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May 2010
Seussical a big hit at Loretto
By Contributing Writer Ann Gipalo, Editor, Loretto PTA Newsletter
Thing 2 (Kenzie R.), Sour Kangaroo (Osjah C), The Cat in the Hat (Valentino D.) and Thing 1 (Megan H.) from the musical "Seussical. Photo by Vicki Nittinger, Loretto parent.
Seussical, an original musical based upon the stories of Dr. Seuss, was a big hit at Loretto Elementary throughout the month of March. The musical, based upon the stories of Theodor Geisel, known to all as Dr. Seuss and using the music from Seussical, The Musical was written and choreographed by fifth grade teacher Kristie Holley in response to a request last fall by the Loretto Reading LVC (Vertical Learning Community) to put on a musical in March to help celebrate Dr. Seuss's
birthday.
Holley was a little reluctant to take on a musical, but in the time it took her to walk back to her classroom after the meeting, she decided to go for it. It would have been hard not to do a play this year because several students, in particular Adam R., who played Horton, had been asking since the first day of school in August what play the class was going to put on this year! This year will be the third year in four that Holley's (and her co-teacher Alethea
Lambert's) class has put on a play for the school. Previous productions have included Horton Hears a Who and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Holley usually gets started on a play in October or November, but this year things didn't get going until January. Students were allowed to try out for as many parts as they were interested in and had to memorize lines and perform a musical number for their audition. You'd never know it from the final performances, but Holley and Lambert said this year's cast included several very shy students. Only one student (Osjah C. - "Sour Kangaroo") had ever performed in public before.
Once the parts were cast, parents were enlisted to help with costumes and props. Holley gave each student detailed descriptions of what they needed for their character, but several students suggested modifications and added details on their own to make their character even better.
Quite a bit of commitment and sacrifice was needed on the part of the students (and their parents) to get everything ready in eight short weeks; rehearsals took place after school and during recess. The first Seussical cont. on page 1 1
Relay for Life is coming soon!
Survivors are the most important reason we Relay
By Contributing Writer Kim Renne, Volunteer, American Cancer Society
Team L.I.RE.
On May 22, 2010, our Mandarin community will join over 4,000 communities nationwide and around the world in the fight against cancer. A survivor is anyone who has ever heard the words "you have cancer." We invite all cancer survivors in the community to attend Relay for Life,
Our goal is to create a world where more people survive cancer so they can celebrate another
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What an artistic weekend at the 42nd annual Mandarin Art Festival!
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days wandering among the over 130 displays of amazing talent this year's artists presented.
Artists and artisans from around the area, many familiar
from previous years, had returned and new nationally recognized artists came to join in the longest running festival of its kind in Northeast Florida. They all set up tents under the majestic oaks at the
Mandarin Community Center to display their works.
This year had a special atmosphere and feel. The artists always begin the weekend wondering just how many patrons will not only enjoy viewing their works, but how many will actually fall in love with a piece to take it home for that special spot in their house. The consensus is that the weekend was a grand success. Hundreds
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birthday. We hope to celebrate over 100 cancer survivors and their caregivers from our community. This year more than 11 million people worldwide will celebrate another birthday thanks to the support of millions of dedicated Relay participants.
Relay for Life is an 18-hour event. Teams of 10-15 participants
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Community Happenings
Do you have community or club news you would like included in Mandarin NewsLine? Then contact Martie Thompson at: editor@mandarinnewsline.com or 886-4919.
Join the Jacksonville Humane Society for the 11th annual "Fur Ball Gala: A Night at the Oscars"
on Saturday, May 15 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel. This year's black-tie fundraiser will feature dinner, live and silent auctions and the crowning of the four-legged best actor and best actress. Tickets are $150 per person, $1,000 for a half table, $1,500 for a personal table and $1,700 for a corporate table. Pets are admitted for free with their owners. Tickets can be purchased at www.jaxhumane.org or by calling 725-8766.
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 University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Florida Master Naturalist Program Coastal Systems Module
sponsored by Duval County Extension and the GTM NERR will be offered May 10, 12, 14, 17, 19 and 21, 2010. Classroom sessions will be held at the Guana, Tolo-mato, Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve in Ponte Vedra Beach. This program is for adults who want to learn more about Florida's environment. Individuals as well as educators and those in the eco-tourism business can benefit. Teachers may receive up
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to 40 hours continuing education credits. Course fee is $225. Student requirements include attendance, participation and enthusiasm! For registration and program information, please visit www.masternatu-ralist.org. For further questions contact Carol Wyninger at 220-0232, wyninger@comcast.net; or Brad Burbaugh at 387-8850, burbaugh@coj.net.
The Mandarin Women's Club May program will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 27 at the Ramada Inn, located at 3130 Hartley Road. Club membership is open to all women. The guest speaker will be florist and event planner Bobby Huebl from "Whole Foods. Prior to coming to Jacksonville, Huebl owned his own business where he specialized in weddings. He also worked closely with many of the country music stars. He will show us how to put together three or four fresh flower arrangements for any occasion. Afterwards we will draw for winners of the arrangements. The luncheon cost is $14 for members and $15 for non-members. For reservation or information, please call Iris Reed at 268-2459 by May 22.
The Italian American Club
is very proud to host a dinner in honor of the Year of the Priests at St. Joseph's Cody Center on Sunday, June 6. The club's own John Koch will prepare the dinner along with several club volunteers for this special event. For ticket details, please contact St. Joseph's Catholic Church at 268-5422.
Shuffleboard is played on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at Mandarin Park (south end of Mandarin Road) next to the tennis court 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, May 19 at the Ramada Inn Mandarin, located at 3130 Hartley Road. The luncheon/meet-ing will include a fundraising auction of decorated bags of surprise contents made up by the members. There will be prizes awarded for various categories of the bags prior to the auction. This will be a fun event. The cost of the lunch is $14.
Please call 262-8719 for reservations or information no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 13.
The MOMS Club of Jackson-ville/Mandarin-SE offers support for stay at home and part-time working moms living in zip code 32258. With the club you will have enriching activities for you and your children, during the day when you need the most support. A sample of activities include park days, beach days, monthly socials, playgroups and field trips to the zoo and museums. For additional information, please email seman-darinmoms@yahoo.com.
The next meeting for the South Jacksonville Republican Club will be Saturday, May 15 at the Mandarin Republican Headquarters located at 10029 San Jose Boulevard South in the Crown Point Shopping Center. The breakfast social will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by a club meeting at 10:00 a.m. Breakfast will be provided at a cost of $5 a plate. The guest speaker will be State Con-gresswoman Jennifer Carroll who will present the current status and condition of the State Legislature and condition of state politics. If
you are a Republican candidate and would like to introduce yourself to the club members, please attend!
The Third Thursday Lecture Series, sponsored by the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society and the Mandarin Community Club, announces the following upcoming programs: May 20, Southern Genealogists Exchange Society, Bare Bones: Getting Started in Your Genealogy; June 17, Florida Public Archaeology Network; and July 15, Orange Park Historical Society. All programs take place at the Mandarin Community Club, located at 12447 Mandarin Road. Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m. with the program/lecture starting at 7:00 p.m. For further information, please contact Andrew Morrow at mandarinmu-seum@bellsouth.net.
The May general meeting of the All Star Quitters Guild will be held on Monday, May 17 at 9:30 a.m. in the First Christian Church of Jacksonville, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard. The program will be our challenge "Quilting in Motion." Visitors are welcome; please join us! For more information, please contact Dot Butler at 642-6574 and visit us at www. orgsites.com/ fl/allstarquiltguild.
AARP Mandarin Chapter
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non-profit, non-partisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives. For additional information, please call 733-0516.
Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Jacksonville
announces their May luncheon to be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4 at Maggiano's Little Italy, St. Johns Town Center. The topic will be "Commercial real estate across county lines � A regional development update" with speakers Danita Andrews, vice president of economic development, Clay County Chamber of Commerce; Steve Rieck, executive director, Nassau County Economic Development Board; and Ed Preston, Baker County Planning Director. The cost to attend is $30 for CREW Members and $40 for non-members. Please register online by April 30, 2010 at www.crewjax.org.
The children's Bumblebee circle of the Mandarin Garden Club will have fun with an end of the year 2009-2010 picnic on Thursday, May 6 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,
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The Sheriff Reports
By Contributing Writer John H. Rutherford, Duval County Sheriff
Officer involved shootings: How the investigative processes work
As facts begin to be released regarding the conduct of police officers in the March 26
Baymeadows Road robbery and armed kidnapping, it is important that we make clear the standard investigative processes involved so that citizens can have confidence in both the competence and the integrity of their police officers. When a citizen is injured by police officer, two investigations occur.
