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Page 3 Whats New Page 4 School District Journal Page 5 From the City Council Members Desk Page 6 The Sheriff ReportsPage 7 Political Commentary Page 10 French Teacher of YearPage 12 Winter Celebration Page 13 Mandarin Womens Club Page 14 Third Thursday lecture Page 17 Greenland Pines Page 18 SJCS Brain Brawl Page 19 Veterans Day observedPage 20 Gardening Page 21 Faith News Purposeful Parenting Page 22 Jaguars update Page 23 Classi ed ads Page 24 Constitution Page 26 MHS Sports Page 27 Yard of the Month SERVING THE MANDARIN COMMUNITY SINCE 2006 Mandarin NewsLineSM Visit our online edition at www.mandarinnewsline.comMEMBER OF THE RT PUBLISHING GROUP OF COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS Mandarin NewsLine12443 San Jose Boulevard, Ste. 403 Jacksonville,FL 32223 What’s Inside Volume 6, Issue 3 December 2011Presorted Standard US Postage Paid Callahan, FL 32011 Permit No.4 Kings Trail Elementary School “ fth grade science teacher Ana MacReynolds not only teaches, but lives an alternate life as an angel. She rescues animals o the euthanasia list at out of town kill shelters. Her 501c3 non-pro“ t, Anas Angels, does not take unwanted animals from individuals; they direct their e orts to animals that are at a shelter and about to be put down. They o er a reprieve for an animal from an untimely death. They rescue the dogs and cats that other rescue groups have given up on, animals such as mutts and animals with disabilities, pit bulls, bull dogs, elderly pets or just ones that their beauty is in the eye of the beholder. These are the animals that have been at shelters the longest. Each Saturday morning, MacReynolds and her volunteers drive the groups van to the shelter to pick up animals. They bring them to the PetCo on San Jose Boulevard in Mandarin where they set up cages for dogs outside and cats inside. The reasoning for this mobile adoption center is that many potential pet owners wont drive to shelters They say the cowboys in the West were the ones who invented chili„that warm spicy stew we all love. But over here on the East Coast, weve got our own band of chili making enthusiasts. On Saturday, November 12, the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerces Mandarin Council hosted the 15th annual Mandarin Chili CookO This event is held every year as a fundraiser for local schools and charities, such as the Mandarin Food Bank, Junior Achievement and the Wounded The hypothesis was, Students will embrace science if their research is made fun?Ž Crown Point Elementary Principal Jayne OwensThompson pondered the question with the sta of teachers and created an experiment to test the hypothesis. On October 27, Crown Point Elementary became a laboratory for mad scientists.Ž Each student dressed up as their favorite scientist from history. There were lab coats, wigs, Crown Point becomes Mad ScientistsŽ labBy Karl Kennell Ginger Manning and class learn about sound and energy.white bathrobes; white tee shirts decorated bow ties and pocket protectors brisling with pens. Principal Owens-Thompson was not to be outdone by the Spicing things up at the Mandarin Chili Cook-O By Alexa Velez Roger Frank and his Ultimate Southwestern ChiliWarrior Project. The day of the cook-o was perfect„just cold enough to want a bowl of warm chili but not too cold to want to stay indoors. At 11:00 a.m., 14 eager contestants started ladling the chili, serving it to anyone who wanted to try their recipe and of course, hoping that their special concoction would please the judges taste buds. So it begs the question, what makes a good bowl of Foster families also neededAdopt the perfect pet with Anas AngelsBy Karl Kennellthat are out of the way. That creates a sad situation. Anas Angels is a no-kill shelter. They are safe with us,Ž MacReynolds said, We try to make the adoption process an emotionally enjoyable and rewarding one.Ž Anas Angels also sponsor dogs and cats at the shelters during the week, putting signs upon the animals kennels announcing that their adoptions have been paid for by Anas Angels. This is done in an e ort to get people to notice mixed breed pets. The group is in need of people to o er foster homes during the week for dogs and Ania Grzeszcza, Spencer Haywood, Perrin Fisher, Ana MacReynolds and Anya Yemelyanova Chili Cook Off cont on pg. 16 Anas Angels cont on pg. 8students. She spent Mad Scientist Day as the head mad scientist dressed in lab coat and bushy raven colored wig. While touring the schoolbecome laboratory, blatting, tooting and tweetingŽ was heard coming from the “ rst grade classroom of Ginger Manning. Manning was discovered leading her “ rst grade class in musical exercises with their in-straw-ments.Ž The class was learning about sound Mad Scientists cont on pg. 18 Check out our new web pages!Recipes Home & Garden Lifestyle Free Classied Ads!www.mandarinnewsline.com

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2011 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 3 What’s NewCommunity HappeningsDo you have community or club news you would like included in Mandarin NewsLine? Then contact Martie Thompson at: editor@mandarinnewsline.com or 886-4919. Share the season with holiday recipes that please the palate, without breaking the bank. Visit us in-store and online for easy, affordable recipes and entertaining tips that will save you money and time so you can focus on celebrating with friends and family. With this coupon receivevalid at whole foods market jacksonville only. not valid with any other offer or tm discount card. not redeemable for cash or gift cards. limit one coupon per customer. no copies, duplications or facsimiles will be accepted. PLU 30674 VALID Through December 31, 2011 I-95 I-295 San Jos e Blvd any $50 purchase $10 offwww.whol e f oodsm ar k et.com10601 SAN JOSE BLD 904-288-1100 Help stu the Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) Community Animal Hospitals holiday stocking and get a free picture with Santa on Saturday, December 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 8464 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville. Bring an item from the JHS Community Animal Hospital wish list at www. walmart.com/giftregistry/gr_detail.do?registry_id=80543021005 www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ registry.html?ie=UTF8&type=w ishlist&id=FGM52E53B6ZJ and JHS will take a free picture of your children or pets with Santa. All donations bene“ t the JHS Community Animal Hospital, a full-service, low-cost veterinary clinic opening in January. For additional information, please call 725-8766 or visit www. jaxhumane.org/cah. AARP Driver Safety Program for drivers 50 and older will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, December 13 and 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Memorial Hospital, located at 3625 University Boulevard South. The fee for AARP members is $12; non-members fee is $14. Participants must attend both days for certi“ cation to qualify for auto insurance discount. To register, please call 391-1320. The River City Womens Club will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, December 14, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the San Jose Country Club. A delicious holiday bu et will be served and the program will feature holiday music and singa-longs. The cost of the lunch is $21.50. Reservations are required by December 7. Please call 262-8719 for reservations or other information. The MOMS Club of Jacksonville/Mandarin-SE o ers support for stay at home and part-time working moms living in zip code 32258. With the club you will have enriching activities for you and your children, during the day when you need the most support. A sample of activities includes park days, beach days, monthly socials, playgroups and “ eld trips to the zoo and museums. For additional information, please email semandarinmoms@yahoo.com. The Italian American Club will have its annual Christmas Party on Friday, December 9 for members and their families. We will also have our annual New Years Eve Gala on December 31. We will accept reservations from non-members after December 16, so if you are interested, please e-mail pattykoch17@yahoo.com. Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo to all our Mandarin friends and neighbors. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! The Mandarin Chapter of AARP meets the third Friday of every month at 2:00 p.m. at Augustine Landing, located at 10141 Old St. Augustine Road. We are a non-pro“ t, nonpartisan membership organization, a liated with the national AARP. Our activities and programs are designed to help people age 50 and over improve the quality of their lives. Visitors are welcome! For additional information, please call 733-0516 or email alex9520@ comcast.net. Shu eboard is played on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. at Mandarin Park (south end of Mandarin Road) next to the tennis courts at the park entrance. Beginners are welcome. Just show up unless it rains. NAS Jacksonville Skin and Scuba Diving Club meets at 7:00 p.m. on the “ rst Wednesday of each month at the Ramada Inn, located at 3130 Hartley Road in Mandarin. The club is open to all divers and those who are interested in diving. For more information, please visit www.nasjaxscubadivers.org or contact the club president, Dave Martin at 413-8773. Sugar Arts Guild of North Florida meets monthly at the South Mandarin Library, located at 12125 San Jose Boulevard. We are an organization of sugar artists, cake designers and confectioners from Northeast Florida who enjoy getting together every month to visit, watch a demonstration and sample each others creations. Our purpose is to promote creativity and experimentation in cake decorating, sugar art, chocolate, pastries, candies and just about anything edible that can be done decoratively. We welcome anyone interested in meeting other sugar enthusiasts and swapping ideas and techniques to visit www. sagn” .blogspot.com for meeting dates.Whats New cont on pg. 4 RT Publishing, Inc. The CreekLine The Ocean Breeze Mandarin NewsLine Players JournalPublisher Rebecca Taus publisher@rtpublishinginc.comEditor Martie Thompson editor@rtpublishinginc.comAdvertising Sales, Linda Gay lg@rtpublishinginc.comAdvertising Sales, Josh Allen ja@rtpublishinginc.comGraphic Design, Brittany Lehmangraphics@rtpublishinginc.com RT Publishing, Inc. 12443 San Jose Boulevard Suite 403 Jacksonville, FL 32223 Ph: 904-886-4919 The Mandarin NewsLine Community Newspaper is a free monthly publication distributed via bulk mail to all addresses in Zip Codes 32223, 32258 and selected routes in 32257. Submission of articles and photographs are received by mail or email, although email to editor@rtpublishinginc.com is preferred. The writers opinions do not necessarily re”ect the opinion of RT Publishing, Inc. Advertising Rates are available by request. RT Publishing, Inc. is not responsible for advertisement content or accuracy of information provided by its advertisers. 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Page 4, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2011 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com VARSITY INSURANCE, INC. ARE YOUR INSURANCE RATES INCREASING? 268-6365 Working hard to win your insurance business. WE LOVE COMPETITION! Put us in the game!Don’t let “Big Insurance” keep us on the sideline!Serving Mandarin Since 1990 Offering investment advisory services as a representative of 0156581-00002-00 Prudential Financial Planning Services, a division of Pruco Securities, LLC. 3000 Hartley Road, Suite 7Jacksonville FL 32257904.260.3812 www.reburkecpa.com The CPA Never Underestimate the ValueRobert E. Burke, CPA 904-765-2020 904-272-2020 11790 San Jose Blvd 904-765-2020 904-276-2020 9047 65-2020 904-272-202 0 11790 San Jo se Blvd 9 04-765-2020 904-276-2020 LAWRENCE LEVINE, M.D. Pediatric Ophthalmology/ Eye Muscle SurgeryFind us onFacebook The Physicians & Surgeons of Clay Eye welcome their newest associate, Lawrence Levine, M.D.-Pediatric Ophthalmologist/Eye Muscle Surgery School District Journal By Contributing Writer Tommy Hazouri, School Board Representative, District 7The Bumble Bee circle of the Mandarin Garden Club will meet on Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. We will be making Holiday Garden Crafts. Children ages “ ve through 18 are welcome with an adult. Buzz by the club and join the fun! The December General Meeting of the All Star Quilters Guild will be held on Monday, December 19 at 9:30 a.m. in the First Christian Church, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard. The Christmas program will feature a decorated brown paper bag contest. Visitors are welcome. For more information, please contact Dot Butler at 642-6574 and visit us at www. orgsites.com/” /allstarquiltguild. Are you troubled by someones drinking? Al-Anon Family Groups can help. Let us share our experience, strength and hope. Join us every Monday night from 8:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the First Christian Church of Jacksonville, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard or visit us at www.jaxafg.org. The Mandarin Womens Club program for Thursday, December 15 will be La Fiesta Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all. As we enjoy the holidays and 2011 comes to a close, let us remember the happiness in our lives and the joyful memories of those persons and events past and present. This month we expect to receive our high school grades and our expectations are for continuous improvement throughout the county, Our turnaround and intervene schools are in a transition and with all of the assistance and resources, our focus on success for our students has never been more critical. And, while graduation rates are due any day, the district expects continuous improvement as the rates have climbed steadily the past four years. Absenteeism has dropped dramatically and the dropout rate, as a result of several new multiple pathway programs and the successful programs already in place, has declined from 4.8 percent in 2008-2009 to 2.2 percent in 2009-2010. I would be remiss to close the year without thanking our parents, PTAs, PTSAs, mentors, volunteers and business partners not just in Mandarin, but throughout the county for getting more involved in the successes enjoyed by all of our schools and students. Our teachers and sta deserve a special thanks of appreciation for their leadership, care, compassion and dedication to the students who continue to work hard in achieving the goals they are pursuing. Again, may 2012 be a healthy, prosperous and Happy New Year. Congratulations to Mandarin High Schools cross country girls and boys teams, who took “ rst place in junior varsity girls, junior varsity boys, varsity girls and varsity boys Gateway Conference meet. Important Dates: December 6: School Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Cline Auditorium, 1701 Prudential Drive December 7: Student Early Release Day December 19-21: Weather Days December 22-30: Winter Holiday (schools closed) December 23, 26: Winter Holiday (schools and district o ces closed) January 2: Winter Holiday (schools and district o ces closed) Thought for the Month: Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder, author The holiday season is a time for joy and celebration, but for victims of domestic violence holiday joy often seems more like a wish than a reality. Hubbard House shelters over 1,000 women, children and men annually. Victims and their children are provided with safe refuge, support and services that address their crucial needs in the midst of crisis. For the time victims stay in the shelter, Hubbard House becomes their home. With your help those staying in the Hubbard House Emergency Shelter can have an enjoyable holiday season. Hubbard House o ers a variety of holiday donation opportunities for you or your organization to help make the holidays brighter for families in crisis. Holiday Food Drive, November 1 December 31: Emergency shelter provides groceries to over 80 families to be able to prepare three meals daily, plus snacks. Unfortunately, due to the current economy and budget cuts, Hubbard House has seen a signi“ cant decline in food do-Share the gift of the seasonBy Contributing Writer Ashley Johnson Scott, Hubbard House staffnations. Please help us keep the Hubbard House pantry stocked with your donations of nonperishable food items. Holiday Toy Store, November 30 December 23: Two magical Holiday Stores are created within the Hubbard House shelter each year … a Mothers Store and the Childrens Store. The stores are stocked with new toys and gifts generously donated by individuals, families, associations and businesses. With this program, families currently in shelter or families who have recently left the shelter to pursue peace for their families, are given the opportunity to select gifts for their loved ones. This gives program participants the opportunity to know the joy of giving, even during crisis. Holiday Adopt-A-Family, December 12 … 16: With your generosity, up to 40 families from Hubbard House can have their holiday wished ful“ lled. Donors contribute gifts for an entire family. Hubbard House provides a speci“ c family pro“ le detailing family members needs, wants and toy requests. We recommend this option for our business partners due to the higher cost of shopping for a family. It is estimated that it will cost approximately $75$100 per person in the family. (Donations of wrapping paper, tape and bows are appreciated as well.) If you are interested in being involved by sharing holiday joy through any of our holiday programs please call 354-0076 ext 652, e-mail holidays@ hubbardhouse.org or visit www. hubbardhouse.org. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please contact the Hubbard House hotline at 354-3114 or (800) 500-1119.Visit www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.Quartet.Ž Neon lights, music and laughter come to mind when describing this foursome. All enjoy the art of barbershop and performing their favorite songs for enthusiastic audiences. The program will be held at the Ramada Inn, located at 3130 Hartley Road and doors open at 10:30 a.m. Club membership is open to all women. The price of the luncheon is $15.50 for members and $16.50 for non-members and reservations are required. For reservations, please call Iris at 268-2459 no later than December 10. The Garden Club of Jacksonville presents Home for the HolidaysŽ on Thursday, December 8 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Join us for a virtual home tour and lunch in the Grand Ballroom of the Garden Club of Jacksonville as we observe talented Northeast Florida Designers creating holiday decorations perfect for any home, plus an opportunity to win one of the beautiful arrangements! Advance ticket purchases only are on sale now for $18. The ticket deadline is Friday, December 1. For more information and tickets, please call 355-4224 or email gardenclubber@comcast.net.Whats New cont from pg. 3Got news?editor@mandarinnewsline.com

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2011 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 5 From the City Council Member’s DeskBy Contributing Writer Matt Schellenberg, City Council Member, District 6As of today, the Mayor was still in campaign mode. On July 15, he submitted his balanced budget, but since then not many decisions have been made or key positions “ lled. Several actions illustrate the point: Cindy Laquidara, the General Counsel, one of the most important jobs in city government, was asked to delay her return to private practice for 90 days starting on July 1, which she did. Unfortunately, due to the Mayors preoccupation with traveling and reorganizing city hall, he dropped the ball in two ways: First, he did not interview the new, interim general counsel, Mary Jarrett, until two days before Laquidara was set to leave. Jarrett was only set to be acting counsel for 60 days. Thirty-seven days into her 60-day position, the Mayor announced that Cindy Laquidara would be returning as General Counsel. I can tell you, it is very di cult to operate government when positions are being vacated, “ lled and re“ lled. Secondly and more devastatingly, after 126 days in o ce, the Mayor had still neglected his responsibility to appoint a “ ve-member searchŽ committee. Their job was to make recommendations to the Mayor on who should be General Counsel. Our city charter requires the Mayor to appoint this committee. Luckily, Laquidara returned to her position, which meant the committee was no longer necessary. But you cant rely on luck; the Mayor should have taken care of this on day one. Along these same lines, the Mayors chief of sta Chris Hand, a personal injury lawyer, is still working his previous job and wrapping up private cases. The Mayors chief of sta is a full-time position that provides an important gateway to the Mayors o ce. After this many months on the job, the Mayor should have a full-time chief of sta On another note, on November 8, the Mayor presented to the City Council a reorganization plan which he wants approved by the end of the year. I “ nd this timetable unrealistic. Changing our city governments organizational chart requires deliberate and thoughtful examination, which the City Council will do. But we will not be rushed! Especially since, as it appears after initial review, the reorganization plan unnecessarily expands the power of the Mayors o ce. Finally, in my opinion, the public/private partnershipŽ mantra is the new catch-all phrase to take money from good, hard working citizens and fund the priorities of government. Not only does the government take the money, but they then take the credit. The Mayor should focus on the proper priorities of government and quit using private funds to bankroll government agendas. Private money should be used for investment and growth which expands the economy. If the government would cut down on funding programs that are not the responsibility of government, then there would be no need to have the private sector funding programs that are the responsibility of government. Pray for our elected of“ cials. God Bless, Matt Schellenberg As of Sunday, November 6, landscape irrigation returned to no more than one day a week across the 18 counties of the St. Johns River Water Management District. Eastern Standard Time began November 6, marking the third year of district wide oneday-per-week watering restrictions during Floridas cooler months. Watering restrictions are designed to allow enough water to maintain healthy landscapes year-round and also to ensure the e cient use of water for landscape irrigation by specifying the days and time of day when watering may occur and the amount of water that may be applied. Conservation is among the most important strategies to help meet Floridas water supply needs for today and the future,Ž said Michael Register, director of the Districts Department of Regulatory Services. The majority of people in our District are doing their part to save water by adhering to the restrictions, recognizing that water conservation can be easy and making a tremendous impact on how much water is conserved. The e cient use of water can save thousands of gallons of water per month and often delivers money savings as well.Ž With more than half of commercial and residential water use occurring outdoors, mandatory watering restrictions are in place throughout the year within the Districts region to ensure the e cient use of water for lawn and landscape irrigation. Watering wisely promotes healthier lawns and landscapes and conserves Floridas water resources.One-day-a-week landscape irrigation now in e ectBy Contributing Writer Teresa H. Monson, St. Johns River Water Management DistrictDuring the warmer months of daylight saving time, irrigation is allowed up to twice a week. When Eastern Standard Time is in e ect, outdoor irrigation is limited to no more than one day a week on the following schedule: € Saturday at addresses that end in an odd number or have no address € Sunday at addresses that end in an even number € Tuesday at nonresidential addresses € No irrigation is allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. In addition, irrigation is limited to three-quarters of an inch of water per irrigation zone and to no more than one hour per irrigation zone. The restrictions apply to water withdrawn from ground or surface water, from a private well or pump or from a public or private water utility. Irrigation limitations apply to all landscape irrigation not currently regulated by a consumptive use permit, which typically includes residential, commercial and industrial establishments. Golf courses, plant nurseries, agricultural crops, and sports recreational areas generally have consumptive use permits that specify their irrigation limitations. When daylight saving time returns on March 11, 2012, landscape irrigation will return to the two-day-a-week schedule. More details and information about exceptions is available on the Districts watering restrictions web page. Why advertise: • Attract new customers • Encourage repeat business • Keep your business top of mind with shoppers • Give your business a successful image Start the New Year...on a high note! Let us help you start attracting NEW Customers for 2012!Mandarin NewsLine Your Community Newspaper904-886-4919www.mandarinnewsline.com An inside perspective of City Hall

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Page 6, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2011 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com The Sheriff Reports By Contributing Writer John H. Rutherford, Duval County Sheriff EXCELLENCE IN ELDER CARE PROGRAMS AND SERVICESCALL TODAY! (904)260-1818 11401 OLD ST. AUGUSTINE RD. | JACKSONVILLE, FL 32258WWW.RIVERGARDEN.ORG Providing personalized medical and skilled nursing care in a gracious residential settingAHCA 5 STAR RATED COMMUNITY for excellence in long-term careGOVERNORSGOLD SEAL AWARD5 time recipient Katherine B. Ashley, CPA, is a Certified DivorceFinancial Analyst who will: €Help you to understand the tax implications ofdivorce €Assist in developing detailed household budgets €Help you to protect your assetsYou need an advocate on your side who knows how toprotect your interests. Call Katherine at 268-7809 or email kashley@kbacpa.net for an appointment.Katherine B. Ashley,CPA,CDFA’3000 HartleyRd.,Suite 10 € Jacksonville,FL 32257 (904) 268-7809 € www.kbacpa.net Dont Let[Divorce]Kick Your Assets!taxes?ƒwhat should I do?finances?household budgets?questions? “Concerns about your drinking water?”Call the Water Treatment Company Jacksonville has trusted for over 20 Years. Straight answers No high pressure. 262 0197 3760 KORI RD. NOW Enrolling for our December Winter Camp Amy Barnett, Certied Riding Instructor by the American Riding Instructor Association (The only ARIA certied instructor in Jacksonville) Gingerbread Acres, LLC 12567 Aladdin Rd. Jacksonville, Florida 32223904-654-3561 Here are some safety tips provided by the JSO Community A airs Division: € When parking: roll-up the windows; lock the vehicle; take your keys with you. Dont leave garage door openers or house keys in your car. € Dont leave children or pets unattended in a car. € If you must keep anything in your car that identi“ es where you live, such as insurance cards or registration, make sure to lock the glove box or compartment where you store them, in addition to locking your car doors. € If shopping after daylight hours, park and walk in lighted areas. Shop with a friend if possible and not alone. Remember where you park! € Women: If someone grabs you, scream “ reŽ … this will get peoples attention and assistance more easily than help.Ž € Dont look vulnerable or distracted. Dont leave the store loaded upŽ with packages; dont fumble for your keys while walking; dont talk on the phone or text while moving through a parking lot or in and out of stores; remove earphones. Keep purses, handbags, backpacks close to your body. Be purposeful in your actions. € It is recommended that electronics purchases (or jewelry and other expensive items) be made last, if you are out shopping at multiple stores, so you do not have to store them in the car during other stops. € If you must leave valuable items in your car, place items out of sight before reaching your destination or move them inconspicuously. € Load your trunk when you leave a location „ never open a trunk, “ ll it full of valuables, close it, and then just walk away to do more shopping or other errands. € Thieves check glove compartments, behind seats, and under seats. It only takes a few seconds to check all the usualŽ hiding places in the car where people leave things. € Never think Ill just be a minuteŽ and leave a car unlocked or worse, leave the engine running. It takes just a few seconds to break into or steal a car. While out and about, present an alert appearance. Be aware of your surroundings; scan the area from time to time. Avoid concentrating so hard on shopping that you fail to keep track of your surroundings, others near you or your personal property. Shop with friends or relatives if possible; there is safety in numbers. As you shop, be alert in crowded places. Among pickpockets favorites are revolving doors, jammed aisles, elevators and public transportation stops and vehicles, especially at rush hour. Carry the days most expensive purchases closest to your body and dont carry so much you lose the ability to react quickly. If possible, leave your children with a baby-sitter while you are shopping. For holiday shopping, consider making arrangements with family or friends/neighbors and take turns baby-sitting. If you take your children with you, keep a close eye on them while shopping. Using debit or credit cards is much safer than carrying a lot of cash. If the vendors you will visit dont take cards, consider obtaining travelers checks which, unlike cash, can be replaced if lost or stolen. Visit ATMs only at well-lighted and populated locations; visit during daylight hours if possible. Using the drive-up is usually safer than walking up or into a facility. Remember to scan around you as you make your withdrawal. Many ATMs now have “ sheyeŽ mirrors mounted above the keyboard to enable you to view the entire surrounding area while conducting business; try to patronize ATMs so-equipped and use the mirror! If anyone is loitering or you dont like their looks, go to another ATM. Stand so that those behind you cannot see your PIN as you enter it; your PIN should never be written down on or carried with your ATM card. Be observant. Avoid dark areas, short-cuts, cul-de-sacs and suspicious persons. Stay near light and people. Be prepared to ” ee potential problems. If apprehensive about any location for any reason, leave. Consider carrying a whistle. Weapons are not recommended, and may be unlawful. At home: Harden the TargetŽ and dont be a victim of crimes of opportunity. € The holidays mean people are busy! Dont get careless. Garage doors should be kept closed, unless you working in it, or outside in the driveway or yard near the garage (within eyesight). Thieves drive through neighborhoods looking for open garage doors. € Do not display gifts under a tree in a front window for passing tra c to see, especially when you are not home. € Cars, even those parked at your home, should remain locked when not in use. € Keep your home lit when not occupied. € Have a trusted neighbor or friend take in your mail and paper when you are away. € There is power in numbers … Neighborhood Watch programs that alert their members about crimes of opportunity quickly become unattractiveŽ targets. € Remind your children not to share personal information on the internet (I just got a newƒŽ) and not in their text messages or on their social networking sites (I think were going on a trip for Christmas.Ž) Never share personal information, such as a home address, on unrestricted/nonsecure websites or pages. € And remember, banks do not ask for account veri“ cation via the internet. Those can be phishing messages. Do not open them and do not respond. € When receiving electronics or other valuable items (” at screen TVs; cell phones; computers; electronic games), make sure you break down the boxes and put them in a dark refuse bag before placing outside for trash pick up. Dont advertise your possessions. € Etch your drivers license number on all electronic devices. Record your serial numbers and place this list with your insurance documents. A ” oor safe or larger (heavy) “ re proof safe or safety deposit box is recommended. Small “ re boxes or safes can be easily carried from your home. Please call 630-2160 to join a Sheri s Advisory Council (ShAdCo) or visit jaxsheri .org to learn more!Celebrate the holiday season by donating to the library! Honor a loved one with your holiday contribution or simply spread some cheer by donating to your communitys best resource for lifelong learning. Suggested donation for new materials: $25 Childrens Book $25 Young Adult/Teen Book $25 Music CD $25 Film/Movie DVD $35 Adult Fiction or Non ction Book $45 e-Book $50 Audio Book $50 Reference Book Questions? Call 630-4637 or e-mail jpldev@coj.net.Give the perfect holiday gift Holiday safety tips

