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Volume 4, Issue 11

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August 2010

Learning to simply listen at Clarke School
By Karl Kennell

Clarke School Director Susan Allen with children at the school.

The party had begun; the
kids were all excited, giggling and
enjoying cake. It was a birthday
celebration for one of the staff at
Clarke Jacksonville Auditory/Oral
Center. Those toddlers and kinder-
garten kids were full of glee just as
you would expect for a child hav-
ing a party. The only thing was that
these children all share the disabil-
ity of lack of hearing. This is the
reason Clarke School is here and
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school's director Susan Allen-to
provide children who are deaf and
hard of hearing with the listening,
learning and spoken language skills
they need to succeed.
The children who attend
Clarke School range in age from
birth to early primary years, hav-
ing been born with moderate to
profound hearing loss or having
lost their hearing due to accident
or illness. Each year approximately
65 families enroll their children in

the school. Jacksonville is fortunate
to have the school located at 9857
Old St. Augustine Road. It is one
of only five Clarke Auditory/Oral
Centers in the country. There these
children have the opportunity
to communicate with the world
through "listening" and the spoken
language. Sign language and speech
reading are not taught at Clarke
Jacksonville. The children are
taught to actually listen by having
hearing aids or cochlear implants.
As Allen explained, "The
goal is to provide them the skills
of communication so that when
they join their brothers and sisters
in regular school they are just like
every other child in that school."
Through today's technology,
what was once necessitated such as
sign language has advanced to actu-
al hearing and speaking. With early
diagnosis, powerful hearing aids
and cochlear implants, along with a
strong auditory-based oral program
such as Clarke Jacksonville's, these
deaf children no longer need ten to
twelve years to develop speech and
language skills. They can learn to
listen and talk on par with hearing
children and fit right in with the
other students in their school.
Director Allen said about the
program, "We work with these
Clarke School con't on page 6.

Rivers of Chocolate flowed
and Oompa Loompas went about
making fabulous chocolates and
teaching some rather spoiled chil-
dren a lesson or two. That was the
scene that played out on the Man-
darin Community Club's stage the
weekend of July 10. That weekend
Willy Wonka opened his chocolate
factory to the public for a tour. It
was a performance of Roald Dahl's
Willy Wonka junior.
Club President Patrick Corra-
do said, "This building hasn't been
used for stage performances of this
magnitude in at least 15 years."
The performance was put
on by Broadway Kid Starz which
is a project of Kathleen Myrick.

Youth group spends part of summer serving others
By Contributing Writer Sarah Anne Adams
"Out to be outside of me!"
This was a popular tag line among
the middle school students at
Christian Family Chapel, a local
church off of Old St. Augustine
Road. Around 70 junior high
students work "outside" of them-
selves serving the community for
three days and two nights. It was
a chance to take the focus off of
themselves and serve the needs of

The program began last summer
when the kids performed Beauty
and the Beast Junior. The success of
the production led to a complete
program during the school year;
in March they entertained at the
Mandarin Community with a pro-
duction of Guys and Dolls Junior.
These performances have become
a highlight for the whole neighbor-
Myrick explained, "We have
kids of all levels, from first time
on stage to students from magnet
school Douglas Anderson. Every
child that joins the program is
guaranteed a part."
Willy Wonka con't on page 12.

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Page 3 What's New
Page 4 From the Council
Member's Desk
Page 5 The Sheriff Reports
Page 6 School District Journal
Page 7 SJ River Water Mgt. Dist.
Page 9 Cheaponomics
Page 10 Mandarin, Can you help?
Page 11 Jax. Children's Chorus
Page 13 Encore- Karpeles Manu-
script Library Museum

Willy Wonka comes alive at
Mandarin Community Club
By Karl Kennell

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Community Happenings

The Mandarin Chapter of Road) n
AARP meets the third Friday of the park
every month at 2:00 p.m. at Au- welcome
gustine Landing, located at 10141 rains.
Old St. Augustine Road. We are a
non-profit, non-partisan member- THI
ship organization, affiliated with JACKSOI
the national AARP. Our activities offers su
and programs are designed to help part-tim
people age 50 and over improve the zip code
quality of their lives. Visitors are will hav
welcome! For additional informa- you and
tion, please call 733-0516 or email day whe
alex9520@comcast.net. port. A
park da,
The August general meeting socials,
of the All Star Quilters Guild will to the zo
be held on Monday, August 16 at ditional
9:30 a.m. in the First Christian semand:
Church, located at 11924 San Jose
Boulevard. The program "Then Loc
and Now" will be presented by Pleasant
Nancy Mahoney. There will be a about r'
"Sew and Tell" for the members to at 7:00
show us their latest project. Visitors 19 at th
are welcome! For more informa- Club, lc
tion, please contact Dot Butler at Road. T
642-6574 and visit our website Third T
www.orgsites.com/fl/allstarquilt- sponsor
guild. seum an
the Mai
The North Florida Acoustic Attende
Neuroma Support Group will beginnil
meet on Saturday, September 18 ments.
at 1:00 p.m. at Mandarin United native. I
Methodist Church, located at Navy be
11270 San Jose Boulevard. Please with the
call 287-8132 or 284-6192 for ad- more in
ditional information. Thursd
Shuffleboard is played on and His
Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at Manda- or email
rin Park (south end of Mandarin bellsout

Letters to the
Editor policy
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come Letters to the Editor. We
request they be no more than
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next to the tennis courts at
Entrance. Beginners are
e. Just show up, unless it

ipport for stay at home and
ie working moms living in
S32258. With the club you
e enriching activities for
Your children, during the
en you need the most sup-
sample of activities includes
ys, beach days, monthly
playgroups and field trips
oo and museums. For ad-
information, please email

:omotive engineer Paul
t will present a lecture
railroads in North Florida
p.m. on Thursday, August
e Mandarin Community
located at 12447 Mandarin
'he lecture is part of the
Thursday Lecture Series
ed by the Mandarin Mu-
id Historical Society and
idarin Community Club.
es are welcome to join
ng at 6:30 p.m. for refresh-
Pleasant is a Jacksonville
He served 23 years in the
fore becoming an engineer
e St. Marys Railroad. For
formation about the Third
ay Lecture Series, please
the Mandarin Museum
torical Society at 268-0784
I at mandarinmuseum@

e Italian American Club is
g back its "all you can eat"
ght on Friday, August 6 and
ig for a busy fall schedule
traditional Hawaiian Luau
ember 10. For additional
.tion, please call the club at
82 or check out the website
cofjacksonville.com. The
American Club is the best
ret in Mandarin. Come
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The next meeting for the
South Jacksonville Republican
Club will be Saturday, August
21 at the Mandarin Republican
Headquarters located at 10029
San Jose Boulevard South in the
Crown Point Shopping Center.
The breakfast social will begin at
9:30 a.m. followed by the club
meeting at 10:00 a.m. Breakfast
will be provided at a cost of $5 a
plate. The guest speakers will be
any Republican candidate who
would like to address membership
and guests prior to the Primary
Elections. If you are a Republican
candidate, and would like to intro-
duce yourself to our club members,
please attend.

The Duval County Extension
Office presents "Garden Tips and
How to Create Storm Resistant
Trees" on Saturday, July 31 from
1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the
South Mandarin Regional Library,
located at 12125 San Jose Boule-
vard. This is a free program. Staff-
ers will teach you what to plant
and tips for the landscape along
with how to prune your trees to
make them more storm resistant.
Please pre-register by calling Becky
at 387-8850.
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acknowledge State Farm Agent

Jan Row\e for her 24 'ears of service to the greater

Jacksonville area, including Ilanldarin and north St.

Johns county. Her hard w\\ork, dedication and years of

service to hundreds of" families haxve not gone

unnoticed. Jan, \e hope you enjoy your retirement.

We publically' acknowledge y'ou tor a job

well done.

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delivering a budget that is dollar
From the for dollar lower than the budget for
m t the prior fiscal year.
City Council In my installation speech just
u a few short weeks ago, I spoke
M em ber's D e sk about the health of the St. Johns
SMember s Desk River and the need for in-depth

iBy Contributing Writer ack Webb,
City Council Member, District 6
Greetings District 6:

First off, I would like to thank
the Mandarin Community Club
for the very gracious and warm
reception they held for all residents
of Mandarin on the evening of my
installation as president of the Jack-
sonville City Council for 2010-
2011. My sole concern with regard
to a reception was that one be held
in District 6. As I said during the
planning, "I don't care what we do
after being sworn in but I'm going
home." As such, no location could
have been any more perfect than
the Mandarin Community Club.
Although the City Council
ordinarily goes into summer recess
for the first two weeks of July, that
was not the case for either me or
my assistant Suzie Loving. Given
the significance of the challenges
we again face this year, it was im-
portant that my committee assign-
ments be strong and well consid-
ered. As such, much work needed
to be done in short order. More-
over, rather than get bogged down

Ioo School 201,

in a quagmire of political intrigue,
I vowed to make the needs of the
city of Jacksonville paramount and
I am pleased to observe that the
unity that decision has fostered on
the City Council is unprecedented.
There is much to be said about
taking the high road.
Our first order of business of
course is, as always, the budget for
the coming fiscal year. I am very
pleased that Past-President Daniel
Davis has agreed to serve as chair-
man of the finance committee.
In addition to Daniel, there are a
number of other past presidents
also serving on what is arguably
one of the most important com-
mittees on the City Council. Given
the budget hole that we will again
face this year, I thought it impor-
tant that the committee have as
many seasoned veterans on board
as possible. Over the next 45 days,
the finance committee will do its
best to cut where it can in an effort
to craft a balanced budget in an
era of continuing property value
declines, most especially com-
mercial property value declines. I
know that Daniel is committed to

Letter to the Editor
We used to be proud of our
neighborhood at the corner of Old
St. Augustine Road, Caron Drive
and Country Walk Lane, but no
more because the city of Jackson-
ville has made it an eyesore with
yellow sticks in the road (which
have been knocked down by nu-
merous accidents).
We don't even want to live
here anymore, because the city said
we have to go down the street to
make a U-turn and come back to
get into our street! They repaved
my driveway, put a drain in my
yard and instead of the rain drain-
ing into the drain it is slanted to
drain into the street.
We can't sell our homes either.
One neighbor tried for two years;
one neighbor had his for sale but

analysis of the cause of the recent
fish kills. Last week, with the
assistance of Mayor John Payton
and State Senator John Thrasher,
I held a three hour meeting with
representatives of all government
agencies responsible for monitoring
the health of the St. Johns River.
The meeting was a starting point
for development of a road map for
river protection and restoration
with both local governments and
state government having a role.
Over the next weeks and months,
I will continue my dialogue with
elected officials from other coun-
ties in our region as we develop a
standard resolution calling for a
state-supported regional solution to
the ongoing challenge of nutrient
overload in the St. Johns River.
Overall, I believe that we on
the City Council are off to a good
start. Over the next few weeks and
months, I look forward to getting
some dangerous traffic situations
resolved in Mandarin so as to
continue to preserve our collective
quality of life.
As always, thank you for the
privilege of serving as your rep-
resentative on Jacksonville City
God Bless,

finally took his sign down too. One
may have sold, but it was a foreclo-
sure and they basically gave it away.
We have complained, gone to
meetings, talked to Mayor Peyton
who ignored us and even our City
Councilman, but it did no good.
Instead of using money for
9A to Bayard, they need to fix the
roads that are already in existence.
We need to be able to get in and
out of our neighborhood without
having to go down and make a
U-turn. We didn't have to do this
before they repaved Old St. Augus-
tine Road and we should not have
to now.

Sincerely, Sandra Blevins

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Grab a glass and toast the First
Coast's furriest friends at the Jack-
sonville Humane Society's 12th
annual Toast to the Animals on
Friday, August 13 from 6:00 p.m.
to 9:00 p.m. at the Omni Jackson-
ville Hotel. Enjoy more than 100
varieties of wine, beer, gourmet
hors d'oeuvres and desserts at the
fundraiser. Silent and live auc-
tions will feature fabulous items.
Tickets are $40 per person or $35
per person for people under 35
years of age. Tickets are available at
www.jaxhumane.org or by calling
725-8766. (Tickets for designated
drivers are $30 per person. VIP
Preview tickets are available for $65
to taste premium wines from 5:00
p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

Duval County Extension
Office offers a workshop on
composting and vermicompost-
ing on Saturday, August 7 from
10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the
Extension Office, located at 1010
North McDuff Avenue in Jackson-
ville. This free educational program
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make-and-take worm bin (with
worms) to take home for $10.
Please register for the program by
calling Becky at 387-8850. If you
would like to make the worm bin,
please send a check made payable
to DCOHAC and mail to Com-
posting Program, 1010 N McDuff
Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32254 by
Wednesday, August 4.

The River City Women's Club
will meet on Wednesday, August
18 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ramada
Inn Mandarin, located at 3130
Hartley Road. The luncheon/meet-
ing will include a surprise program
with games. The cost of the lunch
is $14. Please call 262-8719 for
reservations or information no
later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday,
August 12.

