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SERVING THE MANDARIN COMMUNITY SINCE 2006 Mandarin NewsLineSM Visit our online edition at www.mandarinnewsline.comMEMBER OF THE RT PUBLISHING GROUP OF COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS Mandarin NewsLine12443 San Jose Boulevard, Ste. 403 Jacksonville,FL 32223 What’s Inside Volume 8, Issue 3 December 2013Presorted Standard US Postage Paid Callahan, FL 32011 Permit No.4 Page 3 Whats New Page 4 From the City CouncilmanPage 5 The Sheriff Reports Page 6 School District Journal Page 8 Political Commentary Page 10 Civics 101 Page 11 Winter Celebration Page 12 MHS Band Page 13 Gingerbread houses Page 14 Loretto news network Page 15 Mandarin Community Club open housePage 17 Mandarin Womens ClubPage 18 Start Here. Go AnywherePage 20 Fishing Report Page 22 Holiday events Page 23 Faith News Page 24 Gardening Page 25 Mandarin Garden ClubPage 26 Coast Guard Auxiliary Page 27 Ice Hotel Start off the New Year with a BANG!Call 904-886-4919 for more information! Twenty-two years ago, a group of “ ve of Jacksonvilles most respected dance studio owners got together to discuss a dream: to create a company to give local dancers the opportunity to showcase their talents, while giving back to the community. Dulce Anaya, Beth Marks, Debra Peters Rankin, Bambi Berman and Mandarin and Fruit Coves own Mark Spivak of Mark Spivaks Institute and Dance Extension invested their own funds as seed money for the “ rst production of The Nutcracker Ballet The holiday spirit comes to the creek this time of year. If you peer out of your car windows heading north across the Julington Creek Bridge around the end of the month, you can see many CaptainŽ Santas. They are decorating their vessels in hopes of a good clear night and low tides for sailing in the 2013 Christmas on the Creek Light Parade. The annual holiday event, sponsored by the Julington Creek Prop Club, is scheduled for Saturday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. Commodore Je Reade is extending an invitation to any boat owner interested in decorating their boat and joining in for the fun to contact him at Je Reade@henryschein.com for more information. The more the merrier,Ž says The Mandarin Community Club (MCC) observed Veterans Day on Sunday, November 10 with a wreath laying ceremony held within the Billard Commemorative Park. This years honored veteran was MCC member Capt. It’s almost time for the holidays and Community NutcrackerBy Martie Thompson Photo courtesy of Jim Moore, aikophoto.Veterans honored at Billard ParkBy Contributing Writer Lynn Cuda, Mandarin Community Club Capt. Wojciechowski salutes ag during the playing of Taps.Ž Photo by Lynn Cuda.Donald Wojciechowski, USAF (retired). Capt. Wojciechowski, assisted by his wife, Pat, placed the wreath at the parks Veterans Memorial. Florida Troop 1512 of the American Heritage Girls led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance and Don Reynolds of the Northeast Florida Conservatory Band played Taps.Ž The speakers this year were Mandarin Community Club President R. Emily Lisska and Florida Representative Charles McBurney. The Billard Commemorative Park, located on Brady Road, is owned and maintained by the Mandarin Community Club. Site of various events during the year, it features a butter” y garden, gazebo and Veterans Memorial. The club has observed Veterans Day within the park since 2007, the year the park was founded. by Community Nutcracker. We each put $100 on the table and said, lets do this!Ž Spivak recalls. Fast forward to 2013, and the 22nd annual production by Community Nutcracker will be held in mid-December at the Florida Theatre. School performances, for approximately 4,000 children on “ eld trips, will be held on December 12 and 13 and are already sold out. Community Service Night will be on December 12 in the evening and it too is sold out. Tickets are still available to the three public performances on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and evening, December 13 and 14. The school performances are an awesome opportunity for students to see a full length production in a real theatre,Ž Spivak shares. And we are proud to o er free tickets for area nonpro“ t organizations, retirement homes and underprivileged citizens to attend our Community Service Night.Ž Community Nutcracker is the only non-pro“ t, volunteerrun organization that o ers a portion of its proceeds to local charities, while providing a beautiful holiday tradition for Jacksonville. Since inception, nearly half a million dollars have been raised for charities such as Dreams Come True, the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center, PedsCare Community Hospice, St. Marys Episcopal Outreach Center, Sanctuary on Eighth Street, We Care Jacksonville and Second Harvest Food Bank. Four of the “ ve original Julington Creek Boat Parade is lining up!By Donna Keathley Reade. The best decorated boat gets a $300 cash prize while second place gets $200 and third place wins $100. We dont leave out the homeowners with docks decorated along the parade route. The three best decorated docks win prizes also.Ž We expect a great turn out for this years parade; with all the growth at the creek and all the new businesses that have opened in the immediate area it will be a fun night for the entire neighborhood,Ž he adds. Established in 1988, the parade has an estimated 30 powerboats lined up for the event. The parade route begins at The Marina at Julington Creek, goes underneath the bridge and motors around Bulls Bay, then returns under the bridge and continues down Durbin Creek. Spectators can view the parade from the Julington Creek Bridge walkways. The Prop Club is a social organization of boaters from The Marina at Julington Creek. They meet each month on the second Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the dock. All interested boaters are invited to join for boating information and fun at the creek! Community Nutcracker cont. on pg. 14

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2013 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 3 What’s NewCommunity HappeningsDo you have community or club news you would like included in Mandarin NewsLine? Then contact Martie Thompson at: editor@mandarinnewsline.com or 886-4919. Mandarin NewsLine Community Newspaper is a free monthly publication distributed via bulk mail to all addresses in Zip Codes 32223, 32258 and selected routes in 32257. Submission of articles and photographs are received by mail or email, although email to editor@ rtpublishinginc.com is preferred. The writers opinions do not necessarily re”ect the opinion of RT Publishing, Inc. Advertising Rates are available by request. RT Publishing, Inc. is not responsible for advertisement content or accuracy of information provided by its advertisers. 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. 2013. Publisher Rebecca Taus publisher@rtpublishinginc.comEditor Martie Thompson editor@mandarinnewsline.comAdvertising Sales, Linda Gay LG@rtpublishinginc.comAdvertising Sales, Heather SeayHS@rtpublishinginc.comAdvertising Sales, Jasmine QuezadaJQ@rtpublishing.comGraphic Design, Lisa Felegygraphics@rtpublishinginc.comRT Publishing, Inc. 12443 San Jose Boulevard Suite 403 Jacksonville, FL 32223 Ph: 904-886-4919 At RT Publishing we welcome Letters to the Editor. We request they be no more than 250 words. All letters must include writers name, address, and telephone number. Only the name will be published. E-mail to editor@ rtpublishinginc.com. Anonymously sent letters will not be published.Letters to the Editor policy Like us on Facebook facebook.com/ mandarinnewsline The 82nd Airborne Division, Jacksonville All Airborne Chapter meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at Golden Corral on San Jose Boulevard. Anyone from any branch of service, who has graduated from any of the military jump schools and is quali“ ed to wear their branch of services Jump Wings, is welcome to join the chapter. For additional information, please contact chapter chairman Emil Knowles at 622-6946. Start off the New Year with a BANG!Call us at 904-886-4919 to reserve an ad today! Join us at the Mandarin Branch Library for Snow akes in Florida? A Holiday Craft Time Ž program on December 21 at 2:00 p.m. We will use co ee “ lters and lots of imagination to make our very own snow” akes. The program is intended for children two years and older with no registration required. Please call the childrens department at 262-5201 for more information. Corrocoat USA is proud to partner with Toys for Tots during the holiday season. The objective of Toys for Tots is to help disadvantaged children to experience the joy of Christmas, to play an active role in our nations most valuable resource-our children-and to unite all members of the community in a common cause during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign, as well as to better the community for the future. To donate, please drop o a new, unwrapped toy for a child (infant to 17 years) at Corrocoat USAs front o ce, located at 6525 Greenland Road until the Marine Corps Toys for Tots last call on December 6. The Mandarin Toastmasters Club meets the “ rst and third Saturday of each month in the South Mandarin Library, located at 12125 San Jose Boulevard, at Orange Picker Road across from Walgreens. The meeting time is 10:15 a.m. until 12:00 noon. The meetings are open to all and visitors are always welcome. This months meeting dates will be held on December 7 and December 21. A free two hour Tools to Quit SmokingŽ class will be held on Saturday, December 7 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Mandarin Library, located at 3330 Kori Road. The class includes a workbook, quit kit and four free weeks of NRT (a patch, lozenge or gum). To register, please call 482-0189. The Italian American Club Christmas Party will be on December 13. The club is available for New Years Eve rental this year. For further information, please call us at 268-2882. Wishing our friends and neighbors a joyous holiday season. Buon Natale! The December general meeting of the All Star Quilters Guild will be held on Monday, December 16 at 9:30 a.m. in the First Christian Church, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard. The program will be our annual Christmas party. Visitors are welcome. For more information, please contact Dot Butler at 642-6574 and visit us at www. orgsites.com/” /allstarquiltguild. The Mandarin Womens Club will be getting festive at their luncheon on Thursday, December 19 with a Holiday Chinese Auction. Auction items will consist of donated homemade holiday food favorites of our members ranging from the usual cakes, cookies and breads to homemade wine plus some craft items. Auction tickets at 10 tickets for $5 will be sold at Whats New cont. on pg. 6Imagine living in an exotic, tropical paradise and making money on the fruitsŽ of your labor! It “ red the imagination of not only northerners in the United States, like Harriet Beecher Stowe, but also a sizable English community. By the middle of the 1800s, people realized it was possible to live this dream on the St. Johns River by growing citrus. Having an orange grove on the river was the Victorian idea of living large. Kings in Europe built huge greenhouses to enjoy citrus. They enjoyed the beauty of citrus, its fragrance and the health bene“ ts. It was said that the beauty and fragrance of a blooming citrus grove in Florida was intoxicating and there was nothing quite like it in the North or in Europe. The “ rst Englishmen to write of Mandarin were John and William Bartram. Trained as botanists and biologists, they wrote and romanticized the St Johns River region. Another Englishman to come to this area was Fredrick Delius, who came to Solano Grove near Picolata which is about 45 miles south of Jacksonville. It was in the 1880s that he tried to grow oranges. He never did well growing citrus, but the years he spent here surrounded by the sights and smell of the orange groves and the river inspired him to become a music composer of some fame. His most famous piece is called the Florida Suite.Ž Probably the best know Englishman in the Mandarin area was Walter Jones. He was A Snippet of Mandarin HistoryEngland on the St. Johns By Contributing Write Bruce Vacca, Education Director, Mandarin Museum and Historical Societyborn in 1865 near Liverpool, England. In the late 1800s he heard of the orange groves here and moved to Mandarin. Soon he worked in the groves and was a clerk in the general store on Old Store Lane. He married another English immigrant, Edith Dawson and they had nine children, seven of whom lived to adulthood. Jones eventually became manager and postmaster of the Mandarin store. By 1910 they moved to the house on County Dock Road; today it is in the Walter Jones Historic Park. Other prominent English families that moved to Mandarin included Harry Nichols, who encouraged 20 English families to move here. Englishmen Mr. Bury and Mr. Anderson owned the Waverly Groves. Other prominent English families such as the Wintons, Wicks and Dismores populated Old Mandarin. The root of one of the oldest churches in Mandarin is intertwined with the English immigration here. The Church of Our Saviour on Mandarin Road was founded in 1880. Before this time, the Stowes gave bible readings in their home until the church could be built. They were persuaded to help start this Episcopal or Anglican Church because of the English families in” uences in the community; the Stowes had been Methodist. So you see the romance and commerce of the citrus industry helped lure these newcomers to this area. Our area is richer because of all these past experiences.

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Page 4, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2013 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com From the City Council Member’s DeskBy Contributing Writer Matt Schellenberg, City Council Member, District 6 Helpful tips to stay in the black on Black Friday.PLANNING IS KEY. List out whos getting gifts and how much youre willing to spend. And stick to your plan! MAKE SOMEONES HOLIDAY. LITERALLY. Turn giving int o a truly personal gesture this year with a homemade gift. Heartfelt always beats store-bought. BELIEVING THE HYPE IS SOOOO LAST YEAR. Got to have the newest, shiniest, most tech-savvy model? Think twice. Last years model may offer all the fun at half the cost. POWER UP BEFORE YOU SHOP. Shopping can be exhausting. Eat a solid meal at home before you hit the mall to avoid the food court. Stacy Gambrell, VP/Business Development Of cer CertusBank.com C ertusBank, N.A. Member FDI C Equal housin g lender. 20 1 3 C ertusHoldin g s, Inc. All ri g hts reserved. C ertusBank, N.A. is a trademark o f C ertusHoldin g s, Inc The CertusBank team is here to help you make smart financial choices this season and throughout the year. Visit us at our newest location or anytime online to learn more. Robert E. Burke, CPA The CPA Never Underestimate the Value Mandarin News: This is the season for Thanksgiving and there is much for which I am grateful. Above all, I have been blessed with wonderful parents and ten fantastic siblings. My parents taught all of us that Faith, Family and Friends equal Freedom. Faith and family are part of the basic foundation of being an American. Friends and friendship are built from that, which brings me to re” ect on who the people of Mandarin are: people who care for their community and prove so with action. Take my neighbor, Je As many of you know, I underwent seven hours of surgery to remove cancerous tumors from my temple. Needless to say, these last four months have been challenging. However, thanks to Je a Mandarin resident, I did not have to worry about the upkeep of my homes property. For Je without hesitation, has mowed my lawn every week. In fact, he recently helped another neighbor in need by taking it upon himself to mow their lawn as well. Not only this, but I had a number of good people bring me meals during my recovery. Another example of Mandarin residents performing acts of kindness involves the members of neighboring Christian churches. We are all aware of the tragedy that took place near Haley Road several months ago involving a young woman as she crossed the road to attend synagogue services. We now have members of the nearby Christian churches helping the Jewish community in crossing San Jose Boulevard on the Sabbath. They did not have to do this, but have done so out of the kindness of their hearts. In fact, all of us can contribute to the Jewish communitys safety by driving more cautiously when in this area of San Jose. Every day I hear of acts of kindness like these, mentioned throughout Mandarin and other parts of our city. I am very thankful to be part of such a caring community and to represent you in the city government. City Hall News: I have joined forces with the Mandarin Community Center, the Mandarin Historical Society and private donors to move the oldest black school house in Mandarin to the Walter Jones Park. After the Civil War, the school house was used by the Sisters of St. Joseph to teach African-Americans children. To preserve this piece of history for our community, I will be using the Loblolly mitigation funds, not your tax dollars, to help move this historical building to the park, allowing all Mandarin residents to visit and learn more about our history. For those of you who attended my most recent Town Hall meeting, thank you very much for coming. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know you better and discussing the issues that concern you most. If you would like to be added to my Town Hall invite list, please send me your email address, as I will be holding another Town Hall in the spring. Please do not hesitate to contact me at MattS@coj.net or 630-1388. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! Library staff collects food items for the Thanksgiving Food Drive. The SE Region Branches teamed up and collected “ ve large laundry baskets of non-perishable food items for the Thanksgiving Food Drive sponsored by JaxCares and Daniel Organization. The food will help feed the children and families that the Daniel organization serves. Pictured are Sara Peretzman, Eric Cusaac, Robert Moseley and Jessica Jones.Many thanks!

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2013 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 5 The Sheriff Reports By Contributing Writer John H. Rutherford, Duval County Sheriff JAPANESE RESTAURANT 9965 San Jose Blvd. #35 Jacksonville, FL 32257 (904) 683-9903 www.KazuJapaneseRestaurant.com20% off the entire checkEXP 12/31/13 Grand Opening!MON-THURS 11am-10pm FRI/SAT 11am-11pm SUN noon-9:30pm We offer Kazu Kitchen Specials, Lunch Entrees, Dinner Entrees, Sushi Specials and Much More! Come Celebrate the Holidays with us! Highest quality in Jacksonville!Bring your church bulletin and get 15% off every Sunday Convenient Appointments Before & After Work or School! Call today for your FREE consultation! Cindy’s Cuts9735 Old St Augustine Rd #21 (Across from Big Lots) Cindy Maule (904) 260-7071Owner of Cindy’s Cuts for 10 years. 30 years experience. C (9 Ow f o r ex Janice Vincent (904) 923-8455Specializes in color and highlights.JoAnn LoSchiavo (904) 403-7803Specializing in men’s haircuts. d y ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ s C C C C C u t s Barber Wanted! Barber Wanted! $5 off 1st time cuts EZ Pack & Post10503 San Jose Blvd, Suite 4, Jacksonville, Fl 32257“Your Holiday Shipping Headquarters”Phone 904.683.8738 | Fax 904.683.8957www.ezpackandpost.comMailbox Rentals Shipping via Fedex, USPS, DHL Commercial Printing Bulk Mailing Copy Services Business Services Including Faxing & Scanning Secure Shredding FREE WIFI Greeting Cards Gift Wrap Lottery Office Supplies SPECIALS: Color Copy $.29/Side | Free delivery on orders $20.00 or more Here are some safety tips that are very important for this time of year: When parking, roll-up the windows, lock the vehicle and take your keys with you. Dont leave garage door openers or house keys in your car. Dont leave children or pets unattended in a car. If you must keep anything in your car that identi“ es where you live, such as insurance cards or registration, make sure to lock the glove box or compartment where you store them, in addition to locking your car doors. Thieves want to get in and get out quickly, so using secure compartments in the car for personal items might harden the target. If shopping after daylight hours, park and walk in lighted areas. Shop with a friend if possible and not alone. Remember where you park! Women: If someone grabs you, scream FireŽ … this will get peoples attention and assistance more easily than Help!Ž Dont look vulnerable or distracted. Dont leave the store loaded upŽ with packages; dont fumble for your keys while walking; dont talk on the phone or text while moving through a parking lot or in and out of stores; remove earphones. Keep purses, handbags and backpacks close to your body. Be purposeful in your actions. It is recommended that electronics purchases (or jewelry Holiday safety tipsand other expensive items) be made last, if you are out shopping at multiple stores, so you do not have to store them in the car during other stops. If you must leave valuable items in your car, place items out of sight before reaching your destination or move them inconspicuously. Load your trunk when you leave a location „ never open a trunk, “ ll it full of valuables, close it and then just walk away to do more shopping or other errands. This includes packages, backpacks, gym bags, GPS units, MP3 players, CDs. An opportunistic thief is on the lookout for trunkpackingŽ and can break into your car the minute youre out of sight. Also, someone may be watching when you put items under/behind seat and try to cover them up. Thieves check glove compartments, behind seats, and under seats. It only takes a few seconds to check all the usualŽ hiding places in the car where people leave things. Never think Ill just be a minuteŽ and leave a car unlocked or worse, leave the engine running. It takes just a few seconds to break into or steal a car. As you shop, be alert in crowded places. Among pickpockets favorites are revolving doors, jammed aisles, elevators and public transportation stops and vehicles, especially at rush hour. If possible, leave your children with a baby-sitter while you are shopping. For holiday shopping, consider making arrangements with family or friends/neighbors, and take turns baby-sitting. If you take your children with you, keep a close eye on them while shopping. Using debit or credit cards is much safer than carrying a lot of cash. If the vendors you will visit dont take cards, consider obtaining travelers checks which, unlike cash, can be replaced if lost or stolen. Visit ATMs only at welllighted and populated locations; visit during daylight hours if possible. Using the drive-up is usually safer than walking up or into a facility. Remember to scan around you as you make your withdrawal. Many ATMs now have “ sheyeŽ mirrors mounted above the keyboard to enable you to view the entire surrounding area while conducting business; try to patronize ATMs so equipped and use the mirror! If anyone is loitering, or you dont like their looks, go to another ATM. Stand so that those behind you cannot see your PIN as you enter it; your PIN should never be written down on or carried with your ATM card. Be observant. Avoid dark areas, short-cuts, cul-de-sacs, and suspicious persons. Stay near light and people. Be prepared to ” ee potential problems. If apprehensive about any location for any reason, leave. Consider carrying a whistle. Weapons are not recommended and may be unlawful. Garage doors should be kept closed, unless you working in the garage or outside in the driveway or yard near the garage (within eyesight). Thieves drive through neighborhoods looking for open garage doors. Cars, even those parked at your home, should remain locked when not in use. Backdoors, side doors, sliding glass doors, any access to your home or property should be locked when not in use. Keep your home lit when not occupied. Have a trusted neighbor or friend take in your mail and paper when you are away. There is power in numbers … Neighborhood Watch programs that alert their members about crimes of opportunity quickly become unattractiveŽ targets. In neighborhoods where residents talk to the police, keep their cars locked and garage doors down, where business owners know each others comings and goings, where citizens arent afraid to call the police when something is suspiciousƒthese are the neighborhoods that stand a better chance of not having cars broken into. Do not display gifts under a tree in a front window for passing tra c to see, especially when you are not home. When receiving electronics or other valuable items (” at screen TVs, cell phones, computers, electronic games), make sure you break down the boxes and put them in a dark refuse bag before placing outside for trash pick up. Dont advertise your possessions. Etch your drivers license number on all electronic devices. Record your serial numbers and place this list with your insurance documents. A ” oor safe or larger (heavy) “ re proof safe or safety deposit box is recommended. Small “ re boxes or safes can be easily carried from your home. Please call 630-2160 to join a Sheri s Advisory Council (ShAdCo) or visit jaxsheri .org to learn more!Bring business to your door!Advertise in Mandarin NewsLine 886-4919 A message from the St. Johns River Water Management District...During Eastern Standard Time, residential lawn watering is limited to one day per week: • Homes with odd number addresses: Saturday • Homes with even number addresses: Sunday • Nonresidential properties: Tuesday Water for no more than one hour per zone Water only when needed and not between 10 AM and 4 PMwater lessVisit www. oridaswater.com

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Page 6, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2013 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com School District JournalBy Contributing Writer Jason Fischer, School Board Representative, District 7 Starting from left to right: Pam Parker (O. Coordinator), Cindy Johnston (Dental Asst.), Dr. Gus Gari, Joy Major (Dental Hygienist), Caroline (O. Manager) Gari Dental provides a family friendly atmosphere with a skilled and qualied team, that is knowledgeable in all your dental needs. Our valuable team has over 100 years of collective experience. Call today to schedule your appointment and experience the difference. 287-0033 www.garidental.com Ideal Weight Loss12276 San Jose Blvd. #512 (904) 880-0202 www.dietjacksonville”.comat Life Mission Chiropractic Now Open in Mandarin9633 Old St. Augustine Rd.(904) 551-2008 New Aquarium Store!Saltwater Fish ~ Freshwater Fish Live Coral ~ Starfish ~ Crabs Fish Tanks ~ Aquarium Supplies Come in for your FREE GIFT!One Per Customer Expires 12/31/13 While supplies last. www.CoralReefJunkies.com the door. Come and join in on the fun, share the holiday spirit and possibly take home some of these yummy delights! The luncheon will be held at the Ramada Inn, located at 3130 Hartley Road in Mandarin, with the doors opening at 10:00 a.m. The price to attend is $16; reservations are required and can be made by calling Marilyn at 2608431 by Thursday, December 12. The Mandarin Womens Club is a social club with numerous activities and is open to all women no matter where they live and were always eager to meet new friends! For further information about the club and how to join, please call Diane at 880-5354. The Dogwood Circle of the Mandarin Garden Club will be participating in the clubs holiday party on December 10 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 16 at 10:00 a.m. is the general meeting for the whole club and Tuesday, February 18 at 10:00 a.m. will be the next Dogwood Circle meeting. Kathie Goodrum from Wild Birds Unlimited will be the guest speaker. For more information, please visit www.mandaringardenclub. org or call 268-1192. The Duval County Extension O ces/UF IFAS will be o ering a Winter Workshop on Friday, December 13 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the Duval County Extension O ce, located at 1010 North McDu Avenue. The cost is $10 to attend. Topics include repotting orchids, winter garden tips and make and take seed starting. To pre-register, please call Becky at 255-7450 or email her at beckyd@coj.net with your name and phone number, then mail payment to Winter Workshop, 1010 N. McDu Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32254. Make check payable to DCOHAC. The deadline for payment is Tuesday, December 10 and the class size is limited. Chill out with a great movie on Tuesday, December 31 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mandarin Branch Library. Join us for a winters tale about a dolphin that gets a second chance at life! Popcorn will be provided. The program is intended for families (the movie is rated PG). No registration is required. Please call the childrens department at 262-5201 for more information. The Honeybee Quilters Guild of Jacksonville invites you to attend their Spring Quilting Retreat, to be held February 27 through March 2, 2014. Classes will be taught by both national and local quilting teachers and include a wide range of projects. These projects will provide both new and inexperienced quilters an opportunity to learn new techniques and skills. In addition to these great learning experiences, a variety of additional fun activities are planned. For more information about the retreat and how to sign up please check out the guild website at www.honeybeequilters. org. Shu eboard is played on Tuesdays at Mandarin Park (south end of Mandarin Road) next to the tennis courts at the park entrance. Beginning Tuesday, December 3, we will start at 1:30 p.m. due to cooling weather. Beginners are welcome. Just show up, unless it rains. The holiday celebration for the River City Womens Club will be held on December 18 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Mandarin Ramada Inn. We will have the festive luncheon followed by a holiday ra e with gift certi“ cates and other prizes given to the winners. The proceeds from the ra e will be added to our yearly donations to charities. Holiday music will be provided during the event. The cost of the luncheon is $15.50; for reservations, please call 246-8719. For additional information about the club, pleas call Marian McMahan at 288-0078. Sierra Club, Northeast Group will host Delany Dean and Debbie LaFreniere who will share their two-week kayak journey down the St. Johns River from Lake Monroe to the Atlantic Ocean on Monday, December 9 at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, located at 2001 University Boulevard West. The event is free and all are welcome, but please RSVP for this event and bring a dish to share. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the program starts at 6:45 p.m. For additional information, please contact Janet Larson at JCLarson168@msn.com. 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.Whats New cont. from pg. 3Bring business to your door!Advertise in Mandarin NewsLine 886-4919 I hope that everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. My family and I have a lot to be thankful for this year. God has blessed us with many great opportunities, but one of the things we are very thankful for is the opportunity to improve the lives of children in our city. Thank you for electing me to serve on the School Board. While the last 12 months have been challenging, I truly appreciate the opportunity to be your servant! Congratulations to student Alex Austin, Atlantic Coast High School, for being among the winners of the Gateway Conference golf tournament. Mandarin High Schools girls golf team took home the Gateway Conference girls golf tournament championship, with a collective score of 457. The following students were among the districts cross country All Conference winners in the individual boys and girls divisions: € John Weaver, Sam Mack, Michael Cassette, Ania Grzeszczak, Meaghan Stack and Christina Schultz … all from Mandarin High School € Mandarin High School also won for both the male and female team division with scores of 35 and 36, respectively. Also in the winners circle is the Mandarin High school boys swim team. They tied with Fletcher High for “ rst place in the Gateway Conference swim meet, which was held at Cecil Field. Olivia Warro, a student at Atlantic Coast High School, received honorable mention in an art contest sponsored by the Department of Interior, making her one of only two students recognized in Florida. Her entry, which celebrated Fossil Day, is being displayed on the departments o cial website. Important dates: December 2: Weather Day, schools closed December 3: School Board Meeting, Cline Auditorium, 6:00 p.m. December 11: Early Dismissal Day December 19: Weather Day, schools closed December 20-January 1: Winter Break, schools closed Thought for the Month: Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. ~ President Calvin CoolidgeRecognize the symptoms of a strokeStrokes are the leading cause of disability in the United States and the third-leading cause of death. Prompt treatment can limit the damage and save lives. If you suspect someone near you is suffering from a stroke, remember the acronym FAST: F = Face. Examine the person’s features. Ask him or her to smile. If one side of the person’s face droops, it’s possible that a stroke is coming on. A = Arms. Can the person raise both arms above his head? S = Speech. Listen to the person speak. If the words are slurred or the person can’t answer questions clearly, the brain may be impaired. T = Time. Act fast if the person exhibits any of these warning signs. Get him or her to a hospital right away. Tell our advertisers you saw them inMandarinNewsLine Support our fine Advertisers!

