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Volume 5, Issue 4

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January 2011

Scouts from Troop 250 become fans of the new
Jacksonville Giants basketball team

Jacksonville Giants players autograph jerseys for scouts from Troop 250

Scouts from Troop 250 of the
Boy Scouts of America (BSA) sup-
port the new basketball team of the
First Coast, the Jacksonville Giants,
during their games. While specta-
tors are in the stands watching the
team tower over the competition,
the scouts work the merchandise
area. In addition to setting and
cleaning up, the scouts also have a
chance to interact with fans while
assisting in the selling of the team's
apparel and running the free face
painting activity.
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ers from the crowd, but our scouts
enjoyed dressing ticket holders in
spirit wear and putting smiles on
the fans' faces," stated Shana Her-
rin, Troop 250's scoutmaster.
For their hard work the team is
donating a portion of the merchan-
dise sales in benefit of the scout-
ing program. Although the scouts
rarely had an opportunity to actu-
ally see the game, they have been
able to meet the players and acquire
autographs by all the members of
the team. In fact during one pf the
games, a scout mentioned that he
wished he could play basketball as

well as the Giants did and as one of
the players overheard him.
The player replied back, "Yeah,
well I wish I knew how to build a
fire like you scouts do!"
The conversation resulted in
the two making a deal the scouts
would show him how to build a fire
and in return he would show them
a few basketball tricks. In the end,
the team members thanked each
scout for helping out and invited
them back anytime they wanted.
It can easily be said that the
scouts of Troop 250 not only have a
great time working the events, but
have become devoted fans of the
Jacksonville Giants! So come out
and cheer for the Jacksonville Gi-
ants and at the same time support
your local Boy Scouts of America.
Troop 250 is chartered out of
the First Christian Church located
in Mandarin and is a unit from the
North Florida Council, Riverbend
District of the BSA. The Boy
Scouts of America is one of the
nation's largest and most prominent
values-based youth development
organizations. The BSA provides
a program for young people that
builds character, trains them in
the responsibilities of participating
citizenship, and develops personal

Mandarin South Library

celebrates five years
By Contributing Writer Tess Hart-Ross
Five years ago
Ed Murray became
branch manager of
the Mandarin South
Library, known as
the "Mighty Mouse"
of the Jacksonville
Public Library
system (based on size
compared with cir-
culation numbers).
At that time he or-
ganized a book club
to meet monthly, on Y
the second Thurs- Darlene Gantt presents a coffee system to the st(
day of each month Mandarin South Library.
at 1:00 p.m. in the
library's conference room. for the original idea and for their
On October 21 the 10 mem- assistance over those five years.
bers of this still-existing book club The book club members recognize
came together with Murray and the knowledge and effort required
the members of his library staff to to track down 10 copies of each
show their thanks and appreciation month's chosen book and have it

Christopher Columbus creates
21st century explorers at MJGDS
By Contributing Writer Talie Zaifert, MartinJ. Gottlieb Day School
It all started
out during a
planning meeting
between the Mar-
tin J. Gottlieb
Day School's fifth
grade teacher,
her students and
their 21st century
learning special-
ist. Students and
teacher brain-
stormed ideas for
the Christopher
Columbus unit,
using a mind-
mapping iPad
app. The stu-
dents were given
research opportu-
nities that went
beyond their
textbook, library
and own back- The CC Rappers, fifth rade students at MJGDS,
yard. The plan created and performeda rap about what they
was to expose the learned about Christopher Columbus.
was to expose the

students to multiple perspectives
and to come up with their own
conclusion about the historical fig-
ure "celebrated" here in the United
States of America on October 12 of
every year.
Collaboratively, the class went
on to create a KWL (Know, Want

book club

available in advance
for reading.
The South Man-
darin personnel are
not only talented li-
brary staff but "travel
agents" as well! With
their help, the book
club members have
circled the globe with
Magellan (Over the
Edge of the World
by Laurence Ber-
green), explored the
)ff at the Amazon with Teddy
Roosevelt (The River
of Doubt by Candice
Millard), enjoyed life in Vienna
in the 1800s (The Little Book by
Selden Edwards), escaped the Nazis
in pre-war France (Sarah's Key by
Tatiana de Rosnay), suffered the

Book Club cont on pg. 4

to Know, Learned) chart to get
them thinking about their contri-
bution to the research about the
historic figure. This KWL chart
was revisited several times to add
what they learned along the way. It
was decided that the culminating
MJGDS cont on pg. 20

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Page 3 What's New
Page 4 The Sheriff Reports
Page 5 From the Council
Member's Desk
Page 6 School District Journal
Page 7 Encore!
Page 8 Organic Lifestyles
Page 10 Mandarin Senior Center
Page 11 Jacksonville Camera Club
Page 13 Winter Celebration
Page 14 Bumblebees Circle
Page 16 Youth Scene
Page 17 Faith News
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Page 18 Etiquette by Elizabeth
Page 19 Gardening
Book Review
Page 21 Job Finder
Page 22 Coast Guard Auxiliary
Page 23 Mandarin Garden Club
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Community Happenings

The Mandarin Women's Club Th
program for Thursday, January 27 Americ
will held at the Ramada Inn, lo- sityWo
cated at 3130 Hartley Road begin- cinski, I
ning at 10:30 a.m. The program lage, as
will be a Chinese auction. The January
luncheon cost is $14 for members San Jose
and $15 for non-members; club a.m. un
membership is open to all women. is open
For reservation or additional infor- current
mation, please call Iris at 268-2459 stone V
by January 23. Youth C
The January general meeting ment ar
of the All Star Quilters Guild will to long-
be held on Monday, January 17 at ages
at 9:30 a.m. in the First Christian ger eligi
Church of Jacksonville, located AAUW
at 11924 San Jose Boulevard. 130th y
The program will be the annual associate
birthday party for the members. riers age
Visitors are welcome. Come join and the
us and visit us at www.orgsites. cost is $
com/fl/allstarquiltguild for more for non
information. and inf(

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.

e Jacksonville Branch of the
an Association of Univer-
men will have Donna Kon-
Director of Touchstone Vil-
its speaker for its Saturday,
15 program, to be held at
e Country Club from 11:45
til 1:30 p.m. The program
to anyone interested in the
state and future of Touch-
illage, an extension of the
Crisis Center offering con-
education, career develop-
id independent living skills
term foster children who,
18 through 21, are no lon-
ble for foster-home care.
will also be celebrating its
year as our nation's oldest
ion working to break bar-
ainst women in education
workplace. The luncheon
;17 for members and $18
-members. For reservations
formation, please call Susan

at 642-7038.

The River City Women's Club
will hold its monthly meeting on
Wednesday, January 19 beginning
at 10: 30 a.m. at the Mandarin
Ramada Inn. Lindsey Ballas,
business development chief of the
Jacksonville Economic Develop-
ment Commission will speak on
the happenings in the Jacksonville
area. The luncheon cost is $14. To
join us for this meeting, please call

The Italian American Club
would like to wish everyone a very
Happy New Year (Felice Anno
Nuovo) and has elected their 2011
board of directors: Dan Angelicola,
Joyce Angelicola, Maurice Cooper,
Frank Mullaney, Joe Poplardo,
Stephanie Shaffer and Mena Vesce.
Also serving the board as past presi-
dent is Carlo Clemente. As stated
previously, the 2011 president is
John Buffa Koch, who is celebrat-
ing his fifth year as president. An
installation dinner dance will be
held at the club on January 29 for
all members and guests. The club
is open for membership this year
and has openings for rentals. If you
are interested in either becoming a
member or renting the club for a
wedding or birthday party, please
call the club at 268-2882 or check
our website at iacofjacksonville.

Shuffleboard is played on
Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at Manda-
rin Park (south end of Mandarin

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Road) next to the tennis courts
at the park entrance. If it is really
cold, we will start playing at 1:30
p.m. instead. Beginners are wel-
come. Just show up!

The MOMS Club ofJackson-
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 include: park
days, beach days, monthly socials,
playgroups and field trips to the
zoo and museums. For additional
information, please email seman-

The North Florida Acoustic
Neuroma Support Group will
meet on Saturday, January 22 at
1:00 p.m. at Mandarin United
Methodist Church, located at
11270 San Jose Boulevard. Please
call 287-8132 or 284-6192 for ad-
ditional information.

The next meeting for the
South Jacksonville Republican
Club will be Saturday, January
15, 2011 at the Golden Corral,
located at 11470 San Jose Boule-
vard South. The breakfast social

will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by
our club meeting at 10:00 a.m. We
will be gathering in the enclosed
meeting room in the restaurant.
Club board elections for the 2011
year will be held and there will
also be a discussion of upcoming
campaigns for the year. If you are
a Republican candidate and would
like to introduce yourself to our
club members, please attend.

The AARP Driver Safety
Program for drivers 50 and older
will be held Tuesday and Wednes-
day, January 11 and 12, 2011,
from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
at Memorial Hospital, located at
3625 University Boulevard South.
The fee for AARP members is
$12; non-members' fee is $14.
Attendees must attend both days
for certification to qualify for auto
insurance discount. To register,
please call 391-1320.

