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Volume 5, Issue 2

Visit our online edition at www.mandarinnewsline.com

November 2010

Mark your calendars for November 13

Kick off fall with kicked up chili at

14th annual Chili Cook-Off.
By Karl Kennell

Fertile Crescent

represented in projects
By Contributing Writers Taryn Ashton and Gracen Moorhouse

Chili! Now there is a word that
means many different things to
many people. It is a word that un-
doubtedly leads to some very serious
discussions as to whose recipe is the
best and what part of the country
can lay claim to having the real
thing. Chili is chock full of secrets.
Recipes, special spices, beans or no-
beans, red or white are just a few of
the foundations that lead undoubt-
edly to a "Chili Cook- Off."
And so it is again on Saturday,
November 13, 2010 when some of
the area's proudest chili cooks com-
pete for being the best in Mandarin.


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The 14th annual Chili Cook-Off
hosted by the Mandarin Council of
the Jacksonville Regional Chamber
of Commerce is inviting you to
come and enjoy a wide selection
of chili offerings at the RiverPlace
shopping center in front of Panera
Bread that day from 11:00 a.m. to
3:00 p.m.
This year's presenting sponsor is
Verizon Wireless, located at 10400
San Jose Boulevard. The judges for
the 14th annual Chili Cook-Off are
Chef Roberts, Sheriff John Ruther-
ford, School Board member Tommy
Hazouri and Jacksonville Regional

On Friday, Octo-
ber 1, the Mandarin
Women's Club enjoyed
a local travel trip to
a magnificent down-
town destination-the
St. John's Episcopal
Cathedral, located
at 256 East Church
Street. Upon arriv-
ing, we were greeted
by docent and church
archivist Bill Maurer
who gave us a wonder-
ful and informative tou
year old church.
We learned that the
church built on this site
structed in 1842 but wa
during the Civil War. It
rebuilt in 1877 and aga
in the Great Fire of 190
once again rebuilt in 19

Chamber of Commerce President
Wally Lee. There will be an ap-
pearance by the Jacksonville Suns'
SouthPaw, a spacewalk for the kids,
live music from Larry Magnum, a
silent auction and of course some
really tasty chili to sample.
All proceeds from this great
event go to benefit the Mandarin
Food Bank, Junior Achievement
and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Admission to the event is just two
cans of non-perishable food per
person to be donated to the Man-
darin Food Bank. Of course you are
invited to maybe donate a couple
extra. You are going to want to
sample all of the delectable chili so
be sure to donate the $7 for adults
and the $4 for children under 12 for
the All-You-Can-Eat Chili ticket.
Individual tastes are only fifty cents
each if you happen to only want to
sample a couple of chilies.
If you have a hankering to
show-off your own chili skills,
there are still a few tables to be had.
You'll need to stew up seven gallons
to share with the crowd and the
Chili Cook-Off cont. on pg. 4

On Friday, September 11, two mountains would be pointing out

sixth grade classes at St. Joseph's
Catholic School found out that
they were doing a project on the
Fertile Crescent in social studies.
The Fertile Crescent is a region in
Western Asia that is often consid-
ered the cradle of civilization.
The students were to make
a map out of clay with one or
two partners. They had to show
the Tigris River, the Euphrates
River, the Mediterranean Sea, the
Persian Gulf, the Taurus Moun-
tains, the Zagros Mountains, the
Fertile Crescent and Mesopotamia.
They would use the clay to make
the map three dimensional. The

of the ground and the rivers would
slope down going to the water.
The students were allowed
to make the whole map any color
or way they wanted. They would
be able to make the rivers pink if
they wanted! Some people made
an aerial view and some did a close
up view.
Some of the children made
shadoofs. A shadoof is something
that the people who lived in Meso-
potamia would use to get water
from the rivers to their crops.
The sixth graders learned a
lot and even had fun doing the

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Page 3 What's New
Page 4 Julington Creek Light
Parade coming soon!
Page 5 School District Journal
Page 6 The Sheriff Reports
Page 7 From the City Councilman
Page 8 Youth Scene
Page 9 JPL bookmark contest
Page 10 Youth arts update
Page 11 Hubbard House news
Page 12 Bumblebee circle
Page 13 Encore!
Page 14 MHS Happenings
Page 15 Mandarin Tidbit
Page 16 Koi Joy
Page 17 Faith News
Page 18 Cheaponomics
Page 20 Donate a baby bed!
Page 21 MHS Sports Roundup
Page 22 Yard of the Month
Page 23 Gardening News

the Cathedral Cafe.
The church partners
with the Clara White
Mission's Culinary
Arts Program to sup-
port this fundraising
effort that showcases
the culinary skills of
Sits students. For a
i very modest price we
S enjoyed white linen
covered tables, excel-
Club members enjoy lunch at Clara's at the Cathedral Cafe lent wait staff and an
exceptional gourmet
r of the 104 massive church's gothic revival ar- food buffet topped off with live en-
chitecture was quite impressive but tertainment by pianist Dan Beard.
e original the fabulous stained glass windows A delightful time was had by all!
was con- and amazing antiphonal organ If you would like to join the
as burned made it a sight to behold. Mandarin Women's Club and
was then Following our tour, we participate in future activities or
in burned proceeded to the church's din- get further information about our
S1 to be ing hall, which every Friday since club, please contact Kay at
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Community Happenings

In honor of Veteran's Day, at 1164
the Mandarin Community Club ested mi
(MCC) will hold a wreath laying are invit
ceremony on Thursday, November informa
11. Scheduled for 12:00 noon, the office at
ceremony will take place at the website
Veteran's Memorial located within nityclub
the Billard Commemorative Park

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The AARP Driver Safety Pro-
gram for drivers 50 and older will
be held Tuesday and Wednesday,
November 9 and 10, from 9:00
a.m. to 12:00 noon at Memorial
Hospital, located at 3625 Uni-
versity Boulevard South. AARP
members' fee is $12; non-members'
fee is $14. Must attend both days
for certification to qualify for auto
insurance discount. To register,
please call 391-1320.

The All Star Quilters Guild
will have an Arts and Craft Tag
Sale on Saturday, October 30 from
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the First
Christian Church of Jacksonville,
located at 11924 San Jose Boule-
vard. There will be lots of quilts
and quilting supplies plus other
craft projects. This is a great way to
start Christmas gift shopping. For
more information or if you would
like to participate, please contact
Julie Mainor at 571-9172 or email
her at cheezdoodle02@yahoo.com.

The Mandarin Women's Club
program for Thursday, Novem-
ber 18 will be "Game Day." The
program will be held at the Ramada
Inn, located at 3130 Hartley Road;
doors open at 9:00 a.m. and games
start at 9:30 a.m. Club membership
is open to all women no matter
where they live. The luncheon costs
$14 for members and $15 for non-
members. For reservations, please
call Iris at 268-2459 no later than
November 14.

Vendors are needed for a
Creative Arts Fair to benefit the
Loretto Elementary School Safety
Patrol. The fair will be held on
Saturday, November 20 from 10:00
a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the corner
of San Jose Boulevard and Orange
Picker Road. Vendor tables will
cost $40 (inside) and $30 (outside,
you bring your table). This fee
goes to the Safety Patrol fund. We
need vendors to sell art, Christmas
crafts, ornaments, tee shirts, quilts,
antiques, photography, drums, toys,
dolls and more. Children from
Loretto will provide free entertain-
ment, present their work, sell crafts
and raffle prizes to raise money. For
additional information, please con-
tact Beth Daugherty at 233-6162.

The Dogwood Circle of the
Mandarin Garden Club will meet
at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Novem-
ber 16 at the Mandarin Garden
Clubhouse, located at 2892 Loretto
Road. The month's program will
focus on African Violets by Carole
McBryde from the African Violet
Society. The program is free and
open to the public. For further
information, please call 886-4782.

