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IVIE M B E R O F T H E I I U B L I S H I N G U R O U P O F U O M M U N I T Y N E W S P A P E R S


Volume 5, Issue 3


Visit our online edition at www.mandarinnewsline.com


December 2010


Mark your calendar for December 4

Christmas spirit to light up the creek
By Karl Kennell


One of the festive boats in thejulington Creek Light Parade


At sunset on Saturday, De-
cember 4, the spirit of Christmas
will set aglow Julington Creek
and Bulls Bay. At 7:00 p.m. that
evening, members of the Julington
Creek Prop Club will gather their
boats in a festively decorated and
illuminated fleet. The reflections
of red, green, blue and white from
the lights shimmer across the water
of Bulls Bay as the more than 30
boats begin a parade under the
bridge and on down the creek.

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This annual "Christmas On The
Creek" illuminated boat parade is
a highly anticipated special event
which starts the holiday season in
the neighborhood.
As December approaches
you can see the boats moored at
the marinas on both sides of the
Julington Creek Bridge being
decked out in holiday finery, each
becoming a vessel of holiday spirit.
That holiday spirit also flows on
down and along the shores of Bulls


Bay and Julington Creek onto the
docks along the way. Homeown-
ers along the shore get right into
the spirit of the parade by deco-
rating their docks and throwing
their Christmas parties during the
parade.
Hundreds gather along the
bridge and shore each year to
watch the festive flotilla parade
along the creek. The captains of
these craft are filled with holiday
spirit as the crowds cheer them
from shore, particularly as they see
children on docks cheering on their
favorites during the parade
There is a lot of planning
and preparation that occurs prior
to the holiday fleet setting sail
including taking into account the
tides. About one third of the boats
participating hail from the Prop
Club while others come from all
over the area. Boats range in size
from 19 feet to 50 feet in length.
Some are so large that they make
special adjustments to the decora-
tions for taking them down and
putting them back up so that they
can glide easily under the bridge.
Though all the work is done
for the fun of the holidays, it does
Light parade cont on page 9


By Karl Kennell
There is nothing
quite like a tasty bowl of
chili on a perfect fall day.
November 13 was just
such a day-area cooks
gathered together in a
friendly competition to
gain bragging rights to
having the best chili in
the area. Variety is the
spice of life it is said and
that is just what these
chili chefs brought forth.
There was plenty
of variety and spice at
the recent 14th annual
Mandarin Chili Cook- First pla
off. This greatly an- excited
ticipated annual event is
hosted by the Mandarin
Area Council of the Jacksonville
Chamber of Commerce. It brings
area cooks together to vie for
bragging rights as best chili chef


ce and the grand prize of $500 went
Kim Hathy and Kristie Pecci.


in the neighborhood and as a cash
prize. Determining just which chili
would be the best was a real chal-
lenge. Variety was the watchword.
There were chilies of all flavors and


Fall festival a big success with volunteer
help from football team

Stingrays making a big splash
at Bartram Springs Elementary


By Karl Kennell
It is easy
to say our new
Mandarin neigh-
bor and fifth
grade teacher at
Bartram Springs
Elementary
has made a big
splash. On
Friday, Octo-
ber 29, Zach '
Strom became a
target for a soak-
ing-during the
Bartram Springs
Elementary Fall
Festival put on
by the PTA he
sat in the seat
of the dunking
booth.
He related, Coac
"It wasn't too bad trips ir
until the football
players took their shot."


h Strom still showing good spirits after many
nto the cold dunk tank


Strom is not only a fifth grade
teacher. He is also the special teams
coordinator and assistant offensive
line coach for the Stingrays, the
new Atlantic Coast High School's


football team. He is very proud of
both schools. His enthusiasm is al-
most contagious. So when it came
to mentioning the community
service opportunity at a football
practice prior to the fall festival, it
Bartram Springs cont on page 5


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Page 3 What's New
Page 4 From the Councilmember
Page 5 School District Journal
Page 6 The Sheriff Reports
Page 7 Encore!
Page 8 Youth Scene
Page 10 Mandarin Senior Center
Page 11 Veterans ceremony
Page 12 SJCS Lady Stars
Page 14 Winter Celebration
Page 15 Fashion Update
Page 16 Koi Joy
Page 17 Faith News
Faith Corner
Page 18 Tour the new high school
Coast Guard auxiliary
Page 19 Job Finder
Page 20 MHS Sports
Gardening
Page 21 MCS football
Page 23 Yard of the Month


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very unique recipes rep-
resenting many regions.
All of them were the
stars of the day.
Starting the
journey from booth
to booth, first up was
a stop for a taste of
Tom's Chili served up
by Sherry Helmuth,
Jonathan Graves and
Bertke ofVyStar. A bit
of "Fireplace Romance"
was discovered being
cooked up by Mila Ret-
to an tini and Linda McQuil-
lin from Regions Bank.
Lewis Parrish was show-
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recipe with Lew's Chili.
When asked why he was

Chili Cook-off cont. on page 22


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Community Happenings


The Mandarin Garden Club's be held
Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, p.m., is
December 11 from 9:00 a.m. until in AAU
4:00 p.m. at the clubhouse, located riers aga
at 2892 Loretto Road. The craft and the
fair will feature holiday gifts from cost is $
Garden Club members with one- for non
of-a-kind gifts, local vendors with and add
a variety of treasures, homemade call Sus;
baked goods and lunch by the than De
Grilling Husbands. The Garden
Club's 65th Anniversary Cookbook Th,
will also be for sale. Please call Club wi
268-1192 or e-mail mandaringar- Wednes
denclub@comcast.net for more San Jose
information. at 10:30
entertai
The Jacksonville Branch music a
of the American Association of the celel
University Women (AAUW) will tional ir
host the piano students of Mary please c;
Lou Krosnick at its Saturday,
December 11 program at the San Th,
Jose Country Club. The event, to program


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.


from 11:45 a.m. until 1:30
open to anyone interested
W's goal of breaking bar-
linst women in education
workplace. The luncheon
17 for members and $18
-members. For reservations
itional information, please
an at 642-7038 no later
december 8.

e River City Women's
ill celebrate the holidays on
day, December 15 at the
SCountry Club beginning
) a.m. Frank Templo will
n the group with holiday
nd singing. The cost is of
bration is $20. For addi-
iformation or reservations,
all 262-8719.

e Mandarin Women's Club
n for December 16 will


include Ria Falkner who plays the
guitar and interacts with the audi-
ence. The program will be held at
the Ramada Inn Mandarin. Doors
open at 10:30 a.m. and the lun-
cheon will cost $14 for members or
$15 for non members. Club mem-
bership is open to all women. For
reservations or additional informa-
tion, please call Iris at 268-2459.

Shuffleboard is played on
Tuesday beginning at 9:30 a.m.
at Mandarin Park (south end of
Mandarin Road) next to the tennis
courts at the park entrance. Begin-
ners are welcome! Just show up,
unless it rains.

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 December General Meet-
ing of the All Star Quilters Guild
will be held on Monday, Decem-
ber 20 at 9:30 a.m. in the First
Christian Church of Jacksonville,
located at 11924 San Jose Boule-
vard. The Christmas program will
feature a decorated grocery bag


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challenge and exchange. Visitors
are welcome! Please join us. For
more information, please contact
Dot Butler at 642-6574 or visit us
at www.orgsites.com/fl/allstarquilt-
guild.

Our Festa Italiana was a big
success and the Italian American
Club would like to take this op-
portunity to thank all of you who
attended and made our Festa so
special. Grazie! We would like to
wish all our friends and neighbors
a very happy Holiday Season:
Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuevo.
The Italian American Club will
celebrate the holidays with our an-
nual Christmas party on December
10 and our New Year's Eve Gala
on December 31. New Year's Eve is
open to the public. For additional
information, please call the club at
268-2882 or check the website at
iacofjacksonville.com.

