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Volume 11, Issue 5

Visit our online edition at www.thecreekline.com

May 2011

Lenten service project raises awareness Field of Dreams enjoys

SJDR youth group lives in "Box City" inaugural day
By Karl Kennell

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"Box City" at San Juan Rio
For weeks empty appliance
boxes piled up on the stage of
the San Juan Del Rio parish hall.
Parishioners were questioning what
was up with this unsightly mess.
Then on the weekend of April 9
and 10, the boxes transformed into
a homeless campsite just outside
of the church. The campsite was
the work of 18 high school youths
from the church youth group. "Box
City" as it was called was the result
of the youth group learning about
and gaining awareness of the plight
of the homeless part of their

Lenten service project.
Youth Group Director Wendy
Ryno explained the project was
tailored to raise awareness about
how we can serve those around us
through the Corporal Works of
Mercy. The youths were broken-up
into seven groups, each research-
ing one of the Corporal Works of
Mercy to gain information along
with ideas of how to serve others
through that work of mercy.
Accompanied by four adult
chaperones the group camped

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out in "Box City." They slept in
the appliance boxes and only ate
food that was donated to them.
Parishioners did drop off snacks.
The RCIA group provided a simple
lunch as would be received at a
homeless shelter.
Youth group members Brit-
tany Turner and Tabitha Tuckman
researched the work of mercy,
"Bury the Dead." Emily Upchurch
learned all about Visit the Sick.
The work "Clothe the Naked"
was the task of Nick Fiore, Hunter
LeBlanc and Lucas Blanco. "Visit
the Imprisoned" became the work
of Marina Coehlo, Katie Rorer,
Juliana Ortiz, Frank Cirillo and
Gabe Kaszantis. Coehlo and Rorer
also took upon themselves "Give
Drink to the Thirsty." Joseph
Fitzgerald, Corey McDonald and
Alex Turnage learned from their ex-
perience in "Box City" just what it
means to "Shelter the Homeless."
Katie Lightbody, Ashley Cook and
Rachel Obi worked upon the task
to "Feed the Hungry."
The parishioners learned
finally that weekend what all the
mess was about. After each Mass
they toured "Box City" and learned
"Box City" continued on page 38

Marlins vs. Reds
If you build it they will come.
For nearly three years this was
the rallying cry of a core group of
volunteers in Northwest St Johns
County. It was built and they
came... in droves.
On Saturday, April 23, 32
special needs children, dozens
of volunteers, "buddies" and
spectators came to the opening
day of Field of Dreams baseball,
a specially designed turf field
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is made up of
four teams of
children with
varying degrees
of special needs
playing under
the Creeks
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served as "buddies" to the teams
throughout the day. As bud-
dies, the girls were responsible
for insuring that the players hit,
ran and fielded during the game.
George Vancore, a longtime Little
League official, served as the um-
pire in chief for the game.
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radio served as Master of Ceremo-
nies for the day. He announced
the lineups and did play by play
Field of Dreams cont. on page 4

What's Inside
Page 3 What's New
Page 4 From the Commissioner
Page 5 School District Journal
Page 6 The Sheriff Reports
Page 7 Taxing Issues
Page 9 TBI prevention tip
Page 10 Know the Law
Page 11 Mother's Day essay
contest winners!
Page 13 CR 210 diabetes walk
Page 16 Movie Review
Page 17 Miss CHS 2012
Page 20 Summer Camp Guide
Page 23 BTHS chorus
Page 27 SPMS math scholars
Page 28 HAWKE fundraiser
Page 29 Faith News
Page 31 Fashion Update
Page 33 Coach Sutherland FCA
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Community Happenings

Get Lucky! A benefit for 6:00 p.r
Bartram Bears Athletic Boosters will be
will be held on Saturday, May 14 going tc
from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the weigh
St. Johns Golf and Country Club, High Sc
located on County Road 210. The schedule
event will include a reverse draw ment an
and live auction. Cash prizes will through
be awarded; see full rules on the ditional
website www.bartramathleticboost- www.cr
ers.com. Heavy hors d'oeuvres
will be served and a cash bar will "C
be serving wine, beer and mixed ter need
drinks, with DJ entertainment gram fo
provided while we draw the win- Native ]
ning tickets! Admission is $25 Oats ch
per person and $50 per ticket to May 17
enter the drawing. For additional City Ha
information, please contact Cathy South. E
Thomson at CathyThomson@ coordin
comcast.net or 237-2440. Water M
share th
Adults and teens age 14 and ing sust:
older are invited to attend the vation.'
Project Lap Blanket crochet group to the p
at the Bartram Trail Branch Library native p
on Thursday, May 19, Monday, tion, plh
May 23 and Tuesday, May 31 from call 692
6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The
group will crochet or knit blankets The
for cancer patients at area hospi- Cove (fi
tals. All skill levels are welcome. 32259 z
Can't come to any of the meetings? kids to j
Pick up the crochet pattern at the ties, pla
Reference Desk in the library and family e
crochet the blanket in your spare Please v
time. Drop off completed blankets fruitcov
and any yarn you'd like to donate to fruitc
during regular library hours. For more in
additional information, please call
the Reference Desk at 827-6960. Ma
urday, I
The first annual "Running Camp S
Of The Knights" will be held at by St. A

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n. on Saturday, May 21. It
a 5K race with all proceeds
)ward improvements to
ght room at Creekside
school. A "Fun Run" is also
ed for 5:00 p.m. Entertain-
id food will be available all
hout the event. For ad-
information, please visit

conservation and future wa-
ds for Floridians" is the pro-
r the meeting of the Florida
Plant Society. The local Sea
apter meets at 7:00 p.m. on
at the St. Augustine Beach
all, located at 2200 A1A
Daniel Hayes, education
ator for the St. Johns River
management District, will
e whys and hows of creat-
ainability through conser-
This program is free, open
public and includes prizes of
lants. For more informa-
ease visit www.fnps.org or

e MOMS Club of Fruit
or families within the
zip code) invites moms and
join us for weekly activi-
y groups, Moms' night out,
vents and much more!
isit www.momsclubof-
e.com or send an e-mail
covemoms@yahoo.com for

rk your calendars for Sat-
May 21 to participate in a
Skills Encampment, hosted
ugustine Cadette Troop
[ Ambassador Scout Troop
earn their Silver and Gold
wards. The event will take
om 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
1 rotations are complete)
t. Francis in the Field
's "Daybreak Grounds,"
at 895 Palm Valley Road,
y Road 210 West). Please
vantage of this excellent op-
ty to learn how to camp or
sh up on your rusty skills.
this encampment, you will
out tent and camp set up,

knot tying, camp fire skills and
safety, basic first aid and disaster
preparedness, orienteering and
hiking, camp cooking methods,
environmental crafts and skits and
songs. The cost is only $5 per per-
son which includes food, drinks, a
camping skills book to take home
with you and tons of fun. Please
contact Camp Coordinator Carol
Link at link4@comcast.net or 940-
9088 to register.

The Northwest St. Johns
County Community Coalition
(NWSJCCC) will meet on Thurs-
day, May 26 beginning at 6:30
p.m. at the Bartram Trail Branch
Library, located at 60 Davis Pond
Boulevard near the entrance to
Julington Creek Plantation. All are
welcome to attend these important,
informative meetings. For addi-
tional information, please contact
Phyllis Abbatiello at 703-9142.

Plant Clinic at the Bartram
Trail Library! St. Johns County
Master gardeners will be on hand
to answer your plant and lawn
questions on Thursday, May 19
from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at
the Bartram Trial Library located
at 60 Davis Pond at the entrance
to Julington Creek Plantation. We
will accept small soil samples from
your vegetable, lawn or shrub areas
for free pH testing.

The United States Coast
Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-7
meets the first Thursday of every
month 7:30 p.m. at the St. Au-
gustine Yacht Club near the St.
Augustine Lighthouse. The flotilla
is always looking for new members,
particularly those who own aircraft,
boats and have radio equipment
and skills. If you are interested,




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please contact Vic Aquino at 460-

La Leche League provides
information and encouragement to
all mothers who are breastfeeding
or want to breastfeed their babies.
We offer mother-to-mother sup-
port, encouragement, information
and education to breastfeeding
and expectant mothers at several
meetings each month. Pregnant
women, mothers and babies are
always welcome! The Jacksonville
group meets the first Wednesday of
each month at 7:00 p.m. Please call
a leader for directions to the meet-
ing location: Elisabeth, 534-6999;
Laura, 994-1896; or Pat, 371-
2730. For additional information
or help, please go to our website at
www.lllflorida.com. All meetings
are free.

Please mark your calendar for
Saturday, June 25 to participate
in a Texas Hold'em fundraiser
tournament to benefit the Ameri-
can Cancer Society's Bartram Trail
Relay for Life. The cost will be
$45 for a player ticket, which will
include 2000 chips, donation to
Relay for Life and food. The cost
of the bystander ticket will be $20
and will include donation to Relay
for Life and food. There will be a
50/50 drawing and re-buys of $20
up to the break (fourth round of
blinds) for 2000 chips. There will
only be 80 player seats available.
The last tournament raised $1,100
and we had 45 players. Let's make
this one better than the last! For
additional information or to sign
up, please contact Becky Kimball
at 254-7325.

The MOMS Club of St. Au-
gustine North invites moms and
their children living in the 32092
or 32095 zip codes including the
County Road 210 corridor to see
what all the excitement is about!
We meet once a month to plan
our activities for the month ahead
and our meetings and activities
are during the day, when at-home
mothers need support most. Of

course, children are welcome at
all of our meetings and activities.
Activities are scheduled for almost
every weekday of the month and
moms may attend as few or as
many activities as they like. Some
of the activities we have planned
are trips to the zoo, beach and pool
days, story time at the library and
playgroups at members' homes
and local parks. If you have any
questions or would like to get more
information to join, please e-mail
Holly at sanmoms@gmail.com or
check out our website at website at

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sen-
sibly) FL#493, St. Augustine has
a weekly meeting at 9:00 a.m. on
Wednesday at the Old Colee Cove
Volunteer Fire Station, located
at 9105 County Road 13 North
(south of Buddy Boys Grocery
Store). Weigh in starts at 8:30 a.m.
We are a National Weight Loss
Organization, fees are low and we
have lots of fun, contests and in-
spiring programs. All are welcome;
come and join us! For more infor-
mation, please contact Sara Weaver
at 940-7528 or Bobbi Culbreth at

Applications are being accept-
ed for the 2011 St. Johns County
Master Gardener class. The Master
Gardener program recruits volun-
teers for horticultural activities of
the Extension Service. In exchange
for 50 hours of intensive horticul-
tural education provided by the
University of Florida, the volunteer
commits to donating 75 hours of
volunteer time to Extension Service
projects. Examples of volunteer
projects are arboretum care, dem-
onstration vegetable garden, phone
desk, plant clinics and educational
outreach, to name a few. If you are
interested in the program, please
call 209-0430 for an application.
The deadline for applications is
July 1, 2011.

The First Coast Koi Club is
hosting its annual pond tour this
What's New continued on page 4

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With summer jus
corner, it's time to exp
County. We are know
and internationally as
to relax, play and vaca
your interest is history
concerts, festivals or y
simple stroll on a quite
have something for ev
For information
parks, visit the county
(www.sjcfl.us) and chc
Recreation Departmer
sneak preview of what
the county operates a
Solomon Calhoun Ce
Augustine and manag
beaches. Many of our
beautiful trails, water
boat/canoe and kayak
Summer sports season
people of all ages out
throughout the count
There's more...y
skate parks, dog parks
ball and tennis courts
popular in the cool ev
of the long days of sur
is even a wonderful sp
beach volleyball court
the St. Johns County
Augustine Beach, a po
fisherman and sightsee
pier you will find grea
and places to picnic at
tractions like the Allig
St. Augustine Light H
rent sail boards, surf b
and bikes. Nearby An
Park is a great place to
County libraries
places in the summer.
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more. Check them ou
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By Contributing Writer Cyndi Stevenson,
County Commissioner, District 1

ay! selecting the Library Department
link at www.sjcfl.us. Find what you
st around the need? Reserve it or have it trans-
?lore St. Johns ferred to your neighborhood library
n nationally or bookmobile stop. If you don't
a great place have a St. Johns County Library
ition. Whether card in your wallet or on your key
Y, sports, chain, you are missing out on the
ou cherish a smartest card in town.
-t beach, we Choose the Tourist Develop-
eryone! ment Department link then look at
about our the right hand side of the page for a
r website treasure trove of things to do under
oose Parks and Related Links. There you will find
nt. Here's a an events calendar and a great link
t you will find: for planning a wonderful family
pool at the vacation, romantic weekend or golf
enter in West getaway! Be sure to visit FloridasH-
es 41 miles of istoricCoast.com. It also has fun
parks offer video clips about things to do in St.
front views, Johns County.
launches. We live in one of the most
i will bring beautiful places in Florida. I hope
to ball fields you will get a chance to enjoy the
y. sports, history and natural beauty
ou will find that St. Johns County is known for
even basket- this summer. Patronize your local
. The latter are businesses when you can; it is a
ening hours great way to keep money flowing in
mmer. There our local economy and they in turn
lash park and give back so much to our commu-
s located near nity.
Pier in St. For you wonderful readers
)pular spot for who patiently read these articles,
ers. Near the I am closing with bonus informa-
it restaurants tion items: 1) advance notice of the
nd great at- County Budget Meetings and 2) a
;ator Farm and list of attractions with free admis-
[ouse. You can sion for St. Johns County residents.
boards, kayaks Have fun and be safe and
astasia State thanks for reading The CreekLine
enjoy them. and this article! Thank you for the
are always cool privilege of representing you. Feel
Your librar- free to contact me at Bccdl@sjcfl.us
)grams and or via phone at 669-2188.
movies and
t! Your library St. Johns County Budget
ngertips by Meetings:

A sound government requires
the input of an informed electorate.
For your convenience, we are plan-
ning the meetings throughout the
county on various dates, please plan
to attend one of these meetings. If
you wish to have a County budget
brought to your religious, com-
munity or civic organization, please
feel free to contact me. I will also be
holding office hours to discuss the
budget, financial position and cost
cutting measures that have been
undertaken and that we continue to
We have set dates for the 2011
Administrator's Town Hall Meet-
ings. More information is available
at www.sjcfl.us.
* Wednesday, June 1, 6:30 p.m. -
St. Johns County Convention
Center at World Golf Village (in
the Renaissance)
* Thursday, June 2, 3:00 p.m. -
St. Augustine Beach City Hall
* Monday, June 6, 6:30 p.m. -
Southeast Branch Library
* Thursday, June 9, 6:30 p.m. -
Hastings Town Hall
* Thursday, June 16, 6:30 p.m. -
Bartram Trail Branch Library
* Wednesday, June 22, 6:30 p.m.
- Ponte Vedra Beach Branch
* Monday, June 27, 6:30 p.m. -
Main Library in St. Augustine

Free Admission for St. Johns
County Residents: By presenting
your ID at the following Museums
and Attractions:
Lightner Museum
Fountain of Youth
Ximenez-Fatio House
Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse
Spanish Military Hospital Mu-
The daily tours and wine tast-
ings at the San Sebastian Winery are
free to everyone. Also, admission
is free to everyone at the Authentic
Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas
National Monument, St. Photos
Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the
Father Miguel O'Reilly Museum
and the Mission Nombre de Dios

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What's New cont. from page 3
year on Saturday and Sunday June
4 and 5. This year's event features
over a dozen koi ponds and water
gardens. Each pond is unique and
ultimately reflects each owner's
taste in how they wish to relax
in their backyard paradise. Some
emphasize koi and their love of the
koi keeping hobby while others

reflect gardening and landscaping
with everything from full sun to
shade loving gardens, to tropical,
Japanese and eclectic. The cost is
$5 for adults and children under
12 are free. Come out and get new
ideas to develop your personal
backyard paradise. For information
check the website www.firstcoast-
koiclub.com or call 236-2076.

Field of Dreams cont. from pg. 1

for the games. Refreshments were
served complimentary by Target.
Keith Martin, founding
member of Field of Dreams was
on hand.
"Our objective since early
2009 was to raise enough money
to build a field where our county's
special needs kids could have the
opportunity to play team sports
just like their sisters, brothers and
neighbors have," Martin com-
mented. "Today that objective
became a reality."
"It really was a great day for
our community." said Chuck
Forcier, CAA president. "To see
the joy on these children's faces
when they put on a uniform and
played baseball was an incredible
feeling for everyone involved in
the day."
Field of Dreams was built
entirely from private funds raised
by a core group of volunteers,
including Martin, Forcier, Mike
Grubbs and Troy Blevins, St.
Johns County Parks and Recre-
ation director. The league was
organized and is run by some
long time volunteers in the area
including Dave Levy, president of
Field of Dreams; Earl Newman,
Kevin Thomas, George Vancore,
Aimee Burgess, Michael Cape,
Wayne Whitehead, Jeannie Bas-
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District Journal

By Contributing Writer Beverly Slough,
Chariman, St. Johns County School Board

FCAT is over and we are
moving rapidly to graduation and
prom. This time of year is always
filled with excitement, but it is also
filled with danger as our young
people make choices that cause
ruin in their lives. Graduation and
prom often are accompanied by
drinking and driving. Contrary
to prevailing opinion, drinking
alcohol at this age is not a rite of
passage that is safe if the underage
drinker does not drive. The ado-
lescent brain is not fully developed
until age 25 and the portion of the
brain that controls reasoning and
impulse is the last to develop, so
alcohol has a much greater effect
on young people.
To help you help your teen
make safer and healthier decisions,
a free, on-line course for parents,
"AlcoholEdu for High School
Parents" has been developed. It is a
20 minute course created specifi-
cally for parents, giving informa-
tion about teens and alcohol. It
also helps parents develop the skill
set they need to have conversations
with their teens when it comes
to alcohol and underage drink-
ing. Access is free and easy. The
web address is highschoolparents.
alcoholedu.com, new user name
is inspire, then click sign up. The
program uses videos, interactive
exercises and only takes approxi-
mately 20 minutes to complete.
Please help keep your teen safe by
taking the time to educate yourself!
The program is brought to our
community by the PACT Preven-

tion Coalition.
At this writing, the Legislature
is still in session and we do not
yet know how our schools will be
funded for next year. While both
the House and Senate show an ap-
proximate cut of $400 per student,
the governor has said he will veto
any budget that does not include
reductions to property tax, which
he asked be taken from the re-
quired local effort portion of your
taxes that must be levied if we are
to receive state funding. The reduc-
tion would be in addition to the
$400 per student. This is especially
significant because the governor
had originally proposed to fill the
gap by requiring employees to pay
a portion of their retirement, re-
ducing the districts' contributions
and saving money. Since that time,
both houses of the Legislature have
used that revenue to plug other
budget holes.
It remains to be seen ex-
actly how much the actual cut to
education will be. However, St.
Johns County School District has
prepared for this rainy day and
we have money in reserve to cover
the shortfall, at least for this year.
We do not plan to lay off teachers,
eliminate sports, cut programs or
any other draconian measure to
reduce spending. I must commend
Conley Weiss, our chief financial
officer, who saw the economic
downturn coming and encouraged
the School Board and superin-
tendent to being to prepare three
years ago. Since that time, we have

eliminated 300 non-teaching posi-
tions, adopted an energy savings
program that has resulted in $10
million in cost avoidance, opened
three health clinics that reduced
costs to our employees and saved
our insurance plan over $1 mil-
lion and generally tightened our
belts wherever we could. We are
prepared to weather the storm for
the short run. If deeper cuts than
anticipated continue to come, our
reserves will be depleted more rap-
idly than we wish, which will cause
major changes. For now, we are
ready and will continue to provide
our students with opportunities
that make their education rich and
Our business community and
our volunteers continue to provide
outstanding support, helping us to
weather these trying times. I am so
very grateful to each one and en-
courage others to get involved with
our local schools. We always need
people to mentor, tutor, read to
our children, provide extra hands
in the cafeteria or help teachers
and office staff with clerical work.
There is no age limit and applying
is easy. Call or visit a local school to
see how you can help our children
be successful!

