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Page 3 Whats New Page 4 The Sheriff Reports Page 5 From the City Council Members DeskPage 6 School District Journal Page 7 Political Commentary Page 8 Faith News Page 11 Winter Celebration Encore! Page 12 Youth Scene Page 13 Mandarin Community Club dinner Page 14 Loretto Teacher of YearPage 16 Senior NewsLine Page 18 Fishing Report Page 19 MHS Sports Roundup Page 20 Job Finder Page 21 Parade of States Page 22 Gardening Bonsai workshop Page 23 New Jaguars owner 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 4 January 2012Presorted Standard US Postage Paid Callahan, FL 32011 Permit No.4 EVERYBODY’S INVITEDJanuary 8 at 9:30 and 11:00am 4911 Losco Road AccessChurch.comA campus of Andy Stanley and North Point Ministries. When you see a group of ladies knitting on Wednesday mornings at the Mandarin Senior Center and another group knitting at the Williams Family YMCA, you would never believe their international fame! Thumbing through their scrapbook with Trudy Ferrantello, the leader of the Kit Wits,Ž the story unfolds. After years of participating in a ministry that provided knitted goods to area needy infants, When a young girl thinks about getting dressed up she usually doesnt make her choices from a wardrobe that harkens back centuries. However, when 15 year-old Piper McInall decides to dress up, she does just that. McInall she is a re-enactor of girls from days gone by. She began re-enacting when she participated as a sixth grader in the annual San Augustin re-enactment at the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum in St. Augustine. The event is a popular annual Girl Scout event held each year in March. Recently McInall donned her costume and portrayed a girl from the 1740s in Spanish Colonial St. Augustine at the 12th annual Winter Celebration at the Walter Jones Historical Park in Mandarin. Ive always been interested in history,Ž she says. Re-enacting is interesting because you Santa did not show up, but the Mandarin Womens Club ElfettesŽ were exceptional in shaping the clubs Christmas party into an event “ lled with great food, lively conversation, seasonal music, original handmade decorations and individually wrapped presents for everyone. Santa must have made his deliveries earlier! The yearly celebration was organized by the clubs renowned event planner, Debi Harrison and held at the Westminster Woods club house. As guests drove across the JulingMandarin knitting group’s goods go abroad to grateful soldiersBy Donna KeathleyMeet Piper McInallSharing history through the eyes of a local young girlBy Karl KennellWomens Club celebrates the seasonBy Contributing Writer Tess Hart-Ross, Mandarin Womens Club BUSINESS Y o u r Your I n c r e a s e Increasein 2012!Contact us today and ask about our 2012 discount plans!Josh Allenja@rtpublishinginc.comton Creek Bridge on their way to the party, they were treated to the spectacle of decorated boats parading under the bridge. What a great incentive to get in the holiday spirit! Sharing the evening with husbands always gives an additional rowdiness to the celebration. No one is allowed to take anything too seriously and the conversation and laughter re” ect their spontaneity. PotluckŽ usually means taking your chances but not with these great cooks. The combination of everyones choice o ering made for a feast, a warm and wonderful holiday feast! The Mandarin Womens Club is a social club, giving all women of the area the opportunity for meeting new friends, seeing old friends, learning new get to experience how people have lived in the past. Its a great way to make history come alive.Ž McInall, a 10th grader who is home schooled, is the daughthe idea of providing items for servicemen and women was born„and Ferrantello was o and running, sharing the lap blanket pattern with talented ladies in the Mandarin area. Thats when the two knitting groups began to utilize their skills to make brightly colored lap blankets and toboggan hats and the rest is history. News spread quickly and requests came from places these women had never heard of. There were even more ideas mushrooming from the lap blankets, like the request for wall hanging quilts for the Helmand Province, Afghanistans medical facility. A Navy nurse had the bright idea to lace a blanket on a dowel and brighten up the place! A letter from a young lady aboard the USS Roosevelt, which was on its way to the Northern Arabian Gulf, is proudly displayed in the scrapbook. She tells the story of her crew receiving much needed warm hand-knitted caps to wear in the Mediterranean during a brutally cold winter. Then theres the thank you note from G.R. Ross, over at the Jacksonville Naval Air Stations USO o ce, thanking them for the 30 blankets that they just shipped overseas. The main theme of all those thank you notes rings out: we cant believe you care! Lanette Phillmans letter says, As much as the hats helped out in the cold, it was Knitters cont on pg. 4 Womens Club cont on pg. 10 Re-enactor cont on pg. 8

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € January 2012 € 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. STOP IN AND LEARN ABOUT MAKING Our in-house Healthy Eating Specialist can show you how to make simple changes for lifelong health and enrich your wellness journey through cooking classes, food demonstrations and one-on-one consultations. Visit our Health Starts Here Center today and learn to take charge, eat well and feel great. valid 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. 10601 SAN JOSE BLVD. 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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. Nor does RT Publishing, Inc. endorse any of the products or services included in this publication. RT Publishing, Inc. reserves the right to refuse advertisement or copy from any advertiser. All rights are reserved and no portion of this publication may be copied without the express written consent of the publisher. 2011. At RT Publishing we welcome Letters to the Editor. We request they be no more than 250 words. All letters must include writers name, address, and telephone number. Only the name will be published. E-mail to editor@ rtpublishinginc.com. Anonymously sent letters will not be published.Letters to the Editor policy The Italian American Club would like to wish everyone a very happy, healthy New Year. As of January 1, 2012 we have a new slate of o cers and board of directors: President: John Bu a Koch; First Vice President: Greg Clapp; Second Vice President: Donalee Wright; Treasurer: Mario Cortese; Assistant Treasurer: Lucy Cortese; Recording Secretary: Vicky Clapp; Corresponding Secretary and Editor: Patty Koch. The 2012 board of directors are Maurice Cooper, Joseph Cornello, Madaline Gagliano, Frank Mullaney, Vinny Russo, Stephanie Sha er, Mena Vesce and Past President Carlo Clemente. The Club Chaplain is Rev. Daniel Cody. Donate your unwanted car by December 31 to Cars4Charities and you will get a year-end tax deduction of at least $500 on your itemized federal taxes. Youll also help one of hundreds of respected charities at the same time. Cars4Charities will handle the entire donation process, from start to “ nish. Theyll turn your unwanted vehicle into cash and send the entire net proceeds to the charity you select from their impressive list. The process is e ortless. You can even donate your car online at www. cars4charities.org. Your vehicle does not have to run or be in good condition and it will be picked up in a matter of days, free of charge. Cars4Charities will provide you with all the paperwork youll need. To claim your 2011 deduction, your title must be signed and postmarked by December 31, 2011. For details, please visit www.cars4charities.org or call 1-866-448-3487 (GIVE-4-US) The River City Womens Club will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, January 18, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Ramada Inn Mandarin, located at 3130 Hartley Road. Lunch and a program will follow the meeting. The cost of the lunch is $15.50 and reservations are required by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12. Please call 262-8719 for reservations or additional information. The Mandarin Womens Club program for Thursday, January 26 will be Game Day to include Bridge, Bunco and Mexican Train. The program will be held at the Ramada Inn, located at 3130 Hartley Road and doors open at 9:00 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. Please call Iris at 268-2459 by January 20. The January General Meeting of the All Star Quilters Guild will be held on Monday, January 16 at 9:30 a.m. in the First Christian Church, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard. The program will be presented by Becky Goldsmith of Piece O Cake Designs. 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 next meeting of the South Jacksonville Republican Club will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the Golden Corral restaurant on San Jose Boulevard. Social time will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the club meeting at 10:00 a.m. We will be gathering in the restaurant area. The election of the 2012 club board will be discussed as well as a meet and greet of Republican candidates for the upcoming Florida Primary election along with a question and answer period. AARP Driver Safety Program for drivers 50 and older will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 10 and 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Memorial Hospital, 3625 University Boulevard South. The fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. You must attend both days for certi“ cation to qualify for an auto insurance discount. To register, please call 391-1320. The North Florida Acoustic Neuroma Support Group will meet on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Mandarin United Methodist Church, located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard. Please call 287-8132 or 7385063 for additional information.Whats New cont on pg. 5 Copies of Online Coupons are not accepted!

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Page 4, Mandarin NewsLine € January 2012 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com Call Today for a Consultation!904-880-3200Located in the Julington Creek Business Park 12627 San Jose Blvd, Suite 601 Jacksonville, Florida 32223 Visit our website:www.dkbrierycpa.com Tax Tip of the Month 30 + years of serving clients.D.K. Briery, CPA, PLCCertified Public Accountant IRS is imposing a lot more penalties on taxpayers these days—especially for negligence and tax understatements. However, almost 25% of these penalties levied on individuals for 2010 were abated. VARSITY INSURANCE, INC. 268-6365 Special insurance programs for: Serving Mandarin Since 1990 108 Bartram Oaks WalkLocated inside the Spa and Salon at Bartram Walk.899-1234 www.hairbycarl.com Carl Slack Start the New Year with a New Style! Lunch or Dinner Special $3OFF with purchase of two lunch or dinner entreesExcludes Speedy Gonzalez and Daily Lunch Special. Good with coupon only, Exp. 1/31/12. 268-8722Visit: donjuansjax.com Authentic Mexican CuisineMEXICAN RESTAURANT Happy New Year from MEXICAN RESTAURANTAuthentic Mexican Cuisine MEXICAN RESTAURANTAuthentic Mexican Cuisine € Form a Neighborhood Watch group. Citizens tell us that they want to help prevent crime and there is no better place to start than close to home. These watch groups work to keep people connected; they are committed to reporting suspicious activity to the police. Simple things, like picking up a neighbors newspaper when they are out of town can eliminate a signŽ for thieves that the home is empty. Watch meetings include tips like these from JSO o cers and more. Call 630-2160 or visit our website at coj.net/jso and click on Community A airs. JSO also o ers a River Watch program, for citizens with homes and businesses on the river and the Business Watch The Sheriff Reports By Contributing Writer John H. Rutherford, Duval County SheriffNew Years resolutions for preventing crimeprogram also helps businesses in commercial areas. € Join a Sheri s Advisory Council. ShAdCo members are committed to building relationships with the o cers that work in their neighborhoods and those o cers are committed to keeping members informed about what is going on. Monthly meetings include discussions about crime patterns or trends, as well as information about enforcement activity by JSO. Neighborhood walks and monthly meetings help keep members informed about the issues in their sector of the city and the zone. Again, call JSOs Community A airs at 630-2160 for more information. Applications are also available online at www.coj. net/departments/sheri so ce.aspx … Community A airs. € At home: Make sure you know your neighbors and are familiar with the cars they drive and their children. Have phone numbers and know how to get in touch with one another. This is helpful when something odd or suspicious happens in the neighborhood. Keep doors closed and locked when home, never standing open or left unlocked. This is especially important with garage doors and sheds, not to mention gates and entries to the back yard. Proper exterior lighting and close trimmed shrubs, plus many other tips for Crime Prevention Through Environmental DesignŽ are taught at Neighborhood Watch meetings. This information is also available by visiting the Community A airs pages of our website. € Away from home: In the car, keep your doors locked and valuables out of sight. Dont visit ATM machines at night/ alone. Dont keep checkbooks or other materials in the car that can cause your identity to be stolen. € Know your childrens friends and the parents of their friends. Know their teachers and check homework and be active in a childs school life. Let the teachers and administrators know about dangerous activities your kids talk about„even if it is a rumor.Ž Make sure you know where your kids are when they are not at home or school, and who they are with. All the time. Know the laws regarding curfew and truancy. Please join us in our “ ght to prevent crime before it happens, by following some of these tips and becoming involved with your Jacksonville Sheri s Of“ ce. As always, I appreciate your support of the men and women of the JSO, who work hard everyday to keep our city safe and secure. the idea that someone back home was thinking about us and cared so much that made our day!Ž So the ladies keep knitting and the two groups keep growing in numbers. They teach newbies how to knit. Even if you cant knit, you can learn to operate a knitting loom,Ž says Ferrantello. We love to receive donations of yarn and none is wasted, everything is used.Ž The community has embraced the cause, with corporations like Ring Power picking up shipping costs for the blankets headed to Kabul. Everyone who hears of the knitting mission jumps in to help. Ferrantello relays a story about one of the Knit Wits working on a blanket in the waiting room of her doctors o ce. It seems that a gentleman overheard her telling someone where the blanket was going and he handed her some money to cover her material costs. The local soldiers are not forgotten, with caps and blankets going to injured vets in area hospitals to include St. Augustine and Gainesville. Anywhere there are service men and women who need these items, the Knit Wits will get them there! These ladies are a powerful source! You can join the Knit Wits at the Mandarin Family YMCA on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or on Wednesdays at the Mandarin Senior Center on Hartley Road from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Any donations for the group can be dropped o at the Williams Y. Lap blankets sent to the troops in Afghanistan. Knitters cont from pg. 1

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € January 2012 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 5 GOVERNORSGOLD SEAL AWARD Give Your Loved Ones Golden Care river garden hebrew homeAvailable 7 days a week Half days available 2002-2004 2004-2006 2006-2008 2008-2010 2010-2012 CALL TODAY! (904)288-7851 11401 OLD ST. AUGUSTINE RD. | JACKSONVILLE, FL 32258ADULTDAY@RIVERGARDEN.ORG | RIVERGARDEN.ORG 12058 San Jose Boulevard, Suite 102 J (904) 880-3131Alan M. Krantz, D.D.S. Trusted, Comfortable & Affordable Dental Care for the Entire Family Convenient Appointments Before & After Work or School!Emergencies Welcome! Caring & Courteous Staff Sleep Apnea Treatment Low-Radiation Digital X-Rays Zoom! Teeth Whitening Convenient Payment Options Available KrantzDentalCare.comAsk About Our Affordable Dental Plan for Uninsured Patients! As Low as $30/mo. chrisad 2011 y Al’s HoneyDo Handyman One Call Does It All www.1honeydohandyman.com 904-651-4499 165 Hampton Point Dr., Suite 3 St. Augustine, FL 32092( 904 ) 429-0290www.atlasphysicaltherapy.com12421 San Jose Blvd., Suite 100 Jacksonville, FL 32223( 904 ) 292-0195 Your onsite Athletic Trainer at each weeks football games Right with you through the game... We are Your Community Therapist.Ž Your onsite Athletic Trainer a t ea c h week s football games Local, state, and federal governments all try to pass laws that make life fair„but this is an unattainable goal. The fact is, life is not fair„a sentiment Ive mentioned to my children dozens of times. Each person is di erent and blessed with varying, god-given talents and characteristics. Some are tall, some are short, some are athletic, some are gifted in art, some are black, some are white, some are thin, some are heavy, some are handy and some arent. Unfortunately, governments continue to enact measures that they believe will equalize the unattainable. In fact, one of the most over-used words in the government lexicon is fairŽ and this word typically serves as an excuse for government intrusion into our lives. When you hear a politician use it, you know to prepare for some new tax or regulation. And what is fair? In 1960, there was a young man who started a small gas station on Moncreif Road in Jacksonville. Through hard work and after overcoming many adversities, Herb Peyton turned his one small gas station into the Gate Petroleum Company. Then theres D.W. Hutson„he started out hanging drywall and now hes one of the most successful developers in Jacksonville. A young Andy Crawford started out by borrowing $5,000 from his parents. He has since founded, grown and sold two major waste management companies here in Jacksonville. Finally, a young, single mom named Madeleine Mille bought the local Weight Watchers franchise, which she expanded and made very successful. All these individuals worked hard, played by the rules and made great contributions to our local economy„and these stories are 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. The Bumble Bee Circle of the Mandarin Garden Club will meet on January 5, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. We will learn about bees and honey! Children ages “ ve through 18 are welcome with an adult. Please buzz by the Mandarin Garden Club and join in the fun. 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. and open to the public. For more information, please contact Janet Walter at jgwalter@comcast.net. The next meeting of the Sierra Club will be on January 9, 2012 at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, located at 2001 University Boulevard West. Social time will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:00 p.m. Why is wilderness important and why should preserving Utahs Red Rock Wilderness concern us in Florida? Jackie Feinberg of the Utah Wilderness Alliance will answer these questions as she shares a multimedia slide show narrated by Robert Redford highlighting this 1.4 million acre area of sweeping plateaus, unique geological formations and 10,000 year old archeological sites that surround Canyonlands National Park. These lands, currently protected by the Wilderness Act of 1964, are under threat by proposed strip mining and o -road vehicle tracks. Come for the visual feast. Leave with some action steps you can take to preserve them. The event is free to all and refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own cup to reduce waste in the land“ ll. For additional information, please contact Janet Larson at 247-1876. From the City Council Member’s DeskBy Contributing Writer Matt Schellenberg, City Council Member, District 6An inside perspective of City Halloccurring all the time in Jacksonville. But then we have the Occupy JacksonvilleŽ demonstrators. These people, with their incredible sense of entitlement, sit around all day living o the public dole. This is what happens when government takes from productive, hardworking citizens and distributes to the lazy and unambitious. Each one of these people has been given special talents„its sad to see them wasting those talents, as well as their time, camping out at City Hall. Life is life with all its struggles. Nothing government can do will stop us, the citizens, from having to deal with those struggles. Government cannot solve our problems or prevent dilemmas in our lives, but they keep trying and dare to call their interference fair.Ž In my opinion, when everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed, then the system is fair. And this is exactly what our Constitution and Bill of Rights provide. Not an equal outcome, which is what the Occupy protesters want, but an equal opportunity. Please feel free to contact me at Matts@COJ.net. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Matt Schellenberg 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. 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. 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. The Childrens Writers Jacksonville group is meeting on Tuesday, January 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Room B at the Southeast Regional Library, located at 10599 Deerwood Park Boulevard. Special speakers are Frances Keiser of Sagaponack Books and Jane Wood of Jane Wood Books. The meeting is free Whats New cont from pg. 3

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FREE EXAM!X-Rays (If Medically Necessary) $150 value 1st Treatment Expires 2/15/12 www.bash.listingbook.comDENISE BASH, Realtor, Prudential Network Realty 11576 SAN JOSE Boulevard JACKSONVILLE, FL 32223denisebash@yahoo.com A s y o ur s i n gl e a g ent ", I ma k e sure t o wo r k an d a chi eve t h e b est terms fo r Yo u Thinking of Buying or Selling a home?Call Denise Bash where you will experience the difference ( 904 ) 568-5198 I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and is ready for an exciting New Year! The School Board recently held its annual Organizational Meeting and elected a new chairman, Betty Burney and vice-chairman, Fred FelŽ Lee, for the coming year. We also held a Board Development meeting and set long range goals for the coming year, as well as goals for the “ rst quarter. When these are completed, we will meet again and establish our next quarters goals. The Duval County School Board provides governance and oversight for the Duval County Public School System. DCPS is one of the largest urban school districts in America and we are As part of the St. Johns River Water Management Districts work to make its permitting process more e cient, the districts Governing Board voted today to approve consumptive use permitting changes that will save applicants time and money while maintaining the districts commitment to environmental protection. Consumptive use permits (CUPs) allow water to be withdrawn from groundwater or surface water for reasonable bene“ cial uses„such as public supply„in a manner that does not interfere with existing legal uses and protects water resources from harm. District sta had identi“ ed several areas for improvement in permitting rules, including expanding the modi“ cation of permits by letter, reducing reporting requirements for small water users and simplifying the water use type categories. Under the new rules, the types of CUP modi“ cations that can be requested by letter will be expanded. This simpli“ ed modi“ cation process will streamline the permitting tasks for applicants as well as district sta Water users with allocations School District Journal By Contributing Writer Tommy Hazouri, School Board Representative, District 7proud that our school system has earned a grade of BŽ from the Florida Department of Education. As the Duval County School Board strives to move our schools and our students towards genuine educational excellence, we have formulated the following overarching goals to realize the ultimate goal of increasing student achievement. The long range goals are: 1. Superintendent Accountability: De“ ne and implement the mechanism for holding the superintendent accountable for the successful execution of the districts strategic plan and increasing student achievement. 2. Transparency of the Duval County Public School System: Increase public awareness of the districts successful school o erings (i.e., Accelerated High Schools, Academic Feeder Patterns, Career Academies, Magnet Schools and Neighborhood Schools). 3. Strengthen Board/Superintendent Relationship: The board and superintendent will e ectively impact student achievement through continuous learning opportunities that strengthen teamwork/collaboration skills. The board has outlined three goals to be implemented during the “ rst quarter, January through March, 2012. 1. Communications and transparency: Enhance internal and external communications for employees and citizens alike. 2. Increase morale: Strategically implement opportunities to impact employee morale and increase employee motivation. 3. Succession planning: Design and implement an e ective, proactive succession planning system that allows DCPS to be well prepared for expansion, the loss of key employees as a result of retirements/promotions and/ or organizational redesign. Successful succession planning will build bench strength for DCPS. Important Dates: January 2: Winter Holiday (schools and district o ces closed) January 9: School Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Cline Auditorium, 1701 Prudential Drive January 11: Student Early Release Day January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (schools and district o ces closed) January 20: Teacher Planning Day (No school for students) January 25: Student Early Release Day Thought for the Month: Its not where you start, but where you “ nish. Water management district streamlines permitting processBy Contributing Writer Teresa H. Monson, St. Johns River Water Management Districtof less than 100,000 gallons per day will no longer be required to submit semi-annual water use reports under the new rules. Instead, they will submit an Annual Statement of Continuing UseŽ card that will contain several easily answered questions. In addition, the number of water use types will be reduced from 23 to seven to simplify the process. The District recognized the opportunity to improve the CUP process,Ž said Governing Board Chairman Lad Daniels. This new process takes greater advantage of technology, speci“ cally the Internet and personal computer functions, to improve the speed of processing applications and compliance submittals without compromising any of our standards.Ž Local author June Weltman will lead beginning and experienced writers through a step-by-step process of how to write a mystery novel during an eight-week adult education class at Mandarin High School, starting Thursday, January 19. The classes are held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Weltman said the class focuses on writing mysteries for children and teens, but it is also appropriate for writers who want to write adult mysteries without explicit violence. Registration will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on January 3, 4 and 5 at Mandarin Dreaming of writing a mystery? High School, located at 4831 Greenland Road. Weltman is the author of Mystery of the Missing Candlestick, a mystery for ages nine through 13 that won a special award from the Florida Historical Society. She has led writing workshops since 2006 and uses Edgar and Agatha award-winning childrens and young adult mysteries as the basis of class lectures and discussions. For information about the class, please call Kathy Cook, community education coordinator, at 260-3911, Ext. 1043 or visit www.duvalschools.org/ mhs.

