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THE CREEKLINESM SERVING THE NORTHWEST ST. JOHNS COUNTY COMMUNITY SINCE 2001 Visit our online edition at MEMBER OF THE RT PUBLISHING GROUP OF COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS 2 Volume 14, Issue 2February 2014The CreekLine12443 San Jose Boulevard, Ste. 403 Jacksonville,FL 32223Presorted Standard US Postage Paid Callahan, FL 32011 Permit No.4 What’s InsidePage 3 Whats New Page 4 From the CommissionerPage 5 School District Journal Page 6 The Sheriff Reports Page 7 North St. Johns Lunch Page 7 Spelling Bee Winner Page 8 Wm. Bartram HighwayPage 8 Tax Talk Page 9 Betty Grif n House Page 11 St. Johns Riverkeeper Page 13 Helping Hands Page 14 Teachers of the Year Page 16 Family Literacy NightPage 18 Native Sons & DaughtersPage 22 Good Deed Brigade Page 23 Bartram Relay Event Page 25 Faith News Page 27 Gardening Page 28 Fishing Report Page 31 BTHS Sports Roundup Page 34 Warm Up to Mexico 2849 CR 210 West, Johns Creek Shopping Plaza, St. Johns, FL (904) 230-8080 GET YOUR PIECE OF THE BILLION BACK FLORIDALast year American taxpayers left behind more than a BILLION DOLLARS thinking they could do their own taxes. Thats $500 on every seat, in every professional football stadium in America. Dont be a part of that billion dollar problem. H&R Block tax professionals will ensure you receive every credit and deduction you deserve. IT’S YOUR MONEY. GET IT BACK WITH BLOCK. CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT TODAY. Each tax situation is different and not everyone will receive a refund. In a 2013 study of tax returns by people who did their own taxes, H&R Block tax professionals found that about 1 in 5 taxpayers was entitled to a larger refund or owed less money. OBTP# B13696 2013 HRB Tax Group, Inc. Coming in March Home Improvement Guide Call: (904) 886-4919 Thirteen-year-old Palencia resident Sam Franzini is, once again, heading a committee to host the fourth annual Walk and Wag Dog Fair on March 9 at 1:00 p.m. on the lawn outside Palencias Caf on the Green. Getting bigger and better every year, Franzini and his friends are hoping to raise $2,500 this year, with every cent going to Aylas Acres No-Kill Animal Rescue. Aylas Acres is home to over 300 animals, many of them with special needs and Franzini is the rescue groups Kids AmbasIts February and winter sports have come to an end. For the High-Q team, the season ended roughly a month ago after Bartrams junior varsity teams loss at regionals. The varsity team wasnt as fortunate; their season abruptly ended with a devastating loss in the district semi-“ nals. Though this year did not result in numerous championship trophies for the teams, it was still special in its own right. This was Coach Earl Browns inaugural season with High-Q. After previous coach Ramona Deese retired from the The e ort to bring a detoxi“ cation center to St. Johns County came to fruition on January 22, 2014 when a grand opening ceremony took place at the EPIC Recovery Center, St. Johns Countys new (and only) detox center. Its due to great community and legislative support that we have been able to bring a detox center to our community,Ž commented Patti Greenough, EPIC CEO. Up until now, St. Johns County was the largest county in Florida without a detox center.ŽMark your calendars for March 9Students display compassion in actionEPIC announces grand opening of detox centerSheriff David Shoar speaking at the grand opening of the detox center. sador. Its an honor to be a representative for the animals at Aylas Acres,Ž Franzini said. I love animals so much and especially dogs. If I can help them in any way, Ill do it and all my friends feel the same way.Ž Helping Franzini again this year are Caitlin Mongon, Carson Brown, Jennifer Pickett and Matthew Powers. New to his crew are Kelsey Witmeier, Nick Famularo, Rachel Padgett and Sarah Padgett. His whole steering committee is made up of eighth graders and helping at the event is animal lover, Brodie Mongon, a fourth grader at Palencia Elementary. Franzinis been organizing this event since he was in the “ fth grade. Changing it up a bit, the event will simply be a dog fair for the two hours with no parade. We get so many vendors now that we want to give them more time with the people who come. They all make donations and they all work for the animals and so I want to help them too,Ž Franzini said. The kids have worked especially hard to get even more sponsors this year to make the event a continued success. Franzini described it as, A big party for people and their dogs!Ž The cost is $20 and at check-in attendees will receive a goody bag. Water bowls will be available for the dogs and water and treats available for the humans. Palencia Pet Clinics Dr. Veiling will be there to answer any questions. Lucy Lous Pet supplies will be there also with their amazing specialized collars and a groomer will be on hand to o er some free beauty services to the dogs. Other sponsors who have signed up so In partnership with the Sheri s O ce, EPIC Behavioral Healthcare took the lead in bringing a detox center to St. Johns County. After receiving funding from the Florida Legislature to operate a detox center in St. Johns County, the EPIC board of directors launched a capital campaign to raise $1.65 million to purchase and renovate an existing building. According to Greenough, the campaign has reached 69 percent of the goal and the board is continuing e orts to raise the The Bear Spotlight: High-QBy Kelly Boyer, BTHS Student Coach Brown and the JV High-Q team take rst place at Districtssport at the end of last year, the underclassmen teammates approached Brown with the opportunity to coach. Though he was a tennis coach at Pedro Menendez prior to his arrival at Bartram, he welcomed the change. Being a new teacher at Bartram, its great to get involved with the student body,Ž replied Coach Brown. Coaching High-Q was di cult because I had no idea what to do. It was di cult to determine line-ups and to “ gure out who would play each match because I didnt know what questions would be asked. It was very challenging at “ rst.Ž Before he knew it, he fell in love with the sport and gave it everything he had. Once I was able to get to know the team, I was able to BTHS High-Q Club cont. on pg. 22 EPIC Detox Center cont. on pg. 13 Mark Your Calendars cont. on pg. 17



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The Temptations and The Four TopsThurs, Feb 20, 8:00 pmAmy SchumerSat, Feb 22, 8:00 pmJennifer NettlesTues, Feb 25, 8:00 pmSouthside Johnny and The Asbury JukesFri, Feb 28, 8:00 pm21st Annual Great Guitar GatheringSat, Mar 1, 7:30 pmA Bronx TaleŽ with Chazz PalminteriSat, Mar 8, 8:00 pmScotty McCreerySun, Mar 9, 7:00 pmMichael BoltonFri, Mar 14, 8:00 pm Feb 22 AMY SCHUMER How can you get 44,000 people to know your business? Advertise in The CreekLine (904) 886-4919 Delivered by USPS to the entire 32259, and select routes in 32092/32095 zip codes Full edition is uploaded to our website Direct link on page to advertisers website when web address is included in ad. Free Job FinderŽ classi“ed listings in each issue of publication. Free graphic design services at no additional cost Opportunities for editorial copy when advertising Friends of Alpine Park would like to invite everyone to come out and see the Bennett Farmhouse decorated for Valentines Day. We will be decorating the farmhouse for major holidays to provide a backdrop for residents of the area to take their holiday photos. The farmhouse is located in beautiful Alpine Groves Park, located at 2060 State Road 13, in Switzerland. The Friends of Alpine Park is a non-pro“ t group of volunteers, with a mission to preserve and enhance the natural beauty and history of the park.Ž We currently maintain the Ruth Bennett Harris butter” y garden and are raising funds for the garden and to restore the Bennett farmhouse. We meet in front of the farmhouse on the “ rst Saturday of every other month at 9:30 a.m. Our remaining 2014 meeting dates St. Johns County is currently accepting applications for the following volunteer board and committee vacancies. Please call 209-0300 or email mlundquist@ sjc” .us for more information or to obtain an application. Application submission deadline for all vacancies is March 6, 2014. Adjustment and Appeals Board. To hear requests for code interpretation and cases for unsafe building abatement codes. Seeking members with knowledge and/or experience in technical codes “ elds and those from the general public. Must be a registered voter in St. Johns County. Regular members as well as alternates serve a term of two years. Members must “ le “ nancial disclosure. This board meets on call as needed in Conference Room 1A/1B of the County Permit Center, 4040 Lewis Speedway. Arts/ Culture / Heritage Funding Panel. To review and evaluate proposals for St. Johns County not-for-pro“ t organizations which provide programming and events of a cultural, artistic or heritage nature that will attract visitors and are enjoyed by residents. Two members shall be residents of St. Johns County with demonstrated interest in the tourism/cultural development and promotion industry with knowledge of tourism/ cultural development and promotion. The second two members shall be non-county residents are April 5, June 7, August 2, October 4 and December 6. We always welcome new members, so if you like to garden and plan events, meet new people and have fun, come to our next meeting! For more information, please contact The Cunningham Creek Elementary PTO is currently accepting applications for its annual scholarship for graduating seniors. Applications are available at local high schools as well as on the Cunningham Creek School website at http:// www-ccs.stjohns.k12.” .us. Relay for Life of Bartram Trail will be on May 10 beginning at 12:00 noon and lasting until Sunday, May 11 at 6:00 a.m. New and veteran teams are welcomed. If interested in becoming a part of this much needed cause, the “ ght against cancer, please contact Becky Kimball, team development chair at greglbeckyl@bellsouth. net or 254-7325. Monthly team parties are held the second Tuesday of each month at Durbin Creek Elementary School on Racetrack Road at 6:30 p.m. Please join us on February 11 and March 11. Relay for Life of Bartram Trail is looking for local business sponsorships. Sponsors will have di erent public exposure levels to promote your business. Please contact Barb Trawick, sponsorship chair at or 553-4816. There is an upcoming outdoor happy hour event wide fundraiser on April 11 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine. The cost is $20 per ticket and 60 percent of proceeds will bene“ t Relay for Life of Bartram Trail. For further information or to purchase tickets, please contact Kim Aslan, fundraising chair at or 7133463. The Junior Service League (JSL) of St. Augustine presents the 22nd annual Lighthouse 5K Run/Walk & Fun Run on Saturday, March 1, 2014. This years 5K chip race (timed start and “ nish), administered by Racesmith, is a ” at and fast course through historic Lighthouse Park and Davis Shores. The 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by Michelob Ultra, will begin at 4:30 p.m. in front of the Lighthouse. The Fun Run will follow the 5K and begin at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds from the Lighthouse 5K and Fun Run will bene“ t the JSLs community service projects including the Childrens Museum of St. Johns, Willich Kids Bridge Family Visitation Center, SAYS and the Lightner Museum. To register online or to inquire about becoming a sponsor, please visit Now is a good time to St. Johns County accepting applicationswho are professionals with arts, cultural or heritage organizations or institutions with experience utilizing events as tourism demand generators. This panel meets quarterly at the County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine. A ordable Housing Advisory Committee. To review established policies and procedures, ordinances, land development regulations, and adopted local government comprehensive plan to recommend speci“ c action or initiatives to encourage or facilitate a ordable housing while protecting the ability of the property to appreciate in value. Seeking members actively engaged in residential home building, mortgage banking and labor of home building. This Committee meets quarterly and on an as needed basis. Industrial Development Authority. To “ nance and re“ nance projects for the public purpose described and in the manner provided by Florida Industrial Development Financing Act to foster economic development within St. Johns County. Representation is preferred from County Commission District 2. Must be a registered voter in St. Johns County. Members must need customers?886-4919St. Johns County cont. on pg. 4 Whats New cont. on pg. 4


Page 4, The CreekLine • February 2014 • From the Commissioner’s Desk By Contributing Writer Cyndi Stevenson, County Commissioner, District 1 VARSITY INSURANCE, INC. Call 268-6365 Your local independent insurance agent since 2003 You might nd less expensive car insurance . but Tom saved $250,000 on his last car insurance claim!Dont wait to nd out what you need now but may be missing! Over 30 years experience: Managerial Accounting Services Jim Taylor at 904.705.1692 There have been many changes to the Florida Statutes that impact the countys ability to manage growth in a responsible way. While it used to take at least a year to get Comprehensive Plan changes approved, the process had been streamlined so small changes can be accomplished in a month or two and large changes, like the St. Johns Marketplace, may be approved in less than a year. The St. Johns Marketplace, approved January 21, 2014, could have been considered a Development of Regional Impact under past rules. Recent changes were made by the legislature last year to exempt Hotels and Light Industrial. They also took advantage of recent changes by the county commission to avoid this requirement. These changes enabled large economic development projects to move more quickly through the system and to reduce their cost sharing on roadway infrastructure. Other changes at the state level could hamper the countys ability to hold projects accountable for their transportation impacts remain contingent on varying interpretations of recently revised state statutes that are being litigated throughout the state. This means the county taxpayers can be left holding the bag on infrastructure costs or be faced with living with signi“ cant congestion. Furthermore, there continue to be proposals to completely eliminate both concurrency and Development of Regional Impact review by state level legislative action. For this reason it is critical for the county and all local governanalyze your yard. Learn to create functional, attractive and ecologically sound surroundings that complement your home on February 20 at the St. Johns County Windstorm Training Center, located at 3111 Agricultural Center Drive from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Keith Fuller, St. Johns County Extension Horticulture Agent and other Master Gardeners will share tips that will help you save money and reduce water, fertilizer, and pesticide use. The general public and professionals are welcome to this free program, which is hosted by the St. Johns County Extension Service. For more information, please call 209-0430. The fourth annual American Cancer Society Texas Holdem Tournament is set for Saturday, March 29 at The Best Bet Jacksonville! The tournament ticket is a $50 advance purchase buy-in or $60 at the door. The ticket includes starting chips of 2000, hors doeuvres, prize pool portion and a donation to the American Cancer Society. So, give the gift that gives twice, to your Texas Holdem player and the American Cancer Society. Help us in the “ ght against cancer! Please contact Becky Kimball at 254-7325 or for additional information. Calling all undergraduate students from St. Johns County! AAUW St. Augustine Branch is awarding two Jean Luoma Scholarships to students who will be at least college sophomores in the fall. To apply, go to http://staugustine-” scholarship/ to read the information needed, which includes transcripts, essay and three letters of reference. The application can also be downloaded. Students need a minimum of 2.5 GPA. The deadline for receipt of application is April 8, 2014. Scholarship awards are dependent upon fundraising. The MOMS Club St. Augustine-North is a wonderful way to meet other stay-at-home and part-time working mothers and is a fun way for your children to socialize with other children. Mothers with children of all ages are welcome. Members for this chapter must live in the 32092 or 32095 zip codes, including all neighborhoods along the 210 corridor. We typically meet once a month to plan our activities for the month ahead; these business meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month at Faith Community Church on County Road 210. Of course, children are welcome at all of our meetings and activities. Please contact us at sanmoms@ or visit for more information. Starting on Friday February 14, the St. Johns County Extension O ce is o ering a Landscape Design Class. This is one of the best investments you can make in your home. Unlike other home improvement projects, a landscape tends to appreciate with time as opposed to depreciating. Learn to create a landscape design for your home by attending our three session class. For each week we build on the previous information and by the end of the third session you can have a completed design. By attending the three classes it also entitles ments to be very careful with their stewardship of Comprehensive Plan changes to our Future Land Use Map. If the last nine years as your elected representative has taught me anything, it is that both economic conditions and legislative changes can make entitling huge tracts of land risky business for developers and taxpayers. Because the county can now act quickly to entitle land for real projects, we can have conceptual plans that we could enable incrementally as the developer is willing to commit to an infrastructure plan. There is no longer justi“ cation for making large permanent commitment that exposes our taxpayers to the unknown. Because of legislative changes at the state level, we now can meet the needs of economic development projects for speed; however, the county needs to adjust its approach to maintain our stewardship to existing residents, businesses and taxpayers of St. Johns County. Northern St. Johns County has plenty of lessons on the need to bring infrastructure and schools online in a timely manner and how things change over time. Now is the time for the county commission to change their approach to entitlements to re” ect the new laws and changing times. It is time for a change in order for the county to continue its commitment to responsible growth that is economically sound for the long term, not just an economic bonanza for developers. Please ask the Board of County Commissioners to change their strategy to re” ect the new laws of the land and development trends. It is time for a change. Just because the state has revoked the requirements for county infrastructure plans to be “ nancially feasible, the commission is still responsibility to ensure that there is a reasonable funding plan in place to fund the infrastructure required by new growth, especially when increasing development rights with Comprehensive Plan Amendments. Time for a change in countys approach to growth management?“ le “ nancial disclosure. This authority meets as needed from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on the second Monday of every other month in the BCC Executive Board Conference Room, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine. Recreation Advisory Board. To provide a sounding board for new ideas, assist in solving problems, act as liaison when called upon to other governmental bodies, represent the Recreation and Parks Departments posture on sensitive issues in the public arena, and to assist in the establishment and carrying out of goals and objectives and budget preparation in providing leisure time programs and facilities. Seeking representation from County Commission Districts 2, 3 and 5. This board meets at 3:00 p.m. on the “ rst Thursday of each month in the Board of County Commissioners Executive Board Room, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine. St. Johns County cont. from pg. 3 Whats New cont. from pg. 3 Whats New cont. on pg. 6