St. Augustine Humane Society
is offering a feral cat trap and
return, spay and neuter program.
The local non-profit maintains a
public trap depot that can be ac-
cessed by individuals who wish to
humanely control the local feral cat
population. The feral cat caregiver
may borrow the traps to catch feral
cats for trap and return purposes
only. The Humane Society's shuttle
system will transport the ferals for
spay and neuter surgeries at the
organization's partner clinic, First
Coast No More Homeless Pets in
Jacksonville. The humane feral cat
traps are available for $50 per trap
with a refundable cash deposit.
The transport and surgery
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controlled cat shuttle which leaves
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By C. , ,,i ',,, I Writer David B. Shoar,
St Johns County Sheriff

Proms, parties and alcohol

We are fortunate in St. Johns
County to have a wonderful popu-
lation of young people. You often
read of their many accomplish-
ments in this publication. As we
approach prom season and gradu-
ation I urge parents and all citizens
to join with the law enforcement
community to do everything we
can to help keep our celebrating
students safe.
One major concern is un-
derage alcohol use and abuse. In
recent years we have seen some
promising young people from our
high schools killed in crashes where
alcohol consumed at parties was a
contributing factor. The 2008 Flor-
ida Young Substance Abuse survey
of St. Johns County found 68.5
percent of high school students had
used alcohol in their lifetime. More
than 43 percent had consumed
alcohol in the past month of the
survey and 24.8 percent reported
binge drinking (five or more drinks
for males and 4 or more drinks
for females for the sole purpose of
getting drunk) in the past 30 days.
According to the National High-

way Traffic Safety Administration
the leading cause of death for 15
to 20 year olds is a car crash and
23 percent of teen drivers in fatal
crashes had a blood alcohol content
in excess of .08, the legal limit for
drunk driving.
Another federal study found
that of the nearly 70 percent of
high school students who have
consumed alcohol in the past
30 days, 49 percent purchased it
illegally, 30 percent got it from
an unrelated person of drinking
age and 21 percent were provided
alcohol by their parents or another
adult family member. In an effort
to reduce these alarming numbers
we have joined with the St. Johns
Country School Board and the
PACT Coalition (Prevent-Act-
Change-Together) to create "The
Party's Over" educational aware-
ness and enforcement campaign.
Additional information is available
on our website at www.sjso.org.
We all should be concerned
about the potential risky behavior
of young people associated with
proms, graduation parties and

school year end celebrations. Here
are six suggestions for parents to
help ensure that their sons and
daughters arrive home safely after
attending such events.
1. Have a very specific conversa-
tion with your teen about alco-
hol consumption, driving under
the influence and resisting peer
pressure that often leads to poor
judgment before, during and
after proms and parties.
2. Find out who will be driv-
ing, their address and phone
number and a list of names and
phone numbers for each teen
3. Get a planned itinerary and
stress that no changes to it be
made without approval.
4. Talk with your teen specifically
about how he or she will handle
difficult situations such as be-
ing offered alcohol or drugs or
turning down a ride with an
intoxicated driver.
5. Make sure your teen has a cell
phone or some other means of
contacting you throughout the
entire evening and perhaps even
set up specific check in times.
6. Program the number of a reli-
able cab company into their
cell phone. They may more
comfortable calling for a cab in
front of their peers than calling
home for a ride.
It is my hope that our high
school juniors and seniors in St.
Johns Country will use good judg-
ment and safely enjoy their proms
and graduation parties. We at the
sheriff's office will do all we can to
make sure the roadways they travel
are safe.
I hope this information assists
you and your family and please
pass it onto friends and relatives in
an effort to underage drinking, of
course please feel free to contact
me anytime via email at
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Entering the University of
Central Florida's semi-annual Lou
Frey Institute Symposium, you
can't help but feel the excitement
and curiosity of the over 600 high
school students in attendance.
The LFI has had over a dozen
symposiums ranging from the en-
vironment to the Middle East and
the Symposium held this April
was no exception. World class
speakers from across the country
and beyond attended to educate
the attendees on the relationship
of the United States and the rising
power of the Peoples Republic of
The symposium opened
with the Honorable Lou Frey as
the students listened attentively
to the lecture that was soon to
begin. Beginning the Sympo-
sium, Mr. Liu Xiang, a member
of the People's Republic of China
Embassy, firmly stated that the
relationship between the two larg-
est countries in the world would
be "consequential" in the upcom-
ing decades. Delving into the
cultural gap between the super-
powers, Xiang and Dan Wright
explained the major issue is the
misunderstandings of each other's
cultures. Many Americans know
very little of Chinese culture
and history even though it is our
senior by nearly 1,000 years, but
the same can be said of Chinese
citizens. Identifying this problem
has enabled the American and
Chinese government to take steps
to discourage a wider gap between
the two cultures by looking to its
As the leaders of tomorrow
we, the students, will be the deter-
mining factor of the growing rela-
tionship between the two growing
powers. As a result, both countries
have invested themselves in the
100,000 Strong Initiative, where
American college students will be
encouraged to attend school in
China in an attempt to equal the
amount of Chinese students in
American colleges, which is nearly
six times more. This govern-
ment program is backed by each
government with the Chinese pro-
viding nearly 10,000 scholarships
for those in the program, but
these students will get more than

a free education; they will get the
experience of the Chinese culture
and decrease the misconceptions
between the countries cultures.
The symposium then turned
towards a more economic and
political view of our relationship
with prevalent speakers such as
Director of the Center for Naval
Analyses Dr. David Finkelstein
and Minister Counsel Zhang
Shaogang from the Chinese Em-
bassy. Dr. Finkelstein laid out the
rough and treacherous relation-
ship between the two countries
over the past century and it would
seem a future relationship would
be impossible but he is "optimis-
tic" for a better future. For the
past few decades, disagreement
over political ideologies and
military issues has made relations
between the two superpowers
little to non-existent, but recently
the two governments have united
against a common enemy: terror-
ism. There are many issues still to
be worked out; however, the most
prevalent would be the future of
Taiwan and the roles that China
and the United States play in its
future. Economically, it seems,
a close relationship with China
would not be a zero-sum situation
that some claim, but a win for
everyone. Increased jobs, a more
open market, and more invest-
ment would help both countries
in time and enable both to grow
and avoid future conflicts.
As Florida students from
all over the state listened to the
speakers the reality of the sym-
posium became clear: denial of a
future relationship between the
United States and China would be
ignorant. Social and political dis-
agreements do undoubtedly exist
there are, however, many benefits
with a growing China and these
problems can be easily overcome
not only by time but through
education and tolerance. It is no
secret that these two countries
have immense differences, but it is
up to the very youth that attended
and listened to the speakers of the
symposium to be able to close the
gap between the two nations in
the future.

Bartram Trail students attend
symposium on China
By Contributing Writer Ashley Friesen, BTHS Student

SJC Town Hall Meetings
with County Administrator Michael Wanchick
* Wednesday, June 1, 6:30 pm - SJC Convention Center at
World Golf Village (in the Renaissance)
" Thursday, June 2, 3:00 pm - St. Augustine Beach City Hall
" Monday, June 6, 6:30 pm - Southeast Branch Library
" Thursday, June 9, 6:30 pm - Hastings Town Hall
+ Thursday, June 16, 6:30 pm - Bartram Trail Branch Library
" Wednesday, June 22 - 6:30 pm - Ponte Vedra Beach Library
" Monday, June 27 - 6:30 pm - Main Library in St. Augustine
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Taxing Issues

By Contributing Writer Dennis W. Hollingsworth,
CFC, St. Johns County Tax Collector

As of April 4, your St. Johns
County Tax Collector's office
achieved a 91 percent collec-
tion rate with revenue totaling
$307,200,954.12, slightly ahead
of the collection of 2009 taxes this
time last year. Bills for the 2010
tax year were due March 31. Just 9
percent or $18,247,887.88 of the
total tax roll of $336,708,014.43
remains uncollected as of April
4. Of that total, less than 1
percent is in litigation or bank-
ruptcy. Bankruptcies account for
$1,546,048.03, while litigations
total $24,509.09.
Collection of tangible taxes
also is strong. The tangible tax
roll for 2010 is $12,498,811.38,
of which $594,542 or 4.7 percent
remains outstanding. At this same
time last year, the tangible tax
roll was $12,880,982, of which
$908,531 or 7 percent was uncol-

also the strength of the economy in
St. Johns County," said St. Johns
County Tax Collector Dennis W.
Hollingsworth, CFC.
The delinquent tax list will be
available online at www.sjctax.us in
May, in preparation for the annual
tax certificate sale.
The annual Tax Certificate
Seminar will be held in the County
Auditorium, located at 500 San
Sebastian View, at 7:00 p.m. on
Thursday, May 12. This seminar is
free and open to anyone interested
in learning about the Tax Certifi-
cate Sale process. Bidder registra-
tion will begin May 10.
The Tax Certificate Sale will
be conducted on the internet at
www.stjohnstaxsale.com begin-
ning at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday,
June 1. The St. Johns County Tax
Collector's Office actively works
with investors in the sale of tax
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The CreekLine is "We are pleased to have collec- overall collection rate of 98 percent
tion rates maintained at this level, or higher.
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Send usyour Julington Creek Plantation
community news! CDD report
CDD report
editor@thecreekline.com By Contributing Writer Sam Lansdale, Supervisor, Julington Creek Planta-
Stion Community Development District

FCAT Writing scores increase

St. Johns County students
continue to improve and score
above the state average on the
Florida Comprehensive Assess-
ment Test (FCAT) Writing. Tenth
grade students were first in the
state, up from fourth place last
year. Eighth grade students moved
up from tied for seventh to tied
for sixth place. Fourth grade
students moved from second to
tied for fifteenth place but still
increased their average score by
nine percentage points.
At every grade level St. Johns
County students surpassed the
state average on the percentage of
students whose performance was
rated as proficient. This year the
state raised the proficiency level on
FCAT Writing from 3.5 to 4.0.
The percentage of St. Johns
County tenth graders who scored
at 4.0 or above was 84 percent
compared to the state average of
75 percent, a six percent increase
over last year. The percentage
of proficient eighth grade scores
was 89 percent compared to 82
percent for the state, an eight
percent increase over last year. The
percentage of fourth graders scor-
ing on grade level was 84 percent
compared to the state average of
81 percent, a nine percent increase
over last year.
District students also exceed-
ed the state mean level or average
score. The district's tenth grade

students had an average score of
4.3 compared to 4.0 for the state.
Eighth grade students scored 4.4,
compared to the state average 4.2,
and fourth graders scored 4.1,
compared to the state average of
4.0. Essays are scored on a scale of
0-6 with a score of 4.0 considered
"I am so pleased with our
outstanding writing scores," said
Superintendent Joseph Joyner.
"We issued a challenge when we
found out about the increased
passing score, and our students
more than exceeded it. Staying
on par and using last year's scores,
we anticipated a 12 percent drop.
That didn't happen and overall,
the number of 4.0s increased at
almost every school, some as high
as 21 percent."
FCAT Writing is part of a
statewide educational account-
ability program designed to
measure students' proficiency in
writing in grades four, eight and
ten. Students are required to write
a response to a prompt on an as-
signed topic within a 45-minute
time period. This year all writing
prompts were expository essays,
and essays were scored by only one
Individual student score
reports are expected to be available
by mid-May. Additional informa-
tion can be found at http://fcat.

Imagine if your government
lived under the same budget con-
straints as families and businesses
and didn't raise taxes every time
revenue went down or costs went
I am Sam Lansdale, one of
your five representatives on the
Julington Creek Plantation CDD
Board of Supervisors. My three
goals: Ensure that JCP is a wonder-
ful place to live. The CDD duties
and responsibilities should not
grow over time. The budget should
be balanced without raising taxes.
The chart shows how your tax
money is used: 43 percent is used
to fund the bonds, CDD adminis-
tration and the landscape contract
for Race Track Road and State
Road 13. The other 57 percent is
used to operate and maintain the
recreational facilities, services and
Currently the JCP CDD is
evaluating the job descriptions and
salaries. The salaries, benefits and
associated costs account for approx-
imately 63 percent of the recreation


fund. We have a great facility and
amazing staff and as costs continue
to increase we need to be able to
maintain the facility and continue
to provide services well into the
future without raising taxes. We
should take steps to ensure that our
resources are being used effectively
and efficiently to provide the level
of service the community expects.
This will involve an assessment of
the organizational structure and
compensation plan for the em-
ployees. It is also imperative that
we proceed with a Risk Assessment
Study to identify potential financial
risks associated with the current
CDD policies and practices.
Recently the CDD spon-
sored a Capital Reserve study to
receive recommendations from a
professional on how much money
we should save in order to cover
continued maintenance costs of the
facilities. The reporting firm recom-
mends that we budget an addition-
al $152,122 in next years' budget;
which will increase the budget line
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reserves account to $941,122 at
the end of 2012. I feel it is re-
sponsible to gradually increase this
account every year and not to delay
its implementation. Not raising
taxes means finding innovative cost
savings to provide the same level
of service with less expenses and
increased profitability.
The next JCP CDD meetings
will take place on May 10 and June
14 at 6:00 p.m. at the JCP CDD
Recreation Center.
I am available to listen to your
concerns on the last Thursday of
the month at the old JCP CDD
Recreation Center at 6:00 p.m.
The last Thursday event is not
a CDD meeting, but simply an
informal opportunity to share your
ideas and concerns with me and
other residents. Feel free to con-
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Sabine Kvenberg motivates by example
By Contributing Writer Patsy Heiss, ACG, CL, Vice President Public Relations, The Toast of St. Johns
County, Club #9551

Focused. Determined. Charm-
ing. These three words describe
Sabine Kvenberg who, as one of
the newest members of The Toast
of St. Johns County Toastmasters,
Club 9551, became the first in
the club's 12-year history to earn
her Competent Communicator
designation in five short months,
on her journey toward becoming
a professional speaker. Recently,
she also won the Table Topics
impromptu speech contest and the
International Speech contest at the
club and five-club area levels.
A petite sandy blonde with a
gentle German accent, Kvenberg
exudes confidence, charisma and
poise that belie her formal training
as an actress. Yet, as one converses
with Kvenberg one can also sense
the deep well of optimism and
spirituality that bubble within her
as an eternal spring of strength.
The Competent Communi-
cator program is the first manual
of speech types that form the
foundation for other advanced
speaking projects developed by
Toastmasters International. Once
Competent Communicator (CC)
is achieved, members can select
from the Advanced Manual series
to earn additional recognition for
To understand the scope of
Kvenberg's accomplishment, one
must first be familiar with The
Toast of St. Johns County meet-
ing schedule, particularly during

the relevant timeframe. The club
meets twice a month for one hour.
Three speakers can be scheduled
during a regular meeting. In late
August, Kvenberg set a goal of
December 31 to complete her
10-speech manual. During that
timeframe, the club held two
contests (no regular speeches) and
canceled two meetings due to the
holidays. Other members also
had speaking goals to achieve and
Kvenberg also was out of town
during that period.
So how did she do it? Hard
work, determination and creativ-
"I set my goal and started
backwards," Kvenberg said. "I
wanted to speak at every meeting
and determined how many I must
do at other clubs."
Kvenberg's first speech was
presented at The World Golf
Village Toastmasters where she
attended as a guest and asked to
be on the agenda. She won Best
Speaker that evening. Kvenberg
took advantage of something
unique to District 84 - the Club
Ambassador program - and spoke
at other clubs in the area. She even
spoke at a club located in a town
she was visiting outside of Florida.
"In December, I still had four
speeches to deliver," Kvenberg
recalls, scanning her speech log.
"I gave three talks December 8th
through the 16th."
The enthusiasm and support
from Toastmasters, not only at
her home club but also all clubs
she visited, was heartwarming and
encouraged her to complete her
goal as planned.
Recently, the club's Vice
President Membership had to
resign the position and transfer to
another club due to work sched-
ule changes that conflicted with
The Toast of St. Johns County's
lunchtime meeting. Kvenberg
raised her hand and volunteered to
take on the duties of the office, in
an effort to achieve her next goal
- Competent Leader, Step 2 on
her journey to earning the Distin-
guished Toastmaster designation,
the highest honor a Toastmaster
can achieve.
In addition to the Division
Speech Contest, at which she will

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Julington Creek Plantation Rec Center update
By Contributing Writer Brad Whitaker, Special Events Director and Food and Beverage Manager,
Julington Creek Plantation Club

The JCP Recreation Center is
hosting fun this summer. Have you
been missing it? April 23 was the
'70s Party with the Boogie Freaks
and the parties are just getting
May is Prom season for the
high school kids. Well, now it is
prom season for the adults, too
with the highly anticipated "Re-
Prom" on May 21. This is a chance
for adults to relive the glory days
of their prom, finally get it right
or make up for missing it "back in
the day." The ReProm will allow
the ladies to wear old prom dresses
and bridesmaid dresses one more

time and guys to wear a tux, be it
blue ruffles or stylish and dap-
per. We will have music, dancing,
decorations and the obligatory
spiked punch. Like every prom,
we will crown a king and queen of
the party. During the party, drop
the kids off with our Child Watch
department. Sign up in advance for
both the party and Child Watch.
What would summer be with-
out a Toga Party? Well, we aren't
sure the two are synonymous, but
they will be after the JCP Toga
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away on Friday, April 22, 2011.
Our hearts are sad to lose Gra-
cide, a loving wife, mother and
friend who made an impact on
all the lives she touched. We are
inspired by Gracie's faith and
her fight as she battled lung
cancer (non-smokers form).
Gracie's concern was always for
others and her family. During
her last weeks she would say
how overwhelmed she was by
the out pouring of kindness,
prayers and support from all
those that knew her.
One of Gracie's greatest trea-
sures was her family. Gracie
leaves behind her husband
Jaime, Alexander her son and
Vanessa her daughter. Jamie
wishes to thank everyone for
their love and support through
this difficult time. Jamie re-
minds us of the need to reach
out to your love ones everyday,
tell them you love them and ap-
preciate your time together.
Gracie will truly be missed and
our hearts grieve for her, but we
know she is no longer suffering,
she is in a perfect place, away
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Prom is a four letter word...

