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SERVING THE MANDARIN COMMUNITY SINCE 2006 MandarinNewsLineSM Visit our online edition at www.mandarinnewsline.comMEMBER OF THE RT PUBLISHING GROUP OF COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS Mandarin NewsLine12443 San Jose Boulevard, Ste. 403 Jacksonville,FL 32223 Whats Inside Volume 7, Issue 6 March 2013Presorted Standard US Postage Paid Callahan, FL 32011 Permit No.4 Page 3 Whats New Page 4 From the Jacksonville City Council Member Page 5 From the Florida House Page 7 NEW! Civics for all Page 8 Political Commentary Page 9 Mandarin Museum racePage 10 Guide to thrift shops Page 11 Meet Dr. Nikolai Vitti Page 13 Teachers of the Year Page 14 Gardening Page 15 Louise Hill remembered Page 16 Faith NewsPage 17 Visit the Library! Page 19 Job Finder Page 20 Food and Fun Page 22 Jaguars new logo Page 23 MHS Sports National Signing Day 886-0234 CURVESCOMPLETE:THE WHOLESOLUTION THAT MAKESBURNING FAT EASYAS 1, 2, 3.FOR JUST $12.95* A WEEK.Get1. EXERCISE,The 30-minute Curves Circuit2. MEAL PLANNew, customizable plans3. COACHINGYour Curves Certied CoachCALL OR VISIT TO SCHEDULE YOUR FREE NO OBLIGATION APPOINTMENT.CURVES.COM Coming April and May! Summer Camp & Kids Activities Guide! Sales Reps: Call 904-886-4919 for information! It all started in 1968, when the Mandarin Community Club decided to have a little fundraiser along with something the entire community could enjoy and the rest is history. This Easter weekend, March 30 and 31, the Mandarin Arts Festival Committee presents the 45th annual event. Jim Barker, who lives in Mandarin, served on the original board of the event. Judge Ed Westbury was president of the Community Club that year; we put together probably around 40 artists and craftsmen and it was a real hit, Barker recalls. I was assigned the job of treasurer and my job was to keep up with the vendors sales as they paid us 10 percent commission on their total sales. There was no booth rent like today. One artist named Leland Burdick who specialized in drawings horses and unicorns came that year and the next year his wife joined in and sold her pottery; they came for years and years. Challenge Day had to be the best day in school, ever. I honestly expected it to be the same stupid intervention about our feelings and that bullying is bad, the epitome of a school assembly. I was so wrong. When I walked in, I instantly felt welcomed as I ran through a tunnel of grinning teachers and volunteers giving me high ves and cheering me on. The Challenge Day leaders Foreign exchange students from Argentina visited for two weeks last month. From the week of February 1 through February 16, 10 high school students who are learning English at their school in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, in the Buenos Aires province came to Mandarin High School to learn more about our culture. Several of Spanish I and II teacher Sidney Forrests students families provided the exchange students with food, transportation and a place to stay while they were in Jacksonville. The Argentines went Challenge Day a big success at Mandarin Middle School By Contributing Writer Cailah Bailey, MHS Student were bright and they gave o a good vibe. I felt safe already. All the people around me were excited; it made me feel the same way. It wasnt all fun and games, though. Before we got into our family groups, the leaders Michelle and Ev told us about their childhoods. If you really knew me, you would know that .. Everyone was in tears except the guys that were too tough to cry. Michelle told us that 10 percent of us shows and that is called out image. It is what we pretend to be, to be accepted. While in our groups, she encouraged us to drop our waterline, meaning that we need to spill out the real us. When it was my turn, I shared things that I had only told my best friend in the past because I knew that I could trust them. Hearing the other stories made me realize that everyone has a burden to carry. We are all in this together. Fellow Challenge Day participant, Brendan Farrell, said, My eyes were brimmed with tears as I watched some of my friends, teachers and peers that I barely knew cross the line. This activity was an emotional roller coaster that asked personal and tough questions. The group was asked to cross the line if they had any association with anything from suicide to addiction to family issues. It made me realize that I was not alone. Nearly 300 Argentina invades Mandarin HighBy Zoe Smolios, MHS Studentto school with their host students and were able to participate in many other activities. Some of the events included a welcoming dinner after they arrived and their own soccer game at Losco Park on February 7. The exchange students visited Sally Industries, attended the United States vs. Scotland soccer game at EverBank Field on February 9 and had some fun at Latitude 30. They also went to the Academy Center for students with ADD. During the week, the students participated in Forrests classes at MHS by talking to her students in uent Spanish, explaining how accents di er in the di erent parts of Argentina and by teaching them more about the language. Shopping, was all Laura Kitlain, age 16, said when asked what her favorite part of Mandarin Arts Festival celebrates its 45th year!By Donna Keathleyhe added. I still volunteer and work the show; I really enjoy it. Doris Hastings, a brand new young, energetic volunteer is looking forward to her rst show. Going to the show has been an Easter family tradition of my husbands family for years, so Challenge Day cont. on pg. 9 Art Festival cont. on pg. 10 Exchange students cont. on pg. 6


Page 2, Mandarin NewsLine March 2013 www.MandarinNewsLine.com 295 Mandarin Rd. Mandarin Rd.Loretto Rd. Loretto Rd.San Jose Blvd. Ricky Dr. Ricky Dr.San Jose Blvd. Saturday & SundayMarch 30th & 31st2013 10:00AM 5:00PM Host & Founding Organization Mandarin Community Club www.MandarinCommunityClub.org 904-268-1622 Art Festival 45 thMandarin Community Club 12447 Mandarin RoadFREE PARKING & SHUTTLESfrom Mandarin Presbyterian Church & Alberts FieldOUTDOOR EVENT On February 12, the members of the Mandarin Rotary Club gathered for a special breakfast at the Ramada Inn in Mandarin. It was to honor our local Teachers of the Year from Mandarin. Each year Mandarin Rotary members volunteer at our area schools to help teachers with reading and other related projects, thus they get to know a little better what makes a great Teacher of the Year. Teachers of the Year are chosen by a school for their dedication and service to the children and a special attribute that makes them stand out among the other teachers of the school. This years awardees for 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year were fth-grade teacher Cynthia Ray from Bartram Springs Elementary; from Crown Point Elementary rst-grade teacher Andrea Gore; fourth-grade teacher Donna Rea Ester of Greenland Pines Elementary; Erica Lindsey fth-grade teacher at Loretto Elementary; rst-grade teacher Jennifer Brown from Mandarin Oaks Elementary; and Mandarin Middle Schools Teacher of the Year was seventh-grade science teacher John Wells. Rounding out the awardees that morning was to be Scott Cason, social studies teacher at Mandarin High School. When MHS Principal Donna Richardson took to the podium to introduce Cason she made apologies for his not being in attendance. He is being held up right now due to the fact he is undergoing a mandatory evaluation, she said. Richardson continued on to explain that Casons evaluation was a good thing. He is one of the ve nalists for the 2013 EDDY Awards and was being interviewed, carefully observed in the classroom and evaluated that very moment. To be one of the ve nalists for the 2013 Duval County Teacher of the Year EDDY Award is quite an achievement. The journey to an EDDY Award begins at the school level where teachers are selected among their peers based upon speci c criteria. They then must complete an extensive packet that outlines their teaching philosophy, professional development activities, leadership roles and student achievement data. These packets are reviewed by over 60 community and business leaders along with fellow educators and administrators. The nominees are narrowed to 15 semi- nalists and further narrowed to the ve nalists. And there right there in the top ve was Mandarin High School social studies teacher Scott Cason. At the time he was to be accepting his Teacher of the Year award from the Mandarin Rotary Club he was undergoing the scrutiny of the nal selection committee for 2013 Duval County Teacher of the Year and the EDDY Award. Attending the Rotary Club Teacher of the Year Awards breakfast were District 6 City Councilman Matt Schellenberg and School Board Member District 7 Jason Fischer. Dr. Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of Duval County Public Mandarin Rotary awards recognition to area Teachers of the YearBy Karl Kennell School Board Member District 7 Jason Fischer and Rotary Club Member Gary Stasco presenting the Teachers of the Year.Rotary Teachers of the Year cont. on pg. 7


www.MandarinNewsLine.com March 2013 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 3 Whats NewCommunity HappeningsDo you have community or club news you would like included in Mandarin NewsLine? Then contact Martie Thompson at: editor@mandarinnewsline.com or 886-4919. RT Publishing, Inc. The CreekLine The Ocean Breeze Mandarin NewsLine Players JournalPublisher Rebecca Taus publisher@rtpublishinginc.comEditor Martie Thompson editor@rtpublishinginc.comAdvertising Sales, Linda Gay LG@rtpublishinginc.comAdvertising Sales, Kathrin Lancelle KL@rtpublishinginc.comAdvertising Sales, Heather SeayHS@rtpublishinginc.comGraphic Design, Lisa Felegygraphics@rtpublishinginc.com RT Publishing, Inc. 12443 San Jose Boulevard Suite 403 Jacksonville, FL 32223 Ph: 904-886-4919 Mandarin NewsLine Community Newspaper is a free monthly publication distributed via bulk mail to all addresses in Zip Codes 32223, 32258 and selected routes in 32257. Submission of articles and photographs are received by mail or email, although email to editor@ rtpublishinginc.com is preferred. The writers opinions do not necessarily reect the opinion of RT Publishing, Inc. Advertising Rates are available by request. RT Publishing, Inc. is not responsible for advertisement content or accuracy of information provided by its advertisers. Nor does RT Publishing, Inc. endorse any of the products or services included in this publication. RT Publishing, Inc. reserves the right to refuse advertisement or copy from any advertiser. All rights are reserved and no portion of this publication may be copied without the express written consent of the publisher. 2012. At RT Publishing we welcome Letters to the Editor. We request they be no more than 250 words. All letters must include writers name, address, and telephone number. Only the name will be published. E-mail to editor@ rtpublishinginc.com. Anonymously sent letters will not be published.Letters to the Editor policy Call 904-886-4919 for information! Sales Reps: Coming April and May! Summer Camp & Kids Activities Guide! ~Mandarin NewsLine~ +~The CreekLine~ +~Southside NewsLine~ + The journey to end cancer begins with a single step. Relay for Life of Mandarin invites the entire Jacksonville community to join their journey on Saturday, May 4, 2013. The 24-hour event, which will take place at Mandarin High School, will feature traditional Relay for Life ceremonies, lively entertainment and unique fundraising ideas. The Relay has already kickedo its 2012-2013 season, so do not delay when signing up. More information on becoming a sponsor or forming a team for Relay for Life of Mandarin can be found on www.relayforlife. org/mandarin or by calling the local American Cancer Society o ce. Relay for Life is the American Cancer Societys largest fundraising event. Duval County Master Gardener Becky Bathen will present a program on native plants at the March 19 meeting of the Dogwood Circle of Mandarin Garden Club. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. and refreshments will be served. The Mandarin Garden Club is located at 2892 Loretto Road. Please call 571-6765 for directions or additional information. An o cial American Flag Retirement Ceremony was held the end of January at the Mandarin Community Club. This ceremony was in cooperation with and led by representatives of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). This was the fth year this event has been held at the Mandarin Community Club. An additional date for 2013 may be scheduled for the fall and will be announced in advance if con rmed. On March 2, the Italian American Club will once again be part of the St. Matthews Fashion Show luncheon to bene t disabled children and young adults who attend Camp Promise and Camp I Am Special at Marywood Retreat each summer. This is the seventh year our club will provide the luncheon while the teens and young adults have a great time showing o fashions from local stores. Its a must attend event and a worthy cause. We will be celebrating St. Patricks Day with a delicious Whats New cont. on pg. 6Copies of this online coupon not accepted


