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GROUP OF OM M U NITY NEWSPAPERS


Volume 6, Issue 7


Visit our online edition at www.mandarinnewsline.com


April 2012


Families and friends of Mandarin use Meet our Riverkeeper....


hearts and feet to fight cancer


In its 27th year, walkers
will go around the clock in the
battle against cancer during the
American Cancer Society Relay
For Life of Mandarin 2012.
Teams of Jacksonville residents
will gather at Mandarin High
School on April 21 at 12:00
noon for an 18 hour overnight
relay against cancer. Relay For
Life is a family-oriented team
event where participants walk
relay-style around the track and
take part in fun activities off
the track. Teams can include co-


workers, club members, family
and friends and have gathered
donations prior to the event.
Relay For Life of Mandarin
2012 will have live entertain-
ment including Jax Jugglers,
Sahara Silk Dancers, Jackson-
ville Jaguar Roar cheerleaders,
an Xbox dance competition and
music for the entire event pro-
vided by Delights Entertainment
and Christopher DeMeyer.
"Relay For Life is a unique
opportunity for our community
to come together to celebrate


people who have battled cancer,
remember those we've lost and
fight back against the disease,";'
said Kemal Gasper, market-
ing chair for Relay For Life of
Mandarin 2012. "Many of the
participants are cancer survi-
vors (anyone who has ever been
diagnosed with cancer), which
serves as a reminder that our
community is not immune to
this disease and we can actu-
ally help our friends, families
and neighbors that have been
touched by cancer," Gasper
added.
The public is also invited
to attend the Luminaria Cer-
emony, which will take place
after sundown. To honor the
community's cancer survivors
and to remember those lost to
the disease, survivors will circle
the track rimmed with glowing
luminaria while the names of
survivors and those lost to the
disease are read aloud. Luminar-
ies can be purchased as a dona-
tion by calling 391-3608.
Funds raised at Relay For
Life of Mandarin 2012 will
enable the American Cancer
Relay for Life cont. on pg. 9


Lisa Rowe Rinaman


By Donna Keathley
The new chief advocate
and public voice for the St.
Johns River is Lisa Rowe
Rinaman, who took the helm
to run the show in Febru-
ary and has hit the ground
running! Her serious role is
one we all applause here on
the First Coast...as the river
runs through us, but who is
Rinaman after work?
I met Rinaman the other
afternoon to share a cappuc-
cino and chat. She is a tall
elegant blond with a "honey
sweet" Arkansas drawl-a
beautiful smile and an over-
all warm, genuine lady.
She was born and raised
in Arkansas, went to school
in Little Rock at the Univer-
sity of Arkansas and graduated
with a degree in marketing.
After working in the same area
at her first job for a while, she
decided she needed to make
her "place" in the world. So she
began her "want list" of where
she should go.
First on the list was, you
guessed it, water. Yes, she loved
her annual vacations to the
beach with her family, but one


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kayaking
and run-
ning/walk-
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individual
or team. Racing participants the wreck of the well known
will leave the County Dock Civil War steamboat Maple
(11964 Mandarin Road) and Leaf. The kayak portion is
kayak around Mandarin Point 5.78 miles. The run/walk
to Mandarin Regional Park. portion is 3.9 miles. Kayaks
They will then run back to can be rented through Black
Walter Jones Historical Park. Creek Outfitters.
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vidual or $80
for a relay
team; from
April 21 until
28, the price
increases
to $60 for
individuals
or $100 for
a relay team.
There will be
no race day
registration.
The race
begins at 7:30
a.m. with ar-
rival/kayak
drop off at
County Dock
at 6:30 a.m.
Registration forms can be
picked up at 1st Place Sports
or the Mandarin Museum
and Historical Society. For
more information or reg-
istration forms please visit
www. lstplacesports.com or
call the museum at 268-0784.


time a year wasn't enough! Also
on that list was "to stay in the
south" and "to live somewhere
with rich history and heritage":'
She interviewed in Jackson-
ville for a job with The Business
Journal and fell in love with
the city. She was smitten by
the historic architecture of the
downtown area and was wowed
by the new development that
St. Johns Riverkeeper cont. on pg. 7



Page 3 What's New
Page 4 School District Journal
Page 5 From the Council
Member's Desk
Page 6 The Sheriff Reports


Page 7
Page 8
Page 9
Page 11


Political Commentary
Constitution
Loretto Carnival
Mandarin Women's Club


Page 12 Sloan Landing cemetery
Page 14 Meet Miss Aggie winner
Page 16 Harriet Beecher Stowe
at Art Festival
Page 17 Fashion Update
Page 18 Local Sports Scene
Page 19 Faith News
Page 20 Fishing Report
Page 21 Movie Review
Page 24 Summer Camp Guide
Page 25 MHS Sports Roundup
Page 27 Gardening


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In addition to the hundreds
of wonderful works of art avail-
able for sale at the 44th annual
Mandarin Art Festival, shoppers
can also find items of local in-
terest. These include limited edi-
tion copies of Palmetto Leaves
by Harriet Beecher Stowe, note
cards and book marks featuring
scenes of Mandarin, puzzles, Art
Festival T-shirts and the popu-
lar Mandarin auto tags. These
and more will be available for
purchase at the Mandarin Com-
munity Club table located near
the old school house building.
The 44th annual Mandarin Art
Festival will take place on the
grounds of the Mandarin Com-
munity Club, located at 12447
Mandarin Road, on April 7 and
8. For more information, please
visit www.mandarincommunity-
club.org or call 268-1622.

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Country Boil to benefit The
Divine Mercy House Jackson-
ville, which will take place
April 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00
p.m. at the Kalb horse farm in
Mandarin. Bring a group of
your closest friends or family
and party for a good cause! The
Divine Mercy House is a mater-
nity home for women who are
facing unplanned pregnancies
and have no support, resources
or stable housing. The Divine
Mercy House supports each
resident through her pregnancy
and beyond by providing a
loving, nurturing place where
each woman can realize her
full potential and achieve her
dreams. For more information
or to order tickets, please visit
www.divinemercyhouse.org or
call 268-6282.

Mandarin Toastmasters
Club meets the first and third
Saturday from 10:15 a.m. until
12:00 noon at the South Man-
darin Library, located at 12125
San Jose Boulevard. Guests
are always welcome! Become
the speaker and leader you are
meant to be. For more informa-
tion, please contact Shari Schurr
at shari.schurr@gmail.com or
253-0586.

The Italian American Club
will celebrate Palm Sunday with
a delicious dinner on April 1
at 1:00 p.m. Also, our club is
presenting "Bella Notte Din-


ner Show" on Saturday evening,
April 28 and is open for every-
one to attend. We will have an
Italian buffet followed by the
beautiful voices of Meritt and
Moreau, a singing duo from
New York who will entertain
with their versions of all our
Italian favorite songs and a
great show. Reservations are
open and available; tickets must
be purchased in advance before
April 15. Please call Patty at
262-5905 for details. If anyone
is interested in seeing what our
club is about, give us a call at
268-2882 or check the website
at www.iacofjacksonville.com.
Wishing all our friends and
neighbors a blessed Easter holi-
day and Passover season.

A workshop on health care
advance directives, "Getting
Started" will be held on Mon-
day, April 23 from 12:00 noon
until 1:00 p.m. at Jewish Fam-
ily and Community Services,
located at 6261 Dupont Station
Court East. This workshop will
provide information to help you
decide what will best serve your
individual needs and will also
include tips on handling diffi-
cult conversations, dealing with
resistance and staying positive.
The workshop is free and open
to the community, but pre-reg-
istration is required. Please call
Shelley Kulchin at 394-5722 or
email her at skulchin@jfcsjax.
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ing of the All Star Quilters
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April 16 at 9:30 a.m. in the
First Christian Church, located
at11924 San Jose Boulevard.
The program will be presented
by Group 1 of the members.
Visitors are welcome. For more
information, please contact Dot
Butler at 642-6574 and visit us
at www.orgsites.com/fl/allstar-
quiltguild.

The Mandarin Women's
Club program for Thursday,
April 26 is Martin Connor,
speaking on "The State of the
Union in 2012." The program is
at the Ramada Inn, located at
3130 Hartley Road and doors
open at 10:30 a.m. Club mem-
bership is open to all women.
The price of the luncheon is
$15.50 for members and $16.50
for nonmembers. Reservations
are required; please call Iris at
268-2459 by April 21.

The next meeting for the
South Jacksonville Republican
Club will be Saturday, April 7,
at the Golden Corral, located
at 11470 San Jose Boulevard
South. The breakfast social will
begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by
the club meeting at 10:00 a.m.
We will be gathering in the
enclosed meeting room in the
restaurant. Our guest speaker
will be former Florida State
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School

District Journal

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


It is with great pride and
honor that you have selected me
to serve as your School Board
member these past eight years.
And, it saddens me to have
announced that after my two
terms, I will be retiring from
the board. When I first ran for
this office, I made a promise to
you and myself, that I would
not seek a third term. There are
others who are willing to serve
and I have offered to share my
experiences and knowledge
with them as they pursue those
efforts.
My love and involvement in
the community in general, and
public education in particular,
will continue so that our chil-
dren and their families have the
quality of life we all desire for
our great city.
As you know, the board is
now seeking a new superinten-
dent for our public schools. Su-
perintendent Pratt-Dannals has
served us well as a transitional
leader, working with the board
to enjoy many great and small
successes during his five years
as superintendent. Now we must
take a giant leap to the next
level, seek a transformational
leader and achieve larger suc-
cesses to become a world class
education system and a leader
in school reform in the state
and nation. We can do not less
for our children and our global
economy.
Recently you may have
noticed battle lines being drawn
over the future of our school
system. The Civic Council, for-
merly known as the Non-Group,
headed by Peter Rummell, have
advocated delaying action on
selecting a new superintendent
until after the fall elections. Our
children can't wait, nor can our
city, as there is simply too much
at stake for us to lose a year due
to a looming election. Person-
ally, I am not willing to write
off a year of continued progress
for our children and schools to
suit a group of power brokers'
agendas.
Our Mandarin schools, of


which we can all be proud,
have enjoyed huge successes
and have outstanding students,
teachers and principals, as do
the other schools I represent
in District 7. Yes, we know the
district has made great strides
these past several years and we
know there is still much work to
be done.
We have a reform minded,
experienced school board, all of
whom recognize our strengths
and our weaknesses as a district.
Like our community, we know
where we have been, where
we are today and the genuine
educational excellence we all
want to achieve as we continue
forward.
Your board will have in
place all of the public school
stakeholders, community
groups, parents, students, teach-
ers, principals, non-profits,
faith-based organizations,
Mayor and City Council repre-
sentatives, the Civic Council,
Jacksonville Public Education
Fund, Community Foundation
and United Way, among others.
The search will be deliber-
ate, open, exhaustive and inclu-
sive as we seek the very best su-
perintendent for the district. We
will have the complete timeline
and meeting dates on the Duval
County Public Schools website.
All meetings will be held at the
Schultz Center, located at 4019
Boulevard Center Drive.
Across America, school
board elections have become the
new focus of a diverse ideologi-
cal and political war that has
turned once sleepy local elec-
tions into million-dollar races
driven by the powerful influ-
ence of national groups ranging
from the Koch Brothers' Conser-
vative Americans for Prosperity,
to the National Education As-
sociation. Recent school board
elections in places like in Wake
County (Raleigh), North Caroli-
na Fairfax County, Virginia and
Denver, Colorado, foreshadow
of the kind of fight some want
to bring to Duval County.
The Civic Council's latest