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Conventional and Jumbo Loans USDA Rural Developement Construction to Perm FHA and VA Loans Condo Loans Fixed or Adjustable Rates First Federal offers: Contact Wendy Hilton hiltonw@ffsb.com All loans subject to credit underwriting and approval. To see which Duval County Public Schools held a press conference in early November to announce that the funds have been raised to save wrestling, junior varsity soccer and slow-pitch softball for the 2011-12 school year. Thanks to the e orts of several individuals including Pat Fairfax, Mike Levine, Barry Dixon, Steve Satchell, Michael Goodman, David Bailey and Doug Alred, approximately $87,000 was raised to keep these sports in Duval County public schools. In order to save these programs, fundraisers were organized by these individuals to show support for their respective sport. I am very happy that due to the dedication of key in-Several more Duval County sports programs saveddividuals and organizations, we are able to continue these sports programs this year and our students will be able to participate in the activities they enjoy,Ž said Superintendent Pratt-Dannals. Students sometimes need a release from their academic studies and we are thrilled that despite the budget shortfall students will still have a positive way to express their energy.Ž Lacrosse is the one remaining sport program that is continuing to raise the money needed to be saved this school year. Several fundraisers have been held recently to try and secure the necessary funds that will allow this program to remain in schools for the 201112 school year.Merry Christmas! Yes, Merry Christmas! Not Happy Holidays! Or even worse, Happy Winter Festival! The annoying argument will come up again this Christmas season as to whether it is more politically correct wishing everyone Merry Christmas!Ž or Happy Holidays!Ž When was the last time you heard any reasonable person say they were offended by being wished a Merry Christmas!? Jacksonvilles usually spineless school board eradicated the December Christmas break for public schools years ago, replacing it with Winter break. In the ultimate act of hypocrisy, they still time Winter break around Christmas, but refuse to acknowledge the Christmas holiday. Store clerks, who happily take our money during the busy Christmas season usually say, Happy Holidays!Ž when our transaction is completed. They almost always give a nice smile when you return with Merry Christmas!Ž or the alternate, Its okay to wish me a Merry Christmas!Ž While the Christmas season is a time to re” ect on many things, one of the most important is those who would have us live in a completely secular world, without acknowledgment of religious observances. Thats been unsuccessfully tried before … in the now-departed Soviet Union. Our morals and ethics dont evolve from secular teachings, but from the non-secular world. While we always want separation of church and state, that mainly applies to having a national Political commentaryNo reasonable person is o ended by Merry Christmas!ŽBy J. Bruce Richardsonreligion or a particular faith recognized by the government as the only choice. The Middle East continues to grapple with this concept as more Middle Easterners seek freedom from their religious persecutors demanding strict adherence to single teachings and sharia law. We wish them well, but hope they dont go as far as the politically correct class in the United States who are afraid to o endŽ any one person in any way. The politically correct class would rather o end entire groups of people … such as Christians … than have one atheist feel uncomfortableŽ by seeing a Christmas tree. To them, pluralism only works in one direction. The rights of each of us end at the point the rights of the person next to us begin. In the unbalanced politically correct world, the rights of those opposed to us enjoying the Christmas season far outweigh the rights of those wishing to celebrate Christmas. As a nation, we have regular elections. If a majority dont like the way government is doing something, we have the ability to change through peaceful means. If those in o ce wish to preside over a Christmas season or a Buddhist Songkran season, thats okay as long as the voters approve. If the voters dont like it, take those in charge out of power and replace them with someone who believes as you do and will follow the law. Jacksonvilles school board is long due for change on this issue; they fret and worry more about keeping a very few happy than a majority. Merry Christmas!Ž to everyone celebrating Christmas. Happy Holidays!Ž to those not wishing to celebrate Christmas. Bah, Humbug!Ž to those wishing to abstain. To everyone, Happy New Year! J. Bruce Richardson, a resident of Jacksonville, has created many successful marketing, advertising, public relations, fundraising and political campaigns. A former newsroom sta er of the late Jacksonville Journal, Mr. Richardson has an educational background in management and “ nance. His column appears monthly in Mandarin NewsLine. Everybody reads Mandarin NewsLine Shouldn’t your ad be included?886-4919

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Page 8, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2011 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com 10790 Old St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257www.emeritus.comAssisted Living License #8789 Choose a better quality of life... Come home to Emeritus at Mandarin Emeritus at Mandarin is the smart choice for seniors who would like to make life easier and more rewarding: FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE Experience Emeritus at Mandarin! Call us today and well be happy to schedule a tour and answer your questions. 904.260.0800 An Emeritus Senior Living Community Apartments Starting at $1900 Open House Saturday December 3rd & 17th From 9am to 4pm The hiring of an attorney is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements. Attorneys & Counselors at Law 10151 Deerwood Park Blvd 904-371-3536 Modication and/or Enforcement of Court Orders For many individuals, the entry point into a health care experience begins in the emergency center. To enhance that experience for patients, Baptist Medical Center South opened the expansion of its Emergency Center on November 14. The 20,000 square foot, $11 million project more than doubles the Emergency Center in size. The expansion adds 16 private patient rooms, bringing the total number of rooms in the Emergency Center to 33. The expansion also adds three new triage rooms, where patients are typically brought upon arrival so that their individual needs may be assessed. A new triage work area will aid in the rapid evaluation of patients and will allow for the centralization of blood draws, EKGs and the starting of IV ” uids. We have experienced tremendous growth in the number of patients who are looking for another choice for their emergency care,Ž said Matthew Rill, MD, medical director of Baptist Souths Emergency Center. We are seeing patients traveling from the Northside and the southern parts of St. Augustine. This additional space will help improve our ability to rapidly assess patients and decrease their wait times.Ž In 2010, more than 41,000 visits were made to the Baptist Medical Center South Emergency Center and that number is expected to increase with the additional capacity. The new, larger facility will accommodate up to 70,000 visits per year. The layout of the new space is divided up into two, eight-room care clusters, each with a dedicated nursing station, equipment and sta ,Ž said Michael Aull, RN, MSN, CEN, director of Emergency Services. We will be able to streamline processes and communication, creating the best experience possible for our patients.Ž There are examination rooms specially equipped for pediatrics, orthopaedics, obstetrics/gynecolo-Emergency Center expansion now opengy and psychiatric care. All rooms are private and include a bedside monitor with 12-lead EKG capability for heart monitoring and a 27Ž ” at-screen television. The hospital utilizes an electronic medial record for improved patient safety. Emergency Center nurses, other caregivers and sta will have portable laptop computers for bedside documentation and information-sharing with patients. Baptist Souths Emergency Center is a certi“ ed Stroke Center and an accredited Chest Pain Center. The hospitals new cardiac catheterization lab, which opened in September 2011, allows the hospital to care for those patients who need diagnostic catheterizations and peripheral vascular studies. The second phase of construction will recon“ gure the reception and registration areas and relocate the security o ce closer to the emergency center entrance. This phase is scheduled to begin in late November and should be “ nished in early spring. The Emergency Centers expansion also includes shelled-in space for future growth.Please join Councilman Matt Schellenberg on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 6:00 p.m. Loretto Elementary School Mini Auditorium 3900 Loretto Road To discuss issues facing District 6 (Mandarin) This meeting is open to the public For more information please call 630-1388Town Hall Meeting Jim Taylor provides TaylorMade Solutions Call me at 904-705-1692 or TaylorMade4You@bellsouth.net to discuss how I can provide Solutions tailor-made for You.Managerial Accounting ServicesOver 30 years experiencePersonal & Business Income Tax PreparationFormer Internal Revenue Agent & Lic. to practice before the IRS Excel Spreadsheet Design, Training, & Support QuickBooks Set-Up, Training & SupportYear End is fast approaching. Call me now to review your QuickBooks setup, financials and year-end payroll & 1099s. cats. This helps keep the animals out of the shelter and give the opportunity to show them again on the next Saturday and “ nd them a permanent home. MacReynolds is quick to say, We always will do a foster home situation for up to two weeks so a potential adopter can make sure it is the right “ t for them.Ž That makes a win-win situation for the potential adopter and the animal. The pet gets out of the shelter for a week or two and the potential adopter gets to try a pet with no strings attached to see if it is a good “ t. Volunteers are needed to help hold dogs on Saturdays, clean cat cages one morning or evening a week and as dog transporters. Used blankets and towels are needed for the dogs at the shelter so they wont be lying on concrete. The group always needs canned dog and cat food, cat litter, used cat carriers, dog crates, leashes, collars and any of the things associated with a pet. Since its beginning, Anas Angels has adopted out over 1,600 pets. MacReynolds passion for pets and her e orts for this cause began when she worked at a vets o ce where she was taking pets home with her. She fed kittens at night while studying for her college exams. She has now directed her passions through Anas Angels.Anas Angels cont from pg. 1

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What better way to get in the mood than to attend their initial o ering The MessiahŽ on Saturday December 3 at 8:00 p.m.? This wonderful and inspiring masterpiece by Handel was “ rst performed in Dublin in 1742 and is to this day one of the most famous oratorios ever written. Telling the greatest story ever told, using passages from the Bible, it will be performed by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with soloists Sarah Jane McMahon, Rebecca Ringle, Matt Boehler and Matt Morgan. The following day, Sunday December 4 at 3:00 p.m., the Symphony will present the immortal choral ballet, Gift of the Magi.Ž The story follows a young married couple, very much in love, but facing dif“ cult times. At Christmas, each makes a generous sacri“ ce to give the other a special gift. The EncoreCelebrate the holidays with musicBy Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville Universityperformance will feature dancers from Jacksonville University and the Fleming Island High School Womens Chorus. On December 9 at 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., December 10 at 8:00 p.m. and December 11 at 3:00 p.m., you can once again enjoy holiday favorites with the orchestra and chorus plus tenor Benjamin Brecher, who brought the house down in last seasons Celtic Celebration.Ž On December 12 a free holiday concert will be presented by the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. A complete change of pace will occur on December 16 at 8:00 p.m., December 17 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. and December 18 at 2:00 p.m., when the activities will switch to the Moran Theater where the beloved ballet The NutcrackerŽ will be featured. A Symphony tradition for many years, it will feature as always, local young dancers in the magical tale. On December 20 at 8:00 p.m., another event will take place at the Moran Theater. This one will feature one of todays most acclaimed contemporary Christian artists, Michael W. Smith, performing with the Symphony and the UNF Chamber Singers in a heartwarming presentation of Christmas favorites which are sure to delight the whole family. Finally, to close out the month and 2011, Ring out the Old and Ring in the NewŽ with conductor Fabio Mechetti and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Last years inaugural bashŽ was such a success, that the idea of presenting a concert, party and “ reworks to celebrate the New Year is becoming a new tradition! Tickets and additional information on all these events can be obtained at 354-5547 or on the web at JaxSymphony.org. I might add that another free Jacksonville Symphony Ensemble concert of special local interest, entitled Cover the Town with Sound,Ž will take place on January 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the San Juan De Rio Catholic Church in St. Johns.Mandarins River Garden Hebrew Home is non-sectarian, mission-driven,Ž with a 65year history of excellence in elder care programs and services,Ž maintains Martin A. Goetz, chief executive o cer. He emphasizes the nonsectarian agency provides longterm care, Alzheimers/dementia care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, adult day care, independent living and case management. As a “ ve-time recipient of the Florida Governors Gold Seal Award for Excellence in LongTerm Care and “ ve-star ratings by regulatory authorities, we have consistently been identi“ ed as the areas pre-eminent provider of elder care programs and services,Ž Goetz remarks. Mindful of this, River Garden chaplain Rabbi Mark Wieder must serve residents from diverse religious and ethnic backgroundsŽ while being supportive of Jewish identity, informed by Jewish values.Ž He asks himself: How do we live a life of respect for the inherent dignity of every person?Ž Rabbi Wieder considers Judaic precepts on treating seniors with dignity, particularly for International Human Rights Day (December 10). The Human Rights Day Declaration was drafted between January, 1947 and December 10, 1948 to form a basis for human rights globally and was a signi“ cant change of direction from events during World War II and colonialism rife at the time.Ž Treatment of River Garden elders is ostensibly based on an extensive Resident Bill of Rights,Ž but the Jewish connection and valuesŽ are more simple and basic, Rabbi Wieder asserts. Were told in Exodus and in Deuteronomy, Honor your father and your mother. All rights ” ow out of this pre-How do we dignify every person?By Contributing Writer Herb Drillcept,Ž including being treated with consideration, respect, dignity; being granted privacy; not being discriminated against, and having a voice in decisions.Ž Another basicŽ Jewish precept is humans are created betselem Elohim, in Gods image.Ž This doesnt mean we resemble God physically, but rather that we have the potential for creativity, wholeness, godliness.Ž Seeing the spark of the Divine in everyone, whether a resident, client, family member or sta er, reminds us to treat everyone with special consideration.ŽMandarins Herb Drill is a career journalist (herbert.drill@gmail. com). 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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2011 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 11 Pat WanasNew York trained haircolor specialistSenior colorist in well-known salon in trendy Manhattan area now here in Jacksonville to make you beautiful! 50% off haircut with any color service $10 off women’s cut $5 off men’s cut 904 868 0886 CCA, a K-12 school, oers college-prep curriculum that includes ne arts, sciences, and competitive athletics. New name, same commitment. CCA, formerly Mandarin Christian School, is continuing the 16-year tradition of a quality education in a caring, loving Christian environment. Campus Tour & Informational MeetingDec. 9 and Jan. 13 9:00 A.M.Please RSVP to 904.268.8667 for the date of your choice. ...MORE THAN A COLLEGEPREP PRIVATE SCHOOL CHRISTS CHURCH ACADEMY K-1210850 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville 904-268-8667www.ccajax.orgAccredited by: FCIS, ACSI, FKC, SACS Holiday happenings have a way of bringing out sparkling eyes and happy smiles. Jacksonville residents are fortunate to have nearby access to destinations with special events that others must travel thousands of miles to see. With the kids o from school, consider the following day trips for an enchanted holiday outing. Sea World amusement park in Orlando runs The Polar Express Experience until early January. In previous years, I climbed aboard their magical train with my grandchildren and delighted in a ride that was incredibly authentic to the book. In this case, however, the North Pole showcases Beluga whales and the e ect is quite magical. For Floridians, ICE at Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee brings a winter wonderland to life. The resort is transformed into a frozen walk-through park with hand-carved ice sculptures and buildings. This years frosty theme is Shrek the HallsŽ and kids and teens join the fun slipping down ice slides and frolicking in a snowball park. Be sure to bring hats and gloves; parkas are provided. Holidays in History on Jekyll Island features the historic district decorated in Christmas grandeur and special themed tours take guests back in time the Clubs gilded era. They dont rush the season, so the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival doesnt happen until the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Visit for storytelling, caroling and craft workshops as well. On St. Simons Island the King and Prince Resort decorates their lobby with a 21 foot tree and a fantastic display of Holiday events for travelersBy Contributing Travel Writer Debi Lander, www.bylandersea.comgingerbread houses. St. Augustines Night of LightsŽ holiday extravaganza continues past the holidays to the end of January. Drive down to Americas oldest city and gaze at over two million white lights shining from downtown buildings, trees and the bridges. And neighboring Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church celebrates by presenting an elaborate live nativity called A Bethlehem Visit. This year the event involves over 200 local volunteers and is set for 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12. Wherever your plans take you, I wish you safe travels and happy holidays.Excitement was in the air as close to 200 Northeast Florida Realtors and guests attended the Durbin Crossing Celebrate Success Realtor Event in early November. The evening cocktail event, held at the South Amenity Center in Durbin Crossing, provided Realtors with networking opportunities and the chance to learn more about the communitys premier builders. Realtors were honored for contributing to the tremendous success of Durbin Crossing and for making it one of the fastest selling communities in Northeast Florida. This was the perfect opportunity to say thank you to our Realtors for their hard work,Ž said Jason Sessions, Sessions Development. Its also a great way for Realtors to personally meet and get up-todate on the latest information from Durbin Crossings premier builders.Ž Builders who participated in the event included Advantage Homes, Dream Finders Homes, Drees Homes, D.S. Ware Homes, Holder Johnson Homes, Mattamy Homes, Mercedes Local community hosts Celebrate Success realtor eventHomes, Providence Homes, Richmond-American and Ryland Homes. We enjoy a special relationship with the areas top Realtors. We appreciate them so much and never take for granted that they choose Durbin Crossing to bring their clients to,Ž said Susan Wood of Wood Development.Developers Catherine Kincaid, Jason Sessions, Rick Wood, Susan Wood at the Celebrate Success event. The builders in Durbin Crossing have reason to celebrate as they reported outstanding sales in 2011. Durbin Crossing has been the fastest selling community in recent quarters according to Metrostudy, the nations leading provider of housing statistics. St. Johns County continues to be the leader in North Florida for new home starts. Please join us for Holiday Worship Services ALL are WelcomeMandarin Location 6595 Columbia Park Court 32258Christmas Eve Services, Saturday, December 24 at 4:00 and 6:00 pm Christmas Day Service Sunday, December 25 at 9:30 amBaymeadows Location 7860 Southside Blvd 32256Christmas Eve Services, Saturday, December 24 at 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 pm Christmas Day Service, Sunday, December 25 at 11:00 am Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church Mandarin NewsLine is YOUR Community Newspaper! Send us your community news!editor@mandarinnewsline.com

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Page 12, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2011 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com WhenInnovation AndTradition Come Together, Educational Excellence Is Taken To A Whole New Level WhenInnovation AndTradition Come Together, Educational Excellence Is Taken To A Whole New Level Smart Boards provide 21st century learning experience Skyping provides global connectiveness, expanding the classroom beyond the walls of the school Students learn to create digital work portfolios and use cutting edge technology Breakout sessions promote small group discussions and improve comprehensionBilingual education stimulates brain developmentNow accepting applications for the 2012 school yearFinancial assistance and the LIFT tuition grant are availableFor more information or to schedule a tour, call 904-268-4200, ext. 147Visit us in Mandarin or online at www.mjgds.org Lindell & Farson, P.A.Attorneys At LawConveniently Located in South Mandarin 12276 San Jose Blvd., Suite 126 Jacksonville, FL 32223-8630904-880-4000 www.lindellfarson.com J. 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Eventually, to the North Poles distress, kids grow up and lose their faith in Old St. Nick. They decide that he never existed and theyre too mature to believe in such a childish fable. Several of you can probably relate to this scenario, but how do we keep the spirit of Santa Claus in our hearts so that we see the difference between being childlike and childish? Most teens have several memories of Santa Claus that they deeply cherish. Amanda Velez, age 16, remembers when she left out milk and cookies for Santa as well as treats for the reindeer. When I was in kindergarten, my sister and I used to get oatmeal, stu it into little bags, and put it in our shoes for the reindeer to eat,Ž she recalls. Of course, they wrote St. Nick a letter every year. We said what we wanted for Christmas, and asked how the reindeer and Mrs. Claus were doing.Ž Being the middle child, Velez enjoyed celebrating and spreading her Christmas spirit with her older sister and younger brother. It was magical when Christmas time would come around. We would set up the tree and think I cant wait for Santa Claus to come.Ž How does she feel about Santa Claus now? I guess I like the feeling of Santa Claus giving gifts to people.Ž Another teen, Heather White, age 17, has similar memories of Santa Claus. My mom, brother and I would bake cookies and pour a glass of milk for Santa. For the reindeer I used to leave out a bag of oats with confetti in the yard.Ž Her biggest Christmas memory, however, was the year she received a castle from old St. Nick. One year, I wished for a castle and, on Christmas morning, there was a play castle in the back yard that my friends, brother and I could climb on,Ž White shares. Although shes not a believer anymore, White says she Youth SceneDo you believe?By Megan Crawfordstill appreciates the conceptŽ of Santa Claus. I see him as more of a thought; a person being giving and reminding everyone to be thankful.Ž Whether you believe or not, the thought of Santa Claus caring enough about someone to make sure they have a wonderful holiday is enough to put a smile on anyones face. Seeing a little childs happiness reminds those 13 and older to release their inner child. Its as if Santa gives the gift of innocence to all the good teenagers and adults every year. Perhaps if we keep an open mind and heart, Santa Claus will continue to check o our grown up Christmas lists. Winter Celebration in Mandarin, a festival that draws more than 1,000 visitors each year, begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 3, with the Mandarin Presbyterian Childrens Choir, followed by the Jacksonville Community Band. The afternoon will be “ lled with original folk music and traditional tunes by well-known local musicians. The event, now in its 12th year, is sponsored by the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society. It will be held at the Walter Jones Historical Park, located at 11964 Mandarin Road. The musical lineup is terri“ c,Ž said Fred Hulett, society president. We hope people will come and stay awhile to listen to the performances and enjoy all the other activities on a historic homestead on the banks on the St. Johns River.Ž Hayrides, train rides, historical reenactors, nature crafts, games and, of course, Santa return again this year, Hulett said. Ron Parks of Middleburg will exhibit his replica of the H.L. Hunley, the Confederate submarine that was sunk in Charleston in 1864. Crafts include bulb planting by a master gardener and art projects by the Art League of Jacksonville. Costumed reenactors add to the old-fashioned atmosphere, said Karen Roumillat, event coordinator. Victorian Ladies of the Golden Teacup will teach participants how make a new ornament. Lindsay Schwieterman Fait, Mandarins Harriet Beecher Stowe,Ž will perform as the famous author and abolitionist. Were excited to welcome four students as our newest reenactors,Ž Roumillat said. Piper McInall, 15, daughter of Janet and Steve McInall of Fruit Cove, will be our “ rst reenactor of the Spanish Colonial period in the 1740s in St. Augustine. Mandarin Middle School seventh graders Adam and Olivia Rhoads, 13, twins whose parents are Koren and Greg Rhoads of Mandarin and Michelle Fetzer, 12, daughter of Julie and Dirk Fetzer, will Winter Celebration coming to Mandarinbe children in the Jones family who grew up on the early 1900s homestead. Baton twirlers from Phenomenon Twirlers will also perform. Mandarin Garden Club and Duval County Master Gardeners will have displays. The Mandarin Museum will be open all day. The 1875 farmhouse will open at 12:30 p.m. The societys annual collectible ornament this year depicts historic Mandarin Road with the horse trough in the middle. Roumillat said it will be sold for $5 in the museum gift shop. Park admission is free. Tickets for the hayrides and train rides are $2 each. All proceeds support the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society. Parking is available at the Mandarin Presbyterian Church across the street. For more information and a full schedule of events, please visit www.mandarinmuseum.net.Ladies of the Golden Teacup Victorian reenactors teach children and adults how to make holiday ornaments. Julington Creek Annual Light ParadeSaturday, Dec. 3 6:30 p.m.Starting at Julington Creek Bridge

