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I U B L I S H I N G U R O U P O F U O M M U N I T Y IN E WS P A P E R S


Volume 5, Issue 9


Visit our online edition at www.mandarinnewsline.com


June 2011


Mandarin Food Bank celebrates 20th

and needed now more than ever!
By Donna Keathley


Mandarin's Relay for Life

unites community
By Contributing Writer Jennifer Harrington


City Council President Jack Webb presents City Council Resolution
to Mary Kaminski and Bonnie McNulty, co-directors of the Mandarin
Food Bank


On a beautiful sunny Sat-
urday morning in April, a group
of volunteers and their friends
gathered to witness City Council
President Jack Webb present a
Resolution. This formal address
was in honor of some Mandarin
citizens who for 20 years had been
selflessly serving the community
by providing nourishment to over
130,000 families in need.


The Mandarin food Bank
was born 20 years ago this April,
when 16 women from St. Joseph's
Catholic Church began dispens-
ing food to needy families in the
community out of a small build-
ing on the corner of St. Augustine
Road and Hood Landing Road.
Prior to that, the Social Concerns


working out of a small garage at
the church.
The food bank volunteers tell
stories of how their ministry grew.
It was as if Mandarin's churches,
schools, businesses, civic groups
and dedicated individuals formed
a circle of love around the "cause"
immediately after their doors
opened. The original 900 square
foot building quickly needed
expansion due to the success of
the program. The church received
a grant from the Powers Founda-
tion, which along with donations Survivor Lap
from many vendors helped to Team "]K
complete the first addition. pated in their
The second addition of 5,000 on April 16-
square feet, which was completed Cancer Socie


in 1996, allowed the food bank
to grow in their commitments to
the community. This expansion
helped to create services such as a
year-round migrant worker proj-
ect which feeds five camps of men
and women located just south
of St. Augustine. Also room was
found to conduct life skills classes
for clients, allowing the food bank


committee of the church had been Mandarin Food Bank cont. on
struggling to carry out this task pg. 5


Kids 4 A Cure" partici-
r sixth Relay For Life
17. This American
cty event takes place


every spring at Mandarin High
School. It's an 18-hour event rep-
resenting "cancer never sleeps" and
at least one team member must be
represented on the track during the
entire 18 hours. "Kids 4 A Cure,"
with members between the ages of
five and 15, is just one of over 50
teams that participated and helped
raise over $100,000 this year.
Team "Kids 4 A Cure" was
started by James and Jordan Har-


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meander through
the rows of gor- -
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exquisite jewelry,
handmade pot-
tery, breath tak-
ing photography,
and larger than
life sculptures.
Easter weekend,
April 23 and 24, Photo by Alexa
ushered in the
43rd edition of the Mandarin Art
festival under the stately oaks of
the Mandarin Community Center
grounds. The festival has come a
long way and grown exponentially
since the late Judge Edward P.
Westberry spearheaded its begin-
ning in 1968.
Artists and artisans from


throughout country as well as the
area gathered during the weekend
in tents to display their works.
The Mandarin Art Festival has
become not only the premier and
longest-running festival of its kind
in Northeast Florida, it has become
also the "must attend" event for
nationally recognized artists.


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a lot going on
throughout
the weekend.
Not only was
there great art
by adults, but
the kids again
showed off their
talents during
the Children's
Art Show. There
also was a one-
of-a-kind green
market. Plus,
the kids once again scurried about
hunting Easter treasure during the
annual kids' Easter Egg Hunt.
This is the second year that
the volunteers of the Mandarin
Art Festival were joined by How-
ard Alan Events in putting on the
event. The decision to solicit the
Art Festival cont. on pg. 22


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were only in third grade and their
uncle was diagnosed cancer. They
have raised over $50,000 since they
started. All the kids on their team
have been affected by cancer in
some way and they want to make
a different and help find a cure for
this disease.
Through Relay, participants
are creating a world with more
birthdays and a world where cancer
can't claim another year of any-
one's life. This event is fun! There
Relay for Life cont. on pg. 14


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Page 3 What's New
Page 4 NEW! Political Opinion
Page 5 School District Journal
Page 6 Disaster Preparedness
Meeting
Page 7 Visit the Library!
Page 8 TBI tip of the month
Page 9 JPL bookmark contest
Page 10 Fashion Update
Page 11 Meet Nina Beale
Page 12 Farewell student writers
Page 13 Movie Review
Page 14 "Stuck" at prom
Page 15 Greatest Mom essay
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Community Happenings


The First Coast Koi Club is 11270 S
hosting its annual pond tour this call 287
year on Saturday and Sunday June ditional
4 and 5. This year's event features
over a dozen Koi ponds and water Th,
gardens being shown over the two the All
days. Each pond is unique and ul- held on
timately reflects each owner's taste a.m. in
in how they wish to relax in their of Jackso
backyard paradise. Some empha- San Jose
size Koi and their love of the Koi will be t
keeping hobby while others reflect the men
gardening and landscaping with techniqi
everything from full sun to shade quilting
loving gardens, to tropical, Japa- more in
nese and eclectic. The cost is $5 for Dot Bui
adults and children under 12 are us at wv
free. Come out and get new ideas quiltgui
to develop your personal backyard
paradise! For information, please Th,
check the website www.firstcoast- sonille
koiclub.com or call 236-2076
is now c
system t
Shuffleboard is played on breast ca
Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at Manda- advocate
rin Park (south end of Mandarin tor's app
Road) next to the tennis courts at cal appo
the park entrance. Beginners are review i
welcome! Just show up, unless it If you a
rains. help of:
som Bu
The next meeting for the or visit'
South Jacksonville Republican org.
Club will be Saturday, June 4 at
the Golden Corral, located at Th,
11470 San Jose Boulevard. The ville/Ma
breakfast social will begin at 9:30 for stay
a.m. followed by the club meeting working
at 10:00 a.m. We will be gather- 32258.
ing in the enclosed meeting room have enn
in the restaurant. We will have a and you
member of the Republican Florida when y(
Legislation who will provide us an A samp]
update on the past, current and days, be
future actions of the Florida House playgrol
and Senate. This period will have a zoo and
question and answer period which informa
will be a very informative to all darinmo
that attend. If you are a Republican
candidate and would like to intro- Th
duce yourself to our club members, AARP r
please attend!
every m
gustine
The North Florida Acoustic Old St.
Neuroma Support Group will non-pro
meet on Saturday, August 13, 2011 ship org
at 1:00 p.m. at Mandarin United the nati
Methodist Church, located at and pro


Do you have community or club news you would
like included in Mandarin NewsLine?
Then contact Martie Thompson at:
editor@mandarinnewsline.com or 886-4919.


San Jose Boulevard. Please
-8132 or 738-5063 for ad-
information.

e June general meeting of
Star Quilters Guild will be
Monday, June 13 at 9:30
the First Christian Church
onville, located at 11924
e Boulevard. The program
presented by Group 1 of
nbers on the new products,
ues and innovations in
g. Visitors are welcome! For
formation, please contact
tier at 642-6574 and visit
ww.orgsites.com/fl/allstar-
ld.

e Women's Center of Jack-
's Bosom Buddies program
offeringg hope and a support
to women and men battling
cancer. Trained and caring
es will help schedule doc-
)ointments, attend medi-
)intments, take notes and
information with patients.
re interested and need the
a fellow survivor call Bo-
ddies at 722-3000 ext. 224
www.WomensCenterofJax.


e MOMS Club of Jackson-
andarin-SE offers support
at home and part-time
g moms living in zip code
With the club you will
riching activities for you
ur children, during the day
ou need the most support.
le of activities includes park
ach days, monthly socials,
ups and field trips to the
museums. For additional
nation, please email seman-
oms@yahoo.com.

e Mandarin Chapter of
meets the third Friday of
onth at 2:00 p.m. at Au-
Landing, located at 10141
Augustine Road. We are a
ofit, non-partisan member-
;anization, affiliated with
onal AARP. Our activities
grams are designed to help


people age 50 and over improve the
quality of their lives. Visitors are
welcome! For additional informa-
tion, please call 733-0516 or email
alex9520@comcast.net.

The Sugar Arts Guild of
North Florida meets monthly


at the South Mandarin Library,
located at 12125 San Jose Bou-
levard. We are an organization of
sugar artists, cake designers and
confectioners from Northeast
Florida who enjoy getting together
every month to visit, watch a
demonstration and sample each
other's creations. Our purpose is to
promote creativity and experimen-
tation in cake decorating, sugar
art, chocolate, pastries, candies and
just about anything edible that can
be done decoratively. We welcome
anyone interested in meeting other
sugar enthusiasts and swapping
ideas and techniques to visit


www.sagnfl.blogspot.com for meet-
ing dates.

The Italian American Club
wishes to thank all those who came
to the World of Nations and visited
us while we participated in this
exciting event. Phil Amato from
First Coast News was there making
pizzas and we had a very successful
time. Our annual Anniversary Din-
ner Dance will be held at the club
in June. Check out our website
at www.iacofjacksonville.com for
details. The club will be closed the

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What's New cont. from page 3
month of July but we look forward
to August and a very busy fall
season.

The Toast ofJax - Toast-
master Club meets each Satur-
day 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.toastof)ax.org.