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Law Offices of Michael S. Drews, P.A.
Located just north of Baymeadows Road
8823 San Jose Boulevard, Suite 211
Jacksonville, FL 32217
(904) 367-8700
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effort is merely a follow-up
to the recent push by many of
the same players who tried to
eliminate our elected school
board in favor of political ap-
pointees. They abandoned that
effort when the community rose
up against it.
If our school system were
heading in the wrong direction
or not making progress, perhaps
I would agree with postpon-
ing important work and major
decisions. All of us who care
deeply about our children and
their public education desire
progress and transformation for
our system. Yet, to imagine that
an almost entirely new board
could come in next fall, con-
duct a search and hire a new
superintendent, adopt a new
Strategic Plan and oversee a
radical shake-up in the admin-
istration without disrupting
the ongoing progress reflects
a fundamental lack of under-
standing regarding the complex
challenges we face.
Important Dates:
April 3: School Board Meeting,
6:00 p.m. Cline Auditorium,
1701 Prudential Drive
April 5: Teacher Planning Day
(No school for students)
April 6: Spring Holiday
(Schools and District Offices
Closed)
April 11: Student Early Release
Day
April 25: Student Early Release
Day
FCAT Testing Dates: April 16-
27, 2012
Thought for the Month:
"Never let the competition
define you. Instead, you have to
define yourself based on a point
of view you care deeply about."
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Senator and chairman of the
Duval County Republican Party
Tom Slade who will present
his insight for the campaign
ahead in November. If you are a
Republican candidate and would
like to introduce yourself to our
club members, please attend.

Are you troubled by some-
one'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.

Shuffleboard is played on
Tuesday, beginning April 3,
at 9:30 a.m. at Mandarin Park
(south end of Mandarin Road)
next to the tennis courts at the
park entrance. Beginners are
welcome! Just show up, unless
it rains.

The Mandarin Chapter of
AARP meets the third Friday
of every month at 2:00 p.m. at
Augustine Landing, located at
10141 Old St. Augustine Road.
We are a non-profit, non-
partisan membership organiza-
tion, affiliated with the na-
tional AARP. Our activities and
programs are designed to help
people age 50 and over im-
prove the quality of their lives.
Visitors are welcome! For ad-
ditional information, please call
733-0516 or email alex9520@
comcast.net.

The North Florida Acoustic
Neuroma Support Group will
meet on Saturday, April 21 at
1:00 p.m. at Mandarin United
Methodist Church, located at
11270 San Jose Boulevard.
Please call 287-8132 or 738-
5063 for additional information.

The Mandarin Garden Club
will be holding its annual plant
sale on April 28 from 8:00 a.m.
to 2:00 p.m. at 2892 Loretto
Road. The clubhouse will be
filled with plants that do well
in the Jacksonville area, garden
tools and accessories. Sev-
eral vendors will have outside


booths featuring garden related
items and refreshments will be
available. Please call 268-1192,
email mandaringardenclub@
comcast.net or visit our web-
site at http://home.comcast.
net/~harperll3 for additional
information.

The Bumble Bee Circle of
the Mandarin Garden Club will
meet on Thursday, April 5 at
6:30 p.m. We will meet at the
Walter Jones Museum to learn
about the history of Manda-
rin. Children ages five through
18 are welcome with a parent.
Buzz on by and learn about our
beautiful Mandarin!

The Olde Mandarin Corner
Market, featuring local produce,
specialty foods, arts and crafts
and more, will resume in May.
A popular new offering by the
Mandarin Community Club, the
"Market" is held on select Sun-
days from 12:00 noon to 4:00
p.m. at the corner of Mandarin
and Brady Roads (adjacent to
the MCC Building). There is no
admission and ample free park-
ing is available. Upcoming dates
are: May 6, May 20, June 3 and
June 17. For more information,
please visit www.oldemandarin-
cornermarket.com.

The River City Women's
Club will hold a luncheon
meeting on Wednesday, April
18 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ramada
Inn Mandarin, located at 3130
Hartley Road. Following lunch,
the program will be the installa-
tion of 2012 officers as well as
presentation of checks to three
local charities. The cost of the
lunch is $15.50. For more infor-
mation or reservations, please
call 262-8719 by Thursday,
April 12.

Sierra Club, Northeast
Group will host Eric Bersinger
and Josh Woods whose volun-
teer efforts have helped restore
the one trash-strewn Durbin
Creek to its original beauty. The
result is a beautiful six mile
paddle on Durbin Creek and
three more miles of Julington


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From the

City Council

Member's Desk

By Contributing Writer Matt Schellenberg,
City Council Member, District 6

An inside perspective of City Hall


Nine months into his term
and the Mayor still does not
have his team in place. In fact,
there are four open positions
for which he has not even
nominated a candidate. This is
inexcusable. How can the city
operate efficiently when crucial
staff members are absent?
Two positions in particular
should have, without a doubt,
been filled in the beginning of
the Mayor's term. One is the
budget director, whose respon-
sibilities include analyzing the
projected expenses and rev-
enues of the coming budget. As
of today, the Mayor's nominee
is still being vetted by the Rules
Committee. But remember, the
Mayor only has until July 15 to
submit his budget for the com-
ing year-that leaves only three
months for the new budget
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this leader who must work with
all agencies in the county to
make sure we are prepared for
any potential disaster. With
hurricane season fast approach-
ing, it seems to me the new
director will need time to assess
the state of preparedness of
the county. According to city
ordinance, he or she must also
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council on how well the city is
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And if these things aren't
bad enough, the real elephant
in the room is the pension
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ibly disappointed in the lack
of progress. According to
the Mayor's own "Transition
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months have passed and not
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On a lighter note, I have
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private schools in Mandarin
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city government. I have found
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In May I will begin walking
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days so you can drop by with
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neighborhood association has a
function or event, please call or
email me; I would be delighted
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Mandarin's greatest events, the
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"- The Sheriff

Reports

By Contributing Writer John H. Rutherford,
Duval County Sheriff
Corrections, crime and budgets


By now you have heard me
talk, publicly, about the record
low crime rate we have in Jack-
sonville. Our efforts of the past
few years have been working.
I cite three main reasons for
the declines: effective policing
strategies, effective prosecution
and citizen engagement.
There is very effective pros-
ecution and sentencing taking
place in this community. We
work closely and very coopera-
tively with our state attorney's
office and our federal prosecu-
tors to make sure good cases
are built. Prosecutors make sure
that they go to trial; judges
make sure those convicted
receive appropriate sentences.
In the coming weeks you will
be hearing some folks claim
that our bond schedule is too
high and jails are overcrowded.
I welcome the dialogue.
You should know that we
increased our bed capacity with
the addition of a third bunk to
each cell. They were built using
inmate labor and fabricated at
our own corrections facility. We
closely scrutinize the inmate
population in a structured semi-
monthly meeting and I am
here to tell you the right people
are in jail and the ones who
are there are being properly
attended to. We operate more
programs for education, reme-
diation, counseling, rehabilita-
tion, home detention, health
and welfare and re-entry than
space permits me to list. (Please
visit www.jaxsheriff.org and
click on Corrections)
Corrections is not a "one
size fits all" business. We run
the largest in-house mental
health and drug rehabilitation
program in the county at our
jail. I couldn't be more proud
of the leaders who run our
three facilities, which includes a
national model healthcare pro-
gram. Most importantly, the low
recidivism rate is evidence of
success in rehabilitating people
and restoring lives.


What threatens our drive
to further reduce crime, in the
coming year, is the ongoing city
budget crisis. You will continue
to hear me speak publicly about
savings we have recognized
through very careful manage-
ment of our expenses (which
vary with the seasons and the
crime rate) and our fixed costs,
such as personnel.
We took $17,700,000 in
cuts going into this fiscal year.
We are carrying vacancies this
year, in addition to having laid
off civilians and sworn officers,
which is the first time in the
recorded history of the agency.
As the "CEO" of this
$349,000,000 "business'," I ask
you to hold me accountable for
the proper allocation of our re-
sources. And you, the voter, will
continue to do just that. Believe
me had crime not been at a
record low and my confidence
strong that intelligence led
policing strategies have taken
hold in Jacksonville, I would
not have been able to put this
reorganization into effect and
make those cuts and changes.
And, we have experienced no
increase in the crime rate, as of
this time. I have you to thank
for that.
Heading into our budget
discussions for fiscal year 2013,
which are underway now, I will
be returning to the general fund
about five million dollars. This
is a savings that has occurred
as a result of your sworn of-
ficers voting to join the other
JSO employees and take a pay
cut of 3 percent. I will not use
that money to rehire the laid
off officers, as much as I'd like,
because the city's fiscal situ-
ation is so tenuous, plus the
probability there will not be the
funding to sustain those rehires
past this September 30. It would
be unfair to turn around and
have to lay them off again. The
responsible thing to do is return
that budget savings to the city
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over-year, coming in at 1,750;
a 26.5 percent increase from
last February's 1,383. Closed
sales dipped 2.6 percent to reach
1,180 for the month, compared
to last February's 1,212. Of the
total number of sales, 620 were
traditional and 560 (47.5 per-
cent) were lender-mediated.
Little change was reflected
in the year-over-year median
overall sales price; dipping just
0.2 percent to arrive at $119,700
(last February was $120,000).
Inventory shrank to 9,977;
a 30.3 percent drop from last
February's 14,321. Although
new listings picked up by 2.9
percent in February, the steady
absorption of homes over re-
cent months has resulted in an
inventory of just 6.7 months.
A five- to six-month supply is
considered a balanced market.
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Leslie says, "With rapidly


declining inventory, potential
home buyers and investors
are finding today's real estate
market particularly in the
lower-tiered price ranges quite
different from a year ago. In-
ventory of available properties
under $150,000 has dropped
37 percent since last February
and those in the $150,000 to
$199,999 range have dropped
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Political Commentary