PAGE 5 • February 2014 • The CreekLine, Page 5 Kids Are Not Little AdultsWe understand that kids are not little adults. They have special needs and an emergency room can be an anxious place for a child. Our physicians are board certi“ed in emergency medicine and our registered nurses are certi“ed in pediatric advanced life support and trained in pediatric medication administration. The Memorial Emergency Center Julington Creek oers rapid response for pediatric patients children will be seen quickly in one of our two pediatric rooms. Convenient Appointments Before & After Work or School! Call today for your FREE consultation! February is the month that St. Johns Education Foundation hosts its annual Teacher of the Year Banquet. This years theme is Teachers: Our Superheroes.Ž I certainly agree that our teachers are our superheroes. The extraordinary work and e ort, not to mention creativity, that professional educators bring to their classrooms every day are the reason that our students are so successful. Recently, I have been in several schools and classrooms around the district and have found students to be fully engaged with their teachers and taking charge of their own learning. As one kindergarten teacher told me, My whole classroom has changed. I am no longer the teacher but rather the facilitator of learning.Ž Her students were busy exploring the topic of the moment and sharing with their peers. The conversation was rich with inquiry and the students were seeking to understand the concepts fully. Even at the earliest grades, students are truly that … students. If you would like to help celebrate our Superheroes, contact St. Johns Education Foundation at On January 17, I was privileged to attend an event hosted by Congressman Ron DeSantis to celebrate students in the 6th School District JournalBy Contributing Writer Beverly Slough, Chariman, St. Johns County School BoardCongressional District who have been nominated for appointments at military academies. St. Johns County had far and away the most nominees to be honored, thanks to our excellent Junior ROTC programs at Bartram Trail High School (Air Force), Nease High School (Navy) and St. Augustine High School (Army). Those nominated from St. Johns County are Jared Heinreich, Scott Jones, Thomas Moroney, William Waldenmaier, Maggie Borngesser, William Duncan, Christine Gaitantzis, Sarah Galloway, Helen Jacobsen, Liam Leahy, Kyer Mosteller, Rebecca Ramsey, Nicole Thatcher, John Oswald, Tucker Boyett, Nicholas Cunningham, Robert Grune, Jr. and William Taylor. Several of these students received nominations to more than one academy. The process for nomination is a rigorous one. Students must “ rst submit an application to their Congressman or United States Senator. They are then required to be interviewed by a panel of academy board members, who submit their recommendations for nomination to the congressman or senator. The nomination is forwarded to the military academy where further review is conducted, hopefully resulting in an appointment to that institution. One St. Johns County student, Nicole Thatcher, has already received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. I am very proud of these students for their desire to serve their country while extending their education at one of our military academies. Work continues on the two new K-8 schools set to open this fall. I had the opportunity to walk through K-8 HH on Longleaf Pine recently. It is a beautiful, well-planned facility that will be ready to receive students when school begins in August. The campus is situated next to beautiful preserve land that will enhance the ambiance of learning. Zoning is complete for the new school and Principal Emily Harrison and Assistant Principal Patrick McGee have already begun meeting with parents of students who will be enrolled there. Mrs. Harrison will be identifying teachers and sta in the coming weeks. I look forward to a wonderful beginning for our newest school in the Northwest. With the construction of these two new schools, our district has exhausted its capacity to sell bonds for new construction, as I have mentioned several times. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is spearheading an e ort to identify a new funding stream for school construction while also cutting taxes for Floridas residents. He wants the Legislature to cut the 7 percent statewide sales tax on electricity paid by businesses by half and dedicate the remaining revenue to school construction to replace the rapidly-shrinking revenue source for PECO, or Public Education Capital Outlay, which is funded by a tax on cable TV, phones and electricity. The mechanism that Florida uses to fund classrooms and laboratories and dorms in state colleges and universities and our schools is broken,Ž Putnam told reporters during a roundtable meeting. We all drive by schools or in my case have kids in schools, whose playgrounds are dotted with portables. We see how early in the day kids are eating lunch ƒ If we want to be a pre-eminent higher education system, if we want to have a globally competitive work force, we need to have a funding mechanism that is sustainable, bondable, long term. Were o ering a proposal to do that.Ž I am hopeful that the Legislature will see the wisdom in Commissioner Putnams proposal so that a sustainable fund stream for new schools can be established. As always, thank you for your commitment to public education. If I may serve you in any way, please contact me at sloughb@stjohns.k12.” .us.Bring business to your door!Advertise in The CreekLine 886-4919


Page 6, The CreekLine • February 2014 • The Sheriff ReportsBy Contributing Writer David B. Shoar, St. Johns County Sheriff Oering a close connection to everything thats possible in medicine.Introducing Jaime Kibler, DODonald J. Levine, MD is pleased to welcome Family Practice Physician Jaime Kibler, DO to Baptist Primary Care Julington Creek. They oer you and your family a medical home, where you enjoy an ongoing relationship with your personal physician „ someone you can talk to and trust. Someone who will see you the same day if theres an urgent need, and coordinate your care with an electronic medical record shared across Baptist Healths comprehensive network of providers. Convenient. Caring. Connected. Thats changing health care for good. Baptist Primary Care Julington Creek Bishop Estates Road, Jacksonville, FL ..baptistprimarycare.netBAPTIST PRIMARY CARE JULINGTON CREEKSports/school physicals Immunizations Preventive wellness care GYN care Coordinated care of chronic conditions On-site lab for blood tests e es Road, Jacksonville, F L e .ne t VPK Enrolling Now!Call for detailsThis month I would like to draw attention to our Sheri s Advisory Council here at the St. Johns County Sheri s Of“ ce. This is just one way that our citizens work closely with me and other members of your Sheri s O ce to promote the essential partnership between this o ce and our communities. These councils, called ShAdCos, serve as information exchanges between citizens and the Sheri s O ce. Regularly scheduled meetings o er residents an opportunity to communicate directly with the command sta and deputies on issues of importance to their own neighborhoods. These councils provide an opportunity to develop mutual understanding and encourage community participation in the development of Sheri s O ce programs, as well as policy considerations. This program not only demonstrates a full accountability to the residents of our county it also serves to reduce the fear of crime in our communities. St. Johns County spans over 600 square miles and presents uniquely diverse issues a ect-Sheri s Advisory Councilsing our various districts. The advisory councils have been established in the di erent areas of the county to address speci“ c problems and “ nd solutions in those areas. These volunteers work closely with the Sheri s O ce and participate in meetings. They receive information concerning the latest e orts from our o ce and provide feedback and advice on how the agency can improve the delivery of services to their neighborhoods. There are two ShAdCos presently and they are formed in the fastest growing areas of the county, the Northwest and Northeast. Any resident of St. Johns County who is over the age of 18 is encouraged to apply to be a member of the Sheri s Advisory Council. Commander Brian Lee leads the Advisory Council in the Northwest section of the county. They meet on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Julington Creek Annex, located at 725 Flora Branch Boulevard. You can reach Commander Lee by email at or by phone at 209-1451. In the Northeast District, Commander Samuel Williams heads up the Advisory Council. They meet on the second Thursday of each month at Pussers Caribbean Grill Restaurant, located at 816 A1A North, Suite 100 at 12:00 noon. You can reach Commander Williams by email at or by phone at 209-1963. I would also like to remind our residents that there are several ways you may be a part of your Sheri s O ce. The Civilian Police Academy is an excellent way to learn what we do and how we train to combat crime in our communities. I will discuss the academy in a future column. You can also follow us in various social media settings such as Facebook and Twitter. As always, feel free to contact me by phone or appointment at the Sheri s O ce, or you can reach me by e-mail at dshoar@ And for additional information on the many programs we o er at the Sheri s O ce, please go by our website at I look forward to your input. you to a site visit for an evaluation of your plan. The class will be three consecutive Fridays, February, 14, 21 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon. The cost of the course is $30 and class size is limited to 15 projects. This class will be held at the Wind Mitigation Building, located at 3111 Agriculture Center Drive. To register for the class, please call 209-0430. Adults and teens age 14 and older are invited to attend the Project Lap Blanket crochet group at the Bartram Trail Branch Library on Tuesday, February 11, Tuesday, February 18 and Tuesday, February 25 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The group will crochet or knit blankets for cancer patients at area hospitals. All skill levels are welcome. Cant come to any of the meetings? Pick up the crochet pattern at the Reference Desk in the library and crochet the blanket in your spare time. Drop o completed blankets and any yarn youd like to donate during regular library hours. For additional information, please call the Reference Desk at 8276960. On Thursday, February 20 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, the St. Johns County Extension O ce will be holding a rain barrel class. The class is a make and takeŽ class with class participants leaving with a “ nished barrel. The cost of the class is $40. The barrels are 55 gallons. During the dry season, rain barrels can come in handy for capturing what little rain we do get. You must pre-register to attend and do so by calling 209-0430. The class will be held at the St. Johns County Agriculture Center, located at 3125 Agricultural Center Drive in St. Augustine. St. Johns Federated Republican Women will hold its annual Installation Dinner on February 17 at Slammer and Squire Clubhouse, located in the World Golf Village. The event will begin with a social at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner. Early-bird tickets are $30. To insure this rate, reservations and payment must be made by February 13. Later reservations or payment at the door will be $35. For additional information, please contact Melissa Nelson at 910-6442. Payment should be made to SJRW and mailed to 214 Edgewater Branch Drive, St. Johns, FL 32259. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-7 meets the “ rst Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Yacht Club near the St. Augustine Lighthouse. The ” otilla is always looking for new members, particularly those who own aircraft, boats and have radio equipment and skills. If you are interested, please contact Vic Aquino at 460-0243. On Saturday, February 15, 2014, the St. Augustine Yacht Club (SAYC) will host the second Gala Fundraising Art Auction, the proceeds of which will bene“ t St. Augustine Yacht Club and the SAYC Youth Sailing Program. The auction will take place at St Augustine Yacht Club, located at 442 Ocean Vista Avenue in St Augustine. Starting with a one-hour art preview at 5:30 p.m., the live auction starts at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary hors doeuvres, dessert and co ee and a cash bar will be enjoyed. In addition, there will be a special door prize donated by Marlin Art and silent auction. Pre-show tickets may be purchased for $10 at the St Augustine Yacht Club through the club manager, Diane Scott, 824-0725. TOPS (Take O Pounds Sensibly ) is an international weight loss club; our Chapter TOPS #FL493, St. Augustine meets every Wednesday at the old Colee Cove Fire Station, located at 9105 County Road 13 North. We meet at 8:30 a.m. to weigh in and the meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. National dues are only $28 a year, chapter dues are only $4 a month. We have weekly programs prepared from material sent to us by TOPS, Inc. Your “ rst meeting is free, come and check us out! For more information, please call Sara Weaver at 940-7528 or Bobbi Culbreth at 824-2466.Whats New cont. from pg. 4 The CreekLine YOURCommunity

