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Volume 5, Issue 8 Visit our online edition at www.mandarinnewsline.com
May 2011
Youth Scene
Former Mandarin Christian student named Fulbright Scholar
ByAlexa M.Velez
Idolization�we all do it. Taylor Swift, Tim Tebow, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber are all common household names, along with many others like them. They are the athletes, movie stars and musicians we look up to. We admire their talent, achievements and success. But there are others, outside the entertainment business and the world of sports, that are equally worthy of our recognition. How about those who proudly wear eraser dust on
their shirts instead of grass stains? How about those whose hard work and dedication to their studies have led them to great academic success?
Meet William Boyce. He is a former Mandarin Christian School student who graduated top of his class in junior high, was valedictorian and a National Merit Finalist at Providence High School and was recently named a Fulbright Full Grant Scholar at Florida State University�an extraordinary achieve-
ment. As a Fulbright Scholar, Boyce will further his studies at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom, where he will pursue a Masters of Literature degree next fall. Here are some of his thoughts about his academic journey so far:
"What has inspired and motivated you to put forth all the work and effort that you have had to dedicate to your studies in order to achieve such academic success?
My dad heavily influenced me when I was younger to do well. And he always encouraged me to do my very best. It doesn't necessarily mean making straight A's as much as it means giving your very best effort in everything that you do. His words have stayed with me.
What would you say has been your greatest obstacle?
Time management has always been a challenge. Staying on top of that is really important to doing well. You've got to find a way to organize your time and do something
Fulbright Scholar cont. on pg. 7
Eighth annual "Senior5 Prom enjoyed by all ages!
By Contributing Writer Carol McLeod, Community Services Director,
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The Coves retirement community at River Garden hosted its eighth annual "Senior" Prom with the Mandarin High School Student Council. This year's theme was "Romance in Rome."
Mandarin Student Council President Jack Martins worked for several months with The Coves assistant manager Denise Havinga finalizing the details. Student council members spent the
afternoon transforming Prom Queen Lee The Coves dining room Green berg.
arks and Prom King
into an ancient Roman palace overlooking the Coliseum featuring statues, limestone pots and tall columns covered with green ivy and grapes.
The Coves dining services provided a wonderful buffet filled with an assortment of delicious hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and desserts. The food looked fabulous and
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tasted just as good as it looked!
DJ Mike Gilbert with Mag-netix Entertainment provided music and costumes for a bit of added fun.
Taking part in the dancing, The Coves member Marie Eisen-berg said, "It was so exciting! The
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Page 3 What's New
Page 4 The Sheriff Reports
Page 5 School District Journal
Page 6 Political Opinion- New!
Page 8 Encore!
Page 9 Movie Review
Page 11 St. Johns Riverkeeper
Page 12 Election 2011
Page 15 MHS Medical Club
Page 16 Library Happenings
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Join the Jacksonville Humane Society for the third annual Trail of Tails: Fun Walk and Festival on
Saturday, May 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Jacksonville Landing. Registration is $30 per person, $25 per person for members of teams of four or more, $ 15 for students (ages 13 to 22) and
$10 for children (ages five to 12). All prices increase by $5 the day of the event. Registration fee includes an event T-shirt and goodie bag. Animals walk with their owners for free. A festival featuring food, fun and free kid's crafts follows the event. Registration for the walk and festival vendors is available
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The Sheriff Reports
By Contributing Writer John H. Rutherford, Duval County Sheriff
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First off, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your vote of confidence and support in my leadership of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. I regard this position as one for which I have been called to serve. I also view the recent election as your validation of the work of the men and women of this great agency who I lead. In their actions and deeds, it is my hope that they are reflecting our belief that it is an honor to be in this noble profession and to serve and protect our citizens. Thank you.
As the world around us changes, so do policing tactics. For example, 10 years ago we knew that advancements in the technology that impacts computers and communication would improve and change tremendously. Today, more calls received by 9-1-1 come from cell phones than from "land lines."
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If we don't have the technology to run background checks instantaneously on a lap top, when an officer pulls a car over or perform a court ordered wire tap or trace cell phone records in order to check for outstanding warrants and catch the bad guys, then we can't succeed in our goal to be "the" premier law enforcement agency.
I like to say that in many ways the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has been a lot like a duck on a pond of water. On the surface you see a smooth, gliding creature that doesn't seem to have a care in the world. But look under the water and you see the duck's feet paddling furiously to move forward and stay above the water. We are all working very hard to stay afloat and here are some of the reasons why we're able to succeed at reducing crime and create a culture of people committed to continuously improving, no matter what the challenges are:
Hire men and women of character; train and equip them well; skillfully supervise them; and deploy them properly. I often talk about the "generational transformation" at the JSO. It has been a reality for several years now, since the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) began. Since I took office in 2003 we've replaced more than 700 police officers in this agency. You probably haven't noticed, because those new officers
replaced retiring ones. And as we set about the business of hiring and training, we set out to recruit and hire the best candidates possible. We raised the academic requirements; made sure that we were embracing the latest technology and integrating it into our work practices, so we can utilize the skills of these younger men and women. We also make sure that we develop these up and comers through formalized training in our Leadership Institute; focusing on emotional intelligence and cultural and generational differences that help us succeed as a team when we understand and embrace them. My staff has focused on training and cultivating leaders, which means succession planning is made easier and is more effective.
What else goes on "behind the scenes?" A lot of work shaping the "culture" of the organization. I do not take pride in the fact that I have fired more police officers than all of my predecessors, since this kind of record keeping began. But in each of those attempts to terminate or in "worst case" situations, arrest officers who break the law, it was done in the interest of the more than 99 percent of the men and women who go out every day and work tirelessly to get it right and do it well. They need to know that their work ethic and integrity will not be compromised by the actions of a few with ill intent. I also believe that good people make mistakes and I am duty bound to ferret out the misdeeds of a person with good character and remediate and punish and then move on. I, along with my staff, am accountable for what you see and experience on the street and while most people who have encounters with the police will not find it pleasant, we must make sure it is a fair and respectful encounter. It's a dangerous job and it's my job to make sure these men and women are prepared to go out there and do what is expected of them to solve crimes and hold those responsible accountable. It's also my responsibility to make sure we do this
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We provide a first rate service and return on investment, for the lowest possible cost. I am blessed in that for several years I have been assisted in shaping and meeting these goals by two men who retired last month. Our undersheriff and my friend, Frank Mackesy, has served this agency and community with great distinction and honor for more than 30 years. His leadership and contributions to the success of this agency are too numerous to list here, but he is respected by all who know him and has earned that respect every day. I'm also losing the good counsel and vision of another top leader, Director of Personnel and Professional Standards Rick Lewis. He retired in April as well, again, after serving more than 30 years with distinction. As his career grew and he found himself with greater responsibilities and rank, Lewis never lost sight of "what this means to the man or woman in the trenches" and shaped our leadership academy, and the many policies that impact the day to day lives
of our troops, with great care and consideration to helping them succeed and flourish at the JSO while best serving our community.
And now three other leaders rise to new positions, as a direct result of those retirements:
Dwain Senterfitt as the undersheriff and Michelle Re-molde as director of personnel and professional services. They are well prepared to assume those roles and capable of taking this agency into the future, as two members of my senior team. They are joined by Directors Jimmy Holder field (corrections); Carol Hladki (services/ finance); Michael Edwards (patrol/ enforcement); and newly appointed Director John Hartley (investigations/Homeland Security). There have been other appointments and moves, all precipitated by this generational transformation at the top. I invite you to read more about this and other topics of interest by visiting our website at jaxsheriff.org
Please keep the fine men and women of this great agency in your thoughts and prayers, especially as we honor fallen officers on May 4 at our annual Police Memorial Day ceremony. We will remember our fallen colleagues from around the country, in particular the officers recently killed in the line of duty in Miami and Tampa. Thank you.
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By Contributing Writer Tommy Hazouri, School Board Representative, District 7
I know the Mandarin community is tired of hearing about the state budget proposals and their draconian impact on our children's education. As you read this article, the State Legislature will be winding down its 60 day legislative session. Hopefully, they wouldn't have sold Florida back to Spain by then.
While there is hope for some miracles, Governor Scott's proposal of a 10 percent cut in public education funding will be down to seven or eight percent after the House and Senate adopt their budget. Instead of a $97 million hit on Duval County, it may end up being only $70 to 80 million. Still, the impact will require major reductions and a devastating impact on a budget that already has
been cut by over $150 million the past three years.
We have had very successful community meetings on the state of our budget at three area high schools � Atlantic Coast, Andrew Jackson and Ed White. Geographically, it allowed for citizens from all areas of Jacksonville to attend and be heard. Now, if our state lawmakers were only there to learn what you and I already know.
You still have time to contact the governor and members of the House and Senate and share with them our concerns. Art, music, physical education, athletics, class size, magnet school transportation and many more big ticket items continue to be at risk. Just keeping the budget at the present funding
level and giving the district flexibility would be a huge help.
On a lighter side, I want to congratulate West Riverside Elementary School on their 100th anniversary. Built in 1911, West Rverside is the oldest continuing operational public school in Florida. And, the first PTA in Florida was founded at West Riverside in 1922. Congratulations and Happy Birthday West Riverside!
Important Dates:
May 3: School Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - Cline Auditorium, 1701 Prudential Drive
May 4: Student early dismissal
May 14: Annual Reading Celebration, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Metropolitan Park
May 27: Schools closed
May 30: Memorial Day (schools and district offices closed)
Don't forget to vote: May 17, 2011
Thought for the Month:
The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. ^Sydney J. Harris
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The May general meeting of the All Star Quilters Guild will be held on Monday, May 23 at 9:30 a.m. in the First Christian Church of Jacksonville, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard. The program will be our challenge results; Vicki Zoller challenged the members to make a small quilt using fabrics the color of their initials. Visitors are welcome! For more information,
please contact Dot Butler at 642-6574 and visit us at www.orgsites. com/ fl/allstarquiltguild.