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € January 2012 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 7 904.273.6200|www.pvps.com SIXLOCATIONS:Mandarin€PonteVedraBeach€Southside€AmeliaIsland€Riverside€St.Augustine WereinYourNeighborhood! 108BartramOaksWalkDr.Suite#201 Jacksonville,FL32259 RobertW.Burk,III,MD,FACSNowit'smoreconvenientthanevertomakeanappointment withoneofourprofessionaldoctorsinyourownneighborhood! Ourofficeisconvenient,relaxingandcomfortable,andnow yournextappointmentandconsultationcanbetoo!PVPSoffers treatmentsandconsultationswithDr.RobertW.Burkinouroffice nearyou.CertifiedbytheAmericanBoardofPlasticSurgery, Dr.Burkhasonegoalinmind…toprovidepatientswiththe highestqualityc areinarespectfulanddiscreetmanner. Contactustodaytoscheduleyourtreatmentorconsultation! www.lifespanyoga.com 12276 San Jose Blvd. Suite 207 Jacksonville, FL 32223904-233-6162 Everyday when they go to work, they strap on a gun. Every time they put on their uniform, they are in danger of some lunatic taking a shot at them just because they wear a uniform and protect us. Anyone who has a law enforcement of“ cer as a loved one knows the constant, underlying fear their loved one will violate the “ rst rule of law enforcement: come home safe after your shift. We owe a huge debt to those who serve and protect us daily. Often, the hours are dreadful, rewards only come in the form of a job well done and stress is huge. Traditionally, police o cers have been tragically underpaid, with little or no bene“ ts. Thankfully, that has changed and now members of the law enforcement community receive decent pay and bene“ ts, with a good “ nancial future for retirement.Political commentaryThey strap on a gun to go to workBy J. Bruce Richardson In Jacksonville, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the union which represents the rank and “ le of the Jacksonville Sheri s O ce, is making it hugely di cult for taxpayers to muster much respect and sentiment for Sheri s O ce certi“ ed law enforcement employees. As of press time for Mandarin NewsLine, the issue of whether or not the FOP will join with the entire rest of the employees of the City of Jacksonville taking a needed minor reduction in salaries has not been settled. For months, the FOP held out for a raise; other people were losing their jobs and others were glad to just have a job, yet the FOP demanded a raise for its members. The FOP is doing great harm to its members and literally telling the non-working involuntary taxpayers of Jacksonville it doesnt matter how di cult life may be for them, FOP members still want a salary increase. A lot of the luster has gone out of the crown of respect and achievement for law enforcement. Greed is never a pretty sight. Yes, it was wrong for decades to underpay law enforcement o cers. And, yes, its a relief to have their salaries at a livable wage considering what each one of them puts on the line every minute of every day. But, in a time when everyone else is sacri“ cing some, its also wrong for the FOP to hold its members as a group which should not o er even a minor sacri“ ce. Some things need to change; perhaps Nelson Cuba, the longtime head of the local FOP needs to give up the perks of his o ce and go back to being a full time deputy on the street. In other Florida cities, local FOP chapters have been voted by the membership to be decerti“ ed as their bargaining unit because too many reasonable o ers were brushed aside during negotiations. Maybe that needs to happen in Jacksonville, too. Never doubt we are forever grateful to the nothing-lessthan brave men and women who serve in law enforcement. But, never doubt we will ever allow ourselves to become their economic slaves and roll over to every demand. We all deserve better than that.J. Bruce Richardson, a resident of Jacksonville, has created many successful marketing, advertising, public relations, fund-raising and political campaigns. A former newsroom staffer of the late Jacksonville Journal, Mr. Richardson has an educational background in management and nance. His column appears monthly in Mandarin NewsLine. Advertise Now! 886-4919Christs Church Academy (CCA) high school student Allyson Richards and 16 other local authors of childrens books gathered at the school on Monday, December 12 for the schools second annual Author Extravaganza, where they met with students, parents and other children in the community to discuss and sign their books. Richards, 18, was 15 years old when she wrote her “ rst book, Enlightened, which she is now developing into a fourpart series. Enlightened is a story about 16-year-old Alexis Randall, who battles a disturbing curse. Richards is also writing School hosts second annual Author Extravaganza Allyson Richards and her “ rst bookother stories and recently traveled to New York for an interview with Teen Kids News about her life as a teen author, which will air in March 2012. I have to do a lot of prioritizing,Ž Richards said about juggling writing, school, cheerleading and a busy social life. School and academics come “ rst, then I plan times that I can write„for fun and for my project.Ž Richards and the other authors participating in the Author Extravaganza also donated a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their books to CCAs elementary program. Other local authors in attendance were Al and Sherry Bohl, Larry Levy, Jennifer Swanson, Jenny Bjork, Heather Surface, Eric Reinhold, Eileen Erikson, Katherine Ciriello Clark, Cynthia Enuton, Jane Wood, Stephanie Mayberry, Cheryl Dubberly, Betsy Lee, Nancy Murray and Karen Putzke.

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Page 8, Mandarin NewsLine € January 2012 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com 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 MeetingJan. 13 and Feb. 3 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 Faith News 11730 Old St. Augustine Rd. Jacksonville, Florida 904-268-5422 ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC CHURCH Reconciliation Saturday 4:30 p.m. Weekend Mass Schedule Saturday 5:30 p.m. Sunday 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon Hispanic Mass Sunday 8:30 a.m. Historic Church Polish Mass 2nd & 4th Sunday 10:00 a.m. Historic Church Traditional Latin Mass Sunday 11:15 a.m. Historic Church Weekday Mass Schedule Monday … Thursday 8:00 a.m. Historic Church Friday 8:15 a.m. Main Church 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 Our mission is to get you bigger, better, faster and stronger Metroex Gym904-262-07906695 Colray ct. #303 Metroex uses a guided program of growth that focuses on the needs of each individual and uses weights and calisthenics rather than conventional machines and spinners. Take the road to better health and a better looking physique! The Alexandra Miller Speaker Series presents Taking it Step by Step: Facing the Challenges of Everyday LifeŽ with Rabbi Kerry Olitzky on Thursday, January 26, 2012 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by Jewish Family and Community Services, this years program will be held at the Jacksonville Jewish Center, located at 3662 Crown Point Road. The program is free and open to the community. To RSVP, please call 394-5737. Celebrate the New Year with the famous annual choir Festival of Lessons and CarolsŽ at St. Johns Cathedral on Satur-Take o your 21st Century hat, don your Biblical Era one and decide what kind of monarch King David was in his time. The marriage between King David and BatSheva is surrounded by a cloud of controversy; did he commit adultery or was this union a legitimate one? We will be exploring whether a grave injustice had been done to either BatSheva or her former spouse. Why was King David in such a day night, December 31 at 5:00 p.m. Tim Tuller will conduct the choir in music by Walton, Preston, Lauridsen, Kelly, Cornelius and Mathias and others. There will be carols for the audience to sing in this beautiful, candlelit Cathedral. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is open for everyone in this free event. For additional information, please call 356-5507. Ladies, come and join us for a study of the Gospel of John. CBS (Community Bible Study) meets Thursday mornings at Christ Church PCA, located at 9794 Old St. Augustine Road from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. while Duval/St. Johns County Schools are in session. All are welcome and childcare and childrens classes are available. Registration is $25 for adults and $10 for children. Please contact Sandy Mitchell at 731-1452 or sandy.mitchell57@yahoo.com for additional information. A book review session on the book Because He Lives Faith, Hope and Love in ActionŽ will be held on January 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Mandarin United Methodist Church, located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard in Kasey Mogle Friendship Hall. Expand your concept of mission. Because He Lives Faith, Hope and Love in Action is a non-“ ction story of how God used Joseph and Marilyn Chan in Cambodia. Learn how the Methodist Church has made a di erence in the lives of women in Cambodia. Listen as CathDavid and BatSheva: Lascivious and lust or judicious and justhurry to marry? Why BatSheva? This story is replete with twists and turns that will have your head spinning. You can explore these ideas with Rena Schochet, at Co ee Roasters of Florida, located at 9735 St. Augustine Road as part of Federations Shalom Jacksonvilles JAVA PM at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, January 12. Kosher co ee and refreshments will be served. Rena Schochet, wife of Torah Academy of Jacksonvilles principal Rabbi Avi Schochet, arrived in Jacksonville for the start of the school year. She has a bachelors degree in Organizational Behavior and is a trained facilitator, mediator and life coach. Schochets extensive experience in both adult education and coaching has led to speaking engagements on three continents and four countries. Her talks vary from Torah studies and Bible-based biographies, to coaching workshops and exposs on cults and cult-exiting activities. Schochets career has taken her to Johannesburg, South Africa, Toronto, Canada and Sunnyvale, California. As a Life Coach, her skills are focused on inter-personal relationships and communication. The program promises to be fascinating. Jewish newcomers and locals are invited to attend; however, there is limited seating. Please RSVP by January 10 to shalomjax@jewishjacksonville. org or 448-5000 x206.ter of Janet and Steve McInall of Fruit Cove. She is a senior Girl Scout in Troop 1405 at St. Josephs Catholic Church. Currently she is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award project, which not surprisingly is related to history. She is actively involved in a Girl Scouts life and her troop. This summer she was one of only 14 Girl Scouts chosen from a selective application process for a trip to Iceland. There she met local Icelandic scouts, hiked, discovered waterfalls and cruised out for a bit of whale watching. She does not only limit her interests to being a re-enactor or the Girl Scouts. She is an accomplished pianist and cello player, performing with the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has even combined her interest in history and re-enactment by lending her talents to a re-enactment musical group. Before going to college and studying to become an architect she hopes to spend the prior summer volunteering at the Girl Scout World Center in Switzerland. This past summer she participated in a pre-college summer program in architecture at the University of Miami, which helped cement her desire to pursue a career in architecture. I love dressing up and sharing history,Ž she says. Though she enjoys history, acting and speaking, her real passions are the Girl Scouts, music and architecture. Piper McInall is a shining example of a well-rounded young girl who has a great understanding of the needs of other people through volunteering, sharing history and the joys of music plus having a desire to provide esthetic beauty through the architecture of the world. erine Ritch Guess, author of the book, shares her personal experiences in Cambodia and as an author. Guess is an appointed Circuit Riding Musician through the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Her book is available in paperback, online and in book stores. Please contact Linda McAnarney at 230-6563 for additional information. 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The property on Losco Road includes 11 acres of land and 26,500 square feet of buildings. The upgrades include a 400-seat auditorium, themed environments for children through “ fth grade, space for teens, of“ ces and 200 parking spaces. Access Church started in 2006 when a few families realized that there were more than 800 churches in Jacksonville and yet 80 percent of the city wasnt attending church. Our city needed a place where children and adults could get excited about attending and One area of confusion for buyers and sellers is the role real estate licensees have in real estate negotiations. There are three basic options in a real estate transaction that a brokerage “ rm can assume: no brokerage agreement, transaction broker and single agent. In a no brokerage agreement the agent is simply handling the paperwork of the transaction and cannot represent or negotiate on behalf of the buyer or seller. As a transaction broker, the agent provides limited representation and does not have a “ duciary relationship with the buyer or seller. A single agent is working in a “ duciary capacity and must provide loyalty, con“ dentiality and obedience to the principal whereas other forms of representation will not. More and more buyers and sellers are looking for full representation from their broker that a single agency provides. As a transaction broker, the buyer or seller is a customer of the agent and has given up their right to undivided loyalty from the licensee. In other words, a transaction broker may not work to the detriment of either party in a real estate transaction, but conversely cannot work to bene“ t either party either. Many brokers have opted for this limited representation to avoid legal responsibility. The highest degree of accountability comes with single agency. As a single agent, the broker has a “ duciary relationship Explaining agencyŽ representing people vs. paperBy Contributing Writer Denise Bash, Realtor, Prudential Network Realtyand owes complete allegiance to the buyer or seller, who is then referred to as a principal or client. This means that the single agent is not only allowed to work to the bene“ t of their principal, by law the agent must work to achieve the best terms for their principal. A single agent must provide loyalty, con“ dentiality and obedience to the principal, whereas other forms of representation do not. More and more buyers and sellers are looking for full representation from their broker that a single agency provides. As our industry evolves and customers continue to demand a higher degree of accountability from their real estate broker, agents are faced with the question of whether they want to represent people or paper and in the end, it is the buyer or seller that will decide if they want to be a principal or a customer. Area Market Update: Mandarin, Beauclerc and Bartram All numbers based on an average of sold listing during the past 30-days: November 8 … December 8, 2011 Number of Houses Sold 82 List Price $176,772 Sold Price $170,253 List Price per Square Feet $85.79 Sold Price per Square Feet $82.75 Square Footage 2031 Days on Market 112 For additional information, please contact denisebash@ yahoo.com.Church launches January 8 in a permanent location„ Everybodys Invited!inviting their friends,Ž said Rich Barrett, the lead pastor of Access. We needed a place where skeptics could feel welcomed and heard. We wondered, What if we could design something new and di erent?Ž These families moved forward with the goal of creating a place where the teaching was practical and made sense, the music really connected and was unlike anything most people had heard in church and the kids had fun. Several had experienced this type of environment at North Point Community Church in Atlanta. And in March 2007, Access Church launched as a video campus or strategic partnership of North Point Ministries and its lead pastor, Andy Stanley. Stanley is the popular preacher who draws more than 20,000 adults to three Atlanta campuses each Sunday. Attendees say that his messages have the unique ability to connect with believers and skeptics alike. Our goal is to lead people into growing relationships with Jesus Christ,Ž Barrett said. We do this by creating environments where people are encouraged to pursue intimacy with God, community with insiders and in” uence with outsiders. We share the mission, values and strategy of North Point Ministries, as well as Andy Stanleys practical, biblical teaching.Ž For the last four years, volunteers and a local sta team have strived to create irresistible environments for children and adults at the UNF Fine Arts Center. Each Sunday they unloaded a truck and two trailers and set up 30,000 pounds of gear. Then two hours later they packed it all up and towed it away. The permanent location on Losco Road will mean that the Access Church environments will have a permanent presence in the community instead of being stored in a truck. When we saw how our friends, neighbors and co-workers responded to their experience at Access Church, we knew all the work of unpacking and packing every week was worth it,Ž Barrett said. But we are so excited about the amazing opportunity God has given us to occupy a permanent space. 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And the work continues„there is still Start 2012 off with a BANG!Call now to reserve YOUR advertising space!886-4919 Local restaurant undergoes renovationmuch to do, but the clean new look is very impressive. A visit to the Mandarin Famous Amos, on San Jose Boulevard, is a must for all your dining needs. They are open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays. As always, Famous Amos o ers full service catering. With changing daily lunch and dinner specials like homemade pot roast, baked chicken with dressing, meatloaf, chicken parmigiana, eggplant parmigiana and country fried steak, served with fresh local, inseason vegetables, Famous Amos Restaurants has something for everyone. In fact they also have daily vegetarian options so there The Martin J. Gottlieb Day School students and faculty joined together to feed the hungry in the community during the Thanksgiving holiday. Students in the MJGDS Middle School delivered 61 turkeys, MJGDS students make a di erenceBy Contributing Writer Talie Zaifert, Martin J. Gottlieb Day School75 bags of groceries and 31 gift cards to needy families at Beauclerc Elementary School, JFCS, the Mal Washington Foundation and a number of individual families referred to the school. MJGDS provided three kosher food baskets complete with kosher turkeys and gift cards to local families. Twelve families of students at Beauclerc Elementary School who were recently evicted from their homes received bags with ready-to-eat foods and gift cards for local restaurants. For many of these families the economy has hit hard and they are having a di cult time making ends meet. The Thanksgiving baskets made it possible for these families to enjoy the holiday. The baskets provided nourishment for their bodies and their souls! MJGDS families were able to sit around the table this past Thanksgiving holiday and re” ect on the fact that they were able to make a di erence this Thanksgiving. Each dollar, each can and each box that MJGDS students provided added up to make the deliveries possible. Chronic pain su erers now have a new weapon in their “ ght to manage and control their pain. Pain Wise: A Patients Guide to Pain Management, a new book by doctors who specialize in pain management, is a must-have resource for chronic pain su erers. The book explains in simple language the causes of pain, as well as e ective Interventional Pain Management (IPM) techniques and advice on how to choose the best physician to treat chronic pain. According to a recent federal report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), chronic pain a ects 116 million Americans and costs the United States approximately $560 to $635 billion annually. Dr. Andrea Trescot, based in St. Augustine, Florida coauthored the book with Dr. Francis Riegler (California) and Dr. David Kloth (Connecticut). Together they bring years of experience as long-time practicing IPM physicians, educators and members of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), a physicians group dedicated to the promotion and development of IPM. Pain-Wise includes expert advice and information on: € How to choose a pain specialist that is right for you € All of the most common interventional pain management treatments € Getting the most out of your doctor visits € Minimally invasive disc surgery € Implantable pain relief devices € Cancer pain management Pain-Wise o ers renewed hope to chronic pain su erers, many of whom become frustrated, depressed and exhausted after visiting doctor after doctor, trying drugs and treatments that really is something to suit all tastes. Of course, breakfast is still served all day long. The Early Bird Breakfast Special is extremely popular at all locations. Currently our featured breakfast is the 2 x 4 SpecialŽ which consists of two eggs, four sausage or bacon, grits, toast and honey. Famous Amos Restaurants began over 40 years ago when, at midnight on January 1, 1967, the doors of the “ rst restaurant were opened. We invite you to come on by and “ nd out why the people of Jacksonville have been coming back for Famous Amos Restaurants county cooking for over 40 years. New book provides advice from top pain specialistsdo not address the root cause of their pain. Pain medicine has improved dramatically in the last few years,Ž states Dr. Trescot, the current United States Chair for the World Institute of Pain. It is important to know what your options for pain relief might be, and we hope that this book will help to describe and explain those options.Ž Dr. Trescot is a well-known and respected pain management physician and an esteemed member of the team of specialty physicians at Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine. She is a member of the most-respected state, national and international pain societies and a national expert on a variety of pain techniques, having authored more than 50 articles and textbook chapters in addition to her recent book, Pain Wise. Pain Wise: A Patients Guide to Pain Management, published by Hatherleigh Press. Ltd., is available for purchase wherever books are sold.Womens Club cont from pg. 1things and sharing the enjoyment of northeast Florida. Some of the many activities include day trips, antiquing trips, as well as Bunco, bridge, Mah Jongg and Mexican Train gatherings. For more information, please call Kay at 521-2524. 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.

