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Midweek Edition December 26, 2007



L An edition of The Beaches Leader


Vol..45, No. 54

Serving the communities of Ponte Vedra Beach, Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach and Mayport since 1963

Project bridges PV, Cameropn

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lives in Central

Africa where

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Bringing people together
to improve their lives is what
24-year-old Sarah Oxford
strives to do every day in
Cameroon, Africa.
Oxford, who with some
friends founded the non-
profit organization Breaking
Ground in August, is visiting
her parents, Sharon and Cliff
Oxford, in Ponte Vedra
Beach for the holidays.
And when she leaves the
comfort of their home, she'll
return to the Central African
nation where most women
are uneducated, where wives
have to ask permission to
leave the house and where a
typical bath is a bucket bath.
Her work as a ground coor-
dinator in Ngaoundere,
Cameroon, is meant to
improve the lives of the peo-
ple while showing them how
they can improve their lives
"The hardest thing for me
is that these people need to
believe in themselves,"
Oxford said in an interview
last week.
"Everything [for the
Africans] is about survival,
survival, survival, so they
don't even think about
change or advancement,"
Oxford said.
"When we do these proj-
ects I'm just watching. They
are doing the work, so a lot
of it is confidence and show-
ing them that they can do

Sarah Oxford (center) enjoys a moment one day last week with her mother, Sharon Oxford,
and brother, Clayton Oxford, at their parents' home in Ponte Vedra Beach. Sarah Oxford, 24,
will be retuming to Cameroon where she has started a nonprofit organization.

Oxford said she fell in love
with Africa on her first trip
to South Africa when she
was 15.
Shei returned to Africa with
an international training
program while attending the
University of the South: in
Sewanee, Tenn.
That was when she met
the.Cameroonian family she
lives ivith, and also iwhen
she met her friends, Lindsay
Clarke, Brendan Schwartz
and Betsy Stiles, who also
founded Breaking Ground.
"Lindsay was teaching [in

Cameroon] and she asked
the other teachers, 'If there
was something you would
change, what would-it be?'"
Oxford said.
"They said the children get
chiggers in their feet every
day because the floor of the
school is gravel. It cost $300
to cement the floors of the
school, and now the chil-
dren can focus better
because they don't have
chiggers in their feet,"
Oxford explained.
"It's the simple things that
add up and that aren't
expensive that really make a

Clarke-raised over $12,000
to facilitate the rehabilita-
tion of the school, the instal-
lation of two water sources
and the construction of a
public library.
Oxford said Clarke's suc-.
cess with the projects
inspired them to file for offi-
cial nonprofit status. The
group raised about $25,000
in the states last year and
this year hope to raise
That money would be used
to build a bridge in
Cameroon for local people

See CAMEROON, Page 3 -

The Jacksonville':, Port
Authority will receive aipprox-
imately $490,000 to use
towards the replacement or
rehabilitation of the St. Johns
River ferry, according to offi-
Congressman Ander
Crenshaw, a member of the
House Committee on
Appropriations, secured sever-'
al million dollars for local
transportation entities as part
of the Omnibus Bill, according
to a press release.
"For many years, I have
worked with local officials to
obtain federal funds for the
Mayport Ferry. This year's leg-

isolation provides nearly half a
million dollars to assist with
vessel replacement and reha-
bilitation," he said in a press
Nancy Rubin, Director of
Communications for JPA, said
that although it will be a cou-
ple of years before JPA consid-
ers replacing the ferry, the
money could be used toward a
new or used vessel.
A pew ferry vessel wp~opd.
cost approximately $12 mil-
lion, but a used vessel would
cost between $6 million and
$7 million, Rubin said.
"A half a million [dollars]
might be a nice down payment
on a used vessel," said Rubin.


Business center

at bridge OK'd


Two months after members
of the Ponte Vedra
Architectural Review
Committee (ARC) approved
plans for a marina just north of
the Palm Valley bridge, the
ARC has given its OK to a pro-
posed commercial center just
to the south.
Like the Marina Club at
Ponte Vedra, the "Shops at
Water's Edge," a 20,000-square-
foot, two-story commercial
building, is planned for the
east bank of the Intracoastal
Half of the Water's Edge
square footage is designated for
offices. Retail and restaurant
areas will fill out the remainder
of the building, each taking up
5,000 square feet.

A man who lives near the
site of the planned commercial
center expressed his concern to
ARC members at the commit-
tee's meeting Dec. 19 at the
Ponte Vedra Beach Branch
Glenn Layton, a resident of
Canal Road that runs south of
the bridge and parallel to the
waterway, said the commercial
center would disrupt the serene
"It is a restaurant; it is an
outdoor patio, and there's
noise. And noise travels,"
Layton told ARC members.
To diminish the impact
"Water's Edge" will have on the
surrounding area, ARC mem-
bers conditioned their
approval on the construction
of an 8-foot-tall wall on the
south side of the building and
Extra landscaping to act as a

Landrum drama students headed

to state competition for 10th year


"Andromeda's Galaxy,"
"Grandma and Baby" and
"Hippy Parents" are among
the acts and routines
Landrum drama students and
teacher Patti Meyer will take
to the middle school state
competition in Plantation.
But before the Drama III
students can head south in
February, they have to raise
funds to get there.
"Andromeda's Galaxy" is
the title of this year's one-act
play which, along with a vari-
ety of other offerings, will be
staged at a fund-raiser Jan. 31
and Feb. 1 at Landrum. The
hours of each night's event
are 7 p.m. to 9 p.ni. Tickets
are $5.
This marks the 10th time
Meyer, who has been teaching
Sat Landrum for 11 years, will
be taking a one-act play to the
state thespian festival.
"Every time there's been a
state competition, we've gone
with a one-act play," Meyer
said last week.
"We've been there all the
time, and I've never seen any-
body else there every year. So
that's pretty cool. We're excit-
ed about that."
Meyer explained this year's
S one-act "is basically about a
girl dealing with a breakup,
and it's got a lot of Star Trek
influence on it. We have the

bridge of the Enterprise as
part of our set."
Meyer gets the ball rolling
on each year's play.
"I start the process because I
read probably about 20 plays
over the summer, trying to
find something big enough
for a cast this big. I narrow it
down to about five, then I
throw those at the kids and

let them read them."
The final choice belongs to
the students, she said.
The fund-raiser will feature
all performances that quali-
fied for state at the recent jun-
ior thespian festival at LaVilla
School for the Arts in
Along with ticket sales,
funding for the trip also

See DRAMA, Page 3 >-

Mackenzie LaPorte (front center) as Meda is joined by the Brad
Fighters during rehearsal last week of a production by Landrum
Middle School Drama III students, who are headed to state.

photo by GRAY ROHRER
Dr. Gerson Yessin relaxes at his piano at home in Ponte Vedra Beach one day last week.

Classical pro offers new music class


A new class explaining how to enjoy classi-
cal music begins next month and will be
taught by classical pianist Dr. Gerson Yessin
of Ponte Vedra Beach.
Yessin, who founded the Department of
Music at the University of North Florida and
chaired it until he retired in 1998, will teach
the class once a week at The Players
Community Senior Center in Ponte Vedra
Called "Enjoyment in Music," the class
will be given 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday
beginning Jan. 7.
"Our goal will be to enjoy classical music,"
said Yessin. "We're going to start with Bach,

and every week pick up a different composer.
"Second will be Handel, with a little of
'The Messiah.'"
Yessin, who made his debut at the age of
17 with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops,
said those who attend the class will develop
an understanding of the music.
As you learn more about the music and the
composer, you get more enjoyment," he said.
For example, he said, a Mozart piece called
"Turkish March" can be enjoyed without
knowing the history behind it.
But a glimpse at the history adds dimen-
sion and, typically, enjoyment, he said.
"If you know that during Mozart's time
the Turks tried to capture Vienna where
Mozart lived that adds something to it,"
he said.
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Got chocolate?

Research tells us fourteen out of
any ten individuals likes choco-
Sandra Boynton
For those 14 who do like choco-
late, an upcoming event in Ponte
Vedra Beach may have everything
you'd ever want in a confection.
The seventh annual "Chocolates
of the World Gala and Dessert
Competition" is being held Feb. 8 at
the Sawgrass Marriott Resort.
Promoters say the event-will be
"the experience of a chocolate
lover's lifetime."
This year, there will be several new

chocolate artists in a cornpe- 4-
tition for prizes in three cat- .T
egories: best station, pres-
entation and taste.
And here's the fun part:
the competition is
judged by those who
The festivities begin
at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75
each, and proceeds benefit the
International Visitor Corps ol
For information, call 346-
3942 or visit the organization's
web site (www.ivcjax.com).

A shot of prevention is worth a pint ofcure

A shot of prevention is worth a pint of cure

The holiday season frequently provides the opportunity
to drink more than usual, which can cause the onset of a
hangover headache.
. The National Headache Foundation offers the following
tips to help avoid or lessen the suffering associated with
hangover headaches:
If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
Try to sip your drink slowly. Mixed drinks will probably
have less effect than straight alcohol. Avoid red wine,.
which contains naturally occurring chemicals called con-
geners, which may play a role in causing headaches.
Congeners are more common in red than white wine.
Reduce the number of alcoholic beverages you consume.
Eat some honey, a good source of fructose, a sugar that
helps the body metabolize alcohol. Fructose is rich in vita-
min B6 and can reduce hangover symptoms. Two table-
spoons of honey on a cracker or piece of toast, before or
after drinking, may prevent a hangover. Tomato juice
also provides fructose, and the sugar in fruit and fruit
juices may reduce some symptoms of hangover.

Drink fluids containing minerals and salts to get relief
from the dehydration caused by alcohol consumption. A
cup of broth or bouillon, for example, will replace fluid
and will not cause nausea. Sports drinks or water also
may be helpful.
Drink a cup of coffee as soon as you wake up the morn-
ing after, because caffeine may help alleviate headache
symptoms and decrease the duration of pain. The caffeine
acts as a vasoconstrictor and eases the dilated blood ves-
Take ibuprofen, which is typically less irritating to the
stomach than aspirin and can also ease the pain of hang-
over headache.
Alternate non-alcoholic beverages with alcoholic bev-
erages. Drinking one non-alcoholic beverage between
each alcoholic beverage reduces overall alcohol consump-
tion and helps replenish fluids.
Eat greasy food before consuming alcohol. These
foods help line the intestines, causing alcohol absorption
to take longer.

Bored out of your gourd? Try this on for size

Grab your gourd and come on down crafting-of gourds.
to the annual show of the Florida Gourds can be used to make
Gourd Society. -items such as bottles, bowls,

...,,,The, show, which will feature a "Iron
SGourd" competition and a gourd hat
parade, among other events, is sched-
uled Feb. 23, 24 and 25 at the East
Palatka Fairgrounds.
The Florida Gourd Society actual-
ly, the Lambda Chapter of the
American Gourd Society is a non-
profit "group of Floridians interested
in growing and crafting gourds,"
according to the group's web site
The national society, founded in 1937, has 4,000
members in 21 state chapters. It promotes education
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of the fruit, the word took On a
slang meaning in nineteenth-
century United States, accord-
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Dictionary, which defines that
usage as follows: "The head or
mind; now freq. in phr. out of
(one's) gourd."

Run with

the sticks

The second annual Fletcher
lacrosse "Run With The Sticks"
5K run will be held Saturday
January 5 at 9 a.m.
The run will be held on the
beach where Atlantic Boulevard
and the ocean meet. Runners
participating in the "down and
back" course will head south
then return to the start. The reg-
istration fee for the event is $30.
Each participant will receive a T-
shirt and run medallion.
Proceeds from the run will go
to help fund the. lacrosse pro-
gram at Fletcher High School.
The Fletcher lacrosse program
is growing at a dynamic pace -
last season the program was the
second most-attended sport
behind football.
During the past two years a
very dedicated group of kids, vol-
unteer coaches and enthusiastic
parents has grown the program
From a club to a sanctioned sport
with Varsity Boys, JV Boys and
Varsity Girls teams.
This year the team must raise
enough funds;. to provide uni-
form helmets:for the boys, and
home and away uniforms for all
three teams. Corporate sponsor-
ships are also available.
For more information or regis-
tration forms contact Galen
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Misunderstandings on both sides

- CAMEROON, from Page 1

to be able to sell their goods in
the market.
When Oxford returned to
Cameroon in September, she
took with her donations of
soccer equipment and uni-
forms, gathered at the
University of the South, where
she was awarded a bachelor's
in Third World Students and
French Literature in 2004.
An All-American soccer play-
er in college, Oxford said she is
proud of starting a soccer pro-
gram for women in Cameroon,
despite a corrupt government
that offered no help.
But the man in charge of the
delegation of sports was will-
ing to give it a try, she said.
"We went house to house
asking the men if their wives
or daughters could play, basi-
cally trying to explain to them
the reasons why soccer is
good; it's healthy, a team
sport, it's fun. Now we have
150 girls in the program," she
To fully understand these
accomplishments, an outsider
must understand the world of
This is a world where
polygamy is legal and women
must ask permission from
their husbands to leave the
house. Oxford's host family is
Muslim and speaks no English,
but the husband, Ishmaila,
does not practice polygamy.
He runs a successful busi-
ness, similar to a convenience
store in the United States,
Oxford explained. His wife of
10 years, Mariamou, 25, is
pregnant with their fourth
child. ':
Mariamou never' went to
school and can't: read, so
Oxford is teaching her French
so they can communicate. The
family is considered middle
class, Oxford said, and
Ishmaila's business supports
about 45 persons in the com-
Members of the family take
bucket baths and eat plantains

and cous cous with their
hands out of a shared bowl.
Oxford was the first white per-
son they had ever known.
Oxford said she was an
"awkward player" in the com-
munity because she is free to
leave the house as she pleases.
Ishmaila is "the nicest man
you'll ever meet, Oxford said,
adding that she and Mariamou
"have become best of friends,
[and] her children are like my
When Oxford started teach-
ing business and English class-
es, she realized that most of
the women were widows.
Because property passes to
the children when a man dies,
the widow is left with nothing,
Oxford explained.
Oxford teaches the women
how to budget, open a bank
account and, if they want to
start a business making
clothes, handbags or juices,
how to get a loan.
"Many of them can't read so
they don't trust banks and
they don't think they can start
their own business," Oxford
"I tell them if you can raise
nine children on your own
with no water or electricity,
you can do anything. But
they've been just trying to sur-
vive for so. long they haven't
taken the time to progress.
They haven't seen the oppor-
tunity and they didn't know
they could."
Oxford- said the girls today
are the first generation to have
the opportunity to go to
school. But for economic or
cultural reasons, many of
them don't attend school or
quickly drop out.
"A lot of the men don't want
women to become more edu-
cated than they are," Oxford
said. "Many of the girls do bet-
ter in school when they have
the opportunity. And if they
are educated, they may want
to leave the house."
Oxford said that although

she feels safer in Africa than in
some areas of the states, she
doesn't go out after dark. The
family has a man who guards
the door every night and helps
out with household duties
such as laundry and washing
Some of the most frustrating
things about dealing with such
diverse cultures as Africa and
the United States are the mis-
conceptions each has about
the other, Oxford said.
"The African people's
impression of America is what
they see on 'Dawson's Creek,'
and 'The Swan.' They think
everyone in the U.S. is rich,"
Oxford said.
For Americans, she said,
stereotypical African children
are pictured "with flies in their
faces and the puffed out stom-
achs, and that's not a good
representation of Africa.
Since arriving in Ponte
Vedra Beach last week, Oxford
said, she has been asked
whether it is difficult to be in
an affluent area such as this,
considering the contrast it rep-
resents to the community
from which she came and to
which she is returning.
"Without generous and
affluent communities like
Ponte Vedra Beach, Breaking
Ground could not exist,"
Oxford said. "One cannot exist
without the other, and I am
fortunate that I have the
opportunity to be a member of
both communities," she said.
"It is also about community
education, and not just giving
money, [but] bridging a gap
between the two worlds that
really are not as different as it
may seem."
To make a tax-deductible
donation, or for more infor-
mation visit www.breaking-
ground.org. To track the
progress of Oxford's work, visit
her blog at www.breaking-


photos courtesy SARAH OXFORD

Sarah Oxford, who is
visiting her parents in
Ponte Vedra Beach for
the holidays, is shown'
(below) with some of
the women in
Cameroon holding the
certificates they were
given after completing
Oxford's class on busi-
ness practices. At left,
Oxford jokes around
for the camera. For
information about the
nonprofit group she
helped found, visit the
organization's web site

Drawbridge chapter coming to close on Beach Blvd.

