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Volume 4, Issue 12


Visit our online edition @ www.mandarinnewsline.com


September 2010


New high school is first built in the county
since 1990

Duval County welcomes

Atlantic Coast High School


Atlantic Coast High school cheerleaders sport the schools new colors!


On Wednesday, August 4,
Duval County School Board mem-
bers, administrators and city lead-
ers joined students and community
members for a celebration mark-
ing the grand opening of Atlantic
Coast High School, #268. Located
at 9735 R.G. Skinner Parkway near
Baymeadows and State Road 9A,
Atlantic Coast is the district's first
new high school since 1990, when
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opened.
"It is a very exciting time for
our district and county to open
our first new high school in more
than two decades," said Superin-
tendent Ed Pratt-Dannals. "This
state-of-the-art facility provides our
students with outstanding resourc-
es and access to a learning environ-
ment that will help promote their
academic achievement and success
within our global society."


Constructed by WG Mills,
Inc. and designed by Schen-
kelShultz Architecture, Atlantic
Coast is a 302,981 square-foot fa-
cility that will accommodate more
than 2,300 students. The school
was designed around the concept
of Small Learning Communities of
150 students each, featuring highly
flexible classrooms integrated with
extended learning areas to encour-
age team teaching and project-
based cooperative learning.
The new facility also incor-
porates high-performance design
elements such as occupant sen-
sors for lighting control to reduce
overall energy use, an energy ef-
ficient chilled water HVAC system
and a high-albedo roof to increase
reflectance and reduce heat absorp-
tion. Other features include a fully
secured perimeter and controlled
single point of entry during school
hours, a landscaped central court-
yard, and decentralized administra-
tion for greater supervision and
control.
The school provides full
Atlantic Coast HS cont. on pg. 1 6


For the
second con-
secutive year, the
Mandarin Com-
munity Club, in
partnership with
the Sons of the
American Revo-
lution (S.A.R),
the Daughters
of the Ameri-
can Revolution
(D.A.R) and
Children of the
American Revolution (C.A.R.)
held an official American flag
retirement ceremony for the many
worn or tattered United States flags
that have been collected in Manda-
rin for proper disposal.
Boxes of flags containing doz-
ens of worn, tattered or damaged
flags were collected as a commu-


nity service by the club for this
occasion.
Those in attendance at the
ceremony learned about the sig-
nificance and history of the flag,
including that the original states of
the Union are represented by the
stripes, as the flag was ceremoni-
ously and respectfully retired in


Ramsgate community participates
in national initiative

Fighting crime with a

night-out and ice cream
By Karl Kennell


The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue team from Station #42 -Mandarin
visited Ramsgate during National Night Out.


For the better part of 27 years,
the residents of Ramsgate subdivi-
sion here in Mandarin have been
celebrating an annual "Night Out."
This is a unique event in that it is
an opportunity for a community
to take positive action to address
crime and drug prevention. This
year is the 27th annual National
Night Out campaign, sponsored by


the National Association of Town
Watch. The campaign involves
citizens, law enforcement agencies,
civic groups, businesses, neigh-
borhood organizations and local
officials from over 15,000 commu-
nities nationwide.
Ramsgate is one of those
National Night cont. on pg. 15





Page 3 What's New
Page 4 From the Councilmember
Page 5 The Sheriff Reports
Page 6 School District Journal
Page 8 Library Happenings
Page 9 Cheaponomics
Page 11 Creekside Promenaders
Page 12 All Star Quilters
Page 13 MOSH summer camp
Page 14 Back to School Guide
Page 15 School bus safety
Page 17 Faith News
Koi Joy
Page 19 Community Marketplace
Page 20 Coast Guard Auxiliary
Gardening
Page 21 Yard of the Month
Page 22 Catty Shack
Page 23 High School football
schedule


segments. Due to
the extreme heat
of the day, the
actual ceremo-
nial burning was
postponed. The
remainder of
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lected will be
properly retired
and buried later
by the American
Legion.
The Man-
darin Community Club wishes
to extend thanks to all those that
donated, attended and especially to
the organizations SAR, DAR and
CAR and youths of the Princess
Malee Society that made it possible
to retire those flags collected with
respect and reverence.


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Do you have community or club news you would
like included in Mandarin NewsLine?
Then contact Martie Thompson at:
editor@mandarinnewsline.com or 886-4919.


AARP Driver Safety Program
for drivers 50 and older will be
held Tuesday and Wednesday,
September 14 and 15, from 9:00
a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Memorial
Hospital, located at 3625 Univer-
sity Boulevard South. The fee for
AARP members is $12; non-


members' fee is $14. Drivers must
attend both days for certification
to qualify for auto insurance dis-
count. For additional information
or to register, please call 391-1320.

Learn how to braille books
and produce braille graphics (pic-


tures) for students and other braille
readers. We've given free non-sec-
tarian braille and graphic classes
since 1957 for sighted people
to volunteer to provide visually
challenged people with textbooks
and other reading materials. Come
to the first class on Thursday,
September 2, from 10:00 a.m.
until 12:00 noon, at Congregation
Ahavath Chesed, located at 8727
San Jose Boulevard. For additional
information, please contact 246-
2542 or 292-1160.

The North Florida Acoustic
Neuroma Support Group will
meet on Saturday, September 18
at 1:00 p.m. at Mandarin United
Methodist Church, located at
11270 San Jose Boulevard. Please
call 287-8132 or 284-6192 for ad-
ditional information.

The September general
meeting of the All Star Quilters
Guild will be held on Monday,

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Editor policy
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Anonymously sent letters will not
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September 20 at 9:30 a.m. in the
First Christian Church of Jack-
sonville, located at 11924 San Jose
Boulevard. The program is being
presented by Group 4 on "Our
Florida-The Beasts Around Us."
Visitors are welcome; please join
us! For more information, please
contact Dot Butler at 642-6574 or
visit us at www.orgsites.com/fl/all-
starquiltguild.

The Mandarin Museum and
Historical Society and the Man-
darin Community Club have
joined together to present the
Third Thursday Lecture Series.
Programs are held at the Manda-
rin Community Club, located at
12447 Mandarin Road and will
start with refreshments at 6:30
p.m. followed by the lecture at
7:00 p.m. All programs are open to
the public and are free of charge.
A variety of topics will be offered
over the upcoming months. On
September 16, author Pat Pattillo
will talk about the St. Johns River
Church and discuss his book St.
Dunstan's and John. For more
information, please call 268-0784
or 268-1622.

The MOMS Club of Jackson-
ville/Mandarin-SE offers support
for stay at home and part-time
working moms living in zip code
32258. With the club you will
have enriching activities for you
and your children, during the day
when you need the most support.
A sample of activities includes park
days, beach days, monthly socials,
playgroups and field trips to the
zoo and museums. For additional
information, please email seman-
darinmoms@yahoo.com.

The Mandarin Garden Club


Evening Group will hold their first
meeting of the new club year on
Thursday, September 23 at 7:00
pm. The topic is "Fall and Winter
Vegetable Gardening Row, Pot or
Plot Use What Works For You."
There will be a plant swap, refresh-
ments and door prizes. There is no
cost to attend and all are welcome!
The Mandarin Garden Club is
located at 2892 Loretto Road.
For additional information, please
email mandaringardenclub@com-
cast.net or call 292-4298.


The First Coast Koi, Goldfish
and Water Garden Club's eighth
annual Koi Extravaganza will be
held on Saturday, September 25
from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and
Sunday, September 26 from 10:00
a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is a great
event for those who have koi and
water gardens and those who have
an interest in the hobby. There
will be lots of show quality koi to
view and vendors to answer your
questions. See the club website
at www.firstcoastkoiclub.com for
more details.

The next meeting for the
South Jacksonville Republican
Club will be Saturday, September
18 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 speaker will
be Mario Rubio, who will be
presenting the upcoming events
and goals for his brother, Marco
Rubio's campaign for the United
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i ty O C UnciI in Jacksonville. Any such move in
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development in Jacksonville for


By Contributing Writer Jack Webb,
City Council Member, District 6


Greetings District 6:
It is hard to believe that the
summer is already nearly gone.
Hopefully the return of school and
football will signal the return of
some cooler fall temperatures.
Speaking of football, many of
you may have read of the recent
agreement between the city, the
Jacksonville Jaguars and Ever-
Bank to rename what was previ-
ously called Jacksonville Municipal
Stadium, "EverBank Field." By
and large, reaction to the news of
the agreement was positive given
the fact the agreement continues
to build the positive momentum
behind the efforts of Team Teal to
sell out the stadium for the com-
ing year and years beyond as well.
Selling out the stadium is necessary
to lift the blackouts that tainted
media coverage of Jacksonville over
the past year. Lifting the blackouts

What's New cont. from page 3
States Senate. If you are a Repub-
lican candidate and would like
to introduce yourself to our club
members, please attend.

The Italian American Club
will host a Hawaiian Luau on Fri-
day, September 10, complete with
a demonstration of hula dancing.
It's also time to mark your calen-
dars for the club's annual Festa
Italiana to be held at the club on
Friday October 22 from 4:00 p.m.
to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, October 23
from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and
Sunday, October 24 from 12:00
noon to 6:00 p.m. This year the
club will feature new rides and
games outside along with home-
made Italian food, desserts, souve-
nirs, raffles and so much more. For
further information, please check
the website (www.iacofjacksonville.
com) or phone the club at 268-
2882.