The children's Bumblebee
circle of the Mandarin Garden
Club will learn about bees and
honey with George Waldock on
Thursday, January 6 from 6:30
p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Manda-
rin Garden Club located at 2892
Loretto Road. Children ages five
through 18 are welcomed with an
What's New cont on pg. 8

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A happy, healthy Nev
all of you! As I look back
among the many blessing
both personally and profe
ally, is the caliber of the m
women who serve this con
as members of the Jacksol
Sheriff's Office. They wol
every day, to deliver the p
keeping you, your family
property safe by solving c
that have occurred and he
learn how to prevent crime
I was excited to report
in early 2010, that our 2C
numbers were down in de
digits. Crime declined 15
for violent crime (murder
robbery, aggravated batted
gravated assault) and 10.5
overall UCR Part 1 in 20(
was a historic occurrence.
At the time this article
being written, we are estii
to have a second year of r
crime declines-a very go
positive trend. We are pro
finish 2010 with another
digit decline in both viole
(murder, rape, robbery, ag
assault, aggravated batter)
overall crime.
As, I have shared witl
all before, I attribute the d
in crime to three things: I
are an effective law enforce
agency and we run with g
ciency. Outside experts, si
Matrix Auditing Group, t
consortium and respected
experts have made these a
I've worked very hard, alo
my management team an
and women of the JSO, tt
caused on what matters mo
ing that we are men and N
character; properly deploy

The Sheriff


By Contributing Writer John H. Rutherford,
Duval County Sheriff

w Year to equipped; and skillfully managed.
on 2010, Like many of you we are continu-
s I count, ally striving to use our assets and
*ssion- resources in ways that will af-
nen and fect the best outcome, despite very
immunity tight budgets. Working closely with
nville the Mayor and City Council, we
rk hard, have added 128 greatly needed new
promise of police positions in recent years,
and your helping us have a greater impact
rimes in the community. The numbers
lping you tell the story. In 2009 there were
ie from 24,000 fewer reported crimes than
in 1989.
-t to you, Secondly, we now have effec-
)09 crime tive prosecution. And folks, it is
double working. Under the leadership of
.7 percent State Attorney Angela Corey, fewer
,rape, felony cases have been dropped
ry, ag- than ever before. They are pros-
Spercent ecuting more cases and asking for
09. This stiffer sentences in state prison for
those offenders who present a dan-
le is ger to this community, especially
mated in cases involving gun crimes and
record convicted felons using guns. The
)od and cumulative effect is fewer suspects
ejectedd to are out on the street commit-
double ting more crime because charges
*nt crime were reduced or the case dropped
aggravated altogether.
y) and And finally, but every bit as
important as an effective criminal
h you justice system, is citizen involve-
decline ment. We know that tips are up.
First, we We know this because of how
ement many crimes we solve as we follow
great effi- up on information you have given
uch as the us. Our JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.
:he LEAN org email address, along with First
crime Coast Crime Stoppers* are valu-
.ssertions. able, anonymous tools anyone can
)ng with use to provide information about
d the men crime. Membership in our Sheriff's
o stay fo- Advisory Councils is up and we
ost: ensur- have 600 active neighborhood
women of watch groups.
yed; well So as we welcome in a New

Year, I'd like to ask you to continue
to support our efforts to dramati-
Scally lower Jacksonville's crime rate
by considering the following New
Year's "Resolutions":
1) Get involved with us. If you
want to come to a meeting and
work with people who are passion-
ate about assisting the Sheriff's Of-
fice in our mission, consider join-
ing a Sheriff's Advisory Council.
2) If monthly meetings aren't
for you, but you still want to assist
by being "eyes and ears" in the
neighborhood and interact a bit
more with your neighbors con-
sider joining (or starting) a Neigh-
borhood Watch group. We also
have River Watch if you live on the
waterways and Business Watch, if
your business and livelihood wants
to band together with other nearby
3) Volunteer with us. We have
several programs that may appeal
to you: School Crossing Guards
(great for retirees with flexible
schedules); Reserve Officers (who
are volunteers with essentially
the same training and rigorous
standards as our sworn officers);
Seniors versus Crime (a partner-
ship with the Attorney General,
these trained seniors are assisting
other elders in stopping scams and
crimes targeting the elderly); and
more. Please call 630-2160 to learn
more about joining us in the Good
Fight in 2011.
Again, my most heartfelt
thanks for your support and as
always, we'd love to hear from you!
Visit jaxsheriff.org; follow us on
Facebook at Jacksonville Sheriff's
Office and Twitter(JSOPIO).
Please contact us at Feedback@

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Letter to the Editor

Just as there can be no music
without learning, no education
is complete without music. Music
makes the difference...
Educational reform is not new.
It regularly makes the front pages
and can be seen and heard as a
plank in the oratory of politicians.
These politicians along with policy
makers and business figures are
quick to trace the nation's competi-
tive gap to the schoolhouse door.
They voice ringing alarms over the
declines in math and science scores
and FCAT results. But when the
discussion turns to making sure
our children learn to understand
and participate in music and the
other arts, there has been silence.
Such nearsighted concern short-
changes our children because it
leaves them only half-educated.
Since the beginnings of civiliza-
tion, music and the arts have been
universally recognized as crucial to
quality education, for two reasons:
First, every civilization
recognizes that both formal and
informal music education prepare
children for what life ultimately
requires: creativity, effective com-
munication, basic tools for a criti-
cal assessment of the world and the
abiding values of self-discipline and
commitment. Second, music and

the arts are recognized as unique
to human capabilities, as a means
to self-discovery and self-expres-
sion and as a fundamental part of
civilization itself.
Those of us whose lives are
marked indelibly by a love of music
and art and who understand the
essential role the arts can play
in developing the whole human
being, call on the parents of our
school children, on teachers and
school officials, on local and state
boards of education and on Ameri-
can people, to come to our aid in
establishing the rightful place of
music and art in the schools.
We call on all who care about
education, especially Duval-St.
Johns-Clay County District School
Boards, to destroy, once and for all,
the myth that education in music
and art is mere "curricular icing."
We call on all who love the
arts to insist that instruction in
music and art be reestablished as
basic to education, not only by
virtue of their intrinsic worth, but
also because they are fundamental
to what it means to be an educated
RichardA Dickson, President/
Executive Director, Northeast Florida
Conservatory, Inc. 501 (C) (3)

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Book Club cont from pg. 1

isolated and sequestered life of a
Chinese wife in the 19th century
(Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
by Lisa See), fled Afghanistan fol-
lowing the Russian invasion (The
Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini)
and experienced life in Hong Kong
prior to the Japanese invasion of
World War II (The Piano Teacher
by Janice Y. K. Lee)-all without
purchasing a ticket or packing a
Book club members provided
a special cake in the shape of an

open book and presented a new
automatic coffee system for the
library's staff break room, complete
with a year's supply of the condi-
ments required for a good cup of
Everyone agreed that in this
time of shrinking budgets, re-
duced access hours and tighter
government control, the Mandarin
South Branch Library is a jewel in
Mandarin's crown!

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community has such an issue that
From the has been reported but unresolved,
please contact my office at 630-
C* 1388 and we will put it on our list
C ity C oUncil and do our best to get the problem

M em bear's Des k fixedI am pleased to report that re-

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

Greetings District 6:
I hope that all residents of
District 6 enjoyed a safe and enjoy-
able Thanksgiving break. As well,
I hope that everyone in District
6 enjoys a safe, happy and holy
Holiday Season.
As the month of December
quickly closes behind us, it goes
without saying that the speed at
which the year 2010 has passed
is remarkable. As we embark
upon the New Year of 2011, I
am hopeful that recent positive
economic indicators continue to
trend upward and that the mar-
ginal economic recovery we have
tolerated over the past months will
blossom into more robust eco-
nomic recovery. I think it safe to
say that we all have had our fill of
this lousy economy.
The nice thing about the

Holiday Season is that controver-
sial issues seem to go dormant at
least for a short period of time.
This provides me a great opportu-
nity to focus almost exclusively on
issues of district concern without
distraction. Having said that,
I've been in discussions with the
city's public works department to
schedule what has developed into
our annual "ditch blitz." Once
a year, I call upon public works
to travel the district with me to
make certain that all of the major
drainage outfalls are clean and
functional in anticipation of spring
showers and potential summer
monsoons. In addition, it provides
me an opportunity to make our
city engineers aware of drainage is-
sues that constituents may have. If
anyone in the community has such
an issue that you would like the
city to address or if anyone in the

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Order of Police, on behalf of the
Jacksonville Sheriff's Department
Officers, have resulted in a tenta-
tive agreement that I believe will be
voted upon by the FOP member-
ship in January. Whatever the
outcome of the ratification vote, I
am appreciative of the respectful
and cooperative manner in which
the negotiations concluded and am
appreciative of the service that our
JSO officers provide to our com-
munity. As well, I would be remiss
if I failed to thank the leadership
of the Jacksonville Association of
Fire Fighters and all of the fire-
fighters across the city for their
earlier efforts in reaching a ratified
agreement with the city and for
their dedication and service to our
I am looking forward to the
New Year and addressing the
inevitable challenges we will face
in the second half of my tenure as
Jacksonville City Council presi-
dent. One of those challenges will
be making certain that the budget
process receives the same early and
intense scrutiny it received last year
and not be left to the last minute
because of the inevitable onset of
Mayoral and City Council poli-
tics. Having said that, much like
last year, the process will kick into
high gear in January as it did last
year. I again look forward to the
participation of any and all groups
and individuals as we go about
our obligation to enact a balanced