The MOMS Club of Jackson-ville/Mandarin-SE offers support for stay at home and part-time working moms living in zip code 32258. With the club you will have enriching activities for you and your children, during the day when you need the most support. A sample of activities includes park days, beach days, monthly socials, playgroups and field trips to the zoo and museums. For additional information, please email seman-darinmoms@yahoo.com.
The Mandarin Women's Club
will meet on at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 26 at the Ramada Inn -Mandarin. Karen Wassmer, an avid organic gardener and beekeeper, will present the program. Her
family has been here in Mandarin since the early 1950s when it was a sleepy village along the St. Johns Rver. Club membership is open to all women. The May luncheon is free to all 2011-2012 members to kick off the new club year or $ 15 for non-members. For reservation or additional information, please call Iris at 268-2459 by May 19.
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Sunday, May 15. We would also like to thank all of the community for making our recent Garage and Bake Sale a big success! Come and visit us�our club is a fun place to be! For details, please check our website at www.iacofjacksonville. com or request our newsletter by emailing pattykochl7@yahoo.com. Grazie!
The Mandarin Chapter of AARP meets the third Friday of every month at 2:00 p.m. at Augustine Landing, located at 10141 Old St. Augustine Road. We are a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization, affiliated with the national AARP. Our activities and programs are designed to help people age 50 and over improve the quality of their lives. Visitors are welcome! For additional information, please call 733-0516 or email alex9520@comcast.net.
The Jacksonville Scrabble Club's spring membership drive is underway for all Scrabble lovers! Beginners to more advanced are welcome. Beginners' coaching is available and the use of provided word lists is allowed. The club meets at 1:00 p.m. every Wednesday at Golden Corral, located at 11420 San Jose Boulevard. Please contact Jean at 733-1565 or Georgianna at 886-4520 for more information. The club also meets on Thursday evenings at Barnes and Noble on San Jose Boulevard in Mandarin. For times and details, please email curtlee59@aol.com.
Please join the Mandarin Senior Citizen Center for its fourth annual Health and Wellness Fair
to be held on Friday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Senior Center located at 3848 Hartley Road. There will be more than 20 health care providers and private organizations that will be on-site conducting screenings for heart and stroke risk, vision, hearing, blood sugar check, BMI, pulse oximetry, balance, carotid artery blood flow screening and much more. There will be non-invasive monitoring and assessments for participants. Information on community resources specifically for and about senior citizens will also be available. For additional information, please call 262-7309 or email rdower@yahoo.com.
Shuffleboard is played on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at Mandarin Park (south end of Mandarin Road) next to the tennis courts at the park entrance. Beginners are welcome! Just show up, unless it rains.
The next meeting for the South Jacksonville Republican Club will be Saturday, May 7 at the Golden Corral, located at 11470 San Jose Boulevard. The breakfast social will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the club meeting at 10:00 a.m. We will be gathering in the enclosed Meeting Room in the restaurant. Our guest speaker will be Duval County Property Appraiser Jim Overton who will give us an overview of his job and talk about the local property values and the appraisal process. If you are a Republican candidate and would like to introduce yourself to our club members, please attend!
The Toast of Jax - Toast-master Club meets each Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at the Ramada Inn Mandarin in the conference room located in GiGi's restaurant. Whether you're a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retiree, Toastmasters is the best way to improve your communication and leadership skills. Toastmasters can help you lose the fear of public speaking and learn skills that will help you be more successful in your chosen path. Please join us! For additional information, please visit www.toastofjax.org.
The Sugar Arts Guild of North Florida meets monthly at the South Mandarin Library, located at 12125 San Jose Boulevard. We are an organization of sugar artists, cake designers and confectioners from Northeast Florida who enjoy getting together every month to visit, watch a demonstration and sample each other's creations. Our purpose is to promote creativity and experimentation in cake decorating, sugar art, chocolate, pastries, candies and just about anything edible that can be done decoratively. We welcome anyone interested in meeting other sugar enthusiasts and swapping ideas and techniques to visit www. sagnfl.blogspot.com for meeting dates.
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Time for flood insurance?
By Contributing writer Joseph P. Perry, III, CPCU, President, JP Perry Insurance, Inc.
Hurricane season is around the corner and that makes this a good time to give some thought to protecting your property from damage. Most of us think of wind when we hear the word hurricane; however, past experience has shown that much of the damage is from flood waters�either from a storm surge or just from the very heavy rains that come with the storm. Even without a named storm this is the time of year that our area gets those heavy and fast moving storms that can dump huge amounts of water in a short period of time.
It is important to remember that homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Some people might be confused about that because some water damage that is not defined as flood might be covered by your homeowners policy. Examples would be water damage from a broken pipe or rain that came in through a hole in the roof caused by a covered event. The easy way to think of flood is
to think in terms of rising water. If a storm drain at the street backs up, a creek overflows or some other circumstances cause water to rise up and enter your home, the resulting damage to your house and its contents can only be covered by a flood policy.
If you have a mortgage and you live in a high hazard area, you have probably been required by your mortgage company to buy flood coverage. However, remember that the mortgage company only cares about the dwelling so make sure you also protect your contents! Even if you don't live in a high hazard zone it makes good sense to purchase the coverage because 50 percent of all claims happen in low hazard zones. The message is that being in a low hazard zone and not being required to by flood insurance does not mean you are safe from flood damage. The good news is that in low hazard zones the cost of coverage is modest, starting as low as $ 119. A policy that
covered 250,000 on the home and 100,000 on contents can be as low as $355. That is a pretty good deal considering that the average claim is $46,000 and over the life of a 30 year mortgage the chance of flooding is 26 percent as opposed to a 1 percent chance of fire!
Also keep in mind that flood insurance is a federal program that even though it is sold and administered by many insurance companies, the losses are actually paid by the government. Since the flood program loses money every year your tax dollars are subsidizing a bargain insurance program. Shouldn't you take advantage of it?
Just one more thing about flood insurance: if you want to be ready for storm season now is the time to act because unless you are buying flood coverage as part of a new home closing, there is a 30 day wait before coverage is effective.
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For all of the horrors of a recession, the silver lining in the clouds is sacred cows sometimes get barbecued.
In good times, government grows out of control; programs and empires become bloated without thought to consequences and lean times. In a recession, those programs � previously thought untouchable - suddenly are dispensable. We happily relearn government is not the answer to every problem.
A wise Baptist minister a number of years ago commented about his Methodist Brothers in Christ and admired how he understood Methodists shuffled ministers of their churches, rarely keeping one in a church more than seven years.
A thriving Commonwealth of Virginia successfully term limits governors to a single, four year term.
French war hero the late Charles de Gaulle is credited with famously uttering, "the graveyards are full of indispensable men."
With Jacksonville's general elections to be held on May 17, it's useful to look at the wisdom of the Methodists, the Commonwealth of Virginia and General de Gaulle. Even if City Hall has term limits,
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how necessary is it to re-elect any incumbent?
If you're the politician - which is what a denizen of City Hall is before, during and after the election � running for City Council, you have motivation including the generous annual salary of $45,000, very generous health care benefits for a part time job and, of course, pension benefits.
Politicians elected to take care of constituents often take charitable care of themselves foremost. Public service, allegedly the most noble calling, has become a comfortable entitlement for a ruling class only required to make very few really tough decisions during any term in office. Most of the work is handled by civil service staff.
When electing constitutional officers, such as sheriff, tax collector and others, who you are electing is required by law to be in charge, but not present except when convenient. Diligent constitutional officers show up every day and demonstrate real leadership skills. Less diligent constitutional officers collect six figure paychecks for leaving others in charge while honing their recreational skills. Ultimately, constitutional officers are answerable to voters every four years. All of the time between elections, they are answerable to no one.
When filling in the black bubble on your ballot, keep in mind who you are electing. Are you electing someone who sounds good, but is really just a showboat? Are you electing someone who allows their real hubris to surface after the election and garners negative headlines because of blockheaded actions they thought no one would notice? Are you electing someone because
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of the specific church they attend or because they are best qualified for the job?
When you vote in May - and, please, do vote; it's embarrassing to live in a city where only 29 percent of the registered voters bother to decide who will lead our city for the next four years � vote for what is best for you, not what is best for any politician. The founding fathers were right: citizen politicians serving, then leaving; not permanent, ruling class politicians.
J. Bruce Richardson, a resident of Jacksonville, has created many successful marketing, advertising, public relations, fund-raising and political campaigns. A former newsroom staffer of the late Jacksonville Journal, Mr. Richardson has an educational background in management and finance. His column will be appearing monthly in Mandarin NewsLine.
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The children's Bumblebee circle of the Mandarin Garden Club
hold their end of the year meeting and picnic on Thursday, May 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Mandarin Garden Club located at 2892 Loretto Road. Children ages five through 18 are welcomed with an adult. The Bumblebee circle started their sixth year of existence in September. Our monthly meetings consist of garden related topics with the focus for children. We welcome parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to attend with their respective children to attend and begin to sharing in a lifetime hobby. Additionally, our garden club has adult circles available to meet the needs of our community. For more information, please email mardaringardenclub@comcast.net or call 268-1192.