The Jacksonville Regional
Chamber of Commerce Mandarin
Council announces that their 14th
annual Chili Cook-Off will be


is necessary to making certain
that the Jaguars remain viable in
Jacksonville for the next 20 years
and beyond.
The proposed deal that was
brought before the City Council
for approval required that the city
forego a 25 percent share in the
revenue stream that would flow to
the stadium trust fund that had
been anticipated in an earlier lease
amendment between the city and
the Jaguars. In exchange for that,
the city shifted our prior contrac-
tual obligation for signage and
maintenance back to the Jaguars.
Now, obviously, the city would
have loved to hold on to the 25
percent. However, the options
available to the council were either
acceptance of the agreement as
proposed or rejection of the deal
as proposed. While I have already
described the upside of acceptance,
the downside of rejection would

held on Saturday, November 13
at RiverPlace Shopping Center.
Come out and enjoy many types of
chili, music and fun family activi-
ties! Proceeds benefit the Wounded
Warrior Project, Mandarin Food
Bank and Junior Achievement.
Those interested in participating as
a contestant should contact Randy
Thomas at 735-9088.

Sierra Club, Northeast
Group, will host Michael Bentzien
on Monday, September 13 at 7:30
p.m. in the Community Room at
the rear of Lakewood Presbyterian
Church, located at 2001 Univer-
sity Boulevard. Bentzien will take
us on a video journey of his trek
in Dolpo, Nepal. He will share
its mountainous beauty as well
as future challenges. Sierra Club
members are volunteers whose
mission is to explore, enjoy and
protect the planet. Pizza and salad
are available for $5 prior to the
program from 6:45 p.m. until 7:30
p.m. For more information, please
contact Janet Larson at Janet.Lar-
son@florida.sierraclub.org.

The "Dogwood Circle" of the


many years. Moreover, rejection of
the deal would not have put any
money in the city budget because
the reality is that 25 percent of no
revenue is zero.
I have often said that what we
are called to do as City Council
representatives is to study the facts
of any matter before us, analyze
and reflect on those facts and then
pray for the wisdom to make the
right decision. The process was
no different in this particular
situation. As such I supported the
agreement because I thought, and
still believe, it was the right thing
to do for the City of Jacksonville,
a city that I not only want to raise
my children in but a city that they
will be proud to return to as adults.
As always, thank you for the
privilege of serving as your rep-
resentative on Jacksonville City
Council.
God Bless,
Jack


Mandarin Garden Club will meet
on Tuesday, September 21 at the
Mandarin Garden Clubhouse,
located at 2892 Loretto Road.
The program is "Building a Rain
Garden" by Master Gardener Evie
Pankok. The program is free and
open to the public and starts at
10:00 a.m. For further informa-
tion, please call 886-4782.

The Mandarin Women's Club
monthly program on Thursday,
September 23, will be a picnic
lunch and Bingo. For only $5 you
will receive 10 tickets. The pro-
gram will begin at 10:30 a.m. at
the Ramada Inn, located at 3130
Hartley Road. Club membership is
open to all women. The luncheon
cost is $14 for members and $15
for non-members. For reservation
or additional information, please
call Iris at 268-2459 by September
19.

Shuffleboard is played on
Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at Mandarin
Park (south end of Mandarin Road)
next to the tennis courts at the park
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Mandarin Senior Center
will host a Tai' Chi Gung Class
on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until
2:00 p.m. Come learn how to
relieve your stress with proper
movement and breathing in a few
minutes and learn how to build a
strong healthy balanced body for
a life time through Tai' Chi Gung.
The one hour class, taught by
David Paul who has 24 years of ex-
perience, is very gentle. Comfort-
able street clothes are appropriate.
A series of simple moving, stretch-
ing and strengthening exercises
are the core of the class. They will
help students learn how to achieve
balance, help relieve stress, build
their immune system and restore
vitality. New students and begin-
ners are welcome anytime. The
class is open to all seniors age 60
and over and costs $5 per session.
For more information, please call
the Mandarin Senior Center at
262-7309.

The River City Women's
Club will hold their monthly
luncheon and meeting on Wednes-
day, September 15 at 10:30 a.m.
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luncheon is $14. For reservations
or additional information, please
call 262-8719.

The children's Bumblebee
circle of the Mandarin Garden
Club will host an introduction
and garden tour on Thursday,
September 2 from 6:30 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. at the Mandarin Garden
Club located at 2892 Loretto
Road. Children ages five through
18 are welcomed with an adult.
The Bumblebee circle starts their
sixth year of existence in Septem-
ber. Our monthly meetings consist
of garden related topics with the
focus for children. We welcome
parents, grandparents, aunts and
uncles to attend with their respec-
tive children to attend and begin
to sharing in a lifetime hobby.
Additionally, our garden club has
adult circles available to meet the
needs of our community. For more
information, please email mardar-
ingardenclub@comcast.net or call
268-1192.

The Mandarin Museum
and Historical Society invites the
public to the opening of the River
Visions 2 on Friday, October 1, at
6:30 p.m. River Visions explores
What's New cont. on page 7


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The Sheriff

)Reports

By Contributing Writer john H. Rutherford,
Duval County Sheriff

You may not have heard this, letters used in the word "we." Be-
but in 2009 we successfully reduced cause as I speak to the local media
crime in Jacksonville by 10.5 per- and the civic and religious groups
cent. If this is the first time you are that invite me to talk to them, one
learning about this fact, wait just of the three main points I em-
one minute, because the latest news phasize about crime reduction in
is even better... Jacksonville is the amount of citizen
...We are on track for another engagement that we continue to
drop in Part I UCR crimes again experience since launching Opera-
this year! That's right. At the end tion Safe Streets in 2006.
of the first half of 2010 (June 30) Community Policing has
crime was down 11.7 percent on top evolved tremendously in recent
of the reduction from last year! years. Today citizens are calling and
I have been your Sheriff for e-mailing (anonymously or identify-
seven years and a sworn police ing themselves) and saying "enough
officer here in Jacksonville for 35 I am ready to help you catch the
years and I cannot recall us ever bad guy he's the one who did it!"
experiencing double digit declines Why? Because our men and women
two years in a row. It may not end are out there every day, talking
up being a "historic" decline, but to citizens, engaging them in this
for me and the men and women of crusade, going after the bad guys
the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, it and working to solve our problems
is a tremendous success story. But, in the community. Today, it's Corn-
we're not slowing down or resting munity Problem Solving.
on our good news. We are closely Working with you to help solve
analyzing, discussing and using the problems that compromise your
these results as a way to continue the quality of life engenders our people
improvements in our processes and and our cause to the hardworking
tactics that created these drops in men and women of Jacksonville
crime, who do not want crime in their
I want you to notice the bold neighborhood! I believe that as

Author and architect to discuss
book and historic river churches


Author and former architect
Charles E. "Pat" Pattillo will pres-
ent a lecture on the areas historic
carpenter gothic churches and their
relation to his novel "St. Dunstan's
and John" on Thursday, September
16, at the Mandarin Community
Club, located at 12447 Mandarin
Road. The evening begins at 6:30
p.m. with refreshments and an op-
portunity to meet your neighbors.
The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.
The Third Thursday Lecture Series
is sponsored by the Mandarin Mu-
seum and Historical Society and
the Mandarin Community Club.
Pattillo's novel "St. Dunstan's
and John," follows Charlie Gal-
lagher, a retired architect, and
the Reverend Sam Wood in their


search to find out what happened
to the Confederate governing
council during the final days of
the Civil War and the Confeder-
ate treasury. Following the paths
of three men impacted by the war,
Episcopal Bishop of Florida John
Young, Confederate cavalryman
Captain Dickison and Confederate
cabinet member John Breckin-
ridge, Gallagher and Wood's hunt
takes them to 18 small wood frame
mission churches where they seek
the truth about the lost treasure.
For more information about
the Mandarin Museum and
Historical Society and the Walter
Jones Historical Park, please call
the museum at 268-0784 or visit
the museum's website:
www.mandarinmuseum.net.


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more of them will trust that we do
want to prevent crime and intervene
in their neighborhood challenges,
such as poor lighting and broken
fences. This is how the trust and re-
spect grows and so do the tips. And,
ultimately, crime goes down.
It greatly helps matters that our
State Attorney is working hard to
make sure cases that should go to
trial do and that people who pose a
threat to others are kept in jail until
their trials.
How can you be a part of this
great decline in crime? How can
you help us sustain what might be
two back-to-back years of record
declines in criminal incidents in
Jacksonville?
* Report suspicious activity. A 13-
year-old out after curfew with
no supervision is something we
want to know about. A car no
one recognizes parked in front
of a neighbor's house for a few
days. Call 630-0500 to report
non-emergencies.
With school starting it's very
important that parents make
it a point to know their child's
friends; where they live; know
their parents; know how to
contact neighbors and child's
friends' parents. Know where
your kids are all the time and
who they are with.
Know their teachers and know
the staff at the school. Be active
in the PTA. If your child is
having a challenge with another
student, alert the school. Talk to
your kids about drugs, bully-
ing, stranger danger and your
family's values. We have free
brochures and videos on our
website at www.jaxsheriff.org
(click on Community Affairs
click on Crime Prevention
Brochures)
Report criminal activity. Even
if there is no suspect, you can
call 630-0500 (non-emergency)
or go online at www.jaxsheriff.
org (Report Crime) and help us
track what is going on. The fast-
er we hear from you, the more
quickly we can deploy officers to
problems and prevent a rash of
auto burglaries from becoming
an epidemic, for example.
Join a ShAdCo (Sheriff's Ad-
visory Council). This is really
"where the rubber meets the
road" for the 2,700 men and
women of this community
who spend an hour or two each
month face-to-face with the
police and discuss the issues in
their neighborhoods. I am con-
tinually amazed and pleased to
see the problems that get solved,
day in and day out, because we
are communicating with one
another and working together
to solve and prevent crime. Call
630-2160 to learn more!
If you live in an apartment com-
munity, ask the management if
they are members of our Multi-
Unit Crime Free Community
program. This is where criminal
conduct is tracked in multi-fam-
ily housing communities and
people who repeatedly break the
law on the property are evicted
and cannot rent apartments in
other CFC certified apartment
communities.
Thank you. And if you see
one of the men or women of the
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, please
let them know how proud we are of
them! I go to roll calls every quarter
to thank them personally, but when
it comes from a citizen we serve,
it really means a lot. Of course,
without you, we can't succeed. So to
all who have joined us in this good
fight We thank you!