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As I write this month's submis-
sion to the Mandarin NewsLine,
I do so contemplating yesterday's
difficult loss for the Jaguars at the
hands of the Indianapolis Colts.
All I can say is "Go Jags." Let's go
out and get a win next week at
home against the Redskins. Keep
fighting. You never know what the
ultimate outcome may be.
Again, I hope all residents of
District 6 have a peaceful Holiday
Season. As always, thank you for
the privilege of serving as your
representative on Jacksonville City
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I hope all of you have been en- to help mentor all of the lower
joying the holidays and are looking quartile children every third Mon-
forward to an even brighter, health- day morning at 8:00 a.m. Please
ier and more prosperous 2011. For call Mandarin High School at
the Duval County School Board, 260-3911, ext. 1023 and become a
your children are always on our mentor. You can make a difference!
minds. This past year we have seen Under the Florida grading
much progress taking place. The system it is difficult for any high
recent state school grades for our school to get an "A" grade. Man-
high schools are showing much darin High has enjoyed receiving
improvement and excitement for both As and Bs over the years. As
the district, one student recently said, "School
Mandarin High School earned grades do not define us." So too, is
enough points to be an "A" this it for Mandarin High. Mandarin is
school year, but because our bot- a shining star in the constellation
tom quartile dropped 2 percent, of all of our schools and that star
from 49 percent to 47 percent, gets brighter and brighter every
it was denied an "A." This was day.
expected by Dr. Richardson, Congratulations to all of our
Mandarin High School's principal, high schools for stepping up and
Dr. Richardson has indicated to continuing to climb the stairways
me that they are all working hard, to educational excellence.
strategizing ways to bring up the Success Measures: The Florida
bottom quartile, to make certain Department of Education recently
that all of our students succeed launched a website providing
academically. parents with a tool to help under-
Reading is the key to the stand the assessments each child
success of our students education, will be taking in our schools. The
as it results in success across the new Success Measures website was
academic spectrum-math, sci- crafted to help parents understand
ence, et al. how changes to Florida's standards
Mandarin High School, like and assessments in the months and
the entire Duval County Public years to come will impact their
School system, recognizes educa- children. The most critical element
tion is a school-wide issue and of the site is the newly created
Dr. Richardson is bringing our user-friendly "Success Measures
parents in on the solutions as well. Pathway Tool," which is designed
Mandarin has always been a high to provide parents and students
school with outstanding parental with individualized reports detail-
involvement. This is the reason for ing what is being taught and tested
much of its success over the years. in our classrooms, on a student-by-
The school is asking for even more student basis. To utilize this tool,
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districts programs available to all
Duval County students.
State Legislature: Finally, in
the weeks and months ahead, the
Florida Legislature and the new
governor will be announcing their
recommended budget for the
2011-2012 fiscal year. Rest assured,
education will be a big part of it.
As a former State Legislator (12
years), I can assure you that if our
citizens don't stay involved, public
education, its programs, and its
constitutionally required adequate
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January 21: Teacher Planning
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Cold temperatures outside can
lead to fire hazards inside
By Contributing Writer Meghan Bender, Firehouse Subs Public Safety

According to the Centers for
Disease Control (CDC), "Deaths
from fires and burns are the fifth
most common cause of uninten-
tional injury deaths in the United
States." With each winter season
comes thousands of house fires in
the United States. According to the
United States Fire Administrations,
"Fires are more prevalent in winter
than in any other season."
There are many methods of
heating a home during the cold
winter months including home
heating fuels, fire places, space
heaters and wood burning stoves.
Heating equipment is the main
cause of residential fires. Two
thirds of these fires are due to space
heaters. Many residential fires are
The following fire safety tips
can help ensure your home stays
fire free this winter.
* Test all of your smoke detectors
to be sure they are functioning
properly. This includes install-
ing new batteries every six
Be sure to have your heater and
furnace inspected to be sure it is
in proper condition.
When using an extension cord,
use heavy duty cords with

power strips and surge protec-
tors. Extension cords can also
easily overheat, so be sure they
are not covered by anything.
Do not use a gas or kerosene
heather inside your house.
If your heater requires fuel,
always use the appropriate fuel
recommended by your heater
manufacturer and remember to
refuel outdoors. The wrong fuel
could cause an explosion.
Avoid using space heaters in
rooms where they could possi-
bly come in contact with water.
It is also important to keep all
combustible materials at least
three feet away from your space
Do not throw away hot ashes
inside your house or close by.
When starting a fire, do not use
flammable liquids.
Do not use a stove or oven to
heat as a method of heating
your home.
When using your fireplace,
always use a screen in front.
These safety tips are brought
to you as part of the prevention-
education mission of the Firehouse
Subs Public Safety Foundation.
Look for our upcoming articles in
our "Safety Series."

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Jacksonville premiere of play
written by MJGDS alum
By Contributing Writer Talie Zaifert, Martin J. Gottlieb Day School

Izzy Icarus Fell Off the World
is a one-act play premiering the
evening of March 5, 2011 at the
Museum of Contemporary Art
(MOCA). The play is about two
middle school-aged girls who are
long-time friends, but with very
different views of the world. Dove
is obsessed with taking pictures of
Izzy, a local boy with autism, be-
cause she believes that Izzy can fly
with the birds on the beach. Dove's
friend Paige, a realist, is frustrated
by her idealistic friend's futile quest
to capture Izzy's flight on film.
When Dove continues to follow
Izzy, she ultimately learns a lesson
about the nature of magic and the
real world.
The play was written when
Aliza Goldstein was 15 years old
and was selected in a national com-
petition by VSA, an international
non-profit organization celebrating
the power of the arts have made
in the lives of individuals with
disabilities. As the sole winner
of the 2007 VSA arts Playwright
Discovery Award, it debuted with
a professional cast and director at
the Kennedy Center in September
of 2007. The play went on to be
selected for performance at the
2008 Young Playwrights Festival at
The Blank Theatre Company, Los
Angeles and was also one of four
plays selected that year by the In-
ternational Thespian Society for its
Playworks award. It is the first time
the play, which is licensed by Play-
scripts and used with permission,
has been performed in Jacksonville.
Goldstein, who started school
at the Jacksonville Jewish Center
preschool when she was two years
old, graduated from the Martin J.
Gottlieb Day School in 2005 and
Stanton High School with an In-

ternational Baccalaureate diploma
in 2009. She continued winning
national awards for playwriting
throughout high school; Gold-
stein returned to the Blank Young
Playwrights Festival with two
later works, was awarded a second
Playworks award and has also had a
play selected by Young Playwrights
Inc. She is currently a sophomore
in the dramatic writing program at
New York University's Tisch School
of the Arts.
Izzy Icarus Fell Off the World
will be featured at the Art of Edu-
cation evening at MOCA, ben-
efiting the L'Dor V'Dor Society,
which enables the Jacksonville
Jewish Center Preschool, the Mar-
tin J. Gottlieb Day School and the
Bernard and Alice Slevan Religious
School to enrich the educational
experiences they provide. For more
information to attend this evening
of art, theatre and music, please
contact co-chairs Debbie Gold-
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Where cultural and physical activities meet!
By Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville University

When one drives by the JCA
on San Jose Boulevard and glances
at the sign, one may think of it
only as a place to exercise one's
body. Excellent as its facilities for
this purpose are, its support and
offerings in the "arts" are sometimes
a surprise! It certainly lives up to
its vision statement: "To provide
the place in the tradition of our
heritage where all people come
together throughout their lives to
enhance body, mind and spirit, in
an environment of fun, harmony
and friendship."
One immediately becomes
aware of this as one walks down
the long hallway known as the
VandroffArt Gallery. Here one
can enjoy extensive exhibits of
excellence that change monthly.
Coming in January of 2011 will be
a showing of the paintings by local
artist Naomi Morton. This will be
followed in February by works by
Jeanne Pellegrino, and in March
paintings by Eve Albrecht will be
featured. A very special event will
take place in April-a collection of
works by the artists of the Jackson-
ville Watercolor Society.
A wonderful concert series
is also scheduled for spring. On
Sunday, January 23, Bella Hristova,
violinist, will be featured. Born in
Bulgaria, she studied at the Curtis
Institute and made her debut at the
Merkin Concert hall in New York.
She was the first prize winner in the
2008 09 Young Concert Artists
International auditions. Following
on February 27, the artist will be
Noe Inui, violinist and on April
3, pianist Charlie Albright will be
featured. All these concerts begin at
3:00 p.m. and are free and open to
the public. They are preceded by a
special "Breakfast with Friends" at
1:00 p.m.
There is also a film series at
7:30 p.m. on January 20, February
17 and March 24, which are also

free and open to the public.
On February 3, another style
of music: "And All That Jazz." A
private bus will travel from the JCA
to the University of North Florida
for a musical tribute to Duke El-
lington featuring John Pizzarelli.
The orchestra will be conducted by
J.B Scott. This will be preceded by
a "special treat" at 5:00 p.m. before
the bus leaves the JCA. Reserva-
tions are a "must!" Bus trips are
also scheduled for the Jacksonville
Symphony "Coffee Series" on Janu-
ary 14 and February 11.
Another wonderful evening

is on the agenda for January 19.
"Dinner and a Show" will take
place at the JCA and will feature
the Bella Voce Cabaret performing
light opera, Broadway and Neapoli-
tan music. The evening will include
a homemade Italian dinner!
These are just a few of the out-
standing cultural activities you can
share in at the JCA. As noted, some
are free and open to the public and
others require reservations and a fee
for non-members. For information
on any of the above, plus lectures
and arts courses, as well as member-
ship, you can call 730 2100.

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'Tis the season...for lawn care!
Florida's winter is the dry season
and for some people, an even more
intensive time for homeowners
with a yard to keep up than the
summer months. Lawn care is
tricky business and it's come to
light in studies over the past decade
or so that it's traditionally highly
toxic to the environment. Fertilizer
runoff causes algae blooms, chemi-
cals seep into the groundwater and
general environmental degradation
occurs due to use of non-native
plants and grasses. Add to that the
fact that traditional St. Augustine
grass requires three inches of water
per day to appear healthy, the gaso-
line you burn in your lawn mowers
and leaf blowers when you service
your lawn once a week, and/or the
cost of labor and their tools when
you hire a lawn service to come
do the work for you. It's like an
overlooked mini-disaster in your
back yard.
St. Augustine grass is used be-
cause of its thick ground cover and
many people think because of its
name that it's native to this state.