PAGE 7 • February 2014 • The CreekLine, Page 7 Robert E. Burke, CPA The CPA Never Underestimate the Value Buy A Business John SerbCerti“ed Business Intermediary Call 904-613-2658 for a Con“dential No-Cost Valuation & Consultation For Appointment Call904-230-0080 NEW LOCATION! 485 State Road 13Suite 3 (Next to Burger King) Dr. Thomas Is Back or Neck Pain Impacting Your Life? Dr. Thomas Lahmann Chiropractic PhysicianHumana Beech Street A Proud Participating Provider for Aetna and Blue Cross / Blue Shield United Insurance Plans Accepts All Auto Insurance Julington Creek Chiropractic & Wellness Center P.A.SpineMedTM Spinal Disc DecompressionA Safe and Pain-Free Procedure Designed for Back & Neck pain Non-Surgical, Drug Free Procedures for: By Contributing Writer Vicky Oaks, St. Johns County Supervisor of ElectionsYour Vote Counts!Election dates are set for 2014; mark your calendar now! The Primary Election will be held on August 26 and the General Election is on November 4. We are o to a busy start this year as new candidates are already signing up to run for o ce. There will be a full slate of candidates in the 2014 elections beginning with United States Congress, the Governor and Cabinet, Florida Senate and Representatives, two County Commissioners, three School Board members, many special district o ces and three seats on the Julington Creek Plantation CDD board. Visit our website at www.votesjc. com to see the local candidates who have already “ led to run for o ce. A link is also available to take you to the Division of Elections website for a list of candidates who have “ led with the state. Candidates are required to open a separate campaign account and all monies collected and spent on their campaign must be deposited and spent through this account. They are required to “ le reports with the Elections O ce monthly on who their contributors are, how much they contribute and how their money is being spent. These reports are public record and are available on our website. Contribution rates were increased by the state legislature last year. Local candidates may accept $1,000 from each contributor per election. Candidates who run statewide may accept up to $3,000 per contributor per election. Its also a busy time at the Elections O ce as we are verifying voters signatures on thousands of constitutional amendment petitions for two political committees who are gathering petitions in an attempt to gain ballot position for the 2014 November General Election ballot. The petition deadline is February 1, so by the printing of this issue we will know if either or both committees have gained enough valid signatures to make the November ballot. They are the Use of Medical Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions and the Water and Land Conservation Dedicates funds to acquire and restore Florida conservation and recreation lands. There is one additional step in the process which requires the Florida Supreme Court to rule whether the ballot measure is constitutional. The Water and Land initiative has been approved by the Supreme Court. The decision on the Medical Marijuana is pending. [Editors Note: The Florida Supreme Court did approve the Medical Marijuana language after this article was submitted for publication. The amendment will appear on the November ballot.] The state legislature may also place some items on the November ballot during the upcoming session. I will keep you informed of any issues as they arise. New this year, voters may sign up to receive sample ballots by email in lieu of regular mail. You can make your request in one of two ways: complete a new voter registration application and indicate the email address to which you would like your ballot sent. On the front page of our website there is also a new link on the front page of our website where you can sign up. While this is an advancement in the use of technology and we are pleased to be able to o er this new service, I must warn you of the fact that email addresses are public record. I and the other Supervisors of Elections in the state would like to see this change so voters email addresses are exempt from public record and hope to address this with our legislators this session. Please contact us any time we can be of service to you at 823-2238 or visit our website for updated election and voting information.Newcomers of North Saint Johns (NNSJ) will hold its March luncheon meeting on Tuesday, March 18, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at St. Johns Golf and Country Club on County Road 210. Please join us! Newcomers will host a Game Day for our March luncheon. Tables will be set up for Bunco, Canasta and Mah Jongg, as well as an area for Bingo. There will be social tables for members who are not interested in games. The menu will include a choice of chicken and cheesestu ed Portobello or shrimp skewers, a seasonable vegetable, cornbread mu ns and Caesar salad. There will be strawberry shortcake for dessert. Reserve early as space is limited. The total cost is $17, including tax and tip. A cash bar will be available and door prizes and ra es will be offered. All reservations must be received by March 7 and there are no refunds. Please address checks to NNSJ, indicate your menu choice and the game you will be playing and mail to Susan Ott, 1000 Inverness Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32092. Remember to bring your gently used books for the book sale. No food for charity will be collected this month. Become a Member! NNSJ invites any resident of North Newcomers of North Saint Johns announces luncheonBy Contributing Writer Mona JensenSt. Johns County who has moved here recently, is experiencing a life change or just wants to become acquainted with some new friends to join. We o er a wide variety of activities for you to get acquainted and have fun, including lunch groups, wine socials, golf, Mah Jongg, holiday parties, day trips, and cultural activities. If you are interested in NNSJ membership information or to request a newsletter about other upcoming events, please contact Sue Aird at sjaird@comcast. net.Ajay Sarma, a seventhgrade student at Fruit Cove Middle School, won the 2014 St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) Spelling Bee held on January 15 at the School Board Administration Building. He won by spelling the word gustatoryŽ correctly. Sarma is the son of Srilatha Mahankali and Sundhar Sarma. Thirty-one elementary and middle school students from 26 public and “ ve private schools competed for the honor of representing St. Johns County in The Florida TimesUnion Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 15 at the Jacksonville Main Public Library. If for any reason the winner is not able to attend, runner-up Santhya Raman of Timberlin Creek Elementary School will represent the county. It took 29 rounds for the winner to be determined. The participants were congratulated by School Board Chair Bill Mignon, School Board Member Bev Slough, Superintendent County Spelling Bee winner is from FCMSJoseph Joyner and Deputy Superintendent Martha Mickler. WFOY Newstalk 102.3 FM broadcasted the spelling bee live and streamed it on their website. The winner of the regional spelling bee will advance to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee scheduled in May in Washington, D.C. Laurie Hays, SJCSD program specialist for elementary language arts, served as the spelling bee coordinator and the pronouncer was Gina Fonseca, SJCSD program specialist for exceptional student education. Judges for the event were Sheila Veatch, SJCSD coordinator for Common Core State Standards; Cheryl Freeman, SJCSD volunteer coordinator and director for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of St. Johns County; and Sandy Waldeis of Catholic Charities. Want your school’s Good News to appear in The CreekLine?Let us know what is happening in your school or classroom and we’ll share it with your neighbors in St. Johns!Send an email to editor@ thecreekline.comDeadline is the 20th of each month!


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Weve been working on this project for quite a few months, ever since realizing the existing bylaws had a few inconsistencies that needed correction. The existing bylaws were developed at the birth of the Scenic Highway Group more than 15 years ago Bob Fitzgerald, “ rst vicechair, and his committee met regularly over the past few months to arrive at an excellent product. The revised by-laws and rules were unanimously approved by the WBS&HH Management Group. Thank you Bob, Claire, Luis and Sarah for your excellent work„we are grateful for your e ort. Glenn Close of County Road 210 group gave us a brief presentation regarding the Northeast Florida Regional Transportation Commission and their planning for improved transportation systems for Northeast Florida. Unfortunately however, this planning Dont let your old phones just gather dust and take up space in a drawer or cabinet! Bring them to your local St. Johns County Tax Collectors o ce where they will begin a journey for a worthy cause. We have been working with Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. for several years, collecting phones from employees and a few local businesses at our main o ce; however, as part of our commitment not only to our military but also to the community we serve, we are expanding our collection e orts in 2014 to include all branches and encourage the public to participate. Since its founding in 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. has provided 200 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world. Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones for Soldiers distributed 12,000 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals. For every donated phone valued at $5, the organization is able to provide two-and-ahalf hours of free talk time to deployed troops. Bring your gently used cell phones, chargers and accessories to any location of the St. Johns County Tax Collector: Julington Creek, 725 Flora Branch Boulevard Ponte Vedra, 5430 Palm Valley RoadWilliam Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway updateBy Contributing Writer Al Abbatiello, alabbat@bellsouth.netdoes not appear to include the NW St. Johns County area. Our main concern for Northwest St. Johns County is the fact there is no public transportation available for residents of Fruit Cove, Julington Creek/Durbin Crossing/ Aberdeen/Switzerland areas. In the past 15 years weve had immense growth in the area, yet this sector of the county continues to see many new developments being planned despite the many earlier approved (but not yet built) developments. The fact is, the Julington Creek Bridge is the only way out of NW St. Johns County and with current planning well experience continued tra c buildup and delays. Of course, we can always drive all the way to U.S. Highway 1 or Bartram Park Boulevard to get out of St. Johns County, but there are major developments being built in those areas too. We need access to some type of public transportation or connector to the JTA bus terminal on the other side of the Julington Creek bridge in Duval County. This is my opinion; whats yours? On other topics, St. Johns County and the WBS&HH Group are planning for another of our annual Bartram Bash events at Alpine Grove Park in April. Also, we learned there will be a pavilion built at Alpine Groves Park sometime in 2014. Were not sure of when, but well keep you informed as we learn more. A pavilion will be a great feature for the park by providing some shelter from sun and weather and a place for kids to be kids. Our monthly meetings continue to be lively, with input from all our members. Were an active group and welcome your ideas as well. Youre invited; please join us in our exciting new ventures at the next WBS&HH meeting on February 13. We meet at the County Annex on Flora Branch Boulevard, north of Race Track Road at 6:30 p.m. See you then!Donate your cell phones and help a soldier phone home!Tax TalkBy Contributing Writer Dennis W. Hollingsworth, CFC, St. Johns County Tax Collector St. Augustine at Dupont Center, 6658 U.S. Highway 1 South St. Augustine at the Courthouse Complex, 4030 Lewis Speedway Hastings, 6195 South Main Street, Suite E Mindful that our freedom depends on the sel” ess sacri“ ce of these brave men and women, your St. Johns County Tax Collector employees have a strong history of support for our military. Your tax collector o ces waive the optional $1 fee for military veterans seeking the VŽ designation on their Florida driver license. Since 2001, weve made available front-end car tags with the American Flag and Support our TroopsŽ message as a fundraiser for a local nonpro“ t. Your tax collector employees have sent care packages to the troops and even provided a dog care package for a St. Johns County resident working with a military canine unit in the Middle East. During Christmas, employees conducted a jeans-day fundraiser to collect for female veterans residing at the local VA retirement home. These are just a few examples of our e orts, humbly shared so the public can better understand that our support and appreciation is year-round, both personally and professionally. We are always looking for ways to support our troops, so if you have any suggestions please contact me at taxcollector@ Do you enjoy receiving The CreekLine each month?Then our Advertisers!As a non-subscription publication we rely on our fine advertisers to finance the production of your community newspaper! 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More importantly though, how, you may ask, can civics and Valentines Day be linked?Betty Gri n House will be hosting its inaugural Betty Grif“ n House 5K Run and Walk and brunch fundraiser on Saturday, April 12 beginning at 8:30 a.m. This event will raise money for the many programs Betty Gri n House coordinates. The race will start and “ nish at the St. Augustine Beach Pier. Registration and packet pick-up will be on April 11 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and at 7:00 a.m. on April 12 at the Pier Pavilion. The registration fee is $20 until February 28. Children 14 and under are $15. From March 1 to April 11, the registration is $25 and race day registration is $30 for all. Your registration fee gets an amazing race bag with t-shirt. Pets are welcome on a leash. All race participants and supporters are invited to join us for brunch! Raise $100 and enjoy the Friends of Betty Brunch, directly following the 5k in the Pier Pavilion. You will be served by a celebrity wait sta and entered to win one of many prizes, including a cruise for two! You will receive one entry for every $100 raised or donated. E Pluribus Unum: Civics for one and allBy James A. Lee, M.Ed., Ed.D. ABD, Peer Teacher Evaluator, St. Johns County School District, jal@rtpublishing.comAgain I draw from one of the greatest speeches of American history, Lincolns “ rst inaugural address. An often cited line from that speech makes the connection between the sentiment of Valentines Day and democracy. Lincoln said, We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of a ection.Ž He was of course warning against the decision of the southern states to divide the union. But the words are just as important today even if the circumstances less dire. We are nine months (Valentines Day reference intendedƒjust think about it) from another vital election. Electioneering, political posturing and issue spinning are already happening around the state and nation. Sides are being drawn, endorsements are being made and big money is being spent, all in the name of democracy. In November, those Valentines babies will arrive to an atmosphere of anger, frustration, divisiveness and voter fatigue. Why do we Americans, and for that matter, citizens of all free democracies, subject ourselves to such frequent spasms of discord and pain? It is, simply, or not so simply, that democracy was never intended to be easy. It is slow and ine cient at best, vitriolic and fractionate at worst. It is this very nature of democracy to which Winston Churchill referred with his famous words, Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.Ž To opt for a purely e cient and resolute government is to retreat to tyrannical absolute authoritarianism. Democracy is slow, divisive, ine cient and factional. But it is the best option available to imperfect humans. Valentines Day celebrates love, the strongest emotion of the heart. Just as the broken hearts of two lovers can be mended through understanding, patience and compromise, so can the hearts of a democratic people be opened to understanding, patience, and compromise. In his book Healing the Heart of Democracy,Ž Parker Palmer said, Our sharpest disagreements need not be the seeds of democracys destruction. If we know how to hold their tensions in ways that open our hearts, they can become proof of democracys genius and drivers of its renewal.Ž Lincoln concluded his address with these hopeful words. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle“ eld and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.ŽBetty Gri n House to host 5k run and walkAll “ tness levels are welcome; this event is designed for the whole family to enjoy! If you need a little motivation, join the Betty Gri n House 5k Walking Club and go from couch to 5k in only 10 weeks. The Walking Club will take place every Saturday starting February 1 at 8:00 a.m. at Treaty Park, located at 1595 Wildwood Drive in St. Augustine. To register for the 5k or for more information, please visit www.bettygri or call Malinda Everson at 8088544. As a private, nonpro t agency, Betty Grif n House provides emergency shelter to abused women, men and their minor children. Other support services available to shelter residents and non-residents include a 24hour crisis hotline, individual and group counseling, forensic / medical rape exams, and legal assistance. Con dential individual and group counseling are available in all parts of St. Johns County including Hastings, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Johns, St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach. For more information or to make a donation, visit our website at www. bettygrif Everybody reads The CreekLine Shouldn’t your ad be included?886-4919 C o m i n g i n Coming in M a r c h March Home Improvement Guide Call: (904) 886-4919


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Smith is a “ fth generation farmer who is engaged in the production of cattle, hay, “ sh, vegetables, sod and timber, as well as the operation of a custom fertilizer application service. I would like to see our Mathnasium of Fruit Cove is now open for business, o ering fun and e ective after-school math programs for children in grades one through 12 and beyond. The brand new center is located within Bartram Walk East at the corner of Race Track Road and State Road 13. Mathnasium operates on the core belief that virtually any child can become great at math. The Mathnasium Method’, implemented at more than 400 Mathnasium centers across the United States and abroad, is a unique program that provides each child with a customized learning plan and personalized instruction in a way that makes sense to them. Here at Mathnasium, we focus solely on math,Ž explains Alan Crouch, co-owner and lead instructor. Speci“ cally, we focus on individual math skills and we teach those skills in a way that really connects with kids.Ž Mathnasium centers across the country have helped struggling students develop Kim J. Kendall has announced she is running for St. Johns County Commissioner District 2. As a former small business owner and FAA air tra c controller, Kendall will bring a keen sense of both the private and public sectors. As a conservative Republican, Kendall knows the way to grow the economy is by having a smaller, less-intrusive government focused on governing from the local level. Kendall is no stranger to public service. She has served St. Hastings resident to challenge for St. Johns District 2 Seatcounty continue to cut waste, create jobs and build reserves,Ž said Smith. It is reasonable to expect our elected o cials to present a zero based budget each year and spend within our means. It is also reasonable to support leaders who believe that growing the private sector is much healthier for a thriving community than growing the size of government.Ž Smith is actively involved in the agricultural community and serves in many capacities representing the industry. His elected service includes the Hastings Drainage District and the Farm Service Agency; he is currently president of the Putnam-St. Johns County Farm Bureau and a director for the Florida Farm Bureau; he also serves in an advisory capacity with the American Farm Bureau. In addition, Smith serves on the St. Johns County Agriculture and 4-H Advisory Councils.St. Johns resident to challenge for St. Johns District 2 SeatJohns County in many ways including: co-founding our middle school sports program, serving as Vice President of Public Affairs for the St. Augustine Navy League, chairing a statewide literacy initiative, serving on the Northeast Florida Early Learning Coalition Board, chairing the Timberlin Creek Elementarys Business Liaison team and co-chairing the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedras Farm to Table Event, pairing our local Hastings area farmers with Ponte Vedra area chefs. Kendall is particularly proud of having served in the trenches “ ghting for community issues New after school math programs availableinto AŽ students and the AŽ students go on to even greater achievements. Children at Mathnasium quickly learn that math can be fun and interesting and extraordinarily useful, for both success in school and for valuable life skills. We are excited about bringing our teaching skills to the parents and children of Saint Johns,Ž said Nicole Crouch, co-owner and center director of the Fruit Cove franchise. We want to provide a service to the community and we know the Mathnasium Method’ is just what we need to help our mathletes build their con“ dence.Ž The Mathnasium experience begins with a detailed assessment of each childs strengths and weaknesses, which is used to create an individualized learning plan. Personalized instruction from highly trained and caring instructors assures each student fully understands key concepts before moving on to the next. Be sure to see their ad in this issue of The CreekLine!such as writing educational policy, “ ghting unsuitable development locations like Hopewell Church in the Northwest, battling against inappropriate rezoning requests in Julington Creek Plantation, advocating the right for prayer at graduation and “ ghting senseless school rezonings. I will continue to work tirelessly for our county. I am passionate about serving our countys residents and making sure our voices are heard,Ž Kendall said. More importantly, I am here to megaphone the voice of the residents in saying no more tax hikes!ŽChocolate and Beyond, a celebration of chocolate, desserts and other culinary sensations, will be held on Saturday, February 22 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Chocolate and Beyond supports volunteersFirst Coast Technical College, Building C in St. Augustine. Guests will enjoy tasty samples from some of the areas “ nest restaurants and specialty shops. A silent auction, ra e and contests will also be part of this fun and exciting afternoon. Hosted by The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of St. Johns County, the proceeds from Chocolate and Beyond bene“ t the volunteer program and young students through book purchases. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased on the RSVP website, www.rsvpstjohns. com. Please call RSVP at 5473945 for more information.Presidents’ Day February 17, 2014