First Coast Girls Initiative
offers a "Growing Great Girls" workshop event on Thursday, June 2 beginning with registration at 8:15 a.m. at the UNF University Center, located at 12000 Alumni Drive. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Debra Haffner, executive director of the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice and Healing in Westport, Connecticut. The workshop will last from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and the early bird fee is $30 for FCGI members or $40 for non-members. After April 29, the fee to attend is $40 for FCGI members or $50 for non-members. Space is limited. For additional information, please contact the FCGI coordinator at jettl l@comcast.net.
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From the City Council Member's Desk
By Contributing Writer Jack Webb, City Council Member, District 6
City Council President Jack Webb is an incumbent candidate for the office of City Council Member, District 6. Please watch for this column to reappear after the Duval County General Election to be held on May 17, 2011 has determined a winner in this race.
Ready. Set. March for Babies!
On May 7, 2011 at Northbank Riverwalk, thousands of families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes' annual March for Babies�the nation's oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. This year the First Coast March for Babies is excited to announce our presenting sponsor as Wachovia, A Wells Fargo Company.
Ambassador Families representing the First Coast this year are The McAndrew family and the Sturgill Family. The McAndrew family's story began when Sutton, Hudson and Leighton were born
nine weeks premature in 2008. They benefited from March of Dimes funded research and medical advances including surfactant therapy. The Sturgill family's story happened when things didn't go quite as planned and Erin delivered a stillborn at just 20 weeks. Heartbroken, Erin and Ron turned to the March of Dimes for information and comfort for their loss. The McAndrew and Sturgill families are joined by Scott Coble, North Florida regional president of Wachovia, A Wells Fargo Company, who is serving as the 2011 March for Babies Chair.
"My goal is to bring awareness
to the staggering statistics of premature birth and infant mortality in Northeast Florida and raise funds to support the March of Dimes' efforts to reduce those numbers," Coble said.
Funds raised by March for Babies in Florida help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the three-mile walk kicking off at 9:00 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family including a kickoff event, special guests, plus food and fun . To register for First Coast March for Babies, visit www. marchforbabies.org.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit mar-chofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
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students danced beautifully and everyone dressed so smart!"
The final event of the evening was the traditional crowning of the Prom Queen and King with Lee Marks crowned as Prom Queen and Ben Greenberg as Prom King. After being crowned and donning their sashes, they shared a dance.
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The event will not soon be forgotten. All those in attendance had a wonderful time and are already wondering "How can we top this next year?"
A big thank you goes out to Mandarin High Student Council members, The Coves staff and everyone who helped make this year's Senior Prom such a memorable night!
Car crashes are the second leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Florida. You know the Click it or Ticket campaign, right? I would suggest "Click it or be ejected brain first out of the window/windshield of your vehicle." That isn't as cute and doesn't rhyme at all, but it is in my opinion a bit more effective if we are looking at the consequences of not wearing a seat belt. I mean I'd rather be facing a ticket than face losing my life. Wearing a seat belt is the most effective way to prevent TBI and other catastrophic injuries.
Always wear your seatbelt! In a car crash you are much more likely to be killed if you are not wearing a seat belt. Florida law stipulates that all front seat passengers must wear their seat belts. This law applies to any car manufactured after 1968. All passengers under the age of 18 must wear a seat belt or be otherwise restrained in a child's
car seat. Children three years old or younger must be secured in a federally approved child-restraint seat. Children four or five years old must be secured by either a federally approved child restraint seat or safety belt. The driver is responsible for buckling up the child as well as making sure passengers are buckled.
It is against the law to operate a vehicle if all the passengers do not meet these standards.
You are 50 percent responsible for your own injury or death if you are not buckled. Parents of teenage drivers need to enforce this law and discuss with them the importance of making sure their passengers are also buckled at all times.
Why is it important to wear a safety belt? Seat belts protect you from being ejected/thrown from a vehicle. If you are thrown from a vehicle you are five times more likely to be killed. By securing you
in your seat, a seat belt protects you from being thrown into other people who are inside the car and parts of your car. Seat belts also keep the driver in their seat so they can control the car.
Always wear your safety belt. The Florida safety belt laws apply at all times. Regardless if you are on a short trip in your neighborhood or driving throughout the
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on the side, besides academic and extracurricular activities, that allows you to decompress and recharge.
Has it been a long term goal of yours to become a Fulbright Scholar?
I wasn't planning on applying for the Fulbright Scholarship, but my advisors at FSU encouraged me to apply and give it my best shot. So I did. And thankfully, it worked out in the end. This has been a huge blessing for me and I credit my parents and my friends and all the professors that helped with the recommendation letters.
What was it about the University of Glasgow that attracted you to select this institution as the next step in your educational journey?
At the University of Glasgow's Centre for the Study of Literature, Theology and the Arts they take a multidisciplinary approach to the study of theological aesthetics, looking at the relationship between theology and the arts. It is the
Mecca of this field. I am specifically interested in poetry and literature. I knew that if I could go and study there, I would have a wonderful opportunity to be immersed in this field and to learn from fabulous professors.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I would like to earn a PhD and begin a career as a university professor. I hope to write and publish academically, but also popularly, on topics that I'm interested in, such as church history or art within church history.
Do you have any advice for academically driven high school students who may someday wish to become Fulbright Scholars, such as yourself?
Do your very best. Remember to stay humble and do as much as you can to encourage others. Be a mentor to someone else. Encourage them to be the very best person that they can be so they can maximize their potential as well.
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Hearing loss and memory
By Contributing Writer Rosann W. Faull, Au.D, Board Certified Doctor of Audiology, Advanced Hearing Centers of America
A special anniversary
By Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville University
Pardon me. I'm sorry what was that? Is it windy or Wednesday? What is causing this confusion? Is there something wrong with your mind or your hearing? As was discussed last month, our ability to remember is closely related to how well we hear.
Recent research confirms what has been known for at least three decades. That is, hearing loss leads to social isolation, depression, feelings of being excluded, as well as loss of cognitive function and uncorrected hearing loss may contribute to cognitive decline. Research at Johns Hopkins University, with funding from National Institute on Aging, followed 600 men and women over 12 years. Testing confirms that those with a mild hearing loss, which make it hard to follow a conversa-
which assesses and determines both the ability to detect sounds and understand speech. This evaluation must include testing which determines the softest speech and pure tones that are heard and how well speech is recognized. Speech recognition testing is performed in a sound suite, both in quiet and in the presence of background noise. An audiologist, a college graduate, is the professional with the education and training to perform the most complete hearing evaluation. A Board Certified Doctor of Audiology, from the American Board of Audiology, has a professional doctorate, Doctor of Audiology (Au.D) and meets continuing education requirements and adheres to a code of ethics.
If medicines or surgery will not restore your hearing try a new ad-
tion in a noisy restaurant, had nearly vanced digital hearing aid. New ad-twice the chance of developing vanced digital hearing aids not only dementia compared to people with amplify sounds, but have technolo-normal hearing. Elderly people who gy to boost speech over background are hard of hearing have extra diffi- noise, directional microphones culties coping with declining mental to reduce noises from behind the
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2011 marks the 10th anniversary of a very special music organization that contributes so much to our area. The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival grew from a gleam in the heart of Christopher Rex, now the general and artistic director. A musician himself, he stimulated interest in the project by presenting a performance for a small group on beautiful Amelia Island Plantation in the summer of 2001. By the end of that year they had raised $50,000 seed money and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival was born! It has grown steadily since then and is now in celebrating its first "Decade of Musical Excellence." It will feature the most expansive and varied program in its history, ranging from Chamber Ensembles, Tango and Flamenco, to American Roots music, Jazz and Contempo-
The 2011 Festival runs from May 20 to June 19, with performances being held at a variety of venues, ranging from churches to the Nassau County Courthouse in
Fernandina Beach, the Amelia Park ^ 19> pianist Valentina Lis-Concert Pavilion, Walkers Landing itsa on June ^ Native American
number three will be presented on June 14 and 15. Alison Buchanan, Philip Pan, Terrance Patterson and Elizabeth Pridgen will be the featured artists.
Other presentations will include the Air National Guard Band of the South on May 22 and world class artists including the Tokyo String Quartet on May 27, classical guitarist Sharon Isbin on
on Amelia Island Plantation, Fort Clinch State Park, the Ritz Carlton and the historic Palace Saloon among others!
Performances will include three "Retro Concerts" from the past decade. The first "From Russia with Love" featuring Zuill Bailey, cello, Orli Shaham, piano and Sabina Thatcher, viola and will be performed on May 25. The second "Retro Concert" will take place on June 12 and will feature one of the world's most renowned violinists, Rachel Barton Pine. Retro concert
flutist R. Carlos Nakai on June 11, Jazz vocalist Luciana Souza on June 9 and Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, who wrote and performed the theme music for the PBS Series "The Civil War" on June 2.
This is just a sampling of what you can see and hear! A few concerts are free, others range in price from $15 to $50 per ticket. For additional information you can call (904) 261-1779 or go to the website at www.aicmf.com. Make a day of it and enjoy beautiful Amelia Island and the many outstanding restaurants!
Mark your calendar for the Third Thursday Lecture Series
Dr. Frank R. Lin an ear, nose and throat surgeon at Johns Hopkins University states: "Does it mean you will develop dementia if your hearing is impaired? Absolutely not! But is your risk increased? You betcha."
Take the first step and have a complete hearing evaluation,
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Mueller is a native of Wisconsin and a resident of Jacksonville. He received a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master's
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Movie Review
Just Go With It
Directed by: Dennis Dugan. Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Anniston and Nicole Kidman. Review by T.G. Stanton
Rating: Good movie, glad to have seen it (4 Mm out of 5)
This months review belongs to of reality and the one who keeps the recently released Just Go With his life in balance. Danny coerces
It. This movie was almost 5 out of 5 popcorn boxes.
