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Volume 5, Issue 7

Visit our online edition at www.mandarinnewsline.com

April 2011

Knitters find plenty to

keep fingers busy
By Martie Thompson

Greenland Pines holds successful

fundraising fun run event
By Contributing Writer Melissa Phillips, Communications Director, Greenland Pines PTA

Lindy Johns with a child who has a
newly knitted hat
When Mandarin retiree Trudy
Ferrantello was looking for some
social time and joined the Williams
Family YMCA, she wasted no time
in rounding up a group of like-
minded knitters.
"About two years ago, I joined
the Y's senior lunch group and
went from table to table soliciting
knitters," she shares.
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She had a definite idea
in mind-Ferrantello was
already a member of the
Creative Ladies of God at
CrossRoad Church UMC
on Gate Parkway. She knew
they had many worthwhile
Philanthropic knitting proj-
ects which needed willing
hands, so she went about
S setting up a knitting group
at the Mandarin YMCA.
Today, Ferrantello re-
ports that there is a group of
about 25 ladies, all members
of the Y, who meet every
Friday from 10:00 a.m. un-
til 11:30 a.m. at the facility.
Using yarn that is mostly
donated by the CrossRoad
Church, they spend their
time knitting hats and
scarves and lap blankets
which they then donate to
groups that can use them.
"I'm the taxi!" Ferrantello
laughs. "I bring yarn from the
church to the Y on Friday and then
take the completed hats and scarves
back to the church on Wednesday."
Cindy Johns of the Creative
Knitters cont on page 20

"Betty" Wolfe, '
an active com-
munity leader in
the Pickwick Park
Civic Association,
was selected as the
2011 recipient of
the Miss Aggie
Award by the
board of directors
of the Mandarin
Museum and
Historical Society.
She was honored
during the Miss
Aggie Day cel-
ebration on Satur- George Koester,
day, March 19, at and Dick Kravitz
the Old Mandarin
Store and Post Office.
Additionally, a ceremony was
held on March 12 at Pickwick Park
to honor Wolfe as the park was

The faculty, students and par-
ents at Greenland Pines Elemen-
tary recently celebrated record-
breaking fundraising efforts of over
$20,000 through Boosterthon Fun
Run. The fundraiser began two
weeks prior to the actual event with
a kick-off pep rally to educate the
students about the program and
have them start collecting pledges
from family and friends. With each
dollar per lap collected in pledges,
students earned daily prizes from
Boosterthon and worked toward
the $10 dollar pledge per lap level,
which earned both the student
and a child in Haiti a drawstring
slingbag. The student's slingbag is
filled with company products and
the matching donated bag for the
child in Haiti has food and medical
Held Thursday, February 24,
2011, the event closed with all of
the students running up to 35 laps
in the school parking lot or ap-
proximately two miles. Parents and
teachers cheered the children as
then ran, walked, skipped and even
danced to their goal.
Representatives from Booster-
thon have been at the school every
day for the two-week event visiting

SCity Council Memberjack Webb,
at the Pickwick Park renaming cerer

renamed Elizabeth "Betty" Wolfe
Park. To honor Wolfe's years-long
commitment to Pickwick Park,
District 6 City Council Member

classrooms and motivating children
about health and character. The
mini lessons taught about being
leaders and good citizens through
a clever acronym L.A.U.N.C.H.
which stands for Leaders, Active,
Uplifting, Not Bullies, Courageous
and Helpers. These lessons support
the company mission statement to
"...change the world by strength-
ening schools and impacting the
next generation through fitness,
leadership and character."
The money collected from
the event will go toward school
supplies, the accelerated reader

Jack Webb had
introduced an
ordinance to have
the park renamed
Elizabeth "Betty"
Wolfe Park.
"Betty's family
and friends joined
the community
in this ceremony
dedicating the Park.
We were pleased to
honor Betty for all
of her years of ser-
vice to the commu-
nity," said Webb,
who was a speaker
Betty Wolfe at the renaming
mnony. ceremony.
Wolfe, a native
of Huntington, West Virginia,
graduated from Marshall Univer-
sity. She moved to the Pickwick
Betty Wolfe cont on page 27

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program and technology improve-
ments such as SMART Boards for
the classrooms. Assistant Principal
Dave Burrell at Greenland Pines
Elementary was instrumental in
promoting the fundraiser both
during school and through a
promotional video on the school's
information page linked to the
Boosterthon website. Burrell, along
with all of the PTA board, admin-
istration and faculty, were support-
ive and encouraging throughout
the event to make this a great
experience for the students.

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Page 3 What's New
Page 4 JSO News from Zone 3
Page 5 School District Journal
Page 7 High school PSA contest
Page 9 Benefit fundraiser
Page 10 Summer Camp Guide!
Page 11 NEW! Movie Review
Page 13 Start here...go anywhere
Page 15 USS Adams to
Page 18 Jacksonville Firefighters
Page 19 Mandarin Art Festival
Page 21 Faith News
Page 22 Encore!
Page 24 Gardening
Wounded Warrior Ride
Page 25 Letter from Wayne Weaver
MHS Sports Roundup
Page 27 Local Garage Sales
Page 28 Home Improvement Guide
Page 30 Yard of the Month

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The American Cancer Soci- 10:00 a
ety has kicked off its fundraising of the F
season. In an effort to fight back aged to
against cancer and create more the new
birthdays, Relay for Life, the have to
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The Mandarin Community part of
Club will host the 43rd annual tact Me
Mandarin Art Festival on April hotmail
23 and 24 on the club grounds,
located at 12447 Mandarin Road. Th,
New to the festival in 2011 was the AARP ,
Green Market, a special area featur- every m
ing vendors offering unique items gustine
such as orchids and other plants, Old St.
local honey, candies and mini non-pro
cupcakes. Located in the adjacent ship org
Billard Commemorative Park, the the nati
Green Market returns this year and and pro
will be open and operating from people

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.

.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days
estival. Visitors are encour-
visit the area to see what
Sand returning vendors

low Ribbon Project.
help me honor Army Unit
during their deployment to
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to show their support for
n and women of this unit.
I is to find 162 trees on
*in Road and have yellow
tied around those trees
duration of their service
anistan by April 17. You
p by offering trees on your
y and/or providing the
yellow ribbon that will be
If you would like to be
this endeavor, please con-
lissa at YellowRibbon162@

e Mandarin Chapter of
meets the third Friday of
month at 2:00 p.m. at Au-
Landing, located at 10141
Augustine Road. We are a
)fit, non-partisan member-
ranization, affiliated with
onal AARP. Our activities
grams are designed to help
age 50 and over improve the

quality of their lives. Visitors are
welcome! For additional informa-
tion, please call 733-0516 or email

Please join the Mandarin Se-
nior Citizen Center for its fourth
annual Health and Wellness Fair
to be held on Friday, April 29
from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
at the Senior Center located at
3848 Hartley Road. There will be
more than 20 health care providers
and private organizations that will
be on-site conducting screenings
for heart and stroke risk, vision,
hearing, blood sugar check, BMI,
pulse oximetry, balance, carotid
artery blood flow screening and
much more. There will be non-in-
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for participants. Information on
community resources specifically
for and about senior citizens will
also be available. For additional
information, please call 262-7309
or email rdower@yahoo.com.

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News from Zone 3

By Contributing Writer Assistant Chief Bobby Deal, Jacksonville
Sheriff's Office

The Jacksonville Sheriff's
Office (JSO) has six patrol zones
that comprise the entire city. When
you consider the geographic size
we're required to cover, it shouldn't
surprise you that just our Zone 3 is
154.6 square miles large, has more
than 225,000 citizens and is larger,
in area, than the cities of Tallahas-
see and Lakeland combined, with
slightly fewer residents (about
25,000), according to Census
Since October of 2009, I have
been privileged to lead the 234
men and women of the Jackson-
ville Sheriff's Office who handle
the patrol and law enforcement for
this diverse community. Previously
I served in JSO's Community
Affairs division, where I was the as-
sistant chief of special events. I also
oversaw the Police Athletic League.
Sheriff Rutherford is very
committed to the concept of suc-
cession planning and grooming
his leadership team to handle any
challenges that come up, anywhere
in the agency. That is why folks
like me are given these great oppor-
tunities to move about within the
agency, developing our relation-
ships in the community and fur-
ther developing our management
skills, while utilizing the successes
of former assignments in our new
roles. That is what I am focused
on, here on the Southside.
To that end, growing our
neighborhood watches, our busi-
ness watches, our river watches
and our Sheriff's Advisory Coun-
cils is one of my top goals. That
information sharing, between
residents, business owners and the
police is the single most effective
communication tool I believe we

have. Solving neighborhood issues
together, before they grow, is how
we keep crime down and protect
this wonderful quality of life we're
all working so hard to maintain,
Some of the unique challenges
of Zone 3 involve the diversity of
its population. There is a mix of
international cultures, including
Bosnian, Hispanic and Russian
citizens who have legally immigrat-
ed here, to name a few. Coinciden-
tally, Zone 3 also hosts the largest
amount of apartment communities
in the city.
We work closely with Catholic
Charities, Lutheran Social Services
and other host organizations that
are helping these refugees establish
a new life and have a fresh start
here in Jacksonville. Helping folks
assimilate to a new culture and
helping them understand the im-
portance of a lawful lifestyle is very
important to us. We also work to
make sure these newcomers are not
victimized by those criminals who
seek out vulnerable people - such
as those with language barriers or
the physically handicapped or the
elderly. That is why I mention the
apartment communities, because
through our excellent Crime Free
Multi Family Housing Unity
(called "crime free"), we are helping
these managers and owners reach
out to all tenants and stress the
importance of obeying the law and
looking out for those who may be
unwittingly victimized.
We must all be vigilant about
the opportunity for property crime
created by empty and abandoned
(foreclosed) residential properties
present. Call us if you see or hear
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Our officers work hard to
show all residents how to fight the
"don't snitch" attitude, by serving
as examples of accessibility and
responsiveness to the community.
Our zone is also unique be-
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on three sides - the river on the
west/north; Julington Creek to the
south; and Beach Boulevard to the
north and east all the way to the
Intracoastal water way. Zone 3 is
also host to many offices and busi-
nesses, small and large. We have
two retail malls - the St. Johns
Town Center and The Avenues.
Again, crime prevention education
plays a key role in the day to day
work of our officers. Everything
from reminding people to lock
their cars; leave valuables out of
sight; remember to close and lock
garage doors (even when working
in the yard); stay with friends or in
a group (particularly women) when
out at night; and never letting
someone into your home that you
do not know or are not expecting.
With several major transporta-
tion corridors and many multi-use
office complexes and corporate
headquarters, we have a lot of traf-
fic and thousands of people coming
to our "neighborhood" every day
who live elsewhere. Most financial
institutions in the city - more than
180 - are in our Zone. We have
a Tourist Oriented Police team
(TOPS) that focuses on tourist
safety and crime prevention at our
hotels and motels.
There are five major hospitals
in our area. This means ambu-
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are out all day, every day. So you
can see why traffic enforcement
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I enjoy writing this column
each month, hopefully, to share
all the excitement going on in our
schools and especially those schools
in our Mandarin area.
As we anticipate, with excite-
ment, the wonders of spring and
the summer that lie just ahead, we
cannot help but wonder what we
must do to awaken the governor
and legislature who pose a constant
reminder that education funding is
going to receive draconian cuts and
expect $3.4 billion less in our 67
school districts. In Duval County
alone, we are looking at a $97 mil-
lion budget shortfall added to the
$150 million cuts we've endured
over the just the last three years.
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reading about the very real im-
pact this loss of dollars will mean
for our children and our schools.
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County School Board and Super-
intendent. To make those kinds of
significant cuts, everything is on
the table. And our table has held
less and less from the tough budget
decisions we have made from the
last several years.
When this article is published
at the end of the this month, the
budget will be more definitive
as most of our budget decisions
will have to be made in order to
be ready for the beginning of the
2011-2012 school year.
Some of the key items that
your board has tried to protect
from the budget axe brought on
by the state include our art, music
and physical education programs;
magnet school transportation;
middle and high school athletics;
a four-day school week; furloughs
(non-paid days off) for all employ-
ees; and, higher cost health care.
These are just a few of the "big"
ticket items that get us to that $97
million mark. As we have done
in the past and while all of these
programs and activities are very
important, all must be prioritized.
As a former state legislator, I
was involved with 12 state bud-
gets over my 12 years in office. As
mayor, I was in charge of four city
budgets and as a member of the
School Board, I will be working on
my seventh school budget. None
have been as frustrating or as dif-
ficult as what we are now facing.
When you count the $97 mil-
lion dollar shortfall compared with
over $180 million in unfunded
or under funded mandates by the
state, you ask if Florida, which
ranks 50th (last) in per capital ex-
penditures among all states in edu-
cation funding, is truly committed
to funding K-12 public education;
and, if the governor and our legis-
lature are truly committed to our
children's future and the future of
our state? I have said time and time
again that money is not the answer,
but money is part of the solution
to our success in education. Duval
County and the other 66 coun-
ties in Florida are asking to at least
keep our budgets at the same level
as last year.
I ask you to join our "Save
Duval Schools" initiative, join the
PTAs and PTSAs, teachers, School
Board and Superintendent to call


trict Journal

buting Writer Tommy Hazouri,
board Representative, District 7

and/or write your state legislators
and governor.
The governor, in his "State of
the State" address told the legisla-
ture not to "blink" on his budget.
We should tell our governor and
legislators it is not about blinking,
but "opening your eyes" to what
you are doing to Florida's children!

Important Dates:
April 5: School Board Meeting,
6:00 p.m., Cline Auditorium,
1701 Prudential Drive
April 6: Student Early Dismissal
April 20: Student Early Dismissal
April 22: Spring Holiday
April 25: Schools Closed
Community Budget Meetings:
April 4: Atlantic Coast High
School, 6:00 p.m.
April 7: Andrew Jackson High
School, 6:00 p.m.
April 11: Ed White High School,
6:00 p.m.

Thought for the Month:
"Education's purpose is to re-
place an empty mind with an open
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day at 7:30 a.m. at the Ramada
Inn Mandarin in the conference
room located in GiGi's restaurant.
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student, stay-at-home parent or
retiree, Toastmasters is the best way
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The Sugar Arts Guild of
North Florida meets monthly
at the South Mandarin Library,
located at 12125 San Jose Bou-
levard. We are an organization of
sugar artists, cake designers and
confectioners from Northeast
Florida who enjoy getting together
every month to visit, watch a
demonstration and sample each
other's creations. Our purpose is to
promote creativity and experimen-
tation in cake decorating, sugar
art, chocolate, pastries, candies and
just about anything edible that can
be done decoratively. We welcome
anyone interested in meeting other
sugar enthusiasts and swapping
ideas and techniques to visit www.
sagnfl.blogspot.com for meeting

The Mandarin Marauders
Square Dance Club will hold their
annual yard sale from 8:00 a.m.
until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April
16 at 1630 Lemonwood Road,
located off State Road 13 in Fruit
Cove. Please contact Joe Fitzmayer
at 268-8221 for additional infor-

The River City Women's Club
will hold their monthly luncheon
at the Mandarin Ramada Inn on
Wednesday, April 20 beginning
at 10:30 a.m. The installation of
officers for the upcoming 2010-
2012 year will be held. After lunch,
the club will present checks to the
selected charities for this year. The
cost of the luncheon is $14; for
reservations, lease call 262-8719.