� The State Attorney opens an investigation into the actions of the officer to determine whether that officer has committed a crime. This criminal investigation of the officer's actions is standard practice and is designed to protect the public from wrongdoing by police. All Jacksonville police officers are trained in the law regarding their profession and are held to a high standard of accountability by Flor-
ida law and by the State Attorney. During this criminal investigation the officer's actions are examined from the standpoint of a citizen accountable to the law.
� The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office investigates the same actions of the officer to determine whether the officer's actions conformed to the policy and standards of the agency. All agency employees are trained before and throughout their careers on the policies of the department and are clear regarding the expectations we have of them as law enforcement professionals. During this administrative investigation the officer's actions are examined from the standpoint of a professional employee accountable to departmental and professional standards.
The State Attorney's investigation comes first in the sequence.
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During the State Attorney's criminal investigation of the officer he or she is, of course, afforded the same legal rights as any other citizen, including (especially) the right against self-incrimination. Since the administrative investigation by the JSO involves compelling the officer to explain his or her actions, this administrative investigation comes after the criminal investigation to ensure that no criminal prosecution of alleged officer wrongdoing is tainted by the defense of a "compelled confession." The courts refer to this as the "Garrity Rule."
Once the State Attorney's investigation is complete and the officer has been cleared or prosecuted, the balance of the administrative investigation is conducted. This investigation requires the officer to appear before a Response-to-Resistance Board - open to the public � explaining his or her actions and may result in a recommendation to the Sheriff that the officer be exonerated, receive greater training or receive disciplinary measures up to and including dismissal. Following that and based on the outcome of the administrative investigation, the Sheriff makes a decision as to the final disposition regarding the officer as an employee. Sheriff Rutherford is solely accountable constitutionally for making the final decision concerning any administrative actions to be taken against police officers.
The criminal investigation by the State Attorney into the actions of these officers is not yet complete. We are unable to comment on specifics of the investigation beyond the account of the incident by the Undersheriff on the day of the incident (March 26) and by the Sheriff on March 27 and April 8. These accounts are available, unedited, on www.jaxsheriff.org.
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Continuing his focus on strengthening Florida's economy during a site visit to Clay County in late March, Governor Charlie Crist announced the First Coast Outer Beltway project competitive bidding process will move forward. The First Coast Outer Beltway project is expected to create thousands of jobs when construction begins. The $1.8 billion project will be competitively bid as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) opportunity for private sector businesses.
'After decades of discussion, it is exciting that this project will enter a new phase," said Governor Crist. "Connecting businesses and regions through better infrastructure ensures that goods are transported more quickly and consumers can have access to more businesses. The Department of Transportation has set the pace for the next
generation of Florida transportation improvement projects, improving the quality of life for the residents and visitors."
The First Coast Outer Beltway is formed by the St. Johns River Crossing and Branan Field-Chaffee Road (State Road 23) around the Jacksonville metropolitan area. The beltway will provide a direct connection, outside of the Inter-state-295 loop, between Interstate-95 and Interstate-10 at minimal cost to the Florida Department of Transportation or the state. The beltway will also open new avenues for moving commercial traffic to the Cecil Field area without adding congestion to existing roadways and provide additional capacity across the St. Johns River. When the construction commences, the $1.8 billion improvements project will be the largest infrastructure project
ever undertaken by the Florida Department of Transportation.
By using a PPP and innovative contracting solutions, the project will be built years earlier than with traditional contracting methods. The awarded contractor(s) will serve as the concessionaire to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the beltway. The Florida Department of Transportation is currently engaging private contractors in a competitive bidding process.
The Governor was joined at the event by FDOT Secretary Stephanie C. Kopelousos; Councilman Richard Clark, president of the Jacksonville City Council; Commissioner Travis Cummings of the Clay County Commission; and Commissioner Ron Sanchez of the St. Johns County Commission.
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camp-out and take turns walking the track for 18 hours because cancer never sleeps. This year we currently have 55 registered teams and we welcome more! The atmosphere is fun and festive. Participants will enjoy many great family oriented activities, live entertainment, music, games, bounce houses, children's events, food and more.
When survivors arrive at the event they will be able to check in at the survivor tent and pick up a survivor shirt, survivor or caregiver
sash, along with a goody bag of treats. At 12:00 noon, survivors and their caregivers will then complete the inspirational Survivor Lap around the track followed by a luncheon reception generously donated by Applebee's restaurant. Scot Ackerman, M.D., from First Coast Oncology � Mandarin will be our guest speaker.
Relay will be held at Mandarin High School's track on Greenland Road. The event begins at 12:00 noon on Saturday, May 22 and will end at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday May 23.
All of the funds raised will support the American Cancer Society's programs of education, advocacy, research and patient services in our community. If you would like to register as a survivor or caregiver or get more information about how to get involved, please visit our website at www.re-layforlife.org/Mandarinfl. You may also contact Kim Renne, survivor chair, at 886-3109 or kimrenne@ yahoo.com.
See you at Relay! Together, we can make a difference in the fight against cancer!


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By Contributing Writer Tommy Hazouri, School Board Representative, District 7
Budget shortfall: Last month, the Superintendent held several meetings addressing the 2010-11 school budget. Every meeting, at Sandalwood, Ribault, Forrest and Mandarin, had nearly 1,000 in attendance to hear the Superintendent discuss next year's budget, what the legislature is proposing and how it could impact our schools. Those attending these outstanding meetings filled out cards with questions for the Superintendent to answer and suggestions with their individual recommendations.
As a former state legislator and mayor, I have never seen such an outstanding turnout. It was a very positive setting as we learned of the severe cuts by the Legislature and what we as a district and county can do to make a difference.
As you know, the past two years the state legislature has made severe cuts in education. While claiming public education was their priority, it was clear their commitment to adequate funding was not to be seen. This year is no different. Yes, the economy is sluggish, but then that is where you make the hard decisions.
School districts are not asking for more (though the state ranks 50th among states' per capita dollars for students), we at least want to keep the field level.
As of this date (the legislature ends near the time the Mandarin
NewsLine is published), the Duval County School District estimates a shortfall of $65 million.
We anticipate a revenue shortfall of $10 million; fixed cost increases of $40 million; and $25 million to meet the class size amendment. The total is $75 million.
In carrying out our constitutional responsibilities, your School Board has been very responsible. Drastic administrative cuts have been and are continuing to be made. Transportation costs have been slashed and middle and high school hours have had to be shortened, though we still have not reduced our core academic responsibilities. Interestingly enough, when compared to income in total revenue for public education, we have the lowest administrative costs of any state.
With all of this budgetary bleakness, the Duval County Public Schools are still enjoying many successes and our Mandarin schools are among the top of that list.
Our district grade as given by the state is a "B" and very close to an "A." And student achievement has continued to improve during the last ten years. The number of A schools has increased by 630 percent, from 10 in 1999 to 73 in 2009; the number of B schools has increased by 314 percent, from seven in 1999 to 29 in 2009. The
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The Mandarin Orange Pickers (1925-1956) were a semiprofession-al baseball team that first played behind the Mandarin Store and Post Office before moving in the 1940s to Alberts Field. The team was first mentioned in the minutes of the Mandarin Community Club in 1925 when the club voted to split the concession proceeds with the team. To learn more about Mandarin history, please visit the Mandarin Museum and 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!
2008-2009 graduation rate is up 3.2 percent from the 2007-2008 school year and up 7.1 percent since 2005-2006. Are we heading in the right direction? Indeed we are. But do we think we can do better? Absolutely!
But we can ill afford to let the state legislature hold us up or hold us back. And while our District has to address this money crisis, the legislature passed Senate Bill 6/ House Bill 7189, which is awaiting the Governor's signature or veto. This bill relates to how teachers and principals are evaluated, compensated and how they maintain certification and professional service status. It received no public input, has no transparency and passed in a very close vote without any accountability for the reality of schools; especially those schools that are currently lower performing. Duval County has already addressed many of the issues in the bill; however, several aspects of the bill negatively impact our present and future classroom teachers. The fiscal impact is devastating, which includes no funding for a $900 million incentive program that requires 5 percent of each school district's existing funds beginning 2011 to be used for incentives. This is an additional $50 million hit on our budget.
The budget, SB 6 and let's not forget the elected vs. appointed school board issue, have been a fatal distraction for students, teachers, parents and administrators, while we are trying to address our number one priority � student achievement.
News bulletin: After this article was sent to Mandarin News-Line, Governor Crist vetoed SB6. Many thanks to all the teachers, students, parents and administrators who made thousands of requests to Governor Crist for him to veto this bill.