Dr. Danny, portrayed by Adam Sandler, lives his life in relation to an emotional event in his past. With a vow never to marry he lives by the wedding ring and the compassion his stories inspire in the opposite sex. Until one day he meets Palmer, performed by model Brooklyn Decker; a woman he wants for much longer. Unfortunately, one story too many is going to make his life much more
Katherine to play his soon-to-be ex-wife and now the fun begins, as well as the payouts in laughs and money, for all of those who get involved. Because before long, Danny has two kids and his ex is involved with someone else. The fairy tale only explodes from there and involves a beautiful trip to Hawaii for all of his new family and new woman. During the picturesque escape to the Islands, Katherine runs into her college nemesis, played by Nicole Kidman and new lies are needed to com-
His assistant Katherine, played Plete the circle and show Danny by Jennifer Anniston, is his face this new side t0 his long-time
Conserve water to protect our river
By Contributing Writer Jimmy Orth, Executive Director, St. Johns Riverkeeper
One of the easiest ways for us to be "river friendly" is to conserve water. Because of inefficient and wasteful water use practices, we are reaching the limits of what our aquifer can provide. Each of us living in the watershed of the St. Johns River uses approximately 140 gallons of water every day. Over 50 percent is typically used outside the home for lawns and plants. This is the same water that we drink, feeds our wetlands, creates our springs and provides 20 percent to 30 percent of the flow of our river. If we continue using water at this rate, we run the risk of degrading our aquifer and damaging our wetlands, springs and the St. Johns River.
By paying close attention to our actions and making more informed choices, we can all dramatically reduce the amount of water that we use. In the process, we can avoid the need to extract water from our river and we can protect our water resources for future generations.
Here is how you can get started on the "river friendly" path. Frequently adjust your irrigation schedule and timers based on weather and rainfall patterns. Often, rainfall provides all of the water that our lawn and plants
need. Over-watering (and over-fertilizing) can actually result in a shallow root system, making our lawn less drought-tolerant and more susceptible to weed growth, disease, fungus and insects. Also, carefully inspect and adjust spray-heads on a regular basis, making sure that sprinklers are not also watering the sidewalks, driveway or street.
The type of plants and grasses that we use has a major impact on our water use. By gradually expanding beds with native or drought-tolerant plants and reducing the size of our lawns, we can eventually save a tremendous amount of time, money and water. The rule here is "right plant, right place." Pick the plants that are the most appropriate for the specific conditions of your yard (sun or shade, moist or dry soil, etc.) that will require the least amount of water and fertilizer.
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confidant. The reality is he may just be after the wrong love of his life. Who knows?
Not being a huge Adam Sandler fan and not expecting a lot from this movie, I was very pleasantly surprised. I have enjoyed Jennifer Anniston and her form of comedy for years and this was no exception. Nicole Kidman was a surprise as a comedian and hula dancer, as well as newcomer Brooklyn Decker; both were enjoyable in their roles. The two kids were mercenary, cute and very funny throughout, maintaining lies and developing a relationship with their new dad. In addition, Nick Sward-son was unexpected, slap-stick and humanitarian, saving the sheep is a scene not to be missed. There were laugh out-loud moments throughout this film and the Hawaiian Islands were fabulous, as always.
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The days are growing longer and the mercury is rising which means that summer is right around the corner. Millions of families across the country are gearing up to pull out their swimsuits and pool floats and enjoy some good old fashioned aquatic recreation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), swimming is "the third most popular recreational activity in the United States and the most popular recreational activity for children." Although swimming is one of Americas favorite pastimes, it is not without its risks. Every swimmer should know the steps to protect themselves from potential health hazards that can result from enjoying a day at the pool.
The CDC recommends following the "Triple As of Healthy
themselves and advocating healthy swimming practices.
The occurrences of recreational water illnesses (RWIs) are
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coming into contact with contaminated pool or hot tub water. A study done by the CDC reported that cases of gastrointestinal sicknesses associated with swimming pools have increased over two hundred percent between 2004 and 2008. Cryptosporidium, for example, is a parasite that is highly resistant to chlorine and can tolerate levels up to 20 parts per million for 13 hours. Other infections such as hepatitis A, giardia, pseudomo-
Swimming" to ensure you and your nas, or "hot tub rash" and pink eye family stay safe and healthy this are moderately resistant to normal summer. All swimmers can practice levels of chlorine and can also the Triple As by being aware of their risks, taking action to protect
and sanitized. The National Spa and Pool Institute (NSPI) recommends that you keep your chlorine level between 1 and 3ppm and your PH between 7.4 and 7.6. You should also routinely "shock" or bring your chlorine levels up to at least 10 times the normal range for twenty-four hours. Testing for these levels can be done using a pool water test kit or test strips or you can take a water sample to a pool professional for a full analysis.
Remember to stay aware, take action and be an advocate to keep your swimming experience healthy, safe and fun this summer.
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� Odd number street addresses can water Wednesday and Saturday, even street addresses on Thursday and Sunday and businesses and non-residential on Tuesday and Friday.
Finally, consider installing a rain barrel to conserve water and prevent runoff that can wash fertilizers and chemicals down storm drains and into our waterways.
By working together to use water more efficiently, we can save money, conserve our groundwater resources, and protect our precious St. Johns River. Learn more about "river friendly" practices and how to build a rain barrel by visiting www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org.
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Nearly 11 people each day are killed in pedestrian motor vehicle accidents. According to PEDSAFE, "Pedestrian crashes are most prevalent during morning and afternoon peak periods, when the traffic levels are highest." This is the same time that most of us decide to go outside to experience the fresh air and scenery.
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� Know your surroundings and be sure to stay alert to what is going on around you
� Bring your cell phone in case of an emergency. Buy an arm band or fanny pack to keep it safe
� Stay visible by wearing bright colored clothing or reflective gear
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that may not see you, make eye contact with drivers at street crossings to ensure their aware of you
� Limit your distractions. If your iPod is too loud it will prevent you from hearing cars, dogs or passing joggers/cyclists. Though music is motivating, it can also be distracting
� Trust your instincts, if something does not feel right leave the situation until you feel comfortable
These safety tips are brought to you as part of the prevention-education mission of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Look for our upcoming articles in our "Safety Series."
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Screech...watch out!...crash... Does this sound familiar? Almost every morning on the way to work, I hear about car accidents on the radio and sometimes I see them myself. People are involved in all types of accidents from minor fender benders to severe spinal "whiplash" injuries. I have found, in my experience with auto accidents, that whether you were involved in an accident at 65 mph, 15 mph or you were sitting still and someone hit you, that you can still have damage to your spine.
Cars are made much differently than they used to be. Today, most cars aren't made of steel, but rather they are made of softer material such as plastics and aluminum. That 3,000 pound car that hit you from behind while
you were patiently waiting to turn at that light won't injure your car as easily as it will damage you! All that force must travel somewhere and that somewhere is not only your car but also your delicate spinal column, muscles and ligaments.
Research shows that after sustaining a traumatic acute injury, the human body will begin to form scar tissue, adhesions and fibrosis in the injured area. This scar tissue is formed as a result of inflammation, swelling and poor blood supply to the surrounding tissues. Once this process has started, it can lead to weak and tight muscles sometimes referred to as muscle spasms. If this problem is not resolved it can lead to more friction, pressure and tension on the
surrounding muscles, ligaments, bones and nerves and perpetuate a cycle of more pain and suffering.
Along with muscle spasms, a car accident may cause a misalignment of the spine, also called a vertebral subluxation. When a bone within the vertebral column is out of its normal alignment, it can affect the nerves that exit the spinal cord causing numbness,
weakness, decreased sensation and pain, along with many other symptoms. Furthermore, if you sustain an injury to the spine and do nothing about it, it can lead to permanent arthritis and degeneration down the road.
It is extremely important that you have your spine checked after every accident, no matter how minor it may seem. Remember that
pain is always the last symptom that will occur. I have found that immediate attention to any injury will speed the healing process and decrease the chances of permanent injury.
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St. Johns Riverkeeper announces annual River Advocacy awards
By Contributing Writer Jimmy Orth, Executive Director, St. Johns Riverkeeper
On March 25, St. Johns Riverkeeper presented its annual advocacy, education and volunteer awards at the Mayors Environmental Luncheon held at the Jacksonville Main Library.
2011 River Advocate Award recipient: Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton During his two terms as mayor, Mayor John Peyton has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to protecting and restoring Jacksonville's
Mayor John Peyton with Jimmy Orth, executive director, St. Johns Riverkeeper. Photo by Wes Lester, City of Jacksonville.
greatest natural resource, the St. Johns River. Through his leadership, Jacksonville initiated the River Accord, a multi-agency, 10-year restoration program that provides a roadmap for restoring the health of the Lower Basin of the St. Johns River. Mayor Peyton and the City of Jacksonville took a courageous stand in opposition to the plans in Central Florida to remove millions of gallons of freshwater from the flow of the St. Johns River. Peyton and his administration successfully developed and implemented irrigation, fertilizer and Florida-friendly landscaping ordinances to reduce excessive water use and prevent nutrient runoff into Jacksonville's waterways. In 2008, he took a public stand against the Georgia-Pacific pipeline. Mayor Peyton led the effort to create the stormwater utility that provides a dedicated funding source for water quality improvement programs,
increased public access to the river, and expanded efforts to remove failing septic tanks and extend sewer lines into these areas.