The Florida Native Plant So-
ciety is planning a special event on
Friday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the
Mandarin Community Club. The
evening includes appetizers, bever-
ages, dinner, a native plant sale and
a presentation by Florida's leading
expert on the relationship between
native animals and native plants.
Dr. Craig Huegel will give a Power-
Point presentation on "Adding Life
to Your Landscape: Native Plant
Landscaping for Florida's Wildlife."
The event is $30 per person and
reservations are required by June
4, 2011. No refunds will be made
after this date. Please call 655-2550
for additional information or go to
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Lack of sleep may raise risk for heart disease,
stroke
By Contributing Writer Erin Wallner, Community Outreach Coordinator, Baptist Medical Center South


Fragmented sleep and shorter
sleep cycles are both implicated in
a higher risk of heart attack and
stroke. For example, a patient with
sleep apnea may sleep all night
but have poor sleep efficiency
due to fragmented sleep. This
lack of sleep poses an additional
risk associated with inflammatory
substances in the body.
A new survey published in
the European Heart Journal found
that people who get fewer than
six hours of sleep each night are
48 percent more likely to develop
or die of heart disease than those
who get the recommended seven
to eight hours nightly. They are
also 15 percent more likely to suf-
fer from a stroke. The researchers
came to these results after analyz-
ing the sleep and heart health data
of more than 450,000 men and
women from previous clinical
studies.
"Previous survey studies have
demonstrated that those who
suffer from fragmented sleep and
those with short sleep cycles have
a trend of increased cardiovascular
mortality as well as other, non-
cardiovascular causes of mortal-
ity such as cancer," said Andrew
Namen, MD, medical director,
Baptist Health Sleep Disorders
Centers. "But now, sleep depri-


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vation associated with obesity
management, glucose control and
hypertension has also been impli-
cated in increased cardiovascular
events, such as heart attacks and
heart failure."
Experts don't completely
understand why getting less sleep
may cause heart and vascular
problems. However, they believe
that losing out on sleep may lead
to elevated levels of inflammatory
substances in the body, which can
lead to plaque build-up in the
arteries.
Lack of sleep can also lead to
higher levels of certain hormones
and chemicals that are associated


Political Opinion
By Bruce Richardson

The Jacksonville city elec-
tions are over; we have a new
mayor which few of us had as a
first choice and a new city council
not likely to make history. Where
are the remarkable leaders? In
Mandarin's other newspaper,
headlines often read "Budget cuts
to (fill in the blank) will cause
grief." Good grief, you would
think every time someone looks
at a governmental budget hunting
for pork, the world is coming to
an end.
In tough times, which are
likely to continue for at least two


more budget cycles, someone,
AND CAMP STRI ' CAMP somewhere has to take a hit.
June - August Government needs adult supervi-
SL sion to make hard decisions; the
I O J |decisions may not be pretty, but
SCHOOL OF necessary for long term survival.
Look around in Mandarin.
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are absolute necessities for a good
S11 363 San Jose Blvd./Bldg 200 quality of life? Well, quality of life
Jacksonville, FL 32223 for how many of us? How many
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with higher levels of heart disease
and stroke. Regularly getting too
little sleep has also been linked to
other independent health prob-
lems, including obesity, high blood
pressure and type 2 diabetes, Dr.
Namen explained.
"Independent of these two
sleep-deprivation conditions, frag-
mentation and short sleep cycles,
studies show that obesity, hyper-
tension and diabetes are indepen-
dently associated with cardiovascu-
lar mortality. So, when you couple
these conditions with fragmented
sleep and sleep deprivation, we
have an association with increased
mortality related to cardiovascular

Public parks? Recreation areas?
Are they all wonderful to have?
Absolutely. Are they completely
necessary for our survival? Not re-
ally. We have become accustomed
to preachings of the few that if
we don't have certain amenities in
our lives, life is not worth living.
Those preachers of spending Oth-
er People's Money seem to forget
we survived for decades without
these ongoing obligations.
Regional media reported in
May that leadership of the Jack-
sonville Transportation Author-
ity (elected and hired) moaned
publicly how difficult it is to have
a local conversation about raising
taxes. It doesn't occur to them
that is a good thing.
Government is supposed to
protect us from enemies and bad
guys, provide an orderly existence
through a good road system and
a few other methods, provide a
commendable school system and
be a last resort for those who are
truly in need. Government is not
supposed to regulate our quality
of life by providing convenience
for hobbyists, nature lovers or
those who choose an urban life
while seeking open spaces. Many


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events," Dr. Namen said.
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of us remember a time when gov-
ernment programs were not the
answer to every problem.
Ruling class politicians have
completely forgotten there was a
time - even after the Roosevelt
New Deal era - when people
relied on everyone else but the
government in times of need. We
had robust faith-based programs
today's courts have labeled unac-
ceptable because of religious
connections. We had fraternal
and civic club programs which
met needs of the less fortunate for
decades.
But, to replace all of that -
along with a good measure of
self-reliance - we now automati-
cally look to government to solve
everyone's problems.
We must renounce the habit
of presuming government is the
answer to every problem. We
must rekindle self-reliance and
have a determination to first help
ourselves and others through our
own means, instead of the col-
lective means of an impersonal
government. Government is good
and wholesome in many instanc-
es, but government is best when it
is tightly restrained from the urge
to spend Other People's Money
without regard to the future.

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.







Come celebrate the
100th anniversary of the
Mandarin Store and Post Office
with the
Mandarin Museum Et
History Society
and the
Mandarin Community Club
Saturday, July 2
10:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.
To learn more about Mandarin
history, please visit
the Mandarin Museum Et His-
torical Society in the
Walter Jones Historical Park,
11964 Mandarin Road.
For more information, please
call 268-0784.





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School

District Journal

By Contributing Writer Tommy Hazouri,
School Board Representative, District 7


Tim Kenney, a DCPS math-
ematics coach and recent teacher,
was named one of only 85 math-
ematics and science teachers as
recipients of the prestigious Presi-
dential Award for Excellence in
Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Kenney is the third Duval County
employee to be awarded this honor,
with Marita Eng winning in 1984
and Zachary Champagne winning
in 2006. It is a state record! None
of the other 66 counties in the state
has had this many winners.
The Presidential Award for
Excellence in Mathematics and
Science Teaching is awarded annu-
ally to outstanding K-12 science
and mathematics teachers from
across the country. The winners
are selected by a panel of distin-
guished scientists, mathematicians
and educators following an initial
selection process done at the state
level. Each year the award alter-
nates between teachers teaching


kindergarten through sixth grade
and those teaching seventh through
12th grades. The 2010 awardees
named in May teach kindergarten
through sixth grade.
Kenney taught for nine years
at West Jacksonville and Mandarin
Oaks elementary schools prior to
becoming a district mathematics
coach in October 2010. He is the
founding president of the Duval
Elementary Math Council, which
strives to promote mathematics, as-
sist with professional development
and create mathematical commu-
nities within our schools. Kenney
received his bachelor's and master's
degrees from the University of
North Florida and currently serves
at the school as an adjunct Math
Methods teacher.
Winners of this Presidential
honor receive a $10,000 award
from the National Science Founda-
tion to be used at their discretion.
They also receive an expenses-paid


trip to Washington, D.C., for an
awards ceremony and several days
of educational and celebratory
events, including visits with mem-
bers of Congress and the Adminis-
tration.
"The teachers we honor today
have demonstrated uncommon
skill and devotion in the class-
room, nurturing the young minds
of tomorrow's science and math
leaders," said President Obama.
"America's competitiveness rests
on the excellence of our citizens in
technical fields, and we owe these
teachers a debt of gratitude for
strengthening America's prosper-
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Intensive camp introduces elements of a

healthy lifestyle


Walter Jones was a general store owner and the post master of Man-
darin. His business was located on the St. Johns River at Store Lane,
near the present day interaction of Mandarin and Brady Roads,
where it operated since 1828. With the decline of steamboats and
the growing importance of cars, Jones decided to move the location
of his business. In 1911, he hired local builder William Monson to
construct a new store at the corner of Mandarin and Brady. The new
store and post office served the community until it's closing in 1964.
To learn more about Mandarin history, please visit the Mandarin
Museum & Historical Society in the Walter Jones Historical Park,
11964 Mandarin Road. For more information, please call 268-0784.
Photo provided by the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society.
Watch this space each month for more memories!


Many children and adolescents
ages eight through 11 are strug-
gling with weight and body image
issues, ranging from obesity to bu-
limia. Once again, the Behavioral
Health Department of Wolfson
Children's Hospital will offer a fun,
educational day camp where kids
can learn about the elements of a
healthy lifestyle.
A Weigh to Health Camp will
take place at Wolfson Children's
Hospital, June 14 through 18,
from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each


The intensive camp will intro-
duce components for healthy living
including:
* Balanced nutrition
* Mindful eating and becoming a
wise consumer
* Reducing emotional eating and
overeating
* Moderate, enjoyable physical
activity
* Healthy coping skills
* Improved body image and self-
esteem


A $75 nonrefundable registra-
tion fee is due at the time of regis-
tration. A $155 camp fee is due on
the first day of camp (a discount
for Baptist Health employees is
available).
To register, please call Program
Coordinator Randy Danielson,
RN, BC, at 202-4959.
For more information about
the camp, call Camp Director Amy
Galena, RD, LD/N, at 202-4959.


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volunteers to teach budgeting and
economic skills and allowing them
to assist in job searches. Along
with social services, the food
bank houses a clothes closet and a
household items store for families
in need.
The Resolution number
2011-27, adopted on January 25
of this year states that the City
Council of Jacksonville does
hereby honor and commend the
Mandarin Food Bank on the
occasion of its 20th Anniversary
for providing for the needy in
our community and wishes them
continued success in the years
ahead. Speaking for the City
Council, Webb encouraged the
volunteers of the Mandarin Food
Bank to continue today, in these
particularly challenging and stress-
ful circumstances owing to the
economy; to make a vital, positive
difference in people's lives.
In response to the activi-
ties of the day, Bonnie McNulty,
co-director of the Food Bank,
delivered an address to the group.
She said that with a heavy heart,
she is sharing that the volunteers


at the shelter were seeing more
needs in the community now than
ever before. With the recent drop
in the economy and shortage of
jobs, the food bank continues to
seek help with donations from
commercial businesses and the
general public. This time of year,
they traditionally experience a
shortage in donations; people are
on vacation, schools are out and
organizations slow down their
regular activities. Therefore, the
intake room is short on supplies
and the shelves of stock are slowly


emptying.
McNulty specifically named
baby formula and diapers as items
on the top of their wish list, but
canned goods and non-perishables
are always in need.
The shelters intake room is
open on Mondays, Wednesdays
and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to
11:30 a.m. For additional infor-
mation, please call 292-1675 or
visit http://stjosephsjax.org. Click
on "Ministries" and then "Food
Bank."