Important Dates:
May 4: School Board Meeting May 12: Student Early Release Day
May 28: Schools Closed May 31: Memorial Day (Schools and District Offices Closed)
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Club event coordinator Susie Scott pondered that the success was based not only on including the same favorite local artists we expect to see each year, but also it was the fresh feel of having more nationally recognized artists who have never appeared in the past join in the festival. This nationally recognized art festival has become noted among the art community as a "must include" on the show list. It has grown year after year, ever since Judge Edward P. Westberry spearheaded the start of the first Mandarin Art Festival in 1968. He undoubtedly would be very proud of what he conceived.
Scott explained how deciding to collaborate with nationally recognized Howard Alan Events to manage operations of the festival brought a new fresh approach as well as giving the volunteers the opportunity to do what they do best, which is promote the Mandarin Community Club and all the benefits it brings to the Mandarin community. She particularly was very grateful for the help the volunteers of the Rotary of Mandarin
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"The Rotarians were our angels on an Easter weekend," she exclaimed.
The continuing tradition of the children's art show and contest was held again in the Community Club. Of course there were some of the most amazing works of art by some very talented students from around the community. The art seminars put on by the Young Rembrandts were all filled. Delicious and tasty deserts on display during the festival at the bake sale in the Community Club were
quickly picked-up and carried home to enjoy.
The new component this year of having a Green Market during the festival at the Billard Commemorative Park adjacent to the Mandarin Community Club was so popular many vendors were challenged to keep their stalls filled with delicious vegetables and items.
We look forward to seeing you next year for the 43rd annual Mandarin Art Festival. Most likely we will be watching you leave with your own artistic treasure!


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As summer approaches, bringing with it warmer temperatures, Safe Kids Northeast Florida, led by Wolfson Children's Hospital, is working to increase awareness and urge caregivers to never leave children alone in a vehicle.
Unfortunately, though it is only May, the first heat stroke fatality has already occurred. With the goal of having no more children die from heat stroke when they are forgotten in cars, safety experts and child advocates remind parents and caregivers to always check for sleeping children before leaving a vehicle.
Between 1998 and 2009, 445 children died from heat stroke because they were unattended in vehicles that became too hot for them to survive.
"A child's body heats up three to five times faster than an adult's and unattended children have no way of protecting themselves in a hot vehicle" says Cynthia Dennis, PvN, Safe Kids Northeast Florida coordinator. "The overall goal of
the campaign we are launching today is to make sure no more children will die in 2010 because they were unattended in a vehicle. We want parents and caregivers to take precautions so that this tragedy does not happen to them."
More than 50 percent of the children who died from heat stroke were forgotten by a caring adult who became distracted when they left the vehicle. When left unattended by an adult, 30 percent of affected kids gained entry into an unlocked vehicle, became trapped and were overcome by heat. It takes only minutes for a child to be at risk of death and serious, permanent injury in a hot car. Drivers must keep car doors locked and keys out of reach from young children.
Safe Kids Northeast Florida and Wolfson Children's Hospital urge all adults who transport children to take the following steps:
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� Place a cell phone, PDA, purse, briefcase, gym bag or whatever is to be carried from the car on the floor in front of the child in a back seat. This forces the adult to open the back door and observe the child.
� Have a plan with your child care provider to call if your child does not arrive when expected.
� Keep keys and remote entry key fobs out of children's reach.
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� Check cars and trunks first if a child goes missing.
For more information on preventing hyperthermia deaths, visit www.ggwweather.com/heat and www.safekids.org/nlyca. Be sure to never leave your child alone in a car.
The Mandarin Community Club and Mandarin Art Festival Committee would like to recognize and thank those who contributed items to this year's raffle: the Jacksonville Jaguars, Espling Jewelers, Anthony & Sandra Day Spa, the St. Johns Riverkeeper, Vicki Martz of Arnold Palmer Golf Design Company, the Jacksonville Historical Society, Betty Wolfe, Susie Scott, the Tree Steak House (Mandarin), Cafe du Marche, Picasso's, e2ride Bike Tours and Mayor John Peyton and the City of Jacksonville. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Billard Commemorative Park located on Brady Road adjacent to the Mandarin Community Club.
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"Last year, more than $268,000 was raised in Northeast Florida alone with Great Strides, which is the foundation's only national event," said Claudia Werner, executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation North Florida office. "I encourage individuals, companies and friends to form a Great Strides team and walk for a cure at a Great Strides site that is convenient for them."
The 2010 schedule for the Great Strides walks is:
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- Pviverwalk Great Strides at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1201 Riv-erplace Boulevard, downtown Jacksonville. Hors d'oeuvres provided by Crowne Plaza.
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- Fernandina Great Strides at Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach. Lunch will be provided.
Check-in for the Saturday Great Strides walks begins at 8:00 a.m. and the walks are 10K or 6.2 miles. The routes are suitable for walking, running, strollers, wagons, bicycles, scooters or four-legged friends. Check-in for Riverwalk Great Strides starts at 5:00 p.m., with a much shorter course adjacent to the St. Johns River on the Southbank Riverwalk. Immediately following Riverwalk Great Strides, participants are invited to linger poolside and enjoy live music.
Participants can register for Great Strides by going to the Great Strides website, www.cff.org/Chap-ters/nfl/greatstrides. Once the team leader has registered online, walkers can sign up and utilize the online fundraising tools provided. Everyone who raises at least $100 receives an official Team T-shirt.
For more information about forming a team, walking or sponsorship, contact the North Florida Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 733-3560.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) is the leading organization devoted to
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VFW announces student competitions
President Patricia McQuaig of the Ladies' Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Charles E. Bennett Post 1689 announces the kick-off of this year's Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies' Auxiliary "Patriot's Pen Essay Competition." Students in grades six through eight have the opportunity to compete in the VFWs annual essay competition and win thousands of dollars in United States Savings Bonds; the top 45 national winners all receive at least a $1,000 savings bond. The first-place award is currently a $10,000 savings bond plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D. C. for the winner and a parent or guardian.
This year's theme is "Does Patriotism Still Matter?" Students begin by competing at the local Post level. The deadline for entries at the Post is November 1, 2010. Post winners advance to district and district winners compete in the state competition. Each year, more than 130,000 students participate in the Patriot's Pen Essay Competition. Students are invited to write a 300 - 400 word essay on a patri-
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Students compete by writing and the recording a three-to-five minute audio/essay expressing their views of this year's patriotic theme "Does My Generation Have a Role in America's Future?" Students begin by competing at the local Post level. Deadline for entries at the Post is November 1, 2010. Post winners advance to district and district winners compete in the state competition. The state winner will enjoy a trip to Washington D.C. along with the winners from every state, the District of Columbia, the Pacific Areas, Latin America/Caribbean and Europe.
During the nearly 60 years that the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies' Auxiliary have been involved with Voice of Democracy, more than 7 million high school student have participated. All state winners receive at least a $1,000 national scholarship but any one of them could win the $30,000 first place award. A total of $148,000 in national scholarships is awarded to national finalists in addition to the scholarships and awards given at the preliminary levels of competition.
Interested students and teachers should contact the Ladies' Auxiliary Voice of Democracy Chairman, Patricia McQuaig at Charles E. Bennett Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1689 Jacksonville by phone at 743-6767. For more information, please visit www.vfw.org.
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AIDS is a global crisis, but on April 14, it became personal in Mandarin. Two Mandarin High School students, Kelsey Whitlow and Jeremy Wegner, ran eight grueling miles to raise money for He Intends Victory, a Christian organization dedicated to spreading hope to people infected with HIV/AIDS. Their inspiration for running eight miles came from the knowledge that eight million people are affected with HIV/ AIDS worldwide.
"AIDS carries a stigma and it is kind of ignored by the Christian community," Whitlow said. "When I learned at church how many people are impacted by
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Whitlow and Wegner partnered with their small group at River City Church, which meets in Riverside on Tuesday evenings. When their small group leader, Britney Fluharty, offered up her time to organize a run, Whitlow and Wegner leapt at the chance to participate. However, the eight miles they traveled on Hartley Road in Mandarin were the end of a long journey. For weeks, they collected donations and their efforts led to approximately $900 being raised.
"Kids at school gave me a couple bucks. Believe it or not, the biggest donation I received from a student was only $5. But pocket change added up quickly and when my collection was combined with everyone else's, the results were incredible," Whitlow said.
The group used the funds they collected to host an AIDS awareness conference in partnership with He Intends Victory at their church the following Saturday, April 17, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The impressive amount of money they raised enabled them to fly special guests to Jacksonville for the event. These guests shared personal testimonies concerning how AIDS has affected them.
"It is always really impacting to see and hear people who are affected by AIDS. AIDS/HIV is virtually a death sentence, but these people are fighting back. Through He Intends Victory and our meager efforts, we want to give people the hope they need to fight back, because that's caring for the sick and that's what we're told to do by the Bible," Whitlow said.