The event of prom is no small
matter; endless movies have been
crafted around this big dance- can
we say "Footloose" without our
toes tapping? With nostalgia comes
temptation, not only for teens, but
parents. Local St. Johns County
parents with seniors graduating
this year may remember when the
legal drinking age was 18. Coupled
with memories of your own senior
prom, well meaning, otherwise
logical parents may be tempted to
relax an otherwise firm "no alco-
hol" policy for this special event.
Let's talk you off the ledge and
back into your parent pants.
"P" is for planning. Seniors
want to have a good time at prom.
Regrettably, they've grown up in a
media culture that has shown them
images of good times being had
with alcohol and alcohol only. The
best way to mediate this attitude

is to literally plan for a good time.
What happens before prom and
after prom are often more impor-
tant than the prom. Contrary to
popular belief, teens are not wired
to drink; they're wired for fun and
risky behavior. Pool parties, slip
and slides with bubbles, scavenger
hunts and other types of crazy and
somewhat goofy activities make
memorable events. If you're not
planning for fun, they'll find it on
their own.
"R" is for respect. Most teens
don't respect parents who provide
alcohol to minors and the largest
portion of alcohol to minors comes
from a small percentage of parents.
The adage "they're going to do it
anyway" is a slippery slope for par-
ents trying to convince themselves
they're doing the right thing by
providing alcohol. There are many
things teens "might" do when

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given the opportunity - sex, drugs,
speed, steal, lie -but at the end of
the day, we're obligated to provide
the framework for good decisions,
not try to mediate potential bad
"0" is for omnipresent. De-
fined as "present everywhere," our
teens once believed we were om-
nipresent. No matter where they
were or what they were doing, we
somehow knew or found out every-
thing. As they get older, carry more
responsibility and prove themselves
worthy, we loosen our omnipres-
ent grip. Consider however, that a
teen's brain is rapidly developing
until about 21 to 22 years of age.
Their decision making still has very
much to do with two things - 1)
what is everyone else doing? and
2) will I get caught? A healthy
dose of omnipresence before big
events such as prom reminds your
teen that you still care enough to
check up on them and gives them
a powerful out should they face an
overdose of peer pressure.
"M" is for memories. Remind
teens that the best way to remem-
ber prom is to add nothing but
fun. Who wants to risk having
their head end up in a toilet, have a
date that pukes all over them or be
so hung over you can't make it to
the beach the next day? When they
send their own teen off to prom,
the memory of how you handled
their prom, from pictures to rules
to curfew will undoubtedly be
fresh in their minds. Let's keep the
parent pants on and enjoy prom.
Be the wall between teens and

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leading cause of Traumatic Brain
Injury (TBI) in Florida. You know
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collecting gently used prom/
homecoming dresses, bridesmaid
dresses, tuxedo shirts, bow ties,
hats, gloves and costume jewelry.
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It is against the law to operate
a vehicle if all the passengers do
not meet these standards.
You are 50 percent responsible
for your own injury or death if you
are not buckled. Parents of teenage
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for groups interested in help-
ing with the Gala Nights. The
groups would be responsible
for preparing and passing ap-
petizers, potentially helping the
campers with their hair, etc. This
would be a great opportunity for
students to get in some of those
much needed service hours when
they are not too busy with school
Please contact Kathy Bravo at
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clothes to donate and/or would
like to help with one of the Gala
Nights. The deadline for dona-
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of making sure their passengers are
also buckled at all times.
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safety belt? Seat belts protect you
from being ejected/thrown from
a vehicle. If you are thrown from
a vehicle you are five times more
likely to be killed. By securing you
in your seat, a seat belt protects
you from being thrown into other
people who are inside the car and
parts of your car. Seat belts also
keep the driver in their seat so they
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Taking your work home
By Donna Keathley

Have you been accused of
bringing your work home? Maybe
your spouse and family are jealous
of the time and energy spent on
extra projects at the office. If these
are some of the symptoms around
your house read on.. .maybe you
will want to post this article on
your fridge! Because this is about
the ultimate dude who brought his
work home.
Out in a peaceful little sub-
division on County Road 210, a
normal family of four lived and
worked and went to school like
everyone else. That was before
dad-Rick* brought his work home
- literally. In the form of a beauti-
ful 125 pound German Shepard
named Buddy*. Buddy is not just
another big dog; he is specially
trained to sniff out drugs and is
Rick's partner at work. Rick's on
duty at work as a handler with
Buddy at his side as a K-9 dog.
Buddy's adventure began in
the Netherlands where he was
born and trained to do his work
as a special agent "dog." Therefore
his native "tongue" is German-a
little more fun added to the mix!
His lifetime of work as a K-9 dog
wound up in northeast Florida
with handler Rick. It is not un-
common that K-9 dogs live with
their handlers; even when a dog
is retired from service, it will be
placed with them as a family pet.
But what about the wife and fam-
ily, neighbors, relatives?
Well, Rick is lucky because
Sunny* and their two boys took

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Buddy in like another family mem-
ber. He "lives" in the living room
and basically takes over the whole
house. He loves riding around in
the family SUV taking the boys to
school and running errands. His
food takes over one whole rack of
the fridge, where Sunny lovingly
cuts up containers of vegetables
and fruit to add to the mix of his
daily food intake. The neighbors
call him a piece of work, a really
unique guy next door! He plays
with the boys in the yard and is
included in all of their activities
except playing ball. The ball is
involved in his training as a reward
so it's off limits at home.
But Sunny tells an interesting
tale about how Buddy prepares for
his work day. As soon as Rick goes
upstairs to dress in his uniform

Buddy puts on his work "face." He
climbs in the squad car next to his
partner and will not look at her!
She tries to say goodbye but he
will not comply. He looks straight
forward and goes into his training
Buddy does have a little weak-
ness in his personality. He has de-
veloped a separation anxiety prob-
lem if Rick is not around. Family
vacations are not his favorite thing;
he literally gets sick during the
absence of the family. Sometimes it
takes weeks for him to get back in
shape after the trauma.
So the family is now a fam-
ily of five; Rick and Sunny have
completed their family by adding
Buddy as a new edition of their
story. Talk about bringing your
work home!

*Author's Note: All names
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Know the Law handbook now
available for students

A cooperative effort of the St.
Johns County Sheriff's Office, the
State Attorney's Office 7th Judi-
cial Circuit, the St. Johns County
School Board and the PACT
Prevention Coalition of St. Johns
County culminated in the produc-
ing of a handbook for the young
people of our community. "Know
the Law" was designed to provide
middle and high school age stu-
dents with valuable information to
assist them on the laws of our state
and possible consequences.
The making of this handbook
took a committee of experts from
the four agencies involved nearly
a year to research and write the
contents of the handout. It also
contains information based on
questions and feedback from stu-
dents to school resource deputies
and educators. It is the hope of the
committee that students will bring
the book home to parents and
engage them in a discussion about
the contents.

Some of the topics discussed
in the book include drugs and
alcohol, tobacco, parties, weapons,
cyber bullying and threats, com-
puter crimes, gang enhancement
and hate crimes as well as driving
and future consequences among
The message to the youth of
our community from the CEOs of
the four groups involved is simple:
"In order to become a productive,
successful part of your community
you must understand that your ac-
tions now will have a great impact
on your future. Your friends and
family are not responsible for your
behavior, that responsibility is
yours alone."
Parents and students who have
not obtained the handout yet and
would like to see it may obtain it
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William Bartram Scenic and
Historic Highway update
By Contributing Writer AI Abbatiello, alabbat@bellsouth.net

April 14 was another eventful
meeting of the William Bartram
Scenic Highway Management
Council and April 17 was a perfect
day for our seventh annual Bar-
tram Bash.
The Bartram Bash was an-
other successful outing for at least
300 attendees - old and young
alike. Our guests enjoyed a beauti-
ful day on the river along with free
food supplied by our local Rotary
Club, orange juice and a slice of
William Bartram's birthday cake
from Publix Supermarkets. There
was also a lecture from William
Bartram (by Mike Adams) about
his experiences in the early days of
Northeast Florida.
The Scenic Highway booth
had lots of visitors with lots of
questions about the highway and
our management council's efforts
to keep the scenic highway scenic.
FDOT provided some timely
handouts including wildflower
seeds that were a big hit with the
crowd. I have some of these seeds
still available for anyone wanting a
packet or two.
We're now planning for our
second annual "Old Settlers" day
in October and based on the just
completed Bartram Bash you
won't want to miss "Old Settlers."
For the "Old Settlers" celebration
we're looking for people who have
skills in crafts depicting life as it
was for the early settlers of Florida.
To volunteer your craft making
skills, please call Beverly Fleming
at 522-1573. And on June 8, 9
and 10, the FDOT is hosting their
Florida Scenic Highway Confer-
ence in St. Augustine.
At our April meeting we
reviewed the status of the view

shed analysis we're conducting
and which will become part of St.
Johns County Planning for our
scenic highway, when completed.
The consultant explained the "sci-
ence" going into the evaluation of
the view shed along the highway.
This project will be completed
before the end of the year.
The Switzerland Garden Club
(Claire Fioriti), celebrating their
50 year anniversary, announced
their "Trees for the Scenic High-
way" raffle for the benefit of our
scenic highway. All proceeds will
be used to buy trees for the Wil-
liam Bartram Scenic and Historic
Highway. Winners will receive a
beautiful handmade quilt pro-
fessionally quilted (60" X 90"),
seascape original oil painting by
Beverly Fleming and a Panda per-
fect leaf tray. Ticket donations are
$3 each or 4 for $10. Please call Al
Abbatiello for tickets.
For much more about Wil-
liam Bartram and the Scenic
Highway - newsletter, meetings,
plans, events etc. please visit our
award winning web site www.bar-
tramscenichighway.com. Or visit
nic-highway to join our growing
list of friends.
Lots of action is being
planned and if you are community
minded and want to contribute
to saving the scenic and historic
heritage of our community please
joins us at our next meeting. We
will meet at the St. Johns County
Annex off Flora Branch Boulevard
at 6:30 p.m. on May 12, 2011.
For more information please call
Al Abbatiello at 699-8475 or
Vickie Renna at 209-0615.

BTHS announces American Youth
Character Award recipients

Bartram Trail High School is
pleased to announce the American
Youth Character Award (AYCA) re-
cipients for 2010-2011. Each year,
juniors and seniors are nominated
and selected for the AYCA based
on their daily demonstration of the
qualities outlined in the Character
Counts program's Six Pillars of
Character. The Character Counts
program is a national education
program founded in 1992 by the
Josephson Institute of Ethics of
California. The program promotes
the character traits of trustworthi-
ness, respect, responsibly, fairness,
caring and citizenship. Eleven years
ago, the Character Counts pro-
gram was adopted by the St. Johns
County School District to promote
and recognize exceptional character
traits in students throughout the
Congratulations to Bartram
Trail's AYCA recipients for 2010-
2011: Aubrey Asplen, Cassidy

Langford, John "Mac" Culkeen,
Jonathan Daguilh, David Frick,
Trent Register, Erin McDonald,
Christopher Popiel, Alexis Kapelka,
Abbie Dorwart, Sydney Pilinko,
Taylor Knowles, Casey Hough, Ja-
son Agatep and Tyler Worthington.
Additionally, the athletic
department has a similar program
relating to character qualities called
Victory with Honor. This year,
Elizabeth "Libby" Crowe has been
selected as Bartram's Victory with
Honor award recipient.



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Be safe when exercising outdoors
By Contributing Writer Meghan Bender, Community Programs Manager, Firehouse Subs Public
Safety Foundation

As the weather warms up it
is nearly impossible to stay inside.
Being outside is invigorating!
Many of us exercise outside when-
ever we can and that can mean
sharing the roadways with cars and
trucks as well as with joggers and
cyclists. It is important to stay safe
to avoid becoming a victim.
Nearly 11 people each day are
killed in pedestrian motor vehicle
accidents. According to PEDSAFE,
"Pedestrian crashes are most preva-
lent during morning and afternoon
peak periods, when the traffic
levels are highest." This is the same
time that most of us decide to go
outside to experience the fresh air
and scenery.
Next time you decide to go
outside for a jog or bike ride, re-
member these personal safety tips.

* Be sure to stay off the road, if
there is no sidewalk then exer-
cise against traffic so that cars
are able to see you
* It is important to let a friend
or family member know where
you're going in case they need
to look for you
* Do not exercise alone; find an
exercise group to partner up
* Always carry identification.
Wear an ID tag that has your
name, phone number and
emergency contact information
* Know your surroundings and
be sure to stay alert to what is
going on around you
* Bring your cell phone in case of
an emergency. Buy an arm band
or fanny pack to keep it safe
* Stay visible by wearing bright
colored clothing or reflective

* Keep your eye out for people
that may not see you, make eye
contact with drivers at street
crossings to ensure their aware
of you
* Limit your distractions. If your
iPod is too loud it will prevent
you from hearing cars, dogs or
passing joggers/cyclists. Though
music is motivating, it can also
be distracting
* Trust your instincts, if some-
thing does not feel right leave
the situation until you feel
These safety tips are brought
to you as part of the prevention-
education mission of the Firehouse
Subs Public Safety Foundation.
Look for our upcoming articles in
our "Safety Series."

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Contest which is being spon-
sored by the St. Johns County
Master Gardeners.

Gardeners can enter in nine
categories. The gardens will
be judged by the St. Johns
County Extension Service.
To enter the contest, see our
website at stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu
under the Lawn and Garden
section for the entry form or
call 209-0430. Entry deadline
is May 14.

This contest is open to all
residents of St. Johns County.

My Mom's
By Wyatt Kearns, age
My mom Eva Pazan is definitely
the greatest. She always puts
others before herself and she is
always there for you if you need
When I was born in New York my
mom was in the NYPD, so was my
father. She worked for 20 years
patrolling the streets while raising
me. When they retired we moved
down to Florida. A few weeks
after moving down before our
house was finished being built our
apartment was robbed. We lost
some very sentimental things but
nothing of monetary value.
Then when her father died in No-
vember 2010 it was very upsetting.
He died six days before his 85th
birthday. Two months later my fa-
ther died. It was a very challenging
time for the both of us. She was
there for me and we had a lot of

the Greatest
15, Nease High School
support from our neighborhood.
Another time she was there for
me was when I had pneumonia. I
got pneumonia from the swine flu.
I was sick for three weeks. I slept
for at least 20 hours a day for two
weeks straight. It eventually got
so bad I had to go to the hospital
because all the doctors I went to
told me I had bronchitis and it
would go away. It didn't.
All of those three things I just
mentioned happened In the same
year within six months.
Now that I'm in high school and I
play football she is there to drive
me to and from all of my practices.
She goes to all my games and
she is there to support me with
everything I do. I don't know what
I would do without her. If anybody
deserves this it would be my mom,
Eva Pazan.

We received so many wonderful entries, it was difficult to pick
just one winner! The staff at The Spa at Bartram Walk decided to
award a "runner up" spa package of a Swedish massage, manicure,
pedicure and shampoo and hairstyle to Jocelyn Saunders' mom,
Monique Saunders.
My Mom: The Energizer Bunny
By Jocelyn Saunders, age 14, Switzerland Point Middle School

"I love you Jocelyn and I am always
here for you." These are the words
my mother tells me over and over
again. When she tells me this, I
know that she means it, because
she has proven it to be true. It
doesn't matter, day or night; she's
there when I need her. My mom is
the single mother of three children.
She works harder than anyone I
know, and always goes above and
beyond. My mom is the greatest
mom because she does everything
for us, and never complains.
From the yard work to the house-
work, and everything in between,
my mom does it all. She has the
most important job of all, being a
mother. A job as a single mother
is hard, with no breaks, or even a
paycheck. Every week, my mom
has to do the laundry, clean the
house, go food shopping, do the

yard work, pay bills and take care
of other paperwork. That is just
some of the stuff she does, and
in between it all she has to be a
mother to us.
With no husband or other family to
help her, she has to do everything
herself, and she does so with a
smile. My mom never seems to run
out of energy; she is like the Ener-
gizer Bunny that way. Even when
she's sick, she keeps on going and
thinks of us first. My mom is like
the sun, without her, there would
be no light in our household.
My mother is everything to us, and
I don't know what or where we
would be without her. She is the
epitome of a good mom-honest,
intelligent and diligent. She is the
greatest mom I have ever seen, and
she never ceases to amaze me.

Additionally, here are a few essays which we feel are worthy of
publication and "honorable mention!"
You're the Greatest Mom
By Alexa Rodriguez, age 6, Hickory Creek Elementary
She is cool because she sings me jokes. She is funny!
lullabies. She is there when I fall Her favorite color is pink. She
off my bike. I love her so much takes me to the beach. She plays
because she snuggles with me ball with me. She is the best!
and she tells me and my dad
Why my Mom is Great
By Allie Reynolds, fifth grade, Wards Creek Elementary

My mom is amazing! She is the
best mom in history. I love her so
much. She is beautiful inside and
One reason why my mom is great
is that she is always supportive
of me. If I ever have a bad day,
she looks at me with those warm
brown eyes that look like choco-
late melting in a pan and then
she says with her sweet words, "I
love you so much!"
My next reason why mom is great
is that she always, and I mean al-
ways, keeps me on the right track.

If she even suspects that I haven't
been doing my homework, she
will immediately say with a stern
voice, "You need to be doing your
homework to get good grades!"
She does this because she loves
My final reason why my mom
is great is that she is strong. My
mom is strong and she is my role
model. I admire her. When I grow
up I want to be like my mom. I
love her so much. Happy Mother's
Day, Mom!

Essay Contest Winners!

Congratulations to our "You're
the Greatest Mom" essay
contest winner, Wyatt Kearns!
His mom, Eva Pazan, wins the
Utopia Package offered by The
Spa at Bartram Walk, which
includes a Swedish massage,
body polish, deep cleansing
facial, shampoo and hairstyle,
manicure, pedicure and spa
lunch. We received over 200
entries; thank you to all who
wrote to us about their mom!


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Come Relay around the world
during the American Cancer
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Nocatee. Starting at 12:00 noon on
Saturday, June 11 and lasting until
6:00 a.m. the following morning,
the Towne of Nocatee will host
Relay For Life� to raise funds and
awareness for the American Cancer
Society. Students from Ponte Vedra
High School, local businesses,
as well as residents from Ponte
Vedra and Nocatee will be joining
forces to create a globally themed,
carnival-like event that will include
bouncy houses, games, live music
and more. Event planners have
teamed up with a cross-section of
the community to put together this
fun-filled event that will appeal to
kids of all ages.
The teams that will create the
fair like atmosphere come from all
walks of life but share a similar goal:
to help fight cancer and support its
victims. Participating in the Ameri-
can Cancer Society's Relay For
Life provides the opportunity to
fight back against cancer, a disease

that will claim the lives of more
than 560,000 people in America
this year. The world's largest non-
profit fundraising event, Relay is
an overnight effort to fight cancer
in which participants walk around
a track relay-style to celebrate the
lives of those who have had cancer
and remember those lost. Relay
celebrates people who have battled
cancer, remembers loved ones lost,
and gives participants a chance to
fight back against the disease - all
aimed at furthering the American
Cancer Society's vision of a world
with less cancer and more birthdays.
The American Cancer Society
combines an unyielding passion
with nearly a century of experience
to save lives and end suffering. As
the nation's largest non-governmen-
tal investor in cancer research, con-
tributing about $3.4 billion, they
turn what they know about cancer
into what they do. As a result, more
than 11 million people in America
who have had cancer and countless
more who have avoided it will be
celebrating birthdays this year.