Page 4, Mandarin NewsLine March 2013 www.MandarinNewsLine.com From the City Council Members DeskBy Contributing Writer Matt Schellenberg, City Council Member, District 6 Youre in good hands Every insurance company claims they help safe drivers save money. But now I can help you save even more with DRIVEWISE from Allstate. This amazing devise collects driving data like your cars mileage and helps safe drivers save up to 30%. So call me and learn more about DRIVEWISE today. Youll get a 10% discount just for signing up!DEB EVESON (904) 400-645012525 PHILIPS HWY #206 JACKSONVILLE DebEveson@allstate.com Feature is optional. Subject to terms, conditions and availability. Savings estimate compares safe driver using DRIVEWISE devi ce to driver who would not qualify for safe driver savings. Your savings will vary. 10% discount applies to rst policy period onl y. Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company: Northbrook, IL. 2012 Allstate Insurance Company ages 5-11 ages 3-4 girls ages 7-18904-260-198311502 Columbia Park Dr W Jacksonville, FL 32258www.FirstCoastGymnastics.com Free Trial Class & $5 OFFwith registration Summer CampCall for details. Health for the Whole Family H e a l t h f o r t h e W h o l e F a m i l y Family Medical Centers of Mandarinwelcomes Dr. Brian Granger, DO to our Mandarin location. He joins Dr. William Bosworth, DO. ~Over 50% of patients who suffer a heart attack or stroke have normal cholesterol levels. Advanced Lipid Testing can determine an individual risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Wow! This past month has been very busy at City Hall and in Mandarin. First, Im absolutely delighted at the response Ive received regarding the blue recycling bins. My aide and I have delivered over 100 recycling bins in the last two weeks. If you still need one, send your address to matts@coj.net and Ill be happy to drop one o at your driveway. I am also pleased to report that the citys Solid Waste Committee, where I rst learned the city had extra blue bins, will be issuing a recommendation for the Mandarin area to engage in a more comprehensive recycling program. Mandarin is second on the list to be given 96-gallon containers (lidded and on wheels!) to replace the small, blue bins. These larger containers will help divert more recyclable materials from the land- ll, saving the taxpayer roughly $55 per ton. We should see the rollout before the end of the year, depending on how quickly the administration acts. Speaking of the administration, I was pleased but very confused about the mayors announcement of an $11 million savings in this scal year due to debt re nancing. I tried hard for several weeks to get the details of the deal and after much delay from the mayors o ce, nally got an explanation. The breakdown is a savings in interest of approximately $3 million, as well as $8 million in deferred principal payments. Now I understand why they delayed in disclosing the numbers and details. A deferred payment is not a savings; you still owe that money down the road. And to top it o the mayor is going to reinvest those 8 million dollars of savings into downtown. Therefore, we are going to spend the money now and still owe the money later. Is this what passes for savings these days? You decide if the administrations announcement is truly transparent. Heres some transparency for you: By now you have likely heard that I introduced legislation to reduce the number of members on the Human Rights Commission. My main reasons are two-fold: create a more e cient and productive group (I have researched attendance records, number of issues taken up by the commission, number of vacancies, etc.) and to bring the membership count in line with other city boards and commissions, which on average have seven to nine members. There are currently three vacancies on the Human Rights Commission and there are also ve members whose terms have expired and cannot be reappointed. Meaning, the commission is currently operating with only 12 legitimate members anyway. Ive had similar issues with other boards (JEA and JPA) and have not been shy about saying so, as many of you who regularly read this column are well aware. Finally, I want to mention that while I was driving around Mandarin delivering bins, I was, once again, taken aback by our beautiful district. Thank you for taking such good care of your neighborhoods. Pride in ownership was evident and I felt proud to represent such a beautiful area. Please feel free to contact me, Matt The Blue Bin Guy Schellenberg, at 630-1388 or MattS@COJ.net. The North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership stakeholder advisory committee has identi ed a regional planning boundary spanning two water management districts, de ning the area where collaborative initiatives will address water resource challenges and ensure a sustainable water supply throughout north Florida. The North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan will encompass speci c counties in both the St. Johns River and Suwannee River water management districts. Those counties are Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee and Union. Over several months, the Partnerships stakeholder advisory committee reviewed and discussed the proposed boundary for the regional water supply plan. The committee approved the regional boundary at its January 23 meeting. While the planning boundary encompasses 14 counties, groundwater modeling for the water supply plan will be signi cantly broader to ensure that su cient data is gathered and analyzed. The regional water supply plan will identify: Water use demand projections Water resource impacts that could occur if future demand were met solely from existing groundwater supplies Water conservation opportunities Potential water supply development projects that may be needed to supplement groundwater supplies In the past, both districts worked independently on water supply planning. The St. Johns River and Suwannee River water management districts in collaboration with the Partnership will jointly develop the North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan, which is scheduled for completion in 2015. Because of the shared resource and shared impacts, the districts formally agreed in 2011 that only one plan for North Florida should be developed and implemented. The North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan will be a chapter in each districts overall water supply plan. Water supply plans identify future water supply needs for a 20-year planning horizon, and programs and projects needed to ensure sustainable supplies. These plans are updated as needed at a minimum, once every ve years. For more information about the partnership, visit north oridawater.com.North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership identi es regional boundary By Contributing Writer Teresa Monson, St. Johns River Water Management District Mandarin NewsLineHeather Seay904-866-4919 hs@rtpublishinginc.comFor more information on advertising:YOUR Community Newspaper Mandarin NewsLineYOURCommunity Newspapereditor@mandarinnewsline.com


www.MandarinNewsLine.com March 2013 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 5 YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD LAW OFFICE. BANKRUPTCY. F AMILY LAW, WILLS, PROBATE. CCIT Design Build Dream it Build it 850-445-8100 Cell Phone www.ccitdesignbuild.comCRC1328173 On March 5, the State of Florida Legislature will convene for the start of the 2013 Session. Over the next 60 days, until May 3, 120 State Representatives and forty State Senators will work together for the people of Florida. First and foremost on the agenda is passing a balanced state budget, which is the legislatures only annual constitutional requirement. Negotiations between the House and Senate will take place throughout session, all leading towards a nal goal of a balanced budget that meets the critical needs of the state without raising taxes. As chairman of the Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, I have been tasked with overseeing the budgets of the Department of Corrections, Department of Law of Enforcement, Department of Legal A airs (Attorney General), Department of Juvenile Justice, the courts system, the Justice Administration Commission and the Parole Commission. Currently, our projected state revenues are more positive than in years past. Since I was elected to the Florida House in 2007, I have spent that last ve years working to balance our budget in the face of declining revenue. Through hard work, long hours and tough choices each year we were able to produce a balanced budget serving the critical needs without raising taxes. Due to the projected increase in revenue this year, Governor Scott has called for a $1.3 billion increase in education spending. Of course there is more to session than the budget. Each State Representative is allowed to le up to six bills to be considered during session. Each bill then has to go through various policy or budget committees to nally make it to the House oor for a vote. At the same time, a Senate companion bill must move through the Senate committees before the approved House Bill can be sent to the Senate oor for a vote. If the bill is amended by the Senate, the bill is then returned to the House to be voted on again. This process only allows a small percentage of led bills to make it to becoming laws. I currently have led two pieces of legislation, a bill to increase participation in the ne arts in public schools (HB 283) and a bill to treat orders by the Florida Ethics Commission the same as court judgments (HB 285). I am very excited about both pieces of legislation and hope to see both passed this session. If there is any legislation that you are interested in or if you would like to learn more about the bills I have led, please email me at charles.mcburney@ my oridahouse.gov or you can call my Jacksonville o ce at 359-6090.The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Mandarin Council announces the Mandarin Council Janice Meisel Scholarship and 2013 graduating seniors and students in their rst or second year of post-secondary school living in Mandarin are invited to participate. A one year scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded to a student who plans to pursue a degree in business. To be eligible, the applicant must live in one of the three zip codes: 32223, 32257 or 32258. The student must also have worked while attending high school. The post-secondary school that the applicant plans to attend or is attending must be an accredited school in the state of Florida. For an application and additional information, please send a request to : mandarincouncil@gmail.com. The application submission deadline is April 30, 2013. Mail completed application packets to Mandarin Council, c/o 3000 Hartley Road, Suite 7, Jacksonville, FL 32257. Winners will be announced at a presentation of the Mandarin Councils May meeting. Attention high school seniors and rst and second year college studentsLooking for scholarships? From the Florida HouseBy Contributing Writer Representative Charles McBurney, State Representative, District 16