The children's Bumblebee
circle of the Mandarin Garden
Club will make Holiday Garden
Crafts on Thursday, December 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
started their sixth year of existence
in September. Our monthly meet-
ings consist of garden related topics
with the focus for children. We
welcome parents, grandparents,
aunts and uncles to attend with
their respective 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
mardaringardenclub@comcast.net
or call 268-1192.

The 50th class reunion of
the Andrew Jackson High School


Class of 1961 will be held on
Friday and Saturday, April 1 and
2, 2011 at the Renaissance Resort
in World Golf Village. Please plan
on joining us for a weekend of
food, fun, fellowship and renewing
friendships with classmates from
the Class of 1961. Please contact
the 50th Reunion Committee at
288-8194 for additional informa-
tion.

The Mandarin Chapter of
AARP meets the third Friday of
every month at 2:00 p.m. at Au-
gustine Landing, located at 10141
Old St. Augustine Road. We are a
non-profit, non-partisan member-
ship organization, affiliated with
the national AARP. Our activities
and programs are designed to help
people age 50 and over improve the
quality of their lives. Visitors are
welcome! For additional informa-
tion, please call 733-0516 or email
alex9520@comcast.net.

Sierra Club Northeast Florida
will celebrate 40 years of Sierra
Club in Northeast Florida with
a potluck dinner, memories and
achievements of our local group
on Monday, December 13. Bring
a dish to share. Dinner will be
served at 6:45 p.m. followed by a
program. The meeting will be held
at Lakewood Presbyterian Church,
located at 2001 University Boule-
vard. For more information, please
contact Janet Larson at 247-1876.

Women Business Owners of
Mandarin will meet on Wednes-
day, December 1 at 8:00 a.m. at
Bob Evans Restaurant, located at
3163 Hartley Road. This month's
topic will be "Sparkle up your
holidays: Great ideas for office and
home," with Anne Urban, Des-
tination Planning. Please RSVP
to Joani Maskell at JoMaskell@
comcast.net or 260-1836.


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citizens who use the facility are


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


Greetings District 6:
Unbelievable as it may seem,
approximately five months have
already passed since I was sworn in
as president of the City Council.
Although the demands are great, I
am always mindful of the fact that
my first and foremost responsibility
remains the job of representing the
residents of District 6.
Having said that, I would like
to provide an update on a number
of issues of local concern. The first
is the dangerous traffic situation
on northbound San Jose Boulevard
upon entering Jacksonville from
St. Johns County. As most people
are aware, the speed of the traffic
coming over the Julington Creek
Bridge combined with the traffic
flow in and out of the commercial
center at the corner of San Jose and
Julington Creek Road has created a
dangerous situation. So far we have
been lucky but our luck can't last
forever.
Over the past months, I have
been working with the Florida
Department of Transportation
(FDOT) and the Jacksonville
Public Works Department regard-
ing installation of warning lights
on the northbound portion of the
bridge. Indeed, this past week I re-
ceived an e-mail indicating that the
FDOT is willing to move forward
with such protective measures.
In addition, Public Works has
notified the commercial center
developer that it must correct the
traffic flow in and out of the center
so that it complies with the site
plan as originally approved, that
is right in/right out only from the
northbound lanes. This correction,
combined with slowed traffic and
heightened enforcement efforts
by JSO will result in an improved


situation at this dangerous intersec-
tion.
Speaking of dangerous in-
tersections, I have received many
complaints about the dangerous
intersection at Flynn Road and
Orange Pickers Road. For whatever
reason, drivers have a propensity to
shoot right through the stop sign
on Flynn Road. As with the Jul-
ington Creek Road situation, over
the past months I've been working
with Jacksonville Public Works De-
partment and they have agreed to
the installation of a solar powered
flashing light at this intersection.
Again, combined with heightened
enforcement by JSO, we should be
able to correct this problem as well.
The last issue I would like to
address, although briefly because
the details are not final, is the
expansion/renovation of the senior
citizens center here in Mandarin.

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It's almost time for spring
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tion! We have programs for kids
from four to 17 years old. The
cost of registration is $130 and
includes a jersey and hat (or visor
for softball). We are not requir-
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fundraisers this season. There are
sibling discounts available.
For detailed information
regarding our baseball or softball
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On-line registration begins
December 1 and ends January 31
on our website under the "Regis-
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aware that it is not sufficient to
meet the needs of our senior citizen
community. As such, I am pleased
to let you know that the final plans
for the new center will be finalized
within the next month and that the
new center will go out for competi-
tive bid in the first quarter of 2011.
During that time, I will be work-
ing with the City Council and the
mayor to finalize the funding for
this much needed project. To those
senior citizens who have worked so
and so long on this project, thank
you for both your work and your
patience.
The clock on the wall tells me
that the editor at Mandarin News-
Line is quickly growing nervous
about me making deadline. As
always, thank you for the opportu-
nity to serve as your representative
on Jacksonville City Council.
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Saturday, January 22 from
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Monday, January 24 from 6:00
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Saturday, January 29 from
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Monday, January 31 from 6:00
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School Advisory Councils.
School The schools recognized are:
Abess Park Elementary, Alimacani
O *i ti u a Elementary, Atlantic Beach Ele-
10 strict J urn mentary, J. Allen Axson Montessori


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


Board changes: I would like
to take this opportunity to thank
our immediate past Board mem-
bers, Nancy Broner, Vicki Drake
and Brenda Priestly Jackson, for
the honor and pleasure of working
with them for the past six years I
have been here. They just complet-
ed two great terms of working for
and on behalf of our children.
I also want to welcome to the
School Board their successors who
were elected this past November,
Fred "Fel" Lee, Becki Couch and
Paula Wright. We all look forward
to working with them, in help-
ing to educate and graduate our
124,000 students.
As we continue the 2010-2011
school year, we must work with the
State Legislature, seeking to help
solve our budget crisis and the class
size amendment. As it has been
over the past several years, as we ex-
perience the continuing economic
difficulties, we must make certain


that none of us lose sight that our
children must come first.
Five Star Schools! Congratu-
lations to our Mandarin schools
for being recognized as Five Star
Schools by the Department of
Education. This year, 31 Duval
County public schools received this
honor. This is the highest honor a
school can receive in recognition
of community participation. This
symbol of achievement is presented
annually to those schools that
have shown evidence of exemplary
performance in family, school and
community involvement.
In order to earn the Five Star
school recognition, a school must
have earned a grade of"C" or
above for the 2009-2010 school
year and provided a portfolio to
show that it has met the require-
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PANDORA"
UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS


Elementary, Baldwin Middle/Se-
nior High, Don Brewer Elementa-
ry, Brookview Elementary, Chaffee
Trail Elementary, Chets Creek
Elementary, Crown Point Elemen-
tary, Enterprise Learning Academy,
Fort Caroline Elementary, Green-
field Elementary, Greenland Pines
Elementary, Hendricks Avenue
Elementary, Highlands Elementary,
Jacksonville Beach Elementary,
Lake Forest Elementary, Lone Star
Elementary, Loretto Elementary,
Mandarin High, Mandarin Oaks
Elementary, Mayport Elementary,
Merrill Road Elementary, Ortega
Elementary, Sabal Palm Elemen-
tary, Sandalwood High, Louis
Sheffield Elementary, John N.C.
Stockton Elementary, Twin Lakes
Academy and Woodland Acres
Elementary.
Happy Holidays! I wish you
all each and every one a very
happy and healthy holiday season.
Important Dates:
December 7: School Board Meet-
ing, 6:00 p.m. Cline Audito-
rium, 1701 Prudential Drive
December 8: Student Early Re-
lease Day
December 20-22: Weather days
December 23-24: Winter
Holiday (Schools and District
Offices closed)
December 27-30: Winter Break
(Schools and District Offices
closed)
December 31: Winter Holiday
(Schools and District Offices
closed)
Thoughts for the Month:
Education is the key to unlock
the golden door of freedom.
-George Washington Carver
A goose never voted for an
early Christmas. Irish Saying
Christmas is the season for
kindling the fire of hospitality in
the hall, the genial flame of charity
in the heart. -Washington Irving
Bartram Springs cont from pg 1
was little surprise that many of the
teammates jumped at the chance to
help out.
The festival took place during
the Stingrays' off-week, so it was an
excellent opportunity to foster their
team camaraderie by helping with
the event. All during the festival,
Strom took a bath of a lifetime as
he spent the evening in the dunk
tank. All the while the football
players helped with various booths
and activities, from spinning candy
to manning the ever popular Book
Walk.
Coach Strom outlined the play-
ers who came to lend a hand and
join in the fun. There was Marcus
Hubbard (#2), starting defensive
back on the team, who managed the
large blow-up slide and Leon Cole-
man (#30), a sophomore running
back and (#52), sophomore line-
backer Alex Schell, who covered the
field by moving from station to sta-
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Holiday safety tips
Here are some safety tips
provided by the JSO Community
Affairs Division:
* When parking: roll-up the
windows; lock the vehicle; take
your keys with you. Don't leave
garage door openers or house
keys in your car.
Don't leave children or pets
unattended in a car.
If you must keep anything in
your car that identifies where
you live, such as insurance cards
or registration, make sure to
lock the glove box or compart-
ment where you store them,
in addition to locking your car
doors.
If shopping after daylight hours,
park and walk in lighted areas.
Shop with a friend if possible
and not alone. Remember
where you park!
Women: If someone grabs you,
scream "fire" this will get
people's attention and assistance
more easily than "help."
Don't look vulnerable or dis-
tracted. Don't leave the store
"loaded up" with packages;
don't fumble for your keys
while walking; don't talk on
the phone or text while moving
through a parking lot or in and
out of stores; remove earphones.
Keep purses, handbags, back-
packs close to your body. Be
purposeful in your actions.
It is recommended that elec-
tronics purchases (or jewelry
and other expensive items) be
made last, if you are out shop-
ping at multiple stores, so you
do not have to store them in the
car during other stops.
If you must leave valuable items
in your car, place items out of
sight before reaching your des-
tination or move them incon-
spicuously.
Load your trunk when you
leave a location never open
a trunk, fill it full of valuables,


close it, and then just walk away
to do more shopping or other
errands.
Thieves check glove compart-
ments, behind seats, and under
seats. It only takes a few seconds
to check all the "usual" hiding
places in the car where people
leave things.
Never think "I'll just be a min-
ute" and leave a car unlocked or
worse, leave the engine run-
ning. It takes just a few seconds
to break into or steal a car.
While out and about, present
an alert appearance.
Be aware of your surround-
ings; scan the area from time to
time. Avoid concentrating so hard
on shopping that you fail to keep
track of your surroundings, others
near you or your personal property.
Shop with friends or rela-
tives if possible; there is safety in
numbers. As you shop, be alert in
crowded places. Among pickpock-
ets' favorites are revolving doors,
jammed aisles, elevators and public
transportation stops and vehicles,
especially at rush hour. Carry the
day's most expensive purchases
closest to your body and don't
carry so much you lose the ability
to react quickly.
If possible, leave your children
with a baby-sitter while you are
shopping. For holiday shopping,
consider making arrangements
with family or friends/neighbors
and take turns baby-sitting. If you
take your children with you, keep a
close eye on them while shopping.
Using debit or credit cards is
much safer than carrying a lot of
cash. If the vendors you will visit
don't take cards, consider obtaining
traveler's checks which, unlike cash,
can be replaced if lost or stolen.
Visit ATMs only at well-lighted
and populated locations; visit dur-
ing daylight hours if possible.
Using the drive-up is usually


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don't like their looks, go to another
ATM. Stand so that those behind
you cannot see your PIN as you
enter it; your PIN should never be
written down on or carried with
your ATM card.
Be observant. Avoid dark
areas, short-cuts, cul-de-sacs and
suspicious persons. Stay near light
and people.
Be prepared to flee potential
problems. If apprehensive about
any location for any reason, leave.
Consider carrying a whistle. Weap-
ons are not recommended, and
may be unlawful.


nonsecure websites or pages.
* And remember, banks do not
ask for account verification
via the internet. Those can be
phishing messages. Do not
open them and do not respond.
* When receiving electronics or
other valuable items (flat screen
TVs; cell phones; computers;
electronic games), make sure
you break down the boxes and
put them in a dark refuse bag
before placing outside for trash
pick up. Don't advertise your
possessions.
* Etch your driver's license num-
ber on all electronic devices.
Record your serial numbers and
place this list with your insur-
ance documents. A floor safe
or larger (heavy) fire proof safe
or safety deposit box is recom-
mended. Small fire boxes or
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It's Nutcracker time again!
By Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville University


It is easy to see why "The
Nutcracker" is such a favorite as
Christmas approaches. It contin-
ues to be the backbone of numer-
ous dance companies' repertory
and introduces many to the art of
ballet. It is hard to comprehend
that it is more than a century old!
The idea was originated by Mar-
ius Petipa of the Imperial Ballet
in Russia. It was he who sent the
outline of the story and the musi-
cal requirements to Tchaikovsky
for a ballet to be presented by that
company. He conceived a fantasy
of a little girl's Christmas dream
of the "Land of the Sugar Plum
Fairy." When Petipa became ill
in1892, Lev Ivanov took over the
actual choreography, including the
swirling dance for the snowflakes.


The first act is a family Christmas
party, complete with Christmas
tree and the exchange of presents.
One of these is the gift of a soldier
styled Nutcracker given to Clara,
the young daughter of the house.
The second act is pure fantasy,
the dream of a young girl, where
the Nutcracker comes to life and
escorts her to the Land of Sweets!
Many alternative versions of
the traditional Nutcracker have
been devised, but one that per-
haps comes closest to the original
in our area is that presented annu-
ally by the Florida Ballet. A tradi-
tion for over 30 years, it will once
again be performed at the Florida
Theatre on December 17 at 7:30
p.m., December 18 at 2:30 p.m.
and 7:30 p.m. and December 19


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Opportunity
is missed
by most people because
it is dressed in overalls
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at 3:00 p.m. It will feature the
company's professional dancers as
well as those from Florida Ballet
11.
Talented students from
throughout North Florida were
selected by audition to perform
the children's roles. Several of
them study at the Florida Ballet
Training Center, which is in the
process of certification through a
new outstanding national curricu-
lum designed by American Ballet
theatre, one of America's foremost
professional companies and train-
ing programs. The performance
will also feature guest artists from
American Ballet Theatre 11 in the
leading roles.
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chased for $15. What a wonder-
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Florida Ballet Training Program is
available at 353-7518 or via email
at info@floridaballet.org.
A very different approach to
The Nutcracker will be performed
by the Jacksonville Symphony on
December 17 at 8:00 p.m., De-
cember 18 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00
p.m. and December 19 at 3:00
p.m. The joy of a live orchestra
conducted by Michael Butterman
cannot be underestimated. The
production will feature renowned
principles and local dancers. The
Symphony will also present two
other Holiday Concerts, Handel's


Messiah on December 4 at 8:00
p.m. and Holiday Pops on De-
cember 10 at 11:00 a.m. and 8:00
p.m. and December 11 at 8:00
p.m. For information, please call
354-5547.
In an entirely different style,
you might want to celebrate the
holidays with Radio City Christ-
mas Spectacular, featuring the
world famous Rockettes. A favor-
ite holiday show, it will present
28 performances from December
2 through December 12 at the
Times Union Center for the
Performing Arts. For information
and tickets, please call 632-3373.
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and cannot do during this busy
month.
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overindulge in holi-
day treats that can
affect your mood.
SSugar overload will
make you sluggish,
for example and the
stimulating effect of
Sicaffeine may make
you overanxious.
Exercise. Not only
will it combat those extra calo-
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also relieve tension and provide
relaxation.