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Comparing contrasting cultures divided by time but not by place was never more evident as when on November 4 the travel group of the Mandarin Womens Club (MWC) journeyed to Fernandina Beach for their monthly adventure. The fun began when Pat and Chuck Panella of Amelia Island Plantation graciously welcomed the group for a tour of their private residence. Co ee and pastries were ready for enjoying as was the chance to wander through the beautiful surroundings, inside and out. Nestled amongst giant oaks, architecturally designed with meandering walkways and ” owing waterways, the house was right at home on the bank of a large freshwater lake. The interiors were expansive and elegant yet homey, full of visual surprises and thoughtful detailing, with the perfect Mandarin Womens Club visits historic Fernandina BeachBy Contributing Writer Tess Hart-Ross, Mandarin Womens Clubinterior layout for entertaining and large family gatherings. The Panellas congeniality almost made us forget we were just visiting! The next stop, the Amelia Island Museum of History, highlighted the sharp contrast of the areas past and present. How mind-expanding it was to travel from the most modern of residences to the recreation of a Timucuan Indian village„and how fortunate for the visitors that our remarkable hostess, not only being on the museums board, is also an entertaining, eloquent tour guide. One hour and 400 years of Indians, Spanish and French invaders, pirates and local lore later, the group reassembled for lunch in downtown Fernandina and declared the day another successful outing. The Mandarin Womens Club is a social club, giving all women of the area the opportunity for meeting new friends, learning new things and sharing the enjoyment of northeast Florida. Some of the many activities include day trips, antiquing, as well as Bunco, bridge and Mah Jongg gatherings. For more information, please call Kay at 5212524. For required reservations for the monthly luncheon/program, held the fourth Thursday of most months at the Ramada Inn, please contact Iris at 268-2459.Mrs. Baltars and Mrs. Toths eighth grade classes from St. Josephs Catholic School helped the Mandarin Food Bank by collecting food for needy families for the holidays. The students gave out bags to the parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church on October 22 and 23 for their service project. Each bag had a list of food wanted from the Mandarin Food Bank. The next weekend the students came back to collect the bags “ lled with food. The eighth graders, their parents and teachers loaded up trucks with the bags and drove to the food bank. The donated food was then sorted out by A Helping Hand: St. Josephs 8th grade food driveBy Contributing Writers Madeline Arlinghaus and Zoe Smolios, St. Josephs Catholic School the food bank volunteers. The food bank workers said that this was the most that they have ever collected, considering they had to take up both sides of the food bank! One of the eighth graders, Tressa Bleau, said, Working the food drive was fun because you got to work with your friends and do a good deed at the same time.Ž The Mandarin Food Bank helps families yearround. They make sure that everyone, including the less fortunate, is fed for the holidays and they give out over 450 turkeys around Thanksgiving. Make sure you donate to the Mandarin Food Bank!

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This years theme is La Revolucion. Revolution can be something that sparks change, but it also means a circular motion. Its almost a paradox when a writer puts these two ideas together, literally or “ guratively. I love the theme this year because there are so many ways one can interpret it,Ž says 12th grader Renee Reneau. Adds creative writing major After recently turning 84, most people dont strike out on a new mission„yet that is exactly what Sarah Bailey has done. She is not sitting idly by resting on her laurels as St. Johns County Commissioner from 1984 to 1992 or having a notable history in Florida State agriculture. She was named the Woman of the Year in Agriculture for the State of Florida in 1993. An avid horsewoman, she has journeyed trails throughout Florida and seen some remarkable scenery. Yet she says, Northeast Florida is blessed with some of the most remarkable and special natural features in Florida.Ž Her mission now is to bring public awareness and care to those natural blessings. For years Julington Creek, Durbin Creek, the Peninsula and Twelve Mile Swamp have been under constant pressure from the burgeoning development and growth of both Duval and St. Johns counties. At a recent Third Thursday Lecture hosted by the Mandarin Historical Society at the Mandarin Community Center, she summarized to the audience her new mission to preserve these natural resources. She outlined the forces that are attacking these watersheds, things such as septic tanks, aggressive development invasion and extreme recreational activities. Her plan is to gather people together to expand awareness of the problems and develop e orts to pressure these areas and mitigate damage already done. As a result she has formed the Julington-Durbin Creeks Conservation Foundation or J-DCCF. The foundation has the mission of being dedicated to the conservation of its water resources, shore and water habitats, recreational uses, and Ameris Bank launched its second annual Helping Fight HungerŽ initiative during the month of October and collected 152,843 nonperishable food items and $8,986 in donations. Ameris Bancorp pledged to match each item donated with a like food item or the monetary equivalent. With the support of this match, a total of 157,843 non-perishable food items and $121,148 in cash donations was donated to local food banks throughout the southeast. In the Jacksonville area, a total of 9,590 items and $4,774 in donations was donated to Lutheran Social Services through Second Harvest North Florida, the Mandarin Food Bank, Clara White Mission, Abundant Joy Christian Fellowship, Inc. and Green Cove Springs Food Pantry.Sarah Bailey starts new preservation missionBy Karl Kennellits surrounding watersheds.Ž This foundation is modeled on a very successful foundation formed in Sanibel-Captiva, Florida. Following their example, Bailey wants to work to identify the problems, create a plan and access resources for preservation. Many grants for preservation go by the wayside for lack of pursuit,Ž she says. She describes herself by saying, Im not a professional but just an individual with a passionate interest in this e ort.Ž She is looking for other individuals who are willing to come forward and help preserve our creeks. She says the plan is for two annual meetings with committees formed to meet on a more regular basis. If you see yourself joining Sarah Bailey as she strikes out on this mission, you can reach her by calling 287-1763. She extended an open invitation to come talk with any group that is interested in learning more about the creeks and the Julington-Durbin Creeks Conservation Foundation. After all, what better way to start something than by having a person with years of experience and commitment begin the journey?Youth Arts UpdateEnjoy original student work at Co ee HouseBy Danielle WirsanskyBrittany Soder, [The theme] makes people connect over a single broad idea and showcase multiple perspectives. Its just cool.Ž Any DA student can audition, as long as the content of their piece is original and related to the theme. Dancers choreograph pieces, musicians compose their own selections and writers get the chance to collaborate with all the other arts departments. Says 12th grader Julia Fluker, It is the most raw re” ection of what Douglas Anderson has to o er.Ž While the school has other showcases of student work from the larger and better known Extravaganza to the smaller, cozier Kaleidescope or Noodlerama performances held by the school, Co ee House stands out as a one of a kind exhibition. Reneau says, Its the departments one chance to showcase work to the entire school. Our quarterly readings dont have the biggest turnout and the bi-annual writers festival is on the pricey side. Co ee House draws everyone to come and enjoy work from our artists hearts. It never disappoints.Ž Mandarin NewsLineYOURCommunity Newspapereditor@mandarinnewsline.com

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Page 16, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2011 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com traditionalists playing the wild card with the beans. James Harden and his wife believe that lentil beans are the secretŽ to a ” avorful chili. No matter how you make it or what ingredients you swear by, one thing is for certain: Making chili is an art,Ž according to judge Tommy Hazouri, former Mayor of Jacksonville. Each contestant received a certi“ cate of participation and a bottle of wine. First place went to Joyce Anderson. In addition to a $500 check, she received a trophy decked out in ” ames. Second place went to Amy Hagler, who received a check for $200 as well as a trophy. With winter right around the corner, it is the perfect time of year to gather with friends and loved ones around a nice warm pot of chili. Hey, if the cowboys out in the Wild West could do it, whats stopping us from raising our spoons and stirring things up here on the East Coast? 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In 2010, Phillippi was approached by Pastor Jason Cullum regarding three di erent Eagle Scout project opportunities, one of which was for a ” ag pole for the church„ Phillippi quickly accepted this project. The e ort took him approximately 10 months with well over 700+ hours planning and coordinating. He did presentations all over town seeking contributions, including the Mandarin Council, downtown with the Jacksonville City Council, his church, several classes, emails, internet research, phone calls, letters, personal visits to doctors, car dealerships, Home Depot, Lowes, family and friends. He made a goal to complete the project by Veterans Day 2011. The cost of the project was $3000 for the ” ag pole, American ” ag and Christian ” ag, concrete, dusk-to-dawn lights to illuminate the pole at night, wiring, conduit, hedges and various materials to accomplish the project. He had about 20 scouts and adult leaders and friends assist him on October 28 and Eagle Scout project completed in time to honor veteransBy Contributing Writer Dean Phillippi ASM / Chaplain Troop 101, NFC 29 and then he planned to coordinate the initial raising of the ” ag for Christs Church of“ cially on Veterans Day. He owes a lot of thanks to everyone who contributed, including Buchanan Signand-Flag, Florida Rock, Home Depot, Atlas Manufacturing Company, our Councils, VFWs and American Legions. On Veterans Day, in honor of all the veterans and his devotion for Christs Church and for his community, Phillippi, along with Boy Scout Troop 101 led by Scout Master Walter Carter, was able to successfully raise the American ” ag and the Christian ” ag. Also in attendance were Phillippis father, Assistant Scout Master/Chaplain Dean Phillippi, his mother Linda Phillippi, several other scout leaders, Pastor Jason Cullum, Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Schellenberg who presented Phillippi with a plaque for the ” ag pole, VFW Post Commander Arden Battle who presented Phillippi with the VFW Cross of MaltaŽ pin, American Legion members, church members, community members and his family and friends. Bag pipes were played during the celebration. This Christs Church Veterans Day celebration and ” ag raising was also broadcast live on TV. Phillippis goal is to accomplish his Eagle Scout Award in January or February 2012. Chili Cook Off cont from pg. 1chili? According to executive chef Robert Tulko, who has been judging the Mandarin Chili Cook-o for “ ve years, when it comes to chili, it must cater to the audience. But everyone has their own opinion about what makes great chili. Lets hear what some of the contestants had to say. Participating for the “ rst time in the cook-o Chef Cheryl and cooking partner Ross both agree that the secret to a good bowl of chili is just the right amount of heat. It cant be too spicy.Ž Kitlima Begier, also a “ rst time contestant, says otherwise. Its not always the heat. Its the “ rst bite that counts.Ž Roger Frank and his wife claim that when it comes to spiciness, chili should give you ” avor, a little bit of heat, but no punishment.Ž But there is more to chili than just spice, of course. The secret could also lie in the beans. Debbie Bullinger, with her Hot Diggity Dog Chili recipe, believes dark red kidney beans are the key to a good bowl of chili. Then there are the non-Many thanks to all the great chefs who competed in the Chili Cook Off! Mandarin NewsLineYOURCommunity Newspapereditor@mandarinnewsline.com

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2011 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 17 APPOINTMENT 904.264.KIDS264KIDS.COM CALL OR VISITUS ONLINE TO ANSCHEDULE San Jose Blvd. SR 13Bartam Walk Race Track RoadLOCATED ABOVE BLACKSTONE GRILLE 112 BARTRAM OAKS WALK #203 | JACKSONVILLE, FL | 32259 Located just north of Baymeadows Road (904) 367-8700 since 1996 San Jose Boulevard St. Johns River N S Baymeadows Road Law Oces of Michael S. Drews, P.A. Sunbeam Road Happy Holidays! State Farm, Home Of“ce, Bloomington, IL0901020 Wishing you a tangle-free holiday. May all your days be merry and bright. A safe and joyous season to everyone. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. Jim Register Jr, Agent 12058 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32223 Bus: 904-268-5522 jim@jimregister.com Jim Register Jr, Agent 12058 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32223 Bus: 904-268-5522 jim@jimregister.com 880 -0002 keyboardconnectionjax.com 9912 San Jose Boulevard The students at Greenland Pines were told their vice principal, David Burrell, would Walk the PlankŽ if they reached 100 percent PTA membership by October 3. As promised, on October 31, Burrell made his way through the sea of pirates to the plank and plunged into the deep blue! Sharks and all!The student body was ecstatic when they heard they could come to school dressed as a pirate and make Burrell walk the plank. They were given a tight deadline to make this happen. They employed their moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents and even neighbors to join their schools PTA. One family even signed 42 state and local legislators. They did an amazing job! Burrell was unsure of what to expect from all this hype. Like the students, he wasnt given much information on exThe Mandarin Community Club (MCC) has been proud to be the host location for two years of a Flag Retirement Ceremony conducted by Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) for the proper and honorable disposal of used or worn American ” ags. At their November meeting, SAR president Gray Chandler presented the Certi“ cate of Appreciation to MCC president Susie Scott. The number of ” ags collected for proper disposal had grown to several hundred Community Club receives Certi cate of Appreciationby August when the annual ceremony was held. The club will continue to collect ” ags as a service to the community and to ensure that the symbol of our great country is treated with respect and honor when no longer serviceable. Look for the collection box at club activities and events or call 268-1622 to arrange drop o The next Flag Retirement Ceremony is set for Saturday, February 25 at the Mandarin Community Club. 15th Annual M a n d a r i n C h i l i C o o k O f f Mandarin Chili Cook-Off Congratulations to Joyce Anderson, Assistant Branch Manager of Iberia Bank, the Grand Prize Winner of the 15th annual Mandarin Chili Cook-O Greenland Pines Elementary vice principal makes a big splashBy Contributing Writer Kristie Coleman, Greenland Pines Elementary School PTAactly what he would be doing. Only the PTA board members knew details of what that day would bring. On October 31, the students “ ltered onto the school playground. To their amazement, the children found a pirate tent and a pool with shark “ ns. Once everyone gathered around, Burrell popped out from the tent in a pirate costume while also wrestling a sea serpent wrapped around his body. The students laughed and cheered. Burrell slowly made his way up the stairs onto the platform overlooking the crowd. The students chanted, Walk the plank, Walk the plank.Ž Select students, with the most memberships, were granted the opportunity to toss water balloons forcing him to walk the plank. And with that, he jumped into the pool and made a big splash! The students and faculty erupted into laughter and cheers! Burrell proudly showed his commitment and support to the students and faculty of Greenland Pines Elementary!

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Pictured are MCC President Susie Scott, Captain Donald Wojciechowski (USAF, Retired), Betty Stafford and Don Reynolds.This months movie review belongs to the “ lm Real Steel, an action packed science-“ ction “ lm great for kids and adults. Somewhere in the future, robot boxing takes the place of live human boxing as the public searches for greater sensationalism and matches that are more dangerous. Hugh Jackman portrays a down-on-hisluck boxing promoter, Charlie Kenton. While trying to recover from the recent loss of his last Mandarin High School students are making the most of the two weeks of December that school will be held. School this month looks like a lot of Benchmark testing, lasting from December 1 to December 9, with a few rewards sprinkled here and there. Midterm progress reports are issued on Thursday, December 1. The following Saturday, an SAT test session is taking place at Mandarin High beginning at 8:00 a.m. Remember to arrive on time and be equipped with an allowable calculator, sharpened pencils and your admission ticket. The school will have their “ rst annual Winter Ball on Saturday, December 3. Tickets are $20 each and you must be a Mandarin High student to attend. The ball will be held in the courtyard from 7:30 p.m. to MHS HappeningsHappy Holidays, Mustangs!By Rondene Grinam, MHS Student11:30 p.m. It will be cold, so remember to dress appropriately! On Thursday, December 15, the AICE Excalibur Award will be held after school to honor the hard work of all of Mandarins AICE Program students. Pins displaying the AICE emblem will be distributed to the students in attendance. Yearbooks are still on sale for $80. Order yours at yearbookordercenter.com and use the school code 2340 to identify your order. Seniors should be working on their Senior Quotes to be included in the yearbook. The quotes should be between 20 and 25 words and will be collected by the end of the month. Winter break begins on December 19 (including weather days) and lasts until January. Happy Holidays!Movie ReviewReal SteelDirected by: Shawn Levy. Starring: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly and Dakota Goyo. Review by T.G. StantonGood Movie, Glad to Have Seen It (4 out of 5)robot, he is informed that the son he abandoned has lost his mother. As it happens, his exsister-in-law is seeking custody and happens to have a husband with a heavy wallet. For a price, Charlie agrees to take in his 11-year-old son, Max Kenton, played by Dakota Goyo, for the summer. Charlie tends to go through money like other people go through water in the summer, so, they are soon again in need of a moneymaking robot “ ghter. After searching the robot graveyard, they “ nd one of the early robots and start training what seems to be an unlikely winner. With a little help from gym manager Bailey Tallet, depicted by Evangeline Lilly and a few spare parts left from previous bots, this sparring robot may have a chance. His opponents are newer bigger and stronger, but sometimes tougher is better and sometimes operator technique helps. During all of the action and drama, Charlie also comes to know his son and changes may be in his future. Shawn Levy directed this family action “ lm as a feel good “ lm that has you rooting for the underdog from the beginning and throughout. Sometimes that is Charlie, sometimes Max and at other times the robot named Atom. Another feature of this “ lm is the robots that were built in real life and computer generated; they provide the majority of the action. Dakota Goyo holds his own with Hugh Jackman and is endearing as the child who teaches his father not only what he was missing but how to develop responsibility. Hugh Jackman was also a pleasure to see in this new role: con-man promoter, redeemable and teachable, but also a “ ghter who is getting a second chance at being a winner and a father. Multiple other characters add depth and drama to the “ lm. Anyone who ever played Rock em-Sock em Robots will enjoy this “ lm in addition to the emotion evoked from the story. Veterans Day observed in Mandarin Merry Christmasfrom your friends at Mandarin NewsLine!

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Bingo Like plumbers and doctors, master gardeners sometimes get peppered with questions when it becomes known they are a trained specialist. Fortunately, the questions are pretty much the same. Often they re” ect common myths that have somehow become ingrained as local garden wisdom. Lets debunk some of these right now and give our master gardeners a break. Myth #1: If the grass growing in the shade is not doing well it needs more fertilizer. It seems almost everyone has some part of their lawn in shade and growing poorly. Invariably, more fertilizer is the chosen remedy but still, the grass wont grow. The truth is that all lawn grasses need a certain amount of sun for good growth, even so-called shade-tolerantŽ types and no lawn grass grows well in all-day shade. Putting more fertilizer on it only adds to the stress. The solution is to plant something else there that likes shade. Or, if the shade is from a large tree, cover the area of poor growth with mulch. Both you and the tree will have less stress. Myth #2: The correct way to prune crape myrtle trees is to cut back all the branches, basically removing the top of the tree each year after it stops ” owering. This is a terrible thing to do to any tree. We wouldnt cut o the tops of magnolias or any other ” owering tree and we certainly shouldnt do it to a crape myrtle. I recently spent some time in Santa Rosa, California, where these beautiful trees are left to grow naturally. There were in full bloom and unbelievably gorgeous. Please, stop turning our crape myrtles into sad little hat racks. Myth #3: Treating your lawn and garden with pesticides on a regular schedule is a good way to prevent problems. There are so many reasons not to do this; I dont know where to start. Pesticides are poisons, but they cant kill a pest that isnt there. On the other hand, you may be killing o bene“ cial critters, in e ect creating a save haven for the pests when they do appear. You may also be contributing to toxic runo and you certainly are not making your yard safer for children and pets. There is a reason why pesticides have warnings on their labels. Read them. Use The last couple of months have been both interesting and rewarding for our members beyond the ” otillas normal services. September brought members and another ” otilla together at the Mudville Grill in Arlington to hear the experiences of a boating couple in traversing the Great Loop boat trail. Those present heard and saw the highlights of piloting a boat up the East Coast, through the Erie Canal and Great Lakes and down the Ohio and Mississippi River systems to the Gulf and connecting South Florida canal to the Atlantic. In October, Neal Armingeon, the St. Johns Riverkeeper, presented us his view on the state of the river and regaled us with good background. Personally, I found it striking that only 14 percent of the local population interacts with the river. I guess that doesnt count those who stroll beside it or enjoy its sunset views. Also giving us pause was the information that while dredging the river deeper has economic bene“ ts, it will also encourage salinity further inland to the detriment of veg-Temple Hanukkah Bingo and Fun Nightwill begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. The price for this evening of fun is only $11 for adults, $6 for children and free for children under three. The Hav-a-Heart for HanukkahŽ mitzvah project which began in November will grant wishes to anonymous Temple families and friends who cannot a ord to exchange gifts. All the gifts/wishes provided by the members of the congregation will be brought to the Temple by December 18 and distributed during Chanukah. Our thanks to our talented and generous committee: Suzette Allen, Isabel Balotin, Joelle Balotin, Amy Beyer, Michelle Branly, Beth Goldman, Lisa Grubowski, Cathy Klein, Dea Sims, Michelle Pargman, Jen Shedlin, Stacey Solof, Lisa Wright, Leslie Young. For questions or additional information, please call the Temple o ce at 733-7078 or email tempo18@comcast.net.United States Coast Guard Auxiliary UpdateCommunity and fellowshipBy Contributing Writer Ralph Little, Flotilla 14-8etation. Later in the month, our website, SafeBoatingJax.com, was the catalyst for a members assistance to the Haven Hospice of Palatka who brought together a ” eet of 18 boats to give rides to 65 children of patients. In addition to a boat, our ” otilla member assured all boats were safe for the venture. With the ” otillas annual election on November 1, our chief, Whit Vick, was reelected and will be assisted by his new deputy Kevin Koehl. Koehl and wife, Marlene, are enthusiastic newer members active in Public A airs, Marine Visitor, Information and Vessel Examination duties. Vick and Koehl, as well as Chris Vonderheide and Kyle George, provided daily patrols to maintain the security zone o Jacksonville NAS for the November 5 and 6 Air Show. Meanwhile, braving a sti breeze and cool temperatures on the ” ight line, members of various area ” otillas sta ed an exhibit jointly with the active Coast Guard. Our Change of Watch and dinner function to renew the leadership will be held on December 6 at our meeting place, the Florida Tackle and Gun Club on San Jose Boulevard at Goodbys Creek. Anyone with an interest in joining the Auxiliary can contact Charles Smith at 541-1660 and he will guide you through membership. GardeningCommon garden mythsBy Contributing Writer Master Gardener Camille Hunter with Duval County Extension, University of Florida/IFASproducts appropriately, only if and when you actually have a problem. Myth #4: Dig big, deep holes when planting trees and shrubs. Many times I am asked, Why isnt my (name of plant here) growing/blooming/thriving?Ž Often the answer is simple. You can and should put tomato transplants deep in the soil, but for trees and shrubs and just about everything else, planting too deep makes life a struggle. Dig a very wide hole but only as deep as the rootball. Put plants in the ground with the top roots just at ground level. All trunk wood and the root ” air where roots begin should be above ground. If in doubt, plant a little high. If too deep in the ground your plant may not die but instead languish and fail to prosper. Mandarin NewsLineYOURCommunity Newspapereditor@mandarinnewsline.com “I soar through my week with a smile.”