Page 6, Mandarin NewsLine March 2013 www.MandarinNewsLine.com Robert E. Burke, CPA The CPA Never Underestimate the Value EMichael Naughton, PA12058 San Jose Boulevard, Suite 602 Jacksonville, FL 32223904-886-7494 DONT GO IT ALONE. VARSITY INSURANCE, INC. 268-6365www.varsityinsuranceagency.com Email: varsity@fdn.com We help manage human error and natural disaster . www.msmulligans.com Store Hours: M, T, Th, F, S: 9am 7pm W: 9am -5pm 11531-4 San Jose Blvd. Mandarin, FL 32223904-262-7231$5 off $25 Name Brand and designer fashions at a fraction of retail prices. Your Second Shot at a Fabulous New Wardrobe. corned beef and cabbage dinner on Sunday, March 17. Please check our website (www.iacofjacksonville.com) or call the club 2682882 at for further information.The March general meeting of the All Star Quilters Guild will be held on March 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the First Christian Church, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard. The program, Pot Holder Therapy, will be presented by Sunnie Malesky. Visitors are welcome. For more information, please contact Dot Butler at 6426574 or visit us at www.orgsites. com/ /allstarquiltguild.The AARP Driver Safety Course for drivers 50 and older will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12 and 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Memorial Hospital, located at 3625 University Boulevard South. AARP members fee is $12 and non-members fee is $14. You must attend both days for certi cation to qualify for auto insurance discount. To register, please call 391-1320. The Mandarin Garden Club announces their $1.00 Clothing Sale to be held on Saturday, March 2 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the garden club, located at 2892 Loretto Road. Gently used clothing, purses and shoes for women, men and children will be available. There is something for everyone: casual, dressy, formal, business suits, workout clothing, plus sizes and much more. The entire clubhouse will be completely lled with a wide selection of super great bargains, some still with tags. For more information, please contact mandaringardenclub@ comcast.net or 268-1192.The Mandarin Womens Club program for Thursday, March 28 will be a fashion show presented by Donna Keathley of Stein Mart. This program will be held at the Ramada Inn, located at 3130 Hartley Road; doors open at 10:30 a.m. The price of the luncheon is $15.50 for members and $16.50 for non-members. Club membership is open to all women no matter where they live. Reservations for the luncheon and fashion show are required; please call Marilyn 260-8431 by Thursday March 21. Call Diane at 880-5354 for more information about our club or check out our website at http://home.comcast. net/~echoecho46/site.The Ancient Oaks Arts and Farmers Market is an open-air farmers market located at the historic Mandarin Community Club under the beautiful oaks at 12447 Mandarin Road. Hours are 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. every other Sunday. The market has many vendors who supply products which vary by the seasons. These items include local produce, local honey, specialty foods, baked goods, art and crafts. Upcoming dates for the market in 2013 are March 10 and 24, April 7 and 21, May 5 and 19, June 2, 16 and 30 and July 14 and 28. The market will be closed in August and start up again on September 1. For additional information, please contact Todd at 607-9935. The MOMS Club of Jacksonville/Mandarin-SE o ers support for stay at home and part-time working moms living in zip code 32258. With the club, you will have enriching activities for you and your children, during the day when you need the most support. A sample of activities includes park days, beach days, monthly socials, playgroups and eld trips to the zoo and museums. For additional information, please email semandarinmoms@ yahoo.com. Are you a compulsive overeater? Do you eat when youre not hungry or not eat when your body needs nourishment? Do you have feelings of guilt, shame or embarrassment about how you eat? Do you eat sensibly in front of others and then make up for it when youre alone? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Overeaters Anonymous (OA) may help. The group meets every Thursday from 12:00 noon until 1:15 p.m. at Christian Family Chapel, located at 10365 Old St. Augustine Road, in Building D, Room 4. For information, please call 472-4067. The Mandarin Chapter of AARP meets the third Friday of every month at 2:00 p.m. at Augustine Landing, located at 10141 Old St. Augustine Road. We are a non-pro t, nonpartisan membership organization, a liated with the national AARP. Our activities and programs are designed to help people age 50 and over improve the quality of their lives. Visitors are welcome! For additional information, please call 733-0516 or email alex9520@comcast.net. Shu eboard is played on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. at Mandarin Park (south end of Mandarin Road) next to the tennis courts at the park entrance. These are new winter hours beginning in January. Beginners are welcome. Just show up, unless it rains. The River City Womens Club will have feature a Spring Fashion Show featuring lovely clothes from Stein Mart on Wednesday, March 20. The luncheon and show, which will include models from the club, will be held at the Mandarin Ramada Inn starting at 10:30 a.m. and the cost is $15.50. Visitors are welcome! For reservations, please call 262-8719. The Ramsgate Homeowners Association (RHA) recently hosted their annual meeting and dinner for members and neighborhood residents at the Mandarin Community Club. Guest speakers this year were St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman and Gary Dickinson of JSO Community A airs. Governed by a volunteer board of directors, the RHA was founded in 1986, making it one of the oldest homeowners associations in Mandarin. It represents a subdivision of 264 homes located between Mandarin and Loretto Roads and hosts various other events during the year. The NASJAX Skin and Scuba Diving Club meets at 7:00 p.m. on the rst Wednesday of each month at the Golden Corral Buffet and Grill, located at 11470 San Jose Boulevard in Mandarin. The club is open to all divers and those who are interested in diving (military a liation is not required). For more information, please visit the website at nasjaxscubadivers.org or contact the club president, Dave Martin, at 413-8773. Are you troubled by someones drinking? Al-Anon Family Groups can help. Let us share our experience, strength and hope. Join us every Monday night from 8:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the First Christian Church of Jacksonville, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard or visit us at www.jaxafg.org. The Northeast Florida Quit Smoking Now (QSN) Program is now o ering a FREE class in Mandarin at Jacksonville Worship Center on Old St Augustine Road! The class will start Saturday, March 16 and meet once a week for six consecutive weeks. Free workbook, water bottle, stress ball, and nicotine replacement therapies (patch, lozenge or gum) will be provided. Please call early to register at 482-0189. Visit our website at www.north- oridaahec.org. The First Coast Disability Advocates will meet on March 28, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the South Mandarin Regional Library, located at12125 San Jose Boulevard. Is your favorite restaurant accessible for people with disabilities? Do you have a problem parking when there are no accessible spaces? Please attend this meeting and help Jacksonville become accessible for all patrons.Whats New cont. from pg. 3 Correction: Due to a reporting error, Don Juans Restaurant owners Efrain and Dinora Quezadas rst home in the United States should have been stated as Long Island, New York. Additionally, Efrain Quezada found work as an aircraft mechanic prior to opening their restaurant. Don Juans...A love affair of cooking appeared in the February 2013 issue of Mandarin NewsLine. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and once again wish to thank the Quezadas for sharing their interesting life stories with us!Exchange students cont. from pg. 1the trip has been. She also said that she really enjoys Florida and its warm weather, even though its summer in Argentina this time of year. I really wanted to come to meet new people and make new friends and be able to spend time with the friends I have that came with me from Argentina, said Kitlain. The students had a blast while they were here, learned a lot about American culture and t in really well with the rest of the Mandarin High students.


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So whether we speak of community as the people who live on our street, or the people who live on our continent, we mean the same thing; a collection (Unum) of people (Pluribus) with common interests, needs and concerns or simply, issues. Neighborhood associations, county commissions, school districts, state governments, the national government and even multinational organizations and alliances, to name just a few, all have the same civic mission of serving their constituent communities and the individuals in them. My hope for this column is to share my understanding of American political processes and problems similar to the way I have as a social studies teacher of 29 years. I am not a political scientist. My degrees are in history education. My expertise, such as it is, is leading students to learn about our world and its many fascinations and foibles. As in the classroom, perhaps through this column we will contribute to a more informed, civil-tongued and civic-minded citizens. I will always endeavor to do so without infusing my personal values, opinions or ideological leanings to the extent that this imperfect human is capable. This column will not be just another forum for venting dogmatic opinions, ideological endorsements or political talking points. Each month we will consider a topic (an event, a policy decision or such) in the form of a basic civics question. For example, as I write this: America is discussing how we should respond to North Koreas third testing of a nuclear bomb; the president has stirred enthusiastic support and critical opposition with his State of the Union Address; personal and public budgets are being squeezed; and gun and ammunition sales have spiked. What do these things mean? Why does a (supposedly) uni ed community have such divisive controversies? These issues and questions will provide us plenty of (as a cattle farmer might say) fodder to chew. The column will build on an idea by the education historian and philosopher, R. Freeman Butts. In his 1989 book entitled The Civic Mission in Educational Reform: Perspectives for the Public and the Profession, Butts posed the Twelve Tables of Civism as the best and most parsimonious agenda of the underlying principles and values of American citizenship that should be taught in schools. Next month Ill brie y explain the Twelve Tables and discuss the dynamic implications of the rst of those twelve for our political and governmental systems and our democratic society. I humbly invite you to consider my thoughts, weigh them for yourself and comment. Perhaps we can contribute something of value to an imperfect, but very good, 237 year-old system of managing community a airs.March is Womens History Month, a time to re ect on the accomplishments of women and honor their role in helping to shape our nation and communitys history and future. This 35-year celebration of women began in 1978 in Sonoma County, California as Womens History Week. In 1987, Congress expanded the week-long celebration to a month and March was declared Womens History Month. This year Hubbard House, the domestic violence center serving Duval and Baker counties, wants to take Womens History Month as a chance to celebrate the women who have made strides against domestic violence in our community. Hubbard Houses beginnings came on a mild Sunday afternoon in 1976, 37 years ago. Ellen Spangler and a few of her close friends were bicycling in downtown Jacksonville. As they bicycled into an old residential section called Spring eld, Spangler suddenly stopped and cried, This is it! She had found a haven of refuge on that small street. That refuge became the rst location for Hubbard House. The house was purchased by The Jacksonville Womens Movement (JWM) and named Hubbard House for the street where it was located. Soon after, as Spangler had intended, this house would serve as a place of refuge, a shelter for abused women and their children. Hubbard House became the rst battered womens shelter in Florida. Over the years, Hubbard House has expanded to provide services to meet the needs of women, children and men who have been a ected by domestic violence, intervention for children who have lived with violence and programs that work with abusers on changing the attitudes and beliefs that sanction violence. Currently around 1,000 victims and their children stay in its emergency shelter and more than 4,000 women, children and men are provided services through the Hubbard House Outreach Center. The dream of a couple of women in 1976 who had just $4,000 and great faith in the future has become a valued resource for our community. Hubbard House continues to write its 37-year history in parallel with the celebration of women which began on another coast. Join the movement: This March, during Womens History Month, make the commitment that these brave women did 37 years ago and help raise awareness about domestic violence by participating in the fourth annual Setting the Pace for Peace Domestic Violence Awareness Walk on Saturday, April 6. Visit www.hubbardhousewalk.com to register. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the Hubbard House domestic violence hotline at 1-800-500-1119 or 354-3114. Hubbard House can help. E Pluribus Unum: Civics for one and allBy James A. Lee, M.Ed., Ed.D. ABD, Peer Teacher Evaluator, St. Johns County School DistrictWomens History Month: Celebrating women who helped shape our history and futureBy Contributing Writer Ashley Johnson Scott, Hubbard House Community Relations Coordinator Schools, addressed the Rotary membership thusly, This type of simple recognition goes a long way it is the little things that count it is a great honor to commend theses teachers for their superb e orts. Of course teacher Scott Cason is waiting with studied patience to learn on March 14 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts if he will be the winner of the 2013 Teacher of the Year EDDY Award. We wish him all of Mandarins best wishes, for we know we have some of the greatest teachers teaching our communitys children and to us they all are Teachers of the Year. Rotary Teachers of the Year cont. from pg. 2


