroom. Floridas students continue to rise to the increasing standards. I would hope that the State Board does not set them up for failure with a Lake Woebegone mentality of everyone is above average.Ž The School Board and County Commission have been working diligently to adopt new voting districts for our respective bodies. It is the desire of both groups to continue to share the same districts, as has been the case for the past 20 years. Strong pressure has been brought from varying sides in the issue. The boards have narrowed the possibilities to three: revised C, revised E and a compromise revised J, all of which can be viewed on the Supervisor of Elections website: www.sjcvotes.us. Each board will make its “ nal selection in December. While the hope is that we can reach a common decision that will allow for the same districts, thus reducing cost and voter confusion, there is no requirement that we do so. The School Board will select the plan that is in the best interest of our children and their parents. Thank you, as always, for your commitment to public education. I would like to wish each of you a joyous holiday season, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or another tradition. If I may serve you in any way, please contact me at sloughb@stjohns. k12.” .us. The Goddard School located in Saint Johns is reaching out to all Goddard School alumni. The organization has just announced that it will be accepting applications for its fourth annual $10,000 Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a Goddard School alumnus each year to use toward his or her education at an accredited college or university. The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship provides “ nancial support to a graduate of The Goddard School who demonstrates an excellent work ethic, commitment to family and community and a love of learning,Ž says Joe Schumacher, chief executive o cer for Goddard Systems, Inc. We are Preschool o ers college scholarship opportunity for graduateseager to determine this years recipient of this prestigious award.Ž The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship is named in memory of the founder of The Goddard School, an entrepreneur who started several other well-known franchise companies including AAMCO Transmissions, Inc. and MAACO Auto Painting and Bodyworks, Inc. According to Schumacher, Martino was a successful businessperson who worked his way up from humble beginnings to achieve success. The application deadline for the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship is February 19, 2012. Eligible applicants can access the scholarship application on Goddards website at www.goddardschool. com under the Communication tab. Students interested in applying should follow the guidelines below: € Applicants must be graduates of The Goddard School Pre-Kindergarten and/or Kindergarten program. € Applicants must submit a completed application form. € Applicants must use the scholarship to attend an accredited college or university. € Only high school juniors and seniors are eligible. € To complement the scholarship application, applicants may submit a video essay between 30 and 120 seconds (e.g., How The Goddard School in” uenced your career path/education). Video essays should be mailed to 1016 West Ninth Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406 ATTN: Scholarship. (Video content may be used by Goddard Systems, Inc. in advertising and publicity, including broadcast and social media.) € Relatives of Goddard Systems, Inc. or The Goddard School employees are ineligible. € The scholarship recipient selection will be made without regard to race, age, gender, religion, political beliefs, employment status or any other factor which could constitute unfair or illegal discrimination. € Decisions of the Scholarship Committee are “ nal in matters relating to the above practices. € Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of funds available and applicant eligibility. The Goddard School has been at the forefront of early childhood education for nearly 25 years, and the results of a recent assessment are proof of this. Results from the Childrens Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA), an early childhood assessment, show that Goddard School students consistently outperform the general population of CPAA users by a signi“ cant margin and met or exceeded grade level expectations at a higher rate than the general population in every concept assessed on the CPAA.To learn more about The Goddard School, or about the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship, families are encouraged to visit www. goddardschool.com. Advertise Now! 886-4919

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Page 6, The CreekLine • December 2011 • www.thecreekline.com The Sheriff Reports By Contributing Writer David B. Shoar, St. Johns County Sheriff Dr. Gus J. Gari D.D.S. To Schedule an appointment call287-0033 Teeth enamel discoloration can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to your teeth. Some of the more common causes of teeth discoloration are red wine, coffee, tea, sodas or cigarettes. Teeth whitening can be used to correct discoloration of the teeth by removing the yellow and brown staining that builds up over the years. Teeth whitening is an easy solution with lasting results and minimal steps. The dentist creates a custom mouth tray for the patient before the patient embarks on the teeth whitening regimen at home. The custom tray is a critical component of the treatment. It ensures that the correct amount of whitening solution is used ant that the patients teeth are properly exposed to the whitening solution, without causing damage to the gums. A home whitening session can last for a few hours or you may keep the tray in overnight, it all depends on level of whitening the patient desires. Many patients have their teeth whitened to improve their appearance. Whiter teeth are associated with a youthful and healthier lifestyle. When patients have a brighter smile, they tend to smile more often and are less self-conscious. In addition, a whiter smile tends to minimize the appearance of facial wrinkles, giving a way to a younger and energetic look. A whiter smile gives patients a friendlier appearance and a focus for all to look at. Have a beautiful smile for the holidays !! Call the ofce for our holiday whitening specials for you or a loved one, its a great gift for the holidays.Brighten Your Smile for the Holidays Coming Soonƒ4th Annual JCP Health Fair Julington Creek Plantation Recreation CenterSaturday, January 21st 10am until 2pmNow Accepting Health & Fitnessrelated Exhibitors. Please see www.jcpcdd.org for more information or to download a Vendor Application. We are coming up on one of the most festive times of the year for families with the celebration of several holidays. However, joy and fun can quickly turn to disappointment and sorrow when someone becomes a victim of a scam, burglary or online fraudulent holiday shopping scheme. At a time of year when most people are “ lled with goodwill there are criminals who relish taking advantage of it. Crime statistics always rise during the holiday season and I wish to pass along a few tips to help you avoid becoming a victim. Business experts tell us that again this year the number of people who shop online for gifts will increase dramatically and therefore so do the opportunities for those who use new technology to take advantage of unsuspecting victims. The cyber-crimes that become more popular during the holiday shopping season include fraudulent auction sites, resale of stolen or counterfeit gift cards and reshipping merchandise purchased with stolen credit cards. One of the most common internet scams involves using an auction site or classi“ ed pages to advertise an item at a bargain price. If you place an order the crook will charge your legitimate credit card for the order then use a separate stolen credit card to purchase the product and have it shipped. This could make you liable for receiving stolen goods. I recommend if you wish to purchase a gift through an auction or classi“ ed site insist on paying with PayPal or some other reputable third party payment service. That way your credit card number and personal information is not shared with the seller. Most of you already know the safety tips for traditional retail shopping: take your purchases to your vehicle frequently and lock them in the trunk or out-of-site; carry purses with the strap going over one shoulder and the purse against your body on the opposite side; carry billfolds in a side pants pocket; pay by credit card or check if at all possible; and if you must use an ATM always shield the keypad when entering your PIN and put cash away promptly in your purse or wallet. Home burglaries are more common during the holidays and sadly the thieves target the gifts under the tree. If you are going to be away from home, leave some lights on and a radio or television to make it appear and sound as if someone is home. After the celebration, do not put the boxes of expensive gifts out for street garbage pickup without “ rst breaking them down and folding them so only plain cardboard shows so they dont become an unintended billboard for what you have in your home. Holiday parties can be wonderful fun, but please remember to celebrate safely and if alcoholic beverages are served, moderation is the best practice. The concept of friends dont let friends drive drunkŽ becomes even more signi“ cant. We will have impaired driver patrols out in full force to help keep your family safe during the holidays. Whether you will be celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or a holiday of another faith, on behalf of all of us at the St. Johns County Sheri s o ce I wish you a merry, happy, joyous and safe celebration and best wishes for the New Year. For any issue regarding law enforcement and/or public safety you can always contact me by email at dshoar@sjso.org.As many of you are aware, long time Supervisor of Elections Penny Halyburton retired August 31 after 42 years of service, the last 25 as Supervisor. We wish her the very best and hope she is enjoying her well deserved retirement. I worked as the Assistant Supervisor for 23 years and was appointed by Governor Rick Scott on September 6 to “ ll the remainder of her term. I am extremely honored to serve as your Supervisor of Elections and promise to always do my very best to serve our residents by continuing the tradition of great elections in St. Johns County. 2012 is already shaping up to be a very busy election year with three scheduled elections: January 31, August 14 and November 6. The Presidential Preference Primary Election gets the election season underway on January 31. Only registered Republicans will be eligible to vote in this closed Primary in which Republicans will choose their presidential candidate for the November 6, 2012 General Election. There is still time to register to vote, update your address or make changes to your voter registration before registration closes on January 3 for the Presidential Primary Election. It is very important that you keep your address up to date with the Elections O ce. There was a change in the law this year which a ects making address changes during early voting and at the polls on election day. Voters who have moved within St. Johns County will still be permitted to make their address change and vote a regular ballot. Voters who have moved into the county from outside the county may still make an address change; however, they are now required to vote a provisional ballot. Updating your address is as simple as making a phone call to the Elections O ce at 823-2238. Address changes may also be sent by email to elections@sjcvotes. us but must include the voters name, address and date of birth. Not sure if your information is up to date? Check the status of your voter registration on our website www.sjcvotes.us by using the voter information lookup icon. The redistricting process will a ect the boundaries of our countys voting precincts in 2012. Redistricting for the local County Commission and School Board is currently going on and should be completed by the end of the year. Following the adoption of new congressional, state and senate districts by the State Legislature, new precinct lines will be established in early summer to correspond to the new district lines which will also include the new County Commission and School Board voting districts. Once polling places are selected for the new precinct lines, all registered voters in the county will receive a new voter information card with information on their new districts, precincts and polling location. The new precinct lines and changes of polling locations will be e ective and “ rst used in the August 14 Primary Election. Our mission is to administer elections in a manner that assures public con“ dence in the accuracy, e ciency and fairness of the election process in accordance with the Election and Campaign Finance laws of the State of Florida. 2012 will be a very exciting year and I look forward to the challenges it brings to us. Our sta and election teams are ready. We look forward to serving you. Your Vote Counts!By Contributing Writer Vicky Oakes, Supervisor of Elections, St. Johns CountyHoliday crime prevention Food drive cont from page 1than 60 volunteers donated more than 350 service hours to this project. A big thank you also goes to Beth Calhoun who chaired this project for the community and to Wayne and Dorothy Davis who collected all the boxes to put the food in. This truly goes to show that JCP CARES motto of Uniting the community through helping others in needŽ does work! All branches of the St. Johns County Public Library will be closed: Friday, December 23 Saturday, December 24 Monday, December 25 for the Christmas Holiday Advertise inThe CreekLineIt’s good for business!287-4913sales@thecreekline.com

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Page 8, The CreekLine • December 2011 • www.thecreekline.com 12795 San Jose Blvd., Suite 8 Mandarin, FL 32223 Follow us on Facebook and win great prizes in our Holiday Give-Away $5 o $20 Purchase Valid through Dec. 31 $25 o $100 Purchase Valid through Dec. 31 $5 o $20 Purchase Valid Jan 1-31 $25 o $100 Purchase Valid Jan 1-31Limit one coupon per customer. Not valid with any other oer or on sale items. No cash value. Can not be used towards Chamilia, Kameleon & Convertible itemsCheck Facebook for Seasonal store hours Facebook.com/InStyleJAX904-287-4744(Between Fresh Market and Hurricanes Wings)Check out our extensive list of gis at www.currentsgis.com The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Northwest Area Business Council announced its new board of directors at the October meeting. The Blackstone Grille, 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, hosted the luncheon of 25 attendees which included a discussion of a December Christmas party for The ARC of The St. Johns. The roster of the board is as follows: Tracey Phillips, Promotional Presence, President Doug Nunnery, The UPS Store, Vice President Cathy Blalock, New York Life Insurance Company, Secre-Chambers NW Business Council announces 2011-2012 Board of Directorstary/Treasurer Rebecca Taus, RT Publishing, Inc., Immediate Past President Marcia Pozin, The Academy at Julington Creek, Director The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce believes a growing and vibrant business community is important to St. Johns County. The organization concentrates its efforts on continuously improving the business environment and serves its constituency by focusing on economic development, business advocacy, member education and business promotion. The Northwest Business Council strives to create a presence for the growing Northwest area as well as provide its members networking opportunities and educational programs. More information is available at www.sjccountychamber.com. The St. Johns County School District held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new 738 student elementary school to be constructed in the Palencia community on Monday, December 5. This new elementary school is being constructed as part of the districts Five-Year Building Plan and is funded through a $16 million Quali“ ed School Construction Bond (QSCB). Elementary School L,Ž as it is now called, will be approximately 100,000 square feet with 738 student stations and 44 classrooms. It is being constructed to Green Building Standards. Movable walls will open to create ” exible-sized classroom spaces and enable teachers and paraprofessionals to work cooperatively to facilitate learning for students through a variety of activities. This new school facility will also include state-of-the-art technology. It is scheduled to be open for the 2012-2013 school year. Don Campbell, principal at Wards Creek Elementary School, has been selected by Superintendent Joseph Joyner to be the principal of Elementary LŽ. His nomination will be presented to the St. Johns County School Board at their December 13 meeting. Dons ability to create a school community makes him the perfect choice to open our newest elementary school,Ž said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Ground broken for new elementary school; principal selectedJoyner. I have the utmost con“ dence in his leadership ability and know that he will do an outstanding job.Ž Campbell has more than seven years of experience in the St. Johns County School District and was the districts nominee for the 2011 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership. He also possesses over 40 years of educational experience as a teacher, principal and district administrator in Florida and Indiana. Before moving to St. Johns County, he served as assistant superintendent of Operational Support Services for Lee County Public Schools. I am honored to be selected as the principal of Elementary School L as this school has been a dream for many years for the parents and students in this part of the county,Ž said Campbell. I am thrilled that I get to be a part of this dream and to work with the students, parents and community in bringing the dream to reality.Ž Campbell holds a bachelors degree from Ball State University and a masters degree from Florida Atlantic University. The project architect for the new school is SchenkelShultz Architecture. The bid for the construction of the new elementary school was awarded by the School Board on June 14, 2011 to Mark Construction Company. Tracey PhillipsFor many individuals, the entry point into a health care experience begins in the emergency center. To enhance that experience for patients, Baptist Medical Center South opened the expansion of its Emergency Center on November 14. The 20,000 square foot, $11 million project more than doubles the Emergency Center in size. The expansion adds 16 private patient rooms, bringing the total number of rooms in the Emergency Center to 33. The expansion also adds three new triage rooms, where patients are typically brought upon arrival so that their individual needs may be assessed. A new triage work area will aid in the rapid evaluation of patients and will allow for the centralization of blood draws, EKGs and the starting of IV ” uids. We have experienced tremendous growth in the number of patients who are looking for another choice for their emergency care,Ž said Matthew Rill, MD, medical director of Baptist Souths Emergency Center. We are seeing patients traveling from the Northside and the southern parts of St. Augustine. This additional space will help improve our ability to rapidly assess patients and decrease their wait times.Ž In 2010, more than 41,000 visits were made to the Baptist Medical Center South Emergency Center and that number is expected to increase with the additional capacity. The new, larger facility will accommodate up to 70,000 visits per year. The layout of the new space is divided up into two, Emergency Center expansion now openeight-room care clusters, each with a dedicated nursing station, equipment and sta ,Ž said Michael Aull, RN, MSN, CEN, director of Emergency Services. We will be able to streamline processes and communication, creating the best experience possible for our patients.Ž There are examination rooms specially equipped for pediatrics, orthopaedics, obstetrics/gynecology and psychiatric care. All rooms are private and include a bedside monitor with 12-lead EKG capability for heart monitoring and a 27Ž ” atscreen television. The hospital utilizes an electronic medial record for improved patient safety. Emergency Center nurses, other caregivers and sta will have portable laptop computers for bedside documentation and information-sharing with patients. Baptist Souths Emergency Center is a certi“ ed Stroke Center and an accredited Chest Pain Center. The hospitals new cardiac catheterization lab, which opened in September 2011, allows the hospital to care for those patients who need diagnostic catheterizations and peripheral vascular studies. The second phase of construction will recon“ gure the reception and registration areas and relocate the security o ce closer to the emergency center entrance. This phase is scheduled to begin in late November and should be “ nished in early spring. The Emergency Centers expansion also includes shelled-in space for future growth.

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www.thecreekline.com • December 2011 • The CreekLine, Page 9 You’re invited to join us for Christmas dinner, a special candlelight worship service, and the area’s only Christmas Eve fireworks! While the event is completely free, you can bring some non-perishable food items to help local families in need this holiday season. ( 904 ) 825 9960 In the Winn-Dixie Shopping Center on CR 210 W2220 CR 210 W, Suite 312, St. Johns Florida 32259 Winter Special10% OFFAny dental treatment, including crowns, bridges, partials, veneers, etc. Not valid with other oers. Oer Expires 1/16/12New Patient Special Adults $99 & Children $79Includes dental exam and x-rays, a ”uoride treatment, teeth cleaning and polishing. Not valid with other oers. Oer Expires 1/16/12 Gentle, Caring Dentistry for the Whole Family www.maymgt.com MAY Management Services, Inc.Licensed Property ManagementMAY Realty & Resort RentalsLicensed Real Estate Brokerage “Our job is to help Boards of Directors successfully manage their Associations” The Neighborhoods of World Golf Village Tim HutchisonRegional ManagerJulington Creek Plantation 1637 Racetrack Road #206 St. Johns, Florida 32259904-880-8796New Of“ce!Pam Drury Licensed Property ManagerDottie KrinerLicensed Property ManagerRich Curran-Kelley, CAMRegional ManagerDiane HartmanLicensed Property ManagerKathy May“eldLicensed Property ManagerDeborah AlleyLicensed Property ManagerLaura QualantoneLicensed Property Manager904-940-1002 Whats New Cont from pg 3open to the public and hosted by the St. Johns County Extension Service. In addition, dont miss the exclusive Holly Holidays native plant sale. For more information, please contact 2090430 or renee@nativeplantconsulting.com. Tickets for Saint Augustine Ballets upcoming production of The Nutcracker are now on sale. This holiday favorite will be performed at Flagler College Auditorium on December 16 and 17 at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, December 18 at 2:00p.m. Online tickets are available at www.saintaugustineballet.com or by contacting tickets@saintaugustineballet.com. Family treasures found on northern end of Flora Branch Boulevard: one 8 inch by 10 inch manila folder containing group family photographs spanning many years. Also found were two cards of authenticity for a Jacqueline Kent Collection. Please call (828) 557-3824 to claim. AARP Driver Safety Program for drivers 50 and older will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, December 13 and 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Memorial Hospital, located at 3625 University Boulevard South in Jacksonville. The fee for AARP members is $12; non-members fee is $14. Participants must attend both days for certi“ cation to qualify for auto insurance discount. To register, please call 391-1320. JCP Singles Network is for singles 40s and up who are single, divorced, widowed looking to make new friends! This network originally formed in 2005 and we are looking forward to starting back up and continuing on. Its a great way to meet people, make new friendships and network. If you are interested in joining us and would like more information please email klandrum” @ comcast.net. A great way to help a person or an animal in need is to donate a car you do not use anymore to charity. The process is very simple, the pickup is free and the rewards are great. In return for your generous donation, you will get the gift of a tax deduction when you itemize on your federal tax return. You will “ nd hundreds of worthy charities to support with your car donation at Cars4Charities. For complete details, please call toll free (866) 448-3487 or log onto www.cars4charities.org/. Adults and teens age 14 and older are invited to attend the Project Lap Blanket crochet group at the Bartram Trail Branch Library on Monday, December 12, Thursday, December 22 and Tuesday, December 27 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The group will crochet or knit blankets for cancer patients at area hospitals. All skill levels are welcome. Cant come to any of the meetings? Pick up the crochet pattern at the Reference Desk in the library and crochet the blanket in your spare time. Drop o completed blankets and any yarn youd like to donate during regular library hours. For additional information, please call the Reference Desk at 8276960. Council on Aging (COA) Care Connection volunteers can help with minor repairs! Over 60? Need a little help “ xing things around the house? Our minor repairs volunteers are ready to assist you. We can replace light bulbs, adjust ceiling fans, install grab bars, replace screens and screen doors and much more. Please call COA Care Connection at 209-3649 and visit our website at www. coasjc.com. NAS Jacksonville Skin and Scuba Diving Club meets at 7:00 p.m. on the “ rst Wednesday of each month at the Ramada Inn, located at 3130 Hartley Road in Mandarin. The club is open to all divers and those who are interested in diving. For more information, please visit www.nasjaxscubadivers.org or contact the club president, Dave Martin at 413-8773. 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 activities for the month ahead and our meetings and activities are during the day, when at-home mothers need support most. Of course, children are welcome at all of our meetings and activities. Activities are scheduled for almost every weekday of the month and moms may attend as few or as many activities as they like. Some of the activities we have planned are trips to the zoo, beach and pool days, story time at the library and playgroups at members homes and local parks. If you have any questions or would like to get more information to join, please e-mail Jenn at sanmoms@ gmail.com or check out our website at website at http://sanmomsclub.weebly.com. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla14-7 meets the “ rst Thursday of every month 7:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Yacht Club near the St. Augustine Lighthouse. The ” otilla is always looking for new members, particularly those who own aircraft, boats and have radio equipment and skills. If you are interested, please contact Vic Aquino at 460-0243. TOPS (Take O Pounds Sensibly) FL#493, St. Augustine has a weekly meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Old Colee Cove Volunteer Fire Station, located at 9105 County Road 13 North (south of Buddy Boys Grocery Store). Weigh in starts at 8:30 a.m. We are a National Weight Loss Organization, fees are low and we have lots of fun, contests and inspiring programs. All are welcome; come and join us! For more information, please contact Sara Weaver at 940-7528 or Bobbi Culbreth at 824-2466. Limelight Theatre of St. Augustine is looking for energetic and enthusiastic volunteer ushers, who play a huge role in the theatres success. Ushering is a fun, lively volunteer opportunity in a creative atmosphere surrounded by great people„ both audience and behind the scenes! Ushers attend to a variety of tasks including seating guests, answering questions and bartending and enjoy many bene“ ts including complimentary and discounted tickets. For complete details, please contact Limelight Theatre House Manager Joyce Hayes at 825-11-64 or limelightushers@gmail.com. A Texas Hold em Fundraiser Tournament, bene ting Bartram Trail Relay for Life, will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at the Poker Room at St. Johns Greyhound Park. Check in is at 6:00 p.m. and Texas Hold em lessons/rules will be held at 6:30 p.m. The tournament begins at 7:00 p.m. A $50 Buy InŽ ticket includes 2500 chips, food and a donation to the American Cancer Society (ACS). The $20 ByStander ticket includes food and a donation to ACS. For tickets, please contact Becky Kimball at 254-7325. Betty Grif n House of St. Johns County• emergency shelter to abused women and their minor children • temporary shelter for rape victims in danger after the crime • individual and group counseling • case management, civil legal representation and court advocacy24 hour crisis hotline: (904) 824-1555Provides: Advertise inThe CreekLineIt’s good for business!287-4913sales@thecreekline.com

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Page 10, The CreekLine • December 2011 • www.thecreekline.com The St. Johns Center for Clinical Research is conducting a 58 week clinical trial of an investigational oral medication for patients with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). You may be eligible to participate if you are: for at least 1 year have smoked in the past more than 15 hours/day related medication and study related medical tests at no cost. Compensation for time and For more information call:St. Johns Center for Clinical Research (904) 209-3173 www.jaxresearch.com CLINICAL RESEARCH STUDY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED Tina P. Fernandez, CPA, PLwww.tpfcpa.com 904-287-2195 Over 30 Years Experience Have Con“dence in Your Tax Preparation & Planning. Allow Me to Assist You. Visit www.tpfcpa.com for informative news and Tax Savings Tips. Serving the Accounting Needs of Individuals and Small Businesses by Providing Quality Service at Competitive Rates. Section. 6.The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place. No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil O ce under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time; and no Person holding any O ce under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in O ce. Section. 7.All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills. Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States;[2] If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law. Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take E ect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill. Section. 8.The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; To borrow Money on the credit of the United States; To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes; To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States; To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and “ x the Standard of Weights and Measures; To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States; To establish Post O ces and post Roads; To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries; To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court; To de“ ne and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and O ences against the Law of Nations; To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years; To provide and maintain a Navy; To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces; To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions; To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the O cers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress; To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dockYards, and other needful Buildings; „ And To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or O cer thereof. Section. 9.The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person. The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it. No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed. No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken. No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State. No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another; nor shall Vessels bound to, or from, one State, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay Duties in another. No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time. No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any O ce of Pro“ t or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, O ce, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State. Section. 10.No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility. No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing its inspection Laws; and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress. No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay. As a community service, The CreekLine Community Newspaper will be publishing the Constitution for the United States in its entirety over the next several issues. Please check back next month for the continuation.Constitution for the United States of AmericaArticle. I. Continued from the November 2011 issue of The CreekLine. Please refer to the prior issue for the beginning of the document. Also in the November 2011 issue on page 8, please read St. Johns County teacher James Lees preface article entitled The need for informed civic participation.Ž Prior issues of The CreekLine are available online at www.thecreekline.com.

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Convenient Payment Options Available Ask About Our Affordable Dental Plan for Uninsured Patients! $30/mo. Fourth of a seriesSome St. Johns County residential CDD fees are as high as $3,936 per yearBy J. Bruce RichardsonThere are taxes, and there are fees. Sometimes, for convenience, there is an arrangement for the St. Johns County Tax Collector to also collect fees. No matter what its called, St. Johns County residents … and, in some cases, businesses … are writing checks to pay for things beyond basic property taxes. Some residents are writing hefty checks. As previously reported in this space, depending on where you live, if youre a residential property owner, you may be paying more than your neighbor the next block over for community development district fees and homeowners association fees, which are sometimes referred to as property owners fees. Confused? Many people are and they just write an annual check and think nothing more about it. Property taxes, which are levied by county government and collected by the county Tax Collector, are mandatory taxes which are determined by the value of the property being taxed. The more expensive the property, the higher the tax. If the property is a primary residence, the State of Florida allows a homestead exemption of $50,000 of the value of the property and, if youre a senior citizen meeting an income test, another $25,000 on top of that. But, that doesnt apply to school board taxes, which only allow a $25,000 exemption, instead of the $50,000. Widows receive other exemptions and 100 percent disabled veterans are fully exempt from any property taxes. Property taxes and school board taxes pay for the cost of government and public education and, in addition to sales taxes, are the primary source of income for county governments. As property values rise and fall, the amount of tax income available to county governments rises and falls in harmony, often generating either surpluses or de“ cits which cause county government budgets to be out of balance. Community development district fees … these are not taxes, even though they are levied by a body sanctioned by the State of Florida and operate under rules and regulations determined solely by the Florida Legislature … usually pay for infrastructure improvements which were put in place when a new neighborhood or community was “ rst developed. The source of money for the improvements is bonds issued, which are paid o over a period of decades and the CDD fees are the primary vehicle for paying the bonds. But, some community development districts go beyond just paying for infrastructure and levy fees to pay for employees, amenities such as swimming pools and tennis courts and other services determined by the district board of directors. In some cases, community development districts act very similar to local municipal governments, but dont provide a full range of services such as police and “ re protection. Homeowners associations (HOAs) are less regulated, but provide stability and some services to neighborhoods, such as covenants on what can and cannot be on the exterior of homes in the association and also provide amenities such as pools, tennis courts or basketball courts. Every residential homeowner is subject to property taxes. CDD residential homeowners are subject to property taxes and CDD fees. Not all CDDs have HOAs. HOA residential homeowners in CDDs are subject to property taxes, CDD fees and HOA fees. There is no opting outŽ of CDD or HOA fees; if you purchase a home in a community development district or neighborhood which has a homeowners or property owners association, you must pay the fees. Here are annual samples of what residents are paying in St. Johns County. These samples do not cover all CDDs in the county. The fees shown are only CDD fees; HOA fees and property taxes are not shown. Fees are shown in a range from smallest category to largest; some individual fees are not shown. Fee levels vary by type of property, such as condominiums, attached townhomes and single family detached homes; also, the size of the home may also determine the amount of the fee. Aberdeen CDD fees are $371 to $2,601; 2010 total of $1,627,104. Brandy Creek CDD fees are $803 to $1,903; 2010 total of $1,107,348. Durbin Crossing CDD fees are $567 to $3,289; 2010 total of $2,823,322. Glen St. Johns CDD fees are $574 to $1,873; 2010 total of $38,675. Heritage Landing CDD fees are $1,014 to $2,114; 2010 total of $2,390,808. Heritage Park CDD fees are $504 to $1,615; 2010 total of $1,475,422. Julington Creek Plantation, CDD fees are $517 to $830; 2010 total of $5,416,825. Marshall Creek CDD fees are $559 to $3,936; 2010 total of $4,122,833. Sampson Creek CDD fees are $1,766 to $2,212; 2010 total of $1,563,293. Rivers Edge CDD fees are $917 to 1,980; 2010 total of $286,293. St. Johns Forest CDD fees are $384 to $2,018; 2010 total of $793,817. Tolomato CDD fees are $1,343 to $3,303; 2010 total of $3,192,963. In many cases, CDDs contain some commercial property, meant to enhance the CDD with shopping or services convenience. At times the CDD commercial fee is greater than the county property taxes paid. Here are some samples, by category and CDD; “ gures are from the St. Johns County Tax Collectors o ce. Julington Creek Plantation CDD 2011 fees for two churches were $12,450 each; churches are exempt from county property taxes. Marshall Creek CDD 2011 fees for a bank branch are $11,001; county property taxes are $13,227. Sampson Creek CDD 2011 fees for a golf course are $30,960; county property taxes are $28,465.J. Bruce Richardson, a resident of Jacksonville, has created many successful marketing, advertising, public relations, fund-raising and political campaigns. A former newsroom staffer of the late Jacksonville Journal, Mr. Richardson has an educational background in management and “ nance. Tis the season for big family gatherings! Between holiday parties, late night feasts and traveling, healthy habits can easily go right out the window. The American Heart AssociationGo Red For Women movement encourages everyone to enjoy traditional meals in moderation during this holiday season. Extra calories can quickly convert into additional pounds, which can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Give your family the gift of a healthy heart by using the following tips to help make smarter choices over the holidays. Make the holidays healthyƒ € Take time to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends. Gather around the “ re to enjoy low fat hot chocolate and share favorite holiday memories. € O er vegetables in addition to traditional side dishes such as stu ng, potato salad or macaroni and cheese at your holiday meals. € Turn o the television and go walking or bike riding with the kids. A guide for a heart-healthy holiday seasonBy Contributing Writer Katie Seay, American Heart Association-First Coast MarketBe selectiveƒ € To help keep portion sizes small, put your snacks on a small plate instead of a large one and limit your trips to the bu et. € Survey the entire bu et before you “ ll your plate. This will help you select only the foods that you want. € Wait 20 minutes before getting another plate of food from the bu et. Youll often “ nd that youre no longer hungry. Be health-consciousƒ € Set out bite-sized, healthy snacks such as fat-free popcorn, raisins or almonds in small containers. 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Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. 2011. DECEMBER Make the Most of Your Health If you participate in a Health Savings Account (HSA), “Flex gram, time is running out. Most plans require that you spend the money you’ve contributed by December 31, or risk losing it for good. Jim Taylor provides TaylorMade Solutions Call me at 904-705-1692 or TaylorMade4You@bellsouth.net to discuss how I can provide Solutions tailor-made for You.Managerial Accounting ServicesOver 30 years experiencePersonal & Business Income Tax PreparationFormer Internal Revenue Agent & Lic. to practice before the IRS Excel Spreadsheet Design, Training, & Support QuickBooks Set-Up, Training & SupportYear End is fast approaching. Call me now to review your QuickBooks setup, financials and year-end payroll & 1099s. Buy A Business John SerbCerti“ed Business Intermediary www.FirstCoastBizBuySell.com Call 904-613-2658 for a Con“dential No-Cost Valuation & Consultation Christopher M. Thompson, CFP, CRPC Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC1000 Sawgrass Village Dr. Suite 103 Ponte Vedra, FL. 32082 Tel: 904-273-7908 Toll Free: 800-542-2370 Cell: 904-708-3817 Fax: 904-285-0249 christopher.thompson@wellsfargoadvisors.com home.wellsfargoadvisors.com/christopher.thompson Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the many di erent taxing authorities„all with their hands in your pocket at the same time? With all our daily responsibilities, few of us have the time to investigate why we are paying these various agencies. I guess most people think of the Julington Creek Plantation CDD in the same way and just pay what they are assessed each year. What do you expect from those you entrust with your hard-earned money … such as the JCP CDD? Do you expect the CDD Board of Supervisors … those “ ve public o cials you elected to manage your tax money in the most e cient manner reasonably possible? As a fellow taxpayer, I sure do. But I do not believe that is what JCP taxpayers are receiving. Over the past few months, residents have asked your CDD management numerous questions relating to how we operate and manage your CDD facilities, towards identifying cost savings that will allow the supervisors to maintain your annual CDD assessments at the lowest level possible, while providing the high level of services you expect. It has been suggested we look closely at employee salaries, sta ng levels, services provided and how we provide those services towards identifying any weaknesses in our operations. It has been speci“ cally suggested that our department heads provide the supervisors periodic reports on what is functioning well and what is not again, towards getting the best grasp possible of how we deliver selected services to you … the taxpayer. But in my opinion, answers to those questions by residents have been lacking and in many cases ignored. It appears a majority of your supervisors The American Cancer Societys Relay For Life of Bartram Trail gives everyone in the community a chance to help save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, faith-based and civic organizations and anyone wanting to make a di erence in the “ ght against cancer are invited to take part in this exciting team event. Relay For Life starts at 12:00 noon at Bartram Trail High School on May 5, 2012 and ends at 6:00 a.m. the following morning. Register your team today by visiting www. BartramRelay.com. The next team party will be on December 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Durbin Creek Elementary. Anybody interested in joining Relay is invited to attend. Relay For Life draws attention to the progress being made in the “ ght against cancer,Ž said Pamela Pearce, 2012 event chair. Many participants are our family, friends and neighbors who have faced cancer themselves. Their involve-Register 2012 Relay For Life of Bartram Trail teams todayment helps bring hope that, together, we can eliminate cancer as a major health problem.Ž Many of our teams will be hosting fundraisers during this holiday season. One in particular, in memory of Bartram-area resident Ben Crews, brings the spirit of the holidays to many, while raising money for the Relay For Life of Bartram Trail. The third annual holiday fundraiser, Lighting the Way to a Cure,Ž is comprised of three homes on Mallard Landing Boulevard (o Roberts Road) that decorate their homes with over 100,000 colorful lights. The lights are choreographed to 30 Christmas songs that are broadcast on FM 105.1, allowing you to hear the music on your car radio. The shows began running nightly from dusk to midnight on December 3 and will continue through January 5. The event is free of charge; however donations are accepted for the American Cancer Societys Relay For Life of Bartram Trail. Santa Claus and his elves will be making a special guest appearance on the evenings of December 10-11, 16-18 and 23-24 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The public is invited to bring their families, see the lights, enjoy the music and celebrate the holiday season, all while helping to “ ght to cancer. You may visit main.acsevents. org/goto/Ben.Crews for more information.For more information on how to get involved with Relay For Life of Bartram Trail, please contact Laura Petrillo at 391-3644 or laura.petrillo@cancer.org.Julington Creek Plantation CDD reportBy Contributing Writer Sam Lansdale, Supervisor, Julington Creek Plantation Community Development Districtbelieve such questions are o limits and instead believe most or all decisions relating to how we operate should be left to the general manager. I believe that model is ” awed and that operating strategies need to be established by your supervisors and those strategies reviewed as needed with on-site management to ensure your money is being wisely spent. And without a doubt, residents opinions need to be considered and their questions answered. I am not advocating that the Board of Supervisors make day to day operational decisions, but I am suggesting that the supervisors give proper oversight to those operations to ensure we operate e ciently. I would welcome your feedback on an important issue … how to handle any excess funds paid by you to your CDD. It is my belief we should take great pains to avoid setting assessments higher than needed to achieve necessary operating funds; however, it will sometimes happen. Our 2010/2011 “ scal year ended September 30 and a “ nal revenue versus operating expense calculation shows that you overpaid the CDD by about $302,000 or 6 percent (single family by approximately $50 and commercial property by approximately $12,000, if assessed approximately $200,000.) Do you believe we should return any such excess funds through reduced assessments in the next “ scal year? The JCP CDD provides a variety of activities that may interest you this winter. Do you want Santa to visit your house December 17 and 18? Then contact 821-3630 to make a reservation. The annual Polar Plunge will take place on Sunday, January 1 at 11:00 a.m. Skateboard camp will be held from December 19 through 22 and December 26 through 29 and skateboard clinics are held every Saturday. Basketball camp will run from December 19 through 22. The Aquatics Department will be having American Red Cross CPR/AED training courses on: December 10 and 28 and on January 28. I encourage you to sign up for free e-mail alerts at www.jcpcdd.org to receive email reminders of upcoming events and programs. We work for you and I encourage you to attend the meetings and voice your concerns or opinions on how we are conducting your business. The next JCP CDD meetings will take place on December 13, 2011 and January 10, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the JCP Recreation Center. Feel free to contact me day or night via email or phone 509-4902 or SLansdale@jcpcdd.org. This article is my opinion and in no way constitutes nor implies District opinion, endorsement, sponsorship or viewpoint. The views expressed may or may not be shared by the other JCP CDD Supervisors. Editors Note: The CreekLine is appreciative that Supervisor Lansdale approached us and o ered to write a column for us to share with our readers. The CreekLine is, and has always been, agreeable to publishing columns penned by our elected o cials so that they may communicate directly with our readers, their constituents. Any questions or requests for additional public servant columns may be directed to editor@ thecreekline.com. Reserve advertising space for the January Issue Start 2012 o with a NOW287-4913sales@thecreekline.comBANG!!!

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www.thecreekline.com • December 2011 • The CreekLine, Page 13 The Shoppes of MurabellaAccepting New Patients (904) 826-346952 Tuscan Way Suite 205 St. Augustine, FL 32092 New Location!Mon-Thurs: 8-6:30 Saturday: 9-1 Walk-Ins Welcome JACKSONVILLESYMPHONYORCHESTRADinnerandtheSymphony Forinfoandtoordertickets, callBillCosnottiat(904)356-0426. Saturday,January14,2012 Luxury Bus Service To and from the Times-Union Center, leaving from St. Johns and Mandarin.Pre-concert DinnerPrix Fixe Dinner at Omni, Bistro Aix or other fine restaurants. Premium Concert Seats $72 per person with dinner Tax and gratuity included. Mayo Clinic Coffee Series € Fidelity National Financial Pops Series BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD Steven Reineke, conductor € Ashley Brown, soprano € Ryan Silverman, tenorSelections from Wicked, Jersey Boys, Singin in the Rain, Star Wars and more. WATCH THESE PAGES FOR FUTURE DINNER AND THE SYMPHONY INFOBallroom With a Twist Mar. 3, 2012 Bond and Beyond Mar. 24, 2012 Cirque de la Symphony …Apr. 28, 2012 JaxSymphony.org HOTEL GETAWAYPackage! One night stay at a luxury hotel for two Two premium concert tickets Free parking and more From $169! Call (904) 356-0426 for details. The smell of mothers cooking wafted through many kitchens as students reveled in their “ ve-day reprieve from the stress of the educational system. In the days prior, teachers had loaded everyones backpacks with packets and projects of varying sizes and a cumulative groan seemed to echo through the halls. There was much talk of the time when the days before a holiday were spent making crafts, having parties and not doing anything of real importance, simply having fun. Though some were excited and bouncing o the walls for the two-day school week, the members of the Panther Pride Marching Band had to force themselves to make an appearance that day, because that weekend they had competed in State Championships in Tampa. This was their second year competing in the Tropicana Dome, but two new school records were made. The band scored an astonishing 89.95 in Nease HappeningsStress and successBy Brittany Dirks, Nease Studentpreliminaries, something they had never before achieved. This score allowed them to place fourth out of the seven in their class, pushing them into “ nals. This was the “ rst time in the entire history of the program to make “ nals at State Championships. The 250 hours of rehearsal timeŽ paid o said drum major Corey Clarkston while giving an inspirational speech before the performance with other prominent leaders of the band. The seniors were “ ghting tears as they prepared for their “ nal performance with the program theyd been with for years. After the exhilarating performance, the award ceremony revealed that, like many other bands, the score had dropped due to stricter judging to an 87.95, which placed them in “ fth. When the ceremony (known as retreatŽ) concluded, all bands were dismissed and Nease proceeded to the charter buses with tear-“ lled eyes and innumerable hugs between seniors and their underclassmen friends. All were eager to get home and so when enough hugs and words were exchanged, each section climbed onto their respective bus and almost instantly fell asleep because they had been awake since approximately 5 oclock in the morning. Monday morning at school showed almost every band kid in their “ nals shirt and a “ nalist pin. The seniors wore the bright blue senior medals presented to them at preliminary retreat and with that day, their “ nal marching band season was complete.Congratulations to the Nease Panther Pride Marching Band for their “ fth place “ nish at the FMBC State Championships! Red Cross Babysitting ClassFriday, December 30 10:30 am 5:30 pmBartram Trail Branch Library Designed for teenagers ages 11-15, the American Red Cross o ers this course to prepare participants to care for infants and children, make good decisions, solve problems and help keep the children you babysit safe. ere is a fee and registration is required through the American Red Cross. For more information contact the Red Cross at 358-8091 ext 1818 or online at www.ne” oridaredcross.org.the United States from Cuba in 1966 and how emotional it was for her to become a naturalized United States citizen in 1989. She still has her little American Flag and citizenship certi“ cated proudly framed. The Oath of Allegiance was given by USIS District Director Ruth Dorocho followed by a video message from the President. The “ fth grade ambassadors lead the Pledge of Allegiance, with all 150 “ fth graders joining the new citizens in reciting it. Hosting the annual naturalization ceremony at Cunningham Creek Elementary was the brainchild of “ fth grade teacher Kris Burkes. It all began when she took her “ fth grade class to witness a Naturalization Ceremony at the federal court house in Jacksonville three years ago. When we, my class and I, stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance along with the new citizens, I was moved to tears,Ž she re” ected. That is when it occurred to her that all of the “ fth grade must witness this incredibly moving Naturalization cont. from pg. 1ceremony. She contacted the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to see if a ceremony could be held at the school. After they came out and inspected the school the go-ahead was given. The “ rst ceremony held at the school was in March of 2010. It was such a huge success that another was held in November of that same year. The ceremony was scheduled to honor Veterans Day and has been held as such ever since. When the ceremony concluded, cameras were popping with ” ashes as the new citizens took turns at the American ” ag on stage for pictures with their certi“ cates of citizenship and their little American ” ags. The exuberance of these new citizens, their families and the “ fth grade students was inspirational. New citizens recite the Oath of Allegiance.