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School

District Journal

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


School began Monday, August 23!
School has begun for the 2010-11 school year. I urge all of our par-
ents to get to know your child's teachers, principal and staff, and to get
involved in your child's school and activities. It will make a difference.


Congratulations!
Duval County Public Schools
is one of seven districts in the state
to be awarded the Teaching Ameri-
can History grant from the United
States Department of Education.
Duval County received the highest
grant amount in Florida, nearly $1
million, which will be funded over a
three year period. This is the second
time the district has been awarded
the grant, the first time was in 2006.
"The grant will allow the
district to continue the important
professional development opportu-
nities for our history teachers," said
Kathy LeRoy, DCPS chief officer of
academic services.
FCAT
The FCAT has become the
thorn in the sides of educators,
students and parents alike for many
years. It is the "Scarlet letter" of
Florida's public schools and will
remain so until a national exam and
a level playing field is provided to
every public school in all 50 states.
This year alone, delays, prob-
lems and arguments on the FCAT
scores added even more fuel to the
controversial "high stakes" test.
Delays in getting school grades were
surrounded by questions and con-
cerns regarding the accuracy of the
data that affects the success of our
students. This is not the cry from
a Duval Superintendent scorned,


but the shout out of 67 Superinten-
dents across the state saying we have
questions, we have concerns and it
is all on the backs of our students,
teachers and parents.
There appears little the 67
school districts can do now, but
move on into the next school year.
However, the legislature and the
Florida Department of Education
must be transparent in making laws,
rules and placing unfunded man-
dates on our educators and school
districts.
Back To School information
It's that time of year again!
Preparation for the 2010-2011
school year is in full swing! Duval
County Public Schools' (DCPS)
staff has been working feverishly
during the summer months to pre-
pare for a flawless first day.
To provide help and guidance
to students and parents, DCPS
has identified the most frequently
visited web pages on www.du-
valschools.org and created a web
page to serve as a one-stop-online-
shop where students and parents can
easily find links to the district's most
utilized web pages. Please visit our
website for important information
and links, which includes, but is not
limited to:
Enrollment
* Registration Information
* Student Dress Code


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* Immunization Information
* Bus Information
* Code of Student Conduct
* Opportunity Scholarship Infor-
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* Open House Dates
* 2010/2011 Calendar
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* Back to School Tips
* Back to School Checklist
* Links to Individual Schools
* What's for Lunch
* School Listings
* Transportation
District Information
* DCPS' Superintendent
* Duval County School Board
Members
* DCPS Lists (Principals list,
school list, employee directory,
directions)
Resources
* Community Back to School
Events
* School Health Services Program
* DCPS' Department Telephone
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* FCAT Explorer Resource
* Jacksonville Public Library

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September 22: Student Early
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Thought for the Day:
"Teachers live forever in the
hearts that they touch." Don Nich-
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State Legislator and State Attorney.


Reusable bags make Change for Change for the
Mandarin Food Bank


During Change for Change,
through Sunday, September 26,
customers who bring their own
shopping bags to the Whole Foods
Market in Jacksonville can choose to
donate a refund of 10 cents per re-us-
able bag to the Mandarin Food Bank
or the Whole Planet Foundation.
Established in April of 1991 as
a ministry run entirely by volunteers,
the Mandarin Food Bank's mis-
sion is to provide emergency food
and clothing to those in need in
the Mandarin community. Anyone
residing in the Mandarin commu-
nity, regardless of religious affiliation,


is eligible to be served. The Whole
Planet Foundation is a private,
nonprofit organization established
by Whole Foods Market, providing
grants to microfinance institutions in
Latin America, Africa and Asia who
in turn develop and offer microen-
terprise loan programs, training and
other financial services to the self-
employed poor.
Change for Change, instituted
at the Jacksonville Whole Foods
Market on April 12, 2010, is a
program designed to encourage cus-
tomers to reuse their shopping bags.
Each quarter, one local charity is


chosen to be one of the beneficiaries
opposite the Whole Planet Founda-
tion, which is always included as an
option. The store chose the North
Florida Land Trust to be the first
local charity to benefit from the
program and helped raised close to
$1000 for the organization.
The Whole Foods Market,
Jacksonville store is now accepting
applications for the following three
month period scheduled to begin
September 27. To apply, 501(c)(3)
non-profit organizations are asked to
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Local hospital honored for its treatment of


stroke patients
Memorial Hospital has re-
ceived the American Heart Associa-
tion/American Stroke Association's
Get With The Guidelines Stroke
Gold Plus Performance Achieve-
ment Award for the second year
in a row. The award recognizes
Memorial's commitment and suc-
cess in implementing excellent care
for stroke patients. To receive the
award, Memorial Hospital had to
meet a series of guidelines to prove
Memorial is using the most up-
to-date and efficient methods for
treating stroke patients.
"With a stroke, time lost is
brain lost and the Get With The
Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus
Performance Achievement Award
demonstrates our commitment to
being one of the top hospitals in
the country for providing aggres-
sive, proven stroke care," said


Memorial Hospital President and
CEO James Wood.
"Memorial Hospital is to be
commended for its commitment
to implementing standards of care
and protocols for treating stroke
patients," said Lee H. Schwamm,
M.D., chair of the Get With
The Guidelines National Steer-
ing Committee and director of
the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke
Services at Massachusetts Gen-
eral Hospital in Boston. "The full
implementation of acute care and
secondary prevention recommen-
dations and guidelines is a critical
step in saving the lives and improv-
ing outcomes of stroke patients."
According to the American
Heart Association/American
Stroke Association, stroke is the
third leading cause of death in the
United States and a leading cause


of serious, long-term disability. On
average, someone suffers a stroke
every 45 seconds; someone dies of
a stroke every three minutes; and
795,000 people suffer a new or
recurrent stroke each year.


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the history and ecology of the St.
Johns River through the eyes of
six regional artists. The mediums
include watercolor, pen and ink,
photography and painting. During
the evening, there will also be a
viewing of Brenda Councill's new
painting "After the Rain." The
oil painting shows the Mandarin
Road, circa 1900, after a spring
rain.

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The American Legion Post
283 presents the Poker Run to
benefit Community PedsCare, a
program of Community Hospice
of Northeast Florida, on Saturday,
September 25. Enjoy a day of mo-
torcycle riding and entertainment
while raising money for children
with life-limiting and life-threaten-
ing conditions. This Poker Run
features breakfast at 8:00 a.m.
with last bike out by 11:00 a.m.
and last bike in at 5:00 p.m. The
event concludes with a barbecue
dinner and live performance by
Big Engine beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets are $20 per rider, $10
per passenger and prizes will be
awarded for best hand ($500) and
worst hand ($100). For additional
information or to register for the
event, please call Victor A. Sciullo
at 693-7583 ext. 209.