The Mandarin Garden Club
will be holding a $1 Clothing Sale
on Friday, August 13 and Saturday,
August 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00
p.m. each day at the clubhouse
located at 2892 Loretto Road. The
sale will include a wide variety of
clothing, accessories and shoes
for women, men and children.
The Garden Club is supporting
our community by collecting the
following items which may be
brought to the clubhouse the days
of the sale: cell phones and accesso-
ries donated to the Duval County
4-H; eyeglasses, sunglasses and
cases donated to the Lions Club;
and any nonperishable, unexpired
food items and toiletries donated
to the Mandarin Food Bank. Do-
nated ink cartridges will be used to
purchase Mandarin Garden Club
office supplies.

Southside Business Men's
Club invites you to their weekly
meeting held on Wednesday's at

San Jose Country Club located at
7529 San Jose Blvd. The luncheon/
meeting will include a speaker. The
cost of the lunch is $20 for Mem-
bers and $25 for Guest. Please
email annie.sbmc@yahoo.com for
reservations or information no later
than 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday
prior to the weekly meeting you
wish to attend. August guest speak-
ers are: August 11 Hulsey/Gar-
rison, August 18 Marco Rubio and
August 25 Ander Crenshaw.

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Kane Smith, a 2009 graduate
from Mandarin High School,
recently accepted member-
ship in the National Society of
Collegiate Scholars. He will be
honored during an Induction
Convocation this fall at the
University of Florida. Congrat-
ulations, Kane!

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The Sheriff


By Contributing Writer John H. Rutherford,
Duval County Sheriff

Are you ready for an
Once again, I have to thank
Mandarin NewsLine for graciously
contributing space for my column.
This publication provides a vital
service to people in the Mandarin
neighborhood of Jacksonville and
we try to respect the readers' time
and the publisher's space by of-
fering helpful advice and the JSO
perspective on issues of the day.
Here's one question we all
have to ask ourselves: Is your fam-
ily ready for a disaster or what
we call "unplanned events"? And
that can range from a tropical
storm threatening our area to the
disappearance of a child. Are you
prepared to deal with the unimagi-
Here are some questions to ask
* Has your family ever conducted
a "drill" for a home emergency,
such as fire?
Do you change the battery on
your smoke detectors twice a
year when the time changes or
wait for the chirping sound?
Have you purchased or tested
a generator in a well ventilated
place before the storm watch
starts, if you own one or plan
on getting one?
Do you keep enough cash
stored away so if you had to
evacuate for a few nights and
the credit/debit card machines
were not working at motels and
hotels, you could get a room?
Have you had an age-appro-
priate conversation with your
children about who is a trusted
friend they should get in a car
with, if you can't pick them
up? Do you know their friends,
their friend's parents and do
you have their phone numbers?
This one is especially challeng-
ing for seniors on medication,
especially on a fixed income:
Does your mom or dad or
grandparent have enough
prescription medication to get
them through a couple of weeks
if the pharmacies were closed?
If you couldn't get to your
elders to check on them, have
you made plans for them to be
evacuated and/or attended to by
If your job duties include
possibly being recalled to the
company in the event of a
major emergency, like people in
IT departments or healthcare
providers, do you have a family
and pet plan? Do you know
who will be responsible for tak-
ing care of your loved ones and
what neighbor might check on
your property in your absence?
Has your employer issued you

credentials (photo ID, etc.) so
that if needed, you can travel
through an affected area to get
to work?
Are your insurance papers and
other valuable documents in
a waterproof, easily accessible
place? Have you taken pictures
recently of your home and its
furnishings? Sometimes these
pictures are used to identify
dwellings to insurers after cata-
strophic weather events, when
road signs and other markers
are gone.
Is your home address clearly
marked and visible to police,
fire and rescue vehicles from the
Is your vehicle in good working
condition tires, battery, gas
tank always kept half full dur-
ing storm season?
At this time of year, our most
significant vulnerability is
weather related. Are you fa-
miliar with evacuation routes?
Do you know where the storm
surge zones are? I'd like to
recommend these free resources
that offer emergency planning
tips and can
help you prepare:
www.72hrs.org. This is an excel-
lent planning website.
www.fema.gov/areyouready is a
very helpful list available free,
on the web.
Check with your insurance
company. They provide check
lists and planning tools to pol-
icy holders. Yours may offer a
discount for home owners who
install certain windows that are
wind and water resistant.
Go to www.jaxsheriff.org and
click on Community Affairs/
Special Events. Then on the left
column, click on Community
Education Brochures and Vid-
eos. Our Hurricane Prepared-
ness Guide and other free items
are ready for downloading to
your computer.
www.coj.net Search words
"emergency preparedness" will
get you to the pages that iden-
tify the storm surge areas and
other vital information that is
Jacksonville specific.
Look around at your network
of family, friends, neighbors,
employers and talk to them and
learn what their plans are. Mu-
tual Aid is a long standing prac-
tice among law enforcement
agencies and first responders
but this same principle can be
applied among your friends and
It's not easy planning for the
Sheriff's Report con't. on pg. 7.

Call today for more information!

The St. Johns River Water
Management District's Governing
Board voted in mid-July to begin
the process to amend the agency's
rules to include water conservation
requirements in its Environmental
Resource Permitting Program and
to require a consolidated process
when new projects need both an
environmental resource permit
(ERP) and a consumptive use
permit (CUP).
"The proposed ERP rule
amendments are intended to make
water conservation an element
of the initial planning of land
development activities that will
involve irrigation, so that projects
are constructed in a manner that
will accommodate water conserva-
tion practices," said Jeff Elledge,
director of the district's department
of water resources.
Under the proposed rule
changes, applicants for ERPs for
projects that include irrigated land-
scape, golf courses or recreational
areas would be required to develop
and implement a water conserva-
tion plan. The water conserva-
tion plan would include a water
conservation-based irrigation plan,

which would:
* Require separate irrigation
zones for turf and non-turf
Limit use of high volume irriga-
tion to no more than 60 per-
cent of the landscaped area on a
residential or commercial lot
Require measures to increase the
efficiency of irrigation systems
Applicants also would need to
design their irrigation systems to
use lower quality sources of water,
such as reclaimed water and storm
water when feasible and specific
requirements would need to be
met for projects with wet detention
ponds as part of the stormwater
management system.
The proposed rule also would
require that property owners' as-
sociations enforce water conserva-
tion plans and that covenants and
restrictions would not restrict the
use of Florida-friendly landscaping.
In addition, the district is pro-
posing a rule change to consolidate
processing of permit applications
for ERP applicants who will also
require a CUP for irrigation.
"This will allow for coordi-
nation of land development and

water use issues so that projects
are constructed in a manner that
facilitates the use of lower quality
sources and implements feasible
water conservation measures to
help ensure an available water sup-
ply," Elledge said.
The board's vote authorizes
staff to publish a Notice of Pro-
posed Rule Development (NPRD)
to begin the process to amend the
District's ERP rule. Since Novem-
ber 2009, the board has discussed
proposed concepts to increase
water conservation and held work-
shops to hear from public water
suppliers, local governments and
the public. This board action does
not address the proposed public
supply water conservation measures
that have been discussed during
those past workshops. A separate
NPRD will be requested at a future
governing board meeting regarding
CUP rule amendments to address
public supply water conservation.
For more information on the
proposed rule amendments, visit
the district's website at www.flori-
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District Journal

By Contributing Writer Tommy Hazouri,
School Board Representative, District 7

I want to welcome Crown
Point Elementary School's new
principal, Jayne Owens-Thomp-
son. Owens-Thompson comes to
Crown Point after serving for seven
years as principal of Hendricks
Avenue Elementary School. Please
welcome Principal Owens-Thomp-
son to the Mandarin community.
While Mandarin High School
enjoys many acceleration programs,
I want to let you know what your
school board has recently approved
for all of Duval County. The ac-
celeration programs being offered
throughout the district is a major
step in providing incentives for
students to remain at their neigh-
borhood schools. With the start of
the 2010-2011 school year quickly
approaching, all high school stu-
dents should consider our accelera-
tion programs. While some schools
have already closed their enroll-
ment for the coming year, there are
still spots open in other schools.
Acceleration programs allow
highly motivated students the
opportunity to earn college credits
while in high school. The Duval
County School Board and superin-
tendent are dedicated to providing
all students a high quality educa-
For the 2010/2011 school
year, a high school acceleration
program will be available in each
region of the district (North,
South, East and West). The four
acceleration programs are Cam-
bridge Advanced International
Certificate Education (AICE), Ad-
vanced Placement Honors (AP),
Early College and International
Baccalaureate Diploma (IB).
Advanced International
Certificate of Education (AICE)

Program: The AICE program is an
internationally recognized, rigor-
ous, pre-university curriculum
and examination system for highly
motivated, academically oriented
high school students. Sponsored
by the University of Cambridge
International Examinations, AICE
offers a flexible, broad-based, two-
year curriculum for upperclassmen.
The AICE program encourages
and develops the skills of indepen-
dent research and investigation,
the use of initiative and creativity
and the application of skills and
knowledge. Schools offering this
program are:
* Forrest High School
* William M. Raines High School
* Fletcher High School
* Mandarin High School
Advanced Placement Honors
(AP) Program: The AP honors pro-
gram challenges students to display
exceptional achievement on AP
exams across several disciplines. AP
courses are taught at a level equal
to that of college freshman courses.
Each course is concluded by a
comprehensive exam created by
the College Board. Students who
enroll in an Advanced Placement
course are required to take the AP
examination. Schools offering this
program are:
* Atlantic Coast High School
* First Coast High School
* Baldwin Middle-High School
* Douglas Anderson School of
the Arts**
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* Darnell-Cookman Middle-High
Andrew Jackson High School
*Admission is through the Mag-
net lottery
**Admission to DA is through
Early College: Early College
blends high school and college
courses to enable students to earn a
high school diploma and an associ-
ate's degree with no financial cost.
In grades 11 and 12, Early College
students are enrolled full-time at
Florida State College at Jackson-
ville. The Early College program
provides students greater access to
higher education and promotes
student achievement at the high
school and postsecondary levels.
Schools offering this program are:
* Englewood High School
* Ribault High School
* Sandalwood High School
* Robert E. Lee High School
International Baccalaureate
(IB) Diploma Program: The IB
Diploma Program is a rigorous,
internationally recognized pre-uni-
versity course of study for highly
motivated students. The program's
challenging curriculum is designed
to promote intellectual and per-
sonal development. The emphasis
of analysis and application of skills
prepares IB students for success in
higher education and employment.
The aim of the program is to devel-
op internationally minded citizens.
Schools offering this program are:
* Terry Parker High School
* Ed White High School
* Paxon School for Advanced
Ribault High School
Wolfson High School
Stanton College Prep*
*Admission is through the Mag-
net lottery
Volunteers: Volunteers are an
important part of student success
in Duval County Public Schools.
More than 18,000 volunteers
support schools each year, and the
number is growing. Our office
works to increase the number of
volunteers in schools in order to
improve student learning. All vol-
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background screening conducted
through the Community and Fam-
ily Engagement Department. All
principals have the decision-mak-
ing authority regarding volunteers
and volunteer opportunities at the
schools. Approved volunteers are
issued cards identifying them as
authorized volunteers. Contact:
Cynthia Humphrey, Technical
Manager, at 390-2935.
Mentoring: At the helm of
in-school mentoring programs is
the Department of Community
and Family Engagement's division
of Mentor Management. Steering
the district, schools and part-
ners towards meeting the goal of
20,000 students receiving mentors,
this division provides a central-
ized location for effective mentor
management through assisting staff
and mentor partner agencies to
develop, coordinate and maintain
a productive mentor service. The
district, school-based staff and

Clarke School con't on page 6.
children to help them realize a two
for one year ratio of learning."
She described how the cur-
riculum includes sensory motor
integration, math, art, reading,
science, social studies, dramatic
play, construction, music and gross
motor skills.
"We encourage creative prob-
lem solving, discovery, exploration,
independent thinking, reasoning
and decision-making skills," she
Allen started the Clarke Jack-
sonville campus in 1996 after rec-
ognizing that her practice of speech
therapy involved so many young
children. She explained that she
realized that the younger she could
become involved in these children's
learning curve, the greater chance
they would have to go through
school in the future with confi-

partners such as the collaborative
efforts of Mentor First Coast men-
toring agencies, local governmental
and civic associations, assist in
community-wide efforts to recog-
nize and promote mentoring.
If you would like to become a
mentor please fill out the Men-
tor Interest Form found on our
website. Please contact Commu-
nity and Family Engagement at
Important dates:
August 3: School Board Meeting,
6:00 p.m., Cline Auditorium,
1701 Prudential Drive
August 4: Ribbon cutting for
Atlantic Coast High School
August 16: First day of pre-plan-
ning for teachers
August 23: First day of school for

