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page 3Take 5A Florida NewsLine Publicationpage 16Puzzles page 13Get To Know . Jenna Harrington page 5Q&A with City Council Member Matt Schellenberg Q A Connect for a Cure at Relay for LifeBy Angela Higginbotham Connect for a Cure cont. on pg. 13APRIL 2018 Volume 12 Issue 6 904-724-7211 | | Free Estimates DAVID GRAY OFFERS HOMEOWNERS MORE POWER Electrical Repairs Hanging Fixtures Home Automation Landscape Lighting Pool/Spa Power Supply Remodeling Wiring Surge Protection SAVE $20*FIRST USE OF DAVID GRAY ELECTRICAL SERVICES EC13006161 | *Coupon cannot be combined with other offers. Other restrictions may apply. Please present at time of service. Code SNSG-18 Tucked away on Hartley Road is a gem for our communitys seniors: the Manda-rin Senior Center. What began with just a few golden agers meeting in the Moose Lodge in 1987 has now grown into a vibrant recreation center that serves ap-proximately 500 members. e programs and members have long since outgrown the current building, which opened in 1990, and expansion plans have been in place for some time. According to Advi-sory Board Chair Chris Buckley, these will nally be coming to fruition and not a moment too soon. We have $1.5 million approved from the city this year for our expansion, Buckley said. e actual size of the expansion is to be determined, but we envision a large central room with breakout rooms that will be attached to the current center. e plan is to hopefully start construction this fall. Architectural plans exist from a few years ago when an expansion was anticipated. Unfortunately, the funding fell through and the amount approved now is not as much. But with the center serving an estimated 75 100 people per day and more for special occasions, the additional space is needed now more than ever. For big events, like our Independence Day and Christmas dinners, we have to operate on a rst come, rst served basis, Buckley said. Board member Fran-ces Bosman said, At this point, if we add a program, we pretty much have to drop one due to space issues.Mandarin Senior Center a home away from home for area seniorsBy Martie Thompson editor@floridanewsline.come Mandarin Senior Cen-ter is open to anyone over the age of 60. To become a member, a senior must ll out an application and then visit three times to get a membership card. With a membership card, a senior may participate in any of the programs at the center, as well as receive transportation to the center from the Mandarin/Southside area. A free lunch is served each weekday and a hot breakfast is served on Tuesday and ursday mornings. e membership card is scanned for each activity, and this is how the center receives funding from various public agencies. Available programs include the everpopular Bingo as well as yoga, dancing, exercise classes, shueboard, many variet-ies of card games and o site eld trips to zoos, mu-seums and sporting events, some of which require an additional fee. Also, the center is open two evenings a week, oering square dancing on Monday and ballroom danc-ing on ursday. e center has a ceramics room, a library, computers, and a billiard room. In addition to the Advisory Board, which is made up of community members, the senior center has an active Site Council made up of seniors. According to Site Council member Michael Beck, this is the body that is responsible for planning the day to day activities and programs. Site Council Chair Luci McCracken, like many members, gives back to the center that she considers her home away from home. She and several other members help maintain the gardening and the landscaping around the center. Another member enjoys maintaining the centers library. Although the City of Jacksonville owns the building and pays for utilities and limited sta, the center relies heavily on volunteers to keep things going. Addition-ally, both the Advisory Board and the Site Council conduct fundraisers to help fund programs and supplies. An annual Spaghetti Dinner and Health Fair are two examples of events that are designed to invite the community into the center as well as raise funds. According to Buck-ley, a Cinco de Mayo taco night is in the works for this May. Over the years, the senior center has undergone some minor expansions and improvements. According to Bosman, they have received good support from the Jacksonville City Council and Mandarin councilmembers in particular. e main thing is that the Mandarin Senior Center provides socialization for seniors rather than them sitting at home, sometimes alone. Our programs get them up and moving, Buckley said. Member Odile Gracy concurred and said, e senior center often lls a big void in peoples lives. e Mandarin Senior Center is located at 3848 Hartley Road. Call (904) 262-7309 for more information.Photos by Martie ThompsonMichael Beck, Chris Buckley, Odile Gracy, Frances Bosman and Luci McCracken look at the initial plans for the expansion of the Mandarin Senior Center in the centers library. Seniors fill up the existing space in the Mandarin Senior Center on a busy Bingo day. The Mandarin Senior Center on Hartley Road. The open area to the right of the large trees is where the much-needed expansion of the senior center will be built. Relay for Life of Mandarin is merging with Relay for Life of North St. Johns County for their 2018 event. e an-nual fundraiser will be held on Satur-day, April 14, 2018 from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Bartram Trail High School. Mandarin residents and all surrounding areas are invited to join in on this much anticipated event. Entrance is free and the family orientated day will include ceremonies to honor and remember the courageous and strong loved ones who have faced cancer. Live entertainment, games and a variety of food will be on hand. Founded in 1986, Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staed and coordinated by volunteers in thousands of communities and 27 countries across the world. e mission of Relay for Life is to honor cancer survivors of all ages. ese events bring communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers and raise donations to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer. rough donations, Relay for Life events have helped thousands with life saving cancer research studies, crucial patient care programs and education and prevention initiatives.Photos courtesy Kim AslanFestivities from previous Relays for Life.