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They are Wednesday, March 12 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Thursday, April 17 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, May 6 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. To be eligible for public kindergarten in St. Johns County, children must be “ ve years old on or before September 1 and must reside in St. Johns County. To register for “ rst grade, children must be six years old on or before September 1 and have documentation of successful completion of kindergarten. Parents must register children at the school where they are zoned for the 20142015 school year. Three proofs of residency must be provided such as a current mortgage statement, lease or rent agreement and two other forms of residency documentation such as a current electric bill, car registration and/or drivers license. Additional information on residency and guardianship as well as a link to the Attendance Zone Locator can be found on the website at www. stjohns.k12.” .us under Featured Links.Ž Florida law requires any student entering a Florida school for the “ rst time to show proof of required immunizations documented on the HRS Form 680. Proof of a physical examination that has been obtained within one year prior to enrollment in school is also required. Physical exami-You may recall a huge “ ght a few years ago when Seminole County was seeking a permit to withdraw water from the St. Johns River for irrigation. Well, Central Florida is back for more … over 30 times more water than before! According to the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD), Central Florida is reaching the sustainable limits of its predominant source of water, the Floridan Aquifer. As a result, the three water management districts in this “ ve county area created the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) to identify alternative sources of water to meet growing demand. (www. Recently, the CFWI released a Draft Regional Water Supply Plan that relies heavily on surface water withdrawals from the St. Johns River and one of its most important tributaries, the Ocklawaha River. The plan calls for potentially withdrawing more than 150 million gallons of water a day from the St. Johns at an estimated expense of nearly $1.5 billion. In addition, the SJRWMD recently released a Water Supply Plan for all of the 18 counties within its jurisdiction. The Districts plan calls for the withdrawal of an additional 125 million gallons or more of water a day from the St. Johns and more than 85 million gallons from one of its most important tributaries, the Ocklawaha Pre-register your children for kindergartennations can be performed by either a private physician or by the county health department. Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) pre-registration will also take place at select schools on the above dates and times. Children applying for the VPK program must be four years old on or before September 1. The SJCSD o ers full day VPK at the following locations: The Webster School, John A. Crookshank, Cunningham Creek, Ketterlinus, Otis Mason, Mill Creek, Ocean Palms, Osceola, PVPV/Rawlings, South Woods, Timberlin Creek and Wards Creek elementary schools. For additional information on the SJCSD VPK program, please contact Early Childhood Services at 5474899. In addition, K-8 School HH will be holding pre-registration as well on Wednesday, March 12 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Durbin Crossing South Amenity Center; Thursday, April 17 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Durbin Crossing North Amenity Center; and Tuesday, May 6 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Durbin Crossing South Amenity Center. Students can be registered during the spring and summer for the 2014-2015 school year; however, parents are encouraged to register during the designated dates above so that schools can adequately prepare for the new school year. Additional information regarding registration and school attendance zones may be obtained from the Student Services Of“ ce at 547-7598.St. Johns Riverkeeper cautions against Central Florida proposed water withdrawalsBy Contributing Writer Lisa Rinaman, St. Johns RiverkeeperRiver. ( DWSP2013/) St. Johns Riverkeeper has serious concerns that these proposed withdrawals would: € Worsen existing pollution problems, € Increase the frequency of toxic algal blooms, € Further reduce ” ow and increase salinity levels farther upstream, and € Adversely impact the “ sheries, wildlife and submerged vegetation in and along the St. Johns and its tributaries. Instead of siphoning millions of gallons of water a day from our rivers, the focus should be on aggressive conservation and e ciency measures. Unfortunately, both water supply plans downplay the potential of conservation to meet future demand. The Central Florida Plan determined that only 3.9 percent of the projected demand for 2035 can be eliminated by water conservation.Ž Unfortunately, our limited public resources are being directed towards expensive and risky new sources of water before we have addressed the root causes of our water supply problems and exhausted all opportunities to use existing water resources more e ciently. Despite the looming water shortages and call for new sources of supply, our state water management districts also continue to issue frivolous consumptive use permits (CUP) that will further deplete our aquifer. For instance, the SJRWMD sta recently recommended the approval of a permit from California-based Niagara Bottling to nearly double groundwater withdrawals for its water bottling facility in Lake County to 910,000 gallons of water a day … an 88 percent increase. As the downstream donor communities, we have nothing to gain and everything to lose from these shortsighted proposals. 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Steve is being recognized for being the top Cadillac sales representative in North Florida for the 22nd year in a row. With over 900 Cadillac dealerships across the country this is quite an accomplishment. We at Claude Nolan Cadillac are so proud of Steve and congratulate him for his accomplishments. Helping Hands of St. Johns County will meet on Friday, February 28 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Community Church Community Center on County Road 210. Februarys project will be the “ lling of birthday bags for the areas homeless children. This will be an ongoing project with Helping Hands. On the month of a members birthday, members are asked to bring a Birthday Bag that will be given to a child that shares that months birthday. Gift bags will be labeled age and gender appropriate and with an unsigned card for the parent or guardian to give to the child. Members of the community are welcome to donate bags as well. New books, clothing and toys would be appreciated. Gifts should not exceed $10 and can be themed like Hello Kitty, Thomas the Tank Engine, teenager (16 and under) etc. Through a generous donation of toys and games, at least 25 bags will be given initially to Salvation Army, daniel and Sulzbacher Shelter. For more information, please contact Dr. Sina Kasraeian was among 1,622 initiates from around the world who became Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) during the convocation ceremony at the colleges 2013 annual Clinical Congress in Washington, DC last month. This years class of initiates was among one of the largest ever admitted into the college. Dr. Kasraeian received a medical doctorate degree from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Kasraeian is a partner at Orthopaedic Associates of Helping Hands updateBy Contributing Writer Jackie ValyouHopefully, by the time this is published, Alex Fast of St. Augustine will have his new liver. He is currently in Pittsburg awaiting his liver transplant. Helping Hands with the help of its members and the community had a garage sale on February 1 to bene“ t this 16 year old. Many thanks to 210 Storage which donated a unit for the many items, furniture, antiques, clothing and books that were donated, Papa Johns Pizza on County Road 210 for pizza and First Florida Credit Union for advertising. It was a huge undertaking and could not have been accomplished without the help of its members, Faith Community Church where the sale was held and Boy Scout troops 280 and 473. These boys and their families were a tremendous help in transporting a storage unit full of merchandise and bringing it to the church for the sale. All monies were donated in Alexs name to Childrens Organ Transplant Association (COTA). Please consider becoming an organ donor and give the gift of life to someone like this young man. Helping Hands is planning another Easter Egg Hunt in the spring for special needs children. Last years event was a huge success and this years will be full of activities, food, crafts and Easter egg hunting (indoors). All children in the area are invited to attend; the date will be announced soon. Helping Hands is a volunteer organization that has no dues, o cers or stress. Members come when they can and do what they can with what is donated. The group relies solely on donations of goods and services from the community. Membership is always open; please contact for more information.Local surgeon initiated into American College of SurgeonsSt. Augustine and has a strong professional interest and extensive training in arthroscopy and sports medicine reconstructive procedures. Dr. Kasraeian holds membership in other professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, Arthroscopy Association of North America and American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. By meeting the colleges stringent membership requirements, Fellows of the college have earned the distinguished right to use the designation of FACSŽ (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after their names. Be sure to see the Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine ad in this issue of The CreekLine! remaining amount. The EPIC Recovery Center is a 24 hour/seven days a week medical facility with 16 beds, including 12 detoxi“ cation beds and four residential treatment beds. It is led by a team of physicians, nurses and trained substance abuse professionals. A drug and alcohol detox can be the “ rst step in a persons journey of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. According to Greenough, The mental clarity, emotional stability and improved physical condition provided by a drug and alcohol detox will allow for more active participation in the daily requirements of a clients rehabilitation program.Ž The EPIC Recovery Center is located at 3574 US Highway 1 South. To learn more about the detox center and investment opportunities, people are encouraged to call EPIC at 829-2273 or the EPIC Recovery Center at 417-7100 or to visit www. Detox Center cont. from pg. 1 Lunar PhasesFull: February 14 Last Quarter: February 22 New: March 1First Quarter: March 8


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Proceeds from vendors fees will bene“ t Daniel Kids, a nonpro“ t organization that serves nearly 2,000 Nease High Schools Winterguard team competed in their “ rst competition of the season in January, earning “ rst place in their class and thus positively kicking o this muchanticipated season. The team competed against Timber Creek High School at Mainland High School in Daytona on January 18 and won with a “ nal score of 66.4, beating Timber Creek„ the only other Scholastic World Class group competing„by eight points. This important triumph so early in the season suggests signs of even better things to come down the road. The guards show this year, Stealing Time,Ž involves carefully choreographed musical movements involving elegant dances and intricate maneuvers with sabers, ri” es and ” ags. The Winterguard team has always been a group of talented individuals with a real passion for what they do; there tends to be a feeling of togetherness and positivity that almost always surrounds the team. We dont complain about The 2013-2014 Teachers of the Year and Rookie Teachers of the Year have been selected from each of the districts 36 schools and were recognized at the monthly School Board meeting on Tuesday, January 14. These nominees represent the very best among St. Johns County School District teachers. Their colleagues have selected them for this prestigious honor, and they will advance to compete for the countywide title. Nominations for the 20132014 Rookie Teachers of the Nease HappeningsNease Guard triumphs at premiere competition By Samuel Wright, Nease Studentthe bruises and aching muscles and cuts and long practices because there is nothing like seeing people cheer for youƒ and nothing compares to hearing your guard win “ rst place,Ž said Ashlyn Cooper, a junior currently in her “ rst season of Winterguard. Theyre all willing to help and teach,Ž she commented regarding the students involved in guard. They welcomed me, a new kid with no guard experience, into their little family with open arms. Nobody is stuck up or thinks they deserve special treatment; we all love what were doing.Ž Guard director Jill Moser and her sta have put together a fantastic show this year and look to compete through regionals and again compete for Worlds in Ohio in their second Community to host 2014 Street Festival,Ž open to public children and their families every day through a variety of innovative and nationally-recognized programs. Daniel o ers an array of quality, e cient and e ective mental health, social services and educational programs aimed at enhancing the lives of children and families in our community. Palencia is a Hines Co. community located on U.S. Highway 1 at the intersection of International Golf Parkway in northern St. Johns County. It o ers a rare combination of environmental sensitivity and sophisticated master planning on 2,250 scenic acres along the Intracoastal Waterway. A championship golf course and magni“ cent clubhouse are among the numerous world-class amenities. Be sure to see their ad in this issue of The CreekLine. Congratulations to Teachers and Rookie Teachers of the YearYear have been submitted by 35 of the districts schools. Eligible teachers must have taught less than three years. This is the seventh year that the Rookie Teacher of the Year competition has been held. These nominees represent the top of their profession among new teachers and will go on to compete for the countywide title. The overall winner will be announced at the annual Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year Celebration on Thursday, February 13 at the Renaissance Resort at the World Golf Village. The St. Johns County Teacher of the Year will then be included for consideration as the Florida Department of Education Macys Teacher of the Year 2014. The awards banquet is produced by the St. Johns County Education Foundation (SJCEF) to recognize excellence in the teaching profession and is sponsored, in part, by THE PLAYERS Championship, Beaver Toyota/Scion and Leonards Studios. Congratulations to the following Teacher of the Year honorees from NW St. Johns County Schools: Cunningham Creek Elementary: Becky Russell Durbin Creek Elementary: Courtney Duprey Julington Creek Elementary: Marie Woodard Mill Creek Elementary: Lee DeWitt Palencia Elementary: Katrina Worthington Timberlin Creek Elementary: Ann-Marie Butler Wards Creek Elementary: Traycee Klein Liberty Pines Academy: Dianna Carlson-Bright Bartram Trail High: Jay DiMartino Creekside High: Aletha Dresback Fruit Cove Middle: Barbara Farbo Allen D. Nease High: Jamie Beck Pacetti Bay Middle: Meghan Ryan Switzerland Point Middle: Marian Campbell Congratulations to the following Rookie Teacher of the Year honorees from NW St. Johns County Schools: Cunningham Creek Elementary: Clare Wamsley Durbin Creek Elementary: Magan Curtis Hickory Creek Elementary: Kathleen Zielinski Julington Creek Elementary: Janet Fussman Sarah Hansen and Monica Gillette rehearsing for the show in Daytona. year as an o cial world class team. The Winterguard team performs again in their “ rst regional competition on February 15 at the University of Central Florida. Teachers of the Year cont. on pg.15

PAGE 15 • February 2014 • The CreekLine, Page 15 RSVP to ..CARE. Seating is limited!Reservations will be accepted beginning days prior to the scheduled event date.Join medical professionals throughout the year to learn about the latest health information. February HeartWise Nancy Crain, RN March Diabetes: Know Your Numbers Wasim Deeb, MD April Pain in the Neck Elizabeth Oole, PT, DPT, LT May Stroke Facts: How Do I Know When to Call ? Barbara Klus, RN BAPTIST SOUTHlunchlearn Accepting New Patients! 8355 Bayberry Road Jacksonville FL 32256 (904) 733-7254Most Insurance Plans In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Julington Creek Elementary school once again participated by conducting a poster making contest for kindergarten through third grade students and an essay contest for students in grades four and “ ve. These contests were designed to create aware-JCE recognizes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By Contributing Writer Linda McAnarney, Art Educator, Julington Creek Elementaryness among our students, of the life and activities of Dr. King, Jr. and of his vision for justice, peace and equality for all. Fourth and “ fth graders were encouraged to write a 200 to 400 word essay on this years topic, Keeping the Dream AliveŽ and the essays were sent to the St. Johns Education Association for judging. Special recognition is due to Tracey Lyons “ fth grade class, as each of them wrote an essay. The following essays were sent for judging from “ fth grades: Will Ferris, Leighanna Goldman, Freddie diMarzo, Calvin Hansen, Courtney Oko, Railey McFarland, Evan Grimm and Adrianna LaVopa. The following students represented our fourth grades: Drew Demeter, Brooke Benedict, Bhumika Balani, Lauren Villanova, Carys Cook, Lina Nejjar, Ella Murphy, Caroline Rice and Julien Toussi. Congratulations to all of the students who participated! The kindergarten through third grade posters were judged at Julington Creek Elementary School, with a poster selected to represent each grade. There were also several honorable mentions for each grade level. Winning posters sent to the school board o ces were: kindergarten: Madeline Pratchios in Cynthia Wests class; “ rst grade: Braden Berkowitz in Dolly Lucas class; second grade: Jazmyn Bond in Dian McLeods class; third grade: Sabrina LaVopa in Melissa Dillards class. Posters receiving honorable mentions: kindergarten: Ramsey McFarland in Carol Meadows class; “ rst grade: Bianca Gonzalez in Sue Hellmanns class; second grade: Natalie Grimm in Becky Jarriels class; third grade: Nathan LaFlamme in Marjory Hazouris class. Again, congratulations to all of our students for participating! At the district level there were three essay winners in the Elementary Division. Our Lina Nejjar won “ rst place and Will Ferris won second place! Also, at the district level the third overall poster contest winner was our Braden Berkowitz! We want to thank our parents for all of the support and encouragement they have given in completing the project. Poster contest winners Essay contest winnersMill Creek Elementary: Synethia Brown Palencia Elementary: Rebecca Royal Timberlin Creek Elementary: Trey Leonard Wards Creek Elementary: Amanda Zikos Liberty Pines Academy: Luanne Small Bartram Trail High: Danielle Parker Creekside High: Drew Chiodo Fruit Cove Middle: Thomas McNerney III Allen D. Nease High: Melissa OSteen Pacetti Bay Middle: Daniel Hawkinson Switzerland Point Middle: Amy Huber Teachers of the Year cont. from pg.14 The CreekLineis YOUR Community Newspaper! Send us your community news!