However, St. Augustine grass is na-
tive to cold climes (not hot, humid
ones) and doesn't take well to
forced fertilization in suburbia-
which is why it requires so much
upkeep. There are alternatives to
this grass that will help reduce your
carbon footprint. Many people put
down a layer of rye grass during
the winter when the St. Augustine
grass dies on top so that their lawns
aren't brown. The root system of
their socially acceptable grass are
still intact and their lawns are still
socially acceptable because they're
still green. However, if you feel like
stepping outside the boundaries of
social norms (and your HOA won't
evict you), you can fill your whole
lawn with native grasses, never
have to fertilize it or mow it down
to three and a half inches and even
get a tax write-off for having a
habitat in your front or back yard.
Here are some figures and
numbers to help convince you
that St. Augustine grass is less than
ideal. Americans go through 600
million gallons of gas each year
purely cutting their grass. The
EPA estimates 17 million of those
gallons are due to spillage. Roughly
86,000 injuries are reported involv-
ing lawn mowers and 64,000 of
those resulted in death or intensive
hospitalization. And, a third to a
half of a household's water usage is
for garden and lawn watering. Half
of that is due to poor watering
practices. Ouch.
Another solution to the
problem is old-fashioned push
lawn mowers. It's a great way to get
exercise and it's not spewing fumes
into your face and the ozone layer.
While it may not be keeping up
with the Joneses, it is keeping up
with global warming. Don't fertil-
ize during the winter months to
try and keep your grass green; it is
still alive underneath all the brown!
And for earth's sake, stop spilling
gasoline on your lawn.

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adult. The Bumblebee circle started
their sixth year of existence in
September. Our monthly meetings
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
or call 268-1192.

By Contributing Writer Lynn Cuda
The Mandarin Community
Club (MCC) will officially kick
off its 2011 membership drive on
January 1, 2011. An independently
operated, non-profit organization,
the MCC is managed by a volun-
teer board of directors. Member-
ship is open to and encouraged
of all interested parties, especially
those living in Mandarin.
First formed as the Liberty
League during World War I, the
group reorganized as the Mandarin
Community Club back in 1923.
Becoming a member is one of the
most significant ways of showing
your support of the club, its activi-
ties and programs.
The MCC offers various levels
of membership ranging from In-
dividual and Family to Life. There
is also a business level category.

Membership dues directly fund
the club's programs and events and
assist the organization in maintain-
ing their three historical properties.
The club is probably best known as
host for the annual Mandarin Art
Festival held every Easter week-
end on the club's Mandarin Road
grounds. All members automati-
cally receive the quarterly MCC
membership newsletter.
For further information, visit
the club website at www.mandarin-
communityclub.org or contact the
club office at 268-1622. Copies of
their current membership flyer are
available in the box in front of the
club building, located at 12447
Mandarin Road and in the lobby
of the South Mandarin Branch
Library on San Jose Boulevard at
Orange Pickers Road.


genocide through pseudo-scientific
eugenics programs. The exhibi-
tion is open daily, during regular
library operating hours. For more
information, please visit jaxpubli-

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 Jacksonville Public the Class ot 1961. Please contact
Library is currently hosting the 50th Reunion Committee at
Deadly Medicine: Creating the 288-8194 for additional informa-
Master Race, a traveling exhibi- tion.
tion produced by the United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum. The The Mandarin Chapter of
exhibition runs until March 13 and AARP meets the third Friday of
is located on the fourth floor of the every month at 2:00 p.m. at Au-
Main Library, located at 303 North gustine Landing, located at 10141
Laura Street. Deadly Medicine ex- Old St. Augustine Road. We are a
amines the Nazi regime's collabora- non-profit, non-partisan member-
tion with medical professionals to ship organization, affiliated with
develop a racist ideology intended the national AARP. Our activities
to cleanse German society of those and programs are designed to help
viewed as threats to the health of people age 50 and over improve the
the nation. Images on display high- quality of their lives. Visitors are
light the role of German doctors, welcome! For additional informa-
scientists and public health officials tion, please call 733-0516 or email
in legitimizing persecution and alex9520@comcast.net.

The Mandarin Garden Club's
general meeting will be held on
Thursday, January 20 at 10:00 a.m.
at the clubhouse, located at 2892
Loretto Road. Mike Barwald from
the Flying Dragon Citrus Nursery
will be speaking on the history of
citrus in Mandarin. A covered dish
luncheon will follow the Arbor
Day program. The public is invited
to attend. Please call 268-1192
or e-mail mandaringardenclub@
comcast.net for more information
about this and other upcoming

The Jacksonville Symphony
Chorus is auditioning for singers
for the 2011 season. Auditions will
be held will be held on Saturday,
January 15 beginning at 9:00 a.m.
in the Phillips Fine Arts Build-
ing at Jacksonville University. The
Chorus will join the Jacksonville
Symphony in Donizetti's opera
The Elixir of Love, Hoist's The
Planets, Vaughan Williams' Toward
the Unknown Region. Singers
interested in auditioning should
phone 354-5479, ext. 221. Audi-
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Duval County continues to
increase graduation rate

Governor Charlie Crist
recently announced that Duval
County's graduation rate rose 2.1
percentage points to 66.6 percent.
Meanwhile, Duval County's high
school dropout rate declined from
last year, dropping nearly 2.6 per-
centage points to 2.2 percent.
"Our graduation rate contin-
ues to increase while our dropout
rate is decreasing thanks to the
hard work of our students, teach-
ers, principals and support staff,"
said Duval County Public Schools
Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dan-
nals. "The continued progress is
encouraging and we exceeded our
Strategic Plan goal, which calls
for dramatic improvements in our
graduation rates over the next four
Duval County's graduation
rate is an increase of 9.2 percentage
points over the last five years. The
current dropout rate is a decrease
of 4.4 percentage points over the

last five years.
The graduation rate being
used in the new grading formula is
the National Governor's Associa-
tion (NGA) rate. In September
2009, the State Board of Educa-
tion approved the state's new
high school grading formula that
incorporates graduation rates into
the grading of high schools. The
decision to use this rate was made
because the federal government
is moving all states to adopt a
uniform calculation method that
includes standard diplomas and ex-
cludes GEDs and special diplomas.
Florida calculates a cohort
graduation rate. A cohort is defined
as a group of students on the same
schedule to graduate. The gradua-
tion rate measures the percentage
of students who graduate within
four years of their first enrollment
in ninth grade. Florida's dropout
rate is calculated by the percent-
age of ninth through 12th grade

New board of directors announced

The Jacksonville Commodores
League, Inc. has announced its
2011 board of directors:
Flag Commodore: John Godfrey
Vice Commodore: Sam Rodante
Treasurer: Mitch Legler
Secretary: Dick Ludlow
R/C Membership: Dowing
R/C Operations: Bill Krill
R/C Events: Lane Burnett
R/C Programs: Ed Doherty
R/C Publicity: Nathan Franzblau
Directors At Large: John Lovejoy
and Bruce Homeyer
The mission of the Jackson-
ville Commodores League, Inc.
(JCL) is to promote the industrial
and economic welfare of the city
of Jacksonville on the St. Johns
River. The JCL is an organiza-
tion of local business leaders who
offer their yachts and services to
the community. All functions and

activities of the JCL are designed to
promote the business and cultural
development of the community by
educating the general public about
the natural beauty and economic
benefits of the St. Johns River.
The primary role of each com-
modore is to orient and entertain
business, military and civilian
dignitaries visiting the area who
presently have or are considering a
significant investment in Jackson-
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is to create an enhanced knowledge
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year cohort of students and the
dropout rate is based on a single
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Nominations to sought for 2011
Miss Aggie Award

The Mandarin Museum and
Historical Society is accepting
nominations now through the end
of February for the eighth annual
Miss Aggie Award. The award, es-
tablished in 2003, honors a female
Mandarin resident who has con-
tributed to the community in the
areas of business, civic, educational
or charitable accomplishment. Last
year, the society honored Mandarin
volunteer Alice Stanley.
The winner will be honored
on Miss Aggie Day, which will be
held on Saturday, March 18, at
the Old Mandarin Store and Post
"Miss Aggie was proprietor
and post mistress from 1928 until
1964," said Karen Roumillat,
society board member who heads
the award committee. Roumillat is
also the great niece of Miss Aggie.
"She was known for her commu-
nity spirit and for helping those in
need. Many Mandarin residents
remember her."
Miss Aggie Day, which was
first held in 2001, is celebrated

each year during Women's His-
tory Month. Other past winners
include: Susan Earnhart, former
Mandarin pharmacist; Jane Cook-
sey, community volunteer; Mary
Ann Southwell, former member
of the Jacksonville City Council
and a community leader; Rhonda
Reese, Mandarin reporter; Roumil-
lat, former president and execu-
tive director of the society; and
Kate Monson, a former Mandarin
The winner will be selected
by the board of directors of the
Mandarin Museum and Historical
Nomination forms are avail-
able in the Mandarin Museum in
the Walter Jones Historical Park,
located at 11964 Mandarin Road.
Museum hours are 1:00 p.m. to
4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thurs-
days and Fridays and 9:00 a.m.
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sure of
The Mandarin Senior Center the back deck for expansion and
celebrated their 20th anniver-
sary in December with a special
luncheon and program. Over 157
members and guests attended.
Guest speakers were:
Jack Webb, our current City
Councilman for Mandarin. He
announced the start date for the
further expansion of the Se-
nor Center with an anticipated
ground clearing in January 2011.
Dave Eason with the City Of
Jacksonville Senior Services.