It's time to be a leader and

stand up for something
By J. Bruce Richardson
Now November 2012 is strative liberal. At lunch one
the time to take a stand. It's day in a quiet restaurant in San


the time to start saying "no" to
business as usual in Washing-
ton, business defined by liberals
setting the agenda and everyone
else being forced to live by their
inane values.
It's time to be a leader and
stand up for something. It's time
to stop allowing liberals to take
what everyone falsely consid-
ers the moral high ground and
determine how we are going to
act as a society.
It's time to start saying "no"
to an ever-expanding nanny
state and the power of incum-
bency.
It's time to cast an intel-
ligent vote, not a party line vote
or a vote dictated by what "the
popular people" say is the right
vote.
There is a longtime gentle-
man resident of Mandarin who,
in his firebrand university days
was known as a vocal, demon-


Jose a few years ago, he re-
counted how his lifelong friend:
didn't understand how he could
have been so very liberal and
was now just the exact opposite
- a bedrock conservative.
He explained to his friends
that he simply started thinking
for himself and started read-
ing and understanding politics.
This is a learned man, a highly
regarded professional man, a
man who cherishes good art an(
good books. He's a well-travelec
man, who lived for a while in
the Middle East as he pursued
his career.
He's been there, done that.
He started thinking for himself,
instead of allowing others to se
his agenda. He's not afraid of
controversy, because he under-
stands his world around him
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to be true to himself, he has to
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was going on in the center of
the city, like The Landing proj-
ect. So the rest was history; she
went to work in Jacksonville
in 1997. Rinaman quickly got
involved with downtown and its
politics and ultimately involved
in a downtown community and
its activities.
In finding a place to live, of
course her search was in historic
areas.
"At that time Springfield
was raw," said Rinaman. "Every-
one was just coming together to
renew and revive the area."
She bought a fixer-upper on
an old urban lot 200 feet deep
facing the creek. Still to this
day she and her husband, Mark
Rinaman, continue the ongoing
restoration of the home while
keeping faithful to architecture.
Mark Rinaman, a Jacksonville
native, came into the picture in
2004. He knew her love of the


water and their first date was a
win-win! He took her out for a
kayak ride, leaving the shores o
Trout Creek in St. Johns County
they had dinner on the water at
a popular fish camp in the Six
Mile Marina area and returned
to the dock in the moonlight of
the St. Johns River. Again, the
rest was history! Now there are
two more Rinamans, Mark Jr.,
and August, plus Joe-Joe, their
Springer Spaniel.
The St. Johns River is an
integral part of Lisa Rinaman's
life; her family lives on the rivei
plays on the river and it is an
everyday thing that they cele-
brate the river. This role over-
laps with her nine to five life,
with an emphasis of protecting
the St. Johns River in full view
daily. Her goals include making
relationships with more good
stewards and volunteers to get
involved with her in her passion


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of life and, most importantly,


how he votes.


He votes his conscience.
So, this year, how will you
vote? Will you allow incum-
bents to remain comfortably in
t office or seek fresh faces with
fresh ideas? Will you be a leader
amongst your family and peers
and openly declare yourself for
g all of the right things?
The secret ballot is sacred in
our country and it's a pillar of
our republic. But, that doesn't
mean you have to stay quietly
in your closet.
This year, sport a bumper
sticker on your vehicle. Put out
a yard sign for the candidates
you believe most closely reflect
your views. Even if it's just a
buck, make a contribution to a
campaign.
Be part of the process.
Because, if you don't, then oth-
ers will make decisions for you
4 and you may not like or prosper
g under those decisions.
In 2012, much more than
ever before, the overall direction
of our country will be decided.
If you like things the way they
are, keep the incumbents. If you
believe our country is not only
capable of better, but deserves
better, choose other candidates.
You don't have to agree 100
percent with someone you vote
for; you only have to mostly
agree with them.

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 Jack-
sonville journal, Mr. Richardson
has an educational background in
management and finance.


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Happy Spring!
From your friends at
Mandarin NewsLine


Creek. Bersinger and Woods
will show slides of the creek,
tell about the history of the
area, and share their mission for
the future of the Durbin Creek
Paddle Trail. Please bring your
own cup to reduce waste in the
landfill. The meeting will be on
April 9 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at
Lakewood Presbyterian Church,
located at 2001 University Bou-
levard West. All are welcome to
attend. For additional informa-
tion, please contact Janet Larson
at 247-1876.

Sugar Arts Guild of North
Florida meets monthly at the
South Mandarin Library, lo-
cated at 12125 San Jose Bou-
levard. We are an organization
of sugar artists, cake designers
and confectioners from North-
east Florida who enjoy getting
together every month to visit,
watch a demonstration and sam-
ple 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 any-
one interested in meeting other
sugar enthusiasts and swapping
ideas and techniques to visit
www.sagnfl.blogspot.com for
meeting dates.

The NASJAX Skin and Scuba
Diving Club meets at 7:00 p.m.


on the first Wednesday of every
month at the Golden Corral Buf-
fet and Grill, located at 11470
San Jose Boulevard in Manda-
rin. The club is open to all divers
and those who are interested in
diving (military affiliation is not
required). For more information,
please see the website nasjax-
scubadivers.org or contact the
club president, Dave Martin at
413-8773.

The MOMS Club of Jack-
sonville/Mandarin-SE offers
support for stay at home and
part-time working moms living
in zip code 32258. With the club
you will have enriching activi-
ties for you and your children,
during the day when you need
the most support. Activities
include park days, beach days,
monthly socials, playgroups and
field trips to the zoo and muse-
ums. For additional information,
please email semandarinmoms@
yahoo.com. MOMS Club of Jack-
sonville/Mandarin-N is open
to moms who live in zip codes
32207, 32217, 32223, 32257. For
this club, please contact man-
darinmomclub@gmail.com.

A dizziness support group
will meet on April 24 from 7:00
p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Mandarin
Presbyterian Church, Room
9, located at 12001 Mandarin
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Almost 20 Jewish days
schools from all across North
America will send teams to
Jacksonville this spring for a
paradigm-shifting experiment
in professional development. A
groundbreaking new conference
in Jewish education will take
place at the Martin J. Gottlieb
Day School April 29 through
May 1. In cooperation with the
Schechter Day School Network
and with a generous grant and
support from The AVI CHAI
Foundation, comes the first-
ever conference on 21st Century
Jewish Day School Education -
introducing edJEWcon!
edJEWcon is a conference
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a Jewish day school in transi-
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Schools will leave MJGDS with
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school's work in secular aca-
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beyond. Our teachers, parents,
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are so proud of the school we
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Please refer to the prior issues for
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Article. II.
Section. 1.The executive
Power shall be vested in a
President of the United States
of America. He shall hold his
Office during the Term of four
Years, and, together with the
Vice President, chosen for the
same Term, be elected, as fol-
lows:
Each State shall appoint,
in such Manner as the Leg-
islature thereof may direct, a
Number of Electors, equal to
the whole Number of Senators
and Representatives to which
the State may be entitled in the
Congress: but no Senator or
Representative, or Person hold-
ing an Office of Trust or Profit
under the United States, shall
be appointed an Elector.
The Electors shall meet in
their respective States, and vote
by Ballot for two Persons, of
whom one at least shall not be
an Inhabitant of the same State
with themselves. And they shall
make a List of all the Persons
voted for, and of the Number
of Votes for each; which List
they shall sign and certify, and
transmit sealed to the Seat of
the Government of the United
States, directed to the President
of the Senate. The President of
the Senate shall, in the Pres-
ence of the Senate and House
of Representatives, open all the
Certificates, and the Votes shall
then be counted. The Person
having the greatest Number of
Votes shall be the President,
if such Number be a Majority
of the whole Number of Elec-
tors appointed; and if there be
more than one who have such
Majority, and have an equal
Number of Votes, then the
House of Representatives shall
immediately chuse by Ballot
one of them for President; and
if no Person have a Majority,
then from the five highest on
the List the said House shall in
like Manner chuse the Presi-
dent. But in chusing the Presi-
dent, the Votes shall be taken
by States, the Representation
from each State having one
Vote; a quorum for this Pur-
pose shall consist of a Member
or Members from two thirds of
the States, and a Majority of all
the States shall be necessary to
a Choice. In every Case, after
the Choice of the President,
the Person having the greatest
Number of Votes of the Electors
shall be the Vice President. But
if there should remain two or
more who have equal Votes, the
Senate shall chuse from them
by Ballot the Vice President
[Modified by Amendment XII].
The Congress may deter-
mine the Time of chusing the
Electors, and the Day on which
they shall give their Votes;
which Day shall be the same
throughout the United States.
No Person except a natural
born Citizen, or a Citizen of the
United States, at the time of the
Adoption of this Constitution,
shall be eligible to the Office
of President; neither shall any
Person be eligible to that Office
who shall not have attained
to the Age of thirty five Years,
and been fourteen Years a Resi-
dent within the United States.


Section. 2.The President
shall be Commander in Chief
of the Army and Navy of the
United States, and of the Militia
of the several States, when
called into the actual Service
of the United States; he may
require the Opinion, in writing,
of the principal Officer in each
of the executive Departments,
upon any Subject relating to
the Duties of their respec-
tive Offices, and he shall have
Power to grant Reprieves and
Pardons for Offences against
the United States, except in
Cases of Impeachment.
He shall have Power,
by and with the Advice and
Consent of the Senate, to make
Treaties, provided two thirds
of the Senators present concur;
and he shall nominate, and
by and with the Advice and
Consent of the Senate, shall
appoint Ambassadors, other
public Ministers and Consuls,
Judges of the supreme Court,
and all other Officers of the
United States, whose Appoint-


In Case of the Removal ments are not herein otherwise
of the President from Office, provided for, and which shall
or of his Death, Resignation, be established by Law: but the
or Inability to discharge the Congress may by Law vest the
Powers and Duties of the said Appointment of such inferior
Office, the Same shall devolve Officers, as they think proper,
on the Vice President, and the in the President alone, in the
Congress may by Law provide Courts of Law, or in the Heads
for the Case of Removal, Death, of Departments.
Resignation or Inability, both of The President shall have
the President and Vice Presi- Power to fill up all Vacancies
dent, declaring what Officer that may happen during the
shall then act as President, and Recess of the Senate, by grant-
such Officer shall act accord- ing Commissions which shall
ingly, until the Disability be expire at the End of their next
removed, or a President shall be Session.
elected [Modified by Amend- Section. 3. He shall from
ment XXV]. time to time give to the Con-
The President shall, at gress Information of the State
stated Times, receive for his of the Union, and recommend
Services, a Compensation, to their Consideration such
which shall neither be in- Measures as he shall judge
creased nor diminished during necessary and expedient; he
the Period for which he shall may, on extraordinary Occa-
have been elected, and he shall sions, convene both Houses, or
not receive within that Period either of them, and in Case of
any other Emolument from the Disagreement between them,
United States, or any of them. with Respect to the Time of
Before he enter on the Adjournment, he may adjourn
Execution of his Office, he them to such Time as he shall
shall take the following Oath or think proper; he shall receive
Affirmation: "I do solemnly Ambassadors and other public
swear (or affirm) that I will Ministers; he shall take Care
faithfully execute the Office of that the Laws be faithfully
President of the United States, executed, and shall Commissior
and will to the best of my all the Officers of the United
Ability, preserve, protect and States.
defend the Constitution of the Section. 4. The President,
United States." Vice President and all civil Of-


ficers of the United States, shall
be removed from Office on Im-
peachment for, and Conviction
of, Treason, Bribery, or other
high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