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Simmons explained, We stage homes to create that wow factor that homeowners are looking for, but if youre not selling your home and just want a fresh new look, we can also redesign your home using Bartram Trail Newcomers and Womens Club (BTNC) will be held Tuesday, March 11, at St. Johns Golf and Country Club, located at 219 St. Johns Golf Drive, just o County Road 210. At our March luncheon, a presentation will be given by Dr. Garcia, local plastic surgeon. Come and have your questions on plastic surgery answered. Everyone will “ nd him very interesting and informative. The total cost is $18 for lunch (including tip and tax). Door prizes will be awarded. The deadline for checks is March 1 and should be sent to: Marg Mytholar, 308 South Buck Board Drive, St. Johns, FL 32259. Visit our Facebook page ( Julington Creek Elementary hosted its “ rst annual Family Literacy Night, entitled Reading and Writing in a Wintery WonderlandŽ on Thursday, January 16 to support Literacy Week 2014. The event was a huge success, with over 200 attendees! The event included author presentations and book signing opportunities with Jane Wood and Frances Keiser, two well known local authors, story telling performances by JCEs very own “ fth grade students, book mark making with KidzArt, common core interactive literacy stations, literacy discussions and information from local businesses in the community and visits to the free book station. Children left with multi books and other literacy resources! The JCE literacy committee, chaired by Tina Motley, felt that the event made a positive impact on families in the community. There is already talk about next years event!Need help staging or redesigning your home?your decor (and some of ours if you like). Sometimes just a few changes can make a huge di erence in the look of your home!Ž Simmons travels to the homeowner and the initial consultation is free. She has a large inventory of accessories such as candles, pictures, table settings, vases and greenery that she can use in homes and if the owner likes it, the item or items are available for purchase. As for a quick tip, Simmons said that most of the time rearranging furniture, editing out (declutteringŽ) and adding in some updated decor is all thats needed in a redesign project. For staging, using beautiful accessories, rugs, lighting, setting a beautiful dining table or bar area and accessorizing the bathroom with pretty soaps, candles, towels and rugs can make a home attractive to buyers. Be sure to see the ad in this issue of The CreekLine!Newcomers Club to learn from plastic surgeonBy Contributing Writer Susan Mogerfor additional information. The BTNC meets the second Tuesday of every month from September to May at various local restaurants for lunch. In addition to the monthly meetings, the club has a wide variety of interest groups. There are various card groups (Bridge and Canasta), golf, recipe exchange, special event outings, game day (Mexican Train), Bunko, Mah Jongg, book clubs, lunch and matinee, Lunch Divas, couple/individual dinner out and a nature walk group. For club information, please contact Vice President of Membership Shirley Bodziak at To download a membership form, please visit www.facebook. com/BartramTrail.Newcomers. WomensClub. The St. Johns County Main Library will be closed February 17 through April for renovations and improvements that include a complete update of the restroom facilities and a recon“ guration of the childrens library and adult reading area. Patrons wishing to utilize hold services during the closure can contact the Main Library prior to February 17 to designate a secondary pick up location. The book drop will remain open for items to be returned. Any items that would have normally been due during the closure will not be due until May 1. The librarys many online services, including an extensive collection of e-books, informational databases and childrens games, will also be available to patrons during the closure. The St. Johns County Public Library System thanks patrons for their patience and understanding during the renovation period. For additional information, please visit or call 827-6940.Main Library closed through April for renovations

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Dr. Crooks gave an informative talk on the history of Jacksonville and greater Mandarin area, focusing on the local Civil Rights Movement. Westminster Woods on Julington Creek is celebrating its 50 Year Anniversary in 2014. The years since its founding have been marked by growth and achievement, with it now ranking in the top 20 of St. Johns County major employers. Westminster Woods is a faith-based, non-pro“ t active living retirement community that is nationally recognized Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville is being highlighted nationally as one of the top 100 Hospitals With Great Womens Health Programs.Ž Beckers Hospital Review has published its list which recognizes hospitals with exceptional programs dedicated to the health and wellbeing of women. The hospitals featured on the list have programs that include a wide range of healthcare options for women including gynecologic care, reproductive medicine, breast health as well as emotional support and behavioral healthcare options. The programs display clinical excellence and provide quality care. Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville is one of 11 in Florida recognized. The hospitals were selected to the list based on clinical excellence, quality care, comprehensiveness of their womens health programs and womens health awards. The monthly publication noted Baptist Medical Center o ering a number of womens health services including gynecology, urology, breast health, heart health as well as treatments for post-partum depression and osteoporosis. The publication also pointed to Baptists Hill Breast Center and the use of latest technology such as digital mammography, LumaGEM molecular breast imaging, stereotactic core biopsy and bone density scanners. The Retirement village announces 50th anniversaryBy Contributing Writer Cher Brownfor its approach to health and wellness. Special events are planned to include the community, celebrate active-living retirement and recognize the compassionate contributions of sta .Hospitals womens programs highlighted in publicationmedical center has been awarded Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and Baptist Medical Center South, which share a license, for example, were ranked No. 1 last year among metro Jacksonville hospitals in the U.S. News and World Report annual Best Hospital rankings. Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville also carries the Womens Choice Award from WomenCerti“ ed distinguishing it as one of the 2013 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Heart Care. The award is based on robust criteria that include female patient satisfaction measurements as well as clinical excellence considerations. Michael Mayo, hospital president, Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, said the Beckers Hospital Review ranking shows that Baptist Medical Center is committed to delivering exemplary care to patients. The rankings continue to show that we are truly changing health care for good for women in Northeast Florida,Ž Mayo said. We are continuously investing in innovative technologies such as those used at the Hill Breast Center as well as providing comprehensive heart prevention programs to ensure our patients receive the best possible care.Ž Dr. Jim Crooks at the recent mens breakfast.far include: Krantz Dental Care, Amanda Morgan with Heads Above Salon, TCB EnviroCorp, Inc., Bark of the Town, Danzar and Educational Homestay Programs. Franzini and his team are working every day to get more. I try and lead by example and tell my friends that we can make a di erence, so please come and help me show them Im right,Ž Franzini asks with a smile. Its a really fun afternoon. I mean what can be better than having a party with other people and their dogs, while saving other dogs?Ž For more information on Aylas Acres, you can visit: For more information on the event, you can call 718-7445.Mark Your Calendars cont. on pg. 1 C o m i n g i n Coming in M a r c h March Home Improvement Guide Call: (904) 886-4919


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PAGE 19 • February 2014 • The CreekLine, Page 19 Doctor. Mother. Listener.ADVOCATE.She has the ability to understand kids, listen to parents, and translate it all into the best care for your child. Dr. Os integrative practice of combining traditional and alternative medicines distinguishes her from every other general practitioner in Florida. FREE prenatal seminars every “rst Thursday each month at 6pm in our Ponte Vedra Of“ce!Ponte Vedra1102 A1A N Unit 104 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082Julington Creek1633 Race Track Rd, Suite 103 Jacksonville, FL 32259Hodges4745 Sutton Park Court, Suite 801 Jacksonville, FL 32224Appointments Availablecall (904) 287-7000 or visit www.DoctorOJax.comPhysicians on call 24/7 board certified in integrative medicineABIHM As they entered the halls of Creekside High School before sunrise, the Fox 30 Cool School reporting duo was worried by the quiet calm. After years of reporting the Cool SchoolŽ segment, sponsored by Goodwill, they had experienced some less-than-peppy early mornings of “ lming, with schools a little lackluster in energy and spirit. But awaiting them in the gym was a massive crowd of earlybirds, pumped with enough school spirit (and co ee) to fuel the entire news network! Nominated by art teacher Rachel Kurtz, Creekside proved in every facet what a cool schoolŽ it is! Students from the Academy of Urban Planning and Environmental Engineering showcased their innovations that impressed at the Project Green competition, alongside students who displayed their Scholastic Art Award-winning masterpieces. The cheer team amazed everyone, practically ” ying in their routine, ready for competition (for which they would place in third, their best placement in CHS history) and the dance team, the Power of Creekside and the Creekside Crazies only added to the very audible levels of undiluted pep! On hand were also students Hunter Clary and Brent Terry, who reported about College Day, Literacy Week and how to tie a tie for the Knightly News Network. Looking through the lens was cameraman Jesse Pope, who only started working on the segment in September. He seems to have come to love one The annual Daddy Daughter dance was February 7. What a fun night! The theme was Glow in the Dark. Watching the daughters come in with their dateŽ for the evening was so touching. Shelby Heinemann and her dance committee, along with WCE PTO worked extra hard on the decorations as well as organizing basket ra es and the refreshments to make the dance a successful. Thanks to all. February 28 is the a magical evening for Mother (or guest) and Son. We have a treat this year! Michael Van Ness, magician and illusionist and an all around seasoned performer, will be on tap for entertainment. This is de“ nitely a night you wont want to miss. Wards Creek Elementary would like to send out a great big thank youŽ to Paula Sport CHS HappeningsCool SchoolŽ Creekside: Making headlines (other than here)By Sarah Schreck, CHS Studentworkday in particular. I work Monday through Friday,Ž he remarked, and this is probably my favorite day to work. Lots of energy, a lot of stu going on. It wakes you up, thats for sure!Ž When “ lming a news segment, energy is key, as explained by host Tracy Dot ComŽ Collins. With TV, you gotta keep it moving. We try to make the elements move quickly, which is why sometimes youll see that Ill do more than one group in the same segment. Well do interviews or well show art or products and then well have the band play and then well have the cheerleadersƒ so long as you keep it moving, it keeps the interest of the viewer,Ž she explained. Creekside made an impression on the reporters themselves! My “ rst impression was, wow, is this their “ rst year just opening? Because it was very, very nice.Ž Jesse Pope has seen his fair share of schools and con“ ded, Its de“ nitely, by far, the best looking school Ive been to this year! And Im not just saying that to make you feel good.Ž When walking into a school, host Tracy shared, one could be faced with complete chaos,Ž which is not a hard thing to imagine; Zombie-teens, sleep deprived, wandering aimlessly. Or it could be beautiful, organized chaos. Fortunately at Creekside, its beautiful organized chaos.Ž Wards Creek February updateBy Contributing Writer Ricke Ricciardelli, Wards Creek PTOand Kristen Calhoun for gathering a haul of food for our needy families. These fantastic ladies loaded their van with over $700 worth of food items with hopes to help some of our families over the holidays. The families and their children with overjoyed with excitement and gratitude. Thank you, Paula and Kristen, for your support! Wards Creek Elementary Safety Leaders were hard at work in preparation for our Leadership Day on Friday, January 17. A special thank you to Lexi Alexander, Lauren Aloia, Sydney Stubbs and Shawna Hayes for volunteering your time to create our leadership board! It looks wonderful. Shawna Hayes, Sydney Stubbs, Lauren Alioa and Lexi AlexanderOur student body, joined by a fair number of teachers and administrators, shone before the sunrise! Its no surprise that Creeksides time on-the-air went on without a hitch. This is really awesome. Ive enjoyed this,Ž shared Pope. You all de“ nitely brought a lot of people out and youve de“ nitely made your school proud.Ž need customers?886-4919


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State Road 16) For information: Cli Wright, Bourse Chair, (904)-797-7570 Every now and then a new book comes along that I feel compelled to share with anyone and everyone that will listen. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson is just that book. Growing up in a military family, then marrying a Marine who later became an Air Force munitions expert provides a powerful connection to this story, but more importantly, today we have so many veterans serving tours over and The Florida Department of Educations (DOE) Celebrate Literacy Week struck an especially signi“ cant cord for students at Palencia Elementary School (PES) this year. Celebrated the week of January 13 through 17, the DOEs theme for the event was Reading Accelerates Success.Ž The focus behind the theme was to encourage students to connect literacy with all kinds of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). While Literacy Week plays a big role in education in the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) every year, the STEM focus of this years celebration was speci“ cally signi“ cant to students and faculty at PES, the “ rst STEM elementary school in the county. Although the SJCSD provided a list of weeklong events scheduled to celebrate, teachers and students at PES had a customized list of special events to rally around the Reading Accelerates SuccessŽ theme, starting with Mondays Hats O for ReadingŽ day. Students and faculty were encouraged to wear their favorite hat and come prepared to set some new, challenging reading goals for themselves. Tuesdays Teddy Bear TuesdayŽ invited students to bring along their best stu ed reading buddy from home, for in-class reading time. Wednesday was Wacky Wild About ReadingŽ day where students and teachers pulled out their silliest, wackiest out“ ts in celebration of reading. Thursdays Dress as Your Literacy Week takes Palencia Elementary by stormBy Contributing Writer Kimberli Nalven, Palencia Elementary PTOFavorite Book CharacterŽ saw a variety of favorites, both old and new step right o the pages of our favorite books and walk into the school for class. Then on Friday the celebration culminated with a special volunteer reading time for all classes. Parent volunteers signed up to attend class and read aloud to students. Students were tremendously excited about having a role in helping the state reach the goal of 33 million minutes of reading along with all of the other activities of the week!Ž said Melisa Norwich, PES vice principal. It was also great to see our school literally ” ooded with volunteers to come in, donate their time and read to our children.ŽNotes from the Pacetti Bay Media CenterBy Contributing Writer Lynn Johnson, NBCT, Library Media Specialist, Pacetti Bay Middle School, IBMYP Seventh graders from Stephanie Gionets class enjoy reading Featured reader Skyler Hughesover when all it takes is one tour to cause PTSD. This book is one we all need to read to develop compassion and understanding for our military families. Anderson has taken the story of Haley, a high school student and her dad who suffers from PTSD and given us an incredibly insightful look at the di culties of their lives. Another book that has fueled my passion for sharing my love of reading is The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma. If I could have a do over I would make the same commitment to my children as Alice and her father did. We moved frequently as my children grew up and the public library was the “ rst place we went as soon as we moved in. Library cards were gold in our house and we came home with bags packed full to meet the various reading desires of my “ ve children. Some read more than the others, but as adults now each one of them is an avid reader. Books to movies are heavily in” uencing our students choices for check out and without a doubt The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a favorite. This story is so much more than the fact that one protagonist has cancer and the other is a survivor and they fall in love. Join them on their journey by reading this wonderful book. Students at PBMS are reading through the roof these days. The newest popular book is Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson. All the other top 10 titles are Dystopian followed by House of Hades (Riordan) and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Skyler Hughes is my featured reader for this issue. Hughes is a voracious reader once he is hooked on a series. His favorite authors are Neal Shusterman, Mark Walden, John Flanagan, Rick Riordan and Anthony Horowitz. His top three recommendations are H.I.V.E. (Walden), Everlost (Shusterman) and The Ruins of Gorlan (Flanagan). Everybody reads The CreekLine Shouldn’t your ad be included?886-4919 For advertising call: (904) 886-4919 Fo r ad ve rt is in g ca ll : (9 04 The CreekLine