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2013 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 7 Over 30 years experience: Managerial Accounting Services Jim Taylor at 904.705.1692 VARSITY INSURANCE, INC. 268-6365www.varsityinsuranceagency.com Email: varsity@fdn.com Life is good, let us help you keep it that way. Reserve space for your Holiday Party! Private room is available for large groups. Margarita Monday $2.50 all daywith purchase of an entree or appetizerMEXICAN RESTAURANT MEXICAN RESTAURANT $3 Off Lunch or Dinner Specialwith purchase of two lunch or dinner entreesExcludes Speedy Gonzalez and Daily Lunch Specials. Good with coupon only, Expires 12/31/13. Happy Holidays from:Authentic Mexican Cuisine rty! T $ D M Duval County Tax Collector Michael Corrigan announced today that all Tax Collector branch locations will once again serve as o cial toy drop-o sites for the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program this holiday season. From now through December 18, area residents can drop o any new, unwrapped toy at the Tax Collectors o ce for donation to Toys for Tots. We are entering our third year of partnering with Toys for Tots and in that time weve collected hundreds of toys for needy children,Ž Corrigan said. We are pleased to once again open our branches as drop-o sites for anyone looking for an opportunity to help those who are less fortunate.ŽBased upon a longstanding, collaborative relationship, Southeast Gynecologic Oncology Associates (SEGO) af“ liated with Baptist Health on November 1, to improve access to care for women in Northeast Florida. The medical practice of Stephen Buckley, MD, Paul Nowicki, MD and Jenny Whitworth, MD specializes in treating women who have or may have complex gynecologic conditions such as ovarian, cervical or vulvar cancer. All three physicians are trained and certi“ ed in minimally invasive, robot-assisted surgeries that have been proven to improve outcomes, shorten hospital stays and accelerate recovery times for many patients. A. Hugh Greene, president and CEO of Baptist Health stated, This group of surgeons is well-respected and known for taking on complex cases, as well as being innovators when it comes to the latest surgical technology.Ž Baptist Healths mission is to continually broaden the communitys access to highquality healthcare resources. Therefore, SEGO physicians Duval Tax Collector partners with Toys for TotsThe mission of the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is to collect toys and distribute them as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. The goal of the program is to deliver a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. Toys for Tots began in 1947. For more information on the Toys for Tots program, please visit www.toysfortots.org. For more information on the Duval County Tax Collector or to “ nd a branch location, please visit www.coj.net/tc or call 6301916. You can also email the Tax Collectors o ce at taxcollector@coj.net or follow them on Twitter @DuvalTaxCollect.Oncology group has new a liationwill continue to accept referrals, make rounds and perform surgeries at other local hospitals to ensure women throughout the region continue to have access to gynecologic oncology care. Baptist is a leader in investing in leading-edge technology and this is a natural evolution in our relationship that stands to bene“ t even more patients going forward,Ž Dr. Buckley said. In addition to minimally invasive surgeries, SEGO surgeons, physician assistants and sta provide comprehensive gynecologic care, including: € Risk assessment, including genetic counseling and testing € Ultrasound € Urinary incontinence evaluation € Evaluation of abnormal PAP smears € Advanced pelvic surgery for benign and malignant conditions € Pelvic reconstructive surgery € Chemotherapy for gynecologic malignancy The group is retaining its current name, phone number and address in Jacksonvilles LaVilla district.The St. Johns River Water Management Districts Governing Board unanimously elected John A. Miklos of Orlando to serve as board chairman for the upcoming year. Miklos is president and senior project manager of Bio-Tech Consulting (BTC) Inc., an Orlando-based environ-District governing board elects 2013…2014 o cersBy Contributing Writer Teresa H. Monson, St. Johns River Water Management Districtmental consulting “ rm. He has a bachelors degree in limnology from the University of Central Florida and many years of experience in environmental permitting, mitigation, wetland delineation, listed species evaluations, wildlife surveys and water quality studies. He is a member of the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals, the Florida Lake Management Society and the Society of Wetland Scientists. Miklos has been on the Board since March 2010, serving a four-year term in an at-large seat. The board also elected Maryam H. Ghyabi of Ormond Beach to serve as vice chairman, George W. Robbins of Jacksonville as treasurer and Fred N. Roberts Jr. of Ocala as secretary. The other board members are immediate past chairman Lad Daniels of Jacksonville, Douglas C. Bournique of Vero Beach, Douglas Burnett of St. Augustine, Charles ChuckŽ Drake of Orlando and W. Leonard Wood of Fernandina Beach. Board members, who meet monthly, are responsible for setting the policies for the Districts operation. They are appointed by the governor to four-year terms and serve without pay. For additional information, please visit www.” oridaswater. com. Lunar PhasesNew: December 3First Quarter: December 9Full: December 17 Last Quarter: December 25

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Page 8, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2013 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com Yoga den Yoga Den Studio Beginner and all Level classes: Yoga Basics, Restorative Yoga, Mind Body Yoga, Yin Yoga High energy, heated classes: Power Vinyasa, Bhakti Power, Yogalates, Hard Core, Yoga Burn Prenatal Yoga Sundays at 4pm FREE CPF class every Monday at 11:30am (Yoga for Cancer) Teacher Training at the 200hr ( s tarting Jan.) and 500hr level, certifying teachers for 10 years 10 y ear s Yoga Den Studio and Boutique, Proudly serving Jacksonville and St. Johns for over 11 years! $65 a month unlimited, Student and military discounts! Nearly 40 classes a week, from 6am to 7:45pm! Coming Soon~ New Location in Fleming Island early 2014! 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Simply drop o your donation to Krantz Dental Care at 12058 San Jose Boulevard, Suite #102 between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. There is much to be thankful and grateful for this Christmas season in Jacksonville. € We are grateful to live in a city where Christmas is still Christmas and liberals and their ilk have not transformed the season into Winter Festival. € We are grateful to live in a city where mostly common sense prevails over political correctness. € We are grateful to live in a city which has a diverse population, yet we still retain our Southern heritage because no matter how hard you try, you cant erase history. € We are grateful to live in a city of churches and synagogues and other houses of worship. Did you know there is a magni“ cent Cambodian Buddhist Temple, known as Wat Khmer Savy Rattanaram, tucked away at the corner of Clinton and Turner Avenues on the Southside? Built a few years ago, it is an inspiring sight to see; it draws worshipers from much of the East Coast. No one 50 years ago would have considered Jacksonville for a location of such a temple. The worshipers are the tiniest part of our population and they simply request we respect their right to worship and exist without imposing themselves or their The Florida Ballet presents The NutcrackerŽ on December 6, 7 and 8 at the Lazzara Performance Hall on the campus of the University of North Florida. Guest artists from the Orlando Ballet and the Houston Ballet will star along with 135 dancers from the Florida Ballet. Returning for the second year as guest artists, Sara Webb and Ian Casady will dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Principal Dental o ces second annual food bank opens December 2All food goes to the Winn Dixie Food Bank and the Krantz Dental team is looking to beat their donation from last year of 196 pounds. We like to run charitable events or participate in them as an o ce all through the year,Ž says Dr. Krantz. We especially like to give back during December, doing our part in helping make others holidays a little better.ŽFlorida Ballet presents The NutcrackerŽdancers with the Houston Ballet, Webb and Casady thrilled audiences with their technique and artistic expression. For the opening night, principal dancers from the Orlando Ballet, Melissa Gel“ n and Lamin Pereira will dance the main roles. Laurie Byrd, artistic director of The Florida Ballet and choreographer of The Nutcracker has a cast of 135 dancers and alternating casts of children who auditioned from the Florida Ballet Training Center and the Jacksonville community. Byrd says, I present the Kingdom of the Sweets as having many confections, putting artistic life into fanciful childish dreams. It celebrates the power of human imagination, which children have in abundance. The Nutcracker possesses the power to make people happy at Christmas.Ž The Nutcracker is one of the last of Tchaikovskys full-length ballets and is performed in two acts. Based on E.T.A. Ho mans tale of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, it was “ rst performed at the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892. The French choreographer Marius Petipa worked closely with composer Peter Illych Tchaikovsky on the score. For more information, please visit www.” oridaballet. org.Political CommentaryWe are grateful for disagreements, Southern heritage and Christmas seasonBy J. Bruce Richardsonlaws on the rest of us. € We are grateful to live in a city which has two robust political parties and there is no certain outcome of elections, thus giving candidates of both parties an equal chance of success. € We are grateful to live in a city which has robust debates before raising taxes, where politicians do not think helping themselves to our wallets is a God-given right. € We are grateful to live in a city which has two strong branches of government„the mayors o ce and city council„and they dont always agree. We elect di erent people to di erent o ces to keep a check on things, not to run roughshod over the local populace. € We are grateful to live in a city which has the Skyline Caf atop Jacksonvilles tallest building, the Bank of America building downtown. You can enjoy breakfast or lunch there and have a view of the entire city which is otherwise only available from an airplane. Its Jacksonville from a perspective most have never seen and you can realize how the city blends together. € We are grateful to live in a city where within a few moments of travel we can see the grandeur of a mighty river or listen to the appealing roar of the Atlantic Ocean. Have you driven to the beach lately just to make sure its still there? The ocean provides a wonderful sense of invigoration and reminds us of the force and beauty of nature. € And, “ nally, we are grateful to live in a city blessed with a temperate climate. We may not have a white Christmas … we can travel to experience that … but, we can take a walk on the beach on Christmas Day and play golf and tennis 12 months of the year. See you next year; thanks for reading this year. 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. got news?editor@mandarinnewsline.com Mandarin NewsLineAdvertise in YOUR Community Newspaper!886-4919

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2013 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 9 Open Mondays through Fridays 8:30am – 5pm 1631 Race Track Road Suite 101230-7977Most Insurances AcceptedPediatric Associates of Julington Creek, PAOffering care for Infants, Children & Adolescents Mary Ann Garcia, M.D., FAAP Victor Luz, M.D., FAAP Tami Newbern, ARNP PICKETT BROTHERS JEWELERS 11481 Old St. Augustine Road #403 www.pickettbrothersjewelers.com James Carville, the cantankerous Cajun who helped Bill Clinton win the White House in 1992, once quipped, Politics aint beanbag.Ž Hes right … politics can be tough. However, since we just celebrated Thanksgiving and are approaching the holiday season, Bruce Richardson and I have decided to focus this months columns on gratitude. There are many reasons to be glad to be an American, but I want to mention some of the things I appreciate right here in Mandarin. Although I wont be able to list everything (you could add to my list, no doubt), I hope you read my words and are reminded of some of the blessings we enjoy. We live in a beautiful part of Jacksonville. Many of our streets and yards are shaded by ancient oaks. We have several fantastic parks in Mandarin, with playgrounds, tennis courts, soccer “ elds, nature trails and plenty of open space. Some of those parks are right along the banks of the St. Johns River. Speaking of the river, Im grateful for our river and for the people who care enough about our community to “ ght for the river. And those glorious sunsets over the river … they speak for themselves. We have two public libraries in Mandarin. Whenever I visit one of the libraries, theyre full of people (especially the childrens sections). Im grateful for people who like to learn and Im glad there are parents and other caregivers busy introducing kids to libraries and books and the wide, wide world. On a related note, were also fortunate to have good schools and teachers in Mandarin. Im grateful for people who serve our city (including those in military). Although I might disagree with the elected of“ cials who represent Mandarin, Im glad Matt Schellenberg and Jason Fischer (and others) are trying to make Jacksonville a better place. I also appreci-The hilarious Karen Mills is a triple threat in her own right. She is a successful comedian, decorated former basketball player and cancer survivor with a remarkable story uniquely her own. Measuring in at “ ve feet, two inches, Mills has had to prove herself more than once, but her journey through life thus far has one common thread: humor. Mills has not been shy to break down walls as she tackles her own battles. As a young girl, she was determined to pursue a career in basketball even though was told her small stature would not permit it. Through hard work and determination, Mills was able to overcome the odds and have a successful basketball career. After multiple state and national championships in high school, Mills went on to earn a full scholarship to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She continued to play the point guard position earning the All-American distinction Political CommentaryAttitude of gratitudeBy David Miltonate the candidates who have campaigned and lost; without them, we wouldnt have robust debates about issues important to our future. Im also grateful for many things in other parts of Jacksonville. In addition to the St. Johns River, we have great beaches, marshes and other natural treasures. We have great sports venues, an attractive, family-friendly zoo and our museums are unexpected gems. We have farmers markets, arts markets and other community gatherings, and many of you are helping those events succeed. We also have a downtown … complete with unique historic buildings scattered throughout … with grand potential, as well as lots of people striving to make our downtown dreams a reality. And yes, even though theyre struggling mightily, we are fortunate to have the Jacksonville Jaguars. The whole team plays a huge role in our community and the Jags give us the chance to showcase our city. You and I both know Jacksonville has its share of challenges, but none of those challenges is so daunting that we cant overcome them with a little courage, teamwork and creativity. I hope each of you enjoys the holiday season with the people you love and I wish you your loved ones health and happiness. Count those blessings! Dave Milton is a husband, father and local attorney whos interested in doing his part to make sure Jacksonville is a city where every person feels at home and every person has a chance to pursue his or her American Dream. When Dave isnt with his family or at work, hes involved with his church, scouting and other civic and non-pro“ t organizations. If you have any thoughts or other comments to share, please email Dave at davidm.milton@gmail. com.Pint-sized comedian packs a hefty punchBy Contributing Writer Elizabeth Hechtand became the “ rst female to be inducted into the University of Tennessee at Chattanoogas Basketball Hall of Fame. With an innate ability to approach any challenge head on, Mills uses humor to stay grounded. After nearly 20 years in the entertainment industry, this became a reality when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in May 2013. She has dubbed herself a walking produce standŽ because of the fruit-sized tumors. The ability to use the healing power of laughter in everyday life has allowed Mills to overcome her personal challenges with strength, grace and laughter. It is clich to say that cancer was a blessing, but it changed me in a lot of way and allowed me to inspire others which, in turn, continues to inspire me. I feel blessed to be where I am today,Ž says Mills. Mills will be performing at The Comedy Zone December 31 for its New Years Eve celebration. She and Tim Statum will be the sharing the stage as guests ring in the New Year. Be sure to see the ad in this issue of Mandarin NewsLine! All proceeds directly support the MHS Band program! Support the MHS Band!Gift wrappingThe Avenues Mall, rst oor outside H&M December 13 24 4 PM 10 PM weekdays; 9 AM 10 PM Saturdays; 11 AM 7 PM Sundays If you are craving the tastes of a traditional bakery, look no further than Amaretti Desserts on Old St. Augustine Road (near US Highway 1). Amarettis specializes in creating high quality American and authentic baked goods and pastries, cakes, cannoli and specialty Italian cookies ” avored with almond and anisette and made with real ingredients. Owner Donna Damiano has been in the restaurant industry since the age of 13, when she started cooking in her parents Italian restaurant Antonios in St. Augustine. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York before coming back to Jacksonville in 1988. She spent time as the assistant pastry chef at Epping Forest Yacht Club before becoming the pastry chef at San Jose County Club. Amarettis has all types of morning pastries including Danish, cinnamon rolls, biscotti and scones. Fresh locally roasted co ee is always available including cappuccinos, espressos and ” avored lattes. They also are open late for after dinner treats including all types of cakes and pies by the slice. They have seating for 20 so there i s always room for a group.Be sure to see their ad in this issue of Mandarin NewsLine! Bakery sure to tempt your tastebuds

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Page 10, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2013 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com BIOFEEDBACK ASSOCIATESof Northeast FloridaChange your Brain. Change your Life. 904.646.0054www.biofeedbackassociates.com The American Academy of Pediatricians has given neurofeedback the highest grading of effectiveness for ADD/ADHD. 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. ADD/ADHD without MEDICATIONSOther bene“ts include: completed www.ccajax.orgAccredited by FCIS, ACSI, FKC and SACS Christ’s Church Academy~Inspire, Ignite, Impact~We INSPIRE our students to dig deep into rigorous, college-prep content. We IGNITE a passion for our students to know, think, and do God’s Word. We empower our students to IMPACT our world as they become His hands and feet. Youre Invited! Open House & Campus Tours Learn more and see for yourself! Meet members of our administration and faculty, visit the classrooms, and ask questions. Come see the dierence that is CCA! Order your delicious traditional holiday treats today! Whole Cakes, Pies, Cookie, Brownie and Dessert Trays Available by Special Order14965 Old St. Augustine Rd. Ste. 105904-619-8279 www.amarettidesserts.comMon-Thurs 7am-9pm Fri 7am-10pm Sat 8am-10pm Piewhole & by the slice apple, chocolate silk, key limeCakewhole & by the slice cheesecakes, carrot, chocolate, coconut, red velvetCookiesitalian butter cookies, oatmeal, chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar, sprinkle, gourmet Enjoy a dessert in our bakery or take it to go! One year ago our nation experienced a terrible tragedy. Twenty children and six adults were victims of a mass murder at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut. I considered how I could honor the victims of such a sad event during the holiday season and whether I should. Celebration of family and friends, including those who have passed on, is, of course, what makes this season such a happy one. Lets remember too, sometimes happiness comes in the form of a tear. In continuing my series of famous American speeches, let me recall for you President Obamas speech from the White House hours after the Sandy Hook shooting. I arrived home that afternoon having heard about the event earlier in the day. I turned on the television to follow the news. Few news events have struck me as deeply as this one did. Perhaps because Im a teacher or because Im a parent and grandparent, for whatever reason, this one hurt. Then the president spoke, as honestly and as much from his heart as I have heard a political leader speak. He spoke of being a father, of our country su ering too many such events; he o ered prayers for the survivors and he wept. He was that day a leader of a di erent sort. Certainly, he would in time, rightly or wrongly, use the event for political reasons. But for the moment, he was Malias and Natashas dad On November 15, the Mandarin Branch Lions Club presented a check in the amount of $1,000 to purchase Thanksgiving turkeys for the annual 2013 food bank Thanksgiving Giveaway Day to Bonnie McNulty, co-director of the Mandarin Food Bank. It is expected that over 500 turkeys will be needed this year. Over 2,300 people (524 families) were assisted during 2012 Thanksgiving. The Lions also delivered over 6,000 pounds of food and water that they had collected for the food bank. The club adopted the food bank as their primary and only major agency serving the needs of families under economic distress, displaced, indigent and homeless. Donations are down, but the needs increased. Lions Clubs International is the worlds largest service For the third year in a row, Memorial Hospital was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Only 33 percent of hospitals nationwide earned this important distinction and less than 8 percent received it three E Pluribus Unum: Civics for one and allBy James A. Lee, M.Ed., Ed.D. ABD, Peer Teacher Evaluator, St. Johns County School District, jal@rtpublishing.comand I could relate completely. The tragedy of that day was unfathomable. No amount of talk can explain it or heal the pain it left. The president simply sought to comfort. His speech will not be remembered for its eloquence, but it should be remembered for its spirit and emotion. Americans must always remember the human side of our leaders. We can and should disagree, challenge and debate. But we should remember, on the other side is a person, a soul, just like me. As American citizens, we, rightfully, set aside holidays to remember and honor many things. We understand that these are all important aspects of who we are as a people and that we should never forget them. Christmas and Hanukkah are times to remember traditions and ancestors, for gifts and feasts with our family and friends, for service to our community, and for faith, hope and love. After the Sandy Hook tragedy, I shared with friends this poem entitled Today.Ž Today I o er it again as a remembrance and a celebration of their lives. Today America lost. Tragically. Again. Today, children, were at one moment, joyfully learning, along side their friends, along with their teacher. The next moment these children, these teachers, were frontline casualties, in an Inexplicable War. Today, those students, those teachers, are fallen, Heroes. Today The parents, the families mourn the loss of Gods most precious gift. Today, in front of the whole world, our president cried. Today, all parents hold their children a little closer, a little tighter. Today and tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow we will all mourn and cry. Again. Lions Club members donate to Mandarin Food Bank club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit their website at www.lionsclubs.org.Hospital earns top performer recognitionyears in a row. Memorial was recognized for its performance in Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care. Memorial Hospital and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,Ž says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive o cer, The Joint Commission. Patients may ask, what does this all mean,Ž says Memorial Hospital President and CEO Jim OLoughlin. This recognition tells you that Memorial is dedicated to patient safety and quality outcomes.Ž To earn this distinction Memorial had to meet accountability measures based on evidencebased practices … examples include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients or giving antibiotics one hour before surgery. Everybody reads Mandarin NewsLine! Shouldn’t your ad be included?886-4919

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2013 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 11 11262 Old St. Augustine Road (located next to Hobby Lobby)Call for Holiday Bookings! www.hiejax.com Now Open, Completely Remodeled! No extra space for guests this Christmas? Ask for our Mandarin Holiday Neighbor Rate and let us be your extra room. $69 rate for Single King Bed or $79 rate for Double Queen Beds (Good through December) 10501-1 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville FL 32257 MARTIAL ARTS & FITNESS Intro. OfferOne Month $49unlimited classes (one program only)EXP: 12/31/13 one coupon per family $115 Value The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society invites you to the 14th annual Winter Celebration from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. This event has become a family tradition for many and is well known for old-fashioned fun. It is held at the Walter Jones Historical Park, located at 11964 Mandarin Rd. Activities are planned for the community that will educate, entertain and delight all ages, including hayrides, live music, historical re-enactors, nature crafts and old fashioned games. Santa will be there for photos with children. Kicking o the celebration will be a performance at 11:30 a.m. by the JFRD Pipes and Drums band. This all-volunteer organization will also be playing at several locations in the park during the day. The Mandarin Museum will be open all day and the museum gift shop is stocked with many holiday gift ideas. The historic Webb Farmhouse as well as the 1876 barn and Losco Winery will open during the event for tours. Costumed re-enactors add to the oldfashioned atmosphere. Mandarin artist Lucinda Halsema will be on-site giving children tips and opportunities to draw buildings and trees in the park. In preparation for the 150th anniversary (April 1, 2014) of the sinking of the Civ-Everyone has at least one„ the house on the street that lights up in splendor around the holiday season. Decorations are in abundance both indoors and out and just seeing the house brings on a smile. But as beautiful as it might be, that home may also be a safety risk if the decorator hasnt followed precautions like these o ered by CSA Group: Creativity is key but not at the cost of safety: Let your inner designer shine, but be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions when arranging electrical items, such as lights and electronic decorations. Be Its time for the 14th annual Winter Celebration in Mandarinil Wars Union steamship Maple Leaf, the Florida Public Archaeology Network will introduce the ship and her cargo to the children through some fun hands-on activities. In addition, long-time Mandarin resident Billy Barwald will provide answers to your questions about growing citrus and Mandarins Honey ManŽ George Waldoch will be on hand to show beekeeping equipment. Various community non-pro“ ts and educational organizations will be present to share their information as well. There will be a variety of music throughout the day, including traditional and original folk music. We are pleased to have the childrens choir from the Mandarin Presbyterian Church at 12:00 noon and Al Poindexters popular folk music during the day. Bruccis Pizza will be making fresh pizza on location. This year the collectible ornament will be of the steamship May Garner. The May Garner was one of the steamships that operated on the St. Johns in the 1890s, carrying mail, goods and passengers to and from Mandarin. Park admission is free. Several activities do have a small fee to support the Mandarin Museum and Historical Societys event expenses. Parking is available at the Mandarin Presbyterian Church across the street. For more information please call 268-078, email mandarinmuseum@bellsouth. net or check the website at www.mandarinmuseum.net.Hope Ferrigno as Mrs. Walter Jones Electrical safety tips for holiday decorating sure to turn o the electricity to the supply outlet before working with outdoor wiring and never run an electrical cord through a doorway or under a carpet indoors. Fakes are no laughing matter: Your next door neighbor dressed up as Santa is funny. Counterfeit decorations are not so funny. Look for the mark from an accredited certi“ cation organization, such as CSA Group, on animated displays, light strings and extension cords. Ensure decorations are marked and certi“ ed for outdoor use and follow the manufacturers instructions. Keep the mood light but not “ ery: Choose ” ame-resistant decorations and dont place open ” ames or candles near ” ammable materials, such as wreathes, trees or paper decorations. Never nail or tack lighting strings to a wall, as this may damage insulation and create a shock or “ re hazard. Use insulated fasteners rather than metal nails or tacks that could damage wiring to hold light strings in place. Cozy up: Keep warm by the “ replace, but be sure your gas appliances are in good working order. If the pilot light or ” ame goes out, turn the gas o and wait “ ve minutes or longer (see the manufacturers instructions) before attempting to relight. Be alert for unusual odors or ” ames when your gas “ replace is on, often indicating that the “ replace is not operating properly. In such cases, contact your dealer or licensed technician for servicing. Overload on food, not watts: Dont overload extension cords. Use heavy duty extension cords for high wattage decorations and large electronically-animated displays. For extreme decorators, make sure your house is capable of handling the electrical load of multiple lights and decor. If in doubt, contact a licensed professional to inspect your electrical system. Mandarin NewsLineYOURCommunity Newspapereditor@mandarinnewsline.com Accepting New Patients! 8355 Bayberry Road Jacksonville FL 32256 (904) 733-7254Most Insurance Plans Acceptedwww.setzerandcochran.com Duval County Tax Collector Michael Corrigan is pleased to unveil the “ rst-ever public art exhibition at the Tax Collectors o ce. The original exhibition of 21st century pop art, TOM and DEREK: Live! at the Tax Collectors O ce, will be hosted at the “ rst ” oor of the Yates Building, 231 East Forsyth Street, in downtown Jacksonville. The exhibit features recent artwork by two Seattle-based artists, Derek Erdman and Tom DesLongchamp and will run until December 20, 2013. The exhibit can be viewed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday Collections at the Collectors O ceŽ now openthrough Friday. A not-for-pro“ t, grassroots art exhibition, TOM and DEREK: Live! at the Tax Collectors O ce is made possible at no cost through the cooperative e orts of Michael Corrigan, Duval County Tax Collector and Cavendish Projects, a grassroots public art outreach program. Bring business to your door!Advertise in Mandarin NewsLine 886-4919

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Page 12, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2013 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com Please join us for Holiday Worship Services ALL are WelcomeMandarin Location 6595 Columbia Park Court 32258Christmas Eve Services, Tuesday, December 24 at 4:00 and 6:00 pm Christmas Day Service Wednesday, December 25 at 10:00 amBaymeadows Location 7860 Southside Blvd 32256Christmas Eve Services, Tuesday, December 24 at 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 pm Christmas Day Service, Wednesday, December 25 at 11:00 am Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church Serving the Jacksonville community since 1983 Member ADA, NEDDA, JDS | Network provider for Delta, Cigna, BC/BS, FCL, and most major insurance plans. Expires 12/31/13$99Exam, X-rays and Routine cleaning(self-pay patients only) Wow! After “ ve worthwhile months, marching season is o cially over! The Mandarin Band has been in the bleachers supporting our fantastic football team during every game and it also has gotten the school pumped up early in the morning on football Fridays in the courtyard. The dedicated band members have donated their Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to bettering the already amazing band since the beginning of the school year and during October, the month of competitions, all the hard work paid o At the “ rst competition, the Space Coast Invitational in Merritt Island, the Mustang Band placed sixth out of 17 bands. At the Nease Invitational, the band improved and was able to come out fourth overall. The band did particularly well at the Seaside Invitational, earning “ rst place and taking home the grand champion trophy for the second year in a row! At Districts on November 9, the Marching Mustang Band performed its Car MenŽ show for the very last time. The hardworking band received superiors (the highest possible score) in every category and it was a great last perfor-Mandarin High School band concludes marching season on high noteBy Contributing Writers Brooke Sapolsky and Levana Oshermance for the senior. After working so hard on the half-time show, it is hard to know that it will never be performed in its entirety again. It is particularly hard for the seniors knowing that their four years as a marching Mustang has come to an end, but they were honored directly following their last performance on the magni“ cent Mandarin “ eld. The special thing about band is that once the marching season ends, the band keeps playing. The band is pulling out the chairs and preparing for concert season. The band now gets to sit down and focus exclusively on music. The songs are more dif“ cult to play, but just as exciting to perform and it would be just as amazing to continue seeing the support that the community has brought to the Mandarin Band program. As the holidays are approaching, the band will be in The Avenues mall wrapping gifts. The gift-wrapping starts on December 14 at 4:00 p.m. Mustang Band seniors on the tower after their last practice.and will continue during all of winter break. All proceeds directly support the Mandarin High School band program and we would love to see everyone there. Thank you in advanced for your support!Mandarin High School hosted two instructors from the Aviation Survival Training School at Naval Air Station Jacksonville on November 13 for an assembly observing the Week of Valor. Mayor Alvin Brown joined Petty O cer 2nd Class Justin Cardente and Petty O cer 3rd Class Benjamin Lee for a patriotic program where the naval o cers addressed students about their careers in the Navy and what it means to be a veteran. I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the military personnel who participated, both for their service and for their partnership in bringing this important lesson to students,Ž Mayor Brown said. Jacksonville is a military city and I want students to understand that their Mayor Brown visits Mandarin High School for Week of Valorsacri“ ce makes it possible for us to study, work and live freely.Ž During the assembly, School Board Member Jason Fischer and Col. Dr. Dan Davis (ret.) also spoke to the students and the Navy Band Southeast Brass Quintet performed a number of musical selections. The Week of Valor, a series of events paying tribute to military and veterans in Jacksonville during the days surrounding Veterans Day, reached thousands of Duval County schoolchildren directly this year, as military personnel serving at bases throughout the city visited more than 100 classrooms. For more information about other Week of Valor events, please visit www.coj.net/MilitaryA airs. Hendricks Day School eighth graders are writing to their e-pals from College les Rives du Lemon in Evian, France and recently our “ fth graders participated in a Skype conference with students from Hans Christian Andersen School from Buenos Aires, Argentina! During the year, our students will be exchanging PowerPoint presentations with information on their respective countries. Some of the topics that they will cover are our school, our town, holidays, music, food and much more. This is another way that we incorporate multicultural projects into our curriculum and make our students culturally aware of the world around them. Merry ChristmasFrom your friends at Mandarin NewsLine!