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € January 2012 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 11 (904)292-2210 MandarinSouthBusinessCenter12421SanJoseBlvd.€Suite310/320 Jacksonville,FL32223(BetweenSonnysBBQ&Solantic) LorettoRd. NSanJoseBoulevard RaceTrackRd. JulingtonCreek Lessthan1/2mi. fromJulingtonCreek MarinelaM.Nemetz,D.D.S.BoardCertifiedPediatricDentistRobertJ.Nemetz,D.D.S.,M.S.AdultDentistry€Periodontics€Prosthodontics An estimated 1,500 children and adults enjoyed hayrides, train rides, historical reenactors, music, crafts and Santa Claus at the 12th annual Winter Celebration in Mandarin at the Walter Jones Historical Park on December 3. It was an absolutely wonderful Winter Celebration,Ž said Karen Roumillat, event coordinator for the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society, which So many times I hear of events going on at the Main Branch of the Jacksonville Public Library, but since I use the local branch for my reading needs, it hasnt registered what a wonderful variety of outstanding presentations are available there, or what I have been missing. One of the major on going presentations is the library coordination with the Jacksonville Art in Public PlacesŽ program, which works to advance the appreciation and expression of art and culture through art education, funding and technical assistance and communication and advocacy.Ž In fact, as one approaches the main entrance to the library on Laura Street in downtown Jacksonville, one cannot miss the greeting offered by the bronze and painted stainless steel statue appropriately entitled Wisdom.Ž Sculptor Larry Kirkland uses the owl, a traditional symbol of wisdom, to identify the building as a place of information and learning. In the main library one can enjoy Kathryn Freemans Grand Staircase murals depicting local events, history, literary “ gures, architecture and popular pastimes which are a part of Jacksonvilles history. Also available in the Grand Reading Room is a large geometric abstract painting by expressionist artist Al Held. Originally the library commissioned four works, but only one was completed before his untimely death in 2005. In a di erent art form are the works of 10 notable photographers displayed in the lower level gallery. To quote the Art in Public Places brochure, Libraries are To be sure, divorce ranks near the top of the list for major life transitions. It is di cult, if not impossible, to keep emotions in check while trying to make decisions that will a ect you for the rest of your life. This broad framework should help shape your actions and decisions during this particular life transition. € Be prepared … You will waste time and money by not being prepared. Dont bury your head in the sand and hope it will go away. In this case, ignorance is not bliss. Make copies of important papers while you have access to them. Not having “ nancial information will put you at a severe disadvantage when it comes time to divide assets. Keep a notepad handy to list questions as they come to Tips for transitioning through a divorceBy Contributing Writer Katherine B. Ashley, CPA, CDFA’ (Certi ed Divorce Financial Analyst)mind. Bring your necessary paperwork to all meetings. € Be realistic … In the long run, you su er the most if you do not brace yourself for change. There will now be two households running on what was once one household budget. There are only two ways to balance the budget: (1) Increase income and/or (2) decrease expenses. There are, however, many di erent ways to accomplish this. As hard as it may be, face reality and explore all options. € Be your own ally … Stand up for yourself. Sure, you have probably made mistakes but who hasnt? This does not make you less valuable or less important as an individual. If you cannot overcome feelings of worthlessness, do something for yourself and “ nd a therapist. This may turn out to be one of the best things you ever did.€ Be smart … Its not always what you know but who you know. Seek advice. Do It Yourself should not apply when going through divorce. There are legal and “ nancial professionals who will educate you and advocate for you on your behalf. More importantly, they can be objective and help you make decisions you will not regret for the rest of your life.Every life transition has its challenges and di culties. Treat them as opportunities for change and growth. You can become better and stronger because of it. For additional information, please contact kashley@ kbacpa.net.EncoreA library is more than books!By Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville Universityexcellent learning environments„open to all. Introducing people to art in libraries encourages connections between the written word and visual art. Visual literacy or the ability to read what is seen, enhances the enjoyment of books and develops observation skills.Ž But visual art is not the only thing o ered. Among the many special events, one of the most popular is the Intermezzo Sunday ConcertsŽ o ered monthly in the Main Librarys Hicks Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. The concerts showcase the artistry of prominent First Coast musicians. Coming up in 2012 … on January 8, The Sterling BrassŽ will be featured and on February 12, you can enjoy Tugci Taro, renowned pianist. Also coming up in January, the Jacksonville Public Library Masterpiece Theatre Book and Film Club will feature a showing of The Hound of the BaskervillesŽ at 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm on January 25. Read the book, watch the movie and then join other attendees to discuss this Masterpiece classic. Continuing from December 28 through February 17, 2012, the national touring exhibit Lincoln and the Civil WarŽ will be on display. The o cial opening on January 4 will feature guest speakers, re-enactors, music programs and much more. This is just a small sampling of some of the o erings presented at the Main Branch of our Public library. For more information on these and other programs, please visit the website www.jaxpubliclibrary.org or call 630-2665.Children and adults alike enjoy Winter CelebrationThe hayride was one of the most popular activities at the 12th Annual Winter Celebration in Mandarin, hosted by the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society. The white Percheron and Belgian horses took families for rides through the Walter Jones Historical Park.sponsors the event. Last year we had about 1,200 people, so this is a record. It keeps getting bigger and better. The community support was awesome and so were our volunteers.Ž The music from the Mandarin Presbyterian Childrens Choir, Jacksonville Community Band and North Florida Folk Network was appreciated by everyone,Ž she noted. Many people sat and listened.Ž New Year’s traditions from around the world• The baby and old man have been symbols of the new and old year since the time of the ancient Greeks. • The Romans derived their name for the month of January from their god Janus, who had two faces, one looking forward and one looking backward. • In Spain and Portugal, celebrants gather with 12 grapes in their hands. As the clock strikes midnight announcing the new year, a grape is eaten for each strike of the clock. • In Greece, a special New Year’s bread called vasilopita is served and in it is hidden a lucky coin or charm. The bread is served at midnight and whoever gets the charm will have good luck all year. • Many Europeans eat cabbage or other greens to ensure prosperity for the coming year. W W W WWWVisit our website:

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As a juried art show, only “ ne art or “ ne craft exhibitors are accepted in the longest continually running festival in northeast Florida. Patrons will enjoy the skilled workmanship of multiple What does it mean to have a New Years resolution? For many people, it means making self improvements, like losing weight or gaining a more positive outlook on life. However, resolutions arent just for old people trying to lower their cholesterol; theyre also a great excuse to learn new skill. From water-color painting to ventriloquism, the list goes on and on. However, theres only one skill that has been proven to literally bring music to peoples ears. Clearly, this is none other than learning to play an instrument. It may not be easy, but the results will leave you with more songs to sing in the shower. Youve heard of famous musicians who began playing their instrument when they were three. Would it surprise you to know that most people dont start o that way? Gabby Le, a junior in high school, began playing the ” ute when she was in middle school. She also played in a school band, which introduced her to other instruments including the guitar, elecErnie1 year old Labrador Retriever mixCall for viewing and adoption: 725-8766 Jacksonville Humane SocietyThis handsome fellow is named Ernie. He is a 1-year old Labrador Retriever mix who has been at JHS since August 2011. Ernie is a very smart boy who loves to play catch, knows how to sit and stay and gets along well with other dogs. At the end of the day he would love to curl up and snuggle with you. Won’t you please come in and give Ernie a home today!? 44th annual Mandarin Art Festival: an Easter weekend tradition!By Contributing Writer Susie Scott, President, Mandarin Community Clubmediums including sculpture, pottery, glass, photography, painting, jewelry and more. And to inspire the young artists in our local schools, a Childrens Art Show will display entries selected for judging inside the club building. Look for the return of the ever popular bake sale, green market and ra e prizes! The Mandarin Community Club, founding organization, will host and manage operations with the help of the dedicated club board, members and volunteers. Volunteers are needed, so please consider being a part of this annual special event. Call the club at 268-1622 to volunteer or to place a business ad in the event program as a sponsor. Information and photos from previous years is available at www.mandarincommunityclub. org The Mandarin Community Club is dedicated to the preservation and beauti“ cation of Mandarin; to providing educational forums for the community; to enhancing the cultural and recreational life of the area; and to maintaining the clubs historic properties. Youth SceneA musical resolutionBy Megan Crawfordtric bass, French horn, trumpet and ukulele. It made me appreciate music more and want to learn more about it.Ž Le says. The emotion that comes from the music is her favorite part about playing a tune. If you play a happy song, you can relate that to a happy time in your life and it makes it that much better,Ž she explains. How does she deal with getting nervous on stage? I kind of get into my own little bubble and with that I can just soar. I try not to look at the crowd too much and just pretend theyre not there.Ž Any advice for future rockstars? Its hard, but just put your heart into it and youll get out what you put in. If youre not gonna try, youre not gonna succeed,Ž Le opines. Sometimes the best way to master an instrument is to focus on only one. Just ask Alexa Velez, a college freshman, who has been playing the piano since she was “ ve. She recalls the exciting day when her Baldwin piano arrived: From there it just grew into something else I wouldnt have been able to picture at that age.Ž After she started entering competitions, Velez states that her musical abilities really took o .Ž These experiences also taught her more about improvisation. I can just make whatever up in my head and it just goes through my body and out my “ ngers,Ž she states. Whats Velezs biggest dif“ culty? Finding music that you really want to play is the hardest part, because I believe that is what really motivates you to learn the piece. If its something that you absolutely hate, its going to be a lot harder to master the piece.Ž Long story short, dont pick boring songs. Hopefully this article has taught you that, if you play from your heart, learning an instrument can be as easy as a scale. All you have to do is pick your weapon, start learning some notes and have a rockin New Year. 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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? Mustangs bring in the New Year at full speed! Winter Break is over and now is the time to snap back into learning mode. This month is full of club meetings, sporting events, scholarship deadlines and theres still plenty of time to get those grades up as high as possible before report cards go home on January 27! The Envirothon Club will meet every Tuesday this month at 2:00 p.m. in Room I202. These MHS HappeningsHappy New Year, Mustangs!By Contributing Writer Rondene Grinam, MHS Student“ rst meetings will consist of setting up focus groups for various topics. Members should consider their strengths and interests in the following: aquatics, forestry, wildlife, soils and current issues. The Brain Brawl Club will meet every Thursday and Friday of this month at 1:45 p.m. in Room F103. Students, be sure to check PlanetHS.com for new updates on club events. Parents, be sure to create your own account at PlanetHS.com to stay up-to-date on your childs activities. The Medical Academy will be hosting a Parent Night on January 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. This is for all current and prospective medical academy students and parents to see what the academy is all about. Seniors, scholarship deadlines are swiftly approaching. Stay on top of scholarship information by corresponding with your guidance counselor or following the Scholarships page on PlanetHS.com. Also, as those college acceptance letters continue to roll in, save copies for your counselor and earn your very own graduation caps on the College Acceptance bulletin board! On Wednesday, January 4, there will be an SAC meeting in the Conference Room, upstairs, next to the Guidance. The meeting will begin promptly at 12:00 noon. Also, the PTSA is currently holding their Cookbook Fundraiser. Cookbooks are on sale for $10.00 and all of the money stays at MHS to support our yearly school e orts like scholarships, teacher appreciation luncheons, challenge day activities, vision screening and much more. The recipes were submitted by students, faculty and sta right here at Mandarin High School. Support you school by purchasing a MHS Cookbook by calling 607-9622 to place your order. Yearbooks are still on sale for $90. Order at yearbookorder13760 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.) Sat 9am-6pm center.com and when prompted, enter the school code: 2340. Get yours now! Students will get two more breaks this month on January 16, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and on January 20, for a Teacher Planning Day.The Mandarin Community Club hosted a Holiday Dinner Celebration for their members on December 15. Held at the club building, located at 12447 Mandarin Road, the event was intended to show appreciation to members for their support over the past year. Attendees were treated to a traditional holiday dinner and entertainment by Broadway Kid Starz under the direction of Kathleen Myrick. Community Club hosts holiday dinner By Contributing Writer Lynn Cuda, Mandarin Community ClubDonations for the Mandarin Food Bank were collected, a tradition the club has sponsored for over a decade. Election of the o cers and board for the upcoming year also took place on December 15. Those elected for 2012 were President, Susie Scott; Vice President, Emily Lisska; Treasurer, Robert McLean; and Secretary, Betty Wolfe. A complete listing of the newly elected At Large members appears on the club website, www.mandarincommunityclub. org. Perhaps best known as the host and sponsor for the annual Mandarin Art Festival held every Easter weekend, the Mandarin Community Club invites all interested parties to become members. The 2012 membership drive starts this month. For more information, visit the web site or call 268-1622.

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Page 14, Mandarin NewsLine € January 2012 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com Located just north of Baymeadows Road (904) 367-8700 Happy New Year! since 1996 San Jose Boulevard St. Johns River N S Baymeadows Road Law Oces of Michael S. Drews, P.A. Sunbeam Road The Newly RenovatedEarly Bird Breakfast Special 6 … 8 a.m. Monday to Friday No Coupon required 2 x 4 Special for only $3.99(2 eggs, 4 bacon or 4 sausage, grits & toast) Half Price Dinner Entrees Buy One Entre & get the Second Entre Half O! 2:00 … 9:00p.m. dailyNot Valid with any other oer. Expires 1/31/2012 Valid at all 6 locations Back by popular demand is Baptist Medical Center Souths Lunch & Learn series for 2012. Join medical professionals throughout the year to learn about the latest health information. 2009 Baptist Health 2012 CALENDARJanuary 19 Living with acid reflux February 16 Heart attacks: How symptoms differ in men and women March 15 The aging spine April 19 What is a hospitalist and why do I need to know? May 17 Stroke: Prevention, recognition and treatment June 21 Shunning shingles: How to protect yourself from this painful virus July 19 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) August 16 Should I really get a flu shot? September 20 Colon cancer and early detection October 18 Advantages of a digital mammogram November 15 How to exercise safely as you age RSVP to 904.202.CARE(2273). Seating is limited!Reservations will be accepted beginning 30 days prior to the scheduled event date. Mark your calendar!For more information, visit us online at e-baptisthealth.com/southeventsBAPTIST SOUTHlearnlunch 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 & Financial Reviews Mail Forms 940, 941, W-2s, 1099s & UCT6 by January 31stDo you have W-9s and know who should receive a 1099? Cara Miller was recently chosen as the Teacher of the Year for Loretto Elementary. Miller states, While growing up I was lucky enough to have the best teachers in the world: my parents. They taught me that patience, creativity and determination can conquer all. They helped me come to the realization that I was meant to be a teacher. My love for children and understanding their di erences motivates my drive to meet my students needs.Ž After graduating from the University of North Florida in 2002, Miller began working for Duval County Public Schools. She began her career as a fourth grade teacher at Richard L. Congratulations to Loretto Elementary Schools 2011-12 Spelling Bee winner … Nicole Gipalo in Lorraine Hannahs classroom! The second place “ nisher was You Jeon from Alethea Tarabishis classroom; the third place “ nisher was Lily Skinner from Alethea Tarabishis classroom; and the fourth place “ nisher was Alexis Allen from Sandra Fountains classroom. The winning word was parasite.Ž The Northeast Florida Conservatory Concert and Jazz Community Bands performed Sunday December 18, 2011 at Mandarin Presbyterian Church. Congratulations to Lorettos Teacher of the YearBrown Elementary and later transferred to Loretto Elementary where she has spent the majority of her career as a third grade teacher. Miller concludes, I am honored to be Loretto Elementarys 2012 Teacher of the Year!ŽLoretto Elementary Schools 2011-12 Spelling Bee Winner Happy New Yearfrom your friends at Mandarin NewsLine!