Tommy Hazouri, the current
School Board Member who was
mayor at the start of the origi-
nal construction of the Senior
Dick Kravitz was our City

addition of the sun awning,
shuffle board courts and other
Several past directors of the
Senior Center were recognized
as was the Advisory Council and
the Site Council who together
planned the event and served the
Kitty McCaffery, a long time
member of the Senior Center,
gave a brief history of the last 20
years and how we continue to
The Mandarin Senior Cen-
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Road in Mandarin. It is open
Monday through Friday. For
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dressed-shoulders covered, please.
They shake hands with adults, the
gentlemen seat the ladies and every-
one sits up straight. Sound boring?
Look closer.
There's music from Taio Cruz,
The Black Eyed Peas and Train. And
these middle school students are
dancing, making new friends.....and
smiling. This is not your grand-
mother's Cotillion.
Middle school students from
Jacksonville and St. Johns County
can attend a series of upbeat and
interactive Cotillion classes teaching
social skills such as shaking hands,
introductions, being a good guest,
thank-you notes and the importance
of the RSVP. Throw in interview-
ing, eating foreign foods and getting
along in our multi-cultural world.
Along the way, they learn a few
dance steps and of course, some
table manners.
The Holiday or Spring Ball is
the culmination of the season and
it's all about having fun. Cotil-
lion members use the skills they've
learned but they don't even realize it.
There are games, dancing, contests
and prizes. The season concludes
with an opportunity at the Ball for
Mom or Dad to have a special waltz
with their son or daughter.
"Good manners and social
skills give middle school students
the self-confidence they need to
deal with a new set of social events,"
says Kaye Simonetta, who has been
directing cotillion in Jacksonville for
13 years. "It's easier for pre-teens to
tolerate learning how to shake hands
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especially as they enter this impres-
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The Winter Season begins on
January 23, 2011 at the Cummer
Museum of Art and Gardens and
concludes with the Spring Ball in
early March. The January-February
schedule is convenient for families
who have heavy sports and activities
schedules in the fall or who like the
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Jacksonville Camera Club celebrates 75th anniversary

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As 2010 draws to a close, the
Jacksonville Camera Club com-

its 75th
year of
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Club has seen the whole concept
of photography go through radical

Founded in 1935 to promote
the burgeoning art of film pho-
tography, including making prints
in wet darkrooms with smelly,
corrosive chemicals, today's camera
club members primarily use digital
cameras and process photographs
with computer imaging software
and ink jet printers.
According to James Lowell,
president of the Jacksonville Cam-
era Club, "One of the highlights of
our Diamond Anniversary year is
our participation in the Director's
Choice Show at the Thrasher-
Home Center for the Arts at St.
Johns River Community College.
Twelve of our photographers are
displaying 30 of their images in
the show that features the works
of 15 Florida regional photogra-

"Photography is a competitive
sport," said Lowell. "And juried
competitions-such as the Direc-
tor's Choice Show-are the level
playing field where age is no bar-
rier. In fact, some of the Jackson-
ville Camera Club photographers
in the Thrasher-Home show are in
their 70s, 80s and 90s. Talent, and
a good eye, have no age limits."
Any photography enthusiast is
welcome to come to a Jacksonville
Camera Club meeting-held at
7:00 p.m. on the first and third
Wednesday of each month at the
Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran
Church and School, located at
6595 Columbia Park Court.
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On Wednesday, November
17 there was standing room only
as River Garden was recognized
for an unprecedented achievement
as it received its fifth consecutive
"Governor's Gold Seal Award for
Excellence in Long Term Care."
In a formal ceremony, Elizabeth
Dudek, secretary of the state of
Florida Agency for Health Care
Administration (AHCA) and
Molly McKinstry, acting deputy
secretary, Health Quality Assurance
State of Florida Agency for Health
Care Administration, presented
River Garden Hebrew Home with
the prestigious award. Accepting
the award was Janis Fleet, president
of River Garden Hebrew Home;
Maxine Reid, dean of the River
Garden staff; Virginia Pionessa,
president of the River Garden Resi-
dent Council and Dr. Ron Elinoff,
president of River Garden Hold-
ing Company. River Garden is the
only free standing nursing home in
the state to achieve this prestigious
award five consecutive terms.
"We commend River Garden
for this extraordinary achievement.

It is truly remarkable that of the
670 licensed nursing homes in
Florida, a total of 13 received the
Gold Seal Award for 2010-2012
and River Garden has held the
award since its inception," said
Agency Secretary Elizabeth Dudek.
Created in 2002, the Gold Seal
Award program recognizes Florida
nursing homes that have exception-
ally high standards and display
excellence in the quality of care
delivered to their residents
Martin Goetz, chief executive
officer of River Garden said, "We
are honored and also humbled
to be receiving a fifth 'Governors
Gold Seal Award for Excellence in
Long Term Care.' The award was
earned by a caring staff, volunteers,
residents, supporters and most
especially a board of directors and
community that allows us to re-
main focused on the mission of the
agency to make possible good liv-
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All State: The best of the best
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in agreement behind her. The
two of them are referring to the
prestigious All State Music Festival,
which will be taking place January
12 to 15, 2011 in Tampa. The sib-
lings are both Mandarin residents
who attend Douglas Anderson
School of the Arts. Maia Delegal is
a high school sophomore and was
accepted to All State for the violin,
while Buddy Delegal is a high
school senior and was accepted to
All State as a vocalist.
Each year, seventh through
12th grade Florida music stu-
dents are given the opportunity
to audition for three grade-level
All-State groups, either in a vocal,
orchestral, instrumental or guitar
ensemble capacity; seventh through
eighth, ninth and 10th and the
11th and 12th grade groups. These
ensembles rehearse and perform at
the annual FMEA (Florida Music
Educators Association) Convention
in Tampa. Renowned conductors
will be taking part, such as Rollo
Dillworth, who will be conduct-
ing the All State Mixed Chorus
and Catherine Rand who will be
directing the All State High School
Honors Band.
Being selected is a high honor,
as several thousand Florida stu-
dents audition and only a few hun-
dred are accepted. Vocal students
take a written musicianship test as
well as a sight reading audition and
orchestra students are each re-
quired to audition with a technical
etude, a symphonic excerpt, a two
or three octave scale and a sight-
reading excerpt.
"It was a blind audition, so I
was assigned a number and it was
marked on a CD. When I audi-
tioned, I wasn't allowed to speak or
make any sound besides what came
out of my instrument," said Maia

Delegal. "A'proctor' of sorts was in
there to read off a script, telling me
what to play next and placing the
sight-reading music on the stand. I
was first asked to play the excerpt,
then the etude, then the scale
they chose (I had no knowledge
of what scale it was going to be
beforehand). For the sight-reading
portion, the music was placed on
my stand and the proctor played
the appropriate tempo on the
metronome for 15 seconds as I was
allowed to look over/finger through
the music. Then I played and once
I was finished, my CD was final-
This will be Maia Delegal's
second year attending All-State.
Her first year was in eighth grade
(2009). Buddy Delegal has at-
tended every year for several years
in a row; this will be his last year to
Said Maia Delegal about her
audition, "I was unsure [if I would
be accepted]. I didn't want to create
any self-fulfilling prophecies and so
I tried not to speculate too much.
I'm kind of superstitious and didn't
want to jinx it by saying I was

confident in my audition. In fact,
I thought my audition was pretty
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the festival are countless, as Buddy
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and to escape from your comfort
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and conducting and teaching and
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St. Joseph's holds Thanksgiving
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By Contributing Writers Taylor Miller, Caitlin O'Neill, Jessica Copcutt
and Isabella Robitaille

St. Joseph Catholic School's fifth
graders made some really cool floats
of the United States of America!
We are learning about the states
in social studies. We all picked a
different state, then created a small
float to represent that state and wrote
a report on it.
On the day before our Thanks-

giving break, we had a parade around
the whole school! Some of our school
band played in the parade with us.
Noah Steuart played the saxophone
and Patrick Martens played the
It was almost like the Macy's
Thanksgiving Day Parade! It was
very fun!

More than 1,200 visitors from
all over North Florida attended the
Mandarin Museum and Historical
Society's 11th annual Winter Cel-
ebration in Mandarin on Saturday,
December 4.
"That's a record number for
us," said Andrew Morrow, society
executive director. "The weather
was great and area families took
the opportunity to really enjoy the
rides, music and special activities
for children."
The event featured rides on
a real railroad motorcar, hayrides,
Victorian holiday crafts, children's
games, musical entertainment,

nature pro-
grams and
a visit from
Santa Claus.
This year
also included
an exhibit of
a half-scale
model of the
H.L. Hunley.
The model
was built by
Ron Parks of
The Hunley
was the first combat submarine to
sink an
vessel in
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Also at
were a

of Jacksonville Fire and Rescue
Department Station 42.
Musical entertainment in-
cluded the Mandarin Presbyterian
Church Children's Choir, Jackson-
ville Community Band, Northeast
Florida Conservatory Community
Band, Johnese and Jonathan Len-
non and musicians from the North
Florida Folk Network including
Al Poindexter and Ken Connors.
There was also a baton twirling
demonstration by the Phenomenon
The Ladies of the Golden
Teacup Society, a Victorian re-
enactor group, helped visitors make
Christmas ornaments.
"We research the ornaments
and try to create a Victorian tree as
accurately as possible," said Caryl
Stevens, a member of the society.
Games and activities for
children included bulb planting
with a master gardener, leaf art
and making pinecone bird feeders
and an opportunity for children to
create art with the Art League of
The Mandarin Museum and
Historical Society is located in
the Walter Jones Historical Park
at 11964 Mandarin Road. Mu-
seum hours are 1:00 p.m. to 4:00
p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and
Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
on Saturday.
For additional information,
please call the museum at 268-
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Once a year, the Mandarin Women's Club program is "Game
Day." Last month it was played at the Ramada Inn. Many games
were played such as Bridge, Bunco, Mahjongg and Mexican
Train. It's a fun day and after the games, we finish off with a
lovely lunch. The Mandarin Women's Club is open to all women.
If you would like more information, please call Kay about future
programs and membership at 521-2524.