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

City Council President Jack Webb is an incumbent candidate
for the office of City Council Member, District 6. Please watch for
this column to reappear after the Duval County General Election to
be held on May 17, 2011 has determined a winner in this race.


The April general meeting of
the All Star Quilters Guild will be
held on Monday, April 18 at 9:30
a.m. in the First Christian Church
of Jacksonville, located at 11924
San Jose Boulevard. The program
will be presented by our commu-
nity service chairperson, Sharon
Moran, featuring guests from the
"Quilts of Valor" organization.
Visitors are welcome. For more
information, please contact Dot
Butler at 642-6574 and visit us at

The Jacksonville Scrabble
Club's spring membership drive is
underway for all Scrabble lovers!
Beginners to more advanced are
welcome. Beginners' coaching is
available and the use of provided
word lists is allowed. The club
meets at 1:00 p.m. every Wednes-
day at Golden Corral, located at
11420 San Jose Boulevard. Please
contact Jean at 733-1565 or
Georgianna at 886-4520 for more
information. The club also meets
on Thursday evenings at Barnes
and Noble on San Jose Boulevard
in Mandarin. For times and details,
please email curtlee59@aol.com.

Members of the Clay Network
of Northeast Florida will be on
hand to demonstrate, exhibit and
sell their work on April 30 from
10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at a
home-based Spring Garden Show
sponsored by Clay Network mem-
ber Jerry Peters of St. Augustine.
This is a wonderful spring show
featuring 10 members exhibiting
a large variety of ceramic art. You
will find all kinds of pottery from
functional ceramic ware to whimsi-
cal to sculpture ceramics. Taking a
stroll through the fantastic garden
is worth the free admission. For
more information on this Spring
Garden Show, please contact Jerry
Peters at 501-0757 or by email
jpeters9@bellsouth.net. Clay Net-
work details and contact informa-
tion can be found on the web at

welcome! Just show up, unless it

The children's Bumblebee
circle of the Mandarin Garden
Club will learn about garden pho-
tography with Melissa Posey from
the Professional Photographers
Society of North Florida on Thurs-
day, April 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30
p.m. at the Mandarin Garden Club
located at 2892 Loretto Road.
Children ages five through 18
are welcomed with an adult. The
Bumblebee circle started their sixth
year of existence in September.
Our monthly meetings consist of
garden related topics with the focus
for children. We welcome parents,
grandparents, aunts and uncles to
attend with their respective chil-
dren to attend and begin to sharing
in a lifetime hobby. Additionally,
our garden club has adult circles
available to meet the needs of our
community. For more information,
please email mardaringardenclub@
comcast.net or call 268-1192.

The next meeting for the
South Jacksonville Republican
Club will be Saturday, April 2
at the Golden Corral, located at
11470 San Jose Boulevard. The
breakfast social will begin at 9:30
a.m. followed by the club meeting
at 10:00 a.m. We will be gathering
in the enclosed Meeting Room in
the restaurant. Our guest speaker
will be Supervisor of Elections Jerry
Holland who will present a recap
of last month's Duval County First
Election. If you are a Republican
candidate and would like to intro-
duce yourself to our club members,
please attend!

Women Business Owners
(WBO) announces their Mandarin
meeting to be held on Wednes-
day, April 6 (first Wednesday)
beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Bob
Evans Restaurant, located at 3163
Hartley Road. The topic will be
a collaborative discussion of the
good, the bad and the ugly of team
building with employees. Please
join us for this fun, interactive
session, even if you are your only
employee. Please RSVP to Joani
Maskell at JoMaskell@comcast.net
or 260-1836.

The North Florida Acoustic
Neuroma Support Group will
meet on Saturday, April 16, 2011
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 MOMS Club of Jackson-
ville/Mandarin-SE offers support
for stay at home and part-time
working moms living in zip code
32258. With the club you will
have enriching activities for you
and your children, during the day
when you need the most support.
A sample of activities includes park
days, beach days, monthly socials,
playgroups and field trips to the
zoo and museums. For additional
information, please email seman-

The Dogwood Circle of the
Mandarin Garden Club will meet
on Tuesday April 19 at the club-
house, located at 2892 Loretto
Road. The topic for the meeting
is "Companion Plants and Roses"
with Gigi Pelletier. The program is
open to the public!

The Mandarin Women's Club
program for Thursday, April 28 is
installation of officers. The pro-
gram is held at the Ramada Inn,
located at 3130 Hartley Road and
lunch is served at 11:00 a.m. Club
membership is open to all women.
The luncheon cost is $14 for mem-
bers and $15 for non members. For
reservation or additional informa-
tion, please call Iris at 268-2459 by
April 24.

The Italian American Club
will be at the annual World of Na-
tions Celebration at Metropolitan
Park on Friday night April 29,
Saturday April 30 and Sunday May
1. Please come down and enjoy our
homemade sausage and peppers,
meatballs and pizzas as well as
Italian ices, souvenirs and so much
more. See you at Metropolitan

Shuffleboard is played on
Tuesday at Mandarin Park (south
end of Mandarin Road) next to
the tennis courts at the entrance.
Beginning on Tuesday, April 5, we
will begin playing at 9:30 a.m.,
rather than the afternoon, due to
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MHS Medical Academy hosts
health fair and fun run

Ani Bare sees herself becoming
a cardiac surgeon one day. But the
17-year old doesn't have to wait until
college next year to see if it's a field
she'd actually like.

The Medical Academy students
have worked with members of the
medical community to create poster
presentations on a variety of health-
related topics ranging from allergies

Bare has been studying the to mood disorders. Preventative
medical field with almost 100 other screenings will also be offered. The
students in the medical academy at health fair will be open from 8:00
Mandarin High School for the past a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
two years. On Saturday, April 30, Mandarin High School is lo-
Bare and her classmates will showcase cated at 4831 Greenland Road.
their skills at a health fair and fun
run for the community at the MHS Rtie Nu
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Springtime irrigation should be
water efficient

By Contributing Writer Teresa H. Monson, St. Johns River Water
Management District
With springtime planting inside the home can save tho
under way and rainfall five to 20 of gallons of water per month
inches below normal for the year Saving water can be easy and
across northeast and east-central delivers money savings as we
Florida, the St. Johns River Water With more than half of
Management District is working mercial and residential water
to heighten awareness about the occurring outdoors, mandate(
importance of year-round conserva- watering restrictions are in p
tion and the role homeowners play throughout the year within t
in water resource protection. The District's region to ensure th
District's governing board recently ficient use of water for lawn
approved a proclamation designat- landscape irrigation. Watering
ing April as Water Conservation wisely promotes healthier lax
Month to encourage awareness landscapes and conserves Flo
about the importance of water water resources.
conservation. Coinciding with the reti
April has been formally recog- daylight saving time on Mar.
nized as Water Conservation Month landscape irrigation is allowed
in Florida for the past 13 years, two days a week before 10:0(
Governor Rick Scott and the cabi- or after 4:00 p.m.
net will be asked to sign a resolution Landscape irrigation is 1
next month naming April as Water to the following days:
Conservation Month in Florida, a * Wednesday and Saturday
designation also supported by the residential landscape irrig
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zone and to no more than one hour
per irrigation zone on each day that
irrigation occurs.
Landscape irrigation is limited
to one day a week during Eastern
Standard Time, which resumes
November 6, 2011.
The District has had some
form of water-conserving irrigation
restrictions in place for 20 years,
with the mandatory day limitation
and designation since 2009.
Inside the home, fixing leaks
and replacing older high-water-
use plumbing fixtures with newer
water-saving ones can save signifi-
cant amounts of water.
The District also focuses on
year-round on conservation by
requiring all permit holders to use
water efficiently, encouraging the
use of reclaimed water and storm
water to conserve potable water,
and by teaching the importance
of efficient water use to adults and
children through such programs as
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Local high schools again producing PSAs about
teen driving

Mothers Against Brain Injury,
Inc. is pleased to announce that
they are the recipient of The All-
state Foundation's Teen Safe Driver
Grant for a fourth year in a row.
Tracy Porter, executive director, has
reached out yet again to thousands
of teens in high schools through-
out Duval, St. Johns, Nassau, and
Clay Counties and asked students
in their TV production classes to
come up with the most creative
and thought provoking 20 second
Public Service Announcement
(PSA) focused on teen unsafe driv-
ing practices and their consequenc-
es. Her presentation, given so far at
15 area schools, speaks directly to
teens in a very personal way as her
own son suffered a severe traumatic
brain injury at 16 in a teen driver
related crash.
Porter says, "It's amazing
to work with teens on this very
important issue. They seem to
be amazed, surprised and almost
oblivious to the fact that this is

happening all around them. More
than 6000 teens die in crashes
every year-that's like 12 jumbo
jets filled with teens falling out of
the sky every year-so why isn't
someone doing something about
it? That is the analogy I use to
clarify that number for them and
to let them know that they can do
something about it. I simply let
them know it could be them or a
friend and they have the power to
change that by creating one simple,
clear, thought provoking message
that speaks directly to their peers."
This year, three PSAs per
school will be accepted for judging.
A panel of teens will select four
from all entries received that best
represent a teen driven and focused
message related to one or more of
the following: Distracted Driving,
Texting/Talking, Seat Belts, Other
Teen Passengers and Speeding.
The criteria for judging will be the
question "Which of these PSAs will
make you seriously think about the

way you drive or ride with another
teen and make you want to change
your own habits?"
The four PSAs will be placed
on news partner First Coast News'
website, www.firstcoastteens.
com, from April 25 through May
5 where all of Jacksonville can go
online and vote for their favorite.
The winner will be based on most
votes and prizes awarded live on
FCN's Good Morning Jackson-
ville on Saturday May 7, 2011.
Prizes range from $4000 for the
first place team's TV production
department plus $4000 to split
between the student creators to
a pizza party for the fourth place
teachers and creators.
Schools participating are
Bishop Kenny, Douglas Ander-
son, Duncan Fletcher, Frank H.
Peterson, Stanton College Prep,
Terry Parker, Mandarin, Middle-
burg High, Nease, Bartram Trail,
Creekside, Ponte Vedra, Fernan-
dina beach, Hilliard, Yulee.

Breast Center earns full NAPBC accreditation

Memorial Hospital's Breast
Center has been granted a full
accreditation designation by the
National Accreditation Program for
Breast Centers (NAPBC), a pro-
gram administered by the Ameri-
can College of Surgeons. There
are only nine centers in Florida,
including Memorial's, that have
this elite designation. Accreditation
by the NAPBC is only given to
those centers that have voluntarily
committed to provide the high-
est level of quality breast care and
that undergo a rigorous evaluation
process and review of their perfor-
mance. The standards established
by the NAPBC include proficiency
in the areas of: center leadership,
clinical management, research,
community outreach, professional
education and quality improve-
ment. The NAPBC determined
that Memorial Hospital has dem-

onstrated a firm commitment to
offer its patients every significant
advantage in their battle against
breast disease.
"We are honored to have
earned this important accredita-
tion," said James B. Wood, Memo-
rial Hospital's president and CEO.
"Our physicians and hospital staff
worked hard to get it. This elite
designation shows that we are giv-
ing our breast cancer patients the
best possible care. At a time when
they need support the most, our
team is there to provide it."
The NAPBC is a consortium
of professional organizations
dedicated to improving the qual-
ity of care and the monitoring of
outcomes of patients with breast
diseases. This mission is pursued
through standard-setting, scien-
tific validation and patient and
professional education. Its board

membership includes professionals
from 15 national organizations that
reflect the full spectrum of breast
According to the NAPBC, receiv-
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have access to:
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a full range of state-of-the-art
* A multidisciplinary team ap-
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treatment options
* Information about ongoing
clinical trials and new treatment
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Mark your calendars for Sat-
urday, April 30 from 8:00 a.m. to
2:00 p.m. at the Mandarin Garden
Club, located at 2892 Loretto
Road. This is the place to get great
pass-along type plants that do well
in Mandarin! All plants come from
garden club members' personal
The whole inside of the club-
house will be filled with our plants
and garden stuff. Our prices are
very reasonable. About 10 vendors
will have booths outside and will
be selling a wide variety of garden
related items.
Our Mandarin Garden Club

65th Anniversary Cookbook filled
with 500 delicious recipes and
helpful cooking hints will be avail-
able for purchase. The "Grilling
Husbands" will feature their hot
dog stand set up outside for this
The garden club will also be
supporting the community by col-
lecting the following items:
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will be donated to the Duval
County 4-H.
Eyeglasses, sunglasses and cases
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Hearing loss and memory
B Contributing Writer Rosann W. Faull, Au.D, Board Certified Doctor
ofAudiology, Advanced Hearing Centers of America

Excuse me, what was that?
Pardon me; was that the fifth or
sixth gate or date? Am I losing my
mind or did I just not hear you
correctly? The first place to start is
your hearing. Recent research has
proven that our ability to remem-
ber is closely related to how well
we hear.
Allow me to review the won-
derful ear. When the ear and the
brain work together we are able to
extract effortlessly the precise and
extraordinary meaning from speech
and the wonderful cacophony of
sounds in our world. The ear, our
hearing mechanism, is made up of
four parts: the outer ear, middle
ear, inner ear and the brain's central
auditory center. Any dysfunction
of the first three parts and our
brain does not receive a complete
signal. Diseases and problems of
the outer ear and middle ear, which