Duval County Extension will be
offered October 10, 12, 17, 19,
24 and 26. Classroom sessions
will be held at Trout Creek Park,
located at 6795 Collier Road
in NW St. Johns County. This
program is for adults who want to
learn more about Florida's environ-
ment. Teachers may receive up to
40 hours continuing education
credits. Topics include ecosystems
(swamps, marshes, and permanent
wetlands), key plants and wildlife
and the role of humans in shaping
the environment. Each module
includes classroom presentations,
videos, field trips and practical
interpretation. Advance registra-
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include attendance, participation
and enthusiasm! For registration
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Board of Library Trustees wrestles with
budget cuts
By Contributing Writer Jim Selzer, Chairperson, Jacksonville Public Library Board of Trustees


The Board of Library Trustees
is a body of 11 citizen volunteers,
appointed by the mayor and con-
firmed by city council. The board
represents the people of Jackson-
ville as an independent board,
charged with establishing and
maintaining a free public library
and recommending an annual
operating budget.
In the face of annual budget
reductions in staffing and opera-
tional funding, starting with the
elimination of the Bookmobile
in 2006, the board has exercised
good stewardship of its resources
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staffing, reduce expenditures,
reduce Sunday hours and reduce
hours at two libraries. For the most
part, the efficiencies were invisible
to the public; it was the staff who
was asked to maintain services and
respond to increasing levels of busi-
ness with fewer people and fewer
resources. Since 2005, the library
has reduced our workforce by 20
percent, while adding six new
branches and increasing our gate
count by 35 percent to more than
five million visitors a year.
Again this year, the library was
asked to cut its budget; this time
by as much as $2.1 million. The
board takes its fiduciary respon-
sibility to the people of Jackson-
ville seriously and undertook the
difficult task of making choices
that are not popular but that will
make the best use of resources for
the long term. The impact of the
current budget reductions is much
more visible. Branch libraries now
have reduced hours; Sunday hours
at four regional libraries have been
cut; library delivery services has
been outsourced; and staff has been
reduced in administration.
I have been asked why the
board made these choices. The
answer is that the board seeks to
provide the greatest number of
residents with high quality, sustain-
able service within the long term
operating capacity of the library.
This approach is in keeping with
our community-based strategic
plan and our service philosophy.
Libraries provide tremendous
value to the residents of Jackson-
ville books and movies, computer
access, job assistance, 24/7 online
services and programs for all ages.
The board recognizes that com-
munity residents take pride and
ownership of their local branches


and we recognize that local libraries
within walking distance of home
are a great convenience. But, the
city no longer provides the finan-
cial resources to operate the library
system in the same way as in the
past. A library system with 21
libraries cannot be operated for the
long term without adequate fund-
ing from the city. Now is the time
for the board, the community and
elected officials to work together to
determine what constitutes quality
library services for Jacksonville for
the long term and to agree on the
funding commitment to make that
possible.
Response to the reduction
in the library budget has been
passionate and encouraging. The
issues that your Library Board of
Trustees grapple with and the deci-
sions that we make, are important
to the future of this community.
We welcome your ideas and sug-
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JHS takes ASPCA $100K challenge to save more lives


The Jacksonville Humane
Society (JHS) is competing in
a national contest to save more
lives. As one of just 50 organiza-
tions nationally who made it into
the Challenge, the Jacksonville
Humane Society will be compet-
ing with shelters across the country
to save at least 300 more animals
locally -during the months of
August, September and October
2010-over the same three-month
period in 2009.
"We are very excited about
the potential the Challenge has for
affecting tremendous change," said
ASPCA President and CEO Ed
Sayres. "Shelters from every part of
the country have stepped up to the
Challenge and when they engage
their communities to save more


lives everyone will win, especially
the animals."
"For JHS, this competition is
about finding homes for as many
dogs and cats as we can," said
Leona Sheddan, executive direc-
tor of the Jacksonville Humane
Society. "All the contestants in this
challenge are winners just because
they are increasing the number of
animals finding homes."
The Jacksonville Humane
Society will increase the lives saved
in our community through an
increased focus on adoptions: more
transfers of animals from over-
crowded shelters, mobile adoption
locations every weekend and a
renewed community involvement
campaign. Saving this many more


lives will require our entire com-
munity to get involved by adopting
a pet from the adoption center,
encouraging friends and family to
adopt a dog or cat and advocat-
ing for pet adoption via their own
Facebook pages and other social
media outlets.
More than 700 organizations
from across the United States ap-
plied to participate in the 100K
Challenge. The Jacksonville Hu-
mane Society is the only Northeast
Florida animal welfare organization
participating in the contest.
The ASPCA will announce the
winner of the $100,000 prize at
the beginning of December. More
information about the ASPCA
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This is the final segment of
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if you missed Parts 1 and 2, go to
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trieve them. We've focused on op-
portunities and assistance, as well
as possible financing that would
enable you to start a small business.
A word of caution here: don't quit
your day job, if you have one. Also,
remember to keep your expecta-
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you would ever think possible and
then do it again tomorrow. It will
be your business and you can work
your 14 hours a day any way you
choose!
And now for the last bit of
advice, at least for awhile. Lest we
forget one of the fundamentals of a
business-the defining of its legal
status. There are many ways to set
up your business organization, you
might choose sole proprietorship,
partnership, corporation, LLP
(limited liability partnership), LLC
(limited liability company) etc. You
should seek out real professional
help to set this up for you. An ac-
countant or lawyer would be your
best resource and by all means,
use local talent! David L. Taus,
our resident CPA, would be happy
to assist you. Although shopping
online may be great for some prod-
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don't fall prey to one.


1. Sole proprietorship: Owner
has full control and assumes direct
liability and collects all the profits.
2. Partnership: There are two.
A General Partnership is an as-
sociation of two or more partners
to carry on as co-owners of a for
profit business. All partners are
liable jointly and individually; they
also share the profits and losses.
A Limited Partnership has at least
one general partner and one or
more limited partners. Over 78
percent of American businesses are
structured as Partnerships or Sole
proprietorships.
3. Corporation: Is set up with
a board of directors and stock
holders. To the extent that any
individual has stock ownership in a
company determines the extent of
power they have in the direction
of the company. Profits are shared
proportionately.
4. LLP: A general partnership
that limits the liability of its part-
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share of profits.
5. LLC: A hybrid of partner-
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Arts education, exhibition and outreach: The Cultural Center
at Ponte Vedra Beach
By Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville University


We are indeed fortunate to
have the Cultural Center at Ponte
Vedra Beach in our community.
I had known of it over the years
and had even participated in some
of its classes and other events, but
until my recent visit, I knew little
of its background and tended to
take it for granted. Like many good
things, it takes enthusiasm, work
and money to keep such a treasure
going!
Founded in 1994, its mission
was to bring the arts to the com-
munity with exhibits featuring lo-
cal, regional and nationally known
artists and to offer classes and
workshops for children and adults.
But it has gone beyond that. With
nearly a thousand patrons, mem-
bers and supporters it serves more
than 8000 participants annually.
In addition to its daily classes, it
provides a series of professional
development programs providing
resources for artists to increase their
marketability and career growth.
Another very special program is its


outreach into the area of special
needs children suffering from
autism and Down syndrome etc.
This includes not only visual art,
but music therapy as well. It also
participates in drug and alcohol
rehabilitation for teens and funds
many arts education programs
within schools and organizations
for children that need but do not
have access to the arts.
So what is there for the rest of
us?
There are eight art exhibitions
throughout the year. These feature
well known artists. Coming up in
September the works of Mary Lou
Gibson and Thomas Glover will
be featured. The community is
invited to an opening reception on
September 24 where there will be
an opportunity to meet the artists
and enjoy light refreshments.
On October 24, The Cul-
tural Center will present one of
its "Beaches Unplugged Concert
Series." These are presented four
times a year and are free com-


munity concerts produced by VIP
Productions. Each concert features
up to 20 of the very best local
musicians performing a variety of
music live on stage.
Also starting again in October
and offered on the first Monday of
each month, there will be infor-
mative one hour lectures on such
subjects as "what to look for in
buying art," "how to protect art"
and demonstrations by well known
artists. All this is in addition to the
regular schedule of classes in all
media for all ages, by outstanding
instructors!
And don't forget to check out
The Players Benefit for the Arts on
October 15. The Cultural Center
partners with The Players and the
Jacksonville Symphony for this
very prestigious extravaganza held
at the beautiful TPC Clubhouse.
The Center is located at 50
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information on the above and any
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Looks don't matter...if you're dead!
By Contributing Writer Wes Greer, Owner Fitness Together Jacksonville


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About 70 percent of the
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Meet the Creekside Promenaders Square Dance Club

Dancing up some fun
By Karl Kennell


It is time for you ladies to put
on those petticoats, chiffons or
prairie skirts, cinch that sequined
belt and don that scarf tie. You
gents need to break out those
tooled leather boots, bolo ties,
fancy belt buckles and that embroi-
dered shirt-for it is square dance
time! That is right neighbors, right
here in the neighborhood, square
dancing has blossomed.
Your neighbors Roger and
Linda Minard want to share with
you and the rest of the neighbor-
hood the wonderful way square
dancing helps bring people
together to have a great time. They
have been square dancing now for
four years and are charter mem-
bers of the Creekside Promenaders
Square Dance Club. Each Monday


from 7:00 p.m.
to 9:30 pm they
and the other
square dancers
gather at West-
minster Woods
Retirement Cen-
ter just south of
Julington Creek
to dance a circle
into a square.
Attired in
their square
re a....... dance best, they
i. l l take to the floor
Sand dance to
the callings of
Ken Miller, who has been a square
dance caller for over 23 years. He,
too, is a member of the Creekside
Promenaders Square Dance Club
and is one of the premier callers
in Florida, as well as having called
at both state and national square
dance conventions. He and his
square dance belle, also known as
his lovely wife Ginger, are the cou-
ple who introduced the Minards to
square dancing.
Roger Minard explained how
by joining in an "Allemande Right"
and "Allemande Left" is exciting:
"After all you get to join hands
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can square dance."
People who square dance are
known to build many a lasting
friendship with their fellow square
dancers making it a wonderful
social activity as well as just down-
home great fun.
You have to be on your toes to
square dance though, of course not
literally. However, you just might
hear something unexpected as you
"Do-si-do," which to the uniniti-
ated is when the man and lady
face, pass each other right shoulder
to right shoulder, move around
each other back to back and return
to their original positions. You just
might hear something like "It's
right by right by wrong you go" or
"you can't get to heaven while you
carry on so." Calls like these some-
times add a little bit of extra fun
and sometimes humorous confu-
sion to the dance routine. So watch
out and keep your ears peeled and
mind sharp.
The members of the Creek-
side Promenaders Square Dance
Club invite you to swing on by
Westminster Woods Retirement
Center on any given Monday night
to sit about and take in the fun the
members of the club have danc-
ing that square-not to forget the
pageantry of the square dance at-
tire. If you just can't help your foot
from tapping, they will be offering
a basic level square dance class
starting Monday, September 13
at 7:00 p.m. The first two lessons
are free and then cost just $4 per
person per week. The dance level
of the club is Mainstream with an-
nounced Plus.
To learn more, please contact
Roger Minard at 342-0777 or Ken
Miller at 465-0759 and they will
get you started!
After all, September is Square
Dance month as proclaimed by
Florida Governor Charlie Crist.
You wouldn't want to miss out
on the great fun of promenading
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Local church participates in mission trips
By Contributing Writer ackie Hudson