Please don't throw me away again.
Every holiday season, a slew of
new toys are brought out on store
shelves claiming to be the next big
leap in toy technology. As toy com-
panies compete for consumer dol-
lars, playthings are becoming more
and more technically advanced.
Today, we have toys that can oper-
ate on their own without the aid
of a remote control, dolls that can
carry on a conversation and video
games that create interactive char-
acters along with the virtual realties
they inhabit. As wonderful as these
toys may be, they leave little to our
imagination.
As we get older, we tend to
spend less and less time with toys
that spark creativity. Books, arts
and crafts, board games, dolls
and Matchbox cars are replaced
with "new" toys such as iPods, cell
phones and video games. Even
though the thought of an old
Barbie doll or action figure calling
to us in our dreams begging for
attention may sound a little creepy,
we have to admit that at one point


these old toys were our best friends.
We often forget there was a time
in our lives when make-believe was
every day, as we created characters
and fabricated adventures with our
favorite toys starring in lead roles.
Now that we are older, even if most
of these old toys have ended up
stuffed under the bed, thrown in
the attic or given away, the creativ-
ity and imagination we developed
through play are still with us
today. In fact, these tools our old
childhood friends gave us are very
valuable in our everyday lives as
they allow us to invent new things,
generate ideas and find solutions to
problems we encounter. They have
taught us to imagine beyond the
limitations of the playroom and
the real world.
And so it is that a toy's life
continues beyond its physical exis-
tence. They live on in the imagina-
tion they nurtured in all of us. The
adventures we shared with them,
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Youth group weeds out invasive plants at park


By Karl Kennell
It was a beautiful Sunday after-
noon-just perfect for wandering
through the woods. October 24 was
surely that. It also was the day that
members of the Jacksonville Teens
Volunteer (JTV) program under-
took a search and destroy mission
through the woods of Walter Jones
Park. Their mission was to weed
out and remove unwanted invasive
plant species from the park.
The group from JTV, which
is sponsored by the Jewish Com-
munity Alliance, not only helped
remove selected plants, they learned
about the plants and the effects of
invasive species from members of
the Florida Native Plant Society.
Betsy Miller, JCA youth ser-
vices director, said, "This program
not only promotes healthy relation-
ships, but also gives youth the op-
portunity to fulfill their community
service requirements needed for
graduation as well as credit towards
a college scholarship." During the
school year the JCA Jacksonville
Teen Volunteer program meets
once a month at different non-prof-
it locations to help with a variety of
projects.
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Maddalena Bassetti, Chelsea Blan-
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Chelsea Katz, Noah Levin, Casey
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will travel away from home to see
friends and family for the holidays.
During this time, the number of
travelers increases by 23 percent,


of which 91 percent travel by car.
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road and the average trip being 275
miles, it is easy to become frus-
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there are more than 6 million car
accidents in the United States.


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your holiday destinations, check
out these tips for safe drivers before
you hit the road.
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Make yourself aware of distract-
ed drivers around you.
Keep an emergency kit in your
car. Be sure to include jumper
cables, a flashlight, blanket, first
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Stay alert by taking breaks and
1% .f getting out to stretch.
p -0 Always check your blind spots.
Be sure your car is equipped for
the trip; have your car inspected
by a mechanic.
Monitor your gas level.
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Many visitors strolling through
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11964 Mandarin Road, do not
realize that many of the plants are
invasive species and do not belong
in the natural landscape. Having
a truly natural landscape is the
environment that the park desires
to reflect.
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work to get rid of," said Andrew
Morrow, executive director for
Mandarin Museum and Histori-
cal Society. "We are going to have
to weed them out again and again
over several years before they are
completely removed."
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The mission of the retreat was
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create "one" middle school. The
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In the 1980s, Mandarin was
basically a rural area with small
horse ranches, plenty of land, beau-
tiful trees and lots of citrus trees.
There were no activity areas for
the elderly except for a few church
groups meeting sporadically. A se-
nior in Mandarin in those days was
likely to become a "couch potato."
In 1987 the area's first Senior
Center began at Burnett Park.
Within the year the group was
offered free space at the Manda-
rin Moose Lodge on Losco Road.
There was a formal opening with
Mayor Tommy Hazouri leading
the celebration. It was here that the
nutrition program of the city began
serving hot meals for lunch five
days a week and many activities
were available to the seniors who
attended.
In 1989, the city purchased
two acres of land on Hartley Road
and began the construction of a
building. The new Mandarin Se-
nior Citizens Center was dedicated
November 29, 1990 and as the
membership grew, more activi-
ties were planned. By the time the
building was completed, it was ob-
vious that it was too small for the
membership and all of the activities
that were provided for them.
The center has received tre-
mendous support from city leaders
and the City Council since our
inception. People such as Mayor
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are always adding new activities
and programs and look forward to
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Mandarin Community Club honors veterans
By Contributing Writer Lynn Cuda, Mandarin Community Club


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In honor of Veterans Day,
the Mandarin Community Club
(MCC) held a wreath laying
ceremony on Thursday, November
11 at the Billard Commemora-
tive Park, located at 11642 Brady
Road. This the second year the
club has observed the holiday in
this manner.
The honored veteran this year
was Robert McLean (USN Retired)
of Mandarin, who placed the
wreath at the park's veterans monu-
ment on behalf of the club. He was
assisted by MCC board member
Susie Scott.
McLean served in the Navy for
more than 20 years. He attended


submarine school in New London,
Connecticut and reported to his
first submarine in 1975. Over the
years, he served on three different
submarines and was based in vari-
ous locations including Hawaii and
Connecticut. In 1994, he became
a Naval Instructor in Advanced
Navigation at the Trident Training
Facility.
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Students from the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
performing sons from the 1940s.


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the Douglas Anderson School of
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from the 1940s era.
Sweet and savory finger
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For the third time in as many
years, the Lady Stars Basketball
team at St. Joseph Catholic School
in Mandarin won the District 2A
Grade School Tournament Cham-
pionship.
On Thursday night, October
28 at Bishop Kenny's gymnasium,
the St. Joseph Stars played a very
determined Sacred Heart team
in what started out as a defensive
battle as the first half score ended
up 10 2 in St Joseph's favor. In
the second half, the Stars kicked
it up a notch offensively, pulling
away for a 32 to 12 victory.
Rachel Gupton, St. Joseph's
point guard, was named the cham-
pionship game MVP as she guided
the Stars in the win with eight
points, seven steals, four assists and
four rebounds.
After the game, Coach John
Bell showered praise on his starting
five players, Rachel Gupton, Alexis
Nunez, Katie Rose, Natalie Chebi
and Madeline Freel, commenting
on how they worked hard all sea-
son long to become this tight knit
team that won the tournament.