It's a familiar scene at the
Beaches that is finally drawing
to a close. ,
The .McCormick drawbridge
that for years has halted traffic'
in and out of Jacksonville Beach
to allow boats to pass through
the Intracoastal Waterway will
be removed in a few months to
make way for the southern span
of a new fixed bridge at Beach
JTA project manager Wendy
Morrow said last week the draw-
bridge will be removed by mid-
to late March when the north-
ern span of the new bridge is
"We will be shifting traffic to
the northern span by late
February," she said. "When we
shift the traffic we will remove
the drawbridge and build the
new span in its place. In a cou-
ple more months people won't
have to wait for the drawbridge
to close."
Morrow said the contractor
ran into minor delays caused by
two weeks of steady rainfall in
November and issues with the
bridge pilings.
"There were. some problems
with the materials that they use

to drive the piling in," she said.
"They've addressed that and
they are just finishing things
up." .
Construction of the north
spanbegan in June with an esti-
mated completion time of 500
days,'It was tentatively~'sh'd.Si
uled to open at the end of the
Morrow said construction of
the southern span will begin
once traffic is diverted to the
north span which will operate
as a two-lane roadway. That
project is slated for completion
in the third quarter, of 2009.
"That is the original date,"
she said. "It hasn't changed at
all. We are still on schedule as
far as the completion of the
entire project."
SThe projected opening date
for the newly realigned portion
of Penman Road, however,
remains undetermined as crews
work to install drainage lines
along the Beach Boulevard right
of way.
Despite being "way ahead of
schedule," the city's construc-
tion project manager Junior
Lilly said the road work associ-
ated with the widening of
Beach Boulevard is pushing
back the completion date.
The Penman Road project

Actors get value

from state fest

p DRAMA, from Page 1

comes from concessions. All told, between
$8,000 and $9,000 has to be raised to cover the
cost of going to state.
Meyer said similar fund-raisers in the past
have succeeded in helping make the trip to
"We've always been able to deliver, in those
two days, pretty much what we need.
Motel rooms cost about $5,000, and entry
fees for the festival run about $1,200, she said.
Meyer said the state to state gives the stu-
dents valuable experience.
"They get to perform on a stage that's just
amazing, compared to our facility," the
teacher said. "They walk in and they see that
auditorium at American Heritage, and you
hear gasping. It's just fun," she said.
Meyer said she keeps track of some of the
drama students after they leave Landrum..
"Lots of times they'll let me know via e-mail
or brothers and sisters what they have going
on. I have kids who go on up to D.A. [Douglas
Anderson School for the Performing Arts in
Jacksonville]. I try to go over and see their
work. And I try to see the Nease performances.
But it's hard because I've got my own things
going on, too."
Meyer said she believes some of her students
may have gone on to the professional ranks.
"I think there's probably a few out there
who have gone off to Broadway and given it a
shot. I know there's some who have gone to
college and done some pretty great things,"
she said.

corrects the jog between the
northern and southern legs of
the roadway at the existing traf-
fic light at the Beach Boulevard
and Penman Road intersection.
"Our contractor was sup-
posed to be cone in October but
t'"he finished ahead of his own
schedule," he said. "Everything
is done except for the area right
at Beach Boulevard and we are
holding off on that."
Lilly said Superior
Contracting, which is complet-
ing the Beach Boulevard widen-
ing project from San Pablo
Road to Penman Road, must
complete the installation of a
13-foot deep storm drain line
directly in the right of way
before the new section of road
can open to traffic.
"Once that deep line is in and
up to grade, we will go in and
finish the paving, the new entry
wall and the landscaping," he
said. "If I put that stuff in now,
it is going to damage what
we've already done. I'm not
going to install $100,000 worth
of stuff just to have it dam-
The realignment will allow
vehicles to cross at a signalized
intersection at Beach Boulevard
and Penman Road.
The existing traffic signal at

15th Street and Beach
Boulevard will be eliminated by
the state Department of
Transportation to help improve
traffic flow by allowing a longer
turning lane forevehicles head-
ing east on Beach and turning
north onto Penman Road.' '
A new left turn signal must
also be in place before Penman
Road South can open for busi-
ness and a rounded concrete
wall will be installed to direct
motorists to the city amenities
including the police, station,
athletic fields, dog park and golf
course located on Penman Road
The ongoing widening of
Beach Boulevard from San
Pablo Road to Penman Road
will not be finished by the time
the northern span of the new
bridge is open, according to
Mike Miller, director of external
affairs at JTA.
Miller said the Widening
effort to six lane Beach
Boulevard from FCCJ South
campus to Hodges and San
Pablo Road to Penman Road is
on track to finish concurrently
with the bridge replacement.
The widening west of the
Intracoastal Waterway from
FCCJ to Hodges is approximate-
ly 96 percent complete accord-

Zoning allows gas station,

but that is not planned

> BUSINESS, from Page 1

between the center and residential
ARC member Marcy Silkebaken
expressed concerned that a service sta-
tion might be placed in the area. The
Marina Club at Ponte Vedra's plan to
sell gas stalled that project, and the

idea was eventually dropped.
"We have no intention for a gas sta-
tion," architect Dennis Williams
assured the board, even though the
area is zoned as "commercial general,"
which allows that kind of business.

History of composition

said to add to enjoyment

>- MUSIC, from Page 1
S"They were turned back by the
Viennese. When they rushed away,
they left their instruments. The
.Viennese collected them, started
playing them and marched with
them. People came to enjoy Turkish
marching, which became the rage in
During each class, Yessin wilL play
on the piano some pieces by the fea-
tured composer, after which he'll
play some of the composer's music
on CD.
Also, some videos about the com-
poser's life will be shown.
"The first week, I'll play a well-
known piece by Bach," he said.
"People will learn his history and the
background of the period."

Attendees will be invited to ask
questions, and there will be discus-
sions, he said.
"It'll be kind of like getting togeth-
er in somebody's living room to talk
about and play great music," he said.
There is no definite ending date for
the music appreciation class: Yessin
plans to take it where the interest
leads it.
Vicki Van Horn, site director of the
Players Community Senior Center,
said she is confident the class will be
a hit.
"There are a lot of people who are
music lovers among our partici-
pants," she said.
"Those people will get some educa-
tion, and get to listen to his music."

ing to Mike Goldman of the
Goldman said he expects the
project will be complete by the
end of February.
Miller said he did not have a
projected start date for the east-
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ern portion of the project.
"It is all part of the same
bridge program. We won't fin-
ish the widening until the
bridge is done," Morrow said.
"It will all come together at-thq
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Letters to the editor:

Help fight DOT plan

To the editor:
I am a very concerned resi-
dent of Courtney South Beach.
The Department of
Transportation has decided to
remove the stoplight and pedes-
trian crossing at 36th Ave. S.
and move it to 37th Ave. S.
They want to build a raised
median that would not allow a
northbound turn onto A1A
from 36th Ave. S. or a. pedestri-
an crossing. They propose to
build an access road to
Jacksonville Drive where we
would have to take a left across
two lanes of westbound traffic
(with no stoplight) to go north-
bound on A1A at the proposed
light. The proposed plan will
put us all in danger. We all must
protest this design change. It is
anti-pedestrian and anti-local
access. The State contends there

is plenty of room for westbound
traffic on Jacksonville Drive to
slow down or stop to allow us to
exit. They obviously haven't
driven around here!!
We need to keep our access to
the beach and A1A. There is a
reason why there is a light there
now. Removing it will not solve
the traffic problem at this inter-
section. No one is arguing
against a light at 37th
(Jacksonville Drive) as well. All
three lights (36th, 37th, and the
shopping center) need to be
synchronized. This is a very
busy intersection. Please help
me fight DOT. Call, write, email'
and reference the number in the
subject line (SR
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Pam Nielsen
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City suffers without the symphony

To the editor: Symphony. The adversarial pos-
.-My 40 years as a Jacksonville ture of the symphony board
resident has been the realiza- and musicians is regrettable. All
tion of many improvements should be working to improve
that helped lift our city into the the musical expertise of the
-top-ranks-of the nation's mid- .symphony and building a
sized cities. broad-based financial support.
These improvements include If the symphony folds or is
the city-county consolidated reduced to a semi-professional
government, elimination of orchestra, the entire city,
road tolls, the Convention including the city as a choice
Center, River Walk, City hall, for new businesses and new cit-
Times Union Center for izens, and particularly its cul-
Performing Arts, Greater tural and educational institu-
Jacksonville Plan, Central tions will greatly suffer. Once
Library and the football team. this flagship symphony is gone,
Each of these was accom- it will never be possible- to res-
plished because of the vision, urrect a comparable or better
intelligent planning, and symphony.
aggressive hard work on the I beg the leaders of our com-
part of the. individual citizens, munity to recognize the gravity
civic minded business leaders, of this situation and to step up
and brave political and civic to the bat in the tradition of
leaders. past visionaries.
The same formula is needed
to resolve the current crisis with James Dwight Johnson
our flagship cultural institu- Neptune Beach
tion, the Jacksonville

Put freight on the railroads, not roads

To the editor:
It is becoming increasingly
difficult to get to work in the
morning and just as difficult to
get home to see friends and
family. Commuters are not the
only ones to blame for highway
congestion, though. The
amount of freight being
shipped on our highways causes
far more congestion that cars
do. Since we are importing and
shipping more and more goods
across the country, congestion
problems are only going to get
We can relieve crowded high-
ways from this additional traffic
if railroads haul a larger percent-
age of our nation's freight load.
We need more capacity, not less.
Some in Congress think that we
should reregulate the railroads
so that a few big companies get
cheaper transportation prices.
What they don't realize is that
reregulating the railroads would
mean less rail capacity, which
would hurt businesses and con-
sumers. I hope my neighbors
will encourage our elected offi-
cials to support increased rail.
,It is becoming increasingly

difficult to get to work in the
morning and just as difficult to
get home to see friends and
family. Commuters are not the
only ones to blame for highway
congestion, though. The
amount of freight being
shipped on our highways causes
far more congestion that cars
do. Since we are importing and
shipping more and more goods
across the country, congestion
problems are only going to get
We can relieve crowded high-
ways from this additional traffic
if railroads haul a larger percent-
age of our nation's freight load.
We need more capacity, not less.
Some in Congress think that we
should reregulate the railroads
so that a few big companies get
cheaper transportation prices.
What they don't realize is that
reregulating the railroads would
mean less rail capacity, which
would hurt businesses and con-
sumers. I hope my neighbors
will encourage our elected offi-
cials to support increased rail.

Edward Pettit



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'Smel..ls and si... s of )...home

Smells and sights of home

tlantic Beach at winter is
my favorite time of year.
Te smell of Confederate
jasmine, honeysuckle and sea
salt wafts over me as I make
the familiar turn onto East
Coast Drive, Ocean Boulevard
or Beach Avenue headed home
to 7th Street. At Christmas, the
city dresses to the nines.
Christmas-lights and green gar-
land flank the old town center
and it's the kind of place where
a person can still see real stars.
When I can't sleep in the big
city where I now live, I don't
count sheep. Instead, I remem-
ber and count the houses of
my youth the ones I used to
drive past on my purple beach
I can still smell the greasy
hash browns at Silver's
Drugstore emanating from
Ellen's kitchen and I often won-
dered if the pills in their bottles
tasted better because of her. I
can see the stickers on the front
door at Hixson's surf shop
where my two older sisters,
Kathy and Susie, once worked
and Pete's Bar, which managed
to lure even early morning visi-
tors, smelled stale and smoky
like a proper bar should. When
I can't sleep, my mind in
Atlanta often wanders to the
sating sights, sounds and smells
of Atlantic Beach, Florida and
somewhere between 1st and
7th streets I usually fall asleep.
Atlantic Beach is the place my
immigrant mother chose to call
her home when she moved to
this country from Ireland more
than 40 years ago and after I
traveled to Ireland this summer,
I could finally see why she
chose this town to call home.
There is a real verisimilitude
between the two places. There
are characters here with a multi-
tude of accents and our own
Irish pub to grab a pint in. It
even has an ocean, dark and
brooding, though usually more
placid and certainly warmer.

l l,



The grass might be greener in
Ireland but the weather here is a
slam dunk.
Each time I come home at
Christmas I notice subtle
changes a new restaurant, a
chain store, a boutique gallery
or a yoga joint. Some of the
changes are less palatable than
others. Gone are the days of the
greasy spoon diners of the likes
of the Breakfast Nook and
Famous Amos, the Atlantic
Beach Sandwich Shop, the duel-
ing movie theaters, Royal Palm
and Neptune and even our own
big box store that went by the
name of Pic N' Save. Now,
Tappin Book Mine, Shorelines,
Ragtime and Pete's Bar in
Neptune Beach are the muse-
Ums' I visit when I am home.
Even some of that South Florida
style architecture can be seen
cropping up in the larger homes
in north Atlantic Beach but the
houses I love. to see most at
Christmas are the ones that
have soldiered countless
Nor'easters, near misses from
hurricanes, that have walls that
could sit you down and tell you
the story of this beach town the
way some old timer would do. I
suppose in many ways I am a
Peter Pan girl never really want-
ing to grow up and why would I

when I grew up in a place like
A friend in Atlanta asked me
recently to describe the town of
my youth and I likened it to a
New England village Jacking in
the Florida glitz or homogeny in
the architecture found south of
"It is a magical place where
people still sit on balconies and
patios, where old school teach-
ers drop in for a hello, where the
folks ride their bikes into town
center to eat seafood or pizza
and sip beers at the local brew
pub. Everything is in stumbling
distance from home," I joked. I
almost left the ocean out of my
description because I have taken
her for granted all these years
but she is a mysterious dark
body of water- not menacing
just mysterious and a constant
friend who has weathered all
the storms of my youth. That
ocean has listened to 'me cry
through cancer and over
breakups with past beaus and
she's been privy to my greatest
triumphs and successes too.
John Ed Pearce once said that
"home is a place you grow up
wanting to leave, and grow old
wanting to get back to." When I
come here I am coning home
not just to a place but to a beach
town that has given me so
much poetry as a writer I will
always feel indebted to her. My
mother used to say that if.God
ever walked the earth again it
would be here in Atlantic Beach,
Florida and no matter the insta-
bilities that life brings there is
such stability in coming to the
home I was born and raised in.
I have spent every one of my 30
Christmas' on earth here and
what a wonderful Christmas gift
our mother and Atlantic Beach
brings to us each and every year.
Shannon Alderman is a free-
lance writer in Atlanta and is a
publicist for Fox Sports and

More letters to the editor:

Tax reform will hurt the schools

To the editor:
We would like to take this
opportunity to let the citizens
of Jacksonville know about a
property tax reform amend-
ment that you will be asked to
vote on January 29, 2008, and
its potential impact to Duval
County Public School (DCPS)
The proposed amendment-
will provide the average
Florida homeowner with only
about $20 per month in relief
but result in devastating cuts
to public education, costing
local governments over $9 bil-
lion and Florida's public school
system nearly $3 billion over
five years.
To put this in perspective for
what this would mean for the
Duval County School District,

a vote yes would have a five-
year impact, equaling a pro-
jected loss of $74 million for
our schools. Unlike munici-
palities, school boards cannot
charge fees to make up for the
lost revenue.
If this referendum passes,
the school board could lose
$53.5 million cumulative in
operating, which is equivalent
to DCPS textbooks allocation
($12.4 million), Teacher Lead
($250 per teacher or $2.2 mil-
lion), Reading Enrichment
Program ($5 million),
Supplemental Academic
Instruction ($33.9 million);
and $20.5 million in capital,
which is equivalent to con-
struction of 82 classrooms.
Florida is currently facing
additional budget cuts to local

governments and public
schools. The addition of this
amendment would cause us to
face a loss to important pro-
grams and initiatives that are
ongoing in promoting teach-
ing and learning at our
Duval County Public
Schools are opposing this
amendment and urge voters to
do the same when they head
to the polls on January 29,