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her. According to the Centers for
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only 26 percent of United States
adults eat three or more servings of
vegetables a day, although current
recommendations call for four
to five servings. The benefits are
significant: Eating the right kind of
vegetables in the appropriate quanti-
ties can cut one's risk of diabetes,
heart disease, kidney failure, and
other serious illnesses.
What kinds of vegetables
should you be eating? Well, all
kinds, but here's what you're getting:
* Fiber. Beans and other high-
fiber vegetables fill the stomach,
reducing your cravings for more
food while reducing cholesterol
levels and improving digestion
and regularity.
* Potassium. Tomatoes, sweet
potatoes, spinach and winter
squash improve blood pressure.
They may also reduce the risk of
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ten and kindergarten is now open
at all public elementary schools
in Duval County. Children are
eligible to enroll in public school
kindergarten if they have attained
age five on or before Septem-
ber 1 of the current school year.
(1003.21.2,F.S.)
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garten this fall, the principal shall
require evidence of the child's age
which should be documented by
one of the following:
1. Birth certificate
2. Certificate of Baptism
3. Insurance policy on the child's
life, which has been in force for
at least two years
4. Bona fide religious record of
child's birth with sworn affida-


vit by the parent
5. Passport or certificate of arrival
in the United States indicating
the age of the child
6. Affidavit of age sworn by
parent and signed by a public
health official
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the principal shall also require the
following for children registering
for kindergarten:
* Certificate of a school entry
health examination performed
within one year on enrollment
* Immunization record
* Proof of home address
* Social security number (op-
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By Contributing Writer Susie Scott

What would you do if a tor-
nado was potentially only seconds
away? A hurricane or tropical
storm hours away? Power lines and
trees are down in your neighbor-
hood? The phones are out? Fresh
water unavailable? Stormwater
rising in your yard?
The Mandarin Community
Club will host a program on the
evening of Thursday, June 2n at
7:00 p.m. (6:30 for refreshments)
at the historic club building on
Mandarin Road to help answer
these questions. The program is
designed to educate, inform and
assist residents in preparing for and
responding to emergency situa-
tions. This program is free and
open to the public.
Guest speakers will include
Steve Letro of NOAA (National
Weather Service) to preview and
discuss the 2011 hurricane season


predictions. The Northeast Chap-
ter of the American Red Cross will
make a presentation on assembling
disaster kits, available emergency
victim services and response of-
fered by Red Cross. And Lowe's of
Mandarin will have representatives
to discuss different models, and
the use and safety of emergency
generators. Lowe's will also provide
an example of a complete disaster
preparedness kit.
Representatives from the City
of Jacksonville including JEA and
Public Works have been invited to
share information on inland flood-
ing (drainage), downed power lines
and trees, debris removal and loss
of city services in an emergency.
Please call Mandarin Com-
munity Club at 268-1622 for more
information on participating or
attending this public program.


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If you still have never seen
"Cats," here once again is your
opportunity. It is almost 20 years
since it first opened on Broadway,
where it ran for 18 years, setting
a record for the second longest
running show in Broadway history
and the fourth longest Broadway
musical. It had originally been
produced in London's West End
in 1981, where it also established a
long run record of 21 years! It has
been translated into more than 20
languages and has been performed
around the world. It has won nu-
merous awards, including both the
Laurence Olivier Award and the
Tony Award for Best Musical.
What makes attendance at
a performance of "Cats" such a
memorable experience? Well of
course many of us love cats and
if we own one are convinced of
their special personalities. Here,
on stage, we meet some of these
wonderful characters. In addition,
the music, composed by Andrew
Lloyd Webber, is memorable and
the lyrics based on T.S. Eliot's "Old
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know someone just like a character
being portrayed on stage!
One exception to the use ofT.
S. Eliot's lyrics is perhaps the most
famous song, "Memory." The lyr-
ics for this were written by Trevor
Nunn, based on another poem
by Eliot entitled "Rhapsody on a
Windy Night."
The music also is unique in
many ways, one of which is the use
of musical accompaniment to the
spoken word. The emotion the pre-
sentation brings to the audience,
young and old, cannot be tied to
lavish sets and costumes. The set-
a junk yard-remains the same
throughout and the simple cos-
tumes do little more than reveal the
characteristic feline movements of
the characters. The excellent facial
make up does however supplement
each character's personality.
The last word in the previous
paragraph perhaps is why "Cats"
has remained so popular. Yes - the
music is memorable, one can relate
to the lyrics, the choreography
by Gillian Lynne develops some
wonderful movement relative to
the cats we know and love - but
mainly I believe, we can all relate
to one or more of the personalities
and characteristics of the cats!
This is a show for families, so
what better time than during sum-
mer vacation to enjoy the magic
and mystery of "Cats" at the Times
Union Center, Moran Theatre,
from June 17 to 19. Apart of the
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Library to offer enriching and entertaining
Summer Reading programs


Connect your child with the
richness of world cultures and
literature by registering him or her
for this year's Summer Reading
program at the Jacksonville Public
Library. Our Summer Reading
program will keep your kids' minds
energetic, active and engaged dur-
ing the summer months. Details
including event dates and times
can be found at jaxpubliclibrary.
org.
New to this year's lineup of
programs are performances by
popular educational theatre group,
the Hampstead Stage Company.
They will perform Aladdin and
the Lamp, an exotic adventure
taken from the book, Tales from
the Arabian Nights: Thousand and
One Nights. Hampstead will also
demonstrate stage combat moves
for tweens and teens, introducing
audiences to safe, basic hand-to-
hand combat techniques used in
the actors' performances.
Summer Reading will also
feature visits from staff at the
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children about wildlife and their
habitats. Youth will have a chance
to meet a Jacksonville Suns player
and learn more about his training
and preparation regime. Ronald
McDonald will make special visits
to select library locations - all of
this for free at your Jacksonville
Public Library.
Experience magical folk tales
from around the world performed
by Curious Moon Puppet Theatre.
Puppet theater performances are all
the rage and the library brings to
you one of the best puppet theater
performing groups in the South,
delighting audiences and teaching
valuable life lessons.
Harry Potter fans: be sure
to visit the Main Library for the
traveling exhibit opening June 1,
Harry Potter's World: Renaissance
Science, Magic, and Medicine
before the release of the final Harry
Potter film on July 15. Produced by
the National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health, the
exhibit explores the world of Harry
Potter and its roots in Renaissance
magic, science and medicine.
The library will be giving
teens a chance to get loud in the
library as part of Summer Read-
ing. The sixth annual Battle of the


Bands gives teens aged 12 to 18
an opportunity to show off their
musical and performance chops
live on stage in front of fans, family
and friends. This library-sponsored
competition allows bands of all
musical genres to compete for
prizes including gift certificates and
studio recording time.
So what about the inbe-
tweeners you may be asking? Yes,
the library has summer programs
just for them, too! Tween Thing
is back in its third year and will
offer classes like origami, duct tape
creations, wearable crafts and even
a little murder mystery in the mix.
Volunteer opportunities for
teens are also available at the
library. Teen volunteers learn valu-
able teamwork, time management
and important on-the-job skills,
and volunteer hours qualify for
school required community service.
Additionally, teen volunteers will
have a chance to compete for a
Visa� gift card by writing a short
story of no more than 1000 words.
There's no reason for the kids
to be bored this summer. Bring the
whole family to the library! For
more details on summer reading
programs go to jaxpubliclibrary.org
or call or visit your nearest library
location to register your child.


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management and is in the process
of publishing her book, "Pain
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NFL 101 - Workshop for Women


is coming soon
The Jacksonville Jaguars are
gearing up for the upcoming
season and want to invite the
women in our community to
participate in workshops de-
signed to teach you everything
you need to know about foot-
ball.
NFL 101 Workshop in the
past has boasted a sold-out at-
tendance as fans eagerly await
their opportunity to learn what
the pros know and talk the NFL
talk.
There are four opportunities
to ensure everyone has the ability
to participate in this unique and
exciting event.
The 2011 locations are as
follows:
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Tapestry Park (off Southside
Boulevard)
Thursday, June 16: World Golf
Hall of Fame and IMAX
Theater
Thursday, June 23: PRI Pro-
ductions
These workshops will begin
at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:30
p.m. The attendance fee is $40
per person. Seating is limited at
each location and will be sold
on a first-come first-serve basis.
Each attendee will receive an
NFL 101 Workbook, a special
gift and a ticket to a Jacksonville
Jaguars 2011 home game. At-
tendees will also have a chance to
win great prizes. To register call
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TBI tips