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Billard Commemorative Park
turns three
ByContributing Writer Lynn Cuda, Mandarin Community Club Board
Member and 2010 Membership Coordinator


In the blink of an eye, time
passes and Mandarin's Billard
Commemorative Park, located
at11642 Brady Road, turned three
last month. Developed, owned and
maintained by the Mandarin Com-
munity Club (MCC), the park was
dedicated in November of 2007.
Since then, it has added a welcome
picturesque, quiet spot to our com-
munity.
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add a green spot
to the Mandarin
community.
The park's centerpiece is a
large, white gazebo surrounded by
landscape and walkways. A custom
designed memorial honoring
those who have served in the five
branches of our military is another
focal point. The majority of the
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can help future development and A couple of great w inter concerts
maintenance of this lovely area by
participating in the "buy a brick" By Danielle Wirsansky
program. Honor loved ones, com-
memorate an event or simply show Brian Griffin has been the con- schools. As the winter holidays
your support by purchasing an ductor and director of the Douglas approach, each orchestra will host
engraved brick that will become a Anderson School of the Arts (D.A.) their own winter concert to get the
permanent part of the park walk- string orchestra for 12 years. Carol community in the holiday spirit.
ways. A choice of size, inscription Griffin is the conductor and direc- Each school's orchestra has a
and location are offered. tor of the LaVilla School of the specific infrastructure. The D.A.
For further information, please Arts string orchestra and has been Orchestra is composed of three
contact the Mandarin Community for eight years. No, the similarity different groups; Sinfonia, which
Club via their web site, mandarin names is not a coincidence-the is a technique driven orchestra and
communityclub.org or call the club married couple each conducts ranges about 14 students. Next is
office at 268-1622. an orchestra at the two sister arts Repertory with about 35 stu-


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Sdents. Lastly, there is the Chamber
orchestra which contains about 31
musicians. For large performances,
the Chamber and Repertory
groups combine along with the
other instrumental sections like the
wind and brass to make a group
called the Symphony orchestra and
is made up of about 85 students.
Incidentally, this is the largest
orchestra in Northeast Florida
(professional or otherwise).
The LaVilla orchestra is
composed of four specific groups:
Concert, Sinfonia, Repertory and
Chamber.
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have orchestra programs in nearly
every public school, but here in
Northeast Florida, we're it," says
Carol Griffin.
While neither winter concert
has a specific theme, a diverse
range of music will be played.
For LaVilla, according to Car-
ol Griffin, "A variety of repertoire.
Holiday music, plus selections
with differing ranges of ability level
according to the ability level of the
ensemble [will be played]. There
will be slow, lyrical selections such
as William Hofeldt's 'Lullaby' and
fast, intense selections such as Soon
Hee Newbold's 'Legend of Dark
Mountain,' an Americana piece
entitled 'On An Eastern Shore' by
Alan Lee Silva and everything in
between!"
As for the D.A. concert, the
program will range from such
pieces as "Little Suite" by Neilsen
to the "Overture: The Barber of
Seville" by Rossini, which happen
to be among Brian Griffin's favorite
pieces.
"My favorite pieces are the
ones I have not conducted before.
They are the most interesting and
what I enjoy the most," he shares.
The students too, are excited
for the performance. D.A. student
Alexander Melenchon, who has
played cello for about five years, is
very excited to be playing the mul-
ticultural music, such as "Capriccio
E .p r..! composed by Nikolai
Rimsky-Korsakov, while fellow
D.A cellist Brian Goldsberry, like
Brian Griffin, favors "The Barber
of Seville" by Rossini.
The Douglas Anderson Winter
Orchestra Concert will be held
at 7:30 p.m. in the Theatre on
December 9, 2010. The LaVilla
Winter Concert will take place on
November 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the
Theatre. Tickets can be purchased
at the door.

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for the troops


Doubling their intake from
last year, Krantz Dental Care of
Mandarin collected a new record of
1,400 pounds of Halloween candy
for our troops serving overseas.
"It's a win-win situation,"
says Dr. Alan Krantz. "We get to


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to read their messages."
During the first week of
November, children brought in
their candy to Krantz Dental Care
and received $1 for every pound.


In addition, Krantz Dental Care
donated an additional $1 to Feed
a Needy Neighbor, a Jacksonville
program that helps local families.
Local schools got involved this
year with Durbin Creek Elemen-
tary, Pine Forest Elementary and
Creekside High School collecting
650, 62 and 85 pounds, respec-
tively. Nice, big checks went to
each of those schools and Feed a
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last week for $1,440 from Krantz
Dental Care. Also part of this
promotion was free dental exams
for those families who participated
in this annual event.
"We have practiced in Jackson-
ville for 16 years and it has always
been important to us to give back
to our community. It is a prior-
ity for us," said Business Manager
Adria Krantz.


GTM Environmental Educational
Center a fun choice


By Contributing Travel Writer Debi
The
GTM
Environ-
mental
Educa-
tional
Center
has the
right
stuff. Just
walk in
and be
greeted
by a giant
North
Atlantic
right
whale. That is, one hanging Calder
style from the soaring atrium ceil-
ing. Heads turn skyward to see the
full-size mammal, her newborn
calf, a dolphin, hammerhead
shark and giant manta ray. The
facility houses displays of coastal
and estuarine ecosystems and the
natural history of our own North-
east Florida.
I took one of my grand-daugh-
ters to the GTM Educational
Center down A1A at South Ponte
Vedra Beach earlier last year. Caro-
line is only three, but she loved the
place.
The employee at the desk
handed her a clip board with a
page of marine life drawings. She
was to go on a scavenger hunt to
find and match the animals to the
pictures. We were instructed to
look up, down and all around, as
well as open specimen display cases
in drawers.
Caroline took about ten min-
utes to locate all the sea creatures,
a perfect time span for little ones.
She then proudly returned her
form and was given a prize-a
coloring book and book mark. She
was delighted and returned home


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toured the St. Augustine Wild
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exotic animal sanctuary allows visi-
tors a close-up view of lions, tigers,
wolves and more.
We were given a guided tour
of the seven-acre animal com-
pound by an experienced wildlife
professional. An introduction to
each species, basic biology and the
animal's history was discussed in
detail. Many of the animals were
confiscated by wildlife officials
from individuals who held these
animals without proper state per-


mits or who improperly fed these
animals and maintained them in
inferior conditions.
Onyx, a black leopard, sur-
vived cancer and now has only
three legs, but she is cancer-free
and doing well. She starred on
Ripley's Believe it or Not as their
most unusual animal!
The tours are by appointment
only on Wednesday and Saturdays.
We really enjoyed our tour and
learned many things about these
exotic animals.
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the Mandarin Women's Club,
please call Kay at 521-2524.


to tell her parents and the other
family members.
Later, my five and seven-year-
old grandchildren paid a visit to
the center with their parents. Their
activity was a little more demand-
ing, but still age-appropriate. The
giant shark's teeth display was their
favorite since finding smaller ones
had been a daily beach activity.
If you need a rainy day or cold
weather activity for kids, this place
can't be beat.
Admission is only $2 for
adults and $1 for children ages 10
through 17. Those under 10 are
free. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m., except the facility is closed on
Florida state holidays.

If you go:
The GTM Environmental Educa-
tional Center is south of Jackson-
ville, off State Road A1A, eight
miles north of Vilano Beach and
lust a short drive from St. Augus-
tine.
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Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
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Eighth graders Jimmy Huff, Michael
Catholic Charities USA, which
is the national office for local
Catholic Charities organizations,
celebrates its 100th anniversary this
year. They were founded in 1910 at
the Catholic University of America.
The services that Catholic Charities
provide include food, shelter, sup-
portive housing, clothing and finan-
cial assistance. It also provides many
programs like counseling, immigra-
tion and refuge services, adoption,
disaster response, and employment
training. In 2009 alone Catholic
Charities agencies have provided
help and hope for over nine million
people regardless of their religion or
social and economic backgrounds.
To help celebrate 100 years of
Catholic Charities, the eighth grade
class at St. Joseph Catholic School
collected 252 rolls of toilet paper
for Catholic Charities. The teachers


made it a goal for all of the student
to make a difference for somebody
else during their last year at St. Jo-
seph Catholic School. The students
started the year off right by exceed-
ing their goal of 100 rolls of toilet
paper. A group of students creative-
ly made a pyramid with every single
roll that was brought in.
"We just have to finish our
nine years here right! I am so happ)
we could help Catholic Charities,"
Hannah Sowers, an eighth grade
student, proudly said.
St. Joseph's collected other
items as well, to celebrate the 100
anniversary of Catholic Charities.
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The event has drawn up to
1,000 visitors from throughout the
area, according to Andrew Mor-
row, society executive director. This
year, as always, there will be rides
on a real railroad motorcar, a horse
drawn hayride, historical re-enac-
tors, children crafts, games, choirs
and other musical entertainment,
nature programs and a visit from
Santa Claus. The 1875 farmhouse
will be open for tours.
At 1:00 p.m., be sure to stop
by and listen to the very first
performance of the Community
Band of Mandarin's own Northeast
Florida Conservatory. The band's
performance will feature marches,
overtures and a few holiday tunes.
This free community band is made
up of local adults who wish to
participate and has grown from the
original six members to 35 mem-
bers in its six weeks of existence.
"Winter Celebration has
become a family tradition for the
whole community," said Fred Hu-
lett, society president. "It's a great
day for folks of all ages to celebrate
the season against the backdrop
of an 1875 homestead on the St.
Johns River."
Each year, the society issues
a collectible wooden ornament.
This year, the ornament depicts
the Mandarin boardwalk, Morrow
said.