Betty Burney
Chairman, Duval County
School Board

Ed Pratt-Dannals
Superintendent, Duval
County School District

Bicyclists do not have the right of way on the road

To the editor:
In your "The Leader's
Opinion" on Wednesday,
December 19 you stated
"Pedestrians and bikers have
the right of way..." I have to
disagree based on the "Rules
of the Road" handbook issued
by the Department of Motor
Vehicles. You can obtain a
copy at the local drivers
license office. In there you
will find a section on opera-
tion of bicycles. According to
that information as long as a
person is riding on a bicycle
they are operating a vehicle

and must obey all traffic
rules, signs, traffic lights, etc.
They are not considered a
pedestrian unless they dis-
mount from the bike. There
are a lot of bikers who think
they have the right of way
and run stop signs on a regu-
lar basis. To verify this just go
to First Street in Neptune
Beach where there is a stop
sign at about every intersec-
tion and watch the .bikers go
charging through with no
regard for other vehicular
What is appalling is that

many of these bikers are
decked out in fancy riding
gear like they belong to clubs
but they still ignore the Rules
of the Road.
Also, for your information,
in the Senior Safety driver
classes presented by AARP
they make a point that,
"There is no right of way law
in the State of Florida."
Courtesy and common sense
should be the rule of the day
to anyone using the roads,
streets, etc. any where.
Donald R. Jordan
Neptune Beach


spirit gives


gift to area

T literally thousands of lights
synched to holiday tunes
Jlbroadcast via FM radio to
passing cars and snow'flur-
ries on the half hour beginning
at 6:30 p.m. And then there is
the outdoor showing of
Rudolph the Red Nosed
Reindeer movie.
Sounds like something out of
Disney World, doesn't it?
The spectacular light show is a
lot closer to home, though.
Mike Peck's home on 6th
Avenue South in Jacksonville
Beach, a few blocks west of 3rd
Street, is ablaze for the holidays
and will remain brightly lit
through Jan. 1.
Peck, a fulltime handyman,
spent nearly four weeks string-
ing lights, hooking up computer
synchronization and snow
machines, using a homemade
sump pump refill system. He
said once he begins work on the
lights, it becomes much like an
obsession and consumes his
attention and energy.
All the work is worth it, he
says, when children stop and
gape in awe and families return
with their friends to show off
the technical wizardry.
Peck has been putting up hol-
iday light shows;,for years, first
at his mother's home on 14th
Avenue South and now at his
own 6th Avenue South resi-
He has invested a lot of time
in the project. He has also
invested a fair amount of
money approximately $6,000
- not including the $600-$800
impact on his monthly electric
His enthusiasm is contagious
and many visitors to the home
park in a lot across the street
and stare at the display. Some
even drop a dollar or two in a
small can that has a sign over it
thanking everyone for any gift
to defray the costs of the over-
budget project.
Peck says he was a little reluc-
tant to accept donations but he
eventually decided to as costs
Part of the reason that costs
mounted is that he had to
replace the projector used for
the movie, as well as a few other
items that thieves stole from
him a month ago.
While he and his neighbors
were at work during the day, a
thief or thieves broke into his
home and stole from him, but
not before making drinks and
hanging around the house.
That brazen criminal act was
discouraging, Peck said, but it
was not enough to dissuade. him
from spending weeks on lad-
ders, stringing lights and hours
more making sure his breaker
box was pushed to capacity.
The Grinch was not able to
steal his Christmas spirit, he
said, and he said he already has
plans to make next year's show
even bigger.
Next year's show might
include lasers, he said, but he
acknowledged any expansion
will require getting more power
from the electric company as he
has reached maximum load.
So do his neighbors appreci-
ate the effort?
"They love it," he said,
acknowledging that traffic can
get a little heavy at times. He
said one day .if traffic grows,
police might be needed.
For now, though, police fre-
quently patrol the area and
some of the officers have
expressed enthusiasm for the
show, he said.
In fact, when police respond-
ed to his call. after the break-in,
Peck said the officers were gen-
uinely.upset for him.
So all the time, the money
and the work why do it?
"Just because it is something
nice for families and that's

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Never too old

for St. Nick

This is the time of the
year that I have to
remember, even
though my teenagers are
really young adults, they
are also still little babies.
Point in case was the
recent celebration of St.
Nick's Day earlier this
Apparently, this was at
one time some religious
holiday, but in our house,
it meant a way to get a
few things like a small toy
and a bit of candy to help
you get cranked up for the
real season of receiving -
Christmas Day.
When I was a kid, this
little "give me stuff" holi-
day was also something
we counted off on the cal-
endars and lived for dur-
ing the before-Christmas
My mom was terrific
about stuff like this. She
never missed a thing, and
even during those years
when Christmas often
meant just a couple of
gifts under the tree, she
managed to fill the stock-
"iffgg fr St. 'Nicholas Eve.
- Here's' what I rememberr''
about that:
Scrambling to beat my
brothers out of bed just in
case some of their candy
spilled over into my stock-
ing; always finding some-
thing unexpected like my
first very own bottle of
fingernail polish; the
smell of a huge breakfast
cooking in the kitchen as
we ate candy canes and
threw tree ornaments at
each other; and all the
hair tape (remember that
stuff?) that I received
every holiday because it
took me almost 40 years
to embrace my naturally
curly hair.
Well, there you have it.
This is the stuff memories
are made of, and I almost
forgot this year.
It's not so much that I
forgot; it's that I thought
my 14- and 17-year-old
didn't care about stuff like
this anymore. What kind
of fool am I?
When I called my son
while he was working and
casually mentioned some-
thing about St. Nick not
coming this year, he
shouted, "What? Mom, he
has to come.
"We kind of look for-
ward to it, and besides
that, I need some socks,
some of those orange
candy slices, and car fresh-
Shows you what I know.
My daughter pretty
much responded in the
same fashion, and that is
what had me shopping at
9 p.m. on St. Nick's Eve
when I wanted to be
curled up by the fire and
drinking hot buttered
I got the socks and the
candy and new playing
cards and some shoelaces -
well, she needed new
shoelaces and incense for
their funky bedrooms and
some leftover candy from
another holiday that they
forgot to eat.
Come on, at least they
got their stockings filled.
On St. Nick's Day when
it was still dark out and I
wanted to be in bed, they
flew from their own warm
beds to the fireplace just
like the movies and my
big, tall hulking kids
opened their stockings
and did it with pure
hearts, the smiles of the
babies I remembered.

Language arts teacher Stacy
Norman is Teacher of the Year
for Landrum Middle School,
Ponte Vedra Beach.
Following are her answers
to questions posed to all
Teachers of the Year in Ponte
Vedra area schools:
SHow long have you been
teaching? How long at
I have been teaching for a
total of 18 years. I have
taught in St. Johns County for
12 of those years. This is only
my second year at Landrum.
Where did you teach
before going to Landrum?
Prior to Landrum, I taught
at Ponte Vedra-Palm Valley
Elementary and Rawlings
Where did you grow up?
Where did you graduate col-
lege? Any other related
I grew up in Jacksonville,
and graduated from Wolfson
High School in 1986. In 1990,
I graduated from the
University of South Florida in
What prompted you to
go into teaching?
While attending USF, I vol-
unteered at the Moffitt
Cancer Center for children.
This experience prompted me
to go into teaching.
Who was your favorite
teacher while you were
growing up? Why?
Growing up, my favorite
teacher was my sixth grade
teacher, Mrs. Wussler, from

photo by CHUCK ADAMS
Stacy Norman is in her second year teaching at Landrum.

Hendricks Day School. Each
week, she chose a different
student as "Student of the
Week." She didn't choose stu-
dents based on any criteria, it
was totally unconditional and

everyone had a chance to feel
special. She would read

See NORMAN, Page 8

StayUhome dad turns to teaehmng

Science teacher Ed Myers is.
Rookie Teacher of the Year for
Landrum Middle School,
Ponte Vedra Beach. This is the
first year rookie teachers in St.
Johns County district schools
are being singled out for hon-
ors along with the veteran
Teachers of the Year.
Following are his answers
to questions posed to all
Teachers of the Year for Ponte
Vedra area schools:
How long have you been
teaching? How long at
Landrum? Where did you
teach before going to
I'm into my third year
teaching now, all of it here at
Landrum. I substituted at
Rawlings Elementary and
Landrum for two years prior
to being hired full time.
Where did you grow up?
Where did you graduate col-
lege? Any other related
I grew up in South Bend,
Ind., and attended Indiana
University, earning a bache-
lor's degree in policy and
administration. Related
training that prepared me for
the classroom has been the
10+ years I've been involved
in youth athletics as a coach
and board member.
What prompted you to

S photo by CHUCK ADAMS
Judith Thayer stands in her office in Rawlings earlier this month.

Rawlings vice principal

heading west to K-8


Judith Thayer is about to
hop into the fifth convertible
she has owned a royal blue,
Sebring and head off to take
on a new challenge.
In her fourth year as assis-
tant principal at Rawlings
Elementary 'in Ponte Vedra
Beach, Thayer is moving over
winter break to the K-8 school
in northwest St. Johns County.
"ITIH fuSband s'ai'd; "New-1b,

Thayer said in a recent inter-
view she's very excited about
her new assignment.
"It does not have a name.
Right now it's GG," she said.
Like Ponte Vedra High School,
GG is expected to open in
Thayer starts at the school
Jan. 7, the day school resumes
after winter break. Her last day
at Rawlings was Dec. 21.
Thayer, who has been in
education for 25 years, has
been in the St. Johns County
School District for 12, all the
years she has been in Florida.
She's also been in education in
Illinois and Michigan.
Thayer said she realizes she

faces multiple challenges when
she moves to GG, whose prin-
cipal is Randy Kelley.
"This is the first time, in our
district, that we have a mod-
emn-day K-8. I say modern-day,
because PV-PV [Ponte Vedra-
Pali Valley] was a K-8.
"But now, with all the con-
straints and requirements
there are for middle school stu-
dents, as well as elementary
school students, I think the
challenge will be scheduling
for them.
'*But'" it'll alko 'be really)
e'lighitfl1, because it'll be 'a
community school where chil-
dren can ideally start in
kindergarten and go all the
way through 'til their eight-
grade school year," said
Thayer faced a challenge of a
different sort nearly three years
ago. She was diagnosed with
breast cancer Valentine's Day
2005, but now is free and clear.
"This is one of the things
that is difficult for me to
leave," said Thayer, "because
the community really
embraced me during a time
that was difficult for me. But
it's really a great opportunity,
and one that I'm looking for-
ward to."


photo by CHUCK ADAMS
Ed Myers says his 10+ years involved in youth athletics helped
prepare him for his teaching job.

go into teaching?
As. our kids grew we decided
for me to be a stay at home
Dad. I found a couple of
things for at-home work and
also began to substitute teach

when I could. On my first
assignment at Rawlings I
knew I wanted to do this full

See MYERS, Page 8

The Stingrays show the medals and trophy they won at a Challenge sports 3v3 tournament Dec.
16 and 17 at Jeckyll Island, Ga. The U9 boys teams consist of Mikey Leisle (from left), Michael
Cardoso, Jacob Young, Cole Rojahn, Ryan McDonough and Coach Bob Rojahn.

Eli Phillips, a member of Troop 40 in Jacksonville Beach, was
recognized Dec. 16 at a special court of honor for achieving
scouting highest honor, Eagle Scout. A sophomore at Fletcher
High School, Phillips earned 25 merit badges and served his
troop in a variety of leadership roles. He also completed a major
community service project by painting the dugouts at Wingate
Park in Jacksonville Beach. Phillips is a member of the boys
swim team at Fletcher and maintains a grade-point average of
3.68 in honors and Advanced Placement classes.


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December 26, 2007


Strategic Sites, a commercial
real estate firm headquartered
in Jacksonville Beach, has been
hired to market and sell The
Overlook V, a 30,000-square-
foot, Class A office condomini-
um project located on A1A in
South Ponte Vedra Beach. The
facility was designed by Ponte
Vedra-based Powers Design
and developed by McLeod
Development Group.
* *
Diners who are celebrating
and eating out during this hol-
iday season will see that Ruby
Tuesday is undergoing one of
the largest and fastest remodel-
ing programs in the restaurant
industry. Gone are the arti-
facts and memorabilia from
the walls...no more Tiffany-
style lamps either. It's all being
replaced with a more contem-
porary and sophisticated
design. Nationwide the cost
of the redesign is $75 million.
Although Ruby Tuesday is
based in Maryville, TN (just
south of Knoxville) they have
more restaurants in Florida
than any other state (90+).
There are 12 Ruby Tuesday
restaurants in the greater
Jacksonville, Florida area,
including one in south
Jacksonville Beach.' The
restaurants will stay "open for
business" as all of'the work is
completed overnight. The cost
per-restaurant is $100,000.
* *
The Cornerstone division of
the Jacksonville& Regional
Chamber of Commerce pre-
sented Haskell with the
Cornerstone Chair Award at its
fourth quarterly luncheon in
2007. Based in Jacksonville,
Haskell is among the nation's
design-build firms. During
Haskell's 40-year history, they
have been responsible for
some of the largest construc-
tion projects in Jacksonville,
including the AT&T building,

Jacksonville Municipal
Stadium, the Bank of America
complex, Fidelity National
Financial, Blue Cross and Blue
Shield, the St. Joe office build-
ings, Baptist South and the
first design-build school build-
ings for Duval County. They
also built the SeaWalk Pavilion
in Jacksonville Beach.

The Beaches Division of the
Jacksonville Chamber of
Commerce moved into new
office space last week. Located
in Jacksonville Beach at 1300
Marsh Landing Parkway, Suite
108, the new office is situated
just west of the Hampton Inn,
facing J. Turner Butler. An
open house is planned in late

McLean has
Net work _. ,
Realty's Ponte
Vedra office as a
sales associate.

Sandifer has
joined the
Ponte Vedra
office of
S Prudential
SNetwork Realty.

The Small Business
Development Center at the
University of North Florida
(SBDC at UNF) will offer the
following workshops:

How to S-T-A-R-T-U-P Your
Own Business on January 24, 6
p.m. to 9 p.m. and February
19, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost:
$40 in advance or $50 day of
workshop. This workshop pro-
vides an overview of the seven

basic requirements for business
STARTUP. A business startup
kit for Duval and surrounding
counties is included in the
workshop fee.

Tax Facts on January 15, 6
p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost:
$40 in advance or $50 day of
This workshop explains the
tax implications of various
business structures, what is
and is not deductible, electron-
ic filing, payroll taxes, and
more. This workshop is co-
sponsored by the Internal
Revenue Service

Roundtable on January 17,
7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. New
Roundtable Series! Cost:
$195 price includes series of
six roundtables

*Grant Writing for
Nonprofits on January 28, 9
a.m. to noon. Cost will be $60
per person. Learn the essential
steps of writing effective grant
proposals as a component of
creating sustainability for the
*Business Plan Basics on
January 31 from 6 p.m. to 8
Dollars and Sense:
Recordkeeping Essentials on
February 5, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost will be $40 in advance or
$50 at the door.
Where's the Money? And
How Do I Get It? on February
12, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost:
$40 in advance or $50 day of

InterACTIVE Business
Planning will be February 21,
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
To register or for more infor-
mation on any of the follow-
ing workshops call 904-620-
2476 or log on to


Employees at Baptist Medical Center Beaches applaud last
week after administrator Mark Slyter, right, announces that
Baptist Health achieved recognition as a Magnet Health Care
System, an international quality designation given by less than
five percent of hospitals in the country. The distinction comes
after more than three years of extensive documentation and
evaluation of Baptist Health's clinical care and work environ-
ment at its five hospitals plus Baptist Home Health Care. The
American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary-of the
American Nurses Association that awards Magnet Status,
looked at nearly 100 criteria in evaluating care at Baptist.
Researchers report that Magnet hospitals enjoy better patient
outcomes, including lower mortality rates and higher patient sat-
isfaction. Likewise, nurses at Magnet hospitals report higher
morale and perceive the care being given by their institutions as
better. The appraisers conducted a comprehensive review of
Baptist Medical Centers (Downtown, South, Beaches and
Nassau), Wolfson Children's Hospital and Baptist Home Health
Care over five days in the fall, meeting with more than 1,000
nurses, physicians, employees in other disciplines, executive
leadership, community members, and board members.

Drug discount card is available

now to many Florida families

, loiis. Albert Lee, 2s&lwas
greater f.pr ,9~gessionjJm}pp
than 20 grams of cannabiland
possession of cocaine on Dec.
18 in the 1000 block of Cornell
Lane, according to a police
* *
A concrete bench that was
donated to the city of Atlantic
Beach by a group of residents
was reported stolen on Dec. 18
from the 19th Street end zone,
according to a police report.
The bench had "19th Street"
titled in glass across the top
and was purchased by the
neighborhood, according to
the report. The petit theft is a

Auto burglary was reported
Dec. 21 in the 800 block of 2nd
Avenue S. The victim returned
to find the driver's window
smashed and his belongings
scattered on the ground
around the vehicle. Nothing
was missing. Damage to the
window was estimated at $100.
* *
Assault was reported Dec. 17
in the 700 block of 4th Avenue
S. The suspect yelled threats at
the victim from a vehicle while
driving back and forth in front
of her apartment. The victim
told police that she later
observed the suspect walking
near her residence and became
concerned for her safety. Police
made contact with the suspect
who said the incident
stemmed from a confrontation
a day earlier with the victim's
boyfriend. He admitted that
the two had exchanged words,
police said.
* *
A threat was reported Dec.
20 in the 4200 block of Ponte
Vedra Boulevard. The victim
told police that his doorbell
rang and a handwritten note
was found on a torn piece of
paper towel. The note said the
suspect was watching the vic-
tim and alluded to having been
at his residence before.
* *
Residential burglary was
reported Dec. 20 in the 3300
block of Ocean Drive S. Fishing
rods and reels valued at $5,000
were stolen from a storage unit
on a rental property.

Residential burglary was
reported Dec. 20 in the 600
block of 16th Avenue N. The
suspects entered the victim's
home while she was out of
town and stole three laptop
computers and several video
game systems. The loss was
estimated at over $2,000.