The Mandarin Senior Cen-
ter will be holding their second
annual Chili Dinner on Friday,
Novemberl2 from 6:00 p.m. until
8:00 p.m. The menu will be salad,
homemade chili and cornbread,
dessert and a beverage and the
cost is only $5 for adults or $3 for
children under eight years old. This
is dinner open to all, so come join
us for a delicious dinner! Tickets
can be purchased by calling 868-
1272. The Mandarin Senior Center
is located at 3848 Hartley Road
between San Jose Boulevard and
Old St. Augustine Road.

The Italian American Club
held its annual election of of-
ficers and nominations of board
members for the 2011 year. The
elected officers are: President John
Buffa Koch; First Vice President
Greg Clapp; Second Vice President
Anna Mullaney; Treasurer Peter
Carroll; Assistant Treasurer Palma
Nowicki; Corresponding Secretary
Pat Koch; and Recording Secretary
Vicky Clapp. For more information
on upcoming events or to request
a monthly newsletter, please visit

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-

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talent, casual wear,
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mal wear. The special
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Ahoy and ho ho ho!
The holiday spirit is circulat- and goes back under the bridge
ing around down at "The Creek!" and down Durbin Creek. All
The Julington Creek Prop Club interested boaters and homeowners
is gearing up to host its annual in the community are urged to get
"Christmas on the Creek" boat pa- creative and make plans to join the
rade. The show is just for fun, with fun.
the best decorated boat getting a The Prop Club is a social
$300 prize, while second place gets organization of boaters who meet
$200 and third place $100. Not at 7:00 p.m. the second Saturday
to be ignored, homeowners on the of each month at the Marina at Jul-
Creek are in on the fun too, as the ington Creek. Membership is open
best decorated docks win first-and to boaters and their boating friends
second-place awards too. and families. For more information
The parade is scheduled for on the "Christmas on the Creek"
7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December activity contact Gary Larue at
4. The parade route begins at the GLboat@bellsouth.net.
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Grand Prize is $500! Chili Con Came, Cincinnati Chili,
Hearty thanks go out to the Chicago Football Chili or Texas
Mandarin Council for hosting this Chili, a fall day is perfect for chili.
event, as well as Verizon Wireless So kick off the fall by getting a kick
and Gold sponsors Mandarin News- from some really good chili at the
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District Journal

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

State of the Schools: 2009-
At our October 5, 2010
board meeting, Superintendent
Pratt-Dannals gave his State of the
Schools address. As has been my
custom, I am sharing the main
points of his presentation with my
Mandarin community:
"To parents, students, teach-
ers, principals, staff and citizens of
Duval County:
Two years ago, the Duval
County School Board approved
a formal strategic plan that will
make Duval County Public Schools
(DCPS) the top performing urban
school district in America. The
objectives include rigorous targets
outlining the dramatic progress we
expect. District staff reviewed the
plan over the summer and made
additional recommendations to the
plan, building upon the progress
of our original plan and increasing
our emphasis on areas for improve-
The first goal of the Strate-
gic Plan is to increase academic
achievement for all students. We
met our target in writing and made
positive progress in both math-
ematics and science. However, we
still need to improve student per-
formance in reading, which remains
one of my highest priorities. Our
most challenged schools, which are
called Turnaround schools, posted
greater gains than our other schools
demonstrating our intensive work
is creating long term success.
Goal Two is to increase the
percentage of students graduating
ready for post-secondary education
and work. Duval County's gradua-
tion rate rose 3.2 percentage points
to 64.5 percent in 2009. While this
is an increase, we certainly agree
that more progress on the gradua-
tion and promotion rates needs to

take place. For 2010/2011, all of
our high schools have one or more
acceleration programs, which allow
students to earn multiple college
credits while in high school. We
continue to develop our career
academy programs and currently
have more than 30, with five meet-
ing rigorous national standards.
These programs provide students
personalized learning through
career-related classes with focus on
technical skills for a specific indus-
try. Our work with the Learning to
Finish coalition in creating Multi-
ple Pathways to Graduation and the
Achievers for Life early intervention
program will further increase our
graduation rates over time.
The focus of Goal Three is to
attract and retain the most quali-
fied teachers and principals. We
exceeded the Strategic Plan target
of having more teachers teaching in
their field of study and have been
working hard to place some of our
strongest principals and teachers
in our lowest performing schools.
Professional development opportu-
nities such as those at the Schultz
Center for Teaching and Leadership
are available to ensure that all of
our schools have high-performing
staff. Principals have been directed
to establish very high criteria when
evaluating teachers, helping those
who are struggling and not reap-
pointing those who should be in a
different career.
Goal Four focuses on establish-
ing safe schools where all indi-
viduals feel safe and are respected
and valued. Our code of conduct
violations, as measured by the state,
decreased by 37 percent over the
past year. Additional staff train-
ing and awareness of disciplinary
actions as well as the Alternatives to
Out of School Suspension centers
have assisted with a dramatic 49

percent decrease in suspensions.
Our efforts to engage parental,
community and business support
remained a priority and are the
target for Goal Five. We increased
the number of mentor matches for
our students and volunteers in our
schools. This goal continues to be a
major focus, especially as we begin
to engage some of our larger busi-
nesses in school partnerships.
District support of schools
is the objective of Goal Six. The
district has continued to reduce
costs, providing 84 percent of
the funding we receive directly
to schools. We continue to face
dramatic funding challenges with
the loss of federal stimulus funds
and compliance with the Class Size
Amendment, which was never fully
funded by the state legislature.
Overall, we are headed in the
right direction. We are commit-
ted to success and it is our intent
to make clear and measurable
progress every year toward our
long-term objectives. Through the
commitment of our students, the
dedication of our teachers and the
support of the public, we strongly
believe that together we will be
successful. We have recently revised
our Strategic Plan into Draft ver-
sion 2.0. Please take a moment and
review it and provide your feedback
on these rigorous objectives."
Please visit our website at www.
duvalschools.org to view the
presentation as well as our Stra-
tegic Plan.
Important Dates:
November 1: School Board Meet-
ing, 6:00 p.m., Cline Audito-
rium, 1701 Prudential Drive
November 3: Student Early Re-
lease Day
November 11: Veterans' Day
(Schools and District Offices
November 12: Weather Day
November 17: Student Early
Release Day
November 24: Weather Day
November 25-26: Thanksgiving
(Schools and District Offices
Thought for the Day:
Good schools, like good societ-
ies and good families, celebrate and
cherish diversity. -Deborah Meier

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Music for all ages, all instru-
ments, all levels of ability, includ-
ing the most prestigious faculty of
Jacksonville Symphony members
and college music professors-all
of this is now available at the
Northeast Florida Conservatory!
Enrollment and registration are
now taking place with a grand
opening scheduled for October
15 and 16 with a ribbon-cutting
ceremony by the Chamber of
The Northeast Florida Conser-

vatory, located at the corner of
San Jose Boulevard and Mandarin
Road, serves all of Jacksonville pro-
viding high quality instruction on
all instruments (piano/organ, brass,
woodwind, percussion and voice).
Along with the private lesson, stu-
dents receive music theory lessons
for no additional fee. Ensembles
for small groups (trios, quartets,
etc.) are also available so that
students are able to enjoy mak-
ing music together to get the full
enjoyment of learning to play. In

addition, there are regular recitals
and performances scheduled in the
community to provide opportuni-
ties for students to enjoy playing
for an audience.
Richard Dickson, a for-
mer member of the Jacksonville
Symphony and band director for
Wolfson and Paxon High Schools,
is the executive director and
brings experience as conductor,
arts administrator and educator
with degrees from Stetson and the
University of Florida. He also is

active in church music and theatre
productions. A few of the orchestra
members teaching are concert-
master Philip Pan; harpist Kayo
Ishimaru; principal trumpet Cliff
Newton (recently retired); Clinton
Dewing, viola; Laura Dwyer, flute;
Jin Kim, cello; Aurelia Duca, vio-
lin; Christopher Sales, bassoon and
many more including University
of North Florida faculty members
Guy Yehuda (clarinet) and Nick
Curry (cello).
Calling all adults of any age! If

you played in the band or orchestra
in high school and/or college or al-
ways wanted to play an instrument,
the Community Band or Commu-
nity Orchestra is the place for you!
No fee required for participating in
this community activity. Rehearsals
are Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please
call ahead and let us know you are
Want more? Have fun in the
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Library teen summer reading
essay winners announced