Global problems like AIDS may appear insurmountable, but the desire local students have shown to bring hope to AIDS victims provides hope that youth will meet other problems head-on as well. In the words of Whitney Houston, "children are the future"�and the future is bright.
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One of the biggest buzz words in the "green movement" today is sustainability. In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, sustainability is defined as "of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged." According to sustainability expert Julie Urlaub, the goals of living sustainably are two-fold: first, to embrace and mitigate the environmental impact of your lifestyle and the choices you make in your life, and secondly, to make the effort to close the gap from where you currently are along the green living continuum to living as closely to complete sustainability as you possibly can.
Good news: there is a new tool at our disposal which is evolving and coming into more widespread usage everyday. It is called Life Cycle Analysis (LCA; you will also find in some cases the last word of the acronym stands for Assessment). LCA now makes it possible for the sustainability of products, processes or services to actually be measured in a meaningful and quantitative way. LCA is a technique to assess the environmental aspects and potential impacts associated with a product, process, or service. This is done by compiling an inventory of relevant energy and material inputs and environmental releases. Next, evaluation is done
on the potential environmental impacts associated with identified inputs and release. Finally, the results are interpreted to help you make a more informed decision.
One of the most interesting books I have read in a very long time is called Ecological Intelligence by Daniel Coleman (Broadway Books, April 2009). It gives a both horrifying and hopeful picture of the past, present and future of the sustainability of our consumer culture. Goleman explains: "An industrial engineer's version of the deconstruction of stuff is called Life Cycle Assessment or LCA, a method that allows us to systematically tear apart any manufactured item into its components and their subsidiary industrial processes and measure with near-surgical precision their impacts on nature from the beginning of their production through their final disposal. LCAs had a prosaic start; one of the very first such studies was commissioned by Coca- Cola back in the 1960s to determine the relative merits of plastic and glass bottles and quantify the benefits of recycling. The method slowly spread to other industrial questions; by now a large and growing band of companies with national or international brands deploys the method somewhere along the way to make choices in product design or manufacturing�and many
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"This transforms our notions of "green" from what seems a binary judgment�green or not� into a far more sophisticated arena of fine distinctions, each showing relatively better or worse impacts along myriad dimensions. Never before have we had the methodology at hand to track, organize and display the complex inter-relationships among all the steps from extraction and manufacture of goods through their use to their disposal�and summarize how each step matters for ecosystems, whether in the environment or in our body. Every small step toward green helps, to be sure. But our craze for all things green represents a transitional stage, a dawning of awareness of ecological impact but one that lacks precision, depth of understanding, and clarity. Much of what's touted as "green" in reality represents fantasy or simple hype. We are past the day when one or two virtuous qualities of a product qualify it as green. To tout a product as green on the basis of a single attribute�while ignoring numerous negative impacts�parallels a magician's sleight of hand."
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Short sales allow the distressed homeowner to repay the mortgage at the price that the home sells for, even if it is lower than what is owed on the property. With plummeting property values, this can save many people from foreclosure and even bankruptcy. More and more lenders are willing to consider short sales because they are much less costly than foreclosures.
Today, more than 13 percent of homeowners are delinquent on their mortgage or in the foreclosure process. This is occurring across all price ranges and the fastest-growing category of homes in foreclosure is the luxury home market.
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Alex Charfen, co-founder and CEO of the Distressed Property Institute in Austin, Texas, said that agents such as Dunn with the CDPE Designation have valuable perspective on the market and training in short sales that can offer homeowners real alternatives to foreclosure, which can be devastating to credit ratings.
"These experts better understand market conditions than the average agent, and can help sellers through the complications of foreclosure avoidance. Our goal is to help as many homeowners as possible, by educating as many real estate professionals as possible," Charfen said. "Scott Dunn has demonstrated a commitment to the struggling homeowners, and will provide much-needed assistance in stabilizing the community."
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School pays off! Local youth saves father
Written by Matthew Zipron, 10th
Thursday night I was with my family watching my dad play basketball for our church team. After he was playing for only a couple of minutes, he collapsed. We thought his ankle caused the collapse because when he was younger he pulled some ligaments. At the time I was keeping score of the game so my mom gave me his water to bring to him. When I ran closer to my dad I saw that he was pale and sweaty, but I knew he wasn't playing for that long. While I continued keeping track of what was going on in the game, I saw my dad walking past the crowd when he collapsed again; only this time he didn't get up. He
grade Medical Academy Student, Ma started making a snoring noise and everyone began trying to wake him up. The referee kept lifting his eyelids and slapped him but he was unresponsive. I told them to elevate his legs and turn him on his left side but they didn't listen so I ran over to get my dad's gym bag and asked people to help me roll my dad over so I could put his gym bag under his feet. A couple seconds later he woke up confused and still very pale. The hospital personnel said he would be alright after they performed an EKG and found that his heart was fine. The next morning they did some more tests and found that he his a bicuspid valve was not
ndarin High School working properly and he will have to have open heart surgery on the twentieth to replace his valve. His valve is seven centimeters long when it should only measure three to four centimeters in length. The doctors told me that how I reacted to the situation saved my dad's life. My dad would not be here today if it were not for my experience in learning in the medical academy. Thanks to all the teachers and volunteers for helping gain the knowledge I needed so that I could help my dad.
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The Mandarin Senior Center Advisory Board will present "Passport to Health and Wellness," a community health fair, on Friday May 7 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Mandarin Senior Center, located at 3848 Hartley Road. Visitors of all ages are invited. The fair will feature health screenings such as blood pressure, heart rate, hearing, vision (high powered magnification devices), diabetic teaching and testing, fall risk, pulse oximetry, blood glucose, foot screenings, renal screening (DaVita), body mass index screening (BMC-S Hospital) and much more. Also, learn more about hearing aids, health insurance, heart health, stroke, hospice, home health care, home medical equipment, fitness, nutrition and meal planning, skilled nursing and rehabilitation center (short term rehab vs. long term care), assisted living centers, independent living centers, legal and educational information, chair massage and much more. For more information, please contact Jeff Fishback at 262-7309.
Men are at greatest risk of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), according to a study of more than 5,000 people conducted by the University of California-Irvine Medical Center. The likely cause: greater recreational and occupational exposure to noise, along with higher rates of military service. But men and women suffer equally when their hearing deteriorates.
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However, recent research has shown that our impacts on the earth and the subsequent negative domino-effect it's having on our animal life as well as plant life is eventually going to come around to us and hit humans hard. Much of our basis of living, such as consumer goods, food and even our climate, depends on animals such as fish, horses, cows, etc. If the current trends continue and animal habitat is further lost, we could be facing major scale-backs in our economies.
What does this all have to do with the herd of animals in Africa? There's a theory called the butterfly effect, where literally, "a butterfly who bats its wings in Florida causes a tsunami in China." Basically, small, seemingly innocuous events on one side of the world can have devastating effects on the opposite side of the globe before we even realize what happened.
So, for instance, let's say we Americans decide to get rid of all the cicadas that come around every seven years because they are annoying. When they emerge, we spray them all and ensure they won't come back ever again. Consequently, every seven years we do not have the benefit of the insects aerating and rotating the earth under our crops, which causes them to suffer.
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This earth is a balance. Humans with nature, nature with animals, animals with humans. We all must learn to live together if we're going to ensure the longevity of this planet. That's what makes paying attention to our four-legged, winged and sometimes slithery friends "organic." We must have respect for species that were here thousands and millions and billions of years before us. Because, remember, humans are animals too.
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By Contributing Writer Mitchell A. Crystal, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, Board Certified Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist, North Florida Veterinary Specialists, PA.
Are there specialists for my pets like there are specialists for the rest of my family? Yes, and you don't have to look farther than right here in Jacksonville and Orange Park. Similar to their human medical specialist counterparts, a Board-Certified Veterinary Specialist must complete rigorous training beyond that of attaining a veterinary degree. Becoming a Board-Certified Veterinary Specialist requires additional academic and clinical training (four to six years of internships and residencies after veterinary school), publishing information in peer-reviewed journals, presenting lectures and seminars to educate veterinary students and family veterinarians and passing multi-day specialty examinations.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) oversees the veterinary specialty colleges or boards and monitors their performance in providing board certification. A veterinarian who meets the rigorous education and training standards of an
and is referred to as a diplomate of that college or board. Only those veterinarians who have been certified by an AVMA-recognized specialty organization can refer to themselves as "Board-Certified" or as a "Specialist."