Chiropractic clin
new doctor
Dr. Gavin McCutcheon has
recently joined Sambursky Chiro-
practic in Mandarin.
Dr. McCutcheon is originally
from Ithaca, New York. He attend-
ed the University at Buffalo (UB)
where he received an undergradu-
ate degree in Exercise Science with
a minor in Business Management.
It was here in Buffalo where Dr.
McCutcheon discovered the many
health benefits of chiropractic care.
While doing an internship with the
strength and conditioning team at
UB he noticed how quickly many
of the athletes were recovering
from musculoskeletal injuries while
undergoing chiropractic treatment.
Sports have always been a
passion of his. He knew early on
from his own experiences play-
ing lacrosse, that it was important
to receive proper musculoskeletal
care so that he could compete at
his best. It was after overcoming
a significant knee injury that he
decided he wanted to help people
attain optimal health and wellness
and that a career in chiropractic
would grant him this satisfaction.
This led him to Palmer
College of Chiropractic in Port
Orange, Florida where he gradu-
ated Cum Laude near the top of
his class. At Palmer he spent a
year working at the Alien Green
Center, diagnosing and treating
patients. Afterward, he did his
clinical internship in New York
City with a chiropractor that is a
team physician for the New York
Giants. While working in New
York he learned about a technique
items and toiletries will be
donated to the Mandarin Food
Empty ink cartridges will be used
to purchase Mandarin Garden
Club office supplies.
For more information about
this and other upcoming events,
please visit our website at http://
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causes hearing loss, can be medi-
cally treated and hearing is restored
in almost all cases.
The inner ear contains the
cochlea, our hearing nerves. These
highly developed nerves send
speech, music and all sounds up
to our brain's auditory center to
be interpreted, comprehended
and understood. Unfortunately,
when our inner ear nerves are
damaged they cannot be restored.
The leading causes of inner ear
nerve damage are temporary or
prolonged exposure to any and all
loud sounds, family history, certain
diseases, a very few powerful life
saving medicines and living a nice
long life, i.e. the aging process.
Fortunately, there is help for
damaged inner ear nerves in the
form of advanced digital hearing
aids. Hearing aids help restore
sounds that our damaged inner ear

ic welcomes

called Ac-
tive Release
(ART) that
focuses on
the treat-
ment of
muscle dys-
Along with his degree as a
chiropractic physician, Dr. Mc-
Cutcheon is a certified strength
and conditioning specialist and has
become certified in Active Release
Technique as well. He is also an
active member of the Florida
Chiropractic Association and Na-
tional Strength and Conditioning
Dr. McCutcheon has recently
joined Sambursky Chiropractic
and is now accepting new patients.

nerves cannot detect. These tech-
nological marvels help send a more
complete sound to our central
auditory system to assign mean-
ing and understand what is said.
Our brain's auditory system cannot
process what is not perceived. Re-
search has proven that our cogni-
tive performance is optimal when
listening is effortless and reduced
when listening is difficult.
Start with a complete hearing
evaluation, which assesses and de-
termines both the ability to detect
sounds and understand speech.
An audiologist, a Board Certified
Doctor of Audiology from the
American Board of Audiology, is
the professional with the education
and training to perform the most
complete hearing evaluation. A
thorough hearing evaluation directs
what steps to take.
Help your hearing. You cannot
completely remember what is not
clearly heard.
For additional information,
please contact mandarin@ahcam-


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Harriet Beech-
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her husband,
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a cottage and
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Club building
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family led the construction of the Community Club building, which
served as a school, church, and community hall for the village. They
were also involved with the establishment of the Episcopal Church
of Our Saviour. While in Mandarin, Harriet wrote her book Palmet-
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Meet Linda Cunningham...Jacksonville's own

couture design
By Donna Keathley
To those local "fashionistas"
who follow couture, the Hallowed
Hall of fashion in Jacksonville is
down on Kings Avenue near the
foot of the Main Street Bridge.
That's the location of Linda Cun-
ningham's eponymous boutique and
her custom design studio..
Cunningham was born and
raised in Jacksonville and returned
to her hometown to launch her de-
signing career. She graduated from
Florida State University in 1982
with a degree in fashion design
where she won first place in the
Mildred Pepper Design Award.
Cunningham began sewing
with her mother at the age of 10,
mixing tops and bottoms of Vogue
patterns with colorful fabrics. She
mastered the art of bejeweling
denim jackets while in high school,
which were her first luxurious
signature pieces. Her first job out
of college was designing gowns for
clients at Phelps Fabrics in down-
town Jacksonville. She opened her
own studio a few years later in San
Marco and began dreaming up a
signature line of her own. Cunning-
ham was selected to show with the
prestigious American International
Designers at the Waldorf Astoria
Hotel in New York City in 1996.
She's been designing her signa-
ture couture collection of gowns,
evening wear, bridal apparel, resort
wear and custom pieces for more
than 20 years. Cunningham cur-
rently shows her wholesale collec-
tion through the Collective Design-
ers group at the Essex house in New

York City during fashion week. Her
designs can be found in boutiques
across the country and at her two
locations in Houston, Texas.
Home to Cunningham and
her "team" is in a pretty little set-
ting located at 1049 Kings Avenue.
Her atelier is in the front entrance,
which houses Cunningham's cou-
ture collections along with other
stocked ready-to-wear lines such as
Lafayette 148, Laundry, Missoni
and fabulous accessories such as
bejeweled belts, purses and jewelry.
Then comes the good part: Cun-
ningham's custom design business
is located in the rear of the build-
ing. Her private clients allow her
to create garments specifically for
them using her signature style of
femininity and sophistication with
a tasteful touch of whimsy. Cun-
ningham's mastery of fabric, color
and texture is a skill which allows
her to transform fine European
fabrics into luxurious, flattering
designs adorned with jewels, stones
and lace.
The garments designed by
Cunningham for her clients are
handmade on-site starting from
the custom made pattern process
on through the garment assembly
and the applications of the art-
ful finishing touches. Her team of
seamstresses are proud of the in-
volvement in every design brought
to realization by their fine art of
Many local women have
worn wedding gowns produced by
Linda Cunningham and then wore

custom-made mother of the bride
ensembles from Cunningham's
studio to their daughter's special
day. But Cunningham doesn't stop
there, she is well known to the com-
munity for her warm smile and her
generosity. She is currently a mem-
ber of the Foundation Board for
Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital in
Jacksonville and is a fabulous men-
tor the girls at the Fashion Academy
in St. Johns County Schools. Cun-
ningham spends time leading the
students in design and production
challenges that they would never get
anywhere else. They love what they
call "Linda Cunningham Projects"
which they are allowed to work on
in their junior and senior years at
the academy.
In her spare time, Cunning-
ham enjoys swimming, biking and
spending time with her husband
and two daughters.

Katherine Kane, director of the
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in
Hartford, Connecticut, will present
her lecture "A Well-Traveled Wom-
an-Harriet Beecher Stowe at 200,"
at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, at
the Mandarin Community Club, lo-
cated at 12447 Mandarin Road. The
lecture coincides with Stowe's 200th
birthday. It will explore the author's
impact during the 19th century and
how her legacy continues on today.
Stowe's (1811 -1896) writings

Benefit fundraisers for C.J. White scheduled

Two fundraisers are being
held for C.J. White to provide
funds that are desperately needed
to help cover his treatment for
environmental exposure-related
lung cancer. White is only 28, lives
in Julington Creek and is a loving
father of a six year-old son. White
is fighting for his life and he needs
your help and your prayers.
On April 10, 2011, the
"Knockin' out Cancer 4 C.J." Cut-
A-Thon will be held from 12:00
noon until 5:00 p.m. at Anthony
and Sandra's Salon and Day Spa,
located at 10092-6 San Jose Bou-
levard. Some of Jacksonville's finest

stylists will be offering cuts at $25
and cuts with styles at $35. Twen-
ty-five minute massages will also be
provided for $25. Hors d'oeuvres
will be provided from none other
than Executive Chef Mike Jablon-
ski from Epping Forrest. Everyone
is welcome to come out to help
C.J. take a cut out of cancer.
On June 18, 2011, the "Knock
out for C.J." benefit for CJ White
will be held from 5:00 p.m. until
12:00 midnight at the Italian
American Club of Jacksonville,
located at 2838 Westberry Road.
Two rounds of golf at TPC Saw-
grass and a weekend at Hammock

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along with live music as well as a
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and public stance on social issues
made her one of the most influen-
tial authors in America. Her most
famous book was the anti-slavery
novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852).
She continued to write more than
20 books, including Palmetto Leaves
(1873), in which she described her
life in Mandarin where she wintered
from 1867 to 1884.
"Florida was deeply impor-
tant to Stowe and her family," said
Kane. "In a long tradition, she was a
Florida tourist who settled in. Yet as
the most famous American woman
of her era, she was herself a tourist

This is the first time Kane has
spoken in Jacksonville.
"I have been reading about
Stowe's life in Mandarin for over a
decade and am immensely excited
about visiting," said Kane. "You can't
know what a place is like until you
see it. And I hope that my visit will
build stronger connections between
Stowe's homes in Mandarin and
For more information about the
Mandarin Museum and Historical
Society and the Walter Jones His-
torical Park, call the museum at 268-
0784 or visit the museum's website
at www.mandarinmuseum.net.

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The power of a single flower
By Grant Gunderson, MHS Student

Who would've ever thought
that a simple thing such as a
foam-cut out flower would ever
have such an impact and such an
emotional toll on someone? For the
students of Mandarin High School,
that's exactly what has happened
as students sported flowers in sup-
port of their beloved principal, Dr.
Donna Richardson.
Dr. Richardson has been
diagnosed with breast cancer and
it is currently at Stage 3 and has
unfortunately spread. She has had
a rather happy go lucky attitude
about it and is embracing the
situation. Before undergoing a
seven-hour chemo drip as her first

treatment, Dr. Richardson spoke at
a faculty meeting and was all smiles
as she talked about her hairstyles
for the next few weeks.
"I kind of like how I'll be able
to wear a different hair color and
hairstyle every day. It will definitely
be different," she shared.
The entire community of
Mandarin High School is com-
ing together in support of Dr.
Richardson in hopes of a cancer-
free recovery. Dr. Richardson was
overwhelmed with the students'
response to her situation as just
about every single student sported
foam flowers of different shapes
and sizes, an act that proved Abe

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Lincoln right about actions speak-
ing louder than words.
Relay for Life is one event
known among the Mustang stu-
dent body and one that has with-
out a doubt grown in interest by
many at Mandarin High School.
There isn't a doubt in my mind
that the attendance at this year's
Relay for Life event at Mandarin
High School (Relay for Life is from
April 16 at 3:00 p.m. until April
17 at 9:00 a.m.) will be one of the
most highly attended if it doesn't
break a record.
In other news at MHS, voter
registration has been on the minds
of many upperclassmen as the
supervisor of elections was on cam-
pus to present the Freedom Award
to Mandarin High School. In order
to win the award, Mandarin High
had to be the high school in all of
Duval County to have students 16
years of age and older who weren't
registered to vote once turning
the legal voting age, to register.
This was a process that was taken
seriously by Calvin McFarland
(Mandarin High School teacher of
American Government and His-
tory) and his students.
"A lot of blood, sweat and
tears go into those ballots and they
account for more than people may
realize," explained McFarland.
As always, whatever is taking
place at Mandarin High School,
it is always being done with four
words in mind: Reflecting and
Expecting Excellence. Until next
time, Happy Easter!

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to take advantage of the warmer
weather, there are a number of easy
ways to jump-start a healthy, active
lifestyle and kick the couch potato
While it's great that you're
getting more exercise, don't forget
to incorporate smart eating habits
along with increased activity. Fuel-
ing your body with healthy snack
choices helps keep energy levels
high. But many snacks we consider
as sources of energy and nutrition
are actually loaded with sugar and
preservatives. Another common
pitfall is to avoid snacking alto-
gether, and rely on two to three big
meals to provide all the nutrients
and sustainable energy you need
for the day.
"Smart snacking is a very
important part of our daily diet,"
says registered dietitian and health
educator Allegra Burton, MPH,
RD. "By eating small portions
balanced with protein and complex
carbohydrates throughout the day,
we continually fuel our bodies
with the nutrients we need to stay
healthy and energized."
Burton shares five easy tips
to carry through your next trip or
outdoor adventure.
* Plan ahead. Before you head
to the lake for the weekend or
a family road trip, plan on a
variety of snacking options to
satisfy everyone. Burton recom-
mends fresh fruit, a mixture of
nuts and dried fruit, low-fat
string cheese and plenty of
bottled water.
* Snack small and snack often.
Whether you're going to the
gym, on a walk, or to the
amusement park or beach,
throw some treats in the car or
your backpack.
* Mix it up. There are many
smart snacking options to


choose from every day. One day
you could have fruit and nuts,
the next day yogurt or veggies
with a low fat bean dip. Variety
will keep your taste buds from
getting bored and will encour-
age you to keep reaching for
healthier snacks.
* Give in, not up. It's hard to
resist a cold, sweet treat on a
warm day at the beach or family
barbecue. Rather than avoiding
moderate indulgences, flex your
snack smarts. Choose low-fat
frozen yogurt and lean toward
dark chocolate over milk or
white chocolate since it has
antioxidants that are good for
your heart. And remember, it's
all about portion control - a
little goes a long way!
* Match snack with activity.
Make sure to pack snacks ap-
propriate for your activity. For
example, perishable or bulky
foods don't make sense if you're
embarking on a hike. Instead
pack all-natural snacks placed
in baggies such as trail mix,
and cut-up veggies that are
easy to carry and stash in your
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going to be at the park or on a
boat, items that can be stored in
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Activities Guide

Purposeful Parenting

Here's Cookin' with You, Kid
By Allie Olsen, www.gracefullmom.com

Onions, broccoli, purple to the delicio
potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cu- gardening!
cumbers, tomatoes, beets, butter Using a i
lettuce, peppers, collards, rosemary, and quesadill
cilantro... do these foods make your new can be a
child break into a grin or break into dating way tc
a run? Foods that normally end up to your family
on the corner of a plate or hidden their noses at
in a napkin may take soon center Keep offering
stage if you and your children get reduce the fa]
creative in the kitchen together. cheez whiz?)
This month, pick an unfamiliar until they nai
veggie and don your aprons for cious and nui
some delicious family memories, dinners.
Everybody loves a cheese que- You can't
sadilla. Older children can make you're creating
these (put shredded cheese on one and a great m
half of a tortilla. Fold in half. Cook child. Bon AF
'til it melts, flip, serve!) with all
sorts of tasty additions folded in. If
you offer a plate of sauteed veggies
to choose from, you may be sur- Mlovie
prised when your picky son chooses
peppers and mushrooms to add to I lam N
the cheesy yumminess! Cilantro is Directed by
a garden staple and family favorite Teresa Palme
over here. Rating:
If all of that are already fave
foods, add guacamole to the dinner! out Of 5)
Any preschooler will love mashing This mo
Haas avocado chunks with a potato to the just rel
masher. Here's a chance to teach bi Four. John Sr
sister to chop, too... tomatoes, red athletic teena
onions, cilantro and garlic (jalapeno he's not. He i
for the brave!) all need to be stirred is just disco
in. Let someone have fun squeezing somewhere el
in some fresh lime juice and dash- known as the
ing on a bit of salt just before the ing John, por
final taste test. (I'm getting hungry tyfer, across t
just writing about this!) Avocado already killed
isn't an "icky weird green thing" and will search
any more, now it's a yummy snack When h
with tortilla chips or on top of the en
dilla! he was sent w
quesa by Timothy (
I've been surprised over the the tricks oft
years at how many things my identities as n
children willingly try (and enjoy!) bits of training
when they have a hand in the the way. Now
preparation. Tuna or egg salad Paradise, Ohi
sandwiches are always a welcome a local girl, Sa
break from PB&Js and now Lauren DiannaAgro
jumps in the kitchen and whips in teen triang
these up on her own! more self-disc
Sure, you can make personal to learn even
pizzas with unusual toppings. And save himself
how about a salad bar where they local football
choose which new toppings to nemesis and t
try alongside? Or head to Ace or his friend and
Lowe's to choose some new veggies finds him, so
to plant (and later eat). March is a played by Ter
fine time to introduce your family cool skills tha

us side of Florida

familiar base (pizzas
as) to add something
great and non-intimi-
introduce new foods
y. And if the kids snub
these new taste treats?
the "good stuff" and
ke food (remember
you keep in the house
turally choose deli-
tritious snacks and