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But, this is a nancial model which is unsustainable and could ultimately fairly soon strangle city government. Jacksonville has to do better and the public safety unions must agree to change the rules for the long term betterment of themselves and the city. A legally bankrupt city serves no one, especially these heroes. The question becomes how to make these changes. First, current retirees must be kept whole after making life plans based on the pension system. Since for lifetime employees this included being exempt from Social Security and instead being part of the Jacksonville pension system, there is no Plan B. We cannot disrupt their lives when they are unable to work elsewhere. Its a matter of honor and practicality. Second, those deep into years of service to the city are in the same boat as the retirees, so they need nancial protection, too. But, those just beginning their service and decades away from retirement and those who will be hired to replace those nearing retirement must be on a nancially sustainable system, for their bene t, the citys bene t and the bene t of Jacksonvilles taxpayers. In the real world and, make no mistake, the real world came crashing down on us in 2008 things have to change. Other city employees have embraced change, while police and re ghters sought to not only maintain current levels, but wanted increases, too. We owe a huge moral and honorable debt to public safety employees. What we do not owe them is an exalted nancial position above all other city and private employees. For too long, Jacksonville underpaid these stalwarts. Much of that has been corrected, but some progress still needs to be made. As much as we would like to, it cant be made right now, when other city employees have been laid o due to economic uncertainties. We are all in the same boat, rowing together for nancial solvency. The police and re ghters have to be in that same boat, pulling along with everyone else. If they dont agree to reasonable changes which re ect modern economic realities, they could bankrupt the city. That would serve no one, especially them, who would nd their contracts decided by a federal judge, not city leaders. J. Bruce Richardson is a longtime journalist and consultant who writes in Jacksonville print publications exclusively for RT Publishing, Inc. He has led projects in Washington as well as Ottawa, Canada, and authors an Internet-based transportation column which is read in more than 60 countries. He lives and works in Jacksonville. Imagine youre on your way to Blue Spring State Park. You want to beat the crowds, so youve left home early in the morning. Youre getting o of Interstate 295 and onto southbound Interstate 95. Just past the softball elds at Palmetto Leaves Park, you come upon a horri c accident. One of the cars involved is smashed up and smoking; the other car is down in the grass, ipped over on its roof. You know the people in the cars are in serious trouble. Who do you call? Your dentist? Your plumber? A nancial analyst? The mayor? Jacksonvilles rst responders our police o cers and re ghters respond to some of the most traumatic events in our county: crimes, res, ghts and crashes. The tasks they perform and the relief they provide are critical our city. In fact, without functioning police and re departments, I dont think you can call yourself a city. No question, the many services Jacksonvilles police o cers and re ghters provide are important. But the services they provide come with a heavy price. For instance, rst responders often see things most of us hope we never have to see. Those images dont disappear with a retirement ceremony and cake. In addition to the psychological strain, police o cers and re- ghters su er physical injuries as a direct consequence of their jobs. Those injuries injuries like hypertension and herniated discs a ect them for the rest of their lives. A rst responders family also pays a price for the responders service. First responders are away from their families for long stretches of time or work odd hours and have to sleep during the day. Dealing with high-stress situations on a regular basis also wears on a person and that person, worn out from a day of responding to violent wrecks or violent crimes, may have a hard time wrestling with the kids. Decent salaries and modest pensions wont x the problems caused by service as a police o cer or re ghter. But until we come up with a better way to compensate rst responders, decent salaries and modest pensions are the best we can o er to make up for the longterm consequences su ered as a result of their public service. Should anybody think Im willing to write blank checks to our rst responders, know this: I support reasonable pension reform. We must talk about Jacksonvilles longterm pension obligations that threaten to bankrupt the city. Ill also acknowledge that our rst responders while often sel ess and heroic are far from perfect. I know about the allegations of racism at JFRD and about the number of JSOrelated shooting deaths. But I dont think that many rst responders are racists or eager to start shooting. No, most of Jacksonvilles rst responders are highly skilled public servants and we depend on them to provide the services they provide. It wouldnt make sense and it wouldnt be right to treat Jacksonvilles rst responders like any other city employee. Jacksonvilles rst responders deserve fair compensation now and later for the services they provide. 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This goes hand in hand with the recent economy struggles and the greening of our life. To re-use and recycle any and everything is cool. I went out on the circuit last Saturday morning and the crowds were out there, poking and peering into every corner of the stores. I witnessed several customers proudly marching up to the cash registers with brand new merchandise in hand! One of the new kids on the block is down on Old St. Augustine Road. The members of St. Josephs Church, as a ministry to the community, have opened a brand new thrift store named Divine Mercy House Thrift. It is located in a strip center at the red light of Old St. Augustine Road and Losco Road. Everything has been cleaned and stocked for their recent grand opening. There are lots of baby goods, to include strollers and car seats. The front cabinet shows some nice art deco costume jewelry and other collectibles. Electronics are gathered in the back room and furniture sits in its own space to the left of the entrance. Its very nicely done, clean and easy to shop! Goodwills large location on San Jose Boulevard boasts its trademark layout of all the clothing nicely separated by color coding. They have some housewares and furniture along with a variety of computers and televisions. Another newbie is Jax Thrift Avenue, which is located at the corner of Crown Point Road and San Jose Boulevard. A little fun here: guess what New York department stores name has this familiar ring? This store services a social mission as all proceeds bene t Girls Inc. of Jacksonville, a nonpro t organization. Most of the clothing is priced at $2 and shoes are $45. You can check out their Facebook page for daily updates.A little reminder here, all the stores gladly accept donations from the public. Just stop by and drop o your gently used items. You will be helping out the Jacksonville community!Happy Shopping!Annual eye exams are important, regardless of your age or your physical health. 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Christine Buckley is the 2013 organizer and chairwoman of the Childrens Art Show while local artist Reta-Russell Houghton wilt serve as judge. Young Rembrandts will once again offer art demonstrations and mini lessons both days of the Show. This activity is o ered free of charge and will take place inside the club building. For additional information or to volunteer with the Childrens Art Show, please contact Christine Buckley at buckleyk@ ix.netcom.com or leave a message at 268-1622. The 45th annual Mandarin Art Festival, organized and hosted by the Mandarin Community Club, will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) on the grounds of the Mandarin Community Club, located at 12447 Mandarin Road. when we got engaged I caught the fever. I think its a nice community event. I contacted them with an idea to include glutenfree and lactose-free baked goods to the bake sale so that there would be something there for everyone who attends, Hastings says. Also I love the childrens art show; I have a minor in art history so I gravitate to that area rst. Their work is very good and its interesting to see all of the versions of mediums they use to produce their work. Today thousands of local residents attend the Mandarin Arts Festival over the two-day event. Shuttle buses run from Mandarin Presbyterian Church and from Alberts Field which is located on the corner of Orange Picker and Brady Roads. Susie Scott, chairperson of the event this year, says that some of artists and vendors have been participating for 25 or 30 years. This show is a successful show for both the vendors and the public attending; these are high quality arts and crafts. The newest item we do is the Green Market which has been wonderfully successful; this is where local specialists sell items like handmade honey, soaps, candles and other green items. This show is a real winner and we are excited about our 45th anniversary event, says Scott. The hours both days are 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more information about the show or to volunteer, please email MCCArtFest2013@gmail.com.Art Festival cont. from pg. 1


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He describes himself as an average student who identi ed more with sports than booksuntil a particular teacher intervened. It was this intervention that set the tone for the course of his career. I had a teacher who pushed me, who asked me, Nikolai, do you know how smart you are? I started to apply myself to my studies somewhat in high school, but it all really came together in college, Vitti explains. A struggling reader, it took him awhile to fall in love with books. This is the experience that led him to become an educator. He feels that if it had not been for the support systems in place, he would not have the opportunities he had. Coming from immigrant parents, he feels that education is the true equalizer that can a ect all students across the country. Vitti went on to earn a masters degree in education and a doctorate degree in education administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University. Seeing the impact of what the right expectations and support systems coming together can do so that students reach their full civic, social and academic potential is what he describes as the most ful lling part of his chosen career eld. He particularly likes visiting students in all the schools throughout the school system. He feels he can see himself in every child, knowing what he overcame and knowing that they can as well. He likes to continually set expectations higher with each accomplishment. He compares the Duval County Public School District with the Miami-Dade County Public School District, where he worked most recently as the Chief Academic O cer. During his tenure, he believes that district, which is the fourth largest in the country, was changed for the better and in fact earned the Broad Prize for Excellence in Education. He believes that although the challenges and opportunities are di erent, Jacksonville, as the 22nd largest school district in the country, can be similarly improved. Vitti and his wife Rachel, whom he describes as his rock, have four children, ranging in age from four to 10. Both Vittis are active, hands-on parents, particularly Rachel Vitti who holds everything together at home while her husband is busy at work. Dr. Vitti says that with his wife he can both decompress and problem solve. Problem solving is a common theme for Vitti. He believes that the most important legacy he could leave as Duval Countys superintendent would be to transform the district by changing the way students are educated and by pushing children to critically think and problem solve. He employs the same theory at home. His children would say he is famous for his questions because, he wonders, how can you expect critical thinking if you dont teach children think critically? At the Vitti household, they are intentional about turning o the television and reading to their children. Most importantly, they talk to their children. Vitti For the third consecutive year, Baptist Medical Center South has earned the Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. In each of the three years beginning in 2010, Baptist South has achieved an adherence rate of at least 85 percent with the required performance measures. Baptist South, a designated stroke center, has also earned more than 75 percent compliance with six of the programs 10 quality measures. Our team focuses on providing the best and timeliest care to patients with stroke symptoms, and it is gratifying to see their e orts validated again, said Baptist Medical Center South Hospital President Ron Robinson. In addition to the Get with the Guidelines Stroke award, Baptist South has also been named to the associations Target: Stroke Honor Roll for improving stroke care. Patients experiencing a stroke need to start receiving clot-busting treatments within four hours of the onset of symptoms, said Tammy Daniel, assistant administrator of nursing, Baptist Medical Center South. Florida law requires Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel to transport patients presenting with acute stroke symptoms to designated stroke centers. An important facet of Baptists Primary Stroke Centers is their focus on community education and prevention of this potentially debilitating disease. One important focus of this e ort is educating the public about the warning signs of stroke and encouraging them to seek help by immediately calling 911. Do you know the warning signs of stroke? Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination Sudden severe headache with no known cause Meet Dr. Nikolai VittiDuval County superintendent relates to all studentsBy Martie Thompsonsays it is not uncommon to ask even his ve-year-old, What do you think? about an issue the family is discussing. These questions develop not only their critical thinking skills, but also their vocabulary and their voice, Vitti shares. Vitti feels that Jacksonville has a Midwest/Southern modern feel with which he is familiar and feels that the people here are genuinely good, pure hearted and nice people. I truly feel welcomed, he says. Additionally, he appreciates the lack of tra c as compared to South Florida!Hospital earns award for stroke program Mandarin NewsLineYOUR Community Newspapereditor@mandarinnewsline.comOn March 18, 2011, the All Star Quilters Guild held a Quilt Discovery Day to document quilts in our area. The quilts are now on The Quilt Index. To access the quilts documented online, the website is www. quiltindex.org under Collections Florida Quilt Project. This lists all the quilts entered from Florida. Those of you who brought in quilts for documentation can take a shortcut by entering ssqaas in the keyword box in upper left of screen. The All Star Quilters Guild appreciates your participation in this project and is happy to relay this information to you, so you and future generations can see the quilts from our area. 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Its casually elegant with spacious bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and killer wrap around porch including hammocks and a hot tub. Plus, theres Wi-Fi, if you must. While an island cant be rated liked a ve-star hotel, owner Hill describes it as the worlds rst ve-moon destination. Along with the natural beauty, he further explains, No agenda, no clocks, no deadlines. Drive to Darien, Georgia and be met by Hills sta Theyll whisk you via boat to your island where theyll leave you for the next few days or weeks. If you choose, bring your own boat or Captain Hill will nd one for rent. He will even make sure you know how to navigate the area. Hill and sta try to exceed expectations. They will all but squeeze through a crab trap to meet your needs. Theyll teach you how to bait The 2013 Mandarin Community Club membership drive continues. Membership is open to all interested parties, especially those residing in Mandarin. Membership levels range from Individual and Family to a special Business level. The club, located at 12447 Mandarin Road, is probably best known as the organizer and host of the annual Mandarin Art Festival held on the club grounds every Easter weekend. The club also owns and maintains three historic properties and holds various communitybased programs and events Membership drive updateBy Contributing Writer Lynn Cuda, Mandarin Community Clubduring the year. The Mandarin Community Club will celebrate its 90th birthday this July. For additional information please visit www.mandarincommunityclub.org or call the club o ce at 268-1622.Visiting the Private Islands of GeorgiaBy Contributing Travel Writer Debi Lander, www.bylandersea.com Jax Federal Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of their Mandarin branch location with a Ribbon Cutting event with the Mandarin Council of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce on Monday, February 11. and use those traps, prepare and cook a low-country boil for you or even run an o island errand. However, it is the privacy that makes Eagle Island so special. You have all the comforts of home, but none of the intrusions. Begin by kicking o your shoes and slide into ip ops or hiking boots depending on the weather. Flop onto the hammock or soak in the hot tub, both screened in for evenings minus the mosquitoes. Fire up the re pit for roasting marshmallows or utilize the full outdoor kitchen under cover in case of rain. Should you wish to explore the surrounding area, you might choose Sapelo Island. Hill will arrange for your party to tour a mansion once owned by R.J. Reynolds or visit Nanny Goat Beach, where hundreds of sand dollars and shells await but likely no other humans. Back on Eagle recharge and commune with wilderness as you stroll round the shrouded pathways, some lined with oyster shells. Play cards. Launch a kayak and glide through the lazy twists and turns of narrow waterways lined by Spartina grass and home to all sorts of coastal creatures. The tidal changes make Coastal Georgia one of the most fertile watersheds in the country, great for shrimpin. Lookout for dolphins, shore birds and of course, eagles. Whatever you choose, you can escape to peace and quiet or bring friends and family and whoop it up. Its your private island; do what you want. For information: www. privateislandsofgeorgia.com. 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D rRep ole.com C h iropr a Mea l P l W ei F i b Fifteen outstanding teachers were recently named semi- nalists for the 2013 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year, including Thomas Cason of Mandarin High School. The nalists arent only elementary, middle and high school teachers but they are dream builders who build future leaders, said Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti, Superintendent of Duval Schools. Selecting just one winner will be a di cult task when all of them are winners. I wish the nalists all the best. The semi- nalists were Daddy, give me your hand, the young woman gently whispered as she leaned over her unresponsive fathers bedside, Cody is here with you. As hospice volunteer Judy Zoller and her therapy dog Cody moved ever so close to the patient, the young woman took her fathers hand in her own and placed it on the dogs head. Together, they lovingly stroked the retrievers soft fur. Cody could not have been more attentive at this special moment. A smile slowly spread across the fathers face as tears of joy began to ow from the daughter and others who gathered in the room at the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring. After a few minutes and with a hug of appreciation from the daughter, Cody and his owner left the room as quietly as they arrived. The golden retriever mix was adopted in 1999 from the Jacksonville Humane Society. For 11 years, Cody and Zoller were an inseparable and e ective hospice care team, adding an extra layer of compassionate support for patients receiving short-term acute care provided by the interdisciplinary professionals at the Community Hospice Hadlow Center, located on Sunbeam Road in Mandarin.Therapy dog was well lovedRemembering CodyCody was well known for always carrying a stu ed animal in his mouth and never the same one twice, Zoller said. He always enjoyed a game of keep away with the security guard and never turned down a back rub from the receptionist. Most of all, Cody enjoyed visiting patients and their families. He taught me a lot about being happy and he always looked forward to seeing the next person to visit, Zoller said. Cody was the featured canine model for December 2012 in the Community Hospice 2013 Volunteer Pet Therapy Calendar, which highlights these special animals and their owners who provide their unique service to patients and families. It was a tting tribute to one who conveyed so much joy under trying circumstances. Cody recently died, but he brought countless smiles and comfort during his years of service as a therapy dog at Community Hospice. Codys warm-hearted personality and devotion will forever be remembered by those who were touched by his gentle spirit. For more information about Community Hospice of Northeast Florida services or volunteering, visit CommunityHospice.com or call 407-6500.Mandarin teacher named as seminalist for 2013 Teacher of the Yearselected from the Teachers of the Year nominated from every public school in Duval County. From the 15 semi- nalists, ve nalists will be selected. The winner will be named 2013 Florida Blue Teacher of the Year at the EDDY Awards on March 14 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at eddyawardsjax. org. The program is a joint venture of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership. We are excited to showcase our countys best educators, said Trey Csar, president of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. We have so much to learn from these talented professionals. Outside of the home, the greatest school factor in a childs learning growth is excellent teaching, said Deborah Gianoulis Heald, president and CEO of the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership. The educators we honor through the EDDY Awards are Jacksonvilles citizen makers and job creators. Tell our advertisers you saw them inMandarinNewsLine Support our fine Advertisers!The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society, in partnership with the City of Jacksonville and the St. Johns Riverkeeper, will be participating in the 18th St. Johns River Celebration Clean-up on March 16 from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Walter Jones Historical Park located at 11964 Mandarin Road. We will be picking up trash and tree debris along the shoreline, boardwalk, and within the park. We will also be removing invasive vines in the park in front of the historic Webb farmhouse. Site captains from Mandarin will provide bags and plastic gloves. If you plan to work in the water area, please bring boots. If you want to work in the park, please bring a small pair of hand clippers and garden gloves. You will also be provided with a ticket that may be redeemed at Riverside Arts Market from 12:00 noon until River Celebration Clean-Up at Walter Jones ParkBy Contributing Writer Sandy Arpen, Mandarin Museum and Historical Society2:00 p.m. Advance registration is not required, but if you know you will help or if you are bringing a group, please email us at mandarinmuseum@bellsouth. net. Everyone must check-in and sign a waiver between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. at the location. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please park in the Mandarin Presbyterian Church and cross Mandarin Road into the park at the little footbridge. We can use all the help we can get to beautify our wonderful park and shoreline along our greatest natural resource, the St. Johns River. For more information please email us at mandarinmuseum@bellsouth.net or call 268-0784. 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Mandarin Rotarians will be welcoming visitors to the 45th annual Mandarin Arts Festival on Easter weekend. Please come by to enjoy the art and exhibits by local and visiting artists and craftsmen. Gate proceeds help support the Man-Whats New with Rotary Club of MandarinBy Contributing Writer Ken McCauley Ranger Bill Walker at Centennial Park.darin Community Club and community programs. Mandarin residents are invited to visit and enjoy Centennial Park, sponsored by Mandarin Rotary and located behind the South Mandarin Library on San Jose Boulevard. The park construction started in 2007 under the leadership of Bill The Ranger Walker and Major Harding. The park, built in phases, includes natural walking paths, comfortable benches and a fenced natural area for display of native plants. Lastly a beautiful pergola was designed and then constructed by fellow Rotarians under the canopy of oaks that adorn the park. Twice a year we join with the Mandarin High School Interact Club in maintaining the park for the enjoyment of the residents. Time is running out to purchase your tickets for this years Rotary Gala Laugh for Charity on March 14 at the Ramada Inn Comedy Zone. A silent auction will be held prior to the performance. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the Mandarin Food Bank and Junior Achievement. For more information, please contact us at MandarinRotary@aol.com. We hope to see you there.So far this winter (early February) we have been experiencing very mild weather. Many trees and shrubs are blooming early and half-hardy perennials such as pentas which are normally nipped in the bud by a light freeze are continuing to ower. 