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and I forget. I see, and I remember.
I do, and I understand. -Chinese

dence and success. She herself is a
graduate of Clarke College with a
master's degree. Clarke College was
founded in 1867. Alexander Gra-
ham Bell was one of the founders.
Bell had a profound passion for the
hearing impaired which resulted in
many of his inventions with sound.
We are fortunate to have
Clarke Jacksonville here in our
neighborhood. The parents of these
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District Board reduces budget for fourth year
By Contributing Writer Teresa H. Monson, St. Johns River Water Management District

The St. Johns River Water
Management District's Govern-
ing Board voted recently to reduce
the agency's budget for the fourth
consecutive year. The board
unanimously approved a tentative
$247.4 million budget that main-
tains the current 0.4158 millage
rate for the 2010-2011 fiscal year
that begins October 1.
The tentative budget is 21
percent or $65.8 million less than
the current fiscal year's amended
budget. About half of the budget
funds would come from property
taxes, with the remainder com-
ing from state, federal and other
sources and from carryover from
the current fiscal year.
As a result of an overall de-
cline in assessed property values,
maintaining the current millage
rate would result in a 9.9 percent
reduction a drop of about $12
million in property tax revenue
to the district. That reduction
would translate into a tax decrease
for many existing property owners.
Under a 0.4158 millage rate
41.58 cents for every $1,000
of assessed property value the
owner of a $200,000 house with
a $50,000 homestead exemption
would pay $62.37 per year in
property taxes to the district.
"Preparing a spending plan
for next year that again reduces
the agency's overall budget has
been a tremendous but necessary

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challenge," said Governing Board
Chairman W Leonard Wood of
Fernandina Beach. "While this
budget won't allow us to pursue
new water resource projects, it
would allow us to continue our
highest priority projects."
Budget highlights include:
Providing cooperative fund-
ing to local governments and
utilities to implement water
conservation projects
Working with local govern-
ments on the exploration and
development of alternative
water supply projects
Completing the St. Johns River
Water Supply Impact Study
that is evaluating the potential
environmental effects of St.
Johns River water withdrawals

Laura W. Bush to speak at August
Heart2Heart benefit event
Momentum Transportation school, the elementary
has announced a special fund-rais- schools would also gaii
ing event in Jacksonville on Tues- needed space and bene
day, August 31, featuring former overall facility improve
First Lady Laura W Bush. The "Heart2Heart: An
event, "Heart2Heart: An Evening with Laura Bush" will
with Laura W Bush," will benefit August 31 at the Univ
Mandarin Christian School's capi- North Florida's Univer
tal campaign. Heart2Heart is being VIP table sponsorships
co-sponsored by Landstar System admittance for eight pc
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tion, an independent agency for and photo opportunity
Landstar. Bush as well as a full-p
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Bush to Jacksonville," said Brian tion on event signage.
Putzke, president of Momentum sponsorship levels and
Transportation. "Her message of tickets are also available
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community leaders. Not only will me.com.
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event but it will also be a legacy-
building opportunity to invest in
the little known but very worthy
cause of expanding the campus at
Mandarin Christian School."
During the last 15 years, Man-
darin Christian School has built a
superior, well-rounded program to
meet the educational, physical and
spiritual needs of students but now
must expand its facilities to further
its mission. With the purchase of
an additional facility for the high

The Sheriff's Report continued
from page 5.
unplanned. But taking the time to
do this can help mitigate the dam-
age or reduce the seriousness of a
potentially tragic event.
Our thoughts and prayers are
with those affected by the floods in
Tennessee and all the
adverse weather events around
the nation in recent weeks (re-
cord heat, tornadoes and tropical
storms) and of course the impact
we are all seeing in the Gulf region.
I hope the remainder of your
summer is enjoyable. Be safe!

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* Continuing surface water resto-
ration capital projects, includ-
ing the Fellsmere Water Man-
agement Area, C-1 Rediversion
Project and Lake Apopka North
Shore Restoration
Public hearings on the tenta-
tive budget will be held at 5:05
p.m. on September 14 and 28.
Final budget adoption will occur at
the September 28 meeting.
The district is responsible for
regulating water use and protecting
wetlands, waterways and drink-
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years. Dr. Osborn provides primary
care medicine for the whole family
with a focus on health and exer-
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lifestyle. He advocates a healthy
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he says.
With his exercise and medi-
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advice on exercise for those with
asthma, diabetes and other medical
Originally from Oklahoma,
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world while his father practiced
medicine in the Army. Dr. Osborn
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Medicine; he then came to Florida
and received training in family
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Dr. Osborn loves having a
mix of his two loves: medicine and
sports. A member of the American
College of Sports Medicine and
the American Medical Society for
Sports Medicine, he serves as the
team physician for Bartram Trail
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School and he also works with all
of the Pop Warner athletic pro-
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provides sports medicine care at
Flagler College. A team physician
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based in Colorado, Dr. Osborn
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Delighted to have settled in
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Girls Incorporated of Jackson-
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takes a proactive approach to
coping with the unstable economy.
Throughout the summer of 2010,
the Girls Inc. summer camp staff
and volunteers will work with girls,
ages six to 18, to improve their
economic literacy. This program
is divided into four age-appropri-
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According to a survey con-
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many women indicate that as girls,
they did not receive as much en-
couragement as boys to learn about
money management.
Girls Inc.'s Director of Out-
reach Juanita Forman says, "We try
to relate to the girls on a level that
they will understand, while provid-
ing them with knowledge that they
can use for the rest of their lives."
Girls Inc. is a nonprofit or-
ganization that inspires all girls to
be Strong, Smart and Bold. With
national roots dating back to 1864,
they continue to respond to the
changing needs of girls through
research-based programs and pub-
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programs serve to empower girls to
understand, value and assert their
Girls Inc. hopes to reach as
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Wolfson Children's Hospital
ranks 28th in the nation for pedi-
atric diabetes and endocrinology
in U.S. News & World Report's
2010-2011 issue of "America's Best
Children's Hospitals." The issue
ranks the top 30 children's hospi-
tals in 10 specialties. It is available
online at U.S. News & World
Report and also will be in the
magazine's August issue, available
on newsstands July 27.
U.S. News & World Report
based the rankings on children's
hospitals' outcomes, reputation and
care-related quality indicators, such
as technology and nursing care.
MagnetTM designation, which rec-
ognizes excellence in patient care,
was used as an indicator of care-
related quality; Wolfson Children's
Hospital earned the designation in
December 2007, along with the
four Baptist Health adult hospitals.
Jerry Bridgham, MD, chief
medical officer, Wolfson Children's
Hospital, says, "We are very
pleased that the outstanding care
provided by the physicians, nurses
and staff with Wolfson Children's
Hospital and Nemours Children's
Clinic, Jacksonville, is being recog-
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Youth con't. from page 1.
others is so important.
One sixth grader said, "It was
so much fun to be able to just hang
out with my friends and get to
know r} 9.,n ''"
They repeated this schedule
for three days. Instead of serving
themselves this summer, students
at Christian Family Chapel chose
to serve others. In doing so, they
learned that it's not all about them.
People need people. They put oth-
ers before themselves and truly had
an "Out 2b" experience!

The Pediatric Diabetes and
Endocrinology program at Wolfson
Children's and Nemours is nation-
ally and internationally renowned
for its clinical research program.
The program's pediatric endo-
crinologists offer diagnosis and
treatment of infants, children and
teens with a variety of hormone
problems, including growth disor-
ders, abnormal thyroid function,
disorders of puberty and more.
The Northeast Florida Pediat-
ric Diabetes Center, a partnership
between Wolfson Children's and
Nemours, is the only center of its
kind in the area. The center offers a
full range of diagnostic, treatment
and consulting services for children
and adolescents with:
Type 1 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes
Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes
Weight management
Other factors contributing to the
metabolic syndrome
The Division of Pediatric
Endocrinology and Diabetes
program at Wolfson and Nemours
was established in 1987 by pedi-
atric endocrinologist and Division
Chief Nelly Mauras, MD. The

program now has seven pediatric
endocrinologists. They include
Dr. Mauras; Larry A. Fox, MD,
medical director of the Northeast
Florida Pediatric Diabetes Center;
J. Atilio Canas, MD; Priscila Ga-
gliardi, MD; Robert Olney, MD;
Thanh Nguyen, MD; and Domi-
nique Darmaun, MD, PhD. The
team also includes endocrinology
fellows, registered nurses, certified
pediatric diabetes educators, and
support staff.
"The division also uses the in-
patient services of the Clinical Re-
search Unit at Wolfson Children's
that allows us to conduct complex
physiological research in children,"
says Dr. Mauras. "The nurses in
that unit do an outstanding job."

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The East Mandarin Bridge c. 1910
When Mandarin was just a village on the St. John's River, many
considered the wooden bridge pictured above as the edge of town.
The bridge crossed a small creek just west of the Loretto and
Mandarin Roads intersection. The creek has gone by several names,
including Cemetery Creek and Jones Creek, since it bordered the
Mandarin Cemetery and the Jones Family property. The bridge
has been the subject of several historical photos and a painting in
the collection of the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society. To
learn more about the Mandarin history, please visit the Mandarin
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length about the unavailability of
jobs and opportunities to "make
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$350 to $450 after the discount.
Additionally, it also allows for .25
percent off the market interest rate,
which would make the APR 7.5
percent. They specialize in $5000
to $25,000 loan amounts with the
duration of the loan being 10 years
and no prepayment penalty. The
focus of these loans, at this time,
would be women, minorities, vet-
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SBA loans are from certi-
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at 443-1900 for more information.
Additionally, the SBA has a variety
of web programs and podcasts for
the entrepreneur or budding busi-
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your developing business, whether
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June 2010 NE Florida real
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The Northeast Florida As-
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both single-family residential and
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prices down, lender-mediated sales
Northeast Florida's June hous-
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news about the real estate mar-
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Duval County Public Schools
hires new chief of police

On July 1, Duval County Pub-
lic Schools' (DCPS) Superinten-
dent Ed Pratt-Dannals announced
the appointment of Richard
as the
Chief of
Chief Mi-
chael Her-

"Townsend's experience with
the Sheriff's Office makes him a
highly qualified candidate to head
the district Police Department,"
said Superintendent Pratt-Dannals.
"The new set of eyes he brings with
his keen awareness on accreditation
requirements and professional stan-
dards is exactly what our district
needs at this time of rapid expan-
sion of the School Resource Officer
Townsend, a 35-year veteran
of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
(JSO), has worked in various ca-
pacities within the Sheriff's Office
including patrolman, sergeant,
lieutenant and assistant chief.
Most recently, Townsend

served as the chief of professional
standards, a position he has held
for the past five years. In this
capacity, he oversaw the day-to-day
operations of accreditation, inter-
nal affairs, the police academy and
recruiting and retention.
In his new role, Townsend will
lead the DCPS' Police Department
in providing a safe, secure and
peaceful learning environment for
all students and staff through the
combined efforts of professional
law enforcement and community
partnerships to protect lives and
Townsend received his bach-
elor of arts degree from Salem State
College in 1974 and his master's of
education from the University of
North Florida in 1987. He serves
as a board member of the Jackson-
ville City and Police Federal Credit
Union and advisory member of the
Police and Fire Pension Fund. He
is also a 2004 graduate of Leader-
ship Jacksonville.
Herrington recently retired
from DCPS after 36 years of
service. He served as the district's
inaugural School Police Chief and
has overseen its development to its
current level of progression.

statewide scenarios are not always
indicative of what's happening on
the local level. Northeast Florida's
housing sales have been on the
same track for 16 months now;
we're seeing more sales at very
buyer-friendly prices."
Lender-mediated properties
continue to constitute a large seg-
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sales, 705 were lender mediated.
Also worth noting is that, while
prices are down on both tradi-
tional and lender-mediated sales,
the amount of decrease is widely
dissimilar. While traditional sale
prices fell 5.4 percent, lender-me-
diated prices dropped 15.2 percent.
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Experience the elegance of The Coves while living
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Can you help?
Open letter to the community

Dear Mandarin Friends,
You might remember me,
I'm Osjah Castro, an 11 year old
middle school honor student and
I've lived my whole life in Man-
darin. I love it here! I like to sing,
dance and act and I love Justin
Bieber. My other love is commu-
nity service and the more I do, the
more I want to do! It seems like
every year my main project gets
bigger and bigger. Last year I held
a huge food drive for the Mandarin
Food Bank and was even named
one of the Kohl's Kids Who Care

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Award Winners this year for that
project.. I've started a community
service group called Osjah's Wish
and we even have a group page on
Facebook. Come join us!
This year I decided to adopt
Timucuan Elementary School for
the whole year. Even though a
whopping 78 percent of their 600
students are on free and reduced
lunch, they have managed to be a
"A" school. Their principal, Mr.
Reddick, really loves his job and
takes his responsibility to those
kids super seriously. I have big
plans to help this school through
the whole year and will check in
with you from time to time to let
you know our progress.
My first project is to collect
backpacks and basic school sup-
plies for the students to help them
start the year off right. So many
of these students come to school
without even a pencil or a piece
of paper. I know it would give
them more motivation to succeed
and work harder at being great
students if they had all of the tools
they need. Maybe while you are
shopping in the next few weeks
you could help out by picking up
a few extra things. Anything you
need for school, they'll need too,

such as backpacks, paper, composi-
tion books, pens, pencils, crayons,
markers, glue sticks etc.
You can either contact us
directly to arrange drop off/pick up
or you can drop off to any of the
three drop off points in Mandarin.
Special thanks to our drop off loca-
tions at Loretto Elementary School
(thanks, Mr. Begley), Arby's on
San Jose Boulevard, Golden Cor-
ral on San Jose Boulevard and all
Starbucks locations in Jacksonville!
The cut off date for donations is
Wednesday, August 18.
We're also hosting a Welcome
Back to School Breakfast for the
teachers and staff on August 16
and would like to thank Starbucks
at UNF for their donation of pas-
tries, coffee and tea for the entire
I'd love to have as many
Mandarin students participate as
we can get and we could always use
more items for the breakfast for the
teachers too. If you'd like to reach
us you can email OsjahsWish@aol.
com. Thank so much for your help
in making this an amazing year for
the students at Timucuan Elemen-
tary School.
Most Sincerely,
Osjah Castro

By Joy Hartley
A girls' day out!

