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April 2010
Meet Mandarin High School senior New look and ideas at and future cadet Joshua Cooksey Mandarin Art Festival
By Karl Kennell
By Karl Kennell
It is not often you have the opportunity to meet a young man who is proudly following in his father's footsteps. That is exactly what we discovered when we met Mandarin High School senior Joshua Cooksey. He recently received acceptance to West Point, the United States Military Acad-
emy to which admission is very competitive.
This fall he will be entering an institution with a storied past. Great leaders such as Grant and Lee, Pershing and MacArthur, Eisenhower and Patton, Schwarzkopf and Petraeus come from its more than 50,000 graduates. Of course, the most notable graduate of all is his own father, Bryan Cooksey.
There Joshua Cooksey will be joining the 4,400 member Corps of Cadets seeking to fulfill their mission of developing intellectually, physically, militarily, ethically, spiritually and socially. Upon completion of his tenure at West Point, he will receive the honor of being commissioned into the Army as a second lieutenant as well as joining
the some 1,000 cadets forming the Long Gray Line as they graduate.
"I've always wanted to be in the Army," he said as we chatted about the adventure he is about to embark upon and the path he has taken to start that journey. While at Mandarin High School, he has played on the defensive line of the Mustangs as well on the lacrosse team. When he reaches West Point, he will be given the opportunity to tryout for the Army football team the Black Knights.
His desire is to become eventually involved in international business. That desire and wanting to serve in the Army led to him actually spending some time deciding which direction he should take. His brother is attending Auburn in their nationally recognized ROTC program and he also considered the University of South Carolina because it has the number one School of International Business. After visiting each school twice and attending a summer leadership conference at West Point, he decided to head his journey 50 miles up the Hudson River from New York to join the Cadets of West Point.
Joshua Cooksey cont. on pg 1 9
The 42nd annual Mandarin Art Festival is approaching. Easter weekend, Saturday April 3 and Easter Sunday, April 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., artists and artisans from around the area and the nation will again be gathering under the majestic oaks at the Mandarin Community Center to display their works.
This nationally recognized art festival is the longest running
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Generations merge for "senior" prom
By Amy Olsen
On a typical Saturday night, teenagers work or hang out with friends. For members of Mandarin High School's Student Council, the night of February 20 was anything but ordinary. For the seventh year in a row, Student Council hosted a senior citizen prom at the Coves, a local retirement home. Student Council members invested hours of hard work into the event and the rewards were evident. Both high school students and Coves residents enjoyed the prom and learned from it.
"It was so heartwarming to see the looks on the residents' faces as they danced and enjoyed songs from their high school days," said Kelly Connelly, Student Council treasurer.
Connelly and the other Stu-
King and Queen, Bernie Marks and Bess Saliman
dent Council officers prepared for the event weeks beforehand. Their theme, "A Touch of Class," influenced the invitations, decorations and entertainment for the evening.
Student Council members stayed after school in the week leading up to the dance to prepare decorations. The day of the dance, dedicated students arrived at the Coves | at 2:00 p.m. to set up and finish decorating.
"I really enjoyed decorating for the Coves prom," said Courtney McLean, a member of Mandarin's student council. "It was a fun and new experience. I really enjoyed doing something for the elderly that I know they really enjoy. I know a lot of times the elderly don't get a lot of attention because people, especially us high school students, are focused on ourselves, but it was awesome to take a Saturday to do something
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event of its kind in Northeast Florida. It has grown year after year since Judge Edward P. West-berry spearheaded the start of the first Mandarin Art Festival in 1968.
The size and scope of the festival has grown so large and popular that the Mandarin Community Club's board members and volunteers have made a new decision. While desiring to maintain the charm and hospitality of the community show, yet wanting to expand the offerings of artistic treasures for the guests, the organizers have made a change this year. They have decided to collaborate with nationally recognized Howard Alan Events to manage operations of the festival.
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Community Happenings
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The annual Children's Art Show will be held in conjunction with the 42nd annual Mandarin Art Festival scheduled for April 3 and 4, 2010. Sponsored by the Mandarin Community Club (MCC), this popular event will feature the work of many of our area public and private elementary and middle schools and will take place inside the MCC Building, located at 12447 Mandarin Road. For further information, contact the MCC at 268-1622.
Calling all cancer survivors and caregivers! Please join us as we Celebrate Life and Fight Back against Cancer at the Mandarin Relay for Life, to be held on May 22 at Mandarin High School. The Survivor Lap will be held at 12:00 noon followed by a Survivor luncheon hosted by Applebee's at 12:30 p.m. To register as a survivor or caregiver, please visit our website at www.Relayforlife.org/Mandarin-FL. For more information about how you can get involved, please contact Kim Renne at 886-3109 or via email at kimrenne@yahoo.com.
The Landon High School class of 1965 will hold their 45th reunion on April 30, May 1 and 2 at the Renaissance Resort at the World Golf Village. For room reservations, reference Landon High School for room rates (toll free 1-888-740-7020). For questions and more information, please contact John Rose at 536-8652 or Beckie PailleAdcox at 616-9812.
The Third Thursday Lecture Series, a joint venture of the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society (MMHS) and the Mandarin Community Club, will present the Florida Public Archaeology Network on Thursday, April 15
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and "Bare bones: Getting started in your genealogy," on Thursday May 20. The public is invited to attend both of these free events which will be held at the Mandarin Community Club building, located at 12447 Mandarin Road. Each evening, refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by the lecture at 7:00 p.m. For more information on the Third Thursday Lecture Series, please contact Andy Morrow, executive director of the MMHS at 268-0784 or visit www.mandarinmuseum.net.
The Mandarin Marauders Square Dance Club will hold a yard sale from 8:00 until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 10 at 1200 Cree-kwood Way, located in Cunningham Creek Estates, off State Road 13 in Fruit Cove.
Mandarin Garden Club will host a plant sale on Saturday, April 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the club located at 2498 Lo-retto Road. This is the place to get great pass-along type plants that do well in Mandarin as all plants come from garden club members' personal gardens. The whole inside of the clubhouse will be filled with our plants and garden stuff and the prices are very reasonable. About 10 vendors will have booths outside and will be selling a wide variety of garden related items. Our "Grilling Husbands" will also feature their hot dog stand set up outside for this event.
Shuffleboard is played on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at Mandarin Park (south end of Mandarin Road) next to the tennis courts at the park entrance. Beginners are welcome! Just show up, unless it rains.
The River City Women's Club
will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 21 at the Ramada Inn Mandarin, located at 3130 Hartley Road. The meeting will include installation of officers and presenting checks to charities including Safe Harbor Boys Home, Duval County Council of PTAs Eyeglass Fund and First Coast No More Homeless Pets. The cost of the lunch is $ 14. Please call 262-8719 for reservations or information no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 15.
The North Florida Acoustic Neuroma Support Group will meet
on Saturday, April 17 at 1:00 p.m. at Mandarin United Methodist Church, located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard. Please call 287-8132 or 284-6192 for additional information.
The Italian American Club
is hosting a breakfast and general meeting on Sunday, April 18. Enjoy pancakes, bacon and eggs and so much more. For further information, please call the club at 268-2882. Visitors are always welcome. The club is busy getting ready for its annual participation in the World of Nations Celebration at Metropolitan Park on April 30, May 1 and 2. C'mon down and visit us. Enjoy pizza, sausage and peppers, meatball sandwiches, homemade desserts, souvenirs and more at the celebration. For details, please call the club or check our website at wwwiacofjacksonville. com.
Mandarin Toastmasters meet at the South Mandarin Regional Library, located at 12125 San Jose Boulevard, on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. People who get ahead in life are those who can communicate effectively.
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The next meeting of the South Jacksonville Republican Club will be held on Saturday, April 17 at the Republican headquarters of Mandarin, located at 10029 San Jose Boulevard in the Crown Point Shopping Center. Social time will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the club meeting at 10:00 a.m. Breakfast items will be available at a cost of $5 per plate. The presentation will be from a member of the Florida House who will talk about upcoming action by our state government for the citizens of Florida in the upcoming session as well as some of the hurdles that lay ahead. This presentation along with a question and answer period will be a very revealing and informative to all that attend.
An adoptive family support group will meet on Thursday, April 15 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The group is open and free to parents who want to adopt or have already adopted and meets at Jewish Family and Community Services, located at 6261 Dupont Station Court East. For additional information, please contact Kathleen at First Coast Adoption Professionals at 394-5763.
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Budget shortfall: The Superintendent and staff held a series of community meetings throughout the county to discuss our current and upcoming financial situation, available revenue and the district's plans to meet its mission of providing all students with high quality educational opportunities. We had a great turnout at the forums, as we shared information on areas that may be impacted by the upcoming budget cuts. I encourage you to contact not only our Duval Legislative Delegation, but other lawmakers from around the state and let your voice be heard that education cannot continue to receive the deep cuts and still continue to educate our children. Florida is currently 50th when compared to income in total revenue for public education and we have the lowest administrative costs
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Areas where we need help from the Legislature include:
� Provide flexibility: Class Size Amendment, textbooks, permit additional shift of Capital (Construction and Equipment) Millage to Operating Revenue
� Keep our state funding at least even
� Prioritize existing resources: Review Bright Futures scholarship program (nearly 75 percent comes from Lottery funds), Reprioritize state budget where education is truly first, cap growth of Corporate and McKay Vouchers
� Hold in abeyance: If state cannot remove the Class Size Amendment, we are asking for abeyance for this year's requirements
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March 9 City Council meeting, Councilman Art Shad introduced Resolution 2010-207 in support of an elected School Board and opposing any recommendation for the Charter Revision Commission to alter the manner in which School Board members are selected. This resolution will come before the City Council again on March 23 for a second reading and on April 13 for action. I urge you to contact your City Council representative and ask that they support this resolution. You do not want to lose your right to elect your representatives to the School Board, as you will also lose your voice in what happens in our school system.
On March 30, the School Board and Superintendent will hold a joint meeting with the City Council at the Schultz Center to discuss the elected vs. appointed School Board question, as well as other matters that will help the district and our children through joint efforts of all of our city's elected officials.
In Memoriam: Sue Chang. The Mandarin High School community and the school system lost a good friend this past month, when Sue Chang lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. A memorial was held at the school on March 14 where a bench was dedicated in her honor.