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memory alongside your

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DJ. Caruso. Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant and
r. Review by T.G. Stanton
Good movie, glad to have seen it (4

nth's review belongs
eased I am Number
nith could be just any
ger on the run but
has special abilities he
ring and comes from
se. A deadly group
Mogadorians is chas-
trayed by Alex Pet-
he country. They have
three others like him
:h for any who survive.
Left his home planet,
ith a guardian, played
Olyphant, who knows
he trade to change
needed and throw in
lg and advice along
Y they have landed in
o. Here he falls for
arah, portrayed by
n and soon ends up
;le angst that leads to
:overies and the need
more if he is going to
md any others. The
hero becomes his
:he local nerd becomes
i helper. As the trouble
does Number Six,
esa Palmer; she has
it they both will need

just to stay alive.
The movie is based on young
adult science fiction novels by Pit-
tacus Lore and starts with action
and the death of Number Three.
One main complaint with this film
is that there is little basic history
of John's Planet and the reasons
the Mogadorians are chasing and
killing those who are numbered.
The acting is enjoyable and simple
to watch. The action, while not of
2012 or Independence Day caliber,
is interesting as John learns what he
is capable of and seriously improves
as he gains more control and new
abilities. Throw in Number Six
and the menacing behavior of the
Mogadorians and buildings and
things start to explode and danger
erupts. Along the way and between
moves from city to city is a dog for
John, who just so happens to help
in the fact that it is a chimera and a
very cute pup.
The movie ends as almost every
movie seems to these days, with no
real ending except to say good-bye
and promote the fact that there will
be a sequel and maybe five more. If
they keep up the entertainment, I'll
go see the next one.

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Local youth take a plunge into the arts
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The weather was absolutely
gorgeous the afternoon of March
5 at the Jacksonville Landing. It
was as if nature knew what was
about to take place and wanted
to set the best possible stage. That
Saturday afternoon, students from
Jacksonville University, Florida
State College and Douglas Ander-
son School of the Arts performed
along the St. Johns River as part
of the Florida Waterways Dance
Project. The event was held in
unison with 23 other art schools
across the state of Florida perform-
ing near their local waterways. The
Florida Waterways Dance Project
was formed to raise awareness of
Florida's waterways and promote
the arts in education.
In addition to the schools
in our home city of Jacksonville,
art schools in Miami, Niceville,
Gainesville, Tampa, Daytona
Beach, Boca Raton and Ft. Lau-
derdale took part in the event.
The dancing began at exactly 4:00
p.m. and was streamed live on the
project website, www.floridawa-
terwaysdanceproject.com., along
with performances in the seven
other cities across Florida that
participated in the event.
Rebecca Levy, who teaches
dance at the three local schools
involved, was one of the coordi-
nators for the Florida Waterways
Dance Project in Jacksonville. She
recently relocated from Los Ange-
les, California and is currently Ad-
junct Professor of Dance at Jack-
sonville University and Florida
State College, as well as Adjunct
Instructor of Dance at Douglas
Anderson School of the Arts. In
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Loretto FCAT Nights a big
By Contributing Writer Ann Gipalo, Editor, Loretto PTA Newsletter
Loretto Elementary
and Publix partnered this
year for the first time to
provide a fun way for our
third, fourth and fifth grade
students to get integrated
reading and math practice ' , \1
for the FCAT. On three / -
separate nights (one night )
per grade), students were r
invited to the Publix lo-
cated at San Jose and Man-
darin Road to try and solve
10 math problems using -
products found throughout
the store.
A typical question for
the fifth graders was:
Dr. Fountain buys four
gallons of milk for her fam-
ily each week. She must buy
three gallons of whole milk Loretto students work to solve 10 FCAT
for her children and one practice problems at Publix. (Photo
gallon of fat free for her and courtesyJo Swisher)
her husband. Part A: How
much money does ADr.Fountain Road, especially manager Joey
spend on milk each week? Part B: Riddle, for welcoming our students
Out of the four gallons, what per- to the store to get some practical,
cent of the milk is whole milk? fun reading and math experience in
Cen taof the eto mirk iewa emilk?
Each question gave directions preparation for their exam.
on where to go in the store to look
for the correct product. When Earth Day - April 22
the students solved all 10 of the
problems they could return to the First observed in 1970,
check-in table at the front door to Earth Day was an attempt
collect a prize. to accelerate the transition
Crystal Shaffer, Loretto PTA to renewable energy
vice president for programs, heard worldwide. The efforts
about the program while visit- continue.
ing South Florida. Almost 100 For more information,
Loretto students across all three
grades participated this year and browse www.earthday.org.
there are plans to do it again next
year. Several teachers from other
schools also expressed an interest
in the program after observing our
program at this Publix.
Loretto Elementary would
like to thank the Publix store at
Mandarin Road and San Jose

Explore the universe from your
back yard

Amateur astronomy is a main-
stream hobby for more than
300,000 people in the United
States. Struck by the wonder of
the stars and the availability of
relatively inexpensive and ef-
fective telescopes, many people
are traveling to the stars in their
spare time. If you're interested
in getting to know your uni-
verse a little better, here's a good
way to start stargazing:
SStart with naked-eye astronomy.
Check out the monthly charts
in publications (and their
online versions) such as Sky &

Telescope and Astronomy. Keep
an eye out for the different
phases of the moon, constella-
tion movements and meteors, as
well as artificial satellites.
* Pick up binoculars. A good
starting point is a pair of 7x50
binoculars. Consult star charts
to view the nebulae and star
clusters that will be visible with
the binoculars.
* Join an astronomy club. You
can compare notes about equip-
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teen program at 11:00 a.m. Join
the Fiction Book Club and discuss
The Three Weissmanns ofWestport
by Cathleen Schine on Monday,
April 11 at 1:00 pm. Tai Chi Gun
returns on Wednesday, April 6 at
7:30 pm. Joy Urban, supporter and
volunteer for Sustainable Harvest
International (SHI) will give an
overview of their work and their
Smaller World Tours on Thursday,
April 14 at 6:30 p.m. Call Joy at
806-2011 for more information.
A complete list of programming
at the Mandarin Branch Library is
available at http://jpl.coj.net.
The Mandarin Branch Library
will be celebrating 25 years of ser-
vice to the Mandarin community
on June 15. Check out the May is-
sue of the Mandarin NewsLine for
all the details. Have a wonderful
April and see you at the library!

child Care
All Sizs Welcome

* Breakfast, Lunch & Snack provided
* Super Sloppy Water Day -
Wednesdays - large water slide
every other week
* Activities include arts & crafts,
games and movies
* 2 field trips a week.
(we use a safe real school bus)
* Center is open from
6:15 am to 6:30pm
* $125 per week or $25 per day (Daily
drop-in is not guaranteed availability)
* Registration fee $25
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April is finally here and spring
is busting out all over at the Man-
darin Branch Library. Readers will
be delighted to know that we have
created a new Romance Collection
as well as a new African American
Fiction collection. Origami for



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Library on Wednesday, April 28 at
7:00 p.m. So get out your scissors
and get ready to cut and create.
I don't know who decides these
things but April is National Grilled
Cheese Month and National Pet
Month. More importantly, April
is National Poetry Month. The
library has a wide variety of poetry
ranging from the Love Sonnets by
Shakespeare to Walt Whitman's
Leaves of Grass to The Collected
Poems ofNikki Giovanni. At the
Mandarin Branch Library, you can
check out a book of poetry, listen
to a collection of poetry on CD or
download your favorite poems to
your eReader. So curl up with your
favorite pet, a homemade grilled
cheese sandwich and enjoy some
great poetry. Just remember that
"you will never be alone with a
poet in your pocket."
The Kid's Chibi-Con is a mini
convention for kids based on Japa-
nese culture, anime and manga.
Families are welcome to attend this
three day event, April 21 through
23, with one program taking place
each day. If you are a girl in grades
four through six and like to read,
grab your mom or stepmom and
check out the Mother Daughter
Book Club on Thursday, April 28
at 7:00 pm. Contact the children's
department for the April book
We will be celebrating Earth

Start Here. Go Anywhere

Breaking news! Origami
returns to the library!
By Lynne Baldwin, Library Supervisor, Mandarin Branch Library

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The Mandarin Branch Library has eight laptops available for customers
to check out and use at the branch! Contact the library at 262-5201
for more information. Library associate Don Carpenter is pictured.



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Ben Barton, a student
at the Northeast
Florida Conserva-
tory, performed in
the school's very first
student recital on
Sunday, February
20. There were 0
students performing
from the studios of
Michael Mastro-
nicola, piano; Cliff
Newton, trumpet and
David Gall, guitar.

Mandarin Women's Club sails the seas
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Recently a group of 14 from
the Mandarin Women's Club
enjoyed a four-night cruise aboard
the Carnival Fascination, sailing
out of Jacksonville. They barely
made it under the Dames Point
Bridge on the way down the St.
Johns River on the way to the
Atlantic Ocean! Everyone enjoyed
the many fun things available on-
board: the pool, Bingo, great stage

shows after dinner, very funny
comedians and on and on.
The first stop was Freeport,
on Grand Bahama Island. We had
heard all about the conch fritters
at Sparky's at Port Lucaya, so off
we went! We found them plus the
real thing: fried conch, fresh out
of the shell! Some liked it; some
Back to the ship and over-

night to the next port of Nassau,
where some ladies went on the
historical tour. They saw a couple
of forts, the water tower, a grand
tour of the city and a walk down
the Queen's Staircase, which was
quite an interesting place. The
day ended with lunch and yard
margaritas at Senor Frog's! What a
fun place!
One of the members hit the
slots and broke even-and with
one $20 Bingo card, she won a
$300 credit to her shipboard ac-
count. As we pulled out of Nassau
on our way home, Prince Abdul
Aziz came out on deck and waved
at those on deck. His ship (which
was quite spectacular), the "Prince
Abdul Aziz," was docked right
next to the Fascination.
One of the ladies shared that
one of the best things about the
cruise was time spent with friends
with no phones ringing! And we
all enjoyed all the great food avail-
able, from pizza on deck to dinner
in the main dining room, with no
cooking or dishes to clean up!
Those sailing included Cruise
Director Mimi Grenville, to whom
we all owe a debt of appreciation
for putting the cruise together.
Also along for the fun were Man-
darin Women's Club President
Tamara McKay and her husband
LaGrand, Suzanne and Dave
Duncan, Debi and Jim Harrison,
Diane and Frank Limongelli,
Susan Rezsonya and her sister Jacki
from New Jersey, Dolly Smoth-
ers, Sharon Weed and Margaret
For further information about
the Mandarin Women's Club,
please call Kay at 521-2524.

Mandarin Women's Club members Mimi Grenville and Sharon Weed
ready to board the Carnival Fascination

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Get on board to bring the
USS Adams home
By Contributing Writer Ward Clayton

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Rendering photo of what the ship would look like in place, adjacent
to the Acosta Bridge

Imagine a week in the near
future when a great cross-section of
the Northeast Florida area converg-
es on downtown Jacksonville, with
a focus on an exciting and interac-
tive destination. Students will be on
hand as a part of a weekday history
or science class, an area business has
a dinner function one weeknight,
Scouts camp overnight on Friday
and a reunion of Navy veterans
takes place on the weekend ... all
on board the Adams Class Naval
Ship Museum.
That's the vision of the Jack-
sonville Historic Naval Ship Associ-
ation as it comes closer to bringing
the USS Charles F Adams DDG-2
home to Jacksonville as a state-of-
the-art interactive experience and
the only Naval Ship Museum in
Florida or Georgia.
"The effort to bring the USS
Charles F Adams back to Jack-
sonville honors our military and
also adds an extensive attraction to
downtown that will make all of us
proud in Northeast Florida and be-
yond," said Dan Bean, the president
of the Jacksonville Historic Naval
Ship Association. "Our current mis-
sion is to raise the funds to make
this dream a reality and we are mak-
ing progress toward this goal."
This isn't a military initiative,
but a regional collaboration repre-
senting the military, business, hospi-
tality, tourism and education in an
interactive way for all attendees and
providing a significant economic
stimulus to the region. Features that
set the "Adams Experience" apart

from other ship museums include
visitors being able to board an ac-
tive ship that includes volunteers in
"live-fire" exercises, daily functions
to focus on education and technol-
ogy and allowing for additional
event opportunities such as dinners
or receptions for companies.
The USS Adams was home
ported in Jacksonville for 21 years
- through 1990 - and was so
technologically advanced that it
could virtually reach out and touch
the enemy. With approximately 20
percent of the Jacksonville region's
population consisting of families
with ties to active or retired Navy
personnel, this will surely create
great interest.
The future location on the
St. Johns River is the most natural
mooring venue in the region. The
selected site, paralleling the Acosta
Bridge on the east side of the river
adjacent to the River City Brew-
ing Company, has many benefits,
including parking and access to
the Skyway, use of the river taxi
and across the parking lot from the
Museum of Science and History
(MOSH), proximity to downtown
hotels, restaurants and other tourist
destinations and it is in full view of
both Interstate 95 and the down-
town skyline.
The Jacksonville Historic
Naval Ship Association is currently
looking for the public's assistance
in making sure the USS Adams
will soon come from its current
dry-dock location in Philadelphia.
The fundraising effort asks for the
assistance of all ages, from corpora-
tions to school children, to make
this venture possible over the next
two years. This includes monetary
and in-kind donations and addi-
tional volunteers.
To find out more about this
effort. stop by the Visitor Center
in the Jacksonville Landing or visit
www.adamsclassmuseum.org. For
additional information, please email
org or call 647-5177.