The Library Teen Summer
Reading Essay announced the win-
ners of the contest at a reception
for the winners and their friends
and family.
The Teen Summer Reading
Essay contest requires first a vol-
unteer application, accompanied
by a letter or recommendation
and 10 hours of volunteer service
at any Jacksonville Public Library
location before the 500-word essay
will be accepted. There are first and
second place winners in the high
school and middle school catego-
ries with opportunities for honor-

able mentions.
First place winners receive a
$300 dollar prize and second place
winners receive a $150 dollar prize.
The winners are:
High school:
First place: Megan Newsome,
Paxon School for Advanced
Second place: Eman Abdulhalim,
Mandarin High
Honorable mention: Alexa Velez,
Eunice Christian School
Middle school:
Honorable mention: Jason C.
Benoit, Mandarin South

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The Sheriff.N

Reports COTTER

By Contributing Writer john H. Rutherford,
Duval County Sheriff

Increase in reports of stolen air

conditioning units
The Jacksonville Sheriff's
Office (JSO) is experiencing an in-
crease in reports of stolen air condi-
tioning units from the exteriors of
residences, commercial properties
and industrial locations city wide,
in all patrol zones. In this pattern
we are seeing vacant apartments
and closed businesses targeted for
these thefts. Additionally, other tar-
geted properties include locations
where the thief (thieves) are not in
plain view and can be concealed
while removing the unit.
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during non-traditional business
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impact to the people whose homes
or businesses are hit," said Michael
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From the

City Council

Member's Desk
By Contributing Writer ack Webb,
City Council Member, District 6

Greetings District 6:
I apologize for missing last
month's Mandarin NewsLine
submission. I always appreciate
the opportunity to speak some-
what directly with the residents of
District 6 regarding the issues that
come before us at Jacksonville City
The past three weeks have been
perhaps the most challenging and
potentially the most tumultuous I
have experienced since I was elected
as your representative to Jackson-
ville City Council slightly over three
years ago. I speak specifically of the
City Council's obligation under
the laws of the state of Florida
to enact a balanced budget on or
before September 30. As many of
you observed, the budget process
was complicated as it always is by
the challenge of balancing service
demands for a very large and diverse

city with the continuing reality that
the economy is arguably stagnant
if not retreating on various fronts
and that real estate property values
declined for a third year. Take that
reality, add in increasing health care
and pension costs and you have
what may be properly referred to as
a "perfect fiscal storm."
This is not to say however that
any of these issues were not antici-
pated. Indeed, almost immediately
at the conclusion of last year's bud-
get process, as the anticipated in-
coming president of the City Coun-
cil for the coming fiscal year, I set
about the process of engaging the
mayor and the sheriff on ways in
which we could reduce spending in
anticipation of a bad situation. We
did this with input from the TRUE
Commission, the budget office, the
City Council auditor's office and
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well. During an eight month period
prior to the formal adoption of the
budget by the full City Council late
last month, we further cut depart-
mental budgets, enacted a pay cut
for all non-union city employees,
including the Council, the mayor
and all staff and reduced police and
fire budgets across the board by an
additional 3 percent. All the while
that we were crafting a fiscally re-
sponsible budget, we continued the
difficult but incredibly important
task of negotiating with our police
and fire unions and negotiating
some reform of our pension obliga-
tions. Moreover, after introduction
of the budget to the Council by
the mayor in July, the City Council
finance committee was successful
in eliminating an additional $4
million from the budget as it was
originally introduced.
This was the budget that
came before the full City Council
for public hearing and debate on
September 28. After public input
that lasted approximately four
hours and City Council debate
that stretched into the next day, the
Council adopted a budget. Al-
though the budget that was initially
introduced to the Council by the
mayor provided for the "roll up"
millage rate of 10.11, the millage
rate commensurate with the budget
as adopted by the Council was
10.0232. Inasmuch as the millage
rate for the coming year is less than
the "roll up" millage rate under state
law, the total amount of property
taxes collected in Duval County for
2010-2011 will be less than what
was collected for 2009-2010.
At the conclusion of the budget
process, I was asked whether I was
happy with the budget. My answer
was "of course not." Indeed, al-
though we were successful in hold-
ing ad valorem taxes back from last
year, no one on the Council wants
to vote in favor of any sort of rate
increase. However, the downside of
not complying with our budgetary
obligations under state law is the
loss of approximately $72 million
in state sales tax revenue owed to us
by the state. Given all of the factors
making the process a very complex
one, the Council did its best to
navigate through rough fiscal waters
while maintaining services and bal-
ancing the demands of a very large
and diverse community.
The past month has been chal-
lenging for me personally in that I
have had to disagree with persons
whom I consider to be close friends.
However unfortunate, it is none
the less sometimes unavoidable. All
that I have to guide me as I serve as
your representative on Jacksonville
City Council and as I do my best
to guide the Council in moving the
city forward is my firm belief in
the necessity to do what I believe
is right despite personal or politi-
cal hardship. As always, thank you
for the privilege of serving as your
representative on Jacksonville City
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Boys & Girls Club benefits from golf tournament

The Second Annual Orthopae-
dic Associates of St. Augustine Golf
Tournament was held on Tuesday,
October 5 at the St. Johns Golf and
Country Club. The tournament,
which welcomed a full course of 140
golfers, raised more than $26,000
to benefit The PLAYERS Champi-
onship Boys and Girls Club in St.
Augustine. Doctors from the Or-
thopaedic Associates of St. Augus-
tine are committed to giving back to
their local community through their
partnership with the Boys and Girls

Club, ensuring that underprivileged
children in St. Augustine have every
opportunity for success.
A special thanks to the top
tournament sponsors including
Orthopaedic Associates of St. Au-
gustine; Arthrex; Reznicsek, Fraser,
Hastings, White & Shaffer; Flagler
Hospital; Surgical Development
Systems; WW. Gay; Southern Sur-
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THE PLAYERS Championship Boys
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children who are at a greater risk
of poverty, poverty, school failure,
poor health outcomes and risky
behaviors. Programs are focused
in five core areas: character and
leadership development; education
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and life skills; the arts; and sports
fitness and recreation. The grand
opening of THE PLAYERS Champi-
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Massage for the Cure raises
more than $477,000

Massage Envy's (www.massa-
geenvy.com) annual event, Massage
for the Cure, will donate more
than $477,000 to the breast cancer
organization collected through the
one-day fundraiser.
Massage for the Cure, hosted
on Tuesday, September, 14 benefits
Susan G. Komen for the Cure and
helps fund breast cancer screening
and treatment initiatives across
the country. One-hour therapeutic
massages were offered for $49, with
$15 from each massage directly
benefiting the local Susan G. Ko-
men for the Cure Affiliate. Addi-
tional donations were accepted and
all proceeds collected stay in the
local community.
"Breast cancer is an important
cause to Massage Envy and we're
pleased to raise funds that will ben-
efit the Jacksonville area," said Sue
Kowalewski, regional developer in
northern Florida. "The enthusiasm

of our employees and clients has
made Massage for the Cure a great
fundraising success for Susan G.
Komen for the Cure."
The nationwide event took
place at all 633 Massage Envy cen-
ters in 42 states. Since its inception
six years ago, Massage for the Cure
has raised more than $1.8 million
for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Money donated during Mas-
sage for the Cure will help fund
educational and community out-
reach projects. The funds will also
sponsor screening and treatment
initiatives in local communities.
One in eight women will be diag-
nosed with breast cancer in her life-
time. In 2009, more than 40,000
women and men died from breast
cancer. A woman is diagnosed with
breast cancer every three minutes
and the disease claims a woman's
life every 13 minutes.