Page 2 | MandarinNewsLine April 2018 AnswersPuzzles to our 10 11 Enhanced Section AprilPages SUMMER CAMP GUIDE answers to puzzles on page 16 MYSTERY PHOTO Call to advertise: (904) 886-4919 readersOurcustomersYourare Reach thousands of customers! Florida NewsLine 12443 San Jose Blvd., STE. 403 Jacksonville, FL 32223 (904) 886-4919 www.FloridaNewsLine.comMandarin NewsLine Community Newspaper is a free monthly publication distributed via bulk mail to all addresses in Zip Codes 32259 and selected routes in 32092 and 32095. Submission of articles and photographs are received by mail or email, although email to is preferred. The writers opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Florida NewsLine. Advertising Rates are available by request. Florida NewsLine is not responsible for advertisement content or accuracy of information provided by its advertisers Nor does Florida NewsLine endorse any of the products or services included in this publication. Florida NewsLine 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. 2018.Editor Martie Thompson Editor@FloridaNewsLine.comCreative Director Julie Gerona Graphics@FloridaNewsLine.comReporter Angela Higginbotham Angela@FloridaNewsLine.comBookkeeper Emily Whitehead Accounting@FloridaNewsLine.comSocial Media ? ? ? ?Can you guess where this is? Submit your answer to Last months Mystery Photo was Harbor Chase Independent and Assisted Living on San Jose Boulevard. Our winner was Mercedes Bilotti.Advertising Sales Linda Gay Linda@FloridaNewsLine.comHeather Seay Heather@FloridaNewsLine.comNicole Maples Nicole@FloridaNewsLine.comTable of Contents Domestic shorthair cat Female 4 years old Small, mixed breed dog Female 9 years old Meet Gina! Meet Diamond!The Jacksonville Humane Society is open 12 p.m. 7 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. on the weekends. Call (904) 725-8766 for more information. Can you guess where this is? Submit your answer to were no correct guesses for the Mystery Photo last month, which was of the concession stand at Davis Park. Your ad will reach 26,000+ fans & potential customers!GET YOUR AD SEEN by thousands of fans in our Spectators Guideto THE PLAYERSChampionship. rfn rtfbrfnnPonte Vedra May 8th to 13th, 2018 Ponte Vedra Ponte Vedra Ponte Vedra CHAMPIONSHIPSpectators GuideSpectators Guide HURRY!! Advertising deadline is April 5.Call for ad rates: 904-886-49194 Around Town 5 Q&A with Lori Hershey 6 Q&A with Tommy Hazouri 6 Inquiring Minds 7 Briefs 14 Fishing 18 Gardening 19 TravelNEW!


April 2018 MandarinNewsLine | Page 3 takePhoto by MetroCreative rfntrbrbbtbtbbbrtrrbtfrrrrbbr btbbbbbrbbbrt trrrrnntrbbrrr fntbtbn rfntbrnbttbtrb Mandarin Womens Club hosts popular Game DayOn April 26, the Mandarin Womens Club will hold its annual Game Day at the Ramada Inn in Mandarin. Ladies will choose to play either Bunco or Mexican Train and will enjoy lunch and meet new friends. Doors open at 9 a.m. e cost is $17 and includes lunch. Reservations must be made by April 12 by contacting Geri at gerimarch23@ or (904) 993-7649. Visit for more information on events, photos, and membership forms. Mandarin Rotarys Laughs for Charity to benefit Mandarin Museume Rotary Club of Mandarin will host its annual fundraiser, Laughs for Charity, on April 19 at the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road. is years event will benet Mandarin Museum & Historical Society. Funds from this years event will be used by the society for future expansion, which will include housing artifacts recently recovered from the Civil War Union transport ship Maple Leaf that was sunk by Confederate forces in the St. Johns River near Mandarin. e evening will start at 6 p.m. with a reception and silent auction. e comedy show will begin at 7:30 p.m. featuring headliner Frank Del Pizzo. Tickets are $65 each and corporate sponsorships are available. Contact Jim Register at (904) 2685522 or for tickets and more information.Maple Leaf divers at Mandarin Museume Maple Leaf divers will appear at Mandarin Museum in Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Road from 12 p.m. 4 p.m. on April 21. Attendees may meet and talk with Dr. Keith Holland and the men who found the Maple Leaf shipwreck and recovered the Civil War artifacts from this National Historic Landmark site in the St. Johns River at Mandarin Point. For more information visit or call (904) 268-0784.Smart Driver course oered at libraryAARP will hold its Smart Driver course for drivers 50 and older from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25 at South Mandarin Branch Library, 12125 San Jose Blvd. You must attend both days to qualify for auto insurance discount. Bring your drivers license and AARP membership card (if applicable) and arrive 15 minutes early on the rst day to register. To enroll, call (904) 414-0007.Paper shredding fundraiser scheduled for Setzer Youth EducationSetzer Youth Education of the Jacksonville Jewish Center will hold a paper shredding fundraiser on April 25. Iron Mountain will be at the Jacksonville Jewish Center, 3662 Crown Point Road from 5 p.m. 7 p.m. to provide safe and secure paper shredding services to the Mandarin community. e cost will be $5 per standard le box. All proceeds go directly to the Youth Merit Scholarship Program, which provides nancial assistance to Jewish youth participating in global educational and leadership opportunities. Call the Jacksonville Jewish Center at (904) 292-1000 for more information.