Did you know that a cavity
is essentially a hole in the tooth
caused by an infectious disease?
This cavity-creating disease, also
known as caries, is the most com-
mon chronic infectious disease
in children and is, in fact, five
times as common as asthma. Over
the past 40 years, caries rates in
children aged two to five years has
increased. Cavities are caused by
certain microorganisms, bugs, in
the mouth that use dietary sugars
to produce acid. If left untreated,
over time this acid eats away at the
tooth and can cause symptoms of
pain, swelling and fever. Untreated
oral conditions can interfere with
eating and adequate nutritional
intake, speaking, self-esteem and
daily activities including school
attendance.
Not only can this disease be
prevented, but also you might be
transmitting the bugs associated
with this disease to your child. Pri-
mary caregivers who have untreat-


ed dental disease in their mouths
commonly transfer their bugs to
their child and when combined
with frequent sugar consumption,
this can lead to early childhood
disease. In fact, these bugs have re-
cently been shown to colonize the
baby's mouth even before the first
tooth erupts. Improving expectant
mothers' oral health by reduc-
ing infectious bugs in their own
mouths may delay the acquisition
of these microorganisms in their
children and even prevent early
childhood disease.
If this disease is preventable,
why is it so prevalent today? We
know certain populations lack-
ing access to dental care are more
prone to dental disease. The
American Academy of Pediatric
Dentistry recommends a child see
dentist no later than 12 months of
age or within six months after the
first tooth erupts. Many parents
are hesitant about bringing their


baby to the dentist because they are
afraid the baby will cry or misbe-
have. Pediatric dentists know this
is a normal reaction for babies and
young children and, much like
pediatricians, are comfortable deal-
ing with this behavior. The purpose
of this timely visit is for an early
examination, along with an oral
health risk assessment, not only to
diagnose and treat early disease,
but also to prevent future dental
diseases.
Individualized preventive
strategies such as counseling in
nutrition, fluoride use and oral
hygiene are implemented. An-
ticipatory changes in growth and
development and accident preven-
tion are also discussed. This visit
is invaluable in that it allows the
a initiation of a relationship between
the infant, child, family and the
dentist.
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Mothers Against Brain Injury,
Inc. is a 501 c3 not for-profit orga-
nization founded by Tracy Porter,
the mother of a TBI survivor, who
was injured in a car crash in 2004.
Her organization raises the money
to fill and ship "Totes of Comfort
and Hope" to families within 24
to 48 hours of injury through all
22 trauma centers in Florida. She
is a resident of St. Johns County
and will be contributing monthly
articles to help educate the public
about the leading cause of death
and disability for children in the
United States along with some very
helpful tips on how to prevent this
life changing and sometimes life
ending injury from happening to
someone you love.
Watch for the following top-
ics in upcoming issues and start a
discussion with your kids, parents,
friends and coworkers. You could
save a life!
* What you need to know about
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* Learning about the brain (the
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What they didn't teach you in
school that you and your family
should know!
* Seatbelt laws in Florida
* Bicycles-helmet and riding laws
and safety information
* Motorcycle and ATV (all-ter-
rain vehicles) helmet laws and
information
* Skateboarding, rollerblading,
boating and jet ski safety and
laws
* Safeguarding bathrooms and
kitchens to prevent slip and fall
accidents
* What you can do to the exterior
of your home or business to
prevent injury accidents
* The costs of TBI and the effect
the injury has on family and
friends
* A few real life stories from TBI
survivors and families living
right here in our community.
What happened and how they
are now.
Mothers Against Brain Injury
(MABII) is always in need of fund-
ing to be able to continue provid-
ing totes to families experiencing
this injury so that they feel con-
nected and cared for. MABII aver-
ages 110 donated totes per month.
You can "Pay a Tote Forward" with
a $50 tax deductible donation
which will insure a tote bag is wait-
ing for any family who needs one.
If you or someone you love has
been affected by TBI or you just
want to help a family in need right
now, please don't hesitate; donate
today! You may send a check or
visit our website www.mabii.org
and click on the "donate" button.
If you have a personal story to
share, email the founder at tracy.
porter@mabii.org. Please keep
submissions under 600 words
if possible.


Duval County Public Schools
continues to expand opportunities
for students over the summer to
continue academic enrichment and
grade recovery. More than a dozen
opportunities are available for
students throughout Duval County
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students in kindergarten through
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parental expression, "Lights out! It's
time to put that book down," then
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the customary response, "What? Do
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The deadline was just before winter
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spring. On April 12, during Na-
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the 2011 Bookmark Contest were
announced at a special reception
held at the Main Library downtown.
Special to this year's contest,
the bookmark theme was based
on another library initiative called
the Language of Conservation.
This program, which also involves
the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
and Poets House, explores the use
of poetic language to encourage
wildlife conservation. According
to Community Relations Specialist
Ali J. Loftin from the Jacksonville
Public Library, much thought and


The Mandarin Women's Club welcomes the following new board
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Grenville; Secretary Sharon Weed; Treasurer Susan Rezsonya; VP
Activities, Laura Czaplicki; VP Membership, Kay Galluzo; President
Tamara McKay; and Parliamentarian Sylvia Barrett. The Mandarin
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consideration went into selecting
a theme for this year's bookmark
contest: Our World, Our Words,
Our Future.
"We selected the theme based
on what we wanted to represent
about the Language of Conserva-
tion. We wanted it to connect in
a worldly fashion, to encourage a


community understanding of wild-
life. We wanted to connect people
with the understanding that we're all
a part of this conservation initia-
tive," Loftin explained.
To inspire the bookmark de-
signs, participants were given a list
of poems relating to conservation.
Over 1,000 entries were received
from participants, ranging in age
from preschoolers to adults.
Six of the winning entries were
created by our very own Mandarin
students. They are Camden France
from KinderCare Learning Cen-
ter, Jade Jenkins from Beauclerc
Elementary, Abigail Willis from
Crown Point Elementary, Rohini
Kumar from Loretto Elementary,
Cassidy Nguyen from San Jose
Catholic School and Amanda Velez
from River City Science Academy.
Nine-year-old Abigail Wil-
lis drew an owl for her bookmark.
"When I came across a poem called
'The Owl' by Douglas Florian, it
inspired me. And also I already


knew how to draw an owl as I draw
them all the time. This is how I
knew this would be the perfect
bookmark." Willis' favorite authors
are Patricia Polacco and Shel Silver-
stein. She especially likes Silverstein's
book Where the Sidewalk Ends. In
addition to drawing, Willis enjoys
reading, swimming and playing
basketball in her spare time.
Ten-year-old Rohini Kumar
was inspired by Alison Hawthorne
Deming's poem "Works and Days."
In her bookmark, she created an
animal music school called the Sing-
Song Learning Center. How does
Rohini feel about the library? "Oh, I
love the library. I think that whoever
got the idea of creating a library is
awesome. It's cool to read books
there in the comfy chairs or to bring
the books home and read because
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Fashion Update

Spring '11 fashions are flowing and fun!
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Ms. Nina, the volunteer grandma of Crown
Point Elementary
By Karl Kennell


The door slowly opened.
Three kindergarten students were
laboring opening it while each
clutching a book in their arms.
Ms. Nina welcomed them with a
great big smile. After they checked
in their most recent reading suc-
cesses they scurried of into the
stacks of the library to seek out
the next cherished book to check
out. As kindergarteners they are
only allowed one book at a time.
When they become first graders
they advance to two at a time.
Nina Beale has been carrying out
this routine since she first came to
volunteer at Crown Point Elemen-
tary.


She first volunteered when she
moved from Framingham, Massa-
chusetts to live with her daughter
and grandson. He was at the time
a second grader at Crown Point
Elementary. He now is 23 and she
has been helping kindergarteners
and first graders ever since. She
has become a sort of grandmother
figure for generations of students.
She was once asked by one of
these youngsters, "Did you vote
for George Washington?"
She says she replied, "No, but
I did vote for President Franklin
Roosevelt."
At 81, she is full of energy
and enthusiasm. For her service


First Coast Gymnasts shine


By Contributing Writer Cassie Ice,
Club


The male and female gym-
nasts from First Coast Gymnastics
recently competed in the 2011
USAG Junior Olympic State
Championships with outstanding
results!
Dalton Goss, a level 9 gym-
nast and Micah Tillman, a level 7
gymnast, placed first All-Around
in the 2011 USAG Men's Junior
Olympic State Championships
held in Boca Raton, Florida. Eric
Nakamura was selected to the
Florida team which represents our
state at the 2011 USAG Men's
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pionships. Other members of the
First Coast Optional Boys' team
include: Illias Askew, David Frick,
Tim Newman, Will Wesley and
Henry Wrightman. All members of
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Championships held in Mississip-
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Ally Barrett, Madalaine Cun-
ningham, Haley Eggers, Brooke
Lovelace, Brittany Mills, Amanda
Trujillo and Madison Walker.
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Girls' Optional team, competed at
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onships in Lakeland, Florida. Ice
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on floor to secure a second All-
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members of the Girls' Optional
team are Miranda Goss and Arin
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and Optional Girls' teams at First
Coast Gymnastics.


as a volunteer she has received . . MFs ,,
awards from the Duval County
School District and the State of et - C a re
Florida for Florida Volunteer of
the Year. Animal Hos
Principal Jayne Owens-
Thompson says of her, "Ms. Nina Com plete Rou
brightens the students' days with
her warm smile and her love Veterinary Car
of books. Her commitment to
Crown Point is amazing."
The school, to show their
appreciation, celebrated her with a
special Happy Birthday when she
turned 80.
She plans on coming back
next year and would like to keep
on volunteering at the library and
classes for a few more years. As the -
interview was coming to an end .
the three kindergarteners filed to '
the counter to check out their lat-
est finds. One was flustered by not f--
having his library ID to check out
his book. That was no problem
for Ms. Nina as she knew him by
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remembered him but she has over look up to her as a grandmother
the years gotten to know by name and for so many years. We tip our
most of the children visiting the hat to her and thank her for her
library., service and wish her many more
It is said that being a grand- years of fulfillment.
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Hairspray slated for summer
production
By Danielle Wirsansky