Youth Scene

Giving thanks and giving back
By Alexa M. Velez

Most retailers forget there is a
month between October and De-
cember. They bring out the holiday
merchandise even before everyone's
done eating their trick-or-treat
candy. November deserves a little
more attention than that. Why?
Well, besides the fact that we get an
extra hour of sleep when Daylight
Saving Time ends November 7
and the first installment of the
final Harry Potter film premiers on
November 19, we know November
is all about Thanksgiving. And as
we give thanks on Turkey Day, why
not consider giving back? There is
no better time than now to start
volunteering in your community.
Jessica Barker, a senior at
Douglas Anderson School of
the Arts, volunteers as an intern
at MOSH, demonstrating and
presenting material to visitors. She
believes that volunteering provides
valuable experience outside the
classroom, "interacting with the
public, gaining public communi-
cation skills and learning how to
work with other people."

Over the summer, high school
senior and Eagle Scout Patrick
Shickel from Mandarin Boy Scout
Troop 101 completed a community
service project in order to achieve
the highest rank of Eagle Scout.
After much planning, Shickel and
his fellow scouts marked the loca-
tions of fire hydrants with reflectors
so they would be easily spotted by
emergency personnel.
He believes, "It is definitely
important for teens to volunteer
around their community. Not only
is it a way to give back to those who
have helped you, but also it's an
opportunity to gain new leadership,
and experience the community in a
completely different way."
You too can get involved with
your community through volun-
teering. There are many different
volunteer opportunities that can
accommodate any schedule and
incorporate your interests.
If you like to read, volunteer at
your local library. It's not all about
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portunities the library has to offer.
If you do end up shelving books,
keep in mind that you will become
an expert on the Dewey Decimal
System, learn to sing the alphabet
backwards and discover new and
interesting books you might like to
check out for yourself.
If sports are your thing, then
volunteering with TOPS Soccer, a
program for special needs children
sponsored by the Creeks Athletic
Association, may be for you. Any
student over the age of 13 can be
a soccer buddy for a special needs
child. Contact Mike Scovill at
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If you love science, consider
being a teen intern at the Mu-
seum of Science and History. This
program begins in the summer
and continues throughout the year.
For more information, visit www.
themosh.org or call 396-6674 ext.
If Sunday is the only open-
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the Jacksonville Teens Volunteer
program (JTV) sponsored by the
Jewish Community Alliance might
work for you. All of their commu-
nity service projects are scheduled
on Sunday and open to the general
public. For more information con-
tact Betsy Miller at 730-2100 ext.
If you are a performer of any
kind-music, dance or even magic
tricks-senior living centers would
love to have you come and enter-
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An excellent resource for teen
volunteers in the Jacksonville area
is an organization called Hands On
Jacksonville. Their website, www.
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Beginning last year, the Martin
J. Gottlieb Day School (MJGDS)
launched an initiative to become
a 21st Century School. Under
the direction of two 21st Century
Learning Specialists and with full
participation of teachers and staff,
MJGDS has been engaging its
students using 21st century learn-
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world is changing rapidly, rather
than running on habit, the school
has begun to address the best
interests of learners preparing them
for a new world. The Day School
is undergoing a substantial curricu-
lum mapping process; teachers are
reviewing and upgrading lessons in
order to align with this paradigm
shift in education.
Prior to summer break, each
teacher on staff was given the
book, Curriculum 21, in prepara-
tion for the professional develop-
ment that would take place during
planning week before the new
school year. While schools across
the state are facing cutbacks due to
the economy, the Day School has
invested in the future and the field
has noticed. For example, Heidi
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of schools nationally and inter-
nationally, held a Skype call with
the MJGDS faculty in recognition
of the work MJGDS has done to
put the school at the forefront of
school wide educational growth.
Jacobs outlined several key
strategies, many of which will be
implemented during the present
school year. One of these is the
"digital portfolio" which Jacobs
defines as "a multimedia collec-
tion of student work that provides
evidence of a student's skills and
knowledge." The reason for this
approach, according to Jacobs, is
that "schools need to acknowledge
that a student's best piece of writ-
ing may not have come from class,
but from an impassioned essay
written for a blog."
Jacobs advocates a global ap-

proach to education. In her words,
"education is not bound by the
four walls of a school but can be
as wide as the world." She encour-
aged the teachers to take elec-
tronic field trips so students can be
"globally competent and globally
literate." By doing so, students
gain knowledge of other cultures,
economies and global issues. These
global connections are made simple
through tools that engage and
excite students such as Skype, blogs
and Twitter. MJGDS already has a
solid foundation of global aware-
ness and world language learning
through its strong ties to Israel and
its immersive bilingual Hebrew/
English program. The Skype call
with Jacobs set the tone for an
exciting and positive school year
as evidenced by the energy in the
At the Martin J. Gottlieb Day
School administrators, lay leaders
and teachers have launched blogs,
which are accessible from the
school website, www.mjgds.org.
Teachers will be posting homework
assignments, announcements,
photos, calendars and other com-
munication to the parents, students
and world. In addition, kindergar-
ten, fifth grade and eighth grade
students will pilot the digital port-
folio project through the process
of reflection and artifact collection.
In addition, school news can be
found on the website along with
photo galleries, videos, calendar
and more.
MJGDS is embracing trans-
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conducting affairs and in so doing,
is a model for other schools and
organizations. The Day School
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Winners will receive a framed
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was last held in 2008. The popular
contest began more than 10 years
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This year's theme is influenced
by the Language of Conservation
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explores the use of poetic language
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meaningful consideration of wildlife
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"This is going to give entrants
an opportunity to allow poetry to
inspire their visual artistic expres-
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LaVilla School of the Arts tackles a musical
and One Act
By Danielle Wirsansky

From a tropical island to the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, the
upcoming productions at LaVilla
School of the Arts will take you on
a whirlwind journey. The musical
will be the award winning Once
On This Island, a love story about
differences between the upper and
lower classes of society and other
cultural distinctions. The Annual
One Act will be a compiled and
compact version of Exhibit This!,

a series of scenes and monologues
where works of art one night come
to life.
"To put it simply," said Todd
Collins, a seventh grader and
Wealthy Villager in the production
of Once On This Island, "It is kind
of like every play: it's about love."
Dylan Emerick, another
Wealthy Villager summarized the
story. "There are two people who
are in love and they are trying to

get together but there are many,
many conflicts."
Said Amber Amerson (direc-
tor of Once On This Island) on her
choice of musicals, "I chose this
musical because I thought it would
represent a challenge. It is so geared
towards movement. It is a character
story that is movement driven."
It will have a large cast of 40
student actors ranging from sixth
through eighth grade, three stage
managers, plus several technicians
working behind the scenes.
"I wanted a very diverse cast
to really flaunt the shows multicul-
tural background. There are very
ancient yet complex issues of preju-
dice, rich versus poor. It is a good
tale of heart and love conquering
all- that no matter what arises, love
surpasses all," explained Amerson.
"What I learned from this mu-
sical is that you have to go for what
you want; sometimes you get it
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The spirit of unity and
humanitarian service to the com-
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physicians of Jacksonville Indo-
American Medical Association and
volunteers from various Indian
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heart and not listen to others," said
Jasmine Walters, the actress that
plays Andrea in the story.
Amerson added on to that,
saying, "I think everyone my age
has experienced disappointment
with love. In our story, the heroine
does not get her first love. The
students in the musical see that you
will not necessarily end up with
who you think you are meant to be
Exhibit This! is in a completely
different ball park, with lots of
comedic quips and hilarious situ-
"It is a little like that movie
Night in the Museum. The really
neat aspect of this play are that
the pieces within it are pieces that
are currently in the Metropolitan
Museum right now," said Misty
Muesing, director of the One Act.
Another neat aspect of the show

cholesterol screening. From there
they approached a team of primary
care physicians who acted as the
triage team to briefly question and
direct the patients to the various
specialty units. These were vision,
allergy, immunology, nephrology,
ENT, pulmonology, nutrition,
psychiatry, pediatrics, dentistry, po-
diatry, cardiology, women's health
and oncology. The support systems
of nutrition, rehabilitation, bone
density, EKG, ECHO cardiogram
and urine analysis completed the
array of services provided.
All of the people who availed
themselves of this opportunity were
given a snack, fruit and a bottle
of water which added a practical
touch to the whole effort. Manda-
rin High School authorities were
gracious to provide the space and
it was a very gratifying experience
for both the serving and the served.
We hope to see many more of these
events when the physicians in town
volunteer their precious hours to
a free event and keep the spirit of
integrity alive.