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € January 2012 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 15 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 50% OFF Your Pets First Exam with Dr. Silverness( 1st Time Clients Only )Not valid with any other oer. 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Approximately two years ago Dr. Madelyn Spiegel, principal of Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran School and Jon Eden“ eld, director of Great Strides Rehabilitation formed a partnership to provide a transi-Children with special needs bene t from church and business partnershiption class for children with special needs. This class provides the opportunity for children with special needs to participate in a mainstream learning environment with support and assistance from the sta of Shepherd of the Woods School and therapists from Great Strides Rehabilitation. The class currently consists of nine children who range in grade levels from kindergarten to second grade. Parents of the children report that their children have made tremendous progress and attribute it to this special class. For more information on this class please call shepherded the Woods Lutheran School at 641-8385. Jon Eden eld, Madelyn Speagle, Russell Howarth and Pastor JohnsonDancers and choreographers face intense competition; only the most talented “ nd regular work. The specialized training provided by Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DA) helps those that decide to pursue this intense career later on in life. To showcase the students hard work, there is an annual Student Choreography Dance Concert held each year. It will be held January 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the DA Theatre. All dance majors are required in their junior or senior year to take Choreography, a class teaching students the other, more unknown side of dance. Said So“ a DeCerce, a senior and Mandarin resident, Its really an important part of be-Youth Arts UpdateBy Danielle Wirsanskycoming a well rounded dancer. You never really realize how much goes into a dance piece until youre the one who has to choreograph it yourself.Ž Complex movements and dances on stage and screen do not happen without a lot of hard work. Dancers spend years learning dances and honing skills, as do most choreographers. Together, they then translate those skills into movement that expresses ideas and stories. Joshua Yarbrough, a senior currently taking Choreography, had his piece accepted into the concert after a rigorous audition process. Titled, Every Soldier Has a Home, it is a blend of modern dancing and hip-hop and tells the story of the soldiers who go to war and the Free agent with every policy. Ill make sure your auto coverage is the best “t, then show you all the State Farm discounts you could be getting. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. CALL ME TODAY.FreeDiscount Double Check’ too.1003065State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, State Farm Indemnity Company, Bloomington, IL Jim Register Jr, Agent 12058 San Jose Blvd, Suite 302 Jacksonville, FL 32223 Bus: 904-268-5522 www.jimregister.com families they left behind. It is a beautiful piece. I have talented dancers performing my piece and I really have enjoyed working with them,Ž he shared. Becoming a choreographer usually requires years of experience. Katherine Hardison, who took Choreography her junior year, said, It really teaches us respect for teachers and choreographers because it is so dif“ cult and stressful to do.Ž The concert is open to all genres of dance and the decision left to the discretion of the student choreographer. Many of the choreographers choose to do some form of modern choreography, but everything is represented from ballet to hip hop. Guest artists are also brought to this concert, as well as the Senior Piece in which all the senior dancers perform together for the last time. Claudia Weeks, a senior, is thankful for having had the opportunity to take the Choreography class. I feel like I can express myself more freely and may put more of my emotions into the piece I am dancing.Ž Everybody reads Mandarin NewsLine Shouldn’t your ad be included?886-4919

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Page 16, Mandarin NewsLine € January 2012 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com BEAUTIFUL NEW HOMES! Southwood Village AT WESTMINSTER WOODS ON JULINGTON CREEK Call 904-287-7300 to schedule a visit to see the lovely, new villas and charming neighborhood.Discover Active Living! For More Information Call 1-888-410-1417 Brighton BayJacksonvilles Newest Independent Living CommunityLarge Enough To Suit Your Life Small Enough To Know Your Style At Brighton Bay, you decide. Enjoy chef prepared meals every day in the company of neighbors like yourself, or go for a pizza and a movie with the grandchildren. Its your choice. Brighton Bay allows you to spend more time doing the things you like with those you love.10061 Sweetwater Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32256 BrightonBayLiving.com SENIORNEWS & VIEWS FOR SENIOR ADULTSNEWSLINE Make this New Year the one you resolve to: Enjoy every crackle from the “replace this winter. Hear the “rst chirped songs of spring. Relax to the sound of crashing waves this summer. Hear the crunching leaves under your feet this autumn. Call today for a complimentary, hassle-free hearing screening and live demonstration to “nd out how you could hear better for 2012 and beyond! FREE Hearing Aid EvaluationExpires 1/31/12. Not to be combined with any other offer.Resolve your Hearing Loss for 2012! Call Today! 904-292-977712276 San Jose Blvd., Ste 516 Jacksonville, FL 32223 www.doctorknox.com Lindzee Nunez, MS, CCC-A Heather Fletcher, Au.D., CCC-A Glenn W. Knox, MD, FACS 880 -0002 keyboardconnectionjax.com 9912 San Jose Boulevard More than 480 guests enjoyed an evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment by Rockapella at the 19th annual River Garden Gala, held on November 12 at the Renaissance River Garden Gala raises $170,000Resort at World Golf Village. The event was co-chaired by Dorothy Verstandig and Maxine Romo, and SunTrust Bank served as Premier Gala Sponsor. This years Gala raised a total of $170,000 in support of River Garden and its residents. Since 1993, the Galas have raised more than $2.7 million for River Gardens frail elderly. More than 50 percent of River Gardens residents receive Med-The Selevan Family and friends really know how to party. Donna Berger, Faye Hyken, Rebekah Selevan, Jack Selevan, Susan Baldock, Talie and Dana Zaifert and Andrew Selevan.icaid and the Home must raise approximately $1.3 million a year to make up the di erence between the cost of care and the amount received from Medicaid. Without the philanthropic support of our caring friends and members of the community,Ž said development director Kathy Osterer, we would be unable to maintain the standards of quality care that enable our residents to live with dignity in a safe, caring environment.Ž(ARA) People living with diabetes need to take care of and monitor their health very closely. While monitoring their blood glucose is usually top of mind, the 26 million Americans living with diabetes may be surprised to learn that 95 percent have a form of gum disease. This is compared to only 50 percent of the general population. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop serious gum disease as people without diabetes. People living with diabetes are at an increased risk for developing periodontal disease because they are generally more susceptible to bacterial infection, and have a decreased ability to “ ght bacteria that invade the gums,Ž says Dr. Maria Emanuel Ryan, professor of oral biology and pathology, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York. A big misconception is that patients always experience pain if they have gum disease; this is not the case and it is especially important for diabetes patients to know and watch for the following signs and symptoms: € Bleeding gums when you brush or ” oss. € Red, swollen, pu y or sore gums. € Gums that have pulled away from your teeth. € Changes in the way your teeth “ t together when you bite. € Pus that appears between your teeth and gums. € Constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth. The link between diabetes and oral health If you do su er from diabetes and have any of the signs and symptoms of gum disease, its important you visit your dentist to determine if there is any oral care procedures you can follow to give you better oral health.

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H H H H Ha Ha d d d d d rd rd ag ag e eGi Gi Gi Gi Gi Gi dd dd dd dd dd dd dd en en s s F F F F Fu Fu ne ne ra ra l l l l l l l H H H H Ho Ho me me o o f f f f f f f M M M M Ma Ma d d d d d nd nd ar ar i i i i in in 90 90 90 90 90 90 4 4444 4 28 28 28 28 28 28 8 8888 8 00 00 00 00 00 00 25 25 25 25 25 25 Jitterbugs, a local Kindermusik Studio, had lots of fun this past December bringing festive joy to the senior citizens at Augustine Landing. Jitterbugs was invited to bring babies and toddlers from their youngest classes for an afternoon of musical activities to celebrate Children bring holiday cheerBy Contributing Writer Jennifer Christensen Live the Golden Life, AFFORDABLY Experience the elegance of The Coves while living independently in one of our gracious residences. Youll enjoy the lifestyle you deserve at a pr ice you can afford. NO BUY IN! NO ENTRANCE FEE! CALL TODAY! (904)292-268311501 OLD ST. AUGUSTINE RD. | JACKSONVILLE, FL 32258THECOVES@RIVERGARDEN.ORG | RIVERGARDEN.ORG the holiday season, inviting the seniors of the retirement community to join in and play. From laughing, playing, singing and dancing these tiny tots and older adults helped each other build creativity, self-expression and friendships. The Kindermusik program is based on research demonstrating the bene“ ts of music at each age of a childs development; stimulating their minds, bodies and sense of play. Psychologists, neuroscientists and experts in early childhood development have shown that music does more for children than bring them joy. It improves the connections made by their brain cells needed for practically every kind of intelligence. By combining seniors with these small children, Jitterbugs develops motor, social, cognitive, emotional and sensory skills in both age groups. It more importantly stimulates their sense of fun! Owner Liz Wilson sums up the core of the Jitterbugs Studio, Kindermusik classes o er a great bonding experience. In a world like ours today where everything moves so fast, Kindermusik slows us down and helps us keep the right things in perspective. We share time together, create friendships, laugh, cry and watch our children grow. Kindermusik fosters the core values we want our children to secure in their early lives.Ž Overall it encourages a love of music in the hearts of all involved. New addition for local senior home The specially designed cooking demonstration kitchen in the new Adult Day Care/Activities Pavilion is a big hit with residents and staff. (Shown is Adult Day Care staff member Martha Mercado-Quintero)River Garden is pleased to announce the opening of its 10,000 square foot building expansion project. The addition houses a new therapy pavilion and a new adult day care/activities pavilion, enabling River Garden to greatly expand their outpatient and home healthcare services. The Therapy Center will now be able to increase its outpatient capacity by up to 50 people per day and Adult Day Care by up to 30 clients per day, seven days a week. Martin Goetz, CEO said, We are structuring the River Garden system of senior services so that our care community can be responsive to the needs of baby boomers as they transition to senior boomers. Many of those baby boomers will seek to receive care in their own homes, rather than in a long-term care facility. This expansion and renovation project will allow us to continue to meet our mission and be well-positioned to meet the ongoing care needs of seniors regardless of where they might choose to live.Ž The project also includes refurbishment of the existing facility as well as relocation and expansion of the medical clinic, pharmacy, admissions and home healthcare areas, providing triple the available space in which to meet with residents, clients and families in an atmosphere of privacy and comfort. Construction of the 10,000 square foot addition began in the spring 2011. The existing building will remain open throughout the multi-stage construction/renovation process, which has been organized and scheduled to minimize disruption for residents, outpatient clients, sta and families. Reserve advertising space for the February Issue886-4919 JA@rtpublishinginc.com Start 2012 o with a BANG!!!

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Page 18, Mandarin NewsLine € January 2012 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com “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. 260-4820Inc.Since 1981 Crown Moldings Specializing in whole Exterior House Painting Also Interior, Exterior Door Replacement & New InstallationWallpaper Removal Mirrored & Bi-Fold, GreenlandSafe Storage ALL Call us today! Mandarin Arms Apartments 11648 Pine Acres Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32223 Phone (904) 268-7251 This institution is an equal opportunity provider, and employer.Ž 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! A large number of Floridas East Coast manatee population calls the St. Johns River home. On any given day from late spring to late fall, the gentle, slow-moving animals can often be seen just o the banks of the St. Johns River or one of its tributaries. Sometimes they create quite a spectacle as they play or feed and at other times they are nothing more than a quick glimpse or passing swirl in the water. Even as their numbers have increased in recent years, the giant aquatic mammal still remains elusive to many of its would be spectators. The manatee is a migratory animal that annually leaves our areas of the St. Johns River when the water temperatures fall to 68 degrees. They will seek winter refuge by traveling south, “ nding springs which maintain a constant water temperature of 72 degrees. These springs will serve as their winter retreat until the St. Johns once again returns to tolerable temperatures. The largest natural wintertime habitat on Floridas East Coast for the manatee is Blue Springs State Park. A daily count of well over 100 manatees is Captain Davids Fishing ReportBy Captain David Lifkacommon throughout the winter at the spring. A near quarter mile run of crystal clear spring water ” owing to the St. Johns River enables anyone who has never been able to observe manatees in their natural settings to do so for hours at a time. The coldest days provide the greatest numbers for viewing as the warmer days encourage the animals to leave the spring in search of food. Blue Springs State Park is a relatively quick ride. Just take Interstate 4 West to the Deland Exit 114 and turn right following the signs to the park. As winter progresses and ideas for family outings fade, why not plan a visit to Blue Springs for everyone to catch more than a glimpse or passing swirl of Floridas o cial State marine mammal? Fishing Report: Yellowmouth and croaker in the usual spots as long as the mild weather holds. Stripers being caught around Shands Bridge. Look for sea trout around the downtown bridges during the evening under lights. Whether you catch one, some or none, the family time spent “ shing will last a lifetime. All boaters bene“ t from the lights, markers and buoys that provide the equivalent of highway signage and permit safe navigation. They identify dangerous or controlled areas and give directions and information. These waterway devices are collectively known as Aids to Navigation (ATON) and each Auxiliary ” otilla has a person dedicated to reporting their status for maintenance in the local area. ATON in a tidal zone like the Mandarin section of the St. Johns River are perhaps especially important for their role in channeling boat tra c in generally shallow water. For all the water you see in this area, it is amazing how shallow much of it is, especially at low tide. There are also problems in St. Augustine with boats running aground in the inlet. Storms, collisions, silting and current can destroy or move ATON. In the river, many ATON are privately placed, but ful“ ll key purposes in creeks, canals and inlets and embellish navigation capabilities. Typically, river ATON will consist of channel markers on bridges and posts, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary UpdateWaterway managementBy Contributing Writer Ralph Little, Flotilla 14-8 any of which may be lighted. Other sign markers and buoys provide information about wake and manatee zones, anchoring, and shoals. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville began a 90-day Waterways and Management Study (WAMS) on December 1 which will be a major review of the Intracoastal Waterway ATON from Cumberland Sound, Florida (Fernandina) south to day beacon #84 in the Matanzas River. See link at www.d7publica airs.com/go/ doc/586/1188967/. WAMS studies are conducted periodically to better facilitate safe and e ective navigation on area waterways. This study will examine the effectiveness of ATON with a focus on: € The overall e ectiveness of ATON, tra c patterns and waterways being utilized € Waterway markings in accordance with most recent Army Corps of Engineer surveys € Suitability and evaluation of ATON currently in use € Review of ATON signal displays € Accuracy of navigational publications and charts Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville personnel encourage interested parties to provide comments on existing ATON and recommendations for the establishment of new aids in the area at anytime. Submit comments, information and/or recommendations to Chief Warrant O cer Steve McDonnell, Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Waterways Management Division at 564-7565 or via e-mail to steven.d.mcdonnell@uscg.mil. e Jacksonville Public Library Branches will observe the following holiday closings:Sat. Dec. 31 : all libraries close at 6:00 p.m. Sun. Jan. 1: all libraries closed Mon. Jan 2: all libraries closed

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Jacksonville, FL 32223 Located in Mandarin, just south of I-295 across from Walmart Yoga Basics Mind Body Power Yoga Yogalates Teacher Training Looking for an interesting handmade item? Locally made crafts? How about produce and a green market? Well, look no further than the Olde Mandarin Corner MarketŽ (OMCM) on the grounds of the historic Mandarin Community Club on the “ rst and third Sunday of each month. Located at the corner of historic Mandarin Road and Brady Road, hobby art, crafts, local unique and handmade items such as soaps, jewelry, honey and more can be found among the many booths of this outdoor weekend event. Inspired by the Olde Mandarin Corner MarketŽ continues! By Contributing Writer Susie Scott, President, Mandarin Community ClubRiverside Arts Market, OMCM will continue to operate into the spring long after the December end to the Riverside venue to provide Mandarin with access to a di erent way to shop locally. The Corner Market is open to the public from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. There is plenty of parking and all are welcome! Scheduled spring dates are January 8, 22, February 5, 19 and March 4. Event days are subject to change due to weather and holiday schedules. Please visit www.oldemandarincornermarket. com or check it out on Facebook!Mandarin Mustang soccer is taking shape after losing several seniors from last year such as Michael Rauco, Anthony Alvarez and Hector Vega, who signed with University of West Florida to continue his soccer career. Now it is up to seniors John Mella, Matt Lucas and MHS Sports RoundupBy Natalie Cleghorn, MHS StudentCody Tarczinski among others to lead the boys soccer team to another victorious season. The Mustangs train hard during the season to prepare for the tough schedule that Coach Jason Cooley puts together. During practice, the boys scrimmage and run drills to increase their speed and strengthen their endurance. Endurance plays a huge role in soccer as well as communication. While communication is important in any sport, it is especially so in soccer where the ball never stops rolling. The game is always changing and you need to communicate with your team to be successful,Ž said junior Matthew Rauco. Rauco plays defense for the Mustangs, a vital part of the game. A successful team is made up of a strong defense and attackers such as Tyler Carroll, Kacper Grzeszczak and Rihad Kobiljar who lead the team to victory. Among the biggest rivals of the Mustangs are Atlantic Coast, Orange Park and Fletcher. The Mustangs have already proven themselves against Fletcher back in December with a 4-0 win and hope to continue their successes throughout the rest of the season. To maintain a victorious soccer season, the boys spend much of their time o the “ eld bonding and becoming a more cohesive team. The soccer team supports other Mustang sports and attends softball, volleyball and basketball games. They were present at several softball games last year when the Lady Mustangs carried their season into the playo s and were cheering them on every step of the way.As junior Austin Adams said, We have each others backs.Ž The Mustangs prove that they are leaders on and o the “ eld and spend much of their time with each other. Among the many traditions the boys have, one stands out on its own. It is the tradition to eat at Zaxbys before every Fletcher game and this tradition keeps the boys focused and pumped for the upcoming game. The brotherhood and bond we have with each other is amazing,Ž said Rauco. The boys hope for another run into the playo s similar to last years where the Mustangs traveled to the semi“ nals but lost a close one to Boca Raton. The Mustangs face o against Tallahassee Leon away on January 13 and are home against Creekside on January 19. W W W WWWVisit our website: Place Online classi ed ads for FREE!

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € January 2012 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 21 This Holiday Season YOU be the Designer Sewing & Embroidery NEW!Quattro 2INNOV-S 1250D Wide selection of accessories, including extralarge quilting extension table INNOV-S NX-2000 at your side D AND R SEWING CENTER Factory Authorized Brother Sales & Service Center9850-6 San Jose Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32257Across from Outback Steakhouse904-262-6750E-mail: Contact @DandRsewingcetner.comwww.DandRsewingcenter.comBuilt-in stitches, buttonhole styles and fonts Automatic Height Adjuster’ AHA Computer connectivity with update capabilityPivot function My Custom Stitch’ feature Free-motion stitching Advanced LCD touch screen display Multi-directional Sewing Circular Sewing Bobbin Work Creativity Times Four’ƒand MoreBuilt-in stitches, embroidery designs and fonts NEW! Scanning feature with InnovEye Technology NEW! Color Shuing’ Function Large work space IMPROVED! Advanced Super View (ASV) HD LCD touch screen display by Sharp Corporation NEW! 10Ž Pen Tablet with My Custom Design’ feature Sew with the embroidery unit attached Stop by our showroom for a demo on one of these fabulous machines! www.MandarinNewsLine.com € Winter 2011 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 21 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 On the afternoon of November 28, St. Joseph Catholic School classes Pre-K to eighth watched in awe as “ fth grade swept by, holding their state parade ” oats up high as the Bishop Kenny Band livened their journey across campus. A month before, Mrs. Worthington, the social studies teacher for the “ fth and sixth grades, announced that the “ fth graders would be making St. Joseph Catholic holds Parade of StatesBy Contributing Writer Joseph Dray” oats for the Parade of States.Ž All 49 students chose a state and constructed a miniature parade ” oat to advertise their section of the United States of America. Mrs. Albright and Mrs. Worthington, the “ fth grade teachers, led the parade by holding the banner at the front of the long line of “ fth graders and ” oats. All students did a fantastic job and deserve a pat on the back for all the e ort they put into their ” oats. Not only should they receive applause, the Bishop Kenny Band should have congratulations also. Even though the sight of the ” oats was already drawing the schools attention, the band made it explode with excitement and popularity! In conclusion, everybody performed outstandingly during the “ fth grade Parade of States.Ž Well done! What would YOU like to read about each month in Mandarin NewsLine?Let us know! editor@mandarinnewsline.com