River Educator of the Year recipient: Kimberly Harrison, Principal, Susie E. Tolbert Elementary
Kimberly Harrison has demonstrated outstanding leadership for the St. Johns River and the natural world by helping to initiate numerous environmental awareness and education projects at Susie E. Tolbert Elementary School. Highlighted programs include: Launching a partnership with St. Johns Riverkeeper and Rainforest Alliance funded by the Weaver Family Foundation to connect students to the river through classroom programs, field trips, and river cleanups,
Raising $2000 to purchase 20 acres of Ecuadorian Rainforest,
Starting a "Green Champion" school recycling program and
Creating raised garden beds to cultivate organic fruits and vegetable,
Initiating the Earthkeepers ambassador program, and
Instituting a sustainability education unit.
St. Johns Riverkeeper Volunteer of the Year - Deborah Lamir
St. Johns Riverkeeper's volunteers are critical to our work, yet they don't often end up in the spotlight or get the recognition from the public that they deserve. Deborah Lamir is one of those volunteers. Lamir has quietly served behind the scenes as our Newsletter Editor for over seven years, transforming our newsletter into a professionally-produced and highly-effective communication and education tool for the organization. Recently, Lamir also joined the board of directors of St. Johns Riverkeeper.
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What you need to know about voting in Duval County
Voting is one of our most basic rights in our democratic society. Mandarin NewsLine encourages all readers and citizens to be informed and involved voters in the upcoming elections. Following is some basic information about voting in Duval County:
How and where to register to vote:
To register and vote, a person must be 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States of America and a legal resident of Florida and of the county where he or she intends to vote. A person who is otherwise qualified may pre-register on or after that person's 16th birthday and may vote in any election held on or after that person's 18th birthday.
You must have proof of age available at the time of registration. Additionally, you must not now be adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting, not have been convicted of a felony without your civil rights having been restored and not claim the right to vote in another county or state. You must be a citizen of the United States to register to vote.
You may register in person Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Office located at 105 East Monroe Street.
You may also complete a voter registration application at any branch of the Jacksonville Public Library. For additional locations, registration forms or information on voter registration, call 630-1414.
If you are registering for the first time, you must register 29 days prior to the election. After you have registered you will receive a voter information card in the mail. If you are already registered but have moved, changed your name, changed party affiliation or need to update your signature, please call the Supervisor of Elections for instructions.
When to register to vote:
You can apply to register to vote at any time. There is no length of residency requirement in the State of Florida. However, registration books close 29 days before each election. You must be registered for at least 29 days before you can vote in an election.
Election date:
The 2011 General Election will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2011.
Party affiliation:
You may register in any political party of your choice or register with no party affiliation. Florida is a closed primary state. This
means that in a primary, voters are limited to choosing candidates of their own party; Democrats vote for Democrats, Republicans vote for Republicans and voters registered with other parties may vote only on issues and non-partisan candidates, such as judges and referenda questions.
A 1998 amendment to the Florida Constitution states, in part, that if all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner will have no opposition in the General Election, all qualified voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote in the primary election for that office. This is called a "Universal Primary."
Regardless of party affiliation, a voter may vote for any candidate in a General Election.
Polling Locations:
Your voter identification card shows the precinct, polling place and voting district for your address. The polls are open on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. To determine your polling location, check your voter information card, visit www.du-valelections.com or call the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office at
(904) 630-1414. On Election Day, voters will check in with poll workers to determine
their eligibility to vote and make sure they are in the correct polling location. Note: In order for a registered voter's vote to count, you must vote in the precinct in which you reside.
Current and valid photo and signature identification are required to vote at the polls. A
voter who fails to show photo and signature identification will be required to vote a provisional ballot. Acceptable forms of identification include:
Florida driver license Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
United States passport Debit or credit card Military identification Student identification Retirement center identification
Neighborhood association identification
Public assistance identification
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Voter's Bill of Rights
* Vote and have his or her vote accurately counted.
* Cast a vote if he or she is in line at the official closing of the polls in that county.
* Ask for and receive assistance in voting.
* Receive up to two replacement ballots if he or she makes a mistake prior to the ballot being cast.
* An explanation if his or her registration or identity is in question.
* If his or her registration or identity is in question, cast a provisional ballot.
* Written instructions to use when voting and upon request, oral instructions in voting from elections officers.
* Vote free from coercion or intimidation by elections officers or any other person.
* Vote on a voting system that is in working condition and that will allow votes to be accurately cast.
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About Provisional Ballots:
The supervisor of elections is required by law to provide a provisional ballot to certain persons, including:
� A person who fails to provide the required photo and signature identification at the polls on Election Day (See Section 101.043, Florida Statutes)
� A voter claiming to be properly registered in the state and eligible to vote at the precinct, but whose eligibility cannot be determined (See Section 101.048, Florida Statutes)
� A person whose right to vote is challenged by any elector or poll watcher (See Section 101.111, Florida Statutes)
� A person who votes in an election after regular poll-closing time pursuant to a court or other order extending the statutory polling hours (See Section 101.049, Florida Statutes)
� A person who has received a vote by mail ballot from and returned it to the supervisor of elections office, but goes to the precinct on Election Day maintaining he or she has not returned the ballot and remains eligible to vote (See Section 101.69, Florida Statutes)
� A person who has received a vote by mail ballot from the supervisor of elections and for whom it cannot be determined
whether the ballot has been returned to and received by the supervisor of elections office (See Section 101.69, Florida Statutes) A person casting a provisional ballot may present written evidence supporting his or her eligibility to vote to the supervisor of elections by no later than 5:00 p.m. on the second day following the election.
Early Voting:
As a convenience to the voter, the supervisor of elections will provide early voting at designated early voting sites beginning 15 days prior to an election and ending two days before the election. Early voting sites will be open eight hours each weekday and eight hours in the aggregate each weekend. Early voting locations will be designated 30 days prior to an election and locations and times will be publicized at www. duvalelections.com
Duval County's voting system:
Duval County uses both optical-scan voting machines and AutoMARK voting machines at all voting precincts and early voting sites. The AutoMARK machines are equipped with audio capabilities and magnification features for any voter to use, including those with special needs.
For optical-scan voting, please read and follow the instructions printed on your ballot and posted in the voting station. When marking your ballot, completely fill
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in the oval next to the candidate or response of your choice. Do not use a check mark or an X. When you have finished marking your ballot, insert it into the secrecy folder and proceed to the optical-scan voting machine. At the machine, remove the ballot from the secrecy folder and insert it into the scanner slot. The ballot can be inserted in any orientation.
The ballot will be electronically read and will drop into the locked ballot bin. Give your secrecy folder to the attendant and depart the polling site. If any problems arise at the voting machine, follow the instructions given by the attendant.
Additional information regarding voting in Duval County may be found at the Supervisor of
Elections' website: www.duvalelec-tions.com. Mandarin NewsLine reminds you to vote as you please, but please vote!
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� Neighborhood protection � Successful opposition to commercial encroachment in neighborhoods
� Regional traffic planning � Successful funding of State route 9B
� Leaner government � Chairperson for the Ad-hoc Committee for Budget Efficiency
� City Budget Review � Introduced a local law giving Council members more time to review the mayor's budget
� Reduced City Budget � As City Council President, Jack worked to cut $35 million from the current city budget
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Things I didn't know about the Alamo
By Contributing Travel Writer Debi Lander, www.bylandersea.com
I recently made a trip to San Antonio, Texas and sad to say, I didn't remember much about the Alamo. Sure, I'd heard of bloodshed and bravery, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and William Travis. But, I didn't understand the background of the battle that occurred in 1836. Fortunately, I had an excellent tour guide who provided me with details concerning the events and left me with a desire to learn more.
Since then I have learned:
The original Mission San Antonio de Valero (now the Alamo) was constructed in 1718 and for 70 years served as a home to missionaries and Native Americans who converted to the faith.
In December 1835, during the Texas Revolution, a Mexican contingent was forced to surrender to Texans and Tejano volunteers (Tex-ans of Spanish descent) fighting in San Antonio. The Texas group then used the Alamo as their base.
In January 1836, Sam Houston requested permission to "blow up the Alamo" as he didn't think that group had enough men to defend it. He wanted the supplies and canyons moved to Gonzales for his use, but Texas Governor Henry Smith denied the request.
A group of only 200 defended the Alamo for 13 days against
General Santa Anna and his 5,000 strong Mexican army. On March 6, 1836, the final battle erupted before daybreak when the Mexicans scaled the walls, rushed into the compound and seized the property. Twenty-six women and children survived.
In 1884, the Alamo was sold to a grocery firm who wanted, in turn, to sell it to a hotel developer. Many people voiced their opposition and eventually a plan was worked out for the state to purchase the property.
In 1905, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) became custodians of the Alamo and remain so today. The Alamo receives no taxpayer funding and offers free admission to an estimated 2.5 million visitors each year. This year they are celebrating the Alamo's 175th anniversary.
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The March meeting of the Mandarin Women's Club invited a dynamic speaker who held members spellbound with his rapid-fire explanations of the various ways identities could be stolen. He was Kevin Gilpin, executive director of the National Crime Stop Program. Attendees were amazed to learn the many ingenious methods the"bad guys" use to defraud people out of their money. Gilpin gave tips on how to safeguard homes, tips on preventing identity theft through the use of credit cards and how to protect oneself while navigating parking lots. He also touched on how to prevent computer crimes. Members all went home with new knowledge of how to prevent scammers from taking advantage of trusting natures. For more information about the Mandarin Women's Club, please call Kay at 521-2524.

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Martin A. Goetz, CEO of River Garden Hebrew Home for the Aged was elected chair of the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS) during the annual meeting of the membership held on March 29 in Dallas, Texas. AJAS is based in Washington, DC and represents over 100 not-for-profit Jewish elder care communities throughout North America. Goetz will serve a two year term ending in March 2013.