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There are fancy set-ups costing hundreds of dollars, but for a tray or two of seedlings one strip-light tting, with either a purchased stand or something home-made (like my arrangement using a couple of chairs) is ne. For one seed tray, a twofoot tting costs around $12 at a big box store and for two trays, a four-foot light is just over $30 online. For a heat source to help germination, set your newly sown seeds, covered with plastic wrap, above the refrigerator. Check regularly to avoid them drying out, spraying the compost carefully to keep it damp and once the seedlings start to show, remove the plastic and put them about two to three inches below your grow light. At this stage continue to be careful with watering; too much and they may dampen o (fall over and die!) or with too little water they will just shrivel away. By setting them in a tray and watering from the bottom, you can ensure the roots will be well moistened and the vulnerable stem protected. Drain any excess water away after about 20 minutes. Once your seedlings have two true leaves, begin a onceweekly application of a halfdilution of a liquid fertilizer. For organic gardeners, seaweed is a good choice; if you are more economy-minded, theres nothing wrong with that water-soluble blue crystalline product (the name of which escapes me). As they grow, keep the light about three inches above your plants. As well as tomatoes, this method works well for hot and sweet peppers and di erent varieties of basil. Transplant your seedlings carefully into clean four-inch pots, using a good quality potting soil. Before planting them out, after all chances of frost are over, harden o your plants by getting them accustomed to sunshine and breezes. Beginning with milder morning sunshine, put them out for a few hours a day and increase exposure gradually. By the time you come to plant them, they should be out for 24 hours and used to at least six hours of sun. 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Change your Life.904.646.0054www.biofeedbackassociates.com Provides a non-drug approach for diagnosing and treating ADD/ ADHD and is based on research that has been widely replicated all over the world. This months movie review belongs to the lm Django Unchained, an action packed western-drama, great for adults. Somewhere in the South a slave, Django, portrayed by Jamie Foxx, is separated from his wife and sold. On his journey to new surroundings, a German bounty hunter-dentist, Dr. King Schultz, seeks him out for knowledge he may have regarding the group he is hunting. In this encounter, Django is o ered freedom and the chance to train as a hunter. He proves to be a very adept and willing learner. But all is not golden in his bounty-hunting, free-living world. Djangos wife, Broomhil-On an especially beautiful January day the Mandarin Garden Club celebrated and memorialized the life and accomplishments of long time member Louise Hill. Hills family was in attendance along with many Louise Hill memorialized at Mandarin Garden ClubBy Susan Westermann, Mandarin Garden Clubclub members as they dedicated a lovely engraved butter y garden bench on the club grounds in her memory. This was no somber event and thats just the way Hill would have wanted it. She was known for her fantastic sense of humor. Mary Howe and Alice Stanley shared heartfelt stories of admiration and respect from their decades of friendship and volunteerism with Hill. Their personal stories combined with wonderful stories from Hills family had the packed clubhouse beaming with smiles and lots of joyful laughter. One of the great stories Hill is most famous for is the fact that she and the late Bess Permenter signed the mortgage for the Mandarin Garden Clubs Loretto Road clubhouse, unbeknownst to their husbands. Back then that was something that ladies just did not do. Hill was a Mandarin Garden Club member for 55 years. Over her years of dedicated service she The family of Louise Hill: Terry and Rick Hill (daughter-in-law and son), Jan Mills (daughter) and Ronnie Hill (son)held the o ce of Garden Club president along with most all other volunteer positions. She was a passionate educator about gardening, ower arranging and nature. She was always leading, teaching, working or doing whatever needed to be done for the success of the clubs motto: to study, to conserve, to cultivate and to enjoy natures bounty. Hills late husband, Richard Hill, often joked that he should purchase the property next door to the club so he could see his wife because she spent so much time at the garden club. On one quiet day at the garden club when no one else was around, the 90-year-old Hill was seen walking arm in arm with her medical helper touring the grounds. Hill and the young lady were obviously from vastly di erent generations, but they seemed to be sharing interesting conversation as they chatted and strolled through the gardens. When this story was shared with Hills family at the memorial, at the exact same time they all smiled and nodded their heads saying she was no doubt taking that opportunity to teach her young companion that day about the beauty of nature. That day may have been Hills last time at her beloved garden club. Her family said she was proud to the end of the Mandarin Garden Club. Mandarin NewsLineHeather Seay904-866-4919 hs@rtpublishinginc.comFor more information on advertising: Movie ReviewDjango UnchainedDirected by: Quentin Tarantino. Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kerry Washington. Review by T.G. StantonGood Movie, Glad to Have Seen It (4 out of 5) da, depicted by Kerry Washington, has been sold to a plantation specializing in mulatto ghting and providing slaves for pleasure purposes. Leonardo DiCaprio portrays the plays the owner of Candieland plantation and the owner of Broomhilda. Django learns his new trade well and after multiple hunts with Dr. Schultz, they decide to seek out a means to buy Djangos wife and that will never be as easy as it sounds. The South and the times were a violent place to be and even more so for slaves, so, can love triumph? Quentin Tarantino is a master at presenting some of the most controversial subjects in a new light and he has done so with Django. Throughout the violence and action there is hope and comedy; in addition Tarantino always provides spot-on music for the stories evolving. Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington show how dreams can come true; she is his muse and reason to ght overwhelming odds. Foxx also is surprisingly skilled as the new bounty hunter, a natural with a gun, even when facing the Klan. Christoph Waltz is funny, charming and understanding as the man who frees and trains Django, a stand-out in the world of violence and slavery. Samuel Jackson is also great as the man to hate as a black man doling out punishment to slaves. He is second only to Leonardo DiCaprio, who is the master, not only of the plantation, but masterfully wily, slimy and evil. His faade of civility is a thin blanket to his real nature and played well. Tarantino has provided humor and vast amounts of slick gun- ghts in this story of tortured love and controversy, a time that will never live in infamy.


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A Brothers and Sisters in Christ reunion, the ministry is welcoming old and the new friends and families to come and receive a fresh start on Sunday, March 10 at the conclusion of the celebration beginning at 10:00 a.m., with guest church, praise singers and praise dancers. All activities are free. Find out more about the event from src.o ce@comcast.net. Shalom Jacksonville will host one of the Jewish Outreach Institutes signature programs, Did you ever have a food ght when you were a kid? The Sisterhood and Mens Club of the Jacksonville Jewish Center will be conducting their rst annual championship food ght to bene t the Jewish Family and Community Services Food Pantry. We are asking everyone to help the two clubs in this endeavor. The food ght began on February 23 and will continue until March 18. We At the beginning of the year many people set out to ful ll New Years resolutions of getting their bodies in shape and adopting a healthier lifestyle. Some may be choosing to improve their appearance, while others are making changes to address health issues. Sadly many of the persons facing health problems have fallen o the wagon or abandoned their well-intended resolutions by March. The fact remains that although the body needs work, the brain is still making the choices. The brain is the central processor that regulates what we choose to do, how we do it, and ultimately what symptoms appear as a result of our choices. By exercising our brains, also known as brain training, a person can reduce symptoms of anxiety, stress, compulsions, depression, trauma, ADD/ADHD and many others. The clinically-tested and approved method of training the brain is called neurofeedback. Neurofeedback is a noninvasive, non-pharmaceutical method of training the brain to produce a desirable and more e cient brain wave pattern. Passover in the Matzo Aisle, on Sunday, March 10 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Lakewood Winn-Dixie. Volunteers will be stationed in the kosher food section of the store to welcome and engage customers, o er samples of Passover foods, distribute holiday recipes and synagogue information on congregational Seders and gift shops. If you would like more information about the Jacksonville Jewish community, please contact Shalom Jacksonville coordinator Isabel Balotin at 448-5000 x 206 or shalomjax@ jewishjacksonville.org. The Jewish Federations Shalom Jacksonville is the o cial Jewish welcome wagon of Northeast Florida. Lifetree Caf is a place where people gather for conversations about life and faith in a casual co eehouse-type setting. Upcoming topics are: March 5 and 6: Making Lifes Toughest Decisions; March 12 and 13: Inside the Gun Debate the topic of gun control will be explored; March 19 and 20: They Hijacked My Life practical ways to protect against identity theft; March 26 and 27: Surrounded by Stu the hidden world of hoarding will be explored; April 2 and 3: An Encounter with God Prime Ministers God Encounter. Sessions are held each Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Mandarin Senior Center (limited to those over age 60) and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church (open to everyone). Find out more about topics and location from the www.MandarinNewsLine.com calendar entry or call George Treiber at 731-0731. Admission is free. Please check us out at www.LTCHopeJAX.comKnock out hunger food ght at the Jacksonville Jewish CenterBy Contributing Writer Mimi Kaufmanare asking everyone, when they empty their pantries for Pesach, to bring their chametz to the center and deposit it in either the Sisterhood cart or Mens Club cart in the front lobby. Lets see which club can bring in the most food. The winner of this food ght will be the JFCS food pantry. The Jacksonville Jewish Center is located at 3662 Crown Point Road. Making a mindful New Years resolutionThe training lasts approximately 30 minutes and is comparable to playing a computer game. Dr. Ann Grenadier, a board certi ed neurofeedback therapist, licensed psychotherapist, and director of Biofeedback Associates of Northeast Florida, became involved with neurofeedback more than 30 years ago. Her son su ered from attention de cit disorder and she was seeking an alternative to medications, many of which have negative side e ects that she believed far outweighed the bene ts. Since she began working with neurofeedback, the eld has expanded well beyond the treatment of ADD/ADHD. While the American Academy of Pediatrics has now identi- ed neurofeedback as the most e ective way of treating ADD/ HD, it can also be used to diagnose and treat a wide range of issues. Autism, Aspergers syndrome, anxiety, PTSD, depression, insomnia, and compulsive disorders are some of the many conditions that can be addressed with neurofeedback. Neurofeedback is most e ective when coupled with behavioral counseling and Dr. Grenadiers background as a psychotherapist has helped her apply the same therapy that she used for her child to the task of helping others. Most symptoms are part of a bigger picture and neurofeedback allows the therapist to peel the onion and expose underlying issues that lead to the main focal point of the ailment. The combined method of neurofeedback and counseling uncovers problems with the body by focusing on the brain and as a result has produced dramatic and longlasting results. If you are one of the many people who have lost sight of your New Years resolutions or are not motivated to eat healthier and exercise your body, why not start with your brain? Be sure to see the Biofeedback Associates of Northeast Florida ad in this issue of Mandarin NewsLine! Let us know about your organization or club!Dont know how to write a press release? No problem. Just write up the: Who What When Where Why Send to our Editor: Martie Thompson, editor@rtpublishing.com Please give your name and phone number should she need to contact you. She will handle the rest!