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2013 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 13 Celebrate New Years Eve In Style On the Bank of the St. Johns River Come for the party only $75 per person!Call today for reservations 904-287-2525 space is limited.Live DJ Dancing Heavy Hors doeuvres* 2 Free Drink Tickets Cash Bar Overnight accommodations including the party and New Years Day breakfast start at $183.For more details visit: MarywoodCenter.org/NewYearsEve 904-260-9009 www.rivercityhomes.com WHERE AMAZING HAPPENS Jacksonville Youth Soccer Club is now registering players of all ages for the 2014 Spring Season! To learn more about what the club has to oer your player and family, please log onto our website www.JYSC.com or email GordonJYSC@gmail.com Jacksonville Historical Societys Gingerbread House Extravaganza, a holiday tradition, opens for a nearly three-week run on December 4, showcasing dozens of confection creations made by area professional chefs and everyday citizens. Joining the Extravaganza this year is Mandarins Gilmons Bakery, celebrating its “ rst anniversary in the community. Mandarin residents Beth Hohl Asbury and Emily Lisska serve on the Gingerbread Extravaganza Committee. Gilmons Bakery adds an exciting dimension to the Extravaganza. They are experts in what they do,Ž said Hohl Asbury. The Gonzalez-Etheredge family of Mandarin was a “ rst time gingerbread builder in 2012 and return to the show this year. Jocelyn GonzalezEtheredge said the children are still a little too young to build, but cheer on the adults. In fact, we create and set our theme around the childrens interests,Ž she shared. The Extravaganza, located at the National Register Site, Old St. Andrews, 317 A. Philip For a sixth year in a row, Krantz Dental Care of Mandarin has collected Halloween candy for our troops. This year they collected 550 pounds of Halloween candy for our troops serving overseas. In the past six years they have collected 4450 pound of candy! Its a win-win situation,Ž says Dr. Alan Krantz. We get to promote a healthy Halloween for children, while at the same time are able to let our troops know we are thinking of them. Some of the children even wrote notes to be included with the candy„it was extremely touching to read their messages.Ž Gingerbread House Extravaganza showcases Mandarin and beyondRandolph Boulevard, across from the Veterans Memorial Arena, is often referred to as the most creative art show in town.Ž The event showcases varied themes including storybook, fantasy, historic and traditional holiday gingerbread houses. The Gingerbread Extravaganza runs December 4 through December 21, except Sundays. Its open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays. Although it is a charity event, a donation of $5 per adult and $3 for children over three is suggested. Parking is free. The site adjoining the Gingerbread Extravaganza, the Merrill Museum House, o ers a walk through a typical Jacksonville upper middle class home of a century ago„all in a Victorian setting. The museum house is open 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily, except Sunday. Special Gingerbread Extravaganza activities and “ eld trips are also available to schools, seniors and other groups. For more information, please call 665-0064 or email gingerbread@jaxhistory.com.Dentist collects 550 pounds of candy for the troopsIn early November, children brought in their candy to Krantz Dental Care and received $1 for every pound. Once again Pine Forest Elementary school collected 50 pounds, earning them a nice big check. Also part of this promotion was a free exam for braces for those families who participated in this annual event. We have practiced in Jacksonville for 20 years and it has always been important to us to give back to our community. It is a priority for us,Ž said business manager Adria Krantz. Be sure to see their ad in this issue of Mandarin NewsLine! October 31 has always been a special day for the students at Crown Point Elementary School and this year was no exception! The students arrived to school wearing lab coats, wigs with wild and spiky hair and glasses with bulky frames. They were all ready for the annual event, Mad Scientist Day. From kindergarten to “ fth grade, the students got to stretch their imagination and enjoy educational and cool science experiments. Mad Scientist Day was a blast for all! Mad Scientist Day at Crown Point Advertise inMandarin NewsLineIt’s good for business!886-4919

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Page 14, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2013 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com ASK YOUR VETERINARIAN FOR A REFERRAL TODAY!1. Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow. 2. Sores that do not heal. 3. Weight loss. 4. Loss of appetite. 5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening. 6. Oensive odor. 7. Diculty eating or swallowing. 8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina. 9. Persistent lameness or stiness. 10. Diculty breathing, urinating, or defecating.What are the 10 Most Common Signs of Cancer in Small Animals? SEVOMED.com Where Compassion Meets Innovation! Brian E. Floro DMD, PAGeneral and Family DentistryExams and Cleanings Placing and Restoring Dental Implants Crowns and BridgesVeneers and Teeth Whitening Clear Braces with ClearCorrectLocated in the Memorial Imaging Center Corner of Loretto Road and San Jose Blvd. www.florodental.comPreferred Provider of Most Major Dental Insurance New Patient Special$99Exam, Digital X-RaysThis oer is exclusive to self-pay patients and may not be used with any insurance program. Must present coupon. Expires 12-31-13.Whitening for Life!Reg. $180$99 Contact the oce for details.Must present coupon. Expires 12-31-13. Dr. Brian Floro D.M.D. P.A. Dr. Brian Floro D.M.D. P.A. Community Nutcracker cont. from pg. 1 founders are currently artistic directors of the production, each directing a portion of the performance. The principal dancers each year are professional dancers, while the performing company is composed of students of local dance studios. This years principal dancers are both from Puerto Rico, Laura Valentin and Jose Rodriguez. Typically, there are about 245 people involved on stage in the production and approximately 40 local dance studios are represented. Production work on each performance actually starts with planning meetings by the board of directors and artistic directors in January. Open auditions are held in early September for the dancers, followed immediately by a weekly rehearsal schedule which continues until the date of the performance. Spivak says he is most proud that the Community Nutcracker production has existed for 22 years, through good economic times and bad. He feels that during economic downturns, Whats WLNN? Its Wonderful Loretto News Network! Fifth graders at Loretto Elementary School receive hands-on experience in the world of media, as they auditioned for the morning news team. Now, these students are off and running. They write, produce, “ lm and monitor the audio and video aspects of the news show. Their technology skills are advancing with every production. Not to mention, our anchors are improving their speech, as they strive to deliver clear and concise news to the entire viewing audienceƒ. all of Loretto Elementary. Because the students are doing such a great job, the school district has decided to spotlight the students by featuring them on PBS. The show will air Sunday, December 1 at 10:00 a.m. on WJCT, which is the PBS af“ liate. people seek out the joy that the production brings even more. To raise so much money and give back to the community that has helped me so much to be successful makes me happy and proud,Ž he says. So much good comes from this production, much more than even the money we are able to raise. There is nothing like seeing the joy on the performers faces and the faces of their families. I never thought this would be so big, but I look forward to its continued growth.Ž For more information on how you can support this project, performed by the community for the community, please visit www.jaxnutcracker.org. Corporate sponsorships are still available as are tickets to the public performances. Support the MHS Band!Gift wrappingThe Avenues Mall, rst oor outside H&M December 13 24 4 PM 10 PM weekdays; 9 AM 10 PM Saturdays; 11 AM 7 PM SundaysAll proceeds directly support the MHS Band program! Mandarin NewsLineNow delivered to 32223 32258 32257(select routes)Don’t miss your chance to place your ad in the only community newspaper with a monthly circulation of 29,000 addresses!Call Today!886-4919

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Page 16, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2013 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com Inc.Since 1981 Carpentry 260-4820 12421 San Jose Blvd, Ste 100 ( 904 ) 292-0195 www.atlasphysicaltherapy.com Yearly more than two million people visit a doctor for dizziness, and an untold number suer from motion sickness. Although patients complain of similar symptoms, there are dierent treatments available. Vertigo and dizziness are among the most common symptoms prompting patients to visit a physician. Join in as we discuss vertigo, causes and treatment, and how it diers from various balance disorders.Vertigo What is it? What can cause dizziness/imbalance? BPPV Explained What is Vestibular Rehab Therapy? When should you seek treatment from a Physical Therapist? Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 10:00-11:30am FREE Must RSVP 292-0195 Mandarin | St. Johns | WGV Here are some tips to make packing and shipping your holiday gifts easier: The largest item being shipped will determine the box size needed. (For example, board games can require large boxes.) Lightweight items that are large may be more expensive to ship than you might expect as all carriers now charge for shipping based on volume (size and weight), rather than just weight. Be sure to consider this when buying gifts. Breakable items need suf“ cient cushioning materials such as bubble wrap, packing peanuts or properly placed air pillows. Make sure breakable items are located to the center of the box. Unacceptable cushioning materials would be crunched up newspaper, tissue paper or clothing. Valuable items that are breakable should be double-boxed or packed in an over-sized box with suf“ cient cushioning as described above. When you choose your box it must withstand the shock, vibration and compression that will occur in handling and transit. The box should be made for shipping (not a moving, storage, shoe or department store) and a used box should not have any holes or collapsed areas on it. Make sure your box is large enough to attach the shipping label and that all old shipping labels are removed or marked out.October 21 through 24 was Homecoming Week for the Mustangs and it was jam packed. With students dressing up Monday through Thursday to prepare for Homecoming, which took place at EverBank Field Stadium Friday, October 25, the week was “ lled with various activities. Monday was Nerd Day and Tuesday was themed Duck Dynasty Day.Ž On both days students came out in their best gear to show support for the school and Wednesday, Old People Day,Ž was the day of the Homecoming pep rally for the juniors and seniors. Thursday was probably the most exciting day, though, because it was the day of the second annual Mandarin High Homecoming Parade as well as the football game against Sandalwood. Holiday packing and shipping tipsContributed by Doug Nunnery, owner, The UPS Store, Fruit CoveOnce the box is closed, you should not hear any rattling when you shake it and the box should not give at the seams when you press on it. If it does, it needs more packing material or your box needs to be cut down to size. Do not use brown kraft paper or string (these items catch on automated equipment) to wrap old boxes. Its ok to use reuse boxes with printed images on them. Remember to use shipping tape only, not masking tape, duct tape, painters tape or wrapping paper tape. Secure all open seams, not just the top of the box. Of course, you can always rely on The UPS Store to pack your items should you decide not to do it yourself. All storepacked items are covered by our Pack and Ship Guarantee,Ž which provides full reimbursement of packing and shipping costs in the unlikely event of damage. Note: the Pack and Ship GuaranteeŽ applies only to packages shipped via UPS. UPS has guaranteed Next Day, Second Day and 3-Day shipments, as well as Ground shipping. All UPS shipments are trackable and the “ rst $100 of declared-value insurance is included. Additional coverage can be added for an additional fee. Shipping to a recognized business address will always save you money when using UPS as your carrier. A brief description of package contents must be provided at The UPS Store shipping counter. Firearms, explosive materials, alcohol, tobacco and citrus fruit are prohibited items and cannot be shipped. The face value of gift cards cannot be covered by declared-value insurance, so we suggest making a copy of all gift cards before shipping in case they are lost. That way they can possibly be stopped and reissued. The US Postal Service offers Parcel Post, Priority Mail and Express Mail for shipping packages. Priority Mail, though not guaranteed, usually arrives within three days. Express Mail is guaranteed, and arrives in one or two days, depending on the address. While not as comprehensive as UPS, some level of tracking is provided on all postal services.MHS HappeningsAnother successful Homecoming Week!By Zoe Smolios, MHS StudentPeople lined Greenland Road from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in order to watch the ” oats, which were made by the students themselves. The parade was lead by the ROTC students and included the band, cheerleaders, the swim team and various clubs such as Journalism, Junior Ladies, B.A.S.I.C., 4H and Interact. Principal Dr. Richardson as well as the whole homecoming court and even Chick-“ l-A were also in attendance. Students came out that night to support their Mustangs as they took on Sandalwoods Saints and to “ nd out who the lucky winners of Homecoming King and Queen were. Congratulations to Chase Little and Kimberly Harris! Even though the game ended in a loss, students could agree that it was an exciting game and week in all!Everybody reads Mandarin NewsLine! Shouldn’t your ad be included?886-4919 Happy Holidays from your friends at Mandarin NewsLine!

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2013 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 17 Open Monday Friday 7AM 6PM to meet the needs of caregivers wh o work full time or who need some extra time for other daily activities Activities are tailored to mee t the multi-level needs of our clients with memory impairment Nutritious meals and snacks prepar ed daily in a safe, secure a nd state-of-the-art environment Morning transportation available for cli ents living near the River Garden campus Conveniently located just south of I-295 “Concerns about your drinking water?”Call the Water Treatment Company Jacksonville has trusted for over 20 Years. Straight answers No high pressure. 262 0197 3760 KORI RD. Lic. #W-32 yo u C all th e W ate r T reatmen t Compan y J acksonville h as trusted f or ove r 2 0 Years S Call the Water Treatment Company Jacksonville has trusted for over 20 years. A wonderful time was had by all in early October when a group from the Mandarin Womens Club set sail on the Schooner Freedom out of the St. Augustine Municipal Marina! Captain John manned the helm and Admiral Sarah greeted us royally as we motored away from the dock. It was a lovely early evening with a brisk wind blowing and soon their young friendly crew was raising the sails. Sarah got the wine ” ow-Womens club members enjoy sunset sailBy Contributing Writer Sharon Weed, Mandarin Womens Clubing as the sails billowed in the wind and rose to the top of the masts! As we were getting under full sail, we had a short little rain shower, then all was clear. We enjoyed a look at the city from a di erent perspective as we sailed under the Bridge of Lions and out toward the ocean. It was so peaceful as we listened to the water lap against the hull and watched to see if any dolphins were riding the waves. Eventually we had to turn around for the trip back to the dock as we watched the sun set behind the old city, and the sails had to come back down. A good time was had by all, with thanks to Pat Ulp for arranging the excursion. The Zarubas, John and Sarah, have been sailing most of their adult lives and if you want a nice, relaxing experience, give them a call! Tell our advertisers you saw them inMandarinNewsLine Support our fine Advertisers! www.research.net/s/190276 ? What do you think? Participate and you could win a $50 Gift Certi“cate to Whole Foods Market! We Need a Home!Call for viewing and adoption: 725-8766 GraceFemale/Spayed Domestic Shorthair/Mix 3 years PirateFemale/Spayed Beagle/Pointer 6 years 5 months

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Page 18, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2013 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com DONT COMMIT TO A GYM! COMMIT TO YOURSELF! Shape Your Nutrition12200-18 SAN JOSE BLVD (IN BEALLS SHOPPING CENTER) (904) 386-3993 ENJOY 1/2 OFF SMOOTHIE WITH COUPON. EXP 12/31/13 *Fit Camp First Month FREE!* *Weight Loss Challenges (Nutrition Class)* *Personal Accountability* Great Selection of Unique Holiday Gifts! For six weeks this fall, the South Mandarin Branch Library has hosted the High School and Beyond Survival Workshop. The six week course has focused on teaching teens how to improve their study, test taking and organization skills and was facilitated each week by Rachel Bauer, M.Ed. On Thursday, November 7, 15 students attending session four of the six week course had a very special guest speaker when Dr. Annmarie Kent-Willette, the Education Start Here. Go Anywhere.Jax Education Commissioner visits with teens at the South Mandarin LibraryBy Contributing Writer Lynne Baldwin, Librarian Senior/Branch Manager, Mandarin Branch Library Jacksonville Education Commissioner Dr. Annmarie Kent-Willette spoke to students on November 7 at the South Mandarin Branch Library.Commissioner of Jacksonville, spoke to the students about Mayor Browns Learn2Earn program. Learn2Earn is a summer program designed for high school students who are on summer break awaiting their sophomore or junior years. Learn2Earn targets low-tomoderate income students with caregivers that have not attended college. Students entering senior year may be granted an exception to enroll. Learn2Earn is open to all students in public and private schools as well as home-schooled students. There is no cost to students and the student to mentor ratio is 10 to 1. Students spend one week on the Jacksonville University campus where they participate in workshops that prepare them for the process of college enrollment. Dr. Kent-Willette encouraged the students to apply for a spot in the Learn2Earn program. Do you need help picking a topic or “ nding sources for the upcoming History Fair? Join us at the Mandarin and the South Mandarin Branch Libraries and we will show you library resources that will help you create a successful project. History Fair Help will be available at the Mandarin Branch Library on Saturday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m. and at the South Mandarin Branch Library on Saturday, December 14 at 11:00 a.m. The Mandarin Book Club will be discussing The Shoemakers Wife by Adrianna Trigiani on Thursday, December 5 at 1:00 p.m. Stacey Van Hoy and Patricia Henderson will be leading the discussion. Please call 262-5201 for information. Holiday shopping is made easy at the library. The Jacksonville Public Library is o ering three easy ways to do your holiday shopping and support your local branch library at the same time. Visit the librarys website at www. jaxpubliclibrary.org for complete information about holiday shopping at the Jacksonville Public Library. Please note the library hours of operation for the Christmas and New Years Day holidays. All Jacksonville Public Libraries will be closed on Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 and will close at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31 and will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Best wishes for a safe and joyful holiday season and a Happy, Happy New Year! See you at the library in 2014! W W W WWWVisit our website: Mandarin/Southside Young H. Lee, DMD Young H. Lee, DMDCosmetic & Family Dental CareLee Aesthetic Dentistry 262-173711481 Old St. Augustine Rd. www.youngleedmd.comEmergencies & New Patients Welcome Clear Correct Braces Root Canals Crowns & Bridges Implants & Dentures Veneers Extractions Periodontal (Gum) Treatment Teeth Whitening Laser Treatment Low Radiation Digital X-Rays Sedation Available Ceiling TVs Most Insurance Accepted I-295 Old St. Augustine Rd Publix Winn DixieSt. Josephs Catholic Church LowesGate Gas Station Mandarin/Southside Mandarin/Southside Lee Aesthetic Dentistry Red Ribbon Week at Crown PointThe week of October 14 was a very busy one for the Crown Point Elementary School Panthers. Our PTA planned exciting and creative activities throughout the week to raise awareness about leading a drugfree lifestyle. Crown Point Panthers wore silly socks to Sock it to Drugs.Ž They wore their shirts backwards to Turn Their Backs on Drugs.Ž The students wore their red, white and blue colors to Take a Stand for a Drug-Free LandŽ to culminate the week. The classroom door decorations and messages were so clever and the students were really proud! Beverly Sterrett and her kindergarten students look great in their silly socks!

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2013 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 19 To triumph over cancer once is hard enough. But to face cancer three times takes remarkable courage „ and a top, coordinated team of specialists. In Janes case, that team included the multi-disciplinary experts at Baptists Hill Breast Center, the surgical care team at Baptist South, and her breast care coordinator, Marcelle, to be with her every step of the way. At Baptist, were bringing together clinical expertise and personalized care to improve outcomes. Thats changing health care for good.Jane survived cancer. Three times. Visit baptistjax.com to hear Janes story. Jacksonville’s Only Certified Master Pedicurist & Medical Nail Technician 9700 Philips Hwy, #107 Jacksonville, FL 32256 (904)469-2432www.HandsFeetandBeyond.com Need a quality pedicure, but concerned with the cleanliness of the tools & equipment? If so, come enjoy a sanitary & relaxing pedicure. Offering Geriatric & Diabetic Foot-careReggie Stephens After years of thoughtful planning and development, the new Episcopal Early Learning Academy (EELA) on San Jose Boulevard o cially opened for business on Monday, November 18, but a special preview was held on Thursday, November 14. Mandarin families toured the new facility and met early learning professionals. Childrens entertainment included face painting, balloon animals, a caricature artist, games and a magician. EELA provides a wonderful new option for families with young children, particularly those residing in Mandarin and San Jose, and o ers programs that are tailored to “ t children ages six weeks through VPK. Guided by the philosophy that the early years are critical to building a solid foundation for life-long learning, EELA o ers a developmentally appropriate curriculum designed to foster childrens social, cognitive, physical and language skills in a safe, nurturing and fun environment. EELA uses a whole-child approach and provides care and guidance through a variety of learning activities that promote critical thinking and problemsolving skills.CertusBank, N.A. recently celebrated the opening of their newest branch in the Jacksonville area. Mayor Alvin Brown attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at the branch located in Mandarin. CertusBank, headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, “ rst entered the Jacksonville market with the acquisition of Atlantic Southern Bank in May 2011. The Mandarin branch is their second in the area and will be followed by the opening of a Ponte Vedra branch in early 2014. In addition to their retail branches, the bank also has a strong wealth presence in the region. We are thrilled to be growing in Jacksonville. This is Southlake Nursing and Rehab Center, located in the heart of Mandarin, hosted a dog obedience school presentation in honor of the Dog Days of Summer.Ž Why dogs? The residents overwhelmingly enjoy three things: music, Bank holds Grand Opening for Mandarin locationJacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown joins Angela Webb, president, and Walter Davis, Co-CEO, to cut the ribbon marking the grand opening of CertusBank.such a vibrant city, with many exciting endeavors bene“ ting its citizens and the state. We have identi“ ed it as one of our primary markets for expansion,Ž said Angela Webb, president of CertusBank. Our team looks forward to providing the residents and businesses in the Mandarin area with innovative solutions to their “ nancial needs.Ž The bank has already made good on their promise to support the communities in which they are located by sponsoring the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras new Matinee series. CertusBank is also a strong supporter of Mandarin High School and a sponsor of The PLAYERS Championship.Early learning center celebrates grand openingAcademic enrichment programs are part of the daily schedule at EELA and include lessons in Spanish, sign language, computer technology, music, art, character development, yoga for infants and toddlers, YUM! (Youth Understanding MyPlate) Nutrition Program and gardening. Professionals at EELA know that measuring success is essential to teaching and development. As such, EELA uses a combination of child and classroom assessments to measure progress. Assessments include the Test of Preschool Early Literacy, a research-based assessment designed to gauge whether a child between the ages of three and “ ve has suf“ cient knowledge of vocabulary and phonological awareness. EELA also regularly administers VPK assessments that are designed to provide teachers with reliable feedback regarding a childs progress. To help working parents monitor their children on a regular basis, EELA uses WatchMeGrow’, an online webcam that allows parents and families to share in their childs day from virtually anywhere. Parents will have the ability to see high-quality streaming video of their childs classroom areas. The spacious new center features 10 new classrooms and can accommodate up to 167 children. Fun was had by all at the preview! Photo by Juani KellyLocal rehab center is Goin to the dogsŽBy Contributing Writer Cathy Winterpets, and bingo. The centers sta states that if they could just get a dog that sang and could call bingo, the residents would be ecstatic! The K-9 Obedience Club of Jacksonville, Inc. answered the call with enthusiasm and devotion for a demonstration of their dogs and their talents. Anita Gard and four other canine owners presented a terri“ c show of obedience and tricks. The residents were thrilled and the dogs presence brought back pleasant memories of their own pets. The conversations and memories continued on long after the performance. It only goes to prove that the love of a pet truly leaves paw prints on our hearts. Wet kisses, furry hugs and oohs and ahhsŽ “ lled the day. This was the culmination of a week-long celebration of the dog days of summer with sta bringing in their dogs throughout the week, from the very small poodles, to the very large boxer and Great Dane.

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Page 20, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2013 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com Weather and tides are the two largest contributing factors to the success of any well thought out “ shing trip on the St. Johns River. Unfortunately we have no control over either and often have to take what we get, with the time that we have, to make our trip happen. Understanding these conditions and how they can a ect your “ shing plans before you get out on the water can be vital to the success of your trip. Wind and rain are the most common weather-related issues that anglers have to deal with. When planning a “ shing trip, know the direction and speed forecasted for the wind that day. Light winds usually under 10 or 12 knots do not present a problem, but winds exceeding those speeds can be problematic, especially if those winds are blowing in the opposite direction of the tidal ” ow. Using opposite shorelines as a shield for westerly or easterly winds can provide calm waters on what could have been a choppy day. Rain can put a damper on a “ shing trip real quick, especially if there is lightning around, but most of the time you can plan around it. During our warm weather months, most of our rain and thunderstorms occur in the early or mid-afternoon hours of the day. This is caused by daytime heating or the meeting of afternoon sea breezes. 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After a front has passed, expect a couple days of wind, followed by improving conditions, which is followed by several nice days in a row before the next front arrives. Those several nice days will provide the window for your “ shing opportunities. Most anglers recognize that tides are probably the single most contributing factor to the success of a “ shing trip. In most cases we have to accept the tide for is what it is and make the best of the time we have allotted for “ shing. Fortunately, due to the vastness of our “ shing area of the St. Johns, we are able to chaseŽ tides as they change. From the downtown bridges to Green Cove Springs, there is over a three hour di erence in the change of tides. This tide di erence enables anyone “ shing these areas to motor up and chase the tide as it changes. Depending on the speed of your boat you can actually change the current tide you are “ shing up to or back to several hours or somewhere in between. Being able to chase the tide will increase your “ shing and the probability of a successful outcome. Fishing Report: Yellowmouth from Buckman to downtown on deeper holes. Time to troll for speckled trout o the docks north or south of Goodbys Creek. Whether you catch one, some or none, the family time spent “ shing will last a lifetime. Let us know about your organization or club!Dont 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 Chartwells-Thompson School Dining Services, in partnership with Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) in Jacksonville, recently received the Organizational Leadership AwardŽ from the Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition due to its multiple e orts in addressing childhood obesity and healthy living. Chartwells-Thompson received this award for providing the highest quality food for all students and encouraging students and members of the community to eat healthy and stay active every day through various awareness programs. Some of the initiatives that Chartwells-Thompson was recognized for include: € Sourcing fresh and sustainable ingredients: ChartwellsThompson o ers sustainable and healthy foods to its students, including hormone free dairy, humane cage-less eggs, sustainable seafood, local produce when possible, meatless entre options, whole grain rich breads, fresh fruit and vegetables. € Hosting a Chefs-2-SchoolsŽ program: In this awareness initiative, professional Chartwells-Thompson chefs visit public schools and conduct cooking demonstrations in front of students while Healthy living addressed in Duval County Public Schoolsproviding samplings of fresh, healthy foods. The recipes always involve a fresh fruit or vegetable that is in season so that kids can take home recipe cards and cook these items with their parents as well. € Organizing a Cooking Up ChangeŽ competition: This competition encourages students to create a healthy, tasty meal that could potentially be served in the cafeteria. The students are urged to follow the rigorous health guidelines and approved ingredient list that all school meal programs must follow under the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs. Local winners then compete in the national Cooking Up Change event each year. Duvals “ rst place winner in the last competition inspired the “ sh tacos on the current lunch menu this year. € Participating in various community initiatives: Chartwells-Thompson also helps sponsor community organizations and initiatives such as the Im A Star FoundationŽ that assists the Jacksonville community through projects and fundraisers. Last year, Chartwells-Thompson Healthy living cont. on pg. 21