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benefit the Downtown Ecumeni-
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Jacksonville emergency services
agency which provides assis-
tance to the poor, particularly
families with children and the
elderly, sick or disabled.
Symphony patrons are
asked to bring non-perishable
food donations during the fol-
lowing concert weeks:
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terworks Series)
April 13: "The Life and Times
of Beethoven" (Coffee and
Fusion Series)
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Jacksonville Symphony
Orchestra
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dropped off at the Times-Union
Center lobby from 10:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m. through April 30.
As a thank you, donors will
receive a voucher for two half-
price tickets for an upcoming
Jacksonville Symphony concert
this season (limit one voucher
per household).
More details are available
by calling 358-1479 or visiting
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Did you know that April
is Workplace Conflict Aware-
ness Month? Conflict in the
workplace can come in various
forms. One may be a misunder-
standing over the tardiness of a
report, another can be animos-
ity between leaders or it can
even be a disagreement with an
office romance. And although
it is often overlooked, domestic
violence is also a form of work-
place conflict.
More than one million
people report a violent assault
by an intimate partner every
year in the United States. Since
employment is necessary for
some people, this makes do-
mestic violence an issue that all
employers should be concerned
about. The National Coalition
Against Domestic Violence re-
ported that 75 percent of abus-
ers used workplace resources to
express anger towards, check up
on, pressure, stalk or threaten
their victims.
This controlling behavior
also causes problems for victims
when it comes to work absences
and quality of work. The Center
for Disease Control and Preven-
tion estimates that the annual
cost of lost productivity due
to domestic violence equals
$727.8 million, a loss of nearly
eight million days of paid work.
In addition, coworkers often
absorb the extra workload and
stress which results in decreased
productivity and increased ab-
sences on their part.
Employers may be hesitant
to address domestic violence
in the workplace because of
the uncertainly about preven-
tative roles and the desire to
respect their employees' privacy.


Loretto Elementary hosts

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However, they must keep their
employees' safety in mind. By
addressing this issue it promotes
safety, offers the victim support
and can help prevent associated
risks.
Want to address domestic
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your business? Hubbard House
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To learn more about the ed-
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The sixth annual Northeast
Florida All Service Academy
Ball hosted the largest at-
tendance ever for this year's
annual event held at Jackson-
ville's Riverfront Crowne Plaza
Hotel on December 27. And
for the second year, the Bru-
mos Companies was the major
sponsor for the local military
ball which honors young
men and women from as far
away as St. Simons Island
and Daytona Beach who are
enrolled in the United States
Service Academies. More than
60 cadets, midshipmen and
alumni from America's aca-
demic military institutions, the
United States Military Academy
at West Point, the United States
Air Force Academy and United
States Coast Guard Academy
joined with the United States
Naval Academy and United
States Merchant Marine Acad-
emy for a festive formal event
far away from rigorous rou-
tines and cold weather.
Mayor Alvin Brown's Of-
ficial Proclamation declared
December 27 as "All Service
Academy Ball Day" stating,
"Jacksonville is proud to be
home of such a large and pres-
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local Cadets William Alpert,
Karlos Febus-Traphagen, Sarah
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Why was Renoir considered a rebel? Find

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By Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville University


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ist period, so it was with great
joy and enthusiasm that I made
my way to the current exhibit
at the Cummer Museum of Art
and Gardens entitled "Impres-
sionism and Post Impressionism
from the High Museum of Art."
It consists of more than 50
works by distinguished as well
as some lesser known artists of
the period.
As I walked through the
gallery where the works are
being displayed, I asked myself
what it was about the artists of
this period that was so contro-
versial in its time.
One has to go back to the
preceding period when art
was almost photographically
realistic. One can then com-
pare the paintings to those of
the Impressionist period which
have a softness and airy qual-
ity that in most cases does not
appear to be "posed," but which
uses natural compositions that
express more movement.
To quote Cummer Museum
curator Holly Keris, "Today,
Impressionism is one of the
most beloved artistic tech-
niques but the movement was
avant- garde in its day. Re-
spected artists in the mid 1800s
were painting dramatic historic
scenes and religious works.
Monet, Renoir and Pissaro
rebelled against the traditional,


narrowly defined art of the
time and challenged the status
quo with loose, rapid brush-
work and en plein air painting
that explored the effects of
light on the landscape. What
critics of the time labeled 'un-
finished' and 'superficial' would
later draw widespread public
acceptance and adoration."
Included in the current
display are paintings by some
of the founders of Impres-
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saro and Renoir, as well as
paintings by American greats
epitomized by Mary Cassat and
John Singer Sargent who were
influenced by Impressionism. It
also includes examples of how
the movement evolved into
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works by Bonnard, Cezanne,
Toulouse-Lautrec and Vuillard.
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emergence of Impressionism in
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Health screen-
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Maintenance of Sloan Landing neighborhood cemetery a labor of love
By Contributing Writers Alex Bailey and Heather Walsh, Mandarin Museum and Historical Society


Don MacLean got up last
Saturday and got ready for the
time-consuming task of taking
care of his great-great-great-
grandfather Joseph Hagin. The
MacLeans purchased a plot of
land in Mandarin a decade and
a half ago when they moved
from the house in Arlington
in which they had grown up.
While signing over the title
work, he was informed that
there was
a cemetery
on the plot
of land dat-
ing back to
before the
Civil War.
While Ma-
cLean knew
that he had
ties to the
area, he


had no idea that it was his own
blood that founded the same
site where he would later reside.
Initially known as the Hagin
Cemetery after its caretaker, it
would later become known as
the Sloan Landing Cemetery
after the ferry crossing at the
rear of the property which backs
up to Julington Creek.
Sloan Landing is what is
known as a neighborhood cem-
etery. As MacLean puts it, "The
tradition out here, from what
we can tell, is that people were
buried in an area where their
family and friends were buried."
The cemetery itself contains
a multitude of names well-
known in the Jacksonville area,
including three Acostas ranging
from the late 19th to early 20th
century, five Bardins (the last
of which was buried in 1995),


along with a other families like
the Hoods and Flynns. There is
also a collection of unmarked
or unintelligible headstones and
a few places of sunken in earth
which could possibly signal
a grave. Upon taking up the
maintenance of the site, Ma-
cLean learned from the previ-
ous caretaker that there used
to be wooden markers at the
far end of the cemetery near
the creek which may have been
the graves of slaves and people
who died on the St. Johns River,
but time and the elements have
claimed the markers.
After learning about the
history of the cemetery and his
own personal ties to the land,
MacLean took up caretaking the
cemetery. While a beautiful and
natural site, the area requires
regular maintenance. He makes
the trip out to clear up the land
about once a month during the
winter, but the growth of air
potatoes during the spring and
summer brings him out once a


week or more to keep the
grounds clear of the inva-
sive weeds. He also takes
the time to clear out fallen
branches and other yard
rubbish.
However, MacLean
is getting older; he just
turned 81 last year and he
needs help maintaining the
cemetery. He says he would
like to have people help
who have "connections to
the land." He is looking for
help from people who have
family buried in the Sloan
Landing Cemetery or who
are interested in local Jack-
sonville history who have
time to come by and help
him maintain a pleasant
and respectful burial site.
The Mandarin Museum
and Historical Society has
an album of gravestones Do
from Sloan Landing Cem-
etery on their Facebook page.
Interested readers can view the
photos and contact the museum


n MacLean at the Sloan Landing
metery
at 268-0784 if they would like
to help MacLean with the main-
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Titanic: The Belfast connection
By Contributing Travel Writer Debi Lander, www.bylandersea.com


This year marks the an-
niversary of one of the worst
travel disasters in history: the
100th anniversary of the sink-
ing of the Titanic. The recent
cruise accident of the Costa
Concordia has initiated com-
parisons and renewed interest
with the infamous Titanic.
Many people don't realize
that Titanic's story began in
Belfast, the capital of Northern
Ireland. The city rose to im-
portance during the Industrial
Revolution and her shipyards
were the biggest in the world
including those of Harland and
Wolff. In 1909, H and W was
commissioned by the White
Star Line to build three luxury
liners: Titanic, Olympic and
Britannic. The blueprints called
for highly skilled craftsmen
from all over Europe to produce
the finest and most luxurious
ship of the day. Additionally,
12,000 Belfast workers were
involved with the construction.
Financed by American
industrialist J.P. Morgan, the
ship's piece de resistance was
the Grand Staircase, including
oak paneling with gilded bal-
ustrades and intricate wrought
iron railings illuminated by
a glass-dome above. When
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Lagan, she
was indeed
the largest and
most beautiful
vessel in the
world.
Sadly, the
cruise ship hit
an iceberg on
her maiden
voyage and
sank on April
15, 1912,
causing a loss
of 1517 lives
from the 2229
total on-
board, includ-
ing some of
the world's ... -
wealthiest
families. The "unsinkable" ship
was built properly; however,
the construction simply could
not withstand such strong
forces. History now puts the
blame on the captain who
ignored iceberg warnings and
continued traveling at an ac-
celerated speed.
However, according to
Belfast Titanic historian, Terry
Madill, "Following the sinking,
HEtW instructed their employ-
ees never to mention the ship
and the shame lingered for
many years."
Economic decline and the
"Troubles" led Belfast into
transition and change; bomb-
ings and rioting put it off the
tourist map for decades. Now
regeneration of the downtown
and renewed interest in the
Titanic are bringing Belfast
back to life. I took a hard-hat
tour of the new Titanic Belfast
attraction almost a year ago.
The super amazing multi-level
venue pushes state-of-the-art
technology to advanced "Dis-
ney" levels. At a cost of over
$150 million it stands as a 21st
century icon for the city.
The center tells both the
engineering and the human
stories as visitors zoom through
a virtual Titanic under con-
struction. An array of inter-
active computer-generated
imagery brings the ship's
interior to life. Another section
includes a vivid journey of the
remains that lie on the bottom
of the North Atlantic, two and
a half miles below the surface.
The new center, far more than a
museum, is expected to become
a tourism draw for Northern
Ireland. Indeed the charming
people, green countryside and


Traditions of the Easter egg


Eggs were colored, blessed,


exchanged and eaten as part of
the rites of spring long before
Christian times. Even the earli-
est civilizations held springtime
festivals to welcome the sun's
rising from its long winter
'i t i'. Fhey thought of the sun's
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bear the initials XV for "Christ
is Risen;' a traditional Easter
greeting.
Russians: During the reign
of the tsars, the Russian royal
family carried the custom of
decorative eggs to great lengths,
giving exquisitely detailed jew-
eled eggs made by goldsmith
Carl Faberge from the 1880's
until 1917.
Germans: Eggs that go into
Easter foods are not broken, but
emptied out. The empty shells
are painted and decorated with
bits of lace, cloth or ribbon,
then hung with ribbons on an
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River Garden announces

16th annual Golf Classic


The 16th annual River
Garden Classic will be held
Wednesday, April 18 at Deer-
wood Country Club. The event
is co-chaired by Mark Lodinger
and Michael Price. River Garden
Classic proceeds support the
Albert Z. Fleet Geriatric Train-
ing Center at River Garden,
which provides academic skills
training for students who wish
to become Certified Nursing As-
sistants. Since the school's in-
ception in 1996 there have been
more than 500 graduates, most
all of whom continue to work in
Northeast Florida facilities. Last
year's tournament earned more
than $85,000.
This year we welcome Title
Sponsor, Hardage-Giddens Fu-
neral Homes and Cemeteries.