CHS Happenings
Just gimme' some sleep!
By Rachel Buff, CHS Student

We've all heard it before:
teenagers need nine hours of sleep
each night to stay healthy. Not
surprisingly, the average American
teenager only gets about six hours
of sleep each night, sometimes less.
Blame for that three hour loss has
been attributed to a number of
things throughout the years: poor
eating habits, video games, caffeine
consumption. But one of the main
reasons for lack of sleep might just
come from the hands and minds of
our teachers: homework.
I am not about to stereotypi-
cally argue for the elimination of
homework. That is not my goal.
I will only try to make clear my
point that too much mindless
busy work can be detrimental to a
teenager's health.
It has been said that for the
average AP class (and as some
of you may know, the option in
many subjects at Creekside is
either Standard or AP), a student
is expected to complete about two
hours of work at home each night.
Multiply this by five AP classes and
that takes students into the wee
hours of the morning attempting
to overcome the workload. And
that's before factoring in sports
practices, club meetings, chores,
jobs, dinner and the occasional
shower. Students are rarely afforded

On March 12, 2011, math
scholars from Nease High School
traveled to Flagler Palm Coast
to participate in the Florida Mu
Alpha Theta (FAMAT) regional
competition. Twenty-eight teams
representing high schools from
Florida's Region 2 took part in the
competition. Nease's students (all
enrolled in the International Bac-
calaureate Program) participated
in the Pre-Calculus, Calculus and
Statistics divisions of the competi-
The Nease team in the sta-
tistics division did exceptionally
well receiving fourth place trophy
and outperforming the team
from Stanton College Preparatory
School, among others. Nease's cal-
culus teams' strong performance
earned them ninth and 10th
places and the pre-calculus team
placed 14th.
Congratulations to Alek
Abate, Mitch Elder, Charley Reis
and Winnie Shao representing
the statistics team; Jacob Belcher,
Scott Kulley, Vivian Nguyen, Jake
McVeagh, Gabe Padilla, Dagan
Pielstick, Steven Schwartz and
Logan Stern representing the
calculus team; and Aarathi Devi,

Matthew Short and Michelle
Wartenberg representing the pre-
calculus team for their outstand-
ing performance. Maggie Byrns,
Nease AP Calculus teacher, served
as the team's sponsor.
Mu Alpha Theta is the na-

The school year is wrapping
up, with just under a month left
until the last day of school, and
what a year it has been! The Pacetti
Bay PTSO would like to thank all
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ness partners, school faculty and
staff and anyone else who contrib-
uted to making this school year
such a great one! Special thanks to
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Realty; Together with our business
t. partners and with wonderful events
Florida like Baskets and Blooms, school
dances, cookie dough sales and
school kits, we have raised approxi-
mately $40,000. This money has
been used to support the school
and students and purchases include
20 iPads; headphones (replaced
)� broken ones); new microphone
stem system; risers; Ridley Pearson
(author visit); books for library;
teacher gift cards; and educational
incentives (iTunes gift cards, pizza
and doughnut parties, etc.)
We hope that you all enjoy
your last few weeks of school
and have a great summer. We are
looking forward to gearing up for
another great school year. Please
visit the Pacetti Bay website at
www-pbm.stjohns.k12.fl.us for
. more information regarding Pacetti

Nease places fourth at regional math
competition at Flagler Palm Coast

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Pacetti Bay PTSO update
By Contributing Writer Cheryl Kerekes, PBMS PTSO

the much needed breaks that help
them refresh and reload.
"With work, other activi-
ties and more than two hours of
homework a night, I usually go to
bed at about midnight," Creekside
junior McKayla Home told me.
"Getting six to seven hours of sleep
a night can leave me pretty tired
during the day, making it hard to
Studies have shown that with
each passing decade, high school
students are given more homework
than the decade before. One of the
main arguments for homework
is that it helps students practice
what they've learned and increases
test scores. But a study by Duke
University Professor Harris Cooper
shows that more than two hours of
homework a night can actually lead
to lower test scores.1
A Stanford University study
shows that test scores are highest in
countries that report little home-
work. In Japan, for example, stu-
dents report having as little as one
hour of homework a week.2 Japan,
you should know, is the number
five nation in the world with the
highest quality of education. The
United States is number 26.3
Stress levels in teenagers are at
an all-time high, which can lead to
sleep deprivation, depression and

the all-too-possible nervous break-
down (just Google "Dangers of too
much homework"). Not to men-
tion the fact that large amounts
of stress can cause grades to drop.
What a catch-22.
This is quite a conundrum for
students, teachers and parents; it
has been a topic of debate for years.
The solution is quite simple: give a
reasonable amount of homework.
I am a firm believer that prac-
tice makes perfect. But nobody's
perfect, so too much practice can
become counterproductive.
What we need are more com-
prehensive lesson plans and more
instruction; more work done in
class, rather than outside of class. If
we could utilize every minute given
to us in class, there is no way we
would have this much homework
each night. Only then could we
gain back those crucial three hours.
To learn more about this topic,
students and parents can review
The Case Against Homework: A
Fact Sheet by Sara Bennett and
Nancy Kalish.

1. www.time.com/time/magazine/
2. www.physorg.com/news4333.
3. www.newsweek.
4. http://stophomework.com/fact.

Megan and Friends raise awareness

CR 210 community supports
local girl during diabetes walk
By Contributing Writer Glory Faunce

The Juvenile Diabetes Re-
search Foundation (JDRF) held
its annual Walk for the Cure on
Saturday April 9. Here in South
Hampton our very own Megan
Mullaney had her own JDRF
walking team called "Megan and
Friends." While there is nothing
"cool" about having diabetes, April
9 was a special day for Meg and
the many, many other children
in the Jacksonville area that are
affected by juvenile diabetes. April
9 was the day for Meg to be the
coolest kid in town; it was all
about recognizing Meg's strength,
courageousness, and persistence to
live a healthy normal life as a five
year old.
The Jacksonville walk had
record breaking number of 6,000
walkers and raised $525,000.
JDRF Jacksonville is expected
to exceed their overall goal of
$575,000 by June 2011.
Last year Meg's family

organized her first walk with 50
walkers, adults and children alike.
This year, Meg's team reached for
the stars and had 90 walkers of all
ages. What remarkable commu-
nity support for such a fabulous
little girl. The following week at
Timberlin Creek Elementary the
kids wore their "Meg Reaching for
the Stars" shirts to school and were
recognized by Principal Cathy
Hutchins. We should be very
proud of these kids. The founda-
tion for acceptance and awareness
of children with special needs
starts at a young age.
Meg is five years old and
was diagnosed a type 1 diabetic
when she two and a half years old.
Because this disease has no cure,
Meg is forced to get her finger
pricked at least five times per day
and receive about eight shots daily.
(This is approximately 7,500 shots
in total and over 8,000 finger
pricks since diagnosis). Everything

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she places in her mouth has to be
carbohydrate calculated and a shot

given to perform the work that
the pancreas isn't doing. Although
this disease is manageable, it is not
Diabetes can cause many
complications to the body and can
even be life threatening. Aware-
ness and management are the keys
to living a healthy lifestyle until a
cure is found.
Despite these challenges, Meg
is an avid soccer player. She is the
high scorer on her team. Meg loves
to play with her friends, swim
and shop for new clothes. Meg's
family is full of love and support
but no support is larger than that
of her big brother Miller. Miller is
the artist and chief designer of the
award-winning shirt the walkers

wear. This year some of Meg's spe-
cial friends made a banner for Meg
and carried it during the entire
three mile walk.
There is some good news,
though. JDRF is our best hope for
finding a cure. It funds more type
1 diabetes research than any other
charity worldwide and it is making
progress along many promising
paths toward better treatments and
a cure. Last year over 80 percent
of the funds raised at this walk
were given directly for research.
This is very impressive and our 90
walkers from South Hampton and
surrounding communities helped
contribute to finding a cure this

Meg Mullaney's neighbors supported the JDRF Walkfor the Cure

Older Americans: Connecting the community
By Contributing Writer Susan Johnson, Council on Aging

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in towns and cities across the
country have come together to
celebrate the enormous contribu-
tions of older Americans-borne
of wisdom, experience and the
will to realize their dreams and
speak their minds. Older Ameri-
cans Month is our chance to show
our appreciation and support our
seniors as they continue to enrich
and strengthen our communities.
St. Johns County Council on Ag-
ing is joining the festivities with
special activities and events.
The theme of this year's
celebration-Older Americans:
Connecting the Community-
pays homage to the many ways in
which older adults bring inspira-
tion and continuity to the fabric
of our communities. Their shared
histories, diverse experiences and
wealth of knowledge have made
our culture, economy and local
character what they are today. The
theme also highlights the many
ways technology is helping older
Americans live longer, healthier
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community life than ever before,
thanks in part to advances in
health care, education, technology
and financial stability over the last
several decades that have greatly
increased their vitality and stan-
dard of living. Older adults are out
and about giving back and making
a difference in their community.
Our seniors are mentoring
the leaders of tomorrow, taking to
heart the need for intergeneration-
al learning to guide and inspire
young minds. They offer a take
on times gone by not discussed
in any history class-a unique
perspective that sheds new light
on contemporary issues.
Older Americans step up to
help one another as well. Across
the country, seniors connect with
other seniors by delivering meals,
helping with home repair, assisting
with shopping, and offering com-
panionship, counseling and care.
Their efforts remind us that when
older adults are active and engaged
in their communities, everyone
Help us celebrate Older
Americans Month! Join your

neighbors not only to recognize
what older citizens bring to our
communities, but also to help
them continue playing a vital role
in weaving a unique and lasting
community fabric.
Contact the Council on Ag-
ing to find out about volunteer
opportunities with programs that
provide services for seniors to
improve health literacy, increase
access to quality health services,
deliver food and nutrition services,
provide financial and housing
counseling, sponsor social and
civic activities and more. We think
you will discover that when you
help seniors thrive in your com-
munity, you gain far more than
you give.
Visit our website at www.
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activities, services and more.

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Nease Happenings

Season's end
By Brittany Dirks, Nease Student

ManSC nSou gaid

When the end of the year
draws near, major games and com-
petitions do as well. For the inner
programs of Nease Band, it meant
state championships and for one,
world championships.
Before going into details about
placements and medals, it would
be best for one to understand the
"classes" of percussion and Win-
terguard. Novice and cadet classes
are for beginning groups who are
just learning the basics, which are
always middle schools. Then high
schools have the word "scholastic"
preceding their class to identify
them as a guard or percussion that
is affiliated with a school. Scholastic
teams start in B class and advance
through classes AAA (triple A), AA
(double A), A, Open and World.
There are also "independent" teams
that usually start in A class and are
not affiliated with a school. These
teams are also considered more
advanced than scholastic groups,
because most rehearse only on the
weekends in order for members to
have normal work hours that won't
interfere with it. Percussion follows
the same class order, but also have
Concert and Marching sections.
If a group is Concert, it does not
move while playing their instru-
ments, unlike Marching. These sec-
tions are kept apart so the judging
is fair.
Nease Indoor Percussion is in
Scholastic Marching A Class and

placed first in state championships.
Their show, "Haka," was a crowd
favorite because of its intense, tribal
feeling. Their incredible season
included first place in nearly every
competition and defeating their
long-time rival, Fleming Island.
For Nease AA Winterguard,
state championships took place
on Saturday, April 2. Their show
was called "Cannonball" and after
a fun, productive season, placed
seventh in their final competition.
Considering the top six teams were
meant to be in A class and not
competing with Nease AA at all,
this was a great accomplishment. In
their whole season, they were either
first or second in their class. They
had a great time and some mem-
bers hope to move up to Nease's
other team next year!
Nease A Winterguard placed
second in state championships on
April 3, after a wonderfully success-
ful season. The team was ecstatic
while receiving their shiny silver
medals in front of a large audi-
ence for their show "Shortcut to a
Dream." However, their season was
far from over. Two days later the
entire team of 20 was up at 3:00
a.m. to be at the Jacksonville Inter-
national Airport in time for their
early morning flight to Dayton,
At this point, most people
would be thinking, "Why are they
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would be right. There is very little
in the small city except WGI World
Championships. WGI stands for
Winterguard International and
includes only teams from A class
to World class. Teams from Japan,
the Netherlands, England, Canada
and of course the United States
gathered in Dayton to compete for

the title of World Champion. The
competition is divided into three
parts: preliminaries, semifinals and
finals. Every guard is welcome to
attend if they can afford the trip.
However, only 48 teams make it
to semifinals and only 15 of those
make it to finals. These all take
place within a span of two exhaust-
ing days, but the higher classes are

more spread out. And after the best
run of their lives, Nease A placed
13th in the world.
Overall, it was a very success-
ful season for Nease Band and its
indoor programs. With summer
looming, it's time for everyone to
come together again for marching
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celebrated Arbor Day on April 29.
Arbor Day is a national observance
that encourages tree planting and
care, dates from 1872 and is held
on the last Friday in April.
Jill Hillier's fourth grade class
coordinated all of the activities for
the celebration. Groups of students
designed and put up posters to
raise awareness of Arbor Day; ap-
peared on Timberlin Creek's morn-
ing announcements program to
explain why it is celebrated and the

importance of trees; and made a
presentation to all the other fourth
grade classes to educate them about
trees in Florida. Three students
even wrote and performed a rap
song about orange trees. The entire
class participated in the planting
of an orange tree that can be a
centerpiece for future Arbor Day
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Notes from the PBMS Media Center
By Contributing Writer Lynn Johnson, NBCT, Library Media Specialist, Pacetti Bay Middle School

The votes are in. The students
of Florida have spoken with their
voting statewide for the 2010-2011
Sunshine State Young Reader Award
titles. The winner for grades six
through eight was Roland Smith's
I, Q.: Independence Hall. Smith has
had his books on the six through
eight lists many times but this is his
first win for middle school. Zach's
Lie is still my all time favorite of his
books. I am certain that if I did a
calculation of the highest number of
checkouts by author, Smith would
win hands down at our school.
This past year is the second time I
have been in a school that has used
Zach's Lie as the novel for the entire
sixth grade. His sequel, Jack's Run,
ended up so popular that I had to
purchase more copies to keep up
with the demand. Honestly, I have
no idea how the man writes all the
books he does. He now is working
on two different series and I know
our students are anxiously waiting
to hear when his next one is coming
out in the I, Q. series as well as the
newly released Storm Runners.
The students also spoke up for
Football Hero by Tim Green and
Taken by Edward Bloor. Green is
well known for his sports books.
Bloor writes in a variety of genres.
Tangerine is probably the most
widely recognized by students in
Florida because of the setting in
Florida and the environmental con-
nections. Checking out his website
I discovered that he has a book out
only in e-book format and I am
ordering it and will let you all know
what I think. The title is Memory
Lane. Both the content and the
concept have me intrigued.
The other three books that I
feel deserve mentioning were very
close in votes. The Boy Who Dared
by Bartoletti is a unique perspec-
tive during the Holocaust. The
protagonist dares to give a voice
to the truth of what is going on in
Germany in spite of the dangers
involved. For someone so young to
stand true to his convictions makes

a very powerful read. The Great
Wide Sea is a very powerful book
of a protagonist surviving in spite
of great adversity in an adventure
beyond what he ever bargained for.
Lawn Boy by Paulsen is so differ-
ent from Paulsen's other books and
such a quick easy read that is just
flew off our shelves. I loved how the
protagonist took a simple gift and
made an amazing business out of it.
I love that Roland Smith finally
took home a SSYRA from middle
school students. I think he is an
amazing author that appeals to all
students. I would like to encour-
age everyone, young and old to
check out his books. They are
really great reads. The website has
all the past lists. Take the time to
look over these lists and read books
from them this summer. I know

every year students clamor to get
their SSYRA read for the upcom-
ing school year but in this financial
climate it doesn't make sense for the
public libraries to invest all their
resources in this list to keep up with
the demand. We are encouraging
our students at PBMS to read from
the lists over the past five years and
wait for the new school year to start
reading from the new list.
The Middle School Book
Battle is right around the corner.
Students will have to identify which
book a quote is from. I am find-
ing it very challenging and stand
amazed as I watch our students
practice. They have amazing recall
and are often able to figure out the
correct title by process of elimina-
tion. I will let you know the Book
Battle goes in our June column.

SJC Town Hall Meetings
with County Administrator Michael Wanchick
" Wednesday, June 1, 6:30 pm - SJC Convention Center at
World Golf Village (in the Renaissance)
" Thursday, June 2, 3:00 pm - St. Augustine Beach City Hall
" Monday, June 6, 6:30 pm - Southeast Branch Library
" Thursday, June 9, 6:30 pm - Hastings Town Hall
" Thursday, June 16, 6:30 pm - Bartram Trail Branch Library
" Wednesday, June 22 - 6:30 pm - Ponte Vedra Beach Library
" Monday, June 27 - 6:30 pm - Main Library in St. Augustine
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Letter carriers' food drive
scheduled for May 14

The National Association
of Letter Carriers, in conjunc-
tion with the United States Postal
Service, the Rural Letter Carriers
Association, the AFL-CIO and
United Way of St. Johns County,
will be collecting non-perishable
food items on Saturday, May 14
for distribution to food banks in
St. Johns County. Last year, St.
Johns County residents generously
donated 81,225 pounds of food,

which was a record amount.
Please place a food donation
by your mailbox on Saturday May
14. Your letter carrier will pick
it up and deliver it to a St. Johns
County food bank. Help us help
our community!
For information or if you
would like to volunteer, please call
Nancy Burns at United Way at
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Hearing loss and memory
By Contributing Writer Rosann W. Faull, Au.D, Board Certified Doctor of
Audiology, Advanced Hearing Centers of America

Pardon me. I'm sorry what was
that? Is it windy or Wednesday?
What is causing this confusion?
Is there something wrong with
your mind or your hearing? As was
discussed last month, our ability to
remember is closely related to how
well we hear.
Recent research confirms
what has been known for at least
three decades. That is, hearing loss
leads to social isolation, depres-
sion, feelings of being excluded, as
well as loss of cognitive function
and uncorrected hearing loss may
contribute to cognitive decline.
Research at Johns Hopkins Univer-
sity, with funding from National
Institute on Aging, followed 600
men and women over 12 years.
Testing confirms that those with a
mild hearing loss, which make it
hard to follow a conversation in a
noisy restaurant, had nearly twice
the chance of developing dementia
compared to people with normal
hearing. Elderly people who are
hard of hearing have extra difficul-
ties coping with declining mental
Dr. Frank R. Lin an ear,
nose and throat surgeon at Johns
Hopkins University states: "Does it
mean you will develop dementia if
your hearing is impaired? Absolute-
ly not! But is your risk increased?
You betcha."
Take the first step and have a
complete hearing evaluation, which
assesses and determines both the
ability to detect sounds and under-
stand speech. This evaluation must
include testing which determines
the softest speech and pure tones
that are heard and how well speech
is recognized. Speech recognition

testing is performed in a sound
suite, both in quiet and in the
presence of background noise. An
audiologist, a college graduate, is
the professional with the education
and training to perform the most
complete hearing evaluation. A
Board Certified Doctor of Audiol-
ogy, from the American Board of
Audiology, has a professional doc-
torate, Doctor of Audiology (Au.
D) and meets continuing educa-
tion requirements and adheres to a
code of ethics.
If medicines or surgery will
not restore your hearing try a new
advanced digital hearing aid. New
advanced digital hearing aids not
only amplify sounds, but have
technology to boost speech over
background noise, directional
microphones to reduce noises from
behind the listener, and many noise
reduction systems. Consult an au-
diologist who represents more than
one hearing aid manufacturer. If
the first hearing aid does not help,
try another.
Help your hearing. You can-
not remember what is not clearly
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A special anniversary
By Betty Swenson Bergmark, Professor Emeritus, Jacksonville University

2011 marks the 10th an-
niversary of a very special music
organization that contributes so
much to our area. The Amelia
Island Chamber Music Festival
grew from a gleam in the heart of
Christopher Rex, now the general
and artistic director. A musician
himself, he stimulated interest in
the project by presenting a perfor-
mance for a small group on beauti-
ful Amelia Island Plantation in the
summer of 2001. By the end of
that year they had raised $50,000
seed money and the Amelia Island
Chamber Music Festival was born!
It has grown steadily since then
and is now in celebrating its first
"Decade of Musical Excellence."
It will feature the most expansive
and varied program in its history,
ranging from Chamber Ensembles,
Tango and Flamenco, to American
Roots music, Jazz and Contempo-
The 2011 Festival runs from
May 20 to June 19, with perfor-

mances being held at a variety of
venues, ranging from churches to
the Nassau County Courthouse in
Fernandina Beach, the Amelia Park
Concert Pavilion, Walkers Landing
on Amelia Island Plantation, Fort
Clinch State Park, the Ritz Carlton
and the historic Palace Saloon
among others!
Performances will include
three "Retro Concerts" from the
past decade. The first "From Russia
with Love" featuring Zuill Bailey,
cello, Orli Shaham, piano and
Sabina Thatcher, viola and will be
performed on May 25. The second
"Retro Concert" will take place on
June 12 and will feature one of the
world's most renowned violinists,
Rachel Barton Pine. Retro concert
number three will be presented on
June 14 and 15. Alison Buchanan,
Philip Pan, Terrance Patterson
and Elizabeth Pridgen will be the
featured artists.
Other presentations will
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Band of the South on May 22 and
world class artists including the
Tokyo String Quartet on May 27,
classical guitarist Sharon Isbin on
June 19, pianist Valentina Lis-
itsa on June 17, Native American
flutist R. Carlos Nakai on June
11, Jazz vocalist Luciana Souza on
June 9 and Jay Ungar and Molly
Mason, who wrote and performed
the theme music for the PBS Series
"The Civil War" on June 2.
This is just a sampling of what
you can see and hear! A few con-
certs are free, others range in price
from $15 to $50 per ticket. For
additional information you can call
(904) 261-1779 or go to the web-
site at www.aicmf.com. Make a day
of it and enjoy beautiful Amelia
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Purposeful Parenting

Save the planet-one brain cell
at a time
By Allie Olsen

Movie Review


Directed by: Neil Burger. Starring: Bradley Cooper, Robert
DeNiro and Abbie Cornish. Review by T.G. Stanton

Rating: Great Movie, May See It Again (5 4 out of 5)

This month's review belongs to
the recently released Limitless-an
action and suspense film, packed
with both.
The movie begins with Eddie
Morra, played by Bradley Cooper,
in a forever period of writer's block
and down-on-his-luck behavior.
He resembles a homeless man or
drug addict at times in the begin-
ning of this film when a blast from
the past, his former brother-in-law,
literally runs into him and gives
him the means to change his life.
An experimental drug, NZT, is
handed to him and the possibili-
ties of this drug initially seem to be
In one day this drug shows
he can accomplish many things,
including beating writer's block
and changing his means of living.