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statistics for February 2011. Statis-
tics encompass both single-family
residential and condo sales.
Real estate sales activity was
brisk in February, resulting in
1,156 closed sales; a 12.9 percent
increase over February 2010. Pend-
ing sales also showed gains, jump-
ing 10.7 percent year-over-year to
arrive at 1,525.
While the number of closed

sales was on the rise, lender-medi-
ated properties dominated the
action, with 694 lender-mediated
sales versus 462 traditional sales.
The difference in the two property
types was once again reflected in
the median sales price. Traditional
sales nudged upward 1.9 percent,
from $161,900 last February to
$165,000 this year. Lender-medi-
ated properties dropped 24.2 per-
cent - from $109,400 in February
2010 to $82,900 February 2011.
Months supply of inventory

dropped 25.2 percent to reach 9.2
months, signaling a continued
move in the right direction toward
a balanced market of five- to six-
months inventory. The overall in-
ventory of homes for sale dropped
from 15,721 last year to 12,998
this year; a 17.3 percent plunge.
NEFAR President Dane Leslie
says, "Buyers continue to be in the
driver's seat. With an overall me-
dian sales price of just $115,900
in February, anyone who is even
considering buying a home should

really take notice of the current
low prices."
These figures, along with
many others, are included in the
free statistics packages available on
the Newsroom I Market Stats tab
of www.NEFAR.com. The statis-
tics packages include a Monthly
Indicators and Housing Supply
Overview Report summarizing
all activity for NEFAR's entire
service area plus partial informa-
tion for St. Johns County and
Nassau County.

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Winter fun at Crystal Mountain
By Contributing Travel Writer Debi Lander, www.bylandersea.com

A winter escape to Michigan's
Upper Peninsula; are you kidding?
Most Floridians happily forgo
snow shoveling, driving under
treacherous road conditions and
freezing rain. But the fluffy white
stuff often makes the right stuff for
winter fun. So, I flew to Crystal
Mountain Resort near Traverse
City in February to frolic in the
frigid air.
I laced up cross country skis
and was soon gliding along peace-
ful trails. Snow encrusted branches
hung over the frosty landscape
and sunshine sparkled through

the pines. I
kept warm by
the constant
movement of
my arms and
legs and ra-
tionalized the
effort earned
me a steaming
mug of hot
In the
afternoon, I
_ _ thought I'd
take a shot at
a new sport: paintball biathlon. I'd
never fired a paintball gun before,
but discovered it was rather easy.
What was difficult was shushing
(cross country skiing) from station
to station as fast as possible, then
calming the heart rate enough to
aim at the target. I hardly re-
sembled the athletes in the Winter
Olympics, but sure gained a new
perspective and respect of their
The UP, as the area is called,
offers bountiful winter activities at
reasonable prices and I did my best
to try them all. I hit the downhill

slopes but the chairlift ride felt
too cold for this Southern lady.
Ice skating found me with wobbly
ankles and I admit, I would have
preferred an indoor rink.
Then, I discovered the Crystal
Spa-oh my. An outdoor whirl-
pool blasted my circulatory system
before I indulged in a calming
massage. How heavenly to relax
with therapeutic touch as warm
aromatic oils and stones are applied
to the body. Truly decadent as was
food in the restaurants.
By nightfall the slopes were il-
luminated, creating a mystical aura.
Snow tubing looked like a hoot
but I chose to watch, pretending I
was a parent observing my kids. A
late evening walk took me by cute
rental cottages with icicles dangling
from the roofs.
Dogsledding? You bettcha. I
became Nanook of the North be-
ing pulled by magnificent canines
who howled and begged to run.
Once they took off, the huskies
quieted, content at doing what
they love. Fortunately, the owner
rode along and instructed me to
lean in or out of the sled to balance

it over the course.
I didn't have time for snowmo-
biling or snowboarding, although
they remain popular options in
Michigan. Instead, I made a road
trip to local wineries. Yes, they're
open in the winter and the view
from the top of the Old Mission
Peninsula was worth the drive
- striking clear blue water in
Grand Bay abutting white covered
fields. Fabulous wine, too.
I reckon I can honestly recom-
mend leaving Florida and submerg-
ing yourself in the snow-for up
to a week. Then return to the Sun-
shine State and you'll appreciate
our glorious weather even more.
If you go: www.crystalmountain.

Youth Arts Update

Showing the wor
By Danielle Wirsansky

Throughout each year, the r
Douglas Anderson School of the
Arts (D.A.) Visual Art Department a
hosts four gallery openings that
showcase either student or local

nore excited ea
She said, "I
artwork seen by
Freshman a
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artist work. Each opening is setac- the opening of
cording to a theme and the artwork "To be a fr
ranges from sculpture, paintings three pieces in r
MP and drawings, prints and photog- at D.A. makes r
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lly do. It's our own
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said junior Tevin

id Nguyen likes to
r people have to say
It keeps you going."
being inspired
by the work
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Local insurance
firm announces
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After completing an extensive
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customers to plan and execute
their risk management program
including the purchase of appro-
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products. Previously, Cooper was
employed by a leading national
insurance company, where he
worked in the claims department.
Cooper is a long-time resi-
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The St. Joseph Student
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Kaminski of the Mandarin Food
Bank with $975 worth of gift cards
from Winn Dixie.
The money for these cards was
raised by a student "non-uniform"
day. Each student who wished to
participate in this event donated $2
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Dance team brings home the hardware
Contributed by Talie Zaifert

At the state competition in Daytona Beach

The North Florida Allstars
Dance Team is in its fourth year
and has had its best season yet! After
learning choreography and practicing
for many months, the team debuted
its youth and junior hip hop routines
at the American Championships
State Cheer and Dance competition
in Daytona Beach in January. The
Youth Hip Hop came in fourth place
with their rain-themed routine and
the Juniors brought home second
place with their car-themed routine.
Next up was Jamfest, at the Jack-
sonville Memorial Arena in Febru-
ary, where the Youth team finished
second and the Junior team finished
in first place!
Over Presidents' Day weekend
and for the first time ever, the team

traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for the
Cheersport Nationals, which is the
world's largest cheer and dance com-
petition. There the team not only
competed in the Youth Hip Hop and
Junior Hip Hop categories but, also
performed in the Youth Jazz division
with a pineapple-themed routine.
The Juniors finished in ninth place,
the Youth Hip Hop finished in
fourth place and the Youth Jazz
ended up in first place to claim the
National Dance Champion title! All
the teams had great performances
and left their first nationals experi-
ence feeling very proud of their hard
North Florida Allstars have just
finished another competition here in
Jacksonville. They performed in the

COA River City Championships at
UNF arena. The Junior and Youth
Hip Hop teams both finished in
second place and the Jazz team com-
peted in the Junior Jazz division and
came home with another win!
The dance team practices and
studies dance technique at Mark Spi-
vak's Dance Institute and Extension.
The team's coaches, Laura Parrish
and Brittany Putala, are teach-
ers and previous students at Mark
Spivak's and have years of experience
performing on dance teams in the
Jacksonville area.
If you are interested in being
part of the NFA family and are ages
eight to 18 (cannot be over the age
of 18 as of August 31, 2011), audi-
tions are coming soon! Auditions are
being held at the Mark Spivak's Fruit
Cove location on Saturday, April 30
and Sunday, May 1. Saturday will be
an audition clinic from 10:00 a.m.
until 2:00 p.m. and Sunday will be
the actual auditions; times will be set
on Saturday. Please visit our website,
www.northfloridaallstars.com for
more information about auditions!
If you want to come out and cheer
the team on, our last competition of
the 2011 season is the Cheersport
competition at the Prime Osborne
Center on Sunday, April 10!

In continuation of its unending support for Jacksonville's military com-
munity, the Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters has proudly donated
$5,000 to the City of Jacksonville's Military Affairs Division. The money
will be used to fund the 2011 Memorial Day ceremony to be held
Monday, May 30, at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Wall.

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worked on a unit titled People in Our Community. They were visited by
numerous professionals throughout the month, including local artists Kim
Miller and Shana Gutterman who taught the children about different
mediums used in art such as clay and paint. The toddlers painted with
various art tools including paint brushes attached to hard hats on their
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Mark your calendars for April 23 - 24
It is almost time for the Mandarin Art Festival

Bracelet by participating local jewelry designer Kobin Aronson.

Award-winning festival pro-
moter Howard Alan Events returns
to Jacksonville this spring with a
wide array of original art on display
and available for sale during the
43rd annual Mandarin Art Festival,
to be held of Easter weekend, April
23 24, 2011. This highly antici-
pated event held at the Mandarin
Community Club features leading
artists from around the country as
well as the finest local talent. A $1
per person admission fee benefits
the Mandarin Country Club and it
is open to the public.

This art extravaganza, one of
Jacksonvillels top shows of the
year, appeals to people of all ages
with its childrenls art show, a one-
of-a-kind green market, as well as
an egg hunt for a family friendly
Easter weekend event. The exten-
sive displays offer art collectors a
perfect opportunity to add to their
Bold and vibrant paintings,
contemporary and whimsical art,
life-size sculptures, photography
and jewelry are among the many
works of art that will be featured
on the grounds of the Mandarin

With the demands of a
growing, high paced technologi-
cal world invading every aspect
of our personal lives, the link
to personal creativity can some-
times take a back seat. Enter
Clay Network-an organization
of committed clay profession-
als, studio potters, educators,
students and recreational clay
artists. Founded more than 20
years ago in Jacksonville, area
potters banded together to sup-
port each other, share experiences
and raise public awareness for the
clay related craft arts. Incorpo-
rated in 1997, Clay Network is a
not-for-profit organization whose
mission is to educate the public
and promote the arts on multiple
levels all the while continuing to
support the efforts of its members
through shared knowledge and
Over the years, members
have volunteered time in schools
and other institutions, sponsored
workshops, taken part in numer-
ous shows, participated in area
events and provided demonstra-
tions at local festivals and craft
fairs. Always a crowd pleaser,
wheel thrown pottery demonstra-
tions have mesmerized fair goers
while engaging the public in lively
conversations about the "mud"
Network members love so much.
Members of the Clay Net-
work of Northeast Florida will be
on hand this month to demon-
strate, exhibit and sell their work
at a home based Spring Garden
Show sponsored by Clay Network
member Jerry Peters of St. Augus-
tine. This is a wonderful spring
show featuring 10 members ex-
hibiting a large variety of ceramic
art. You will find all kinds of
pottery from functional ceramic
ware to whimsical to sculpture
ceramics. Taking a stroll through
the fantastic garden is worth the
free admission. Save the date of
April 30 to visit "Ceramics in the
Garden." For more information
on this Spring Garden Show con-

tact Jerry Peters at 501-0757 or
by email jpeters9@bellsouth.net.
The Clay Network organiza-
tion is geographically diverse.
Stretching from Fernandina to St.
Augustine, Green Cove Springs
to Jacksonville and the beaches,
members open their homes and
studios to host meetings, facili-
tate programs and plan events.
Clay Network details and contact
information can be found on the
web at www.claynetwork.com

Community Club. This popular
festival makes the arts accessible to
a broad audience with its eclectic
mix of art and prices that range
from $25 hand-designed earrings
to $20,000 sculptures.
All artists will be on site for
the duration of the show, available
to discuss their art and inspiration.
"The art show is a great way to
explore the work of many different
artists in one setting," says festival
promoter Howard Alan. "You have
the opportunity to meet and con-
nect with the artist before making a
purchase, which makes the invest-
ment much more meaningful and
Among the local artists taking
part in this year's show is Jackson-
ville native Robin Aronson, whose
jewelry designs are fun, funky and
vivid with daring colors.
"I fell in love with anodized
aluminum because of all of the
vibrant color possibilities; I like the
way the bright colors make people
feel happy," says Aronson.
The artists were juried by an
independent panel of expert judges
and hand-selected from hundreds
of applicants based on quality and
diversity. All of the artwork is origi-
nal and handmade in America.

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Faith Corner

Much to celebrate in the woods
By Contributing WriterJackie Hudson, Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church
- retreats and church functions.
As a natural extension of the
* - " -. E many ministries of Shepherd of
the Woods Church, the school
provides both a firm academic

It's April. Spring - and school
- is bustin' out all over! Shepherd
of the Woods Lutheran Church
and School, located on 40 beauti-
ful, wooded acres in Mandarin is
celebrating the gifts of spring. Not
only is it the Lenten season with
the anticipation of a joyous Easter,
but it is also time to celebrate the
growth of the elementary school.
For the last five years, the
school has steadily expanded,

moving first from pre-school, then
kindergarten and on to first grade,
then adding a grade each year. In
order to accommodate the increas-
ing number of students, the church
and school is adding another 1500
square feet this month. The new
building will be dedicated on May
1 at 5:00 p.m. The new building
will provide two classrooms and it
will also be used for community
meetings, overnight camps and

Saturday - April 30th * 8 am until 12 pm
2914 Loretto Road - Mandarin
The Cub Scouts will be having a Flag Retirement at 10 a.m.
(Anyone can bring in their old worn out flags)
Everyone is welcome to bring their garage sale items and sell them,
along with crafters. You must register and space is limited.
* Masonic Child Id will be availablefor FREE!
Call 904-292-0946
*Admission is two canned food items for the Mandarin Food Bank

A fundraiser is being held for C.J. White to provide funds
that are desperately needed to help cover his treatment for
environmental exposure-related lung cancer.
C.J. is only 28, lives in Julington Creek, and is a loving
father of a 6 year-old son. C.J. is fighting for his life and he
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25 minute massages will also be provided for $25.
Hors d'oeuvres will be provided from none other than
Executive Chef Mike Jablonski from Epping Forrest.

All donations are tax deductible.
For more information,
or to make a direct donation contact:
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foundation and a focus on faith
development. The school's motto,
"Love to Learn, Learn to Love" is
put into action by the students.
Over the years they have supported
a quilting ministry, mission work
in Peru, cards to shut-ins and most
recently, they bought a cow! All
weekly chapel offerings are collect-
ed for purposes that help people
outside of the church and school.
The students have just reached
their goal that will provide two
cows, two sheep, three goats, three
pigs, four ducks and 70 chicks to
families in need through God's
Global Barnyard. Small class sizes
and individual curriculum devel-
opment allow the staff to provide
each student with the best possible
program to meet their needs.
Shepherd of the Woods is
currently accepting applications
for children two years old through
fourth grade. Preschool is offered at
both the Mandarin campus and the
Baymeadows campus and elemen-
tary grades are provided at Manda-
rin campus only. Buses are available
between locations.
As Shepherd of the Woods
Lutheran Church and School
celebrates their growth and the
grace and joy of the Lenten and
Easter season, they invite you to
join them. Easter services will be
held at both locations - an Easter
Cantata will be held at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 at the Baymead-
ows sanctuary. On Easter Sunday, a
sunrise service will be at 6:15 a.m.
and regular service at 10:15 a.m.,
both outdoors at the Columbia
Park location. Services will be held
at 8:00 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 11:00
a.m. at Baymeadows location. All
are welcome!
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Mandarin Food Bank
celebrates 20 years
Contributed by Margaret LaSenna, Volunteer, Mandarin Food Bank

Mandarin Food Bank is
happy to have served the Man-
darin area for 20 years. During
this time we have provided food
to over 125,000 people, visited
migrant worker camps and run a
clothes closet for our clients. We
could not have done it without the
support of the Mandarin com-
In order to show our apprecia-

tion to all our supporters, we are
having an Open House on Sat-
urday, April 30 from 12:00 noon
until 2:00 p.m. at the Mandarin
Food Bank, located at 11730 Old
St. Augustine Road.
All of our Mandarin neigh-
bors are invited to come by to see
our facility, meet our volunteers
and enjoy some refreshments. We
look forward to seeing you there!