Important Dates:
April 1: Teacher Planning Day(Schools Closed)
April 2, 5-6: Spring Holiday (Schools and District Offices Closed)
April 5-9: Spring Break (Schools Closed)
April 12: School Board Meeting April 14: Student Early Release Day
April 28: Student Early Release Day
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The Rotary Club of Mandarin has set a new milestone in membership by introducing six new individuals to its growing membership roster.
Club President Dorrie Felder stated, "Not since the club's inception in 1975 when the organization was formed has the Rotary Club of Mandarin inducted this many new members during one meeting. Our membership is made up of solid local citizens and with the addition of these six new members we are one of the strongest clubs in the district."
The newest members of the Rotary Club of Mandarin who were inducted Tuesday, February 16 include Bradley Law, an assistant administrator at Baptist South; Todd Vonnieda, president of River City Companies, Inc; Brandon Bascelli, an accountant with CSX; Jeffery Chefan, president of Manormor So-
theby's International Realty; James Morency, senior account executive at GHG Corporation; and Jane Arnold, an insurance agent with Harden Insurance. The addition of this group of six new members brings the membership level of the Rotary Club of Mandarin to 81.
The Rotary Club of Mandarin is a strong supporter of numerous local, national and international projects ranging from the construction of residential wheelchair ramps for the handicapped to disaster assistance around the United States and our Haitian neighbors to helping establish orphanages in former Soviet bloc nations. One of Rotary International's most active campaigns worldwide is the elimination of polio. Through Rotary International's Polio Plus program, this dreaded disease is slowly but surely being eliminated worldwide.
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for people that made the city what it is today."
The entertainment consisted primarily of dancing. A deejay played old-school hits like "Sweet Caroline" and "Brown Eyed Girl," but he also incorporated line dances and current hits for the high school students. However, two brave students, Courtney Hassan and Peter Kelley, performed "Orange Colored Sky" for the Coves residents.
"I sang in memory of my Grandpa because he passed away of cancer on my birthday four years ago. It also helped me conquer my fear of crowds and I love seeing old
people smile," said Hassan.
The dance merged two generations for a night and students left with a better understanding of senior citizens. Students learned to respect their elders and the event showed senior citizens that they are important. Some students, like Aldo Shahini, left having formed bonds with Coves residents. A woman who danced with Shahini remembered him from the previous year and told him she looked forward to seeing him again next year. Shahini's heartfelt laugh and agreement to attend again are proof of the event's success. Is there anything better a kid could do with a Saturday night?
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Representatives of River Garden/Wolfson Health and Aging Center met with White House officials on February 23 to offer recommendations on improving the well-being of older Americans.
Chief executive officer Martin Goetz and board president Janis Fleet were part of a delegation of 15 lay leaders and executives from Jewish long term care facilities across the nation. The advocacy effort was spearheaded by the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS) in an ongoing effort to speak on behalf of the elderly and support improvements in access to health care.
The delegation includes representatives from Florida, California,
Ohio, Oregon, Oklahoma, Maryland and New York. Discussions focused on funding for preventative health and wellness services, case management and an extension of federal Medicaid assistance funding to cash-strapped states.
"The White House staff was very appreciative of the recommendations presented, especially in light of the ongoing discussions on health care reform," Fleet said. "It was important to make sure that our voices are heard."
The Association of Jewish Aging Services, based in Washington, D.C, represents 160 not-for-profit elder care communities throughout North America.
Rotary Club of Mandarin sets new member record
By Contributing Writer Gary Saltsgiver, Rotary Club of Mandarin
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EF Educational Homestay Programs is looking to place high school age students from various countries with volunteer host families this summer from July 8 through August 4. These students are coming to our area to improve their English language skills and to experience American family life. Host families are asked to provide a bed for the students to sleep in, an extra plate at the table, transportation to a designated bus stop and a warm, welcoming environment. So, check your calendar as this is an incredible opportunity for a mutually valuable learning experience for all your family members. If you are interested in more information please call Deborah White at 460-2124 or Stephanie Davis at 996-8845.
The April General Meeting of the All Star Quitters Guild will be held on Monday, April 19 at 9:30 a.m. in the First Christian Church of Jacksonville, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard. The program will be presented by Group 2 on "Florida Plants, Big and Small." Visitors are welcome. Please join us! For more information, please contact Dot Butler at 642-6574 and visit us at www.orgsites.com/fl/all-starquiltguild.
Jacksonville Public Library locations are serving as site locations for tax aid and preparation. VITA
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The Mandarin Farmers Market is held each Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Whole Foods Market. Meet local vendors, farmers and producers to discover fresh delicious products from your own backyard. Meet here and meet local farmers, bakers, nurseries and more.
Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Jacksonville will hold their April luncheon from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6 at Maggiano's Little Italy in the St. Johns Town Center. The topic will be "Building for the Planet and Profit: The Business Case for Green" including a panel discussion featuring Ellen Leroy-Reed, Kim Newhouse, Peter Denoncourt and Nathan Marty and moderated by CREW member Joanna Rodriguez. The cost is $30 for CREW members and $40 for non-members. Register online by April 2, 2010 at www.crewjax.org.
The children's Bumblebee circle of the Mandarin Garden
Club will learn about butterflies with Master Gardener Doree Giles on Thursday, April 1, 2010 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 fifth year of existence in September. Our monthly meetings consist of garden related topics with the focus for children. We welcome parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to attend with their respective children to attend and begin to sharing in a lifetime hobby. Additionally, our garden club has adult circles available to meet the needs of our community. For more information, please email mardaringardenclub@comcast.net or call 268-1192.
Sierra Club, Northeast Group
will show the documentary, Lady of the Glades, about Marjory Stone-man Douglas and her lifelong fight to save the Everglades from draining, development and destruction on Monday, April 12 at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, located at 2001 University Boulevard. Social time will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7:00 p.m. We will also hear how current restoration is progressing from those who are working to bring it back to a functioning ecosystem. For additional information, please contact Janet Larson at 247-1876.
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I enjoy opportunities to meet you�if you or your loved one is a with the public and discuss various victim of crime, then for you, the issues. Certainly one of the things problem is real and it is serious. I get asked about the most is And it becomes the job of the
whether crime is really high or is it men and women of this agency to "ginned up" by the media and the respond to your call for service, blogs. The other topic that I spend determine if a crime occurred and a lot of time discussing is about to what extent and then deploy the operations of this agency. The our resources and do our very best
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I welcome all questions and greatly enjoy talking about these issues, whether one-on-one, when walking a neighborhood, in a large group or through an outlet like this one. Hopefully, through our conversations - and the JSO website - people will come to understand some of the truths and challenges facing modern day policing.
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to solve that crime. Solving cases so they can be prosecuted, recovering property, equipping business owners and residents with the tools they need to prevent being a victim � these are our core competencies and this is what we do.
The truth is - crime went down in Jacksonville in 2009. And
from 115 incidents to 99 or down 14 percent. Overall, violent and property crime combined went down 10.5 percent in Jacksonville, last year.*
Why? Three reasons: We are getting the officers we need to properly deploy. This is the "business" aspect of policing that I mentioned earlier. When the
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not just a little - but in historical numbers. We had the lowest num- Matrix Operational Audit* results ber of incidents (as defined by the came out and I asked the City FBI and used nationwide to mea- Council and mayor to support sure) since 1984. Murder declined the recommendations to bring
our officer to citizen ratio up, they agreed. And we began to hire officers. So far, we've hired 128 of
go out and break more laws�six hundred fewer of those kinds of incidents in 2009.
The more involved you are in that process � providing information to police, safeguarding your property and those you love and joining with us to promote prevention and intervention activities � the better we can do our job. Result: In 2009, the JSCs clearance rate for all Part I Crimes (go to www.fbi.gov) exceeded national averages. This is one measurement for effectiveness: are we solving more crimes than the average city in America? The answer is "yes" in
the 225 we need. At the end of the every category! That's good police
2010 fiscal year we should be at work.
168 - when we hire 40 (of the 50) One important note: We're
we were awarded under the federal headed into very serious financial
stimulus package. times in this city. Worse than
What does this do for you? last year, I am told. My concern
Instead of only answering the is that people will say "crime is
calls for service or "running from down.. .do we still need more
ment the long term goal of 225 additional officets?" Here is why - right now we ate only about half way to having the number of officers that represents an acceptable officer to citizen ratio. Notice that I did not say the highest ratio or that we need the largest police force. If we hire all 225 officers recommended, we will still have the lowest officer to citizen ratio of any major Florida city. To be on par with Orlando, Tampa or Miami, we'd need about 600 more officers from where we are today* That is not what I am suggesting. I want to stay the course of hiring an additional 225 officers. I appreciate your help moving us toward this goal.
The reports referenced with a * above are all on the web at www.jaxsheriff.org -1 hope you will visit it.
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Meet Anita Geiger, Jacksonville Symphony Guild president
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but one resident will be celebrating a most momentous occasion. For the second year, Anita Geiger has served as the president of the Jacksonville Symphony Guild and on this special day she and their nearly 300 members will be reflecting on the creation of the Guild some 60 years before.
In 1950, the Concert Committee of the Jacksonville Symphony Association (as it was called then) sold tickets for the newly formed Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, cleaned and set up
create strong community support for the JSO through fundrais-ing projects, its stated mission. From the Concert Committee to the Women's Committee to the Women's Guild and finally the Jacksonville Symphony Guild, this organization has many things to celebrate, including the 35 th annual Designer Showhouse.
Anita Geiger has been a member of the organization since 1971 and has worked tirelessly to give her time and talents to the guild, including such positions as a docent at the first Showhouse and eventually served as chairman for two Christmas luncheons, co-chair of several Showhouse preview parties and various other jobs for different Showhouses, co-chair of a series of luncheons for interviews with new conductor hopefuls, co-chair of a very large party at Metro Park to welcome the new conductor, Roger Nierenberg, chairman of two Nutcracker luncheons, membership chair and in 2008 became president-elect for the 2008-2009
chairs at the Armory and returned that evening to hand out programs, year, then reelected for 2009-2010. The organization was formed by She and her husband, Allan, an
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a wonderful history with many well-known members of our community at its helm.
Throughout the years the name of the organization has changed several times, but what hasn't changed is the long standing history of volunteerism that strives to further the awareness of music and music education as well as
attorney with Rogers, Towers, have two daughters. Along with commemorating the 60th anniversary, Geiger is also celebrating becoming a grandmother for the first time.