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Page 22, Mandarin NewsLine € January 2012 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com Free PapersWorking For You Will the Internet kill your free community paper? Did instant co ee kill co ee?New technologies change many things. But not everything. You may tweet, blog, surf, shop, or search online but you continue to read your free community paper. You just proved it. Readership of free community papers is now higher than paid daily papers, and continues to grow. Rather than being replaced by instantŽ media, your local free community paper has become an important part of our neighborhood. e reason, which sometimes is not heard because of all the noise about the Internet, is pretty obvious: your free community paper does what the Internet doesnt. We promote connections at a local level. Free papers join readers and advertisers in ways digital media doesnt. In fact, the local content and power of your free paper makes advertising even more e ective. We are the number one medium for driving purchases. ats important in every product category. Including co ee. Trout Creek Location at World Golf VillageOVER 45 ACRES OF PLANT MATERIAL WITH HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PLANTS IN STOCK... S J &NURSERY & LANDSCAPING World Golf Vi G IN GOD WE TRUST TOTAL LANDSCAPES DESIGN & INSTALLATION SODDING & IRRIGATION DEBRIS REMOVAL NEW YEARS SALE! 20% Off Every plant and tree in stock (over45 acres) ( Our Regular Price or any competitors Regular Price)THE BIGGEST SALE OF PLANT MATERIAL IN FLORIDA CONTRACTORS WELCOMEOer expires 2-10-12 Free Estimate & Consultation! The Mandarin Garden Clubs Live Oak Circle got their hands dirty at the November 17 meeting. Each member assembled and took home their own beautiful cool season container garden. Master Gardener Susan Westermann instructed the group on combining cold tolerant ” owering annuals and herbs together in one pretty pot. All the plants used can tolerate our Jacksonville winter weather. That means no need to cover or drag the pot inside each Gardeners learn about winter plantstime the weather report predicts cold temperatures. On January 19 at 10:00 a.m., the public is invited to attend at no charge a fun and informative program by Jim Armstrong titled Eat Your Yard.Ž The meeting will be at the clubhouse at 2892 Loretto Road. The Dogwood Circle of the Mandarin Garden Club recently hosted Joe Stumph for their program on Bonsai. Bonsai, pronounced bone sigh,Ž is a Japanese word derived from a Chinese word punsai meaning shallow pot and tree.Ž Bonsai, literally translated means bon … tray or dish and sai … tree or plant: thus, tree or plant planted in a dish. Bonsai is both art and horticulture. Historical evidence shows that Bonsai appeared in ancient China 2000 years ago. It appeared in Japan possibly as early as the sixth century. Approximately 1300 AD bonsai appeared in Japanese drawings. In the United States, Bonsai became popular after World War II, when civilians and military stationed in Japan reported seeing beautiful miniature trees. Bonsai is an art of illusion. Garden Club sponsors Bonsai workshopA good friend once told me she had a brown thumb. She explained that she had poor luck at growing things and de“ nitely had a brown thumb instead of a green one. I dont believe in GardeningTurn a brown thumb green By Contributing Writer Master Gardener Camille Hunter with Duval County Extension, University of Florida/IFASbrown thumbs. We are all potentially green thumbed. Sure, we all know annoying people who seem able to grow anything. Meanwhile our newest house plant, supposedly easy to care for, isnt looking good and not because of neglect. In fact, you may be guilty of too much TLC. If you water on a regular schedule, say every Saturday, and throw in a double shot of fertilizer, you may be killing plants with love. Which brings up the question everyone asks: Just how much and how often should I water my plants? Its an important question because your plants life depends on it. Those of us with green thumbs know the answer, which is that it depends„on the plant, on the environment and even the time of year. It may be di erent for every plant and in every season. The best way to water is when the plant needs it. For most plants, its when the soil is dry an inch deep. Stick your “ nger into the soil up to the “ rst joint to “ nd out. If the soil is still moist, dont water. If it is dry, water slowly until water begins to run out the bottom. If the soil is very dry the water may run right through. In that case, water a little every ten minutes or so until the soil softens and is damp throughout. After a few minutes spill out any excess water standing in the saucer. There are some exceptions to this advice. A few plants, like Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum), need constantly moist soil or the leaf tips will turn brown. Page 22, Mandarin NewsLine € Winter 2011 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com Mandarin NewsLineEverybody Gets It. Everybody Reads It. JA@rtpublishinginc.com The roots, trunk, branches, foliage and environment all contribute to the composition. The design should be simple to create a tree which may be familiar to us in nature. Many woody trees or shrubs can be utilized in creation of Bonsai. The design utilizes easily recognized components of a tree, such as a tapered trunk, visible surface roots, branches, coverings on trunk and branches … the result is a tree. Mandarin Garden Club membership is open to all gardening enthusiasts from beginners to advanced. For meeting or membership information, please contact mandaringardenclub@comcast. net or 268-1192. On the other hand, cacti and other succulents have built-in water storage systems and need much less. I once met someone who loved cactus because of its infrequent but beautiful ” owers. She claimed she watched the weather channel and only watered her cactus when it rained in Arizona. One very important thing for all potted plants is good drainage. Excess water must be able to ” ow out the bottom and not get trapped in the pot. Dont ever let anyone talk you into a pot that doesnt drain. It is extremely di cult to maintain proper soil moisture without good drainage, plus occasionally running water through the soil ” ushes out fertilizer residues. I have good luck using a liquid fertilizer labeled for house plants, but I apply it at only half the rate or less if Im trying to keep a plant from growing too fast. I also forgo fertilizer in the winter months when most plants are resting. Just as important as water and fertilizer is light. Most plants need bright, sunny light but not necessarily hot, direct sunlight. A few do well in semishade but very few tolerate shade all day. If this is all you have, try a Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra). As the name implies, this is a very easy plant that needs only very good drainage and anything from shade to bright light but not hot, direct sun. Follow these simple guidelines and watch your brown thumb turn green. First Coast Tea Party/ Mandarin-Julington Group Will meet January 19, 2012 6:00 PM 8:00 PM South Mandarin Branch Library Multipurpose Room A

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Page 3 Whats New Page 4 The Sheriff Reports Page 5 From the City Council Members DeskPage 6 School District Journal Page 7 Political Commentary Page 8 Faith News Page 11 Winter Celebration Encore! Page 12 Youth Scene Page 13 Mandarin Community Club dinner Page 14 Loretto Teacher of YearPage 16 Senior NewsLine Page 18 Fishing Report Page 19 MHS Sports Roundup Page 20 Job Finder Page 21 Parade of States Page 22 Gardening Bonsai workshop Page 23 New Jaguars owner 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 4 January 2012Presorted Standard US Postage Paid Callahan, FL 32011 Permit No.4 EVERYBODYS INVITEDJanuary 8 at 9:30 and 11:00am 4911 Losco Road AccessChurch.comA campus of Andy Stanley and North Point Ministries. When you see a group of ladies knitting on Wednesday mornings at the Mandarin Senior Center and another group knitting at the Williams Family YMCA, you would never believe their international fame! Thumbing through their scrapbook with Trudy Ferrantello, the leader of the Kit Wits, the story unfolds. After years of participating in a ministry that provided knitted goods to area needy infants, When a young girl thinks about getting dressed up she usually doesnt make her choices from a wardrobe that harkens back centuries. However, when 15 year-old Piper McInall decides to dress up, she does just that. McInall she is a re-enactor of girls from days gone by. She began re-enacting when she participated as a sixth grader in the annual San Augustin re-enactment at the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum in St. Augustine. The event is a popular annual Girl Scout event held each year in March. Recently McInall donned her costume and portrayed a girl from the 1740s in Spanish Colonial St. Augustine at the 12th annual Winter Celebration at the Walter Jones Historical Park in Mandarin. Ive always been interested in history, she says. Re-enacting is interesting because you Santa did not show up, but the Mandarin Womens Club Elfettes were exceptional in shaping the clubs Christmas party into an event lled with great food, lively conversation, seasonal music, original handmade decorations and individually wrapped presents for everyone. Santa must have made his deliveries earlier! The yearly celebration was organized by the clubs renowned event planner, Debi Harrison and held at the Westminster Woods club house. As guests drove across the JulingMandarin knitting groups goods go abroad to grateful soldiersBy Donna KeathleyMeet Piper McInallSharing history through the eyes of a local young girlBy Karl KennellWomens Club celebrates the seasonBy Contributing Writer Tess Hart-Ross, Mandarin Womens Club BUSINESS Your YourIncrease Increasein 2012!Contact us today and ask about our 2012 discount plans!Josh Allenja@rtpublishinginc.comton Creek Bridge on their way to the party, they were treated to the spectacle of decorated boats parading under the bridge. What a great incentive to get in the holiday spirit! Sharing the evening with husbands always gives an additional rowdiness to the celebration. No one is allowed to take anything too seriously and the conversation and laughter re ect their spontaneity. Potluck usually means taking your chances but not with these great cooks. The combination of everyones choice o ering made for a feast, a warm and wonderful holiday feast! The Mandarin Womens Club is a social club, giving all women of the area the opportunity for meeting new friends, seeing old friends, learning new get to experience how people have lived in the past. Its a great way to make history come alive. McInall, a 10th grader who is home schooled, is the daughthe idea of providing items for servicemen and women was bornand Ferrantello was o and running, sharing the lap blanket pattern with talented ladies in the Mandarin area. Thats when the two knitting groups began to utilize their skills to make brightly colored lap blankets and toboggan hats and the rest is history. News spread quickly and requests came from places these women had never heard of. There were even more ideas mushrooming from the lap blankets, like the request for wall hanging quilts for the Helmand Province, Afghanistans medical facility. A Navy nurse had the bright idea to lace a blanket on a dowel and brighten up the place! A letter from a young lady aboard the USS Roosevelt, which was on its way to the Northern Arabian Gulf, is proudly displayed in the scrapbook. She tells the story of her crew receiving much needed warm hand-knitted caps to wear in the Mediterranean during a brutally cold winter. Then theres the thank you note from G.R. Ross, over at the Jacksonville Naval Air Stations USO o ce, thanking them for the 30 blankets that they just shipped overseas. The main theme of all those thank you notes rings out: we cant believe you care! Lanette Phillmans letter says, As much as the hats helped out in the cold, it was Knitters cont on pg. 4 Womens Club cont on pg. 10 Re-enactor cont on pg. 8

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The writers opinions do not necessarily reect 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. Nor does RT Publishing, Inc. endorse any of the products or services included in this publication. RT Publishing, Inc. reserves the right to refuse advertisement or copy from any advertiser. All rights are reserved and no portion of this publication may be copied without the express written consent of the publisher. 2011. At RT Publishing we welcome Letters to the Editor. We request they be no more than 250 words. All letters must include writers name, address, and telephone number. Only the name will be published. E-mail to editor@ rtpublishinginc.com. Anonymously sent letters will not be published.Letters to the Editor policy The Italian American Club would like to wish everyone a very happy, healthy New Year. As of January 1, 2012 we have a new slate of o cers and board of directors: President: John Bu a Koch; First Vice President: Greg Clapp; Second Vice President: Donalee Wright; Treasurer: Mario Cortese; Assistant Treasurer: Lucy Cortese; Recording Secretary: Vicky Clapp; Corresponding Secretary and Editor: Patty Koch. The 2012 board of directors are Maurice Cooper, Joseph Cornello, Madaline Gagliano, Frank Mullaney, Vinny Russo, Stephanie Sha er, Mena Vesce and Past President Carlo Clemente. The Club Chaplain is Rev. Daniel Cody. Donate your unwanted car by December 31 to Cars4Charities and you will get a year-end tax deduction of at least $500 on your itemized federal taxes. Youll also help one of hundreds of respected charities at the same time. Cars4Charities will handle the entire donation process, from start to nish. Theyll turn your unwanted vehicle into cash and send the entire net proceeds to the charity you select from their impressive list. The process is e ortless. You can even donate your car online at www. cars4charities.org. Your vehicle does not have to run or be in good condition and it will be picked up in a matter of days, free of charge. Cars4Charities will provide you with all the paperwork youll need. To claim your 2011 deduction, your title must be signed and postmarked by December 31, 2011. For details, please visit www.cars4charities.org or call 1-866-448-3487 (GIVE-4-US) The River City Womens Club will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, January 18, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Ramada Inn Mandarin, located at 3130 Hartley Road. Lunch and a program will follow the meeting. The cost of the lunch is $15.50 and reservations are required by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12. Please call 262-8719 for reservations or additional information. The Mandarin Womens Club program for Thursday, January 26 will be Game Day to include Bridge, Bunco and Mexican Train. The program will be held at the Ramada Inn, located at 3130 Hartley Road and doors open at 9:00 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. Please call Iris at 268-2459 by January 20. The January General Meeting of the All Star Quilters Guild will be held on Monday, January 16 at 9:30 a.m. in the First Christian Church, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard. The program will be presented by Becky Goldsmith of Piece O Cake Designs. 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 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 next meeting of the South Jacksonville Republican Club will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the Golden Corral restaurant on San Jose Boulevard. Social time will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the club meeting at 10:00 a.m. We will be gathering in the restaurant area. The election of the 2012 club board will be discussed as well as a meet and greet of Republican candidates for the upcoming Florida Primary election along with a question and answer period. AARP Driver Safety Program for drivers 50 and older will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 10 and 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Memorial Hospital, 3625 University Boulevard South. The fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. You must attend both days for certi cation to qualify for an auto insurance discount. To register, please call 391-1320. The North Florida Acoustic Neuroma Support Group will meet on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Mandarin United Methodist Church, located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard. Please call 287-8132 or 7385063 for additional information.Whats New cont on pg. 5 Copies of Online Coupons are not accepted!

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Rutherford, Duval County SheriffNew Years resolutions for preventing crimeprogram also helps businesses in commercial areas. Join a Sheri s Advisory Council. ShAdCo members are committed to building relationships with the o cers that work in their neighborhoods and those o cers are committed to keeping members informed about what is going on. Monthly meetings include discussions about crime patterns or trends, as well as information about enforcement activity by JSO. Neighborhood walks and monthly meetings help keep members informed about the issues in their sector of the city and the zone. Again, call JSOs Community A airs at 630-2160 for more information. Applications are also available online at www.coj. net/departments/sheri so ce.aspx Community A airs. At home: Make sure you know your neighbors and are familiar with the cars they drive and their children. Have phone numbers and know how to get in touch with one another. This is helpful when something odd or suspicious happens in the neighborhood. Keep doors closed and locked when home, never standing open or left unlocked. This is especially important with garage doors and sheds, not to mention gates and entries to the back yard. Proper exterior lighting and close trimmed shrubs, plus many other tips for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design are taught at Neighborhood Watch meetings. This information is also available by visiting the Community A airs pages of our website. Away from home: In the car, keep your doors locked and valuables out of sight. Dont visit ATM machines at night/ alone. Dont keep checkbooks or other materials in the car that can cause your identity to be stolen. Know your childrens friends and the parents of their friends. Know their teachers and check homework and be active in a childs school life. Let the teachers and administrators know about dangerous activities your kids talk abouteven if it is a rumor. Make sure you know where your kids are when they are not at home or school, and who they are with. All the time. Know the laws regarding curfew and truancy. Please join us in our ght to prevent crime before it happens, by following some of these tips and becoming involved with your Jacksonville Sheri s Of- ce. As always, I appreciate your support of the men and women of the JSO, who work hard everyday to keep our city safe and secure. the idea that someone back home was thinking about us and cared so much that made our day! So the ladies keep knitting and the two groups keep growing in numbers. They teach newbies how to knit. Even if you cant knit, you can learn to operate a knitting loom, says Ferrantello. We love to receive donations of yarn and none is wasted, everything is used. The community has embraced the cause, with corporations like Ring Power picking up shipping costs for the blankets headed to Kabul. Everyone who hears of the knitting mission jumps in to help. Ferrantello relays a story about one of the Knit Wits working on a blanket in the waiting room of her doctors o ce. It seems that a gentleman overheard her telling someone where the blanket was going and he handed her some money to cover her material costs. The local soldiers are not forgotten, with caps and blankets going to injured vets in area hospitals to include St. Augustine and Gainesville. Anywhere there are service men and women who need these items, the Knit Wits will get them there! These ladies are a powerful source! You can join the Knit Wits at the Mandarin Family YMCA on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or on Wednesdays at the Mandarin Senior Center on Hartley Road from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Any donations for the group can be dropped o at the Williams Y. Lap blankets sent to the troops in Afghanistan. Knitters cont from pg. 1

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Unfortunately, governments continue to enact measures that they believe will equalize the unattainable. In fact, one of the most over-used words in the government lexicon is fair and this word typically serves as an excuse for government intrusion into our lives. When you hear a politician use it, you know to prepare for some new tax or regulation. And what is fair? In 1960, there was a young man who started a small gas station on Moncreif Road in Jacksonville. Through hard work and after overcoming many adversities, Herb Peyton turned his one small gas station into the Gate Petroleum Company. Then theres D.W. Hutsonhe started out hanging drywall and now hes one of the most successful developers in Jacksonville. A young Andy Crawford started out by borrowing $5,000 from his parents. He has since founded, grown and sold two major waste management companies here in Jacksonville. Finally, a young, single mom named Madeleine Mille bought the local Weight Watchers franchise, which she expanded and made very successful. All these individuals worked hard, played by the rules and made great contributions to our local economyand these stories are 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. The Bumble Bee Circle of the Mandarin Garden Club will meet on January 5, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. We will learn about bees and honey! Children ages ve through 18 are welcome with an adult. Please buzz by the Mandarin Garden Club and join in the fun. 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. and open to the public. For more information, please contact Janet Walter at jgwalter@comcast.net. The next meeting of the Sierra Club will be on January 9, 2012 at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, located at 2001 University Boulevard West. Social time will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:00 p.m. Why is wilderness important and why should preserving Utahs Red Rock Wilderness concern us in Florida? Jackie Feinberg of the Utah Wilderness Alliance will answer these questions as she shares a multimedia slide show narrated by Robert Redford highlighting this 1.4 million acre area of sweeping plateaus, unique geological formations and 10,000 year old archeological sites that surround Canyonlands National Park. These lands, currently protected by the Wilderness Act of 1964, are under threat by proposed strip mining and o -road vehicle tracks. Come for the visual feast. Leave with some action steps you can take to preserve them. The event is free to all and refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own cup to reduce waste in the land ll. For additional information, please contact Janet Larson at 247-1876. From the City Council Members DeskBy Contributing Writer Matt Schellenberg, City Council Member, District 6An inside perspective of City Halloccurring all the time in Jacksonville. But then we have the Occupy Jacksonville demonstrators. These people, with their incredible sense of entitlement, sit around all day living o the public dole. This is what happens when government takes from productive, hardworking citizens and distributes to the lazy and unambitious. Each one of these people has been given special talentsits sad to see them wasting those talents, as well as their time, camping out at City Hall. Life is life with all its struggles. Nothing government can do will stop us, the citizens, from having to deal with those struggles. Government cannot solve our problems or prevent dilemmas in our lives, but they keep trying and dare to call their interference fair. In my opinion, when everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed, then the system is fair. And this is exactly what our Constitution and Bill of Rights provide. Not an equal outcome, which is what the Occupy protesters want, but an equal opportunity. Please feel free to contact me at Matts@COJ.net. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Matt Schellenberg 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. 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. 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. The Childrens Writers Jacksonville group is meeting on Tuesday, January 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Room B at the Southeast Regional Library, located at 10599 Deerwood Park Boulevard. Special speakers are Frances Keiser of Sagaponack Books and Jane Wood of Jane Wood Books. The meeting is free Whats New cont from pg. 3

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DCPS is one of the largest urban school districts in America and we are As part of the St. Johns River Water Management Districts work to make its permitting process more e cient, the districts Governing Board voted today to approve consumptive use permitting changes that will save applicants time and money while maintaining the districts commitment to environmental protection. Consumptive use permits (CUPs) allow water to be withdrawn from groundwater or surface water for reasonable bene cial usessuch as public supplyin a manner that does not interfere with existing legal uses and protects water resources from harm. District sta had identi ed several areas for improvement in permitting rules, including expanding the modi cation of permits by letter, reducing reporting requirements for small water users and simplifying the water use type categories. Under the new rules, the types of CUP modi cations that can be requested by letter will be expanded. This simpli ed modi- cation process will streamline the permitting tasks for applicants as well as district sta Water users with allocations School District Journal By Contributing Writer Tommy Hazouri, School Board Representative, District 7proud that our school system has earned a grade of B from the Florida Department of Education. As the Duval County School Board strives to move our schools and our students towards genuine educational excellence, we have formulated the following overarching goals to realize the ultimate goal of increasing student achievement. The long range goals are: 1. Superintendent Accountability: De ne and implement the mechanism for holding the superintendent accountable for the successful execution of the districts strategic plan and increasing student achievement. 2. Transparency of the Duval County Public School System: Increase public awareness of the districts successful school o erings (i.e., Accelerated High Schools, Academic Feeder Patterns, Career Academies, Magnet Schools and Neighborhood Schools). 3. Strengthen Board/Superintendent Relationship: The board and superintendent will e ectively impact student achievement through continuous learning opportunities that strengthen teamwork/collaboration skills. The board has outlined three goals to be implemented during the rst quarter, January through March, 2012. 1. Communications and transparency: Enhance internal and external communications for employees and citizens alike. 2. Increase morale: Strategically implement opportunities to impact employee morale and increase employee motivation. 3. Succession planning: Design and implement an e ective, proactive succession planning system that allows DCPS to be well prepared for expansion, the loss of key employees as a result of retirements/promotions and/ or organizational redesign. Successful succession planning will build bench strength for DCPS. Important Dates: January 2: Winter Holiday (schools and district o ces closed) January 9: School Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Cline Auditorium, 1701 Prudential Drive January 11: Student Early Release Day January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (schools and district o ces closed) January 20: Teacher Planning Day (No school for students) January 25: Student Early Release Day Thought for the Month: Its not where you start, but where you nish. Water management district streamlines permitting processBy Contributing Writer Teresa H. Monson, St. Johns River Water Management Districtof less than 100,000 gallons per day will no longer be required to submit semi-annual water use reports under the new rules. Instead, they will submit an Annual Statement of Continuing Use card that will contain several easily answered questions. In addition, the number of water use types will be reduced from 23 to seven to simplify the process. The District recognized the opportunity to improve the CUP process, said Governing Board Chairman Lad Daniels. This new process takes greater advantage of technology, speci cally the Internet and personal computer functions, to improve the speed of processing applications and compliance submittals without compromising any of our standards. Local author June Weltman will lead beginning and experienced writers through a step-by-step process of how to write a mystery novel during an eight-week adult education class at Mandarin High School, starting Thursday, January 19. The classes are held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Weltman said the class focuses on writing mysteries for children and teens, but it is also appropriate for writers who want to write adult mysteries without explicit violence. Registration will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on January 3, 4 and 5 at Mandarin Dreaming of writing a mystery? High School, located at 4831 Greenland Road. Weltman is the author of Mystery of the Missing Candlestick, a mystery for ages nine through 13 that won a special award from the Florida Historical Society. She has led writing workshops since 2006 and uses Edgar and Agatha award-winning childrens and young adult mysteries as the basis of class lectures and discussions. For information about the class, please call Kathy Cook, community education coordinator, at 260-3911, Ext. 1043 or visit www.duvalschools.org/ mhs.