This was a busy summer for
mission activity with the congre-
gation at Shepherd of the Woods
(SOTW) Lutheran Church and
School. To complement the many
community initiatives they support
in Jacksonville, they also go "on
the road" to serve! While one team
went south as in South America
- the senior youth group went
north to South Carolina.
For the last five years the
SOTW congregation has been visit-
ing Peru to serve the many needs
there. During several trips to Lima
and Tarma, teams have traveled to
build homes, add a second story
to a church, provide materials to
schools, build fences and give food
and cooking materials to earth-
quake victims. They have even built
and enhanced a sheep wash kind
of like a car wash, but for sheep!
There have also been people from
other churches Lutheran, Roman
Catholic and Baptist who joined
some trips and other churches have
assisted financially. Each year the
teams pay their own expenses to go
and there have been as many as 40
missioneros" on one trip.
This year a team of 13 went to


All Star Quilters
Quiltfest 2010
By Contributing Writer Dot Butler
It's time again for Quiltfest,
the largest quilt show in Florida!
Quiltfest 2010 will be held Thurs-
day through Saturday, September
23 through 25, at the Prime Os-
borne Convention Center, located
in downtown Jacksonville. Hours
are Thursday and Friday from 9:00
a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Saturday
from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The
show will feature over 400 quilts
(many from the All Star Quilters
Guild), vendors, silent auction,
quilt appraiser, kid's corner and a
quilt sale room.
Quiltfest 2010 is presented
by the seven sister quilt guilds in
Northeast Florida. Classes are be-
ing taught by Bonnie Hunter, Jan
Vaine and Nancy Eba. Be sure to
catch this outstanding quilt show.
For more information, please
visit www.quiltfestjax.com.
The All Star Quilters Guild


Peru for 10 days in
June and the largest
of many projects
was removing and *
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on an 80 year old
church. It was in
such disrepair, the
community could
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the building for
worship. This was
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plans to return in replace the roof on the cha
late November for Tarma, Peru
another 10 days. end to the w
While the team of adults portunity to
traveled south, the senior youth night at Patr
picked Charleston, South Caro- Yorktown. T
lina at their location to serve this ing the ship
year. In all, 12 teens and five adults quarters and
spent nine days in July supporting the satisfacti
Advent Lutheran Church in North and a job we
Charleston. They stayed busy from Anyone
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landscaped. They also constructed be interested
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worked together to create
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as a cloud is formed on the second
floor at the air pressure cart. Then
you smell the distinctly fishy smell
of plankton and krill emanating
from the Atlantic Tails room. The
shriek of an owl reverberates from
the Naturalist Center. And last but
not least, you would see the smiles
of delighted children and adults
light up their faces. The Museum
of Science and History (MOSH)
has it all.
The Museum of Science and
History endeavors to strengthen
the knowledge and understanding
of both the unique natural ecosys-
tems and history of Jacksonville
and Northeast Florida. The mu-
seum wants to bring about aware-
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and history that will arouse and
motivate learning in all visitors. In
that respect, the demonstrations
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Tuttle explains.
Aside from being entertaining,
the show teaches participants a lot
of skills. As the shows are spon-
sored by JEA, many of the experi-
ments include electricity.
But, according to former Sci-
ence Educator Savan Dave, "We
take the experiments and make the
information they learn relatable to
real life. Like experiments we do
with static electricity can be related
to lightening safety. Hydrogen
explosions translate to the power of
sound, which in turn directs us to
thunder. The stuff we teach is basic
knowledge, just more entertaining
for the public."
But the shows do more than
teach about basic science. They
also show us how much more we
have to learn about the world and
the way it works.
Intern Tuttle concludes,
"Little kids like asking questions
and theirs can be even harder than
those of an adult. You have to be
honest with them. You have to be
willing to accept you don't know
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the upper
school has welcomed a new princi-
pal, Dr. Steven Blinder.
"We are so excited to have
Dr. Blinder join our leadership
team at MCS," said Mary Sterett
Shurtz, head of school. "He has a
gentle spirit, superior experience at
this level and a genuine heart for
middle and high school students."
Dr. Blinder replaced Dave
Olender, who transitioned into a
new role as MCS campus minister
during the summer. At his previous
school, University School of Nova
Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale,
Dr. Blinder served nine years as a
middle school principal and one
and a half years as acting high
school principal. Before school
started at MCS in August, he
was already meeting with parents


and students to develop a student
honor code and working with up-
per school faculty to smooth sched-
uling and other concerns related
to the growth the upper school has
experienced in recent years.
"I am so pleased to join the
MCS family and have this op-
portunity to apply my 18 years in
school administration to a Chris-
tian ministry," Dr. Blinder said. "I
am getting to know all the students
personally and look forward to
being a positive influence in their
middle and high school years."
Mandarin Christian School,
now in its 16th school year, is
a premier provider of Christian
education for children in grades
K-12 and is repeatedly noted for its
commitment to academic excel-
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force dress and grooming guidelines
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propriate, disruptive, distracting, or
in violation of safety rules outlined
in the General Code of Appearance.
Each student has the responsi-
bility to dress appropriately for the
school environment. Any apparel,
jewelry (such as body piercings,
ornaments) and hairstyles shall not
disrupt the classroom environment.
These guidelines for dress and
grooming apply to all students in all
public schools of Duval County.
Elementary Schools: Shoes
without closed heels or back straps
should not be worn.
Secondary Schools: Shoes must
be worn. However, bedroom shoes
or slippers shall not be worn.
Halter-tops, tank tops, backless
tops, tops with thin or no straps or
tops that show midriff or expose the
body are prohibited.
See-through or mesh garments
shall not be worn without appropri-
ate undergarments.
Form-fitting or overly tight
clothing shall not be worn without
appropriate outer garments.
Properly hemmed outer gar-
ments such as shorts, divided skirts
and dresses may be worn, provided
they are not distracting, as deter-
mined by the school administra-
tion. Garments including, but
not limited to such items as boxer
shorts, traditionally designed as
undergarments may not be worn as
outer garments.
Clothing and accessories shall
not be worn if they display symbols,
violence, lewd and obscene mes-
sages, sexually suggestive phrases,
or advertisements or symbols of


alcohol, tobacco or drugs
Head coverings, including but
not limited to caps, hats, bandanas
and hair curlers, shall not be worn
on school property, unless required
by a physician or authorized by
school personnel.
The waistband of shorts, slacks,
skirts and similar garments shall not
be worn below the hips. Under-
wear, midriff and backs should not
be exposed. Belts, suspenders and
straps should be worn in place and
fastened.
Any articles of clothing or jew-
elry that may cause injury to oneself
or to others are prohibited.
All students must adhere to
these minimal guidelines for ac-
ceptable apparel and appearance.
In order to maximize instructional
time, students will be given an op-
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dress code violations.

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School bus safety rules


Be safe while riding the school
bus! The following rules are pro-
vided by the Duval County School
District:
Students riding a school bus
should always:
Arrive at the bus stop ten minutes
early.
Stand at least five giant steps (10
feet) away from the edge of the
road.
Wait until the bus stops, the door
opens and the driver says it's
okay before stepping onto the
bus.
Be careful that clothing with
drawstrings and book bags with
straps or dangling objects do
not get caught in the handrail
or door when exiting the bus.
Check both ways for cars before
stepping off the bus.
Crossing students should:
Walk in front of the bus; never
walk behind the bus.
Walk on the sidewalk or along
the side of the road to a point
at least 10 giant steps ahead of
the bus.
Be sure the bus driver can see
them and they can see the bus
driver.
Wait for the driver's signal to
cross.
The bus driver and others can-
not see you if you are standing
closer than 10 feet to the bus.
Stay out of the danger zone!
If something falls under or near
the bus, tell the driver. Never
try to pick it up yourself
While waiting for the bus, stay
in a safe place away from the
street.
When you get on or off the bus,
look for the bus safety lights
and make sure they are flashing.


Be alert to traffic. When you get
on or off the bus, look left,
right, left before you enter or
cross the street.
When the driver says it is safe to
cross the street, remember to
cross in front of the bus.
Stay in your seat and sit quietly so
that the driver is not distracted.
Many school buses now have seat
belts. If you have seat belts on
your school bus, be sure to learn
to use the seat belt correctly.