Through the years the guild has become the single largest volunteer financial contributor to the Jacksonville Symphony Association, largely due to the Showhouse and now counts men among its membership. The many benefits of having such an organization aren't hard to find; just ask any of the members.
"What we have provided to the JSO are net proceeds of more than $3.6 million from numerous fundraising events and an additional $2 million as in-kind contributions," says Geiger. "It is something we are extremely proud of and we're committed to making sure the JSO remains an asset to our community."
Geiger continued, "In addition to the Showhouse, we host luncheons for the musicians and the JSA staff, fundraising events such as Picnic at the Pops, the Friends
of the Guild luncheon, which supports one performance by the Symphony during the next season, Sounds Delicious Cookbook, Symphony-themed note cards and numerous other events throughout the year. The guild provides the Nutcracker Boutique during the holidays. We also fund Harmony Grants for educators and scholarships through the Eleanor H. King Scholarship Fund."
As the guild celebrates its 60th anniversary, it continues to build on the vision and ground work laid by its devoted founding women and it continues to grow stronger and more relevant within the First Coast community. With only one part-time employee, the guild depends upon the numerous volunteers who support its diverse activities throughout the year.
For more information, call the guild office at 358-1479 or visit www.jaxsymphony.org. We love new members and welcome volunteers to work at the Showhouse, which this year is at Coastal Oaks at Nocatee by Toll Brothers.
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"We invite everyone to stop by and learn about the history and ecology of the St. Johns River and have a lot of fun," said Fred Hulett, society president. "There will be five bands playing throughout the day and a jam session on the river along with boat rides and kayaking."
For the first time, there will be Geocaching, which will enable participants to use a Global Positioning System receiver or other navigational techniques to find containers hidden in the park, Hulett said.
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but donations will be requested for river boat rides. The donations benefit the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society and St. Johns Riverkeeper, both non-profit organizations. River taxi rides will leave from County Dock and take visitors on 45-minute narrated trip to the site of the Maple Leaf shipwreck off Mandarin Point. The ride has a suggested donation of $5 for children, $10 for adults and $20 for a family.
Kayaks are being provided by Black Creek Outfitters.
"Placed By the River," a series of short documentaries produced by University of North Florida Film
students, will be screened during the day. The documentaries depict a cultural portrait through the lives of people affected by the St. Johns River, including segments on Mayport river pilots, cab drivers and JJ Grey, lead singer of the local band Mofro. River Day also will feature a children's bounce house in addition to information booths, refreshments, nature talks and plein air painters.
For more information, please contact the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society at 268-0784 or via email at mandarinmuseum@ bellsouth.net.
Organic Lifestyles
By Molly McKinney
No one really knows why, but the changing of the seasons from winter to spring evokes in humankind a need to clean. Perhaps it's the desire to rid oneself of the clutter of Christmas decorations or the New Year resolutions to shape up that make us want to throw out things we're not using in an effort of self-improvement. It is possible that something subconscious in our minds and bodies is in tune with the changing seasons and the renewal of the earth and spring cleaning is our suburbanite extension of that.
As has been discussed before, being "organic" doesn't just mean eating better and buying locally. It is a larger effort to understand our role on this earth better, to live with nature instead of mowing it down and trying to get more in tune with the planet. Therefore, as we're talking about some indescribable nature to clean out our attics and garages this time of year, let's think about it in a global, organic fashion.
Feng shui is the ancient art of force (xi) alignment. It is thought
that the use of feng shui to move around the energies in your life will bring positive changes and improvement. Think about it: sometimes when you walk into a space it just feels better. Clean from clutter, fresh and open or like it's a good place to concentrate when you have work to do. The ancients believed this was the result of things like additions of plant life, water features, incense and placement of furniture.
In your efforts to become more organic, i.e., become more in tune with the earth, consider using some elements of feng shui to align your life as you go about your traditional spring cleaning. Truly, feng shui is a complex art and it would be foolish to attempt to explain it completely in a short article. However, some key things can be covered and with the right research, you can accomplish a lot of it on your own at home. For instance, opening windows to flush out old air and then lighting incense to create a clearing scent can clear old energies from a room. Also, having some kind of flowing
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Alice Stanley receives Miss Aggie Award
Alice Stanley, an active community volunteer who drove for Meals on Wheels for 25 years and led a cook team at the I.M. Sulz-bacher Center for eight years, was selected as the 2010 recipient of the Miss Aggie Award. The award was announced by the Board of the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society on Tuesday, March 9. Stanley was honored at a public reception Saturday, March 20 at the Old Mandarin Store and Post Office.
Stanley, a native of Mandarin and a graduate of Florida State University, has served as a volunteer for a variety of organizations, including church programs, the Mandarin Garden Club and Mandarin Community Club, according to Jane Cooksey, who nominated her. Cooksey was the 2008 recipient of the Miss Aggie Award.
'Alice Stanley is one of Jacksonville's and Mandarin's unappreciated volunteers," Cooksey wrote on the nomination application. "She always goes the extra mile to make newcomers welcome to her
church and the community."
"1 like to help people," said Stanley after she heard about the award. "It makes me feel good to be useful."
Stanley noted that she was one of the original drivers for the Mandarin Presbyterian Church Meal on Wheels program and delivered more than 4,000 meals during the past 25 years. Stanley also led a cook team of more than 100 volunteers at the I.M. Sulz-bacher Center for eight years. The beef stew that she and her husband Don made for the homeless with their first cooking team is still the standard after 12 years, said Stanley. Stanley worked extensively with the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, serving as treasurer and as co-chair for many fundraising bazaars.
Stanley is the last living grandchild of Walter Jones. Jones owned the Mandarin Store and Post office and served as postmaster for the village until his death in 1928. Following his death, the business was operated by his daughter Agnes, "Miss Aggie" Jones, who worked there until it closed in 1964. Miss Aggie is remembered by many for her charity and devotion to the community.
Stanley fondly recalls her Aunt Aggie. "I remember when I used to go with Aggie and [Aggie's sister] Mamie to Jacksonville to buy goods for the store. I would bounce in the back seat of a big, old Chevy all the way to downtown."
Stanley helped to support the creation of the Walter Jones Historical Park, where the Jones family home is preserved. She sold her property to the City of Jacksonville so that it could be developed into
the city's first historical park.
The Miss Aggie Award honors a female Mandarin resident who has contributed to the community in the areas of business, civic, educational or charitable accomplishment. Nominations are submitted from the community.
The Miss Aggie Day celebration included tours of the 1911 building and free Moon Pies and RC Cola, favorite snacks when the store served the Mandarin community from 1911-1964. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Previous winners have included former Mandarin pharmacists Susan Earnhart, Jane Cooksey, community volunteer; Mary Ann Southwell, former member of the Jacksonville City Council and a community leader; Rhonda Reese, Mandarin reporter; Karen Roumil-lat, former president and executive director of the society; and Kate Monson, a former Mandarin teacher.
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Catholic Charities hosts 2010 Black and White Ball
The Jacksonville Regional Office of Catholic Charities Bureau will host the 17th annual Black and White Ball on Saturday, April 10 at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and
Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach. The theme of this year's ball is A Night Out on the Town and will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by fine dining, dancing and a silent auction. Bill and Pat Tierney are this year's honorary chairs.
Proceeds of the Black and White Ball support Catholic Charities' community service programs. About 90 cents of every dollar provides direct support for families in need.
"A young family lives in fear of
becoming homeless. A single mom raised help families avoid homeless-struggles to raise her children. A fi- ness by providing assistance with nancial crisis can happen to any one rent, mortgage, utilities and food, of us with the loss of a job, work Last year, Catholic Charities assisted hours being reduced or unexpected more than 6,000 families including medical expenses. These are some of 3,000 children in these households, the challenges that hundreds of peo- Given today's economy, Catholic
pie right here in Northeast Florida face every day," said Laura Hickey, executive director of the Jacksonville Regional Office of Catholic Charities. "Some have lost all hope while others need encouragement, support and guidance," she said.
Since 1944, Catholic Charities has been helping people recover their lives, their hope, their self respect and their dreams.
The Black and White Ball is a major source of funding for Catholic Charities in Jacksonville. Funds
Charities ability to sustain this level of outreach is remarkable considering the number of families seeking assistance continues to grow and donations from the community are down.
Tickets for the Black and White Ball are $200 each or $125 for Junior Patrons (ages 21-35). The event is black-tie optional. For more information and tickets, please call Katie Santilli at 354-4846, ext. 227 or tickets can be purchased online at www.ccbjax.org.
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Hubbard House will host its first-ever Setting The Pace for Peace Domestic Violence Awareness Walk on Saturday, May I, 2010. The walk, presented by Bank of America, will be held at the Ed Austin Regional Park, located at 11751 McCormick Road and will benefit victims of domestic violence and their children.
The Setting the Pace for Peace Walk will give our community the opportunity to raise awareness about domestic violence, remember and honor those who have been affected by it, celebrate those who have survived it and connect those who work to end it. Domestic violence does not discriminate against age, gender, race or economic levels. Last year there were over 113,000 incidents of domestic violence reported in the state of Florida and unfortunately statistics show that only one out of every four incidents
is reported. Domestic violence is truly everyone's issue and we need your help. You can play an important role in helping stop domestic violence.
This 3.2 mile walk (a shorter option will be available) is a family-friendly event that everyone is welcome to participate in. There is no registration fee and the event is open to the public. There is also no obligation to fundraise but it is appreciated as the proceeds from this event help support Hubbard House's work in providing emergency shelter, extensive outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic childcare, court advocacy and batterers' intervention services.
Are you interested in helping out the cause and getting involved in the first-ever Setting the Pace for Peace Awareness Walk? Visit www.firstgiving.com/hubbard-house to get started! We can take
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The Jones family installed grass tennis courts near the family home on what is now the Walter Jones Historical Park. A tennis club was established and tournaments were played on the banks of the St. Johns River. To learn more about Mandarin history, please visit the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society. For more information, call 268-0784 or email mandarinmuseum@bellsouth.net.
Photo provided by the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society. Watch this space each month for more memories!


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Support the Symphony golf tournament is coming soon!
The Jacksonville Symphony is hosting the second annual Support the Symphony golf tournament. Come out on the beautiful links of The Golf Club at South Hampton on Friday April 9, beginning with a shot gun start at 8:00 a.m. The cost is just $75 per player or $250 per foursome. This fee includes cart, green fees, range balls, lunch and unlimited beverages including water, beer and Gatorade.