Page 4 | MandarinNewsLine April 2018 around town save the date!May 5 Crown Point Elementary School school carnival 11 a.m. 2 p.m. Community welcome! May 8 13 THE PLAYERS Championship TPC Sawgrass May 12 HAWKEs Dine on the Wild Side 5 p.m. 9 p.m. St. Augustine Alligator Farm Tickets available April 15; May 12 Waves of Gray 5K Brain Cancer Awareness Walk 8 a.m. May 24 27 Jacksonville Jazz Festival http://jacksonvillejazzfest.comApr.S S M T W T F 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Marinela M. Nemetz, D.D.S.Robert J. Nemetz, D.D.S., M.S.| | Marinela M. Nemetz, D.D.S. www.nemetzdental.comWe are in-network providers with Metlife, Delta, Cigna, United Healthcare and most other PPO Plans.Mandarin South Business Center April 3Honeybee Quilt Guild 6:30 p.m. Mandarin Presbyterian Church, 11844 Mandarin Road (Repeats first Tuesday of each month)April 5 May 24Youth Alpha Class for middle to high school students Thursdays, 6 p.m. 7 p.m. Grace Chapel Christian Fellowship, 2960 Plum mer Cove Road Free; register at (904) 288-8808 or info@ gracechapeljax.comApril 7Mandarin Toastmasters meeting 10:15 a.m. 12 p.m. South Mandarin Library, 12125 San Jose Blvd. Parish Bingo 6:45 p.m. St. Josephs Cody Center Open to community; (904) 742-8777 Mandarin Republican Club breakfast meeting featuring Senator Aaron Bean 10 a.m. Golden Corral, 11470 San Jose Blvd. Mandarin Museum and St. Josephs Mission Schoolhouse for African-American Children open 9 a.m. 4 p.m. (repeating event on Saturdays) Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Road Toast of Jax Toastmasters meeting 7:30 a.m. 9:15 a.m. Bahai Community Center of Jacksonville, 5034 Greenland Road (Repeating event on Saturdays) 1911 Historic Mandarin Store and Post Oice open 12 p.m. 4 p.m. 12471 Mandarin Road or (904) 268-0784April 10Shuleboard 1:30 p.m. (repeating event on Tuesdays) Mandarin Park, next to tennis courts at park entrance Just show up unless it rainsApril 12American Legion Post 372 general assembly 6 p.m. meet and greet / 7 p.m. meeting Mandarin/St. Johns Elks Lodge, 4280 Oldfield Crossing Drive (904) 297-8344 or Mandarin Council networking luncheon 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. Bonefish Grill, 10950 San Jose Blvd. Magnolia Circle of the Mandarin Garden Club 10 a.m. Mandarin Garden Club, 2892 Loretto Road (904) 260-2764; Book Club/Friends of the South Mandarin Library meeting 1 p.m. / 2 p.m. South Mandarin Branch Library, 12125 San Jose Blvd. (904) 288-6385April 14St. Johns Chapter of the Catholic Writers Guild 10 a.m. 12 p.m. St. Pauls Catholic Church school auditorium, 2609 Park St. or April 16All Star Quilt Guild 9:45 a.m. First Christian Church, 11924 San Jose Blvd. or (904) 502-5254April 17Dogwood Circle of the Mandarin Garden Club 10 a.m. Mandarin Garden Club, 2892 Loretto Road (904) 260-2764; mandaringardenclub.orgApril 18River City Womens Club luncheon featuring installation of new oicers 10:30 a.m. Ramada Inn Mandarin, 3130 Hartley Road RSVP to Florence, (904) 262-8719April 19Laughs for Charity presented by Rotary Club of Mandarin 6 p.m. cocktails and hors doeuvres / 7:30 p.m. show The Comedy Zone inside Ramada Inn Mandarin (904) 268-5522 or to register Cherokee Rose Circle of the Mandarin Garden Club 10 a.m. Mandarin Garden Club, 2892 Loretto Road (904) 260-2764; mandaringardenclub.orgApril 20Line Dancing 10 a.m. (repeating event on Fridays) First Christian Church, 11924 San Jose Blvd. bootsbarb194@comcast.netApril 21Cruise In sponsored by Sunshine State Chevelles 4 p.m. 8 p.m. PDQ parking lot, 194 State Road 13 Repeating event on third Saturday of each month Duck Race Making a Splash for Autism 9:30 a.m. gate opens/race at 10:30 a.m. Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Blvd. https://jaxduckrace.orgApril 26Mandarin Womens Club luncheon meeting: Game Day 10:30 am Ramada Inn Mandarin, 3130 Hartley Road RSVP by April 12; or (904) 993-7649 Live Oak Circle of the Mandarin Garden Club 7 p.m. Mandarin Garden Club, 2892 Loretto Road (904) 260-2764; Mandarin Council monthly breakfast 8 a.m. 9:30 a.m. Bonefish Grill, 10950 San Jose Blvd. www.mandarincouncil.orgApril 28Plant Sale 8 a.m. 2 p.m. Mandarin Garden Club, 2892 Loretto Road


April 2018 MandarinNewsLine | Page 5 Duval County Local Government ( Sheris Oice: Sheri Mike Williams, (904) 630-2120 Patrol Zone 3: Assistant Chief J.G. Short, (904) 828-5463 Property Appraiser: Jerry Holland, jholland@coj. net; (904) 630-2011 Supervisor of Elections: Mike Hogan, mhogan@, (904) 630-1414 Tax Collector: Michael Corrigan, taxcollector@, (904) 630-1916 Clerk of Court: Ronnie Fussell, (904) 255-2000 Jacksonville City Council District 6: Matt Schellenberg,, (904) 630-1388 At Large, District 3: Tommy Hazouri, thazouri@, (904) 630-1396 Duval County School Board (www.duvalschools. org) District 7: Lori Hershey, hersheyl@duvalschools. org, (904) 390-2375 State of Florida Elected Oicials State House District 16: Representative Jason Fischer, (850) 717-5016 State Senate District 4: Senator Aaron Bean, (904) 757-5039 Federal Elected Oicials U.S. Congress District 4: Representative John Rutherford, (202) 225-2501 U.S. Senate: Senator Bill Nelson, (202) 224-5274 Senator Marco Rubio, (202) 224-3041 FYI Contact Numbers Water Problems? rf n tbbbb bbr REMOVE 3760 Kori Road 904-262-0197 rfrrfrfnftb FREE WATER TESTINGnrr rrfrfnftb May all your wishes come true this wondrous season. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there .CALL ME TODAY.Joyous holiday wishes to you and your familyfrom your good neighbor.1101450.1 State Farm, Home Oce, Bloomington, IL Jim Register, Agent 12058 San Jose Blvd, Suite 302 Jacksonville, FL 32223 Bus: 904-268-5522 May all your wishes come true this wondrous season. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there .CALL ME TODAY.Joyous holiday wishes to you and your familyfrom your good neighbor.1101450.1 State Farm, Home Oce, Bloomington, IL Jim Register, Agent 12058 San Jose Blvd, Suite 302 Jacksonville, FL 32223 Bus: 904-268-5522 State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company State Farm Fire and Casualty Company Bloomington, IL 1706815 They matter to me. I get it. Your home and car are more than just things. Theyre where you make your memories and they deserve the right protection. Its why Im here. LETS TALK TODAY. Jim Register, Agent 12058 San Jose Blvd, Suite 302 Jacksonville, FL 32223 Bus: 904-268-5522 State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company State Farm Fire and Casualty Company Bloomington, IL 1706815 They matter to me. I get it. Your home and car are more than just things. Theyre where you make your memories and they deserve the right protection. Its why Im here. LETS TALK TODAY. Jim Register, Agent 12058 San Jose Blvd, Suite 302 Jacksonville, FL 32223 Bus: 904-268-5522 State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company State Farm Fire and Casualty Company Bloomington, IL 1706815 They matter to me.I get it. Your home and car are more than just things. Theyre where you make your memories and they deserve the right protection. Its why Im here. LETS TALK TODAY. Jim Register, Agent 12058 San Jose Blvd, Suite 302 Jacksonville, FL 32223 Bus: 904-268-5522 State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company State Farm Fire and Casualty Company Bloomington, IL 1706815 They matter to me.I get it. Your home and car are more than just things. Theyre where you make your memories and they deserve the right protection. Its why Im here. LETS TALK TODAY. Jim Register, Agent 12058 San Jose Blvd, Suite 302 Jacksonville, FL 32223 Bus: 904-268-5522 NON-DRUG TREATMENT BIOFEEDBACK ASSOCIATESof Northeast Florida904.646.0054 www.biofeedbackassociates.comMost Insurances AcceptedUse Neurofeedback to diagnose and treat: Depression Anxiety Cognitive Decline ADD/ADHD Migraine/Tension Headaches Autism Asperger Syndrome Closed Head Injuries Sleep Disorders Hypertension Toxic Exposures Addictions Q: What is the latest information on the superintendent search? A: We have nished with all 10 of the community meeting that were held to help develop the ideal candidate prole. e search rm will be advertising for the position and we will have a superintendent in place by July. Q: Did you learn anything interesting during these community meetings? A: We met with a large variety of community groups and the same values came up every time. Trustworthiness was at the top of everyones list. Additionally, the ability to build relationships, the ability to bring the community together and being student centered were mentioned by all groups, as well as an emphasis on the importance of experience. Q: Will there be any other opportunity for the public to be involved in the search? A: When we have narrowed the search to the top three or four candidates, there will be an opportunity for the public to observe the interview process. Additionally, a focus group has been formed that consists of three members from each district for a total of 21 members. One member from each district must be a Duval County Public Schools employee. is group will get to interview the top three for four candidates and give a recommendation to the school board. Q: Do you have any thoughts on the recently passed state budget as it relates to education? A: e governor has 15 days to sign the budget and as of today (March 15) we are in the middle of this period. If the bill becomes law, 47 cents per student is the amount increase for Duval County, which equates to about $60,000 total. We do not feel this is sucient.with Duval School Board Member, District 7, Lori Hershey Q A Q: What insight can you give on the school safety bill as it pertains to Duval County? A: ere are some concerning things about HB 7026. Some parts of the bill are only funded for one year, so sustainability will be dicult. Also, regarding the funding to harden our schools, the approximately $196 million is a onetime funding that is set up as a grant and all 67 counties in the state will have to apply for it. ere is recurring funding for school resource ocers, but its not as great of an amount as that set aside to arm teachers. If a school district decides to arm district employees (including teachers), they will be trained by the Sheris Oce but in the event of an incident, the school is liable, not the Sheris Oce. And the individual gets a one-time stipend of $500 for participating. At our March meeting, the school board passed a resolution 6 1 that we would secure our schools with school resource ocers rather than district employees. Q: What can you share as to the safety precautions already in place in Duval County Public Schools? A: We have a safety plan in place and we do regular Code Red drills at all of our schools. Recently, our school board chair and Superintendent Willis met with Sheri Williams to review our plans and he said they were good plans. We have school resource ocers in each middle and high school and mental health counselors in all middle schools. We are also evaluating all schools in the district for safety and some schools will receive additional fencing and security cameras where warranted. We take the security of our students and every threat we learn of very seriously. Q: How can our readers contact you? A: ey can email me at HersheyL@ or call me at (904) 316-3609.with Jacksonville City Council Member Matt Schellenberg (District 6) Q A Q: Can you give us an update on County Dock? A: e dock is in the design process now and will be going out for permitting in about 30 days. Ultimately this will lead to an RFP (request for proposal) and then construction. Unfortunately, the dock probably wont be completed until the early part of next year. e good news is that the kayak launch at County Dock will be open by the end of March. Also, speaking of docks, the Mandarin Park dock, Hood Landing dock and Palmetto Leaves kayak launch are all being repaired and should all be completed in the next 60 90 days. We are getting ready for summer. Q: What is the latest on the Losco Park playground? A: e playground equipment is on order and we anticipate it will arrive soon and then will be constructed. e old equipment will be moved to a Mandarin neighborhood for reuse by their homeowners association. Q: Are the sidewalks along Mandarin Road on schedule for completion? A: ey are. ey are on track to be completed by the end of April. We are also working on the design of a sidewalk along Orange Picker Road from Mandarin Road to Brady Road, as well as from Orange Picker Road north about a half a mile on Mandarin Road. Q: What is happening with the JTA property on Marbon Road? A: e potential purchaser has another 30 days in the due diligence period before closing can occur. I think closing will probably be at the end of April. e PUD that is in place will not change. Q: Do you have any other Mandarin updates? A: e long-awaited expansion of the Mandarin Senior Center is currently in the design phase. is will be a $1.5 million project. Im looking for input from community members. I would like to include some type of outside physical activity to the plans, like possibly a trail? If anyone has suggestions, Id like to hear from them. Q: What is the best way for our readers to contact you? A: Community members can email me at or call (904) 6301388.