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Daddy-Daughter Dance
returns in February

Once again, Girls Inc. of Jack-
sonville is hosting another Daddy
Daughter Dance in the spring on
February 5, 2011. This remark-
able event has been a great success
for many years and has become a
growing tradition in the Jackson-
ville area.
This event, affectionately
known as the "Daddy Daughter
Dance," is held in honor of the
girls and their fathers or special
men in their lives and will take
place at the Hyatt Regency River-
front downtown Jacksonville from
6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
"We are thrilled to be offering
our dance to the Jacksonville com-
munity for the fourth year," said
president and CEO of Girls Inc.
Beth Hughes Clark.
Girls Inc. is looking forward
to hosting approximately 900 dads
and daughters. The event is $80
for each daddy-daughter couple
and an additional $30 for any ad-
ditional daughters. The festivities
will include a delicious dinner, DJ,
professional photographs, a silent
auction and raffle prizes that will
make for an exciting night.

Girls Inc. is a nonprofit orga-
nization that empowers all girls to
be "Strong, Smart and Bold." All
proceeds from this dance will be
put back into the programs that
Girls Inc. girls benefit from all year
round. Girls Inc. programming
includes after school, summer and
outreach programs in northeast
For more information on the
Girls Inc. Daddy Daughter Danc-
es, please visit www.girlsincjax.org
or call 731-9933. To register for
the dance, please visit www.Dad-

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students, parents and other chil-
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teenagers huddle closely together
at the doors, eager to get in. Some
have been waiting for hours know-
ing what is to come and others
have just arrived not knowing what
to expect. Finally, the doors open
and everyone rushes in trying to
get a good seat. Inside, the stage is
ablaze with multicolored lights and
the atmosphere is pumped up with
excitement. And then it's show
time. The first electric guitar chord
rips through the air sending the
crowd into a frenzy and as always,
YouthQuake Live opens the show
with a bang.
YouthQuake Live (YQL) is a
Christian organization run by teens
and adult volunteers that provides
life-changing youth entertainment
which confronts issues that are rel-

Business leaders discuss sustainable practices
at luncheon
By Contributing Writers Molly McKinney and Lorraine Haataia

Given the choice, wouldn't you
rather support a "green" business
than one that isn't as eco-friendly?
But how do you know who is truly
green? Have you ever wished for a
"Green Business" phone book that
would cut through all the clutter?
Wouldn't it be great if you could
trust the listings without having to
research whether a business actu-
ally is nontoxic, organic or vegan?
With demand growing for more
businesses to be eco-friendly, busi-
ness leaders are coming together
throughout the community to
get the word out that there are
consumer-friendly options here in
On October 19, a luncheon
was hosted for professionals in the
business community dedicated to
making our world a better place
through their sustainable practices.
The gathering was sponsored by a
local eco-educator and a Mandarin
restaurant that runs its business
without exploiting animals, people
or the environment. More than
30 business owners and manag-
ers came to talk about what they
are doing to help preserve our
world. Dentists, retailers, cleaning

services, massage therapists, pho-
tographers, non-profits, farmers,
authors, wellness centers, coaches
and more shared their stories and
their missions.
It was inspiring to see how
many people cared enough about
the environment and the health of
others to make it their life's work
to provide greener products and
services. It certainly isn't easy in
a world full of junk food, instant
gratification and a bigger-is-better
mentality to convince consumers
that purer is better, especially when
super-suppliers market cheaper
products, and big companies re-
ceive government subsidies regard-
less of the health benefits of their
But these people have been
managing their businesses for years
and are living proof that there is a
strong and concerned movement
underway. Chemicals we have
never heard of and factory farms
have become so commonplace that
some children think apples literally
come from grocery stores. Children
crave candy instead of fruit because
that's the message the media and
our society preaches to them. In

today's economy, many parents are
too busy to plant a garden, so their
children assume that their only
food source is a fast food restau-
rant or the local grocery store. The
farmer's market or alternative food
sources are rarely considered, even
though they might be a superior
economical and nutritious re-
Many Americans have become
disconnected from nature and the
products they and their families
consume. Informed customers
read labels on everything from
food to cleaning products. They
ask tough questions and demand
answers before they make buying
decisions. If you want to improve
your health and your lifestyle, start
asking questions about the food
you're eating and the chemicals
being sprayed on your lawn. Do
some research on the cookware and
storage containers in your kitchen.
Start asking questions. You may be
shocked at what you discover.
One of the best contributions
you can give yourself and your
family is an ongoing investment in
your health. You can slowly make
improvements to your lifestyle and
reduce your family's exposure to
harmful toxins and pesticides.
The business owners and man-
agers who gathered for this green
networking meeting represent just
a fraction of the professionals in
northeast Florida who are eager
to facilitate your transition to a
healthier lifestyle. The next time
you're looking for a carpet cleaner,
a dry cleaner or a house cleaning
service, do an online search for
"green cleaners." And if you are
looking for a dentist, search for an
amalgam-free dentist. And when
you go to the grocery store or pa-
tronize a local restaurant, look for
"organic" options. If you want to
spend less time in the grocery store
and support locally-grown pro-
duce, you can subscribe to services
that deliver organic produce to
your door. And if you want to save
money on clothing for your family
or home furnishings, look into
thrift, consignment or resale shops.

evant to today's
to director Sean
Yost, "Youth-
Quake Live
inspires young
people to lead
a revolution of
and boldly fulfill
their God-given
Once a
month, teenag-
ers from all over
Jacksonville stage
these live events
at host churches YouthQuake Live
in an effort to Christa Gloster, J(
reach out to Nikole Pittman, A
their generation (Choreographer)
through mu-
sic, theatre and dance. YQL was
founded in 1995 by a local youth
group from Christ the Redeemer
Church in Ponte Vedra Beach.
From a handful of teens attending
the first YQL event more than 15
years ago, today the average atten-
dance is 2,000. The organization is
funded by individual donors, show
offerings and local businesses.
Mandarin student Alyssa Hig-
ginbotham, a high school senior
homeschooled and dual enrolled
at Florida State College, has been
involved with YouthQuake Live
for three seasons as lead chore-
ographer for the hip-hop team.
Through movement, mime and
musical dynamics, Higginbotham
and her team of dancers bring
to life the spiritual message they
wish to convey to the audience by
incorporating many styles of dance
in addition to hip-hop. Every
Sunday afternoon, rehearsals open
in prayer. Along with the other
cast and crew members of YQL,
the dancers get together to work
on performance numbers for the
upcoming show.
In preparation for the January
7, 2011 YQL production centered
on the theme of Fight or Flight,
Higginbotham and her team are
currently working on incorporating
martial arts, contemporary dance
and hip-hop in an imaginative and
elaborate portrayal of the battle

hip-hop team: Nicole Radacz,
oshua Yarbrough, Josh Matos,
\lyssa Higginbotham

between Good and Evil. Hig-
ginbotham is very dedicated and
passionate about her involvement
with YQL.
"I feel like I am called to do
this-to perform and entertain
people and minister to them at the
same time.
What does she enjoy most
about YQL? Aside from the
"adrenalin rush of being onstage,"
her favorite moments happen "...
after everyone has sung and danced
and acted." She really enjoys "see-
ing the impact it has on people."
Once she graduates from high
school, Higginbotham will be mov-
ing to Los Angeles, California to
pursue a career in entertainment.
If you would like to get in-
volved with YouthQuake Live, visit
their website at www.youthquake-
live.com. There, you will be able
to learn more about this organiza-
tion and find all the information
needed to become a cast or crew
member. Online applications are
available April through May for the
performance season starting the
following school year.
If you would like to attend a
YouthQuake Live performance,
the tour schedule can be found on
their website as well. All produc-
tions are open to the general public
and they are always free of charge.

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I Remember When?

The Mandarin Store and Post Office, 1962
The Mandarin Store and Post Office was opened in 1911 by
Walter Jones at the corner of Mandarin and Brady Roads. It served
the Mandarin community until its closing in 1964. To learn more
about Mandarin history, please visit the Mandarin Museum &
Historical Society in the Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964
Mandarin Road. For more information, please call 268-0784.
Photo provided by the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society.
Watch this space each month for more memories!

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The art of living positively
By Contributing Writer Lisa Sawyer

January 1. A New Year. New
resolutions. Many people might
say new (or old) disappointments.
Why do we set ourselves up for
disappointment each January 1
by stating New Year's resolutions
we don't really want, but feel are
"good ones" or resolutions that are
unrealistic? While it is important
to have goals, shouldn't they be
positive and uplifting? Not the
source of feelings of failure so early
in the year? We "fail" at New Year's
resolutions and think "There's
always next year." We can't say
that forever. Life can change in the
blink of eye, in the time it takes to
say "I do" or "I don't" or in nine
months. Our lives are constantly
How do we turn resolutions
into a positive experience? We take
baby steps. Think of how much
joy and excitement a baby receives
from rolling over or taking a few
steps. Both the baby and the par-
ents are happy because of progress.
When did we lose the enthusiasm

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By Allie Olsen
Thank you!