Things parents should know
about school bus safety:
School buses are the safest form
of highway transportation.
The most risky part of the school
bus ride is getting on and off
the bus.
Pedestrian fatalities (while load-
ing and unloading school buses)
account for approximately three
times as many school bus-relat-
ed fatalities, when compared to
school bus occupant fatalities.
The loading and unloading area
is called the "Danger Zone."
The "Danger Zone" is the area
on all sides of the bus where
children are in the most danger
of not being seen by the driver
(ten feet in front of the bus
where the driver may be too
high to see a child, ten feet on
either side of the bus where
a child may be in the driver's
blind spot, and the area behind
the bus).
Half of the pedestrian fatalities in
school bus-related crashes are
children between five and seven
years old.
Things drivers should know
about school bus safety:
On a two-way street or highway,


all drivers moving in either di-
rection must stop for a stopped
school bus which is picking up
or dropping off children.
You must remain stopped until all
children are clear of the road-
way and the bus signal has been
withdrawn.
If the highway is divided by a
raised barrier or an unpaved
median at least five feet wide,
you do not have to stop if you
are moving in the opposite di-
rection of the bus. Painted lines
or pavement markings are not
considered to be barriers.
If you are moving in the same
direction as the bus, you must
always stop and not go forward
until the bus stop signal has
been withdrawn.
Violation of this law is considered
a moving violation and is sub-
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National Night Out cont from
pg. 1
communities annually bringing the
anticrime message to their residents.
With 264 homes in the neighbor-
hood it is important to each and
every one of those owners that there
is no crime or trouble in the neigh-
borhood. Resident and Ramsgate
Crime Watch chairman Alan Todor-
off and Ramsgate Homeowners As-
sociation members Connie and Ron
Garnet planned out for this year
the third Old-Fashioned Ice Cream
Social in one of the neighborhood's
cul-de-sacs. On Tuesday, August 3,
approximately 60 people attended
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ice cream treats.
Locally the "Night Out" crime
prevention program is organized by
the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. On
August 3, Lieutenant Larry Kitchen
and Sergeant Adam Hagerman from
Zone 3 spoke to the gathered crowd
about crime statistics and preventive
measures. They also were sure to
sneak in a little ice cream treat.
A real highlight was when the
members of the Jacksonville Fire
and Rescue team from Mandarin
Station #42 arrived with their fire
engine. The kids loved it and the
firefighters gave "tours" of the truck,
explaining all of the different equip-


ment and how it helps in rescues
and fires. These same firefighters
have mentioned to us previously
how the Ramsgate "Night Out" is
one of their favorite annual activi-
ties. They always talk about how
the old-fashioned ice cream social is
always much anticipated.
Annually the residents of Rams-
gate participate in many activities
that generate a bit of an old-fash-
ioned neighborly spirit-events like
Oktoberfest and a holiday hay-ride
help add to that spirit. However,
the event that really brings out their
enthusiasm is the old-fashioned ice
cream social on the "Night Out."


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Atlantic Coast HS cont from pg. 1
athletic facilities including a 1,600-
seat gym, competition grade track,
six tournament tennis courts, base-
ball and softball fields, and a foot-
ball stadium for more than 2,500
spectators. Also part of the campus
is a state-of-the-art performing arts
center, a library/media center and
indoor and outdoor food service
seating for 750 students.
Atlantic Coast opens with
students in grades 9 through 11,
providing seniors with the op-
portunity to complete their final


year at their current school. Debra
Lynch, formerly the principal of
Stanton College Preparatory, will
lead the school.
"I have spent the last year
planning in anticipation of wel-
coming students into the first new
high school to open in our district
in 20 years. Most importantly,
I have assembled a strong team
of educators who are committed
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rently missing from this awesome
environment is the students. We
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August 23 to the start of something
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Atlantic Coast and also represents
nearby Sandalwood and Fletcher,
has been involved in the planning
process for the high school since
she was elected in November 2002.
She and former City Council
Member Art Graham hosted
several community meetings to
give the public an opportunity
to be involved. During the meet-
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discussed the design and location
of the new high school, as well as
re-zoning and boundary issues.
"It has been gratifying to see
how the local community and our
district came together to build a


school that will serve the students
in this growing area of Jackson-
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to start a tradition of excellence at
Atlantic Coast High School."
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Mandarin Christian Women's
Connection will be having a
luncheon on Tuesday, September 7
from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m.
at the Ramada Inn, located at 3130
Hartley Road. The guest feature
will be a fabulous fashion show by
Coldwater Creek. We will close our
luncheon with an inspirational talk
from Loretta Tuttle from Ormond
who will share how she found
authentic, lasting peace. The cost
of the lunch buffet is $15. Reserva-
tions and cancellations for lunch
and complimentary nursery are
essential by Friday, September 3.
Please call Cande at 908-5609 or
email mandarincwc@yahoo.com


It is that time of year again.
The Jewish New Year is around the
corner and with it comes a time
for introspection. As we take a
look in our own rear view mirror,
we are easily discouraged. We may
realize that we have fallen short in
our responsibilities to our spouses,
parents and children etc. The goals
of leading a healthier lifestyle were
not realized. Some of the spiritual


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St. Joseph's Catholic School
will host its seventh annual "Fall
Fun and Craft Show Extravagan-
za" on Saturday, October 9 from
9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at 11600
Old St. Augustine Road in Man-
darin. The show will offer a wide
variety of crafts, gifts and unique
items from many talented vendors.
The show is on rain or shine! Ev-
eryone is welcome and there is free
admission to all. For more infor-
mation, please call 268-6688.


goals that we may have set for
ourselves have not been met. We
quickly become dejected and may
say another year of failure.
However, one need not look
further than the Torah to see that
failure should not lead to despair
as there can be a great opportunity
in failure. In the end of the Book
of Numbers, the Torah recounts
the 42 locations where the Jewish


Faith andiWorship

DIRECTORY


All Souls Anglican
Church
4042 Hartley Road
904-268-4600
www.allsoulsjax.org
Beth Shalom
Congregation
4072 Sunbeam Rd
268-0404
www.bethshalomjax.org
Bible Believers Baptist
Church
3857 Hartley Rd.
260-8370
www.BibleBelieversBap-
tistChurch.org
Buckman Bridge
Unitarian Universalist
Society
12447 Mandarin Road
276-3739
www.bbuus.org
Christ Church PCA
9791 St. Augustine Rd
262-5588
www.christchurch-pca.com
Christ's Church
6045 Greenland Rd.
268-2500
www.ccontheweb.com
Christian Family Chapel
10365 St. Augustine Rd
262-3000
www.christianfamilychapel.com
Congregation Ahavath
Chesed The Temple
8727 San Jose Boulevard
733-7078
www.thetemplejacksonville.org
CrossView Church
10679 Old St. Aug. Rd.
904-236-4110
www.crossview.org


Faith Baptist Church of
Mandarin
2955 Orange Picker Rd
262-6944
www.faithbcm.org
First Baptist Church of
Mandarin
3990 Loretto Rd
268-2422
www.fbcofmandarin.org
First Christian Church
11924 San Jose Blvd.
262-1662
http://fi rstchristianjax.
clearwire.net
First Conservative
Baptist Church
12021 St. Augustine Rd.
262-7777
www.conservative.edu
Freedom Christian
Fellowship
3423 Loretto Road
268-2244
www.fcfjax.org
Grace Bible Study
Mandarin Community Club
12447 Mandarin Road
422-8541
Grace Chapel Christian
Fellowship
2960 Plummer Cove Rd.
288-8808
www.gracechapeliax.com
Guardian Lutheran
Church
4911 Losco Road
268-5816
www.guardianlutheran.com
Jacksonville Jewish
Center
3662 Crown Point Road
292-1000
www.jaxjewishcenter.com


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
church.corn
Mandarin Church
Episcopal Church of Our of Christ
Saviour 12791 St. Augustine Rd.
12236 Mandarin Road 268-5683
268-9457 www.mandarincc.com
www.coos.org Mandarin First Church
of God
Etz Chaim Synagogue 4319 Barkoskie Road
10167 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FlI 32258
262-3565 (904)-292-4498
www.etzchaim.org


Mandarin Lutheran
Church ELCA
11900 San Jose Blvd.
268-4591
www.mandarinlutheran-
church.org
Mandarin Presbyterian
Church
11844 Mandarin Road
680-9944
www.mandarinchurch.com
Mandarin Seventh Day
Adventist Church
10911 Old St. Augustine Rd.
268-7476
www.mandarinsda.org
Mandarin United
Methodist Church
11270 San Jose Blvd.
268-5549
www.mandarinumc.com
Philip R. Cousin AME
Church
2625 Orange Picker Road
262-3083
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St. Augustine Road
Baptist Church
13233 St. Augustine Rd.
268-6246
St. Joseph's Catholic
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11730 Old St. Augustine Rd.
268-5422
www.stjosephsjax.org
St. Justin the Martyr
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12460 St. Augustine Rd
880-7671
http://st-justin-martyr.org
Shepherd of the Woods
Lutheran Church
6595 Columbia Park CT,
268-6701
www.sotwjax.org
Solid Rock Church of
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12855 Old St. Augustine Rd.
268-8895
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Saints
11951 St Augustine Rd.
(904) 268-5428
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Koi Joy The pleasures of water

gardening
By Contributing Writer Dale Whaley


We don't give much thought
about the quality of our water. We
turn on the faucet and are confi-
dent that it is safe for us to drink
unless the local health department
has issued an advisory. Most of
the quality problems that occur
in pond water are odorless and
colorless. And for your pond, you
are the local health department so
preempting water quality problems
is a job not to be taken lightly.
Water quality is best accom-
plished by routinely testing the
water and observing the behavior
of your fish. The best time for a
routine test is during the morning