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2013 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 21 Community MarketplaceAttention Small Businesses!!!For just $39 per issue you can reach 26,000+ addresses (min. of 6 issues) Call 886-4919 today! JOB Finder Looking for a job in Mandarin? Heres where you can nd one close to home. CLASSIFIED ADS! NOW ONLINE AT www.mandarinnewsline.comFREE Mandarin NewsLine Marketplace ads!886-4919 Massage Therapy Alicia Hunter LMTOnly $50 an hour #MM12329/MA53865 Neuromuscular Therapy ( 904 ) 514 5788www.hunter l mt. c omA New U Massage located in San Jose Office Center, Next to Sonny’s and Ace Hardware $5 OFF with this ad. Help WantedFront Of ce/Customer Service, Food and beverage manager and Food Court/Party Hostess needed. Contact Mark Scheff, Operations Manager, Director of Skating at 904-399-3223 ext 5. Position: Staff Accountant Description: ElderSource, the Area Agency on Aging and Aging and Disability Resource Center for Northeast Florida, is seeking a staff accountant to join our nance team. Degree in accounting and relevant work experience highly preferable. The ideal candidate will have experience in a non-pro t environment working with federal, state and private grants. Ability to interface with management, manage multiple responsibilities and meet multiple deadlines. Strong Excel skills required. Experience with enterprise-wide nancial systems essential, Microsoft Dynamics a plus. A competitive salary, excellent bene ts, exible work hours are available. Background/drug screen required. Fax resume and salary requirements to Paula McGriff (904) 391-6601 or email to Resumes@ myeldersource.org Applications accepted until position is lled. "Seeking part-time help for private mental health practice. Duties include patient registration, collecting copays, insurance veri cation, and other administrative duties. Inquiries may be emailed to banf_ag@yahoo.com. Please include "Part-Time Help" in the subject line of your email. Accounts Receivables position with local 24 year old small company, must know Quickbooks and collections. Full time position located in Mandarin. Call 262-0197 or E-mail Resume to: Terri@ affordablewaterjax.com Water Treatment Installer, experienced. For established Water Treatment Company. Bene ts 262-0197 or Fax: 260-6292. Seeking Licensed Massage Therapist @ A New U Massage(MM12329) Mandarin furnished massage room available NOW. Room rent is $375+ 7% tax ($401.25) a month. Rent can split w/other LMT. Phone: 904-288-0064 Join the Baptist South circle of care. Visit e-baptisthealth.com for the most up to date list of job openings. Listings are updated daily and change often. If you have any questions, please call Human Resources at 271.6078. 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Bucket Truck/Bobcat Tractor Services TREE & STUMP SERVICE Quickbooks, tax software and general business knowledge. Send resume to bob@reburkecpa.com Mandarin barber/salon looking for stylist with clientele. Reasonable rent, clean, friendly shop. Call 904-260-7071. MRI Technologist PRN Job Description: Performs all MRI scans and related duties in the absence of and under the supervision of the MRI Manager in accordance with all policies and procedures. Requires independent judgment and initiative with ability to scan on Philips MRI systems specializing in Orthopaedics. Will train as necessary. Quali cations: Must be MRI and CPR certi ed. Prefer at least 2 yrs. experience in MRI. Philips experience a plus. Licensed in State of Florida required. Required Skills: Must be able to work independently with emphasis on patient care and attention to detail. Please email your rŽsumŽ and cover letter to humanresources@oastaug.com or fax at 904.209.1035 Indulge www.areyoureadytoindule.com has new owners! We are looking for experienced hair stylists with a following to join us. Commission and/or booth rentals. If interested, contact Nina Stelfox @ 904-657-9190 Pool cleaner to maintain residential customer accounts. 1 year experience required. Pool service and repair technician. 2 years experience in all aspects of pool repair cleaning, and renovation. Must have valid clean driving record and pass background test.Please respond to r.schmitz@ comcast.net with applicable work history or a resume. The St. Johns River Farmers Market in Alpine Groves Park, 2060 SR 13, Switzerland, seeks assistance on Fridays and Saturdays with market set-up and sign placement and removal; physical strength required. Email: nfva.org@gmail.com. Phone: 904-347-8900. Hood Cleaning Technician This is a part-time position starting at $10.75/Hour. Work hours during the night or early morning hours when restaurants are closed. Power washing of kitchen exhaust systems including hoods, duct work, lters and exhaust fans. Please respond to this ad with cover letter and resume to jeff.sowell@ hoodz.us.com Panache in Julington Creek is interviewing experienced & talented Stylists to join our team. Do you enjoy working in a professional, clean & successful environment? Apply at www.getpanache. com or stop in 2758 Racetrack Road #403. HELP WANTED! If you like music (and other arts) and would like to volunteer to support a non-pro t organization bringing music to the community, please call 374 8639 F/T assistant needed for doctors of ce. M, T, W, F & Saturday morning. Please fax resume to 904-683-4378. P/T massage therapist needed for M,W,F afternoons from 1-6pm. Please send resume to 904-683-4378. POSITION OPEN P/T ADMINISTRATIVE CLERK $10/Hr. Position opens with the Julington Creek Annex. This position is responsible for providing clerical support for of ce operations. Apply St. Johns County Property Appraiser's Of ce, 4030 Lewis Speedway Suite 203, St. Augustine, Fl 32084 by November 22, 2013, EOEDRUG FREE WORKPLACE.helped sponsor the Lets Move JacksonvilleŽ event, which raised awareness for food desserts in Jacksonville. The Chartwells-Thompson Chef, Jonathan Eaddy, demonstrated how to cook spaghetti squash marinara and distributed fresh carrots, hummus and bottled water to attendees. With nearly 30 percent of Duval County residents being overweight or obese, according to County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, the Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition honored individuals and organizations that go above and beyond the call of duty to create awareness about healthy living and eating. For Chartwells-Thompson, nourishing students is not only our business, its our commitment to the communities in which we serve and we are grateful to be recognized for our e orts,Ž said Louisa Alderson, marketing and communications manager at Chartwells-Thompson in Jacksonville. For the 2013-14 school year, Chartwells-Thompson has even more activities planned to help create a healthy community. Through our e orts inside and outside of school, we hope to encourage healthy eating, an active lifestyle and a better Jacksonville.ŽHealthy living cont. from pg. 20 W W W WWWVisit our website: Want your school’s Good News to appear in Mandarin NewsLine?Let us know what is happening in your school or classroom and we’ll share it with your neighbors in Mandarin!Send an email to editor@mandarinnewsline.comDeadline is the 10th of each month! p p 12276 San Jose Blvd. #512 (904) 880-0202 www.dietjacksonville”.comIdeal Weight Lossat Life Mission Chiropractic

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Page 22, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2013 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com For more information on a Bolles education and to reserve your space at our Open House, please visit www.BollesSuccessKit.org or call (904) 256-5030 .Four Unique Campuses Ponte Vedra Beach | Whitehurst | Bartram | San Jose Day and Boarding School from Pre-K through Grade 12. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, January 13 Lower School Whitehurst Campus San Jose Pre-K „Grade 5 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, January 10 Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach Campus Beaches Pre-K „Grade 5 Spend the day at Bolles, and discover a wonderful place for your child. Bolles provides the education, experiences and connections for your child to achieve amazing accomplishments in life. Join us for an Open House and see for yourself the smaller class sizes with exceptional teachers, the state of the art classrooms and an advanced curriculum, and the positive learning environment with grade-specic campuses. Bolles is a world leading to great opportunities. Join us for an Open House and start something wonderful for your childƒ only at Bolles. Come experience the start ofwonderful.something Tree WorkbyMitch Drake & Sons (904) 703-5040 (904) 287-3819Licensed, Insured & Workmans Comp www.treeworkbymitchdrakeandsons.com 2012 Angies List Super Service Award Over 35 Years Experience We want to bring to our readers some of the upcoming holiday activities at a few of the approximately 32 houses of worship in and around our neighborhood. We discovered was a rich dedication to the traditions of the holidays, activities planned speci“ cally for the upcoming joyous holiday season. Services celebrating advent and Christmas will be found at each of the churches. The synagogues will be celebrating Hanukah with a traditional ” avor. Most church and synagogue calendars follow traditional observances for their holiday celebrations. Here is a list of houses of worship that responded to our request for holiday schedules and details. Crown Point Baptist Church at 10153 Old St. Augustine Road is o ering a free event to help with the Christmas rush. They are having a Parents Night Out and Preschool/Childrens Christmas Party on Saturday, December 14 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., which is open to the community for children ages Pre-K to “ fth grade. On Sunday, December 15 at 10:15 a.m. is the Christmas musical, Joy of Every Longing Heart.Ž Christmas Eve service is Tuesday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m. Chabad Lubavitch of Northeast Florida at 10129 Haley Road describes the season as Tis the season to be Jewish.Ž As the Jacksonville Jewish Community anticipates the arrival of the holiday of Chanukah, Chabads attention is directed towards the annual Chanukah at the LandingŽ event to be held on Sunday, December 1. If you think that Jews dont have fun in December, you have yet to attend this exciting celebration of Jewish culture and pride,Ž according to Rabbi Yoseph Kahanov, regional director of Chabad in Northeast Florida. This years event will feature Sha-ron Kushnir on keyboard, a Grand Chanukah family carnival and fair and, as always, the kindling of Jacksonvilles tallest Menorah. Kicking o the event is the annual Chanukah Car Parade … a beautiful demonstration of Jewish pride and solidarity. Over 100 vehicles, adorned with custom designed Chanukah ” ags, (free to all participants) are expected to join the caravan towards The Landing. The fun-“ lled afternoon will feature a variety of kiosks and exhibitions. Dignitaries and public o cials will convey Chanukah greetings and well wishes to the Jewish community. The grand Menorah lighting will be held at 5:00 p.m. The Christmas Services schedule at The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, located Theres something for everyone!Holiday activities from local churches and synagoguesBy Karl Kennellat 12336 Mandarin Road are: Christmas Eve Tuesday, December 24, 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with special presentation of the Christmas Story for children; 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with contemporary music; 8:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with full choir and instruments; 11:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with full choir, instruments and incense; and Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25 at 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I. Christian Family Chapel, located at 10365 Old St. Augustine Road is in the middle of a 70 day initiative called SowJax. Church members and attendees have been challenged to consider and act on various opportunities for sowing seeds of the Gospel of Christ in their daily interactions. Some of the seeds include being involved with the Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive and partnering with the Inner City Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ by delivering Boxes of Love (food) for Thanksgiving. Families are “ lling shoeboxes for children ages two to 14 years old who are in need around the world. This annual initiative called Operation Christmas Child is sponsored by Samaritans Purse, a humanitarian organization. Last year Christian Family Chapel contributed over 700 boxes. Also they will visit with the elderly in assisted living facilities along Old St. Augustine Road, singing, sharing devotions and providing snacks. Their Christmas Eve services will be held at 4:00 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. and one family service (bring children of all ages) at 5:30 p.m. Christ Church Mandarin at 9794 Old St. Augustine Road will hold an Advent celebration called A Gift to GiveŽ on Sunday, December 15 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with potluck dinner, carols and hot chocolate around the bon“ re. Their Christmas Eve family service is December 24 at 5:00 p.m. Grace Community Church at 10938 Hood Road South will hold a Christmas Eve service is 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, December 22, special Christmas services will be held at two service times: 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Mandarin United Methodist Church, located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard will celebrate the season with “ ve Christmas Eve services: Family Service at 4:00 p.m.; Candlelight Communion at 4:00 p.m.; Contemporary Christmas Service at 6:00 p.m.; Lessons and Carols Service at 6:00 p.m.; and Candlelight Worship events cont. on pg. 23Patrick E. Shickel has consistently maintained a 4.0 GPA and been named to the Presidents Honor Roll every semester since joining the University of Central Florida in 2011. Shickel, a graduate of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, is currently a computer engineer-Spotlight on Studentsing student in his junior year at UCF in Orlando. Do you have a college or high school student to spotlight? Please send information about their accomplishment to Editor Martie Thompson at editor@mandarinnewsline.com Mandarin NewsLine is YOUR Community Newspaper! Send us your community news!editor@mandarinnewsline.comWhy wait for the mailman? View our digital edition online at www.mandarinnewsline.com

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com € December 2013 € Mandarin NewsLine, Page 23 Faith News 11730 Old St. Augustine Rd. Jacksonville, Florida 904-268-5422 ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC CHURCH Christmas Schedule 2013Christmas Eve Masses December 24 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 12:00 Midnight (Lessons and Carols 11:00 p.m.) Christmas Day Masses December 25 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon Solemnity of Mary Vigil Mass December 31 5:30 p.m. Solemnity of Mary Mass January 1 10:00 a.m., 7:00 p.m. Reconciliation December 18 7:00 p.m. Parish Penance Service December 20 5:00 p.m. … 7:00 p.m. December 21 4:00 p.m. … 6:00 p.m. H H H H H H a a r r d d d d d d a a g g e G G G G G G i i i i i d d d d d d d d d d d d e n n s F F F F F u n n e r r a a l l l l l l H H H H H o m m e o f f f f f f M M M M M a a n n d d d d d d a a r r i i i i i n n n 9 04-288-002 5 H GHARDAGE GIDDENSFUNERAL HOMES & CEMETERIES Builders of all ages and skill levels. Create everything from Historical Buildlings to Fantasy Creation.Suggested donation Sponsored by the Jacksonville Historical Society For information call 904-665-0064 or email info@jaxhistory.com (across from the Veterans Memorial Arena) Monday-Friday Saturdays Closed Sundays 880 -0002 keyboardconnectionjax.com 9912 San Jose Boulevard I buy a cinnamon broom every October to usher in the Holiday Season. I used to just welcome fall, but now as soon as the cinnamon brooms come out, so do the Christmas decorations. So, Happy Holidays, yall! A few months ago, I heard someone worrying that the Christmas season is shorter than usual this year and there were just 90 days until Christmas. Call me crazy, but doesnt Christmas come a month or so after Thanksgiving which is a month or so after Halloween every single year? Now there are 31 days until Christmas. Thirty-one days until Christmas would be blissfully enough, really. Thirty-one days to shop and wrap, visit a live nativity and walk around the neighborhood admiring the best Christmas lightsƒ what? No Christmas lights up in your neighborhood yet? No, because while there are 31 days until Christmas, there are only about two until Thanksgiving. It seems silly to think of hanging Christmas lights now, before weve even “ nalized the Thanksgiving menu. Could it be that the outsides of our homes re” ect real life more than the alwayslook-to-the-next-thing lifestyle that retail and media projects as reality? My front door boasts a large, twiggy wreath covered in bittersweet sprays, sun” owers and dried wheat, not an evergreen wreath. Im living in the present. Sure, Ive already picked up some Christmas gifts; I do that throughout the year when I see the perfect thing for one of the kids. But you wont “ nd any mistletoe or sugarplums here yet. I bet your house is the same! If youre feeling anxious because there are only 31 days Join us as we begin the Advent season with the premiere of Christ is the Day,Ž a new work for choir, soloists and instrumentalists composed by our director of music ministry, Bob Moore. The performance will take place on Tuesday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, located at 12236 Mandarin Road. Admission is free, but an o ering will be taken to support Riverbank Arts Mandarin. A reception will follow the performance and a nursery will be available. The Jacksonville Teens Volunteer group of the Jewish Community Alliance will meet at River Garden Hebrew Home on Sunday, December 1 to assist with the annual resident Chanukkah party. This group is for volunteers ages 13 and up and is open to the whole community. Please call 730-2100 ext. 228 to reserve your spot or call ext. 249 for more information. St. Johns Cathedral, located at 256 East Church Street in downtown Jacksonville, presents an Advent Procession of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 1 at 5:00 p.m. This service in a dramatic candlelit liturgy symbolizes the bringing of light into darkness in the anticipation of Christ. During the service, the Cathedral Choir Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) is pleased to announce the third annual mens event, Scotch, Cigars and Football, hosted at the prestigious Epping Forest Yacht Club. Guests will have the opportunity to sample high-end scotch and handrolled cigars while discussing football with celebrity sports commentator David Lamm. Join JFCS on Thursday, January 9, 2014. Drinks will be moves around the church with music from many lands and many ages. Timothy Tuller is music director and organist. Everyone is welcome. A nursery will be provided. For information, please call 356-5507. Mandarin United Methodist Church presents their Christmas musical, The Jesus Gift,Ž on Saturday, December 14, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 15, at 8:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at the church, located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard. Freedom Christian Fellowship invites the community to CHRISTmas AliveŽ on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, December 13 through 15 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. for a dramatic, fun and unforgettable Christmas journey for the whole family! Experience this free 30 minute outdoor, guided walking tour to Bethlehem.Ž Freedom Christian Fellowship is located at 3423 Loretto Road in Mandarin. A Blue Christmas service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on December 17 at Mandarin United Methodist Church, located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard. This service will be especially for those for whom the Christmas season is a reminder of loss or di cult times. Purposeful Parenting31 Days til ChristmasBy Allie Olsenuntil Christmas and you: € Havent even made a shopping list € Dont know when youll go to a live nativity or Christmas music special € Need to get photos with Santa € Havent planned a White Elephant Christmas Party with your girlfriendsƒ Relax! Take a couple of deep breaths and savor the cinnamon and pumpkin spice. Dont marginalize the familial holiday of Thanksgiving in a rush to make Christmas better just because all the Thanksgiving stu is already marked down to 75 percent o ƒ actually, thats all the more reason to really enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving! Communion at 8:00 p.m. St. Josephs Catholic Church at 11730 Old St Augustine Road on Christmas Eve will conduct Vigil Mass masses at 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. (Childrens Liturgy) and 7:00 p.m.; Lessons and Carols from 11:00 p.m. until 11:45 p.m. with Christmas Mass at midnight in the main church. Christmas masses will be held at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon in the main church. Mandarin Presbyterian Mark your calendars for Scotch, Cigars and FootballŽChurch at 11844 Mandarin Road will be having a Family Celebration of Christmas and Candlelight Service at 4:30 p.m. with a Christmas Message and Candlelight Service at 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve. Also, a Christmas message, Candlelight and Communion service will be held in the sanctuary at 9:00 p.m. Many house of worship did not get their calendars to us in time for publication. Undoubtedly during this holiday season you will “ nd activities at your church or synagogue which expand the joy of the season. Keep in your heart somber respect for the reasons for the season. Happy Holidays!served at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and football-related discussion. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. JFCS has been a vital part of the Jacksonville community since 1917. O ering a wide array of social services such as “ nancial assistance, child welfare, adoption services, emergency food pantry, counseling and Jewish services. JFCS is committed to the mission of helping people help themselvesŽ and serves all persons in a non-discriminatory manner. For more information about this event, please contact Marie Gabbamonte, director of marketing and development, at 394-5727 or email at mgabbamonte@jfcsjax.org. Worship events cont. from pg. 22

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Let us show you why that sets us apart from other builders and why choosing Landon Homes is the best decision youll ever make. homesites nestled among the sweeping oak trees dining, shopping, retail, waterways, CRC1326780 Manadrin NewsLine APP is now LIVE! Available for both ITunes and Google Play! Were proud to give our loyal readers an easy way to digitally access Mandarin NewsLine. A new, simple-to-use app will allow you to read each edition in its entirety on your tablet. Learn more at DeepWaterNOW.com Venice & the Italian Lakes 9 days March 31April 8, 2014 Travel with us $2,999* per person/double (Chamber Members) $3,099* per person/double (Non-Chamber Members) Treasures of Ireland9 days April 21April 29, 2014*Trip fee includes airfare from Jacksonville, hotel, ground transportation, some meals and planned excursions.For more information, call (904) 366-6627 or email Larissa.Hicks@myjaxchamber.com$2,999* per person/double (Chamber Members) $3,099* per person/double (Non-Chamber Members) It is often the case that eagerly awaited fall weather is slow to arrive. While northerners are skiing in near blizzard conditions, we can be basking in the sublime upper 70s to lower 80s! As December approaches though, change is in the air and being prepared to deal with cold snaps will help enormously when you need to protect tender plants. Happily, frost blankets are widely available. These lightweight, synthetic ” eece covers can keep temperatures at least “ ve degrees higher and thicker covers will do even better. For tender in-ground plants, make sure to cover them completely, taking the blanket right down to the ground to trap warmer air and secure it Mandarin High School students have wrapped up the fall season and are eager to impress this winter. The boys and girls cross-country teams traveled to Tallahassee for State Finals on November 9. The boys placed fourth, with their top two runners placing “ fth and ninth. The varsity football team “ nished the season 5-5. They lost the last game of the season, against Atlantic Coast High School (AC) by a score of 13-7 on Friday, November 8. When AC was established in 2010, they pulled a number of students from MHS. During ACs homecoming week, on Word Wednesday,Ž a number of AC students spelled out MHS wears jorts.Ž They were making fun of the European boys soccer players who sometimes wear knee-length jean shorts. Mandarins comeback was an embracing of the jorts insult. There were numerous exchanges on social networks between students such as MHS wears jorts,Ž sting the stangsŽ and AC/MHS hate 2013 DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc. All rights reserved. 06376-01-KEYC: : Kidney Disease Education : : : : Expert Educators : : : : No Cost : :RSVP today at KidneySmart.org/Class or call 1-888-MY-KIDNEY (1-888-695-4363)Youre invited to attend a Kidney SmartSM Class Monthly in-person classes are available in your area. MHS Sports RoundupWinter sports season beginsBy Hazel Odell, MHS Studentweek.Ž After a heart stopping game, where Mandarin really looked like they could win at the end, AC won. The fans were crushed, but they look forward to beating AC in as many other sports as they can. Girls weightlifting hosted their “ rst meet of the season against Atlantic Coast on Wednesday, November 13. They beat AC. Their new coaches are Brian Braddock, who just “ nished coaching football and Ashleigh Nosse. For those who dont know, girls in weightlifting compete in the bench press and the clean and jerk. They get three scored lifts each and the highest lift counts. The top lifters from each weight category (110 pounds and under, 119 pounds and under, etc.) are awarded points. The team with the highest number of points wins. Girls slow-pitch softball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball and boys and girls wrestling also sprung up this November, all looking towards a winning season. Gardening: Falling into winterBy Contributing Writer Master Gardener Lesley Arrandale with Duval County Extension, University of Florida/IFASagainst the wind. If a couple of cold nights are forecast, just leave these blankets in place, but if you use plastic, keep it o foliage as much as possible to avoid damage from cold transmission and then at least partly remove it during the day to avoid overheating. Old sheets and blankets also work, but may damage plants if they get wet and rest on the foliage for too long. Young citrus should be protected by heaping up soil, mulch or sand over the graft union; make sure to remove it after the danger has passed. If you have larger tropical plants in pots you might move them indoors. If you use an uninsulated garage for this purpose, a hard freeze could take the temperature inside lower than some plants might tolerate. If the pots have been well watered, as all plants should be before a cold snap, their roots will not necessarily be damaged. Cool-season vegetables should be coming on well. Keep scouting regularly for pests and treat with mild insecticides like soaps or oils if you “ nd more insects than youre comfortable with. For information on what to plant now, check out the November/December edition of A New Leaf: http://duval.ifas.u” edu/documents/ANewLeafNovDec2013.pdf. Even into December it is possible to plant some of the hardier vegetables and herbs that su er in our summer heat usually do well in the cooler months. Decorative vegetables like chard, with red and yellow stems, can be added to ” owerbeds. If you like ornamental cabbage, why not consider using the edible kind? Kales can look very lovely, tinged with lavender and crinkly edged or with dark blue-green strappy leaves. You may have to look beyond the big box stores to “ nd unusual varieties. Since narcissus can be planted in late November or early December and Im a sucker for an English spring, Im planting some this year. They dont always do well here, needing cold weather to promote ” owering. Those that are designated as earlyŽ may do better and paperwhites are usually successful. I shall plant my bulbs in well-draining soil in a good sunny spot and apply a bulb fertilizer to get them going. Leaving their foliage to die back after they ” ower returns energy to the bulbs and prepares them to bloom the following year. Gardeners live in hope.This months movie review belongs to the “ lm Rush a dramatic, action biography for adults and teens to enjoy. The 1970s was the time of sex, drugs and rock and roll. It was also the time across the world for Formula One racing and the “ erce competition for the world championship between playboy James Hunt and Austrian, Nikki Lauda, portrayed Movie ReviewRushDirected by: Ron Howard. Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Alexandra Maria Lara and Olivia Wilde. Review by TG StantonGood Movie, Glad to Have Seen It (4 out of 5) respectively by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl. Hunt is a brash and aggressive driver, who plays as hard as he drives. Lauda is a meticulous and fearless driver, measuring each turn in life as well as on the road. They both travel the roads and race tracks around the country in search of being the best driver in the world. Through drama and Movie Review cont. on pg. 25

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Not just gardening goes on at the Mandarin Garden Club! The Mandarin Garden Club offers a variety of activities for members ranging from gardening classes and crafts to Mexican Train. We have a fun group of members who play the very popular domino game Mexican Train once a month at the club. There are 13 rounds of spirited play. Members bring their own The week of November 4 was an exciting week of unplanned animal life science lessons at Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Schools Mandarin Campus! The students were amazed to watch Mandarin Garden Club newsBy Contributing Writer Tori Posey Garden Club members enjoy playing Mexican Traindrinks and provide snacks for everyone. There is usually an awesome selection of snacks since some of our ladies love to cook. The Mandarin Garden Club sends out a big thank you to the community for supporting our 2013 fund raising events: Garden Festival/Plant Sale; $1.00 Clothing Sales; Trash to Treasure Garage Sale and Craft Fair. These annual fund raising events enable the garden club to carry on 68 years of service to Mandarin and the greater Jacksonville community. We are looking forward to seeing you in 2014 at our many informative garden club meetings that are free and open to the public and at our fantastically fun fundraising events. Mark your 2014 calendar for our “ rst meeting of the year, on January 16 at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate Arbor Day. The meeting will be followed by a potluck luncheon. For those who work during the day you can attend the evening Live Oak Circle meeting on January 23 at 7:00 p.m. For more information about any of the activities at the Mandarin Garden Club, please visit our website, www.mandaringardenclub.org, call 268-1192 or check us out on Facebook. The Garden Club has “ ve circles: Bumblebees (children), Cherokee Rose, Dogwood, Magnolia and Live Oak (evening). Real animal life science on school campusContributed by Jackie Hudson what they believe to be a yellow-bellied slider turtle lay her eggs between the back door of the classrooms and the playground. The marvels of Gods creation were captured on tape and can be seen on the schools Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SOTWSchool. The students studied the turtles pictures to try to determine its species and then investigated the gestation period of the eggs and the behaviors of the baby turtles upon hatching. The gestation period is 60 to 90 days. It was determined that if the baby turtles go to the lake on the campus after hatching, the turtles will need to travel 322 feet to the lake. The students will continue to monitor and record the activities around the nest and the hatching of the eggs. A second unplanned science lesson occurred when a turkey vulture discovered a dead squirrel for its lunch. The students and teachers took that opportunity to learn about the cycle of life and how death brings life. They also learned some to interesting information about turkey vultures. Did you know the wing span of a turkey vulture can be as wide as 72 inches? Dr. Madelyn Speagle, principal, said, As you can tell, the students and the school are truly blessed with 40 wonderfully wooded acres on our Mandarin Campus.ŽTurtle laying eggs.Do you enjoy receiving Mandarin NewsLine each month?Then our Advertisers!As a non-subscription publication we rely on our fine advertisers to finance the production of your community newspaper! Be sure to patronize our advertisers and tell them you saw them in Mandarin NewsLineThankdanger, both drivers take risks to achieve this goal. Between driving on tracks from Europe to Japan at hair-raising speeds, Hunt “ nds love with model Suzy Miller, played by Olivia Wilde and Lauda “ nds the same with the stranded Marlene, portrayed by Alexandra Maria Lara. Their personal lives are often as rocky as their profession, especially after Lauda su ers a horrendous and “ ery accident in the Greman Grand Prix. His character and perseverance drive him to battle through physical and emotional healing. In addition, Laudas persistent competition with Hunt fuels his recovery and ambition to win. Ron Howard has masterfully directed this “ lm through the 1970s and the drama of the Formula One racing. He respected the emotions of the era and the characters dealing with lifealtering situations. Chris Hemsworth de“ nitely showed he can play more than an action hero. He played this character with charm that could make you love him while some of his choices question his character, either way; his fun and drive get him through the dangerous profession he chose. Daniel Bruhl delivered depth of personality and desires; he was seldom a people person, making his romance and marriage more touching, particularly after his dramatic car wreck. This is where his wife stood out, though the one drawback was the under use of Olivia Wilde; however, one could easily see that this is one career that could play havoc with relationships. The driving is another place that Ron Howard excelled; the action packed races with dangerous turns at remarkable speeds made you feel part of the scene. Like watching a car crash, you cannot look away, and you enjoy it.Movie Review cont. from pg. 24

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Page 26, Mandarin NewsLine € December 2013 € www.MandarinNewsLine.com O’STEENV O L K S W A G E N #1! Voted by You!2012 Customer First ClubŽ award recipient for Sales & Service Customer Satisfaction in all of N.E. FloridaOSteenVW.com Experience the O’Steen Volkswagen DifferenceVolkswagenSign then driveEvent * *downfirst month’s payment security deposit due at signingnow. Drive now. Sign*With Approved A tier credit through VW Credit. Does not include Tax, Tag & $549.50 dealer fee. Offer expires 12/31/13 No organization can survive and maintain its purpose without a steady infusion of instruction and training to renew the capabilities of its people. The auxiliary supports its members with layers of training, most of which is at the members choice. Besides ful“ lling Coast Guard objectives, that training demonstrates the methodical equipping of individuals to be con“ dent in carrying out the services theyve volunteered to accomplish. If you accept the mission to examine vessels for safety, teach the public or crew a patrol craft, you get the training to do it right. Each ” otilla has a person assigned to promote member Christs Church Academy, a K-12 school located o of Old St. Augustine Road, is excited to announce the addition of new soccer coaches to their athletics family. Coach John McLelland and Coach Rob Anderson are joining CCA to head up our boys soccer program. Both of these coaches come with over 20 years of soccer coaching experience and even more years playing soccer. Coach John has played professionally with Scottish, Icelandic and American clubs as center back. He attended coach-School announces new soccer coachesBy Contributing Writer Roslyn Karstedt, CCAing courses early on in his career as many Scottish players do and has continued to build on his coaching credentials. He has completed many quali“ cations in several “ elds of health, “ tness and sports sciences. Coach John has a heart for developing young soccer players and loves teaching not only his love for the sport but the skill of the game. He has a desire to see the program continue to grow at CCA as well as train our athletes to have back up skills in coaching to assist them to be one notch above other soccer players when competing for spots should they decide to pursue soccer at the college level. McLelland has crammed a huge range of experience into his career and this includes playing for two state championships with North Carolina. He currently serves as the technical director at JYSC and looks forward to continuing the tradition of a strong soccer program at CCA. Coach Rob joins us from the Jacksonville Youth Soccer Club. He holds the UEFA SFA B license diploma and SFA childrens license diploma. He played soccer from 1993 to 1999 for various Scottish teams including Hutchison Vale, Spartans and Edinburgh City. Coach Rob went on to work for the SFA (Scottish Football Association) and worked as a community coach for Scottish Premier League team, Hibernian FC. As coach for Elgin College in Chicago, his team won the conference championship and also earned the colleges “ rst Womens Soccer Region IV title. As a result, in 2004, Anderson was awarded both the Womens Conference Coach of the Year and the Womens Regional Coach of the Year. Andersons Ramsay Area Soccer U12 team won the State Cup in Minnesota in 2002. Previously, he was the head trainer at Clay County and boys varsity coach at St. Johns Country Day and has served as the director of development for Jacksonville Youth Soccer Club. United States Coast Guard Auxiliary UpdateTraining … Lifeblood By Contributing Writer Ralph Little, Flotilla 14-8training and another to manage public education. Member training begins with the same About Boating Safely course that boaters take. After completing the course and acquiring a basic quali“ cation, members can choose their own way. Those becoming sta o cers have online specialty courses available and may attend courses associated with annual auxiliary conferences or those presented at Coast Guard facilities for which travel is compensated. Members seeking crew training accept a rigorous, measured program that results in competent crew to conduct patrols and assist Coast Guard security and environmental missions. Public education instructors will acquire that specialty through an online course and practical exercises with experienced guidance. Similar programs result in vessel examiners, environmental managers and o cers to support the membership. Member training also requires standard organizational training that encourages expertise in operating as a team. Furthering that concept, online and live courses on organizing and conducting emergency operations are o ered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Other classes promote knowledge of administrative procedures and are accomplished online or during monthly meetings. You will also receive training direct from the Coast Guard if you opt for and are selected to stand radio watch for active units at Mayport or Cecil Field. If you want to volunteer with an organization that cares enough to train you for what you want to do, the auxiliary may be what youre looking for. Please contact us on our website, http:// SafeBoatingJacksonville.com.Experienced boat operators teach our About Boating Safely course at the Florida Tackle and Gun Club, located at 9010 San Jose Boulevard. Please call Bob at 721-1346 to reserve a place in the “ rst 2014 class on February 1. Dont forget that the Jacksonville Historical Societys 12th annual Gingerbread House Extravaganza will be held on Wednesday, December 4 through Saturday, December 21. The hours are: weekdays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This is an important fundraiser for the Jacksonville Historical Society. The suggested donation for adults is $5. For children aged three to 16, the suggested donation is $3. Its held at the Old St. Andrews Church at 317 A. Philip Randolph Boulevard, across from the Veterans Memorial Arena.