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To do that he will need more NZT
and getting more proves danger-
ous and perhaps hazardous to his
health. In changing his life, to
degrees many hope for when they
plan to be a part of the American
Dream, he learns his brain is very
math capable and he starts finding
new ways to make money.
He comes under the scrutiny
of mega-mogul Carl Van Loon,
portrayed by Robert DeNiro and
has a meteoric rise into the world
of finance. Along the way, he falls
in love with Lindy, played by Abbie
Cornish, who is brought into a
world she never dreamed of. Dan-
ger and threats abound when those
who know of the drug are attempt-
ing to trace down any remaining
samples. In addition, while on his
rise to fame and fortune, Eddie
turns to some unscrupulous char-
acters and learns some of the more
unpleasant side effects of NZT.
The film opens in a sequence
that almost makes you believe
you have tried the drug, lead-
ing to the beginning of just how
uninspired Eddie's life has been.
Bradley Cooper plays his part to
perfection and his changes are just
as riveting, as well as the potential

this experimental drug displays.
However, those from his past that
have tried NZT, tend to resemble
meth addicts and that is just one
of its dangers. One down side is
that there were too many dangers
from the drug that had little follow
through. Robert DeNiro is perfect
as the self-made man of millions,
so the movie could have definitely
used more DeNiro, who proved to
be almost unbeatable and a bit sin-
ister. All-in-all, a movie with twists
and turns that keep you guessing
what will happen next.

Everybody is "going green." It's
trendy, like saving whales, listen-
ing to NKOTB and wearing slap
bracelets was when I was a kid. You
just have to join the movement!
Sometimes going green makes
sense. Sturdier reusable shopping
bags, backyard gardening and turn-
ing off lights to save electricity-it's
easy to see how some practices are
good for the planet, the budget and
just good all around!
Now that it's hit fad status,
however, things are getting a little
crazy. Have you ever thought of re-
ducing your "carbon footprint" by
switching to cloth toilet paper? Or
try this one: a neighbor's chemi-
cal lawn service truck touts "Go
Greener." Really? While spraying
The "THX" standard for
sound at the beginning of movies is
going green, too. It was made up of
plants on last night's movie. I still

can't figure the connection between
movie sound and conservation... I
think the connection boils down to
the other kind of green. The fact is,
"green" sells.
An important skill parents
need to teach our children applies
here: discernment.
Webster defines discern-
ment as "the power of the mind
by which it distinguishes... truth
from falsehood, virtue from vice;
acuteness of judgment." A lack of
discernment is something youth
are often accused of; help your
children cultivate this character as-
set by exploring this fad together.
As Sharlyn, mom to three
teens, pointed out on Facebook,
"The "green" movement is every-
where...you see it in every major
brand from toilet paper to furni-
ture! It's a way for these companies
to make a dime... We can take care
of the Earth and be good stew-
ards without all the consumerism
A bit of coaching can help
your child discern truth from
Next, consider the wiser choice
for your family. Is "green" one-ply
toilet paper better than the thicker
brand when you have to use three
times as much? When it comes to
food, should you buy junk food in
"green" packaging or is it wiser to
look for a nutritious snack regard-
less of packaging? Sure, it's good to
be eco-minded, but let's teach our
children to use their brains!
"Just get back to the basics,"
suggests local mom Becky. "I was
'green' before it was called 'green'
by not having to buy everything
new, recycling items at home and
donating anything that could be
reused rather than filling up a
How can our children use
discernment and go green? When
it comes to shopping, help your
daughter to think through pur-
chases instead of begging for every
new style. And the next time a shirt
is worn out, let your son cut it into
rags. When they outgrow clothes
and toys or see their abundance, let
the children be involved in passing
them on. Apply Matthew 6:26-33
and look for ways to live a lifestyle
of trusting God and blessing others
instead of one of consumption and
looking to things to satisfy.
In other words, go green with
all your heart.

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Letter Carriers' Food Drive

Saturday, May 14

Non-perishable food should be set out by your mailbox on
Saturday morning, May 14. Your letter carrier will pick it up
and deliver it to a St. Johns County food bank.
Help us help our community!
For information or if you would like to volunteer, please call
Nancy Burns at United Way at 829-9721 or 285-2606.


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SJC schools' best and brightest

Kimberly Triplett of Creekside High
School, mentor Jamie Godfrey, math
teacher at CHS and former SJCTeach
of the Year
Seventy-one of St. Johns
County Schools' best and bright-
est were honored at the sixteenth
annual STAR (Students Taking
Academic Responsibility) Awards
Banquet held on April 25 at World
Golf Village. The STAR Awards
recognize the top three percent
of all graduating seniors in the
county. Eleven students from
Bartram Trail High School, one
from Beacon of Hope Christian
School, nine from Creekside High
School, ten from Pedro Menendez
High School (PMHS), eleven from
Nease High School, nine from
Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS),
sixteen from St. Augustine High
School (SAHS) and four from St.
Joseph Academy received com-
mendation for their outstanding
academic performance.
During the recognition cer-
emony, principals introduced each
student and then a special teacher
selected by the student. The STAR
students shared their future plans
and why they selected the teacher
they chose to honor. In addition to
making top grades, these students
are involved in athletics, perform-

ing groups, school clubs and
community service.
Several teachers were
selected by more than one
student, including Glenn Cole
of Switzerland Point Middle
School, Gail Cullum of SAHS
and Martin Hillier of PVHS.
Cindy Morrison, a language
arts teacher at PMHS, has
been selected every year but
one since the first STAR event
was held.
The STAR students
selected by each NW St. Johns
County school are as follows:
Bartram Trail High
School - Amanda Alexan-
der, Lindsey Baroch, Hayley
Cooper, Lesleigh Craddock,
er Elizabeth Crowe, Ashton
Dumdei, Cassidy Langford,
James Mancino, Katherine Modaff,
Emily Shuman and Taylor Smith.
Creekside High School - Pay-
mon Abtahi, Julianna Betbeze, Me-
gan Bookstaver, Kathryn Brewer,
Nicolas Lara, Marshall Malone,
Sabine Mosal, Kimberly Triplett
and Nikki Weiss.
Nease High School - Brian
Bell, Emma Domingoes, Nikki
Etchenique, Eliona Jankulla,
Courtney Ligon, Jessica Mac-
Wilkinson, Katherine McLeod,
Karah Mechlowitz, Alex Mosher,
Meredith Robinson and Bradley
Kirk Wendland, President of
the St. Johns County Chamber of
Commerce, served as emcee. Su-
perintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph
Joyner and School Board Members
were also in attendance. The an-
nual event was sponsored by the
Chamber of Commerce in partner-
ship with Cady and Cady Studios,
Kuhn Florist, the St. Augustine
Lighthouse and Museum, the St.
Johns County Education Founda-
tion, the St. Augustine Sunrise
Rotary Club and VIP Presentation

Congratulations to Miss
Creekside High School 2012,
Danielle DiPatre

On Friday, March 25, eleven
girls competed for the title of
Miss Creekside High School
2012. The contestants were
Kathryn Simmons, Bethany
Burress, Anna Margaret Rivoire,
Sarah Tyer, Greta Mosteller,
Katherine Deasy, Paige Netting,

Photo by Cady and Cady

Grace Ross, Katie Gomez, Dani-
elle DiPatre and Nermin Awwad.
Congratulations to Danielle
DiPatre, who was crowned Miss
Creekside 2012 and the other
talented contestants!
DiPatre will represent Creek-
side High School in the Miss
Northeast Florida/
Miss Senior High
scholarship pag-
eant October 15
in Jacksonville.
Following is
a summary of the
evening's awards:
- Miss Creekside
High School
2012: Danielle
r DiPatre
I* First Runner Up:
Sarah Tyer
- Second Runner
..... Up: Katherine
* Miss Conge-
.niality: Kathryn
- Most Talented:
Danielle DiPatre
* Most Photo-
genic: Danielle

Primrose School of
Julington Creek cares
about our community!
On April 25, we hosted
a juvenile diabetes
walk for the Juvenile
Diabetes Research
Foundation (JDRF) and
raised $465!

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Helping Hands update
By Contributing Writer Jackie Valyou

Helping Hands will meet at
Faith Community Church Com-
munity Center on Friday, May
27 at 11:00 a.m. This month the
group is inviting old and new
members to come and get to know
one another and plan for the bal-
ance of the year projects. There will
be a gift bag lunch exchange. Any-
one wishing to attend may bring
a sandwich or salad, dessert and
beverage in a gift bag exchange-
much like a grab bag and the
person who picks the bag will get a
chance to meet who made it. This
is strictly voluntary and those with
special food needs may keep their
own lunch. Contents need to be on
outside of bag for dietary reasons.
There will also be door prizes.
April's projects were Mother's
Day gift tote bags filled with new
clothing, jewelry, toiletries and
accessories. The tote bags, which
were given to the group by Winn
Dixie, were donated to Betty Grif-
fin House for abused and battered
women. Betty Griffin House offers
safe shelter to women in need.
Many thanks to everyone who
donated items or helped with the

In March, the group filled and
gave 149 Easter baskets to Christ's
Cupboard food bank at Celebra-
tion Lutheran Church. The gaily
decorated baskets were filled with
chocolate bunnies, juice boxes,
stuffed animals, healthy snacks and
toys donated by Burger King on
County Road 210. A number of
the baskets were also brought to
migrant worker children in Arm-
strong through the church.
Youth Helping Hands met
for the first time on March 16 to
plan their future projects. They are
currently running a used cloth-
ing drive for a local rehabilitation
facility. Clean, pressed, clothing
on hangars may be brought to
the church. They are in need of
men's and women's clothing and
shoes all sizes. They do not need
children's or casual clothing, but
clothing suitable for school, work,
job interviews or church. On April
20, over 20 very enthusiastic young
people met again for Youth Help-
ing Hands at Faith Community
Church Community Center. The

teenagers have decided to call their
part of Helping Hands the Y-Dou-
ble Hs. They made 60 "Bags of
Cheer" to be given to the children
at Wolfson Children's Hospital and
seniors at Westminster Woods. The
bags were filled with jokes, moti-
vational and inspirational sayings
and good wishes. Women from
Helping Hands are mentoring the
group and had as much fun as the
teenagers did. Community hours
were earned through the project.
On May 18 at 7:00 p.m. at
Faith Community Church Com-
munity Center, the group will be
making friendship bracelets for the
children at Community Hospice.
Linda from Helping Hands will be
instructing the group. All supplies
will be provided. Please bring a
wooden spoon to wrap your brace-
let around as you work. Anyone is
welcome to join the group; as in
Helping Hands there are no dues
or officers. The group is non-de-
nominational. Suggestions for
the projects come from the group
This is a wonderful way to
teach your teenagers about helping
others in a small way.
Helping Hands was formed in
2007 to foster friendship and fel-
lowship and to do a small project
for the community. Faith Commu-
nity Church Community Center is
located on County Road 210 next
to Cimarrone. The adult group
typically meets the last Friday of
the month. Anyone is welcome.
There are no dues, officers or stress
and the group is non-denomina-
tional. Please contact jacqphil@aol.
com for more information.

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Humanity, throughout its
history, has been in pursuit
of answers to the most
compelling questions of life.
Theories have come and
gone, but questions seem
to remain.

We at Cross Creek believe there is an answer to these
questions - the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

You may have your own questions. We welcome them
and invite you to a conversation as we examine who
Jesus is and what is his good news.

Join us and new Senior Pastor Paul Kalfa at
10:30 am on Sundays for the main service. To learn
more about Paul and his wife Lisa visit us
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On Saturday, March 26 with the help of our community,
Krantz Dental Care collected nine units of blood for a 14-
year-old friend of our office who is fighting Leukemia."It is
just our office's philosophy to help in times of need,"says
Dr. Alan Krantz."It's who we are as a group; as a business in
Jacksonville" It's still not too late to donate to help this young
boy. When you donate, just let them know that you would
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Sea Turtle season began May 1 [

The sea turtles are on their
way back to nest on the beaches
of St. Johns County as the official
nesting season began Sunday, May
1. To ensure compliance with the
St. Johns County Habitat Conser-
vation Plan and Incidental Take
Permit, which protect five species
of sea turtles and the native Anas-
tasia Island Beach Mouse, beach
driving and lighting restrictions
also went into effect.
Between May 1 and October
31, vehicular traffic on the beach is
allowed between the hours of 8:00
a.m. and 7:30 p.m. After 7:30 p.m.
no vehicles are allowed to enter the
beach until the gates are opened
the following morning at 8:00
a.m. Additionally, all beachfront
properties are required to reduce
the impacts their lights have on the
beaches and eliminate all non-com-
pliant interior and exterior lights.
About sea turtles: St. Johns
County is home to several species
of endangered or threatened sea
turtles that arrive every spring and
summer to nest along our beaches.
County residents and visitors have
a special opportunity and responsi-
bility to protect these magnificent
creatures and their vulnerable nest
and feeding grounds.
Record Breaking 2010 Season:
The 2010 season was record-break-
ing for St. Johns County with a
total of 867 turtle nests on the 41
miles of beaches, including over
56,000 hatchlings. This is the most
since the county began keeping
records in 1988 and far above the
previous annual average of 255. Al-
ready in 2011, two nests have been

documented on St. Johns County
Guidelines for beach use:
Beach visitors are encouraged to
protect sea turtle nesting habi-
tat while enjoying a diversity of
activities including beach driving,
horseback riding, recreational
fishing and commercial fishing. In
addition to following the regulated
beach driving hours and lighting
restrictions, residents and visitors
are encouraged to follow these
* Use trash and recycling recep-
tacles at the beach.
* Remove ruts and fill in holes
left by vehicles and sand castle
* Do not
leave chairs,
umbrellas or
canopies on
the beach
over night
(they will be
removed by
county staff).
* Flashlights,
fireworks and
open fires
are strictly
* All pedestrian activities (sitting,
standing, storing personal prop-
erty, driving, horseback riding,
etc.) are prohibited in the sand
dunes and the Conservation
Zone (15 feet seaward of the
dune line).
* Please refrain from using bal-
loons for events, as they fall
into the ocean and can harm
marine life.

What better way to stay active
this summer than swimming, bik-
ing and running? Whether you are
a seasoned triathlete or just want
a new challenge, the Endurance
Club kicks off activities for adults
and youth just in time for sum-
mer. People from all walks of life
are flocking to triathlon, one of the
fastest growing mainstream sports
in the world.
Sal Palmieri, local business
owner and founder, says the club
is for everyone from first timers to
seasoned athletes and triathletes
to those who fancy one particular
sport. They also invite youth, ages
eight and up, to be a part of the
club-something they believe will
be a very positive influence for
The Endurance Club is a
USA Triathlon registered club and
features activities for members
including group training sessions,
coaching, motion analysis, work-
shops and camps. Since its kick off
in April of this year, it has attracted
members from Georgia to St.
Petersburg. Much of their com-
munication and training is done
online and they will host planned
training opportunities for out of
town members to attend.
The club offers online training
plans as well as group and one-on-
one training and features training
from USAT Coaches (youth/
adult), USA Cycling coaches, Cer-
tified Fitness Instructors and Road
Runners Club of America coaches.
The club will also hold camps for
kids this summer that are drill-ori-
ented, emphasizing proper tech-
nique, which will lay a good strong
The Endurance Club currently
offers sprint races to individual

neighborhoods and will plan to
launch a local race soon. Look for
the Endurance Club's ad in this
issue of The CreekLine for more

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* Leave only your footprints,
providing the turtles with a safe
and clean habitat in which to
* Do not disturb or handle any
sea turtles, their eggs or nests.
Endangered species are protect-
ed by county, state and federal
laws with fines up to $20,000.
* If you encounter an injured,
sick or dead sea turtle, please
call the St. Johns County
Coastal Wildlife pager at 227-
St. Johns County thanks
residents and visitors for support-
ing habitat conservation efforts and
keeping our beaches beautiful. For
more information on the St. Johns
County Habitat Conservation
Plan, visit www.sjcfl.us/hcp.

Race Track Road


New Business Profile!

New Panache location opening in Jul-
ington Creek!
I began Panache of St. Augustine in 1987
after graduation from college with a
degree in Psychology and Business Com-
munications. I soon after decided to go to
school to become a stylist which turned
out to be a great roundabout way to a fun
and creative salon career. In 2000 I retired
from performing hair services to fully
concentrate on our salon's business devel-
opment which fortunately I enjoy also.
I am only one employee at Panache
though. It is our fabulous team of staff
members that create our success. We offer
you different levels of service providers
at Panache: Artist, Designers, Master and
Top Stylist. The level is determined by
education, experience and skill. Prices will
vary depending on your stylist. We have

developed many systems and guidelines
that help us to be continuously learning
and bettering our best. Whatever level you
choose, you will enjoy superior service
with Panache.
Our goal at Panache is to WOW each
and every guest leaving you with a desire
to return again soon. We are excited to
spread our wings into the Julington Creek
area and we look forward to giving each of
you Panache!
Kristy Weeks
Why be a guest with Panache?
-At Panache we want you to feel and look
-You will be treat to several complimen-
tary value added services
-Our shampoos are a "WOW that feels
fabulous" experience
-Our hair services include a "Stress Re-
lieving Treatment" which will erase your
-You may be offered a makeup touch up
-You will always be greeted warmly and

offered Aveda comforting tea and other
-Our life stylist will assist you in rebook-
ing and gathering desired products.
-We are serious career professionals that
enjoy working as a team, learning more
every day and always bettering our best
with continued Aveda training.

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New option for getting in shape
this summer

Congratulations to
Mrs. MJ Roy who
was selected Volun-
teer of the Year for
the St John's County
School District. Roy
currently chairs the
extensive recycling
program at Timber-
lin Creek Elemen-
tary where recycling
includes everything
from aluminum
cans, plastic bottles
and bags, old shoes,
drink pouches,
to greeting cards
and much more.
However her endless
commitment to the
school does not stop
there. She also regu-
larly helps out in the classroom and teaches French to second
grade students. What a fabulous example of good citizenship
she sets. Many thanks for making such a difference!!

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Summer Camp 4
Liberty Pines Academy PTO news and happenings
By Contributing Writer Stephanie Bradford, LPA PTO

Florida Master Naturalist
Program announced

The University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences, Florida Master Naturalist
Program Coastal Systems Mod-
ule sponsored by Duval County
Extension and the University of
North Florida Environmental
Center will be offered June 9, 14,
16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28 and 30,
2011. Classroom sessions will be
held at the University of North
This program is for adults
who want to learn more about
Florida's environment. Individu-
als as well as educators and those
in the eco-tourism business can
benefit. Teachers may receive
up to 40 hours continuing educa-
tion credits.