Many people remember
Hairspray the musical for its 1960s-
style dance music and "downtown"
rhythm and blues; however, its true
vocation is a social commentary on
the injustices of parts of American
society in the 1960s-such as racial
inequality as well as body and self
image issues. The musical centers
on Tracy Turnblad, an overweight
Baltimore teenager in the early
1960s, who has a passion for a local
afternoon TV dance show, "The
Corny Collins Show." Beating the
odds, Tracy becomes a regular dancer
on the show and quickly becomes a
local celebrity. Tracy's equally large
mother, Edna, is at first petrified,
knowing how cruel people can be to
those who are different.
Eventually, Tracy takes it upon
herself to integrate "The Corny Col-
lins Show." Unfortunately, she runs
into opposition from uptight station
manager Velma Von Tussle (as thin as
Edna is large). Through her friend-
ship and love of music, Tracy herself
becomes an agent of social change.
After Tracy and her new found
friends integrate "The Corny Collins
Show," Baltimore is forever changed.
Said Jane Cassingham who will
be playing Tracy, "I like that this
show can be a silly musical that is
extremely fun to watch and listen to,
but that it still holds a very serious
message."
Luckily for the community,
Hairspray is coming to town! This
summer it will be presented by the
Summer Musical Theatre Experience
(SMTE), which provides the op-
portunity for local area high school
students to work with many theatre
professionals at the Nathan H. Wil-
son Center for the Arts on the FSCJ
campus. This will be the program's
fifth summer running and this time


around an estimated 200 young
adults came out to audition.
Amanda Severson, who will be
playing Shelley this summer said,
"It was definitely an over-whelming
number."
The process was long but
rewarding.
"In auditions we all had to sing
16 bars of a song from any musi-
cal and then we learned a dance to
the classic song 'You Can't Stop the
Beat.' This part of the audition was
held on two days, so 100 people
came the first day (when I went) and
more came the second day. Over the
following week we received a call if
they wanted to see us for a callback,"
explained Stacy Schoonover, who
will be playing Penny Pingleton.
When asked about how she
deals with nerves, she answered "I
always treat auditions with the at-
titude of 'go in confident-they just
want to see you. They are on your
team and want you to succeed.' So,
I was just showing them what I have
and thankfully it worked out!"
Tyler Ramirez, who will be play-
ing IQ (A Nicest Kids Dancer) was
excited to get cast as well, as this is
his first year to audition.
"When I saw it on Broadway
I loved it.... I know all the songs!
I sing a beautiful Motormouth
Maybelle."
While this is Amanda Severson's
third year participating in the
program, she is "looking forward to
learning new things about musical
theatre and meeting up with old
friends and making new ones."
The performances will be taking
place July 29 through 30 and August
5 through 7 at the Wilson Center
for the Arts. For more information,
please call 646-2347.


Wishing this talented pair all the best!

Mandarin NewsLine's senior
high school writers graduate
By Martie Thompson


With Duval County high
schools' graduation ceremonies
upon us, we at Mandarin News-
Line find that it is time to say
farewell to a truly talented pair of
senior writers who have penned
articles for us for the past year. It
has been a pleasure working with
these aspiring journalists who have
displayed professionalism and a
grasp of editorial knowledge well
beyond their years.
We hope that they have
learned and expanded their writing
talents as a result of their associa-
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a good job opportunity." He does,
however, plan to continue to write
and expand his skills.

Alexa M. Velez
Youth Scene writer
Alexa Velez is a homeschool
student who has been dual enrolled
at Florida State College of Jack-


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loves music and dance and even
composes and choreographs. She is
a member of the Florida State Col-
lege DanceWorks Company and
the CityDance514 competition
dance team.
In the fall she will be attend-
ing the University of North Florida
(Honors Program) where she plans
to continue to explore her passion
for writing by pursuing a degree in
Anthony Paris graduated from communications. Velez was the re-
Mandarin High School with the
class of 2011. For the past two "Taking Great Pride in
years, this busy teen has been
dual-enrolled with the University Kath
of North Florida and briefly with
Florida State College at Jackson- Office
ville. 1


He will be attending the Uni-
versity of North Florida full time
beginning in the fall and plans to
pick a major which will "provide

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Limitless
Directed by: Neil Burger. Starring: Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro and Abbie Cornish.
Review by T.G. Stanton
Rating: Great Movie, May See It Again (5 4 out of 5)


This month's review belongs
to the recently released Limit-
less-an action and suspense film,
packed with both.
The movie begins with Eddie
Morra, played by Bradley Coo-
per, in a forever period of writer's
block and down-on-his-luck
behavior. He resembles a home-
less man or drug addict at times
in the beginning of this film when
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brother-in-law, literally runs into
him and gives him the means to
change his life. An experimental
drug, NZT, is handed to him
and the possibilities of this drug
initially seem to be Limitless.
In one day this drug shows he
can accomplish many things, in-
cluding beating writer's block and
changing his means of living. To
do that he will need more NZT
and getting more proves danger-
ous and perhaps hazardous to his
health. In changing his life, to
degrees many hope for when they
plan to be a part of the American
Dream, he learns his brain is very
math capable and he starts finding
new ways to make money.
He comes under the scrutiny
of mega-mogul Carl Van Loon,
portrayed by Robert DeNiro and
has a meteoric rise into the world
of finance. Along the way, he falls
in love with Lindy, played by
Abbie Cornish, who is brought
into a world she never dreamed
of. Danger and threats abound
when those who know of the drug
are attempting to trace down any


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remaining samples. In addition,
while on his rise to fame and
fortune, Eddie turns to some un-
scrupulous characters and learns
some of the more unpleasant side
effects of NZT.
The film opens in a sequence
that almost makes you believe
you have tried the drug, lead-
ing to the beginning of just how
uninspired Eddie's life has been.
Bradley Cooper plays his part to
perfection and his changes are just
as riveting, as well as the potential
this experimental drug displays.
However, those from his past that
have tried NZT, tend to resemble
meth addicts and that is just one
of its dangers. One down side is
that there were too many dan-
gers from the drug that had little
follow through. Robert DeNiro
is perfect as the self-made man
of millions, so the movie could
have definitely used more DeNiro,
who proved to be almost unbeat-
able and a bit sinister. All-in-all, a
movie with twists and turns that
keep you guessing what will hap-
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Tori Ice represented
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nastics in the 2011
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Cham ionships
recently held in
Atlanta, Georgia.
Ice tumbled and
vaulted her way
to a first place
All-Around finish!
Ice has enjoyed
a great competi-
tive season with
several first place
All-Around and
second place
All-Around finishes
prior to competing
in the Region 8
Championships
Her second place
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Riding the Grand Canyon
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By Contributing Travel Writer Debi Lander, www.bylandersea.com


Imagine stepping back in time
and arriving at the Grand Canyon
the same way travelers did more
than 100 years ago-on the iron
horse.
I recently experienced this
journey starting in the heart of
downtown Williams, Arizona, a
frontier "Main Street" town along
the legendary Route 66. Williams
retains much original architecture
and road-side appeal from the era
when car travel was king and road-
side cafes dotted the rural towns
along fabled Route 66.
In Williams, every morning
begins with a Wild West shootout.
Of course, I expected a lot of cheesy
humor from a scripted show, but
the costumed actors were surpris-
ingly good and the banter was
honestly fun. The audience got into
the moment.
Afterward, the crowd walks
to the diesel-powered train as the
conductor barks out, "All-aboard!"
My first-class ticket provided entree
to the "luxury" cars with sofas and
tables, an attendant, food, drinks
and even a strolling banjo player.
What a relaxing and stress-free jour-
ney. During the two and half hour
ride, I walked from car to car and
stood on the rear platform to cap-
ture some incredibly exotic "Kodak"
moments with my camera.
Before the railroad opened for
business in 1901, visitors arrived at
the magnificently chiseled Canyon
via four-horse-team stagecoach.
Tickets cost $20 for that arduous
bumpy ride compared to $3.95
for the new-fangled choo-choo.
No wonder steam powered trains
instantly became the desired choice
of public transport. However, as
automobiles grew in popularity, rail


travel slowly dwindled. In 1968, the
tracks went quiet and lay dormant
for 20 more years. Then, in 1989,
the line was renovated, providing
children and adults an opportunity
to savor a most romantic mode of
travel.
My sojourn ended in front of
the massive, yet cozy Grand Canyon
Depot, an incredibly picturesque
log-framed station. Back in 1905,
the Santa Fe Railway built the El
Tovar Hotel across the tracks. The
El Tovar reigned as one of the most
luxurious hotels of its day featuring
hot and cold running water, electric
lights, art galleries and plush dining
rooms. The original dark timbered
structure still beckons and I walked
in to take a peek. Moose, deer and
buffalo heads adorn the lobby along
with large paintings of the Can-
yon. Most United States Presidents
through the 20th century have
stayed there. Sadly, I did not.
My first look at the Canyon
truly overwhelmed me-it's stun-
ning, awesome, terrifying-yet
glorious. My heart raced and tears
formed in my eyes. Grand is not the
right word; there simply are no apt
words to capture this national trea-
sure should be high on everyone's
bucket list. It does not disappoint.