Knitters cont from page 1

School children from Windy Hill Elementary love their new, warm hats

Ladies group at CrossRoad is
responsible for the distribution of
the completed items donated from
the knitters.
Last Christmas, the group do-
nated hats to all the students and
teachers at Windy Hill Elementary
School, located off Beach Boule-
vard, at the request of the school's
principal, Sharon Sanders. This
was the knitters' largest project to
date, as 700 hats were required!
Also for Christmas, they sent 600
hats to American soldiers serving
With this amount of produc-
tion, the ladies keep very busy!
According to Ferrantello, their
most prolific producer can make
14 hats in a week utilizing a loom.
Several of the ladies use the loom,
but many also perform traditional
knitting with needles.
Experience is not required
and Ferrantello invites any YMCA

members interested in learning to
knit to stop by on Friday morn-
"I'm there to teach," Fer-
rantello states. "I make it fun and
that's why the group has grown. I
tell them that there's no such thing
as a mistake!"
The YMCA knitters have
a couple of needs so they can
continue their labor of love. Ship-
ping the hats to the various places
(including orphanages in Alaska,
West Virginia and even China)
is expensive and donations for
shipping costs are always appreci-
ated. Also, donations of any kind
of yarn, even if it is leftover from
a project in the back of the closet,
will go to good use. Please contact
the Williams Family YMCA at
292-1660 if you can help out.
"The knitters are truly doing
this out of their hearts," Ferrantello

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All Souls Anglican Church
serves a covered dish dinner at
6:00 p.m. on Wednesday nights,
March 28, April 4 and April 11
followed by Financial Peace by
Dave Ramsey, facilitated by Bob
McGarvey; Max Lucado study led
by Peg LeBel; Learn Greek led by
Dan Rees; and Have a New Kid
by Friday with Dr. Kevin Leman,
facilitated by Troy Harvey. Join us
in our new church facility located
at 4042 Hartley Road for this great
selection of studies. For more in-
formation, please call 268-4600.

Seeking justice for human
trafficking victims is the topic for
the April 5 event of the Mandarin
United Methodist Women. Hu-
man trafficking is one of the fastest
growing crimes in the world. Often
referred to as "modern day slav-
ery" victims are sexually exploited
or forced to work long hours in
the most inhumane conditions,
with minimal or no pay. This is
not just a global problem; it is a
Jacksonville problem. Come learn
how our communities are respond-
ing and what you can do to help.
The event begins in the Gathering
Area of the Family Life Center at
9:00 a.m. with an exhibit of com-
munity organizations and services
that confront human trafficking.
A prayer gathering will be held at
9:30 a.m. in the church sanctu-
ary with brunch in Wesley Hall at
10:15 a.m. with speaker Crystal
Freed, attorney and community
human trafficking activist. Open to
the public. Please call 268-5549 or
email UMW-Mandarin@comcast.
net to reserve your seat or child-
care. Mandarin United Methodist
Church is located at 11270 San
Jose Boulevard.

The First Christian Church
(DOC) Youth Group will be
holding a used clothing sale on
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dren's, women's and men's clothing
available for $1 per item. All pro-
ceeds will help send our youth to
church camp this summer. Please
stop by and take a look at what we
will have to offer! First Christian
Church is located at 11924 San
Jose Boulevard.

Freedom Christian Fellow-
ship, located at 3423 Loretto
Road, invites you to our service on
Palm Sunday morning, April 17,
when our children will be perform-
ing a play entitled "Alive, Alive!"
On Saturday, April 23, children
up through fifth grade are invited
to take part in our annual Easter
Egg Hunt with prizes and candy,
beginning at 10:00 a.m. On Easter
morning, we will have two services

3423 Loretto Road, 32223
Extends an invitation to the
communityfor these events:
"Alive, Alive!"
Children's Play, 10:45 AM
Palm Sunday, April 17th

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 23rd
10:00 a.m. for ages up,
Through 5th Grade 4.
Many prizes & lots of candy!

Easter Sunday
Morning Services
t Sunday, April 24th
Beginning Easter Sunday, we
will have 2 morning services:
First Service: 8:30 AM
Second Service: 10:45 AM
Special Music followed by a
Message by Pastor Powers

with special music and an Easter
message by Pastor Powers. For
more details, please call the church
office at 268-2244.

The Episcopal Church of Our
Saviour and the On The Riverbank
Fine Arts Series announce Hope
On the Riverbank, to be held on
Sunday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the
church, located at 12236 Man-
darin Road. The featured musical
presentation for the evening will be
Requiem by John Rutter, presented
by the Parish Choir and a guest
chamber orchestra under the direc-
tion of Dr. Matthew Caine. This
work offers an exploration into
one's journey of faith and the hope
that is the theme of the Lenten and
Holy Week season. A reception
will follow. For more information,
please call the church office at 268-

A Community Band Concert
will be held at All Souls Anglican
Church, located at 4042 Hartley
Road on Sunday, April 3 at 3:00
p.m. Please come enjoy hearing
some of your favorite big band
sounds and show tunes performed
by the Northeast Florida Conserva-
tory Band, led by director Richard
Dickson. Tickets are available at
the door for a donation of $10.
The proceeds go for scholarships
for students who have the talent
and desire to pursue music lessons
but are unable to afford them. The
band has over 40 members and
they are all from the Jacksonville

The John Wesley Invitational
Softball Tournament, sponsored
by the Mandarin United Method-
ist Church men, will be held on
Saturday, April 9 (time to be deter-
mined). The location is Mills Field
Softball Complex off Race Track
Road. Contact Caleb Edwards
at cedward8980@comcast.net or

Easter Service
n's Riverbank Pavilion on
unday at 7:00am.
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Easter Worship
Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church

Southside Location
Easter Cantata 4/25 at 5:50pm
Easter Worship 8:Oam, 9:15am, 1l:00am on +/2+

Lakeshore Location
Easter Sunrise Service 6:5Oam +/2+
family Worship and Egg Hunt 10:15am
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7860 Southside Blvd.

Bryan VanArsdale at coribryan@
comcast.net for more information
or to sign your team up.

Shalom Jacksonville's Jewish
Java is held the first Wednesday of
every month from 9:00 a.m. until
10:30 a.m. at Let's Nosh, located
at 9850 San Jose Boulevard. This
coffee and schmoozing program
welcomes newcomers and anyone
interested in making Jewish con-
nections. Free coffee and tea and
door prizes! Please RSVP to Isabel
Balotin at 448-5000 x 206 or sha-

Mandarin Christian Women's
Connection is having their month-
ly luncheon on Tuesday April 12
from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.
at the Ramada Inn -Mandarin,
located at 3130 Hartley Road. The
feature will be Peaches the Clown
and the inspirational speaker will
be Diane Rose who will be sharing,

Shalom Jax hosts
Passover programs

Come taste the wine and
have a kosher nosh at a Pass-
over Food and Wine Tasting on
Thursday, April 7 from 5:30 p.m.
until 8:30 p.m. at Winn-Dixie
in Lakewood, hosted by Jewish
Federation's Shalom Jacksonville.
Guests will enjoy yummy appe-
tizers prepared by a Winn-Dixie
chef and also sample the many
kosher holiday wines available for
On Sunday, April 10 from
10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Sha-
lom Jacksonville will once again
host one of the Jewish Outreach
Institute's signature programs,
Passover in the Matzo Aisle SM.
Stationed in the kosher aisle of
the store, volunteers will welcome
and engage customers and offer
samples of Passover foods and
distribute holiday recipes and syn-
agogue information on congrega-
tional seders and gift shops.
If you would like more in-
formation about the Jacksonville
Jewish community, please contact
Shalom Jacksonville coordinator
Isabel Balotin at 448-5000 x 206
or shalomjax@j ewishj acksonville.
org. The Jewish Federation's
Shalom Jacksonville is the official
Jewish welcome wagon of North-
east Florida and is sponsored by
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida.

Lakeshore (Mandarin)
6595 Columbia Park Court

"How I survived - Even the Bad
Choices." The cost of the buffet is
$15 all inclusive and a nursery is
available free of charge. Please call
Bernice at 613-3848 or Cande at
908-5609 for reservations.


Lenten Easter
Stations of the Cross
Main Church
Wednesday, April 6
7:00 p.m.

Parish Penance Service
Main Church
Wednesday, April 13
7:00 p.m.

Live Stations of the Cross
Main Church
Friday, April 15
7:00 p.m.

Holy Thursday
April 21
Reconciliation 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Mass 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday
April 22
Reconciliation 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Live Stations of the Cross
3:00 p.m.
Reconciliation 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Solemn Liturgical Observance
7:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday
April 23
Reconciliation 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Easter Vigil Mass- 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday
April 24
6:30 a.m. Sunrise,
8:00, 10:00 and 12:00 Mass

11730 Old St. Augustine Rd.
Jacksonville, Florida

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Another "Ritz" gem
By Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville University

Last month I shared with you
my most recent experience at the
Ritz Theatre and La Villa Museum,
which in the late '90s had been
part of a revitalization program
funded by the City of Jacksonville
River City Initiative. I was curious
at the time about another wonder-
ful organization that incorporated
the title "Ritz" into its name. I
made inquiries and soon discov-
ered that the Ritz Chamber Players
offered so much to all of us in the
Jacksonville area that they would
need a column of their own!
Their origin can be traced to
the passion of classical clarinetist
Terrance Patterson, who decided to
found a chamber music society that
would play a regular schedule of
concerts using only African Ameri-
can players. The group's initial
performance in February of 2002
was at the Ritz Theatre -hence its
name. Its popularity grew and its

community with inspiring educa-
tional programs in our schools and
throughout the community.
You too can share the joy
of this unique talent. There are
two concerts remaining in their
"Mainstage Concert Series" in Ja-

regular schedule soon included coby Symphony Hall in the Times
larger venues, such as the Times Union Center. The Spring Concer
Union Center. will be on April 27 and the Finale
The Ritz Chamber Players has Concert in the series on June 8.
been hailed by the Baltimore Sun They will start at 7:30 p.m. In bot
as "one of the most interesting and cases they will be preceded on the
dynamic ensembles to emerge in previous day by "Cafe Conversa-
recent years." Featuring primarily tions Jacksonville" at the Museum
African American musicians, it of Contemporary Art at 2:00 p.m.
brings new energy to the classical In addition, as part of the Ritz
music repertoire. Its participants Chamber Players Recital Series, a
have performed with such presti- special "Mother's Day" concert fea
gious orchestras as the New York turning violinist Kelly Hall-Tomkin
Philharmonic, the Boston, Chicago will be presented at 4:00 p.m. on
and Pittsburgh Symphonies and May 8 at Friday Musicale.
the London Symphony Orchestra. We are indeed fortunate to
Its highly successful debut concert have someone like Terrance Pat-
at New York's Carnegie Hall was terson in our community. He is nc
greeted with a standing room only only an outstanding and dedicated
audience. Critics proclaimed the musician, but he combines this
performances "extraordinary" and with excellence as executive direc-
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Life coaching school opens in Mandarin

Located around the corner
from the JCA in Mandarin, The
American School of Profes-
sional Life Coaching (ASPLC)
was founded
by local
Dr. Elliott
in August
2010. The
school offers
students a
10-week intensive training course
in the foundations needed to
practice life coaching effectively.
Students are certified by the school
and are prepared for certification
with the International Association
of Coaching (IAC).
Life coaching is currently the
second fastest growing industry in
the nation (IT is the first). Unlike
traditional mental health treat-
ment, life coaching focuses on
positive psychology, organizational
tools and inspiring and motivating
individuals and organizations. It is
an ideal occupation for those inter-
ested in an exciting and meaningful
career working with people.
Life coaches often work with
highly successful executives, mak-

ing them even more successful and
effective as leaders, an area known
as optimum performance coaching.
Life coaches also work together
with psychologists to provide daily
motivation for clients who require
extra assistance with goal setting,
motivation and organization.
ASPLC is unique in offering its
entire program in an individualized
face-to-face classroom setting with
a master life coach. Students build
a relationship with their mentors
which continues long after certi-

fiction. ASPLC offers 0 percent
financing on all of its programs as
well as tuition assistance to those
that qualify.
Dr. Rosenbaum is currently
the Director of Mental Health at
the Naval Hospital Jacksonville
(NAS) and he also sees patients
privately in his private practice. Dr.
Rosenbaum received his Masters
level training at Johns Hopkins
University and his Doctorate from
the George Washington University.