hours but anytime you observe
unusual behavior you should take
immediate action to try to deter-
mine the cause of the imbalance
and take relevant corrective actions.
I've learned this from experience
on several occasions where we de-
cided to "give it a couple of days"
only to discover once again that
problems do not magically correct
themselves.
At our house our routine
involves testing KH, pH and am-
monia. There are many kinds of
test kits on the market. Some such
as a pH and salinity have conve-
nient digital meters available. Some
consists of test strips that can be
dipped in the water, but the most
popular are those that measure
with chemical drops and test tubes.
Having a variety of choices avail-
able is like a gym membership.
Owning the test kit isn't going to
preempt the problem.
KH and pH test are the ones
we perform the most and are used
to measure the hardness of the wa-
ter. To put it simply this measures
the level of bicarbonate ion in the
water which serves as a buffer and
helps the pond handle swings in
pH. KH should be kept to a desir-
able level of 50 to 180 ppm. There
are many buffers available such as
baking soda, crushed coral, or a
homemade ph pill to help main-
tain this level.
If you're on city water you will
need to test for chlorine. Chlorine
is deadly for fish. Just ask anyone
that put the hose in to top off the
pond and forgot it.
PH is another test you should
perform often. This is the measure-
ment of the acidity or alkalinity
of the water. A pH of 7.2 to 8.5
is idea for your fish and plants.
Increases in pH don't seem to have
the effect on fish that drops in pH


every setback to eventually be wor-
thy of entering the Holy Land.
Being a bit of a sports fan, I
cannot help but see evidence of
this concept all over the sports
world. How many great baseball
teams have gone 162 -0? Zero.
In fact, Michael Jordan, arguably
the greatest basketball player in
history of the game was cut from
his high school team because he
was deemed too short! His Airness
went on to have an outstanding
career achieving many individual
and team records. When asked
about the reason for his success MJ
had this to say: "I've missed more
than 9000 shots in my career. I've
lost almost 300 games and 26
times I've been trusted to take the
game winning shot and missed.


nation traveled through the desert
en route to the Land of Israel after
leaving Egypt.
One is left to wonder, why is
it necessary to review the details
of the journey which were already
recorded elsewhere in the Torah in
great detail? Rashi, (Jewish scholar
from France in the 11 th century)
in his commentary on the Torah,
answers this question with a par-
able: A king had a child that was
very ill. The king, utilizing his vast
wealth, traveled with the child to
a distant land to seek treatment
from a renowned physician. After
being under this physician's care
for some time, the child's condition
improved and he was eventually
cured. On the way home, the king
pointed out to his son all the places
where his condition deteriorated
until they got home. Similarly,
after arriving safely at the borders
of the Land of Israel, God points
out to us all the places that we had
setbacks along the journey. The
question though is why does God
have to rub unfortunate incidents
from the past in our faces?
King Solomon wrote in Prov-
erbs (24:16) "For seven times the
righteous will fall and still get up."
The commentaries explain that this
means the righteous succeed not
despite their failures, but rather
because of their failures. We are
an imperfect people living in an
imperfect world, and are bound to
our share failures in our lifetime.
Yet, we have an opportunity to
turn those negative experiences
around and transform them into
future success. That is precisely
why the Torah rehashes all of our
shortcomings over the course of
our journey in the desert, for we
had regrouped and refocused after


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can. If it drops a couple points in
a 12 hour period, it can become a
serious health issue. It is especially
important to check the pH reading
after heavy rain storms, hence the
term "acid rain." We have found
that a digital meter for this test is
extremely handy and accurate.
The nitrogen cycle is the pro-
cess which converts the ammonia
produced by fish waste and decay-
ing debris into nitrites and then
subsequently into nitrates. Test for
ammonia if you have a heavy fish
load or if your pond is new and
hasn't developed the bacteria neces-
sary to complete the nitrogen cycle.

Save the date: The First Coast
Koi Club annual koi show will be
held September 25 and 26! Please
feel free to email me with questions
at Dale@DWhaley.com.


I've failed over and over and over
again in my life. And that is why I
succeed."
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year, this is an important lesson to
internalize so that we can reboot
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faith Corner

An opportunity for renewal
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Solar power equals free power
By Contributing Writer Bob Hardie, General Manager,
Air Engineers Service Experts


No, that title is not a misprint.
Yes, you can eliminate cooling and
heating costs and in turn, cut your
electricity bill in half. Everyone
has a natural energy source shining
down on them; home owners sim-
ply need a way to harness it.
Installing a solar-assisted heat
pump offers extraordinary savings.
And with lucrative utility rebates
and government credits, there has
never been a more opportune time
to make this move in your home.
But before a solar-assisted home
energy system can be sold, it has to
be explained.
How it works: More than your
typical HVAC system, they call it a
home energy system because that's
exactly what it is. It actually powers
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What it does: The system fully
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to reduce the electricity used by
the heat pump or air conditioning
system and to operate other devices
in the home that consume electric-
ity-such as lighting and appli-
ances-when the system is not
running. If the system generates
more power than the home uses,
the excess power is sent back to
the utility company for a possible
credit on a homeowner's utility bill.
It's also expandable. Homeown-
ers can start small with just one
solar panel and expand the system
over time, as their needs change or
finances permit, to as many as 15
panels per outdoor HVAC unit.
How it cuts costs: The Sun-
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Operates other electrical items
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memory loss

Everyone's been through it:
You know that you've met this per-
son before, but you can't recall her
name. Or maybe you can't remem-
ber where you parked your car. By
learning some mental tricks, you
may be able to make these lapses a
distant memory.
"Usually, by the time patients
come to us, memory loss has
become a concern and they have
taken the step to see a physician,"
says Syed Asad, MD, neurologist
with Baptist Neurology Group.
Sometimes health issues that
are not related to neurodegenera-
tive conditions, such as Alzheimer's
disease, can cause memory loss.
These include:
Vitamin deficiencies
Hormonal issues, such as thy-
roid or parathyroid disease
Certain chronic diseases such as
renal or liver disease
Undiagnosed brain ischemia
related to high blood pressure
and diabetes
"We look for potentially
reversible causes first and treat
them," Dr. Asad says.
Not surprisingly, people are
more likely to remember emotional
events. You're also more likely to
recall events that you pay a lot of
attention to or that relate to some-
thing you already know. Knowing
these facts, you can begin to im-
prove your memory. For example,
try these strategies:
"Store" facts around a famil-
iar room. For example, if you
want to remember to pick up
some milk at the grocery store,
picture a milk carton sitting on
your kitchen table.
Connect the name of someone
you just met to a famous person
or a friend. For Ben, think
Benjamin Franklin.


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lows you to see 24/7 the system
status, energy production, and
the environmental benefits of
using renewable energy for your
home.
So, how much can be saved?
A consumer who lives in a 1,800-
square-foot home here in the sun-
belt can reduce cooling electricity
usage by approximately 91 percent
annually by installing a high-ef-
ficiency air conditioner with 15
solar modules. In addition to the
cost savings and incentives offered
by many local utilities for using
high-efficiency heating and cool-
ing equipment and/or renewable
energy sources, the new system can
make homeowners eligible for fed-
eral and state solar tax credits. In
some areas, when combined, these
incentives could total thousands of
dollars in savings and cover a sig-
nificant part of the cost of the solar
modules, including installation.
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Give important information
your full attention. And make
notes or lists to help you recall
facts.
Make up rhymes or sentences.
For instance, "'I' before 'E',
except after 'C."'
Repeat new facts, like a person's
name, to help implant them in
your mind.
The following healthy choices
also can positively affect
memory:
Eat breakfast. Children who
skipped breakfast had slower
memory recall than those who
ate a morning meal. One reason
may be low glucose or blood
sugar, levels.
Manage stress. Stress causes the
body to release cortisol, a hor-
mone that may inhibit memory.
Keep your mind active with
challenging activities. Read the
newspaper or learn a foreign
language.
Regular exercise is good for your
body as well as your mind. Try
to get at least 45 minutes to an
hour of cardiovascular exercise
everyday.

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Neighborhood Watch:
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Sheriff John Rutherford
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Landscape with edible plants
By Contributing Writer Master Gardener Camille Hunter with Duval
County Extension, University of Florida/IFAS ..