Topics include: ecosystems
(coastal uplands, estuarine, and
marine), key plants and wildlife,
and the role of humans in shaping
the environment. Each module
includes classroom presentations,
videos, field trips and practical
Advance registration is re-
quired and the course fee is $225.
Course instructors are Brad Bur-
baugh, Eddie Leonard and Carol
Wyninger. Student requirements
include attendance, participation
and enthusiasm.
For registration and pro-
gram information, please visit the
website www.masternaturalist.org.
Registration closes June 2, 2011.

Liberty Pines Academy PTO
is excited about kicking off the
2011 LPA Boosterthon Fun Run!
The PTO is hopeful that this will
be their biggest fundraiser to date.
On Monday, May 9, the school
will begin with an energetic pep
rally. From then until Wednesday
May 18, the Boosterthon team will
be promoting fitness, leadership
and character to all of the students.
Each student will have an online
account set up for donations.
LPAs School Advisory Coun-
cil (SAC) invites you to be a part
of our first annual "Community
Leaders Day" on Monday, May 23.
SAC is seeking leaders in our com-
munity who represent a variety of
careers to come and speak to our
students about their jobs and how
leadership plays an important role
in their success. If you are inter-
ested in participating or have any
questions, please email Dr. Brian

Schoonover at schoonb@stjohns.
Thanks to Lori McGinnis,
LPA has been designated as a
recipient in the Dick's Sporting
Goods Reward Program. Anyone
with a Dick's ScoreCard Reward
account can log on to the program
and choose LPA as their assigned
school. After that, 2 percent of all
eligible ScoreCard Rewards pur-
chases will be donated to LPA. To
participate, families can visit www.
MyDicksSportingGoods.com to
assign LPA as their "team."
Thanks to all of our won-
derful LPA families for helping
to make our Goodwill donation
days a huge success. LPA students
surpassed the goal of 60 percent
student donations for our drive.
As a result, Goodwill is gener-
ously donating a dance party to
our kindergarten through fifth
grade students on June 7. And on

that day all kindergarten through
eighth students will be eligible to
win a family four pack to Walt
Disney World or a week at Jack-
sonville Theater Drama Camp.
Thank you to our LPA families for
your generosity.
Important dates to remem-
ber as the end of this school year
quickly approaches:
May 9 - 18: PTO Boosterthon
Fun Run
May 30: Memorial Day student/
staff holiday
June 9: Last day of school

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Activities Guide

BTHS Choral Department presents spring
concert: Music of the Night

By Contributing Writer Diane Parker, Treasurer, BTHS Chorus Booster Club

The Bartram Trail High
School Choral Department would
like to invite everyone to attend
their spring concert on Tuesday,
May 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the BTHS
Auditorium, located at 7399 Long-
leaf Pine Parkway. Admission is
$5 and children 12 and under are
free. Refreshments will be available
for sale during intermission. All
proceeds will benefit the activities
of the BTHS Choral Department.
Choral students will be per-
forming classical, pop and show
music, including songs from the
Broadway musicals The Phantom
of the Opera, Wicked, Little Women,
Children ofEden and Godspell.
Student groups featured will in-

clude the Vocal Ensemble, Con-
cert Choir, Men's Ensemble, the
newly formed Glee Club, as well as
student soloists and ensembles just
back from state level competition.
BTHS choir performances
this year have included concerts
with the St. Augustine Commu-
nity Orchestra, Disney Epcot's
Candlelight Processional and
Massed Choir, Florida Vocal As-
sociation district and state adju-
dicated events and community
performances in the St. Augustine
and St. Johns areas. The students
especially enjoyed singing with the
students at Crookshank Elementa-
ry School and performing with the
Hickory Creek Elementary Chorus

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ninth year as choral director at
Bartram Trail, recently completed
a Masters of Music Education
degree from Florida State Univer-
sity with a summer at the FSU
Study Center in London. BTHS
choral students regularly qualify
for Florida's All-State choral groups
and BTHS choral alumni have
gone on to study music at Univer-
sity of North Florida, University
of Central Florida, Florida State
University, Stetson University,
Southern Virginia University and
the University of Texas Austin,
among others.
We hope many of you will
come support the talented and
dedicated students of the BTHS
Choral Department on Tuesday,
May 17!
For more information, contact
Barbara Mattingly at 547-8340,
extension 22580 or email mat-

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At Timberlin Creek, garden
makes school meals healthier
By Contributing WriterTrish Edmonds,Timberlin Creek Elementary

Timberlin Creek is leading
the way in making school meals
healthier while, at the same time,
enhancing students' knowledge
and focus on health and wellness.
Recently, the United States govern-
ment passed a new version of the
National School Lunch Program
that tightened regulations over
which foods could be served in
school cafeterias, while expand-
ing funding to allow schools to
purchase higher quality fruits and
vegetables. This change was needed
to address the national issue that
over half of our children are now
overweight and at risk of develop-
ing type 2 Diabetes.
Last June, Kathleen Damiano,
TCE's food service manager, took

the r

it a step further by establish-
ing the school's own garden.
Her desire is to have the
garden be utilized both to
improve nutritional offer-
ings in the cafeteria as well
to serve as the foundation
for nutritional education.
TCE was one of three area
schools to be awarded a grant
from Slow Food First Coast
and local businesses to assist
them in establishing school
gardens that will be inte-
grated into the curriculum.
The first "crops" are being
enjoyed this spring in school
lunches with plans both to
add fruit trees in May as well as to
expand the vegetable plantings for
the fall.
The garden is part of a pilot
program geared toward further-
ing students' knowledge and focus
on health and wellness. Students
assist with the planting and care of
the garden. The program will also
possibly include the formation of a
4-H club and after school culinary
classes to utilize some of the food
grown in the garden.
TCE would like to partner
more with local, organic produce
growers to supply additional foods
for the cafeteria and is looking
for ways to make that a possibil-
ity. However, due to the required
bid process, farmers must bid to


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For her efforts, Damiano was
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Second, our teachers are dedicated to the children.
They spend countless hours working with them
getting them ready for High School and life beyond school.
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Faculty and staff at Julington our previous
Creek Elementary School showed assistant prin-
off their talents on Friday, April cipal, Melisa
15. The students and families of Norwich and a
Julington Creek Elementary were grand finale of
treated to a show like no other in participation
the school's history. In a special from all the acts
Relay for Life fundraising event of the evening
members of every grade level, joining together
paraprofessionals, maintenance on the stage to
personnel and even administra- perform the
tors entertained the standing room Electric Slide.
only audience with skits, spoofs, In the end,
dances and musical performances. the biggest
A panel of lucky fifth grade winner of all is
students, who bought chance the American
tickets to be selected, judged each Cancer Society,
act of the evening. In the end who will receive
there was a three-way tie of perfect the almost $2500 raised f
scores from the judges' panel, thus event, along with all the a
an applause measure from the monies raised by Julingto
audience was the much needed tie Elementary's Relay for Li:
breaker. Bringing down the house They have sponsored mir
was the Administrative Team, with all year long at the school
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Bartram Trail student's field trip to Lou Frey

By Contributing Writer Mallory Kee,
Each year, Congressman Lou
Frey generously provides the funds
to high school government classes
across the state to visit and partici-
pate in the Lou Frey Symposium of
Government and Politics. Jimmy
Lee's AP government students from
Bartram Trail High School attended
the Lou Frey Symposium at the
University of Central Florida on
April 4.
As a senior in the class, I was
lucky enough to be a part of the
field trip. At the symposium, we
were given the opportunity to
listen about China's relations with
the United States and learned how
important it is to maintain a good
relationship with them. We were
told the future of our country de-
pends on them.
The speakers at the symposium
included Minister Deng Hongbo,
Steven Clemons, Dr. Ruan Zongze
and Zhang Shaogang. The key
points they included were ways
to communicate with China. A
method that is becoming more
popular in the United States is
learning Chinese. Schools are start-
ing to encourage the language to be
taught to the students.
Other issues related to the



Pacetti Bay PTSO update
By Contributing Writer Cheryl Kerekes, PBMS PTSO

The school year is wrapping
up, with just under a month
left until the last day of school,
and what a year it has been! The
Pacetti Bay PTSO would like to
thank all of the wonderful vol-
unteers, business partners, school
faculty and staff and anyone
else who contributed to mak-
ing this school year such a great
one! Special thanks to our busi-
ness partners and contributors:
The Law Offices of Christopher
W Adamec; Davidson Realty;
Orthopaedic Associates of St.
Augustine; Florida Get Fit/Florida
Get Dancing; Advantage Home
Builders; B&S Signs, Inc.; Shelby
Heinemann, International Golf
Realty; Donna Mancini Staging
and Redesign, Inc.; Bozard Ford;
Advance Auto Parts; Mill Creek
Family Care; The Village Dentist;
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and Publix.
Together with our business
partners and with wonderful
events like Baskets and Blooms,
school dances, cookie dough sales
and school kits, we have raised ap-
proximately $40,000. This money
has been used to support the
school and students and purchases
include 20 iPads; headphones
(replaced broken ones); new
microphone system; risers; Ridley
Pearson (author visit); books for
library; teacher gift cards; and
educational incentives (iTunes gift
cards, pizza and doughnut parties,
We hope that you all enjoy
your last few weeks of school and
have a great summer. We are look-
ing forward to gearing up for an-
other great school year. Please visit
the Pacetti Bay website at www-
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Culkeen, a senior at Bartram Trail
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more than 1000 candidates nation-
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nineteen scholarship recipients
were chosen. Culkeen plans to at-
tend Saint Leo University in Saint
Leo, Florida. He was recommend-
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Club sponsors, Lori Gallaher and
Sarah Goebel and BTHS Principal
Brennan Asplen.
"This outstanding young
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only academically, but in leadership
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When asked about how she
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Cassidy Langford selected as a finalist for the
UF Lombardi Scholarship

Cassidy Langford is not your
ordinary high school senior. In fact,
she is the only St. Johns County
high school senior and one of only
18 statewide to be interviewed for
the coveted Lombardi scholarship
at University of Florida.
Beginning in January, guid-
ance counselors across the state
were allowed to pick one of their
school's graduating seniors to
nominate for the prestigious Lom-
bardi scholarship. The scholarship
is named for the former Univer-
sity of Florida President John V.
Lombardi and recognizes incoming
University of Florida freshmen
who have demonstrated academic
achievement, community service,
extracurricular activities, leader-
ship, strong moral character, cre-
ativity and are in the top portion of
their high school graduating class.
Once the nominations were nar-
rowed by review of the application
essays and a phone interview, the
18 scholarship finalists were invited
to the University of Florida to
participate in a day-long interview
and special activities.
The eight Lombardi scholar-
ship award recipients will receive
$2,700 each fall and spring

semester for up to 10 semesters
at University of Florida. Students
will also participate in summer
enrichment programs, interna-
tional study, leadership activities
and community service. The award
recipients also have opportunities
to interact with visiting faculty,
speakers and researchers through
their participation in the Lombardi
scholar program.
Langford says that it was
"exciting" to make it all the way to
the final selection process. Unfor-
tunately, she was not chosen as
one of the final eight Lombardi
Scholarship recipients, but she still
plans to major in Health Science
at the University of Florida and
eventually earn her masters degree
in occupational therapy. Her long
term goal is to open a business
assisting patients with therapy in
their own homes.
One of the reasons that Lang-
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nominee was her well-rounded
high school portfolio. She main-
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her time at BTHS, Langford was
instrumental in establishing a col-
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to help other students prepare for
the SAT and the ACT.
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and will be a shining example of a
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I recently made a trip to San
Antonio, Texas and sad to say, I
didn't remember much about the
Alamo. Sure, I'd heard of blood-
shed and bravery, Davy Crockett,
Jim Bowie and William Travis. But,
I didn't understand the background
of the battle that occurred in 1836.
Fortunately, I had an excellent tour
guide who provided me with de-
tails concerning the events and left

me with a desire to learn more.
Since then I have learned:
The original Mission San An-
tonio de Valero (now the Alamo)
was constructed in 1718 and for 70
years served as a home to mission-
aries and Native Americans who
converted to the faith.
In December 1835, during the
Texas Revolution, a Mexican con-

tingent was forced to surrender to
Texans and Tejano volunteers (Tex-
ans of Spanish descent) fighting in
San Antonio. The Texas group then
used the Alamo as their base.
In January 1836, Sam Hous-
ton requested permission to "blow
up the Alamo" as he didn't think
that group had enough men to
defend it. He wanted the supplies
and canyons moved to Gonzales
for his use, but Texas Governor
Henry Smith denied the request.
A group of only 200 defended
the Alamo for 13 days against
General Santa Anna and his 5,000
strong Mexican army. On March 6,
1836, the final battle erupted be-
fore daybreak when the Mexicans
scaled the walls, rushed into the
compound and seized the property.
Twenty-six women and children
In 1884, the Alamo was sold
to a grocery firm who wanted, in
turn, to sell it to a hotel developer.
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toothpicks and Playdoh. The students then found the surface
area and volume of the various shapes. They were required to
create the shape, label the faces and bases of each shape, mea-
sure the sides and find the surface area and volume.

tion and eventually a plan was
worked out for the state to pur-
chase the property.
In 1905, the Daughters of the
Republic of Texas (DRT) became
custodians of the Alamo and re-
main so today. The Alamo receives
no taxpayer funding and offers
free admission to an estimated 2.5
million visitors each year. This year
they are celebrating the Alamo's
175th anniversary.
No photos may be taken inside
the Alamo.
And, UK's music legend, Phil
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CR 210 and Helping
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Sammie and Han-
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Nease IB students clean up 39 miles of
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Submitted by Kyle Dresback, Principal, Nease High School

On April 9, 129 Nease
International Baccalaureate (IB)
freshmen and sophomore students
joined their forces to clean-up the
entire stretch of St Johns County
shoreline spanning 39 miles - from
Ponte Vedra Beach to Fort Matan-
zas in St Augustine. Students in
36 teams of two to five persons
combed the beach on foot in one
to two mile intervals collecting and
documenting thousands of trash
and debris items.
This fourth annual event was a
culmination of months of planning
and preparation efforts. Students
in each team were equipped with
garbage bags, gloves, Ocean Con-
servancy data sheets, cameras for
documenting their findings and a
lot of enthusiasm. The Nease IB
beach cleanup not only resulted in
cleaner beaches but also provided
an invaluable record of a complete
snapshot of the condition of the
entire St. Johns County coastline
captured on a single day.
Nease IB students collected
a total of nearly 7,000 pieces of
garbage. The top categories of col-
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were 2,117 cigarette butts (a single
mile at the Dondanville access in
St. Augustine yielded an astound-
ing amount of 284 cigarette
butts), food wrappers and beverage
containers (1455 pieces) and plas-
tic bags and debris (384 pieces),
indicating that the majority of
marine liter is created on land by
humans. In addition to ubiquitous
plastic waste, the students collected
a significant volume of fishing line
and lures, and building material
"It was astonishing how much
trash we found within the first mile
of Mickler beach. The clean-up put
a lot of things in perspective for
me," said Nease IB freshman Paige
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an unusually large number of
washed up jellyfish: 1627. Also,
several dead fish and birds were
observed along with a snake and a
large sea turtle.
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spring, Nease IB students perform
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Ever dined next to a hungry
gator or a nesting heron? This May,
you can while supporting a very
worthwhile organization! HAWKE,
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501 (3) not-for-profit charity that
rescues and rehabilitates orphaned
wild birds, mammals and reptiles
announces their annual "Dine on
the Wild Side" fund-raising din-
ner will be held at the St. Augus-
tine Alligator Farm on Saturday
evening, May 14. The Alligator
Farm and Zoological Park sponsors
this popular event every year for
The dinner will feature Jerry
Stalvey's BBQ chicken, coleslaw
and baked beans. There are also
limited tickets for a vegetarian
dinner featuring tofu sauteed with
vegetables and served over a bed of
rice from the Gypsy Cab on An-
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nated by Jim's Place in Elkton. All
meals will be served with dessert,
tea and a roll. Also, beer and wine
will be available for purchase at the
Alligator Farm's Snack Bar. Live

music will be provided by Anasta-
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who has been performing around
Northeast Florida since 1998. She
has composed over 50 original
songs and has an ever-growing,
eclectic collection of cover songs
she plays as well.
A ticket to the event includes
an all-day pass to the park and
exclusive use of the park begin-
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Enjoy a guided tour of the bird
rookery from the boardwalk and
view thousands of birds in all
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nesting, and be sure to bring your
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Hedwig, Twiggy and Barney the
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On Sunday, May 15, River of
Life United Methodist Church
will be holding a ground break-
ing ceremony. The church had its
launch Sunday in February 2001,
while renting space from Bartram
Trail High School. The congrega-
tion was later able to move onto
its current site, 2600 Race Track
Road. The church membership
has worshiped here and will con-
tinue to growing at this site. The
first phase of building will begin
construction this summer and
completion of the 6,000 square
foot structure is expected to be
completed in late fall of 2011.
Please join us in this Ground-
breaking Celebration Sunday on
May 15, when morning worship
will be held at 9:30 a.m., followed
at 10:30 a.m. by the groundbreak-
ing. For more information contact
the church office at 230-2955 or
our website at www.rolumc.com.

San Juan del Rio will hold
their first ever Trunk Sale on
Saturday, May 21 from 8:00 a.m.
until 2:00 p.m. at the church's
parking lot, located at 1718 State
Road 13 North. There will be fun
and bargains for all! Bring your
friends and neighbors!

Come and share some neigh-
borly connection with Geneva's
Presbyterian Women (PW) on
Saturday, May 14 at our annual
Smokin' BBQ. Dinners of all
sizes will be available from $5
to $10. All proceeds go to sup-
port our local mission projects,
including Betty Griffin House,
Family Integrity and St. Francis
House. This is in conjunction
with Geneva's Youth Group's
annual spring car wash to help
fund their mission trip to Ap-
palachia this year. All tickets can
be purchased in advance and the
day of the event. Please come join
us. Geneva Presbyterian Church
is located at 1755 State Road 13.
For additional information, please
call 287-4865.

Jewish Family and Commu-
nity Services, together with the
Jacksonville Jewish Center, is pro-
viding a workshop entitled "How
to Write an Ethical Will," which
will be held on Thursday, May 19

from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
at the Jacksonville Jewish Center,
located at 3662 Crown Point
Road. The tradition of writing an
ethical will is an ancient tradition
of passing on personal values,
blessings and advice to family,
friends and future generations. It
is not a living will or a document
with which to pass on your mate-
rial possessions, but rather a way
of giving the gift of your wisdom
and insights and the treasurers of
your memories and stories. The
workshop is free but an RSVP is
required; please call 394-5737.

Riverdale United Method-
ist Church (RUMC) located at
1028 County Road 13 South
will be holding their annual huge
Yard/Garage/Rummage Sale on
Friday and Saturday, May 20 and
21, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00
p.m. both days. This community
event will feature tons of items
donated by neighbors of Tocoi,
Riverdale and Racy Point, plus
you can enjoy hot dogs, chips and
beverages for a nominal fee as
well as purchase bake sale items.
The proceeds of this event will go
towards the building fund for the
youth group's school. Mark your
calendars, tell your friends and
join us at the river for a great day
of bargains galore, while enjoy-
ing the beautiful rural setting and
have your participation support a
very worthy cause.

St. Francis in-the-Field
Episcopal Church is offering a
parents' morning out program
for the 2010 - 2011 school year.
If your children) are between 12
months and five years old they
can be enrolled in our program.
The program runs on Wednesdays
from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon.
The children are taught different
prayers, bible verses and do this
while having lots of fun. The goal
of the program is to help develop
and increase their Christian beliefs
while giving parents a few chil-
dren-free hours. The staff has been
highly trained and this program is
accredited with the state of Florida
and their standards of care. Please
consider having your little one(s)
participate in this terrific program!
Please contact the church at 615-
2130 for more information.