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2011 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 21 Faith News 2010 Church Ad Project Shop all you want, but you wont “nd the perfect Christmas gift in any store.ƒthe free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.Ž (Romans 6:23)Christmas Eve Services: 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 11pm Christmas Day Service: 10:00 am Weekly Service Schedule: Sunday: 8am, 10:30am, 7pm H GHARDAGE GIDDENSFUNERAL HOMES & CEMETERIES 2011 Holiday Remembrance Service7:00 pm Friday, December 9th 2011 11801 San Jose Blvd904.288.0025 www.hgmandarin.comPlease join our family for our 2011 Holiday Remembrance Service and bring your memories of someone dear to you „bring a picture, a favorite story „ light a candle and honor the place that wonderful person holds in your heart. Please RSVP before December 7th with your loved ones name to 904-288-0025, or email jeana.lind@dignitymemorial.com and send a photo if you would like your loved one in cluded in our Holiday Memorial DVD. Specialized Care for the individual with Alzheimer’s or similar memory loss. Almost HomeDAYBREAKAdult Day Care 731-4002License #9109M–F 7am–6pmwww.almosthomedaybreak.com 3604 Cardinal Point Drive Jacksonville, FL 32257-5581 Every parent wants to raise “ nancial geniuses. Weve explored “ nancial responsibility; now lets delve into some practical ways to equip your children, from toddlers to teens, as they learn to value a dollar. Little ones usually dont comprehend moneys value. In the van today, we discussed money-making opportunities. Were gearing up for our family trip and everyone wants some spending money! Andrew, age four, was shocked Id be willing to pay him $1 for an involved job. A whole dollar?!Ž he exclaimed joyfully. That dollar lost its glamour quickly when we discussed how much a snack or souvenir will cost. Still excited, he now understands hell need to work hard to save for a fun trip just like Mom and Dad. Children have limited opportunities to earn money. Encourage them to be creative! Keep a paid jobsŽ list. Dave Ramsey maintains and I agree, that certain chores are a childs contribution to family life and are unpaid. However, I often make a list of extra jobs Im willing to pay for. Allowance. If you say youre going to give it, keep your word! You may consider having standards the children must meet in order to receive it. Talk to the neighbors. A responsible child may be hired to walk a neighbors dog, babysit, mow lawns, rake leaves, pull weeds or house sit. Sell something! Neighborhood garage sales are bi-annual in most NW St. Johns County neighborhoods. Allow your child to set up a lemonade stand or join with friends to sell outgrown toys. Now that theyve earned some money, remind your family to Save, Spend and Give.Ž Searching for a practical way to encourage saving? One First Christian Church (DOC) will host their annual Christmas concert featuring Michael Dell and the Heritage Singers on Tuesday, December 6. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. This concert provides an evening of wonderful music for the Christmas season. Hope to see you there! A Christmas musical The Promised Hopes . Starts with a Babys First CryŽ will be performed by the Mandarin United Methodist Churchs music department on Saturday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 at 8:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. All performances will be in the sanctuary located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard. Freedom Christian Fellowship invites you to our special services this Christmas season. On December 11 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. we invite you to our Christmas drama The Christmas Star.Ž On Christmas Eve, December 24 at 6:00 p.m. we welcome you to our annual Family Carols, Candlelight and Communion Service. On Christmas Day, December 25, we are having one combined Family Service at 10:00 a.m. For more information, please call our church o ce at 268-2244. Join the Heritage Singers for an afternoon of holiday music beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 18 at The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, located at 12236 Mandarin Road. This event is free and open to the public. Nursery will be provided. A freewill o ering will be taken and a reception will follow. To celebrate Chanukah, Jewish Federations Shalom Jax and the YLD-Young Leadership Division invite you to a creative Menorah contest and dinner on December 13 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Lets Nosh on San Jose Boulevard. All you have to do is search the toy box, tool box, junk drawer or even the pantry for some items that you can use to create your own Chanukah menorah (Chanukiah). The menorah may or may not be usable but must sit on a shelf, hold eight candles plus a raised ninth candle (the Shamash). You are only limited by your imagination. All entries will be judged by local artists on their creativity and by age categories (“ ve and under, six through eight, nine through 11 and family category). Please encourage your child or even your family to create a menorah and enter it in the contest. Prizes will be awarded. There is no entry fee for this contest but you must inform us of your participation. For more information, please contact Isabel Balotin at 4485000 x206. Are you feeling sad or lonely this Christmas? You are not alone. Join us for a special Blue Christmas Service on Tuesday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mandarin United Methodist Church Sanctuary, located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard.Purposeful ParentingThe Value of a Dollar Part 3: Practical ideasBy Allie Olsen, www.gracefullmom.comlocal dad matched savingsdollar for dollar. Adam Frederick remembers, Dad de“ nitely built into me a desire to save and watch my money closely. It was a lot of fun to watch the account grow.Ž His Dad showed him monthly statements that tracked balance and interest gained every month over the “ ve years he matched savings„until Frederick started working. He built into all of us a lot of “ nancial ideas along the way. He cited Proverbs 22:7 when he taught me to always pay o credit cards at the end of the month and never build debt. Dad was very intentional,Ž Frederick recalls. As your children get closer to adulthood, consider involving 11730 Old St. Augustine Rd. Jacksonville, Florida 904-268-5422ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC CHURCH Holiday Mass TimesChristmas Eve December 243:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m, 7:00 p.m and 12:00 a.m. Midnight MassChristmas Day December 258:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.Solemnity of Mary Vigil December 315:30 pm.Solemnity of Mary January 18:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.ReconciliationDecember 14 7:00 p.m. Parish Penance Service December 22 4:00 6:00 p.m. December 23 5:00 7:00 p.m. them in the family budget. Len Fontenot shared, I sat my kids down and showed them real life. Ive shown them how much comes in, how much goes out on basics, for savings, supplemental retirement and retirement, how much for emergency and how to manage and manipulate credit. My boys learn far better from what I show them as opposed to what I tell them. In other words if you are practicing what you preach show them how the family “ nances work and let real life be the teacher.Ž Practice what you preach. As you train your children in “ nancial responsibility, remember you are writing part of your familys story. Let it be consistent of your values in the rest of life„full of faithfulness and generosity. 13760 Old St. Augustine Road 32258 (Located next to Kohls) www.bartramparkanimals.com Where your pet can expect compassionate, knowledgeable care, ALWAYS! ( 904 ) 402 8222 50% OFF VaccinesEvery TuesdayWith this ad.(Fecal/Heartworm Test Req.) 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Shipping Paid Hablamos espanol 1-800-266-0702 www.selldiabeticstrips.com Cash paid for Oil & Gas interest, Mineral Rights to Property, Royalties and Annuities Themineralbuyer@aol.com 408-645-0538 Grow Stronger, Live longer! Yoga Den Studio First Class Free Holiday Special! $ 599 1 year unlimited Coming in January The Yoga Den 30 Day Detox Benefits atyoga-den.com www.yoga-den.com 268-8330 2929 Plummer Cove Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32223 Located in Mandarin, just south of I-295 across from Walmart Yoga Basics Mind Body Power Yoga Yogalates Teacher Training Gene Smith understands the frustration. Smith, midway through his third season as the Jaguars general manager, said with a 2-6 record at the bye week its easy to understand why fans are upset and said he knows that patience is a di cult request. But while thats true, Smith said he believes to his core that this is, too: The roster has improved. And steady improvement will follow. Its the last part that Smith said will yield results. This is clearly a team that has improved talent-wise over the last three years,Ž Smith said during Jaguars 2011 bye week. Were getting closer to where we want to go but were not there yet. We still have to continue to add players who can assist our cause to compete to win a world championship. Theres a process and with a process if youre trying to do it the right way, you have to have some patience. In saying that, you do have to see some progress being made. Sometimes, if youre not winning it doesnt appear as if enough good things are happening. But if youre an improving team, eventually youll be a winning team, a team that will be able to sustain winning, and thats our goal.Ž Smith this week said while thats hard to see, it remains true and he said he believes the Jaguars will show improvement over the second half of the season. I want improvement and sustained winning,Ž Smith said. I want the silver lining to be the second half, what we werent in the “ rst half … a team that executes better and “ nishes the season better than we have our last two. This teams very capable of doing that.Ž Smith also addressed the “ rst-half performance of rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert, the No. 10 overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. Gabbert, after spending the “ rst two games backing up Luke McCown, has started the last six games, completing 79 of 173 passes for 907 yards and “ ve touchdowns with four interceptions. But while there has been criticism of Gabbert in recent days and weeks, Smith said the experience of playing against the NFLs top four-ranked defenses … Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Houston and Cincinnati … has been invaluable. He also said the drops from the Jaguars receiving group havent helped the passing offense. Certainly, at the wide receiver position there are details we can continue to improve on,Ž Smith said. You can be big. You can be fast. You can be tough. But the No. 1 thing you have to be able to do as a wide receiver is catch the football. We have to do that more consistently with our entire receiving group. I think when we do that youll see more sustained drives and more “ nished drives with touchdowns.Ž Smith said while Gabbert has thrown for fewer than 100 yards in his last two starts, he doesnt worry that the rookie will lose con“ dence. Knowledge is con“ dence and hes knowledgeable at what hes doing because he prepares well,Ž Smith said. I feel like his self-con“ dence is strong. His teammates certainly have con“ dence in him. Hes mentally strong. If youre not disappointed in some of the things you do or some of the mistakes you make, youre not setting high enough expectations for yourself and youre not striving to be the best. I know that he is. There is a process to this. You have to crawl. You have to walk. You have to run. I dont Jaguars update: Staying with the processBy Contributing Writer John Oehser, jaguars.com senior writerthink he needs any assistance walking. Hes certainly not in full stride yet, but hes working to be the best player he can be as soon as he can be.Ž He also said Gabbert has the mental and physical skill set to be as good as he decides to be.Ž To be great at what you do, you have to have passion for what you do,Ž Smith said. Hes passionate about his profession.Ž Happy New Year!from your friends at Mandarin NewsLine! Mandarin NewsLineEverybody Gets It. Everybody Reads It.JA@rtpublishinginc.com

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2011 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 23 Arts & Crafts Annual Loretto Elementary Arts & Crafts Fair The Annual Loretto Elementary Arts & Crafts Fair will be held at 3900 Loretto Road on November 19th, 8 am12 pm. Please come shop & have fun while supporting the Loretto Safety Patrols. If interested in being a vendor, please call (904) 268-8863.DaycareDaycare INFANT/TODDLER-Care. My Home (JCP) 20 years experience, References available (904) 294-3794.Help WantedWater Treatment Installer, experienced. For established Water Treatment Company. Bene ts 262-0197 or Fax: 260-6292. Seeking Licensed Massage Therapist @ A New U Massage(MM12329) Mandarin furnished massage room available NOW. Room rent is $375+ 7% tax ($401.25) a month. Rent can split w/other LMT. Phone: 904-288-0064 Join the Baptist South circle of care. Visit e-baptisthealth.com for the most up to date list of job openings. Listings are updated daily and change often. 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EXECU T IVE POR T R A I TS at your l o c ation or in the studioC A LL 3 99 -3 9 3 9 Chelsea PHOTOGRAPHIC SPORTS FANHOLIDAY GIFT CENTER MB SPORTS your purchase of $25 or more $5 OFF Gators FSU Georgia LSU Alabama Yankees Giants Steelers Eagles Patriots8221-13 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, Www.shopmbsports.com Corner Southside & Baymeadows Call for Service904-620-0081www.bgelectric.netEC-0001181ELECTRICIANB&G Electrical www.snipstree.comCLEAN UP/ LAWN MAINTENANCEPaul OklevitchISA CERTIFIED ARB O RISTOver 20 Years Exp. Bucket Truck/Bobcat Tractor Work AUTO ELECTRIC REPAIRS10% OFF all Repairs Full Service From Classics to German CarsWe specialize in electric problems windows and door locksVikingAuto Electric & Air, Inc. www.vikingautoelectric.comA+ Rated with BBB 731-5065 Every year my fashion friends call me for guidance in planning their holiday looksŽ and this year they are feeling more anxious than ever as they are watching their pennies. So my famous mantra is now more timely than ever … Go Shopping in your Closet! Also our mode of dressing is more relaxed, making the dress Mandarin NewsLine Marketplace ads!886-4919 code parameters di erent. The terms Casual Elegant, Dressy Casual and Smart Casual are the explanations identifying proper dress for events on our Holiday calendars. What is this casual thing?Ž one friend asked. With me being a fashionista who is concerned with my appearance, I tried to “ nd the middle ground on this one, so as not to overor under-dress the occasion. To make my point, I went into my own closet to put together some great looking up to date out“ ts for the holidays. So I thought I would share these ideas with you Fashionable Florida Friends (FFFs) to help you get ready early so that you can go to your parties lookin good! First, I love a romantic shirt„not your oxford cloth button down version, but a real lady like number or even an over the top one (which of course I own). Most shirts are comfortable, as they are not as constricting as other garments. Remember to wear them casually chic by letting the tails hang out over your bottoms. Speaking of bottoms, make that part simple so it doesnt compete with the pretty top. My favorite poet ru ed blouse is sleeveless so its really great to wear when entertaining at home. I wear a bling bracelet and great earringsƒmy bottom of choice is my best black jeans. That being said I have worn velvet cu ed shorts with patterned black hosiery as a more formal look with my top. Dont forget that a white blouse means you have the opportunity to wear some really dramatic makeup! Another great casual idea is to layer a thin micro-“ ber black turtleneck under a sleeveless dress. It dresses it down and looks great with opaque hose and little ballet ” ats. A friend of mine and I discovered that when she wore her black cardigan sweater alone with the front buttoned up it served as a wonderful palate for a toned down out“ t … its also a perfect background for your pearls and a pretty holiday pin. If you need to glam it up a bit, here are some easy and inexpensive tips. Lose the ” at shoes; put glam in your step by wearing a great pair of stilettos. Maybe you can splurge for a pair of jeweled heels and put them with a party-ready purse which would make your Little Black Dress (LBD) over the top! Pull out your workday suit; turn it into a nighttime head-turner by adding a sheer blouse or a sequined cami to it. Now make your hair and nail appointments; consider a fancy up-do or a simple French twist for a party ready look. Heres looking at you kid … enjoy another Holiday in Great Style! Mandarin NewsLineNow delivered to 32223 32258 32257(select routes)Don’t miss your chance to place your ad in the only community newspaper with a monthly circulation of 26,000 addresses! Call Today!886-4919 FREE ONLINE CLASSIFIED ADS Go towww.mandarinnewsline.comand click onFree Classi ed AdsCheck out our website! Community Calendar Recipes, Home & Garden, Lifestyle www.mandarinnewsline.com Fashion UpdateStart early … plan great holiday looks now!By Donna Keathley, dkeathley designs

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Page 24, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2011 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com Fantasy Lane Romance Superstore (Formerly Adam & Eve) YOU know what she wants for Christmas.... besides you that is.... Visit Our NEW Store!Next to the Shell Station on San Jose @ Loretto Road11629 San Jose Boulevard 904-619-1817 or 904-268-1733Visit us today. Bring in this coupon to get 25% O any one item**Coupon expires 12/31/2011 **Value of $199 or less; one coupon per day per customer At the 2009 National Conference on Citizenship, United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was asked if he believed that America should be doing more to increase civic participation. His initial response a blunt NoŽ took the audience by surprise. He followed with a simple and yet profound explanation that America should, instead, do more to increase informed civic participation. Scalia exposed a serious condition in the American citizenry. Simply put, too many people are ill-prepared to adequately ful“ ll the duties as citizens. We too willingly submit, in thought and deed, to the shallow The need for informed civic participationBy Contributing Writer James A. Lee, Peer Teacher Evaluator, St. Johns County School Districtbiased rants of television news, talk radio and the blogosphere. Furthermore, we are doing little to rectify this condition. We are satis“ ed being told what to think and how to act without questioning the bully pulpits. I suggest we heed Justice Scalias warning by responding with two simple actions; one, read and two, ask questions. Being constantly overwhelmed with information, though, how do we “ nd time in our busyness to read and to know what information can be trusted? As any good student knows, when the secondary source is questionable, go to the primary source. To this end I commend Mandarin NewsLine. Over the next several issues, the editor will be printing sections of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I encourage you to read it and question it and to question those who tout it for their own interests. Then, discuss it with your family, with your friends and with your colleagues. Sure, I know this sounds corny, but thats the very problem Scalia was exposing. We must stop relying on others to tell us what to think and how to act and to give rebirth to the American democratic spirit of being truly informed, active citizens. We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Article. I. Section. 1. All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives. Section. 2. The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Quali“ cations requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature. No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty “ ve Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen. Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding Constitution for the United States of Americato the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three “ fths of all other Persons [Modi“ ed by Amendment XIV]. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the “ rst Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut “ ve, New-York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina “ ve, South Carolina “ ve, and Georgia three. When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to “ ll such Vacancies. The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other O cers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment. Section. 3 The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof [Modi“ ed by Amendment XVII], for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote. Immediately after they shall be assembled in Consequence of the “ rst Election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three Classes. The Seats of the Senators of the “ rst Class shall be vacated at the Expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the Expiration of the fourth Year, and of the third Class at the Expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; and if Vacancies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the Recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next Meeting of the Legislature, which shall then “ ll such Vacancies [Modi“ ed by Amendment XVII]. No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen. The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided. The Senate shall chuse their other O cers, and also a President pro tempore, in the Absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the O ce of President of the United States. The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or A rmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present. Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from O ce, and disquali“ cation to hold and enjoy any O ce of honor, Trust or Pro“ t under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law. Section. 4 The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators. The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be on the “ rst Monday in December [Modi“ ed by Amendment XX], unless they shall by Law appoint a di erent Day. Section. 5. Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Quali“ cations of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide. Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member. Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such Parts as may in their Judgment require Secrecy; and the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one “ fth of those Present, be entered on the Journal. Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting. As a community service, Mandarin NewsLine Community Newspaper will be publishing the Constitution for the United States in its entirety over the next several issues. Please check back next month for the continuation. The Wholesale Nursery$$We will beat any competitors listed price$$ $$WE WILL SAVE YOU MONEY$$ Flawless Landscape maintenance and installation Call 904-444-4605 Today! WOW! Celebrate the holiday season by donating to the library! Honor a loved one with your holiday contribution or simply spread some cheer by donating to your communitys best resource for lifelong learning. Suggested donation for new materials: $25 Childrens Book $25 Young Adult/Teen Book $25 Music CD $25 Film/Movie DVD $35 Adult Fiction or Non ction Book $45 e-Book $50 Audio Book $50 Reference Book Questions? Call 630-4637 or e-mail jpldev@coj.net.Give the perfect holiday gift Please join Councilman Matt Schellenberg on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 6:00 p.m. Loretto Elementary School Mini Auditorium 3900 Loretto Road To discuss issues facing District 6 (Mandarin) This meeting is open to the public For more information please call 630-1388Town Hall Meeting

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2011 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 25 MelNess Handyman Services Call us for your home improvement project Visit us at www.melnesscontractors.net for before and aer pictures*** Mention at time of estimate SPECIAL OFFER$150 Off A Project Over $1,000 Or 20% Off Any Service (904) 563-5555 Greenland Safe Storage ALL Call us today! Tree WorkbyMitch Drake & Sons (904) 703-5040 (904) 287-3819Licensed, Insured & Workmans Comp Over 35 Years Experience Check out our reviews and 5 Star rating at Yellowbook.com! Good news„it is o cially fall and the “ shing still remains great in our area of the St. Johns River. From downtown Jacksonville to Green Cove and in between (thats us), those great catches weve experienced most of the year are still to be had. There are plenty of croaker and yellowmouth to be caught in the holes and shell beds, along with sea trout, ” ounder, red“ sh black drum and sheepshead around docks and bridges. Live and dead shrimp is the bait of choice for this “ shing smorgasbord, but cut bait, live “ nger mullet and quartered blue crab will also produce some nice catches. Now is the time to be planning your “ shing trip as seasonal conditions could slow down or even bring to a halt this fabulous “ shing till spring. Fortunately we live along a diverse part of the river that likes to keep on giving. Fishing doesnt end over the winter months here; it just changes. Instead of targeting croaker, trout and reds, we are now heading out for speckled perch (crappie), cat“ sh and stripers. On warmer, milder days expect a decent bream bite along with a largemouth bass or two. Speckled perch along with striped bass can be caught on First Coast Gymnastics hosted their 10th annual inhouse gymnastics meet on October 22 and 23. Over 260 gymnastics competed on all four events: beam, bars, ” oor and Local gym hosts annual gymnastics meetBy Contributing Writer Bev Pool First Coast Gymnastics Level 4 girls teamvault. Each gymnast is placed within their skill level, with age consideration as well. Hundreds of parents, family members and friends came out to cheer for their favorite team and gymnast. Several local vendors were on site selling gymnastic leotards and t-shirts marking this particular event. The parents of First Coast Gymnastics team members all took turns volunteering in different functions throughout the weekend event. It was a collaboration of many hours of work, but in the end it was worth it. All the gymnasts and teams left with wonderful memories. Although located in Mandarin, o Greenland Road, First Coast Gymnastics has team members that live in all areas of Jacksonville. First Coast Gymnastics is owned by Andrey and Elena Shishkin and has been established since 1994. The gym o ers classes for all ages, introductory gymnastics through the competitive girls and boys teams.Captain Davids Fishing ReportBy Captain David Lifkathe coldest of days. Striped bass are also known to often bite best on the ugliest of days. Downtown, Doctors Lake, Buckman, Black Creek and Shands Bridges will be your best bet for stripers. Deep holes around bends in Julington, Durbin and Trout Creeks should be some of the better gathering spots for speckled perch. Save the short sleeve days for bream, cat“ sh and bass, “ shing shallow water, docks and lily pads. Not many people live in an area where year round “ shing exists without having to drill a hole in the ice. This winter when you feel the urge to escape the house and get outdoors, give the St. Johns or one its tributaries a try and you might be pleasantly surprised. Fishing Report: Croaker and yellowmouth are big and plentiful. Marker 18 and Buckman Bridge should provide plenty of action. Anything goes on docks with live bait. On any day red“ sh, croakers, trout and ” ounder. Fish moving tides. Whether you catch one, some or none, the family time spent “ shing will last a lifetime. For the fourth year in a row, the St. Joseph Lady Stars basketball team won the Catholic Grade School basketball tournament championship. The game was played at Bishop John Snyder High School with the Lady Stars defeating the San Jose Trojans 37 to 32. Madeleine Martens led the Stars in scoring with 15 points. She also had three assists, two steals and four rebounds. During the awards presentation, Martens was selected as the games M.V.P. The Lady Stars also had Lady Stars are champs again!By Contributing Writer Coach John Bell, St. Josephs Catholic Schoolthree players selected to the All Conference Team„ Madeleine Martens, Kaki Freel and Isa Horning. Congratulations to all of the St. Joseph Stars!Got news?editor@mandarinnewsline.com

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Page 26, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2011 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com Free PapersWorking For You Solid Local Trusted Effective Respected is local community paper is free to our readers. Weve been that way from the beginning. We wont change that even in the toughest of times. But we do improve this paper every issue. We wont stand still as the market changes. Giving readers and advertisers the best value is our goal. Over the years we have become the marketplace for our community. And while other media might be shrinking, we are growing. at growth will continue, hand-in-hand, with our community. Well continue working for you. November 9, 2011 was a big day for two very special Mandarin Mustangs. Morgan Taylor and Kameron Mitchell signed their national letters of intent to further their athletic careers in college. Taylor, a Mustang softball player, signed to play at Georgia Tech while Mitchell, the point guard for the Mustangs, signed with Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. The ceremony was held in the gym and was attended by several classes as well as coaches, parents, cheerleaders and part of the drum line. Taylor was accompanied by her mother, Renee, her father, Chris and her younger sister Kelly as well as other family members. Taylor plays on the Florida Select, a competitive fastpitch softball team. Both Taylor and Mitchell are leaders on and o the “ eld/court and as Athletic Director Tammie Talley said, They worked hard in their classrooms and on their teams and I thank them for their excellence.Ž But getting there was not easy. During her sophomore year, Taylor tore her labrum and was unable to play. She used her time wisely, however and made a decision to improve her timeŽ as Coach Natalia Gonzalez said. The third annual Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine Golf Tournament was held on Tuesday, October 11 at the St. Johns Golf and Country Club. The tournament, which welcomed 112 golfers, raised $20,000 to bene“ t The Good Samaritan Health Centers Wild” ower Clinic in St. Augustine. Lynnette Horwath, executive director of the Good Samaritan Health Centers, 15 thAnn ual M a n d a r i n C h i l i C o o k O f f MandarinChiliCook-Off Thank you to our Sponsors! Without you, this event would not have been possible. 10400 San Jose Boulevard • Mandarin, FL ofNorthFlorida MandarinFoodBank AtSt.Joseph’sChurch Proceeds BenettedGOLD SPONSORS BRONZE SPONSORS Auto Club South DALLAS BRENNEISE SILVER SPONSORS TITLE SPONSOR MandarinNewsLinesm Print, Promo & Design Axiom Wellness CenterFor the Body and the Person Inside Wild ower Clinic bene ts from golf tournamentexpressed her gratitude at the awards luncheon, This donation of almost $20,000 will cover the cost of clinic operations for over a month. This has a huge impact on a small clinic like ours.Ž The annual golf tournament is just one of many ways in which the doctors of Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine are committed to giving back to their local community. MHS Sports RoundupCollege signing day for Mustang athletesBy Natalie Cleghorn, MHS StudentTaylor became an extension of the coaching sta and learned how to improve her game by watching her teammates play. Taylor is incredibly hard working and Coach Gonzalez said, There is no one more deserving.Ž Taylor is also held in high esteem by Coach Terry McCarter who was an assistant coach for fast-pitch softball the past couple years. I have never enjoyed coaching anyone in my life more than her,Ž said Coach McCarter. Taylor maintains a 4.6 GPA and is active in her church as well as in Student Council at school. Mitchell, accompanied by his father, Tim and his mother, Pam, looked forward to this day. As Coach Terry McCarter stated, From the time when he walked into the gymƒI knew he was going to be my point guard.Ž Mitchell has put up some impressive stats, with an average of 23.4 points per game. He also beat out P.J. Gaynors previous record of 38 points in a game when he scored 48 points against Sandalwood last season. Mitchell leads his team in assists and steals. Coach McCarter was right when he said, I knew hed be special and his work ethic is second to none.Ž Just like Taylor, Mitchell is also a student athlete and according to Coach McCarter, Hes not just a basketball player. He is a leader.Ž The drum roll played as Taylor and Mitchell picked up their pens to sign. Taylor said, It was one of the happiest yet nerve-racking moments of my life. Knowing that I had a great future ahead of me was exciting.ŽStock up on holiday goodies while supporting your library by shopping at the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Librarys Book Warehouse Sale from December 1 to 4. The sale opens exclusively to Friends of the Library members on December 1 and opens to the public on the following day. Dec. 1, 5 p.m. 8 p.m. (FJPL Member night)Dec. 2, 5 p.m. 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Dec. 4, Noon 5 p.m. ($10 bag special)Support the Friends of the Library Contact harry.reagan@ comcast.net for more info!