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Every time they put on their uniform, they are in danger of some lunatic taking a shot at them just because they wear a uniform and protect us. Anyone who has a law enforcement of- cer as a loved one knows the constant, underlying fear their loved one will violate the rst rule of law enforcement: come home safe after your shift. We owe a huge debt to those who serve and protect us daily. Often, the hours are dreadful, rewards only come in the form of a job well done and stress is huge. Traditionally, police o cers have been tragically underpaid, with little or no bene ts. Thankfully, that has changed and now members of the law enforcement community receive decent pay and bene ts, with a good nancial future for retirement.Political commentaryThey strap on a gun to go to workBy J. Bruce Richardson In Jacksonville, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the union which represents the rank and le of the Jacksonville Sheri s O ce, is making it hugely di cult for taxpayers to muster much respect and sentiment for Sheri s O ce certi ed law enforcement employees. As of press time for Mandarin NewsLine, the issue of whether or not the FOP will join with the entire rest of the employees of the City of Jacksonville taking a needed minor reduction in salaries has not been settled. For months, the FOP held out for a raise; other people were losing their jobs and others were glad to just have a job, yet the FOP demanded a raise for its members. The FOP is doing great harm to its members and literally telling the non-working involuntary taxpayers of Jacksonville it doesnt matter how di cult life may be for them, FOP members still want a salary increase. A lot of the luster has gone out of the crown of respect and achievement for law enforcement. Greed is never a pretty sight. Yes, it was wrong for decades to underpay law enforcement o cers. And, yes, its a relief to have their salaries at a livable wage considering what each one of them puts on the line every minute of every day. But, in a time when everyone else is sacri cing some, its also wrong for the FOP to hold its members as a group which should not o er even a minor sacri ce. Some things need to change; perhaps Nelson Cuba, the longtime head of the local FOP needs to give up the perks of his o ce and go back to being a full time deputy on the street. In other Florida cities, local FOP chapters have been voted by the membership to be decerti ed as their bargaining unit because too many reasonable o ers were brushed aside during negotiations. Maybe that needs to happen in Jacksonville, too. Never doubt we are forever grateful to the nothing-lessthan brave men and women who serve in law enforcement. But, never doubt we will ever allow ourselves to become their economic slaves and roll over to every demand. We all deserve better than that.J. Bruce Richardson, a resident of Jacksonville, has created many successful marketing, advertising, public relations, fund-raising and political campaigns. A former newsroom staffer of the late Jacksonville Journal, Mr. Richardson has an educational background in management and nance. His column appears monthly in Mandarin NewsLine. Advertise Now! 886-4919Christs Church Academy (CCA) high school student Allyson Richards and 16 other local authors of childrens books gathered at the school on Monday, December 12 for the schools second annual Author Extravaganza, where they met with students, parents and other children in the community to discuss and sign their books. Richards, 18, was 15 years old when she wrote her rst book, Enlightened, which she is now developing into a fourpart series. Enlightened is a story about 16-year-old Alexis Randall, who battles a disturbing curse. Richards is also writing School hosts second annual Author Extravaganza Allyson Richards and her rst bookother stories and recently traveled to New York for an interview with Teen Kids News about her life as a teen author, which will air in March 2012. I have to do a lot of prioritizing, Richards said about juggling writing, school, cheerleading and a busy social life. School and academics come rst, then I plan times that I can writefor fun and for my project. Richards and the other authors participating in the Author Extravaganza also donated a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their books to CCAs elementary program. Other local authors in attendance were Al and Sherry Bohl, Larry Levy, Jennifer Swanson, Jenny Bjork, Heather Surface, Eric Reinhold, Eileen Erikson, Katherine Ciriello Clark, Cynthia Enuton, Jane Wood, Stephanie Mayberry, Cheryl Dubberly, Betsy Lee, Nancy Murray and Karen Putzke.

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Page 8, Mandarin NewsLine January 2012 www.MandarinNewsLine.com 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 MeetingJan. 13 and Feb. 3 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 Faith News 11730 Old St. Augustine Rd. Jacksonville, Florida 904-268-5422 ST. JOSEPHS CATHOLIC CHURCH Reconciliation Saturday 4:30 p.m. Weekend Mass Schedule Saturday 5:30 p.m. Sunday 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon Hispanic Mass Sunday 8:30 a.m. Historic Church Polish Mass 2nd & 4th Sunday 10:00 a.m. Historic Church Traditional Latin Mass Sunday 11:15 a.m. Historic Church Weekday Mass Schedule Monday Thursday 8:00 a.m. Historic Church Friday 8:15 a.m. Main Church 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 Our mission is to get you bigger, better, faster and stronger Metroex Gym904-262-07906695 Colray ct. #303Metroex uses a guided program of growth that focuses on the needs of each individual and uses weights and calisthenics rather than conventional machines and spinners. Take the road to better health and a better looking physique! The Alexandra Miller Speaker Series presents Taking it Step by Step: Facing the Challenges of Everyday Life with Rabbi Kerry Olitzky on Thursday, January 26, 2012 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by Jewish Family and Community Services, this years program will be held at the Jacksonville Jewish Center, located at 3662 Crown Point Road. The program is free and open to the community. To RSVP, please call 394-5737. Celebrate the New Year with the famous annual choir Festival of Lessons and Carols at St. Johns Cathedral on Satur-Take o your 21st Century hat, don your Biblical Era one and decide what kind of monarch King David was in his time. The marriage between King David and BatSheva is surrounded by a cloud of controversy; did he commit adultery or was this union a legitimate one? We will be exploring whether a grave injustice had been done to either BatSheva or her former spouse. Why was King David in such a day night, December 31 at 5:00 p.m. Tim Tuller will conduct the choir in music by Walton, Preston, Lauridsen, Kelly, Cornelius and Mathias and others. There will be carols for the audience to sing in this beautiful, candlelit Cathedral. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is open for everyone in this free event. For additional information, please call 356-5507. Ladies, come and join us for a study of the Gospel of John. CBS (Community Bible Study) meets Thursday mornings at Christ Church PCA, located at 9794 Old St. Augustine Road from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. while Duval/St. Johns County Schools are in session. All are welcome and childcare and childrens classes are available. Registration is $25 for adults and $10 for children. Please contact Sandy Mitchell at 731-1452 or sandy.mitchell57@yahoo.com for additional information. A book review session on the book Because He Lives Faith, Hope and Love in Action will be held on January 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Mandarin United Methodist Church, located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard in Kasey Mogle Friendship Hall. Expand your concept of mission. Because He Lives Faith, Hope and Love in Action is a non- ction story of how God used Joseph and Marilyn Chan in Cambodia. Learn how the Methodist Church has made a di erence in the lives of women in Cambodia. Listen as CathDavid and BatSheva: Lascivious and lust or judicious and justhurry to marry? Why BatSheva? This story is replete with twists and turns that will have your head spinning. You can explore these ideas with Rena Schochet, at Co ee Roasters of Florida, located at 9735 St. Augustine Road as part of Federations Shalom Jacksonvilles JAVA PM at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, January 12. Kosher co ee and refreshments will be served. Rena Schochet, wife of Torah Academy of Jacksonvilles principal Rabbi Avi Schochet, arrived in Jacksonville for the start of the school year. She has a bachelors degree in Organizational Behavior and is a trained facilitator, mediator and life coach. Schochets extensive experience in both adult education and coaching has led to speaking engagements on three continents and four countries. Her talks vary from Torah studies and Bible-based biographies, to coaching workshops and exposs on cults and cult-exiting activities. Schochets career has taken her to Johannesburg, South Africa, Toronto, Canada and Sunnyvale, California. As a Life Coach, her skills are focused on inter-personal relationships and communication. The program promises to be fascinating. Jewish newcomers and locals are invited to attend; however, there is limited seating. Please RSVP by January 10 to shalomjax@jewishjacksonville. org or 448-5000 x206.ter of Janet and Steve McInall of Fruit Cove. She is a senior Girl Scout in Troop 1405 at St. Josephs Catholic Church. Currently she is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award project, which not surprisingly is related to history. She is actively involved in a Girl Scouts life and her troop. This summer she was one of only 14 Girl Scouts chosen from a selective application process for a trip to Iceland. There she met local Icelandic scouts, hiked, discovered waterfalls and cruised out for a bit of whale watching. She does not only limit her interests to being a re-enactor or the Girl Scouts. She is an accomplished pianist and cello player, performing with the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has even combined her interest in history and re-enactment by lending her talents to a re-enactment musical group. Before going to college and studying to become an architect she hopes to spend the prior summer volunteering at the Girl Scout World Center in Switzerland. This past summer she participated in a pre-college summer program in architecture at the University of Miami, which helped cement her desire to pursue a career in architecture. I love dressing up and sharing history, she says. Though she enjoys history, acting and speaking, her real passions are the Girl Scouts, music and architecture. Piper McInall is a shining example of a well-rounded young girl who has a great understanding of the needs of other people through volunteering, sharing history and the joys of music plus having a desire to provide esthetic beauty through the architecture of the world. erine Ritch Guess, author of the book, shares her personal experiences in Cambodia and as an author. Guess is an appointed Circuit Riding Musician through the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Her book is available in paperback, online and in book stores. Please contact Linda McAnarney at 230-6563 for additional information. 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The property on Losco Road includes 11 acres of land and 26,500 square feet of buildings. The upgrades include a 400-seat auditorium, themed environments for children through fth grade, space for teens, of- ces and 200 parking spaces. Access Church started in 2006 when a few families realized that there were more than 800 churches in Jacksonville and yet 80 percent of the city wasnt attending church. Our city needed a place where children and adults could get excited about attending and One area of confusion for buyers and sellers is the role real estate licensees have in real estate negotiations. There are three basic options in a real estate transaction that a brokerage rm can assume: no brokerage agreement, transaction broker and single agent. In a no brokerage agreement the agent is simply handling the paperwork of the transaction and cannot represent or negotiate on behalf of the buyer or seller. As a transaction broker, the agent provides limited representation and does not have a duciary relationship with the buyer or seller. A single agent is working in a duciary capacity and must provide loyalty, con dentiality and obedience to the principal whereas other forms of representation will not. More and more buyers and sellers are looking for full representation from their broker that a single agency provides. As a transaction broker, the buyer or seller is a customer of the agent and has given up their right to undivided loyalty from the licensee. In other words, a transaction broker may not work to the detriment of either party in a real estate transaction, but conversely cannot work to bene t either party either. Many brokers have opted for this limited representation to avoid legal responsibility. The highest degree of accountability comes with single agency. As a single agent, the broker has a duciary relationship Explaining agency representing people vs. paperBy Contributing Writer Denise Bash, Realtor, Prudential Network Realtyand owes complete allegiance to the buyer or seller, who is then referred to as a principal or client. This means that the single agent is not only allowed to work to the bene t of their principal, by law the agent must work to achieve the best terms for their principal. A single agent must provide loyalty, con dentiality and obedience to the principal, whereas other forms of representation do not. More and more buyers and sellers are looking for full representation from their broker that a single agency provides. As our industry evolves and customers continue to demand a higher degree of accountability from their real estate broker, agents are faced with the question of whether they want to represent people or paper and in the end, it is the buyer or seller that will decide if they want to be a principal or a customer. Area Market Update: Mandarin, Beauclerc and Bartram All numbers based on an average of sold listing during the past 30-days: November 8 December 8, 2011 Number of Houses Sold 82 List Price $176,772 Sold Price $170,253 List Price per Square Feet $85.79 Sold Price per Square Feet $82.75 Square Footage 2031 Days on Market 112 For additional information, please contact denisebash@ yahoo.com.Church launches January 8 in a permanent location Everybodys Invited!inviting their friends, said Rich Barrett, the lead pastor of Access. We needed a place where skeptics could feel welcomed and heard. We wondered, What if we could design something new and di erent? These families moved forward with the goal of creating a place where the teaching was practical and made sense, the music really connected and was unlike anything most people had heard in church and the kids had fun. Several had experienced this type of environment at North Point Community Church in Atlanta. And in March 2007, Access Church launched as a video campus or strategic partnership of North Point Ministries and its lead pastor, Andy Stanley. Stanley is the popular preacher who draws more than 20,000 adults to three Atlanta campuses each Sunday. Attendees say that his messages have the unique ability to connect with believers and skeptics alike. Our goal is to lead people into growing relationships with Jesus Christ, Barrett said. We do this by creating environments where people are encouraged to pursue intimacy with God, community with insiders and in uence with outsiders. We share the mission, values and strategy of North Point Ministries, as well as Andy Stanleys practical, biblical teaching. For the last four years, volunteers and a local sta team have strived to create irresistible environments for children and adults at the UNF Fine Arts Center. Each Sunday they unloaded a truck and two trailers and set up 30,000 pounds of gear. Then two hours later they packed it all up and towed it away. The permanent location on Losco Road will mean that the Access Church environments will have a permanent presence in the community instead of being stored in a truck. When we saw how our friends, neighbors and co-workers responded to their experience at Access Church, we knew all the work of unpacking and packing every week was worth it, Barrett said. But we are so excited about the amazing opportunity God has given us to occupy a permanent space. We plan to create appealing environments for years to come in Jacksonville. 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And the work continuesthere is still Start 2012 off with a BANG!Call now to reserve YOUR advertising space!886-4919 Local restaurant undergoes renovationmuch to do, but the clean new look is very impressive. A visit to the Mandarin Famous Amos, on San Jose Boulevard, is a must for all your dining needs. They are open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays. As always, Famous Amos o ers full service catering. With changing daily lunch and dinner specials like homemade pot roast, baked chicken with dressing, meatloaf, chicken parmigiana, eggplant parmigiana and country fried steak, served with fresh local, inseason vegetables, Famous Amos Restaurants has something for everyone. In fact they also have daily vegetarian options so there The Martin J. Gottlieb Day School students and faculty joined together to feed the hungry in the community during the Thanksgiving holiday. Students in the MJGDS Middle School delivered 61 turkeys, MJGDS students make a di erenceBy Contributing Writer Talie Zaifert, Martin J. Gottlieb Day School75 bags of groceries and 31 gift cards to needy families at Beauclerc Elementary School, JFCS, the Mal Washington Foundation and a number of individual families referred to the school. MJGDS provided three kosher food baskets complete with kosher turkeys and gift cards to local families. Twelve families of students at Beauclerc Elementary School who were recently evicted from their homes received bags with ready-to-eat foods and gift cards for local restaurants. For many of these families the economy has hit hard and they are having a di cult time making ends meet. The Thanksgiving baskets made it possible for these families to enjoy the holiday. The baskets provided nourishment for their bodies and their souls! MJGDS families were able to sit around the table this past Thanksgiving holiday and re ect on the fact that they were able to make a di erence this Thanksgiving. Each dollar, each can and each box that MJGDS students provided added up to make the deliveries possible. Chronic pain su erers now have a new weapon in their ght to manage and control their pain. Pain Wise: A Patients Guide to Pain Management, a new book by doctors who specialize in pain management, is a must-have resource for chronic pain su erers. The book explains in simple language the causes of pain, as well as e ective Interventional Pain Management (IPM) techniques and advice on how to choose the best physician to treat chronic pain. According to a recent federal report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), chronic pain a ects 116 million Americans and costs the United States approximately $560 to $635 billion annually. Dr. Andrea Trescot, based in St. Augustine, Florida coauthored the book with Dr. Francis Riegler (California) and Dr. David Kloth (Connecticut). Together they bring years of experience as long-time practicing IPM physicians, educators and members of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), a physicians group dedicated to the promotion and development of IPM. Pain-Wise includes expert advice and information on: How to choose a pain specialist that is right for you All of the most common interventional pain management treatments Getting the most out of your doctor visits Minimally invasive disc surgery Implantable pain relief devices Cancer pain management Pain-Wise o ers renewed hope to chronic pain su erers, many of whom become frustrated, depressed and exhausted after visiting doctor after doctor, trying drugs and treatments that really is something to suit all tastes. Of course, breakfast is still served all day long. The Early Bird Breakfast Special is extremely popular at all locations. Currently our featured breakfast is the x 4 Special which consists of two eggs, four sausage or bacon, grits, toast and honey. Famous Amos Restaurants began over 40 years ago when, at midnight on January 1, 1967, the doors of the rst restaurant were opened. We invite you to come on by and nd out why the people of Jacksonville have been coming back for Famous Amos Restaurants county cooking for over 40 years. New book provides advice from top pain specialistsdo not address the root cause of their pain. Pain medicine has improved dramatically in the last few years, states Dr. Trescot, the current United States Chair for the World Institute of Pain. It is important to know what your options for pain relief might be, and we hope that this book will help to describe and explain those options. Dr. Trescot is a well-known and respected pain management physician and an esteemed member of the team of specialty physicians at Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine. She is a member of the most-respected state, national and international pain societies and a national expert on a variety of pain techniques, having authored more than 50 articles and textbook chapters in addition to her recent book, Pain Wise. Pain Wise: A Patients Guide to Pain Management, published by Hatherleigh Press. Ltd., is available for purchase wherever books are sold.Womens Club cont from pg. 1things and sharing the enjoyment of northeast Florida. Some of the many activities include day trips, antiquing trips, as well as Bunco, bridge, Mah Jongg and Mexican Train gatherings. For more information, please call Kay at 521-2524. 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.