for sale in the Mandarin Museum
gift shop. Refreshments will also
be sold.
Admission to the park and
many activities are free. Tickets for
the hayride and train are $2 each.
The Walter Jones Histori-
cal Park, which covers 10 acres
along County Dock Road, opened
in 2000. It is Jacksonville's first
historical park. Parking is avail-
able across the street from the park
entrance at the Mandarin Presby-
terian Church. For more informa-
tion, please call the museum at
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joy and peace this time of year,
but who has the time when we're
all so busy? Between shopping,
cooking, mailing cards, decorating
the house, packing and cleaning,
there's so much to do that we never
seem to have the time to remember
why this time of year is so special.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could
put it all aside for an hour and take
just a little bit of time to remember
"the reason for the season?" There
is a place, right here in Manda-
rin, where you can do just that.
Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran
Church is hosting their annual
Walk to Bethlehem on December
11 and 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30
p.m. You can take a walk around a


wooded lake enjoy-
ing the peace and
quiet contempla-
tion of the nativity
story as you experi-
ence the story of
how God became
man. All of this
takes place through
live action vi-
gnettes. And after
you've recharged
your holiday bat-
teries you can have
some family fun


with Christmas
crafts for the kids, marshmallows
around a campfire, and hot dogs
and drinks. The church property
is located at 6595 Columbia Park
Court, Jacksonville, FL 32258.
In addition to the Walk to
Bethlehem, the church will be
holding a service on Wednesday,
December 1, at 7:00 p.m. at
their Southside location (7860
Southside Boulevard). There is
no charge for this fun evening of
Christmas music but a free will
offering will be taken to support
the youth participating in the
mission trip to Peru next summer.
Christmas Eve services at their
Columbia Park Court location
are at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.


Christmas Eve services at their
Southside location are at 5:00
p.m., 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and
11:00 p.m.; Christmas Day service
is at 10:00 a.m.

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By Contributing Writer Dale Whaley


The old
saying "You
can't teach an
old dog new
tricks" never set
well with me
nor with my
dog. This past
month a pond
emergency occurred, resulting
in me learning a new trick that I
wished I had earlier in my 25 years
of koi keeping. When your dog or
cat get sick you can simply take
them to a vet, but it's not so easy
with koi. You're mostly on your
own with only friends, books and
the internet to help in determining
the problem.
We're members of one of the
local koi clubs and have lots of
koi keeper friends, which we've
mentioned in past columns. We of
course have a high speed internet
connection for research and we
have several of the more popu-
lar koi health and disease books
written by our two go-to koi vets,
Dr. Eric Johnson and Dr. Nick
Saint-Erne.
But in this instance fish were
dying quickly and we panicked,
relying only upon our memory
of what problem the symptoms
indicated and not on the other
aforementioned resources, only to
discover we remembered the treat-
ments incorrectly. We lost several
fish during this emergency which
we attributed to panic and after-
wards decided we needed a more
readily available guide to help us
during triage.
To meet this need we devel-
oped a series of laminated 3 x 5
cards we keep inside our pump
enclosure readily available for
emergency reference. Your refer-
ence cards will probably be differ-


ent than ours because something
readily apparent to one person may
be the furthest thought for some-
one else. While building your card
list you would do well to re-read
your koi health and disease books,
but I'll list the card categories that
top my list.
Card 1 fish are struggling at the
surface and dying. Smaller fish
affected first and showing the
most stress.
Card 2 Fish jumping, flashing,
scratching itself on sides and
bottom of pond. Something is
irritating the skin of the fish.
Card 3 Hanging at the surface
and not active.


Card 4 Gasping at the surface.
Card 5 Head down tail up
Our quick hit reference cards
will continue to evolve. We're
developing them mostly by adding
quick acting treatments and com-
ments to the card symptoms and
making sure we keep the treat-
ments on hand along with the nec-
essary test kits. For example having
de-chlorinator for water changes,
ammonia and nitrate removers,
baking soda for pH buffering and
hydrogen peroxide (3 percent) for
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The Episcopal Church of Our
Saviour parish choir, their music
scholars and instrumentalists from
the University of North Florida
will present Gloria and "Winter"
from The Four Seasons by Antonio
Vivaldi on Sunday, November 28
at 7:00 p.m. This is offered to the
church and the community as the
Advent season begins. Sponsored
by the On the Riverbank Fine Arts
Series, there is no charge for the
event; however, a free will offering
will be taken. A reception will fol-
low in the church's Great Hall. The
Episcopal Church of Our Saviour
is located at 12236 Mandarin
Road.

The community is invited
to attend Mandarin Lutheran
Church's Christmas Eve services,
which will be held at 6:00 p.m.
and 10:00 p.m. on Friday, De-
cember 24. Mandarin Lutheran
Church is located at 11900 San
Jose Boulevard. For additional in-
formation, please call 268-4591 or
visit mandarinlutheranchurch.org.

Freedom Christian Fellowship
invites you to three events in De-
cember. The first is a play, written
and directed by our student pastor,
Jeremy Cullum, called "A Baby
Changes Everything." The play will
be performed on Sunday, Decem-
ber 5 at 10:15 a.m. The second
is our children's play on Sunday,
December 12 at 10:15 a.m. called
"Shepherds, Sheep and a Savior."
The third is our annual Christmas
Eve Candlelight and Communion
Service on Friday, December 24
from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Freedom Christian Fellowship is
located at 3423 Loretto Road in
Mandarin. For more details, please
call 268-2244 or find us on the
web at www.fcfjax.org.

Mandarin Christian Wom-
en's Connection will have their
monthly luncheon at the Ramada
Inn, Mandarin on Tuesday Decem-
ber 7 from 12:00 noon until 1:30
p.m. The cost of the buffet lunch is
$15 and doors open at 11:30 a.m.
The feature will be Linda Bow-
man, who does it all....she bakes,
embroiders, makes jams and creates
her own dinnerware and holiday
decorations. She is going to share


some tricks and tips on how to get
ready for the Christmas season.
Judy Clark will close the luncheon
with a message of how she was
once a directionally challenged
thrill-seeker who now knows her
way. Please call Cande at 908-5609
or Bernice 613-3848 for reserva-
tions.

Mandarin United Methodist
Church will present their annual
Christmas musical, "Only Love,"
on Saturday, December 11, at
7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December
12 at 8:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
in the Sanctuary. Christmas Eve
services will be held at 4:00 p.m.
(Children's service in the Worship
Center and Candlelight Com-
munion in the Sanctuary), 6:00
p.m. (Contemporary service in the
Worship Center and Lessons and
Carols in the Sanctuary) and 8:00
p.m. (Communion service in both
the Worship Center and the Sanc-
tuary.) For additional information,
please call the church at 268-5549
or visit www.mandarinumc.com.