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2011 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 27 Mary and Bill Cutler are the recipients of the Mandarin Gardens Club Yard of the Month for December. Their yard has been delivering yuletide cheer for many years in the Mandarin community with an outstanding holiday presentation that can be seen at 14365 Mandarin Road. Do not expect to see dancing lights to the tune of music. Instead, the animated “ xtures displays you will see displayed were all built by Bills father and are described as very traditional.Ž My father did this in Tampa,Ž says Bill Cutler. Now 93 years old, his father presented the “ rst piece to Bill and Mary Cutler over 20 years ago to start a collection that has brought joy to many in Mandarin. I visited the Cutlers early in November and was met at the driveway by their daughter who walked with me to the front door. Their yard was laden with an assortment of festive displays, some still in boxes. The assortment, accumulated over a long span of years, had been taken out of storage from the barn and from two other storage rooms to repeat the time-honored family tradition of sharing the holiday displays with the community. The yard was being dressed for the upcoming holidays. Mary Cutler explained they start decorating their lawn two months before the lights are turned on early in December. This year the lights, which are strung 70 feet high on the branches of the lower trees, will be turned on from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. starting December 5. During that time, illumination from thousands of strings of light will transform the park-like Mandarin Garden Clubs Yard of the MonthOutstanding holiday decorations earn award By Contributing Writer Celia Rehm, Mandarin Garden Clubolde Mandarin property into a fantasy land. Over the years, the word has spread. Many people drive by to see the lights,Ž says Bill Cutler. Some park on the road and come closer to view the displays.Ž Indeed, in this yard, one can easily envision people strolling through the playful setting, walking past the Christmas trees and snowmen to visit with Santa and his reindeer and with the girl ” ying a kite, while others might stop by to see the “ remen in the “ re trucks or the many critters in the yard that include the bear in the honey tree, a frolicking Pepe Le Pew, a Christmas raccoon popping out of a garbage can, a festive mouse peeking out of a hat and a bear spinning his lasso sitting atop a rocking horse. Not all the displays are make believe, however. Live llamas and miniature horses play a role in the classical nativity scene. The llama and horses are kept on the “ ve and a half acre property year round. We let them out at night to feed on the hay that is part of the nativity display for the enjoyment of the people,Ž says Bill Cutler. When asked what he enjoyed the most, he quickly replied, The smile on the faces of the kids.Ž Every year the Cutlers hold an open house during the holiday season for 400 invited guests that include sta and children from the Youth Crisis Center. Inside the Cutlers home, the invited guests will see “ ve Christmas trees decorated in various themes along with a permanent Dickens Village that “ lls an entire room with Department 56 buildings and railway. The Cutlers reside in their home with their adopted 14 year old daughter. They are also parents to three other children and grandparents to “ ve grandchildren ranging in age from three to 18. To make a Mandarin Garden Club Yard of the Month nomination or “ nd out more about membership, please email mandaringardenclub@comcast.net or call 268-1192. Davey1 year old American foxhound mixCall for viewing and adoption: 725-8766 Jacksonville Humane SocietyDavey is a 1 year old American foxhound mix who has been at JHS since June 2011. Davey is a loving but active boy who is looking for a family with an active lifestyle. He has seen many of his JHS friends go home and he is hoping he will nd his own family soon! Won't you please come adopt Davey today?

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Page 3 Whats New Page 4 School District Journal Page 5 From the City Council Members Desk Page 6 The Sheriff ReportsPage 7 Political Commentary Page 10 French Teacher of YearPage 12 Winter Celebration Page 13 Mandarin Womens Club Page 14 Third Thursday lecture Page 17 Greenland Pines Page 18 SJCS Brain Brawl Page 19 Veterans Day observedPage 20 Gardening Page 21 Faith News Purposeful Parenting Page 22 Jaguars update Page 23 Classi ed ads Page 24 Constitution Page 26 MHS Sports Page 27 Yard of the Month SERVING THE MANDARIN COMMUNITY SINCE 2006 MandarinNewsLineSM Visit our online edition at www.mandarinnewsline.comMEMBER OF THE RT PUBLISHING GROUP OF COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS Mandarin NewsLine12443 San Jose Boulevard, Ste. 403 Jacksonville,FL 32223 Whats Inside Volume 6, Issue 3 December 2011Presorted Standard US Postage Paid Callahan, FL 32011 Permit No.4 Kings Trail Elementary School fth grade science teacher Ana MacReynolds not only teaches, but lives an alternate life as an angel. She rescues animals o the euthanasia list at out of town kill shelters. Her 501c3 non-pro t, Anas Angels, does not take unwanted animals from individuals; they direct their e orts to animals that are at a shelter and about to be put down. They o er a reprieve for an animal from an untimely death. They rescue the dogs and cats that other rescue groups have given up on, animals such as mutts and animals with disabilities, pit bulls, bull dogs, elderly pets or just ones that their beauty is in the eye of the beholder. These are the animals that have been at shelters the longest. Each Saturday morning, MacReynolds and her volunteers drive the groups van to the shelter to pick up animals. They bring them to the PetCo on San Jose Boulevard in Mandarin where they set up cages for dogs outside and cats inside. The reasoning for this mobile adoption center is that many potential pet owners wont drive to shelters They say the cowboys in the West were the ones who invented chilithat warm spicy stew we all love. But over here on the East Coast, weve got our own band of chili making enthusiasts. On Saturday, November 12, the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerces Mandarin Council hosted the 15th annual Mandarin Chili CookO This event is held every year as a fundraiser for local schools and charities, such as the Mandarin Food Bank, Junior Achievement and the Wounded The hypothesis was, Students will embrace science if their research is made fun? Crown Point Elementary Principal Jayne OwensThompson pondered the question with the sta of teachers and created an experiment to test the hypothesis. On October 27, Crown Point Elementary became a laboratory for mad scientists. Each student dressed up as their favorite scientist from history. There were lab coats, wigs, Crown Point becomes Mad Scientists labBy Karl Kennell Ginger Manning and class learn about sound and energy.white bathrobes; white tee shirts decorated bow ties and pocket protectors brisling with pens. Principal Owens-Thompson was not to be outdone by the Spicing things up at the Mandarin Chili Cook-O By Alexa Velez Roger Frank and his Ultimate Southwestern ChiliWarrior Project. The day of the cook-o was perfectjust cold enough to want a bowl of warm chili but not too cold to want to stay indoors. At 11:00 a.m., 14 eager contestants started ladling the chili, serving it to anyone who wanted to try their recipe and of course, hoping that their special concoction would please the judges taste buds. So it begs the question, what makes a good bowl of Foster families also neededAdopt the perfect pet with Anas AngelsBy Karl Kennellthat are out of the way. That creates a sad situation. Anas Angels is a no-kill shelter. They are safe with us, MacReynolds said, We try to make the adoption process an emotionally enjoyable and rewarding one. Anas Angels also sponsor dogs and cats at the shelters during the week, putting signs upon the animals kennels announcing that their adoptions have been paid for by Anas Angels. This is done in an e ort to get people to notice mixed breed pets. The group is in need of people to o er foster homes during the week for dogs and Ania Grzeszcza, Spencer Haywood, Perrin Fisher, Ana MacReynolds and Anya Yemelyanova Chili Cook Off cont on pg. 16 Anas Angels cont on pg. 8students. She spent Mad Scientist Day as the head mad scientist dressed in lab coat and bushy raven colored wig. While touring the schoolbecome laboratory, blatting, tooting and tweeting was heard coming from the rst grade classroom of Ginger Manning. Manning was discovered leading her rst grade class in musical exercises with their in-straw-ments. The class was learning about sound Mad Scientists cont on pg. 18 Check out our new web pages!Recipes Home & Garden Lifestyle Free Classied Ads!www.mandarinnewsline.com

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2011 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 3 Whats NewCommunity HappeningsDo you have community or club news you would like included in Mandarin NewsLine? Then contact Martie Thompson at: editor@mandarinnewsline.com or 886-4919. Share the season with holiday recipes that please the palate, without breaking the bank. Visit us in-store and online for easy, affordable recipes and entertaining tips that will save you money and time so you can focus on celebrating with friends and family. With this coupon receivevalid at whole foods market jacksonville only. not valid with any other offer or tm discount card. not redeemable for cash or gift cards. limit one coupon per customer. no copies, duplications or facsimiles will be accepted. PLU 30674 VALID Through December 31, 2011 I-95 I-295 San Jos e Blvd any $50 purchase $10 offwww.whol e f oodsm ar k et.com10601 SAN JOSE BLD 904-288-1100 Help stu the Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) Community Animal Hospitals holiday stocking and get a free picture with Santa on Saturday, December 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 8464 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville. Bring an item from the JHS Community Animal Hospital wish list at www. walmart.com/giftregistry/gr_detail.do?registry_id=80543021005 www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ registry.html?ie=UTF8&type=w ishlist&id=FGM52E53B6ZJ and JHS will take a free picture of your children or pets with Santa. All donations bene t the JHS Community Animal Hospital, a full-service, low-cost veterinary clinic opening in January. For additional information, please call 725-8766 or visit www. jaxhumane.org/cah. AARP Driver Safety Program for drivers 50 and older will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, December 13 and 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Memorial Hospital, located at 3625 University Boulevard South. The fee for AARP members is $12; non-members fee is $14. Participants must attend both days for certi cation to qualify for auto insurance discount. To register, please call 391-1320. The River City Womens Club will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, December 14, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the San Jose Country Club. A delicious holiday bu et will be served and the program will feature holiday music and singa-longs. The cost of the lunch is $21.50. Reservations are required by December 7. Please call 262-8719 for reservations or other information. The MOMS Club of Jacksonville/Mandarin-SE o ers support for stay at home and part-time working moms living in zip code 32258. With the club you will have enriching activities for you and your children, during the day when you need the most support. A sample of activities includes park days, beach days, monthly socials, playgroups and eld trips to the zoo and museums. For additional information, please email semandarinmoms@yahoo.com. The Italian American Club will have its annual Christmas Party on Friday, December 9 for members and their families. We will also have our annual New Years Eve Gala on December 31. We will accept reservations from non-members after December 16, so if you are interested, please e-mail pattykoch17@yahoo.com. Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo to all our Mandarin friends and neighbors. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! The Mandarin Chapter of AARP meets the third Friday of every month at 2:00 p.m. at Augustine Landing, located at 10141 Old St. Augustine Road. We are a non-pro t, nonpartisan membership organization, a liated with the national AARP. Our activities and programs are designed to help people age 50 and over improve the quality of their lives. Visitors are welcome! For additional information, please call 733-0516 or email alex9520@ comcast.net. Shu eboard is played on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. at Mandarin Park (south end of Mandarin Road) next to the tennis courts at the park entrance. Beginners are welcome. Just show up unless it rains. NAS Jacksonville Skin and Scuba Diving Club meets at 7:00 p.m. on the rst Wednesday of each month at the Ramada Inn, located at 3130 Hartley Road in Mandarin. The club is open to all divers and those who are interested in diving. For more information, please visit www.nasjaxscubadivers.org or contact the club president, Dave Martin at 413-8773. Sugar Arts Guild of North Florida meets monthly at the South Mandarin Library, located at 12125 San Jose Boulevard. We are an organization of sugar artists, cake designers and confectioners from Northeast Florida who enjoy getting together every month to visit, watch a demonstration and sample each others creations. Our purpose is to promote creativity and experimentation in cake decorating, sugar art, chocolate, pastries, candies and just about anything edible that can be done decoratively. We welcome anyone interested in meeting other sugar enthusiasts and swapping ideas and techniques to visit www. sagn .blogspot.com for meeting dates.Whats New cont on pg. 4 RT Publishing, Inc. 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For more information, please contact Dot Butler at 642-6574 and visit us at www. orgsites.com/ /allstarquiltguild. Are you troubled by someones drinking? Al-Anon Family Groups can help. Let us share our experience, strength and hope. Join us every Monday night from 8:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the First Christian Church of Jacksonville, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard or visit us at www.jaxafg.org. The Mandarin Womens Club program for Thursday, December 15 will be La Fiesta Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all. As we enjoy the holidays and 2011 comes to a close, let us remember the happiness in our lives and the joyful memories of those persons and events past and present. This month we expect to receive our high school grades and our expectations are for continuous improvement throughout the county, Our turnaround and intervene schools are in a transition and with all of the assistance and resources, our focus on success for our students has never been more critical. And, while graduation rates are due any day, the district expects continuous improvement as the rates have climbed steadily the past four years. Absenteeism has dropped dramatically and the dropout rate, as a result of several new multiple pathway programs and the successful programs already in place, has declined from 4.8 percent in 2008-2009 to 2.2 percent in 2009-2010. I would be remiss to close the year without thanking our parents, PTAs, PTSAs, mentors, volunteers and business partners not just in Mandarin, but throughout the county for getting more involved in the successes enjoyed by all of our schools and students. Our teachers and sta deserve a special thanks of appreciation for their leadership, care, compassion and dedication to the students who continue to work hard in achieving the goals they are pursuing. Again, may 2012 be a healthy, prosperous and Happy New Year. Congratulations to Mandarin High Schools cross country girls and boys teams, who took rst place in junior varsity girls, junior varsity boys, varsity girls and varsity boys Gateway Conference meet. Important Dates: December 6: School Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Cline Auditorium, 1701 Prudential Drive December 7: Student Early Release Day December 19-21: Weather Days December 22-30: Winter Holiday (schools closed) December 23, 26: Winter Holiday (schools and district o ces closed) January 2: Winter Holiday (schools and district o ces closed) Thought for the Month: Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder, author The holiday season is a time for joy and celebration, but for victims of domestic violence holiday joy often seems more like a wish than a reality. Hubbard House shelters over 1,000 women, children and men annually. Victims and their children are provided with safe refuge, support and services that address their crucial needs in the midst of crisis. For the time victims stay in the shelter, Hubbard House becomes their home. With your help those staying in the Hubbard House Emergency Shelter can have an enjoyable holiday season. Hubbard House o ers a variety of holiday donation opportunities for you or your organization to help make the holidays brighter for families in crisis. Holiday Food Drive, November 1 December 31: Emergency shelter provides groceries to over 80 families to be able to prepare three meals daily, plus snacks. Unfortunately, due to the current economy and budget cuts, Hubbard House has seen a signi cant decline in food do-Share the gift of the seasonBy Contributing Writer Ashley Johnson Scott, Hubbard House staffnations. Please help us keep the Hubbard House pantry stocked with your donations of nonperishable food items. Holiday Toy Store, November 30 December 23: Two magical Holiday Stores are created within the Hubbard House shelter each year a Mothers Store and the Childrens Store. The stores are stocked with new toys and gifts generously donated by individuals, families, associations and businesses. With this program, families currently in shelter or families who have recently left the shelter to pursue peace for their families, are given the opportunity to select gifts for their loved ones. This gives program participants the opportunity to know the joy of giving, even during crisis. Holiday Adopt-A-Family, December 12 16: With your generosity, up to 40 families from Hubbard House can have their holiday wished ful lled. Donors contribute gifts for an entire family. Hubbard House provides a speci c family pro- le detailing family members needs, wants and toy requests. We recommend this option for our business partners due to the higher cost of shopping for a family. It is estimated that it will cost approximately $75$100 per person in the family. (Donations of wrapping paper, tape and bows are appreciated as well.) If you are interested in being involved by sharing holiday joy through any of our holiday programs please call 354-0076 ext 652, e-mail holidays@ hubbardhouse.org or visit www. hubbardhouse.org. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please contact the Hubbard House hotline at 354-3114 or (800) 500-1119.Visit www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.Quartet. Neon lights, music and laughter come to mind when describing this foursome. All enjoy the art of barbershop and performing their favorite songs for enthusiastic audiences. The program will be held at the Ramada Inn, located at 3130 Hartley Road and doors open at 10:30 a.m. Club membership is open to all women. The price of the luncheon is $15.50 for members and $16.50 for non-members and reservations are required. For reservations, please call Iris at 268-2459 no later than December 10. The Garden Club of Jacksonville presents Home for the Holidays on Thursday, December 8 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Join us for a virtual home tour and lunch in the Grand Ballroom of the Garden Club of Jacksonville as we observe talented Northeast Florida Designers creating holiday decorations perfect for any home, plus an opportunity to win one of the beautiful arrangements! Advance ticket purchases only are on sale now for $18. The ticket deadline is Friday, December 1. For more information and tickets, please call 355-4224 or email gardenclubber@comcast.net.Whats New cont from pg. 3Got news?editor@mandarinnewsline.com

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2011 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 5 From the City Council Members DeskBy Contributing Writer Matt Schellenberg, City Council Member, District 6As of today, the Mayor was still in campaign mode. On July 15, he submitted his balanced budget, but since then not many decisions have been made or key positions lled. Several actions illustrate the point: Cindy Laquidara, the General Counsel, one of the most important jobs in city government, was asked to delay her return to private practice for 90 days starting on July 1, which she did. Unfortunately, due to the Mayors preoccupation with traveling and reorganizing city hall, he dropped the ball in two ways: First, he did not interview the new, interim general counsel, Mary Jarrett, until two days before Laquidara was set to leave. Jarrett was only set to be acting counsel for 60 days. Thirty-seven days into her 60-day position, the Mayor announced that Cindy Laquidara would be returning as General Counsel. I can tell you, it is very di cult to operate government when positions are being vacated, lled and re lled. Secondly and more devastatingly, after 126 days in o ce, the Mayor had still neglected his responsibility to appoint a ve-member search committee. Their job was to make recommendations to the Mayor on who should be General Counsel. Our city charter requires the Mayor to appoint this committee. Luckily, Laquidara returned to her position, which meant the committee was no longer necessary. But you cant rely on luck; the Mayor should have taken care of this on day one. Along these same lines, the Mayors chief of sta Chris Hand, a personal injury lawyer, is still working his previous job and wrapping up private cases. The Mayors chief of sta is a full-time position that provides an important gateway to the Mayors o ce. After this many months on the job, the Mayor should have a full-time chief of sta On another note, on November 8, the Mayor presented to the City Council a reorganization plan which he wants approved by the end of the year. I nd this timetable unrealistic. Changing our city governments organizational chart requires deliberate and thoughtful examination, which the City Council will do. But we will not be rushed! Especially since, as it appears after initial review, the reorganization plan unnecessarily expands the power of the Mayors o ce. Finally, in my opinion, the public/private partnership mantra is the new catch-all phrase to take money from good, hard working citizens and fund the priorities of government. Not only does the government take the money, but they then take the credit. The Mayor should focus on the proper priorities of government and quit using private funds to bankroll government agendas. Private money should be used for investment and growth which expands the economy. If the government would cut down on funding programs that are not the responsibility of government, then there would be no need to have the private sector funding programs that are the responsibility of government. Pray for our elected of- cials. God Bless, Matt Schellenberg As of Sunday, November 6, landscape irrigation returned to no more than one day a week across the 18 counties of the St. Johns River Water Management District. Eastern Standard Time began November 6, marking the third year of district wide oneday-per-week watering restrictions during Floridas cooler months. Watering restrictions are designed to allow enough water to maintain healthy landscapes year-round and also to ensure the e cient use of water for landscape irrigation by specifying the days and time of day when watering may occur and the amount of water that may be applied. Conservation is among the most important strategies to help meet Floridas water supply needs for today and the future, said Michael Register, director of the Districts Department of Regulatory Services. The majority of people in our District are doing their part to save water by adhering to the restrictions, recognizing that water conservation can be easy and making a tremendous impact on how much water is conserved. The e cient use of water can save thousands of gallons of water per month and often delivers money savings as well. With more than half of commercial and residential water use occurring outdoors, mandatory watering restrictions are in place throughout the year within the Districts region to ensure the e cient use of water for lawn and landscape irrigation. Watering wisely promotes healthier lawns and landscapes and conserves Floridas water resources.One-day-a-week landscape irrigation now in e ectBy Contributing Writer Teresa H. Monson, St. Johns River Water Management DistrictDuring the warmer months of daylight saving time, irrigation is allowed up to twice a week. When Eastern Standard Time is in e ect, outdoor irrigation is limited to no more than one day a week on the following schedule: Saturday at addresses that end in an odd number or have no address Sunday at addresses that end in an even number Tuesday at nonresidential addresses No irrigation is allowed between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. In addition, irrigation is limited to three-quarters of an inch of water per irrigation zone and to no more than one hour per irrigation zone. The restrictions apply to water withdrawn from ground or surface water, from a private well or pump or from a public or private water utility. Irrigation limitations apply to all landscape irrigation not currently regulated by a consumptive use permit, which typically includes residential, commercial and industrial establishments. Golf courses, plant nurseries, agricultural crops, and sports recreational areas generally have consumptive use permits that specify their irrigation limitations. When daylight saving time returns on March 11, 2012, landscape irrigation will return to the two-day-a-week schedule. More details and information about exceptions is available on the Districts watering restrictions web page. Why advertise: Attract new customers Encourage repeat business Keep your business top of mind with shoppers Give your business a successful image Start the New Year...on a high note! Let us help you start attracting NEW Customers for 2012!Mandarin NewsLine Your Community Newspaper904-886-4919www.mandarinnewsline.com An inside perspective of City Hall