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JOSEPHS CATHOLIC CHURCH 11730 Old St. Augustine Rd. Jacksonville, Florida904-268-5422 Celebrate Spring Break at the Library! The Mandarin and South Mandarin Branch Libraries have a full schedule of programs and activities for the week of March 23 through 29. The Mandarin Branch Library is located at 3330 Kori Road and the phone number is 288-9015. Here are some events at the Mandarin Branch: Saturday Sunshine: Saturday, March 23, 2:00 p.m. Children ages six through 12 will spend 10 minutes of reading Florida Sunshine State books and 20 minutes of arts and crafts based on the book. Spring Break Movie + Pop-For anyone who loves to sh this an exciting time of year. With spring almost here its time to start getting all your gear in order, beginning with your rods and reels. You can clean and lubricate reels, replace broken guides and tips on rods and swap out old line for new. If you own a boat, now is a great time to start getting all your pre-season maintenance out of the way. Checking and charging batteries is a must to avoid getting stranded on the water or stuck at the dock. Having your engine serviced yearly is an easy way to help limit the chance of breakdowns. Fuel systems, ignition systems, lubricants and cooling systems should all be looked at annually. If you havent already added a fuel stabilizer to your fuel tank, now is the time to do it. Boat trailers are often overlooked when preparing for another season, but shouldnt be. A trailer that is not functioning properly could easily ruin your day before it ever gets started. Just like the rest of your equipment your trailer should be inspected and maintained annually. Lights, wiring, bearings, brakes and axles should all have a good looking over The Harlem Globetrotters will be in town on Friday, March 1. This touring basketball team always puts on a great show. Their performance begins at 7:00 p.m. The college baseball season is in full swing. The Florida Gators will be making two trips to Jacksonville in March. On March 5, they visit Jacksonville University. Then on March 26, theyll face FSU in the annual showdown at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Sharks will be beginning their season this month. 2013 is the fourth season for this Arena Football League franchise which has made the playo s in each of its rst three seasons. On Friday, March 15, the Sharks will be hosting the Orlando Predators in a scrimmage game at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Kicko is set for 8:00 p.m. and admission is free. Fans are encouraged to bring pet food which will be donated to First Coast No More Homeless Pets. Cash donations are also welcome. The Sharks will begin the Captain Davids Fishing ReportBy Captain David Lifkaand be repaired or replaced as needed. With many months of shing ahead having dependable, proper, and working equipment is a must. Being able to depend on all these di erent items could be the di erence between losing or catching a really nice sh, to su ering a costly breakdown rather than a nice day on the water. Preparation is often the key to a successful outing and now is a great time of year to start preparing. Fishing Report: Cat sh in channels of creek mouths. Cut bait, dead shrimp or chicken livers should all produce a bite. A slow troll o the end of docks from Goodbys Creek to downtown Jax. should produce sea trout as days begin to warm and spring advances. Whether you catch one, some or none, the family time spent shing will last a lifetime.Start Here! Go Anywhere!By Contributing Writer Lynne Baldwin, Librarian Senior/Branch Manager, Mandarin Branch Librarycorn: Tuesday, March 26, 3:00 p.m. Children ages six and up will enjoy a movie and some popcorn at the Mandarin Branch Library. Spring Break Arts and Crafts: Wednesday, March 27, 3:00 p.m. Make something creative at our childrens department and take it home. All supplies are provided. This is an organized art time for children ages six through 12. Younger children are welcome to participate with a parent. These programs encourage creativity and develop critical thinking skills through open ended projects and activities. Projects build upon library resources and introduce foundational concepts of art, art history and artistic expression. Stories for Young Children: Wednesday, March 27, 10:30 a.m. This program is for children birth to ve years with an adult caregiver. The program includes stories, ngerplays, nursery rhymes and songs that promote language development, vocabulary building, and comprehension. Teen Advisory Board: Thursday, March 28, 4:30 p.m. Teens meet to discuss the direction of future teen library activities and programs. Art Trading Cards 101: Friday, March 29, 2:00 p.m. Teens ages 12 through 18 create Art Trading Cards and experiment with fun stamping and painting techniques. Make two to keep and one to trade! A great way to build a personal mini art collection. The South Mandarin Branch Library is located at Local Sports UpdateBy Chad Cushnirregular season the following week at Tampa Bay on March 23. This is the rst of three straight road games to begin the season for the Sharks who wont play their regular season home opener until April 12. Jeron Harvey, Je Hughley and Terrance Smith will form a formidable trio of wide receivers. Harvey is a Jackson High School graduate who is entering his fourth season with the Sharks. Cornelius Lewis (Raines), Jamaal Fudge (Ed White) and Charles Gilbert (Ridgeview) are a few Jacksonville area natives that are newcomers to the team this season. Finally, the newest team in town plays its rst home game on March 30. The Jacksonville Breeze of the Legends Football League, formally known as the Lingerie Football League, will host the Atlanta Steam on March 30 at the Veterans Memorial Arena. The Breeze franchise has moved from Tampa to Jacksonville. The ladies will play a four game schedule this season with two of those games at home.12125 San Jose Boulevard and the phone number is 288-6385. Here are some events at the South Mandarin Branch: Wimpy Kid Book Bingo: Wednesday, March 27, 3:00 p.m. Do you love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series? Join us in the childrens department for Wimpy Kid Book Bingo and a chance to win prizes! This program is for kids ages ve to 12. Kids under eight should bring a grownup. Stories for Young Children: Friday, March 29, 10:30 a.m. This program is for children birth to ve years with an adult caregiver. The program includes stories, ngerplays, nursery rhymes, and songs that promote language development, vocabulary building and comprehension. Attendance is limited. iCraft: Thursday, March 28, 3:00 p.m. Bored? Join us in the teen space for a fun craft and snacks. For teens only ages 12 through 18 please. Call for more details. See you there!Happy St. Patricks Dayfrom your friends at Mandarin NewsLine


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Yes, we have a doctor, a couple lawyers and successful business persons, but they and others bring some great boating related interests that put the icing on the cake by embellishing our abilities. Among these folks there is a marine lawyer, a doctor who also runs dolphin tours and a computer professional who works at a marina. That is to say Rusty Gardner is not alone. Outside the Auxiliary, Gardner earns a living in education as an audio-visual director. For us he was recently a national-level public a airs o cer and is currently digital media director for our District Seven, encompassing Florida to South Carolina. Gardner is an idea guy and a boat guy. About three years ago he came up with an idea that combined all his interests and brought him those extra positions. 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The podcast themes are selected for their pertinence to boating safety and are tailored to appeal to all boaters with an objective of succinctness and clarity. Most of the scenes will be familiar as they are local waters and facilities. The DSC presentation is so clear that I likely wont try to replicate its message in print, but will discuss derelict boats in the future. Gardners boating activity doesnt end there, but to cover all the boating initiatives hes involved in will take more space so Ill save that for next month. In the meantime, if you want to take advantage of our live eight-hour safety instruction, reserve your space for either March 9 or April 6 at the Florida Tackle and Gun Club, located at 9010 San Jose Boulevard. Check our website at www.safeboatingjax.com for more information or call Bob Strong at 721-1346. Advertise your Garage Sale with us for free! 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Build Strategic Partnerships The Chambers public policy committee will lead e orts to form strategic alliances with several organizations to help develop and enhance economic development opportunities while strengthening economic partnerships.Instill Community Pride The Chambers #ilovejax campaign will continue to highlight the regions business and economic strength and boost community pride in 2013. The #ilovejax campaign uses multiple communication methods with a focus on social media to promote the region. In 2012, the Chamber committed to a ve-year #ilovejax campaign. Jax Chamber cont. from pg. 18


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Visit: donjuansjax.com Family Fun! ~Saturdays~ 10am to 2pm St. Johns River Farmers Market~In beautiful Alpine Groves Park ~2060 SR 13, Switzerland, FL 32259 ~info: St.JohnsRiverFarmersMarket@gmail.com www.facebook.com/St.JohnsRiverFarmersMarketVendor Info: 904-347-8900Local produce, baked goods, cheese, delicacies, art, crafts, kids activities, live music & more! Family Fun! ~Saturdays~ 10am to 2pm Vendor Inf o: 89 00 Steamin is a brand-new restaurant concept in Jacksonville, bringing East Coast casual dining to the First Coast. Steamin is locally-owned by St. Augustine residents Vasha Carter and Jay Davis, who created the East Coast-themed menu with their favorite dish from central Connecticut and Washington, D.C. Steamin proudly features one of the most famous foods to come out of Washington, D.C.: the Fat Dog. The original half smoke, aka the Fat Dog dates back to the 1930s and has been enjoyed by many of our nations presidents since then. In addition to the Washington, D.C.-style hot dog, the restaurant re-creates the Con-Once again we are fortunate to be able to celebrate the longevity of a special arts organization. This time it is the Beaches Fine Arts Series (BFAS), which is celebrating its 40th year! During that time, it has become nationally known. This may be because in recent years many of its concerts were selected to be recorded by American Public Media for airing on the widely listened to Performance Today. Also recently, it was honored to receive a State award from the Florida Music Educators Association for 2012 13. The Distinguished Service Award recognized their work with students in the Northeast Florida area. How fortunate Jacksonville is to have such a prestigious group devoting time and e orts to its educational outreach to children in the Duval County schools! A very special part of this program is the annual week or more when they bring in an artist or group for an extended residency and when selected schools host the artists in their classrooms for in depth study. Fortunately we are all able to enjoy the wonderful artistry they bring to the community. In 1972, the Beaches Fine Arts Series began o ering the people of Jacksonville the opportunity to enjoy world class music and dance in eight free performances each year. Most, but not all of these take place in the beautiful St. Pauls by the Sea Episcopal Church. Following each concert, attendees are invited to attend a reception in honor of the performers, hosted by other community and arts organizations. This gives members of the audience an opportunity to meet the artists. We hope you enjoy this new addition to Mandarin NewsLine, Food and Fun. This is your one stop spot to keep up with all the latest and best that our community has to offer for dining and entertainement. So why not try out a new place to eat tonight? And be sure to tell our fine advertisers that you saw their ad in Mandarin NewsLine!Encore!Another special anniversary: Beaches Fine Arts SeriesBy Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville UniversityStill remaining in this years series are two spectacular programs. On Friday March 8 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Pauls by the Sea Episcopal Church, the Beaches Fine Arts Series will host the return of the Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet. With Ziegler (piano) will be Hector Del Curto (bandoneon), Pedro Giraudo (double bass) and Jisoo Ok (cello). To quote the Chicago Times, Theres no question that Ziegler takes the tango to levels of sophistication and re nement probably undreamed of by Piazzolla. At 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, again at St. Pauls by the Sea, the featured artist will be R. Carlos Nakai, the worlds premier performer on the Native American ute. This will be his third appearance for BFAS and he will bring with him the Wilde Boys Trio for a special afternoon of mesmerizing music. Single-handedly..R.Carlos Nakai has raised the music worlds consciousness in terms of traditional indigenous music of Native North Americans with his recordings of the Native American Cedar Flute.(Dirty Linen). The BFAS also presents the works of visual artists at its concerts. On March 8, Thom Buttners works will be shown and on April 21 works by Ed and Sunnie Malesky will be featured. For additional information, you can call 270 1771 or visit beaches nearts.org.Check out Steamin home of the steam burgernecticut steam cooking technique for its signature Cheesy Steamer. Steaming the burger extracts most of the unwanted fat and oils grilled burgers retain. Steamin features the Fat Boy Food Challenge that pays you to eat! If you fail to meet the challenge, be prepared to see your portrait featured on the Wall of Shame. Steamins menu boasts great hot dogs, burgers, wings and Blue Bell ice creamfun for the whole family. Lunch and dinner are served daily. You can enjoy their breakfast on weekends. Steamin is located at 9703 San Jose Boulevard. Be sure to see their ad in this issue of Mandarin NewsLine! Now introducing!Anatolia Grill and Bar 9825 San Jose Blvd. 904-329-1336 Brooklyn Pizza 11406 San Jose Blvd. 904-288-9211 Don Juans 12373 San Jose Blvd. 904-268-8722 Hola! 9965 San Jose Blvd., #35 904-260-9010 Sonnys Barbeque 12485 San Jose Blvd. 904-288-7928 Steamin Restaurant 9703 San Jose Blvd. 904-493-2020 The Pig Barbeque 14985 Old St. Augustine Rd. 904-374-0393If you are opening a new restaurant, please contact us at editor@ mandarinnewsline.com to be included in Food and Fun.