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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 8, Issue 3 December 2013Presorted Standard US Postage Paid Callahan, FL 32011 Permit No.4 Page 3 Whats New Page 4 From the City CouncilmanPage 5 The Sheriff Reports Page 6 School District Journal Page 8 Political Commentary Page 10 Civics 101 Page 11 Winter Celebration Page 12 MHS Band Page 13 Gingerbread houses Page 14 Loretto news network Page 15 Mandarin Community Club open housePage 17 Mandarin Womens ClubPage 18 Start Here. Go AnywherePage 20 Fishing Report Page 22 Holiday events Page 23 Faith News Page 24 Gardening Page 25 Mandarin Garden ClubPage 26 Coast Guard Auxiliary Page 27 Ice Hotel Start off the New Year with a BANG!Call 904-886-4919 for more information! Twenty-two years ago, a group of ve of Jacksonvilles most respected dance studio owners got together to discuss a dream: to create a company to give local dancers the opportunity to showcase their talents, while giving back to the community. Dulce Anaya, Beth Marks, Debra Peters Rankin, Bambi Berman and Mandarin and Fruit Coves own Mark Spivak of Mark Spivaks Institute and Dance Extension invested their own funds as seed money for the rst production of The Nutcracker Ballet The holiday spirit comes to the creek this time of year. If you peer out of your car windows heading north across the Julington Creek Bridge around the end of the month, you can see many Captain Santas. They are decorating their vessels in hopes of a good clear night and low tides for sailing in the 2013 Christmas on the Creek Light Parade. The annual holiday event, sponsored by the Julington Creek Prop Club, is scheduled for Saturday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. Commodore Je Reade is extending an invitation to any boat owner interested in decorating their boat and joining in for the fun to contact him at Je Reade@henryschein.com for more information. The more the merrier, says The Mandarin Community Club (MCC) observed Veterans Day on Sunday, November 10 with a wreath laying ceremony held within the Billard Commemorative Park. This years honored veteran was MCC member Capt. Its almost time for the holidays and Community NutcrackerBy Martie Thompson Photo courtesy of Jim Moore, aikophoto.Veterans honored at Billard ParkBy Contributing Writer Lynn Cuda, Mandarin Community Club Capt. Wojciechowski salutes ag during the playing of Taps. Photo by Lynn Cuda.Donald Wojciechowski, USAF (retired). Capt. Wojciechowski, assisted by his wife, Pat, placed the wreath at the parks Veterans Memorial. Florida Troop 1512 of the American Heritage Girls led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance and Don Reynolds of the Northeast Florida Conservatory Band played Taps. The speakers this year were Mandarin Community Club President R. Emily Lisska and Florida Representative Charles McBurney. The Billard Commemorative Park, located on Brady Road, is owned and maintained by the Mandarin Community Club. Site of various events during the year, it features a butter y garden, gazebo and Veterans Memorial. The club has observed Veterans Day within the park since 2007, the year the park was founded. by Community Nutcracker. We each put $100 on the table and said, lets do this! Spivak recalls. Fast forward to 2013, and the 22nd annual production by Community Nutcracker will be held in mid-December at the Florida Theatre. School performances, for approximately 4,000 children on eld trips, will be held on December 12 and 13 and are already sold out. Community Service Night will be on December 12 in the evening and it too is sold out. Tickets are still available to the three public performances on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and evening, December 13 and 14. The school performances are an awesome opportunity for students to see a full length production in a real theatre, Spivak shares. And we are proud to o er free tickets for area nonpro t organizations, retirement homes and underprivileged citizens to attend our Community Service Night. Community Nutcracker is the only non-pro t, volunteerrun organization that o ers a portion of its proceeds to local charities, while providing a beautiful holiday tradition for Jacksonville. Since inception, nearly half a million dollars have been raised for charities such as Dreams Come True, the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center, PedsCare Community Hospice, St. Marys Episcopal Outreach Center, Sanctuary on Eighth Street, We Care Jacksonville and Second Harvest Food Bank. Four of the ve original Julington Creek Boat Parade is lining up!By Donna Keathley Reade. The best decorated boat gets a $300 cash prize while second place gets $200 and third place wins $100. We dont leave out the homeowners with docks decorated along the parade route. The three best decorated docks win prizes also. We expect a great turn out for this years parade; with all the growth at the creek and all the new businesses that have opened in the immediate area it will be a fun night for the entire neighborhood, he adds. Established in 1988, the parade has an estimated 30 powerboats lined up for the event. The parade route begins at The Marina at Julington Creek, goes underneath the bridge and motors around Bulls Bay, then returns under the bridge and continues down Durbin Creek. Spectators can view the parade from the Julington Creek Bridge walkways. The Prop Club is a social organization of boaters from The Marina at Julington Creek. They meet each month on the second Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the dock. All interested boaters are invited to join for boating information and fun at the creek! Community Nutcracker cont. on pg. 14

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Anonymously sent letters will not be published.Letters to the Editor policy Like us on Facebook facebook.com/ mandarinnewsline The 82nd Airborne Division, Jacksonville All Airborne Chapter meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at Golden Corral on San Jose Boulevard. Anyone from any branch of service, who has graduated from any of the military jump schools and is quali ed to wear their branch of services Jump Wings, is welcome to join the chapter. For additional information, please contact chapter chairman Emil Knowles at 622-6946. Start off the New Year with a BANG!Call us at 904-886-4919 to reserve an ad today! Join us at the Mandarin Branch Library for Snow akes in Florida? A Holiday Craft Time program on December 21 at 2:00 p.m. We will use co ee lters and lots of imagination to make our very own snow- akes. The program is intended for children two years and older with no registration required. Please call the childrens department at 262-5201 for more information. Corrocoat USA is proud to partner with Toys for Tots during the holiday season. The objective of Toys for Tots is to help disadvantaged children to experience the joy of Christmas, to play an active role in our nations most valuable resource-our children-and to unite all members of the community in a common cause during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign, as well as to better the community for the future. To donate, please drop o a new, unwrapped toy for a child (infant to 17 years) at Corrocoat USAs front o ce, located at 6525 Greenland Road until the Marine Corps Toys for Tots last call on December 6. The Mandarin Toastmasters Club meets the rst and third Saturday of each month in the South Mandarin Library, located at 12125 San Jose Boulevard, at Orange Picker Road across from Walgreens. The meeting time is 10:15 a.m. until 12:00 noon. The meetings are open to all and visitors are always welcome. This months meeting dates will be held on December 7 and December 21. A free two hour Tools to Quit Smoking class will be held on Saturday, December 7 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Mandarin Library, located at 3330 Kori Road. The class includes a workbook, quit kit and four free weeks of NRT (a patch, lozenge or gum). To register, please call 482-0189. The Italian American Club Christmas Party will be on December 13. The club is available for New Years Eve rental this year. For further information, please call us at 268-2882. Wishing our friends and neighbors a joyous holiday season. Buon Natale! The December general meeting of the All Star Quilters Guild will be held on Monday, December 16 at 9:30 a.m. in the First Christian Church, located at 11924 San Jose Boulevard. The program will be our annual Christmas party. Visitors are welcome. For more information, please contact Dot Butler at 642-6574 and visit us at www. orgsites.com/ /allstarquiltguild. The Mandarin Womens Club will be getting festive at their luncheon on Thursday, December 19 with a Holiday Chinese Auction. Auction items will consist of donated homemade holiday food favorites of our members ranging from the usual cakes, cookies and breads to homemade wine plus some craft items. Auction tickets at 10 tickets for $5 will be sold at Whats New cont. on pg. 6Imagine living in an exotic, tropical paradise and making money on the fruits of your labor! It red the imagination of not only northerners in the United States, like Harriet Beecher Stowe, but also a sizable English community. By the middle of the 1800s, people realized it was possible to live this dream on the St. Johns River by growing citrus. Having an orange grove on the river was the Victorian idea of living large. Kings in Europe built huge greenhouses to enjoy citrus. They enjoyed the beauty of citrus, its fragrance and the health bene ts. It was said that the beauty and fragrance of a blooming citrus grove in Florida was intoxicating and there was nothing quite like it in the North or in Europe. The rst Englishmen to write of Mandarin were John and William Bartram. Trained as botanists and biologists, they wrote and romanticized the St Johns River region. Another Englishman to come to this area was Fredrick Delius, who came to Solano Grove near Picolata which is about 45 miles south of Jacksonville. It was in the 1880s that he tried to grow oranges. He never did well growing citrus, but the years he spent here surrounded by the sights and smell of the orange groves and the river inspired him to become a music composer of some fame. His most famous piece is called the Florida Suite. Probably the best know Englishman in the Mandarin area was Walter Jones. He was A Snippet of Mandarin HistoryEngland on the St. Johns By Contributing Write Bruce Vacca, Education Director, Mandarin Museum and Historical Societyborn in 1865 near Liverpool, England. In the late 1800s he heard of the orange groves here and moved to Mandarin. Soon he worked in the groves and was a clerk in the general store on Old Store Lane. He married another English immigrant, Edith Dawson and they had nine children, seven of whom lived to adulthood. Jones eventually became manager and postmaster of the Mandarin store. By 1910 they moved to the house on County Dock Road; today it is in the Walter Jones Historic Park. Other prominent English families that moved to Mandarin included Harry Nichols, who encouraged 20 English families to move here. Englishmen Mr. Bury and Mr. Anderson owned the Waverly Groves. Other prominent English families such as the Wintons, Wicks and Dismores populated Old Mandarin. The root of one of the oldest churches in Mandarin is intertwined with the English immigration here. The Church of Our Saviour on Mandarin Road was founded in 1880. Before this time, the Stowes gave bible readings in their home until the church could be built. They were persuaded to help start this Episcopal or Anglican Church because of the English families in uences in the community; the Stowes had been Methodist. So you see the romance and commerce of the citrus industry helped lure these newcomers to this area. Our area is richer because of all these past experiences.

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Page 4, Mandarin NewsLine December 2013 www.MandarinNewsLine.com From the City Council Members DeskBy Contributing Writer Matt Schellenberg, City Council Member, District 6 Helpful tips to stay in the black on Black Friday.PLANNING IS KEY. List out whos getting gifts and how much youre willing to spend. And stick to your plan! MAKE SOMEONES HOLIDAY. LITERALLY. Turn giving into a truly personal gesture this year with a homemade gift. Heartfelt always beats store-bought. BELIEVING THE HYPE IS SOOOO LAST YEAR. Got to have the newest, shiniest, most tech-savvy model? Think twice. Last years model may offer all the fun at half the cost. POWER UP BEFORE YOU SHOP. Shopping can be exhausting. Eat a solid meal at home before you hit the mall to avoid the food court. Stacy Gambrell, VP/Business Development Of cer CertusBank.com C ertusBank, N.A. Member FDI C Equal housin g lender. 20 1 3 C ertusHoldin g s, Inc. All ri g hts reserved. C ertusBank, N.A. is a trademark o f C ertusHoldin g s, Inc The CertusBank team is here to help you make smart financial choices this season and throughout the year. Visit us at our newest location or anytime online to learn more. Robert E. Burke, CPA The CPA Never Underestimate the Value Mandarin News: This is the season for Thanksgiving and there is much for which I am grateful. Above all, I have been blessed with wonderful parents and ten fantastic siblings. My parents taught all of us that Faith, Family and Friends equal Freedom. Faith and family are part of the basic foundation of being an American. Friends and friendship are built from that, which brings me to re ect on who the people of Mandarin are: people who care for their community and prove so with action. Take my neighbor, Je As many of you know, I underwent seven hours of surgery to remove cancerous tumors from my temple. Needless to say, these last four months have been challenging. However, thanks to Je a Mandarin resident, I did not have to worry about the upkeep of my homes property. For Je without hesitation, has mowed my lawn every week. In fact, he recently helped another neighbor in need by taking it upon himself to mow their lawn as well. Not only this, but I had a number of good people bring me meals during my recovery. Another example of Mandarin residents performing acts of kindness involves the members of neighboring Christian churches. We are all aware of the tragedy that took place near Haley Road several months ago involving a young woman as she crossed the road to attend synagogue services. We now have members of the nearby Christian churches helping the Jewish community in crossing San Jose Boulevard on the Sabbath. They did not have to do this, but have done so out of the kindness of their hearts. In fact, all of us can contribute to the Jewish communitys safety by driving more cautiously when in this area of San Jose. Every day I hear of acts of kindness like these, mentioned throughout Mandarin and other parts of our city. I am very thankful to be part of such a caring community and to represent you in the city government. City Hall News: I have joined forces with the Mandarin Community Center, the Mandarin Historical Society and private donors to move the oldest black school house in Mandarin to the Walter Jones Park. After the Civil War, the school house was used by the Sisters of St. Joseph to teach African-Americans children. To preserve this piece of history for our community, I will be using the Loblolly mitigation funds, not your tax dollars, to help move this historical building to the park, allowing all Mandarin residents to visit and learn more about our history. For those of you who attended my most recent Town Hall meeting, thank you very much for coming. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know you better and discussing the issues that concern you most. If you would like to be added to my Town Hall invite list, please send me your email address, as I will be holding another Town Hall in the spring. Please do not hesitate to contact me at MattS@coj.net or 630-1388. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! Library staff collects food items for the Thanksgiving Food Drive. The SE Region Branches teamed up and collected ve large laundry baskets of non-perishable food items for the Thanksgiving Food Drive sponsored by JaxCares and Daniel Organization. The food will help feed the children and families that the Daniel organization serves. Pictured are Sara Peretzman, Eric Cusaac, Robert Moseley and Jessica Jones.Many thanks!

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2013 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 5 The Sheriff Reports By Contributing Writer John H. Rutherford, Duval County Sheriff JAPANESE RESTAURANT9965 San Jose Blvd. #35 Jacksonville, FL 32257 (904) 683-9903 www.KazuJapaneseRestaurant.com20% off the entire checkEXP 12/31/13 Grand Opening!MON-THURS 11am-10pm FRI/SAT 11am-11pm SUN noon-9:30pm We offer Kazu Kitchen Specials, Lunch Entrees, Dinner Entrees, Sushi Specials and Much More! Come Celebrate the Holidays with us! Highest quality in Jacksonville!Bring your church bulletin and get 15% off every Sunday Convenient Appointments Before & After Work or School! Call today for your FREE consultation! Cindys Cuts9735 Old St Augustine Rd #21 (Across from Big Lots) Cindy Maule (904) 260-7071Owner of Cindys Cuts for 10 years. 30 years experience. C (9 Ow f o r ex Janice Vincent (904) 923-8455Specializes in color and highlights.JoAnn LoSchiavo (904) 403-7803Specializing in mens haircuts. d y s C C C C C u t s Barber Wanted! Barber Wanted! $5 off 1st time cuts EZ Pack & Post10503 San Jose Blvd, Suite 4, Jacksonville, Fl 32257Your Holiday Shipping HeadquartersPhone 904.683.8738 | Fax 904.683.8957www.ezpackandpost.comMailbox Rentals Shipping via Fedex, USPS, DHL Commercial Printing Bulk Mailing Copy Services Business Services Including Faxing & Scanning Secure Shredding FREE WIFI Greeting Cards Gift Wrap Lottery Office Supplies SPECIALS: Color Copy $.29/Side | Free delivery on orders $20.00 or more Here are some safety tips that are very important for this time of year: When parking, roll-up the windows, lock the vehicle and take your keys with you. Dont leave garage door openers or house keys in your car. Dont leave children or pets unattended in a car. If you must keep anything in your car that identi es where you live, such as insurance cards or registration, make sure to lock the glove box or compartment where you store them, in addition to locking your car doors. Thieves want to get in and get out quickly, so using secure compartments in the car for personal items might harden the target. If shopping after daylight hours, park and walk in lighted areas. Shop with a friend if possible and not alone. Remember where you park! Women: If someone grabs you, scream Fire this will get peoples attention and assistance more easily than Help! Dont look vulnerable or distracted. Dont leave the store loaded up with packages; dont fumble for your keys while walking; dont talk on the phone or text while moving through a parking lot or in and out of stores; remove earphones. Keep purses, handbags and backpacks close to your body. Be purposeful in your actions. It is recommended that electronics purchases (or jewelry Holiday safety tipsand other expensive items) be made last, if you are out shopping at multiple stores, so you do not have to store them in the car during other stops. If you must leave valuable items in your car, place items out of sight before reaching your destination or move them inconspicuously. Load your trunk when you leave a location never open a trunk, ll it full of valuables, close it and then just walk away to do more shopping or other errands. This includes packages, backpacks, gym bags, GPS units, MP3 players, CDs. An opportunistic thief is on the lookout for trunkpacking and can break into your car the minute youre out of sight. Also, someone may be watching when you put items under/behind seat and try to cover them up. Thieves check glove compartments, behind seats, and under seats. It only takes a few seconds to check all the usual hiding places in the car where people leave things. Never think Ill just be a minute and leave a car unlocked or worse, leave the engine running. It takes just a few seconds to break into or steal a car. As you shop, be alert in crowded places. Among pickpockets favorites are revolving doors, jammed aisles, elevators and public transportation stops and vehicles, especially at rush hour. If possible, leave your children with a baby-sitter while you are shopping. For holiday shopping, consider making arrangements with family or friends/neighbors, and take turns baby-sitting. If you take your children with you, keep a close eye on them while shopping. Using debit or credit cards is much safer than carrying a lot of cash. If the vendors you will visit dont take cards, consider obtaining travelers checks which, unlike cash, can be replaced if lost or stolen. Visit ATMs only at welllighted and populated locations; visit during daylight hours if possible. Using the drive-up is usually safer than walking up or into a facility. Remember to scan around you as you make your withdrawal. Many ATMs now have sheye mirrors mounted above the keyboard to enable you to view the entire surrounding area while conducting business; try to patronize ATMs so equipped and use the mirror! If anyone is loitering, or you dont like their looks, go to another ATM. Stand so that those behind you cannot see your PIN as you enter it; your PIN should never be written down on or carried with your ATM card. Be observant. Avoid dark areas, short-cuts, cul-de-sacs, and suspicious persons. Stay near light and people. Be prepared to ee potential problems. If apprehensive about any location for any reason, leave. Consider carrying a whistle. Weapons are not recommended and may be unlawful. Garage doors should be kept closed, unless you working in the garage or outside in the driveway or yard near the garage (within eyesight). Thieves drive through neighborhoods looking for open garage doors. Cars, even those parked at your home, should remain locked when not in use. Backdoors, side doors, sliding glass doors, any access to your home or property should be locked when not in use. Keep your home lit when not occupied. Have a trusted neighbor or friend take in your mail and paper when you are away. There is power in numbers Neighborhood Watch programs that alert their members about crimes of opportunity quickly become unattractive targets. In neighborhoods where residents talk to the police, keep their cars locked and garage doors down, where business owners know each others comings and goings, where citizens arent afraid to call the police when something is suspiciousthese are the neighborhoods that stand a better chance of not having cars broken into. Do not display gifts under a tree in a front window for passing tra c to see, especially when you are not home. When receiving electronics or other valuable items ( at screen TVs, cell phones, computers, electronic games), make sure you break down the boxes and put them in a dark refuse bag before placing outside for trash pick up. Dont advertise your possessions. Etch your drivers license number on all electronic devices. Record your serial numbers and place this list with your insurance documents. A oor safe or larger (heavy) re proof safe or safety deposit box is recommended. Small re boxes or safes can be easily carried from your home. Please call 630-2160 to join a Sheri s Advisory Council (ShAdCo) or visit jaxsheri .org to learn more!Bring business to your door!Advertise in Mandarin NewsLine 886-4919 A message from the St. Johns River Water Management District...During Eastern Standard Time, residential lawn watering is limited to one day per week: Homes with odd number addresses: Saturday Homes with even number addresses: Sunday Nonresidential properties: Tuesday Water for no more than one hour per zone Water only when needed and not between 10 AM and 4 PMwater lessVisit www. oridaswater.com

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Page 6, Mandarin NewsLine December 2013 www.MandarinNewsLine.com School District JournalBy Contributing Writer Jason Fischer, School Board Representative, District 7 Starting from left to right: Pam Parker (O. Coordinator), Cindy Johnston (Dental Asst.), Dr. Gus Gari, Joy Major (Dental Hygienist), Caroline (O. Manager) Gari Dental provides a family friendly atmosphere with a skilled and qualied team, that is knowledgeable in all your dental needs. Our valuable team has over 100 years of collective experience. Call today to schedule your appointment and experience the difference. 287-0033 www.garidental.com Ideal Weight Loss12276 San Jose Blvd. #512 (904) 880-0202 www.dietjacksonville.comat Life Mission Chiropractic Now Open in Mandarin9633 Old St. Augustine Rd.(904) 551-2008 New Aquarium Store!Saltwater Fish ~ Freshwater Fish Live Coral ~ Starfish ~ Crabs Fish Tanks ~ Aquarium Supplies Come in for your FREE GIFT!One Per Customer Expires 12/31/13 While supplies last. www.CoralReefJunkies.com the door. Come and join in on the fun, share the holiday spirit and possibly take home some of these yummy delights! The luncheon will be held at the Ramada Inn, located at 3130 Hartley Road in Mandarin, with the doors opening at 10:00 a.m. The price to attend is $16; reservations are required and can be made by calling Marilyn at 2608431 by Thursday, December 12. The Mandarin Womens Club is a social club with numerous activities and is open to all women no matter where they live and were always eager to meet new friends! For further information about the club and how to join, please call Diane at 880-5354. The Dogwood Circle of the Mandarin Garden Club will be participating in the clubs holiday party on December 10 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 16 at 10:00 a.m. is the general meeting for the whole club and Tuesday, February 18 at 10:00 a.m. will be the next Dogwood Circle meeting. Kathie Goodrum from Wild Birds Unlimited will be the guest speaker. For more information, please visit www.mandaringardenclub. org or call 268-1192. The Duval County Extension O ces/UF IFAS will be o ering a Winter Workshop on Friday, December 13 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the Duval County Extension O ce, located at 1010 North McDu Avenue. The cost is $10 to attend. Topics include repotting orchids, winter garden tips and make and take seed starting. To pre-register, please call Becky at 255-7450 or email her at beckyd@coj.net with your name and phone number, then mail payment to Winter Workshop, 1010 N. McDu Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32254. Make check payable to DCOHAC. The deadline for payment is Tuesday, December 10 and the class size is limited. Chill out with a great movie on Tuesday, December 31 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mandarin Branch Library. Join us for a winters tale about a dolphin that gets a second chance at life! Popcorn will be provided. The program is intended for families (the movie is rated PG). No registration is required. Please call the childrens department at 262-5201 for more information. The Honeybee Quilters Guild of Jacksonville invites you to attend their Spring Quilting Retreat, to be held February 27 through March 2, 2014. Classes will be taught by both national and local quilting teachers and include a wide range of projects. These projects will provide both new and inexperienced quilters an opportunity to learn new techniques and skills. In addition to these great learning experiences, a variety of additional fun activities are planned. For more information about the retreat and how to sign up please check out the guild website at www.honeybeequilters. org. Shu eboard is played on Tuesdays at Mandarin Park (south end of Mandarin Road) next to the tennis courts at the park entrance. Beginning Tuesday, December 3, we will start at 1:30 p.m. due to cooling weather. Beginners are welcome. Just show up, unless it rains. The holiday celebration for the River City Womens Club will be held on December 18 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Mandarin Ramada Inn. We will have the festive luncheon followed by a holiday ra e with gift certi cates and other prizes given to the winners. The proceeds from the ra e will be added to our yearly donations to charities. Holiday music will be provided during the event. The cost of the luncheon is $15.50; for reservations, please call 246-8719. For additional information about the club, pleas call Marian McMahan at 288-0078. Sierra Club, Northeast Group will host Delany Dean and Debbie LaFreniere who will share their two-week kayak journey down the St. Johns River from Lake Monroe to the Atlantic Ocean on Monday, December 9 at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, located at 2001 University Boulevard West. The event is free and all are welcome, but please RSVP for this event and bring a dish to share. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the program starts at 6:45 p.m. For additional information, please contact Janet Larson at JCLarson168@msn.com. 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.Whats New cont. from pg. 3Bring business to your door!Advertise in Mandarin NewsLine 886-4919 I hope that everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. My family and I have a lot to be thankful for this year. God has blessed us with many great opportunities, but one of the things we are very thankful for is the opportunity to improve the lives of children in our city. Thank you for electing me to serve on the School Board. While the last 12 months have been challenging, I truly appreciate the opportunity to be your servant! Congratulations to student Alex Austin, Atlantic Coast High School, for being among the winners of the Gateway Conference golf tournament. Mandarin High Schools girls golf team took home the Gateway Conference girls golf tournament championship, with a collective score of 457. The following students were among the districts cross country All Conference winners in the individual boys and girls divisions: John Weaver, Sam Mack, Michael Cassette, Ania Grzeszczak, Meaghan Stack and Christina Schultz all from Mandarin High School Mandarin High School also won for both the male and female team division with scores of 35 and 36, respectively. Also in the winners circle is the Mandarin High school boys swim team. They tied with Fletcher High for rst place in the Gateway Conference swim meet, which was held at Cecil Field. Olivia Warro, a student at Atlantic Coast High School, received honorable mention in an art contest sponsored by the Department of Interior, making her one of only two students recognized in Florida. Her entry, which celebrated Fossil Day, is being displayed on the departments o cial website. Important dates: December 2: Weather Day, schools closed December 3: School Board Meeting, Cline Auditorium, 6:00 p.m. December 11: Early Dismissal Day December 19: Weather Day, schools closed December 20-January 1: Winter Break, schools closed Thought for the Month: Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. ~ President Calvin CoolidgeRecognize the symptoms of a strokeStrokes are the leading cause of disability in the United States and the third-leading cause of death. Prompt treatment can limit the damage and save lives. If you suspect someone near you is suffering from a stroke, remember the acronym FAST: F = Face. Examine the persons features. Ask him or her to smile. If one side of the persons face droops, its possible that a stroke is coming on. A = Arms. Can the person raise both arms above his head? S = Speech. Listen to the person speak. If the words are slurred or the person cant answer questions clearly, the brain may be impaired. T = Time. Act fast if the person exhibits any of these warning signs. Get him or her to a hospital right away. Tell our advertisers you saw them inMandarinNewsLine Support our fine Advertisers!