Do you have memories of
vacationing, working or living in
the famed Catskill Mountains,
aka the Borscht Belt? If so you are
invited to share your experiences
at a Catskills Memories social
event on Sunday, May 15 from
3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the
Bartram Springs Clubhouse, 6191
Wakulla Springs Road (off Race

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By Contributing Writer Tony Timbol

A new era starts for the
14 year old Cross Creek Pres-
byterian Church, located on
Greenbriar Road just down from
the intersection at State Road
13. After a competitive vetting
process, the church selected Paul
Kalfa as their new Senior Pas-
tor. The smooth transition from
the founding pastor completed a
six month process led by diverse
cross-section of church members.
The church leadership fully sup-
ported founding Pastor Chuck
McArthur's new mission, teach-
ing and training pastors to lead
restoration in the country of
Paul Kalfa came highly rec-
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es and from his prior church,
Seven Rivers. Kalfa and his
wife Lisa joined Cross Creek in

January 2011. Kalfa, a New York
City native (Queens) had min-
istry experience in both central
Florida and metropolitan New
York. Kalfa, a first generation
Greek-American, whose parents
immigrated to the United States,
was assistant pastor at Seven Riv-
ers Church, in Lecanto, Florida
prior to New Hope Church,
New York. Kalfa is a graduate of
Reformed Theological Seminary
(M.Div. '97) in Orlando and is
currently completing his disserta-
tion for his Doctorate of Minis-
try degree.
Lisa Kalfa, a native of
Brooksville, Florida, is an English
teacher with experience in both
public and private schools. She
is a graduate of the University
of South Florida. Her passions
include music, singing, reading,
and travel.

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SJC Town Hall Meetings

with County Administrator Michael Wanchick
" Wednesday, June 1, 6:30 pm - SJC Convention Center at
World Golf Village (in the Renaissance)
" Thursday, June 2, 3:00 pm - St. Augustine Beach City Hall
" Monday, June 6, 6:30 pm - Southeast Branch Library
" Thursday, June 9, 6:30 pm - Hastings Town Hall
" Thursday, June 16, 6:30 pm - Bartram Trail Branch Library
" Wednesday, June 22 - 6:30 pm - Ponte Vedra Beach Library
" Monday, June 27 - 6:30 pm - Main Library in St. Augustine

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busy this year! We meet the third
Monday evening of every month
at Davidson Realty at World Golf
Village. Social time is at 6:30 p.m.
with the meeting beginning at 7:00
In January we hosted United
States Senate candidate Col.
Mike McCalister; in February our
speaker was Senate President and
United States Senate candidate
Mike Haridopolos along with a
pillow drive for the foster children
program of St. Johns County. It
was very successful with many pil-
lows collected.
In March, St. Johns County
Sheriff David Shoar was our
speaker and we hosted a local Irish

In April, County
Commissioner Ron
Sanchez was our guest
speaker with a State of the
County report. We collected ten-
nis shoes for the Foster Children
Program of St. Johns County.
May's speaker will be former
State Representative and United
States Senate candidate Adam
We will not be meeting during
the months of June through Au-
gust, but will begin again in Sep-
tember with former United States
Senator and United States Senate
candidate George LeMieux.
Both men and women are
welcome to attend. Please join us
to become informed.
Contact Becky Reichenberg at
859-4707 or becky@thereichen-
bergs.com for more information.

St. Johns County students honored for character

More than 100 students were
recognized for their exemplary
character at the Eleventh Annual
American Youth Character Awards
Banquet held April 29 at the World
Golf Village Convention Center.
Honorees included three percent
of the junior class and one per-
cent of the senior class from each
high school who were identified
as students of character. Twenty-
five seniors were recognized, along
with 70 juniors including 11
from Bartram Trail High School,
12 from Creekside High School,
two from Florida School for the
Deaf and Blind, 10 from Pedro
Menendez High School, 10 from
Nease High School, 11 from Ponte
Vedra High School, 11 from St.
Augustine High School, two from
St. Johns Technical High School
and two from St. Joseph Academy.
Students also invited their parents
and a mentor who has served as a
character role model for them.
Criteria for the AYCA awards
are based on the Six Pillars of
Character: trustworthiness, respect,
responsibility, fairness, caring and
citizenship. These awards recog-
nize students for serving as good
role models for their generation.
Nominees were evaluated on the
basis of the influence of the Six
Pillars in their lives, especially as
they relate to overcoming obstacles,
making difficult choices, generos-
ity and self-sacrifice, and commu-
nity service. All honorees received

BTHS Happenings

certificates and school letters. In
addition, each senior received a
$400 award in recognition of their
exemplary character.
The NW St. Johns County
senior award recipients were Au-
brey Asplen, John "Mac" Culkeen,
Jonathan Daguilh and Cassidy
Langford of Bartram Trail High
School; Khalia Hurst, Savanna
Robinson and Jacob Sambursky
of Creekside High School; and
Brad Bennett, Virginia Beverley,
Brandon DeAguero and Conner
Holland of Nease High School.
The NW St. Johns County
junior nominees were as follows:
Bartram Trail High School
- Jason Agatep, Abbie Dorwart,
David Frick, Casey Hough, Alexis
Kapelka, Taylor Knowles, Erin
McDonald, Sydney Pilinko, Chris-
topher Popiel, Trent Register and
Tyler Worthington
Creekside High School -
Rachel Buff, Douglas Calderone,
Alyson Giambalvo, Dylan Klee,
Danielle Krusemark, Alexander
Maillis, Kelsey Matthews, Lauren
McCarthy, Virginia Pedigo, Ariella
Phillips, Monica Resto and Alexan-
dria Turnage
Nease High School - Elizabeth
Capiro, Robert Fatovic, Nicole
Gilovoy, Daniel Gomez, Shan-
non Grant, Kathryn Hill, Marian
Li, Lindsey Mitchell, E. Sabastian
Rivas and Garrison Wetmore.
Six years ago the law firm of
Upchurch, Bailey and Upchurch,

P.A. established the David Macau-
lay Mathis Memorial Victory with
Honor Award to recognize a varsity
athlete who exhibits the Six Pillars
of Character. David Mathis was a
1999 International Baccalaureate
graduate of Nease High School
who was active in the Naval ROTC
program and was a member of the
varsity basketball team.
This year's Pursuing Victory
with Honor Award winner was
Libby Crowe of Bartram Trail High
School. The other school finalists
were Jimmy Clark of Creekside
High School, Marshall Zackery of
Florida School for the Deaf and
Blind, Gabriella Samuels of Pedro
Menendez High School, Bri-
anna MacNaught of Nease High
School, Ali Fehling of Ponte Vedra
High School, Britta Messler of St.
Augustine High School and Katie
Burchfield of St. Joseph Academy.
Major sponsors for this year's
banquet were The Bailey Group,
Northrop Grumman, Prosperity
Bank and Upchurch, Bailey and
Upchurch. Other major contribu-
tors were Allen Family Businesses
(The Feed Store and Water Works),
Cady and Cady Studios, Charac-
ter Counts! of St. Johns County,
Chick-fil-A, St. Augustine Sunrise
Rotary and United Way of St.
Johns County. Many other busi-
nesses, civic organizations and
individuals also contributed to this

1500 Bartram students to take AP Exams in May
By RayTuenge, Jr., Bartram Trail High School Student

By the end of May, about
1500 Bartram students will know
whether or not they will get college
credit for advance placement (AP)
courses they have taken this year. If
they do not pass the AP exam, they
will have to retake the same courses
in college. Students who have
taken AP courses in high school
must pass the exam for that course
in order to get college credit. If
they pass the exam with a grade of
3, they will get credit toward their
college degree.
Each year, more than 22 AP
courses are available to BTHS
students who want to start gain-
ing early college credit. Some of
Bartram's most qualified teachers
instruct students participating in
the AP program. The AP program

uses specially prepared course
descriptions that ensure the subject
matter is appropriate and consis-
tent throughout the nation. The
involvement of college faculty at
all levels of exam development and
scoring ensures that the AP Exams
truly reflect college-level achieve-
ment. However, teachers are free
to use their own teaching methods
to ensure AP students adequately
learn the material and help them
pass the exam.
The AP program was devel-
oped by the College Board over
50 years ago and has been a great
success. AP exams are prepared by
college committees and AP high
school teachers to evaluate how
well students have learned the AP
subject matter and more impor-

tantly, how they will be able to
perform at the college level. Each
AP exam, except for AP Studio Art,
consists of a free-response section
and a multiple-choice section.
In addition to free-response and
multiple-choice questions, world
language exams have an extra oral
section and AP Music Theory
students must perform a song to
complete their exams. AP exams
are scored using both computers
and experienced college and high
school teachers.
Bartram students who pass
their AP exams are eligible to
receive college course credit and
achieve advanced standing at
thousands of universities world-
wide. And they will also save their
parents money.


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Wards Creek PTO update
By Contributing Writer Lyn Repsher
Great news, Warriors! The new the Basket and
playground equipment is in! The Blooms Dinner
children at Wards Creek are already and Raffle on
enjoying the benefits from the hard April 26. All three
work we all have done throughout schools created
the year. Stop by sometime and some amazing
check out the great new play area baskets that were
at Wards Creek! Thank you to raffled off. There
all the Wards Creek families that were some pretty
helped the PTO raise their goal of happy people
$40,000 to install new playground going home
equipment. with baskets
On April 15, many Warrior that had Disney
families enjoyed the great weather World, Universal
and quality family time at the Orlando,and Sea
PTO Egg Hunt. After pizza and World tickets. Some
an egg hunt, kids and parents alike walked away with ft
participated in fun activities like golf and some mom
the bunny hop race, egg toss and some spa gift cards
sack race events. Everyone had a evening was sponsor
great time. Offices of Chris Ada
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volunteer opportunities. Make
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Sports in Brief
Switzerland Point Middle
School will be hosting its annual
Summer Basketball Camp for
boys and girls ages six through
14. The camp will have three one-
week sessions on June 13 through
16, June 27 through 30 and
August 1 through 4. This is a fun
filled camp where "teaching never
stops." Don't be left out of this
year's camp because the camp fills
up quickly. Please check the web-
site at Switzerland Point Middle
School to download a brochure.
Also, we are seeking donations or
prizes for the students. (Examples
are gift certificates, T-shirts, cou-
pons, drinks or candy). If any area
business can contribute, it will be
greatly appreciated! For questions
or additional information, please
call Coach Singleton (singlet@
stjohns.kl2.fl.us) at 287-2626 or

The Creekside High School
varsity cheer team is holding their
annual Summer Cheer Camp,
June 27 through June 30 from
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon each

day. All girls enrolled in kinder-
garten through fifth grades at St
Johns County Schools during the
2011-2012 school year are invited
to attend. The cost of the camp
is $85 if registered before June
3 and $95 after June 3. Every
camper can expect interactive and
fun instruction from varsity cheer
coaches and varsity cheer team
members. activities at camp will
focus on cheers, chants, jumps,
stretches, dance, arts and crafts
and other fun events. Campers
will perform for their family and
friends on the last day of camp
and will be invited to perform
during halftime at a Creekside
High School Knights football
game during the year. Contact
Varsity Cheer Coach Jamie
Godfrey, at godfrej@stjohns.k12.
fl.us or get registration informa-
tion and forms at the Creekside
High School website at www.cshs.
stjohns.kl2.fl.us. Once on the
school website, click on Athletics,
then Camps, and then
Cheer Camp.

Retired Symphony principal
trumpet Newton takes stage
with mentor, student

Switzerland resident Cliff
Newton, retired principal
trumpet with the Jacksonville
Symphony Orchestra, is shar-
ing a special concert this month
that resonates with sounds of his
musical past - and future. In his
upcoming recital at the Northeast
Florida Conservatory, Newton
will reunite with Joseph Kreines,
his accompanist from high school
days. The pair will reprise a work
from the Conertino by Vidal.
The pair first performed the piece
together 46 years ago.
"Joe was very influential in
my development as a musician,
helping me and countless other
students become better musi-
cians," Newton said. "He helped
me get a scholarship for college
and later coached me on proper
performance of orchestral music."
Newton said Kreines epito-
mizes the role of a mentor.
"He could be glowing in his
praise, but his criticism could
also be very sharp and direct,"
Newton said.

Now Newton is following
Kreines' lifetime example, turn-
ing his focus on mentoring other
musicians. The May 19 recital
will showcase these endeavors.
During the concert, Newton will
be joined by one of his youngest
students - Ben Barton, age 11.
Barton has been taking trumpet
lessons from Newton for nearly a
year after watching Newton play
from afar during special church
services in San Marco.
"Ben had been attending
concerts I performed for several
years and decided he wanted to
learn to play the trumpet," New-
ton said. "We waited until age
10 to begin since it is sometimes
awkward to hold a trumpet if the
student is too small."
Barton will join Kreines for a
performance of the piece.
"I am really pleased to be
able to pass along the love and
excitement for performing that I
learned from Joe Kreines to my
youngest student," Newton said.

After six weeks of working
with the new spring fashions I am
happy to report to you Fashion-
able Florida Friends (FFFs) that
this season's looks are "doable" for
real women, Yea! It's not about the
extreme. Everything is more in
the middle so to speak, hemlines
are longer, clothing drapes the
body and everything is not pencil
Dresses are pretty, even glam-
orous; designers are saying some of
their lines were influenced by the
"Mad Men" syndrome. The new
looks are ladylike and Jackie-O
smart, not the ready-to-wear stuff
of the past that was clingy and
Dresses are definitely the "in"
wardrobe piece of the year. I spent
six whole days working on a dress
event for a local retailer. During
this exercise the customer told
me what they want - a dress with
another layer - making the dress
a two piece ensemble. We popped
everything in the store over those
dresses! Linen and silk sweaters,
short bolero jackets-even suit
jackets all fit the bill.
Then we added those new
wonderful gauzy scarves to the
dresses as shawls and collars; the
scarf is "the" accessory of the year.
Look at the scarf department the
next time you are in the stores

- they are soft and pretty or fun
and bright and ethnic. We added
the fun ones to tee-shirt dresses
for great resort/cruise looks. A tip
from a great expensive pocket book
retailer - tie a scarf around the
handle of your purse to zip it up! A
scarf on a straw bag is really spiffy!
The new "crop" of pants is just
that-cropped up the leg all over
the place. Skinny crop pants, flared
cropped pants, cuffed or boy-
friend-they are all hitting high
above the ankle to show off all the
new shoes of the season. The same
with shorts - there are walking
shorts and city shorts - these are
fun to dress up a bit with a fancier
top or blouse. The pencil slim
short is still casual in looks and
smart for traveling and touring.
For color think orange, tan-
gerine or peach - pop this over the
neutrals of the season for added
interest. Another tip: add a flower
to give your outfit more punch.
We popped a silk organza white
bloom to a simple denim shift and
it went up 10 notches in looks. A
hot-colored thin patent leather belt
placed on a solid or denim dress is
a great summer look too.
Now for a fun "Make It Your-
self" project: Spruce up a simple
pair of T-strap or thong sandals.
1. Buy a small amount of
lightweight fun printed cotton

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BTHS Sports Roundup
By Jared Freitas, BTHS Student

Nease Sports Roundup

By David Varga, Nease Student
The month of April was a very
exciting one when it came to Nease
athletics. Nease athletes had a very
successful month which concluded
the year for many and even their
high school careers for some. For
seniors it marked the end of their
athletic careers at Nease. They all
will look back with much emotion
and many fond memories. Over
the course of their careers at Nease
many of them formed great memo-
ries, set records and won state
championships. We would like to
especially congratulate all of those
seniors who signed and committed
to a college for next year. We wish
them the very best and hope that
they will continue their amazing
journey past Nease.
The boys' and girls' lacrosse
teams fell short this year; how-
ever, it was still a good year which
brought many memorable mo-
ments. Both teams kept a very
positive outlook on the year and

are hoping that next year brings
more luck and rewards.
The girls' softball team did not
put together the season they were
hoping for this year, yet they have
many young players and many
talented players that will only get
better and also return next year.
Thus they hope to have a large
improvement for next year and
hopefully go far.
The boys' and girls' tennis
teams had a great year and a good
finish to the season. Many individ-
uals from both the girls' and boys'
teams made it to districts, regionals
and some even to the finals. Over-
all it was a very successful season
which only promises to get better
next year with all of the returning
talent that both teams have.
The most exciting season of
the year thus far has been put to-
gether by the Nease track and field
team. Many of the runners that ran
on the cross country team also run

on the track team. As many of you
may remember the cross country
team had a very good season. The
track and field team advanced
to the state finals as a team also
advancing individuals in numerous
Another team that has been
on a roll this season is the baseball
team. After falling just a bit short
last season they are on the same
path this season. They hope to
continue their success through the
district and regional tournaments
all the way into the state cham-
pionship. They have had a very
notable season with many defining
victories. With many of the players
being seniors they hope to put
together one last push and win the
state championship. The only thing
they need is the support of the fans
so get out there for the last few
games of the season and support
your Nease Panthers!

One of the toughest ac-
complishments in athletics is the
astounding feat of completing a
marathon. This 26.2 mile long
race is not only physically difficult,
as the body suffers from hours
of stress, but it is also mentally
draining, as one must keep one's
focus and composure in order to
finish the race. The spring sports
season is very similar to a mara-
thon, as teams start out fresh and
optimistic and soon, like a runner
who starts off too quickly, need to
make adjustments in order to finish
first in their district or division.
The Bartram baseball, lacrosse and
track teams reached the final few
and most important, miles of their
marathon: the playoffs. With the
girls' lacrosse and softball teams
advancing to the state playoffs,
Bartram Trail's other spring sports
programs looked to capitalize in
the district and regional competi-
The boys' lacrosse program
surprised some teams in the dis-
trict, as they joined their counter-
parts on the girls' squad as serious
contenders this season. The boys'
team this year vastly improved
their play from the past two
seasons as they managed to finish
with a 9-3 regular season record.
Not only did Bartram put together
a successful winning season, but
they also secured key wins against
district competitor, Creekside and
area teams, Flagler Palm Coast and
"This year we were definitely
more organized, as we had three
new experienced coaches," com-
mented junior Ryan Wendlandt.
The effectiveness of this new
coaching committee presented
itself through the Bears' play, as
they managed to become the 13th

ranked team in Florida, according
to Laxpower.com and did so with
only four seniors on the team.
"Even though we are a young
team, we have been developing
together for years. Now our play
has really come together and our
communication has improved, as
well as our defense and transition
offense, which have developed into
the strong points of our team,"
Wendlandt said.
Despite this however, after
defeating Creekside again in the
playoffs, the Bears lost 15-2 to
second ranked Ponte Vedra, who
has only one loss this season and
has since defeated every opponent
by more than 10 goals.
The Bears baseball team en-
tered the district tournament under
different circumstances than the
lacrosse team, as they had suffered
a losing streak to a series of non-
district teams. Despite this however
they ended the regular season with
a 5-3-district record, while losing
close games to Nease, Ponte Vedra
and Clay.
Junior catcher Alec Cotton
attributed the recent losses to a dip
in the quality of play.
"We got lazy because of the
string of non-district games we
played, but we definitely have the
talent to defeat any team in the
district and we are looking to prove
this in the playoffs," he said. Cot-
ton also said that the team needed

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to tighten up their defense and
commit fewer errors in order to be
successful in district play.
The boys' track and field team
meanwhile accumulated momen-
tum towards the end of the season
and went into districts with a
recent victory at the conference
meet, defeating host Nease by less
than 30 points. The team received
contributions from numerous
events, but benefited most from
the sprinting events, especially
the 100m and 400m races, which
have been dominated by junior
Donovan Friscia and sophomore
Nick Uruburu, respectively. These
two again proved their dominance
by winning the 100m and 400m
races decisively at the district
meet. Their fantastic performances
launched the boys into second
place, only losing to Ridgeview by
16 points.
Senior distance runner Bryan
Jagemann described the source of
their success, "We really benefited
from strong winter conditioning
this year, which made our team
more balanced, as we scored points
in both the distance and sprint
As Bartram's spring sports
teams are making the final sprint
to the finish, there is always the
prospect of next season on the ho-
rizon, as these underclassmen-laden
teams will mature and be ready to
improve on this year's results.