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Page 14, The CreekLine • December 2011 • www.thecreekline.com Caring for you. Its what we do.Proudly caring for our community for five years.Drs. Townsend, DeBoer and Romero of Baptist Primary Care St. Johns Forest are backed by 24-hour care at nearby Baptist Medical Center South. Our office is your link to the most preferred health system in our region. Services include: € Sports/school physicals € Immunizations € Well visits for adults and children € Care for minor injuries € Coordination of care for chronic con ditions (diabetes,hypertension,etc.) € Womens health care Same-day appointments Ana M. Romero, MD Board-Certified, Family Medicine Richard Townsend, MD Board-Certified, Family Medicine Matthew DeBoer, DO Board-Certified, Family Medicine 824-4407Baptist Primary Care St. Johns Forest 120 Gateway Circle, Unit 1 Jacksonville, FL 32259 MICHAEL BOYER PAINTING, LLC287-2203 Licensed & Insured #ST-5178 LLC 20%Discount off total amount due for the month of December Beautiful weather, kids in adorable costumes and the smell of pizza baking-what could be better? How about knowing that all the pro“ ts from the evening were going to help an icon in Jacksonville: Wolfson Childrens Hospital. On Thursday, October 27, hundreds of people came to The Academy at Julington Creek to enjoy the wonderful weather and the festivities all of which bene“ ted Wolfson Childrens Hospital. The Academy at Julington Creek, which just celebrated its “ rst year in the Julington Creek area, decided to open the event to the community to help earn extra pro“ ts for Wolfson. Many businesses contributed to the success of the night, including Bounce Jax, which donated three bounces houses for the event, Bruccis Pizza, Kool Scoops Italian Ice and hundreds of other donations which were used in the silent auction and for ra es. The funds raised from this event (almost $1500) will be used to purchase a 3 Tesla MRI, with distinct advantages for children. The sta Fun fall festival raises funds for a good causeBy Contributing Writer Bev Pooland families at The Academy at Julington Creek are thrilled to be able to contribute so signi“ cantly. Marcia Pozin, executive director of the Academy, said that the management sta and teachers all volunteered their time to make this event extra memorable for the children. Almost all of the 200 families that attend the child development center attended the event. Overall, the children had fun playing games and getting their faces painted and the adults had fun bidding on auction items, relaxing watching their children play, knowing it was helping Wolfson Childrens Hospital. The Academy at Julington Creek plans to continue this community event each year … donating the proceeds to Wolfson Childrens Hospital. Pozin added that she hopes this family-friendly event that will continue for many years to come!Cyclist cont from pg. 1cycling and the Garmin Cycling Teams Junior Developmental Team. It is an honor and indication of his potential as a competitive cyclist to be in consideration, due to the fact that usually cyclists are considered at 14 years and up. While presently attending St. Johns Grammar School, he is already thinking ahead as to where he will attend college to further his career as a cyclist. Undoubtedly he has great potential and we just might be reading in the future about him in the Olympics or winding his way through the mountain passes of France. Young cyclist Hans VandenbergProudly serving residents and businesses in NW St. Johns County since 2001 Often imitated, never duplicated!The CreekLine is your ORIGINAL Community Newspaper!The CreekLine F f B 886-4919sales@thecreekline.com

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The community responded by “ lling them for our brave soldiers throughout the last two months. Cascades at WGV “ lled 100 stockings, while Brownie troops, garden and book clubs, neighborhood groups and shoppers at Winn Dixie all helped make this a success. Children and adults wrote heartwarming messages in cards and drawings that will certainly bolster spirits. Postage was paid by St. Michaels Soldiers, Heritage Park residents and First Florida on County Road 210. At the groups November 18 meeting, 30 Thanksgiving baskets were donated to Christs Pantry food bank at Celebration Lutheran Church on Roberts Road. Each family received a gift card for a free turkey and all the “ xings for a Thanksgiving feast and more. Through the generosity of Helping Hands members, families received a generous amount of staples as well. This Helping Hands updateBy Contributing Writer Jackie Valyouis the “ fth year the group has supplied a food bank with a Thanksgiving meal. Helping Hands will be meeting Friday, January 27 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Community Church Community Center on County Road 210 next to Cimarrone. The Rippers will meet at 10:00 a.m. before the meeting. The group will be making bracelets to bene“ t the Alex Fast Foundation. Alex is a young St. Augustine boy waiting for a liver transplant. Helping Hands will also be hosting a huge garage sale on February 25 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Faith Community to bene“ t this young man. All donations and donation of merchandise will be tax deductible and all monies will go through the 501C3 founda-What a wonderful selection of holiday musical events is being o ered by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in December! What better way to get in the mood than to attend their initial o ering The MessiahŽ on Saturday December 3 at 8:00 p.m.? This wonderful and inspiring masterpiece by Handel was “ rst performed in Dublin in 1742 and is to this day one of the most famous oratorios ever written. Telling the greatest story ever told, using passages from the Bible, it will be performed by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with soloists Sarah Jane EncoreCelebrate holidays with musicBy Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville Universitytion. If you have anything you want to donate, please contact cottage33@aol.com. Members of Helping Hands met this young man when they did a makeover room for him when he was 11. Members of Helping Hands have been helping the family the last few years. Helping Hands is a non-denominational group that meets the last Friday of each month (except November and December) at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Community Church Community Center to do a small project to bene“ t the community. The group has no dues, o cers or stress. Members come when they can and do what they can with what they have. The group relies solely on donations of goods and services from the community. Membership is always open. For more information, please contact jacqphil@aol.com. McMahon, Rebecca Ringle, Matt Boehler and Matt Morgan. The following day, Sunday December 4 at 3:00 p.m., the Symphony will present the immortal choral ballet, Gift of the Magi.Ž The story follows a young married couple, very much in love, but facing dif“ cult times. At Christmas, each makes a generous sacri“ ce to give the other a special gift. The performance will feature dancers from Jacksonville University and the Fleming Island High School Womens Chorus. On December 9 at 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., December 10 at 8:00 p.m. and December 11 at 3:00 p.m., you can once again enjoy holiday favorites with the orchestra and chorus plus tenor Benjamin Brecher, who brought the house down in last seasons Celtic Celebration.Ž On December 12 a free holiday concert will be presented by the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. A complete change of pace will occur on December 16 at 8:00 p.m., December 17 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. and December 18 at 2:00 p.m., when the activities will switch to the Moran Theater where the beloved ballet The NutcrackerŽ will be featured. A Symphony tradition for many years, it will feature as always, local young dancers in the magical tale. On December 20 at 8:00 p.m., another event will take place at the Moran Theater. This one will feature one of todays most acclaimed contemporary Christian artists, Michael W. Smith, performing with the Symphony and the UNF Chamber Singers in a heartwarming presentation of Christmas favorites which are sure to delight the whole family. Finally, to close out the month and 2011, Ring out the Old and Ring in the NewŽ with conductor Fabio Mechetti and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Last years inaugural bashŽ was such a success, that the idea of presenting a concert, party and “ reworks to celebrate the New Year is becoming a new tradition! Tickets and additional information on all these events can be obtained at 354-5547 or on the web at JaxSymphony. org. I might add that another free Jacksonville Symphony Ensemble concert of special local interest, entitled Cover the Town with Sound,Ž will take place on January 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the San Juan De Rio Catholic Church in St. Johns.

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Through this project, she aims to improve reading instruction and student achievement. Reading is my passion,Ž Lime said. I have been an instructional literacy coach for “ ve years and enjoy sharing best practices and learning new teaching strategies. My goal is to provide reading teachers in the district with a professional learning community where they can discuss current research, review student and teacher resources, and explore best practices. Ultimately, the project will Holiday happenings have a way of bringing out sparkling eyes and happy smiles. Jacksonville residents are fortunate to have nearby access to destinations with special events that others must travel thousands of miles to see. With the kids o from school, consider the following day trips for an enchanted holiday outing. Sea World amusement park in Orlando runs The Polar Express Experience until early January. In previous years, I climbed aboard their magical train with my grandchildren and delighted in a ride that was incredibly authentic to the book. In this case, however, the North Pole showcases Beluga whales and the e ect is quite magical. For Floridians, ICE at Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee brings a winter wonderland to life. The resort is transformed into a frozen walk-through park with hand-carved ice sculptures and buildings. This years frosty theme is Shrek the HallsŽ and kids and teens join the fun slipping down ice slides and frolicking in a snowball park. Be sure to bring hats and gloves; parkas are provided. Holidays in History on Jekyll Island features the historic Pacetti Bay Middle School literacy coach wins leadership grantbene“ t everyone in the district „ the teachers, the students and the schools.Ž As the third Pro tt grant recipient, Lime will receive a $2,500 award from the PDK Educational Foundation. The foundation provides support for programs and projects established by PDK International, a global association of education professionals. The grant was established in 2008 by Eve Pro tt, an educator and former PDK International board president. It provides funding for a project that emphasizes PDKs three tenets „ leadership, research and service „ and is only available to PDKs Emerging Leaders, a group of elite young educators. I “ nd Melissas project timely in that we certainly must embrace literacy in all content areas at the secondary level,Ž Pro tt said. At a time when resources are di cult to “ nd, increased collaborative e orts are essential to teacher e ectiveness and student achievement. Im impressed by her ambition and vision for collaborating with additional teachers and the community in developing a literacy cadre which could serve as a prototype for other communities.Ž PDK is dedicated to cultivating tomorrows great educators,Ž said William J. Bushaw, PDK Internationals executive director. Melissa is an extraordinary example of the young leaders whose visionary ideas we are thrilled to support.Ž Since joining St. Johns County School District in 2004, Lime has served as an instructional literacy coach at St. Johns Technical High School and as a middle school language arts and reading teacher at Gamble Rogers Middle School. In 2009, she received the St. Johns County High School Literacy Coach of the Year award. She has also served as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Florida in the College of Education and Human Services. She is president of the Florida Matanzas PDK chapter and has recently joined the board of directors for Learn to Read of St. Johns County. Holiday events for travelersBy Contributing Travel Writer Debi Lander, www.bylandersea.comdistrict decorated in Christmas grandeur and special themed tours take guests back in time the Clubs gilded era. They dont rush the season, so the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival doesnt happen until the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Visit for storytelling, caroling and craft workshops as well. On St. Simons Island the King and Prince Resort decorates their lobby with a 21 foot tree and a fantastic display of gingerbread houses. St. Augustines Night of LightsŽ holiday extravaganza continues past the holidays to the end of January. Drive down to Americas oldest city and gaze at over two million white lights shining from downtown buildings, trees and the bridges. And neighboring Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church celebrates by presenting an elaborate live nativity called A Bethlehem Visit. This year the event involves over 200 local volunteers and is set for 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12. Wherever your plans take you, I wish you safe travels and happy holidays. The CreekLineEverybody Gets It. Everybody Reads It.editor@thecreekline.comDo you know the warning signs of stroke?€ Sudden numbness or weak ness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body € Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding € Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes € Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination € Sudden severe headache with no known causeSource: Baptist Medical Center South Li c ense # C O 4DU 0261Learning LaddersWeekday Child Development CenterRegistration for 20122013 School YearJanuary 7, 2012 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Open House January 8, 2012 ~ 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration for church members and previously enrolled families January 11, 2012 ~ 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration open to the community served” basis. Age 1-5 years old and VPK A ministry of Mandarin United Methodist Church 11270 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223904 292 1126www.learningladderspreschool.com What would YOU like to read about each month in The CreekLine?Let us know! editor@the creekline.com

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www.thecreekline.com • December 2011 • The CreekLine, Page 17 Castle Nails We wish you a wonderful Holiday with friends and family!We oer all nail services: Walk-ins Welcome 230-9575 10% OFF for all High School Students When the students of San Juan Del Rio School decided to participate in the “ rst annual Patriotic Essay and Poster Contest little did they know what an adventure it would be. The contest, sponsored by the 4th Degree Sir Knights of Knights of Columbus Ave Maria Assembly 3008 at San Juan Del Rio Catholic Church, was begun to help commemorate Veterans Day during the annual fall festival. The assignment was for the students to express their feelings on patriotism and what it means to be a United States citizen. What Patriotism Means to MeŽ was the theme for the posters. The poster portion of the contest was divided into two groups„“ rst and second grade in one group and third and fourth grades in the other. The essay portion of the contest was similarly divided by grades with “ fth and sixth grades in a group and seventh and eighth grades in a separate grouping. The theme for the essays was Patriotism: A Students Perspective.Ž Teacher Ashley Bradley from SJDR School created the rules and judging criteria. Judging was done by “ ve veteran Sir Knights from Ave Maria Assembly, who found that the students were very talented and expressive in their essays and posters. The judging was challenging to say the least. They were all that San Juan Del Rio students have an adventure in patriotismBy Karl Kennell The Creeks Junior Midget Cheer Squad placed second in the Southeast Regional Cheer Competition held November 27 in Orlando. They will be competing in the Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Competition at the Disney Wide World of Sports on December 7, 2011. The 2011 Creeks Jr. Midget Cheer Squad members are Sally Bardin, Kaleigh Eden“ eld, Ashlyn Fiedler, Alexia Fine“ eld, Megan Gambill, Carly Grimes, Camryn Gwaltney, Danielle Haire, Alecia Haire, Heather Hartmann, Jailyn Hopkins, Danielle Kelley, Bri McKelvey, Emily Moore, Alex Murphy, McKenzie Parziale, Emani Plummer, Gracie Richburg, Alandrea Siegel, Averie Siegel, Miranda Sieng, Taylor Smith, Emily Szczepanik, Jayden Tocorzic, Caitlin Tolleson, Kyra Trethewey and Lauren Verrino. The coaches are Melissa Abbey, Amy Smith, Bridget Hopkins, Kim Murphy and Amanda Smith. Congratulations Creeks Junior Midget cheerleaders good! The winners were “ nally chosen with poster (grades one and two) being “ rst place, Caroline Rice; second place, Zack Stokes and third place going to Lily Lupinski. The poster grades three and four winners were: “ rst place, Nicholas Bradley; second place, Matthew Bradley and third place, Melissa Davis. All the posters were very artistic and creative. In the essay portion the winners in grades “ ve and six were Michael Munder; second place, Christine Sullivan; and third place went to Philip Chappano. In grades seven and eight, the winners were Victoria Canon with second place going to Katie Horan and third place going to Emma Davis. The essays were superb and made the judges proud of all the entrants. The “ rst exciting event on the winning students adventure was when the Sir Knights of Ave Maria Assembly awarded the trophies and certi“ cates to the winners. The award ceremony was performed as part of the Flag Ceremony for Veterans Day at the fall festival. The students were surrounded by the Knights dressed in full regalia and the ” owing ” ags as the Assembly Color Corps performed their presenting of the ” ags. The real surprise though was when the students were invited to read their essays to the residents of the Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home the following Saturday. Ave Maria Assembly threw a cake and punch party for the residents and students. The winners all displayed and explained their posters with the essay winners each reading their essay. The residents were a great audience and the kids had a great time showing o their creativity and meeting some real heroes of our country. The whole essay and poster contest was such a resounding success that it will become an annual event. It is an event that will be looked forward to by not only the students but those who deserve our appreciation for their service to patriotism.The essay and poster contest winners. Residents at the Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home enjoyed hearing the winning essays Hes making a list and checking it twice!

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Page 18, The CreekLine • December 2011 • www.thecreekline.com Race Track Blvd.Flora Branch Blvd. 990 Flora Branch Boulevard St. Johns, Florida 32259License#C075J0083 www.theacademyatjulingtoncreek.net Please visit our center and take a personal tour. Marcia Pozin Executive Director 904-230-8200.Infant thru VPK ( 4 years old ) Before/After School Ages 6 thru 12 Not quite ready to be a Soccer MomŽ? ƒ. Let your child explore the many extra-curricular resources available right here at The Academy at Julington Creek! No need to drive your child from activity to activityƒ they can learn and play right here. We have amazing programs designed with your child in mind! Some of our programs include: Yoga, Tennis, TaeKwon Do, Gigglebytes, Dance, Soccer Shots, Playball, Tumbling, and Music. Stop by and take a tour of our beautiful center and “nd out all that we offer. BartramTrailVeterinaryHospital Dr.KristaDavis Dr.MartinaSander WELLNESSVISITS*MEDICINE*SURGERY*DENTALCARE RADIOLOGY*LABORATORY*ACUPUNCTURE*ULTRASOUND BOARDING*DOGGIEDAY-CARE*DROP-OFFAPPOINTMENTS 6751SR16 (nearWGVandMurabella) MustpresentAd-Validuntil12/31/11 BartramTrailVets.com Fall & Winter Promotion Spays Neuters Dentals15% DISCOUNT Must present Ad Valid until 12/31/11 Pet BoardingRemember to Book early for the Holidays 940-0655 (ARA) In 2009, 3,466 teenagers died in the United States from automobile crash injuries, according to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Such injuries are by far the leading public health problem among youths 13 to19 years old. Tra c crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America. Mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. The crash risk among teenage drivers is particularly high during the “ rst months of licensure. An IIHS review of recent literature con“ rmed that driver age and experience both have strong e ects on driver crash risk. Crash rates for young drivers are high largely because of the drivers immaturity combined with driving inexperience. The immaturity is apparent in young drivers risky driving practices such as speeding. At the same time, teenagers lack of experience behind the wheel makes it di cult for them to recognize and respond to hazards. They get in trouble trying to handle unusual driving situations and these situations turn disastrous more often than when older people drive. Research shows which behaviors contribute to teenrelated crashes. Inexperience and immaturity combined with speed, drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts, distracted driving (cell phone use, loud music, other teen passengers, etc.), drowsy driving, nighttime driving and other drug use aggravate this problem. The National Highway Tra c and Safety Association (NHTSA) recommends a multitiered strategy to prevent motor vehicle-related deaths and injuries among teen drivers: Increase seat belt use, implement graduLocal is the new black. And theres a new way to “ nd the best local spots in St. Augustine: www.SimplyStAugustine.com. Florida native and columnist for The CreekLine Allie Olsen has enjoyed St. Augustine since childhood. Once I started traveling more as an adult, I realized what a gem St. Augustine is! We have amazing restaurants, gorgeous beaches and some really unique experiences. My husband and I created Simply St. Augustine to help others fall in love with this amazing city,Ž Olsen explained. Simply St. Augustine is a locals resource, a food and travel blog and a place to point friends and family to. Whether youre looking for a romantic dinner for two or for suggestions for As the summer was coming to an end and the holidays loomed around the cornerƒmy thoughts turned to cooking up our sumptuous traditional family meals. Or more truthfully, I set out to make some new traditions to take the place of overcooked green beans, hard green peas, mashed potatoes ” ooded with greasy gravy and other such savory southern sides. With that exercise in mind, I went to my trusty recipe collection, which begins with the Home Ec. cookbook I edited in high school. Then I pulled out the entire section behind the letter VŽ from my “ ling drawer and shu ed through eons of veggie recipes we have enjoyed over time. The trends over the years were apparent„the years stu was loaded with mayonnaise and cream cheese, then the white sauce phase, the souf” era and so on. Thats when I decided to expand this search and share it with you readers for the holidays! So, I did what any good cook would do: contact the best cooks in her circle of friends and see what they come up with! Andƒ.I was not disappointed! My she-she friend who pulls o many little dinner parties shared a side dish idea that has presentationƒits called Green Bean Bundles. Now I will tell you up front if you have more than eight or 10 at your table, save this one for another time. First cut up a six inch by six inch aluminum foil square for each guest. Snap the ends o of a pound of green beans. Make a bundleŽ by wrapping a piece of bacon around eight beans; place the bundleŽ on a piece of foil and salt, pepper and dot the beans with butter. Close the foil tightly, place bundlesŽ in a baking dish and bake at 350 The Lifestyle GuruCooking up some creative sidesŽBy Joy HartleyColumnist begins new ventureout-of-town visitors, check out Simply St. Augustine regularly for fresh ideas. St. Augustines Nights of Lights are the highlight now. Olsen shared, Im excited to feature local businesses year round. Right now, were gearing up for Villa Zoraydas candlelight tours and the St. Augustine Historic Inns tour of 25 decorated B&Bs. Also, did you know theres an ice slide at Winter Wonderland this year? There are a lot of neat events that locals can enjoy this Christmas.Ž Olsen invites you to likeŽ the Simply St. Augustine Facebook page, www.facebook. com/SimplyStAugustine, where people share tips and ask questions. You live here... enjoy it!Ž degrees for one hour. These conveniently can be made the day before. They are very cool looking on a dinner plate. Then my new bloggerŽ friend Jen came through with a killer way to do your mashed potatoes. I tasted the leftovers, cold, and they were still awesome! The recipe is called Rosemary Infused Mashed Potatoes. For the sake of space (my editor will thank me) I will speed up the process by telling you to simply peel and boil three pounds of your favorite potatoes as usual. While your spuds are cooking, place one and one half cups of half and half (or milk) in a saucepan and simmer it with four sprigs of fresh rosemary over low heat for about 10 minutes; do not let it boil. Now, drain potatoes and add four tablespoons of butter to them; remove Rosemary from milk, add to the potatoes and mash as usual, salt and pepper to taste. This recipe will make you a holiday hero, says Jen! You can join me in following her new foodie blog at www.inthekitchenwithjenifer.blogspot.com. Shes got some more great recipes there! Now for my creation, this recipe is for Spinach and Leek Gratin, which I found in Bon Appetit in October of 2005; its impressive and easy! Spinach and Leek Gratin 5 tbsp. butter 3 tbsp. Dijon mustard 2 1/3 cups fresh breadcrumbs 1 cup crumbled Roquefort cheese (4 oz.) 3 9-ounce bags fresh spinach 1 8 oz. leek cup half and half Melt three tablespoons of butter in medium skillet over medium heat, mix in two tablespoons of the mustard, then add breadcrumbs. Saut until crumbs are golden. Cool then mix in cheese. Toss half of the spinach in large nonstick pot over high heat until wilted (about three minutes). Transfer to sieve in sink, repeat with remaining spinach, then press leaves to drain. Melt two tablespoons butter in same pot over medium heat, add leek (halved lengthwise and thinly sliced); saut four minutes, add cream, remaining 1 tablespoons mustard and spinach. Toss until blended then season with salt and pepper. Place mixture in 7Ž by 11Ž baking dish, top with breadcrumb mixture. Bake until bubbling, about 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Happy Holidays! Teach teens to drive safely„ and save their livesated driver licensing, reduce teens access to alcohol and increase parental responsibility. € Keep your hands on the wheel. € Keep your eyes on the road. € Keep your hands and eyes away from your cell phone while driving. You need to teach safe driving behavior from the beginning,Ž says Lyman Munson, vice president of risk services at Firemans Fund Insurance Company. As the parent, you can start by modeling safe driving behavior whenever you drive your children, from the time they are infants.Ž Give teens an edge by teaching them some basics about cars and the rules of the road early, well before they hit driving age. Ease them into driving with short trips in familiar areas, at low speeds, in daylight and with an adult. Choose a safe car that is predictable in its handling and easy to drive. Munson also suggests parents talk to their teens about safety issues and the rules they are setting. Explain each one of your rules and the consequences for breaking it. Write up a contract with your teen driver to make sure they drive by the rules and drive as safely as possible. Include the most important issues. Heres a sample: 1. Alcohol: Absolutely no alcohol 2. Seat belts: Always buckle up 3. Cell phone/texting: No talking or texting while driving 4. Curfew: Have the car in the driveway by 10:00 p.m. 5. Passengers: No more than one at all times 6. Graduated drivers license: Follow the states GDL law 7. Parental responsibility: Set your house rules and consequences

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www.thecreekline.com • December 2011 • The CreekLine, Page 19 Dr. Mabus of“ce is conveniently located in the Johns Creek Shopping Center. She is a graduate of the St. Vincents Family Medicine residency program and is looking forward to caring for her new Fruit Cove neighbors. Her of“ce offers medical care for: Procedures and screenings: To schedule an appointment call: (904) 450-8120Same day appointments available. Dr. Mabus of“ce is located at: St. Vincents Primary Care Johns Creek Shopping Center 2851 CR 210 W., Ste. 122 St. Johns, FL 32259St. Vincent’s Primary Care would like to welcome Allison Mabus, MD, to our St. Vincent’s HealthCare family. A week after “ nishing its production of You Cant Take It With You,Ž Bartram Trails ITS (International Thespian Society) troupe traveled to Ponte Vedra High School to take part in district-level theater competition. Districts,Ž as the students call it, is an annual theater event where students can perform and be adjudicated by judges. They entered everything from monologues to solos to set designs and playwriting. Everything was rated from poor to superior depending on the quality. Students who achieved superiors now have the opportunity to enter the next level of competition, the state festival in Tampa. The state festival is the largest theater festival in the world and one of the troupes biggest events. Last year there was a total of 8000 thespians competing, watching performances and taking part in workshops. Those who go miss a few days of school to travel by bus to Tampa and perform their events, watch others and mingle with the thousands of other students who love theater just as much as they do. And shortly after their return, they can look forward to putting on a production of Guys and Dolls. Though theyve enjoyed every minute, the students are probably glad the “ rst half of the year is over. The past two months have kept them busy with districts, a one-act competition, a production of You Cant Take It With YouŽ and a night of one acts directed by the seniors. Around Halloween, they also showcased their competition piece, Salamander Stew, written by local playwright Michael Fixel, at Players By the Sea Main Stage Theater. Joining them were BTHS alumni Matt Thompkins and Jacob Rothman reenacting scenes from Jekyll and Hyde, which was performed by the troupe in 2009. When Salamander Stew went to district competition at Florida State College at Jacksonville in November, it was so wellreceived that it was nominated Critics Choice, an award only given to the best of the best. It was also awarded Best Male Actor (Brandon Mayes), Best Ensemble, Best Featured Actress (Olivia Crews), All-star Cast and Best Stage Manager (Holly Skinner). With so much going on the kids and their director Ava Fixel are at school for hours, sometimes until late in the evening. However, most of them agree that the experience and fun of theater makes staying after worth it. And because they spend so much time together, they inevitably end up getting close. I am so honored to be president of this endlessly talented troupe,Ž Skinner comments. With each production we For each of the past four years, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, located in the World Golf Village area, has prepared almost a hundred Thanksgiving dinners to be delivered by the parishioners to shut-ins in the surrounding area. Their Mens Club along with the Ladies Guild and Young People prepare the meals of turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, gravy, rolls and dessert. BTHS HappeningsSpotlights shine on 6174By Devyn Fussman, BTHS Studentliterally put our blood, sweat and tears into it and we always hope the end result shows it. We call ourselves the 6174 family with Mrs. Fixel being our mother. After spending almost every waking moment together because of practices, we cant help becoming so close!Ž ITS is always looking for new members, so anyone who wants a chance to shine on stage (or behind the scenes) can come to meetings on Wednesdays after school and try out for the production of Guys and Dolls next spring.Feed Your PeopleŽ Contributed by Ed WagnerThey work with Catholic Charities who has the names of those in need. After the Thanksgiving Mass, the food is blessed by the Pastor and the people are sent out to make the deliveries utilizing Map Quest to nd the homes. Usually those families delivering the meal will spend some time with the person ending with a short prayer.

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Page 20, The CreekLine • December 2011 • www.thecreekline.com WhenInnovation AndTradition Come Together, Educational Excellence Is Taken To A Whole New Level WhenInnovation AndTradition Come Together, Educational Excellence Is Taken To A Whole New Level Smart Boards provide 21st century learning experience Skyping provides global connectiveness, expanding the classroom beyond the walls of the school Students learn to create digital work portfolios and use cutting edge technology Breakout sessions promote small group discussions and improve comprehensionB i l i n g u a l e d u c a t i o n s t i m u l a t e s b r a i n d e v e l o p m e n tNow accepting applications for the 2012 school yearFinancial assistance and the LIFT tuition grant are availableFor more information or to schedule a tour, call 904-268-4200, ext. 147Visit us in Mandarin or online at www.mjgds.org KEN BERRY, B.S.N., D.C.319 West Town Place, Suite 7 Located in the WGV Professional Plaza904-940-0361 Serving World Golf Village and surrounding communities for over 4 years WWW.THE VILLAGE CHIROPRACTOR.COM Source: University of Illinois ExtensionBalsam Fir – Abies balsamea – ” to 1 ” short, flat, long lasting needles that are rounded at the tip; nice, dark green color with silvery cast and fragrant. Douglas Fir – Pseudotsuga menziesii – good fragrance; holds blue to dark green; 1” to 1 ” needles; needles have one of the best aromas among Christmas trees when crushed. Fraser Fir – Abies fraseri – dark green, flattened needles; to 1 inch long; good needle retention; nice scent; pyramid-shaped strong branches which turn upward. Noble Fir – Abies procera – one inch long, bluish-green needles with a silvery appearance; has short, stiff branches; great for heavier ornaments; keeps well; is used to make wreaths, door swags and garland. Scotch Pine – Pinus sylvestris – most common Christmas tree; stiff branches; stiff, dark green needles one inch long; holds needles for four weeks; needles will stay on even when dry; has open appearance and more room for ornaments; keeps aroma throughout the season; introduced into United States by European settlers.Types of Christmas Trees What if you could cruise around in a shiny silver convertible on a Saturday afternoon and earn $30 for your school? Creekside High School students, teachers and families had the opportunity to do just that last month at the Drive One 4 UR School event, sponsored by Bozard Ford. The event, which coincided with a carnival featuring food, games and performances from local artists, brought out hundreds of people from the community looking to help raise money and have a good time. Every time a featured car was test driven, Bozard Ford donated $20 to $30 to the Creekside High School athletic department. With more than 10 cars featured at the event, over $6000 was easily raised. That money could be doubled thanks to the talent and dedication of the CHS TV Production department. Seniors Anthony Giordano and Dylan Klee participated in the Ford Drive One 4 UR School national video contest, designed to showcase the event and give students the opportunity to win CHS HappeningsDrive One 4 UR School a big successBy Rachel Buff, CHS Studenteven more money for their school. Dylan and I did everything concerning the production and “ lming of the video,Ž Giordano shared. The students interviewed several people who had test driven the cars, including TV Production teacher Kerry McClure. I test drove a Ford Focus and was very impressed,Ž McClure said. I drove in a Focus and I really enjoyed it. The car handled very well and had a number of advanced features,Ž Giordano said. Dylan seemed to really like the voice-recognition SYNC technology.Ž Creekside High School and the TV Production department are very grateful for the opportunity to raise so much for the school. The department could de“ nitely bene“ t from the additional money won,Ž said Klee. CHS senior Anthony Giordano collects footage for the Drive One 4 UR School video contest. The funds could help improve equipment and technology for an already remarkable program. Were just happy to have the opportunity to show o the talent of our amazing students. Its a win-win,Ž says McClure. Excitement was in the air as close to 200 Northeast Florida Realtors and guests attended the Durbin Crossing Celebrate Success Realtor Event in early November. The evening cocktail event, held at the South Amenity Center in Durbin Crossing, provided Realtors with networking opportunities and the chance to learn more about the communitys premier builders. Realtors were honored for contributing to the tremendous success of Durbin Crossing and for making it one of the fastest selling communities in Northeast Florida. This was the perfect opportunity to say thank you to our Realtors for their hard work,Ž said Jason Sessions, Sessions Development. Its also a great way for Realtors to personally meet and get up-to-date on the latest information from Durbin Crossings premier builders.Ž Builders who participated in Community hosts Celebrate Success realtor eventDevelopers Catherine Kincaid, Jason Sessions, Rick Wood, Susan Wood at the Celebrate Success event.the event included Advantage Homes, Dream Finders Homes, Drees Homes, D.S. Ware Homes, Holder Johnson Homes, Mattamy Homes, Mercedes Homes, Providence Homes, RichmondAmerican and Ryland Homes. We enjoy a special relationship with the areas top Realtors. We appreciate them so much and never take for granted that they choose Durbin Crossing to bring their clients to,Ž said Susan Wood of Wood Development. The builders in Durbin Crossing have reason to celebrate as they reported outstanding sales in 2011. Durbin Crossing has been the fastest selling community in recent quarters according to Metrostudy, the nations leading provider of housing statistics. St. Johns County continues to be the leader in North Florida for new home starts. Wish you were here!Call today to advertise in NW St. Johns County’s Original Community Newspaper!287-4913 LG@rtpublishinginc.com

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Thousands of viewers who visited the booth were wowed, exclaiming that these were actually something someone would wear. Ashlen Gilmore and Zoee Frazier teamed up to produce BTHS Fashion Academy seniors meet challenge!By Donna Keathley Linda Cunningham with the seniors of the BTHS Fashion Academy and their paper plate dresses.this years “ rst place winner, the CruellaŽ gown, complete with soaring shoulders and a tail-feather train. Julia Marguy worked alone to create a crowd pleaser, the little white ru ed strapless sundress which took second prize. Competition was tough; a close third place award was given to the team of Kim Caldwell and Sabrina Sirotkin for their MermaidŽ ball gown. Logan Irwin and Ali Tasker created a cocktail dress featuring a basket-woven bustier. Jill Beaver, a junior, honed up her skills early practicing for next year by entering a Vera Wang inspired tea-length gown. Snuggled in at Barnes and Noble, my favorite place to discover new books, I am in the perfect setting to make recommendations for those on your holiday list. Until recently I havent really run across new books to recommend, but as I browsed the shelves I found lots of new books by favorite authors of the past and would feel comfortable recommending without have read them. I am adding them all to my Good Reads list and will let you know what I think about them. The students at our school have not gone crazy about Dog Days, the newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid title. Slowly it is catching on and the hold list is growing. Many of the SSYRA books continue to top the top 20 list so those are always a good choice. One series that I recommend to give to middle school higher level readers is The Michael Scott series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicolas Flamel. There are now “ ve books in this series and the students read through them very quickly coming back for more. Erin Hunter fantasy fans love her latest series: The Omen of the Stars Warriors. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have The Bridge to Never Land out, the “ fth book in the Peter and the Starcatchers series. For the Rangers Apprentice fans there is a new series out by John Flanagan, Brotherband Chronicles: The Outcasts. James Patterson has Witch and the Wizard: The Fire ; this is the third book in this popular series. For the sports fans, Tim Green has two new books, The Best of the Best: a Baseball Great Novel and Deep Zone (football). For girls, Lisa Greenwald of My Life in Pink and Green (one of my all time favorites) has a new book, Reel Life Starring Us. Another book that caught my eye is Erin Dionne, who has two I have loved, Models Dont Eat Chocolate Cookies and The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet. She has a new book: Notes from an Accidental Band Geek. With a title like that who can resist it? One book on the teens shelves that I want to read is The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. She has a series that is popular with our eighth graders that starts with Shiver but this one looks totally di erent. I am often pulled to books with horses, which she has on the front cover, so I cant wait to read it. Always on the lookout for new standout picture books, I really enjoyed reading Red Sled by Lita Judge. Max, my three-year old grandson is sure to end up with a copy soon. The little bear walking away with the sled in the background of the cover is irresistible. This summer at Central Park I watched a large group of little ones at their outdoor story hour totally engaged in a reading of Pete the Cat If you havent picked up one of the books by Eric Litwin you just have to get one asap. Rounding out my holiday Notes from the Pacetti Bay Media CenterBy Contributing Writer Lynn Johnson, NBCT, Library Media Specialist, Pacetti Bay Middle Schoolreading list recommendations for the in-between students (fourth grade through sixth grade) are four that I have picked out: two by well known authors and two that are new to this reading audience. Andrew Clements is always a great choice. His newest title is Trouble-Maker. What boy wouldnt fall for that title? Cat Found has me intrigued after reading Dog Lost and enjoying it by Ingrid Lee. My Life as a Stuntboy by Janet Tashjian looks like a great book for fans of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid set. I am wondering if Jake, the illustrator could be her son? New to the scene of childrens writers are the team of Phillip Margolin and Ami Margolin Rome with the book Vanishing Acts: A Midson Kincaid Mystery. The Pacetti Bay girls running team: Erin Hallock, Jennifer Kirsch, Kaitlyn Dean, Sarah Ducote, Kaleigh Lipsey, Rebekah Belshaw, Parker Perrella, Kiana Ortiguerra, McKenzie Patten, Sloane Haines The CreekLineEverybody Gets It. Everybody Reads It.editor@thecreekline.com Do you enjoy receiving The CreekLine each month?Then our Advertisers!As a non-subscription publication we rely on our fine advertisers to finance the production of your community newspaper! Be sure to patronize our advertisers and tell them you saw them in The CreekLineThank Lunar PhasesFull: December 10 Last Quarter: December 18 New: December 24 First Quarter: January 1, 2012

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Page 22, The CreekLine • December 2011 • www.thecreekline.com Julington Creek Animal Walk is a state-of-the-art pet boarding facility for dogs, cats, and exotics providing: Your pet will “ nd a welcoming retreat at our 9-acre, fenced, off-leash dog park featuring a bone-shaped swimming pool and our NE Floridas Premier Luxury Pet Resort, Dog Park and SpaConveniently located next to Julington Creek Animal Hospital Stop by for a tour and receive a coupon for a free daily park pass Aordable small dog luxury oasis. Please call for details. Veterinarian Owned and Operated CREEKS FOOTBALL LEAGUE Promoting the growth of Pop Warner football and cheerleading in St. Johns County while teaching young athletes good sportsmanship, teamwork and responsibility Here are some tips to make packing and shipping your holiday gifts easier: Packing: Remember that the largest item will determine the box size needed. (For example, board games can require large boxes.) Lightweight items that are large may have to be shipped at 30, 70 or 150 pounds regardless of actual weight due to size. Breakable items need suf-Holiday packing and shipping tipsContributed by Doug Nunnery, owner, The UPS Store, Fruit Cove“ cient, cushioning materials such as bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Make sure breakable items are located to the center of the box. Unacceptable cushioning materials would be crunched up newspaper, tissue paper or clothing. Valuable items that are breakable should be double-boxed. When you choose your box it must withstand the shock, vibration and compression that will occur in handling and transit. The box should be made for shipping (not a moving, storage, shoe or department store) and a used box should not have any holes or collapsed areas on it. Make sure your box is large enough to attach the shipping label. Also, make sure if you are using an old box it doesnt have the markings of ORMD printed on it, which indicates Hazardous Material. Also, do not use boxes originally containing alcohol beverages or tobacco products. All previous address labels must be removed or marked out. Once the box is closed, you should not hear any rattling when you shake it and the box should not give at the seams when you press on it. If it does, it needs more packing material or your box needs co be cut down to size. Do not use brown kraft paper or string (these items catch on automated equipment). Remember to use shipping tape only, not masking tape, duct tape, painters tape or wrapping paper tape. Secure all open seams, not just the top of the box. Shipping: UPS has guaranteed Next Day, Second Day and 3-Day shipments. All UPS shipments are trackable and the “ rst $100 of declared value insurance is included. Additional coverage can be added for an additional fee. Please note Priority Mail can not be tracked and it does not come with a guaranteed date of arrival. Firearms, explosive materials, alcohol, tobacco perfume or any alcohol based item cannot be shipped. Please note the Parcel Shipping order form must include a full description of the contents of the box. Here is a list of additional information that can make your shipping experience more enjoyable. 1. Make sure your box is already taped up and ready to be shipped. 2. Verify your ship to address before sending, as many zip codes have been changed. Here are some of the web sites we use to verify correct mailing addresses: Switchboard.com, Anywho.com and USPS.com. 3. Make sure you have removed any old shipping labels prior to your visit or your package may be shipped right back to that address. 4. Gift cards can not be insured, so we suggest making a copy of all gift cards before shipping in case they are lost. That way they can possibly be stopped and reissued. 5. Shipping to a recognized business address will always save you money when using UPS as your carrier. 6. As always, clean packing peanuts are recyclable at any The UPS Store. Nineteen fourthand “ fthgrade students participated in the inaugural season of the Hawks Running ClubŽ this year at Hickory Creek Elementary. The student attended after school practices two times a week for 10 weeks. The runners learned how to train for a long distance race by using walk/run intervals that increased in time each week. The season culminated with all 19 students running in McKenzies RunŽ on November 19 that was held at EverBank Field. The runners crossed the “ nish line of the 5k race on the 50 yard line inside the sta-HCE debuts running clubBy Contributing Writer Kelly Lurz, Third Grade Teacher, Hickory Creek Elementary School The Hawks Running Club at McKenzies Run at EverBank Field.dium. The team was coached by third grade teacher Kelly Lurz as well as Tom Watson, Jenny Densmore, Kathy Young, Gabi Contreras and Patty Regina. Congratulations to the following students for their participation and for completing their running goals: Alexa Blodgett, Jessica Blodgett, Carson Booth, Lily Borema, Ashleigh Cason, Sierra Conger, Emily Edwards, Katie Finnerty, Connor Gaunt, Alyssa Goodyear, Julia Goricki, Tarynn Kaelin, Taylor Moody, Aiden Shields, Madeline Stophel, Vanden Sullivan, Peri Tippins, Leah Tyer and Jack Vranicar. The Bartram Trail High Schools drama department was elated to receive a perfect superior score at the recent District II International Thespian Societys competition held on Saturday, November 19. The cast of Salamander StewŽ received a perfect score of 400 points making them the Critics ChoiceŽ for the entire event. As a result, the BTHS ITS group was chosen to perform at the state competition being held in March in Tampa. This will be the third year in a row that the group received the Critics ChoiceŽ designation and performed at the state level.BTHS production receives Superior scoreBy Contributing Writer Belinda Smith, Bartram Trail High SchoolTo add to the excitement, the group was also presented the Best Stage Manager AwardŽ for the third consecutive time! In all, the group received six out of the seven awards given at the event. Salamander StewŽ was originally written in 1973 by Michael Fixel, husband of BTHS drama instructor, Ava Fixel. In August 2011, the play was produced at the New York Fringe Festival. Their daughter, Juliet Fixel, directed the production at the festival where it was a huge hit!