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Amelia Clark Licensed Sales Agent 904-657-7718, TTY 711 Plans are insured through UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company and its aliated companies, a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in the plan depends on the plans contract renewal with Medicare. Y0066_131206_161231 Accepted 904-657-7718, TTY 711 8CC4259D The Goddard School in Saint Johns always strives to be a step ahead, especially when it comes to parent/teacher collaboration. And now they have taken this collaboration to the next levelutilizing the latest, most upto-date resources that facilitate parent connection including an innovative new tool called Tadpoles.Ž Owner Laura Pinover-Sadler, on-site owner, Director Tammy Torres, educational director and the entire faculty are committed to open and daily communications, updating parents on their childs care, activities and accomplishments. Teachers can now instantly share daily activity reports, photos, videos, messages and alerts with parents via email or text messages during the school day. TadpolesŽ helps to connect parents with their children throughout the day and the parents love having this information at their “ ngertips.Recently SadieŽ welcomed Leah Black and Lily Moss to Aylas Attic. The welcome included excitement, hugs and kisses„and of course licking of faces and a wagging tail, as SadieŽ is a cute Jack Russell terrier. She is one of the animals up for adoption through Aylas Acres No Kill Animal Rescue. Sadie, who often frequents Aylas Attic, the organizations thrift shop, was undoubtedly more excited than normal, be-Taking parent-teacher collaboration to next levelParents are encouraged to drop in for a tour and see TadpolesŽ in action! The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for longtern success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, con“ dent and joyful learners. The Goddard Schools AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.E.X. Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students in nearly 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard Schools comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. Be sure to see their ad in this issue of The CreekLine! Help needed by Aylas Acres No Kill RescueBy Karl Kennell Leah Black and Lily Moss hold Sadiecause the girls had a donation of the money they raised selling lemonade. Their arrival with the donation was very opportune, because in the cold winter months there is an increased need for heaters, hay, dog food and blankets for the approximately 250 animals at Aylas Acres No Kill Sanctuary in Greenville, Florida. Every penny counts. At the sanctuary they help rescued animals of every kind, some of which were abused and neglected and because most are unadoptable. The sanctuary becomes home for these animals to live out their lives in an environment that cares. In addition to the animals living there, Aylas Acres also fosters dogs and cats in St. Johns County while they await forever homes. If you could see into the eyes of these animals, you would see them “ nally feeling loved and with a sense of home. Please consider helping. There is a huge need for food, blankets and heaters at the sanctuary. Monetary donations can be sent to Aylas Acres, P.O. Box 1634, St. Augustine, FL 32085. Equipment and food can be dropped o at Aylas Attic located at 300 South Ponce de Leon Boulevard in St. Augustine, a block south of King Street or individuals can call 650-520-5201. Travel back to the roaring twenties with the Creekside Theatre Department, as a fearless Millie Dillmount arrives in New York, dead-set on becoming... Thoroughly Modern! Determined to experience a whole new life, Millie doesnt know what shes in for! From white slavery (dont worry, its “ ne for the whole family) to tap dancing, itll be a high-spirited, feel-good experience! Thoroughly Modern Millie show nights are March 6, 7 and 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Creekside High School Auditorium, located at 100 Knights Lane in St. Johns. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Itll be a whoopee; a swanky sockdollager! (Thats 20s for a perfectly swell timeŽ). See Thoroughly Modern Millie at CHS! 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Dave Cooksey is a life long resident of the Jacksonville area. Along with his wife Nicole and their four children, he is proud to call Fruit Cove his home. Dave Cooksey and the Cooksey family are active in the local schools, sports organizations and the Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Church. You may have seen Cooksey at one of the schools or parks watching his daughter play soccer or one of his sons play football, lacrosse, wrestling or banging the drums in the marching bands drum line. You may also have seen Cooksey in the neighborhood helping a friend or visiting his parents or in-laws who live just Good Deed BrigadeCommitment to family, faith, and country: Dave CookseyBy Contributing Writer David A. Wolf, Founder of the Good Deed Brigadedown the street. As we all do, he frequently goes to Publix to pick up burgers, hot dogs and other items for a barbeque or an outing. Cooksey is a quiet, friendly person. By design, Cooksey blends in and does not call attention to him. He seems to have lived by the motto that actions speak louder than words.Ž Beyond the neighborhood, Cooksey has really shined as a student, business owner and military leader. He is a graduate of Wolfson High School (1985), the United States Air Force Academy (Bachelor of Science, 1989) and the University of South Carolina (Master of Business Administration 1996). He served active duty in the United States Air Force for six years where he earned the rank of Captain. He later enlisted in the Unites States Air Force Reserve. In 2010, Lieutenant Colonel David Cooksey was assigned the command of the 920th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Lieutenant Colonel Cooksey was recently deployed to an undisclosed area in Africa with the United States Air Force Reserve, in a combat search and rescue squadron. Cooksey wears one hatŽ as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve. He wears quite a di erent hatŽ as the chief “ nancial o cer and vice president of a family-owned business. While one could relish in the accomplishments of each position, Cooksey knows that his real life mission is the devotion to his family. Again, you will not gather this from any boastful words from him, but by his actions and commitment on a daily basis to his family. The Good Deed Brigade contacted Cooksey prior to his deployment to Africa and asked for a comment or two about his squadron and military service. Cooksey stated, I am just one person among many. I am both honored and humbled by the path that I have traveled in life. I am very thankful for the support of my wife and children, my business partners and brothers Bryan and John Cooksey, my squadron and friends as I head out on this mission. See you in six months and tell others to keep up their wonderful work in the community.Ž The Good Deed Brigade salutes Dave Cooksey, a man devoted to family, faith and country, who is doing all he can do to make a di erence. Follow the example set by the actions of Dave Cooksey and go out in your community to do your share of good deeds. Remember, wherever you see the Good Deed Brigade, its all good. If you have a story to share about your good deeds or the good deeds of others in the community, please contact us through our website or our Facebook Fan Page at [Editors Note: The Good Deed Brigade is a new feature spotlighting positive role models in our community. We welcome David Wolf and his Good Deed Brigade to The CreekLine! Be sure to check back next month to meet a new neighbor.] 209-6190 Adoptions range from $20 $50, which includes neutering or spaying, rabies vaccinations and shots. The Pet Center is located at 130 N. Stratton Road, just off US-1 between CR 210 and Intl Golf Pkwy. Hours are 8:004:30 Monday through Friday.I Need a Home! Hello!! My name is Isis. I am a 4 year old, female short hair cat. I am current on all of my vaccines and I still need to be spayed. I have a very sweet disposition, but I am a little shy. I need a forever home! Bring business to your door!Advertise in The CreekLine 886-4919 BTHS High-Q Club cont. from pg. 1really enjoy the sport. I got to know the students; the students got to know me. They helped me learn the sport as the season progressed and now I feel better equipped for next year. Ž The students were happy with their new coach. Mr. Brown is very accommodating and funny,Ž said Chelsea Yarnell, a junior and varsity member. He makes practices very interesting. I am looking forward to next years season.Ž The parents were a godsend this year,Ž commented Coach Brown. I needed backup and the parents helped with the snacks and driving to and from away matches. I couldnt have asked for better parent support.Ž If you would like more information about High-Q or if you would like to join the 20142015 team, please contact Earl Brown at browne2@stjohns. k12.” .us. The CreekLine APP is now LIVE!Available for both ITunes and Google Play! Were proud to give our loyal readers an easy way to digitally access the Mandarin NewsLine. A new, simple-to-use app will allow you to read each edition in its entirety on your tablet.

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For the upcoming 2014 Bartram Trail Relay for Life, they ask of you one simple question, Are you hungry for a cure?Ž If your answer is, a cure for cancer!Ž then you are being asked to join in at the 2014 Relay for Life of Bartram Trail on May 10 starting at 12:00 noon. This years theme is Hunger Games,Ž because participants are hungry for a cure!Ž There will be various fundraising booths and plenty of free entertainment at the event. You are invited to form a team and help Finish the FightŽ and take control over cancer. Any and all survivors (tributes) are asked to register and participate in the survivor ceremony at 6:00 p.m., which is followed by a Survivor Dinner. Relay for Life is all about the survivors and those who have lost their battle. Follow-This months movie review belongs to the “ lm Her a dramatic, romance “ lm for adults and older teens. The face of the future is upon us. Furthermore, the next breakout technology will be the computer operating system (OS) that is intuitive to your needs and just like a human and you can pick the gender of the voice. Theodore, portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is avoiding signing divorce papers, by spending time playing computer games and occasionally seeing friends. Professionally, he writes letters for those clients who have di culty doing so themselves. Amy, enacted by Amy Adams, is the one friend who supports him and the changes he goes through. When he shops for a new OS, he “ nds the newest and greatest system available, the OS1, a system with conscious thought, played by Scarlett Johansson, who names herself Samantha. The developing friendship between Theodore and Samantha leads to deeper and more intimate times together. They fall in love. Love, which allows the further emergence of Samantha. This includes the drive and passion to grow and learn more about the physics and possibilities of technology. Is Theodore left behind? Spike Jonze has directed this “ lm with what is now a very current premise with todays technology and its continuing growth. Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams portrayed these tender and introverted people with compassion and sincerity. In addition, Scarlett Johans-Are You Hungry for a Cure?Ž Bartram Relay event earns recognitionBy Karl Kennelling the survivor ceremony is the very moving luminary ceremony at dusk. Following the luminary ceremony will be the infamous Mr. and Ms. Relay contest (the Capitol Fashion Show) and “ nally the closing ceremony at 6:00 am. The Bartram Relay committee is also still looking for sub-committee members to help with logistics, luminaries, marketing/publicity and help to paint the town purple. Monthly informational team meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at Durbin Creek Elementary School starting at 6:30 p.m., providing inspirational speakers, fundraiser ideas and information about what happens at Relay for Life. The sponsorship committee is also looking for corporate and small business sponsors. If you can help, please contact Barb Trawick at Barbara. or 553-4816. Most of the teams do outside fundraisers as well. In February there is a Spirit Night at Moes at the corner of Race Track Road and State Road 13 on Thursday, February 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Becky Kimballs team is selling Candy Cane Heart Valentines. Get yours by contacting her at 254-7325. In March there are a more fundraisers including a Bunco Party hosted by Christine Benzenberg. You can reach her by email at A Texas Holdem Tournament is planned for March 29 at the Best Bet Jacksonville; participants must be 18 years old and should contact Becky Kimball for details. For the whole month of March, CarbuX on San Jose o ers a special by just clicking LikeŽ CarbuX on Facebook and then clicking on the San Juanitas FundraiserŽ link to get a $15 BuXwash for only $10 with the special code. Then in April there is a Happy Hour on April 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the World Golf Village Hall of Fame. Contact Kim Aslan at 713-3463. And then there is another CarbuX fundraiser for The Powerful Knights.Ž Again, LikeŽ CarbuX on Facebook and click on The Powerful KnightsŽ for the special code. Check out the 2014 Bartram Trail Relay for Life website at for more upcoming fundraisers. If you are Hungry for a Cure!Ž please contact Becky Kimball the team development chair at greglbecky@bellsouth. net. She will help you can create a team or join the committee. You can also register your team online at Movie ReviewHerDirected by: Spike Jonze. Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams. Review by T.G. StantonShould Have Waited for Cable (2 out of 5) son brought life to a computer voice. That being said, the overly stereotypical clothing for nerds and geeks was just disturbing, like other parts of the “ lm. Almost every male actor was placed in pants with the waist about to their armpits, in colors that were loud and plaid. Who wears clothes like that? Nerds and geeks are the new crew and seldom wear slacks and button down shirts, whether they are introverted or not. The Revenge of the Nerds does not “ t for this group. Then the premise itself is too close to the truth for the many young adults that overly depend on technology for their life choices and life styles, as well as their social interaction. The one thing this “ lm does show is that people need to get back to being with people. I love technology and embrace all that it o ers, but the future should drive us together, not further apart. Remember when your window sill was “ lled with large blooming African violets? The question popped up African violets: Make room for the miniaturesBy Contributing Writer Linda McQueen Miriwinni in your mind: How can I “ t in more? This dilemma might have caused the surge in the popularity of semi-miniature and miniature varieties of the African violet. The history and culture of this smaller variety is not well documented. It is very likely that some of the African violet species plants are small and may have been the source of todays miniature cultivars. It is also possible that African violets cont. on pg. 28