My girl friend groups go
way out to celebrate each other's
birthdays ... might as well huh? I
enjoy these events immensely, as
my friends at RT Publishing can
tell you! I have a tote bag of good-
ies I have collected that can turn
any table at any local eatery into
a celebration station! Party hats,
whistles, confetti, and centerpieces
are ready at a moment's notice to
be thrown into the car and travel
to the designated luncheon spot for
an instant party.
The attention to details of
these events turns into more
intense scrutiny if the birthday
girl is celebrating a mile marker
year. As we are in a "celebratory
season," if you will, this time of
year, I thought I would share with
you readers some of the more
sensational events that have been
executed on the First Coast to
celebrate the birthdays of some of
my closest friends.
Starting in St. Augustine, a
"Birthday Spa Day" was planned
at the award winning Debbie's Day
Spa on Anastasia Island. We began
the morning with champagne at
10:00 a.m., then each gal picked
her "spa experience" from the
menu. At 12:00 noon we set out
to Casa Monica for lunch. Rather
than dinning inside in their beauti-
ful restaurant, it was such a pretty
day we decided to dine "Al Fresco."
We each chose from an assortment
of salads and sandwiches in their
little delicatessen and ate on the
veranda overlooking the downtown
square which gave the luncheon a
very European flair!
Downtown Jacksonville has
lots of opportunities for creative
luncheons but two of the best
stand out. One is the best kept
secret in town, Clara's at the Ca-
thedral. Each Friday of the month
St. John's Episcopal Church lends
its gorgeous dinning hall out to the
Clara White Mission as a fund rais-
ing effort for the center's culinary
arts training program. Out comes
the white linen; waiters in proper
attire tend your table with impec-
cable manners and the food is to

die for! What an experience and
your birthday girl gets the serenade
of her life from the entire staff who
sings Happy Birthday in perfect
MOCA (the Museum of
Contemporary Art downtown
on North Laura Street) has a two
fold fun birthday experience. Not
only is the museum fantastic (my
friend's daughter's photography is
currently on display there), but the
restaurant is another little secret
Cafe Nola is like being in New
York for lunch; the modern decor
is fabulous and the food is too!
Other venues that "v...r k '
for special birthdays in St. Augus-
tine were Tavern on the Bay on the
Avenida Menendez and the San
Sebastian winery tour and restau-
rant and of course shopping on St.
George Street and having the coco-
nut shrimp at the A1A Ale House
is always a winner! The Avonlea
Tea Room off Philips Highway and
Baymeadows Road is a "girl day"
for sure; great food and you have to
buy something cute while you are
there. Get creative and do a "tables-
caping" at your favorite place for
your group's next big day!
The following recipe is a
quickie stir together batter to make
cupcakes for your event. Ice the
cupcakes with canned white icing
and use festive sprinkles!

Mud Cake Batter
1 12 cups flour
3 tbsp. cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup sugar
12 tsp. salt
5 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tbsp. vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup water
Sir dry ingredients in a bowl
with wire whip; stir in remainder
of ingredients. Bake at 350 for 20
minutes. Makes 12 cup cakes or
bake in a 9X9 pan at 350 for 25
to 30 minutes and sprinkle with
powdered sugar. This recipe can be
doubled for 24 cup cakes or halved
for 6.

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Youth arts update
Jacksonville Children's Chorus Triumphing on tour

By Danielle Wirsansky
Neat black binders, hair tidily
pulled back, pink faces tinged with
excitement and...an air steward's
"No," Jacksonville Children's
Chorus (JCC) member Meghan
Slowik says with a giggle. "They
are the choir uniforms."
The JCC was created at Jack-
sonville University with 16 voices.
Since its founding in 1995, the
chorus has grown to have involved
over 400 First Coast children.
Participating children come from
a diversity of racial, religious and
socio-economic backgrounds, hail
from five counties in Northeast
Florida and represent 75 schools.
Its performance choir programs
include over 160 capable young
singers ages seven through 18. At
the end of almost every year, the
chorus goes on tour to perform
in such high venue locations as
Carnegie Hall (2008). This year,
the chorus traveled once again to
New York, this time to perform in
Lincoln Center.
In June, they visited many
iconic places. The favorite event
by many, however, was attending a
performance of Wicked on Broad-
way. "One of my dreams is to be in
Wicked and to see it on Broadway
in New York was amazing," Haley
Chapman (JCC member) gushed.
All of the chorus members put
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in a lot of effort for the concert.
"I downloaded all the songs
to my iPod and listened to it with
the music," said Chapman, while
Megan Randall (JCC member)
thought that "on my part there was
great effort. [The music] was fairly
new and we had a different director
[than usual] so it was tough getting
to know the personality of the new
director in so short a time."
As to the success of the perfor-
mance, Jazzmen Hendley knows
the concert was a success. "I mean,
the way the choruses were behav-
ing and how everyone pitched in
and helped one another to make
this concert so great during a time
when we all could have been out
shopping, paid off. We just put
our best foot forward and gave it
our all and it came great," Hendley
Chapman knew the concert
went well because "Our directors
were amazing and more important-
ly, we connected with the audience
which is what I think makes a suc-
cessful performance."
For Randall, success was found
"because of all the different choir
groups becoming one choir and
working together well."
When asked if performing in
the Lincoln Center still felt special
even though they had sung in other
famous halls such as Carnegie Hall,
Chapman replied, "It definitely
felt special because most kids my
age aspiring to be a musician never
get the chance to do either. And
its always fun seeing the impressed
looks on people's faces when you
tell them you have sung in the
Lincoln Center."

Randall described it as being
"breathtaking when you sing in
places that well known performers
have performed before you."
In the performance however,
the JCC was not alone. They
performed with many choruses
from such places as Georgia and
California. Arrays of songs were
sung, including Latino songs, songs
in Hebrew and African American
Taylar Walker's (JCC member)
favorite song was "As I Walked,"
one of the few songs in English.
For JCC member Slowik,
"Getting to meet all the new peo-
ple from the new choirs, especially
California, was my favorite part."
For those of you who know
a child (grades one through 12)
who loves to sing and would be
interested in joining the Jackson-
ville Children's Chorus, auditions
can be scheduled at 353-1636 or
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Local hospital earns an Excellence through Insight Award

Baptist Medical Center South
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Baptist South was awarded this
honor for making the commitment
to measure and improve its brand
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Measuring consumer perceptions
of quality aids Baptist South in
understanding the relationship
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or a combination of top-of-mind
awareness, perception of quality,
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satisfaction and loyalty.
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to recognize their achievement

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"We are very proud of this
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Baptist South and the people pro-
viding that care," says Ron Robin-
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The program gives the kids the
opportunity to express themselves
while learning the discipline of
rehearsing, learning lines, build-
ing sets and all of the activities
which go into the phrase "On with
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creative, to use and to develop their
Myrick's background is as a
professional opera singer from New
York City where she has performed
at the Metropolitan Opera and
Carnegie Hall as well as regionally
and internationally. She undoubt-
edly brings to the children not only
the love of performing and seeing
an audience entertained, but also
the commitment of a performer to
their craft.
"The Mandarin Community
Club is a perfect place to hold our
shows," she said. She explained
it is a great theatre with a quaint
atmosphere, a stage close to the
audience and of course a wonderful

location-not to leave out the great
cultural support that the Mandarin
neighbors give to cultural activities.
If you have a child just itching to
get on stage and show their talent,
Myrick invites you to learn more
about the kids' theatrical program
by visiting www.broadwaykidstarz.
There were a total of four per-
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The kids were superb in their roles
as they led the audience through
the world of Willy Wonka.
Club President Corrado put
his enthusiasm this way, "I guar-
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pointed in the quality of any of
these productions."
So, fellow neighbors, keep
your eyes alert for an announce-
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Broadway Kid Starz to light up the
stage of Mandarin Community
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manuscripts. Currently displayed
N O. E EC O R are portraits in oil and acrylic by
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A different kind of museum: Jacksonville Consortium of African f f
American Artists.
The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum Coming up in September a a n
By Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville University new exhibit will be presented. En-
When I sat down to write this Independence. titled "Milestones in Medicine," it MEXICAN RESTAURANT
article, my thoughts went back to Some of these show deletions will feature manuscripts by Francis

the first time I visited the Karpeles,
shortly after it opened in May of
1992. At the time I wasn't sure
what to expect, but I remember
that as I left I was surprised, ex-
cited and enthusiastic, and looking
forward eagerly to my next visit.
The building is still impressive
- a beautiful Colonial style white
pillared facade with numerous
steps leading up to the entrance. It
had originally been a church, but
as one goes through the doors into
the main exhibition hall, one feels
that it could have been built for the
purpose of displaying old manu-
scripts as was planned by David
Karpeles, the owner of the manu-
script collection. I hadn't realized
the awe I would experience seeing
the original penmanship of so
many historical documents that I
was familiar with. Highlights of the
collection include many significant
items including the Emancipa-
tion Proclamation, the original
draft proposal of the Bill of Rights,

and corrections, making them truly
come to life. Not all the exhibits
are historical. There are now 11
Karpeles Museums around the
country and exhibits are cre-
ated around a theme and rotated
between the museums. You might
find yourself perusing such things
as a complete hand written manu-
script of Anthony Hope's "Prisoner
of Zenda" or a letter written by
H.G. Wells stating his certainty
that "The War of the Worlds"
would be a success.
The current exhibit is entitled
"The Slave Trade and Abolition"
and will run through August.
Among the items featured are a
draft of Martin Luther King's "I
Have a Dream speech, the treaties
of the many European countries
allowing for identification and
confiscation of slave ships, the
Fugitive Slave Law and Frederick
Douglas's ruling on the "Aboli-
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of penicillin), William J. Mayo
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and Clara Barton announcing the
American Red Cross.
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West First Street in downtown
Jacksonville. For more information,
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ognized the Protestant movement manuscript for "Roots." ian in their right mind can live
and John Hancocks letter which Also featured is an art exhibi- without: air conditioning. Just
accompanied the Declaration of tion on the walls surrounding the thinking about how people a mere
30 or 40 years ago went without
M mandarin Place Bunco Group it can make you start to sweat.
Fans and those clunky window
units don't do anything in July and
August when walking outside at
six a.m. feels like you're in a sauna.
But is there anything less vegan/or-
ganic/in touch with Mother Nature
than filtering out air, humidity and
heat with central air? How do we
reconcile the two if we're trying to
simply make our homes bearable to
live in during the summer?
X".~" There are some simple mea-

make you notice that you're chang-
P. ing your habits. First, you can take
some clothes off. I'm not asking
you to parade au natural around
your neighborhood, but you can
Mandarin Place subdivision will be going into their third year of cool yourself off in your own house
Bunco. The Bunco group meets once a month at different members by wearing less clothing. If you
homes in the subdivision to enjoy appetizers, refreshment and catching wear pants to work, when you
up with each other, but most of all they enjoy the laughter! come home put on shorts. Pair that

with a jog bra or nothing if you're
a man and you're instantly cooler!
Second, learn to deal with it. A
tiny adjustment of three to five
degrees can save you dollars and re-
duce your carbon footprint. If you
keep your air under 75 degrees, try
to endure a little initial discomfort
and turn it up a little. Third, invest
$12 at Big Lots or Wal-mart and
buy some sun-blocking curtains.
They keep the heat from radiating
into your rooms and heating up
the place by being bulky, dark and
all-encompassing of the window
space. Fourth, take a dip or a swig.
Taking a cool shower when you get
home from work or drinking ice
water or tea while hanging out in
your space can do wonders to bring
down your internal temperature,
sparing you the need to turn down
your central air. You can also go
somewhere else during the hottest
part of the day, like an indoor pool
or an internet cafe and leave your
AC alone completely.
In ancient times, Roman cities
would shunt water through the
walls of privileged houses to cool

them off. These days, big corpora-
tions are turning to ideas like ice
cooling. Basically, they let huge
tanks of water freeze overnight and
then pump the cool air that wafts
from the ice melting during the
day into the building. One way
you can get on the natural-cool-
ing (and heating) bandwagon is
through ground source heat pumps
(GSHP). In hot months, it works
by actually pulling heat from your
home and pouring it into the
ground where the pipes are buried.
It reverses itself in the winter. Lots
of information is available on these
green systems and they might be
well worth the investment, since
the EPA has named them the most
efficient and environmentally
responsible systems on the market
Florida is one of the most
unfortunate places to live during
the summer months. But hopefully
you can help the green cause with-
out getting too sticky and before
you know it, it'll be time to turn
the heat on once again. Good luck
staying cool!