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com January 2012 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 11 (904)292-2210 MandarinSouthBusinessCenter12421SanJoseBlvd.Suite310/320 Jacksonville,FL32223(BetweenSonnysBBQ&Solantic) LorettoRd. NSanJoseBoulevard RaceTrackRd. JulingtonCreek Lessthan1/2mi. fromJulingtonCreek MarinelaM.Nemetz,D.D.S.BoardCertifiedPediatricDentistRobertJ.Nemetz,D.D.S.,M.S.AdultDentistryPeriodonticsProsthodontics An estimated 1,500 children and adults enjoyed hayrides, train rides, historical reenactors, music, crafts and Santa Claus at the 12th annual Winter Celebration in Mandarin at the Walter Jones Historical Park on December 3. It was an absolutely wonderful Winter Celebration, said Karen Roumillat, event coordinator for the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society, which So many times I hear of events going on at the Main Branch of the Jacksonville Public Library, but since I use the local branch for my reading needs, it hasnt registered what a wonderful variety of outstanding presentations are available there, or what I have been missing. One of the major on going presentations is the library coordination with the Jacksonville Art in Public Places program, which works to advance the appreciation and expression of art and culture through art education, funding and technical assistance and communication and advocacy. In fact, as one approaches the main entrance to the library on Laura Street in downtown Jacksonville, one cannot miss the greeting offered by the bronze and painted stainless steel statue appropriately entitled Wisdom. Sculptor Larry Kirkland uses the owl, a traditional symbol of wisdom, to identify the building as a place of information and learning. In the main library one can enjoy Kathryn Freemans Grand Staircase murals depicting local events, history, literary gures, architecture and popular pastimes which are a part of Jacksonvilles history. Also available in the Grand Reading Room is a large geometric abstract painting by expressionist artist Al Held. Originally the library commissioned four works, but only one was completed before his untimely death in 2005. In a di erent art form are the works of 10 notable photographers displayed in the lower level gallery. To quote the Art in Public Places brochure, Libraries are To be sure, divorce ranks near the top of the list for major life transitions. It is di cult, if not impossible, to keep emotions in check while trying to make decisions that will a ect you for the rest of your life. This broad framework should help shape your actions and decisions during this particular life transition. Be prepared You will waste time and money by not being prepared. Dont bury your head in the sand and hope it will go away. In this case, ignorance is not bliss. Make copies of important papers while you have access to them. Not having nancial information will put you at a severe disadvantage when it comes time to divide assets. Keep a notepad handy to list questions as they come to Tips for transitioning through a divorceBy Contributing Writer Katherine B. Ashley, CPA, CDFA (Certi ed Divorce Financial Analyst)mind. Bring your necessary paperwork to all meetings. Be realistic In the long run, you su er the most if you do not brace yourself for change. There will now be two households running on what was once one household budget. There are only two ways to balance the budget: (1) Increase income and/or (2) decrease expenses. There are, however, many di erent ways to accomplish this. As hard as it may be, face reality and explore all options. Be your own ally Stand up for yourself. Sure, you have probably made mistakes but who hasnt? This does not make you less valuable or less important as an individual. If you cannot overcome feelings of worthlessness, do something for yourself and nd a therapist. This may turn out to be one of the best things you ever did. Be smart Its not always what you know but who you know. Seek advice. Do It Yourself should not apply when going through divorce. There are legal and nancial professionals who will educate you and advocate for you on your behalf. More importantly, they can be objective and help you make decisions you will not regret for the rest of your life.Every life transition has its challenges and di culties. Treat them as opportunities for change and growth. You can become better and stronger because of it. For additional information, please contact kashley@ kbacpa.net.EncoreA library is more than books!By Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville Universityexcellent learning environmentsopen to all. Introducing people to art in libraries encourages connections between the written word and visual art. Visual literacy or the ability to read what is seen, enhances the enjoyment of books and develops observation skills. But visual art is not the only thing o ered. Among the many special events, one of the most popular is the Intermezzo Sunday Concerts o ered monthly in the Main Librarys Hicks Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. The concerts showcase the artistry of prominent First Coast musicians. Coming up in 2012 on January 8, The Sterling Brass will be featured and on February 12, you can enjoy Tugci Taro, renowned pianist. Also coming up in January, the Jacksonville Public Library Masterpiece Theatre Book and Film Club will feature a showing of The Hound of the Baskervilles at 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm on January 25. Read the book, watch the movie and then join other attendees to discuss this Masterpiece classic. Continuing from December 28 through February 17, 2012, the national touring exhibit Lincoln and the Civil War will be on display. The o cial opening on January 4 will feature guest speakers, re-enactors, music programs and much more. This is just a small sampling of some of the o erings presented at the Main Branch of our Public library. For more information on these and other programs, please visit the website www.jaxpubliclibrary.org or call 630-2665.Children and adults alike enjoy Winter CelebrationThe hayride was one of the most popular activities at the 12th Annual Winter Celebration in Mandarin, hosted by the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society. The white Percheron and Belgian horses took families for rides through the Walter Jones Historical Park.sponsors the event. Last year we had about 1,200 people, so this is a record. It keeps getting bigger and better. The community support was awesome and so were our volunteers. The music from the Mandarin Presbyterian Childrens Choir, Jacksonville Community Band and North Florida Folk Network was appreciated by everyone, she noted. Many people sat and listened. New Years traditions from around the world The baby and old man have been symbols of the new and old year since the time of the ancient Greeks. The Romans derived their name for the month of January from their god Janus, who had two faces, one looking forward and one looking backward. In Spain and Portugal, celebrants gather with 12 grapes in their hands. As the clock strikes midnight announcing the new year, a grape is eaten for each strike of the clock. 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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 The clock is ticking as plans unfold for the 44th annual Mandarin Art Festival, an Easter weekend tradition in Mandarin for generations which includes food, fun and fabulous art! Thousands will stroll past dozens of booths set under the majestic oaks on the grounds of the historic club building. As a juried art show, only ne art or ne craft exhibitors are accepted in the longest continually running festival in northeast Florida. Patrons will enjoy the skilled workmanship of multiple What does it mean to have a New Years resolution? For many people, it means making self improvements, like losing weight or gaining a more positive outlook on life. However, resolutions arent just for old people trying to lower their cholesterol; theyre also a great excuse to learn new skill. From water-color painting to ventriloquism, the list goes on and on. However, theres only one skill that has been proven to literally bring music to peoples ears. Clearly, this is none other than learning to play an instrument. It may not be easy, but the results will leave you with more songs to sing in the shower. Youve heard of famous musicians who began playing their instrument when they were three. Would it surprise you to know that most people dont start o that way? Gabby Le, a junior in high school, began playing the ute when she was in middle school. She also played in a school band, which introduced her to other instruments including the guitar, elecErnie1 year old Labrador Retriever mixCall for viewing and adoption: 725-8766 Jacksonville Humane SocietyThis handsome fellow is named Ernie. He is a 1-year old Labrador Retriever mix who has been at JHS since August 2011. Ernie is a very smart boy who loves to play catch, knows how to sit and stay and gets along well with other dogs. At the end of the day he would love to curl up and snuggle with you. Wont you please come in and give Ernie a home today!? 44th annual Mandarin Art Festival: an Easter weekend tradition!By Contributing Writer Susie Scott, President, Mandarin Community Clubmediums including sculpture, pottery, glass, photography, painting, jewelry and more. And to inspire the young artists in our local schools, a Childrens Art Show will display entries selected for judging inside the club building. Look for the return of the ever popular bake sale, green market and ra e prizes! The Mandarin Community Club, founding organization, will host and manage operations with the help of the dedicated club board, members and volunteers. Volunteers are needed, so please consider being a part of this annual special event. Call the club at 268-1622 to volunteer or to place a business ad in the event program as a sponsor. Information and photos from previous years is available at www.mandarincommunityclub. org The Mandarin Community Club is dedicated to the preservation and beauti cation of Mandarin; to providing educational forums for the community; to enhancing the cultural and recreational life of the area; and to maintaining the clubs historic properties. Youth SceneA musical resolutionBy Megan Crawfordtric bass, French horn, trumpet and ukulele. It made me appreciate music more and want to learn more about it. Le says. The emotion that comes from the music is her favorite part about playing a tune. If you play a happy song, you can relate that to a happy time in your life and it makes it that much better, she explains. How does she deal with getting nervous on stage? I kind of get into my own little bubble and with that I can just soar. I try not to look at the crowd too much and just pretend theyre not there. Any advice for future rockstars? Its hard, but just put your heart into it and youll get out what you put in. If youre not gonna try, youre not gonna succeed, Le opines. Sometimes the best way to master an instrument is to focus on only one. Just ask Alexa Velez, a college freshman, who has been playing the piano since she was ve. She recalls the exciting day when her Baldwin piano arrived: From there it just grew into something else I wouldnt have been able to picture at that age. After she started entering competitions, Velez states that her musical abilities really took o These experiences also taught her more about improvisation. I can just make whatever up in my head and it just goes through my body and out my ngers, she states. Whats Velezs biggest dif- culty? Finding music that you really want to play is the hardest part, because I believe that is what really motivates you to learn the piece. If its something that you absolutely hate, its going to be a lot harder to master the piece. Long story short, dont pick boring songs. Hopefully this article has taught you that, if you play from your heart, learning an instrument can be as easy as a scale. All you have to do is pick your weapon, start learning some notes and have a rockin New Year. Advertise Now! 886-4919 Mandarin NewsLineNow delivered to 32223 32258 32257(select routes)Dont miss your chance to place your ad in the only community newspaper with a monthly circulation of 26,000 addresses! Call Today!886-4919

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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? Mustangs bring in the New Year at full speed! Winter Break is over and now is the time to snap back into learning mode. This month is full of club meetings, sporting events, scholarship deadlines and theres still plenty of time to get those grades up as high as possible before report cards go home on January 27! The Envirothon Club will meet every Tuesday this month at 2:00 p.m. in Room I202. These MHS HappeningsHappy New Year, Mustangs!By Contributing Writer Rondene Grinam, MHS Student rst meetings will consist of setting up focus groups for various topics. Members should consider their strengths and interests in the following: aquatics, forestry, wildlife, soils and current issues. The Brain Brawl Club will meet every Thursday and Friday of this month at 1:45 p.m. in Room F103. Students, be sure to check PlanetHS.com for new updates on club events. Parents, be sure to create your own account at PlanetHS.com to stay up-to-date on your childs activities. The Medical Academy will be hosting a Parent Night on January 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. This is for all current and prospective medical academy students and parents to see what the academy is all about. Seniors, scholarship deadlines are swiftly approaching. Stay on top of scholarship information by corresponding with your guidance counselor or following the Scholarships page on PlanetHS.com. Also, as those college acceptance letters continue to roll in, save copies for your counselor and earn your very own graduation caps on the College Acceptance bulletin board! On Wednesday, January 4, there will be an SAC meeting in the Conference Room, upstairs, next to the Guidance. The meeting will begin promptly at 12:00 noon. Also, the PTSA is currently holding their Cookbook Fundraiser. Cookbooks are on sale for $10.00 and all of the money stays at MHS to support our yearly school e orts like scholarships, teacher appreciation luncheons, challenge day activities, vision screening and much more. The recipes were submitted by students, faculty and sta right here at Mandarin High School. Support you school by purchasing a MHS Cookbook by calling 607-9622 to place your order. Yearbooks are still on sale for $90. Order at yearbookorder13760 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.) Sat 9am-6pm center.com and when prompted, enter the school code: 2340. Get yours now! Students will get two more breaks this month on January 16, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and on January 20, for a Teacher Planning Day.The Mandarin Community Club hosted a Holiday Dinner Celebration for their members on December 15. Held at the club building, located at 12447 Mandarin Road, the event was intended to show appreciation to members for their support over the past year. Attendees were treated to a traditional holiday dinner and entertainment by Broadway Kid Starz under the direction of Kathleen Myrick. Community Club hosts holiday dinner By Contributing Writer Lynn Cuda, Mandarin Community ClubDonations for the Mandarin Food Bank were collected, a tradition the club has sponsored for over a decade. Election of the o cers and board for the upcoming year also took place on December 15. Those elected for 2012 were President, Susie Scott; Vice President, Emily Lisska; Treasurer, Robert McLean; and Secretary, Betty Wolfe. A complete listing of the newly elected At Large members appears on the club website, www.mandarincommunityclub. org. Perhaps best known as the host and sponsor for the annual Mandarin Art Festival held every Easter weekend, the Mandarin Community Club invites all interested parties to become members. The 2012 membership drive starts this month. For more information, visit the web site or call 268-1622.

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Expires 6/31/12 FREE BOARDING Book 2 Nights at our Resort and 3rd Night is FREE! (1st Time Boarders Only)Not valid with any other oer. Expires 6/31/12 Ann Silverness, DVM,CCRTMandarin Landing Animal Hospital & Pet Resort3003 Hartley Road Jacksonville, FL 32257 904-268-0477www.mandarinlandingah.comCIV no longer mandatory for pet boarding Bordatella now done annually Conveniently located one block North of I-295 and San Jose Blvd.Remember February is Pet Dental Month 10% o Cleanings ages 5-11 ages 3-4 girls ages 7-18904-260-198311502-1 Columbia Park Dr W Jacksonville, FL 32258www.FirstCoastGymnastics.com Free Trial Class & $5 OFFwith registration On Wednesday, November 20, Great Strides Rehabilitation presented an award to the sta and children of Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran School for their outstanding e orts to help children with special needs. Approximately two years ago Dr. Madelyn Spiegel, principal of Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran School and Jon Eden eld, director of Great Strides Rehabilitation formed a partnership to provide a transi-Children with special needs bene t from church and business partnershiption class for children with special needs. This class provides the opportunity for children with special needs to participate in a mainstream learning environment with support and assistance from the sta of Shepherd of the Woods School and therapists from Great Strides Rehabilitation. The class currently consists of nine children who range in grade levels from kindergarten to second grade. Parents of the children report that their children have made tremendous progress and attribute it to this special class. For more information on this class please call shepherded the Woods Lutheran School at 641-8385. Jon Eden eld, Madelyn Speagle, Russell Howarth and Pastor JohnsonDancers and choreographers face intense competition; only the most talented nd regular work. The specialized training provided by Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DA) helps those that decide to pursue this intense career later on in life. To showcase the students hard work, there is an annual Student Choreography Dance Concert held each year. It will be held January 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the DA Theatre. All dance majors are required in their junior or senior year to take Choreography, a class teaching students the other, more unknown side of dance. Said So a DeCerce, a senior and Mandarin resident, Its really an important part of be-Youth Arts UpdateBy Danielle Wirsanskycoming a well rounded dancer. You never really realize how much goes into a dance piece until youre the one who has to choreograph it yourself. Complex movements and dances on stage and screen do not happen without a lot of hard work. Dancers spend years learning dances and honing skills, as do most choreographers. Together, they then translate those skills into movement that expresses ideas and stories. Joshua Yarbrough, a senior currently taking Choreography, had his piece accepted into the concert after a rigorous audition process. Titled, Every Soldier Has a Home, it is a blend of modern dancing and hip-hop and tells the story of the soldiers who go to war and the Free agent with every policy. Ill make sure your auto coverage is the best t, then show you all the State Farm discounts you could be getting. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. CALL ME TODAY.FreeDiscount Double Check too.1003065State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, State Farm Indemnity Company, Bloomington, IL Jim Register Jr, Agent 12058 San Jose Blvd, Suite 302 Jacksonville, FL 32223 Bus: 904-268-5522 www.jimregister.com families they left behind. It is a beautiful piece. I have talented dancers performing my piece and I really have enjoyed working with them, he shared. Becoming a choreographer usually requires years of experience. Katherine Hardison, who took Choreography her junior year, said, It really teaches us respect for teachers and choreographers because it is so dif- cult and stressful to do. The concert is open to all genres of dance and the decision left to the discretion of the student choreographer. Many of the choreographers choose to do some form of modern choreography, but everything is represented from ballet to hip hop. Guest artists are also brought to this concert, as well as the Senior Piece in which all the senior dancers perform together for the last time. Claudia Weeks, a senior, is thankful for having had the opportunity to take the Choreography class. I feel like I can express myself more freely and may put more of my emotions into the piece I am dancing. 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Page 16, Mandarin NewsLine January 2012 www.MandarinNewsLine.com BEAUTIFUL NEW HOMES! Southwood Village AT WESTMINSTER WOODS ON JULINGTON CREEK Call 904-287-7300 to schedule a visit to see the lovely, new villas and charming neighborhood.Discover Active Living! For More Information Call 1-888-410-1417 Brighton BayJacksonvilles Newest Independent Living CommunityLarge Enough To Suit Your Life Small Enough To Know Your Style At Brighton Bay, you decide. Enjoy chef prepared meals every day in the company of neighbors like yourself, or go for a pizza and a movie with the grandchildren. Its your choice. Brighton Bay allows you to spend more time doing the things you like with those you love.10061 Sweetwater Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32256 BrightonBayLiving.com SENIORNEWS & VIEWS FOR SENIOR ADULTSNEWSLINE Make this New Year the one you resolve to: Enjoy every crackle from the replace this winter. Hear the rst chirped songs of spring. Relax to the sound of crashing waves this summer. Hear the crunching leaves under your feet this autumn. Call today for a complimentary, hassle-free hearing screening and live demonstration to nd out how you could hear better for 2012 and beyond! FREE Hearing Aid EvaluationExpires 1/31/12. Not to be combined with any other offer.Resolve your Hearing Loss for 2012! Call Today! 904-292-977712276 San Jose Blvd., Ste 516 Jacksonville, FL 32223 www.doctorknox.com Lindzee Nunez, MS, CCC-A Heather Fletcher, Au.D., CCC-A Glenn W. Knox, MD, FACS 880-0002 keyboardconnectionjax.com 9912 San Jose Boulevard More than 480 guests enjoyed an evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment by Rockapella at the 19th annual River Garden Gala, held on November 12 at the Renaissance River Garden Gala raises $170,000Resort at World Golf Village. The event was co-chaired by Dorothy Verstandig and Maxine Romo, and SunTrust Bank served as Premier Gala Sponsor. This years Gala raised a total of $170,000 in support of River Garden and its residents. Since 1993, the Galas have raised more than $2.7 million for River Gardens frail elderly. More than 50 percent of River Gardens residents receive Med-The Selevan Family and friends really know how to party. Donna Berger, Faye Hyken, Rebekah Selevan, Jack Selevan, Susan Baldock, Talie and Dana Zaifert and Andrew Selevan.icaid and the Home must raise approximately $1.3 million a year to make up the di erence between the cost of care and the amount received from Medicaid. Without the philanthropic support of our caring friends and members of the community, said development director Kathy Osterer, we would be unable to maintain the standards of quality care that enable our residents to live with dignity in a safe, caring environment.(ARA) People living with diabetes need to take care of and monitor their health very closely. While monitoring their blood glucose is usually top of mind, the 26 million Americans living with diabetes may be surprised to learn that 95 percent have a form of gum disease. This is compared to only 50 percent of the general population. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop serious gum disease as people without diabetes. People living with diabetes are at an increased risk for developing periodontal disease because they are generally more susceptible to bacterial infection, and have a decreased ability to ght bacteria that invade the gums, says Dr. Maria Emanuel Ryan, professor of oral biology and pathology, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York. A big misconception is that patients always experience pain if they have gum disease; this is not the case and it is especially important for diabetes patients to know and watch for the following signs and symptoms: Bleeding gums when you brush or oss. Red, swollen, pu y or sore gums. Gums that have pulled away from your teeth. Changes in the way your teeth t together when you bite. Pus that appears between your teeth and gums. Constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth. The link between diabetes and oral health If you do su er from diabetes and have any of the signs and symptoms of gum disease, its important you visit your dentist to determine if there is any oral care procedures you can follow to give you better oral health.