If you go: Grand Canyon Rail-
way:www.thetrain.com.
Ample and safe parking for autos
is available in Williams near the
train station. Riding the rail relieves
the Grand Canyon of some
50,000 cars annually. In addition,
arrival by train bypasses tollbooth
backups and eliminates the need
to utilize shuttle bus transfers from
remote parking to the Grand Can-
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By Alexa M. Velez
It is a well-known fact that
you can fix almost anything with
duct tape-"It's America's fa-
vorite fix-all." But did you ever
think you could make a fashion
statement with it? Every year
the Duck Tape Company holds
the "Stuck at Prom" Scholar-
ship Contest to see which high
school couple can create the most
elaborate prom attire entirely out
of duct tape. Participants must at-
tend their high school prom wear-
ing their duct tape masterpiece
and submit a picture and entry
form to the Duck Tape website
for consideration. The top prize
is $5000 for each partner, as well
as their school. So, how does one
make clothing out of duct tape,
let alone a floor length gown?
Let's just say things can get a little
sticky.
Danielle Wirsansky, an 11 th
grader at Douglas Anderson
School of the Arts (and Youth
Arts Happenings columnist for
Mandarin NewsLine), pulled it
off, or rather taped it on, at prom.
Inspired by the pansy, Wirsansky
based her design and color palette
on the little purple, black and yel-
low flower. The process was quite

Relay for Life cont from pg. 1
is food, entertainment and kid
activities. This year we even had a
special appearance from Jackson-
ville Jaguar player Rashean Mathis
as well as The Roar cheerleaders
and players from the Jacksonville
Giants!
For the second year, Chad
Cushnir "The Cush" from Channel
12 News and his wife, Erin, read
names during the Luminaria Cer-
emony. During the Luminaria Cer-
emony there was a 14 year old, Allie
Fliess, who told her story about
why she "Relays." She was very
brave to get up and share about her
experience of losing her dad when
she was only 10 years old.


an undertaking.
As Wirsansky
recalls, "It was very dif-
ficult at first, until we
got more experienced
working with the duct
tape. There was no real
margin for error because
once the tape was down,
it was down."
It took them sev-
eral months, 300 feet
of duct tape and over
150 hours of meticulous
work to create their
duct tape apparel. One
drawback to a duct tape
dress-"It's extremely
heavy; in fact, it is so
heavy, the first hanger
we used to hold it
broke!"
In the end, their
hard work paid off.
Wirsansky and her part-
ner Russell Thrift, also
a student of Douglas
Anderson, had a wonderful time
at prom.
"We had a lot of fun. Every-
one was so impressed, students
and teachers alike. Some people


kept doing double takes, because
they were not sure what made our
outfits so special. We were even
told a couple times that we were
the best dressed of the night."


Also, during the eve-
ning children and teens were
cutting their hair for "Locks
of Love." It's amazing to see
the kids and teens who will
donate eight to 10 inches of .
their hair to this cause. This
event is a real "party with a
purpose" and a place where
we can celebrate with survi-
vors, remember loved ones
lost to this disease and fight
back against cancer through
fundraising!
If you have never par-
ticipated and want to find
out more about this event One team member participating in Locks
and how to get involved, of Love
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Essay Contest Winners!
Congratulations to our
"You're the Greatest Mom"
essay contest winner, Han-
nah Fliess! Her mom, Angie
Nicely Fliess, wins the Spe-
cial Package offered by Cher
Chez, which includes a facial,
manicure, pedicure, shampoo,
cut and hairstyle. We received
over 100 entries; thank you
to all who wrote to us about
their mom!


I Love My Mom
By Hanna Fliess, Age 9 Loretto Elementary School


My mom's the best mom ever
because she is very nice. She
watches over me and my brother
and she pays for my clothes. She
lets me decorate my room and
lets me rent movies. I know my
mom is the best mom ever be-
cause she works and gets money
for the family.
She supports me in every-
thing I do, like basketball and girl
scouts. She helped me write my
speech for the student counselor
representative and I won two
years in a row!!
She does a club for me called
Ladybug Club and we help other
people. We send care packages.
She takes me to work and lets me
play on her Mac. She also got me
a cat and a dog. Mom also bought
our cable and our internet. She


got me my computer.
But really the most important
thing about her is that she is
loving and caring I love my mom
and I know that she loves me.
She helps kids with cancer
and buys Girl Scout cookies from
many people bedsides me. She
helps my cousin with Girl Scouts
and her Relay 4 Life team. She
gives offerings to church and
teaches a 2nd grade Sunday
school class.
She prays with me and teaches
others about God. She gave me
a bible so I can learn about God.
My mom does works at a church
camp and helps others.
But most important, she loves
daddy and keeps our family
together. I love my mom.


My mom is the greatest for
many reasons. My mom cares
about everyone else around her.
She makes sure her daughters are
happy and provides for them in
any way possible. She has done
this since they day they were
born and she still does today, 29
years later!
She also takes care of every-
thing possible around the house
and makes sure her husband is
happy.
But most of all my Mom takes
care of her mom. Her mom has
severe dementia now and doesn't
even remember who my mom is
at times. She knows my mom as
"the nice girl" but I don't think
she can recollect that she is her


daughter.
My mom spends every one of
her weekends (she is a teacher)
at her parents' house making
sure my grandma and grandpa
are alright and that everything is
peaceful and the way it should be.
My mom is continuing on the
nurturing nature that her mother
once did and would still do if she
could for her. I know my grandma
would be proud of her daughter if
she knew what she was doing for
her. I know I am!
My mom truly is the greatest,
she puts everybody else first be-
fore even thinking about herself.
She deserves to be pampered for
a day!


Fish, kayak, can

Openings are still available for
rising third and fourth graders for
the second annual River Camp in
June. The camp is sponsored by the
Mandarin Museum and Histori-
cal Society and will be held at the
Walter Jones Historical Park on
Mandarin Road. The camp, which
mixes science, history and fun on
the river, will run from 9:00 a.m.
to 3:00 p.m. Monday through
Friday for three one-week ses-
sions: June 13 through 17, June 20
through 24 and June 27 through
July 1.
"We created the camp to com-
bine fun, interesting activities with
solid learning," said Fred Hulett,
society president who chairs the
camp committee. "We introduce
kids to Mandarin history and
ecology along the St. Johns River
through kayaking, canoeing, fish-
ing, catching crabs, learning about
local plant and animal life, arts and
crafts and writing and illustrating a
journal."
Riley Hulett, a fourth grade
student at Oakleaf Village El-
ementary in Orange Park and Fred
Hulett's daughter, attended the
camp last summer.
"My favorite parts were seeing
the manatees, kayaking and getting
to dissect fish. I really want to go


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back this year and can't wait to see from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on
my friends," he shared. Saturday. The museum and park is
Staff and counselors include located at 11964 Mandarin Road.
local teachers, Hulett said. The For more information, please
children will also hear from local contract Andrew Morrow, society
wildlife and river specialists, executive director at 268-0784 or
Tuition for the camp is $250 via email at mandarinmuseum@
(discounts available for museum bellsouth.net or visit www.man-
members and families with monr darinmuseum.net.


than one child attending) which
includes a t-shirt, a journal and
craft supplies. Snacks and water
will be provided but children
should bring a bag lunch.
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I Have the Best Mom
By Sophia Holliday, Crown Point Elementary School
My mom is the best because she and plays cards with me.
makes lunch for me. She helps me And she helps children speak
with my homework. She tucks me right. She's a speech pathologist.
in at night. She watches TV with And best of all...she gives me lots
me. She gets me off the computer of love.

My Mom's the Best
By Shane Kilker, St. Joseph Catholic School


My mom is the best! Do you
want to know why? Well, she is
loving, caring and very active.
Sometimes when my dad is at
work and I need to throw the
baseball or shoot some hoops, she
will come outside and throw the
baseball or play horse with me. Of
course she always wins. She al-
ways takes those three pointers to
win. She also helps me in tough
situations such as homework,
grades and when I get older, what
I need to do to have a good life
and succeed.
My mom always tells me her
job is to make me be a good
gentleman, use manners and have
a great family when I get older.
When I get older I'll tell her she
did her best and she succeeded!
I love my mom and so does


everybody else. Every time friends
or relatives come over they al-
ways love to talk to my mom and
hang out with her rather than
me, because she is the best! This
is why I need to get more cool
activities she they will hang out
with me, rather than my mom.
Every day I wake up and I
think to myself, where would I
be without her? On the streets or
homeless. Every day I pray that
my family and my mom are safe.
Now I know that I will live a safe
and happy life with her. I ap-
preciate everything she does for
me and I hope she never stops
because I will never live happy
without her. I love my mom! This
is why I know my mom deserves
to win the prize ...she is the best
mom in the world!


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publication and "honorable mention!"