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By Contributing Writer Pam Enteman, ESETeacher/Advisor Medical Club, Mandarin High School
Three members of the Mandarin Medical Club won a slot to compete in the National Leadership Conference, to be held June 26 through 29 in Anaheim, California. Cameo Isleborn, Louise Liu and Tyana Mathis gave a presentation in the Public Health Emergency Preparedness category on the topic of the flu and obtained first place! State competition was held in Jacksonville at the Hyatt Hotel on the river this past March 31 through April 3 with over 3000 students in attendance from all over the state competing in various health care categories.
The newly founded club is under the guidance of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and is in partnership with the Mandarin High School Medical Academy. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation and recognition by providing opportunities for knowledge, skills and leadership development of all health occupations students, therefore helping the student meet the needs of the health care community. Along with competing in HOSA events, the
club is giving its members opportunities to coordinate volunteer events for the community.
Since its origin in October of 2010, the club has been involved in a few volunteer events. They assisted the staff at River Garden in putting on their carnival on March 20 and volunteered their services at Special Olympics on April 9. The club is in the process of running a food/supply drive every Friday morning before school through the month of April for Second Hand Rescue (an animal rescue organization which saves animals from death row at the local shelters). Please look for the members in the student drop off areas wearing green Izod shirts handing out fliers which describe the supplies needed and donate to this worthy cause.
Upcoming events include working with the Medical Academy at the Health Fair on April 30 at Mandarin High School; a Walk for Crohn's Colitis on May 1; and a car wash to raise funds on May 21 at First Christian Church on San Jose Boulevard.
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By Contributing Writer Lynne Baldwin, Library Supervisor, Mandarin Branch Library
The Mandarin Branch Library celebrated Women's History Month in March. Pictured are Latanza Sutton, Linda Smith, Carolyn Woods and Don Carpenter.
On Saturday, May 28 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Mandarin Branch Library on Kori Road will host our fifth annual Star Wars program. This program is for all ages. For more information about this and other program-
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Teen programming in May includes Write a Book in a Year, Teen Tech Time and the Anime Club. Join Don Carpenter for the Beastly Book Talk on Saturday, May 21 at 3:00 p.m. Beastly is a teen book by Alex Flinn. It is a modern-day take on the "Beauty and the Beast" tale where a New York teen is transformed into a hideous monster in order to find true love.
In volunteer news, kids between 12 and 15 years old may volunteer to work at our library for 10 hours or more of volunteer time this summer. To be considered they must attend one of three volunteer meetings, the first of which is on May 16 at 5:00 p.m. Adults interested in forming a Volunteer Friends of the Mandarin Branch Library can contact the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library at http ://jpl.coj .net/lib/friend-sofjpl.html for more information. Support your Mandarin Branch Library by volunteering and becoming a Friendl
The Mandarin Fiction Book Club tries something different with the nonfiction bestseller Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent. It is the amazing true story of a modern-day slave, an international art dealer and the unlikely woman who bound them together. Join the discussion on Monday, May 9 at
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Party! Party! Party! Celebrate the 25 th anniversary of the opening of the Mandarin Branch Library on Wednesday, June 15 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. We will have speeches by local dignitaries, a music
"Augustine Loretto Animal Clinic is your neighborhood Veterinarian."
Their well trained staff of pet lovers includes the friendly front receptionist team, their knowledgeable technicians (most of whom are certified dental technicians), their wonderful kennel staff and a licensed groomer.
Dr. Peter Prince, a 1986 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, opened Augustine Loretto Animal Clinic in 1989. Dr. Renee Rockefeller joined the practice in 1993 becoming a partner in 2003. Dr. Melissa Eslick joined the practice in 1999 and also became a partner.
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Celebrate Mother's Day by sharing a book with your mom and remember to thank a veteran on Memorial Day. See you at the library and May the Force Be With You!
Charities want your car, dead or alive
If you have a car you don't want, there are ways you can get rid of it. If it doesn't run or needs a lot of repairs, it will be difficult to sell. You can have a junk yard haul it away. Depending on its condition you may get a few dollars for it or you may get charged. You can also donate your car charity and receive a tax deduction of at least $500.
There are many deserving charities in the Jacksonville area to which you can donate your car. Some of those charities include the Diabetes Research Institute, Food for the Poor, Teach for America -Jacksonville, etc. These charities are represented by Cars4Charities. Cars4Charities does not care what condition your car is in; they will proudly accept it "dead or alive." Their simple requirements are that you have a title, it not be stripped of parts and it is in a place where it can easily be towed.
Cars4Charities will pick up your car donation fast and free. In return you'll get you a tax deduction of $500 or what your car is sold for, whatever is greater. Cars4Charities also allows you to donate your car completely online through their website, www.cars4charities.org/. This option greatly lowers their expenses enabling them to give more money to the charity. If you prefer, you can also call them toll free at 1-866-448-3487.

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The Doctor Who Listens So You Can Hear!
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Mandarin Senior Center hosts Health and Wellness Fair
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Fashion Update
Fashion Week report
By Donna Keathley, dkeathley designs
Spring fashion week blew through the First Coast as fast as the azaleas came and went! But not to fret my Fashionable Florida Friends (FFFs), your fashionista reporter friend was out there on the radar for you. I would not have missed it come H or high water! I witnessed the first annual Jacksonville Week celebration from start to finish.
crowd at Cody Hall saw fashions from all four corners�men's, women's, children and maternity. Fresh runway looks from area merchants brought runway to reality for this fund raising event!
So what did we see, my FFFs? Neutral separates with layering and more layering on top. Capris and light colored jeans topped with tanks and light weight unlined
jewelry of the '70s back in vogue.
The shoe of the year is the wedge! The wedge heel is topped off with all kinds of things�straps, fabric, leather, even bows and fruit clusters! What a fun statement to make our neutral clothing pop! The shoe designers knew what they were doing for Spring '11!
at the Jacksonville Bank Building on Laura Street; this runway event featured five local designers from different avenues to include clothing, jewelry and swimwear. Both shows were enjoyed by sold-out crowds, with portions of all the JFW ticket sales going to local designated charities. Hallelujah! Fashion has finally hit the First Coast!
Last but not least, St. Joseph Catholic Church enjoyed its annual Fashion Extravaganza during
fashion week too! Another sold out jewelry is "in," with turquoise
Mandarin welcomes Aveda Institutes
Jim Petrillo, president of Aveda Institutes Florida, is joined by associates at the grand opening of the fifth Aveda Institute in the state of Florida on Thursday, April 14. In addition to a beauty school, there is also a salon and retail store. Aveda is located in the Mandarin Landing Shopping Center next to Whole Foods at the intersection of San Jose Boulevard and Interstate 295.
3848 Hartley Road in Mandarin.
There will be more than 20 health care providers and private organizations on-site who will be conducting screenings for heart and stroke risk, vision, hearing, blood sugar check, BMI, pulse oximetry, balance, carotid artery blood flow screening and much more. There will also be non-invasive monitoring and assessments for participants.
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Information on community resources specifically for and about seniors citizens will also be available. There will also be prizes and giveaways for all!
Mark your calendar and don't miss this important event! For additional information, please contact Rita Dower at 262-7309 or email rdower@yahoo.com.
The first runway show in town jackets. Then another layer of was the opening event for Jackson- scarves made of interesting fabrics ville Fashion Week (JFW), which from cotton gauze to lightweight took place at the Casa Marina Ho- knits in watery tones of pastels, tel at Jacksonville Beach. This show This was your color "pop" for was produced by three emerging spring.
young designers from the First Bottoms were solids to include
Coast. The styles shown were fresh white, cream, khaki and wheat, and youthful sportswear to alluring This was your neutral palate to be-cocktail attire. The second runway gin a "theme." Fabrics were cottons show for this celebration took place with a spandex mix, lightweight
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Camis and thin cotton tees and tanks were the other "layer." Colors were either tone on tone or subtle pastels with names like heather grey, soft orchid or shell pink. Some artful soft "painted" tops in botanicals were on the runways too. To balance the look, this overall softer image was given an edge with bold chunky jewelry. Big bangles in wonderful colors are going to be fun this spring. Wooden
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The students had the opportunity to participate in a three-part competition, consisting of two design projects and an "engineering trivia challenge." The take-home project involved the design and construction of a portable expeditionary bridge that was tested during the Engineering Career Day event.
Teams were also given a second "surprise" project on the day of the event. This consisted of building a water tower out of four simple materials with the objective of having the ability to hold water for two minutes. The "trivia challenge" allowed students to learn about "real-life" engineering projects through interaction with the engineering firms and universities exhibiting at the event.
Projects were judged on a variety of criteria and awards were given to the winning team for each of the three competitions. The overall winner was decided by the highest average finish in each of the three competitions and our team was proudly able to take home the "Stanley Cup" of engineering events for the year.
Ten area public and private schools competed in this year's
event with Mandarin Christian School taking home five of the possible nine awards! The following MCS teams received recognition:
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Other participants included Tommy DelCharco, Jacob Hofstra, Alex Gallagher, Nolan Otto, Bobby Hessler and Will Grogan.
Sherri Bateh, a high school science teacher at MCS, has had the opportunity to sponsor and chaperone this event for the past three years.
She enthusiastically remarked, "This was such an exciting day! It was amazing to witness figments of their imaginations transpire into projects through the aid of science. It was a wonderful experience to watch our students put their God-given talents to use and we are so proud of them!"