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Student athletes know that the
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schedule those sports physical!
"A sports physical is not just a
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information about your child," says Dr.
Ross Osborn, M.D., of Julington Creek's
new Center for Health and Sports
Medicine, which is both a family and
sports medicine practice.
"I do about 350 Pop Warner sports
physical each year," says Dr. Osborn.
"Each year I find about ten to 15 issues

that could lead to an injury down the road
for the athlete." By finding a potential
problem early, Dr. Osborn can then
determine a way for the athlete to play his
or her sport safely.
"The big positives to having a sports
physical include screening for diseases,
finding a predisposition to certain
physical problems, and discovering
if your child is engaging in unsafe
behavior," says Dr. Osborn.
Injury prevention studies also provide
insight. "From studies, we know that
hamstring weakness and inflexibility in

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shoulder injury for too long and it cost
me a year in college when I couldn't play
tennis," he says.
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sooner the better," says Dr. Osborn.

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Day School's air conditioned gym.


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ing their own movie in "Make-A-
Move" camp at St. Johns Country

Exercise caution
in the summer
As the warm days of summer
set in, keep these safety tips in
mind to avoid stressing your body
as you work outdoors:
1. Perform your heaviest tasks
during the morning. If you
have work that will require you
to exert a lot of energy, it's best
to do it in the cooler hours of
the morning.
2. Build your tolerance. It usually
takes a good two weeks for
your body to acclimate itself
to working in the heat, so give
yourself time to adjust to higher
3. Use the buddy system. That
way you can keep an eye out
and get help if needed.
4. Drink water. Health experts
say you should drink a small
cup every 15 to 20 minutes
when you're working in the heat
to stay hydrated and cool.
5. Take breaks. Give your body a
chance to cool down by head-
ing off to a cool area for a few
6. Eat lightly. Avoid heavy or big
meals before you have to work
in the heat.
7. Skip the caffeine. It makes
your body lose water and
increases your chances of heat

The other day I was chatting
with my friend Marsha and com-
mented that here I was again...fac-
ing the deadline for my fashion
article. I then commented that it
was the swimsuit season so I felt
compelled to address that nasty
topic for my Fashionable Florida
Friends (FFFs). Marsha imme-
diately shot back, "just go to the
cover up part and forget the rest."
So my FFFs here it is...The cover
up story.
Actually there are many new
things on the market now to help
us buffer the humiliation of ap-
pearing in public in a swimsuit.
First you must define your needs:
are you going to the beach with
your family or are you going to
spend the afternoon lolling around
the pool sipping margaritas? The
silliest thing I ever saw was a
woman wearing a sheer lingerie
looking cover up at the beach.
In leafing through my peri-
odicals I found some cute original
ideas that were too easy. One photo
shows a gal wearing a short denim
skirt over her suit and another has
a flowing white sleeveless peasant
top popped over a tankini. A short
printed wrap dress over a solid col-
ored suit is also too cute! But one
thing to remember-these models
have on great earrings and fun
colored sandals which complete a
put-together look for poolside.
Here are some more findings
of my cover up research:
Buy a cute eyelet or burnt-out
blouse in a size or two too large
and pop it over a suit.

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A printed wrap around skirt cov-
ers a bottom well.
Buy a cheap sundress with an
elastic top to cover it all.
A long peasant skirt or a long knit
skirt in a solid color slims.
The new cotton knit shrug worn
over a suit with the sleeves
rolled up looks great as resort
A knit tank dress is very tasteful
over a suit.
A sleeveless hoodie sweater is a
great topper.
Linen gauchos with a draw-string
waist cover a bottom.
Your husband's white starched
dress shirt is a crisp pool look.
Get creative! I bought a man's
large tank top and matching hat at
a theme park gift shop in Orlando;
the shirt's background is dark with
a really pretty colored fun logo on
the front and the hat is too cute
with a pony tail outta the back!
Perfect beach gear!
For a pretty versatile look for
the resort try this sarong informa-
tion. The most important factor
about the sarong is the fabric. Pick
a print that suits your personal-
ity-one that you could see hang-
ing in your closet if it were a dress.
Think minimum bulk for the
fabric's weight and buy a 40-inch
square sarong so that you can tie it
in any one of these configurations:
Around the hips: Fold fabric
lengthwise. Tie the sarong around
your hips with the knot to the side
or back. Tug one side slightly lower
than the other to prevent bunch-
Halter dress style: Hold the
sarong behind you just under the
armpits. Bring the ends forward
and up, cross them at the front of
the neck and tie them at the nape
of your hairline in back.
Strapless dress: Fold the square
in half lengthwise. Hold one end of
the fold in the center of your chest
and wrap the fabric around you
one and a half times double knot-
ting the ends at your chest.
Ok my FFFs, three you have
it! The cover up story! And remem-
ber, every swimsuit wearer is her
own harshest critic!

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How to enroll your child for

Tips to keep preschoolers' teeth healthy

Whether you're new to
Jacksonville or have a little one
who has now become kindergar-
ten-aged, you'll find the follow-
ing tips from the Duval County
School District website (www.
duvalschools.org) useful when reg-
istering your child for school.
First of all, under Florida
Law, a child must have success-
fully completed kindergarten in
order to be eligible for first grade.
Children may enter kindergarten
if they will be five years old on or
before September 1 and children
may enter first grade if they will
be six years old on or before
September 1 and have success-
fully completed kindergarten. All
children who will be six years old
by February 1 must attend school
and all children must attend
school until they reach the age of
In order to register your child
in a Duval County public school,
first find out which school your
children) will attend. You may
contact the Pupil Assignment
Office at 390-2144 to learn where
your children) are assigned to
attend school based upon your
home address. Then, visit the
school your children) will attend
to register during school hours.
Check the school listing on
our website (www.duvalschools.
org) for individual school hours.
Please be sure to bring the
following information with you:
Results of a Florida physical
(school-entry health exam)
performed within one year of
the date of enrollment.
Proof of address. Acceptable
documents include: a Jackson-
ville Electric Authority (JEA)

bill, a credit card statement, a
mortgage agreement, a lease
agreement (from a company,
not a private individual) or a
piece of mail forwarded to the
current address and containing
a yellow United States Post Of-
fice forwarding address sticker.
Proof of all required immuniza-
tions (Florida certification of
immunization, DH Form 690)
or an exemption.
For Kindergarten and first grade
students, a Certified birth
record is required. Accept-
able birth records include: the
original certified birth record,
a duly attested transcript of
the child's birth record filed
according to law by a public
officer charged with record-
ing births, a duly attested
transcript of a certificate of
baptism showing the date of
birth and place of baptism,
accompanied by a sworn
affidavit by the parents, an
insurance policy on the child's
life that has been in force for
at least two years, a bona fide
contemporary Bible record of
the child's birth, accompanied
by an affidavit sworn to by the
parents, a passport or certifi-
cate of arrival in the United
States showing the age of the
child or a transcript of record
of age shown in the child's
school record of a least four
years prior to application and
stating the date of birth.
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enrolled in another school
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bring joy to the people who see
them. Preschoolers' teeth also help
them chew and speak and they cre-
ate space in the jaw for adult teeth
to grow in straight. Unfortunately,
these "baby teeth" are also prone
to early childhood caries or baby
bottle tooth decay, also known as

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How do preschoolers develop
cavities? As in adults, children's
mouths are filled with bacteria.
Whenever a child consumes sugar
or starch, the bacteria feed on the
sugar, releasing acid as a byprod-
uct. This acid can break down the
outer layer of the tooth, creating
So, how can parents ensure
that preschoolers' teeth stay
healthy? Here are some tips:
* Keep preschoolers' teeth clean.
By the time a child has reached
age two to five, they should be
on their way to caring for their
own teeth. By age three, they
should have a full set of baby
teeth. Most children at this age
will want to brush their teeth
on their own, but it is impor-
tant to supervise and help them
until they are doing it correctly.
Do a quick follow-up brushing
if necessary with a soft-bristled
tooth brush.
Use probiotics. Oral care
probiotics can be an effective

step in a preschooler's oral care
routine. If left unchecked, bad
bacteria can overwhelm the
mouth, possibly leading to
tooth decay. EvoraKids (www.
myevorakids.com), a chewable
containing a special blend of
oral care probiotics designed
for children, works by flooding
the mouth with good bacteria,
which adhere to tooth surfaces,
including crevices, pits and
fissures in the chewing surfaces,
helping to promote happy
smiles. It supports tooth health
by balancing the bacteria in the
SLimit sweets. Sugar produces
an acid that removes calcium
from teeth, thereby breaking
down the enamel. Only give
children fruit for snacks, not
cookies or crackers with refined
sugar. If you do keep sweets in
your house, only give children
candy that they can consume
all at once. Always make them
brush their teeth soon after eat-
ing candy to remove any sugars
that may still be sitting in the
SAvoid sharing silverware with
your child. Never put your
mouth on anything that will
enter your child's mouth
- children aren't born with de-
structive bacteria in the mouth;
they catch them from mom
and dad.

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Put "brain power" on the
back-to-school list

(NewsUSA) That groan you
hear is most likely the collective
sound of children's disappointment
that summer is almost over and a
new school year is about to begin.
And while you've probably thought
of all the back-to-school essentials,
there's something you might not
have considered-brain health.
Based on considerable research
indicating that diet, exercise and
rest can help improve cognitive
performance, the California In-
novations BrainFuel program helps
parents lay a strong foundation
for their children's education. It
features short articles that highlight
recent brain research, the impact
that sleep and fitness have on
mental acuity, quick tips for pack-
ing smarter lunches, and recipes for
brain-healthy meals. Here are a few
tips to get you started:
SSkip the snooze and make
breakfast. Research has found
that breakfast-eaters have higher
school attendance, reduced
tardiness, better behavior and
stronger test performance than

* Drop the pop. Is soda pop really
that bad? "Yup. Affirmative.
Absolutely," says board-certified
nutritionist and author Jonny
Bowden, PhD, CNS. Loaded
with high-fructose corn syrup,
soda pop offers a lot of calories
and no nutritional value. Stick
with the basics like 100 percent
juice, milk or plain old water.
* Go nuts! For snacks, skip the
potato chips and pack nuts in-
stead (allergies aside, of course).
Walnuts are high in Omega-3
and antioxidants like vitamin E
and vitamin B6.
* Focus on fitness. Experts aren't
exactly sure how exercise fuels
learning, but they know that it
does. According to Dr. John J.
Ratey, clinical associate profes-
sor of psychiatry at Harvard
Medical School, "Exercise itself
doesn't make you smarter, but it
puts the brain of the learners in
the optimal position for them
to learn." Studies show that
exercise enables cells to sprout

synapses, which are crucial to
forming connections the brain
needs in order to learn.
* Encourage plenty of sleep.
"Even minor changes in sleep...
can impair a school kid's learn-
ing, memory, attention [and]
concentration," says researcher

Avi Sadeh, DSc, director of the
Laboratory for Children's Sleep
and Arousal Disorders at Tel
Aviv University.
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Pickles: The perfect after-school snack

The bus routes are currently being updated for the
2010-2011 school year. Please check the school district
website www.duvalschools.org on August 9 for the
new routes. Beginning on August 10, you can also call
the annual Transportation Call Center at 381-RIDE
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(NewsUSA) Looking for new
and creative ways to get your kids
to eat healthier after-school snacks?
Try opening a jar of pickles.
"Pickles are a fun, easy and
most importantly, tasty and healthy
snack that kids and parents love,"
said Jeff Tuttle, chief marketing
officer for M.A. Gedney Company,
producer and marketer of the Del
Monte line of pickles.
"An afternoon snack is not just
an indulgence, it is a necessity for
active kids with fast metabolisms,"
Tuttle added.
Now offering the world's first
line of USDA-certified organic

pickles, Del Monte products are
available in supermarkets and retail
outlets offering natural and organic
foods nationwide. The new organic
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Butter Chips, Dill Burger Slices,
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Consider this quick and easy
recipe for Pickle Roll-Ups. They
can be prepared in advance, are
simple enough for the whole family
to make, and fun for kids to eat
with their fingers. They make a
great after-school snack as well.
For more kid-friendly recipes,
visit www.delmontepickle.com.