Veterinary Specialists bring a greater understanding in areas such as internal medicine, heart and breathing diseases, cancer, infectious diseases, hormonal problems, gastrointestinal illnesses, diseases of the eye and more. They have a greater knowledge of unusual, uncommon, rare and hard to define and manage illnesses. Veterinary Specialists often have diagnostic equipment and capabilities not generally used by your family veterinarian, such as digital imaging (CT, X-ray and ultrasound scanners), blood products for transfusion, chemotherapy for cancer treatment, acupuncture and alternative medicine options, lapa-roscopy and endoscopy machines and 24 hour care for hospitalized patients.
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Each year, more than 1,300 volunteers contribute their time, energy and talent to planning, organizing, managing and staffing this annual event. Volunteers are asked to donate anywhere from three hours to several months of their time to aid in making the Showhouse a success.
To volunteer, be placed on the Showhouse mailing list or for more information, call the Guild office at (904) 358-1479, send an email to scalvert@jaxsymphony. org or visit us at www.jacksonville. com/showhouse.
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Founded in 1924 as the Jacksonville Fine Art Society, it was the first organization in the area devoted to the visual arts. In 1948 it was incorporated as the Jacksonville Art Museum. During this period, many of you may remember it for the magnificent Ramses II Exhibit. In 1999 it changed its focus to Contemporary Art and became the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art. After several moves from its original home on Riverside Drive, it relocated at its present venue on North Laura Street where it was able to accommodate rapid growth in the size of its permanent collection. In 2006, the museum further refined its focus on contemporary art to more accurately reflect its holdings. At this time it also changed its name once again, to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).
In addition to its permanent collection, MOCA presents three major special exhibitions each year. They feature photography, sculpture and painting. It also provides many educational programs for both children and adults.
In May of 2009, MOCA became a direct supporting organiza-
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The South Mandarin Branch Library received a new addition to their outdoor space as another piece for the park area behind the branch was completed. A wooden pergola was constructed for the park so library customers and other groups may meet for program gatherings and a place to enjoy their favorite reading material while taking in the view.
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The pergola was donated by the Rotary Club of Jacksonville in an effort to complete a project that has been in the making for more than five years. The club adopted the space nearly six years ago and, after clearing the collected debris, has since added pieces to the park including benches and soon-to-be trail markers that identify the plant life along the walking trails.
"This project has been one I've been most proud of during my time as a Rotary member," concluded Walker.
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When asked why she commits so much of her own time and effort to these plays each year, Holley says, "It comes from my own background in musical theater and dance as a child and in college. I used to teach dance and I still take dance classes myself. I love musical theater and am a proud season ticket holder to the Artist Series (touring companies of Broadway musicals) here in Jack-
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I was never supposed to end up at Mandarin. In fact, there was no way I should have gone. Far out of my district and expected to go into an arts school, I ended up here. And here is my future. This school was, is, no doubt in my mind, my path to destiny. My mind opened up and I was able to portray the person I am inside (for now, according to my mother).
So many other students feel this way though. Mandarin was the best coincidence I have ever encountered in my life. I mean, think about it. How lucky are we? To have a senior breakfast (even though everyone went to the Denny's free Grand slam, non-co-incidentally held on the same day), to be able to be a teacher's aide, to have an amazing prom to look forward to.. .things like that. Next week is senior week. We'll all dress up as nerds on Monday, a little kid Tuesday, a cartoon character on Wed, tacky on Thursday, then Friday.. .college day.
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No worries though, because that's what makes it incredible and worth it. One day we'll look back on this crazy past, we seniors, and be like, "Wow, it didn't get any better than that." There is college, of course. But it's not the same. High school is like a safe haven and underclassmen I cannot stress enough the beauty of what you're going to go through. There are going to be the most awful, darkest nights you can't even picture. But tomorrow, the sun will shine so bright it's going to hurt your eyes.
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Presidents of River Garden entities: Janis Fleet, Ron Elinoff, Stacie Wilf, Barbara Safer (River Garden Auxiliary). Not pictured, Don Romo.
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The following officers of The Coves were installed: Donald Romo, president; Lois Schlesinger, first vice president; Dennis Lafer, second vice president; Michael Price, secretary; Shirley Bielski, treasurer. The following officers of the River Garden Foundation were installed: Stacie Wilf, president; Mel Gottlieb, vice president; Debby Harris, vice president; Curtis Hazel, vice president; Veronica Maybury, secretary; Jeff Edwards, treasurer. The following officers of the River Garden Geriatric Training Center were installed: Sheldon Gendzier, president; Herman Paul, secretary/treasurer. Trustees of all boards were recognized and installed.
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This diary is a firsthand account of my 14 day deployment to Haiti. I was pleased to deploy with a Disaster Medical Assistance Team Florida Four (DMAT FL-4), which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services National Disaster Medical System (NDMS). The purpose of DMAT teams is to provide medical care during a disaster or other events. My role within the team structure
is to operate as a paramedic. I also work full time as a lieutenant with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. January 23 (Day l): Many meetings! We were given last minute vaccinations and anti-malaria treatments. Word is that conditions on the ground in Haiti are terrible.
January 24 (Day 2): We deployed on Haiti's only golf course. A tent city of approximately
50,000 had sprung up. The air is heavy with smoke and smells from the burning of trash and the incineration of bodies. We had one triage tent and one medical tent. Our host the 82nd Airborne Division provides protection as we provide aid.
January 25 (Day 3): I went out on a four hour foot patrol. It was very hilly with difficult terrain. Gear is very heavy. Treated many injured. In the evening, I assisted the main medical treatment tent. The combination of smoke and dehydration gave me a terrible headache.
January 26 (Day 4): Treated dozens of injured on am patrol. Sanitation conditions are terrible; trash, debris and human waste is everywhere. In the evening, I visited four hospitals and clinics with the 82nd. Weary doctors and nurses are doing their best. Many amputations!
January 27 (Day 5): At 0230 hours, I was summoned by a sentry. Assisted a doctor and delivered a baby. Amazingly, the woman
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January 28 (Day 6): Arose at 0400 hours. Led a foot patrol. Temperature is the mid 90s. I feel I am in my element working with a dedicated work of professionals. Returned to base after our four mile patrol. Very tired.
January 29 (Day 7): Today was the busiest. We treated over 100 pediatric patients, mostly fever, vomiting and nausea. The phrase "treat and street" is all too real in Haiti.
January 30 (Day 8): Assigned to an outreach team. Went by truck and visited outlying areas. We treated many patients and brought back one woman to be evaluated by the team's surgeon.
January 31 (Day 9): A slower day today in devoutly catholic Haiti. Some of the DMAT members and many soldiers are becoming sick with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Team visits to outreach areas had to be canceled. I developed an irritating cough known as the "Haitian Hack."
February 1 (Day 10): Arose at 0500 hours and was assigned to the main medical tent. An Israeli medical team came by. This gave me an opportunity to inquire about their procedures and equipment. This evening I provided security detail to our billeting area. The gastroenteritis bug is hitting our team pretty hard.
February 2 (Day 11): News reached us that teams in Petionville are to demobilize. I agreed to stay longer to assist an international team recovering bodies at the devastated Hotel Montana. After a difficult day, my team left. Another paramedic from Pennsylvania and I stayed behind.
February 3 (Day 12): Awoke at 0400 hours then went to provide force protection for the international search team at the rubble which was once the Hotel Montana. Between the smell of human decomposition, the burning of trash and us, it will take a long time to clear my sense of smell.
February 4 (Day 13): I didn't sleep well. We boarded a cattle truck at 0630 hours to ride out to the airport. Our plane finally took off at 1330 hours. When we arrived in Washington D.C., I was looking forward to good food, a hot shower and comfortable bed.
February 5 (Day 14): What a wonderful night's sleep! My flight home is not until later with a layover. I can't wait to get home to Amy and my two girls. I will arrive at 1600 hours.
Epilogue: The Haitian experience will stay with me for the rest of my life. We operated under very difficult conditions and an altered standard of care. This was the first ever National Disaster Medical System/DMAT on an international deployment.
The camaraderie that exists when a team gels is like no other feeling. As with previous missions, this one was filled with many bumps in the road.
What impacted me the most was the courage, stoicism and friendly spirit of the people of Haiti. I truly hope that the desperately needed help for the Haitian people continues long after our newspapers, movie celebrities and television reporters have their interest diverted elsewhere.
Every deployment reminds me personally of why I do what I do. I am grateful for the opportunity to help as many individuals and families as possible. As a first responder, I am ready for the next deployment�of course after I get some needed rest and relaxation. "Bonne nuit!" (Good Night)
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The Devil's Punchbowl
Written by Greg lies. 580 pages. Published by Scribner Book Company, July 2009. Review by T.G. Stanton
The South is a wonderful, charming and welcoming place to live. Penn Cage grew up there and moved to Texas to pursue his career as a prosecutor. He then started writing best-selling novels, only to return to Natchez, Mississippi and become the mayor. His plan is to refine the educational system in what many still consider a backwater town. Casino boat gambling has come to Natchez. Tim Jessup is an old friend who has not fared as
well as Penn in life's expectations, but he comes to Penn with an extreme situation.