Page 24, The CreekLine • February 2014 • Switzerland Animal Hospital 1430 State RD 13 N (At Roberts Road)Dr. Michael Bredehoeft Dr. Jennifer Darby 287 2527 Professional Dental Cleaning now includes Panoramic X-rays! 15% OFF Regular PriceFebruary is Pet Dental Care New Spring Session! March 3rd thru May 2nd witzerlandance choolBalletT a Hip Ho 904 1/4 mile south of Julington Creek Bridge on the left near Vino’s PizzeriaNow registering! Call for more information: $100 OFF Academic Evaluation if you call before 2/28/14.On January 16 the third grade at MCE was fortunate to Another huge Congratulations!Ž goes out to the girls of the Fruit Cove Middle School varsity soccer team for not only winning the regular season of soccer like they did last year, but also winning the “ nal season-ending tourney championship held over January 11 and 12 against a very strong Liberty Mill Creek Elementary participates in HOPSŽBy Contributing Writer Wendi Brothers Third graders had fun while learning with HOPS. Overall HOPS winners were Zauria, David, Kyara and Matthew.participate in the HOPS program. Melissa Corbin Nelson is the president and head problem solver for HOPSŽ or Hands On Problem Solving, which is a traveling “ eld trip for students in third grade and up. This unique program is set up to create team problem solving. The students travel in groups of three or four to various stations and once at a station, the students must read the directions and participate in the activity. Parent volunteers are on hand but only for keeping score. Each station requires complete team unity or the object cannot be accomplished. Points are deducted for poor sportsmanship as well. A few grumbles were heard when the students realized this “ eldtrip was not going anywhere but the common area of their own school; however, once the program began it was all out fun and competition. Awards were given to high scores at each station as well as an over all high scoring team. On Monday, January 13, Mill Creek Elementary took part in the Million Minute Marathon. This activity started o a weeklong literacy celebration. Each day students were encouraged to wear certain colors to show spirit. At the end of the week books read were tallied and the classroom with the highest number read will receive $50 to purchase books for their classroom. During the Minute Marathon Monday, MCEs total number of minutes read was 22,425. Way to go Mill Creek! Please check out the schools website for upcoming events and more school news. Connor Westcott, an eighth grade student at Switzerland Point Middle School, was selected for the Florida All-State Middle School Honor Band. The rehearsals and concert were held in Tampa, January 8 through 11, as part of the Florida Music Educators Association Conference. Westcott has played the clarinet for three years and his band director at SPMS is Laurie Zentz. Fruit Cove girls soccer team wins SJMSAA tournamentBy Contributing Writer Alison Capling Coach Barry Muf ey, Sarah Weigel, Maya Semel, Sidney Usina, Bailee Williams, Sierra Maingot, Lauren Hollis, Hannah Suder, Samantha Maguire, Anna Ranucci, Hailey Surrency, Assistant Coach Alison Capling, Vanessa Reyes, Lindsey Grady, Meredith Strickland, Katelyn Tauzel, Hannah Bell, Emma Thompson, Kiley Rafferty, Piper King, Delaney Tauzel, Logan Henley, Jenna Ortiz and Skylar Woolf. Yoga den Yoga Den Studio Beginner and all Level classes: Yoga Basics, Restorative Yoga, Mind Body Yoga, Yin Yoga High energy, heated classes: Power Vinyasa, Bhakti Power, Yogalates, Hard Core, Yoga Burn Prenatal Yoga Sundays at 4pm Teacher Training at the 200hr ( s tarting Jan.) and 500hr level, certifying teachers for 10 years Assists Workshop Feb 16 Workshop on yoga posture assisting! Takes place at our new Fleming Island location! Introductory Offer~5 classes for $25 Student and military discounts! Over 40 classes a week, from 6am to 7:45pm! Coming Soon~ New Location in Fleming Island early 2014! First class always FREE! (904) 268-8330 Eric Paskel is coming to Jacksonville 2/28/14 Yoga Den Studio and Boutique, Proudly serving Jacksonville and St. Johns for over 11 years! Pines Middle School team. The game was a battle from the start as this would be the second time the two teams would meet. In the “ rst game it was a 0-0 draw with Fruit Cove dominating shots on goal, but just not “ nding the back of the A message from the St. Johns River Water Management District...During Eastern Standard Time, residential lawn watering is limited to one day per week: • Homes with odd number addresses: Saturday • Homes with even number addresses: Sunday • Nonresidential properties: Tuesday Water only when needed and not between 10 AM and 4 PMwater lessVisit www. Fruit Cove girls win cont. on pg. 25

PAGE 25 • February 2014 • The CreekLine, Page 25 Do you have faith news you would like included in The CreekLine? Then contact Martie Thompson at: or 886-4919. Faith News likeŽ us on Facebook “I want cremation.”$650 Flagler Memorial Cremation Society669-1809 Be Part of Something BigŽ Sunday Morning 10 am @ Timberlin Creek Elementary School 555 Pine Tree Lane St. Augustine, FL 32092 904-535-5636 Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church (OLGC) will offer, for the 12th year, their Fish and Shrimp Frys during the six Fridays of the Lenten Season beginning on March 7 and conclude on April 11. Lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A lunch of fried “ sh, shrimp or a combination of both will be o ered with the trimmings of fries, beans or cole slaw and hush puppies. Dinner Lottery registration for St. Johns Countys 2014 Super Summer Spectacular Camp Program will be available online, by telephone and in person from March 3 through 14. The lottery drawing will take place March 28, with results being mailed by April 5. St. Johns County residents interested in registering for the summer camp lottery can do so online at www.sjc” .us/youth or by calling 209-0377 or 209-0333 or by visiting the Ketterlinus Following are some of the events that Heritage Landing has planned for its residents for February: The St. Johns County Public Library Bookmobile will come to the Amenity Center the “ rst and third Wednesday of the month from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. For more information, please visit their website at Toddler and Preschool Story will o er the same menu plus a broiled “ sh prepared Francaise style with rice and cole slaw. Broiled shrimp is also available or a combination of both broiled “ sh and shrimp. Chicken strips are available for the kids. Drinks and homemade desserts are also available. The church is located in the World Golf Village area on State Road 16. All proceeds go to the continued development of the OLGC church and its ministries.Heritage Landing announces community events for FebruaryTime. Join the childrens librarian at the amenity center the “ rst and third Wednesday of the month at 10:15 a.m. For more information visit their website at Adult Book Club meets the third Thursday each month from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. This is a free program sponsored by The St. Johns County Public Library. Student Band Rehearsal is held on Sunday nights from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. All Heritage Landing resident band students are welcome. The student band is led by resident Mr. Iaropli. Please call 940-1119 for more information. The Heritage Landing Business Networking Group meets on the second Wednesday of the month (note new meeting day) at 6:30 p.m. Heritage Landing business owners or representatives, come introduce your business to fellow residents. The meeting is free. The Heritage Landing CDD Board of Supervisors meeting will be Thursday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. For more information about the CDD please visit Glow in the dark for kids will be held on Saturday, February 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For kids ages three to 12 years old. The cost is $20 for the “ rst child and $15 for siblings. Please RSVP by February 13. Cell Phones for Soldiers. Please remember to donate your old cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Bring your donations to the amenity center o ce during regular business hours. For additional information, please contact business to your door!Advertise in The CreekLine 886-4919 Lottery for Super Summer Camp opens soonGymnasium, located at 60 Orange Street, St. Augustine or the Solomon Calhoun Center, located at 1300 Duval Street in St. Augustine during standard business hours. Hosted by the St. Johns County Recreation and Parks Department, the Super Summer Spectacular is a summer camp program for children ages “ ve through 12 that emphasizes outdoor activities and includes exciting “ eld trips and swimming sessions. For more information regarding the lottery, registration or the Super Summer Spectacular Camp Program including camp locations, dates and fees, please visit www.sjc” .us/youth or call 209-0377. In print or onlineThe CreekLineis YOUR Community Newspaper! Fruit Cove girls win cont. from pg. 24net as the game went to overtime. In the “ rst six minutes of 10-minute overtime, Liberty Pines was awarded a penalty kick in the box and scored the winning goal for a foul committed by a Fruit Cove player. In the “ nal championship game these two teams would meet again. At the end of regulation play the score was once again deadlocked in a 0-0 tie; however, with Fruit Cove winning the kick-o the Flyers took it straight to the net and scored the winning goal in the “ rst 20 seconds of overtime to win their back to back All County Championship!Ž Well played Lady Flyers! You represented your school very well and made Fruit Cove proud. Invitethe community to your House of Lunar PhasesFull: February 14 Last Quarter: February 22 New: March 1First Quarter: March 8


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Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the fourth annual Running of the KnightsŽ on Friday May 16 at Creekside High School. This event has something for just about everyone, a one mile fun run, centipede team race, 5k Bed bugs are not selective. Within the last few years, bed bug infestations have increased signi“ cantly. The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) most frequently feeds on the blood of humans. Bed bugs were likely introduced to the United States by early immigration. They were believed to have been eradicated in the 1950s; however, since 1998, bed bug populations have been rapidly expanding. Adult bed bug are ” at, oval shaped and reddish brown. Their size varies from 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long. Bed bugs feed mostly at night, but will News from the Creekside Knights Athletic Booster ClubBy Contributing Writer Debby McKernan, Creekside Athletic Booster Clubrun/walk race, plus a familyfriendly festival with food, games, music and more. This event is our largest yearly fundraising event and has helped to supplement many di erent projects during the short existence thanks to our community and sponsors. The state-of-theart weight room, athletic/band practice “ eld renovations, baseball/softball/tennis enhancements, gym ” oor resurfacing and pool rental supplements are just a few things made possible by these pro“ ts. Please help support the Creekside Knights Athletic Booster Club and all athletic programs at CHS. For more information, please visit The Creekside Athletic Booster club is spearheading a new only to Creekside incentive program called S.C.O.R.E. (Sports Teams for Community Out Reach and Education) Each athletic team at Creekside will be participating in some sort of community service. Several teams have already volunteered this school year. Football sold red t-shirts and donated all pro“ ts to the American Heart Association. The cross country team volunteered at various charity races, girls cross country organized food baskets for the needy, the swim and dive team raised money for Little Pink Houses of Hope, Breast Cancer and volleyball volunteered at Camp Promise. The Creekside Athletic Booster Club and the Athletic department at Creekside not only hope to provide competitive athletic opportunities but to help shape tomorrows leaders and encourage character counts both on and o the “ eld. Come cheer on your Creekside Knight Athletes and show your Knights spirit! But dont buy the knock-o sƒWilliams Athletics is authorized and now carries authentic Creekside High School Spirit wear! The Kings Closet will also be open for business at select sporting events throughout the school year. Further information about Creekside Athletic Booster Club or upcoming events may be found on the website at www. Go Knights!What you need to know about bed bugsBy Contributing Writer Debbie Lynne, Rivers Pest Controladapt to environmental conditions. They are attracted to heat and carbon dioxide. Bed bugs typically feed on humans every “ ve to 10 days. Feeding sessions average “ ve to 10 minutes. Not everyone reacts to bites. Bed bugs generally remain within six to eight feet of their host, “ nding shelter in box springs, clothing, mattress seams, head boards, cracks and crevices in the wall around the bed and in night stands. Locations vary with severity. Bed bugs are hitch hikers and can be introduced following travel or other events. Extreme care must be taken with the introduction of used or pre-owned items. This can include new purchases made at stores that may have been previously returned. Dont bring them home! Follow these tips when traveling: Hotel rooms: Inspect rooms for live bed bugs or evidence of activity such as fecal material, shed skins or blood spots. Examine the cracks and crevices around the mattress, bed frame, headboard (most lift o the wall), carpet edges, picture frames, closets, luggage racks, nightstands and dressers to inspect for evidence. The number one spot is the headboard. If a room is suspect, request a di erent room. When you get home: Directly launder washables in water over 140 degrees and dry on high heat or place in a bag and dry clean. Use separate bags to and from the laundry. What about school? School is an essential part of our childrens life, for education and socialization; however, its possible for a bed bug to hitch a ride on backpacks or coats and establish itself in your home. Dont forget sleepovers. What to do: If you suspect bed bugs, obtain a sample and look for fecal material, shed skins and blood spots. 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The walking activities are open to everyone; yearly dues are $10 for a single person and $15 for a family. While it is not required, it is recommended that each member keep record books in which their achievements may be noted. Normally these are $5 each for the distance and the event books, but as an incentive, the club will o er New Walker Packets for $5 that include both books and coupons that allow new participants to walk the “ rst three events (normally $3 each). There is no charge for Winter usually brings challenges to northeast Florida and this year has been no exception. The polar vortex in the “ rst week of January, which caused such havoc further north, pushed temperatures here into the low 20s for a couple of nights. I wasnt able to protect my plants, but some surprised me by their resilience. Firebushes have been top-killed, but will likely be slowly resurrected come spring. I wont be cutting them back until the danger of a freeze has passed and that applies to all shrubs and tender perennials like pentas. A limited amount of trimming to tidy up is “ ne, but not right down to the ground, which would expose roots to cold air. The exceptions are bananas and gingers, which wont su er. As of mid-January, rainfall has been more than adequate, which has helped plants resist damage. Adding extra mulch around plants also helps. Winter is a great time to settle down with a good book and I recommend Eating on the Wild SideŽ by Jo Robinson, available from the Jacksonville Public Library. Primarily a book for people buying produce from supermarkets or farmers markets, it discusses which varieties are the most nutritious and how best to prepare them. But the added bonus for gardeners is the comprehensive lists of varieties which can be either grown from seed or purchased as plants. The author discusses the development of our fruits and vegeta-Join the First Coast Trailforgers Walking Club!By Contributing Writer Cathy Burch, First Coast Trail Forgers Walking Clubwalkers not receiving credit. As walkers “ ll each book, they may mail them in for an award of a certi“ cate, patch or pin. Incentives and awards are an important part of any successful endeavor! Upcoming 5K and 10K walks are as follows: February 15: Orange Park February 22: Atlantic Beach March 1: Ravine Gardens March 9: Camp Milton March 15: Ft. Caroline March 15: Spring“ eld March 22: Fleming Island March 29: St. Marys April 12: Neptune Beach April 26: Ft. George May 3: San Marco May 17: Riverside For additional information, please contact or visit www. “ Winter pastimesBy Contributing Writer Master Gardener Lesley Arrandale with Duval County Extension, University of Florida/IFASbles from their wild ancestors, and how sometimes thousands of years of progressŽ has actually diminished nutritional value in favor of palatability. Hence the subtitle The missing link to optimal health.Ž A fascinating read. Another good read, the January/February New Leaf newsletter is available from the Extension Service: http://duval. ifas.u” .edu/documents/JanuaryFebruary2014.pdf. With plenty of information on vegetables, this is a must-read edition. Check out the section on upcoming programs o ered by the Extension Service„notably on February 22, the annual Day of Gardening.Ž There is a fee for the program and pre-registration is required, so book early to avoid disappointment. At “ rst glance, the countryside in winter appears quite dull, but now that the leaves have fallen from our deciduous trees some of their skeletons are quite elegant. The various shades and textures of bark show clearly against the duller evergreens surrounding them. Vines too are stripped bare and no longer conceal their sca olding. The cardinals are radiant among the shrubs in my yard and yesterday I spotted a female red-winged blackbird taking a dip, a forerunner of the small ” ocks that, usually, come my way later in spring. But nothing is pre-ordained and one happy event may lead to naught. The ” ocks of indigo buntings I hosted some years ago have been absent these past few springs and so have the rose-breasted grosbeaks. Whatever the reason for these inconsistencies and I rather hope it is weather patterns rather than diminishing numbers of birds, I am really looking forward to the spring migration and the gems that may, just may, drop by.This is the “ rst year that students who attended Liberty Pines Academy will be graduating from the local high schools. Liberty Pines Academy is proud to o er any graduating senior from Bartram Trail, Creekside or Nease high school that attended Liberty Pines Academy in eighth grade a $500 scholarship! The graduating senior must plan to further his or her education at a recognized post-secondary, degree or certi“ cate-granting school for the 2014-2015 school year. Applying for this scholarship is easy! Obtain the application from your high school guidance counselor, write a 500-word essay detailing favorite memories of Liberty Pines Academy and how it a ected you and shaped you as a student and person and have your high school guidance counselor submit both to the PTO scholarship committee at LPA. The Liberty Pines Academy announces $500 scholarshipBy Contributing Writer Diana Saramaguidance counselor will also have a veri“ cation form to “ ll out. A committee of sta and PTO members will vote on applicants anonymously. All forms must be submitted to the LPA PTO by April 1. Here are some additional important upcoming dates at LPA for February: € Friday, February 14 at 9:00 a.m.: Quarterly Co ee with Principal Judith Thayer. € Friday, February 28: LPA Golf Tournament and Mardi Gras Party. Registration, lunch and the putting contest begins at 11:30 a.m. The shotgun start and the twoperson scramble winners for both gross and net will be at 1:00 p.m. The evening entertainment will begin at 5:30 p.m. and include dinner, awards and an auction. Please visit the LPA webpage at www-lpa.stjohns.k12.” .us for more information. Do you enjoy receiving The CreekLine each month?Then our Advertisers!As a non-subscription publication we rely on our fine advertisers to finance the production of your community newspaper! Be sure to patronize our advertisers and tell them you saw them in The CreekLineThank