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Youth Arts Update
Friends of Pine Forest Foundation formed to help with budget crunch
By Danielle Wirsansky
Pine Forest School of the Arts is well known for its advanced arts elementary school program. Around for 50 years, it has a reputation for being one of the best schools of its kind. However,
in arts education and to close the gap in arts teachers' salaries, as well as those teachers' supplies and necessary technology. It is to be dedicated to the professional development and high quality of
this may soon come to an end. An arts integration. The board is run
issue affecting the entire nation� budget cuts�is worming its way through the district. The Duval County School Board is looking at alternatives if the Florida Legislature cuts the school district's funding this year. In the last four years, a total of $150 million was cut. Now, the board is faced with about $60 million in additional cuts this year alone.
by parents of current students, as
songs of Pine Forest's past from such musicals as The Music Man, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Honk, The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Peter Pan and High School Musical. Every night, different esteemed alumni from around the community will introduce the show,
impact the school or students. I guarantee that students will go on and continue to be successful at other middle schools, particularly LaVilla School of the Arts," says Dr. Ahearn.
The teachers too are very committed, both personally and professionally, and they are ready to make it work. "It's just such a wonderful school of the arts that we don't want it to change!"
well as a few faculty members. The explaining how their attendance of group meets the second Monday the school helped to shape them
of each month at 5:30 p.m. in Pine Forest's media center and the meetings are open to the public.
While the paperwork is still being filled out, donations have
into the successful person they have become.
"The show is going to be a beautiful trip down memory lane for anyone who has ever seen or
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already started trickling in. Parents performed in a Pine Forest pro-
have been donating, dedicated to the school and to their children.
In short, the school of the arts Until then, donations go to the
may be losing the arts.
In trying to come up with creative ways to save, such ideas as having four-day school weeks and cutting transportation for students of magnet schools have been reviewed by the county. However, Dr. Denise Ahearn, principal of Pine Forest believes the arts will be next on the cutting board. The upcoming cuts in music, art and physical education in elementary schools are a threat.
"I don't know what it means yet for Pine Forest, as it is the only arts elementary school in the district," Dr. Ahearn shares.
However, Ahearn as well as parents and faculty could "see the writing on the wall."
In order to maintain Pine Forest's unique and excellent program of the arts, the Friends of Pine Forest Foundation has been started. Named for the deep personal connection between the school and those who lead the foundation, as well as the many supporters of the arts in the community its mission is saturated with care.
Principal's Discretionary Funds, which will work in the Foundation's stead. In order to make sure the Foundation is well based, the board has been meeting with others who run successful foundations to help. Just this year,
duction. We will visit each of the shows performed over the last 10 years, with scenes and songs. This show has the potential for goose bumps, teary eyes and big cheers! It is very nostalgic for myself, Ms. Wester (music teacher) and Mrs. Rankin (dance teacher) to be able to revisit these great shows," says Jill Herkel (theatre teacher and
enough money was raised through director).
donations to pay for a fifth day a week of both theatre and dance. Interested donors merely have to send a check to the school (3929 Grant Road, Jacksonville, FL 32207) made out to Pine Forest, accompanied with a letter specifying that the money should follow the foundation's mission.
Fundraising will be an important part of making the Foundation successful. According to Dr. Ahearn, "There will be no car washes or bake sales."
With a dismal looking budget coming in the future, an estimated $100,000 will need to be raised to maintain the arts. The first such fundraiser will be the spring show, "Looking Back." To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the school, the show will be a collaboration of current students
The show will run May 23 through May 26, with the performance on the 25th being dedicated to the community. Tickets are $5 and the shows will be held at Pine Forest.
"I have a deep and personal passion for this school because of its history. The continued quality continues to be personal. I know the school is facing big challenges, but I will not let it negatively
Jacksonville United FC (JUFC) will be joining the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), competing in the southeast region division for the 2011 season. The National Premier Soccer League
The team consists of 25 to 30 former or current college athletes and current JUFC youth players. Most of the players have attended or currently play at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville
(NPSL) is a national men's amateur University, University of Central league with 50 teams recognized by Florida and the University of West the United States Soccer Federation Florida.
(USSF) and FIFA as a Division IV The team began practice April league behind MLS, NASL and 4 and games start May 7 with USL Pro. It is roughly equal to the an away game in Chattanooga, USL Premier Development League Tennessee. The team will be play-(PDL) and the Pacific Coast Soccer ing their home games at Patton League. This NPSL team, formerly Park, home to First Coast Soccer known as Lynch's F.C., will show- Association. The home opener on
case Jacksonville's elite adult and college soccer players.
This team will provide an opportunity for youth players to be able to compete with top adult and amateur soccer players.
"Being selected for the NPSL allows us to continue our vision of bringing the highest level of soccer players in the community together and completing the integration of youth and adult soccer," says Barry Dixon, president of JUFC.
May 21 will be against Rocket City United from Huntsville, Alabama.
For more information about the team's schedule, players and how you can support the team, please go to JUFC's web site at www.JacksonvilleUnited.com.
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Mandarin Museum offering River Camp
(NewsUSA) - Most parents understand the value of sharing reading experiences with their child. However, not all realize that the way they read to their little one and even how they interact with their child during playtime, can impact learning. Parents can help grow literacy skills while teaching their child to draw, play catch or count numbers. What's most important is making these experiences fun, engaging and memorable.
"The more children interact with reading material, the
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The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society will be offering Rver Camp this summer. The five day sessions will begin June 13, June 20 and June 27 (advance session), with each day running 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Rver Camp is a visionary day program that is designed to give students a unique experience with the history, culture and ecology of the St. Johns River. Camp activities include guest speakers, fishing, kayaking, crafts, archaeology, history and ecology lessons.
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Change the World! Mandarin United Methodist Church is joining other Methodist churches across the country to Change the World the weekend of May 13. Volunteers can choose a mission project and pledge a one-time, one-day commitment to make a difference in our community. Opportunities are available for family members of all ages. Please sign up online at www.mumc.net.
Jewish Family and Community Services, together with the Jacksonville Jewish Center, is providing a workshop entitled "How to Write an Ethical Will," which will be held on Thursday, May 19 from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Jacksonville Jewish Center, located at 3662 Crown Point Road. The tradition of writing an ethical will is an ancient tradition of passing on personal values, blessings and advice to family, friends and future generations. It is not a living will or a document with which to pass on your material possessions, but rather a way of giving the gift of your wisdom and insights and the treasurers of your memories and stories. The workshop is free but an RSVP is required; please call 394-5737.
Mark your calendars! Mandarin United Methodist Church
will be presenting the musical The Sound of Music on June 2, 3, 4, 10 and 11 in the new Worship Center, located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard. Please call the church at 268-5549 for show times and more information.
Do you have memories of vacationing, working or living in the famed Catskill Mountains, aka the Borscht Belt? If so you are invited to share your experiences at a Catskills Memories social event on Sunday, May 15 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Bartram Springs Clubhouse, 6191 Wakulla Springs Road (off Race Track Road). Guests will enjoy a delicious deli meal prepared by Best Bagels and Deli (formerly Strathmore of Palm Coast) and Catskill-themed entertainment. The cost per person is $ 18 and is open to anyone with or without a Catskills connection. For reservations, send checks payable to Mimi Kaufman, 6227 Potter Spring Court, Jacksonville, Florida 32258. For more information please contact Mimi at 8 80-4014 or email Isabel at catskillgal@ comcast.net.
River Garden celebrates 65 years
By Contributing Writer Carol McLeod, Community Services Director, River Garden Hebrew Home
The weather was perfect on March 13 as more than 450 members of the community gathered to celebrate River Garden's 65 th Anniversary Day and annual meeting. Chaired by board member Susan Cohen, the day has become a wonderful intergenerational event which brings together "kids" of all ages to celebrate River Garden's mission and the people it serves. The afternoon included musical entertainment by Kavana, an outdoor barbecue, pony rides, bounce house, clowns, face painting, kiddy train rides and other activities.
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Sometimes a traditional summer camp is just not the right fit for every child. Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran School is pleased to introduce The Summer Learning Camp. It has been designed to offer fun, 21st-centurty learning in a Christian environment. There are four different two-week sessions offered at each location. Campers will learn to explore the wonders of God's world by studying the following themes such as habitats, plants, living and non-living things and water!
Campers will experience a caring, small group environment and enjoy structured learning activities that encourage growth of the whole child - body, mind and spirit. In addition to the basic camp hours of 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, children can continue the fun in afternoon Wrap-Around sessions that include indoor and outdoor games, fishing, crafts and canoeing. Wrap-Around is held from 12:00 noon to 3:00
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The occasion also marked the launch of the River Garden Capital Campaign, another milestone in River Garden's history. The campaign, being chaired by Susan DuBow and Sandy Zimmerman and spearheaded by honorary chairs David and Linda Stein, will fund a building expansion and renovation project at River Garden.
After 21 years on its Mandarin campus, River Garden is embarking on a 10,000 square foot addition that will allow the agency to further develop outpatient therapy programs, adult day care and home health care services to the entire community. The campaign will also refurbish the 21 year old facility to better meet the needs of residents and their families.
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Another program, Summer Slide, offers sessions are also offered for to assist any children who tend to "slide" academically during the summer months. Offered to students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, Summer Slide sessions assist with math, reading and writing skills. Children are assessed at the beginning of the summer, attend three-hour small-group classes weekly, completed homework weekly and are then assessed at the end of the summer. Summer Slide begins the week of June 13 and ends the week of August 8 with no sessions held the week of July 11. Parents choose the day of the week that best fits their schedule and the weekly session is held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Both programs are offered through Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran School at their Mandarin campus. Programs are also offered at the Southside.
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Baptist Medical Center South has received the Get with The Guidelines� Gold Plus Achievement Award for 2011 from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Baptist South earned the award for completing two or more years of participation with the guidelines at 85 percent or higher adherence to all performance measures, and for also achieving 75 percent or higher compliance with four out of nine of the program's quality measures.