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www.thecreekline.com • December 2011 • The CreekLine, Page 23 (904)292-2210 MandarinSouthBusinessCenter12421SanJoseBlvd.€Suite310/320 Jacksonville,FL32223(BetweenSonnysBBQ&Solantic) LorettoRd. NSanJoseBoulevard RaceTrackRd. JulingtonCreek Lessthan1/2mi. fromJulingtonCreek MarinelaM.Nemetz,D.D.S.BoardCertifiedPediatricDentistRobertJ.Nemetz,D.D.S.,M.S.AdultDentistry€Periodontics€Prosthodontics Stronger...Faster...Better RACE TRACK RDFLORA BRANCH BLVD. SR 13PUBLIX Fred Baldwin, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, PES and Tobi Baldwin, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPTOne on One treatment sessions with a Board Certied Clinical Specialist Did you make a New Years resolution to make new friends and get acquainted with the St. Johns county area? The Newcomers of North St. Johns hope that you will join us and participate in our many club activities. For any questions about membership, please email Sue at sjaird@comcast. net. Newcomers will start 2012 with an interactive murder mystery for their meeting/luncheon on Tuesday, January 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Marsh Landing Country Club, located at 15655 Marsh Landing Parkway in Ponte Vedra Beach. The play, Murder at Cafe Noir, is the No. 1 murder mystery in the country. Being amateur sleuths, we must follow the clues given and try to “ gure out the murderer among the many colorful, yet dangerous, characters that gather at the infamous Cafe Noir. Sounds like fun to be a part of an interactive show! Diners may choose between a roasted pork loin Students at Julington Creek Elementary were given a chance to show their artistic abilities this year in the JCE “ rst annual student yearbook cover contest. Ingrid Gri n, the yearbook sponsor, received over 75 entries for the cover. Five were chosen as “ nalists and the students voted to choose the winner. Finalists were Robyn Miller, Paola JCE fth graders yearbook cover selectedStella Sanchez, Nate Dutrieux, Natasha Najmi, Paola Camacho, Robyn MillerCamacho, Stella Sanchez, Nate Dutrieux and Natasha Najmi. It was a close vote, but Natasha Najmi, a “ fth grader, won the contest. Her cover design will be on the front and the other “ nalists will have their covers displayed on a page inside the yearbook. Congratulations to all the “ nalists; they did a wonderful job!Newcomers begin year with a challenging murder mysteryBy Contributing Writer Marcia Smith, Newcomers of North St. Johnstopped with kiln dried cherry sauce or a grilled chicken breast topped with tomato bruschetta, all served with a house salad, twice baked potato, green beans almandine and chocolate cake for dessert. Cash bar, door prizes and ra e will be o ered. The cost is $22 which includes bever-Newcomers of North St. Johns enjoyed a delicious lunch catered by A1A Ale Works in their private dining room, the Sala Menendez, in the former Hotel Alcazar, now the Lightner Museum. Pictured are Kathy Dvornic, Jeanne Rowe, Beverley Hasenbalg, Ninelle Ceglio, Theresa Ceglio, Fran Wolk and Elizabeth Ellingson.age, tax, tip and performance. Please RSVP by January 10; no refunds. Mail your check to NNSJ, 884 Eagle Point Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32092, including your choice of entree at the bottom of your check. For any questions, please email Laura at leccpremo@yahoo. com. Davidson Realty, Inc., the premier Jacksonville and St. Augustine real estate company, is inviting anyone interested in launching a career in real estate to take advantage of two programs designed to put them on the path to success. On January 16, 2012, Davidson Realty will introduce a new training program developed by Bu ni and Company to help real estate professionals gain valuable negotiating and sales skills called Peak Producers. Additionally, new Realtors who join Davidson Realty bene“ t from the companys own mentoring program which teams experienced pros with those just starting a career in real estate. The Bu ni and Company Peak Producers program is facilitated by Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson who New training programs to help real estate professionals launch successful careersis a Bu ni and Company Certi“ ed Mentor’. Davidson became a Certi“ ed Mentor through an intensive two-day training. Says Davidson, Davidson Realty is committed to providing ongoing training and professional development opportunities to our Realtors. The Bu ni and Company program is one of the best Ive seen to generate leads and boost business.Ž Peak Producers will explain the four market conditions Realtors will face with buyers; teach how to work with the seven types of negotiators; train attendees in the daily habits, attitude and skills needed to be a peak performer and more. Classes start January 16, 2012 at Davidson Realtys o ce in World Golf Village. At the same time, Davidson Realtys mentoring program is another advantage provided to Agents who join the Davidson team. This hands-on, one-onone training helps new team members learn the ropes from seasoned real estate professionals. In fact, new Realtor Amanda French said, The mentoring program was one of the reasons I joined Davidson Realty. Getting to work side-by-side with someone who has years of realworld experience is the best way to learn real estate.Ž Frenchs mentor is Davidson Realty real estate professional Ron Savarese, whom French “ nds to be accessible and as invested in her success as she is. Ron has taken the time to help me with di erent marketing strategies, paperwork, contracts and listing agreements,Ž says French. Merry Christmas!from your friends at The CreekLine! Santa Claus Around the WorldSource: www.santaclaus.comGermany: Kris Kringle France: Pere Noel Spain: Papa Noel United Kingdom: Father Christmas Australia: Father Christmas Austria: Christkind Italy: Babbo Natale Belgium: Sinterklaas Denmark: Julemanden

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Page 24, The CreekLine • December 2011 • www.thecreekline.com Holiday Cheer Show Friday, December 23rd 5:30 8:30 pmHave you ever wanted to experience what retirement living has to offer? What better time than to join us for our Holiday Cheer Show! Listen to Dan & Viv sing holiday favorites and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies!RSVP by Wednesday, December 21st1-888.410.378910061 Sweetwater Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32256 BrightonBayLiving.com THE PATIENT OR PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT HAS A RIGHT TO REFUSE TO PAY, CANCEL PAYMENT OR BE REIMBURSED FOR PAYMENT FOR ANY OTHER SERVICE, EXAMINATION, OR TREATMENT THAT IS PERFORMED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF RESPONDING TO THE ADVERTISEMENT FOR FREE, DISCOUNTED FEE, OR REDUCED FEE SERVICE S, EXAMINATIONS OR TREATMENT.Dr. Bruce SamburskyChiropractic PhysicianOver 22 Years of Experience SPECIAL OFFER Must present this ad to receive offer. Not Valid with any other offers. Expires 1/10/12 Sambursky Chiropractic, LLC683-4376 Immediate same day appointments available. Including Saturdays! Nakayla Dockery, Licensed Massage Therapist ( LMT # 58338) .12421 San Jose Blvd. #300 (just South of Solantic )Serving the Mandarin and Julington Creek area.www.backbonejax.comINITIAL EXAMINATIONONLY $59 (NORMAL VALUE $120 VALUE) Stop suering from: Robert Kelsey, M.D.Board Certi“ed Cardiology and Internal Medicine Robert Kelsey, M.D. Now Accepting New Patients 904-827-0078 This months movie review belongs to the “ lm Whats Your Number? a romance-comedy “ lm for adults. Could it happen today? Certainly. Someone will actually read an article about something and feel like that new magic prediction should change his or her life. Well, Ally Darling, portrayed by Anna Faris, reads that any woman who has had carnal knowledge of more than 20 men will probably never “ nd a husband. Moreover, being that they are so necessary in todays society, she is nearing that fatal number and must go back to all of her past loves and/or ” ings and search for the one man who can “ ll the role of the perfect man. The man to marry and spend the rest of her days with is out there in the 20 men she has enjoyed or not so much, depending on her memory. Colin Shea, played by Chris Evans, is her neighbor, a known womanizer who hides out in Allys apartment on a regular basis. He is hiding from whatever latest conquest he has brought home, hoping they leave before he has to speak to them and as a struggling musician/son of a cop/possible detective, he is recruited to help Ally “ nd her prince charming. Through all of this, Ally is a maid of honor for her sisters wedding and while aiding all things wedding, she continues her search only to “ nd that prince charming may not Krantz Dental Care of Mandarin recently collected 982 pounds of Halloween candy for our troops serving overseas. Its a win-win situation,Ž Dental practice collects candy for the troopssays Dr. Alan Krantz. We get to promote a healthy Halloween for children, while at the same time, are able to let our troops know we are thinking of them. Some of the children even wrote notes to be included with the candy„it was extremely touching to read their messages.Ž During the “ rst week of November, children brought in their candy to Krantz Dental Care and received $1 for every pound. Local schools got involved this year with Durbin Creek Elementary, Crown Point Elementary and Creekside High School collecting 345, 30 and 28 pounds, respectively. Nice, big checks went to each of those schools. Also part of this promotion was free orthodontic exams for those families who participated in this annual event. We have been in practice for over 27 years and it has always been important to us to give back to our community. It is a priority for us,Ž said Business Manager Adria Krantz.Everybody Gets It. Everybody Reads It.sales@thecreekline.com in C E S 2 b th p ti w e The CreekLineproud to be YOUR Community NewspaperMovie ReviewWhats Your Number?Directed by: Mark Mylod. Starring: Anna Faris, Chris Evans and Ari Graynor. MPAA Rated R. Review by T.G. StantonOkay, But Could Have Waited for Cable (3 out of 5) be the answer to her quest. Do you dare the rogue or the prince? This “ lm is very enjoyable though fairly clichd and predictable. The story tells itself as the plot unfolds, with few surprises along the way. The funniest parts are her memories of her past lovers and the means employed for her reunions. Youth always leads many down paths which appear, in 20/20 hindsight, to be experimental. The ensemble of actors gave very credible comedic performances to a romantic story with few illusions, simply a new twist. One very commendable feature of this “ lm is that it did not sink to the level of just grossness that is consuming too many comedies today. Bridesmaids and The Change Up are just two of the many “ lms that jump to the disgusting for humor. Really, is diarrhea in a sink necessary, when there are so many other ways to get a laugh? Thank you, to this “ lms writers and director for not going in that direction. Book Discussion at the Bartram Trail Branch Library!“Wishin’ and Hopin’: A Christmas Story” Monday, December 19 7 pmJoin us for a discussion of this book by Wally Lamb. New members are always welcome! On Thursday, December 1, more than 50 people turned out to make fresh holiday wreaths and bid on Christmas dcor at a fundraiser sponsored by Davidson Realty, The Village Chiropractic Center of Florida and Interiors Revitalized. The event raised $1,400 for The Ronald McDonald House. It was held at Davidson Realtys of“ ce in World Golf Village. Pictured are Angelique Jones, Laurie Sprecher and Caryn Best with their wreaths.

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www.thecreekline.com • December 2011 • The CreekLine, Page 25 Excellent veterinary medicine and advanced laser surgery in a caring and professional environment since 1985Switzerland Animal Hospital Happy Holidays!1430 State RD 13 N(At Roberts Road)287-2527Dr. Michael Bredehoeft From all of us... Visit us at switzerlandanimalhospital.comCall now to make reservations for holiday boarding! We can handle all of the details! We know the ins and outs of the local real estate market and have the knowledge and commitment to meet your needs. If you are looking to buy a home, sell your home, invest in property, or build a new home, let us be your real estate representatives. Contact us today for all of your real estate needs. big and small 2004, An Independently Owned and Operated Member of The Prudential Real Estate Aliates, Inc. Prudential is a service mark of The Prudential Insurance Company of America. Equal Housing Opportunity. All information deemed reliable, but not guaran teed. we sell them allNeed help buying, selling or investing in real estate?Stan & Jan Timbrook REALTORS The Fun Run was a great success despite the cold and misty day. Patches, the Gator Bowl mascot, was on hand to cheer the runners on. The students, sta and parents ran like champions earning Wards Creek Elementary over $12,000. Congratulations to Katie Causeys class for winning the Golden Shoe Award, which goes to the class which earns the most pledges. A big hand goes out to our individual winners as well: “ rst place Juliana Raimondi, second place Anna Conte, third place Ethan Strohl and fourth place Ben Stevens. Finally, thank you to all volunteers and participants for making the day a great success! Keeping with the volunteer theme, we would like to congratulate Wards Creek Elementarys outstanding volunteers of the year. In the youth category we have Julia Kerekes; senior category, James Farnum; and our adult category, Karen Town. All of the students, sta and families appreciate all that you do for our wonderful school! The holidays will soon be upon and our Holiday Shop will be open December 6 through 9. This is always a favorite with the students. The Holiday Shop is “ lled with many great gift ideas for family and friends at a ordable prices for the students. The Holiday Gift Drive is another important event sponsored by the PTO. It is a great way to help the less fortunate At Fruit Cove Middle School, we are so lucky to have many things for which to be thankful. This past Veterans Day, Fruit Cove showed its appreciation for our countrys soldiers by decorating the doors of our classrooms. Eight homerooms with winning decorated doors received a pizza or ice cream party. For the holidays, the Fruit Cove Cares club ran a canned food drive for those in need. All of the homeroom classes have been collecting these canned items over the past few weeks Liberty Pines students and families are gearing up for the holidays. Liberty Pines Academy is hosting a Holiday Vendor Night on December 13 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy a great time with other LPA families and friends! If you have any questions, please contact Farrah Orr at orrfamily@litestream.net. Congratulations to our Of the MonthŽ winners for November: Teacher of the Month, Stephen Kirsche; Volunteer(s) of the Month, Heather Lister and Pam Watt; Student of the Month kindergarten through fourth grade, Brady Orr; Student of the Month “ fth through eighth grade, Hanna Wage. Liberty Pines Academy is thankful to have such wonderful and dedicated teachers, students and volunteers! Please remember you can submit your nominations for each category monthly to Carolyn Haines at cbsuplee@ msn.com. Fundraising is a big part of the PTO, as it takes all of our families and sta working together on our fundraisers to make them successful. Our latest fundraisers have been a success thanks to all of our LPA families, sta and friends. LPAs recent Entertainment Book sale was a great success, raising over $5700 through this annual fundraiser. Next, the PTO hosted another annual event, the Book Fair. Thanks to your support, the Scholastic Bookfair was a huge hit! All monies raised go directly to support our Media Center. Way to go LPA! Boosterthon FUN Run, our last major fundraiser is coming up quick: January 30 through February 8. Congratulations to our 2011/2012 Whiskers winners: October … Jared H.; November … Morgan R.; December … Sammy B.; January … Ms. Southworths Class; February … Isabel B.; March … Kyra L.; April … Bruce W.; May … Aiden G. Each winner will have a chance to take care of Whiskers for a whole month! Whiskers has his very own scrapbook in which each winner can document all the fun they have during their time with Whiskers. December at Liberty Pines AcademyBy Contributing Writer Stephanie Bradford, Liberty Pines Academy PTOLPA PTO Holiday Wishes We wish for you a holiday Thats better than your dreams, Filled with peace, good will and hope And the happiest of themes, Over” owing with holiday spirit Good food and holiday laughter; And when its done, we hope that you return to LPA happier than ever! Holiday School Schedule: December 19 … January 2: Winter Break … Student/ Teacher Holiday January 3: Tuesday, Classes resume for students January 13: First semester ends January 16: Martin Luther King Day … Student/Teacher Holiday January 17: Teacher Planning Day/Student HolidayFCMS HappeningsBy Contributing Writer Sarah Jacobs, FCMS Studentand they are certainly going to help lots of people. In addition, we collected Toys for Tots for Christmas. This Thanksgiving, the students, of course, were glad to have had a break from school to give thanks with their family and friends. Here at Fruit Cove, we should all be thankful for our fabulous teachers and sta wonderful learning environment and for just having the chance to be educated at such a great school every day of the year. Fruit Cove Middle School wishes everyone a happy and Wards Creek Elementary UpdateBy Contributing Writer Beth McCannin our school community. Each class is assigned an individual or family along with speci“ c items they need. The kids in each class collect items from this list, which are given in time to make the holiday season for the person or family a little more special. In conclusion the PTO would like to thank Bozard Ford for including Wards Creek Elementary in its Facebook promotion. Bozard Ford donated $5 for each person who went on their Facebook page, pushed LikeŽ and typed Go Warriors! The “ nal tally is not in yet, but the PTO is very grateful. Happy Holidays! healthy holiday season in the hopes that we will all “ nd something to give, something to celebrate and something for which to give thanks. From now until December 23, 2011, the St. Johns County Library System will accept non-perishable food items in lieu of overdue library nes. Patrons may bring one sealed, non-expired, non-perishable food item for each $1.00 overdue ne. This waiver is for library nes only and does not include fees for printing, lost items, nor may it be used for credit against future nes. All food collected will be given to the Mental Health Food Bank for local distribution. The general public is also encouraged to drop off their contributions at any of our library branches or bookmobile stops.Food for Fines continues at the Library! Share your news!editor@thecreekline.com Advertise inThe CreekLineIt’s good for business!sales@thecreekline.com

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We Celebrate The HumanPet Bond ( 0.2 mi South JCP entrance ) vetM-F – 8 AM 6 PM Sat 8 AM Noon Dog Obedience Training 287-3934 www.marienhofkennels.comGerman Shepherd Puppies Call for availability Marienhof Kennels The region of the brain damaged by stroke and their intention to quit smoking before having their stroke in” uence patients giving up the habit, based on research reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. We found that both biological and psychological factors may in” uence someones smoking status after a stroke,Ž said Rosa Suer, Ph.D., lead author of the study, researcher at the Josep Trueta Hospital, Neurology Department, IdiBGi and professor of nursing, Girona University in Girona, Spain. One hundred and ten stroke survivors, who were smokers when they had a stroke, were studied for up to a year after being discharged from the hospital. For these patients, researchers evaluated smoking history and medical information such as type and location of stroke, functional state of the patient at discharge and their length of hospital stay. They found: € At the time of discharge, 76 out of the 110 patients had quit smoking. But after a year, only 44 remained nonsmokers. € Those who had planned to stop smoking before having a stroke were more than twice as likely to be nonsmokers after a year compared to patients who hadnt considered stopping. € Before their strokes, only a third of the people were aware that smoking was a risk factor for stroke; a third werent aware it was a risk factor; and a third thought smoking wasnt a risk factor. € Patients who had experienced damage to the brains insular cortex were more Study Highlights:€ Quitting smoking after a stroke was more likely if the portion of the brain responsible for processing emotions was a ected. € ose who planned to stop smoking before having a stroke were more than twice as likely to be non-smokers after a year compared to patients who hadnt considered quitting. € ese factors might help tailor smoking cessation treatment and education programs. (ARA) Gathering with friends and family for special meals is a beloved part of the fall and winter holidays. Spending time preparing dishes that everyone looks forward to somehow feels less like a chore and more like a tradition during this time of year. And, of course, you dont want anyone to go away hungry, so the amount of food that comes out of your kitchen is usually nothing short of monumental. Even if you send packages home with guests, its inevitable that you will have leftovers. You might even have enough for a few days worth of meals. But eating the same dishes day after day gets old quickly. Instead of letting your menu get stale, rethink the concept of leftovers. Rather than viewing leftovers as a “ nished dish, consider these foods as ingredients for delicious new entrees. When you “ nd yourself staring down a refrigerator full of holiday leftovers, use these tips to transform these dishes into new meals your family will love. € Mashed potatoes are a universally loved side dish during the holidays. They can warm up even the coldest days and make any meal more comforting. With the extra helpings left from your holiday-sized batch of mashers, make your own interpretation of shepherds pie. Mix the vegetables and meat of your choice with herbs, salt and pepper to Transforming holiday leftovers into delicious mealstaste before adding them to a baking dish or casserole. Top the mixture with mashed potatoes (and a few small dabs of butter) and bake until warmed through. If your potatoes have gotten a bit sti add a bit of cream or milk to soften them up. € Whether you know it as dressingŽ or stu ng,Ž the dish is a staple of the cold weather holidays. Regional naming di erences aside, its a versatile leftover that should be praised as much on the day after your celebration as the day of. These rich, herbal ” avors pair exceptionally well with pork, so use it (or reuse it) to create delectable stu ed pork chops. € The sweet-tart taste of cranberry relish is great with turkey, but you can also add it to sweeter dishes for a di erent spin. Get started the very next morning after your gathering by heating up a griddle for crepes or pancakes. Mash your cranberries to a more jam-like texture to use as a zingy topping on whichever kind of griddle cake you prefer. Your loved ones will certainly appreciate your e orts to make the holidays delicious, but the praise will go even further when you test out tasty new recipes for leftovers. For more ideas, visit www.hellmanns.com and get started by trying Hellmanns(R) Turkey Casserole recipe:Turkey Casserole Serves: 6 4 cups leftover prepared stu ing, divided 4 cups coarsely chopped leftover cooked turkey (about 1 pound) 3/4 cup Hellmanns(R) or Best Foods(R) Real Mayonnaise, divided 1/4 cup whole berry cranberry sauce 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (about 6 ounces) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 8-inch baking dish with no-stick cooking spray. Spoon in 2 cups stu ng, then top with turkey. Combine 1/4 cup Hellmanns(R) or Best Foods(R) Real Mayonnaise with cranberry sauce; evenly spread over turkey. Combine remaining 1/2 cup Mayonnaise, potatoes and cheese in large bowl. Evenly spread on turkey, then top with remaining 2 cups stu ng. Bake 40 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. If desired, garnish with dried cranberries. (Also terri“ c with Hellmanns Light Mayonnaise.)Nutrition information per serving: Calories 680, calories from fat 350, saturated fat 9 grams, trans fat 0 grams, total fat 39 grams, cholesterol 100 grams, sodium 1330 grams, total carbohydrates 47 grams, sugars 7 grams, dietary “ ber 5 grams, protein 35 grams, vitamin A 10 percent, vitamin C 8 percent, calcium 20 percent, iron 15 percentBody and mind in uence quitting smoking after strokeBy Contributing Writer Katie Seay, American Heart Associationthan twice as likely to be a non-smoker after a year compared to patients whose brain injury was elsewhere. The insular cortex is a part of the brain involved in processing emotions. € Prior to their strokes, participants smoked an average 28 cigarettes a day and had started smoking at an average age of 17. Many ongoing studies looking at the link between di erent areas of the brain and addiction are discovering that the insular cortex plays a very important role,Ž Suer said. Public knowledge of the link between smoking and stroke is not as strong as it is with other diseases. The information gained from this study may help tailor individual treatment and education programs for smokers after stroke.Ž Smokers are two to three times more likely to su er a stroke than non-smokers, but if the smoker quits, their risk returns to normal between two and “ ve years later, said researchers. Start spreading your news.......with The CreekLine! Your original community newspaper wants to share your news with your neighbors!Editor@thecreekline.com

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www.thecreekline.com • December 2011 • The CreekLine, Page 27 Lindell & Farson, P.A.Attorneys At LawConveniently Located in South Mandarin 12276 San Jose Blvd., Suite 126 Jacksonville, FL 32223-8630904-880-4000 www.lindellfarson.com J. Michael Lindell, Esq.James A. Farson, Esq.Roger K. Gannam, Esq. R. Howard Walton, Esq. Automobile, Motorcycle & Trucking Accidents, Insurance Disputes, & Wrongful Death Complex Business, Real Estate, & Construction Disputes LINDELL &FARSON Lindell & Farson, P.A. 904-880-4000 Westminster Woods Executive Director Michael Sweeney and Marketing Director Anne Dundes at the opening of the new Southwood Village at Westminster Woods on Julington Creek. This new gated neighborhood will offer 47 distinctive villa homes. These homes will have the look of charming, old-style, natural Florida in a serene, wooded setting. This new neighborhood will feature a clubhouse, pool and pond.Chronic pain su erers now have a new weapon in their “ ght to manage and control their pain. Pain Wise: A Patients Guide to Pain Management, a new book by doctors who specialize in pain management, is a must-have resource for chronic pain su erers. The book explains in simple language the causes of pain, as well as e ective Interventional Pain Management (IPM) techniques and advice on how to choose the best physician to treat chronic pain. According to a recent federal report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), chronic pain a ects 116 million Americans and costs the United States approximately $560 to $635 billion annually. Dr. Andrea Trescot, based in St. Augustine, Florida coauthored the book with Dr. Francis Riegler (California) and Dr. David Kloth (Connecticut). Together they bring years of experience as longtime practicing IPM physicians, educators and members of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), a physicians group dedicated to the promotion and development of IPM.The Creekside High School girls lacrosse team and their coach Amy Purcell spent a recent Saturday giving their time to help their community. The girls prepared gift tags that will be placed on JCP CARES Giving Trees. The gift tags contain wishes of local charities in need of donations and will be placed in various locations throughout Julington Creek. Community members are then invited to chose a gift tag and ful“ ll the wish of the charity. The 30 members of the lacrosse team set a record by preparing about 3000 tags„a task that would normally take JCP CARES two weeks to complete„in fewer than two hours! The girls are also very excited to help JCP CARES president Kathy Bravo and her team with some additional shopping for the Giving Trees next month. The Creekside High School girls lacrosse team is working hard to make a difference in their community.New book provides easy-to-understand advice from top pain specialistsPain-Wise includes expert advice and information on: € How to choose a pain specialist that is right for you € All of the most common interventional pain management treatments € Getting the most out of your doctor visits € Minimally invasive disc surgery € Implantable pain relief devices € Cancer pain management Pain-Wise o ers renewed hope to chronic pain su erers, many of whom become frustrated, depressed and exhausted after visiting doctor after doctor, trying drugs and treatments that do not address the root cause of their pain. Pain medicine has improved dramatically in the last few years,Ž states Dr. Trescot, the current United States Chair for the World Institute of Pain. It is important to know what your options for pain relief might be, and we hope that this book will help to describe and explain those options.Ž Dr. Trescot is a well-known and respected pain management physician and an esteemed member of the team of specialty physicians at Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine. She is a member of the most-respected state, national and international pain societies and a national expert on a variety of pain techniques, having authored more than 50 articles and textbook chapters in addition to her recent book, Pain Wise. Pain Wise: A Patients Guide to Pain Management, published by Hatherleigh Press. Ltd., is available for purchase wherever books are sold. CHS lacrosse team serves their communityWed., December 14 3:00 p.m. Bartram Trail Branch LibraryIf you like art and youre in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade, come and make a winter project that youll be sure to enjoy throughout the holidays! Children’s Art Activity

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Here are some key safety tips to consider when making this holiday season a merry one: € Do not burn wrapping paper The holiday season, with excited children, rushing parents, holiday decorations and holiday parties, can unfortunately create potential for accidental poisonings. The sta of the Florida/USVI Poison Information Center Jacksonville would like to remind everyone of the potential poisoning hazards that could threaten your holiday cheer. Bacterial food poisoning from mishandled food at parties can result in diarrhea, stomach pain and vomiting. These symptoms usually go away in 12 to 24 hours; however, severe and persistent symptoms, especially when accompanied by fever, can signal that medical attention is needed. Holiday decorations at this time of year often “ nd their way into a young childs or pets mouth. Likewise, alcoholic beverages left unattended at family parties have been known to change holiday cheer into a signi“ cant cause for concern. The Poison Center can be reached at 1-800-222-1222, 24 hours a day, to immediately help with any of these concerns or to answer questions about these holiday hazards. The following tips can help you to ensure a safer holiday season. Dont forget to remind your sleepover holiday guests to keep their medications up, out of reach and out of sight of young Dont let holiday hazards ruin your celebrationPoison proo ng your home for the holidayschildren! € Do not thaw food at room temperature; this allows for bacterial growth. Thaw frozen food unwrapped in the refrigerator. € Wash work areas, utensils and hands after contact with uncooked meat. € Cook food carefully as to prevent salmonella. Salmonella is a common and widespread cause of food poisoning and is typically found in raw meats, poultry, eggs, milk, “ sh and their byproducts. Salmonella can only be destroyed by cooking food thoroughly to temperatures above 140 degrees € Refrigerate leftovers separately after the meal; room temperature is not su cient. Use leftover turkey, stu ng and gravy within three days of cooking. € Though theyre not fatal poisons, poinsettias, if consumed, can cause some stomach pain and even vomiting. Keep small children and pets away from poinsettias to keep the plant pretty and the kids and pets comfortable. € Antique ornaments might have hidden hazards. Be aware that some older ornaments may be decorated with harmful lead paints or contain poisonous liquids. Bubble lights may contain methylene chloride which is toxic if the liquid is swallowed. € The use of arti“ cial snow can cause respiratory problems if not used in a wellventilated area. € Angel hair, made of spun glass, is irritating to the eyes and skin. Be mindful of icicles or tinsel; both can be a choking hazard if put in the mouth. € Lamp oils can be toxic if contents are swallowed and coughed/vomited into the lungs. € Arti“ cial tree scents often contain alcohol and other irritants and can be dangerous if swallowed or sprayed into the eyes. Tree preservatives, which may have dangerous levels of electrolytes and chemicals, should be kept away from children and pets. € Many small decorations, toy parts and batteries can block a childs airway if swallowed. If the decoration or toy “ ts into the inside of an empty toilet paper roll it may be too small for very young children to handle. Button batteries are particularly dangerous if swallowed and require immediate medical attention. € Clean up immediately following all holiday parties so that alcohol, cigarette butts and other potentially harmful items are not within reach of children who may imitate adult behavior. € A small amount of alcohol can cause a childs blood sugar to drop to a dangerously low level. Sleepiness, seizures and breathing dif“ culties can occur when a child swallows alcohol. € Store all alcoholic beverages in a locked cabinet or up and out of reach and sight of children. € Dont drink and drive. Call the Poison Help line 24 hours a day at 1-800-2221222 for information or advice on holiday poisoning hazards or in a poisoning emergency. Program the number into your phone for quick access or download the free iPhone App at www.aapcc.org. When the problem is poison, the answer is poison control.Holiday decorating safety tips By Contributing Writer Meghan Bender, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundationin a “ replace € Be sure that your decorations are not blocking an exit way € Never put tree branches in or near a “ replace € Always only use non-” ammable holiday decorations € Keep all decorations a safe distance away from heat vents and space heaters € Never leave holiday lights unattended; turn o lights before bed or leaving the house € Do not use lit candles on a tree € Avoid overloading electrical outlets; keep to three sets of lights per extension cord € Never string lights while they are plugged in € Always use non-” ammable candle holders; place candles where they cannot be knocked down We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. These safety tips are brought to you as part of the prevention and education mission of Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. (NewsUSA) Salt is essential to keeping your bodys ” uids in balance. But too much salt can lead to a host of health problems. The chemical name for dietary salt or table salt is sodium chloride. Most doctors focus on the sodium part. The best-known e ect of sodium on health is the relationship between sodium and blood pressure,Ž explains Dr. Catherine Loria of the National Institutes of Health. Dozens of studies, in both animals and people, have shown that increasing salt intake can raise blood pressure. And high blood pressure has been linked to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems. About one in three adults nationwide has high blood pressure. Another third have blood pressure numbers high enough to risk developing high blood pressure. Experts recommend that people take in less than 2,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day. People with high blood pressure should shoot for 1,500 mg or less. But right now, the average man in the United States takes in over 4,000 mg of salt per day and the average woman over 2,800 mg. Would you miss the taste? Several studies have shown Salt and your healththat as you gradually reduce sodium intake, you lessen your desire for salty food,Ž Loria says. In the United Kingdom, where salt consumption has dropped by 10 percent over the past “ ve years, surveys found that most people didnt notice any di erence in the taste of their food. Most of the salt in the average Americans diet comes in prepared and processed foods, including restaurant food, cold cuts and canned foods. Surprisingly, over 20 percent comes from grain products, such as breads, cereals, crackers and chips. I think the best guidance we have is for people to pay attention to nutrition facts on the labels,Ž Loria says. Try to choose foods that list less than 5 percent of the daily value of sodium per serving on the nutrition facts label. 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Left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome su erers often resort to surgery, which is successful in about 50 percent of cases. These injuries have lead to increased absenteeism, but companies have found ways to reduce that by studying ergonomics, which looks at how people use the tools crucial to their jobs. Employers have done that for good reason: According to the United States Department Five ways to avoid costly repetitive stress injuriesof Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, RSI is the nations most common and costly occupational health problem, a ecting hundreds of thousands of American workers and costing more than $20 billion a year in workers compensation. If you are su ering from this type of injury, it can be detrimental to your ability to work. Additionally, during an uncertain economy, people become anxious about taking time o to properly recover. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent RSI. 1. Make sure you are sitting properly at your desk. 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However, its not all bad news for the Panthers, as soccer, basketball, wrestling and weightlifting become the new sports Nease hopes to dominate this season. To “ nish o Neases cross country, however, the runners did an excellent job in their state competition; the varsity girls placed “ fth overall and senior Nease Sports RoundupBy Elena Castello, Nease StudentMac Reynolds placed third (as an individual). Finishing o swimming, the season went incredibly well. The boys and girls went to the state competition (even after losing one of their swimmers) and brought home the 200 and 400 free and medley races. No injuries during the season allowed the Panthers swimmers and divers to compete against their biggest opponents, Ponte Vedra and Chiles High Schools and were very successful against them. Soccer is a very popular sport for the Panthers and theyre starting o the season with lots of goals (pun intended). One of them is to become a stronger team„there are only two seniors, so the young team has potential to grow in the next few years. As it is for most sports, the biggest rivals are Creekside, Ponte Vedra and Bartram Trail. Sophomore Madeline Leibin (Neases top scorer on the girls varsity team) says, I love team bonding and playing to Coach Gomezs music!Ž The varsity girls hope to win against some of the bigger schools this year. For the boys soccer, hard Thank you to these ne advertisers for providing this convenience to our readers !Need an extra copy of The CreekLine?Visit one of our pickup locations! € Memorial Building ~ Mandarin € VyStar Credit Union ~ Julington Creek Branch € The UPS Store ~ Fruit Cove € The UPS Store ~ WGV € JCP Property Owners O ce € Bartram Trail Branch Library € Baptist South Hospital ~ Outpatient Registration FREE ONLINE CLASSIFIED ADSGo towww.thecreekline.comand click onFree Online Classi ed Ads 886-4919 € sales@thecreekline.comSupport our ne advertisers!They ensure that The CreekLine arrives in your mailbox each month! work and practice has given them a 4-0 lead against the other schools this year. The excellent coaching sta and the hard work of the players will make this soccer season a great one. Varsity player Josh Castellanos enthusiastically says, I want our hard work to pay o this season. I like playing, so hopefully we can win against some of the big schools this year!Ž The boys basketball season has just begun with their preseason games, but the Panthers are already ahead 2-0. With Ponte Vedra as their biggest competition, the basketball boys are training hard to play their best and win against tougher schools. With head coach Scott Cooper, the team is sure to accomplish all their goals success209-6190We Need a Home!St. Johns County Pet Adoption Center All adoptions at the Pet Center are $60, which includes neutering/spaying, rabies vaccinations and shots. The Pet Center is located at 130 N. Stratton Road, just off US-1 between County Road 210 and International Golf Parkway. The hours are 9:00-4:00 Monday through Friday and 9:00-12:30 on Saturday. My name is Shelly. I am an 11 month old female Lab/ Terrier mix. I am current on all of my vaccines but I will still need to be spayed. I get along great with other dogs and I love to run and play. My name is Apple. 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Page 32, The CreekLine • December 2011 • www.thecreekline.com Nowis the timeto make your move. Conventional and Jumbo Loans USDA Rural Developement Construction to Perm FHA and VA Loans Condo Loans Fixed or Adjustable Rates First Federal offers: All loans subject to credit underwriting and approval. Please contact a mortgage originator for more details on available loan programs. Contact Scott Neeley State Farm, Home Of“ce, Bloomington, IL0901020 Wishing you a tangle-free holiday. May all your days be merry and bright. A safe and joyous season to everyone. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. Jim Register Jr, Agent 12058 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32223 Bus: 904-268-5522 jim@jimregister.com Jim Register Jr, Agent 12058 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32223 Bus: 904-268-5522 jim@jimregister.com For all sporting events, the season begins long before that “ rst game or race takes place, as o -season conditioning and practices are initiated in order to develop team dynamics and prepare the athletes for the physically demanding months ahead. For some sports, like cross country and swimming and diving, this conditioning begins months beforehand in order to ensure that all of the competitors are in top shape once the playo s roll around. In those crucial conditioning months, motivation can often be found in the visualization of competing for the state championship, which can be many months away. However, for the boys cross country and golf teams as well as the swimming team, these visualizations became reality when they earned the chance to represent Bartram Trail in their respective FHSAA state competitions. Unlike other sports where only whole teams can advance, BTHS Sports RoundupBartram Bears excel in state competitionsBy Jared Freitas, BTHS Studentswimming and diving and track and “ eld can advance individuals from each team, as athletes with the best times can qualify for state competitions. The swimming state meet consists of a preliminary heat, which acts as a qualifying round for the “ nals later in the day, where points are awarded for the top 16 swimmers in descending order, with 20 points for “ rst place and one point for 16th. The Bears advanced “ ve swimmers to the state competition in Orlando, including seniors Simon Van Hees, Jordan Chin and Lindsey Hansen, as well as junior Will Pettinger and his sister, sophomore Julianna Pettinger. The boys managed to beat out 21 other teams and took 34th place, as Chin, Van Hees and Pettinger scored a total of 18 points in their combined events. Pettinger and Van Hees managed to “ nish 10th in the 100m ” y (Pettinger) and 100m breast (Van Hees) scoring 14 points for the Bears. Chin added another four points by taking 13th in the 1m diving “ nals. Chin, who has only competed for Bartram the last two years, “ nished his career with back-to-back diving district championships. The girls “ nished a few spots ahead of the boys, beating out 20 other teams and taking 31st place. Hansen barely missed out on the “ nals by two hundredths of a second in the 500m freestyle. Pettinger, on the other hand, scored all of the Bears 18 points, taking 12th in the 100m backstroke and sixth in the 50m freestyle; she was the only Bear to compete in the championship race. The boys golf team had an equally exciting performance in the state championship at the El Campeon golf course in Orlando. Through the two-day event the Bears “ nished “ fth tied with Ponte Vedra, who according to coach Pete Peaver, is a new rival. Theyre de“ nitely our biggest rival in the area. They will be returning a lot of players next year, so the competition between us will continue to grow,Ž he said. Similar to cross country, teams advance their best “ ve athletes, which in this case is in terms of scoring. The Bears had to rely on underclassmen this year to get things done, as they were without any seniors this season. With their surprising “ nish this year, Peaver and the Bears have high hopes for next season. As golfers mature they not only gain more distance o the tee, but they also gain more experience and composure in high pressure situations, which is crucial in order to achieve success at the state level,Ž Peaver said. The boys cross country team recorded its best “ nish ever at the state course in Dade City, as they took second, unable to defeat powerhouse Belen Jesuit. Bartrams cross country program, known for its success on the girls side, which won back to back state championships in 2007 and 2008, has now risen to become one of the elite boys programs in the area. Not possessing a superstar runner, the Bears defeated other teams through their “ erce internal competition, exempli“ ed at their “ nish in the state meet where the top “ ve runners (Adam Leo, Brandon Carver, Jeremy Fairbanks, Dell Fonda and Brexton Simonsen) all “ nished within 16 seconds of each other. In a sport where a team is only as successful as its weakest runner, the Bears really showed that a high level of parity is the secret to victory. It was a month of playo hopes and disappointments at Creekside this month. The football team made it into the playo s as the wild card under the Ponte Vedra Sharks after a thrilling overtime win over district rival Nease. The volleyball team made went roaring into the state tournament winning “ ve straight playo games on their march to a Final Four appearance. The Knights played against Bishop Kenny (BK) on November 18 on the “ eld while the girls played Gulf Breeze on November 17. The guys won, the girls didnt. The Knights beat the 11-0 BK Crusaders on the road (at a neutral location) in a thriller. It was a tight 30-27 victory, but a victory nevertheless. This victory advances the Knights to an overall 9-3 record as they prepare to face bitter rival Ponte Vedra the day after Thanksgiving. Ponte Vedra beat Clay in their playo opener 24-21. Last time the two met “ reworks ensued. The Knights barely lost and in doing so lost the district title. The game “ nished 19-13 giving the Sharks their “ rst district title, but the Knights gave them a run for their money. At the end of the game the Sharks refused to shake hands with the Knights adding “ re to an already heated rivalry. This incident will go down along with the “ ght from last year and a long history of name calling by students. The victory over BK will give Creekside some momentum going into the rematch against Ponte Vedra who will CHS Sports RoundupBy Grant Piper, CHS Studentalso be holding some momentum. Both teams need a win to advance in the state playo s. The Knights will want another chance to knock o the Sharks while Ponte Vedra would love to boast a two game sweep over their rivals. This is Creeksides “ rst appearance in the playo s as a football team. The volleyball team also was putting up Ws in the state tournament before being stopped by powerhouse team Gulf Breeze. Creekside went in with “ ve straight wins in the tournament and the entire school was behind their e ort as they tried for the state title. In a tight battle that went to game “ ve, the Knights went down. Creekside, continuing their tradition in strong school spirit and over the top fans, commissioned a spirit busŽ to take students to the neutral venue and cheer for the Knights despite the fact that the game was being played during the noon hour on a Thursday. The Knights packed in dozens of students and had a live feed giving the school updates after every round of play. The Knights expected a lot out of the senior heavy varsity team and they produced a lot. Gulf Breeze ultimately lost in the “ nal round to Merritt Island. The match couldnt have been more evenly matched, the Knights were 25-6, Gulf Breeze 25-5 and the Knights were ranked 43 in the state, Gulf Breeze 41. It was a close match and the Knights played hard. In other news, high school swimming ended, volleyball ended while soccer starts their season. Go Knights! More than 250 amazing athletes … ranging in age from 7 to 27 … competed in the FFX 5 on 5 Flag Football tournament at Plantation Park the weekend of November 19-20. The tournament is held twice a year, in July and November.