I love having herbs growing
in my yard. Mexican tarragon
and parsley are part of my flower
garden; rosemary and sage grow in
large pots next to the patio; and my
favorite, basil, grows right outside
my porch door. My herbs are not
gathered in one place but scattered
around as part of my landscape.
When I suggest growing
edibles such as herbs, fruit trees
and veggies I am often told there
is no room in the yard to grow
them and no free time available to
tend them. I'm sorry to be the one
to shatter this illusion but lawns
are a big part of most yards and
yet grass is the most demanding
of all. If you don't regularly water
your lawn, fertilize it, mow it, ap-
ply insecticides and herbicides, it
may die. Of course, you could do
all of that and your lawn may die
anyway, from a number of causes.
Compared to that scenario, caring
for a loquat tree, a pot of herbs and
a couple of squash plants is a walk
in the park.
The trees in my landscape
include citrus, pecan and loquat,
also known as Japanese plum. All
of these are attractive trees that
require little if any special atten-
tion. Some citrus trees need cold
protection when young, but they
develop hardiness as they age. My
middle-aged grapefruit tree breezes
through winter cold snaps.
Vegetables have a reputation
as being difficult to grow, but this
is mainly because everyone wants
to grow tomatoes and they are a
challenging veggie to grow here in
Florida. Plus they are often grown
at the wrong time, not watered
enough or put in pots that are too
small. This results in problems
with insects, diseases and nutrient
issues.
Forget tomatoes. Buy them
at the local farmer's market and
grow easier stuff. If you must have
tomatoes, plant cherry or grape to-
matoes which are much easier, but
wait until next March, the begin-
ning of our warm growing season.
Easy veggies to plant now,
in September, are beans, beets,
broccoli, lettuce, spinach, Swiss


chard and radishes. Tend a small
veggie garden and it will be the
focal point in your landscape, get-
ting plenty of oohs and aahs from
friends and neighbors.
For real drama grow grape
vines on an overhead trellis. It is
awesome when the fruit is ripen-
ing and hanging down in clusters,
like a little bit of Tuscany in your
backyard. I especially like the dark
purple Noble muscadine grape if
you can find it.
Pineapple Guava is a shrub
with pretty silvery leaves, stunning
flowers and tasty fruit. It is a whole
lot more fun to grow than say,
boxwood or azaleas.
Perhaps my favorite edible
with the most personality is the
fig tree. Big sassy leaves, massive
amounts of tasty fruits, interesting
gnarly branches and easy to grow
- what's not to like?
There are many more hand-
some, edible plants. I'm not sug-
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although I know many folks who
would like to. I am suggesting that
if you have room for a lawn and
ornamental shrubs you have room
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The essence of boating safety
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We've recently covered mem-
bers who work in the Auxiliary's
Operations and Marine Safety
and Member Services missions.
This month the focus is on the
final group of assigned missions,
Recreational Boating Safety, which
is composed of Auxiliarists assigned
to the Public Education, Vessel
Examination and Program Visitor
programs. These areas include tra-
ditional Auxiliary activities to im-
prove the knowledge, safety skills
and operating environment of rec-
reational boaters. Mike Morgan is
the flotilla staff officer responsible
for the conduct of both the Vessel
Examination and Program Visitor
functions. Morgan is a poster child
for what can be done and done
quickly. This native Floridian came
to the flotilla only a year and a half
ago and has become qualified in a
number of areas. In addition to his
VE and PV appointments, Mor-
gan recently was elected to serve
out the remainder of the year as
the flotilla Vice Commander and
is working to become a qualified
Instructor and our Information
Systems contact.


No, he isn't retired, but
pursues an intensive schedule with
the Florida Army National Guard
where he was trained in bomb dis-
posal and is currently the state am-
munition manager, the command
language program manager and
the digital training management
system point of contact. He grew
up in Jacksonville and is a veteran
with service in Germany, Desert
Storm and Iraq. Along with wife,
Lisa and two children, the Morgans
spend free time on their own boat.
Growing up around boats, water-
skiing and knee boarding, he never
gave boating safety a thought. As
his life changed, he has come to
understand his responsibility to
himself, family and anyone on his
boat. That started him researching
how to become better educated on
operating a boat safely, leading him
to the Coast Guard Auxiliary and
Safety Seal website.
After his boat passed the exam-
ination requested through that site,
it received a decal to show that it is
safety compliant. He then started
looking at the Auxiliary as some-
thing to join to help other boaters
become safety conscious, as well as
allowing him to work directly with
the Coast Guard. Finding that he
could be a member of the Auxiliary
as well as the National Guard, he
joined Flotilla 14-8 as a member
in January 2009. He got involved
right off as a vessel examiner and
by the end of the year accepted the
positions for Vessel Examinations
and Program Visitors. He feels
these areas and Public Education
are some of the most important,
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In Vessel Examinations,
Morgan is an examiner and directs
the efforts of five other members
who provide free safety checks to
owners or operators of recreational
and some government-owned
boats. The VE staff officer chooses
the method they feel best ac-
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many boaters as possible, includ-
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fairs with other flotilla functions,
or a combination of approaches.
This year, Morgan focuses VEs on
specific marinas and ramps along
with urging individual efforts. In
response to a state-wide increase in
boating fatalities, the VEs also have
joined with a region-wide Coast
Guard and Fish and Wildlife effort
for a pre-Labor Day emphasis at
the Goodby's Lake ramp.
As a Program Visitor, Mor-
gan, assisted by Top Ingram, visits
marine dealers to supply them with
boating safety information and also
provide notices of boating safety
courses and vessel examinations.
Their function is critical to getting
the word out to boaters and marine
business and providing useful ma-
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for dealers to request assistance.
If you have skills in safety, con-
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want to learn, Mike Morgan would
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annually. Contact Charles Smith
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through membership. Members
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Mandarin Garden Club's Yard of the Month
Huge colonies of beautiful wild flowers in full
bloom create buzz of excitement
By Contributing Writer Celia Rehm, Mandarin Garden Club


A growth of huge colonies of
exquisite rose mallows have created
an exciting display of wildflowers in
the wetlands edging Julington Creek
below Leon and Dolores Chow's
backyard in the Julington Creek
community; they are the recipients
of the Mandarin Club August Yard
of the Month award.
Thousands of the delicate rose
mellows are in full bloom along
with a few of the larger showy
scarlet rose mallow. The tall wild
flowers, ranging in height from four
to eight feet, are growing predomi-
nantly among other wetland plants
covering a wide area on both sides
of the wooden walkway that leads to
the dock in the creek.
The dazzling display in the
Mandarin community's own
"backyard: is creating a buzz of
excitement among members of the
Mandarin Garden Club. According


to Dolores Chow,
the wildflowers
began to bloom in
early July and will
probably con-
tinue to bloom until
August. They will
.h turn brown and die
t- pein the winter, says
S Chow. While in
bloom, Chow wants
to share the beauty
and knowledge of
this rare natural
display with her
three children, the
Mandarin com-
munity and with
many others. She
is in the process of
contacting various magazines and
educational institutions.
According to reference sources,
the rose mallow and the scarlet rose
mallow are a cold hardy species of
the perennial hibiscus. These species
are found in the wetlands within
the river systems of the Southeast-
ern United States from Texas to
the Atlantic states, according to
a Wikipedia source. While many
cultivars of this hardy species will
cross with each other, all
are natives to the eastern
United States. The plants
can grow up to eight feet,
prefer sun to part shade
and can be started by seed
sown in wetlands and
bogs.
Indeed, Chow
indicates she dispersed a
few seeds in the con-


stantly moist areas three years ago.
As seen in the photos, this year, the
rose mallows have surfaced as the
prominent plant among others that
include cattails at the river's edge,
elephant ear plants, golden cannas,
hemlock, tall cypress trees and water
oaks. As a bonus treat, during my
midmorning visit, numerous but-
terflies and bumble bees busily flew
from plant to plant landing occa-
sionally as if to pose for the camera.
Chow believes a person's
gardening philosophy is a reflection
of their personality. Her home and
yard reflects a great appreciation
of wild flowers, wild life and the
natural setting that expands beyond
her back yard. Along with that, she
enjoys the adventure of kayaking in
Julington Creek as well as garden-
ing with flowers, working with
landscape and putting on her snake
boots to explore and assist with
seasonal cleaning of the wetlands
adjacent to her yard.
To make a Mandarin Gar-
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nomination or find out more about
membership, please email mandar-
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At VyStar, we never forget that it's your money. And that's

especially important if you're trying to buy a home. Our No

Closing Cost Mortgages* allow you to put more of your


IT'S BUY TIME
money where it belongs in your new home. We have

money to lend right now, and anyone who lives or works in

Northeast Florida can become a member. So get the home you've

always wanted, at the great rate you deserve, with no closing

costs. Stop by any convenient VyStar location today.


To apply, call 904-777-6000, stop by a VyStar Branch Hours: Mandarin Branch 11343 San Jose Blvd.
branch or visit our website at www.vystarcu.org. Lobby: Mon-Thurs 9a-5p, Fri 9a-6p, Sat 9a-3p Julington Creek Branch 101 Bartram Oaks Walk
Drive Thru: Mon-Thurs 7:30a-5p, Fri 7:30a-6p, Sat 9a-3p (at the corner of Race Track Rd. and State Rd. 13)

FEDERALLY VYSTAR MEMBERSHIP IS OPEN TO ALL PEOPLE WHO LIVE OR WORK IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES:
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rIN'E1 BYNCUA Alachua Baker Bradford Clay Columbia Duval Flagler Gilchrist Hamilton Levy Putnam Marion Nassau St. Johns Suwannee Union Volusia
*Certain restrictions and limitations apply. All loans are subject to credit approval. No Closing Costs offer available only when obtaining a VyStar Credit Union First Mortgage Loan and is not available on VA, FHA & Reverse Mortgages. Available for purchase or
refinance. VyStar will pay borrower closing costs up to a maximum amount of $5,000 excluding origination fee, discount points, private mortgage insurance, prepaid interest or funds to establish the member's escrow account. If the borrower pays off the mortgage
within the first 36 months, they will be required to reimburse VyStar for a portion of the closing costs paid by VyStar. Offer available for a limited time and subject to change without notice.




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