is that it will be co-directed by the
directing students of LaVilla.
"It is really exciting to actually
direct a play. The previous direct-
ing classes did not get to direct
anything. It is especially more
exciting because the play will be
competing," said student direc-
tors Kayla Johnson and Samantha
Following tradition, the One
Act will be entered in the District
Thespians Festival and will then
hopefully move on to the state level
of competition. The cast has 18 ac-
tors in it, and 12 student directors
totaling at 30 participants, which is
a staggering number for a One Act.
Another interesting fact is that of
the cast, seven out of the 18 actors
are sixth graders-a rare feat as
sixth graders are hardly ever cast.
"Each scene is really unique
and funny," says actress Adea
Reardon, who plays a painting who
does not know whether she is a
painting or an actor.
Hannah Reeves plays the
painting's conscience, directing her
in the right direction. For art lovers
everywhere, it is a fantastic chance
to see your favorite works of art
come to life.
The musical will perform on
November 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30
p.m. The One Act will perform on
December 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m.
The play can also be viewed at
the District Thespians Festival on
December 4 at 9:00 a.m. All per-
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Help families celebrate the holidays
By Contributing Writer Linda Cedillo, Hubbard House Volunteer

Each year, Hubbard House
shelters over 1,000 women, chil-
dren and men who are affected by
domestic violence. Victims and
their children are provided with
safe refuge, support and services
that address their crucial needs in
the midst of crisis. For the time
victims stay in the shelter, Hubbard
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holiday season approaches, Hub-
bard House wants to make holiday
joy a reality, rather than just a wish,
for those affected by domestic vio-
lence. With your help those staying
in the Hubbard House shelter can
have an enjoyable holiday season.
Hubbard House offers a variety of
holiday donation opportunities,
Holiday Food Drive, No-
vember 1 through December 31:
Emergency shelter provides grocer-
ies to families from which they are
able to prepare three meals daily,
plus snacks. Unfortunately, due to
the current economy and budget
cuts, Hubbard House has seen a
significant decline in food dona-
tions. Thus, food donations from
the community are incredibly vital
in helping keep the pantry stocked.
Thanksgiving Baskets, Novem-
ber 16 through 19: With your
help, Hubbard House provides
families with Thanksgiving food
baskets that include turkey (via
gift cards) and all fixings associated
with this great American tradition.
Holiday Toy Store, November
29 through December 23: With
this program, families currently
in shelter or families who have
recently left the shelter to start a
new violence-free life, are given the
opportunity to select gifts for their
loved ones. The stores are stocked
with new toys and gifts generously
donated by individuals, families,

civic groups and businesses. This
gives program participants the
opportunity to know the joy of giv-
ing, even during crisis.
Holiday Adopt-A-Family,
December 13 through 15: With
your generosity, up to 40 families
from Hubbard House can have
their holiday wished fulfilled. Do-
nors contribute gifts for an entire
family. Hubbard House provides
a specific family profile detailing
family members' needs, wants and
toy requests. We recommend this
option for our business partners
due to the higher cost of shopping
for a family. It is estimated that it
will cost approximately $75-$100
per person in the family. (Dona-
tions of wrapping paper, tape and
bows are appreciated as well.)
If you are interested in be-
ing involved by sharing holiday
joy through any of our holiday
programs, please call 354-0076
ext 652, email holidays@hubbard-
house.org or visit www.hubbard-
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the success of all students and to
support our efforts we have created
an updated strategic plan that we
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eas for improvement. The updated
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"Through the commitment of our
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Bravo to Players by the Sea
By Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville University

Sometimes we so are over-
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that we neglect some of those that
have been around for many years.
Every once in a while, I would
hear enthusiastic comments about
something new that was happening
at Players by the Sea and decided to
touch base on it myself. I was not
This is the 45th season for
Players by the Sea and its 10th in
its present facilities on 6th Street
North at the Beaches. Sporting a
colorful and trendy new logo and
glamorous new dressing rooms, it
has developed a warm, professional
environment in which to present
its very varied offerings. In addi-
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theatre where its major productions
are performed, it also has a smaller
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the beginning of October, there
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until November 20, Players by the
Sea will proudly present "Gem
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laced with mischievous humor.
It was written by August Wilson,
who is considered to be one of the
most important playwrights of his
generation. The play, which takes
place in 1904 in Pittsburgh, centers
around Aunt Esther, a matriarch
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ary. When Citizen Barlow arrives
at her house seeking to get his soul
washed, she takes him on a spiritual
journey to the mythical City of
Bones, where he finds redemption
as he comes to understand the story
of his ancestors.
Just to prove the versatility
of this group, it will present "Ain't

Misbehavin"' with music by Fats
Waller in January, with a special
New Year's Eve performance. It will
be followed by Shakespeare's "Mer-
chant of Venice" in March!
Another facet of Players by the
Sea's contribution to the commu-
nity is its very special School of the
Arts, directed by talented and car-
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develop imagination and intuition,
build confidence and stimulate
creativity among other things, it
offers a year long program for all
ages, as well as 10 week workshops
in acting and musical theatre. It also
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Breaking barriers with
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By Grant Gunderson, MHS Student

For the past few weeks, many
Mandarin High School students
had one thing on their mind:
Challenge Day (and possibly the
thought of MTV filming a show in
Mustang Country, but that wasn't
the case). Some of us may know a
show called "If You Really Knew
Me" which is aired on MTV with a
new episode every Tuesday night.
For those of you who don't
know, the MTV show is aired on
MTV throughout the week with a
new episode every Tuesday night.
The newly-famous show goes
around to high schools across the
country and profiles the different
cliques within the school and how
segregated everyone is. After going
through the actual challenge day
program, the reality hit shows how
the school has changed-how the
barriers are broken and people
are coming together and meet-
ing people they met during the
program including some of whom
they might have found they share
something in common.
Challenge Day itself is a
program that travels across the

country to do exactly as the title
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cliques in the school. Again, this
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their communities with experi-
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Within the program there is a
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people to be the change they wish
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gymnasium for six long hours.
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gym after running through a tun-
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the adult leaders. The morning was
kicked off through a series of ice-
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purpose of meeting other people
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they've been through and how it
has changed their life. The students
were then split into small groups to
talk about something that they've
had to go through in life that has
been hard for them. Here's the
catch: each student only had two
minutes to explain their story. In
the end, everyone agreed that we
can learn a lot in two minutes. We
asked ourselves this: "What if the
president and other global lead-
ers were locked in a room for two
minutes to talk about nothing but
resolving issues and making com-
promises?" You might be surprised
at the outcome.
All in all, it was a wonderful
day of bonding, breaking bar-
riers and getting to know more

people. Challenge Day is definitely
something that Mandarin High
School is looking forward to doing
every year. So until next time, the
Mustang student body will be hard
at work trying to make their school
a better, friendlier environment
for all and you, the community of
Mandarin, should expect nothing
but excellence.