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In fact, Davidson Realty has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Northeast Florida.Ž Curious about a career in real estate? Give us a call or visit us online to learn more. 904-940-5000 | DavidsonRealtyInc.com The Outlaws are coming to town! Creeks Football League (CFL) has adopted the OutlawsŽ as their new association name. Having merged early in 2011, St. Johns Sports Association and Creeks Football League are moving forward under one united name. Angelo Vespi, CFL board president, noted, The sole purpose of Creeks Football League has always been … and continues to be … to bene“ t the children of our community. I am pleased that we have come together as a board and as a community to serve young people who are developing football and cheer abilities, as well as leadership and teamwork skills.Ž Serving nearly 600 players in St. Johns, CFL met some impressive milestones during the 2011 season. Four out of seven football teams advanced to the city playo s. Head Coach Don Abbey led the Pee Wee Knights to win the Greater Jacksonville Creeks Football League announces new nameBy Contributing Writer Leigh DavisPop Warner City Championship and to compete through two rounds of regional competition, playing the states top teams in Lake City and Tallahassee. This is a “ rst for CFL and great honor for the dedicated coaches and players. Each of the leagues “ ve cheer teams advanced to regional competition as well. Cheer director Shanna Bragg shared, We are so proud of the 160 young women who are dedicated to the sport of cheerleading. We hope to create well-rounded athletes through hard work, dedication, respect and team commitment.Ž Beyond athletic accomplishment, CFL promotes academic excellence for young athletes. Creeks Football League players and cheerleaders are consistently recognized with top honors and scholarships at the annual Greater Jacksonville Pop Warner Scholarship Banquet. Dedicated to teaching good sportsmanship, teamwork and responsibility, CFL also encourages good citizenship. Attending the Board of County Commissioners meeting in August this year were over 150 players, cheerleaders and coaches who supported the Spring registration for CAA soccer is now open! Registration will be open until January 6; late registration will run from January 7 through January 20. Register online at www.caasoccer.com. If you have any questions or problems with registration, please email caasoccer@ yahoo.com. Creeks Athletic Association boys lacrosse 2012 registration is now open. The season will run from February 13 through May 13 and registration for boys in kindergarten through eighth grade is now available online at www.creekslax.com/boys. The league is capped at 300 players. Creeks Athletic Association girls lacrosse 2012 registration is now open. The season will run from February 13 through Sports in BriefMay 13. Registration is available online at www.creekslax. com/girls and earlier registrations are subject to discounted rates. Additionally, free new player lacrosse clinics will be held on December 10 and 17 at 4:00 p.m. at Aberdeen “ eld. There will be instruction for all levels and ages (kindergarten through eighth grade), in-person registration and stick buy back tent during all clinics. For additional information, please contact CreeksGirlsLax@gmail.com. BLD Baseball a St. Johns County-based travel team organization founded by former Major League Baseball player Ryan Freel, will hold tryouts for ages nine through 14 on Saturday, December 10. Please visit www.bldbaseball.com for more information and to register. The Twisters U-11 boys team won the Winter Springs 3 v. 3 Spooktacular Tournament. In pool play, the boys faced some very experienced teams and two older teams. The boys showed great hustle and foot skills during these games. In the championship game, the Twisters executed some great passes and plays. The defense was also quite strong. The team enjoyed spending the day in Winter Springs. Coach Oscar Aguilar, Coach Bob McSwigan and Coach David Wolf were very proud of the teams spirit, play and sportsmanship. Congratulations Twisters! Pictured are Coach David Wolf, Jack Leonard, River Guthrie, Aaron Kosik, Oscar Thomas Aguilar, Matthew Wolf, Coach Bob McSwigan and Brandon McSwigan. Parks and Recreation budget request. The budget was approved, but perhaps more importantly, young citizens learned how their voices can make a di erence in local government. The Outlaws association name is new but the leagues mission remains unchanged: Creeks Football League directors, coaches and volunteers will play a key role in positively shaping the lives of promising athletes and future community leaders in St. Johns County. For more on the CFL Outlaws, pleas visit http://c” .caaleague.org. The CreekLineEverybody Gets It. 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Page 34, The CreekLine • December 2011 • www.thecreekline.com BEAUTIFUL NEW HOMES! Southwood VillageAT WESTMINSTER WOODS ON JULINGTON CREEKCall 904-287-7300 to schedule a visit to see the lovely, new villas and charming neighborhood.Discover Active Living! 904-262-SWIM $ Located next to Ace Hardware (Behind Sonny’s) The Creeks Bears Pee Wee Cheer team was named rst place Champions at the regional competition held on Sunday, November 29. The team quali ed for the Pop Warner National Cheer Championship on Tuesday, December 6. Congratulations! There will be only one 11-11-11 this century and it was an exceptional Veterans Day for VETS 4 VETS, whose mission is to provide assistance to homeless and in distress veterans in St. Johns County. One hundred twenty golfers participated in the inaugural Chip in 4 Vets fundraiser on this day at the Slammer and Squire golf course at World Golf Village, raising over $27,000 for VETS 4 VETS. Prior to the morning shotgun start, veterans were recognized in a brief ceremony that featured a bagpiper on the “ rst tee, posting of the colors by the Nease High School Navy ROTC Color Guard, Pledge of Allegiance and a blessing by Pastor Bob May of the Village Church at World Golf Village and singing of the National Anthem by Chris Woods from the Village Church. Two sergeants from the 107th MPAD Army National Guard also participated in the event along with their display of an Army Humvee.Golf tournament bene ts needy vets in St. Johns CountyBy Contributing Writer Michael McPhillipsThe uniqueness of the date, 11-11-11, was one of the reasons a dozen members at the King and Bear and Slammer and Squire golf courses, many vets themselves, decided to hold a golf event for VETS 4 VETS. The St. Johns County Veterans Service O ce and St. Johns Veterans Council recommended the non-pro“ t 501(c) (3) organization to the committee. The tournament also featured an auction/cocktail reception the evening prior at the Slammer and Squire Clubhouse. The highlight of the evening was a live auction of chalk pastel portraits of World Golf Hall of Fame Members Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus by artist Tony Vignone, a WGV Cascades resident. Honorary Chair, Jack Leide, the keynote speaker, reminded the 160 plus golfers and guests about the true meaning of Veterans Day. His remarks included personal reminisces when Korean and Vietnam era veterans werent quite so welcomed home as todays veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Steve Adzima, president of VETS 4 VETS, was overwhelmed by the amount of money raised. Were a small organization run by two non-paid volunteers who are combat veterans. All our donations go directly to the vets,Ž said Adzima. Our budgets depleted for 2011. This money will help our needy vets “ nd jobs, housing, transportation and other assistance for the military men and women in St. Johns County who served this country so honorably. I cant wait for next years event,Ž added Adzima. The tournament was won by the team of Nick Stark, Rob Podiva, Mike McMullen and Jason Hill who took First Gross prize with a combined -12 under (132) in the Shamble format of two best balls of the foursome. Low Net winners were Dan McCarthy, David, Erasmus, Clay Brown, and Ricky Landucci with a score of -34 under (110). The winning teams along with the second through “ fth place teams received gift cards for the Slammer and Squire Pro Shop. All in all 46 participants received prizes among the 120 golfers. 2011 marked the 90th observance of Veterans Day, which was authorized by Congress when Warren HardSid Halsey putts out on #9 hole of Slammer and Squireing was President in 1921. That same year, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was established in Arlington National Cemetery. In early November, the Ponte Vedra girls U14 Gold team traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina for the prestigious CASL National Invitational Tournament. At the tournament the girls defeated teams from Chicago, Dallas and Baltimore en route to the championship match against instate rival and reigning State Cup title holder Oldsmar Legends. The Storm won every match including the championship without giving up a single goal. The team is coached by Eric Andrews. Pictured are Abby Logue, Taylor Hamilton, Callie Delaney, Kaitlyn Paul, Coach Eric Andrews, Haley Patton, Rachel Dias, Lindsey Patton, Sydney Crowley, Natalie Fouque, Camille Nichols, Lianne Manaquil, Claire McAuliffe, Brianna Loube, Angeline Daly and Danielle Van Liere.Tournament taken by Storm Best Wishes for the Holidays!Linda GayAdvertising DirectorWishing you and yours A season lled with all that brings you happiness. Thank you for the opportunity To work with each and every client. Your business and support is appreciated!

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www.thecreekline.com • December 2011 • The CreekLine, Page 35 A CONNECTING CHURCHwww.switzerlandcommunitychurch.org Christmas Eve Candlelight ServiceSaturday, Dec. 24th at 5pmOur Sunday Services Traditional Worship 8:30am Sunday School 9:45am Contemporary Worship 11:00am Reaching Out Offering Christ Living Gods Love(904) 230-2955 Of“ce R i v e r L ifeo UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Have a Blessed Christmas! Christmas Eve Worship Saturday, Dec. 24, Happy Birthday Jesus! Join us for our December sermon series: Why Christmas?Ž ” FAITH COMMUNITY CHURCH COMMUNITY CENTER3450 CR 210 West (next to Cimarrone)( 904 ) 287-3223www.fcctoday.net Candle Light Christmas Eve ServiceSaturday, December 24th at 6 p.m.Christmas Morning ServiceChristmas morning at 10 a.m. for a one hour family-style service FAITH COMMUNITY CHURCH You are invited to join us! December 17th & 18th 7:00 p.m.Live animals, music, and refreshmentsDivine Services for Advent and Christmas Every Sunday 9:00 a.m. Bible Study/Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Midweek Advent December 7th, 14th, and 21st7:30 p.m. (Soup Supper at 6:00 p.m.) Christmas Eve Services6:00 and 11:00 p.m. Christmas Day10:30 a.m. St Francis In-The-FieldEpiscopal ChurchChristian Formation 9:00am Sunday Service 10:00amChildrens Chapel and Nursery Available895 Palm Valley Rd (1 mile east of US1)615-2130 Faith NewsRiver of Life United Methodist Church will be holding Christmas Eve worship on Saturday, December 24 with a Family Candlelight Worship beginning at 5:30 p.m. and a Communion and Candlelight Worship at 7:00 p.m. Worship on New Years Day with us and start 2012 with praise at a special service held this day only at Plantation Park in Julington Creek beginning at 11:00 a.m. River of Life UMC is located at 2600 Race Track Road in St. Johns. Visit our website at www.rolumc.com for all of the events and happenings at River of Life. To celebrate Chanukah, Jewish Federations Shalom Jax and the YLD-Young Leadership Division invite you to a creative Menorah contest and dinner on December 13 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Lets Nosh on San Jose Boulevard. All you have to do is search the toy box, tool box, junk drawer or even the pantry for some items that you can use to create your own Chanukah menorah (Chanukiah). The menorah may or may not be usable but must sit on a shelf, hold eight candles plus a raised ninth candle (the Shamash). You are only limited by your imagination. All entries will be judged by local artists on their creativity and by age categories (“ ve and under, six through eight, nine through 11 and family category). Please encourage your child or even your family to create a menorah and enter it in the contest. Prizes will be awarded. There is no entry fee for this contest but you must inform us of your participation. For more information, please contact Isabel Balotin at 448-5000 x206.Strep Throat is the devil. I spent the week„the entire week„before Thanksgiving in bed. Unable to talk, it was an unexpected way to see my Red Cross certi“ ed babysitter in action with his younger siblings! Even after I was o my death bed,Ž energy was a scarce commodity. We spent the last days before Thanksgiving reading books on the covered porch of the teeny cabin that is our familys place of respite. Each child brought a favorite; Over the River and Through the Wood is a sturdy board book, so it was safe even in little Claras lap. The kids each chose a favorite breakfast to learn to cook and I Purposeful ParentingA purposeful ChristmasBy Allie Olsensupervised from my resting spot on a nearby barstool. And on Thanksgiving Day, I gave thanks for Strep Throat. It slowed me down enough to enjoy these simple things with my family. I am also thankful Christmas is coming. I heard a quote this morning, What if the most important, life-changing, worldchanging, universe changing, most joyous thing of all time were on the verge of arriving?Ž Rememberthats what were celebrating! Jesus was born, snuggled, swaddled and laid in a manger. Emmanuel„God with us. I think most Americans have an unbalanced view of the Christmas season. We feel obligated to the loud, glittery part of the story. We run around shouting the angel announcement, GlorytoGodinthehighest! AndonEarth, peaceandgoodwilltomenŽ so rushed we cant appreciate the meaning of our own lives. We hurry from kids cookie exchanges to pictures with Santa to parties were hosting... Dont forget to squeeze in a visit to a live nativity, St. Augustines Nights of Lights, help the children make special gifts for family, see The Nutcracker and shop for Secret Santa at work, buy an angel tree gift... and thats just the to-do list up until this part of the month! The angels didnt appear to the shepherds to set a precedent with their amazing display! They served a purpose. They led men in need to the important, lifechanging... most joyous thing of all time...Ž to a baby in a manger. Purposeful parenting this month means choosing what makes it to your calendar. Its about having enough time to enjoy peace on earth and to extend goodwill to men, starting with your own family. Merry Christmas. Make it count. Lunch or Dinner Special $3OFF with purchase of two lunch or dinner entreesExcludes Speedy Gonzalez and Daily Lunch Special. Good with coupon only, Exp. 1/31/12. Holiday Party? Call us. We can help!268-8722Visit: donjuansjax.com Authentic Mexican CuisineMEXICAN RESTAURANT MEXICAN RESTAURANTAuthentic Mexican Cuisine MEXICAN RESTAURANTAuthentic Mexican Cuisine Happy Holidays! 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Like plumbers and doctors, master gardeners sometimes get peppered with questions when it becomes known they are a trained specialist. Fortunately, the questions are pretty much the same. Often they re” ect common myths that have somehow become ingrained as local garden wisdom. Lets debunk some of these right now and give our master gardeners a break. Myth #1: If the grass growing in the shade is not doing well it needs more fertilizer. It seems almost everyone has some part of their lawn in shade and growing poorly. Invariably, more fertilizer is the chosen remedy but still, the grass wont grow. The truth is that all lawn grasses need a certain amount of sun for good growth, even so-called shade-tolerantŽ types and no lawn grass grows well in all-day shade. Putting more fertilizer on it only adds to the stress. The solution is to plant something else there that likes shade. Or, if the shade is from a large tree, cover the area of poor growth GardeningCommon garden mythsBy Contributing Writer Master Gardener Camille Hunter with Duval County Extension, University of Florida/IFASwith mulch. Both you and the tree will have less stress. Myth #2: The correct way to prune crape myrtle trees is to cut back all the branches, basically removing the top of the tree each year after it stops ” owering. This is a terrible thing to do to any tree. We wouldnt cut o the tops of magnolias or any other ” owering tree and we certainly shouldnt do it to a crape myrtle. I recently spent some time in Santa Rosa, California, where these beautiful trees are left to grow naturally. There were in full bloom and unbelievably gorgeous. Please, stop turning our crape myrtles into sad little hat racks. Myth #3: Treating your lawn and garden with pesticides on a regular schedule is a good way to prevent problems. There are so many reasons not to do this; I dont know where to start. Pesticides are poisons, but they cant kill a pest that isnt there. On the other hand, you may be killing o bene“ cial critters, in e ect creating a save haven for the pests when they do appear. You may also be contributing to toxic runo and you certainly are not making your yard safer for children and pets. There is a reason why pesticides have warnings on their labels. Read them. Use products appropriately, only if and when you actually have a problem. Myth #4: Dig big, deep holes when planting trees and shrubs. Many times I am asked, Why isnt my (name of plant here) growing/blooming/ thriving?Ž Often the answer is simple. You can and should put tomato transplants deep in the soil, but for trees and shrubs and just about everything else, planting too deep makes life a struggle. Dig a very wide hole but only as deep as the rootball. Put plants in the ground with the top roots just at ground level. All trunk wood and the root ” air where roots begin should be above ground. If in doubt, plant a little high. If too deep in the ground your plant may not die but instead languish and fail to prosper. A large number of Floridas East Coast manatee population calls the St. Johns River home. On any given day from late spring to late fall, the gentle, slow-moving animals can often be seen just o the banks of the St. Johns River or one of its tributaries. Sometimes they create quite a spectacle as they play or feed and at other times they are nothing more than a quick glimpse or passing swirl in the water. Even as their numbers have increased in recent years, the giant aquatic mammal still remains elusive to many of its would be spectators. The manatee is a migratory animal that annually leaves our areas of the St. Johns River when the water temperatures fall to 68 degrees. They will seek winter refuge by traveling Captain Davids Fishing ReportBy Captain David Lifkasouth, “ nding springs which maintain a constant water temperature of 72 degrees. These springs will serve as their winter retreat until the St. Johns once again returns to tolerable temperatures. The largest natural wintertime habitat on Floridas East Coast for the manatee is Blue Springs State Park. A daily count of well over 100 manatees is common throughout the winter at the spring. A near quarter mile run of crystal clear spring water ” owing to the St. Johns River enables anyone who has never been able to observe manatees in their natural settings to do so for hours at a time. The coldest days provide the greatest numbers for viewing as the warmer days encourage the animals to leave the spring in search of food. Blue Springs State Park is a relatively quick ride. Just take Interstate 4 West to the Deland Exit 114 and turn right following the signs to the park. As winter progresses and ideas for family outings fade, why not plan a visit to Blue Springs for everyone to catch more than a glimpse or passing swirl of Floridas o cial State marine mammal? Fishing Report: Yellowmouth and croaker in the usual spots as long as the mild weather holds. Stripers being caught around Shands Bridge. Look for sea trout around the downtown bridges during the evening under lights. Whether you catch one, some or none, the family time spent “ shing will last a lifetime.Vessel Safety Checks are offered (weather permitting) at the following locations and times: Vilano Boat Ramp … Second Sunday of each month from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. St. Augustine Lighthouse Park Boat Ramp … Second Sunday of each month from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. There is no charge for the safety check and it takes from 15 to 20 minutes. The VSC is a complimentary check of your Coast Guard Auxiliary o ers Vessel Safety ChecksBy Contributing Writer Joe McCoy, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-7 Public Affairs Of cerboat conducted by members of the Auxiliary, con“ rming that it meets both federal and state requirements for safety. No citations are issued and the results of the safety check are not reported to any enforcement agency. A decal is awarded to display if the vessel has passed the examination along with a West Marine discount coupon for the purchase of safety items. An example of some of the items checked include during a VSC include: Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets) Registration and numbering Navigation lights Ventilation Fire extinguishers Distress signals (” ares, horn, etc.) Battery cover and connections All of these items are currently required by state and federal laws and, if missing or non-operating, can result in a citation if your vessel is inspected by the United States Coast Guard or other law enforcement. The VSC provides a risk-free way to check that your vessel meets the legal minimums and to potentially avoid a citation later. Upon completion of the VSC, you will be informed of potential safety exposures. A successful VSC may result in lowered insurance rates for some boaters. For more information, please visit www.safetyseal.net, a website devoted exclusively to the VSC program, co-sponsored by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadrons.

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www.thecreekline.com • December 2011 • The CreekLine, Page 37 $5 Burger & Domestic BeerMonday-Friday 2-5pm Texas Hold Em Monday 7-9pm Trivia Night Tuesday 7-9pm JOIN US FOR LIVE MUSIC EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT Julington Creek 904-260-8338 Happy Holidays! Accepting and Selling furniture (living room, dining room, bedroom, etc) Home decor (lamps, rugs, artwork, tchotchke) New items arrive daily. We are ready to accept your entire house, estate, etc. We also oer inventory liquidation service for builders, home and furniture industry businesses, etc. For More Information call: 880 8448 or email us at: ENCOREDECOR@bellsouth.net10830 San Jose Boulevard ( across from Walmart)Visit us online at: www.EncoreDecorFL.comWE OFFER FREE PICKUP SERVICE FOR APPROVED ITEMSHours: Jacksonvilles Largest Upscale Consignment Store H The Nease High School swim and dive team had a strong District meet, with the boys “ nishing in second place and the girls in third place on Wednesday, October 26 at Cecil Field. Outstanding top “ nishes during districts include the following:Nease swimmers and divers perform well at DistrictsBy Contributing Writer Eve Janocko The Creeks Clash Black U10 girls soccer team dominated the U10 division and took “ rst place at the third annual Fire and Fury Futbol Classic. The girls scored 22 goals while only one point was scored against this team the entire tournament making it almost a complete shut out. On Saturday, November 19, the girls won their “ rst game against the Melbourne Beach Tsunami 4-0 and then dominated their second game winning 8-0 against South Brevard Lady Phoenix. On Sunday, November 20, the girls won their third game against the South Brevard FC U10 girls with a score of 7-0 putting the girls in the “ nals. The Creeks Clash Creeks Clash U10 girls win Fire and Fury tournamentCoach Teresa Librizzi, Patti DeBlois, Libbie Jeffries, Stephanie Pitts, Katie Scott, Assistant Coach Patti Scott, Miriam Abikhaled, Callie Beyer, Amber Librizzi and Brittany Lehman. Nease girls: 1st place, 200 Medley Relay (Rebecca Crosby, Hannah Smith, Marie Mendizabal, Alyssa Pivniouk) 1:55.96 2nd, 7th, 9th and 16th place 200 Free, Briana Stembridge (2:10.89), Chloe Cegelski (2:15.92), Lindsay Kahlbaugh (2:13.99) and Erin Wadhams (2:23.80) 2nd and 6th place, 200 Individual Medley, Marie Mendizabal (2:22.48) and Kristia Ho man (2:25.63) 1st, 3rd and 10th place, 50 Free, Hannah Smith (25.39), Alyssa Pivniouk (26.24) and Erica Herrin (27.64) 10th place, 1 Meter Diving, Michelle Espinal (174.95) 1st, 4th and 10th place, 100 Butter” y, Marie Mendizabal (1:03.89), Rebecca Crosby (1:04.69), Ashlyn Cooper (1:12.14 ) 7th and 8th place, 100 Free, Briana Stembridge (1:00.04 ), Chloe Cegelski (1:01.62) ) 3rd, 6th and 13th place, 500 Free, Kristia Ho man (5:32.20), Lindsay Kahlbaugh (5:58.42) and Morgan Ingram (6:12.96) 1st place, 200 Free Relay (Alyssa Pivniouk, Rebecca Crosby, Kristia Ho man, Hannah Smith) 1:44.72 6th and 12th place, 100 Backstroke, Rebecca Crosby (1:08.65) and Erin Wadhams (1:11.75) 2nd and 10th place, 100 Breaststroke, Hannah Smith (1.:09.36) and Danielle Emamdie (1:20.54) 3rd place, 400 Free Relay (Alyssa Pivniouk, Chloe Cegelski, Kristia Ho man, Briana Stembridge) 3:58.41 Nease boys: 8th and 10th place, 200 Free, John Oswald (2:00.72) and Jack Kahlbaugh (2:03.14) 4th and 7th place, 200 Individual Medley, Anthony Yin (2:05.73) and Reed Wynn (2:12.71) 2nd, 4th, 9th and 13th place, 50 Free, Anthony Janocko (23.06), Christian Pineiro (23.43), Je rey Thomas (24.49), and Alec Short (24.69) 4th and 6th place, 1 Meter Diving, Grant Zwolinski ( 267.85) and Sunny Shahani ( 225.90) 3rd, 5th, 8th and 11th place, 100 Butter” y, Charles Reis (55.62), Christian Pineiro (57.52), Reed Wynn (58.54), and Ben Koros (1:03.07) 2nd, 4th, 11th and 13th place, 100 Free, Anthony Janocko (51.44), Je rey Thomas (53.09), John Oswald (54.94), Jack Kahlbaugh (56.85 ) 11th, 13th and 14th place, 500 Free, Ben Koros (5:47.97), Justin Glinka (5:50.23) and John Snyder (6:01.57) 1st place, 200 Free Relay, (Christian Pineiro, Anthony Yin, Je rey Thomas, Anthony Janocko) 1:33.15 2nd, 8th and 10th place, 100 Backstroke, Anthony Yin (57.69), Charles Reis (1:02.27) and Michael Bailey (1:07.20) 7th and 12th place, 100 Breaststroke, Aaron Skipper (1:09.41) and Christian Beauchamp (1:13.88) 3rd place, 400 Free Relay (Christian Pineiro, Anthony Yin, Charles Reis, Anthony Janocko) 3:27.71 Nease High School hosted the District meet. The Nease High School swim and dive teams are coached by Mike Holterman and Dawna Shepler.U10 team won the “ nals against Melbourne Beach Tsumani with a “ nal score of 3-1. The tournament was held at the Palm Bay Regional Park in Palm Bay the weekend of November 19 and 20. The teams coach is Teresa Librizzi and the assistant coach is Patti Scott. And best wishes for health and happiness in 2012!From everyone at The CreekLine

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Page 38, The CreekLine • December 2011 • www.thecreekline.com 15 th Ann ual M a n d a r i n C h i l i C o o k O f f Mandarin Chili Cook-Off Thank you to our Sponsors! Without you, this event would not have been possible. of North Florida Mandarin Food Bank At St. Joseph’s Church Proceeds Benetted GOLD SPONSORS BRONZE SPONSORS Auto Club South DALLAS BRENNEISE SILVER SPONSORS TITLE SPONSOR Mandarin NewsLine sm Print, Promo & Design Axiom Wellness CenterFor the Body and the Person Inside Question: What happens when a handful of St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) sta and parents decide they want to help students build life-long “ tness skills through running? Answer: A grass roots district-wide running program with over 150 middle school runners participating! On Wednesday, November 2, six SJCSD schools competed in the second middle school running meet of the season hosted by Liberty Pines Academy. Participating schools included Liberty Pines Academy, Gamble Rogers, Fruit Cove, Pacetti Bay, Landrum and Swiss Point middle schools. Each race Middle school running teams race to the nishBy Contributing Writer Melanie Tahan, Running Coach, Liberty Pines AcademyImagine the ultimate scavenger hunt, covering over 2000 miles, testing your mind as well as your driving skills and stopping along the way to compete in various performance driving challenges. Thats a pretty good description of the recent America Adventure Rally that was hosted last week by AutoWeek magazine. Over 25 teams began in Tacoma, Washington, only knowing that they would eventually arrive in Las Vegas at the huge SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) conference on November 1. Getting there would take them zigzagging along the Paci“ c coast, over mountains and through deserts. We only learned of the event a couple weeks prior to its start,Ž explained Sean Roe, owner of Roe Racing. We knew it would be a great opportunity to see and drive on some of the countrys most amazing roads, while showing our customers that we are truly dedicated auto enthusiasts. Soƒ we jumped at the chance to participate.Ž Roe enlisted the help of friend and St. Augustine resident Torrie McPhail, who would join as the teams navigator. When Sean contacted me about the AutoWeek rally, there was no question that I wanted to go along.Ž Added McPhail, I guess I just “ gured that we would be in a Dodge Viper or other cool muscle car, not a pick-up truck.Ž Thats right, realizing that they would face unknown chal-Team drives to rst place nish in America Adventurelenges during the event, Roe decided on the dependable performance and rugged versatility of his shops 2011 Dodge Ram 4x4 instead of the sports cars most teams chose. Along with the other teams, Roe left the Tacoma area on October 27, having to solve clues, puzzles and riddles along the way just to “ nd the next destination. Some of those destinations included stopping along the Oregon coast to race ATVs in the dunes, an autocross on the skid pad at Thunderhill Raceway Park in California and even o -road Baja-style racing in the desert outside of Reno, Nevada. Reaching each destination on time and then competing well during those events eventually positioned the team in the lead spot. We knew that we had competed well throughout the six-day event, but didnt know that we were in “ rst place until they called our names in front of the huge crowd in Vegas,Ž said Roe. With thousands in attendance at the SEMA show and cameras ” ashing, team Roe Racing was awarded the “ rst place trophy. AutoWeek Magazine has already invited the team to compete in next years event and Roe says that it is a de“ nite possibility. The entire AutoWeek America Adventure Rally was “ lmed for an upcoming TV special on the Discovery Channel and will be aired sometime in early 2012. is approximately two miles long. Boys “ nal results (Top 15 out of 83): 1. Jake Bias, 10:44 FCMS 2. Estin Thiele, 11:20 GRMS 3. Matthew Neeley, 11:22 LPA and Matthew Clark, 11:22 FCMS 5. Nick Deal, 11:34 FCMS 6. Kirean McKee, 11:35 PBMS 7. Jackson Storey, 11:46 FCMS 8. Connor McMandon, 11:50 GRMS 9. Stran Funk, 11:53 SPMS 10. Xavier Hutchinson, 11:54 PBMS 11. John Jackson, 11:55 PBMS 12. Chase Rivera, 11:56 LPA 13. Maxwell Tsurumoto, 12:00 FCMS 14. Reele Du 12:07 15. Matt Adam, 12:10 PBMS Girls “ nal results (Top 15 out of 65): 1. Josie Teat, 12:03 FCMS 2. Emma Voigt, 12:28 GRMS 3. Taylor Allen, 12:35 FCMS 4. Megan Holder, 12:40 FCMS 5. Lauren Kelly, 12:42 GRMS 6. Tara Openshaw, 12:43 FCMS 7. Katie Gailbreath, 12:44 FCMS 8. Rachel Williams, 12:45 FCMS 9. Lydia Reimer, 12:51 LMS 10. Julie Bender, 13:00 FCMS 11. Gillian Anderson, 13:11 FCMS 12. Kaitlin Rocker, 13:36 FCMS 13. Maria Fanelli, 13:39 FCMS 14. Lauren Suttles, 13:45 FCMS 15. Ellie Clark, 13:49 LPA Talking to the high school runners after the meet, they loved it. They are so excited that younger runners are getting opportunities that they did not have at that age,Ž shared Michael Rivera, Nease cross country coach Kevin Gamble, Gamble Rogers running coach, added, It is amazing to see so many kids and parents enthusiastic about running. Great “ nishing stretch in todays race. All runners were focused and pushin.Ž Congratulations to all runners for doing their very best and participating in a sport that we hope will last them a lifetime. Proudly serving residents and businesses in NW St. Johns County since 2001 Often imitated, never duplicated!The CreekLine is your ORIGINAL Community Newspaper!The CreekLine 886-4919

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www.thecreekline.com • December 2011 • The CreekLine, Page 39 8206 Philips Hwy 904.731.7877scandesign.comJacksonvilleSCAN DESIGN visit our showroom for one-of-a-kind holiday gift ideas Bartram Trail High School (BTHS) seniors Jordan Chin and Miranda Melia competed in the Class 2A swimming and diving District “ nals on October 25, 2011 at the Cecil Aquatic Center. Chin is competing in his second season and Melia in her “ rst. Both athletes compete in the 1 meter diving event. At the end of his sophomore year, Chin stopped competing as a gymnast for First Coast Gymnastics. Already standing at 6 1Ž, he had grown too tall for the sport. He had played premier soccer at CAA for years, but wanted to try a new sport. He decided to try diving, and spoke with head coach Bruns of the BTHS swim team after one of the teams early morning practice. After only two and a half months of training, Chin was the sole representative for BTHS diving for 2010. He went on to win the Conference Championship and quali“ ed for Districts. At Districts, he faced a lot of senior divers. Although fairly new to the sport, he was able to place “ fth at Districts and quali“ ed for Regionals, which were held in Panama City. On a freezing November weekend, Chin and his teammates competed at the Regional Swimming and Diving Championship. Chin “ nished seventh in Regionals and also quali“ ed for the state “ nals held in Orlando. Chin competed against the top divers in the state of Florida and eventually “ nished 21st in the state in his “ rst season in the sport. Now as a senior, Chin represented BTHS once again and wanted to defend his title as Conference Champ. He easily won all of his meets and successfully defended his title. He was Conference Diving champion two years in a row. Senior Miranda Melia also competed at Conference and “ nished fourth, qualifying for Districts, a great accomplishment for only having a few months of training. Chin and Melia had been going to practice at UNF together all season. Diving is a small sport, where only a few select athletes compete and is secondary to swimming. Most teams just use their swimmers, who are capable of diving in order to gain valuable points in meets for the swim team. Most divers in the Jacksonville area train with coaches from North Florida Diving at the UNF swim facility during the week. Since this is not a large sport, the divers know, BTHS two senior divers score at Districtstrain, compete against and even support each other. At any given meet, all parents can be heard cheering for divers after each individual dive, whether good or bad. The divers have become a close knit group, even though they compete against each other. In order to qualify to compete in Districts, each diver must perform 11 dives. Each dive has a Degree of Di culty (DD), which ranges from 1.2 to 3.4 and can be determined by the number of twists, somersaults and/or body positions (tuck, pike or straight). Each diver initially faces forward or backwards on the diving board and is judged by their take o form in ” ight, execution of the dive and entry into the water. Judges score each dive from 1 to 10, giving the divers their total points for that dive. The points are then multiplied by the DD to get their “ nal points. Points for all 11 dives are then added together to determine “ nal standings. On October 25, Chin and Melia faced divers from the Class 2A District area, which included swimming powerhouse Nease, Creekside, Terry Parker and Ponte Vedra. Chin ended the meet with the top score among all the boys, earning him the title as Class 2A District Champion. Melia “ nished in eighth place. Chin credits his gymnastics background for the easy transition to diving, the quality training and dedication he received from coaches Dawna and Melisa of North Florida Diving and the advice and encouragement from Coach Bruns.From All of Us to All of Y ou Merry Christmas and Happy New Y ear!

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THE CREEKLINESM SERVING THE NORTHWEST ST. JOHNS COUNTY COMMUNITY SINCE 2001Visit our online edition at www.thecreekline.comMEMBER OF THE RT PUBLISHING GROUP OF COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS Whats InsidePage 3 Whats New Page 4 From the CommissionerPage 5 School District Journal Page 6 The Sheriff Reports Your Vote Counts Page 8 New elementary schoolPage 10 Constitution Page 12 Register for Relay Page 15 Helping Hands Page 17 Adventure in patriotismPage 20 CHS Happenings Page 21 BTHS Fashion Academy Page 23 Newcomers mystery Page 25 FCMS Happenings Page 28 Garden Club Page 31 Nease Sports Page 33 Sports in Brief Page 35 Faith News Page 36 Fishing Report Gardening Page 38 Middle school running clubs Volume 11, Issue 12 December 2011The CreekLine12443 San Jose Boulevard, Ste. 403 Jacksonville,FL 32223Presorted Standard US Postage Paid Callahan, FL 32011 Permit No.4 Dont ENVY our MEMBERS ...Be ONE! SHOP SPA ME THIS HOLIDAY SEASON... MEMBERSHIP is the GIFT that keeps on GIVING!!(purchase a membership and receive a FREE massage) A Med Spa by to May 2010 Reserve YOUR Appointment 904.824-9804www.SpaMeOnline.com Fifty men and women waited patiently in anticipation of possibly the most important event of their lifetimes as friends and family lled the auditorium along with the fth grade classes of Cunningham Creek Elementary School. The event was the third annual Naturalization Ceremony held at the school. The new United He may not be on the United States Olympic cycling team or cycling the mountain routes of the Tour de Franceyet! But 12-year-old Hans Vandenberg is well on his way, having taken up road cycling at age 10. On October 29 he won rst place in at the Florida State Road Race Championships riding for the Velobrew Cycling Club in the Junior 10-12 category with two laps and a time of 0:40:34.528. His time bested the second place winner by .409 of a second. In the time trial he broke the state record for 12-year-olds with a time of 15:07 for the 10K distance. This past June, Vandenberg participated in the Cycling National Championships, which are held once a year, typically bringing the best young cyclists from throughout the country together. At the National Championships awards are given in three di erent events for each age category: Road Race, CriOn November 19, JCP CARES collected more than $21,000 worth of food and cash donations to help the hungry in St. Johns County, setting a new record for the food drive this year! With help from the St. Johns Rotary Club, bags were dropped o at more than 7,000 homes in NW St. Johns County. The food was then picked up, counted and sorted. Wards Creek Elementary, Liberty Pines Academy, Fruit Cove Middle School and Julington Creek Elementary participated in the food drive as well. The food that CCE welcomes new citizens at annual Naturalization CeremonyBy Karl KennellYoung cyclist peddles his way to championships By Karl KennellMany thanks to the communityJCP CARES holds major food driveBy Contributing Writer Kathy Bravo, President and Founder, JCP CARES Wards Creek Elementary Safety Patrol members more than doubled what they collected for the food drive last year Fifth grade teacher Kris Burkes with her students Hans Vandenberg (on right) prepares to race.terium and Time Trials. Medals are awarded to the top ve in each event. He placed fth in the Road Race, second in the Time Trial and second in the Criterium in the 10-12 year old age group. His prowess in cycling has drawn the attention of the National Pathways program for States citizens came from around the world, including a total of ve active military and military dependents. The ceremony began by Principal Allen Anderson offering opening remarks followed by USCIS Immigration Services O cer Troy Ferrill welcoming the awaiting new citizens. The Naval Air Station of Jacksonville Honor Guard presented the colors and the national anthem was led by fourth grader Lexi Skipper. Nineteen student ambassadors took turns at the podium giving a description of each of the countries being represented by the new citizens. Student ambassadors Kayla Ahren, Ciera Atkinson, Libby Brown, Trevor Carter, Olivia Creamer, Jake Del Signore, Chloe DuTremble, Raffaella Funnell, Brandon Good, Hassan Gulaid, Jailyn Hopkins, Robert Jones, Jake Schneider, Emily Sikes, Carsyn Turrentine, Dan Williams, Emma Wood, Claire Yelvington and Herbert Steigelman each took their turn describing what made each new citizens country of origin special. A chuckle ran through the audience when student ambassador Steigelman nished his talk about India by quoting the lowest available round-trip air fare on an international carrier for a visit to India by name. Nereida Liberty DiDeo, mother of 11 year-old triplets who attended Cunningham Creek Elementary gave an emotional and inspirational speech about her familys journey to was collected was divided between Betty Gri n House and Celebration Lutherans Christs Cupboard Food Pantry. JCP CARES also had a number of business partners for this initiative including McDonalds, Publix, Martino Tire, VyStar Credit Union, The CreekLine, PinchA-Penny Pool Service, The UPS Store, The Champions Golf Club, Julington Creek Chiropractic and Wellness Center and Lisa Martinelli with Watson Realty. Most volunteers for this project are local students needing service hours for school. This project provides them a way to see what a di erence they can make in their community. More Naturalization cont. on pg. 13 Cyclist cont on pg. 14 Food drive cont on page 6 BUSINESS Your YourIncrease Increasein 2012!Contact us today and ask about our 2012 discount plans!Linda Gaylg@rtpublishinginc.com

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www.thecreekline.com December 2011 The CreekLine, Page 3 Whats NewCommunity HappeningsDo you have community or club news you would like included in The CreeekLine? Then contact Martie Thompson at: editor@rtpublishinginc.com or 886-4919. At RT Publishing we welcome Letters to the Editor. We request they be no more than 250 words. All letters must include writers name, address, and telephone number. Only the name will be published. E-mail to editor@ rtpublishinginc.com. Anonymously sent letters will not be published.Letters to the Editor policy Share the season with holiday recipes that please the palate, without breaking the bank. Visit us in-store and online for easy, affordable recipes and entertaining tips that will save you money and time so you can focus on celebrating with friends and family. With this coupon receivevalid at whole foods market jacksonville only. not valid with any other offer or tm discount card. not redeemable for cash or gift cards. limit one coupon per customer. no copies, duplications or facsimiles will be accepted. PLU 30675 VALID Through December 31, 2011 I-95 I-295 San Jos e Blvd any $50 purchase $10 offwww.whol e f oodsm ar k et.com10601 SAN JOSE BLD 904-288-1100 RT Publishing, Inc. The CreekLine The Ocean Breeze Mandarin NewsLine Players JournalPublisher Rebecca Taus publisher@rtpublishinginc.comEditor Martie Thompson editor@rtpublishinginc.comAdvertising Sales, Linda Gay lg@rtpublishinginc.comAdvertising Sales, Josh Allen ja@rtpublishinginc.comGraphic Design, Brittany Lehmangraphics@rtpublishinginc.com RT Publishing, Inc. 12443 San Jose Boulevard Suite 403 Jacksonville, FL 32223 Ph: 904-886-4919 The CreekLine Community Newspaper is a free monthly publication distributed via bulk mail to homes and businesses in NW St. Johns County. Submission of articles and photographs are received by mail or email, although email to editor@rtpublishinginc.com is preferred. The writers opinions do not necessarily reect the opinion of RT Publishing, Inc. Advertising Rates are available by request. RT Publishing, Inc. is not responsible for advertisement content or accuracy of information provided by its advertisers. Nor does RT Publishing, Inc. endorse any of the products or services included in this publication. RT Publishing, Inc. reserves the right to refuse advertisement or copy from any advertiser. All rights are reserved and no portion of this publication may be copied without the express written consent of the publisher. 2011. As part of the Food for Fines program, the St. Johns County Library System will accept non-perishable food items in lieu of overdue library nes through Thursday, December 22. Patrons may bring one sealed, non-expired, non-perishable food item for each $1 overdue ne. This waiver is for library nes only and does not include fees for printing, lost items, nor may it be used for credit against future nes. All food collected will be given to the Mental Health Food Closet for local distribution. The general public is also encouraged to drop o their contributions at any of our library branches or bookmobile stops. For more information, please visit the Librarys website, www.sjcpls.org or contact Library Administration at 8276925. The Bartram Trail Newcomers and Womens Club will hold their rst meeting of the New Year on Tuesday, January 10 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Ramada Inn in Mandarin. The meeting is open to everyone. We invite you to join us for breakfast and an informative program by Mike and Dawn Smock of Cruise Holidays Travel Agency in Fruit Cove. They will give us useful travel tips, demonstrate the most e cient way to pack, explain the new airline regulations and delight us with tales of their own travel adventures. The breakfast bu et will be served for $12 a person. A check must be mailed by Tuesday, January 3 to secure your reservation. Please call Fran Albert at 230-6010 for more information. Need a break from the hectic holiday routine? Tis the season for native plant education! Learn what Florida native plants can do for you. Come all ye faithful to the St. Johns County Agricultural Building Auditorium, located at 3125 Agricultural Center Drive in St. Augustine on Thursday, December 15 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Featured speakers include Beverly Fleming, Florida Master Naturalist Instructor; Gail Compton, nature columnist; and Renee Stambaugh, native plant consultant. This class is free, Whats New Cont on pg 9 Why advertise: top of mind Start the New Year...on a high note! Let us help you start attracting NEW Customers for 2012! The CreekLine Your Community Newspaper904-886-4919www.thecreekline.com Copies of this online ad are not accepted