Page 6 | MandarinNewsLine April 2018 with Jacksonville City Council Member Tommy Hazouri (At Large District 3) Q A rrfnn Located at San Jose & I-295 tbbb n rfntb ntbntBrian E. Floro DMD, PAGeneral and Family Dentistry rfntbrfntfrrrfrbff ffbfrffNew Patient Special$99 rfrt trb ftfrftfrtrtf ffrfr r Whitening for Life!$99 rrrftfrtrtf ffrfr r rfrntrbfr rrr Inquiring Mindswant to know!By Martie Thompson ?? We are starting a new feature in Mandarin NewsLine. If you are puzzled about something going on in Mandarin or wondering about whatever happened on a topic from a previous issue, email your question to us at editor@ by the fth of the month and we will do our best to track down the information for you. While we will do our best to answer all the questions we receive, we may not be able to answer all questions received each month. Also, due to publication scheduling, the time it takes to research answers may vary. So, let us hear from you. What questions would you like answered to satisfy your curiosity? Q: The potential sale of JEA is still a big topic of conversation. Do you have any updates? A: I think this question to sell has created angst among employees and citizens. e City Council has the nal authority on whether JEA is sold and so far we havent really been told anything outside of the original JEA presentation. We have a select committee that is under the auspices of the council president that is looking at whether to sell or not to sell. is committee will be in existence until June 30. So we have a short window to study this. Council members can ask questions, but we dont have the expertise to make a decision at this point. Q: How do you expect to get more information? A; ere are so many issues to look at, including the valuation of the properties, the water and sewer component, the fact the Clay and St. Johns counties have the right of rst refusal for portions of JEA in the event of a sale. We need to study all these items and despite $100,000 that will come from the DuPont Foundation for this purpose, I think it will cost in excess of $1 million to thoroughly study. We dont have this money. Q: So what do you think are the next steps? A: is is a topic of conversation that is not going away, but I dont think any decision will be made anytime soon. is is probably the biggest decision to be made by the City Council in many years. JEA could probably be sold for a premium in todays market, but is there a deal out there that we cant refuse? One that would be in the best interests of the citizens of Jacksonville and the taxpayers? We want to protect our employees, our income ($116 million in lieu of taxes that we currently receive from JEA) and most importantly the service we receive from JEA. Q: Can you give us an update on the JTA property at Marbon Road? A: JTA has entered into a purchase and sale agreement with First Coast Energy/Dailys. e due diligence period goes through mid-April and closing is anticipated to occur in mid-May. e developer will comply with the PUD as approved. Q: Are there any statistics coming in on the eectiveness of the six-month pilot opioid program that the city is participating in? A: We have had tremendous response to this program. Overdoses and deaths from overdoses are trending downward and we are moving away from residential treatment to outpatient and peer specialties. As of March 15, the program was expanded to the Southside location of St. Vincents, in addition to the Riverside location. At the end of May, the pilot program will conclude, but we intend for it to continue with existing funding. Soon, new funding sources, both public and private, will be needed. Q: What is the best way for our readers to contact you? A: ey can email me at THazouri@ or call (904) 630-1396.


April 2018 MandarinNewsLine | Page 7 Briefs Wa t s o n Re alty Corp. RE A L TORS Kathy Akel (904) If you or someone you know is 50+ . Dont trust your most valuable asset to just anyone! Call us anytime to schedule an appointment! Misty Phillips (904) Mandarin Target store set for redesignBy NewsLine Sta mail@floridanewsline.comTarget has increased its investment to reimagine more than 1,000 stores by the end of 2020, in what the company says will enhance the guest experience with the next generation of store design. In addition to the 110 stores remodeled in 2017, Target plans to fully renovate more than 300 stores annually over the next few years. ose plans include the Jacksonville store on San Jose Boulevard, according to company spokesperson Liz Hancock. Hancock said that since renovation at the Mandarin store has not started, the company doesnt have any additional details as to when everything will be started or completed. Targets chairman and CEO Brian Cornell introduced Targets newest store redesign plans from the stage at Shoptalk, the retail and ecommerce event held in Las Vegas, as part of the companys commitment to invest billions of dollars over the next three years to reimagine hundreds of existing stores. With our next generation of store design, were investing to take the Target shopping experience to the next level by oering more elevated product presentations and a number of time-saving features, said Cornell. To create an experience thats uniquely Target, the modernized design features will include glazed, large glass windows at the front of store, stenciled concrete oors and unique lighting throughout. Additionally, the new design oers two entrances, each with a specic guest need in mind. Guests can enter through one entrance to nd displays of exclusive brands and seasonal moments, and the other for easy pick-up of online orders and groceries. Outside this entrance, guests will nd dedicated parking spaces where team members will bring out online orders. Additional features include: Elevated, cross-merchandise product presentations will amplify Targets exclusive style assortment across apparel and accessories, home, jewelry and beauty, encouraging guests to browse. For time-starved guests, the second entrance will oer easy access to grocery, a Wine and Beer shop, self-checkout lanes and