Can you imagine a 1,765
square-foot home with an extra
1,469 square-feet hidden inside?
Cora Johnston, contractor and
president of Generation Homes,
can and is on a mission to change
the way we think about housing.
"Conventional wisdom says
that people should move from
house to house as their families
grow and lifestyles change," said
Johnston, when commenting on
the idea that led to the creation of
Generation Homes. "At Generation
Homes, however, we've developed
innovative home designs that can

help families avoid the disruption,
stress and cost of moving when
their living situation changes. Our
GrowHOMES are designed to
change with the family."
Johnston has been a force in
the Northeast Florida homebuild-
ing and development field for 20
years and her business partner,
Stuart McDonald, vice president
of operations, has been building
homes since he was a young man in
the military.
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and change is engineered into the
home's design, making it simple
and cost-effective to grow the home
when the family needs it to grow,"
said McDonald.
Regarding how cost-effective
these plans are, The Simmons mod-
el, located at The Retreat in Middle-
burg, has a roomy 1,765 square-feet
of living space with three bedrooms
and two bathrooms, but it has the
potential to grow to an astonishing
2,522 square-feet. These Grow-
HOMES designs range from three
bedrooms and two bathrooms at
1,765 square-feet, to four bedrooms
and three bathrooms with a bonus
room at 2,623 square-feet. Pricing
ranges from a modest $145,990 to
the $200,000s.
The interior finishes of these
homes speak the language of the
post-housing-bubble buyer and
aren't cut from the mass-produced,
cookie-cutter mold. The cabinetry,
fixtures and interior details follow
clean, simple lines evoking a fresh
designer-feel and easily adaptable to
one's personal design taste.
"People want their home to
reflect their personal story," said
Johnston. "They're not interested
in being the same as the proverbial
'Jones,' because the Jones' are in a
house that cannot easily change and
looks like all the others on the resale
market. They want their home to
be uniquely theirs, and we can help
them achieve that."
For buyers with an appetite for
a custom home, Generation Homes
can design and build custom homes
while incorporating their Grow-
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Rotator cuff disease: A common What does being "in shape" really mean?

cause for shoulder pain
By Contributing Writer Sina Kasraeian, MD,
Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine

A significant amount of force
goes through the shoulder dur-
ing regular daily activities, mak-
ing it susceptible to injury. The
four main muscles that surround
the shoulder joint are collectively
called the rotator cuff; this group
of muscles helps provide stabil-
ity, strength and function to the
shoulder. Disease or injury of the
rotator cuff is a common source of
pain and dysfunction.
Although rotator cuff disease
can present in different ways, com-
mon symptoms can include pain
with lifting, reaching and overhead
activities as well as night pain.
Some patients may also experience
weakness. These symptoms can be
a result of overuse, degeneration
over time (wear and tear) or as a
result of an injury. In some cases,
symptoms may be due to a combi-
nation of these factors. Significant
pain may occur abruptly or can
gradually increase over time.
These symptoms can be caused
by inflammation, impingement of
the shoulder or due to a partial or
complete tear of the rotator cuff.
At times, other nearby structures
such as the biceps tendon or the
AC (acromioclavicular) joint can
also be pain generators. A thor-

ough history and physical exam
including imaging studies can help
determine the source of pain and
extent of the injury.
In some people, shoulder
pain may resolve with conserva-
tive measures such as rest, anti-
inflammatory medications and
physical therapy. Sometimes, a
cortisone injection can also help.
Although these conservative
methods cannot heal a tear, they
may help to improve symptoms.
In certain persons, surgery may be
required. Most rotator cuff tears
can be treated with minimally
invasive arthroscopic surgery, using
a pen sized camera and specialized
instruments placed inside the joint
through small incisions.
If surgery is required, recovery
depends on the specific injury and
procedure performed. On average,
the postoperative course requires
four to six weeks of sling immobili-
zation followed by physical therapy
to gradually restore range of mo-
tion, strength and function.
If you are experiencing any of
the problems mentioned above, it
is important for you to see a physi-
cian for a complete assessment
and a thorough discussion of your
treatment options.

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In a culture that is infatu-
ated with appearance, what is a
true gauge of being "in shape?" Is
it a clothing size? A number on a
scale? Being skinny? The answer is
a simple no. There is not a shape,
size or weight that is an indicator
of being fit.
So, what is a good indicator of
fitness? The following are six tests
you must pass to be fit. These six
tests demonstrate whether your
body is functional and healthy. A
functional body will allow you to
maintain a high quality of life in
which one can continue doing the
daily tasks that happen in several
planes of movement.
What is your waistline? There
are many ways to measure body
composition. However, your
waistline is the easiest and most
accurate way to determine if your
body composition is healthy.
Measure the circumference of the
waist using the belly button as your
reference point. If you are male and
40 inches plus or female and 35
inches plus you are a ticking time
bomb for diabetes, cardiovascular
diseases and cancer. You will get
one or more of these diseases if you
don't do something about it.
What is your blood pressure?
Well...it should be 115/76. Blood
pressure (BP) is the amount of
force on the arterial walls exerted
by the blood. IfBP is too high, it
damages the lining of the arterial
wall and this is the beginning of
various heart diseases. What should
you do? Get measured. If it is too
high, drop your waistline and BP

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will drop accordingly. How do you
get BP to drop? Exercise and get
supportive nutrition.
What is your cholesterol?
HDL (healthy cholesterol) and
LDL (lousy cholesterol). HDL lev-
els should be 40 mg or higher and
when above 60 mg your arteries are
squeaky clean. LDL should be 100
mg or less. Cholesterol levels that
are too high lead to heart attack,
stroke, memory loss, impotence,
wrinkled skin and more. Get it
measured and if it needs to drop,
drop your waistline. As waistline
drops so will cholesterol. How do
you get it to drop? Exercise and
supportive nutrition.
How many push-ups and
lunges can you do? These two
simple tests will tell you if you
have healthy upper and lower body
muscular endurance and strength.
Can you complete two sets of 15
push-ups and two sets of 20 lunges
per leg? If so, you are still benefit-
ing from your youth or you are
exercising smart. If not, you are
atrophying due to age, not exercis-
ing smart or not exercising at all.

Can you hold the plank posi-
tion for 30 seconds? The plank is
completed lying prone supported
by only the elbows and toes. This
is a test of core strength...ab-
dominals, obliques and low back
muscles. Complete the test by at-
tempting two sets of 30 seconds.
Can you walk, run or jog a
mile in less than 12 minutes? This
is a test of cardiovascular health.
Again if you cannot pass this test
simply try to get out and complete
one mile every day until you can
do it under 12 minutes. When you
can complete a mile in less than
12 minutes, keep up the habit and
try to get a 30-minute walk per
day at a pace that you could not
carry a conversation. Again, try to
incorporate a walk, run or jog of at
least 12 minutes, two to four days
per week.
There are no secrets to disease
prevention. It is simple: move your
body and get supportive nutrition.
For additional information,
please contact wgreer@thewellness-

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Bring butterflies into your yard
By Contributing Writer Master Gardener Camille Hunter with Duval
County Extension, University of Florida/IFAS

Usually within a year of my
moving somewhere new, one of my
neighbors will tell me she sees but-
terflies in her yard for the first time
ever. She has been watching them
fluttering around and wonders
what is bringing them and how she
might keep them around.
She is referring to my butter-
flies. At least, I consider them my
butterflies because it is the plants
in my yard that are feeding and
attracting them. I'm glad she likes
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All butterflies start life as
caterpillars before they evolve into
winged beauties. Each type of but-
terfly needs specific types of plants
to feed on in the caterpillar stage.
The adult butterfly lays eggs on the
specific food plant so the hatched
caterpillars can go right to work
eating and growing. The more food
that is available to the caterpillar,
the bigger the butterfly will be.
Adult butterflies also need nectar
from flowering plants to keep them
The beautiful orange and black
Monarch butterfly starts life as a
yellow and black striped caterpillar.
Milkweed (Asclepias spp.), a family
of pretty flowering perennials, is
the only thing monarch caterpillars
eat. You are practically guaranteed
butterflies if you plant milkweed
because the leaves are a food source
for the developing caterpillars and
the flowers are a nectar source for
the adult butterflies.
Any of the yellow-flowering
cassia shrubs (Cassia spp.) are ir-
resistible to bright yellow Sul-
phur butterflies. Cassias are easy,
care-free plants that will brighten
your yard and, like milkweed, it is
almost guaranteed you will have
butterflies fluttering around them.
If you grow parsley you are

probably familiar with the larva
form of Eastern Swallowtail butter-
flies. The white, yellow and black
caterpillars feed on parsley, dill and
fennel and can demolish a parsley
patch in a day or two. They always
find my parsley and I let them have
it because the butterflies are worth
If it is drama you seek, plant
passionvine. The native passionvine
(Passiflora incarnata) is best but
almost any type will do. Both the
passionvine flowers and the butter-
flies the plants attract are striking.
If grown in full sun, expect to see
orange and black Gulf Fritil-
lary butterflies. If grown partially
shaded, passionvine also attracts
stunning black and yellow Zebra
Once you have attracted and
fed developing butterflies you will
need flowering nectar plants to
sustain them as adults. Many of
the best nectar plants are beauti-
ful plants to have in your yard.
Some of my favorites are Butter-
fly Bush (Buddleia davidii), Fire
Spike (Odontonema strictum),
Lantana (Lantana spp.), Porter
Weed (Stachytarphaeta urticifo-
lia), Verbena (Verbena spp.) and
Blue Porterweed (Stachytarpheta
jamaicensis), a plant that seems to
be always in bloom.
Attracting butterflies is a
simple and rewarding way to ex-
perience a little wildlife in an oth-
erwise urban setting. The flowers
you plant and the butterflies they
attract will bring your yard to life.
And you can smile knowingly at
your neighbors' excitement when
they notice the new residents.

Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride
comes to Jacksonville on April 9

Support Local Warriors as they
pedal through Jacksonville

Wounded Warrior Project's
(WWP) 2011 Soldier Ride ar-
rives to Jacksonville on April 9.
A cycling event to help wounded
warriors restore their physical and
emotional well-being, Soldier
Ride also raises awareness for our
nation's wounded warriors who
battle the physical and psychologi-
cal damages of war and gives the
public a chance to ride alongside
and honor these men and women.
"Jacksonville is our home and
this is a chance for our city to ex-
perience firsthand the work we do
with warriors across the country,"
said Steve Nardizzi, executive direc-
tor of Wounded Warrior Project,
whose national headquarters is lo-
cated offAC Skinner Parkway. "Ev-
ery Jacksonville resident who rides
along with us and every friendly
face lining the streets makes a posi-
tive impact on the recovery of each
and every warrior."
Soldier Ride Jacksonville
begins at Wounded Warrior Project
headquarters and the day will end
with a barbeque where all cyclists
and warriors will have a chance to
come together as a community.
There are several options for ride
length so novice and advanced
cyclists will both be able to ride at
their own pace. Each non-warrior
cyclist is responsible for raising
a minimum of $125 to support
Wounded Warrior Project pro-
grams and services in addition to a
registration fee and will also receive
an official Soldier Ride National
Tour t-shirt.
Warriors of all ability levels
participate in Soldier Ride, which
takes place in 13 cities across the
United States in 2011. There are
state-of-the-art adaptive hand
cycles, trikes and bicycles to ac-
commodate warriors with various

injuries and disabilities, as well as
unmodified road bikes for riders
not requiring adaptive equipment.
WWP provides equipment and
support at no cost to warriors.
To register to ride, get involved
or donate to Soldier Ride, please
visit soldierride.org.
About Soldier Ride: Soldier Ride
began in 2004 when civilian
Chris Carney completed a coast-
to-coast bicycle ride in support of
Wounded Warrior Project. Carney
rode more than 5,000 miles and
raised more than $1,000,000.
In 2005, Carney again cycled
coast-to coast, this time with
several combat-wounded veterans
of Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2007,
Soldier Ride went regional with
seven rides across the country, and
added registered fundraiser rides
to the schedule, allowing the gen-
eral public to ride along with the
wounded veterans and help fund
programs for Wounded Warrior
Pro ect. In 2008, President Bush
welcomed the riders to the White
House and called Soldier Ride,
"The most inspiring athletic event
in the country." In 2009, even
more cities were added and the
national tour once again kicked-off
at the White House with President

About Wounded Warrior Project:
The mission of the Wounded War-
rior Project� (WWP) is to honor
and empower wounded warriors.
WWP's purpose is to raise aware-
ness and to enlist the public's aid
for the needs of injured service
members, to help injured service-
men and women aid and assist
each other, and to provide unique,
direct programs and services to
meet their needs. WWP is a
national, nonpartisan organization
headquartered in Jacksonville. To
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Jaguars introduce new fan loyalty program,
"Jaguars Advantage"

The Jacksonville Jaguars
have launched a new fan loyalty
program called "Jaguars Ad-
vantage." The program rewards
season ticket owners with either
credits toward future ticket
purchases or cash back when
they register their credit card and
shop through the new Jaguars
Advantage web pages at www.jag-
uarsadvantage.com. With Jaguars
Advantage, season ticket owners
can earn up to 15 percent cash
back at hundreds of their favorite
online retailers when shopping
through the Jaguars Advantage
If season ticket owners opt
for the ticket credit option, called
"Home Field Advantage," they
qualify to have any ticket credit
earned from online purchases
doubled. The ticket credit op-
tion also allows season ticket
owners to receive a 10 percent
ticket credit when they purchase

concessions or merchandise at
EverBank Field during Jaguars
home games.
All fans have to do to be eli-
gible for this free new program is
be a current Jaguars season ticket
owner and have a valid credit
or debit card to register. Season
ticket owners can register for the
new program at www.jaguarsad-
Jaguars Advantage, which
replaces the previous Extra Points
Card, is the third fan loyalty
program the Jaguars are currently
offering season ticket owners.
The program is being introduced
in partnership with My Fan Re-
wards, LLC, the leading provider
of cash back loyalty programs for
professional sports teams.
In addition to the new pro-
gram, season ticket owners bene-
fit by receiving discounts at local
area merchants with the Jaguars
Rewards Card and the Teal Deals

booklet, which provides thou-
sands of dollars of gift certificates
to redeem at local restaurants and
businesses for each season ticket
purchased or renewed.
For more information on
becoming a Jaguars season ticket
owner, fans should contact the
ticket office at 633-2000 or visit

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Dear Jaguar Fans:
We all share the disappoint-
ment that the players union turned
down an excellent deal on Friday
and has instead decided to litigate.
I am in full agreement with the
NFL and the other clubs that the
NFL had no practical choice after
these actions except to lock out the
It is my belief that an agree-
ment on a new CBA will be
reached and that we will play
football this fall. However, it seems
clear that a new agreement will not
be found in court, but rather at the
negotiating table. I know that our
fans, the players and the clubs all
want to get on with football.
We can expect some confusion
and frustration over the next few
weeks. However, as the courts deal
with these issues, I am encouraged
that Mr. Cohen and his colleagues
at the Mediation Service are willing
to facilitate further negotiations
and hope that those negotiations
will start again sooner rather than
As to our football business, we
continue to prepare for this im-
portant college draft and the 2011
season. Gene Smith and his staff
are working night and day to im-

prove our football team. Jack Del
Rio and our coaches are assisting in
these evaluations at the same time
that they are doing intense study of
our strategies and developing plans
and improvements that they will
incorporate when preparations for
the season begin in earnest.
As I said, I firmly expect that
we will play football this fall.
Therefore, our ticket and sponsor-
ship efforts will continue with busi-
ness as usual. We will also continue
hosting offseason events for our
fans, as we have done before.
We made great progress last
year by eliminating "blackouts"
and our Team Teal goal this year
is to "sell out" all games at Ever-
Bank Field in 2011. Our promise
continues to be that fans will not
pay for games that are not played,
so there is no risk in buying your
season tickets.
We need your support more
than ever in continuing to build a
great NFL tradition in Jacksonville.
Thank you for your support and
I look forward to seeing you at
EverBank Field this season.