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Page 4, The CreekLine December 2011 www.thecreekline.com From the Commissioners DeskBy Contributing Writer Ron Sanchez, County Commissioner, District 2 If the hair is not good Give me a Call! 108 Bartram Oaks WalkLocated inside the Spa and Salon at Bartram Walk.899-1234www.hairbycarl.comCarl Slack Wishing You Joy Peace & Good Hair this Holiday Season! The hiring of an attorney is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements. Over 15 Years Legal Experience904-665-0005www.preddylaw.com Offering investment advisory services as a representative of 0156581-00002-00 Prudential Financial Planning Services, a division of Pruco Securities, LLC. 3000 Hartley Road, Suite 7Jacksonville FL 32257904.260.3812 www.reburkecpa.com The CPA Never Underestimate the ValueRobert E. Burke, CPA VARSITY INSURANCE, INC. SICK AND TIRED OF INSURANCE RATE INCREASES? 268-6365www.varsityinsuranceagency.comWe have helped insurance consumers make better protection and security choices since 1990. WE LOVE COMPETITION! PUT US IN THE GAME!IT MAY BE TIME FOR A SECOND OPINION.Serving Mandarin Since 1990 In 2004 all government users of the current radio system frequencies currently used were noti ed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that they would have to change to a narrow band system. Some counties had already gone to the most popular one used which is the 800MHZ Trunk Simulcast Interoperable system. It is said that the St. Johns County Commission back then was going to wait for federal funding. That never came and no action was taken. Our county was left with the deadline right around the corner and had to make a decision because we were in jeopardy of losing our current frequencies. The federal government needed those frequencies for cell phone companies. Its not that the county didnt need new radio communications for the St. Johns Sheri O ce and Fire Rescue, along with everyone else on our system, but the timing was not economically feasible. Funds were very short. It had been 10 years since our system received any equipment update and some of it was well over 20 years old. If more than one agency was involved in an emergency and attempting to reach the communication center, they were all out of luck. A perfect example was the re recently at the BP station and storage facility on State Road 16. Seven units were in service and none could communicate with the communication center or each other. In September 2011, our board passed a small increase in the millage to start covering this item with the FCC. This put in place a funding source for the system and provided compliance with the federal government whose nes and other things were to start in January of 2013. This was a tough but much needed step towards an emergency communications improvement that was long over due. Over three years ago, Assistant County Administrator Jerry Cameron started researching the system the county was interested in using. No stone was left unturned and after a while he had become a walking reference book on the radio system. He then came to the Board of County Commissioners for approval on hiring RCC Consultants, Inc. to come up with the answers we would need to proceed. They did an excellent job and made a presentation to the board on August 16, 2011. During a recent County Commission meeting, Chief Prevatt brought the board up to date. He covered the procurement process, site identi cation, site development work and tower locations. Our Land Management Department examined property within the search areas to identify suitable parcels. Seven of the towers could be built on existing county-owned parcels and four additional parcels have been purchased. Because site selection is very precise in order for the towers to function as needed, the towers must go in the locations selected. It is because of this preciseness that Our NW St. Johns County Community is welcome to come out and kick o 2012 in seaside style at the sixth annual Beach Blast O New Years Eve event! Enjoy a blast of avor, ice sculptures and reworks when several of St. Augustines favorite restaurants serve up chili for tasting with celebrity judges including St. Augustine Beach City Mayor Rich OBrien; St. Johns County Commissioner Chair Ken Bryan; St. Augustine Beach Civic Association President Robert Samuels and our very own local news journalist from Channel 12, Jessica Clark. The Chili Cook-o is from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. David Bearl of the First Coast Technical Institute will wow the crowd with his chainsaw artistic ice carving from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Our new entertainment stage this year will showcase the best of St. Augustine music and dance talent. Food vendors will o er a variety festival foodyou wont leave hungry! The Beer Garden Comfort Zone this year will o er two 80 at screens to sit back and enjoy the football games. The wine and champagne will be owing next door in the Chill Zone tent. The Kids Zone will be bigger and better than ever with huge in atable courses, challenging games and activities. The Kids Zone o ers unlimited play for $10. Warm or cold outside, our local celebrities will be sitting in the dunk tank to see if Beach Blast O 2012 to be held on New Years EveBy Contributing Writer Jennifer Sauvage, Chairperson, Beach Blast Off 2012you have the skills to dunk them in icy water! Outside the Kids Zone will be more to do with a carnival ride, face painting, clowns, bungee jumping, pony rides and more. After things cool o from the chili the reworks begin at 8:30 p.m. This display will delight visitors and help usher in the New Year. The Beach Blast O takes place at the St. Johns County Fishing Pier and Pavilion, located at 350 A1A Beach Boulevard in St. Augustine Beach and admission is free. For up-todate information please friend us on Facebook at Beach Blast O 2012 or visit our website at www.beachblasto .com or contact chairperson, Steve Cupolo at steve@thepremierproperties. com (cell 669-1824) or Jennifer Sauvage at aliette@aol.com (cell 540-0610). Volunteers are still needed! Please email Bob Samuels at robanniemls@bellsouth. net for volunteer opportunities.New communication system coming sooncommunity meetings concerning the locations are unnecessary and will not take place. A Request for Proposals for site work was issued on October 28, 2011. Site development is to be completed by March 31, 2012 in order to provide the vendor with developed-ready sites for tower construction. The towers will be comparable to the county-owned tower on Palm Valley Road. Most will be 250 feet tall. The towers will be hardened to withstand 155 m.p.h. winds. They will be designed to support additional commercial carriers and the county will lease space for that purpose. This will be a new income source for our county when the system is complete. A Request for Proposals to locate a contractor to install the towers went out in July 2011. We had three vendors submit proposals by the deadline. The Evaluation Committee ranked the proposals on November 3, 2011. The proposals will be brought before the Board of County Commissioners at the December 6, 2011 meeting. Share your news!editor@thecreekline.com

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www.thecreekline.com December 2011 The CreekLine, Page 5 School District Journal By Contributing Writer Beverly Slough, St. Johns County School Board i pick paint color.www.pamsatherstudio.com pam satherthe right color paint carpet hardwood tile904.466-0370 watch Pams design segments on First Coast Living11:00 am Dr. Levine is dedicated to your familys health through every stage of life. He has served Julington Creek for more than 12 years and is ready to provide you with a medical home. Services include: Sports/school physicals Immunizations Well visits for adults and children GYN care Coordination of care for chronic conditions (diabetes, hypertension, etc.) On-site lab for all blood drawsFinding the right family doctor just got easier.Same-day acute appointments 287.2794Baptist Primary Care Julington Creek1400 Bishop Estates Road, St. Johns, FL 32259 Donald J. Levine, MD Board-Certified, Family Practice, along with Carol N. Sims, PA-C 13 p p 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 2 2 2 2 2 2 7 7 7 7 9 9 9 4 4 Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!www.baptistprimarycare.net/levine-md In the season of thanksgiving, celebration and gift giving, I would like to applaud the wonderful education team that consistently provides a quality education for St. Johns Countys children. Because of the focus on each individual student and his/her needs, our county continues to celebrate soaring graduation rates, falling dropout rates and superior performance on state assessments. Our teachers surprise me every day as they dig a little deeper into their bag of gifts to provide our children with innovative, creative lessons that engage them in their learning and cause them to delve deeper in their understanding. Our principals do a noble job in guiding the learning in each of their facilities and in stretching meager dollars to provide students with the tools they need to expand their learning. District sta works so very hard to enable teachers and leaders to keep up with the moving target of state standards and legislation, giving them the ability to meet the ever expanding state mandates and still have the time to teach our children. Finally, the leadership team, Superintendent Joyner and the School Board who keep their eyes on the prize, provide the wisdom and leadership that allows our district to expand to the next level of excellence. Thank you to parents and community partners who provide the support, both in terms of time and resources, which helps to bridge the gap in support of our schools. I am grateful to the entire organization for providing the very best for our children. Our success would not be possible without any portion. Last month, I addressed the upcoming changes to FCAT cut scores. In November, the State Board of Education received the work of two statewide committees, both of which recommended increasing the cut scores in all grade levels except 10th grade reading. The cut scores in this area require a student to perform at the 80th percentile to be pro cient in reading. It has long been recognized by education leaders that the scores are inappropriate. Despite all this, the State Board rejected the work of the groups because they said they were composed of too many K-12 school employees. The actual composition of the team was representatives from superintendents, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Council of 100 and other business leaders, as well as a representative from Foundation for Excellence in Education, Jeb Bushs education foundation. The State Board is now requiring a new group with strong membership from colleges and universities. In my opinion, this new committee is unnecessary. Education professionals have thoroughly studied the issue and wish to bring the 10th grade cut scores in line with the rest of the requirements. To raise these scores further is to ensure the failure of more of our students, even though they are performing well in the classroom. Floridas students continue to rise to the increasing standards. I would hope that the State Board does not set them up for failure with a Lake Woebegone mentality of everyone is above average. The School Board and County Commission have been working diligently to adopt new voting districts for our respective bodies. It is the desire of both groups to continue to share the same districts, as has been the case for the past 20 years. Strong pressure has been brought from varying sides in the issue. The boards have narrowed the possibilities to three: revised C, revised E and a compromise revised J, all of which can be viewed on the Supervisor of Elections website: www.sjcvotes.us. Each board will make its nal selection in December. While the hope is that we can reach a common decision that will allow for the same districts, thus reducing cost and voter confusion, there is no requirement that we do so. The School Board will select the plan that is in the best interest of our children and their parents. Thank you, as always, for your commitment to public education. I would like to wish each of you a joyous holiday season, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or another tradition. If I may serve you in any way, please contact me at sloughb@stjohns. k12. .us. The Goddard School located in Saint Johns is reaching out to all Goddard School alumni. The organization has just announced that it will be accepting applications for its fourth annual $10,000 Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a Goddard School alumnus each year to use toward his or her education at an accredited college or university. The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship provides nancial support to a graduate of The Goddard School who demonstrates an excellent work ethic, commitment to family and community and a love of learning, says Joe Schumacher, chief executive o cer for Goddard Systems, Inc. We are Preschool o ers college scholarship opportunity for graduateseager to determine this years recipient of this prestigious award. The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship is named in memory of the founder of The Goddard School, an entrepreneur who started several other well-known franchise companies including AAMCO Transmissions, Inc. and MAACO Auto Painting and Bodyworks, Inc. According to Schumacher, Martino was a successful businessperson who worked his way up from humble beginnings to achieve success. The application deadline for the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship is February 19, 2012. Eligible applicants can access the scholarship application on Goddards website at www.goddardschool. com under the Communication tab. Students interested in applying should follow the guidelines below: Applicants must be graduates of The Goddard School Pre-Kindergarten and/or Kindergarten program. Applicants must submit a completed application form. Applicants must use the scholarship to attend an accredited college or university. Only high school juniors and seniors are eligible. To complement the scholarship application, applicants may submit a video essay between 30 and 120 seconds (e.g., How The Goddard School in uenced your career path/education). Video essays should be mailed to 1016 West Ninth Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406 ATTN: Scholarship. (Video content may be used by Goddard Systems, Inc. in advertising and publicity, including broadcast and social media.) Relatives of Goddard Systems, Inc. or The Goddard School employees are ineligible. The scholarship recipient selection will be made without regard to race, age, gender, religion, political beliefs, employment status or any other factor which could constitute unfair or illegal discrimination. Decisions of the Scholarship Committee are nal in matters relating to the above practices. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of funds available and applicant eligibility. The Goddard School has been at the forefront of early childhood education for nearly 25 years, and the results of a recent assessment are proof of this. Results from the Childrens Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA), an early childhood assessment, show that Goddard School students consistently outperform the general population of CPAA users by a signi cant margin and met or exceeded grade level expectations at a higher rate than the general population in every concept assessed on the CPAA.To learn more about The Goddard School, or about the Anthony A. 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Page 6, The CreekLine December 2011 www.thecreekline.com The Sheriff Reports By Contributing Writer David B. Shoar, St. Johns County Sheriff Dr. Gus J. Gari D.D.S. To Schedule an appointment call287-0033 Teeth enamel discoloration can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to your teeth. Some of the more common causes of teeth discoloration are red wine, coffee, tea, sodas or cigarettes. Teeth whitening can be used to correct discoloration of the teeth by removing the yellow and brown staining that builds up over the years. Teeth whitening is an easy solution with lasting results and minimal steps. The dentist creates a custom mouth tray for the patient before the patient embarks on the teeth whitening regimen at home. The custom tray is a critical component of the treatment. It ensures that the correct amount of whitening solution is used ant that the patients teeth are properly exposed to the whitening solution, without causing damage to the gums. A home whitening session can last for a few hours or you may keep the tray in overnight, it all depends on level of whitening the patient desires. Many patients have their teeth whitened to improve their appearance. Whiter teeth are associated with a youthful and healthier lifestyle. When patients have a brighter smile, they tend to smile more often and are less self-conscious. In addition, a whiter smile tends to minimize the appearance of facial wrinkles, giving a way to a younger and energetic look. A whiter smile gives patients a friendlier appearance and a focus for all to look at. Have a beautiful smile for the holidays !! Call the ofce for our holiday whitening specials for you or a loved one, its a great gift for the holidays.Brighten Your Smile for the Holidays Coming Soon4th Annual JCP Health Fair Julington Creek Plantation Recreation CenterSaturday, January 21st 10am until 2pmNow Accepting Health & Fitnessrelated Exhibitors. Please see www.jcpcdd.org for more information or to download a Vendor Application. We are coming up on one of the most festive times of the year for families with the celebration of several holidays. However, joy and fun can quickly turn to disappointment and sorrow when someone becomes a victim of a scam, burglary or online fraudulent holiday shopping scheme. At a time of year when most people are lled with goodwill there are criminals who relish taking advantage of it. Crime statistics always rise during the holiday season and I wish to pass along a few tips to help you avoid becoming a victim. Business experts tell us that again this year the number of people who shop online for gifts will increase dramatically and therefore so do the opportunities for those who use new technology to take advantage of unsuspecting victims. The cyber-crimes that become more popular during the holiday shopping season include fraudulent auction sites, resale of stolen or counterfeit gift cards and reshipping merchandise purchased with stolen credit cards. One of the most common internet scams involves using an auction site or classi ed pages to advertise an item at a bargain price. If you place an order the crook will charge your legitimate credit card for the order then use a separate stolen credit card to purchase the product and have it shipped. This could make you liable for receiving stolen goods. I recommend if you wish to purchase a gift through an auction or classi ed site insist on paying with PayPal or some other reputable third party payment service. That way your credit card number and personal information is not shared with the seller. Most of you already know the safety tips for traditional retail shopping: take your purchases to your vehicle frequently and lock them in the trunk or out-of-site; carry purses with the strap going over one shoulder and the purse against your body on the opposite side; carry billfolds in a side pants pocket; pay by credit card or check if at all possible; and if you must use an ATM always shield the keypad when entering your PIN and put cash away promptly in your purse or wallet. Home burglaries are more common during the holidays and sadly the thieves target the gifts under the tree. If you are going to be away from home, leave some lights on and a radio or television to make it appear and sound as if someone is home. After the celebration, do not put the boxes of expensive gifts out for street garbage pickup without rst breaking them down and folding them so only plain cardboard shows so they dont become an unintended billboard for what you have in your home. Holiday parties can be wonderful fun, but please remember to celebrate safely and if alcoholic beverages are served, moderation is the best practice. The concept of friends dont let friends drive drunk becomes even more signi cant. We will have impaired driver patrols out in full force to help keep your family safe during the holidays. Whether you will be celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or a holiday of another faith, on behalf of all of us at the St. Johns County Sheri s o ce I wish you a merry, happy, joyous and safe celebration and best wishes for the New Year. For any issue regarding law enforcement and/or public safety you can always contact me by email at dshoar@sjso.org.As many of you are aware, long time Supervisor of Elections Penny Halyburton retired August 31 after 42 years of service, the last 25 as Supervisor. We wish her the very best and hope she is enjoying her well deserved retirement. I worked as the Assistant Supervisor for 23 years and was appointed by Governor Rick Scott on September 6 to ll the remainder of her term. I am extremely honored to serve as your Supervisor of Elections and promise to always do my very best to serve our residents by continuing the tradition of great elections in St. Johns County. 2012 is already shaping up to be a very busy election year with three scheduled elections: January 31, August 14 and November 6. The Presidential Preference Primary Election gets the election season underway on January 31. Only registered Republicans will be eligible to vote in this closed Primary in which Republicans will choose their presidential candidate for the November 6, 2012 General Election. There is still time to register to vote, update your address or make changes to your voter registration before registration closes on January 3 for the Presidential Primary Election. It is very important that you keep your address up to date with the Elections O ce. There was a change in the law this year which a ects making address changes during early voting and at the polls on election day. Voters who have moved within St. Johns County will still be permitted to make their address change and vote a regular ballot. Voters who have moved into the county from outside the county may still make an address change; however, they are now required to vote a provisional ballot. Updating your address is as simple as making a phone call to the Elections O ce at 823-2238. Address changes may also be sent by email to elections@sjcvotes. us but must include the voters name, address and date of birth. Not sure if your information is up to date? Check the status of your voter registration on our website www.sjcvotes.us by using the voter information lookup icon. The redistricting process will a ect the boundaries of our countys voting precincts in 2012. Redistricting for the local County Commission and School Board is currently going on and should be completed by the end of the year. Following the adoption of new congressional, state and senate districts by the State Legislature, new precinct lines will be established in early summer to correspond to the new district lines which will also include the new County Commission and School Board voting districts. Once polling places are selected for the new precinct lines, all registered voters in the county will receive a new voter information card with information on their new districts, precincts and polling location. The new precinct lines and changes of polling locations will be e ective and rst used in the August 14 Primary Election. Our mission is to administer elections in a manner that assures public con dence in the accuracy, e ciency and fairness of the election process in accordance with the Election and Campaign Finance laws of the State of Florida. 2012 will be a very exciting year and I look forward to the challenges it brings to us. Our sta and election teams are ready. We look forward to serving you. Your Vote Counts!By Contributing Writer Vicky Oakes, Supervisor of Elections, St. Johns CountyHoliday crime prevention Food drive cont from page 1than 60 volunteers donated more than 350 service hours to this project. A big thank you also goes to Beth Calhoun who chaired this project for the community and to Wayne and Dorothy Davis who collected all the boxes to put the food in. This truly goes to show that JCP CARES motto of Uniting the community through helping others in need does work! All branches of the St. Johns County Public Library will be closed: Friday, December 23 Saturday, December 24 Monday, December 25 for the Christmas Holiday Advertise inThe CreekLineIts good for business!287-4913sales@thecreekline.com

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Page 8, The CreekLine December 2011 www.thecreekline.com 12795 San Jose Blvd., Suite 8 Mandarin, FL 32223 Follow us on Facebook and win great prizes in our Holiday Give-Away $5 o $20 PurchaseValid through Dec. 31 $25 o $100 PurchaseValid through Dec. 31 $5 o $20 PurchaseValid Jan 1-31 $25 o $100 PurchaseValid Jan 1-31Limit one coupon per customer. Not valid with any other oer or on sale items. No cash value. Can not be used towards Chamilia, Kameleon & Convertible itemsCheck Facebook for Seasonal store hours Facebook.com/InStyleJAX904-287-4744(Between Fresh Market and Hurricanes Wings)Check out our extensive list of gis at www.currentsgis.com The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Northwest Area Business Council announced its new board of directors at the October meeting. The Blackstone Grille, 112 Bartram Oaks Walk, hosted the luncheon of 25 attendees which included a discussion of a December Christmas party for The ARC of The St. Johns. The roster of the board is as follows: Tracey Phillips, Promotional Presence, President Doug Nunnery, The UPS Store, Vice President Cathy Blalock, New York Life Insurance Company, Secre-Chambers NW Business Council announces 2011-2012 Board of Directorstary/Treasurer Rebecca Taus, RT Publishing, Inc., Immediate Past President Marcia Pozin, The Academy at Julington Creek, Director The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce believes a growing and vibrant business community is important to St. Johns County. The organization concentrates its efforts on continuously improving the business environment and serves its constituency by focusing on economic development, business advocacy, member education and business promotion. The Northwest Business Council strives to create a presence for the growing Northwest area as well as provide its members networking opportunities and educational programs. More information is available at www.sjccountychamber.com. The St. Johns County School District held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new 738 student elementary school to be constructed in the Palencia community on Monday, December 5. This new elementary school is being constructed as part of the districts Five-Year Building Plan and is funded through a $16 million Quali- ed School Construction Bond (QSCB). Elementary School L, as it is now called, will be approximately 100,000 square feet with 738 student stations and 44 classrooms. It is being constructed to Green Building Standards. Movable walls will open to create exible-sized classroom spaces and enable teachers and paraprofessionals to work cooperatively to facilitate learning for students through a variety of activities. This new school facility will also include state-of-the-art technology. It is scheduled to be open for the 2012-2013 school year. Don Campbell, principal at Wards Creek Elementary School, has been selected by Superintendent Joseph Joyner to be the principal of Elementary L. His nomination will be presented to the St. Johns County School Board at their December 13 meeting. Dons ability to create a school community makes him the perfect choice to open our newest elementary school, said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Ground broken for new elementary school; principal selectedJoyner. I have the utmost con- dence in his leadership ability and know that he will do an outstanding job. Campbell has more than seven years of experience in the St. Johns County School District and was the districts nominee for the 2011 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership. He also possesses over 40 years of educational experience as a teacher, principal and district administrator in Florida and Indiana. Before moving to St. Johns County, he served as assistant superintendent of Operational Support Services for Lee County Public Schools. I am honored to be selected as the principal of Elementary School L as this school has been a dream for many years for the parents and students in this part of the county, said Campbell. I am thrilled that I get to be a part of this dream and to work with the students, parents and community in bringing the dream to reality. Campbell holds a bachelors degree from Ball State University and a masters degree from Florida Atlantic University. The project architect for the new school is SchenkelShultz Architecture. The bid for the construction of the new elementary school was awarded by the School Board on June 14, 2011 to Mark Construction Company. Tracey PhillipsFor many individuals, the entry point into a health care experience begins in the emergency center. To enhance that experience for patients, Baptist Medical Center South opened the expansion of its Emergency Center on November 14. The 20,000 square foot, $11 million project more than doubles the Emergency Center in size. The expansion adds 16 private patient rooms, bringing the total number of rooms in the Emergency Center to 33. The expansion also adds three new triage rooms, where patients are typically brought upon arrival so that their individual needs may be assessed. A new triage work area will aid in the rapid evaluation of patients and will allow for the centralization of blood draws, EKGs and the starting of IV uids. We have experienced tremendous growth in the number of patients who are looking for another choice for their emergency care, said Matthew Rill, MD, medical director of Baptist Souths Emergency Center. We are seeing patients traveling from the Northside and the southern parts of St. Augustine. This additional space will help improve our ability to rapidly assess patients and decrease their wait times. In 2010, more than 41,000 visits were made to the Baptist Medical Center South Emergency Center and that number is expected to increase with the additional capacity. The new, larger facility will accommodate up to 70,000 visits per year. The layout of the new space is divided up into two, Emergency Center expansion now openeight-room care clusters, each with a dedicated nursing station, equipment and sta said Michael Aull, RN, MSN, CEN, director of Emergency Services. We will be able to streamline processes and communication, creating the best experience possible for our patients. There are examination rooms specially equipped for pediatrics, orthopaedics, obstetrics/gynecology and psychiatric care. All rooms are private and include a bedside monitor with 12-lead EKG capability for heart monitoring and a 27 atscreen television. The hospital utilizes an electronic medial record for improved patient safety. Emergency Center nurses, other caregivers and sta will have portable laptop computers for bedside documentation and information-sharing with patients. Baptist Souths Emergency Center is a certi ed Stroke Center and an accredited Chest Pain Center. The hospitals new cardiac catheterization lab, which opened in September 2011, allows the hospital to care for those patients who need diagnostic catheterizations and peripheral vascular studies. The second phase of construction will recon gure the reception and registration areas and relocate the security o ce closer to the emergency center entrance. This phase is scheduled to begin in late November and should be nished in early spring. The Emergency Centers expansion also includes shelled-in space for future growth.

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www.thecreekline.com December 2011 The CreekLine, Page 9 Youre invited to join us for Christmas dinner, a special candlelight worship service, and the areas only Christmas Eve fireworks! While the event is completely free, you can bring some non-perishable food items to help local families in need this holiday season. ( 904 ) 825 9960 In the Winn-Dixie Shopping Center on CR 210 W2220 CR 210 W, Suite 312, St. Johns Florida 32259 Winter Special10% OFFAny dental treatment, including crowns, bridges, partials, veneers, etc. Not valid with other oers. Oer Expires 1/16/12New Patient Special Adults $99 & Children $79Includes dental exam and x-rays, a uoride treatment, teeth cleaning and polishing. Not valid with other oers. Oer Expires 1/16/12 Gentle, Caring Dentistry for the Whole Family www.maymgt.com MAY Management Services, Inc.Licensed Property ManagementMAY Realty & Resort RentalsLicensed Real Estate Brokerage Our job is to help Boards of Directors successfully manage their Associations The Neighborhoods of World Golf Village Tim HutchisonRegional ManagerJulington Creek Plantation 1637 Racetrack Road #206 St. Johns, Florida 32259904-880-8796New Ofce!Pam Drury Licensed Property ManagerDottie KrinerLicensed Property ManagerRich Curran-Kelley, CAMRegional ManagerDiane HartmanLicensed Property ManagerKathy MayeldLicensed Property ManagerDeborah AlleyLicensed Property ManagerLaura QualantoneLicensed Property Manager904-940-1002 Whats New Cont from pg 3open to the public and hosted by the St. Johns County Extension Service. In addition, dont miss the exclusive Holly Holidays native plant sale. For more information, please contact 2090430 or renee@nativeplantconsulting.com. Tickets for Saint Augustine Ballets upcoming production of The Nutcracker are now on sale. This holiday favorite will be performed at Flagler College Auditorium on December 16 and 17 at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, December 18 at 2:00p.m. Online tickets are available at www.saintaugustineballet.com or by contacting tickets@saintaugustineballet.com. Family treasures found on northern end of Flora Branch Boulevard: one 8 inch by 10 inch manila folder containing group family photographs spanning many years. Also found were two cards of authenticity for a Jacqueline Kent Collection. Please call (828) 557-3824 to claim. AARP Driver Safety Program for drivers 50 and older will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, December 13 and 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Memorial Hospital, located at 3625 University Boulevard South in Jacksonville. The fee for AARP members is $12; non-members fee is $14. Participants must attend both days for certi cation to qualify for auto insurance discount. To register, please call 391-1320. JCP Singles Network is for singles 40s and up who are single, divorced, widowed looking to make new friends! This network originally formed in 2005 and we are looking forward to starting back up and continuing on. Its a great way to meet people, make new friendships and network. If you are interested in joining us and would like more information please email klandrum @ comcast.net. A great way to help a person or an animal in need is to donate a car you do not use anymore to charity. The process is very simple, the pickup is free and the rewards are great. In return for your generous donation, you will get the gift of a tax deduction when you itemize on your federal tax return. You will nd hundreds of worthy charities to support with your car donation at Cars4Charities. For complete details, please call toll free (866) 448-3487 or log onto www.cars4charities.org/. Adults and teens age 14 and older are invited to attend the Project Lap Blanket crochet group at the Bartram Trail Branch Library on Monday, December 12, Thursday, December 22 and Tuesday, December 27 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The group will crochet or knit blankets for cancer patients at area hospitals. All skill levels are welcome. Cant come to any of the meetings? Pick up the crochet pattern at the Reference Desk in the library and crochet the blanket in your spare time. Drop o completed blankets and any yarn youd like to donate during regular library hours. For additional information, please call the Reference Desk at 8276960. Council on Aging (COA) Care Connection volunteers can help with minor repairs! Over 60? Need a little help xing things around the house? Our minor repairs volunteers are ready to assist you. We can replace light bulbs, adjust ceiling fans, install grab bars, replace screens and screen doors and much more. Please call COA Care Connection at 209-3649 and visit our website at www. coasjc.com. NAS Jacksonville Skin and Scuba Diving Club meets at 7:00 p.m. on the rst Wednesday of each month at the Ramada Inn, located at 3130 Hartley Road in Mandarin. The club is open to all divers and those who are interested in diving. For more information, please visit www.nasjaxscubadivers.org or contact the club president, Dave Martin at 413-8773. 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 activities for the month ahead and our meetings and activities are during the day, when at-home mothers need support most. Of course, children are welcome at all of our meetings and activities. Activities are scheduled for almost every weekday of the month and moms may attend as few or as many activities as they like. Some of the activities we have planned are trips to the zoo, beach and pool days, story time at the library and playgroups at members homes and local parks. If you have any questions or would like to get more information to join, please e-mail Jenn at sanmoms@ gmail.com or check out our website at website at http://sanmomsclub.weebly.com. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla14-7 meets the rst Thursday of every month 7:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Yacht Club near the St. Augustine Lighthouse. The otilla is always looking for new members, particularly those who own aircraft, boats and have radio equipment and skills. If you are interested, please contact Vic Aquino at 460-0243. TOPS (Take O Pounds Sensibly) FL#493, St. Augustine has a weekly meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Old Colee Cove Volunteer Fire Station, located at 9105 County Road 13 North (south of Buddy Boys Grocery Store). Weigh in starts at 8:30 a.m. We are a National Weight Loss Organization, fees are low and we have lots of fun, contests and inspiring programs. All are welcome; come and join us! For more information, please contact Sara Weaver at 940-7528 or Bobbi Culbreth at 824-2466. Limelight Theatre of St. Augustine is looking for energetic and enthusiastic volunteer ushers, who play a huge role in the theatres success. Ushering is a fun, lively volunteer opportunity in a creative atmosphere surrounded by great people both audience and behind the scenes! Ushers attend to a variety of tasks including seating guests, answering questions and bartending and enjoy many bene ts including complimentary and discounted tickets. For complete details, please contact Limelight Theatre House Manager Joyce Hayes at 825-11-64 or limelightushers@gmail.com. A Texas Hold em Fundraiser Tournament, bene ting Bartram Trail Relay for Life, will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at the Poker Room at St. Johns Greyhound Park. Check in is at 6:00 p.m. and Texas Hold em lessons/rules will be held at 6:30 p.m. The tournament begins at 7:00 p.m. A $50 Buy In ticket includes 2500 chips, food and a donation to the American Cancer Society (ACS). The $20 ByStander ticket includes food and a donation to ACS. For tickets, please contact Becky Kimball at 254-7325. Betty Grif n House of St. Johns County emergency shelter to abused women and their minor children temporary shelter for rape victims in danger after the crime individual and group counseling case management, civil legal representation and court advocacy24 hour crisis hotline: (904) 824-1555Provides: Advertise inThe CreekLineIts good for business!287-4913sales@thecreekline.com

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Page 10, The CreekLine December 2011 www.thecreekline.com The St. Johns Center for Clinical Research is conducting a 58 week clinical trial of an investigational oral medication for patients with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). You may be eligible to participate if you are: for at least 1 year have smoked in the past more than 15 hours/day related medication and study related medical tests at no cost. Compensation for time and For more information call:St. Johns Center for Clinical Research (904) 209-3173 www.jaxresearch.comCLINICAL RESEARCH STUDY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED Tina P. Fernandez, CPA, PLwww.tpfcpa.com 904-287-2195 Over 30 Years ExperienceHave Condence in Your Tax Preparation & Planning. Allow Me to Assist You. Visit www.tpfcpa.com for informative news and Tax Savings Tips. Serving the Accounting Needs of Individuals and Small Businesses by Providing Quality Service at Competitive Rates. Section. 6.The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place. No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil O ce under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time; and no Person holding any O ce under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in O ce. Section. 7.All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills. Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States;[2] If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law. Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take E ect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill. Section. 8.The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; To borrow Money on the credit of the United States; To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes; To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States; To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and x the Standard of Weights and Measures; To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States; To establish Post O ces and post Roads; To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries; To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court; To de ne and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and O ences against the Law of Nations; To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years; To provide and maintain a Navy; To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces; To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions; To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the O cers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress; To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dockYards, and other needful Buildings; And To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or O cer thereof. Section. 9.The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person. The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it. No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed. No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken. No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State. No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another; nor shall Vessels bound to, or from, one State, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay Duties in another. No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time. No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any O ce of Pro t or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, O ce, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State. Section. 10.No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility. No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing its inspection Laws; and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress. No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay. As a community service, The CreekLine Community Newspaper will be publishing the Constitution for the United States in its entirety over the next several issues. Please check back next month for the continuation.Constitution for the United States of AmericaArticle. I. Continued from the November 2011 issue of The CreekLine. Please refer to the prior issue for the beginning of the document. Also in the November 2011 issue on page 8, please read St. Johns County teacher James Lees preface article entitled The need for informed civic participation. Prior issues of The CreekLine are available online at www.thecreekline.com.

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www.thecreekline.com December 2011 The CreekLine, Page 11 904.273.6200|www.pvps.com SIXLOCATIONS:MandarinPonteVedraBeachSouthsideAmeliaIslandRiversideSt.Augustine WereinYourNeighborhood! 108BartramOaksWalkDr.Suite#201 Jacksonville,FL32259 RobertW.Burk,III,MD,FACSNowit'smoreconvenientthanevertomakeanappointment withoneofourprofessionaldoctorsinyourownneighborhood! Ourofficeisconvenient,relaxingandcomfortable,andnow yournextappointmentandconsultationcanbetoo!PVPSoffers treatmentsandconsultationswithDr.RobertW.Burkinouroffice nearyou.CertifiedbytheAmericanBoardofPlasticSurgery, Dr.Burkhasonegoalinmindtoprovidepatientswiththe highestqualityc areinarespectfulanddiscreetmanner. Contactustodaytoscheduleyourtreatmentorconsultation! 12058 San Jose Boulevard, Suite 102 J (904) 880-3131Alan M. Krantz, D.D.S.KrantzDentalCare.com $30/mo. Convenient Appointments Before & After Work or School!Trusted, Comfortable & Affordable Dental Care for the Entire FamilyEmergencies Welcome! Convenient Payment Options Available Ask About Our Affordable Dental Plan for Uninsured Patients! $30/mo. Fourth of a seriesSome St. Johns County residential CDD fees are as high as $3,936 per yearBy J. Bruce RichardsonThere are taxes, and there are fees. Sometimes, for convenience, there is an arrangement for the St. Johns County Tax Collector to also collect fees. No matter what its called, St. Johns County residents and, in some cases, businesses are writing checks to pay for things beyond basic property taxes. Some residents are writing hefty checks. As previously reported in this space, depending on where you live, if youre a residential property owner, you may be paying more than your neighbor the next block over for community development district fees and homeowners association fees, which are sometimes referred to as property owners fees. Confused? Many people are and they just write an annual check and think nothing more about it. Property taxes, which are levied by county government and collected by the county Tax Collector, are mandatory taxes which are determined by the value of the property being taxed. The more expensive the property, the higher the tax. If the property is a primary residence, the State of Florida allows a homestead exemption of $50,000 of the value of the property and, if youre a senior citizen meeting an income test, another $25,000 on top of that. But, that doesnt apply to school board taxes, which only allow a $25,000 exemption, instead of the $50,000. Widows receive other exemptions and 100 percent disabled veterans are fully exempt from any property taxes. Property taxes and school board taxes pay for the cost of government and public education and, in addition to sales taxes, are the primary source of income for county governments. As property values rise and fall, the amount of tax income available to county governments rises and falls in harmony, often generating either surpluses or de cits which cause county government budgets to be out of balance. Community development district fees these are not taxes, even though they are levied by a body sanctioned by the State of Florida and operate under rules and regulations determined solely by the Florida Legislature usually pay for infrastructure improvements which were put in place when a new neighborhood or community was rst developed. The source of money for the improvements is bonds issued, which are paid o over a period of decades and the CDD fees are the primary vehicle for paying the bonds. But, some community development districts go beyond just paying for infrastructure and levy fees to pay for employees, amenities such as swimming pools and tennis courts and other services determined by the district board of directors. In some cases, community development districts act very similar to local municipal governments, but dont provide a full range of services such as police and re protection. Homeowners associations (HOAs) are less regulated, but provide stability and some services to neighborhoods, such as covenants on what can and cannot be on the exterior of homes in the association and also provide amenities such as pools, tennis courts or basketball courts. Every residential homeowner is subject to property taxes. CDD residential homeowners are subject to property taxes and CDD fees. Not all CDDs have HOAs. HOA residential homeowners in CDDs are subject to property taxes, CDD fees and HOA fees. There is no opting out of CDD or HOA fees; if you purchase a home in a community development district or neighborhood which has a homeowners or property owners association, you must pay the fees. Here are annual samples of what residents are paying in St. Johns County. These samples do not cover all CDDs in the county. The fees shown are only CDD fees; HOA fees and property taxes are not shown. Fees are shown in a range from smallest category to largest; some individual fees are not shown. Fee levels vary by type of property, such as condominiums, attached townhomes and single family detached homes; also, the size of the home may also determine the amount of the fee. Aberdeen CDD fees are $371 to $2,601; 2010 total of $1,627,104. Brandy Creek CDD fees are $803 to $1,903; 2010 total of $1,107,348. Durbin Crossing CDD fees are $567 to $3,289; 2010 total of $2,823,322. Glen St. Johns CDD fees are $574 to $1,873; 2010 total of $38,675. Heritage Landing CDD fees are $1,014 to $2,114; 2010 total of $2,390,808. Heritage Park CDD fees are $504 to $1,615; 2010 total of $1,475,422. Julington Creek Plantation, CDD fees are $517 to $830; 2010 total of $5,416,825. Marshall Creek CDD fees are $559 to $3,936; 2010 total of $4,122,833. Sampson Creek CDD fees are $1,766 to $2,212; 2010 total of $1,563,293. Rivers Edge CDD fees are $917 to 1,980; 2010 total of $286,293. St. Johns Forest CDD fees are $384 to $2,018; 2010 total of $793,817. Tolomato CDD fees are $1,343 to $3,303; 2010 total of $3,192,963. In many cases, CDDs contain some commercial property, meant to enhance the CDD with shopping or services convenience. At times the CDD commercial fee is greater than the county property taxes paid. Here are some samples, by category and CDD; gures are from the St. Johns County Tax Collectors o ce. Julington Creek Plantation CDD 2011 fees for two churches were $12,450 each; churches are exempt from county property taxes. Marshall Creek CDD 2011 fees for a bank branch are $11,001; county property taxes are $13,227. Sampson Creek CDD 2011 fees for a golf course are $30,960; county property taxes are $28,465.J. Bruce Richardson, a resident of Jacksonville, has created many successful marketing, advertising, public relations, fund-raising and political campaigns. A former newsroom staffer of the late Jacksonville Journal, Mr. Richardson has an educational background in management and nance. Tis the season for big family gatherings! Between holiday parties, late night feasts and traveling, healthy habits can easily go right out the window. The American Heart AssociationGo Red For Women movement encourages everyone to enjoy traditional meals in moderation during this holiday season. Extra calories can quickly convert into additional pounds, which can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Give your family the gift of a healthy heart by using the following tips to help make smarter choices over the holidays. Make the holidays healthy Take time to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends. Gather around the re to enjoy low fat hot chocolate and share favorite holiday memories. O er vegetables in addition to traditional side dishes such as stu ng, potato salad or macaroni and cheese at your holiday meals. Turn o the television and go walking or bike riding with the kids. A guide for a heart-healthy holiday seasonBy Contributing Writer Katie Seay, American Heart Association-First Coast MarketBe selective To help keep portion sizes small, put your snacks on a small plate instead of a large one and limit your trips to the bu et. Survey the entire bu et before you ll your plate. This will help you select only the foods that you want. Wait 20 minutes before getting another plate of food from the bu et. Youll often nd that youre no longer hungry. Be health-conscious Set out bite-sized, healthy snacks such as fat-free popcorn, raisins or almonds in small containers. That way your guests wont be tempted to keep reaching for the snacks theyll have to pick up the container or use a small spoon to pour a few into their hand. Present food in various locations to encourage activities and mingling as well as eating. Put desserts in an out-of-theway location to reduce the temptation to overindulge. Are you a...Small Business?Medium Business?Large Business? Use your advertising dollars wisely!Call Linda Gay today!287-4913