a dedicated Order Pickup counter within steps from each other. New for Target, curved, more circular center aisles will feature merchandise displays to engage guests with products in unexpected places. Store team members will be equipped with new technology available in all stores this fall to search inventory, take payment from a mobile pointof-sale system and arrange delivery, all from the sales oor.Artists rendering courtesy Target Curved center aisle in the reimagined Target. Hospital to add more patient roomsMemorial Hospital is growing and will soon be able to accommodate more patients. In April, the hospital will begin a $13 million expansion project of new patient rooms on the fth oor of its West Tower. e 27,688 square foot unit will house 36 additional patient beds for medical/ surgical patients, bringing Memorial Hospitals total number of licensed beds to 454. e ve oor-West Tower was built in 2009. Since then, the hospital has utilized four of the ve oors for patients. e fth oor was built as shell space, designed and designated for future expansion. In addition to the expansion, new jobs will be created to care for the additional number of patients. Construction will begin in April with the new rooms scheduled to open by the end of the year. is project coincides with the hospitals current emergency room expansion project. Visit construction for more information.River City Women to install new oicerse River City Womens Club meets the third Wednesday of each month for lunch, camaraderie and a fundraising program for charity at the Ramada Inn located at 3130 Hartley Road in Mandarin. Social time begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a business meeting at 11 a.m. and then luncheon and program. e group will meet Wednesday, April 18 for installation of new ocers, announcement of new committee chairs, and distribution of checks to the selected charities. Guests are welcome and luncheon reservations are required; call Florence at (904) 262-8719. Craft fair seeks craftersMandarin United Methodist Womens 29th annual Fall Craft Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 at the church, located at 11270 San Jose Blvd. More than 100 crafters participate. ose who make handmade items and are interested in participating should contact Darlene at dhc1015@bellsouth. net for more information.


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Miss Agnes Jones was Mandarins postmistress and owner of the Mandarin Store and Post Oce from 1928 to 1964, when Mandarin was still a village. Miss Aggie, as she was aectionately called, was known for her deep sense of community and her charitable heart. e annual award was established to honor a female who, like Miss Aggie, had contributed to the Mandarin community in the areas of business, civic, educational or charitable accomplishment. It provided an opportunity to recognize a resident for their service to the community, their caring attitude or individual accomplishments. is year it was decided to make the award more inclusive and open to honoring anyone, male or female, now and in the future. is change is appropriate, since Miss Aggie was a pioneer in a mans world. So, the 2018 Miss Aggie Award, announced on March 3 at Miss Aggie Day, went to the rst male recipient: Donald Bowden, Mandarins Frog Man! ree years ago the mysterious Frog Man came to the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society and oered to help raise funds for the schoolhouse renovation by selling a few frogs. Everybody had already become used to seeing these concrete frogs on the back roads of Mandarin on tree stumps and bridge posts, but nobody knew who was making them. ese few frogs sold so fast that he then asked if wed like to keep selling them in the museum gift shop and, as they say, the rest is history! In the last three years Bowden has worked 50 60 hours per week to make, paint and sell more than 3,000 concrete frogs, turtles and squirrels all made from four molds. He has done this totally as a gift to Mandarin Museum and the community and has taken absolutely no money, even for supplies, but has raised more than $55,000 for the museums Expansion Fund and in support of programs and events. In addition to his charitable gift, Bowden has managed to bring the community together in a very unexpected way. e frogs caught on and people started talking about them and wanting one and visitors from out of state took them back to their homes. (We know of at least 30 states that now have Mandarin frogs). He decided to start holding painting parties on the lawn in front of the museum, where people from 18 months to age 90 have sat under the live oaks trees painting Toastmasters advance to area competitionBy Stephanie Gerbec Mandarin Toastmasters hosted its club level International Speech and Table Topics Contest on Feb.17 and one of the clubs members progressed to Area Contest, held March 3. From there, contestants have the ability to make it to the International level, and the winner will have the opportunity to speak at the Toastmasters International Convention. At the club level, Mandarin Toastmasters was proud to announce the winners of the International Speech Contest. First place was Ed Zoller, second place was Marla Lazaro-Beyer and third place was Jennifer Suharmadji. e Table Topics contest was also a success, with rst place going to LazaroBeyer, second to Hirakant Shet and third to Stephanie Gerbec. Zoller and Lazaro-Beyer were the contestants who went forth to represent Mandarin Toastmasters in the Area 61 and 62 contests. e club contest was chaired by Laura Lopez and Toastmaster for the event was Division F Director Maribel Hernandez. Between their infectious spirit and enthusiasm for Toastmasters, together they led the club through a successful and boisterous meeting. Laughs are never in short supply for this tight knit club. With the end of the Toastmasters year in sight, July is sure to bring big changes along with a switch up in leadership. ose interested in a supportive and positive learning environment are welcome to stop in. Mandarin Toastmasters meets the rst and third Saturday of each month at the South Mandarin Branch Library, on San Jose Boulevard near Orange Picker Road.Photo courtesy Stephanie GerbecContest chair, Laura Lopez, third place speaker Jennifer Suharmadji, first place winner Ed Zoller, second place winner Marla Lazaro-Beyer, and Division F Director for District 84, Maribel Hernandez. Miss Aggie Award cont. on pg. 9Photo courtesy Mandarin Museum & Historical SocietyMiss Aggie Award recipient for 2018, Donald Bowden, Mandarins Frog Man. rfn rfn rfn rfn Annual Plant Sale rfn rfn rfnntbrbtrftrtn r fnr tb r n rf