Does it sometimes surprise
you which gifts your children love
the most? Like a baby who has
more fun with the box than the toy
inside, children assign their own
value to gifts. Last year, a high dol-
lar robot was tossed aside in favor
of Legos and then everything was
left behind when Daddy offered to
play outside with a ball!
Regardless of the value (real or
perceived), it is important to ex-
press gratitude to the giver. Saying
"thanks" while tearing through the
presents is not what I mean here!
At some point during the days and
weeks that follow Christmas (and
birthday!) celebrations, have your
children sit down and write out an
old-fashioned thank you note.
Thank you notes can be as
unique as the child sending them.
Ben's most recent note was in grati-
tude for a tree stand someone gave
the guys for hunting. I applauded
his creativity when I realized he
included a detailed story of how he
scared away "the big one."
Writing a story is one way to
say thanks in a personal way. An
artistically inclined student may
pour their time into a creative card
or drawing. Preschoolers can wa-
tercolor on heavy paper and then
dictate a note for you to write over
their "picture" to make it personal.
The goal isn't to impress; the
goal is to train up our children
in being thankful so as they're
growing and maturing, gratitude
will come a little easier. As your
children are writing their notes,
encourage them that God can
help them be creative as they do
this good work! "And God is able
to make all grace abound to you,
so that having all sufficiency in
all things at all times, you may
abound in every good work." -2
Corinthians 9:8.
Although it's good to give your
children lots of room for creativity,
there are a few things to keep in
mind when writing a sincere and
proper Thank You note:
* Say thanks for their specific
present. Not, "Thanks for the
Reference how they plan to
use it. "I'm looking forward to

wearing these turquoise socks
with my new white sweater."
Challenge children to compose
a note on their writing level. A
middle- or high-schooler's note
may include favorite Christ-
mas memories, a funny story
surrounding the gift, a sketch
or something else to make the
note more personal.
Finally, allow the exercise
of writing to be a blessing to
your child just as it will be to
the recipient of the note. If your
elementary student finds writing a
note tedious, allow him to dictate
his thoughts to you while you
write out the letter. This allows
him to be creative without being
encumbered by slow handwriting
or spelling. Or if your older child
is enjoying learning to type, this
could be a great opportunity to
increase computer skills! Whether
it's a computer generated card or a
Word document note, make sure
they sign their name by hand.
Our four year old made book-
marks for his brothers and sister
for Christmas. He poured his little
heart into it and carefully planned
one for each. I encourage the older
children to write thank you notes
for these kinds of gifts as well as
Wii games and ziplines!
Have fun cultivating gratitude
in your children this New Year!

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holiday. This gives the hostess plen-
ty of time to make preparations. As
a hostess, you should invite your
guest at least two to three weeks in
advance for major holidays. After
you make the commitment, you
need to honor it even if you receive
a more desirable offer.

Happy Holidays!

Dear Elizabeth,
How old should a child be to
write thank you notes for gifts?

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Dear Lucy,
The parents should write
thank you notes for babies and
toddlers. As soon as a child can
write their name, they can help
with thank you notes. They can
sign their name to the note written
by a parent. You can even make a
fun tradition of picking out cute
thank you cards for your child to
send out after the holidays. Thank
you notes should be sent no later
than two weeks after the holiday.

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In 1943 the private Ranch
School was forced to close and
the government appropriated
the property for the ultra-secret
Manhattan Project. Today, a story
like that might raise some sort of
investigation, but in the war-torn
'40s, everything stayed hush-
hush. The isolated New Mexican
plateau, Los Alamos, became
headquarters for research and
development of the first atomic
Many of the world's great-
est scientific minds accepted the
assignment from 1942-45. Other
military personnel were expected
to take jobs in this unknown
place for an unknown purpose.
Not even their spouses were told
where they were sent or why. The
name Los Alamos became forbid-
den for security reasons and simply
changed to "the Hill."
A hastily built "Secret City"
sprung up with nameless streets.
Drivers' licenses, bank accounts
and income tax returns were issued
to numbers rather than names.
Outgoing mail was censored, long
distance calls monitored and all
incoming mail was addressed sim-
ply to "PO Box 1663, Santa Fe."
No one was permitted to mention
titles or occupations or give names
of nearby places to prevent leaks.
The race to build the bomb
before Germany and end the war
intensified. Employees were added

New Year's traditions
from around +he world
The baby and old man have
been symbols of the new and
old year since the time of the
ancient Greeks.
The Romans derived their
name for -the month of Janu-
ary from their god Janus, who
had +wo faces, one looking
forward and one looking
In Spain and Portugal,
celebrants gather with 12
grapes in their hands. As
the clock s-rikes midnight
announcing the new year, a
grape is eaten for each strike
of the clock.
In Greece, a special New
Year's bread called vasilopita
is served and in it is hidden
a lucky coin or charm. The
bread is served at midnight
and whoever gets the charm
will have good luck all year.
Many Europeans eati
cabbage or other greens to
ensure prosperity for the
coming year.

and work hours lengthened. By
July 1945, the team successfully as-
sembled and tested the first atomic
bomb approximately 200 miles
from Los Alamos. In early August,
President Truman gave orders to
drop the powerful new bombs on
Japan and shortly thereafter, the
Japanese surrendered.
I recently visited New Mexico
and learned the details and im-
portance of this historic endeavor,
something essentially unknown to
today's children. Fortunately two
museums in Los Alamos keep the
story alive.
The Los Alamos Historical
Museum highlights the region's
lifestyle changes from ancient to
modern. The collection includes
artifacts and memorabilia ranging
from ancient pueblo pottery to
envelopes addressed to the PO Box
to 1970s anti-war bumper stickers.
The Bradbury Science Mu-
seum interactively presents the
Manhattan Project and its covert
mission through a timeline using
newspaper headlines, photos,
news reel footage, documents and
replicas of the bombs dropped on
Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Their
must-see movie relates the obstacles
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national security mission of the Los
Alamos National Laboratory-to
ensure the safety and reliability of
United States nuclear supplies.
Since the lab is the area's major
employer, it's not surprising that
Los Alamos County has one of
the highest numbers of PhDs per
capital. To me, the town exudes a
mysterious aura. Roadblocks still
exist, but are seldom used. A guide
told me not to photograph the
exterior of official lab buildings,
not even from across the street.
Los Alamos seems torn between
touting its historical title as "The
Atomic City" and presenting a
more peaceful modern face. Who
knows if the culture can or should
be separated from science and
The bomb created on this
New Mexican mesa might have
ended a war, but it sparked a global
obligation to respect its power.
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good party is to plan it:
* What's the right wine ratio? It's estimated that most
guests at parties will consume 2 1/2 glasses of wine
each. That means for every two guests who drink wine,
you will need to purchase one bottle.
* Prepare baked appetizers ahead of time and then just
heat them up before serving.
* Move your serving table away from the wall, so that
guests can serve themselves from both sides and they
have room to move around it.
* During the winter put your red wines in the refrigerator
for 15 minutes before serving. This is because homes
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Tips for the frugal gardener
By Contributing Writer Master Gardener Camille Hunter with Duval
County Extension, University of Florida/IFAS

These are tough economic
times and it affects all of us, gar-
deners included. If you are inter-
ested in being a frugal gardener
or just want to be a better envi-
ronmentalist, I have a few ideas to
share with you.
A lot of money is spent on
chemical solutions to plant prob-
lems, but there may be a cheaper
fix. Aphids, for example, are com-
mon pests. They are small insects
that live and feed on the underside
of leaves, especially tender new
ones. You can buy a variety of pes-
ticides to treat aphids but washing
them off the plant with a strong
spray from a hose is also an option.
They won't crawl back, but make
sure you get them all and check
again in a few days. Next time you
have a bug issue, call our county's
University of Florida Extension
office at 387-8850. Ask a master
gardener if there is an environmen-
tally-friendly, economical solution
to your problem.
Don't buy unnecessary fertil-
izer. Lawns often do well with only
occasional fertilization. Instead,

leave the clippings on the lawn
when you mow. Those clippings
are free fertilizer and just exactly
the right kind. Not fertilizing saves
you money but also eliminates the
chance of fertilizer runoff from
your lawn polluting our water
If you use liquid fertilizer
on potted plants use less. They
are usually just fine with half the
amount of fertilizer recommended
on the label. Plants may grow more
slowly but that could be a good
thing if it delays repotting.
Fertilize flower and veggie
gardens with rich black compost,
which is free. If you are not ready
to embrace a compost pile in your
back yard, at least save your coffee
grounds, egg shells and banana
peels in a small covered bucket.
It will not smell because coffee
grounds act as a deodorizer. When
you have a full bucket, dig a hole
and bury it in the garden or close
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will have a much wider selection
of varieties to choose from. I have
used many different containers
for starting seeds including small
paper cups, plastic Cool Whip
cartons and commercial seed-start-
ing containers. They all work fine.
Make a hole in the bottom for
drainage and fill with compost or
good soil, then follow directions on
the packet.
Save leftover seed for next year
in white envelopes. Label them and
store in a glass jar, coffee can or

air-tight plastic container. Include
an envelope of cornstarch or flour
to absorb moisture. Seeds last the
longest if stored in the refrigerator.
If you grow herbs, you prob-
ably have more than you can use at
peak times and other times none at
all. Extend the season by freezing
them when they are abundant.
Pick the leaves from the stems,
rinse and dry in a salad spinner and
pack lightly into small canning jars
or plastic freezer containers. Label
and store in the freezer. When fresh
herbs are needed, open the jar and
spoon out what you need. The
frozen leaves crush easily, which

is a plus. Right now I have jars of
parsley, oregano, chocolate mint,
basil and sage leaves in my freezer.
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but having my organic herbs avail-
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Duval County increases 2010 high school grades

The Florida Department of
Education recently released the
2010 high school grades and 84
percent of Duval County's public
high schools have maintained or
improved a letter grade, while three
schools declined a letter grade.
"Our high schools are embrac-
ing strategies to ensure that every
student is college ready, and it is
paying off," said Superintendent
Ed Pratt-Dannals. "These results
are proof that our students, teach-
ers, principals and staff are working
hard so that all students achieve
academic success."
Sandalwood High School
made the most improvement with
an increase in two letter grades,
from a "C" to an "A," while seven
high schools improved one letter
grade. Now that all school grades
have been released for elementary
through high school, 81 percent

of Duval County public schools
earned A, B or C grades.
Duval County public schools
have the highest graduation
requirements in the state and have
continued to see an increase in our
graduation rate. The 2010 gradu-
ating class was the first group of
students to complete an even more
rigorous college ready curriculum
that includes Algebra II, an addi-

tional science requirement and two
years of a world language.
The calculation for high
school grades changed this year to
not only include student FCAT
scores, which account for 50
percent of the grade, but to also
include graduation rate, college
readiness and access to and per-
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Kenyon. 345 pages. Published by St. Martin's