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the 1900 block of 1st Street N.
A white 1994 Nissan Maxima
valued at $10,000 was stolen
by a friend of the victims who
was helping her move. The
woman told police that she
gave the man her keys to
retrieve some items from her
storage shed. After a half an
hour, she noticed that the man
and her vehicle were missing.
Several items were also missing
from her condominium
including a .40 caliber hand-
gun with a 12-round magazine,
a gun case, two cell phones and
a credit card. The suspect was
described as a white male, 5'3",
135 pounds with a shaved
head, blue eyes, a thin goatee
and frequents the north side of
* *
William Morris Zakarian, 29,
of Jacksonville Beach was
arrested Dec. 20 and charged
with willful child neglect that
does not result in an injury in
an unspecified area of 1st
Avenue South, according to a
police report. Police responded
to a report of a three-year--old
child wandering around the
parking lot of a business alone.
A search did not reveal the
child's parents and the depart-
ment had not received any
calls of a. missing child. The
officer recalled making contact
with the child at a' residence.
He went to the house and
knocked on the door several
times without answer. A neigh-
bor said the mother's boyfriend
was inside. Police knocked
again and a man came to the
door. The child's mother was at

Gloria King Wilson of
Atlantic Beach died December
21. Wilson, 80, was born on
March 4, 1927 to Fuller and
Clara King in Jacksonville.
She was predeceased by her
husband, Julian E. Wilson and
her parents Fuller and Clara
She is survived by her
daughter Mary Fuller
McElveen (Talmadge) and
Grandson, Cody McElveen
and her sister Clara King
Andrew (Walt). She retired in
2005, after working with
Julian E. Jackson, President of
Lil' Champ food stores for
over 35 years.

work and the defendant was
inside with en empty beer cane
and an unopened beer in front-
or him, police reported. Police
also found marijuana inside
while looking for a cell phone
to contact the mother, the
report said.
* *
Paul John Morafates, 18, of
Boca Raton, was arrested Oct.
19 and charged with posses-
sion and sale of a controlled
substance in the 1500 block of
3rd Street S., according to a
police report. Officers observed
several people in the area con-
ducting drug activity, police
reported. Two bags with a total
of 23 grams of marijuana were
found, police said.
* *
Michael Gordon Molter, 20,
of Ponte Vedra Beach was
arrested Dec. 19 and charged
with possession and sale of a
controlled substance in the
1500 block of 3rd Street S.,
according to a police report.
Police found marijuana in the
defendant's glove box.
* *
Grand theft of a motor vehi-
cle was reported Dec. 19 in the
1500 block of 3rd Street S. a
black 2007 Moti Scooter valued
at $2,500 was stolen from the
parking lot of CVS. A witness
observed an unknown male
suspect loading the scooter
into the back of a truck.
* *0
No new reports.
* *
No new reports.

A funeral mass is scheduled
for 11 a.m. Wednesday,
December 26 at St. Paul's
Catholic Church, 224 North
5th St., Jacksonville Beach
with Fr. William Kelly officiat-
ing. Burial will immediately
follow at H. Warren Smith
Cemetery, Jacksonville Beach.
Flowers will be appreciated,
or in lieu of flowers, a dona-
tion in Wilson's name to the
scholarship fund at St. Paul's
Catholic School, Jacksonville
Arrangements by Hardage-
Giddens Funeral Home in
Jacksonville Beach.

Governor Charlie Crist has
announced the launch of Ahe
Florida *DicoLtin DrUg .g
which ivill provide eligblre
Floridians savings on drugs at
over 3,000 participating phar-
macies. A Web site,
d.com, is available to help con-
sumers learn which drugs are
discounted and find participat-
ing pharmacies. Participants
can also choose a mail order
option by calling the Florida
Discount Drug Card help line.
Crist invited all pharmacies
in Florida to participate in the
Florida Discount Drug Card
program. Currently, more
than 3,000 retail pharmacies
have agreed to accept the
Florida Discount Drug Card.
However, additional pharma-
cies can continue to enroll in
the program. If a consumer
learns their pharmacy is not
enrolled in the program, the
pharmacy can enroll by calling
the 24-hour pharmacy help
line at 1-800-361-4542 or TTY
1-866-763-9630. The pharmacy
will be enrolled on a temporary
basis so the consumer's pre-
scription can be filled immedi-
ately. Once the pharmacy signs
a contract, it can permanently
join the program.
Individuals qualify for the
card if they are age 60 and
older and do not have prescrip-
tion drug coverage or if they
are in the Medicare
Prescription Drug Coverage
gap. Individuals, families and
seniors under age 60 may be
eligible if they have an annual
income of less than 300 per-
cent of the Federal Poverty

Level and do not have prescrip-
tion drug coverage. Qualifying
'a !it flf"co 's lorindl-..p..ils
under age 60 are up to $30,'636
for an individual, $41,076 for a
family of two and $61,956 for a
family of four. Income limits
for other family sizes are also
available on the Web site.
To enroll in the program,
applicants who do not have
prescription drug coverage
must provide their name and
contact information as well as
information about family
members. Individuals under
age 60 also must provide quali-
fying income information.
The applicant affirms that the
information provided on the
application is true, complete,
and accurate; no additional
documentation of income, age,
or residency is required.
There is no application fee

for the Florida Discount Drug
Card; however, there is a. ole
time-$ 1,. 0 actiati:on fee a4ded
onto the posted cost of the first
prescription filled only. Crist
also launched a Web site
designed to assist Floridians in
search of health care informa-
tion. The Web site is
Consumers can find informa-
tion on more than 1,600 dis-
eases and conditions, lists of
health care facilities, informa-
tion about insurance, medica-
tions, a variety of consumer
publications and much more.
To apply for the Florida
Discount Drug Card, visit
d.com and complete an online
application or enroll over the
phone by calling 1-866-341-
8894 or TTY 1-866-763-9630.

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Brittany Chun and Laura Kunst-Peel are two of the pit crew who helped the Nease Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
unit prepare for the Dec. 15 drill meet in Brunswick, Ga., and also cheered the cadets on during the meet.



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The Nease Navy Junior
Reserve Office Training
Corps unit.placed fourth
overall at the regional
drill meet Dec. 15.
Held at Brunswick High
School in Georgia, the
meet featured competi-
tions in several cate-
gories, pitting the top 16
Junior ROTC units of
the 54 units in Area 12.
The Nease team earned
second place in person-
nel inspection, third
place in academics and
fifth place in color
guard. Nease junior
David Towle won first
place in the individual
academic competition.
The winning unit is from
Union Grove High
School in Georgia, fol-
lowed by Orange Park
High School and
Fleming Island High
School. The top two go
to the national drill meet
in April in Pensacola.

Grant Burchette, a third grader at Ocean Palms Elementary School in Ponte Vedra Beach, stands
with his brother Reed Burchette, Nease NJROTC battalion ordinance officer, at the Dec. 15 drill
meet in Georgia. Grant attended the meet as a special mascot for the Nease unit.

Acro Jax Trampoline Club
holds Holiday Tumble and
Tramp Camp Dec. 26-28 at
Infinity All Stars Gym, 510
Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach.
Hours each day are 9-11:30
a.m. for junior/senior and 12-
2:30 p.m. for youth. The three-
day cost of the recreational
sports camp for tumblers,
acrobats and cheerleaders is
$60. For one day it's $30. For
information or to register, call
Brian Payne at 273-8876.

Adventure Landing, 1944
Beach Blvd., Jacksonville
Beach, has a various activities
this month:
eGator Bowl Meet and
Greet: On Dec. 26 and 28,
from 3-5 p.m., players from
the teams meeting in the
Gator Bowl will be competing
at Adventure Landing in
miniature golf, laser tag and
*The 12 Days of Christmas
Dec. 20-31: Each' day
Adventure Landing offers a
daily special on attractions in
celebration of the holidays.
*Nooi Year's Eve Dec. 31:
From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., kids 12
and under can enjoy an All-U-
Can-Play go-karts, miniature
golf and laser tag for only $10
per person. At noon, in cele-
bration of the new year, all
kids can participate in a bal-
loon drop, and all balloons are
filled with prizes.

A Holiday Art Camp and
also an Advanced Arts
Workshop will be held at the
Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra
Beach. A Holiday Arts Camp,
for ages 4-9, runs Dec. 26, 27
and/or Dec. 28 and also Jan. 2,
3 and/or Jan. 4. Ornaments
and presents will be created.
Call 280-0614 for times and
costs. Holiday Advanced Art
\Workshops will be offered for
ages 10-14. 3D with artist Jesse
Nolan will be held held Dec.
26. 27 and/or Dec. 28, while
mixed media with Jo Sinclair
will be offeredjan. 2, 3 and/or
Jan. 4. For information, call
28 0-0614 or visit

Guana Tolomato Matanzas
National Estuarine Research
Reserve hosts an art class for
children ages 11-14 from 9
a.m.-I p.m. Dec. 28. The class,
to be taught by local artist
Jean Drayovitch, will focus on
beginning drawing of butter-
flies and marsh scenes.
Students begin the discovery
art class with a short nature
walk. Cost to attend is $45 per
student, payable in advance.
All materials are supplied, but
students need to bring a
brown bag lunch. Call 904-
635-0941 to reserve a seat. To
contact the GTMNERR, call

Family Fun Day is held
Sunday at the Slammer &
Squire and King & Bear golf
courses at World Golf Village
through December. Family
Fun Day allows families to
enjoy golf together. The pro-

gram costs $50 for a twosome
or $80 for a family. There will
be monthly family-style tour-
naments that bring added
value. For information on
Family Fun Day, call 904-940-
6088 or visit

Saturday Craft Surprise is
held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. the
first Saturday of each month.
A new and easy craft is offered.
The Beaches Branch Library is
at 600 Third St., Neptune
Beach. Call 241-1141 for infor-

KIDZfACTory Workshop, a
drama workshop for grades K-
,3, runs through Jan. 22 at the
Limelight Theatre, 11 Old,
Mission Ave.; St. Augustine.
Along with the workshop,
there also will be theatre
games. Tuition is $75. For
information, call 824-1164.

Art Adventures on Second
Saturday are held at the
Cummer Museum. Classes in
painting, printmaking, collage
and construction with chang-
ing themes are offered.
Youngsters can sign up for one
class or for all of them. Second
Saturday is held from 10 a.m.-
12 p.m., ages 6 to 12. The cost
to members is $10 per class;
for non-members it's $15 per

The Beaches Branch Library,
600 N. Third St., Neptune
Beach, offers a variety of chil-
dren's activities. For informa-
tion, call 241-1411.
Children's Programs
*Family Preschool
Storytime, 0-5, Thursdays at
10:30 a.m.
*Toddler Time, 19 months-3
years, Wednesdays at 10:30
eMother Goose Storytime,
birth-19 months, Wednesdays
at 11 a.m.
*Preschool Storytime, 3-5
without adult, Wednesdays-at
11:30 a.m
eSaturday Craft Surprise,
held first Saturday of each
month from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Ponte Vedra Beach
Branch Library, 101 Library
Blvd., offers classes for young-
sters each Wednesday. The
offerings are, at 9:45 a.m., Just
for Babies; at 10:30 a.m.,
Toddler Story Time; and at 11
a.m., Preschool Story Time.
Call 827-6950 for information.

Seaside Playgarden puppet
shows are held at 4 p.m. the
first Thursday of each month
at Seaside Playgarden, a
Waldorf Initiative, 223 8th
Ave. S., Jacksonville Beach.
The puppet shows, which are
appropriate for children ages
2-9, are free to the public. For
information on Waldorf edu-
cation and programs available
at Seaside Playgarden, visit
jaxwaldorf.org or call 247-

Myers: Confidence grows as students learn 'can do'

Continued from A-6
Who was your favorite
teacher while you were grow-
ing up? Why?
Mrs. Robertson, fourth
grade. She gave me the confi-
dence to try anything and to
not stop trying if I really want-
ed to get it done.
How would you charac-

terize your teaching style?
I'm very casual, use humor
as much as I can, while teach-
ing the students to become
better students.
What do you enjoy most
about teaching?
Seeing a student's self-,
esteem and confidence grow as
they learn they "can do this."

What would you like to
do in the classroom if money
were no object?
Invest in technological
upgrades/additions; micro-
scopes, lab equipment, lap-
tops, displays like aquari-
ums and terrariums, and add
lab assistant/tutor(s).
What can parents do to

make their child's school
experience the best it can be?
Teach them to compete with
themselves and cooperate with
everyone else. All students
need to focus on improving
their strengths and weaknesses
while helping their classmates
do the same.

Norman: Some catastrophes are 'masterpieces'

Continued from A-6
fuzzy" stories, and the student
would receive Mrs. Wussler's
homemade granola. To this
day, I have a "Warm Fuzzy"
notepad that I saved for all
these years.
How would you charac-
terize your teaching style?
My teaching style is student-
driven. There is one question
that I ask myself on a daily
basis: "What effect am I having
on students and their learn-
ing?" This question helps to
guide all of my instruction. My
goals are for every student to
feel personally challenged and
to sharpen their critical think-
ing skills by inspiring courage
and curiosity. Therefore, the

learning experiences that I pro-
vide involve interaction with
other students.
What do you enjoy most
about teaching?
Nothing beats the look on a
students face when he or she
finally overcomes a difficult
challenge. These are the most
enjoyable moments in teach-
What would you like to
do in the classroom if money
were no object?
I had to laugh at this ques-
tion. The reality is, teaching
and learning can take place
without much money at all. In
this district, we are very lucky
to have so many resources. In
other districts, this is not

always the case. If I had unlim-
ited funds, I would choose to
equip my classroom with all of
the latest technology. The
world is changing at a record
pace and it is becoming
increasingly difficult for stu-
dents to keep up with the
demands and expectations of
today's society.
What can parents do to
make their child's school
experience the best it can be?
Parental involvement is
imperative to the success of
today's students. Kids need to
know that their parents care
about their education. Parents
should encourage their chil-
dren to succeed academically,
but they also must encourage

them in other areas of their
lives as well. In my experience,
the best thing that a parent
can do is to foster independ-
ence. As parents, it is difficult
to send your child off to school
with a catastrophic project.
You've seen them before -
backwards letters, dripping
glue and scribbled drawings.
However, if we help them too
much, they receive an unex-
pected message. Parents are
trying to show that they care,
but kids are hearing, "You are
not good enough to do this by
yourself." From a teacher's
point of view; a catastrophe
can be a true masterpiece.

C-' Treat yourself at the ^,-, .Sf .
These busy days are a trial to our best efforts at fitness and beauty.
Some professional assistance might be in order. The Leader is offer-
in this feature the Health and Beauty BTuffet with ideas and
offers to get vu started. WIiatch this feature each Wed-nesdaiy and
enjoy the ideas we have to share.
Get ready for New Year's Eve Glamr

Christmas is over and it's on to
the next big event- New Year's
Eve! This is the niht for glamour
so let's get ready! First, vour
make-up needs to stay put. Who
wants to run to the bathroom
and reapply when you really
want to stay out on the dance
floor? To that end start with \our
foundation. Look for a base that
has long wearing properties. Ne\t
apply a cream blush and set both
with powder.
For eyes the Audrey Hepburn
look is still very glamorous.
Sunply apply a taupe colored eye
shadow to the lid, and then apply
liquid eyeliner very close to the
lid. Start at the inside corner and
stop at the outer most part of the
eye, going up a bit at the \er\
end. Powder your lashes to thick-
en and then apply several coats
just to the upper lashes. \ou
might also try false eyelashes or
go get them done at a salon for a
look that will last. Use a pencil lip
liner to line and fill in lips. Apply
a vwaj balm and then lipstick Do
this several times to layer.
for your perfume to last, apply
a moistunzer to d&colletage, nape
of neck, wrists and back of knees,
and then spritz perfume. Finally,
a light bit of glitter on the eve-
brow bone, bottom hp and on
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Nease boys winning state soccer title highlights first half of year

As usual, there were highs and lows, twists
and turns and unexpectedly great per-
formances throughout the first six
months of 2007.
In January, the Fletcher High boys soccer team
earned a berth in the state playoffs for the first
time in three seasons. The team went on to win
the District 1-6A title before falling in the first
round of the regional playoffs.
Maybe the best story, however, was Nease
High's run to its first-ever state championship in
boys soccer.
From our coverage in the Feb. 21 issue:
FORT LAUDERDALE Seven steps. Call it a
recovery program for the Nease boys soccer
team which hadn't advanced past the regional
round of the playoffs in four years.
Panthers head coach Ken Kirsch wrote "Seven
Steps" on a dry-erase board when he met with
his team for the first time in the preseason.
"They didn't know what it was and eventual-
ly I had to tell them it was seven wins from the
district playoffs to the state championship," said
Kirsch, in his first season at Nease. "Seven steps.
They bought into my system.
"I told them at the end of the game today, 'I
suckered you. You bought into the system.'"