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the wonderful work that River
Garden does in the commu-
nity,;' said Jody Brandenburg,
president of Hardage-Giddens
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"The Albert Z. Fleet Geriatric
Training Center at River Garden
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With the dog on the leash
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then wait. The dog will begin
to pull forward but will eventu-
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there is no tension on the leash.
(Extension leashes are too light


weight for the dog to
feel the tension.) Repeat
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of the time with this
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you are at 10 steps.
Once you have
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20 steps and your dog
pulls, quickly turn and
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Reward the dog for the
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There are manners, since dog.
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other and not fight unless you
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Barker selected as 2012

Miss Aggie Award recipient


The Mandarin Museum and
Historical Society is pleased
to announce that Virginia
(Gini) Barrett Barker has been
selected as the 2012 recipi-
ent on the Miss Aggie Award.
Barker was honored during
the Miss Aggie Day celebra-
tion on Sunday, March 4 at the
Old Mandarin Store and Post
Office. The celebration included
tours on the 1911 building and
free Moon Pies and RC Cola,
favorite snacks of the Man-
darin's community during its
years of operation (1911-1964).
The building is on the National
Register of Historic Places.
Barker has been a Mandarin
resident since 1959, is a char-
ter member of the Mandarin


Karen Roumillat of the Mandarin M
cal Society presenting the 2012 M
Mandarin resident Virginia Barker.
Museum and Historical Soci-
ety and serves as a member of
the board. She was an active
member of the Mandarin Gar-
den Club for many years and
a leader in both Boy and Girl
Scouts. She has been a member
of the Mandarin Community
Club for 50 years and served on
its board. She helped club presi-
dent, Ed Westberry, organize
the first Mandarin Art Show
in 1971.


Barker has had a long
career as a writer. Several of
her articles and photographs
were published in the Mandarin
Weekly Advertiser and are now
included in the archives of the
Mandarin Museum and His-
torical Society. As editor of The
Diocesan, the official newspa-
per of the Diocese of Florida,
Barker has received 51 Polly
Bond awards from the Episcopal
Communicators acknowledging
excellence and achievement in
the ministry of church commu-
nications. In 2012, Barker was
the recipient of the Bishop's
Cross Award for her many years
of outstanding service to the
Episcopal Diocese of Florida.
The Miss Aggie Award hon-
ors a female
Mandarin
resident who
has contrib-
uted to the
community
in the areas
of business,
civic, edu-
cational or
charitable
accomplish-
ment. Nomi-
nations are
submitted
from the
community
and voted
on by the
Mandarin
Museum and
useumrn and Histori- Historical
iss Aggie Award to Society Board
of Directors.
"The Miss Aggie Award is
Virginia Barker and all that it
represents;'," said Wanda Bos-
worth, who nominated Virginia
for this award.
For more information,
contact the Mandarin Museum
in the Walter Jones Historical
Park at 268-0784 or via email
(mandarinmuseum@bellsouth.
net) or visit the website at www.
mandarinmuseum.net.


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Youth Arts Update

Senior Vocal Recital bittersweet ending to

four years of hard work


By Danielle Wirsansky
Saying good bye is always
difficult. After four years of
grueling work, the next wave
of high school seniors will be
graduating and moving on
with their lives. For the senior
vocalists of Douglas Ander-
son School of the Arts (DA),
the Senior Vocal Recital is just
one way for them to say "Auf
wiedersehen!" Taking place on
April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the DA
Theater, the concert is a long
standing tradition to celebrate
the years of hard work the se-
niors have put in.
Russell Thrift, a senior
vocalist describes it: "It is a tra-
dition in the vocal department
to offer the seniors a chance to
go out with a bang and show
everyone what they have been
giving to the school for years."
Not everyone participates;
the vocalists must audition for
the privilege to perform.
In the audition, vocal
instructors Jeffrey Clayton and
Rebecca Loar "require [the]
pieces to be classical. They can
vary in language, theme, tempo,


etc. as long as they are classi-
cal and showcase the talents of
the individual;' says Danielle
Giachetto, senior vocalist. "The
whole point of the concert is
to show how the students have
grown in their art, so they pick
the seniors that have shown the
most growth and represent the
class properly."
Recognized in 2004 as a
Grammy Foundation Signa-
ture School and in 2008 as a
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students have worked hard and
deserve their honors.
Says JaQuan Purcell, a
senior vocalist, "The concert is
important because it shows that
our department matters and
shows off what we can do as a
department."
For the students, this con-
cert is important because it is
the last time they can display
the passion, hard work and
dedication put into their art.
As Giachetto explains,
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a Grammy because its students
sat around and let art happen;


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greatness."
The concert will be family
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are invited.
"People should come see it
because it is really the best of
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"This concert incorporates the
hard work and dedication each
student has put into furthering
his or her education in the arts.
Having the public there to wit-
ness this ceremony would really
mean a lot to the performers."

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at the Wyndham Jacksonville
Riverwalk.
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Harriet Beecher Stowe to be portrayed at

the Mandarin Art Festival


Harriet Beecher Stowe will
be present at the Old Mandarin
Store and Post Office (located
next to the Mandarin Communi-
ty Club) during the 44th annual
Mandarin Art Festival thanks
to Lindsay Schwieterman-Fait,
who has been portraying Stowe
since she was a young girl.
Schwieterman-Fait will speak to
the crowd as Mrs. Stowe just
across Mandarin Road from
where the Stowes lived on a 30
acre property during the winters
from 1867-1881. The speech
will begin at 1:00 p.m. on
Saturday, April 7 and Sunday,
April 8 at the Store and Post Of-
fice located at 12471 Mandarin
Road.
In this new speech, which
was debuted at the Winter
Celebration in Mandarin last
December, Schwieterman-Fait
sought to make Stowe come
alive to audiences more than
ever before. Crafting Stowe's
own words into a cohesive
speech that captures her pas-
sion, motivation and depth of
character, she strives to portray
Stowe as the true "woman of
the people" that she was. She
views Stowe as "more than an
ideological figure for the his-
tory books, she was a genuine
example of the possibility that
comes with persevering hope.
Her honesty and commitment,
her own life experiences, dic-
tated that she must and would
speak for change and equality
across the ages.":'
Schwieterman-Fait is an
honors graduate of the Uni-
versity of Florida, where she
double-majored in history and
English, with a specialized
degree in British Literature. A
musician, martial artist, histori-
cal re-enactor and author, she
highly values the arts in every-
day life, not only as a medium
for expression but also a vessel
for change. Her first inspira-
tional volume of poetry, in a
collection of three, was released
in March 2011. Entitled Of Clay
and the Kiln, the work "speaks
of the roles of nature and the
divine in the processes that craft
and define human conviction
and character."
Schwieterman-Fait states,
"Harriet Beecher Stowe's
personality and character, her
ceaseless drive to follow her
heart and her convictions for
change through authorship and
action, always proved to me
that the pen is mightier than the
sword. Now an author myself,
many years past the third-grade
book report that first drew me
to Stowe's person, I am encour-
aged by her willingness, as a
woman of passion, to coura-
geously stand apart from her
contemporaries as a representa-
tion of what is right. Musing
on the stretching live oaks and
mossy festoons that once graced
the arch of Mrs. Stowe's view, I
am continually inspired by the

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divine peace
and possibility
that she (and
I) both find in-
nately embodied
in Nature. Over
a century after
her passing,
I strive pres-
ently, in my
own works,
to convey the
same hope,
strength, solace
and, most of
all, depth and
capacity of the
human heart
and soul that so
defined the life
and legacy of
Harriet Beecher
Stowe."
This is an


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Intergenerational Senior

Prom held at The Coves
By Contributing Writer Dot Verstandig, River Garden
On February
4, Mandarin High
School Student
Council mem-
bers joined Coves
members for what
has become an
annual tradition,
the joint senior
prom. Smiles and
laughter were
everywhere as they "
danced, visited and
enjoyed elegant
refreshments. The
theme of the prom
was "Springtime in
Paris."
As Coves
members entered
their dining room Prom King and Queen, Charles Goldberg and
they saw the Eiffel Mary Jane Sprouse.
Tower and the
evening was all about Paris. The performance by Laura Vick-
students worked all day deco- ers, "Miss Mandarin;' and the
rating under the direction of crowning of the Prom King and
Mandarin Coach Marc Lassiat Queen, Charles Goldberg and
and Student Council President Mary Jane Sprouse.
Kennedy Talley. As everyone said "au revoir"
The highlights of the eve- they were already looking for-
ning included a baton twirling ward to next year.


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Fashion Update

Spring '12...an orange crush!


By Donna Keathley, dkeathley designs
Well my Fashionable
Florida Friends (FFFs) this is
our season to shine here in our
home state of good ole Florida!
The reason is because of the
season's most popular hues....
citrus! Mainly oranges, tan-
gerines along with lemon and
lime...we are going to see color
from head to toe!
Following closely behind
the fruit colors will be royal
blue, purple and white. White
on white with a pop of citrus
for color will be big. Color
blocking for one outfit such
as a bright blue jacket teamed
with a soft lemony capri is
another new twist. For those
FFFs who love navy and the
nautical theme with its hori-
zontal stripes, this is your year!
Navy is out there in a big way,
so cruise on through the stores
and scoop it up as many sea-
sons have gone by without this
basic hue.
This trend I love: soft sil-
houettes as in pajamas made of
very soft dressy fabrics. The big
legged pant aka the pala-
zzo style is back, yea! Our
sportswear separates will boast
color-banded edges and combi-
nation color inserts. T-shirts are
carrying a fun message made of
encrusted metallic embroidery
designs on the front.
Layering is still "in" but
we have to do it southern style
with gauzy sorbet colored
peasant scarves and accesso-
ries to beat the summer heat.
The accessories are important
this season, so go get some
drop earrings and large bangle
bracelets to make that color
statement!
The peplum is back it's
that extra flounce that juts out
from the waistline and cov-
ers the hip. These little flouncy
numbers are showing up on
jackets and blouses; they are
even inserted on the waist-
line of the "mad men" looking


dresses.
My all time favorite the
drop waist dress is back! I
am celebrating its return this
season, as it's very flattering
to those of us who do not have
that eighteen-inch waistline
anymore. That will be the first
thing on my list when I set off
on my spring shopping spree.
All this fun in fashion is
evidence of a cheery counterin-
tuitive response of the design-
ers to the gloomy financial
news. The spring 2012 shows
generated more exuberance in
the form of color, print, embel-
lishment and jewelry than in
past years. Things that might
have previously been kept for
evening are coming out for
daywear, such as giant rings,
piles of necklaces and bejew-
eled shoes.
Some of this could be edgy
and fashion-forward, but then
there's the more staple items
such as the great wrap dress
and the shirtwaist number too.
We fashionistas are always
keeping our antenna out to new
ideas that are actually wear-
able. Adding some novelty
items to your closet might even
brighten your world's outlook!
Pick up two fun bright items
and walk into your closet and
actually wear them!