Wayne Weaver

April; however, all the exact times
are still to be announced.
The boys' tennis team will not
be competing in any matches this
month; however, they are going to
district tournaments in Gainesville
in the beginning of May.
The boys' track and field team
will be competing this month.
They are going to the Florida
Relays taking place April 1 and 2 at
the University of Florida. They will
also compete in the Bryan Jaeger
Invitational on April 9 and the
Coach Hall Invitational on April
15. They will finish off the month
competing in the district, regional
and state championships.
All the exact times and dates
of sporting events can be found
on the Mandarin High School
website. With the end of the school
year, comes the end of sports.
School athletics are a traditional
and crucial part of the high school
experience, making it memorable
for all those who participate. It's
definitely been an exciting year for
all the athletes and Mandarin High
fans who have come out and sup-
ported their team.

This month I want to pass
along what is a critical step for the
safety of all boaters. In short, your
Digital Selective Calling (DSC)/
VHF radio needs to be connected
to a GPS unit for it to work proper-
ly and the unit needs to be correctly
registered. Otherwise, you are not
likely to be found in a rescue situa-
tion. Following a request from the
Coast Guard, the National Marine
Electronics Association (NMEA) is
working toward a goal of ensuring
that radio distress signals sent by
mariners contain GPS information
that will enable search-and-rescue
teams to locate vessels quickly and
Modern fixed-mount VHF
radios are required to be equipped
with DSC. At the push of a button,
the DSC function transmits data
to all other DSC-equipped radios
within range and to search and
rescue authorities, such as the Coast
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number assigned to the radio called
a Maritime Mobile Service Identity,
or MMSI. A vessel's MMSI pro-
vides the boat's name, home port
and owner. DSC-equipped radios
also have a terminal that allows the
owner to connect the unit to an
onboard GPS. The problem is that
boat owners often neglect to con-
nect their DSC VHF with the GPS
and many times do not register
their MMSI.
In a February 23 letter, Rear
Admiral R.E. Day explained to
the NMEA president that "of the
roughly 100 DSC distress alerts
we are now receiving each month,
approximately nine out of 10 do
not have position information
(i.e. do not have a GPS navigation
receiver interconnected to their
DSC-equipped VHF radio) and ap-
proximately six out of 10 have not
registered their MMSI. Despite the
promises DSC technology offers in
significantly reducing the alerting

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and search time for mariners in
distress, there's little a Coast Guard
watchstander can do after receiv-
ing a distress alert with no position
information, using an unregistered
MMSI, and having no follow-up
voice communications." You can
register a MMSI at the BoatUS
site at www.boatus.com/MMSI/ or
at sites for Seatow, United States
Power Squadrons, the FCC or the
United States Coast Guard.
The Jacksonville Coast Guard
Auxiliary produced a DVD in
2009 on the DSC/VHF radios and
Rescue 21 System and it is available
at http://coastguardnews.com/how-
radios/2009/09/12/ . There are also
handheld DSC radios that can be
connected to GPS units and at least
one company makes a handheld
DSC radio with a built in GPS. At
a cost from $160 online to $260 at
local boating suppliers, this kind of
radio would be perfect for kayakers,
canoeists and other boaters.
The United States Coast Guard
Auxiliary offers Safe Boating Cours-
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By Contributing Writer Tracy Porter, Founder/ Executive Director, Mothers Against Brain Injury, Inc. and parent of TBI survivor

In our
O. ^ news over
04 AW the past few
you may
or may not
have recog-
4 IN I4 nized just
how many
people in the greater Jacksonville
area had sustained, what the media
often refers to as a "concussion" or
"head injury." These are softer, less
intense sounding words to describe
what the injury truly is: Traumatic
Brain Injury. It may be your head/
skull that takes the initial impact
but it is the brain, the organ that
makes you who you are, that suffers
the damage. The injuries and result-
ing deaths were nothing less than
tragic for these families.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
is defined as an alteration in brain
function or other evidence of brain
pathology, caused by an external
force. It is a sudden, non-congenital
(not present at birth) event causing
physical damage to the brain by an
external force that disrupts or alters
normal brain function, the result of
a sudden blow to the head, which
causes the brain to violently collide
with the inside of the skull.
Symptoms of a TBI can be
mild, moderate or severe. A person
with a mild TBI may remain
conscious or may experience a loss
of consciousness for only a few
seconds or minutes, headache, con-
fusion, lightheadedness, dizziness,
blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing
in the ears, bad taste in the mouth,
fatigue or lethargy, a change in
sleep patterns, behavioral or mood
changes and trouble with memory,
concentration, attention or think-
ing. A person with a moderate or
severe TBI may show these same
symptoms, but may also have a
headache that gets worse or does
not go away, repeated vomiting or
nausea, convulsions or seizures,
an inability to awaken from sleep,

dilation of one or both pupils of the
eyes, slurred speech, weakness or
numbness in the extremities, loss of
coordination, and increased confu-
sion, restlessness or agitation. In any
case, if any of the above symptoms
are present, a person should seek
medical treatment immediately.
I learned about TBI the same
unfortunate way many people learn
about it for the first time, by living
through the experience. They don't
teach us about the lobes and hemi-
spheres of my own brain in school.
You never think about your brain
until you get a really bad headache
right? We got our lesson when my
16 year old son suffered a severe
TBI as a result of a car crash in
2004. We felt alone and frightened
and at the time had no idea that the
injury was so common.
More than 90,000 people
suffer varying degrees of TBI in
Florida every year. About 26,000 of
them are on the moderate to severe
end. Right now as of this writing
there are somewhere around 80
people fighting for their lives due
to a TBI. I learn of families going
through this injury from the news
first and then through my organiza-
tion, Mothers Against Brain Injury,
Inc. (MABII) which I founded a
year after my son's crash in order
to help others get through those
first excruciating days and nights
that follow receiving such horrible
news. Receiving that phone call
means everything else in life stops
as everyone rushes immediately to
the hospital to be by a loved one's
side to wait and pray for some sign
of awakening that may or may not
come for some.
MABII has been able to pro-
vide hundreds of free tote bags filled
with personal toiletries, comfort
items, useful tools, information, re-
sources and stories of hope and en-
couragement to families experienc-
ing this injury every month through
all 21 Florida Trauma Centers
because of the generous donations

we receive from grateful families
and friends. For much of the past
six years, I have also manned a
24/7 hope line for families to call
to talk to someone who has been
through this injury and who has
shared the same feelings of un-
certainty and pain in which these
family now finds themselves. With
more than 5,600 totes provided to
date, I have met with hundreds of
devastated families and heard the
sounds of desperation and helpless-
ness, disbelief,
and urief in the

voices of family
The statis-
* Accord-
ing to the
CDC, there
are more cases
of TBI every
year than HIV/
Aids, Multiple
Sclerosis, spinal
cord injury, and
breast cancer
* Today
about 369,600
people are
living with
disabilities in
* By 2015,
the number
is expected to
reach 435,350.
* In 2005,
about 93,000
Brain Injuries
were sustained
in Florida
which resulted
in 3,900 deaths,
17,700 hospi-
talizations and
71,400 emer-
gency depart-
ment visits.

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organization was the development all over the community. I love see-
of Pickwick Park, a City of Jack- ing the grandmothers with their
sonville public park that serves the grandchildren here."
community. Developing the five- Wolfe served on the board of
acre park spanned the terms of the Mandarin Community Club
four City Council members who for 15 years. She was invited to
were active in seeing the project join the board because of her
completed. The project began success with the Pickwick Park
with Dick Kravitz and included Civic Association. She has served
involvement by Mary Ann South- as secretary for most of that time
well, Sharon Copeland and Webb. and was actively involved with the
Webb explained, "Efforts to Mandarin Arts Festival for many
secure property and funding for years.
this community park date back The Miss Aggie Award honors
many years, stretching back over a female Mandarin resident who
the terms of at least four City has contributed to the community
Council representatives. Over in the areas of business, civic, edu-
that time, as elected officials have national or charitable accomplish-
come and gone, the effort of one ment. Nominations are submitted
person, Betty Wolfe, in making from the community.
this park a reality, has remained "We had five very deserving
constant. nominations this year," said Karen
"I'm just thrilled how the Roumillat, board member who
park is being used," said Wolfe. coordinated the Miss Aggie Award
"Not just residents from Pickwick program. "It was a very difficult to
Park are using it, but people from choose just one woman."

"I was surprised," said Wolfe
after she heard about the award. "I
felt like when I learned that I was
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too long.
Stabilizer is the key ingredient
here. You can measure stabilizer
levels and you want them to be
between 30 and 50 parts per mil-
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the chlorine will not be released
to do its job. This is referred to as
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Home Improvement

INPLM Guide 2011

Mandarin Garden Club's
Yard of the Month
By Contributing Writer Celia Rehm, Mandarin Garden Club

Congratulations to Lisa and
Bill Scott, recipients of the Man-
darin Garden Club's Yard of the
Month. I visited the Scotts at their
Shiloh Creek residence after a
neighbor who is also a member of
the Mandarin Garden Club sub-
mitted their yard for consideration
of this award. As I walked up the
walkway to meet Lisa Scott at the
front door, I was struck by various
interesting elements in her yard.
Most striking was the immaculate
appearance of neatly trimmed
bushes prominently fronting her
home. Also eye catching is the
placement of sculpted topiaries in
front of brick columns that stand
closer to an attractive front en-
trance adorned with large urns of
golden mums sitting on attractive
cast iron stands.

As we toured the front yard, I
learned that Lisa Scott is a hair-
dresser and designer who applies
her designing and shearing skills to
the landscaping in her yard.
"I will not buy a bush that I
cannot shear," she remarked, as we
focused on a variety of shrub spe-
cies that includes holly, pittospo-
rum, ligustrum, laurel pedlum and
pineapple guava.
The ruby red laurel pedlum
shrub is one of Lisa favorites. "Not
too many know the bush origi-
nated in Italy," she stated.
Scott states she likes to "shape
and form" and spends 10 to
12 hours weekly shaping dense
mounds of shrubbery to maintain
the manicured look that she loves.
She uses hairdressing sheers to
maintain the
shape of the ex-
quisite topiaries
seen throughout
her yard and
applies garden
sheers to the
larger jobs.
"It is a great
stress reliever,"
she says. The
results are beau-
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ergreen shrubbery aligned in rows
that form deep borders around the
front and sides of her home.
Scott leans toward a European
flair in the combination of a formal
manicured look with the whimsi-
cal garden features in her yard.
Reflecting the European flair is a
beautiful large garden statue of a
Grecian-like goddess atop a foun-
tain standing in a tall mound of
flowering lantanas. Other features
include ancient art garden plaques,
a variety of winged angel cherubs,
some blowing horns, others atop
fountains and some sitting on brick
A rabbit made of clay stone
stands next to a cast iron bench

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adorning a delightful side entrance
decorated with blooming bou-
gainvillea. Above the back fence,
an orange tree bearing large fruit
peeks above the wooden enclo-
sure. All create a joyful and happy
ambiance amongst the well-ordered
landscape design.
Entry into the backyard
through the back glassed doors re-
vealed a marvelous panoramic view
reminiscent of a European retreat.
Scott's vision of a centered natural
green sculpture inspired the design
of the swimming pool. The existing
pool is now centered in front of
luscious green ligustrum sculpted
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hind the pool's ledge. The ledge is
accented by the placement of large
cherub garden statues on both sides
of a rectangle urn bearing flowering
The pool setting expands to
the left with adjoining gardening
concaves complete with potting
soil providing additional space for
Scott's beloved shrubs and peren-
nials. To the right of the pool, one
sees tall banana plants combined
with a backdrop of tall oaks and
pine trees for a tropical flavor.
While Scott does not like
crowded plants and now only pur-
chases plants as replacements, her
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spacious yard can accommodate a
large variety of plants. Paved steps
lead to a lower level of gardening
beds containing Japanese boxwood
and a large variety of plants that
include geraniums, allamandas,
butterfly bushes, red drift rose
bushes, blue daze, hydrangeas and
many other spring and summer
blooming perennials.

"The backyard is at its best
during the spring and summer
seasons when the plants are in
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To make a Mandarin Gar-
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Online plant database for
waterwise landscaping
By Contributing Writer Teresa H. Monson, St. Johns River Water
Management District

With the start of springtime
gardening just around the corner,
the St. Johns River Water Man-
agement District has updated its
waterwise plant database to be a
dynamic web-based search tool to
help landscapers and do-it-yourself-
ers identify the right plants for their
yards' specific growing conditions.
Often, the biggest use of water by
people is outdoors for lawn and
landscape irrigation. Using water
wisely in landscapes is one way to
find the necessary balance between
the needs of nature and people.
If a landscape's sunlight and soil
conditions are assessed correctly,
well-chosen plants will need little
to no supplemental irrigation once
The district's waterwise
landscaping web pages provide
information on how to design a
water-conserving landscape and
how to group plants according to

their needs, such as planting region,
sunlight and soil conditions.
"Waterwise is a common sense
way to landscape that conserves wa-
ter and protects the environment,"
says Deirdre Irwin, Florida Water
Star(SM) coordinator who led the
development of the district's new
waterwise database. "The main ob-
jective is to establish and maintain
a healthy landscape by matching
the right plants with existing site
conditions so that the use of ad-
ditional resources - such as water,
fertilizer, pesticides and labor - is
The online database, which is
found at www.floridaswater.com/
waterwiselandscapes, has been
updated to be searchable by 12
characteristics, including scientific
name, common name, size, color of
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determine which plants are most
appropriate for a landscape given
the natural growing conditions
found there," Irwin says. "The plant
details can help you select the opti-
mal location for the plant where it
would need minimal irrigation to
thrive. You can choose the options
that suit your needs and a spread-
sheet can be generated with plants
meeting your criteria."
The online database offers a
greater number of species in each
category than the district's popular
printed guide, "Waterwise Florida

Landscapes," which has been
discontinued in its printed format.
In addition, the interactive tool is
searchable and compatible with
smart-phone technology, making
the online version as portable as the
printed booklet.
The earlier database lists 556
plant species, while the new online
list has more than 800 species.
The district lists each plant in only
one category based on mature size,
low maintenance and minimum
irrigation. Plant height and width
are included for all species to allow
the user to locate plants in the
landscape so that they will not be

over-crowded as they mature.
The database also allows users to
compare information about different
plants to determine if they are suit-
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the user better plan planting areas.
"As soon as a plant is put in the
wrong place, it becomes a needy
plant, usually resulting in water
waste," Irwin says. "If you choose
the right plants for the natural con-
ditions of your landscape and put
them in the right place, you should
be able to reduce your irrigation,
perhaps even turn off your irriga-
tion system, which can save water
and money."

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