That system delivered the Nease boys their
first-ever state championship with Saturday's 1-
0 victory over Fernandina Beach on a sun-
splashed Lockhart Stadium field. The lone goal
was A.J. Nelson's left-footed blast almost 34
minutes into the first half.
"Joe McKinley had a transition and he just
played a pinpoint ball," said Nelson. "He really
threaded the needle and I got through, took one
touch, and volleyed it in."
As the calendar turned from winter sports to
spring, the were some terrific performances from
Beaches area athletes and teams. In early April,
Fletcher's Marki Lyon won the 1,600-meter race
at ,the prestigious Chandra Cheesborough
Invitational track meet, while teammate Megan
Bary placed second in the 3,200.
Fletcher High won the Gateway Conference
title with a thrilling, extra-innings victory over
Sandalwood in the championship game.
From our coverage in the April 18 issue:
The ground ball ate Patrick Braswell up in
more ways than one.
First, it played with his mind. Secondly, it cost
his team'two seventh-inning runs.
Braswell, however, would not let the fielding
error beat him Friday night.
The senior second baseman redeemed himself

on the pitching mound with two scoreless
innings of relief in Fletcher's 11-10 triumph in
the Gateway Conference championship game at
Jacksonville University.
The top-seeded Senators (16-6) broke a 10-10
tie in the home ninth after junior Sean Brown
doubled in senior B.J. Chandler from first withe
the winning run.
Braswell, who faced eight batters, gave up an
infield single and struck out three, earned the
win, his first of the season.
"I knew I shouldn't have messed up in the
field. I took all my anger out by pitching,"
Braswell said after the extra-innings game.
"We've come up short in other championship
games this year, but we came back this time. We
gave it all we had."'
In tennis, Nease's Taylor Crosby won the dis-
trict title in girls singles, while Fletcher's Jun
Condez won the district boys singles crown.
May saw arrival of The Players Championship
on a refurbished Sawgrass Stadium Course and
taking place during the fifth month of the year
for the first time ever. The move from March to
May enabled construction of a grandiose new
clubhouse as centerpiece, and a re-tooling of
many holes.
Phil Mickelson overtook Sean O'Hair in the

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final round of The Players to win his first crystal
trophy at the PGA Tour's unofficial fifth major.
From our coverage in the May 16 issue:
Armed with renewed confidence after a few
weeks of work with anew swing coach, Phil
Mickelson clearly looked like a champion as he
wound his way through Sawgrass on Sunday.
A shot off the lead entering the final round of
The Players, Mickelson issued an early statement
to playing partner and tournament leader Sean
O'Hair with birdies on the first and second
holes. Another birdie on the par-4 seventh
served notice that Mickeslon wasn't going away.
Lefty engineered an almost flawless final
round, a bogey on 18 the lone exception, en
route to claiming his first Players title and the
most significant victory of his career outside a
pair of Masters wins and a PGA Championship.
"I think, as I look back on my career after I
stop playing, I'll look back on this tournament
victory in the same light as the majors," he said.
That Mickelson was able to tame wild tenden-
cies off the tee is a credit to swing guru Butch
Harmon, who began working with Lefty less
than a month ago. Results have been dramatic.
Third place at the Byron Nelson, another third
at the Wachovia Championship and Sunday's
victory on a difficult TPC Sawgrass course.

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Exercise can help smokers quit and

assist with the fight against cancer

Exercise to Quit Smoking
Research suggests that as
little as five minutes of
exercise can help curb
cravings for cigarettes.
According to a review of
multiple studies by the jour-
nal Addiction, simply taking.
a five minute walk, or doing
stretches can help ease the
desire to smoke. Longer peri-
ods of exercise were not to
have an additional benefit
with regards to smoking ces-
The review also showed
that no only did exercise curb
an immediate craving, but
also showed that it increased
the time until a craving
The journal's lead author,
Dr. Adrien Taylor of the
University of Exeter in
England stated, "If a drug
revealed the same effects it
would immediately be mar-
keted as a valuable aid to
help people quit smoking or
cut down."
The article did not suggest
an exact mechanism for why
exercise reduced cravings, but
Dr. Taylor felt that it was not
merely a distraction phenom-
enon, especially given the
fact that there was such a


prolonged period of time
until the cravings returned.
Taylor also pointed out that
exercise reduced stress,
improved mood, and it may
release chemicals that over-
rides the brain's desire for

Smoking linked to arthritis
s if there was not
enough research
already to show a
plethora of reasons not to
smoke, a recent Mayo Clinic
study found smokers were
three times more likely than
non-smokers to develop carti-
lage.loss of the knee.

It is believed that smoking
may speed cartilage loss by
heightening inflammation or
by that elevated CO levels
may impair cartilage nutri-
tion, making it' more likely to
sustain injury or damage.
Fight cancer with exercise

New research has shown
that exercise can play
a significant role in
the fight against cancer.
Specifically, exercise was
shown to reduce the risks of
cancer returning in someone
who had previously been
diagnosed and treated for
colon cancer.
The latest results show that
patients previously treated for
colon cancer were about half
as likely to die or have their
tumors return if they partici-
pated in a regular exercise
activity when compared to
those who rarely exercised.
The study included 832
people who were still alive
one year after undergoing
surgery followed by
chemotherapy to treat colon
After nearly two years,
those who exercised the
equivalent of "moderate-
paced" walking an hour a
day, six days a week were 49

percent less likely to have a
recurrence or die, compared
with those who rarely exer-
Other forms of exercise
such as jogging a few times a
week or playing tennis were
also shown.to of benefit.
Exercise has been shown in
the past to reduce the risk of
colon cancer from ever devel-
oping, and now this research
shows that it can directly
affect survival after diagnosis
and treatment. Exercise has
been shown as well to reduce
the risk of the development
of ovarian cancer, and from
prostate cancer.

This column is written to dis-
cuss issues regarding sports,
medicine, and safety. It is not
intended to serve as a replace-
ment for treatment by your reg-
ular doctor. It is only designed
to offer guidelines on the pre-
vention, recignition, and care of
injuries and illness. Specific
concerns "Should be discussed
with yourphysician. Mail your
questions do Gregory Smith, MD
- Sportsmedicine, 1250 S.
18th Street, Suite,204,
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.

Still some good events left before calendar turns

W ith Christmas now
past and the
Jacksonville Bank
Marathon behind us it makes
you realize that the Gate
River Run will be here before
you know it. Seems like only
yesterday that we were run-
ning the 2007 30th anniver-
sary Gate River Run.
Soon we will be saying '
"hello" to a new year and
"adios" to an old one. Sad
that a year only lasts one year
before it is put to rest, it still
seems so very young.
Am I the only one who
feels melancholic about the
end of a year? Is it because :
deep downrinside I know I
only have a finite number of
them in my personal bank?
Or is it the "better the devil -I
know" theory that reminds
me: Sure, maybe it wasn't
exactly great, but wait 'til you
see what's coming up.
And what is coming up?
Nothing too marvelous as far
as I can see, no wait, I take it
back, the final year of
President George W. Bush.
Reminds me of the old adver-
tisement, "How do you spell
Last Sunday we had the
Jacksonville Bank Marathon,
which went off really well.
Without a hitch, as they say.
One thing that made the race
easier for the organizers was
the pre-setting of the water
along the course.
Loads of five-gallon jugs of
water were stored at the aid
stations in secured Smart
Boxes. All race volunteers at
the water stops had to do as
the race unfolded was pull
the water and cups out of the
rented mini storage units.
Smart move those Smart
Boxes and one that organiz-
ers of February's National
Breast Cancer Marathon in
Jax Beach would do well to
The winning time of 2

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decent (wish I could do it)
but not extraordinary. Fact is,
unless a race organizer is will-
ing to put up a pile of prize
money, that is the sort of per-
formance that you can pretty
well expect.
And since I mentioned the
National Breast Cancer
Marathon, or the Donna
Hicken (Deegan) Marathon,
as it is known locally, it will
be very interesting to see

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what sort of performances
that race's $60,000 purse will
produce. That sort of dough
should cough up a sub-2:15
winning time. We shall see.
It's not over 'til the fat lady
sings, as they say, and 2007 is.
set to go out with a bang, not
a whimper. Three very fine
running events line up to
entertain local runners right
up to the end.
On December. 22nd, it was
"on-on" with the annual
Christmas Hash. Yes, it is a
fun-filled, low-key, hash
hounds run complete with a
"hare" and his "trail." Oh,
and of course there is prodi-
gious drinking of beer along
the way and anyone who
tries to be competitive or
even thinks about running
fast risks being flogged.
This one is always sheer,
unadulterated fun.
Is it the last gasp of The
Last Gasp, or isn't it? For a
few years now I have told
you that the Jacksonville
Track Club's cross-country
race, The Last Gasp, was
going belly up. But like a
dogged, tenacious prize fight-
er who doesn't know when
the final bell has rung, this
race keeps coming out slug-

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Plaudits to race director,
.Herb Taskett, now in his 19th
year with the event, for keep-
ing it going. He has done a
great, unselfish, job.
The Last Gasp is
Jacksonville's only genuine
cross-country race. Held at
Jacksonville University the 5K
race was once a 5-miler. Over
the years a good deal of JU's
campus has been sold as
development for, guess what?
condominiums. This includes
the golf course, which is a
large part of the Gasp's
Fortunately, the JTC has
been allowed use of the

grounds this year. Next year
it could be a different story.
To make a long, nearly sad
story short: Be there for this
year's Last Gasp, for it could
be the end of Jacksonville's
only true cross-country race.
The race takes place on
Sunday, December 30th at 2
p.m. For no more than $20
($15 if you move now) you
will get a great run, a nice
custom sweatshirt, a cool
post-race party and a lot of
fun and rare camaraderie.
Call Herb at 725-9308 for all
the news.
The Vystar Gator Bowl 5K
kicks offs at 2 p.m. at the .
Jacksonville Landing. down-

town. As usual, the race will
precede the Gator Bowl
Parade and follow the same
route as the parade.
The race is a Jacksonville
Grand Prix event and is usu-
ally very competitive. A big
post race bash takes place
inside the Landing after-
One very nice new addition
to this year's race is called
"Run For A Child."
For a $10 donation, any
participant can wear the
name of a patient in the
Wolfson Children's Hospital.
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Municipal Stadium. Garrard will lead the Jaguars into battle
in the final game of the regular season Sunday at Houston.
The playoffs begin Jan. 5 with the AFC wild card game.

Give the Gift of Life this
Holiday Season. Give Blood.


"L ''Lives ThTrough Blood Donation

To find out how you can donate blood or how
your organization can host a blood drive, contact
The Blood Alliance at 353-8263, or visit our
website at www.igiveblood.com.

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Images of 2007

ABOVE: Georgia Tech's
Antonio Lewis (89) races for a
touchdown against West
Virginia in the Gator Bowl.
LEFT: Nease High's Paige
DePriest goes up for a block
during girls volleyball action.

Nease swimmer Kristen Gerkens explodes from the starting blocks in a backstroke race.

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1. New England at N.Y. Giants
2. Jacksonville at Houston
3. Dallas at Washington
4. New Orleans at Chicago
5. Carolina at Tampa Bay
6. Detroit at Green Bay
7. Tennessee at Indianapolis
8. Minnesota at Denver
9. San Diego at Oakland
10. Kansas City at N.Y. Jets

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Residents of Pablo Towers worked with the Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach Fraternal Order of Police for
the Third Annual Operation Barbie Doll project. The project began two years ago and the residents of Pablo
Towers helped clean, dress and fix the Barbie dolls' hair. The dolls were donated to B.E.A.M. and Helping
Hands Ministry for distribution to Beaches children in need.


Thursday, Dec. 27

Beaches Kiwanis: The Kiwanis
Club of Jacksonville Beaches meets
at 12 p.m. at Selva Marina Country
Club, Atlantic Beach. The speaker
will be recently retired U.S. Customs
Agent Tom Meier. The cost to non-
members is $15. For information,
call club president Neil Powell at
343-3571 or visit www.beacheskiwa-

Friday, Dec. 28

Kayak Tours: The GTM Research
Reserve offers six kayak tours bridg-
ing the New Year. Tours take place
from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 28 and
29 and Jan. 5, 9, 10 and 14. Cost of
each tour is $45 per person. The
tours are appropriate for age 12 and
up. Reservations must be made in
advance. Call the Ripple Effect
Ecotours at 904-347-1565 to reserve
a space. For information and addi-
tional tour dates, go to www.ripple-

Thursday,. Jan. 3

Beaches Kiwanis: The Kiwanis
Club of Jacksonville. Beaches meets
at p12 p:m. at'Selva-Marina Counitr
Club. The speaker will be
announced.. The cost to non-mem-
bers is $15. For information, call
club president Neil Powell at 343-
3571 or visit

FRA Branch 290 General
Fleet Reserve Association Branch
290 holds its monthly General
Assembly meeting at 8 p.m. at the
Branch Home, 390 Mayport Road,
Atlantic Beach. All members and
prospective members are invited to
attend. New members are always
Stroke and Osteoporosis
People living in and around
Neptune Beach can be screened to
reduce their risk of having a stroke.
Life Line Screening will be at the
Watson Reality Corporation, 1117
Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, with
appointments beginning at 9 a.m.
The complete screening package
includes a new Heart Rhythm
screening that checks for irregular
heartbeat, a major risk factor for

stroke. A Wellness Package with
Heart Rhythm costs $149. All five
screenings take 60-90 minutes to
complete. For information regarding
the screenings or to schedule an
appointment, call 1-888-754-1464.
Pre-registration is required.

Storm Path Photography: The
photography of Robert Storm-Burks
will be on display at the Guana
Tolomato Matanzas National
Estuarine Research Reserve from Jan.
7 through March 31. An ecologist
and marine biologist, Burks has pho-
tographed magical moments,
moods and behaviors of creatures in
more than 28 countries around the
world. Burks' -photography will be
available for purchase through the
Friends of the GTMNERR in the
Research Reserve's Nature Store. A
"Meet the Artist" reception will be
held from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 25 at the
Environmental Education Center.
Reservations are required. Call 904
823-4500 for information or to
make a reservation..

Friday, Jan. 4

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: The
January: Brown Bag Lunch Lecture-
on -"Right \vhales" hy E.rankl"
Gromling begins at 12 p.m. in the
GTM Research Reserve
Environmental Education Center's
auditorium. Gromling's book,
"Frank's Whales," is available for
purchase in the Friends of the
Reserve Nature Store. Bring lunches
and questions. There is no cost to
attend the lecture. Call 904-823-
4500 f6r information.

Tuesday, Jan. 8

D.A.R.: The Ponte Vedra Chapter
of the Daughters of the American
Revolution meets at 10:45 a.m. at
Marsh Landing Country Club,
25655 Marsh Landing Parkway. Rick
Edwards will talk about Northeast
Florida Sea Shells.

Jacksonville Beaches Woman's
Club: The Jacksonville Beaches
Woman's Club meets at 10 a.m. in
the small meeting room at Selva
Marina Country Club. There will be
a social half hour to start. Lunch is
served at 12 p.m., with a cost of $16.
The program will be on
International Affairs. Reservations

are necessary. Call Betty at 223-
Parenting Enrichment Series:
Beaches Exceptional Education for
Parents [BEEP] presents "Yes! Post-
Secondary Education Can Be Your
Future" from 7-8:45 p.m. in the
Fletcher High School Media Center.
The session, which is free of charge,
will include a discussion about pro-
grams at FCCJ and UNF that. serve
students with disabilities.

Thursday, Jan. 10

Beaches Kiwanis: The Kiwanis
Club of Jacksonville Beaches meets
at 12 p.m. at Selva Marina Country
Club. The speaker will be Capt. Greg
Streeter, who will talk about the
Utah Beach Normandy Landing.
The cost to non-members is $15. For
information, call club president Neil
Powell at 343-3571 or visit

Friday, Jan. 11

Talent Explosion: Talent
Explosion, presented by the
Oceanside Rotary Club, takes the
stage of FCCJ's Nathan H. Wilson
SCenter-for-the Arts-at-8 p.m, The 10
Finalists were selectedin on-line .ot-
ing by viewers Who watched a' 2-5
minute video of their talent, then
paid $1 for each.vote. The money
went to Oceanside Rotary Charities,
Inc. The winner of the on-stage
competition, chosen by a panel of
judges who will award points based
on their assessment of each finalist's
performance, will receive $2,500.
The runner-up will get $1,500, while
the third-place finisher will receive

Saturday, Jan. 12

Atlantic Beach Tree
Conservation: The Atlantic Beach
Tree Conservation Board presents
Florida Arbor Day and Adopt-A-Tree
Community Clinic from 1-4 p.m. at
Donner Park Community Center,
2072 George St. Early Piety, a
Specialty Tree Surgeons certified
arborist, will give demonstrations
and answer questions. Rick Carper,
Atlantic Beach's director of public
works, and city planner Erika Hall
will lead discussions. For informa-
tion, call Hall at 270-1605 or e-mail
her at ehall@coab.us.