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Friday, March 2 in the school
gym. The second grade students
were in attendance so that they
could see what to expect next
year. Most of the children in the
production had parents, siblings
and other relatives to watch
their "star" performance.
The play was written by
one of the teachers and is titled
America: Then to Now. This
play takes a look at America's
history, national symbols and
the people who made America
what it is today. Some of the


people we met were rnnisto-
pher Columbus, Francis Scott
Key, Theodore Roosevelt, John
F. Kennedy and Martin Luther
King. The president, Barack
Obama, even sent a representa-
tive.
The children learned
patriotic songs during music
classes. These songs were scat-
tered throughout the play. The
children were either dressed as
the character they represented
or had on specially designed t-
shirts for this occasion. Fun was
had by all the children. What a
wonderful way to learn about
our great country!


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JAX READS
"The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien
The Jacksonville Public Library, WJCT Public Broadcast-
ing, Players by the Sea and the University of North Florida
invite the community to read the same book together as
part of Jax Reads.
"The Things They Carried" is an award-winning collection
of interrelated stories about a platoon of American soldiers
during the Vietnam War. Copies are available for checkout
at all library locations.
Go to www.wjct.org/events to learn more about the
stage production, book discussion groups, special pro-
gramming and other events planned for Jax Reads.
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A strong off-season results in ticket sale

renewals exceeding normal levels


The off-season has been
strong thus far for Jaguars sea-
son-ticket renewals. As Mackey
Weaver sees it, considering the
excitement in the wake of recent
changes in ownership and head
coach, there's little reason that
trend shouldn't continue in the
coming weeks and months.
Weaver, the Jaguars' vice
president of sales and market-
ing, said the team exceeded
normal levels during its recent
season-ticket renewal period,
with renewals of general bowl
seats exceeding 87 percent and
club seat renewals exceeding 91
percent.


"That's good;' Weaver said.
"The norm is usually 85 to 88
[percent] and we projected a
little higher because of the ex-
citement."
Weaver said he expects
those numbers to rise as ticket-
holders continue to renew in
coming weeks. He also said the
renewal numbers keep the team
in line with overall ticket-sales
goals for the 2012 season.
"We're on projection now
from a renewals perspective
where the season-ticket 'new
sales' goal is where it needs to
be," he said.
Weaver said the team now


enters the relocation/add-a-seat
phase of the ticket program,
with a voice message from new
Head Coach Mike Mularkey.
Weaver said the Jaguars expect
increased sales to continue at
that event, and throughout the
coming months.
He said that's the case not
only because of Mularkey and
the excitement generated by
Shahid Khan's purchase of the
team, but because of the con-
tinued momentum of the off-
season. NFL players last season
were locked out from mid-
March until late July, which
Weaver said not only dampened
the enthusiasm of fans, but pre-
vented players from participat-
ing in off-season promotional
activities.
"The schedule's going to
come out (in mid-April) and
when it came out last year
people didn't care. The draft
happened, but we had no access
to the players;' Weaver said.
"This year, when we go out
and do Team Teal events and
Jaguars-based events, we'll
have players involved in the
process. Last year we had me
and (Senior Vice President
Stadium Operations/CFO) Bill
Prescott and some coaches go,
but having players involved is
a huge part of it."


Local Sports Scene

Suns begin season with 10-game homestand
By Chad Cushnir


Thursday, April 5 is Open-
ing Night for the Jacksonville
Suns. They will begin the 2012
season by playing their first 10
games at the Baseball Grounds
of Jacksonville.
The Suns are beginning their
fourth season as the Double-A
affiliate of the Miami Marlins.
They will start off with a five-
game series against the Hunts-
ville Stars who are affiliated


with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Following that series, the Suns
will begin another five-game
series against the Chattanooga
Lookouts who are affiliated with
the Los Angeles Dodgers. The
10-game homestand will con-
clude on Saturday, April 14.
The University of Florida
baseball team will visit UNF to
play the Ospreys on Tuesday,
April 3. This game will begin at


6:00 p.m.
The annual Orange and Blue
Game for the Gators football
team will be on Saturday, April
7. This intrasquad scrimmage
will mark the conclusion of
spring football practice.
Among the top storylines
this spring for the Gators will
be the quarterback competition
between Jacoby Brissett and Jeff
Driskel. Florida will also have to
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and Chris Rainey. Head coach
Will Muschamp is entering his
second season in Gainesville
with a new offensive coordina-
tor in Brent Pease. He replaces
Charlie Weis who is now the
head coach at the University of
Kansas.
The Gators defense should
be improved this season. This
unit had young players at nearly
every position one year ago.
Ronald Powell, Jelani Jenkins
and Matt Elam are among the
guys who earned valuable expe-
rience last season.
Florida State will hold
its Garnet and Gold Game on
Saturday, April 14. The Semi-
noles return a lot of experienced
players at the skill positions
on offense. The offensive line
lacks experience and is one of
the weaker areas for this team.
This past season, FSU struggled
to run the ball in most games.


Zebrie Sanders and Andrew
Datko, both four-year starters at
offensive tackle, are moving on
to the NFL.
On defense, the Seminoles'
biggest loss is linebacker Nigel
Bradham. The defensive line
might be the strength of the
entire team. Veteran defen-
sive ends Brandon Jenkins and
Bjoern Werner will provide a
formidable pass rush along
with incoming freshman Mario
Edwards Jr. The defensive tackle
rotation will include Timmy
Jernigan, Jacobbi McDaniel,
Everett Dawkins, and newcomer
Eddie Goldman.
Finally, the NFL Draft begins
on Thursday, April 26. The first
round will take place that eve-
ning. Rounds two and three will
be during the evening of Friday,
April 27. Rounds four through
seven will be on Saturday, April
28. The Jaguars have the sev-
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Mandarin Lutheran Church
is holding its annual spring
auction on Saturday, April 21
at 6:15 p.m. The auction will
be held at Mandarin Lutheran
Church, located at 11900 San
Jose Boulevard. Everyone is
invited to join us for a pot-luck
dinner and a fun-filled night of
great fellowship. Events will in-
clude silent auctions, raffles and
live auctions. Free childcare will
be provided. The money raised
from this auction will support
our youth programs, Mandarin
Food Bank and Lutheran Social
Services. If anyone would like
to make a donation for the auc-
tion, please contact the church
at 268-4591.

First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ) will be
hosting their annual yard sale
on Saturday, April 21 from
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We will
have all types of items. Stop by
and see what we have for sale.
This fundraiser helps support
the ongoing ministries of our
community. Also, on April 28,
our Christian Women's Fellow-
ship will be hosting their annual


Tea and Fashion Show. The
event will be in our Fellowship
Hall from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00
p.m. Wear your finest "tea" at-
tire, bring a friend and join us.
The theme this year is "Bloom
Where You Are Planted." Tickets
are available for $10 each. The
funds help support the mission
work of the Christian Women's
Fellowship of First Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ). If
you have any questions please
call the church office at 262-
1662.

Lifetree Caf6 is a place
where people gather for conver-
sations about life and faith in a
casual coffeehouse-type setting.
Upcoming topics are: March
29, Hurt by the Church; April
4, Why Did I Survive?; April
11, To Heaven and Back; April
18, Living Online; and April 25,
Overcoming Worry. Find out
about topics, times and loca-
tion from the www.Mandarin-
NewsLine.com calendar entry or
call George Treiber at 731-0731.
Admission is free. Check us out
at www.LifetreeCafe.com.


Guardian Lutheran Church
(LCMS)
(Meeting at the Mandarin Community Club)
12447 Mandarin Road
288-5545
Worship Services: Sunday 9:30 am
Bible Study: Sunday 10:45 am


Freedom Christian Fellow-
ship, located at 3423 Loretto
Road, welcomes you to their
Palm Sunday Services on April
1 and their Easter Sunday
Services on April 8. The service
times for both Sundays is 8:30
a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Our Chil-
dren's Church begins at 10:45
a.m. For more details, please
call 268-2244.

Mandarin United Methodist
Church UMW will host a social
action book study: "Half The
Sky" by Nicholas D. Kristof and
Sheryl WuDunn on Thursday,
April 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the
Kasey Mogle Friendship Hall,
located at 11270 San Jose Bou-
levard. The book is a focus on
the oppression of women and
girls in the developing world.
For additional information,
please contact Linda McAnar-
ney, social action coordinator,
at 230-6563.

Freedom Christian Fel-
lowship invites you to their
annual kids' Easter Egg Hunt
being held on Saturday, April
7 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
for children up through fifth
grade. Join us for a fun time of
skits, prizes and candy! Freedom
Christian Fellowship is located
at 3423 Loretto Road. Please
call 268-2244 for more details.