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From now through December 18, area residents can drop o any new, unwrapped toy at the Tax Collectors o ce for donation to Toys for Tots. We are entering our third year of partnering with Toys for Tots and in that time weve collected hundreds of toys for needy children, Corrigan said. We are pleased to once again open our branches as drop-o sites for anyone looking for an opportunity to help those who are less fortunate.Based upon a longstanding, collaborative relationship, Southeast Gynecologic Oncology Associates (SEGO) af- liated with Baptist Health on November 1, to improve access to care for women in Northeast Florida. The medical practice of Stephen Buckley, MD, Paul Nowicki, MD and Jenny Whitworth, MD specializes in treating women who have or may have complex gynecologic conditions such as ovarian, cervical or vulvar cancer. All three physicians are trained and certi ed in minimally invasive, robot-assisted surgeries that have been proven to improve outcomes, shorten hospital stays and accelerate recovery times for many patients. A. Hugh Greene, president and CEO of Baptist Health stated, This group of surgeons is well-respected and known for taking on complex cases, as well as being innovators when it comes to the latest surgical technology. Baptist Healths mission is to continually broaden the communitys access to highquality healthcare resources. Therefore, SEGO physicians Duval Tax Collector partners with Toys for TotsThe mission of the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is to collect toys and distribute them as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. The goal of the program is to deliver a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. Toys for Tots began in 1947. For more information on the Toys for Tots program, please visit www.toysfortots.org. For more information on the Duval County Tax Collector or to nd a branch location, please visit www.coj.net/tc or call 6301916. You can also email the Tax Collectors o ce at taxcollector@coj.net or follow them on Twitter @DuvalTaxCollect.Oncology group has new a liationwill continue to accept referrals, make rounds and perform surgeries at other local hospitals to ensure women throughout the region continue to have access to gynecologic oncology care. Baptist is a leader in investing in leading-edge technology and this is a natural evolution in our relationship that stands to bene t even more patients going forward, Dr. Buckley said. In addition to minimally invasive surgeries, SEGO surgeons, physician assistants and sta provide comprehensive gynecologic care, including: Risk assessment, including genetic counseling and testing Ultrasound Urinary incontinence evaluation Evaluation of abnormal PAP smears Advanced pelvic surgery for benign and malignant conditions Pelvic reconstructive surgery Chemotherapy for gynecologic malignancy The group is retaining its current name, phone number and address in Jacksonvilles LaVilla district.The St. Johns River Water Management Districts Governing Board unanimously elected John A. Miklos of Orlando to serve as board chairman for the upcoming year. Miklos is president and senior project manager of Bio-Tech Consulting (BTC) Inc., an Orlando-based environ-District governing board elects 201314 o cersBy Contributing Writer Teresa H. Monson, St. Johns River Water Management Districtmental consulting rm. He has a bachelors degree in limnology from the University of Central Florida and many years of experience in environmental permitting, mitigation, wetland delineation, listed species evaluations, wildlife surveys and water quality studies. He is a member of the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals, the Florida Lake Management Society and the Society of Wetland Scientists. Miklos has been on the Board since March 2010, serving a four-year term in an at-large seat. The board also elected Maryam H. Ghyabi of Ormond Beach to serve as vice chairman, George W. Robbins of Jacksonville as treasurer and Fred N. Roberts Jr. of Ocala as secretary. The other board members are immediate past chairman Lad Daniels of Jacksonville, Douglas C. Bournique of Vero Beach, Douglas Burnett of St. Augustine, Charles Chuck Drake of Orlando and W. Leonard Wood of Fernandina Beach. Board members, who meet monthly, are responsible for setting the policies for the Districts operation. They are appointed by the governor to four-year terms and serve without pay. For additional information, please visit www. oridaswater. com. Lunar PhasesNew: December 3First Quarter: December 9Full: December 17 Last Quarter: December 25

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Page 8, Mandarin NewsLine December 2013 www.MandarinNewsLine.com Yoga den Yoga Den Studio Beginner and all Level classes: Yoga Basics, Restorative Yoga, Mind Body Yoga, Yin Yoga High energy, heated classes: Power Vinyasa, Bhakti Power, Yogalates, Hard Core, Yoga Burn Prenatal Yoga Sundays at 4pm FREE CPF class every Monday at 11:30am (Yoga for Cancer) Teacher Training at the 200hr (starting Jan.) and 500hr level, certifying teachers for 10 years 10 y ear s Yoga Den Studio and Boutique, Proudly serving Jacksonville and St. Johns for over 11 years! $65 a month unlimited, Student and military discounts! Nearly 40 classes a week, from 6am to 7:45pm! Coming Soon~ New Location in Fleming Island early 2014! 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Simply drop o your donation to Krantz Dental Care at 12058 San Jose Boulevard, Suite #102 between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. There is much to be thankful and grateful for this Christmas season in Jacksonville. We are grateful to live in a city where Christmas is still Christmas and liberals and their ilk have not transformed the season into Winter Festival. We are grateful to live in a city where mostly common sense prevails over political correctness. We are grateful to live in a city which has a diverse population, yet we still retain our Southern heritage because no matter how hard you try, you cant erase history. We are grateful to live in a city of churches and synagogues and other houses of worship. Did you know there is a magni cent Cambodian Buddhist Temple, known as Wat Khmer Savy Rattanaram, tucked away at the corner of Clinton and Turner Avenues on the Southside? Built a few years ago, it is an inspiring sight to see; it draws worshipers from much of the East Coast. No one 50 years ago would have considered Jacksonville for a location of such a temple. The worshipers are the tiniest part of our population and they simply request we respect their right to worship and exist without imposing themselves or their The Florida Ballet presents The Nutcracker on December 6, 7 and 8 at the Lazzara Performance Hall on the campus of the University of North Florida. Guest artists from the Orlando Ballet and the Houston Ballet will star along with 135 dancers from the Florida Ballet. Returning for the second year as guest artists, Sara Webb and Ian Casady will dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Principal Dental o ces second annual food bank opens December 2All food goes to the Winn Dixie Food Bank and the Krantz Dental team is looking to beat their donation from last year of 196 pounds. We like to run charitable events or participate in them as an o ce all through the year, says Dr. Krantz. We especially like to give back during December, doing our part in helping make others holidays a little better.Florida Ballet presents The Nutcrackerdancers with the Houston Ballet, Webb and Casady thrilled audiences with their technique and artistic expression. For the opening night, principal dancers from the Orlando Ballet, Melissa Gel n and Lamin Pereira will dance the main roles. Laurie Byrd, artistic director of The Florida Ballet and choreographer of The Nutcracker has a cast of 135 dancers and alternating casts of children who auditioned from the Florida Ballet Training Center and the Jacksonville community. Byrd says, I present the Kingdom of the Sweets as having many confections, putting artistic life into fanciful childish dreams. It celebrates the power of human imagination, which children have in abundance. The Nutcracker possesses the power to make people happy at Christmas. The Nutcracker is one of the last of Tchaikovskys full-length ballets and is performed in two acts. Based on E.T.A. Ho mans tale of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, it was rst performed at the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892. The French choreographer Marius Petipa worked closely with composer Peter Illych Tchaikovsky on the score. For more information, please visit www. oridaballet. org.Political CommentaryWe are grateful for disagreements, Southern heritage and Christmas seasonBy J. Bruce Richardsonlaws on the rest of us. We are grateful to live in a city which has two robust political parties and there is no certain outcome of elections, thus giving candidates of both parties an equal chance of success. We are grateful to live in a city which has robust debates before raising taxes, where politicians do not think helping themselves to our wallets is a God-given right. We are grateful to live in a city which has two strong branches of governmentthe mayors o ce and city counciland they dont always agree. We elect di erent people to di erent o ces to keep a check on things, not to run roughshod over the local populace. We are grateful to live in a city which has the Skyline Caf atop Jacksonvilles tallest building, the Bank of America building downtown. You can enjoy breakfast or lunch there and have a view of the entire city which is otherwise only available from an airplane. Its Jacksonville from a perspective most have never seen and you can realize how the city blends together. We are grateful to live in a city where within a few moments of travel we can see the grandeur of a mighty river or listen to the appealing roar of the Atlantic Ocean. Have you driven to the beach lately just to make sure its still there? The ocean provides a wonderful sense of invigoration and reminds us of the force and beauty of nature. And, nally, we are grateful to live in a city blessed with a temperate climate. We may not have a white Christmas we can travel to experience that but, we can take a walk on the beach on Christmas Day and play golf and tennis 12 months of the year. See you next year; thanks for reading this year. 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. got news?editor@mandarinnewsline.com Mandarin NewsLineAdvertise in YOUR Community Newspaper!886-4919

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2013 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 9 Open Mondays through Fridays 8:30am 5pm 1631 Race Track Road Suite 101230-7977Most Insurances AcceptedPediatric Associates of Julington Creek, PAOffering care for Infants, Children & Adolescents Mary Ann Garcia, M.D., FAAP Victor Luz, M.D., FAAP Tami Newbern, ARNP PICKETT BROTHERS JEWELERS 11481 Old St. Augustine Road #403 www.pickettbrothersjewelers.com James Carville, the cantankerous Cajun who helped Bill Clinton win the White House in 1992, once quipped, Politics aint beanbag. Hes right politics can be tough. However, since we just celebrated Thanksgiving and are approaching the holiday season, Bruce Richardson and I have decided to focus this months columns on gratitude. There are many reasons to be glad to be an American, but I want to mention some of the things I appreciate right here in Mandarin. Although I wont be able to list everything (you could add to my list, no doubt), I hope you read my words and are reminded of some of the blessings we enjoy. We live in a beautiful part of Jacksonville. Many of our streets and yards are shaded by ancient oaks. We have several fantastic parks in Mandarin, with playgrounds, tennis courts, soccer elds, nature trails and plenty of open space. Some of those parks are right along the banks of the St. Johns River. Speaking of the river, Im grateful for our river and for the people who care enough about our community to ght for the river. And those glorious sunsets over the river they speak for themselves. We have two public libraries in Mandarin. Whenever I visit one of the libraries, theyre full of people (especially the childrens sections). Im grateful for people who like to learn and Im glad there are parents and other caregivers busy introducing kids to libraries and books and the wide, wide world. On a related note, were also fortunate to have good schools and teachers in Mandarin. Im grateful for people who serve our city (including those in military). Although I might disagree with the elected of- cials who represent Mandarin, Im glad Matt Schellenberg and Jason Fischer (and others) are trying to make Jacksonville a better place. I also appreci-The hilarious Karen Mills is a triple threat in her own right. She is a successful comedian, decorated former basketball player and cancer survivor with a remarkable story uniquely her own. Measuring in at ve feet, two inches, Mills has had to prove herself more than once, but her journey through life thus far has one common thread: humor. Mills has not been shy to break down walls as she tackles her own battles. As a young girl, she was determined to pursue a career in basketball even though was told her small stature would not permit it. Through hard work and determination, Mills was able to overcome the odds and have a successful basketball career. After multiple state and national championships in high school, Mills went on to earn a full scholarship to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She continued to play the point guard position earning the All-American distinction Political CommentaryAttitude of gratitudeBy David Miltonate the candidates who have campaigned and lost; without them, we wouldnt have robust debates about issues important to our future. Im also grateful for many things in other parts of Jacksonville. In addition to the St. Johns River, we have great beaches, marshes and other natural treasures. We have great sports venues, an attractive, family-friendly zoo and our museums are unexpected gems. We have farmers markets, arts markets and other community gatherings, and many of you are helping those events succeed. We also have a downtown complete with unique historic buildings scattered throughout with grand potential, as well as lots of people striving to make our downtown dreams a reality. And yes, even though theyre struggling mightily, we are fortunate to have the Jacksonville Jaguars. The whole team plays a huge role in our community and the Jags give us the chance to showcase our city. You and I both know Jacksonville has its share of challenges, but none of those challenges is so daunting that we cant overcome them with a little courage, teamwork and creativity. I hope each of you enjoys the holiday season with the people you love and I wish you your loved ones health and happiness. Count those blessings! Dave Milton is a husband, father and local attorney whos interested in doing his part to make sure Jacksonville is a city where every person feels at home and every person has a chance to pursue his or her American Dream. When Dave isnt with his family or at work, hes involved with his church, scouting and other civic and non-pro t organizations. If you have any thoughts or other comments to share, please email Dave at davidm.milton@gmail. com.Pint-sized comedian packs a hefty punchBy Contributing Writer Elizabeth Hechtand became the rst female to be inducted into the University of Tennessee at Chattanoogas Basketball Hall of Fame. With an innate ability to approach any challenge head on, Mills uses humor to stay grounded. After nearly 20 years in the entertainment industry, this became a reality when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in May 2013. She has dubbed herself a walking produce stand because of the fruit-sized tumors. The ability to use the healing power of laughter in everyday life has allowed Mills to overcome her personal challenges with strength, grace and laughter. It is clich to say that cancer was a blessing, but it changed me in a lot of way and allowed me to inspire others which, in turn, continues to inspire me. I feel blessed to be where I am today, says Mills. Mills will be performing at The Comedy Zone December 31 for its New Years Eve celebration. She and Tim Statum will be the sharing the stage as guests ring in the New Year. Be sure to see the ad in this issue of Mandarin NewsLine! All proceeds directly support the MHS Band program! Support the MHS Band!Gift wrappingThe Avenues Mall, rst oor outside H&M December 13 24 4 PM 10 PM weekdays; 9 AM 10 PM Saturdays; 11 AM 7 PM Sundays If you are craving the tastes of a traditional bakery, look no further than Amaretti Desserts on Old St. Augustine Road (near US Highway 1). Amarettis specializes in creating high quality American and authentic baked goods and pastries, cakes, cannoli and specialty Italian cookies avored with almond and anisette and made with real ingredients. Owner Donna Damiano has been in the restaurant industry since the age of 13, when she started cooking in her parents Italian restaurant Antonios in St. Augustine. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York before coming back to Jacksonville in 1988. She spent time as the assistant pastry chef at Epping Forest Yacht Club before becoming the pastry chef at San Jose County Club. Amarettis has all types of morning pastries including Danish, cinnamon rolls, biscotti and scones. Fresh locally roasted co ee is always available including cappuccinos, espressos and avored lattes. They also are open late for after dinner treats including all types of cakes and pies by the slice. They have seating for 20 so there i s always room for a group.Be sure to see their ad in this issue of Mandarin NewsLine! Bakery sure to tempt your tastebuds

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Page 10, Mandarin NewsLine December 2013 www.MandarinNewsLine.com BIOFEEDBACK ASSOCIATESof Northeast FloridaChange your Brain. Change your Life.904.646.0054www.biofeedbackassociates.com The American Academy of Pediatricians has given neurofeedback the highest grading of effectiveness for ADD/ADHD. 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.ADD/ADHD without MEDICATIONSOther benets include: completed www.ccajax.orgAccredited by FCIS, ACSI, FKC and SACS Christs Church Academy~Inspire, Ignite, Impact~We INSPIRE our students to dig deep into rigorous, college-prep content. We IGNITE a passion for our students to know, think, and do Gods Word. We empower our students to IMPACT our world as they become His hands and feet. Youre Invited! Open House & Campus ToursLearn more and see for yourself! Meet members of our administration and faculty, visit the classrooms, and ask questions. Come see the dierence that is CCA! Order your delicious traditional holiday treats today! Whole Cakes, Pies, Cookie, Brownie and Dessert Trays Available by Special Order14965 Old St. Augustine Rd. Ste. 105904-619-8279 www.amarettidesserts.comMon-Thurs 7am-9pm Fri 7am-10pm Sat 8am-10pm Piewhole & by the slice apple, chocolate silk, key limeCakewhole & by the slice cheesecakes, carrot, chocolate, coconut, red velvetCookiesitalian butter cookies, oatmeal, chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar, sprinkle, gourmet Enjoy a dessert in our bakery or take it to go! One year ago our nation experienced a terrible tragedy. Twenty children and six adults were victims of a mass murder at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut. I considered how I could honor the victims of such a sad event during the holiday season and whether I should. Celebration of family and friends, including those who have passed on, is, of course, what makes this season such a happy one. Lets remember too, sometimes happiness comes in the form of a tear. In continuing my series of famous American speeches, let me recall for you President Obamas speech from the White House hours after the Sandy Hook shooting. I arrived home that afternoon having heard about the event earlier in the day. I turned on the television to follow the news. Few news events have struck me as deeply as this one did. Perhaps because Im a teacher or because Im a parent and grandparent, for whatever reason, this one hurt. Then the president spoke, as honestly and as much from his heart as I have heard a political leader speak. He spoke of being a father, of our country su ering too many such events; he o ered prayers for the survivors and he wept. He was that day a leader of a di erent sort. Certainly, he would in time, rightly or wrongly, use the event for political reasons. But for the moment, he was Malias and Natashas dad On November 15, the Mandarin Branch Lions Club presented a check in the amount of $1,000 to purchase Thanksgiving turkeys for the annual 2013 food bank Thanksgiving Giveaway Day to Bonnie McNulty, co-director of the Mandarin Food Bank. It is expected that over 500 turkeys will be needed this year. Over 2,300 people (524 families) were assisted during 2012 Thanksgiving. The Lions also delivered over 6,000 pounds of food and water that they had collected for the food bank. The club adopted the food bank as their primary and only major agency serving the needs of families under economic distress, displaced, indigent and homeless. Donations are down, but the needs increased. Lions Clubs International is the worlds largest service For the third year in a row, Memorial Hospital was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Only 33 percent of hospitals nationwide earned this important distinction and less than 8 percent received it three E Pluribus Unum: Civics for one and allBy James A. Lee, M.Ed., Ed.D. ABD, Peer Teacher Evaluator, St. Johns County School District, jal@rtpublishing.comand I could relate completely. The tragedy of that day was unfathomable. No amount of talk can explain it or heal the pain it left. The president simply sought to comfort. His speech will not be remembered for its eloquence, but it should be remembered for its spirit and emotion. Americans must always remember the human side of our leaders. We can and should disagree, challenge and debate. But we should remember, on the other side is a person, a soul, just like me. As American citizens, we, rightfully, set aside holidays to remember and honor many things. We understand that these are all important aspects of who we are as a people and that we should never forget them. Christmas and Hanukkah are times to remember traditions and ancestors, for gifts and feasts with our family and friends, for service to our community, and for faith, hope and love. After the Sandy Hook tragedy, I shared with friends this poem entitled Today. Today I o er it again as a remembrance and a celebration of their lives. Today America lost. Tragically. Again. Today, children, were at one moment, joyfully learning, along side their friends, along with their teacher. The next moment these children, these teachers, were frontline casualties, in an Inexplicable War. Today, those students, those teachers, are fallen, Heroes. Today The parents, the families mourn the loss of Gods most precious gift. Today, in front of the whole world, our president cried. Today, all parents hold their children a little closer, a little tighter. Today and tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow we will all mourn and cry. Again. Lions Club members donate to Mandarin Food Bank club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit their website at www.lionsclubs.org.Hospital earns top performer recognitionyears in a row. Memorial was recognized for its performance in Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care. Memorial Hospital and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement, says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive o cer, The Joint Commission. Patients may ask, what does this all mean, says Memorial Hospital President and CEO Jim OLoughlin. This recognition tells you that Memorial is dedicated to patient safety and quality outcomes. To earn this distinction Memorial had to meet accountability measures based on evidencebased practices examples include giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients or giving antibiotics one hour before surgery. Everybody reads Mandarin NewsLine! Shouldnt your ad be included?886-4919

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2013 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 11 11262 Old St. Augustine Road (located next to Hobby Lobby)Call for Holiday Bookings! www.hiejax.com Now Open, Completely Remodeled! No extra space for guests this Christmas? Ask for our Mandarin Holiday Neighbor Rate and let us be your extra room. $69 rate for Single King Bed or $79 rate for Double Queen Beds (Good through December) 10501-1 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville FL 32257 MARTIAL ARTS & FITNESS Intro. OfferOne Month $49unlimited classes (one program only)EXP: 12/31/13 one coupon per family $115 Value The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society invites you to the 14th annual Winter Celebration from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. This event has become a family tradition for many and is well known for old-fashioned fun. It is held at the Walter Jones Historical Park, located at 11964 Mandarin Rd. Activities are planned for the community that will educate, entertain and delight all ages, including hayrides, live music, historical re-enactors, nature crafts and old fashioned games. Santa will be there for photos with children. Kicking o the celebration will be a performance at 11:30 a.m. by the JFRD Pipes and Drums band. This all-volunteer organization will also be playing at several locations in the park during the day. The Mandarin Museum will be open all day and the museum gift shop is stocked with many holiday gift ideas. The historic Webb Farmhouse as well as the 1876 barn and Losco Winery will open during the event for tours. Costumed re-enactors add to the oldfashioned atmosphere. Mandarin artist Lucinda Halsema will be on-site giving children tips and opportunities to draw buildings and trees in the park. In preparation for the 150th anniversary (April 1, 2014) of the sinking of the Civ-Everyone has at least one the house on the street that lights up in splendor around the holiday season. Decorations are in abundance both indoors and out and just seeing the house brings on a smile. But as beautiful as it might be, that home may also be a safety risk if the decorator hasnt followed precautions like these o ered by CSA Group: Creativity is key but not at the cost of safety: Let your inner designer shine, but be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions when arranging electrical items, such as lights and electronic decorations. Be Its time for the 14th annual Winter Celebration in Mandarinil Wars Union steamship Maple Leaf, the Florida Public Archaeology Network will introduce the ship and her cargo to the children through some fun hands-on activities. In addition, long-time Mandarin resident Billy Barwald will provide answers to your questions about growing citrus and Mandarins Honey Man George Waldoch will be on hand to show beekeeping equipment. Various community non-pro ts and educational organizations will be present to share their information as well. There will be a variety of music throughout the day, including traditional and original folk music. We are pleased to have the childrens choir from the Mandarin Presbyterian Church at 12:00 noon and Al Poindexters popular folk music during the day. Bruccis Pizza will be making fresh pizza on location. This year the collectible ornament will be of the steamship May Garner. The May Garner was one of the steamships that operated on the St. Johns in the 1890s, carrying mail, goods and passengers to and from Mandarin. Park admission is free. Several activities do have a small fee to support the Mandarin Museum and Historical Societys event expenses. Parking is available at the Mandarin Presbyterian Church across the street. For more information please call 268-078, email mandarinmuseum@bellsouth. net or check the website at www.mandarinmuseum.net.Hope Ferrigno as Mrs. Walter Jones Electrical safety tips for holiday decorating sure to turn o the electricity to the supply outlet before working with outdoor wiring and never run an electrical cord through a doorway or under a carpet indoors. Fakes are no laughing matter: Your next door neighbor dressed up as Santa is funny. Counterfeit decorations are not so funny. Look for the mark from an accredited certi cation organization, such as CSA Group, on animated displays, light strings and extension cords. Ensure decorations are marked and certi ed for outdoor use and follow the manufacturers instructions. Keep the mood light but not ery: Choose ame-resistant decorations and dont place open ames or candles near ammable materials, such as wreathes, trees or paper decorations. Never nail or tack lighting strings to a wall, as this may damage insulation and create a shock or re hazard. Use insulated fasteners rather than metal nails or tacks that could damage wiring to hold light strings in place. Cozy up: Keep warm by the replace, but be sure your gas appliances are in good working order. If the pilot light or ame goes out, turn the gas o and wait ve minutes or longer (see the manufacturers instructions) before attempting to relight. Be alert for unusual odors or ames when your gas replace is on, often indicating that the replace is not operating properly. In such cases, contact your dealer or licensed technician for servicing. Overload on food, not watts: Dont overload extension cords. Use heavy duty extension cords for high wattage decorations and large electronically-animated displays. For extreme decorators, make sure your house is capable of handling the electrical load of multiple lights and decor. If in doubt, contact a licensed professional to inspect your electrical system. Mandarin NewsLineYOURCommunity Newspapereditor@mandarinnewsline.com Accepting New Patients!8355 Bayberry Road Jacksonville FL 32256 (904) 733-7254Most Insurance Plans Acceptedwww.setzerandcochran.com Duval County Tax Collector Michael Corrigan is pleased to unveil the rst-ever public art exhibition at the Tax Collectors o ce. The original exhibition of 21st century pop art, TOM and DEREK: Live! at the Tax Collectors O ce, will be hosted at the rst oor of the Yates Building, 231 East Forsyth Street, in downtown Jacksonville. The exhibit features recent artwork by two Seattle-based artists, Derek Erdman and Tom DesLongchamp and will run until December 20, 2013. The exhibit can be viewed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday Collections at the Collectors O ce now openthrough Friday. A not-for-pro t, grassroots art exhibition, TOM and DEREK: Live! at the Tax Collectors O ce is made possible at no cost through the cooperative e orts of Michael Corrigan, Duval County Tax Collector and Cavendish Projects, a grassroots public art outreach program. Bring business to your door!Advertise in Mandarin NewsLine 886-4919

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Page 12, Mandarin NewsLine December 2013 www.MandarinNewsLine.com Please join us for Holiday Worship Services ALL are WelcomeMandarin Location 6595 Columbia Park Court 32258Christmas Eve Services, Tuesday, December 24 at 4:00 and 6:00 pm Christmas Day Service Wednesday, December 25 at 10:00 amBaymeadows Location 7860 Southside Blvd 32256Christmas Eve Services, Tuesday, December 24 at 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 pm Christmas Day Service, Wednesday, December 25 at 11:00 am Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church Serving the Jacksonville community since 1983 Member ADA, NEDDA, JDS | Network provider for Delta, Cigna, BC/BS, FCL, and most major insurance plans. Expires 12/31/13$99Exam, X-rays and Routine cleaning(self-pay patients only) Wow! After ve worthwhile months, marching season is o cially over! The Mandarin Band has been in the bleachers supporting our fantastic football team during every game and it also has gotten the school pumped up early in the morning on football Fridays in the courtyard. The dedicated band members have donated their Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to bettering the already amazing band since the beginning of the school year and during October, the month of competitions, all the hard work paid o At the rst competition, the Space Coast Invitational in Merritt Island, the Mustang Band placed sixth out of 17 bands. At the Nease Invitational, the band improved and was able to come out fourth overall. The band did particularly well at the Seaside Invitational, earning rst place and taking home the grand champion trophy for the second year in a row! At Districts on November 9, the Marching Mustang Band performed its Car Men show for the very last time. The hardworking band received superiors (the highest possible score) in every category and it was a great last perfor-Mandarin High School band concludes marching season on high noteBy Contributing Writers Brooke Sapolsky and Levana Oshermance for the senior. After working so hard on the half-time show, it is hard to know that it will never be performed in its entirety again. It is particularly hard for the seniors knowing that their four years as a marching Mustang has come to an end, but they were honored directly following their last performance on the magni cent Mandarin eld. The special thing about band is that once the marching season ends, the band keeps playing. The band is pulling out the chairs and preparing for concert season. The band now gets to sit down and focus exclusively on music. The songs are more dif- cult to play, but just as exciting to perform and it would be just as amazing to continue seeing the support that the community has brought to the Mandarin Band program. As the holidays are approaching, the band will be in The Avenues mall wrapping gifts. The gift-wrapping starts on December 14 at 4:00 p.m. Mustang Band seniors on the tower after their last practice.and will continue during all of winter break. All proceeds directly support the Mandarin High School band program and we would love to see everyone there. Thank you in advanced for your support!Mandarin High School hosted two instructors from the Aviation Survival Training School at Naval Air Station Jacksonville on November 13 for an assembly observing the Week of Valor. Mayor Alvin Brown joined Petty O cer 2nd Class Justin Cardente and Petty O cer 3rd Class Benjamin Lee for a patriotic program where the naval o cers addressed students about their careers in the Navy and what it means to be a veteran. I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the military personnel who participated, both for their service and for their partnership in bringing this important lesson to students, Mayor Brown said. Jacksonville is a military city and I want students to understand that their Mayor Brown visits Mandarin High School for Week of Valorsacri ce makes it possible for us to study, work and live freely. During the assembly, School Board Member Jason Fischer and Col. Dr. Dan Davis (ret.) also spoke to the students and the Navy Band Southeast Brass Quintet performed a number of musical selections. The Week of Valor, a series of events paying tribute to military and veterans in Jacksonville during the days surrounding Veterans Day, reached thousands of Duval County schoolchildren directly this year, as military personnel serving at bases throughout the city visited more than 100 classrooms. For more information about other Week of Valor events, please visit www.coj.net/MilitaryA airs. Hendricks Day School eighth graders are writing to their e-pals from College les Rives du Lemon in Evian, France and recently our fth graders participated in a Skype conference with students from Hans Christian Andersen School from Buenos Aires, Argentina! During the year, our students will be exchanging PowerPoint presentations with information on their respective countries. Some of the topics that they will cover are our school, our town, holidays, music, food and much more. This is another way that we incorporate multicultural projects into our curriculum and make our students culturally aware of the world around them. Merry ChristmasFrom your friends at Mandarin NewsLine!