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businesses in the Mandarin area
who are interested in donating to
Mandarin High School for school
events such as Challenge Day that
can make a difference in the lives
of our leaders of tomorrow, please
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Shuffleboard is played on
Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at Manda-
rin Park (south end of Mandarin
Road) next to the tennis courts at
the park entrance. Beginners are
welcome! Just show up, unless it

The November general meet-
ing of the All Star Quilters Guild
will be held on Monday, Novem-
ber 15 at 9:30 a.m. in the First
Christian Church of Jacksonville,
located at 11924 San Jose Boule-
vard. The program "Our Sun, Our
Sky, Our Vision" will recognize the
members' charitable contributions
for 2010. Visitors are welcome.
Please join us! For more informa-
tion, please contact Dot Butler
at 642-6574 and visit us at www.

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will hold its monthly luncheon on
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ning at 10:30 a.m. at the Mandarin
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The children's Bumblebee
circle of the Mandarin Garden
Club will learn bugs on Thursday,
November 4 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 started 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

The Mandarin Chapter of
AARP meets the third Friday of
every month at 2:00 p.m. at Au-
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people age 50 and over improve the
quality of their lives. Visitors are
welcome! For additional informa-
tion, please call 733-0516 or email

The Third Thursday Lecture
Series, sponsored by the Mandarin
Museum and Historical Society
and the Mandarin Community
Club, will feature Mike Barwald
and Billy Barwald, owners of the
Flying Dragon Citrus Nursery,
who will speak about "Citrus in
Mandarin: Everything you wanted
to know about who, what, when
and how" on Thursday, November
18, at the Mandarin Community
Club building located at 12447
Mandarin Road. Learn about
the history and basics of citrus in
Mandarin. Refreshments will be
served at 6:30 p.m. followed by
the lecture at 7:00 p.m. For more
information, please contact the
Mandarin Museum and Historical
Society at 268-0784 or mandarin-

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By Contributing Writer Lynn Cuda, Mandarin Community Club Board
Member and 2010 MCC Membership Chairwoman

known as
the author
of Uncle
was once a
part time
resident of Mandarin? Indeed, the
Stowe family wintered in Manda-
rin in the 1870s and 1880s at a
location along the St. Johns River
just off what is currently known as
Mandarin Road.
Stowe wrote Palmetto Leaves
while living in Mandarin. Pub-
lished in 1873, the book describes
Northeast Florida and its resi-
dents. In 1870, Stowe founded an
integrated school in Mandarin for
children and adults. The building
that is now home to the Manda-
rin Community Club was built
in 1872 for use as the Mandarin
School after a fire destroyed an

earlier building on the site. Stowe
herself spearheaded the building
An official Florida marker
commemorating the Stowe family
in Mandarin is located is on the
property of the Mandarin Com-
munity Club near the former site
of a church where Calvin Stowe,
Harriet Beecher Stowe's husband,
once served as a minister and across
the street from the approximate
location where the Stowes' residen-
tial cottage once stood.
The Mandarin Community
Club was founded in 1923 and the
school building, located at 12447
Mandarin Road, was presented to
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Koi Joy The pleasures of
water gardening
By Contributing Writer Dale Whaley

Fall is my favorite time of the
year. When juxtaposed to spring
where things are sprouting and
you're working diligently to per-
suade things to grow, in the fall you
get to sit and watch your backyard
paradise getting ready for its winter
nap. You get to sit and watch the
baseball playoffs and the World
Series. You get to sit and watch your
favorite television show with all new
episodes and of course you get to sit
and watch the annual Jacksonville
Air Show where our most talented
military pilots get to show off their
If you noticed how often the
phrase sit and watch appeared it
becomes readily apparent why fall
is my favorite time of year! Fall also
marks the beginning for a great
number of things. In addition to
the Jaguars, the Gators and Semi-
noles starting their seasons, I would
be remiss if I didn't talk about the
flurry of koi shows.
The First Coast Koi and Water
Garden Club held their eighth an-
nual Koi Extravaganza on Septem-
ber 25 and 26 at the Masonic Lodge
on Loretto Road here in Mandarin
and members of that club were
doing everything except sitting and
watching. For those of you that
aren't familiar with koi shows, you
should know that fish owners are
as serious about the competition
in koi shows as dog owners are at
dog shows and winning is every-

thing. Most
everyone is
familiar with
the intense
of dog shows,
hence the
analogy. For
the members
of the club,
in addition to
showing their
fish and being
involved with
the competition, it was months of
intense background activity that all
came together to produce one of the
club's most successful shows.
I hope you were able to stop by
and see some of the best specimens
of koi in north Florida. While the
fish were the main attraction, there
were vendors on hand for every
aspect of water gardening. Plant
vendors, fish vendors, pond supply
vendors and pond builders were
all available and anxious to answer
any questions you have about the
hobby. And of course there are
always club members who are more
than willing to share their knowl-
edge with you and give you a fistful
of literature to help you with your
In the September 2009 column
we wrote about the reasons to at-
tend a koi show, so I won't repeat
it here except to say it's a great way
of learning more about the hobby.
Asking lots of questions is far easier
than personal research plus you get
to sit and watch other people and
how they interact. Attending a club
meeting is another way to enhance
your knowledge. If you can't check
out the archives of Mandarin
NewsLine, the column is posted in
the newsletter section of the FCKC
website, along with this year's award
winners, sponsors and vendors,
along with the date and time of our
next monthly meeting. Please visit

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The parents, teachers, staff and
students of Loretto Elementary
congratulate Andrea Van Horn
who was voted this year's Teacher
of the Year!
Van Horn grew up in the
Mandarin area and is a graduate
of Bishop Kenny High School.
She received her undergraduate
degree in elementary education
from Florida State University and
has been teaching for four years, all
of them at Loretto. She has taken

professional development courses
in math and literacy and has an
ESOL (English for Speakers of
Other Languages) endorsement on
her teaching license.
Last year, as head of the Math
VLC (Vertical Learning Commu-
nity), Van Horn was in charge of
Loretto's wildly successful Math
Night, which was attended by
hundreds of students and parents.
The Math VLC also collected and
reviewed FCAT and benchmark
scores to identify areas of weak-
ness and then strategized ways to
increase math scores.
This year, Van Horn serves on
Loretto's Social Committee and the
Response To Intervention (RTI)
committee. Her class works with
a kindergarten class every week to
help them improve their reading
skills. She also tutors several stu-

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and involved in the lessons. It also
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playing with her nieces, spending
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It wasn't celebrated back then,
but something tells us Jesus would have
liked Thanksgiving.

The turkey part may be new, but the idea of
surrounding yourself with loved ones and giving
thanks isn't. Join us as we celebrate the original
Thanksgiving supper.

Worship Sunday's at 8am, 10:30am, 7pm

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Mandarin Lutheran Church
hosting benefit concert

Mandarin Lutheran Church
is presenting one of Florida's finest
musical groups in a concert to ben-
efit the Second Harvest Food Bank.
The concert, which will be held on
Friday, November 12, will feature
The Gatorbone Trio. The trio
brings together the instrumental
talents and rich vocals of Lis and
Lon Williamson and Gabe Valla.
They have performed at music fes-
tivals across Florida and the eastern
United States. Their music is a
mixture of original, traditional and
contemporary tunes and their re-

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
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11:00 a.m. Historic Church
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Monday Thursday
8:00 a.m. Historic Church
Friday 8:15 a.m.
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11730 Old St. Augustine Rd.
Jacksonville, Florida

cent album, Deep, has drawn rave
reviews. Bob Patterson, founder
and artistic director of the Gamble
Rogers Folk Festival described it as
"songs from the deepest springs of
the human heart. Beautifully sung,
beautifully recorded and pro-
duced." In the words of Bluegrass
Unlimited, "this is a very talented,
versatile band and their own com-
positions are among the best of the
The concert comes at a critical
time for the Second Harvest Food
Bank, which is facing unprec-
edented demands for emergency
food supplies in today's economic
downturn. The food bank is a pro-
gram of Lutheran Social Services
of Northeast Florida. It distributes
food to over 500 social service
agencies in eighteen North Florida
counties. A generous grant from
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
will match the first $600 raised by
the concert.
The concert is the seventh in a
series of benefit concerts hosted by
Mandarin Lutheran Church which
have raised over $14,000 for local
charities including the Mandarin
Food Bank and various programs
of Lutheran Social Services of
Northeast Florida, including the
Second Harvest Food Bank and the
Refugee and Immigration Services
As appropriate for the acoustic
nature of the concert, the event
will be held in a coffeehouse setting
in the church's fellowship hall at
11900 San Jose Boulevard and will
offer delicious desserts and coffees.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
and tickets are $20. For tickets or
additional information, please call
268-8959 or 268-4591.