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Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. 2011. DECEMBER Make the Most of Your Health If you participate in a Health Savings Account (HSA), Flex gram, time is running out. Most plans require that you spend the money youve contributed by December 31, or risk losing it for good. Jim Taylor provides TaylorMade SolutionsCall me at 904-705-1692 or TaylorMade4You@bellsouth.net to discuss how I can provide Solutions tailor-made for You.Managerial Accounting ServicesOver 30 years experiencePersonal & Business Income Tax PreparationFormer Internal Revenue Agent & Lic. to practice before the IRS Excel Spreadsheet Design, Training, & Support QuickBooks Set-Up, Training & SupportYear End is fast approaching. Call me now to review your QuickBooks setup, financials and year-end payroll & 1099s. Buy A Business John SerbCertied Business Intermediary www.FirstCoastBizBuySell.com Call 904-613-2658 for a Condential No-Cost Valuation & Consultation Christopher M. Thompson, CFP, CRPC Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC1000 Sawgrass Village Dr. Suite 103 Ponte Vedra, FL. 32082 Tel: 904-273-7908 Toll Free: 800-542-2370 Cell: 904-708-3817 Fax: 904-285-0249 christopher.thompson@wellsfargoadvisors.com home.wellsfargoadvisors.com/christopher.thompson Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the many di erent taxing authoritiesall with their hands in your pocket at the same time? With all our daily responsibilities, few of us have the time to investigate why we are paying these various agencies. I guess most people think of the Julington Creek Plantation CDD in the same way and just pay what they are assessed each year. What do you expect from those you entrust with your hard-earned money such as the JCP CDD? Do you expect the CDD Board of Supervisors those ve public o cials you elected to manage your tax money in the most e cient manner reasonably possible? As a fellow taxpayer, I sure do. But I do not believe that is what JCP taxpayers are receiving. Over the past few months, residents have asked your CDD management numerous questions relating to how we operate and manage your CDD facilities, towards identifying cost savings that will allow the supervisors to maintain your annual CDD assessments at the lowest level possible, while providing the high level of services you expect. It has been suggested we look closely at employee salaries, sta ng levels, services provided and how we provide those services towards identifying any weaknesses in our operations. It has been speci cally suggested that our department heads provide the supervisors periodic reports on what is functioning well and what is not again, towards getting the best grasp possible of how we deliver selected services to you the taxpayer. But in my opinion, answers to those questions by residents have been lacking and in many cases ignored. It appears a majority of your supervisors The American Cancer Societys Relay For Life of Bartram Trail gives everyone in the community a chance to help save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, faith-based and civic organizations and anyone wanting to make a di erence in the ght against cancer are invited to take part in this exciting team event. Relay For Life starts at 12:00 noon at Bartram Trail High School on May 5, 2012 and ends at 6:00 a.m. the following morning. Register your team today by visiting www. BartramRelay.com. The next team party will be on December 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Durbin Creek Elementary. Anybody interested in joining Relay is invited to attend. Relay For Life draws attention to the progress being made in the ght against cancer, said Pamela Pearce, 2012 event chair. Many participants are our family, friends and neighbors who have faced cancer themselves. Their involve-Register 2012 Relay For Life of Bartram Trail teams todayment helps bring hope that, together, we can eliminate cancer as a major health problem. Many of our teams will be hosting fundraisers during this holiday season. One in particular, in memory of Bartram-area resident Ben Crews, brings the spirit of the holidays to many, while raising money for the Relay For Life of Bartram Trail. The third annual holiday fundraiser, Lighting the Way to a Cure, is comprised of three homes on Mallard Landing Boulevard (o Roberts Road) that decorate their homes with over 100,000 colorful lights. The lights are choreographed to 30 Christmas songs that are broadcast on FM 105.1, allowing you to hear the music on your car radio. The shows began running nightly from dusk to midnight on December 3 and will continue through January 5. The event is free of charge; however donations are accepted for the American Cancer Societys Relay For Life of Bartram Trail. Santa Claus and his elves will be making a special guest appearance on the evenings of December 10-11, 16-18 and 23-24 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The public is invited to bring their families, see the lights, enjoy the music and celebrate the holiday season, all while helping to ght to cancer. You may visit main.acsevents. org/goto/Ben.Crews for more information.For more information on how to get involved with Relay For Life of Bartram Trail, please contact Laura Petrillo at 391-3644 or laura.petrillo@cancer.org.Julington Creek Plantation CDD reportBy Contributing Writer Sam Lansdale, Supervisor, Julington Creek Plantation Community Development Districtbelieve such questions are o limits and instead believe most or all decisions relating to how we operate should be left to the general manager. I believe that model is awed and that operating strategies need to be established by your supervisors and those strategies reviewed as needed with on-site management to ensure your money is being wisely spent. And without a doubt, residents opinions need to be considered and their questions answered. I am not advocating that the Board of Supervisors make day to day operational decisions, but I am suggesting that the supervisors give proper oversight to those operations to ensure we operate e ciently. I would welcome your feedback on an important issue how to handle any excess funds paid by you to your CDD. It is my belief we should take great pains to avoid setting assessments higher than needed to achieve necessary operating funds; however, it will sometimes happen. Our 2010/2011 scal year ended September 30 and a nal revenue versus operating expense calculation shows that you overpaid the CDD by about $302,000 or 6 percent (single family by approximately $50 and commercial property by approximately $12,000, if assessed approximately $200,000.) Do you believe we should return any such excess funds through reduced assessments in the next scal year? The JCP CDD provides a variety of activities that may interest you this winter. Do you want Santa to visit your house December 17 and 18? Then contact 821-3630 to make a reservation. The annual Polar Plunge will take place on Sunday, January 1 at 11:00 a.m. Skateboard camp will be held from December 19 through 22 and December 26 through 29 and skateboard clinics are held every Saturday. Basketball camp will run from December 19 through 22. The Aquatics Department will be having American Red Cross CPR/AED training courses on: December 10 and 28 and on January 28. I encourage you to sign up for free e-mail alerts at www.jcpcdd.org to receive email reminders of upcoming events and programs. We work for you and I encourage you to attend the meetings and voice your concerns or opinions on how we are conducting your business. The next JCP CDD meetings will take place on December 13, 2011 and January 10, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the JCP Recreation Center. Feel free to contact me day or night via email or phone 509-4902 or SLansdale@jcpcdd.org. This article is my opinion and in no way constitutes nor implies District opinion, endorsement, sponsorship or viewpoint. The views expressed may or may not be shared by the other JCP CDD Supervisors. Editors Note: The CreekLine is appreciative that Supervisor Lansdale approached us and o ered to write a column for us to share with our readers. The CreekLine is, and has always been, agreeable to publishing columns penned by our elected o cials so that they may communicate directly with our readers, their constituents. Any questions or requests for additional public servant columns may be directed to editor@ thecreekline.com. Reserve advertising space for the January Issue Start 2012 o with a NOW287-4913sales@thecreekline.comBANG!!!

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WATCH THESE PAGES FOR FUTURE DINNER AND THE SYMPHONY INFOBallroom With a Twist Mar. 3, 2012 Bond and Beyond Mar. 24, 2012 Cirque de la Symphony Apr. 28, 2012 JaxSymphony.org HOTEL GETAWAYPackage!One night stay at a luxury hotel for two Two premium concert tickets Free parking and more From $169! Call (904) 356-0426 for details. The smell of mothers cooking wafted through many kitchens as students reveled in their ve-day reprieve from the stress of the educational system. In the days prior, teachers had loaded everyones backpacks with packets and projects of varying sizes and a cumulative groan seemed to echo through the halls. There was much talk of the time when the days before a holiday were spent making crafts, having parties and not doing anything of real importance, simply having fun. Though some were excited and bouncing o the walls for the two-day school week, the members of the Panther Pride Marching Band had to force themselves to make an appearance that day, because that weekend they had competed in State Championships in Tampa. This was their second year competing in the Tropicana Dome, but two new school records were made. The band scored an astonishing 89.95 in Nease HappeningsStress and successBy Brittany Dirks, Nease Studentpreliminaries, something they had never before achieved. This score allowed them to place fourth out of the seven in their class, pushing them into nals. This was the rst time in the entire history of the program to make nals at State Championships. The hours of rehearsal time paid o said drum major Corey Clarkston while giving an inspirational speech before the performance with other prominent leaders of the band. The seniors were ghting tears as they prepared for their nal performance with the program theyd been with for years. After the exhilarating performance, the award ceremony revealed that, like many other bands, the score had dropped due to stricter judging to an 87.95, which placed them in fth. When the ceremony (known as retreat) concluded, all bands were dismissed and Nease proceeded to the charter buses with tear- lled eyes and innumerable hugs between seniors and their underclassmen friends. All were eager to get home and so when enough hugs and words were exchanged, each section climbed onto their respective bus and almost instantly fell asleep because they had been awake since approximately 5 oclock in the morning. Monday morning at school showed almost every band kid in their nals shirt and a nalist pin. The seniors wore the bright blue senior medals presented to them at preliminary retreat and with that day, their nal marching band season was complete.Congratulations to the Nease Panther Pride Marching Band for their fth place nish at the FMBC State Championships! Red Cross Babysitting ClassFriday, December 30 10:30 am 5:30 pmBartram Trail Branch Library Designed for teenagers ages 11-15, the American Red Cross o ers this course to prepare participants to care for infants and children, make good decisions, solve problems and help keep the children you babysit safe. ere is a fee and registration is required through the American Red Cross. For more information contact the Red Cross at 358-8091 ext 1818 or online at www.ne oridaredcross.org.the United States from Cuba in 1966 and how emotional it was for her to become a naturalized United States citizen in 1989. She still has her little American Flag and citizenship certi cated proudly framed. The Oath of Allegiance was given by USIS District Director Ruth Dorocho followed by a video message from the President. The fth grade ambassadors lead the Pledge of Allegiance, with all 150 fth graders joining the new citizens in reciting it. Hosting the annual naturalization ceremony at Cunningham Creek Elementary was the brainchild of fth grade teacher Kris Burkes. It all began when she took her fth grade class to witness a Naturalization Ceremony at the federal court house in Jacksonville three years ago. When we, my class and I, stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance along with the new citizens, I was moved to tears, she re ected. That is when it occurred to her that all of the fth grade must witness this incredibly moving Naturalization cont. from pg. 1ceremony. She contacted the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to see if a ceremony could be held at the school. After they came out and inspected the school the go-ahead was given. The rst ceremony held at the school was in March of 2010. It was such a huge success that another was held in November of that same year. The ceremony was scheduled to honor Veterans Day and has been held as such ever since. When the ceremony concluded, cameras were popping with ashes as the new citizens took turns at the American ag on stage for pictures with their certi cates of citizenship and their little American ags. The exuberance of these new citizens, their families and the fth grade students was inspirational. New citizens recite the Oath of Allegiance.

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Page 14, The CreekLine December 2011 www.thecreekline.com Caring for you. Its what we do.Proudly caring for our community for five years.Drs. Townsend, DeBoer and Romero of Baptist Primary Care St. Johns Forest are backed by 24-hour care at nearby Baptist Medical Center South. Our of fice is your link to the most preferred health system in our region. Services include: Sports/school physicals Immunizations Well visits for adults and children Care for minor injuries Coordination of care for chronic con ditions (diabetes, hypertension,etc.) Womens health careSame-day appointments Ana M. Romero, MD Board-Certified, Family Medicine Richard Townsend, MD Board-Certified, Family Medicine Matthew DeBoer, DO Board-Certified, Family Medicine 824-4407Baptist Primary Care St. Johns Forest120 Gateway Circle, Unit 1 Jacksonville, FL 32259 MICHAEL BOYER PAINTING, LLC287-2203 Licensed & Insured #ST-5178 LLC 20%Discount off total amount due for the month of December Beautiful weather, kids in adorable costumes and the smell of pizza baking-what could be better? How about knowing that all the pro ts from the evening were going to help an icon in Jacksonville: Wolfson Childrens Hospital. On Thursday, October 27, hundreds of people came to The Academy at Julington Creek to enjoy the wonderful weather and the festivities all of which bene ted Wolfson Childrens Hospital. The Academy at Julington Creek, which just celebrated its rst year in the Julington Creek area, decided to open the event to the community to help earn extra pro ts for Wolfson. Many businesses contributed to the success of the night, including Bounce Jax, which donated three bounces houses for the event, Bruccis Pizza, Kool Scoops Italian Ice and hundreds of other donations which were used in the silent auction and for ra es. The funds raised from this event (almost $1500) will be used to purchase a 3 Tesla MRI, with distinct advantages for children. The sta Fun fall festival raises funds for a good causeBy Contributing Writer Bev Pooland families at The Academy at Julington Creek are thrilled to be able to contribute so signi cantly. Marcia Pozin, executive director of the Academy, said that the management sta and teachers all volunteered their time to make this event extra memorable for the children. Almost all of the 200 families that attend the child development center attended the event. Overall, the children had fun playing games and getting their faces painted and the adults had fun bidding on auction items, relaxing watching their children play, knowing it was helping Wolfson Childrens Hospital. The Academy at Julington Creek plans to continue this community event each year donating the proceeds to Wolfson Childrens Hospital. Pozin added that she hopes this family-friendly event that will continue for many years to come!Cyclist cont from pg. 1cycling and the Garmin Cycling Teams Junior Developmental Team. It is an honor and indication of his potential as a competitive cyclist to be in consideration, due to the fact that usually cyclists are considered at 14 years and up. While presently attending St. Johns Grammar School, he is already thinking ahead as to where he will attend college to further his career as a cyclist. Undoubtedly he has great potential and we just might be reading in the future about him in the Olympics or winding his way through the mountain passes of France. Young cyclist Hans VandenbergProudly serving residents and businesses in NW St. Johns County since 2001 Often imitated, never duplicated!The CreekLine is your ORIGINAL Community Newspaper!The CreekLine F f B 886-4919sales@thecreekline.com

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www.thecreekline.com December 2011 The CreekLine, Page 15 Give the Perfect GiftIf you or someone you love is suffering from hearing loss, heres a perfect gift idea healthy hearing! Hearing loss affects those that are aficted and everyone in the family who can no longer communicate with them. Contact our ofce to schedule a hearing evaluation appointment before the holidays arrive. With our help, the entire family will get a priceless present the gift of communication! FREE Hearing Aid EvaluationExpires 12/30/11. Not to be combined with any other offer.This Holiday Call Today! 904-292-977712276 San Jose Blvd., Ste 516 Jacksonville, FL 32223 www.doctorknox.com Lindzee Nunez, MS, CCC-A Heather Fletcher, Au.D., CCC-A Glenn W. Knox, MD, FACS ACCREDITEDACCREDITATION ASSOCIATION for AMBULATORYHEALTH CARE EYE CENTEROF ST. AUGUSTINE & WORLD GOLF VILLAGETHE EYE SURGERY CENTER OF ST. AUGUSTINE AAAHC 940-9200 T T 450-106 State Road 13 N Publix Center in Fruit CovePh: 230.8881 52 Tuscan Way, #202Publix Center at International Golf Dr. and SR 16 Ph: 940.0055 New Phone Number is 285-ACHE(2243) in the Shoppes of St. Johns OaksAffordable Chiropractic Medicine US 1has moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in the Regions Bank building on A1A 240 Ponte Vedra Park Dr., #150 Helping Hands of St. Johns County would like to thank the County Road 210, World Golf Village and area community for the overwhelming response to the Stocking for a Soldier project. Over 700 Christmas stockings were lled with toiletries or snacks and have been shipped to our military in Iraq and Afghanistan. From the time the rst stockings were given out on September 1 at Winn Dixie on County Road 210 and First Florida Credit Union on County Road 210, the demand was unbelievable. Members of Helping Hands donated felt and then cut and sewed over 500 stockings after the initial 200 were given out the rst day. The community responded by lling them for our brave soldiers throughout the last two months. Cascades at WGV lled 100 stockings, while Brownie troops, garden and book clubs, neighborhood groups and shoppers at Winn Dixie all helped make this a success. Children and adults wrote heartwarming messages in cards and drawings that will certainly bolster spirits. Postage was paid by St. Michaels Soldiers, Heritage Park residents and First Florida on County Road 210. At the groups November 18 meeting, 30 Thanksgiving baskets were donated to Christs Pantry food bank at Celebration Lutheran Church on Roberts Road. Each family received a gift card for a free turkey and all the xings for a Thanksgiving feast and more. Through the generosity of Helping Hands members, families received a generous amount of staples as well. This Helping Hands updateBy Contributing Writer Jackie Valyouis the fth year the group has supplied a food bank with a Thanksgiving meal. Helping Hands will be meeting Friday, January 27 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Community Church Community Center on County Road 210 next to Cimarrone. The Rippers will meet at 10:00 a.m. before the meeting. The group will be making bracelets to bene t the Alex Fast Foundation. Alex is a young St. Augustine boy waiting for a liver transplant. Helping Hands will also be hosting a huge garage sale on February 25 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Faith Community to bene t this young man. All donations and donation of merchandise will be tax deductible and all monies will go through the 501C3 founda-What a wonderful selection of holiday musical events is being o ered by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in December! What better way to get in the mood than to attend their initial o ering The Messiah on Saturday December 3 at 8:00 p.m.? This wonderful and inspiring masterpiece by Handel was rst performed in Dublin in 1742 and is to this day one of the most famous oratorios ever written. Telling the greatest story ever told, using passages from the Bible, it will be performed by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with soloists Sarah Jane EncoreCelebrate holidays with musicBy Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville Universitytion. If you have anything you want to donate, please contact cottage33@aol.com. Members of Helping Hands met this young man when they did a makeover room for him when he was 11. Members of Helping Hands have been helping the family the last few years. Helping Hands is a non-denominational group that meets the last Friday of each month (except November and December) at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Community Church Community Center to do a small project to bene t the community. The group has no dues, o cers or stress. Members come when they can and do what they can with what they have. The group relies solely on donations of goods and services from the community. Membership is always open. For more information, please contact jacqphil@aol.com. McMahon, Rebecca Ringle, Matt Boehler and Matt Morgan. The following day, Sunday December 4 at 3:00 p.m., the Symphony will present the immortal choral ballet, Gift of the Magi. The story follows a young married couple, very much in love, but facing dif- cult times. At Christmas, each makes a generous sacri ce to give the other a special gift. The performance will feature dancers from Jacksonville University and the Fleming Island High School Womens Chorus. On December 9 at 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., December 10 at 8:00 p.m. and December 11 at 3:00 p.m., you can once again enjoy holiday favorites with the orchestra and chorus plus tenor Benjamin Brecher, who brought the house down in last seasons Celtic Celebration. On December 12 a free holiday concert will be presented by the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. A complete change of pace will occur on December 16 at 8:00 p.m., December 17 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. and December 18 at 2:00 p.m., when the activities will switch to the Moran Theater where the beloved ballet The Nutcracker will be featured. A Symphony tradition for many years, it will feature as always, local young dancers in the magical tale. On December 20 at 8:00 p.m., another event will take place at the Moran Theater. This one will feature one of todays most acclaimed contemporary Christian artists, Michael W. Smith, performing with the Symphony and the UNF Chamber Singers in a heartwarming presentation of Christmas favorites which are sure to delight the whole family. Finally, to close out the month and 2011, Ring out the Old and Ring in the New with conductor Fabio Mechetti and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Last years inaugural bash was such a success, that the idea of presenting a concert, party and reworks to celebrate the New Year is becoming a new tradition! Tickets and additional information on all these events can be obtained at 354-5547 or on the web at JaxSymphony. org. I might add that another free Jacksonville Symphony Ensemble concert of special local interest, entitled Cover the Town with Sound, will take place on January 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the San Juan De Rio Catholic Church in St. Johns.

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Page 16, The CreekLine December 2011 www.thecreekline.com For Appointment Call904-230-0080 NEW LOCATION! 485 State Road 13Suite 3 (Next to Burger King) Dr. Thomas Lahmannwww.julingtoncreekchiro.com Is Back or Neck Pain Impacting Your Life? Dr. Thomas Lahmann Chiropractic PhysicianHumana Beech Street A Proud Participating Provider for Aetna and Blue Cross / Blue Shield United Insurance Plans Accepts All Auto Insurance Julington Creek Chiropractic & Wellness Center P.A.SpineMedTM Spinal Disc DecompressionA Safe and Pain-Free Procedure Designed for Back & Neck pain Non-Surgical, Drug Free Procedures for: Does your partner complain that you snore or does your partner keep you up at night? Do you ever wake up gasping for air at night? 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I have been an instructional literacy coach for ve years and enjoy sharing best practices and learning new teaching strategies. My goal is to provide reading teachers in the district with a professional learning community where they can discuss current research, review student and teacher resources, and explore best practices. Ultimately, the project will Holiday happenings have a way of bringing out sparkling eyes and happy smiles. Jacksonville residents are fortunate to have nearby access to destinations with special events that others must travel thousands of miles to see. With the kids o from school, consider the following day trips for an enchanted holiday outing. Sea World amusement park in Orlando runs The Polar Express Experience until early January. In previous years, I climbed aboard their magical train with my grandchildren and delighted in a ride that was incredibly authentic to the book. In this case, however, the North Pole showcases Beluga whales and the e ect is quite magical. For Floridians, ICE at Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee brings a winter wonderland to life. The resort is transformed into a frozen walk-through park with hand-carved ice sculptures and buildings. This years frosty theme is Shrek the Halls and kids and teens join the fun slipping down ice slides and frolicking in a snowball park. Be sure to bring hats and gloves; parkas are provided. Holidays in History on Jekyll Island features the historic Pacetti Bay Middle School literacy coach wins leadership grantbene t everyone in the district the teachers, the students and the schools. As the third Pro tt grant recipient, Lime will receive a $2,500 award from the PDK Educational Foundation. The foundation provides support for programs and projects established by PDK International, a global association of education professionals. The grant was established in 2008 by Eve Pro tt, an educator and former PDK International board president. It provides funding for a project that emphasizes PDKs three tenets leadership, research and service and is only available to PDKs Emerging Leaders, a group of elite young educators. I nd Melissas project timely in that we certainly must embrace literacy in all content areas at the secondary level, Pro tt said. At a time when resources are di cult to nd, increased collaborative e orts are essential to teacher e ectiveness and student achievement. Im impressed by her ambition and vision for collaborating with additional teachers and the community in developing a literacy cadre which could serve as a prototype for other communities. PDK is dedicated to cultivating tomorrows great educators, said William J. Bushaw, PDK Internationals executive director. Melissa is an extraordinary example of the young leaders whose visionary ideas we are thrilled to support. Since joining St. Johns County School District in 2004, Lime has served as an instructional literacy coach at St. Johns Technical High School and as a middle school language arts and reading teacher at Gamble Rogers Middle School. In 2009, she received the St. Johns County High School Literacy Coach of the Year award. She has also served as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Florida in the College of Education and Human Services. She is president of the Florida Matanzas PDK chapter and has recently joined the board of directors for Learn to Read of St. Johns County. Holiday events for travelersBy Contributing Travel Writer Debi Lander, www.bylandersea.comdistrict decorated in Christmas grandeur and special themed tours take guests back in time the Clubs gilded era. They dont rush the season, so the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival doesnt happen until the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Visit for storytelling, caroling and craft workshops as well. On St. Simons Island the King and Prince Resort decorates their lobby with a 21 foot tree and a fantastic display of gingerbread houses. St. Augustines Night of Lights holiday extravaganza continues past the holidays to the end of January. Drive down to Americas oldest city and gaze at over two million white lights shining from downtown buildings, trees and the bridges. And neighboring Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church celebrates by presenting an elaborate live nativity called A Bethlehem Visit. This year the event involves over 200 local volunteers and is set for 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12. Wherever your plans take you, I wish you safe travels and happy holidays. The CreekLineEverybody Gets It. Everybody Reads It.editor@thecreekline.comDo you know the warning signs of stroke? Sudden numbness or weak ness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination Sudden severe headache with no known causeSource: Baptist Medical Center South Li c ense # C O 4DU 0261Learning LaddersWeekday Child Development CenterRegistration for 20122013 School YearJanuary 7, 2012 ~ 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Open House January 8, 2012 ~ 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Registration for church members and previously enrolled families January 11, 2012 ~ 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Registration open to the community served basis. Age 1-5 years old and VPK A ministry of Mandarin United Methodist Church 11270 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223904 292 1126www.learningladderspreschool.com What would YOU like to read about each month in The CreekLine?Let us know! editor@the creekline.com

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www.thecreekline.com December 2011 The CreekLine, Page 17 Castle Nails We wish you a wonderful Holiday with friends and family!We oer all nail services: Walk-ins Welcome 230-9575 10% OFF for all High School Students When the students of San Juan Del Rio School decided to participate in the rst annual Patriotic Essay and Poster Contest little did they know what an adventure it would be. The contest, sponsored by the 4th Degree Sir Knights of Knights of Columbus Ave Maria Assembly 3008 at San Juan Del Rio Catholic Church, was begun to help commemorate Veterans Day during the annual fall festival. The assignment was for the students to express their feelings on patriotism and what it means to be a United States citizen. What Patriotism Means to Me was the theme for the posters. The poster portion of the contest was divided into two groups rst and second grade in one group and third and fourth grades in the other. The essay portion of the contest was similarly divided by grades with fth and sixth grades in a group and seventh and eighth grades in a separate grouping. The theme for the essays was Patriotism: A Students Perspective. Teacher Ashley Bradley from SJDR School created the rules and judging criteria. Judging was done by ve veteran Sir Knights from Ave Maria Assembly, who found that the students were very talented and expressive in their essays and posters. The judging was challenging to say the least. They were all that San Juan Del Rio students have an adventure in patriotismBy Karl Kennell The Creeks Junior Midget Cheer Squad placed second in the Southeast Regional Cheer Competition held November 27 in Orlando. They will be competing in the Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Competition at the Disney Wide World of Sports on December 7, 2011. The 2011 Creeks Jr. Midget Cheer Squad members are Sally Bardin, Kaleigh Eden eld, Ashlyn Fiedler, Alexia Fine eld, Megan Gambill, Carly Grimes, Camryn Gwaltney, Danielle Haire, Alecia Haire, Heather Hartmann, Jailyn Hopkins, Danielle Kelley, Bri McKelvey, Emily Moore, Alex Murphy, McKenzie Parziale, Emani Plummer, Gracie Richburg, Alandrea Siegel, Averie Siegel, Miranda Sieng, Taylor Smith, Emily Szczepanik, Jayden Tocorzic, Caitlin Tolleson, Kyra Trethewey and Lauren Verrino. The coaches are Melissa Abbey, Amy Smith, Bridget Hopkins, Kim Murphy and Amanda Smith. Congratulations Creeks Junior Midget cheerleaders good! The winners were nally chosen with poster (grades one and two) being rst place, Caroline Rice; second place, Zack Stokes and third place going to Lily Lupinski. The poster grades three and four winners were: rst place, Nicholas Bradley; second place, Matthew Bradley and third place, Melissa Davis. All the posters were very artistic and creative. In the essay portion the winners in grades ve and six were Michael Munder; second place, Christine Sullivan; and third place went to Philip Chappano. In grades seven and eight, the winners were Victoria Canon with second place going to Katie Horan and third place going to Emma Davis. The essays were superb and made the judges proud of all the entrants. The rst exciting event on the winning students adventure was when the Sir Knights of Ave Maria Assembly awarded the trophies and certi cates to the winners. The award ceremony was performed as part of the Flag Ceremony for Veterans Day at the fall festival. The students were surrounded by the Knights dressed in full regalia and the owing ags as the Assembly Color Corps performed their presenting of the ags. The real surprise though was when the students were invited to read their essays to the residents of the Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home the following Saturday. Ave Maria Assembly threw a cake and punch party for the residents and students. The winners all displayed and explained their posters with the essay winners each reading their essay. The residents were a great audience and the kids had a great time showing o their creativity and meeting some real heroes of our country. The whole essay and poster contest was such a resounding success that it will become an annual event. It is an event that will be looked forward to by not only the students but those who deserve our appreciation for their service to patriotism.The essay and poster contest winners. Residents at the Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home enjoyed hearing the winning essays Hes making a list and checking it twice!

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Page 18, The CreekLine December 2011 www.thecreekline.com Race Track Blvd.Flora Branch Blvd. 990 Flora Branch Boulevard St. Johns, Florida 32259License#C075J0083 www.theacademyatjulingtoncreek.net Please visit our center and take a personal tour. Marcia Pozin Executive Director 904-230-8200.Infant thru VPK ( 4 years old ) Before/After School Ages 6 thru 12 Not quite ready to be a Soccer Mom? Let your child explore the many extra-curricular resources available right here at The Academy at Julington Creek! No need to drive your child from activity to activity they can learn and play right here. We have amazing programs designed with your child in mind! Some of our programs include: Yoga, Tennis, TaeKwon Do, Gigglebytes, Dance, Soccer Shots, Playball, Tumbling, and Music. Stop by and take a tour of our beautiful center and nd out all that we offer. BartramTrailVeterinaryHospital Dr.KristaDavis Dr.MartinaSander WELLNESSVISITS*MEDICINE*SURGERY*DENTALCARE RADIOLOGY*LABORATORY*ACUPUNCTURE*ULTRASOUND BOARDING*DOGGIEDAY-CARE*DROP-OFFAPPOINTMENTS 6751SR16 (nearWGVandMurabella) MustpresentAd-Validuntil12/31/11 BartramTrailVets.com Fall & Winter Promotion Spays Neuters Dentals15% DISCOUNTMust present Ad Valid until 12/31/11 Pet BoardingRemember to Book early for the Holidays 940-0655 (ARA) In 2009, 3,466 teenagers died in the United States from automobile crash injuries, according to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Such injuries are by far the leading public health problem among youths 13 to19 years old. Tra c crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America. Mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. The crash risk among teenage drivers is particularly high during the rst months of licensure. An IIHS review of recent literature con rmed that driver age and experience both have strong e ects on driver crash risk. Crash rates for young drivers are high largely because of the drivers immaturity combined with driving inexperience. The immaturity is apparent in young drivers risky driving practices such as speeding. At the same time, teenagers lack of experience behind the wheel makes it di cult for them to recognize and respond to hazards. They get in trouble trying to handle unusual driving situations and these situations turn disastrous more often than when older people drive. Research shows which behaviors contribute to teenrelated crashes. Inexperience and immaturity combined with speed, drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts, distracted driving (cell phone use, loud music, other teen passengers, etc.), drowsy driving, nighttime driving and other drug use aggravate this problem. The National Highway Tra c and Safety Association (NHTSA) recommends a multitiered strategy to prevent motor vehicle-related deaths and injuries among teen drivers: Increase seat belt use, implement graduLocal is the new black. And theres a new way to nd the best local spots in St. Augustine: www.SimplyStAugustine.com. Florida native and columnist for The CreekLine Allie Olsen has enjoyed St. Augustine since childhood. Once I started traveling more as an adult, I realized what a gem St. Augustine is! We have amazing restaurants, gorgeous beaches and some really unique experiences. My husband and I created Simply St. Augustine to help others fall in love with this amazing city, Olsen explained. Simply St. Augustine is a locals resource, a food and travel blog and a place to point friends and family to. Whether youre looking for a romantic dinner for two or for suggestions for As the summer was coming to an end and the holidays loomed around the cornermy thoughts turned to cooking up our sumptuous traditional family meals. Or more truthfully, I set out to make some new traditions to take the place of overcooked green beans, hard green peas, mashed potatoes ooded with greasy gravy and other such savory southern sides. With that exercise in mind, I went to my trusty recipe collection, which begins with the Home Ec. cookbook I edited in high school. Then I pulled out the entire section behind the letter V from my ling drawer and shu ed through eons of veggie recipes we have enjoyed over time. The trends over the years were apparentthe years stu was loaded with mayonnaise and cream cheese, then the white sauce phase, the souf- era and so on. Thats when I decided to expand this search and share it with you readers for the holidays! So, I did what any good cook would do: contact the best cooks in her circle of friends and see what they come up with! And.I was not disappointed! My she-she friend who pulls o many little dinner parties shared a side dish idea that has presentationits called Green Bean Bundles. Now I will tell you up front if you have more than eight or 10 at your table, save this one for another time. First cut up a six inch by six inch aluminum foil square for each guest. Snap the ends o of a pound of green beans. Make a bundle by wrapping a piece of bacon around eight beans; place the bundle on a piece of foil and salt, pepper and dot the beans with butter. Close the foil tightly, place bundles in a baking dish and bake at 350 The Lifestyle GuruCooking up some creative sidesBy Joy HartleyColumnist begins new ventureout-of-town visitors, check out Simply St. Augustine regularly for fresh ideas. St. Augustines Nights of Lights are the highlight now. Olsen shared, Im excited to feature local businesses year round. Right now, were gearing up for Villa Zoraydas candlelight tours and the St. Augustine Historic Inns tour of 25 decorated B&Bs. Also, did you know theres an ice slide at Winter Wonderland this year? There are a lot of neat events that locals can enjoy this Christmas. Olsen invites you to like the Simply St. Augustine Facebook page, www.facebook. com/SimplyStAugustine, where people share tips and ask questions. You live here... enjoy it! degrees for one hour. These conveniently can be made the day before. They are very cool looking on a dinner plate. Then my new blogger friend Jen came through with a killer way to do your mashed potatoes. I tasted the leftovers, cold, and they were still awesome! The recipe is called Rosemary Infused Mashed Potatoes. For the sake of space (my editor will thank me) I will speed up the process by telling you to simply peel and boil three pounds of your favorite potatoes as usual. While your spuds are cooking, place one and one half cups of half and half (or milk) in a saucepan and simmer it with four sprigs of fresh rosemary over low heat for about 10 minutes; do not let it boil. Now, drain potatoes and add four tablespoons of butter to them; remove Rosemary from milk, add to the potatoes and mash as usual, salt and pepper to taste. This recipe will make you a holiday hero, says Jen! You can join me in following her new foodie blog at www.inthekitchenwithjenifer.blogspot.com. Shes got some more great recipes there! Now for my creation, this recipe is for Spinach and Leek Gratin, which I found in Bon Appetit in October of 2005; its impressive and easy! Spinach and Leek Gratin 5 tbsp. butter 3 tbsp. Dijon mustard 2 1/3 cups fresh breadcrumbs 1 cup crumbled Roquefort cheese (4 oz.) 3 9-ounce bags fresh spinach 1 8 oz. leek cup half and half Melt three tablespoons of butter in medium skillet over medium heat, mix in two tablespoons of the mustard, then add breadcrumbs. Saut until crumbs are golden. Cool then mix in cheese. Toss half of the spinach in large nonstick pot over high heat until wilted (about three minutes). Transfer to sieve in sink, repeat with remaining spinach, then press leaves to drain. Melt two tablespoons butter in same pot over medium heat, add leek (halved lengthwise and thinly sliced); saut four minutes, add cream, remaining 1 tablespoons mustard and spinach. Toss until blended then season with salt and pepper. Place mixture in 7 by 11 baking dish, top with breadcrumb mixture. Bake until bubbling, about 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Happy Holidays! Teach teens to drive safely and save their livesated driver licensing, reduce teens access to alcohol and increase parental responsibility. Keep your hands on the wheel. Keep your eyes on the road. Keep your hands and eyes away from your cell phone while driving. You need to teach safe driving behavior from the beginning, says Lyman Munson, vice president of risk services at Firemans Fund Insurance Company. As the parent, you can start by modeling safe driving behavior whenever you drive your children, from the time they are infants. Give teens an edge by teaching them some basics about cars and the rules of the road early, well before they hit driving age. Ease them into driving with short trips in familiar areas, at low speeds, in daylight and with an adult. Choose a safe car that is predictable in its handling and easy to drive. Munson also suggests parents talk to their teens about safety issues and the rules they are setting. Explain each one of your rules and the consequences for breaking it. Write up a contract with your teen driver to make sure they drive by the rules and drive as safely as possible. Include the most important issues. Heres a sample: 1. Alcohol: Absolutely no alcohol 2. Seat belts: Always buckle up 3. Cell phone/texting: No talking or texting while driving 4. Curfew: Have the car in the driveway by 10:00 p.m. 5. Passengers: No more than one at all times 6. Graduated drivers license: Follow the states GDL law 7. Parental responsibility: Set your house rules and consequences

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www.thecreekline.com December 2011 The CreekLine, Page 19 Dr. Mabus ofce is conveniently located in the Johns Creek Shopping Center. She is a graduate of the St. Vincents Family Medicine residency program and is looking forward to caring for her new Fruit Cove neighbors. Her ofce offers medical care for: Procedures and screenings: To schedule an appointment call: (904) 450-8120Same day appointments available. Dr. Mabus ofce is located at: St. Vincents Primary Care Johns Creek Shopping Center 2851 CR 210 W., Ste. 122 St. Johns, FL 32259St. Vincents Primary Care would like to welcome Allison Mabus, MD, to our St. Vincents HealthCare family. A week after nishing its production of You Cant Take It With You, Bartram Trails ITS (International Thespian Society) troupe traveled to Ponte Vedra High School to take part in district-level theater competition. Districts, as the students call it, is an annual theater event where students can perform and be adjudicated by judges. They entered everything from monologues to solos to set designs and playwriting. Everything was rated from poor to superior depending on the quality. Students who achieved superiors now have the opportunity to enter the next level of competition, the state festival in Tampa. The state festival is the largest theater festival in the world and one of the troupes biggest events. Last year there was a total of 8000 thespians competing, watching performances and taking part in workshops. Those who go miss a few days of school to travel by bus to Tampa and perform their events, watch others and mingle with the thousands of other students who love theater just as much as they do. And shortly after their return, they can look forward to putting on a production of Guys and Dolls. Though theyve enjoyed every minute, the students are probably glad the rst half of the year is over. The past two months have kept them busy with districts, a one-act competition, a production of You Cant Take It With You and a night of one acts directed by the seniors. Around Halloween, they also showcased their competition piece, Salamander Stew, written by local playwright Michael Fixel, at Players By the Sea Main Stage Theater. Joining them were BTHS alumni Matt Thompkins and Jacob Rothman reenacting scenes from Jekyll and Hyde, which was performed by the troupe in 2009. When Salamander Stew went to district competition at Florida State College at Jacksonville in November, it was so wellreceived that it was nominated Critics Choice, an award only given to the best of the best. It was also awarded Best Male Actor (Brandon Mayes), Best Ensemble, Best Featured Actress (Olivia Crews), All-star Cast and Best Stage Manager (Holly Skinner). With so much going on the kids and their director Ava Fixel are at school for hours, sometimes until late in the evening. However, most of them agree that the experience and fun of theater makes staying after worth it. And because they spend so much time together, they inevitably end up getting close. I am so honored to be president of this endlessly talented troupe, Skinner comments. With each production we For each of the past four years, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, located in the World Golf Village area, has prepared almost a hundred Thanksgiving dinners to be delivered by the parishioners to shut-ins in the surrounding area. Their Mens Club along with the Ladies Guild and Young People prepare the meals of turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, gravy, rolls and dessert. BTHS HappeningsSpotlights shine on 6174By Devyn Fussman, BTHS Studentliterally put our blood, sweat and tears into it and we always hope the end result shows it. We call ourselves the 6174 family with Mrs. Fixel being our mother. After spending almost every waking moment together because of practices, we cant help becoming so close! ITS is always looking for new members, so anyone who wants a chance to shine on stage (or behind the scenes) can come to meetings on Wednesdays after school and try out for the production of Guys and Dolls next spring.Feed Your People Contributed by Ed WagnerThey work with Catholic Charities who has the names of those in need. After the Thanksgiving Mass, the food is blessed by the Pastor and the people are sent out to make the deliveries utilizing Map Quest to nd the homes. Usually those families delivering the meal will spend some time with the person ending with a short prayer.