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Community Engagement, Linda
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also achieving 75 percent or higher
compliance with four out of nine
of the program's quality measures.
"Our team focuses every day
on providing the best and timeli-
est care to patients with stroke
symptoms, and it is gratifying to
see their efforts validated," said
Ron Robinson, hospital president,
Baptist Medical Center South.
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Commission's Gold Seal of Ap-
proval, which demonstrates that
the Baptist Stroke Centers ap-
ply evidence-based protocols for
diagnosing and treating stroke
that have been shown to improve
patient outcomes. The centers first
earned this certification in 2007.
They were developed to meet the
growing need in Northeast Florida
and Southeast Georgia for the

diagnosis and treatment of patients
at risk for, or who have already suf-
fered from, stroke.
By law, Florida's Emergency
Medical Services (EMS) personnel
are directed to transport patients
presenting with acute stroke symp-
toms to designated stroke centers.
An important facet of Baptist's
Primary Stroke Centers is their
focus on community education
and prevention of this potentially
debilitating disease. One important
focus of this effort is educating the
public about the warning signs of
stroke and encouraging them to
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Coach Sutherland named FCA Coach of the Year
By Karl Kennell

The Northeast Florida Fellow-
ship of Christian Athletes selected
Bartram Trail High School varsity
football coach Darrell Sutherland
as the recipient of the 2011 FCA
Coach of the Year award. Suther-
land was recognized during the

FCA "Sharing
the Victory"
spring banquet
on Tuesday
March 1. The
FCA selected
Coach Suther-
land for both
his success on
the field and
for his commit-
ment to "build-
.. ing men for
- others," which
is a term he
often uses with
his players.
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the most influ-
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in the lives of teenagers in today's
culture and works with coaches to
help them leverage that influence
to positively impact the heart of
their student-athletes. The best
coaches don't just coach the physi-
cal skills of the sport but coach the

personality, emotions and the heart
of their athletes. They use the game
to build confidence, character and
leadership into the life and soul
of the kids they coach. The FCA
defines that coach as a "3-Dimen-
sional Coach." Sutherland models
that in every way; his commitment
to his players goes far past teaching
them football.
Sutherland coaches with the
philosophy of "building men for
others" by teaching the values of
putting others before yourself. A
man built for others considers how
his decisions will affect the people
in his life. Learning these principles
and values will shape what kind of
teammate they will be, what kind
of husband they will be and what
kind of father they will be. He
understands that the quality of his
relationships will define his life and
he commits himself to successful
"I am truly honored to receive
this year's award and represent
the many coaches in northeast
Florida," shared Sutherland. "We

have so many fantastic coaches
in this area; coaches who serve as
such great role models and men-
tors through the vehicle of FCA, I
consider it a real honor just to get
to be a part of this organization.
FCA played such a big role in my
own growth and development; it
is really gratifying to be a part of
something that is such a positive
influence in the lives of young
NE Florida Area Director
Clint Hendry commented how he
witnessed Coach Sutherland end a
practice the week of homecoming
by taking the time to instruct his
players on how they should treat
their dates for the evening. These
types of life lessons are common
to Coach Sutherland's coaching
The examples can go on and
on, but it is easy to see why the
Northeast Florida Fellowship of
Christian Athletes selected Coach
Darrell Sutherland as their Coach
of the Year.

CHS Sports Roundup
By Grant Piper, CHS Student

Going to state? The ques-
tion is becoming more and more
frequent at Creekside as the spring
season starts to wind down. Those
in possible contention for a state
run include girls' varsity lacrosse,
girls' tennis and various members of
the track and field team. So who's
The team drawing the most
attention right now is the Lady
Knights lacrosse team. Ranked
14th in the state overall, this team
is definitely one to consider for the
regional tournament and hopefully
the state tourney as well. The girls
were ranked sixth early in the sea-
son, but three losses to key division
teams knocked them down a few
pegs. The girls lost two consecutive
games to the Ponte Vedra Sharks
and began to look as if they were
going to lose steam going into the
postseason. In round three between
the Knights and the Sharks the girls
managed to put a 14-5 win over the
Sharks who are ranked 10th in the
state overall. This game launched
the girls into the district tourna-
ment with some momentum. The
girls' next challenge is Bartram Trail
who already beat them once ear-
lier this season. The Lady Knights
lacrosse team has a 79 percent win
ratio with an impressive 321 points
for and only 114 points against.
This team is hot and is pushing
hard to go to state.
Girls' tennis started the playoff
season by knocking off state pow-
erhouse Bolles to win the regional
title. Traditionally a strong tennis
school and a strong athletic school
in general, Bolles was expected

to advance to the state tourna-
ment with ease. The Knights had
something else in mind. In a close
nail biter that came down to the
last match, the Knights managed
to beat the Bulldogs placing the
Knights in the state tournament in-
stead. This regional title is the three
year old school's very first. These
girls are going to state.
In track and field, individ-
ual athletes go through the state
champion process instead of whole
teams. The top four fastest from
each event go to districts; the fastest
four from districts go to regionals
and so on until you reach the state
track meet. Last year only one boys'
sprinter even made it to regionals,
Kevin Pierre-Louis. This year there
is a whole list of people who might
make regionals or more. Running
sensation Jimmy Clark has some
of the best times in the country.
He is expected to compete fiercely
with his 1600m time of 4:17 and
his 3200m time of 9:06. The boys'
4x800m relay team also is expected
to do well with their time close to
8:00. Freshman Kayla Stiles has also
been extremely fast this year run-
ning 100m in 12.70. Kevin Pierre-
Louis could go for his performance
in the long jump, 4x800m relay and
400m dash. The district meet at St.
Augustine will determine it all and
these names and many more might
appear on the regional list.
A school only three years old.
A school with only two graduating
classes. A school whose name has
been almost unknown to Florida.
Who's going to state? Creekside is.

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midfielder (LSM) and has played with Creeks Lacrosse, Team Flor-
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NFL 101 - Workshop for Women is coming soon

The Jacksonville Jaguars are
gearing up for the upcoming sea-
son and want to invite the women
in our community to participate in
workshops designed to teach you
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NFL 101 Workshop in the
past has boasted a sold-out at-
tendance as fans eagerly await their
opportunity to learn what the pros
know and talk the NFL talk.
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to ensure everyone has the ability

Reminder of
Beach Rules
Beach driving season officially
began on March 1. Get weekly
updates on beach conditions
by calling the St.Johns County
Beaches information line at
Please remember to follow the
beach rules. A complete list is
posted on the St.Johns County
website at www.sjcfl.us/beaches.
Here are some highlights:
SPlease properly dispose of litter
and marine debris in the ap-
propriate garbage and recycling
" Prohibited items include alco-
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ers, unleashed animals, loud
music, open fires and overnight
" No items may be left on the
beach overnight, such as tents,
chairs and towels.
" The speed limit on all driving
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prohibited within the Conser-
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Thursday, June 23: PRI Produc-

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at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:30
p.m. The attendance fee is $40
per person. Seating is limited at
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New group for aspiring cheerleaders
with disabilities

Sparkle Effect coming to Nease

High School

After watching an Oprah spe-
cial about two cheerleaders (from
Bettendorf, Iowa) who founded a
cheer squad at their school for girls
with disabilities, Adrianna Bar-
ranco, a Nease High School varsity
cheerleader, made a dedicated
decision to find a way to bring the
same lasting, positive impact to
After meeting with Principal
Kyle Dresback, Athletic Director

Ted Barbato, varsity cheer
Coach Linda Carnall and PE
teacher Sharon Cox about
how to make this program a
success, the Nease Sparklers
were created.
The Nease Sparklers,
in their inaugural season,
will consist of six girls
with special needs to cheer
alongside the varsity cheer
squad at two home football
games. Barranco will serve
as captain of the squad with
Carnall and Cox acting
as advisors. A core group
of cheerleaders will act as
buddies for the participants
assisting in cheer routines
and stunts at practices and
the football games.
An informational meet-
ing will be held on Wednesday,
May 18 in the cafeteria at 6:30
p.m. for any interested parents and
students. The meeting will answer
questions about the program and
include a cheer demonstration.
The Nease Sparklers is open
to any St. Johns County female
student from middle through high
school ages.
Be sure you mark your calen-
dars and come to the meeting!

Reis invited to compete at
Junior Olympic Tournament

On Sunday, April 17, Allen D. Nease High School sophomore
Rachel Reis earned an invitation to compete at the Junior Olympic
National Invitational Tournament in Long Beach, California on
May 1 5. The tournament will feature the top Level 10 gymnasts
in the nation. Reis finished fourth on the balance beam at the
southeast regional meet April 1 7 in New Orleans, Louisiana to
solidify her 1 Oth place All Around finish. As a Level 9 gymnast,
Reis earned a bronze medal on balance beam and finished sixth
on uneven bars at the 2009 Eastern Nationals Championship.
Reis is a two-time regional bars champion and regional silver and
bronze medalist on balance beam. She trains at TNT Gymnastics
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JCE Extended Day spreads the love!

By Contributing Writer Jennifer Frascello, JCE Extended Day Coordinator

.t* 4

The students who attend the Center, a favorite at JCE Ex-
extended day enrichment program tended Day, regularly serves our
at Julington Creek Elementary neighbors at Westminster Woods
School are always busy actively senior community, Jacksonville's
learning in all seven centers that Daniels House the oldest child
the program provides. While each serving agency in Florida that helps
center specifically focuses on differ- abused, abandoned and neglected
ent physical, social and emotional children and our military men and
developmental foundations, one of women serving oversees.
the centers has reached beyond the Every month each organiza-
walls of Julington Creek Elemen- tion receives some type of com-
tary and has touched the lives of munication from the dedicated
those in the neighborhood, comrn- students of JCE Extended Day.
munity and beyond. It might be a package of goodies,
The Community Service a handmade trinket to decorate

their space or just a
note to say "hello"
and "you matter!"
However, April was
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month in the Com-
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others made spring floral arrange-
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at Westminster Woods. The boys
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BTHS Principal Asplen named executive director

of Human Resources

Brennan W. Asplen, princi-
pal of Bartram Trail High School
(BTHS), has been selected by
Superintendent Joseph Joyner to
be the new executive director of
Human Resources. His nomina-
tion will be presented to the School
Board and he will assume his new
position on July 1. Asplen will
succeed Jim Springfield, who is
retiring June 30 after 22 years in
the district.
Asplen has 23 years of experi-
ence in education and has served as
a teacher, coach and administrator.
He has been principal at BTHS for
the past five years.

"I have watched Brennan over
the past six years and have tremen-
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integrity," said the Superintendent.
"He is a perfect match for this
critical role in Human Resources,
and I look forward to his joining
the district office team."
"Jim Springfield has been an
incredible leader and will be sorely
missed," Dr. Joyner added. "How-
ever, I am confident that Brennan
will continue to make an excellent
department even better."
During his tenure at BTHS,
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It was previously announced
that United States Coast Guard
Auxiliary Flotilla 14-7 would
conduct courtesy Vessel Safety
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noon until...
St. Augustine Lighthouse
Park Boat Ramp - second Sunday
of each month from 12:00 noon
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safety check and it takes from
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complimentary check of your boat
conducted by members of the
Auxiliary, confirming that it meets
both federal and state requirements
for safety. No citations are issued
and the results of the safety check
are not reported to any enforce-
ment agency. A decal is awarded
to display if the vessel has passed
the examination along with a West
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purchase of safety items. An exam-
ple of some of the items checked
include during a VSC include:
Personal Flotation Devices (life
Registration and numbering
Navigation lights
Fire extinguishers
Distress signals (flares, horn, etc.)
Battery cover and connections

The most prevalent fish that
inhabits the waters surround-
ing NW St. Johns County, all of
Florida and the entire southeastern
United States is the "bream." The
bream's various sub-species include
the bluegill, redbreast sunfish, red-
ear sunfish (shellcracker), spotted
sunfish stumpknockerr) and more.
Bream vary in size, but are usually
hand-sized or smaller. However,
the Florida state record for a blue-
gill is 2.95 pounds and a whopping
4.86 pounds for a shellcracker.
Bream are found just about
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brackish water. They are an easy
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A light spinning or push button
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The bream is an aggressive
fish that has an appetite for a vari-
ety of baits. Worms and crickets are
always a favorite, but not always
readily available. However, chances
are that you have something in
your kitchen pantry that will work
just fine.

All of these items are currently
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Pound for pound the bream
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would make any bass proud. Time
of year and weather conditions do
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plenty of bass and bream. Our
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along with some nice catches of
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bridge) and the St. Johns River
have been producing a mixed bag
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Vessel Safety Checks

Second Sunday of month
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Banish invasive aliens from your yard
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existing ecosystems. You maybe
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of these destructive aliens may al-
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still sold at garden centers and you
may have unknowingly planted
them. Invasive plants are often
admired for their vigorous growth
and/or attractive flowers but they
are all demons in disguise.

Mexican Petunia
How can they be a problem
if confined to your yard? They are
spread by winds, birds, animals and
storms. One seed is all it takes to
start an invasion that takes over an
area once pristinely native.
One invasive plant you may
have already encountered is the
Mexican Petunia (Ruella twee-
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flowers and is seductively easy to
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learned, it spreads like wildfire.
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plant brought here from
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has bamboo-like stems,
lacy leaves and colorful
berries. It thrives almost
anywhere, sun or shade,
and that is the very
quality that makes it
invasive to native areas.
Just about every

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you really have is a plant that is
spreading underground throughout
your yard in a march to take over
the world. I spent many hours
pulling up the insidious roots.
There are many more invasive
plants to watch out for, such as
Wedelia (Sphagneticola tribolata),
Chinese Tallow tree (Sapium
sebiferum), Chinese Ligustrum
(Ligustrum sinense) and Mimosa
(Albizzia julibrissen). Remember,
it takes just one pant to start an
invasion. What you have planted in
your yard can have a big impact on
Florida native flora and fauna.
For more information and a
longer list of pest plants, check
out the Florida Exotic Pest Plant
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from the youths just what it means
to be homeless and what the Cor-
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During the project the youths
conducted a toiletry drive for the
benefit of the Sulzbacher Center
and raised over $700 to use for
feeding the hungry and other
service projects of the youth group.

Undoubtedly after braving the heat
of the day, the cold humid night
and of course the mosquitoes, these
18 dedicated youths gained a new
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their head and a clean safe place to

gardener is familiar with a plant
called Elephant Ears (Colocasia
esculenta). Prized for its huge, bold
foliage it can be found in many
Southern yards.
Once established
it takes over and
spreads rapidly. If
you have this in
your landscape and
have tried to elimi-
nate it, you know
why it is on the
invasive plant list.
One nemesis
I have personally
fought with is As-
paragus fern (As-
paragus sprengeri).
At one time this
was a popular
landscape plant
and I had a bed of it that came
with our first Florida home.
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yard and every year I would
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could find. It required thick
gloves to do this because of its
small, hooked, sharp thorns. I
finally got rid of it by selling the
Another personal encoun-
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eysuckle (Lonicera japonica),
a seemingly attractive but
extremely invasive plant. What
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VFA Panthers receive national
academic honors
By Contributing Writer Cindy Leeber, Scholastics Director, Villages Football
and Cheer Association

Nine members of Villages
Football have been named to the
American Youth Football and
Cheer All American team. This
honor is granted to athletes who
maintain exemplary academic
standing while participating in
extra-curricular activities and
community service. We would
like to recognize the hard work
and dedication that these student
athletes continue to show, as well
as the positive examples they set for
their peers.
Jacob Allsup - A Honor Roll,
Citizenship Award, Responsibil-
ity Award, VFA flag football,
Viper baseball and Odyssey of
the Mind team
Carter Davis -A Honor Roll,
VFA flag football, Royal Am-
bassadors and choir
Cole Davis - A Honor Roll,
Arrow of Light Award, Royal
Ambassadors, choir, Bible Drill,
Orff Ensemble, published "Our
Flag" essay, Spelling Bee, Battle
of the Books team, perfect at-
tendance, River City Basketball,
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
Cooper Jackson - A Honor Roll,

flag football, soccer and chorus
Jesse James Langdon - A Honor
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football,, Citizenship and soccer
Kirean McKee - A Honor Roll,
Citizenship Award, President's
Education Award, Sunshine
State Young Reader Award,
Battle of the Books team, swim
team, VFA flag football, safety
patrol and Orff Ensemble
Michael Munder - Principal's
Honor Roll, Diocese of St.
Augustine Honor Roll, church
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Ashton Wood - A Honor Roll,
All Academic Award, Character
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Conserve water to protect our river
By Contributing Writer Jimmy Orth, Executive Director, St. Johns Riverkeeper

One of the easiest ways for us
to be "river friendly" is to conserve
water. Because of inefficient and
wasteful water use practices, we
are reaching the limits of what our
aquifer can provide. Each of us
living in the watershed of the St.
Johns River uses approximately
140 gallons of water every day.
Over 50 percent is typically used
outside the home for lawns and
plants. This is the same water that
we drink, feeds our wetlands, cre-
ates our springs and provides 20
percent to 30 percent of the flow
of our river. If we continue using
water at this rate, we run the risk of
degrading our aquifer and damag-
ing our wetlands, springs and the
St. Johns River.
By paying close attention to
our actions and making more in-
formed choices, we can all dramati-
cally reduce the amount of water

that we use. In the process, we can
avoid the need to extract water
from our river and we can protect
our water resources for future
Here is how you can get
started on the "river friendly" path.
Frequently adjust your irriga-
tion schedule and timers based
on weather and rainfall patterns.
Often, rainfall provides all of the
water that our lawn and plants
need. Over-watering (and over-
fertilizing) can actually result in a
shallow root system, making our
lawn less drought-tolerant and
more susceptible to weed growth,
disease, fungus and insects. Also,
carefully inspect and adjust spray-
heads on a regular basis, making
sure that sprinklers are not also
watering the sidewalks, driveway
or street.
The type of plants and grasses

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that we use has a major impact
on our water use. By gradu-
ally expanding beds with native
or drought-tolerant plants and
reducing the size of our lawns, we
can eventually save a tremendous
amount of time, money and water.
The rule here is "right plant, right
place." Pick the plants that are the
most appropriate for the specific
conditions of your yard (sun or
shade, moist or dry soil, etc.) that
will require the least amount of
water and fertilizer.
If you have an irrigation
system, consider installing a soil
moisture sensor. These inexpensive
devices can cut your sprinkler sys-
tem water usage in half by prevent-
ing your sprinklers from operating
when watering is not needed.
Finally, follow local irrigation
* During daylight savings time
(March - November), only wa-
ter up to two times a week, be-
fore 10:00 a.m. and after 4:00
p.m. and only when needed.
* Early morning is often the most
efficient time of the day to
water due to lower wind speeds
and rate of evaporation.
* Odd number street addresses
can water Wednesday and
Saturday, even street addresses
on Thursday and Sunday and
businesses and non-residential
on Tuesday and Friday.
Finally, consider installing a
rain barrel to conserve water and
prevent runoff that can wash fertil-
izers and chemicals down storm
drains and into our waterways.
By working together to use
water more efficiently, we can save
money, conserve our groundwater
resources, and protect our precious
St. Johns River. Learn more about
"river friendly" practices and how
to build a rain barrel by visiting

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Letter Carriers' Food Drive

Saturday, May 14

Non-perishable food should be set out by your mailbox on
Saturday morning, May 14. Your letter carrier will pick it up
and deliver it to a St. Johns County food bank.
Help us help our community!
For information or if you would like to volunteer, please call
1 Nancy Burns at United Way at 829-9721 or 285-2606.



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