Prizes include table seats for STYX Starry Nights to the best foursome. Other prizes will be awarded for hole in one, longest
drive, closest to the pin and more!
Want to sponsor a hole? Hole sponsorships are available for just $50 per hole. Yes, you read that right�just $50! Put your company's name out there and support the Symphony.
Got some Ugly Pants? We will be holding our Ugly Pants contest again this year. Wear your ugliest pants to win a VIP Symphony Package.
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The District Selection Committee interviewed the semi-finalists and narrowed the list to the following five finalists: Zachary Champagne, teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary; Joe Gilbert, physical education teacher at Lake Forest Elementary; Evelyne Ng, kindergarten inclusion teacher at Biscayne Elementary; Shannon Wine, primary inclusion teacher at Woodland Acres Elementary and Terry Woodlief, visual arts teacher at Chaffee Trail Elementary.
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The 2010 Duval County Teacher of the Year will be announced at the EDDY Awards on Thursday, April 29, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency. The EDDY Awards are hosted by the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. Duval County's Teacher of the Year will then go on to compete for the state-wide title.
Guardian Lutheran School hosts ASCI District Spelling Bee
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By Contributing Writer Carla Bourg
On Wednesday, February 24, Guardian Lutheran School in Mandarin hosted the ASCI District Spelling Bee for fifth through eighth grades. Schools that participated were Guardian Lutheran School, University Christian School, Promise Land Academy, Christian Heritage Academy and Hope Christian Academy.
The following are the first through fourth place winners for each grade:
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Mandarin NJROTC tours U.S.S. Vicksburg
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spirit and enthusiasm that the men and women presented on the USS Vicksburg inspired the cadets with the realization that to be successful in today's Navy or any work force requires a strong work ethic and dedication to reach their full potential.
The Vicksburg deployed in late February on a long cruise and cadets will remain in contact with the officers and crew through email and we all wish them God speed and a safe deployment. Thank you USS Vicksburg for a very educational tour that our young cadets will never forget.
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Jacksonville may not suffer traffic congestion typically found in Los Angeles or the cold snowy winter conditions of the Northeast, but nonetheless residents feel the need to escape. Vacations are important breaks that reconnect one with family and friends or simply allow time away from everyday stress. I recently found a secluded retreat not far from the First Coast, but remote from the everyday world. Eagle Island is an isolated but lovely spot, a place that submerges your senses in marsh wilderness and calm serenity. Why, this site is so secret even the paparazzi wouldn't find Oprah.
Simply drive up Interstate 95, about an hour and a half to Darien, Georgia. Park your car by the public dock and meet up with Captain Andy Hill. Capt'n Andy will transport you by boat, about 20 minutes further, to his rustic, but elegant hideaway�a 10-acre private island with just one house and eagle's nest�all for yourself. Two bedrooms on the raised main floor share a bath, plus a loft and the house will sleep 12. The 1,500 square foot screened porch circles the second floor and boasts a hot tub, hammock, rockers, tables and chairs�great for playing cards or board games. There's even wifi�if you must.
But, now that you've slipped away, slow down and meander the island's maritime forest; it reminded me of Never-Neverland- a fantasy of fallen trees, ponds, ferns and a few paths and raised walkways with views of the low country and Darien River. Nap on the hidden hammock or laze on the double swing near the dock. When booking, reserve rental kayaks for touring, with or without a guide. Danny Grissette with Altamaha Coastal Tour took me through the tidal waters on a chilly February morn, treating me to snippets of local history and facts about the ecological environment. Even in the cold, the quiet contentment of paddling between marsh grass and migratory birds calmed the nerves and renewed my psyche.
If you desire more adventure and fishing is your thing, this area is full of red and black drum, sea trout and flounder. Captain Wendell Harper is on call to act as a tidal saltwater fishing guide or take you deep-sea fishing. And, if you yearn
for stories, just ask about his days as an alligator trapper for the state. Do you believe a gator can bite two hours after he's dead? Wendell says they can and I didn't question him!
Crave beach? How about a day trip to Sapelo Island, almost 11,000 upland acres but only 50 residents. A half-hour boat ride will get you to shore. Tour the former RJ Reynolds Mansion, stroll undisturbed Nannygoat beach for driftwood, sand dollars and conch shells, visit the Gullah community or enjoy a picnic by the restored lighthouse.
Since Darien is home to shrimp boats, the delectable shellfish are
readily available. Guests can have some delivered along with a bushel of fresh oysters. Private Islands of Georgia won't charge anything above the cost. And, Capt'n Andy can help you set crab traps for your personal seafood feast or low country boil.
You don't have to fly to the Caribbean or be a millionaire to rent your own island, but you can sure feel like one on nearby Eagle Island. The getaway is well within the budget, but then again, priceless.
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Family, fun and arena football with the Jacksonville Sharks
By Karl Kennell
Football, football and more football�it is an understatement to say that football is the favorite sport of our area. We now have the latest addition to satisfying our addiction to throwing and running that pigskin done the field across the goal line. We have Pop Warner and college competitions through the year to build our enthusiasm and now we have another professional team preparing to take the field at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville to quench our thirst for more football.
Players, coaches and budding fans have been gathering on the field at Plantation Park on Race Track Road in NW St. Johns County, preparing to get the game on. They have been gathered there to exercise their enthusiasm for the game. It is all because we now have the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League (AFL) to keep
our football lust satisfied throughout the spring and the hot days of summer in the air-conditioned comfort of the Veterans Memorial Arena.
Recently we dropped in on open tryouts at Plantation Park. That day there were former college players, AFL veteran players and a few candidates that just felt it was a chance of a lifetime to play professional football. The training camp roster was loaded with AFL veterans and whittled down ultimately to a 23 member final roster.
Head coach Les Moss commented, "Some of the AFL veteran players on our roster have been waiting a year and a half to get back out on the field."
Arena football has been very popular over the years with the fans. However, there has been a hiatus while the league has risen again like a Phoenix from the ashes of the old league. We actually owe our having the Jacksonville Sharks to Managing Director Jeff Bouchy accepting the suggestion of his brother, who is the owner of the Orlando Predators. Bouchy explained that it was after he visited the Veterans Memorial Arena with an eye on using it for games he realized just what a superior facility it is.
"It just seemed like a great idea. So why not?" he explained.
The new AFL is fielding 15
teams. Our interest will undoubtedly be in the rivalries that will develop among the Florida teams. The Tampa Bay Storm is a team many of us surely recognize. Of course, the Orlando Predators rivalry may well be the most exciting. After all, it will be between the brothers Bouchy.
At the field the day we visited with Bouchy, we discussed the family friendly aspects of arena football. The game is not only exciting but the whole experience is totally unlike like the one you would experience in a big stadium. Music, promotions, halftime contests, mascots, concessions specials and the Attack dancers will be keeping the excitement going all the time. The price of attending a game is also more reachable for a family to enjoy a great football game and in the air-conditioning at that. Bouchy described the experience as, "like a KISS concert and football."
As we stood and talked with Bouchy with his young son Jeff Jr. by his side, one definitely felt the enthusiasm he has for Jacksonville, Arena League Football, the Sharks and the commitment to making the whole AFL experience a family fun activity.
Learn more about the Jacksonville Sharks by visiting www. jaxsharks.com. Be sure to make plans to catch the Sharks vs. Predators game on April 15. It will be the beginning of a bit of brotherly rivalry and surely will be exciting!
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Celebrate Spring!
By Joy Hartley
I am more than ready to celebrate spring. I want to take advantage of my outside dining area before the heat takes over, so now is the time! I am going to gather some special girl friends in my summer kitchen/outdoor garden area for an elegant afternoon.
I want this to be a "Southern Living" event on a small budget so I plan to do the food, flowers and linens all by myself.
First I plunged into my treasured keepsake box of recipes and entertaining ideas. For years I have thumbed through many great magazines and cut out my favorite articles on not only food but great
centerpieces and those fabulous "tablescapes" that the designers do for these photo shoots. Now I have to take these pro's looks and make them reality; this is a really fun challenge for me. And this choice of table presentation is perfect for my yellow cabbage-shaped china!
I decided on a garden table landscape, to ultimately look like a planting in the yard. I will not be using containers, but will build the scape using an eclectic collection of things around the house. I plan on using some of the many rabbits I have collected over the years by hiding them in the greenery. To add interest you must have height
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in some areas of the scape and lower points. This feat is accomplished by stacking gardening books, using my mother's crystal cake plate and the three tier dessert tower a gift that has never before been un-cartoned.
My plants will be multi- packs of bedding plants and greenery that will actually be set out in the flower beds after the event, along with some long fresh stems in water picks placed randomly in the scape. I have some branches of corkscrew
willow, ornamental cabbages and fresh carrots with tops attached to add whimsy and fun to the day.
After layering several lengths of crisp white antique linen on the table the afternoon before the event, I will set to work building the area to look just like the Peter Rabbit's garden! I am going to have fun and there are no rules to follow. When I finish placing all the materials I will fill in the cracks with tuffs of tulle cut from a roll of pretty yellow net bought at the
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Food is second on the agenda when you have made the table so "over the top!" Plus have I mentioned that I am not a gourmet cook? I can assemble a meal, in a very organized manner. Therefore my choice of menu is my Ceviche "Parfait" (recipe below), delicate croissants (purchased) my Lemon Meringue Pie and Sparkling Fruity Green Tea (see liptont.com).
Now the scene is set and The Lifestyle Guru is having her girlfriends over for an elegant spring afternoon in Mandarin, Florida!
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Kids Against Hunger supplies food to Haiti
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I guess teenagers do care.
Several months ago, Bill Win-ton, the youth pastor at Christian Family Chapel, told the Junior High students of the church that
we would be having an overnight event. This event was to be held on Saturday February 27 through Sunday February 28. At the event, we would be packing meals for
a company called "Kids Against Hunger." This organization makes and ships meals locally and also around the world to starving people. He also told us that we would be raising money to pay for the meals. Each meal was going to cost 25 cents.
So, we had a girls' jar and a guys' jar. During the next couple weeks, students gave their allowance, earned money doing chores and some even went door to door raising money. Altogether we raised $1,764!