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Page 6, Mandarin NewsLine December 2011 www.MandarinNewsLine.com The Sheriff Reports By Contributing Writer John H. Rutherford, Duval County Sheriff EXCELLENCE IN ELDER CARE PROGRAMS AND SERVICESCALL TODAY! (904)260-1818 11401 OLD ST. AUGUSTINE RD. | JACKSONVILLE, FL 32258WWW.RIVERGARDEN.ORGProviding personalized medical and skilled nursing care in a gracious residential settingAHCA 5 STAR RATED COMMUNITY for excellence in long-term careGOVERNORSGOLD SEAL AWARD5 time recipient Katherine B. Ashley, CPA, is a Certified DivorceFinancial Analyst who will: Help you to understand the tax implications ofdivorce Assist in developing detailed household budgets Help you to protect your assetsYou need an advocate on your side who knows how toprotect your interests. Call Katherine at 268-7809 or email kashley@kbacpa.net for an appointment.Katherine B. Ashley,CPA,CDFA3000 HartleyRd.,Suite 10 Jacksonville,FL 32257 (904) 268-7809 www.kbacpa.net Dont Let[Divorce]Kick Your Assets!taxes?what should I do?finances?household budgets?questions? Concerns about your drinking water?Call the Water Treatment Company Jacksonville has trusted for over 20 Years. Straight answers No high pressure. 262 0197 3760 KORI RD. NOW Enrolling for our December Winter CampAmy Barnett, Certied Riding Instructor by the American Riding Instructor Association (The only ARIA certied instructor in Jacksonville) Gingerbread Acres, LLC 12567 Aladdin Rd. Jacksonville, Florida 32223904-654-3561 Here are some safety tips provided by the JSO Community A airs Division: When parking: roll-up the windows; lock the vehicle; take your keys with you. Dont leave garage door openers or house keys in your car. Dont leave children or pets unattended in a car. If you must keep anything in your car that identi es where you live, such as insurance cards or registration, make sure to lock the glove box or compartment where you store them, in addition to locking your car doors. If shopping after daylight hours, park and walk in lighted areas. Shop with a friend if possible and not alone. Remember where you park! Women: If someone grabs you, scream re this will get peoples attention and assistance more easily than help. Dont look vulnerable or distracted. Dont leave the store loaded up with packages; dont fumble for your keys while walking; dont talk on the phone or text while moving through a parking lot or in and out of stores; remove earphones. Keep purses, handbags, backpacks close to your body. Be purposeful in your actions. It is recommended that electronics purchases (or jewelry and other expensive items) be made last, if you are out shopping at multiple stores, so you do not have to store them in the car during other stops. If you must leave valuable items in your car, place items out of sight before reaching your destination or move them inconspicuously. Load your trunk when you leave a location never open a trunk, ll it full of valuables, close it, and then just walk away to do more shopping or other errands. Thieves check glove compartments, behind seats, and under seats. It only takes a few seconds to check all the usual hiding places in the car where people leave things. Never think Ill just be a minute and leave a car unlocked or worse, leave the engine running. It takes just a few seconds to break into or steal a car. While out and about, present an alert appearance. Be aware of your surroundings; scan the area from time to time. Avoid concentrating so hard on shopping that you fail to keep track of your surroundings, others near you or your personal property. Shop with friends or relatives if possible; there is safety in numbers. As you shop, be alert in crowded places. Among pickpockets favorites are revolving doors, jammed aisles, elevators and public transportation stops and vehicles, especially at rush hour. Carry the days most expensive purchases closest to your body and dont carry so much you lose the ability to react quickly. If possible, leave your children with a baby-sitter while you are shopping. For holiday shopping, consider making arrangements with family or friends/neighbors and take turns baby-sitting. If you take your children with you, keep a close eye on them while shopping. Using debit or credit cards is much safer than carrying a lot of cash. If the vendors you will visit dont take cards, consider obtaining travelers checks which, unlike cash, can be replaced if lost or stolen. Visit ATMs only at well-lighted and populated locations; visit during daylight hours if possible. Using the drive-up is usually safer than walking up or into a facility. Remember to scan around you as you make your withdrawal. Many ATMs now have sheye mirrors mounted above the keyboard to enable you to view the entire surrounding area while conducting business; try to patronize ATMs so-equipped and use the mirror! If anyone is loitering or you dont like their looks, go to another ATM. Stand so that those behind you cannot see your PIN as you enter it; your PIN should never be written down on or carried with your ATM card. Be observant. Avoid dark areas, short-cuts, cul-de-sacs and suspicious persons. Stay near light and people. Be prepared to ee potential problems. If apprehensive about any location for any reason, leave. Consider carrying a whistle. Weapons are not recommended, and may be unlawful. At home: Harden the Target and dont be a victim of crimes of opportunity. The holidays mean people are busy! Dont get careless. Garage doors should be kept closed, unless you working in it, or outside in the driveway or yard near the garage (within eyesight). Thieves drive through neighborhoods looking for open garage doors. Do not display gifts under a tree in a front window for passing tra c to see, especially when you are not home. Cars, even those parked at your home, should remain locked when not in use. Keep your home lit when not occupied. Have a trusted neighbor or friend take in your mail and paper when you are away. There is power in numbers Neighborhood Watch programs that alert their members about crimes of opportunity quickly become unattractive targets. Remind your children not to share personal information on the internet (I just got a new) and not in their text messages or on their social networking sites (I think were going on a trip for Christmas.) Never share personal information, such as a home address, on unrestricted/nonsecure websites or pages. And remember, banks do not ask for account veri cation via the internet. Those can be phishing messages. Do not open them and do not respond. When receiving electronics or other valuable items ( at screen TVs; cell phones; computers; electronic games), make sure you break down the boxes and put them in a dark refuse bag before placing outside for trash pick up. Dont advertise your possessions. Etch your drivers license number on all electronic devices. Record your serial numbers and place this list with your insurance documents. A oor safe or larger (heavy) re proof safe or safety deposit box is recommended. Small re boxes or safes can be easily carried from your home. Please call 630-2160 to join a Sheri s Advisory Council (ShAdCo) or visit jaxsheri .org to learn more!Celebrate the holiday season by donating to the library! Honor a loved one with your holiday contribution or simply spread some cheer by donating to your communitys best resource for lifelong learning. Suggested donation for new materials: $25 Childrens Book $25 Young Adult/Teen Book $25 Music CD $25 Film/Movie DVD $35 Adult Fiction or Non ction Book $45 e-Book $50 Audio Book $50 Reference Book Questions? Call 630-4637 or e-mail jpldev@coj.net.Give the perfect holiday gift Holiday safety tips

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To see which Duval County Public Schools held a press conference in early November to announce that the funds have been raised to save wrestling, junior varsity soccer and slow-pitch softball for the 2011-12 school year. Thanks to the e orts of several individuals including Pat Fairfax, Mike Levine, Barry Dixon, Steve Satchell, Michael Goodman, David Bailey and Doug Alred, approximately $87,000 was raised to keep these sports in Duval County public schools. In order to save these programs, fundraisers were organized by these individuals to show support for their respective sport. I am very happy that due to the dedication of key in-Several more Duval County sports programs saveddividuals and organizations, we are able to continue these sports programs this year and our students will be able to participate in the activities they enjoy, said Superintendent Pratt-Dannals. Students sometimes need a release from their academic studies and we are thrilled that despite the budget shortfall students will still have a positive way to express their energy. Lacrosse is the one remaining sport program that is continuing to raise the money needed to be saved this school year. Several fundraisers have been held recently to try and secure the necessary funds that will allow this program to remain in schools for the 201112 school year.Merry Christmas! Yes, Merry Christmas! Not Happy Holidays! Or even worse, Happy Winter Festival! The annoying argument will come up again this Christmas season as to whether it is more politically correct wishing everyone Merry Christmas! or Happy Holidays! When was the last time you heard any reasonable person say they were offended by being wished a Merry Christmas!? Jacksonvilles usually spineless school board eradicated the December Christmas break for public schools years ago, replacing it with Winter break. In the ultimate act of hypocrisy, they still time Winter break around Christmas, but refuse to acknowledge the Christmas holiday. Store clerks, who happily take our money during the busy Christmas season usually say, Happy Holidays! when our transaction is completed. They almost always give a nice smile when you return with Merry Christmas! or the alternate, Its okay to wish me a Merry Christmas! While the Christmas season is a time to re ect on many things, one of the most important is those who would have us live in a completely secular world, without acknowledgment of religious observances. Thats been unsuccessfully tried before in the now-departed Soviet Union. Our morals and ethics dont evolve from secular teachings, but from the non-secular world. While we always want separation of church and state, that mainly applies to having a national Political commentaryNo reasonable person is o ended by Merry Christmas!By J. Bruce Richardsonreligion or a particular faith recognized by the government as the only choice. The Middle East continues to grapple with this concept as more Middle Easterners seek freedom from their religious persecutors demanding strict adherence to single teachings and sharia law. We wish them well, but hope they dont go as far as the politically correct class in the United States who are afraid to o end any one person in any way. The politically correct class would rather o end entire groups of people such as Christians than have one atheist feel uncomfortable by seeing a Christmas tree. To them, pluralism only works in one direction. The rights of each of us end at the point the rights of the person next to us begin. In the unbalanced politically correct world, the rights of those opposed to us enjoying the Christmas season far outweigh the rights of those wishing to celebrate Christmas. As a nation, we have regular elections. If a majority dont like the way government is doing something, we have the ability to change through peaceful means. If those in o ce wish to preside over a Christmas season or a Buddhist Songkran season, thats okay as long as the voters approve. If the voters dont like it, take those in charge out of power and replace them with someone who believes as you do and will follow the law. Jacksonvilles school board is long due for change on this issue; they fret and worry more about keeping a very few happy than a majority. Merry Christmas! to everyone celebrating Christmas. Happy Holidays! to those not wishing to celebrate Christmas. Bah, Humbug! to those wishing to abstain. To everyone, Happy New Year! J. Bruce Richardson, a resident of Jacksonville, has created many successful marketing, advertising, public relations, fundraising and political campaigns. A former newsroom sta er of the late Jacksonville Journal, Mr. Richardson has an educational background in management and nance. 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To enhance that experience for patients, Baptist Medical Center South opened the expansion of its Emergency Center on November 14. The 20,000 square foot, $11 million project more than doubles the Emergency Center in size. The expansion adds 16 private patient rooms, bringing the total number of rooms in the Emergency Center to 33. The expansion also adds three new triage rooms, where patients are typically brought upon arrival so that their individual needs may be assessed. A new triage work area will aid in the rapid evaluation of patients and will allow for the centralization of blood draws, EKGs and the starting of IV uids. We have experienced tremendous growth in the number of patients who are looking for another choice for their emergency care, said Matthew Rill, MD, medical director of Baptist Souths Emergency Center. We are seeing patients traveling from the Northside and the southern parts of St. Augustine. This additional space will help improve our ability to rapidly assess patients and decrease their wait times. In 2010, more than 41,000 visits were made to the Baptist Medical Center South Emergency Center and that number is expected to increase with the additional capacity. The new, larger facility will accommodate up to 70,000 visits per year. The layout of the new space is divided up into two, eight-room care clusters, each with a dedicated nursing station, equipment and sta said Michael Aull, RN, MSN, CEN, director of Emergency Services. We will be able to streamline processes and communication, creating the best experience possible for our patients. There are examination rooms specially equipped for pediatrics, orthopaedics, obstetrics/gynecolo-Emergency Center expansion now opengy and psychiatric care. All rooms are private and include a bedside monitor with 12-lead EKG capability for heart monitoring and a 27 at-screen television. The hospital utilizes an electronic medial record for improved patient safety. Emergency Center nurses, other caregivers and sta will have portable laptop computers for bedside documentation and information-sharing with patients. Baptist Souths Emergency Center is a certi ed Stroke Center and an accredited Chest Pain Center. The hospitals new cardiac catheterization lab, which opened in September 2011, allows the hospital to care for those patients who need diagnostic catheterizations and peripheral vascular studies. The second phase of construction will recon gure the reception and registration areas and relocate the security o ce closer to the emergency center entrance. This phase is scheduled to begin in late November and should be nished in early spring. The Emergency Centers expansion also includes shelled-in space for future growth.Please join Councilman Matt Schellenberg on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 6:00 p.m. Loretto Elementary School Mini Auditorium 3900 Loretto Road To discuss issues facing District 6 (Mandarin) This meeting is open to the public For more information please call 630-1388Town Hall Meeting Jim Taylor provides TaylorMade SolutionsCall me at 904-705-1692 or TaylorMade4You@bellsouth.net to discuss how I can provide Solutions tailor-made for You.Managerial Accounting ServicesOver 30 years experiencePersonal & Business Income Tax PreparationFormer Internal Revenue Agent & Lic. to practice before the IRS Excel Spreadsheet Design, Training, & Support QuickBooks Set-Up, Training & SupportYear End is fast approaching. Call me now to review your QuickBooks setup, financials and year-end payroll & 1099s. cats. This helps keep the animals out of the shelter and give the opportunity to show them again on the next Saturday and nd them a permanent home. MacReynolds is quick to say, We always will do a foster home situation for up to two weeks so a potential adopter can make sure it is the right t for them. That makes a win-win situation for the potential adopter and the animal. The pet gets out of the shelter for a week or two and the potential adopter gets to try a pet with no strings attached to see if it is a good t. Volunteers are needed to help hold dogs on Saturdays, clean cat cages one morning or evening a week and as dog transporters. Used blankets and towels are needed for the dogs at the shelter so they wont be lying on concrete. The group always needs canned dog and cat food, cat litter, used cat carriers, dog crates, leashes, collars and any of the things associated with a pet. Since its beginning, Anas Angels has adopted out over 1,600 pets. MacReynolds passion for pets and her e orts for this cause began when she worked at a vets o ce where she was taking pets home with her. She fed kittens at night while studying for her college exams. She has now directed her passions through Anas Angels.Anas Angels cont from pg. 1

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What better way to get in the mood than to attend their initial o ering The Messiah on Saturday December 3 at 8:00 p.m.? This wonderful and inspiring masterpiece by Handel was rst performed in Dublin in 1742 and is to this day one of the most famous oratorios ever written. Telling the greatest story ever told, using passages from the Bible, it will be performed by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with soloists Sarah Jane McMahon, Rebecca Ringle, Matt Boehler and Matt Morgan. The following day, Sunday December 4 at 3:00 p.m., the Symphony will present the immortal choral ballet, Gift of the Magi. The story follows a young married couple, very much in love, but facing dif- cult times. At Christmas, each makes a generous sacri ce to give the other a special gift. The EncoreCelebrate the holidays with musicBy Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville Universityperformance will feature dancers from Jacksonville University and the Fleming Island High School Womens Chorus. On December 9 at 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., December 10 at 8:00 p.m. and December 11 at 3:00 p.m., you can once again enjoy holiday favorites with the orchestra and chorus plus tenor Benjamin Brecher, who brought the house down in last seasons Celtic Celebration. On December 12 a free holiday concert will be presented by the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. A complete change of pace will occur on December 16 at 8:00 p.m., December 17 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. and December 18 at 2:00 p.m., when the activities will switch to the Moran Theater where the beloved ballet The Nutcracker will be featured. A Symphony tradition for many years, it will feature as always, local young dancers in the magical tale. On December 20 at 8:00 p.m., another event will take place at the Moran Theater. This one will feature one of todays most acclaimed contemporary Christian artists, Michael W. Smith, performing with the Symphony and the UNF Chamber Singers in a heartwarming presentation of Christmas favorites which are sure to delight the whole family. Finally, to close out the month and 2011, Ring out the Old and Ring in the New with conductor Fabio Mechetti and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Last years inaugural bash was such a success, that the idea of presenting a concert, party and reworks to celebrate the New Year is becoming a new tradition! Tickets and additional information on all these events can be obtained at 354-5547 or on the web at JaxSymphony.org. I might add that another free Jacksonville Symphony Ensemble concert of special local interest, entitled Cover the Town with Sound, will take place on January 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the San Juan De Rio Catholic Church in St. Johns.Mandarins River Garden Hebrew Home is non-sectarian, mission-driven, with a year history of excellence in elder care programs and services, maintains Martin A. Goetz, chief executive o cer. He emphasizes the nonsectarian agency provides longterm care, Alzheimers/dementia care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, adult day care, independent living and case management. As a ve-time recipient of the Florida Governors Gold Seal Award for Excellence in LongTerm Care and ve-star ratings by regulatory authorities, we have consistently been identi- ed as the areas pre-eminent provider of elder care programs and services, Goetz remarks. Mindful of this, River Garden chaplain Rabbi Mark Wieder must serve residents from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds while being supportive of Jewish identity, informed by Jewish values. He asks himself: How do we live a life of respect for the inherent dignity of every person? Rabbi Wieder considers Judaic precepts on treating seniors with dignity, particularly for International Human Rights Day (December 10). The Human Rights Day Declaration was drafted between January, 1947 and December 10, 1948 to form a basis for human rights globally and was a signi cant change of direction from events during World War II and colonialism rife at the time. Treatment of River Garden elders is ostensibly based on an extensive Resident Bill of Rights, but the Jewish connection and values are more simple and basic, Rabbi Wieder asserts. Were told in Exodus and in Deuteronomy, Honor your father and your mother. All rights ow out of this pre-How do we dignify every person?By Contributing Writer Herb Drillcept, including being treated with consideration, respect, dignity; being granted privacy; not being discriminated against, and having a voice in decisions. Another basic Jewish precept is humans are created betselem Elohim, in Gods image. This doesnt mean we resemble God physically, but rather that we have the potential for creativity, wholeness, godliness. Seeing the spark of the Divine in everyone, whether a resident, client, family member or sta er, reminds us to treat everyone with special consideration.Mandarins Herb Drill is a career journalist (herbert.drill@gmail. com). 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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2011 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 11 Pat WanasNew York trained haircolor specialistSenior colorist in well-known salon in trendy Manhattan area now here in Jacksonville to make you beautiful! 50% off haircut with any color service $10 off womens cut $5 off mens cut 904 868 0886 CCA, a K-12 school, oers college-prep curriculum that includes ne arts, sciences, and competitive athletics. New name, same commitment. CCA, formerly Mandarin Christian School, is continuing the 16-year tradition of a quality education in a caring, loving Christian environment. Campus Tour & Informational MeetingDec. 9 and Jan. 13 9:00 A.M.Please RSVP to 904.268.8667 for the date of your choice. ...MORE THAN A COLLEGEPREP PRIVATE SCHOOL CHRISTS CHURCH ACADEMY K-1210850 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville 904-268-8667www.ccajax.orgAccredited by: FCIS, ACSI, FKC, SACS Holiday happenings have a way of bringing out sparkling eyes and happy smiles. Jacksonville residents are fortunate to have nearby access to destinations with special events that others must travel thousands of miles to see. With the kids o from school, consider the following day trips for an enchanted holiday outing. Sea World amusement park in Orlando runs The Polar Express Experience until early January. In previous years, I climbed aboard their magical train with my grandchildren and delighted in a ride that was incredibly authentic to the book. In this case, however, the North Pole showcases Beluga whales and the e ect is quite magical. For Floridians, ICE at Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee brings a winter wonderland to life. The resort is transformed into a frozen walk-through park with hand-carved ice sculptures and buildings. This years frosty theme is Shrek the Halls and kids and teens join the fun slipping down ice slides and frolicking in a snowball park. Be sure to bring hats and gloves; parkas are provided. Holidays in History on Jekyll Island features the historic district decorated in Christmas grandeur and special themed tours take guests back in time the Clubs gilded era. They dont rush the season, so the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival doesnt happen until the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Visit for storytelling, caroling and craft workshops as well. On St. Simons Island the King and Prince Resort decorates their lobby with a 21 foot tree and a fantastic display of Holiday events for travelersBy Contributing Travel Writer Debi Lander, www.bylandersea.comgingerbread houses. St. Augustines Night of Lights holiday extravaganza continues past the holidays to the end of January. Drive down to Americas oldest city and gaze at over two million white lights shining from downtown buildings, trees and the bridges. And neighboring Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church celebrates by presenting an elaborate live nativity called A Bethlehem Visit. This year the event involves over 200 local volunteers and is set for 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12. Wherever your plans take you, I wish you safe travels and happy holidays.Excitement was in the air as close to 200 Northeast Florida Realtors and guests attended the Durbin Crossing Celebrate Success Realtor Event in early November. The evening cocktail event, held at the South Amenity Center in Durbin Crossing, provided Realtors with networking opportunities and the chance to learn more about the communitys premier builders. Realtors were honored for contributing to the tremendous success of Durbin Crossing and for making it one of the fastest selling communities in Northeast Florida. This was the perfect opportunity to say thank you to our Realtors for their hard work, said Jason Sessions, Sessions Development. Its also a great way for Realtors to personally meet and get up-todate on the latest information from Durbin Crossings premier builders. Builders who participated in the event included Advantage Homes, Dream Finders Homes, Drees Homes, D.S. Ware Homes, Holder Johnson Homes, Mattamy Homes, Mercedes Local community hosts Celebrate Success realtor eventHomes, Providence Homes, Richmond-American and Ryland Homes. We enjoy a special relationship with the areas top Realtors. We appreciate them so much and never take for granted that they choose Durbin Crossing to bring their clients to, said Susan Wood of Wood Development.Developers Catherine Kincaid, Jason Sessions, Rick Wood, Susan Wood at the Celebrate Success event. The builders in Durbin Crossing have reason to celebrate as they reported outstanding sales in 2011. Durbin Crossing has been the fastest selling community in recent quarters according to Metrostudy, the nations leading provider of housing statistics. St. Johns County continues to be the leader in North Florida for new home starts. Please join us for Holiday Worship Services ALL are WelcomeMandarin Location 6595 Columbia Park Court 32258Christmas Eve Services, Saturday, December 24 at 4:00 and 6:00 pm Christmas Day Service Sunday, December 25 at 9:30 amBaymeadows Location 7860 Southside Blvd 32256Christmas Eve Services, Saturday, December 24 at 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 pm Christmas Day Service, Sunday, December 25 at 11:00 am Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church Mandarin NewsLine is YOUR Community Newspaper! Send us your community news!editor@mandarinnewsline.com

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Page 12, Mandarin NewsLine December 2011 www.MandarinNewsLine.com WhenInnovation AndTradition Come Together, Educational Excellence Is Taken To A Whole New Level WhenInnovation AndTradition Come Together, Educational Excellence Is Taken To A Whole New Level Smart Boards provide 21st century learning experience Skyping provides global connectiveness, expanding the classroom beyond the walls of the school Students learn to create digital work portfolios and use cutting edge technology Breakout sessions promote small group discussions and improve comprehensionBilingual education stimulates brain developmentNow accepting applications for the 2012 school yearFinancial assistance and the LIFT tuition grant are availableFor more information or to schedule a tour, call 904-268-4200, ext. 147Visit us in Mandarin or online at www.mjgds.org Lindell & Farson, P.A.Attorneys At LawConveniently Located in South Mandarin 12276 San Jose Blvd., Suite 126 Jacksonville, FL 32223-8630904-880-4000 www.lindellfarson.com J. 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Eventually, to the North Poles distress, kids grow up and lose their faith in Old St. Nick. They decide that he never existed and theyre too mature to believe in such a childish fable. Several of you can probably relate to this scenario, but how do we keep the spirit of Santa Claus in our hearts so that we see the difference between being childlike and childish? Most teens have several memories of Santa Claus that they deeply cherish. Amanda Velez, age 16, remembers when she left out milk and cookies for Santa as well as treats for the reindeer. When I was in kindergarten, my sister and I used to get oatmeal, stu it into little bags, and put it in our shoes for the reindeer to eat, she recalls. Of course, they wrote St. Nick a letter every year. We said what we wanted for Christmas, and asked how the reindeer and Mrs. Claus were doing. Being the middle child, Velez enjoyed celebrating and spreading her Christmas spirit with her older sister and younger brother. It was magical when Christmas time would come around. We would set up the tree and think I cant wait for Santa Claus to come. How does she feel about Santa Claus now? I guess I like the feeling of Santa Claus giving gifts to people. Another teen, Heather White, age 17, has similar memories of Santa Claus. My mom, brother and I would bake cookies and pour a glass of milk for Santa. For the reindeer I used to leave out a bag of oats with confetti in the yard. Her biggest Christmas memory, however, was the year she received a castle from old St. Nick. One year, I wished for a castle and, on Christmas morning, there was a play castle in the back yard that my friends, brother and I could climb on, White shares. Although shes not a believer anymore, White says she Youth SceneDo you believe?By Megan Crawfordstill appreciates the concept of Santa Claus. I see him as more of a thought; a person being giving and reminding everyone to be thankful. Whether you believe or not, the thought of Santa Claus caring enough about someone to make sure they have a wonderful holiday is enough to put a smile on anyones face. Seeing a little childs happiness reminds those 13 and older to release their inner child. Its as if Santa gives the gift of innocence to all the good teenagers and adults every year. Perhaps if we keep an open mind and heart, Santa Claus will continue to check o our grown up Christmas lists. Winter Celebration in Mandarin, a festival that draws more than 1,000 visitors each year, begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 3, with the Mandarin Presbyterian Childrens Choir, followed by the Jacksonville Community Band. The afternoon will be lled with original folk music and traditional tunes by well-known local musicians. The event, now in its 12th year, is sponsored by the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society. It will be held at the Walter Jones Historical Park, located at 11964 Mandarin Road. The musical lineup is terri c, said Fred Hulett, society president. We hope people will come and stay awhile to listen to the performances and enjoy all the other activities on a historic homestead on the banks on the St. Johns River. Hayrides, train rides, historical reenactors, nature crafts, games and, of course, Santa return again this year, Hulett said. Ron Parks of Middleburg will exhibit his replica of the H.L. Hunley, the Confederate submarine that was sunk in Charleston in 1864. Crafts include bulb planting by a master gardener and art projects by the Art League of Jacksonville. Costumed reenactors add to the old-fashioned atmosphere, said Karen Roumillat, event coordinator. Victorian Ladies of the Golden Teacup will teach participants how make a new ornament. Lindsay Schwieterman Fait, Mandarins Harriet Beecher Stowe, will perform as the famous author and abolitionist. Were excited to welcome four students as our newest reenactors, Roumillat said. Piper McInall, 15, daughter of Janet and Steve McInall of Fruit Cove, will be our rst reenactor of the Spanish Colonial period in the 1740s in St. Augustine. Mandarin Middle School seventh graders Adam and Olivia Rhoads, 13, twins whose parents are Koren and Greg Rhoads of Mandarin and Michelle Fetzer, 12, daughter of Julie and Dirk Fetzer, will Winter Celebration coming to Mandarinbe children in the Jones family who grew up on the early 1900s homestead. Baton twirlers from Phenomenon Twirlers will also perform. Mandarin Garden Club and Duval County Master Gardeners will have displays. The Mandarin Museum will be open all day. The 1875 farmhouse will open at 12:30 p.m. The societys annual collectible ornament this year depicts historic Mandarin Road with the horse trough in the middle. Roumillat said it will be sold for $5 in the museum gift shop. Park admission is free. Tickets for the hayrides and train rides are $2 each. All proceeds support the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society. Parking is available at the Mandarin Presbyterian Church across the street. For more information and a full schedule of events, please visit www.mandarinmuseum.net.Ladies of the Golden Teacup Victorian reenactors teach children and adults how to make holiday ornaments. Julington Creek Annual Light ParadeSaturday, Dec. 3 6:30 p.m.Starting at Julington Creek Bridge