"Our team focuses every day on providing the best and timeliest care to patients with stroke symptoms, and it is gratifying to see their efforts validated," said Ron Robinson, hospital president, Baptist Medical Center South.
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Local sports scene
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Despite lockout, NFL Draft to begin April 28
Although the start of the free agent signing period has been delayed by a labor dispute between team owners and players, the NFL Draft will still go on as scheduled. The first round will be conducted on the night of April 28 while the second and third round will take place on the night of April 29. The draft will conclude with rounds four through seven on April 30.
The Jaguars have a total of seven picks including the 16th overall. The team will be hosting a draft party on Thursday, April 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at The Markets at the St. Johns Town Center outside SUITE. Fans will be able to watch the draft live on a large LED screen and can meet the team's mascot Jaxson de Ville, cheerleaders from The Roar and alumni players. For more information, please visit www.jaguars.com/ fanzone/draftdayparty.aspx.
Suns and Sharks contend for championships
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The Jacksonville Sharks arena football team hosts the Orlando Predators on Saturday, April 30 at Veterans Memorial Arena. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. and the game will be televised live on the NFL Network.
The Sharks are in their second year of existence. Last year, they won a division championship but lost to Orlando in their first playoff game. With the Arena Football League's all-time leading passer Aaron Garcia leading the team, the Sharks are expected to make it to the playoffs again this season. For more information on this team, visit their website at jaxsharks.com.
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Our wide range of fishing options is directly related to the St. Johns River and its distance to the ocean, along with these freshwater creeks and tributaries. Because our area of the river is mostly brackish, we have the opportunity to fish for a multitude of saltwater species that make their way to us. Redfish, trout, croaker, flounder, sheepshead are not uncommon. Even a tarpon or two can show up in the late summer months. Wow!
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The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society will host its fourth annual Olde Mandarin Challenge, a kayak and running biathlon, on Saturday, May 14, 2011. The race will start at 7:30 a.m. The 9.5 mile course will begin at the Walter Jones Historical Park, located at 11964 Mandarin Road and will take participants along the St. Johns River to Mandarin Regional Park, where they will run
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"This is an exciting competition," said John Cooksey, the race manager for the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society. "The course takes folks past many of the Mandarin's historic sites, including where Harriet Beecher Stowe use to live and the site of the Maple Leaf." The Maple Leaf was a Union steamboat that struck a Confederate mine during the Civil War and sank off Mandarin Point. The site is now a National Historic Landmark.
"With the weather, some years have been more challenging than others," said Cooksey. "But it is always fun. Folks like to come out on the docks and cheer on the racers."
Registration for the biathlon is through 1st Place Sports. Registration is $60 per person or $50 per team member. Proceeds of the event will help support the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society.
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Jaguars' GM Gene Smith discusses 2011 NFL Draft
By John Oehserjaguars.com senior writer
Quarterback is absolutely is the team's quarterback and that
important to Gene Smith in the whatever the team does in T1 will
2011 NFL Draft. But while Smith, be done with him as the starter, preparing for his third draft as the While speaking with jaguars.
Jaguars' general manager, said that's com, Smith discussed a variety of
without question true, he said that issues - his philosophy on trading
doesn't necessarily make this year different than any other.
Obtaining a quarterback?
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And the year after and the year after, too.
"You'd like to add a quarterback every year if you could," Smith told jaguars.com. "I know that's not always possible. People say, 'Why would you try to add a quarterback every year?' Well, you're not going to get one every year. You're just going to go into the draft with that mindset."
Smith has said he would like to add a quarterback to develop during the April 28-30 NFL Draft, but he and Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio each have said during the off-season veteran David Garrard
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player. If you have a conviction for a player, stay and take the player, ter, because people who maximize If you don't, then move and try to their talent are people with good garner greater value. I'm for mov-character - not just in football, but ing in the draft, for sure. I'm for in other professions. And certainly acquiring more picks. But I'm also
one," Smith said. "If one's there when we're drafting, I'll take them. I'm about executing. I'm not about trying to get too cute. We do so much work on these players. If there's one we feel is value at that position and happens to fill a need, great."
Smith also discussed:
*General draft approach: "You can't get locked into thinking ev-
a very good process and it's a very intensive process. If you trust the tape, I think that's the key."
*More on best-available-player approach: "When we go out in the fall as a scouting staff, we don't sit down in training camp and say, 'These are our needs.' Needs can change daily. We want them to go out and grade the players for who they are. That, in itself, allows us to go out and accurately grade
competitiveness. You have to be a highly competitive person to play at a high level in this sport."
"The strength of the 2011 NFL Draft: "It varies based on the position. Different rounds have different position strength. People focus too much on the first round
for using common sense and trusting our work."
*More on trading up or down: "Our pro scouting department studies all of the teams certainly in front of us and behind us � the teams that are most realistic to move. You have to have the abil-
with players. People say, 'It's a good ity to do so. We study how many draft at this position. Well, it might picks teams have and where they be in the first round, but they don't have them - and who they may
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erybody's draft board is like yours.
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16 players are the same players on tend to skew grades. That's what
most boards, maybe a different we don't want to do. We grade
rank. After that, it varies. There are players for who they are and stay
teams where the philosophy is to with the value line. There are
stay with best available player and there are other teams where the
focus on Round 2 through 7 like scouts do."
*More on trusting the board: "It is the only way to do it. I believe if you have a sound process that should enable you to make good decisions. We stack our boards and try to make rational
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Successful blood drive
On Saturday, March 26 with the help of our community, Krantz Dental Care collected nine units of blood for a 14-year-old friend of our office who is fighting Leukemia. "It is just our office's philosophy to help in times of need,"says Dr. Alan Krantz.'lt's who we are as a group; as a business in Jacksonville." It's still not too late to donate to help this young boy. When you donate, just let them know that you would like the donation to go into account 0094.

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By Contributing Writer Master Gardener Camille Hunter with Duval County Extension, University of Florida/IFAS
Florida is a wonderful place to garden and many plants thrive here. Unfortunately, some plants that thrive here are not native to Florida and have become invasive aliens. They are plants growing outside their natural range, displacing native species and disrupting
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Another invasive, Heavenly Bamboo (Nan-dina domestica), is a popular landscape plant brought here from China and Japan. It has bamboolike stems, lacy leaves and colorful berries. It thrives almost anywhere, sun or shade, and that is the very quality that makes it invasive to na-
was a popular landscape plant and I had a bed of it that came with our first Florida home. Every year I would find it coming up in various places in the yard and every year I would pull up every bit of it that I could find. It required thick gloves to do this because of its small, hooked, sharp thorns. I finally got rid of it by selling the house.
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How can they be a problem if confined to your yard? They are spread by winds, birds, animals and storms. One seed is all it takes to start an invasion that takes over an area once pristinely native.
One invasive plant you may have already encountered is the Mexican Petunia (Ruella twee-diana). It is colorful, has pretty flowers and is seductively easy to grow, but as many gardeners have
Just about every gardener is familiar with a plant called Elephant Ears (Colocasia esculenta). Prized for its huge, bold foliage it can be found in many Southern yards. Once established it takes over and spreads rapidly. If you have this in your landscape and have tried to eliminate it, you know why it is on the invasive plant list.
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There are many more invasive plants to watch out for, such as Wedelia (Sphagneticola tribolata), Chinese Tallow tree (Sapium sebiferum), Chinese Ligustrum (Ligustrum sinense) and Mimosa (Albizzia julibrissen). Remember, it takes just one pant to start an invasion. What you have planted in your yard can have a big impact on Florida native flora and fauna.
For more information and a longer list of pest plants, check out the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council at www.fleppc.org.
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Russ and Jeanette Snyder are the recipients of the Mandarin Garden Club's Yard of the Month award for April. Their spacious yard is located in the Sylvan Bluff Estates on Scott Mill Road. The deep narrow plot extends quite a distance from the road toward the home and is bounded with mature azaleas on one side and a display of attractive and well-tended beds of mature African iris, liriope and mondo grass alongside a long driveway.
Like many other homes in the neighborhood, the Snyder resi- year 0\& Bird 0f Paradise plants. green beans and radishes, dence is partially camouflaged by The Bird of Paradise blooms year Sprinkled in the front and
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oaks and ferns that line the side of the road. In mid-March, however, the colorful blooms of the azaleas planted in front of the Snyder home were visible from a distance and caught my eye. A closer look revealed an exquisite pink blanket of spectacular double blossoms covering almost all the leaves of the bushes like icing on a cake.
Russ Snyder described the azalea as a George Taber variety commonly seen in the coastal terrain of the Carolinas.
"They are particularly beautiful this year," says Snyder, attributing the abundance of flowers to the cold weather and a regular application of azalea fertilizer.
Snyder, a retired veterinarian, indicates his love of gardening was inspired by his mom's love of plants. Following his retirement 10 years ago, Snyder took the necessary courses to become a master gardener. He now spends as many as 25 hours weekly maintaining the multitude of plants in his yard. Additionally he sets time aside to work at the Mandarin Garden Club twice a month.
"I love every minute of it," shares Snyder.
During my two visits to the Snyder home, I toured the entire back yard which is segmented into numerous beds to showcase many prized possessions such as the bromeliads.
"I probably enjoy the bromeliads most of all," says Snyder. "They are relatively low maintenance, easy to propagate and I enjoy sharing them with friends."
Another prized possession is a 30 year old Canary Island Date Palm which he acquired by "pure luck" at a downtown store. The palm now stands 30 feet tall with an estimated 20 foot trunk and is an outstanding backyard centerpiece competing in height with some of the oaks.
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