Danger is the name of some of the illegal activities reported by Tim. Penn, being a man known to fight atrocities, is also a single parent. As mayor, he begins quietly investigating, only to find physical threats and intimidation aimed at him and those he loves. In the middle of the search, his friend is found dead and an old love
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On March 20, members of the Jacksonville Camera Club attended and photographed a real dog and pony show. Nearly 20 agility, obedience and hunting dogs, along with dressage and jumping horses, went through their paces, while camera club members eagerly captured all the action. The event was arranged by Camera Club member Diane Cohen (also a member ofthe K-9 Obed ience Club of Jacksonville). The horses were provided by Carolyn McGovern.
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Greg lies has written many novels revolving around Penn Cage, though this is my first. The characters are well developed with established relationships. There are
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By Contributing Writer Ann Gipalo, Editor, Loretto Elementary PTA Newsletter
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Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals presented details of our district's budget for next year at his last community budget meeting on Tuesday, March 23 at Mandarin Senior High School. School Board District 7 representative Tommy Hazouri and District 3 representative W.C. Gentry were also present.
Between 400 and 500 people attended the meeting, including students, parents, teachers and school staff. Every wall in the high school's auditorium was covered with banners meant to remind the superintendent of what students would lose if education funding is not maintained.
Pratt-Dannals' presentation was decidedly skewed toward the budget concerns of the high school students and their parents who attended the meeting. But the details regarding the district's anticipated budget revenue decrease and its increasing expenses for next year which, together, result in a shortfall of $125 million, made it clear how important the "Rally in Tally" (held on March 25) and personal calls and letters from the district's parents to our legislators will be in order to stave off dramatic cuts almost across the board to the district's budget.
Pratt-Dannals said everything (except core subject teacher positions and principals) is "on the
table for discussion" as far as possible areas to make cuts to close the budget shortfall, including (in no particular order):
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� Health benefits
� Assistant principals, instructional coaches, art, music, P.E., guidance and media
� Extra curricular�including sports teams
� Furloughs
Following are some of the questions posed to Pratt-Dannals by audience members at the conclusion of the Community Budget and his answers:
What about a four-day school week? The district has looked into that�but the cost reductions are not that dramatic and there are questions about how feasible a four-day week would be for parents who count on having their kids in school while they work.
Why are new roofs, paint, new schools, etc. continuing in the face of this lack of money? Those expenses come out of the district's capital budget, which is separate from operational expenses. Half of the district's schools are over 50 years old; often it is cheaper to build a new school than it is to upgrade and maintain an older school.
Why not increase the property taxes or institute a half cent sales tax? We have done bond issues before and we took advantage of an option the state gives us to raise the millage rate by 1/4 mil, but all that did was replace the revenue lost to decreases in the assessed value of property, not really increase our revenue. Six districts in the state are instituting a one cent sales tax increase.
What specific cuts have been made at the district level? Teacher training has been cut in the past two years; travel has been cut almost 50 percent, except for teachers who require AICE or IB training; next year there will no longer be any stipends for cell phones.
Why aren't costs associated with sports teams cut? The district pays for limited security, staff and field maintenance costs associated with sports teams, but the bulk of their costs are covered by gate receipts, booster clubs and fundraisers.
Why doesn't the School Board take a pay cut? The School Board's salaries are set at the state level, but they did take a pay cut this year. However, given the district's total budget of $ 1 billion, the cost of the School Board is inconsequential.
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city? In many cases, if we returned students to their neighborhood school, there wouldn't be room for them there. And, most "magnet" schools are not "dedicated" magnet schools�they are "schools within schools" (e.g. Loretto, where some kids are "technology magnet students," but for the vast majority of students, this is their "neighborhood school.") Also, there has already been a $10 million cut to the transportation budget for the magnet school program.
Why not ask
JEA to absorb the increase in our utility costs next year? (This question came after someone noted that JEA had a very large profit last year and another rate increase is expected this fall.) Pratt-Dannals said this was an "excellent" idea and that he would keep that in mind to discuss with the city/Mayor Peyton and JEA next time he gets the chance.
Why not take the sales tax money collected during the one-week "sales tax holiday" and put that money toward the education budget? (This received a lot of applause from the audience.) That is also a good idea.
Pratt-Dannals' entire Power
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Arts magnet schools update
Messing with the status quo
By Danielle Wirsansky
Since it emerged in 2006, High School Musical (HSM) has been an ongoing marvel, earning it two consecutive sequels. The movie takes place at East High, where athletics, academics and the arts all come into a mix; and Jacksonville has its own East High - Pine Forest School of the Arts. On May 25 and 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Pine Forest School of the Arts (3929 Grant Road) at $5 a ticket, HSM Jr. will be performed.
Students performing in the musical can relate to the experiences of the HSM characters; Pine Forest is a school that promotes an eclectic blend of academics and arts and many students participate in sports outside of school. With today's bullying coming into light, the peer pressuring of other students can compel students to "stick to the status quo." This musical encourages kids to be who they are and pursue their interests, no matter what they are.
"For me," said Liam Wirsansky (Troy), "I can really connect with HSM Jr. because I like to sing and act but also to do sports like soccer and karate. I also pride myself on having good grades."
Students such as Sabrina Sullivan (Ms. Darbus), Courtney Brown, Precious Bryant and Stella Goodman (Brainiacs) and Lily Jones (dancer) are all very excited about performing High School Musical Jr. as the students have been big fans of the movie since it originally came out.
Said Carter Delegal (Ryan), "At this point we know the songs better than our teachers do!"
But the students are eager to get to work with Terri Wester (musical director) and Debbie Peters-Rankin (choreographer/ costumer).
The main difference between HSM and
its junior counter part is that the show is shorter and the "romantic" relationship between the lead characters, Troy and Gabriella is toned down quite a bit. New songs are added as well. But Jill Herkel (resident Theatre teacher and Director) thinks that people who love HSM won't feel cheated at all.
When asked why she chose to have the students perform HSM ]r, Herkel responded, "I think that HSM Jr. is today's equivalent to Grease. It has become this phenomenon just like Grease did and people of all ages love it! My mom and I went and saw HSM 3 when it came out in the theatres and looking around at the crowd in the movie theatre, there were people of every age."
Also, she said "HSMJr. will most definitely be a good challenge for the cast. It is one of the harder shows we have done at Pine Forest. The music is challenging, there are a lot of set changes and the students have to really take some risks with their characters."
Surprisingly, when tolled, 100 percent of the cast members said that they preferred HSM Jr. to the original HSM. Marina Karoglan (Miss Tenney), Madison Hopkins (Taylor) and Natasha Harrison (moderator) said this was because they felt the junior version was more "age appropriate."
Said Liam Wirsansky (Troy), "It's a show where we get to play our own age range; we get to be kids, not kids playing adults."
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The Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art lies in the hilly woodlands off Lake Tuscaloosa. History buffs should make efforts to see this poignant collection recalling our nation's growth. Masterpieces are displayed in a home-like setting: a living and dining room, library and even a tavern room with a bar. Why, the ladies restroom is hung with 11 Mary Cassatts! The priceless objects range from a Paul Revere engraving to current artists and include sculpture, china and furniture. Give yourself a full morning or afternoon to see the famous works you likely thought were elsewhere.
Moundville Archeological Park, owned by the University of Alabama, is a grand 326 acre preserve. Moundville was rhe center for 10,000 Mississippian Indians over 800 years ago. Man-made flat-topped mounds served as ceremonial structures and homes of nobles. A stockade once surrounded the settlement. A $5 million museum renovation opens on May 15 and I had a sneak peek. You're greeted by life-size characters dressed for a wedding. Further on, you encounter a medi-
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In the world of fashion, Northeast Florida has its own fashion and interior design academy at Bartram Trail High School. Students have to apply every year to be in the academy, which has four levels of classes. Their mission statement reads like this: "The Academy of Design and Construction strives to provide a relevant curriculum combined with industry exposure via business partners thereby allowing students to gain knowledge, confidence, relationships and a sense of
community." So, how could I not resist meeting these local "fash-ionistas?"
I have enjoyed hanging out with these delightful, talented ladies on several occasions. We have witnessed good fashion, correct construction, attention to details and sewing on good fabrics. But the other day we hit Nirvana! We took a little bus trip "up town" to visit the Atelier of Linda Cunningham.