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Most plants are grown by garden club members and will be rooted and labeled. e club does not sell invasive plants. Gardening equipment and furniture will be for sale, too. ere will be gardening books, magazines, baskets and garden art for sale by the club. Outside on the grounds there will be local vendors selling gardening related items. e Masons will be at the club selling a barbeque lunch. e barbeque can also be purchased by the pound; be sure to come before noon because the barbeque goes fast. Homemade baked goods will be for sale in the Garden Caf and the club will have free coee and water in the caf. April is one of the months the gardens are beautiful at the club. e master gardeners and members have been working in the gardens to prepare them for the April Plant Sale, so its a good time to tour the gardens and enjoy the wildlife. Recently, the club held a personal safety and information seminar for its members. Ocer Dukes form the Jacksonville Sheris Oce spoke about dierent ways each person could be responsible for his or her own safety. Some of the tips she gave were for ladies to use crossover bags when shopping; to light up your property and always be aware of your surroundings. She also advised using good locks and and said cameras really do help.Photos courtesy Betty WaldrepThe Mandarin Garden Clubs annual Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, April 28. their very own unique frogs. He literally created an event that has given people a sense of place and belonging in this now sprawling suburb of Mandarin. Its my way of giving back to the community that my family helped settle in the late 1700s and to the place I have lived and worked in all of my life, Bowden said. It is safe to say that Donald Bowden also has a deep sense of community and a very charitable heart and is very deserving to receive this 2018 Miss Aggie Award recognition. 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Page 12 | MandarinNewsLine April 2018 On Friday, Feb. 9, Crown Point Elementary PTA hosted the schools third annual Neon Dance for the students. Parents and faculty took some time o and came to enjoy a fun night of dancing with their students even Principal Hartley was there dancing with the crowd. e glowing walls and the DJs light show added lots of fun and excitement to the event. e students, parents, and teachers danced for hours, while glowing on the dance oor.Glowing fun at Crown Point Elementary Photo courtesy Mary J. Eyler Client: Kerry Martin Pool Builders, IncContact: Susan MartinAd Rep: Heather E-mail: mrtpool@bellsouth.netAd Size: 1/4 rfntbrb rrfnt brrt r fntbr rrrbfrnfr rnfb tb is now bbrntrtrrtrf rrfnt brHEARING CENTERS Dr. Leslie A. Staverman Audiologist/OwnerSchedule an appointment today! Hear and be heard. Improving your ability to communicate through better hearing makes each day brighter, strengthens your relationships and makes life more fulfilling. No matter how mild or significant your hearing loss, it interferes with your ability to fully enjoy sounds and interactions with loved ones. Through technology and expertise, well bring back the sounds you miss most. At Staverman Hearing Centers, you will always be heard. We believe great hearing care begins with listening to you and developing a hearing health care plan that solves your hearing loss while meeting the needs of your lifestyle and budget. Your Community Resource For Better Hearing Bartram Springs Elementary Run Club provides healthy start to school dayBy Rachael Sircar mail@floridanewsline.comFun, healthy, and exciting. ose are only three of many words that describe the Bartram Springs Elementary Run Club. Started in 2017 by P.E. Coach Kathleen Carney, the Run Club takes place two days a week on Tuesday and ursday mornings from 7:30 a.m. 8 a.m. More than 120 students from kindergarten through fth grade enthusiastically participate. Part of the incentive to keep kids moving are the rewards earned for miles run. Currently the students have run more than 1,700 miles collectively. Some parents and other teachers join the students as they run or walk the track in the morning. Teachers have mentioned that they have noticed improved behavior and focus on days their students attend Run Club. Bartram Springs Elementary Run Club received a grant from Action for Healthy Kids in the amount of $1,000, which allows the students to participate for free this year. Rachael Sircar is a second grade teacher at Bartram Springs Elementary Photos courtesy Bartram Springs Elementary Run Club takes place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. More than 120 students from kindergarten through fifth grade participate. On Feb. 24, St. Joseph Catholic School competed against 23 other teams at the second annual STEAM Day at Bishop Kenny High School. e object of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) competition was to build a bridge out of hot glue and spaghetti. e bridge, crafted by the team from St. Joseph, held a bucket of sand weighing 47 pounds before succumbing to the weight, winning third place for the spaghetti bridge. e bridge judging was not the only event of the morning; there were also many fun science activities such as making foam blob statues and a scavenger hunt. St. Joseph Catholic School wins third place at BK STEAM Day competitionBy Maya Jokisch Photo courtesy St. Joseph Catholic SchoolThe St. Joseph Catholic School team won third place at the STEAM Day competition.