Ahhhh...New Orleans, forever
known as the home for vampires.
However, this N'awlins is also the
home for Dark Hunters, those who
hunt Daimons, otherwise known
as vampires and keep humanity
safe. It also seems to be the home
of a wide variety of supernatural
creatures and perhaps a few Greek
Gods. One place supposedly safe
for all is a club called Sanctuary,
owned and managed by were-bears.
That safety seems to be in jeopardy
of late. The bears have reported
to those that have power in the
supernatural world that Daimons
are walking in daylight. This may
not bode well for those that cannot
be touched by sunlight.
Samia is a dark hunter and
a fierce protector of the human
race since her time as an Amazon
queen. When she meets one of the
bears, Dev and gets the story of day
walking vampires, more trouble
heads to the haunted city and those
who lead and protect. Now Sam
has some special abilities that make
her vulnerable. She soon discovers
this bear of a handsome man could
be the one safe haven for her. Both
she and Dev have lived through
the centuries and suffered at the
hands of the fates. Nevertheless,
the fates bring them new twists and
turns that further leads to danger,
betrayal, lust and sacrifice entering


their lives. More adventure may
follow, since they are forced into
a journey to retrieve the ancient
girdle of Hippolyta. Acheron and
other Greek gods occasionally are
involved by what the fates and
those ruling the Daimons have
Sherrilyn Kenyon has written
many Dark Hunter novels and
this one is just as entertaining.
The characters are quick with the
quips and repartee and enjoyable
to follow. There is action, danger
and romance, in addition to the
never-ending hint that more is to
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project and assessment would be
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task of mailing and coordinating
the interviews with "Experts" was
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The class formulated questions
to be used in a survey embedded
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and knowledge about Christopher
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in a spreadsheet. The teach-
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numbers of participants climbed
Once students completed their
research, they began working on
the newscast video, which would
be the culminating product of the
Although Christopher Co-
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and the fifth graders' unit on the
historical figure has (officially)
ended, the class will continue to
make connections to expand their
horizons and learn from differ-
ent perspectives. To view the final
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By making healthy choices,
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United States Coast Guard Auxiliary update
For the love of boating
By Contributing Writer Ralph Little, Flotilla 14-8

Spelling words comes easily
to certain students at St. Joseph
Catholic School. Students in grades
five though eight participated in
the school Spelling Bee on Novem-
ber 18. The students spelled words
such as "necessity," "suffrage" and
Casey Jakubowski, a seventh
grader, won in the 17th round with
the word "exoskeleton." He was
one of 15 students to compete in
the school spelling bee.
Students were selected by
their spelling teachers to be able to
participate in the school bee. The

contestants went to several prac-
tices after school to help prepare
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All the contestants did an e-x-
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Rusty Gardner (left) aboard a United States Coast Guard vessel during
the March 2010 Homeland Security "Spill of National Significance"
exercise in Portland, Maine.

To start 2011 I wish to show
you how one person can promote
boating safety. Our flotilla is
honored to have significant impact
at the national level, having two
past national Commodores and a
current member of the Auxiliary's
National Staff. Rusty Gardner is
the national Branch Chief of Video
Services for Public Affairs, a natural
adjunct of his everyday position

and his innovations in promoting
boating safety. If you meet him,
beware, since Gardner's enthusiasm
for boating is contagious, even as
his story defines the love of boat-
Gardner's day job is as the
director of digital media produc-
tions for Florida State College
Jacksonville. He arrived there
partially through a bachelor of arts

in psychology and a master's in
religious education. His confluence
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ing safety with short videos usable
on Podcasts and DVDs. To date,
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radios and life vest use. He has also
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the Coast Guard Search and Res-
cue Journal, maintains Facebook
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outstanding contributions to water
safety. In his national role, Gardner
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agencies practicing response to an
oil spill. The Gulf Oil Spill hap-
pened less than a month later.
In Gardner's own words,
he always loved the water and
dreamed of the day he would own
a boat. While his parents some-
times had a boat as a hobby, it was
not a lifestyle. While the timing for
his own boat never seemed right,
he would gaze at them from the
Buckman Bridge on his way to
work and dream of the day. About

eight years ago he bought the 23'
Yamaha jetboat that would become
the Salt Shaker. The first thing he
did was take the Auxiliary's Boating
Safety Course. Being impressed
with the instructor's dedication, he
signed up and his quest for boating
knowledge continued to grow. He
became a vessel examiner, a marine
dealer liaison, took seamanship
classes and produced the safe boat-
ing videos that led to his National
Staff position.
Not satisfied, he renewed his
basic instinct to be on his boat
with a few trips on the St. Johns
River that fired his desire to see all
of Florida and led to his establish-
ment of Florida by Water.com, a
free commercial site that provides
a comprehensive directory of
boating information about Florida
and access to all the sites a boater
could want. Each of thousands
of locations on the site has to be

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"boater friendly" and accessible
by boat and they are verified as
active and pertinent. You can also
access a float plan for your trip and
other boating safety websites. It is a
friendly and attractive boating tool.
The Auxiliary's membership
wishes to meet you and share our
experience. Contact Charles Smith
at 541-1660 and he will guide you
through membership. All boat op-
erators can take the Auxiliary Boat-
ing Safety Program and its fee is
included in our minimal member
dues. Call Bob (721-1346) for spe-
cifics on where and when courses
are offered and to register or to
indicate interest in the courses.

A message from
the St. Johns River Water
Management District...

water less

Beginning with the return
to Eastern Standard Time
in November, residential
lawn watering is limited to
one day per week:
Homes with odd number
addresses: Saturday
Homes with even number
addresses: Sunday
properties: Tuesday

Restrictions apply to wa-
ter from private wells and
pumps as well as public
and private utilities.

Water for no more than
one hour per zone.

Water only when need-
ed and not between 10
AM and 4 PM
Visit www.floridaswater.com

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Mandarin Garden Club Yard of the Month

By Contributing Writer Celia Rehm, Mandarin Garden Club
came next
with Harjung
selecting and
laying a lot
of the rock
himself. The
railway came
later with an
Sinner line that
past waterfalls
and stretches
S. around a bend
circling plant-
Don and Joyce Harjung are the ings of African iris, tall rosemary
recipients of the Mandarin Garden bushes, colorful coleus, purple
Club's Yard of the Month. The laurel, grasses and blue spruce trees.
Harjung yard also received recogni- The single line continues through
tion by the Mandarin Garden Club the palm trees and bushes past a
in 2003. The yard has again been pond with views of fountains, vii-
nominated for its delightful design lages, log cabins toward the blue
that continues to put smiles of bridge at the upper level of the rock
enjoyment on the faces of neighbors and boulder formations.
and passersby. If you live in the The outer double line
Mandarin Lake community, you track runs parallel to the
most likely know that drawing the ground level enhanced
oohss and ahhs" is the tropical gar- with turf and small
den on the corner lot with a G-scale pebbles.

fountain amidst large liriope, color-
ful coleus and many other plants
that run adjacent to a handsome
bricked walkway. All lead to an at-
tractive entryway already decorated
with greenery and wreaths, the
beginnings of what is to come for
the holidays.
Harjung estimates he spends
10 hours weekly maintaining his
yard and spoke of plans to decorate
for the holiday season with fresh
poinsettias. His enjoyment, he
states, "comes from working and
enhancing the natural creations of
this earth and sharing the enjoy-
ment with others."
To make a Mandarin Gar-
den Club Yard of the Month
nomination or find out more about
membership, please email mandar-
ingardenclub@comcast.net or call

railroad that runs through it. Dur-
ing the holiday season it is particu-
larly fitting to once more recognize
the yard that keeps on giving.
The garden is the brainchild of
Don Harjung who was a locomo-
tive engineer for 15 years and is
now a civil engineer working in
construction administration. He
has combined his interest in garden
landscaping with experience and
proficiency to build a beautiful
tropical garden as a fabulous setting
for a G-scale railroad reminiscent of
his childhood dreams.
Harjung now considers the
rock design to be the special feature
of his yard. Above all, he likes the
pond and waterfalls. Building the
foundation is most important, he
states; the railroad is the "icing on
the cake."
The multi-level tropical garden
design came first with date palms,
queen palms, robellinis and split
leaf philodendrons, blue spruce
and grasses. Waterfalls and foun-
tains and splendid rock formations

The railway accom-
modates a multitude of i'- ';
elaborate model railroad-
ing that primarily stays
inside during the week.
Harjung proceeded to
bring out a black loco-
motive and two passenger cars stat-
ing he primarily sets out the models
on weekends and holidays for the
enjoyment of others. The project
is not completed, Harjung states.
There is room to expand with a
miniature maze of Asiatic jasmine
and a miniature city, a project he
plans to do in the future.
Other beautiful plants in
his yard include a mature bird of
paradise plant with buds sprouting
blooms that show up magnificently
in the rays of the sun. The tall plant
reaches the roof line towering over
azaleas, hydrangeas and budding ca-
mellias in a side bed adjacent to the
home. A huge thriving spider plant
with draping plantlets hangs from
its cast iron stand, sharing space
with an ornate lamppost and water

pL.- I The Community Band of the Northeast Florida Conservatory,
directed by Richard Dickson, performs on December I For addi-
Stional information on how you can participate in the band, please
6 9 contactt richardadickson@comcast.net.

Jacksonville Humane Society
-Call for viewing and adoption: 725-8766

Meet Shirley! She is an 11 month old Labrador mix
and has been at JHS since July 2010. Shirley is a very
sweet girl who would love to find a loving home for
the holidays. As part of our holiday adoption special,
Shirley can be adopted for free! That's right...free!
Come visit the JHS adoption center for more details.

11 months old
Labrador mix

Ramsgate entrepreneurs

On Sunday, November 28, young entrepreneurs Ty Kelly, Kelly Lid-
dicoat, Chelsea Grover and Sabrina Snider set up a lemonade stand
in the Ramsgate neighborhood.

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