To give you a little bio of Cunningham, she is a Jackson-
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Cunningham specializes in couture evening gowns and mother of the bride and groom attire. Her collection shows during fashion week in New York City and can be found in boutiques across the country and also at her second location in Houston, Texas.
The BTHS fashion class was given a private tour of the entire operation by Cunningham, as she shared step-by-step how to make couture garments from start to finish. We then were allowed to "shop" the garments and witness first hand her talents and originality. There was much "oohing and aahing" as we went through the racks of unbelievable dresses. We were also allowed to wander through her fall 2010 collection which was shown in New York last month during Fashion Week.
Then Cunningham gave the class a "Project Runway" experience. We all gathered in the sunshine around little tables in her courtyard with drawing paper and colored pencils in hand as we heard the challenges. There were seven in all: here are two black be-jeweled buckles, design a garment using them; take these seven rhinestone buttons use them on any garment you chose. Here is a cocktail dress from the spring collection � make a sister garment; oh, here is a spectacular pair of shoes�make me some-
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thing to wear them with. Then there was a great looking belt with a multi-colored stone buckle to work with. A futuristic outfit was requested, but the most off the wall challenge was to make an airline attendant uniform; the only requirement was to include a skirt.
In one hour's time you would not believe the sketches! But I knew these girls had it in them, because I witnessed their paper dress designs last fall.
The judging was tough! They came through with peacock feathers, aluminum trims and red, white and blue uniforms for the
airline attendants. Seven different winners took home wonderful fashionista gifts as the day's mementos.
At the end of the day Cunningham challenged the students to pursue their dreams, to always carry a sketch book and head into the fashion world with vigor.
Wow, what a mentor who has walked the walk and made it happen! And hats off to those gals at the Fashion Academy who are going to wear her shoes!
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� Avoid heat stress and heat stroke. It's easy to get caught up in the fun of outdoor activities, but in extreme heat conditions it's important to not push beyond your physical limits. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and be on alert for symptoms of heat stress and heat stroke, such as thirst, cramps, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and fever.
� Get your physical. If children are planning on participating in camp or sports over the summer, it's important that they have a physical exam to ensure they're physically ready to be active. A sports or camp physical is a perfect opportunity to interact with a trusted health care professional.
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Tips for taking children to a museum
Looking for a fun-filled educational activity for the family? Why not visit a museum? Before you go, you might want to think about your visit so that all family members get the most out of the experience. Here are some suggestions from the Art Institute of Chicago for introducing your children to a museum:
� Allow your children to enjoy the museum at their own pace.
� Tune in to what excites your children and help them discover things about the objects they are interested in.
� Don't try to see everything in one visit. Stay only as long as your child remains engaged. Young children can become overwhelmed by seeing too many things at one time. Keep in mind that 30 minutes to an hour in the galleries may be the point when they reach their limits�depending on the child.
� Discuss the "no touch" rule with your children. Explain to them that the art needs to be kept as perfect as possible and touching can damage the pieces.
� Read the labels on pieces children show interest in and pass along pertinent information.
� Relate objects in the museum to your child's world. For instance, if you're looking at knight's armor, you can discuss that its purpose was to keep the wearer safe�like a catcher's mask or bicycle helmet.
� Choose a painting and ask your child to write a story about what is happening in it with you.
Bring a sketch pad and let your child sketch his or her own copy of a masterpiece. Buy some postcards for your own exhibition at home to keep the artwork in your child's mind.
Play "I spy." Have children select objects then describe them to other family members for identification.
Have your child seek out artworks that have particular characteristics, for instance, if your child's favorite color is red, have him or her seek out paintings that have a lot of red in them. When you get home encourage your child to write, draw or talk about the things they saw at the museum.
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(ARA) - As the weather warms and families come out to play, moms and dads often wonder how they can keep their toddler busy outdoors while spending quality time together. There's no need to stock up on hundreds of dollars worth of toys or fancy games. Just a few strategic playthings powered by children and their imaginations are all parents need to get outdoors with their toddler.
"Unstructured play and simple games are really great ways to engage young children" says Robert Pasin, father of three and Chief Wagon Officer at Radio Flyer, makers of wagons and ride-on toys for children. "Parents seeking quality ways for them to be active should know you don't have to break the bank to have fun with your kids."
The play experts at Radio Flyer offer their top tips for parents to get outdoors with their toddler.
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Flutterby: Organize a butterfly chase in the yard or at a nearby park. Take the opportunity to explain how butterflies were once caterpillars, show kids how to watch the delicate critters quietly, and try to get them to land on their outstretched fingers. Make sure to take the time to enjoy the flowers, trees and sunshine.
Three Wheels and Four Legs: "Many families, mine included, have an older child as well as a toddler," says Pasin. "Younger siblings don't like to be left behind, so it's important for families to find 'me too' activities." A traditional older sibling activity is taking the family dog for a walk. Help toddlers keep up with their very own set of wheels, like My First Scooter from Radio Flyer. The three-wheeled scooter looks just like a big kids' ride but has an extra wide base with two wheels in front for stability. Fido will be happy he doesn't have to slow down for the kids and the little ones will be delighted to speed ahead.
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(NewsUSA) - It's a fact: children today are surrounded by all types of digital media from a very young age. Educators, parents and caregivers are left with the task of navigating through a multitude of handheld games, toys and online resources while debating the value of these different options.
Fortunately, research shows that computers can have important benefits for even young children, including language development, literacy development, social development and the development of important problem-solving skills. Here are some guidelines for the use of computers based on both current research in child development and the professional opinions of early childhood educators:
� Stick to a firm time limit for computer use. Recommended time for preschoolers (three to five years old) is 20-30 minutes per day.
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(ARA) - As you head outdoors to take advantage of the warmer weather, there are a number of easy ways to jump-start a healthy, active lifestyle and kick the couch potato routine.
While it's great that you're getting more exercise, don't forget to incorporate smart eating habits along with increased activity. Fueling your body with healthy snack choices helps keep energy levels high. But many snacks we consider as sources of energy and nutrition are actually loaded with sugar and preservatives. Another common pitfall is to avoid snacking altogether, and rely on two to three big meals to provide all the nutrients and sustainable energy you need for the day.
"Smart snacking is a very important part of our daily diet," says registered dietitian and health educator Allegra Burton, MPH, RD. "By eating small portions balanced with protein and complex carbohydrates throughout the day, we continually fuel our bodies with the nutrients we need to stay healthy and energized."
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� Snack small and snack often. Whether you're going to the gym, on a walk, or to the amusement park or beach, throw some treats in the car or your backpack.
� Mix it up. There are many smart snacking options to choose from every day. One day you could have fruit and nuts, the next day yogurt or veggies with a low fat bean dip. Variety will keep your taste buds from getting bored and will encourage you to keep reaching for healthier snacks.
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Mostly, children just want to know that their parents take an active interest in their lives�you don't have to rent a houseboat every time a child comes home with an "A" on a test. But you don't want to ignore a big accomplishment, either, unless you want your child to think that nothing he or she does will ever please you. Besides, commemorating an extra-special moment could help preserve fond memories for years.
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Whether displayed on your mantle or on your child's wall, the framed news article will become a keepsake commemorating your child's accomplishment�someday, you may even want to show it to your grandchildren.
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get concerned. If he's nursing well, wetting normally and acting happy as usual then he's probably a-o-k!
Today's question was slightly more challenging. My angelic nephew was being naughty. He'd had a yummy breakfast, playtime with mom and now was supposed to be playing with some toys in the kitchen while Krissy did some organizing in an upper cabinet. The problem was, he didn't agree with her agenda and was standing beside his Mamma screaming at her to pick him up. Krissy wanted to know, "Is he too young to know better?"
This question is harder to answer on paper than when looking into that baby's red face. If it's been years since you've had a little one then you may have forgotten how angrily one year olds can scream! Grandmas, don't bristle when I say Landon was being naughty. Yes, he can be taught to know better!
There are many ways to prevent Krissy and Landon's situation. Anytime a young child will need to entertain himself for a period of time, it's wise to spend some one-on-one time first. Whether that is
wise with Landon and had toys for him right beside her where she could keep an eye on him while working a bit on her task.
So if a little one has a full tummy, clean diaper, had Mommy time and has toys to play with next to Mamma but is still pitching a fit... then what?
Tell the cutie pie what he's doing is not ok. I know one year olds can't talk yet, but they understand a whole lot more than we give them credit for. I like to get down on their eye level or pick them up in my arms and look them in the eye. "Landon," she might say, "Mommy is going to clean off this shelf then we'll sit together for some play time! Here, play with your stacking rings for a few more minutes." Then I'd hurry up and get to a stopping point with my chore and keep my word to him about playing together. Next I'd do a few more minutes on my cleaning job before we took another break. This time, we may read a book or share a snack. The goal is to introduce him to the concept of playing alone in small increments, adding time as he gets older and used to it.