My Mom's the Greatest
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Adopt a River Friendly lifestyle

You can make a rain barrel!
By Contributing Writer Jimmy Orth, Executive Director, St. Johns Riverkeeper


The bad news is that our Foods in Mandarin.
St. Johns River is sick. The good Where do I put it? Rain bar-
news is that each of us can make a rels can be used anywhere water
difference and reduce our im- flows off from your roof. You can
position the barrel un-
- derneath a valley in your
roof where water runs off
or under a downspout
from your gutters.
How can I use the
water? Rain is naturally
soft water and devoid
of minerals, chlorine,
fluoride and other
chemicals, so it is better
for your lawn or garden.
I even know of someone
who uses it to wash their
hair, for this same reason!
You can attach a garden
hose, soaker hose or use
a watering can under
the spigot. However, the
water should not be used
pact upon the river by adopting for drinking.
a River Friendly lifestyle. Rain Why should I use one? The
barrels and cisterns are one way avterae her t l J n Rivern
to conserve and help protect our watershed of the St. Johns River
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the over pumping of groundwater YOUR
and help protect our aquifers,
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Capturing rainwater also reduces
stormwater runoff that can carry
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rainwater harvesting container
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However, you can purchase with long, luxurious black hair
much larger aboveground or won't be able to stop yourself fr
underground storage tanks, often ting! I promise to fill your hom
referred to as cisterns. You can see and happiness if you give me a
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Sciences, Florida Master Natural-
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Extension and the University of
North Florida Environmental
Center will be offered June 9, 14,


16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28 and 30,
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Advance registration is re-
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Course instructors are Brad Bur-
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include attendance, participation
and enthusiasm.
For registration and program
information, please visit the web-
site www.masternaturalist.org.
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Gardening

Bamboo: Love it or hate it
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Bamboo seems to be a plant
that brings up strong emotions. A
fellow gardener once told me he
would sell his house if he saw a
neighbor planting bamboo. It does
have a reputation for growing out
of control and running over nearby
yards, but not all bamboo is the
running type and it can be a very
useful plant in the right place.
While bamboo can grow as tall
as trees it is actually nothing more
than really large grass. Some regu-
lar varieties grow up to 50 feet tall
and higher, but there are also dwarf
bamboos that are shorter and form
smaller clumps.
The important thing to know
when considering bamboo is to
choose a "clumping" rather than a
"running" bamboo. Running bam-
boo does exactly that. It has a run-
ning growth habit and it runs in all
directions, popping up at varying
distances from the original clump,
including possibly in your neigh-
bor's yard. This is the bamboo that
inspires hatred. It is best to avoid
all running bamboos as they are
almost impossible to contain.
Clumping bamboos, however,
form slowly spreading clumps that
may be pruned, like a shrub or left
to grow naturally in a fountain-like


form. They are easily contained
by pruning out unwanted canes,
called culms.
You can plant bamboo at any
time of year. It has a fast, short
growth period, usually in spring,
with new culms reaching mature
height in a month or less. During a
growth spurt you can almost seeing
it growing. Fertilizing and watering
frequently will cause bamboo to
grow faster. Less water and fertilizer
will slow it down. Not all bamboo
has the same amount of cold toler-
ance so be sure to ask questions
before buying.
If you are a hater of bamboo,
perhaps you have been the victim
of a running type and need to be
introduced to the more sedate,
dwarf clumping types. That is what
we have planted across the back of
our yard, next to a privacy fence.
We love it. It is evergreen and does
not require a lot of care. It shines as
a screening plant and can be plant-
ed in very narrow spaces. Although
I let it grow tall, I remove the lower
branches to show off the culms.
You may not be convinced
that bamboo belongs in your yard,
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The Mandarin Methodist
Players present Rodgers & Ham-
merstein's The Sound of Music on
June 2, 3, 4, 10, 11 at 7:00 p.m.
in the Worship Center, located at
11270 San Jose Boulevard. Adult
tickets are $15 and children under
12 are $10. Concession stand
opens at 6:00 p.m. Please call 268-
5549 for additional information.

Game Night will be held
monthly on the third Thursday at
All Souls Church, located at 4042
Hartley Road. This month, Game
Night will be held on Thursday,
June 16 beginning at 7:30 p.m.
with a theme of "Water Wars."
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a towel, too! All are welcome! For
more information, contact the
church at 268-4600.

To acquaint new people with
our area, Shalom Jacksonville is
planning a couple of casual gather-
ings for newcomers and anyone
else interested in making Jewish
connections and learning more
about the general community. Our
first event will be held on Sunday,
June 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the home
of Yvonne Cohen, 1194 Cun-
ningham Creek Drive in NW St.
Johns County. This is a wonderful
opportunity for anyone new to
the Jewish community to make
connections with their neighbors
and find out the latest happenings
around town. Homemade desserts
and other yummies will be served.
Please RSVP to Isabel Balotin at
448-5000 x 206 or shalomjax@
jewishjacksonville.org. Another
event is planned for July.

Dave Ramsey's Financial
Peace University starts Wednesday,
June 1, at 6:30 or Sunday, June 5,
at 9:45 a.m. at Mandarin United
Methodist Church, located at
11270 San Jose Boulevard. Sign
up online at www.mumc.net and
begin the journey toward debt-free
living. Childcare available.


Church of God
(Seventh Day)

Meeting Saturday
Bible Study: 10:00 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am
Meeting at Life Church
10584 Old St. Augustine Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32257
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All Souls Church announces
"Movie Night" to be held on
Friday, June 10 beginning at 7:30
p.m. and continuing the second
Friday of every month. Come and
enjoy a great, free, family movie at
church! This month's movie is Tron
Legacy. For additional information,
please call 268-4600.


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Pandamania Vacation Bible
School will be held at Mandarin
United Methodist Church, June
20 through 24 from 9:00 a.m. to
12:00 noon. All children age three
(as of September 1, 2010) to fifth
grade are invited! Register online
at www.mumc.net or call 268-
5549 for more information.


Research study: Brisk walks
improve the memory


Exercise is good for every-
one, but recent research indicates
it has special benefits for older
people. In a study funded by the
National Institute on Aging, 120
people ages 55 to 80 were di-
vided into two groups, with half
instructed to walk for 40 minutes
a day three times a week. The
other half did exercises to stretch
and tone their muscles.
After six months and then
one year, the scientists measured


Purposeful Parenting

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By Allie Olsen
Everybody is "going green." It's
trendy, like saving whales, listen-
ing to NKOTB and wearing slap
bracelets was when I was a kid. You
just have to join the movement!
Sometimes going green makes
sense. Sturdier reusable shopping
bags, backyard gardening and turn-
ing off lights to save electricity-it's
easy to see how some practices are
good for the planet, the budget and
just good all around!
Now that it's hit fad status,
however, things are getting a little
crazy. Have you ever thought of re-
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switching to cloth toilet paper? Or
try this one: a neighbor's chemi-
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The "THX" standard for
sound at the beginning of movies is
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plants on last night's movie. I still
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think the connection boils down to
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An important skill parents
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As Sharlyn, mom to three
teens, pointed out on Facebook,
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where...you see it in every major
brand from toilet paper to furni-
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Next, consider the wiser choice
for your family. Is "green" one-ply
toilet paper better than the thicker
brand when you have to use three
times as much? When it comes to
food, should you buy junk food in
"green" packaging or is it wiser to
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less of packaging? Sure, it's good to
be eco-minded, but let's teach our
children to use their brains!
"Just get back to the basics,"
suggests local mom Becky. "I was
green' before it was called 'green'
by not having to buy everything
new, recycling items at home and
donating anything that could be
reused rather than filling up a
landfill."
How can our children use
discernment and go green? When
it comes to shopping, help your
daughter to think through pur-
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new style. And the next time a shirt
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rags. When they outgrow clothes
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the children be involved in passing
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and look for ways to live a lifestyle
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instead of one of consumption and
looking to things to satisfy.
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the size of participants' hippo-
campus, a section of the brain
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Smith feels good about third draft class
By ohn Oehser, jaguars.com senior writer


All in all, Gene Smith liked "The Jaguars certainly got bet-
what he saw. ter the last three days,' Smith said.
Smith, who recently finished "We're so happy about the players
his third draft as the Jaguars' and people that we added to this
general manager, said while he can organization . . .
understand the questions some "We feel very good. We've got
may have about the team's 2011 a group of players that have either
NFL Draft, he said the reality is graduated or are a semester shy
the Jaguars have a few goals in a of graduation. We've got leaders
draft: in this group, team captains, guys
1) Draft players who can contrib- with tremendous play history, guys
ute. with some tremendous back-
2) Trust the pre-draft work. grounds from a family stand-
3) Improve. point, a couple have dads who are
And when it was over, a weary coaches.
Smith said he left this year's draft "We feel like when you talk
very much feeling as if that was about Jaguar traits and who've we
accomplished during a weekend added, it does start with talent but
that featured the Jaguars selecting certainly character counts."
five players: But while the Jaguars selected
* Blaine Gabbert, quarterback, five players over the three days,
Missouri (1st round, No. 10 four from non-BCS schools, Jag-
overall). uars Director of Player Personnel
* Will Rackley, offensive guard/ Director Terry McDonough said
center, Lehigh (3rd round, No. the reality is the draft - and per-
76). haps the current era of the Jaguars
*Cecil Shorts III, wide receiver, - will be judged by Gabbert.
Mount Union (4th round, No. "Blaine Gabbert, this is
114). obviously the biggest decision
*Chris Prosinski, safety, Wyoming that Gene's made since we've been
(4th round, No. 121). here," McDonough said.
* Rod Issac, cornerback, Middle The Jaguars traded the
Tennessee State (5th round, No. second-round selection to trade
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while David Garrard is expected
to remain the starter entering next
season, Gabbert is clearly the quar-
terback of the future.
"We just feel so confident that
he can be not only a good quar-
terback, at least I do and you can
write this, I think the kid's going
to be a great quarterback," Mc-
Donough said. "And if you have a
chance to get up and get a fran-
chise quarterback, they can affect
the city, the franchise, everything
about Jacksonville in the next de-
cade and I feel strongly about that.
"If you get the guy and you
believe he is the guy and he is the
guy, tremendous things can happen
for this organization and this city,
and I feel that way about this kid.
We did it because organizationally
we thought this guy had limitless
potential and we were so excited to
get him. I'm trying not to act giddy
but the guy is a stud."
McDonough said while other
teams passed on Gabbert, such
scenarios aren't unusual. Green Bay
quarterback Aaron Rodgers slipped
to No. 24 in 2005 and since has
emerged as one of the top five
quarterbacks in the NFL.
"There are just different rea-
sons why teams pass," McDonough
said. "I don't know the answer to
that. I just know again we really
feel like this guy can be a franchise
quarterback and that's why we did
it."
The Jaguars traded up not
only to get Gabbert, but to get
Rackley, giving up their sixth-
round selection to do so. That left
the team with five selections, which
tied 2008 for the fewest in fran-
chise history.
But while only defensive end
Derrick Harvey remains from that
draft, Smith and McDonough said
they believe they obtained starters