Tikva Hadassah invites you
for a day of fun and games on
Tuesday, December 14 from 10:30
a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Jack-
sonville Jewish Center, located at
3662 Crown Point Road. Grab
your mah jongg, canasta, bridge
or scrabble buddies and game
pieces and play the game of your
choice in a friendly atmosphere.
In addition to a delicious lunch
and yummy desserts, you will
have many opportunities to win
fabulous prizes. There's even a prize
for the "Biggest Loser." You do not
have to be a Hadassah member to
attend. Everyone is invited to join
the fun. Pay in advance, $15; at the
door, $18. Send your check pay-
able to Tikva Hadassah to Karen
Backilman, 3607 Hagan Grant
Lane, Jacksonville, Florida 32223-
2726. For more information, please
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'Tis the Season to Be Jolly...or not
By Contributing Writer Rev. Deborah A. McLeod, Senior Pastor, Mandarin United Methodist Church


Not everybody is jolly as
Christmas and Hanukah approach.
For some, this is a difficult time
due to loss of a job or the absence
of a loved one. The world seems
merry and lights are twinkling, but
you may be sad.
There is the flurry of activity
which we inflict upon ourselves.
We make Christmas into a giant
to do" list and groan under the
weight of our self-made stress. Of
course there are some office and
family obligations, but much of
what causes stress in gift-giving,
card-writing and merry-making,
we do to ourselves. If cooking,
writing, buying and wrapping do
not come with joy for you, then
simplify.
Christmas is Jesus' birthday,


not your mother's and Hanukah
is about the Rededication of the
Temple and God's miracle of light.
Perhaps the best way for you to
celebrate these holy days are for
you to do less, buy less, stress less
and give more to someone who is
truly in need.
In our family, we started giving
our relatives "animals" from Heifer
Project International (www.heifer.
org). A goat, a sheep or a flock of
chickens can transform a family
and a community. My dad doesn't
need another sweater. The cousins
get more toys than they have room
to store, so we send them a card
that tells about the gift we gave in
their honor.
Set a limit with your children
of a number of gifts or a dollar


amount. Make a gift to the charity
of your choice for your co-work-
ers. Maybe you can start a trend
in your office. Few people I know
really need another coffee mug or a
box of chocolates.
There are lots of ways you
can volunteer and make a dif-
ference. Take your children on a
special shopping trip and tell them,
"We are not buying anything for
us-we are only buying things for
a family in need." Pick up a card
from an "angel tree" or buy your
favorite non perishable foods and
deliver them to the Mandarin Food
Bank at St. Joseph's (292-1675).
It could be, that as you do
something for others to honor
God's miracles, you may find you
feel better and this is the best holi-
day season yet.
Mandarin United Method-
ist Church, located at 11270 San
Jose Boulevard, will hold a "Blue
Christmas Service" on December
21 at 7:00 p.m. Come for a time of
prayer with others who are strug-
gling this holiday season.






ST. JOSEPH'S
CATHOLIC CHURCH
Holiday Mass Times
Christmas Eve December 24
3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.
and 12:00 Midnight Mass
Christmas Day December 25
10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Solemnity of Mary Vigil
New Years Eve December 31
5:30 p.m.
Solemnity of Mary
New Years Day January 1
10:00 a.m., 12:00 Noon
Reconciliation
December 15
7:00 p.m. Parish Penance Service
December 22
4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
December 23
5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
The Weekend Schedule for
December 25 & 26 will remain as normal.
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Reading to your children
should start early. Really early. The
American Academy of Pediatrics
recommends starting as soon as
your children are born. Reading
stimulates brain development and


language skills, as well as fostering
a closer emotional bond between
parents and children. Remember
these tips:
* Read widely. Infants respond
to voices around them, so start
out by reading anything that's
handy-sports pages and cook-
books will do, as well as very
simple picture books.
Ask questions. As your child
grows older, get him or her
involved. Ask them what they
think will happen next, or why
a character behaved that way.
You'll start teaching some basic
critical thinking skills and you'll
make the experience more
enjoyable.
Read every day. Make reading a
regular activity. Don't just limit
it to bedtime. Bring a book
with you to doctor's appoint-
ments and the store so you can
read while waiting.

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Ready for 2011
By Contributing Writer Ralph Little, Flotilla 14-8


By chance, the flotilla's annual
election coincided with the national
General Election on November 2.
Also by chance, both our elected
officers were featured in previous
Mandarin NewsLine articles in this
space, partially indicating their high
qualifications for leading the unit
through the next year. Our opera-
tions officer, Whit Vick, will take
on Flotilla Commander duties in
January, assisted by current and
newly elected Vice Commander
Mike Morgan. Until then, they will
occupy themselves with gathering
personnel interested in working as
staff officers in our various func-
tions. The selections are variably
based on who is qualified, inter-
ested and available. Some functions
require certifications while interest
may be enough for some activities.
More than a few positions will go to
enthusiastic members recruited in
the past year.
While that process continues,
we are planning for two social
events. Our regular December meet-


ing will include a holiday dinner at
Santioni's restaurant in Mandarin.
Meanwhile, the official Change of
Watch and dinner will occur in early
January with a catered affair held
at our meeting place, the Florida
Tackle and Gun Club, on San
Jose Boulevard at Goodby's Creek.
The Change of Watch is the Coast
Guard event that signals a change
of leadership. It usually includes
history, awards and introductions
of the new elected and appointed
officers, as well as a dinner. Both the
holiday and change events include
spouses, family and guests.
Following the Change of
Watch, the flotilla gets down to
carrying out its plans for the year
in public education, marine dealer
visits, vessel examinations, naviga-
tion aids and marine safety checks,
marine safety patrols and support
of our members. If anything, our
focus on safety measures is height-
ened by the sad toll of this year's
boating fatalities in Florida. As of
early November, the 2010 count of


A tour for parents of the county's newest school

Welcome to Atlantic Coast High School!
By Contributing Writer Kayla Harris, Atlantic Coast High School Student


Have you seen the bright col-
ored new high school called Atlantic
Coast (ACHS)? Have you ever
wondered what the school is like;
what are its features? Well today
your prayers have been answered. I
will tell you from personal experi-
ence what this wonderful school has
to offer.
First off, when you drive up to
the school you will notice that it's
huge! This school was designed to
resemble a college campus to give
students an opportunity to see what
college is like in advance-well,
minus the dorm experience. Open-
ing the doors here may be kind of a
hassle because the doors are heavy,
but they have the ability to lock
during an emergency.
Once you make it to where
your child's first period class is you
will find yourself in something
called a house or a pod. These
houses include bathrooms, couches,


deaths reached 69, eight more than
the same time last year.
Tentatively, beginning in
February 2011 the flotilla will pres-
ent nine Boating Safety courses,
returning to a format of single-day
programs presented on Saturdays.
There is also a potential that we will
present an additional new course
focused on canoeists and kayak-
ers. The paddle sports fall into a
category of higher risk boating that
deserves its own attention. One
of the reasons for that concern is
that boating statistics indicate male
boaters over 30 and alone are at risk.
Women and younger paddlers don't
get a pass, however, since the nature
of being alone and in small craft
that are more subject to weather and
waves are serious vulnerabilities for
all.
Anyone with an interest in
joining the Auxiliary can contact
Charles Smith at 541-1660 and he
will guide you through membership.
Members and all boat operators can
take the Auxiliary Boating Safety
Program. Call Bob (721-1346) for
specifics on where and when courses
are offered and to register or to
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about their things getting stolen
because all of it won't fit in that tiny
cube they give you at most schools.
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teen to get some exercise, you can
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By Anthony Paris, MHS Student
The holiday season is all were defeated 30-7, everyone that The girls' var
around. The end of November came to the event showed their against Atlan
and now, December is an incred- school spirit and had a great time. Episcopal, Pa
ibly exciting and fast-paced time The seniors were particularly en- and Fletcher
of year for high school students, as thusiastic, having rushed out into game being h
everyone works hard to finish their the football field. the last sever:
work before the long-anticipated The junior varsity football been noted f(
and much appreciated break. team finished the season well, team and unc
With start of winter, the fall remaining undefeated at 8-0 and accredited to
sports have come to an end for making the Mandarin High com- devotion of t
2010. The football season was munity very proud. The boy:
finished with a final game at Wolf- Additionally, two ofManda- ball teams wi
son High School on a Wednesday rin's athletes have made it to the throughout I
night, before students began their cross-country regionals and the take part in t
four-day Veterans Day weekend. MHS swim team made it to state Classic Orl
Your Mandarin Mustangs emerged competition. from Deceml
victorious by a score of 35 24 The winter sports currently tournament
over Wolfson. taking place at Mandarin High state media c
This match was preceded by a School include basketball, girls' opportunity
home game, a week earlier, against weightlifting, soccer and wrestling. the top college
Sandalwood. That Friday was also There are several scheduled meet- The wrest
the "senior night" at Mandarin ings and games for these sports their workout
High School. Although the Mus- before students and athletes leave in preparation
tangs did not achieve victory and for the holiday break. scheduled for