Since the dawn of human
existence, people have longed
for the hope of peace. Hope
came to earth by way of the
Virgin Mary in the form of
Jesus Christ. Still people look
to the beauty of the heavens
and the promise of eternal life


Church celebrates eight days of Easter


Crown Point Baptist Church
will be celebrating Easter
with special events from Palm
Sunday, April 1 through Easter,
April 8. The church extends an
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us in the celebration of the life,
death and resurrection of Jesus
Christ. The special events are:
April 1 at 10:15 a.m.: Musical
presentation, "Savior, Jesus
Messiah
April 1 at 6:30 p.m.: Movie,
"The Passion of Christ"
April 6 at 7:00 p.m.: Good
Friday service and obser-
vance of the Lord's Supper
April 7 from 10:00 a.m. -
11:30 a.m.: Community
Easter egg hunt
April 8 at 9:00 a.m.: Family
and friends brunch
April 8 at 10:15 a.m.: Easter
worship and celebration
service
Pastor Dr. Walter Ben-


Have fun at Jewish Trivia Night


How many Biblical com-
mandments are there in Jewish
law? Which young Jewish actor
had his bar mitzvah in a home-
less shelter? What famous world
known scientist was offered to
be Israel's president but did not
accept?
These and many other trivia
questions will be posed to you
at the first Jewish trivia contest
presented by the Jewish Federa-
tion's Young Leadership Depart-
ment and Shalom Jacksonville
on Tuesday, April 24 beginning
at 6:30 p.m. at Let's Nosh on
San Jose Boulevard. In celebra-
tion of Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's
Independence Day, we will serve
an Israeli vegetarian dinner buf-
fet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.,


the games will begin promptly
at 7:45 p.m.
This adult-only event will
test your Jewish knowledge.
Teams will be created that
evening and each team with the
most points will win a prize.
Expect surprises and lots of
laughter. We promise you will
walk away that evening with
a lot more Jewish knowledge.
Get ready for the challenge and
brush up on your Jewish pop
culture, Israel, history, Bible,
jokes, foods, holidays and your
local Jewish community.
For cost and other infor-
mation, please contact Isabel
Balotin at 448-5000 x 206 or
shalomjax@jewishjacksonville.
org.


nett invites you to join with
them in any and all of these
special services: "At Crown
Point Church, you will find a
warm welcome and will soon
be among friends. As a church
we exist to assist individuals
and families in their search to
know the transforming power
of God's love and to live daily
in a personal relationship with
God and other believers."


in heaven as sources of hope
from day to day. On Sunday,
April 29 at 7:00 p.m., the Parish
Choir of The Episcopal Church
of Our Saviour, located at 12236
Mandarin Road, will explore all
these sources of hope through
Songs of Hope. This event,
sponsored by the On the Riv-
erbank Fine Arts Series, is free
and a reception will follow.

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Mandarin Location (The Lakeshore)
Outdoor Lakeside Easter Worship at
6:30 am, 8:30 am, 10:30 am on Sunday 4/8/12
Egg Hunt (3rd grade and younger) after 8:30 & 10:30 worship
Southside Location (Baymeadows)
Easter Vigil Worship 5:30 pm on Saturday 4/7/12
Easter Worship 8:00 am, 9:15 am, 11:00 am on Sunday 4/8/12
Egg Hunt (3rd grade and younger) after 9:15 worship
Visit SOTWJax.com for Palm Sunday and other Lenten Services
Southside (Baymeadows) Lakeshore (Mandarin)
7860 Southside Blvd. 6595 Columbia Park Court
904-641-8385


ST. JOSEPH'S
CATHOLIC CHURCH
Holy Week Schedule 2012
Main Church
Holy Thursday, April 5
Reconciliation
5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Mass of the Last Supper 7:00 p.m.
Adoration 8:00 p.m. to Midnight
Good Friday, April 6
Reconciliation 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. Live Walking
Stations of the Cross
Begins at Corner of
Old St. Augustine Rd. and
Hood Landing Road
Reconciliation 5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Solemn Liturgical Observance 7:00 p.m.
Easter Saturday, April 7
Reconciliation 5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Easter Vigil Mass 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 8
Easter Masses 6:30 Sunrise, 8:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon
11730 Old St. Augustine Rd.
Jacksonville, Florida
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Pregnancy-related complications predict

CVD in middle age
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Second Slow Food First Coast Tour de Farm

builds on popularity of inaugural event


Slow Food First Coast's
second annual Tour de Farm is
scheduled for Sunday, April 22
from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
The organizers are building on
the tremendous success of last
year's event by adding farms in
Nassau and Flagler Counties to
the tour and garnering increased
participation from area farms,
farm partners, chefs and artisans.
Over twenty local farms in
St. Johns, Baker, Bradford, Du-
val, Putnam and Nassau Coun-
ties will open their gates to the
community for this free family-
friendly event. The Tour de Farm
will provide people from the
First Coast an opportunity to
meet the farmers who produce
local food and the chefs and
artisans who are committed to
using locally-grown ingredients.


Last year's Tour de Farm
drew over 3,000 visitors and
organizers are prepared for
even more this year. Popular
sites from the 2011 Tour, such
as Terk's Acres Goat Farm in
St. Augustine, will be joined
by newcomers Down to Earth
Farm in Jacksonville, Harriets
Bluff Organic Blueberry Farm in
Woodbine, Georgia, Connor's A-
Maze-Ing Acres in Hilliard and
Bratcher Farms in Bunnell.
An increased number of lo-
cal chefs have also signed on to
the event and are offering cook-
ing demonstrations and tasting
throughout the afternoon at
various farms. Chef Jean-Ste-
phane Poinard of St. Augustine's
Bistro de Leon recently received
national attention when he
cooked at the prestigious James


Beard House in New York City.
The Chef will be performing a
cooking demonstration and tast-
ing at Sykes and Cooper Farm in
Elkton.
Representatives from par-
ticipating restaurants will be
found at farms across the region
during the Tour.
Celebrity farmer Joel Salatin
of Virginia's Polyface Farm will
be making a special appear-
ance during the Tour de Farm.
He will be hosting free speaking
engagements and conducting a
book-signing at Black Hog Farm
in Palatka.
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The complications in-
cluded gestational or pregnancy
diabetes, hypertensive (or high
blood pressure-related) disorders
of pregnancy (also known as
preeclampsia), preterm deliv-
ery, and size of babies at birth
(top and bottom 10 percent in
weight). Researchers correlated
these with cardiovascular (CVD)
risk factors measured 18 years
later when the women were an
average of 48 years old.
Researchers then calculated
the women's odds of experi-
encing a cardiovascular event
in the next decade using the
10-year CVD Framingham risk
score, which includes such
factors as age, total and HDL
("good") cholesterol, systolic
blood pressure, diabetes and
smoking status.
They found:
Preeclampsia, gestational
diabetes and giving birth to
babies small for gestational
age were associated with
an increased risk of heart
disease. Each complication
was associated with different
CVD risk factors.
Gestational diabetes was
associated with a 26 percent
and preeclampsia 31 percent
greater risk of developing
heart disease in middle age.
Among women who ex-
perienced these pregnancy
complications, gestational
diabetes was associated with
higher levels of fasting glu-
cose and insulin.
Preeclampsia was associated
with higher body mass index
and larger waist circumfer-
ence, as well as higher blood


pressure, lipids and insulin.
Women who gave birth to
babies large for gestational
age had larger waist circum-
ference and higher concen-
trations of blood glucose.
Those who had preterm
babies had higher blood
pressure.
"Pregnancy may provide an
opportunity to identify women
at increased risk of heart disease
while they are relatively young;
thus, it would be useful for
medical professionals to have
information on pregnancy com-
plications so they can recom-
mend lifestyle changes and any
necessary medical intervention
sooner," Fraser said. "A woman
who experiences complications
during pregnancy should be
proactive and ask her doctor
about future CVD risk and steps
she should take to modify her
risk."
The women in the study had
not experienced a CVD event,
so the researchers couldn't
determine whether preeclampsia
and/or pregnancy diabetes have
separate, independent effects
on future CVD risk. A larger
study with longer follow-up
could help determine whether
pregnancy complications could
affect how the 10-year CVD
Framingham risk score is cal-
culated for these women, Fraser
said.
Furthermore, because the
study population was predomi-
nantly white, replicating the re-
search with other racial groups
will provide additional data on
the association between preg-
nancy complications and CVD
risk, she said.


Captain David's Fishing Report


By Captain David Lifka
April is an exciting month
here in Northeast Florida as it
is traditionally the month that
marks the end of winter and
the start of a new and promis-
ing fishing season. Hopefully a
season that will provide us with
another year of high quality
fishing in the St. Johns River
and area waters beyond.
In March, surf fishing is
one the most promising ways
to start the new season. Surf
fishing our local area beaches
will remain a fun and produc-
tive way to catch fish for most
of the remainder of the year.
Just about any fish that swims
our beaches stands a chance to
become your next catch.
Bluefish, whiting and pom-
pano are what you can expect
to be adding to your cooler
right now. All can caught be
with relatively inexpensive fish-
ing tackle and rigs. Although 10
to 12-foot surf rods are com-
monly used by surf fishing en-
thusiasts, a smaller rod of 8 or
9 feet matched with a spinning
reel with 15 pound test line will
suffice just fine. This rod and
reel combo can also be used for
a wide variety of other types of
fishing throughout the year.
Bottom rigs with 1 to 4 oz.
pyramid sinkers with a 1/0 or
2/0 steel hook will be what you
want to use. Fresh dead shrimp,
peeled and halved or just-
caught sand fleas from the surf


would be highly desirable baits
for either whiting or pompano.
Bluefish are known for their
bodacious appetite and their
powerful bites. Most any kind
of cut bait, fish or shrimp will
bring them to your hook, but
a wire leader is recommended
because of their ability to bite
through monofilament.
The first and last couple
hours of a high or low tide
often prove to be the best times
to fish the surf. Any beach with
sloughs, run outs, sand bars or
drop-offs are going to be the
best locations to look for feed-
ing fish. Experimenting by cast-
ing to different locations in and
behind the breakers can prove
to be beneficial till you find the
bite. Watching that guy pulling
them in just down the beach
from you can be a big help also.
Now is the time to enjoy
the beach with surf rod in hand.
Add a pretty spring day, a sun-
rise and a cooler of fish and you
are well on your way to a new
and promising fishing season.
Fishing Report: In fresh-
water the catfish bite is on in
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By Rondene Grinam, Mandarin High School Student


The school year is swiftly
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work-something that is always
tough the week after Spring
Break. From April 9 through
April 20, FCAT testing will be
occurring. This year, many
students will take computer-
based FCAT tests, instead of the
traditional handwritten. It is
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obtained a passing score on the
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Movie Review


One for the Money
Directed by: Julie Anne Robinson. Starring: Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara and Daniel Sunjata
Review by T.G. Stanton

Rating: Should Have Waited for Cable (2 out of 5)
Vll


This month's movie review
belongs to the film One for the
Money, an action-comedy film
for adults and teens
This film is all about the
burgs of Trenton, New Jersey
and Stephanie Plum, portrayed
by Katherine Heigl, and her
down on her luck situation that
leads her to take a new job. A
new job from her cousin Vinnie
as a bounty hunter, a profession
about which she has no clue.
Her first assignment is to catch
Joe Morelli, played by Jason
O'Mara. Joe is a cop on the run
and Stephanie's first flame from
high school, who she seems to
have a grudge against as well as
a continuing physical interest.
Being a police officer should
give him a distinct advantage,
but he seems to have a similar
attraction and the two keep
ending up in the same places
looking for clues.
Unfortunately, Stephanie
keeps running into danger in
addition to clues, so she is
directed to an agent with skills


to spare-Ranger, performed by
Daniel Sunjata. Ranger is the
man when it comes to appre-
hending the dangerous bail-
jumpers and fortunately, for
Stephanie he is only a phone
call away and sometimes even
closer. She also seeks the help
of local street folk, Lula, rep-
resented by Sherri Shepherd, a
prostitute with information and
attitude to spare. However, in
the search for clues Lula gets in
the middle and gets hurt forging
a bond of friendship. Through
deadly exploits and a few acci-
dental apprehensions, Stephanie
is able to get her man and clear
his name all in one swoop.
This film simply missed the
mark on many levels and it is
unclear as to which bears the
most responsibility. So many
films are based on novels and
even if some areas are different,
the basic interpretations need
to be met. Throughout these
novels, there is heat between
Stephanie and Joe and Ranger
and in this film the tempera-