Officers of the Republican Club of the Beaches display.gifts collected at an annual Christmas party held at the
Sevilla Clubhouse. The toys were donated to Hubbard House. From left Ed Raube, Rosalie Scarborough,
Scott Chestnut, Rick Knight and Nellie Lynch.



First Artist Member Holiday Exhibition

The first Artist Member Holiday Exhibition at
the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50
Executive Way runs to Jan. 12. For information,
visit www.ccpvb.org.

Snow and Ice in Forecast

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre will be a
Winter Wonderland through Jan. 6.
Ice Skating: The first real outdoor ice skating
rink in St. Augustine's history will be open daily
from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and each night from 6-10
p.m. It costs $8 to skate and $2 to rent skates.
Call 904-471-1965 to schedule private or group
Theatre: Theatre Saint Augustine presents its
original adaptation of O Henry's "Gift of the
Magi." The presentation runs through Jan. 6.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, with matinees at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Snow: It will snow every night at 9 p.m.
Magic snow can be purchased to throw at one
Sleigh Rides: $10 for adults. and $4 for chil-
dren. Sleighs glide past Southern Red Cedar,
Magnolia and Oak trees adorned in holiday lights
with views of Notina's Pond. *Elf Village: Who
can build the best elf house? Contestants can
showcase an elf house in the elf village. Creative
freedom is encouraged. Houses are 8x10 feet with
a 4-foot door.
Holiday Shopping: Shoppers can meet fea-
tured artisans, browse unique products, pick up
holiday decorations and have fun while complet-
ing a holiday shopping list.
Good tastes and smells: Fire pits for smores,
hot chocolate, apple cider, homemade cookies
and a wide variety of food and holiday treats will
be available throughout "Winter Wonderland."
Community: "Winter Wonderland" will host
free events at 6 p.m. on the following days:
Wednesday-Dec. 26: Kwanza Celebration with
Xhabbo (St. Jbhns County Public Library event)
Thursday-Jan. 3: Mark Allan Magician (St.
Johns County Public Library event)
Winter Wonderland family passes are $60 and
include 10 skating passes. Winter Wonderland is,
sponsored by the Tourist Development Council,
WSOS and St. Johns County Public Library
System. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is at
1340C A1A South.
For information, visit www.staugamphithe-
atre.com or call 904- 471-1965.

12 Days of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas will be observed
through Dec. 31 at Adventure Landing, 1944
Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach. Each day,
Adventure Landing will offer a daily special on
attractions in celebration of the holidays.

Noon Year's Eve
:I Noon. Year's 'Eve wi- bei celebrated Dee. 31 'at
.Adventure Landing. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., kids-12
and under can enjoy All-U-Can-Play go-karts,
miniature golf and laser tag for $10 per person.
At noon, in celebration of the New Year, all
youngsters can participate in a balloon drop, and
'all balloons are filled with prizes.

New Year's Day Yoga

The third annual New Year's Day Yoga to bene-
fit the Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry
[BEAM] will be held Jan. 1 in the main dining
room of Selva Marina Country Club, 1600 Selva
Marina Dr., Atlantic Beach. The classes are free.
Gentle Yoga is at 10:30 a.m. and Yoga Flow is at
12 p.m. Participants should bring a yoga mat or
beach towel, For more information, contact
yogakate@bellsouth.net or Kate at 742-4582.

Free Yoga New Year's Day

Yoga with Joan & Jim offers a free yoga class
from 10-11:15 a.m. New Year's Day at Let's Dance
Studio; 246 Solano Road, Ponte Vedra Beach.
Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat or a
large towel, and all are welcome. There will be
separate classes for beginners and experienced.
For information, call Joan Ryan at 280-4628 or
Jim Ryan at 280-4130, or e-mail them at yoga-
joan@comcast.net or yogajim@comcast.net.

Holiday Camp Programs

The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National
Estuarine Research Reserve will offer several kids'
and family activities from Dec. 27 through Jan. 3.
Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children 10 to
17, and free for children under 10. Nature hikes
are $3 per vehicle. The center is located at 505
Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. Call 823-
4500 for reservations or information.

Reasons for the Season

Bethel Gallery at Ponte Vedra Presbyterian
Church's art exhibit, titled "Reasons for the
Season," runs through Jan. 6. The church is locat-
ed at 4510 Palm Valley Road in Jacksonville. Call
285-8225 for information.

Holiday Favorites at IMAX

Two holiday favorites, "The Polar Express" and
"Happy Feet," are on the IMAX screen at World
Golf Village. The features run through Jan. 6.
Tickets to both can be purchased at
www.wgv.com. Tickets are $10 for adults, with
discounts for children, military, seniors and stu-
dents. A complete film schedule, as well as addi-
tional ticket information, can be obtained on-
line at www.wgv.com or by calling 904-940-
IMAX (4629). Tickets also can be purchased at
the box office.

Teddy Bear Thursdays

Teddy Bear Thursdays are held from 10 a.m.-1
p.m. each Thursday at the Jacksonville Beach
Adventure Landing. Children get to pick out an
"animal skin" from the Teddy Bear Factory, stuff
it and name it. The child's new animal friend also
receives a birth certificate. Kids also get to partic-
ipate 'in coloring activities and ride the Wacky
Worm family roller coaster, all for only $7.99.

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December 26 2007

The Beaches Leader/Ponte Vedra Leader

GUANA PRESERVE Lot, cleared 1/2
acre with 10,000 acre backyard. Giant
oaks and magnolias. Magnolia Hammock
water and sewer. 1257 Neck Rd.
$395,000. (904)285-4545.

Sweeping, panoramic views, 3700sf, lap
pool, cul-de-sac. Modern designers home,
400sf in-law suite, 4000sf decks & cov-
ered patios. First $975,000. MLS#393428.
NEPTUNE BEACH, 3000sqft., 4/2.5, for-
mal living & dining, open floor plan,
screened pool, family neighborhood,
$525,000, 422-0771.
5BR/4BA, Beautiful executive home,
oversized 2 car garage, hot-tub, swimming
pool MLS#393567, $629,900. (904)307-
JAX BEACH, 3BR/2BA, 5 blocks to beach.
Call for details. $329,900. (904)219-1276.
DOLPHIN COVE, 3BR/2BA, built 1981,
1232sf, 8000sf+ lot; 5-10% owner financ-
ing available, $275,000,
www.geocities.com/pvb05 (904)686-0068.
ATLANTIC BEACH, CUTE 3/2 w/pool, pri-
vacy fence. $400,000, 376 Seminole Rd.,
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al, Ponte Vedra. Cute 3BR/2BA, dock,
fabulous tree cover. $795,000. Broker/
Owner (904)535-9915.
house, large fenced yard, stone fireplace,
new carpet. 2153 Feathejiood Dr. E.
Owner relocating and must sell. Reduced,.
$209,900. (904)280-2728')vr~sg.

4BR/3BA builders custom 'home. 2985sf,
formal office, dining room &n master suite,
beautiful landscaping & pool, Ig scr. lanai.
2.5 car gar. Listen to the obean and walk
to the beach from this quiet cul-de-sac
home in newer neighborhood. Will consid-
er lease purchase. $699,000. 4% co-op.

PONTE VEDRA, TPC Sawgrass, Bermu-
da Court, 2BR/2BA. "$60K renovation:
granite counter tops, new cabinets,
249,900, 655-5990.-... .....
LG 3/2, off Girvin. Pretty home on lake. Lg
screened lanai. $210,000.
4/2, story, lots of space including Florida
room, Ig stone fireplace. Nice lot.
4/2 pool home. One owner, home lovingly
maintained in great location. Great in-
ground pool w/ screened cover. Tons of
upgrades. $284,900.
Brand new- kitchen, flooring, paint, too
much to list. 3/2, 2 car gar. on huge lot.
Parking avail, for boat/ RV. $214,900.
Almost 2000sf, 3/2, w/ formal living, din-
ing, den & lanai. Fenced yard w/ view of
lake. All tile throughout. Just Reduced to
3/2 lovely manufactured home on nice lot.
A steal for the price, won't last at $89,900.

3/2, approx. 1350sf, all remodeled, like
new inside. Must see! Only 175,000.
nImnBtQQf d Co g re u / 0r 0 aojJish t
in sold at short sale, $267,000. Call fo!
Newer home, beautiful 3/2, open plan.
Priced to sell quick at $210,000.
5/3, built in 2004, beautiful spacious
home. Many upgrades. $274,000.
221-1711 OR 241-5501
appointment only. Fenced yard, hot tub,
storage building. All for $360,000.

OCEAN FRONT furnished 2/2, pool con-
sider lease purchase, 463-7343.

PVB, OCEAN Grove, 1BR/1BA,
fireplace, full amenities, beach access. Fi-
nancing available. $129,900. 226-3968.

ST. JOHNS Town Center, 3BR/2BA,
2 parking spaces. Owner (904)879-7130.
2BR/2BA w/bonus room, new carpet,
CH&A, fenced yard. Near ocean and Han-
na Park. 1158 Songbird Lane. $114,900.
280-2728, excellent rental history Iv. msg.
PVB- OCEAN Grove, 2BR/2BA, garage,
beach access, lake view, 1070sf. FSBO,
will sacrifice for $199,500. 904-221-8458.
beach, Rent to own, $175,000.

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we give you access to premier national
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3BR AT Portside Mobile Home Park,
Lot 270. Asking $3500 OBO. Call

1BR balcony, ceramic tile floors, WDHU,
walk-in closet, assigned parking, $875/mo.
($900 w/washer+dryer). Ocean View,
160 7th Ave. N. 993-2555.
4 BLOCKS to ocean, 220 4th St.. S.
$500/mo. 904-891-0606.
ATLANTIC BEACH, 1332 Main St.,
2BR/1.5BA duplex, $750/mo., 891-0606.
428 3RD Ave. S. 2BR/ 1BA, CH/A, fenced
yard, $775/mo. 891-0606.
NEAR DOWNTOWN/ Shands Hospital.
Small, furnished, efficiency apartment.
$425/mo. 307-2841.
NEPTUNE BCH, 227 Magnolia, 2/1, car-
pet/ tile, garage, $975/mo. TDO Manage-
ment. 246-1125.
NEPTUNE BCH. 2150 Florida Blvd.
2BR/1.5BA, renovated 2005, WDHU,.
fenced back yard, credit check, No Cats/
Non-smoking: $800/mo. (904)221-5833.
3BR/ 2.5BA townhouse, 1/2 block from
ocean. Atl Bch. Gar., $1575/md. Call Rich
NEP BCH, EAST OF 3RD! Huge 2/1 du-
plex, top floor, 1200sf, all professional
.-hardwood fdoring, diningroom, livingroom,
WDHU, CH/A, huge fenced yard, parking
for 2-3 cars. Home warranty. Lowest rent
since 1989, $1030/mo.+ 247-3191.
lease, No pets, W/D, $1000/mo, $1000
deposit. 918A 1st Street (between Bay &
Pine): Call 591-1218 or 246-8970.
2/1 townhouse, W/D included, CH&A, ce-
ramic tile, approx. 900sf. 405 14th Ave..
S., Unit C, Jax Bch. No pets. $825/mo,
$825/sec. dep. (904)343-9906.

home, fenced backyard, bonus room, tile
floor downstairs. 1255 Mayport Landing
Dr. $775/mo. +$700/dep. 280-2728 Iv
VERY NICE 3BR 2BA house, Ig.gar., new-
ly renovated. Convenient to Wonderwood
Expwy. 3217 Hampsted Ct.. $1100/mo.
Modern 2BR/1BA, tile, berber, W/D, dish-
washer, : upstairs. $1095/mo. Available
1/1/08. 333-8462, Rlarrigan Properties.

ATL BCH, Courtyards, 2/2, ceramic tile,
WDHU, $825/mo. TDO Management.
JAX BEACH, 1 block to ocean,
3BR/1.5BA townhome, CH&A, patio &
deck, $1350/mo. +$1000/deposit. 520 So.
2nd St., 280-2728 leave message.
JAX BCH, 12th Ave. S. 2BR/ 2.5BA town-
house. NO PETS/ SMOKERS. $995/mo
plus dep. 733-7596.
NORTH JAX Beach, 2BR/1BA upstairs, 1
year lease, ne pets. No W/D hookup,
$800/mo., $800/dep. 329-3 North 14th
Ave. Call 591-1218 or 246-8970.

1.5 blocks to ocean, studio, 1 & 2BR apts.
Pool & laundry room, $590/mo. & up.
241-2781 or 237-0552.

CH/A, WDHU. East of 1st St. $795-
$895/mo. 241-RENT, 733-3730.
1-1/2 BLOCKS to Ocean, 1st Ave. South,
2BR/1BA. $725/mo., 1BR/1BA $600,
Spacious, 1500sf. Built 2003, New carpet
& tile. CH&A, W/D. Easy bike to beach, 95
Dudley St., $950/mo. (904)610-2743.
JAX BCH near ocean 1 & 2BR apts.,
lease, references, $750- $795/mo, 222
4th Ave. So., 221-4134, 703-5518.
FURNISHED 1BR guest house, beautiful
setting, pool, includes all utilities, full kitch-
en w/utensils, laundry room, cable w/all
movie channels, TV w/DVD. Available
now, $225/wk. or $900/mo., 349-3434.
ATLANTIC BEACH off Mayport Rd. 2BR/
1.5BA, CH/A, $750-$800/mo. 294-5622.
ceramic tile floors, CH&A, laundry room,
patio, fenced yard, 1 yr. lease, no pets,
$950/mo. discounted rent, 993-1114,
JAX BEACH, 4 blocks to ocean, clean,
2BR/1BA, CH&A, ceiling fans, dishwash-
er, NO PETS. $760/mo. +$650/sec. dep.
Immediate occupancy. Ref's and credit
check required w/$25 application fee.
614 4th St. N. 254-7644.
NEPTUNE BEACH, 1 block to ocean,
2BR, sun porch, hardwood floors, CH/A,
WDHU. $950/mo. (904)398-0470.
NEPTUNE BCH 2BR/2BA, deck, garage,
includes water, $1250/mo, no dogs,
463-0222, 465-2653
NORTH JAX Beach, 1BR $615/mo., 2BR
$715/mo. 1 block to Ocean. Pool. No
pets. (904)249-5368.
BRAND NEW Townhome 3/2.5, 1 car gar.
11563 Summer Tree Rd., off St. Johns
Bluff: $1200/mo. 860-1690,
2BR TOWNHOUSE, 5 blocks from ocean.
$795/mo. Call John (904)813-9723.
SAWGRASS CC, Northgate, 2BR/2BA,
2100sf., 2 car garage. Fireplace. Water to
golf view. $1800/mo. Call Susan
SOUTH JAX Beach, 2BR/2.5BA, fenced
back yard, tile downstairs, $1150/mo.,

NEPTUNE BEACH, 1 block to ocean,
efficiency. Lease, deposit. $650/mo.
ATLANTIC BEACH small ocean front 1BR
garage apartment. 354-4491.
NEPTUNE BEACH, lower duplex. Walk to
ocean. Nice lare 2BR apartment. WDHU,
large shady deck. $950/mo. & $1250/mo.
No smokers/ pets. 307-2841.
ESPLANADE AT Town Center, 1/1, up-
per, garage parking, $950/mo. TDO Man-
agement. 246-1125.
2BR/1BA APARTMENT, 7th Ave. S.,
2 blocks to ocean $1000/mo. 241-0600.
JAX BEACHFRONT 2BR condo, no lease,
pet negotiable, $1295/mo. avail immed.
2BR, upper duplex. Island kitchen/ dining,
WDHU. No pets/ smokers. $700/mo, 307-
LARGE 1 bedroom. Excellent location. 2
blocks to ocean. Very clean. No Pets.
$675/mo. 642-1214 and 241-1219.

NEPTUNE BCH, near ocean. Nice mod-
em well taken care of 2BR Apt. All amen-
ites, $980/mo. Also 1 BR Apt $775/mo.
ATLANTIC BCH 3BR/2BA home, next to
Russell Park, 5-1/2 blocks to beach, steps
to tennis courts & skate park, double ga-
rage, security system, large front & back
yard, all tile. 562 Vikings Lane. $1395/mo.
1/1, CH/A, ceramic tile floors, very clean.
1/2 block to beach. $800/mo., lyr lease,
sec. dep. $800, credit check. 116 14th
Ave. S. 246-3878.
MOBILE HOMES. $525 to $575, on pri-
vate lots. Near Mayport Naval Station, no
dogs, 333-5579.
ATLANTIC BEACH, 2BR/2.5BA, garage,
WDHU, five blocks to Town Center &
beach, $1200/mo., (904)742-6423.
JAX BEACH, 1 and 2BR apartments near
ocean, CH&A, WDHU. No pets. $725/mo.-
$825/mo. +$400 deposit. 246-3130.