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Mandarin United Methodist
Church will be holding a Free Sale
on Saturday, November 27 from
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the church
located at 11270 San Jose Boule-
vard. There will be clothes, toys and
lots of miscellaneous items-every-
thing is free!

Ladies, come join us for a
study of Daniel, I and II Peter and
I and II Thessalonians. This 30
week Bible study is just underway.
CBS (Community Bible Study)
meets Thursday mornings at Christ
Church PCA, located at 9791 Old
St Augustine Road from 9:30 a.m.
until 11:30 a.m. while Duval/St.
Johns County schools are in session.
All are welcome. Registration is $25
for adults. For additional informa-
tion, please contact Sandy Mitchell
at 731-1452 or sandy.mitchell57@

First Christian Church (DOC),
Jacksonville, will be hosting our
second annual Family Fall Festival
on Saturday, November 13 from
3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. We will have
bounce houses, games, food, live
music, a cake walk and more. Tick-
ets for games and bounce houses can
be purchased through the church
office or on the day of the event.
Food and drinks will be available
for purchase. Everyone is welcome
to join us! For more information,
please call 262-1662.

Volunteer training for the Jew-
ish Healing Network will be held
on Monday, November 8, 15 and
22 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

the community to your
House of Worship

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at Jewish Family and Community
Services (JFCS), located at 6261
Dupont Station Court East. Have
you ever wanted to be a Jewish
Healing Network volunteer, but
didn't know how? It's as easy as A-
B-C. Come learn about the mitzvah
of Bikkur Cholim (visiting the
sick), a fundamental tenet of Jewish
tradition and discover what you can
do for others in the community.
You'll be glad you did! For more
information or to register for the
class, please contact Helen Hill at
394-5737 or hhill@jfcsjax.org.

Mandarin Lutheran Church,
located at 11900 San Jose Boule-
vard, invites you to U2Charist; a
worship service inspired by and
featuring the faith based music of
international supergroup U2. The

service will be held on Saturday,
November 6 at 5:30 p.m. with a
cookout and concert video to follow.
Dinner will be $5 per person. If you
would like to join us, please call the
church office at 268-4591 or email

The "World Famous" Manda-
rin UMC Christmas Tree ministry
has been serving Jacksonville and
the Mandarin community since
1975. That makes us Mandarin's
oldest and largest Christmas tree lot.
We love for our community to come
and walk the lot with family and
friends and take Christmas pictures
to enjoy for years and years to come.
We will be building and painting
Santa's sleigh to offer "Kodak Mo-
ment" opportunities like Mandarin
has never seen. Sales will begin on
Monday, November 22 at 3:00
p.m. The final sale day is Sunday
afternoon, December 12. Mandarin
United Methodist Church is located
at 11270 San Jose Boulevard.

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Judaica Gallery to feature Sukkot photos
By Contributing Writer Michelle Katz

Do you know what giraffes and
Sukkot have in common? As legend
has it, animals were commanded not
to eat the hanging fruit in the suk-
kah. One hungry giraffe didn't obey
and stretched and stretched until he
could reach a nice juicy apple. The
result: his neck never receded and all
giraffes now have long necks.
I recently found out this was my
sister, Debbie Katz' favorite Sukkot
story. Sukkot was her favorite holi-
day. Because of that, 22 years ago
my family built and dedicated the
Beth Shalom Sukkah in her memory.
My brother Jeff and friends literally

sawed wood and hammered nails to
construct it.
As I grew up in the Hebrew
school, decorating the Sukkah was
always special but mostly because
it meant we could run around
outside instead of doing class work.
This year decorating it was extra
special. My son, now in the Hebrew
school, was there with me and it was
his friends helping to decorate-
some were the sons and daughters
of friends with whom I decorated.
Students, teachers and parents
joined in. This time it was my neck
that was stretched high as I stood

tall with pride enjoying watching
everyone take part in decorating the
Debbie Katz Sukkah.
The Debbie Katz Sukkah at
Beth Shalom was dedicated in her
memory by her parents, Carole
Wolpin and Ron Katz and her sister
and brother, Michele and Jeff Katz.
During the month of November
Beth Shalom Congregation will
display on their Judaica Gallery Wall
photographs of the religious school
children and members of the Syna-
gogue decorating the Succah. The
photographs were taken by photo
journalist Michelle Katz.

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D Cheaponomics:
Your money. Your life.
By Contributing Writers David and Pat Watkins
Your financial tune-up:
How to get more mileage from your money, part 2

For Part 1 of our two part series
go to www.mandarinnewsline.com
where it can be retrieved in the Oc-
tober issue. We're exploring ways
in which you, the consumer in
northeast Florida, have the power
to increase your financial health

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and wealth through local
A couple of years
ago Webster chose for its
Word of the Year "lo-
cavore": a person who
attempts to eat only food
grown locally. Since that
time there has been a
movement afoot to take
advantage of other goods
and services available
locally. Within our reach
with branches in every
community is VyStar,
a financial institution
that is local and was
once known as Jax Navy
Federal Credit Union. It
ndarin has some services available
to all in the community
(explored last month) and
other services available to members
only; it requires only a $5 fee to
become a member and $5 to open
an account!
Laura Lancaster, vice president
of the Mandarin branch of VyStar

U.S. Coast Guard Aux

Finding Boating
By Contributing Writer Ralph Little,
To start, I apologize for the
implication in this article that
every reader is assumed to access
information only through a com-
puter. Other sources are available
in newspapers, stores and libraries,
but it sure helps to be online, as are
nearly all of our flotilla members.
Perhaps that fact encourages some
readers about our organization's
abilities and technical orientation.
To reassure others, some of us
struggle with the technology and
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the member services available at
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1. The "Money Makeover": A
structured exercise designed to help
you create and implement your
own financial plan. It takes you
through goal setting, the evaluation
of your spending habits, budget-
ing, and, finally, implementing
your plan. Remember, this requires
perseverance and working towards
the objectives you've previously set.
No pain, no gain as they say. Of
course, as a member, your VyStar
financial counselor is always avail-
able to assist you every step of the
2. "Balance Track": Covers
important financial topics rang-
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tax planning to identity theft to
repaying student loans and more.
All are designed to provide you
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a few useful sources for a range
of boating information primarily
oriented toward safety. A bonus to
the sites will also provide weather,
launch areas and other useful data.
The Jacksonville Flotilla
14-8 website at http://a0701408.
uscgaux.info will present you with
access to a plethora of boating and
safety-related sites. Our current
communication services officer
(web manager) and secretary is
Paul Burns. You will find it a pleas-
ant and accurate site to use, having
received an Auxiliary award in
2009 for Best of the Web. Under
the Public Section you can sign up
for a Vessel Safety Check, check on
when we offer our Boating Safety
courses or download a Float Plan
to help secure your next trip on
the water. You are also welcome to
enter the Member Section where
you can navigate to see what we
do and who we are. Among other
things, using the Operations but-
ton you will find local weather and
tides and access to the Coast Guard
Navigation Center and its detailed
information on communications
and location-finding.
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HMHBC project raises funds for cribs-
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Every baby should have a bed
By Contributing Writer Danielle Wirsansky