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Page 14, Mandarin NewsLine December 2013 www.MandarinNewsLine.com ASK YOUR VETERINARIAN FOR A REFERRAL TODAY!1. Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow. 2. Sores that do not heal. 3. Weight loss. 4. Loss of appetite. 5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening. 6. Oensive odor. 7. Diculty eating or swallowing. 8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina. 9. Persistent lameness or stiness. 10. Diculty breathing, urinating, or defecating.What are the 10 Most Common Signs of Cancer in Small Animals? SEVOMED.com Where Compassion Meets Innovation! Brian E. Floro DMD, PAGeneral and Family DentistryExams and Cleanings Placing and Restoring Dental Implants Crowns and BridgesVeneers and Teeth Whitening Clear Braces with ClearCorrectLocated in the Memorial Imaging Center Corner of Loretto Road and San Jose Blvd. www.florodental.comPreferred Provider of Most Major Dental Insurance New Patient Special$99Exam, Digital X-RaysThis oer is exclusive to self-pay patients and may not be used with any insurance program. Must present coupon. Expires 12-31-13.Whitening for Life!Reg. $180$99 Contact the oce for details.Must present coupon. Expires 12-31-13. Dr. Brian Floro D.M.D. P.A. Dr. Brian Floro D.M.D. P.A. Community Nutcracker cont. from pg. 1 founders are currently artistic directors of the production, each directing a portion of the performance. The principal dancers each year are professional dancers, while the performing company is composed of students of local dance studios. This years principal dancers are both from Puerto Rico, Laura Valentin and Jose Rodriguez. Typically, there are about 245 people involved on stage in the production and approximately 40 local dance studios are represented. Production work on each performance actually starts with planning meetings by the board of directors and artistic directors in January. Open auditions are held in early September for the dancers, followed immediately by a weekly rehearsal schedule which continues until the date of the performance. Spivak says he is most proud that the Community Nutcracker production has existed for 22 years, through good economic times and bad. He feels that during economic downturns, Whats WLNN? Its Wonderful Loretto News Network! Fifth graders at Loretto Elementary School receive hands-on experience in the world of media, as they auditioned for the morning news team. Now, these students are off and running. They write, produce, lm and monitor the audio and video aspects of the news show. Their technology skills are advancing with every production. Not to mention, our anchors are improving their speech, as they strive to deliver clear and concise news to the entire viewing audience. all of Loretto Elementary. Because the students are doing such a great job, the school district has decided to spotlight the students by featuring them on PBS. The show will air Sunday, December 1 at 10:00 a.m. on WJCT, which is the PBS af liate. people seek out the joy that the production brings even more. To raise so much money and give back to the community that has helped me so much to be successful makes me happy and proud, he says. So much good comes from this production, much more than even the money we are able to raise. There is nothing like seeing the joy on the performers faces and the faces of their families. I never thought this would be so big, but I look forward to its continued growth. For more information on how you can support this project, performed by the community for the community, please visit www.jaxnutcracker.org. Corporate sponsorships are still available as are tickets to the public performances. Support the MHS Band!Gift wrappingThe Avenues Mall, rst oor outside H&M December 13 24 4 PM 10 PM weekdays; 9 AM 10 PM Saturdays; 11 AM 7 PM SundaysAll proceeds directly support the MHS Band program! Mandarin NewsLineNow delivered to 32223 32258 32257(select routes)Dont miss your chance to place your ad in the only community newspaper with a monthly circulation of 29,000 addresses!Call Today!886-4919

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(For example, board games can require large boxes.) Lightweight items that are large may be more expensive to ship than you might expect as all carriers now charge for shipping based on volume (size and weight), rather than just weight. Be sure to consider this when buying gifts. Breakable items need suf- cient cushioning materials such as bubble wrap, packing peanuts or properly placed air pillows. Make sure breakable items are located to the center of the box. Unacceptable cushioning materials would be crunched up newspaper, tissue paper or clothing. Valuable items that are breakable should be double-boxed or packed in an over-sized box with suf- cient cushioning as described above. When you choose your box it must withstand the shock, vibration and compression that will occur in handling and transit. The box should be made for shipping (not a moving, storage, shoe or department store) and a used box should not have any holes or collapsed areas on it. Make sure your box is large enough to attach the shipping label and that all old shipping labels are removed or marked out.October 21 through 24 was Homecoming Week for the Mustangs and it was jam packed. With students dressing up Monday through Thursday to prepare for Homecoming, which took place at EverBank Field Stadium Friday, October 25, the week was lled with various activities. Monday was Nerd Day and Tuesday was themed Duck Dynasty Day. On both days students came out in their best gear to show support for the school and Wednesday, Old People Day, was the day of the Homecoming pep rally for the juniors and seniors. Thursday was probably the most exciting day, though, because it was the day of the second annual Mandarin High Homecoming Parade as well as the football game against Sandalwood. Holiday packing and shipping tipsContributed by Doug Nunnery, owner, The UPS Store, Fruit CoveOnce the box is closed, you should not hear any rattling when you shake it and the box should not give at the seams when you press on it. If it does, it needs more packing material or your box needs to be cut down to size. Do not use brown kraft paper or string (these items catch on automated equipment) to wrap old boxes. Its ok to use reuse boxes with printed images on them. Remember to use shipping tape only, not masking tape, duct tape, painters tape or wrapping paper tape. Secure all open seams, not just the top of the box. Of course, you can always rely on The UPS Store to pack your items should you decide not to do it yourself. All storepacked items are covered by our Pack and Ship Guarantee, which provides full reimbursement of packing and shipping costs in the unlikely event of damage. Note: the Pack and Ship Guarantee applies only to packages shipped via UPS. UPS has guaranteed Next Day, Second Day and 3-Day shipments, as well as Ground shipping. All UPS shipments are trackable and the rst $100 of declared-value insurance is included. Additional coverage can be added for an additional fee. Shipping to a recognized business address will always save you money when using UPS as your carrier. A brief description of package contents must be provided at The UPS Store shipping counter. Firearms, explosive materials, alcohol, tobacco and citrus fruit are prohibited items and cannot be shipped. The face value of gift cards cannot be covered by declared-value insurance, so we suggest making a copy of all gift cards before shipping in case they are lost. That way they can possibly be stopped and reissued. The US Postal Service offers Parcel Post, Priority Mail and Express Mail for shipping packages. Priority Mail, though not guaranteed, usually arrives within three days. Express Mail is guaranteed, and arrives in one or two days, depending on the address. While not as comprehensive as UPS, some level of tracking is provided on all postal services.MHS HappeningsAnother successful Homecoming Week!By Zoe Smolios, MHS StudentPeople lined Greenland Road from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in order to watch the oats, which were made by the students themselves. The parade was lead by the ROTC students and included the band, cheerleaders, the swim team and various clubs such as Journalism, Junior Ladies, B.A.S.I.C., 4H and Interact. Principal Dr. Richardson as well as the whole homecoming court and even Chick- l-A were also in attendance. Students came out that night to support their Mustangs as they took on Sandalwoods Saints and to nd out who the lucky winners of Homecoming King and Queen were. Congratulations to Chase Little and Kimberly Harris! Even though the game ended in a loss, students could agree that it was an exciting game and week in all!Everybody reads Mandarin NewsLine! Shouldnt your ad be included?886-4919 Happy Holidays from your friends at Mandarin NewsLine!

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2013 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 17 Open Monday Friday 7AM 6PM to meet the needs of caregivers wh o work full time or who need some extra time for other daily activities Activities are tailored to mee t the multi-level needs of our clients with memory impairment Nutritious meals and snacks prepar ed daily in a safe, secure a nd state-of-the-art environment Morning transportation available for cli ents living near the River Garden campus Conveniently located just south of I-295 Concerns about your drinking water?Call the Water Treatment Company Jacksonville has trusted for over 20 Years. Straight answers No high pressure. 262 0197 3760 KORI RD. Lic. #W-32 yo u C all th e W ate r T reatmen t Compan y J acksonville h as trusted f or ove r 2 0 Years S Call the Water Treatment Company Jacksonville has trusted for over 20 years. A wonderful time was had by all in early October when a group from the Mandarin Womens Club set sail on the Schooner Freedom out of the St. Augustine Municipal Marina! Captain John manned the helm and Admiral Sarah greeted us royally as we motored away from the dock. It was a lovely early evening with a brisk wind blowing and soon their young friendly crew was raising the sails. Sarah got the wine ow-Womens club members enjoy sunset sailBy Contributing Writer Sharon Weed, Mandarin Womens Clubing as the sails billowed in the wind and rose to the top of the masts! As we were getting under full sail, we had a short little rain shower, then all was clear. We enjoyed a look at the city from a di erent perspective as we sailed under the Bridge of Lions and out toward the ocean. It was so peaceful as we listened to the water lap against the hull and watched to see if any dolphins were riding the waves. Eventually we had to turn around for the trip back to the dock as we watched the sun set behind the old city, and the sails had to come back down. A good time was had by all, with thanks to Pat Ulp for arranging the excursion. The Zarubas, John and Sarah, have been sailing most of their adult lives and if you want a nice, relaxing experience, give them a call! Tell our advertisers you saw them inMandarinNewsLine Support our fine Advertisers! www.research.net/s/190276 ? What do you think? Participate and you could win a $50 Gift Certicate to Whole Foods Market! We Need a Home!Call for viewing and adoption: 725-8766 GraceFemale/Spayed Domestic Shorthair/Mix 3 years PirateFemale/Spayed Beagle/Pointer 6 years 5 months

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Page 18, Mandarin NewsLine December 2013 www.MandarinNewsLine.com DONT COMMIT TO A GYM! COMMIT TO YOURSELF! Shape Your Nutrition12200-18 SAN JOSE BLVD (IN BEALLS SHOPPING CENTER) (904) 386-3993 ENJOY 1/2 OFF SMOOTHIE WITH COUPON. EXP 12/31/13 *Fit Camp First Month FREE!* *Weight Loss Challenges (Nutrition Class)* *Personal Accountability* Great Selection of Unique Holiday Gifts! For six weeks this fall, the South Mandarin Branch Library has hosted the High School and Beyond Survival Workshop. The six week course has focused on teaching teens how to improve their study, test taking and organization skills and was facilitated each week by Rachel Bauer, M.Ed. On Thursday, November 7, 15 students attending session four of the six week course had a very special guest speaker when Dr. Annmarie Kent-Willette, the Education Start Here. Go Anywhere.Jax Education Commissioner visits with teens at the South Mandarin LibraryBy Contributing Writer Lynne Baldwin, Librarian Senior/Branch Manager, Mandarin Branch Library Jacksonville Education Commissioner Dr. Annmarie Kent-Willette spoke to students on November 7 at the South Mandarin Branch Library.Commissioner of Jacksonville, spoke to the students about Mayor Browns Learn2Earn program. Learn2Earn is a summer program designed for high school students who are on summer break awaiting their sophomore or junior years. Learn2Earn targets low-tomoderate income students with caregivers that have not attended college. Students entering senior year may be granted an exception to enroll. Learn2Earn is open to all students in public and private schools as well as home-schooled students. There is no cost to students and the student to mentor ratio is 10 to 1. Students spend one week on the Jacksonville University campus where they participate in workshops that prepare them for the process of college enrollment. Dr. Kent-Willette encouraged the students to apply for a spot in the Learn2Earn program. Do you need help picking a topic or nding sources for the upcoming History Fair? Join us at the Mandarin and the South Mandarin Branch Libraries and we will show you library resources that will help you create a successful project. History Fair Help will be available at the Mandarin Branch Library on Saturday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m. and at the South Mandarin Branch Library on Saturday, December 14 at 11:00 a.m. The Mandarin Book Club will be discussing The Shoemakers Wife by Adrianna Trigiani on Thursday, December 5 at 1:00 p.m. Stacey Van Hoy and Patricia Henderson will be leading the discussion. Please call 262-5201 for information. Holiday shopping is made easy at the library. The Jacksonville Public Library is o ering three easy ways to do your holiday shopping and support your local branch library at the same time. Visit the librarys website at www. jaxpubliclibrary.org for complete information about holiday shopping at the Jacksonville Public Library. Please note the library hours of operation for the Christmas and New Years Day holidays. All Jacksonville Public Libraries will be closed on Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 and will close at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31 and will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Best wishes for a safe and joyful holiday season and a Happy, Happy New Year! See you at the library in 2014! WWW WWWVisit our website: Mandarin/Southside Young H. Lee, DMD Young H. Lee, DMDCosmetic & Family Dental CareLee Aesthetic Dentistry 262-173711481 Old St. Augustine Rd. www.youngleedmd.comEmergencies & New Patients Welcome Clear Correct Braces Root Canals Crowns & Bridges Implants & Dentures Veneers Extractions Periodontal (Gum) Treatment Teeth Whitening Laser Treatment Low Radiation Digital X-Rays Sedation Available Ceiling TVs Most Insurance Accepted I-295 Old St. Augustine Rd Publix Winn DixieSt. Josephs Catholic Church LowesGate Gas Station Mandarin/Southside Mandarin/Southside Lee Aesthetic Dentistry Red Ribbon Week at Crown PointThe week of October 14 was a very busy one for the Crown Point Elementary School Panthers. Our PTA planned exciting and creative activities throughout the week to raise awareness about leading a drugfree lifestyle. Crown Point Panthers wore silly socks to Sock it to Drugs. They wore their shirts backwards to Turn Their Backs on Drugs. The students wore their red, white and blue colors to Take a Stand for a Drug-Free Land to culminate the week. The classroom door decorations and messages were so clever and the students were really proud! Beverly Sterrett and her kindergarten students look great in their silly socks!

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2013 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 19 To triumph over cancer once is hard enough. But to face cancer three times takes remarkable courage and a top, coordinated team of specialists. In Janes case, that team included the multi-disciplinary experts at Baptists Hill Breast Center, the surgical care team at Baptist South, and her breast care coordinator, Marcelle, to be with her every step of the way. At Baptist, were bringing together clinical expertise and personalized care to improve outcomes. Thats changing health care for good.Jane survived cancer. Three times. Visit baptistjax.com to hear Janes story. Jacksonvilles Only Certified Master Pedicurist & Medical Nail Technician9700 Philips Hwy, #107 Jacksonville, FL 32256 (904)469-2432www.HandsFeetandBeyond.com Need a quality pedicure, but concerned with the cleanliness of the tools & equipment? If so, come enjoy a sanitary & relaxing pedicure. Offering Geriatric & Diabetic Foot-careReggie Stephens After years of thoughtful planning and development, the new Episcopal Early Learning Academy (EELA) on San Jose Boulevard o cially opened for business on Monday, November 18, but a special preview was held on Thursday, November 14. Mandarin families toured the new facility and met early learning professionals. Childrens entertainment included face painting, balloon animals, a caricature artist, games and a magician. EELA provides a wonderful new option for families with young children, particularly those residing in Mandarin and San Jose, and o ers programs that are tailored to t children ages six weeks through VPK. Guided by the philosophy that the early years are critical to building a solid foundation for life-long learning, EELA o ers a developmentally appropriate curriculum designed to foster childrens social, cognitive, physical and language skills in a safe, nurturing and fun environment. EELA uses a whole-child approach and provides care and guidance through a variety of learning activities that promote critical thinking and problemsolving skills.CertusBank, N.A. recently celebrated the opening of their newest branch in the Jacksonville area. Mayor Alvin Brown attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at the branch located in Mandarin. CertusBank, headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, rst entered the Jacksonville market with the acquisition of Atlantic Southern Bank in May 2011. The Mandarin branch is their second in the area and will be followed by the opening of a Ponte Vedra branch in early 2014. In addition to their retail branches, the bank also has a strong wealth presence in the region. We are thrilled to be growing in Jacksonville. This is Southlake Nursing and Rehab Center, located in the heart of Mandarin, hosted a dog obedience school presentation in honor of the Dog Days of Summer. Why dogs? The residents overwhelmingly enjoy three things: music, Bank holds Grand Opening for Mandarin locationJacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown joins Angela Webb, president, and Walter Davis, Co-CEO, to cut the ribbon marking the grand opening of CertusBank.such a vibrant city, with many exciting endeavors bene ting its citizens and the state. We have identi ed it as one of our primary markets for expansion, said Angela Webb, president of CertusBank. Our team looks forward to providing the residents and businesses in the Mandarin area with innovative solutions to their nancial needs. The bank has already made good on their promise to support the communities in which they are located by sponsoring the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras new Matinee series. CertusBank is also a strong supporter of Mandarin High School and a sponsor of The PLAYERS Championship.Early learning center celebrates grand openingAcademic enrichment programs are part of the daily schedule at EELA and include lessons in Spanish, sign language, computer technology, music, art, character development, yoga for infants and toddlers, YUM! (Youth Understanding MyPlate) Nutrition Program and gardening. Professionals at EELA know that measuring success is essential to teaching and development. As such, EELA uses a combination of child and classroom assessments to measure progress. Assessments include the Test of Preschool Early Literacy, a research-based assessment designed to gauge whether a child between the ages of three and ve has suf- cient knowledge of vocabulary and phonological awareness. EELA also regularly administers VPK assessments that are designed to provide teachers with reliable feedback regarding a childs progress. To help working parents monitor their children on a regular basis, EELA uses WatchMeGrow, an online webcam that allows parents and families to share in their childs day from virtually anywhere. Parents will have the ability to see high-quality streaming video of their childs classroom areas. The spacious new center features 10 new classrooms and can accommodate up to 167 children. Fun was had by all at the preview! Photo by Juani KellyLocal rehab center is Goin to the dogsBy Contributing Writer Cathy Winterpets, and bingo. The centers sta states that if they could just get a dog that sang and could call bingo, the residents would be ecstatic! The K-9 Obedience Club of Jacksonville, Inc. answered the call with enthusiasm and devotion for a demonstration of their dogs and their talents. Anita Gard and four other canine owners presented a terri c show of obedience and tricks. The residents were thrilled and the dogs presence brought back pleasant memories of their own pets. The conversations and memories continued on long after the performance. It only goes to prove that the love of a pet truly leaves paw prints on our hearts. Wet kisses, furry hugs and oohs and ahhs lled the day. This was the culmination of a week-long celebration of the dog days of summer with sta bringing in their dogs throughout the week, from the very small poodles, to the very large boxer and Great Dane.

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Page 20, Mandarin NewsLine December 2013 www.MandarinNewsLine.com Weather and tides are the two largest contributing factors to the success of any well thought out shing trip on the St. Johns River. Unfortunately we have no control over either and often have to take what we get, with the time that we have, to make our trip happen. Understanding these conditions and how they can a ect your shing plans before you get out on the water can be vital to the success of your trip. Wind and rain are the most common weather-related issues that anglers have to deal with. When planning a shing trip, know the direction and speed forecasted for the wind that day. Light winds usually under 10 or 12 knots do not present a problem, but winds exceeding those speeds can be problematic, especially if those winds are blowing in the opposite direction of the tidal ow. Using opposite shorelines as a shield for westerly or easterly winds can provide calm waters on what could have been a choppy day. 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Being able to chase the tide will increase your shing and the probability of a successful outcome. Fishing Report: Yellowmouth from Buckman to downtown on deeper holes. Time to troll for speckled trout o the docks north or south of Goodbys Creek. Whether you catch one, some or none, the family time spent shing will last a lifetime. 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 Chartwells-Thompson School Dining Services, in partnership with Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) in Jacksonville, recently received the Organizational Leadership Award from the Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition due to its multiple e orts in addressing childhood obesity and healthy living. Chartwells-Thompson received this award for providing the highest quality food for all students and encouraging students and members of the community to eat healthy and stay active every day through various awareness programs. Some of the initiatives that Chartwells-Thompson was recognized for include: Sourcing fresh and sustainable ingredients: ChartwellsThompson o ers sustainable and healthy foods to its students, including hormone free dairy, humane cage-less eggs, sustainable seafood, local produce when possible, meatless entre options, whole grain rich breads, fresh fruit and vegetables. Hosting a Chefs-2-Schools program: In this awareness initiative, professional Chartwells-Thompson chefs visit public schools and conduct cooking demonstrations in front of students while Healthy living addressed in Duval County Public Schoolsproviding samplings of fresh, healthy foods. The recipes always involve a fresh fruit or vegetable that is in season so that kids can take home recipe cards and cook these items with their parents as well. Organizing a Cooking Up Change competition: This competition encourages students to create a healthy, tasty meal that could potentially be served in the cafeteria. The students are urged to follow the rigorous health guidelines and approved ingredient list that all school meal programs must follow under the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs. Local winners then compete in the national Cooking Up Change event each year. Duvals rst place winner in the last competition inspired the sh tacos on the current lunch menu this year. Participating in various community initiatives: Chartwells-Thompson also helps sponsor community organizations and initiatives such as the Im A Star Foundation that assists the Jacksonville community through projects and fundraisers. Last year, Chartwells-Thompson Healthy living cont. on pg. 21

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Please email your rsum and cover letter to humanresources@oastaug.com or fax at 904.209.1035 Indulge www.areyoureadytoindule.com has new owners! We are looking for experienced hair stylists with a following to join us. Commission and/or booth rentals. If interested, contact Nina Stelfox @ 904-657-9190 Pool cleaner to maintain residential customer accounts. 1 year experience required. Pool service and repair technician. 2 years experience in all aspects of pool repair cleaning, and renovation. Must have valid clean driving record and pass background test.Please respond to r.schmitz@ comcast.net with applicable work history or a resume. The St. Johns River Farmers Market in Alpine Groves Park, 2060 SR 13, Switzerland, seeks assistance on Fridays and Saturdays with market set-up and sign placement and removal; physical strength required. Email: nfva.org@gmail.com. Phone: 904-347-8900. Hood Cleaning Technician This is a part-time position starting at $10.75/Hour. Work hours during the night or early morning hours when restaurants are closed. Power washing of kitchen exhaust systems including hoods, duct work, lters and exhaust fans. Please respond to this ad with cover letter and resume to jeff.sowell@ hoodz.us.com Panache in Julington Creek is interviewing experienced & talented Stylists to join our team. Do you enjoy working in a professional, clean & successful environment? Apply at www.getpanache. com or stop in 2758 Racetrack Road #403. HELP WANTED! If you like music (and other arts) and would like to volunteer to support a non-pro t organization bringing music to the community, please call 374 8639 F/T assistant needed for doctors of ce. M, T, W, F & Saturday morning. Please fax resume to 904-683-4378. P/T massage therapist needed for M,W,F afternoons from 1-6pm. Please send resume to 904-683-4378. POSITION OPEN P/T ADMINISTRATIVE CLERK $10/Hr. Position opens with the Julington Creek Annex. This position is responsible for providing clerical support for ofce operations. Apply St. Johns County Property Appraisers Of ce, 4030 Lewis Speedway Suite 203, St. Augustine, Fl 32084 by November 22, 2013, EOEDRUG FREE WORKPLACE.helped sponsor the Lets Move Jacksonville event, which raised awareness for food desserts in Jacksonville. The Chartwells-Thompson Chef, Jonathan Eaddy, demonstrated how to cook spaghetti squash marinara and distributed fresh carrots, hummus and bottled water to attendees. With nearly 30 percent of Duval County residents being overweight or obese, according to County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, the Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition honored individuals and organizations that go above and beyond the call of duty to create awareness about healthy living and eating. For Chartwells-Thompson, nourishing students is not only our business, its our commitment to the communities in which we serve and we are grateful to be recognized for our e orts, said Louisa Alderson, marketing and communications manager at Chartwells-Thompson in Jacksonville. For the 2013-14 school year, Chartwells-Thompson has even more activities planned to help create a healthy community. Through our e orts inside and outside of school, we hope to encourage healthy eating, an active lifestyle and a better Jacksonville.Healthy living cont. from pg. 20 WWW WWWVisit our website: Want your schools Good News to appear in Mandarin NewsLine?Let us know what is happening in your school or classroom and well share it with your neighbors in Mandarin!Send an email to editor@mandarinnewsline.comDeadline is the 10th of each month! p p 12276 San Jose Blvd. #512 (904) 880-0202 www.dietjacksonville.comIdeal Weight Lossat Life Mission Chiropractic