At the mission conference, we had dinner with our parents and then we talked to missionaries. Later we listened to a guest speaker, Dr. Johnny Miller. After our parents went home, we had a big game of fox and hounds on the church
Good Samaritan Alan Dean saved the day at Edgewater at Sunbeam condominiums when he rescued four baby ducklings that fell in a drainage grate when they were attempting to cross a busy road on their way to their first swim in a nearby pond. Nine of the ducklings made it to safety and waited patiently while Dean opened the grate, climbed inside and used a fishing net to retrieve the trapped ducklings. A grateful mama duck then gathered her brood once again ana took them on their first swim as a family in the pond. Many
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Next, we went inside and listened to Preston who works for "Kids Against Hunger." He told us that every three seconds a baby dies. And that it takes a little over two seconds to pack one of the meals.
The meals were made in four stages. First rice, dried vegetables, soy protein, vitamins and minerals had to be measured and put into a little bag. The bag was then passed to a scale where rice was added or taken away to make sure it was the right weight for shipping. Lastly it was sealed between two pieces of
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We worked from 10:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. that night and from 8:00 a.m. untilll:00 a.m. the next morning. Each of those bags had enough food for six people to have all the nutrition they need for a whole day. And every one of those bags was delivered into the hands of a Haitian who probably wasn't going to get any food that day otherwise.
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Baptist Medical Center South celebrates fifth birthday
Baptist Medical Center South celebrated the fifth anniversary of its opening as Jacksonville's first hospital of the 21st century by inviting all of the babies who were born at the hospital during the inaugural year to a birthday party. The birthday party was held on Saturday, February 27, for all the children born at Baptist South in 2005. Almost 350 people attended the party.
Each child received a commemorative birthday T-shirt to wear for a group photo. Everyone enjoyed cake, cupcakes, a balloon artist and participated in a coloring contest, with the completed art being displayed in the hospital's main lobby. The children and their parents toured the Labor/ Delivery/Recovery/Postpartum unit
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Baptist South opened on February 16, 2005, as the first fully digital, paperless hospital in Northeast Florida using Electronic Medical Record (EMR) technology. This advanced electronic environment is integrated with a design and environment at Baptist South that emphasize nature, art and patient and family comfort.
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The Hyatt Regency Riverfront was a sea of satin and bows, suits and even a few tuxedos, for the third annual Daddy Daughter Dance. Presented by THE PLAYERS Championship and Advocate Sponsor Regions Bank, "The Daddy Daughter Golf Ball," as the event is affectionately called, held on February 20 was a huge success.
"Not only did we sell out for this wonderful event, but the girls and their fathers (or significant male figure) had a very special evening filled with dancing, games and a delicious dinner," said Beth Hughes Clark,
president/CEO of Girls Inc. of Jacksonville.
The guests enjoyed dancing with music by Radio Disney, keepsake portraits, a prize drawing and silent auction. Auction items included private golf lessons at TOUR Academy TPC Saw-grass, daddy and daughter golf clubs, fabulous vacations as well as a variety of other goodies for dads and daughters to bid on.
Pink colored Girls Inc. backpacks that were sent home with each girl at the end of the evening were filled with goodies from THE PLAYERS, including a Vera
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"We couldn't have asked for a better night. Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time, and so did we!" said Peg Ganger, Girls Inc. of Jacksonville board chair.
The event is held in February and patrons are encouraged to mark their calendars for 2011 to register early.
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John Burton and Dan Sizemore of the Toast of Jax Toastmasters Club spent a day at Fruit Cove Middle School in December. They taught public speaking skills for the sixth grade Teen Leadership class taught by Mr. Hurst. Teen Leadership is a new
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Approximately 150 students learned more about what it takes to become a good communicator. Burton and Sizemore gave vivid examples of how to speak properly in front of a group and also how not to speak. Each presentation was done first very poorly with lots of mumbling and looking down at the ground. Next, the students were asked to comment on how the presenter could improve. After a second try, Burton and Sizemore
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told their same story in a much more entertaining and listenable manner. Then several students gave brief speeches to their class and received feedback from their classmates.
Toastmasters is an international organization dedicated to helping people improve their communication skills. The Toast of Jax Toastmasters Club meets every Saturday at 7:30a.m. at the Ramada Inn in Mandarin.
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P.E.O. Chapter HA helped the local charity Books-A-Go Go with their fourth annual National Children's Book Drive by making Dr. Seuss hats and scarves for the children as they received donated books at the Community Connections and other locations in Jacksonville. The Dr. Seuss theme was adopted because March just happens to be the birthday of Dr. Seuss!
Books-A-Go Go is always looking for sponsors or volunteers individual donations of books or dollars. For additional information, go to www.booksagogo.org.
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Mandarin Christian School (MCS) students recently out-engineered their competition for the second year in a row. MCS had two teams competing in the eighth annual Engineering Career Day held on Friday, February 19 at the United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District Headquarters.
"We are extremely proud of our high school students and their accomplishments at this event," said Dave Olender, MCS upper school principal. "They all put forth their best effort and did an excellent job. I can't wait to see what happens at next year's engineering competition!"
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Throughout nature there is a series of checks and balances that serve to maintain a vibrant environment. Plants take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, while animals take in oxygen and produce carbon dioxide providing a healthy balance that keeps the world spinning. Albeit that keep-
ing the world spinning is another set of checks and balances. So let's consider that a colloquialism rather than an analogy. When we create an artificial environment, such as a water garden or Koi pond, achieving the desired checks and balances require our help. I mention desired checks and balances because left alone, nature may develop a different plan for your pond.
In the spring when the temperatures start to rise, it is natural to experience an algae bloom. This occurrence, if kept under control, is not harmful. Algae thrive as a result of an abundant supply of nutrients in the water, mostly phosphates and nitrates. So what are the elements required to keep the algae controlled? Balance the environment. All plants are nitrate users. Having a variety of plants in the pond makes the algae compete for nutrients. Aquatic plants are one of the best ways to help maintain clear water.
Aeration is another method we use constantly. A high level of dissolved oxygen is essential for the health of your pond and to maintain clear water as alluded to in the opening paragraph. Decaying debris and fish waste all produce
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Keep up those water changes. Small water changes twice a week will remove nitrates from the water and dilute other problems that begin when the temperatures start to rise. Have the new water enter the pond slowly to allow the fish to acclimate to the water temperature change.
Bundle loose barley straw or barley pellets and float them in the pond. I purchase paint straining bags at the home supply store, fill them with barley straw and place in the water. The decomposing barley produces peroxide which inhibits algae growth. Just replace it when it has broken down, generally a couple times a year.
Ultra violet sterilizers are a small UV light bulb enclosed in a glass tube. As water is pumped through the sterilizer, parasites and plants (algae) that pass through the tube are zapped by the UV rays and are killed. However, do not depend completely on this to manage parasites. They may just prefer to stay on your fish.
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We all want to save money, don't we? But that doesn't mean you have to take a vow of poverty and devote yourself to a diet of rice and water. Here are some simple tips for spending less money every day:
� Use the library. Stay away from bookshops, music stores and video rental outlets. You can get almost anything you want in the way of entertainment from your local library, for free.
� Delay your purchases. Don't give into impulse buying. Before putting anything into your shopping cart at the grocery store, wait 10 seconds and consider whether you really need it. For larger purchases, wait one or two days.
� Cut out meat. You can get needed protein in your diet from other, less expensive foods. You don't have to become a vegan, but limiting meat to once or twice a week will cut your grocery bill.
Spice up your space with the top color trends for spring and summer 2010
(ARA) - Avocado and harvest gold bring back memories of the 70s�but what colors will spring and summer of 2010 bring to our homes?
'As the economy continues to work its way out of a recession, there will be less spending on new items and more repurposing of existing items throughout the home," says Donna Schroeder of spray paint manufacturer Krylon. "A great way to breathe new life into these old objects is with spray paint in one of the year's hottest colors."
Nature, collections, senses and symbols will be the drivers for paint trends in 2010, says Schroeder. These main drivers are interconnected, allowing each trend to blend into the other to create a cohesive look and feel throughout your space. The four stylish color themes found in the 2010 trend palette are:
Sense: Whether you prefer scented candles, dim lighting or cozy rugs to accent your home, stimulating all the senses is a key style component in 2010. Comprised of soft colors, the sense trend will swaddle and soothe the soul. It engages all five senses as it mixes textures, scents and patterns throughout the home. This trend also focuses on the details, allowing you to make a statement with even the smallest elements. Colors in the sense palette include Pacific Purple, Morning Mist, Hyacinth, Celery, Jade and Sand.
Nurture: As concern for the environment continues to play a large role in home design and decorating, homeowners are shifting toward smaller spaces. They're also buying less and repurposing more. To complement this eco-conscious-ness and the shrinking of carbon footprints, indoor design and decor
trends continue to be reminiscent of the outdoors. Bring the beauty and wonder of the environment into your home with colors found in natural elements. Colors in the nurture palette include Fern, Meringue, Terra Cotta, River Rock, Mountain View and Cloud.
Symbol: A love of architectural shapes and details from the past help fuel the trend of symbols in 2010. Moody and complex colors are integral to this palette, allowing design elements from yesteryear to
resurface in modern-day homes. Look for accents with a historical look and feel to complement the dramatic hues and elegant feel of this trend. Spray paint colors in the symbol palette include Almond, Cherry Red, Navy, Ivy Leaf, Leather Brown and Castle Rock.
Sojourn: The beauty and wonder from across the world can be a great place to derive inspiration for your home. By combining meaningful objects from your personal travels with rich, globally inspired
colors you can showcase your belongings as a masterful collection. This trend allows you to tell a story of your past travels and experiences through your home decor. Colors in the sojourn palette include Bahama Sea, Burgundy, Peek-a-boo Blue, Blonde Shimmer, Niagara Ivory Mist and Equestrian.
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To compile the findings and determine the latest kitchen and bath trends, the organization surveyed those members who designed a kitchen or bathroom during the last quarter of 2009. According to NKBA, the top 10 trends for 2010 are:
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Making a big statement throughout the kitchen in 2010 is
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If you're tired of running the dishwasher when it's only half-full, consider installing a dishwasher drawer. Because it's independently operated, you can wash small loads as economically as large ones. Plus, the extra flexibility to run cycles simultaneously with your traditional dishwasher makes clean-up quicker and easier, explaining why nearly a third of designers are incorporating this new trend into kitchens, as well.
Another popular element to include in the kitchen in 2010 is a pull-down or pull-out faucet. Utilized by 85 percent of kitchen designers, it's an easy way to make a design statement at the kitchen sink while increasing functionality.
Granite is the dominant material chosen for vanities in current
remodels�used by seven of every eight designers�however, in 2010 alternative natural materials, like marble, will continue to grow in popularity.