JAX BCH, 708 14th Ave. S., 3BR/ 2BA,
garage, fenced, refrig., stove, oven.
1400/mo. (904)536-4774.
ATLANTIC BEACH, 3/2 w/pool, privacy
fence. $1350/mo., 376 Seminole Rd., 613-
rage, fireplace, pool, yard service, yr.
lease, $1250/mo. 404-290-4919, just ren-
3BR/ 2BA, 2 car gar. 119 37th Ave. S.,
Jax Bch. $1900/mo. (904)536-8268
S. JAX BCH, 4 blocks from ocean,
3BR/1.5BA, CH&A, $1200/mo. Pets limit-
ed to 301bs. 411 S. 10th Ave. 514-4229.
Broker/ Owner.
ICW WEST, marsh front, two story, Cape
Cod brick, 3BR/2BA, deck, hot tub; gor-
geous views; immaculate. $1300/mo. Call
PONTE VEDRA, TPC Sawgrass, Bermll-
da Court, 2BR/2BA. Completely renovat-
ed, $1275/mo., 655-5990.
'ATRIUM-PVB, 3/2, 2car garage, large,
enclosed deck, new kitchen. Furnished/
unfurnished, flexible lease terms.
$1350/mo. Call 285-4772 after 6pm.,
4-BLOCKS TO Ocean. 1BR/1BA, all tile.
$699/mo.+ deposit. 405 Lower 8th Ave.
South. 534-2-120.
SOUTH JAX Beach. 3BR/1.5BA, 6 blocks
to ocean. $1300/mo. 710-5200.
ADORABLE, 3/2, newly renovated home
in Ponte Vedra. Wood floors, fenced yard,
quiet neighborhood. $1295/mo. Lawn
service incl Available 1/1/08. Avail fdo
showing now. Call 476-5071 for an appt.
$875/mo. +deposit, 220-5797.
NEPTUNE BEACH, 4/2, 4 blocks to
beach, close to Jarboe Park. No pets.
$1650/mo. 662-6522.
ICW KERNAN, 3/2, 2 car garage in River
Point. Excellent condition, immaculate,
$1075/mo. 1625 Crabapple Cove, 728-
N. JAX Beach, 3BR/1BA family room, 2
car garage newly remodeled, fenced yard,
great neighborhood. $1200/mo. +deposit.
3BR 2BA, Ig fenced yard in beautiful
Seabreeze. $1300/mo. 247-5334.
PONTE VEDRA/ Palm Valley, beautiful,
large, private, 4BR/3BA, plus bonus room,
2-car garage, w/many amenities.
$1600/mo. 860-1690.

vaulted ceiling, beautiful tile. Bright, open
floor plan. No dogs. $1600/mo. (discounts
avail.). Roommates considered. (404)325-
0820, (404)784-6601.
Palms, gated, 2BR/ 2BA new luxury cqndo
w/ garage. Vaulted ceilings, washer/ dryer,
pool & fitness. Only $1200/mo. (904)472-
PVB COZY gated 1BR, fireplace, pool, fit-
ness, appliances +W/D, $750/mo.,
OCEAN FRONT furnished 2/2, pool con-
sider lease option, 463-7343.
THE PALMS Light, airy, 2nd floor,
2BR/2BA, marsh view screened lanai, fire-
place, cathedral ceilings, W/D, resort
amenities. $950/mo. Available immed.,
Seascape 3/2 w/60' balcony, 7th floor
w/great view, W/D, newly remodeled. No
pets. $2000/mo. 386-5008.
2/2 CONDO, PV Bch, gated w/ amenities.
Call 294-6940.
PONTE VEDRA Summerhouse. New
2BR/2BA. 5 star amenities. Great location!
Bottom floor unit. $890/mo. +deposit. 838-
JARDIN DE Mer, 3BR/2BA, No pets. Ref-
erences required. $1300/mo. 710-3946.
JARDIN DE MER, 3BR/2BA, garage.
$1295/mo. Avail. now. 770-429-9331.
PONTE VEDRA, 2BR/2.5BA condo, FP,
new carpet, W/D, pool, etc. 1092 Sea-
hawk Dr. N. $900/mo. incl. water & sewer,
lyr lease. No pets, 221-6037.
OCEAN VIEW, brand new, 3/2, upgrad-
ded; consider lease option, ocean view
from most rooms. Owner/ Agent, 463-

JAX BEACH, 711 S. 3rd Street, small sin-
gle room office, apx. 12X20, front and
back units available. TDO Management,
LARGE 2 office suite ,v/reception area.
Great location w/high visibility. Call Curtis
at 333-4565 or Chris at 813-9566.
OFFICE SPACE, retail setting, Beach Pla-
za City Center. 242-9000 x222.
NEPTUNE BEACH, on Third St., great
signage, 700sf., negotiable, 993-4011.

OFFICE/ WAREHOUSE/ Retail Space for
lease, 2 locations, Mayport Rd. and Noca-
tee. Free rent. 514-1090.
COMMERCIAL LOT, 50'x125', zoned
industrial. 8th Ave. South, Jax Bch.
$1000/mo. 241-1880.
RETAIL/ OFFICE space for lease. May-
port Road. (904) 514-1090.

FREE CATS and Kittens to approved
homes. Call 242-0224.
PET SITTING: dog walking, cat care,
house sitting. Excellent references. Pre-
cious Paws of Ponte Vedra, 377-6043.

male, 1 female, $400. (904)247-4683.

reservations. Champion pedigree, show
quality. $2000- $4000 233-4545.
BALL PYTHON Snake, adult, beautiful
markings, feeds well, comes with black
stand up 4ft tall Eco-Terrarium, $150. 333-

THE PALMS, 1BR/1BA, near beach, W/D,-"-.
pool, fitness. $850/mo. (904)610-3608. SHIBA INU puppy male, ACA & HC. $300.
-. Call 642-9328.

3BR/1.5BA, IN Mayport. Newly remod-
eled. $900/mo. 334-5421.
TWO GREAT condos completely remod-
eled, over 1100sqft 2BR/2BA with private
patio, loft, fireplace, separate storage
room + laundry room: Lawn Service, pool
privileges, beautiful tle throughout, stain-
less appliances, $895/mo.,. (w/ garage
$950/mo,). Call 887-6033 or 571-6664 or
ATLANTIC BEACH Condo, secluded,
2500sf, quaint area, by golf course,
3BR/3BA. $1200/mo. +deposit.
HODGES/ JTB, 3BR/2BA, fireplace, wood
floors, very quiet. $1300/mo. East Coast
Realty 247-4724.
JAX BEACH Condo, 2BR/2BA, 1.5 blocks
to beach, recently renovated, $1300/mo.,
UNFURNISHED CONDO, immaculate first
floor, 2/2 condo, appliances one year old;
screened lanai. Many amenities,
$1000/mo. Call 285-4772 after 6pm.

BRAND NEW, 3BR/3.5BA, looking over
Intracoastal.. Reasonable rent for a quick
move. (904)955-1357.
J. B. newer 3/2, garage, fireplace, consid-
er lease option, 6 month plus, $1250/mo,
PVB BELLEZA, 2/2, granite, vaulted, new
tile, carpet. Five star amenities. $1000/mo.
ICW, 1BR/1BA condo, $790/mo. Available
now. Wood floors & stainless appliances.
W/D included. (904)537-4714.
1BR/1BA, AVAILABLE 12/20. $850/mo.
water included. South Jax Beach.
EAST OF A1A, Ponte Vedra, 3BR/2.5BA,
1800sf., screened patio. $1350/mo. or
sale $239,900. 651-1096.

Ready for Christmas Non-shedding, kid
friendly. $400. (904)993-2623.
starting at $275. (904)718-2884

HOMELESS PETS for adoption- Cats &
dogs. 246-3600.

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One week, 10/10/08-10/17/08, in a five
star resort, facing The Strip in Las Vegas.
2BR/2BA condo- sleeps six, 17th floor
suite. Located between MGM Grand &
Paris. A bargain at $1000 for the week.
Call 273-2772.

IF YOU are interested in advertising under
this category please call 904-249-9033 or
email: classified@beachesleader.com

'PONTE' 'VEDRA, -"'2/2 Ocea l" Grove,
$1050/mo. Top Sell Realty 270-0222.

JAX BCH, Walk to the pier, 608 6th Ave.
N., 3BR/2BA, Fenced, No Pets.
$1200/mo. +deposit, Available 12/17.
Call Bo 294-5781.

painted, carpeted, WDHU, fenced yard.
JAX BCH, 3/1, 2.5 car gar., fenced yard,
$1400/mo. 836 9th Ave. N. 318-0044.

WANTED TO RENT Oceanfront condo,
3BR/2-3BA. yearly lease, needs applian-
ces, W/D, pool, prefer gated. 219-1638.

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JAX BEACH, 2272 S. 2nd St. 2BR/2.5BA,
tri-level, 1 car garage, WDHU, 1.5 blocks
to ocean, Available Feb 2008, $1175/mo.
Call, 249-6585.
VILLAS @ Marsh Landing, large 1/1, la-
nai, gated, fitness, pool, hottub, fireplace,
Pergo floors, garage & water included.
$980/mo., 379-4288.

MOBILE HOME private lot, 2BR/2BA,
CH&A, WDHU, $675/mo: 273-0857

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SEEKING ROOMMATE, Bedroom w/pri-
vate bath, Beach & Kernan. $500/mo. in-
cludes utilities. 534-3732.

JAX BEACH, $550/mo. includes all ameni-
ties, cable & intemet, full privileges, 803-
ROOM IN 3BR/2BA. $500/mo +1/2 until.
Less than 1 mi. from beach. Dog OK
w/dep. Email: navcomp@hotmail.com

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Pursuant to FL ST 713.585, Auto Lien &
Recovery Experts w/Power of Attorney,
will sell the following vehicles to the high-
est bidder to satisfy lien. All auctions held
with reserve, as is where'is, Cash or Certi-
fied funds. Inspect 1 week prior at lienor
facility. Interested parties call 954-893-
Sale date 01-10-08 @ 10:00 am at Lie-
nors facility.
Auction will occur where each vehicle is
located under License AB0000538. Be ad-
vised that owner or lienholder has a right
to a hearing prior to the scheduled date of
sale by filing with Clerk of Courts. Owner/
Lienholder may recover vehicle without in-
stituting judicial proceedings by posting
bond as per FL Stat 559.917; Net pro-
ceeds in excess of lien amount will be de-
posited with the Clerk of Court.
#DUVE017 lien amt. $7324.15, 2004
GMC PK vin# 1GTEK14T54Z275956
FLN33081-0000 (954)893-0052.
BL 12/26/07

NEED A Math-Tutor? Ii ul:r up hriolugn
Algebra I Lvn Prodaeric.. -.2'8609
DRIvER: DON'T Just start your career.
Start it right! Company sponsored CDL
training in 3 weeks. Must be 21. Have
CDL? Tuition reimbursement! CRST.
nities. Earn up to $200,000 per year. Free
training. All traveling expenses paid. No
Felonies. No Experience OK. (866)271-
7779. www.bodyguardsunlimited.net.
AIRLINES ARE Hiring Train for high pay-
ing Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA ap-
proved program. Financial aid if qualified.
Job placement assistance. Call Aviation
Institute of Maintenance (888)349-5387.
ATTEND COLLEGE online from home.
Medical, business, paralegal, computers,
criminal justice. Job placement assis-
tance. Financial aid and computer provid-
ed if qualified. (866)858-2121

WE ARE seeking the right persons for our
infant room and our afternoon pre-school
class. Applicants must enjoy working and
playing with young children, be patient,
possess a sence of humor and have
strong work ethics. While a CDA and exp.
are preferred, they are not necessary, as
long as there is reliability, a willingness to
learn and a positive attitude. If this sounds
like you, then we'd like to meet you. EOE.
Across from Adventure Landing.
FranklynLearningCenter@ hotmail.com

Full-time in our Outpatient Clinic. In-
cludes all resident and employee health
care.. Applications available at Fleet Land-
ing Security Gate, One Fleet Landing
Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL; Fax to (904)246-
9447; email to: jobs@fleetlanding.com
EOE/ Drug-Free Workplace.

Lawn service seeks individual to perform
dependable quality work. Excellent pay &
overtime available. Crew Leaders wanted.
Perschel Brothers Services, Inc. 246-
Now hiring experienced painters. 568-
0990 962-2017.
F/T & P/T Cashiers, Assistant Head Cash-
Sier, Carry-out/ Sales Associates. Proctor
Ace Hardware, 870 A1A N., Ponte Vedra
F/T RECEPTIONIST needed for high vol-
ume Vet Clinic. Previous experience in
Vet Clinic preferred. Must possess excel-
lent Customer Service skills.. Competitive
salary, excellent benefits. Fax resume to
246-3064 or call 246-8577 for more info.
Beaches Animal Clinic, 937 Beach Blvd.
Jax Beach.
PALMS PRESCHOOL Assistant Teacher
needed for NAEYC accredited center.
Must be nurturing, energetic & someone
who truly enjoys children. Exp. preferred,
but willing to train the right person. Good
benefits & positive work environment.
EOE. 247-0983.
Leasing, Bookkeeping help wanted. (904)

Fast growing Cleaning Co. having continu-
ous growth. Bonuses, Incentives, Man-
agement opportunities. New home con-
struction, apt. move-out, window cleaning,
residential cleaning. Must have.own trans-
portation. Serious inquiries only. (904)241-
5177 leave message.
Line Cooks needed for high volume intra-
coastal waterway restaurant, top money
working w/great staff, as seen in February
issue of Southern Living Magazine.
National Newspaper Placement Services
(N2PS) is seeking an experienced sales
person to sell print and online advertising.
N2PS, a subsidiary of the Florida Press
Association, sells and services.print and
online advertising for newspapers. Dem-
onstrated success with previous media
sales and an undergraduate degree or
equivalent related experience required.
Online sales experience a plus. Email
your cover letter, resume and salary histo-
ry to: hr@n2ps.com. EOE, drug-free work-

Seeking responsible reliable individuals.
Must be bondable. Serious inquiries only.
Leave message at 716-8824.

BEACHES CAR Wash- full time help
needed, Wages negotiable+ tips. Benefits
Avail. Apply in person, 1401 Beach Blvd.

Security Manager position available at a
gated Continuing Care Retirement Com-
munity. Must have 5 years experience in
general.security and/ or law enforcement
with a strong managerial background. This
is a 'working securnly position wiln aOdi-
tional responsibilite for hiring. Irarinnq,
scneauling. e3aluaiing and supervising ire
acitiviles ol me security ohrcers on siat'
This is a full time position with excellent
benefits. Applications available at Fleet
Landing Security Gate, One Fleet Landing
Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL 32233. Fax to:
(904)246-9447. EOE/ Drug-free work-
Carpenters wanted; good pay & benefits,
beaches area work, 247-3777.
PLUMBERS & HELPERS needed, valid
DL, benefits & top pay. 246-8330.
ATTN: DRIVER Paid orientation and bo-
nus 36-43 cpm ($1000+ wkly). Excellent
benefits Class A and 3 mos. OTR re-
qquired (800)635-8669.

ERAGE CART. Marsh Landing Country
Club in Ponte Vedra Beach is currently
hiring full & part-time dining room servers
& banquet servers and beverage cart
staff. Excellent benefits offered to full
time employees including 401k, insurance,
vacation days, sick days. Apply in person
at the Marsh Landing Clubhouse Tues-
day- Saturday. Call 285-6514 for direc-

FULL-Time, at a Premier Retirement
Community. Excellent benefit package,
competitive wages, good working environ-
ment. Applications available at Fleet Land-
ing Security Gate, One Fleet Landing
Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL; Fax to (904)246-
9447; email to: jobs@fleetlanding.com
EOE/ Drug-Free Workplace.
Newspaper Placement Services (N2PS) is
seeking an experienced sales person with
managerial experience to lead the sales
team. N2PS, a subsidiary of the Florida
Press Association, sells and services print
and online advertising for newspapers.
Successful account management, proven
leadership skills required and an under-
graduate degree or equivalent related ex-
perience required. Email your cover letter,
resume and salary history to:
hr@n2ps.com. EOE, drug-free workplace.