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Page 22, Mandarin NewsLine December 2013 www.MandarinNewsLine.com For more information on a Bolles education and to reserve your space at our Open House, please visit www.BollesSuccessKit.org or call (904) 256-5030 .Four Unique Campuses Ponte Vedra Beach | Whitehurst | Bartram | San Jose Day and Boarding School from Pre-K through Grade 12.9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, January 13 Lower School Whitehurst Campus San Jose Pre-K Grade 5 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, January 10 Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach Campus Beaches Pre-K Grade 5Spend the day at Bolles, and discover a wonderful place for your child. Bolles provides the education, experiences and connections for your child to achieve amazing accomplishments in life. Join us for an Open House, and see for yourself the smaller class sizes with exceptional teachers, the state of the art classrooms and an advanced curriculum, and the positive learning environment with grade-specic campuses. Bolles is a world leading to great opportunities. Join us for an Open House, and start something wonderful for your child only at Bolles.Come experience the start ofwonderful.something Tree WorkbyMitch Drake & Sons (904) 703-5040 (904) 287-3819Licensed, Insured & Workmans Compwww.treeworkbymitchdrakeandsons.com 2012 Angies List Super Service Award Over 35 Years Experience We want to bring to our readers some of the upcoming holiday activities at a few of the approximately 32 houses of worship in and around our neighborhood. We discovered was a rich dedication to the traditions of the holidays, activities planned speci cally for the upcoming joyous holiday season. Services celebrating advent and Christmas will be found at each of the churches. The synagogues will be celebrating Hanukah with a traditional avor. Most church and synagogue calendars follow traditional observances for their holiday celebrations. Here is a list of houses of worship that responded to our request for holiday schedules and details. Crown Point Baptist Church at 10153 Old St. Augustine Road is o ering a free event to help with the Christmas rush. They are having a Parents Night Out and Preschool/Childrens Christmas Party on Saturday, December 14 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., which is open to the community for children ages Pre-K to fth grade. On Sunday, December 15 at 10:15 a.m. is the Christmas musical, Joy of Every Longing Heart. Christmas Eve service is Tuesday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m. Chabad Lubavitch of Northeast Florida at 10129 Haley Road describes the season as Tis the season to be Jewish. As the Jacksonville Jewish Community anticipates the arrival of the holiday of Chanukah, Chabads attention is directed towards the annual Chanukah at the Landing event to be held on Sunday, December 1. If you think that Jews dont have fun in December, you have yet to attend this exciting celebration of Jewish culture and pride, according to Rabbi Yoseph Kahanov, regional director of Chabad in Northeast Florida. This years event will feature Sha-ron Kushnir on keyboard, a Grand Chanukah family carnival and fair and, as always, the kindling of Jacksonvilles tallest Menorah. Kicking o the event is the annual Chanukah Car Parade a beautiful demonstration of Jewish pride and solidarity. Over 100 vehicles, adorned with custom designed Chanukah ags, (free to all participants) are expected to join the caravan towards The Landing. The fun- lled afternoon will feature a variety of kiosks and exhibitions. Dignitaries and public o cials will convey Chanukah greetings and well wishes to the Jewish community. The grand Menorah lighting will be held at 5:00 p.m. The Christmas Services schedule at The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, located Theres something for everyone!Holiday activities from local churches and synagoguesBy Karl Kennellat 12336 Mandarin Road are: Christmas Eve Tuesday, December 24, 4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with special presentation of the Christmas Story for children; 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with contemporary music; 8:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with full choir and instruments; 11:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with full choir, instruments and incense; and Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25 at 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I. Christian Family Chapel, located at 10365 Old St. Augustine Road is in the middle of a 70 day initiative called SowJax. Church members and attendees have been challenged to consider and act on various opportunities for sowing seeds of the Gospel of Christ in their daily interactions. Some of the seeds include being involved with the Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive and partnering with the Inner City Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ by delivering Boxes of Love (food) for Thanksgiving. Families are lling shoeboxes for children ages two to 14 years old who are in need around the world. This annual initiative called Operation Christmas Child is sponsored by Samaritans Purse, a humanitarian organization. Last year Christian Family Chapel contributed over 700 boxes. Also they will visit with the elderly in assisted living facilities along Old St. Augustine Road, singing, sharing devotions and providing snacks. Their Christmas Eve services will be held at 4:00 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. and one family service (bring children of all ages) at 5:30 p.m. Christ Church Mandarin at 9794 Old St. Augustine Road will hold an Advent celebration called A Gift to Give on Sunday, December 15 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with potluck dinner, carols and hot chocolate around the bon re. Their Christmas Eve family service is December 24 at 5:00 p.m. Grace Community Church at 10938 Hood Road South will hold a Christmas Eve service is 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, December 22, special Christmas services will be held at two service times: 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Mandarin United Methodist Church, located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard will celebrate the season with ve Christmas Eve services: Family Service at 4:00 p.m.; Candlelight Communion at 4:00 p.m.; Contemporary Christmas Service at 6:00 p.m.; Lessons and Carols Service at 6:00 p.m.; and Candlelight Worship events cont. on pg. 23Patrick E. Shickel has consistently maintained a 4.0 GPA and been named to the Presidents Honor Roll every semester since joining the University of Central Florida in 2011. Shickel, a graduate of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, is currently a computer engineer-Spotlight on Studentsing student in his junior year at UCF in Orlando. Do you have a college or high school student to spotlight? Please send information about their accomplishment to Editor Martie Thompson at editor@mandarinnewsline.com Mandarin NewsLine is YOUR Community Newspaper! Send us your community news!editor@mandarinnewsline.comWhy wait for the mailman? View our digital edition online at www.mandarinnewsline.com

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2013 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 23 Faith News 11730 Old St. Augustine Rd. Jacksonville, Florida 904-268-5422 ST. JOSEPHS CATHOLIC CHURCH Christmas Schedule 2013Christmas Eve Masses December 24 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 12:00 Midnight (Lessons and Carols 11:00 p.m.) Christmas Day Masses December 25 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon Solemnity of Mary Vigil Mass December 31 5:30 p.m. Solemnity of Mary Mass January 1 10:00 a.m., 7:00 p.m. Reconciliation December 18 7:00 p.m. Parish Penance Service December 20 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. December 21 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. H H H H H H a a r r d d d d d d a a g g e G G G G G G i i i i i d d d d d d d d d d d d e n n s F F F F F u n n e r r a a l l l l l l H H H H H o m m e o f f f f f f M M M M M a a n n d d d d d d a a r r i i i i i n n n 9 04-288-002 5 H GHARDAGE GIDDENSFUNERAL HOMES & CEMETERIES Builders of all ages and skill levels. Create everything from Historical Buildlings to Fantasy Creation.Suggested donation Sponsored by the Jacksonville Historical Society For information call 904-665-0064 or email info@jaxhistory.com (across from the Veterans Memorial Arena) Monday-Friday Saturdays Closed Sundays 880-0002 keyboardconnectionjax.com 9912 San Jose Boulevard I buy a cinnamon broom every October to usher in the Holiday Season. I used to just welcome fall, but now as soon as the cinnamon brooms come out, so do the Christmas decorations. So, Happy Holidays, yall! A few months ago, I heard someone worrying that the Christmas season is shorter than usual this year and there were just 90 days until Christmas. Call me crazy, but doesnt Christmas come a month or so after Thanksgiving which is a month or so after Halloween every single year? Now there are 31 days until Christmas. Thirty-one days until Christmas would be blissfully enough, really. Thirty-one days to shop and wrap, visit a live nativity and walk around the neighborhood admiring the best Christmas lights what? No Christmas lights up in your neighborhood yet? No, because while there are 31 days until Christmas, there are only about two until Thanksgiving. It seems silly to think of hanging Christmas lights now, before weve even nalized the Thanksgiving menu. Could it be that the outsides of our homes re ect real life more than the alwayslook-to-the-next-thing lifestyle that retail and media projects as reality? My front door boasts a large, twiggy wreath covered in bittersweet sprays, sun owers and dried wheat, not an evergreen wreath. Im living in the present. Sure, Ive already picked up some Christmas gifts; I do that throughout the year when I see the perfect thing for one of the kids. But you wont nd any mistletoe or sugarplums here yet. I bet your house is the same! If youre feeling anxious because there are only 31 days Join us as we begin the Advent season with the premiere of Christ is the Day, a new work for choir, soloists and instrumentalists composed by our director of music ministry, Bob Moore. The performance will take place on Tuesday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, located at 12236 Mandarin Road. Admission is free, but an o ering will be taken to support Riverbank Arts Mandarin. A reception will follow the performance and a nursery will be available. The Jacksonville Teens Volunteer group of the Jewish Community Alliance will meet at River Garden Hebrew Home on Sunday, December 1 to assist with the annual resident Chanukkah party. This group is for volunteers ages 13 and up and is open to the whole community. Please call 730-2100 ext. 228 to reserve your spot or call ext. 249 for more information. St. Johns Cathedral, located at 256 East Church Street in downtown Jacksonville, presents an Advent Procession of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 1 at 5:00 p.m. This service in a dramatic candlelit liturgy symbolizes the bringing of light into darkness in the anticipation of Christ. During the service, the Cathedral Choir Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) is pleased to announce the third annual mens event, Scotch, Cigars and Football, hosted at the prestigious Epping Forest Yacht Club. Guests will have the opportunity to sample high-end scotch and handrolled cigars while discussing football with celebrity sports commentator David Lamm. Join JFCS on Thursday, January 9, 2014. Drinks will be moves around the church with music from many lands and many ages. Timothy Tuller is music director and organist. Everyone is welcome. A nursery will be provided. For information, please call 356-5507. Mandarin United Methodist Church presents their Christmas musical, The Jesus Gift, on Saturday, December 14, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 15, at 8:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at the church, located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard. Freedom Christian Fellowship invites the community to CHRISTmas Alive on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, December 13 through 15 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. for a dramatic, fun and unforgettable Christmas journey for the whole family! Experience this free 30 minute outdoor, guided walking tour to Bethlehem. Freedom Christian Fellowship is located at 3423 Loretto Road in Mandarin. A Blue Christmas service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on December 17 at Mandarin United Methodist Church, located at 11270 San Jose Boulevard. This service will be especially for those for whom the Christmas season is a reminder of loss or di cult times. Purposeful Parenting31 Days til ChristmasBy Allie Olsenuntil Christmas and you: Havent even made a shopping list Dont know when youll go to a live nativity or Christmas music special Need to get photos with Santa Havent planned a White Elephant Christmas Party with your girlfriends Relax! Take a couple of deep breaths and savor the cinnamon and pumpkin spice. Dont marginalize the familial holiday of Thanksgiving in a rush to make Christmas better just because all the Thanksgiving stu is already marked down to 75 percent o actually, thats all the more reason to really enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving! Communion at 8:00 p.m. St. Josephs Catholic Church at 11730 Old St Augustine Road on Christmas Eve will conduct Vigil Mass masses at 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. (Childrens Liturgy) and 7:00 p.m.; Lessons and Carols from 11:00 p.m. until 11:45 p.m. with Christmas Mass at midnight in the main church. Christmas masses will be held at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon in the main church. Mandarin Presbyterian Mark your calendars for Scotch, Cigars and FootballChurch at 11844 Mandarin Road will be having a Family Celebration of Christmas and Candlelight Service at 4:30 p.m. with a Christmas Message and Candlelight Service at 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve. Also, a Christmas message, Candlelight and Communion service will be held in the sanctuary at 9:00 p.m. Many house of worship did not get their calendars to us in time for publication. Undoubtedly during this holiday season you will nd activities at your church or synagogue which expand the joy of the season. Keep in your heart somber respect for the reasons for the season. Happy Holidays!served at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and football-related discussion. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. JFCS has been a vital part of the Jacksonville community since 1917. O ering a wide array of social services such as nancial assistance, child welfare, adoption services, emergency food pantry, counseling and Jewish services. JFCS is committed to the mission of helping people help themselves and serves all persons in a non-discriminatory manner. For more information about this event, please contact Marie Gabbamonte, director of marketing and development, at 394-5727 or email at mgabbamonte@jfcsjax.org. Worship events cont. from pg. 22

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Let us show you why that sets us apart from other builders and why choosing Landon Homes is the best decision youll ever make. homesites nestled among the sweeping oak trees dining, shopping, retail, waterways, CRC1326780 Manadrin NewsLine APP is now LIVE!Available for both ITunes and Google Play!Were proud to give our loyal readers an easy way to digitally access Mandarin NewsLine. A new, simple-to-use app will allow you to read each edition in its entirety on your tablet. Learn more at DeepWaterNOW.com Venice & the Italian Lakes 9 days March 31April 8, 2014 Travel with us $2,999* per person/double (Chamber Members) $3,099* per person/double (Non-Chamber Members) Treasures of Ireland9 days April 21April 29, 2014*Trip fee includes airfare from Jacksonville, hotel, ground transportation, some meals and planned excursions.For more information, call (904) 366-6627 or email Larissa.Hicks@myjaxchamber.com$2,999* per person/double (Chamber Members) $3,099* per person/double (Non-Chamber Members) It is often the case that eagerly awaited fall weather is slow to arrive. While northerners are skiing in near blizzard conditions, we can be basking in the sublime upper 70s to lower 80s! As December approaches though, change is in the air and being prepared to deal with cold snaps will help enormously when you need to protect tender plants. Happily, frost blankets are widely available. These lightweight, synthetic eece covers can keep temperatures at least ve degrees higher and thicker covers will do even better. For tender in-ground plants, make sure to cover them completely, taking the blanket right down to the ground to trap warmer air and secure it Mandarin High School students have wrapped up the fall season and are eager to impress this winter. The boys and girls cross-country teams traveled to Tallahassee for State Finals on November 9. The boys placed fourth, with their top two runners placing fth and ninth. The varsity football team nished the season 5-5. They lost the last game of the season, against Atlantic Coast High School (AC) by a score of 13-7 on Friday, November 8. When AC was established in 2010, they pulled a number of students from MHS. During ACs homecoming week, on Word Wednesday, a number of AC students spelled out MHS wears jorts. They were making fun of the European boys soccer players who sometimes wear knee-length jean shorts. Mandarins comeback was an embracing of the jorts insult. There were numerous exchanges on social networks between students such as MHS wears jorts, sting the stangs and AC/MHS hate 2013 DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc. All rights reserved. 06376-01-KEYC: : Kidney Disease Education : : : : Expert Educators : : : : No Cost : :RSVP today at KidneySmart.org/Class or call 1-888-MY-KIDNEY (1-888-695-4363)Youre invited to attend aKidney SmartSM ClassMonthly in-person classes are available in your area. MHS Sports RoundupWinter sports season beginsBy Hazel Odell, MHS Studentweek. After a heart stopping game, where Mandarin really looked like they could win at the end, AC won. The fans were crushed, but they look forward to beating AC in as many other sports as they can. Girls weightlifting hosted their rst meet of the season against Atlantic Coast on Wednesday, November 13. They beat AC. Their new coaches are Brian Braddock, who just nished coaching football and Ashleigh Nosse. For those who dont know, girls in weightlifting compete in the bench press and the clean and jerk. They get three scored lifts each and the highest lift counts. The top lifters from each weight category (110 pounds and under, 119 pounds and under, etc.) are awarded points. The team with the highest number of points wins. Girls slow-pitch softball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball and boys and girls wrestling also sprung up this November, all looking towards a winning season. Gardening: Falling into winterBy Contributing Writer Master Gardener Lesley Arrandale with Duval County Extension, University of Florida/IFASagainst the wind. If a couple of cold nights are forecast, just leave these blankets in place, but if you use plastic, keep it o foliage as much as possible to avoid damage from cold transmission and then at least partly remove it during the day to avoid overheating. Old sheets and blankets also work, but may damage plants if they get wet and rest on the foliage for too long. Young citrus should be protected by heaping up soil, mulch or sand over the graft union; make sure to remove it after the danger has passed. If you have larger tropical plants in pots you might move them indoors. If you use an uninsulated garage for this purpose, a hard freeze could take the temperature inside lower than some plants might tolerate. If the pots have been well watered, as all plants should be before a cold snap, their roots will not necessarily be damaged. Cool-season vegetables should be coming on well. Keep scouting regularly for pests and treat with mild insecticides like soaps or oils if you nd more insects than youre comfortable with. For information on what to plant now, check out the November/December edition of A New Leaf: http://duval.ifas.u edu/documents/ANewLeafNovDec2013.pdf. Even into December it is possible to plant some of the hardier vegetables and herbs that su er in our summer heat usually do well in the cooler months. Decorative vegetables like chard, with red and yellow stems, can be added to owerbeds. If you like ornamental cabbage, why not consider using the edible kind? Kales can look very lovely, tinged with lavender and crinkly edged or with dark blue-green strappy leaves. You may have to look beyond the big box stores to nd unusual varieties. Since narcissus can be planted in late November or early December and Im a sucker for an English spring, Im planting some this year. They dont always do well here, needing cold weather to promote owering. Those that are designated as early may do better and paperwhites are usually successful. I shall plant my bulbs in well-draining soil in a good sunny spot and apply a bulb fertilizer to get them going. Leaving their foliage to die back after they ower returns energy to the bulbs and prepares them to bloom the following year. Gardeners live in hope.This months movie review belongs to the lm Rush, a dramatic, action biography for adults and teens to enjoy. The 1970s was the time of sex, drugs and rock and roll. It was also the time across the world for Formula One racing and the erce competition for the world championship between playboy James Hunt and Austrian, Nikki Lauda, portrayed Movie ReviewRushDirected by: Ron Howard. Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Alexandra Maria Lara and Olivia Wilde. Review by TG StantonGood Movie, Glad to Have Seen It (4 out of 5) respectively by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl. Hunt is a brash and aggressive driver, who plays as hard as he drives. Lauda is a meticulous and fearless driver, measuring each turn in life as well as on the road. They both travel the roads and race tracks around the country in search of being the best driver in the world. Through drama and Movie Review cont. on pg. 25

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Not just gardening goes on at the Mandarin Garden Club! The Mandarin Garden Club offers a variety of activities for members ranging from gardening classes and crafts to Mexican Train. We have a fun group of members who play the very popular domino game Mexican Train once a month at the club. There are 13 rounds of spirited play. Members bring their own The week of November 4 was an exciting week of unplanned animal life science lessons at Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Schools Mandarin Campus! The students were amazed to watch Mandarin Garden Club newsBy Contributing Writer Tori Posey Garden Club members enjoy playing Mexican Traindrinks and provide snacks for everyone. There is usually an awesome selection of snacks since some of our ladies love to cook. The Mandarin Garden Club sends out a big thank you to the community for supporting our 2013 fund raising events: Garden Festival/Plant Sale; $1.00 Clothing Sales; Trash to Treasure Garage Sale and Craft Fair. These annual fund raising events enable the garden club to carry on 68 years of service to Mandarin and the greater Jacksonville community. We are looking forward to seeing you in 2014 at our many informative garden club meetings that are free and open to the public and at our fantastically fun fundraising events. Mark your 2014 calendar for our rst meeting of the year, on January 16 at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate Arbor Day. The meeting will be followed by a potluck luncheon. For those who work during the day you can attend the evening Live Oak Circle meeting on January 23 at 7:00 p.m. For more information about any of the activities at the Mandarin Garden Club, please visit our website, www.mandaringardenclub.org, call 268-1192 or check us out on Facebook. The Garden Club has ve circles: Bumblebees (children), Cherokee Rose, Dogwood, Magnolia and Live Oak (evening). Real animal life science on school campusContributed by Jackie Hudson what they believe to be a yellow-bellied slider turtle lay her eggs between the back door of the classrooms and the playground. The marvels of Gods creation were captured on tape and can be seen on the schools Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SOTWSchool. The students studied the turtles pictures to try to determine its species and then investigated the gestation period of the eggs and the behaviors of the baby turtles upon hatching. The gestation period is 60 to 90 days. It was determined that if the baby turtles go to the lake on the campus after hatching, the turtles will need to travel 322 feet to the lake. The students will continue to monitor and record the activities around the nest and the hatching of the eggs. A second unplanned science lesson occurred when a turkey vulture discovered a dead squirrel for its lunch. The students and teachers took that opportunity to learn about the cycle of life and how death brings life. They also learned some to interesting information about turkey vultures. Did you know the wing span of a turkey vulture can be as wide as 72 inches? Dr. Madelyn Speagle, principal, said, As you can tell, the students and the school are truly blessed with 40 wonderfully wooded acres on our Mandarin Campus.Turtle laying eggs.Do you enjoy receiving Mandarin NewsLine each month?Then our Advertisers!As a non-subscription publication we rely on our fine advertisers to finance the production of your community newspaper! Be sure to patronize our advertisers and tell them you saw them in Mandarin NewsLineThankdanger, both drivers take risks to achieve this goal. Between driving on tracks from Europe to Japan at hair-raising speeds, Hunt nds love with model Suzy Miller, played by Olivia Wilde and Lauda nds the same with the stranded Marlene, portrayed by Alexandra Maria Lara. Their personal lives are often as rocky as their profession, especially after Lauda su ers a horrendous and ery accident in the Greman Grand Prix. His character and perseverance drive him to battle through physical and emotional healing. In addition, Laudas persistent competition with Hunt fuels his recovery and ambition to win. Ron Howard has masterfully directed this lm through the 1970s and the drama of the Formula One racing. He respected the emotions of the era and the characters dealing with lifealtering situations. Chris Hemsworth de nitely showed he can play more than an action hero. He played this character with charm that could make you love him while some of his choices question his character, either way; his fun and drive get him through the dangerous profession he chose. Daniel Bruhl delivered depth of personality and desires; he was seldom a people person, making his romance and marriage more touching, particularly after his dramatic car wreck. This is where his wife stood out, though the one drawback was the under use of Olivia Wilde; however, one could easily see that this is one career that could play havoc with relationships. The driving is another place that Ron Howard excelled; the action packed races with dangerous turns at remarkable speeds made you feel part of the scene. Like watching a car crash, you cannot look away, and you enjoy it.Movie Review cont. from pg. 24

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Page 26, Mandarin NewsLine December 2013 www.MandarinNewsLine.com OSTEENV O L K S W A G E N #1! Voted by You! Customer First Club award recipient for Sales & Service Customer Satisfaction in all of N.E. FloridaOSteenVW.com Experience the OSteen Volkswagen DifferenceVolkswagenSignthen driveEvent * *downfirst months payment security deposit due at signingnow. Drive now. Sign*With Approved A tier credit through VW Credit. Does not include Tax, Tag & $549.50 dealer fee. Offer expires 12/31/13 No organization can survive and maintain its purpose without a steady infusion of instruction and training to renew the capabilities of its people. The auxiliary supports its members with layers of training, most of which is at the members choice. Besides ful lling Coast Guard objectives, that training demonstrates the methodical equipping of individuals to be con dent in carrying out the services theyve volunteered to accomplish. If you accept the mission to examine vessels for safety, teach the public or crew a patrol craft, you get the training to do it right. Each otilla has a person assigned to promote member Christs Church Academy, a K-12 school located o of Old St. Augustine Road, is excited to announce the addition of new soccer coaches to their athletics family. Coach John McLelland and Coach Rob Anderson are joining CCA to head up our boys soccer program. Both of these coaches come with over 20 years of soccer coaching experience and even more years playing soccer. Coach John has played professionally with Scottish, Icelandic and American clubs as center back. He attended coach-School announces new soccer coachesBy Contributing Writer Roslyn Karstedt, CCAing courses early on in his career as many Scottish players do and has continued to build on his coaching credentials. He has completed many quali- cations in several elds of health, tness and sports sciences. Coach John has a heart for developing young soccer players and loves teaching not only his love for the sport but the skill of the game. He has a desire to see the program continue to grow at CCA as well as train our athletes to have back up skills in coaching to assist them to be one notch above other soccer players when competing for spots should they decide to pursue soccer at the college level. McLelland has crammed a huge range of experience into his career and this includes playing for two state championships with North Carolina. He currently serves as the technical director at JYSC and looks forward to continuing the tradition of a strong soccer program at CCA. Coach Rob joins us from the Jacksonville Youth Soccer Club. He holds the UEFA SFA B license diploma and SFA childrens license diploma. He played soccer from 1993 to 1999 for various Scottish teams including Hutchison Vale, Spartans and Edinburgh City. Coach Rob went on to work for the SFA (Scottish Football Association) and worked as a community coach for Scottish Premier League team, Hibernian FC. As coach for Elgin College in Chicago, his team won the conference championship and also earned the colleges rst Womens Soccer Region IV title. As a result, in 2004, Anderson was awarded both the Womens Conference Coach of the Year and the Womens Regional Coach of the Year. Andersons Ramsay Area Soccer U12 team won the State Cup in Minnesota in 2002. Previously, he was the head trainer at Clay County and boys varsity coach at St. Johns Country Day and has served as the director of development for Jacksonville Youth Soccer Club. United States Coast Guard Auxiliary UpdateTraining Lifeblood By Contributing Writer Ralph Little, Flotilla 14-8training and another to manage public education. Member training begins with the same About Boating Safely course that boaters take. After completing the course and acquiring a basic quali cation, members can choose their own way. Those becoming sta o cers have online specialty courses available and may attend courses associated with annual auxiliary conferences or those presented at Coast Guard facilities for which travel is compensated. Members seeking crew training accept a rigorous, measured program that results in competent crew to conduct patrols and assist Coast Guard security and environmental missions. Public education instructors will acquire that specialty through an online course and practical exercises with experienced guidance. Similar programs result in vessel examiners, environmental managers and o cers to support the membership. Member training also requires standard organizational training that encourages expertise in operating as a team. Furthering that concept, online and live courses on organizing and conducting emergency operations are o ered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Other classes promote knowledge of administrative procedures and are accomplished online or during monthly meetings. You will also receive training direct from the Coast Guard if you opt for and are selected to stand radio watch for active units at Mayport or Cecil Field. If you want to volunteer with an organization that cares enough to train you for what you want to do, the auxiliary may be what youre looking for. Please contact us on our website, http:// SafeBoatingJacksonville.com.Experienced boat operators teach our About Boating Safely course at the Florida Tackle and Gun Club, located at 9010 San Jose Boulevard. Please call Bob at 721-1346 to reserve a place in the rst 2014 class on February 1. Dont forget that the Jacksonville Historical Societys 12th annual Gingerbread House Extravaganza will be held on Wednesday, December 4 through Saturday, December 21. The hours are: weekdays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This is an important fundraiser for the Jacksonville Historical Society. The suggested donation for adults is $5. For children aged three to 16, the suggested donation is $3. Its held at the Old St. Andrews Church at 317 A. Philip Randolph Boulevard, across from the Veterans Memorial Arena.

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www.MandarinNewsLine.com December 2013 Mandarin NewsLine, Page 27 Start Looking For The SignsBeginning January 29th, Prudential Network Realty will be Berkshire Hathaway HomeServicesSame Local Ownership. Same Local Commitment. The Bartram Park Farmers MarketVillage Lake Circle, Jacksonville, FLnear the north entrance to Bartram Park on Old St. Augustine Road Jacksonville, FL 32258Every Thursday ~ RAIN or SHINE 3 pm to 7 pm 2nd & 4th Saturdays 9:30 to 2 pm facebook.com/TheBartramParkFarmersMarketFresh local produce, honey, baked goods, delicacies, arts & crafts, ethnic foods, plants & more! Vendor info: nfva.org@gmail.com eyu s 3 2nd & 9 YOU are going to sleep in a hotel made of ice? questioned my friend Colleen. But, youre always cold, even here in Florida. True, I said. I never wear shorts to the movies and always carry a sweater into the grocery store. But, Ive become quite an adventurer and staying in Quebecs Ice Hotel sounded like a challenge. I arrived at the Hotel de Glace, a 44-room icetablishment, along with three others at 8:45 p.m. Not a time I would ordinarily check-in at a hotel, but rooms dont open for overnight guests until 9:00 p.m. Annual construction takes a team of 50 people working day and night for six weeks. First they lay a 15,000-ton snow foundation. Then, snow is blown around metal molds. After three days the molds are removed. Finally, 500 tons of ice blocks are carved into furniture, columns and sculptures. A night in the Ice HotelBy Contributing Travel Writer Debi Lander, www.bylandersea.comMy group discovered a vaulted chapel with an etched ice altar. Apparently some diehard brides get married inside the frozen sanctuary, arriving like the Snow Queen on a sleigh pulled by white horses. Next, we hit the disco where pulsating music and neon lights bounced around the alabaster walls. A glass enclosed replace ickered near the corner drawing me to the ames like a true thin-blooded Floridian. But, I realized it didnt emit any heat. Bartenders served drinks in oversized ice cube glasses. The glass chilled my already numbed ngers, but the libation slid a welcoming blaze down my throat. I could have sipped another, but I was going to sleep in a room more comfortable to a polar bear than human. I didnt want to leave my sleeping bag for a bathroom call. Around 11:00 p.m., we attended a required training class. The instructor explained the secret to staying warm was to start warm. I was told to soak for 15 minutes in an outdoor hot tub and then dash into a dry sauna. This process would warm my body before donning sleepwear. Once clad, I raced down a hallway and entered an arched ceiling room dominated by a bed of ice. The bed was topped with a thin piece of plywood, a small mattress and brown fuzzy bedspread. So, how did I survive? Guests receive sleeping bags with a special liner. You nagle your way into this thin shroud before getting into the mummy shaped outer bag. Once in, you tighten the sleeping bags face straps to completely encase your body. I tugged and twisted but couldnt get the straps snug, so I put on my spare ski hat with ear aps and tied it under my chin. The only thing exposed to the arctic air was my face. And, baby it was cold. Im sure my schnoze looked like Rudolphs with frostbite. The North Pole-like air chapped my skin and I fought with myself to relax and go to sleep. I tried slow meditative breathing; however, lying in this inhospitable dark environment made me feel very alone. Eventually I ignored the discomfort, managed to let go and nod o Who knows what time it was when I awoke in total darkness. I could see nothing. I hummed and went back to sleep. The next time I awoke I swear sunlight was creeping in. How could that be? My room had no windows. I rolled onto my back and looked up. There, o to the side of the bed gaped a hole in the roof. Snow was gently falling as if Tinkerbelle was shaking fairy dust down the opening. The sight was mesmerizingly beautiful, but only for a minute. I was chilled and my bladder was full. A thought occurred to me as I scampered back to warmth: Id slept the night in the Ice Hotel. I survived persistent cold and raw aloneness and if I could withstand that, I must be resilient. What next? www.hoteldeglace-canada.com. Start off the New Year with a BANG!Call 904-886-4919 for more information!

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