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Page 20, The CreekLine December 2011 www.thecreekline.com WhenInnovation AndTradition Come Together, Educational Excellence Is Taken To A Whole New Level WhenInnovation AndTradition Come Together, Educational Excellence Is Taken To A Whole New Level Smart Boards provide 21st century learning experience Skyping provides global connectiveness, expanding the classroom beyond the walls of the school Students learn to create digital work portfolios and use cutting edge technology Breakout sessions promote small group discussions and improve comprehensionB i l i n g u a l e d u c a t i o n s t i m u l a t e s b r a i n d e v e l o p m e n tNow accepting applications for the 2012 school yearFinancial assistance and the LIFT tuition grant are availableFor more information or to schedule a tour, call 904-268-4200, ext. 147Visit us in Mandarin or online at www.mjgds.org KEN BERRY, B.S.N., D.C.319 West Town Place, Suite 7 Located in the WGV Professional Plaza904-940-0361 Serving World Golf Village and surrounding communities for over 4 years WWW.THE VILLAGE CHIROPRACTOR.COM Source: University of Illinois ExtensionBalsam Fir Abies balsamea to 1 short, flat, long lasting needles that are rounded at the tip; nice, dark green color with silvery cast and fragrant. Douglas Fir Pseudotsuga menziesii good fragrance; holds blue to dark green; 1 to 1 needles; needles have one of the best aromas among Christmas trees when crushed. Fraser Fir Abies fraseri dark green, flattened needles; to 1 inch long; good needle retention; nice scent; pyramid-shaped strong branches which turn upward. Noble Fir Abies procera one inch long, bluish-green needles with a silvery appearance; has short, stiff branches; great for heavier ornaments; keeps well; is used to make wreaths, door swags and garland. Scotch Pine Pinus sylvestris most common Christmas tree; stiff branches; stiff, dark green needles one inch long; holds needles for four weeks; needles will stay on even when dry; has open appearance and more room for ornaments; keeps aroma throughout the season; introduced into United States by European settlers.Types of Christmas Trees What if you could cruise around in a shiny silver convertible on a Saturday afternoon and earn $30 for your school? Creekside High School students, teachers and families had the opportunity to do just that last month at the Drive One 4 UR School event, sponsored by Bozard Ford. The event, which coincided with a carnival featuring food, games and performances from local artists, brought out hundreds of people from the community looking to help raise money and have a good time. Every time a featured car was test driven, Bozard Ford donated $20 to $30 to the Creekside High School athletic department. With more than 10 cars featured at the event, over $6000 was easily raised. That money could be doubled thanks to the talent and dedication of the CHS TV Production department. Seniors Anthony Giordano and Dylan Klee participated in the Ford Drive One 4 UR School national video contest, designed to showcase the event and give students the opportunity to win CHS HappeningsDrive One 4 UR School a big successBy Rachel Buff, CHS Studenteven more money for their school. Dylan and I did everything concerning the production and lming of the video, Giordano shared. The students interviewed several people who had test driven the cars, including TV Production teacher Kerry McClure. I test drove a Ford Focus and was very impressed, McClure said. I drove in a Focus and I really enjoyed it. The car handled very well and had a number of advanced features, Giordano said. Dylan seemed to really like the voice-recognition SYNC technology. Creekside High School and the TV Production department are very grateful for the opportunity to raise so much for the school. The department could de nitely bene t from the additional money won, said Klee. CHS senior Anthony Giordano collects footage for the Drive One 4 UR School video contest. The funds could help improve equipment and technology for an already remarkable program. Were just happy to have the opportunity to show o the talent of our amazing students. Its a win-win, says McClure. Excitement was in the air as close to 200 Northeast Florida Realtors and guests attended the Durbin Crossing Celebrate Success Realtor Event in early November. The evening cocktail event, held at the South Amenity Center in Durbin Crossing, provided Realtors with networking opportunities and the chance to learn more about the communitys premier builders. Realtors were honored for contributing to the tremendous success of Durbin Crossing and for making it one of the fastest selling communities in Northeast Florida. This was the perfect opportunity to say thank you to our Realtors for their hard work, said Jason Sessions, Sessions Development. Its also a great way for Realtors to personally meet and get up-to-date on the latest information from Durbin Crossings premier builders. Builders who participated in Community hosts Celebrate Success realtor eventDevelopers Catherine Kincaid, Jason Sessions, Rick Wood, Susan Wood at the Celebrate Success event.the event included Advantage Homes, Dream Finders Homes, Drees Homes, D.S. Ware Homes, Holder Johnson Homes, Mattamy Homes, Mercedes Homes, Providence Homes, RichmondAmerican and Ryland Homes. We enjoy a special relationship with the areas top Realtors. We appreciate them so much and never take for granted that they choose Durbin Crossing to bring their clients to, said Susan Wood of Wood Development. The builders in Durbin Crossing have reason to celebrate as they reported outstanding sales in 2011. Durbin Crossing has been the fastest selling community in recent quarters according to Metrostudy, the nations leading provider of housing statistics. St. Johns County continues to be the leader in North Florida for new home starts. 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www.thecreekline.com December 2011 The CreekLine, Page 21 APPOINTMENT904.264.KIDS264KIDS.COMCALL OR VISITUS ONLINE TO ANSCHEDULE San Jose Blvd. SR 13Bartam Walk Race Track RoadLOCATED ABOVE BLACKSTONE GRILLE 112 BARTRAM OAKS WALK #203 | JACKSONVILLE, FL | 32259 ArtisticHairDesigner& MasterColorist VerdeEcoSalon&Spa11700SanJoseBlvd,JacksonvilleFL32223 ToBookYourAppointment,Call904-292-0007 AmySellersArtisticHairDesigns SEEMEFOR YOURNEWLOOK! SEEMEFOR Y OURNEWLOOK! AmySellers The Bartram Trail High Fashion Academy seniors were sent on a creative mission by local designer Linda Cunningham for their Jacksonville Fair exhibition. After judging the multi-medium dresses last fall at the fair, Cunningham challenged the up and coming seniors to do their Fall 0 Fair Collection in white paper plates utilizing black as the only color choice. The girls exceeded all expectations! Thousands of viewers who visited the booth were wowed, exclaiming that these were actually something someone would wear. Ashlen Gilmore and Zoee Frazier teamed up to produce BTHS Fashion Academy seniors meet challenge!By Donna Keathley Linda Cunningham with the seniors of the BTHS Fashion Academy and their paper plate dresses.this years rst place winner, the Cruella gown, complete with soaring shoulders and a tail-feather train. Julia Marguy worked alone to create a crowd pleaser, the little white ru ed strapless sundress which took second prize. Competition was tough; a close third place award was given to the team of Kim Caldwell and Sabrina Sirotkin for their Mermaid ball gown. Logan Irwin and Ali Tasker created a cocktail dress featuring a basket-woven bustier. Jill Beaver, a junior, honed up her skills early practicing for next year by entering a Vera Wang inspired tea-length gown. Snuggled in at Barnes and Noble, my favorite place to discover new books, I am in the perfect setting to make recommendations for those on your holiday list. Until recently I havent really run across new books to recommend, but as I browsed the shelves I found lots of new books by favorite authors of the past and would feel comfortable recommending without have read them. I am adding them all to my Good Reads list and will let you know what I think about them. The students at our school have not gone crazy about Dog Days, the newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid title. Slowly it is catching on and the hold list is growing. Many of the SSYRA books continue to top the top 20 list so those are always a good choice. One series that I recommend to give to middle school higher level readers is The Michael Scott series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicolas Flamel. There are now ve books in this series and the students read through them very quickly coming back for more. Erin Hunter fantasy fans love her latest series: The Omen of the Stars Warriors. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have The Bridge to Never Land out, the fth book in the Peter and the Starcatchers series. For the Rangers Apprentice fans there is a new series out by John Flanagan, Brotherband Chronicles: The Outcasts. James Patterson has Witch and the Wizard: The Fire; this is the third book in this popular series. For the sports fans, Tim Green has two new books, The Best of the Best: a Baseball Great Novel and Deep Zone (football). For girls, Lisa Greenwald of My Life in Pink and Green (one of my all time favorites) has a new book, Reel Life Starring Us. Another book that caught my eye is Erin Dionne, who has two I have loved, Models Dont Eat Chocolate Cookies and The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet. She has a new book: Notes from an Accidental Band Geek. With a title like that who can resist it? One book on the teens shelves that I want to read is The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. She has a series that is popular with our eighth graders that starts with Shiver but this one looks totally di erent. I am often pulled to books with horses, which she has on the front cover, so I cant wait to read it. Always on the lookout for new standout picture books, I really enjoyed reading Red Sled by Lita Judge. Max, my three-year old grandson is sure to end up with a copy soon. The little bear walking away with the sled in the background of the cover is irresistible. This summer at Central Park I watched a large group of little ones at their outdoor story hour totally engaged in a reading of Pete the Cat. If you havent picked up one of the books by Eric Litwin you just have to get one asap. Rounding out my holiday Notes from the Pacetti Bay Media CenterBy Contributing Writer Lynn Johnson, NBCT, Library Media Specialist, Pacetti Bay Middle Schoolreading list recommendations for the in-between students (fourth grade through sixth grade) are four that I have picked out: two by well known authors and two that are new to this reading audience. Andrew Clements is always a great choice. His newest title is Trouble-Maker. What boy wouldnt fall for that title? Cat Found has me intrigued after reading Dog Lost and enjoying it by Ingrid Lee. My Life as a Stuntboy by Janet Tashjian looks like a great book for fans of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid set. I am wondering if Jake, the illustrator could be her son? New to the scene of childrens writers are the team of Phillip Margolin and Ami Margolin Rome with the book Vanishing Acts: A Midson Kincaid Mystery. The Pacetti Bay girls running team: Erin Hallock, Jennifer Kirsch, Kaitlyn Dean, Sarah Ducote, Kaleigh Lipsey, Rebekah Belshaw, Parker Perrella, Kiana Ortiguerra, McKenzie Patten, Sloane Haines The CreekLineEverybody Gets It. Everybody Reads It.editor@thecreekline.com Do you enjoy receiving The CreekLine each month?Then our Advertisers!As a non-subscription publication we rely on our fine advertisers to finance the production of your community newspaper! Be sure to patronize our advertisers and tell them you saw them in The CreekLineThank Lunar PhasesFull: December 10 Last Quarter: December 18 New: December 24 First Quarter: January 1, 2012

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Page 22, The CreekLine December 2011 www.thecreekline.com Julington Creek Animal Walk is a state-of-the-art pet boarding facility for dogs, cats, and exotics providing: Your pet will nd a welcoming retreat at our 9-acre, fenced, off-leash dog park featuring a bone-shaped swimming pool and our NE Floridas Premier Luxury Pet Resort, Dog Park and SpaConveniently located next to Julington Creek Animal Hospital Stop by for a tour and receive a coupon for a free daily park pass Aordable small dog luxury oasis. Please call for details. Veterinarian Owned and Operated CREEKS FOOTBALL LEAGUEPromoting the growth of Pop Warner football and cheerleading in St. Johns County while teaching young athletes good sportsmanship, teamwork and responsibility Here are some tips to make packing and shipping your holiday gifts easier: Packing: Remember that the largest item will determine the box size needed. (For example, board games can require large boxes.) Lightweight items that are large may have to be shipped at 30, 70 or 150 pounds regardless of actual weight due to size. Breakable items need suf-Holiday packing and shipping tipsContributed by Doug Nunnery, owner, The UPS Store, Fruit Cove cient, cushioning materials such as bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Make sure breakable items are located to the center of the box. Unacceptable cushioning materials would be crunched up newspaper, tissue paper or clothing. Valuable items that are breakable should be double-boxed. When you choose your box it must withstand the shock, vibration and compression that will occur in handling and transit. The box should be made for shipping (not a moving, storage, shoe or department store) and a used box should not have any holes or collapsed areas on it. Make sure your box is large enough to attach the shipping label. Also, make sure if you are using an old box it doesnt have the markings of ORMD printed on it, which indicates Hazardous Material. Also, do not use boxes originally containing alcohol beverages or tobacco products. All previous address labels must be removed or marked out. Once the box is closed, you should not hear any rattling when you shake it and the box should not give at the seams when you press on it. If it does, it needs more packing material or your box needs co be cut down to size. Do not use brown kraft paper or string (these items catch on automated equipment). Remember to use shipping tape only, not masking tape, duct tape, painters tape or wrapping paper tape. Secure all open seams, not just the top of the box. Shipping: UPS has guaranteed Next Day, Second Day and 3-Day shipments. All UPS shipments are trackable and the rst $100 of declared value insurance is included. Additional coverage can be added for an additional fee. Please note Priority Mail can not be tracked and it does not come with a guaranteed date of arrival. Firearms, explosive materials, alcohol, tobacco perfume or any alcohol based item cannot be shipped. Please note the Parcel Shipping order form must include a full description of the contents of the box. Here is a list of additional information that can make your shipping experience more enjoyable. 1. Make sure your box is already taped up and ready to be shipped. 2. Verify your ship to address before sending, as many zip codes have been changed. Here are some of the web sites we use to verify correct mailing addresses: Switchboard.com, Anywho.com and USPS.com. 3. Make sure you have removed any old shipping labels prior to your visit or your package may be shipped right back to that address. 4. Gift cards can not be insured, so we suggest making a copy of all gift cards before shipping in case they are lost. That way they can possibly be stopped and reissued. 5. Shipping to a recognized business address will always save you money when using UPS as your carrier. 6. As always, clean packing peanuts are recyclable at any The UPS Store. Nineteen fourthand fthgrade students participated in the inaugural season of the Hawks Running Club this year at Hickory Creek Elementary. The student attended after school practices two times a week for 10 weeks. The runners learned how to train for a long distance race by using walk/run intervals that increased in time each week. The season culminated with all 19 students running in McKenzies Run on November 19 that was held at EverBank Field. The runners crossed the nish line of the 5k race on the 50 yard line inside the sta-HCE debuts running clubBy Contributing Writer Kelly Lurz, Third Grade Teacher, Hickory Creek Elementary School The Hawks Running Club at McKenzies Run at EverBank Field.dium. The team was coached by third grade teacher Kelly Lurz as well as Tom Watson, Jenny Densmore, Kathy Young, Gabi Contreras and Patty Regina. Congratulations to the following students for their participation and for completing their running goals: Alexa Blodgett, Jessica Blodgett, Carson Booth, Lily Borema, Ashleigh Cason, Sierra Conger, Emily Edwards, Katie Finnerty, Connor Gaunt, Alyssa Goodyear, Julia Goricki, Tarynn Kaelin, Taylor Moody, Aiden Shields, Madeline Stophel, Vanden Sullivan, Peri Tippins, Leah Tyer and Jack Vranicar. The Bartram Trail High Schools drama department was elated to receive a perfect superior score at the recent District II International Thespian Societys competition held on Saturday, November 19. The cast of Salamander Stew received a perfect score of 400 points making them the Critics Choice for the entire event. As a result, the BTHS ITS group was chosen to perform at the state competition being held in March in Tampa. This will be the third year in a row that the group received the Critics Choice designation and performed at the state level.BTHS production receives Superior scoreBy Contributing Writer Belinda Smith, Bartram Trail High SchoolTo add to the excitement, the group was also presented the Best Stage Manager Award for the third consecutive time! In all, the group received six out of the seven awards given at the event. Salamander Stew was originally written in 1973 by Michael Fixel, husband of BTHS drama instructor, Ava Fixel. In August 2011, the play was produced at the New York Fringe Festival. Their daughter, Juliet Fixel, directed the production at the festival where it was a huge hit!

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Newcomers will start 2012 with an interactive murder mystery for their meeting/luncheon on Tuesday, January 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Marsh Landing Country Club, located at 15655 Marsh Landing Parkway in Ponte Vedra Beach. The play, Murder at Cafe Noir, is the No. 1 murder mystery in the country. Being amateur sleuths, we must follow the clues given and try to gure out the murderer among the many colorful, yet dangerous, characters that gather at the infamous Cafe Noir. Sounds like fun to be a part of an interactive show! Diners may choose between a roasted pork loin Students at Julington Creek Elementary were given a chance to show their artistic abilities this year in the JCE rst annual student yearbook cover contest. Ingrid Gri n, the yearbook sponsor, received over 75 entries for the cover. Five were chosen as nalists and the students voted to choose the winner. Finalists were Robyn Miller, Paola JCE fth graders yearbook cover selectedStella Sanchez, Nate Dutrieux, Natasha Najmi, Paola Camacho, Robyn MillerCamacho, Stella Sanchez, Nate Dutrieux and Natasha Najmi. It was a close vote, but Natasha Najmi, a fth grader, won the contest. Her cover design will be on the front and the other nalists will have their covers displayed on a page inside the yearbook. Congratulations to all the nalists; they did a wonderful job!Newcomers begin year with a challenging murder mysteryBy Contributing Writer Marcia Smith, Newcomers of North St. Johnstopped with kiln dried cherry sauce or a grilled chicken breast topped with tomato bruschetta, all served with a house salad, twice baked potato, green beans almandine and chocolate cake for dessert. Cash bar, door prizes and ra e will be o ered. The cost is $22 which includes bever-Newcomers of North St. Johns enjoyed a delicious lunch catered by A1A Ale Works in their private dining room, the Sala Menendez, in the former Hotel Alcazar, now the Lightner Museum. Pictured are Kathy Dvornic, Jeanne Rowe, Beverley Hasenbalg, Ninelle Ceglio, Theresa Ceglio, Fran Wolk and Elizabeth Ellingson.age, tax, tip and performance. Please RSVP by January 10; no refunds. Mail your check to NNSJ, 884 Eagle Point Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32092, including your choice of entree at the bottom of your check. For any questions, please email Laura at leccpremo@yahoo. com. Davidson Realty, Inc., the premier Jacksonville and St. Augustine real estate company, is inviting anyone interested in launching a career in real estate to take advantage of two programs designed to put them on the path to success. On January 16, 2012, Davidson Realty will introduce a new training program developed by Bu ni and Company to help real estate professionals gain valuable negotiating and sales skills called Peak Producers. Additionally, new Realtors who join Davidson Realty bene t from the companys own mentoring program which teams experienced pros with those just starting a career in real estate. The Bu ni and Company Peak Producers program is facilitated by Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson who New training programs to help real estate professionals launch successful careersis a Bu ni and Company Certi- ed Mentor. Davidson became a Certi ed Mentor through an intensive two-day training. Says Davidson, Davidson Realty is committed to providing ongoing training and professional development opportunities to our Realtors. The Bu ni and Company program is one of the best Ive seen to generate leads and boost business. Peak Producers will explain the four market conditions Realtors will face with buyers; teach how to work with the seven types of negotiators; train attendees in the daily habits, attitude and skills needed to be a peak performer and more. Classes start January 16, 2012 at Davidson Realtys o ce in World Golf Village. At the same time, Davidson Realtys mentoring program is another advantage provided to Agents who join the Davidson team. This hands-on, one-onone training helps new team members learn the ropes from seasoned real estate professionals. In fact, new Realtor Amanda French said, The mentoring program was one of the reasons I joined Davidson Realty. Getting to work side-by-side with someone who has years of realworld experience is the best way to learn real estate. Frenchs mentor is Davidson Realty real estate professional Ron Savarese, whom French nds to be accessible and as invested in her success as she is. Ron has taken the time to help me with di erent marketing strategies, paperwork, contracts and listing agreements, says French. Merry Christmas!from your friends at The CreekLine! Santa Claus Around the WorldSource: www.santaclaus.comGermany: Kris Kringle France: Pere Noel Spain: Papa Noel United Kingdom: Father Christmas Australia: Father Christmas Austria: Christkind Italy: Babbo Natale Belgium: Sinterklaas Denmark: Julemanden

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Page 24, The CreekLine December 2011 www.thecreekline.com Holiday Cheer ShowFriday, December 23rd 5:30 8:30 pmHave you ever wanted to experience what retirement living has to offer? What better time than to join us for our Holiday Cheer Show! Listen to Dan & Viv sing holiday favorites and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies!RSVP by Wednesday, December 21st1-888.410.378910061 Sweetwater Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32256 BrightonBayLiving.com THE PATIENT OR PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT HAS A RIGHT TO REFUSE TO PAY, CANCEL PAYMENT OR BE REIMBURSED FOR PAYMENT FOR ANY OTHER SERVICE, EXAMINATION, OR TREATMENT THAT IS PERFORMED WITHIN 72 HOURS OF RESPONDING TO THE ADVERTISEMENT FOR FREE, DISCOUNTED FEE, OR REDUCED FEE SERVICE S, EXAMINATIONS OR TREATMENT.Dr. Bruce SamburskyChiropractic PhysicianOver 22 Years of Experience SPECIAL OFFER Must present this ad to receive offer. Not Valid with any other offers. Expires 1/10/12 Sambursky Chiropractic, LLC683-4376 Immediate same day appointments available. Including Saturdays! Nakayla Dockery, Licensed Massage Therapist ( LMT # 58338) .12421 San Jose Blvd. #300 (just South of Solantic )Serving the Mandarin and Julington Creek area.www.backbonejax.comINITIAL EXAMINATIONONLY $59(NORMAL VALUE $120 VALUE)Stop suering from: Robert Kelsey, M.D.Board Certied Cardiology and Internal Medicine Robert Kelsey, M.D.Now Accepting New Patients 904-827-0078 This months movie review belongs to the lm Whats Your Number? a romance-comedy lm for adults. Could it happen today? Certainly. Someone will actually read an article about something and feel like that new magic prediction should change his or her life. Well, Ally Darling, portrayed by Anna Faris, reads that any woman who has had carnal knowledge of more than 20 men will probably never nd a husband. Moreover, being that they are so necessary in todays society, she is nearing that fatal number and must go back to all of her past loves and/or ings and search for the one man who can ll the role of the perfect man. The man to marry and spend the rest of her days with is out there in the 20 men she has enjoyed or not so much, depending on her memory. Colin Shea, played by Chris Evans, is her neighbor, a known womanizer who hides out in Allys apartment on a regular basis. He is hiding from whatever latest conquest he has brought home, hoping they leave before he has to speak to them and as a struggling musician/son of a cop/possible detective, he is recruited to help Ally nd her prince charming. Through all of this, Ally is a maid of honor for her sisters wedding and while aiding all things wedding, she continues her search only to nd that prince charming may not Krantz Dental Care of Mandarin recently collected 982 pounds of Halloween candy for our troops serving overseas. Its a win-win situation, Dental practice collects candy for the troopssays Dr. Alan Krantz. We get to promote a healthy Halloween for children, while at the same time, are able to let our troops know we are thinking of them. Some of the children even wrote notes to be included with the candyit was extremely touching to read their messages. During the rst week of November, children brought in their candy to Krantz Dental Care and received $1 for every pound. Local schools got involved this year with Durbin Creek Elementary, Crown Point Elementary and Creekside High School collecting 345, 30 and 28 pounds, respectively. Nice, big checks went to each of those schools. Also part of this promotion was free orthodontic exams for those families who participated in this annual event. We have been in practice for over 27 years and it has always been important to us to give back to our community. It is a priority for us, said Business Manager Adria Krantz.Everybody Gets It. Everybody Reads It.sales@thecreekline.com in C E S 2 b th p ti w e The CreekLineproud to be YOUR Community NewspaperMovie ReviewWhats Your Number?Directed by: Mark Mylod. Starring: Anna Faris, Chris Evans and Ari Graynor. MPAA Rated R. Review by T.G. StantonOkay, But Could Have Waited for Cable (3 out of 5) be the answer to her quest. Do you dare the rogue or the prince? This lm is very enjoyable though fairly clichd and predictable. The story tells itself as the plot unfolds, with few surprises along the way. The funniest parts are her memories of her past lovers and the means employed for her reunions. Youth always leads many down paths which appear, in 20/20 hindsight, to be experimental. The ensemble of actors gave very credible comedic performances to a romantic story with few illusions, simply a new twist. One very commendable feature of this lm is that it did not sink to the level of just grossness that is consuming too many comedies today. Bridesmaids and The Change Up are just two of the many lms that jump to the disgusting for humor. Really, is diarrhea in a sink necessary, when there are so many other ways to get a laugh? Thank you, to this lms writers and director for not going in that direction. Book Discussion at the Bartram Trail Branch Library!Wishin and Hopin: A Christmas Story Monday, December 19 7 pmJoin us for a discussion of this book by Wally Lamb. New members are always welcome! On Thursday, December 1, more than 50 people turned out to make fresh holiday wreaths and bid on Christmas dcor at a fundraiser sponsored by Davidson Realty, The Village Chiropractic Center of Florida and Interiors Revitalized. The event raised $1,400 for The Ronald McDonald House. It was held at Davidson Realtys of ce in World Golf Village. Pictured are Angelique Jones, Laurie Sprecher and Caryn Best with their wreaths.

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www.thecreekline.com December 2011 The CreekLine, Page 25 Excellent veterinary medicine and advanced laser surgery in a caring and professional environment since 1985Switzerland Animal Hospital Happy Holidays!1430 State RD 13 N(At Roberts Road)287-2527Dr. Michael Bredehoeft From all of us... Visit us at switzerlandanimalhospital.comCall now to make reservations for holiday boarding! We can handle all of the details! We know the ins and outs of the local real estate market and have the knowledge and commitment to meet your needs. If you are looking to buy a home, sell your home, invest in property, or build a new home, let us be your real estate representatives. Contact us today for all of your real estate needs. big and small An Independently Owned and Operated Member of The Prudential Real Estate Aliates, Inc. Prudential is a service mark of The Prudential Insurance Company of America. Equal Housing Opportunity. All information deemed reliable, but not guaran teed. we sell them allNeed help buying, selling or investing in real estate?Stan & Jan Timbrook REALTORS The Fun Run was a great success despite the cold and misty day. Patches, the Gator Bowl mascot, was on hand to cheer the runners on. The students, sta and parents ran like champions earning Wards Creek Elementary over $12,000. Congratulations to Katie Causeys class for winning the Golden Shoe Award, which goes to the class which earns the most pledges. A big hand goes out to our individual winners as well: rst place Juliana Raimondi, second place Anna Conte, third place Ethan Strohl and fourth place Ben Stevens. Finally, thank you to all volunteers and participants for making the day a great success! Keeping with the volunteer theme, we would like to congratulate Wards Creek Elementarys outstanding volunteers of the year. In the youth category we have Julia Kerekes; senior category, James Farnum; and our adult category, Karen Town. All of the students, sta and families appreciate all that you do for our wonderful school! The holidays will soon be upon and our Holiday Shop will be open December 6 through 9. This is always a favorite with the students. The Holiday Shop is lled with many great gift ideas for family and friends at a ordable prices for the students. The Holiday Gift Drive is another important event sponsored by the PTO. It is a great way to help the less fortunate At Fruit Cove Middle School, we are so lucky to have many things for which to be thankful. This past Veterans Day, Fruit Cove showed its appreciation for our countrys soldiers by decorating the doors of our classrooms. Eight homerooms with winning decorated doors received a pizza or ice cream party. For the holidays, the Fruit Cove Cares club ran a canned food drive for those in need. All of the homeroom classes have been collecting these canned items over the past few weeks Liberty Pines students and families are gearing up for the holidays. Liberty Pines Academy is hosting a Holiday Vendor Night on December 13 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy a great time with other LPA families and friends! If you have any questions, please contact Farrah Orr at orrfamily@litestream.net. Congratulations to our Of the Month winners for November: Teacher of the Month, Stephen Kirsche; Volunteer(s) of the Month, Heather Lister and Pam Watt; Student of the Month kindergarten through fourth grade, Brady Orr; Student of the Month fth through eighth grade, Hanna Wage. Liberty Pines Academy is thankful to have such wonderful and dedicated teachers, students and volunteers! Please remember you can submit your nominations for each category monthly to Carolyn Haines at cbsuplee@ msn.com. Fundraising is a big part of the PTO, as it takes all of our families and sta working together on our fundraisers to make them successful. Our latest fundraisers have been a success thanks to all of our LPA families, sta and friends. LPAs recent Entertainment Book sale was a great success, raising over $5700 through this annual fundraiser. Next, the PTO hosted another annual event, the Book Fair. Thanks to your support, the Scholastic Bookfair was a huge hit! All monies raised go directly to support our Media Center. Way to go LPA! Boosterthon FUN Run, our last major fundraiser is coming up quick: January 30 through February 8. Congratulations to our 2011/2012 Whiskers winners: October Jared H.; November Morgan R.; December Sammy B.; January Ms. Southworths Class; February Isabel B.; March Kyra L.; April Bruce W.; May Aiden G. Each winner will have a chance to take care of Whiskers for a whole month! Whiskers has his very own scrapbook in which each winner can document all the fun they have during their time with Whiskers. December at Liberty Pines AcademyBy Contributing Writer Stephanie Bradford, Liberty Pines Academy PTOLPA PTO Holiday Wishes We wish for you a holiday Thats better than your dreams, Filled with peace, good will and hope And the happiest of themes, Over owing with holiday spirit Good food and holiday laughter; And when its done, we hope that you return to LPA happier than ever! Holiday School Schedule: December 19 January 2: Winter Break Student/ Teacher Holiday January 3: Tuesday, Classes resume for students January 13: First semester ends January 16: Martin Luther King Day Student/Teacher Holiday January 17: Teacher Planning Day/Student HolidayFCMS HappeningsBy Contributing Writer Sarah Jacobs, FCMS Studentand they are certainly going to help lots of people. In addition, we collected Toys for Tots for Christmas. This Thanksgiving, the students, of course, were glad to have had a break from school to give thanks with their family and friends. Here at Fruit Cove, we should all be thankful for our fabulous teachers and sta wonderful learning environment and for just having the chance to be educated at such a great school every day of the year. Fruit Cove Middle School wishes everyone a happy and Wards Creek Elementary UpdateBy Contributing Writer Beth McCannin our school community. Each class is assigned an individual or family along with speci c items they need. The kids in each class collect items from this list, which are given in time to make the holiday season for the person or family a little more special. In conclusion the PTO would like to thank Bozard Ford for including Wards Creek Elementary in its Facebook promotion. Bozard Ford donated $5 for each person who went on their Facebook page, pushed Like and typed Go Warriors! The nal tally is not in yet, but the PTO is very grateful. Happy Holidays! healthy holiday season in the hopes that we will all nd something to give, something to celebrate and something for which to give thanks. From now until December 23, 2011, the St. Johns County Library System will accept non-perishable food items in lieu of overdue library nes. Patrons may bring one sealed, non-expired, non-perishable food item for each $1.00 overdue ne. This waiver is for library nes only and does not include fees for printing, lost items, nor may it be used for credit against future nes. All food collected will be given to the Mental Health Food Bank for local distribution. The general public is also encouraged to drop off their contributions at any of our library branches or bookmobile stops.Food for Fines continues at the Library! Share your news!editor@thecreekline.com Advertise inThe CreekLineIts good for business!sales@thecreekline.com

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Page 26, The CreekLine December 2011 www.thecreekline.com Our #1 Priority: Your Children!Classes are exciting and motivating! www.starlightjax.com Holiday Camps in December Join the Fun!We are conveniently located at the corner of I-295 and San Jose Blvd. Star ightGYMNASTICSHoliday Special!Bring in this ad and receive$15 OFFfrom your First Session fee Greenbriar Animal HospitalA Professional Veterinary Hospital Offering... We Celebrate The HumanPet Bond ( 0.2 mi South JCP entrance ) vetM-F 8 AM 6 PM Sat 8 AM Noon Dog Obedience Training 287-3934 www.marienhofkennels.comGerman Shepherd Puppies Call for availability Marienhof Kennels The region of the brain damaged by stroke and their intention to quit smoking before having their stroke in uence patients giving up the habit, based on research reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. We found that both biological and psychological factors may in uence someones smoking status after a stroke, said Rosa Suer, Ph.D., lead author of the study, researcher at the Josep Trueta Hospital, Neurology Department, IdiBGi and professor of nursing, Girona University in Girona, Spain. One hundred and ten stroke survivors, who were smokers when they had a stroke, were studied for up to a year after being discharged from the hospital. For these patients, researchers evaluated smoking history and medical information such as type and location of stroke, functional state of the patient at discharge and their length of hospital stay. They found: At the time of discharge, 76 out of the 110 patients had quit smoking. But after a year, only 44 remained nonsmokers. Those who had planned to stop smoking before having a stroke were more than twice as likely to be nonsmokers after a year compared to patients who hadnt considered stopping. Before their strokes, only a third of the people were aware that smoking was a risk factor for stroke; a third werent aware it was a risk factor; and a third thought smoking wasnt a risk factor. Patients who had experienced damage to the brains insular cortex were more Study Highlights: Quitting smoking after a stroke was more likely if the portion of the brain responsible for processing emotions was a ected. ose who planned to stop smoking before having a stroke were more than twice as likely to be non-smokers after a year compared to patients who hadnt considered quitting. ese factors might help tailor smoking cessation treatment and education programs. (ARA) Gathering with friends and family for special meals is a beloved part of the fall and winter holidays. Spending time preparing dishes that everyone looks forward to somehow feels less like a chore and more like a tradition during this time of year. And, of course, you dont want anyone to go away hungry, so the amount of food that comes out of your kitchen is usually nothing short of monumental. Even if you send packages home with guests, its inevitable that you will have leftovers. You might even have enough for a few days worth of meals. But eating the same dishes day after day gets old quickly. Instead of letting your menu get stale, rethink the concept of leftovers. Rather than viewing leftovers as a nished dish, consider these foods as ingredients for delicious new entrees. When you nd yourself staring down a refrigerator full of holiday leftovers, use these tips to transform these dishes into new meals your family will love. Mashed potatoes are a universally loved side dish during the holidays. They can warm up even the coldest days and make any meal more comforting. With the extra helpings left from your holiday-sized batch of mashers, make your own interpretation of shepherds pie. Mix the vegetables and meat of your choice with herbs, salt and pepper to Transforming holiday leftovers into delicious mealstaste before adding them to a baking dish or casserole. Top the mixture with mashed potatoes (and a few small dabs of butter) and bake until warmed through. If your potatoes have gotten a bit sti add a bit of cream or milk to soften them up. Whether you know it as dressing or stu ng, the dish is a staple of the cold weather holidays. Regional naming di erences aside, its a versatile leftover that should be praised as much on the day after your celebration as the day of. These rich, herbal avors pair exceptionally well with pork, so use it (or reuse it) to create delectable stu ed pork chops. The sweet-tart taste of cranberry relish is great with turkey, but you can also add it to sweeter dishes for a di erent spin. Get started the very next morning after your gathering by heating up a griddle for crepes or pancakes. Mash your cranberries to a more jam-like texture to use as a zingy topping on whichever kind of griddle cake you prefer. Your loved ones will certainly appreciate your e orts to make the holidays delicious, but the praise will go even further when you test out tasty new recipes for leftovers. For more ideas, visit www.hellmanns.com and get started by trying Hellmanns(R) Turkey Casserole recipe:Turkey Casserole Serves: 6 4 cups leftover prepared stu ing, divided 4 cups coarsely chopped leftover cooked turkey (about 1 pound) 3/4 cup Hellmanns(R) or Best Foods(R) Real Mayonnaise, divided 1/4 cup whole berry cranberry sauce 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (about 6 ounces) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 8-inch baking dish with no-stick cooking spray. Spoon in 2 cups stu ng, then top with turkey. Combine 1/4 cup Hellmanns(R) or Best Foods(R) Real Mayonnaise with cranberry sauce; evenly spread over turkey. Combine remaining 1/2 cup Mayonnaise, potatoes and cheese in large bowl. Evenly spread on turkey, then top with remaining 2 cups stu ng. Bake 40 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. If desired, garnish with dried cranberries. (Also terri c with Hellmanns Light Mayonnaise.)Nutrition information per serving: Calories 680, calories from fat 350, saturated fat 9 grams, trans fat 0 grams, total fat 39 grams, cholesterol 100 grams, sodium 1330 grams, total carbohydrates 47 grams, sugars 7 grams, dietary ber 5 grams, protein 35 grams, vitamin A 10 percent, vitamin C 8 percent, calcium 20 percent, iron 15 percentBody and mind in uence quitting smoking after strokeBy Contributing Writer Katie Seay, American Heart Associationthan twice as likely to be a non-smoker after a year compared to patients whose brain injury was elsewhere. The insular cortex is a part of the brain involved in processing emotions. Prior to their strokes, participants smoked an average 28 cigarettes a day and had started smoking at an average age of 17. Many ongoing studies looking at the link between di erent areas of the brain and addiction are discovering that the insular cortex plays a very important role, Suer said. Public knowledge of the link between smoking and stroke is not as strong as it is with other diseases. The information gained from this study may help tailor individual treatment and education programs for smokers after stroke. Smokers are two to three times more likely to su er a stroke than non-smokers, but if the smoker quits, their risk returns to normal between two and ve years later, said researchers. Start spreading your news.......with The CreekLine! Your original community newspaper wants to share your news with your neighbors!Editor@thecreekline.com

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www.thecreekline.com December 2011 The CreekLine, Page 27 Lindell & Farson, P.A.Attorneys At LawConveniently Located in South Mandarin 12276 San Jose Blvd., Suite 126 Jacksonville, FL 32223-8630904-880-4000 www.lindellfarson.com J. Michael Lindell, Esq.James A. Farson, Esq.Roger K. Gannam, Esq. R. Howard Walton, Esq. Automobile, Motorcycle & Trucking Accidents, Insurance Disputes, & Wrongful Death Complex Business, Real Estate, & Construction Disputes LINDELL &FARSON Lindell & Farson, P.A. 904-880-4000 Westminster Woods Executive Director Michael Sweeney and Marketing Director Anne Dundes at the opening of the new Southwood Village at Westminster Woods on Julington Creek. This new gated neighborhood will offer 47 distinctive villa homes. These homes will have the look of charming, old-style, natural Florida in a serene, wooded setting. This new neighborhood will feature a clubhouse, pool and pond.Chronic pain su erers now have a new weapon in their ght to manage and control their pain. Pain Wise: A Patients Guide to Pain Management, a new book by doctors who specialize in pain management, is a must-have resource for chronic pain su erers. The book explains in simple language the causes of pain, as well as e ective Interventional Pain Management (IPM) techniques and advice on how to choose the best physician to treat chronic pain. According to a recent federal report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), chronic pain a ects 116 million Americans and costs the United States approximately $560 to $635 billion annually. Dr. Andrea Trescot, based in St. Augustine, Florida coauthored the book with Dr. Francis Riegler (California) and Dr. David Kloth (Connecticut). Together they bring years of experience as longtime practicing IPM physicians, educators and members of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), a physicians group dedicated to the promotion and development of IPM.The Creekside High School girls lacrosse team and their coach Amy Purcell spent a recent Saturday giving their time to help their community. The girls prepared gift tags that will be placed on JCP CARES Giving Trees. The gift tags contain wishes of local charities in need of donations and will be placed in various locations throughout Julington Creek. Community members are then invited to chose a gift tag and ful ll the wish of the charity. The 30 members of the lacrosse team set a record by preparing about 3000 tagsa task that would normally take JCP CARES two weeks to completein fewer than two hours! The girls are also very excited to help JCP CARES president Kathy Bravo and her team with some additional shopping for the Giving Trees next month. The Creekside High School girls lacrosse team is working hard to make a difference in their community.New book provides easy-to-understand advice from top pain specialistsPain-Wise includes expert advice and information on: How to choose a pain specialist that is right for you All of the most common interventional pain management treatments Getting the most out of your doctor visits Minimally invasive disc surgery Implantable pain relief devices Cancer pain management Pain-Wise o ers renewed hope to chronic pain su erers, many of whom become frustrated, depressed and exhausted after visiting doctor after doctor, trying drugs and treatments that do not address the root cause of their pain. Pain medicine has improved dramatically in the last few years, states Dr. Trescot, the current United States Chair for the World Institute of Pain. It is important to know what your options for pain relief might be, and we hope that this book will help to describe and explain those options. Dr. Trescot is a well-known and respected pain management physician and an esteemed member of the team of specialty physicians at Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine. She is a member of the most-respected state, national and international pain societies and a national expert on a variety of pain techniques, having authored more than 50 articles and textbook chapters in addition to her recent book, Pain Wise. Pain Wise: A Patients Guide to Pain Management, published by Hatherleigh Press. Ltd., is available for purchase wherever books are sold. CHS lacrosse team serves their communityWed., December 14 3:00 p.m. Bartram Trail Branch LibraryIf you like art and youre in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade, come and make a winter project that youll be sure to enjoy throughout the holidays! Childrens Art Activity