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Comparing contrasting cultures divided by time but not by place was never more evident as when on November 4 the travel group of the Mandarin Womens Club (MWC) journeyed to Fernandina Beach for their monthly adventure. The fun began when Pat and Chuck Panella of Amelia Island Plantation graciously welcomed the group for a tour of their private residence. Co ee and pastries were ready for enjoying as was the chance to wander through the beautiful surroundings, inside and out. Nestled amongst giant oaks, architecturally designed with meandering walkways and owing waterways, the house was right at home on the bank of a large freshwater lake. The interiors were expansive and elegant yet homey, full of visual surprises and thoughtful detailing, with the perfect Mandarin Womens Club visits historic Fernandina BeachBy Contributing Writer Tess Hart-Ross, Mandarin Womens Clubinterior layout for entertaining and large family gatherings. The Panellas congeniality almost made us forget we were just visiting! The next stop, the Amelia Island Museum of History, highlighted the sharp contrast of the areas past and present. How mind-expanding it was to travel from the most modern of residences to the recreation of a Timucuan Indian villageand how fortunate for the visitors that our remarkable hostess, not only being on the museums board, is also an entertaining, eloquent tour guide. One hour and 400 years of Indians, Spanish and French invaders, pirates and local lore later, the group reassembled for lunch in downtown Fernandina and declared the day another successful outing. The Mandarin Womens Club is a social club, giving all women of the area the opportunity for meeting new friends, learning new things and sharing the enjoyment of northeast Florida. Some of the many activities include day trips, antiquing, as well as Bunco, bridge and Mah Jongg gatherings. For more information, please call Kay at 5212524. For required reservations for the monthly luncheon/program, held the fourth Thursday of most months at the Ramada Inn, please contact Iris at 268-2459.Mrs. Baltars and Mrs. Toths eighth grade classes from St. Josephs Catholic School helped the Mandarin Food Bank by collecting food for needy families for the holidays. The students gave out bags to the parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church on October 22 and 23 for their service project. Each bag had a list of food wanted from the Mandarin Food Bank. The next weekend the students came back to collect the bags lled with food. The eighth graders, their parents and teachers loaded up trucks with the bags and drove to the food bank. The donated food was then sorted out by A Helping Hand: St. Josephs 8th grade food driveBy Contributing Writers Madeline Arlinghaus and Zoe Smolios, St. Josephs Catholic School the food bank volunteers. The food bank workers said that this was the most that they have ever collected, considering they had to take up both sides of the food bank! One of the eighth graders, Tressa Bleau, said, Working the food drive was fun because you got to work with your friends and do a good deed at the same time. The Mandarin Food Bank helps families yearround. They make sure that everyone, including the less fortunate, is fed for the holidays and they give out over 450 turkeys around Thanksgiving. Make sure you donate to the Mandarin Food Bank!

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Revolution can be something that sparks change, but it also means a circular motion. Its almost a paradox when a writer puts these two ideas together, literally or guratively. I love the theme this year because there are so many ways one can interpret it, says 12th grader Renee Reneau. Adds creative writing major After recently turning 84, most people dont strike out on a new missionyet that is exactly what Sarah Bailey has done. She is not sitting idly by resting on her laurels as St. Johns County Commissioner from 1984 to 1992 or having a notable history in Florida State agriculture. She was named the Woman of the Year in Agriculture for the State of Florida in 1993. An avid horsewoman, she has journeyed trails throughout Florida and seen some remarkable scenery. Yet she says, Northeast Florida is blessed with some of the most remarkable and special natural features in Florida. Her mission now is to bring public awareness and care to those natural blessings. For years Julington Creek, Durbin Creek, the Peninsula and Twelve Mile Swamp have been under constant pressure from the burgeoning development and growth of both Duval and St. Johns counties. At a recent Third Thursday Lecture hosted by the Mandarin Historical Society at the Mandarin Community Center, she summarized to the audience her new mission to preserve these natural resources. She outlined the forces that are attacking these watersheds, things such as septic tanks, aggressive development invasion and extreme recreational activities. Her plan is to gather people together to expand awareness of the problems and develop e orts to pressure these areas and mitigate damage already done. As a result she has formed the Julington-Durbin Creeks Conservation Foundation or J-DCCF. The foundation has the mission of being dedicated to the conservation of its water resources, shore and water habitats, recreational uses, and Ameris Bank launched its second annual Helping Fight Hunger initiative during the month of October and collected 152,843 nonperishable food items and $8,986 in donations. Ameris Bancorp pledged to match each item donated with a like food item or the monetary equivalent. With the support of this match, a total of 157,843 non-perishable food items and $121,148 in cash donations was donated to local food banks throughout the southeast. In the Jacksonville area, a total of 9,590 items and $4,774 in donations was donated to Lutheran Social Services through Second Harvest North Florida, the Mandarin Food Bank, Clara White Mission, Abundant Joy Christian Fellowship, Inc. and Green Cove Springs Food Pantry.Sarah Bailey starts new preservation missionBy Karl Kennellits surrounding watersheds. This foundation is modeled on a very successful foundation formed in Sanibel-Captiva, Florida. Following their example, Bailey wants to work to identify the problems, create a plan and access resources for preservation. Many grants for preservation go by the wayside for lack of pursuit, she says. She describes herself by saying, Im not a professional but just an individual with a passionate interest in this e ort. She is looking for other individuals who are willing to come forward and help preserve our creeks. She says the plan is for two annual meetings with committees formed to meet on a more regular basis. If you see yourself joining Sarah Bailey as she strikes out on this mission, you can reach her by calling 287-1763. She extended an open invitation to come talk with any group that is interested in learning more about the creeks and the Julington-Durbin Creeks Conservation Foundation. After all, what better way to start something than by having a person with years of experience and commitment begin the journey?Youth Arts UpdateEnjoy original student work at Co ee HouseBy Danielle WirsanskyBrittany Soder, [The theme] makes people connect over a single broad idea and showcase multiple perspectives. Its just cool. Any DA student can audition, as long as the content of their piece is original and related to the theme. Dancers choreograph pieces, musicians compose their own selections and writers get the chance to collaborate with all the other arts departments. Says 12th grader Julia Fluker, It is the most raw re ection of what Douglas Anderson has to o er. While the school has other showcases of student work from the larger and better known Extravaganza to the smaller, cozier Kaleidescope or Noodlerama performances held by the school, Co ee House stands out as a one of a kind exhibition. Reneau says, Its the departments one chance to showcase work to the entire school. Our quarterly readings dont have the biggest turnout and the bi-annual writers festival is on the pricey side. Co ee House draws everyone to come and enjoy work from our artists hearts. It never disappoints. Mandarin NewsLineYOURCommunity Newspapereditor@mandarinnewsline.com

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Page 16, Mandarin NewsLine December 2011 www.MandarinNewsLine.com traditionalists playing the wild card with the beans. James Harden and his wife believe that lentil beans are the secret to a avorful chili. No matter how you make it or what ingredients you swear by, one thing is for certain: Making chili is an art, according to judge Tommy Hazouri, former Mayor of Jacksonville. Each contestant received a certi cate of participation and a bottle of wine. First place went to Joyce Anderson. In addition to a $500 check, she received a trophy decked out in ames. Second place went to Amy Hagler, who received a check for $200 as well as a trophy. With winter right around the corner, it is the perfect time of year to gather with friends and loved ones around a nice warm pot of chili. Hey, if the cowboys out in the Wild West could do it, whats stopping us from raising our spoons and stirring things up here on the East Coast? 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In 2010, Phillippi was approached by Pastor Jason Cullum regarding three di erent Eagle Scout project opportunities, one of which was for a ag pole for the church Phillippi quickly accepted this project. The e ort took him approximately 10 months with well over 700+ hours planning and coordinating. He did presentations all over town seeking contributions, including the Mandarin Council, downtown with the Jacksonville City Council, his church, several classes, emails, internet research, phone calls, letters, personal visits to doctors, car dealerships, Home Depot, Lowes, family and friends. He made a goal to complete the project by Veterans Day 2011. The cost of the project was $3000 for the ag pole, American ag and Christian ag, concrete, dusk-to-dawn lights to illuminate the pole at night, wiring, conduit, hedges and various materials to accomplish the project. He had about 20 scouts and adult leaders and friends assist him on October 28 and Eagle Scout project completed in time to honor veteransBy Contributing Writer Dean Phillippi ASM / Chaplain Troop 101, NFC 29 and then he planned to coordinate the initial raising of the ag for Christs Church of- cially on Veterans Day. He owes a lot of thanks to everyone who contributed, including Buchanan Signand-Flag, Florida Rock, Home Depot, Atlas Manufacturing Company, our Councils, VFWs and American Legions. On Veterans Day, in honor of all the veterans and his devotion for Christs Church and for his community, Phillippi, along with Boy Scout Troop 101 led by Scout Master Walter Carter, was able to successfully raise the American ag and the Christian ag. Also in attendance were Phillippis father, Assistant Scout Master/Chaplain Dean Phillippi, his mother Linda Phillippi, several other scout leaders, Pastor Jason Cullum, Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Schellenberg who presented Phillippi with a plaque for the ag pole, VFW Post Commander Arden Battle who presented Phillippi with the VFW Cross of Malta pin, American Legion members, church members, community members and his family and friends. Bag pipes were played during the celebration. This Christs Church Veterans Day celebration and ag raising was also broadcast live on TV. Phillippis goal is to accomplish his Eagle Scout Award in January or February 2012. Chili Cook Off cont from pg. 1chili? According to executive chef Robert Tulko, who has been judging the Mandarin Chili Cook-o for ve years, when it comes to chili, it must cater to the audience. But everyone has their own opinion about what makes great chili. Lets hear what some of the contestants had to say. Participating for the rst time in the cook-o Chef Cheryl and cooking partner Ross both agree that the secret to a good bowl of chili is just the right amount of heat. It cant be too spicy. Kitlima Begier, also a rst time contestant, says otherwise. Its not always the heat. Its the rst bite that counts. Roger Frank and his wife claim that when it comes to spiciness, chili should give you avor, a little bit of heat, but no punishment. But there is more to chili than just spice, of course. The secret could also lie in the beans. Debbie Bullinger, with her Hot Diggity Dog Chili recipe, believes dark red kidney beans are the key to a good bowl of chili. Then there are the non-Many thanks to all the great chefs who competed in the Chili Cook Off! Mandarin NewsLineYOURCommunity Newspapereditor@mandarinnewsline.com

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Pictured are MCC President Susie Scott, Captain Donald Wojciechowski (USAF, Retired), Betty Stafford and Don Reynolds.This months movie review belongs to the lm Real Steel, an action packed science- ction lm great for kids and adults. Somewhere in the future, robot boxing takes the place of live human boxing as the public searches for greater sensationalism and matches that are more dangerous. Hugh Jackman portrays a down-on-hisluck boxing promoter, Charlie Kenton. While trying to recover from the recent loss of his last Mandarin High School students are making the most of the two weeks of December that school will be held. School this month looks like a lot of Benchmark testing, lasting from December 1 to December 9, with a few rewards sprinkled here and there. Midterm progress reports are issued on Thursday, December 1. The following Saturday, an SAT test session is taking place at Mandarin High beginning at 8:00 a.m. Remember to arrive on time and be equipped with an allowable calculator, sharpened pencils and your admission ticket. The school will have their rst annual Winter Ball on Saturday, December 3. Tickets are $20 each and you must be a Mandarin High student to attend. The ball will be held in the courtyard from 7:30 p.m. to MHS HappeningsHappy Holidays, Mustangs!By Rondene Grinam, MHS Student11:30 p.m. It will be cold, so remember to dress appropriately! On Thursday, December 15, the AICE Excalibur Award will be held after school to honor the hard work of all of Mandarins AICE Program students. Pins displaying the AICE emblem will be distributed to the students in attendance. Yearbooks are still on sale for $80. Order yours at yearbookordercenter.com and use the school code 2340 to identify your order. Seniors should be working on their Senior Quotes to be included in the yearbook. The quotes should be between 20 and 25 words and will be collected by the end of the month. Winter break begins on December 19 (including weather days) and lasts until January. Happy Holidays!Movie ReviewReal SteelDirected by: Shawn Levy. Starring: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly and Dakota Goyo. Review by T.G. StantonGood Movie, Glad to Have Seen It (4 out of 5)robot, he is informed that the son he abandoned has lost his mother. As it happens, his exsister-in-law is seeking custody and happens to have a husband with a heavy wallet. For a price, Charlie agrees to take in his 11-year-old son, Max Kenton, played by Dakota Goyo, for the summer. Charlie tends to go through money like other people go through water in the summer, so, they are soon again in need of a moneymaking robot ghter. After searching the robot graveyard, they nd one of the early robots and start training what seems to be an unlikely winner. With a little help from gym manager Bailey Tallet, depicted by Evangeline Lilly and a few spare parts left from previous bots, this sparring robot may have a chance. His opponents are newer bigger and stronger, but sometimes tougher is better and sometimes operator technique helps. During all of the action and drama, Charlie also comes to know his son and changes may be in his future. Shawn Levy directed this family action lm as a feel good lm that has you rooting for the underdog from the beginning and throughout. Sometimes that is Charlie, sometimes Max and at other times the robot named Atom. Another feature of this lm is the robots that were built in real life and computer generated; they provide the majority of the action. Dakota Goyo holds his own with Hugh Jackman and is endearing as the child who teaches his father not only what he was missing but how to develop responsibility. Hugh Jackman was also a pleasure to see in this new role: con-man promoter, redeemable and teachable, but also a ghter who is getting a second chance at being a winner and a father. Multiple other characters add depth and drama to the lm. Anyone who ever played Rock em-Sock em Robots will enjoy this lm in addition to the emotion evoked from the story. Veterans Day observed in Mandarin Merry Christmasfrom your friends at Mandarin NewsLine!

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Your onsite Athletic Trainer a t each weeks football games Hanukkah, Chanukah or Chanukano matter how you spell it, it is one of the most festive and joyous Jewish holidays of the year. And this year at Temple will be no exception. We invite you, your family and your friends to celebrate the holiday at Congregation Ahavath Chesed/The Temple, located at 8727 San Jose Boulevard on Saturday, December 18 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Throughout the evening, the Coleman room will be festive and fun with arts and crafts for children, a dreidle game table and a special story time by our friends at PJ Library. Temple teens are volunteering their time and talents. In the Block Social Hall, adults and children will enjoy Bingo games and the chance to win great prizes. Everyone will receive a bingo packet with admission. The family dinner served at 5:45 p.m. will include sizzling latkes and applesauce, a favorite holiday treat. Bingo Like plumbers and doctors, master gardeners sometimes get peppered with questions when it becomes known they are a trained specialist. Fortunately, the questions are pretty much the same. Often they re- ect common myths that have somehow become ingrained as local garden wisdom. Lets debunk some of these right now and give our master gardeners a break. Myth #1: If the grass growing in the shade is not doing well it needs more fertilizer. It seems almost everyone has some part of their lawn in shade and growing poorly. Invariably, more fertilizer is the chosen remedy but still, the grass wont grow. The truth is that all lawn grasses need a certain amount of sun for good growth, even so-called shade-tolerant types and no lawn grass grows well in all-day shade. Putting more fertilizer on it only adds to the stress. The solution is to plant something else there that likes shade. Or, if the shade is from a large tree, cover the area of poor growth with mulch. Both you and the tree will have less stress. Myth #2: The correct way to prune crape myrtle trees is to cut back all the branches, basically removing the top of the tree each year after it stops owering. This is a terrible thing to do to any tree. We wouldnt cut o the tops of magnolias or any other owering tree and we certainly shouldnt do it to a crape myrtle. I recently spent some time in Santa Rosa, California, where these beautiful trees are left to grow naturally. There were in full bloom and unbelievably gorgeous. Please, stop turning our crape myrtles into sad little hat racks. Myth #3: Treating your lawn and garden with pesticides on a regular schedule is a good way to prevent problems. There are so many reasons not to do this; I dont know where to start. Pesticides are poisons, but they cant kill a pest that isnt there. On the other hand, you may be killing o bene cial critters, in e ect creating a save haven for the pests when they do appear. You may also be contributing to toxic runo and you certainly are not making your yard safer for children and pets. There is a reason why pesticides have warnings on their labels. Read them. Use The last couple of months have been both interesting and rewarding for our members beyond the otillas normal services. September brought members and another otilla together at the Mudville Grill in Arlington to hear the experiences of a boating couple in traversing the Great Loop boat trail. Those present heard and saw the highlights of piloting a boat up the East Coast, through the Erie Canal and Great Lakes and down the Ohio and Mississippi River systems to the Gulf and connecting South Florida canal to the Atlantic. In October, Neal Armingeon, the St. Johns Riverkeeper, presented us his view on the state of the river and regaled us with good background. Personally, I found it striking that only 14 percent of the local population interacts with the river. I guess that doesnt count those who stroll beside it or enjoy its sunset views. Also giving us pause was the information that while dredging the river deeper has economic bene ts, it will also encourage salinity further inland to the detriment of veg-Temple Hanukkah Bingo and Fun Nightwill begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. The price for this evening of fun is only $11 for adults, $6 for children and free for children under three. The Hav-a-Heart for Hanukkah mitzvah project which began in November will grant wishes to anonymous Temple families and friends who cannot a ord to exchange gifts. All the gifts/wishes provided by the members of the congregation will be brought to the Temple by December 18 and distributed during Chanukah. Our thanks to our talented and generous committee: Suzette Allen, Isabel Balotin, Joelle Balotin, Amy Beyer, Michelle Branly, Beth Goldman, Lisa Grubowski, Cathy Klein, Dea Sims, Michelle Pargman, Jen Shedlin, Stacey Solof, Lisa Wright, Leslie Young. For questions or additional information, please call the Temple o ce at 733-7078 or email tempo18@comcast.net.United States Coast Guard Auxiliary UpdateCommunity and fellowshipBy Contributing Writer Ralph Little, Flotilla 14-8etation. Later in the month, our website, SafeBoatingJax.com, was the catalyst for a members assistance to the Haven Hospice of Palatka who brought together a eet of 18 boats to give rides to 65 children of patients. In addition to a boat, our otilla member assured all boats were safe for the venture. With the otillas annual election on November 1, our chief, Whit Vick, was reelected and will be assisted by his new deputy Kevin Koehl. Koehl and wife, Marlene, are enthusiastic newer members active in Public A airs, Marine Visitor, Information and Vessel Examination duties. Vick and Koehl, as well as Chris Vonderheide and Kyle George, provided daily patrols to maintain the security zone o Jacksonville NAS for the November 5 and 6 Air Show. Meanwhile, braving a sti breeze and cool temperatures on the ight line, members of various area otillas sta ed an exhibit jointly with the active Coast Guard. Our Change of Watch and dinner function to renew the leadership will be held on December 6 at our meeting place, the Florida Tackle and Gun Club on San Jose Boulevard at Goodbys Creek. Anyone with an interest in joining the Auxiliary can contact Charles Smith at 541-1660 and he will guide you through membership. GardeningCommon garden mythsBy Contributing Writer Master Gardener Camille Hunter with Duval County Extension, University of Florida/IFASproducts appropriately, only if and when you actually have a problem. Myth #4: Dig big, deep holes when planting trees and shrubs. Many times I am asked, Why isnt my (name of plant here) growing/blooming/thriving? Often the answer is simple. You can and should put tomato transplants deep in the soil, but for trees and shrubs and just about everything else, planting too deep makes life a struggle. Dig a very wide hole but only as deep as the rootball. Put plants in the ground with the top roots just at ground level. All trunk wood and the root air where roots begin should be above ground. If in doubt, plant a little high. If too deep in the ground your plant may not die but instead languish and fail to prosper. Mandarin NewsLineYOURCommunity Newspapereditor@mandarinnewsline.com I soar through my week with a smile.