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com January 2012 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 17 10790 Old St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257www.emeritus.comAssisted Living License #8789 Choose a better quality of life... Come home to Emeritus at MandarinEmeritus 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 well be happy to schedule a tour and answer your questions. 904.260.0800 An Emeritus Senior Living Community Apartments Starting at $1900 Including Utilities! SENIORNEWS & VIEWS FOR SENIOR ADULTSNEWSLINE H GHARDAGE GIDDENSFUNERAL HOMES & CEMETERIES Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home is hosting a Planning Ahead Seminar at the Blackstone Grill on Tuesday January 17th at 11am and 4pm. 112 Bartram Oaks Walk #102 Saint Johns, Fl. 32259. Please RSVP to 288-0025. Lunch or Dinner will be provided. H H H H Ha Ha d d d d d rd rd ag ag e eGi Gi Gi Gi Gi Gi dd dd dd dd dd dd dd en en s s F F F F Fu Fu ne ne ra ra l l l l l l l H H H H Ho Ho me me o o f f f f f f f M M M M Ma Ma d d d d d nd nd ar ar i i i i in in 90 90 90 90 90 90 4 4444 4 28 28 28 28 28 28 8 8888 8 00 00 00 00 00 00 25 25 25 25 25 25 Jitterbugs, a local Kindermusik Studio, had lots of fun this past December bringing festive joy to the senior citizens at Augustine Landing. Jitterbugs was invited to bring babies and toddlers from their youngest classes for an afternoon of musical activities to celebrate Children bring holiday cheerBy Contributing Writer Jennifer Christensen Live the Golden Life, AFFORDABLY Experience the elegance of The Coves while living independently in one of our gracious residences. Youll enjoy the lifestyle you deserve at a pr ice you can afford. NO BUY IN! NO ENTRANCE FEE! CALL TODAY! (904)292-268311501 OLD ST. AUGUSTINE RD. | JACKSONVILLE, FL 32258THECOVES@RIVERGARDEN.ORG | RIVERGARDEN.ORG the holiday season, inviting the seniors of the retirement community to join in and play. From laughing, playing, singing and dancing these tiny tots and older adults helped each other build creativity, self-expression and friendships. The Kindermusik program is based on research demonstrating the bene ts of music at each age of a childs development; stimulating their minds, bodies and sense of play. Psychologists, neuroscientists and experts in early childhood development have shown that music does more for children than bring them joy. It improves the connections made by their brain cells needed for practically every kind of intelligence. By combining seniors with these small children, Jitterbugs develops motor, social, cognitive, emotional and sensory skills in both age groups. It more importantly stimulates their sense of fun! Owner Liz Wilson sums up the core of the Jitterbugs Studio, Kindermusik classes o er a great bonding experience. In a world like ours today where everything moves so fast, Kindermusik slows us down and helps us keep the right things in perspective. We share time together, create friendships, laugh, cry and watch our children grow. Kindermusik fosters the core values we want our children to secure in their early lives. Overall it encourages a love of music in the hearts of all involved. New addition for local senior home The specially designed cooking demonstration kitchen in the new Adult Day Care/Activities Pavilion is a big hit with residents and staff. (Shown is Adult Day Care staff member Martha Mercado-Quintero)River Garden is pleased to announce the opening of its 10,000 square foot building expansion project. The addition houses a new therapy pavilion and a new adult day care/activities pavilion, enabling River Garden to greatly expand their outpatient and home healthcare services. The Therapy Center will now be able to increase its outpatient capacity by up to 50 people per day and Adult Day Care by up to 30 clients per day, seven days a week. Martin Goetz, CEO said, We are structuring the River Garden system of senior services so that our care community can be responsive to the needs of baby boomers as they transition to senior boomers. Many of those baby boomers will seek to receive care in their own homes, rather than in a long-term care facility. This expansion and renovation project will allow us to continue to meet our mission and be well-positioned to meet the ongoing care needs of seniors regardless of where they might choose to live. The project also includes refurbishment of the existing facility as well as relocation and expansion of the medical clinic, pharmacy, admissions and home healthcare areas, providing triple the available space in which to meet with residents, clients and families in an atmosphere of privacy and comfort. Construction of the 10,000 square foot addition began in the spring 2011. The existing building will remain open throughout the multi-stage construction/renovation process, which has been organized and scheduled to minimize disruption for residents, outpatient clients, sta and families. Reserve advertising space for the February Issue886-4919 JA@rtpublishinginc.com Start 2012 o with a BANG!!!

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Page 18, Mandarin NewsLine January 2012 www.MandarinNewsLine.com 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. 260-4820Inc.Since 1981 Crown Moldings Specializing in whole Exterior House Painting Also Interior, Exterior Door Replacement & New InstallationWallpaper Removal Mirrored & Bi-Fold, GreenlandSafe Storage ALL Call us today! Mandarin Arms Apartments11648 Pine Acres Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32223 Phone (904) 268-7251 This institution is an equal opportunity provider, and employer. 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! A large number of Floridas East Coast manatee population calls the St. Johns River home. On any given day from late spring to late fall, the gentle, slow-moving animals can often be seen just o the banks of the St. Johns River or one of its tributaries. Sometimes they create quite a spectacle as they play or feed and at other times they are nothing more than a quick glimpse or passing swirl in the water. Even as their numbers have increased in recent years, the giant aquatic mammal still remains elusive to many of its would be spectators. The manatee is a migratory animal that annually leaves our areas of the St. Johns River when the water temperatures fall to 68 degrees. They will seek winter refuge by traveling south, nding springs which maintain a constant water temperature of 72 degrees. These springs will serve as their winter retreat until the St. Johns once again returns to tolerable temperatures. The largest natural wintertime habitat on Floridas East Coast for the manatee is Blue Springs State Park. A daily count of well over 100 manatees is Captain Davids Fishing ReportBy Captain David Lifkacommon throughout the winter at the spring. A near quarter mile run of crystal clear spring water owing to the St. Johns River enables anyone who has never been able to observe manatees in their natural settings to do so for hours at a time. The coldest days provide the greatest numbers for viewing as the warmer days encourage the animals to leave the spring in search of food. Blue Springs State Park is a relatively quick ride. Just take Interstate 4 West to the Deland Exit 114 and turn right following the signs to the park. As winter progresses and ideas for family outings fade, why not plan a visit to Blue Springs for everyone to catch more than a glimpse or passing swirl of Floridas o cial State marine mammal? Fishing Report: Yellowmouth and croaker in the usual spots as long as the mild weather holds. Stripers being caught around Shands Bridge. Look for sea trout around the downtown bridges during the evening under lights. Whether you catch one, some or none, the family time spent shing will last a lifetime. All boaters bene t from the lights, markers and buoys that provide the equivalent of highway signage and permit safe navigation. They identify dangerous or controlled areas and give directions and information. These waterway devices are collectively known as Aids to Navigation (ATON) and each Auxiliary otilla has a person dedicated to reporting their status for maintenance in the local area. ATON in a tidal zone like the Mandarin section of the St. Johns River are perhaps especially important for their role in channeling boat tra c in generally shallow water. For all the water you see in this area, it is amazing how shallow much of it is, especially at low tide. There are also problems in St. Augustine with boats running aground in the inlet. Storms, collisions, silting and current can destroy or move ATON. In the river, many ATON are privately placed, but ful ll key purposes in creeks, canals and inlets and embellish navigation capabilities. Typically, river ATON will consist of channel markers on bridges and posts, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary UpdateWaterway managementBy Contributing Writer Ralph Little, Flotilla 14-8 any of which may be lighted. Other sign markers and buoys provide information about wake and manatee zones, anchoring, and shoals. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville began a 90-day Waterways and Management Study (WAMS) on December 1 which will be a major review of the Intracoastal Waterway ATON from Cumberland Sound, Florida (Fernandina) south to day beacon #84 in the Matanzas River. See link at www.d7publica airs.com/go/ doc/586/1188967/. WAMS studies are conducted periodically to better facilitate safe and e ective navigation on area waterways. This study will examine the effectiveness of ATON with a focus on: The overall e ectiveness of ATON, tra c patterns and waterways being utilized Waterway markings in accordance with most recent Army Corps of Engineer surveys Suitability and evaluation of ATON currently in use Review of ATON signal displays Accuracy of navigational publications and charts Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville personnel encourage interested parties to provide comments on existing ATON and recommendations for the establishment of new aids in the area at anytime. Submit comments, information and/or recommendations to Chief Warrant O cer Steve McDonnell, Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Waterways Management Division at 564-7565 or via e-mail to steven.d.mcdonnell@uscg.mil. e Jacksonville Public Library Branches will observe the following holiday closings:Sat. Dec. 31 : all libraries close at 6:00 p.m. Sun. Jan. 1: all libraries closed Mon. Jan 2: all libraries closed

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Huntington Learning Center your childs strengths and weaknesses and tailor a program of instruction to meet his or her needs. Just a few hours a week can improve your motivation. Call Huntington today. Your child can learn. FCAT testing prep Jacksonville Health & Wellness CenterTreating: Headaches, Back, Leg, Neck & Arm Pain, Work & Auto Injuries268-65689957 Moorings Dr., Ste. 403(off of San Jose Blvd)Mandarin, Jacksonville 32257 Dr. Jon Repole, D.C. Call today for our Cash Discounts and First Visit Specials Chiropractic CareSafe Gentle Care for Children & Adults Nutrition Counseling how to maintain good health through gentle Conditions treated: weight loss, fatigue, chronic and acute pain, New Address 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 Looking for an interesting handmade item? Locally made crafts? How about produce and a green market? Well, look no further than the Olde Mandarin Corner Market (OMCM) on the grounds of the historic Mandarin Community Club on the rst and third Sunday of each month. Located at the corner of historic Mandarin Road and Brady Road, hobby art, crafts, local unique and handmade items such as soaps, jewelry, honey and more can be found among the many booths of this outdoor weekend event. Inspired by the Olde Mandarin Corner Market continues! By Contributing Writer Susie Scott, President, Mandarin Community ClubRiverside Arts Market, OMCM will continue to operate into the spring long after the December end to the Riverside venue to provide Mandarin with access to a di erent way to shop locally. The Corner Market is open to the public from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. There is plenty of parking and all are welcome! Scheduled spring dates are January 8, 22, February 5, 19 and March 4. Event days are subject to change due to weather and holiday schedules. Please visit www.oldemandarincornermarket. com or check it out on Facebook!Mandarin Mustang soccer is taking shape after losing several seniors from last year such as Michael Rauco, Anthony Alvarez and Hector Vega, who signed with University of West Florida to continue his soccer career. Now it is up to seniors John Mella, Matt Lucas and MHS Sports RoundupBy Natalie Cleghorn, MHS StudentCody Tarczinski among others to lead the boys soccer team to another victorious season. The Mustangs train hard during the season to prepare for the tough schedule that Coach Jason Cooley puts together. During practice, the boys scrimmage and run drills to increase their speed and strengthen their endurance. Endurance plays a huge role in soccer as well as communication. While communication is important in any sport, it is especially so in soccer where the ball never stops rolling. The game is always changing and you need to communicate with your team to be successful, said junior Matthew Rauco. Rauco plays defense for the Mustangs, a vital part of the game. A successful team is made up of a strong defense and attackers such as Tyler Carroll, Kacper Grzeszczak and Rihad Kobiljar who lead the team to victory. Among the biggest rivals of the Mustangs are Atlantic Coast, Orange Park and Fletcher. The Mustangs have already proven themselves against Fletcher back in December with a 4-0 win and hope to continue their successes throughout the rest of the season. To maintain a victorious soccer season, the boys spend much of their time o the eld bonding and becoming a more cohesive team. The soccer team supports other Mustang sports and attends softball, volleyball and basketball games. They were present at several softball games last year when the Lady Mustangs carried their season into the playo s and were cheering them on every step of the way.As junior Austin Adams said, We have each others backs. The Mustangs prove that they are leaders on and o the eld and spend much of their time with each other. Among the many traditions the boys have, one stands out on its own. It is the tradition to eat at Zaxbys before every Fletcher game and this tradition keeps the boys focused and pumped for the upcoming game. The brotherhood and bond we have with each other is amazing, said Rauco. The boys hope for another run into the playo s similar to last years where the Mustangs traveled to the semi nals but lost a close one to Boca Raton. The Mustangs face o against Tallahassee Leon away on January 13 and are home against Creekside on January 19. WWW WWWVisit our website: Place Online classi ed ads for FREE!

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com January 2012 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 21 This Holiday Season YOU be the Designer Sewing & Embroidery NEW!Quattro 2INNOV-S 1250D Wide selection of accessories, including extralarge quilting extension table INNOV-S NX-2000 at your side D AND R SEWING CENTER Factory Authorized Brother Sales & Service Center9850-6 San Jose Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32257Across from Outback Steakhouse904-262-6750E-mail: Contact @DandRsewingcetner.comwww.DandRsewingcenter.comBuilt-in stitches, buttonhole styles and fonts Automatic Height Adjuster AHA Computer connectivity with update capabilityPivot function My Custom Stitch feature Free-motion stitching Advanced LCD touch screen display Multi-directional Sewing Circular Sewing Bobbin Work Creativity Times Fourand MoreBuilt-in stitches, embroidery designs and fonts NEW! Scanning feature with InnovEye Technology NEW! Color Shuing Function Large work space IMPROVED! Advanced Super View (ASV) HD LCD touch screen display by Sharp Corporation NEW! 10 Pen Tablet with My Custom Design feature Sew with the embroidery unit attached Stop by our showroom for a demo on one of these fabulous machines! www.MandarinNewsLine.com Winter 2011 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 21 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 On the afternoon of November 28, St. Joseph Catholic School classes Pre-K to eighth watched in awe as fth grade swept by, holding their state parade oats up high as the Bishop Kenny Band livened their journey across campus. A month before, Mrs. Worthington, the social studies teacher for the fth and sixth grades, announced that the fth graders would be making St. Joseph Catholic holds Parade of StatesBy Contributing Writer Joseph Dray oats for the Parade of States. All 49 students chose a state and constructed a miniature parade oat to advertise their section of the United States of America. Mrs. Albright and Mrs. Worthington, the fth grade teachers, led the parade by holding the banner at the front of the long line of fth graders and oats. All students did a fantastic job and deserve a pat on the back for all the e ort they put into their oats. Not only should they receive applause, the Bishop Kenny Band should have congratulations also. Even though the sight of the oats was already drawing the schools attention, the band made it explode with excitement and popularity! In conclusion, everybody performed outstandingly during the fth grade Parade of States. Well done! What would YOU like to read about each month in Mandarin NewsLine?Let us know! editor@mandarinnewsline.com

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Page 22, Mandarin NewsLine January 2012 www.MandarinNewsLine.com Free PapersWorking For You Will the Internet kill your free community paper? Did instant co ee kill co ee?New technologies change many things. But not everything. You may tweet, blog, surf, shop, or search online but you continue to read your free community paper. You just proved it. Readership of free community papers is now higher than paid daily papers, and continues to grow. Rather than being replaced by instant media, your local free community paper has become an important part of our neighborhood. e reason, which sometimes is not heard because of all the noise about the Internet, is pretty obvious: your free community paper does what the Internet doesnt. We promote connections at a local level. Free papers join readers and advertisers in ways digital media doesnt. In fact, the local content and power of your free paper makes advertising even more e ective. We are the number one medium for driving purchases. ats important in every product category. Including co ee. Trout Creek Location at World Golf VillageOVER 45 ACRES OF PLANT MATERIAL WITH HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PLANTS IN STOCK... S J &NURSERY & LANDSCAPING World Golf Vi G IN GOD WE TRUST TOTAL LANDSCAPES DESIGN & INSTALLATION SODDING & IRRIGATION DEBRIS REMOVAL NEW YEARS SALE! 20% Off Every plant and tree in stock (over45 acres) ( Our Regular Price or any competitors Regular Price)THE BIGGEST SALE OF PLANT MATERIAL IN FLORIDA CONTRACTORS WELCOMEOer expires 2-10-12 Free Estimate & Consultation! The Mandarin Garden Clubs Live Oak Circle got their hands dirty at the November 17 meeting. Each member assembled and took home their own beautiful cool season container garden. Master Gardener Susan Westermann instructed the group on combining cold tolerant owering annuals and herbs together in one pretty pot. All the plants used can tolerate our Jacksonville winter weather. That means no need to cover or drag the pot inside each Gardeners learn about winter plantstime the weather report predicts cold temperatures. On January 19 at 10:00 a.m., the public is invited to attend at no charge a fun and informative program by Jim Armstrong titled Eat Your Yard. The meeting will be at the clubhouse at 2892 Loretto Road. The Dogwood Circle of the Mandarin Garden Club recently hosted Joe Stumph for their program on Bonsai. Bonsai, pronounced bone sigh, is a Japanese word derived from a Chinese word punsai meaning shallow pot and tree. Bonsai, literally translated means bon tray or dish and sai tree or plant: thus, tree or plant planted in a dish. Bonsai is both art and horticulture. Historical evidence shows that Bonsai appeared in ancient China 2000 years ago. It appeared in Japan possibly as early as the sixth century. Approximately 1300 AD bonsai appeared in Japanese drawings. In the United States, Bonsai became popular after World War II, when civilians and military stationed in Japan reported seeing beautiful miniature trees. Bonsai is an art of illusion. Garden Club sponsors Bonsai workshopA good friend once told me she had a brown thumb. She explained that she had poor luck at growing things and de nitely had a brown thumb instead of a green one. I dont believe in GardeningTurn a brown thumb green By Contributing Writer Master Gardener Camille Hunter with Duval County Extension, University of Florida/IFASbrown thumbs. We are all potentially green thumbed. Sure, we all know annoying people who seem able to grow anything. Meanwhile our newest house plant, supposedly easy to care for, isnt looking good and not because of neglect. In fact, you may be guilty of too much TLC. If you water on a regular schedule, say every Saturday, and throw in a double shot of fertilizer, you may be killing plants with love. Which brings up the question everyone asks: Just how much and how often should I water my plants? Its an important question because your plants life depends on it. Those of us with green thumbs know the answer, which is that it dependson the plant, on the environment and even the time of year. It may be di erent for every plant and in every season. The best way to water is when the plant needs it. For most plants, its when the soil is dry an inch deep. Stick your nger into the soil up to the rst joint to nd out. If the soil is still moist, dont water. If it is dry, water slowly until water begins to run out the bottom. If the soil is very dry the water may run right through. In that case, water a little every ten minutes or so until the soil softens and is damp throughout. After a few minutes spill out any excess water standing in the saucer. There are some exceptions to this advice. A few plants, like Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum), need constantly moist soil or the leaf tips will turn brown. Page 22, Mandarin NewsLine Winter 2011 www.MandarinNewsLine.com Mandarin NewsLineEverybody Gets It. Everybody Reads It. JA@rtpublishinginc.com The roots, trunk, branches, foliage and environment all contribute to the composition. The design should be simple to create a tree which may be familiar to us in nature. Many woody trees or shrubs can be utilized in creation of Bonsai. The design utilizes easily recognized components of a tree, such as a tapered trunk, visible surface roots, branches, coverings on trunk and branches the result is a tree. Mandarin Garden Club membership is open to all gardening enthusiasts from beginners to advanced. For meeting or membership information, please contact mandaringardenclub@comcast. net or 268-1192. On the other hand, cacti and other succulents have built-in water storage systems and need much less. I once met someone who loved cactus because of its infrequent but beautiful owers. She claimed she watched the weather channel and only watered her cactus when it rained in Arizona. One very important thing for all potted plants is good drainage. Excess water must be able to ow out the bottom and not get trapped in the pot. Dont ever let anyone talk you into a pot that doesnt drain. It is extremely di cult to maintain proper soil moisture without good drainage, plus occasionally running water through the soil ushes out fertilizer residues. I have good luck using a liquid fertilizer labeled for house plants, but I apply it at only half the rate or less if Im trying to keep a plant from growing too fast. I also forgo fertilizer in the winter months when most plants are resting. Just as important as water and fertilizer is light. Most plants need bright, sunny light but not necessarily hot, direct sunlight. A few do well in semishade but very few tolerate shade all day. If this is all you have, try a Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra). As the name implies, this is a very easy plant that needs only very good drainage and anything from shade to bright light but not hot, direct sun. Follow these simple guidelines and watch your brown thumb turn green. First Coast Tea Party/ Mandarin-Julington Group Will meet January 19, 2012 6:00 PM 8:00 PM South Mandarin Branch Library Multipurpose Room A

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