There are some things that
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old before straightening a cabinet or doing special "school time" with preschoolers before schooling the big kids, spending some time together with the little ones first helps to keep a kid happy!
Attention spans of little ones are another thing to keep in mind. I may expect my five year old to play quietly for 15-20 minutes, but if our little one year old is quiet for even five minutes I start to wonder what she is up to! Krissy was being
adorable little one (and most likely you!) would rather be playing. It's possible to train them toward this end in a positive way; save the swats for defiant days!
One closing thought: when my sister calls, I put everything on hold to give her my full attention because I love her and care for her! I have to ask myself: Do I do that for my sweet children? Let them know you love them by giving them your time whenever they may need you.
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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!" Stacey
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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
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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! Elizabeth
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Tait ft andWorship DIRECTORY
All Souls Anglican Church
Meets at Mandarin Middle School
51 00 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.BibleBelieversBap-tistChurch.org
Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Society
12447 Mandarin Road
276-3739
www. bbu us. 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.crownpoi ntbaptist-church.com
Episcopal Church of Our Saviour
12236 Mandarin Road
268-9457
www.coos.org
Etz Chaim Synagogue
10167 San Jose Blvd.
262-3565
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 1 2447 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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Faith Corner
A joint effort between several area church congregations, local organizations and Angel Food Ministries is currently getting started for residents in the Mandarin/Fruit Cove/Switzerland areas to
provide food relief for area families, to www.angelfoodministries.com. A family in need will be able to The entire process and displays order a box of food for $30 per 0f what an actual box of food unit that will provide one family of contains are shown at the website, four a whole week's worth of food. For pick up at First Christian
distribute the orders for our area and hopefully more people will be reached with this new location at the church on San Jose Boulevard.
To find out more about this program or order on-line, please go
The box of food consists of both fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of around $60. The food consists of the very same
Church, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard, the ordering time frame is May 1 through May 14, with a designated delivery day of May 22
high quality/brand name items that at the church between 10:00 a.m. could be purchased at a grocery store.
Currently, Reverend Jeff Smith at First Christian Church in Mandarin has applied and received approval to become a designated order pick up location for families that have ordered boxes of food. The on-line process is currently only set up for credit/debit cards, but plans are under way to accept food stamps and cash in the future. This program isn't new to the Jacksonville area, but in the past there have been no locations closer than Orange Park or St. Augustine that
and 11:00 a.m.
Additional information is also available by contacting First Christian Church at 262-1662 or emailing firstchristianjax@clear-wire.net.
Editor's Note: Faith Corner is a new monthly feature at Mandarin NewsLine. We invite worship leaders of all Mandarin area places of worship to submit an article for a future issue. Please email edi-tor@mandarinnewsline.com if you would like to participate!
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Despite recent requirements for those born on or after January 1, 1988 to have a Boater's ID to pilot a boat, many boaters give no regard that there are no obvious driving lanes and relatively few warning or control signs. Many forget to check the weather or don't notice signs of approaching storms. The water is unforgiving and may deteriorate boat equipment.
You could say there are three characteristics of a sound approach to safe boating. These are a boater's personal commitment to safety, seeking knowledge of how to be safe and assuring their watercraft has adequate safety equipment and is correctly rigged. Having a personal commitment to safety is most important and leads a boat user to
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I often watch folks picking out plants at a garden center. They almost always choose those with the most flowers or fruit and are happy when they find a plant bursting with open blooms. Undoubtedly, these are the most attractive ones, but they are not necessarily the best ones. The plant with all the open flowers may be at the end of its bloom, whereas a plant just starting to form buds will put on a much longer show.
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If you are buying a tomato plant, pass up those with fruit and flowers. I know you want the tall one with the little green tomato, but you will have a better plant if you choose the stockiest one, sans fruit, with good green color. A tomato, by the way, is the only thing we plant deeply when we transplant it, up to the first true leaves. It will grow roots along the buried stem. Other plants do not do this and should be planted at the same level as they are in the pot.
When shopping for plants, try to buy fresh ones that have just arrived. Ask an employee how long they have been there, and when new stock will be coming in. Pass up any plants with weeds or roots growing out the bottom. And run from any that have bugs or tiny white flies around them. Bringing them into your house or yard can infect other plants. And never leave your purchased plants sitting around in tiny pots. They will quickly become the weedy, pot-bound plants you avoided at the nursery.
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On the subject of veggies, you will have a much better experience if you avoid heirloom varieties. They are very fashionable right now but lack the disease and pest resistance of modern hybrids. If you must have an heirloom, plant a hybrid as well so you will have something to harvest if the heirloom succumbs.
My last piece of advice is to buy plants at the right time. Warm season crops such as tomatoes, peppers, squash and beans can be grown March through June, so it is already too late to start most varieties. There is another warm season for vegetables from mid-August to frost, but spring is the longest season and the best time.
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Second annual MS Mud Run exceeds expectations
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MHS Sports Roundup
By Phillip Heilman, MHS Student
Baseball, at its core, is a game with a bat and a ball. However, the patience, perseverance and teamwork required to be great at baseball makes the game what it is. Baseball is the only sport where a player fails a much greater amount of times than he succeeds. Therefore, it requires those traits to be successful. It also requires talent. This season, the talent of the Mustangs baseball team is busting at the seams.
The Mustangs opened up the year winning five times in as many tries. Following this strong opening, the boys hit the skids by losing their next three games. This put them at a record of five wins and three losses. The third loss was an unimpressive game by the Mustangs, as they fell to the hands of Creekside five to one. Since then, the Mustangs have rolled off an impressive stretch of baseball. Winners of nine of their next 11 games, the boys improved their record to 14 wins and five losses.
Victory number 14 brought the Mustangs home from South Florida as the Baseball Fever Classic champions. The Mustangs showed some of their resiliency in the championship game of the tournament. Following 11 innings of tied baseball against Arlington Country Day, the Mustangs went into a "tie breaker" with the Apaches. In this scenario, each team starts their respective inning with the bases loaded and no outs. Each team is given the opportunity to score as many runs as they can in their half of the inning. The Apaches were able to come through with three runs in their half of the inning. In a hole, the Mustangs needed at least three runs to continue the game. They did just that and with a sacrifice fly by junior Clint Tolbert, scoring Spencer Herrmann, the Mustangs walked off the field both physically and emotionally drained, but as champions.
The Mustangs look to use that momentum to fuel a long run into the playoffs. With the scholarship
athletes they have, as well as the underclassman who are proving their worth, the Mustangs should be a difficult out in the playoffs.
The success of the baseball team is being matched by the soft-ball team. The girls, under Coach Gonzalez, have once again posted a strong regular season mark. The girls ended their own spring break tournament with an overall record of 17 wins and five losses. After dropping their first game back to Eagles View, the girls look to rebound and continue their strong season.
Interestingly enough, the team has only one senior, Lindsay Kelly, on their roster compared to nine for the baseball team. Hopefully, the leadership of Kelly can propel the talented, youthful team to a strong playoff push.
As always, good luck to all of the Mandarin athletes competing and Go Mustangs!
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Carol and David Smith are being recognized by the Mandarin Garden Club with its April Yard of the Month award. Their Old Mandarin property is large and unusually shaped. With careful planning, they have established a beautiful setting that is not labor intensive.
The property includes a long dogleg of land off the large yard that is the site of their home. They have created a park-like setting on the dogleg by planting dogwood, azaleas and ferns. The home's front yard has a small patch of grass that is enhanced by a small fish pond and an impressive array of very large plantings. The azaleas are tall and full and are complimented by a multi-colored collection of tall ginger plants. There are red, pink, white, yellow, blue and purple plants; some have deep green foliage and others are variegated. The accents of crepe myrtle trees, bromeliads, liriope, camellias and holly fern give the yard texture and depth.
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There are over 5000 species of dragonflies found all over the world. They have been around since the beginning of time and are the source for lots of folklore. The one I grew up with was that you never close your eyes around them�the result being they would sew your eyes shut. Hence the folklore names Devil's Needle, Darner and Serpent Doctor. Another folklore yarn in the Appalachians is if you kill a dragonfly, its serpent will seek you out. My husband's third biggest fear in life is snakes, so dragonflies are a protected species at our house just in case there's a little bit of truth to this one.
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Damselflies are similar to dragonflies but appear much smaller and slimmer and hold their wings collapsed over their backs while dragonflies hold their wings extended to their sides.
Hold the first weekend in June for the First Coast Koi Club's annual pond tour. Information about the pond tour will be posted soon on the First Coast Koi Club website, www.firstcoastkoiclub. com. If you have any questions feel free to email me at Dale@DWhaley.com.
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