Quick and Easy Pickle Roll-Ups
1 jar of Del Monte Dill Baby
Pickles, either traditional
"Babies" or Del Monte's new
organic version
1 8-ounce package of cream
cheese at room temperature
3 packages of sliced deli meat,
such as ham or corned beef
Spread thin layer of cream
cheese on slice of meat. Wrap one
pickle with cheese-covered meat
slices. Chill for at least one hour,
then slice rolls into wheels. The
pickle will be surrounded by the
cream cheese and sliced meat in
bite-sized bundles.

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The halls are alive with the sound of music

(NewsUSA) As students pur-
chase No. 2 pencils and notebooks,
parents and teachers might want
to think about putting something
else on back-to-school lists-musi-
cal instruments. Numerous studies
demonstrate that musical educa-
tion benefits children both in and
out of the classroom. One study
from Columbia University found
that students in the arts are more
cooperative with teachers and peers,
more self-confident and better able
to express their ideas. Students in
music programs show higher IQs
than their peers and art programs
have been proven to boost critical-
thinking and problem-solving skills.
A study by Patricia Shehan
Campbell, Ph.D., of the University
of Washington examined essays by
1,155 teenagers on school music
programs. The essays revealed that
music gives teens the freedom to be
themselves, as well as a creative and
emotional outlet.
With music programs being cut
across the country, independent or-
ganizations are working hard to help
students access musical educations.
For example, NAMM, the 109-year-
old trade association of the interna-

tional music products industry, has instruments for their band, funding
launched the non-profit Wanna Play for their school music programs and
Fund (www.nammfoundation.org) the chance to perform live at the
to support programs and activi- SchoolJam USA Finals in Anaheim,
ties that strengthen music educa- California.
tion in schools. Endorsed by Mike The 2010 winner, a band called
Huckabee, a bass player and former After Math, won $5,000 for its
governor of Arkansas, the Wanna schools' music programs, a trophy
Play Fund uses donations to fund in the shape of a platinum album
community-based music programs and a grand-prize trip to Europe to
and provide musical instruments to perform at the international 2010
schools. SchoolJam finals in Frankfurt, Ger-
Another NAMM-sponsored many. Kids can take this opportuni-
program, SchoolJam USA, en- ty to form their own bands and get
courage teenagers to form bands involved in the contest. Teen bands
through a unique, all-teen battle- can sign up for the 2011 SchoolJam
of-the-bands competition. Amateur USA competition after August 2,
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and minds. Studies show that
breakfast improves academic per-
formance and energy levels and
helps children receive adequate
nutrition. A balanced breakfast
should include carbohydrates,
like grain or fruit and protein.
If your child likes cereal, find a
brand that contains 100 percent
whole grains. Other healthy
choices include fruit smoothies,
100 percent whole grain toast
with peanut butter and oatmeal.
Encourage your child to drink
fat-free or low-fat milk or equiva-
lent milk products.
Teach your child to pack his own
lunch. Children enjoy eating
foods that they prepare them-
selves, so involve your child in
planning and packing his own
lunch. Make healthy lunches
fun. Use cookie-cutters to design
animal- or car-shaped sandwiches
and include hummus, nut but-
ters or yogurt for dipping sliced
fruits and vegetables. Make sure
that your child's lunch includes
grain, protein and produce.
Think ahead for snacktime. Have
easy-to-prepare, healthy snacks
ready at home. Clean and slice
fresh fruits and vegetables early
in the week, then store them
in the fridge. Keep whole-grain
crackers, crispbreads or rice cakes
on hand. Unsweetened apple-
sauce, which comes in individual
cups, provides a healthy option
that most children can serve
Stay active after dinner. Instead
of watching television in the
evenings, plan a physical activity.
Taking the dog for a walk, going
to the park, playing ball in the
backyard or holding bowling par-
ties all provide healthy entertain-
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A back-to-school checklist

for parents
(NewsUSA) As summer
winds down, thoughts turn to the
school year. But it's easy to put
off back-to-school preparations
until the last minute, when you
find yourself frantically throwing
packs of No. 2 pencils in your cart.
This year, why not try for a more
organized approach? Here are some
* Go through your child's
wardrobe. The end of summer
marks the perfect time to have
a fashion show. Have your child
put on a fashion show and note
what items you will need to re-
place. Get rid of ill-fitting, ratty
and never-worn items. Consider
donating "gently used" pieces.
Organize classroom supplies.
When you receive your school's
supply list, don't immediately
run to the store. Look through
what you bought last year-you
may still have spare notebooks,
pencils or binders that haven't
been used. All children will
need a backpack. If your child's
due for a replacement, look for
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STake a look around your child's
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child's growing up like entering
a new grade, so the start of the
school year is a good time to see
if your child would prefer more
"big kid" decor." You don't have
to hire a decorator; a few post-
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do the trick.
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All Souls Anglican Faith Baptist Church of
Church Mandarin
4042 Hartley Road 2955 Orange Picker Rd
904-268-4600 262-6944
www.allsoulsjax.org www.faithbcm.org
Beth Shalom First Baptist Church of
Congregation Mandarin
4072 Sunbeam Rd 3990 Loretto Rd
268-0404 268-2422
www.bethshalomiax.org www.fbcofmandarin.org
Bible Believers Baptist First Christian Church
Church 11924 San Jose Blvd.
3857 Hartley Rd. 262-1662
260-8370 http://firstchristianjax.
www.BibleBelieversBap- clearwire.net
First Conservative
Buckman Bridge Baptist Church
Unitarian Universalist 12021 St. Augustine Rd.
Society 262-7777
12447 Mandarin Road www.conservative.edu
www.bbuus.org Freedom Christian
Christ Church PCA 3423 Loretto Road
9791 St. Augustine Rd 268-2244
262-5588 www.fcfiax.org
www.christchurch-pca.com Grace Bible Study
Christ's Church Mandarin Community Club
6045 Greenland Rd. 12447 Mandarin Road
268-2500 422-8541
www.ccontheweb.com Grace Chapel Christian
Christian Family Chapel Fellowship
10365 St. Augustine Rd 2960 Plummer Cove Rd.
262-3000 288-8808
www.christianfamilychapel.com www.gracechapeliax.com
Congregation Ahavath Guardian Lutheran
Chesed The Temple Church
8727 San Jose Boulevard 4911 Losco Road
733-7078 268-5816
www.thetemplejacksonville.org www.guardianlutheran.com
CrossView Church Jacksonville Jewish
10679 Old St. Aug. Rd. Center
904-236-4110 3662 Crown Point Road
www.crossview.org 292-1000
Crown Point Baptist
Church Mandarin Baptist Church
10153 Old St. Augustine Rd. 11244 San Jose Blvd.
262-9743 262-6322
www.crownpointbaptist- www.mbc-jax.org
Mandarin Church
Episcopal Church of Our of Christ
Saviour 12791 St. Augustine Rd.
12236 Mandarin Road 268-5683
268-9457 www.mandarincc.com
Mandarin First Church
www.coos.org of God
Etz Chaim Synagogue 4319 Barkoskie Road
10167 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FI 32258
262-3565 (904)-292-4498

Mandarin Lutheran
Church ELCA
11900 San Jose Blvd.
Mandarin Presbyterian
11844 Mandarin Road
Mandarin Seventh Day
Adventist Church
10911 Old St. Augustine Rd.
Mandarin United
Methodist Church
11270 San Jose Blvd.
Philip R. Cousin AME
2625 Orange Picker Road
St. Augustine Road
Baptist Church
13233 St. Augustine Rd.
St. Joseph's Catholic
11730 Old St. Augustine Rd.
St. Justin the Martyr
Orthodox Church
12460 St. Augustine Rd
Shepherd of the Woods
Lutheran Church
6595 Columbia Park CT,
Solid Rock Church of
12855 Old St. Augustine Rd.
The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day
11951 St Augustine Rd.
(904) 268-5428

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Museum Art and Gardens

Explore the Cummer Museum
of Art and Gardens, located at
829 Riverside Avenue, with Jewish
newcomers and friends on Tuesday,
August 17 at 7:00 p.m. as the city's
cultural icon celebrates works of
art from private collections across
Jacksonville. Porcelain, paintings
and pottery will mingle with sculp-
ture and cultural objects in this
diverse exhibition.
The area's top personal and
corporate collectors, including a
few you may not know about, are
sharing some of their most prized
possessions with our community.
Each collector reveals the signifi-
cance of the work they selected to
be part of the exhibition through
quotes and commentary, while
photographs by Ingrid Damiani
document each collector in their
private space.

This museum is known for its
American and European paintings
and its renowned lineup of early
Meissen porcelain In addition to
the 5,500 pieces in the museum's
permanent collection, we will also
enjoy the museum's three stunning
gardens that are just as impressive
as the art.
There is no entry fee for our
event; however, donations to the
museum are appreciated. If you
need a ride or can give a ride please
meet at the Temple parking lot,
located at 8727 San Jose Boule-
vard at 6:15 p.m. Our group will
meet at 6:45 p.m. in the museum
lobby. The guided tour will begin
promptly at 7:00 p.m. You may
also opt for a self-guided tour.
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Mandarin's annual dinner/auction
will be held on Saturday, August
14 at 5:00 p.m. to support the
Mandarin Food Bank and other
community needs. Local merchants
have partnered with First Christian
Church, donating items and gift
certificates for this exciting event.
This year's theme is "Stars and
Stripes Parade" with Americana
food and decorations.
No tickets are being sold but
a generous donation at the door is
requested. All funds will be used to
help the needy in our community.
There will be both a live and silent
auction featuring a large variety of
wonderful items. It's always a lot
of fun as everyone looks over the
items when they arrive and starts
the silent bidding! Then dinner is
served and the live auction begins.
There will be a silent auction table
just for children with all bids in
increments of one dollar. Mystery
prizes and games are also planned
for the children.

Florida. If you are new to the com-
munity or are interested in making
Jewish connections, please contact
Isabel Balotin, Shalom Jacksonville
coordinator, at 448-5000 x 206 or

First Christian Church of
Mandarin is a beacon in our com-
munity, reaching out to those who
are searching for opportunities to
grow and learn and ways to serve
others. The members care deeply
for one another and seek to make
a difference in our neighborhoods
and the wider community. As a
world-wide organization, First
Christian Church (Disciples of
Christ) ministers around the world
telling the Good News, helping in
times of natural disaster, economic
upheaval and war.
Please put the date of this
important event on your calendar
and plan to attend to experience
a great evening of fun and an op-
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A Jewish Reconstruction- Chadashah gathers once a month,
ist congregation is being formed rotating among members' homes.
in northeast Florida Kehillah We hope people will join us for
Chadashah, which means A New our next gathering for Havdalah,
Community. For many people dessert and learning on August 21
Reconstructionist Judaism offers at 7:00 p.m. For more information
dynamic engagement with Jewish and to RSVP, people should email
tradition and practice, spiritual- kehillahchadashah@gmail.com or
ity and an open, accepting and call 923-4466.
welcoming community. The Re-
constructionist movement believes Ladies, come join us for a
that Judaism is an ever-evolving study of Daniel, I and II Peter and
religious civilization, reflecting the I and II Thessalonians. Registration
changing dynamics of our commu- is now underway for this fall Bible
nity, our world and Judaism today. study. CBS (Community Bible
We respect our past and honor Study) meets Thursday mornings
the traditions and rituals that have at Christ Church PCA, located at
defined us as a people. Together we 9790 Old St. Augustine Road from
celebrate our heritage while being 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. while
actively engaged in work to apply Duval/St. Johns County schools are
and adapt it through our religion in session. Childcare and children's
and culture in contemporary ways. classes are available. All are wel-
As a new congregation, Kehillah

hurting in our area. Also, please
call the church office at 262-1662
to register your attendance for the

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Saturday 4:30 p.m.
Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m.,
10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon
Spanish Mass
Sunday 9:00 a.m.
Historic Church
Traditional Latin Mass
1st & 3rd Sunday -
11:00 a.m. Historic Church
Polish Mass
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11:00 a.m. Historic Church
Weekday Mass Schedule
Monday Thursday
8:00 a.m. Historic Church
Friday 8:15 a.m.
Main Church
11730 Old St. Augustine Rd.
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come! Registration is $25 for adults
and $10 for children. Please con-
tact Sandy Mitchell at 731-1452 or
sandy.mitchell57@yahoo.com for
additional information.