According to NKBA, just under half of bathroom designers utilize marble, as it provides a sophisticated look that's reminiscent of Roman baths with its regal, refined detail that exudes a sense of luxury. Plus, marble countertops provide a stain-resistant, water-resistant, rugged and durable surface�ideal for child-friendly bathrooms or homes with just one bathroom that see a lot of traffic throughout the day.
NKBA also forecasts that integrated sink tops will be a popular choice this year, as you can easily use existing items to achieve this look. By adding a sink into an antique dresser or chest, designers are creating one-of-a-kind vanities for nearly 30 percent of all clients.
Polished chrome finishes are another bathroom design trend for 2010. Look to incorporate this chic metal accent into all your hardware by updating the accessories in your bath, as well. You'll be able to make a big impact with small updates like new towel bars and robe hooks, for a completely coordinated look.
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River Garden Foundation's 14th annual Golf Classic will be held on Thursday, April 22 at the Deerwood Country Club. The event is co-chaired by Mark Loding er and Michael Price. The tournament will benefit the River Garden Geriatric Training Center, located on the River Garden campus in Mandarin. Since August 1996, this licensed, not-for-profit school has trained more than 495 individuals to become certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Upon completion of the six-week program, students sit for the state of Florida nursing assistant licensure examination; after passing the exam, they are eligible to work in a Florida long-term care facility or hospital.
The on-site training center was founded in order to enable the home to train caregivers "the River Garden way" while at the same time expanding educational opportunities in the Jacksonville area.
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Other major tournament sponsors include Greene-Hazel and Associates and Ned I. Price, PA. (Ned and Sue Price). Since the tournament's inception in 1997, more than $750,000 has been raised for the training center. Sponsorship opportunities and player spots are now available.
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Coinciding with the return to tral Florida have enacted ordinanc- The landscape irrigation re-daylight saving time on Sunday, es implementing the districts rule, strictions apply to water withdrawn March 14, landscape irrigation is and the list of those local govern- from ground or surface water, from now allowed up to two days a week ments is available on the district's a private well or pump or from a after 4:00 p.m. and before 10:00 a.m. across the 18 counties within
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Jobs, jobs, jobs. In Duval County the unemployment rate remains constant at 11.3 percent and this does not take into account the underemployed or those who have stopped looking for work. While economic indicators speak of "green shoots" and "a light at the end of the tunnel," we must realize that we are not as a country producing enough new jobs to fill the demand. We've lost 10.8 million jobs since the start of the Great Recession; at the rate that the economy is creating new jobs it will be years before we
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If you are without employment or are underemployed, here are a few recommendations to maximize your efforts for employment:
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Friends of the Library have reached 10,000 volunteer hours
The Friends of the Library donate their time year round to several major revenue generators to raise funds for the library including two annual Great Jacksonville Booksales held during the fall and spring at the Fairgrounds where great literary buys can be discovered for just a few dollars.
The Booktique owned and operated by the Friends, and staffed entirely by volunteers, is located in the Laura Street entrance of the Main Library. Booktique offers great buys on books for readers of all ages. The Saturday Morning Bookstore, also staffed entirely by volunteers, is open each Saturday and operated out of the University Park Library Branch. Volunteers sell, sort and organize thousands of books in preparation to sell by Friends volunteers.
"I've always enjoyed working with people who enjoy the library and reading just as much as I do,"
Joyce Patten, Booktique volunteer said. "I love that the Booktique offers such affordable books for everyone and it all benefits the library!"
The Friends have also started a new program, Books for Soldiers. Monetary donations are being collected to cover the cost of shipping books, tapes and other media overseas.
The Jacksonville Public Library is an American Star Library, selected from 7,268 public libraries nationwide by the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. The Jacksonville Public Library provides library programs and services to Duval County residents at the Main Library and 20 branch locations with a collection of over three million materials.
For more information about the Jacksonville Public Library, call 630-BOOK (2665) or visit www.jaxpubliclibrary.org
working means talking; mining everyone from family members to friends to colleagues from past jobs. Consider rekindling relationships with past supervisors and employers. Keep records of your search including what you did, with whom you spoke, dates, etc. so that you can revisit these individuals and companies at other times during your search.
3. Follow up with everyone and don't forget to ask for a referral! Look for opportunities to make conversation with people; you never know what may lead to a job. Be persistent and structure your time to maximize your effort; remain confident and active in the search.
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5. Hone your interviewing skills through practice. Review your job history in order to list jobs performed, skills utilized, problems surmounted, difficulties encountered and yes, failures. The latter will highlight your ability to confront and surmount problems.
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After a season characterized by special players making special plays which produced wins almost every time they touched the field as a team, the Mandarin High boys' soccer team headed to the state semifinals to face Boca Raton. Days earlier, the boys won their regional final game against Lake Mary 2 to 1. This boosted their record to an eye-popping 23-1-2 mark. The boys then prepared to travel to Tampa for the semifinals a week later.
As a whole, the team received a warm welcome from all of the Mandarin High School students who crowded the parking lot wishing them well as they left campus in search of a state championship. While the boys ended up falling to Boca Raton the following Friday and losing out on what potentially could be the closest any of the boys ever get to a state championship, all was not lost.
As a senior at Mandarin High, I cannot remember a time when there was more electricity in the air surrounding a sports team. The Softball team made it to states a few years before, but not even that could compare to the sendoff and emotional excitement surrounding the boys' soccer team. Sports are ultimately the greatest when they have the ability to bring people together. When a team can unite a group of people who may be different in many other ways, that is when sports can transcend their usual place in life and become much more.
For a few weeks in January and February, the soccer
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However, while Mandarin High School continues to wait for the day when they can reach the pinnacle of excellence, they have a lot to look back on and be proud of. In a day and age where teachers and students often have difficulties seeing eye to eye, the boys offered them common ground. A place where all could agree and pull for a common goal. Much as the Olympics recently brought the United States together, the boys' soccer team brought Mandarin High together. That is why we love sports.
Some people cannot understand why people get so involved with a team�but it is because it is important to sometimes believe in something that is bigger than you as a person. Even in the end, when championships may not have been won, lessons learned and fond memories are left to carry on. That is why we love sports and that is why everyone on the boys soccer team should be proud to have been part of such a great team.
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How great it is in this day and maintained the charm and tradi-age, to see something brought back tion of the past. With comfort-to life after it appeared that it was closing its doors! The Alhambra Theatre and Dining as it is now called, had been an institution in
able new chairs, an attractive new lounge/ bar/ theatre library which features a beautiful two sided fireplace, the Alhambra welcomes you the community for many years. Yes as you enter. (Even the rest rooms the atmosphere was getting tired have been completely restored!)
and the food left something to be desired, but it still held a unique place in the hearts of many. It was hard to believe it would no longer be with us!
And then along came Craig Smith. Not part of the theater community, but a successful businessman, Smith had been a lover of the Alhambra since boyhood. He had been taken to enjoy its offerings on special occasions and maintained many happy memories. He couldn't bear to observe its demise. So with the help of his business partners and others, he stepped in and took over the monumental task of restoring this icon. His enthusiasm is certainly contagious and what he has achieved in a few short months is amazing. The interior and exterior have been completely renovated, but still have
What about the food? Chef Matthew Medure, noted for his exclusive Jacksonville restaurant "Matthews" and for the wonderful new "Gourmet Take Away" in San Marco, has been appointed executive chef. He is approaching the challenge in a unique way. He will feature a different menu for each production, consistent with its theme. I can't wait to try it!
None of this will amount to much if the performances do not maintain their excellence. Hooray for the fact that Tod Booth is staying on as creative director. For the first time, the Alhambra sponsored an open casting call for cameo children's roles in its first new production "High School Musical." Over 100 young artists showed up! The result was excellent.
The next production, "42nd Street," a musical version of the film of the same name, will be presented through April 25. It will be followed by a complete change of pace, a comedy entitled "The Foreigner," which will run from April 28 to June 13. Then for the whole family, a production of Rogers and Hammerstein's musical classic, "Cinderella" from June 16 to August 8. Later in the year, you can look for a wide range of offerings, including the romantic comedy "Aurora's Crossing" and musical stage versions of "The Wedding Singer," "The King and I" and "It's a Wonderful Life."
Tickets and further information for all of the above are available at 641-1212 or at www. alhambrajax.com. Special group sales are also available and where else can you arrange for private events for fund raising, weddings or other gatherings? The Alhambra Theatre and Dining is located at 12000 Beach Boulevard. It has its own excellent parking. Let's support this great new revival. Hope to see you there.
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Tait ft andWorship DIRECTORY
All Souls Anglican Etz Chaim Synagogue
Church 1 01 67 San Jose Blvd.