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2011 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 21 Faith News 2010 Church Ad Project Shop all you want, but you wont nd the perfect Christmas gift in any store.the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)Christmas Eve Services: 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 11pm Christmas Day Service: 10:00 am Weekly Service Schedule: Sunday: 8am, 10:30am, 7pm H GHARDAGE GIDDENSFUNERAL HOMES & CEMETERIES 2011 Holiday Remembrance Service7:00 pm Friday, December 9th 2011 11801 San Jose Blvd904.288.0025 www.hgmandarin.comPlease join our family for our 2011 Holiday Remembrance Service and bring your memories of someone dear to you bring a picture, a favorite story light a candle and honor the place that wonderful person holds in your heart. Please RSVP before December 7th with your loved ones name to 904-288-0025, or email jeana.lind@dignitymemorial.com and send a photo if you would like your loved one in cluded in our Holiday Memorial DVD. Specialized Care for the individual with Alzheimers or similar memory loss. Almost HomeDAYBREAKAdult Day Care 731-4002License #9109MF 7am6pmwww.almosthomedaybreak.com 3604 Cardinal Point Drive Jacksonville, FL 32257-5581 Every parent wants to raise nancial geniuses. Weve explored nancial responsibility; now lets delve into some practical ways to equip your children, from toddlers to teens, as they learn to value a dollar. Little ones usually dont comprehend moneys value. In the van today, we discussed money-making opportunities. Were gearing up for our family trip and everyone wants some spending money! Andrew, age four, was shocked Id be willing to pay him $1 for an involved job. A whole dollar?! he exclaimed joyfully. That dollar lost its glamour quickly when we discussed how much a snack or souvenir will cost. Still excited, he now understands hell need to work hard to save for a fun trip just like Mom and Dad. Children have limited opportunities to earn money. Encourage them to be creative! Keep a paid jobs list. Dave Ramsey maintains and I agree, that certain chores are a childs contribution to family life and are unpaid. However, I often make a list of extra jobs Im willing to pay for. Allowance. If you say youre going to give it, keep your word! You may consider having standards the children must meet in order to receive it. Talk to the neighbors. A responsible child may be hired to walk a neighbors dog, babysit, mow lawns, rake leaves, pull weeds or house sit. Sell something! Neighborhood garage sales are bi-annual in most NW St. Johns County neighborhoods. Allow your child to set up a lemonade stand or join with friends to sell outgrown toys. Now that theyve earned some money, remind your family to Save, Spend and Give. Searching for a practical way to encourage saving? One First Christian Church (DOC) will host their annual Christmas concert featuring Michael Dell and the Heritage Singers on Tuesday, December 6. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. This concert provides an evening of wonderful music for the Christmas season. Hope to see you there! A Christmas musical The Promised Hopes . Starts with a Babys First Cry will be performed by the Mandarin United Methodist Churchs music department on Saturday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 at 8:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. All performances will be in the sanctuary located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard. Freedom Christian Fellowship invites you to our special services this Christmas season. On December 11 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. we invite you to our Christmas drama The Christmas Star. On Christmas Eve, December 24 at 6:00 p.m. we welcome you to our annual Family Carols, Candlelight and Communion Service. On Christmas Day, December 25, we are having one combined Family Service at 10:00 a.m. For more information, please call our church o ce at 268-2244. Join the Heritage Singers for an afternoon of holiday music beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 18 at The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, located at 12236 Mandarin Road. This event is free and open to the public. Nursery will be provided. A freewill o ering will be taken and a reception will follow. To celebrate Chanukah, Jewish Federations Shalom Jax and the YLD-Young Leadership Division invite you to a creative Menorah contest and dinner on December 13 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Lets Nosh on San Jose Boulevard. All you have to do is search the toy box, tool box, junk drawer or even the pantry for some items that you can use to create your own Chanukah menorah (Chanukiah). The menorah may or may not be usable but must sit on a shelf, hold eight candles plus a raised ninth candle (the Shamash). You are only limited by your imagination. All entries will be judged by local artists on their creativity and by age categories ( ve and under, six through eight, nine through 11 and family category). Please encourage your child or even your family to create a menorah and enter it in the contest. Prizes will be awarded. There is no entry fee for this contest but you must inform us of your participation. For more information, please contact Isabel Balotin at 4485000 x206. Are you feeling sad or lonely this Christmas? You are not alone. Join us for a special Blue Christmas Service on Tuesday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mandarin United Methodist Church Sanctuary, located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard.Purposeful ParentingThe Value of a Dollar Part 3: Practical ideasBy Allie Olsen, www.gracefullmom.comlocal dad matched savingsdollar for dollar. Adam Frederick remembers, Dad de nitely built into me a desire to save and watch my money closely. It was a lot of fun to watch the account grow. His Dad showed him monthly statements that tracked balance and interest gained every month over the ve years he matched savingsuntil Frederick started working. He built into all of us a lot of nancial ideas along the way. He cited Proverbs 22:7 when he taught me to always pay o credit cards at the end of the month and never build debt. Dad was very intentional, Frederick recalls. As your children get closer to adulthood, consider involving 11730 Old St. Augustine Rd. Jacksonville, Florida 904-268-5422ST. JOSEPHS CATHOLIC CHURCH Holiday Mass TimesChristmas Eve December 243:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m, 7:00 p.m and 12:00 a.m. Midnight MassChristmas Day December 258:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.Solemnity of Mary Vigil December 315:30 pm.Solemnity of Mary January 18:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.ReconciliationDecember 14 7:00 p.m. Parish Penance Service December 22 4:00 6:00 p.m. December 23 5:00 7:00 p.m. them in the family budget. Len Fontenot shared, I sat my kids down and showed them real life. Ive shown them how much comes in, how much goes out on basics, for savings, supplemental retirement and retirement, how much for emergency and how to manage and manipulate credit. My boys learn far better from what I show them as opposed to what I tell them. In other words if you are practicing what you preach show them how the family nances work and let real life be the teacher. Practice what you preach. As you train your children in nancial responsibility, remember you are writing part of your familys story. Let it be consistent of your values in the rest of lifefull of faithfulness and generosity. 13760 Old St. Augustine Road 32258 (Located next to Kohls) www.bartramparkanimals.com Where your pet can expect compassionate, knowledgeable care, ALWAYS! ( 904 ) 402 8222 50% OFF VaccinesEvery TuesdayWith this ad.(Fecal/Heartworm Test Req.) 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This is clearly a team that has improved talent-wise over the last three years, Smith said during Jaguars 2011 bye week. Were getting closer to where we want to go but were not there yet. We still have to continue to add players who can assist our cause to compete to win a world championship. Theres a process and with a process if youre trying to do it the right way, you have to have some patience. In saying that, you do have to see some progress being made. Sometimes, if youre not winning it doesnt appear as if enough good things are happening. But if youre an improving team, eventually youll be a winning team, a team that will be able to sustain winning, and thats our goal. Smith this week said while thats hard to see, it remains true and he said he believes the Jaguars will show improvement over the second half of the season. I want improvement and sustained winning, Smith said. I want the silver lining to be the second half, what we werent in the rst half a team that executes better and nishes the season better than we have our last two. This teams very capable of doing that. Smith also addressed the rst-half performance of rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert, the No. 10 overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. Gabbert, after spending the rst two games backing up Luke McCown, has started the last six games, completing 79 of 173 passes for 907 yards and ve touchdowns with four interceptions. But while there has been criticism of Gabbert in recent days and weeks, Smith said the experience of playing against the NFLs top four-ranked defenses Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Houston and Cincinnati has been invaluable. He also said the drops from the Jaguars receiving group havent helped the passing offense. Certainly, at the wide receiver position there are details we can continue to improve on, Smith said. You can be big. You can be fast. You can be tough. But the No. 1 thing you have to be able to do as a wide receiver is catch the football. We have to do that more consistently with our entire receiving group. I think when we do that youll see more sustained drives and more nished drives with touchdowns. Smith said while Gabbert has thrown for fewer than 100 yards in his last two starts, he doesnt worry that the rookie will lose con dence. Knowledge is con dence and hes knowledgeable at what hes doing because he prepares well, Smith said. I feel like his self-con dence is strong. His teammates certainly have con dence in him. Hes mentally strong. If youre not disappointed in some of the things you do or some of the mistakes you make, youre not setting high enough expectations for yourself and youre not striving to be the best. I know that he is. There is a process to this. You have to crawl. You have to walk. You have to run. I dont Jaguars update: Staying with the processBy Contributing Writer John Oehser, jaguars.com senior writerthink he needs any assistance walking. Hes certainly not in full stride yet, but hes working to be the best player he can be as soon as he can be. He also said Gabbert has the mental and physical skill set to be as good as he decides to be. To be great at what you do, you have to have passion for what you do, Smith said. Hes passionate about his profession. Happy New Year!from your friends at Mandarin NewsLine! Mandarin NewsLineEverybody Gets It. Everybody Reads It.JA@rtpublishinginc.com

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2011 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 23 Arts & Crafts Annual Loretto Elementary Arts & Crafts Fair The Annual Loretto Elementary Arts & Crafts Fair will be held at 3900 Loretto Road on November 19th, 8 am12 pm. Please come shop & have fun while supporting the Loretto Safety Patrols. If interested in being a vendor, please call (904) 268-8863.DaycareDaycare INFANT/TODDLER-Care. My Home (JCP) 20 years experience, References available (904) 294-3794.Help WantedWater Treatment Installer, experienced. For established Water Treatment Company. Bene ts 262-0197 or Fax: 260-6292. Seeking Licensed Massage Therapist @ A New U Massage(MM12329) Mandarin furnished massage room available NOW. Room rent is $375+ 7% tax ($401.25) a month. Rent can split w/other LMT. Phone: 904-288-0064 Join the Baptist South circle of care. Visit e-baptisthealth.com for the most up to date list of job openings. Listings are updated daily and change often. 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So my famous mantra is now more timely than ever Go Shopping in your Closet! Also our mode of dressing is more relaxed, making the dress Mandarin NewsLine Marketplace ads!886-4919 code parameters di erent. The terms Casual Elegant, Dressy Casual and Smart Casual are the explanations identifying proper dress for events on our Holiday calendars. What is this casual thing? one friend asked. With me being a fashionista who is concerned with my appearance, I tried to nd the middle ground on this one, so as not to overor under-dress the occasion. To make my point, I went into my own closet to put together some great looking up to date out ts for the holidays. So I thought I would share these ideas with you Fashionable Florida Friends (FFFs) to help you get ready early so that you can go to your parties lookin good! First, I love a romantic shirtnot your oxford cloth button down version, but a real lady like number or even an over the top one (which of course I own). Most shirts are comfortable, as they are not as constricting as other garments. Remember to wear them casually chic by letting the tails hang out over your bottoms. Speaking of bottoms, make that part simple so it doesnt compete with the pretty top. My favorite poet ru ed blouse is sleeveless so its really great to wear when entertaining at home. I wear a bling bracelet and great earringsmy bottom of choice is my best black jeans. That being said I have worn velvet cu ed shorts with patterned black hosiery as a more formal look with my top. Dont forget that a white blouse means you have the opportunity to wear some really dramatic makeup! Another great casual idea is to layer a thin micro- ber black turtleneck under a sleeveless dress. It dresses it down and looks great with opaque hose and little ballet ats. A friend of mine and I discovered that when she wore her black cardigan sweater alone with the front buttoned up it served as a wonderful palate for a toned down out t its also a perfect background for your pearls and a pretty holiday pin. If you need to glam it up a bit, here are some easy and inexpensive tips. Lose the at shoes; put glam in your step by wearing a great pair of stilettos. Maybe you can splurge for a pair of jeweled heels and put them with a party-ready purse which would make your Little Black Dress (LBD) over the top! Pull out your workday suit; turn it into a nighttime head-turner by adding a sheer blouse or a sequined cami to it. Now make your hair and nail appointments; consider a fancy up-do or a simple French twist for a party ready look. Heres looking at you kid enjoy another Holiday in Great Style! 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Page 24, Mandarin NewsLine December 2011 www.MandarinNewsLine.com Fantasy Lane Romance Superstore(Formerly Adam & Eve)YOU know what she wants for Christmas.... besides you that is.... Visit Our NEW Store!Next to the Shell Station on San Jose @ Loretto Road11629 San Jose Boulevard 904-619-1817 or 904-268-1733Visit us today. Bring in this coupon to get 25% O any one item**Coupon expires 12/31/2011 **Value of $199 or less; one coupon per day per customer At the 2009 National Conference on Citizenship, United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was asked if he believed that America should be doing more to increase civic participation. His initial response a blunt No took the audience by surprise. He followed with a simple and yet profound explanation that America should, instead, do more to increase informed civic participation. Scalia exposed a serious condition in the American citizenry. Simply put, too many people are ill-prepared to adequately ful ll the duties as citizens. We too willingly submit, in thought and deed, to the shallow The need for informed civic participationBy Contributing Writer James A. Lee, Peer Teacher Evaluator, St. Johns County School Districtbiased rants of television news, talk radio and the blogosphere. Furthermore, we are doing little to rectify this condition. We are satis ed being told what to think and how to act without questioning the bully pulpits. I suggest we heed Justice Scalias warning by responding with two simple actions; one, read and two, ask questions. Being constantly overwhelmed with information, though, how do we nd time in our busyness to read and to know what information can be trusted? As any good student knows, when the secondary source is questionable, go to the primary source. To this end I commend Mandarin NewsLine. Over the next several issues, the editor will be printing sections of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I encourage you to read it and question it and to question those who tout it for their own interests. Then, discuss it with your family, with your friends and with your colleagues. Sure, I know this sounds corny, but thats the very problem Scalia was exposing. We must stop relying on others to tell us what to think and how to act and to give rebirth to the American democratic spirit of being truly informed, active citizens. We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Article. I. Section. 1. All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives. Section. 2. The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Quali cations requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature. No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty ve Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen. Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding Constitution for the United States of Americato the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fths of all other Persons [Modi ed by Amendment XIV]. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the rst Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut ve, New-York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina ve, South Carolina ve, and Georgia three. When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to ll such Vacancies. The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other O cers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment. Section. 3. The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof [Modi ed by Amendment XVII], for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote. Immediately after they shall be assembled in Consequence of the rst Election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three Classes. The Seats of the Senators of the rst Class shall be vacated at the Expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the Expiration of the fourth Year, and of the third Class at the Expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; and if Vacancies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the Recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next Meeting of the Legislature, which shall then ll such Vacancies [Modi ed by Amendment XVII]. No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen. The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided. The Senate shall chuse their other O cers, and also a President pro tempore, in the Absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the O ce of President of the United States. The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or A rmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present. Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from O ce, and disquali cation to hold and enjoy any O ce of honor, Trust or Pro t under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law. Section. 4. The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators. The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be on the rst Monday in December [Modi ed by Amendment XX], unless they shall by Law appoint a di erent Day. Section. 5. Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Quali cations of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide. Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member. Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such Parts as may in their Judgment require Secrecy; and the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one fth of those Present, be entered on the Journal. Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting. 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Call 630-4637 or e-mail jpldev@coj.net.Give the perfect holiday gift Please join Councilman Matt Schellenberg on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 6:00 p.m. Loretto Elementary School Mini Auditorium 3900 Loretto Road To discuss issues facing District 6 (Mandarin) This meeting is open to the public For more information please call 630-1388Town Hall Meeting

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2011 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 25 MelNess Handyman ServicesCall us for your home improvement projectVisit us at www.melnesscontractors.net for before and aer pictures*** Mention at time of estimate SPECIAL OFFER$150 Off A Project Over $1,000 Or 20% Off Any Service (904) 563-5555 Greenland Safe Storage ALL Call us today! Tree WorkbyMitch Drake & Sons (904) 703-5040 (904) 287-3819Licensed, Insured & Workmans CompOver 35 Years Experience Check out our reviews and 5 Star rating at Yellowbook.com! Good newsit is o cially fall and the shing still remains great in our area of the St. Johns River. From downtown Jacksonville to Green Cove and in between (thats us), those great catches weve experienced most of the year are still to be had. There are plenty of croaker and yellowmouth to be caught in the holes and shell beds, along with sea trout, ounder, red sh black drum and sheepshead around docks and bridges. Live and dead shrimp is the bait of choice for this shing smorgasbord, but cut bait, live nger mullet and quartered blue crab will also produce some nice catches. Now is the time to be planning your shing trip as seasonal conditions could slow down or even bring to a halt this fabulous shing till spring. Fortunately we live along a diverse part of the river that likes to keep on giving. Fishing doesnt end over the winter months here; it just changes. Instead of targeting croaker, trout and reds, we are now heading out for speckled perch (crappie), cat sh and stripers. On warmer, milder days expect a decent bream bite along with a largemouth bass or two. Speckled perch along with striped bass can be caught on First Coast Gymnastics hosted their 10th annual inhouse gymnastics meet on October 22 and 23. Over 260 gymnastics competed on all four events: beam, bars, oor and Local gym hosts annual gymnastics meetBy Contributing Writer Bev Pool First Coast Gymnastics Level 4 girls teamvault. Each gymnast is placed within their skill level, with age consideration as well. Hundreds of parents, family members and friends came out to cheer for their favorite team and gymnast. Several local vendors were on site selling gymnastic leotards and t-shirts marking this particular event. The parents of First Coast Gymnastics team members all took turns volunteering in different functions throughout the weekend event. It was a collaboration of many hours of work, but in the end it was worth it. All the gymnasts and teams left with wonderful memories. Although located in Mandarin, o Greenland Road, First Coast Gymnastics has team members that live in all areas of Jacksonville. First Coast Gymnastics is owned by Andrey and Elena Shishkin and has been established since 1994. The gym o ers classes for all ages, introductory gymnastics through the competitive girls and boys teams.Captain Davids Fishing ReportBy Captain David Lifkathe coldest of days. Striped bass are also known to often bite best on the ugliest of days. Downtown, Doctors Lake, Buckman, Black Creek and Shands Bridges will be your best bet for stripers. Deep holes around bends in Julington, Durbin and Trout Creeks should be some of the better gathering spots for speckled perch. Save the short sleeve days for bream, cat sh and bass, shing shallow water, docks and lily pads. Not many people live in an area where year round shing exists without having to drill a hole in the ice. This winter when you feel the urge to escape the house and get outdoors, give the St. Johns or one its tributaries a try and you might be pleasantly surprised. Fishing Report: Croaker and yellowmouth are big and plentiful. Marker 18 and Buckman Bridge should provide plenty of action. Anything goes on docks with live bait. On any day red sh, croakers, trout and ounder. Fish moving tides. Whether you catch one, some or none, the family time spent shing will last a lifetime. For the fourth year in a row, the St. Joseph Lady Stars basketball team won the Catholic Grade School basketball tournament championship. The game was played at Bishop John Snyder High School with the Lady Stars defeating the San Jose Trojans 37 to 32. Madeleine Martens led the Stars in scoring with 15 points. She also had three assists, two steals and four rebounds. During the awards presentation, Martens was selected as the games M.V.P. The Lady Stars also had Lady Stars are champs again!By Contributing Writer Coach John Bell, St. Josephs Catholic Schoolthree players selected to the All Conference Team Madeleine Martens, Kaki Freel and Isa Horning. Congratulations to all of the St. Joseph Stars!Got news?editor@mandarinnewsline.com

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Page 26, Mandarin NewsLine December 2011 www.MandarinNewsLine.com Free PapersWorking For You Solid Local Trusted Effective Respected is local community paper is free to our readers. Weve been that way from the beginning. We wont change that even in the toughest of times. But we do improve this paper every issue. We wont stand still as the market changes. Giving readers and advertisers the best value is our goal. Over the years we have become the marketplace for our community. And while other media might be shrinking, we are growing. at growth will continue, hand-in-hand, with our community. Well continue working for you. November 9, 2011 was a big day for two very special Mandarin Mustangs. Morgan Taylor and Kameron Mitchell signed their national letters of intent to further their athletic careers in college. Taylor, a Mustang softball player, signed to play at Georgia Tech while Mitchell, the point guard for the Mustangs, signed with Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. The ceremony was held in the gym and was attended by several classes as well as coaches, parents, cheerleaders and part of the drum line. Taylor was accompanied by her mother, Renee, her father, Chris and her younger sister Kelly as well as other family members. Taylor plays on the Florida Select, a competitive fastpitch softball team. Both Taylor and Mitchell are leaders on and o the eld/court and as Athletic Director Tammie Talley said, They worked hard in their classrooms and on their teams and I thank them for their excellence. But getting there was not easy. During her sophomore year, Taylor tore her labrum and was unable to play. She used her time wisely, however and made a decision to improve her time as Coach Natalia Gonzalez said. The third annual Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine Golf Tournament was held on Tuesday, October 11 at the St. Johns Golf and Country Club. The tournament, which welcomed 112 golfers, raised $20,000 to bene t The Good Samaritan Health Centers Wild- ower Clinic in St. Augustine. Lynnette Horwath, executive director of the Good Samaritan Health Centers, 15 thAnn ual M a n d a r i n C h i l i C o o k O f f MandarinChiliCook-Off Thank you to our Sponsors!Without you, this event would not have been possible. 10400 San Jose Boulevard Mandarin, FL ofNorthFlorida MandarinFoodBank AtSt.JosephsChurch Proceeds BenettedGOLD SPONSORS BRONZE SPONSORS Auto Club South DALLAS BRENNEISESILVER SPONSORS TITLE SPONSOR MandarinNewsLinesm Print, Promo & Design Axiom Wellness CenterFor the Body and the Person Inside Wild ower Clinic bene ts from golf tournamentexpressed her gratitude at the awards luncheon, This donation of almost $20,000 will cover the cost of clinic operations for over a month. This has a huge impact on a small clinic like ours. The annual golf tournament is just one of many ways in which the doctors of Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine are committed to giving back to their local community. MHS Sports RoundupCollege signing day for Mustang athletesBy Natalie Cleghorn, MHS StudentTaylor became an extension of the coaching sta and learned how to improve her game by watching her teammates play. Taylor is incredibly hard working and Coach Gonzalez said, There is no one more deserving. Taylor is also held in high esteem by Coach Terry McCarter who was an assistant coach for fast-pitch softball the past couple years. I have never enjoyed coaching anyone in my life more than her, said Coach McCarter. Taylor maintains a 4.6 GPA and is active in her church as well as in Student Council at school. Mitchell, accompanied by his father, Tim and his mother, Pam, looked forward to this day. As Coach Terry McCarter stated, From the time when he walked into the gymI knew he was going to be my point guard. Mitchell has put up some impressive stats, with an average of 23.4 points per game. He also beat out P.J. Gaynors previous record of 38 points in a game when he scored 48 points against Sandalwood last season. Mitchell leads his team in assists and steals. Coach McCarter was right when he said, I knew hed be special and his work ethic is second to none. Just like Taylor, Mitchell is also a student athlete and according to Coach McCarter, Hes not just a basketball player. He is a leader. The drum roll played as Taylor and Mitchell picked up their pens to sign. Taylor said, It was one of the happiest yet nerve-racking moments of my life. Knowing that I had a great future ahead of me was exciting.Stock up on holiday goodies while supporting your library by shopping at the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Librarys Book Warehouse Sale from December 1 to 4. The sale opens exclusively to Friends of the Library members on December 1 and opens to the public on the following day. Dec. 1, 5 p.m. 8 p.m. (FJPL Member night)Dec. 2, 5 p.m. 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Dec. 4, Noon 5 p.m. ($10 bag special)Support the Friends of the Library Contact harry.reagan@ comcast.net for more info!

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2011 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 27 Mary and Bill Cutler are the recipients of the Mandarin Gardens Club Yard of the Month for December. Their yard has been delivering yuletide cheer for many years in the Mandarin community with an outstanding holiday presentation that can be seen at 14365 Mandarin Road. Do not expect to see dancing lights to the tune of music. Instead, the animated xtures displays you will see displayed were all built by Bills father and are described as very traditional. My father did this in Tampa, says Bill Cutler. Now 93 years old, his father presented the rst piece to Bill and Mary Cutler over 20 years ago to start a collection that has brought joy to many in Mandarin. I visited the Cutlers early in November and was met at the driveway by their daughter who walked with me to the front door. Their yard was laden with an assortment of festive displays, some still in boxes. The assortment, accumulated over a long span of years, had been taken out of storage from the barn and from two other storage rooms to repeat the time-honored family tradition of sharing the holiday displays with the community. The yard was being dressed for the upcoming holidays. Mary Cutler explained they start decorating their lawn two months before the lights are turned on early in December. This year the lights, which are strung 70 feet high on the branches of the lower trees, will be turned on from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. starting December 5. During that time, illumination from thousands of strings of light will transform the park-like Mandarin Garden Clubs Yard of the MonthOutstanding holiday decorations earn award By Contributing Writer Celia Rehm, Mandarin Garden Clubolde Mandarin property into a fantasy land. Over the years, the word has spread. Many people drive by to see the lights, says Bill Cutler. Some park on the road and come closer to view the displays. Indeed, in this yard, one can easily envision people strolling through the playful setting, walking past the Christmas trees and snowmen to visit with Santa and his reindeer and with the girl ying a kite, while others might stop by to see the remen in the re trucks or the many critters in the yard that include the bear in the honey tree, a frolicking Pepe Le Pew, a Christmas raccoon popping out of a garbage can, a festive mouse peeking out of a hat and a bear spinning his lasso sitting atop a rocking horse. Not all the displays are make believe, however. Live llamas and miniature horses play a role in the classical nativity scene. The llama and horses are kept on the ve and a half acre property year round. We let them out at night to feed on the hay that is part of the nativity display for the enjoyment of the people, says Bill Cutler. When asked what he enjoyed the most, he quickly replied, The smile on the faces of the kids. Every year the Cutlers hold an open house during the holiday season for 400 invited guests that include sta and children from the Youth Crisis Center. Inside the Cutlers home, the invited guests will see ve Christmas trees decorated in various themes along with a permanent Dickens Village that lls an entire room with Department 56 buildings and railway. The Cutlers reside in their home with their adopted 14 year old daughter. They are also parents to three other children and grandparents to ve grandchildren ranging in age from three to 18. To make a Mandarin Garden Club Yard of the Month nomination or nd out more about membership, please email mandaringardenclub@comcast.net or call 268-1192. Davey1 year old American foxhound mixCall for viewing and adoption: 725-8766 Jacksonville Humane SocietyDavey is a 1 year old American foxhound mix who has been at JHS since June 2011. Davey is a loving but active boy who is looking for a family with an active lifestyle. He has seen many of his JHS friends go home and he is hoping he will nd his own family soon! Wont you please come adopt Davey today?

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