www.MandarinNewsLine.com March 2013 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 21 Food and Fun A Taste of Germany We Import Directly from Germany! PatricksGerman Food 904-885-6537 Enjoy the best Mexican Cuisine in Florida! 260-9010 $5 OFF $Valid thru 3/31/13 HOLA! FREE!Valid thru 3/31/13 HOLA! The Pig, a fourth generation family run business in Jacksonville, was founded on serving award-winning barbeque in 1955 in its original store then located on Kings Road.. Then in the early 1960s a friend of E. S. Murdocks, the original owner, convinced him to add a selection of seafood to the menu. So when he opened the Lem Turner Road store, he added an assortment of seafood items to the classic southern barbeque menu and it worked! The Pig now has ve locations in and around Jacksonville, with the newest store being located in the Mandarin area, on the corner of Old St. Augustine Road and Philips Highway. This location has a funny story about its origination, too. Mike Murdock Jr., Visit our advertisers!Food and Fun Food and Fun News Do you have good news to share with our readers? A new restaurant opening? Send an email to editor@mandarinnewsline.com!The Pig has seafood and breakfast too!By Donna Keathley Welcome to The Pig!of the fourth generation, chose not to go into the family business. He went to the University of Florida and graduated with a marketing degree. He then went to work as a claims representative for an insurance company. One day he was driving to work down U.S. Highway 1/ Philips Highway and saw an empty building where a restaurant had closed. He called his dad, Mike Senior and told him about the building location and the rest is history! Mike Jr. went to work for the family and opened that location in 2011. We are doing well here in Mandarin, says Mike Jr. We have an increase over our rst year and its great being on this side of the river again. We have a great lunch crowd with the medical community and other businesses around us. We run weekday specials from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for the workers, to include specials which get away from the traditional barbeque menu like meatloaf or spaghetti. On Mondays, kids can eat free here all day long. Wednesday is our Trivia Night from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and it does well; our record turn out was 18 teams one night! Also some folks might not know that we serve breakfast seven days a week opening up at 6:30 a.m. I am sure enjoying being involved in the family business! All locations of The Pig have full service catering o ered for special events, whether it is lunch or dinner. You can visit their website at http://thepigbarbq.com to see their menu, locations with directions and specials. The Murdock family serves your family has been their motto since 1955. Founder E.S. Murdock(BPT) Did you know that when you and your family dine out, you are helping your communitys economy and the economy at large? Thats because restaurants employ millions of Americans nationwide.Dining out drives U.S. job growth more than 701,000 new positions only the professional services and health care industries have created more jobs during that same time. The rate of employment growth in the restaurant industry was more than double the overall economy over the last year, and restaurants will continue to be a major driver in job creation into the future. Restaurants are projected to add 1.3 million new positions in the next decade, with the fastest growing job categories being combined food-preparation and serving positions, cooks and supervisors. From restaurant managers to chefs to servers, restaurants o er a wide range of jobs, often with quick opportunities to rise up the ranks. Restaurants are also a training ground for budding entrepreneurs and even careers in other industries, as half of all Americans have worked in a restaurant at some point in their lives. Onethird of adults got their rst job in a restaurant, and eight out of 10 restaurant owners started in entry-level positions. So next time you dine out, youre not only getting a delicious meal and quality time with family and friends youre doing your part in creating jobs for the U.S. economy. Overall, unemployment remains high as the nation slowly makes its way out of recession. One bright spot in the jobs picture is the restaurant industry, which continues to outpace the national economy when it comes to driving job growth. Why is that? Because Americans love to dine out. In fact, more than nine out of 10 say they enjoy going to restaurants, and nearly half say its an essential part of their lifestyle. National Restaurant Association (NRA) research also shows that two out of ve consumers say theyre not using restaurants as often as they would like. When more people dine out, order delivery and use takeout, restaurants sta up to keep up with demand. The restaurant industry is currently the second-largest private sector employer, providing career opportunities for more than 13 million people, or one out of every 10 working individuals, according to the NRAs 2013 Restaurant Industry Forecast. Since the employment recovery began in March 2010, restaurants have created


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Promise The Jacksonville Jaguars recently introduced a new brand identity that is inspired in equal parts by the bold vision and promise of a new generation for the club, the passion Jaguars fans have for their team and the exceptional relationship the Jaguars have shared with Jacksonville for the past 18 NFL seasons. Now entering their 19th NFL season and second under owner Shad Khan, the Jaguars will immediately march forward with a comprehensive rebranding e ort tailored to re ect three distinct and powerful attributes that will describe and guide the Jaguars on and o the eld proud, bold and Dynamic relaunch of Jaguar logo highlights Stand United movementcommitted. To be a success in business or life, you have to stand for something and hold yourself accountable to the principles you believe in, Khan said. The Jacksonville Jaguars will not be casual in this responsibility, which we owe ourselves, our fans and the Jacksonville community. From this day, the Jacksonville Jaguars will live a brand mission of being proud, bold and committed in everything we do. Our new logo and campaign theme are the rst initiatives of what will be many examples of bringing this philosophy to life. A new era for the Jaguars begins today. Highlighting the new brand identity is a vibrant redesign of the teams time-honored Jaguar logo that has adorned the teams helmets since opening NFL play in 1995, as well as a re nement of the Jacksonville Jaguars logotype and the introduction of militarysecondary logo. The brand identity will be brought to life in 2013 under the theme Stand United, which universally speaks to the new era ahead for the team and the rallying spirit of Jaguars fans for nearly two decades. The new brand message, logo treatment and campaign theme we are introducing today will be critical components to the ongoing revitalization of the Jaguars franchise, said Jaguars President Mark Lamping. Change is exciting and it is certainly ahead for all of us. But, we were careful to remain faithful to the values that Jaguars fans and the Jacksonville region have embraced since Day One, and the result is a new look and approach that we feel will make an immediate and lasting impact. We are grateful for the role the NFL played in this process, as no one understands better than the NFL the importance of balancing tradition with an eye to the future. The new visual identity system is the result of several months of collaboration with the NFL, incorporating speci c insight from our fans in 2012 and in recent years. It was important to evolve the logo, in collaboration with the Jaguars, in a manner that recognizes the teams existing brand equity, embraces the organizations strong values, and undeniably re ects the direction of the team and the community of Jacksonville, said Jaime Weston, vice president brand and creative, NFL. It was a terri c experience for the league to work with an enthusiastic and pioneering franchise like the Jaguars. The new logo will play a major role in the Jaguars vision and mission to be proud, bold and committed. Highlights include: Jaguars Logo. The refreshed identity stays true to the Jaguars traditional colors of black, teal and gold while o ering a ercer jaguar, amplifying the powerful characteristics of the cat. Using more accurate detailing, the logo is now a closer depiction of a real jaguar. Taking fan feedback into account, speci c design changes include realigning the jaw, adjusting the positioning of the ear and adding white around the mouth and eye to more closely re ect the animal. Additional details that further customize the jaguar design include accents to the eye and nose of the Jaguars teal, a color unique within the NFL, and the addition of gold to create a more dimensional, realistic feel. Logotype. The logotype, or word mark, has been slightly updated by removing the trailing lines from the bottom of the word Jaguars. Additionally, each word is now one solid color following the removal of the outline around each letter. Secondary Mark. The Jaguars will introduce a shield featuring the new Jaguars logo underneath a bold graphic treatment of the nickname Jags, paying homage to the military roots of Jacksonville and celebrating the fan-inspired Jags nickname. The rollout of the new logos will be celebrated throughout the 2013 season as part of the teams Stand United theme, which will embody the brand promise of proud, bold and committed in all corners of Jaguars nation. Stand United will drive all team marketing, advertising, website, public relations e orts and much more, beginning with renewal information being mailed this week to Jaguars season ticket holders. Stand United is about the community and the team coming together and it represents a theme and way of life that anyone who loves the Jaguars and Jacksonville can personally understand and appreciate, Khan said. Stand United has great potential to become a grassroots movement, something our players and fans alike can adopt, activate and celebrate. Its time to make a statement and it starts with Stand United. Mandarin NewsLineHeather Seay904-866-4919 hs@rtpublishinginc.comFor more information on advertising:YOUR Community Newspaper Co C Co Co Co Co Co Co Co Co Co o o Co o o Co Co Co Co o Co o o o Co Co Co o C o Co o Co Co C o C Co o o m m m m m mm mm mm m m m m m mm mm m mm m m m m m m m mm m m m m m m u Coming April and May!Summer Camp & Summer Camp & Kids Activities Guide! Kids Activities Guide! 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Along with Duncan, Daniel Sugishita as well as Kamrin Solomon signed with FAU. Sugishita placed seventh in the 200 IM at states this year and Head Coach Mike Ding eld praised him saying, Daniel is always encouraging his teammates and is quick with a joke. Sugishita played a signi cant role on the swimming team this year as did seniors Clayton Alvarez and Dalton Goss who also participated in the state nals. Softball is aiming to return to the state nals with standouts Abbie Millete and Dajia Jones, both of whom signed to continue Lucas Shannon of Mandarin High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and run cross country at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida beginning in the fall of 2013. Shannon is no stranger to success as he placed 18th and helped the Mustangs nish second overall in the FHSAA Class 4A Cross Country Championships. He holds a personal cross country best time of 16:07.91 for the 5,000m distance. On the track, Shannon has proven himself with top times of 4:38:00 in the 1600m, 10:13.91 in the 3200m and 2:03.02 in the MHS Sports RoundupBy Natalie Cleghorn, MHS Student Mark Darling, Carly Meltzer and Kacper Grzeszczak at National Signing daytheir softball careers. Millete will be playing at Seminole State College and Jones at Brevard State College. Those two add to the experience of the Mandarin softball team which returns with eight seniors to lead the team. According to Coach Natalia Gonzalez, Both Abbie and Dajia played signi cant roles in the success of the program. Gonzalez also shared a story about Millete as a freshman that ultimately ended in a grand slam, enabling the Mustangs to take the victory over First Coast. Millete has continued to improve over the last three years, leading the Mustangs to three Gateway Conference Championships as well as two District Championships. The Mustangs will play Tuesday, March 5 against Sandalwood and Thursday, March 14 against Flagler Palm Coast. Both games will be home at 6:30 p.m. Continuing to build the football team over the past couple years, former Head Coach Robert Dean was pleased to discuss his two signees as he grinned from ear to ear at the podium. Dean praised Kamrin Solomon as this years leading receiver, averaging 15 yards a catch. Signing along with Solomon was teammate Kingsley Opara, headed to Maryland. Although Opara was o ered a spot at Georgia Tech University, he ultimately decided to stick with Maryland as his future home. And among the other signees, there is only one who has earned All-Conference Player for the past four years. Tessa Smith signed with St. Andrews University in North Carolina to play volleyball after an outstanding four years at Mandarin High. Smith has proved to be instrumental in the teams success and impressed Coach Laura Jutte from day one when she fought for her spot on the varsity team as a freshman. Other signees included soccer players Kacper Grzeszczak and Mark Darling, both committed to Jacksonville University. Carly Meltzer also committed to play soccer at Flagler College and Lucas Shannon will continue to run cross country at Southeastern University. Coach Paul Kurtz, Southeastern University; Frank Shannon; Lucas Shannon; Jennifer Shannon; Coach Jim Schmitt, MHSMHS runner signs National Letter of Intent800m. Having Lucas sign with us today is a big step forward for cross country at Southeastern University, said head cross country coach Paul Kurtz. He brings not only a tremendous amount of talent, but knows what it takes to be a part of a winning tradition. Lucas does not just want to be a good runner; he wants to help make his team be great. Having him at Southeastern will help us become just that! 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