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Gain condence and learn valuable skills that will impress parents and teach you about being a responsible babysitter.Julington Creek Plantation CDD Recreation CenterSign Up For Any One Of Our Saturday Classes: January 7th, 14th, 2012 February 11th, 18th, 2012 March 3rd, 24th, 2012 9:00 AM 4:00 PMFor additional information co ntact: mgunther@jcpcdd.orgPresents Boys & Girls Ages 11-14 The holidays are right around the corner and tis the season for stringing the lights and trimming trees! Safety often takes the back burner around the holidays. Around this time of the year, we all tend to get caught up with family, friends and shopping malls. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, every year hospital emergency rooms treat about 12,500 people for injuries relating to holiday lights, decorations and Christmas trees. Here are some key safety tips to consider when making this holiday season a merry one: Do not burn wrapping paper The holiday season, with excited children, rushing parents, holiday decorations and holiday parties, can unfortunately create potential for accidental poisonings. The sta of the Florida/USVI Poison Information Center Jacksonville would like to remind everyone of the potential poisoning hazards that could threaten your holiday cheer. Bacterial food poisoning from mishandled food at parties can result in diarrhea, stomach pain and vomiting. These symptoms usually go away in 12 to 24 hours; however, severe and persistent symptoms, especially when accompanied by fever, can signal that medical attention is needed. Holiday decorations at this time of year often nd their way into a young childs or pets mouth. Likewise, alcoholic beverages left unattended at family parties have been known to change holiday cheer into a signi cant cause for concern. The Poison Center can be reached at 1-800-222-1222, 24 hours a day, to immediately help with any of these concerns or to answer questions about these holiday hazards. The following tips can help you to ensure a safer holiday season. Dont forget to remind your sleepover holiday guests to keep their medications up, out of reach and out of sight of young Dont let holiday hazards ruin your celebrationPoison proo ng your home for the holidayschildren! Do not thaw food at room temperature; this allows for bacterial growth. Thaw frozen food unwrapped in the refrigerator. Wash work areas, utensils and hands after contact with uncooked meat. Cook food carefully as to prevent salmonella. Salmonella is a common and widespread cause of food poisoning and is typically found in raw meats, poultry, eggs, milk, sh and their byproducts. Salmonella can only be destroyed by cooking food thoroughly to temperatures above 140 degrees Refrigerate leftovers separately after the meal; room temperature is not su cient. Use leftover turkey, stu ng and gravy within three days of cooking. Though theyre not fatal poisons, poinsettias, if consumed, can cause some stomach pain and even vomiting. Keep small children and pets away from poinsettias to keep the plant pretty and the kids and pets comfortable. Antique ornaments might have hidden hazards. Be aware that some older ornaments may be decorated with harmful lead paints or contain poisonous liquids. Bubble lights may contain methylene chloride which is toxic if the liquid is swallowed. The use of arti cial snow can cause respiratory problems if not used in a wellventilated area. Angel hair, made of spun glass, is irritating to the eyes and skin. Be mindful of icicles or tinsel; both can be a choking hazard if put in the mouth. Lamp oils can be toxic if contents are swallowed and coughed/vomited into the lungs. Arti cial tree scents often contain alcohol and other irritants and can be dangerous if swallowed or sprayed into the eyes. Tree preservatives, which may have dangerous levels of electrolytes and chemicals, should be kept away from children and pets. Many small decorations, toy parts and batteries can block a childs airway if swallowed. If the decoration or toy ts into the inside of an empty toilet paper roll it may be too small for very young children to handle. Button batteries are particularly dangerous if swallowed and require immediate medical attention. Clean up immediately following all holiday parties so that alcohol, cigarette butts and other potentially harmful items are not within reach of children who may imitate adult behavior. A small amount of alcohol can cause a childs blood sugar to drop to a dangerously low level. Sleepiness, seizures and breathing dif- culties can occur when a child swallows alcohol. Store all alcoholic beverages in a locked cabinet or up and out of reach and sight of children. Dont drink and drive. Call the Poison Help line 24 hours a day at 1-800-2221222 for information or advice on holiday poisoning hazards or in a poisoning emergency. Program the number into your phone for quick access or download the free iPhone App at www.aapcc.org. When the problem is poison, the answer is poison control.Holiday decorating safety tips By Contributing Writer Meghan Bender, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundationin a replace Be sure that your decorations are not blocking an exit way Never put tree branches in or near a replace Always only use non- ammable holiday decorations Keep all decorations a safe distance away from heat vents and space heaters Never leave holiday lights unattended; turn o lights before bed or leaving the house Do not use lit candles on a tree Avoid overloading electrical outlets; keep to three sets of lights per extension cord Never string lights while they are plugged in Always use non- ammable candle holders; place candles where they cannot be knocked down We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. These safety tips are brought to you as part of the prevention and education mission of Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. (NewsUSA) Salt is essential to keeping your bodys uids in balance. But too much salt can lead to a host of health problems. The chemical name for dietary salt or table salt is sodium chloride. Most doctors focus on the sodium part. The best-known e ect of sodium on health is the relationship between sodium and blood pressure, explains Dr. Catherine Loria of the National Institutes of Health. Dozens of studies, in both animals and people, have shown that increasing salt intake can raise blood pressure. And high blood pressure has been linked to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems. About one in three adults nationwide has high blood pressure. Another third have blood pressure numbers high enough to risk developing high blood pressure. Experts recommend that people take in less than 2,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day. People with high blood pressure should shoot for 1,500 mg or less. But right now, the average man in the United States takes in over 4,000 mg of salt per day and the average woman over 2,800 mg. Would you miss the taste? Several studies have shown Salt and your healththat as you gradually reduce sodium intake, you lessen your desire for salty food, Loria says. In the United Kingdom, where salt consumption has dropped by 10 percent over the past ve years, surveys found that most people didnt notice any di erence in the taste of their food. Most of the salt in the average Americans diet comes in prepared and processed foods, including restaurant food, cold cuts and canned foods. Surprisingly, over 20 percent comes from grain products, such as breads, cereals, crackers and chips. I think the best guidance we have is for people to pay attention to nutrition facts on the labels, Loria says. Try to choose foods that list less than 5 percent of the daily value of sodium per serving on the nutrition facts label. Even small reductions in salt can help your blood pressure. If you cant nd a low-salt alternative to a particular food, try something thats lower than what you usually buy. 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Jim Register Jr, Agent 12058 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32223 Bus: 904-268-5522 jim@jimregister.com Jim Register Jr, Agent 12058 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32223 Bus: 904-268-5522 jim@jimregister.com For all sporting events, the season begins long before that rst game or race takes place, as o -season conditioning and practices are initiated in order to develop team dynamics and prepare the athletes for the physically demanding months ahead. For some sports, like cross country and swimming and diving, this conditioning begins months beforehand in order to ensure that all of the competitors are in top shape once the playo s roll around. In those crucial conditioning months, motivation can often be found in the visualization of competing for the state championship, which can be many months away. However, for the boys cross country and golf teams as well as the swimming team, these visualizations became reality when they earned the chance to represent Bartram Trail in their respective FHSAA state competitions. Unlike other sports where only whole teams can advance, BTHS Sports RoundupBartram Bears excel in state competitionsBy Jared Freitas, BTHS Studentswimming and diving and track and eld can advance individuals from each team, as athletes with the best times can qualify for state competitions. The swimming state meet consists of a preliminary heat, which acts as a qualifying round for the nals later in the day, where points are awarded for the top 16 swimmers in descending order, with 20 points for rst place and one point for 16th. The Bears advanced ve swimmers to the state competition in Orlando, including seniors Simon Van Hees, Jordan Chin and Lindsey Hansen, as well as junior Will Pettinger and his sister, sophomore Julianna Pettinger. The boys managed to beat out 21 other teams and took 34th place, as Chin, Van Hees and Pettinger scored a total of 18 points in their combined events. Pettinger and Van Hees managed to nish 10th in the 100m y (Pettinger) and 100m breast (Van Hees) scoring 14 points for the Bears. Chin added another four points by taking 13th in the 1m diving nals. Chin, who has only competed for Bartram the last two years, nished his career with back-to-back diving district championships. The girls nished a few spots ahead of the boys, beating out 20 other teams and taking 31st place. Hansen barely missed out on the nals by two hundredths of a second in the 500m freestyle. Pettinger, on the other hand, scored all of the Bears 18 points, taking 12th in the 100m backstroke and sixth in the 50m freestyle; she was the only Bear to compete in the championship race. The boys golf team had an equally exciting performance in the state championship at the El Campeon golf course in Orlando. Through the two-day event the Bears nished fth tied with Ponte Vedra, who according to coach Pete Peaver, is a new rival. Theyre de nitely our biggest rival in the area. They will be returning a lot of players next year, so the competition between us will continue to grow, he said. Similar to cross country, teams advance their best ve athletes, which in this case is in terms of scoring. The Bears had to rely on underclassmen this year to get things done, as they were without any seniors this season. With their surprising nish this year, Peaver and the Bears have high hopes for next season. As golfers mature they not only gain more distance o the tee, but they also gain more experience and composure in high pressure situations, which is crucial in order to achieve success at the state level, Peaver said. The boys cross country team recorded its best nish ever at the state course in Dade City, as they took second, unable to defeat powerhouse Belen Jesuit. Bartrams cross country program, known for its success on the girls side, which won back to back state championships in 2007 and 2008, has now risen to become one of the elite boys programs in the area. Not possessing a superstar runner, the Bears defeated other teams through their erce internal competition, exempli- ed at their nish in the state meet where the top ve runners (Adam Leo, Brandon Carver, Jeremy Fairbanks, Dell Fonda and Brexton Simonsen) all nished within 16 seconds of each other. In a sport where a team is only as successful as its weakest runner, the Bears really showed that a high level of parity is the secret to victory. It was a month of playo hopes and disappointments at Creekside this month. The football team made it into the playo s as the wild card under the Ponte Vedra Sharks after a thrilling overtime win over district rival Nease. The volleyball team made went roaring into the state tournament winning ve straight playo games on their march to a Final Four appearance. The Knights played against Bishop Kenny (BK) on November 18 on the eld while the girls played Gulf Breeze on November 17. The guys won, the girls didnt. The Knights beat the 11-0 BK Crusaders on the road (at a neutral location) in a thriller. It was a tight 30-27 victory, but a victory nevertheless. This victory advances the Knights to an overall 9-3 record as they prepare to face bitter rival Ponte Vedra the day after Thanksgiving. Ponte Vedra beat Clay in their playo opener 24-21. Last time the two met reworks ensued. The Knights barely lost and in doing so lost the district title. The game nished 19-13 giving the Sharks their rst district title, but the Knights gave them a run for their money. At the end of the game the Sharks refused to shake hands with the Knights adding re to an already heated rivalry. This incident will go down along with the ght from last year and a long history of name calling by students. The victory over BK will give Creekside some momentum going into the rematch against Ponte Vedra who will CHS Sports RoundupBy Grant Piper, CHS Studentalso be holding some momentum. Both teams need a win to advance in the state playo s. The Knights will want another chance to knock o the Sharks while Ponte Vedra would love to boast a two game sweep over their rivals. This is Creeksides rst appearance in the playo s as a football team. The volleyball team also was putting up Ws in the state tournament before being stopped by powerhouse team Gulf Breeze. Creekside went in with ve straight wins in the tournament and the entire school was behind their e ort as they tried for the state title. In a tight battle that went to game ve, the Knights went down. Creekside, continuing their tradition in strong school spirit and over the top fans, commissioned a spirit bus to take students to the neutral venue and cheer for the Knights despite the fact that the game was being played during the noon hour on a Thursday. The Knights packed in dozens of students and had a live feed giving the school updates after every round of play. The Knights expected a lot out of the senior heavy varsity team and they produced a lot. Gulf Breeze ultimately lost in the nal round to Merritt Island. The match couldnt have been more evenly matched, the Knights were 25-6, Gulf Breeze 25-5 and the Knights were ranked 43 in the state, Gulf Breeze 41. It was a close match and the Knights played hard. In other news, high school swimming ended, volleyball ended while soccer starts their season. Go Knights! More than 250 amazing athletes ranging in age from 7 to 27 competed in the FFX 5 on 5 Flag Football tournament at Plantation Park the weekend of November 19-20. 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Curious about a career in real estate? Give us a call or visit us online to learn more. 904-940-5000 | DavidsonRealtyInc.com The Outlaws are coming to town! Creeks Football League (CFL) has adopted the Outlaws as their new association name. Having merged early in 2011, St. Johns Sports Association and Creeks Football League are moving forward under one united name. Angelo Vespi, CFL board president, noted, The sole purpose of Creeks Football League has always been and continues to be to bene t the children of our community. I am pleased that we have come together as a board and as a community to serve young people who are developing football and cheer abilities, as well as leadership and teamwork skills. Serving nearly 600 players in St. Johns, CFL met some impressive milestones during the 2011 season. Four out of seven football teams advanced to the city playo s. Head Coach Don Abbey led the Pee Wee Knights to win the Greater Jacksonville Creeks Football League announces new nameBy Contributing Writer Leigh DavisPop Warner City Championship and to compete through two rounds of regional competition, playing the states top teams in Lake City and Tallahassee. This is a rst for CFL and great honor for the dedicated coaches and players. Each of the leagues ve cheer teams advanced to regional competition as well. Cheer director Shanna Bragg shared, We are so proud of the 160 young women who are dedicated to the sport of cheerleading. We hope to create well-rounded athletes through hard work, dedication, respect and team commitment. Beyond athletic accomplishment, CFL promotes academic excellence for young athletes. Creeks Football League players and cheerleaders are consistently recognized with top honors and scholarships at the annual Greater Jacksonville Pop Warner Scholarship Banquet. Dedicated to teaching good sportsmanship, teamwork and responsibility, CFL also encourages good citizenship. Attending the Board of County Commissioners meeting in August this year were over 150 players, cheerleaders and coaches who supported the Spring registration for CAA soccer is now open! Registration will be open until January 6; late registration will run from January 7 through January 20. Register online at www.caasoccer.com. If you have any questions or problems with registration, please email caasoccer@ yahoo.com. Creeks Athletic Association boys lacrosse 2012 registration is now open. The season will run from February 13 through May 13 and registration for boys in kindergarten through eighth grade is now available online at www.creekslax.com/boys. The league is capped at 300 players. Creeks Athletic Association girls lacrosse 2012 registration is now open. The season will run from February 13 through Sports in BriefMay 13. Registration is available online at www.creekslax. com/girls and earlier registrations are subject to discounted rates. Additionally, free new player lacrosse clinics will be held on December 10 and 17 at 4:00 p.m. at Aberdeen eld. There will be instruction for all levels and ages (kindergarten through eighth grade), in-person registration and stick buy back tent during all clinics. For additional information, please contact CreeksGirlsLax@gmail.com. BLD Baseball, a St. Johns County-based travel team organization founded by former Major League Baseball player Ryan Freel, will hold tryouts for ages nine through 14 on Saturday, December 10. Please visit www.bldbaseball.com for more information and to register. The Twisters U-11 boys team won the Winter Springs 3 v. 3 Spooktacular Tournament. In pool play, the boys faced some very experienced teams and two older teams. The boys showed great hustle and foot skills during these games. In the championship game, the Twisters executed some great passes and plays. The defense was also quite strong. The team enjoyed spending the day in Winter Springs. Coach Oscar Aguilar, Coach Bob McSwigan and Coach David Wolf were very proud of the teams spirit, play and sportsmanship. Congratulations Twisters! Pictured are Coach David Wolf, Jack Leonard, River Guthrie, Aaron Kosik, Oscar Thomas Aguilar, Matthew Wolf, Coach Bob McSwigan and Brandon McSwigan. Parks and Recreation budget request. The budget was approved, but perhaps more importantly, young citizens learned how their voices can make a di erence in local government. The Outlaws association name is new but the leagues mission remains unchanged: Creeks Football League directors, coaches and volunteers will play a key role in positively shaping the lives of promising athletes and future community leaders in St. Johns County. For more on the CFL Outlaws, pleas visit http://c .caaleague.org. The CreekLineEverybody Gets It. 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Page 34, The CreekLine December 2011 www.thecreekline.com BEAUTIFUL NEW HOMES! Southwood VillageAT WESTMINSTER WOODS ON JULINGTON CREEKCall 904-287-7300 to schedule a visit to see the lovely, new villas and charming neighborhood.Discover Active Living! 904-262-SWIM $ Located next to Ace Hardware (Behind Sonnys) The Creeks Bears Pee Wee Cheer team was named rst place Champions at the regional competition held on Sunday, November 29. The team quali ed for the Pop Warner National Cheer Championship on Tuesday, December 6. Congratulations! There will be only one 11-11-11 this century and it was an exceptional Veterans Day for VETS 4 VETS, whose mission is to provide assistance to homeless and in distress veterans in St. Johns County. One hundred twenty golfers participated in the inaugural Chip in 4 Vets fundraiser on this day at the Slammer and Squire golf course at World Golf Village, raising over $27,000 for VETS 4 VETS. Prior to the morning shotgun start, veterans were recognized in a brief ceremony that featured a bagpiper on the rst tee, posting of the colors by the Nease High School Navy ROTC Color Guard, Pledge of Allegiance and a blessing by Pastor Bob May of the Village Church at World Golf Village and singing of the National Anthem by Chris Woods from the Village Church. Two sergeants from the 107th MPAD Army National Guard also participated in the event along with their display of an Army Humvee.Golf tournament bene ts needy vets in St. Johns CountyBy Contributing Writer Michael McPhillipsThe uniqueness of the date, 11-11-11, was one of the reasons a dozen members at the King and Bear and Slammer and Squire golf courses, many vets themselves, decided to hold a golf event for VETS 4 VETS. The St. Johns County Veterans Service O ce and St. Johns Veterans Council recommended the non-pro t 501(c) (3) organization to the committee. The tournament also featured an auction/cocktail reception the evening prior at the Slammer and Squire Clubhouse. The highlight of the evening was a live auction of chalk pastel portraits of World Golf Hall of Fame Members Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus by artist Tony Vignone, a WGV Cascades resident. Honorary Chair, Jack Leide, the keynote speaker, reminded the 160 plus golfers and guests about the true meaning of Veterans Day. His remarks included personal reminisces when Korean and Vietnam era veterans werent quite so welcomed home as todays veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Steve Adzima, president of VETS 4 VETS, was overwhelmed by the amount of money raised. Were a small organization run by two non-paid volunteers who are combat veterans. All our donations go directly to the vets, said Adzima. Our budgets depleted for 2011. This money will help our needy vets nd jobs, housing, transportation and other assistance for the military men and women in St. Johns County who served this country so honorably. I cant wait for next years event, added Adzima. The tournament was won by the team of Nick Stark, Rob Podiva, Mike McMullen and Jason Hill who took First Gross prize with a combined -12 under (132) in the Shamble format of two best balls of the foursome. Low Net winners were Dan McCarthy, David, Erasmus, Clay Brown, and Ricky Landucci with a score of -34 under (110). The winning teams along with the second through fth place teams received gift cards for the Slammer and Squire Pro Shop. All in all 46 participants received prizes among the 120 golfers. 2011 marked the 90th observance of Veterans Day, which was authorized by Congress when Warren HardSid Halsey putts out on #9 hole of Slammer and Squireing was President in 1921. That same year, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was established in Arlington National Cemetery. In early November, the Ponte Vedra girls U14 Gold team traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina for the prestigious CASL National Invitational Tournament. At the tournament the girls defeated teams from Chicago, Dallas and Baltimore en route to the championship match against instate rival and reigning State Cup title holder Oldsmar Legends. The Storm won every match including the championship without giving up a single goal. The team is coached by Eric Andrews. Pictured are Abby Logue, Taylor Hamilton, Callie Delaney, Kaitlyn Paul, Coach Eric Andrews, Haley Patton, Rachel Dias, Lindsey Patton, Sydney Crowley, Natalie Fouque, Camille Nichols, Lianne Manaquil, Claire McAuliffe, Brianna Loube, Angeline Daly and Danielle Van Liere.Tournament taken by Storm Best Wishes for the Holidays!Linda GayAdvertising DirectorWishing you and yours A season lled with all that brings you happiness. Thank you for the opportunity To work with each and every client. Your business and support is appreciated!

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www.thecreekline.com December 2011 The CreekLine, Page 35 A CONNECTING CHURCHwww.switzerlandcommunitychurch.org Christmas Eve Candlelight ServiceSaturday, Dec. 24th at 5pmOur Sunday Services Traditional Worship 8:30am Sunday School 9:45am Contemporary Worship 11:00am Reaching Out Offering Christ Living Gods Love(904) 230-2955 Ofce R i v e r L ifeo UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Have a Blessed Christmas! Christmas Eve Worship Saturday, Dec. 24, Happy Birthday Jesus! Join us for our December sermon series: Why Christmas? FAITHCOMMUNITYCHURCH COMMUNITY CENTER3450 CR 210 West (next to Cimarrone)( 904 ) 287-3223www.fcctoday.net Candle Light Christmas Eve ServiceSaturday, December 24th at 6 p.m.Christmas Morning ServiceChristmas morning at 10 a.m. for a one hour family-style service FAITHCOMMUNITYCHURCH You are invited to join us! December 17th & 18th 7:00 p.m.Live animals, music, and refreshmentsDivine Services for Advent and Christmas Every Sunday 9:00 a.m. Bible Study/Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Midweek Advent December 7th, 14th, and 21st7:30 p.m. (Soup Supper at 6:00 p.m.) Christmas Eve Services6:00 and 11:00 p.m. Christmas Day10:30 a.m. St Francis In-The-FieldEpiscopal ChurchChristian Formation 9:00am Sunday Service 10:00amChildrens Chapel and Nursery Available895 Palm Valley Rd (1 mile east of US1)615-2130 Faith NewsRiver of Life United Methodist Church will be holding Christmas Eve worship on Saturday, December 24 with a Family Candlelight Worship beginning at 5:30 p.m. and a Communion and Candlelight Worship at 7:00 p.m. Worship on New Years Day with us and start 2012 with praise at a special service held this day only at Plantation Park in Julington Creek beginning at 11:00 a.m. River of Life UMC is located at 2600 Race Track Road in St. Johns. Visit our website at www.rolumc.com for all of the events and happenings at River of Life. To celebrate Chanukah, Jewish Federations Shalom Jax and the YLD-Young Leadership Division invite you to a creative Menorah contest and dinner on December 13 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Lets Nosh on San Jose Boulevard. All you have to do is search the toy box, tool box, junk drawer or even the pantry for some items that you can use to create your own Chanukah menorah (Chanukiah). The menorah may or may not be usable but must sit on a shelf, hold eight candles plus a raised ninth candle (the Shamash). You are only limited by your imagination. All entries will be judged by local artists on their creativity and by age categories ( ve and under, six through eight, nine through 11 and family category). Please encourage your child or even your family to create a menorah and enter it in the contest. Prizes will be awarded. There is no entry fee for this contest but you must inform us of your participation. For more information, please contact Isabel Balotin at 448-5000 x206.Strep Throat is the devil. I spent the weekthe entire weekbefore Thanksgiving in bed. Unable to talk, it was an unexpected way to see my Red Cross certi ed babysitter in action with his younger siblings! Even after I was o my death bed, energy was a scarce commodity. We spent the last days before Thanksgiving reading books on the covered porch of the teeny cabin that is our familys place of respite. Each child brought a favorite; Over the River and Through the Wood is a sturdy board book, so it was safe even in little Claras lap. The kids each chose a favorite breakfast to learn to cook and I Purposeful ParentingA purposeful ChristmasBy Allie Olsensupervised from my resting spot on a nearby barstool. And on Thanksgiving Day, I gave thanks for Strep Throat. It slowed me down enough to enjoy these simple things with my family. I am also thankful Christmas is coming. I heard a quote this morning, What if the most important, life-changing, worldchanging, universe changing, most joyous thing of all time were on the verge of arriving? Rememberthats what were celebrating! Jesus was born, snuggled, swaddled and laid in a manger. EmmanuelGod with us. I think most Americans have an unbalanced view of the Christmas season. We feel obligated to the loud, glittery part of the story. We run around shouting the angel announcement, GlorytoGodinthehighest! AndonEarth, peaceandgoodwilltomen so rushed we cant appreciate the meaning of our own lives. We hurry from kids cookie exchanges to pictures with Santa to parties were hosting... Dont forget to squeeze in a visit to a live nativity, St. Augustines Nights of Lights, help the children make special gifts for family, see The Nutcracker and shop for Secret Santa at work, buy an angel tree gift... and thats just the to-do list up until this part of the month! The angels didnt appear to the shepherds to set a precedent with their amazing display! They served a purpose. They led men in need to the important, lifechanging... most joyous thing of all time... to a baby in a manger. Purposeful parenting this month means choosing what makes it to your calendar. Its about having enough time to enjoy peace on earth and to extend goodwill to men, starting with your own family. Merry Christmas. Make it count. Lunch or Dinner Special $3OFF with purchase of two lunch or dinner entreesExcludes Speedy Gonzalez and Daily Lunch Special. Good with coupon only, Exp. 1/31/12. Holiday Party? Call us. We can help!268-8722Visit: donjuansjax.com Authentic Mexican CuisineMEXICAN RESTAURANT MEXICAN RESTAURANTAuthentic Mexican Cuisine MEXICAN RESTAURANTAuthentic Mexican Cuisine Happy Holidays! 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Like plumbers and doctors, master gardeners sometimes get peppered with questions when it becomes known they are a trained specialist. Fortunately, the questions are pretty much the same. Often they re ect common myths that have somehow become ingrained as local garden wisdom. Lets debunk some of these right now and give our master gardeners a break. Myth #1: If the grass growing in the shade is not doing well it needs more fertilizer. It seems almost everyone has some part of their lawn in shade and growing poorly. Invariably, more fertilizer is the chosen remedy but still, the grass wont grow. The truth is that all lawn grasses need a certain amount of sun for good growth, even so-called shade-tolerant types and no lawn grass grows well in all-day shade. Putting more fertilizer on it only adds to the stress. The solution is to plant something else there that likes shade. Or, if the shade is from a large tree, cover the area of poor growth GardeningCommon garden mythsBy Contributing Writer Master Gardener Camille Hunter with Duval County Extension, University of Florida/IFASwith mulch. Both you and the tree will have less stress. Myth #2: The correct way to prune crape myrtle trees is to cut back all the branches, basically removing the top of the tree each year after it stops owering. This is a terrible thing to do to any tree. We wouldnt cut o the tops of magnolias or any other owering tree and we certainly shouldnt do it to a crape myrtle. I recently spent some time in Santa Rosa, California, where these beautiful trees are left to grow naturally. There were in full bloom and unbelievably gorgeous. Please, stop turning our crape myrtles into sad little hat racks. Myth #3: Treating your lawn and garden with pesticides on a regular schedule is a good way to prevent problems. There are so many reasons not to do this; I dont know where to start. Pesticides are poisons, but they cant kill a pest that isnt there. On the other hand, you may be killing o bene cial critters, in e ect creating a save haven for the pests when they do appear. You may also be contributing to toxic runo and you certainly are not making your yard safer for children and pets. There is a reason why pesticides have warnings on their labels. Read them. Use products appropriately, only if and when you actually have a problem. Myth #4: Dig big, deep holes when planting trees and shrubs. Many times I am asked, Why isnt my (name of plant here) growing/blooming/ thriving? Often the answer is simple. You can and should put tomato transplants deep in the soil, but for trees and shrubs and just about everything else, planting too deep makes life a struggle. Dig a very wide hole but only as deep as the rootball. Put plants in the ground with the top roots just at ground level. All trunk wood and the root air where roots begin should be above ground. If in doubt, plant a little high. If too deep in the ground your plant may not die but instead languish and fail to prosper. A large number of Floridas East Coast manatee population calls the St. Johns River home. On any given day from late spring to late fall, the gentle, slow-moving animals can often be seen just o the banks of the St. Johns River or one of its tributaries. Sometimes they create quite a spectacle as they play or feed and at other times they are nothing more than a quick glimpse or passing swirl in the water. Even as their numbers have increased in recent years, the giant aquatic mammal still remains elusive to many of its would be spectators. The manatee is a migratory animal that annually leaves our areas of the St. Johns River when the water temperatures fall to 68 degrees. They will seek winter refuge by traveling Captain Davids Fishing ReportBy Captain David Lifkasouth, nding springs which maintain a constant water temperature of 72 degrees. These springs will serve as their winter retreat until the St. Johns once again returns to tolerable temperatures. The largest natural wintertime habitat on Floridas East Coast for the manatee is Blue Springs State Park. A daily count of well over 100 manatees is common throughout the winter at the spring. A near quarter mile run of crystal clear spring water owing to the St. Johns River enables anyone who has never been able to observe manatees in their natural settings to do so for hours at a time. The coldest days provide the greatest numbers for viewing as the warmer days encourage the animals to leave the spring in search of food. Blue Springs State Park is a relatively quick ride. Just take Interstate 4 West to the Deland Exit 114 and turn right following the signs to the park. As winter progresses and ideas for family outings fade, why not plan a visit to Blue Springs for everyone to catch more than a glimpse or passing swirl of Floridas o cial State marine mammal? Fishing Report: Yellowmouth and croaker in the usual spots as long as the mild weather holds. Stripers being caught around Shands Bridge. Look for sea trout around the downtown bridges during the evening under lights. Whether you catch one, some or none, the family time spent shing will last a lifetime.Vessel Safety Checks are offered (weather permitting) at the following locations and times: Vilano Boat Ramp Second Sunday of each month from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. St. Augustine Lighthouse Park Boat Ramp Second Sunday of each month from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. There is no charge for the safety check and it takes from 15 to 20 minutes. The VSC is a complimentary check of your Coast Guard Auxiliary o ers Vessel Safety ChecksBy Contributing Writer Joe McCoy, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-7 Public Affairs Of cerboat conducted by members of the Auxiliary, con rming that it meets both federal and state requirements for safety. No citations are issued and the results of the safety check are not reported to any enforcement agency. A decal is awarded to display if the vessel has passed the examination along with a West Marine discount coupon for the purchase of safety items. An example of some of the items checked include during a VSC include: Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets) Registration and numbering Navigation lights Ventilation Fire extinguishers Distress signals ( ares, horn, etc.) Battery cover and connections All of these items are currently required by state and federal laws and, if missing or non-operating, can result in a citation if your vessel is inspected by the United States Coast Guard or other law enforcement. The VSC provides a risk-free way to check that your vessel meets the legal minimums and to potentially avoid a citation later. Upon completion of the VSC, you will be informed of potential safety exposures. A successful VSC may result in lowered insurance rates for some boaters. 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www.thecreekline.com December 2011 The CreekLine, Page 37 $5 Burger & Domestic BeerMonday-Friday 2-5pmTexas Hold Em Monday 7-9pm Trivia Night Tuesday 7-9pm JOIN US FOR LIVE MUSIC EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT Julington Creek904-260-8338 Happy Holidays! Accepting and Selling furniture (living room, dining room, bedroom, etc) Home decor (lamps, rugs, artwork, tchotchke) New items arrive daily. We are ready to accept your entire house, estate, etc. We also oer inventory liquidation service for builders, home and furniture industry businesses, etc. For More Information call: 880 8448or email us at: ENCOREDECOR@bellsouth.net10830 San Jose Boulevard ( across from Walmart)Visit us online at: www.EncoreDecorFL.comWE OFFER FREE PICKUP SERVICE FOR APPROVED ITEMSHours: Jacksonvilles Largest Upscale Consignment Store H The Nease High School swim and dive team had a strong District meet, with the boys nishing in second place and the girls in third place on Wednesday, October 26 at Cecil Field. Outstanding top nishes during districts include the following:Nease swimmers and divers perform well at DistrictsBy Contributing Writer Eve Janocko The Creeks Clash Black U10 girls soccer team dominated the U10 division and took rst place at the third annual Fire and Fury Futbol Classic. The girls scored 22 goals while only one point was scored against this team the entire tournament making it almost a complete shut out. On Saturday, November 19, the girls won their rst game against the Melbourne Beach Tsunami 4-0 and then dominated their second game winning 8-0 against South Brevard Lady Phoenix. On Sunday, November 20, the girls won their third game against the South Brevard FC U10 girls with a score of 7-0 putting the girls in the nals. The Creeks Clash Creeks Clash U10 girls win Fire and Fury tournamentCoach Teresa Librizzi, Patti DeBlois, Libbie Jeffries, Stephanie Pitts, Katie Scott, Assistant Coach Patti Scott, Miriam Abikhaled, Callie Beyer, Amber Librizzi and Brittany Lehman. Nease girls: 1st place, 200 Medley Relay (Rebecca Crosby, Hannah Smith, Marie Mendizabal, Alyssa Pivniouk) 1:55.96 2nd, 7th, 9th and 16th place 200 Free, Briana Stembridge (2:10.89), Chloe Cegelski (2:15.92), Lindsay Kahlbaugh (2:13.99) and Erin Wadhams (2:23.80) 2nd and 6th place, 200 Individual Medley, Marie Mendizabal (2:22.48) and Kristia Ho man (2:25.63) 1st, 3rd and 10th place, 50 Free, Hannah Smith (25.39), Alyssa Pivniouk (26.24) and Erica Herrin (27.64) 10th place, 1 Meter Diving, Michelle Espinal (174.95) 1st, 4th and 10th place, 100 Butter y, Marie Mendizabal (1:03.89), Rebecca Crosby (1:04.69), Ashlyn Cooper (1:12.14 ) 7th and 8th place, 100 Free, Briana Stembridge (1:00.04 ), Chloe Cegelski (1:01.62) ) 3rd, 6th and 13th place, 500 Free, Kristia Ho man (5:32.20), Lindsay Kahlbaugh (5:58.42) and Morgan Ingram (6:12.96) 1st place, 200 Free Relay (Alyssa Pivniouk, Rebecca Crosby, Kristia Ho man, Hannah Smith) 1:44.72 6th and 12th place, 100 Backstroke, Rebecca Crosby (1:08.65) and Erin Wadhams (1:11.75) 2nd and 10th place, 100 Breaststroke, Hannah Smith (1.:09.36) and Danielle Emamdie (1:20.54) 3rd place, 400 Free Relay (Alyssa Pivniouk, Chloe Cegelski, Kristia Ho man, Briana Stembridge) 3:58.41 Nease boys: 8th and 10th place, 200 Free, John Oswald (2:00.72) and Jack Kahlbaugh (2:03.14) 4th and 7th place, 200 Individual Medley, Anthony Yin (2:05.73) and Reed Wynn (2:12.71) 2nd, 4th, 9th and 13th place, 50 Free, Anthony Janocko (23.06), Christian Pineiro (23.43), Je rey Thomas (24.49), and Alec Short (24.69) 4th and 6th place, 1 Meter Diving, Grant Zwolinski ( 267.85) and Sunny Shahani ( 225.90) 3rd, 5th, 8th and 11th place, 100 Butter y, Charles Reis (55.62), Christian Pineiro (57.52), Reed Wynn (58.54), and Ben Koros (1:03.07) 2nd, 4th, 11th and 13th place, 100 Free, Anthony Janocko (51.44), Je rey Thomas (53.09), John Oswald (54.94), Jack Kahlbaugh (56.85 ) 11th, 13th and 14th place, 500 Free, Ben Koros (5:47.97), Justin Glinka (5:50.23) and John Snyder (6:01.57) 1st place, 200 Free Relay, (Christian Pineiro, Anthony Yin, Je rey Thomas, Anthony Janocko) 1:33.15 2nd, 8th and 10th place, 100 Backstroke, Anthony Yin (57.69), Charles Reis (1:02.27) and Michael Bailey (1:07.20) 7th and 12th place, 100 Breaststroke, Aaron Skipper (1:09.41) and Christian Beauchamp (1:13.88) 3rd place, 400 Free Relay (Christian Pineiro, Anthony Yin, Charles Reis, Anthony Janocko) 3:27.71 Nease High School hosted the District meet. The Nease High School swim and dive teams are coached by Mike Holterman and Dawna Shepler.U10 team won the nals against Melbourne Beach Tsumani with a nal score of 3-1. The tournament was held at the Palm Bay Regional Park in Palm Bay the weekend of November 19 and 20. The teams coach is Teresa Librizzi and the assistant coach is Patti Scott. And best wishes for health and happiness in 2012!From everyone at The CreekLine

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Page 38, The CreekLine December 2011 www.thecreekline.com 15 th Ann ual M a n d a r i n C h i l i C o o k O f f Mandarin Chili Cook-Off Thank you to our Sponsors!Without you, this event would not have been possible. of North Florida Mandarin Food Bank At St. Josephs Church Proceeds Benetted GOLD SPONSORS BRONZE SPONSORS Auto Club South DALLAS BRENNEISESILVER SPONSORS TITLE SPONSOR Mandarin NewsLine sm Print, Promo & Design Axiom Wellness CenterFor the Body and the Person Inside Question: What happens when a handful of St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) sta and parents decide they want to help students build life-long tness skills through running? Answer: A grass roots district-wide running program with over 150 middle school runners participating! On Wednesday, November 2, six SJCSD schools competed in the second middle school running meet of the season hosted by Liberty Pines Academy. Participating schools included Liberty Pines Academy, Gamble Rogers, Fruit Cove, Pacetti Bay, Landrum and Swiss Point middle schools. Each race Middle school running teams race to the nishBy Contributing Writer Melanie Tahan, Running Coach, Liberty Pines AcademyImagine the ultimate scavenger hunt, covering over 2000 miles, testing your mind as well as your driving skills and stopping along the way to compete in various performance driving challenges. Thats a pretty good description of the recent America Adventure Rally that was hosted last week by AutoWeek magazine. Over 25 teams began in Tacoma, Washington, only knowing that they would eventually arrive in Las Vegas at the huge SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) conference on November 1. Getting there would take them zigzagging along the Paci c coast, over mountains and through deserts. We only learned of the event a couple weeks prior to its start, explained Sean Roe, owner of Roe Racing. We knew it would be a great opportunity to see and drive on some of the countrys most amazing roads, while showing our customers that we are truly dedicated auto enthusiasts. So we jumped at the chance to participate. Roe enlisted the help of friend and St. Augustine resident Torrie McPhail, who would join as the teams navigator. When Sean contacted me about the AutoWeek rally, there was no question that I wanted to go along. Added McPhail, I guess I just gured that we would be in a Dodge Viper or other cool muscle car, not a pick-up truck. Thats right, realizing that they would face unknown chal-Team drives to rst place nish in America Adventurelenges during the event, Roe decided on the dependable performance and rugged versatility of his shops 2011 Dodge Ram 4x4 instead of the sports cars most teams chose. Along with the other teams, Roe left the Tacoma area on October 27, having to solve clues, puzzles and riddles along the way just to nd the next destination. Some of those destinations included stopping along the Oregon coast to race ATVs in the dunes, an autocross on the skid pad at Thunderhill Raceway Park in California and even o -road Baja-style racing in the desert outside of Reno, Nevada. Reaching each destination on time and then competing well during those events eventually positioned the team in the lead spot. We knew that we had competed well throughout the six-day event, but didnt know that we were in rst place until they called our names in front of the huge crowd in Vegas, said Roe. With thousands in attendance at the SEMA show and cameras ashing, team Roe Racing was awarded the rst place trophy. AutoWeek Magazine has already invited the team to compete in next years event and Roe says that it is a de nite possibility. The entire AutoWeek America Adventure Rally was lmed for an upcoming TV special on the Discovery Channel and will be aired sometime in early 2012. is approximately two miles long. Boys nal results (Top 15 out of 83): 1. Jake Bias, 10:44 FCMS 2. Estin Thiele, 11:20 GRMS 3. Matthew Neeley, 11:22 LPA and Matthew Clark, 11:22 FCMS 5. Nick Deal, 11:34 FCMS 6. Kirean McKee, 11:35 PBMS 7. Jackson Storey, 11:46 FCMS 8. Connor McMandon, 11:50 GRMS 9. Stran Funk, 11:53 SPMS 10. Xavier Hutchinson, 11:54 PBMS 11. John Jackson, 11:55 PBMS 12. Chase Rivera, 11:56 LPA 13. Maxwell Tsurumoto, 12:00 FCMS 14. Reele Du 12:07 15. Matt Adam, 12:10 PBMS Girls nal results (Top 15 out of 65): 1. Josie Teat, 12:03 FCMS 2. Emma Voigt, 12:28 GRMS 3. Taylor Allen, 12:35 FCMS 4. Megan Holder, 12:40 FCMS 5. Lauren Kelly, 12:42 GRMS 6. Tara Openshaw, 12:43 FCMS 7. Katie Gailbreath, 12:44 FCMS 8. Rachel Williams, 12:45 FCMS 9. Lydia Reimer, 12:51 LMS 10. Julie Bender, 13:00 FCMS 11. Gillian Anderson, 13:11 FCMS 12. Kaitlin Rocker, 13:36 FCMS 13. Maria Fanelli, 13:39 FCMS 14. Lauren Suttles, 13:45 FCMS 15. Ellie Clark, 13:49 LPA Talking to the high school runners after the meet, they loved it. They are so excited that younger runners are getting opportunities that they did not have at that age, shared Michael Rivera, Nease cross country coach Kevin Gamble, Gamble Rogers running coach, added, It is amazing to see so many kids and parents enthusiastic about running. Great nishing stretch in todays race. All runners were focused and pushin. Congratulations to all runners for doing their very best and participating in a sport that we hope will last them a lifetime. Proudly serving residents and businesses in NW St. Johns County since 2001 Often imitated, never duplicated!The CreekLine is your ORIGINAL Community Newspaper!The CreekLine 886-4919

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www.thecreekline.com December 2011 The CreekLine, Page 39 8206 Philips Hwy 904.731.7877scandesign.comJacksonvilleSCANDESIGN visit our showroom for one-of-a-kind holiday gift ideas Bartram Trail High School (BTHS) seniors Jordan Chin and Miranda Melia competed in the Class 2A swimming and diving District nals on October 25, 2011 at the Cecil Aquatic Center. Chin is competing in his second season and Melia in her rst. Both athletes compete in the 1 meter diving event. At the end of his sophomore year, Chin stopped competing as a gymnast for First Coast Gymnastics. Already standing at 6 1, he had grown too tall for the sport. He had played premier soccer at CAA for years, but wanted to try a new sport. He decided to try diving, and spoke with head coach Bruns of the BTHS swim team after one of the teams early morning practice. After only two and a half months of training, Chin was the sole representative for BTHS diving for 2010. He went on to win the Conference Championship and quali ed for Districts. At Districts, he faced a lot of senior divers. Although fairly new to the sport, he was able to place fth at Districts and quali- ed for Regionals, which were held in Panama City. On a freezing November weekend, Chin and his teammates competed at the Regional Swimming and Diving Championship. Chin nished seventh in Regionals and also quali ed for the state nals held in Orlando. Chin competed against the top divers in the state of Florida and eventually nished 21st in the state in his rst season in the sport. Now as a senior, Chin represented BTHS once again and wanted to defend his title as Conference Champ. He easily won all of his meets and successfully defended his title. He was Conference Diving champion two years in a row. Senior Miranda Melia also competed at Conference and nished fourth, qualifying for Districts, a great accomplishment for only having a few months of training. Chin and Melia had been going to practice at UNF together all season. Diving is a small sport, where only a few select athletes compete and is secondary to swimming. Most teams just use their swimmers, who are capable of diving in order to gain valuable points in meets for the swim team. Most divers in the Jacksonville area train with coaches from North Florida Diving at the UNF swim facility during the week. Since this is not a large sport, the divers know, BTHS two senior divers score at Districtstrain, compete against and even support each other. At any given meet, all parents can be heard cheering for divers after each individual dive, whether good or bad. The divers have become a close knit group, even though they compete against each other. In order to qualify to compete in Districts, each diver must perform 11 dives. Each dive has a Degree of Di culty (DD), which ranges from 1.2 to 3.4 and can be determined by the number of twists, somersaults and/or body positions (tuck, pike or straight). Each diver initially faces forward or backwards on the diving board and is judged by their take o form in ight, execution of the dive and entry into the water. Judges score each dive from 1 to 10, giving the divers their total points for that dive. The points are then multiplied by the DD to get their nal points. Points for all 11 dives are then added together to determine nal standings. On October 25, Chin and Melia faced divers from the Class 2A District area, which included swimming powerhouse Nease, Creekside, Terry Parker and Ponte Vedra. Chin ended the meet with the top score among all the boys, earning him the title as Class 2A District Champion. Melia nished in eighth place. Chin credits his gymnastics background for the easy transition to diving, the quality training and dedication he received from coaches Dawna and Melisa of North Florida Diving and the advice and encouragement from Coach Bruns.From All of Us to All of You Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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