Meets at Mandarin Middle 262-3565
School
5100 Hood Road 904-268-4600 www.al I sou lsjax.org
Beth Shalom Congregation
4072 Sunbeam Rd 268-0404
www. bethshalomjax.org
Bible Believers Baptist Church
3857 Hartley Rd. 260-8370
www. Bi bl eBel ievers Ba p-tistChurch.org
Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Society
1 2447 Mandarin Road
276-3739
www.bbuus.org
Christ Church PCA
9791 St. Augustine Rd 262-5588
www.christchurch-pca.com
Christ's Church
6045 Greenland Rd. 268-2500
www.ccontheweb.com
Christian Family Chapel
10365 St. Augustine Rd 262-3000
www.christianfamilychapel.com
Congregation Ahavath Chesed - The Temple
8727 San Jose Boulevard 733-7078
www.thetemplejacksonville.org
CrossView Church
Meets at Greenland Pines Elementary
5050 Greenland Road
904-236-4110
www.crossview.org
Crown Point Baptist Church
10153 Old St. Augustine Rd. 262-9743
www.crownpointbaptist-church.com
Episcopal Church of Our Saviour
1 2236 Mandarin Road
268-9457
www.coos.org
www.etzchaim.org
Faith Baptist Church of Mandarin
2955 Orange Picker Rd
262-6944
www.faithbcm.org
First Baptist Church of Mandarin
3990 Loretto Rd 268-2422
www.fbcofmandarin.org
First Christian Church
11924 San Jose Blvd. 262-1662
http://firstchristianjax. clearwire.net
First Conservative Baptist Church
12021 St. Augustine Rd. 262-7777
www.conservative.edu
Freedom Christian Fellowship
3423 Loretto Road
268-2244
www.fcfjax.org
Grace Bible Study
Mandarin Community Club 12447 Mandarin Road 422-8541
Grace Chapel Christian Fellowship
2960 Plummer Cove Rd. 288-8808
www.gracechapeljax.com
Guardian Lutheran Church
4911 Losco Road 268-5816
www.guardianlutheran.com
Jacksonville Jewish Center
3662 Crown Point Road 292-1000
www.jaxjewishcenter.com
Mandarin Baptist Church
11244 San Jose Blvd.
262-6322
www.mbc-jax.org
Mandarin Church of Christ
12791 St. Augustine Rd. 268-5683
www.mandarincc.com
Mandarin First Church of God
4319 Barkoskie Road Jacksonville, Fl 32258 (904)-292-4498
Mandarin Lutheran Church ELCA
11900 San Jose Blvd. 268-4591
www.mandarinlutheran-church.org
Mandarin Presbyterian Church
11 844 Mandarin Road 680-9944
www.mandarinchurch.com
Mandarin Seventh Day Adventist Church
10911 Old St. Augustine Rd. 268-7476
www.mandarinsda.org
Mandarin United Methodist Church
11270 San Jose Blvd. 268-5549
www.mandarinumc.com
Philip R. Cousin AME Church
2625 Orange Picker Road
262-3083
www.prcame.org
St. Augustine Road Baptist Church
13233 St. Augustine Rd. 268-6246
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
11 730 Old St. Augustine Rd. 268-5422
www.stjosephsjax.org
St. Justin the Martyr Orthodox Church
12460 St. Augustine Rd 880-7671
http://st-justin-martyr.org
Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church
6595 Columbia Park CT,
268-6701
www.sotwjax.org
Solid Rock Church of Mandarin
12855 Old St. Augustine Rd. 268-8895
www.src-ministries.org
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
11951 St Augustine Rd. (904) 268-5428 www.lds.org
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Shalom Jax Cruise and Schmooze scheduled for Sunday, April 25
Did you know that "Americas Most Beautiful Wilderness Beach," according to the Travel Channel, is located in North Florida and about an hour's drive from Jacksonville? This is your chance to spend a couple of hours on Sunday, April 25 with newcomers, friends and neighbors and enjoy Shalom Jax's first Cruise and Schmooze along the coast. Our charter boat will depart from the historic Fernan-dina waterfront and travel to the breathtaking Cumberland Island, the nation's largest wilderness island.
This one and a half hour tour glides along Amelia Island's Intra-coastal shoreline up to Cumberland Island's southern tip. As we enter Cumberland's peaceful Beach Creek, we'll learn about the unique barrier island environment and history. Captain Kevin McCarthy will share stories about Amelia Island's colorful history, shrimping, marine wildlife and Fort Clinch with an added focus on the area's rich Jewish history. We may be lucky enough to see wild horses grazing
along the shore and the multitude of wildlife that inhabit the island. Don't be surprised if you see dolphins, sea turtles, manatees and exotic seabirds.
The boat is handicap accessible and bathroom equipped. You may bring food and beverage on board or you can lunch on the boat or in one of the many restaurants on the dock or on Centre Street. The boat has a shade canopy and side curtains. A small area of the boat is exposed to the sun so please bring a hat if you are sun sensitive.
For newcomers, this is a wonderful opportunity to discover some of North Florida's beautiful waterways and quaint towns. For long time North Florida residents, this is your chance to take the cruise you have had on your "places-to-see list."
Cars will caravan from the JCA (Jewish Community Alliance) around 10:00 a.m. Cruise fees are: adults $26/seniors (65+) $24. For more information, please call Isabel Balotin at 448-5000 x 206 or via email at shalomjax@Qjewish-jacksonville.org. Please send your checks payable to the Jacksonville Jewish Federation, 8505 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32217 or you can register online at jewishjacksonville.org and pay by credit card.
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Freedom Christian Fellowship invites all the children of the community, up through age 11 to join us for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 3. There will be a lot of candy and drawings for prizes. Freedom Christian Fellowship is located at 3423 Loretto Road in Mandarin. For more details, please call 268-2244.
Mandarin Christian Women's Connection will be having a luncheon on Tuesday, April 13 from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. at the Ramada Inn, located at 3130 Hartley Road. The guest feature will be an international fashion show featuring clothing that was acquired by Linda Snider on her travels around the world on board the Mercy Ship. Snider will share why she traded her beach home for a small cabin on the Caribbean
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Mercy and their "Joyful Journey." The lunch buffet cost is $15. Reservations and cancellations for lunch and complimentary nursery are essential by Friday, April 9. Please call Cande at 908-5609 or email mandarincwc@yahoo.com or sweetleespoiled@comcast.net.
Mandarin United Methodist Church announces its Holy Week schedule: Thursday, April 1, Holy Thursday service at 7:00 p.m.; Friday, April 2, Good Friday service at 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 3, Easter Vigil from 10:30 p.m. until 12:00 midnight; Sunday, April 4, Easter Sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. in the outdoor chapel, followed by a pancake breakfast from 7:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. in Wesley Hall. Easter services continue on Sunday, April 4 at 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. For additional information, please contact the church at 268-5549.
St* Joseph's
Catholic Church
Holy Thursday - April 1st
Reconciliation 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Mass 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday - April 2nd
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 3rd
Reconciliation 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Easter Vigil 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday - April 4th 6:30 a.m. Sunrise, 8:00, 10:00 and 12:00 11730 Old St. Augustine Rd. Jacksonville, Florida 904-268-5422
Faith Corner
The time is now
By Contributing Writer Rev. Dan Cody, Pastor, St. Josephs Catholic Church
How do you describe a Mandarin oak tree? Only in the superlative. The Mandarin oak tree is not just there. Adorned in its loose fitting cloak of Spanish moss it presides. Giant as they are, the environment on which they and all of nature depends is delicate and under siege by our sometimes negligent behavior. With some reluctance we are beginning to understand the need for some rearranging of priorities.
Guidance in this regard is abundant. The science of this whole subject is critically important but the Catholic Church digs deeply into the very core of the matter. We are caretakers, stewards, not masters. We do not own nature. God does.
In 2003 the Catholic bishops of the United States have defined stewardship in the context of envi-ronmentalism as follows:
� Receiving the gifts of God with gratitude.
� Cultivating them responsibility.
� Sharing them lovingly in justice with others.
� Standing before the Lord in a Spirit of accountability.
As is the case with all Catholic social teaching there is a dual thrust here. Personal action is paired with social action. The personal level involves everyday practical choices. A simple example would be taking our reusable cloth shopping bag when we visit the
grocery store. Just imagine the profound environmental consequence if every shopper in Duval County adopted this practice. How about every shopper in Florida? How about every shopper in the United States? The same multiplier factor applies to all good choices. On the social level we are into the area of responsible public policy for general environmental protection.
Let's have a look at some specific official Catholic environmental guidance. Pope John Paul II in his 1990 message for the World Day of Peace entitled "The Ecological Crisis: A Common Responsibility" urged Christians to realize that concern for Creation is "an essential part of their faith." No shrinking words here.
Pope Benedict XVI in an address to clergy in 2008 called for a revival in the theology of creation: "In recent decades the doctrine of Creation has almost disappeared from theology, it was almost imperceptible. We are now aware
of the damage this has caused. The Redeemer is the Creator and if we do not proclaim God in his full grandeur�as Creator and Redeemer�we also diminish the
value of the Redemption.....if we
recognize this it will obviously follow that the Redemption, being Christian and simply Christian faith, also means responsibility always and everywhere with regard to creation."
The lovely and stately Mandarin oak started out as a tiny seedling in the ground. Look at it now. There is power and consequence to my every individual environmental decision. Most importantly, there is accountability to God.
Editor's Note: Faith Corner is a new monthly feature at Mandarin NewsLine. We invite leaders of all Mandarin area places of worship to submit an article for a future issue. Please email editor@mandarin-newsline.com if you would like to participate!
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Dear Elizabeth,
I work for a medium size company about 120 employees. My department (10 people) is hosting a bridal shower for one of the ladies who works with us. This is an obligation that each department does for their own personnel. The whole company will be invited and our department will split the cost of food, drink and decorations. We sent an invitation to the bride's mother and the groom's mother. A week before the shower the bride asked if she could invite some of her friends too. What should we do? Some people think it is OK and others say "no way!"
Help!
Stacey
Dear Stacey,
When a shower is being given for someone and the hostess asks for a guest list, the bride may invite whomever she wants. When a shower is being given in a workplace setting, only those who work there should attend. Just sweetly tell the bride that since it is a workplace shower only employees of the company will be invited. Hopefully she will be a gracious bride and that will be the end of it!
Good Luck!
Elizabeth
wear it and they are only ten years old!
Worried, Lindsey
Dear Lindsey,
There is not a specific age for when girls should wear make-up. It is up to you when you think your daughter is ready. Trust your own judgment and don't worry about what everyone else is doing.
Good Luck!
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Safe Kids Northeast Florida encourages parents to be trained in CPR
More than 2,000 children in the United States, ages 14 and under, die from accidental injuries in the home each year and three million kids are treated in emergency rooms for accidental injuries occurring at home. In 2004, approximately 2,300 children ages 14 and under died from unintentional injuries that occurred in the home and nearly 80 percent of these deaths were among children ages four and under. Most fatal injuries at home are caused by fire, suffocation, drowning, choking, falls, poisoning or firearms discharged unintentionally.
Safe Kids Northeast Florida urges parents to take the time to become trained in pediatric CPR and choking procedures. In Jacksonville, Baptist Health offers American Heart Association Family and Friends courses.
"These three-hour community courses provide hands-on training on infant and child manikins, as well as important childproofing and first aid information that every parent, grandparent and babysitter needs to know," says Cynthia Dennis, RN, Safe Kids Northeast Florida coordinator. "The class is only $20 and well worth the investment in time and money to be prepared in the event of an emergency involving an infant or child."
The classes are held at Baptist Medical Center Downtown, Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Baptist Medical Center South and Destination Maternity. For more information and to register for a class near you, call (904) 202-BABY.
Safe Kids Northeast Florida also recommends parents and caregivers check their homes for basic safety precautions.
"There's no substitute for active supervision, but carefully childproofing your home provides extra protection and peace of mind," says Dennis. "It's easy to eliminate the most obvious hazards
� and it doesn't have to involve a lot of expensive equipment."