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A semi-miniature has a diameter between six and eight inches; the miniature is between three and six inches; and the microminiature is less than three inches. These hybrids are products of species that are genetically small and are generally grown in smaller pots to constrict their roots or miniaturizeŽ them. This is akin to bonsai. The smaller African violets are grown the same way as their larger standard counterparts. Because of their size, they are a little more challenging to grow and groom. They are very sensitive to over-watering and wet feet will cause their roots to rot. They are especially annoyed when you put them in larger pots. When you repot them, take o the bottom row of leaves, cut o one-third of the root ball and repot in no larger than a two-and-a-half-inch size pot with new soil. This variety also tends to produce a lot of suckers, which are little plantlets found in between the stems on the main trunk. 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Page 30, The CreekLine • February 2014 • 11111-50 San Jose Blvd. (next to Steinmart) Jacksonville, FL 32223904.880.8499Hinkley J Faithfully serving Jacksonville for over 35 years! We can help you turn your home into a showplace! Offering top quality lighting and design with internet pricing for EVERY customer! Greenbriar Animal Hospital1004 State Road 13( 0.2 mi South JCP entrance )287-5570M-F … 8 AM 6 PM; Sat 8 AM Noon Richard M. Oglesby, D.V.M Constanze Goricki, Dr. D.V.MPGBBt Fu Dao!w A 1 0 ( 0 MAs the New Year continues, the sports at Nease thrive. Lacrosse, tennis and track and “ eld are starting, while basketball and soccer come to an end. Basketball had its “ nal game, the senior night, on January 21. The girls soccer team did very well all season, but lost to one of their biggest rivals, Bartram Trail, in the district game. Lacrosse tryouts were Monday, January 27 and with coaches Missy Jaworski and Peter Deleveccia, the girls are ready to train and play their best. The biggest competition includes Ponte Vedra, Bartram Trail and Creekside. The boys team has a lot of potential this year to grow and the boys hope to be successful and win districts. Track and “ eld is ready to go this year and luckily, there arent many seniors that will be leaving at the end of this year. The season started January 13 and as usual, the di cult practice and training is sure to pay o There arent many seniors on the track team this year, so The Julington Creek Loggerhead Aquatics swim team (JCLA) traveled to Augusta, Georgia to compete in the ASL Winter Invitational meet on January 17 through 19. Loggerhead swimmers did an outstanding job representing our community both in and out of the pool. Twelve-year-old Summer Stan“ eld “ nished “ rst in all eight events she entered in Augusta and fourteen-yearold Carter Strickland swam to victory in “ ve events! 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Their goal is win districts and all their conference matches. Nease is expanding the school spirit by choosing signi“ cant games to pack the stadiums with The Jungle. With more school spirit and pride, the morale is sure to go up at Nease and the spring will surely be a terri“ c season for all sports! From the Superintendent:New K-8 Schools HHŽ and IIŽ Construction continues to progress on schedule for the district’s two new K-8 schools HH and II. Each school is nearly 100 percent dried-in (watertight) and work will begin to focus on the interior nishes. This new K-8 prototype design includes 58 classrooms and 1,210 student stations for each facility. Both schools will be constructed to Green Building Standards and are scheduled to open for the 2014-2015 school year.

PAGE 31 • February 2014 • The CreekLine, Page 31 Living in Harmony with NatureIntracoastal Boardwalk and Fishing Pier We Take Care of Them All . RIVERS Pest Control Service, Inc. Family Owned & Operated Since 1969 ASK ABOUT MULTI-SERVICE DISCOUNTS Unwanted Guests? “Concerns about your drinking water?”Call the Water Treatment Company Jacksonville has trusted for over 20 Years. Straight answers No high pressure. 262 0197 3760 KORI RD. Lic. #W-32 yo u C all th e W ate r T reatmen t Compan y J acksonville h as trusted f or ove r 2 2 0 Years S Call the Water Treatment Company Jacksonville has trusted for over 20 years. Flotilla 14-7 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will present two Safe Boating Seminars open to the public on Saturday, March 1 at the St. Augustine Campus of St. Johns River State College, located at 2990 College Drive in St. Augustine (o State Road 16). How to Read a Nautical Chart,Ž a must for anyone navigating the waterways regardless of navigational skills, will be presented from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Topics will include understanding symbols, abbreviations and data displayed on As we progress through February, the “ nal season for spring sports at Bartram Trail hit full swing. These teams include track and “ eld, tennis, lacrosse, softball and baseball. Looking back, we congratulate the girls soccer team for beating Ponte Vedra in the district championship. This was a big win for the Bears since in the past, the Sharks have always stopped Bartram from moving forward in the playo s. It was a close game as the Bears were down 0-2 in the “ rst half; however, they came back with “ re like no other in the second half, tying up the game 2-2. After going into double overtime, the game ended with penalty kicks. Bartram rose to victory winning 3-2 in PKs, with impressive shots and quick saves by goalie BTHS Sports RoundupBy Megan Grant, BTHS Student Congratulations, Seniors!Stephanie Lewis. Its a swing and a hit for the boys baseball team, with high expectations for a season full of goals and dedication. Coached by Tony Sowers for the last 13 years, he talks about his team as mature and ready for their challenging game schedule. After graduating “ ve seniors this past year, the Bears have a total of seven seniors this year, two of whom are already committed to play college ball. Im really excited about the team this year. They like each other and have good team chemistry,Ž remarked Sowers. Justin Smith, fouryear varsity player for the Bears who is committed to play at the University of Miami next year, says, We have a solid chance of making it to states because we have a strong team that strives to do their best each step of the way.Ž Looking forward in his baseball career, Smith exclaims, I look forward to getting an education while playing the game that I enjoy at the next level.Ž Teammate Cory Prince, senior and pitcher for the Bears, explains their goals for this season: We need to focus on the small stu “ rst, like winning districts and play as one.Ž Looking ahead, the boys baseball team plays Providence, former state champions, at home on February 14. Also, the Dreams Come True club at Bartram will be putting on a neon themed 5k run to raise money for a child in need. It will take place on April 5, with registration opening in February. Prices for registration will increase as the date for the run approaches and it is open to the public to come and enjoy. There will be a DJ, prizes, games and more! Come out and support and Go Bears! Sign up now for safe boating seminarsnautical charts. Suddenly in CommandŽ is designed for the less experienced boater to prepare in advance should an emergency occur on the boat and the CaptainŽ is incapacitated. It will be presented from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For further information and registration, please contact Bill Hall at 687-8281. Tell our advertisers you saw them inThe CreekLine Support our fine Advertisers! School Bus SafetyOn a divided highway where no median or barrier exists, all vehicles are mandated to stop.Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Yellow flashing lights mean that the school bus is preparing to stop. Motorist should slow down and be ready to stop their vehicles. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm indicate that the school bus has stopped and children are boarding or exiting. On a two-lane road, all vehicles in both directions must stop. On a divided highway with a raised median, unpaved space or a physical barrier of at least five feet, vehicles traveling in the opposite direction are not required to stop. got news?


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(904) 824-4210 2495 State Rd. 207, St. Augustine, FL 32086 Only minutes away on I95 @ Exit 311 (5 miles South of the Outlet Malls) Ex E x GR G R Mallena Urban, REALTOR’, MRP’11226 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223C: (321) 543-9008O: (904) 421-7930 ...Serving my neighborhood of North St Johns with Integrity... Military Relocation Professional Flotilla 14-7 of the Coast Guard Auxiliary will continue its Vessel Safety Check program providing complimentary Vessel Safety Checks (VSC) at the Vilano Boat Ramp on the second Sunday of each month, weather permitting, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, commencing on March 9.This years winter sports season was very successful for the Knights. Our varsity lady Knights soccer team came in second for the district! The cheerleading team competed last month in Daytona and won third place for their division! The boys wrestling team had their FHSAA district match the beginning of this month and came out with some very successful victories. Congratulations to all the winter sports teams on another phenomenal season! All of the spring sports are now up and running. The track and “ eld team will have their “ rst intra-team meet on February 15. Its a great time to come out and cheer on your friends and get to see what the track team is all about. All of the track and “ eld athletes are anxious to start racing as most have been conditioning since Thanksgiving break. Both the baseball and softball teams are now in full swing, after a full week last month of try outs. The varsity baseball team plays Providence on February 18 and Nease on February 26 at home and again on February 27 at Nease. Be sure to come out and support the boys this season! The girls softball team is excited to start their season o with a game against Bolles on February 11 and Providence on February 21. The girls trained with the weightlifting team during o season to prepare for this years games and are super pumped to After nishing the regular season undefeated, the Fruit Cove Middle School varsity boys team was awarded the championship trophy for the St. Johns Middle School Athletic Association (SJMSAA) end of season tournament on Sunday, January 12, 2014. The nal game Fruit Cove varsity won 2-1 vs. Pacetti Bay. After a great weekend of very competitive soccer it was impressive to see the boys work hard and never give up. Congratulations to Coach Manny Pucci, Coach Jim Dwyer and all the boys on an incredible season. Pictured are Coach Pucci, Jared Alexander, Colby McCrone, Chase Pucci, Jimmy Dwyer, Parker Brennen, Mackey Davis, River Guthrie, Jackson Brennan, Casey Moyer Jr., Coach Dwyer, Owen, Guske, Cesar Tronsco, Jeffrey Hunyh, Juan Avella, Matt Morgan, Brandon Marchand, Davis White, Matthew Wolf and Sean Smith.Fruit Cove boys team wins SJMSAA tournament CHS Sports RoundupBy Kassie Solms, CHS Student get some wins! Finally, the o cial lacrosse season has started. Both boys and girls lacrosse teams train year round to maintain their skills and condition to be the best possible team. The girls play their “ rst game on February 18 at Winter Springs High School. The boys will play against Fleming Island for their “ rst game on February 17 at home. Come out and support your boys lacrosse team at 11:00 a.m.! They will also be playing St. Augustine high at home on February 25 at 7:00 p.m. Great things are ahead for the Knights as we head into our “ nal season of sports for this school year. Lets keep showing everyone what it really takes to be Knight. Vessel Safety Check schedule for 2014By Contributing Writer Robert A. Schultz, Flotilla 070-14-07The safety check is conducted by certi“ ed vessel examiners of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, con“ rming that your boat meets both federal and state safety requirements. No citations are issued for discrepancies and the results of the safety check are not reported to any enforcement agency. If the vessel has passed the examination, a decal is awarded. Some of the items checked include personal ” otation devices (life jackets), registration and vessel numbering, navigation lights, ventilation, “ re extinguishers, distress signals, battery cover and connections. All of these items are required by state and federal laws and, if missing, non-operating or in poor repair, can result in a citation if your vessel is inspected by the United States Coast Guard or other law enforcement agency. The Coast Guard Auxiliarys Vessel Safety Check o ers a risk-free way to ensure that your vessel meets the minimum legal requirements. Upon completion of the VSC, you will be informed of potential safety exposures. If the VSC is passed, an annual decal is awarded showing that your vessel has met the minimum safety requirements. A successful VSC may also result in lowered insurance rates for some boaters. Please visit Flotilla 14-7s website at www.mysafeboating. com for additional information. Congratulations to the Creeks Baseball 9u Black Riverhawks, who were runners up at the Winter Warm UpŽ GSA Baseball Tournament in Plant City Florida on January 18 and 19. Pictured are Coach Howell, Coach DeLamielleure, Coach Myers, Coach Summers, Jack Newman, JD Hay, Jude Howell, Jacob Carter, AJ Faunce, Justin Mann, Kolt Myers, Abram Summers, Brody DeLamielleure, David Brothers and Cooper Hunt Congratulations Black Riverhawks!

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Thats 12 free months of roadside assistance … lockouts, at tires, jump-starts, towing and more. Darth Raiders, a recently formed team of Swiss Point Middle School soccer friends and a couple of younger brothers, played their “ rst 3v3 tournament in December. They were surprised to come away with the championship. They were looking forward to seeing if they could repeat their success. They decided at the last minute to enter the Clay County 3v3 Challenge Tournament January 4 and 5. The tournament proved to be much more di cult than their previous one. They played a total of “ ve games and scored 43 goals while only allowing 19. This was a remarkable feat considering they were playing against competitive teams in their own age group as well as a team in an older age bracket. Darth Raiders earned their way into the championship round and were able to overcome a tough team to walk away with “ rst place! The boys worked hard on the soccer “ eld and had another fun weekend. The team is made up of Brad and Caleb Mele (SPMS eighth graders), Herbie Steigelman and Sam Matarelli (SPMS seventh graders) and Aaron Mele and Will Matarelli (Timberlin Creek “ fth graders). The camp buddies and group leaders of Camp I am Special have created and for the last three years have planned and organized, an annual ” ag football tournament. It has been their way to support the campers by providing a scholarship fund. Camp I am Special is operated by DOSA Camps at Marywood Retreat on State Road 13 in Switzerland. The camps also include Camp Promise and Camp Care. This years third annual Buddy Flag Football Tournament was held at San Juan Del Rio Catholic School. It was a huge success, despite a ” ooded “ eld causing a rescheduling of the tournament and the very cold temperatures on the day of the tournament. All of the buddies had a blast and were able to raise over $2000 towards camper scholarships. Congratulations goes to The Force 3.0 for winning the tournament! A big thank you goes out to all the sponsors and volunteers, including the Koval family, Loris Walker, The Law o ce Darth Raiders win another 3v3 championship!of Chantal Harrington. Lee G. Kellison, PA, Queen of Angels Catholic Store, the Wolz Family, Bill Campbell, Joey Vaid, the Call family, Dale and Susan Morrison, Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville, Behavior Solutions, San Juan Del Rio Church and School, the Heekin family and PDQ Restaurants. Their help made this event the success it was.Craig Mele is the coach. The team has quali“ ed to attend the Disney 3v3 tournament this summer. Congratulations to Darth Raiders on winning another championship!Third annual Camp I am Special buddyŽ ag football tournament big successBy Karl KennellAnd it cannot be forgotten to say Thank youŽ to Abby Wolz and Nicky Harrington for organizing the event„a also you to all of the buddies who came out and raised money for our campers! 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