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Check out the librarys vast collection of poetry books or take part in a related program such as Poetry in Unexpected Places, a lively watch party and discussion at Mandarin Library on April 16 from 2 p.m. 3 p.m. Youll learn about the powerful impact poetry writing can have on chal-lenging times in life when you watch a special TED Talk about poetry work-shops held in prison environments. Song lyrics and poetry share many simi-larities. Do you think teens and tweens have the skills to dierentiate one from the other? eyll have a blast nding out when they challenge themselves during Game On: Poetry Song Slam from 6 p.m. 7 p.m. on April 18 at the South Mandarin Branch Library. What happens when basketball meets poetry? You get Poetry Slam Dunk! School age children will have a ball in this action-packed program that mixes sports with writing. Kids create and share a poem on the spot, then slam dunk a ball into the net at the Manda-rin Library on April 25 from 3 p.m. 4 p.m. Jacksonville Public Library wants to help you become your healthiest self. Pop into South Mandarin Library on April 17 from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. for a Health Fair for 50+ featuring rive Chiropractic, Vitamin Shoppe, Wal-greens and more. Learn about the librarys databases that promote health, and take advantage of free blood pres-sure checks, spinal screenings, eye exams, ve-minute massages, and a meditation workshop. Pick up nutri-tional information and stay for a Q&A session. Its been shown that reading with dogs improves childrens attitudes towards reading. It boosts self-condence, which reduces anxiety levels surround-ing reading. In addition to enhancing kids reading skills, interacting with an animal also helps establish kindness and empathy. Mandarin Library is giving kids of all ages an opportunity to read with local therapy dogs Trey and Shelley on April 7 from 11 a.m. 12 p.m. and with Diva and Tenor on April 14 from 2 p.m. 3 p.m. Dont miss out on these pawsitively fun reading experiences! Find information about additional up-coming events at Mandarin and South Mandarin branch libraries at or call the Mandarin Branch Library at (904) 262-5201 or the South Mandarin Branch Library at (904) 288-6385.Get your poetryand healthon at the libraryBy Kaylee Burke FishingCapt. Davids Fishing Report By Captain David Lifka mail@floridanewsline.comSpring has sprung and so has the shing. Ideally, by this time of the year you should have the dust o the gear or be shopping many of the great spring time tackle sales that are now taking place. Recent shing has been really good and should only improve in the coming weeks. 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Although the purest of bass shermen will consider articial bait as the only means to catch a bass, live wild shiners are the one singular bait that no bass can refuse, especially a trophy. Wild shiners can be attracted by tossing bread into the water and then caught with a small hook and line with a bread ball for bait. ey are also readily available at area bait stores in Orangedale and Green Cove Springs. An aerated bait bucket will be needed to keep your shiners alive. Remember to always have a scale, a tape measure, and a camera with you to document your trophy of six pounds or larger as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) does oer a rewards program for trophy catches. Visit to nd out more. Fishing Report: Bass shing in area freshwater is at its peak and is a best bet for anyone wanting to catch a largemouth. Surf shing is also at its best time of year right now with a variety of species to be caught. 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Trees in particular, if they were planted in recent months, will still need supplemental watering: http:// It astonishes me how quickly our deciduous trees unfurl their spring show. Just driving around town the dierence in appearance from day to day is really striking. Each species has its own timetable, with red maples coming to life particularly early, but it seems that individual trees within a species green up to their own schedule. ere are three huge hickory trees in my street, and each begins putting on its spring show at a slightly dierent time. And at the other end of the year, they drop their leaves independently. Cultural practices must play a role, but genetics also factor in, which leads me to believe that if we enjoy propagating our own plants, we should aim to grow them from seed as far as possible, and not just root our plants from cuttings. at way we keep the genetic diversity of a species, since each seed is truly unique. (Hybrid seeds are the exception, being produced for guaranteed uniform plants.) is is a great resource about both types of propagation for those of you who are interested: http://edis.ifas. For those timely tips, the current issue of A New Leaf is available at https:// Happy spring.


April 2018 MandarinNewsLine | Page 19 Travel Butterfly Rainforest in GainesvilleBy Debi Lander 25% OFF *not good with other offers rffn tbt rffn LOCATED IN MANDARIN LANDING ON SAN JOSE BLVD. 2 GREAT STORES 1 GREAT CONCEPT Recently, two of my grandchildren visited and we headed to the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. e museum includes an awe-inspiring Buttery Rainforest lled with numerous species of free-ying butteries. A serpentine trail through the aviary passes cascading waterfalls and small bridges over pools with sh and turtles. Enter the main lobby of the museum and the always popular, giant dinosaur skeleton pulls you in. On the left, the Discovery Zone oers fun, hands-on exhibits where kids and adults engage, unknowingly learning scientic principles. My grandsons loved the microscopes. ey put their ngers under the scope and saw the magnication displayed on a TV screen. Nearby, many encased insects or objects were ready for further observation and manipulation. Younger children pretended to navigate a boat model and explore the Gulf of Mexico and its marine life. e curious opened the discovery drawers, while others attempted to assemble archeological pieces like a 3-D puzzle, or looked into a terrarium and an aquarium. e Natural History pathway weaves through a timeline of Floridas history, exploring the various habitats and creatures that thrive in the dierent ecosystems. We strolled through a full-scale mangrove forest and mud at lled with plants, animals, light and sound. e boys ran ahead into the replica of a Florida cave holding (non-living) bats, fossils, minerals, stalactites and stalagmites. But soon, they found the darkened interior a bit creepy! Before entering the Buttery Rainforest, visitors pass several live video cam screens displaying thousands of monarch butteries in Mexico. en, guests approach a kaleidoscope of color that simply wows. A massive glass wall showcases hundreds of spectacular buttery specimens allowing close-up inspection of the colorful wing patterns and designs. Finally, you walk through a series of doorways (to prevent buttery escapes), and enter the magical world of the rainforest. Informative signage tells visitors about the habits and life cycle (metamorphosis) of butteries and moths, known collectively as lepidopterans. Benches are interspersed along the trail so you can sit and leisurely observe. Youll notice that certain plants attract only specic species. e museum also places food around, such as ripe bananas, to entice the hungry creatures. Careful scrutiny reveals tiny birds living near the base of plants and trees. I didnt see these little birds y, but the airspace bursts with a bevy of butteries. If you stand still and are lucky, one might land on your head or sleeve. Daily, at 2 p.m. (more often on busy days) a research student releases newly hatched butteries and answers questions. When you exit the aviary, you can pass by the lab and see others in various stages of development. e museum is free except for the Buttery Rainforest; its cost is $11 for Florida residents or seniors, and $6 for ages three 17. You cant miss the two gift shops; one lled with everything concerning butteries, and the main gift shop oering science-oriented books, games, puzzles, and toys. eres a caf across the way, and a covered patio with tables and chairs so you can bring your Photos courtesy Debi LanderAt the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville.own food. is is a great activity for a rainy day. Visit to read more of local travel writer Debi Landers stories and travel tips.


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