Taxi Drivers needed to work Beach and
Intercoastal areas, at least 23 yrs. old,
good driving record. Call 249-0360.
OPTOMETRY, West Beaches, Front
desk, customer service, all office aspects.
Friendly personality, ability to multi-task,
bookkeeping, PC, medical office experi-
ence a plus. Fax resume to 221-6504.
Full-time in our Assisted Living Facility.
Experience required, excellent benefits.
Applications' available at Fleet Landing
Security Gate, One Fleet Landing Blvd.,
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233; Fax to
(904)246-9447; Website: fleetlanding.com.
email to: jobs@fleetlanding.com EOE/
Drug-Free Workplace.
CDL-A DRIVERS: Expanding Fleet offer-
ing regional/ OTR runs. Outstanding pay
package. Excellent benefits. Generous
sometime. Lease purchase on '07 Peter-
bilts. National Carriers (888)707-7729
FRONT OFFICE for busy dermatology
practice in Ponte Vedra. Must be comput-
er sawy and know insurance. F/T, exc.
benefits. Fax resume to 904-273-0410.
ALMOST FAMILY Home Companions
w are looking for Home Health Aides,
Homemakers and Sitters!I
We have an immediate need for compas-
sionate, reliable, professional people to
care for our valued clients in the Jackson-
ville, St. Augustine and surrounding areas.
Flexible scheduling and weekly pay!
Health Benefit Plans now available! EOE
Please Contact: Michelle Dabney,
Office: (904)346-3028
Fax: (904)332-1056
TAXI DRIVERS Wanted. Clean driving re-
cord required. Call April, 246-9999.
Full-time in our Assisted Livingat a pre-
mier retirement community. Excellent ben-
efits. Applications available at Fleet Land-
ing Security Gate, One Fleet Landing
Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL; Fax to (904)246-
9447; email to: jobs@fleetlanding.com
EOE/ Drug-Free Workplace.
OUR TOP driver made $71,087 in 2007!
How much did you earn? $.45 per mile?
Make more in 20081 Home most week-
ends! Heartland Express (800)441-4953
Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Ve-
dra Beach is currently hiring full-time ex-
periences line cooks and a part-time PM
dishwasher. Excellent benefits offered to
full time employees including 401k, insur-
ance, vacation days, sick days. Apply in
person, at the Marsh Landing Clubhouse
Tdesday''- Saturday: Call ,285-6514' for

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IF YOU are interested in advertising under'
this category please call 904-249-9033 or
email: classified @ beachesleader.com

ADVERTISERS IN this category are not
offering jobs. They are offering job-related
services and may charge fees. Readers
are advised to exercise caution before giv-
ing credit card information over the phone
without knowing what specific product or
service they will receive.

shop/ art gallery, must sell. Jonathan,

WARNING: WHILE this newspaper does
not knowingly accept business opportunity
ads which require you to pay a fee to get
information or that refer you to 976-or 900-
phone numbers which will result in sub-
stantial charges to your phone bill, the
newspaper cannot guarantee the validity
of offerings in this classification. If any ad-
vertiser requires you to incur phone serv-
ice charges or pay a fee to learn the na-
ture of the opportunity, please report it to
The Beaches Leader, 249-9033.
ALL CASH candy route Do you earn
$800/day? 30 Machines, Free candy All
for $9,995. (888)629-9968 BO2000033.
Call us: We will not be undersold!
TURN KEY Restaurant, fully equipped,
Southside area. 242-9000 x222.

CAREGIVER AVAIL. Mon-Fri during the.
day. Call Jan, 329-4622.
CERTIFIED CNA/ HHC, available for full
time, unlimited home care. Brenda,
IF YOU are interested in advertising under
this category please call 904-249-9033 or
email: classified@beachesleader.com '

$ $ $
Sat., 12/29. Large selection of holiday,
designer and brand names. Sizes jr. 0-
24W. JJ's Clothes Closet, 695 Atlantic
$ $ $
HERITAGE HILL furniture from Office
Depot.: 2 full-size, desks, 2 credenzas,
2 hutches, 2 bookcases, lateral file.
703-6703, 241-5229.
OAKWORKS CLASSIC Clinician Station-
ary Spa Table Great for salon or home
use. $800. (617)852-6586.
METAL ROOFING. Save $$$ buy direct
from manufacturer. 20 colors in stock with
all accessories. Quick turn around! Deliv-
ery available. (352)498-0778 Toll free
(888)393-0335 code 24. www.GulfCoast
TWIN BED, light wood headboard/ foot-
board w/trundle and twin mattresses. Ex-
cellent condition $250. King-size Stearns
& Foster mattress/ boxspring, like new
$400 OBO. Broyhill desk, pine $100.
42" SONY TV, $200; 32" Sharp TV, $100;
Edison Victrola, $350; old LPs, make of-
fer, 247-9542 or 246-6465.
dates 36" TV, $50 249-0622.
LEATHER COUCH, loveseat, chair w/otto-
man, coffee & end table, TV armoire, 32"
TV, stereo, Playstation 2. 285-9138 best
LEAVING FLORIDA, everything must go!
Household, furn., remodeling tools,
RATTAN COUCH $500, rattan/ wood wall
mirror $100, futon couch/ bed $100, porta-
ble Ipod speaker set $100, books, misc di-
amond & sapphire jewelry, kitchen & X-
mas items. Carol 904-372-4297.
HEIRLOOM, ONE of a kind furniture and
mantels made out of reclaimed, recycled
barn beams from the Midwest. 386-6010.
BLACK RUNNING boards, fits 1999 Che-
vy Tahoe 2DR, $50. Queen size head-
board, wicker, very cute, $30. 333-7550.
KENMORE WASHER & Dryer, $65/each;
Hotpoint refrigerator, $125; 641-9667,
9'10" LONGBOARD, Paul Strauch Model,
new cond. 246-1563.
SOFA, THREE sections, excellent condi-
tion; new $3000, sell for $500. 249-0622.
SURF BOARDS: RC Epoixy :9'2"; :$50;
Roger Wood 8'6", $250; Al Merrick, 7' Sa-
shimi, $350; double surf board bag, $45;
USMC golf bag, $125; Rawling golf clubs,
6', $35; children Schwinn bike, 16" tire,
$35; HP scanner, $25; HP all-in-one, $45;
six dining chairs (set), $175. 349-6601.

Locally owned & operated, hand crafted
furniture and accessories. Personalized
pet products.

HEART PINE, tongue & groove flooring
cut from antique Pine timbers. Installation,
stair material. FLORIDA HEARTWOOD
249-8310. Lic. ST-5903.

1 Word with
eye or whip
5 Boat
10 Store
14 Dog in
"The Thin
15 Boys'
16 Unconscious
17 Chow
18 Beans
19 Shop
window sign
20 Shopper's
22 Cute
24 Amazement
25 up;
26 Like clipped
29 Common
title: abbr.
30 Use an
34 Brinker
of fiction
35 So: Scot.
36 Waiting
37 Alternatives
38 Metal eyelet
40 Holiday

41 Verdi's
43 Fate
44 Mechanical
45 Pole
46 Kept out
of sight
47 Boxed
48 Nut
50 "The Boy
51 Spray
54 Prolonged
58 Title for
59 1 of the 3
61 "...and
giving _,
up the
62 Shopper's
63 Common
spots for
65 Consumes
66 Erie or'
67 From

WE BUY Scrap Gold for Cash! Estate and
old jewelry, Rolexes. 241-1889.
IF YOU are interested in advertising under
this'category please call 904-249-9033 or
email: classified@beachesleader.com

to Utah
1 Young
2 Mixed up
3 Word with
crazy or
4 Airport
5 Misrepresent
6 Deposed
7 Border
8 Forest
9 Written
10 Bawled out
11 Western
12 Indication
13 Pain
21 Bristlelike
23 Measure
a suit-
25 Russian
26 "Phooey!"
27 Marx
28 Beginning
29 Famous

31 Little
32 $100
33 on;
35 Last year's
36 Take a
38 Pastimes
39 Stylish
42 Tells
44 Life's
46 Skimpy
47 Mongrel
49 Seashore
50 Cup: Fr.
51 Competent
52 Assam
53 Sit a spell
54 Weapon
55 3/2 = one
56 Reagan &
once: abbr.
57 Review a
60 Yes, in

2004 FLEETWOOD Prowler, Travel Trail-
er,: 33ft'tandem axles, 2 slides, 2 doors,
large bath, 1 owner, very good condition,
$14k OBO, 285-3228, 838-4858.
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I BUY BUSINESSES. No Restaurant PONTIAC GRAND Prix SS, 2000, silver,
or Real Estate. Fast closings. $2000 as is negotiable; DVD stereo sys-
(904)402-5355. tem, 403-9474.

MOVING SALE, Thursday, Friday, Satur-
day. Everything goes. Rain or shine, all
inside 124 Hopkins Sat.

EVERYTHING MUST gol' 12/30 7an
111am. 160 Aruba Lane iThe Island i. Ri
1,? Pottery .",,,. sola Tr.' s. i iru

TIARA AZIMUT Bertram Maritimo, new
and used boats in stock. (904)894-8067.
IF YOU are interested in advertising under
this category please call 904-249-9033 or
email: classified @ beachesleader.com

ATV, HONDA 650, brand new; only 400
miles. Bright red, has winch. Call

.w/leather interior.' Fully loaded, On-Star
equipped. Very clean and runs great.
51,400 miles. $9500. (904)246-7919.
1996 FORD Bronco, red, 4WD, auto, V-8,
power windows/ locks, remote starter,
runs excellent, 95,000 miles. Only $3200,

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IF YOU are interested in advertising under
this category please call 904-249-9033 or
email: classified@beachesleader.com

DRIVER NEEDED for moving company.
Experience helpful. Have phone/ transpor-
tation. 285-2426.
WANTED PART time exp. cleaning per-
son for large busy household. 2 days a
week, 12-15hrs. Duties include, deep
cleaning, laundry, some organizing. Appli-
cant must have local refs, needs to work
quickly & efficiently. Starting salary nego-
tiable. No cleaning companies please.
(904)285-3283 or fax refs to: (904)285-
FREE ROOM in Jax Beach in exchange
for part time caregiving. 610-9047.
Staff at a holistic doctor's office. Re-
sponsibilities will include answering
phones, scheduling appointments and
marketing. Written and verbal communica-
tion skills and computer knowledge are re-
quired. Please fax resume and references'
to (904)246-3778. No phone calls please.
CUSTOMER CONTACT Rep, 12-16 hours
weekly. Late afternoons. Good phone &
computer skills. Fax resume: (904)220-
4111 or e-mail: Mgeorge'@allstate.com.

HELP WANTED classifications in this
newspaper are intended to announce gen-
uine current job openings. No fees may be
charged to the prospective employee. Ads
for self-employment or business opportu-
nities appear under the Business Opportu-
nities category. Ads which may require
payment of fees for employment informa-
tion, guidance or training may appear un-
der Job Service. Should any Help Wanted
advertiser ask for a fee or if the'advertiser
is offering a product or service rather than
a job opening, please notify The Beaches
Leader, 249-9033.
COUNTER HELP, afternoons & Saturdays
Ponte Vedra area. Call 285-5644.
LOOKING FOR Part-time promotion in
sales with a premiere health and wellness
company. Generous compensation plan.
Call Kelly,534-2937 for more info.

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PADGETT'S A/C & Heating, Inc. Family
owned and operated. When quality and
customer service are demanded call
588-5222 Financing available.
Free Estimates on replacements. License
CAC1814887. Credit cards accepted.

or Child Care, and more. PVB referen-
ces 534-3732.
AN AMAZINGLY Clean House by Natasha
is expanding. Excellent pnces and
detailed work. Lots of ref's. available
sured. Call Beth (904)472-7286.
HOLIDAY CLEANING, experienced, relia-
ble & references. Call Marsha 246-8077.
BEACHES CLEANING. Residential, Com-
mercial; Move-in/ Move-out and Construc-
tion Cleaning. Weekly, Bi-weekly or
Monthly services provided. Call for free
estimate. 718-5471.
closets. Also sewing, landscaping. Refer-
ences. 221-0801.

IF YOU are interested in advertising under
this category please call 904-249-9033 or
email: classified@beachesleader.com

WOOD Fence Installation. 35yrs Experi-
ence. Mick Outdoor Enterprises.
241-7276, 838-9599.

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BEACH BOYS seasoned firewood. Nice
split oak. Small truck $50. Pickup or Deliv-
ery. Penman Road next to Terry's Country
Store. Call 759-1612.

By stack or truckload or cordwood. 907
6th Ave. So.,-Jax Beach (for pickup),
285-6427 or 249-3478 (for delivery).

BEACH BOYS Firewood. Pickup or Deliv-
ery. Ranger Special $75. Call 759-1612.

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Small to medium moves/ any distance/ flat
rates. Garage clean-outs/ trash removal.

Safe roof cleaning. Spotless window
cleaning. Pressure washing. Licensed &
Insured. Call Kevin 994-0045.

IF YOU are interestedin advertising under free estimates, work guaranteed, licensed.
this category please call 904-249-9033 or 610-7768.
email: classified@beachesleader.com

applications, house calls, training, repairs,
upgrades, websites, graphics Free phone
tech. 904-249-3034 or email:
callrob @ comcast.net.

IF YOU are interested in advertising under
this category please call 904-249-9033 or
email: classified @ beachesleader.com

Pam 742-7769.
Specializing in "Complete Flowerbed
Cleaning and Lawn care, 246-4238

ENDLESS SUMMER Lawncare. Free esti-
mates. Professional customer service.
Mowing, edging, weeding, trimming- trees,
shrubs. Licensed & insured. Residential &
commercial. CALL US FIRSTI 270-2664.

lawns. Free estimates. 246-0967.
WINSOR LAWN Service, Inc. Competitive
rates. Call Alan. 237-5301.

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Meridian Fitness can make a

difference in lives, especially for teens

Both the U S Surgeon General's Office and the
B Center for Disease Control have issued statements on
the need for vigor'ou, ictivin forr youth and the health
benefits to adolescents of good nutrition and regular
S exercise But ..is Matt Thorton of Meridian Fitness in
Pont' \ledra points out, our youth are involved in
sedentary pursuits around their computers.
As the owner of Meridian Fitness at 5140 Palm
\alle\ Road, NMatt is dedicating a good part of his
career to help youth be happier and healthier. He
works with teen athletes, and has had significant suc-


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"It's not lust athletes, however," he says. "An\ kid
can improve their stamina and be happier by learning
new habits. If he or she is tired of feeling insecure and
inadequate, it's time to consider our program."
Matt has a program for young people, especially
those between 14 and 17, that can "change lives." The
Meridian workshop promotes 15 weeks of Monday-
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With equipment in a plate gym, games and personal, M
educated guidance, the young person will reap benefits.
"It's amazing how quickly this age group can realize
changes. Their bodies are vulnerable." Matt says, and that
means the\ can have weight problems and inactivity
problems that get out of hand. Bv the same token, Matt
can guide them to positive improvement in a shorter time
than many adults have experienced.
Matt's devotion to youth comes from a well balanced
background ot education and experience. A graduate of
Georgia Southern University, he played four years of foot-
ball there. He went on to play rugby on the U.S. Rugby
Team and two seasons of Arena Football. He has coached
in Georgia and Florida, and is certified through the
I S s ,;?3=1. k-.-..ifl.

Expert Meridian Trainer Matt Brueckner training a 16 year old
client who has lost over 301bs!
American Council on Exercise and the International
Fitness Association. He has been conditioning and train-
ing athletes for some time, and is happ\ to see the way it
".. can change their li\.s In this, his "forte", he has vol-'
unteered with kids since e was 17 years old.
Meridian Fitness in Ponte \edra has a lot to offer women
in this community as well. Amanda Pechaver, a nutrition
l .graduate of the Universit\ of North Florida, is carving out
her own special place at this state-of-the-art gym with her
work with women. She is the answer for women who
ae want to train and sculpt their bodies without bulking up.
th "She is creative with her workouts." Matt says, "helping
Si you to stay motivated and enjoy the process." The setting
:h at Meridian is not intimidating as so man\ big gyms can
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Chris Patterson, who has lost over 401bs in 5 month, throwing the
eavy ball with expert trainer and owner of Meridian Fitness
latthew Thornton.
work toward goals that are developed just for you.
"Amanda is very good with women. She helps you stay
lean and trim while improving your overall health."
Any age group can benefit.by making Meridian Fitness
the place to train and learn. Even those committed to
health and fitness need motivation from time to time.
Perhaps the group workshops for youth, and that includes
children from 7 years of age and up, will be the answer for
\our family in 2008. Parents and children can benefit
from Matt's program at Meridian, and it's always good for
young people to learn "by example."
As Matt's clients relate: "I lost 451bs. in five months with
the Meridian weight loss and fitness program...Thanks
Matt," Mark Goodman says. "I have never felt stronger.
leaner, or HEALTHIER!" says Jeff Rossier. "My trainer NMatt
Thornton and the staff at Meridian have helped me lose
more than 50 Ibs," Chris Patterson says. "I lost 10 pounds
in four weeks, dropped six inches, and decreased my body
fat by 10 percent with the help from my trainer Amanda!"
Alethea Goodman.
See for yourself by calling Matt or Amanda at NMeidi.in
at 280-2112, or Matt at 610-7403 and visiting the gym.
Hours are 6 a.m..to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and
7 a.m. to noon on Saturday.


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Robby Allen (above left)
and Rachel Holt are "The
Hippy Parents" in a
Landrum Middle School
drama production of the
same name. At left, Ann,
played by Kali Kaufman, is
conjuring up a way to
dump her romantic interest
Brad, played by Nathan
Allen. Below, Meda (center
front), played by
Mackenzie LaPorte, is sur-
rounded by the crew from
the Enterprise in the one-
act play "Andromeda's
Galaxy." These teens and
other Drama III students
from Landrum will perform
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