Safe Kids Northeast Florida also recommends these precautions:
� Keep emergency numbers by every telephone. Call 911 if a child is choking, collapses, can't breathe or is having a seizure. If you suspect a child has been poisoned, call 1-800-222-1222.
� Check your first aid kit to make sure it is fully stocked. Make sure babysitters know where to find first aid supplies and how to handle an emergency.
�Always supervise young children while they're eating. To avoid choking, don't allow children under age three to eat small, round or hard foods, including hot dogs, hard candy, nuts, grapes and popcorn. For more information about kitchen safety, window blinds, cribs, windows, furniture and other hazards around the home, visit www.wolfsonchildrens.org/safekids or www.usa.safekids.org.
FYIContact Numbers
Emergency Police/Fire/Rescue � 911
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City of Jacksonville "One Call" Center:
(904) 630-CITY (2489)
Mayor's Office
The Honorable John Peyton 4th Floor, City Hall St. James 117 W.Duval Street Jacksonville, FL 32202 Email: jpeyton@coj.net
Jacksonville City Council:
District 6 Jack Webb 630-1388
Email: Webb@coj.net
Sheriff's Office
JSO Zone 3 substation: 828-5463
Asst. Chief Lonnie McDonald Non-emergency: 630-0500 Community Affairs: 630-2160 Neighborhood Watch: 630-2160
Sheriff John Rutherford 501 EBay Street Jacksonville, FL 32202
Tax Collector's Office
Mandarin Branch 10131-24 SanJoseBlvd. Hours: 7:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Mike Hogan
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630-1916
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Written by Laurell K. Hamilton. 496 pages. Published by The Berkley Publishing Group, June 2009. Review by T. G. Stanton
Anita Blake, the vampire hunter, is back. She has received a very special invitation to come to Sin City. Vegas, the city of lights and dreams, is now the home of a vampire serial killer. Vittorio sends not only a gift to St. Louis to lure Anita to Vegas, but with returning powers from his past, has enlisted other forms of evil to murder a group of Vegas' special police force, the preternatural branch. With this killing, a personal message was left for Anita.
Anita, also known as the executioner, is a vampire hunter, a necromancer and has significant ties to the were-animal communities. These connections increase her current and evolving powers, in addition to being a supply source to the hungers that have come with the gifts she is developing. These powers and gifts are wearing on Anita. Balance is difficult; between working with the police and serving her current lover who is the vampire master of the city in St. Louis, the time may come that she has to choose one path.
Vegas is one of the few cities with special officers who have gifts to deal with the vampires, witches
and were-animals in the community. Anita joins their forces, after being questioned about her connection to the killer and proving that she has the right skills to aid in catching this killer. Other federal marshals, also vampire hunters and some of whom are friends have joined this task force to catch this killer. A murderer, who turns out to have a connection to the mother of all vampires�a distant and ancient vampire, who aims to control Anita from across the ocean. This
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Those who have followed and enjoyed the Anita Blake series will enjoy this Laurell K. Hamilton novel. There are new trials and troubles for Anita to deal with throughout the book in addition to her learning that some issues can be made into a powerful force to reckon with. This book is a good read and the sometimes "R" rating of these novels is tame for this
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It seems lately I run into more and more people who are global warming doubters. But even if we debate the issue and then politely agree to disagree, there is another horrifying related issue that no one can dispute. Due almost exclusively to human greed and shortsightedness, there is nowhere on our planet that is not being affected by pollution created by humans. We are also are quickly running out of nonrenewable energy, such as fossil fuels and coal.
The fourth annual "Earth Hour" takes place again at 8:30 p.m. on March 27. Earth Hour is the brainchild of the World Wildlife Fund (the organization with the cute little panda bear mascot). Carter Roberts, its chief executive, says Earth Hour "is a statement. In and of itself it's not going to save that much energy. The idea is to create political energy."
According to Roberts, "Earth Hour sends a clear message that Americans care about this issue and want to turn the lights out on dirty air, dangerous dependency on foreign oil and make the switch to cleaner air, a strong economic future and a more secure nation."
Here are two excellent reasons for supporting Earth Hour and its ideals:
First, even if climate change is not a clear and present danger that threatens national security and our economy, we still need to encourage politicians to support market-based systems designed to give polluters from multinational corporations to the locally owned "mom and pop" dry cleaners enough time and enough options to reduce their pollution contribution, especially by minimizing or eliminating their emissions of
carbon gases. If this is done in concert with regulation pioneered by the United States and then with other nations following, it will minimize jobs migrating overseas and add jobs to our economy in the "green sector."
Secondly, climate change legislation is also an opportunity to get serious about breaking our dependence on foreign oil. For too long, the United States has all but ignored the potential energy sources of wind and solar power. Fortunately people like T. Boone Pickens, the former Texas oil tycoon, is leading the charge to produce alternative nonpolluting energy. When we think of Texas, most of us think of the oil it produces�but Texas actually produces the most wind power out of all 50 states. Even as we increase renewable electricity generation, we must recognize that for the foreseeable future we will continue to burn fossil fuels. To meet our environmental goals, we must do this with as little pollution as possible and create new financial incentives for companies that develop technologies that capture carbon and sequester it.
So, even if humans are not the cause of global warming, the goal of Earth Hour is still a noble one that should be supported. By joining in you can send a message to our elected officials to take greater action for the sake of our planet. Participation in Earth Hour is easy. By shutting off your lights and electrical appliances on March 27 at 8:30 p.m. local time, you will be adding your voice to those clamoring for change.
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Written and Directed by Kirsten Gordon, Third Grade Teacher, St. Joseph Catholic School
The third grade classes at St. Joseph Catholic School gave an outstanding performance of their patriotic play to the parents, other relatives and students. This was the third year for the original play, America � Then to Now.
This play traces Americas founding by Columbus to the present. The students were dressed in costumes and represented such people as George and Martha Washington, Betsy Ross, Patrick Henry, John Kennedy and Martin
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One of the parents who is a retired military officer said, "I was amazed with the pride that was projected during your patriotic play. From sitting in the audience, you had many people on the verge of tears."
We are blessed that we live in a country where we can be proud of all that this country has done and still offers to us all.
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Playing an instrument is hard enough, no matter whether it's a string, wind, brass or percussion instrument. You have to learn to care for the instrument, play it and read music. But most difficult of all is playing in a small group with an assorted variety of other instruments or in other words, a chamber music ensemble. These ensembles usually consist of groupings such as a trio or a quartet, with one player for each part. Compositions played are traditionally intended for performance in a private room or small concert hall. This is what the Chamber Music Class at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts is all about.
The class consists of eight stu- a great learning experience, as pia-
dents, all majoring in piano though nists mostly play by themselves." most play a second instrument, The Chamber Music Class'
which include the double bass, next performance will be held on
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"In this class I learned about sight reading, the correct way to turn pages for musicians, and how the members of a trio should position themselves," says Michael, a sophomore who also plays the double bass. "We also learned about the different instruments we were playing with in our ensembles�what they sound like, what their different parts are, even about famous players who played them."
For Roberts, a senior who also plays the trombone, the class was all about learning "cooperation, camaraderie and getting to know new people" by which he is referring to ensemble members like Michael and fellow senior Browning.
"If I ever become a famous professional musician, this will have been good training," he shares.
Another reason the students appreciate this class so much is that they get to share their passion for music with each other.
"It is more fun and challenge to play in a group, in comparison to solo pieces where the accompanying piano plays the exact same melody as the main instrument. Because we, as musicians, will have to perform in groups in our professional life, this makes all of the things we have been learning necessary to know," says Michael passionately.
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Summer camp Annual Naval Junior ROTC inspection held
Mandarin High School's principal, Dr. Donna Richardson, receives honors from ceremonial sideboys.
On Thursday, February 18, the Mandarin High School Naval Junior ROTC (NJROTC) unit received its annual naval inspection. Commander Mark Scott from Naval Air Station Jacksonville inspected the unit. There were three different parts to the inspection: a personnel uniform inspection, pass and review and administration for being judged the best platoon.
Emphasis was on cadet alignment and military bearing. Finally, during the NJROTC staff
presentation, the cadet staff presented a PowerPoint presentation detailing events from the past year and goals they hope to achieve next school year.
There are 146 students in Mandarin's NJROTC unit. Overall, the entire event lasted three class periods. After everything was over, Commander Scott and Commander Akins presented a "Bravo Zulu" award to Platoon Charlie
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During the personnel inspection, each NJROTC cadet was personally inspected for uniform dress, grooming and asked military questions. During the pass and review, cadets were formed into three platoons consisting of 50 cadets each. Each platoon marched around the gym in step to military music and was graded by Commander Scott.
Cadets that received a grade of "outstanding" will be awarded an exemplary appearance ribbons.
When asked how the school's NJROTC unit did, Commander Akins and Master Chief Waddell, Mandarin's two NJROTC instructors, said, "All the cadets put a lot of effort into what they have accomplished this year and it showed during the annual inspection."
Pak's Karate School's Christopher
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On Saturday, February 27, the Pak's Karate families gathered
at the Florida Theatre to witness demonstrations of awesome karate skills from numerous demonstration teams. Each demo team selected music and met numerous times over the past few months to choreograph their karate moves to music. The results were spectacular.
In addition to karate demonstrations, Master Ernest Johnson named Christopher Tersak Instructor of the Year. The Instructor of the Year is selected from a field of highly qualified and motivated instructors. This person is the one who has distinguished themselves through service to the school and handles his/her responsibilities professionally.
Tersak is a Third Dan Black Belt and has been an instructor for the past four years. In addition to teaching at the school three days a week, Tersak is in charge of scheduling black belt assistance at all tests, served as the 2009 Black Belt Club President, serves as one of the captains on the children's competition demonstration team (Team Thunderstruck), served as the captain of the Instructor Demonstration Team for the Extravaganza performance, is a member of the National Championship Demonstration Team (Team Xtreme), teaches a week-long summer camp for kids and is always willing to take on new responsibilities.
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April is Autism Awareness Month
Loretto provides special program for students
By Contributing Writer Ann Gipalo, Editor, Loretto Elementary PTA Newsletter
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Two of Loretto Elementary's Communication and Social Skills program students and lead teacher Anisia Dawes.
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Inclusion class teachers are given special training before a CSS student is placed in their class and often, sensitivity training, geared to the age of the class, is also provided for the students. The CSS child is never directly pointed out. Emphasis is placed on the fact that everyone is different and has different abilities and challenges.
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