2009 or earlier) during the week
of April 9. Students entering
the ninth grade in 2010 who are
now in the 10th grade will take
the Reading 2.0 beginning the
week of April 16.
These are computer-based
tests (CBT) and your student will
have an opportunity to partici-
pate in a practice test to become
familiar with the software, item
types and online tools he/she
will encounter and use during
testing. If you or your student
would like to review the CBT
practice test at home, you can
download instructions and a
practice test (called an "ePAT")
at www.FLAssessments.com/
ePAT. Your student may practice
as often as necessary prior to
testing. Current ninth grade stu-
dents will take the ninth grade
paper-based FCAT test on April
16 and 17"
April is definitely a month


to remember for seniors! April 4
is Senior Play Day in the gym.
Teams must consist of 10 mem-
bers and they may be all-boy,
all-girl or half-boy and half-
girl. Teams should wear team
shirts to distinguish them from
others, but these shirts cannot
have writing on them! Also, se-
niors: Grad Bash is on April 28.
Tickets were sold for $100 from
February 28 to March 16. Grad
Bash is at Islands of Adventure
and will last from 8:00 p.m. to
2:00 a.m. Remember, there is a
dress code and those students
that do not meet it will not be
allowed inside the park!
Miss Mandarin practice runs
from April 9 to April 19. The
final show will be on Friday,
April 20 in the auditorium
at 7:00 p.m. These girls have
worked tirelessly to put the
show together, so you won't
want to miss it!


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ture was tepid at best. Was
it the direction or just poor
chemistry, because all of these
actors have been quite steamy
in other roles? The casting of
Grandma Mazur, played by Deb-
bie Reynolds, should have been
an excellent choice, but the
comedy of this character in ad-
dition to Lula's character were
drastically underplayed, almost
forgotten in translation. They
are some of the funniest parts of
these novels and the mother just
needed to be someone else; she
is Stephanie's conscience and
morals and this actress, Debra
Monk, was someone else. The
casting, the direction and the
chemistry was just wrong in this
film.
There are pros and cons to
seeing films based on well-en-
joyed novels. Many expect the
film to deliver in being true to
the book, but the fact is, I would
have never gone to see this film
if I had not so loved the books.
It tends to be a conundrum and
this time disappointment was
delivered.

Did You Know...

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your time and talent to
the Jacksonville Public
Library by becoming a
volunteer?
Library lovers age 16 and
older are encouraged to
make a difference in the
community by volun-
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Volunteering is a great
way to polish up your
job skills and it's a
chance to add work ex-
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To learn more about
volunteering opportu-
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how to apply, visit our
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Tour de Farm cont. from pg. 20

also act as distribution points
for printed brochures. Updates
to the event will be posted on
the organization's website and
Facebook page as new develop-
ments emerge.
Participants in the Tour de
Farm can select from a planned
tour or design their own route
for the afternoon. The brochure
will include maps and five sug-
gested loops along with a sched-
ule of events for each loop.
Full farm lunches by some
of the restaurants will be avail-
able by advance reservation.
Details will be released in the
Tour de Farm brochure.
New to this year's Tour de
Farm is the inclusion of points


of interest besides farms such as
regional food purveyors, mar-
kets and festivals like the Starke
Strawberry Festival.
Apart from engaging with
those responsible for producing
local food and taking tours of
the farms, participants will be
able to purchase fresh produce,
meats and locally-produced pre-
pared foods.
Slow Food First Coast is a
non-profit organization that
promotes a food system based on
quality and pleasure, environ-
mental sustainability, and social
justice.
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visit www.slowfoodfirstcoast.
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Warming up and the Eagle

By Contributing Writer Ralph Little, Flotilla 14-8


For 2011, all Auxiliarists in
Florida completed 4500 ves-
sel exams, 2000 boating safety
classes and 11,700 hours of
marine safety patrols. They
also did many other missions
as well as 119 search and res-
cue assists and helped save 22
lives.
For this flotilla's part, and
as this mild winter passes, our
volunteers are hitting their
2012 stride in pursuit of aux-
iliary missions supporting safe
boating. Other than writing, I
help with Vessel Safety Exams
and look forward to Charlie
Smith's plan for a series of
"blitzes." In April, we'll be at
Hooters on San Jose Boulevard
and NAS in support of fish-
ing tournaments. We hope to
quickly conduct a thorough
safety check at a number of
boating locations this year.
Typically, we'll appear in two-
person teams, a format that
we find provides the boater
appropriate focus while fit-
ting into their schedule. We
will also respond to requests to
check your boat wherever it is
located. Just tap our website at
www.SafeBoatingJax.com in
the Public Section.
We'll be getting patrols out
this month with our existing
patrol craft and perhaps add
two more during the season.
The crews will be assisting
boaters, supplementing se-
curity, checking navigation


aids and be on the watch for
environmental concerns. On
April 1 we'll have a boat at
the Blessing of the Fleet at the
Landing and on April 19 we'll
be supporting a Safety Fair at
NAS.
Bob Strong and other
instructors will present our
continuing series of About
Boating Safely at Mandarin's
Stellar Building, located at
2900 Hartley Road, just off
San Jose Boulevard. The next
class is Saturday, April 14 and
another is scheduled for May
12. The class will run from
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with 30
minutes for lunch. A fee of $25
is charged for each student and
just $5 more for the second
member of a family. Call Bob
at 721-1346 to register or find
out about similar courses in the
Jacksonville area.
You can have a great out-
ing later in the month when
from April 26 to 29, and
perhaps until May 3, the Coast
Guard training vessel, CGC
Eagle, will dock at the Jack-
sonville Landing and be open
for tours. Some of our mem-
bers will be on hand to lead
tours of the ship and support
the event.
Anyone with an interest in
joining the Auxiliary can con-
tact Becky Habermas via our
website in the Public Section
under "Join" and she will guide
you through membership.


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Youth Scene
Stop, rock, and roll
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Imagine this: you're in a
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huge speakers blasting through
your soul. Before you know it,
you've forgotten about stress
and are entering a world where
rocking out equals meditation.
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MHS Sports Roundup
By Natalie Cleghorn, Mandarin High School Student


The Mandarin High School
baseball team is off to an en-
couraging start to their season
and continues to build up to
compete in playoffs. Having
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ball games, Head Coach Mark
Lassiat says, "We have three
returning starters and the boys
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tinue to play hard:'
With six seniors including
outfielder Evan DiCicco, pitcher
Garret Collins and outfielder
Matthew Kazaleh to lead the
team, the Mustangs have worked
hard to make up for their lack of
experience on the playing field.
Throughout practice and the
baseball season the boys work
together to continually improve
their game and sharpen their
skills. They bond before games
with pre-game meals which pro-
vide extra time for the boys to
be together off of the field.
This time spent brings them
together as a team and accord-
ing to Coach Lassiat, "The meals
add to the concept of team."
Pre-game meals before dis-
trict and conference games are
especially important to keep the
team focused for the big games
ahead.
When asked about the
camaraderie between teammates
Kazaleh said, "We are a group
of brothers who stick together,
support one another and play to


With even more empha-
sis piled on to district games
because of the rezoning that left
only two other teams, Flagler
Palm Coast and Sandalwood,
in the Mandarin district, the
Mustangs have had to work hard
to come out on top. The Mus-
tangs faced off against Flagler
Palm Coast back in March at
home and pulled out a victory
winning 5-1, but when Manda-
rin played Sandalwood at the
Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville
on March 9, the Mustangs were
defeated 4-3 in a close game.
They had the lead until the fifth
inning when Sandalwood broke
out and scored four runs to take
the lead and ultimately win the
game.
Sandalwood has proven
to be a consistent opponent in
the district which adds to the
rivalry between the Saints and
the Mustangs. With the bonding
time spent off the field and the
hard work put in at practice, the
Mustangs are slated to come out
strong against Sandalwood at
home for the final time before
the district tournament on April
4 at 6:00 p.m. The district tour-
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I'm writing this by what
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the season. Clara spent much
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me on the pull-out couch as the
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Whether it's a cold night and
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Tonight's gifts were dim-
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important!
I'm reminded of Jesus'
words, "Let the little children
come to me. Don't stop them!
For the kingdom of Heaven
belongs to those who are like
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Make a scrapbook or photo-
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Flowers and blossoms are
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Sounds: In the spring, birds
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Their singing and twittering are
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Annual plants, also referred
to as seasonal bedding plants,
are a great way to perk up your
front yard or create beautiful
pots brimming with colorful
flowers. Annuals are so named
because they last only one grow-
ing season and die away after
producing flowers and seeds.
Even so, they are popular plants
because their flowers are usually
colorful and abundant.
North Florida is different
from most other places because it
has distinct climates for growing
annuals. In winter, day tempera-
tures are mostly moderate but
nights are cool with occasional
freezes. In late fall and early
spring days are warm but nights
are still cool. Late spring through
summer and early fall, tempera-
tures are hotter and the humidity
is high both day and night.
Climate is important when
talking about annuals because
you want to match your choice
of plants to the time of year.
Each variety of annual has a
climate preference and no annu-


* There are many
gardening books, such as
Bedding Plants by Robert
Black and Edward Gil-
man, and The Florida
Gardener's Book of Lists by Lois
Chapman, which will help you
select appropriate annuals for
a particular time of year. If you
prefer to search online go to
www.solutionsforyourlife.com
and search for Gardening with
Annuals in Florida.
Selecting annuals for the
time of year is not the only is-
sue. It is also important to know
the amount of sun or shade the
plants will receive. You will
find that the majority of bed-
ding plants prefer a sunny site.
Coleus, Caladiums and Impatiens
are the usual selections for color
in shady sites, but don't expect
any annuals to prosper in deep
shade. For such areas consider
planting Holly Fern or a bloom-
ing shade perennial such as the
Shrimp Plant.
Once you have made your
selections, prepare the soil by
adding compost. Water your
transplants before and after
planting. Check the bed daily
and water as needed until the
plants are settled and growing.


Try not to buy over-gown, weeds and fertilize regularly to
spindly annuals. If you do, cut off keep the flowers coming. Many
the top half before planting. This annuals bloom longer and pro-
may cut off the flowers now but duce more flowers if you dead-
the plants will be much improved head, which means picking off
over their life cycle, spent blooms before they go to
Mulch your plants well to seed. Be sure to start deadhead-
preserve moisture and discourage ing as soon as you get the plants


home.
When blooms begin to
wane, it may be time to replace
them. Annuals are fun plants,
so consider it an opportunity to
try new varieties and perhaps
a striking new combination of
colorful flowers.


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