Mandarin Christian Women's
Connection will be having a
luncheon on Tuesday, August 10,
from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m.
at the Ramada Inn, located at 3130
Hartley Road. Millie Farthing
from Winter Haven will be both
our speaker and feature. Farthing
uses her beautiful doll collection
to illustrate how we can experi-
ence peace, hope, joy and comfort
regardless of the circumstances of
our lives. Feel free to bring your
unusual or rare dolls to share. The
lunch buffet costs $15. Reserva-
tions and cancellations for lunch
and complimentary nursery are
essential by Friday, August 6.
Please call Cande at 908-5609 or
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My best garden friend
By Contributing Writer Master Gardener Camille Hunter with Duval County Extension,
University of Florida/IFAS
The last thing anyone wants plant roots cooler in summer and Mulch is norr
to do on a hot summer day is pull warmer in winter. It helps prevent feet. To know
weeds, but they seem to spring erosion, keeps mud from splashing add up in squ
up overnight and always in the up in heavy rain and perhaps best the area to be
beds right outside my front door. of all, makes your landscape look inch layer, div
Neither do I enjoy standing in great. of area to be r
the heat, hand watering a bed of Of course, as is the way with example, 10 f
drooping flowers because the al- all friends, some mulches are better is 200 square
lowed twice-a-week irrigation isn't than others. Inorganic mulch like is 200 square
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to fix these problems. I could, for summer sun and can be hard to vide by three;
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ask a gardening friend if she would which break down slowly, improv- laying it at lea
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my best friend would tell me she's mulches and bark products are the shade, lett
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less watering. Lay it on right after same as pine bark nuggets which A baseball
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Writer Rabbi Martin I. Sandberg,
1 player was once (called "Selichot") that gets us ready
is your favorite part to examine our ways and prepares
season?" His reply us for a the period of Atonement
t surprising: "I like which will be coming up.
Each year we start with Rosh Hashanah is a festive
It does not matter time. Jews look forward to the New
rage was the previous Year with hope and optimism. We
Lany hits, runs or er- do not know what lies ahead, but
We start fresh and our we are ready to devote our energies
cceeds or fails based into doing the best we are capable
Snow, not what we of as we enter the future. There is a
ore." legend that imagines God sitting in
;h New Year, based judgment of every human being and
I Hebrew calendar, writing down in a heavenly book
September 9, 2010. what will be the fate of each of us.
ges each year because That is why it is customary for Jews
'orks on a combined to wish each other "L'shana Tova"
culation. The upcom- May you be written for a good year.
e 5771. That follows The ten days from Rosh Ha-
is by the rabbis of the shanah to Yom Kippur (The Day of
ges, counting from Atonement) call us to redouble our
f the world. Today, we efforts to repent for any sins that we
world is far, far older, may have done in the past. We are
er represents a Biblical urged to approach any person that
ginning of human we may have hurt or offended, to

In Judaism, we view each New
Year as a fresh start. To prepare for
this holiday, Jews are urged to begin
a period of self-evaluation during
the month before Rosh Hashanah
(The New Year). This month is
marked by the sounding of the Sho-
far (a ram's horn) at each weekday
morning service. The Shofar will
also be used on Rosh Hashanah as
the highlight of the holiday service.
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offer our sincere apology and try to
make amends in whatever way we
can. On Yom Kippur we conclude
this period of repentance with a 25
hour fast, abstaining from all food
and drink. We spend most of our
waking hours in prayer. The com-
munity, as a whole, recites a liturgy
of confession several times. While
any given individual has not com-
mitted all of these sins, we know
that as a group, many of sins may
have been done. We pray for for-
giveness for ourselves, our families
and the entire house of Israel.
With the end of Yom Kippur,
the New Year holidays are com-
pleted. If we have truly fulfilled
all of our responsibilities, seeking
atonement and forgiveness and we
resolve to do better in the New Year,
then we hope that we will start with
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Like the baseball player in the
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Dear Elizabeth,
What would be the best way
to explain to someone that you
would rather stay in a hotel than
at their house during a visit? My
in-laws want my family to come
visit but their house is way too
small. We have done it before and
we were miserable. I don't want to
hurt their feelings, but we are so
uncomfortable while we are there
because no one is getting enough
sleep. Any suggestions?
Julington Creek

Dear Alexis,
I really believe that in this situ-
ation, you just need to be honest
with your in-laws. Explain why this
is better for your family and how it
will only make your visit better.
Good Luck!

Dear Elizabeth,
My daughter is going away to
college at the end of the summer.

She wants to have a big going away
party before she leaves. We just had
a very big graduation party for her
and don't feel right about having
another big party. What do you
Fruit Cove

Dear Tamara,
I think that it is perfectly fine
to have a small, very informal go-
ing away party for your daughter
with her friends. Since you just had
a graduation party, it is not neces-
sary to have another big party. This
should be a small party so she can
say good-bye to her friends.
Good Luck!

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Book Review

Dead in the Family
Written by Charlaine Harris. 31 1 F
May 2010.
Review by T.G. Stanton
Bon Temps, Louisiana is the
home of many supernatural beings.
The vampire community came
out to the public sometime ago.
With the development of True
Blood, the vamps no longer need
to feed on humans and have made
themselves known to the world
as more than myth and magic.
More recently, werewolves and
various other shape-shifters have
gone public. Now the government
wants to regulate and control the
new populations. Census workers,
beware the angry super naturals!
Sookie Stackhouse is friend to
the supes and she has just discov-

)ages. Published by Ace Books,

ered her own unusual roots. She
has always been different and now
she knows why. Sookie is a descen-
dant of the local faerie leader. A
recent fae war closed the portal to
those of her blood, leaving some
dead and some behind and Sookie
seriously injured. It seems one is
hanging around Sookie's yard and
the reasons are unknown. Not only
is this mystery unclear, but after
loaning her lands to some were-
wolves for the full moon, bodies
are popping up in strange places.
Sookie is also bonded and secretly
married to the vampire leader of
her community. Eric Northman

runs area 5 and there is political
upheaval in the vampire com-
munity as well, leading to new
dangers and issues for Sookie and
her supernatural husband. Friends
of various breeds may need to help
Sookie out of this new situation.
Charlaine Harris has written
many Sookie Stackhouse novels
and this is the basis for the hit
HBO series True Blood. The
novels are slightly lighter than the
series and there have been several
differences in storyline. It will be
interesting to see where the story
is taken by HBO. Each novel
written by Charlaine Harris has so
far been entertaining with crazy
and funny characters, well-devel-
oped and integral to the future.
The books are quick reads and
keep your attention throughout
the storyline. True Blood lovers
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Crossing, which has been named
by Metrostudy as the top commu-
nity for single-family construction
starts in recent quarters, continues
to experience sales success as more
and more families fall in love with
its family-oriented design.
"When we developed Durbin
Crossing, we envisioned a com-
munity for families," said Jason
Sessions, vice president and partner
of Sessions Development. "We
developed the community with
the great connectivity between
the homes, numerous parks and
incredible amenity centers. Our
residents have embraced these ele-
ments and made them part of their
everyday lives."
Within the community, the
amenities are endless with beautiful
amenity centers, recreational areas,
family parks and walking trails.
The South Amenity Center offers a
5,000-square-foot grand clubhouse
with party room, full catering
kitchen, and community board-
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Additionally, residents also
enjoy a completed road infrastruc-
ture for convenience and added
connectivity in the community.
Durbin Crossing is also conve-
niently located adjacent to several
of the St. Johns County School
District's highest rated schools.

with junior Olympic length lanes
and starting blocks, waterslide and
separate children's pool. Also at the
South Amenity Center, the state-
of-the-art fitness center features the
most modern innovations includ-
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with personal flat-screen televisions
that rival any professional gym.
A multi-purpose field with four
lighted tennis courts, basketball
and volleyball courts, and children's

play area complete the offerings of By Contributing Writer Ralph Little, Public Affairs, Flotilla 14-8
the South Amenity Center.
The community's North The auxiliary's missions are She has also managed to ha
Amenity Center is a more intimate grouped into member services, recre- daughters, two sons and thr
version of the South Center with national boating safety and operations children. Strong was appoint
the same beautiful architecture, but and marine safety. A fourth group locations officer in 1998 and
with luxuries all its own including is fellowship, which includes our publishing the then hard co
a gorgeous clubhouse with party social activities. In July's article, we mailed newsletter. Learning
kitchen and clubroom, an oversized introduced you to operations, which essary skills, she transition<
family fun pool with splash park, obviously falls into that group. This online format and maintain
a children's play area, four lighted month the focus is on member ity newsletter. Showing her
tennis courts, basketball court and services. Strong also accepted the un
a perfectly manicured multi-pur- Auxiliarists working in this title of flotilla historian and
pose field. Both amenity centers group provide the support necessary collecting photos and mem,
offer daily activities, events and to members and overall Coast Guard from other flotilla members
private parties. missions. There are 11 categories of organizing them into large
Both of the amenity centers support, but this article discusses the and digital files. In 2004 St
host popular events for residents person who creates and distributes took on the role of division
throughout the year, such as the publications that keep mem- tions officer and began pub
holiday parties, fitness classes and bers informed on all our activities the division's quarterly new
networking opportunities for and help us stay abreast of plans the Nor'easter.
families. When combined with and policies. The publications staff Strong's publication aw
two parks that encompass 35-acres officer, Carolyn Strong, is primar- speak for the flotilla's good
and unprecedented natural beauty, ily the editor and distributor of the Eight Bells was chosen as the
flitlla nnewsletter To do thAis she

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must work closely with division and
district levels to ensure the flow of
suitable articles and information.
She also must encourage flotilla
members to submit articles, main-
tains files of publications, articles
and photographs of flotilla activities
and submits publications and articles
for broader consumption. Unlike
operations, Strong primarily operates
alone with some support from other
members or higher level counter-
On a monthly basis, Strong
puts the Flotilla 14-8 newsletter,
Eight Bells, together and distributes
some 100 copies by email or mail.
Examples of her organization and
creativeness can be found on the
flotilla website at http://a0701408.
After moving to Jacksonville
from Des Moines, Iowa in 1981,
Strong married a member of the
flotilla and joined up. Although re-
tired in 1991 after 25 years with Bell
Telephone companies as a design en-
gineer and scheduling engineer, she
has since worked for other compa-
nies and as a contractor for AT&T.

ve two
ee grand-
ited pub-
d began
py and
the nec-
i to an
s a qual-
rong also

e auxil-

St. Johns County School District
opened Creekside High School in
August, which serves about 1,000
area students. Fruit Cove Middle
School and Durbin Creek Elemen-
tary also serve the community, with
each school recognized as an "A"
rated school in the state of Florida.

iary's Seventh District "Best Flotilla
Publication" for the year 2004 out of
some 74 flotillas. The Nor'easter was
voted "Best Division Publication
in the Seventh District for the year
2005 out of 17 divisions and it also
received the 2005 national award for
"Division Publication First Place."
If you have publications skills
or want to learn, Strong would
be happy to share and our staff
positions are open for selection
annually. Contact Charles Smith
at 541-1660 and he will guide you
through membership. Members
and all boat operators can take the
Auxiliary Boating Safety Program
which occurs nearly every Monday
at 6:30 p.m. at the Stellar building
near Interstate 295 at 2900 Hartley
Road. The cost is $20 per partici-
pant. Please call Bob (721-1346) for
specifics and to register.

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As the warm days of summer
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during the morning. If you
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to exert a lot of energy, it's best
to do it in the cooler hours of
the morning.