with the first two selections this
year and potential early contribu-
tors with the other three selections.
"We felt like all of these play-
ers could come in and certainly
upgrade our roster," Smith said.
"They all have a future here. Again
we're just happy to have five players
wearing the Jaguar helmet that we
feel have the profile that we want.
"I do believe it's talent, charac-
ter and competitiveness."
Prosinski, McDonough said,
will be in the mix for a starting
position next season, and Issac is
expected to compete at nickelback.
Shorts has a chance to be the Jag-
uars' third receiver next season.
The selection of Gabbert and
Rackley - and the ensuing trades -
led to the Jaguars' selecting just two
players to improve a defense that
Smith, Del Rio and McDonough
all have said throughout the off-
season needs improving. While
improving the defense remains a
focus, Del Rio said the draft took
the Jaguars in a different direction.
"You have your ideas of how it
can go, but it's a process that's very
unpredictable," Del Rio said of the
draft. "I think you do your work
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talk about, then when a situation
like that comes up you execute and
stick to the plan.
"I think that's what we did.
Despite really wanting some defen-
sive help and we know we're going
to have to get some at some point,
we saw tremendous value and we
were able to acquire a franchise
quarterback and a starting inte-
rior offensive lineman early in the
draft."
Del Rio said had Gabbert not
been available, "it could have been
three defensive players in those
positions easily."
McDonough said the Jaguars'
draft strategy must be seen against
the backdrop of pro free agency,
which because of the lockout has
yet to occur. When pro free agency
begins, Smith said he expects the
Jaguars to be active - and to be so
primarily on defense.
Smith said two-to-four players
could be added during that time.
Asked if the Jaguars would ad-
dress anything else during pro free
agency, Del Rio replied, "Doubt-
ful."
"We're not done," he said.
"At some point we'll open this
free agency period, not only pro
free agency, but also these college
undrafteds."
"We feel like they all have a
defined role this year coming in
and we stayed with our board, we
trusted our work and we got better
the last three days," concluded
Smith.

Reprinted with permission.


MHS Sports Roundup
By Anthony Paris, MHS Student

The end of this school year is finally here! It is a time of great
excitement as seniors complete their final year in high school and
look towards their future and a post secondary education. Several
outstanding Mandarin High athletes have signed on with colleges
and will continue to excel academically and athletically, playing their
sports on their new school's teams.
All sports played at Mandarin High School are over for the
2010-2011 school year and were concluded with a senior athlete
banquet which took place at the end of May. Without a doubt, this
had been an exciting year for all athletes and students who are sports
enthusiasts and as for graduating seniors, many will miss going out
to the games and showing their high school spirit.


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By Contributing Writer Ann Gipalo, Loretto Elementary PTA


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The First Coast Kids Triathlon
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Elementary fielded a team - Team
Wisdom - of 132 students, which
is the largest kids' triathlon team
ever fielded. Every class at Loretto,
from kindergarteners through fifth
graders, had at least one student
participating in the event. Regis-
tration was limited to 1100 kids
(and the event was sold out), which
makes the First Coast Triathlon
one of the three largest in the


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Some members take active
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on Coast Guard vessels or working
as commercial vessel examiners or


Sandra Foskey, a Loretto respectively.


paraprofessional teacher, was the
sponsor and coach for the group.
She held two orientation/training
sessions for the students in April to
get them ready for the event.
The triathlon is divided into
junior (ages five through 10) and
senior (ages 11 through 15) divi-
sions. Juniors swim 100 meters,
bike three miles and then run
one-half mile to the finish line.
Distances in the senior division are
200 meters, six miles and one mile


According to the First Coast
Kids Triathlon website, "every
triathlon consists of four compo-
nents - swimming, biking, running
and transitions. At the First Coast
Kids Triathlon, kids race against
other kids in their same age group.
A time trial start in the UNF pool
is used, meaning each racer enters
the pool one at a time. As each
athlete completes their swim, they
enter a transition area to begin
the bike portion of the race. After


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completing their ride, they reenter
the transition area, drop-off their
bike and exit onto the run course.
The run is the final portion of the
race. Computerized timing chips
are used to track each participant
throughout each part of the race."
We are proud to report that
every Loretto student who started
the triathlon finished!
Foskey said the event was "one
of the most awesome experiences I
have ever been a part of! There will
be a smile on my face for at least
the rest of this school year. I was
fortunate enough to be allowed to
be at the finish line to congratulate
every Team Wisdom athlete and
put their medal around their necks.
Kim Miller and Rich Welser (also
teachers at Loretto) were also at the
finish line helping with the timing
and cheering on our team."
Christopher Begley, the
school's principal, added, "Some-
times you are proud of your fac-


ulty, staff and students. Sometimes
you are so proud that it is hard to
express in words. This is one of
those times. Watching our entire
Loretto family come together for
this event was outstanding, but see-
ing these children swim, transfer to
biking and finally to running was
amazing. Congratulations to the
students, but also to Mrs. Foskey.
She pulled off an incredible event."
Loretto received a check for
$1320 ($10 per participating stu-
dent) which will be used at some
point for nutritional and physical
fitness programs at Loretto.
The event was so successful
this year that Loretto is hoping to
field a team of over 200 students
next year!


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A fun-filled season ending
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Over 80 of the USTA Junior
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Moms, dads, grandparents and
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"It was great to see the excite-
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the players to earn points as they
moved from station to station. The
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were rewarded with prizes. Aside
from playing tennis, the players
received their participation medals
in ceremonial fashion and were
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Though there are many
new and exciting things hap-
pening during the festival, there
definitely is still a lot of tradition.
One continuing tradition is the
Children's Art Show and contest
held in the community club. There
some amazing works of art were
displayed by children from schools
around the community. This year's
winners included Mandarin
Christian for Best in Show
school category; Best in Show
for a student went to Brooke
Hathy of Mandarin Chris-
tian. In the sixth through
eighth grade division, first
place went to Jacob Oren-
der of Martin J. Gottlieb
Day School. Will Leavitt of
San Jose Episcopal School
took first place in the third
through fifth grade division.
In the kindergarten through
second grade division, Re-


Photo by Larol Chastain.
of the 10 and under children that
are introduced to tennis. Another
important goal is the involvement
of parents.
"We want to introduce the
healthy, positive and fun aspects
of tennis in a safe environment
to the children in the Jacksonville
communities. After they age out
of our program, we want to link
them with the many other tennis
programs in the Jacksonville com-
munity to continue their tennis
journey," says Rehm.
A fall season is already in the
planning stages and will be offered
September 26 through November
10. For more information, please
call 262-1399.


becca Stanford of St. Joseph School
showed us her talents towards a
future of becoming a great artist.
If you missed this year's
Mandarin Art Festival you missed
a lot! Be sure to start now planning
to attend next year's 44th annual
Mandarin Art Festival. Remember
it happens every year on Easter
weekend. It is your opportunity to
not only enjoy looking over some
great art, but who knows? Maybe
next Easter you will discover that
special piece you have always
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Rotary Club honors teachers of the year
Each year Rotary Club of Mandarin honors our area teachers
of the year, as chosen by their peers. On May 3, Rotarian Gary
Saltsgiver presented each with a plaque and a check for $100.
Area resident and school board member, Tommy Hazouri was
also present to offer his appreciation to the teachers for their
service and commitment to their students and their profession.
The teachers honored this year are:
Loretto Elementary School -Andrea Van Horn
Greenland Pines Elementary School - Katy Nice
Mandarin Oaks Elementary School- Almarene Lowndes
Crown Point Elementary School - Brad Sevier
Bartram Springs Elementary School - Tracy Kluge
Mandarin Middle School - Winnie Richardson
Mandarin High School - Scott Price
Rotary Club of Mandarin would like to say thank you
for their exemplary service!


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Mandarin Garden's Club Yard of
the Month for May belongs to
Wendy and Chuck Smith and is
located in Ramsgate subdivision
located off Mandarin Road. Unless
you are a neighbor or a friend for-
tunate enough to have been invited
to their home you would not know
that behind their residence lies
an amazing colorful oasis enjoyed
by the Smiths year round. Their
delightful back yard is enclosed by
a wooden fence and aptly serves
as a safe habitat to many of their
feathered friends.
Preferring to spend their
leisure time in the enclosed area
behind their home, the Smiths
have concentrated on enhancing
their backyard as an outdoor living
area. Eleven years ago, the back-
yard was a "bare mud pit," says
Wendy Smith. Doing much of the
work themselves, the Smiths have
installed French drains to remedy
the problem of standing water
when it rains and have brought in
truckloads of soil and compost for
the installation of raised gardening
beds and sodding.
Perhaps influenced by their
love for their two Cockatoos-4 1
year old "Hoops" and 20 year old
"Max"- the Smiths have several
well-designed bird feeders and
birdhouses appropriately spaced
in the lawn to feed and provide a
safe haven for birds. A collection
of ceramic birdhouses accumulated
from a specialty shop in Massa-
chusetts are also installed on the
back wooden fence serving as bird
perches and decorative features in
the backyard.
A swimming pool and sauna
occupy the right side of the back
yard; a green lawn extends to the
left. Chimes hang from the covered
screened porch sounding in the


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An outdoor
kitchen, fully equipped with stain-
less steel appliances and elaborately
tiled cabinets, sits on tiled flooring
that expands into the outdoor din-
ing area. The floor was installed by
Wendy Smith.
"We do most of the work
ourselves," she says. "I was brought
up in a household where the kids
shared all tasks equally so my
brothers learned how to cook and I
learned construction."
Multilevel raised beds of
thriving pansies and impatiens in
composted soil enhance the out-
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