Many find unique ways to
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season-either by dressing up as
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Boyer has a different kind of idea
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Florida (HMHBC), newborns
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There are many causes:
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congenital defects. The lead-
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Healthy lifestyles and attitudes can
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Access to healthcare, employment
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crime levels all play a part. Moth-
ers who have experienced any of
the situations mentioned-their
children have a higher risk for
infant mortality.
Sudden Infant Death Syn-
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of our city's babies. The cause
of SIDS is unknown. Although
studies have identified risk factors
for SIDS, such as putting infants
to bed on their stomachs, there
has been little understanding of
the syndrome's biological cause or
potential causes. The frequency
of SIDS appears to be a strong
function of the infant's sex, age
and ethnicity and the education
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are many including not sleeping in
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needs to be addressed in order to
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HHMBC has a program,
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It is the only such program in the
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coalition started to raise awareness
to help mothers with babies, so
babies have a chance at survival is
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Loretto Elementary named a
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By Contributing Writer Ann Gipalo, Editor, Loretto Elementary PTA

S E R V I C E S Loretto Elementary has been
named a "5 Star School" for the
2009-2010 school year. This is
the second time in three years that
Loretto has received this presti-
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This award was created by the
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Council and is presented annually
to those schools that have shown

must have earned a grade of 'C'
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and make the Mustang Nation
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team is presented with high hopes
for success this year. According to
one of the coaches on the team,
this year the school has a chance
for two 1,000 yard rushers. This
has not been seen at Mandarin in
the last three years. There is also
the chance for a 1,000 yard passer
on the team. Furthermore, the
school is likely to have its defense
ranked in the top 10 in the area.
This has not happened at Manda-
rin since 2005, when the legendary
coach, J.D. Hall, was in charge of
the Mustang players. The coach
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face the Edward White High
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first meet will be against Allen D.
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This is certainly an exciting
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Allen and Etta Johnson are the
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son residence in mid-September
after receiving their name as nomi-
nees for the monthly award. The
directions led me to a Baymeadows
neighborhood where I located their
residence almost at the end of Rae
At first glance, I could see the
yard had well endured the relent-
less high temperatures of this past

summer after spotting the colorful
circular and elongated garden plots
with lively liriope and golden yel-
low marigolds. The beds cultivated
with red bark were boosted with
fresh mums, which I noted as first
signs of transitioning into the fall.
A pleasant breeze cooled by the
shade of trees added to the sense of

the changing season.
Both Allen and Etta Johnson
were pleasantly surprised to learn
of the nomination. The honor
became more meaningful upon
learning the Johnsons are not
acquainted with the person who
submitted the nomination. It was
becoming apparent others appreci-
ate the valuable contribution of the
Johnsons to the neighborhood and
felt it worthy of recognition.
Allen Johnson, who is 72,
maintains all aspects of his yard
have two
he says,
in the
-'.yard and
S working
on cars.
His love
of both
D)ARIN became
IN CLU B evident
RD as he ex-
THE plains he
HE devotes
INT equal
time to
both hobbies. "Every day I work
three hours at the family business
leaving me six hours to enjoy my
yard and my cars," he states. "I
spend more time on the front yard
to keep it looking nice."
Etta Johnson is more forth-
coming, indicating she enjoys
the beautiful results and is often

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Allen Johnson likes the color-
ful blooms of the annual flowers
which he maintains in bounti-
ful fashion. He does not focus
on perennials, preferring instead
on starting anew each year with
annual plants and replacing them
throughout the years as desired or
as needed. He relies on the exper-
tise of nearby nursery staff to assist.
"I tell them what I want to do
and what I need and they suggest
the plants they think will work,"
he states.
Most of the plants chosen
for their heat tolerance survived
the punishing summer and are
responding beautifully to ongo-
ing care, cooling temperatures and
deep water irrigation.
The curb appealing results
speak for themselves. Extending
from the covered front porch is a
picturesque garden setting with
large plantings of coleus and cor-

dyline amongst the vibrant blooms
of the purple salvia, orange gold
zinnias, yellow allamanda, purple
porter weed and pink vinca plants
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liriope. A bed of hibiscus bushes
lines the right side of the home.
Other circular beds with plant-
ings of large variegated liriope,
marigolds and colorful mums are
sculpted as bases to the tall maple
and huge oak tree that shade the
front lawn.
A lush peace lily is eye-catch-
ing and apparently a favorite
feature as Allen Johnson states that
it is one of the few plants pro-
tected through the winter season.
Another favorite is a mature lily
established curbside along with
plantings of heather, blue daze and
various species oflantana. The lily
was prohibited from blooming
this year by large eastern lubber
grasshoppers that are feeding on
the thick elongated stakes of the
plant. The grasshoppers seldom
occur in sufficient numbers to
cause damage so Allen Johnson is
puzzled by their destructive persis-
tence this year. Insecticides sprayed
directly are effective to eradicate
but smashing or netting are just as
effective due to the large size and
slow moving characteristics of the
To make a Mandarin Garden
Club Yard of the Month nomi-
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membership, please email mandar-
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Great shrubs to plant now
By Contributing Writer Master Gardener Camille Hunter with Duval Cc
Drive through a neighborhood grow up to 10 feet tall, but can be
of new homes and what strikes you pruned back in late winter. The
about the landscaping is that noth- leaves drop for winter and plants
ing strikes you about the landscap- may freeze to the ground in severe
ing. Many look the same-one weather, but they come back in
or two trees and shrubs along the spring.
foundation. The shrubs are often Viburnums are best known as
common evergreens. Usually good, evergreen screens and hedges, but
tough plants, fine for a foundation there is one type that is a loved for
planting but not terribly
If you would like to
add a little pizzazz to your
yard, let me introduce
you to some great shrubs
that are very impressive
and thrive here in north
Loropetalum (L. chi-
nense) is a very colorful
evergreen shrub and one
of the easiest to find in
local garden centers. Red-
dish-purple leaves and Pineapple guava fruit ripening on a shrub ai
flowers make it a stand- Zoo Gardens.

out in the landscape, but
I love it because it is pest free and
tolerates heat and drought. This is
a versatile plant and takes sun or
partial shade. Plants grow fast but
can be pruned smaller and are often
installed as a hedge. A single plant
can even be grown as a small patio
Beautyberry (Callicarpa
Americana), as the name implies, is
one beautiful shrub. Small summer
flowers give way to lovely arching
stems of striking violet berries.
The foliage is coarse, with large
leaves and thick stems. Shrubs can

its beautiful ball-shaped flowers.
Commonly known as snowball
viburnum (V. macrocephalum), the
white, waxy, long-lasting blooms
are gorgeous. This is a large plant
but can be pruned after blooming
and is sometimes espaliered.
Pineapple guava (Feijoa
sellowiana) is an evergreen shrub
that keeps on giving. Normally
a large plant 20 feet tall or taller,
it can be pruned and shaped as a
screen, hedge, small tree or espalier.
Leaves are glossy green above and
silvery underneath. And, oh, the
spring flowers! Small but striking,

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they have white and purple petals
with long red stamens in the center.
The blooms are edible and six or
seven months later small fruits
form, tasting a little like pineapple
when soft and ripe.
Oakleaf hydrangea (H. quer-
cifolia) is a handsome shrub with
large, deeply lobed leaves and big
white flower clusters that
bloom in late spring to early
summer. You will love the
lacy flowers and this shrub
takes shade. The best site for
good growth and flowering
is morning sun and after-
noon shade. Prune right af-
ter blooms fade. Un-pruned,
oakleaf hydrangea will grow
about six feet tall and wide.
The leaves drop for winter
and re-grow in spring. The
one down side-it does not
the appear to be salt tolerant.
Fall is a good time to
plant new shrubs. The roots
have time to settle in and the plant
is ready to go when spring hits. Dig
wide holes, not deep ones and plant
at the same level as in the pot or
even an inch or so higher to allow
for settling. A shrub will languish
and not thrive if planted too deep.
Keep well watered. Mulch around
but not over the root ball because
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Water is especially important the
first three months until the roots
have had a chance to grow out.
After that, you can apply mulch to
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