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School is out and families
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summer! Whether traveling, hosting
guests in your home or just enjoy-
ing the weather outdoors, children
are at greater risk of accidental poi-
soning during the summer months.
During last year's summer months,
June through August, there were
over 30,000 poisoning emergency
calls placed to the poison centers in
the state of Florida. Although we
commonly see calls concerning sed-
ative/hypnotic drugs, cardiovascular
drugs, cosmetics, topical prepara-
tions and foreign body ingestions,
pesticides, insecticides, plant inges-
tions and insect bites/stings seem to
always peak this time of year. Of the
total number of poison emergency
calls, approximately 14,000 calls
statewide were for children age six
and under.
It is difficult to maintain a
poison-proof environment dur-
ing the summer season, but a few
simple tips can help reduce the
chance of accidental poisoning
emergencies, especially in children.
The Florida/USVI Poison Informa-
tion Center Jacksonville offers the
following tips to help keep you safe
during the summer. For poisoning
emergencies, call the Poison Center
emergency number at 1-800-222-
*When using insect repellents,
always follow the directions
carefully as some repellents are
not meant to be applied to the
skin. However, when applying
appropriate insect repellents ap-
ply only to exposed skin. When
applying to the face, spray on
the hands and rub onto face,
being careful to avoid the eyes
and mouth. Do not spray on
children's hands as they tend to
rub their eyes and/or place their
hands or fingers in their mouths.
Wash all sprayed areas with soap
and water when finished play-
ing outdoors, as the repellent is
no longer necessary. Repeated
applications may be dangerous;
wash with soap and water before
reapplying repellent.
Immediately call the Poison

Control Center if you believe
you have been bitten or stung
by any of the following: snakes,
spiders, fire ants, jellyfish or
Portuguese man-o-war.
* Many chemicals used to control
insects, rodents and weeds are
also toxic. When ingested or
inhaled, even in very small
amounts, most are capable of
producing illness. Avoid using
products that require leaving
powder or pellets in areas where
children and pets may have ac-
cess to them.
* For pool chemicals safety, read
and follow the labels and direc-
tions carefully before you use
the product; these products
should only be opened and used
outdoors. Do not store pool
chemicals where other flamma-
ble items may mix with them;
i.e., a mixture of pool chemicals
and fertilizer can cause a fire or
explosion. Never use metallic
utensils to dispense pool chemi-
cals; instead use clean and dry
plastic, glass, china or enamel-
ware utensils and buckets.
* Use caution when petroleum-
based products, such as gasoline,
kerosene, motor oils, paint thin-
ner, furniture polish or mineral
spirits, are used. If ingested, the
chemical can get into the lungs
to cause coughing, difficulty in
breathing and lung damage. If
ingested, call the Poison Control
Center immediately. Do not
induce vomiting.
* Children are fascinated with
mushrooms. A mushroom can-
not usually be judged safe by
sight, by the area in which it
grows or by witnessing ani-
mals eating it. Many species of
mushrooms are capable of caus-
ing illness, poisoning or death.
All wild mushrooms ingested
should be considered potentially
* To avoid food poisoning, wash
all counter tops, utensils and
hands with warm, soapy water
prior to and after food prepara-
tion and thaw meat and poultry
in the refrigerator. Avoid leaving

say you should drink a small
cup every 15 to 20 minutes
when you're working in the heat
to stay hydrated and cool.
5. Take breaks. Give your body a
chance to cool down by head-
ing off to a cool area for a few
6. Eat lightly. Avoid heavy or big
meals before you have to work
in the heat.
7. Skip the caffeine. It makes
your body lose water and
increases your chances of heat

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perishable food out of the refrig-
erator for more than two hours.
When traveling, store medica-
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pellent or sunscreen in suitcases
locked in the vehicle's trunk
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ter for at least five minutes and
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enhance patient safety," said direc-
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experience for us all."
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the 14-bed NICU at Baptist South
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highest level of patient safety and
all the comforts of home in mind.
With colorful walls, wood floors,
artwork created by children and
plenty of space for parents and
loved ones, the NICU aims to be a
welcoming place for Baptist South's
smallest patients. The addition
of the NICU has brought a lot
of positive changes to the 22-bed
unit as well.
"We are now able to keep our
higher risk mothers here at Baptist
South rather than having to send
them somewhere else. The staff
feels more confident knowing that
the NICU is here should a situ-
ation arise where its services are
needed," said Women's Services Di-
rector Lucinda Deputy, RN, MSN.
"It's very convenient for moms and
dads to easily be able to visit their
child down the hall."
The NICU doesn't only care
for babies who were born at Baptist
South; infants from all over North-
east Florida can be cared for here.
"If a family lives in closer
proximity to Baptist South than
Baptist Downtown and their child
is in a position to be cared for in
a Level II NICU, we are able to
transfer those babies to Baptist
South to make it easier for parents
to spend time with their child,"
said Taylor, "That has been met
with a very positive reaction."

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Mandarin Garden Club Yard of the Month
Love of plants shows in backyard oasis
By Contributing Writer Celia Rehm

Congratulations to Kathy
Tufano, recipient of the July Yard
of the Month award. This beauti-
ful two year old garden stands out
as a wonderful product of creativ-
ity, love of plants and remarkable
personal devotion. The Tufanos
have transformed an almost empty
backyard at their suburban Juling-
ton Creek residence into a superb
environment for a wide variety of
plant species.
The delightful garden tour
with Kathy Tufano begins through a
rear exit into the backyard enclosed
with privacy fencing that also works
to bring focus to the spacious
gardening plots that beckon to be
explored. As a whole, an amazing
assortment of groundcovers, plants
and trees replace a traditional lawn
and creatively enhance the beautiful
living and entertainment areas.
We first stop to explore the
blooms of the flowering maple and

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the distinguishing lowers of the
pink autumn sage. On the oppo-
site side I see a beautiful array of
colorful bromeliads and notice the
creeping thyme densely growing
between the pavers of the pathway.
A brush of my hand emits the herb's
aroma. Tufano comments on the
black-eye Susan sprouting seedlings
in rich soil mulched with red bark.
While glancing down, I also notice
the foxtail ferns, jasmine, sweet
potato vine and ornamental grasses
that serve as groundcovers.
A splendid grouping of large
striking plants thrive in deep beds
that link to one another like color-
ful pieces of a changing display to
be enjoyed from the inside. The
red shades of geraniums, salvia,
bleeding heart vine and fire cracker
plants contrast beautifully with
tangerine canna lilies and orange
purslane. Tufano comments on
the dwarf Japanese maple slowly

being obscured by the growing
canna lilies. A smaller bed of yellow
sedum, plumbago, purple passion
vine, fuchsia purslane and ligustrum
bushes repeats a similar display.
Other beds run along the
side and back within the yard's
enclosure with plantings of red
canna lilies, coral honeysuckle,
agapanthus and hydrangeas growing
below higher tiers of an amazing
variation of young trees and shrubs
that includes species of red bud,
magnolia, ligustrum, bottlebrush,
holly, juniper, loquat, queen palm,
weeping mulberry and crape myrtle.
Tucked among the trees are a bird
house, feeder and fountain.
We come to the passion vine
which serves as a host plant for
two specialized butterflies. View-
ing the developmental stages of the
butterfly is a fascinating process
enjoyed by the Tufano family in the
summer. This time, we are treated
to the sight of numerous caterpil-
lars crawling on the leaves. We also
spotted larvae while I managed to
snap a shot of a flittering butterfly.
Tufano mentions that the
back of the house was once fully
exposed to the sun. It is now shaded
by a glorious white pergola with
large round columns that serve to
support climbing vines of concord
and blue moon grapes, black-eyed
Susans, Jack Frost roses, passion
vine and jasmine. Each vine grows
separately in soil accessed through
openings in the stone pavers and
is secured to its column as it wraps
and climbs toward the top surfaces
of the pergola in search for light.

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A bog filter is a great natural
alternative for filtration in your wa-
ter garden or koi pond. if you're an
avid koi keeper with show quality
fish, you will probably opt for the
commercially available biological
and mechanical filters. These are
big expensive filters that work very
well, but for me that's the problem.
They're expensive and bulky as
opposed to an up flow bog filter,
which is easy to build, becomes
a feature of the environment and
the major expense is the cost of the
Both of our koi ponds have
bog filters with two cubic yards of
pea gravel as the filter media and
are planted very well. The gravel
serves as both mechanical and
biological filters while the live plant
roots absorb nutrients from the wa-
ter before it is returned back into
the pond. For me the most impor-
tant aspect of my bog filter is that
it is a feature of my water garden
rather than a bulky filter unit that
needs to be hidden from view.
There are lots of articles on
the construction of bog filters on
the internet, so I'll just cover the
basics. The bog should be 10 per-
cent of the surface area of the pond

An outstanding feature is the
pyracantha, a hardwood evergreen
native to parts of Europe and
China. Here it has been cultivated
to grow in espaliered fashion on the
visible brick wall at the back of the
yard for an amazing display.
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and no more than 15 inches deep.
It should be filled with one half
inch or smaller gravel to provide
maximum filtering surface area. A
few years ago we tried using one
inch river rock but found it did not
filter as well as the smaller gravel
and dug it out and replaced it. The
plumbing should be placed on the
bottom of the bog to facilitate an
up-flow of water through the gravel
and plant roots before flowing back
into the pond. Some good bog
plants include arrowhead sagitaria,
canna, day lily, iris, pickerel weed,
taro and parrot's feather. They
should be planted directly into the
gravel without a dirt ball to allow
the roots maximum access to the
We started bog filtering 15
years ago during one of our pond
rebuilds. We had built our first
bog for our water garden but it
wasn't really constructed to be used
as a filter, so our design included
commercially available filters.
One of our other water gardening
projects had been the construction
of a small stream that flowed into
a water lily pond. The bed of the
stream was filled with pea gravel
and planted with parrots feather,
day lilies, and a couple of other bog
grasses. We discovered that even
without other filtering, the water
in that lily pond was crystal clear
and appeared cleaner than our koi
pond. We decided to try the bog
filter on our koi pond and did the
necessary research before starting
the rebuild. That project was such
a great success that since that time
we've been advocates of bog filter-
ing on koi ponds.
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Tips to get a leg up on back-to-school
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Three caring tips to keep your a!
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(NewsUSA) Cats' health
needs change as they get older, but
unlike aging humans, they can't
vocalize complaints about aching
bones and stiff joints. It is impor-
tant for cat owners to exercise extra
vigilance when it comes to caring
for an aging cat.
Follow these tips to help your
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SStay current on vital vaccina-
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is essential to keep Cat Flu
and Feline Infectious Enteritis
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cat has a less efficient immune
system and is thus more suscep-
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will only require booster shots.
However, if no vaccinations are
on record for a cat, or if you are

unsure, you can begin vaccina-
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can be found for Cat Flu,
Enteritis, FeLV, Chlamydia,
FIP and Rabies in most areas.
Consult your veterinarian for
specific details.
Don't hold your breath on oral
health care. According to the
American Veterinary Dental
Society, 70 percent of cats have
some form of oral disease by
age three; by age 10, it's safe to
presume that cats' mouths can
be rife with infection. At-home
oral care programs are ideal
to help address the daily oral
hygiene needs of cats. Ac-
cording to most veterinarians,
brushing cats' teeth on a regular
basis is the best action to take
to promote good oral health.

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(ARA) She lived in sandals
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bed. Summer fun and casual style
may leave your kids facing back-
to-school season in serious need of
some new shoes.
"Notebooks, pens and new
clothes aren't the only fresh sup-
plies children need when heading
back to school. Quality shoes that
provide the support growing feet
need are among the most impor-
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school shopping list," says Dr.
Kathleen Stone, president of the
American Podiatric Medical As-
sociation (APMA).
While your kids will certainly
have something to say about the
style of shoes they want, back-to-
school shoe shopping isn't child's
play. Parents should consider
several important factors before
buying new shoes for their chil-
dren, the APMA advises.
Take your child shoe shopping

going cat from

For cats that are a little more
temperamental about pet own-
ers or vets touching their teeth,
a simple and effective solution
can be found using a new type
of probiotics, called Teddy's
Pride Oral Care, that have been
designed specifically for the
oral care needs of cats and dogs
These probiotics can be used
in addition to brushing or as a
stand-alone oral care routine.
Eliminate pesky parasites. Fleas
are the most common skin
parasite of cats, leaving many
cats with an itchy reaction. To
prevent flea bites, use a flea
spray or flea powder specifically
formulated for cats. Internal
parasites, like tapeworms and
roundworms, distress older cats,
particularly those which go out-
doors. Most vets recommend
that cats be treated for worms
every three to six months; in-
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with you, rather than buying
something without your child
present. Every shoe fits differ-
ently and buying something in
your child's size doesn't neces-
sarily ensure a proper, comfort-
able fit. Measure your child's
feet (both of them, since feet
are rarely exactly the same size)
and have her try the shoes on.
Plus, letting a child have a say
in the shoe-buying process can
help ensure she adopts healthy
foot habits later in life. Chil-
dren's foot health is as impor-
tant as adult foot health.
* Feet swell later in the day, so it's
best to try on shoes later in the
day when feet are their largest.
* When evaluating a shoe,
look for a stiff heel. Press on
both sides of the heel coun-
ter to measure for stiffness; it
shouldn't collapse. The shoe
should bend with your child's
toes. It shouldn't be too stiff or
bend too much in the toe box
area. It should also be rigid,
and should never twist in the
* Don't rely on last year's shoes.
Children's feet grow like the
rest of their bodies. Shoe and
sock sizes may change every few
months as their feet grow. Even
if last season's shoes are in good
condition, they likely won't fit
properly after several months of
your child's feet growing.

* Never hand down footwear. A
used shoe may be the right size
for your child, but still might
not fit comfortably, especially if
it's seen a lot of wear and tear.
Just because the shoe fit one
child comfortably, doesn't mean
it will fit another the same way.
Also, sharing shoes can spread
foot fungi like athlete's foot and
nail fungus.
Buy for the larger foot. Mis-
matched feet are more common
than not. Measure your child's
feet to see which is larger and
select shoes that best fit the
larger foot.
Choose shoes that are comfort-
able right away. Avoid shoes
that need a "break-in" period.
And be sure your child tries
shoes on while wearing the type
of socks he'll be wearing with
the shoes on a regular basis.
"Healthy feet and comfort-
able shoes play important roles in
children's overall health," Stone
says. "Parents should monitor their
children's foot health and seek the
advice of a podiatrist if they notice
a problem. Podiatrists are specially
trained to diagnose and treat ail-
ments of the foot and ankles in
people of all ages." You can find a
podiatrist at the APMA's website,

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