Avoid mindless pruning of trees and shrubs
By Contributing Writer Master Gardener Camille Hunter with Duval County Extension, University of
Florida/IFAS


Pruning is one of those
things many of us do without
a lot of thought. We shear the
shrubs every other week during
the growing season and trim tree
branches whenever they look bad
or are in the way. Often we do not
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are doing and this kind of mind- unfortunately some find attractive.
less pruning sometimes does more This is a major stress to any tree,
harm than good. dooming it to a weakened structure
There are correct ways to and less vigor.
prune and some simple rules for Crape myrtles are best pruned,
knowing when to prune, but the if pruning is needed, in winter
first thing to know is why you are when they are dormant. It is easy
pruning. Good reasons include to shape a tree and remove branch-
controlling size, removing dead or es that are rubbing or growing
dying branches, to maintain shape inward when the plant is leafless.
or stimulate growth. If you do not However, do not prune spring
have a good reason to prune, then bloomers, like dogwood, in winter.
do not prune. The plant prefers For most flowering trees and
that you don't. shrubs the general rule is to prune
It is likewise important to right after flowering ends. Plants
make proper pruning cuts. If you begin to set buds long before they
have never learned the correct way, actually bloom. Azaleas, for ex-
attend a class or pick up a book at ample, bloom in spring but begin
the library or book store, preferably forming buds in the previous July.
one with photos and learn how and Pruning azaleas after July will mean
where to make good pruning cuts. fewer or no flowers next spring.


For online help google "Solutions-
ForYourLife" and click on Lawn
and Garden. Search "pruning" to
bring up publications on why, how
and when to prune.
Never just cut off the top of
a tree. Doing this to crape myrtles
has become an accepted practice to
some, but knowledgeable gardeners
call it "crape murder." The result
is drooping, weepy growth which


One of our worst practices
is the so called "hurricane cut" of
palms. It is a myth that cutting
off all but a few upright fronds
is helpful in weathering a storm.
Palm trees need their leaves to
maintain vigor and resist high
winds. Pruning palms this way is
both unattractive and weakens the
tree. It is fine to prune out the seed
structures and any dead leaves but
stop there.
It is also sometimes tempting
to try and rejuvenate overgrown
shrubs by pruning them severely,
even cutting them down to just
above the ground. I have seen some
shrubs come back from this but it
is severely damaging and it is much
wiser to prune these back gradually,
over several years. As a general rule,
never remove more that one-third
of the green in a single pruning
and wait six to eight weeks before
pruning again.
Always prune a shrub to be
wider at the bottom and narrower
on top. This lets light into the
interior of the plant and encour-
ages leaves to grow, avoiding empty
spaces inside. If you are constantly
pruning your shrubs because they
grow too big consider replacing
them with plants that do not grow
as large.
Pay attention to when and
how you prune and avoid costly
mistakes. When done correctly,
pruning can improve your plants'
health, vigor and appearance and
even increase the value of your
property.


For boys' varsity soccer, there
will be games against Wolfson,
First Coast, Episcopal, Orange
Park, Fletcher and Terry Parker
before the holidays. The last two
games will be played at home.


The Mu:
last month of
mination to
all are sure th
will make the
upcoming 2C


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tic Coast, First Coast,
xon, Orange Park
with the first and last
leld at home. Over
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or its excellent soccer
doubtedly, this can be
the hard work and
he coaches.
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11 play several games
December and will
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to be seen by some of
ge recruiters.
styling team continues
ts through the month
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slums of Nai-
robi, Kenya. The
school supplies
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Aeester visited tribute through
hank them for KORE, which
seeks to provide
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long-term sustainability solutions
for those living in poverty. Educa-
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tion.
In addition to the school sup-
plies drive, students raised money


for the effort through the sale of
bright orange KORE t-shirts to
blanket the home stand with an
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Jacksonville Jaguars Josh Scobee
and Brad Meester visited MCS
students at school to thank them
for their generosity.
At the October 22 game, stu-
dents remembered Catie Carter, an
MCS student who died earlier this
year after a long battle with cancer.
At the game, students supported
Catie's favorite charity, Art With a
Heart in Healthcare, by donating
markers and crayons and raising
$240 for the cause through sales of
hot chocolate.
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The Passage
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Mandarin Garden Club's Yard of the Month


By Contributing Writer Celia Rehm
Asiatic jasmine is an intrigu-
ing feature in the yard of Dr. Louis
and Pat Larmoyeux's residence in
the Beauclerc community. Used as
a groundcover, the vine-like plant,
also called "small leaf Confederate
jasmine" stands out beautifully in a
distinct manner, yet it blends flaw-
lessly with the quite ambiance of
the yard and neighborhood.
The harsh summer that took
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the Asiatic jasmine that covers
both sides of the front yard. Asiatic
jasmine is much more drought
tolerant than most turf grasses and
is cold tolerant remaining green
even after hard freezes, according to
a University of Florida Mid-Florida
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although in the Florida sun prefers
some shade, has few pest or disease
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pesticides. While it has been grown
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cades, the same source mentions "it
is probably not ideal as a replace-
ment for all turf areas such as traffic
areas and children's play areas."
Another consideration is the time
required for Asiatic jasmine to fully
cover the ground after planting.
Larmoyeux indicates it took
nine months for the Asiatic jasmine
to completely cover and form
the mat in their yard. Now, in its
fourth year, the jasmine has met
performance expectations with
relatively little maintenance. The
growth of the woody plant can
be controlled within its boundar-
ies with mowing and edging, says
Larmoyeux.
"It gets watering from the
sprinkler twice a week and does
well with little fertilization," she
shares.
Its airy spongy thick mat, dis-
tinct to the touch, provides protec-
tion from weeds, yet allows for the
air circulation that protects from


fungus and pests.
She reports no
problems during
the rainy periods.
Pine edging
forms the curved
design of the Asi-
atic jasmine in the
front yard under
the canopy of a
massive live oak and a tall sprawling
holly. The aesthetic design show-
cases the distinguished manicured
look of the jasmine and successfully
enhances the grass turf and the beds
of agapanthus, holly fern, rotunda
holly and liriope that border the
home front.
Tall hedges of mature azaleas,
podocarpus and ligustrum shrubs
contoured into attractive round and
elongated shapes frame the outside
boundaries of the property under-
neath tall oak trees. Other shrub-
bery of variegated pittosporum,
golden globe and nandina form the
desired levels, color and texture of
a design that hugs the most visible
side of her brick home.
Overall, the Larmoyeuxs have
enjoyed the evolvement of the
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mature landscape over a period of
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conducive to low maintenance
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attractive as is or it can be further
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Larmoyeux also accents with
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pentas, salvia and lantana currently
growing in the yard. She uses con-
tainers for seasonal and other flower
displays.
Larmoyeux comes from a gar-
dening family. Additionally, she is a
long term member of the Magnolia
Garden Club (not to be con-
fused with the Mandarin Garden
Club), enjoys designing with plant
material and spoke of using the
colorful leaves and berries of the
evergreen nandina from her yard
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information and relationship build-
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credit to friends in the landscaping
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in her yard.
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